We're back with a few updates regarding William's new job, fashion notes and discounted items Kate has worn.
The Sunday newspapers reported Prince William will begin his new job as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance - reporting for duty at Cambridge International Airport in the morning. William will be part of a six-strong team working a mixture of day and night shifts, which last nine and half hours.
The EAAA is a 365 day-a-year lifesaving service working across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Since the charity’s launch in 2000, the dedicated, highly skilled medical crews on their specially equipped helicopters have helped to save the lives of hundreds of people unfortunate enough to be involved in accidents or medical emergencies in this region.
The Mail on Sunday spoke with one of William's new colleagues, Jeremy Mauger, a doctor on the EC145 helicopter the prince will be co-piloting.
‘Our crew, particularly the pilots, are fantastic and we are looking forward to working with the Duke,’ said Mr Mauger a 47-year-old consultant anaesthetist at West Suffolk hospital, who has worked with the EAAA for 13 years. ‘They fly in very challenging conditions and land in tight spaces, such as a sports field or busy dual carriageway.’
The article reports he will have no contact with Kate during call outs:
'He will have no contact with the Duchess when he is on call-outs as mobile phones must be switched off during rescue flights. This will be testing for Kate, who has spent the summer with her husband at their Norfolk home since the birth of Princess Charlotte. She has admitted to fearing for her husband’s safety every time he goes up in a helicopter.'
Although he will continue to carry out official engagements, royal aides say he considers the new role a full-time job, one he is expected to remain in for several years.
One suspects Prince William's early start for work may be the reason we didn't see the Duke and Duchess attend the Wimbledon men's final today. Kate usually tries to go to the tournament twice, however, this year we only saw her there once.
UPDATE: To mark his first day on the job Prince William gave an interview to Sky News. He described Princess Charlotte as "a little joy of heaven" and spoke at his pride at Kate's "amazing" mothering skills and described George as a "little monkey". He didn't rule out the possibility of more children either "You never know what's going to happen".
Speaking about the future William said he has no idea when he might take up full-time royal duties. "The term full-time royal is bandied about quite a lot and no one actually knows what that means but I think I can still manage to do my commitments and my responsibilities as well as I can. The Queen is still very active". You can watch the interview at You Tube.
For those asking, when will we see the Duchess in an official capacity again? Kate is still on maternity leave but an article last week by Richard Palmer indicated we may see an engagement or two over the next month or so.
'Royal sources said Kate, who is on maternity leave, will be undertaking a small number of official engagements in the next month or so but is still focusing most of her energy on her family.'
Richard's information tends to be very solid and reliable, so I would tend to think this is true. Perhaps a couple of appearances towards the end of the month or early August?
Also today, we have two updates from William and Kate's Wimbledon appearance on Wednesday.
Kate's L.K. Bennett Cayla Dress sold out quickly on the brands website, (however it is still available at Next) Whilst the brand are not promising to restock it, they are asking customers to submit their details should the red dress become available again. One imagines with enough interest, it will happen, but in the meantime for those looking at alternatives to the dress, check out our Repli-Kate page.
A fan of Kate got an unexpected surprise at Wimbledon on Wednesday when she spotted Michael and Carole Middleton. The young lady actually runs a fan page on instagram dedicated to Her Royal Highness and told Mrs Middleton all about it. More from Kate Middleton Fashion Page:
'As we were walking around the grounds, I saw Michael and Carole Middleton!!! I think not many/any other people had recognised them except maybe the people pictured, unless they were friends. I took the pictures then was about to walk away when my dad suggested we went and said hello!
Michael was busy but I GOT TO MEET CAROLE!!! I said hello and we told her that I loved her elegant daughters and that I have this fashion blog and then she said, "When Catherine was about your age she wasn't really interested in fashion and clothes". Then SHE ASKED MY NAME so I told her and she said, "I'll tell Catherine."
She also snapped a few memorable photos including the picture of Carole talking to Roger Federer's wife Mirka.
|Kate Middleton Fan Page Instagram|
It sounds like a very exciting encounter :)
Moving on to fashion updates, let's take a look at the latest styles available from Kate favourite Jenny Packham. The Pre-Fall looks offer a selection of glittering evening gowns perfect for any red carpet occasion. Below, two of my favourites - the Gold Floor Length Sequin Gown and the pink Asymmetric Floor-Length Gown.
A closer look at the intricate embellishment on the two gowns.
The majestic Turquoise Embellished Gown is a sleek, streamlined gown, while the black and red gowns are elegant garments with added sparkle. I think red is a particularly strong colour for the Duchess, working very well with her hair colour and skin tone.
Packham's talent for beading and intricate embellishment is especially evident in the peach Floral Beaded Sequin Gown, the Long Sleeve Embellished Gown, the gorgeous Draped Starburst Sequin Gown and the Allover Beaded Knotted Gown.
The Beaded Trim Backless Gown is a slink column dress featuring a low-cut back, cut-out strap detailing and a sparkling crystal and bead embellished trim. It's crafted in a sheath of midnight blue crepe. The gown is something different from the others shown; displaying a simple elegance.
Finally, we see the shimmering Sequin Dress - very similar to the Packham design Kate wore to the Tusk Conservation Awards just weeks after Prince George was born - and the Characoal evening gown, a very similar style to the powder blue wrap dress she wore to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. It's currently discounted from £2,965 to £1,779 at Style Bop.
Which Jenny Packham design would you like to see the Duchess wear?
As many of you will know Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is firmly underway. The limited sale allows customers to access brand new stock at discounted prices.
Our reader Yvette spotted some fabulous Kate finds and kindly emailed us. Firstly, an update of Kate's ever-popular Aquatalia Royal Booties. Below we see the Duchess wearing her brown suede pair - a staple in her closet for years now.
The updated version of the booties - the Reece Weatherproof Booties are exclusively available at Nordstrom discounted from $495 to $319 with Free Shipping. They are available in sizes 5 to 12 and in three colourways black, navy and wine.
Kate's Aquatalia Rhumba Boots are also included in the sale with a 40% reduction. They're available in most sizes and several colours. The Rhumba are also on sale at Neiman Marcus reduced from $725 to $398.
There's a great selection of beauty products included too. WWKD noted the Bobbi Brown Standout Palette - a product Kate reportedly uses - and Jo Malone items - a brand Kate reportedly favours - included in the sale.
In other sales opportunities, as we noted in our Repli-Kate page, Kate's GOAT Scarlett Dress is discounted from $760 to $327 at The Outnet in black and red. As of writing, both colours are available in most sizes.
Finally, the ladies over at What Kate Wore Facebook Page spotted the Kenneth Jay Lane Kate Played Clover Drop Earrings Kate wore in New York reduced from $299 to $89 at Rue la la. The earrings are set in rhodium-plated brass.
That's it for today. We hope you all had a splendid weekend! :)