Friday, 24 November 2017

Black Friday: Exclusive Discounts & the Best Kate-Related Deals!

A Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers in the US! It's time for our annual Black Friday post sharing exclusive discounts on an array of pieces from retailers including those favoured by the Duchess. If you have stumbled across any solid discounts related to the Duchess, let us know in the comments!

Our friends at luxury accessories brand BLACK are offering 20% off everything site wide. Exclusively for Duchess Kate readers you can get a further 10% off (30% total reduction) by entering HRH10 at the checkout. All UK orders have free delivery and returns, and any international order £100 and over qualifies for FREE International Shipping.

At BLACK, the ethos has always been about 'wearing a little luxury', incorporating a timeless, elegant accessory into your look. Be it for a casual day out and about or dinner and the theatre. One of their most popular items time and time again is the Black Bow Cocktail Glove. Made in Italy, they are described as "short black cocktail gloves with an elegant and pristine side bow at the wrist. Made from satin Lycra the gloves are stretchy ensuring a snug flattering fit. They are perfect for weddings, smart day wear and of course the cocktail hour".

The Duchess has worn her Bow Gloves on numerous occasions over the past several years in black...

..and the gorgeous navy colour.

Below, we show them beside the Gloves in Ivory, ideal for evening wear.

The range and variety of stock has expanded exponentially this year with over 850 accessories in stock at present. A selection of Repli-Kate pieces is also available. The Cornflower Blue Cashmere Knit Scarf is a beautiful piece and a nice alternative to Kate's scarf in the same hue.

The Grey Alpaca Hat is a spot on Repli-Kate for the Duchess' Sumac Alpaca Hat.

The Fleur Navy Wool Felt Hat is reminiscent of Kate's pre-engagement days. "A quirky ladies’ trilby for those who like something a little different. A French milliner, in association with an artists’ collective, combines art and millinery in an unusual collection of contemporary hats. This hat, in a deep navy blue, features a silver flower, applied to the felt in relief to add a subtle design detail."

Tartan capes available include the Burberry-esque Camel Thompson Tartan Pure Merino Wool Cape, Dress Gordon Tartan Pure Merino Wool Cape and the Dress Stewart Tartan Merino Wool Cape.

The Cashmere and Chantilly Lace Shawl is described as "a truly exquisite and utterly luxurious shawl and a real investment piece. As with all our signature Ring Shawls the superfine cashmere is hand spun and hand woven. The ethereal cream Chantilly lace in a delicate and elegant floral design is hand stitched to the shawl in a soft billowing pattern and makes up the central panel and the deep borders of the shawl".

A colour spectrum of subtle shades of blue, yellow and orange frame the wading bird centrepiece of the ‘The Wading Bird’ Italian Silk Square Scarf.

For those searching for the perfect stocking filler to put under the tree, gifting options are not only endless they are available in elegantly boxed sets with ribbons too. Take a look at the generously sized cashmere and silk wrap liberally scattered with genuine Swarovski crystals paired with the ever popular black silk lined leather gloves. Another eye-catching set: the Elephant Print Scarf and Long Black Wrist Warmers Gift Set.

Not forgetting about our male readers, we also see the Patterned Egyptian Cotton Lisle Socks Gift Set and Merino Wool Scarf and Navy Cashmere Tie Gift set. You can view the full selection of gift sets here.

The men's collection features an array of very dapper pieces too. Cognac Suede Gloves with Cashmere Lining, Burgundy and Blue Wool Reversible Pocket Square, Black Paisley Italian Silk Tie and the Navy Italian Nubuck Belt.

A number of other pieces which make for great gifts for ladies include the Ivory Leather and Fur HatTara Japanese Silk Twill Square Scarf, Long Leather Gloves With Heart ZipPostbox Red Cashmere Shawl, Valera Tahitian Black Pearl and Silver Earrings, and the Denim Blue Cashmere Slouch Beanie.

Beautifully scented home fragrances and luxury hand and body lotions are widely available using combinations such as honeysuckle and jasmine, and fresh tea and ginger.

A reminder, 20% will be automatically discounted. Don't forget to enter HRH10 at the checkout for an additional 10% off. You can view the full collection here.


Elsewhere, Merci Maman are offering up to 50% off selected pieces. The following items can all be personalised and are included in the half price discount: the Arabesque Necklace, the Arrow Chain Necklace, Personalised Sterling Silver Tree Decorations and Round Cufflinks.

Take 25% off at Beulah London with discount code BFRIDAY25. The discount is valid on Kate's Shibani Scarf.

Get up to 25% off at Really Wild Clothing on a host of pieces including Kate's Spanish Boots in Black Suede and Whisky Suede.


We recently chatted about the availability of Kate's Sentaler Coat at Saks Fifth Avenue, with many mentioning it's a beautiful piece but very expensive. For those fond of the piece, it's reduced from $995 to $696 in the chamois pink colourway. Neiman Marcus are offering $50 off the piece too.

There's 20% off Kate's Office Nina Sandals with discount code SHINE.

Take 25% off Kate's Smythe Blazer in navy and army green with code MORE17 at ShopBop.

The L.K. Bennett UK website offers 25% off everything with code BLACK25 (excluding select shoes). This includes Kate's Nina Clutch. For those in the US, it's 30% off a spend of $250 or more with code HAPPY30.

With the code, you can save over $100/£66 on Kate's Agata Sandals in purple, gold and black suede.

Kate's Temperley London Cypre ruffled pointelle-knit sweater is reduced from $440 to $308 at Net-A-Porter.

Kate's Links of London Effervescence Bubble Sterling Silver Drop Earrings are reduced from $225 to $168, and Kate's Hope Egg earrings are discounted to £260.

The Dune London Toulon Boots the Duchess wore for Vogue are half price.

The Long Textured Alexander McQueen coat Kate wore for the Queen and Philip's 70th anniversary celebrations is reduced by 30% at FarFetch.

Kate's black lace Dolce & Gabbana dress is reduced by 40% at Net-A-Porter.

And that's our bumper Kate-themed Black Friday post! We'll see you for the Royal Variety Performance tonight. Any style predictions for the Duchess? :)

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

UPDATED: Duchess Kate Takes the Wheel During 'Away Day' in Birmingham

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed an 'away day' in Birmingham carrying out several engagements in the area.

Royal 'away days' tend to offer an interesting and varied itinerary and today was no exception. It also provides a nice opportunity for royalists in the area to see and meet members of the Royal family. Richard Palmer recently reported we would see the Duchess carrying out more engagements outside of the London area in the coming weeks; today's visit is reportedly the first of several we'll see. William and Kate first visited Birmingham months after the royal wedding in 2011 to visit riot-torn communities.

An arrival video from Victoria Murphy.

William and Kate kicked off the day at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull Manufacturing Plant. Jaguar Land Rover have had a special relationship with the Royal family going back decades. William and Kate both drive a Land Rover as do numerous members of the Royal family and the Middletons. It has been reported Her Majesty has a no fewer than 30 in total.

William and Kate viewed footage from The Patron's Lunch where the royals travelled in open-topped Land Rover's.

The Duke and Duchess were given an overview of JLR and the Solihull site before heading to the Vehicle Assembly area, to view the assembly line and hear about the manufacturing process, meeting staff and apprentices along the way.

Next, the Cambridges visited the Jaguar Land Rover Experience Centre, where they met Mountain Rescue volunteers participating in a vehicle familiarisation exercise.

Kate was eager to get behind the wheel for a demonstration.

And they're off.

William took a spin.

The Experience Centre offers a behind-the-scenes look at Solihull’s new state-of-the-art production facility demonstrating what it takes to bring to life some of the most technologically advanced cars in the world. A £1.5 billion investment has transformed the location into one of the most advanced car manufacturing facilities in the world. The all-new Aluminium-intensive architecture body shop and final assembly cover an area equivalent to twenty-two football pitches. It's interesting to see the design and development process from this... a motor fit for James Bond. Fans of the franchise will recognise this beauty from Spectre.

Afterwards, the royals met some of JLR's volunteers, who support projects focusing on regeneration, education, young people, charity work and the environment, and they will meet schoolchildren from Topcliffe Primary School, Castle Vale – winners of the Jaguar Primary School Challenge which saw their wining model car race on a track.

Something tells me the itinerary for today was a dream come true for William. First, fast cars at Jaguar, then a visit to the Aston Villa Football Club. An avid fan since his teens, the Prince is a huge supporter of the club and has previously discussed taking George to a match in the future.

In 2015, William chatted to Gary Lineker recalling his memories of choosing which club to support:

"I got into football big time, and was looking around for clubs," he said. "All my school friends were either Manchester United or Chelsea fans, and I didn't want to follow the run-of-the-mill teams. I wanted to have a team that would give me more of an emotional rollercoaster, which looking back, was a bad idea! Aston Villa have always had a great history. 
I’ve got friends of mine who support Aston Villa, and one of the first FA Cup games I went to was Bolton v Aston Villa, back in 2000. It was a semi-final, after which, sadly, Villa then went on to lose against Chelsea. But it was fantastic; I sat with all the fans, I had my red beanie on, and I was sat with all the Brummie fans and had a great time. It was just the atmosphere, the camaraderie, and I really felt that there was something I could connect with."

The royals have been heavily involved in supporting and seeing the progress of the Coach Core programme this year. It was designed by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to take young people aged 16 – 24 with limited opportunities, and train them to be sports coaches and positive role models and mentors in their communities.

The visit was planned around learning more about the progress of the programme in Birmingham.

William and Kate met with a group of employers to discuss the positive impact of Coach Core and hear about the progression of the apprentices. .

The Duke and Duchess then joined a training session underway on the pitch, with Coach Core apprentices and tutors working with local schoolchildren.

Kate was in her element chatting with a young tennis player.

William enjoying a chat with the group.

Quotes from the Mail Online:

'As William chatted to the coaches, Kate, who is expecting her third child in April, spoke to youngsters including 10-year-old pupil Sidrah Batul.The schoolgirl said: 'She was asking me if I enjoyed it and I said I was having a lot of fun. She's so kind and pretty. The Duchess also spoke to coach Jevaughni Robinson, 20, who described her as a 'pleasure to meet'. He added: 'She called me a 'harsh coach' because I was blind-folding the kids, and then getting them to throw the beanbags at the targets.' Afterwards, 10-year-old Iman Shazad presented flowers to the Duchess. The youngster told Kate she had made her and daughter Charlotte, Princess of Cambridge, a card to take away. Iman said: 'It's amazing to meet her, I feel like she's special to me. Meeting her in real life - it's like my dream has come true.'

A brief video from Kensington Palace.

Back to the Mail Online:

Keith Wyness, club chief executive, also spoke with the Duke and then turned to Kate to quip: 'Welcome back to the home of one of your husband's other passions. The Duchess, smiling, replied: 'Yes, he's been very excited by it. William, who is President of the Football Association, laughed and said: 'It'll be interesting to see if she's been listening to any of my conversations about football', causing Kate to joke 'I knew I should have.'

As yours truly knows nothing about football, I'm reliably informed by my other half the man in the photo with William is Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce.

William and Kate received a commemorative framed picture collage showing all royal visits to Villa Park down the years. We can safely assume William was delighted, take a look at his expression :)

Finally, the Cambridges wrapped up the day at Acme Whistles, creators of the first police whistle and the original Acme Thunderer.

"Brace yourselves please"

William joked "“Don’t show that to George - we’ll never get any peace."

Established in 1870, this family-owned business has developed and patented over forty whistle designs during its 147-year history and currently exports to 119 countries worldwide. Today, their modern whistles are used in major sporting events globally and by police forces, including the Metropolitan Police.

They toured the workshop seeing the production process, including the presswork, plating, moulding, welding and polishing of the 115,000 whistles that are made and tested every week.

The Express reports talk quickly turned to Lupo:

'During the tour the Duke and Duchess, who have a cocker spaniel called Lupo, were shown dog whistles, which cannot be heard by humans. Clearly knowledgable on the subject, Kate said: “There are different pitches for different dogs, aren’t there?” Chief executive Simon Topman, who runs the business with his wife Debbie, told William: “Yes, your grandmother would use something that is great for her labradors and retrievers but wouldn’t be for your spaniel. William, 35, who knows his whistles or had been checked before the visit, told him: "No, we use a 212."

William and Kate signed the visitors book.

Afterwards, the Duke and Duchess joined members of staff and apprentices at a short reception before unveiling a plaque to mark their visit.

The Duchess has been very much relying on GOAT as a go-to label for stylish and comfortable pieces for official duties during her third pregnancy. Today, we saw the return of the brand's Washington Coat, first worn in New York in 2014 when Kate was expecting Princess Charlotte. Today, Kate teamed the piece with a black turtleneck and jeans.

The heavy-weight, black crepe coat features a classic swing coat shape and contrast nude tabs on the cuff and back and decorative contrast enamel buttons.


Last week, we saw the return of Kate's GOAT Redgrave coat for a visit to Hornsey Road Children's Centre and earlier this month she debuted the brands plum Eloise Tunic Dress for Place2Be's School Leaders Forum.

A reader from Kate Middleton Style identified Kate's new boots as the Russell & Bromley Hi Ride Mid Heel Riding Boots. The £325 pair are described as "Having drawn inspiration from equestrian heritage and contemporary design, Hi Ride is a must-have. The supple black suede has been designed on a figure-hugging riding boot last and lifted with a mid block heel."

Kate accessorised with her Kiki McDonough Lauren Leaf earrings.

Kiki McDonough

Kate accessorised with her black suede Mulberry clutch.

The second stop of the day required a change of clothes.

Kate changed into her Mini Duvet Quilted Down Ski Jacket by Perfect Moment. The $450 jacket is cut from mid-weight durable Airtastic EX shell, it's padded with insulating down, has a protective high neck and is finished with soft ribbed cuffs to lock in warmth. It features distinctive navy elbow patches. It's described as "Perfect Moment's vivid red quilted ski jacket is inspired by the energy of Greenland's Northern Lights - it will also make you easy to spot in whiteout conditions."

Perfect Moment

And her £90 New Balance x SB Sneakers.


We also have news of an unannounced duty for Kate yesterday.

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See you on Friday for the Royal Variety Performance, we'll also have our annual Black Friday post before then :)

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