Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released an official family portrait for Prince George's first Mothering Sunday (Mother's Day). The photo was taken by award-winning photographer Jason Bell, who also took the official Christening photos last October.
The shot shows the royal family nestled near a window sill at their home, Apartment 1A of Kensington Palace. All look happy and relaxed. Kate is holding the 8-month-old Prince, who has his eyes affectionately turned toward their beloved dog, Lupo.
Prince George wears a cute pale blue knit jumper with his name across the front. Kate wears her Temperley London 'Rodeo' blouse, first seen during the Royal tour of Canada at the Calgary Stampede.
The Temperley ivory shirt originally retailed for US$660. It is fabricated from a gossamer silk and cotton-blend and trimmed with lace.
What I personally love about this photo, is that it shows that the Cambridge's are a contented and confident family, who are keen to share their life with the world, while being devoted more than anything to each other.
Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry, attended the wedding of their friends, Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett. Prince William is a close friend of Lucy's brother James. Their friendship dates back to their days at Eton College. The wedding was held at St. Mary's Church in Marshfield, Gloucestershire.
Kate wore her M Missoni blue tweed coat atop her Whistles 'Bella' bodycon dress. Both pieces date back to 2012.
The Duchess completed the outfit with black accessories; including her Mulberry 'Bayswater' suede clutch, Episode 'Angel' suede pumps, and John Lock & Co. 'Fairy Tale' hat. She also wore her gold Cassandra Goad 'Temple of Heaven' earrings.
GET KATE'S 'WEDDING GUEST' STYLE ...
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Irish Guards at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire for the traditional St Patrick’s Day parade. The Duchess presented shamrocks to members of the regiment, which she has done for the past few years. Prince William, an ex-RAF Search and Rescue Pilot was made Colonel of the Irish Guards shortly before his wedding in 2011; a position previously held for 38 years by The Queen Mother, until her death in 2002.
Today, Kate looked festive in an all green ensemble. She wore a pine coloured trench coat from Hobbs London. This is a new piece in her wardrobe, not previously seen on the Duchess. The 'Persephone' trench is currently in stock and reduced from £279.00 to £195.00. The double-breasted coat is made from a viscose/wool blend and features a cut and sew design, raw edges, traditional storm flap and epaulette detailing.
The Duchess wore her Gina Foster green beret style hat , previously worn on Christmas Day in Sandringham last year. The most notable piece of jewelry worn by Kate today was the gold Cartier shamrock brooch, first worn by Queen Alexandra in 1901 when she visited the Guards. Kate's other jewels included the Kiki Classic Green Amethyst and Diamond Cushion Drop earrings, first seen last month when the Duchess attended the ICAP Art Room at Northolt High School. She also wore her Tissot watch.
Kate opted for bespoke accessories from Emmy. The Duchess wore the 'Valerie' suede pumps and carried the 'Natasha' suede clutch in the same 'carbon' hue.
These accessories were first worn by the Duchess in April 2012, when she wore them with a grey Matthew Williamson dress to the movie premiere of African Cats.
Kate finished her outfit with a tonal croc-embossed leather belt, used to cinch her waist.
GET KATE'S ST. PATRICK'S DAY STYLE ...
There are heaps of replikates at JCPenney at the moment, so I thought it warranted another post :)
In June 2013, The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted furniture shopping in Chelsea, wearing a comfy ASOS maternity dress, Hobbs magenta cardigan and her trusty Pied A Terre 'Imperia' wedges.
I've repliKated a non-maternity version of this outfit for under US$59, and all from Target.
Details of the Cambridge family Royal Tour of New Zealand and Australia have been publicly released:
Monday 7 April WELLINGTON
am Event 1: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George will arrive at the Military Terminal at Wellington Airport on a Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft.
pm Event 2: The Duke and Duchess will attend a ceremonial welcome ceremony, including a Maori Powhiri and inspection of a guard of honour.
Wednesday 9 April WELLINGTON
pm Event 3: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend an event for Plunket nurses and parents with their young children at Government House, Wellington.
Thursday 10 April BLENHEIM
am Event 4: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a wreath-laying ceremony and commemoration, War Memorial, Seymour Square, Blenheim.
pm Event 5: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge view an exhibition of WWI aircraft before moving outside to view the static WWI display, Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.
pm Event 6: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a State Reception, Government House,
Wellington. The Duke will deliver a short speech and unveil a portrait of HM The Queen.
Friday 11 April AUCKLAND
am Event 7: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet serving Air Force personnel and their families in a hangar adjacent to the runway, RNZAF Whenuapai, near Auckland.
pm Event 8: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge each board an Emirates Team New Zealand Americas Cup yacht and sail around Auckland Harbour.
pm Event 9: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travel across Auckland Harbour in a 'Sealegs' craft, Westpark Marina, Auckland.
Saturday 12 April WAIKATO
am Event 10: The Duke of Cambridge will view the manufacturing plant and a static display of the XSTOL aircraft at Pacific Aerospace, Hamilton Airport.
am Event 11: The Duchess of Cambridge meet children, families and nursing staff, and view a play therapy session at Rainbow Place Children's Hospice Waikato, Hamilton.
pm Event 12: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pay their respects at the town War Memorial in Cambridge before travelling through the town centre.
pm Event 13: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge open the Avantidrome in Hamilton, start several races, watch a BMX display, meet Olympic athletes.
Sunday 13 April DUNEDIN
am Event 14: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Dunedin airport and are greeted by members of the Ngai Tahu - the Iwi.
am Event 15: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a service at the Cathedral Church of St Paul, Dunedin.
pm Event 16: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch, and participate in a Rippa Rugby
tournament, Forsyth Barr stadium, Dunedin.
Sunday 13 April QUEENSTOWN
pm Event 17: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Otago Wines, Amisfield Winery, sample
local wines and produce and tour the vineyard.
pm Event 18: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel on the Shotover Jet along the Shotover River.
Monday 14 April CHRISTCHURCH
am Event 19: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted by members of the Ngai Tahu iwi, Christchurch City Council Building.
am Event 20: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will stop to remember the 185 people who died in the February 2011 earthquake. Location tba.
pm Event 21: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch, and participate in, a 2015 Cricket World Cup event. Location tba.
pm Event 22: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a lunch held by the Chamber of Commerce and later view the RNZAF Memorial Wall, Wigram Air Force Base, Christchurch.
Wednesday 16 April WELLINGTON
am Event 23: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet recruits, pay their respects to those
officers killed on duty, view a police training display and dog display, Royal New Zealand Police College, Porirua, near Wellington.
am Event 24: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will conclude their visit to New Zealand with a
short walk through the Civic Centre and sign the city's visitors’ book, Wellington City Centre.
pm Event 25: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge depart Wellington on board a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft, Military Terminal, Wellington Airport.
Wednesday 16 April SYDNEY
pm Event 1: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George will arrive at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport on a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft.
pm Event 2: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a reception Sydney Opera House hosted by the Governor and Premier of New South Wales. The Duke will deliver a short speech. They will depart from the Man O'War Steps wharf and board a boat to Admiralty House.
Thursday 17 April SYDNEY
am Event 3: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will view an area of the Blue Mountains and meet residents particularly affected by the October 2013 bushfires.
am Event 4: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet Blue Mountains community leaders and members, and members of the emergency services. Location tba.
Good Friday 18 April SYDNEY
am Event 5: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will view various agricultural stands, Royal Easter Show, Sydney Olympic Park.
pm Event 6: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet young patients, families, volunteers and staff, Bear Cottage Children's Hospice, Manly, Sydney.
pm Event 7: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will view a surf life-saving display and meet
volunteers, Manly Beach, Sydney.
Easter Saturday 19 April BRISBANE
am Event 8: The Duke will inspect the guard before the couple view several RAAF aircraft, continue to the Memorial Garden and plant a tree, before attending a reception with serving personnel, families and veterans, RAAF Amberley, near Brisbane.
pm Event 9: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a reception hosted by the Governor and Premier of Queensland, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Easter Sunday 20 April SYDNEY
am Event 10: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend an Easter Sunday service at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney.
pm Event 11: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the bilby enclosure, view tree kangaroos and giraffes, before moving to the birds of prey and animal display, Taronga Zoo, Sydney.
Thuesday 22 April ULURU
pm Event 12: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will view the school facilities, National
Indigenous Training Academy, Uluru.
pm Event 13: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will view a 'Welcome to Country' display, followed by an indigenous art display, Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.
pm Event 14: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend Afternoon Tea hosted by the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Uluru.
pm Event 15: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will walk around a short section of the base of Uluru.
Wednesday 23 April ADELAIDE
pm Event 16: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will view the music studios, performances, meeting young people and staff, before moving outside to watch skateboarders, Northern Sound System,
pm Event 17: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will view a display on the history of the town of Elizabeth and attend a reception hosted by the Governor and Premier of South Australia, Playford Civic Centre, Elizabeth, Adelaide.
Thursday 24 April CANBERRA
am Event 18: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will view artworks and meet several portrait
sitters, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
pm Event 19: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a Reception in the Great Hall at Parliament House, Canberra. The Duke will deliver a short speech.
pm Event 20: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will plant a tree and meet young community members and children, National Arboretum, Canberra.
pm Event 21: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend a reception hosted by the Governor-General, Government House, Canberra.
Friday 25 April CANBERRA
am Event 22: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the ANZAC March and Commemorative Service and lay a wreath before planting a 'Lone Pine' tree in the Memorial Garden, Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
pm Event 23: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George will depart Canberra on an Royal Australian Air Force aircraft to transfer to an international commercial flight to London, Defence Establishment Fairbairn, Canberra.
You can read the official Kensington Palace press release about the upcoming Royal tour here.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a night off from parenting duties, to celebrate the birthday of Louise Aubrey Fletcher, wife of one of Prince William's oldest friends, Harry.
They revelled till the early hours at the exclusive Bunga Bunga bar in London. At the end of the evening the royal couple were escorted through a side door back to Kensington Palace.
Kate kept warm in her black Temperley 'Odele' coat. The £1,960 sheepskin jacket features an asymmetrical zip front with genuine leather trim detailing and gold metal hardware.
Kate wore a black printed dress which is reminiscent of the Issa bird print dress. It's hard to ascertain the style of the dress from the limited photos, but it's unlikely to be the Issa dress because this style appears to be shorter. Furthermore, the Duchess no longer wears Issa since the label was bought by Camilla Al-Fayed, the half-sister of Dodi Al-Fayed.
Kate carried her black leather Mulberry Locked Cosmetic Purse. Kate has owned this purse since 2011.
It's difficult to distinguish, but it appears that Kate is wearing her black suede Episode 'Angel' pumps.
In other news today, details of the Royal Tour of New Zealand and Australia have been publically revealed. The tour will commence on Monday April 7th in Wellington New Zealand. Read the full itinerary.
I have retired the "Bits and Bobs" section of the website and started a new segment title "Outfit Chronicle".