The time I chatted with Will & Kate in Hamburg

Yes! It’s true! I met and chatted with both! But first we must rewind…

In the middle of June, the royals announced a seemingly spontaneous tour of Poland and Germany. My sweet coworkers, knowing my love of royals, began emailing me and stopping by my office to alert me of the news. And after a few strokes of the keyboard, I was able to verify.

Royal Tour Germany, July 21, 2017, Will & Kate in Hamburg

It was true. The British were, in fact, coming! But I didn’t let myself get my hopes up too much. You see, I’ve seen the Danish royals when the visited in May of 2015, and I didn’t manage to snag so much as a wee wave. So getting to even talk to William or Kate? “Yeah right,” I thought.

And, as my father so lovingly reminds me often, “Keep your expectations low and you’ll never be disappointed.”

Armed with my father’s wisdom and the reality that Kate fans can be a bit… pushy, I wasn’t hoping for more than a photo up close.

Fast forward a few weeks to the day of…

I’m lucky in that I live near the Elbphilharmonie, one of their stops on the tour, as well as the fact that I get that generous, European amount of vacation days, and as an American who still feels guilty for taking time off, well I had more than enough left over to use a half day.

So I hoped on my bike around 12 to head that way. They were due to arrive at 2:40 p.m. As I rode down that way I couldn’t help but be a bit disgruntled with myself that I hadn’t managed much earlier. I was expecting a crowd of thousands already set up.

I was pleasantly surprised when I came upon a mere hundred, leaving me plenty of time to post up.

First, though, I’d have to strategize where to stand. So I found a news anchor who was preparing herself and asked where she was planning to get the shot. (As a journalism major, I knew she had the best insider scoop.) She was super kind and explained that the majority of the crowd was near the entrance as Kate & Will were due around 2:00p.m. to enter the concert hall… BUT(!), if I was willing to wait, and wanted a more “personal” experience, she recommended  I stand at the hardly crowded exit, as they would take time after the concert for a walkabout.

So I found a spot that, admittedly, was almost too good to be true. And I waited. My good friend met me on her lunch break and was patient enough with me to put up with my competitiveness with the crowd for a good position.

The crowd made for some grand people watching as we waited.

There was the Kate Middleton lookalike — there were many actually, and I kind of loved the amount of reporters even trying to replicate Kate’s style.

Royal Tour Germany, July 21, 2017, Will & Kate in Hamburg

There was the lady who was PISSED that the royals were even there. (Purposely cropped out.)

Royal Tour Germany, July 21, 2017, Will & Kate in Hamburg

There was a royal pup! IMG_6764

And the people opting for a birds-eye view… IMG_6776

Then before we knew it, was time. (Quick side note: there was a woman there determined to get the books she wrote into Kate’s hands. At first it was endearing. Then it became… intense. But her determination meant that Kate stopped and chatted with our portion of the crowd, so I guess that’s a plus!)

Royal Tour Germany, July 21, 2017, Will & Kate in Hamburg

Royal Tour Germany, July 21, 2017, Will & Kate in Hamburg

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Kate very graciously accepted the books as the woman gave her the books for George’s 4th birthday. It was very sweet actually. And Kate was so kind and patient. It is worth noting that Kate does seem rather shy. I don’t know how she managed the crowd. I was overwhelmed and no one was hollering my name or shoving things my direction. She was so graceful under pressure.

My journalism instincts must have kicked into high-gear next, as I somehow managed to catch this exchange between Kate and the girl next to me (whom I did not film for privacy reasons).

The girl told Kate how much she appreciated the work they’ve done for mental health with Heads Together (which they have done wonderfully, and something I’ve been meaning to write about on here for a while). Kate took the time to be so incredibly kind and thoughtful in her response. It was truly amazing how she managed to stay focused with many other people in the crowd.

Bravo Kate. Bravo.

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(A selfie! I couldn’t help but think back to this post. And I couldn’t dare ask her to pose with me. I actually became surprisingly tongue-tied upon actually meeting her!)

I was so starstruck after saying hello and shaking Kate’s hand (not captured on film, of course), that I almost nearly forgot William was coming as well.

Royal Tour Germany, July 21, 2017, Will & Kate in Hamburg

Royal Tour Germany, July 21, 2017, Will & Kate in HamburgMeeting Wills and Kate in Hamburg

William was asking people if they spoke English, and somehow I managed to think quick and use this to my advantage. I piped up, “Greetings from America, Will!” To which he immediately came our way and shook my hand, asking, “Whereabouts in America are you from?” “Kansas!” I replied, the shock clear in my voice. “Kansas! What a beautiful spot,” he replied.

My mind was blown. I had just spoken with Prince William. THE Prince William whose name adorned my sister and my’s custom “I LOVE PRINCE WILLS” pencils throughout elementary schoool… THE Prince William whose photo I had affixed to my wall for most of my adolescence. THE Prince William whose wedding my sister and I woke up at 4 a.m. to watch. THE Prince William who is third inline to the throne. THE Prince William who will one day be the King of England.

It was clear. I had royally peaked.

Part II. soon to follow, wherein I start to get rude DMs from people across the world for my royal posts. 😉

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King & Queen of Spain’s US Tour: First stop, Washington D.C.

Spanish Royals in Washington DC

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain are currently on a US tour. They kicked it off with a visit to Capital Hill.

Bienvenido to America!

Washington, D.C., is getting the royal treatment this week as the city plays host to Queen Letiziaand King Felipe of Spain.

The glamorous couple – who rose to the throne after Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos, abdicated in 2014 – are on a four-day tour of the U.S., starting in the nation’s capital.

For their first official visit to the U.S. as king and queen, the Spanish royals took care to start off with spots that held a significance for their homeland. They requested that their first visit be to George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, “to highlight the long-standing historic relations between our two countries,” said Ramón Gil-Casares, Spanish Ambassador to the United States. (People magazine.)

You can see more photos from their time in Washington, D.C. here.

Royal Tour Fashions: Kate’s Worst Looks

kate-middleton-tour-outfitsFashion fails

Kate Middleton Oz TourThis outfit will be iconic for many reasons. Among them being the first outfit we’ve seen Kate wear while wrangling a very bouncy baby George, as well as the first outfit of the tour. But let’s be honest, this dress will forever be associated with one of the Duchess’s more disastrous ‘Marilyn Moments.‘ It’s a lovely dress. However, I think it was a bit too ‘uniformy.’ and I’m still recovering from the fainting spell I had when I learned it cost $2,521. Not to mention her attempting to channel Diana and Jackie O. You’re you, Kate–And when you want to be you can be pretty fabulous. Own it! The best comment on the dress came from Twitter where someone mentioned that Kate spent 90 hours buttoning the buttons on this dress coat.

Kate Middleton Oz TourIt’s so hard to narrow my list down to just three, so I’m going to say ‘all and any ruby green dresses’ for number two. I love green. I really do. I think it can look really great sometimes. This was not one of those times. I’m shocked Kate went for this look. Color aside, the zipper, robe-like silhouette is terrible. It’s not even salvageable if she were to add certain accessories. It’s just bad. And what on earth is that stitching? Did she pack some sort of basket on top of it, causing those stitch-like wrinkles? All for $3120 (last seen going for half price). Had Kate opened the jacket and allowed the dress beneath to show, it could have been an OK look. Could, not definitely would. But the look as a whole was a major bust.

Kate Middleton Oz TourThe first thought I had when I saw this look was “who died?!” Also, “how is her waist the same size as her neck?” I love a little black dress. I also fancy dresses with long sleeves. Yet this look still manages to get a double thumbs down from me. And the embroidery–why? The Queen apparently lent hardly any jewelry to Kate, so she had to have some sparkle sewn in. Also, isn’t it really not fit for a royal to wear all black when not in mourning? (Off to jot down notes about future protocol post…back!)

It was a tough call, I really disliked most of the outfits, but this entire look was a miss for me. The makeup. The sausage roll curls… drab. Absolutely drab.

And, for royal tour wardrobe costing $65,000 I expected a LOT more fab.

Bonus look:

prince-william-kate-royal-tour-vineyard_aI appreciate the direction Kate was going with this look. No one’s a bigger fan of skinny jeans and blazers than me…but the gold buttons on this blazer, paired with the checkered shirt screams mannequin to me for some reason. But had the buttons been a bit more subtle, I think this look could have been tops. Plus, major props to the Duchess for showing some love for GAP.

See my favorite looks here.

 

So that’s my measly input regarding the whole tour-drobe. And yes, I know. I am writing this while wearing my snazziest Old Navy black, long-sleeved tee, and a pair of GAP Jeans, so my vote means essentially…nothing. But, in my dream world, when I wear dazzling designer duds and essentially live the life of a Duchess, these looks would never do.

(AND THERE WOULD BE NO WIRE HANGERS.)

 

 And, as always, check out What Kate Wore for all the details on Kate’s looks.
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Royal Tour Fashion: Kate’s Best Looks

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Head-to-Toe Perfection

LK Bennett Dress Kate Middleton Oz Tour From her sleek, pulled-back, age-appropriate hairstyle, to the classy, yet chic silhouette of the poppy L.K. Bennett dress–this look was spot on for the 31-year-old Duchess and the occasion and setting (an early fall, certainly still warm in Australia). The navy blue Alexander McQueen pumps and matching Oroton ‘Odeion’ Clutch in Indigo added just enough polish to the outfit, without being too look at me!

LK Bennett Dress Kate Middleton Oz TourThe Michael Kors’ tweed coatdress Kate wore for her last engagement of the tour, the Anzac Memorial Day Ceremony, was not only a look that is both sophisticated and modern, but was also a modern take on a timeless look. The hat added a perfect finish, and her hair was not as though she had just let it out of sausage rollers (as we so often see it). When her hair wasn’t in the way, the poppy broach was a lovely nod of remembrance. If Kate’s style continues to evolve in this direction, we have a lot to look forward to fashion-wise.

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I didn’t love this suit by Luisa Spagnoli, but the look, overall, was lovely. Red suits Kate, and her hair pulled back always makes her look her age. (I feel like when she wears her hair down she is trying to look overly youthful, which in the cruel ways of life, actually makes her look far beyond her years.) The peplum at the waist added some curves and she looked like this was something she would have worn pre-Duchess days. It is a recycled piece, and I think the way she styled it is simple chic. 

Bonus look:

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Kate looked so natural and stunning when she was out in her element, on the water, racing Prince William. Plus, I’m always a fan of a ponytail and stripes, so it’s no surprise I adored this look of hers.

 

 And, as always, check out What Kate Wore for all the details on Kate’s looks.
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Bye, George!

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Just as quickly as it began, it has ended.

And now we hope we’re able to see more of Prince George now that he has been properly introduced to the world. He stole the show this tour and we’re so happy he did… we can only talk about Kate’s (lack of) fashion taste for so long before it gets boring. (Read: it gets old fast.)

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For now we simple bid them adieu and catch up on the reality of our non-royal existences…sigh.

Pop quiz: where do you suppose they’ll vacation after this grueling vacation Tour? My guess: somewhere tropical. Albeit incredibly secluded. Maybe a private island.

Image: ilovebritishroyals.

Kate’s Royal Tour Fashion: New Zealand

Duchess of Cambridge New Zealand Outfits

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Duchess of Cambridge New Zealand Outfits

Duchess of Cambridge New Zealand Outfits

Duchess of Cambridge New Zealand Outfits

The Duchess of Cambridge seemed to have had someone behind the scenes inspiring her outfits this tour. Whether it is actually on account of the Queen’s requests of longer hemlines, we can’t be sure, but we have seen Kate wear more ‘tailored’ looks lately.

Personally, I loved her striped-shirt, blazer, and skinny jeans look she wore sailing. But I like that outfit on anyone. Sadly, none of these looks ‘blew me out of the water.’ I feel there were more ‘mehs’ than usual. I do know that I wouldn’t be sorry if we never see that green coat dress again. That was a definite no.

I’d love to know…

Which look was your favorite and which was your least favorite? And what do you think about her hair? She’s reported to have a hairstylist on this tour and costs $500 a day. I think that’s a bit outrageous if true, Kate can surely blow out her hair herself and add a few curls, right? Hopefully we’ll see more up-dos the second half of this tour…

 

As always, for more information about Kate’s fashion What Kate Wore has you covered!