April Updates Part Deux!

Since April is such a busy month, I have decided to create a second post to keep everyone up to date.

Baby Watch is On!

@HuffPostUKPics on Twitter
 

As we await the much anticipated birth of Baby Cambridge #2, the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital and the Palace are making sure everything is in place.

@HuffPostUKPics on Twitter
 
@HuffPostUKPics on Twitter
 
Mirror
 
Workmen have been busy erecting security barriers.
 
Mirror
 
news.com.au/Getty Images
 

And the press have been assigned their positions.

Mirror/Splash News
 
Mirror/Splash News
 
BBC/PA
 

As the excitement grows and Kate’s due date gets closer, fans are now beginning to camp outside the Lindo Wing.

Prince William is Officially on Paternity Leave

Daily Mail/PA
 

This morning, a royal spokesman announced that William who is employed by Bond Air Services, while working for the East Anglia Air Ambulance (EAAA) has completed his latest stage of his training as a pilot earlier than expected’ – and would not be required to embark on the final stage until June 1. This will now enable him to be with Kate before and after the birth of Baby Cambridge #2.

The Guardian/Sac Faye Storer/AP
 

The Duke’s leave (unpaid) is in immediate effect and will last for six weeks.

New Pictures of Kate & Prince George

NY Daily News
 

The NY Daily News has released some new pictures of Kate and Prince George at Bucklebury Farm Park near the Middleton Family Compound in Bucklebury.

NY Daily News/Scanned by ‘The British Monarchy Heir’ on FB
 

Reports are unclear if Kate and Prince George were joined by Carole Middleton (I have read conflicting articles – some articles say it was Prince George’s nanny) and a security detail.

NY Daily News/Scanned by ‘The British Monarchy Heir’ on FB
 

On Sunday, they visited Bucklebury Farm Park where children can meet a variety of animals from lambs to wild boar and enjoy a large outdoor playground. The little prince is a frequent visitor to the park with both his mother, nanny and grandmother.

Country Attire
 
Country Attire
 
Mint Velvet
 
The Duchess looks casual in a pair of blue maternity jeans, a blue sweat, her waxed Ladies Defence Jacket in olive (£199.95) by high-end British brand, Barbour, and her grey Mint Velvet ‘Bibi’ plimsolls (£89).
 
Curious as to what Prince George is wearing?
 
Petit Bateau
 
Petit Bateau
 
His overalls are @petitbateau Baby Boy Dungarees in Blocked Jersey. They retail for a steep $92.
 
Start Rite
 
Start Rite

He is also wearing Start Rites Flexy-Soft Air shoes in Navy Blue Leather priced at £40.

Final Security Checks have been completed

Daily Mail/Reuters
 

Yesterday, police did a sweep outside the Lindo Wing, even searching inside lamp posts to ensure that there are no security breeches or risks as the birth of Baby Cambridge #2 quickly approaches.

Daily Mail/SWNS.com
 
Daily Mail/HARTLEY

A Quick Look at Royal Super Fans

Daily Mail/SWNS.com
 

As the world waits for the arrival of Baby Cambridge #2, superfans have set up camp outside St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, many of whom are sleeping on benches outside and have decorated the area with posters and bunting.

Daily Mail/Reuters
 
Daily Mail/SWNS.com
 
Daily Mail/EPA
 
Kate’s black UFO Clutch is ID’ed!
 
 
Thanks to ‘Repli-Kate It’ on FB, Kate’s black clutch with bow has been ID’ed. It is the black suede clutch with grosgrain bow by Jaime Mascaro (circa 2005).
 
Mascaro
 
Similar listings were found on Ebay, thus confirming the ID.
 
boomballerina99 on Ebay
 
mummy87256
 
Two More ID’s!
 
Two more elusive items from Kate’s closet have been ID’ed – thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB.
 
Zimbio
 

 
1) You may recall back in 2011 when Kate celebrated her first Christmas as a royal family member at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. She wore a pair of black suede pumps. They are the 38063 Pumps Womens Black Schwarz (Angelis Negro) by Mascaro. They are currently sold out.
 
Amazon
 
Amazon
 
Additional Details:
 
Outer Material: Leather Suede
Inner Material: Leather
Sole: Leather
Closure: Slip On
Heel Height: 9 centimetres
Heel Type: Stiletto
Fit Type: Regular size
 
Amazon
 



2) When the Duchess attended the Celebration of Youth barbecue inside Rideau Hall in Ottawa (June 2011) she wore a gold pendant necklace. It has remained UFO until now.

Zimbio

The necklace with circle pendant is one of Vinnie Day’s bespoke pieces. “It is made of 3 charms: large hammered gold disk, medium-size polished gold disk and most likely gold ring. I am not sure if it is solid gold or gold plated.”

‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB
 

Kate Spotted Shopping at Zara Home

Last week, the Duchess was spotted a Zara Home in London picking up a couple things for her new home.

She browsed the store for about 45 minutes and finally decided to purchase a few items. What did she buy?

Zara Home
 

She bought some salad servers, a plain doormat and some dark blue bath towels with rope-print detailing (sold in sets of two and range from £9.99 to £22.99).

Zara Home
 

After, she made her way down to the kids department where she stocked up on a set of padded blue and white gingham hangers (sold in sets of 3 for £9.99), some picnic cutlery and tumblers with polka dots.

Zara Home
 

Madderson London Releases a Maternity Version of Their Classic Naomi Dress

Daily Mail/Beretta/Sims/REX

When Kate travelled to Barlby Primary School in Ladbroke Grove to name an art room (January 2015) she wore Madderson’s classic Naomi dress.

Madderson London
 

Madderson has now released their maternity version with green-and-white tweed accents (£230).

Additional Details:
 
“We are delighted to introduce our new maternity version, optimized to suit your changing figure. We have re-imagined the dress in a supple but structured ponte jersey for maximum comfort and versatility.
The silhouette is streamlined but the dress keeps its French tweed pocket and hem details.
Finally, for spring we’ve added a simple capped-sleeve and fresh green-and-white accents.
65% viscose, 30% nylon, 5% elastane (ex trim).”
 
Madderson London
 
Madderson London



 

The Cambridge’s Return to London from Norfolk

Daily Mail/FameFlynet.uk.com
 

William and Kate slipped through King’s Cross Station in London after a break in Norfolk.

Daily Mail/FameFlynet.uk.com

Daily Mail/FameFlynet.uk.com
 

The only noticeable thing about the couple, was their black cocker spaniel, Lupo and their entourage of protection officers accompanying them.

Daily Mail/FameFlynet.uk.com
 
Just Jared
 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took the train from Kings Lynn, Norfolk back to London and arrived during rush-hour, making their way, almost unnoticed among the heavy crowds.

Mirror/Splashnews
 

The couple had been staying at Anmer Hall for the past fortnight, overseeing the final stages of a £1.5million refurbishment. Their home is on the Queen’s Sandringham estate, and is where they will be spending more time when Prince William starts his new job as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Just Jared
 
Countryattire on Ebay
 
Countryattire on Ebay
 

Kate was casually dressed in her cropped skinny jeans, blouse, sweater, baseball cap and her Barbour Defence jacket (originally £199, went on sale for £149 and discontinued).

Mint Velvet
 
Kate leaving the Richard Ward Salon in 2009
Celebags
 
Kate at a polo match in 2006
 

Completing her outfit, the duchess wore her grey Mint Velvet plimsolls and carried two bags over her shoulders. The small bag is her Tod’s bag (called the G Bag Sacca Hobo) which she often carried in her dating days, and the larger bag is the ‘Odyssey’ by SandStorm Kenya (thanks to a follower on ‘My Small Obsessions’ for the ID).

sandstormkenya.com
 
Additional Details
 
A classically styled soft-structured that opens fully to allow easy access to the spacious fully-lined interior.
•robust carrying handles
•leather base
•brass fixings and base studs
•solid brass main zip
•fully lined
•internal zipped pocket
Color: Tan Canvas
L 50cm x W 24cm x H 32cm
£245
 
sandstormkenya.com
 
sandstormkenya.com
 

The SandStorm bag was seen for the first time on the New Zealand/Australia 2014 Tour. It was reported that the bag was gifted to the couple soon after their engagement in Kenya.

May Updates!

As we anticipate Kate’s next engagement, here are a few updates to tide you over.

1) Possible ID on Kate’s diamond eternity band

‘My Small Obsessions” on FB
 

Thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB, there has been a possible ID on Kate’s diamond eternity band. You may recall that the Duchess is now wearing three rings. Her gorgeous sapphire and diamond engagement ring, her welsh gold wedding band and a white gold diamond eternity band.

Annoushka
 

The thinking is that it’s the ‘Eclipse Diamond Eternity Ring’ (£820) by Annoushka. www.annoushka-jewellery.com

Details:
 
‘Brilliant-cut micro pavé white diamonds are meticulously hand-set into this 18ct white gold eternity ring, in a uniquely modern twist on a timeless classic. Wear the Eclipse Eternity Ring alone, or combine with others from the collection to spectacular effect.
This item can be engraved
 
Specification:
Material: 18ct White Gold
Stone: Diamond
Total Carat Weight: Average 0.23ct
Dimension: 2mm wide
Product Code: 023260′
 
2) The size of Kate’s Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch has been determined
 
‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB
 
There has been much speculation about the size of Kate’s Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch. Thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB and follower Ayvee Elliot we think they have nailed it down! It is the 33mm. Ms. Elliot says the small (28mm), medium (36mm) and large (41mm) all have a straight edge on their links. The 33mm has a tapered link.
 

Cartier
 
Details:
 
‘REF: W6920084
 
Floating like a balloon and as blue as the sapphire safely nestled in its side, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch adds a dash of elegance to male and female wrists alike. Roman numerals are guided on their path by a sapphire cabochon winding mechanism protected by an arc of precious metal. With The convex curves of the case, guilloché dial, sword-shaped hands, and polished or satin-finish links of the bracelet…the Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch floats through the world of Cartier watchmaking.
 
Stainless steel case, stainless steel fluted crown set with a blue synthetic spinel cabochon.
Sapphire crystal, silvered opaline dial, Roman numerals, blued-steel sword-shaped hands.
Steel bracelet.
Quartz movement caliber Cartier 057, water-resistant to 3 bars (30 meters/100 feet).
Case dimensions: 33 mm diameter, 9.96 mm thick.
£3,600′
 
3) Kate’s black jumper has been ID’d!
 
eonline.com
 
In early April, Kate was spotted making a quick stop at Gap to pick up some clothes for herself and Prince George. She was wearing a light black jumper.
 
Whistles/’krata61′
 
Whistles/’krata61′
 
The Duchess’ jumper is the ‘Silk Mix Roll Neck Jumper’ by Whistles (originally $125, reduced to $75) and was available at John Lewis. It was listed for sale on Ebay by someone with the user name ‘krata61.’
 
Details:
 
Designed in a slim fit with a classic roll neck.
Brand : Whistles.
Material : 60% Viscose, 25% Nylon, 10% Wool, 5% Silk.
Neckline : Roll Neck.
Long Sleeve.
Hand Wash.’
 
4) Does Kate have a dresser?
 
Daily Mail/WireImage
 
According to Grazia Magazine and The Daily Mail, Kate has tasked her PA with dresser duties. Natasha Archer is the woman who is now helping Kate with her wardrobe.
 
Daily Mail/WireImage
 
Natasha or ‘Tash’ as some know her was pictured alongside Kate’s hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker many times during the Royal Tour of New Zealand and Australia. According to sources she has been advising Kate on her wardrobe since last summer.
 
Daily Mail/A/Rob Todd
 
We first saw Natasha last July, when she was pictured arriving at the Lindo Wing with a dress bag and baby car seat the day after Prince George was born.

5) Pre-order Kate’s Zimmermann Roamer Day Dress

Austique
 

You can now pre-order Kate’s Zimmermann Roamer Day Dress from Austique.

Austique

Daily Mail/JamesWhatling/Splash News
 

If you remember, the Duchess wore the dress to the Sydney Royal Easter show.

dailytelegraph.com.au
 

Naomi Watts has also worn the frock.

Details:

‘High neck line, fitted waist-line, fitted top that flows into a loose A-line skirt
Broderie anglaise eyelet detaining throughout, open detailed stitching on waistline, sleeves and dress hem, sleeves finish above the elbow and dress hem finishes on the knee
100% Cotton
Hand Wash
£409.99′
 
 
 

6) Kate’s Mint Velvet plimsoles are now available! 
 
Mint Velvet
 
Looking for Kate’s Mint Velvet plimsoles? They are now available and have been renamed to grey ‘Bibi’ plimsolls (£89). http://www.mintvelvet.co.uk/grey-bibi-plimsoll/shoes/mint-v/fcp-product/4171
 
Mint Velvet
 
If you’re in the UK, order online. For international shipping, email customercare@mintvelvet.co.uk with your name, country, phone number and shoes size.

7) Missed out the first time, here’s your chance

Photo collage courtesy of Kate’s Closet on FB
 

If you missed out the first time, the ME+EM Breton top (£48) is back in stock. As of this writing M, XL and XXL are available in cobalt/white. http://www.meandem.com/collection/collection/breton-top-cobalt-/-white/products_id/1796/cPath/1153_1154_1155?utm_source=webgains&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=webgains





William & Kate Unwind After a Busy Day by Taking in a Rugby Game

News.com.au/Attila Szilvasi/News Corp Australia
 

William and Kate flew back to Sydney after their busy day in Brisbane to relax and take in a rugby game. They headed to Allianz Stadium to watch the NSW Waratahs take on the South Africa Bulls.

Daily Mail/Getty Images
 
Daily Mail/Getty Images
 

The Duchess laughed and chatted to a woman sitting next to her in the corporate box and William sipped on a beer.

Daily Mail/Getty Images
 

The home side won 19-12.

Zimbio
 

Kate wore a casual grey sweater, skinny jeans and a new ‘Eden’ scarf by Beulah London.

Beulah London

Details:
 
‘Beulah’s modal and cashmere- blend scarf is equal parts elegant and playful. Printed with pastel blues, this lightweight design can be wrapped around your neck or draped loosely over the shoulders.
Fractured Blossom Dark –  Print Scarf – Modal Cashmere Blend.
£125
70cm x 200cm. 85% Modal/ 15% Cashmere. Printed in the UK. Dry Clean Only. Due to the delicate nature of the fabric please take care to avoid snagging from rough surfaces, jewelry or watches.’
 
Beulah London
 
Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore her taupe suede plimsolls by Mint Velvet and her sapphire and diamond drop earrings.
 
News.com.au/Attila Szilvasi/News Corp Australia 
 
Mint Velvet
 
A note on the Mint Velvet plimsoles, according to reports, they will be issued online and in-store beginning the first week of May.


Four Engagements and Three Outfit Changes for Kate on Day Six

Daily Mail/Reuters
 

Day 7 began as the royal couple disembarked their RNZAF jet in Dunedin. They were greeted with a traditional Maori welcome from the Ngai Tahu tribe, who are the main tribe on the South Island.

Zimbio
 
Daily Mail/AFP/Getty Images

Elders from the tribe conducted a welcome – or Powhiri – which involved chanting at the couple from some distance before inviting them forward.

Daily Mail/PA
 
Daily Mail/Reuters
 

Then the Duke and Duchess rubbed noses with their hosts in a traditional Maori welcome known as a hongi.

Daily Mail/AP
 
Mirror/AFP
 
Daily Mail/AP
 

After leaving the airport, William and Kate attended a Palm Sunday church service at Cathedral of St Paul .  The service lasted 75-minutes, and upon it’s conclusion the Duke and Duchess walked down the cathedral steps to cheers and crossed the road to chat to some of the well-wishers.

Zimbio
 
Daily Mail/Getty Images
 

The Duchess of Cambridge brightened up the day in a long-sleeved, turquoise Emilia Wickstead  dress. It featured a cinched waist, pleated skirt and fell just above the knee. Emilia Wickstead is a New Zealand born, London based designer and a long-time favorite of Kate.

Photo collage courtesy of a follower on WKW
 

The dress may look familiar as it looks a lot like the pale pink Emilia Wickstead that Kate wore to the Buckingham Palace garden party (May 2012).

Daily Mail/Getty Images
 
Emmy London
 
Emmy London
 
 

Completing her outfit, Kate wore a Bespoke blue hat by milliner Jane Taylor, suede Valerie Carbon court shoes by Emmy London (£400), a Natasha Carbon envelope clutch in kid suede also by Emmy London (£290), the diamond fern brooch on loan from the Queen and her Kiki McDonough green amethyst and earrings.

fashion-era.com
 
Kiki McDonough

Next, it was off to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would each be coaching a children’s ‘Rippa Rugby’ team accompanied by members of the All Blacks.

Daily Mail/MARK LARGE
 
Zimbio
 

Rippa rugby is a non-contact form of the sport designed for primary school children with players ripping a flag from the belt of an opponent instead of tackling them.

Daily Mail/Getty Images
 
Daily Mail/AP
 

William’s team, ‘Clutha,’ beat Kate’s ‘Pirates’ 30-20.

Zimbio
 

The Duchess changed out of her Emilia Wickstead dress into an oval knit sweater by Jonathan Saunders ($359 and sold out), blue skinny jeans and her taupe suede plimsolls by Mint Velvet.

Jonathan Saunders
 
Mint Velvet
 

After the rugby match, William & Kate hopped a plane to Queenstown. Their first engagement was a visit to Amisfield Winery where they toured the vineyards and even tasted some of their wines.

Governor-General NZ on Twitter
 
Daily Mail/Getty Images
 
Daily Mail/AFP/Getty Images
 
Daily Mail/Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge changed a third time and wore her navy double breasted blazer with gold buttons by Zara, fitted blue and white gingham ‘boyfriend’ shirt from Gap ($49.95), navy skinny jeans and her trusty blue suede ‘Corkswoon’ wedges by Stuart Weitzman.

Daily Mail/AFP/Getty Images
 
Zara
 
GAP
 
Stuart Weitzman

After the winery, it was off to the Shotover River, one of New Zealand’s premier tourist attractions.

Daily Mail/James Whatling/Splash News
 
Daily Mail/PA
 

After changing into waterproof jackets and donning lifejackets, the couple made their way down a ramp into one of the 15-seater boats. They waved for souvenir photographs and greeted hundreds of tourists and locals who had gathered downstream to see them.

Daily Mail/PA
 
Daily Mail/AFP/Getty Images
 
Daily Mail/Getty Images
 

When they returned 20 minutes later, the couple were wet but clearly exhilarated.

Daily Mail/James Whatling/Splash News

Kate Steps Out for Some Retail Therapy

Popsugar.com
 

Just hours before Kate attended a charity dinner for Action on Addiction at Kensington Palace, she stepped out for a little retail therapy.

Popsugar.com
 

The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted in Chelsea, accompanied by a protection officer, where she stopped into a Zara Home Store to pick up some home wares, no doubt to furnish her new home at Kensington Palace.

Popsugar.com
 
Popsugar.com

 Jack Wills
 
Mint Velvet
 
Mulberry
 
Kate dressed casually in navy skinny jeans by Zara and wore a white, silk floral-print Jack Wills ‘Debarn’ blouse (2012 collection and sold out. Originally retailed for $99) under a white cardigan. Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore her Mint Velvet Plimsolls and carried her Mulberry bag.

Popsugar.com
 
‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB
 
 Kiki McDonough
 

She accessorized her outfit with a long gold charm necklace (looks like a new necklace – possibly a push present – I will update if I get further info) and her Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings. Kate swept her long brunette hair into a ponytail.

Popsugar.com
 
Additional Details
 
People Magazine has shared some additional details about what Kate bought.
 
zarahome.com
 
zarahome.com
 
Store employees reported that the Duchess bought oval serving dishes, which come decorated with either cockatoos or parrots, and retail for £29.99 each.
 
Update  2/15/2014
 
‘choukii75’ on Ebay
 
Kate’s cardigan has been ID’ed! Thanks to ‘choukii75’ on Ebay, we now know the Duchess is wearing a white, cashmere button down cardigan by Zara. It is from a previous season and no longer available.
 
Update 2/17/2014
 
Merci Maman
 
Thanks to Hello! Magazine, the Duchess’ charm necklace has been ID’ed! It is ‘The Duchess Necklace’ by Merci Maman. It was gifted to her by Pippa Middleton to celebrate the July birth of Prince George.
 
 
Details:
 Kate’s necklace features 3 charms suspended from a gold plated long chain:  a mini heart engraved with W representing Prince William,  a disc with her baby son’s full name George Alexander Louis, and a sweet little boy charm.
 
· 18ct gold plate or sterling silver 925.
· Two chain lengths: 80cm or 45cm.
· Charms measure 1x1cm (mini heart), 2x2cm (disc), 1.5x1cm (boy, girl).
· Engraved by hand in our London studio.
· Includes double-sided French cursive engraving.

Odds, Ends and Some New Photos

‘Who’ Magazine

Australian Magazine ‘Who’ has published some new pictures of Kate. It seems that she got her hair done at the Rossano Ferretti salon in Mayfair on June 19th. This is unusual as she normally visits Richard Ward in Chelsea.

qatarisbooming.com
 

The Ferretti salon is located in a chic townhouse and is part of a chain, including salons in Paris, New York, Miami, Madrid, Rome and Venice. The salon is familiar to the Middleton family, as her mother Carole and sister Pippa have both had their hair styled there.

metodorossanoferretti.com
 

Ferretti, who opened his London salon earlier last year, has a number of other high-profile celebrity clients, including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. He has also worked on catwalk shows for both Armani and Dior.

‘Who’ Magazine/’KateWillWatch’ on Pinterest
 

The Duchess of Cambridge was snapped in a brown knitted cardigan and flowing white Seraphine maxi skirt (thanks to WKW for the ID).

Seraphine/WKW
 
Description from the Seraphine Website:
‘This gorgeous white light and airy cotton fabric will keep you cool and stylish all summer long. Transform this versatile piece from a skirt to a cute beach dress. A must have for your holiday wardrobe.
•Smocked stretchy waistband
•100% cotton
•Can be worn as a dress’
 
‘Who’ Magazine/stalkingtheroyals tumblr
 
‘Who’ Magazine/stalkingtheroyals tumblr
 
‘Who’ Magazine/stalkingtheroyals tumblr
 
Over her shoulder, Kate slung her black vintage Russell and Bromley purse.
 
‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB


In other news…The Daily Mail published snaps of the royal couple getting out of a helicopter on June 25. Kate’s bump looks smaller than in recent shots so I am uncertain as to when it was actually taken.

Daily Mail/knsnews.co.uk
 
William, Kate and pet dog Lupo were the recipients of a free ride from Simon Oliphant-Hope,a friend of the couple and managing director of Shoreham-based Eastern Atlantic Helicopters. He was flying past their home in North Wales, picked them up, and then dropped them off at an aerodrome on the outskirts of London.
 
Daily Mail/knsnews.co.uk
 
The Duchess was dressed casually in jeans, a fitted black top with her baby bump clear to see, a tweed Zara military jacket, taupe suede plimsolls by Mint Velvet, and her grey Tod’s D-style bag.
 
Daily Mail/knsnews.co.uk
 
Zara
 
Mint Velvet
  
Tod’s
 
Update 9/15/2013
 
 
Kate’s sweater has been ID’d (thanks to a follower on WKW). It is the ‘Crew Neck Cashmere Cardigan’ by John Lewis. It is from 2009 and no longer available.