Duchess of Cambridge

happy birthday kate!

She's a Capricorn. And today is her 30th birthday. Happy Birthday Kate. Well, last night this is what she wore to the premiere of War Horse in London. So much could be said about the outfit, her birthday, the jewels, the charity etc etc. But I have only three observations to share.

1. Just look at the expressions on those faces. These two are really loving it all and each other. Warms my heart.

2. THE FUTURE KING OF ENGLAND IS CARRYING A GROOVY '70s BIRDCAGE UMBRELLA FOR HIS BRIDE. I've done some digging and looks like it is a bona fide Fulton (holders of the Royal warrant as official umbrella manufacturers for the Queen). Yes, that's right, the Queen has an official umbrella manufacturer, natch.

This little beaut sells for 16 pounds, and is apparently a favourite of the Queen. I guess it's a little like the equivalent of the Popemobile for the Royals - protection that allows maximum visibility. (Though I'm guessing not bulletproof)

Alas, my last observation:

3. She DOESN'T CARE that he's holding the brolly or that she's getting WET. I adore her for this. You know those girls, the ones who think all their powers will vanish if a single drop of rain touches them. They cower and grab their man and hog the brolly and dash into wherever they're headed. Not our Kate. A little drizzle doesn't get her down. She's having a laugh.

Happy Birthday and God bless Catherine, Her Royal Highness Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus.

(ps. Thanks @RevDaniel for the proper title -- there, that's two blog mentions.)

duchess of cambridge and lady mary crawley

Here are two characters whose wardrobe I watched in 2011. The other day a spontaneous chat broke out on Twitter regarding the merits of the Duchess's Christmas Day church-going ensemble. Weighing in were Rev. Daniel Brereton (@RevDaniel), our style-savvy representative of the Church of England; Meredith Heron (@meredithheron), designer, blogger, contrarian; duchessofcambridgestyle.com blogger Makeda Saggau-Sackey (or another staffer tweeting from @TheDuchessStyle). The Rev, the blogger and I agreed that the Duchess's aubergine outfit was perfect for the occasion. Meredith – she of the acid green wedding dress ;-) was the lone dissenting voice. She felt the outfit too matronly for the young Duchess. Toward the end of our chat I remarked that I thought there was a whiff of Lady Mary Crawley in the Duchess's outfit. Lady Mary is one of the principle characters in the ITV/PBS series Downton Abbey. Judge for yourself. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, Dec. 25. Image from Duchessofcambridgestyle.com

Lady Mary Crawley (played by Michelle Dockery) in season 2, Downton Abbey.