We have three updates to share with you today: a new Kate sighting, official news on the China tour and Black Friday sales from Kate's favourite retailers. Firstly, locals in the Georgian market town of Holt in Norfolk were surprised to see the Duchess in the high street this afternoon. There's a couple of Twitter photos in this article.
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A look at Holt.
"She looked lovely in a tartan cape as she left the Antiques Emporium and headed up the high street; what a great ambassador for shopping in local independent shops."
It is not the first time Kate has been spotted shopping in the town, with the Duchess spotted a couple of times over the past two years stocking up on local produce and visiting the Antiques Emporium.
Given its close proximity to William and Kate's country home, Anmer Hall, locals can expect to see plenty of the royals over the next few years.
Kate kept warm in her Zara Checked Print Cape from the 2010 Fall Collection. The Duchess was photographed wearing the stylish piece during her first pregnancy, too. It's a great staple piece for winter.
Kate teamed her cape with a black sweater, jeans, most likely by J Brand and black flat suede boots.
We recently discussed rumours regarding the possibility of a royal visit to China in spring 2015 for the Cambridges. The rumours were confirmed today in a statement from Kensington Palace and as expected it will be a solo trip for Prince William who will also visit Japan.
The official press release states:
'The Duke of Cambridge will visit Japan and China in early 2015 at the request of Her Majesty's government. The Duke will spend approximately three days in each country, departing in late February and returning to the United Kingdom in early March.'
The itinerary for the trip has not been released yet, however, it will focus on UK-Japan relations, commerce and cultural exchange in support of his own work to combat the illegal wildlife trade. In China, William will promote UK-China relations, officially open a festival in Shanghai and again concentrate on wildlife conservation.
No doubt William will do a fine job during this tour, though it is a pity it couldn't have waited until a later date when Kate could have joined him. There's no official word on this, but I expect we wont see the Cambridges undertake a joint overseas tour until sometime in 2016.
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? If not, you'll know Black Friday is one of the peak times of the year for fantastic sales and discounts at an array of retailers. For those searching for perfect festive stocking fillers, our friends at BLACK.co.uk are offering 15% off hundreds of best-selling luxury accessories for men and women with Free UK and International Delivery.
Discounted items included Kate's popular Cornelia James Bow Gloves in satin lycra. The short elegant cocktail gloves are ideal for the party season and stretchy, ensuring a snug, flattering fit. They're currently reduced from £42 to £35.70 and come in black and ivory.
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Chic knitted cashmere ponchos are on sale in striking shades including midnight blue, warm grey and classic black.
Emulate the ladies of Downton Abbey by added a timeless sophisticated accessory to your wardrobe with the Black Swarovski Crystal Scattered Wrap in Cashmere and Silk, Long Black Satin Gloves and the Caterina - Black Fur Felt Hat.
We saw Kate wrap up in her cape earlier in the post. If you're a fan of capes take a look at the Walnut Brown Cashmere Swagger Cape in a wide rib knit pattern running horizontally around the cape. We also take a look at the Black Suede Cape with Silver Studs and the luxurious double sided cashmere/silk cape. It's a very versatile piece - reversible and interchangeable navy on one side and ivory on the other.
The beautiful shimmering Black Cashmere and Lurex Wrap, Blue Elephant Cotton Scarf and the Prince of Wales Check Cashmere Scarf are all excellent gift options.
There's a wide range of options included in the sale for men, too. Below we take a glimpse at the mens collection: the Vittoria Paisley Silk Scarf, Black Suede Gloves with Cashmere Lining, Ebony and Grey Cashmere Beanie and the Royal Stewart Tartan Cashmere Scarf.
Items from BLACK come in elegant complimentary packaging and they offer same-day dispatch.
L.K. Bennett are offering 25% off in their Black Friday Sale plus Free Delivery. Discounted items include Kate's Detroit Dress and great winter coats - the Cadiz Belted Coat and the Agava Edge to Edge Coat.
Zappos have decided to donate $1 for each of the first 500,000 orders over the weekend to Feeding America. The online retailer has several pairs of Kate's shoes in stock include the Stuart Weitzman 5050 (the US version of Kate's new flat black suede boots) and the Corkswoon wedges in several colours.
There's a significant sale at Nordstrom with a variety of Kate's designers discounted.
There's up to 40% discounted at Diane von Furstenberg. This is a stellar sale for those hoping to update their working wardrobe in particular.
The Gap is offering 50% off with the code BLKFRIDAY.
A number of Kate's designers including DVF feature in the sale at Saks Fifth Avenue. There's up to 60% off selected items.
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Take up to 25% off at SHOPBOP with code GOBIG14. From Alexander McQueen to Temperley London there's a whole host of designers available. Speaking of Temperley London, there's substantial savings to be made on the brands website.
We hope those of you celebrating are having a wonderful Thanksgiving!