Can you believe it's June already? This year seems to be well and truly flying past. It's a fantastic time of the year, with the summer season getting firmly underway. It's also one of the best months for royal watchers with a host of annual events taking place - and this year it's all the more special owing to the final leg of Her Majesty's 90th celebrations. On the engagement front, we have a couple of glamorous galas to look forward to as well as a trip to France. So grab a cup of tea and let's take a closer look at Kate's June calendar...
9 June - It kicks off in style next Thursday with SportsAid's 40th anniversary dinner at Kensington Palace. It's an important year for the organisation with anniversary celebrations, and the Olympic and Paralympic games in Rio, taking place later this year. Hosting the dinner at KP is the perfect touch: "Surrounded by parkland, Kensington Palace offers breath-taking and understated elegance within a striking atmosphere helping to create the perfect setting for an intimate and exclusive banquet." The event begins at 6.30 pm.
More from the press release:
'Kensington Palace is truly a spectacular venue set in the heart of London offering everything from elegance, intrigue and glamour. Rich in history and home to our Patron the Duchess of Cambridge and family, this palace really is setting not to forget. Following a multi-million pound renovation, Kensington Palace is now a wonderful mix of contemporary and traditional which really sets it apart from other venues allowing our guests to feel the essence of an event within the grounds of British royalty.'
10 June - A weekend of celebrations for the Queen's 90th birthday begin with a Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral. Coincidentally, the day also marks Prince Philip's 95th birthday, but the Telegraph reports he has specified he doesn't want any celebrations on that date. The congregation will be made up of invited guests only. The service will be televised by the BBC at 11 am.
11 June - Saturday, 11 June is the date for this year's Trooping the Colour - the official annual celebration of the Queen's birthday. It's always a treat to see so many members of the Royal family assembled together. Last year Prince George made an appearance on the balcony, but will we see him and Princess Charlotte at this year's event? Rumours has it, there's a very good chance. :) Televised coverage begins on the BBC at 10 am.
12 June - On Sunday, 12 June, The Mall in St James’s Park will be transformed for its largest ever street party to celebrate the Queen’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations. The Patron's Lunch promises to be "an iconic event recognising the un-relenting support and service our Monarch has given to the community over her 63 year reign".
|The Patron's Lunch|
William and Harry are joint presidents of the event; Kate's participation is not confirmed, however, one would imagine she'll be present on the day along with numerous other family members.
|The Patron's Lunch|
13 June - The annual Order of the Garter ceremonies take place at Windsor Castle. The Duchess has attended the event annually since marriage with the exceptions of 2013 and 2015 due to maternity leave. It is expected she'll be there this year.
18 & 19 June - The festival of polo at the Beaufort Polo Club takes place over this weekend. Kate has taken George to watch William play there for the past two years, so it's entirely likely we'll see the Duchess - most likely on Sunday, 19 June, which is Father's Day.
22 June - Kate enjoyed last weekend at Houghton Hall's international horse trials. The Duchess is set to return to the stately home of her neighbours the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley on Wednesday, 22 June for a sparkling £10,000 a head exclusive gala in support of her patronage East Anglia's Children's Hospices. It promises to be a glamorous night with the Duchess donning a gown and jewels for the fundraising event.
27 June - 10 July - An avid fan and a keen player the Duchess enjoys nothing more than an afternoon watching the likes of Roger Federer and Andy Murray showcase their skills on the courts at Wimbledon. This year's tournament is particularly special for Kate - it is expected she will take over the Queen's patronage during this summer's tournament. The Queen has never been a fan of the game, so it's the perfect patronage for her to hand down to her granddaughter-in-law who adores it.
30 June - The month will conclude with a two-day trip to France for William, Kate and Harry where they will attend events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The royals will receive a historical briefing on the battlefields of the Somme from the top of the Thiepval monument. Afterwards, they will view the battlefield site and hear a description of the events that took place there during the First World War.
More from Wikipedia:
'The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,195 missing British and South African servicemen, who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France.'
The following day 1 July, the royal trio have two engagements scheduled. The royals will open the new Thiepval Memorial to the Missing visitor centre. Their Royal Highnesses will tour the centre, viewing the Somme tapestry and meet visiting British and French school children. Then, they will join other royals to attend the National Commemorative Event to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial.
Other notable events include the Epsom Derby taking place today, 4 June. You may recall William and Kate attended back in 2011. HRH looked effortlessly chic in her Reiss Peacock Dress, Joseph Nessie tweed jacket, and her L.K. Bennett Sledges. Also, Ascot is scheduled for the 14-18 June, the Cambridges are yet to attend. Will they make their debut this year?
Moving on to several 'fashion updates' on items worn by the Duchess. You all know red is my favourite colour on the Duchess, especially for evening events. It really complements her colouring and it's a fantastic statement colour...
...so you can imagine how pleased I was to see Kate's Roland Mouret Ella Gown has been released in a rich claret hue. The wool-crepe gown is beautifully tailored with paneling along the hips and gathered shoulders that emphasize the hourglass silhouette. We know the Duchess has a penchant for purchasing pieces she favours in several colours - and with two galas in the offing later this month it would be a show-stopping choice, would you agree?
Below we see Kate wearing the Ella Gown in off-white for a dinner at Claridge's in May 2012.
L.K. Bennett has re-released a much-loved favourite worn by the Duchess. The Agata Bow Sandals are now avalable in pink-marshmallow and navy suede for £250. Described as "a timeless event style, the Agata is a statement sandal to see you through many an occasion".
We last saw Kate wearing the pretty shoes in October 2014 when she teamed them with a powder blue Jenny Packham gown for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards.
The £140 Dune London Toulon knee high, block heel, suede boots Kate wore in Vogue have been restocked in all sizes.
Kate's Tory Burch Embroidered Tulle Gown is DISCOUNTED by 30% at Net-A-Porter.
Kate's popular Temperley Desdemona Lace Dress has become widely available at several retailers in recent weeks. The dress is available in Jade at Matches. It's sold at Net-A-Porter in black and white at Selfridges. It remains in stock in all sizes at Temperley London.
Finally, we would like to congratulate Rachel Kerfonta, winner of our StyleRocks giveaway. We asked entrants how they would spend the prize if they won, and Rachel answered: "I'm expecting a baby boy in June and would love to get some pearls, because they will be his birth stone!" Rachel, if you could please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to organise your prize! With thanks to all who entered, it was such fun seeing your entries, and of course a special thank you to the lovely Pascale from StyleRocks for sponsoring the contest.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! :)