Fug File: royalty

Royally Played, The Duchess of Cambridge in Hobbs

I’d just like to say that I totally REQUESTED that she wear this just on Monday, and for that, I’d like to say, “thank you, Kate.” Also, I have some other requests: some shoes I think you should consider purchasing, a book you might like to read, a brother-in-law you could potentially set up. Just, you know. Whenever you get around to it.

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Royally Played: Wills and Kate (and assorted) at the Commonwealth Day Ceremony

Kate has four days of events this week, so STRAP IN, ROYALS WATCHERS, and don’t say that I, like Taylor Swift,  didn’t warn you. But let’s just start with this one. If Kate’s coat looks familiar, it’s because she wore it for Trooping the Color last time she was pregnant, AKA that time she cruelly refused to give Harry a high-five. Her hat, on the other hand, is new and it kind of reminds me of what an artistically talented child would do with his scrap paper at the back of a class in which he is SUPPOSED to be learning polynomials but in which he instead decided to try his hand at origami and now I’ll never unsee that. (Although, wherever she is [I assume...somewhere in The Netherlands], I feel like Queen Maxima is all, “did someone say ‘origami’? I AM IN. W-A, hand me my phone, I am texting Kate to find out where she got that hat RIGHT NOW.”) And now that I’ve said that, I assume Kate will also refuse to high-five ME. I deserve it.

(PS: It seemed pertinent to mention in this particular post that today is the last day to enter the Goodreads giveaway of The Royal We, if you’re in the US and interested in possibly winning a signed galley of our new book! Okay, that business taken care of, let’s get on with it.)

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Royals Round-Up, March 6th, 2015

I hope you like Wills, because this post is just full of him, given that he’s been on tour of Japan and China this whole week. As you probably would have bet, he is wearing a blue suit nearly constantly. I like to imagine Kate sitting on the sofa in his dressing room while he packed for this thing, eating a giant bag of Cheetos, and affectionately rolling her eyes while he was like, “Should I pack this blue suit, or THIS blue suit? Maybe I’ll take both blue suits. But that’s only seven blue suits. Is this enough suits, Kate? Kate? Kate, I really need your help with these suits.”

Other than Wills, we’ve got carriages! And tiaras! And ski jackets! And banquet rooms! And coats! And Princess Estelle!

A gentle reminder: you can read the first seven chapters of our forthcoming novel, The Royal We, for FREE! (It comes out in just about a month; I can’t believe it.) And if you’re in the US and interested in winning a galley version of the book, Goodreads is giving away 15 of them — the contest ends on Monday

And elsewhere:

[Photos: Gerry, Splash, PA Wire]


Royals Round-Up, February 27, 2015

In which Prince Harry is sent out to look for red squirrels, as he is the closest thing the British Royal Family currently has to a red squirrel in human form; Prince William is off on a trip to Japan and China where so far he has done  LOT pointing at stuff and wearing one of my favorite coats of his, along with his traditional grass skirt and tube top (read: blue suit); a VARIETY of domesticated animals make appearances; Princess Estelle is EXTREMELY CUTE; we learn that Queen Sonja Of Norway really digs white hose; Maxima and W-A are mad cute together; and Letizia and Felipe stand next to a huge pile books.

Speaking of books: In case you missed the post last week, you can now read the first seven chapters of our forthcoming novel, The Royal We, for free! And! Goodreads is giving away 15 signed galleys, so be sure to enter if you are interested! (Unfortunately, this giveaway is for US readers only.)

And elsewhere:

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Royally Played, The Duchess of Cambridge in Max Mara and Seraphine

Two events for Kate today, one outfit for us to ogle. The first outing, she popped by the Emma Bridgewater factory, where mugs and plates and whatnot are made. (You remember that Bridgewater designed a mug to benefit a children’s hospice, which is one of Kate’s charities. I believe today is the first day that those are up for pre-order.) She also met kids from hospice while she was there, and looked at china, and made a plate, and ergo learned about plate-making, and then she popped over to another children’s charity (this one supports neglected and vulnerable children in the UK), where she also hung out with those kids. In other words: There are very cute children involved with today’s shenanigans, which I always appreciate. Additionally: You may have seen that earlier in the week, she released a PSA about the importance of seeking mental health care for children if they need it. Kate is all about blue patterned dresses right now, apparently. And coats ALWAYS COATS.

ALSO: Most of you probably know this, but because I know there are those of you who only pop by for royals coverage: You can download and read the first seven chapters of our forthcoming novel, The Royal We, FOR FREE as of yesterday! Given the subject matter, and that you’re reading this post right now, it may be to your liking? We really hope so.

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Royals Round-Up, February 13, 2015

In which we get sledding! And wine-tasting! And Mugging in front of portraits! And a little extra bit of Harry from last week, because I love you.

Around here, we covered Kate’s event yesterday (she actually had two other private events this week; this was the only public one, AKA the only one at which press was welcome). She’s out and about again on Wednesday, so as always mark your calendars.


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