Kate Wears Alexander McQueen for Princess Charlotte’s Christening

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On Sunday, we got our first glimpse of the Cambridge’s as a family of four when they arrived on foot for Princess Charlotte’s christening at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Queen’s 20,000-acre Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

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A crowd of 3,500 well-wishers lined the route to the chapel waving Union Jack flags and cheering as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge strolled through the grounds of the royal estate to the church.

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Prince George walked hand-in-hand with his father and Kate pushed little Charlotte in a vintage pram that was borrowed from the Queen.

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The traditional silver wheeled Millson pram was once used for the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.

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When the family reached the church they were greeted by the rector Jonathan Riviere.

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Nine-week old Charlotte was christened at a short, intimate ceremony attended by just 22 official guests including the Queen, Prince Philip, other close family members and Princess Charlotte’s five godparents. The service was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Rev Justin Welby, and supported by the Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere, the rector of the Sandringham group of parishes.

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Charlotte and George’s full-time live-in nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo was on hand at the church to help out.

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The christening had a historical link to Diana, Princess of Wales as the church is also where her christening was held on August 30, 1961.

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Princess Charlotte was christened with the ornate 174-year-old silver gilt Lily Font (the bowl is a large, open lily bloom, hence its name, and it is decorated with lilies, ivy and cherubs) filled water from the River Jordan where Christ was baptized. For the first time ever, the Lily Font was brought to Norfolk from the Tower of London where it is usually on show as part of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. Alongside the Lily Font was a christening ewer, made of solid silver and similarly gilded, which dates from 1735 and was made for the christening of George III.

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The font, which dates back to 1840, was commissioned by Queen Victoria (she paid £401 10s) to prevent her family being tarnished by association with the illegitimate children of Charles II. Since then, it has been used for almost every royal christening (we know it was not used at Princess Eugenie’s christening).

 
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After the short half an hour service, the royals began emerging from the church and made their way back to Sandringham where guests were treated to sandwiches, tea, and slices Princess Charlotte’s christening cake. which is one of the eight tiers from the fruitcake served at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011.

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The Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant in a bespoke Alexander McQueen coat dress. The knee-length, ivory coat dress featured structured shoulders, wide lapels, a fitted waist, and a flared skirt.
 
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Completing her ensemble, Kate accessorized with a matching bespoke Jane Taylor hat (her hair was swept back into an elegant chignon), and her nude patent leather ‘Pointy’ heels from Russell & Bromley (no longer available).
 
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The Duchess of Cambridge added new pieces of jewelry to her wardrobe! She wore Empress White Gold and Diamond Drop Earrings by Mappin & Webb (£3,450). These earrings match her Empress Mini White Gold and Diamond Pendant by Mappin & Webb (£1,850) which she also wore to the christening. Other jewelry included her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
 
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 Additional Details on Kate’s Mappin & Webb Empress White Gold and Diamond Drop Earrings
 
Part of the Mappin & Webb Empress collection set with 0.88 carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds set in 18 carat white gold.
These earrings measure 30mm x 15mm and feature a secure carriage fastening.
£3,450
 
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Who are Princess Charlotte’s Godparents?
 
    Princess Charlotte has five godparents 
 
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     *Laura Fellowes – she is Prince William’s cousin and the daughter of Princess Diana’s older sister, Lady Jane Fellowes.
 
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     *Adam Middleton – he is Kate’s cousin and the son of Michael Middleton’s brother, Richard.
 
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     *Thomas van Straubenzee – Prince William’s long time friend. They have known each other since they both attended Ludgrove prep school in Berkshire. He also accompanied the Prince to New Zealand on his gap year.
 
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     *Sophie Carter – she is a close friend of Kate’s
 
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     *James Meade -another of William’s close friends. He went to Eton with William.
 
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Who Else Received an Invite?
 
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     *The Queen & Prince Phillip
 
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     *Prince Charles with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall & Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton
 
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     *Pippa & James Middleton
 
Where was Prince Harry?
 
     Prince Harry is spending his summer in Africa
 
What did Prince George Wear?
 
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     The little Prince wore a Rachel Riley Smocked Set (£85). The outfit is described as
 
‘A Traditional 2-piece smocked shirt and short set. The shirt is hand smocked across the chest with a vintage inspired design. Matching red shorts with button opening at the side’
 
      The adorable set is available to pre-order and will arrive in approximately 6 weeks.
 
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Completing his outfit, George wore short white socks and his Start Rite Jo Shoes in navy blue leather (£36).
 
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 Call Me Crazy but Have I seen Prince George’s outfit before?
 
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     Prince George’s smocked outfit is similar to an outfit worn by Prince William to visit Harry in the hospital.

New Photos (Taken by Kate) of Prince George & Princess Charlotte

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On Saturday night, William and Kate released four official photographs of Prince George and Princess Charlotte together. They were taken by the Duchess of Cambridge who has broken tradition by stepping behind the lens, using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (1,999.99).

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The snaps were captured in mid May at Anmer Hall, in Norfolk when Princess Charlotte was just two weeks old.

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Kensington Palace said the photos were being released as a thank you for all the support they had received following Princess Charlotte’s birth on May 2.

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As a further gesture of gratitude to the public, the first of the photographs was released ‘exclusively’ through Kensington Palace’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts. The entire set, containing four images, were released to the press an hour later.

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The series of pictures shows how much the new siblings have bonded. Cradling his sister on his knee, Prince George holds Charlotte’s tiny hand in one photo and in another he gives his sister a kiss.

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Prince George wore a classic white shirt with blue piping detail around the collar, cuffs, and front with matching baby blue turn-up cord short set by Rachel Riley ($159). The shorts feature an elasticated back waist, and are attached to the shirt with pearl effect buttons.

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Completing his outfit, George wore Amaia Kids stretch ribbed knit socks in Blue France (£7) and his Start Rite Jo Shoes in navy blue leather (£36).

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This was the same outfit the little Prince wore to visit his newborn sister at St Mary’s Hospital.

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Princess Charlotte wore a hand-knitted sweater (€85) and chemise (€58) in ‘bone’ from an exclusive children’s boutique called Irulea in San Sebastian, northern Spain.

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Charlotte could also be wearing a pair of matching hand-knitted bottoms with feet also by Irulea.

A Few Notes

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One of the new snaps has a striking resemblance to a photo that was taken of Prince William holding a baby Prince Harry taken in October 1984.
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Another black-and-white portrait of Prince Charles kissing his sister Anne 65 years ago taken by society photographer Sir Cecil Beaton is similar to the fourth photo of George kissing Charlotte.
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Minutes after the official photographs of Princess Charlotte were tweeted, a message containing a random series of letters and spaces was posted on @KensingtonRoyal on Twitter for their followers to see.
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The tweet was quickly taken down but eagle-eyed royal fans are now questioning whether Prince George had been playing around with an aide’s laptop, phone or iPad? More likely than not, it was just someone sitting on the device as George was probably fast asleep (photos were released at 10pm London time).

May Updates!

Since Kate is on maternity leave and has asked the press for privacy, I don’t expect there to be very many sightings. However, there are still some loose ends to tie up from the birth of Princess Charlotte, designer profiles and Repli-kates from my own wardrobe. Stay tuned…

What did George wear?

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Prince George stole the show when he arrived at the Lindo Wing to meet his new baby sister. He was also perfectly put together for the big occasion and couldn’t have looked cuter.

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He wore a classic white shirt with blue piping detail and matching baby blue turn-up cord short set by Rachel Riley ($159). The shorts feature an elasticated back waist, and are attached to the shirt with pearl effect buttons.

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On top of his shirt, he wore a £40 navy Sous Marine cardigan from Amaia Kids (from a previous season and currently sold out). The cardigan comes in three colors.

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Completing his outfit, George wore Amaia Kids stretch ribbed knit socks in Blue France (£7) and his Start Rite Jo Shoes in navy blue leather (£36).

What did Charlotte wear?

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Many have inquired about what the newborn princess wore when she left the hospital, we finally have all the details.

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Princess Charlotte wore a hand-knitted bonnet in ‘bone’ from an exclusive children’s boutique called Irulea in San Sebastian, northern Spain. The high-end children’s and home goods store was opened by the current owners’ grandmother.

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The bonnet was bought by the mother of William and Kate’s live-in Spanish nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrello.

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No two bonnet’s are alike as each one is locally hand knitted. They are made from white and cream wool – called ‘bone’ by shop owner Ayajo Villar.

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Maria’s mother bought the bonnet (€ 55) as part of a three piece set which included a sweater (€ 85) and booties (€ 35) all made in ‘bone.’

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An interesting fact we have learned from the owner is that little Charlotte wore the bonnet backwards. The part that surrounds the face should be on the neck, however we still think Charlotte looked beautiful.

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Princess Charlotte was covered in an ivory white ‘elegant soft wool baby shawl’ by G.H.Hurt & Son (£68 currently sold out but available for pre-order).

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‘This beautifully soft pure wool baby shawl, elegant in design with its plain center and deep lacy border, is perfect for gently wrapping up your precious new arrival.
Knitted in a delicate ivory white, it is ideal for Christenings and special occasions.
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◾Size: 120x120cm
◾Yarn: 100% wool’
 
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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!

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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.

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Workmen have been busy erecting security barriers.
 
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And the press have been assigned their positions.

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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

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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.

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

New Pictures of Kate & Prince George

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?
 
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His overalls are @petitbateau Baby Boy Dungarees in Blocked Jersey. They retail for a steep $92.
 
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He is also wearing Start Rites Flexy-Soft Air shoes in Navy Blue Leather priced at £40.

Final Security Checks have been completed

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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.

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A Quick Look at Royal Super Fans

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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.

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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).
 
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Similar listings were found on Ebay, thus confirming the ID.
 
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Two more elusive items from Kate’s closet have been ID’ed – thanks to ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB.
 
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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.
 
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Outer Material: Leather Suede
Inner Material: Leather
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Closure: Slip On
Heel Height: 9 centimetres
Heel Type: Stiletto
Fit Type: Regular size
 
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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.

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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.”

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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?

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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).

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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.

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Madderson London Releases a Maternity Version of Their Classic Naomi Dress

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

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

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“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).”
 
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