Wimbledon Poll Results as well as a Little Tiara Talk

Hello-Hello, is everybody having a great August? I have been buried with some non-blog-related things as well as am lastly digging out, argh!!

Today we have poll results as well as a few other quick updates for you. We begin with the August royal recess, when the majority of British Royal household members delight in some getaway time. As numerous are aware, the Queen spends much of the summertime at Balmoral, her Scottish estate.

The Queen is typically in residence for August as well as September. Historically Kate as well as William have visited in September, bringing Prince George as well as Princess Charlotte with them. Below, the Duke as well as Duchess in September 2015 on their method to Sunday services at Crathie Kirk.

With both children now in school, I’m not sure what the Cambridges may do concerning a Balmoral go to this year. Classes for both George as well as Charlotte begin the week of September 6th, well ahead of the week when the household typically traveled to Scotland. Below, Kate out for a drive with HM in September 2016.

It’s possible the Cambridges may go to earlier than they have in previous years.

For much more info about Balmoral, Hello! has a profile piece here; The Guardian has an short article about the estate here; a people story is here.


Also today, an update on the LK Bennett situation. You may keep in mind that the retailer was not accepting orders through its websites for some time. You can now order from the UK site, however that is not the situation in the US. The exact same message remains on the US site saying the business isn’t taking orders online.

I have not received any type of reaction to my emails to LK Benett. In calling some of the US stores, I was told they do not understand a date when shoppers will be able to order from the US site. They suggest looking for items on the UK site as well as then contacting a US store to see if the product is in stock. If I discover anything new about the situation, I will publish the info here.

UPDATE Monday, August 20: LK Bennett tell me they were doing final checks today on the site as well as hope to have it back online mid-week.

UPDATE Tuesday, August 21: The website is back up as well as running. 

ADDED FRIDAY, AUG 17: On a quasi-related note, home of Fraser has canceled all online orders. This is from the retailer’s Facebook page:House of Fraser carries numerous brands worn by Kate, including LK Bennett, Hobbs, as well as Max Mara. The business went into administration (filed bankruptcy in US parlance) last Friday as well as was then purchased.

From The monetary Times:

House of Fraser’s website remained offline on Friday, a day after the business cancelled all its online orders complying with delays triggered by a repayment conflict with its warehouse operator.

The 169-year-old department store chain was bought by Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct for £90m less than two hours after it entered administration.

This is what you see on the company’s homepage. If you stay on the page long sufficient the graphic below left changes to the one shown below right, with the recommendation that shoppers go to Flannels, one more of Mr. Ashley’s companies. Flannels stocks brands like McQ by Alexander McQueen, a choice of Mulberry accessories (but no apparel, shoes or other product groups), a restricted variety of Ted Baker London.

I understand rather a few readers have shopped at HofF over the years. Hopefully, the business will be able to stay in business.


A few months back we had a comment from Christine; she suggested covering some FAQs during this peaceful time. Today we’ll just do one, however I plan to response some of the others in a post next week.

Today’s question: What are the rules about wearing a tiara? (Of course, I picked this first!) Below, Kate wearing the Lover’s Knot tiara on her method to the 2015 diplomatic reception.

I’m limiting our tiara chatter to British royal household traditions, mainly since I am not terribly familiar with the practices as well as etiquette of other royal families as well as most assuredly would get things wrong.

There are two particular occasions when we understand we will see tiaras; both are white tie events, a step above black-tie. One is an official state banquet. Below, Kate at the China state dinner in October 2015 wearing the lotus flower tiara.

The other event is the Queen’s annual diplomatic reception. Kate was in pale blue Alexander McQueen as well as the Lover’s Knot Tiara at the 2015 reception.

As far as who “can” or “should” wear a tiara, therewas long a “rule,” that only married women ought to wear them. As noted by the Royal Order of Splendor, that is not the situation anymore.

And though people still tend to repeat it, I personally don’t put much stock in the marriage guideline these days. certainly it doesn’t apply to unmarried royal princesses, as they wear tiaras all the time as well as have for a long time.

A BBC story quotes grant Harrald, who offers etiquette tips through his “Royal Butler” website.

“The old guideline is that hats are never worn indoors after 6pm, since that is when the ladies changed into evening dress, as well as tiaras as well as the household jewels would come out.

“Flashy diamonds as well as tiaras are not worn during the day, as well as only married ladies wear tiaras.”

Mr Harrold adds: “For married ladies it was a indication of condition as well as would show you were taken as well as not looking for a husband.

“For the gentleman it was a clear indication not to make advances toward the woman in question.”

The supreme determining element is the host or hostess. It is truly up to them to set the gown code; they (or their staff) would let guests understand well in advancement if tiaras will be worn. Below, Kate at the Spain state dinner in July 2017.

There are likewise useful considerations, like exactly how a tiara is affixed to the head. This is from a town & country story:

Having a great deal of hair would help, as this will allow both the tiara… to be secured. Although there is a prominent misconception that tiaras are heavy. In fact, extremely few are. However, they are like a stone hat; a bit cumbersome as well as the veil doubly so.

Below, the Duchess on her method to Buckingham Palace for the 2016 diplomatic reception.

Tatler has a piece with 10 Rules for Wearing a Tiara, as well as it likewise includes fundamental information, like tips for affixing the tiara to one’s head.

Tatler UK

The Order of Splendor publish has much more information; the full town & country piece is right here as well as the BBC story is here. Wedding Dash has a publish on exactly how to pull Off a Tiara with any type of Kind of wedding event Hair.


Now for our final item, the results of our poll asking for your favorite Wimbledon look worn by the Duchess.

With a overall of 4726 votes, the Catherine Walker dress remained firmly at the top of the list. The gown was a bit of a departure for the Duchess, with the wildflower print on the skirt, however it was a quite modification of speed as well as one that was certainly popular. 

We’ll leave you with links to some light reading, recent stories you may enjoy:

The Mirror has a piece covering possible designers for Princess Eugenie’s wedding event gown.

A story in PR Week features Hello! Magazine’s Emily Nash talking about what it’s like to be a royal reporter as well as editor, as well as working with the Palace public relations team.

 Harper’s Bazaar has a photo gallery looking at the 51 best costumes from The Crown.


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