Happy First Birthday, Prince George!

Today is the first birthday of HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge and–despite my complete lack of attention to this blog in several months–I cannot let it pass without some commemoration!

Nearly every news outlet save for the New York Times had some kind of article about the little prince celebrating his first birthday. The Palace also released several photos, including those below with his adoring parents.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 5.54.18 PMI am sad I was unable to attend the Kensington Palace birthday party for little George (I had to decline my invitation due to visitors here in Portland), but I’m sure everyone had a wonderful time without me.

Happy 1st birthday, Your Royal Highness!

 

Yes, I Still Love The Royals

So. My sister gets married a week from tomorrow and that’s basically what my life has been about for the past few months. There’s also been job stress, the gay marriage campaign in Oregon, moving apartments, and general adulthood tasks to absorb the time. It doesn’t mean that I haven’t followed every event and outfit coming from our dear Duchess. There’s also been an abdication in Spain, a christening in Sweden, and a pregnancy announcement from Monaco (I did not expect that). Obviously my priorities are the British Royal Family, but when it comes down to it they are all family–even the Grimaldis (Prince Albert of Monaco’s “last” name) are something like 8th cousins once removed from The Queen (and also the Spanish and Swedish families).

As tempting as it is, I can’t–won’t–recap every event I’ve missed; and I won’t promise that I’ll be back until at least a week or so after the wedding, but I have to share with you some of those lovely screenshots I’ve been taking over the past few months, starting with the last bits of the Australia tour.

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Today saw Trooping the Color, the formal celebration of The Queen’s birthday (which was in late April). Our favorite trio (I guess they are a quartet, now that George is around) looked very elegant on the balcony of Buckingham Palace! The Duchess looked so darn polished, as usual.

Prince Philip turned 93 (!!!!) this week, another milestone–and he’s still going strong! There was also the opening of parliament–these folks have been busy!

Anyway, I am sorry for the absence, as usual; hopefully when the wedding is over there will be some semblance of normalcy. Also, I have surprises I want to share with everyone. Here’s a hint:

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THAT’S RIGHT, PEOPLE, THAT’S RIGHT!

Cambridge Photos Du Jour

I’m staying away from the computer for about 24 hours, but until I return:

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Guys, I went to the LK Bennett website last night and I could have bought this dress–a dress far outside my price range–but it was sold out. Luckily, I think, for my savings. But isn’t it beautiful???? What I love about this dress is that I–who am much shorter and far more stocky than our delightful Duchess–could probably wear it, if it came in the right size! And it was in stock. And I had that much money. So, I’m zero for three right now but at least I entertained the thought??

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Then they went to a rugby game (impromptu, casual) and I also want what she’s wearing there–I bet it’s the Gap, although it hasn’t been confirmed. Tomorrow will be Easter celebrations and I wonder if the Duchess will wear a repeat outfit to keep the focus on the service… we’ll see!

Cambridge Tour: Days 10 and 11

Here is the photo of the day (although technically it was yesterday):

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It looks like they’re having a pretty awful time, huh? Last night (US time) the Royal trio landed in Sydney, Australia and visited the famous Opera House and played around with cricket bats–just a normal day, am I right?

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Today the couple visits the Blue Mountains and a region called Winmalee, which was ravaged by bush fires in 2013. The Duke and Duchess met with community leaders and those affected by the devastation.

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(Is it just me or does it look like the Duchess is one to talk with her hands? I’ve seen that gesture before, for sure.)

The past week has held cricket in heels, a wombat-gifting ceremony, wine tasting, and a Palm Sunday service, not in that order. There was an absurd flurry of speculation that the Duchess was pregnant because William made an off-hand remark that a woman who made a baby blanket for little George might need to make a new one soon. OK PEOPLE, JUST CHILL. I think he was just making small talk! And then the world saw the couple drinking wine, so of COURSE she can’t be pregnant again. WHEW. Glad we got that out of the way.

Some highlights from the past few days:

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A wombat for George.

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And some wine for Mum…

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I don’t even look this good in my dreams…

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On a sartorial note, I love the repurposed red suit (especially minus the turtle neck that she wore with it the first time, in St. Andrew’s in 2011) but I wasn’t as wild about the teal dress to start, though I’m warming more to it now. It’s also nice to know that the Duchess does what I do with clothes: If it fits, buy it in multiple colors (she owns the dress, which is by Australian designer Emilia Wickstead, in pink as well and has been seen in that twice before)! Yet again: The Royals, they’re just like us!

ISN’T THIS EXHAUSTING? I need a nap. Luckily, I get to go to bed. Tomorrow is Sydney for a Royal Easter Show and another visit to a children’s hospice.

Puppies + Prince = Cute Overload

Whenever I fall behind in my Royal reporting, I look at that day’s event to see if there’s something singular I should showcase first. There usually is, but I doubt there’s been something this amazing in a long time:

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They are holding GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES WHO WILL GROW UP TO BE POLICE DOGS AND SAVE LIVES (I mean, I would imagine, right?)!!!!!!! This seriously should be an entry at that Cute Overload website or something.

As a side note, this visit to the Royal New Zealand Police College in Wellington is the last event in New Zealand–tomorrow it’s off to Australia for the Royal couple plus Gorgeous George.

The Cambridges arrive in Hamilton, New Zealand

Another day, another city for our dashing dynamic duo–this time it’s Hamilton, New Zealand, where they arrived by plane.

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This is a fairly different look for the Duchess, but I like it! (How great is the color against the chartreuse plane gangway?!) The Duchess is currently visiting a hospice in Hamilton while the Duke is at an aerospace factory. Little George is hopefully napping.

Because I’m nice, here is another photo from yesterday’s yacht race, as the Duchess “consoles” her underperforming husband (odds are she’s taunting him, rather than comforting).

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THEY ARE JUST SO CUTE, I CAN’T STAND IT.

Also, this is becoming a “thing” enough that the Telegraph is making it a headline:

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Any idea what “normcore” is? I’ll have to look it up. I do think William is a sharp dresser and I hope he doesn’t feel too bad that all of the attention is on what his beautiful wife wears.

UPDATE: Here’s a montage. I love a Royal montage.

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Reasons #565748399 Why I Love The Duchess of Cambridge

Ladies and Gentlemen, the future Queen Consort of England:

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This is the face that says, “That’s right, Honey, I’m just better at commanding a yacht than you are.”

ImageAnd this is the face that says, “You do you, photographer, even though I’m sick and tired of you being in my face all the time, you do you!” Where did that phrase come from? Is that a later series Liz Lemon? Regardless, I’m pretty sure that’s what HRH is thinking right now.

I just love her. More events today, stay tuned!