Monday, July 29, 2013

Commemorative Stamps Mark Prince George's Birth

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To celebrate the momentous occasion of Prince George's Birth, the Isle of Man Post Office is the first postal administration to mark the third in line to the throne's birth as they release a sheet of eight stamps congratulating William and Kate.

The set includes four stamps showing the proud father and four of a smiling Kate. A gold-foil postmark with the words "It's A Boy" will be used to cancel the stamps when the postal tribute is released on August 21 with a limited numbered edition of 500.

If you would like to order these, here is the information I have received:

"Hello Nicole,

Thank you for your interest in our Royal baby stamps. You can view all three products and order on our website:

We are delighted you will be blogging about our products and look forward to reading your post.

If there is anything else we can help you with please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Isle of Man Stamps and Coins"
Update 8/19/2013
The Isle of Man is now offering a number of options in addition to the one above.
The first is a silver-foiled commemorative envelope. The cover features the William and Catherine reprint stamps and announcement label. Enclosed, is a full-color information card with a specially-commissioned text by author, Claudia Joseph.
The second is a mint reprint William and Catherine sheet, a gold-foil 'It's A Boy' 22rd July postmarked cover and fully-authenticated signed announcement card. Included is a specially-commissioned text by author, Claudia Joseph. This is a limited edition of 500.
Last but not least there is a Reprint Cover. This is a postmarked special commemorative envelope. The cover features the William and Catherine reprint stamps and announcement label. Enclosed, is a black & white dedicated information card with specially-commissioned text by author, Claudia Joseph.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Prince George Visits His Grandparents

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After introducing the new prince to great-grandmother the Queen and uncle Prince Harry at Kensington Palace this morning, Prince William and Kate have headed to Bucklebury.

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The Duke and Duchess spent their first night together as a family at Kensington Palace. This morning, they were driven away by security to spend some time at Kate's family home. William sat in the front passenger seat and Kate in the back with George his baby seat.  

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Kate looked fresh faced and casual in a pretty short-sleeve, knot front dress by Seraphine. The 'Blossom Knot Front Lavender Dress' retails for £50 and as of this writing is currently available in all sizes except size 14.

The Seraphine Website provides the following description:
'This chic short sleeved maternity dress is the ultimate in effortless style and will ensure that you are perfectly polished for the on the go style in minutes.
 The lavender floral print follows on from this season's penchant for bold designs in a purple palette making it trouble free to work the aesthetic.
 Deep V-neckline enhances your new cleavage and provides easy breastfeeding access post birth.
The self-tie design creates delicate gathers that drape effortlessly over your bump.
95% Viscose 5% Elastin'
Completing her look, the Duchess pulled her hair up into a ponytail and wore her Givenchy SGV773 sunglasses (£159).

Welcome George Alexander Louis

This just in....Baby Cambridge has a name!

It is George Alexander Louis

Kensington Palace said in a short statement:
'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis.
'The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.'
What's in a name?
  • The name George means farmer or earth worker.
  • It represents the continuity of the monarchy and remained the bookmakers' favorite.
  • Six King Georges have worn the crown throughout history.
  • There has only been one other Prince of Cambridge and he was also named George.
  • George is the fourth name of the Prince of Wales - the baby's grandfather.
King George I
King George II

King George III
King George IV
King George V
King George VI

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

William & Kate Introduce Baby Cambridge to the World

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Cradled by Kate and with dad William by his side, Baby Cambridge was introduced to the world. He was met by cheers and whoops of delight from the hundreds who had flocked to witness the historic moment.

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The new family posed for photos outside the Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital. They then returned to go back inside as William held his son, before bringing him out again in his car seat.

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The Duke of Cambridge breathed a visible sigh of relief when he placed the baby in the back sear of a waiting Range Rover. He then drove off to nearby Kensington Palace with Kate sitting by her son’s side. 
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The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant in a cornflower blue bespoke crêpe de chine polka dot dress by British designer Jenny Packham. Kate has turned to this designer on numerous occasions. In a press release by the company, they said that they won’t be producing versions of the dress for sale.
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The blue dress was a nod, no doubt, to her baby's gender - the same gesture made by her mother during her own visit earlier in the day.
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And in a subtle tribute to Princess Diana, who wore a green spotted dress as she left the same hospital with Prince William in 1982, Kate’s dress had a similar polka dot pattern.
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Completing her outfit, Kate wore her beige 'Imperia' wedges by Pied a Terre (no longer available), her Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
Other Tid Bits
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  • Baby Cambridge is now third in the line of succession, displacing Prince Harry to fourth and the Duke of York to fifth, although he may not take the throne for some time.
  • Palace officials have confirmed for that the couple will not have a nanny and will rely upon their families help instead.
  • At 8lb 6oz, Baby Cambridge is the heaviest future king in 100 years.
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  • William confirmed that the prince was overdue when he said: ‘I will remind him of his tardiness when he is older.’
  • As of this posting, Baby Cambridge is still nameless. The Duke of Cambridge told the press, 'We're still working on a name so we will have that as soon as we can.'
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Additional Pictures
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Baby Cambridge's Blankets
Baby Cambridge was swaddled in two different blankets. The first was by G.H. Hurt & Son ( Specifically, it was the super-fine merino wool christening shawl (£45).
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G.H. Hurt & Son
The second blanket was the muslin Aden & Anais Jungle Jam swaddle blanket (available in a pack of 4 for £44.95 at John Lewis).
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The New Family Prepares to Go Home

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The first clues that the Duke and Duchess would be leaving the hospital with their little prince today was the arrival of Kate's hair stylist and her assistant. Amanda Cook Tucker, arrived at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington shortly before Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton.

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Amanda's aid carried an infant car seat as well as a dress beneath a protective dry-cleaning sheet. The royal stylist wheeled a suitcase.

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Amanda has been cutting William and Harry's hair since they were children and often styles Kate's hair at home. We were first introduced to the royal stylist when the royal couple visited the Far East on a Diamond Jubilee Tour in September last year.

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Kate has been a long-term client of the Richard Ward salon in Chelsea. When she wants her hair done in the comfort of her own house, she puts the call into Amanda.

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On a side may be interested in Baby Cambridge's' Infant Car Seat. It is the Britax Baby-Safe Infant Carrier car seat, which retails from £99.99 to £129.99. The car seat won the Mother & Baby award for Best Buy in the infant car seat category in 2012, and is a favorite among new parents.