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Kate Repeats Her Sparkly Séraphine for Grenfell Tower Families

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Today the Duchess of Cambridge attended a Christmas party for children affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. The party was hosted by the Rugby Portobello Trust, a charity in Kensington that has been working to support children and families from Grenfell. A week ago I said that if Kate stayed true to form for Christmas parties, she'd wear red. Kate got close, but skewed on the dark side of the red family in her purple maternity coat from Séraphine.

The Grenfell Tower burned in June of this year after a fire broke out on the fourth floor and quickly accelerated, trapping residents in the upper floors and engulfing the complex in fames. Tragically, 71 people were killed. A National Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul's on the 14th, and William, Harry, and Kate will all be at that event.

Princess Kate arrives @RugbyPortobello for a Christmas party with kids and families affected by Grenfell Tower tragedy six months ago — Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) December 12, 2017

Thursday will be (understandably) very somber, but today's spirit is much lighter as the Duchess played the special guest with a touch of St. Nick, too, as she handed out gifts.

According to Kensington Palace, the Rugby Portobello Trust runs a variety of support programs including homework clubs, and social and sport outlets, and even help with tuition.

During her visit, Kate visited some of the ongoing music workshops run by the charity. Here we have another peek at the black dress Kate has on underneath her coat. 

My favorite moment of the visit came when Kate set the table with the help of some of the little ones.

I love that they had Christmas Crackers for this party. I suspect most everyone is familiar with these, but if you aren't, they are the absolute best holiday table accessory. You pull them open by the tabs, and they pop/crack as they split apart (I am sure George loves these). Inside, there is generally a paper crown, a little joke or a riddle, and a little trinket in the form of a miniature game or toy. They add a lot of festive excitement to the dinner table. You can find them at most home goods stores around this time of year--World Market carries them, and the Middletons' Party Pieces company is selling a number of cute designs including reindeer crackers. I was just looking them over yesterday... :) 


Kate closed off her visit by presenting the centre with a thank-you letter for all the hard work the organization accomplishes. Victoria Murphy shared this video on Twitter:

Kate chose to recycle for this event and wore the tweedy maternity coat she first debuted on her chilly evening arrival at the Carlyle in New York.  I think this is one of Kate's most popular maternity looks thus far, and social media is pleased as punch to see it back again.

Because this is a party for people who experienced one of 2017 most notable tragedies (as large as that number has been, regrettably), it provided a bit of a style challenge. Kate hit the mark with this rich aubergine tweed shot through with sparkle thread. It's a nice balance, after all, despite the tragedy, today's event is a party, not a funeral.

Kate carried her Bayswater clutch from Mulberry and wore her new Tod's pumps, but I am most excited to see her wearing her Asprey Button Pendant earrings. These earrings are a relatively new addition to Kate's closet...

...but they match her necklace which the Duchess has been wearing for many years. Below, Kate wears it to the Savory wedding in 2010.

This is a big win for me. As a number of you have mentioned, at this stage in her pregnancy, Kate really does need to wear maternity coats instead of trying to make larger sizes of other outerwear pieces work. This coat is so flattering on Kate and gave her polished and festive look for this sweet event. Choosing the Asprey earrings, which feature a small center amethyst surrounded by diamonds, was the perfect choice to match the coat and add sparkle. This look was perfect from tip to toe.

I will update when more pictures come in...

Earlier this morning, Kensington Palace tweeted this clip of teh Duke and Duchess receiving the Blue Peter badge for their workin mental health. As one commenter remarked on Twitter, the two seem genuinely delighted ot receive the honor:

A final comment, I have posted another Kate's Clothes Quiz on my Instagram Stories. It will expire tonight at 6pm EST. Run and test your Kate Credentials before it disappears!

Kate in GOAT's Elodie & L.K. Bennett's Delli in Manchester

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

William and Kate made a joint appearance today as the couple attended the Children's Global Media Summit in Manchester. By the looks of the photos, they had a grand time. 

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived wearing a houndstooth patterned coat from L.K. Bennett. Apparently Donna Air has been pictured wearing the same coat, so perhaps Kate took some style inspiration from her? 

The coat is L.K. Bennett's Delli Check, and the Duchess paired it with another new dress from GOAT London! When I said this would be the GOAT London pregnancy, even I didn't realize Kate would take it this far. But this choice has delighted me. Notice the Elodie's darling "gathered funnel collar," and pleated sleeves.  Just enough sweet detailing to make this simple dress flirty and fun. 

She pulled the two pieces together with black stockings and accessories (her Tod's pumps and Bayswater clutch), and added a hint of sparkle with Mappin & Webb's Empress earrings. 

A video of Kate greeting little fans:

William revealed that prince George played the sheep in his school's nativity play, which sparked a million jokes about Love, Actually and the lobster. Doubtless a humble role, but hey, at least the lamb was at the nativity, which cannot be said of the lobster. I am sure George's costume was tons of fun to wear, too. Below is a picture of Prince Harry playing a shepherd when he was a little guy. I don't think we will see photos of George, but maybe someday they will be shared as historical shots.

Recently, William has been focusing quite a bit on cyber bullying, and the Duke gave a speech today about the concerns he feels as a parent surveying the digital landscape in which we now live. I hope William encourages parents to limit digital technology to their children even more, so that the young minds of the next generation can develop and form by interacting first and foremost with the natural world. Apparently, both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates limited their children's access to digital devices because of the impact digital devices can have on mental development, which I think is very interesting. I am glad William is shining the spotlight on this area, because it is such a crucial concern for society. You can read his speech here

The verdict on Kate is definitely a win! The berry Elodie was sweet and fun and looked great paired with her black stockings, and I also enjoyed that she wore a chic coat, too. We got two separate looks today, which was a real treat. 

This is, I think, the last of the abridged posts as I am about to wrap up those deadlines I had. :) Looking forward to getting backing the swing of things here on the blog. On another personal note, prayers to all of you in southern California. I know it has been a harrowing and horrifying 48 hours, and that the winds are picking up again tonight. I am praying so hard for you, for the firefighters, and for your homes. 

Kate In A New Evening Gown for Diplomatic Reception

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Good evening all! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace this evening. It's the annual royal tease-fest, when we get just enough of a peek at the fancy clothes and glittering diamonds to whet our appetite, but not enough to satisfy. Oh well. Better than nothing! 

Kate's tiara, the Lover's Knot, has been her signature piece for several years now. It is an absolutely stunning tiara and Kate loves pearls, so it is a great choice in and of itself. Nevertheless, I think the connection to Diana, who made this tiara famous, plays a part in Kate's decision to make it her tiara, too. To me it is her subtle way of embracing her role as the future Princess of Wales. It is a very substantial and regal piece, with so much glamour and history. By wearing it so proudly, Kate seems to confidently embrace her role in the royal continuum, and the glamor and history she will write in her chapter. I really love that she wears this tiara!

Kate is wearing a new evening gown, which we can't see much of (per usual with the Diplomatic Reception), but it looks in lock step with Kate's preferences. Unlike her last bejeweled dress, though, this one looks like something I might really like. I hope it is an Empire waist with a flowing and airy chiffon skirt... Whatever it is, the pristine white with the sparkling diamond necklace (on loan from HM!) and her Collingwood Pearl earrings, I am sure she was absolutely striking tonight. 
You all have been asking about Pippa lately, well we got a bunch of pictures today. Pippa is an ambassador for the British Heart Foundation, and she was recently at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children as part of the Christmas appeal. She looks fantastic, and although I am not always on board with her ensembles, I love this skirt and turtleneck!

Seeing her in these photos reminds me how much I have missed seeing the Middletons around. It's been a quiet fall with Kate under the weather and down for the count. (Ring alert belong!)

Tonight was Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund Carol Concert, and Harry, Pippa, and Carole Middleton all attended, as they do most years. Obviously, William and Kate were otherwise occupied, but even when the Cambridges don't have the Diplomatic Reception, we haven't seen Kate at this Christmas staple in so many years. I love it for the opportunity to see Carole and Pippa, but...I do miss the old days. You can see pictures of the guests here

Comment Section Malfunction

Monday, December 4, 2017

I've been getting the emails and the messages that we've hit the 200 mark in the comment section, which means further comments won't load. I know it is very frustrating. Unfortunately, it is a problem that Blogger has had for a while, and there isn't much I can do about it. Disabling the thread feature would fix it (I hear), but that's just messy and makes it difficult to follow different conversations. Ultimately, despite the trouble it can be to get used to at first, I should probably switch us to a 3rd party platform. I will likely do that sometime this month. Until then...bear with me!