As we mentioned in yesterday's post the Duchess of Cambridge is celebrating her 34th birthday; Happy Birthday, Kate! It is understood HRH is spending the day privately, and no doubt a family dinner is on the agenda, with George on hand to help Kate blow out the candles. Kensington Palace thanked fans for their warm wishes via their Twitter account.
|Kensington Palace Twitter Feed|
The official British Monarchy Twitter account sent Kate birthday wishes. The two photos side by side were a wonderful choice.
|British Monarchy Twitter Feed|
In an unexpected treat for royal fans Ashley Marie discovered an Instagram video from late August showing William and Kate entering their vehicle following a private dinner at Berry Bros. & Rudd.
Below, the video as shared by Ulterior Events with the caption: "The ultimate celeb spot whilst strolling through London late at night".
Three close-up stills from the video.
Royal warrant holders Berry Bros. & Rudd is one of Britain's oldest wine merchants, established in the 17th century. Their flagship store has been located at No. 3 St James's Street, London since 1698 when it was founded by the Widow Bourne. A supplier to the Royal family since the reign of King George III, historic customers have included Lord Byron, William Pitt the Younger and the Aga Khan.
|Berry Bros. & Rudd|
In 1998, two years before the start of a new century, Berry Bros. & Rudd celebrated 300 years in business. The run-up to the 300th anniversary celebrations was marked in 1997 with the award of Berry Bros. & Rudd’s second Royal Warrant by Prince Charles.
|Berry Bros. & Rudd|
The royal connections don't end there. In June the Cambridges joined members of the Royal family including the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Harry, Princess Anne and her family, and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice at the exclusive wine bar and dining club to mark the monarch's 89th birthday.
|Berry. Bros & Rudd|
The Mirror shared these details in their article on the outing:
'The lavish dinner was held in the private Townhouse dining room, which seats 14. A minimum spend of £2,500 applies with set four-course menus costing up to £295 a head and wine at up to £7,000 a bottle. Dishes on offer include veal sweetbread, beef cheek, tandoori monkfish and oysters with chorizo jam.'
Various options for the evening are available, including Long Room dinners which are described as: "Beginning with a drinks reception, you will then be invited to take your seat in the intimate Long Room, along with other guests and your knowledgeable host. A superb meal will follow, accompanied by at least five exceptional wines in an affable and informal atmosphere."
|Berry. Bros & Rudd|
For wine connoisseurs in London or those planning to visit, the shop is defiintely one to see. Customers can browse by grape, region of origin and vintage year.
|Berry Bros & Rudd|
The Duchess looked very chic in the summery L.K. Bennett 'Madison' chiffon print dress (again, a thank you to Ashley for speedy I.D.). The floaty and feminine silk dress has a delicate animal print in orange and blue tones, and a loose, tiered silhouette. It's a lovely choice for a night out in London.
A closer look at the print.
It originally retailed for £325 before going on sale for £150 and selling out. If you're interested in purchasing the dress L.K. Bennett are asking customers to enter their details and they will get in touch if it comes back in stock.
It appears Kate wore her Jimmy Choo Gilbert pumps and carried her L.K. Bennett Natalie clutch. From what we could see it looked like Kate's hair was straight and sleek - a great look for her.
|Jimmy Choo / L.K. Bennett|
It was a stellar look for the Duchess, and it's always fun to see William and Kate enjoying a night out. Berry. Bros & Rudd appears to be something of a favoured haunt for the royals; it's also a popular spot for pre-theatre dinner and drinks. I expect the couple may have booked one of the dining rooms for an outing or celebration with family or friends.
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