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





Kate Spotted Shopping at Gap

eonline.com
 

On Sunday, Kate was spotted dashing into Gap. She was accompanied by three bodyguards and spent 20 minutes browsing the shelves.

Daily Mail
 

She left through a side entrance, hopping into a waiting Range Rover and had a couple shopping bags in hand.

Daily Mail
 
Daily Mail
 
Daily Mail
 
What did she buy? It was reported she spent £126.44. Items for George included a green checked bodysuit designed to look like a shirt (£12.95), denim shorts (£14.95), two navy and white striped onesies (£14.95 each), and a pair of grey and navy striped cotton trousers (£8.95). The Duchess also picked up two pairs of trousers for herself from the women’s department.
 
AKM-GSI
 
Whistles
 
Kate was dressed in a black top (not yet ID’ed), a patterned ‘Maria’ skirt by Whistles (thanks to From Berkshire to Buckingham for the ID), black tights and black boots.
 
 
Additional details on Kates skirt from Whistles.co.uk
 
‘This skirt in our Concrete Print features contrast waist band and natural pleated shape
Originally $75, Currently on sale for 41.67
Product Key: 00901524339
Composition: Polyester 100%’
 
 
Update 5/6/2014
 
Whistles/’krata61′
 
The Duchess’ jumper has been ID’d! It 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.’
 
Whistles/’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.’


 

William & Kate Attend The Meade – Budgett Wedding

Mirror/Jesal/Tanna/Splash News
 

On Saturday. William, Kate and Prince Harry attended the wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett in Marshfield, Gloucestershire.

Daily Mail/Splash News
 

Lucy Meade is the sister of James Meade, one of the Duke of Cambridge’s friends from Eton, and the best man at the Royal wedding.

The Bath Chronicle/Seb Turner
 
Mirror/Jesal/Tanna/Splash News
 

The ceremony was held at St Mary’s Church and rumors that the Duke and Duchess were in the village quickly spread – by the time they exited the church there was a crowd of around 100 well-wishers.

Mirror/Jesal/Tanna/Splash News
 
Alan Davidson/The Picture Library Ltd
Fortnum and Mason 2012
 
Just Jared
Nottingham 2012
 

Kate wore a blue tweed coat from M Missoni’s 2010 collection. The Duchess has worn it at least two other occasions. The first was at Fortnum and Mason when she wore it alongside with the Queen and Camilla in March 2012. She was then spotted in it again in June of that same year on a trip to Nottingham.

Mirror/Jesal/Tanna/Splash News
 
Whistles
 

Peeking from beneath her coat, Kate wore her Whistles ‘Bella’ dress (seen last at the London 2012 Closing Ceremony).

Mirror/Jesal/Tanna/Splash News
 
Zimbio
 
Cassandra Goad
 

Completing her outfit, the Duchess accessorized with her Lock & Co. ‘Fairy Tale’ hat, her black suede Episode ‘Angel’ shoes, her matching Mulberry clutch, and her Cassandra Goad earrings.

Independent Woman
 

On a side note, one guest could not foresee that there could be a bit of a fashion clash when she ended up wearing the same coat as Kate. Regardless of the faux pas, both Kate and the woman looked glamorous.

 

Kate Unveils her First Official Portrait

The first official portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled this morning at London’s National Portrait Gallery.

The painting was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and, following Kate’s suggestion, it depicts her natural, not official, persona. Award-winning artist Paul Emsley created the large head and shoulders painting of the duchess set against his trademark dark background.

William and Kate received a private viewing of the painting this morning before it went on display to the public. The couple spent 10 minutes looking at the portrait and then met Emsley, his wife Susanne and daughter Marie.

Among the guests were Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton and her brother and sister Pippa and James.

Kate shopped her closet and wore her burgundy Whistles ‘Sofie Rae’ dress (Autumn 2011) with a black velvet belt. She last wore this dress under the unnamed, burgundy coat by an independent British designer when she visited Newcastle in October of last year.

The ‘Sofie Rae’ is a stunning pure silk dress from Whistles ($135 and no longer available) in a warm seasonal burgundy, with a deep v-neckline, long sleeves and a flattering defined waist. Elegant and versatile, with a floating midi skirt and removable belt.

Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore black suede Episode ‘Angel’ heels, her ufo black clutch, her Asprey 167 Button Pendant and her bespoke Kiki McDonough green amethyst and diamond drop earrings.

Additional Information About Kate’s Portrait & the Artist

The portrait is an oil on canvas and bigger than life size 1152 x 965 (45 3/8 x 38).

Paul Emsley is a Glasgow-born, South African-raised painter. Kate sat for Emsley in two sittings last May and June. The first was at Kensington Palace and the second at his studio in Bradford-upon-Avon in southwest England. He worked from photographs spent 3½ months creating the painting.

Odds & Ends

On Wednesday, January 9th, Kate celebrated her 31st birthday. She attended a London showing of Cirque du Soleil with William, her sister Pippa, brother James, and parents Carole and Michael Middleton.

Update 1/15/2013

Kate’s blouse from her formal sitting in her first official portrait has been ID’d! Thanks so much to Repli-Kate It on FB for bringing this to our attention. The navy ‘Sub Silky Tie Top’ (£37 and currently on sale) is by French Connection. On a side note, the blouse is available in four colors (antique lace, evergreen, navy and rust red).

 

Details from the French Connection website: www.frenchconnection.com

‘Lightweight tie-neck top is a soft drape style that simply exudes sophistication.
Sub Silky Tie Top has a pussy-bow tie at neck, covered button placket through front and small cap sleeves. This top is demi-sheer.
 * style code – 72XH6
 * Machine Washable
 * 100% Polyester’

Kate Recycles Whistles to London Olympics Closing Ceremony

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics with Prince Harry. William had to get back to work as a search and rescue pilot

Kate and Harry seemed to be having a great time as they danced the night away to the likes of the Spice Girls and George Michael.
She recycled a pretty blue, black, and white print dress from UK High Street store Whistles. It’s the silk ‘Bella’ dress (£150) which Kate wore a few weeks back during the Queen’s Jubilee Concert.
The last time Kate wore the dress she had an Alexander McQueen blazer over the top but this time she left the jacket at home and instead added a slim black belt.
Photo credit: WKW

Completing her look, The Duchess carried her black Anya Hindmarch ‘Maud’ Clutch and wore her Kiki McDonough Blue Topaz and Diamond Earrings.

Kate Takes 150 Kids to the Theatre

While Prince William sat in front of the television watching football, Kate took 150 children from The Art Room Charity to see a production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in Kensington Gardens.

The children who accompanied her were from six schools in London and Oxford.

The Art Room Charity helps children from disadvantaged or challenging backgrounds to express themselves and develop confidence through art.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a teal Zara dress and a black Helena Cropped Blazer by Whistles ($195 and sold out).

Photo creidt: WKW
She finished off her look with black Prada heels, her black, bespoke Anya Hindmarch ‘Maud’ clutch (£450), her Effervescence Bubble earrings by Links of London and a sparkly necklace that is yet to be ID’d.
 
Update 6/21/2014
 
Front of dress
lovelys0201 on Ebay
 
I have finally found some pictures of Kate’s teal Zara dress thanks to a seller on Ebay.
 
Back of dress
lovelys0201 on Ebay


Kate & Wills Attend the Star-Studded Jubilee Concert

Thousands attended the the star-studded Jubilee pop – concert outside Buckingham Palace in London.

William & Kate were seen rocking out to the likes of Paul McCartney, Tom Jones and Stevie Wonder.

Kate opted for a patterned blue and purple dress by Whistles (£150). Specifically, Bella Body-Conscious Dress in Multipetal Print (thanks to WKW for the ID). The shift dress was from a previous season and is sold out, as of this writing.

The petal print frock featured a round neckline, cropped sleeves, gathered waist and an exposed gold-tone zipper down the back.

Kate matched her dress with a black shearling coat ((£1,145) by Alexander McQueen and accessorized with her silver Tiffany Diamonds by the yard bracelet and some never before seen earrings that are yet to be ID’d.