Until my birthday I'll do posts about some of my favourite outfits worn by The Duchesses this year. -> 23: Veronica Beard dress ($595), the Madison 12-Hour Side Cut-Out Pump by Banana Republic ($124.99 right now, but it used to be cheaper), the Aquamarine Colette Necklace ($1680) by Pippa Small & the Adina Reyter Three Amigo earrings. -> 24: Karen Gee's 'Blessed' dress ($1800), the Classic Cotton Straight Cut Trench Coat by Martin Grant ($1,690), Princess Diana's butterfly earrings & bracelet, her Stuart Weitzman ‘Legend’ Pumps ($375). -> 25: The Sleeveless Boat Neck Dress by Brandon Maxwell (currently sold out at Net a Porter's website, which was priced as £831), her Manolo Blahnik BB 105 heels & the Adina Reyter Three Diamond Amigos curve earrings. -> 26: The V-Neck Faux Wrap Midi Dress by Carolina Herrera ($2,190), J Crew's Fan Rattan clutch, the Aquazzura ‘Deneuve’ Bow Pump ($584 at Farfetch), ‘Bee Chic’ earrings by Birks & Tom Ford sunglasses. -> 27: Carolina Herrera dress & the 'Metropolitan Insignia' clutch by the same brand, bespoke Philip Treacy hat, her Birks Iconic Stackable ‘Snowflake’ ring in 18k rose gold and diamonds ($4995) & the ‘Bee Chic’ in 18k rose gold and diamonds ($2995). -> 29: The Shoanah dress by Club Monaco (out of stock right now), MiuMiu's Knot-Tied belt (sold out), ‘Deneuve’ heels by Aquazzura ($750), the Anna Woven Straw Clutch ($225, currently sold out) by KAYU, Philip Treacy hat, her Shaun Leane Signature Tusk Cuff bracelet, Vanessa Tugendhaft ‘Parisienne Carrousel’ earrings & Linda Farrow sunglasses. -> 30: Emilia Wickstead jacket & skirt, Philip Treacy bespoke hat, the J Box Clutch by Jimmy Choo, her Cartier ‘Galanterie De Cartier’ earrings & Manolo Blahnik BB black suede heels. -> 31: Bespoke dress by Goat, customized Philip Treacy hat, Idylle La Rose earrings by Vanessa Tugendhaft, her Wilbur & Gussie Oyster Silk Clutch & Tamara Mellon's Siren 105 - Nappa heels, costing $450.
Another project from The Royal Foundation: Early Intervention for Young Children and Families. The Duchess of Cambridge has announced plans to support early intervention for young children and families through The Royal Foundation Stemming originally from her interests in issues such as addiction and the effects of family breakdown, and her visits to charities and support organisations, Her Royal Highness has been struck time again that so many of society’s greatest social and health challenges often stem from problems that start to manifest themselves in the earliest years in life. On the 21st March 2018, the symposium was hosted by The Royal Foundation and chaired by President of The Royal Society for Medicine and Regius Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London, Professor Sir Simon Wessely. The symposium brought together academics, researchers, practitioners, educators and charities to explore issues such as perinatal, maternal and infant mental health; parenting support and advice; and resources for schools and educators. Following the Symposium, The Duchess of Cambridge is establishing a steering group to explore how best to support academics, practitioners and charities in their work to provide all children with the best possible start in life. The group will be coordinated by The Royal Foundation and will consider a range of questions surrounding the support provided to children, parents and teachers, from the earliest years.
Today (14/12), The Duke of Cambridge represented Her Majesty The Queen as the Reviewing Officer at The Sovereign’s Parade. Today’s Parade marked the passing out of 194 officer cadets who have completed the Commissioning Course at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. At the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, The Duke of Cambridge inspected the Parade before presenting awards to some of the Officer Cadets, including The Queen’s Medal and the International Sword. Here is some snippets of Prince William's speech released on Kensington Palace's twitter. I'll put the link of the whole speech in my stories. “It is almost 12 years ago to the day that I stood where you are. I remember the deep sense of pride that came from passing out of one of the finest military academies in the world. (...) Each if you has demonstrated the very special values that we look for in all those who lead our brave men and women. If you didn’t possess these values, you would not be commissioning today, so go forth with confidence in your own abilities."
Until my birthday (on the 22nd) I'll do posts about some of my favourite outfits worn by The Duchesses this year. -> 13: Martin Grant's Stripped Cotton Dress ($1,385), the Prada Bibliothèque ($1820) & her Birks ‘Bee Chic’ White Quartz Silver Earrings. -> 14: Bespoke Jason Wu dress, Portrait of a Lady pump by Aquazzura (R$6.429), bespoke Dior clutch & the Birk’s Snowstorm Diamond Earrings. -> 15: Invictus branded polo shirt with black bootcut Mother Denim jeans under a Babaton for Aritzia trench coat, with high-heeled black boots. -> 16: The paneled pencil skirt in green lambskin (£369) by Hugo Boss, And Other Stories' Straight Fit Silk Shirt (£69), Gabriela Hearst’s Demi Satin Tote ($1995), Stuart Weitzman Legend ($375) heels & the Adina Reyter 14K Gold Solid Pavé Teardrop ($418).& Missoma's the Double Chain Bracelet in 18K gold vermeil ($89), the gold-plated Rainbow Moonstone Beaded Leaf bracelet ($97), the Gold Leaf Bracelet in 18K gold vermeil ($103) & the Mantra Open Heart Signet Ring($110). -> 17: Bespoke Givenchy dress & belt. -> 18: Ellayne Trench ($298) by Club Monaco, Jac and Jack's sweater ($499), 'Harriet Jeans' by Outland Denim ($199.90) & Veruka Lace-Up boot by Stuart Weitzman ($698). -> 19: Customized Gabriella Hearst dress, Dior Bee clutch, the Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudist' heels, the Tattoo Diamond Pendant ($17400.00) & the Small Round Jacket Earrings ($2995). -> 20: Givenchy coat & (probably) Stephen Jones hat. -> 21: (Probably) Prada matching jacket & skirt, Aquazzura ‘Deneuve Pump 105’ in navy suede & (probably) Stephen Jones hat. -> 22: New coat & dress made by Club Monaco, the Daylina style coat ($349) and the Sallyet style dress ($228). She also wore the Givenchy Heeled Ankle Boot, costing $995. Meghan also opted for a new Jamie Love Ring ($70) from Meredith Hahn.
And here is the Sussexes Christmas card too! Many might remember The Duchess of Sussex's dress from her wedding reception back in May. Taken by Chris Allerton, the newlywed couple is seen watching the fireworks after their wedding on 19th May at Frogmore House. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move in to Frogmore Cottage next year, which is in the grounds of Frogmore Estate. Meghan wore a Stella McCartney gown.
The Cambridges Christmas Card has been released! It was taken by Matt Porteous at Anmer Hall. Fortunately, as much as we liked the September shoot by Chris Jackson for Prince Charles' birthday, this one is from a new shoot. I'm betting it was taken in October. For those who send a letter to Their Royal Highness, this might be the photo you receive in return. Thanks to Gert's Royals for pointing it out my mistake! Charlotte is so cute in this picture! And George & Louis too!!! I'll update this post when we get info on the outfits.
One of the projects by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is the Cyberbullying Taskforce. The Taskforce’s Action Plan was launched during Anti-Bullying Week in November 2017 and includes safety guidelines to ensure children and young people are kept safe on social media and gaming platforms, alongside a commitment to improve the awareness and understanding of the issue amongst children, parents and other influential adults. The Taskforce is also piloting the provision of emotional support at the point of reporting content within Facebook and Snapchat. --- I'm still traveling, so the updates & posts will continue being slower.
The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Sussex joined a Prince's Trust today (12/12) roundtable event at Clarence House today to discuss youth violent crime and the ways in which it can be reduced. The discussion was part of the Trust’s work to help disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. Families who have been affected by violent crime attended the discussion alongside Prince's Trust Ambassadors, community groups and practitioners. Prince Charles set up The Prince's Trust in 1976 following social unrest and high levels of youth unemployment. The charity’s business start-up programme launched in 1983 following conversations with young people in the aftermath of the Brixton and Toxteth riots.
Outfit post about The Duchess of Cambridge visit today (11/12) to Evelina London Hospital and Passage Charity. The Duchess was in a new LK Bennett’s ‘Mortimer’ dress (£325) and Dora clutch (£119) that she wore before in her last engagement in Cyprus. She paired it all with her Gianvito Rossi olive pumps and two earrings that she combined: her Annoushka Pearl Drops and Kiki McDonough hoops. It seems like Catherine is liking very much the poltka dress style and I completely agree with her clothes!
Ahead of today's (11/12) visit to Evelina London Hospital, Kensington Palace announced that The Duchess of Cambridge would take the hospital as her new patronage. Her Royal Highness’s new Patronage of Evelina London Hospital provides an opportunity to champion the medical professionals working on the front-line in children’s healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting children in their early years. Evelina London is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, of which Her Majesty The Queen is Patron. At Evelina London Hospital, The Duke and Duchess met children receiving care at the hospital, hear from staff and parents about Evelina London’s life changing care and support for families. The Evelina London children’s orthopaedic and spinal surgery unit provides the largest service in the region for children from south London and the south-east of England. Their Royal Highnesses joined children Evelina London Hospital as they took part in a number of Christmas-themed activities, before joining celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the hospital. Later, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Passage Charity service users for an arts and crafts workshop to prepare cards and gifts ahead of centre’s Christmas party next week. At the Passage Charity, Their Royal Highness heard from frontline workers about some of the challenges relating to street homelessness, including drug addiction and mental health issues. Last year over 600 clients engaged with PassageCharity for assistance — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met staff and volunteers to learn more about their work linking clients into statutory services and minimising harm. The Passage Charity Twitter talked about the royal visit: "We were honoured to welcome The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to The Passage today. The Duke and Duchess met clients and staff to talk about mental health and how substance misuse affects those who are street homeless. They also joined our arts and crafts group."
Last night (10/12), The Duchess of Sussex presented the British Designer of the Year – Womenswear to Clare Waight Keller at the British Fashion Awards. The award recognised Clare Waight Keller’s formidable contribution as a British fashion designer to the industry, and was decided by a panel of over 2,000 international industry experts. To present the award, The Duchess wore a new black gown made by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. She paired it with Tamara Mellon's Karat Metallic Nappa Sandal ($550), the Nosheen Studs ($60), the Omeen Bangle ($190) and the Wajiha Bangle ($430) by Pippa Small, the Omeen bracelet was first wore in Fiji. Here is what The Duchess of Sussex said when he presented the award: “I feel especially proud to announce tonight’s winner, who is a British designer leading on the global stage with vision and creativity, but also with incredible kindness.”
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, about: Driven by a desire to make a difference together, The Royal Foundation is the primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Our programmes currently revolve around four main themes of work; mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people and the armed forces community. We focus on projects that meet some simple criteria – they must reflect the interests and passions of our Principals; they bring about sustainable change to issues that matter to society; they are innovative; and they work in a way that only The Royal Foundation can make happen. We support these projects by using our Principals’ convening power to provide a neutral platform where charities and other organisations can work together. We are also very clear to set out a timeline for the life of the programme. If a new potential project meets our criteria we research and explore the most effective solutions, scaling when appropriate and ultimately handing the reins over to one of our partners or developing it in a way that makes it self-sustainable. The Invictus Games is one such programme, developed by The Royal Foundation, now successfully growing and run independently. The Royal Foundation was legally established by The Princes in September 2009 and became fully operational in 2011, when The Duchess of Cambridge joined as a Principal Patron. The Duchess of Sussex become the fourth Principal Patron following her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.
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