We begin with news of a 'mini-tour'. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will carry out a host of engagements in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on the 1st and 2nd of September. The two-day visit features a varied itinerary, with visits to local charitable organisations, businesses and Duchy of Cornwall initiatives planned. The Cambridges will one day be the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, so aides said it's a "good chance for them to find out more and meet local people". The Palace added on Twitter: "The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to visiting Cornwall and the Scilly Isles. Stay tuned for updates on the day!"
What's on the agenda for the two days? Thursday, 1 September will see the couple begin their visit in Cornwall, carrying out six engagements throughout the course of the day. Their first stop is Truro, Cornwall's only city, where they will visit Truro Cathedral and meet civic dignitaries and cathedral representatives.
As mentioned above, the Palace tweeted stay tuned for more updates. This likely alludes to engagements two and three which are "to be announced" closer to the date. Afterwards, the Duke and Duchess will travel to Newquay to visit two Duchy of Cornwall projects, the first of which is Nansledan, a 218-hectare site that will provide future business and housing for the local area. They will then visit the recently finished Tregunnel Hill project, a new neighbourhood development on Duchy of Cornwall-owned land.
More on the Duchy of Cornwall from the Mirror's story:
"Prince William and Kate will visit Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly next month - where William will learn more about the Duchy estate which will one day pay him millions. A large part of the visit will also introduce them to residents and projects on the Duchy of Cornwall estate - 53,000 hectares of land across 23 counties that was established in 1337 to fund the heir to the throne.
It netted Prince Charles a cool £20million last year to spend on private and public expenditure and William will inherit the revenue when his father becomes King. In January 2014 William began a 10-week bespoke agricultural management course at Cambridge University designed to help him when he inherits the Duchy."
Day one wraps up on Newquay's Towan Beach, where William and Kate will be given an introduction to the work of the Wave Project - an organisation using surfing as a method to reduce anxiety in children.
|The Wave Project|
On Friday, 2 September, the Cambridges will begin their visit at Portmellon beach on St Mary's, the largest of the Isles of Scilly. There, they will meet local people from St Mary's Gig Club who regularly take part in gig rowing, a traditional and popular sport on the Isles of Scilly. The Duke and Duchess will then visit St Mary's Harbour, where they will see the recently completed quay extension.
|We Are Cornwall|
The next stop of the day is the beautiful Tresco Abbey Gardens. William and Kate will view the sub-tropical garden and meet staff.
|Visit Isles of Scilly|
William and Kate will visit Scilly's postal flower service Scilly Flowers and meet Ben and Zoe Julian, the second generation of the family to run the successful Isles of Scilly business, and see how the island's flowers are stored, packaged and then posted to customers across the UK. The visit will conclude with an engagement at St Martin's community centre, which acts as a hub for locals and tourists.
I have long been anticipating an 'away day' to Cornwall for the Cambridges. In my opinion, it's one of the most beautiful places in Britain, home to outstanding natural beauty, scenic harbour villages and hidden away gems in terms of fantastic local businesses, from hotels to eateries and local produce markets. For our friends across the pond who are fans of the television series Poldark (an enjoyable watch for those missing their Downton Abbey fix) you'll be familiar with images of the beautiful Cornish coastline.
A number of our Canadian readers have been in touch enquiring about potential dates for the Canada tour and the possibility of seeing the Cambridges. Whilst there's been no official word from Kensington Palace just yet on specific dates, royal reporter Emily Andrews says they are due fly into Vancouver with the tour dates scheduled for 25 September - 1 October.
|Emily Andrews Twitter Feed|
Given dates that have previously been reported I imagine this is roughly correct. The Sunday Times reported the tour would be "eight days long", meaning they may stay on a day or two longer than reported above. Word is we'll hear more within the next week or two.
Next, a quick update on Kate's Saloni Martine Dress.
The popular dress has been reworked in a rich magenta hue for Fall 2016. The label signature is described: "This matelassé piece is designed to flatter - it has a fitted waist and a full, box-pleated skirt. Showcase the chic V-back with an updo." It is available in most sizes at Net-A-Porter.
We often receive comments of interest in Kate's choice of hair and beauty products. Unlike her sartorial selections they are practically impossible to identify unless official word is released in the media. There's been quite a buzz in the media regarding a £42 face oil the Duchess reportedly swears by - the Beauty Sleep Elixir by British brand Beuti Skincare.
More from the Telegraph:
'"Last year we gave the Duchess of Cambridge three bottles of the face oil through a family friend, who works at Kensington Palace," said Beuti Skincare founder Leila Aalam. "A few months later, we were told that one bottle sits on her dressing table."
The naturally rich elixir contains 14 plant-based oils, including sandalwood nut kernel oil, camellia oil and strawberry seed oil. The blend provides the skin with potent antioxidant protection - which helps to soothe redness and gives the skin a youthful appearance over time.
"At 34 years old, the Duchess is the perfect age to start using the oil," continues Aalam, who is a trained beauty therapist. "It helps to repair the skin from sun damage and gives a very natural glow. It's also perfectly safe to use during pregnancy. When I had the first samples of the product back in November last year, the Duchess was the first to get it fresh off the conveyor belt."'
There's been quite a few reports over the years claiming Kate is a fan of organic face oils. Last year it was reported the Duchess has been using the £19.50 Organic Rosehip Oil by New Zealand-based brand Trilogy.
Before we leave you, a quick word on how much fun it's been seeing all of your 'Dream Looks for the Canada Tour'. There's been such thought, consideration and an abundance of creativity poured into each selection. For anyone who still wishes to participate, submissions for the blog post featuring all the looks will be accepted until Sunday afternoon. Click here if you would like to join in!
Wishing you all a great weekend! :)