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Monday, 19 January 2015

UPDATED: Kate in Seraphine for Day of Engagements in Kensington!

It was a busy day for the Duchess of Cambridge who carried out three engagements in Kensington.

Following a relaxing weekend in Bucklebury with Prince George and the Middletons, Kate, who is about six months pregnant, looked refreshed and was all smiles as she arrived for the first engagement of the day - a coffee morning at Family Friends, a voluntary organisation providing befriending and mentoring services to families in deprived areas of the borough.

Kate received a warm welcome from "excited" members of the organisation.

The Duchess was given an overview of the organisation's work before meeting some of the network of trained volunteers and families.

Those from the Kensington area will more than likely be somewhat familiar with the work of Family Friends. Established as a charity in 1993 to support families-in-need living in disadvantaged areas of Kensington & Chelsea, and now also Hammersmith & Fulham. Through a network of trained volunteers, the organisation offers two services – Child Befriending and Mentoring and Parent Befriending.

Family Friends

Its aim is to ‘help families to help themselves’ through building confidence in parenting and parent/child relationships, improving access to health and community services, reducing isolation, planning for economic improvements, introducing greater stability into children’s lives, giving academic support to children and building aspirations. Volunteers are crucial to the success and longevity of the services and they do a splendid job with tireless commitment and dedication.

Family Friends have assisted over 700 families to date, with over 95% reporting improvements as a result of using the service. In 2013, Family Friends won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. If you wish to donate or find out more please click here.

Family Friends

A spokesperson for the charity said: "As a small, nice charity providing a vital service in deprived areas of West London, a Royal visit is a huge visit". It is hoped today's visit will increase awareness and encourage more people to volunteer.

Family Friends

There was a particularly adorable moment when Kate met a shy toddler.

More from The Telegraph's story which includes a great video:

'He had spent all weekend practising for his big moment presenting a bouquet to the Duchess of Cambridge, but when two-year-old Ryan Dixon came face to face with the Royal guest, he had a sudden attack of shyness.
The normally boisterous toddler took one look at the Duchess, said “no no, Mummy, no Mummy,” and did his best to run away.
The Duchess laughed off the rare snub, telling Ryan: “I would be shy as well.”

It was left to Ryan's mother, Tracy Samuels, to present Kate with the bouquet :)

Another interesting quote from Kate from the Express:

'It's moving all the time. I can feel it kicking now," she told Martina McDonagh, 17,'

For the second engagement of the day, Kate formally opened Kensington Aldridge Academy.

Her Royal Highness met governors, staff and students, toured the new building and watched part of a lesson.

The Duchess then watched a dance performance in the school's theatre, and unveiled a plaque.

 Kate also visited the school's Creates Hub for young entrepreneurs, and met students who are designing items for sale at Portobello Road Market.

Interestingly, William and Kate opened another Aldridge Academy in Darwen back in 2011. It was their final joint engagement before the royal wedding. Readers will recall Kate wore a navy Amanda Wakeley suit.

The Academy is a new school for pupils aged 11 to 18, situated in the heart of North Kensington. The new academy is a local school serving the North Kensington community, with all of its students living less than a mile away. Before the academy opened many students from North Kensington had to travel outside the Royal Borough to complete their secondary education. A first-class cirriculum will be delivered with a specialism in creative and performing arts.

Kensington Aldridge Academy

Finally, the Duchess walked across the site from the academy to formally open Kensington Leisure Centre, a new development which replaces the former building where Princes William and Harry had swimming lessons at school.

Kate toured the facilities, including the swimming pool, gym and sauna and watch groups of children from nearby primary schools in the Main Sports Hall playing various sports.

The Duchess also attended a reception in the dance studio and heard speeches before unveiling a plaque.

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It was an ideal engagement for keen sportswoman Kate.

Among the many facilities available at the leisure centre are a 25-metre, eight-lane swimming pool for teaching and swimming at all levels; 250-seat spectator gallery; 20-metre teaching pool with mobile floor; 120-station gym; eight-court multi-use hall; two fitness studios and sauna/steam facilities with treatment rooms.

The Duchess was presented with an inflatable duck for Prince George along with an embroidered kit bag.

RKBC Twitter Feed

Kate appeared to have a wonderful time interacting with everyone she met.

RKBC Twitter Feed
The Duchess debuted a gorgeous new blue coat by her go-to maternity brand Seraphine. It's amazing how distinctive the brand's designs are (or perhaps how one can instantly recognise a maternity wear garment) the moment I saw it I thought it must be a Seraphine piece.

Kate wore the brand's £195 Natasha Cashmere Blend Coat (with thanks to Monique) The soft mist-blue garment features mother of pearl buttons, an understated collarless style, a sleek straight cut and stylish faux pockets. It is described as "an elegant addition to your wardrobe for before, during and after pregnancy".


Underneath, Kate wore Seraphine's 'Florrie' Floral Printed Dress. The £99 dress comes in "stunning marine ocean shades" and is made in soft woven fabric. Both the coat and dress are part of the brand's Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. They will be available for pre-ordering soon.

The Duchess teamed the outfit with her Alexander McQueen pumps.

Kate carried her Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley Muse clutch. The bag is known as the 'Raz' in the US and is available in a number of colours at 6 p.m. Zappos and Nordstrom.

HRH accessorised with her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.


And completed the look with her green amethyst cushion cut Kiki McDonough earrings.

Kiki McDonough

It is arguably Kate's best look from the past week with her previous choices proving a little hit and miss. One imagines it can be difficult to select comfortable and stylish clothing for a changing figure, which is why maternity wear is an excellent option for the Duchess. Thus far, her Seraphine choices have all been popular ones.

You can view videos at ITN Source and YouTube.

There are currently no future engagements announced for Kate's diary, however, that is very much subject to change. It is thought Kate and Prince George will join the Middleton family for their annual holiday in Mustique, where Carole Middleton's 60th birthday will be celebrated. It is not yet known if Prince William - who is studying and undertaking exams - will accompany them. Two reliable reporters have suggested he will not. 

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Kate's Celebrates 31st Birthday at Cirque Du Soleil

Duchess Kate celebrated her 31st birthday last night at the Royal Albert Hall with Prince William and the Middleton family according to Today who ran a couple of photos from the outing in this video (with many thanks to the eagle-eyed British Royals).


@iamrena shared a tweet by Cirque Du Soleil's clown Sean Kempton who revealed the Duchess attended KOOZA at the Royal Albert Hall last night.

Sean Kempton Twitter

Cirque Du Soleil's KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque Du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions - acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of performance and is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world of surprises, thrills and chills.

Cirque Du Soleil

KOOZA's 1,600 pound wheel of death rotates at heart stropping speeds.

Cirque Du Soleil

More on the evening from E! who have an additional photo in their story:

'The Royal party arrived to London's Royal Albert Hall at 7.15 p.m. last night, and headed straight into a private room (and bar) on the premises. At one point during the show, a clown onstage has his crown stolen, and pointed into the crowd, asking, "Who has my crown?". Both Kate and Carole burst into laughter and cast glances at William'.

You can also watch a video on E! here which contains many very cute moments of the group enjoying the show. I highly recommend this one :)

Screenshot: E! Online

Judging by William and Kate's expressions they were thoroughly enjoying the show and appeared to be having a lovely evening. There were numerous reports claiming Kate had travelled to Angelsey to spend her birthday with William but Royal correspondent Robert Jobson confirmed Kate spent her birthday in London, a fact also confirmed by the photos.

Robert Jobson Twitter

Kate appears to have worn a black coat/jacket and a striking pair of earrings. Possibly a gift from William? The couple were joined not only joined by the Middleton family but cousins Adam and Lucy Middleton and friends including Edward and Trini Foyle and David and Emilia Jardine Paterson (Trini and Emilia are old friends of Kate's from Marlborough College). The group sat in the Royal Box.

One can view a gallery of photos at The Telegraph.


If you've watched the above video you will already know the Queen has formally declared that a future daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be a princess. Under past rules a girl born to the couple would have been styled 'Lady'.

More from The Mirror:

"Letters Patent are simply a way that the Sovereign signifies making an alteration or proclamation that doesn't go through parliament. It's not very rare. They're quite commonly used for example whenever a life peer is created. When Prince William was made Duke of Cambridge that was a new Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm."

The Queen's proclamation was issued on December 31st but made public only yesterday on Kate's birthday.  It reads:

"The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour."


Royal reporter Camilla Tominey shared news we will be seeing Kate "in a matter of speaking" tomorrow. Perhaps the portrait? What do you all think?

Camilla Tominey Twitter

See you all tomorrow to report on whatever tomorrow's news is :)

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Kate Loves: St Andrews

The University of St Andrews, more commonly referred to as "St Andrews" was founded between 1410 and 1413 and is the oldest university in Scotland. St Andrews is judged as world-class for teaching and research; it is currently ranked the sixth best university in the UK.  Coined 'Britain's top match-making university', it is said that one in ten students marry a fellow student from St Andrews.

The Guardian

In 2001, After completing his gap year in Belize and Chile, Prince William enrolled at the University of St Andrews, under the name William Wales. News of this caused a temporary increase in the number of applications to the university, primarily from young women :)

Meanwhile, Kate was also preparing for student life in Scotland after returning from her gap year where she visited Italy and worked in Chile, as fate would have it, she ended up at a project Prince William had visited just a month before.

By the end of freshers week Kate was crowned the prettiest girl at Sally's, the nickname for St Salvator's Hall, her hall of residence. When William arrived he also moved St Salvator's Hall where he was eager to be treated like any other student and, without press intrusion, his four years in St Andrews would become the most private of his life.


Regarded as one of the university's most prestigious residences, Sally's is often described as a 'rambling gothic dormitory'. In total it houses 180 students. At the west wing of the building there is a small library and a study room. A computer room with pigeon holes for residents' post is also situated on the ground floor. Each room comes with a desk, a wardrobe and a bookcase.

St Andrews

Kate as a first year in St Salavator's.

Laura Warshauer
Enjoying dinner with friends.

Laura Warshauer

Kate spoke about meeting William for the first time during the royal engagement interview.

'Well I actually think I went bright red when I met you and sort of scuttled off, feeling very shy about meeting you. It take a bit of time for us to get to know each other but we became very close friends'.

Not only did William and Kate share the same hall of residence, they were also both studying History of Art and inevitably spent a lot of time together. William liked the fact Kate was quiet and reserved and enjoyed country life as he did. They shared laughs and stories about their time in Chile. Kate took notes for William in lectures when he couldn't be there and a strong friendship was forged. Romance was not yet on the cards for the young students as William was dating Carley Massey-Birch, an English Language and creative-writing student. Carley was also a country girl and during their brief relationship William enjoyed visits to her home in Devon where they spent time playing board games and visiting the local pubs.

ABC/Peter Kelly

William initially struggled to settle in to university life and described it as 'daunting'. Following discussions with Prince Charles, Prince Philip and his friends (including Kate) he decided to switch his major to Geography and taking his father's advice, stayed for another term and never looked back.


It was March 27, 2002 at the annual Don't Walk Charity Show when the sparks first ignited between the two. Andrews Sands selected Kate to model for the show because of her popularity

'She didn't dress in a sort of Euro-trash revealing way, it was always very homely. So people were desperate to see her in slightly more scanty attire'.

Kate was asked to model a see through dress. Kate hadn't told William exactly what she would be wearing and the Prince was stunned as the brunette shimmied down the runway. William just turned to his friend Fergus and said 'Wow. Kate's Hot'. At the after show party William did not waste any time making his feelings clear and leaned in to kiss her. Kate was reportedly flattered but pulled away because she was dating fourth year student Rupert Finch. Kate and Rupert quickly parted ways and the royal romance began shortly after.

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William and Kate's university year photo 2002.

At the start of second year, September 2002, William and Kate moved off campus to 13A Hope Street, in the centre of town with friends Fergus Boyd and Olivia Bleasdale. They each paid £100 a week in rent for the two storey apartment and shared cleaning duties. Security measures included bulletproof windows and a bombproof front door.

HMJ Properties

In the small kitchen in their Hope Street apartment William cooked Kate romantic dinners.

'When I was trying to impress Kate I was trying to cook these amazing fancy dinners and what would happen was I would burn something, something would overspill, something would catch fire'.

The couple were often spotted walking around the small town of St Andrews, Fife which has a population of just 16,000. With its breathtaking views the pair enjoyed romantic walks and were regularly seen shopping in their local Tesco, take-away and sweet shop. It was a level of normalcy no previous future King had experienced and William loved it.

St Andrews Panorama

By the time the couple started their third year their romance was no longer a secret at St Andrews and they were desperate for privacy. They moved out to Balgove House, a private estate outside of town. The couple entertained frequently in the four bedroom cottage. Kate dressed the the kitchen windows with red and white gingham curtains. They often packed a blanket and a picnic basket and spent hours walking and chatting while taking in the stunning views. These were described by royal writers as 'very happy days for William and Kate'.

Below we see William and Kate having a wonderful time on the dancefloor at a St Andrews gala dinner in October 2004. Kate looked lovely in a little black dress and the couple's body language was undeniable.

Rex Features/Daily Mail

Kate graduated from St Andrews in June 2005 with a 2:1 Undergraduate MA in the History of Art. William also achieved a 2:1 in his Arts degree, the best degree of any heir to the throne in Britain and the Commonwealth realms.

Middleton Family Flickr

In February 2011, the couple returned to St Andrews on one of their first joint engagements where Prince William unveiled a plaque to commemorate the university's 600th anniversary. During his speech William said 

'This is a very special moment for Catherine and me. It feels like coming home'.

St Andrews obviously holds a very special place in the couple's hearts and it was simply wonderful they visited the university just a couple of months before their wedding. No doubt many memories came flooding back that day.

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