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Kate Adds New Event on December 14th

Monday, December 5, 2016

No sooner did Harry's tour wrap up than the Duchess of Cambridge put a new event on her calendar. I told you Harry needed to come home. Our favorite duchess is going to be joining cub scouts in King's Lynn to celebrate 100 years of the scouting program on December 14th. The Scout Association is listed under Kate's charities and she has been volunteering with them for years. 


It has been a while since we have seen Kate at an official scout event. She made a surprise visit to a Beaver troop in December of 2014. The visit included a number of activities that helped the scouts understand better what life with a disability is like.


This Cub 100 event coming up on the 14th will include a theme, too. Kensington Palace announced:
Her Royal Highness will join the Pack as they take part in games and activities themed around looking after yourself and others physically and emotionally...Activities will include a parachute game to encourage teamwork and cooperation, first aid training and cub cake icing. They will then join together to renew their Cub Scout promise and celebrate the Cubs’ 100th anniversary with the lighting of 100 candles and a rendition of happy birthday.
The cub cake decorating sounds pretty good. Kate already has some experience with cub cake icing and has probably gotten even more practice at home with George since, so I think she is ready to tackle this one. 



Kate is known to volunteer and work with the scouts outside of the limelight. In 2012 she was papped out with scouts near Anglesey where the dressed down duchess (Lupo in tow) was enjoying the countryside with the kids. 


She also held an outdoor party for her troop on the beach by her Anglesey home. It is common knowledge that she does a number of things with the scouts that are under the radar, so I am sure there have been events over the past two years that we have not been privy to. It would also make sense that she would be more and more involved since George is getting to the age where he can start participating and Kate has said she looks forward to having her children in scouting. 


When pregnant with George, Kate stepped in for the Queen at Windsor Castle for the Matins service and National Review of the Queen's scouts. 


Bear Grylls wrote at the time about Kate's activities with the scouts:  
One of these 100,000 is my volunteering hero. Not only is she probably the most famous lady in the world, she is also a new mother, a wife and a duchess, with a schedule that is insanely busy. Yet still she makes time in her life to volunteer as a Cub Scout leader. She is HRH the Duchess of Cambridge.
During the time she lived in north Wales, she would help out a couple of times a term with her local Cub Scouts. She would run games, leader activities and even threw a party on the beach for the young girls and boys in her pack. Despite her travels and commitments, she still adjusted her diary to make time regularly to help young people grow and develop.
I am excited to see Kate with the scouts on the 14th and I am sure Kate's calendar will fill with more events this month.

Kate in Kiki: Christmas Guide to Royal Worthy Jewelry

Thursday, December 1, 2016

On February 24, 2011, blustery winds were buffeting the eastern coast of Wales, and a small, protruding island on the most western coat was covered by grey skies and scuttling clouds. Despite the weather, thousands of excited locals were filling the streets by Trearddur Bay to greet Prince William of Wales and his fiancée Kate Middleton.  It was an historic event. This was the first time that Kate undertook a public engagement, greeting the cheering crowds, working the line of fans on a brief walkabout, and christening the RNLI lifeboat. These were all activities that would soon staples of her life, but on that first cold morning in Anglesey, everything was new and unknown. The beautiful brunette arrived wearing a re-tailored Katherine Hooker coat, snug stockings, cozy Aquatalia booties, a Vivien Sheriff fascinator...and dangling from her ears, glinting in gold and yellow, were citrine drop earrings from Kiki McDonough, 


In terms of the number of wears, these are Kate's most worn earrings. She has sported them at some of the most important milestones of her life, (including presenting her first born on the steps of the Lindo Wing and George's christening) as well as the more mundane moments, like a Sunday morning ride to church and countless tour appearances. Retailing at £495, these are affordable investment pieces that can tackle any occasion. 


Today, as you probably can guess, we are talking about earrings, specifically Kate's stunning collection of Kiki McDonough brilliants. With Christmas just around the corner, 'tis the season to invest in sparklers of all shapes and sizes, and what better gift to tuck under the tree than a genuine piece of royal jewelry. Kate has made Kiki McDonough famous throughout the royal watching world, and for good reason. The company's striking designs ooze sophistication and luxury, while the remarkable customization--multiple stones for any design and the choice between white or yellow gold--allow women to get the exact look they want without sacrificing quality or craftsmanship. I particularly love how graceful all of Kiki's designs are. The lines are sinuous and streamlined, just like Kate's style. Let's look at Kate's favorite pieces. 



Just two days after that first appearance in Anglesey, Prince William and Kate Middleton jetted to Fife, Scotland. The couple were attending the kick-off of St. Andrew's 600th anniversary celebrations. The University could not have asked for better publicity. The fairy-tale romance of the decade began at St. Andrews when William and Kate fell in love while students together. Now, with Diana's iconic engagement ring glinting on her finger, Kate was returning with her prince as part of their whistle-stop tour of the United Kingdom.


While Kate's engagement ring captured most of the interest, another set of brilliants was winking at her ears, and would become almost as ubiquitous as the ring on her left hand. The duchess-to-be was wearing a set of white topaz studs surrounded by diamonds, Kiki McDonough's "Grace" earrings. The duchess has worn these versatile jewels at home and on tour, for big royal moments and simple shopping excursions. 


Kiki McDonough sells these for £795. Kate has them in white gold, but you can get them in yellow gold, providing some contrast, or with other colored stones, including blue topaz, green amethyst, peridot, citrine, and more. 




2011 was a busy year, but on the 24th of December, as Kate walked to St. Mary Magdalene Church for the first time, the new duchess debuted another set from Kiki McDonough. These upped the ante from the simpler pieces we had seen up to that point. 


These earrings are Kate's Diamond Circled Green Amethysts, and as the name suggests, they feature large green amethysts, surrounded by diamonds, hanging from diamond studded hoops. It is thought that these drops were a Christmas gift from William. At the time, the Duke would have had to special order them, switching out the yellow citrine stones for green amethysts. 


Now Kiki offers Kate's green amethysts in her regular stock list. A tip of the hat to Kate's good taste?Kate really loves these and has worn them every Christmas except in 2014 (when she wore the Classic Citrine Drops from her first engagement in Anglesey). You can purchase them online for £2,600. Like many of Kiki's pieces, you can also choose different colored stones, as well as yellow or white gold settings.



The hoops allow you to switch out the stones, and Kate has added several iterations to her Kiki Drop collection. She debuted the most famous design on Valentine's Day in 2014. The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Northolt Highschool to launch an ICAP Art Room wearing new earrings that I can't help but think were tucked next to her breakfast plate by Prince William. 


These simple, but striking, earrings feature cushion cut green amethysts in 18-ct yellow gold with diamond studded hoops. They are much like her diamond circled amethysts, but their square shape and simple design are a little more modern than the diamond circled, and the expert, no-frills setting allows the stunning stones to really sparkle. They currently retail on Kiki McDonough's website for £1,300, which is just over $1,600 at the current exchange rate. 


To put these beautiful earrings into perspective... Kate's Kiki earrings feature cushion cut amethysts set in 18-caret gold with diamond studded hoops. To get the same style of cushion cut earrings with diamond hoops at repliKate competitor StyleRocks, would cost $2,980, and those earrings are only in 9ct gold. 


Kate obviously loved this style. On March 15, 2013, she wore cushion cuts with diamond studded hoops to Cheltenham, but this time, she was sporting the earrings in citrine.


Again, in March of 2015, she wore yet another version, choosing delicate morganites that glistened with almost perfect translucency, save for a tinge of pink that matched her McQueen maternity coat to perfection.


Kiki carries a breathtaking selection of stones that can be switched out with the diamond studded hoops. All these retail at the same price as Kate's green amethyst, £1,300.



If you want to kick it up a notch, Kiki McDonough offers three more exclusive stones at varying (higher) prices:



I think that is one of the reasons I love Kiki McDonough, aside from the breathtaking array of colors and shapes and creative styles, is that these investment pieces are affordable. Many of Kate's bespoke ensembles are far beyond most people's budget, but we all like to splurge a little on jewelry we'll treasure forever, and Kate (or William ;)) has patronized a brand that is actually affordable, without sacrificing quality or prestige. Kate has branched out into Kiki's pricier pieces, too, and I hope as time goes on we will see more from the stunning inventory at kiki.co.uk




Kate In Custom McQueen For Duke of Westminster Service

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas came early today. Kate stepped out wearing the custom McQueen coat she first wore on Remembrance Sunday in 2015... That was the year that the super stylish Queen Maxima joined Kate on the balcony, upping the fashion stakes for everyone. We knew the coat would be lovely when we got a full-glimpse, but oh wow, were you expecting this?


The occasion that elicits this Christmas-come-early was not exactly festive.  Kate was attending a service of remembrance for the Duke of Westminster. I mentioned the Duke's death here on the blog some months ago. He was chum and confidante of Prince Charles and a staunch friend of the Crown. Westminster was a multi-billionaire with land and assets in London, across England, and in both Scotland and Spain. He was a philanthropist and patron of

Déjà Vu Debuts: Kate's New Recycles

Thursday, November 24, 2016

I have dubbed them "Déjà Vu Debuts." They are a special subset of Recycles. These are new items that are completely familiar, because although they might be in a fresh print or a new color, they are the same design as a predecessor. 


Kate has been doing this for years. In September of 2011 she wore a simple, but stunning sheath dress by Amanda Wakeley in a creamy "Oatmeal." Some seven months later, in April of 2012, Kate attended a reception at the Imperial War Museum wearing the same dress in a gun-metal grey. She added a McQueen belt to