June 4, 2012
The entire Middleton family joined the Jubilee celebrations on Sunday as a part of the royal squadron. Photo via the Daily Mail.
Pippa and Carole Middleton wave to the crowds. Photo by David Hartley / Rex Features
Pippa and James Middleton. Photo Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/GettyImages
Pippa Middleton waves from the Elizabethan paddle steamer as part of the royal squadron during Sunday’s flotilla. Photo Credit: Mirrorpix
The Middleton family traveled down the River Thames on the Elizabethan Sunday, riding behind the Queen as a part of the royal squadron during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
Carole and Michael Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents, and her siblings, James and Pippa Middleton, all partook in the festivities to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
The Middleton family’s invitation by the Queen to take part in the big day caught many by surprise; it suggests recognition by the Queen of the Duchess of Cambridge’s important role within the royal family.
April 30, 2012
The Duchess in Erdem. Photo Credit: Niraj Tanna/ Mark Stewartn
Look familiar? The Duchess in the same Erdem dress she wore last year in Canada. Photo Credit: Niraj Tanna/ Mark Stewartn
Doesn’t the pretty blue dress that The Duchess of Cambridge is sporting in the pictures above look a bit…no, VERY familiar? Well, it should; Kate re-wore the now iconic Erdem piece, on Saturday, to a friends wedding.
The Duchess originally wore the dress in Canada on a royal engagement, during her first official tour as a member of The Firm. However, this time she wore the piece to attend an altogether more personal affair.
In attendance at the wedding— in the village of Wingfield, Suffolk— were both The Duke of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton.
The very same Erdem! Photo of Duke and Duchess in Canada last year (R) via Hollywoodlife. Photo of Duke and Duchess at wedding on Saturday (L) via Niraj Tanna/ Mark Stewartn
Pippa also turned up for the festivities on Saturday. Niraj Tanna/ Mark Stewartn
April 8, 2012
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were recently praised openly by their wedding day photographer, Hugo Burnand, for their ‘kindness’ and ‘good manners.’ Burnand told Bang Showbiz of the lovely experience he had working with the royal couple last April:
Prince William and Catherine are the kindest people, they have the most fantastic good manners,” he said. “It was not just an honour and a privilege to have such an important commission but it was an honour and privilege to work with two such lovely people, they have such kindness and good manners. If everyone was like that life would be a dream. My favourite photograph was the one where they were sitting on the steps in the throne room with all of the bridesmaids around them and we had literally minutes to do that. We had almost run out of time but everyone was organised and we were ready to do it and we had bribes of jelly beans for the kids and within three minutes we were able to get everyone together and take the picture. The personalities of the individuals really shine through because we didn’t have time to stage anything and I think it’s wonderful.
The royal couple are set to celebrate the first anniversary of their marriage on April 29th.
Hugo Burnand. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA
Photo Credit: Hugo Burnand
Photo Credit: Hugo Burnand
March 4, 2012
It’s a well known fact that the Duchess of Cambridge will pose for a painting for the National Portrait Gallery; it is tradition and Kate is also a royal patron there. The question is, has someone else beaten the Gallery to the canvas? Will the Gallery portrait be the first of the Duchess or has the royal family already commissioned someone else to paint her first portrait? Recent news suggests the latter might be the case.
“Swanks at the National Portrait Gallery are putting it about that their outfit will soon be first to commission a portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge,” reports the Daily Mail’s Quentin Letts. However, he suggests this might not be the case; that one of his operatives in London recently spotted the Duchess of Cambridge leaving the London studio of portrait painter Nicky Philipps. As is expected, the studio will not confirm this to the media or that she is working on the portrait.
This would not be shocking or an outlandish accusation though, as Philipps has painted both Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland (Good friends of Prince Charles and parents of Pippa Middleton’s close friend George Percy): “She may not be groovy — not edgy enough for bien pensant metropolitans—“ says Letts in his piece, “but in the more discreetly upmarket houses of our kingdom she is regarded as the bumble-bee’s knees.”