Sunday, 12 August 2012

Kate in Whistles for Olympics Closing Ceremony

The Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Harry at the Olympic Closing Ceremony tonight. 


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Kate chatted with Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha before the show got underway.


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Harry's tie and Kate's dress coordinated perfectly :)


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The Queen was not in attendance tonight, as Buckingham Palace said there was no official role for a Head of State in the ceremony. Her Majesty is expected to watch it at Balmoral, where she and Prince Philip are spending their summer break. The Palace released a message from the Sovereign 


'As the 2012 London Olympic Games come to a close, I offer my congratulations to the athletes of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, whose efforts across the range of Olympic disciplines have truly captured the public's imagination and earned their admiration. I congratulate, too, the organisers of the games, as well as the thousands of volunteers who have epitomized the Olympic spirit through the warm welcome they have shown to the sporting teams and spectators from around the world.
As a nation we now look forward to the Paralympic Games and wish all athletes every success'.

Prince Harry represented his grandmother at the ceremony. 


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Harry and Kate singing.


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A look at the stadium before the ceremony began.



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80,000 people in the Olympic Stadium counted down to the beginning of the opening ceremony, to the chimes of a replica Big Ben.


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The ceremony celebrated the amazing sports feats of the athletes who have taken part in the Games with the ultimate aftershow party. 3,500 adult volunteers and 380 schoolchildren from the six east London Host Boroughs showcased the creative talent of the UK in a fun, colourful and festive atmosphere. 


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Actor Timothy Spall read lines from Shakespeare in character as Winston Churchill.


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Following an introduction to daily life in London, the athletes entered and volunteers were thanked. 'A Symphony of British Music' took place next, celebrating over fifty years of British music. One Direction received a wonderful reception at the Stadium when they performed thier hit 'What Makes You Beautiful'.


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An aerial view of the red, white and blue Olympic Stadium field of play.


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Supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell turned the Stadium into a catwalk to showcase McQueen pieces.


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British favourites 'The Spice Girls' reunited tonight for a special performance. Victoria Beckham said she was 'so excited' about the performance. 


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Duchess Kate recycled the Whistles Bella Dress she wore to the Diamond Jubilee Concert in June. Kate teamed it with a black belt tonight. An elegant understated choice.


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The $260 last season piece is described as


'Crafted in a silk rich fabric with a petal print design. Featuring a round neckline with a bound edge, cropped sleeves, gathering to the waist and an exposed gold tone zip fastening to the reverse'.

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Kate accessorized with her Kiki McDonough blue topaz earrings, black pumps and her bespoke Anya Hindmarch Maud Clutch. The clutch is available in a number of colours for £450.


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At the end of the ceremony, there was a handover to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Games and the Olympic Flame was extinguished, signalling the end of the Olympic Games.

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Kate and Harry chatted throughout the event and appeared to have a wonderful time. They were spotted singing alone to a couple of songs too :)


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I'd like to thank you all for reading the blog and commenting throughout the Olympics. London 2012 was simply amazing and it was wonderful to see Kate supporting Team GB at so many events. I expect Kate will attend a number of events during the Paralympics (August 29 - September 9) Until then, there are no engagements scheduled for the Duchess, who will most likely spend some time in Anglesey next. In the meantime we'll continue on with 'Kate Loves' and I hope to work on the 'Repli-Kate' section too, along with the latest news and hopefully a surprise appearance or two.


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I'll leave you with a look at Team GB's version of Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now' celebrating the success of London 2012 :)


38 comments:

  1. Ana B. from Brazil12 August 2012 at 21:42

    Hi! The Duchess really loves to dress in blue outfits! She is right, because she looks gorgeous wearing blue! Soooooo excited to watch the Spice Girls tonight! I absolutely loved them when I was 10 years old!
    I would like to congratulate Great Britain for throwing an awesome party to the entire world during the Olympic Games!

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  2. she looks lovely

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  3. Pauline California USA12 August 2012 at 22:10

    Thank you Charlotte for this great blog and all the great Oylmpic coverage on the beautiful Duchess. There has been some great comments and others not so nice but that is what is great about this blog, we can express ourselves. Not everyone will agree but that is what is nice about this page.

    Maybe when you get read to do your "What Kate Loves" you can do one on teh Olympics showing all the great PDA pictures of the Duchess & her Prince. They were so great photos of them. Now we will have to wait to see her again at teh end of the month. But she does need to go home and spend time with her Prince.

    Thanks again for this great blog.

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    1. He probably hasn't had a home-cooked meal in a week! I wonder if she filled the freezer for him . . . . Or maybe it was pizza and pub grub.

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  4. as always your the fastest :)
    I'm a little disappointed with Kate, nothing new *hmpf*

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  5. Go Harry!

    Watching it live I think Kate almost forgot to clap when Harry was introduced...but got there just in time!

    PPx

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  6. She is a natural beauty, she looks very lovely .. I can't believe olympics is over! I am really looking forward to the tour that is coming up, too

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  7. I really can't wait for the tour. I am suffering from serious new clothes withdrawal

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    1. I know, me too! I have to say, though, the Duchess's habit of wearing the same clothes (like the rest of us) makes every new attire extra special too (as it happens with the rest of us!!). Plus, I really, really think it's great that she is so budget conscious. It's the right thing to do...on so many counts. As during the Jubilee, the Duchess DID NOT want the attention to be on her during the Olympics. And rightly so. She was there to support those under the limelight-the athletes!!

      But, yeah! I'm ready for some new looks!! Silvia

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  8. Thanks Charlotte for this quick update!I was wondering if Kate would attend,,but she is and she's looking pretty in the recycled dress :))

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  9. I like this dress... Good choice...

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    1. Me too. I always felt like we didn't get to see a good enough pic of it during the jubilee so happy to see it out and about again :)

      -Sarah

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  10. Thanks Charlotte our gold medalist for the superb coverage of the Olympics!

    Can't wait for your next post :))

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  11. Thank you so much for all this coverage! I've really enjoyed checking in to your blog each day (I looked at it more than I actually watched Olympic events...oops!).

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    1. You're so welcome, Thank you Jeanine :)

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  12. Kate looks lovely, as always. I didn't expect to see a new dress - she's been very careful about not upstaging the games. (To the extent that she can, that is!!) Nice to see Harry representing the Queen!! A wonderful honor for him.

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    1. I agree. Choosing the Whistles dress, a piece we had already seen, was obviously done with the intention of Kate's style not overshadowing the ceremony. It was wonderful, excellent performances.

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  13. Dear Charlotte,

    I'd like to congratulate and thank you and all British people for these amazing two weeks!

    What a FANTASTIC closing ceremony! I don't know about younger people but me&my friends (I'm 49) had a blast! Pink Floyd, The Who, even Freddy Mercury, wow.... THANKS!!!!

    And the Duchess looked stunning as usual ;-)

    Your fan in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    1. It was a wonderful two weeks, Looking forward to the Paralympics next!

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  14. Thank YOU so much for all your wonderful work in bringing us Kate at the Olympics. I've so enjoyed logging in every day to see your run down. I'd imagine many hours were put in by you and it is greatly appreciated.

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  15. Ana B. from Brazil13 August 2012 at 02:36

    Hello, Charlotte!
    I posted a comment earlier today but I guess you did not recieve it...

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    1. Hello Ana! It went into my Spam, just checked and published it :)

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    2. Ana B. from Brazil13 August 2012 at 04:28

      Thank you! :)

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  16. The duchess looks lovely in that dress and Prince Harry is so handsome...

    Bea

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  17. Beautiful Duchess last night ! And congratulations to London and Great Britain for superb games and gorgeous ceremonies...
    Thank you, dear Charlotte, for your wonderful coverage. Lovely and interesting posts, as always. Well done !!! Looking forward to the coming weeks and the royal trip in september... All best, Theresa.

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  18. I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again: Charlotte, you're the best!! Thank you so much for your excellent, timely coverage of Kate and the Olympics! You did a stellar job, as usual. :o) All your hard work is very appreciated!

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  19. love the Olympics closing love the spice girl and im really love duchess really wear recycle dress i had a goosebumps ... when they actually perform spice girls

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  20. Hola, un excelente trabajo el tuyo en este blog durante los juegos olimpicos, gracias, saludos

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  21. Thank you so much for the lovely posts about Kate during the Olympics! I enjoyed reading them a lot!

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  22. Thank you all for your lovely comments and making it fun!

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  23. I really enjoyed the pictures of "casual" Kate. - wonderful blog, too!

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  24. Great website! Does anyone else think that Harry is starting to look more like Prince Charles? He had such a baby face for so long. MV

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  25. Pauline California USA14 August 2012 at 16:55

    Charlotte- I read a post from Marie Clare that the beautiful duchess will not have any engagements until their trip. Have you heard this? Also I would like to let all you Duchess fans to know about a great book I just read. It is about the first year of the Duchess's royal life. It is a great read if you are a fan of the Duchess. It is called: A Year in the Life of a Duchess, Catherine, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. YOU can order it from Amazon.com

    Thanks Charlotte for this great blog. I guess we will have Duchess withdrawals until their the trip.

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    1. Pauline - I haven't heard about that but I do believe Kate will have several engagements during the paralympics which is only two weeks away.

      The book sounds amazing by the way!

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    2. Pauline California USA14 August 2012 at 19:17

      We can only hope we will see the duchess before their trip. But maybe not as much if she attends the Paralympics. She does have a trip to get ready for. And I can't wait to see what she will be wearing and what if any PDA we will see between the both love bugs. We will might only get those looks they give each other.

      And will this trip the time that the Duchess will get to wear a tiara???

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  26. Sad that this is the last scheduled engagement for a while BUT Kate's Corkswoon wedges (in black patent leather) and the Minx strappy wedges she wore to the polo game with Lupo are available for half off on Haute Look today!

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