Thursday, 1 October 2015

Cambridges to Support World Mental Health Day; Giveaway Winner; Choose Your Dream 'State Banquet' Look & More

Hello hello, dear readers, we have a packed post today.

It's the 1st of October and autumn is my favourite time of the year. There are lovely walks to enjoy, trees blazing in fiery hues, cozy evenings indoors, and of course fashion - when jackets, coats, scarves, gloves, hats and boots come into their own. It's always a very interesting time of year for royal watchers too, and autumn months generally offer a good number of appearances by the Royal family.

We expect October will be quite a busy month for the Duchess with a selection of events in the planning. This morning we heard details of one such engagement, as Kensington Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will mark World Mental Health Day at an event hosted by mental health charity, Mind, at London's Harrow College on Saturday 10 October.

Mind Charity Twitter Feed

William and Kate will have the opportunity to meet young people who have battled their own mental health problems and now volunteer with Mind or the anti-stigma campaign Time to Change, to raise awareness about mental health with other young people.


Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, said:

'We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be joining Mind to celebrate this year’s World Mental Health Day. Their support will shine a spotlight on mental health and we hope it will spark conversations in households across the country, amplifying the vital message that it’s time to talk about mental health. We hope it will encourage people to think about the little things we can all do to make a difference to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.'

The Palace was eager to stress work to build awareness and understanding of mental health problems "is a major priority for both the Duke and Duchess".  Both William and Kate will be focusing on mental health and early intervention in the coming months. More from the press release:

'Work to build awareness and understanding of mental health problems is a major priority for both the Duke and Duchess. The Duke recently took part in an anti-bullying workshop run by the Diana Awards charity, and the Duchess visited the Anna Freud Centre in London to continue her work on the mental health of children.'

I think this an area William and Kate could make a tremendous difference in; it's also an area in much need of support. I look forward to the event on the 10th and sharing more information on the organisations involved with you.

Let's take a cursory glance at Kate's October calendar:

  • 10 October - World Mental Health Day event.
  • 20 October - State Banquet (not confirmed)
  • 26 October - SPECTRE Premiere.
  • BAFTA Event (not confirmed). 
  • Engagements in Scotland (not confirmed).
  • More than likely another couple of Rugby World Cup matches.

We'll let you know once additions to Kate's calendar are officially announced.


Prince William launched the Coach Core Welsh Rugby Union programme today and watched the Wales v Fiji match in Cardiff. Ashley Marie spotted Instagram and Twitter photos reportedly of the couple in a car earlier today. There's a brief video here.

Rach Jordan Twitter Feed

UPDATE: I've been reliably informed it was not Kate (with thanks to Rebecca English).


We'd like to thank everyone who participated in our Claudia Bradby giveaway, and we're delighted to announce the winner of the Kate Rose Quartz and Silver Necklace and Biography Pearl Drop Earrings is Alexandra, Florida.

Claudia Bradby

Congratulations, Alexandra!  If you could please email me we'll coordinate your giveaway immediately. :)


Moving on to all things fashion related next. The spring 2016 shows have been underway with a varied array of looks on display from Kate's favoured designers. It's always interesting to see the direction designers want to take their brands and possibilities for the Duchess. Today we're looking at Emilia Wickstead's offering.

A bubble-gum pink carpet was rolled out for the models of the show. The collection drew inspiration from "50's optimism" which was filled with floral prints and soft hues. Fashion writers praised Ms Wickstead's experimentation with proportion  - particularly evident in the sleeves of a couple of the dresses.

There are a few items I can see working for Kate with minor alterations and adjustments, however, I think it more likely we'll see her opting for bespoke pieces from the British designer. Readers have generally had a mixed reaction to MsWickstead's garments, with many (including myself on occasion) feeling the tailoring was off and the fit a tad awkward.

Below, a look at current season pieces: the Helena A-Line Boucle Coat, the Esther Crepe Midi Dress and the Dana Gather-Sleeve Wool-Crepe Dress.

Emilia Wickstead

What do you think of the collection?


British fashion label GOAT has become an increasingly popular brand in Kate's wardrobe with the Duchess opting for stylish coats and sophisticated dresses. Crediting its steady success to its "self-assured identity", GOAT represents elegant dressing for the discerning woman. Below we see Kate wearing the Vreeland Shirtdress for a SportsAid workshop last year.

Three images from the spring/summer 2015 lookbook.


A look behind the scenes from the brand's website.


The collection offers a multitude of wearable pieces ideal for daytime engagements or meetings. Below we look at the Valencia Roll-Neck Dress, the gorgeous Astoria Wool-Blend Tweed Coat and the Marcelle Wool-Crepe Dress.


The Aida Dress, Ava Dress, Atermis Colour-Block Dress and the a-line Lola Dress are chic, sophisticated garments.


Striking separates include the timeless Louisa Silk Bow Blouse, the Aspen Merino Wool Sweater Coat and the Alexandra Top. All three pieces would look fantastic with a pencil skirt, tailored pants or a pair of jeans for more casual occasions.


Kate's ever popular Redgrave coat is now available in a gorgeous Sparkle Jacquard and vibrant fuchsia at Matches Fashion.


The lovely Carly from Kate Middleton Style shared an update on Kate's ever-popular L.K. Bennett 'Lasa' Dress today.

The updated version of the dress the 'Lasa' dress is back in stock in most sizes in a striking pink poppy background. It's currently on sale reduced from £250 to £195. At present, the brand is offering free delivery on all orders. You can avail of this by entering the code HEELS at the checkout.

L.K. Bennett

The black and pink version of the dress is also on sale.

L.K. Bennett

Last but certainly not least: following the success of the very popular "Choose Your Dream Look for Kate" posts, readers have expressed interest in suggesting a look for the Duchess for the upcoming state banquet (with thanks to Rebecca from Sweden who created this fun graphic below).

Rebecca from Sweden

When researching attire for state banquets, I was interested to discover a Harper's Bazaar article by Rita Wilson (Tom Hanks' wife) who humorously wrote about dressing for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of President Obama:

'The palace dress requirements say that women's gowns must be "structured." Huh? The bodice must have some sort of foundation in it, and the skirt must be full. Belle in Beauty and the Beast immediately comes to mind. Women must wear closed-toed shoes — and get this: stockings! Sheer disbelief — I don't even own a pair of sheer hose.
 Who is inspecting what's on under all those layers anyway? I knew the head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, would be attending, so I wasn't taking any chances that my unstockinged legs would be called out. I could just imagine being introduced to the queen: "Ms. Rita Wilson. Not wearing hose."
Then there are the gloves. If your gown is strapless, then over-the-elbow 12- to 18-button gloves are typical. If your gown has a sleeve, then a glove to the elbow is acceptable. (Ladies, do you know how hard it is to find white kid gloves anywhere in 2011?'

We now know we have many talented stylists here, and we're very excited to see what you choose, here are the rules!

  • Each entrant may submit one look.
  • Each look should consist of a gown and tiara. The best resources for finding tiaras are (if you choose a different piece to Cartier Halo and Papyrus Kate has already worn) the Royal Collection and the fabulous Order of Splendor and Tiarapedia blogs.
  • The look can be as detailed as you want; feel free to add jewels, shoes, gloves and  even the Royal Family Order if you wish.
  • Please submit links to your chosen pieces.
  • Most importantly, have fun :)

We'll be accepting submissions until Monday, and if you all wish, you can vote for your favourite look and we'll have a prize for the winner courtesy of Mirabelle Jewellery. The winner will receive a pair of the Lolita Gold Plated Loop Earrings, as worn by the Duchess.

UPDATE: Submission time has now closed.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

UPDATED: Kate Surprises in Print Trousers for England v Wales Match

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry watched the England versus Wales match at Twickenham tonight.

The royal trio carried out separate engagements during the week before coming together for tonight's game. Yesterday, the Duchess made an unexpected visit to HM Prison Send in Surrey where she met people involved in an addiction programme.

Tonight's match is perhaps one of the most eagerly anticipated in the Rugby World Cup; indeed it's a rather competitive one for the Princes who supported opposing teams. Prince William is vice-patron of the Welsh Rugby Union and Prince Harry is honorary president of England Rugby. Official roles aside, the two are avid fans of the sport.

More from People:

'The brothers, and Princess Kate, were back in the stands, where they had been for the opening ceremony Sept. 18, to watch England take on Wales at Twickenham, London. William and Kate were rooting for Wales while Harry backed England.
 Kate and William, both 33, could be seen at the start heartily singing the Welsh national anthem – in Welsh, no less – a clear sign of their support. William donned the Welsh jacket while Harry wore a white shirt for England. '

Experts predict the game will be the most lucrative of the tournament with fans at Twickenham spending £10 million. An estimated 10 million viewers (including my other half) tuned in to see which team would be victorious.

The Duke and Duchess singing the Welsh national anthem.

Rugby World Cup
Prince Harry looked less than impressed.

There was an enormous turnout of support for both teams.

Rugby World Cup

A look at the players in action.

Welsh Rugby Union

There were plenty of tense moments.

One of the best photos of the night.

Whilst it was looking like the momentum was with England, Wales fought back and levelled before Dan Biggar scored a penalty from fifty metres handing the victory to Wales with a final score of 25-28.

Rugby World Cup

A delighted William and Kate embrace.

It's always quiet lovely to see the two sharing a romantic moment.

As a stunned Harry looks to the heavens wondering what went wrong (again, a direct quote from the other half who was very much experiencing the same reaction as Harry).

William offered some much needed brotherly support.

We waited hours for photos of Kate's outfit to emerge and there was enormous surprise when we discovered she was wearing print trousers. It was very much expected Kate would choose her "sporting uniform" for the rugby events, but she completely changed it up. It's wonderful to see Kate having fun with fashion, and I'm very pleased to see her trying a more youthful look.

The hunt for the exact pair Kate wore went on for hours before Angela on Kate's Closet shared a link to a pair from ZARA. The black/ecru floral print trousers are a trendy style and they come with a skinny brown belt. They retail for £26.

Another look.

For those wishing to Repli-Kate the look, print trousers are very much in style at the moment with a wide selection of colourways and patterns available on the high street. Below we look at the GAP Printed Slim Cropped Pants, Somerset by Alice Temperley Diamond Print Trousers, the Topshop Jodie Trousers and the Hobbs Mackay Trousers (as mentioned by several readers).

Kate wore a black jacket with large buttons and velvet/faux fur trim. Due to the lack of good quality photographs it remains unidentified. We'll update if the piece is discovered.

Kate debuted an eye-catching pair of new earrings by jewellery designer Catherine Zoraida (with thanks to Sophie from What Kate Wore FB). The Fern Hoop Earrings are available in gold for £150 and 18 ct solid gold for £700.

Catherine Zoraida

Readers will recall Kate wore pieces by the jeweller to compliment her bespoke Alexander McQueen at a State Dinner in Malaysia during the South-East Asia tour in 2012. Below we see the Double Leaf Earrings and Spread Your Wings bracelet.

Catherine Zoraida

It appears Kate wore the red Hugo Boss scarf she selected for Christmas Day in Berkshire in 2012 and during the Canada tour in 2011. The choice of red was most likely in support of William's team.

Unfortunately the quality of photographs from the event was very poor. We'll update if better photos become available.


In two other brief updates, our Claudia Bradby giveaway is ongoing. For the change to win the Kate Rose Quartz and Silver Necklace and Biography Pearl Drop Earrings please click here. Readers can also avail of an exclusive 15% discount code by entering HRHAW15 at the checkout.

Claudia Bradby

Kate is expected to have a busy calendar for October and we should begin to hear announcements very shortly. Kensington Palace shared this tweet earlier today.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

We hope you're all having a fantastic weekend! :)