The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been keeping an incredibly low profile this month. It is believed they have been spending much of their time overseeing the finishing touches to their Georgian country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, before Prince William begins training for his new role as an air ambulance pilot in the autumn.
It has been widely reported they plan to take Prince George to Balmoral where they will have the opportunity to spend time with the Royal Family and enjoy the Scottish countryside. However, it does appear they've spent at least the earlier part of this month in Berkshire with the Middletons. There were a couple of sightings of Kate in various shops in Berkshire and earlier this month the Cambridges and the Middletons enjoyed a family meal at their local pub, The Pot Kiln, located just three miles from the Middletons' manor in Bucklebury.
|The Pot Kiln|
An onlooker was surprised to see William and Kate arrive at the pub accompanied by Mike, Carole, Pippa and her boyfriend Nico Jackson. The group looked casual and relaxed in shirts and jeans as they enjoyed an evening without interruption. Kate and Pippa tucked into Scotch eggs; the traditional snack consists of hard-boiled egg wrapped in a thick layer of sausage meat with a breadcrumb crust.
Despite the royal guests, fellow diner Carole Scott was more taken by Pippa's boyfriend! :)
|Carole Scott Twitter Feed|
The Pot Kiln is the sort of rural pub William and Kate love. In fact, for Valentine's weekend 2010 they popped in for a bite to eat and had drinks. During their time in Anglesey too, they frequented local pubs, though in London they prefer to entertain at home rather than sampling Michelin-starred eateries.
More from The Pot Kiln's website:
'The Pot Kiln has been regarded as one of Britain's best country pub restaurants since it was taken over by Mike and Katie Robinson in 2005. The pub is very much the real deal, being not only a haven for serious eaters, but also a watering hole for those who love the peace and tranquillity of a proper old English pub serving real ales.'
The view from the front door is beautiful.
|The Pot Kiln|
The bar food menu offers hearty classics including steak sandwiches, pies and Kate and Pippa's favourite scotch eggs.
|The Pot Kiln|
At present there haven't been any engagements announced for the Duchess. If nothing is announced next week, it would seem there wont be much in the way of appearances until Kate's solo trip to Malta on 20th September.
Moving on to all things fashion. It is also wonderful to hear quotes about the royals from those who know them. The Duchess of Cornwall's daughter Sara Parker Bowles, associate editor at Harper's Bazaar UK and senior editor at Town and Country UK gave an interview to The Telegraph, during which she spoke about Kate briefly:
'Of The Duchess of Cambridge she will only say: 'We've talked about designers we admire in the past and she's always very complimentary about what I wear, but clearly, she feels she's got more important things to think about - and that's what makes her so endearing.'
Our next topic involves the Autumn/Winter Collection from one of Kate's favourite high street retailers Hobbs. We've been increasingly impressed with their offerings of late; sophisticated, chic, classic pieces which work particularly well for professional and formal settings.
We know Kate loves blue and there are some gorgeous blue garments which would look perfect with a fitted blazer. What do you think of the romantic lace work on the Delphinium Dress, the Madeira Dress and the fit-and-flare Abigail Dress.
The ladylike Luisa and Anita dresses.
A smart skirt suit or a pretty dress with a matching jacket also makes a good style statement. The Duchess would look great in the Eaton Jacket and Dress. We also look at the collarless Martha Jacket with matching pencil skirt.
Red is a colour which works very well for Kate and it's a hue we'll be seeing plenty of for the coming season. Below we see the Etoile Dress, the Brunswick Dress and two rose printed frocks.
The £349 Hampton Coat is part of the brand's forthcoming collection with Historic Royal Palaces, a collection that's rich in opulent textures and winter hues. There's so much to like about this coat in the double-breasted military buttons, full-length drape and flared, feminine shape. It is very Kate.
Fans of Hobbs will be pleased to see similar pieces from the brand arriving in the coming weeks. With another winning collection we expect to see Kate wearing their pieces again this year.
Our other fashion update today concerns the Beulah London 'Eden' Scarf Kate wore at a rugby match during the royal tour in April. The cashmere blend scarf with fractured blossom print is reduced from £125 to £95 for the remainder of this week.
Finally today we have a new feature to share with you, which we hope you will enjoy. Many of you will be familiar with the popular 'Throwback Thursday' craze which has hit social media. Readers have suggested it as a possibility for this blog and I thought it fun to take a look back at old candids or events at the end of a news post such as this every week or two.
For our first 'Royal Rewind' we thank Ashley for sharing this previously unseen candid of Kate arriving at the McQueen studios accompanied be her protection officer Emma Probert. Kate is casually dressed in a white top, oatmeal cardigan, jeans and carrying her Mulberry Polly Push Lock Bag.
One imagines it may have been one of Kate's last meetings with Sarah Burton before the royal wedding; even the last fitting perhaps? It was such an exciting time, although April 2011 now seems like a very long time ago!
When the Cambridges visit Balmoral (if they are not already there) it is quite possible we'll see photos from a church service as we did last year.
We hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We'll be back with another 'Kate Loves' post next :)