We have two more tour polls to share with you today, along with a treat for readers from Azuni London. Before we move on to all things fashion and sparkle related, Prince William completed his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance last night, not only finishing his time with the EAAA after two years but bringing his flying career to an end as he prepares to begin a full-time schedule of duties this autumn.
Prince William thanked his colleagues and said he was "grateful" for the experience in the following statement:
'I wanted to say thank you to my colleagues, team mates and the people of East Anglia who I have been so proud to serve. Over the past two years I have met people from across the region who were in the most desperate of circumstances. As part of the team, I have been invited into people's homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief. I have watched as incredibly skilled doctors and paramedics have saved people's lives. These experiences have instilled in me a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services, which I hope to continue to champion even as I leave the profession. I am hugely grateful for having had this experience.'
Throughout his service, the Duke has been based out of Cambridge Airport, as part of a team including specialist doctors, critical care paramedics and pilots providing emergency medical services across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. EAAA helicopters can reach patients anywhere in the region within twenty-five minutes. They provide rapid, effective treatment as soon as possible after injury, and transport patients directly to hospital if required. Regular landing areas for EAAA helicopters include residential gardens, carparks, beaches, roadsides, and any open space deemed possible by the captain. Last year, the EAAA carried out 2,361 missions.
The Telegraph reports:
'The Duke of Cambridge flew a critically-injured pedestrian to hospital on his final shift as an air ambulance pilot. The woman, in her 50s, had been reported missing when she was struck by a marked police van in Hethel, about eight miles south-west of Norwich. Officers were responding to a 999 call "relating to concerns for the safety" of the woman, Norfolk Police said.
Prince William's East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) crew was called to the scene at 11.13pm on Thursday and the critical care team treated her at the scene for complex serious head injuries. The woman was then taken by air ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where she remains in a "life-threatening condition", the East of England Ambulance Service said.
A mile-long stretch of the B1135 Wymondham Road in Hethel, home of Lotus Cars, remained closed on Friday as the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigated. The rural road has farmers' fields on either side. The woman was struck at around 10.20pm on Thursday and nobody else was injured.'
No doubt it was a difficult day for William who has absolutely loved working as a pilot. 2017 is a year of significant changes, as Prince Philip prepares to carry out his last engagement next week, William soon begins dedicating himself full time to the Royal family. I'm sure the timing of both events is certainly no mere coincidence. It's going to be very interesting to see what the final quarter of the year brings.
It's been such fun to see your selections in our first post-tour polls; tonight we're asking you to vote for Kate's shoes, clutches and jewellery!
Best Tour Shoes
First up, we have a pair of shoes fast becoming Kate's new signature: the Gianvito Rossi Praline Pumps.
Kate added a chic finish to her Gosia Baczyńska look with her Gianvito Rossi Ankle Strap Suede d'Orsay Pumps.
Kate chose the Prada Quazo Sandals for two receptions during the tour.
The Duchess sported her Monsoon Fleur Wedges in Heidelberg.
And finally we have Kate's trusty Superga Cotu Sneakers.
Best Tour Jewellery
Kate wore several beautiful and memorable pieces of jewellery during the tour. Which was your favourite? First up, we have the oval diamond and ruby pendant and matching earrings Kate wore upon arrival in Warsaw.
For a reception hosted by the British Ambassador that night it was Kate's distinctive Balenciaga Pearl earrings and a matching necklace featuring four large pearls.
Kate accessorised with a very pretty pendant and earrings made from Milk Amber - the native gemstone of Poland.
In Berlin, Kate complemented her blue Catherine Walker coat with topaz jewellery by Kiki McDonough. The £3,500 earrings are blue topaz oval and cushion cut stones surrounded by diamonds set in 18ct white gold. On her neck, the £1400 Kiki Eden Blue Topaz and 18ct White Gold Flower Necklace.
For the Queen's Birthday Party in Berlin, it was red Simone Rocha Crystal Beaded Drop Earrings.
A lovely choice of earrings in Heidelberg - the Oscar de la Renta Pearl Sun Star Button earrings. More from the product description: "Make a subtle statement in our wear-with-everything button earrings. Crafted with striking gold-plated sun stars, this darling pair is set with lustrous Japanese resin pearls."
Kate brought back her Soru Pearl earrings in Berlin.
The jewellery surprise of the tour came at a reception in the vintage mirrored hall of Clärchens Ballhaus. To the delight of many royal watchers, Kate wore Diana's much loved Triple Pearl and Diamond Bracelet.
The Duchess wrapped up the tour in her gorgeous Kiki McDonough Lavender Amethyst Pear and Oval Drop Earrings.
We have a weekend treat from our friends at Azuni London to share with you - they are giving away a pair of Kate's ever popular Athena earrings - renamed the 'Kate' as they are forever synonymous with the Duchess. Azuni are also offering an exclusive 20% discount code for blog readers. To avail of the code simply enter KATE20 at the checkout.
The 'Kate Earrings' remain an incredibly popular staple at Azuni, continuing to sell out time after time several years after the Duchess first wore them. They are £29.50 but this is reduced to £23.60 by using the discount code KATE20.
The drop stud earrings are versatile and wearable making them an ideal choice for jazzing up a work outfit, injecting a pop of colour into a little black dress or perfect for summer events. They come in a variety of stones including amethyst, garnet and lapis.
The earrings are from the Athena Collection: "Athena is a journey of reinventing an ancient past. This timeless collection of elegant pieces are hand-textured with a soft matt finish in 18kt gold, empowered with vibrant semi-precious gemstones." Below the 'Althai earrings' (the updated version of Kate's earrings) and the Marina Gemstone Hoops in Rose and Moonstone.
A closer look at the gorgeous ’Meganisi' bracelet which features a double wrap of semi-precious gemstones and gold beads united by an circular gemstone charm.
The 'Neferiti' Long Coin Necklace in Silver Labradorite: "Add a little bohemian flair to your wardrobe with this versatile bead and coin wrap necklace. A sterling silver necklace featuring hand textured coins interspersed with semi precious stones. Create different looks by layering, or simply wear it long. Can also be wrapped around your wrist to be worn as a charm bracelet."
Vibrant cocktail rings include the Large Cushion Cut Dark Blue Chalcedony Ring and the Amethyst Cocktail Ring (on sale for £25).
There's a fantastic sale underway at Azuni with up to 50% off select pieces. To see all pieces included in the sale please click here.
Points of note on the giveaway:
- To enter the giveaway for a pair of 'Kate' earrings simply sign up for the Azuni Newsletter.
- Leave a comment letting us know which piece of Azuni jewellery is your favourite. You can check out the treasures available here.
Wishing all entrants the very best of luck! A reminder for those availing of the KATE20 discount, it is valid until midnight Monday.
We'll see the Duke and Duchess in Belgium on Sunday; in the meantime, wishing you a lovely weekend! :)