We begin today's post with news of a new engagement which was announced earlier this week. On 7th November, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet Poppy Day supporters when they call at Kensington Palace as part of a tour of London on a 1960's Routemaster bus. The couple will meet staff and volunteers at the Palace.
|Poppy Legion Facebook Page|
The Royal British Legion is the nation's biggest Armed Forces charity and this year the organisation is hoping to raise a staggering £37 million from its nationwide poppy appeal. Every year the nation shows their support for the legion through the Poppy Appeal. Every poppy sold helps to support the forces past and present and their families. This year's appeal was launched nationally on 24th October. The poppies can be ordered at the official website.
Meanwhile, Prince Williams calendar is filling up substantially.
- 5th November - Prince William will represent The Queen for the first time during a state visit in honour of the President of Korea. The Prince will join the President for the ceremony of a new Korean War Memorial at Victoria Embankment Gardens.
- 6th November - William will meet staff and volunteers at St Giles Trust to learn more about their work with ex-offenders.
- 7th November - Prince William will visit The Royal Marsden where he will watch two operations: a breast reconstruction and the removal of a bladder tumour.
- 9th November - The Prince will attend the Autumn International rugby match between Wales and South Africa.
I asked royal reporter Richard Palmer if Kate, who is still technically on maternity leave, is expected to join William at any of the above engagements:
|Richard Palmer Twitter Feed|
I think many of us wondered what William's transitional year would entail and it's refreshing to see him take on a wider range of royal engagements and I quite like the selection of choices, too. They cover a broad range of areas, all of which will benefit in different ways from the Prince's support. It's interesting to see William playing a role in the President of Korea's visit next week; unfortunately it has been confirmed the Cambridges will not be attending the state banquet (a perfect occasion for Kate to bring out the Cartier Halo Tiara and matching earrings from the royal wedding) because they are not full-time working royals yet. I expect they may very well attend one in 2014.
There were reports vie Twitter of Kate attending a university opening in early November, but it is in fact The Princess Royal who will attend the University Square Stratford official opening on 5th November.
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The beautiful dress has a very elegant feel to it and is currently available in Dauphine Night Floral-Print; a charming navy colour featuring electrifying pink and blue hues and the Cecile floral-Print; a refined silhouette with a combination of colour and pattern. They're both striking in different ways, although Kate's navy lace remains my favourite. What do you think?
Next, we look at Kate's Redgrave Coat. The Duchess wore the GOAT piece whilst visiting the offices of Child Bereavement UK during her pregnancy.
The wool-crepe coat is a perfect piece to wear over a dress and boots during the winter months. The €667 coat works equally well whether worn day or night and comes in a selection of colours including Black, Plum, Red and Navy.
|Goat 'Redgrave' Coat|
Kate's Libélula Rebecca Shirt Dress and Dulwich Coat in various colours.
The Duchess has a fabulous collection of shoes and none more so than her Jimmy Choo Cosmic Pumps. The black suede five inch heel shoes have provided the perfect finishing touch to several of Kate's most popular evening looks.
The gorgeous pumps (I have serious shoe-love for these) come in an array of colours most notably the Multi-Glitter (currently reduced from €545 to €327 in limited sizes). We also look at the Cosmic's in Pink and Nude.
To view more of Kate's pieces in different colours and prints, pop over to our new page Royal Style - New Shades which we'll be keeping frequently updated. :)
Some sad news from one of Kate's favoured designers. Collette Dinnigan is closing her boutiques in order to spend more time with her family (with thanks to WKW). The designer shared this letter via her Facebook Page.
There have been reports for quite a while regarding Ms. Dinnigan's search for an investor who would share her vision in running the business, however, she hasn't found one and following much thought has concluded it's time to stop producing her signature, luxury bridal and evening attire. She will also no longer show in Paris, but her diffusion line Collette By Collette Dinnigan and her children's line will continue. It's sad news for the fashion world. South African-born Collette developed an international following with her romantic, classic dresses; her lace creations were favourites of the Duchess.
Kate is not the only royal supporter of the brand; Princess Mary of Denmark was photographed in one of Ms. Dinnigan's creations from the Spring-Summer 2013 Collection over the weekend.
|Collette Dinnigan Facebook Page|
I've personally been a fan of Ms. Dinnigan's work for quite some time and wish her all the best in the future.
The phone hacking scandal in the UK has seen a series of shocking revelations and the list of people affected continues to grow. Yesterday, a jury heard Prince William and Kate were spied on by former tabloid News of The World's investigators who hacked into mobile phones belonging to senior royal aides. Information regarding when William would be meeting Kate, and Harry's training at Sandhurst was discovered.
More from the Express story:
'They were able to glean information to go with photographs of Kate and investigate a story about William being "pretend shot" in a military training exercise. The hacking trial was also told ex-News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks authorised payment for a photograph of Prince William in fancy dress for a party wearing a bikini and an open Hawaiian shirt.'
I hope you're all enjoying a lovely weekend :)