Monday, 21 May 2018

The Cambridges in Harry & Meghan's Wedding Portraits & William and Kate Spotted Returning from Windsor!

Good evening, dear readers. We have a couple of post-wedding updates to share regarding the Cambridges. The official wedding portraits, taken by Alexi Lubomirski, were released this afternoon. The family photo featuring the bride and groom with the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, the Cambridges and the page boys and bridesmaids in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle is just fabulous. The mixtures of whites, creams, green and black makes for a striking colour scheme against the vivid backdrop.

A close-up of the Cambridge family. I thought it was arranged incredibly well with Charlotte sitting on Kate's lap.

George and Charlotte featured in a second portrait with the other children in the bridal party. In the back row: Brian Mulroney, Remi Litt, Rylan Litt, Jasper Dyer, Prince George, Ivy Mulroney and John Mulroney. In the front row it's Zalie Warren, Princess Charlotte and Florence van Cutsem. It was delightful to see George so happy and smiling in these photos. I think he's at the age now where he's becoming very aware of the attention and media presence at such events and it can all be a bit overwhelming. He looked like he was having a wonderful time when these were taken.

The photos were taken after the service at St George's Chapel.

You'll recall the Green Drawing Room provided the setting for the Queen's much-loved 90th birthday portrait.

And the third portrait of the happy couple taken on the west steps of Windsor Castle.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were photographed arriving back at Kensington Palace after spending the night at Windsor following the evening reception at Frogmore House.

Guests enjoyed a night of fine dining, dancing and heartfelt speech. William's speech is said to have been packed with funny moments and a touching reference to Diana. Meanwhile, several reports claim George Clooney danced with both the bride and the Duchess of Cambridge. He was in attendance with his wife Amal.

We also know the Duchess received a new piece to add to her jewellery box. The Duchess of Sussex gave her sister-in-law and best friends a bespoke gold bracelet by Zofia Day as a thank you for their help and support during the wedding. I imagine we'll see Kate wearing it one day!

A number of you have been in touch asking when we'll see Kate next; she won't be returning to public duties until the autumn, but she is expected (along with George and Charlotte) at Trooping the Colour on Saturday, 9 June.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

It's a Family Affair for Harry & Meghan's Windsor Wedding!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte watched Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle in Windsor today.

Prince William was by his brother's side as his best man. The pair spent last night at Coworth Park before arriving in their Blues and Royals uniforms this morning. Seven years ago, Harry was William's best man and William looked delighted to return the favour. The two joked and it appeared William offered gentle words of encouragement as they waited in the chapel.

Kate arrives with very special members of the bridal party.

True to form, Princess Charlotte was eager to get going :)

A wave from the car window.

The Duchess with the mothers of the other page boys and bridesmaids including Meghan's friend Jessica Mulroney.

The Middleton family were in attendance and arrived together. I believe Carole wore Catherine Walker.

Pippa Matthews, who is expecting her first child, sported the very pretty Hepburn dress by The Fold.

It was great to see Kate's former private secretary Rebecca Deacon.

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George and Charlotte joined a bridal party of ten walking up the aisle with the bride.

The other children in the party were Prince Harry's godson Jasper Dyer, the son of his longtime mentor Mark Dyer; Harry's goddaughters Zalie Warren and Florence van Cutsem. The van Cutsems have been close friends of the princes since their schooldays. Meghan's goddaughters Remi and Rylan Litt, the daughters of close friend Benita Litt from LA, and Meghan's best friend Jessica Mulroney's twin boys John and Brian and daughter Ivy.

Meghan was escorted down the aisle by the Prince of Wales.

The happy couple.

The Royal family watched Harry and Meghan exchange their vows.

Kate sat beside the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Andrew. Below, chatting with the best man.

Singing hymns.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Afterwards, the royals gathered on the steps. 

A terrific shot of William and George in their matching uniforms. The page boys wore miniature versions of the Blues and Royals frockcoat. The uniform draws its insignia from the Blues and Royals, which is an old regiment of the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Both wore Blues and Royals frockcoats for the Wedding Day. The frockcoats are made from blue doeskin, single-breasted in style with a stand-up collar and completed with figured braiding of the regimental pattern. The figured braiding was scaled down for the pages, as otherwise it would have gone above their shoulders. As a special memento, each page had their initials embroidered in gold on their shoulder straps. The pages did not wear hats or white waist belts for practical reasons.

The bridesmaid dresses were designed to have the same timeless purity as Ms Markle's dress. Each one is sculpted in ivory silk Radzimir, is high-waisted with short puff sleeves, and hand finished with a double silk ribbon detail tied at the back in a bow. The bridesmaids’ dresses include pockets and pleated skirts to create a relaxed and luxurious silhouette. Each also wore white leather Aquazurra shoes, monogrammed with the bridesmaid's initials and the wedding date. The shoes are a gift from Meghan to the young ladies as a keepsake of the special day.

Another regal wave from the Princess.

Waving the newlyweds off as they leave for the carriage procession.

William and Kate were all smiles as they departed for the reception with the little Prince having a good look around.

These two did a wonderful  job.

Meghan looked radiant in a beautiful gown by Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller worn with Queen Mary's bandeau tiara.

For the evening reception, she changed into a sleek Stella McCartney gown and accessorised with Diana's aquamarine ring. William and Kate joined 200 other guests at Frogmore House to celebrate.

Shortly before arrivals, the Palace said the Duchess would be wearing "a primrose yellow wool silk tailored coat by Alexander McQueen". When Kate arrived it looked like she was wearing her cream McQueen fit-and-flare design. I thought there must have been a last-minute change of plan. Certainly, the styling of the look suggests plans for primrose yellow were organised. 

Kate debuted the cream coat for Charlotte's christening.

She later wore it at Trooping the Colour.

 And most recently for a 2017 visit to Belgium.

UPDATE: After looking at several close up shots, it does seem Kate did wear a new coat. It is almost identical to the piece shown above and in the majority of photos it looked the same colour (to me at least) rather than primrose lemon. Another possibility - the very similar hue has led to suggestions Kate's original coat was altered. It' A big thank you to Perth Fashion for her work on this.

UPDATE: It's been confirmed Kate wore a new coat.

Kate accessorised with a new floral Philip Treacy hat from the SS18 Collection.

The Duchess wore her Jimmy Choo Romy pumps.

Kate sported a pair of Kiki McDonough earrings.

And a citrine ring. 

I believe there's a strong possibility it's a ring Kate's had for over a decade. She was spotted wearing it for her 26th birthday celebrations.

It was an absolutely beautiful wedding. You can view the full post over at Mad About Meghan.

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