They’re Here! William & Kate Arrive in New York

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William and Kate have arrived in New York!

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Yesterday, the Royal Couple touched down at JFK airport on a first class British Airways scheduled flight from London’s Heathrow. They were met by US Chief of Protocol Peter Selfridge, the Queen’s ambassador to the US Sir Peter Westmacott, his wife Susie, and Consul General Danny Lopez.

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From the airport, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were whisked into the city where they were greeted by cheering crowds at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan’s affluent Upper East Side.

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Fans waited in freezing temperatures to catch a glimpse and welcome the couple for their three day whirlwind royal tour.

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Even the City of New York paid the Duke and Duchess the ultimate compliment by lighting the Empire State Building red, white and blue to greet them.

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William and Kate were welcomed to the Carlyle Hotel by the Carlyle Managing Director Giovanni Beretta. They briefly posed for photographers before being taken to their room – a suite with stunning views of Central Park.

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The building’s official Twitter account posted: “We welcome Their #Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by sparkling in red, white @ blue #royalvisitusa.”

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The hotel will be the couple’s base until they fly back to the UK immediately after their last engagement on Tuesday night.

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The Duchess of Cambridge wrapped up in a glamorous, bespoke maroon coat from British maternity brand Seraphine. The custom boucle ‘Marina’ coat features a flattering empire line. This is the first time she has been seen wearing a high street pregnancy label during her second pregnancy.

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Completing her outfit, Kate wore opaque black tights, a pair of black suede booties (not yet ID’ed), her black suede Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ clutch, her black Cornelia James wool gloves with side bow and her gorgeous diamond drop earrings.

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Where are Wills & Kate Staying in New York?
 
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William and Kate have added their names to The Carlyle Hotel’s prestigious visitor book as they have made it their home away from home for the next three days.
 
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The plush 1930’s New York hotel has been welcoming the world’s power players for decades, including John.F. Kennedy, his wife Jackie, reams of kings and queens from Denmark, Greece, Spain and Sweden and even William’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
 
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The 35-storey building was named in honor of British essayist Thomas Carlyle, and has been a landmark for decades. It features 188 rooms and suites with sweeping views of Central Park and New York.
 
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Rates range from $675 (£431) per night for two people in a modest Superior Room with 400sq. ft. of space to $15,000 (£9,580) per night for a stay in the Empire Suite, a spacious three-bedroom duplex with 2,600 sq. ft. of living space and a private art collection.
 
Update on Kate’s UFO shoes
 
 
The current consensus on Twitter is that Kate could possibly have shopped her closet for her black suede booties. A photo popped up from as far back as December 2009 wearing a pair of similar booties. They were not ID’ed at the time so stay tuned for updates!
 
 Update 12/10/2014
 
Seraphine
 
Seraphine Maternity has posted some additional details and pictures of their Marina Maternity Coat (£275.00).
 
 
It looks as though the coat was available for purchase at their stores and online. It was not custom as once thought. It is listed as sold out.
 
Description:
Wool tweed bouclé with a touch of sparkle.
Long-line cut Frayed trim & black velvet ribbon detailing
Defined empire line
 
Designed in Séraphine’s London based studio, the MARINA maternity coat is made in a luxurious wool tweed bouclé.
Subtle silver threads add a touch of sparkle to the rich purple hue.
The long-line silhouette is accented with a delicate frayed trim and finished with black velvet ribbon. By maternity clothes label Séraphine, this collarless style finishes above the knee and features a flattering defined empire waistline.
55% Wool 30% Polyester 10% Rayon 3% Nylon 2% Poly Metal’
 
Update 12/13/2014
 
Dune London
 
There may be a possible ID on Kate’s booties (thanks to a follower on WKW). They could possibly be the ‘Namora D – BLACK’ Plain Platform Shoe Boot by Dune London. These booties originally retailed for $195 but went on sale for $62. They are currently sold out and there is no word if they will be restocked.
 
Dune London
 
Additional Details:
 
Suede with low visible platform and slim heel.
Code: 0091220
Brand: DUNE LADIES
Lining Material: fabric
Sole Material: synthetic

Heel Height: 4.33″
Heel Shape: stiletto
Boot Height: ankle

 
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December Updates

New Year, New Ideas!

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Starting in January, in addition to covering the Duchess’ engagements and her gorgeous outfits, I will be sharing and reviewing my repli-kate finds. Like most people, I don’t have endless funds to shop to my hearts content so I have no choice but to find affordable options that look expensive. I hope you will enjoy this new feature!

Kate attends the 1851 Trust Board Meeting & Reception

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On Thursday of last week (December 4), the Express Newspaper ran a short story on Kate’s ‘ragged’ nails as she attended the 1851 Trust Board Meeting & Reception at the Goring Hotel. It must have been a slow news week.

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Remembrance Sunday 2014
 
Alexander McQueen

You may recall that the Duchess wore this black Alexander McQueen coat with oversized notched lapel, silver-toned hardware and a flared skirt (£1,745) to the Remembrance Sundays events in November of this year.
 
Possible ID of Kate’s booties on her arrival in New York
 
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Dune London
 
There may be a possible ID on Kate’s booties (thanks to a follower on WKW). They could possibly be the ‘Namora D – BLACK’ Plain Platform Shoe Boot by Dune London. These booties originally retailed for $195 but went on sale for $62. They are currently sold out and there is no word if they will be restocked.
 
Dune London
 
Additional Details:
 
Suede with low visible platform and slim heel.
Code: 0091220
Brand: DUNE LADIES
Lining Material: fabric
Sole Material: synthetic
Heel Height: 4.33″
Heel Shape: stiletto
Boot Height: ankle
 
Dune London
 
Buy a Jenny Packham Clutch and support the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund
 
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Jenny Packham in collaboration with the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund are offering a one-of-a-kind bespoke clutch in teal. The clutch is the same shape and uses the identical silk satin that was used on Kate’s clutch when she attended ‘Our Greatest Team Rises Gala’ dinner at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2012.
 
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The designer has used her signature #LMOCF teal shade which also represents ovarian cancer. The clutch retails for $95 and 100% of sales will be donated to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund.
 
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Just a note that the clutch is not identical to Kate’s. The Duchess’ bespoke Jenny Packham clutch was covered with the same brocade as the inside panel of her gown (see picture).
 
Additional details:
Material break-down: silk satin and Swarovski crystal embellishment
Size: 8”x4”x1”
 
New Photos of Prince George Released
 
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Yesterday, William and Kate released three new photos of their adorable 17-month-old son, Prince George.
 
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The pictures which were taken last month show a rather pleased prince sitting on the stone steps of Kensington Palace. They are also the first official pictures of George since his first birthday in July.
 
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According to sources, the pictures were taken by Ed Lane-Fox (Harry’s Private Secretary), and who happens to be a former professional photographer. A note accompanying the photos read, “The Cambridges appreciate that their ‘request for Prince George to grow up without intrusion from photography has been honoured.”
 
Kate’s earrings have been ID’ed!
 
The sparkly earrings that Kate wore to the private dinner at the £10 million apartment of British advertising tycoon Sir Martin Sorrell on her trip to New York have been ID’ed!
 
‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB
 
Thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB, they are ‘Silvertone Crystal Earrings’ by Kenneth Jay Lane which are currently sold out.
 
Lyst
 
The earrings are silver-tone metal with crystals. They have butterfly fastening for pierced ears.
 
Lyst
 
Lyst
 
If you would like to order your own pair, Kenneth Jay Lane is currently taking pre-orders (I placed my order today). There is a contact page on their web site http://www.czbykennethjaylane.com/contact/ where you can fill out your information and a customer representative will get back to you very quickly. They cost $175 + shipping for a total of $215.
 
The Carlyle Hotel Shares a Parting Photo of Wills and Kate
 
The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel on FB/Quixotic Endeavors & Justin Bare
 
The Carlyle Hotel shared a photo of William and Kate on their Facebook Page thanking the couple for staying at their hotel and wishing them well on their trip home to London. 
 
They wrote, “It was a great honor to welcome Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to The Carlyle for their first visit to New York City. Their kind and gracious demeanor was captured here so beautifully upon their departure.
On behalf of our entire staff of 417, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to them for choosing The Carlyle as their home in New York.”
 
Kate’s Scarf Worn at Sandringham has been ID’ed!
Really Wild Clothing Company
 
Kate’s scarf has been ID’ed! Really Wild Clothing Company posted on twitter that it was theirs. It is their ‘Silk Scarf in Autumn Partridge’ (£125 and currently out of stock).
 
Additional Details:
 
‘Designed in-house and inspired by Game birds in warm, Autumnal colors.
Size: 90cm x 90cm
100% Silk
Made in England’