The Royal Report


Everything you need to know about your favorite Royals...

January 9

Happy 37th Birthday, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge!


January 9

William, Duke of Cambridge became the patron of the London Air Ambulance Charity's 30th Anniversary Campaign. London's Air Ambulance has been providing life-saving treatment to the 10 million people who live and work in London for the past 30 years. 


The Duke paid a visit to the London Air Ambulance at The Royal London Hospital on the same day. He met with pilots, crew members, paramedics, and clinicians. William was once an air ambulance pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. 


January 10

Kensington Palace announces the Duchess of Sussex's patronages. Meghan is now the patron of Smart Works which helps long term unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed in job interviews, return to employment, transform their lives, and Mayhew an organization that finds innovative ways to reduce the number of animals in need through pro-active community and educational initiatives and preventative veterinary care.


Patronages of The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) have been passed down to the Duchess from Her Majesty The Queen.

January 10

Meghan visited Smart Works headquarters. The announcement of The Duchess' patronage of Smart Works was announced earlier that morning.



The pregnant royal stepped out in an Oscar de la Renta cotton twill coat, the 'Eliza' dress from Hatch Collection, a Victoria Beckham vanity box bag, and Gianvito Rossi cow print plexi heels.




January 11

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, as Charles and Camilla are known in Scotland, visited Scotland's historic Fife Arms Hotel. The hotel had just reopened after extensive restorations. Fife Arms is home to over 14,000 historical objects and works of art. Artists featured at the hotel include Pablo Picasso and a watercolor piece by Queen Victoria! The duo wore tartan kilts for the occasion.




January 13

James Middleton, Kate's 31-year-old brother, opened up about his battle with depression in an essay published in the Daily Mail. The youngest Middleton child revealed he has been struggling since 2016, calling depression "an illness, a cancer of the mind." James' Instagram account has now been made public. You can follow him @jmidy.


January 14




 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in their first join engagement of 2019,  visited Berkenhead in Merseyside, England. They met with several local organizations including Tomorrow's Women Warril and Feeding Berkenhead.  Meghan and Harry also took time to pay their respects to acclaimed First World War poet Wilfred Owen by viewing a sculpture in Hamilton Square marking the 100th anniversary of his death.







The Duchess, decked out in a red Sentaler wrap coat, red Stuart Weitzman 'Leigh' pumps, Aritzia Babton 'Maxwell' dress, and the 'Nina' bag by Gabriela Hearts, told the public that she is 6 months along in her pregnancy and is due in late April/early May. As for the gender, Meghan reports she and Harry want to be surprised!



January 15

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out solo for a visit King Henry's Walk, a community garden in North London. King Henry's Walk is home to The Garden Classroom which gives urban children and adults outdoor experiences.






Kate wore a Dubarry of Ireland coat, a J Crew mock turtleneck sweater, a pair of pants from Zara, and Chloe 'See' boots.


January 16



Meghan stepped out in a visit to Mayhew which she was recently named a patron of.  Mayhew is an animal charity in London that helps rescue animals find forever homes and encourages the benefits of animal therapy programs.





The Duchess debuted a head-to-toe cream look wearing a H&M knit dress, a Stella McCartney purse, a cashmere coat by Giorgio Armani, and Paul Andrew 'Coquette' pumps in camel.


January 16

On the same day Meghan visited Mayhew, Kate visited the costume department of The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet where she met with Fay Fullerton, the Royal Opera's Head of Costume, costume department employees, and principle dancers.





The Duchess wore Oscar de la Renta suiting separates, Ruper Sanderson 'Nada' heels, and carried her Aspinal midi 'Mayfair' bag. We have previously seen the Kate wear the Oscar de la Renta suit in 2017.


January 16


While Kate and Meghan were busy in London, Camilla was in Scotland to install the new principal and vice-chancellor at University of Aberdeen, one of Scotland's oldest universities. The ceremony took place at Elphinstone Hall, King's College. 



January 16

After her daytime visit to Mayhew, The Duchess of Sussex stepped out with her duke to attend Cirque du Soleil's 'Totem' at Royal Albert Hall. The event raised funds for Sentebale's work with children and young people affected by HIV.


Sentebale was founded in 2006 by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help provide tools and knowledge for young people affected by HIV in Lesotho, Botswana, and Malawi.



Meghan wore a navy, sequined gown by Roland Mouret, Stuart Weitzman 'Naked' heels in black, a bracelet that once belonged to Princess Diana, and carried a Givenchy clutch.



January 17


Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was involved in a car crash near his Sandringham Estate. The Duke, 97,  was at the wheel and had to climb from the wreckage of his Land Rover after it overturned on its side. Both the Duke and a female driver had been breathalyzed at the scene. The tests showed neither had been under the influence. Prince Philip was evaluated by a doctor at Sandringham with the Queen by his side and was found to be uninjured. The accident left two other people in the hospital with minor injuries.



Come back for the next installment of The Royal Report. Coming Soon!




Hacks for Your Life

Give yourself a break and save some time this year with the following life hacks.


//1// Remove set in carpet stains with an iron.

//2// Learn how to remove a splinter easily.

//3// Use chalk to remove grease stains from clothes.

//4// Learn how to easily remove shells from hard boiled eggs.

//5// Make applying nail polish much smoother.

//6// Bake soft, fluffy cookies.

//7// Use crayons in the event of a power outage.

//8// Remove furniture dents from the carpet with ice tubes.

//9// Get rid of water rings from tables with olive oil and salt.

//10// Remove sticker glue from any surface.

//11// Make your own pizza dough with only two ingredients.

//12// Use tea bags in smelly shoes. 


How to Have the Perfect Snowy Getaway



PICK YOUR DESTINATION

There are many popular, picturesque places around the United States to visit including Jackson Hole, Lake Tahoe, Aspen, and Park City. However, there are littler known gems such as The Berkshires in the Western Massachusetts, Lake Placid, New York, Mount Hood, Oregon, and Killington, Vermont. Choose the destination based on what's important to you such as activities offered, location, and budget.



FIGURE OUT LODGING

Most snowy destination offer an array of lodging options from hotels to chalets to rustic cabins to luxury mountain resorts. Again, it all depends on what your looking to get out of your vacation. A cabin in the woods can be the perfect, relaxing getaway whereas a mountain resort may offer spa services, activities from the kids, and pampering for pets.



KNOW WHAT TO PACK

Take it from a Michigander, when heading to a cold weather destination layering is key! Make sure to take your parka, waterproof boots, and essentials such as a hat, gloves, and sweaters. My favorite winter wear includes Columbia Omni Heat Jackets and Sorel waterproof boots.


HIT THE SLOPES

Downhill skiing, snowboarding, and cross country skiing are great ways to hit the slopes, but don't forget snow tubing, sledding, and gondola rides if you aren't adept at snow sports.


CHECK OUT THE TOWN

Pursue the main street of the closest town you are staying too. Downtown areas often offer unique shops, quaint and quiet coffee shops, and one-of-a-kind dining options.



FIND INDOOR ACTIVITIES 

If you're not a cold weather person, there is plenty to do while your cold weather family enjoys the outdoors. Have a spa day, bust out the board games, read, enjoy hot beverages all day long or take advantage of the resort's indoor pool and hot tub.




RETIRE BY THE FIRE

Whatever you do during the day, choose to end the day in front of a crackling fireplace. It's the prefect way to relax and warm up. Romantic too!