Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Kate Deejays in Pink McQueen for Adelaide Visit

Following a relaxing night in Uluru, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew to Adelaide in South Australia.


The couple were greeted upon arrival.


The day's events were based in the suburb of Elizabeth, which was named after the present Queen on its formation in 1955. Her Majesty actually visited the city in 1963, so it's quite fitting for her grandson and his wife to stop by during their visit, over fifty years later.



There was great excitement surrounding the visit.

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The couple's first stop in Elizabeth was the Northern Sound Studio, which is a music workshop and studio for young people. It is an inspirational place, giving youngsters the chance to rehearse, record and perform their own music.



Kate had a great time trying out deejaying and gave it the thumbs up.


In fact, she liked it so much, she persuaded her husband to give it a try.



Kate chatted with young people about the studio.



The studio is also something of a hub for young people. William and Kate watched a skate-boarding display in the skate park just outside the studios.


The couple look pleased to receive a skateboard for George.


William and Kate unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening of Prince George plaza.



Prince William greeted 100 year old Monica Swarbrick.


The royals carried out a walkabout much to the delight of locals.



Next, the couple visited Playford Civic Centre for a reception hosted by the Governor and Premier of South Australia.



Afterwards, the couple will return to Prince George at Government House in Canberra.


Kate chose her favourite label - Alexander McQueen - once again today. The Duchess wore a soft pink, long-sleeve top with a v-neck and peplum detail (with thanks to Perth Fashion and What Kate Wore). The top is paired with a matching pleated A-line skirt.


Below we see the separates in closer detail. The Peplum Jersey Top has structured shoulders and the Silk Blend Pleated Skirt features a high waist and a rear zip fastening. It's currently available in several sizes at Farfetch. They're very sharp, strong piece and very McQueen, in a toned down wearable way.

Alexander McQueen

The soft pink colour is one of the brand's most popular this spring with a selection of their ready-to-wear pieces featuring the feminine hue. Below we see the Peplum Wool CardiganLace Print DressCrepe BlazerBelted Crepe Pencil Dress and the Ruffled Crepe Top.

Alexander McQueen

Kate wore her much loved L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps.

L.K. Bennett

The Duchess carried her L.K. Bennett Natalie Clutch.

L.K. Bennett

Kate accessorised with her Annoushka pearls, a gold chain with Asprey charms and her Cartier watch.


The Duchess wore her hair in a very pretty half up - half down style.


You can watch a video featuring the royal DJ's at YouTube.


William and Kate are in Canberra tomorrow:

  • The day begins at the National Portrait Gallery where the couple will view an exhibition and meet some of the subjects of the portraits.
  • From the gallery, the Duke and Duchess will move to Parliament House, where Prime Minister Abbott will host a reception in the Great Hall and Prince William will deliver a speech.
  • The couple will head to the National Arboretum and plant a tree.
  • Finally, they will attend a reception at Government House.

Share your thoughts on William and Kate's day in Adelaide in the comments section below! :)

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

William and Kate visit Australian Landmark Uluru

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a 3.5 hour flight from Canberra to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, this morning.


The couple were greeted upon arrival.



When the couple arrived at Yulara, the town close to the rock, they visited the National Indigenous Training Academy. The academy helps to train members of the indigenous communities who live near Uluru to work in the tourism and hospitality trades.


Prince William received a spear made from a Mulga tree.


The academy hopes to have 350 people working at the Ayers Rock resort within four years, and currently about one hundred students graduate every year. The Duke and Duchess viewed the school's facilities and spoke with staff and graduates.



Kate distributed certificates to graduates.



Prince Williams looks at an Aboriginal map.



The couple were gifted souvenirs.



A lady gave Kate a bracelet and the Duchess said, "George will probably chew on it, so I'll keep it away from him." Kate said she was thrilled with the handpainted bracelet made of seed, which she donned immediately.



A closer look at the bracelet.


A fly landed on Kate's nose while she was meeting a little girl.



William looked relaxed as he chatted with the crowd.


Kate looked chic in a mauve dress by London-based Serbian designer Roksanda Ilincic. The sleeves are very much in keeping with the designer's love of using asymmetric sleeves.


Perth Fashion suggested the Lovina Dress in a bespoke colour and I think she's spot on. As you can see the garment is almost identical. It's a past season piece and currently unavailable.

Roksanda Ilincic

There are other similar current season pieces for those seeking an alternative. The Adler Dress incorporates many of the elements shown in the Lovina. The sleeveless belted wool-crepe dress features an asymmetrical draped neckline and a hidden side zip. It's currently on sale with 50% off at StyleBop.

Roksanda Ilincic

The silhouette of the dress bears similarities to the designer's Oriel Dress. The €1,610 wool crepe piece features a detachable holographic belt and boasts a flattering, closely tailored shape. Below we see the Oriel in BlackSea-GreenKingfisher Blue and Silver.

Roksanda Ilincic

Below we see the designer's 'Peridot' dress which Kate wore in Los Angeles in 2011.


Today marks the second time Kate has worn Roksanda Ilincic during the tour. For her Sydney arrival she choose a vibrant yellow and white colour-block dress by the designer.


Kate wore her L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps today. The £195 patent leather platform shoes are available on the L.K. Bennett website in a number of colours and Nordstrom with Free Shipping.

L.K. Bennett

Kate accessorised with her Catherine Zoraida Double Leaf Earrings. The £168 hand crafted earrings are made from 18ct gold.

Catherine Zoraida

Kate also wore her charms from the Asprey Woodland Collection and carried her Alexander McQueen clutch.



Afterwards, it was a change of clothes for the Duchess as the royal couple paid a visit to the Uluru Cultural Centre where they received a "welcome to country" ceremony from the traditional owners of Uluru and the land around it. The royal couple also viewed an indigenous art display.


The couple enjoyed afternoon tea, given by the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory.


Kate received a pretty necklace from locals. Quite a nice accompaniment for the bracelet she was given earlier.


Whilst the press pack awaited the royals' arrival today they selected a specific piece of head wear to keep the flies away and found a very appropriately named noodle bar at the Ayers Rock resort. Flies aside, it appears to be a magnificent place to visit.

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Next, The Duke and Duchess visited Uluru itself, taking a short walk along its base at sunset.


A stunning photo.


The couple chatted and exchanged smiles during their brief walk.


Uluru is one of the most impressive landmarks in Australia. A huge chunk of sandstone and a true monolith, it is located in Uluru-Kata National Park, close to the geographic centre of Australia. The rock itself is enormous, jutting up about 350m from its barren surrounds and extending further than this amount below ground. Visitors can climb the rock and explore the base of it.

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Aboriginal tribes were living in the area at least 10,000 years ago and it is now a World Heritage Site. In the 1870s William Gosse named it for Henry Ayers, the then South-Australian Chief Secretary.

Longitude 131

A panoramic view from the top.

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William and Kate are very much retracing the steps of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana who visited the rock during their 1983 tour of Australia.



The couple posed for a photo in front of the rock.


As with Charles and Diana's photo above, no doubt these photos will be reproduced for decades to come.


A closer look at William and Kate.


Tonight marks the couple's second night away from Prince George during the tour. The couple will spend the night 'glamping' under the stars. William and Kate will stay at the £600-per-night Longitude 131 which offers canvas-topped tents spaced around the red dunes at the entrance to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Longitude 131

The term 'glamping' has been coined to described camping trips enjoyed by the middle classes which affords luxuries such as electricity and proper beds. The couple will be able to wake at sunrise and see the changing light as it moves over the iconic landmark. Due to recent rainfall, they will be among only 1% of visitors who get to see waterfalls pouring off the surface of the rock.

Longitude 131

Longitude 131 offers stunning views and a library complete with an impressive collection of books, maps and historical literature, enabling guests to trace the paths of legendary explorers.

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The Duchess selected her Hobbs Wessex Dress for her second look of the day. Kate first wore the dress to launch a sports programme with William and Harry in 2012. The linen piece is from the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection with a subtle grey checked pattern, fitted waist, short sleeves and a full skirt. It's a comfortable dress, suited to the day's events.


Hobbs

Kate changed into her trusty Pied a Terre Imperia wedges.

House of Fraser

You can watch a video from the visit at YouTube.


Tomorrow the royal couple will visit Adelaide:

  • William and Kate will visit the suburb of Elizabeth, named after The Queen on its formation in 1955.
  • The first stop for the couple will be the Northern Sound System, which is a studio and workshop for young people.
  • William and Kate will watch a skate-boarding display followed by a short drive and a short walk to Playford Civic Centre for a reception. 
  • After the reception, the couple will return to Canberra in the late afternoon.

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A huge thank you to everyone who entered our Claudia Bradby giveaway. It was such fun to host a competition during the tour. We're pleased to announce the winner of the Cammelia Necklace is Sophie who mentioned she "loves seeing Kate in new outfits" during the tour. Our second winner is Mellie who said the Brea Pendant was her favourite. With many thanks to the lovely folks at Claudia Bradby for sponsoring this giveaway and congratulations to our winners!

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Prince George joins His Parents at Taronga Zoo & Kate in Stella McCartney for Canberra Arrival

Prince George joined his parents The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Taronga Zoo this afternoon.


Reporters said Kate wiped drool from George's face as they walked in to the zoo.


There was great excitement as the Cambridge family arrived.


Little George taking in his surroundings!


The royals first viewed the Bilby Enclosure. On the occasion of Prince George's birth, the Government of Australia made a donation to the zoo for its bilby preservation programme, which is helping to restore numbers of the animal to the wild. According to the Palace, William and Kate were delighted to hear the enclosure will be named after their son.


George looking at the bilby (oh the cuteness).


William turned to Kate and said "He's trying to grab his ear", to which Kate replied "If he gets it he'll never let go".


The little prince was very happy to receive a toy bilby, though he proceeded to throw it to the ground in excitement!


Kate pointing out animals to George.


George chewed a sticker.


It was wonderful to see William and Kate interacting with George. They really are doting parents.


Taronga Zoo is the city zoo of Sydney and is located on the shores of Sydney Harbour. It was officially opened in 1916. Divided into zoo-geographic regions, the 21-hectare facility is home to over 2,600 animals and 340 species.

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At Taronga, they believe humans and animals can share the planet. Staff are working tirelessly to achieve a shared future, helping threatened species to breed, protecting their genetic diversity, and even re-introducing them to the wild. They're striving to be a centre for conservation excellence and aim to inspire individuals and communities through their work.

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It is the ideal place for a family day out with so much to offer.

Taronga Zoo Facebook Page

Troy, the California Sea Lion.

Taronga Zoo Facebook Page

The Taronga Zoo ferry services are the preferred mode of transport for many tourists, providing a twelve minute ride from the city to the location.

Taronga Zoo

The view from the zoo is quite exceptional.

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Animal lovers may be interested to hear you can adopt an animal, including a bilby, or support one of the very worthy appeals at Taronga Zoo. All details can be found on the official website.


There was so much interest in today's visit the zoo was full to capacity.

Taronga Zoo Twitter Feed

After the bilby enclosure visit, William gave George to nanny Maria whilst he and Kate continued to explore the zoo. Prince William was eager to learn more about ongoing conservation projects.


Their Royal Highnesses viewed tree kangaroos and other indigenous Australian animals.



Prince William said meeting the koala was his favourite part of the visit.


William and Kate laughed as birds swooped over the heads of the assembled media.



Kate repeated the primrose yellow eyelet dress she wore in the Solomon Islands during the last royal tour in 2012. The dress is by an independent designer and features a boat neckline, full short sleeves and a self belted waistline.


 A closer look at the fabric.


It's a very pretty dress, perhaps most appropriate for a warmer climate. It's very nice to see it again.


Kate accessorised with her Stuart Weitzman Minx Wedges. The stylish camel wedges are currently available at Zappos for $395 with Free Shipping. They're currently on sale in ivory at 6 p.m. reduced from $395 to $118.

Stuart Weitzman

Kate wore a gold pendant with three charms. The eagle-eyed Anna from My Small Obsessions identified the charms as the oak leaf, mushroom and acorn from Asprey's Woodland Collection. Many readers will know the acorn is from the Middleton family crest. Perhaps it was a gift from one of the Middletons? The bracelet below features several charms including the three we believe Kate is wearing.



Kate completed the summery look with her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop Earrings. The 18K gold pear drops are available at Neiman Marcus for $740.

Kiki McDonough

George looked adorable in the Rachel Riley Striped Jersey Polo and the navy Pocket Shorts. They're available for $69 and $89 respectively. The prince also wore his Early Days Alex Shoes (with thanks to HRH George Pieces). It was an incredibly cute look for George.


While we're on the subject of style, Prince William looked pretty darn stylish in his gingham shirt - a welcome change from the blue suit he's been sporting and most appropriate for the zoo and handling his son.


One of our lovely readers, Charlie, suggested William's shirt is by well-known Australian brand R. M. Williams. Below we see the brand's $98 Forster Shirt. I contacted the brand who confirmed it. How wonderful to see William supporting Aussie fashion.

R.M. Williams

You can watch a video of George meeting his bilby at YouTube and watch the adorable tot throw his toy bilby away in this video. For our last photo from the zoo, take a look at this precious shot of William kissing George's head.


Following the zoo, the royal party relocated to Canberra for the remainder of their visit where they will stay at Government House.


They were welcomed by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop. The Duchess received flowers upon arrival.


Little George looked happy after his visit to the Zoo.


George was introduced to a little boy :)

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For Kate's third outfit for the day, she wore her Stella McCartney Ridley Stretch Dress from the Fall 2012 Collection. The Duchess previously wore it during the London 2012 games and for the Aiming High Exhibition. 


The vibrant crepe dress originally retailed for £515.

Stella McCartney

Prince George wore the Rachel Riley Moss Stitch Cardigan. The $89 dark sky blue cardigan is 100% cotton with pockets.

MEDIA-MODE/Rachel Riley

Tomorrow (Easter Monday) is a private day for the royals. In case you've just joined us, this is our third post today.


We'll see William and Kate on Tuesday when the couple visit Uluru.