Category Archives: Fun

Royal Tour Day 12: Sydney {LIVE}

Royal Tour Day 12: Sydney {LIVE}

Today was a fabulous day for the Royal Tour, with plenty of opportunities for Kate to shine! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent a full day in Sydney, exploring some very iconic and some highly important landmarks in Australian society.

The first stop was the massive, celebratory Sydney Royal Easter Show – a state fair on steroids. William and Kate will visit the agricultural stands and art displays. Then, the duo will visit Bear Cottage Children’s Hospice – one of two children’s hospices in the country . Children’s hospices have become a personal mission for the Duchess of Cambridge, who truly shines while visiting them. In the afternoon, William and Kate will visit Manly Beach, an iconic beach near Sydney. They will view a surf live-saving display and meet with lifeguards.

Royal Easter Show

The first event of the day was the Royal Easter Show. The massive fair, consisting of agricultural shows, cultural displays, concerts, rides, games, and performances, has been a Sydney institution since 1823.


The Duke and Duchess viewed the various agricultural and live animal displays. Kate was guided through a display of massive gourds and other vegetables. Outside, Their Royal Highnesses viewed the baby sheep and other livestock on display.


William and Kate also viewed the arts and crafts displays. Local artists and crafters displayed their works in a large gallery-style setting. One display was of hatwear and millinery – we wonder if Kate saw any she liked!


After viewing the various shows and displays, the Duke and Duchess met with the hordes of people who had gathered to see them. Many were eager to meet William and Kate on their walkabout.


Kate wore a white cotton lace dress by Australian designer Zimmermann. The dress is from their S/S 14 collection and is expected to go on sale this summer. She accessorized with her Stuart Weitzman “Minx” wedges, much to the delight of many royal watchers who love these shoes.

Bear Cottage Children’s Hospice

William and Catherine popped back to Admiralty House for a quick lunch and visit with Prince George. For their second event of the day, William and Kate visited Bear Cottage Children’s Hospice. The hospice is one of two in Australia and the only one in New South Wales. It is hoped that the Duchess’ visit will inspire more to be established.

In England, Kate works very closely with East Anglia Children’s Hospice, visiting numerous local hospices on official engagements. Previously, Kate opened Hospis Malaysia in 2012 and more recently visited Rainbow Place Children’s Hospice in New Zealand.

At Bear Cottage, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with youngsters and their families. They greeted staff and nurses while touring the facilities.

via Twitter

The Duchess of Cambridge gave a short speech at the event. It is one of the few speeches Catherine has delivered, and in it she thanked the people of Australia for their warm welcome and commended Bear Cottage on their work.

 

Manly Beach

For the final event of the day, William and Catherine visited Manly Beach. Manly Beach, as the name implies, was filled with manly men in “budgie smugglers” – tight male speedo swimsuits. It was a stark difference from the sheep and young children they visited with earlier.

Embedded image permalink

via Twitter

Manly Beach has a very popular and powerful lifesaving (more commonly known in America as lifeguards) program. Sydney is filled with surfers throughout the year, so surf live saving efforts are extremely important.

Hordes of people came to the beach to see the Duke and Duchess. Some even stood knee-deep in the ocean to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. Their first stop at the event was to greet the crowds on a walkabout.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with lifeguards and viewed surf live saving displays. It is said that these people save over 200 lives every year.

 

Royal Tour Day 8: Christchurch

Royal Tour Day 8: Christchurch

Today, William and Catherine continued their Royal Tour in Christchurch. The second largest city in New Zealand, which is known to be “more English than England,” suffered a devastating earthquake in 2011. Since then, Christchurch has made great efforts to restore the structure and morale of the powerful city. It was a jam-packed day ofContinue Reading

Royal Tour Day 7: Dunedin & Queenstown

Royal Tour Day 7: Dunedin & Queenstown

Today, the Cambridges departed for a two-day mini-break away from Wellington (and Cheeks, who stayed with his nanny). The trip began in Dunedin and Queenstown, where the Duke and Duchess scheduled a series of very fun events. via Twitter The first unofficial event of the day was the arrival at Dunedin airport. Kate and WilliamContinue Reading

Royal Tour Day 6: Waikato

Royal Tour Day 6: Waikato

Today, Wills and Kate parted their separate ways for a while on their first event in Waikato. While William spent the morning at the Pacific Aerospace Centre at Hamilton Airport, viewing the manufacturing plant and static aircraft display, Kate visited the Rainbow Place Children’s Hospice. Later, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reunited in theContinue Reading

Royal Tour Day 5: Auckland

Royal Tour Day 5: Auckland

After a glamorous reception in Wellington today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge jetted off to Auckland for a more low-key schedule of events. An exciting day for royal watchers – today will show Kate and William in a more relaxed reception with military servicemen before letting their competitive sides shine in Auckland Harbor. viaContinue Reading

Royal Tour Day 4: Blenheim

Royal Tour Day 4: Blenheim

After a wonderful play date yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left Georgie back in Wellington while they ventured to Blenheim. Today’s festivities mark the 100th anniversary of World War I, the first of many planned for the royals over the next year. While in Blenheim, they will also attend the first of manyContinue Reading

How to Follow the Royal Tour

How to Follow the Royal Tour

The Royal Tour of New Zealand and Australia is nearly upon us! The highly anticipated, three-week tour begins Monday morning in New Zealand, but the fun will start before you know it. The schedule is jam-packed, with long days and late nights (especially for your favorite bloggers!), but you can keep up to date onContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Weddings

Rules of EtiKate: Weddings

If you are anything like me, you are either at the age or approaching the age in which it seems that every other day, a new friend on Facebook is getting engaged. Engagements mean weddings, which are both exciting and nerve-racking. What does Dressy Casual even mean? What is an acceptable gift to bring? WhichContinue Reading

The Important Work of Hospices

The Important Work of Hospices

In the almost 30 years of my life, I’ve never known a dying person.  In fact, I’ve only known one person that has died- my nana, peacefully in her sleep of a heart attack.  While we were all surprised and terribly sad, we knew deep down it was a blessing she was taken that way.Continue Reading

Wardrobe Wednesday: Kate’s Favorite Designers for the Tour

Wardrobe Wednesday: Kate’s Favorite Designers for the Tour

On the upcoming tour, Kate will have upwards of thirty outfit changes – just when she is in public! We will see pretty day dresses and hardworking excursion wear. With so many outfits to wear, the Duchess of Cambridge will most likely rely on her old favorites. These designers have become tried-and-true for the Duchess,Continue Reading

Embracing Everyday Gracefulness

Embracing Everyday Gracefulness

When I was the ripe old age of five years old, I started taking ballet classes. While I was never good enough to become a professional ballerina (even though I dreamed about it), I learned a lot in my ten years of pink tights, ballerina buns, and plies. As I grew older, I had toContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Cell Phones

Rules of EtiKate: Cell Phones

As we have discussed before on WWKD, we rarely see Kate with a cell phone. She does not walk down the street chatting into her iPhone or text while she shops. She focuses on the people she is with and the world around her, something we can all do a little more often. I amContinue Reading

{GIVEAWAY} Kate’s Azuni Earrings

{GIVEAWAY} Kate’s Azuni Earrings

I don’t know about you, but here at WWKD we are so excited about the upcoming Royal Tour of New Zealand and Australia. Kate and William are due to spend three weeks down unda on an official royal tour. To prepare for those three weeks of events, engagements, and new outfits (yay!), we looked backContinue Reading

The Sweet William Project – Gardening like the Duchess of Cambridge!

The Sweet William Project – Gardening like the Duchess of Cambridge!

It is no secret that on top of being a fashion icon, patron of numerous charities, full time royal and mummy, Kate is also a domestic goddess. We love our Cooking with Catherine series, which lets you cook recipes inspired and favoured by Kate. We also talked about the other ways she is a modernContinue Reading

Style App-spirations: What’s on Kate’s iPhone?

Style App-spirations: What’s on Kate’s iPhone?

When we learned that the Duchess of Cambridge drank the Apple juice and joined the cult-like community of iPhone users, we were excited because it meant we have something  in common with her (besides our own gorgeous looks) Yippee! There are tons of apps dedicated to social media, gastronomy, music and more, but what aboutContinue Reading