Thursday, 15 February 2018

Vote for Kate's Best Scandinavian Tour Looks & February's Calendar Filling Up!


We're back with our remaining post-tour polls and chatting about Kate's February calendar today!

Best Tour Coat

Kate's coat game during the Scandinavian tour was strong. She added several stylish additions to her already drool-worthy collection during the four-day trip. On the first day of the tour in Stockholm, Kate wore the Burberry Toddingwall Trench Coat. It is described as "Shearling collar, buttoned epaulette at shoulders, long sleeves, buttoned tab at cuffs, flap at yoke, buckle-fastened belt at waist, two buttoned welt pockets at front, branded buttons, single vent at back hem, shearling linen."

For lunch at the Royal Palace of Stockholm and an afternoon of engagements with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, Kate changed into a long green bespoke Catherine Walker coat. Kate accessorised the coat with a faux fur collar and cuffs from Troy London.

I absolutely loved the red and white houndstooth Catherine Walker coat with large red buttons worn for day two of the royal tour in Sweden.

For a reception at Fotografiska Gallery that night, Kate arrived wearing an elegant black coat by well-known Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt. The coat is from the A/W 2018 Collection. Kate accessorised with her faux fur collar and cuffs by Troy London once again.

The Duchess arrived in Norway wearing another bespoke Catherine Walker coat. The blue coat features a funnel neck.

And for the final day of the tour in Oslo, the Duchess sported a plum Dolce & Gabbana military style coat with gold buttons.

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Best Tour Day Dress

Kate wore her first day dress of the tour for an afternoon of engagements in Sweden. The green Catherine Walker creation featured a funnel neck and fitted sleeves.

On day two, it was bespoke Alexander McQueen. The piece features the same fabric as the Metallic wool-blend bouclé-tweed midi dress. It is described as "Alexander McQueen's Pre-Fall '17 collection is inspired by the medieval heroines of Arthurian legend - Isolde, Guinevere and the Lady of the Lake. Beautifully made from wool-blend bouclé-tweed, this midi dress is flecked with gold yarns".

In Norway, Kate wore the very pretty Seraphine Marlene dress.

And for the final day of the tour, Kate wore a dress by Norwegian brand byTiMo. The Black Lace Trimmed Shift Dress features oval-heckled lace detailing on the collar, on the shoulders and in the waistline. The floral print piece is from the Pre Spring 2018 Collection.

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Speaking of what Kate wore on the tour, we have two updates to share. Kate's Kjus Duana two-tone quilted shell down jacket is back in stock in most sizes at Net-A-Porter.

And as several of you noted in the comments, Kate's Sorel Boots are reduced from $130 to $79 on the Sorel website.


With Prince George on half term break, William and Kate cleared their schedules for this week and are thought to be spending the week enjoying a family break. Hello! suggested it's possible they are spending a few days in the French Alps, it's also been suggested they are enjoying time at their country pile Anmer Hall.

18 February - Kensington Palace announced several appearances for the Duchess for February. As hoped for, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the BAFTAs, for the second consecutive year, on Sunday evening. A host of stars including Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Gary Oldman, Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Salma Hayek, Lupita Nyong’o, Orlando Bloom and Bryan Cranston are confirmed for the night. Below, we see the Duchess in bespoke Alexander McQueen at last year's ceremony.

The Duchess faces a fashion dilemma on the night. Actresses are planning to wear black in support of Time's Up. More from The Telegraph:

'The Duchess, who will attend this year’s Bafta ceremony with the Duke, will be left in a diplomatic minefield, as actresses prepare to wear black dresses in support of the Time's Up movement.
A letter circulated to female nominees urges them to follow the example of the Golden Globes, to leave a room full of women in all-black as a “strong, unifying and simple statement". The Duchess, who wore a patterned black evening gown to the ceremony last year, is not in the habit of public protest, in keeping with the Royal Family’s policy of avoiding anything which could be construed as a political statement. At the Golden Globes, only a tiny handful of women chose not to wear black, leaving them standing out for, some critics argued, the wrong reasons.
Amanda Berry, CEO of Bafta, has previously indicated that awards organisers are braced for speeches about the Hollywood harassment scandal. "It often has (been used as a platform) in the past, I think in different years there have been different issues,” she said after nominations were announced.'

It's possible Kate will opt for a black print gown similar to the McQueen from last year. Alternatively, she might just give her favourite Jenny Packham gown another outing. Below we see Kate wearing the dress in New York in 2014 when she was expecting Princess Charlotte.

19 February -  Next Monday evening, the Duchess is teaming up with the Countess of Wessex to host a reception at Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen during London Fashion Week to celebrate and showcase a new creative initiative - the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange. The initiative uses fashion as a common language and platform to help people understand the modern Commonwealth in a different way. It will celebrate creativity, sustainable production and manufacturing, trade links and ethical supply chains across the fashion industry, from business and design to textile and fabric design and manufacturing, to craft and artisan skills.

21 February - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Sunderland. They will first visit The Fire Station, one of Sunderland’s most iconic buildings, recently converted into a music and arts hub. The Duke and Duchess will then travel to see the Northern Spire, an ambitious and striking new bridge over the River Wear, due to open in spring 2018.

27 February - The Duchess will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to learn more about the College’s global health programmes to reduce maternal and newborn mortality worldwide, and will attend a roundtable discussion on tackling the stigma around women’s health.

Later that day, The Duchess will visit St Thomas' Hospital to officially launch a campaign to promote nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Nursing Now is a major global campaign aimed at raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide, so that nurses can make an even greater contribution at the heart of efforts to tackle rising burdens of disease.

We'll see you Sunday evening for the BAFTAs :)

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

"You're Very Special to Me": Kate's Tribute to Action on Addiction at Essex Centre Opening!

In her role as patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess of Cambridge officially opened a new treatment centre in Wickford, Essex. The centre opened its doors to clients in October and hosts a rolling cycle of nine week-long addiction recovery programmes.

William and Kate wrapped up their four-day tour of Sweden and Norway last Friday before returning to London to enjoy the weekend with George and Charlotte. The Duchess, who is nearing the seventh month of her pregnancy, will likely begin her maternity leave at some point next month ahead of the baby's arrival in April. Prince George's school, Thomas's Battersea, is on half-term for a week starting Friday. I imagine the family might decamp to their country home Anmer Hall for a few days.

Kate was welcomed by representatives from the charity and locals.

The Duchess briefly got her heel stuck in a metal grate and laughed it off.

Kate caught up with Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jonathan Douglas-Hughes.

He took a tumble when he met William and Kate in Harlow in 2016. Prince William rushed to help him to his feet. Douglas-Hughes told People: “I reminded her about the fall. My wife told her that she would ensure I didn’t do it again. Then she caught her heel. She said, Oh…do the same as you!’ ”

An arrival video from Victoria Murphy.

Action on Addiction offers life-saving treatment to individuals and families at its flagship treatment centre, Clouds House in Wiltshire, and at its community-based treatment centres in Essex and Liverpool. It also offers education to degree level at the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies and funds and promotes research into effective responses to addiction. The Duchess has been Patron since 2012.

Speaking about Kate's role with the charity, they described her support as "unwavering":

"We are extremely grateful for the unwavering support HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, gives to our charity which plays such an important part in keeping the serious issue of addiction at the forefront of people’s minds. Action on Addiction was one of four charities of which The Duchess became Patron in January 2012. The Duchess' patronage continues to be pivotal in helping us develop and promote practical solutions which enable more and more people to live their lives free from addiction, and to challenge the stigma that surrounds it.
The Duchess has been instrumental in helping Action on Addiction to work in partnership with other like-minded charities so that notions of stigma and shame around addiction and other mental health issues can be challenged. Her visits to our treatment centres shine a light on the life-saving work of our expert staff, as well as providing a wonderful opportunity for our clients to tell their moving stories of living with addiction and their truly inspirational journeys to recovery."

Victoria Murphy shared a photo of the centre.

The Duchess also launched the charity's community-based recovery programme 'Clouds in the Community'. It is is a Self-Help Addiction Recovery Programme (SHARP) that provides an effective alternative to residential treatment, and enables the charity to provide services for more people in more places. 'Clouds in the Community' is the starting point for long-term recovery and abstinence, and leads to improvements in participants’ physical and psychological health, self-efficacy, and overall quality of life. Independent evaluation of the programme in Essex showed that almost 80 per cent of clients did not return to any treatment service upon completion of the scheme.

At a reception, The Duchess chatted to clients at various stages of their recovery about the benefits of 'Clouds in the Community'.

The Duchess chats with guests.

Kate's impromptu speech was very nicely done today. She looked back on the six years since she began supporting the charity and credited getting involved with Action on Addiction as "the start of my learning" which led to her work in mental health. She added: "You're very special to me."

More from Kate's speech from the Mail Online:

"It seems like a long time since I first got involved with Action On Addiction, I think it was six years ago, but they have a very special place for me and were really at the start of my learning, particularly now, with the development of my work into mental health. You are very special to me, so it's great to be here as well as seeing the development of where the charity has gone over the years gone past. Huge congratulations, I believe so passionately in community projects to I wish  Clouds in the Community all the best of success in the future."

Kate was given flowers by 21-month-old Myla Clancy. As Myla reached out for the petals, Kate said: "Have you smelt it? Let’s smell. Ah, is that nice? Thank you very much."

The moment was reminiscent of the very sweet photos we've seen of Princess Charlotte smelling flowers.

Before leaving, Kate met locals who waited for hours to see the royal. It appears the lady chatting to Kate below admired her engagement ring.

Photographer Mark Stewart tweeted "The Duchess of Cambridge told a member of the crowd in Essex today when asked if she was looking forward to Harry's wedding "Yes and now we have two with Eugenie's it's very exciting".

Kate receives a helping hand from her RPO Emma Probert.

A very nice wrap up video with footage from the arrival, reception and Kate's full speech.

Kate looked stylish in the marine blue Goat Ellory Bow Detail Coat (with thanks to Middleton Maven).

The coat falls down the body in a straight shape and has a funnel collar with a fixed bow. The piece is described as "Transition your wardrobe into the new season with our Ellory coat. The stunning marine shade echoes paradisiacal oceans and the pretty bow detailing ensures this is more than just your everyday coat". It's currently reduced from £660 to £330 on the Goat website.


A closer look at the bow-tie detail.


Kate carried her Beulah London Aspinal Blue Heart Clutch today.

The Ellory coat also comes in cameo pink and black.


The £275 limited edition ‘Blue Heart’ clutch in black croc is described as "a beautiful collaboration between Aspinal of London and Beulah using Beulah’s iconic blue heart print on the interior lining. The Blue Heart clutch is a grown up classic with a timelessly elegant silhouette that works effortlessly and includes Aspinal of London’s distinctive signature shield lock clasp. The intricate metal chain is in a gold finish and adds to the functionality allowing the clutch to be held in the hand or elegantly draped over the shoulder."

Beulah London

Kate brought back her Stuart Weitzman Power pumps.

And accessorised with her gorgeous G Collins & Sons Tanzanite and Diamond earrings.

I very much enjoyed today's engagement. Wishing Action on Addiction all the best with their new centre!

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