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Royally Played: Wills and Kate (in Alexander McQueen) at the Buckingham Palace Garden Party

This is the first time Wills and Kate have attended a garden party together. You KNOW the people who went last week are like, “dammit, I missed Kate and Wills?1?!?!!?! Okay, sure, fine, it’s still an honor, blah blah blah whatever.” If Kate’s outfit looks familiar, it’s because she wore it when Prince George made his imperious debut at his christening; if Wills’s outfit looks familiar, it’s because you have a top hat fetish and you’ve seen it on him in your dreams.

[Photos: Getty]


Royally Played: Wills and Kate and Harry and a bunch of other Royals at the Chelsea Flower Show

This all went down on Monday, and I waited and waited and WAITED for better pictures, but then I just GAVE UP.  Don’t people know that I want to see Kate sticking her head into a bucket of flowers? Harry, getting stuck in a hedge? William climbing a tree? Harry making Kate laugh by sticking a flower behind his ear? Wills and Kate making out in a rose bush? COME ON. GIVE ME WHAT I WANT.

I guess this is close:

Likewise, thank goodness Emily Nash at Hello! was on the case. I have a lot to say about this:

We DID get video, and it’s not like we haven’t seen this dress/coat/coatdress/I dunno before:

I like that moment where they are both like, “wait, did we lose Harry?” Anyway, SEVERAL royals came out to the flower show Monday — Anne! Beatrice! Eugenie! Eugenie’s boyfriend?!?!? Please eyeball them while I bewail my lack of flora-adjacent shenanigans.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]


Royals Round-Up, May 20th, 2016

Ooooh, you guys. In addition to a new event from Kate — at which she wore one of my favorite McQueens — QE2 opened Parliament this week, so prepare yourself for SOME CROWNS. Also in this week’s round-up: more Sophie Wessex than usual, extra pics from the Queen’s 90th shindig on Sunday, Wills throwing a mean left hook, national costumes, hats, and JOAN COLLINS!

Here at GFY earlier in the week, we covered Kate’s bizarro look at Sunday’s hoedown, and her super cute skirt the next day.

As a programming note, Wills and Kate (and maybe Harry? I’m unclear) are popping out to the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday, so make sure you pop back over the week and check it out.

Around the horn:

– Our friends at Duchess Diary rounded up 37 of their favorite hats of Queen Maxima

The Court Jeweller covered a recent tiara auction. I hope one of the winning bidders lives among us, Fug Nation. I really want the last one. I better save my pennies.

– Over at People, Wills gave some insight on what’s happening at home (George is loud and they’re trying to figure out schools).

– At Hello! a salute to Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary’s wedding, which was 12 years ago this week. Queen Margrethe looks WACKY.

— Also at Hello! Mike Tindall talks about how Mia came to be holding QE2′s handbag in the Queen’s birthday portraits.

And, after the jump, we have LOADS of social media stuff this week. (Sometimes, social media gets better snaps than I do. I would never want to deprive you; if you click on the embedded tweet, it should let you flip through the photos.)

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Royally Played, Harry and Wills and Kate (in Banana Republic)

This was a 48 hours of highs and lows, sartorially speaking, you guys. I LOVE this Banana skirt on Kate today, but yesterday…oh, girl. GIRL. In a sense, it is a relief to know there is one thing that Kate cannot figure out, and it is what to wear to any event that vaguely requires cocktail attire.

Our first event is the launch of Heads Together, which is their campaign to fight the stigma of mental illness, and the second was the Royal Windsor Horse Show, a celebration of the Queen’s 90th on Sunday, which involved many horses (hence the name) and, from what I understand, also featured Harry seated behind a pole, frustrating the people at home who were watching it to ogle him.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]


Royals Round-Up, May 13th 2016

Well. I didn’t get to any of the Invictus Games until today, because of Cannes. And that means that this post is….really, really long and chockablock with Harry. I assume you will not be enraged by this? Because the pictures are…insane. He’s kissing winners, snuggling babies, FLIRTING, putting on American jerseys (USA! USA!), gesturing to people’s mustaches, hanging out with his very best friend in the world, Michelle Obama. It is AMAZING. I could have picked ten thousand more pictures for this slideshow.

Here at GFY, in case you missed it, Heather and I put together a giant slideshow all about our trip to the UK, and you might enjoy it!

Also, there will be a lot of shenanigans from Wills and Kate and Harry in the upcoming week, including on Sunday, so make sure you pop back to keep up to date!

Elsewhere, we must begin with this:

Harry and Michelle are clearly SO FOND of each other, and also, as you know, I LOVE Robin, so basically I could watch like five hours of this interview. That part is the more serious bit, but you also definitely want to see the part where Michelle talks about Prince George.

– At the National Post: Prince Harry on his private life: How can I get a girl when I can’t even have a drink in the pub

– I meant to run this weeks ago and just forgot. You may have read it already, but if not it’s AMAZING. At The New York Times, a conversation with QE2′s party planner. For example: “For the wedding of William and Kate, for which Lady Elizabeth was an adviser (and planned the wedding eve family dinner), the couple had very strong ideas that the queen ‘was marvelous and listened to,’  she said. Traditional royal weddings have no reception afterward — guests just depart after the service — but William and Kate wanted one after seeing that was what their friends had had. ‘And so the palace had to learn quite a lot about different canapés, because they weren’t used to doing them,’ Lady Elizabeth said.” Also: “Chasing down R.S.V.P.s was a particular headache, and she claims credit for inventing ‘this ghastly thing called the reply card’ to solve the problem. The first time she created one, she forgot to leave a space for people to write their names, and so she ended up with a bunch of yeses and nos but no clue who they were from.”

– The Court Jeweller has a very interesting piece about George VI’s coronation — with video. Everyone is wearing crowns, which WILL NOT happen when Charles becomes king (which is going to be crazy-feeling). Also: I love the mid-Atlantic accent of the newsreel narrator.

– I enjoyed this, at From Berkshire to Buckingham: Commoner to Duchess of Cambridge: 5 Years On, A Look At Kate’s Style Transformation

– You will enjoy this slideshow of the British Royal Family at the Olympics, over at NBC.

– And this is at the Daily Mail –I KNOW, I KNOW — but it IS interesting and also real gossipy (as you’d imagine): The Lioness of Longleat: Viscountess Weymouth on climbing the social ladder, a feuding family and her terrifying pregnancy

Wills went to Oxford — so pretty, Oxford! — this week to open one of their libraries:



Royally Played, the Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen, Michael Kors, and Roksanda

A full day of shenanigans for Kate, beginning with her opening the new garden at Hampton Court, taking a pit-stop for a lunch reception at one of her charities celebrating their opening a new center for children’s mental health, and ending with her visiting her new pictures in British Vogue at the National Portrait Gallery. As far as Hampton Court goes: WE WERE JUST THERE. No, literally. We were at Hampton Court less than two weeks ago! I got to turn meat on a spit! If you could have just moved your schedule around, Kate, it would have been ever so helpful.

We are going to do a larger write-up of our trip very soon, but Hampton Court is beautiful.  I mean, look at this:

There is also a hedge maze! You know I love a maze!

While I’m waxing poetic, actually, the National Portrait Gallery is also amazing (it is there, a few years ago, that I saw this amazing portrait of Idris Elba which I carry in my heart always, and also in my phone) and it has a bar on the top floor with great views. I am always looking to make sure that you have had sufficient champagne. This Vogue exhibition looks quite diverting, so please one of you, go see it and then go upstairs and sloshed for me, please, and provide a full report. See? Diverting!

[Photos: Getty Images]


Royally Played: The Duchess of Cambridge Covers British Vogue, June 2016

Well! I did not expect to see this screaming down the intertubes when I was sitting around eating frozen waffles and watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but thank goodness I was home to bring it to you IMMMMMMEDIATELY, so we can discuss!  The Daily Beast has a good primer on how this all came about, and British Vogue’s long history with royal portraiture, but, in short, this shoot was done in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, of which Kate is the patron, and I’ve decided she figured this was a good way to replace her HIDEOUS PORTRAIT there with something more flattering. (I mean, it’s OFFICIALLY in honor of British Vogue turning 100, but let’s get real. Last time we were at the NPG, her portrait was “out for cleaning.” Girlfriend has been trying to distract from that thing for the last five years.)

Anyway, per Vogue’s own piece about this, which is actually quite interesting, these shots were taken in Norfolk, and they do totally feel like Posh Country Living (“one of my favorite genres,” she said, wiping a bit of peanut butter off her sofa cushions). Apparently, there are several more snaps in the spread, which we’ll all get to see when the issue comes out on May 5th, at which point I obviously will have to put on pants and shuffle over to my international newsstand and more fully investigate. Until then, let’s eyeball these, shall we?

PS: It goes without saying, of course, that the fact that these are going to be on display in London at the National Portrait Gallery, one of my favorite museums ever, like a week after we left London makes me want to drown myself in a vat of Pimms. Although I guess I often want to dive into a vat of Pimms, so….yeah, carry on.

Also of interest, while we’re on the subject:

We saw those Diana covers while we were in London at Kensington Palace’s fashion exhibit, but the Anne ones, you guys. I NEED TO KNOW MORE. I’m real concerned about her hat. (If you click on the embedded tweet, FYI, it will take you to the tweet itself, and you can scroll though the actual covers.)

[Photos: British Vogue]