Today we're focusing on the Duchess of Cambridge's autumn schedule and what we can expect to see over the next few months. Several very interesting articles have emerged sharing details on future engagements and events the Cambridges plan to support.
We begin with Gordon Rayner's article for the Telegraph - Maternity leave over, Duchess of Cambridge prepares for duty at the Rugby World Cup:
'The Duchess of Cambridge’s maternity leave officially comes to an end next week when she begins a busy autumn programme of royal duties. The mother of four-month-old Princess Charlotte and two-year-old Prince George will pay a visit next week to the Anna Freud Centre in London, a charity involved with children’s mental health.
The six-week Rugby World Cup kicks off in 10 days and it is understood that she will attend several matches and events.'
Rebecca English reports Kate will join rugby fans William and Harry at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham on Friday, 18 September. The theme of the ceremony, "breaking new ground", will tell the story of rugby's birth in England and celebrate its journey to Rugby World Cup 2015. Indeed news of the princes' attendance comes as no surprise; William is patron of the Welsh Rugby Union and Harry honorary president of England Rugby 2015.
It is understood the opening ceremony will be the first of several tournament events William, Kate and Harry will attend. There's an abundance of possibilities in this area, as 48 matches will be hosted in 12 match venues in England and Cardiff during the six-week tournament.
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From a sartorial perspective, I expect we'll see something on the semi-formal side for the opening ceremony; a nice dress perhaps. For the remainder of the events, a smart casual look would appear most suitable. We may see the Duchess opting for her trusty "sporting uniform" of navy blazer, skinny jeans and Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges.
Last week Kensington Palace announced Kate would be visiting the Anna Freud Centre on 17 September, and it is reportedly one of a number of engagements in the area of children's mental health Kate will undertake. I would personally love to see the Duchess taking on this area of importance - increasing awareness of the leading organisations in this field and using her public profile to support such charities.
More from Rebecca English's story:
'It is an area on which she intends to focus much of her public work in the coming months, with another engagement later this month and many more beyond, according to palace sources.'
In October, the Duke and Duchess are expected to attend the state banquet for the Chinese president. As Prince William's calendar begins to fill up, it will be the first time he has had to juggle his shift work with the East Anglian Air Ambulance and royal duties.
'The coming months, however, will be the first time he has really had to juggle his shift work with a full schedule of public engagements, supporting the Queen and focusing on military issues and fighting the illegal wildlife trade.
He plans to make a major public speech on Chinese television channel CCTV1, which has the nation’s largest audience share, on efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade. It will be filmed in mid-October, around the time of a Chinese State visit to the UK, and broadcast soon after. '
Aides say William, Kate and Harry will attend a BAFTA event for children in October, which will be hosted by the Wallace and Gromit animators, and celebrate British creative industries. It will be organised by their Charities Forum. Trips to Scotland and Wales are also on the calendar with plans underway for the Cambridges to visit Dundee and North Wales in late October and late November respectively.
Remembrance Sunday takes place on 8 November this year. The Duchess will join other members of the Royal family for ceremonies at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
Aside from the events mentioned above, there's the possibility a gala or two may be on the cards. Gerts Royals noted the 100 Women in Hedge Funds London Gala takes place in October. The gala is for the benefit of Kate's patronage The Art Room and it would seem a likely event for the Duchess. The Tusk Conservation Awards will be held in November. Kate attended in 2013, so it's entirely possible she'll join Prince William this year. Below we see Kate at the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards in a sparkling Jenny Packham gown.
We also have a selection of tidbits to share with you. Camilla Tominey wrote an informative piece on the whopping effect Kate, George and Charlotte have on the economy. We've often heard how the 'Kate Effect' cannot be underestimated - and now an educated guess puts the figure in the region of £10 billion.
'Given that she is only four months old and has appeared only twice in public, the money she is generating for British businesses is impressive. Prince George may be king one day but he is worth a mere £2.3billion by comparison, according to London-based consultants Brand Finance.
The so-called “Charlotte effect” has brought a huge uplift to the brands the Princess is associated with. Her birth alone generated economic benefits of more than £100million, according to Brand Finance.
Both children trail their mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, in terms of influence, however, Kate, 33, is said to be worth £4.7billion.'
Speaking of the 'Kate Effect', the Temperley London Emblem dress the Duchess wore last year for Action on Addiction's Autumn Gala has been updated (with thanks to the lovely ladies at What Would Kate Do for the tip).
The brand's Beau Knit Flare Dress is described: "Contrast lining accentuates the pointelle detailing on this knit Temperley London dress. Covered elastic defines the waist. Wide neckline. Long, semi-sheer sleeves". The black mix dress is available in sizes S to L at ShopBop.
The L.K. Bennett Cayla Dress Kate wore to Wimbledon is back in stock in most sizes on the brand's website.
And on an interior design note - Kate reportedly commissioned several custom-made rugs from British designer Luke Irwin. Thanks to a stylish collaboration with Anthropologie, his designs are now widely available. Speaking to Architectural Digest the luxury designers spoke about the exciting project:
“There’s something very honest about saying, ‘You have this design, it comes in this color, and it’s tagged at this price,’” Irwin says of his momentary departure from the made-to-measure operation that can take up to 18 months.
While the rugs are a tad more complex than that description would suggest—there are four styles, in five sizes, at prices that range from $2,000 to $11,000—they’re certainly more approachable to what graces Middleton's floors. Still, hand-knotted in India with Persian and Tibetan techniques, they maintain a look of artisanal (if even royally approved) quality.'
Below, we take a look at the designer's Abstracted Rug, Norrland Rug, Marbled Rug and Lapis Rug. Mr Irwin is deeply influenced by Nepal's traditional weaving techniques, which he uses to depict the natural world.
Finally, it would be remiss not to mention the significance of tomorrow, 9 September for the Royal family. Her Majesty the Queen will become Britain's longest-serving monarch, surpassing her great great grandmother Queen Victoria. Her Majesty has given Britain and the Commonwealth a lifetime of unwavering service, and her sense of duty and dedication is simply faultless. I know my feelings of admiration and respect for the Queen are echoed by millions. Below we see the monarch at the Braemer Gathering in Scotland over the weekend having a wonderful time!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently visiting HM and the Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral.