Friday, 28 March 2014

New Zealand Designers, Tour Updates & George's "Middleton Eyes"

Hello-Hello,

Today we're looking at a number of New Zealand designers the Duchess may choose to wear during the tour as well as other updates later in the post. We begin with a lady who needs no introduction for our New Zealand readers and fashion fans: Trelise Cooper. The designer founded her brand in 1985 and it has developed into three lines: Trelise Cooper; a diffusion range, Cooper by Trelise; and a whimsical childrenswear label, Trelise Cooper Kids; as well as brand extensions branching into interiors, fragrances and jewellery. Celebrities including Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones favour the brand.

Trelise Cooper

Last week, Dame Trelise (yes Dame) received her honours at Government House. Before we go any further, take a good look at Trelise's nude and neon pink coat. What do you think of it?

Trelise Cooper

The colourful coat actually caught Kate's eye and Ms. Cooper sent it to London for Her Royal Highness to try on. In the end, Kate declined this Winter 2014 Collection garment and sent it back, but Ms. Cooper obviously wanted it to have an outing at Government House, anyway. The fact Kate sent it back doesn't discount the possibility she will wear another piece by the designer, but it does give us an indication of the type of pieces Kate is looking for, and perhaps hints at her plans to incorporate more colour into her wardrobe.

There's a whimsical feel to the Spring/Summer 2014 Collection and the use of many fabrics - including eyelet lace which we know the Duchess favours.

Trelise Cooper

Looking through Trelise Cooper's collections, I quickly discovered a love for her use of floral patterns and her ability to use the same print again and again in various pieces. We see this demonstrated with a crisp white and hydrangea print in the Bloom with a View DressFloral Delight Jacket and the Pick a Posie Dress.

Trelise Cooper

One also couldn't help but notice the unusual and imaginative names of the garments, including the Temple of Swoon Dress, the First Lady DressGreen Tropics Dress and the Electric Wonderland Dress in blue and pink.

Trelise Cooper

I quite liked the look of Trelise Cooper's separates and suits. They may be a practical choice for the Duchess considering the varying climate. Below we see the Jacket Onasis Jacket (another one of those imaginative names). The collared jacket features a lovely button detail on the front and comes in pastel pink and blue. We also look at the Modern Society Jacket and the Margaret Frame Jacket.

Trelise Cooper

One of my favourite choices for Kate is the cotton lace, fully-lined Belle Tower Dress. It features a high neck and a tulip-style skirt, which sits just below the knee; a really lovely length for Kate. The bodice and waist are fitted and there is a centre back invisible zip opening.

Trelise Cooper
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A number of our readers suggested the very talented Andrea Moore, a designer I was unfamiliar with until recently. The label is sought after for its impeccable tailoring, bold colour palettes and custom designed prints. Andrea has a background "more Kiwi than most". Born in Dunedin, she grew up in towns all over New Zealand before settling in Wellington where she opened her first shop in 1999. Five stores later, Andrea and her business/life partner Brian Molloy have a true appreciation for all aspects of the fashion industry.

Andrea Moore

There's something very Collette Dinnigan in some of Andrea's designs. The exquisite lace and attention to detail stand out in several of her most eye-catching designs. I could easily see Kate in the Daisy Love dress.

Andrea Moore

The aptly named Princess Dress.

Andrea Moore

The My Darling Dress is another beautiful lace number. We know the Duchess is a fan of the colour and there's an abundance of this colour in Ms. Moore's collections.

Andrea Moore

Five looks from the Autumn/Winter Lookbook.

Andrea Moore
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I was delighted to discover the immensely talented Helen Cherry whilst researching this week. Helen Cherry is a high end women's fashion brand with a reputation for her trademark sophisticated design and understated glamour. Known for its use of luxurious fabrics, sharp tailoring and quality of manufacture, the brand is available at Helen and Chris Cherry's Workshop website and stores.

Helen Cherry
The Winter 2014 collection comprises sleek simple cuts with meticulous attention to detail, fresh prints and statement colours.

Helen Cherry

There's a luxurious feel to Helen Cherry's designs which include timeless pieces I could easily envisage Kate wearing during the tour.

Helen Cherry
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A New Zealand designer Kate has already worn next. Wellington's Rebecca Taylor has been working in New York since 1992 and over the past two decades has acquired quite the celebrity following including Cameron Diaz, Ashley Judd and Reese Witherspoon.


Feminine, modern, cool - Rebecca Taylor is known for providing the eternally-evolving modern woman with a collection to complement and refine her individual sense of style. Signatures include unconventional colour combinations and prints, flattering cuts, and a high level of detail.

Rebecca Taylor


Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor's website offers an excellent selection of gorgeous jackets. Below we look at the nude Patched Tweed Jacket, the Long Sleeve Femme Suiting Jacket and the Tweed and Leather Jacket.

Rebecca Taylor

Those who are fond of the brand may be interested to hear they're offering 20% off purchases exceeding $350 with the promo code SPRING20.

Rebecca Taylor
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As we mentioned in our previous tour predictions post, New Zealand-born Emilia Wickstead is pretty much a sure bet, though I know readers have very mixed feelings on the designer. Let's take a look at just a few more items from the designer. The August Textured-Jacquard DressTallulah Striped Dress, Kristie Crepe Jacket and Skirt, Jully Midi Dress and the Organza Halter Dress.  What do you think? Yay or Nay?

Emilia Wickstead

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Moving on to a few brief tour updates. We've amended the New Zealand portion of the tour itinerary on our 'Kate's Upcoming Dates' on the sidebar to include timings where available and more information. We'll do likewise with Australia's dates once more information becomes available.

For those active on social media, the Governor-General of New Zealand's team will be keeping everyone up to date throughout the tour with real time photos, videos and information.

Governor-General of New Zealand Facebook Page

On Monday details and maps of the best spots to see the royals will be released via the Governor-General's Facebook Page. This is one to keep an eye on for our New Zealand readers who are hoping to catch a glimpse. If any of you do see the Cambridges, please do let us know! It's always such fun to hear first-hand accounts.

Governor-General of New Zealand Facebook Page

An interesting historical titbit I noticed on the Facebook Page.

Governor-General of New Zealand Facebook Page

Speaking of little George, the Prince has landed his first solo magazine cover in this week's Australian Women's Weekly, the first of many. Royal reporters Emily Andrews and Robert Jobson shared details from the press reception at Kensington Palace earlier this month, including he is the spitting image of William, has light brown hair and was wearing a Union Jack jumper at the event. He was incredibly well behaved, however, he did dribble on the floor. Kate also revealed he has "Middleton eyes".

Australian Women's Weekly

With just ten days to go, the countdown is officially on! :)

54 comments:

  1. Jean from Lancs28 March 2014 at 12:42

    Ah! I keep hoping there may be some photos from that press reception before they leave on the tour, Prince George sounds absolutely delightful---though possibly teething!
    If they arrive in NZ at 12 m.d on the 7th---that will be 12 m.n. here Probably means leaving the UK about midnight on the Saturday--foresee some late nights (or early mornings)

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  2. Hi, I don't know if you are aware that in NZ in april it will not be spring, but automn! So Kate will probably not wear spring-summer dresses.....

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    1. Hello Monica,

      I am aware indeed and elected to share a lot of Spring pieces because they looked much more like items Kate would wear compared to Winter collections, although there were some nice pieces. :)

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  3. Sarah from Calif.28 March 2014 at 13:51

    Wow that is a fabulous collection of dresses to chose from.
    Looking forward to seeing pictures of George on the tour !

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  4. Gr8 clothes!! Wot was this press conference for the press and why no details or pics? Sue boston

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    1. Normally the royals meet with the press towards the end of a tour but there won't be time during this one so they held a pre-tour press reception at KP. It was very private, no photos I'm afraid.

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  5. Thank you for the nice post Charlotte. I love your blog and I read it daily. Will there be pictures of Prince George from the press reception?

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    1. I'm afraid I don't believe so but we will see him soon :)

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    2. Juliet in Elgin29 March 2014 at 23:25

      How right you were!

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  6. I love the Princess dress in blue! And I can see Kate looking amazing in the peach lace dress. Those are something I would wear as well.
    I have always thought George has a more Middleton face :) Can't wait to see even a tiny glimpse of his 9-month-old self next month.

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  7. I was really hoping to see a current picture of PG on the cover! Can't wait till the tour. I bet it's nerve wracking prepping for the tour, but knowing you'll be "on" for three weeks with a baby. Stressful! Prayers for a safe flight and successful trip.

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  8. He is such a cute baby! Those adorable cheeks! Just makes you want to cuddle, doesn't it?
    Can't wait to see him out and about in NZ.

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    1. Juliet in Elgin29 March 2014 at 22:50

      Just one little squeeze. I would settle for a hug. Precious!

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  9. Yesterday I finished Sir Julian Fellowes´ second book. He is also the screenwriter of Downton Abbey. His two books "Snobs" (2004) and "Past Imperfect" (2008) let me see the discussion around the Duchess of Cambridge in a different light. As Julian Fellowes was brought up in a noble family himself and is a member of the House of Lords in the Parliament he is the perfect person to show us the conventions and manners of the British aristocracy.
    When I think of the dimension of condesendence, denial and exclusion Catherine must have had to suffer from old noble families when they realised William´s relationship to her I dont know how she still can smile.
    Julian Fellowes wrote that the aristrocracy is a very very rigid circle and you cannot REALLY get in - no matter if you are beautiful, rich or extremely successful. No, if you havent had a noble birth you will never really belong to them. There will always remain a little smell of nouveau riche, the feeling he or she "is not one of us". They smile politely, appreciate your beauty, your success, your effort - but nevertheless they think you will never reach their status.
    Imagine old aristocrat families living in castles and manors for generations and generations ; noble persons who really seem to believe that their personal position in the society is higher than everybody´s else except their noble relatives and friends - even these people use to speak in a reverent and respectful way about the Royal Family.
    And then Catherine - her boyfriend and later husband was not only a noble man, no Lord, no Earl, no Count, no Duke, no - a Prince! And not any Prince - THE Prince! The future King.
    I really dont want to know what some Duchesses said, full of consciousness of their tradition, as they realised they had to curtsy to a young commoner.
    Attracting attention in public is extremely vulgur for aristocrats. Not-attracting attention seems to be lazy for us.
    How can Catherine handle this dilemma?
    Reading these two books showed me that the ability to get in and to survive in these circles is extraordinary hard, to stand the descendent manners of jealous noble families who wanted to see one of their own daughters as William´s wife, not the daughter of a former stewardess.
    I am sure that Catherine and the whole Middleton family had and maybe still have to fight and to stand cruel battles. And I suppose that our criticism, the public´s opinion about the style of her hair, the length of her skirts and the place where she spends her holidays are definitely her smallest problems. Good luck, dear Catherine!

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    1. Beautiful dresses Charlotte, thanks for the post, I would really like to read those books Munich, thanks for sharing.

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    2. Thoughtful post. The funny thing about mean aristocrats is that once you've married, especially as Kate has, she has a lot of control over who is in her presence - so she may not be dealing with it so much - and she can exclude those who were difficult for her to be around. It doesn't surprise me that W&K are friendly with the Bransons and Beckhams - non-aristocratic wealthy families. And that their wedding preference was for donations to anti-bullying campaigns - very clever way to deal with bullying aristocrats. Still, I can't think of anything more bullying then having people curtsy to you and call you "your highness". Maybe kissing the Pope's ring - ranks up there.

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  10. Hello Charlotte - I know this is a bit off topic, BUT, why is no news outlet making a big deal out of Pippa's new hair cut??? She lopped off about six inches! Looks great!

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    1. I know!!! Wow, what a change. It's a great sharp cut for sure. I expect we'll see something written over the weekend about it :)

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    2. Hey Charlotte,
      Do you have any link to the pics of Pippa's new haircut?
      Do you think now that Pippa has cut her hair a bit shorter Kate will as well?
      They share some of the same style and clothes and sometimes whatever one does so does the other follows so maybe Kate won't feel so alone if Pippa's hair is shorter as well.

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    3. Hello!

      I can't see Kate going for the chop (I cannot imagine her with short hair) although it could very well happen down the line. I have a waist length hair myself and plan to cut a few inches off when I get to 30 or so. Perhaps that was Pippa's plan? http://celebrity-gossip.net/pippa-middleton/pippa-middleton-carolina-herrera-hottie-1098987

      I'm not sure, is it a little ageing for Pippa?

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    4. I like Pippa's new 'do! Her hair isn't as thick as Kate's so IMO when it was longer it looked a little stringy but this cut and length makes it appear more full and thick.

      It will be interesting to see if Kate follows suit and cut her hair as well. Before I had children my hair was well past my waist, but it was such a chore to care for that I cut it to mid-back after my babies were born. While I don't think Kate would ever go for a pixie cut, she might decide to go with a shoulder length cut.

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    5. bluhare in Washington State29 March 2014 at 15:50

      I don't think it's aging, per se, but I do think she's put on some weight.

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    6. Charlotte, I don't know about ageing, but it's not much of a wow without some layering, IMO.

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    7. I think Pippa looks great - I actually think the shorter hair makes her look younger. And it's still not short! I think it's something to do with it being more age appropriate where sometimes the youthful long hair on a person in their 30's makes them actually look older.

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    8. Bluhare I was thinking the same thing when I was looking at that pic. She's not as thin as she used to be. Although it's not bad, a little weight looks well on her. I think Kate looks better with a little weight as well.
      I don't think it's aging either, actually I think it makes her look a bit younger.

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  11. Great research on these fabulous fashion designers in New Zealand. The talent is amazing, and I am sorry to say, many of the names are new to me (where the heck have I been?).

    Kate would look wonderful in any of these, and with your "right on" track record, I cannot wait to see how many of these wonderful dresses/suits will be a part of the tour.

    Cannot believe some of the photos of H.R.H. Prince George and his spot on likeness to Williams baby pictures. Adorable!


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    1. There's amazing talent in NZ and OZ, it will be great to see Kate showcase a couple of these brands and perhaps develop a relationship with them afterwards. She's still wearing Erdem almost three years after the Canada tour.

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  12. Kate, Texas, USA28 March 2014 at 19:03

    Lovely post, Charlotte! All the designers mentioned seemed likely possibilities looking at the different designs, fabrics, and colors. The Trelise Cooper baby pink suit stands out as well as the several lace dresses posted as something Kate would choose. I do hope she branches out and away from Emilia Wickstead. I am not a fashion designer or expert, but her pieces always seem bulky and "boxy" (I'll create my own word) to me. There are other choices that seem more flattering. Kate will look beautiful in whatever she dons, but let's chat about the most important thing.... PRINCE GEORGE!!! I am SO looking forward to seeing his adorable face! I love what you posted about him drooling on the carpet. That makes me miss having babies in the house. :) It seems like he has brown eyes from all his christening pictures and they do look like Middleton eyes.

    About the second Duke of Cambridge... There is a commanding statue of the Duke of Cambridge (George) atop his horse on Whitehall in London. I noticed it last summer and stopped for a few pictures while walking from The Mall down Whitehall to Parliament Square. I am curious to know why the title went away for 107 years before the Queen bestowed it upon Prince William?

    I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!! The tour countdown has begun!!!

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    1. The last holder of the title before William died without legitimate issue, hence the title died with him. This was in 1904.

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  13. Thank you so much for this post. I'm dying to see more of Kate this year!! I wonder if she will stay away from lace and create new trends. I hope not since there are so many gorgeous lace dresses available. Do you think we'll see her in pants at all? That electric blue pantsuit looked like a great choice if she does choose to be so casual. I will check the clocks to see how far ahead NZ is from Colorado.

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  14. How fun to like the Governor's FB page! Just did.

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  15. What an incredible post! I love looking through these collections and imagining the Duchess in some of them! The Trelise Cooper jacket would have been a daring - but stunning - choice.

    I just can't shake this hunch I have that we'll be seeing a handful of bespoke dresses in the mix for this tour. It would be very Kate for her to commission some from a few of her established favorites, including Emelia Wickstead. And the opportunities she'll have to wear jewelry or carry clutches from other local designers might really put her looks over-the-top and multiply designer exposure.

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  16. Juliet in Elgin28 March 2014 at 21:02

    Looking forward to more " Tiara Time !"

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  17. I really love some of Trelise Cooper's designs, though the ones I like aren't ones I imagine Kate will wear. I think Andrea Moore has a good shot and bespoke Helen Cherry practically screams Kate. I hope to see the Duchess wear Rebecca Taylor. Her designs are just so lovely! There have been a couple Emilia Wickstead designs Kate has worn that were nice, but in general, I just don't like them. The awkward necklines, the poor draping, the odd hem lengths...I mean, that first red dress, apart from the color, reminds me of the Amish, the next few are very un-modern 50's and that last floral one needs a foot cut off the length and a fuller A-line skirt to look decent. Given the likelihood that we will see some Emilia Wickstead on the tour, I hope the Duchess has requested some helpful "tweaks" to the designs.

    Until I saw the Women's Weekly cover, I didn't realize how chocolate brown Prince George's eyes are. I wasn't expecting that with all the blue and green eyes on both sides of the family. But those brown genes are strong. Wasn't there a tidbit awhile ago about Kate looking at and possibly buying a Union Jack jumper?

    Can't wait for the tour to begin!

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  18. Viola in Evanston28 March 2014 at 22:06

    The Andrea Moore " Daisy Love " might be a nice hemline compromise.

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  19. Rose from Montreal, Canada28 March 2014 at 22:57

    Wow, thank you Charlotte. Really looking forward to seeing Prince George. Can you all believe it, only 10 days to go!!! Can't wait. Our Duchess will have lots to choose from for her clothing. This Royal Tour is going to keep us really busy.

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  20. Is the purpose of a private press reception to have more control (for lack of a better word) over what is published regarding the tour? Forgive my ignorance. Just curiosity gets the best of me. I was thinking perhaps due to Prince George's presence, I would imagine with him being so little and travel will be difficult enough let alone the hoards of press.

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    1. Hello Jennifer,

      I believe it's a courtesy but many have speculated it has something to do with keeping them on side. I'm afraid that definitely hasn't worked as one of the reporters at the reception wrote a very strong article for The Sun called 'Duchess of Excess'.

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    2. Hello Charlotte! Thanks for the new designers, I ahve never heard a few of them before, it is really good education for us:-)))
      I tried to google the SUN article but I did not find anything, not even the reference for the Duchess, are you sure it was the SUn? Blue 27

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    3. Hello!

      It was The Sun, unfortunately it's subscription only now. I'll dig it out tonight when I get home and post a portion of it here in the comments section :)

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    4. bluhare in Washington State29 March 2014 at 15:52

      LOL, Charlotte. I've got my asbestos suit ready!

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    5. Lovely, thanks!

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    6. Oooo don't waste time passing on negativity.. When there are photos of a weekend wedding for our favourite royals, a new photo Ruth Prince George (gorgeous) and Kate spotted shopping. Now that would make a good post dear Charlotte :-)

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    7. ..."of Prince George" sorry, not Ruth. Stupid auto correct!

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  21. juliet in Elgin29 March 2014 at 03:32

    I don't know why , but I Iove the Cooper Green Tropics dress- especially if I could have those shoes, too.
    The yellow and green dress might be nice for Australia.

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  22. Hard-working Charlotte, wonderful post. Emilia Wickstead , no no no! Awkward, unattractive designs. Held Cherry looks very much like Kate. Loads of pretty frocks from all the rest too. Still think George looks very much like a Middleton.

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  23. Jean from Lancs29 March 2014 at 10:37

    So taken up with baby George, forgot to mention the dresses---like some of the lace ones--though think those with lining several inches shorter look peculiar.
    Love the pink suit--think somewhere there will be photographs of Jaqueline Kennedy wearing one very similar.
    Love the picture of Catherine in the blue suit.
    The Emilia Wickstead dresses with that length would be very aging.

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  24. bluhare in Washington State29 March 2014 at 15:53

    Of all of them, I prefer Rebecca Taylor and Trelise Cooper. Although all I see when I look at the model in the first set of Cooper pictures are those awful bruises on her legs.

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  25. Can't wait to see baby George :)

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  26. Lynn Georgia USA29 March 2014 at 18:25

    George's eyes do look brown on that cover, but I think they must be hazel rather than a dark brown. It would be unusual for two light-eyed parents to have a child with truly dark brown eyes, wouldn't it? Maybe we'll soon see some new pictures of his pretty little face!

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  27. I don't know how to put a link into here, but if you go to today's New Zealand Herald and scroll down to "Royal Tour approaches" the piece describes the outings that William had in secret with his nanny when he came as a baby to Auckland. Gives other info about the media influx this time etc.

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  28. Rose from Montreal, Canada29 March 2014 at 22:39

    HI Charlotte,
    Did you see the Telegraph official portrait of William, Kate, Prince George and Lupo released before the upcoming Royal Tour? Prince George was more interested in Lupo than the camera.

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  29. Charlotte have you seen the new photo just released of William, Kate, and George?
    Omg, it's so adorable. George is the cutest thing ever!!!

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    1. OMG. I absolutely love it! What a beautiful family photo.

      Thank you, Blair. :)

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