Saturday, 5 October 2013

A Return to Solo Engagements for Kate, Home Improvements, Hobbs USA + More

Hello-hello Duchess Kate readers,

As another week draws to a close, the Duchess of Cambridge's first solo engagement since the birth of Prince George over two months ago has been announced. On Friday October 18, Kate, as patron of SportsAid, will attend a SportsAid Athlete Workshop at the Copper Box, Olympic Park.

Clarence House Twitter Feed

More from Majesty Magazine's Facebook Page:

'Her Royal Highness will view young athletes taking part in a number of sports activities, including wheelchair basketball,  CP Football, volleyball, fencing and badminton.
 The Duchess will then join athletes and their parents as they attend educational workshops about media and social media training, nutrition in sport and general guidance from the Olympians and Paralympians including Katherine Grainger, Ade Adepitan and Karen Pickering.'

SportsAid helps the next generation of British athletes by being the first to recognise their achievements and support their ambitions. Since it was established in 1976, the charity has helped some of the UK's most successful sportsmen and women, including two-thirds of the British teams at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

SportsAid

As a London 2012 Ambassador, it came as no surprise when the Palace announced SportsAid as one of Kate's new patronages in April. The engagement on the 18th will mark Kate's first visit as patron and will provide the Duchess with the opportunity to meet the athletes and their parents, and get a detailed insight into the challenges they face.

SportsAid

Since Prince George was born, Kate has conducted two engagements - this will be her third, and first solo since becoming a mother. It's an interesting choice and it sounds like one Kate will enjoy as we know she is, and always has been, passionate about sports. The Olympics were very special for Britain, and especially the athletes. Kate's support will raise the profile of SportsAid who intend to nurture the next generation of Olympians. It's interesting to note the engagement was announced two weeks in advance; very much the norm for Kate before the pregnancy. It may signal a return to engagements on a similar basis to early/mid last year.

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As you may have heard, William, Kate and little George returned to London last weekend and have been keeping a low profile. No doubt moving into Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace has been rather time consuming. Kate was spotted shopping in department store Peter Jones and an excited onlooker spotted the Cambridge family in their Range Rover.

Oliver Moulders Twitter Feed

For those of you who have endured gone through a move or two you'll know one of the most important pieces you'll need is a comfortable bed and if there's one item William and Kate can't live without - their comfy bed from Anglesey. Kate is understood to have ordered an exact replica of the four-poster bed from their Welsh home.

The Telegraph reports:

'The couple were able to track down the exact model they wanted after telephoning their former landlord, Sir George Meyrick. Staff at Sir George's estate were able to tell the Duchess where the bed came from - family bedmakers Healthbeds, which was founded in 1893.
 David Smeaton 51, of Healthbeds, said: "We got a call out of the blue from one of the Duchess's staff asking if we could provide one like the model they really slept in. I think it's the first time the royals have bought one of our beds. The Duchess loved the bed so much apparently she looked under the mattress to find a label to discover where it was made.'

The bed which will be the centrepiece of the couple's bedroom in Kensington Palace and no doubt sell out (The Kate Effect) is the Natural Choice 4500, which features 4200 individual zoned pocketed springs. Sumptuous natural wool, silk, cotton and cashmere fillings from head to toe for luxurious comfort.


Healthbeds

Moving onto the Cambridges' second home where renovations are well and truly underway. The couple's royal aides have applied for planning permission to construct a conservatory beside the kitchen of Anmer Hall. The glass-roofed extension's plans show it to have panoramic views from its windows on all three sides with a tiled roof. It will overlook a patio with a new pergola made from stone columns with oak beams for plants to trail over and provide shade.


Kate enjoys cooking and baking, and told the very talented Mary Berry she loves her cookbooks and baking her recipes; William admitted he is most partial to her chocolate brownies. The conservatory will provide a place for the couple to sit down and relax with tea and cake whilst enjoying the scenery around Anmer Hall.

A look at a beautiful conservatory.

Town and Country

Town and Country shares the following information on conservatories:

'The conservatory, and particularly English conservatories are a sophisticated version of what is commonly referred to as a sunroom, solariums or garden rooms. Conservatories and orangeries: a variation of conservatories have been popular since the 16th century when homeowners wanted to grow the exotic fruits that traders bought from warmer climates.'

Anmer Hall will look even more wonderful once renovations are completed.

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Fashion fans from across the pond will be happy to hear Hobbs have a new US website. The growth of Hobbs, a brand synonymous with the best of British design, has been incredible. The brand prides itself on crafting pieces the modern woman can wear, with tailored, polished pieces for all ages.

Hobbs London

Below we look at the navy Hay Dress, the matching Phelia Dress and Coat which make for a very stylish ensemble. We also see the Prue Jacket modelled with the accompanying Skirt. I quite like how Hobbs design individual pieces to work together creating a very polished look. All perfect, ladylike choices for royal engagements.

Hobbs London

The Autumn/Winter collection contains a selection of stellar coats including the Persephone Trench which comes in black and green (quite similar to a Burberry trench that is rather popular at the moment). The beige Saskia Trench is also a Burberry-esque piece; we also look at the MaisieMara and Josephine.

Hobbs

The Hobbs Invitation Collection offers show-stopping dresses and beautiful jackets ensuring you make an entrance at any evening event. Let's take a look at five garments that offer a new take on a wardrobe essential: the black dress. The sparkling Celina Dress, the camellia pattern Ross, the Ashworth Dress which features a panel of subtle oyster lace, the dazzling Laurence and the elegant Alberta.

Hobbs

The Invitation Collection also includes statement accessories and shoes ensuring the rest of your look is as fabulous as your dress. There was so many to choose from but if I had to select three pieces that could be worn time and time again I'd consider the Tatianna Shoe, the Estelle Earrings and the Holly Bag.


Hobbs

You can find up to 70% off in the Hobbs Outlet Section. There are some real bargains to be had on a wide array of products. Five pieces I thought were very 'Kate' are the Alessia Dress (reduced from $280 to $125) and matching Jacket (reduced from $335 to $125). The pretty Brunel Cardigan is significantly discounted as is the captivating Roseanna Dress and the Shooting Star Dress.

Hobbs Outlet

I think we'll see Kate wearing more Hobbs in the future, particularly as the couple take on more engagements.

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Sarah Burton showcased her Spring 2014 Collection at Paris Fashion Week. The designer said: 'I didn't want it to feel too referenced to a period or theme'. As we've come to expect from the brand, the opulent collection was 'out there' to put it mildly. Harnesses, helmets, ostrich feathers, bold reds and kilt-over-trouser combos. Obviously the pieces on the runway are not the ones we'll see available at Selfridges and Net-A-Porter next Spring, which will be rather more conservative variations. The same goes for pieces Kate might wear; elements of the collection may inspire bespoke pieces Ms. Burton will create for the Duchess. I know one finds it to difficult to envisage such a thing, looking at the pieces which graced the runway...

Style.com

Speaking of Alexander McQueen, I simply have to mention their Duchess Silk-Satin Gown. It is a magnificent, theatrical gown which takes one back to the 19th century and the fashion of Anna Karenina. The bold red garment is gathered at the hips and fitted with a boned internal bodice and underwired moulded cups. I don't think many could pull it off but the name of the gown suggests one lady who could: the Duchess. I do hope we see Kate in a bespoke version of the Duchess, perhaps with a less exaggerated skirt and a shawl/shrug.

Alexander McQueen

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Autumn is truly upon us, perfect weather to wrap up and enjoy the outdoors or an afternoon walk through the city with a latte. We'll be back with a 'Kate Loves' post next!

52 comments:

  1. Hello Charlotte,
    Great post. I have been wondering when we would have another Kate sighting or engagement and I'm happy to read about this. I've been going through Kate withdrawal. Will be eager to see what she's going to wear. Keep up the excellent posts I really would be truly lost with your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much Blair. It will be wonderful to see Kate carrying out an engagement. She appeared to really enjoy the Olympics and the engagements surrounding them. I expect we'll see her wearing something very casual. Perhaps a blazer, skinny jeans and wedges.

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  2. Wonderful post, Charlotte! I was hoping you heard the news about the bed that William & Kate ordered and of course you did! :o)

    I'm excited that Kate has an engagement! I think that the SportsAid organization is a perfect fit for her.

    *Love* the conservatory photo you shared. Kate should use it when choosing the design for the Anmer Hall. ;o)

    I like the Hobbs collection. The garments look very much like something that Kate would choose. Re: AIexander McQueen, I really hope that Kate wears a version of "The Duchess". She would be stunning in that dress!

    Thanks for another great post! Enjoy the weekend!
    Julie

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    1. Hello Julie,

      I do just love the 'Duchess' dress. It's a wonderful garment! The profile of Hobbs has really been raised in recent years and due to Kate publicly wearing their 'Celeste' coat on engagements demand from across the pond has really increased.

      I hope you all have a lovely weekend :)

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    2. Yes, I love the conservatory photo too! What a delightful way to enjoy the space in any weather.

      Looking forward to seeing Kate again. And I could just imagine the delight of that woman who was running out of KP Gardens. A moment she will never forget.

      And that Duchess gown is spectacular. I would LOVE to see Kate in something like that!!

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    3. Charlotte, I'm so with you on the Duchess dress. I'd die for it, and what a great gown for a Christmas event.

      I enjoyed your Hobbs review. I'll be checking out the website. Thank you.

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    4. Hello Bluhare,

      When you look at the Spring Collection it's hard to imagine how McQueen create such beautiful pieces but I do think Sarah Burton outdid herself with the 'Duchess Silk-Satin Gown'. I would love to see William and Kate attending more formal events.

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    5. Sarah from Calif.6 October 2013 at 05:17

      Charlotte and Bluhare , I would wish any young lady that dress. It is ohhhh so lovely, spectacular , sublime.......... If you both love it so much I'm sure you could find an event to wear it to and the right seamstress to make it for you :) Just wishing the best for you both.

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    1. You're very welcome, thank you for reading Penelope :)

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  4. Thank you again Charlotte for a great post! I so enjoy reading your updates!!

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  5. Refering to the red Alexander Mc Queen dress, I don't think it is named after the Duchess of CAmbridge. Duchess satin-silk is the name of a fabric used for special occasion wear and specifically bridal wear. It is a beautiful, luxurious velvety satin that has an amazing lustre. I used it in my own wedding dress.

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    1. And here I always thought it was duchesse (I know, same thing only French), but when I googled duchesse they all came up duchess. It's a gorgeous dress.

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  6. Jean from Lancs.5 October 2013 at 12:42

    Glad that Catherine will be out again so soon. Sounds as though it may be an event more casual wear.
    Wonder if Prince William is to be left in charge of Prince George!
    Sounds as though they are getting settled in to the apartment at KP. Must be a relief having somewhere permanent.
    The red gown is so beautiful---Just imagine Catherine in that with a tiara on her head---ah well, there is a State Visit from South Korea next month, so we can but hope.
    Thanks for the post Charlotte.

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    1. Jean, before I say this, I'm going to say this isn't a statement on your post at all . . . it just brought it up for me . . . but why does our society treat fathers as if they're babysitters not parents? Going out with girlfriends who have/had small babies, dad's always at home "babysitting". Why isn't dad just home being a dad? Never figured that one out.

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    2. I wonder too, bluhare. :) Similarly, why do men "help out" around the house when BOTH husband and wife have full time jobs? I guess it goes back to the days when men went out to work while women stayed home and dusted in their pearls and high heels (at least on TV). ;)

      Jean...I too would love to see a tiara with that Duchess gown! How regal would that be?! It would be worthy of a formal portrait.

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    3. Sarah from Calif.6 October 2013 at 05:56

      Good point ladies. I do believe things have changed as far as the men's roles and women's roles due to an increase of financial stress on many family's. True William and Kate don't have the $ burdens we do but hey, he is willing to jump in and change nappies, drive the family around, vacumn up, do some dishes and take on his responsibility as Heir to the throne. I just get the feeling........well I don't know how to explain it but it's a really good feeling about them.
      Well done W&K

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    4. Jean from Lancs.6 October 2013 at 09:10

      Good gracious---never meant my piece to be a reflection pf men's supposed lack of concern with family. I would be the last person to do that, as my late husband was always very involved, even when he was working and I was at home--also working with the family.
      I merely wondered if Prince William would also be away from home for whatever reason, as we are given to understand that he is presently researching his future main role.
      To suggest anything else would be an insult to my still beloved dead husband.

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    5. Jean I don't think anyone took your comment in a bad way. Bluhare prefaced her remark by stating that is wasn't a statement on your post and the rest of us just took off from there. I'm sorry if you were offended. :)

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    6. Sarah from Calif.6 October 2013 at 14:48

      Jean their statements above only made them reflect on a thought. It wasn't aimed at you. You know how our brains lead us from thought to another.
      You were truely blessed to have such an involved husband.

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    7. Pauline Oak Hills6 October 2013 at 17:10

      I believe that William pitches in and help's Kate around the house. And even will stay will baby George if Kate has an engagement and he is at home. Kate's engagements are not long (maybe an hour or two) so William can handle is son.

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    8. Jean, please don't take offense when none was meant. When I read your post, it immediately clicked on memories of friends who would say their husbands were babysitting. That's all. No disrespect to you and your family at all.

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    9. Diane from Boston7 October 2013 at 18:32

      Jean from Lancs., I always enjoy your contributions! My best to you (and I too wonder whether William will be in charge of George while Kate is at this event -- a little bit of special father/son bonding time, how lovely to think about it)!

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  7. I so enjoy reading your post, Charlotte. It is wonderful that William and Catherine have had time to bond with Prince George and I cannot imagine how exciting it must be to have two beautiful homes to decorate. With the being said, I am anxiously awaiting new pictures of Prince George!!!! Thanks again!

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  8. Thanks for the great post Charlotte! I would LOVE to see Kate in the Duchess dress, with her hair up, wearing a tiara!! However, I wouldn't want to see her or anyone else in the McQueen bondage/kilt getup or the ostrich dress. What are designers thinking when they create these looks? Do they really think someone will wear them or are they just expressions of their creativity? Love the Hobbs collection, sometimes I wish I dressed like that for work, but in real life my look is far to casual. Sigh.

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    1. I'd pay big money (if I had it) for a piece from McQueen's Highland collection. I'm a conservative dresser and am not a fan of being stared at but one of those pieces would make my life complete.

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  9. Heading for the Hobbs USA site now!! By the way, Nordstrom has a lower version of the Sledge on sale - the Sybila. I think my husband was not as excited as I was!

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  10. Lovely post as always

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  11. Sarah from Calif.5 October 2013 at 18:26

    Looking forward to the next engagement.
    As you said Charlotte moving is not easy and can be very daunting. I hope they are somewhat settled in now.
    I really enjoyed many of these fashion choices but, yes the Sarah Burton Spring Collection reminds me of the bizarre fashions in 'The Hunger Games' well I suppose it is fun to have a bit of a shock treatment.
    The Alexander McQueen -Divine...... Kate would look dare I say "like a Queen" in that. Can you just imagine a crown with it? I can :)
    Hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend!
    My Aunt and Uncle are visiting and they went whale watching. They were able to see about 50 whales and lots of dolphin :) couldn't resist telling everyone.

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    1. Hi Sarah - How exciting for your aunt and uncle! I know tis is off-topic but I did want to reply to your post, as we have whales and dolphins here in the summertime, when the mothers bring their babies to the Bay of Fundy to feed. Awesome creatures to watch, especially when the humpbacks jump out of the water and splash back down! What a lovely group of people on this blog. Charlotte sets the tone so beautifully, and I feel lucky to have landed here. Lee from Canada

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    2. Sarah from Calif.8 October 2013 at 02:16

      Hi Lee , I have seen the dolphins and omg they are sooo beautiful . I just wish I could jump right in with them and swim so swiftly and gracefully. I haven't seen the whales yet which is rather pathetic of me since I live 20 miles from the ocean. The humpback whales jumping out of the water would truely be spectacular !!!Charlotte doesn't mind when we veer off and yes she has created a very special blog here.

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  12. Thanks for all the great info Charlotte!

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  13. Rose from Montreal, Canada5 October 2013 at 22:05

    Thanks for this wonderful post Charlotte. I was really getting Duchess Kate withdrawals. I am looking forward to her engagement on October 18 and the christening on the 23rd. Two functions within a few days. Cant wait!!!! Let's hope she does an engagement a week then we will have something on a regular basis. Prince George will have gotten so big by now really looking forward to seeing a good picture of him. Hope he has his eyes open this time. Though as a mother I can remember wanting them to sleep so they don't scream the place down. It is such a treat to read this blog and the mostly wonderful people who follow. I am aware that we do have some who are not fans but thank goodness they are in the minority. Have a wonderful weekend all. Thanks again Charlotte you do a great job and it is greatly appreciated.

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  14. Rose from Montreal, Canada5 October 2013 at 22:06

    Forgot to mention how much I love the Duchess dress. Would love to see our Duchess in it with a tiara.

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  15. I love your blog, Charlotte!
    From googling the stories on their ordering of Healthbed Choice 4500, it appears to be a bespoke piece that was specially made for them with four posters. I like the idea of a beautiful four-poster bed instead of the one pictured. ‘I couldn’t possibly discuss the price, but it’s taken a lot of complex measuring to get it right,’ says Mr Seaton. ‘The idea is to make a very comfortable bed that minimises allergy. It’s an unusual order because the bed is bespoke and had to be enshrined in a four-poster setting. Here's the link:
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2443431/Kate-Middleton-luxury-4-poster-bed-installed-Kensington-Palace.html#ixzz2gt5X7eT8
    Victoria, Oregon, USA

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  16. I received my thank you note from TRH this morning - so exciting! I can't wait to see Duchess Kate back in action!

    May in Boston

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  17. I'm so excited my comment went through! (I have a Mac and this is the first time my comment has gone through). Thanks, Charlotte, for working on that. I'd emailed you and you were so kind and helpful regarding my problem.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the Duchess on the 18th! I really like to see her choice of casual clothes, and it sounds like that's the tone of this upcoming engagement. This blog has definitely helped my sense of style, as it's hard to keep up on fashion being a busy stay-at-home mom to two girls 5 and under.

    I absolutely love the Alexander McQueen "Duchess" dress! Although, I have nowhere to wear something like that. :)

    Thanks again, Charlotte, for your work on this blog. And I must say, that the comment section is just as interesting to read as the blog itself. It sets this one apart.

    Victoria, Oregon, USA

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    1. Hello Victoria,

      I am so glad your comments are coming through. I know Blogger are working on the issues iPhone/Mac users have been experiencing leaving comments and it's still ongoing but I am so happy to see some progress.

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    2. Hello charlotte,
      I'm also so very excited about the 18th,. I so wish that the Duchess could buy a new wardrobe and give her old one's to charity. She needs to start recycling clothes that he havent seen now after given birth to the little prince.. but I do have some questions for you .
      1. Why doesnt the duchess wear a tiara? I see the countess of wessex sophie wear hers all the time,, will she get one now that william will be performing more royal duties with her? OR WHEN THEY GO OVER seas next yr with baby?
      2. Is the christening gown one size fits all? I mean prince george is very big baby in every way, and he will be 3 months old when they christen him, but for him is like 5 months maybe in length and weight for sure so my question will he fit into that gown , what happens then if he dont?
      3. The correct address to send cards to duke and duchess? I send 2 congratulation on birth cards on august 27th the this address and I dont know if this was correct please help
      HRH Duke & Duchess of Cambridge
      clarence house
      sw1A 1BA
      London United kingdom

      I thank everyone in this site for their very much well wishes towards my health.. you have been so wonderful to me through your comments of concerns, much prayers and positive healing words., I thank you from my heart.. I wish for you all, health, love ,peace and much happiness... carmen medina from chester, virgina p.s thank u for also responding and helping me with my questions ..you All are super great!!!!!

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    3. Hello Carmen,

      Thank you so much for your comments. Firstly, we all want to see Kate in a tiara with a stunning gown and I know we've wondered why it hasn't happened yet. I've asked about it and quite simply William and Kate don't attend events that really call for a tiara. They attended a dinner in Malaysia last year that seemed a good possibility but Kate didn't opt for a tiara. Hopefully this year :)

      The christening gown was designed to be adjustable, the secret is in the ribbons that can be tied according to baby size and the address is correct :)

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  18. The conservatory looks so peaceful, I can imagine all the family times Kate will have with William and Prince George! The red gown is simply fabulous! I can imagine Kate in it,the color actually reminded me of the full length red Beulah dress she had worn at a formal engagement.Can't wait for the 18th and the 23rd!! Pauline, if you're out there, Hello!!
    Thanks chica for this informative update!xoxo

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  19. Sarah from Calif.6 October 2013 at 05:07

    My Uncle and Aunt are so cool. They are visiting from Illinois , U.S. and they both love William and Catherine! Well what can I say great minds think alike.

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  20. I highly anticipate Kate's next engagement! I'm sure it will be so fun for her to meet with the young atheletes and do something to support a great love of hers, sports. I'm curious to know what she will wear? I think Anmer Hall looks lovely and I hope the Cambridge family has many happy days there! Thanks for the links to Hobbs with the winter approaching, it may be a good idea to get one of their lovely coats to wear =)

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  21. Looking forward to see Kate casually dressed again, this SportsAid engagement fits her a lot :-) And I was absolutely stunned when I saw the picture of the conservatory! It's really bueatiful, wish to have one like this in my house one day ;-D
    Can't wait to see the Kate loves post :)

    Katka, Czech Rep.

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  22. Hi charlotte im looking forward to nextb enagement i think casual wear i love the dresses

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  23. Kate, Texas, USA7 October 2013 at 05:38

    Charlotte, another wonderful post!!! I love hearing a little bit of this and that! :) SO excited to hear Kate has added an engagement to her calendar. I'm having withdrawals!!! I know how busy she is as a new mom and moving (definitely deserves some quiet time), but hoping for all her Duchess Kate followers a few more engagements will come in due time. I am still hoping we see her and Little George at BP with Wills for the Football Association engagement. Hoping!

    I absolutely LOVE the picture of the conservatory shown....so pretty! I've always wanted a sunroom on my home. William and Kate's renovations to Anmer Hall will be beautiful and I hope will be enjoyed for many years to come. I know they will be excited to have everything built and done!

    I really like the Hobbs collection...REALLY LIKE! There are several pieces I could see Kate wearing. I love the Roseanna dress! The McQueen collection is a bit far out for me. Don't think we'll see Kate in anything shown...obviously...but she will be in McQueen at some point. The Duchess dress is absolutely gorgeous. Is there a State dinner planned around Christmas? Kate would be stunning wearing it at Christmas with diamonds and a tiara!

    Thanks for the great post! I will be looking forward to the Kate Loves post! Have a wonderful start to the week!

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  24. It will be interesting to see how she dresses for the first solo engagement since the baby. I'd expect something dressy/casual. As for the wishes that she'll appear in a tiara at every engagement - keep in mind that the Queen herself rarely wears a tiara, usually only for state dinners and to open Parliament, nor does Camilla. I think it'll be a few years before we see Kate donning a tiara at every opportunity, if ever. I, for one, am interested in seeing Kate in 2014 if and when she takes up a regular schedule of engagements and to see her clothing choices. Having a baby does change the body, even when the baby weight comes off, and it will be interesting to see how the formerly stick-straight Kate dresses her new curves.

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  25. If you're intrigued by English conservatories, there's a nice example of one, complete with exotic blooms and comfy wicker furniture, in the movie Remains of the Day. It's in the scene where the English aristocrats are discussing an upcoming conference over tea when the under-butler (Anthony Hopkins' character's father) trips and spills his tray on the ground.

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  26. I think the conservatory will be a wonderful addition! Carmen, continued well wishes for your health! Continue to be blessed! I SO LOVE this blog, and look forward to reading it Charlotte! You are the best! I was wondering if anyone has read the book by Katie Nicholl , Kate: The Future Queen? I have enjoyed it thus far, and really understand Kate even more, and the grounded person that she is! William is lucky to have a woman like her!

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  27. Just happened across this blog and really enjoyed reading it.... I do have a couple of questions if you don't mind.... Why does late always wear dresses? Is it a personal choice or royal etiquette? The evening gowns I understand but we rarely see her in anything but a dress... As far as the tiara goes I don't believe we will see her in one until she is princess of Wales... If then... It seems, and correct me if I'm wrong but, old fashioned to wear a tiara... And just because I'm super nosey.... I do wonder if she and prince William and prince Harry also do get along with Camilla??? If what we think we know about prince William is true, I don't see how!! He was very protective of his mum and was to have said " when I become king I will give you back HRH status".... The only thing that surprised me about the wedding was there was not an empty chair where his mother should have sit..

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    1. Oh my goodness what a macabre thought!! I can't believe diana was far from his thoughts that day a chair would not have made it better. Sue. New York

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  28. I really hope Kate doesn't loose all of her baby weight!! She looks great with some weight on her!! It really irks me when people will take the time to read an article on Kate just to be rude and down everything she does, then say we comment to let people know we don't care?? I don't understand that!!! If I don't like what's in an article I DON'T READ IT!!! I really want that book! I like Katie Nichol also!! I look forward to reading articles about her!!! This is my new fav spot!!

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