See the photos at NY Daily News (they have been exclusively obtained by the news outlet, obviously we are aware our readership has divisive opinion on paparazzi shots, however, I thought it appropriate to share a link for those who wish to view).
There are several interesting talking points from the photos beginning with news their nanny, Maria Teresa, accompanied the group this year. The media reported she would not be joining the family this year, as a nanny didn't accompany them last year. Perhaps with Carole's birthday celebrations in the offing and with Kate expecting it was decided they needed her on board this year.
Speaking of Carole's "bash" over the weekend, there was considerable frustration from a very well known actor regarding the Daily Mail's reporting.
|John Cleese Twitter Feed|
I'm inclined to think a private family celebration may have been enjoyed on the Caribbean island as opposed to the ludicrously extravagant party complete with the snubbing of James's and Pippa's partners and Uncle Gary that was dreamed up by the press (and you all know how much the media loves a good Uncle Gary story :)) I understand the Middletons tend to opt for intimate, relaxed and informal celebrations. Perhaps a delicious meal with fine wine with a view like this?
More from the NY Daily News story:
'Photos of the clan showed Pippa, brother James, 27, and Prince William smiling and clutching snorkelling gear while picking their way across the sand at one of the West Indian island's famous beaches, which are renowned for their coral reefs.
Middleton pa Michael was also along for the excursion, embracing a laid-back look in a rumpled Oxford, board shorts and some smart-looking boat shoes.
Kate, who is six months pregnant, and Prince George apparently didn't make it to the beach hang, but were spotted separately taking a sunny stroll together.'
A look at the stunning Villa Rocina where the family are believed to be staying.
William and Kate have previously been spotted at the island's hot spot - Basil's Bar. The bar's owner Basil Charles was a guest at the couple's wedding in 2011.
It is known for excellent cocktails, delicious seafood and the annual blues festival, which is currently underway. The Cambridges and the Middletons can relax here and I imagine they more than likely paid a visit over the past week.
In the photos which feature Kate you may have noticed the Duchess walking past a very popular beachwear store - the Lotty B Mustique Pink House which brings us to what Kate wore.
Ashley Marie ( @livelovelaughr) quickly identified Kate's dress as the Lotty B Shirt Dress. The shell blue crepe-de-chine silk piece is currently reduced from £302 to £108.
More from the product description:
'Featuring a bold pattern of seashell –skeletons, the beautifully tailored, above the knee shirtdress provides easy, but elegant fashion with a button-up front, a v-neck opening, mandarin collar and 3/4 length slim-fit sleeves with a narrow cuff.'
The Duchess is obviously enjoying a spot of retail therapy during her holiday. The brand opened their gingerbread-style boutique on the Island in 2008, The Pink House combines the talents of local craftsmen and women with top quality imported materials to produce beautiful clothing and accessories, creating a unique shopping experience whilst supporting the local community.
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Below we see four styles from the brand all of which are available at Selfridges.
Kate carried an Anya Hindmarch beach tote she's had for several years.
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And completed the look with flats sandals and a panama hat by Lotty B (you can see it in the photo of the store above, with thanks to Blair). There's a selection of fabulous Repli-Kate's available at Nordstrom including the Vince Camuto Straw Panama Hat and the Straw Panama Hat.
It looks like the family are all having a splendid time and according to reports adorable George is enjoying swimming lessons. We'll update with links should other photos emerge.
Also today, the very popular Kenneth Jay Lane earrings Kate wore in New York have been re-released.
Renamed The Duchess Clover Earrings - the clover drop earrings set in rhodium-plated brass are now available for $175. A stunning addition to any collection.
|Kenneth Jay Lane|
As promised, we'll be back with a 'Kate Loves' next!