Friday, 2 April 2021

The Cambridges' Easter Plans & Exclusive Spring Gifting Discount

As we prepare to celebrate Easter -- the second consecutive unlike any other -- this year there is a distinct sense of hopefulness in the air. Last year, we were filled with apprehension as we adjusted to the unknown. Twelve months later, as restrictions are cautiously unwound in the UK, there's very much a growing feeling a return to normality is within reach. For royal watchers, the 2021 calendar will be disrupted for the summer at least. Trooping the Colour will not proceed in its traditional form, nor will the annual Garter service. The Royal family's Easter service appearance could not proceed either, at which we have seen the Cambridges join the Queen in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

For their first appearance, the Duchess sported her cream Catherine Walker coat with matching pillbox hat, the Queen's diamond and pearl earrings, and Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps.

In 2018, the Duchess was expecting Prince Louis and had returned from several days with the Middletons in Bucklebury for the service. Kate wore her brown Catherine Walker coat, Betty Boop beret by Lock & Co., Balenciaga pearl earrings, Loeffler Randall 'Tab' clutch and Gianvito Rossi 85 praline pumps.

In 2019, the Duchess wore her elegant dove grey Alexander McQueen coat, Jane Taylor hat, her 'wedding day' Robinson Pelham earrings, acorn brooch, and suede shoes and clutch by Emmy London.

Hello! reports the Cambridge family will spend this Easter weekend privately. George and Charlotte are on Easter holidays from Thomas's Battersea until 20 April. It is not known if the family returned to Anmer Hall for the break or remained at Kensington Palace.


I wanted to share an update on Hold Still: A Portrait Of Our Nation in 2020. The book is currently available for pre-order at the National Portrait Gallery, the Book Depository (free worldwide delivery), the Portobello Bookshop, WH Smith (save 20%), Waterstones, Booktopia (for readers in Australia) and Keep an eye on Amazon where pre-orders internationally should become available.


We have an exclusive discount from luxury accessories brand to share, coinciding with their Spring Gifting Campaign and annual Easter sale event. With so many of us not yet able to reunite with loved ones (though that time finally feels close), thoughtful gifts have taken on additional significance. Until Tuesday, 6 April, customers can avail of 20% off all items (this is applied automatically) + an additional 10% discount for Duchess Kate Blog readers by applying the code HRH10 at the checkout.

With sunshine and brighter evenings ahead, we are incorporating touches of colour and lighter pieces to our wardrobes. The Catania Italian Cotton and Linen Scarf is one of those staple transitional pieces which can be dressed up or down. The sky blue and gold scarf, featuring a swirling leaf design, contrasts with the asymmetrical pattern of the borders.

Audrey Hepburn famously mused, "When I wear a silk scarf I never feel so definitely a woman, a beautiful woman." The elegant accessory can elevate a simple LBD or add a sophisticated finish to a casual look. Silk Italian scarves are hugely popular in this season's collection, including the striking Rimini in rich tones of blue and chocolate on an oyster background. The equally eye-catching Ravello in navy, powder blue and ochre features a flowing floral design.

Gorgeous spring pastel hues adorn the Pastel Pistachio and Peach Wool and Silk Scarf.

Speaking of pastel wraps, take a look at the cashmere wrap in Pastel Pink or Lemon.

Evoking the Mediterranean, the Azure Patchwork Italian Linen Scarf is described as "a riot of blue hues, from deep ultra marine to gentle sky blue. Crafted in Italy from high quality linen, it is light and airy. Generously sized at 190 x 60cm, it is finished with a navy border at each end. The scarf has a relaxed and informal look".

The divine Summer Cashmere and Silk Wrap in colourful prints inspired by nature evokes lilac and butterflies. The richness of the shades of lilac, blue and green is amazing -- an exclusive design from the team at Black.

Spring layering options arrive with the Triple Toned Grey and Taupe Cashmere Poncho in geometric grey and black, the Charcoal and Ivory Houndstooth Cashmere Shawl, and the Classic Cream Cashmere Shawl. The aforementioned pieces would all look fabulous with the grey cashmere beret.

A selection of gifting options: Navy Leaf Organic Cotton Face Mask, Lavender and Geranium Scented Candle with undertones of musk amber sandalwood and the earthiness of patchouli, White Velvet and Satin Slippers and Barely Pink Cashmere Bed Socks.

The brand has limited availability in several chic sun hats crafted in Bali. The model below is also wearing the navy leopard print silk scarf.

The sale and discount code extends to the men's collection, where an array of debonair spring accessories are available.

Additional information:
  • 20% off all collection (discount applied to prices on the site)
  • Extra 10% off for your readers with code HRH10
  • Wednesday March 31st to Tuesday April 6th
  • Free International Shipping over £125
  • Free UK Shipping over £75  

Sending you all warm wishes for a wonderful, peaceful Easter.


  1. I would think the family would prefer to have their Easter break in Anmer and I would imagine a visit from some extended family may be possible with the lifting of some of the restrictions. Wishing you Charlotte and fellow readers a lovely Easter. Suzanne in WA

  2. Dear Charlotte, with the Cambridges' 10th anniversary this month, I congratulate and thank you for 10 years of your tasteful and beautiful blog following Kate. I hope there will be some throw back posts on her early years, her evening dresses, her coats, maternity, speach appearances many oppiryunities to look back over the last 10 years. Still love Kate as much as well as visiting this blog

  3. The wrap with the butterfly and lilacs is SO pretty! My parents had lilacs and there were tons of lilacs on the campus of my first job, and I associate them with the wonderful smells of spring! The Queen had a lovely, as always, spring outfit and it was so festive to see.

  4. The comments seemed to be closed for a few days, I missed the opportunity to wish everyone a lovely Easter...
    Also I loved seeing those pictures again, I realized how much I miss real dressed up engagement! The hats... sight

  5. Cannot wait to have this book, it will be a poignant documentation of all we have had happen to us this past year.
    The Catania blue and gold scarf is absolutely divine.
    Beautiful Catherine. Always a joy to see.
    Condolences on Prince Phillip's passing. I'm sure the family was prepared, but still so very sad for the Queen.


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