Kate Steps Out in Séraphine + an Update on Christmas

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I had a feeling we’d be seeing this Séraphine coat soon. The Duchess of Cambridge has been recycling several pieces debuted during her pregnancy with Princess Charlotte and this one, first shown off during a whirlwind tour of New York City in 2014, is certainly memorable.

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William & Kate Attend the Children’s Global Media Summit

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on hand in Manchester today for the Children’s Global Media Summit. The event started yesterday and is expected to go through tomorrow, featuring a host of speakers, panels and events focused on the role and impact of media on children, including the future of programming and its role in education, mental health and changing technology. Three guesses on which topic William, who delivered a keynote speech, tackled.

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The RF Brings the Bling at the BP Diplomatic Reception

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I must admit, this event was not on my radar with everything else going on with our favorite family, so these pictures caught me by surprise when they popped up late today. Nevertheless, here we are! It’s tiara time. Tonight was the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace, a marquee event for the Royal Family and the largest reception held at the Palace each year (1,500 people from roughly 130 countries). The event is private, though, and we are usually only privy to arrival photos of members of the RF entering BP gates.

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Let’s All Freak Out About Christmas

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There have been a lot of headlines over the last few days as to whether or not Meghan Markle will join the Royal Family for Christmas at Sandringham later this month. Traditionally, only royals’ spouses have been invited to join, while significant others and even fiancés/fiancées have not. Thus, if Meghan joins Harry at Sandringham it’s being touted as quite the break with protocol, however I would reiterate that Kensington Palace has declined to comment thus far and nothing is known for certain.

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Harry & Meghan Visit Nottingham for Their First Engagement

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Earlier today Prince Harry and his new fiancée, Meghan Markle, undertook their first engagements together at an away day in Nottingham. This marked Meghan’s first formal introduction to the British public since the couple’s engagement was announced on Monday, and it’s expected that the two will carry out more between now and their planned wedding at Windsor this coming May.

The first thing I thought when seeing the photos and going through the coverage was a comment made by Harry in some interview a while ago in which he said how much he wished there was someone for him to take with him on engagements and share those experiences. Well, he’s found that someone and the two of them looked incredibly happy today – with each other and with the overwhelming joy they were shown by the members of the public who lined up in the streets of Nottingham to wish them well.

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William Tours Finland Solo for Its Centenary

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The Duke of Cambridge wrapped up a two-day jaunt to Finland today, carrying out the leg of a previously-scheduled Scandinavian tour that was mostly postponed due to the Duchess’s pregnancy. Finland, however, stayed on William’s calendar due to the country’s ongoing centenary celebrations, while Sweden and Norway were pushed until early next year.

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Kate Dusts off Her Barbour for London School Visit

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The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Robin Hood Primary School in London today, which is celebrating 10 years of a program in coordination with the Royal Horticultural Society’s Campaign for School Gardening. The idea behind the initiative is to teach children how to garden and encourage time and educational pursuits outside, which have been proven to benefit students. The highlight of the engagement, however, was without a doubt when Kate was shown a homemade caterpillar house dubbed “Bug-ingham Palace” and she burst out laughing.

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Harry & Meghan to Marry at Windsor, Carry Out Their First Engagement on Friday

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Guys, I know there’s been a dearth of historical posts this month and I promise we’ll start rectifying that this weekend. Between recapping The Crown and the sheer volume of current news coming out in the last few weeks it’s been a lot and a few posts planned have had to be punted for December and January to accommodate. I can promise that I’ve written a handful of posts scheduled for next week and that things should slow down a bit with the Windsors as we get closer to Christmas. Unfortunately, the Duchess of Cambridge’s absence from the spotlight in September and most of October means there’s been a flurry of activity and, well, here we are.

On that note, Kensington Palace followed up on yesterday’s exciting news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement with a few more details on their wedding. As they told us yesterday, it is indeed scheduled for this coming spring. Per their announcement, the wedding will be held in May 2018 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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Kate Turns Up at the Foundling Museum in Kate Spade

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The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out for an engagement at the Foundling Museum today, but let’s get real, the only thing anyone cares about right now is yesterday’s engagement news. Naturally, Kate was asked straight away to comment and, still naturally, it is her answer that is driving the afternoon headlines:

“William and I are absolutely thrilled. It’s such exciting news. It’s a really happy time for any couple and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment.”

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Harry & Meghan Give Their Engagement Interview [UPDATED]

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Well, that was illuminating. I’m dashing down some first thoughts now, having just watched what aired live, but I’ll fill this post out later in the day and add more images as they become available. It was particularly fascinating to watch this, I think, given that I had just re-watched the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement interview from back in 2010. These are two very different couples – at least from whatever one can tell from brief television interviews – and they have two very different stories.

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