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Royals Round-Up, April 11, 2014


Okay, so obviously, most of the Royals Shenanigans this week have been Wills, Kate, and George on their New Zealand/Australia Royal Tour. If you’ve missed any of those posts, here they are:

That being said, other stuff happened too, including a state dinner at Windsor Castle at which the Queen wore MAJOR JEWELS, Camilla held up books, people wore shoes, there’s an amazing table-setting, and all kinds of other stuff that you can ogle in the slideshow.

Other tidbits of interest:

  • People has the full menu for the New Zealand state dinner and it’s making me hungry. I am obsessed with menus for formal events. I really am. I will ALWAYS read them. Just the other day, I had to look something up for The Royal We and ended up spending like AN HOUR reading about what the Queen has served at various Important Dinners.
  • Charles and Camilla’s ninth anniversary was this week. Royal Central has archival news video from the wedding. And is it amazing. “Camilla. Looked. Terrified. All. Day,” the announcer intones (over footage of her looking totally normal). William looks REALLY REALLY handsome. Holy cow, you William lovers will die. Stephen Fry looks A DELIGHT. Harry looks like A CHILD. And Camilla is OF COURSE wearing some kind of wreath on her head. You need to watch this.
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Well Played: Kate, Wills, and George’s Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, Day Five


In which Kate’s yacht beats William’s yacht two races in a row. (He beat her in the boat race during the Canadian trip, so now they’re even.) They both look very CLASSICALLY them — if you were going as Kate for Halloween (and you should and then send us pictures), you could totally wear skinny jeans, a blue and white striped top, and a blazer, and you’d be bang on. He is in blue as ever, and the same belt (I think) he wore when they introduced us to George. See, William, I pay attention to you, too.

This post, in other words, is basically sunglasses and waving and sailing and thumbs up.

[Photos: Getty, Splash]

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


And this was the post where I accidentally fell sleep before the late night round of photos came in, and woke up with a start around 1 a.m. with all the lights on in my bedroom and no idea what was even happening with my life/choices. The all-hours Royals updates of the last couple of nights have not been a trial whatsoever because I am (a) a total night owl and (b) often up late working on the book and whatnot anyway, but tonight I just conked out. ANYWAY. WE’RE AWAKE NOW. WE’RE ALL AWAKE NOW.  This is a state reception where William is unveiling a new portrait of the Queen (there’s actually video of the event here; he gives a speech and all whatnot, rather than just going, “Yo, here’s a new painting of my grandma, see y’all later”), and I appreciate that Kate brought out the custom Jenny Packham for us (a better call than this bottomless Packham frock, I guess).

I believe that next up is A Yacht Race, which is actually how Heather and I settle all our arguments here at GFY HQ, so I’m looking extra forward to it.

[Photos: Getty]

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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?”

[Photos: Getty]

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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.)

[Photos: Splash, Getty Images]

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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?

[Photos: Getty, Splash]

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