We have several updates to share today beginning with an answer to a question many have asked me over the past couple of days: when will we see photos of William and Kate with Prince George? Royal correspondents have revealed the Palace has planned a small photocall before Prince William returns to work. He is currently taking his two weeks paternity leave so we can safely assume they'll be taken the week after next.
Another question I've been asked frequently and have been unable to answer with any definitive accuracy has been what is Prince George's surname? We know the baby's first names and titles are His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge but what is his surname? Cambridge? Wales? Windsor? Mountbatten-Windsor?
Thankfully, royal reporter Richard Palmer sheds some light on the subject in this article:
'There's no simple answer when it comes to royalty.
'Palace officials say those with HRH prefixes don't formally have a surname. It's not as straightforward as that though. Occasionally there are legal documents, such as marriage certificates which of the Royal Family are asked to sign with a surname.'
So, what surname will Prince George use when necessary?
'As things stand, he will be George Cambridge perhaps at school and certainly in the Armed Forces, although if Prince Charles becomes King, William will become Duke of Cornwall and almost certainly (although not automatically or necessarily immediately) eventually Prince of Wales. At that point young George is likely to be known as George Wales.'
It's all rather confusing isn't it? I believe William used Wales as his surname and whilst at a shop in Anglesey last year Kate told the shop assistant she would be back later as she had forgotten her purse and left the name Mrs. Cambridge. With thanks to Richard Palmer for offering some clarity on the issue!
The next royal event we'll all be looking forward to is Prince George's christening. It is thought it will take place in the Autumn, most likely at some point in October after the Queen and Prince Philip return from their annual summer holiday in Balmoral. Prince William was baptised two months after his birth and it is expected his own son's christening will follow suit.
|Prince William Official Christening Photograph/The Royal Collection|
The baby will wear a replica of the exquisite 1841 Honiton lace and satin christening gown that was first worn by Queen Victoria's children, and was last used by Lady Louise Windsor in 2004. After being used for thirty christenings it was decided the piece was too fragile and the Queen's senior designer Angela Kelly and a creative team at Buckingham Palace made the replica in 2008. The first baby to wear it was was James, Viscount Severn, son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
|The British Monarchy/Official Christening Photograph|
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'Traditionally, royal baptisms take place in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace, where Prince William and the Queen's three eldest children were all christened. Prince Harry was baptised in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle so this could be another possible venue.'
We will be all be interested to see who William and Kate choose as godparents. If I had to guess, I would think sure Prince Harry and Pippa. We will do an in-depth post in the near future looking at possibilities.
Speaking of Prince Harry, the new uncle declared he is ready to play the proud, protective uncle for his nephew and "make sure he has fun" at the Stories of Hope exhibition, which documented the work carried out by his Lesotho based charity Sentebale. The charity has improved the lives of thousands by providing healthcare and education to those most in need.
|Prince Henry of Wales Official Website|
Below we see the Prince with royal photographer Chris Jackson.
|Prince Henry of Wales Official Website|
Harry also revealed he has already cuddled the royal baby. More from Richard Palmer:
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Prince Harry will make a fantastic uncle, protective and caring yet oodles of fun to be around!
Next up, time for a Repli-Kate segment!
What do you wear to introduce your baby to the world just one day after giving birth? Kate chose a bespoke cornflower blue crepe de chine dress by British designer Jenny Packham (as the couple did not know the baby's gender, I believe an identical pink dress was most likely made). The polka dot dress was a perfect choice for the new mother; a very fitting colour and a pretty garment with similarities to the polka dot dress worn by Princess Diana when she left St Mary's with Baby William.
|Jenny Packham Facebook Page|
Demand for the dress crashed Ms. Packham's site, so as requested we share a selection of alternatives. The first replicate I've chosen is the ASOS Skater Dress With Embroidered Spot in Chambray. The €66 piece is 100% cotton with a bateau neckline and skater style skirt. The dress also comes in a Smock style.
We also look at the True Blue Charmer Dress (currently reduced from $50 to $35) and the $80 Too Much Fun Dress In Blue Dots.
A nice alternative for Kate's Pied A Terre wedges are Dune Chay Espadrille Wedges and for those who prefer more height these Jimmy Choo Wedges are very chic!
Our final fashion related tidbit of the day is news of an exciting collaboration between Issa and Banana Republic. The collection goes on sale 8th August and features three garments noticeably similar to Kate's engagement dress.
The new 40 piece line will be sold in 700 stores globally and online. A range of wrap dresses, knits and accessories will be available from £30.
A look at the Cambridge family on the cover of Hello! commemorative edition.
William, Kate and baby George are in Bucklebury with the Middleton family. Security has intensified around the 18 acre property with policemen on horseback and on foot spotted protecting the area. I'm sure William and Kate are enjoying this special time with their baby.
I hope you all have a great weekend. Last weekend the other bloggers, reporters and I were sleeping with our phones under our pillows awaiting the big news. One royal reporter's wife asked him to sleep downstairs due to sleep disruption (with thanks to my fiancé for his patience and not doing likewise) :). I expect this weekend shall be considerably more relaxed. It's been a wonderful week though, my absolute favourite during my time blogging, so thank you all for sharing in it and following the blog. No doubt we have so many more royal events and milestones to cover on 'Duchess Kate' and I look forward to each one immensely!