Now that events surrounding Charlotte’s birth have settled down we are back with a few updates.
We begin with shots of Prince George’s blue cardigan, worn when visiting his new sister and mother at the Lindo Wing May 2nd. Here’s a quick visual refresher:
The sweater/jumper is 100% cotton and it retails for £40, roughly $65 at today’s exchange rates. The white version is available in larger sizes, but George’s color is sold out. (The light blue version shown above has ribbing at the wrist, which George’s does not have.) I was curious about the meaning of “sous marin” and looked it up; the translation is ‘submarine.’ Our thanks to a lovely WKW follower (who wishes to remain anonymous) for sharing the catalog photo of the sweater!
Amaia Kids has become a favorite of Kate’s, George has worn several items from the company. Here is some background about the company via the Pirouette blog:
Amaia was founded in 2005 by two London-based mothers : Amaia originally from Spain and Segolene from Paris.
All the clothes, for boys and girls (2 – 12 y old) are designed by Amaia and Segolene and combine Spanish and French styles.
Company owners found out George was wearing their cardigan when they saw him on TV during live coverage of events at St. Mary’s Hospital May 2nd. More from Hello! magazine:
…Amaia Arrieta and Segolene Tresca, the owners of Amaia Kids said: “Like the rest of the nation, we were glued to the TV screens on Saturday waiting to see a glimpse of Princess Charlotte and indeed her brother, Prince George, visiting her for the first time.
“We were commenting on how adorable Prince George looked and how his outfit complemented Prince William’s so perfectly, when we caught site of Prince George’s sweater and realised that it was indeed one of ours! And then we looked down to his feet and saw he was also wearing our socks too!
The cotton socks are available here.
I expect we will continue to see Prince George wearing items from Amaia; it is likely Kate will put Charlotte in styles from the brand as well. From a People story:
Having visited Amaia several times, Kate has become quite the regular. “She is really, really lovely, she asks for our names and she is just really thankful and always in a good mood, never in a hurry. She makes everyone feel very comfortable around her.”
We also have images of the Irulea items worn by Princess Charlotte when she was introduced to the world not long after she was born.
Irulea posted photos on its Facebook page showing the handmade pieces, and even included a few image of company owners Susana and Ayago Villar.
The items are displayed on some lovely lace pieces, the sort of handmade household linens Irulea offers in addition to apparel.
A wonderful What Kate Wore Facebook friend named Mary spoke with Irulea and has shared the prices she was quoted for each item.
- The ‘capita’ or ‘capotita’ (hat) is €55 (about $63)
- The ‘patucos’ (booties) are €35 (about $40)
- The sweater is €85 (about $97)
This is Children’s Hospice Week in the UK, a topic near and dear to Kate’s heart.
The weeklong campaign is designed to raise awareness, but there are also plenty of fundraising events for anyone interested in that element of the week’s activities. National charity Together for Short Lives oversees the week. This year’s theme is “Making Every Moment Count.” Supporters are asked to share pictures of any moment that is special to them and post the images on social media with the hashtag #MomentsCount.
Kate has sent letters of support to the many children’s hospice organizations she has worked with over the years. Below we show the letter sent to EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices), the Duchess is royal patron of the organization.
You can see a list of activities here. For anyone interested in the children’s hospice movement in the United States, this link takes you to the Children’s Hospice of America Foundation website and this link connects to Children’s Hospice International.
Kate, William, George and Charlotte continue to grace magazine covers around the world, including these two from People magazine: the May 25th issue has a darling shot of George. On the right we show another People Collector’s Edition, this one featuring the entire Cambridge clan, as well as Diana, Princess of Wales.
Also today, a quick link for US shoppers interested in buying the Emma Bridgewater commemorative mug celebrating Princess Charlotte’s birth.
The mug is available for pre-order at Joanne Hudson, selling at $38.99; that price *includes* free shipping. (Our thanks to Trisha S for the tip on this!) Here is a nifty feature on the Charlotte mugs being made.
Should you be looking for a matched set, Emma Bridgewater has done another run of Prince George mugs. This item will be available to ship from Emma Bridgewater beginning May 25th. Something of the “Prince George Effect,” I suppose, or perhaps the company staving off a Prince George Effect sellout…?
It sells for $34.95, but shipping to the US is actually more than the mug costs – between £35 – £50.
- The entire People article about Prince George’s blue outfit worn to the hospital is here
- The Hello! story about George’s blue ensemble is here
- If you are interested in reading more about Charlotte’s Irulea pieces there are links to loads of Irulea news stories here
- For an in-depth series of news stories about pediatric hospice care in Michigan, click here.