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The Royal Tour Dream Team

The Royal Tour Dream Team

The New Zealand and Australia Royal Tour is almost here! We are so excited to see the various events, wonderful cities, and photo opportunities (mostly of Prince George of the Chubby Cheeks, of course) during those three weeks down unda.

Along with William, Kate, and George, there will be a professional team of royal aides to help the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a truly successful tour. While the Duke and Duchess are shaking hands, kissing babies, and highlighting important causes, there will be people working behind the scenes. One cannot go on tour by oneself! If you’ve wondered who that woman is that always steals Kate’s bouquets, or the guy who walks five steps behind the royals at all times, they are the professional aides to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Meet the Royal Dream Team of helpers that we’ll see on the tour:

Rebecca Deacon

Rebecca Deacon is the private secretary for the Duchess of Cambridge. She has been Kate’s confidant, friend, and aide for many years now, making stylish appearances at events and on previous tours. Miss Deacon will help Kate in a number of ways, from managing her schedule, to assisting in outfit selection, and even taking the excessive but gracious bouquets she will receive on walkabouts.

Miguel Head

Miguel Head in the private secretary for the Duke of Cambridge. He plays a slightly more active role with both the Duke and Duchess (probably because she doesn’t have to debate white-versus-ivory-versus-taupe shoes), and you will remember him from his press duties during Prince George’s birth. Miguel will assist William by helping with his schedule, advising him during events, and holding the occasional bouquet.

Amanda Cook Tucker

 

Amanda Cook Tucker is the hair maven responsible for Kate’s glossy locks while on tour. She showed her impressive skills during the Southeast Asia Tour in 2012, proving she knows how to handle a bit of humidity. Miss Cook Tucker was on hand during the birth of Prince George to deliver that now-iconic oh-I-just-gave-birth blowout, and will be with the Cambridges in New Zealand and Australia to perfect Kate’s tresses and maybe even tame a stray cowlick for William.

Maria Theresa Turrion Borrallo

Prince George’s new nanny, Maria Borrallo, will accompany the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George on this royal tour. Maria is a Spanish-born, England-educated nanny recently acquired by the Duke and Duchess specifically for this tour. Prince George’s previous nanny, Jessica Webb, felt she was not equipped to handle such an extended event. Maria will care for George while William and Kate are on official engagements and may assist during downtime as required. However, we probably won’t see much of her, as the Cambridge’s are said to be very hands-on parents.

Royal Protection Officers

Royal Protection Officers (sometimes called RPOs or PPOs) follow the royal family everywhere, even to New Zealand! We expect no less than four protection officers to travel on the Royal Tour. They will accompany the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George at all times, in addition to the extremely heightened security at the host venues. The RPOs are responsible for the well-being and safety of the royals, especially the second and third in line to the throne.

We may see other advisers and aides during the tour, but these people are the closest and most important people to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand. We can’t wait for the tour to begin! What event are you looking forward to the most?

What does Kate do?

What does Kate do?

The internet was a-buzz last week when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge jetted off to the Maldives for a short break before their New Zealand and Australia tour. While most people were envious of their escape to warmer climates, others were disgruntled. To many, it seems that the Duchess of Cambridge does nothing.  ItContinue 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

Rules of EtiKate: Traveling

Rules of EtiKate: Traveling

Kate and William are known to enjoy traveling, whether it be for engagements in the US and other parts of the world, or going to Africa on holiday. Wherever you are traveling to this holiday season and beyond, here are some tips and tricks to maintain a regal elegance even when you are 30,000 feetContinue Reading

Kate’s Year in Review

Kate’s Year in Review

This past year has been an incredible time for the royal family, but most importantly The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 2013 brought amazing memories, fantastic events, and – oh yeah – a baby. We couldn’t end the year without a spectacular review of Kate’s best moments. There were so many wonderful things happening inContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Hostessing

Rules of EtiKate: Hostessing

Now that we have all learned how to have a flawless table setting, we can start hosting fabulous dinner parties! Whether it is a small get-together, a swanky cocktail party, or a five-course formal sit-down dinner, here are some etiquette tips on how to be a gracious and regal hostess. Send out invitations far inContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Setting a Formal Table

Rules of EtiKate: Setting a Formal Table

While the last two EtiKate posts have been a bit aspirational (Meeting the Queen and Curtsying), this week’s post will focus on setting a formal table, a skill we can all use, whether it be at our next dinner party or the next time we sit down with our takeout. This diagram from Emily PostContinue Reading

Christmas like the Duchess

Christmas like the Duchess

For all you Americans, Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season begins – for us in the UK, all of the shops seem think Christmas began three months ago, I digress however – and I feel that now it’s just a two days until December, we can now all allow ourselves to get that littleContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Curtsying

Rules of EtiKate: Curtsying

This week’s EtiKate will look at the act of curtsying. Curtsying is a gesture of respect or reverence made by women by bending the knees with one foot forward and lowering the body. It is considered the female version of the bow. In the past, women would curtsy to anyone of superior social rank. WhileContinue Reading

Growing Old(er) Royally

Growing Old(er) Royally

We all get older. Ok, so I’m only 19 and still in the depths of endless acne treatments but even I look in the mirror every day just to see if I’ve got any lines on my forehead yet. Recently, on London Poppy Day, we saw press photos of Kate with the first signs ofContinue Reading

A Role Model To Women

A Role Model To Women

This past week, I counted not one, but three, women celebrities posting photos on Instagram missing major parts of their clothing exposing or alluding at very private parts of their bodies for the whole world to see.  These photos not only made it to the popular page of Instagram, but were talked about by allContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Meeting the Queen

Rules of EtiKate: Meeting the Queen

This week, we will be starting a new series centered around tips and tricks for royal etiquette and how to incorporate those tips into your daily life. While we may never marry Prince Harry and become British royalty, Kate has given us a stunning example of how to act regal and ladylike at all times.Continue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The Imperial College Healthcare Charity

Charity Spotlight: The Imperial College Healthcare Charity

The Imperial College Healthcare Charity is an organization that raises and manages charitable funds for the five hospitals in the Imperial College Healthcare Trust. These hospitals are Charting Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St. Mary’s, and Western Eye. Their aim in raising funds for these hospitals is to improve the experience of their patientsContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: PeacePlayers International

Charity Spotlight: PeacePlayers International

PeacePlayers International (PPI) is an organization aimed at bridging gaps and bringing children together in communities in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Israel, and Cyprus. They do this through a “peacebuilding-and-leadership development curriculum” that teaches them various tactics for improving their individual communities. Their mission is “to unite, educate and inspire young people in divided communities”Continue Reading

Charity Spotlight: BeatBullying

Charity Spotlight: BeatBullying

BeatBullying is an organization that seeks to create an online support forum for young people experiencing bullying, either on the Internet or in school. What makes BeatBullying unique is that they use highly-trained young people as their mentors. That means that if a student or other young person seeks help by registering on the site,Continue Reading