The Duchess of Cambridge in 2015 – A Princess for a Princess

The news of The Duchess’s second pregnancy in 2014 was unexpected but happy news that gave the nation to wait for and celebrate something. Apart from welcoming their second baby, William and Catherine were looking forward to many things in 2015.

Aurora Villa at Mustique
Aurora Villa at Mustique

Like every year, Cambridges maintained their annual Mustique vacation tradition this year too, with celebrating a special milestone of Middleton Family – Carole Middleton turned 60 in January 2015.  It is believed that family usually stays at Aurora Villa at Mustique.

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s first official appearance in 2015 was at Barlby School in London on January 2015 to name the Clore art room. The Duchess wore Madderson London’s Naomi Dress with Episode Angel suede pumps, Mulberry Clutch, sapphire and diamond earrings and her Cartier watch.

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The Duchess who was expecting her second child in May undertook series of engagements in January and February ceasing the critic’s complaints of her being work-shy.

Duchess at Goring Hotel in March 2015
Duchess at Goring Hotel in March 2015

On March 02 2015, The Duchess of Cambridge visited Goring Hotel to mark its 105th birthday celebration. The hotel has special memories of Catherine’s life as she spent her last night as a single woman in the hotel with her family before her wedding with Prince William in 2011. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a pretty Erdem Darla Dress, Alexander McQueen Suede Pumps, Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ Clutch and UFO Diamond and Aquamarine Drop Earrings.

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Catherine joined the royal family for the first time in March for the Commonwealth Observance at Westminster Abbey. The Duchess debuted Beulah London Chiara coat with matching Jane Taylor Navy Saucer Hat, Alexander McQueen Suede Pumps, Cornelia James gloves, G. Collins & Sons Tanzanite Earrings and Pendant Necklace and pendants and carried her Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ Clutch.

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April was Catherine’s maternity leave before welcoming her second baby and the second time the ‘great-Kate-wait’ was going to start.

duchess in labourOn May 02, 2015, Kensington Palace announced that The Duchess had been admitted to the St. Mary’s hospital in Paddington in the early stages of the labour.

Duchess of Cambridge gave brith to a daughter
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After a wait of hours, Palace announced that Catherine gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

Prince William and Prince George to see Princess Charlotte at the hospital
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Keeping up with his father’s tradition, Prince William brought Prince George to meet his baby sister at the hospital. On the same evening, Catherine and William were standing outside the door of Lindo Wing once again, this time introducing the future Princess Royal of the British Royal Family.

Duke and Duchess with Charlotte

The couple proudly introduced ‘Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge’ to the world (at that time called Princess of Cambridge as the name was announced a few days later).

William and Kate with Princess Charlotte
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Just after 12 hours of giving birth to her daughter, The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out carrying her daughter in white and yellow Jenny Packham Buttercup Floral Shift Dress. She paired the dress with Jimmy Choo Gilbert pumps and Annoushka pearls.

Duchess of Cambridge gave brith to a daughter
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The couple announced the name of their daughter a few days later.

Coutnry residence of Prince William and Catherine Anmer Hall
Anmer Hall (Photo: Wikipedia)

After meeting the Royal Family and Middleton clan the couple took their young kids to their country home, Anmer Hall, away from the public and media eyes.

Prince George and Princess Charltote official portrait
Kensington Royal

William and Catherine marked the birth of Princess Charlotte and Prince George’s second birthday by releasing 4 pictures of George and Charlotte taken by Duchess.

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In June, Prince George made her first balcony appearance in the arms of his father at the Trooping the Colour Parade wearing the same outfit that William wore in 1984 for his first Trooping the Colour Parade Balcony appearance. The Duchess of Cambridge chose Catherine Walker ice blue ‘Astrid’ coatdress with Lock and Co Hatters white Marisabel hat, and UFO Diamond and Aquamarine Drop Earrings.

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on July 05, Princess Charlotte was christened at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. The Duchess of Cambridge once again chose a cream white outfit. She wore Alexander McQueen Cream Coat with Jane Taylor Charlotte Christening Hat, Mappin & Webb Empress Earrings, Mappin & Webb Empress Diamond Pendant Necklace and Russell and Bromley 5th Ave Pumps.

Mario Testino took the official christening portraits at Sandringham.

Duchess of Cambridge at China State Banquet
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October brought the first State Banquet for Duchess. She joined the royal family to welcome President Xi of China at Buckingham Palace. Duchess wore stunning red Jenny Packham gown and once again brought Queen Mother’s Lotus Flower (Papyrus) Tiara usually known as Lotus tiara with Queen’s diamond chandelier earrings and Diamond bracelet made from a diamond tiara that once belonged to Prince Philip’s mother.

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The Duchess of Cambridge joined her husband and Prince Harry at the Spectre première wearing a beautiful Jenny Packham Duck Egg Blue Gown. She paired the stunning gown with Jimmy Choo Vamp sandals, Jenny Packham Casa Clutch and Robinson Pelham Pagoda Earrings, that her mother wore at the royal wedding reception in 2011.

In November, the couple released an adorable portrait of Princess Charlotte taken by The Duchess at Anmer Hall.

Duchess of Cambridge at Diplomatic Reception 2015
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On December 08, 2015, The Duchess of Cambridge debuted another tiara. She wore Princess Diana’s favourite Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara for a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace. Duchess wore same Alexander McQueen Ice Blue gown she wore for 2013 Diplomatic Reception with Queen’s Chandelier earrings, Queen Mary’s Diamond Bar Choker Bracelet.

The Duchess of Cambridge took the RAF Air Cadets patronage from Prince Philip in December 2015
Kensington Palace

After Queen’s pre-Christmas Lunch, The Duchess of Cambridge received the patronage of the RAF Air Cadets from The Duke of Edinburgh.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Christmas 2015 photo

To mark the Christmas, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released the family portrait taken by Chris Jelf at Kensington Palace. The couple used the same photograph for that year’s Christmas cards.

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