Friday, 27 November 2015

Kate to Visit Action on Addiction Centre, Exclusive Discount & Kate Related Black Friday Deals

Good evening, dear readers,

We're back with updates on the Duchess and Black Friday deals from Kate's favourite brands and retailers. First, Kensington Palace announced an addition to Kate's calendar earlier today. On Thursday, 10 December, Kate will visit Action on Addiction's Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster, Wiltshire.

Action on Addiction

More from the press release:

'Her Royal Highness will meet the course tutors and examiners and participate in a tutorial group discussing their training, before joining a ceremony to celebrate the graduation of students from the Foundation and Honours degree programmes accredited by the University of Bath.
 It has long been recognised that the addiction treatment field suffers from an inadequately trained workforce. The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies, inpartnership with the University of Bath, contributes to raising standards in the field of addiction treatment by training addiction counsellors to a higher standard than ever before. It is the only charity-owned and operated centre of its kind in the UK.'

The Duchess has been patron of Action on Addiction since 2012 and has carried out a number of engagements in support of the organisation since. The engagement will offer her the opportunity to see the centre's work providing education and professional training for those working in addiction and related fields.

Also today, the Duchess is supporting a major fundraising appeal to expand the Children's Intensive Care Unit at St Mary's Hospital where George and Charlotte were born. The More Smiles Appeal is hoping to achieve £2 million of the £10 million needed to help care for more than 300 extra children each year.

Kate received such excellent care at the hospital and is delighted to support the appeal. Speaking of her experience the Duchess said:

'The thought of your child in an intensive care unit is harrowing for any parent. The commitment to expand and transform the Children's Intensive Care Unit at St Mary's Hospital will vitally guarantee more space to treat more children and support more families.
 As someone who was so brilliantly cared for by St Mary's, I am delighted to support the Children's Intensive Care Appeal, and commend the important work of all those involved in the project.'

Dr Simon Nadel, Children's Intensive Care Unit consultant and clinical lead, said: 'Our More Smiles Appeal will enable us to upgrade our facilities and offer our exceptional care to even more patients. We are most grateful for the Duchess of Cambridge's support and warm wishes.'  If you would like find out more about the campaign or donate please click here.


Now, time for a look at a few of the plethora of Kate-related Black Friday sales and savings opportunities out there, beginning with our friends from luxury gifts and accessories brand  This year they are offering the largest discounts ever, with 20% off on over 500 items plus an additional 10% discount code exclusively for readers of the blog: HRH10.

We begin with a look at the ever-popular Black Bow Gloves. Below we see the Duchess wearing them in New York last year; for a 2013 visit to Child Bereavement UK; and Remembrance Sunday in 2011.

The short black gloves with side bow are available in satin lycra, ensuring a snug, flattering fit. They are also available in white at present.

A stylish pair of gloves is a fantastic stocking filler, whether you're opting for something decadent and Downton Abbey-inspired, such as the Long Black Satin Gloves, a pair of Houndstooth Cashmere and Leather Musketeer Gloves, or the eye-catching Leather Driving Gloves.

A classic scarf is the ultimate accessory for many of us, including the Duchess, who has shown time and time again how a striking scarf can transform an outfit. Take a look at the Tartan and Check Double Faced Cashmere Scarf, the Black and Ivory Houndstooth Scarf, the Vestry Red and Black Cashmere and Silk Scarf, and the Black to Ivory Cashmere and Silk Wrap.

The chic Midnight Navy Poncho is made of luxurious Italian cashmere and offers fantastic versatility, looking just as good with jeans and boots as a cocktail dress. We also see the Black Roll Neck Knit Cashmere Poncho, the Black and Grey Cashmere Poncho, and the Houndstooth Cashmere Cape.

There's a variety of hats and beanies in stock. Three of my favourites are the Belgravia Two Tone Fedora, the Cream and Caramel Cashmere Beanie and the Navy Cable Knit Cashmere Beanie.

Not forgetting our male readers, there's a selection of dapper accessories available, including the Two Tone Blue Check Tie, the Black Leather Quilted Gloves, the Black Swarovski Crystal Studded Bow Tie, and the Brown Check and Blue Reversible Cashmere Scarf. Having recently seen Spectre, I noticed there's very much a James Bond feel to the men's collection.

To see the full collections click here.The discount code is valid until 30th of November.


Kate favourite Really Wild Clothing are offering 20% off their Autumn/Winter Collection, 10% off accessories and 15% off Spanish boots. The brand recently launched a gorgeous new website. 

Really Wild Clothing

Kate's popular Spanish boots in chocolate suede are included in the sale, discounted from £295 to £250. Among the classic pieces also included are a selection of the brand's shawls and wraps of which Kate is a fan. A selection of timeless coats, including the Heversham Coat in Purple Boucle are reduced too.

Really Wild

Email subscribers receive a 25% discount with the code CyberWeekender at Azuni London.

Azuni London

Kate's £25 Athena Small Stone Drop Earrings remain available in aqua chalcedony and in several other stones.


There are a number of beautiful collections on offer including the Etrusca, inspired by the archaic period of Etruscan Art, and Valise-style earrings and pendants simplified to create a contemporary look. Below, the Etruscan Pink Chalcedony Circular Earrings, the £35 Inverted Teardrop in Rose Gold Earrings and the Amethyst Disc Bracelet.


The code CyberWeekender is valid until Monday. A reminder it is case sensitive with a capital 'C' and 'W'. 

Azuni London


Beulah London are offering 25% off selected items including classic dresses, scarves and separates. Below we see the Elina Sleeveless Crepe Tulip Dress, the mint Leieila Dress, the evergreen Silene Dress.

Beulah London

Beulah London


L.K. Bennett are discounting shoes and boots by 25% with the code SB25. It's an excellent opportunity to get Kate's Sledge pumps or other footwear on the site. Kate's Cayla Dress is reduced from £250 to £175 on the UK site and reduced by 30% with the code Thanks on the US website.

L.K. Bennett

At Ralph Lauren it's promo code Turkey20 for 20% off selected merchandise. Glancing at the website, Kate's Silk Austin Shirtdress is reduced from $1595 to $959.

Ralph Lauren

At Nordstrom there's an extra 25% discounted on an array of designers and brands, including several Aquatalia styles.


Kate's Dune Imperia Wedges are discounted from £85 to £51.


There's up to 65% reduced at the Outnet on an array of well-known designers. There's quite a bit of stock from several Kate brands including Erdem. Below we look at the designer's Reesi Frayed Coat, Fay Dress and Merete Metallic Broderie Anglaise Dress.

The Outnet

There's up to 60% off at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Neiman Marcus are offering $50 off purchases of $200 with promo code Thankful. Several pairs of Kate's Kiki McDonough earrings feature, including the Grace, Citrine Drops and Green Amethyst Diamond Earrings.

Neiman Marcus

A look at ShopBop's promotions. The code GOBIG15 takes over $50 off the L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps.


The Temperley London Beau dress (an update of Kate's Emblem dress) is discounted from $995 to $696.


At Bobbi Brown, get one of the holiday gift sets shown below for free with orders over $50.

Bobbi Brown

Our royal Christmas Gift Guides page is here. Please share your Kate-related bargain finds in the comments section. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! :)

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Cambridges to Attend ICAP Charity Day, a Recap of Kate's November Engagements & Very Royal Christmas Gift Guides!

Hello hello, dear readers,

We begin today's post with news of an engagement announcement for William and Kate on Wednesday, 9th of December. Kensington Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess will attend the 23rd annual ICAP Charity Day in London.


The couple will meet the company's brokers on the day and perhaps close a few deals! It's very fitting for the couple to attend this year, as proceeds raised will go to Kate's patronages SportsAid and Place2Be, and William's patronage Skill Force. A substantial amount will be raised on the day - over the past 22 years the charity days have raised an astounding $120 million for worthwhile organisations.


It promises to be a very fun day with a host of stars and celebrities joining William and Kate to raise funds. You may remember Kate was scheduled to attend back in 2012, but had to cancel because she was ill with Hyperemesis gravidarum. Last year Prince Harry was there along with Damian Lewis and Cheryl Cole.

Hopefully we'll hear another couple of engagements announced for December.


With all quiet on the royal front this week, we thought we would recap Kate's November engagements. We did this last month and found it very interesting to look back at the days' events and Kate's sartorial selections (perhaps we'll make it a regular feature, if you would all like that?).

Things kicked off on 7 November, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first appearance at the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. Kate's choice of attire for the night, a black lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana proved quite divisive with some feeling it was too similar to the lace Dolce & Gabbana dress Kate wore back in October. I think the key word for the look was appropriate; it's an event where one wouldn't want to steal the limelight or wear something new and edgy.

As always, it proved to be an emotional and reflective evening with a very strong turnout by the Royal family. I suspect we'll more than likely see the Cambridges attend the festival quite regularly from now on.

The next day, Kate was joined on the balcony of the Foreign Office by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and the Countess of Wessex for Remembrance Sunday. Kate selected a bespoke Alexander McQueen coat with velvet trim and a Sylvia Fletcher hat for the occasion.

On Friday, 13 November, Kensington Palace announced William and Kate would undertake a tour of India next spring. Royal tours are undoubtedly the most fun events on the royal calendar with dozens of varying appearances and looks showcased. Several of you have been asking when exactly the tour will take place. We should hear specific dates in the New Year, but until then dates between February and April appear to be the top choices among royal commentators and writers.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

On Thursday 17th, William and Kate travelled to the French embassy to the sign the book of condolences following the tragedy in Paris. Kate repeated a black swiss dot print suit she last wore to sign the book of condolences for Nelson Mandela. Again, a very appropriate choice.

That evening for the Fostering Excellence Awards, just days after the tour announcement Kate, debuted a new Indian designer, Saloni. Wearing the brand's popular Martine Crinkle Effect Dress and a new pair of Gianvito Rossi pumps, it was a classic Kate look. I expect we'll be seeing more Saloni designs over the course of the tour.

Kate gave remarks at the event and presenter Holly Willoughby described her as "so incredible, beautiful and graceful. Chatted with everyone so naturally".

Kate repeated her dove grey Matthew Williamson dress for the Place2Be Headteacher Conference on the 18th. As with many of Kate's appearances in November, it was very much a case of fashion coming second.

There were talking points on the day: first, Kate gave an excellent speech in support of Place2Be and spoke of how lucky she was to have a "wonderful and secure childhood". Aides described the speech as "very much her own", a fact which was evident by the text. The Duchess is planning to give more speeches moving forward, and she's clearly been practicising her public speaking, which has improved immensely. You can view the speech here.

Second... Yes, you guessed it, the fringe. Unfortunately Kate's fringe proved to be quite the distraction during her speech, and has been throughout engagements when her hair is worn down. I had a fringe some time ago myself (a one time, never-to-be-repeated experience :)) and I recall just how difficult it was to style my hair around it. It's such a pity Kate no longer avails of James Pryce's services, as the two had a stellar partnership which produced fantastic results.

That evening, Kate attended a dinner for the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre at the Kensington Palace state apartments.

Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre

Last Friday, the Cambridges carried out a day of engagements in Wales focusing on mental health and young people. Kate repeated her Reiss 'Angel' coat and Aquatalia 'Rhumba' boots for the day which saw the couple receive a very warm welcome.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

It was a very enjoyable day with several great quotes. Speaking about Christmas the Duchess said: "I haven't started yet, but George will be starting to talk about Christmas soon." William said George and Charlotte "are doing very well" and that "Charlotte is getting bigger and getting on with her noisy big brother".

It was fun to see the couple interacting as they enjoyed abseiling at the Outdoor Adventure Centre in Snowdonia. It was Kate's first attempt and she was determined to do well: "Not that we're competitive but if he climbs that wall I'll have to do it too." Kate also chatted about missing Anglesey and the mountains.

What were your highlights of the month? Your favourite looks?


Also today, we were discussing royalty-themed gift guides on social media during the week and I thought it would be fun to compile a few for those searching for (or hoping to receive) a royalty-themed gift under the tree this year. We've created three which you can view on our 'Gift Guide' page. Below, A Very Kate Themed Christmas Gift Guide.

And the Repli-Kate Gift Guide includes excellent bargains.

A Gift Guide for royal fans with ideas for kids too (I highly recommend the Walkers Shortbread Royal Family Tin as a stocking filler).

Please do let us know if you've discovered any great royal gifts and share the links in the comments section. We'll be back in a couple of days with our annual Black Friday post.

Wishing all our readers across the pond a very Happy Thanksgiving.