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Politics & British Royals

Tess Mize is a freelance writer, Navy wife, and new mom. Aside from being an avid royal watcher and Anglophile, she loves literature, theatre, yoga, and a good glass of wine. She was raised in the Southeast but currently lives in California with her husband, daughter, and dog.   Ah, politics. The great unifier. Ha! In my experience, political discussion is a surefire way to raise the blood pressure of everyone in a room. It can be a fraught topic, and certainly this year there is an abundance of tension related to politics. But it’s an unavoidable part of life,... Read More

The Art of the Royal Thank You Note

Tess Mize is a freelance writer, Navy wife, and new mom. Aside from being an avid royal watcher and Anglophile, she loves literature, theatre, yoga, and a good glass of wine. She was raised in the Southeast but currently lives in California with her husband, daughter, and dog. First of all, welcome back to Kate’s Sitting Room! We took a bit of a summer hiatus, but we’re very excited to be back! Without further ado, here’s the long-awaited post on thank you notes. Few acts of consideration make as big an impact—and are as simple—as writing thank you notes. I... Read More

Kate’s Sitting Room: Who Curtsies to Whom?

Tess Mize is a freelance writer, Navy wife, and new mom. Aside from being an avid royal watcher and Anglophile, she loves literature, theatre, yoga, and a good glass of wine. She was raised in the Southeast but currently lives in California with her husband, daughter, and dog.     Our topic this time comes to us courtesy of Julie, who left the following comment on my first post: I have always wondered this and never found any info on it. They always make such a big deal about the women curtsying, and who curtsies to whom. What about the... Read More

India Repli-Kates – Shoe Edition!

          Hello again! By now Kate and William will be tucked away at home snuggling with George and Charlotte. It was a whirlwind week full of iconic imagery that we will remember for years to come. It was such a treat to have so many engagements and adventures to witness from both of them, and the warmth they experienced from both Indian and Bhutanese people radiated from both images and videos.   I absolutely loved so many outfits Kate chose. Her willingness to play with color and pattern has only grown in recent years, but I... Read More

Clutches Kate Should Carry

We are pleased to run guest contributor Laura’s post on clutches Kate should carry on tour. Laura blogs at Solid Moonlight and you can view her complete profile at the end of this post.   As all of you know, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – aka Prince William and Kate Middleton – will be undertaking a tour of India and Bhutan April 10-16. This is an event that fans of the royal couple have been looking forward to for months and even though I start jury duty on the 11th, I will be following the tour closely – even... Read More

Athleisure Like Kate

My name is Amanda and I’ve been a long-time fan of Kate’s fashion since she started dating William. My grandmother and I bond over our mutual admiration for the Duchess and Queen Letitizia. I am from Spain, but currently living in Los Angeles pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. Athleisure Like Kate Hello again everyone! I’m happy to be back today with a look back at my favorite “athleisure” looks that Kate has worn. Athleisure, as you may know,  is wearing exercise clothes outside of the gym. This is a trend that I, and the entire rest of Los... Read More

What About All Those Gifts Given to Duchess Kate?

Tess Mize is a freelance writer, Navy wife, and new mom. Aside from being an avid royal watcher and Anglophile, she loves literature, theatre, yoga, and a good glass of wine. She was raised in the Southeast but currently lives in California with her husband, daughter, and dog. Hello again! Thank you all for the kind feedback from my first post—I was so excited by your enthusiastic reception of the concept for this column, and even more thrilled to have a couple of questions come in right away to get started with! Our first topic comes to us courtesy of... Read More

Under $100: RepliKating the Max Mara from Hope House

My name is Joann and I’m from Lubbock, Texas. I am so excited to be joining the Kate’s Clothes blog as a monthly contributor. I will be focusing on affordable “replikates”. So many of us would love to dress like the duchess but cannot afford the price tags. I will seek to bring you great Kate-inspired alternatives under $100 so you can dress like the princess but still have funds in the bank! Kate first wore this grey MaxMara dress on February 19, 2013 after announcing her pregnancy with Prince George. It is made of jersey material with long sleeves and... Read More

Will Kate Look to Diana as Inspiration for India?

My name is Amanda and I’ve been a long-time fan of Kate’s fashion since she started dating William. My grandmother and I bond over our mutual admiration for the Duchess and Queen Letitizia. I am from Spain, but currently living in Los Angeles pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. After confirmation from the palace that William and Kate will tour India, comparisons quickly flew to Charles and Diana’s 1992 tour. It was certainly a rocky point in their marriage and would ultimately be one of the more public, visible displays of stress and unhappiness. However, that visit provided some... Read More

Welcome to Kate’s Sitting Room

Tess Mize is a freelance writer, Navy wife, and new mom. Aside from being an avid royal watcher and Anglophile, she loves literature, theatre, yoga, and a good glass of wine. She was raised in the Southeast but currently lives in California with her husband, daughter, and dog. Welcome to Kate’s Sitting Room, a column devoted to discussing all of your burning royal-related questions. From ancient customs to modern etiquette (and everything in-between), all you have to do is ask! I’ve chosen to call this space “Kate’s Sitting Room” because a sitting room is defined as being a place for “relaxing... Read More

Recap: Kate’s October

Hello again! It was quite a whirlwind there for Kate as she gave us a preview of what life would be like when she, William, and Harry assume a larger share of their royal duties. Since it flew by so quickly, let’s take another look again at the handful of engagements Kate undertook in the last two weeks of October. Starting at the State Banquet – this was the hotly anticipated event of the year for Kate since it marked only the third time we’ve ever seen Kate pictured in a tiara. The fact that we got a better few... Read More

Dressing For Fall Like Kate: Zara, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and J Crew

Kate may be a Princess of the United Kingdom, but she is definitely the undisputed Queen of Coat Dresses. As the weather begins to shift to cooler temperatures, Kate’s collection of cold-weather gear earns its well-deserved spot in the limelight. So if you wanted to populate your closet with Kate-inspired items, check out the below on offer from brands she loves: Zara Before nanny Maria Teresa Barallo took over the number 1 spot, Spanish-brand Zara reigned supreme as Kate’s favorite Spanish import. Their fall collection is full of gorgeous, moody, jewel tones and plenty of tweed, but this dress and... Read More
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