From the Telegraph Story:
'The Duchess is understood to be continuing to recover, but is believed to have wished to spend her final Christmas before motherhood with her own family. A royal source said the couple plan to attend Sandringham at some point in the Christmas period'.
The Queen and Prince Philip arrived at Kings Lynn railway station on Thursday to begin their annual Christmas holiday in Sandringham. It is quite a break with tradition which is why the Palace made the point of saying the Queen approves.
It had been thought following Kate's appearance at SPOTY and the Queen's pre-Christmas lunch that the Cambridges would join the Queen at Sandringham but it has been reported the decision was made before the pregnancy announcement. It was made clear before the royal wedding that they did not intend to spend every Christmas with the Royal family.
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It was reported the Queen invited the Middleton to Sandringham for Boxing Day, perhaps they will accompany the Cambridges when they visit? I hope William and Kate have a wonderful time and enjoy the festivities with the Middletons :)
If any of you are in London during the time of the sale it is well worth a look and there will be up to 70% off hats and fascinators. A look at three pieces from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection which will be included in the sale.
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Kate wore the 'Launceston Place' hat by Gina Foster for the wedding of Zara Philips and Mike Tindall.
The SS13 Seed Collection is described as:
'Burning bright amongst the sporting stars of London 2012 was Thomas Heatherwick's Olympic cauldron. For Spring/Summer 2013 Gina Foster has drawn inspiration from Heatherwick Studio's innovative use of engineering and materials in everyday objects, sculptures, monuments and buildings'.
A preview of the exciting collection. Looking forward to seeing more.
|Gina Foster Millinery|
Now for something rather off topic. In our last post we discussed William and Kate's office party at Bumpkin in Notting Hill where the couple enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch with pudding for dessert. A number of readers from the US asked for more information and a recipe for the popular festive treat. Christmas pudding is generally served after Christmas dinner (hot with freshly whipped cream in my household).
It is also known as 'plum pudding' and its association with Christmas goes back to a custom in medieval England that the "pudding should be made on the 25th Sunday after Trinity, that it be prepared with 13 ingredients to represent Christ and the 12 apostles". In 1714 King George requested that plum pudding be served as part of his royal feast; he would later become known as the 'pudding king' because of this.
There are many different recipes for Christmas pudding; often family recipes are handed down from generation to generation, but for those attempting it for the first time I think Nigella Lawson's Ultimate Christmas Pudding is a great one to start with. The recipe is detailed, easy to follow, and as with all of Nigella's recipes, one can expect delicious results. One thing I will say about Christmas pudding is you'll either love it or hate it. It certainly isn't to everyone's tastes but if you enjoy it, it's a satisfying addition to your Christmas menu. Ideally it should be made well in advance.
From Nigella Lawson's recipe:
The pudding can made well in advance and you can freeze it for a year. It should serve roughly 8 people. As I said before one can serve it with cream (Nigella has a simple recipe for eggnog cream here) or custard. Once you've done finished, all that's left to do is enjoy :)
For those of you who enjoy cookery books Nigella Christmas is absolutely excellent. Let me know if you try the recipe and your thoughts on the results. Oh, and two quick apologies firstly for any dress sizes gained over the holidays :) and secondly for the inclusion of a very off topic segment. I really should set up a personal blog for pieces such as this. Anyhow, as it's Christmas I hope you enjoy!