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

No Bonnie Prince Georgie at this event, perhaps because laying a wreath at a war memorial is not exactly an appropriate occasion for a baby, even if he is a completely adorable little noodle. These two are also off to a fancy reception later tonight (which might be tomorrow for those in the US — let me tell you, I have done more math figuring out what time it’s going to be here in Los Angeles when things happen in New Zealand this week than I ever could have anticipated, and I have screwed it up several times) and that will get its own post, because SURELY it will have GOWNS.

Here, Kate’s in bespoke McQueen and as is true for all her McQueen coats, I love it. I want to take all her McQueen coats and wear them all at once, a la Joey putting on all of Chandler’s clothes. “Could I be wearing any more of your coats?”

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

In which other babies are met (or, as I believe William put it on the livefeed of this Baby Meet And Greet, per Twitter — my own livefeed kept cutting out and then coming back to a shot of like, a CHAIR, which was not helpful for me from any kind of satisfyingly voyeuristic perspective, like, if I want to see a chair, I can go into my own dining room, people! –”there are babies everywhere!”) For those who care (so…all of you reading this, presumably) Kate’s back in something very Classic Kate (not to mention a very New Zealand-appropriate black and white), the baby is dressed like a baby (in a little romper with a sailboat [!!] smocked on it; more details here from our friends at What Would Kate Do?), and William looks, you know, like William, all blue shirt-sleeves-y and William-ish. Anyway, get ready for some cute baby pictures. I kept thinking I was done downloading them and then…I don’t know. I just downloaded more. I apologize in advance. Look, I just love the cheeks of tiny people. I admit it. I hate jumpsuits, but I love babies. Put it on my tombstone.

(PS: In case you missed it, coverage of day one of this tour is here. You can always find all of our royals coverage in our header, under Royals. All of Wills & Kate is here, in case you need to, I don’t know, bookmark it. I DON’T KNOW YOUR LIFE, and I’d never judge you. I watched a livefeed of a chair.)

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

AND WE’RE OFF. Nine News in Australia had footage of the three of them changing planes in Sydney and it’s kind of amusing for a couple of reasons: first, it’s footage of people getting out of a car, greeting some folks, and then getting on a plane, which is simply not that dramatic unless you’re watching Scandal. Second, George is waving his arms and legs all over the place throughout the entire process. Third, and almost best, the news anchors are getting all excited to see the plane change and a bus pulls up and parks right in front of their camera and the whole studio groaned and yelled at the camera person to move.  I don’t know why it tickled me, but it really did did. ANYWAY. At the plane change, Kate was wearing her Max Mara gray wrap we last saw last February (when she was pregnant), while William and George were both in blue and looked like a dude in a suit and a baby, respectively.

BUT ON TO THE MAIN EVENT. Obviously, they changed to deplane here in Wellington, New Zealand, and changing brought with it a pillbox hat! George in a sweater with wee Queen’s Guards on it (I think; the video of them deplaning seems to support this theory)! And William in a suit still! Yes, I DID watch them get off the plane on the livefeed and here is what I can tell you about Prince George and the next 19 days: HE WANTS TO GET DOWN. NOW. PLEASE. DOWN. ALL THE TIME DOWN. He’s also really very cute and seems awfully chipper for someone who’s been traveling for 24 hours. Is it wrong that I might want a sweater with the Queen’s Guard on it myself?

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Royals Round-Up: April 4th, 2014

I am sure you all have a countdown clock ticking away the hours until Wills and Kate and George head off on their Australia/New Zealand trip — that’s Monday, and I am excited — but until then! We have a Queen giving booze to the Pope, Prince Harry cavorting with school children, statues being unveiled, dolls being hauled out of storage, people getting out of taxis, sequins, turbans, and, most noteworthy of all, Princess Charlene hugging Prince Albert. I KNOW.

Additionally, we of course covered the new family photo from the Cambridges (although I might have tossed it in here again too because I am all about that baby), and William/Kate/Harry attending a wedding this past weekend, ICYMI.

We also pitted Prince George against Princess Paris Hilton in this week’s Who Wore It Best (I am pretty sure you will be able to guess who took the honors).


– Popsugar did an interesting bit on the evolution of the portraits of the British Royal Family.

–This interview with Kate’s brother, James Middleton, has EVERYTHING. Please read it. It is hilarious. I am not even kidding. For example: ” “When people look at them they say, ‘what are they?’ And you say, ‘they are marshmallows.’ And they say, ‘No way. Those are marshmallows?’ So there’s a dialogue that starts to happen.”‘ Yes. He has a marshmallow company. And it begins dialogues.

– Getty has photos from the Diana/Charles/Baby William Australia tour. It’s interesting; we’ve been seeing a lot of those pictures in the last few days (and will surely see more in the next week) and it’s hard to judge accurately given how much we know in hindsight, but gosh, in a lot of them (not the ones in that post exactly) Diana looks so wistful. Anyway.

Katie Nicholl over at Vanity Fair has a good primer on the trip. Don’t worry. We will be ALL OVER IT. I will forgo sleep for hats! DO NOT DOUBT ME.

– Speaking of ME, I collect royal commemorative mugs and I have been Instagramming them and you’ve been showing me YOUR swag on Twitter and it’s been a delight. ANYWAY, I rounded up all my mug shots (har) here.

– Royals correspondent Victoria Arbiter wrote an interesting piece on what it was like to live at Kensington Palace when she was a girl. (Royal Central)

[Photos: Getty, WENN, Pacific Coast News, and Jason Bell]


Well Replayed, Kate Middleton (with an assist from Princes William and Harry and George and also the dog)

This picture cracks me up. It looks like nothing more than William is making some ridiculous corny Dad joke that Kate thinks is cute and Harry just like [silent head shake]:

ANYWAY, these three are off to a wedding this morning — how pretty it looks at that church, no? All the daffodils. It’s very  I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud up in there — and none of that is new on Kate, although I have always liked that coat. (It’s Missoni, and you last saw it at this delightful event where the Queen was apparently hilarious and Kate and William were throwing giant darts at things and before THAT at Fortnum & Mason, where I wish someone would pick me up some marmalade. Underneath is apparently this Whistles frock, which she has had for years [and actually so have I, before I even knew she owned it; thanks, ASOS, for making Whistles available to us here in the US!) I must admit that I have a sincere fondness for Harry's yellow vest, which he also wore to this wedding that happened last year. Interesting trivia in that post as it looks like William's tie in this photo here is Harry's tie there, but I actually think they own matching ties, which just makes me sad that they're not taking Christmas photos in identical outfits; also, Cressida Bonas looks fully insane at that wedding. The bride at this particular wedding is apparently a longtime friend, and her father is an Olympic gold medalist equestrian who once dated Princess Anne. Don't you feel like the seating arrangements at big royal events must just be a complete minefield when it comes to not seating people next to people they used to go out with? Everyone's made out with everyone. Which obviously, is exactly the way it ought to be for maximum scandalous gossip and ergo exactly the way I like it.


It's the new official family portrait, and essentially, I am dead now. HIS SHIRT SAYS "GEORGE."

[Photo: Splash, Jason Bell/Camera Press/Redux]


Royals Round-Up, March 28th 2014

I am very antsy for William and Kate and that baby to get on the road in Australia and New Zealand — their big tour starts April 7th, and I expect all y’all in Australian and New Zealand to be on HIGH ALERT to send in REPORTS FROM THE ROAD. The good news is, both Sophie Wessex and Queen Maxima have been picking up the slack on the outfits. Queen Maxima, especially, has been BRINGING IT. There are tiaras AND CAPES.

In various tidbits from around the horn:

This look back on the attempt to kidnap Princess Anne, forty years ago, is extremely interesting. I love this part: “As the two men struggled over Anne, her dress ripped, splitting down the back. Instead of panicking, she had what she later called ‘a very irritating conversation’ with her potential kidnapper.” (Smithsonian)

– Remember how earlier in the week — mostly on Twitter — we were talking about how Cressida was ALLEGEDLY to co-host a dinner Harry was throwing at the palace? She was a no-show, BUT, now it rather seems like rumors of co-hosting were exaggerated and she was really just invited. We thought it seemed like an insanely huge step for a couple that wasn’t even engaged (Kate never co-hosted anything), so to my way of thinking, that whole story got blown out of proportion.

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