Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Prince Louis' Christening Details Released!

Kensington Palace confirmed today Prince Louis will be christened on Monday, 9 July, at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, London. Prince Louis will be christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.

Prince Louis will be eleven weeks old when he's christened. We last saw photos of Louis in early May, the little prince will have changed quite a bit when we see him on the day.

As with George and Charlotte's christenings, it will be a small, intimate affair attended by godparents and their spouses and close family. Hello! reports:

'Members of the royal family are expected to attend including the Queen, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and Meghan. Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton, her younger brother James and her younger sister Pippa, who is pregnant with her first child, are also expected to make an appearance.'

Louis' big brother George was also baptised at the Chapel Royal. At the time aides said William and Kate selected it because they felt it was the perfect choice for an intimate christening.

The Chapel Royal at St James's Palace was used for the lying in state of Diana Princess of Wales after her death in 1997. The chapel was also the venue for Kate's confirmation into the Church of England in 2011, in a private ceremony before the royal wedding. Built in 1531, the heart of Mary Tudor was laid beneath its chancel step in 1558. Princess Beatrice's christening took place there in 1988, William attended the service with his mother. Below, the Sistine Chapel Choir performing in the Chapel Royal last month.

Charlotte's christening was a much more public affair because it was held at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate. Thousands of well-wishers from the nearby Norfolk area and much further afield travelled to St Mary's to catch a glimpse of the Cambridges on the day.

The Palace confirmed the service is "private" although one photographer will be present, so we can expect a nice selection photos similar to George's christening. It's unlikely we'll see the same variety of shots as Charlotte's christening, due to the fact there isn't an arrival/departure walk.

Louis is expected to wear the same gown as his siblings. It is a hand-made replica of the royal christening robe, made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen. The original Honiton lace and satin robe, which is now 172 years old, was last used in 2004 with Lady Louise Windsor being the last royal baby to wear the piece. After years of wear it had become too fragile to use, so in 2008 the Queen commissioned a replica. It features the same length skirt, elaborate collars and bow as its predecessor. The first baby to wear it was was James, Viscount Severn, son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

William and Kate's choice of godparents will be revealed closer to the day. Will we see the Duchess in cream McQueen again?


Next we have several fashion updates regarding pieces the Duchess has worn. The GOAT Eloise Tunic Kate wore for the Place2Be School Leaders Forum last November has been restocked in all sizes. The 100% wool, plum dress is described as "Simple, chic and timeless the Eloise dress in a deep purple hue is a wardrobe must-have. A line shaped with a high neckline decorated with shine pewter buttons the Eloise is perfect for teaming with flats for a more casual look or heels to dress up."

The Office Nina Block Heel Sandals Kate wore to Wimbledon are reduced from £62 to £39.

And Kate's Michael Kors Carnation Georgette Shirtdress is reduced from £215 to £150.


Finally, congratulations to Mike, Zara and Mia Tindall on the new addition to their family. Zara gave birth to a baby girl on Monday.

The Duchess greeting Zara at Royal Ascot last year. 

You can view the full announcement here. 

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!

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