I have several tidbits to share with you today.
There were a number of sightings of Kate shopping yesterday. I always enjoy reading tweets from people who've spotted the Duchess and I've noted they generally all form the same opinion describing her as "lovely" and "beautiful".
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The Duchess was spotted in various shopping locations in London, primarily Oxford Street. Stores on the street Kate may have visited include Zara, French Connection, Topshop, Reiss and Boots.
Regular readers will recall Kate was seen shopping in GAP in South Kensington on Friday. Many of us were curious as to which items Kate purchased; clothing for herself or perhaps baby clothing. People's Simon Perry reports the Duchess was in fact shopping for stretch-tight fitting jeggings.
A fellow shopper said:
"She was looking for jeggings, which are jeans that look like leggings, as she said she liked very skinny jeans. She didn't buy anything as she couldn't find the right leg length."
A look at two styles of jeggings from GAP, the 1969 Forever Stretch and the 1969 Legging Jeans in indigo. The 'jeggings' are also available in petite and tall..
Kate always looks great in her trademark skinny jeans; they really compliment her tall, slender frame. I'm a huge fan of skinny jeans but wouldn't wear jeggings. Do many of you wear jeggings? Should Kate be spotted wearing a pair no doubt they'll be everywhere. .
Duchess Kate reportedly enjoyed lunch with Mike and Carole Middleton in Reading today. It sounds like she's getting stronger every day and with the recent sightings I think it's safe to say the Duchess is on the mend. Wonderful news indeed.
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The 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation will be marked with a service of celebration at Westminster Abbey on June 4th at 11 a.m. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be joined by members of the royal family almost certainly including William and Kate. The always informative British Royals notes it is quite possible the service will be a public one, similar to the Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in St Paul's Cathedral. If so it may well be televised.
The service is one of the highlights of the coronation's celebrations, along with a four day festival in Buckingham Palace Gardens in July. More from the Daily Mail Story:
'Although the official Diamond Jubilee celebrations took place last year - the anniversary of the death of King George V1 and the Queen's official accession to the throne - the Queen's actual coronation took place more than a year later on June 2, 1953.
The other major celebration of the landmark anniversary will be a festival of innovation, excellence and industry held in the gardens at Buckingham Palace by the Royal Warrant Holders Association from July 11 to 14.'
It's shaping up to be a memorable summer for the British royal family with the Queen's Coronation Festival and the arrival of William and Kate's baby. I'm looking forward to the service and to seeing the Cambridges in Westminster Abbey where they were married on April 29, 2011. We'll have more on the festival closer to the date. The official website is here.
An interesting story making headlines in recent days has been speculation regarding the possibility of the Queen giving Michael Middleton a title ahead of the royal birth. Not for over 1,000 years has the grandfather of a future sovereign been without a title. Anne Boleyn's father was titled the Earl of Wiltshire before she gave birth to Queen Elizabeth I so it certainly isn't beyond the realms of possibility.
Michael Middleton (and indeed the entire Middleton family) has shown a great deal of loyalty and respect towards Prince William and the royal family over the years. William has described Mike as a 'second father' and often refers to him as 'Dad'.
'Prince William, who sees the unassuming Mr Middleton as a 'second father' would no doubt love to see this happen. Crucially, he has the ear of his grandmother, the Queen, who ultimately decides these things. There's no reason why not. The Crown Office at the House of Lords confirms: 'Hereditary peerages have not been discontinued. It is just they are rarely created these days'. All that's required is a recommendation by the Prime Minister to the Queen that Michael Middleton's name be elevated to the ranks of Lords.'
Mike and Carole will play an integral role in the upbringing of William and Kate's child, the future sovereign. Personally I think this would be excellent. Would you like to see Mike Middleton ennobled? Should it come to pass, Carole would become a Countess, James a Viscount and Pippa would be styled as 'Lady Philippa Middleton'.
Finally, the Daily Mail shared a candid photo of Kate and Pippa playing hockey at Marlborough College, Wiltshire when Kate was in her final year, roughly aged 18. The Middleton sisters excelled at sport and enjoyed participating in an array of sports. Kate looks much the same as she did during her time in St. Andrews but Pippa looks remarkably different.
Rumours of a possible engagement for Kate next week are circulating via Twitter. Nothing confirmed yet, however royal reporters did say the Duchess would be returning to engagements in February. I'll let you know if it's officially announced :)