Part 1: Why the Monarchy has endured
Part 2: Princes William and Harry look forward
Part 3: The Queen's Job
Part 4: A tour of Buckingham
Part 5: Prince William and the Queen
Part 6: Media and the Monarchy
Part 7: When she became Queen
Part 8: Elizabeth, the early years
Part 9: Union of Elizabeth and Prince Philip
Kate has worn some beautiful hats over the years. Interestingly the thrifty Duchess used to rent her stylish hats from Get Ahead Hats in Reading, near her family home in Berkshire for around £100 a time. A source told the Daily Mail
'Kate came in with her mother Carole, and sister, Pippa. Even then she knew exactly what she wanted and had a very strong sense of style. She came in on several occasions and was an absolute pleasure to deal with'.
Now two of the hats Kate wore (Yes the exact ones) are being sold through Kerry Taylor Auctions on June 26. The Aurora hat Kate wore to the wedding of William's close friend Harry Meade in 2010 and the black and white disc shaped Philip Sommerville creation she wore to the Order of the Garter in 2008.
Each piece has an estimate of £1,000 - £1,500 although I anticipate the selling price will be far higher.
In disappointing news William and Kate will not be attending the Epsom Derby on Saturday. This is very surprising for a number of reasons. Her Majesty has reportedly said she wanted a 'full house', the derby is the first event over the jubilee weekend and the Cambridges attended last year.
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I had initially thought their absence could be due to William's work commitment with the RAF but the couple are currently in London. Kate was spotted shopping in Chelsea today (Perhaps last minute pieces for the jubilee) and William was playing polo in Chester. However, we will see the couple Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for jubilee events.
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In honour of Prince William's 30th birthday, The Queen has awarded her grandson one of her highest orders of chivalry. The Prince is to be made a knight of the Order of the Thistle. It is being considered a sign of William's introduction into becoming a full time royal. William will be formally welcomed into the order in a ceremony during Holyrood Week, a week when The Queen and Prince Philip undertake a series of engagements in Scotland each year. William and Kate are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland. Looking forward to this engagement, I expect it will take place in early July.
A look at the insignia of a Knight of the Order of the Thistle
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In honour of the jubilee The Royal Parks, London installed a four metre tall floral crown in St. James' Park. (With many thanks to What Kate Wore) The crown took five weeks to construct and weights five tonnes. I would love this in my back garden :)
|The Royal Parks|
To wrap up tonight's photo I'd like to share a photo of Kate taken outside Clarence House on the day before the royal wedding. I've never seen this exact one before. I think it captures the excitement of the day wonderfully.