Hello and happy weekend!
We begin this evening's post with a look at the latest additions to Kate's calendar. In our last post we spoke briefly of the possibility the Cambridges would attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show for an evening, continuing celebrations of Her Majesty's 90th birthday. Royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will indeed be joining the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other royals on Sunday, 15 May for the event. A reminder for those living in the UK - it will be televised on ITV beginning at 8.35 pm. I'm sure it will be posted on YouTube and we'll add a link once it's available.
What we can we expect from the evening? More from ITV:
'The show will celebrate the Queen's love of horses, her dedication to the Commonwealth and international affairs and her deep involvement with the Navy, Army and Air Force. There will be 900 horses and more than 1,500 people taking part to chronicle the Queen's birth, through to World War Two, her marriage, the Coronation and a reign of more than 60 years.'
The star-studded event features a host of well-known names including Katherine Jenkins, James Blunt, and husband and wife actors Imelda Staunton and Downton Abbey's Jim Carter will give a rare stage performance together.
Ahead of the night, Mr
'I think everyone's very appreciative and recognises the service that she gives. I mean, 90 years old, with the schedule that she works is just astonishing. I think there's a lot of affection for her, so we are thrilled and honoured to be part of the celebration.'
A word of warning, it will be presented by Ant & Dec. The cheeky duo received a mixed response from readers for their work on The Princes Trust documentary. :) Below we see the duo with their wives Lisa and Ali at Windsor for tea with the Queen earlier today.
On Friday, 20 May, the Duchess - royal patron of the 1851 Trust - will visit Portsmouth to see how the trust is using sailing and the marine industry to inspire young people in sport, education and technology. HRH will first launch the trust’s two flagship sailing projects for 2016 in partnership with UKSA and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, aimed at getting young people from diverse backgrounds into the sport. Afterwards she will meet people involved in the project, and see the boats that will be used for the sailing activity. Kate will then officially open the new 'Tech Deck' Education Centre.
The Palace also confirmed William and Kate will attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Monday, 23 May. It marks the Cambridges first time to attend the show. Other royals in attendance on the day will include the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Princess Anne, the Countess of Wessex, the Gloucesters, the Kents, Princess Alexandra, and the Duke of Kent.
More from the press release:
'On arrival the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will walk through a floral arch marking Her Majesty's 90th birthday, before being greeted by the President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Sir Nicholas Bacon. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will tour the gardens and see displays including '5000 poppies', an Australian community tribute of remembrance for those who have served their country in wars and conflicts. Finally the royal party will attend a private reception at the newly named Queen Elizabeth II Pavilion.'
A look at the visual feast that is the Field of Poppies exhibit.
Photos from the flower show are always such a treat and this year will be no exception. One flower in contention for 'Flower of the Year' has a special connection to the Cambridges. The Princess Charlotte chrysanthemum has been produced by Dutch company Deliflor, the world's largest chrysanthemum breeder. It delivered a bouquet of the chrysanthemums to William and Kate shortly after Princess Charlotte's birth. The flower is helping Kate's patronage East Anglia's Children's Hospices to bloom, with the charity receiving 50% of all royalties from sales during the 2015/2016 season.
I'm very much looking forward to seeing so many royals together at the show.
Speaking of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, the charity celebrated a very special anniversary today - five years of care being delivered at The Treehouse in Ipswich.
|East Anglian Daily Times|
The Duchess sent a letter of congratulations in which she recalled officially opening the hospice in 2012 and praised the "diverse services" EACH is providing:
Many will recall Kate officially opening The Treehouse hospice in 2012. The Duchess gave her first public speech during the engagement, saying: "I have been deeply moved by the work of EACH’s dedicated staff – and by the environment of support for families. For me, EACH provides services which demand an unerring and passionate level of understanding, knowledge and sensitivity. I am extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity to be Royal Patron and I strongly encourage you to continue to support EACH’s invaluable work."
The special day celebrates five years since the hospice first opened it’s doors to families from across Suffolk and Essex. The Treehouse was built on St Augustine’s Gardens following a year-long fundraising appeal during which the local community helped to raise £3 million to build the state-of-the-art facility. Since opening, the hospice has continued to develop services and has revolutionised children’s hospice care across Suffolk and North Essex.
It's been a fabulous day of celebrations at the hospice. There's been stellar coverage of the day from local media and BBC Suffolk. EACH said: "We hope all of today’s coverage will inspire people to find out more about the services EACH provides and help us in any way you can!" Below we see EACH's director of care chatting with the BBC and the talented Treehouse Choir performing.
I do feel it was something of a missed opportunity for Kate not to be there today, or another event to mark the anniversary. In terms of spreading the word, it would have been an invaluable asset for the organisation. The Duchess is, however, expected to host a glittering fundraising gala for the organisation at Houghton Hall on the 22 June, which could raise a sizeable sum. It will be interesting to see if the gala is somehow connected to the anniversary or perhaps in aid of the charity's current fundraising endavour, the Nook Appeal.
I've noted before, EACH has always been a particularly special charity. It was one of Kate's first patronages, she gave her first speech in support of their efforts, and recorded her first video message for them. They do such amazing work. If you're interested in donating to mark the special day or purchasing something from their online shop please click here.
Moving on to a few brief fashion updates. UK customers can pre-order Kate's Petit Bateau stripe top by contacting customer service here. The top is available in very limited sizing in blue and white stripe at present.
Kate's Vintage Felt Fedora Hat from Beyond Retro Vintage Clothing can be pre-ordered for £38 here.
Kate's Paul and Joe embroidered cape is back in stock at Boutique 1.
|Paul and Joe|
The popular Reiss Rubik Coat is discounted from $620 to $429 in several sizes.
A reminder: if you wish to avail of the 20% discount code from Claudia Bradby, it is valid until 16 May. Simply enter HRHSS16 at the checkout.
Finally, a reader got in touch earlier this week looking for a 'Kate colouring book' as a gift for her niece. Following a quick search, I noticed Kate Middleton Colouring Book, the Duchess of Cambridge Royal Fashion and thought I would share it in case it's of interest. It appears to be a very recent edition, with Kate's Temperley London 'Delphia' ensemble from the tour making the cover. Described as "wonderful fun for all ages", it's available for $8 at Amazon. The popular Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge Royal Fashions Coloring Book is another option available for $3.68. If you have either of the books, perhaps you would be so kind as to share a review for other readers.
And that's it for today. We'll see you Sunday night! :)