As expected William and Kate have been keeping a low profile and we haven't had confirmation on any of the announcements we're awaiting. William's future plans with the RAF are still under wraps and as British Royals noted it is exactly five weeks since Kate's hospitalisation at King Edward VII hospital, suggesting the Duchess is now in her second trimester, meaning an announcement regarding Kate's due date cannot be far away.
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However, there are a number of interesting stories in the media about our favourite royal couple I'd like to share with you!
While Kate is resting and (hopefully) recovering from hyperemeis gravidarum she has been helping her father-in-law plan a Valentine's Day meal for the Prince's Trust Ball. Chef Lorraine Pascale spoke to The Telegraph about Kate's input:
"I will be doing a tasting with Kate, which is very exciting. I'm sure with her help we'll be developing some beautiful dishes."
Lorraine has been busy designing petit fours and the main dish.
It is well known the Duchess enjoys preparing home cooked meals at the cottage in Angelsey and is regularly spotted at local supermarkets shopping for groceries. I would love to see William and Kate attend the Prince's Trust Ball, however I'm sure William has something a little more private and romantic planned.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have employed their first orderly, a young Fijian-born corporal from the Parachute Regiment. His role will involve chauffering (below we see him driving Kate to her old prep school St Andrew's), logistics and organising William's wardrobe.
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"The couple have so far resisted pressure to have a retinue of servants, employing part-time housekeepers in Wales and London, and doing almost all their own cooking and shopping. That will change with the Duchess now pregnant and her helicopter pilot husband deciding whether to quit the RAF and take on more royal duties when his tour of duty ends."
Should William and Kate choose to become full-time royals, it would seem likely they will then divide their time between Kensington Palace, Bucklebury (with the Middletons) and possibly spend weekends at a country home. According to numerous media reports, the Queen is planning to gift the couple a beautiful country house on the Sandringham estate.
Anmer Hall has been part of the royal estate since 1898 and is situated two miles east from the Queen's residence at Sandringham. The Grade II listed Georgian house was leased by the Duke and Duchess of Kent as their country house from 1972 until 1990. As a child, Prince William spent days exploring the estate with friends and would have many fond memories there.
It would seem the perfect choice apart from the fact it currently leased by the Everett family, owners of the kitchen and timber company Norfolk Oak. I expect it will be for the Cambridges use once the current leasee leaves. It had been thought the Queen would give one of her Sandringham cottages to the couple to mark William's 30th birthday and it has emerged Anmer Hall is the one Her Majesty has chosen.
What do you think of Anmer Hall as a country retreat for the Cambridges? I think it's a beautiful property and perfect for little ones :)
Kate's influence as a style icon seems to be increasing all the time with the iconic British Vogue setting itself the task of analysing ever outfit, shoe and accessory to divide the vital statistics of Kate's style. Having looked through thousands of pictures writer Lisa Armstrong probed Kate's designers to find her favourite neckline, sleeve length and silhouette, the secret of her smile and how she might adapt McQueen as maternity wear. Vogue are calling their findings 'Katepedia: A Study in Royal Style' and the piece promises to include dazzling photos.
All of this and much more will be included in the magazine's February issue which goes on sale from Wednesday January 9.
See you all Wednesday for a special post to mark Kate's 31st birthday :)