Wednesday, March 4, 2015

It's Business as Usual for Kate

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On Monday, Kate was the guest of honor at a luncheon to mark the 105th birthday of The Goring Hotel. She was there to officially reopen the London hotel in the company of celebrities and loyal guests.

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The Duchess' visit was not part of her official duties, and according to Kensington Palace she was attending in a private capacity after receiving a personal invite from the hotel.

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Prince William was not in attendance as he was on an official tour of China.

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Kate showed off her impeccable style and growing baby bump in a pink and purple floral print dress by Erdem. The figure-hugging frock, titled the 'Darla' has a steep £995 price tag, and is not new season – it is from the label's Resort 2013 collection.

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Silk-chiffon dress.
Button and zip fastenings at back.
Round neck, printed, three-quarter length sleeves, buttoned cuffs, cut-out back, flared hem, partially lined.
100% silk; lining 100% cupro.
Dry clean
 

Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley

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Completing her outfit, Kate held her navy suede Stuart Weitzman for Russel & Bromley 'Muse' clutch (£245), wore her matching bespoke Alexander McQueen navy suede pumps, and her aquamarine and diamond drop earrings (still UFO).

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The hotel holds a special place in Kate's heart — it's where she famously spent her last night before marrying Prince William in 2011. Her parents and siblings Pippa and James also stayed there.

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The hotel’s Royal Suite, which runs the entire length of the top floor, with French windows in each room that open on to a balcony overlooking the hotel’s private garden, is reputedly where the Duchess set up her HQ for the big day.

Update 3/5/2015

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Kate was photographed adding some detail to a painting during her visit to The Goring Hotel on Monday. I believe this was a painting in one of their refurbished rooms.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Kate Visits Stoke-On-Trent and Smethwick

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On Wednesday, February 18, the Duchess of Cambridge began her day with a visit to the Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

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She toured the factory and saw how the earthenware products were made and decorated by hand using traditional techniques.

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The factory will be in production of a range of mugs in support of the Nook Appeal for East Anglia's Children's Hospices, of which Kate is patron. All proceeds going to help terminally ill children and their families.

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After the tour, the Duchess chatted with production staff and then joined families from the Donna Louise Children's Hospice in a ceramic painting workshop.

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Before she left, Kate unveiled a plaque to commemorate the visit in front of assembled staff in the factory courtyard.

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As her visit came to an end, the Duchess was driven to Stanley Park where she got back into the royal helicopter for the short journey to her next engagement in nearby Smethwick in the West Midlands.
 
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Kate's second engagement of the day was a visit to one of Action for Children's facility – the Cape Hill Children's Center.
 
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She got an introduction to the charity and its work in providing early support for vulnerable families across the UK from staff and volunteers.
 
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The Duchess of Cambridge then attended a private roundtable discussion with families who have accessed Action for Children services including the organization's Sandwell Family Partners program, which is based at the children’s center.
 
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Lastly, she watched and took part in a play session with children and parents who use Cape Hill Children’s Center.
 
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Do you want your own EACH Ladybird 1/2 Pint Mug? They are currently available for pre-order on the Emma Bridgewater website. The mug is priced at £19.95 and for every one sold, £5 will be donated to the Nook appeal.
 
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Kate looked elegant in a dusky blue 'Gerbera' wool coat by SportMax (product code: 20170149). The coat was originally priced at $2,490 and is not longer available (from the designers autumn/winter 2014 collection). The knee-length double-faced wool coat features an oversized collar and hidden front closure.
 
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Underneath her luxe SportMax coat, Kate is wearing the 'Florrie' floral printed crepe de Chine dress by Séraphine (from the designers Spring/Summer 2015 collection).  The knee-length frock features stylish cropped sleeves, a curved empire line and a full skirt (£99).
 
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Completing her ensemble, the Duchess wore her Jimmy Choo 'Georgia' navy suede round toe pumps, carried her 'Frome' Suede Clutch in navy from L.K. Bennett, wore her sapphire and diamond earrings, her Ballon Bleu de Cartier wrist watch and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
 
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Kate's Hair
 
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For this visit, Kate changed up her hair. She secured the tresses in a loose knot at the crown of her head with curled ends. There were also some streaks of grey visible, and as she did during her pregnancy with Prince George, the Duchess seems to be avoiding dying her hair.
 
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