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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Kate Supports Addiction Charity at Kensington Palace Gala + Official Christening Portraits

Following Prince George's christening, The Duchess of Cambridge returned to solo engagements tonight, attending the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala at Kensington Palace.

Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception before dinner where Kate spoke about little George's christening, noting how well behaved he was: "He was such a good boy actually, he's not always like that, but, the people there, lots going on, it's slightly distracting." The Duchess revealed the three-month-old was "fast asleep" when she left tonight.

Prince William became patron of 100 Women in Hedge Funds' philanthropic initiatives in 2009 and, in late 2012, the Duchess and Prince Harry joined William to become patrons for an additional three years. The organisation has a strong track record of supporting charities and has raised $28 million in the areas of women's and family health, education and mentoring.

Kate chatting with guests.

Tonight's gala benefited Kate's patronage Action on Addiction - the only UK charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment, professional education and support. One in three people suffer from addiction, a quite shocking statistic, I think you'll agree. It breaks up families and destroys lives, and I don't think there is one of us who doesn't know someone affected by addiction, yet there is still a great deal of misunderstanding about what it is, who it effects and how to reach out for the appropriate help.

Through her patronage, the Duchess has attempted to bring the problem to the public's attention through a series of engagements. Earlier this year she visited the Willows Primary School to meet children of addicts where she said:

'Addiction is a hugely complex and destructive disease and its impact can be simply devastating. All too often, lives and families can be destroyed by it.
 Research has shown that children of those who are addicted are seven times more likely to have addiction problems themselves. They are also brought up surrounded by fear, instability and chaos.'

The charity's vision is to disarm addiction and they take action in a variety of ways including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, support for families and children, research, education, workforce development and advocacy. If you wish to donate or find out more about the charity please Click Here.

Action on Addiction

Staff from Action on Addiction were incredibly excited about the gala and shared a photo via their Facebook Page before leaving for Kensington Palace. They all looked lovely in their black frocks.

Action on Addiction Facebook Page

The Cambridges attended the 2011 gala at St James's Palace, which raised over £675,000 for the Child Bereavement Charity, while Prince William attended last year's gala solo.

The organisation shared a photo of the venue of the gala - The King's Gallery. Tickets ranged in price from £2,000 to £60,000 for a platinum table seating twelve.

100 Women in Hedge Funds

Now that William and Kate have moved into Apartment 1A, I expect we will see them hosting more events at the State Apartments. The King's Gallery is the longest and largest of them and it was an ideal venue for the black tie event. It hasn't changed very much since 1727 when it was decorated for King George I and it was used for displaying pictures as well as for exercise. It is dominated by a copy of Van Dyck's portrait of Charles I on horseback at its east end.


The Duchess presented Dame Amelia Fawcett with the 100 Women in Hedge Funds' 2013 European Industry Leadership Award.

Dame Amelia has undertaken a vast number of charitable efforts, she is Chairman of Trustees of the Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation.

100 Women in Hedge Funds Twitter Feed

Kate looked beautiful in an ink blue Jenny Packham dress. The off the shoulder silk tulle gown is from the designer Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 collection and features a deep v neck.

Jenny Packham

The gown is described this way.

'Simply stunning in ink-tinged silk, this floor-grazing gown from Jenny Packham is the ultimate in evening elegance. It features a wrapped front, V-neckline, gathered short sleeves, black velvet sash, hidden back zip, tailored bodice and full skirt'.

It is a stunning piece and undoubtedly one of Kate's best evening looks thus far. The dress is available at StyleBop for €4,219.


Kate accessorised with her diamond flower cluster art-deco bracelet with matching diamond earrings. They are thought to have been a wedding gift from Prince Charles.

Splash News.

Kate wore a new ring which appears to have a bow shape.

There is a brief video from the event at the Mail Online.

It was lovely to see Kate supporting Action on Addiction, a total of £675,000 was raised at the event. The royals patronage of 100 Women in Hedge Funds will continue to prove important for charities close to their hearts. In 2014 they plan to support Well Child, a national charity helping sick children and a patronage of Prince Harry's, and in 2015 another of Kate's patronages The Art Room, as part of The Charities Forum of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, which endeavours to bring their individual charitable interests together to maximise the benefit of a royal patronage.


The official portraits from Prince George's christening were released tonight. Below we look at my personal favourite, George looks particularly jolly in this one :)

Daily Mail

The historic photos capture four generations of the Royal family together. Below we see The Queen with three future monarchs - Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George. It is the first time a monarch has been photographed with three heirs since 1894, when the future Edward VIII was photographed at his christening with his father, later George V, grandfather, the future Edward VII, and great grandmother, Queen Victoria
The Daily Telegraph

Another look from the cover of The Sun.

The Sun

The photos were not made available in the same way Michael Middleton's photos of George were, they're being sold exclusively through Camera Press, there are four in total to view them all please click here.

Award-winning photographer Jason Bell was selected by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to take their first son's christening portraits. Mr Bell is renowned for his images of Hollywood stars, rock and pop legends including Sir Paul McCartney, actress Scarlett Johansson, the cast of Downton Abbey and footballer David Beckham. His work regularly graces the pages of glossy magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Vogue/Jason Bell

Kensington Palace confirmed the commission in a statement reading:

'Jason Bell is a well-established portrait photographer and his work has appeared in many of the world's foremost publications. Many of Jason's photos have been acquired for the National Portrait Gallery for their permanent collection.
 He has received a number of awards, including The Royal Photographic Society's Terence Donovan Award for outstanding contribution to photography and Best British Black and White Photographer at the British Picture Editor's Awards.'

It is believed Mr. Bell's work came to the attention of the Duchess in her role as patron of the National Portrait Gallery where she would have undoubtedly noticed his work during her visits. Speaking about the opportunity to take the photos Jason said, 'I'm privileged to be recording this moment in history'.

Jason Bell

It's interesting to look back at previous royal portraits such as Prince William's christening portrait taken in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace in 1982.


Prince William managed to steal the show whilst Prince Harry's christening photos were taken in 1984, much to the amusement of his mother Diana, grandmother The Queen and great-grandmother The Queen Mother.


The photos were taken in the morning room at Clarence House where Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall gave a tea following the 45 minute service. Guests enjoyed slices of cake, which was a tier from William and Kate's wedding cake, before assembling to pose for the historic portraits.

It was a wonderful day for the Royal family and the Middleton family who were all smiles following yesterday's service. From what we could see, there was very much a relaxed, family feel around the event and William and Kate achieved the intimate christening they were hoping for.

What did you think of the official portraits? I thought Mr. Bell did a fine job and captured little George very well. It's interesting to note, photos of the godparents were not released to the public. It was quite special to see The Queen and three heirs photographed together; it's a photo which will have a special place in royal history.


We have just one other update to share; the Winter Whites Gala benefiting homeless charity Centrepoint is confirmed for November 26. The black tie event will be held at Kensington Palace with music from Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift and Eliza Doolittle. Tickets which cost £500 are expected to sell out fast, while VIP ticket holders can expect an exceptional buffet, speeches and awards and carriages from 11.30pm. Prince William, patron of the organisation, will award Jon Bon Jovi, the Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award.


A look at an invitation for the star-studded gala, it promises to be a very exciting night.

Thank you for reading, it's been a wonderful couple of days for royal watchers :)

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