Saturday, 25 May 2013

William and Kate Will Attend Coronation Service, William's Latest Engagements, Proudly Displays Help For Heroes Wristband + Memorial Weekend Sales!

As expected, William and Kate's attendance at The Queen's Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey has been officially confirmed by Buckingham Palace. It will be one of the rare occasions where so many members of the Royal Family gather together; members attending include the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their daughter Lady Louise, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Princess Royal, the Gloucesters and Kents.

Westminster Abbey

It promises to be a memorable service commencing at 11 a.m. and will be conducted by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall. It is estimated 2,000 guests have been invited to attend the service.

More from Majesty Magazine:

'Readings will be given by the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, His Excellency Mr. Kamalesh Sharma. A poem by Poet Laureate, Carole Ann Duffy, which has been specifically written for the anniversary, will be included in the service.'

Kate elected to wear an Alexander McQueen blush overlay lace dress to the Jubilee service at St. Paul's Cathedral last year. The bespoke piece was a stellar choice and one I hope she wears again. I expect the Duchess could choose a similar bespoke piece for the Coronation Service.


After the service, a number of the royals will attend a luncheon in College Hall, the Mediaeval Abbots' Dining Hall built in the late 14th century. I'm very much looking forward to this one, no doubt a very special event for the Royal Family, particularly Her Majesty.

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Whilst entertaining guests at The Queen's Garden Party on Wednesday, Kate said, "Sadly, I couldn't bring William with me." We now know the Prince could not attend because he was busy paying a private visit to his patronage homeless charity Centrepoint.

Centrepoint Facebook Page/Harriet Armstrong

Prince William became patron of Centrepoint in 2005, the charity has always been close to the Prince's heart. As children, William and Harry made visits to Centrepoint services with their mother, the late Diana Princess of Wales. Diana was also patron of the organisation and an enormous supporter of its work. William is obviously eager to continue his mother's work and has played an active role in various aspects of Centrepoint.

Centrepoint

William talked with Centrepoint young person Patrick, who showed him some tasty treats from social enterprise Zendegii. Zendegii trains and employs disadvantaged young people. William was delighted to try a smoothie and flapjacks which he rather enjoyed.

Centrepoint
The Prince appears to really enjoy under the radar visits to his charities. I expect it allows a more personal and informative visit without photographers and reporters present. He looks very much at ease and relaxed in a more private setting. It's been said we'll see many more private visits like this in the future. Homelessness is such a prevalent issue and it's great to see William supporting Centrepoint.

Centrepoint

Many will remember William and Kate's visit to Centrepoint in December 2011, where William showed off some dance moves much to Kate's amusement. :)


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Yesterday, Prince William opened the Ordinary UEFA Congress and spoke of the honour of welcoming European football to London. The Prince is the president of the English Football Association and revealed he  believes Bayern Munich will win tonight's Champions League Final: "my money's is on Bayern Munich and two-nil."

The Prince was presented with a football for Baby Cambridge.

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Like so many others, the first thing I noticed was William's Help For Heroes wristband.

UEFA
More from Hello! Magazine:

'Prince William showed his solidarity with British servicemen and women when he proudly displayed his Help For Heroes wristband at an official event on Friday.
 Two days after the shocking scenes in Woolwich, when Drummer Lee Rigby was so brutally attacked whilst wearing a Help For Heroes jumper, the Prince's band was clearly visible as he made the opening speech at the UEFA Congress in London.'

William and Harry officially opened a Help For Heroes centre last week and are passionate advocates of the charity. The £2 wristband is available to buy at the Help For Heroes online shop. William sent out a strong message of support by wearing it at yesterday's event and Her Majesty plans to visit Woolwich next week. You can watch a video here.

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There are a selection of Memorial Weekend sales taking place at some of Kate's favourite brands in the US and a number of sales in the UK, too (a great excuse for some retail therapy). UK customers get 20% off purchases at French Connection by entering the code STYLE20 at the checkout. The offer is valid until midnight. US customers receive 25% off and free US ground shipping on orders over $150 by using the code S13MEM.

Below we look at Kate's portrait blouse, the Katherine Plains Top; the Geo Daisy Dress; the Eudora Silk Dress; and the Elizabeth Embroidered Dress.


French Connection

Save up to 40% at Nordstrom with reductions on Kate pieces including a number of L.K. Bennett Shoes such as the Shilo and Sledge in selected colours.

Nordstrom

There's up to 40% off a selection of Kate brands at Saks Fifth Avenue. Below we look at four 'very Kate' sale items; the Max Mara Orche Organza Trimmed Jacket (reduced from €940 to €564), the Rebecca Taylor Lace Shift Dress (reduced from €265 to €159), the M Missoni Wave Knit Dress (reduced from €445 to €267) and the Max Mara Baba Tulip Skirt (reduced from €392 to €235).

Saks Fifth Avenue

20% off selected lines at Topshop.

Topshop

A list of other sales taking place this weekend;


I hope you all have a lovely weekend! It's an especially poignant one for those of you in the US, and an important time to remember those who lost their lives while serving their country.

38 comments:

  1. Sarah from Calif.25 May 2013 at 12:32

    What a wonderful special day the Coranation Celebration will be. Saw the pictures of Queen Elizabeth from Majesty post. They are fantastic. The Queen with her robe and crown in the glen. Wow etc.........

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA25 May 2013 at 22:01

      Sarah, did you know the Queen's coronation robe will be on display at Buckingham Palace this summer? The exhibition is called The Queen's Coronation 1953 and is going from the end of July to the end of September. I am already wondering how I can approach my husband about going back just to see the amazing exhibition....LOL!!! Don't think he's going to say yes, but worth a try!!!

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    2. Sarah from Calif.27 May 2013 at 18:05

      Kate don't know when your leaving but, the day is getting closer !!! Have a fantastic time and eat an extra scone for me :)

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    3. Kate - thanks to you I have tickets for the exhibition. I wouldn't have known about it if you hadn't told me in an earlier post. They were part of my sister's 21st birthday present along with afternoon tea at The Ritz when we go to London in August - she was thrilled! I ordered a beautiful book along with the tickets about the history of the palace and it's rooms.

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA27 May 2013 at 19:17

      Kathryn, I am so happy and excited for you! You and your sister will have an absolutely amazing time! I am trying to get back to see the exhibition. It's the first time in 60 years since the coronation day all the attire will be together again. It will be truly unforgettable!!! :) Keep us posted!!!

      Sarah, I am still open to trying to exchange info through Charlotte somehow to send you a little treat! If Charlotte would do that, I would be more than happy to also! I wish I could take everyone with me. One day soon we'll do our picnic in Kensington Gardens and wait with cameras in hand to see Kate pushing the baby pram!!!! :)

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    5. Certainly will do Kate and keep us posted on your trip. Exciting year to be in London! Oh and roll on Wimbledon! I do wonder if this will be Murray's year!

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  2. the date has already been given a second Garden Party?

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  3. When is the coronation and what is scheduled for katherine next?

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    1. Pauline Oak HIlls25 May 2013 at 20:41

      Coronation serivce is June 4th and the balance of the duchess engagements are posted to the right in this blog.

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  4. Thank You So Much Charlotte!

    I truly wonderful update after what happened in Woolwich.

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  5. While know this site is mostly about William and Kate, mention should be made of Harry's garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in honor of his Sentebale charity and to honor his late mother.

    The queen looked wonderful on her visit there, wearing an unusual brooch. Charles' remarks were a bit awkward, as if intentionally not mentioning Diana or recognizing the parts meant to honor her. Prince Michael noted that Harry was brave taking on gardening, apparently having never lifted a spade himself. I was surprised William and Kate didn't show - would have brought the garden international attention but it must be Harry's choice. As it is, may be some international readers who have missed this. Bravo Harry!

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  6. Great post Charlotte and thank you so much for including Prince William. He does look a lot more relaxed when the visits are unofficial. That says a lot about him as a man, IMO. His heart is in the right place.

    Happy Memorial weekend to all! :)

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    1. I completely agree, I think he really enjoys spending time with his charities and getting to know people they help behind the scenes without the press standing beside him. It's lovely to see him taking such an interest in Centrepoint and carrying on his mother's work.

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA25 May 2013 at 21:57

      Royalfan and Charlotte, I completely agree! William seems to have a huge heart and enjoys giving his time to those in need. Isn't he going to be a fabulous dad?!?! :)

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  7. I have a question unrelated to Kate, if anyone knows the answer. How come Edward and Sophie's son is never mentioned or seen for that matter? Louise is seen and mentioned but never her little brother. I just find it very strange since he's not a baby or a toddler.

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    1. Jean from Lancs.25 May 2013 at 18:03

      It was the Earl and Countess's wish that their children should have only the title of the children of an Earl--not to be Prince or Princess---though under the law, that is what they are.. After all, there would have to be a major disaster in the BRF for them to be anywhere near the throne.
      The little boy was at Church with them at Easter and Christmas and they are usually on the Balcony after the Trooping the Colour. We didn't see much of Lady Louise until she was bridesmaid to Catherine.
      The Queen has recently changed an old law that all descendants of George the second )except those descended from the marriage of a Princess to a foreign Prince)had to have permission of the Monarch---now only the first six heirs need that permission, which means that with the birth of Baby Cambridge, even Princess Eugenie will not need to seek permission.
      It has long be known that the Prince of Wales, when he becomes King will slim down the numbers on royal duties to the direct heirs, but they will still all be at family affairs

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    2. Saw photos of little James once at an amusement park. He looked a bit of a tearaway, not unusual in a lad his age. My guess is he's a little too rowdy to incude now, but will appear more as he gets older.

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    3. Edward and Sophie's son, James, was born in December 2007. So he is about 5 1/2 years old.

      We didn't see much of Louise (born in November 2003) until a couple of years ago (attending the Sandringham Christmas church service, for example) so I would surmise that Edward and Sophie prefer not to expose their children too much before a certain age.

      I believe that we will begin to see James a bit more in the next while.

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA25 May 2013 at 21:55

      Jean, I would love to chat about the Royals over tea with you! Looking forward to tea, scones, and clotted cream in a few weeks!

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  8. Its nice too see william enjoying centerpoint his mother raises william well im actually expecting william and kate to attend the queen coronation will be seeing them at the balcony at buckingham palace

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  9. Pauline Oak HIlls25 May 2013 at 20:50

    Thanks Ms. Charlotte for another great post. I love hearing about William and what he has been up too. Now I just wish we will hear what his future plans are. I just hope he is not on duty when his beautiful Duchess goes in to labor. I wonder if he plans on taking the lst few weeks before she is due to stay by her side just incase she goes into labor early.

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  10. Kate, Texas, USA25 May 2013 at 21:53

    Thank you so much for the wonderful update! Glad to know William and Kate will be at the Coronation service. I think it will be a very important time and I know Her Majesty will enjoy having the family there. Looking forward to a wonderful post that day!!! I am still waiting to see if by any chance any members of the Royal Family will be attending the Coronation concert at Westminster Abbey on June 13. I know that it's the same day as the ship christening in Southampton, but still hoping! Have you heard anything Charlotte? :)

    Charlotte, thanks for including the sale codes in this post! My daughter and I took a trip to Macy's and I decided on something a little more formal for the Coronation concert on June 13. I used the code you posted!!! I wish I could show you the dress in person, but..... Black, knee-length, fitted top with ruching, flared skirt with black lace and sequins. What are your thoughts? Too much?

    I love that you included William in the post. He looks so at ease and like he is having a great time. Just your typical day drinking a smoothie with the future king.....I LOVE IT! I know Centerpoint holds a special place in his heart and he is doing a fabulous job carrying on his mother's legacy. Great pictures!

    Remembering all the men and women who have served or are serving our country. Your service, sacrifice, and love for our country is greatly appreciated. Especially remembering my grandfather who faithfully served in WWII and for my stepbrother who lost his life in Iraq. You are loved and missed!

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    1. Kate, you dress sounds beautiful. Black and knee-length is absolutely perfect for the concert and the ruching sounds just gorgeous! I'm sure you will look beautiful and be one of the most stylish ladies there!

      I asked two royal correspondents about the possibility of royals attending the concert and they don't know yet but said they would get back to me as soon as they hear anything! I hope you have an amazing time in London :)

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    2. KAte, we are so excited for your trip!! Please keep us posted on all the updates, and we send our warmest regards and hugs to our CHarlotte:-))

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    3. Pauline Oak Hills27 May 2013 at 16:58

      Kate- How exciting for your up coming trip. Remember you are taking all of us Duchess fans with you in your heart. Have a wonderful time and please keep us posted.

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA27 May 2013 at 19:12

      Hey girls! I wish I could pack all of you and take you with me! London is absolutely amazing and I can't wait to be there! Charlotte is pretty amazing and has been so helpful!!! :) Hoping and praying for some great Kate sightings and pictures!

      Charlotte, I know I and several others have had problems posting from our iPhones in the past. Do you know if the issue will be resolved? I will not have access to a computer, but will have my phone and wifi. I would love to be able to post while I am actually there. Or, are there any public places in London with access to computers? The hotel I was at last summer had a business center I could use, but I'm staying close to KP this summer.

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    5. Hello Kate!

      I know Google have been working on the iPhone issues so hopefully you won't experience too many technical difficulties! There's a nice list of internet cafes in Kensington here http://www.yell.com/s/internet+cafes-kensington-west+london.html

      Oh and if you would like to exchange addresses with Sarah or anyone, I'm more than happy to help. Email me at any time at hrhcatherineblog@hotmail.com and I'll reply as quickly as possible.

      I had hoped Kate might pop up at the carol service but I have no doubt it will be an amazing experience and we're expecting a full royal turnout at Trooping, I only wish I was in London myself for the Coronation Festival and some nice tea and a chat with you! We'll all have to do a meet up in London one of these days :)

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  11. Kate, Texas, USA25 May 2013 at 22:10

    Forgot to add that my husband and boys are quite enjoying watching the Champions League Final right now. :) We'll see if Bayern Munich pulls it off or not!!!!

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    1. They did it, William will be very pleased no doubt :)

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  12. Love the picture of Diana, at Centrepoint,,underneath is William's picture,,gosh he is a spitting image of his mother!xoxo

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    1. Incredibly like his mother. My mother adores Diana and took the day off work to see her getting married. in the entrance hall at home there's a beautiful framed photo of the late Princess and each time I walk past it, I think of how much William resembles Diana.

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    2. Jean from Lancs.26 May 2013 at 09:53

      Hearing about the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic being remembered in Liverpool this weekend, reminded me of being there at the 50th anniversary. We were standing on the edge of a pavement waiting to cross the road, when a police motor cycle swept round followed by a royal car, which had to stop right by me. Charles and Diana were in it--this was shortly after their separation, but obviously the engagement had been made earlier and kept, despite the difficulties.
      Diana looked much more beautiful than any photos showed her and I had the same impression when I saw Catherine in Manchester a few weeks sgo.
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    3. Thank you so much for sharing Jean. It's so insightful to hear first hand accounts.

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    4. Kate, Texas, USA27 May 2013 at 19:01

      Siddhii, William is the spitting image of his mother!!! Lovely to see that he has her big heart and warmth also!!! I know she famously thought and said she would never be queen, but had an important job to do. Well, her son who looks just like her will be king and IMO, a great one at that. Her boys truly are her lasting legacy. :)

      Charlotte, I love that your mom keeps a framed picture of Diana. She was so loved by many and still is. Jean, you have the most wonderful stories and knowledge! What a wonderful and lasting memory. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. May I ask every reader to go back to the garden party comments. It is worth it.Anett

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  14. Kate from Texas - Richard Palmer kindly looked it up and said Princess Alexandra is listed to attend the concert :)

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA27 May 2013 at 18:55

      Oh Charlotte, thank you so much! Please send him my kindest regards and thanks for helping find the information! SO excited! A little bummed it's not a family affair as the service on June 4, but it will still be incredible! Hoping to see everyone at Trooping the Colour on Saturday, June 15. Maybe I'll get up close to BP for some great pictures! Thank you again to you and Richard for all your help. I'm sure I'll have a couple more questions before I leave. :) Have a wonderful Monday!!!

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