Can you believe it's been over a week since the arrival of Princess Charlotte? :)
It was amazingly fun to cover with all of you and incredibly memorable. For those asking, we expect to see a family photo of William, Kate, George, Charlotte - and quite possibly Lupo - in a few weeks time! It will most likely be an informal family snap, similar to the photos taken by Mike Middleton in Bucklebury shortly after Prince George was born.
|TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge|
Now, we have several topics to cover. First, in her role as patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices the Duchess of Cambridge has shown her support for Children's Hospice Week with a letter of support.
|East Anglia's Children's Hospices|
Kate praised the work of the hospices and said: "Every moment is precious and every memory needs to be cherished and celebrated". This year, Children's Hospice Week takes place between 11-17 May. It is the UK's only awareness raising and fundraising week for children's hospices week. There are 49,000 children in the UK living with life-limiting conditions.
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Supporting children's hospice week has become something Kate contributes to in one form or another annually and it's an area in which she's said to be eager to work further later this year. Last year the Duchess paid a private visit to EACH.
In 2013, Kate recorded her first video message to mark the week. The message was recorded at Clarence House when Kate was expecting Prince George. Kate eloquently spoke about the vital work carried out by EACH and other hospices.
The full text from the message:
'I have been fortunate to see first hand the remarkable work that they do for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. It is simply transformational.
Children's Hospice Week is a time to recognise, celebrate and support the inspirational work of these hospices, and those who provide palliative care to these children and families.
Children's hospices provide lifelines to families at a time of unimaginable pain. The support they give is vital.
In order to carry out this wonderful work, our help is needed. With our support, those providing children's palliative care can continue to offer these extraordinary service. It does not bear thinking about what these families would do without this. With your support, we can help ensure that these children and their families can make the most of the precious time they have together.'
As time progresses, I feel working with young people and specifically supporting children's hospices will become something very much associated with Kate, similar to Diana's work with AIDS victims and Prince Harry's support of military charities. I know many of you donate to charitable endeavours and if you feel so inclined again, I would urge everyone to consider donating to Together for Short Lives, East Anglia's Children's Hospices or your local service.
|Together for Short Lives|
Another way to support Children's Hospice Week? Spread the word! This year's theme is 'Making Every Moment Count' - focusing on how precious time is for families by capturing moments in time. People are encouraged to share their unforgettable moments by using the hash tag #momentscount You can also use this badge as your Twitter/Facebook photo to spread awareness.
It would be a lovely way of celebrating Princess Charlotte's arrival. :)
Speaking of the little princess, as I'm sure you've all seen, there's been quite a bit of coverage regarding Charlotte's "backward bonnet".
It turns out the cream woollen bonnet worn by the princess as she was introduced to the world was a gift from the mother of Nanny Maria Teresa Borrallo. Maria Teresa's mother sourced the present from Spanish boutique Irulea in San Sebastian, Northern Spain.
|Irulea Shop Window|
More from the Telegraph:
'Susana Villar, 57, who runs the boutique - founded by her grandmother 82 years ago - with her sister Ayago, said: "We had no idea the clothes were for Princess Charlotte. It was a complete surprise and we're obviously delighted.
"Some clients of ours phoned us to tell us they'd just seen the new royal leaving hospital wearing one of our bonnets.
"It was bought as part of a matching outfit that included a little coat and shoes. The woman who bought them...was very discreet and never gave anything away.
"All she said was that she had a daughter who was in London."'
Irulea confirmed the bonnet was worn back to front :)
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A look at the pieces sent to Charlotte from Maria Teresa's mother.
Maria Teresa has become an enormously important part of Team Cambridge and has played a vital role in caring for Prince George, and will with Princess Charlotte, too. I thought it a lovely gesture for Kate to choose the gift for her daughter's debut. Judging by the media coverage, I expect the Spanish boutique is going to be very busy.
Our next topic concerns Prince Harry. We don't usually tend to cover topics relating to the prince but due to his latest interview in New Zealand, we thought it too good not to share. Speaking exclusively to Sky News's Rhiannon Mills, Harry gave an interview filled with honesty, frankness and adorable quotes about the royal baby. You can view it in full at Sky's website.
On meeting Princess Charlotte, Harry spoke about seeing photos, her late arrival and excitement on meeting his niece:
'He sent me two photos; one before everybody else, which was nice, and then another - one with her back with George back home. So, as I said, I'm so looking forward to seeing her, to meeting her and to holding her. She was a little bit late, hence I missed her. So she'll have to work on that! But apart from that, it's fantastic news for both of them. So I'm thrilled.'
Interestingly, Harry revealed he and William feel a strong desire to earn a wage away from their royal roles:
'This part of the role is fantastic but William and I - both of us - feel as though we need to have a wage as well; to work with normal people, to keep us sane, to keep us ticking along. In the future, from our point of view, if we want to make a big contribution, or a valid contribution and be taken seriously, then we need to work alongside other people.'
On a more personal note, the prince spoke about his desire to have kids and meet the right person (OK, ladies, I repeat, "meet the right person", I know Harry has a few female fans here :))
'There come times when you think now is the time to settle down, or now is not, whatever way it is, but I don't think you can force these things it will happen when it's going to happen. Of course, I would love to have kids right now, but there's a process that one has to go through and... tours like this are great fun. Hopefully I'm doing all right by myself. It would be great to have someone else next to me to share the pressure. But, you know, time will come and whatever happens, happens.'
I thoroughly enjoyed the interview and unsurprisingly it has been received enormously well. Interviews such as this one show us a glimpse of the real Harry, his personality and off-the-cuff remarks. Harry interacts incredibly well with people, and I've found, despite his and William's feelings towards the press, this translates very well in interviews.
It would be wonderful to see William and Kate undertake a similar interview in the near future. In an informal, relaxed setting it would be splendid to see them talking candidly as Harry did. It was so refreshing and Harry is the embodiment of a modern royal. From motherhood to William's new role with the East Anglian Air Ambulance there are a range of topics we'd love to hear them speak on. With the royals, there's so much false speculation and inaccuracy, hearing them speak first hand is really invaluable.
I hear talk of a tour for the Cambridges in spring 2016; would you like to see them give a similar interview to Harry's? Personally, I doubt it's a likely possibility but one I would love to see come to fruition someday.
Next, fashion updates. Do you all remember the Hobbs Wessex Dress Kate sported a couple of times, most recently in Australia last year?
The pretty tea dress has now been re-released in cornflower blue (perfect for the summer season). It is described as a "flax, linen dress featuring a cool windowpane check in cornflower-blue, with a relaxed fit-and-flare shape". It's available for £129 at Hobbs, House of Fraser and John Lewis.
Kate's ASOS polka dot maternity dress has also been re-released and renamed the 'Kate'. Featuring the same wrap-style, skater-dress silhouette the actual dots on the dress are now positioned differently. Below we Kate's dress, alongside the new piece.
Kate's popular Stuart Weitzman Minx Wedges are now available at Nordstrom with free shipping. The lanyard braid wedge sandals feature an adjustable strap and buckle closure.
We very well may see Kate sporting them at one of William's polo matches this summer if she attends. :)
And Kate's much loved Aquatalia 'Rhumba' boots remain on sale at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
We'll be continuing on with our 'Kate Loves' series next. A big thank you for all your suggestions lately!