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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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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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.

The Young Royals Pay Tribute to British Lives Lost in WW1

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On Tuesday, William and Kate, along with Prince Harry travelled to the Tower of London to, officially, unveil Paul Cummins’ Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red.

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This “spectacular” art installation of ceramic red poppies marked the centenary of the First World War.

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When the last poppy is planted on November 11, Armistice Day, there will be a total of 888,246 poppies around the tower – one for each British and Colonial fatality during the war. It will also, symbolically, mark the end of the First World War in 1918.

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The tower was where more than 1,600 men swore an oath to the crown in August 1914 after enlisting for the war.

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The trio climbed the Middle Tower to view the artwork from above, before walking through the field of poppies, accompanied by General Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower of London and his wife, Lady Dannatt. They then, each planted their own red poppy in tribute to the war dead to join the huge red sea of poppies.

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Then they walked around the moat to see more of the artwork, where they were cheered by crowds who had lined the banks.

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So far 120,000 ceramic flowers have been planted but by the time its finished there will be 888,246. Each one is hand made (and unique) by a team 35 people and each takes around three days to create.

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All flowers are to be sold off – raising millions to be split between six charities with links to Armed Forces.

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Kate looked vibrant and recycled her snorkel blue, L.K. Bennett Detroit Dress (£225). The structured frock features a unique notch collar detail, cinched waist, and ladylike knee-­length hem with a centered back split.

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The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a new pair of navy suede round toe pumps by Jimmy Choo (thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB for the ID).

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In her hand, Kate held her matching suede Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley ‘Muse’ clutch.
 
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The Duchess wore a new Empress Mini White Gold and Diamond Pendant (and again thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB for the ID) by Mappin & Webb (£1,850).
 
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Completing her ensemble, Kate wore her sapphire and diamond earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier wrist watch and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

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The Cambridge’s Visit The Taronga Zoo

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After attending a Sunday morning Easter service at St Andrew’s Cathedral, William and Kate took Prince George on an engagement to the Taronga Zoo.

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First on the agenda, was a tour around the bilby enclosure by Cameron Kerr, the Zoo’s director and chief executive, and Mr. Davies.

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The family met George, a three-and-a-half-year-old bilby. His original name was Boy but he was renamed George two months ago to celebrate the Prince’s birth last year.

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Next, the couple unveiled a plaque that read: A national gift from the Commonwealth Government to commemorate the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. In essence, this was to mark the official naming of the Prince George Bilby Exhibit.

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George was handed over to his nanny, and taken off to the shade as the rest of the royal party went on to the tree kangaroo enclosure, where supervisor Vanessa Stebbings and keeper Sam Bennett encouraged them to feed the small marsupials.

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They also stopped off to feed carrots to the giraffes before going on to view an Australian native animal show featuring a koala, a pink Galah bird, and other native animals.

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The Duchess recycled a primrose-yellow, broderie anglaise frock by an unknown independent designer. She last wore this dress in 2012 during the Jubilee Tour to the Solomon Islands.

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The number features a boat neckline, full short sleeves and a skirt that flares out at the knee perfect for a day in the sun.

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Completing her outfit, Kate wore her Stuart Weitzman ‘Minx’ raffia wedges, her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings, and her Mappin and Webb necklace.

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For those interested in what Prince George wore, he looked stylish in a Rachel Riley Striped Jersey Polo in French Blue and Ivory ($69) and Rachel Riley Pocket Shorts in French navy ($89).

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The Royal Couple Attend a Private Easter Sunday Morning Service in Sydney

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William and Kate began Easter Sunday in traditional style by attending morning service at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney.

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When the couple arrived at the church, they were met by The Most Reverend Dr. Glenn Davies, Archbishop of Sydney, and The Very Reverend Phillip Jensen Dean of Sydney.

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Following the 10:30am service, the Duke and Duchess signed the First Fleet Bible, a historical King James Bible that first brought over to Australia on the First Fleet in 1788. It was also used in the first Christian service held in that same year. They added their names to the Book of Common Prayer too and was signed by generations of royals before them.

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The Queen signed it in 1954. William’s parents, added their names in 1983, the Duke and Duchess of York in 1988 and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1958.

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Afterwards the couple chatted to members of the choir and the Cathedral’s Sunday School students.

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Kate chose a bespoke dove grey Alexander McQueen tailored coat over a matching dress for the occasion. The coat features a funnel neck, structured shoulders and cropped sleeves. There is also a concealed front fastener which add an extra touch.

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Alexander McQueen offered a similar off the rack style with this ‘Beige Funnel Neck Coat’ (originally $2844 reduced to $1564. No longer available).

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As she often does for a church service, the Duchess wore her hair half-up in a gorgeously twisty style. It made room for her dainty, Bespoke fascinator created by Jane Taylor Millinery.

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Completing her outfit, Kate held a small grey Alexander McQueen clutch (seen on previous occasions), LK Bennett ‘Harper’ heels, UFO blue topaz and diamond earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch and her Mappin and Webb necklace.

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Kate Arrives in Brisbane Wearing LK Bennett

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Today, the Cambridge’s flew to Brisbane on day four of their Australian tour.

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After disembarking their Royal Australian Air Force 737, the Duke and Duchess were welcomed to Queensland by an honor guard at the Amberley Air Force base. The couple inspected the honor guard before meeting Premier Campbell Newman, Defence Minister David Johnston and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.

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The pair were then shown an RAAF F/A-18 Super Hornet, and tried the base flight simulator.

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They also planted a tree in the base memorial garden in a tribute to the fallen, and met veterans and families of service personnel killed in recent conflicts.

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After the tree planting, the couple were treated to a fly past by four Super Hornets.

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William and Kate then headed to their second engagement of the day. They headed to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre where they attended a reception hosted by the Governor and Premier of Queensland.

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Next they went on a walkabout among thousands of cheering fans on the South Bank of the Brisbane River. The couple spent 20 minutes shaking hands and accepting presents from many in a 10,000-strong crowd.

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The Duchess of Cambridge sported a form-fitting, white with blue petal detail around the waist by high-street designer L.K. Bennett. The ‘Lasa Poppy Print Dress’ (£245 and now sold out) features elbow-length sleeves and a small split in the back. Her choice of dress is a nod to the importance of the poppy, as a symbol of remembrance in the military community.

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Completing her ensemble, Kate wore her bespoke blue, suede Alexander McQueen heels, a new clutch by Australian designer Oroton, her sapphire and diamond drop earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch and her Mappin and Webb necklace.

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She pulled her hair into a chic half-up half-down ‘do, secured with a lock of her own hair.

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Kate carried an indigo Odeion clutch by Oroton. It retailed for $AUD 245 but went on sale, before selling out for $AUD 120.

‘Crafted from Italian embossed calf leather and metal, featuring a snake chain strap and custom designed Oroton hardware, dimensions: 20w x 12h x 4d cm’

William & Kate Travel to the Blue Mountains to Boost Morale

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William and Kate travelled to the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, to boost the morale of communities devastated by bush fires six months ago.

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They visited Winmalee, a small community where in the space of a few hours 195 homes were destroyed in the worst bush fires in New South Wales for a decade. Overall, the fires killed two people and caused £52 million damage, destroying 248 properties.

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In a Guides hut , William and Kate chatted with about 200 members of the emergency services, charities and others who provided assistance during the fires.

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Then the couple planted a summer red eucalyptus tree and posed for a photo with Girl Guides.

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Next, it was off to Echo Point on Katoomba, a spot renowned for its stunning views of Australia’s Blue Mountains.

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The couple posed for pictures and were introduced to three Aboriginal Elders, representing the Indigenous landowners of Echo Point. They were presented with a possum cloak, made from seven pelts, for Prince George and a kangaroo skin one for themselves.

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Kate wore a navy blue, white, and black Ikat Batik print wrap dress from high-end designer, Diane von Furstenberg. The ‘Patrice’ dress retailed for $325 and sold out in eight minutes.

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She paired the dress with £245 dark-blue suede Stuart Weitzman ‘Corkswoon’ wedges and carried a matching Stuart Weitzman ‘muse’ clutch in her hands.

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The Duchess kept her jewelry to a minimum and wore her sapphire and diamond drop earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch and her Mappin and Webb necklace.

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William & Kate Touch Down in Sydney

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William, Kate & Prince George have arrived in Sydney, Australia.

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The family were met on the tarmac by Tony Abbott, the prime minister. The welcoming party also included Sir Peter Cosgrove, the Governor General, and Marie Bashir, the Governor of New South Wales.

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George was whisked off to the Governor General’s residence meanwhile the couple headed to Sydney Opera House for an official welcome ceremony hosted by the prime minister.

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Thousands of people were waiting at the Opera House to greet the Duke and Duchess. The couple were cheered enthusiastically as they made their way into the building.

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The Duke of Cambridge made a speech inside to 400 guests.

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Outside the opera house, the couple went on a ten minute walkabout to meet cheering fans before setting off by boat across the harbor for Admiralty House, the governor general’s residence and where they will be staying the night.

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Kate wore short-sleeved, form-fitting, color-block yellow dress by Serbian-born, London-based designer Roksanda Ilinic. Her choice of color is key as yellow is one of Australia’s national colors.

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The frock is a bespoke version of a commercially available dress called ‘The Ryedale’ from the designer’s S/S 2014 collection and retails for $1,441.Modifications include, the neckline has been turned from round to square, sleeves reduced in size, and the color scheme was inverted as the original was white where Kate’s is yellow, and vice versa

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Complementing her elegant dress, the Duchess wore her nude LK Bennett Sledge shoes, LK Bennett Natalie clutch, her Annoushka Pearl Drop earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch and her Mappin and Webb necklace.

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