Friday, August 5, 2011

THE ROYAL WATCH: WELL-MATCHED NEWLYWEDS, A NEW ROYAL BIO PIC & KATE-INSPIRED KIDDIE CLOTHES



It's been a few weeks since the royal newlyweds returned from their successful first official visit to Canada and California and by all appearances, they've gone back to their 'normal' life. The duchess was once again photographed going grocery shopping in Wales and the picture above is a shot of William and Catherine hand in hand while strolling through Edinburgh's Holyrood Park last week.

They look like any other young couple in love (albeit an extremely color coordinated one)and even with the world's eye trained on their every move, they seem as comfortable as they can be trying to get on with their lives as everyone watches. I don't know about you, but I can't help but wonder what goes on behind closed doors at their home is Wales. Remember when Catherine got her first look at the crowds that had gathered to cheer the couple as they walked out on to the balcony at Buckingham Palace on their wedding day? You could see her mouthing, 'Wow!' to William. It's that sense of genuine wonderment at the pageantry that goes along with the official duties of being royal with her levelheadedness and composure as the love of William's life that makes her so utterly charming to so many people. You're doing great Kate, keep it up.



This past week I've spent a lot of time talking to the cast of the upcoming Hallmark movie, William & Catherine: A Royal Romance which premieres Saturday, August 27. It stars newcomers Alice St. Clair and Dan Amboyer (above) as Catherine and William. The supporting cast, which includes a four-time Academy Award nominee is impressive: Jane Alexander plays Queen Elizabeth, Victor Garber (Alias) is Prince Charles and Jean Smart (Designing Women, 24, Samantha Who?) is Camilla. I joked with all of the supporting cast about how they are a vast improvement in the looks department on the genuine articles. "Well, at least I have the ears," joked Victor Garber.



The film, which chronicles the now familiar ground of the couple's long courtship, takes the unusual approach of exploring William's emotional life through flashbacks depicting his close relationship with his mother, Princess Diana played by Lesley Harcourt (above). There are several scenes with the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla that also offer a glimpse into what William -- and now Catherine -- have to contend with as young royals who aren't about to give up love for the sake of duty. I've not seen the screener yet because the producers are rushing to get it done in record time, but based on my conversations with everyone involved, I'm intrigued and am fairly certain it will draw raves from royal watchers who can't get enough of William and Catherine. Look for my piece on the film in an upcoming Sunday edition of The New York Post. I'll also be posting interview transcripts with the actors to coincide with the premiere of the film.






If you are looking for proof that Catherine is the year's most celebrated style icon (she landed on the International Best Dressed list in the September issue of Vanity Fair), just check out the offerings at your local mall. This weekend on a trip to the Westchester in White Plains, I saw 'The Kate Effect' everywhere I looked. At the Baby GAP, there is the UK-inspired Portobello Road collection as seen in the adorable ad above. (Crown not included) For upscale fashionable tykes one of my favorite children's boutiques, Janie and Jack, has their own 'Lovely London' collection featuring gray flannel dresses and short pants, a trench coat, sweet plaid dresses and sweaters and party dresses embellished with British street scenes featuring London Bridge, Big Ben and the guards at Buckngham Palace. Both stores have tons of options for moms looking to outfit their young princes and princesses royally.



At Nine West, the affordable footwear label that has never met a trend they didn't knock off, I found a stampede of nude patent leather platforms and pumps obviously inspired by Catherine's favorite footwear by LK Bennett. If you're wondering what it's like to be in her shoes, this is probably the closest you're ever going to come to finding out.

Photo credits: Fame, Hallmark Chanel, GAP, Getty