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Royally Played: Duchess of Cambridge in Barbara Casasola at Art Fund’s Museum of the Year

Allow me to Informative Caption this for you: “The Art Fund Museum of the Year prize is awarded annually to one outstanding museum which has shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement in the preceding year. The prize of £100,000 is presented each year at an awards dinner attended by some of the UK’s leading figures in the arts and culture sector.” (That’s from their official press release, which I found thanks to the always-helpful What Kate Wore.) Said prize is being awarded by You Know Who – Kate, not Voldemort — tonight. And now: LET US DISCUSS HER FROCK. I hope it goes without saying: For once, FOR ONCE, I love her pink shoes. Wonders will never cease.

[Photos: Getty, AP Photo/Matt Dunham]


Royals Round-Up, July 1st, 2016

In which I bring you Harry! Wills! Kate! (At a somber event, but still.) Sunglasses! Plastic capes gone awry! A cameo from Michelle Obama! A Casiraghi looking hot on on a boat! AND MORE.

If you missed it yesterday, Wills and Kate and Harry are in France for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. We’ve got more of those events in today’s post, also, as you can see.

Elsewhere of interest:

Eugenie and Beatrice went to Glastonbury, wore wellies. (People)

People also has behind-the-scene photos from Princess Charlene’s wedding, which was five years ago today. You can revisit our coverage of the wedding here (it remains as awkward as I recall, but I must acknowledge that it brought AMAZING unsubstantiated gossip, which I always enjoy. And at least those crazy kids are hanging in there!).

– Via Town and Country, Wills and Kate and Harry are taking over Diana’s Kensington Palace apartments. I LOVE Royal Apartments Logistics, you guys.

– At Esquire: Prince William: The Unlikely Fashion Trail-Blazer

– Order of Splendor’s Thursday Tiara this week was very interesting indeed.

– Cute royal babies!

[Photos: Getty Images]


Royally Played: Wills, Kate (in Missoni), and Harry at Somme Centenary Commemorations In France

It’s the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme (at least, it almost is; the battle began on July 1st, and went until November 18th [which is....longer than I was aware]), and Wills and Harry and Kate are in France for the commemorations today and tomorrow. Today’s events are officially (per the Kensington Palace twitter) “a twilight vigil at The Somme on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle.” Everyone looks very appropriate. Kate’s coat manages to be both eye-catching (so people can see her) and also somber, although I am sort of surprised she wore an Italian line, as that seems like something the DMIK commenters will bust a collective gasket over. (I suspect she will wear a British coat at tomorrow’s event; also if you spent your entire life worrying about the Mail, your face would eventually fall off). (This post is sponsored by parenthesis.)

Additionally, What Kate Wore has — as always! — excellent coverage of this event with additional interesting information about the ceremony and vigil. I’m going to wrap coverage of tomorrow’s events into Royals Round-Up, which I suspect will run early because of the holiday weekend.

[Photos: Getty Images, Gareth Fuller/PA Wire, Tim Rooke – Pool/Getty Images, Yui Mok – Pool/Getty Images)


Royals Round-Up, June 24th, 2016

So, it’s been a very eventful couple of days in Great Britain, no? Can I make anyone a cup of tea…? How about a LOT of photos of Prince Harry, being adorable with children and flaunting his manly forearms? Because that I can definitely do.

ICYMI around here:

– Kate rewore one of my FAVORITE GOWNS ever.

– We covered the hats of Royal Ascot!

Elsewhere of interest:

– This week’s Jewel History is very diverting. (The Court Jeweller)

– Maclean’s explains whether or not the Queen can vote (in short, she does not vote — in order to remain neutral — and neither do higher ranking royals like Harry, although they technically could. If I were Kate, it would really grate on me that I couldn’t vote.)

– What Would Kate Do explains why the media still uses the name “Kate Middleton.” I noted to them on Twitter what one of you so wisely pointed out last week, too, which is that we all still use the maiden names of MANY queens — including those of all of Henry VIII’s wives.

– The Royal Hats Blog has good coverage of Luxembourg’s National Day. My concern about Princess Stephanie’s taste level continues; her dress is pretty, but that hat is from the Makeshift Head Bandage school of thought.


Royally Played, Wills and Kate (in Jenny Packham)

Of all the dresses in all the world that Kate could have re-worn…this is certainly in my top three favorite choices.  I am so excited to see it again. (If you’d like a reminder of what it looked like the first time she wore this, a little over five years ago, you can find that here. Wills looks exactly the same except for the march of time across his head.)

Additionally, in case you’re interested, this event was held at Houghton Hall, which is obvs totes hideous, and which is owned by the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley. “The Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley” is a phrase that is just really fun to say. Fun fact: Until he became Marquess, David Cholmondeley was Earl of Rocksavage, which quite sincerely sounds fake and like the name you’d give the hero in a romance novel until you realized it felt too on the nose. (In terms of Deep Dive Posh Wikipedia Gossip, he and the Marchioness announced their engagement, got married the next day, and then she had twins four months later, who were allegedly three months early. I feel like there were some numbers fudged there. [I mean, there is no doubt she was pregnant when they got married even by the official story, but, you know. I think someone might have cooked the books a little bit regardless NO JUDGEMENT IT'S 2016. Also, everyone in that story is happy and healthy so good on all you Cholmondeleys, anyway.])

[Photos: Getty Images]


Royals Round-Up, June 17th, 2016

We had SO MUCH ROYALS CONTENT this week, you guys. In case you missed any of it:

Wills & Kate made their debut at Royal Ascot together, with special guest Crown Princess Mary and a variety of other royals.

Wills & Kate went to a garden party in Northern Ireland, while Harry and his assorted royal relations popped by Ascot.

Kate wore RED SHOES! at the Order of the Garter on Monday, whilst Wills wore a feather hat and velvet cape as usual.

Wills, Kate, and Harry rode around with the heads sticking out of a Ranger Rover on Sunday at the Queen’s Birthday Luncheon Event, and Eugenie and Beatrice both looked GREAT.

Saturday was Trooping the Colour, which brought all the royals out en masse, including George and Charlotte, who were hilarious and adorable.

Today’s slideshow has loads of Ascot and Maxima in a boat, as well as some extra bits and pieces from the events previously covered that came in after I published those posts. You know how I like to do!


– At Vanity Fair, Katie Nicholl reports on the Queen’s Birthday Luncheon.

– This is a great post at the Royal Hats Blog: Preparing For Ascot: What To Wear

– PopSugar takes a look at Princess Madeleine’s style.

– At People, Prince Harry wrote a letter of condolence to the Mayor of Orlando.

– Our friends at the Duchess Diary join us in wondering when Harry will get to join the Order of the Garter.

– This is an AMAZING TIARA. (The Court Jeweller)

– At Hello!, let’s take a look at Crown Princess Mary’s living room!

– I suspect most of you have see this gif of Wills getting scolded by the Queen on Sunday (People)

– Also: QE2′s green ensemble on Sunday was “green screen green,” which led to much amusement for all. (The Guardian)

– Wills is on the cover of Attitude this month, and interviewed inside. He’s the first member of the British Royal Family to pose for the cover of a gay magazine. Good on you, William!

Up next, more bits and pieces from around social media: Read More


Royally Played: Wills and Kate (and other people) at Royal Ascot

Lots of firsts today: It’s the first time Wills and Kate have come to Royal Ascot together, and we also learned today that Wills is July’s cover model for Attitude magazine, making him the first member of the British Royal Family photographed for the cover of a gay magazine. Good on you, dude. (The cover is also good; you can see it at that link, and I’m sure I’ll cover it in Royals Round-Up this week, as well.) It is also the first time Kate has worn these beige shoes wherein I have thought, “yeah, those might have been the right call.” WONDERS WILL NEVER CEASE. In case you were wondering, this is the D&G dress Kate wore for the Queen’s horsey Birthday Spectacular, which I HATED at the time, but which I actually think looks fantastic today, so that is also a first.

And, ergo, onto Royal Ascot, where — speaking of Royals Round-Up — we also got a cameo from Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary.

[Photos: Getty Images]