Good evening, dear readers, we're back with a brief post sharing varied updates!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will return to their former home Anglesey, North Wales on Thursday, 18 February to attend the Search and Rescue Force Disbandment Parade at RAF Valley - where Prince William served as an operational search and rescue pilot flying the Sea King helicopter for three years. According to Kensington Palace "His Royal Highness undertook a total of 156 search and rescue operations, resulting in 149 people being rescued".
More from the press release:
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Royal Air Force Valley on Thursday 18 February to attend the Search and Rescue (SAR) Force Disbandment Parade, honouring the end of more than 75 years of Royal Air Force (RAF) SAR UK operations.
The day formally marks the end of the RAF's provision of search and rescue in the UK. The events will commemorate the RAF SAR Force's exemplary service since its inception, and enable SAR members and their families to pay tribute to the Force's achievements."
William will have a chance to meet his former colleagues as they mark the end of an era. For over three decades the RAF SAR Force responded to more than 34,000 callouts and rescued over 25,000 people.
It's wonderful to see William and Kate returning to Anglesey, as it was their first home together and I would say, without question, a place they were incredibly happy in. The people there were very protective of them and afforded them a level of privacy and normality which would be impossible in London. In many ways, I think they've tried to recreate their life there by basing themselves in Anmer Hall in Norfolk instead of choosing to live at their apartment in Kensington Palace and William's decision to return to flying in favour of stepping up royal duties. Readers will recall William and Kate carried out an engagement to bid farewell to Anglesey back in 2013 shortly after Prince George was born.
Speaking of William and Kate's life in Norfolk, the couple were spotted enjoying a relaxing meal at the The Crown Inn, in East Rudham, located just fifteen minutes from Anmer Hall. It isn't the first time the couple have dined there - Prince William has been spotted grabbing a spot of lunch several times too. A source told The Sun they were very casually dressed with Kate wearing jeans and a navy jumper for the outing.
|The Crown Inn|
More from the regular who spotted them:
"They were very low key and it seemed quite a last minute thing. Maybe it was a rare night out since Charlotte was born. They were both dressed down – with Kate in skinny jeans and a navy jumper – and just wanted a quiet table out of the way.
After a quick drink at the bar, they were shown to their table. William, 33, who was off-shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, had a glass of wine while Kate appeared to opt for sparkling water. They were leaning into one another chatting away, laughing and joking. It’s nice for them to have a normal night out like any other parents of young children."
The Crown Inn is described as an "outstanding Norfolk country pub/restaurant" and combines traditional period features with stunning modern-day comfort and luxury hotel accommodation.
|The Crown Inn|
All food is prepared to order using the freshest ingredients sourced locally from farmers, fisherman and traders. This allows for variety and constant change in the menu.
|The Crown Inn|
Below, a look at a sample of several main courses on offer at the inn including wild mushroom risotto and beer battered fish and chips.
William and Kate reportedly stayed until 10.30 pm and enjoyed a drink after their meal. The Crown Inn is known for their selection of ales in particular. It sounds like William and Kate had a lovely evening!
Next it's time for a little 'Tuesday Shoesday' segment, taking a quick look at Gianvito Rossi, the luxury Italian brand the Duchess has become fond of in recent months, leading many to ask, has Kate hung up her L.K. Bennett Sledges for good? I think we'll continue to see Kate wearing her tried and trusted labels, however, she's expanding her taste in terms of what she wears for public engagements.
Let's discuss the background of the brand first.. One could say designing elegant footwear was very much in Gianvito Rossi's blood, as his father, Sergio Rossi, the decorated Italian shoe designer, achieved global success and Gianvito worked alongside him until 2006 when he branched out on his own. Since then he has become a major player in the industry with flagship stores dotted around the globe in Hong Kong, Milan and Paris.
Rossi's shoes are designed to lengthen legs and minimise foot pain without sacrificing style or glamour - and this is a key selling point among customers. Below we see the brand's signature 100 Pumps - which Kate is fond of - in patent leather and blue suede.
The brand's block-heeled suede pumps are a practical pair I can envisage Kate wearing for comfort (though, perhaps not the prettiest pair in the collection).
For an evening look, the Elodie Pumps are an eye-catching pair. "Crafted of Flamingo (dark pink) macramé lace layered over beige mesh, Gianvito Rossi's Elodie pumps are styled with a suede pointed toe and slim stiletto heel."
The Embellished Ankle-Strap Sandals are a fabulous pair of open toes with a slim ankle strap and killer heel.
The Python Roma Pumps make a stylish statement with a four-inch, self-covered stiletto heel, smooth leather lining and leather sole.
The very pretty Bow-Front Pumps are crafted of denim suede.
The Crystal-Embellished Pumps and the Glitter & Satin Pumps have a very princessy look to them. We could go on and on...
Finally a look at these beauties: "Gianvito Rossi's point-toe pumps have been hand-finished in Italy from velvety soft suede. This timeless pair is lightly cushioned for lasting comfort and detailed with delicate crossover straps."
Marc Jacobs' latest line of lipsticks includes a shade named after Princess Charlotte. Catherine Gore, global vice president and general manager of Marc Jacobs beauty, told WWD: "We wanted to commemorate this major brand milestone by creating a custom shade of Le Marc lip crème." She added the shade was "inspired by the deepest saturated pink tones of an English rose". The deep pink colour is exclusively available at Harrods for £24.
We'll be looking at potential royal tour designers next. :)