Sunday, 18 November 2018

Darling Photos of Grandpa Wales and Prince Louis in The Sunday Times Magazine

Days after Prince Charles celebrated his 70th birthday, there's another darling surprise in the form of a fabulous new photo of Grandpa Wales with his youngest grandson. The photo is part of an exclusive photography special by Chris Jackson and Roya Nikkhah for The Sunday Times Magazine.

The Sunday Times Magazine/Chris Jackson

Jackson's selection of images include an unseen photo of Louis touching Charles' face much to the delight of the group. These candid glimpses are wonderful to see. Louis really does look so much like Kate, he's a beautiful baby and appears to have a jolly, playful personality.

Hello Canada shared a photo of Baby Kate beside Louis.

More from The Sunday Times:

'Forty years ago, Prince Charles summed up his personal dilemma: “My great problem in life is that I do not really know what my role in life is. At the moment I do not have one, but somehow I must find one.” At 70, he inhabits the roles of king-in-waiting, philanthropist, environmentalist and campaigner. But perhaps the role in which he feels most at ease is that of “Grandpa Wales” — the nickname by which Prince George and Princess Charlotte call him.
On a sunny September afternoon, the nickname rang out around the gardens at Clarence House, his London home. Grandpa Wales beamed as he savoured cuddles with a five-month-old Prince Louis, while a cheeky George vied for the prime spot, clambering onto Charles’s lap for a family photo to mark his milestone (see image above).
Charles was in his element as Charlotte swung off his arms, while the Duke of Sussex larked about, pinching his father’s pocket square, and his newest grandchild tweaked his nose. It was, says Jackson, “the happiest I have seen him”.
“It was lovely chaos with the children,” he adds. “He is a very hands-on grandfather. He was holding hands with George and Charlotte, and bouncing Louis up and down for a long time. George was very happy on the prince’s knee. They have a great relationship that’s a little more established, as George is a bit older.”

Speaking about the process of photographing Charles for a year, Chris Jackson said: "I’ve spent much of the last year documenting some intimate and ‘behind the scenes’ moments with The Prince of Wales to celebrate his 70th Birthday - It really has been an incredible privilege to create such a unique set of images and a huge amount of fun at the same time."

Back to the article:

'According to Prince Harry, “the man never stops”. He is a bona fide “workaholic”, agrees the Duchess of Cornwall, who recently admitted she wished her husband would slow down. As the busiest working royal, clocking up more than 600 official engagements a year, the prince has precious little downtime. But those rare moments when he is able to escape the crowds and courtiers are his tonic. He will always take an afternoon walk, preferably on his own, in his special studded walking shoes, secateurs in hand, to gather his thoughts. “He’d often just disappear off,” says Jackson, who tried to blend into the background while Charles attempted to get some me-time.
For much of his 70 years, the prince’s relationship with his mother has been consistently interpreted as formal, uneasy and distant — the result of a woman who was forced to put the business of monarchy ahead of motherhood and a son who has never come to terms with the absence of maternal affection.
Not so, says Jackson: “My impression of mother and son is that I see two people who have a great relationship. We don’t see them together on a regular basis, but you look at those pictures from the Highland Games every year, and when two people are laughing in that way, that’s not something you can fake.”

Our post on the photoshoot with fashion details is here.

You can view the full selection of photos on The Sunday Times website (it requires a subscription).

Friday, 16 November 2018

Duchess Kate in Favourite Preen Finella Dress for Royal Foundation Dinner!

Following a visit to the BBC yesterday afternoon focused on cyberbullying, William and Kate joined Harry and Meghan for the Royal Foundation dinner at Victoria House in Bloomsbury Square last night. The annual event offered a chance to celebrate the successes of the year with staff from the Foundation and representatives from organisations the royals work with closely. The event is private, but luckily this year a couple of images emerged.

Performer Tom Walker sang a selection of songs at the event and shared images from the night.

Mr Walker said: "I had the honour of performing and meeting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the annual Royal Foundation dinner." Below William and Kate with the performer and the night's host Anita Rani.

BBC Countryfile host Anita Rani wrote on Instagram: "Such an honour to be asked to host the annual Royal Foundation dinner last night. Brilliant the Fab Four have come together to influence change. It was a wonderful evening!"

A photo of Harry and Meghan was also shared. The Duchess wore a Roland Mouret gown for the evening.

Tom Walker and Robyn Hughes-Jones take to the stage.

Victoria House is a Grade II-listed neoclassical building in London. It was constructed in the 1920s, built for, and for many decades occupied by, the Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society. The building was extensively remodelled in 2003 to create 300,000 square feet of office, retail and leisure space, including an original art deco ballroom, the Bloomsbury Ballroom function venue.

A peek inside the Bloomsbury Ballroom.

The Duchess was in a familiar dress tonight: her effortlessly chic Preen Finella midi dress. The Finella is one of the most popular styles in Kate's closet. The Duchess first wore it in 2016 for a Government House reception, and again in December 2016 for a private reception. Kate loved it so much she wore the black version for the Place2BeAwards the same year.

The dress is crafted from heavyweight satin and has a classic fit-and-flare silhouette that's elevated with a wide asymmetric hemline, front pleated wrap, and box pleats at the skirt. A teal version of the dress is available at The Outnet for £407.

The dress comes from the Pre-AW16 collection and is inspired by the late Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, an English writer, memoirist and socialite. She was the youngest and last surviving of the six Mitford sisters, who were prominent members of English society in the 1930s and 1940s. The Finella is described as "oozing a grandeur that she would approve of".

Kate teamed the dress with her red Jenny Packham clutch once again.

The Duchess accessorised with a new pair of earrings. We'll update if they are identified.

In other news, it's eight years today since a very special announcement was made...

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! :)

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