As for our favourite royal couple, William and Kate enjoyed a quiet weekend in Anglesey where Prince William works as a RAF Search and Rescue pilot. The couple reportedly attended a local church service on Sunday at St Cadwaladr's Church in Llangadwaladr (quite a word to pronounce) a small village in Anglesey. The church is believed to have been a royal burial ground and one of its windows dates from the 12th century. William was most likely on call, as the couple spent last Easter in Scotland with Charles and Camilla and it was quite possibly his turn to work.
It will be the final Easter the Cambridges spend in Anglesey because whatever William's future plans are it will involve moving permanently from the Welsh island where the couple share a cottage. There is still no official word on William's decision but according to a number of royal sources the deadline has passed and I expect the Palace will release a statement shortly, most definitely sometime this month. Hello! Magazine commissioned a poll of 2,000 people and over 80% of voters feel it's time for the Prince to take on more royal duties while two thirds feel the Queen needs to slow down. A role in the Household Cavalry has been discussed and the possibility of a transfer to RAF Wattisham cannot be ruled out either.
Veteran BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell shared his thoughts:
'The Queen will never retire - but after 61 years on the throne, one senses there is an acceptance of the need to lighten the load a little, both for her own sake and her husband's. The hardest person to persuade of the need to slow down will be the Queen but William in particular must realise we're at the point where royal duty will have to take precedence over his military career.'
What path do you think William will choose? Do you think he should pursue his military career or do you feel it's time to devote more time to royal duties?
Speaking of William's role with the RAF, Flight Lieutenant Wales has taken part in a new BBC documentary about helicopter rescue missions. He reveals how his team copes with "dodgy and dangerous situations'" and is shown rescuing a teenage boy who has fallen 20ft from a disused railway bridge.
William shares the challenges of his job:
'It's not easy. It makes you feel worried, concerned. You obviously want to make the right call. I have a duty of care for the crew and for the casualty. So you do have to think very carefully.
When you have got either a young child or a young woman or a young woman or an old man or whatever it is you are going to do. It really focuses the mind when there is an actual real person at the end of it who needs your help and you are their only hope.'
Helicopter Rescue starts on April 8 on BBC Wales. It is expected to be shown nationally later this year.
Another interesting story that broke over the weekend: the Duchess of Cambridge has applied to the Intellectual Property Office to trademark her title as part of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and will be used solely to raise money for charities. The trademark will be applied to range of goods including clothing, footwear and headgear.
However, we won't be seeing any pieces designed by the Duchess. More on this from The Telegraph:
'So while a 'Duchess by Catherine' fashion line isn't in the works (and probably never will be), we're betting anything bearing her official moniker would be a hit. Plus, the Buckingham Palace shop does sell a range of jewellery inspired by pieces worn by the Queen it's not entirely unfeasible that the Duchess's sartorial prowess could one day be used to raise funds.'
Now, that's a suggestion that would no doubt prove very lucrative :)
Our fashion tidbit for the day: there is a stellar Issa Sale at The Outnet with up to 60% off a range of stunning cocktail dresses and gowns very similar to pieces worn by the Duchess. The Outnet has teamed up with some incredible designers lately and this latest partnership is one fans of Kate's style will enjoy.
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The Plunge-Front Silk Jersey Dress is currently reduced from €790 to €316 and is still available in some sizes. The flamingo pink gown features ruching at front and waist and a draped front panel. The 100% silk piece is also available in a shorter low cut style.
A look at a selection of beautiful pieces currently available. The red lace dress is very much in keeping with Kate's style; it's a particularly pretty piece and Kate's engagement dress is available in an array of colours and prints.
We'll see William and Kate on Thursday and Friday when they'll be carrying out a series of engagements in Scotland :)