Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are Heading to Pakistan this Autumn

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, will mark another historic milestone of their royal journey this autumn. The royal couple will be undertaking their first official visit to Pakistan. It was being speculated for some time now that couple will be embarking on another tour soon.

 

 

The Kensington Palace today confirmed that William and Catherine will be visiting an Asian country this year. It is expected to be a week-long visit. Further details will be disclosed in the due course.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Pakistan
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The tour has been scheduled on the request of Foreign Office. I must say the tour destination has definitely surprised the royal fandom that was eagerly waiting for a Cambridge tour. None of us has expected it to be Pakistan since the rumours of a possible tour to some Asian countries has started. The speculation included Sri Lanka and Japan.

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The visit is a high profile one due to the security concerns, and Pakistan’s position in Asia. Chris Ship from ITV has reported on Twitter that Cambridge kids will not be accompanying their parents for the visit. Duke and Duchess’ last foreign visit together was in January-February 2018 when they visited Sweden and Norway.

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Since his Middle East tour last year, William has stepped up in his royal role and the visit shows the confidence Palace and British Government has in the future Monarch of the country and the growing responsibilities of Catherine as future Queen Consort.

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About the visit, High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, said,

“The Government and the people of Pakistan warmly welcome the announcement of the Royal Visit by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Pakistan this year. The people of Pakistan still cherish and fondly recall the visits of The Queen to Pakistan during 1961 and 1997.” The visit shows “the importance the UK attaches to its relations with Pakistan. Both countries enjoy historical links which both sides wish to strengthen further.”

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Pakistan
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The Queen visited Pakistan in 1961 and 1997, and The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited in 2006. Pakistan, who gained its Independence from British Rule in 1947 and now part of the commonwealth has a fascinating history. The Gert’s Royal on Twitter made an interesting point, “It joined in 1947, left in 1972. Rejoined in 1981. Got suspended twice and then unsuspended in 2008. It is 1 of the 7 countries in Asia that are apart of the Commonwealth, with 53 countries in total”.

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During the week-long visit, William and Catherine are expected to visit the three main cities of the country i.e. Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi along with Peshawar and some rural areas. But these all are the speculations given the situation. We will find the details soon.

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William’s mother Late Princess of Diana visited the country twice, first in 1991 and then in 1997. During her second visit, Diana officially opened a Hospital founded by the current Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan. So I expect at least one official dinner organized by the Pakistani PM in the honour of the Royal Couple.

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The Royal Watcher on Twitter made an interesting thread on twitter listing some Pakistani Fashion Designer whose creations would be lovely to see Duchess wearing during the visit. During India visit, royal fans were expecting to see Duchess in traditional Shalwar Kameez, but Catherine kept to dresses with mid-length and sleeves. Hopefully, during this visit, we will see Duchess in some traditional attires.

 

 

Stay tuned for the updates. I am expecting to see Catherine this week at Wimbledon and at The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival that is from 2nd to 7th July where ‘Catherine’s Back to Nature garden will be exhibited.

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An Artistic Patronage for Artistic Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of the Royal Photographic Society
The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of the Royal Photographic Society
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Today, the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, became the new royal patron of The Royal Photographic Society. The Queen has passed the patronage to the Duchess after having held the role for 67 years.

The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of the Royal Photographic Society
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The new patronage has been announced ahead of Catherine’s surprise visit to a photography workshop run by The Royal Photographic Society and Action for Children, which is another of the Duchess’s patronages. During the workshop session, the Duchess explored camera techniques with children aged between nine and 18 supported by Action for Children at the charity’s Warren Park residential home in Surrey.

The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of the Royal Photographic Society
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Action for Children, who are marking their 150th anniversary this year, is committed to helping vulnerable children, young people, and their families, across the UK. The charity’s 7,000 staff and volunteers operated over 522 services in the UK, improving the lives of 301,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers last year. The collaboration of two patronages that includes arts and kids – it must be Catherine’s favourite outing.

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The Palace said, “The Duchess has a longstanding interest in photography, and this patronage will further highlight the beneficial impact that art and creativity can have on emotional wellbeing, particularly for children and young people. As part of her longstanding work on early years, The Duchess is on a mission to support organisations like Action for Children that aim to give every child the best possible start in life.”.

The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of the Royal Photographic Society
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The Royal Photographic Society is one of the world’s oldest photographic societies. It was founded in 1853 with the objective of promoting the art and science of photography, and in the same year received Royal patronage from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Society has over 11,000 members and runs an extensive programme of more than 500 events throughout the United Kingdom and internationally. Catherine was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Photographic Society in January 2017.

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Duchess herself is a keen photographer and we have seen her skills in so many wonderful pictures of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis she and William shared with us. Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Photographic Society Mike Taylor said, “

It is a huge honour to have The Duchess as our Patron, especially given her personal interest in photography. We know that photography and creative pursuits have such a positive impact for people of all ages, and we are excited to be working with one of The Duchess’s charities in support of their work.

The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of the Royal Photographic Society
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Royal watchers must remember some beautiful shots Catherine clicked at the Research Station of Danum Valley, Borneo, Malaysia during Diamond Jubilee Tour of South-East Asia in 2012. See all of the shots here.

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In the foreword for a 2018 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Duchess wrote about her passion for photography,

As a student at the University of St. Andrews, I chose it as the subject of my undergraduate thesis and photographs of children in particular, which feature prominently in the exhibition, are of real interest to me

The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of the Royal Photographic Society
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During the visit, Catherine was shown black and white photos from the Action for Children archives of some of the first children helped by the charity when it was founded near Waterloo in 1869 along with others depicting the history of the Royal Photographic Society, also founded in a similar period. The photographs clicked today are also expected to be the part of charity’s archives.

The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of the Royal Photographic Society
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During the unannounced visit, Catherine joined children from Action for Children in several sessions, run with Royal Photographic Society Honorary Fellows Jillian Edelstein and Harry Borden, that covered various elements of photography such as portraits, light and colour. Some of the children already have an interest in photography, whilst for many others, this was a first exciting foray into photography, which is known to be a therapeutic and enabling activity for many people.

The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of the Royal Photographic Society
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Alongside developing new skills, the workshop highlighted how photography provides a universal language for young people to express themselves and release their thoughts and feelings. Action for Children CEO Julie Bentley said,

“This charity first began changing the lives of disadvantaged children 150 years ago and we are delighted the Duchess is helping us mark our special anniversary. Today we continue that work to support children because our vision is that every child has a safe and happy childhood, which we know is so important to the Duchess

A video of the day.

The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of the Royal Photographic Society
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For the visit, Duchess chose a beautiful floral summer midi dress. It was one of those outfits that send Twitter into Frenzy. After a long time, the royal watchers and fashion bloggers were working tirelessly to find the label of the dress. Finally, the crown of identifying the dress was worn by BethanHolt. Thank you, Bethan for the excellent find.

Ridley London's Virginia Midi Apricot Josephine Silk Chiffon Dress
Ridley London’s Virginia Midi Apricot Josephine Silk Chiffon Dress

She found that the dress is based on  Ridley  London’s Virginia Midi Apricot Josephine Silk Chiffon Dress. The £449 dress is described as, “Playful and chic, this silk-chiffon midi dress features a flattering v-neck, fitted bodice, short floaty sleeves and a flattering A-line skirt with a flounced hem. Lined in luxurious silk,”.

The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of the Royal Photographic Society in Ridley London Dress
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on Twitter received the confirmation from the label that it’s their style. Duchess’s customized dress is crafted from the fabric with a green and brown paisley print called Liberty Print. Established in 2016, the London based brand provides customization of any dress style in any fabric.

Duchess of Cambridge wore liberty print dress
The House of Bruar Liberty Open Collar Shirt

WhatKatwWore on Twitter shared the Liberty Open Collar Shirt from the House of Bruar that has the same print. The pattern is called Peach Flourish.

The Duchess of Cambridge became the royal patron of the Royal Photographic Society in Ridley London Dress

Another difference pointed out by .

Castaner Carina Wedges
Castaner Carina Wedges

She paired the dress with her Castaner Carina Wedges debuted in May when she took her kids to her Back to Nature Garden.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Catherine Zoraida Gold Fern Hoop Earrings
Catherine Zoraida Gold Fern Hoop Earrings

Catherine brought back her Catherine Zoraida Gold Fern Hoop Earrings. The £150 earrings are described as, “Made in 18ct gold plated silver, these divine fern earrings add a feminine touch to the traditional hoop earring”. They are also available in Silver.

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I will leave you with this lovely shot of Duchess.

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Duchess of Cambridge debuted Elie Saab at Royal Ascot

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot in blue Elie Saab
Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot in blue Elie Saab
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After the Grand Order of Garter service with all the royal pomp and pageantry on Monday, the next highlight of British Royal Summer is – Royal Ascot.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot in blue
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Royal Ascot is a British racecourse, located in Ascot, Berkshire, England, which is used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting 13 of Britain’s 36 annual Group 1 horse races. As Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for millions of pounds in prize money, Royal Ascot is anticipated and revered the world over.

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Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and has since received the patronage of a further eleven monarchs. The first race, “Her Majesty’s Plate”, with a purse of 100 guineas in which seven horses competed. The Ascot summer race meeting officially became a Royal week in 1911. The Queen is owner and breeder of many thoroughbred horses and shares her interest in horses with many members of her family. In fact, The Queen’s own horses have won races at Royal Ascot a number of times.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal ascot 2019
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The names of the week’s races have a Royal theme, such as ‘King George V Stakes’, ‘Diamond Jubilee Stakes’ and ‘Windsor Castle Stakes’. Queen Elizabeth attended the Races for the first time in 1945.  From People report, “

In her welcoming remarks to racegoers in this year’s Royal Ascot program, the Queen calls the event “one of the sporting events that I have been fortunate to enjoy throughout my life.” Signing it “Elizabeth R,” she adds that even though racing has been taking place there for more than 300 years, and “much has changed, the horses remain the stars, thrilling us with their beauty, brilliance and courage. The quality and the depth of competition at the Royal Meeting has also continued to prosper.

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Every day during the races, Royal Procession including The Queen and accompanying Members of the Royal Family arrive along the track in horse-drawn landaus. Each day of the week begins with the raising of the Royal Standard and the playing of the National Anthem They the royal family spends the day watching the races from the Royal Enclosure.

Duchess of Cambridge in blue Elie saab dress at Royal Ascot in blue
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Royal Ascot is equally synonymous with sartorial elegance and is awash with colourful fashions as well as the most magnificent millinery creations. The ladies and gentlemen come while dressing to their nines.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot in blue Elie Saab
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Today Duchess of Cambridge shared the carriage ride with Prince William, Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla. While Queen joined King and Queen of Netherlands with Prince Andrew.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot
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Duchess of Cambridge made her debut appearance at Royal Ascot in 2016 and she again attended it in 2017.

Duchess of Cambridge at Royal Ascot in blue Elie Saab
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This year Duchess chose a lovely shade of blue for the annual event.

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She debuted a pale blue dress form, Elie Saab. It was the first time Catherine wore any creation of Lebanese fashion designer. The royal fandom was waiting for this moment since her wedding. It was one of her best-dressed moments of the royal ascot.

Elie Saab Pale Blue Resort 2019 Dress
Elie Saab Pale Blue Resort 2019 Dress

Wonderful Laura on Twitter found this dress. Catherine is wearing a Skirt and top based on this pale blue lace dress from Elie Saab’s Resort 2019 collection. Thanks to katesclosetau on Twitter for finding this out. Colour of the outfit is officially declared as corydalis. Both pieces from the Resort 2019 collection are not sold out.

Duchess of Cambridge wore Elie saab at Royal Ascot
Elie Saab Macramé Pussy Bow Top

Katie on twitter found this Macrame Pussy Bow top from the label that features the same bodice as Catherine’s dress. The $1625 Swiss-dot partially lined top features Macramé trim, self-tied pussy Bow and front button closure. Duchess had it altered and get cuff styles wrist length sleeves. The macrame trim on the sleeves of top Duchess wore is vertical running down the length of the sleeve while on the original top it was horizontal. The bow length is also altered on Catherine’s top.

Duchess of cambridge wore Elie Saab Embroidered Tulle Skirt
Elie Saab Embroidered Tulle Skirt

Catherine paired the top with Elie Saab Embroidered Tulle Skirt. $3100 maxi length tulle Skirt features a sheer A-line skirt with embroidered dots throughout and back zipper closure. Duchess had it altered to add more coverage.

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Duchess paired the dress with Philip Treacy Hat. That hat looked like a blue version of her Philip Treacy OC 147 Hat that she wore on Trooping the Colour Parade in 2016.

Kiki Blue Topaz and Diamond Drop Earrings
Kiki Blue Topaz and Diamond Drop Earrings

Catherine finished the outfit with her Kiki Blue Topaz and Diamond Drop Earrings debuted in 2017 during Germany visit.

Duchess of cambridge wore Gianvito Rossi 105 metallic leather pumps at Royal Ascot 2019
Gianvito Rossi 105 metallic leather pumps

Duchess paired the outfit with silver pumps that are a new addition to her wardrobe. Laura, Gabi and Emma on twitter found this pair of Gianvito Rossi. She was wearing label’s $745 105 metallic leather pumps that are described as, “Gianvito Rossi’s silver pumps demonstrate that jewellery isn’t the only thing that can add a little shine to your outfit. Made in Italy from supple leather, this pair has sharp pointed toes and thin stiletto heels. Wear them with everything from dresses to jeans.”

Elie Saab Leather Clutch
Elie Saab Leather Clutch

Catherine was carrying a matching silver Elie Saab Leather Clutch. The bag features brushed metal bands on the front and leather back and came with a detachable chain. Thanks to Laura and Gabi on twitter for the bag id.

Next, we do not have any engagement scheduled for Duchess this week.

 

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