In exciting news it is being widely reported Kate will team up with the Queen for a series of royal engagements next month. With William's upcoming trip to the Falklands I had feared we wouldn't be seeing the Duchess during that time. A royal source said
'This is a sign of how close the Queen and her new granddaughter in law have become. Her Majesty is extremely fond of Catherine and wants to do all she can to support her in what is an important year'.
The pair teamed up earlier last summer to open the exhibition at Buckingham Palace.
Duchess Kate is always in the news whether it's discussing an upcoming engagement or a truly ridiculous rumour spreading like wildfire across the tabloids. However some very fine pieces have been written about Kate in the press in the last couple of days (equally some not so complimentary), I would like to share one of the stories and insights with you. Beginning with a story by the Daily Mail entitled 'How Kate is coming of age'.
The article begins with the usual ageist remark one can expect from a tabloid Rarely can a woman facing 30 truly say her life is just becoming. It's one of those milestones made more bearable by a stiff gin and tonic'. In Kate's case this is certainly not the case as I am quite sure it's going to be another wonderful year for the Duchess. It goes on to discuss the fact that Kate is supposedly using organic hair dye to hide onset grey hairs and how Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (and the media) are beginning to refer to her as 'Duchess Doolittle' because she only undertook 34 engagements this year. I do think referring to the future Queen in that manner is quite terrible. Kate has performed each royal duty she has been asked to with ease, grace and poise. It is obviously the Queen's decision to ease her in slowly.
It also reports that while William is away in the Falklands, Kate will use this time to launch herself into solo work. 'It's a natural moment for her to step out on her own'. I enjoyed the personal insights included in the post. Kate does all the cooking for her and William and her own grocery shopping. (In Waitrose on Kensington High Street) She has continued to refuse the offer of a dresser, stylist or lady in waiting.
However William has eleven people in his office and Kate has had help from there. Twenty something Rebecca Deacon has been working for William and Harry since 2007. Since the engagement she has been assisting Kate. Introducing her to right people, carrying flowers, holding her handbag etc. The couple also have a private secretary.
Despite her high profile role, Kate is still eager to live a normal life. Looking forward to a quiet low key celebration with family on friends for her birthday. One source said
'She just loves being William's wife. It's as simple as that'.
I couldn't think of a better summary of Kate.
I found this piece quite interesting too, Ten Ways Kate Has Changed Our Lives, including pulling on a pair of tights and frugal fashion :)
I'm very excited to see what Kate wears to the 'War Horse' premiere today. Will she stick with the trusted McQueen, Packham, Temperly, Wakeley foursome or try someone new. I'm sure she will look stunning whatever she chooses.
On a side note, As I love blogging so much I've started a secondary blog, 'The Royal Digest'. Basically it will comprise of one daily post on the goings on of royalty around the world. However I will not be including William and Kate in it, (I'll be saving all the news for this blog as always :))
I'll see you all tomorrow night :)
sources (daily mail, the sun)