Duchess Catherine – A Queen in making

2017 left with lots of exceptions and excitement. William and Catherine has taken up the role of full time royals and made Kensington Palace their official residence. Prince George and Princess Charlotte are growing up in a loving and caring environment. The Cambridge family was getting ready to welcome the fifth member of their family. The family welcomed the 2018 at the Middleton Mansion before moving to Anmer Hall.

Duchess of Cambridge attended first church service of the year at Sandringham

The first sighting of the Duchess of Cambridge was the Sunday Church service with Prince William and Royal Family on January 07 2018. Catherine wore Moloh Turpin Tweed coat, Lacorine Sumac – Luxury Alpaca Fur Hat, Tod’s Fringed leather pumpsCornelia James ‘Clementine’ gloves,  Sapphire & Diamond Oval Drop Earrings and carried Chanel Calfskin Bag.

The first change in 2018 we saw was the absence of annual Mustique vacation and the reason was very cute and adorable – Prince George and Princess Charlotte. George was already a full time student at Thomas’s Battersea in London and Charlotte started her nursery on January 08 2018 at Willcocks Nursery School in London. Duke and Duchess shared two beautiful pictures of adorable Princess taken by Duchess herself on the first day of Charlotte’s Nursery.

Duchess of Cambridge started the official royal duties after celebrating her 36th birthday privately at Anmer Hall. Today she visited the Reach Academy Feltham, a school working in partnership with Place2Be. Duchess Catherine started the royal duties in 2018 with Place2Be visit KensingtonRoyal Place2Be is one of Kate’s earliest Patronages that support children, families and the whole school community throughout their school career, a cause close to Duchess’ heart. Kate, wearing a Hobbs coat, arrives at the Reach Academy Feltham pic.twitter.com/Q2NwYfgSsy — Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) January 10, 2018 Victoria Murphy on Twitter Upon arrival, the Duchess was welcomed warmly by the pupils of the school. The kids were singing Nina Simone classic “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.” Duchess was very happy and impressed with the singing. Duchess Catherine started the royal duties in 2018 with Place2Be visit KensingtonRoyal Before the engagement Kensington Palace remarked, “The Duchess of Cambridge has been patron of Place2Be since 2013, reflecting her interest in children's mental health and the importance of supporting children and families to give children the best possible start in life." Kate sits down to do some painting with children in the nursery at the Reach Academy Feltham pic.twitter.com/3lo4DeaYy9 — Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) January 10, 2018 Victoria Murphy on Twitter The Duchess heard how the school is committed to working with parents, as they believe communication between home and school is vital. Duchess Catherine started the royal duties in 2018 with Place2Be visit KensingtonRoyal She saw the early year’s provision in the nursery and met parents who have benefited from the school's parenting support. Duchess Catherine started the royal duties in 2018 with Place2Be visit KensingtonRoyal Duchess was in full mother mode around children and enjoyed the visit thoroughly with kids. Kate, wearing a Seraphene dress, chats to children in the nursery pic.twitter.com/hFS8KS2ixC — Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) January 10, 2018 Victoria Murphy on Twitter Kate a History of Art graduate took part in art and craft activities with children. Royal Family Channel Royal Family channel on Youtube shared a cute video of Duchess having a conversation with a kid about dinosaurs. Duchess Catherine started the royal duties in 2018 with Place2Be visit KensingtonRoyal There was brief discussion session with the staff of Place2Be. Duchess Catherine started the royal duties in 2018 with Place2Be visit KensingtonRoyal A pet-lover herself, Duchess was happy to make a new friend in the form of four month old puppy Bear who is training to be a therapy dog. Duchess Catherine started the royal duties in 2018 with Place2Be visit Reach Feltham The School Farm is home to chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs where Kate spent some time and also watched kids planting trees. Duchess Catherine started the royal duties in 2018 with Place2Be visit Reach Feltham In the Sixth Form Communal Area, students talked to The Duchess about the support they have received at Reach Feltham. Duchess Catherine started the royal duties in 2018 with Place2Be visit Reach Feltham Working with Place2Be and other organisations, Reach Feltham provides a range of support for students, parents and staff members throughout their time at the school, including emotional wellbeing, LGBT groups and a Girls' Group. Duchess Catherine started the royal duties in 2018 with Place2Be visit Reach Feltham Duchess raised a very serious question of the time and asked students, “Do you feel that social media puts a lot of pressure on young people?” After hearing students stories Duchess remarked, “From what we’ve been learning from the work we’ve been doing it can get so addictive.” Duchess Catherine started the royal duties in 2018 with Place2Be visit Reach Feltham Before leaving school pupils wished Duchess happy birthday with a beautiful lovely hand-made birthday card. Duchess Catherine in Hobbs London coat and Seraphene Florrie Dress James Whatling Moving towards Duchess’ look of the day, Kate chose a very elegant Hobbs London Gianna Coat in French navy colourway. Duchess Catherine in Hobbs London Gianna coat Hobbs London Gianna coat Described as, “Taking inspiration from the traditional riding coat, the Gianna is a modern classic. Made in beautiful French navy wool, it is beautifully tailored and has a dramatic femininity achieved by the flared skirt and black detailing. The curved collar and pewter buttons add an extra equestrian touch” Coat is not available anymore. Duchess Catherine in Seraphene Florrie Dress Seraphene Florrie Dress Beneath the coat Duchess wore her Seraphine Florrie Dress. The dress was premiered in 2015 when Kate was expecting Charlotte during a visit to Stoke-on-Trent. Duchess Catherine in Seraphene Florrie Dress Seraphene Florrie Dress Stunning Marine Ocean shades made in soft woven fabric, this elegant dress drapes beautifully to finish just above the knee, allowing plenty of movement and a flexible fit for before, during and after pregnancy. Featuring a feminine curved empire line to define your waist, the dress is available on Seraphine for $109.00 Duchess Catherine Jimmy Choo Navy Pumps Jimmy Choo Navy Pumps Duchess paired her look with navy Jimmy Choo Suede pumps and her Sapphire and Diamond oval earrings. Duchess Catherine Sapphire and Diamond Oval Earrings Sapphire and Diamond Oval Earrings Duchess carried navy Stuart Weitzman 'Muse' suede clutch. Duchess Catherine Stuart Weitzman 'Muse' suede clutch Stuart Weitzman 'Muse' suede clutch This week Charlotte also started her nursery at the Willcocks Nursery School. Palace released two adorable photographs of Charlotte clicked by Duchess of Cambridge on Monday at their London residence Kensington Palace. Duchess Catherine started the royal duties in 2018 with Place2Be visit KensingtonRoyal
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Catherine’s first official appearance was during a visit to Place2Be on January 10 2018 after celebrating her birthday quietly. She was wearing Hobbs London Gianna coat, Seraphene Florrie Dress, Jimmy Choo Navy Pumps, Sapphire and Diamond oval earrings and Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ suede clutch.

Duke and Duchess visited Coventry for a day full of engagements
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The first joint appearance of Duke and Duchess was on January 16 2018 when the couple visited Coventry for a day full of engagements. Catherine wore Mulberry Creise Pink Coat, Tod’s Suede Pumps, Mulberry Bayswater clutch, Cornelia James Beatrice Gloves, and Kiki McDonough Morganite earrings.

Duchess undertook series of engagements before embarking on another royal tour in January.

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On January 29 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Sweden for 4 days tour of Sweden and Norway.  It was another first of Duchess as she was visiting both countries officially first time. In Sweden Duke and Duchess were welcomed by Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, toured the country for 2 days before heading towards the Norway.

A snowy Red Carpet welcome for Cambridges in Norway
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In Norway the crown Prince welcomed the Duke and Duchess. Later on King and Queen of Norway invited the couple to royal palace where they attended a black-tie dinner.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Royal Dinner in Norway
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A look at Duchess’ wardrobe during the tour.

After coming back from royal tour, Duchess, who was expecting her third child in April, had a very busy royal calendar for next two months February and March.

She opened a treatment centre in Essex, joined William on BAFTA, hosted reception to celebrate Commonwealth Fashion exchange at Buckingham Palace, visited Sunderland with William, Launched and promote Nursing campaigns, attended Royal Forum and visited Victorian Giant Exhibition in February.

In March she started the royal duties by visiting Oxford School. She opened a new headquarter of Place2Be, attended Commonwealth day with royal family, held a discussion at children’s Tennis initiative at palace, joined William for St. Patrick’s day, attended Mental health symposium and celebrated a commonwealth day with various engagements before going on maternity leave.

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For more than one  month the royal watches were holding their breath to hear the news of royal baby’s arrival. Finally the news came on April 23 2018 that Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s hospital in the early stages of labour.

Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to baby boy
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Within few minutes the Great Kate wait again started and world media was waiting outside the Lindo wing. After 5 hours of labour, Duchess gave birth to a healthy baby boy at 11:01AM. Prince William was present at the time of their baby’s birth.

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As per the royal tradition a framed notice of birth was put on display on a ceremonial easel in the forecourt at the Buckingham Palace.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrived at Lindo wing
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Keeping up with the tradition, William brought Prince George and Princess Charlotte to meet with their new baby brother at the hospital. George who just came from his school was looking handsome in his uniform while Charlotte was as always cute as button. She won the heart of every one when she oh so cutely waved at the press waiting for them outside the hospital.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Louis
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In the evening the new Prince of Cambridge came out of the hospital cuddled safely in his mother’s arms. Catherine who just gave birth few hours ago looked radiant in red Jenny Packham dress paired with Queen’s diamond and pearl earrings and Gianvito Rossi 85 Praline Pumps.

Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge
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Duke and Duchess announced the name of their younger son on April 27 2018 – Louis Arthur Charles. He is styled as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.

Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte official portrait
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Couple released official portrait of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to mark the 3rd birthday of Charlotte and birth of Louis on May 05, 2018.

Prince Louis of Cambridge first official portrait
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Pictures were clicked by Duchess Catherine on Charlotte’s birthday May 02 2018.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Wedding May 2018
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Duchess’s first public appearance since giving birth was the royal wedding of May 2018. She chose cream coatdress from her trusty label Alexander McQueen with a new wide brim hat with floral details by Philip Treacy, Jimmy Choo Romy nude salons and Kiki McDonough lemon Quartz and diamond pear and oval drop earrings.

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On June 10 2018, Catherine brought both George and Charlotte to the polo match that William was playing. It was Charlotte’s debut appearance at polo match. Catherine chose a chic Zara blue stripped off-the shoulder dress with Russell & Bromley Coco-Nut ankle strap espadrille wedges, Victoria Beckham Tote.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the christening for Prince Louis with Prince George and Princess Charlotte
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The christening of Prince Louis took place on July 09 2018 at the St. James Palace in London. Once again Catherine wore a beautiful cream dress from Alexander McQueen paired with a stunning headband from Jane Taylor, Jimmy Choo Romy nude salons, Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Studs.

Duke and Duhcess of Cambridge relasedPrince Louis Official Christening Protraits

The official portraits of  Prince Louis Christening were released on July 15 2018.

Duke and Duhcess of Cambridge relasedPrince Louis Official Christening Protraits

Portrait photographer Matt Holyoak was the official photographer at the christening of Prince Louis. The official photographs were taken at Clarence House following the service in The Chapel Royal.

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The couple has released 4 photographs that were clicked at the Morning Room and Garden of the Clarence House, the official residence of Louis’ Grandfather Prince Charles of Wales.

Prince George of Cambridge turns 5
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William and Catherine were giving royal watchers treat upon treat. On George’s 5th birthday couple released another portrait of Prince George that was also taken on Prince Louis’ christening day.

After the birth of Prince Louis, Duchess decided to take a full 6 months maternity leave unlike her previous children’s birth when she came back to the royal duties earlier. During the maternity leave she joined family for important events like Trooping the Colour,RAF Centenary Service, Sunday Service at Balmoral. She was also seen few times during the period on non-official events like Horse trials, at a polo match with George and Charlotte, at the wedding of her close friend. She reportedly was quite busy with behind the scene meetings and learning more about early year intervention as it was revealed in September that Duchess is set to launch a long-term project bringing attention to the early year interventions.

The Duchess of Cambridge resumed Royal Duties
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Duchess resumed her duties in October with a visit to Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground. It was reported that Duchess, a hands-on mum, is keen to spend quality time with her children and will keep the work load manageable till the end of the year.

She undertook engagements and attended few family events including a visit to Victoria and Albert Museum visit, Global Mental Health Summit,Princess Eugenie’s Wedding, State Banquetvisit to Essex, Visit to Imperial War Museum in October.

In November she joined William for Tusk Conservation Awards, ,Royal Family for the Annual Royal Festival of Remembrance, National Service of Remembrance Day, Special Armistice Service, a visit to South Yorkshire and made a surprise visit to BBCOnean embargoed visit to University College of London’s Developmental Neuroscience LabPoignant Visit to Leicester with William.

Prince Charles with Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte
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November 2018 marked another milestone in Royal Family, Prince Charles of Wales turned 70. Family celebrated the event by releasing family portraits and Queen hosted a lavish dinner for Charles attended by many foreign royal families.

The year headed towards it climax with an announcement of William and Harry separating their courts, a Christmas party hosted by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for service personnel deployed in CyprusDiplomatic Reception, visit to Cyprus, a new patronage.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released Christmas Portrait
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Giving a royal treat before Christmas, the Duke and Duchess released a family portrait that will be used on their family Christmas card this year, giving us another glimpse inside the Cambridge Household.

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