As expected for August, which tends to be the Royal family's 'holiday' month with few exceptions, all has been incredibly quiet on the Cambridge front. I suspect final preparations are underway to complete the move to London. It's a time of big changes not only with the move and increased duties but also with a very special milestone as Prince George begins school at Thomas's Battersea next month. Perhaps they are enjoying a family break undetected? When will see the Cambridges next? It was announced today Prince William will join his father at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo next Wednesday, 16 August. It would make perfect sense for the engagement to coincide with a planned trip to Balmoral to spend time with the Royal family. If so, we might see photos of the Cambridges at Crathie Kirk for church. A week in the Highlands enjoying the sumptuous scenery and outdoor experiences on the estate would be a perfect getaway before the autumn schedule begins. Last year, Her Majesty invited the Middletons. In terms of engagements, I imagine we'll see something pencilled in for the Duchess by the end of the month.
As always it was fascinating to see your selections in our post-tour polls. Which looks and pieces won your vote? Let's take a look shall we...
Best Daywear Look
When asked to choose Kate's best daywear look during the tour, there was one very clear favourite: the bespoke lavender Emilia Wickstead dress the Duchess wore for the final day of the tour. The long-sleeve dress has a fitted bodice and flared skirt. Kate teamed it with a distinctive red Anya Hindmarch clutch, Kiki McDonough Lavender Amethyst Pear and Oval Drop Earrings and Gianvito Rossi Praline pumps. I think it was by far the most colourful and vibrant look in the category, a factor which made it instantly 'pop' when compared to the other options.
Best Evening Look
The evening look poll was a truly divisive one with a mere 12 votes separating first and second place. The Gosia Baczynska Monochrome Cocktail Dress almost won 'Best Evening Look' but was pipped at the post by the Markus Lupfer Teal Jacquard Dress Kate wore in Berlin. The swallow print frock was a departure for Kate; quite different to her usual choice of 'cocktail dress' which made it stand out as a fresh selection. The dress was teamed with a Jenny Packham belt, a clutch by Anne Grand-Clement, Prada sandals, Soru Pearl earrings and Diana's triple strand pearl bracelet.
Best Tour Shoes
Kate loves her Prada Quazo Sandals so much she chose them for two receptions during the tour; they are also your winners, garnering the largest portion of votes in the shoe poll.
Best Tour Jewellery
I was particularly excited to see the winner of the 'Best Jewellery Poll' and wasn't at all surprised to see Kate's Kiki McDonough Lavender Amethyst Pear and Oval Drop Earrings take the title. The entire look was a winner, it's interesting to see 'repeat jewellery' proving the most popular - a testament to the fondness for the gorgeous earrings.
Thank you all so much for voting. Did your favourites win? :)
Whilst we're on the topic of jewellery, I'm delighted to announce the winner of a pair of Kate's Azuni London 'Kate' earrings is Bonnieux who commented: "I love the Kate earrings, need them in garnet." Bonnieux, if you would be so kind as to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org we can coordinate delivery of your prize. Congratulations! :)
I wanted to wrap up our tour coverage before moving on to our next topic. As August is a quiet month, it's always a wonderful opportunity to try something fresh with posts. There's been fantastic suggestions (please keep them coming!) particularly about a new series of posts covering Kate's role as the Duchess of Cambridge and looking back on the past six years through her patronages, speeches, highlighted causes, etc. Do let me know if such a series of posts would be of interest to you. Before we get to that, returning by popular demand, we will be continuing what is fast becoming our annual August 'Styling Kate' post. It's always such fun to see your choice for Kate and a great way of getting to know readers and encourage participation. The only question left is this, what event would you like to style Kate for? I've created a short poll and hope to get the post up and running tomorrow.
See you all tomorrow :)
See you all tomorrow :)