Kate Makes First Public Appearance Since Announcing her Second Pregnancy

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This morning, William and Kate welcomed the president of Singapore and his wife Mary at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, on behalf of the Queen to the United Kingdom.

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The royals greeted Dr. and Mrs. Tan in their presidential suite where they posed for an official photograph and then sat down for tea surrounded by sweeping panoramas of the London skyline.

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State dinner hosted by president Tony Tan and his wife Mary in Singapore 2012
 

The Cambridge’s met the Singaporean leader and his wife for the first time in September 2012 when they traveled to Singapore as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour. On a side note, President Tan is the first Singaporean president to make a state visit to the UK.

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After tea, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge escorted the Tans, by car, to Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall for the ceremonial welcome with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh formally greeted the foreign leader and his wife at Horse Guards Parade where Dr. Tan inspected a guard of honor of 96 servicemen and officers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

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After the parade, everyone traveled back to the Palace in a carriage procession. The Queen travelled with Dr. Tan in the first carriage – the Diamond Jubilee State Coach – and Philip with Mrs. Tan in the second carriage – the Australian State Coach.

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Wills and Kate followed in the third carriage, which was the Scottish State Coach, along with Grace Fu, Singapore’s second minister for foreign affairs.

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The Duchess wore a bespoke Alexander McQueen grey check coat dress with a full skirt.

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The grey check pattern is seen in the designers Spring Summer 2015 collection.

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Kate’s hair was pulled back into an elegant low pony, paired with her matching grey, bespoke fascinator created by Jane Taylor Millinery. We last saw this head piece at a private Easter Sunday church service in Australia in April 2014.

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In her hands, the Duchess of Cambridge carried a new black suede ‘Roxy’ clutch by Jenny Packham (£378).

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“A pleated, material design featuring a baguette cut, golden shadow Swarovski crystal clasp.
Detachable long snake chain.
Available with silver or gold hardware
From the designers AW14 collection
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Length 21cm, Width 12.5cm, Depth 5cm”
 
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Kate’s is wearing her Prada Suede Round-Toe Pumps that she wore to the red carpet at premiere of the Nelson Mandela biopic in December 2013.

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The duchess kept her jewelry simple, recycling her Empress Mini White Gold and Diamond Pendant by Mappin & Webb (£1,850) and her gold Annoushka diamond and pearl drop earrings.

Kate Recycles Jenny Packham at Batcombe Wedding

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On Saturday, William and Kate were the talk of Batcombe, a village and civil parish (population of 439) in the Mendip District of Somerset, England where they attended the wedding of Alexander Vaulkhard and Sarah Nicholson. The groom went to Eton College with Prince William.

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The happy couple announced their engagement in September of 2013 and decided to hold their wedding ceremony at The Church of St Mary the Virgin in Batcombe, Somerset, England which dates from the 15th and 16th centuries.

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The Duchess recycled her ‘De Gournay’ silver and marble grey hand-painted chinoiserie silk Jenny Packham frock (Spring 2011 collection) that she wore to watch William play polo in Santa Barbara as part of their USA and Canada tour in 2011.

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Kate Dazzles in Jenny Packham at State Reception in Wellington

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Last night, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were guests of honor at a  lavish State Reception at Government House in Wellington.

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The reception was hosted by Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae, who is the Queen’s representative in New Zealand

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The royal couple attended a dinner and then William addressed the attendees with a short speech before unveiling a portrait of his grandmother by a New Zealand artist.

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In September 2012 the New Zealand Portrait Gallery commissioned a portrait of the Queen for their permanent collection to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.

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The Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to her hosts tonight in a dazzling black, crepe dress, embroidered with silver crystal ferns, the national emblem of New Zealand.

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It was a bespoke, knee-length, long sleeved Jenny Packham dress which had been hand-stitched with silver beading to represent the fern.

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The Queen has long employed the trick of incorporating an item of national importance in her outfits when on foreign tours – and it seems Kate has taken a leaf out of her book.

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Completing her outfit, Kate wore her black, suede Jimmy Choo Cosmic heels, her diamond bracelet, matching diamond earrings, and held a small black clutch.

Kate Looks Beautiful in Blue Attending her First Engagement of 2014

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Tonight, Kate carried out her first engagement of 2014. She attended the black tie Portrait Gala joining stars from the world of art and showbiz at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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Guests attending the event included legendary photographer David Bailey, Olympic Gold medalist Katherine Grainger, transvestite potter Grayson Perry, actor Alan Rickman, actress Liz Hurley, and artist Jonathan Yeo.

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Funds raised by the Gala will support the Gallery’s work of delivering inspirational exhibitions and displays, offering unique learning opportunities and undertaking world class research.
 
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Some of the proceeds will go towards the Gallery’s Portrait Fund, which allows it to acquire portraits of outstanding national importance for the Collection.

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The Duchess was escorted by Sandy Nairne, the director of the National Portrait Gallery to view a display of 200 mystery portrait postcards created anonymously for the gala by a selection of well known artists including Perry, Julian Opie and Alex Katz. The postcards will be sold as part of the fundraising effort.

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After the viewing, Kate gave a short speech to guests before dinner.

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The Duchess of Cambridge, once again, demonstrated her thriftiness by wearing her petrol silk, floor-length Jenny Packham gown ($5,405) for the second time. She first wore the dress last October to the 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala.

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Around her neck, Kate wore a priceless diamond necklace on loan from the Queen. The necklace is known as ‘The Nizam of Hyderabad necklace.’ It is still occasionally worn by the Queen today.

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The necklace was part of a set gifted to Queen Elizabeth II as a wedding present in 1974 by the very wealthy Nizam. He asked the Queen to choose two pieces from Cartier. She chose a tiara and a necklace based on an English rose.

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The tiara was subsequently broken up to create other pieces but the necklace remains intact. It consists of a long chain of 38 diamonds (reduced from the original 46) with a diamond-encrusted snap. The center of the necklace is pave-set with detachable double-drop pendant 13 emerald-cut diamonds and a pear-shaped drop.

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Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore her diamond earrings thought to be a gift from Prince Charles and her Jimmy Choo Cosmic pumps.

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It looks like Kate has a new addition to her jewelry collection. Along with her engagement ring and wedding band there was also a diamond eternity band. No further information on the new ring is available at this time.

Kate Glows in Jenny Packham at The 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala Dinner

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This evening, Kate turned heads as guest of honor at the 100 Women Hedge Funds Gala to benefit one of the charities close to her heart, Action on Addiction.

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The Duchess of Cambridge did not have to travel far for the gala as it’s being held at the Kensington Palace State Apartments (She, Prince William and Prince George reside at Apartment 1A).

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Guests at the glamorous event have reportedly paid up to £60,000 for a table.
 
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During tonight’s dinner, the Duchess will present Dame Amelia Fawcett with the 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ 2013 European Industry Leadership Award.

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Action on Addiction is involved in tackling addiction through research, prevention, treatment, professional education and family support. It has centers in Dorset, London, Merseyside and Wiltshire.

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The Duchess of Cambridge, looked elegant in a floor-length dark blue gown with short sleeves by one of her favorite designers, Jenny Packham. The frock is from the designers Autumn/Winter 13 14 collection and is still available for a steep $5,655.

 
 
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Additional info on the dress:
Ink silk, wrapped front, V-neckline, gathered short sleeves, black velvet sash, hidden back zip
Tailored bodice, full skirt
100% Silk
Lining: 100% Polyester
Silk Gown in Liquo/Ink

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She finished off her look with her diamond bracelet and matching earrings and a sleek blow-dry with minimal make-up.

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On a side note, I noticed a new ring on her finger (see picture above). As details become available, I will post additional info.

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Today, Jenny Packham shared a similar bridal version of Kate’s gorgeous gown (shown above) on their FB page. This will be part of their new bridal line.

 

Kate Sparkles in Jenny Packham at Tusk Charity Dinner

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Last night, Kate was at Prince William’s side for the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards at the Royal Society in London. The event celebrated outstanding achievement in the field of African conservation, from practical field conservation to successful environmental education.

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It was the second public engagement for the Duchess since she gave birth in July.

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William, as patron of the charity, presented two awards during the ceremony, spoke passionately about the need to do more to save Africa’s threatened species. The prince has devoted much of his time to raising awareness for wildlife preservation in Africa and even chose to propose to Kate in Kenya back in 2010.

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All eyes were on the Duchess of Cambridge as she wore a glittering Jenny Packham gown, emblazoned with flashy pale gold sequins. The floor-length, figure-hugging, sleeveless gown featured a bateau neckline, broche-accented empire waist and back keyhole detail.

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Jenny Packham has also confirmed that the dress was the ‘Soft Gold Sleeveless Sequin Dress’ ($3,205). The frock is sold out but don’t despair as the designer has a number of similar dresses available.

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Kate teamed her outfit with her Jimmy Choo “Vamp” glitter sandals (£475), her diamond drop earrings, a diamond bracelet (reportedly wedding gifts from Prince Charles), and her diamond and sapphire engagement ring.
 
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The Duchess of Cambridge’s make-up and newly tinted chestnut locks were flawless.
 
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William & Kate Introduce Baby Cambridge to the World

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Cradled by Kate and with dad William by his side, Baby Cambridge was introduced to the world. He was met by cheers and whoops of delight from the hundreds who had flocked to witness the historic moment.

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The new family posed for photos outside the Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital. They then returned to go back inside as William held his son, before bringing him out again in his car seat.

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The Duke of Cambridge breathed a visible sigh of relief when he placed the baby in the back sear of a waiting Range Rover. He then drove off to nearby Kensington Palace with Kate sitting by her son’s side. 
 
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The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant in a cornflower blue bespoke crêpe de chine polka dot dress by British designer Jenny Packham. Kate has turned to this designer on numerous occasions. In a press release by the company, they said that they won’t be producing versions of the dress for sale.
 
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The blue dress was a nod, no doubt, to her baby’s gender – the same gesture made by her mother during her own visit earlier in the day.
 
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And in a subtle tribute to Princess Diana, who wore a green spotted dress as she left the same hospital with Prince William in 1982, Kate’s dress had a similar polka dot pattern.
 
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Completing her outfit, Kate wore her beige ‘Imperia’ wedges by Pied a Terre (no longer available), her Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
 
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  • Baby Cambridge is now third in the line of succession, displacing Prince Harry to fourth and the Duke of York to fifth, although he may not take the throne for some time.
 
  • Palace officials have confirmed for that the couple will not have a nanny and will rely upon their families help instead.
 
  • At 8lb 6oz, Baby Cambridge is the heaviest future king in 100 years.
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  • William confirmed that the prince was overdue when he said: ‘I will remind him of his tardiness when he is older.’
 
  • As of this posting, Baby Cambridge is still nameless. The Duke of Cambridge told the press, ‘We’re still working on a name so we will have that as soon as we can.’
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Baby Cambridge’s Blankets
 
Baby Cambridge was swaddled in two different blankets. The first was by G.H. Hurt & Son (www.ghhurt.com). Specifically, it was the super-fine merino wool christening shawl (£45).
 
 
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The second blanket was the muslin Aden & Anais Jungle Jam swaddle blanket (available in a pack of 4 for £44.95 at John Lewis).
 
 
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