Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Princess Charlotte's Birth Certificate, the Queen Visits KP & Claudia Bradby Discount Code!

Hello again, dear readers,

We're back with a brief post concerning updates on Princess Charlotte. Firstly, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have formally registered the birth of their daughter.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

As with Prince George's birth in 2013, Prince William signed the birth register at Kensington Palace witnessed by a registrar from Westminster Register Office. Once again, Kate's occupation was listed as 'Princess of the United Kingdom'. Kate is rarely described as a princess; though she uses the title Duchess of Cambridge, she is also Princess William of Wales.

There's been some confusion about this between the media and the press office. More from Rebecca English:

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

More from Rebecca's article:

'Kate has rarely described herself as a princess, preferring to use the title Duchess of Cambridge, which was conferred on her by the Queen on her wedding day. But she is also Princess William of Wales, entitling her to be described as 'Princess of the United Kingdom'.
 The duke gave his occupation as 'Prince of the United Kingdom' rather than a helicopter pilot.  Normally, parents have to attend a register office within 42 days of a child being born. But in the case of Princess Charlotte, the deputy registrar of Westminster, Alison Cathcart, travelled to Kensington Palace. The same registrar - who also presided over Paul McCartney's wedding in 2011 - also visited the palace after George's birth.'

Princess Charlotte, who was born on Saturday, is now fourth-in-line to the throne. Below we see a graphic outlining the line of succession shared by CNN.


The announcement of the princess's name yesterday generated a hugely positive response. It was very much felt William and Kate's choices hit all the right notes, honouring family members (particularly Diana). The story has been quite something in terms of publicity. The excellent British Royals compiled a look at today's papers.

British Royals Twitter Feed

Today, Her Majesty the Queen travelled to Kensington Palace to meet her three-day-old great-granddaughter.

Charlotte is Her Majesty's fifth great-grandchild and her fourth great-grannddauhter. The monarch returned from Sandringham today and spent half an hour at KP before returning to Buckingham Palace.

Prince Charles paid another visit to see his granddaughter today.

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

The Prince was photographed upon arrival.

It is very much thought the Cambridges will travel to their country home Anmer Hall in Norfolk shortly. They will spend much of the next few years there, with William working as an air ambulance pilot and hope to enjoy privacy with the children. We're not expecting the Duchess to undertake engagements over the summer, although she is expected to attend Trooping the Colour next month.

It is understood the Middletons will join William and Kate at Anmer, and Carole in particular will be an invaluable help during Baby Charlotte's first weeks.


Next, we have something fun for jewellery lovers. Our friends at Claudia Bradby are kindly offering readers a 15% discount off purchases on their site to celebrate the arrival of Princess Charlotte. To commemorate the joyous event Claudia has designed special pieces to mark the event.

Claudia Bradby

More from the website:

'The Princess Charlotte Collection rejoices in family with the central design combining the heraldic crown of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the acorn from the Middleton family crest. This commemorative acorn and crown icon has been exclusively designed by Claudia Bradby Jewellery and is hand stamped on to a solid sterling silver oval. '

The collection features elegant pieces which are very wearable for day or night. They're also a fantastic gift for royal fans and those who wish to have a commemorative item. Below we look at The Royal Charm Bracelet celebrating a host of unforgettable royal moments, with the new crown and acorn charm commemorating the birth of Princess Charlotte joining the Diamond Jubilee, Pearl Acorn, Royal Crown and Silver Bean charms.

Claudia Bradby

The Princess Charlotte Pendant is a striking piece with a hand stamped acorn and crown icon on a sterling silver oval pendant. The commemorative acorn and crown icon was exclusively designed by Claudia to combine the Middleton family crest with the Cambridge crown.

Claudia Bradby

Below we look at the Princess Charlotte Charm and the chic Princess Charlotte Bangle.

Claudia Bradby

As you all know, Claudia's designs caught the eye of Kate when she worked at Junior Jigsaw as an accessories buyer. There, she approached Claudia and the pair collaborated to create some beautiful pieces. Speaking about working with Kate, the talented designer said:

'I found her utterly charming and really rather impressive; focused, creative, thoughtful and kind. The Royal family is very lucky to have her.'

The pieces Kate designed with Claudia are still available: the Kate Silver and Rose Quartz Earrings and the matching necklace.

Claudia Bradby

The hugely popular Camellia Necklace is also still available.

Claudia Bradby

Claudia specialises in pearls and if you're after a great pair of affordable pearl earrings, there are several excellent options available. The Alexandra Pearl Earrings, Everyday Pearl Drop Earrings and the Audrey Pearl Studs are among the most popular pearls.

Claudia Bradby

The 15% discount code is valid until 20 May and to use it simply enter HRHKATE at the checkout.

With thanks to Claudia and Hannah!


We leave you with a look at one of the many covers the Cambridges are gracing this week.

Hello! Magazine

We expect photos may very well emerge of the Cambridges if they leave London today, we'll add them to the post if they become available.

Monday, 4 May 2015

HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge

It has just been announced the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their daughter:

Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

The baby will be styled as:

Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge 

A look at the tweets from the Kensington Palace Twitter Feed:

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

I was immediately reminded of the poll we held back in early April where you were all asked to vote for your favourite names. Interestingly, you chose Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Amazing predictions everyone :)

Up until lunchtime royal correspondents were reporting William and Kate were still discussing names and aides didn't want to interrupt the important family time. It was also been speculated they wanted the Queen to meet Baby Charlotte before announcing her name - however this was not the case, as there's also no protocol stipulating the monarch should meet the baby first. No doubt William spoke with his grandmother on the phone when he and Kate made their final decision.

An enormous amount of thought and consideration went into the choice of names for the princess who is fourth-in-line to the throne. Tradition and honouring family names played an important role. Obviously I was very excited to hear the little princess is named Charlotte (my own name as you all know). The name is French in origin and a nod to Prince Charles. A royal source said "the couple simply liked the name" but admitted it was a "happy coincidence" according to Rebecca English.

Charlotte was the 17th most popular name in the UK last year. It's Pippa Middleton's middle name and has royal history too.

British Royals Twitter Feed

More from The Telegraph's article:

'The name’s royal pedigree includes Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, who bore him 15 children and helped found Kew Gardens. Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, which is named after her, is part of the same NHS Trust as St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, where Princess Charlotte was born on Saturday in the private Lindo Wing.
 Her granddaughter Princess Charlotte of Wales, who married on May 2, the day the new Princess Charlotte was born, died in childbirth in 1817 at the age of just 21. She was the only child of George, Prince of Wales, who would go on to become King George IV.'

The bookies received copious amount of publicity when they featured Alice as the betting public's winning guess. With Charlotte a close second on the day of the birth it seems they'll be paying out quite the sum much to the delight of one royal correspondent :)

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

Moving on to the middle names - both of which honoured two very special royal women. Elizabeth is a beautiful tribute to Her Majesty the Queen. Elizabeth is also Kate and Carole's middle name.

I know many of you will be delighted to hear William and Kate chose Diana as one of their daughter's middle names. It is a touching tribute to the Prince's late mother and a wonderful way of including the late princess in the celebrations. Without question, I knew William would want his mother's name noted, either with Diana or her middle name Frances.

Tessy Ojo, CEO of the Diana Award said:

'It's wonderful to hear today that the new princess carries the name of her grandmother Diana.'

Diana's brother Charles Spencer expressed his delight via Twitter.

Charles Spencer Twitter Feed

It was quite poignant to see Diana's engagement ring resting on her granddaughter as they left St Mary's Hospital.

A royal commentator noted Diana had the best seat in the house.

PA/The British Monarchy

Prince George and Princess Charlotte, two perfect names for the young royals.

What do you think? :)


In other news, the Duke and Duchess have been enjoying family time with their children at Kensington Palace. After a much needed night's sleep, William and Kate welcomed visitors to Apartment 1A yesterday. Carole and Pippa Middleton stayed for over six hours.

Sophie from WKW FB quickly identified Carole's blouse as the Mint Velvet Flamingo Print Blouse. The floaty, relaxed silhouette with blouson sleeves is a stylish yet comfortable piece. I know many of you enjoy Carole's style and thought I'd share the ID. Kate is also a fan of Mint Velvet and is regularly spotted wearing their Bibi Plimsolls.

Mint Velvet

Michael Middleton arriving.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were all smiles as they arrived at the Palace.

The media have been broadcasting from outside Kensington Palace over the past couple of days. Victoria Murphy shared a photo of the beautiful bluebells in the Palace gardens.

The Palace released these words from Prince Harry on his new niece:

'She is absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait to meet her.'

A statement released from the Palace yesterday:

Kensington Palace

Rebecca English noted in her articles a source said Princess Charlotte is "settling in nicely" and William and Kate are absolutely "besotted" with her.


Royal baby coverage on Saturday was insane and the joyous story was covered globally. One story I particularly enjoyed was a lip reader's assessment of William and Kate's conversation on the steps of the Lindo Wing. A portion from the Telegraph's story:

'The doting mother expressed fears the little princess might be "cold" but Prince William reassuringly said: "No, she's fine, she's good." But she lovingly replied:"Let's take her inside."Despite being used to the public glare, the Duchess still expressed shock and amazement at the crowds gathered to meet her daughter.
 "This is nice," she said to William.
"Lots of people out there. Look up there on the top."Waving, she said to the crowd: "Hello". Prince William turned to her at the top of the steps and said: "Do you want to step down...be careful."'

William also encouraged Kate to wave towards The Sun's royal photographer Arthur Edwards. The Prince has always been fond of Arthur :)


We've had numerous requests from readers searching for a 'Repli-Kate of the white and yellow floral print bespoke Jenny Packham dress Kate wore on Saturday. It's not surprising it's proving popular - it was a superb choice. 

Below we look at three solid alternatives (with thanks to Jessica) the £149 Hobbs London Cherry Blossom Shift Dress, The floral print Hannah Shift Dress by L.K.Bennett and the John Lewis Emilia Dress. Perhaps the best alternative is the L.K. Bennett Lasana Dress, but it is currently out of stock in yellow. However keep a check on the site as more stock may become available. 


It is understood William and Kate will travel to Anmer Hall tomorrow after the Queen meets Princess Charlotte.

We may very well see photos of them leaving!

Saturday, 2 May 2015

The Cambridges Present Their Princess to the World!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged onto the steps of the Lindo Wing this evening to present their new daughter to the world.

As the couple appeared with the baby cheers and a flurry of excitement was evident as global media attempted to capture the historic moment.

The princess is simply beautiful.

She was asleep in her mother's arms and wrapped in a knitted cream hat and wrapped in a white shawl by G.H. Hurt and Son Ltd. The company has a long standing connection with the Royal family and made the shawl Prince George wore the first time we saw him.

Following a much longer than expected wait, today's events unfolded incredibly quickly. The Duchess was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in the early stages of labour at 06:00 this morning. With Prince William by her side she was safely delivered of a baby girl weighing 8 lbs 3 oz at 8. 34 am this morning.

The fantastic news came in shortly after 11 am. Below we see the official press release from Kensington Palace:

Royal Central Twitter Feed

Just twelve hours after being admitted, the tired but delighted couple returned to their London residence.

Unlike Prince George's arrival, they declined to answer questions from the media, most likely due to exhaustion. William carried the car seat and held Kate's hand as they made the short walk to their Range Rover. The Princess was carried in the Britax baby safe infant carrier.

While the couple didn't answer questions, the look on their faces spoke volumes.

The royal baby is fourth-in-line to the throne and will be styled as a Princess of Cambridge. She is the first Princess of Cambridge to be born in 182 years. The last, Mary Adelaide, was the Queen's great-grandmother. The princess is the first to benefit from the changes in the Laws to Succession meaning her place cannot be usurped by younger brothers.

Earlier today, we had an unexpected treat when Prince William left the hospital to bring Prince George to meet his new sister. The adorable tot waved as he entered the hospital. You can watch the video here. After meeting his sibling, George returned to the Palace, meaning we will not see a photo of the foursome just yet.

It is almost two years since they first stood on the steps of the Lindo Wing with their newborn son.

The family returned to Kensington Palace where Prince George and the Middletons await them. It is understood members of the Royal family including the Queen and Prince Charles will meet the princess tomorrow. The Cambrdiges then plan to spend the summer at their country home Anmer Hall where Prince William is working with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The Duchess looked radiant as she left the Lindo Wing. Once again, she chose a bespoke Jenny Packham dress. The pretty yellow and white floral print frock with three-quarter length sleeves was a beautiful choice for the occasion.

A closer look at the print.

Ashley quickly identified Kate's nude shoes as the Jimmy Choo Gilbert pumps.

Jimmy Choo

Kate accessorised with her Annoushka pearls and following a visit from her hairdresser Amanda Cook-Tucker her hair looked fresh and glossy. Kate really looked amazing and it's hard to believe she gave birth just hours before.


I want to thank you all for following our Live Blog today and sharing your excitement via the comments section and social media. It was a fantastic day, and an unforgettable one for royal fans. Our congratulations to William and Kate!