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That's right. The Sunday Times reports the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the State Banquet (with many thanks to Cepe Smith) More from Roya Nikkhah's article:
'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the banquet with the Queen and Prince Philip. The duke visited China earlier this year, a trip which was widely concluded to have improved relations between the country and the Royal family.'
While the couple's attendance has not been confirmed by the Palace, Ms Nikkhah is one of the most reliable royal reporters at present, breaking stories such as the news Prince William would be returning to flying and joining the East Anglian Air Ambulance, to more recent stories including word over more Prince George appearances during the summer. The article also reports Prince Charles will participate in the state visit, "despite his refusal to visit China over the years because of the regime's treatment of Tibet and China's human rights record", however, the first-in-line is not expected to attend the banquet.
'It is understood that he will join the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to receive the Chinese delegation at Horse Guards Parade and is expected to attend the arrival lunch at Buckingham Palace.
He is also likely to receive Chinese officials at Clarence House, his official residence, but is not expected to attend the state banquet at Buckingham Palace to be held in honour of the president.'
I have heard whispers William and Kate would attend for the last couple of months. It would seem the ideal occasion for the couple - who will be married five years next April - to make their State Banquet debut. Prince William undertook a successful trip to China in March and personally invited President Xi Jinping to make a state visit. During their conversation, the president asked about Kate and George before praising the Royal family: "The British Royal family has great influence not just in Britain but across the world."
Given the fact William issued the invite, it's wholly appropriate and indeed diplomatic William and his wife will be there. No doubt these are factors the Queen took into consideration when deciding if the couple should join her at the banquet. As the future king and queen, such events will become part of their annual schedule and I think it an excellent time for them to begin attending them alongside Her Majesty.
Of course, you'll all remember the Duchess participated in a state visit for the very first time last year, welcoming President Tony Tan Keng Yam of Singapore and his wife Mary Chee Bee Kiang at the start of a four-day state visit to Britain. Kate selected an Alexander McQueen bespoke plaid coat-dress for the event. It's very much a natural progression, one might say the next step, to attend a banquet.
Did I mentioned your faithful scribe is exceptionally excited about the banquet for one very special reason? It is a guaranteed TIARA APPEARANCE for the Duchess. We have only seen Kate sporting a tiara twice thus far: the Cartier Halo Tiara for her wedding in 2011, and the Papyrus tiara in 2013 for the Diplomatic Reception. Unfortunately we only saw a couple of arrival photos from that event.
We covered the history of both tiaras in depth for our Kate Loves: Tiaras post. A couple of points of interest: on both occasion Kate wore her hair in a half-up-half-down style and selected an Alexander McQueen gown. Which of the tiaras would you like to see Her Royal Highness wear for the state banquet? It's worth noting the Halo was actually on exhibition at the time of the Diplomatic Reception. I personally prefer the Papyrus, however, the combination of the Halo tiara with Kate's Robinson Pelham earrings is beautiful.
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The Duchess will most likely choose Sarah Burton or Jenny Packham to create a suitable gown for the occasion. Aside from a tiara, it offers an opportune moment for Kate to showcase dazzling jewels. Below we see Her Majesty's and the Duchess of Cornwall's sparkling jewels at the state banquet in honour of the Irish president at Windsor Castle last year.
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A look inside the banquet hall.
To gain more insight into these events, there's a nine minute video from the state banquet in honour of the emir of Qatar in 2010 available at YouTube, it includes arrival shots and Her Majesty's speech.
We should hear official confirmation by the Palace about this in the coming weeks, along with specific dates. Are you excited about the event?
Also today, we have a couple of stories from the Sunday papers. The Mail on Sunday reports William and Kate attended the wedding of their friends, amateur boxer Bear Maclean and Daisy Dickson, in the picturesque village of Thurlestone in Devon yesterday. Kate's sister Pippa was reportedly also in attendance.
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More from the The Mail on Sunday article (a word of forewarning, in typical Daily Mail style much of the article focuses on Kate "reigning in William", his dwindling social life, "running decisions by the missus", et cetera).
'They could hardly have felt more at home. For when, yesterday afternoon, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the most discreetly arranged of high society weddings in the beautiful village of Thurlestone in Devon, the guest list included many of their closest circle.
Pippa Middleton, Kate’s sister, was there to see upmarket estate agent and amateur boxer Bear Maclaine marry pretty socialite Daisy Dickson, and so was TV presenter Natalie Pinkham. Indeed the guest list included many of the friends who gathered for William and Kate’s own marriage at Westminster Abbey four years ago.'
UPDATE: Another Daily Mail reporter Rebecca English believes Kate did not join William at the wedding.
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Katie Nicholl reports William and Kate will take George and Charlotte to Mustique in November with members of the Middleton family.
'Princess Charlotte is preparing for her first-ever holiday – but this is no mere trip to the seaside. Instead, she will be flying in the lap of luxury to the exclusive private island of Mustique to stay at the £13,000-a-week Aurora House.
The Duchess of Cambridge, her sister Pippa and their mother Carole have organised the trip, although the ‘Middleton men’ – Kate’s father Michael and her brother James – are yet to confirm if they will also be on the holiday, which is scheduled for November. Charlotte will be six months in November. When Prince George was the same age, William and Kate escaped to the Maldives to enjoy a week alone, leaving their son with the Middletons.
But a source said: ‘This time it’s too much to leave both children with her parents so William and Kate are taking the kids with them – and bringing Carole with them, too. They are really looking forward to a proper break.’
The group normally visit the paradise island each January for their annual holiday. Unless William and Kate have a royal commitment we haven't heard about that month, it would seem most unusual for them not to follow tradition. The couple are reportedly set to undertake a tour in spring 2016 which may be the reason they allegedly plan to holiday earlier than usual.
Finally, we have a few retail updates on items worn by the Duchess. Kate's GOAT Redgrave Wool-Crepe is available in papaya at The Outnet reduced from £595 to £267. As of writing it comes in UK sizes 8 to 14. The garment is also available in fuchsia at Matches.
Many will recall Kate wore the coat for a visit to Child Bereavement UK in 2013.
Kate's much-loved DVF Zarita black lace dress remains in stock in most sizes at present retailing for $898.
The elegant dress remains a staple in the DVF collection, coming in a vast array of colours and lengths. Below we see the stretch lace dress with 3/4 sleeves in a just-above-the-knee length. It retails for $368 and would be a stylish choice for the party season. It's available on the DVF website.
The shorter version of the dress is also incredibly popular. It's available from $174 to $350 in numerous colours at Nordstrom, DVF, Bloomingdales, ShopBop and Selfridges.
We'll be back with your remaining dream looks for Kate in our next post. We hope you're enjoying a splendid weekend! :)