Sunday, 2 September 2012

Kate Presents Gold Medal, Attends Rowing, Tour Itinerary, Kate's New Hairdresser + More

Kate watched the Athletics tonight and presented a medal to Great Britain's Aled Davies who won gold in the men's discus. It is the first time Kate has taken part in a medal ceremony, in her role as Olympic Ambassador and she appeared to enjoy it immensely.


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Commentators, members of the audience and the athletes were incredibly excited to see the Duchess presenting. 


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80,000 people sang 'God Save the Queen' with Kate in the Stadium.


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The Duchess in the stadium watching the athletics.


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Kate looked every inch the royal tonight in a navy suit.


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Kate's blazer appears to be the Emilio Pucci double breasted jacket she wore whilst visiting Team GB's women's hockey team. It retailed at Selfridges for £1,145. The Duchess teamed the jacket with a navy dress/skirt.



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Kate wore a Paralympic scarf.


The Duchess completed the look with her Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges.


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Aled Davies shared a photo of him and Kate via Twitter (With many thanks to What Kate Wore)   


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You can watch a video at Channel 4.




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Duchess Kate braved the rain earlier today to witness Team GB's Paralympic rowers successfully compete against Germany at Eton Dorney. Kate clutched an umbrella as she walked into the venue and sat beside Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor. Kate chatted to Lady Louise, who was a flower girl at the Royal wedding. The two appear to get along wonderfully.


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Set in a 400 acre park within a nature conservation area, Eton Dorney, rowing centre at Dorney Lake, is acclaimed as one of the finest rowing venues in the world. It is located twenty five miles west of London.


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The rowing team added the gold medal to the world title they won last year. 


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Kate wore a Team GB jacket with skinny jeans and her red Adidas Supernova Glide 4 shoes.  Obviously the Duchess is supporting Team GB with her clothing choices for the Paralympics as she did with the Olympics.



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Kate thoroughly enjoyed the rowing and was seen punching her hands in the air when Team GB  won. You can view a selection of fabulous photos from the event at PopSugar.


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Exciting news regarding the upcoming royal tour. William, Kate and Harry's Principal Private Secretary and Equerry Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton has released a statement which includes a detailed itinerary for the South-East Asia tour. It's is a very interesting read. On the sidebar you will see 'Kate's Upcoming Dates' which has been updated to include the couple's engagements during the tour. It certainly looks like it's going to be a wonderful tour. Are you looking forward to it? :)

The statement finishes with information on the tour party and flights. The couple will travel on all scheduled flights except between Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabulu and between Sabah, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu and will return home to London via a brief change of aircraft in Brisbane.

'The tour part is consistent with Their Royal Highnesses' last tour to Canada, and the only difference is the addition of an orderly, who will manage tour logistics and other practicalities. The tour party consists of me (Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton) and the Assistant Private Secretary Rebecca Deacon, two press officers at one time, including Miguel Head, a personal assistant, the orderly I just mentioned and  - paid for privately - a hairdresser. Sir David Manning will also accompany Their Royal Highnesses'.


The hairdresser who will accompany Kate is Amanda Cook Tucker. The 50-year-old is no stranger to  royal circles and has previously cut William and Harry's hair. Kate is a loyal customer at the Richard Ward salon but has been using Mrs. Cook to style her hair at home. With the hot and humid weather having a hairdresser close by will be an invaluable asset for the Duchess.

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Despite being one of the world's most famous women, Kate managed to go unrecognised when she visited a watersports store near her Anglesey home. Kate popped into the shop in the tiny resort of Rhosneigr to buy a wetsuit but had forgotten her cash and credit card. She then asked owner Dave Buckland if she could reserve it and pop back later. A source told the Daily Mail:

'He was happy to reserve the suit, but then produced a pen and asked for her name. Perhaps she was trying to play down her destiny as future Queen, but she replied "Mrs Cambridge". He commented it was quite an unusual name. She just smiled and said she'd be back. He hasn't lived it down since'.

A look at scenic Rhosneigr.

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Kate is expected to watch the Athletics tonight. See you all then :)

53 comments:

  1. Knowing it was going to rain, why on earth didn't she put her hair up? She looked ridiculous with her hair all over the place, frizzy and unkempt. She looks nice and glamorous with her hair up, so I just don't understand why she's so stubborn.

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    1. STUBBORNNESS!!!
      Seriously!

      I can't understand why she doesn't pull her hair back. She has such a pretty face and knowing the weather forecast, ugh... (rolling my eyes)

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    2. her hair is not all over the place. Its her preferred style and I think she looks good. And she isn't stubborn - that's refusing to do something you want her to do - have you told her personnally shat you want her to do? Do you know that well?

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    3. to the 3rd Anon, the comments are Kate's hair fall under the category of constructive criticism. So you can calm down. Stubborn was a nice way of putting it. I think she's oblivious and clueless. I know Diana had a curiosity about what the press and people said about her, and Kate needs to, if she's not, come to sites like his and see what she looks like in pictures and what the rest of the world thinks about her look. She has PLENTY of room to improve.

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    4. I wish Kate would tie her hair in those cute little buns when she goes shopping. It looks really cute on her..

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    5. More than the hair it is the shoes that offend me. They don't go with this outfit and are too too high to be respectable. I doubt that she is actually reading or acting on feedback. She strikes me as the type who is so "confident" that she wouldn't really care what is said about her. And she doesn't care whether there is room to improve or not - she simply does her own thing.

      That said, I would like to draw attention to her forehead. Anyone else notice that it hasn't moved in the last two months ? Botox. Take a close look at pictures where she is squinting - that is a giveaway. Nothing wrong with it.. except.. how sad ! 30 year old and botox already ?

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    6. I have to admit, I did wonder about botox :(

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    7. I have to admit, I did wonder about botox :(

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    8. Re comments about Botox:

      To anonymous - you don't know she has used it and therefore stating it as a fact would be wrong. I am in my late 40's and I do not have any lines on my forehead - not one. Have to say I hoipe that it lasts like that for a bit longer but I have never used Botox, just moisturiser and a regular regime like that helps.

      And I also suggest looking at a wider range of pix, cos I dont agree with the statement "hasn't moved in the last 2 months".

      Also (and this includes "louisedraws" - why assume the worst? Why not just think lucky girl? Be nice.

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    9. Ana B. from Brazil3 September 2012 at 23:20

      I don't know why Kate should be bothered about what people say about her. If she feels right about herself, there is no need to care about what other people say. I do hope she doesn't read the news because the only person who knows for sure what suits her best is herself. If she wears those wedges, those LK Bennett's and her hair loose too often, it's because she feels comfortable about them. And that is what really matters.

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    10. If she wants to botox then it's her call, it certainly doesn't bother me! She's so pretty she would look great whether she used it or not :)

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    11. There are too many women who love being nasty and critical.

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  2. Haha, that story about the shopkeeper is fantastic!! Love it :)

    Thanks for all the quick updates, Charlotte!

    -Sarah

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    1. Pauline California USA2 September 2012 at 21:39

      Sarah, isn't that funny. Who in the world would not know the beautiful Duchess??? And I have to laugh at the people who think the Duchess was trying to get the wetsuit for free since she left her money & credit cards at home. People don't know that the Duchess does not take anything for free.

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    2. I definitely don't think she was trying to get it for free, that assumption is just ridiculous. I do think, however, that forgetting a credit card/wallet/billfold is quite clumsy though :P

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    3. I can't imagine she was trying to get it for free. First of all, she's not poor, she has no reason to need freebies and I'll bet she's not stupid enough to not realize that the media would make a huge deal out of it**. On top of that, the storyline wouldn't even make sense... she asked the shopkeeper to hold it for her, not to take it home and come back to pay for it later.

      ** There was a Daily Mail article awhile back about how some company sent Kate a gift of a ski cap or something as an engagement gift, and Carole decided to keep it for herself while writing the company a letter that said "we don't usually accept gifts, BUT..." which I thought was pretty tacky. Of course, she probably didn't assume the company owner would run blabbing to the media.

      But back to Kate, I can relate... I once somehow got to the train station and realized that I had no money or train pass or cell phone on me. What I was thinking that morning, I have no idea! Happens to us all :)

      -Sarah

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  3. Thanks for all the detailed info you give us. The Duchess presented the medals for the men's discus this evening.

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    1. Thank you, It's added to the top of the post :)

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  4. Pauline California USA2 September 2012 at 21:36

    I was glad to see that the beautiful Duchess got to present the gold metal. I bet Aled Davies will never forget that moment. How special was it for him.
    I am trying to figure out if the Duchess changed her clothes for just added the blazer. Can't really tell. The Duchess looked stunning again today even though it rained. And it was really nice to see her with Sophie again. They really looked like the were having a great time.

    Also read where that the Duchess & her Prince will be attending a wedding on October 20th. It is for another royal family. Charlotte can you see if there is anything else out there regarding this. It will be nice to see them at another royal wedding. I don't think they have ever attended one as a married couple.

    Thanks again for the great up date.

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    1. They attended Zara Phillips and mike tindalls wedding last year they were married then :) but I agree with you it would be nice to see them at another royal wedding :)
      Grace

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    2. If I had to make a guess- if they really are attending a royal wedding on Ocotber 20th of this year it will be that of The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. And that will be a tiara moment as well. If they are attending that is.

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    3. IF they are indeed attending a royal wedding on October 20th of this year I would bet my money on them attending the wedding of The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. That is if that is the one they are attending. The best part of that would be if they are going- we would have another tiara sighting!

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    4. Pauline California USA3 September 2012 at 01:13

      Yes that is the wedding they stated in the information I read. Sorry I forgot to put which wedding they were going to attend.

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  5. Kate is as lovely as ever. I really love her long and beautiful hair. And her smile is a special gift to everyone.

    A beautiful and charming asset for the British crown!


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  6. Thanks Charlotte!! Kate looks gorgeous in the blue blazer!! Im assuming she's wearing her blue jeans with wedges. I wish we had a full picture of her in her suit.I wish Kate would've tied her hair back for the morning event(where it rained), she would've looked neater. Waiting for your next post :)

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    1. Pauline California USA2 September 2012 at 22:13

      Siddhii- There is a picture showing the Duchess in her skirt & blazer. It is just a few pictures above. She looks stunning.

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  7. *How cool that Kate was the one to hand out the medals :) (LIKE!)
    *Loved her blazer too, and the scarf... I'm warming up to the red tennis shoes (which I really disliked the first time I saw them).
    *Impressive photo of the rowing centre at Dorney Lake. Really like that you added taht :) specially for those of us unable to watch the paraolympics :( #Fail
    *Beautiful Duchess, it truly was a bad hair day for you :( I say fire that hairdresser/adviser :P Seriously, BAD HAIR day. If you simply decided to wear it down (out of your freewill... ugh! bad choice :P sorry) I hope she sees the pictures of the events, to see/learn what suits her best :)

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    1. Perhaps she leaves her hair loose to please her husband--much more important than pleasing us.

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    2. Soo true , Anon! It's not like Kate lives to please us! She has a life of her own, which I believe she shares enough of...

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  8. Ana B. from Brazil3 September 2012 at 01:03

    Hello!
    I don't know, but I did not see a problem about Catherine's hair today! It looked as polished as ever! Maybe it's because I really like to wear my hair down too.
    I have heard a story that a man who won a silver medal refused to shake the Duchess' hand because his religion did not allow him to touch anyone who is not a muslim. Have you heard this story too?
    A nice week to you all.

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    1. According to tumblr, the Muslim religion doesn't allow a man to touch a woman that is not his wife. Not sure if that's true but hoped I helped

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    2. Ana B. from Brazil3 September 2012 at 03:16

      Thank you, Jackie. I bet it was an awkward moment!

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    3. Jackie - you are correct BUT not every man practices that! I married into a lovely Muslim family (I did not have to covert) and I get hugs from the guys. But when I met an Imam, he wouldn't shake my hand because I wasn't his wife (not because I wasn't Muslim.) I respected that... it depends on the person too :)

      About Kate's hair... it looked alright, but it always looks better than mine. I always wear mine up when it rains, it's humid where I live :)

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    4. The Iranian who won the silver medal appeared to bow to the Duchess.

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  9. She's just lovely. I hope the Duchess never loses that truly down to earth, unaffected quality.

    The wetsuit story is something else! I'm sure all parties involved have had a good giggle over it.

    I c-a-n-n-o-t wait for this tour to get started!!!

    Silvia

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  10. I looooove the suit, but I wish she had worn more formal shoes! Wearing cork wedges with a lovely suit like that is like wearing flip-flops with a cocktail dress.

    However, I've noticed that Kate seems to get super attached to certain shoes (the black suede boots she wore all the time pre-engagement, those nude LK Bennetts, now these cork wedges). I understand that she can't own hundreds of pairs, but I still find her lack of variety a little strange. I'm not even a fraction as wealthy as she is, but I still have a rotation of 5-6 formal heels that I wear to work (I'm a lawyer), not to mention different pairs of casual shoes. I hope the attachment to these wedges fades soon, they're the least classy shoes in her repertoire!

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    1. Agreed. Not a fan of the wedges at all, especially with a suit :(

      -Sarah

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    2. My theory about why Kate favors the same shoes (nude LK Bennetts, cork wedges) is that she finds them super comfortable to stand and walk in. Remember that during an engagement she just can't find a chair and sit down if her feet hurt!

      She could have shoes custom made (I believe Charles does) but that is quite expensive and is not her way.

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    3. I hate those shoes!! Even with casual wear. The look would have been so much pulled-together with other navy shoes, or even red pumps. Or even the nude LKBs.

      Love the rest of the outfit, including the scarf.

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  11. I love this classic suit! And I think it's sort of refreshing that she favors certain shoes and wears them often.

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  12. Hi Charlotte, do you know of any other video links for the medals ceremony that do not require adobe flash player as I cannot watch the channel 4 video and cannot find another one :(

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    1. I'm afraid I don't. Channel 4 may have some exclusive rights as they are broadcasting it but I will keep looking for one.

      There is part of the video on youtube in relation to the hand shaking incident :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmrBuZuA-kM

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    2. Thank you very much :) your the best! I love the fact she wore the Paralympic gb scarf she looked so proud when presenting aled with his gold medal.

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  13. There was a photo of Kate from the back and I always thought her bum was way better than Pippa's, her face too. She looks more and more sophisticated. Love the jacket and skirt on her, can't wait to find out who's skirt/dress she wore. Wish she wore a different shoe.

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  14. Is it just me or does Kate's face look fuller?

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    1. Pauline California USA3 September 2012 at 18:53

      I think the Duchess's face does look fuller and I think also has put on a bit of weight. She is looking really good.

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    2. I think her face looks better in general-her eyes at times used to look sunken and with pronounced dark circles. It might be a combination of more rest, nutrition, better makeup techniques and/or maybe, even, a gentle filler (no judgement there-I would get some for myself). She's lovely and so elegant! I've been spending so much time on this website that I found myself purchasing two pairs of wedge shoes (which I never would have considered buying anytime Before Duchess days) this week (and feel like a giddy little girl by thinking "on trend like HRH". I know, silly, but hey). :)

      Silvia

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    3. I adore my wedges also :) I find heels can be quite uncomfortable during the day and particularly for the summer wedges are the perfect alternative.

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  15. Kate looks wonderful as always, I simply adore the suit, and I think the wedges are ok. Although she definitelly shoud do something with her hair. It doesn't look good as usual, I'm assuming it's the humidity problem.

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  16. love the ducheess hair and suit i heard the iranian muslim are not allow to get handshake from unrelated lady its fine the suit is well love her look maybe its humidity

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  17. I love this outfit - she looked very 70's with her hair down. Super cute.

    I also really love the story about her going unrecognised! I bet that doesn't happen often. :)

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  18. I love the little 'Mrs. Cambridge' story, she probably thought it was hilarious- and refreshing. Love the little personal stories!!

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