It’s the 1st of July folks, which means it’s Canada Day. So to kick things off, I’ll start with a little throwback to William and Kate visiting the country in July 2011, attending the celebrations in Ottawa:
Today in England, the sun is out and it’s rather hot, which is a rare thing here! We’re at the peak of a “heatwave”, with temperatures currently hitting 33C / 92F in London right now. (To all of our readers from sunnier climes, you’re probably thinking that’s nothing! Hahaha.) This means the weather is likely to be sunny for Princess Charlotte’s christening at the weekend! Speaking of which….
Princess Charlotte’s Christening – all you need to know:
Princess Charlotte will be christened on Sunday 5th July by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. The Christening will take place at 4.30pm.
While the ceremony itself is private, the Duke and Duchess have requested that the paddock outside the church is opened to the public, so well-wishers can gather and see the baby before and after her baptism. Gates to the paddock will open at 3pm.
A statement from Kensington Palace read:
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be pleased to welcome well-wishers into the paddock outside the church. The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received since Princess Charlotte’s birth – many of them from local people in Norfolk – and are delighted the paddock can be opened on the day of the christening.”
You may recall the public are welcome to gather in the same paddock on Christmas day each year, when the royal family walk to the church for their annual service. Here’s a picture showing the Duchess greeting members of the public back in 2011 –
Only close family members and godparents are invited to the church ceremony. It’s expected that Kate’s siblings (Pippa and James Middleton) will attend the family occasion, but Prince Harry will miss the ceremony.He is currently in Africa working on conservation projects.
This will be the first time the entire “Cambridge” family will be photographed in public together, as Prince George will attend the christening too.
It was announced yesterday (June 30th) that William and Kate have commissioned esteemed photographer Mario Testino to take Princess Charlotte’s official christening photos. You may recall that Testino photographed the Duke and Duchess to celebrate the couple’s engagement announcement in 2010. This is just one of the photos from the engagement shoot:
Princess Charlotte is likely to wear the same lace christening gown as her brother George. The garment is a family heirloom, having been been worn by eight generations of royals. The gown is a handmade replica of the delicate Hointon lace and white satin christening gown first worn 172 years ago by Queen Victoria’s first born. Royal babies wore the traditional gown until 2004, when Queen Elizabeth decided the gown was past its prime and ordered a replica to be made from her dressmaker, Angela Kelly.
Princess Charlotte commemorative coin revealed:
Today (July 1st) the Royal Mint revealed their special £5 coin designed to commemorate Princess Charlotte’s christening. The coin was approved by both the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, Her Majesty the Queen and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. You can view the design below:
About the coin’s design from the Royal Mint:
“The coin is decorated with harp-playing cherubs encircled by swags of lilies – design elements shared with the christening coin also designed by [respected engraver John] Bergdahl for Prince George of Cambridge, symbolising the link between the royal siblings. A baroque-style oval frame, or ‘cartouche’, at the centre of the new coin bears the inscription ‘To celebrate the Christening of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge 2015’.
Inspiration for the design of both coins was taken from the lily font that has traditionally been used in the baptism of royal babies since Queen Victoria’s time, whilst the baroque style is often featured in royal artwork and traditions.”
Will Kate attend Wimbledon this year?
The Daily Mail’s Ephraim Hardcastle reported that it’s “likely” the Duke and Duchess will appear at Wimbledon this week. The couple appear to be big tennis fans – Kate has attended Wimbledon five times since marrying into the Royal Family. My friend Natasha who is a huge fan of both Wimbledon and Kate thinks it’s more likely the Duchess will attend next week’s matches, but she says there’s a possibility we’ll see Kate in the royal box tomorrow:
Andy Murray next plays on Thursday (2nd July). Andy tends to play first/second match on Centre Court when the royals visit. So, if he has an early match (1pm) there may be a royal appearance, but won’t know that until the order of play is out this evening (Wednesday 1st July).
I have a hunch that Kate won’t attend until week two (next week) as I imagine she is busy organising Charlotte’s christening on Sunday!
Last year, Kate went on Quarter Finals day (which is next Wednesday) and she also attended on Men’s final day. (which will be Sunday 12th July.)
A look at Kate’s previous Wimbledon outfits:
For those speculating about the outfit Kate might wear to Wimbledon, should she attend, you may enjoy a quick look at all of her previous outfits:
For her first visit to Wimbledon as a royal, since her marriage to Prince William a couple of months prior, the newly titled Duchess of Cambridge wore the Temperley London “Moriah” dress and carried her beige coloured Stuart Weitzman “Muse” clutch.
In 2012, Kate attended Wimbledon twice. For the visit visit, she wore her Alexander McQueen sailor dress (previously worn on the Canada tour in 2011) and carried the Jaeger “Kate” quilted clutch bag.
For her second visit, The Duchess paired her cream Joseph Vanessa dress with the white Nessie jacket by the same brand. (Kate wore these two items publicly in 2011. The dress during her visit to Canada and to jacket to the Epsom Derby). For this occasion, she carried her Diane Von Ferstenburg “Lytton” leopard print clutch bag, also first seen during the Canada tour.
The Duchess did not attend Wimbledon in 2013 as she was heavily pregnant with Prince George at the time.
She did attend twice in 2014:
In 2014, Kate wowed onlookers in her white Zimmermann “Roamer” Dress. Kate first wore this dress publicly during her visit to Sydney, Australia on tour earlier in the year. She carried her Anya Hindmarch fan clutch, previously seen during the Canada tour in 2011.
The Duchess broke her trend for wearing white/cream ensembles with this green and blue Jonathan Saunders dress. You may recall she wore this dress during a visit to the Solomon Islands while on tour in 2012.
Kids Boutique Owner Talks about Meeting Kate:
Hello! printed an article containing comments from Segolene Tresca, the owner of Amaia Kids boutique in Chelsea. Segolene spoke about meeting Kate for the first time, when she was clothes shopping for Prince George.
“The first time she came into the shop she was with her mother [Carole Middleton] … It was quite funny because she said, ‘I’ve just had a baby and I’m a little lost. Would you be able to help me?”
“Of course we knew who she was! It surprised us to see how normal and natural she was. We helped her like any new mum and I think she liked that because she’s been coming back ever since.”
You can read the full article here.
Prince George spends time with his grandparents:
A couple of photos surfaced last week showing Prince George spending an afternoon with his grandmother Carole at a local petting zoo. The prince, who will celebrate his second birthday later this month, was photographed riding on his grandmother’s shoulders. You can see the pictures on Popsugar here.
It seems George has been spending time with his paternal grandparents too. According to reports, the little prince helped his grandfather Prince Charles plant two new trees in the grounds of Highgrove House. You can find exclusive details in issue 1385 of Hello! Magazine.
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt visit Kensington Palace:
On June 26th, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie visited Kensington Palace to have tea with the Duke and Duchess.
A spokesman for Kensington Palace confirmed the two couples discussed their eared interest in combatting the illegal wildlife trade at the meeting.
Brad and Angelina pictured with William Hague in 2014 at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Photo from the Creative Commons. Source.
According to a source, both couples, who met for the first time at the meeting, got on splendidly and spent more time chatting than originally planned. The source said that Brad and Angelina ended up staying at the palace for “almost a few hours.”
According to reports, William and Kate bought Prince George along to the meeting, but the Jolie-Pitt children were not present. In addition, the A-list couple apparently bought a gift along for Princess Charlotte.
Nautical but nice!
Remember the cute boat print dress Kate wore earlier this year, for a visit to the Portsmouth visit? It’s now reduced by £30 on John Lewis’ website (which is the only place you can buy it from, the Somerset by Alice Temperley collection is exclusive to the store). Sadly, only sizes UK16 (US12) and UK18 (US14) remain.
And that’s it for today folks! I’ll be back this Sunday (5th July) with a blog post about Charlotte’s christening.