The Duchess of Cambridge was photographed departing GAP yesterday following a shopping excursion at the Kensington High Street store (In fact, it is located just 500 yards from Kensington Palace). Kate arrived in a Range Rover, accompanied by three bodyguards, and spent over twenty minutes browsing the shelves of Baby Gap for Prince George.
|Mail Online / Twitter|
With just days left before the Cambridges embark on a royal tour of New Zealand and Australia Kate stocked up on a number of casual items for her eight-month-old son. Her Royal Highnesses purchases included the £14.95 Contrast-Trim Striped Footed One-Piece, the very cute £14.95 lush green Plaid Button-Up Bodysuit and the £6.27 grey and navy Stripe Pants.
More from the Mail Online's story:
'The Duchess of Cambridge spent a total of £126.44 and queued behind other shoppers to pay for her purchases with a credit card. Among the items she picked up for George was a green checked bodysuit, she also bought some denim shorts, striped babygrows and cotton trousers.
On the way out Kate couldn't resist picking up two pairs of trousers for herself from the women's department. Members of staff said the Duchess had become a "regular shopper at the store" since becoming a mother.'
It's interesting to note the article mentions Kate purchased 'two pairs of trousers' before leaving the store yesterday. Readers have been suggesting dress pants as a possible look for the Duchess for years now, although for some reason it is a look she has never favoured. Worn with a blazer, a fitted shirt and heels it would make for a very chic look. Will the Duchess surprise us and wear trousers during the tour? Below we look at the 1969 Real Straight Cords, the Slim Cropped Jacquard Pants and the Skinny Mini Skimmer Khakis.
Kate looked stylish during her shopping trip in a long sleeve black sweater with a high neck and the multicolour Whistles Maria Skirt (duly noted by Jane Barr via her Twitter Feed). Featuring various print patterns, black trim at the waist, contrast patterned hem and a concealed side zip, the Maria is a very eye-catching piece. It originally retailed for $75 before going on sale, at the time of publishing this post it is currently sold out. It reminds one of Kate's pre-engagement style actually.
Kate completed the look with black tights and knee high boots, most likely her Russell and Bromley suede pair. There's an additional photo from the outing at E! Online.
The Duchess has also been stocking up at high street favourite Zara and purchased three stylish items there recently (with many thanks to Susan who shared the info via What Kate Wore's Facebook Page). First up, we look at *another* pair of pants Kate purchased: the €40 Slim Fit Navy Chinos. Again, it's quite possible Kate will return them or they may be a gift for someone but considering her purchases at GAP, it's looking quite possible she's planning to try them out.
The Coated Pleated Skirt is a pretty piece and would work very well with a simple white blouse.
The Duchess also bought the Printed Zip-Back Dress. It's a lovely piece with short black sleeves and a striking blue and white print.
I do hope we see these items during the tour; Zara continue to produce fashionable on-trend pieces at high street pieces.
Speaking of fashion, we've been inundated with requests regarding the brand behind Prince George's blue jumper.
It turns out the baby blue cashmere jumper with his name embroidered on it was a gift from grandfather Prince Charles. It was created by Royal Warrant holders Corgi Hoisery. The Carmarthenshire-based company gave it as a gift to Prince Charles to celebrate the birth of his first grandson, who then passed it on to William and Kate.
|Corgi Hoisery Facebook Page|
More from the Mail Online:
'A spokesman for the company said they regularly supply the prince and his family with 'fine quality' knitwear and had been producing bespoke hand-finished cashmere personalised baby jumpers for the past few years.
Chris Jones, who now runs his great grandfather's company with his sister Lisa Wood, says he was delighted when he saw the photo. "We were so happy to see such a beautiful photo of the prince with his parents and we were thrilled when we noticed that he was wearing our gift. The staff who designed and produced the jumper are very excited, as we are, to know that his parents chose to dress him in a Corgi jumper for such an important occasion.'
For those interested, we will be covering what George wears throughout the tour.
Meanwhile, doting dad William was out and about yesterday as he joined his grandparents The Queen and Prince Philip for a rare joint engagement as Her Majesty unveiled a bronze statue of two of her Windsor Grey horses, a breed that has been drawing the Monarch's carriages at State occasions since Queen Victoria's reign.
William joked he had his arm twisted to act as patron of the project in which the people of Windsor raised £200,000 to erect the statue to mark The Queen's jubilee. It is believed to be the first time since the Braemar Games in 2005 that the Prince has undetaken a royal engagement with his grandparents as a trio. It would have been splendid to see Kate there too, and hopefully we shall see the foursome together another time.
What do you think of the statues?
As we mentioned in our last post, the Governor-General of New Zealand has been sharing stellar updates and news via his Facebook Page including specific timings and details on the best spots to see them. As you'll see below the royals will arrive in Wellington at 11.45 a.m. on April 7.
|Governor-General of New Zealand Facebook Page|
Details for April 10th.
We hope to receive similar information from Australian media outlets within the next week or so. The itinerary is very detailed and extremely helpful for those wishing to follow in real-time. What part of the world will you be watching from? There's an excellent Time Zone Converter here.
The Cambridge family grace the cover of Hello! Magazine this week.
Finally, it's April Fools' Day, so if you see any shocking royal stories or rumours bear the nature of the day in mind. A few hopeful Groupon readers were left perplexed by this joke :)
Not long now! Are you all excited? Here at the Duchess Kate Blog we simply cannot wait for it all to kick off.