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Royals Round-Up, April 18, 2014


OBVIOUSLY, we’ve been covering the heck out of Wills and Kate’s Tour of Australia and New Zealand.  Stayed tuned, because we’ll have updates over the weekend, at all hours of the night, just to keep us all on our toes. ICYMI:

In other non-Wills, Kate, and George news: Other than The Queen, the rest of the British royals were kind of inside this week. I can only imagine they’re all watching East Enders and being like, “meh, no one even cares about us right now. It’s so relaxing. Pass me that giant wheel of Stilton. I want to stick my head in it.” I do suspect that we’ll get way more snaps for next week, when people pop out to church on Easter Sunday. As it is, you shall have to enjoy the Queen! Angela Lansbury (queen of my heart)! Cressida buying a smoothie! Pippa carrying, honestly, a really good bag! Princess Charlene on the cover of Hola in a shot that is going to give more evidence to those who suspect she is gestating, as we all ruthlessly speculated a couple of weeks ago!

Elsewhere:

– Marie Claire Australia has interactive Kate paper dolls! (Marie Claire)

Jenny Packham talks about what it’s like to work with Kate. (Grazia)

– More deets about their winery visit! (Grapefriend)

People Great Ideas has all kinds of good info (and recipes) about what Wills and Kate drank and ate at their winery visit last week. I love them for always indulging my need to know the menus for everything. (People)

– Also in People, they’ve got some great behind-the-scenes coverage of this current royal tour. People really does royals coverage right. (People)

–Here’s the resort where William and Kate stayed for their one night away from the baby in New Zealand. OH MY GOD IT’S HIDEOUS. By which I mean the opposite of that. We’re having the Fug Nation Retreat THERE. (Hello!)

“Sources” that recently said Harry and Cressida were going to make it official are now saying that Cressida isn’t Royals Material. My personal theory is that the They’re Getting Married!!! Source was always someone on Team Cressida (perhaps her mother) and the Um, I Don’t Think So! Source is The Palace. (E! Online)

More info about that Charlene cover, including deets on the tiara she’s sporting. (Hello!)

– The Danish royal family celebrated Queen Margrethe’s birthday this week in an event of which I could get no photos for us, so enjoy the work of Hello! magazine. (Hello!)

[Photos: Getty, Splash, Fame/Flynet, Fame/FlynetUK]

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Well Played: Kate, Wills, and George’s Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, Day Twelve


Today! Wills and Kate went to something called The Royal Easter Show, which best as I could figure out — please help me, Australians! — is somewhat like a really really LARGE county fair here in the US, full of livestock-shearing exhibits and people’s prize-winning pumpkins and whatnot. I actually love those parts of the fair: the livestock and the jams and the pies. The Los Angeles County Fair has an entire exhibition of tablescapes, and it is tremendous. I also have a friend who once cooked a literally prize-winning pie, which is just the best. In other words, this seems fun and also it led to some excellent photos, as you will soon see. A TON of people came out both to see them — Richard Palmer, who writes for the Daily Express, said on Twitter that it was anticipated to be something like 150,000 people — and presumably also to look at some truly glorious gourds. They they visited a children’s hospice (where Kate gave a speech) and hit the beach to look at a life-saving demonstration and also a surfing exhibition (or a swimming race? Something racey/swimmy/surf-y). Many a demonstration/exhibition/unveiling on this trip.

OUTFITS: Kate wore a white dress by Zimmerman, an Aussie designer (I learned this from the Duchess Kate blog’s twitter, HRH Duchess Kate. I have to say that the community of Kate Watchers on Twitter is very smart and helpful and friendly, and it’s been really fun tweeting with them throughout this tour). I really am into this dress. I would totally wear it to my casual summer wedding — and event that is, at this moment, totally fictional. It actually might be my favorite thing she’s worn all trip so far, at least in terms of being both new, and An Outfit A Normal Person Could Wear. Not that you teal Emilia Wickstead-wearing fashion plates are abnormal.

Footwise, she’s wearing her OTHER pair of Stuart Weitzman wedges (the Minx) –  this info per What Would Kate Do?’s twitter, and which I recognized from the South East Asia tour. Dammit, Kate. You are not helping me with my wedge addiction.

As for William, he wore a grass skirt and a coconut bra.  By which I mean he wore…drumroll...a blue suit. In fairness, this particular blue suit is extremely nice. Apparently at some point in the day, they went home and had lunch with George, and while they were home, he changed, and so it is William who actually has more than one get-up today, while Kate does not. Wonders will truly never cease.

[Photos: Getty]

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Fugs and Fabs: Various Recent International Elle Covers


Because often these are more interesting than the U.S. ones.

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Fug and Fab The Covers: Marie Claire May 2014 “Fresh Faces” Issue


So, Marie Claire put Lupita Nyong’o, Elizabeth Olsen, Elle Fanning, Kate Mara, and Emilia Clarke on the cover this month; most of them get the royal treatment, but the last of those ladies should probably sue because her cover is AWFUL.

[Photos: Marie Claire]

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Well Played: Kate, Wills, and George’s Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, Day Eleven


William and Kate’s first full day in Australia involved meeting with victims of a terrible and deeply destructive brush fire near Sydney — I know everyone has great sympathy in these instances, but as a Californian, seeing brush fire and earthquake victims in consecutive days also makes me feel a whole lot of empathy, and having all these feelings is just so strange — then planting a tree with the Girl Guides (I wish we called them Girl Guides in the US, because it’s so alliterative and I love alliteration), watching people rappel, taking in a seriously majestic vista, lurking in trees, laughing in cars, and the most important thing of all: WILLIAM DID NOT WEAR A BLUE SUIT. Just a blue blazer. I am mildly concerned about his pants, but we’ll discuss. One thing at a time, William. 

Kate is wearing DVF, which I identified all by myself, to my own great personal pride, at basically precisely the same moment everyone else figured it out, which meant that I got to watch with my own two eyes as the stock on DVF.com sold out completely. I timed it, and it took eight minutes for all but one size to sell out, and that one size went shortly thereafter (which I noted on Twitter, and which has since, to my delight, been picked up by the Daily Mail, although they implied it had sold out everywhere, and I do think you can probably still track it down elsewhere if you really try…. for now.) Designers have to be praying to the deity of their choice that Kate wears them, for real, because $$$. And I myself am not immune. I successfully stalked a pair of Kate’s wedges on eBay AND I bought a blazer that she owns (not the more recent double-breasted Zara, another one) a while ago. I mean, I legitimately needed a new blue blazer. I really, really did. But…yeah. Well, it’s the middle of the night. When better to confess these things to you? Just please tell me I am not alone in this. CONFESS YOUR PURCHASES. ENABLE ME.

And now let’s talk about those pants.

[Photos: Getty]

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Fugs and Fabs: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield


I hope these two get a nice long vacation after their press tour is done. Maybe they can go sack out at Will and Kate’s country house and the four of them can trade stories from the road.

[Photos: Splash, Getty, WENN, PacCoastNews]

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