Saturday, 5 April 2014

Kate to Wear Ralph & Russo? + Tour Updates

Happy weekend dear readers,

We begin today's post with a visual fashion feast from Ralph & Russo. If you're not familiar with the exquisite brand, fans of Kate's style may well become well acquainted with their timeless designs. According to Harper's Bazaar The Duchess of Cambridge has commissioned a show-stopping gown for her forthcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Ralph & Russo Facebook Page

It is a fitting choice for Her Royal Highness for a multitude of reasons. The British-based brand is helmed by two Australian-born designers - couple Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo - who founded the label back in 2007 and have enjoyed enormous success since. It made its debut on the couture fashion week schedule in January - the first time that a British brand has been inducted by the official Chambre de Syndicale since 1915.

Ralph and Russo

Grazia reports:

'Kate visited Ralph & Russo's boutique last month and said she was looking for inspiration for the tour. She liked that they had Australian connections and has apparently given them specific instructions for a gown.'

Their Spring/Summer 2014 collection offers an abundance of elegant, tailored pieces which would look fantastic on Kate. This white ensemble is simply breathtaking. Perhaps a shorter version of the look for one of the Australian receptions?

Ralph & Russo

Each look serves as a reminder of the '40s and '50s, evoking the power and imagery of those era's black and white fashion photography. Classic ball gowns in gazar and organza that epitomize sophistication and could have been worn by Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner or Rita Hayworth in their heyday.

Ralph & Russo

Elements of the show, including the pristine attention to detail, strong colours and embellishment, reminded yours truly of Kate's red carpet go-to designer Jenny Packham.

Ralph & Russo

I could very easily see the Duchess forging a fashion relationship with the brand long after the tour.

Ralph & Russo

The collection showcased jackets with cinched waists, rounded hips and dresses with ankle grazing full skirts which were described as "reminiscent of Dior".

Ralph & Russo

A closer look at the intricate detailing.

Ralph & Russo Facebook Page

Ralph & Russo's celebrity clients include Angelina Jolie who has worn a selection of their pieces, all of which have helped to forge her polished style.

Ralph & Russo

The brand has also been noticed by other royals. Below we see Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Al Taweel photographed with The Queen, and Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned in the label's creations.

Ralph & Russo

Couture creations cost up to £50,000.

Ralph & Russo

I think it goes without saying your faithful scribe is very much looking forward to the possibility of the Duchess wearing this brand on the Australian leg of the tour.

Ralph & Russo Facebook Page

What do you think of Ralph & Russo?

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Moving on to a few royal tour stories!

One of the most interesting aspects of covering royal tours is hearing stories of the people, particularly children who have the opportunity to meet the royals. 6-year-old Kaiya Miller, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, will wear pink shoes and a cheeky smile when she meets The Duchess of Cambridge. Kaiya has been chosen to present Kate with flowers during her visit to children's hospice Rainbow Place.

ONE News

More from the ONE News story:

'Kaiya has been practising her smile, said mum Glenny Bowes. It's all a bit exciting. It is a welcome distraction for the Matamata Primary student, who has spent about one-third of her life at Waikato hospital. "I'm most excited about meeting her," said Kaiya. "I think she'll be nice and fun".'

One of our lovely commenters, Silvereyed, shared a link to an article regarding Prince George's car seat for the tour. More from Stuff NZ:

'It might have been a throne fit for a king but as far as plunket car-safety specialist Aethelia O'Connor was concerned it was just another installation job. When 8-month-old George is whisked from Wellington Airport to Government House in the royal limo on Monday he will snuggle securely, thanks to Plunket's Johnsonville car-seat service.'

A look at George's car seat.

Plunket

Australia's Daily Telegraph reports William and Kate will spend a night 'glamping' in the outback.

'William and Kate are expected to spend a romantic night in a luxury tent at the exclusive $1100 per person Longitude 131 resort at Uluru. It is completely booked out on that date. The stunningly located retreat will offer the royals an intimate break. Prince George will stay with his nanny.'

As we speak, the world's media is beginning to descend on Australia and New Zealand. When Charles and Camilla visited in late 2012, eight British journalists were assigned to them. This time it will be an entirely different story as 56 British scribes prepare to travel over. They will be part of a contingent of about 120, made up of the British, about 20 freelancers, and another 50 from the United States, Australia and Japan. In New Zealand 350 journalists have been accredited to the tour.

Moving on to the time difference. Dash Royal summed it up via Twitter.

Dash Royal Twitter Feed

Tour mania is reflected on the cover of Hello! Canada.

Hello!

  • How will we be covering the tour? With plenty of preparation and copious amounts of caffeine we plan to cover each event as it happens in real-time with all relevant information, links, photos and news.
  • All posts relating to the tour can be found on our Royal Tour 2014 Page.
  • We've also created a special page dedicated to Prince George we hope you'll enjoy. 
  • For those active on social media don't forget you can find us Tweeting and on Facebook sharing updates throughout the tour.

ONLY TWO DAYS TO GO!

Governor-General of New Zealand Facebook Page

Are you excited? We'll see you when the royals arrive in Wellington, April 7, at 11.45 a.m (00:45 BST). This Time Zone Converter is a very handy tool for those hoping to follow events as they happen. We wish the Cambridges a safe and pleasant flight. There's a possibility we'll see photos when they change planes in Australia before leaving for New Zealand :)

101 comments:

  1. So excited, can't wait to read all of your posts and see gorgeous outfits on Kate and George!

    Oh, and William too. I mean, who really cares what William is wearing? LOL

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  2. Charlotte, even with the handy converter, I'm still lost about one thing - what time UK time are they taking off from London? And maybe this has been said but are they flying on a private flight or a chartered British Airways plane?
    I'm happy to see another designer in the mix although I'm hoping Kate will get more than one use out of an almost $100,000 (US) gown!!

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    1. Hello,

      They're taking a British Airways flight to Australia before changing planes to Wellington. It takes 25 hours as far as I know so I presume they'll be leaving tonight (Saturday) UK time.

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    2. Kate, Texas, USA5 April 2014 at 05:01

      Charlotte, I think you are correct. I think they will leave Saturday evening around 9:30 pm BST if they are to arrive Monday morning. It will be a long haul, especially for Prince George.

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  3. I'm so so so excited that I'm finally going to get to see William and Kate in real life! ooooh imagine if I got to shake Kate's hand?????? I read an article the other day that said wearing something bright and eye catching is the best way to get them to come over to you so I'm going to go buy a big union jack shirt and cross my fingers :)

    p.s. it's spelt silvereyed ;)

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    1. Thank you :)

      I do hope you get to meet William and Kate!

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  4. This post will tide us over nicely until the tour posts, Charlotte. Wouldn't want to have a bunch of Kate-withdrawn bloggers on your hands.
    I love Ralph and Russo! The red, long-sleeved gown with the bateau neckline is my favorite. In emerald green for the Duchess , although she probably won't have an appropriate function for it on tour. But wait..the commissioned dress is white tie, isn't?
    And please, keep that gorgeous white gown (with the cape) long.
    Rosa

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  5. Looking forward to your posts, Charlotte! (And seeing the Ralph & Russo dress.) Thanks for all of your hard work! Xx

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  6. I think Kate would look exquisite in Ralph & Russo. Their gowns are like works of art.

    Please take care of you, Charlotte, whilst doing all the work for the royal tour. Love your excellent blog but don't want you to over do. Thanks in advance for sharing all the news! :o)

    Julie

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    1. Thank you so much Julie. It is going to be such fun :)

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  7. I remember when the schedule was posted there were not any formal events... which event do you think she'll wear the gown to? the white embroided piece GORGEOUS. I follow you blog but am just starting to post thank you for keeping us updated in a professional and respectful manner! jessica

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    1. Hello Jessica,

      That is correct. According to royal reporters there is no black tie event in the itinerary. I can only assume one of the receptions is quite formal or Kate has commissioned a knee-length dress from the brand?

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  8. Love the Ralph and Russo designs and am I very excited to see more of our favorite royals in the news per the next couple of weeks! As always thanks for your blog update! Please take care of yourself as you try to keep up with their tour! I worry that it might be a bit much to keep up with, so know that your readers really appreciate all that you do, but don't wear yourself out!! Take care!!
    Jen from USA

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  9. bluhare in Washington State5 April 2014 at 03:52

    I would love to see Charles' face when he gets the bill. These clothes are exquisite, with a price tag to match.

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    1. Hee hee. I'd like to see the look on Charles' face, too. To my mind, this is the best fashion post ever. Audrey Hepburn could have worn any of these beauties, and anything Audrey could have worn is top flight in my book. It's hard to imagine wearing R & R one day and GAP the next.

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    2. bluhare in Washington State5 April 2014 at 22:04

      I agree, Eve. Easily my favorite overall.

      By the way, I just discovered that Charles pays the bills for Kate's work clothes, but he is in turn reimbursed by the government. So Kate is shopping on the taxpayer's sixpence when she's looking for work related things. The Daily Mail has a headline implying the Queen told her to go shop at this place; I have a hard time believing that one!!

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  10. A front-facing car seat?!?!?! In most US states, the law is rear-facing until one year old. And the recommendation by the American academy of pediatrics is rear-facing until TWO years old. I'm a bit shocked!

    Annie (NY, USA)

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    1. Pretty sure they know what they are doing Annie

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    2. there was a segment on the nz evening news tonight that said that the plunket facebook page had received a lot of disapproving messages about this but that kensington palace had requested for that exact car seat and it's not illegal in nz so they didn't actually have any choice in the matter :)

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    3. I was thinking the same thing!

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    4. In the uk babies can go in front facing at 9 months or earlier depending on their weight Ann London

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    5. That particular seat is a convertible car seat which means it is rear facing until a certain weight and then forward facing. Hopefully they will install it correctly for Prince George. ☺

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    6. Regardless of UK law, Pediatricians in most countries recommend keeping a child rear facing as long as possible. There are no cases of broken legs from sitting cross-legged in a rear facing carseat, but there are countless cases of children with broken or injured necks from sitting front facing before their neck muscles were strong enough to handle the force of whiplash from an accident. As a pediatrician in the US I advise parents to keep their children rear facing until they reach the limit of height/weight for the carseat rear facing, or until they yell so much that it's unsafe for the driver.

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    7. Which in the uk is 9 months or sooner depending on baby's weight! Recommendations by r paediatricians and car safety British standards no less. Annabell London. Do u realty think the any parent or w&k would put their child in unnecessary danger!! Honestly!

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  11. Sarah from Calif.5 April 2014 at 04:07

    Gorgeous gowns and dresses.
    Most of all can't wait to see George!
    Best wishes to all of them on their tour. :)

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA5 April 2014 at 04:45

      I know! I can't wait to see little George! Don't you just want to cuddle him?!?! :)

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  12. Great post!! I was hoping you would post a@ least 1 more time before the tour.
    I am very exicted for the tour!! I love the dresses that Kate may wear! (I just got asked to be a bridesmaid for my cousin Jan wedding so I'm super exicted to get dressed up for that!!)
    I stated in previous comment, my daughters 2nd bday is sunday the 6th and my sons 8th bday is on the 15th. W&K have no plans for those days so I can focas on my family and not them( as my husband LOVINGLY puts it!!)
    I do need to check out the time converter that was added. I think they are 14 hrs ahead from Central time.

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA5 April 2014 at 14:10

      Hey Emily! They are 18 hours ahead from Central time. I posted below, but if you have an iPhone, click on the WORLD CLOCK app and you can see the times. It will change on the Australia leg of the tour as they are a two hour difference from NZ.

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    2. Hey Emily - My b-day is on the 6th too! And my son's was the 1st, and my daughter's is on the 20th. April was a great month for babies, wasn't it!

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    3. Eelady, Dont forget Easter is on the 20th also! Yes April is a great month for babies:)
      Thanks Kate!

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  13. Kate, Texas, USA5 April 2014 at 04:44

    I love the Ralph and Russo designs! I think it looks very much like Kate's style. I am REALLY looking forward to the tour! I think it's close to a days travel time from London, so I'm sure they are leaving Saturday morning. I hope and pray for safe travels and that George has an easy transition to the different time zones. I can't wait to see his sweet baby cheeks! He's such a doll! Praying for strength, stamina, and just a great time for the Cambridge family and their entourage.

    Dearest Charlotte, I hope you feel rested and ready. Do take care of yourself and know how extremely grateful your readers, especially me, are for ALL your hard work and dedication. I know each post over the next three weeks will be the very BEST! Big hugs to you!

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    1. Good Luck Charlotte. I can't wait. I agree with Kate we all love your work. I love the Ralph and Russo dresses. I'm #ready. Thank you for showing the timings I couldn't get my head round the 12 hours forward 25 hours flight then converting it back to bst. Looking forward to your brilliant work for us. Love Donna

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    2. Thank you all so much for your encouragement x

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  14. Melanie from California5 April 2014 at 05:01

    I am so excited for this tour!!! Charlotte, I wish you the same as Kate, Texas, USA. This time difference makes the tour intense.
    On another note, I wonder if the duchess will wear this LK Bennett dress for ANZAC Day.
    http://www.lkbennett.com/Clothing/Dresses/Lasa-Poppy-Print-Dress/p/DRLASACOTTONMIXPrintPoppy?nr=14&product=14

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    1. Had to look up ANZAC Day: ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

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    2. Gorgeous dress Melanie!

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  15. Do you think maybe the Sydney Opera House reception at least might be blacktie? I forgot what time of day it will be.
    Doubt she will wear more than one Ralph and Ru$$o gown.

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    1. I think it must be more formal than we've been led to believe. I wonder if it may be a shorter dress though?

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    2. I think it will be long. Usually Aussies take it down a notch with wardrobe requirements. But come on! this is the Duchess of Cambridge. There are expectations.And the iconic Sydney Opera House!
      Charlotte, don't you think, with the white dress, the cape would have to go, if the dress were shortened?It might work mid-calf, but not knee or above, as the Duchess prefers. The look would be too boxy. I think the cape adds a lot of style to the gown.

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    3. I do agree. It would have been great if one or two black tie events had been added.

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  16. Jennifer from Wisconsin5 April 2014 at 06:12

    Please, please lottery gods, let me win so I can buy one of those gorgeous dresses. Otherwise, if I can't, please let Prince Charles get a really big bill. :)

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  17. If the story details are correct and the Duchess worked with Tamara Ralph to help create a dress or two for the tour, what statement pieces they would certainly be. I can really envision some glamorous, yet very wearable art coming from their collaboration!

    Wishing them all safe and happy travels so that they'll be able to have an enjoyable tour!

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  18. Looking forward to tour updates! I love this label and I think Kate will look fabulous. But George should have a rear facing car seat! It's safest to rear face until at least two, though by law it's for one year.

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    1. it's not the law in nz :)

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    2. Even if it's not the law it's the smart thing to do. Children under two are five times more likely to die or be seriously injured if they are forward facing.

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  19. Marion from Germany5 April 2014 at 09:33

    Dear Charlotte,

    thanks for all your work from one of your long-time loyal readers from the continent. The most exciting aspect regarding the tour is that you cover it. Your information is always so interesting, respectful, sophisticated and entertaining to read, that it reveals your true talent. I wish a member of the royal family read your blog and hired you for the PR work, how helpful could you be.

    I hope I will have more time to take part in the lively discussions among your other committed followers which I also read in most cases. It is one more week to go and we will enjoy Easter holidays in Germany (which gives me a little break as a teacher and a mother of two), so I am looking forward to checking your blog many times a day.

    Thank you so much, dear Charlotte, and greetings to all the other Kate-fans or valuable critical friends. :-)

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    1. I am so looking forward to reading all of your thoughts. There's going to be so much to discuss :)

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  20. Claudia, Austria5 April 2014 at 09:57

    Re: time zones, I'm a little confused - I've looked up several time zone converters/world clocks, including the one you posted, and it appears to me that actually the time differences given in the tweet are one hour off - New Zealand seems to be 11 hours ahead of Central Europe (where I live), so it should be 12 hours ahead of London time, 17 hours ahead of NY and 20 hours of LA. Or am I totally wrong here?
    Anyway, I'm very excited for the tour to begin, I'm afraid I won't have time to comment but I'm a long-time reader and I'm very much looking forward to reading your posts, always so well written and full of interesting information. I can only imagine how much time you must have already spent preparing for this tour, and the next three weeks will certainly be intense, so thank you Charlotte for all the effort you put into this blog, it's very much appreciated!

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    1. Thank you for your support Claudia.

      It is *very* confusing I assure you! New Zealand and Australia DST ends on April 7th and their clocks are set back 1 hour.

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    2. Claudia, Austria5 April 2014 at 20:13

      Oh ok, thank you for your answer Charlotte! I hadn't thought of that... all those different time zones and in addition the different changement dates of DST are indeed very confusing!

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  21. Good luck Charlotte can'wait. Love the Russo dresses. #ready for twitter Donna

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  22. Eve from Germany5 April 2014 at 10:22

    Can´t wait to see Kate in one of these LOVELY gowns!! Absolute show stoppers, especially the evening gowns.... I´m really looking forward to seeing them out and about again... with lots of opportunities for lovely photos! Oh Charlotte, thank you so much again and in advance for all your incredible work!! I hope, though, you will look after yourself, too, during these exciting days! You´re such a lovely person to do all this hard work to keep us up to date! We can´t thank you enough for this.... Lots of love, Eve from Germany

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    1. You're so welcome. I always say, I'm so lucky to have such supportive readers. From our very first tester posts to Prince George's birth, it's been tremendous to have such a stellar community who share their thoughts along the way and it makes the whole process so enjoyable for me.

      We haven't had a 'big event' since George's birth or a tour in almost two years so this is a special one. It could well be another two years before the next tour if Kate and William decide to have another baby next year. The press have been saying Australia/NZ is always the most fun.

      For any of you on FB or Twitter, I'll be posting real-time updates during the tour.

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  23. Jean from Lancs5 April 2014 at 10:42

    The Ralph and Russo gowns are beautiful and seem almost designed for her. Look rather like Dior's "New Look", almost a life-time ago--my eldest sister had dresses very similar.
    Just wonder if she would spend so much on one gown.

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    1. I also remember older relatives and friends wearing the New Look. I was sorry I wasn't old enough for those designs!

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    2. I had a favorite New Look - type dress in the 50's. It was red, mid-calf, with a deep-cut square neckline with white pique`. trim, cap sleeves , and a full,gored skirt and a princess-stye waistline. Loved that dress.
      And yes, I am ancient, but still interested and involved.
      Rosa

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    3. "....red, mid-calf, full gored skirt and a princess style waistline." hmm. Haven't I seen something like that recently?
      Rosa
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  24. Oh, goody! Lots to look forward to!

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  25. Kate, Texas, USA5 April 2014 at 14:07

    Charlotte, another handy tool for our readers if they have in iPhone.... Click on the WORLD CLOCK app and add major cities to see exact times. I currently entered Houston, London, Wellington, and Sydney and have all 4 clocks with current times on my screen to view. It makes it much easier for my tired brain to click on the app. For our US readers, going by the app the time difference for New Zealand would be 17 hours for ET, 18 hours for CT, 19 hours for MT, and 20 hours for PT. So, Dash is off an hour in his tweet above. It will change when they head to the Australia leg of the tour as AUS is a 2 hour difference with NZ. Hope this is helpful!

    Charlotte, ARE YOU READY with copious amounts of caffeine on hand? Thinking of you!

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    1. Hello Kate,

      I am ready (I think, I hope... LOL) I've had a great day researching and prepping. This is going to be a great tour!

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  26. Rose from Montreal, Canada5 April 2014 at 14:43

    Charlotte, Thank you for this wonderful post. I pray for safety, strength and a great time for Kate, William and Prince George and all those travelling with them I am beyond excited that the day is finally approaching. Wow, numerous posts per day we are going to be glued to our computers just to keep up. Please take wonderful care of yourself Charlotte and get loads of just when you can. Hugs from Rose

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    1. Thank you Rosie. It's very exciting, it feels like so long since I last live blogged for a tour. It's funny, one is so busy tiredness doesn't really set in until it's all over :)

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  27. I just looked it up. According to the informations we have, they can only fly with the BA015 to Singapore and Sidney departing at 21:35 from London Heathrow. There is no other scheduled flight to Australia with British Airways tonight. Maybe I partly follow the flight via flightradar...

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    1. Thank you! Gosh it's going to be a long particularly with a baby on board. I hope they get plenty of rest :)

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    2. They will have first class to themselves. How awesome!

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    3. And plenty of staff on board to be et their beck and call!!

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  28. Now it's BA015. Different plane maybe?
    And of course it is Sydney... :)

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    1. BA15 seems to be the only British Airways flight London-Singapore-Sydney landing on Monday morning, arriving 5:05am local time.
      Unless they fly Quantas which arrives around the same time.

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  29. CJ from Minnesota5 April 2014 at 17:26

    Greetings from snowy Minnesota (I go from an earthquake in Chile to a snow storm in MN) I just have some random comments as we wait for the tour to start...

    The Ralph & Russo clothes are exquisite - I find them so beautiful and chic. I hope that Kate has several of their confections made for the tour. She would look stunning.

    I am glad Charlotte included pictures of two of my favorite royal ladies - Princess Ameerah Al Taweel and Sheikha Mozah. Not only do they have a very unique style but each is very involved in a variety of causes. Sheikha Mozah is THE goddess of Haute Couture (sheikhamozahfashion.tumblr.com) and is absolutely amazing as in individual as well as the mother 7 children. I hope Charlotte devotes a future Royal Digest post to each of these two fascinating women.

    I am not a big fan of Zara clothing. I used to go to Spain a lot for business over the last 12 years and I have seen it evolve - an not in a good way. In the beginning, the clothes were interesting with nice fabrics and ok workmanship. I bought a suit about 8 years ago at a Zara in Barcelona and it is quite lovely and unique. I am very disappointed when I walk into Zara now - the workmanship, style and fabrics are just meh to me. I am thin but I can't get into their pants - they are made for women who have more of a straight shape. Their sizing for me is off - smaller, shorter, tighter, narrower than the regular size 4/6 I normally wear in other brands.

    I agree with others that Kate needs to stay away from skinny and cropped pants. I would like to see her in some lovely tailored trousers that are long with maybe some slight flare in the legs accompanied by 3 inch pumps (no wedges) The cropped pants make her legs look short compared to her torso. I think she does look nice in pleats - myself, I just don't look good in them at all so I stay away from anything with pleats.

    I am just not a fan of Jason Bell's photos - there is something about them that just doesn't allow for the natural flow of the moment. The subjects seem rather one dimensional. This pre-tour picture - everyone looks fine individually, but for me, collectively with the stark black background and window frame, they look pasted onto the picture. George is the most natural in the picture and he is extremely cute. I like Mario Testino's work a lot better - he seems to catch his subjects in a natural movement that doesn't seem so calculated and staged. I loved his engagement picture of William and Kate - very spontaneous and natural.

    CP Mary was in Estonia this week and she looked so nice and gave a lovely talk. I loved the black/white dress and red suit (styleofmary.blogspot.com) - I think Kate would look great in many of the styles Mary wears.

    Looking forward to the tour and all the fun and excitement. I am happy for the cute little girl to give Kate the flowers - what neat experience for her!

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  30. Can't wait!!! Looking forward to lots of excellent posts...

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  31. Nice post, CJ. I have family in Minn. and I can tell you, they are ready for Spring.
    I have so enjoyed the comments from NZ readers. Would love to hear from some Aussies.
    I read that there is a "ballot" (lottery?) in Sydney for 200 by-stander positions at the airport Easter Sunday and 50 at a tree-planting ceremoney. This may be arranged so that the ones chosen could have some sort of security clearance.
    It seems to me there is more media coverage of British royals in US than in Australia.
    Rosa

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    1. It's because the US can't have em'.

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    2. Erica in Elgin5 April 2014 at 22:20

      The monarchy is like Vegas- a nice place to visit, but wouldn't want to live there. (small attempt at humor here)

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  32. They must be boarding right now- how exciting!
    Wish them a safe flight and still hope for some pictures from Heathrow airport!

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    1. That's what I came on here for, to say that they will be boarding soon! I wonder if we will see any photos of them in the next couple hours?

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  33. NZ weather update! Here in Auckland we are still having very lovely, warm late-summer temperatures. About 20°C - 24°C during the say. It's getting a little chillier in the evening. I am still wearing most of my summer wardrobe since autumn hasn't started kicking in. In Auckland that is. Wellington for example is notoriously stormy. If HRHs catch a wind end rain episode there, they may feel like home in good old England. And the South Island can be a different story all together, climate wise. Potentially we could see outfits stretching over more then one season. Can't wait! It's now Sunday 8am in our part of the world, just another 27 or so hours to go.
    Charlotte, it has been said many times but nevertheless: so looking forward to your coverage. There is nobody who does it as wonderful as you. Thanks so much and I hope will enjoy the exciting times ahead.

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  34. Great to have a weather update from NZ really looking forward to all the photos and comments .

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  35. Erica in Elgin5 April 2014 at 22:16

    Well, I hit preview instead of google account and lost the post I started 35 minutes ago.
    Just thinking of all the prayers and good wishes being sent that little family's way
    Also, a lot of nonsense about overland or oversea routes and arriving before you leave on the Sydney-LA route and losing a day the other direction. The trip takes 15 hours and the time difference is 15-16 hours.
    It is a bone-rattling, stressful trip, no matter what the accommodations and assistance.
    Maybe they will have a chance to change and freshen up at the Sydney airport, before boarding for NZ
    Don't know what BOAC offers, but Qantas airbusses have sleeping conpartments . Very pricey. For the jetsetters.
    There is a buffet on the upper level and space to walk around.

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    1. I fly NZ - central europe and back about 2 times every year. Whatever route I take, the net flight duration is about 24 hours. Sometimes economy, sometimes business. I manage fine in economy because I am used to it and I know how to prepare, what accessories to take and what food and seat to preorder so I can feel reasonably comfortable. But business class changes a lot. I would say 60% less bone-rattling. I can't even start imagining how smoothly time will pass in first class. Simply to stretch your body, fully horizontal. Oh my.... In saying that, a baby doesn't care much about these categories. If Prince George is uncomfortable and cries his heart out, the parents won't relax much. Fingers crossed he is a travel enthusiast and has a good time.

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    2. Very true Anna. Let's hope super nanny is super ready. Surprising they didn't bring a spare nanny. What if she gets sick. Oh I guess they could find a replacement if needed!

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  36. Maryland Moxie6 April 2014 at 00:47

    The excitement on this blog is awesome! For everyone's sake, I hope Kate has clothes on when she gets off the plane! :-)

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    1. Yankee from California6 April 2014 at 03:55

      Best Comment Ever!

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    2. That sums it up pretty much! Hilarious comment!!

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  37. I do hope that picture of the carseat is just for demonstration. George is far too young to be front facing. Although most US states have laws says children must be rear-facing until 12 months, the recommendation is rear-facing until 24 months. Before that their neck muscles are not strong enough to withstand the force exerted by a collision while front-facing.

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    1. The company said that front-facing was actually the request of TRH, so there is no error on their part. I had the article open, and if I find it again, I will add it. :)

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    2. That may well be in the USA. But not in the uk. As said before it's 9 months old in front facing or earlier depending on baby weight. Sue. York

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  38. The Daily Mail claims that tiny weights have been sewn into Kate's outfits for the tour, and that all 32 outfits have been photographed.

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  39. Hi Charlotte and followers, here you can see a video of a possible start of the WKG flight! It would be nice!
    https://it.notizie.yahoo.com/video/biglietto-aereo-con-musical-compreso-084403492.html?cmp=itfb

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  40. They just landed in Singapore and apparently have about an hour and a half while the is beeing refuelled before they head to Sydney.
    Until we see first pictures of them arriving in Wellington (maybe we get a glimpse of them boarding to NZ) I found a nice read about someone describing a first class flight with British Airways in a boeing 777-300ER (that's the same type of plane the Royals are currently in). I really can picture W&C with their son and their whole team sitting in the plane, doing whatever... Makes waiting for their actual appearance a little easier :)

    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-reports/1336770-new-way-fly-ba-boeing-777-300er-first-class-lhr-lax.html

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    1. They are due to arrive in Sydney in four hours! So maybe in six hours or so first pictures might emerge! Hoooraayy! We are almost there!

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  41. love the gowns im looking forward too see them on monday sorry could post because im too busy with works ladies duchess friends see you in fb Charlotte give us update

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  42. Jennifer from Wisconsin6 April 2014 at 14:03

    12 hours to go! Can't wait!

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  43. Caroline in Montana6 April 2014 at 17:09

    On the edge of my seat, can't wait to see them emerge. Beautiful gowns from R&R, can so see the duchess wearing them. Can't wait to see her style choices, only thing more exciting is getting to see George:) thanks in advance for all your hard work, I don't know how you do it. Addicted to your blog, so classy, well done lady Charlotte!

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  44. From Dash Royal via Twitter

    'Two papers have reported that the Cambridges are currently onboard a Qantas (not British Airways) flight to Sydney via Dubai. #RoyalTour'

    Just hours to go until they arrive in Wellington :)

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  45. Controversy already about Prince George's car seat. LDM is reporting the agency supplying the car seat installed it as per the Cambridge's request, forward facing, but babies are suppose to be facing backwards till two, or as per car seat manufacture guidelines. Story is in London Daily Mail. Eight months is way too young for forward facing, wonder why Kate and William want that? Maybe George rides better and dosnt cry that way, but it is dangerous.

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    1. I'm sure the local rules are followed. Safety depends on the seat as well remember. And George may very well be a tall young man who is nearly walking. I think it's another balloon that needs popping ladies...

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  46. Overland route with Qantas. I am very happy. Only small bit over ocean. Don't know why that bothers me so much. Are we sure they are headed to Sydney? Think Canbarra possible. Then pick up RAAF transport.

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  47. Erin, I don't think any flights go directly to Canberra, either Mel or Syd. But I could be wrong.

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  48. My daughter has flown in to both Brisbane. and Canberra, via Qantas. Actually, maybe the Canberra one was not transocean, but local. Brisbane to Canberra communter then sometimes pick up her car and drive home, or take a commuter flight home. Those giant airbusses take a lot of runway and special servicing. There has been criticism of the Sydney facility, compared to the Canberra. Not sure if it was safety,services,or what That is what I was thinking of.

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