Monday, March 30, 2015

William & Kate Have a Busy Day of Engagements in South London

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On Friday, William and Kate began their busy day with a visit to the Stephen Lawrence Center, a youth charity in Deptford, south-east London. This was the Duchess' last official engagement before the birth of her second child.

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The center was founded by Baroness Lawrence in memory of her son, Stephen Lawrence, who was stabbed to death at the age of 18 by a group of white youths near a bus stop in 1993.

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He aspired to become an architect and the charity was set up by his mother in 1998 to provide support, training and bursaries to budding architects from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Upon their arrival, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon and given a tour of the facility.

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First on the agenda, was a stop at the Harris Academy law workshop in the Center's lecture room where the royal couple observed students taking part in a law workshop with lawyers from Stephenson Harwood. The purpose was to raise career ambitions through lectures and mentoring.

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Next, William and Kate were shown a display of some of Stephen Lawrence's own architectural drawings.

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Lastly, they met with SLIK (Stephen Lawrence Instils Knowledge) Magazine editors in the PC room. The students were working on a digital journalism project called The Write Way that encourages young people to develop their literacy and IT skills.

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Before leaving, the royals signed the visitors’ book, and Baroness Lawrence presented William with a framed photograph of Prince Charles giving the first Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture at the Trust’s launch in 2000.

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Outside, Kate was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Stephen Lawrence's 10-year-old niece Mia.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

March Updates!

Kate Shops for Baby Shoes

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Last week, Kate was spotted out and about shopping at some of her favorite stores for baby shoes.

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On Thursday (March 19th), the Duchess stopped in at Trotters on Kings Road in Chelsea, London. She picked out a new pair of sneakers for Prince George. The ones she chose are the Start-Rite Flexy-Soft Milan navy blue leather sneakers

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If you fancy a pair for your little prince, they are available $55 at Kulfi Kids. The neutral-toned shoes feature two baby-blue Velcro straps and a flexible sole

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A few days later on Saturday, March 21, the Duchess picked up another pair of shoes. This time at a Zara store in Kensington for the new little prince or princess. She chose a pair of white leather and beige suede baby booties that are part of the Spanish-owned stores "mini" collection suitable for newborns. The brand's Leather Blucher shoes are available in sizes from newborn to 9 months and retail for $35.90.

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The shop assistant at Zara added that Kate: "Bought a few items from women's wear and then she went upstairs to the kids department."

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The Duchess wore her dusty-pink 'Straight-cut' coat by Zara (originally $149, went on sale for $99.99 and currently sold out),  a pair of thick black tights, and her trusty black, suede Russell and Bromley Charge It knee-high boots.

Kate unveils a painting of 30 Irish Guards officers

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You may recall that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were guests of honor at this year’s 1st Battalion Irish Guards’ St Patrick’s Day Parade, however it has also come to my attention that they participated in an unveiling of a painting that was painted by local Cotswold artist, Lindy Allfrey.

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The picture, which now hangs in the Irish Guards Officers' Mess in Aldershot, shows 30 officers in their splendid dress uniforms. It was commissioned by the Irish Guards.

Kate's 'Muse' (Raz in the USA) is available online

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For those of us (myself included) who don't live anywhere near a Russell and Bromely or a Stuart Weitzman retail store, I am excited to share that Kate's suede, navy clutch is available online.

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In the UK, it's known as the 'Muse' suede clutch and retails for £255. From what I can see, it is only available in navy suede.

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In the USA, it's known as the Raz clutch and retails for $455. It is available in two colors, the Adobe Aniline (patent leather) and Nice Blue Suede.

William, Kate & Harry attend the memorial service for Richard Meade

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On Thursday (March 26), William, Kate and Harry attended the memorial service for Richard Meade. It was held at 2:30 to celebrate his life.

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He was considered to be one of Britain’s most successful equestrians and won a wealth of medals including team gold at the Mexico Olympics in 1968 (riding Cornishman) and, four years later, both individual and team gold at the Munich Olympics (Laurieston).

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Sadly, he passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.

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The Duchess wore her fluted, navy, 100% wool trapeze 'Chiara' overcoat by Beulah London (£650). Her hat is currently UFO. I will update if/when I find out.

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Completing her outfit, Kate wore her Alexander McQueen pumps and her and her gold Annoushka diamond and pearl drop earrings.

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There may be a possible ID on Kate's hat. It could be the 'Radio City' by Lock & Co (Autumn/Winter collection). My guess is that it's either navy or black. I will contact the designer and update if/when I hear from them.
 
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kate Meets Children and Volunteers at Brookhill Children’s Center

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On Tuesday, Kate paid a visit to Brookhill Children’s Center in Woolwich to learn more about Home-Start and its support for children and families.

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The charity was founded in 1973, and works with about 1,000 families from the immediate area, of which 80 per cent of the families have children aged under five. The Center is one of four run by Home-Start on behalf of The Royal Borough of Greenwich.

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Its volunteers visit clients in their homes, helping to cope with issues such as isolation, mental health disabilities, bereavement, multiple births, illness or disability - many of which have a direct effect on their children.

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The Duchess was greeted by the charity's chief executive Rob Parkinson and the manager of the center, Dawn Brown. The pair briefed her about the work the charity does to improve confidence and build better lives for children.

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Next, Kate attended a coffee morning where she met with families who have been supported by Home-Start and was able to hear firsthand about their experiences.

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She then observed a volunteer training session, in which volunteers are taught how best to offer practical and emotional support in a family's home to help children make the most of nursery or school.

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Wrapping up her visit, the Duchess stopped off at the onsite Together for Twos’ crèche to meet families and staff.

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Before she left, she was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a gift basket for Prince George containing a potty training for boys book, a manual on how to teach children to tie their shoelaces, a toy sorter and an Elmer the elephant book.

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Kate wore a simple but chic spot print 'wrap skater dress with 3/4 sleeve' by online clothing retailer ASOS (£35). The frock is from the retailers Maternity Exclusive range sold out in a matter of minutes. ASOS have since confirmed the dress is being re-stocked and will be available again next week.

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Additional Details:

The wrap style is perfect to accommodate the changing size and shape through pregnancy
It is machine washable and made out of 96% Viscose, 4% Elastane
Product Code: 583422

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She added an extra layer with an elegant black, tailored coat that had been made by her private dressmaker. We spotted the coat back in 2012 when the Duchess was snapped attending a party at the exclusive Loulou's in Mayfair, London.
 
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Completing her ensemble, the Duchess wore her black, suede Stuart Weitzman ‘Power’ pumps ($355), and held her black, suede Mulberry 'Bayswater' clutch.

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As for her jewelry, Kate wore her Kiki Classic Morganite and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings (£3,400 and currently sold out), paired with her Kiki Classic 18ct White Gold and Diamond Hoops,  'Fortune Drop Necklace' by Mappin & Webb in white gold and diamonds and her Ballon Bleu de Cartier wrist watch.

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