Kate & Meghan Have a Girls Day Out at Wimbledon

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Yesterday, Meghan joined Kate in the royal box for a girls’ day out to watch Serena Williams play Angelique Kerber in the women’s singles final at Wimbledon.

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This was the first solo outing for the new sister-in-law’s.

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The Duchess of Cambridge looked chic in a white and black bespoke polka dot dress by Jenny Packham. The black polka dots, when viewed close up, had a pattern which resembled tennis balls, so cute!

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The midi-length frock features short sleeves and ruching detail on the hip and shoulder.

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She accessorized her outfit with a new ‘Pink Medium Miss Sicily’ Bag in rose pink ($1695) by Dolce and Gabbana, her trusty Gianvito Rossi 105 suede pumps in praline (£510), and her pretty Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings in gold ($152) by In2Design. Her was styled in her signature bouncy blowout.

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Additional Details on Kate’s Dolce and Gabbana Miss Sicily Bag

Structured grained ‘dauphine’ calfskin top handle bag in ‘rose pink.’
Detachable, adjustable shoulder strap
Magnetic lobster clasp fastening
Fabric lining, internal zipped and slot pockets, hand-held mirror
Protective feet
Calf leather
Made in Italy

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Additional Details on Kate’s Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings by In2Design

Baroque pearl earrings with a gold fill wire. Drop length approximately 1 1/4

Now for a quick look at what Meghan wore…

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Meghan dressed for the occasion in a Ralph Lauren Apparel Collection blue and white
Striped Cotton Shirt ($590) and a Ralph Lauren Apparel Collection ‘Charmain Silk Wide-Leg Pant’ ($1,690), while accessorizing the look with an Altuzarra ‘Ghianda’ top handle mini bag in navy, her her Sarah Flint ‘Perfect Pump 100’ heels ($355), her Illesteva ‘Leonard’ Round Frame sunglasses, in matte black acetate ($177) and her Maison Michel ivory straw ‘Virginie’ hat ($900 currently on sale for $540). She also rocked her signature messy bun.

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The Little Prince Has Arrived!

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At 11.01am this morning, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a little prince. The newest member of the royal family is William and Kate’s third child and sixth in the order of succession to the throne.

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Just hours after giving birth, Kate was ready to leave the hospital and introduce her baby prince to the world.

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The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant and perfectly put together in a bespoke, knee-length shift dress with white lace collar by her go-to British designer, Jenny Packham.

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The bold frock disguised what was left of her baby bump with a loose fitting shift silhouette, 3/4 length sleeves, and a contrast lace collar.  Her dress reminds me of the dress Princess Diana wore when leaving the hospital with newborn Prince Harry.

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This is the third time the Duchess has commissioned a frock by designer Jenny Packham to wear when leaving hospital.

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You may recall that Kate wore a blue polka dot, crepe de chine frock when she left the hospital with Prince George in 2013 and a bespoke lemon and white floral buttercup print dress (Packham’s SS15 line) for Charlotte’s birth in 2015.

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Kate teamed the red shift dress with a pair of her favorite Gianvito Rossi ‘Gianvito 105’ Praline Suede Pumps (£495).

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Completing her look, the Duchess wore the Queen’s round diamond stud and pearl drop pendant earrings and her gorgeous sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

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In closing, I’m going to leave you with a few pictures from the day on Twitter

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Join Me in Welcoming a New People’s Princess – Part 2 (Kate Leaves the Hospital with the New Princess)

 
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At 6:12pm, only 10 hours after giving birth, William and Kate emerged from St. Mary’s Hospital to introduce their new baby princess to the world.

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The Duke and Duchess stood on the steps outside the Lindo Wing looking out at the press and hundreds of onlookers who had been waiting to catch a glimpse of their new addition.

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Kate remarked to William, “This is nice. Lots of people out there. Look up there on the top.”

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Waving to the crowd, the Duchess said, “Hello.”
 
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Encouraging Kate to continue waving and showing their new baby to crowds on either side, William asked her: “Do you want to step down…be careful.”
 
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The Duchess looked down adoringly at her daughter, and said to William: “She’s fast asleep.”
 
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Kate said to William: “Do you think she is cold? He replied: “No, she is fine, she is good.”
But the new mother said: “Lets take her inside.”
 
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The royal couple went back inside to put princess in her car seat. They re-emerged holding hands as the Duke carried his sleepy daughter in her car seat.
 
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The Duchess looked perfectly put together and disguised what was left of her baby bump in bespoke silk shift dress with buttercup print by designer Jenny Packham. The knee-length frock features a loose fitting shift silhouette and 3/4 length sleeves. The lemon and white floral print is a motif from Packham’s SS15 collection.
 
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You may recall that she wore a blue polka dot frock by the same designer when she left the hospital with Prince George almost two years ago.
 
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Completing her look, Kate paired her outfit with her nude Jimmy Choo Gilbert heels (£360), seven-denier nude non-slip tights from John Lewis’s Barely There range (£5) and her gold Annoushka diamond and pearl drop earrings (£1,060).
 
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We conclude this blog post with a picture of the beautiful Princess of Cambridge.
 
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William & Kate Attend Glamorous 600th Anniversary Appeal Dinner for their Alma Mater

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On the last night in New York City, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the guests of honour at the lavish $10,000-a-head 600th anniversary event at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

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They were raising money for St Andrews University in Scotland, where they both met and fell in love as students. Proceeds will fund scholarships and bursaries for under-privileged students, as well as new sports and media facilities.

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The royal couple were met on the museum’s steps by an honor guard of fellow St Andrews alumni dressed in the university’s traditional red gowns and officials wearing kilts. Then they were escorted to a reception in the museum’s Velez Blanco patio, where they mingled with the other 450 guests.

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They later dined in the Temple of Dendur, a vast room decorated with statues of Egyptian gods that was built specifically to house an Egyptian temple built just before the birth of Christ. The sandstone temple was given to the U.S. in its entirety in 1965.

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The dinner featured a guest appearance by the US comedian and chat show host Seth Meyers, who gave the toast. Other guests included Princess Eugenie, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Mary-Kate Olsen, the actress turned fashion designer who is one half of the Olsen twins, and her partner Olivier Sarkozy, half-brother of the former French president.

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The menu included starters of potato and leek soup, smoked haddock fishcake with crispy leeks and Scotch lamb pie, followed by a main course of mushroom-crusted tenderloin of Angus beef and cedar plank Scottish salmon.

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William, who is patron of the 600th anniversary fundraising campaign, made a speech in which he revealed his fondness for the university where he met his future wife.

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Kate shopped her closet and looked resplendent in her petrol silk, floor-length Jenny Packham gown ($5,655), which she has worn twice before, first at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds dinner in October 2013, and then at the National Portrait Gallery in April. The cut of the dress meant the Duchess’s baby bump was more obvious than at previous engagements, when she had opted for looser maternity wear.

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This time around, the Duchess paired her gown with a set of gorgeous chandelier emerald-and-diamond earrings and a matching bracelet, both of which were a private gift.

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Completing her ensemble, Kate wore her black suede Jimmy Choo Cosmic Platform Pumps, her diamond and sapphire engagement ring, and her hair swept up in an elegant chignon.

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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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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.
 
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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.
 
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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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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.”
 
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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!
 
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Thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB, they are ‘Silvertone Crystal Earrings’ by Kenneth Jay Lane which are currently sold out.
 
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The earrings are silver-tone metal with crystals. They have butterfly fastening for pierced ears.
 
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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.
 
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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!
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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).
 
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‘Designed in-house and inspired by Game birds in warm, Autumnal colors.
Size: 90cm x 90cm
100% Silk
Made in England’

A Rare Fashion Misstep for The Duchess as she Hosts Place2Be Reception

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Last night, Kate hosted the first annual Wellbeing in Schools Awards for her children’s mental health charity Place2Be at Kensington Palace in the State Apartments next to her private residence.

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She invited 170 school staff, volunteers, pupils and supporters for a reception and awards ceremony. Parents, grandparents and teachers were asked to nominate school leaders, staff, and children for the range of accolades.

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The awards ceremony began at 7pm in the King’s Gallery where The Duchess of Cambridge presented the Child Champion Award to 11-year-old Bailey Dunne, from Highfield Community Primary School in Sunderland. He has overcome his own struggles and gone on to help others.

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Place2Be works with more than 90,000 children in 230 primary and secondary schools, often in some of the most deprived areas of the UK, helping them deal with issues such as bullying, bereavement and family breakdown.

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Kate mixed up black and navy, wearing a Hobbs Invitation Emilia black top with a corset bodice, sheer polka dot underlay and sleeves. The top is a purse friendly £89 – but before you race off to your nearest Hobbs it has long since sold out.

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The Duchess paired it with a midnight blue, knee-length silk skirt from designer Jenny Packham’s Autumn Winter 2013 collection.

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Individually, the pieces are beautiful and items that I would wear, but paired together, they looked mismatched. The black, matt textured crepe of the blouse clashes with the sheen of the silk skirt.

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The separates were tied together with her black Alexander McQueen belt with gold clasp and her black, suede ‘Bayswater’ clutch by Mulberry.

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Completing her outfit, Kate accessorized with her gold Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven earrings and some classic black ‘Aimee’ Suede ($675) Platform Pumps by Jimmy Choo.

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Additional Info on Kate’s Invitation Emilia Top
‘Sheer elegance sums up the stunning Emilia top from our Invitation range.
Black textured crepe forms a figure-flattering shape and the embroidered polka dot design lends this a little alluring appeal, making it perfect for that special occasion.
Length: 52.5cm
Sleeve: Three quarter sleeve
Color: Black
Fabric composition: 99% polyester 1% elastane
Trim:100% polyester mesh 100% polyester binding
Washing instructions: Dry clean
Style code: 6346′
 
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Kate Shines in Jenny Packham and Dazzles in Monica Vinader

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Last night Kate attended the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum in central London.

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The Duchess of Cambridge, who is patron of the museum, joined television naturalist Sir David Attenborough to present one of the world’s most prestigious photography awards. She was scheduled to present awards to the overall winners of the adult and under-18s competitions.

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Before the award ceremony began, Kate met some of the finalists and past winners. She then went on to view the exhibition.

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Taking her seat for the main ceremony, the Duchess of Cambridge sat between Sir David Attenborough and Sir Michael Dixon.

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The overall prize went to American photographer Michael Nichols whose black and white image of a pride of lions resting with their clubs in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park impressed the judges.

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Right after the presentation, Kate left the guests to begin their meals and headed home.

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The Duchess looked elegant in a pale jade full-length, figure-hugging bespoke Jenny Packham gown. The dress featured 3/4 length sleeves, a concealed back zipper with a shorter underskirt falling on the thigh and draping at the waist.

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On a side note, the above picture shows the slightest hint of Kate’s baby bump…adorable in my opinion.

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She also brought back her pale pink L.K.Bennett Agata ankle strap sandals (£175) which she debuted at the 2011 ARK gala.
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In her hand, the Duchess of Cambridge held a modified soft pink python Alexander McQueen clutch. The original skull closures have been removed.
 
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On her ears and around her neck Kate wore some gorgeous new jewelry by Monica Vinader. Her earrings are the ‘Riva Diamond Cluster Drop Earrings’ ($1245) and her necklace is the ‘Riva Diamond Cluster Bib’ ($3340).
 
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Additional Details on the Riva Diamond Cluster Drop Earrings
 


’18ct Rose Gold Plated Vermeil on Sterling Silver in Diamond
Featuring Riva’s signature organic shape and pave set diamonds totalling 0.32 carats.
Measuring approximately 27mm (1.0″) in length x 35mm (1.4″) in width, the earrings are light enough to wear all day long.’

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Additional Details on the Riva Diamond Cluster Bib

’18ct Rose Gold Plated Vermeil on Sterling Silver in Diamond
Featuring Riva’s signature organic shape in 21 interconnecting hoops, and pavé set diamonds totaling 0.84 carats.
Measuring approximately 11cm in length by 5.5cm in width, with an adjustable 18 inch chain.
 Also available at Harrods.’

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