I want to begin today's post by thanking you all for your feedback and support following the launch of the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser. We have already reached 28% of our goal thanks to all of you and received some fantastic press coverage. As you know a number of brands associated with Kate have very kindly donated items to support the initiative in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices and our very first activity comes in the form of a very generous giveaway sponsored by Links of London. Aside from donating three incredible prizes, Links are also donating $500 to EACH.
So let's take a look at the items you could win...
Kate wore her Hope Egg Earrings for the official engagement portrait.
The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (There are many more which will be open internationally). To be in with a chance to win of these wonderful prizes pop over to What Kate Wore where the lovely Susan has all the details and good luck :)
I imagine one of the most exciting items for expectant mother's to purchase is a pram for their little one and no doubt Kate's choice will become very popular (the 'Kate Effect' on prams, I can see it happening). The Duchess reportedly told a group of army wives at Aldershot on St. Patrick's Day she had already purchased a Bugaboo in light blue.
More from the Daily Mail Story:
'Made by a Dutch company, the Bugaboo first hit the UK in 2003. It quickly became the status symbol for yummy mummies, and, despite coming in it at roughly £1,200 they became a common sight on the streets of Notting Hill and Chelsea.
Recent research found that UK spending on buggies and prams has defied the recession, rising 13 per cent in the past two years. Popular models such as the Bugaboo Cameleon, which starts at £799, even hold their value second-hand'.
Following the news speculation is rife Kate is expecting a boy. I wouldn't think it confirms it either way as it's quite likely the couple don't know the gender of the baby and light blue is a colour that will work either way, unlike pink. Kate and Carole purchased a Moses basket in London recently; so I expect Baby Cambridge's nursery is shaping up quite nicely.
Kate continues to grace magazine covers all over the world including this week's edition of People: 'Kate's Baby Bump Diary'. The article appears to focus on Kate's recent appearances, her sartorial choices and quotes such as this one from Max Mara's creative director Laura Lusuardi:
'Kate is clearly a very confident, healthy woman who is comfortable in her own skin.'
The issue also includes a look at her best maternity looks thus far.
A spellbinding photo of William and Kate made the cover of Hello! Magazine this week.
Meanwhile, Tatler's 'Royal Baby Collector's Edition' features a very interesting article on Carole, describing her as 'the power behind the throne'.
A mother whose daughter was in the same house as Kate at Marlborough College spoke of how the 'perfect Middletons' made other parents feel 'hopeless'.
'There was always something slightly galling about having your child at school with the Middletons. Every pristine item of their clothing would have a beautifully sewn-in name tape, for instance......it was unthinkable that they would resort to a marker pen on labels. There was huge picnics at sports day; the smartest tennis racket, that kind of thing. It made other families feel rather hopeless.
The thing that no one seems to get about Carole is how cosy she really is. Yes, she looks quite intimidating, but no one could be more family-minded. More of homebody'.
I often feel Carole is very unfairly portrayed in the media and the article highlights how family-orientated she is. I think she will be a wonderful influence on Baby Cambridge and will no doubt provide invaluable support for Kate especially in the first few months as a new mother. It's a very happy time for the family with Kate expecting and both her siblings enjoying new romances. Pippa is seeing 35-year-old stockbrocker Nico Jackson.
And 26-year-old James Middleton is dating 33-year-old English television presenter, actress and model Donna Air.
Finally, Naomi House shared a series of photos from Kate's visit on their Facebook Page (with many thanks to WKW FB). They provide a behind-the-scenes look at Kate's visit and show how well she interacts with children. Kate is often referred to as 'The Children's Princess' in the press, and looking at the photos I think you'll agree it's a well-deserved title.
|Naomi House Facebook Page|