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Royally Played, The Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen


First of all, I said this on Twitter, on Facebook, and in last week’s Royals Round-Up, but that story about Harry and Pippa dating that is making the rounds this week? It is from OK. NOTHING OK HAS PRINTED ABOUT THE ROYALS HAS EVER BEEN TRUE. It is totally fiction. (It is in fact literally fiction, as this is a plot point in The Royal We. I kinda want a story credit from OK.) Believe The Daily Mail before you believe OK. Okay? Okay. ONWARD!

So, this is one of my favorite McQueens in Kate’s closet. It’s making me feel better about the world, just a weeeee tiny bit. (You may remember it from the Flotilla at the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012. I love a Flotilla; also, that post has some good Harry In Uniform.) All that, AND high fives.

[Photos: Getty]

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Royals Round-Up, December 11th, 2015


You guys. There are SO MANY TIARAS awaiting you within. (Note: there was ANOTHER Tiara Event tonight from the Swedes, but I will have to tackle it next week, because the pics came in too late for me today. I will not forget!) Plus, the first of the Royal Holiday Cards. I LOVE Royal Holiday Card Season.

Here at GFY this week, in case you missed it:

– Speaking of tiaras, Kate wore one you may recognize. She and Wills also went off to become day traders. See you later, guys!

– And yesterday, she popped out in a familiar dress and a new houndstooth coat. Oh! We also have a new haircut this week. Much to discuss, in short.

And elsewhere? I have some elsewhere for you:

OK has been reporting that Pippa and Harry are hooking up and it’s seriously like someone there read The Royal We and decided to run with it, although Freddie doesn’t require carbonara to seduce a woman. (As I’ve said before, OK is the most unreliable reporter for royals news: they literally published a story that Kate had been rushed to the hospital to deliver Charlotte in an emergency C-section when Kate was still WALKING AROUND PREGNANT IN PUBLIC. Please, if you learn anything from me in this life, learn that you should never, ever, ever believe OK. You should believe the Daily Mail before OK.) Anyway, also, Pippa has a new alleged boyfriend anyway, called James Matthews, and Tatler has the scoop.

– This is really interesting, from Women in the World: The unconventional reign of Sweden’s queer Queen Christina

Wanna see Kate sink a basket? The Mirror can help you. (Wills is sort of delightedly excited when she gets it.)

Wills also gave an interview to a journalist whom he originally met when she was a homeless kid. The pics from this event are really cute; they both sort of seem delighted that it’s happening. (People)

– Princess Madeleine talks about disliking the spotlight that comes with being a princess. (People)

– Maclean’s covers Kate wearing the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara.

Town & Country brings you Princess Charlene of Monaco’s Greatest Fashion Moments.

– This makes me laugh, at Gotham: What Did Playing Queen Elizabeth II do for Helen Mirren’s Sex Life?

How cute the Dutch princesses are! (People)

– What Would Kate Do? has been running a series of gift guides this past month, and they’re quite fun. This one, for example, is for the Pippa in your life.

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Royally Played: The Duchess of Cambridge in Emilia Wickstead and Reiss


Don’t you think Kate got home and took this coat out of the bag, walked it into her closet, saw this Ralph Lauren hanging there, and muttered, “aw, shit, Middleton. You did it again.”

[Photos: Getty]

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Royally Played: Wills and Kate in LK Bennett


KATE CUT HER HAIR.

PS: There’s a tiara at the end of this slideshow.

PPS: Because your Wednesday might need a video of Kate closing a deal with the help of a dude in lederhosen:

[Photos: Fame/Flynet, Getty]

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Royals Round-Up, December 4th, 2015


Whoa. This week’s Royals Round-Up is SUPER-SIZED — in part because I skipped this post last week, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, so we’re getting two weeks worth of shenanigans, but also because Harry was in South Africa being completely charming and also riding around on his horse, and I…have a weakness. In addition to that, we’ve got crowns and gowns and babies and all kinds of stuff within, so better get reading.

Speaking of babies! We got new snaps of Princess Charlotte this week, so make sure you check those out if you missed them on Sunday!

And, elsewhere:

– I knew this was going to happen! I just thought it was going to happen to Letizia and Felipe: Norway’s Princess Martha Louise Forgets to Turn off Oven: ‘I Am Glad the House Didn’t Burn Down’ (People)

I mostly enjoyed this piece about Wills going to the annual van Straubanzee Christmas carols because of the story it linked to, about the time Kate went solo to the same event just post-engagement. (People)

– A good read, at The Daily Beast: How Kate Middleton Revolutionized the Royal Christmas

– Grazia says Kate has a new stylist.

– This cracked me up, at The Telegraph: Kate Middleton’s home village in uproar over ‘eyesore’ gate posts; Villagers called for the commemorative gate posts in Bucklebury to be ‘ripped down’ and burned. You guys, calm down!

– Popping over the The Court Jeweller, this piece about Queen Astrid of Belgium is so so interesting and you HAVE to see the foliage she’s wearing on her head for her wedding.

– Princess Estelle continues to be THE CUTEST. (Royalista)

Edward and Sophie popped over to a tea party this week; I wish I could see the rest of her outfit! Let’s decide IT’S BONKERS. (Factually Royal)

The Independent talks to the man who chauffeured QE2 around Malta this last week, and it is MUCH more interesting than I just made it sound.

Prince Albert chatted with People about the twins’ birthday, which is on the 10th. He seriously seems so much happier than he used to.  I also like to imagine that Albert now just rings up Simon Perry, People‘s senior royals reporter, and chats with him about whatever like every three days or so, just to let People know what he’s doing and how he feels about stuff.

– You ABSOLUTELY want to watch this video of Harry falling — twice! — off his polo pony over the weekend. (Paper)

– I discussed this in the slideshow a bit, but it’s a lovely story: Prince Harry Reunited with African Orphan Friend at Charity Center Honoring Princess Diana: ‘We Shared a Similar Feeling of Loss.’ (People)

– At Vanity Fair: Prince Harry Says That He Is the “Cooler Brother.” My fave bit was: “When told by the professor that William would not be notified of this comment, Harry just laughed, remarking, ‘He knows it!’”

– I find this totally fascinating and deeply nerdy (in a good way): The Peerage: A Primer on Understanding Lords, Ladies, Dukes, Earls and More. (Anglotopia)

– Also interesting: Great London Buildings: Windsor Castle – The Queen’s Preferred Weekend Home With a Long Royal History (Londontopia)

[Photos: Getty]

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Royally Played, Princess Charlotte


In which Kensington Palace cracks the whip to bring me back to work several hours early, by releasing these on the Twitters. But what are five hours of lying on the sofa watching TV and shoving leftover queso dip in my mouth, after all? Important work, to be sure, but not important enough to deprive you of the newest look at Princess SquashyFace NoodleMcMuffin. I could not wait. And I don’t want to shock you, but she is a very, very cute baby:

Princess Charlotte - Official Photographs Released

For purposes of comparison, here’s George at KINDA the same age. I do not think they look much alike, other than the Majestic Round Cheeks I Want To Gnaw Upon, Gently. I also appreciate that Kate is letting me eyeball one of her armchairs at Anmer. Personally, I think it could use a throw pillow.

Princess Charlotte - Official Photographs Released

OR A STUFFED PUPPY. You’re right, Charlotte. That’s a much better idea.

[Photos: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images]

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Royally Played: The Duchess of Cambridge in Matthew Williamson


Oooh, this is a re-wear but we haven’t seen this dress for AGES. Someone’s been digging around the back of her KP closet.

Also, girlfriend gave a speech today (she also gave one at her event last night, so the Mail‘s qualifier of “rare,” while true on the whole, isn’t technically accurate for this current week). The quality isn’t good — it’s rather like a British-accented version of the teacher from Peanuts — but IT EXISTS:

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]

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