Kate stepped out no less than FOUR TIMES this past week! That's a lot of events for a pregnant woman to take on! Of course, as to be expected, she looked stunning at each event.
At her most recent event at Warner Bros. Studios to honor The Making of Harry Potter, she sported a Topshop (one of her favorites!) simply polka dot dress that retails for $79! She looked great. The dress flew off the shelves and was sold out at Topshop within hours of Kate's appearance.
Earlier in the week she stopped by a school and was featuring a $1400 Erdem dress. Just as lovely, but probably not within most people's budgets like the Topshop dress.
When she stepped out earlier in the week to fill in for the Queen at a Scouting event, she covered up a bit with a mint green coat but couldn't exactly hide the baby bump at 6 1/2 months!
Her fourth appearance was at an evening reception at the National Portrait Gallery. The dress she wore to this event I LOVED! The color was incredible and she rocked it! It was an Emilia Wickstead cocktail dress in a robin's egg blue that was just classic and fit her perfectly!
I know she has her duties but four events in one week when you are this far along has got to be rough. I hope she gets some rest this week!
KATE'S BEST DRESSED
Vanity Fair just named Kate #1 on their "Top 10 Best Dressed Pregnant Ladies." No doubt that Kate is a style maven and she remains so while pregnant! Sales of her maternity outfits have gone through the roof the moment she steps out in them. I'm not shocked that Vanity Fair named her Best Dressed even though she had some competition in Halle Berry and Kim K (whose maternity style I can't even find the words for) & the multitude of other celebs that seem to all be pregnant right now. See Kate and the other glowing ladies that made the list here!
MOVING IN WITH HER PARENTS?
Reports this week are that Kate and the new Royal Baby are going to be moving in with her parents when she leaves the Hospital. Some folks are aghast as it is not traditional for a royal baby to stay in any other place but a royal residence. Although they are calling Kate's parents' home the home of commoners, it hardly amounts to a shack. The multimillion dollar home will be ample space and luxury for the Royal newborn. Will & Kate's homes are both undergoing renovations to accommodate both them and the new baby and moving in with her parents seems like a perfectly viable option. She will have the assistance of her parents and the expertise of her Mom to guide her in Kate's first few weeks as a new Mom. Seems like a nice situation to me.
Have your say and take our poll HERE - Should Will & Kate move in with Kate's parents?
KIM & KATE - BFFs?!?!
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLLLLEEEEEAAAAASSSSEEEE tell me that all this talk this week about Kim Kardashian and Kate somehow bonding or connecting simply because they are due at the same time is a bunch of malarkey!!! I am NOT a fan of Ms. Kardashian's and to hear that Kate is a big fan of the Kardashian family "reality" show or that Kim is sending Kate notes and gifts is enough for me to want to crawl into a deep, dark hole and just not come out for a while until all of these stories are OVER!
IT'S A GIRL - AGAIN?
Oddsmakers in Britain are seeing a big upswing in bets that Will & Kate are having a girl. Some bets came in so rapidly and so one sided that it was a girl that they stopped accepting bets! Does someone know something we don't? The oddsmakers are also putting the best odds on the names Alexandra, Diana (naturally), and Elizabeth (respectful!). We'll see soon enough!
ROYAL BABY SHOWER
The new story is that unlike every other new mom-to-be, Kate will NOT be having a baby shower. Feeling that they already will be able to afford anything they need or that it will be provided to them, the Royal Couple feel that having a baby shower would be ostentatious. Honestly, some moms-to-be, including me, don't want baby showers. I hate the rigmarole of those sorts of events. It's possible she doesn't want one and this is a good way to spin it. But if she does, I think a way for Kate to enjoy the tradition of a shower would be to still have one but to announce that any gifts will be given to one of her charities. She could accept donations for struggling moms or orphans or even monetary donations.
Take my poll here - Should Kate have a baby shower like any new mom-to-be or should she simply take the understated route and not have one?
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ROYAL BABY SECRETS
The upcoming issue of US Weekly is quoting sources who are spilling the beans on some of Kate's pregnancy secrets including cravings, staying fit, a baby name, and the baby's nickname!
Sources tell US Weekly that Kate has been craving sweets! Cakes, cookies, anything sugary! Those trips she has made to Starbucks that have been so well reported on have always included a little cookie or sweet.
US Weekly is also reporting that Will & Kate have nicknamed their baby and are calling the baby "our little grape". So cute! We called our little man "The Peanut." To this day we still refer to him as Pea when we are casually discussing him. We'll have to give that up as he gets older - don't want to embarrass him!
If the royal baby is a girl, word is her name will be Elizabeth Diana Carole in honor of Will's Mom, the late Princess Diana, Kate's Mom, Carole, and Queen Elizabeth. That's nice that they are honoring their families (if this really turns out to be the name - I have my doubts).
One last tidbit is that Kate has taken up yoga to stay fit while pregnant. I had heard a while ago that she was doing yoga to help with her morning sickness. Maybe it helped her feel so much better that she decided to continue with it for the duration of the pregnancy.
FUTURE ROYAL BABY'S LAST NAME
Here's something I'm a little embarrassed about. I didn't know Prince William (and thus Kate Middleton's) official last name. Honestly, it's not something that is discussed very often. Generally he goes by Prince William of Wales, as royals tend not to use last names.
I got to wondering what last name the Royal Baby would have. Certainly the Prince must have a surname! After doing some research, I discovered that Prince William's last name (& Kate's official last name) is Mountbatten-Windsor. The name comes from the merging of names of the Queen and Prince Phillip in 1960.
The Queen's family name was originally Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, but due to anti-German sentiment after WWII, the royal surname was changed to Windsor. Windsor had a long history with British royalty through the Town of Windsor, Berkshire and the Windsor castle. Prince Phillip's last name was Mountbatten and so they merged the two.
Maybe you knew, maybe you didn't. Just a little something I learned that I wanted to pass along!
VIDEO PROOF - KATE DIDN'T SAY "DAUGHTER"
So, a good samaritan has come to Kate's rescue! A video of the supposed moment when Kate slipped and almost said "daughter" reveals that GASP - IT ISN'T TRUE!!! Lisa Hewson who shot the footage and released it to the Grimsby Telegraph stated that she did it to right a wrong. Ms. Hewson said that she feels that "Kate does such a good job and people are always picking and pulling her apart. If you know something isn't true and it is causing trouble, you have to do the right thing, and hopefully, that is what I am doing here."
In the video, you can here Kate saying "Oh, is this for us? Thank you very much. That was very sweet of you." This refutes what Sandra Cook, who was standing next to Kate, indicted she said, which was that she was taking it for her "d.." before cutting herself off. Speculation QUICKLY grew that Kate was about to say "daughter" and accidentally had revealed the new Royal Baby's sex.
Ms. Hewson said that she doesn't want to make Ms. Cook look bad by releasing this video saying "I'm sure the lady genuinely thought she heard what she said she did, and I don't want to make her look bad, all I'm saying is that this is my video, if you want to look at it, here it is." She goes on to say that Kate's visit was "such a mad five minutes. We were all so excited, it would have been easy to get caught up in the moment."
Maybe Ms. Cook will realize she "got it wrong" but Ms. Hewson said she is hoping that the pregnant Kate sees the video and realizes that there are still decent people "who want the best for her."
Very sweet sentiments.
IT'S A GIRL?!?
Kate may have spilled the beans on the baby's sex! It has got to be near impossible to keep it a secret and to prevent a slip up when you are talking about your pregnancy and accepting well wishes so often! We called everyone we knew the moment we found out but I understand William and Kate are trying to maintain what little privacy they can.
Will and Kate were visiting the seaport of Grimsby today. While accepting a cute little teddy bear from an onlooker Kate said "Thank you. I'll take for my d..." before quickly cutting herself off. When pressed by a woman standing by if Kate was going to say "daughter", Kate said "I don't know" and then her wonderful husband Will to the rescue said "We're not telling" and cut the conversation short. This at least gives the indication they the Royal couple know the sex of their future child but whether Kate just slipped up or is being crafty to throw people off, is left to be seen. Maybe the well known "Mommy brain" is already kicking in! Either way, if this was a slip, looks like we have a future Princess on our hands! SO EXCITING!
WEDDING IN THE ALPS
Will & Kate braved the cold this week to attend a dear friends wedding in the Swiss Alps. The Royal Couple were spotted in Arosa, Switzerland attending the wedding of Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mark Tomlinson, who plays Polo with both Will and his brother Harry. Because of the intense royal baby watch, Kate hid her baby bump from view with a fake fur jacket (after the debacle in Mustique, who can blame her). She's a trooper though, carrying a toboggan while strolling and visiting with friends. They were spotted laughing and having a great time. Almost six months pregnant and she is carrying herself with such grace!
SHOPPING FOR MATERNITY CLOTHES
Kate's baby bump is present enough now that she is on the hunt for maternity clothes! I really enjoyed shopping for maternity clothes! It was so much fun to finally be able to show off that I was pregnant! Kate was spotted at a London Topshop in Oxford Circus. She was perusing clothes in the maternity department. She was quiet and low key but graciously acknowledged those who recognized her.
OFFICIAL BABY BUMP
Kate made her first official "baby bump" appearance this past week at Hope House, one of the charities for which she is a patron. She visited with staff and looked glowing in a Max Mara (one of my favorite designers!) wrap dress. Look at that bump!
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