Kate & William’s Staff on the NZ and Australia Tour (and some more luggage)

The royal tour has been underway for a week now so it’s time to look at Kate and William’s entourage and some more behind the scenes fun.

Hello, World! (via Parade)
Hello, World! (via Parade)

There are 11 staff working on this one, up from the 9 that were on the Golden Jubilee Tour in 2012 and the 7 on the Canada and US tour in 2011 (click here to see our recap of the Jubilee tour staff, if you’d like).

We’ll start with the below shot of the entourage getting off the plane is Kate’s hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker (I bet she takes care of William’s trims, too). In front of her we have Sophie Agnew who was hired to assist Rebecca Deacon (there are a lot of thank you cards to write, people!). Rebecca isn’t in the shot, but we’ll get to one of her shortly.

The man in front of them hasn’t been named (a 2013 Daily Mail article states they were asked not to share his name) but we know that he’s Fijian born and was formerly a corporal in the Parachute Regiment. Now he works as an orderly for William and Kate, assisting with everything from chauffeuring to keeping William’s wardrobe organized).  And case in point- yes, we are TOTAL dorks – he’s carrying one of William’s monogrammed garment bags.

(via Pop Sugar)
(via Pop Sugar)

 

Here is a better look at it from the Canadian 2011 Tour:

(via Zimbio)
(via Zimbio)

Here’s Mr.  Fiji chauffeuring Kate to her engagement at St. Andrew’s Pangbourne in November 2012.

Kate being driven to  to St. Andrew's  (via Daily Mail)
Kate being driven to to St. Andrew’s (via Daily Mail)

He’s also the fellow who delivered Prince George’s official birth announcement to Buckingham Palace this past July. He seems like an affable guy who’d be nice to have around.

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Now it’s driving me crazy who that blond girl is in the polka dot dress. Here’s another shot of her with Amanda.

Windswept (via Daily Mail)
Windswept (via Daily Mail)

She also hasn’t been named, but I recognize her from when she arrived with hairdresser Amanda to get Kate ready to leave the hospital (same girl, right? Or am I off the mark?).

Amanda Cook Tucker & an aide arrive at the hospital (via Daily Mail)
Amanda Cook Tucker & an aide arrive at the hospital (via Daily Mail)

And oh, look! Amanda and Mystery Girl were driven to the hospital by the corporal (more garment bags!).

Well, hello again! (Via Daily Mail)
Well, hello again! (Via Daily Mail)

So who is she and what is her job? A press officer, perhaps? Interesting it hasn’t gotten out yet….do share if you know!

Finally, we have Kate’s private secretary Rebecca Deacon arriving in Wellington along with William’s private secretary Miguel Head and Nannie Maria.

And so it begins (via Daily Mail)
And so it begins (via Daily Mail)

We’ll chat about Kate’s tour outfits next….Kate and William arrived in Dunedin and Kate was in a VERY familiar looking coat dress…more soon!

Not so windy this tim (via Daily Mail)
Not so windy this tim (via Daily Mail)

 

 

 

 

Royal Luggage

We write about a lot of random royal stuff here, and today’s post is no exception. Now that William and Kate’s tour of Australia and New Zealand is about to start, we’ve been inspired to take a closer look at royal luggage over the years.  After all, who doesn’t love a peak behind the curtain?  Luggage with tags marked with ‘The Queen’ fulfills that for me.

The Queen

The Queen is the only British Citizen who doesn’t need to travel with a passport since all British passports are issued in her name. Her family members travel on diplomatic passport and they also use a handy colour coded luggage tag system to keep things organized. Different family members have different coloured tags assigned to them, and they also specify where the luggage is to be delivered (i.e. ‘Residence).

The Queen’s tags are always yellow as you can see here. This stack of luggage was for the Queen’s 2007 tour of the US and are pretty normal looking when you consider what’s inside them., right?

The Queen's Luggage (via )
The Queen’s Luggage (via all womens talk)

Naturally, royal jewels travel as carry on!

Princess Diana

This photo of Charles and Diana was taken in 1981 and shows the couple arriving in London. In this case, Diana had a couple pieces of carry on luggage.

(via Princess Diana Boutique)
(via Princess Diana Boutique)

Things were remarkably different for their tour of Australia in 1985. This photo, taken at the Melbourne airport, shows the pile of luggage that the Prince and Princess of Wales required for the trip. This particular shot comes from the delightful book Dressing Diana by Tim Graham (it can be purchased here and is sooo worth having in your royal library).

Check out the standing wardrobe case!

The Prince and Princess of Wales' luggage
The Prince and Princess of Wales’ luggage

For this tour, the Princess of Wales was assigned pink tags and the yellow tags designated where the luggage was to be delivered. Looks like this was the ninth of many more bags! I just LOVE the organization.

Diana's luggage (from Dressing Diana)
Diana’s luggage (from Dressing Diana)

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

“On this tour of Australia and America, Diana took twenty daytime outfits, twelve hats, more than a dozen evening dresses, fifteen pairs of shoes and matching bags, nineteen pairs of earrings, two tiaras, eight necklaces and assorted pairs of tights to match her outfits. Accompanying Diana was her dresser, Evelyn Dagley, who was on hand to help the Princess with her many changes each day. After Australia, the couple flew straight to America. The Princess had meticulously preplanned both trips and unveiled a whole new set of evening gowns, coats, and daywear for the visit, including the show-stoping Victor Edelstein dark blue velvet number she wore to the While House dinner and dance hosted by President Reagan.”

That would be this one, of course and I’m guessing it would have been hung in that standing wardrobe case so the velvet wouldn’t be crushed:

The Dress! (via the Toronto Star)
The Dress! (via the Toronto Star)

Since we’re stepping back in time, here’s an article that appeared in the LA Times the following day (November 12, 1985).

WASHINGTON — If you’re wondering why Princess Diana danced with John Travolta, Clint Eastwood and Neil Diamond but not Mikhail Baryshnikov, the man who sat next to her at that fabulous White House dinner, it was because the ballet dancer had sore ankles and could not do so. . . . The dance with Travolta was quite the talk of Washington the next day. The music they were dancing to, according to Travolta, was a medley of the music from two of his movies, “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever,” as played quite beautifully by the U.S. Marine Dance Band. (Source)

Prince Charles & The Duchess of Cornwall

Moving a long to a more recent tour, here is some of Charles and Camilla’s luggage being offloaded upon their arrival in Sweden in March of 2012. What a great behind the scenes look!

I spy a blue tag (via Zimbio)
I spy a blue tag (via Zimbio)

This was the red carpet arrival they really wanted us to see, but  I”m sure you’ll agree it’s not nearly as interesting as all those bags coming down the stairs.

Charles and Camilla arrive in Sweden for a Jubilee tour in 2012 (via Zimbio)
Charles and Camilla arrive in Sweden for a Jubilee tour in 2012 (via Zimbio)

Prince Harry

In this photo, Harry’s wheeling out his now ex-girlfriend Chelsey Davey’s bag from Heathrow in September 2007. He was an hour late to pick her up, was totally in the dog house and was trying to make amends.

Oh, Harry (via The Daily Mail)
Oh, Harry (via The Daily Mail)

He thinks nothing of schlepping his own bags and is shown here arriving at Hollyroof House for Zara’s wedding back in the summer of 2011.

Harry (via Daily Mail)
Harry (via Daily Mail)

And while were’ on the subject of that wedding, what I loved most about the coverage was all the photos of royals arriving and leaving with their bags.

Here’s Sophie leaving the morning after with her hat box.

Sophie's hat box after Zara's wedding (via Daily mail)
Sophie’s hat box after Zara’s wedding (via Daily mail)

The bride was also photographed getting ready to leave (the striped bag she’s carrying is an Anya Hindmarch traveler bag that is comes tucked away in her bags when you buy them).

 

Zara the day after her wedding
Zara the day after her wedding

Her need husband Mike Tindall was photographed still wearing his suit from the day before (but he did change shortly after).

Mike Tindall (via The Daily Mail)
Mike Tindall (via The Daily Mail)

And here’s Zara’s brother Peter and his wife Autumn packing up to head home.

Heading home with Savannah (via The Daily Mail)
Heading home with little Savannah (via The Daily Mail)

William & Kate

William luggage to include his official monogram. This photo was taken during Kate and William’s tour of North America.

This guy is like WHAT? (Via Lainey Gossip)
This guy is like WHAT? (Via Lainey Gossip)

In contrast, Kate’s luggage is a total miss mash. While living in London after graduating from university, Kate was a weekend warrior (she only worked 4 days a week which helped) and the green bag below made a lot of appearances. By the way, I have those same shoes she’s wearing in the pic below. They are from LK Bennet and the are just the best, though I think the last time they were in stores was 2008.

Kate the Weekend Warrior (via Just Jared)
Kate the Weekend Warrior (via Just Jared)

Here is the bag and those shoes again.

It's huge! (via Just Jared)
It’s huge! (via Just Jared)

Another outing.

Kate and that bag (via Kansas City News)
Kate and that bag (via Kansas City News)

This was taken at Gatwick airport in July of 2007. Kate was en route to the Seychelles where she met prince William (he arrived shortly after her). This was after the short-lived April 2007 breakup heard around the world..

Kate at the airport (via Lazy Girls)
Kate at the airport (via Lazy Girls)

Ok, now we’ll fast forward to the summer of 2011 when Kate and William toured Canada. Remember the big accidental dress reveal?

Kate's dress for the BAFTA event in LA (via Daily Mail)
Kate’s dress for the BAFTA event in LA (via Daily Mail)

It happened as Kate and William’s luggage was being loaded into the airport in Yellowknife, and eagle eyes spotted the dress and correctly assumed the dress was for the BAFTA event they were to attend in Los Angeles. Here it is on Kate.

That dress was well travelled (via The Daily Mail)
That dress was well travelled (via The Daily Mail)

And here’s a close up of some of the other luggage on the tarmac. The spotted one is from Cath Kitson and the red is Longchamp. She has it in a few different colours and sizes.

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I spy another yellow tag (via mymomshops.com)

To end, here are Kate’s outfit options arriving at the hospital after Prince George was born. More random bags!

via Daily Mail
via Daily Mail

We’ll see if her luggage gets an upgrade for the Australia and New Zealand tour!

In the meantime, here’s a round up of some articles around the web with more bits and pieces about the tour if you’re in the mood for more.

Kate’s bought a pretty new pair of pearls from Kiwi jewelry designers to wear on the tour.

Prince George will be wearing some cute stripes from Baby Gap.

And here are some other ideas of what outfits Kate may have packed.

Government House in New Zealand where Kate and William will stat fir the first part if the tour

UPDATED April 6, 2014: The tour has begun: Kate and William were spotted switching planes in Sydney en route to New Zealand. Kate was carrying her navy Longchamp bag (well, actually William was carrying it for her since she had Prince George). Also, is that a Kangaroo?

And so it begins! (via The Daily Mail)
And so it begins! (via The Daily Mail)

 

And it still looks like a total mishmash of bags. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more photos like this during the tour.

Pink tags! (via The Daily Mail)
Pink tags! (via The Daily Mail)

Ok, and this video is hilarious. Seriously, it made me laugh out loud. It’s a morning news show in Australia and they are trying to make a story out of William and Kate getting on their plane to New Zealand and they’re having a lot of fun with it. They talk about the luggage being loaded on, they beg William and Kate to turn around at the top of the stairs when we’re boarding the plane, and we even see Kate’s secretary Rebecca Deacon carrying a hat box and garment bag onto the plane….so perhaps Kate will be wearing that hat and outfit when she disembarks?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_FzSrY1xfc

 

 

Thoughts on Prince George's Christening Day

It was so much fun to wake up to more great coverage of Prince George’s christening than expected. There had been talk that nothing would be released until tomorrow, after all. So let’s begin!

The Footage

We’ll start with the Royals arriving, captured on video!  Check it out here:

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Even if you didn’t watch it, no worries! Because I did watch it. Many times. All so that we could have some detailed analysis, because that’s how we roll around here.

First of all, all the bowing and whatnot is so fascinating, right? This video doesn’t show how Camilla first greets the Queen with a curtsey and then she moves over to Prince Philip. She gives him a more informal greeting and no curtsey (maybe she forgot?) and  a casual “how are you?” and clap on the shoulder. Goes to show how far Camilla has come in the last ten years!

Camilla greeting the Queen (via Daily Mail)
Camilla greeting the Queen (via Daily Mail)

Meanwhile Harry ducks over to greet Granny with two kisses and a deep head bow, followed by Kate who greets the Queen with a tentative smile, kiss and a curtsey. William, who is carrying Prince George, gives the Queen a quick head bow and then we hear him having a few words with the Queen and the clergy.

“He’s just got quiet. He’s all ready…so far so good.” That sort of thing.

William, George, and Kate (via DukeandDuchessofCambridge.org)
William, George, and Kate (via DukeandDuchessofCambridge.org)

Then Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says “I have five children myself” and no one seems to really hear him, which is sad. Then another member of the clergy greets Kate with a “Your Royal Highness.” Kate responds with a “Good morning.”

Oh dear.

The service was scheduled for three pm, so Kate clearly still gets a but tongue tied around the Queen and video cameras. Can’t really blame her but the haters will have a field day. Shortly afterwards, Kate notices the Duke of Edinburgh and heads over for a curtsey. It’s quite sweet, actually. Everyone seems more warm around Prince Philip today! They then walk in with Prince Philip keeping up the rear and that’s the end of the video coverage.

The Invite List

While there was speculation that two of Kate’s midwives were invited, we didn’t see any evidence of that today. However, we do know that apart from the godparents the attendees were:

  • Kate, William, and George
  • The Queen and Prince Philip
  • Charles and Camilla
  • Harry
  • Mike and Carole Middleton
  • Pippa and James
The Queen arrives in regal blue with Philip (via Daily Mail)
The Queen arrives in regal blue with Philip (via Daily Mail)
Carole, the Queen, and Zara all chose blue
Carole, the Queen, and Zara all chose blue (via Daily Mail)
James, Earl Grosvenor, Pippa, and Carole (via Daily Mail)
James, Earl Grosvenor, Pippa, and Carole (via Daily Mail)

The fact that they wanted to keep it so small to the exclusion of Sophie and Edward, Andrew, and Anne seems a bit short sighted to me.  I mean, why not bring the family together for a happy event? Maybe they just didn’t want to then have to invite wayward Uncle Gary? Or Earl Spencer?

The Godparents

The rest of the gathering was made up of the chosen godparents and their spouses. Courtesy of the press release on William and Kate’s official website, the godparents are:

  • Mr Oliver Baker (Oliver Baker attended the University of St Andrews with The Duke and Duchess)
  • Mrs David Jardine-Paterson (Emilia Jardine-Paterson attended Marlborough College with The Duchess)
  • Earl Grosvenor (Hugh) (Earl Grosvenor is the son of The Duke of Westminster)
  • Mr Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton served as Private Secretary to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry from 2005-2012 and continues to serve part-time as Principal Private Secretary and Equerry)
  • The Hon Mrs Michael Samuel (Julia Samuel was a close friend of The Princess of Wales)
  • Mrs Michael Tindall (Zara Tindall is The Duke of Cambridge’s cousin)
  • Mr William van Cutsem (William van Cutsem is a childhood friend of The Duke of Cambridge)
Emilia, via Daily Mail
Emilia, via Daily Mail
William and Ollie Baker in 2007 (shortly before the William-Kate Break Up!)
William and Ollie Baker in 2007 (shortly before the William-Kate Break Up!)

I think it’s just perfect that Kate and William have their two good friends Emilia and Oliver there on the top of the list.  Ollie lived with Kate and William for a couple of years at St. Andews and apparently Emilia introduced Kate get into William’s circle before Kate decided to go to St. Andrews (more on that here). Both are also very discrete and protective so they definitely deserve a place.  Nice for Kate to have a pal on there, too (there’s so much ink spilled on her not having many friends, so this will help show ’em). Oh, and Emilia is married to the brother of Pippa’s ex boyfriend JJ Jardine-Paterson, so there’s that. No wonder Pippa wanted to show up looking GOOD!

The young Earl (left) celebrated his 21st birthday with great fanfare
The young Earl (left) celebrated his 21st birthday with great fanfare (via Chester Chronicles)

The young Earl of Grosvenor is another nice choice, he’s the closest in age to Prince George and will be a good ally. The Grosvenors own much more of London than the Queen, and no doubt he’ll be able to be a big help to George when it comes to estate planning and what not.

Kate and Jamie at a Polo Match c. 2006 (via Zimbio)
Kate and Jamie at a Polo Match c. 2006 (via Zimbio)

I have to say I was also a bit relieved to see Jamie Lowther- Pinkerton on the list. I’d wondered if perhaps there had been a slight rift, what with him leaving full-time service lately. More info on Jamie can be read in our post on William and Kate’s staff here.

The final three godparents also make a lot of sense.

Zara and Kate at Cheltenham just before the big break up
Zara and Kate at Cheltenham just before the big break up

And here’s Zara today, looking great in Navy. Why not have a cousin and Olympic champion on the roster? Also, her kid and Prince George will be very close in age.

Zara at Prince George's christening (via Daily Mail)
Zara at Prince George’s christening (via Daily Mail)

Julia Samuel was another thoughtful choice. She was a good friend of Princess Diana and is the founder of Child Bereavement, a charity that William is involved with.

Prince William with Julia (via Hello!)
Prince William with Julia (via Hello!)

Wlliam Van Cutsem is the final member of the godparents club. His family has long been close with the Wales’ and his inclusion had been speculated about.

I think it makes sense that Harry and Pippa weren’t included on the list. After all, they will already be closely involved in George’s upbringing.

The Service 

Pippa and Harry were honoured in that they were both asked to be readers at the service. A nice touch! Maybe James will get his turn next time round. It was also revealed that one of the hymns that was sung had been written for Prince William’s christening.

More details can be seen on the official press release here.

The Christening Gown

It’s no surprise to us that the gown itself has been a source of intrigue since our post on the British royal family’s Christening gowns has been one of our most popular posts ever since it was first published (it’s gotten well over 30,000 hits to date!).

From 1841 to 2004, members of the royal family have been christened in a gown that was commissioned by Queen Victoria for her eldest daughter’s christening. Here’s a photo of the future Queen Elizabeth II in the original gown on her christening day on May 29, 1926:

Via TheDiamondJubilee.org
Via TheDiamondJubilee.org

The Royal.Gov.UK website gives these details of the gown:

The Royal christening robe, of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal.
In 1894 the robe was given by Queen Victoria to the Duchess of York (later Queen Mary), all of whose children were christened in it. 
In the next generation it was worn by the children of King George VI, of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and of Prince George, Duke of Kent. 
The children of The Queen and of Princess Margaret were christened in it, and it has subsequently been used for the christenings of all The Queens grandchildren and other Royal babies, including the grand children of Princess Margaret.

Here’s Lady Louise in the gown – little did she know she’d be the last one to wear it!

Via Days of Majesty
Via Days of Majesty

After Lady Louise’s 2004 christening, the gown was retired in order to preserve it and a replacement was comissioned by the Queen. Lady Louise’s brother James Viscount Severn wore the new gown for his 2006 christening. A press release for the occasion states:

The Christening Gown worn by Viscount Severn is a hand-made replica of Queen Victoria’s daughter’s Christening Gown, which was worn at subsequent Royal Christenings and has now been preserved. It is the first time this gown has been worn by a member of the Royal Family and was commissioned by The Queen.

Since then it’s believed that both of Peter Philips’ children have worn this new gown. That makes Prince George the 4th of the Queen’s grandchildren or great-grandchildren to wear it.

Kate’s Outfit

The other outfit that looked smashing today was Kate’s. She chooses McQueen for big events, and today’s outfit was no exception. The colour and ruffle details echoed the christening gown.

Kate with Prince George after the ceremony (via Daily Mail)
Kate with Prince George after the ceremony (via Daily Mail)

I also immediately thought of the white Reiss dress that Kate wore in her engagement photographs and in Ottawa for the Canada Day celebrations. She does like a good ruffle, doesn’t she?

Kate & William's engagement portrait by Mario Testino
Kate & William’s engagement portrait by Mario Testino

I also liked how Camilla and Pippa showed up in creamy whites – they just looked so fresh and calm. Zara, the Queen, and Carole also all looked great in blue.

Spencer Christenings

Before we end, I thought this would be as good a time as any to take a moment to look over at Princess Diana’s own christening. This photo shows the Hon. Diana Spencer with her parents on her christening day in 1961. Her father was not yet the Earl at this point.

Via Pinerest
Via Pinerest

(and psssst…SO MANY rarely seen photos of a young Diana can be seen here. I was blown away by how many I hadn’t seen)

And finally, A rarely seen photo from Diana’s older sister Sarah’s  1955 christening can be seen here.  As you can see in the picture, the Queen Mother attended – it’s worth click, I promise.

More Christening Fun

If you haven’t had enough yet, reading some of our past posts on royal christenings might tickle your fancy!

Swedish Royal Family Christening Traditions they have a few, and some of these pics are pretty darn cute

Princess Estelle of Sweden’s Christening, when the little Princess wore a wee Order of the Seraphim sash

The Royal Family of Denmark’s Christening Gowns (the oldest one has been in use since 1870!)

Princess Athena of Denmark’s Christening, when one of the chosen godmothers raised some eyebrows

So, thoughts? Please share!

Kate & William in Baby Blue & Other Musings

Well that was fun. Hurray for live streaming on the internet so we are no longer beholden to the news.

Everything that went down today outside the front door of the Lindo Wing was all well thought out and co-ordinated. I mean, this had been planned to precision, so let’s discuss.

Private Lindo Wing At St. Mary's Hospital

First up, we saw photographs of Kate’s hairdresser and an aide with a car seat heading in a back entrance earlier today, so it seemed Kate & William were preparing for their big exit.

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This brought back memories of seeing pictures of a woman looking alarmingly like Sarah Burton arriving at The Goring Hotel pre-wedding to make sure Kate’s wedding dress was just so. Remember that? She tried to hide with that get up, but no dice:

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Anyway, then there were two sets of visitors today. First we had Carole and Michael Middleton arriving in the mid afternoon, followed by Charles and Camilla who presumably needed a bit more time getting there after their engagements in Yorkshire.

Obviously, for a normal visit to the hospital the grandparents wouldn’t be getting all gussied up but when there are banks of photographers waiting, you put on a nice dress (which I love) and a smart jacket like the Middletons did.

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Interestingly they showed up in a cab. Is that cabbie going to have a story to tell, or what? Was it just a random cabbie or one that the Middletons call when they’re in London perhaps? I’m waiting for that to show up on the Daily Mail. I’m thinking that Carole and Michael drove in and went over to Pippa’s flat where they left their car, and then took a cab from there to the hospital with some help from William and Kate’s office  to co-ordinate it so that they could easily drive in, have the taxi waiting, and head off again. Yes, I think about these things.

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In yesterday’s post I mentioned I couldn’t really imagine that the Middletons would speak to the press afterwards but I’m glad I was wrong. Michael seemed a bit shy  (he just seems so darn nice what with his slightly rumpled pants and all) and like he just wanted to get in the cab already. But he stuck with it and let Carole do the chatting. Love how she said “Fabulously!” when she was asked how Kate and William were doing. It sounded very like Michelle Dockery on Downton Abbey. Fabulously!

http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t4oQUK5RbE

Then up came Charles and Camilla and  they went in for a half hour or so. On the way out Charles spilled the beans about the baby that “You wait and see. You’ll see in a moment.” Hurrah!

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An hour and  half or so later, Kate and William made their exit.

First a stream of staff members came out to stand by the steps which is definitely something to write home about. That’s a good day at the office, am I right? And then Kate and William appeared in co-ordinated baby blue outfits, because of course.

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Do you think she had a pink polka dot dress on standby along with a pink button down for William? I must admit these are the things I think about and I know Kate does, too. I think she totally did.

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Hmmm….well, it looks like she had a few dresses to choose from at least:

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Also, she was not actively trying to avoid a Diana comparison since Diana first appeared with William in a green polka dot frock (which she had worn a couple of weeks prior at a polo match) on those same steps. So Kate really kept the traditions going today:

Diana Charles & baby

And while we’re at it, as we mentioned yesterday, Kate’s doctor was totally appropriately co-ordinated, too. He appeared last night in this pink shirt and blue tie:

The medical team in charge of the Royal baby leave the Lindo Wing

Back to William and Kate.

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After a few moments,  Kate did the hand over to William, then off they went down the steps they went for a chat with the assembled press. Kate looked to William to do most of the chatting. Here’s a transcript of everything that went down.

Media: a reporter says something like “Tell us about him, your baby boy” It’s so darn hard to hear what he actually said, so bear with me.

William: Well he’s got a good pair of lungs on him, that’s for sure. He’s a big boy. He’s quite heavy, but uh we’re still working on a name, so we’ll have that as soon as we can, but, uh, it’s the first time we’ve seen him really so we’re having a proper chance to catch up.

Media: And then another says something like “How are you feeling?”

William: Very emotional.

Kate: Yes, it’s very emotional. It’s such a special time. I think any parents I think probably sort of… know what this feeling feels like. (We’ll give her a break, she must have been tuckered out)

William: It’s very special.

Kate: Yes.

Media: There was a four hour wait between the birth and the announcement. That was time for you,  I assume.

William: It was and I’ll remind him of his tardiness when he’s a bit older. I know how long you’ve all been standing out here, so hopefully the hospital and you guys can all go back to normal and we can, you know, go  look after him…

Media: something about how the baby is looking

William: He’s got her looks thankfully.

Kate: No, no, no. I’m not sure about that.

William says something to Kate about walking down to the other reporters

Media: Ok I really can’t hear what the reporter is asking…it’s got to be something about something about the baby’s name

Updated July 24: The reporter was asking if the name would be George! And as confirmed today, the baby’s name is George Alexander Louis

William: (laughing) wait and see wait and see.

Media: Have you changed the first nappy?

William: Oh, we’ve done that already.

Kate: Yes, yes, he’s done the first nappy already.

William: It’s good.

Kate: He’s very, very good.

Media: Some sort of comment about the baby’s hair that I can’t quite make out

William: He’s got way more than me, thank God.

And then there were lots of thank you’s and off they went up the steps again and into the building to get Baby Cambridge all situated in the car seat.

Then out they came with William carrying the car seat and I’ve got to ask – was William driven home in a car seat or were they much more cavalier in 1982? I can’t make that out in the available videos.

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William did an impressive job of getting it in the car seamlessly. Then off they went to KP, with William at the wheel. It seems like it was purposefully normal in what was obviously not a not normal situation and you gotta love that that’s how they wanted it.

So what is next??

There’s been a lot of talk about Kate heading off to her parents house for a few weeks and it’s possible that the drive to KP drive was a ruse and that they were heading to the Middleton’s after.  Logistically I think it’s far more likely that they’re staying in  their little two bedroom cottage in Kensington Palace. It’s called Nottingham Cottage or ‘NotCot’ and it’s their home at KP until their twenty room apartment is ready in the fall.  If you like, you can check out our post on NotCot here.

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We know William has a couple of week’s off, and they have some family in London that need to see the baby before Kate is spirited off to Bucklebury. Namely, the Queen. I can’t imagine that she’ll be  popping by the Middleton’s home with Philip in tow.

So, perhaps Kate and William will make the short drive over to Buckingham Palace at some point before the Queen heads to Balmoral on Friday for a wee visit.

Updated July 24: Kate came to William and Kate at Nottingham Cottage. I’m sure they had a chat about the baby’s name and she must have given George Alexander Louis the seal of approval, even though it wasn’t required. How nice. And Kate and William and Baby George are in Bucklebury now after having had a visit with Prince Harry at KP as well.

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And then there’s Harry, evidentally off in training. He must be itching to come for a visit as soon as he has some time off, and  there were reports that Pips and her boyfriend  have already been to KP for a visit. They must be happy to be chilling out now in sweatpants.

Before we sign off, Sophie (who was looking AMAZING in a summery white dress), spoke a bit about the news at her engagement today.

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She really seems genuinely excited and happy about the news, and very real about when they’ll likely meet the baby.She said:

“Not yet, I’ve sent messages, but I’m hoping in the next couple of days to catch up with them. I think they’ll probably be wanting to just be together at the moment… I think, well, having had babies myself I know that you really want to sort of close down the hatches and just be together with your immediate family in the first few days, so I hope to be able to see the baby sometime soon, but not plans as yet.”

She seems to totally get it! I wonder if Kate will be brave enough to take Baby Cambridge to Balmoral during the summer break so the family can all have a visit with him.

This is William and Harry with Charles mucking around at Balmoral in 1987:

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So hopefully we’ll have Baby Cambridge’s name reveal SOON…and then we have the christening to look forward to! More posts coming in the next few days.

Updated July 24: Hurrah for Baby George Alexander Louis

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