Saturday, 19 April 2014

William and Kate snuggle up at Rugby Match!

Hello-Hello,

We're back with an unexpected post before today's Easter Sunday events kick off. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a night off to relax and unwind following a busy day of engagements at a rugby union match in Sydney.



It was the first time the royal couple had been out in the evening away from royal duties and Prince George since the tour began. The couple enjoyed the match between New South Wales Waratahs and South Africa's Blue Bulls.


William and Kate sat in the corporate box in the Allianz Stadium where William enjoyed a beer.


I absolutely adore this photo of Kate and William snuggling. It's very natural (and really quite romantic). The two have excellent chemistry and it's been very much showcased throughout the tour.

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Royal tours are packed with engagements and one imagines, although a wonderful experience, they must be very tiring. It's great to see the Cambridges had the opportunity to take a few hours to enjoy the match together, dress down and enjoy a beer without any interference.


The Waratahs won the game by a final score of 19-12.


I'm a big fan of Kate's casual ensembles and this one was no exception. The Duchess wore a stylish grey sweater. Given the limited view of the piece from the photo it's difficult to be completely certain which one Kate wore but the ladies over at WKW Facebook made two excellent suggestions.

The first possibility is the Gap Luxlight Sweater. The $39.95 piece is lightweight and luxe silky knit. It has long sleeves and a crew neck with interior contrast trim. It's available in several colours on the GAP website. Another item suggested was the French Connection Cashmere Crazy Jumper. The AW13 jumper is currently on sale reduced from £99 to £49.50. I'm leaning towards the French Connection piece at this point.

GAP/French Connection

Kate accessorised with the Beulah London Eden Scarf. It's a gorgeous piece with a fractured dark blossom print. The modal and cashmere blend scarf retails for £125 - for those wishing to purchase it please note there's a 4-6 week minimum delivery period.

Beulah London

The Duchess also chose her comfy Mint Velvet plimsolls.

Mint Velvet

And completed the look with skinny jeans, most likely J Brand, and her sapphire and diamond drop earrings.

With many thanks to everyone who left comments and emails about the rugby match. We'll see you in just a few hours with our next post! :)

41 comments:

  1. Any idea who is the blonde woman sitting next to Catherine? Silvia

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  2. Silvia, I wondered that too.
    Kate has unmatched casual style. Love the scarf.
    Lovely to see how easy and natural they are together. I don't think there's ever been a photo of members of the Royal Family like that. So un-British! (Teasing). I am sure they tucked the baby into bed then scooted out for date night. So normal and refreshing.
    Hope Nanny Maria is given time to attend church this weekend. Happy Easter, all!

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  3. So funny! I was wondering who the blonde is also. She looks familiar.

    mel from socal

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  4. I was wondering who the blond woman is and, moreovere, how the cambridges spen their evenings since they did not have evening engagements. Kate is wonderful when she dresse down and I love seeing the two have some "couple"moments.happy Easter to everyone

    Gabriella, italy

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  5. Laurie - N. Carolina19 April 2014 at 22:39

    Wonderful!! Reminds me of me and my hubby. I often lean over and rest my head on his shoulder when we're at an event. Just goes to show that displays of true love look the same...doesn't matter if you're a Duke and Duchess or just regular old folk like us :-)

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  6. Wow, I must be getting old because I have no idea how they have the energy to go out to a sporting event after days of all-day events that they have!

    Nonetheless, Kate as usual, looks great and I am completely enamored (again) with her casual, but chic looks -- I plan on copykating!

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  7. I always love a surprise post like these!! Sometimes they make my day! Is Georgie supposed to be at today's event?

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    1. Hello!

      At 1030. William and Kate will attend an Easter Service.
      At 2.00 Taronga Zoo visit with George!

      We'll have a post for each event :)

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    2. Thanks! I do love your blog!
      I hope Kate gets back to the swing of things when they get home, I am afraid I'm going to get withdrawals if she doesn't!

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  8. Lovely! And I am looking forward to Kate's Easter ensemble, next.

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  9. Adorable - really appreciate all your hard work - I will be in Kate withdrawal when tour is over, and hope you will get some well earned rest

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  10. The blonde lady has been with them since 2011. She was on the very first tour and at the Lindo Wing after George was born. She wasn't listed as part of the royal group.

    I like this casual look. They're so adorbs.

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  11. Great to see William's natural smile. I feel kind of guilty for looking at that snuggle picture- sort of voyeur ish- but wouldn't have missed it for the world. Thank-you, Charlotte , for getting it for us and for taking your respite time to post and thanks to all the eagle-eyed bloggers who reported it!
    For all those who wrote comments about their tired, gloomy etc. appearance yesterday, and those of us who worried, but didn't comment- Whew!!! How comforting! They seem to be able to draw strength from each other.
    I so hope the critics and royals will let this be.

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  12. I saw this story on the DM and waited for you to post Charlotte because I always enjoy your posts way better.
    They look like they're having fun, on the pic where they're cuddling Kate appears to be yawing. Maybe she was getting tired.
    Anyone notice the protection officers in the back they look absolutely bored lol.

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  13. Thanks for this post Charlotte. And yes, i do agree with Blair that i like your posts and blog way better!

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  14. I think the blonde woman is the model wearing the grey Gap sweater in the picture lol! I actually did a double-take. I love the grey sweater and scarf and what a nice surprise this outing is. Cathering is yawning and it's so cute! I checked in here to look at the gorgeous LK Bennett dress again and found this post! Thank you! Looking forward to Easter Sunday's ensemble. I hope she wears a hat and a new pair of shoes lol!

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  15. I'm curious about the blonde friend as well. Does anyone know who she is?

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    1. The blonde friend looks like the assistant of Kate's hairdresser. DailyMail reported back in July that woman was Tucker's aid. Interesting.

      The assistant arrived with Amanda Tucker at the hospital the day Kate and George were to be discharged. She's the one in the red dress carrying George's car seat, right? Go to to photo in this link.

      http://www.dailymail.co.u...eat-dress-Lindo-Wing.html

      Sarah in Minneapolis

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  16. I would love to know how Kate folds/rolls the scarf to have it sit so nicely....any ideas?

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  17. I recognize the scarf from their stopover in Australia last year when she changed and was walking thru the airport. Correct me if I'm wrong. Good guessing on the sweater. How do y know what shoes she is wearing in the pix can't see her feet lol. Good detective work. Linda - Canada

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    1. The scarf she wore in Brisbane airport was the Temperley London Lotus Leopard print scarf - still cashmere/modal but definitely not this one :)

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  18. Great work Charlotte have an Easter Egg for all your hard work !

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  19. Love seeing these pictures which give us a sneak peek of the private couple. Its lovely to see, after a long time of being together, that they still suit each other and are in love. Nice seeing the unpolished side to Kate with her yawning. Reminds us all that they are not that different to us bar the title and wealth.

    Kiwi Nic

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  20. For everyone who is asking, I think the blonde woman sitting next to Kate is her hair stylist. She has accompanied Kate on the last trip and also did her hair before she emerged from the Lindo Wing with George! Great to see they treat their staff as well during the tour. Her personal assistant Rebecca Deacon was there as well.

    As these weeks have been very busy, I haven't been able to comment but I have been reading all of your posts, Charlotte and I cannot tell you how much you make my day when they are posted. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication, I know you bring so much of us happiness. I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

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  21. love them cuddling,,,KAte looks lovely as always,:-)))

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  22. I'm becoming obsessed with reading your posts. It's all so exciting! And I believe it's the FCUK sweater; I have the Gap one, and it doesn't look quite the same as the pictures. But I could be wrong! (It's a soft and comfortable sweater anyway).

    -Katherine
    http://scallopedandbows.blogspot.ca

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  23. Kate looks lovely and I love when her and William show affection! They look so happy and perfect together! Thank you Charlotte. I hope the duchess and duke and you and your fiance have a wonderful and happy Easter!

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  24. I love that pic of them with her head on his shoulder! Love her outfit too.

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  25. Fabulous post! I've been checking multiple times daily for your updates. Here's a link that might be helpful- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2375133/Royal-baby-Royal-hairdresser-Kate-William-Amanda-Cook-Tucker-car-seat-dress-Lindo-Wing.html

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  26. Found it - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2375133/Royal-baby-Royal-hairdresser-Kate-William-Amanda-Cook-Tucker-car-seat-dress-Lindo-Wing.html

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  27. Sarah from Calif.20 April 2014 at 02:37

    Awwwwww Sweet!

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  28. In all fairness (and accuracy), Kate is the one doinge the most snuggling, William's attention seems to be focused more on the rugby game below rather than on any major cuddles with his wifey. William is more affectionate publicly than his father ever was toward his mother but he still appears to be governed by the antiquated royal rulebook, that is, not to make any show of affection in public, even when not on official duties.
    The woman next to her appears to be Amanda Cook Tucker. I'd get tired of sourpuss Rebecca Deacon too, if I was Kate. Amanda has to be an improvement in terms of charm and conversation.
    The grey sweater probably is the French Connection one. The Gap one is darker but currently on sale for those who can't afford the prices or for those in the US who don't want the heartache of trying to pay the astronomical fee to ship something back that doesn't fit.

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    1. So you are saying that Wiliam is not paying any attention to his wife? Well I guess we are looking at different photos because I see William paying attention to her. Just because he is not putting his head against her's does not mean he is not cuddling with her in his way.

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  29. Actually ... the young lady with Kate at the rugby match appears to be Amanda's assistant, who was pictured carrying the baby's car seat into the Lindo Wing the day after the birth. That would make more sense, as Amanda is 50 or so and the assistant appears to be closer to Kate's own age. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2375133/Royal-baby-Royal-hairdresser-Kate-William-Amanda-Cook-Tucker-car-seat-dress-Lindo-Wing.html

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    1. The young lady is an aide to Rebecca Deacon and the duchess, listed on the tour staff as a press secretary, rather than assistant to the hairdresser. Except for the nanny all their tour staff appear to be at the rugby game including their valet, advisor and their private secretaries. The hair dresser is seated on the far left of the photo. Seems like Maria the nanny gets the short straw!

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  30. Nothing like crowdsourcing....the blonde mystery–solved. I do remember the photographs of her going into the hospital after George's birth. Sylvia

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  31. A Dove-Kate: what a beautiful symbol of peace!

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    1. of course I posted in the wrong place :)

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  32. I believe this sweater is the same one she wore while walking with William at the Government house on their day off

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