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HRH The Duchess Of Cambridge  Welcome! I'm Katie from NZ, updating you on lovely Kate — her official engagements, wardrobe info and various other fun posts. (fan account only)

I can’t believe it has already been a whole year since the Cambridges’ tour of Poland and Germany! Here’s a recap of The Duchess of Cambridge’s outfit choices during the five-day tour. Let me know your favourite!
1. Kate chose an ivory Alexander McQueen peplum dress with red accessories reflecting the Polish flag for their arrival in Warsaw, as well as nude Gianvito Rossi pumps, Jenny Packham clutch and ruby jewellery.
2. For the evening reception, she wore a cocktail dress by Polish designer Gosia Baczynska, as well as Gianvito Rossi sandals and Baleciaga pearl earrings. The origin of her pearl necklace is unknown.
3. The following day, Kate wore a matching floral skirt and top by Erdem, along with Stuart Weitzman sandals and Etui Bags clutch.
4. When arriving in Berlin, Kate wore a cornflower blue Catherine Walker coat-dress (cornflowers are one of the national flowers of Germany). She also wore Kiki McDonough jewellery and Gianvito Rossi pumps.
5. For the reception that evening, Kate wore a red Alexander McQueen off-the-shoulder maxi dress with Prada heels and Simone Rocha earrings.
6. The next day in Heidelberg, The Duchess channeled one of the country’s national colours as she did the night before in a bespoke Jenny Packham dress with Monsoon wedges and Oscar de la Renta earrings.
7. She then changed into a Hugo Boss top (another nod to the country) and skinny jeans with Superga shoes, Oscar de la Renta earrings and Ray-Bans for a boat race.
8. For a reception that evening, Kate wore a cocktail dress by German designer Markus Lupfer with Prada heels, Soru earrings, Anne Grand-Clément clutch and Diana’s pearl bracelet.
9. For their last day, Kate wore a purple Emilia Wickstead dress with Gianvito Rossi pumps, Anya Hindmarch clutch and Kiki McDonough earrings.
Fun fact: it was on this tour that The Duchess exclaimed to The Duke, “We will just have to have more babies!” after a lady offered her a cuddly toy designed to soothe babies.

From Kensington Palace: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released an additional photograph taken following the christening of Prince Louis.
The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do.
📷 Matt Porteous

The official photographs from Prince Louis’ christening last Monday have been released by Kensington Palace today!
Matt Holyoak took the four photos at Clarence House, next to St James’s Palace, which is the offical residence of The Duke & Duchess of Cornwall.
The photos feature the royals who were in attendance at the christening, as well as the Middletons and Matthews. The Queen and Prince Philip did not attend the christening so were not included in the photos.
How exquisite are these? 🙌🏻
📷 Matt Holyoak

The Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning in a new canary yellow dress by Dolce & Gabbana, as she and The Duke watched the Wimbledon Men’s Finals.
The vibrant £805 dress from the Resort ‘17 collection features caped sleeves and a mid-length pencil skirt. It is described: “Crafted from smoothing crepe, this knee-length style is perfect for warm-weather events — think the races, weddings and garden parties. It's subtly darted through the bodice for a figure-hugging fit and finished with ruffled sleeves.”
For jewellery, Kate wore her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch, as well as her Asprey charm pendant. The necklace features three charms: a mushroom (£4,300), an acorn (£3,200) and an oak leaf (£2,150), which are part of the Woodland Collection. This is a particularly meaningful item for Kate, as the acorn features on the Middleton coat of arms and oak trees are common in her family home in Berkshire. The significance of the mushroom is not clear.
We have not seen her hoop earrings before; they are also by Asprey and are the oak leaf earrings which are available to order!
The Duchess was also wearing the same citrine ring worn to The Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, which has not been identified.
The little purple and green bow you see pinned to her dress is a Wimbledon pin, worn by members of the AELTCC.
The Duchess also carried her Dolce & Gabbana ‘Pink Medium Miss Sicily Bag’ from yesterday, which retails for $1,695.
Kate’s new sunglasses, debuted at yesterday’s match, are the Ray-Ban ‘New Rubber Youngster Sunglasses’, available for $143.
Thank you to those of you who messaged me a photo of her heels; unfortunately it is not clear enough to make a positive identification, but they appear to either be her Rupert Sanderson ‘Malory’ pumps or her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ pumps.
Two incredibly lovely and summery Wimbledon looks for Kate! It’s so nice to see her out and about again. She is still technically on maternity leave but makes appearances at special and important occasions on official capacity. The palace has not stated when she will return to full-time work.

The Duchess of Cambridge returned to Wimbledon today, this time with The Duke, to watch Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson compete to take out the Men’s Singles Final title for 2018. Congrats to Djokovic on his win!
Kate and Meghan attended yesterday’s women’s finals where they watched Angelique Kerber beat the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.
They also watched the men's semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, ahead of today’s final match.
The Duke and Duchess took their seats in the Royal Box at Centre Court once again, seated beside Prime Minister Theresa May.
The Duchess, a keen tennis player since she was young, was made Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club after The Queen passed the patronage down to her in 2016.
The Middleton family has long been big tennis fans. In a 2017 interview for BBC, The Duchess revealed, “Roger [Federer] is my mother’s heartthrob. I don’t think she will mind me saying that! I think he probably knows that too.” Roger and his wife Mirka attended Pippa Middleton & James Matthews’ wedding last year.
Kate has also spoken about how the game would often inspire her to play: “Every time Wimbledon is on I am thinking, 'Yes, I could do the same’ and get out the racket. Sadly, not the same results.”

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are at Wimbledon today to watch the Gentlemen’s Singles Final between Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson.
After a fortnight of competition on the Wimbledon courts, the top male players are going head to head in a bid to be crowned the winner of the 2018 Championships.
The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex watched Angelique Kerber battle it out against Serena Williams yesterday to take out the title (see my previous posts).
Today, The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a new canary yellow Dolce & Gabbana dress! 🎾

Fashion is always a big part of the yearly Wimbledon tournament, with both players and spectators expected to dress to impress. But while the players are still expected to adhere to the strict all-white dress code, there is no longer an offical dress code for the spectator, with rules relaxing somewhat over the years.
If you are in the Royal Box however (usually reserved for the royals and A-listers by invitation only), it is required to dress up. Men must wear a lounge suit or tailored jacket, shirt, and tie, while women should avoid outfits that are too short or tight.
The Duchess of Cambridge chose to go with the tennis whites theme once again, picking this polka dot summer dress by one of her favourite labels, Jenny Packham. It features a a ruched-effect at the waist, ruffle detail at the neckline, short sleeves and a tennis ball-like pattern. Packham is known for creating bespoke items for Kate that pay subtle homage to the specific event she is attending.
For heels, Kate opted for her praline Gianvito Rossi 105 suede pumps, available for $675.
As for accessories, The Duchess wore her pearl earrings by Swedish jeweller In2Design that she wore earlier this year in Sweden. They are the Baroque Earrings in Gold/White, available for $152.
She also wore her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.
Kate’s new Dolce & Gabbana handbag is the ‘Pink Medium Miss Sicily Bag’ which retails for $1,695 US. It features gold-tone hardware and logo stamp, an adjustable shoulder strap, leopard print lining and magnetic press-stud fastening.
Update: Kate also wore Ray-Ban’s ‘New Rubber Youngster Sunglasses’. As for The Duchess of Sussex, she wore a blue-and-white boxy, striped blouse by Ralph Lauren which she wore unbuttoned and relaxed. She paired it with white Ralph Lauren wide-leg trousers and a Maison Michel ‘Virginie’ hat. Meghan carried the Altuzarra 'Ghianda' Saddle Bag and wore ILLESTEVA ‘Leonard’ sunglasses.
Two very different but equally lovely looks for the two duchesses today! I loved seeing them attend their first royal event together, and they seem to get along very well!
We will be seeing both William and Kate at Wimbledon tomorrow for the men’s finals!

The two duchesses are at the Ladies’ Singles Final at Wimbledon today to watch Serena Williams compete against Angelique Kerber for the chance to win a record-breaking 24th grand slam title.
Prior to watching the match, Kate and Meghan met a number of Wimbledon ladies champions, as well as some of the Championships’ ball boys and ball girls involved in the tournament.
They also saw the men's semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Kate has attended a Wimbledon match at least once every year since her marriage, apart from 2013 when she was in the late stages of pregnancy with George.
In a 2016 interview, The Duchess said that the annual tournament “...was very much part of my growing up. It’s hugely special.”
The Duchess is Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, a patronage passed down to her by The Queen, and has been a keen tennis fan since she was young.
Meghan has also attended Wimbledon a few times in the past, but today marks her first time sitting in the royal box.
In 2016, Meghan attended a match three days after her blind date with Prince Harry.
Today, Meghan was cheering for her good friend Serena Williams who she met back in 2010 at a Super Bowl where they “hit it off immediately” according to Meghan’s former blog The Tig.
Yesterday Serena talked about Meghan: "Every year... she comes out to Wimbledon, has supported me. Now she's supporting me in a different role. But our friendship is still exactly the same. We always have supported each other, just been there for each other through a lot.”
Serena attended Harry and Meghan’s wedding earlier this year, which she later described as “...an incredibly inspiring and beautiful and really motivating thing. I was so proud of her and so happy for her.”
We will see The Duchess of Cambridge again tomorrow with The Duke to watch the Gentlemen’s Singles Final on Centre Court at 2pm local time.
Update: congrats to Angelique Kerber!!

It’s Ladies’ Day at Wimbledon today, and both Kate and Meghan are in attendance!
The Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex will watch the Ladies' Singles Final between Serena Williams of the US and Angelique Kerber of Germany.
Today marks the first joint engagement the two duchesses have carried out together, with hopefully many more to come!
Prior to watching the match, the royal sisters-in-law had lunch at the Club and met with some Wimbledon ladies champions, as well as some of the Championships’ ball boys and ball girls involved in the tournament.
Before the Women’s Finals, they are watching the men's semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, after their match was suspended last night.
Kate is wearing a new Jenny Packham dress and carrying a new Dolce & Gabbana bag. Meghan is wearing a Ralph Lauren blouse and wide leg pants.

Outfit post! I think we can come to the conclusion that The Duchess of Cambridge has a favourite coat, now owned in three colours.
This new pale blue Alexander McQueen coat is identical to her primrose yellow and ivory coats by the same designer. The bespoke coat features wide lapels, a classic fit-and-flare silhouette and a tailored bodice. It really is such an iconic ‘Kate’ piece, and it works for so many events.
The Duchess’ new headpiece is by a milliner we have not seen her wear yet, one of London’s most respected milliners for stage and screen, Sean Barrett. His hats have regularly been seen in movies and tv shows, including Downton Abbey and The Crown.
Kate’s clutch is an Alexander McQueen piece featuring a dragonfly on the clasp. It was debuted at this year’s Trooping the Colour.
As for jewellery, The Duchess wore two very special items. She wore The Queen’s large diamond earrings that have been on loan since 2016. Her Majesty first wore these in public at the State Opening of Parliament in 2012. Their provenance is unknown.
Kate also wore the ruby and diamond RAF Dacre Brooch, the highest award any female Air Cadet can receive. It was gifted to her when she became the Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF in 2015.
The Duchess completed today’s look with her trusty nude Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps ($675).
The Duchess of Sussex: Dior dress and Stephen Jones hat.
The Queen: Jardine Star Brooch.
The Countess of Wessex: Suzannah dress.
The Duke of Cambridge: No 1 uniform of the Royal Air Force, as well as his RAF wings in recognition that he is a qualified RAF pilot.
The Duke of Sussex: No 1 RAF uniform, with RAF Regiment shoulder flashes, in recognition of RAF Honington – the home of the RAF Regiment – and also for his role as Honorary Air Commandant of the base.

The Royal Family celebrated the Royal Air Force’s special milestone today with a service at Westminster Abbey, followed by a flypast over Buckingham Palace. This year marks the 100th birthday of the RAF, making it the oldest independent airforce in the world.
It was formed towards the end of the First World War on the 1st of April 1918, and was, at one time, the largest air force in the world. The RAF has played a significant role in British military history.
In particular, it played a large part in the Second World War, fighting in the Battle of Britain, its most famous campaign.
The Queen has always had a close relationship with her armed forces. Her father, King George VI, was one of the founder members of the Royal Air Force.
The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, The Duke of Sussex and The Duke of York have all served in the Royal Air Force.
More than 2,200 people attended today’s service, including dignitaries such as Prime Minister Theresa May, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
The service is being followed by a Buckingham Palace royal salute and flypast and a celebratory event at Horseguards Parade.
While The Duchess of Cambridge is still technically on maternity leave, it is understood she felt the celebrations were important to attend if she could. She became an Honorary Air Commandant back in 2015, and was gifted the Dacre brooch – the highest award any female air cadet can achieve.
Ahead of today, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said, “It is a tremendous coming together of a whole range of RAF capabilities, and a celebration of the quality of our people, and it is that connection between the Royal Air Force and Her Majesty the Queen. I think there is a very close personal connection as well as clearly that important connection between the Sovereign and her armed forces.”

Today, The Duchess of Cambridge has joined the rest of the Royal Family for a service to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force.
The RAF is celebrating its 100th birthday throughout 2018, culminating in today's events in London which include a service at Westminster Abbey and a spectacular fly-past later on, which the royals will view from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
In 1918 the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the RAF – the world's first independent air service.
As the Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF, Kate is wearing the Air Cadets Dacre brooch, known to be the highest award any female cadet can achieve.
The Duchess is in a new Alexander McQueen coat with a Sean Barrett headpiece.

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