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Kate Middleton Fashion Update

Apr 2013

Kate Middleton’s joining of the royal family brought with it a significant increase in donations to the charity of Prince William and Prince Harry. The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has now trademarked a wide range of its goods and services. There were rumours that this would involve a Kate Middleton- inspired clothing line, however, they have now been dispelled.

Luxe Models has always been a fan of Kate Middleton’s wardrobe, and it would seem that we’re not the only ones. Kate has now topped a poll for the most desirable wardrobe in the UK! What a title to have earned. In winning this title Kate Middleton beat many high profile women such as Cheryl Cole, Taylor Swift and Rihanna; you’re playing with the big girls, now, Kate!

Of course Kate’s wardrobe oozes class. The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her ability to make an item of clothing sell out in seconds.

In other news, Kate has been dressing her baby bump in some divine outfits, which is make us, here at Luxe Models, London, come over all broody! Recently, in Scotland, Kate Middleton was photographed wearing a red Versace coat, Strathearn Tartan silk scarf and black Cornelia James gloves.

So, Kate Middleton continues to wow us, here at Luxe Models, with her royal style. We can’t wait to see how she continues to dress her baby bump as it grows.

A deserving winner of the Panasonic’s Lumix XS1 camera poll, we are pleased that the country can watch on as Kate continues to step out in utmost style and utmost grace.

A Kate Middleton fashion update brought to you by Luxe Models UK.


The Duchess of Cambridge – Baby news? We’re still waiting!

Oct 2012

Everybody is waiting to hear the news that one of our most loved couples is expecting a baby, but when?

Since the couple married in April 2011 numerous speculations has been flying around the internet and in magazines about whether or not the couple are expecting, but the happy couple are yet to announce the news.

For anyone who is planning on having a family there can be pressure but understandably there is intense pressure on the royal couple to have a baby as they are one of our nations most loved couple. It seems that every time Kate is pictured holding a bag over her stomach or refusing to eat a peanut butter paste, the headlines and internet go crazy with rumours

The latest speculation came about when The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly politely turned down a glass of wine twice, whilst visiting Singapore, and raised a glass of water whilst making a toast along with Price William. Adding further  fuel to rumours, when asked how many children he and Kate would like to have, William quickly responded by saying “two.” This giving us an indication he was dropping hints and the royal couple have been discussing the matter.

A further flurry of speculation occurred, whilst the couple were celebrating their one year anniversary last April, it was reported that they had been spotted preparing a nursery, maybe for a new arrival to the family.

In May the Duke, a helicopter rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force, gave an interview where it was reported he said he and Kate were eager to have children.

“I’m just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I, are looking forward to having a family in the future,” the Duke of Cambridge said. Asked by Couric if there was anything else he wanted to share, he answered with a laugh, “You won’t get anything out of me. Tight lipped.”

But maybe it is all just coincidence and rumours and it could be some time before the Duchess of Cambridge baby will arrive.

It’s been exciting year of the Royal Family with the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics and sadly with Price Phillip having to visit hospital a few times this year has been very busy so this year may not have been the right time to add on an extra member to the family. But maybe 2013?


The Duchess at the Paralympics

Sep 2012

After joining Queen Elizabeth at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony, Kate  Middleton has been spotted at numerous events across the Paralympics. Over 1 Billion viewers tuned in to watched the ceremony. The Duchess wore  a beautiful cream dress coat to the historical opening ceremony, which was designed by Scandinavian fashion brand DAY Birger et Mikkelsen.

The Olympic ambassador, Kate Middleton, has really been getting stuck into the London 2012 Paralympics by attending as many events as possible. The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted taking part in a Mexican wave, and is constantly cheering on the fantastic British Athletes.

Kate has been seen as a ‘golden girl’ or an ‘Olympic mascot’ as it is claimed that she ‘brings luck’ to TeamGB’s athletes.

Kate also got the chance to award British Gold medallist, Aled Reid, his medal. The Duchess of Cambridge had been invited to award two medals, and it was just a ‘happy coincidence’ that she handed Mr Reid his medal.

Reid declared himself the ‘happiest man in the world’ after receiving his medal from the Duchess. Aled Reid had already received a bronze medal for his performance in the Shot Put event.

With the London 2012 Paralympic Games only halfway through, TeamGB have a jaw-dropping 95 medals, 26 of those being Gold!

Kate was also spotted cheering on TeamGB at the rowing event with Lady Louise. The Duchess and Lady were together at  the Paralympic event, which is located just outside of London. Lady Louise, Prince Williams nine year old cousin, daughter of Prince Edward, was also one of the attendants at the Duke and Duchess Royal Wedding back in April 2011

It is thought that the Royal Couple will visit he athletes at the London 2012 Games village before they go on their tour. William and Kate have agreed to represent the Queen on a Diamond Jubilee tour to the south of Asia which begins on September 9th.

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Kate Middleton attends Olympic Games Expedition

Jul 2012

Kate Middleton, dressed in a royal blue dress arrived at the Olympic Games Expedition at London’s National Portrait Gallery to attend the Road in 2012: Aiming High expedition.

The Expedition showed world-class Olympic and Paralympic athletes and those who also work behind the team.

In the expedition pictures showing the Taekwondo fighting, men’s rowing team and the London Lord Mayor Boris Johnson. Kate also saw a picture of herself at the TeamGB training ground, playing with the Hockey Team.

With Kate being the Ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic Games, TeamGB and ParalympicsGB it was no surprise that she attended the expedition. Kate is also known as a great sports woman as well as a ‘keen’ photographer.

Kate wore a royal blue Stella McCartney dress, with black heels. She was also wearing a gold necklace worth a whopping £49,000. Despite the gold necklace sporting 5 gold hoops, a St James spokesman simply said, ‘It is a personal piece she has had for some time. It is not an official Olympic item but it’s appropriate to wear it.’

Kate has played a major role in attending charities and engagements, representing the Royal Family. The Duchess of Cambridge has taken on her royal role with open arms since she married Prince William in April 2011, making her the heir to the throne.

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Will and Kate One Year On

May 2012

One year on from the dazzling Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, watched by an audience of millions worldwide, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are reported to have spent their first wedding anniversary at a country pub in Suffolk, before returning to their home in Wales.

While guest at the wedding of an old school friend of Catherine’s, the Royal Couple stayed at the aptly named ‘The Crown’, a 12th century inn situated in the village of Westleton.

True to form, William and Kate were said to demonstrate no ‘airs and graces’ and expected no special treatment during their stay at ‘The Crown’.  Joining in with the rest of the party, the couple enjoyed a glass of champagne with friends at the inn, before leaving for the private wedding reception.

In their first year of marriage – aside from their honeymoon in the Seychelles and the arrival of a new family member, Lupo the Cocker Spaniel – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have certainly been busy.

The newly married Royals have been on a Royal Tour to Canada and the USA.  The Duke has spent six weeks on duty in the Falkland Islands.  The Duchess has announced and actively begun promoting her various patronages, and has accompanied The Queen on Royal engagements.

William and Kate have also enjoyed a skiing holiday in France together, and appeared at numerous film premiere events in London….and that’s just to mention the most apparent of their activities

It’s therefore not surprising then that the couple preferred a low-key celebration for their anniversary and retreated to their home in Wales, on the windswept Isle of Anglesey, where William is working as a Search and Rescue pilot for the RAF.

Image: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on tour in Canada in 2011.


Online Store – Now Open

May 2012

The online store is now open. Click here to visit our new look store.

A website originally created to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, The Royal Online Store in April 2011 has added a new look online store to meet the demands of its global audience.

The Royal Wedding William Kate website has been providing ‘unofficial’ news and images of William and Catherine since they announced their engagement in November 2010.

The website’s popular on-line store has been re-branded as ‘The Royal Online Store’ and is now stocked with a wider range of best-selling Royal-themed products including The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as well as The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

The site’s news and features section has been broadened to provide a new emphasis on the British Royal Family.  It will cover key events and other significant milestones surrounding the British Monarchy, in addition to the regular news about the newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Visitors to the website can sign-up to receive regular news and notifications of product offers.  The store sells an excellent variety of items from commemorative key-rings, books and stationery to street party packs, Royal Wedding china and Diamond Jubilee memorabilia.

The founder of the website, Simon Wadsworth comments:

“The Royal Wedding William and Kate website has received an unprecedented level of interest worldwide.  The continued interest in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is huge, but people want one place where they can find out all the news and gossip about the Royal Family as well, which is why we felt the need to adapt the site.”

“The re-designed Royal Store provides one of the most comprehensive ranges of Royal memorabilia and souvenirs in the market place.  We ship regularly to fans worldwide who are looking for products to commemorate the British Royal Family.”

The website was established in November 2010 as an ‘unofficial sponsor’ and supporter of The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.  It is the highest ranking commercial web site in Google for all the major traffic terms related to the ‘Royal Wedding’ and experiences on average around 2,000 visitors a day.

The website has attracted visitors from 178 countries across the globe, and peak traffic levels in the region of 100,000 unique visitors per day.  The site experienced more than three million visitors over the weekend of the Royal Wedding in April 2011.

For further information please contact Simon Wadsworth email:, telephone: 00 44 1274 534 040.

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Kate Attends Preview of ‘Lucian Freud Portraits’

Apr 2012

On her first ‘solo’ public engagement following her marriage to Prince William, Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, chose to visit London’s National Portrait Gallery, where she is the newly appointed Patron.

Catherine attended a preview of the new ‘Lucian Freud Portraits’ exhibition.  The Duchess was given a tour of the exhibition and met with dignitaries at the event.

The Duchess wore a knee-length, grey coat-dress with full skirt, shawl collar and nipped-in waist by Jesiré, accessorised with a black clutch and Jimmy Choo court shoes, a silver necklace and beautiful matching diamond bracelet.

Catherine, who has a degree in the History of Art from the University of St Andrews, where she famously met her husband in 2001, became Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, London in January 2012.

Freud, one of Britain’s most distinguished painters, died last summer at the age of 88.  The painter was renowned for his naked full-length portraits.   The Freud exhibition is open to the public and runs until 27 May 2012.  The exhibition is part of the official countdown to the London 2012 Festival.

Image: The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Wednesday 8 February 2012.  Photo credit: Jorge Herrera/Pool/PA Wire


Kate’s Visit to The Art Room Project

Apr 2012

Catherine Middleton had a first-hand experience of the work of one of her patronages – The Art Room Project – this week, when she visited two schools in Oxford to find out more about art therapy and how the children are benefitting from the scheme.

The Art Room Project, which celebrates its ten-year anniversary this year, provides art therapy to children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.  The project aims to set up ‘art therapy’ rooms or centres in existing schools.  The charity has so far established five art rooms in schools in Oxford and North London.

Catherine Middleton, who is a Royal Patron of The Art Room Project, was welcomed by staff and pupils at the Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford and at the Oxford Spires Academy.

The Duchess attended an art therapy session at Rose Hill Primary, where pupils presented her with an apron embellished with ‘Miss Catherine’.  The Duchess experienced an art therapy session based around the poem the ‘Owl and the Pussycat’.

Catherine also made a tour of the Oxford Spires Academy to see the art therapy centre, which provides facilities for the school’s older pupils as well as for pupils from neighbouring primary schools.  The Duchess joined a round table discussion on the training and supervision of the charity’s staff.

Catherine’s visit to Oxford is one of number of ‘solo’ visits that The Duchess is making while Prince William is overseas.  The Duke of Cambridge is currently working as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot in the Falkland Islands.

Image: The Duchess of Cambridge meets with children as she leaves Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford on Tuesday 21 February 2012. The Duchess had the opportunity to talk to the children as well as observe how the school uses ‘art as therapy’ to help increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence through art. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)


Kate’s Honorary Patronages

Apr 2012

As part of her Royal Duties, Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has accepted responsibility for four honorary charity patronages in sectors that include health, addiction, the arts and the development of children and young people.

Catherine’s patronages, which were announced in January 2012, include Action on Addiction, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), The Art Room and the National Portrait Gallery in London.  The Duchess will also volunteer for the Scout Association.

The Duchess has selected organisations that complement the work of her husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and which reflect those causes closest to her heart.

Action on Addiction operates nationally and has a number of centres throughout England.   The organisation provides help to individuals suffering from addiction, and offers support to their families.  The charity is also responsible for delivering education to professionals involved in the treatment and prevention of addiction.  Catherine Middleton is now officially a Patron of the organisation.

The EACH organisation has hospices in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.   The charity provides care and support to children and young people suffering from life-threatening conditions, and offers support to their families.  Catherine Middleton is now officially a Royal Patron of the organisation.

The Art Room is a charity working in Oxford and London.  The organisation aims to help children with emotional and behavioural difficulties to increase their self-esteem and communication abilities through art.  Young people suffering from illnesses such as Asperger’s syndrome are amongst those who are helped by the project.  Catherine Middleton is now officially a Royal Patron of the organisation.

The National Portrait Gallery is located in central London and is recognised as housing one of the most important collections in the world.  Catherine Middleton is the Honorary Patron.

The Scout Association provides personal development opportunities for young people across the UK.  Catherine joins the 100,000 active volunteers involved in the organisation.  The Queen is the Patron of the Scout Association.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been a patron of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry since September 2011.  The Princes’ foundation, which received charitable status in 2009, focuses mainly on young people, sustainable development and the Armed Forces.

Image: The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool on Tuesday 14 February 2012. Photo credit: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo/PA Wire


Goring’s Diamond Jubilee Offer

Apr 2012

The London hotel where Kate Middleton spent her last night as a single woman, and as a commoner, has announced an exclusive Queen’s Diamond Jubilee holiday offer, including an amazing £1 million package to stay in the Royal Suite.

The Goring Hotel, situated just behind Buckingham Palace, is the ideal location for anyone craving ‘ring-side’ seats at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee official celebrations in June 2012.

The exclusive holiday package, which is available between Saturday 2 June and Tuesday 5 June 2012, is offering a range of two and four-night stays starting at £1,900 for two nights in a ‘Delightful King Room’.

The hotel is also reputed to be selling a four-night stay in the suite where Kate Middleton stayed before her wedding to Prince William, for a staggering £1 million.  This incredible offer apparently includes, amongst other luxuries and frivolities, a champagne reception on arrival, a horse-and-carriage ride along The Queen’s coronation route, and a diamond ring from De Beers.

Anyone booking a stay at The Goring during The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will benefit from a range of Royal-related incentives.

Guests will have the advantage of being introduced to a number of Royal Warrant Holders including Garrards – the Royal Jewellers; Swaine Adeney and Brigg – suppliers of fine leather goods to the Royal Family; and Rigby and Peller – Royal Warrant Holder for undergarments.

In addition, tickets to Royal attractions such as Kensington Palace, the Royal Mews, The Queen’s Gallery and The Ceremony of The Keys at The Tower of London, will be available to guests..

Will you be visiting London during The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?

Image: The Duchess of Cambridge leaves Clarence House to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William earlier.


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