A short walk down a private path from the villa leads to the a beautiful beach, thought to be the finest on the island. People reports on past visits the couple have made several trips a day to take a leisurely stroll or to snorkel well past the rocky outcrops that border the cove. A source told People, "The Island is locked down - that always means royalty is here."
Mustique was bought by Lord Glenconnor, Colin Tennant in 1958 for the sum of £45,000 and two years later he gave Princess Margaret a plot of land as a wedding present in order to associate the Island with the royal family. Since then Mustique has become a hideaway for royals and celebrities. The Middleton family have come to adore the paradise island and travel their annually. Pippa passed up the opportunity to run a marathon in New Zealand in order to join them.
According to a Daily Mail story, William and Kate first visited Mustique after a fortunate conversation at a society wedding in 2006:
'William told a friend named Lotty Bunbury that he would love to go but that "he couldn't possibly afford to." It so happened that Lotty is married to Mustique's only doctor, Michael Bunbury. Thus, she arranged for William and Kate to be lent the beautiful Villa Hibiscus (in the end, they made a donation to charity in return), belonging to John and Belle Robinson, the owners of fashion chain Jigsaw.'
Basil's Bar is a popular bar and restaurant located on the island. William and Kate have enjoyed spending time their on previous visits and this year they arrived just in time for the popular Blues Festival.
I expect William and Kate will continue visiting Mustique annually with the Middletons, and of course in years to come they will be joined by Baby Cambridge :)
The Mirror's royal reporter Victoria Murphy is expecting her baby at the same time as Kate and is writing about her pregnancy exclusively for Mirror Online. Victoria's name pops up regularly here on the blog as she is incredibly kind with sharing information and answering questions about the royals.
In her latest entry Victoria writes about William and Kate's babymoon and informs us that. beginning with Kate's visit to Action on Addiction's Hope House on February 19th, the young royals will be taking on a number of engagements.
'Everyone deserves a holiday and to be fair on the royal couple's choice of luxury location there are not many places they can go if they want to be certain of secluded relaxation. But I can't help feeling that the timing for this one hasn't been the best given neither Kate not William have been able to fit in any public engagements recently.
Yes he has been concentrating on his RAF flying career, but the public want to see William and Kate, people love them and the Monarchy needs them to be and about flying the flag. But I am assured that, kicking off with the Duchess's first public appearance on Feb 19, we CAN expect to see Kate and William and Harry out and about throughout the end of February and March.'
It is thought the royal trio plan to focus on their current charitable patronages and Kate is due to announce four new patronages shortly. Another long awaited announcement is expected this month. We will hear whether or not William plans to stay with the RAF or take on another military role which would allow him and Kate to take on more engagements. I'll let you all know as soon as any of these announcements are made.
We recently looked at maternity wear possibilities for Kate and one of the brands we included was Séraphine, a maternity wear brand favoured by celebrities and the fashion elite, with an ultra trendy flagship store boutique in Kensington, right around the corner from Kensington Palace it would seem an ideal choice for the Duchess.
The lovely Nicola from Séraphine kindly sent me their 'Get The Look' moodboard which includes a number of 'Repli-Kate' pieces for expectant mothers and indeed possibilities for Kate herself. I thought the Embellished Butterfly Sleeved Gown particularly pretty. You can find all the looks here.
We generally hear about Kate sightings first via Twitter so while the couple are in Mustique I was interested to read a very excited tweeter reveal her boyfriend is working in William and Kate's house in Anglesey replacing a boiler!
Enjoy the weekend and for those of you experiencing snow, stay warm x