As expected it's been an incredibly quiet week in terms of royal news. Prince William is reportedly returning to work at RAF Valley, Anglesey on Wednesday following two weeks paternity leave. A temporary air exclusion over the Middleton family home expired on Wednesday, suggesting Kate and George may have joined William on his return to Angelsey. However, it is very much thought among the media that Kate and George have remained in Bucklebury for the time being.
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Prince William's return to Anglesey will be short lived as he is expected to leave RAF Valley month. More from The Mirror:
'The family will not be apart for long as William plans to quit his role at RAF Valley on Anglesey next month. An announcement is expected soon about what the Duke of Cambridge's military role will be when he and his young family move into their new home at Apartment 1A Kensington Palace.
William, who received his statutory £137 a week while he was on leave, is likely to rejoin the Household Cavalry Blues and Royals regiment at its Windsor or Knightsbridge barracks.'
William was spotted on a train yesterday and according to The Sun newspaper (with thanks to @RoyalKateDebate) attended the stag weekend of a close friend, thought to be James Meade who is to marry Lady Laura Marsham, daughter of the Earl of Romney. The Cambridges are expected to attend with Prince George.
The much anticipated Banana Republic/Issa collection has arrived (something most of you will already be aware of unless you're living under a rock). The press promotion because of the 'Kate connection' has been enormous.
There was one dress in particular Kate fans were eager to snap up the alternative to Kate's engagement dress.
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The Royal Blue Three Quarter Sleeve Wrap Tie Dress. Initially mislabelled as 'turquoise' the dress is in fact royal blue and retails for $130. Due to the demand for this particular garment it appears to be sold out in some sizes already. It also comes in Merlot.
Fans of Kate's black short-sleeve Issa dress will be pleased to see the collection offers a 'Repli-Kate'.
The Short-Sleeve Pleated Dress also retails for $130 and comes in black, green and blue. The dress features a flattering draped front and an invisible back-zip.
The collection offers many of Issa's much loved prints and designs. Below we look at the Blue Ceramic Print Wrap-Tie Dress, the Olive Kimono Dress, the Black Printed Wrap-Tie Dress and the Leopard Print Ponte Dress.
The collection offers a number of $55 Wrap Tops, $69.59 Colourblock Tops and $79.50 Cardigans.
A selection of accessories are included which would all work very well with any of the items from the clothing range such as the chic Canvas Tote, Chain Link Bracelet and Animal Print Scarves.
The range also features Colourful Tights which we see paired with a selection of looks in the collections Lookbook.
Have many of you ordered pieces from the collection? I ordered the engagement replica in the merlot colourway and I'm most looking forward to seeing what the length is like (I'm 5'9' and hoping it's long enough to look well for evening wear). It's an interesting collaboration that has attracted huge interest. While it is unlikely Kate will wear Issa again, the label is associated with Kate's pre-engagement style and of course - Kate's engagement dress will always be iconic.
The full length trailer of 'Diana' a biopic starring Naomi Watts has been released. The drama focuses on the love affair between the Princess of Wales and heart surgeon Hasnat Kahn, covering the final two years of her life before her tragic death in Paris. I didn't have the opportunity to follow Diana's life, charitable works and style as I was only six when she died but my mother simply adored her, taking the day off from work to watch the royal wedding and vividly recalling the joyous response when Charles and Diana left St. Mary's with Baby William. Indeed, like so many others she recalls exactly where she was when she heard Diana, the People's Princess, had died.
Diana was an iconic figure for a generation and this movie has a huge amount to live up to in terms of expectations. Naomi Watts is a fine actress and I always enjoy watching her movies, but from watching the trailer, I'm not entirely sure about her portrayal of Diana. Her voice and mannerisms don't appear to be very convincing and of course, she looks nothing like Diana. I'm not entirely sure the emphasis on Diana's relationship with Hasnat Khan was the best route to take, as he has chosen not to speak about it: how could the writers hope to convey it with accuracy?
I do plan to see the movie, out of curiosity, but my expectations are not very high. Do you plan to see it? I would love to hear from fans of Diana and what your thoughts are on the plot, cast and film as a whole.
The Cambridge family grace the cover of Hello! Magazine this week. I do like this one, very nice choice of photos.
Finally, we have some wonderful news to share. The Baby Cambridge Fundraiser has reached its goal! I want to thank you all for donating, supporting, sharing links and banners and your very kind comments over the past number of months. We wanted to celebrate the birth of Prince George to bring the royal community together to support East Anglia's Children's Hospices and thanks to your help we achieved our goal!
We have more activities still to come; a quick reminder, our latest charity auction is still ongoing.
We'll be continuing with our 'Kate Loves' posts next and I expect we might see an official portrait from a certain Royal Family next week :) I hope you all have a lovely weekend!