Friday, 19 October 2018

Duchess Kate in Whistles for BBC Teen Hero Awards Reception!

On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a reception for the finalists of  BBC Radio One's Teen Hero Awards at Kensington Palace.

Since 2008 Radio 1 has held an annual event for teenagers aged 14 to 17 years. The awards celebrate the selfless, brave and exceptional achievements of young people. Celebrities and stars in the music, sporting and online industries are also honoured. The pre-awards event provided an excellent opportunity for the Duke and Duchess to meet the young people involved, and to congratulate them on their success.

The couple posed for photos with young finalists.

Hello reports:

'It is thought that the royal couple welcomed teenagers - Lily Rice, Junior Frood and Siena Castellon - into their home to praise them for their inspirational work after being crowned Teen Heroes of 2018. Speaking to HELLO! after the meet-and-greet, 16-year-old Siena - who has supported other students with autism and learning difficulties - revealed: "It was such an honour and privilege to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. They were both genuinely interested in my website,, which I created to support and mentor autistic students and students with learning disabilities."
Of meeting Prince William and Kate, who wore a burgundy coloured dress with white dots, she added: "The Duchess was especially interested in addressing autism stereotypes and was saddened to hear about the severity of the disability-related bullying I have experienced. She congratulated me for being a Diana Award holder and for currently serving on the National Youth Board, a role that has given me a national platform through which to share my disability-based bullying experience. They were both incredibly warm, supportive and encouraging. Meeting them was an awesome experience! They have inspired me continue to make a positive difference in my community."

Kate said to William: “You love breakdancing don’t you.” William replied “No, breakdancing is literally where I break myself.

This is not the first time William and Kate hosted a reception for the event. In 2016, they welcomed young people and representatives from the awards to Kensington Palace. Kate, who wore a bespoke McQueen dress told, Joe and Toby, who were both active fundraisers for Cancer Research UK. "I don't know how all of you find the time to do the volunteering," she told them. "It's such a great thing... Keep it up." William added, "Massive congratulations, it's seriously impressive," before them the group of winners as "shining lights".

The Awards take place on Sunday at the Wembley SSE Arena. A host of well known faces including Little Mix, Jonas Blue, Sigrid and 5 Seconds of Summer will be performing.

It was Kate's second engagement of the week. On Tuesday, Kate held a meeting with experts to discuss her early years initiative, convened by the Royal Foundation. Rebecca English exclusively revealed the initiative launches next year. Hello! adds:

'The mum-of-three hosted a meeting at Kensington Palace on Tuesday morning, most likely after doing the school run. Experts gathered at the palace to discuss Kate's new project, the 'Early Years' initiative. Kate, who gave birth to Prince Louis in April, returned from maternity leave earlier this month. Last spring, the palace confirmed that Kate will continue to support her patronages and charities, but her priority would be to look after her three young children: Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and six-month-old baby Louis.'

Kensington Palace also shared this video.

The Duchess wore the Whistles Margot Dress for the reception.

It's described as "Crafted from a lightweight fabric that elegantly skims the silhouette, this piece is adorned with a timeless all-over polka dot print and features long sleeves for a demure finish. The shirt design, complete with collar neckline with button through front give this a classic look." The £159 dress is available in limited sizes at Whistles, Bloomingdales, SelfridgesJohn Lewis and Next.

Kate accessorised with her Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven Earrings.

It's been a very happy week for the family filled with baby news. Congratulations to Pippa and James Matthews on the arrival of their son. He was born on Monday at 1.58 pm weighing 8lb and 9oz. Like Kate, Pippa opted for the Lindo Wing. The Palace said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are thrilled for Pippa and James."

On Monday, the Palace released delightful news confirming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first baby in Spring 2019. The couple are currently undertaking a packed tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Read all about it over on Mad About Meghan.

At present, there's no engagements announced for Kate. George is on half term until the 29th, it's possible the family will spend a week at Anmer Hall. In the meantime, there is a strong possibility we'll see the Cambridges at the private luncheon and/or State Banquet for the Dutch State Visit on Tuesday.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

UPDATED: George & Charlotte Feature in Princess Eugenie's Wedding Portraits!

As newlyweds Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank enjoy the second day of their wedding celebrations at the Yorks' home, the Royal Lodge in Windsor, the couple selected four official photos from the day taken by British fashion and portrait photographer Alex Bramall in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined their fellow page boys and bridesmaids for images taken after the ceremony.

The Royal Family/Alex Bramall

The wedding marked one of only a few public occasions we've seen Prince Philip attend recently. There was much speculation as to whether or not he would attend. Not only was he by the Queen's side to support his granddaughter, he buried the hatchet and posed beside Sarah, Duchess of York for the official photos. Since Andrew and Sarah's divorce, it is well known Philip has been at pains to avoid his former daughter-in-law. Weddings bring people together, and yesterday the family was firmly focused on making the day special for Eugenie and Jack.

The Royal Family/Alex Bramall

Below a closer look at the Cambirdge children. In the first photo, the children are all looking a bit tired (Mia Tindall's expression is priceless). The second photo features smiles all round; George is in excellent spirits and Charlotte looks cute as a button with her feet crossed.

In the third photo, the couple are pictured in the Scottish State Coach upon its return to Windsor Castle following the Carriage Procession.

The Royal Family/Alex Bramall

And last but not least, a photo of the newlyweds taken at the Royal Lodge ahead of the evening reception offers a look at the bride in her second wedding dress. The blush silk gown was created by American designer Zac Posen, who was a guest at the wedding. Mr Posen was inspired by the beauty of Windsor and the surrounding countryside. The choice of colour reflects the blush of an English rose. Mr Posen also took inspiration from the White Rose of York. The pin-tucked plissé is cut on the bias and mixed with signature drapes. The White Rose of York is subtlety embroidered on both the shoulder and back which hold together the cape. The silk for the gown comes from Biddle Sawyer Silk. The timeless gown has a very 'Old Hollywood' feel to it.

The Royal Family/Alex Bramall

Zac Posen arriving with Demi Moore for the wedding.

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Eugenie wore the emerald and diamond earrings from the ceremony; they were a gift from the groom and perfectly complemented the Greville Kokoshnik Tiara.

The sparkling tiara wasn't the only loan from Her Majesty. For her evening look, the Queen provided Eugenie with a hair slide belonging to Her Majesty. Queen Victoria’s Wheat-Ear Brooches were originally commissioned by William IV in 1830 for Queen Adelaide. They were passed down to Queen Victoria in 1837, and eventually to the Queen in 1952. Her Majesty has worn them as both hair slides and brooches.

Alex Bramall previously photographed Princess Eugenie for Harper’s Bazaar US in 2016. Eugenie chose the Erdem floral dress from the shoot for the engagement announcement. In 2014, he set up his own studio. Since that time his work has been published internationally in titles such as Vogue, Vogue Russia, Vanity Fair, Vanity Fair Spain and Mexico, Harper’s Bazaar US, Harper’s Bazaar UK and Porter Magazine. Mr Bramall said: "It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to photograph Princess Eugenie and Jack on this most special of days. I look forward with great excitement to capturing this significant occasion and wish them both a happy future together."

Harper's Bazaar

As mentioned earlier in the post, the second day of celebrations are continuing today. The Telegraph reports:

'The Princess, who is named after Victoria’s granddaughter, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, insisted on a Victoriana theme for Saturday's festival-inspired second afternoon of celebrations, complete with Ferris wheel and coconut shy. Food trucks served everything from pulled pork sliders to Cornish fish and chips, rounded off with cup cakes, ice cream and candyfloss as guests partied from 2pm to 2am.
The family’s gardener described it as “one hell of a party”. Bloody Marys were served to help guests recover from the night before, where Robbie Williams gave an impromptu performance.'

In keeping with royal tradition, Eugenie's bouquet was placed on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey. This is a tradition which was begun by HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at her marriage to King George VI in memory of her brother Fergus who was killed in 1915 at the Battle of Loos during the First World War. The bouquet was designed by Patrice van Helden Oakes and comprises Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses, trailing ivy and myrtle.

Click here to read yesterday's full post on the wedding. Kate was in raspberry pink McQueen.

UPDATE: Princess Eugenie released an additional portrait, with a smiling Princess Charlotte adorably stealing the show, via her Instagram account. "Jack and I would like to thank everyone who was involved in making our day so special and for all the wonderful wishes as we start married life laughing together."

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