Sunday, 10 June 2018

A Fun-Filled Cambridge Family Day Out at the Polo!

A delightful surprise appearance from the Cambridges today!

Following Trooping The Colour yesterday, Kate, George and Charlotte cheered on Prince William as he participated in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury this afternoon.

Today marks Princess Charlotte's first appearance at the polo.

 As expected, she made her debut in style.

Princess Anne's granddaughter Savannah Phillips stole the show at Trooping yesterday, she was on hand with her sister Isla for a fun afternoon with her cousins. In a number of the photos, Kate's chatting with their mother Autumn Phillips. Laura and James Meade were also there.

It's a treat to see the children playing together. This snap depicts a very sweet moment between Charlotte and Savannah.

The Beaufort Polo Club was formed during the winter of 1928-1929 and has become known as one of the friendliest clubs in England. It is home to the famous Tomlinson polo dynasty and plays host to the first Audi England International match of the summer. The Princes have played polo there for years.

The Gloucestershire Festival of Polo has long been a staple on the royal summer calendar. In fact, we last saw Kate at a polo match with George during the event in 2015. Since the early days of William and Kate's relationship, polo has always been a highlight, promising a fun selection of candid photographs of the royals. We've missed seeing the Duchess there in recent years, so it was terrific to see her return accompanied by two very cute royals :)

Three years later, George remains just as interested in his mallet :)

More on the Festival of Polo: "A mainstay of the British Polo and South West’s social calendar, thousands of visitors flock to the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo each June. The two-day spectacle, held at the Beaufort Polo Club, includes impressive top class polo, a tented shopping village plus arena attractions and a traditional funfair. Whether you’re a fan of the sport or simply enjoy a great social day out, the Gloucestershire Festival  of Polo is not to be missed."

The charity match raised funds and awareness for two charities, the Royal Marsden, which William supports as president, and his patronage Centrepoint.

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The match, which saw the Maserati team take on the Dhamani 1969 side, is part of the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo, hosted by Beaufort Polo Club from 9th-10th June. The Palace added "This match is part of a series of charitable polo matches that the Duke and Prince Harry will play in this summer. Their Royal Highnesses have taken part in polo fixtures in support of their charities since 2007, and have continued each year since, raising over £11 million for charitable causes to date."

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Judging by the photos, it looks like Kate joined in a chasing game.

George makes a run for it.

A very sweet shot.

It appeared to be an incredibly fun afternoon!

A wave goodbye from the Duchess.

Kate was stylish in the summery blue Striped Off-The-Shoulder dress by Zara (with thanks to Laura for the swift ID).

The $70 piece is described as "Dress with a plunging neckline and open shoulders. Vertical gathering in the front and back. Belt at the waist in the same material. A-line silhouette. Front button-up fastening."

It is thought Kate's shoes are the £125 Russell & Bromley Coco-Nut ankle strap espadrille wedges (with thanks to Sara and Ashley). Crafted from soft sand suede with an adjustable tan leather ankle strap."The woven fabric heel cup and rope wedge sole evoke visions of long summers in the Pyrenees."

Kate accessorised with her Victoria Beckham Quincy Leather Tote Bag.

A special word of thanks to James Whatling for his outstanding photos this weekend.

We conclude today's post by wishing Prince Philip a very happy 97th birthday!

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Kate Elegant in Blue McQueen for Trooping the Colour!

The highlight of the Royal summer calendar, Trooping the Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, took place in London this morning. The display of pomp and pageantry is one not to be missed, with the Royal family gathering in force to celebrate the monarch.

The Duchess arriving at Buckingham Palace this morning.

This year's parade is a particularly interesting one for fans of the Duchess of Cambridge; it marks her second public appearance since the birth of Prince Louis seven weeks ago. We saw Kate at Harry and Meghan's wedding and since then the Cambridges have been dividing their time between their country home Anmer Hall and back at London where William has been carrying out a number of duties. Today's appearance is expected to be one of just a handful of occasions on which we'll see Kate before the autumn when she resumes engagements. Rumour has it Louis' christening will be held later this month, and it is also thought the Duchess will make an appearance at Wimbledon next month.

As always, Kate travelled in a horse-drawn carriage with the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The Countess of Wessex and Princess Eugenie.

Trooping the Colour is a military parade dating back to the 1700s. Although the Queen's birthday is 21 April, it has long been tradition to celebrate the sovereign's birthday publicly on a day in June, when good weather is more likely. Her Majesty has attended Trooping the Colour every year since 1947 except in 1955 when a national rail strike cancelled the event.

Over 1,400 officers and military personnel are on parade, together with two hundred horses; over four hundred musicians from ten bands and corps of drums march and play as one. Some 113 words of command are given by the Officer in Command of the Parade.

The parade route extends from Buckingham Palace along the Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again.

'Regimental flags of the British Army were historically described as ‘Colours’ because they displayed the uniform Colours and insignia worn by the soldiers of different units. The name ‘Colour’ continues to be used to this day. The principal role of a regiment’s Colours was to provide a rallying point on the battlefield. This was important because, without modern communications, it was all too easy for troops to become disoriented and separated from their unit during conflict.
If Troops were to know what their Regiment’s Colours looked like, it was necessary to display them regularly. The way in which this was done was for young officers to march in between the ranks of troops formed up in lines with the Colours held high. This is the origin of the word ‘trooping’. So, what today is a great tradition began life as a vital and practical parade designed to aid unit recognition before a battle commenced.
The Guards are amongst the oldest regiments of the British Army and have served as the personal bodyguards of The Sovereign since the monarchy was restored after the English Civil War in 1660. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have been performed first during the reign of King Charles II (1660 – 1685). In 1748, it was decided that this parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign and it became an annual event after George III became King in 1760.
Today, this colourful spectacular remains a celebration of the Sovereign’s official birthday. Although Her Majesty The Queen’s actual birthday is the 21st April, her ‘official birthday’ is marked by the Trooping the Colour ceremony.'

Below, the Queen on her first Trooping as the Sovereign in 1952. People reports: "After retiring her favorite parade horse, a black mare named Burmese, in 1986, the Queen decided to abandon her rough-riding side-saddle days in favor of a horse-drawn carriage." Coincidentally, last Saturday marked the 65th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey. It seems incredibly fitting to celebrate her 92nd birthday only days later.

It was revealed yesterday, Her Majesty underwent surgery last month to remove a cataract from her eye at King Edward VII hospital. She was spotted wearing sunglasses at several royal events, but was not forced to cancel or postpone any engagements. The monarch looked resplendent in blue today. Unfortunately, Prince Philip, who turns 97 tomorrow, wasn't present.

On horseback were Prince Charles, Colonel of the Welsh Guards; Prince William, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards; and the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals. Prince Andrew was a new addition to the group - succeeding his father as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. Apparently he's never had a great love for horses or riding, so took lessons in recent months in preparation for today.

Kate and Meghan chatting on the balcony.

A curtsy for the Queen.

At precisely 12.52 pm, gun salutes were fired across the capital; the Honourable Artillery Company fired from the Tower of London and the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired from Green Park.

Afterwards, the Royal family gathered on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the flypast, in what is a rare opportunity to see so many of its members together.

It's become a real treat to see George and Charlotte joining their parents in recent years. George turns five next month and three-year-old Charlotte is at the age where she's changing and growing with each appearance. Louis is too young to make an appearance just yet, but I expect we'll see him with his siblings next year.

A closer look at those adorable expressions.

Savannah Phillips and Prince George :)

Charlotte appeared to be momentarily upset when she fell...

...It wasn't long before she was back watching the flypast with a helping hand from Kate and Savannah.

The little royal trio certainly stole the show :)

The Red Arrows view of London - as the jets complete Her Majesty's Birthday Flypast.

The flypast.

An overview.

The full turnout on the balcony.

A brief video from the balcony.

It's the eight consecutive year Kate has attended the event.

The Duchess was elegant in a bespoke pale blue Alexander McQueen dress. The defined shoulders and fitted silhouette worked extremely well. Sarah Burton always does an exquisite job with tailoring and today was no exception. A perfect choice for the nature of the occasion.

Kate's bespoke statement hat is by Juliette Botterill. The milliner is a royal favourite; her designs are frequently worn by Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall. Carole Middleton wore one of Ms Botterill's hats for Pippa's wedding last year.

Kate accessorised with her blue topaz Kiki McDonough Eden earrings and necklace.

The £3,500 earrings are blue topaz oval and cushion cut stones surrounded by diamonds set in 18ct white gold.

We also see the £1400 Kiki Eden Blue Topaz and 18ct White Gold Flower Necklace.

It is thought Kate's clutch is by Alexander McQueen.

A lovely day for the royal family!

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