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Royally Played: Wills and Kate (in Christopher Kane) Visit Scotland

So, Wills & Kate are in Scotland today, where they had FIVE events on the docket (the Duchess Kate Blog has a good run-down of what all they did, as ever) and where they also get to be called The Earl and Countess of Strathearn, which must make for a fun change of pace. They also apparently had a date night last night at St. Andrews where, obviously, they first met, which is possibly why they look so chipper today. Allow me to be frank: Kate’s coat. I LOVE IT. I think she looks terrific.

I also love that this is how the palace twitter decided to tell us that these two stayed over in St Andrews:

Never forget the hair.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet, Getty]


Royally Played, Wills and Kate (in Dolce & Gabbana)

Kate loves lace sleeves almost as much as she loves a Breton stripe.

PS: More intel about this event courtesy of the KP Instagram:

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]


Royally Played, Wills and Kate (in Jenny Packham) at the Chinese State Dinner

First things first! Kate is wearing the Lotus Flower Tiara — and, as ever, Order of Splendor has a good primer on it.  The Lotus flower is meaningful in Chinese culture, so that makes very good sense as a choice, and it’s probably the only tiara that Kate is allowed to borrow that actually does have some meaning that resonates for the guests of honor. (I wish there were a blog written by the people who help Kate decide what to wear and why — ditto Michelle Obama, actually — because there has to be a lot of discussion about symbolism and yada and I am HERE FOR THAT.) Her bracelets, which you will see within — TWO! THANK YOU, KATE! –are my jeweled soulmates. One is a loaner from the Queen; it was a wedding gift from Phil, and it’s all Romanov diamonds (that intel is from our friends at The Court Jeweller).

William is, obviously, wearing a Speedo with his usual fur bolero and a crown of discarded candy wrappers. BORING.

Since so far we don’t have a proper high-res shot of the entire dress, and probably won’t get one, here it is, thanks to Twitter:

It seems very floaty and glam in motion, which I like. Additionally, you guys know I am obsessed with the menus for these things. Here it is:

[Photos: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire, for Getty]


Royals Round-Up, October 16th, 2015

Oooh, you guys, this week’s Royals Round-Up has SO MUCH stuff for you! Babies! Pregnancies! Princess Estelle! Capes! HIDEOUS hats! Tiaras! Livestock! The Return of the Rug! QE2! People in tuxes! Kings in uniforms! Crime-fighting! Prince Harry!

Speaking of Harry, he and Wills&Kate have like eight events coming up over the next couple of weeks, so…you know, PREPARE YOURSELF or whatever. One of them will allegedly be a Tiara Event for Kate, so that will be exciting.


People has the scoop on Wills’s trip to Cambridge yesterday, in which he noted that Charlotte is “ladylike” (I assume she takes her bottle with one finger delicately curled out), George is “lively” (code for “holy shit, still such a tremendous handful, you guys”) and Lupo has destroyed the yard. Then William looked at the Magna Carta.

Hello! of course has all the deets on the Swedish christening.

The Duchess Kate blog has all the details on the upcoming state visit from the Chinese president Xi Jinping; as ever, the post is highly detailed and super informative.

– And The Duchess Diary has video of Princess Leonore dancing throughout the ceremony to christen Prince Nicolas.

– This story, at The Telegraph, is quite interesting: Queen intervenes to settle title feud opening way to title pretenders. PRETENDERS!

– Also, at The Mirror: Experts who found Richard III in a Leicester car park receive MBEs from the Queen.

– At Royalista, this is freaking crazy: The Danish Royal Court gave a statement clarifying that Princess Marie DID NOT recently get a boob job. I don’t know why they didn’t just ignore this rumor. (I read that the OTHER rumor was that she ACTUALLY got said breast implants in France. I say: you do whatever you want with your boobs, lady.)

Tatler of course brings you thirteen rules for owning a castle; VERY useful stuff.

– I continue to be fascinated by The Court Jeweller’s coverage of the jewels of the Shah of Iran.

– Behold some Swedish christening snaps:

– And, yes! Sofia and C-P are having a baby, as I mentioned in the slideshow. YAY FOR BABIES!


Royally Played, Wills and Kate (in Tory Burch)

In which Kate wears one of my favorite dresses from their tour of New Zealand and Australia (if you click through to revisit it, a very George-y flashback also awaits), and William wears his forearms, which I also like.  And, as ever, his pants fit rather weirdly. Although, in full fairness, I also enjoy complaining about that, so….thanks, you guys, is what I am saying.

After this engagement, they popped over to the Wales v. Australia Rugby match,  in warmer, sportsier, more reading glasses-y outfits. See?

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[Photos: Getty]


Royals Round-Up, October 9th, 2015

Once again, this week is CHOCKABLOCK with Prince Harry.  News of note: Wills and Kate have an event on Saturday — and might be going to the rugby that night — so pop by over the weekend to eyeball whatever they get up to, as I shall update over the weekend for your pleasure. (Prince Nicolas of Sweden is being christened on Sunday, but I have no idea how many pictures are going to float in for me from that, so we’ll more than likely cover it in the next Royals Round-Up, just FYI.) Also in today’s slideshow: short skirts! Stocking caps! Wallpaper!

And elsewhere:

– You can eyeball Crown Princess Mary’s latest Professional Lady Outfit over at Royalista.

– And Order of Splendor has great coverage of a variety of Openings of Parliaments.

– This, at the Wall Street Journal, is SO good: How a New York DJ Turned Earl Revived an English Manor.

– I very much want to see King Charles III on Broadway; Glamour talks to their Kate Middleton.

– Sophie Wessex has been on a trip to Qatar. (The Express)

– Also at The Express, this is one of those stories I wish I’d read while we were writing The Royal We, because it has wee details in it that amuse me. It’s about Prince Charles hating Harry’s Secret Smoking Habits.

– Socialite Life has more pics of the Prince Carl-Philip/Sofia trip!

– And Hello! has more details on Harry and William’s Hard Hat Adventure of last week.

– I’m looking forward to these pieces at The Court Jeweller, because they will be covering something we don’t see much of, and I think they’ll prove interesting. To wit: “This October, we’re going to be delving into the bejeweled history of one of the most intriguing royal women of the twentieth century: Farah Pahlavi, the former empress of Iran. We’re beginning with the jewels she wore on the day she joined the imperial family: her wedding day.”

– This is awesome, at Fashionista: Go Inside the World Of June Kenton, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II’s Royal Bra Fitter


Royals Round-Up, October 2nd, 2015

I am pleased to inform you that this post has A LOT of Prince Harry — in uniform! In a suit! Wearing a backpack! With children! Near sheep! (There are also other people.)

If you missed it, Wills and Kate and Harry went to the rugby this past weekend, and there was A LOT of canoodling and sportsfaces, if you’re into that kind of thing. Which you SHOULD BE.


– Wills is still out flying his helicopter for the Air Ambulance folks. (BBC)

– Harry SWEARS he’s not ready to settle down yet. (Vanity Fair)

– Also, you probably want to watch him photobomb this dude:

Prince Carl Philip and Sofia have moved into their palace, which seems VERY close to the street. What about gawkers?! (Hello!)

– Speaking of, she wore a very cute coat this week. (Royalista)

– Speaking of THAT, I particularly enjoyed What Kate Wore’s look at the new McQueens for this fall (scroll down.)

– This is a fascinating piece about Queen Marie of Romania’s sapphire at The Court Jeweller.

– Over at People, QE2 gives a pony a Polo mint. (Say that five times fast.)

– Max and Wax also met the Obamas, and Michelle’s dress IS SO GOOD:

– And Crown Princess Mary was ALSO in New York this week: