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Prince William and Catherine Middleton's New Titles Revealed




Prince William and Catherine Middleton have been given the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark their wedding today.


By Martin Beckford,Telegraph.UK. 8:07AM BST 29 April 2011

Buckingham Palace announced at 8am on Friday that the Queen had bestowed the title of Duke of Cambridge on her grandson.

His bride, Miss Middleton, will be known as the Duchess of Cambridge after the royal wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

A dukedom is the highest rank in the British peerage.

They have also been given the Scottish titles of Earl and Countess of Strathearn, which may reflect the fact that they met at St Andrews University.

The couple's third title is a Northern Irish one, Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince William of Wales.

"His titles will be Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.

"Prince William thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge and Miss Catherine Middleton on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge."

It is customary for members of the Royal family to be offered at least one title by the monarch when they are married.

When the royal wedding was announced last year, it was expected that the second-in-line to the throne would be offered a Dukedom, making his wife a Duchess, and Cambridge was the favourite title.

Other possibilities were said to have included the Duke of Clarence and the Duke of Sussex.

If the Prince had turned down the titles, he would have remained HRH Prince William of Wales.

His wife would likely have been known as HRH Princess William of Wales, rather than HRH Princess Catherine, as she is not a princess in her own right.


Royal Wedding Timetable: From Opening of Westminster Abbey Doors to RAF fly-past


Royal appointment: Prince William and Kate Middleton in Darwen earlier this week, on their last official engagement before the wedding



Westminster Abbey is expected to welcome up to 3,000 people for the wedding Photo: GETTY

Here is our guide to the key timings, events and everything else you need to know about the Royal Wedding day on April 29 2011.
Between 0815 and 0945: The vast majority of the 1,900 guests will arrive at the Great North Door of Westminster Abbey ahead of the 11am service. Order of Service in full

From 0950: Governors-general and prime ministers of realm countries, the Diplomatic Corps, and other distinguished guests arrive at the Abbey.

1010: Prince William and his best man Prince Harry leave Clarence House in a Bentley for Westminster Abbey, arriving five minutes later. The route between Buckingham Palace and the Abbey goes by The Mall, Horse Guards Road, Horse Guards Parade, through Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Square (the south side) and Broad Sanctuary.




Photo: Eddie Mulholland

1020: Members of foreign royal families arrive at the Abbey from Buckingham Palace.

1020: Kate Middleton's mother Carole Middleton and brother James Middleton leave the Goring Hotel for the Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 1027.

Gallery: who's who in the Middletons

Carole Middleton - Royal wedding: who's who in the Middletons




1025: Members of the Royal Family (except those listed below) leave Buckingham Palace for the Abbey, arriving at 1030.

1035: The following members of the Royal Family leave Buckingham Palace for the Abbey, arriving at 1040: The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence.

1038: The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall leave Clarence House, arriving at the Abbey at 1042.

1040: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace, arriving at the Abbey at 1045.

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh

1048: The bridesmaids and pages leave the Goring Hotel, arriving at the Abbey at 1055.

1051: The bride and her father Michael Middleton leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey in a Rolls Royce

1100: The marriage service begins and is relayed by speakers along the route. There will also be big screens in Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square. Royal wedding parties and events

1215: The carriage procession of the bride and groom with a Captain's Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by the Queen's procession with a Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry, leaves the Abbey for Buckingham Palace. The bride and groom will be in the 1902 State Landau, or the Glass Coach if it is raining.

1230: The bride's carriage procession arrives at Buckingham Palace.

1240: Members of the Royal Family and members of foreign royal families arrive at Buckingham Palace.

From 1240: Other guests for the reception arrive at Buckingham Palace.

1325: The Queen and the bride and groom, together with their families, appear on the balcony.

1330: Fly-past by the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.



The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Photo: Steve Havelock)

The Queen will give a lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, which will be a private gathering for guests drawn from the congregation who will represent the couple’s official and private lives. During the reception, the couple will appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony with other members of the Royal family. The Reception is expected to finish mid-afternoon and guests will be served with canapés.

At some point in the afternoon, the bride and groom will leave Buckingham Palace for some downtime at St James's Palace.

In the evening, the Prince of Wales will give a private dinner, followed by dancing, at Buckingham Palace for the couple and their close friends and family.

The service:

The Dean of Westminster will conduct the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury will marry Prince William and Miss Middleton, and the Bishop of London - a personal friend of the Prince of Wales who has known Prince William for many years - will give the address

The dress:

The design is a secret but Miss Middleton's wedding gown is expected to be modest, with little flesh on show.

Bridesmaid and pageboys:

The couple have chosen four bridesmaids and two page boys who are a mixture of relations and the children of friends. Find out who's who here. Prince Harry is best man and Miss Middleton's sister Philippa is her maid of honour

The venue:

For 1,000 years the 11th century Westminster Abbey has been a backdrop to royal weddings, coronations and funerals



Westminster Abbey (Photo: Alamy)

Flowers:

Tradition dictates that a royal bride's bouquet contains a sprig of myrtle from the bush grown from the original myrtle in Queen Victoria's wedding bouquet. Royal brides send their bouquet back to the abbey to be placed on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

Music:

Westminster Abbey's choir and the Chapel Royal Choir will perform, with the London Chamber Orchestra, the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry also taking part. Claire Jones, the Prince of Wales's official harpist, will perform at the Buckingham Palace reception. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Queen's composer, was commissioned to write a piece which he revealed will have a "Scottish feel".

The ring:

Prince William will not wear a wedding ring, but his new wife's will be made from gold given to the prince by the Queen. According to tradition, the Welsh gold for royal rings comes from the Clogau St David's mine at Bontddu in North Wales.

The receptions:

Buckingham Palace, with its opulent State Rooms, is the focal point for the Queen's reception for 600 guests in the afternoon, followed by the Prince of Wales's dinner for 300 close family and friends in the evening.



Buckingham Palace Photo: PA


The cake:

A traditional multi-tiered iced fruit cake featuring the "language of flowers" made by Leicestershire baker Fiona Cairns will be the centrepiece. A chocolate biscuit cake is also being made especially for Prince William by McVitie's.

Wedding planning:

The man behind the big day is Prince William's private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.

Working closely with the Prince's personal private secretary Helen Asprey, Mr Lowther-Pinkerton is in overall charge of the wedding - although the royal couple themselves are "calling the shots".

The gift list:

No saucepans or towels for these newlyweds. The couple has requested donations to 26 charities instead. Close family are, however, likely to give personal gifts.

END

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Bride-to-be Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey this morning for what has been billed as the wedding of the century



The happy couple hold hands during the wedding service at Westminster Abbey which was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, centre


Kate Middleton arrives with her father Michael Middleton to join Prince William and his best man Harry at the altar


Newlyweds William and Kate After the Wedding





Newly-wed: Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge leave Westminster Abbey with her sister Pippa supporting her dress
With his own no-nonsense ‘I will’, Prince William opened a new royal epoch, happily reuniting the Monarchy with those powerful memories of his late mother, all of it in front of half the planet.
Prior to this moment, the most-watched event in British history – perhaps in world history – had been her funeral here 14 years before. How many billions were watching now over supper in Sydney or breakfast in Ottawa; how many eyes prickling, throats tightening as that bravest of adolescent mourners now returned as the happiest man in the land?
The sense of a turning tide was as inescapable as Low Water on the Anglesey shoreline.
In the annals of our 1000-year-old Monarchy, this was a very good day. In the annals of the House of Windsor (created: 1917), it was a very great one.

S
peculation is focused on where the royal couple will spend their honeymoon, due to start today.
Sources have privately confirmed the obvious: William and Kate will holiday ‘somewhere hot and sunny’ where they can ‘relax completely and privately’ for two weeks.

Mustique is the odds-on favourite for their romantic getaway. Kate’s family visit the private Caribbean island regularly, and she and William have spent several romantic breaks snorkelling, jetskiing and sunning themselves there.

Another favoured destination is a nostalgic but relatively public sight-seeing tour of Jordan, where Kate lived as a toddler. King Abdullah II is rumoured to have offered the use of his lavish private summer palace in the Red Sea resort of Aqaba.

But a brief sojourn at a UK destination has not been ruled out. A few days in Balmoral, Scotland, would follow in the footsteps of William’s father, who spent both his honeymoons there.

Another mooted destination is Kenya, where William proposed. He has often said his heart is in Africa and he also spent his gap year in Kenya. Tanzania, the Seychelles, Australia, or a cruise have also been suggested as likely choices.




Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William wave to the vast crowds as they travel to Buckingham Palace in a 1902 State Landau



The royal carriage glides past the deep crowds after the Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey today



William and his wife Kate wave to onlookers as they leave Westminster Abbey after the wedding






Royal reception: The Queen arrives at Buckingham Palace, left, after the wedding. Right, Kate's engagement and wedding rings on her finger





Buckingham Palace: Helped by her new husband, Catherine steps out of the carriage as it arrives at the Palace. Minutes later they shared their first kiss on the balcony





Thousands of people wave Union Jacks as the couple are taken to Westminster Abbey in their open-topped carriage. An estimated one million people lined the streets


The Victoria Memorial outside the Palace is filled with well-wishers celebrating the wedding



Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, emerge from the church after the wedding ceremony with Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton in the background



An estimated 10,000 people were packed into Trafalgar Square to watch the ceremony on a giant screen


Guests gaily tested the patience of the Abbey ushers as they kept leaping out of their seats to ‘Mwa-Mwa’ or shake hands with an old chum from the Army or St Andrews or a royal charity.
At one point, there was aisle gridlock. I spotted Earl Spencer trying to lead a trio of young Spencer belles through a yacking standstill, his path blocked by people shaking hands with the film director, Guy Ritchie, and the Lord Great Chamberlain, the Marquess of Cholmondeley. Progressing through the throng beneath a blue 45-degree Philip Treacy hat was It-girl and royal chum, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, escorted by her novelist sister, Santa, and historian brother-in-law, Simon Sebag-Montefiore.

Morning coats were the general order of the day, regardless of an invitation offering a ‘lounge suit’ option. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, declared that he had rented his from Moss Bros – suggesting that he must have lost or outgrown the tails he wore for five years at Eton.




Prince William greets Australia's Prime Minister Julia
Gillard and her partner Tim Mathieson at Buckingham Palace in London after his wedding to Catherine







Getty Images PICS: Newlyweds William and Kate After the Wedding

NEW PHOTOS: Happy couple Prince William and his new wife Kate, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, walk the receiving line after their wedding ceremony, and are later spotted leaving Prince Charles' residence, Clarence House, between wedding receptions.







Kate, who has been given the title The Duchess of Cambridge, meets Governors-General and prime ministers at Buckingham Palace

The Royal Family has acquired a new recruit capable of great grace and poise under the most extreme pressure imaginable. What’s a garden party – or even a State Opening – after that 318ft walk to the Abbey altar?
What is a plaque-unveiling or a state visit after getting ‘William Arthur Philip Louis’ crystal clear, unquavering and in the right order?
Prince William, likewise, showed supreme unflappability as he gently fought with an obstreperous band of Welsh gold, as he proudly steered his future Queen into the daylight before a dazzled world already running out of superlatives.



Vast crowds gather along The Mall and around the Queen Victoria Memorial as the Royal Air Force perform a fly over as Catherine and William share a kiss on the balcony



A Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster from the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly over Buckingham Palace as William and Kate emerge on the balcony



Salute to their friend: A Sea King helicopter hovers above the Victoria Memorial as Prince William drives his wife in the Aston Martin to Clarence House


Lip-reading viewers may have spotted what happened next. ‘Are you happy?’ asked the new Duchess of Cambridge as they climbed into the State Landau. ‘It was amazing, amazing,’ replied the Duke. ‘I am so proud you’re my wife.’
The most striking aspect of the whole occasion was the simplest of the lot: the sight of two people so confident and comfortable with each other that you can already hear them finishing each other’s sentences. They were even doing it on the Palace balcony. ‘Are you ready?’ asked Prince William. ‘Okay, let’s ...’ She finished that one with a kiss.
Westminster Abbey began the day with the flavour of a rather grand country wedding – lots of intergalactic hats, handsome chaps in uniform and exuberant flowers, all capped by several maples and hornbeams from the Highgrove garden. Trees in the Abbey? ‘Unheard of’, said one orderly. Yet also inspired.
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Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster, adorned with trees, as the congregation sing



Prince Charles and Camilla followed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip walk down the red carpet at Westminster Abbey

Cameras click as Kate Middleton arrives and walks into Westminster Abbey


An estimated 10,000 Royal wedding fans crowded into Hyde Park to watch the couple marry on a big screen


Celebration: Royals fans in Hyde Park watched the wedding on a big screen

Those families held back – Prince Harry arm-in-arm with Pippa Middleton, Prince Charles escorting Carole Middleton and so on – as the bride and groom processed into the world. But not before the ritual bow and curtsey to the Sovereign. The Queen, in primrose, has seen more royal weddings here than anyone else alive. ‘Amazing,’ was how she would describe it later.
All down the aisle, the guests who had merely smiled on the way in now bobbed and bowed to the new Duke and Duchess on the way out. In the open air, the crowds hit a new pitch of delirium. After this, the procession and the balcony appearance would be a doddle. Even the groom’s speech to the 600 reception guests - full of self-deprecating gags about his hair – was no great ordeal.
Ever since this engagement was announced, there has been an inevitable tendency to compare this betrothal with previous Windsor weddings – notably that of the groom’s parents or the austerity era union of the Queen and Prince Philip.





Pippa Middleton arrives with the bridesmaids and pageboys ahead of the wedding





They came in their thousands: Royal fans lining the route cheer as guests arrive before the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton




Bridesmaids and page boys: Tom Pettifer laughs as he arrives with Master William Lowther-Pinkerton, Lady Louise Windsor and Margarita Armstrong-Jones





The day is here: A military band perform as they march on the Mall this morning hours before William and Kate marry at Westminster Abbey




Pippa Middleton walks into Westminster Abbey with three bridesmaids and two page boys



Samantha Cameron, centre, wearing a figure-hugging green outfit stands next to her husband Prime Minister David Cameron, left, and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, right


After weeks of rehearsals, the ceremonial guards perform prior to the Royal Wedding today


Earl Spencer (Princess Diana's brother) talks to guests inside Westminster Abbey where guests were mingling ahead of the 11am ceremony





Family arrive: Kate's uncle Gary Goldsmith leaves his west London home in a £280,000 Rolls Royce Phantom convertible, left, and Miss Middleton's brother James leaves the Goring hotel, right



Mother of the bride: Carole Middleton, mother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, waves as she travels with Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla to Buckingham Palace after the wedding



The Royal procession make their way down The Mall to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony

The Cake





A team put the finishing touches to the cake that was prepared for William and Catherine at Buckingham Palace today
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Prince William emerges from Buckingham Palace in his father's dark blue Aston Martin as the crowd roars. The number plate on the rear said 'Just Wed'




Unexpected: William motors around Buckingham Palace with his new wife in his father's 41-year-old Aston Martin which Charles was given as a gift for his 21st birthday party





Happy couple: The Aston Martin Volante is decorated with balloons and a 'Just Wed' registration plate, as William and Catherine emerge in the soft-top vehicle





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The Horse That Ran Away

The one guest who DIDN'T want to be there: Runaway horse throws its soldier and makes a swift exit

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Last updated at 9:16 PM on 29th April 2011

It wouldn’t be a proper wedding if there wasn’t at least one slip-up.
But pity the poor cavalry guardsman who fell from his horse when it spooked at the cheering crowds.
He desperately tried to cling on, but was thrown onto the tarmac as the carriage procession left Westminster Abbey and turned from Parliament Square onto Whitehall.
At first he managed to grab onto the reins and keep his steed to one side, as Kate and William passed by in their open-top 1902 State Landau.
Kate, who is allergic to horses, looked shocked and a little worried, but William calmly reassured her.




Runaway: The horse threw its rider before leaving the cavalry procession and bolting up Whitehall




Homing sense: The riderless creature careers alongside the procession - but eventually found its way home to the stables at Horse Guards' Barracks

It was at this point that the horse broke free of its rider’s grip and bolted up the road.
It overtook the newly-weds’ carriage and a mounted police officer tried to grab its reins.
The rest of the Household Cavalry, comprised of the Life Guards and Prince Harry’s Blues and Royals, looked on as their horses dodged the runaway.
As it careered up the road, police officers stationed at the crowd barriers yelled at the spectators to protect their faces with their arms in case it charged into the crowd.Fortunately for the frightened animal, and the thousands lining the streets, it made straight for home – the stables of the Horse Guards’ Barracks further up Whitehall
Claire Davis, 37, watched the commotion with her husband Horace, 40, and their children Alannah, 13 and Marcus, five.



Just married: Kate looked alarmed when she saw the horse break loose but was reassured by her new husband

Mrs Davis, from Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, said: ‘The horses seemed to be quite upset and distressed with the cheering of the crowd and one of the horse’s heads went up and he jolted the rider off.
‘Another soldier grabbed the horse by the reins and was telling the guy who had fallen off to come to the side and remount.
‘But it was difficult for him to regain control, without someone on its back.
‘He was trying to herd it down the side of the barrier but it was hard as the horse was so strong.
‘People were worried about it charging into the crowd, and the rider stopped it doing that at a crucial moment which really prevented a disaster.
Another onlooker Kelly Littlewood, 24, from Gee Cross in Greater Manchester, said: ‘Kate pulled a funny face and looked quite worried when it happened.
‘The horse raced up the road right in front of Kate and William’s carriage, but you could see William calming Kate down.
‘It was very fortunate that no-one was injured – that would have been dreadful.’
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Her Royal Hotness: How Kate's foxy sister Pippa stole the show


The day might have belonged to the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but the supporting cast were almost as gripping, and none of them more so than the members of what is fast becoming Britain’s most famous and fascinating family.
Middleton-watchers were amply rewarded with a spectacle of nerves, tans, dignity, surprising outfits and sex appeal (yes, that refers to you, Miss Philippa Middleton!).
Indeed, you could even say that the Westminster Abbey Show felt just as much Bucklebury (the Berkshire village where the Middletons live) as it did Buckingham Palace — despite all the trumpeters and foreign dignitaries.





Stylish choice: Pippa Middleton's slinky white cowl-neck dress showed off her slender figure, while the cap sleeves kept it youthful. The back of the dress was studded with tiny silk-covered buttons



Elegant: Pippa, pictured entering Westminster Abbey this morning with the bridesmaids and pageboys, echoed the bride's dress in a design by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen



Responsibility: Pippa walked down the aisle with the two youngest bridesmaids Grace van Cutsem (left) and Eliza Lopes (right), both three. They were followed by Margarita Armstrong-Jones, eight (middle left), Louise Windsor, seven, (middle right), Billy Lowther-Pinkerton, ten, (back left) and Tom Pettifer, eight (back right)



Bridal party: The maid-of-honour held the two youngest bridesmaids' hands as they entered the Abbey

Pippa wore her hair half-up and half-down, clipped with lily-of-the-valley flowers at the back, and she walked into the Abbey beaming, holding the hands of the two smallest bridesmaids, Grace van Cutsem and Eliza Lopes (both aged three), having meticulously straightened her sister’s train.
Her parents had given her a pair of floral diamond earrings as a present, designed, like her sister’s, by Robinson Pelham (whose creative director Zoe Benyon was a wedding guest and who is married to the Middletons’ local MP Richard Benyon).

Pippa executed her duties (holding and passing the bouquet, smoothing the train, shepherding pages and bridesmaids up and down and making sure none of them got left behind) beautifully. But her efficiency wasn’t necessarily the focus.
Many women admired her dress, but an army of male fans were happily distracted by her shapely rear as the procession went up the aisle.
It certainly seemed that Prince Harry was smitten as he walked back down the aisle with her, sharing some piece of jolly mischief.
Though by the time they came out on to the Buckingham Palace balcony he had his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh to compete with, as the duke indulged in a little light jokey flirting, discovering his sense of humour for the maid-of-honour’s benefit. (And why should the fact that he’s nearly 90 stop him sharing banter with such an adept bridesmaid?)
For many, it became irresistible to indulge in a little what-if speculation about the idea of Harry and Pippa enjoying themselves late into the night on the dance floor under the mirror balls in the Throne Room . . . Chelsy, if she is still interested, had better reveal her hand now.
The other Middleton sibling, brother James, the third acorn on the family crest (is he now sporting a brand new signet ring on his pinkie, emblazoned with it?) had an equally key role, being — unusually — the only lay speaker, and definitely the only one without a bushy grey beard.
The 23-year-old Cake Kit entrepreneur and wannabe Richard Branson also looked as if he’d had a close encounter with a Fake Bake spray gun (though rumours that a company had set up a booth for the family the night before in The Goring Hotel were quickly denied).

He arrived with his mother in a Jaguar and escorted her down the aisle. But his starring moment came when he read the lesson from Romans Chapter 12.


Doting sister: Pippa carries Kate's train as she enters Westminster Abbey with her father, Michael Middleton



Moment in the spotlight: Pippa then proudly carried her newly-married sister's train out of the Abbey after the wedding, before helping her into a waiting horse-drawn carriage

Smartly and slightly flamboyantly dressed in tail coat, pale yellow waistcoat, blue shirt with white collar and a purple tie (with a tie pin sporting that ubiquitous oak motif), he didn’t smile much, but he did get all his words out without a single stumble and seemed to know it all off by heart.
If anything, the Middleton parents looked more nervous than their children. One-time flight dispatcher Michael Middleton (‘What a day for the Yorkshire son of an airline pilot!’ a BBC commentator helpfully announced) has never seemed like a man who relishes attention and looked less than relaxed about dispatching his elder daughter into the Windsor family.

But like any proud father handing over his daughter, he was a touching sight. He was seen reassuring Kate: ‘Are you ready? You look great.’


Caring: Pippa clearly relished her role as maid-of-honour, which involved escorting three of the youngsters - (left to right) Billy, Grace and Margarita - to Buckingham Palace as part of the wedding procession



Ladies -in-waiting: Pippa Middleton and young Margarita give the crowds a wave as they leave the Abbey



Helping hand: Best man Prince Harry supported Pippa in her duties, taking care of his seven-year-old cousin, Lady Louise Windsor in the procession to Buckingham Palace

I think they'd make a perfect couple








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Now wouldnt they be a perfect match?

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By Daily Mail UK
Last updated at 4:07 PM on 30th April 2011

Clarence House today released the official Royal Wedding album that shows the beaming bride and groom in the throne room at Buckingham Palace.
Prince William and Kate posed for the stunning photographs shortly after getting married in a moving ceremony that captivated the world yesterday.

The newly-titled Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared to be lost in matrimonial bliss as they smiled for the traditional wedding day photo album taken by Hugo Burnand. He said the scenes clearly reveal the couple's love for each other.







Full over joy and not a care in the world: William and Kate smile broadly as they stand arm-in-arm in the official wedding album


No sooner had they arrived at Buckingham Palace from the service at Westminster Abbey did the rapturous family assume their positions for the pictures.

In the first photograph the couple stand arm-in-arm together against a stunning rich red velvet backdrop trimmed with gold.
The second official photograph shows William and Kate in a more informal pose. Kate's wonderful dress flows onto the floor around them as she clutches her bouquet.
In the picture, the heir to the throne wore the ceremonial uniform of the Welsh Guards but was shown in a very relaxed seated pose with his arm across the back of an ornate chair.
Sitting around the newlyweds are two pageboys and four bridesmaids. They are from clockwise from the bottom right The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Miss Eliza Lopes, Miss Grace van Cutsem, Lady Louise Windsor, Master Tom Pettifer, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton.

Mr Burnand said he hoped his photos looked 'effortless, relaxed and friendly'.
He said his favourite photograph was one of the newlyweds with the bridesmaids and page boys, but there were only seconds to set it up and the children were coaxed with promises of jelly beans and sweets.

He said: 'It was a picture we all wanted to take but we didn't know if we were ever going to have the time to do it.'







Happy: William and Kate surrounded by, clockwise bottom right, The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Miss Eliza Lopes, Miss Grace van Cutsem, Lady Louise Windsor, Master Tom Pettifer, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton


He said that, because he had discussed with his team and everyone in the picture knew what they were going to have to do, they were able to rush into position.

'When you look at those individual children in that picture you are seeing those children and their characters.

'That's the same with the bride and groom in the middle of the picture as well. That's really them. There's no time for direction, we've done all that.'
In the third photograph, the newlyweds pose for the traditional wedding photograph flanked by their families.
To the left of Kate stands her father Michael Middleton, mother Carole Middleton, brother James Middleton and sister Philipa Middleton.
Standing by William's side is Prince Harry, followed by Prince Charles,Camilla and Master Tom Pettifer.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh sit on the front way with Miss Grace van Cutsem and Miss Eliza Lopes to their right.
One the other side of the front row in front of the Middleton family is the Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Lady Louise Windsor, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton.







The family photo: Front row left to right is Grace van Cutsem, Eliza Lopes, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Queen, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Louise Windsor, William Lowther-Pinkerton. Back Row left to right is Tom Pettifer, Camilla, Charles, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate, Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton, James Middleton and Philippa Middleton



The official pictures of William and Kate's wedding were shot to show two families coming together, according to Mr Burnand.

'Amazingly it was a family wedding,' he said.
'From where I was and from their point of view it was two families coming together and that was the feeling, the sense of family and love going between everyone.

'They had their own buzz. Everyone had their own buzz. It was that excitement that I hope you feel at most weddings.'
Asked about his technique, he said: 'I hope it looks effortless and relaxed and friendly and smiley because that is how it was.

'But that comes from months of preparation, hours of setting up, and being so organised that you are sort of in control at the time.'

Mr Burnand had only a short period of time between the couple's arrival at Buckingham Palace and their appearance on the balcony to take the official photographs.

He said: 'I hope when you look at the picture you feel, as a viewer, that you're engaged with the people in the picture. The only way to do that is to be engaged as a photographer.'

Bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem, the new Duke of Cambridge's three-year-old goddaughter, won hearts at the wedding when she was pictured on the balcony with her hands over her ears.








The noise and crowds were a bit too much for Grace van Cutsem on the balcony, but the photographer said she was adorable and knew how to pose for pictures (pictured right with Eliza Lopes)


Mr Burnand said he had met and photographed her as a bridesmaid before.

He said: 'When she walked in I was able to go straight up to her and talk to her about the last time we had met and explain to her it was the same thing and she knew what was going to happen.

'She was great. She's so adorable, Grace. They were all fantastic actually. A bit cheeky some of them, but we like that.'
Mr Burnand said Kate was a keen photographer herself and he discussed the images with her and William before hand.
Speaking of the main picture, where the two families are pictured forward in the room in a warm spring light, he said: 'It was a team effort. She does have a good knowledge and keen interest in photography.

'She had good ideas. She put them to me. I used my technical knowledge and together we came up with that picture.'
He said the lack of time gave the pictures "good energy" because he knew they had to get on and do it.

Asked about the mood between the couple, he said: 'Fantastic. I don't know what to say - I love them.


'They are so bloody nice. They are just so nice as individuals and as a pair, and they work so well together.'

He said of the formal portrait of them standing side by side: 'In a way what I really like about that picture is that it is formal and it shows their respect for the formality, where they are, who they are.

'At the same time they are right side by side with each other and they are connected and they are touching, their arms are connected and they've got a smile on their face.

That picture really sums up a lot about them. They understand and respect where they are and yet you can still see a smile and love between them.'
He described the occasion as the 'gig of the century', adding: 'It was amazing, incredible, and there were a couple of moments where I did pinch myself.'
He added: 'As far as I'm aware everything went according to plan from the moment they walked in to the moment they walked out.'

Married life began for newlyweds William and Kate today when they left London for a mystery destination.
The couple spent last night partying at Buckingham Palace with their close family and friends in celebration of their wedding.
At the black-tie do, which started with dinner in the palace's lavish ballroom and ended with dancing into the small hours, Prince Harry gave his best man's speech.
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The Honeymoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as the couple are now known after the Queen bestowed the title on her grandson, are expected to travel abroad for their honeymoon sometime in the next two weeks.

But this morning they left Buckingham Palace by helicopter for an undisclosed destination.
William and Kate began their journey by emerging hand in hand from the palace's garden entrance, located at the side of the imposing building.
In bright sunshine, they strolled along the gravel path and out into the open space where the maroon helicopter was waiting.
The Duke's new wife wore a light blue dress, dark jacket and platform shoes, while he was dressed in his trademark chinos with a pale blue shirt and navy jacket - a casual look in complete contrast to yesterday.
The couple, who spent the night at the Queen's official London home, stopped briefly to chat to two Royal Household footmen and appeared to be thanking for them after their stay.
When they finished, William put his hand on the small of his wife's back and they went over to talk to the helicopter pilot before climbing on board.

Before they boarded the aircraft, palace staff had carried out some of their luggage, which included a bouquet of white blooms.
The couple are said to still be on a high after their wedding day which was both an intimate family affair and a global event televised across the world.
Speculation has been mounting about where the couple could spend their time away together. Likely honeymoon destinations could include Africa - a continent for which William has a deep affection. He could take his wife to countries like Botswana, or Kenya, where he proposed.
There has been speculation that a secluded Caribbean island may be another option.
The couple could continue their wedding theme of championing the UK and spend part of their break in Scotland, where both the Queen and the Prince of Wales have private homes they could use.

First day as husband and wife: Newlyweds William and Kate emerged holding hands into the morning sunshine at Buckingham Palace before they left by helicopter for their honeymoon at a mystery location




Up, up and away: The couple walked across a gravel path in the palace gardens to a waiting maroon helicopter which whisked them away for their honeymoon

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Harry Pays Tribute to William 'the dude'...but ditches his comments about Kate's killer legs in speech that left her 'touched'

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  • William and Kate leave Buckingham Palace by helicopter for honeymoon
  • Couple spent first married night together at the Palace
  • Prince Charles quipped about his son going bald during speeches
  • Harry leaves party in minibus at 3am - while Chelsy Davy leaves in car with Beatrice and Eugenie
Prince Harry paid a moving tribute to his brother ‘The Dude’ and his new sister-in-law ‘The Duchess’ during a heartfelt speech at their evening wedding reception on Friday.
Harry also told the couple’s friends and family that he loved Kate ‘like a sister’ and how the story of the couple’s long romance ‘inspires’ him. According to several guests, Kate was ‘very emotional and touched’ by Harry’s tribute and even shed a tear during the evening’s festivities.
Harry delivered his best man’s speech, which he had been working on for the past fortnight, at 9.30pm after 300 of the couple’s close family and friends had enjoyed a three-course meal with vintage champagne.






Kate's second dress was a strapless white satin gazar evening dress with a circle skirt and diamante embroidered detail round the waist. William stuck to the safe bet of a dinner jacket and bow tie


He had asked his best friends Thomas Van Straubenzee and Guy Pelly to be a sounding board ahead of the speech and is understood to have dropped a reference to ‘Kate’s killer legs’ from the final edit.
‘Harry had some joke in about how he had immediately given Kate the thumbs up when William first brought her home because she had such a great pair of pins, but he didn’t want to embarrass her,’ said a friend.
According to sources inside the evening reception, Harry’s speech was ‘warm and affectionate’ and peppered with good humour and jokes.

One partygoer leaving Buckingham Palace event in the early hours of Saturday told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Harry said William was the perfect brother. It was exactly how you would expect a best man’s speech to be. He cracked loads of jokes about William. He called him a “dude” several times. He kept coming back to it, saying “What a dude”.’
Harry described his brother’s relationship with Kate as ‘inspirational’ and to much applause added: ‘William didn’t have a romantic bone in his body before he met Kate, so I knew it was serious when William suddenly started cooing down the phone at Kate.’
Harry, famous for his impersonations, then did a high-pitched impression of Kate calling William ‘Billy’ and of his brother calling Kate ‘baby’, to much hilarity from the guests.

Charles's jokes at wedding breakfast

Earlier in the day it was the Prince of Wales who had been playing the joker, making a comment about his son’s thinning hair during the wedding breakfast at Buckingham Palace.
‘The thing about growing older is that your children get taller than you so they can see your bald spots. Now in my case, I can see his,’ Prince Charles remarked, to which William retorted: ‘You got there before Harry!’ to much laughter.
William delivered a brief speech at the wedding breakfast where he proudly introduced his wife as ‘Mrs Wales’ even though the couple will be formally known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
A heartfelt Prince William declared his new wife 'my rock' in the emotional speech, given to guests at the intimate reception.

In what was a tribute to the normality and security Kate provides him, William's words revealed just how indebted he is to Kate for her support.

‘It was received with cheers and shouts of hoorah,’ said one guest. ‘William and Catherine were amazingly relaxed, and although it was a formal affair, it felt very relaxed and intimate. Catherine was amazingly calm and said how thrilled she was with the day. She and William didn’t leave one another’s side. They said it was the happiest day of their lives.
‘William was very gracious and thanked absolutely everyone for making the day come together. He thanked everyone from the florist to the chef.’



Attentive: Prince William comments on the antics of bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem


How they watched themselves on TV

After the wedding breakfast the newlyweds returned to Clarence House in Prince Charles’s Aston Martin, which had been customised by the best man with balloons and a ‘JU5T WED’ number plate.
Harry returned shortly afterwards and he, Kate and William spent the afternoon relaxing and watching a replay of the wedding ceremony on television.
As they made their way to the reception with Charles and Camilla, William was heard talking about how his goddaughter bridesmaid Grace Van Cutsem, the three-year-old daughter of his friends Hugh and Rose Van Cutsem, had covered her ears with her hands because of the thunderous applause from the crowds at The Mall.

‘Did you see how terrified Grace looked?’ he remarked to his wife.

Party that rocked Buckingham Palace

As predicted, the evening celebrations continued into the early hours. The Queen and Prince Philip had left Buckingham Palace to William and Kate, and glitter balls had been hung in the throne room where a disco continued into the small hours.
Kate had changed out of her Alexander McQueen wedding dress and into a floor-length ivory satin gazar gown with a diamante-embroidered waistband and a cream-coloured angora bolero jacket, also designed by her wedding dress maker Sarah Burton. Her hairdresser James Pryce reprised her engagement day hairstyle for the evening event.
Kate left Clarence House to travel by car to Buckingham Palace with her husband, who was dressed in a dinner jacket and black tie. They were followed by Charles, also wearing a dinner suit, and Camilla, who wore a blue Anna Valentine dress.





4am girls: Her outfit looking a little worse for wear, Beatrice, left, leaves the unofficial afterparty at The Goring hotel having swapped her heels for trainers. Eugenie, meanwhile is still smiling despite the hour





Flamboyant: Princess Eugenie and Beatrice attended the wedding earlier in the day wearing outlandish outfits

As they filtered into the party guests were greeted by a military band in full uniform and serenaded with bagpipes. The atmosphere inside the Palace was described as ‘electric’ and ‘buzzing’ by a female band member who performed for the couple.
‘Kate looked beautiful. Absolutely serene. She had changed into a full-length white dress. It was stunning. I saw the couple together.

She and William both looked very, very happy and were smiling as people came over to them.’
At 8.30pm a three-course dinner was served by Swiss chef Anton Mossiman. He had brought 25 staff from his Knightsbridge restaurant into the Palace.
William, Kate and Pippa, Kate’s younger sister and Maid of Honour who has been instrumental in helping to plan the party, had visited Mosimann’s last month for a tasting and instructed the chef to create a ‘simple and unstuffy but sophisticated menu’.
Harry was seated next to his on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy and gave his speech at 9.30pm after dinner was served.
‘Kate had been amazingly composed throughout the day, but she did look as though she had a tear in her eye when Harry gave his speech. She was very emotional,’ said a source.
The father of the bride delivered a speech that had the whole room roaring with laughter when he told the controversial story of William landing his Chinook in the back garden of the Middletons’ family home.
‘I knew things were getting serious when I found a helicopter in my garden. I thought, gosh, he must like my daughter,’ said Michael Middleton.
Speaking warmly of William, whom he called ‘one of the family’, Mr Middleton said: ‘I did wonder then how William was going to top this if they ever got engaged. I just thought, What will he do? You can’t get much better than that and we are certainly not used to Princes landing helicopters in the garden.'



Palace joker: Prince Harry takes his Master of Ceremonies duties carefully, clutching a microphone as he leaves Buckingham Palace in a coach on Friday night




Long day: Princesses Beatrice and Eugiene leave in a royal car with Chelsy Davy, centre



Princess Beatrice leaves the Palace in a purple and gold outfit after the evening celebration for 300 close friends and family


Morning after: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is driven away from Clarence House this morning after last night's celebration at Buckingham Palace





All change: Pippa Middleton, right, and Carole Middleton, left, in fresh outfits for evening celebration



Just wed: Couple return to Buckingham Palace last night for the evening reception with 300 guests where Prince Harry delivered his best man speech
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Celebrations: The indigo sky above Kate's hometown of Bucklebury is lit up with fireworks as villagers mark the occasion of the royal wedding with festivities




In the pink: A stunning scene over Bucklebury's local pub brings an end to a day of street parties and revelry



Flashback: One last look: Unable to resist a backward glance, Kate leaves the balcony with her proud husband


Party-goers said that both William and Harry used the evening to pay moving tributes to their late mother, Princess Diana.
‘All the speeches mentioned Diana. Of course they did, she was their mother after all,’ said one.
After the speeches William and Kate took to the dance floor by themselves for the first dance, a rendition of Elton John’s Your Song sung by Ellie Goulding.
The 24-year-old singer – the only act to perform during the night – was chosen by the couple because she is their favourite artist.
‘It was an amazing honour to be asked by Kate and William to perform at their party. The atmosphere was incredible and it is a night I will never forget,’ she said yesterday.
The music continued until 2am. Among the songs played were You’re The One That I Want from the musical Grease. William had requested songs by rapper Tinie Tempah and the Body Rockers’ I Like The Way You Move.
Even the mother of the bride had a request and asked for the 1986 Jermaine Stewart song We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off to be played.
Two female party-goers said the dancing was ‘fun and outrageous’, adding: ‘There was a chicken dance with lots of arm flapping, which was particularly good fun. Everyone was on the dance floor. The guests were really up for partying.’
Even back-room staff weren’t exempt – Buckingham Palace catering staff said the Palace threw a party for workers with bottles of Jacobs Creek wine, Boddingtons beer, vodka and gin on the menu.
Just after midnight the first guests began to leave. Among them were Charles and Camilla, the official hosts of the event, who were whisked through the main Palace gates at 12.20am looking happy and relaxed despite the long day.
At 2.45am loud cheers could be heard from over the Palace walls as a fireworks display was let off in the back garden. Partygoers whooped and cheered as red and white rockets were fired in short bursts.
By 3am only a handful of hardened party-goers were left inside the Palace, including Harry, Chelsy and Pippa.



Family man: Michael Middleton, pictured out in London today, spoke of his pleasure at the warmth with which the Royals had welcomed the MIddletons into the fold




Royal departure: Prince Charles is driven away from Clarence House in his Aston Martin which William used to drive Kate on Friday with the numberplate 'Just Wed'




Flashback: William drives his new wife in his father's soft top, decorated in balloons, out of Buckingham Palace and down to Clarence House


3am and Harry keeps the festivities going

At 3.10am Harry, wearing a black dinner jacket and white dress shirt with three buttons undone, emerged to lead revellers on to the second venue of the night – the nearby Goring hotel.

The 101-year-old hotel, which had been hired out in its entirety by the Middleton family, became the focus for guests looking to continue partying into the small hours.
In what appeared to be a well-organised procedure, a convoy of three silver coaches, each filled with around 30 guests, was used to transport revellers from Buckingham Palace.

Harry, who seemed in high spirits, sat in the front row of seats, directly behind the coach driver as he was taken from the Palace, with Pippa in the row behind him.
A black Range Rover followed close behind carrying Chelsy, 25, and Prince Andrew’s daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Chelsy and Eugenie were in the back seat and Beatrice, wearing a purple and gold one-shouldered dress, in the front.
The Princesses stayed at the party for an hour before departing in a taxi at 4.08am.
Police had already sealed all four road entrances to The Goring hotel preventing anyone other than Royal guests accessing the hotel entrance, which was adorned with white and pink hydrangeas and red geraniums mounted on garlands of ivy.
As he arrived at The Goring, Harry bolted from the coach and into the hotel foyer where he was greeted by hotel staff and security who took the names of partygoers at the door.
Butlers in bowler hats welcomed revellers in via the tented porch and through the front door.
Other guests followed on foot, some swigging from champagne bottles as they made the five-minute walk along the deserted streets around Buckingham Palace to The Goring.
Many guests were spotted clutching handbag-sized presents wrapped in gold paper – believed to be wedding favours from the couple.
At one point several of the guests who walked to the hotel took part in an impromptu piggy back race past the Palace walls before dismounting when they reached The Goring.
The revelries at the hotel, where Kate spent her last night as a single woman on Thursday, continued until sunrise. Tony Unsworth, 59, a family friend of the Middletons, said: ‘I went to bed around 1am but I heard guests stumbling around at 5am coming back from the Palace.’


The Dinner Menu

Mossiman menu

Terrine of dressed crab and tiger prawns
Aberdeen Angus beef fillet from Longoe Farm, the Castle of Mey, Scotland
Welsh lamb from the Highgrove estate
Spring vegetables grilled and blanched (and not cooked in butter or cream)
Trio of chocolate puddings
Seasonal fruits
Ice cream with a brandy snap

Additional reporting: Lara Gould, George Arbuthnott, James Millbank, Charlotte Griffiths and Nick Constable


Relaxed: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk hand-in-hand from Buckingham Palace in London the day after their wedding




All smiles: Kate and William looked fresh-faced the day after their wedding despite partying till the early hours



Kate, in her gown for the evening, left Clarence House alongside Camilla Parker Bowles for the short journey to Buckingham Palace

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Welcome to the Firm: The Middletons share the public's acclaim on the Buckingham Palace balcony. Kate's parents Mike and Carole are on the left, next to Prince Charles holding the Duchess of Cornwall's granddaughter Eliza Lopes. The bride's sister Pippa stands between Princes Philip and Harry



Charmed: Prince Philip has more success with the head bridesmaid




Unamused: Infamous joker Prince Harry provokes a grimace from Pippa
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Royal wedding: Ellie Goulding on Singing for Couple

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Singer Ellie Goulding has described the "incredible atmosphere" at the party at Buckingham Palace where she sang for guests of the Queen.
Herefordshire star Miss Goulding serenaded the newlyweds with her hit version of Your Song.
The song was written by Sir Elton John, a close friend of William's late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
The 24-year-old sang at a dinner party thrown after the royal wedding in front of 650 guests.
She said: "It was an amazing honour to be asked by Kate and William to perform at their party.
"The atmosphere was incredible and it is a night I will never forget."
Miss Goulding, from Kington, got her big break when she was tipped as the act to watch last year by industry experts in the BBC Sound of 2010 list.
Her debut album, Lights, went to straight to number one on its release.

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Your Song
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We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
Body Rockers
I Like The Way You Move
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Pass Out
The Kings Of Leon
Sex On Fire


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Prince William and Kate Middleton's First Dance at Royal Wedding Evening Reception Lasts Just 30 Seconds at Royal Wedding Reception, as Bashful Prince asks Ellie Goulding to up the Tempo

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William and Kate on their way to reception


BASHFUL Prince William lasted for just 30 seconds of his first dance with Kate – after asking singer Ellie Goulding to switch quickly to a faster number.

Rising star Ellie, 24, serenaded the happy couple with her version of wedding guest Elton John’s 70s classic Your Song.
William and Kate took to the floor arm in arm for their slow waltz at 10.30pm, cheered by the 350 guests at the evening reception.

But self-conscious Wills had earlier requested Ellie speed on “to a faster one so others can join in”.
Later, he and Kate raised the roof with a hilarious version of You’re The One That I Want from Grease.
With William dressed in a black tuxedo and bow tie and Kate wearing her stunning strapless white evening dress, they strutted and sang their way through the John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John classic.

Guests were on their feet whooping, clapping and cheering as the beaming newlyweds let their hair down – and showed off fun-loving personalities.
One bleary-eyed guest – who left the party at 3.15am – said: “The Grease number brought the house down.
“They stood holding hands in the middle of the dancefloor grinning, then suddenly the opening bars of the song came booming out.

“The reaction was just brilliant. Everyone started clapping to the music.
“Wills and Kate began dancing around, pointing at each other and mouthing the words. It was hilarious.
“When the song finished, they ended up in each other’s arms with massive smiles on their faces.
“Everyone was cheering wildly, whooping and they did a bow to each other.
“After that, the dancefloor filled up and the party got going properly. It was a fabulous night. The kind of night you never forget.”

Singer Ellie stepped in after one half of a Bollywood duo set to perform suffered a knee injury.
She said: “It was an amazing honour to be asked by Kate and William to perform at their party. The atmosphere was incredible and it is a night I will never forget.”



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Wonder if Prince Charles had another go at break dancing at the Royal Wedding party. Here's an old video of him learning.






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Royal wedding: Pippa Middleton stole the show... now her man says: hands off



Stunning Pippa Middleton stole the show at the royal wedding.
With her fabulous figure displayed in her tight-fitting gown, Kate’s foxy **younger sister had no shortage of male admirers – including best man Prince Harry, who was openly flirting with his gorgeous new relative.

But there’s bad news for Harry if he fancies the time-honoured tradition of best man and chief bridesmaid getting together, as by Pippa’s side was her **devoted boyfriend Alex Loudon.
Pippa, 27, has been dating the **handsome cricketer-turned-City banker for a year and the couple are seriously smitten. Both tall, dark and athletic, they make a striking couple.
“Alex has no reason to fear Harry would turn Pippa’s head,” said a pal. “Harry may be royal, but Alex is upper-crust, rich and good looking. He’s exactly Pippa’s type and I don’t think even a Prince would be much competition.”
Alexander Guy Rushworth Loudon, 30, is straight out of the top drawer. He went to the wedding not only as Pippa’s plus-one, but in his own right as an old Eton pal of William.
And his credentials are **impeccable. His father is James, the former High Sheriff of Kent. He attended Durham **University before playing cricket for Warwickshire.
A right-handed batsman and off-spin bowler, he was considered to have a **promising future as an international player, but retired from the sport to follow his father and brother into a finance career. “If I’d been a good enough player to play for England, it would have been mad to give it away,” he said. “But the fact is I wasn’t.”

He studied for an MBA at the London Business School and now lives in Fulham, West London, and at the family seat Olantigh, near Wye in Kent – a stately pile built in 1910.
Pippa – whose nickname is Perfect Pippa – is no stranger to boys with stately homes. After following big sister Kate to Marlborough College, her days at Edinburgh University led her into the heart of an aristocratic crowd.
A pal who was at university with her said: “Pippa chose her friends carefully when she arrived – she mainly mixed with the shooting crowd. She was **perfectly pleasant to people outside that set, but wouldn’t waste words on them.
“She was clever and hard-working, but lectures sometimes came second to social events deemed more **important.”
Her flatmates were George **Percy – whose parents, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, own Alnwick (the castle that served as Hogwarts in the Harry **Potter films) – and Ted Innes-Ker, son of the Duke of Roxburghe. Pippa’s **boyfriend of three years at Edinburgh was Jonathan “JJ” Jardine Patterson, a banking heir whose family had an estate in Dumfriesshire. She split with him in 2007.
Now, as well as her own coat of arms, Pippa has the admiration of the world.
Her wave as she left the Goring Hotel yesterday, in white jeans and a fitted blue blazer, with her parents Carole and Michael and brother James, was **practically regal.
Perhaps it won’t be long **before the next Middleton wedding...
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Pippa's Prince

Has Pippa Middleton Found Her Own 'Prince' With A 'Stately Ancestral Pile' Of His Own?





It seems Kate Middleton’s little sister, Philippa Charlotte, or ‘ Pippa’, to friends and family, in deference of their often commented upon sisterly competition, is doing her best to keep up with the future princess, by bagging an eligible bachelor of her own.

Emma Sayle, who was at Downe house with Kate, says: “Kate and Pippa were hugely competitive. There was always that thing of who could be the thinnest and who could be the prettiest.”

Both girls were academically bright enough to win places at good Scottish universities. While Kate headed off to St Andrews to study history of art and find her prince, Pippa went to study English at Edinburgh where friends claim she set about acquiring friends of the right caliber

“As soon as she arrived she made sure she joined the right circle,” says one acquaintance. “At Edinburgh, the aristo crowd is divided into two social sets. One crowd goes to London at weekends to party and the other set is a bit more staid and go to each other’s country houses for the weekend. Pippa joined the country set.”
She was not only assiduous about cultivating a socially useful circle, she was also capable of a certain ruthlessness, laying on the charm until someone more important came into the room and then walking away without a backward glance. By her third year, her flat mates at her student digs were George Percy, eldest son and heir of the Duke of Northumberland, and Lord Edward “Ted” Innes Ker, second son of the Duke of Roxburghe, an aristocrat with strong royal connections. Prince Andrew proposed to Sarah Ferguson at Floors Castle, the Roxburghe family seat and Lord Ted’s older sister, Rosanagh, was a brides**maid at their wedding.



While Kate has finally captured her prince, lasting love has so far eluded Pippa. When it comes to love, Pippa, has exceptionally high standards. At Edinburgh University she dated banking heir, Jonathan Jardine Patterson, known as JJ, an heir to the Hong Kong Jardine Matheson fortune, but they split up a month before graduation, apparently on his initiative. Then there was Scottish aristocrat and socialite, Billy More Nesbitt, diamond heir Simon Youngman, and Charlie Gilkes, a nightclub entrepreneur who owns Barts club in Knightsbridge.

Additionally she was spotted with dashing millionaire Alexander Spencer-Churchill. Alexander, known as Ali to friends, is a nephew of the Duke of Marlborough and distantly related to Sir Winston Churchill.

Kate and William also set up a double date with William’s great friend Guy Pelly and he and Pippa went out briefly. Given that there seems to be no shortage of admirers, why has none of them stuck?

“It’s because she is too picky,” says a friend. “Pippa has a mental checklist of all the attributes her perfect man must have. He must have a title or at least be in line for one. He must have a house in Kensington or Notting Hill and an estate in the sticks. And of course he must be good looking. I think Guy guessed that he didn’t quite measure up to what Pippa was looking for.” A family friend adds: ‘Carole Middleton is always saying what well-to-do friends Pippa has. I think Carole is very proud of both her daughters. They certainly know how to charm the socks off the right sort of men.’



Alexander Guy Rushworth Loudon




Philippa 'Pippa' Charlotte Middleton

However, it seems that perhaps Pippa has perhaps indeed found her ‘prince with a stately pile,’ in the form of Alexander Guy Rushworth Loudon, a former English cricketer, with ties to the English landed aristocracy.

Now based in the City, Loudon is enrolled in the full-time MBA program at the London Business School. In his spare time, he is apparently smitten with Pippa Middleton and she with him!

Has Pippa’s knight in shining armor, with requisite family name and country house, finally arrived on the scene, will she soon be settled at the Loudon family manse of Olantigh, Wye, Kent? Have the Middleton's done it again, and will they soon be planning for another high profile wedding? Time will tell!




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Kate and William jet away: The world's most famous honeymooners choose £4,000-a-night retreat 'in the Seychelles'


By Daily Mail, UK

Last updated at 11:30 AM on 10th May 2011


After a week at work and a spot of shopping in Waitrose, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have finally embarked on their honeymoon - rumoured to be a two-week holiday in the Indian Ocean.

The newlyweds will stay in an exclusive villa that costs £4,000-a-night and is located on one of the most beautiful and romantic islands in the world.
The Duke and Duchess are believed to have flown out by private jet yesterday before being taken by helicopter from the mainland to the tropical retreat.



And they're off: Kate and William at Buckingham Palace before flying by helicopter for their 'mini-moon'


Back to work - but not for long. William was spotted returning to the Air and Sea Rescue headquarters at RAF Vally in Anglesey after the wedding



Stocking up: Kate was seen shopping for provisions at Waitrose shortly after the celebrations

William's car was apparently seen leaving Anglesey, north Wales, yesterday accompanied by a police Range Rover piled high with luggage.

A spokesman for St James's Palace said he would not confirm their honeymoon destination, although according to reports, the couple may have headed for the Seychelles.
The spokesman added William has taken two weeks leave from operational duties.

'We are not confirming and we are not commenting on speculation on where they may be going on their private honeymoon, we are just confirming that they have gone,' he said.

'The couple have asked that their privacy be respected during their honeymoon.'
Two Scotland Yard protection officers checked the destination three weeks ago to ensure it would give the couple the privacy they crave.

The Mail is not publishing details of the location, and it is understood that not even Kate was aware of the exact destination until the last minute.
The resort, which is surrounded by coconut groves, offers almost complete isolation. Its white sand beaches are bathed by crystal-clear turquoise waters and are a sanctuary for sea turtles.



If the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Seychelles for their honeymoon they could well be heading for an idyllic location they visited four years ago - the island of Desroches

Only a handful of luxury villas are dotted across the island. Hand-crafted from local wood, each has an open-air bathroom area with sunken bath and shower, a private garden and a wooden deck with freshwater rock pool and yoga pavilion.

There is a butler on hand in every villa, and a personal chef will conjure up a daily menu based on freshly-caught fish and whatever delicacies the couple wish.


The area is an eco-haven and while snorkelling, kayaking or diving are encouraged, its tranquillity is preserved with a ban on jet skis and similar watersports.


The couple were seen taking off from Buckingham Palace the day after their wedding


A source said: ‘It’s one of the most incredible places you will ever visit and Kate will have the time of her life. It’s everything you could want from a honeymoon destination and more – beautiful beaches, tropical seas and complete privacy.
‘The Prince’s protection officers flew out to check it out and their villa has been booked and confirmed.
‘It’s a real Robinson Crusoe kind of place. There are some beautiful hikes, but if you can’t be bothered to walk a golf cart will transport you. They will also deliver you a picnic with ice-cold drinks.
‘If you fancy some company there is a little beach bar and a restaurant. Most people, however, prefer to eat meals brought by the butler on the privacy of their deck while watching the sunset.’


Like everyone else he works with, Prince William had to apply to take time off before the wedding


During the weekend after their wedding, the Duke and Duchess enjoyed a ‘mini-moon’ at a mystery location in the UK.

They flew in the Queen’s helicopter from Buckingham Palace on the day after their nuptials for a two-night break.
Clarence House refused to reveal their destination, or issue official pictures of the honeymooners. Previous royal newlyweds, including Prince Charles and Princess Diana and the Queen and Prince Philip, all posed for photographers.
The secrecy sparked a nationwide guessing game with alleged sightings of the couple from the Isles of Scilly to north east Scotland.
On their return from their honeymoon, the couple face a ten-week separation as William is sent to the Falkland Isles to further his helicopter training.
Partners are banned from joining those serving in the South Atlantic, so Kate is unable to travel with William to the remote post.
Kate is said to have been disappointed by the news. 'They have known about the Falklands for several weeks, but Kate was very upset when she first heard,' a source told the Sun.

'It is an awful way to start married life, especially hard because it destroys the first magic of being together.

'William could probably pull some strings and get out of going. But he is determined to be treated like any other search and rescue pilot.'

William, a flight lieutenant in the RAF's Search and Rescue squad, is to be sent to the Falklands to fly a Sea King helicopter, completing training that will allow him to be promoted from co-pilot to pilot, a move he is determined to make.

Reports suggest that William is keen to focus on his RAF career, to the extent that he may even be trying to gain enough flying time to be considered for a combat role in Afghanistan, although this is a move that may be blocked due to his status.

It was widely expected that the couple would be going on honeymoon straight after their wedding but it was announced that the Duke would be returning to work at RAF Valley on Anglesey before the trip.
Despite his status as second in line to the throne he had to apply for leave like his colleagues.

He was given a week off for the wedding but was told that he would have to split any further holiday requests – hence the delayed departure date.



The island of Desroches is a paradise just four miles long, about 150 miles south west of the Seychelles' main island, Mahe


ROMANTIC IDYLL OF THE SEYCHELLES


If the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Seychelles for their honeymoon they could well be heading for an idyllic location they visited four years ago.

William and Kate had a week-long break in August 2007 on the island of Desroches, a paradise just four miles long, about 150 miles south west of the Seychelles' main island, Mahe.

It was reported that William told islanders the Desroches trip was the best holiday he had ever had.

Desroches is the main island of the Amirantes Group - locations which boast exclusive resorts in the kind of setting that most honeymooners can only dream about.

The Seychelles is a classic get-away-from-it-all location, lying in the Indian Ocean between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator.

William and Kate will find that the Seychelles ticks all those honeymoon boxes - warm weather, white-sand beaches, seclusion, luxury and romance.

If this is not enough, the royal couple are even going at the right time of the year. The Seychelles get the wettest weather in January - when many Britons are tempted to go to get away from the worst of the UK weather.
But May in the Seychelles sees the start of the cooling trade winds which keep the temperature down in the evenings.

The couple can expect to have temperatures between 24C (75F) and 32C (90F) - plenty hot enough for swimming and diving if they fancy it.
If a little island-hopping is required then this is the place to do it, as the Seychelles is made up of more than 100 islands.

Desroches boasts the luxury Desroches Island Resort hotel. The island was named after the Chevalier des Roches, the Governor of Mauritius from 1767 to 1772.


I do hope the media leaves them alone!!!!! but I doubt it.


Update just in: The Telegraph UK reports;


Seychelles, it is -- "A spokeswoman for the Indian Ocean country's department of tourism said the royal couple landed at the country's main airport at 7.20am local time this morning. They were then transferred by helicopter to a private island where they were expected to spend 10 days at a secluded villa."


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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk up the aisle after their
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The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby:
St James's Palace announced today.

But Kate is admitted to hospital with acute morning sickness


Telegraph UK. 3 December 2012

St James's Palace says the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in central London with acute morning sickness and is expected to stay in hospital for several days.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby, according to an official statement just released by palace officials, who confirm that Kate Middleton and Prince William, both 30, are adding a royal boy or girl to their mix. Katherine is about 2 months pregnant

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Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.

The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.
Kate has been admitted to the hospital for treatment for Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a "very acute morning sickness, which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients," according to the duke and duchess' official website, here;

The Duke & Duchess' Official Website


She was taken ill over the weekend while staying with her parents in Bucklebury, Berks. The Duke was not with her at the time, as he was spending a weekend privately with friends, but he rushed to Bucklebury to join his wife earlier today and travelled with her by car to the King Edward VII hospital in London.

The Duchess's illness also prompted a scramble to tell other members of the Royal family about the pregnancy before news of the Duchess's hospital admission leaked out.
The Queen, the Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal family, including Prince Harry, who was contacted in Afghanistan, were all told the news today.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who was told the news shortly before it was made public, tweeted: "I’m delighted by the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. They will make wonderful parents."

The baby will become the third in line to the throne, ahead of Prince Harry, regardless of whether it is a girl or boy, following a change to the ancient rule of royal primogeniture, which was scrapped last year following an agreement between heads of the Commonwealth nations.



The Duchess of Cambridge meets children on a visit to Manor School in Cambridge


The Duchess appeared to be suffering no ill-effects when she visited her old school, St Andrew's, in Pangbourne, Berks., on Friday, when she played hockey in high heels.
Her immediate diary of engagements for this week has been cancelled.
The timing of the Duchess's pregnancy will lead to immediate speculation about where the baby was conceived. The fact that the Duchess is not yet 12 weeks pregnant means the baby was conceived after the couple's holiday in France at the beginning of September, when topless pictures of the Duchess were taken.
The Duchess could, however, have conceived during the couple's tour of the Far East later in September.



The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Cambridge last week

Depending on how many weeks pregnant the Duchess is, the baby could be born around the time of the couple's second wedding anniversary on April 29 next year, if it arrives a little early, though May, June or July are more likely.

Other red letter days which fall in those months include the Duke of Cambridge's 31st birthday on June 21, the Duchess of Cornwall's birthday on July 17 and the anniversary of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations at the beginning of June.

Elizabeth was immediately installed as the bookies' favourite for the baby's name if it is a girl, with Ladbrokes quoting odds of 8/1, following by Frances, John and Charles, each at 10/1, and Diana at 12/1.
Speculation about a possible royal pregnancy has been rife ever since the couple married, and in recent weeks royal-watchers have spotted clues including the Duchess wearing her coat with the bottom button undone when she attended a rugby match with her husband, though in the past previous "tell-tales" have proved groundless.
The Duke, who is not currently on duty at his RAF Search and Rescue base in Anglesey, is expected to be granted compassionate leave to remain with his wife while she is in hospital.

The official statement of Kate Middleton's pregnancy comes after an exhaustive set of baby rumors that have dogged the couple ever since their royal wedding in April 2011:

On the pair's recent royal tour in Asia, Catherine declined wine in favor of water on several occasions, fueling speculation that she was expecting. Prince William also told a little boy that he wanted "two" children.

Just a week earlier, Star magazine had breathlessly (and creepily?) declared that the couple had conceived on a "passionate night together" following the London Olympics.

In November 2011, just six months after the wedding, In Touch pronounced Kate six weeks along, but summer 2012 came and went without, obviously, a royal birth. (Palace officials had shot down those rumors anyway.)

Also in November 2011, Catherine declined to taste a peanut butter paste at a UNICEF event, leading to gossip that she was expecting. (Pregnant moms apparently often avoid peanut butter to help prevent allergy issues.)

The new royal baby will obviously be the first for William and Catherine, who married in 2011 after a 10-year on-and-off courtship. He or she will be Queen Elizabeth II's third great-grandchild (after Savannah and Isla Phillips), Prince Harry's first niece or nephew and will make Pippa Middleton a proud aunt.

Our biggest congratulations to the Palace! And for the rest of us: buckle up. It's going to be quite a year.
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Royal Baby Hysteria Grips America's TV Networks as Broadcasters Gather Outside Hospital and Buckingham Palace to Welcome New Arrival

  • Duchess was admitted to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, shortly after 6am this morning with William at her side
  • Crowds have gathered outside Buckingham Palace where the birth will formally be announced
  • U.S. media has also descended on the city, with the major networks sending out top talent to cover the latest
  • Coverage blanketed stations on Monday morning - although there were still few details to share
By Daily Mail UK, 22 July 2013



Final appearance: The Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with her husband Prince William as she is seen in public for the last time before the birth


Royal baby hysteria has gripped the world and U.S. television networks as the country's top broadcasters report from London on the new arrival - and after weeks of waiting in the blistering heat, they finally have something to say.

Monarchists and reporters have waited around the clock for the Duchess of Cambridge to give birth - and on Monday, it emerged that she is finally in the early stages of labor. She arrived in a car just before 6am this morning and was taken into the maternity ward via a back door, eluding journalists.


Royal fans: A small crowd gathers outside the hospital over the weekend as royal fans wait for Kate to be admitted to the hospital


As excitement grows among royal fans gathering outside the hospital, television camera crews from across the U.S. - including all of the major networks - are also swarming outside the private Lindo Wing at St Mary's in Paddington, west London.
'I've been here all week and this is a scene I've never seen before,' Today show host Natalie Morales said outside the hospital on Monday morning as she said that a birth announcement is hopefully imminent. 'There's a lot of excitement. It's hard to move around... Everyone is just watching that door.'
The relief comes after Morales was pictured passing the time by eating fish and chips, drinking ale, reading British literature and knitting a gift for the baby as she waited for news of his or her birth last week.
Coverage of the birth blanketed the main networks on Monday morning, with every one sending out their top hosts and correspondents to provide viewers with the latest news of the royal baby.



Time to roll: Members of the world's media gather outside The Lindo Wing after days of waiting for the Duchess of Cambridge to be admitted



Excitement building: Members of the public gather outside St Mary's Hospital this morning as the Duchess of Cambridge goes into labour



Royal excitement: Tourists take photographs of the front of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital as it emerged that the Duchess has gone into labour

Outside the hospital, reporter Morales was joined on NBC by medical editor Dr Nancy Snyderman, who described the procedure for a woman in labor.
ABC correspondent Amy Robach added on Good Morning America on Monday: 'After weeks of waiting here outside the hospital, it is fair to say that the Lindo wing is no longer in limbo... For so long, I have these tired long faces, there are nothing but smiles as far as the eye can see. Despite this 90 degree heat, everyone is full of excitement for this baby.'
As well as Morales, Nightly News correspondent Kate Snow has also been sent by NBC to London to cover the birth. The network also has Keir Simmons, Michelle Kosinski and Martin Fletcher in London.

ABC News sent Good Morning America weekend anchor Bianna Golodryga and correspondent Lama Hasan to London, with Amy Robach to follow. The network is also including Dr. Jennifer Ashton, its senior medical correspondent, in special reports.
Fox News anchor Martha McCallum is anchoring its coverage, while CNN's Kate Bolduan is overseeing New Day's interviews with relatives and friends close to the royals.

On Monday, there was a large police presence around the hospital as royal fans gathered alongside the media outside the hospital, and well-wishers from around the globe began swarming outside Buckingham Palace.



A crowd builds: A group of police officers stand outside the hospital this morning as the international media and members of the public gather


Excitement grows: Royal watches - and journalists - have been waiting outside the hospital round the clock for days


Tourists armed with cameras peered hopefully through the Palace gates on the off-chance of spotting the easel, due to be placed on the forecourt detailing confirmation of the birth.
Matthew and Donna Harold from Michigan said they had been asked to stock up on commemorative souvenirs for friends back home during their holiday in London.
'The royal baby is front-page news every day back in the States at the moment, there is a lot of excitement,' said Mrs Harold. 'I'm sure the Duchess will be pleased, as we are, that the wait looks to be finally over - particularly because being pregnant in this heat must be very hard.'
'Our holiday was booked months ago, so we did not expect to be over here while the baby was happening, so we have been told to bring back as many newspapers and souvenirs with the baby on as possible.
Some royal correspondents have been camped out in front of the Duchess of Cambridge's hospital of choice for days and even weeks with very little news to dine out on.

Before news of her going into labor, Kate’s due date was widely reported as July 13, and the world's press stationed outside the Lindo Wing ever since to ensure they didn't miss the new arrival. But as the days passed, the U.S. reporters implored with the royals.



Lady in waiting: Natalie Morales from NBC broadcasts from opposite St. Mary's Hospital's Lindo Wing in London on Friday as the world waited for Kate to go into labor



Excitement: Amy Robach, reporting for ABC on Monday, said finally the crowd is smiling after weeks of waiting outside the Lindo Wing of the hospital




Relief: NBC host Natalie Morales grins as she reveals that the Duchess of Cambridge has finally gone into birth after weeks of waiting for the media and Monarchists





Passing the time: Natalie Morales reads Charles Dicken's 'Great Expectations' outside the Lindo wing and knits a present for the baby as she waits for news



Getting in the spirit: She is also pictured drinking ale and snacking on fish and chips as the international media waits outside the hospital

'Have this baby already, Kate, please?' pleaded Morales on NBC's Today on Friday - though she didn't look too miserable as she partook of fish and chips and a pint of bitter from her chair outside the hospital.
‘I think it may be even bigger news at home than it is here,’ she said, adding: ‘Once Kate goes into labor, we’ll be sleeping right here.
Morales may have a point: 'Americans are obsessed with the birth of the royal baby,' pop culture expert Katrina Szish told Today.
'Not only is it not just a phenomena we don't have in the United States but it really is a fairytale come true,' she said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the news that Kate had gone into labor was 'very exciting' for the whole country.
David Cameron told the BBC: 'Best wishes to them, a very exciting occasion and the whole country is excited with them. So everyone's hoping for the best.'



Pack: Police and the international media seen outside the Lindo Wing waiting for news about Kate, 31, who had gone into labour



Where's William? A cameraman with a Prince William mask on the back of his head as he waits for news outside the Lindo Wing



Press pack: The Lindo Wing where the media is waiting for news about the impending royal birth



On guard: Four police officers stand outside the Lindo Wing. The officers were checking the credentials of everyone who tried to enter the building



Royal arrival: The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, in a people carrier with blacked out windows

Speaking later on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour he said had been 'pretty involved' in the birth of his children. 'It's up to every family to work out how they want to do these things,' he added.

'I can't claim any role in this one, I'm afraid, except one small thing - well, it's a big thing actually - which is to get all of the heads of the realms over which our Queen is Queen, to agree that whatever the sex of the baby that Will and Kate have, if it's a girl, it will be our Queen.'

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, tweeted: 'My thoughts and prayers are with Kate and the whole family on this enormously special day.'



Happy news: A royal fan wakes up outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital this morning as the Duchess of Cambridhe goes into labour



World is ready: The media gather outside the Lindo Wing this morning as the wait ends for royal fans who have been camped outside the hospital for weeks



Media gathering: The press broadcast from outside the hospital this morning as the news breaks that the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour


Other tourists shared their excitement. In Australia, a set of commemorative baby stamps has already been commissioned to mark the royal birth.

Lynette Traynor, a postal worker from Melbourne who is on holiday in London, said: 'We love everything to do with the royals, so the news is full of it. We have a set of baby stamps ready to go, as soon as it has been confirmed. We can't get enough of it.'

Another visitor to the Palace, 26-year-old German Veronika Schwarz, said she thought there was greater excitement outside of England.

'We don't have anything like the Royal Family in Germany, so we are all getting quite carried away with this. My friends in London seem like they just want the baby to come out now, I think they are tired of waiting.'
Pascal Faure, a maintenance contractor originally from South Africa, stopped to snap a picture on his phone for friends at home and in Australia.

'It's part of their heritage, I guess, their culture,' said Faure, who claimed his own tenuous royal connection: 'Apparently my third cousin once removed is Chelsy' Davy, Prince Harry's former girlfriend.



Crowd gathers: A large number of people gather outside Buckingham Palace this morning where it will be announced first that Kate has given birth


He also had more insight than most into the 5,000-pound ($8,000) -a-night private wing where the Duchess of Cambridge is giving birth. He fixed the air-conditioning there last week — a good thing, too, as Monday is scheduled to be the hottest day of the year in London.

'If the air-con stops working, I'll probably be the one to go in,' he said.
Terry Hutt, 78, has been camped on a wooden bench opposite the street entrance to the Lindo Wing, St Mary’s private maternity unit for the last 12 days.
The retired carpenter from Cambridge has been a familiar fixture at major royal events for years, always dressed head to toe in Union Jack clothes beneath a Union Jack umbrella hat. The Royal Family, he says, know him as ‘The Umbrella Man’.
Terry has been outside for so long that, a few days ago, he felt compelled to take himself back to Cambridge for a bath and a change of clothes.

The former soldier, who served with the Royal Ordnance Corps, is sleeping on a bench across the road from the Lindo Wing.


Royal baby: Wait is finally over for royal watchers





'I have the best royal bed in town,' he said. 'I have lost my voice with all the excitement. At night we're watching the hospital in two-hour stints, like the Army. The health of the baby, and Kate, is the only important element.'

Mr Hutt is wearing a Union flag suit and tie which a Dutch firm donated to him.

'My trousers are 10 inches too long,' he said, adding that his wife of 51 years, Joy, thinks he is a bit mad.

The septuagenarian has been joined outside the hospital by 'Diana Superfan' John Loughrey, 58, from Wandsworth, south-west London.

'I'm so excited I'm like a washing machine - I'm on full spin,' he said. 'I can't stop spinning. I've been here for seven days and heard gossip overnight that Kate was here. If it's a girl I think Diana will be the middle name.

'If it's a boy I believe Charles will be the name, because he has nurtured William and Harry.'

Carly Gargett, 31, an event manager from Sydney, Australia, who lives in London, was also outside the hospital this morning.



Press pack: A television crew film outside Buckingham Palace after Kate was rushed to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, where she has gone into labour



International event: A police officer moves on a media crew from outside the gates of Buckingham Palace this morning as the world's media gather in London



Excitement building: Media crews from Sky News work outside Buckingham Palace today after it emerged the Duchess had gone into labour


The crowd is likely to grow throughout the day as people try and get a first glimpse of the royal baby.
Miss Gargett said: 'I have been doing live Facebook updates to all my friends back in Australia.
'They were texting me this morning saying "What's going on?" because I'd missed it happening so early. So I came down to the site on my way to work. I am a real royalist. I was at the Coronation Festival last week and was hoping she would go into labour then.'
Miss Gargett said she thinks the Duchess would love to have a girl.
'Every girl would like a girl princess,' she said. 'I'm picking Charlotte as the name - I have a feeling in my waters.'
The announcement that the Duchess was in labour caused a flurry of activity on Twitter - while hundreds of mothers logged on to parenting website Mumsnet to give their opinions on the news.

Broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted: 'Keep Calm...and Carry On. £Kate' and added: 'My money's on an Australian cricket birth - all out by tea.'



Press pack: The world's media gather outside St Mary's Hospital after it emerged that the Duchess has gone into labour



Arrival: The scene outside the hospital as the world waits for the latest news. Kate was whisked in via a back door shortly after 6am





One Mumsnet user, writing under the name Iwaswatchingthat, posted: 'I feel sorry for her. I really did not want anyone except my mum and dh (dear husband) to know I was in labour and just wanted to get on with it.

'It must be awful to think that the world is all imagining her huffing and puffing.'

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn wrote: 'Glad it's been confirmed. Soppy cow that I am I've just had a little cry over the news. In my defence I'm 8 weeks pregnant with my first and my emotions are all over the place!'

Another user, Gobbolinothewitchscat, added: 'Seriously, it's a shame she's in the early stages. Best to stay at home as long as poss.'

Pat and Norman Bate took two months to get to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington because the retired fruit and vegetable merchants travelled from their Liverpool home to London via Britain’s canal network at four mph.
Their 55ft canal boat Ellie May, is moored just behind the royal hospital, filled with bagfuls of cards and presents for the baby, and its cabin draped with bunting.

‘As soon as we heard Kate was pregnant, I said that we should aim to get there for the birth, so we left home on May 1,’ Mrs Bate said. 'And we hope to be here as long as it takes. After all, we’re not paying for a hotel.’



Excitement: Reporters stand waiting outside the Lindo Wing, waiting for further news about the Duchess of Cambridge's condition



Crowd gathers: Onlookers come and stand outside the hospital - and look at the media scrum - after it emerged that the Duchess had gone into labour



Royal baby fever: Members of the public take photographs of the hospital as a crowd gathers following the news that the Duchess had gone into labour



Royal fans: Tourists look at the gathering media scrum outside the hospital this morning



As the wait went on, the camera crews were reduced to filming each other as reporters from around the world struggled to find something worthwhile to report



Dedication: Another royal supporter John Loughrey poses with his royal baby memorabilia as he waits across the street from the hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing



In for the long haul: Royal supporter John Loughrey looks out from his tent outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital



Little prince - or princess? Royal supporters have both balloons with them as they wait outside the hospital ahead of the birth



Big fan: Margaret Tyler clutches her royal baby balloons outside the hospital as the world waits for the royal baby


All of a flutter: Bets were taken on the sex and name of the Royal baby


END


The new Prince was born at 16.24 GMT and weighed 8lb 6oz








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It's a BOY! Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth to Healthy Baby and Future King weighing 8lb 6oz at 4.24pmGMT, with Proud Prince William by her side

  • Birth announced by a press release sent out from the palace at 8.30pm GMT
  • Official announcement then placed on easel outside Buckingham Palace for the waiting crowds to see
  • Duchess of Cambridge and her son are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight
  • Queen and Duke of Edinburgh said to be 'delighted' at news of their great grandson's birth
  • The Prime Minister, Archbishop of Canterbury and Leader of the Opposition all express their congratulations
  • David Cameron says 'the whole country will celebrate' the birth of the new Royal baby
  • Kate was admitted to hospital at around 5.30am and arrived in car with Prince William
  • The 31-year-old planned to give birth to the royal baby naturally and she was not induced into labour
  • Future king was born at the same hospital in Paddington where Princess Diana had Princes William and Harry
  • Prince William was by his wife's side at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London
  • He will now take two weeks' paternity leave and accept the full entitlement of £136.78 per week
  • The royal couple did not know the sex of the baby who will replace Harry as third in line to the throne
  • Royal couple helped to St Mary's by protection officer who went with Prince Harry on infamous Vegas trip last year
  • Police officer shows off his security briefing note in full view of hundreds of cameras this afternoon

An overjoyed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the proud parents of a healthy baby boy, as Britain celebrates the birth of a future king.
The couple’s son weighed 8lb 6oz and was delivered at 4.24pm today at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington with his proud father, Prince William, looking on.




A town crier alsp announced the birth of the son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital.



Royal frenzy: Town Crier Tony Appleton rings his bell in celebration outside St Mary's, as he announces the birth of the newest Royal






Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight, said a spokesman for the palace. Palace sources said the couple chose to delay the public announcement of the birth to allow them to spend 'quality time' together.

In a statement tonight William said simply: ‘We could not be happier.’

William's father, Charles, the Prince of Wales said this evening: 'Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild.

'It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy.

'Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.'


The big day has arrived: An easel stands in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a baby boy, at 4.24pm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital



It's a boy: The message displayed outside the palace telling the world that there is a new prince in the British royal family




The Queen's Press Secretary Ailsa Anderson with Badar Azim, a footman, place the official document



Celebration time! Thousands of well wishers mob the gates of Buckingham Palace as the news of the Duchess of Cambridge's baby was revealed tonight




Britain rejoices: Monarchists clamour for a better view as the news is revealed outside the Queen's home



The waiting crowds cheer as the Queen's Press Secretary Ailsa Anderson with Badar Azim a footman place on an easel in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace a notification, to announce the birth of a baby boy


It had been planned that the birth would be announced on an easel placed outside the gates of Buckingham palace but, in the event, the press were informed by a statement from the Royal household sent out at 8.30pm GMT.

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.

Prince William will be staying overnight with his wife on the ward at St Mary's hospital. Tonight Royal Protection officers were seen delivering takeaway pizza to the Lindo Wing, presumably to give the Royal couple her sustenance after their tough day.

The long-awaited baby will be given the title His Royal Highness and be known as Prince of Cambridge, after the Queen moved earlier this year to change almost a century of royal tradition.
She issued a formal proclamation in January to end a convention brought in by George V which meant that a royal title was restricted to the children of the sovereign and the children of the sovereign’s sons.

The new baby is third in the line of succession, relegating his proud uncle, Prince Harry to fourth, and great-uncle, Prince Andrew, to sixth – although he may not become sovereign for half a century or more.
Recent legislation allowing female heirs to automatically accede to the throne if they are first born will clearly not affect the Cambridge’s son, but will have a bearing on any of his children.


Royal aide Ed Perkins leaves St Mary's with the official announcement that the Cambridges' son has been born





Mr Perkins rushes down the steps of the hospital to the street where, right, he hands it to a chauffeur to be ferried across central London to the Palace



After the message's delivery, the Queen's senior Page Philip Rhodes, right, is given the official notification in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace

Soon after the palace announcement was made, a notice giving details about the baby - the third-in-line to the throne - left St Mary's Hospital in London by car for Buckingham Palace.

The announcement read: 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.'

It has been signed by the Queen's former gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who led the medical team that delivered Kate's baby.
The notice, written on a piece of A4 size foolscap paper, was brought out of the Lindo’s front entrance and rushed, with the help of a police escort, across Central London to Buckingham Palace.

The new royal baby will be the 43rd sovereign since William the Conqueror if, as expected, it follows reigns by the Prince of Wales then William.





In lights: The news was broadcast in a special animation which shone from the BT Tower in Fitzrovia, central London



Well-wishers wearing outfits emblazoned with the national flag celebrate news of the birth of the new Royal baby outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington





David Cameron outside Number 10 tonight congratulating the Royal couple on the birth of their son. 'The whole country will celebrate,' he said.


The Prime Minister said the 'whole country will celebrate' the birth of the royal baby as news of the child's arrival spread across the globe.

David Cameron offered his congratulations on Twitter where the worlds of showbiz, politics and sport appeared to share in the Duke and Duchess's delight.

He wrote: 'I'm delighted for the Duke and Duchess now their son has been born. The whole country will celebrate. They'll make wonderful parents.'

He said: 'It is wonderful news from St Mary's, Paddington and I am sure that right across the country, and indeed right across the Commonwealth, people will be celebrating and wishing the royal couple well.

'It is an important moment in the life of our nation but, I suppose, above all it is a wonderful moment for a warm and loving couple who have got a brand new baby boy.

'It has been a remarkable few years for our royal family - a royal wedding that captured people's hearts, that extraordinary and magnificent jubilee and now this royal birth - all from a family that has given this nation so much incredible service.'

'They can know that a proud nation is celebrating with a very proud and happy couple tonight.'



Dancing in the streets: Revellers in fancy dress party outside St Mary's




Capturing the moment forever: People take pictures outside St. Mary's hospital. The new royal baby will be the 43rd sovereign since William the Conqueror if it follows reigns by the Charles then William




Good job: Guy Thorpe-Beeston, Marcus Setchel and Alan Farthing, the medical team in charge of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's newborn baby, leave the Lindo Wing


Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby was one of the first to speak of his joy on Twitter.

'Delighted for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they welcome their baby boy. May God bless them all with love, health and happiness,' he said.



Vast: Crowds of tourists and well-wishers gather on the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial Statue and at the gates outside Buckingham Palace





Crowds have flocked to the areas outside Buckingham Palace




Excited: Huge numbers of people are gathering outside Buckingham Palace, which has had a red rope erected to control crowds


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Royal excitement: Some tourists cool off in the fountains on what has been the hottest day of the year


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Fever pitch: There were huge cheers and a rushing crowd as the Queen arrived back at Buckingham Palace with her corgis this afternoon ahead of the birth of the royal baby


Although a cause for national celebration in Britain, the baby’s arrival is, more importantly, a time of overwhelming personal joy for William and Kate, who made no secret of their desire to start a family when they married two years ago.

The Queen was, according to protocol, the first to be informed of the newest addition to her family when William personally telephoned her from his wife’s delivery suite, followed by proud grandfather Prince Charles and Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, who are now linked by blood to the British throne.

With family – including the entire Middleton clan and new uncle Prince Harry - set to arrive at the hospital within hours, it is understood that the couple do not intend to introduce the Queen to her new great grand-son until the Duchess returns home.



Final public appearance: The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Buckingham Palace during a horse drawn parade last month as she is seen for the last time before she was due to give birth

Despite having eight grand-children and two great grand-daughters already, it will be a momentous event for the 87-year-old sovereign.
The last time a still-serving monarch got to meet a great grandchild born in direct succession to the crown was nearly 120 years ago.
Queen Victoria, who reigned until 1901, was still sovereign when her great grandchild Edward VIII, who later abdicated, was born third in line in 1894.

William and Kate’s baby will be the great great great great great grandchild of Queen Victoria and the present Queen’s third great grandchild.
It is also likely to have huge resonance for her personally, marking the emergence of a reinvigorated British Royal Family after decades dominated by bitter marital strife.

William and Kate are personally determined that their son be allowed to enjoy as ‘normal’ an upbringing as possible while being taught to respect and accept his destiny as a future King, head of the armed forces, supreme governor of the Church of England and head of the Commonwealth, which covers 54 nations across the world.

The present Queen is still head of state of 16 countries across the globe

In an interview to mark their engagement in 2010, Kate stressed that her own family – parents Michael and Carole and siblings Pippa and James – were the lynchpin of her existence.
Asked about her family she said: ‘Yes. It’s very important to me. And I hope we will be able to have a happy family ourselves.’

When asked about his future plans in the military, William added in an interview last year : ‘More importantly, I’d rather like to have children. So that’s the key thing really.’
He also revealed that he would like two children – while his wife subsequently divulged that while she wanted a boy, William liked the idea of a girl.

The couple’s choice of the private Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital is unsurprising but, nevertheless, touching given the link with William’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
William became the first future monarch in history to be born in a hospital when she delivered him there on 21st June 1982, followed by his brother, Harry.

The prince has always, by and large, determinedly kept his feelings about his late mother close to his chest – aside from admitting he gave Kate her engagement ring as a way of keeping her ‘close to it all’.

But his joy at becoming a father is likely to be tinged with an element of regret: regret that his proud, adoring and fiercely possessive mother had not lived to see her first grand-child born.
Tragic Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997, famously adored children and had always secretly hoped to have another.




A journalist broadcasts live from the palace



Flashback: A bogus easel similar to the one that will be used to announce the royal baby's birth is placed outside the Palace




Getting a better view: These excited children climb the gates of the Palace and are among the hundreds getting swept away in the excitement of the royal baby's impending arrival




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Waiting: Queues of people take pictures with the Queen Victoria Memorial statue in the background, which faces the Queen's home



Royal fans outside Buckingham Palace in central London



Can't wait: Passionate monarchists who have camped out for days and weeks are just hours away from the announcement of the royal birth



Baker: Teba Diatta holds a cake outside the Lindo Wing, which says 'Come on Kate, we can't wait, give us something to celebrate'



The Duchess will spend the next few days recovering in hospital but, as has already been demonstrated, will be in the best of hands.
Her labour was overseen by the Queen’s own Surgeon-Gynaecologist, Marcus Setchell, who was made Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2005.
As well as attending to the Queen since 1990, he has delivered both of the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s children and former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie’s youngest child, Leo.
At a charity cricket match just days ago the 59-year-old was heard joking to friends that he had given up drinking for the whole of July in preparation for the birth.
He was assisted by the Surgeon-Gynecologist to the Royal Household, Alan Farthing, who is by co-incidence a consultant gynecologist at St Mary’s.
Dr Farthing, 50, is the former fiancé of the murdered BBC television newsreader and presenter Jill Dando and has worked for the Royal Family since 2008.
Both men will continue to monitor Kate’s recovery.



Royal arrival: This is the moment Kate and her royal protection officers went through the Mary Sandford entrance of the hospital at just before 6am this morning





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Protection: Kate's security team are shown here marching into the hospital after her and soon afterwards a member of the protection squad then headed back to the cars, which then swept away


Fortunately for the Duchess, the birth of her baby boy was a much less crowded event that it has been in the past.
Historically the birth would have been attended by a slew of privy counsellors, government ministers and ladies-in-waiting, not least to ascertain there had been no switch of a prince at birth, a popular suspicion regarding James II’s son.

Queen Victoria formally banished the circus of attendants when the then Princess Mary gave birth to the future Edward VIII in 1894, declaring the presence of one cabinet minister would suffice.
Indeed when the Queen was born in her grandparents’ London home in Mayfair, only the then home secretary Sir William Joynson-Hicks waited in the next room.

But by the time the Queen was due to give birth to her own son, Prince Charles, in 1948, she declared that the need to have any minister present was constitutionally unnecessary (making the 1936 birth of her cousin, Princess Alexandra, the last occasion this occurred).

The Home Secretary is now only required to notify certain officials including the Lord Mayor of London, while the Queen’s Private Secretary Sir Christopher Geidt will inform Governor Generals overseas.


Great expectations


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Away from the press pack: A journalist files copy from a coffee shop as the world as reporters wait for news of the royal birth



Hot weather: Police officers carry bottles of water outside St Mary's Hospital this afternoon as the heatwave continues




Police presence: A major security operation is underway at the west London hospital with dozens of officers on duty to maintain order

It is believed that the Duchess fell pregnant last October, within days of returning home from the couple’s hugely successful Diamond Jubilee tour on behalf of the Queen to Asia and the South Pacific.
Sadly, however, the Duchess’s health was to take a turn for the worse less than eight weeks into her pregnancy when, on Monday December 3 last year, she was admitted to hospital suffering from a severe form of pregnancy-related sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum.
The dramatic turn of events forced a reluctant St James’s Palace to make the news public far earlier than anyone – particularly William and Kate – would ever have wanted. At that early stage, even senior members of the royal family, including the Queen and Prince Charles, had not been informed.
The news came as a huge shock to all, not least because three days earlier, on Friday December 1, Kate had been filmed playing a game of hockey in high heeled boots on a visit to her old preparatory school, St Andrew’s in Pangbourne, Berkshire.
Insiders told the Mail she had fallen ill while staying at her parents’ home at nearby Bucklebury over the weekend, while Prince William was away with friends on a shooting party.
By Monday morning, with her husband now back by her side, her condition had deteriorated to such an extent that the decision was made to admit her to the King Edward V11 Hospital in London.

Doctors were particularly concerned that her inability to keep down any fluids could lead to dehydration which could put both herself and the baby at risk.
She was immediately put on a drip to introduce fluids and nutrients into her body and fortunately responded well to treatment, although the couple cancelled several public engagements.
She was sent home after three nights in hospital with a batch of anti-sickness tablets - and strict instructions to rest.
But the following weekend she suffered another bout of severe sickness, forcing the cancelation of further long-standing engagements.
William later attempted to make light of the awfulness of his wife’s condition, however, saying: ‘They shouldn’t call it morning sickness as it’s a day and all night sickness.’

Fortunately the Duchess made a full recovery.
Since then she has divided her time between her family home in Berkshire and her London base in the grounds of Kensington Palace.


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Staff working on the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital take pictures of the media outside



TV star Ben Fogle's sister was also admitted to the Lindo wing at 8am this morning to have her baby



Prince William, meanwhile, an RAF Search and Rescue pilot, has been clocking up the miles shuttling to and from his base on Anglesey, North Wales, where he is still officially on duty.

He had always made clear, however, that he was determined to be by Kate’s side when she gave birth, unlike his grandfather, Prince Philip, who was playing squash when his first-born son, Charles, was delivered.



A police officer, standing on the steps of the Lingo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, reads a confidential briefing note in full view of the world's media





The memo, headed 'Briefing note Lindo Wing posts', could clearly be read by any of the long lens cameras trained on the front door of the private unit.

The incident raised fears that security had been compromised at the hospital which Kate Middleton was admitted to at 5.30am in the morning as she went into labour.
A team of royal protection officers rushed the mother-to-be in via a rear exit, the same route taken by Princess Diana when she gave birth to William in 1982.

By the afternoon there was a large police presence around the hospital.



Great-grandmother: The Queen left Windsor Castle this afternoon on her way back to Buckingham Palace



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Business as usual: The Prince of Wales was relaxed while visiting the National Railway Museum in York today




Prince Charles passes a train named after his son Prince William


A close friend of Prince William spoke of his excitement ahead of the birth of the Duke and Duchess's first child as he arrived back from what is believed to be the first recorded kayak crossing of the North Sea between Britain and Norway.

Adventurer Oliver Hicks, 31, said he was looking forward to being introduced to the infant after battling 7ft waves on the 200-mile mission with fellow rower Patrick Winterton.

Mr Hicks, who attended the royal wedding and was greeted by the Prince when he became the youngest person to row solo from America to Britain aged 23, said: 'I was very keen to find out whether William and Kate's baby had arrived on making landfall.

'It was very exciting to hear the baby is now on its way as we landed back in the UK. It is such great - and very happy - news.


Westminster City Council today announced that the Golden Jubilee Bridges and fountains at Marble Arch will turn pink or blue depending on the sex of the royal baby.
From this evening lights on the bridges and fountains will alternate between the two colours at one minute intervals.





Historic: Met officers guard the rear Mary Stanford entrances, which Kate used to enter the hospital this morning and was the same one used by Princess Diana when she gave birth to Prince William in 1982

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Gifts: Police take a set of balloons from a woman standing at a barrier outside the hospital today as monarchists arrive for the birth



A well-wisher sleeping on a bench outside the Lindo Wing


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Modern age: Clarence House sent a press release and tweeted when they were able to confirm that the royal baby was on its way





Wait is over: Two police officers stand guard outside the private Lindo Wing




Excitement: Clarence House made the announcement this morning that the Duchess was finally in labour





Big moment: The Palace announced Kate was in labour to retain her 'dignity', and will not say anything more until the baby is born






Carole Middleton is thought to be with her daughter while Kate's sister Pippa, is also believed to be heading to the hospital





In the run-up to the birth, Kate was last seen officially at the Trooping The Colour parade in mid-June, while Prince William has also kept a low profile since attending a wedding alone on June 22



Taking it easy: The Duchess, her husband and their dog Lupo were given a lift home from Wales by friend Simon Oliphant-Hope in his helicopter on June 25



In Australia, a set of commemorative baby stamps has already been commissioned to mark the royal birth.

Lynette Traynor, a postal worker from Melbourne who is on holiday in London, said: 'We love everything to do with the royals, so the news is full of it.
'We have a set of baby stamps ready to go, as soon as it has been confirmed. We can't get enough of it.'

Another visitor to the Palace, 26-year-old German Veronika Schwarz, said she thought there was greater excitement outside of England.
'We don't have anything like the Royal Family in Germany, so we are all getting quite carried away with this.
'My friends in London seem like they just want the baby to come out now, I think they are tired of waiting.'


The Duchess of Cambridge is likely be relieved her son is born, after coping with being pregnant in the middle of Britain's longest heatwave for seven years.
Kate has been admitted to hospital on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far.
The mercury is expected to reach 33C (91.4F), with the Midlands and the South of England the likely contenders for the hot spots.
Mervi Jokinen, of the Royal College of Midwives, said: 'It gets quite uncomfortable being pregnant in the heat. Your legs swell more. It's actually more uncomfortable. If you go into labour, it can be a relief.'

Sources told MailOnline that Kate went into labour naturally, and was not induced, adding that things are 'progressing well' for the mother-to-be.

William was said to be determined to make it to the delivery suite, following in the footsteps of his own father who broke royal tradition to be with his wife, Diana, Princess of Wales, for the birth of both their children.

Inside the hospital providing help, advice and logistical support were the royal couple's most loyal aides: Miguel Head, Prince William's unflappable private secretary, and his young colleague Rebecca Deacon, who works as private secretary to the Duchess.

Both are as close to the Duke and Duchess as any member of Royal Household staff can be and are trusted implicitly.

Two of the couple's small press team - press secretary Ed Perkins and his assistant Nick Loughran - were also on permanent standby at the hospital, flitting between the Lindo Wing and the hundreds of photographers, journalists and camera crews waiting outside.

Lastly, the couple's team of Scotland Yard bodyguards were never far away.

Indeed, the couple's police protection officers, who were photographed ushering them safely into hospital, would have been among the first to know that the Duchess was in labour.

The couple chose not to know the sex of their baby, bucking the trend of 75 per cent of British parents who now choose to discover the gender of their child.

MailOnline understands that William himself was likely to phone the Queen before anyone else, even his own father, depending on what time of day the baby is born.
After this call a traditional and dramatic chain of events will be kick-started that will lead to the announcement of the future monarch's birth - following exactly the same process as Prince William's to retain 'the theatre' of a genuine royal occasion
A palace spokesman explained that the rather theatrical nature of the announcement was crucial to retaining a sense of dignity appropriate for the birth of an heir to the throne.

He said: ‘We wanted to retain some of the theatre of the notice. It is quite important to us that this is done properly and with the degree of dignity that the event demands.

'This is the birth of a child who will be in line to the throne. It is a rare occasion and it is nice to be able to do it with some historical precedence.’

Kate's controversial uncle Gary Goldsmith was the first member of her family to speak out today after she went into labour.

He wrote on Twitter: 'Woke up to Thunder this morning but not a drop of rain? Now it's blistering & supposedly the hottest day if the year oh & very very exciting'.

It is understood Kate's mother Carole and sister Pippa had planned to be at the hospital with her. It was also hoped that William will make a short statement on the steps of the hospital after the good news has been declared – as will the Middletons.

The Middletons, in the unlikely event that were not able to make it to the the hospital, were to be informed of the birth first




Echoes through time: Charles and Diana showed off their newborn son Prince William to an enthralled nation outside the Lindo Wing in 1982



ROYAL PROTECTION OFFICER WHO SPED KATE TO HOSPITAL WAS ON PRINCE HARRY'S VEGAS TRIP



The royal protection officer (right) who helped speed the Duchess of Cambridge to hospital this morning is the trusted bodyguard who was on Prince Harry's notorious and debauched 'lads' holiday to Las Vegas last year.


He is the one of the royal family's most long-serving protection officers, who has worked for them since 1995.

As Prince WIlliam's younger brother blew off steam before returning to Afghanistan last summer, the round-the-clock protection officer accompanied Harry to Vegas and was photographed with Harry at the Wet Republic pool party at the MGM hotel.
He was also in charge of the Prince when he was partying in the private suite at the exclusive Wynn Hotel, where Harry was photographed playing naked billiards with young woman.

In one he is photographed on Everest waving a Union Jack flag during the Walking with the Wounded expedition that Harry took part in in 2012.

But is is no surprise that he is now helping out Prince William and his wife as the royal couple are known to get along famously with the amiable officer, who was a guest at their wedding in April 2011.

Prince William is due to take just two weeks’ statutory paternity leave - for which he will be paid £136.78 a week - before returning to his normal shift pattern.

His wife, however, will definitely not return with him to their home on Anglesey with the new baby.
A palace spokesman had said that there was ‘still some discussion’ about where Kate and their new-born will be based.

But the Daily Mail has already revealed that she plans to move in with her parents at their £4.8million Berkshire mansion for around six weeks after William returns to work, as builders are still putting the finishing touches to their new apartment at Kensington Palace.

She chose St Mary's Lindo Wing, like the late Princess Diana before her, where a natural birth, staying in a private suite, is likely to cost up to £10,000.

William has always, by and large, kept his feelings about his mother close to his chest – aside from admitting he gave Kate her engagement ring as a way of keeping her ‘close to it all’.
He became the first future monarch in history to be born in a hospital when he was delivered there on 21st June 1982, followed by his brother, Harry.

The Lindo underwent an extensive refurbishment in June 2012 and now provides what it boasts is the ‘highest quality of care’ for patients experiencing both ‘straightforward’ and complex pregnancies.

All rooms are equipped with satellite television, wi-fi, radio, a safe and a fridge. There is also a bedside telephone, internet access and a team of ‘catering staff’.
The hospital wing even offers its own wine list should patients and their guests wish to enjoy a glass of champagne to celebrate their baby’s arrival.
The bill for delivery is staggered per 24 hours – with a quick, natural birth costing £4,965.

Staying in a suite – as the Duchess is likely to do – would cost an additional £1,000 plus per night on top of that, meaning the delivery could cost up to £10,000.

The child will be known as Prince or Princess, then their first name, followed by the words 'of Cambridge'.
They came up with a shortlist of names, but Kate said it was 'very difficult' and that her friends had been texting her ideas.
The name the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge give their first-born will most likely set a trend for the next generation of babies.

Royal infants mostly have safe, historical names which are passed down through the monarchy, with bookmaker William Hill reporting George as the favourite for a boy and, after a flurry of bets

The Queen will undoubtedly be informed of the chosen names prior to their announcement, but is unlikely veto any.

The timing of the baby's birth today will dictate whether the baby is an emotional Cancer or fiery Leo, astrologers say.

If the child is born before 4.54 today, it will be a Cancerian, like its father Prince William and grandmother Diana, Princess of Wales.

But if the baby comes later, astrologers say it will be Leo, like its great-grandmother Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

Buckingham Palace say that, as an HRH, the youngster does not require a surname, indeed William and his brother Harry were christened using just their first names.

Its website explains: ‘For the most part, members of the Royal Family who are entitled to the style and dignity of HRH Prince or Princess do not need a surname, but if at any time any of them do need a surname (such as upon marriage), that surname is Mountbatten-Windsor.’

However William has chosen to use the surname Wales professionally in the forces, as has Harry. His children might use Cambridge in the same way, or even Wales, too, as William still retains his title Prince William of Wales as well as that of the Duke of Cambridge.
The good news is that summer babies are thought to be more optimistic than those arriving in winter.

Cancerian babies – including Prince William’s late mother who was born on July 1 - are meant to be ‘soft, sensitive and affectionate’ as well as ‘imaginative, kind and gentle souls’.


Prince William leaves the King Edward VII hospital with his wife, where she had spent four days being treated for acute morning sickness at the start of her pregnancy last year


Members of the Royal Family – including the Queen and grandfather-to-be Prince Charles – were informed less than an hour before the statement was put out at 4pm that day.

Uncle-to-be Prince Harry, who is serving in Afghanistan, was told by email at his base and the announcement was also Tweeted by Clarence House, prompting the couple’s official website to crash.





Attentive: The Duchess of Cambridge, pictured left at a reception in London in November, was rushed to the King Edward VII Hospital with acute morning sickness, and Prince William stayed by her side




Tense: Prince William looked pale and tired after his wife fell ill suddenly on December 4 last year


It was believed that Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, became aware of their daughter’s news at the weekend, however.

She was staying with them in Berkshire when her condition deteriorated.

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) tends to be more common in young mothers, women who are in their first pregnancy, and those with multiple pregnancies.

At the time Kate looked particularly thin.

Victims may also find they are passing water less often than usual, and the main risk is dehydration which can lead to headache, palpitations and confusion.

After her release from hospital it was clear that the Duchess had been hit badly by the illness, which affects three in every one thousand pregnant women, and she was forced to rest quietly at their home in Kensington Palace for several more weeks.

As is usual, the illness appeared to have passed by 21 weeks of pregnancy, and Kate went on to be publicly active until the weeks before she went into labour.

A ROYAL BABY COUNTDOWN: THE KEY MOMENTS LEADING UP TO THE BIRTH OF THE NEW PRINCE


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June 13: Kate carries out her last solo official engagement when she named a new cruise liner, the Royal Princess.

June 15: The Duchess of Cambridge made her last public appearance ahead of the birth of her first child at the Trooping the Colour ceremony in centre London.
June 22: The Duchess opts out of attending the wedding of William’s close friend Thomas van Straubenzee due to risk she may go into labour.


Last official appearance: Kate made her last official public appearance alongside other members of her family, pictured watching a Royal Air Force fly pass by on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, for the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 22

June 26: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spotted getting a lift in a friend’s helicopter from North Wales to Denham in Buckinghamshire.

July 11: Kate misses the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace which was attended by her parents, sister Pippa and brother James.
July 13: The date widely reported as being Kate’s due date comes and go without a royal baby in sight.
July 14: Prince William and Prince Harry both compete in charity polo matches in Gloucestershire just a day after his baby’s due date.

July 15: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, reveals members of the royal family are waiting by the phone as the baby is expected at the end of the week during a visit to Little Harbour children’s hospice at Porthpean, near St Austell, Cornwall.
July 16: Kate’s uncle Gary Goldsmith predicts that the Duchess of Cambridge will give birth to a baby girl.
July 17: Queen Elizabeth sparks rumours Kate is overdue after telling a schoolgirl on a trip to Cumbria: ‘I would very much like it to arrive because I’m going on holiday soon… I wish it would hurry up.’
July 19: Speculation mounts that the royal baby is due imminently as fire fighters rush to Kate’s family home in west Berkshire – to rescue her pet spaniel Lupo after he got his head trapped in a gate.
July 20: Kate and Prince William spend the weekend together at their Kensington Palace home as they wait for the arrival of their first-born who is widely reported to be overdue.
July 21, 11pm: Police cordon off the street surrounding St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

July 22, 5.30am: Royal couple leave their home in Kensington Palace in central London and drive to hospital without a police escort.

July 22, 5.55am: The Duchess of Cambridge is admitted to the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, where Prince William and Harry were both born.
July 22, 7.29am: Palace officials confirm that Kate has gone into labour to preserve her ‘dignity’ as social media makes keeping baby’s imminent arrival a secret virtually impossible.
July 22, 9am: The world’s media take position outside the hospital awaiting a public statement from Prince William when the baby is born.

July 22, 10am: Well-wishers from around the world surround Buckingham Palace with camera hoping to spot the easel outside which will hold the notice announcing the baby’s birth.


Kate's previous stay in hospital was marked with tragedy and sadness when a prank call made by Australian DJs Michael Christian and his co-host Mel Greig, who were working on Sydney's 2Day FM radio station, rang the hospital pretending to be Prince Charles and the Queen and were put through to the Duchess of Cambridge's ward at King Edward VII's Hospital.

Jacintha Saldanha, a night sister, was the senior nurse on duty when she took a call at 5.30am from Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who were pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles.




Shame: Nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII hospital was found dead after she was duped by two Australian DJs


She unwittingly transferred the call to a colleague, who described in detail the condition of Kate, who was being treated for severe morning sickness. Mrs Saldanha later committed suicide.


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Gorgeous Prince George Crawls and Plays Happily at NZ Playdate

The Duchess of Cambridge looks on as gorgeous Prince George crawls and plays happily with other babies at his first official engagement in Wellington NZ.






The Prince George effect strikes again! Royal baby's smocked dungarees by luxury children's brand Rachel Riley sold out in small sizes

By Daily Mail UK, 9 April 2014


The kangaroo backpack he was given as a gift in Australia sold out within hours, so there's no doubt Prince George's latest Royal Tour outfit will fly off the shelves.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dressed their baby son in navy smocked dungarees with a sail boat design on the front for a 'playdate' organised by The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society at Government House in Wellington on Wednesday.
The eight-month-old's stylish baby attire is a British luxury brand for children, and retails at £77 (AUD$125).



Arrival in New Zealand




He's a pint-sized style icon! Prince George was dressed in navy smocked dungarees with a sailboat design on
the front for a 'playdate' at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand on Wednesday



The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George charm NZ families





The little prince, who at first looked a little grumbly at the event,
pulling on mum Kate's hair and furrowing his brow, also wore a white undershirt and tiny booties.


The £75 "classic tailored dungarees" with a sailboat smocked design on the front panel have sold out in the six month and 12 month sizes on the company's website.
But mothers prepared to wait for their babies to grow into the outfit can still buy it in sizes 18 months and two years.
The company's designs "draw inspiration from the forties, fifties and sixties with fine tailoring, beautiful hand smocking, hand embroidery and vintage-inspired prints designed by and exclusive to the brand", according to a statement on the website.

Much like his mother, whose influence on fashion is dubbed 'the Kate effect' after clothing she wears in public frequently sells out, the pint-sized style icon has been causing shopping frenzies throughout the Royal Tour.







Stylish baby attire: The eight-month-old's dungarees are from Rachel Riley,
a British luxury retailer for children, and retail for £77 (AUD$125)






Luxury for children:
Prince George's Rachel Riley smocked dungarees feature a sailboat design embroided on the front



Stockists of the novelty kangaroo backpack, which the Duke of Cambridge was seen carrying on Monday
after it had been gifted to his son in Sydney, reported the item had sold out hours after the family's airport appearance.


The Australian Koala Foundation is one of the stockists of the bag and sold out of its remaining stock of the item on Monday.
CEO Deborah Tabart said the sudden rush of orders for the kangaroo bag, which was selling for £7 (AUD$12.50), was a result of the Prince William seen carrying one.




Hopping off the shelves:
The kangaroo backpack Prince George received as a gift in Sydney sold out within hours.
The spotlight was on the fluffy rucksack as the Duke of Cambridge carried it onto a flight to New Zealand




Fit for a prince: Stockists of the bag said it sold out hours after the Duke of Cambridge was pictured holding it


But little George's effect on buying power was first seen just three days after his birth.

The £20 printed white aden + anais cloth in which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrapped their baby son before leaving the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital sold out almost instantly.

The Duke and Duchess enjoyed a day of rest and recuperation with George on Tuesday after arriving in Wellington on Monday.

The couple were welcomed with a traditional ceremony on the lawns of Government House where they were greeted by the New Zealand Governor General Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, his wife Lady Janine and Maori elders.





The Prince George Effect:
Much like his mother's ability to influence fashion, the little Royal has been sending shoppers into a frenzy


How Georgie porgie grabbed a girl... and made her cry: Little Prince reduces a playmate to tears on his first official royal engagement

  • Prince George attends playgroup with ten lucky babies at Government House today

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He's bound to break a few hearts when he's older, but no one expected Prince George to get off to such an early start.


Undertaking his first ever official engagement, the future king managed to reduce a young girl to tears by unwittingly making a grab at her arm







As the Duchess began chatting to British-born Jenny Stevens, 34, and her Kiwi husband Mark, 43, the young Royal spotted something far more interesting.....
- their little girl Paige. George waved his arms to get her attention and touched Paige's face before grabbing her toy wooden doll









As Paige started crying and buried her face in her mother's arms, Mrs Stevens reassured the Duchess:
'Paige grabs toys, she's just started teething.' Kate, who tried to comfort the blonde-haired tot, replied: 'George too'





Meanwhile little George looks on, a little confused at all the fuss, as little Paige turns to her mother for comfort


Their idea was to give the William and Kate the opportunity to introduce their son to the world in a less formal manner than usual - and offer the royal couple a chance to swap anecdotes about the trials and tribulations of being first-time parents.
Ten lucky babies were chosen from the Wellington area to attend, all of whom were born within a few weeks of his own birthday, on July 22 last year.




'Cor, I like this one....


Prince George shares a playdate with ten lucky families at Government
House in Wellington on Wednesday and shows he's starting to crawl







The gorgeous eight-month-old appeared very taken with one particular toy,
holding it in the air and giggling as he played on the floor of the stately home





Sitting cross legged on the floor, the young prince was animated as he called out to his mother





Prince George hugged tightly to his mother's arms as William, who had been swapping stories with the other parents, looked on




The young royal was presented with a giant and very fluffy blue bear by an an organiser at the Plunket event



George looked a little wary of the large stuffed toy and didn't seem to keen to get any closer


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Smile PhOtOs - A New Prince/Princess is on The Way

UK's Prince William and Wife Kate Thrilled at Second Baby News

By Reuters, 9 September 2014 |

LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William said on Monday he and wife Kate were thrilled to be expecting their second baby, after news of the pregnancy was released early because the Duchess had been suffering from morning sickness.


The Duke of Cambridge has said his wife has experienced a "tricky few days" with very acute morning sickness, but they are thrilled at her pregnancy.
Speaking during a visit to Oxford University to open its new £21 million China Centre, the Duke said: "She's feeling OK, thanks. It's been a tricky few days - week or so - but obviously we're basically thrilled, it's great news, and early days.
"We're hoping things settle down and she feels a bit better."





The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child

The baby will be fourth-in-line to the British throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father William and elder brother George, the couple's first child born in July last year. There was no mention of when the baby was due.
The announcement was made on Monday after Kate was forced to pull out of an official engagement at the University of Oxford because she was feeling unwell.

"We're immensely thrilled, it's great news, early days but I'm hoping that things settle down, she feels a bit better," Prince William told reporters on the visit.
"She's feeling ok, it's been a tricky few days, week or so. I'm going to go back and look after her now."

Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth and both the royal and Kate's families were delighted.

William's office said Kate, 32, was suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, an acute morning sickness which causes severe nausea and vomiting and requires supplementary hydration and nutrients, a condition that led to her hospitalisation in the early months of pregnancy with her first child.
A spokeswoman said Kate had not needed hospital treatment this time, but was under the care of doctors at Kensington Palace, the couple's London residence. Her future engagements, including her first solo overseas trip to Malta, would be reviewed on a case by case basis, the spokeswoman said.

CONGRATULATIONS


George was born amid an international media frenzy, underlying the global popularity of the young British royals. Since his birth, George has graced the cover of Vanity Fair and his few public appearances have garnered huge media attention.
There had been speculation this year that William, 32, and Kate, officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge since their marriage in April 2011, would announce a pregnancy.

"Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I'm delighted by the happy news that they're expecting another baby," British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter.






After the birth of his son last year, William spoke about his desire to be a hands-on father and soon afterward announced he would leave the military after more than seven years in the armed services, to focus instead on his charity and increasing royal duties.
However, in August he said he would start work as an air ambulance pilot next year based at Cambridge and Norwich in eastern England.
While the pregnancy led the headlines in Britain, William said attention should be elsewhere.

"It's important that we all focus on the big news and the big international and domestic news that's going on at the moment. That's where my thoughts are at the moment," he said.

SCOTTISH IMPACT


The announcement of the pregnancy came on the day British newspapers carried front page stories saying the 88-year-old queen was growing increasingly concerned about the possibility Scotland will vote for independence in a referendum in 10 days.


An opinion poll in the Sunday Times newspaper put support for independence on 51 percent against 49 opposed to the breakaway.

The monarchy, riding a wave of public support on the back of William and Kate's wedding, received another boost from George's birth, and the pregnancy could be a boon to the ailing anti-independence campaign.

"I'm quite sure that all that is completely above politics," Alistair Darling, the former British finance minister and leader of the pro-union Better Together campaign, said with a grin when asked about the news.

Pro-independence leader Alex Salmond, who has said the monarchy would remain head of state of an independent Scotland, also welcomed the announcement.
"Congratulations & best wishes to the Earl & Countess of Strathearn," he said on his Twitter feed, referring to the couple by their Scottish titles.

As messages of goodwill poured in, even British republicans said it would be a boost for their campaign.
"Like thousands of other parents-to-be across the country, Kate and William must be thrilled - but their news just highlights the absurdity of hereditary office and focuses minds on what kind of future we want for Britain," said Graham Smith, chief executive of campaign group Republic.
"A royal baby is great news for the republican movement as it raises serious questions about the future of the monarchy, ones the royal family would rather avoid."
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European Union re: VIDEOs/PhOtOs-Britain Turns Pink>Welcome Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Britain Turns Pink for its New Princess: Special Lighting for Some of UK's Most Famous Landmarks as Country Celebrates Royal Baby

  • Iconic landmarks across the country have been bathed in pink light to celebrate birth of a new Royal baby
  • Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and Jubilee Bridge in London have all turned fuchsia to welcome the Princess
  • The baby is Britain's first princess to be born in the direct line of succession since Princess Anne back in 1950
Daily Mail UK, 3 May 2015


To celebrate the birth of Britain's first Princess since 1950 landmarks across the capital have been bathed in pink light.


The as yet unnamed Princess's birth was announced at the top of London's iconic BT Tower, with a rolling pink banner which proclaimed 'It's a girl!'
Then, as night fell on the capital Tower Bridge was lit up in a vibrant shade of pink, much to the delight of Londoners and tourists alike.
Following the announcement of the birth Westminster Council tweeted:

'Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, landmarks in Westminster will be turning pink tonight to celebrate the new #RoyalBaby'.

The Golden Jubilee Bridge and the London Eye have also been lit up in the the Princess's honour.
Meanwhile Hilton London Paddington, the fountain at Merchant Square in Paddington Basin were both lit up in pink while pink bunting was hung outside St Mary's Hospital.

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To celebrate the birth of Britain's first Princess since 1950, iconic landmarks across the country have been bathed in pink light





Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appear with their baby daughter outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital









The tiny new Princess slept as her proud parents showed her off to the world's media just hours after her birth yesterday






The London Eye even offered couples that share the same first names as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a free rotation today to celebrate the day the baby was born.
Couples named William and Kate were able to claim free tickets for a rotation on the iconic London landmark.

William and Kate’s new daughter, a younger sister for Prince George, who was born at the same hospital in July 2013, is fourth in line to the throne.
Although she is unlikely to ever become queen, it is not unheard of for a second child in the direct line of succession to accede to the throne.

Mostly recently the Queen’s own father, King George VI, replaced his elder brother, King Edward VIII, who abdicated over his love for the ‘unsuitable’ American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Thanks to a recent change in the law, the couple’s daughter cannot be superseded in her claim to the throne by any younger brother who may yet come along.


The Succession to the Crown Act, passed in 2013, means that male heirs no longer precede their elder sisters in the line of succession
A 2012 intervention by the Queen also means that the new baby will automatically become an HRH – Her Royal Highness – and be permitted to take the title of princess.
As the second child of the second heir to the throne she would, until then, only have been a Lady.



Her arrival will shunt her uncle, Prince Harry, down to fifth in the order of succession. Her great uncle, Prince Andrew, will fall out of the top five for the first time to sixth.
Many royal watchers had been desperately hoping for a girl – the last to be born in the direct line of succession was Princess Anne back in 1950.
Both Prince Charles and William’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, both openly longed for a girl to add to their family.







Belfast City Hall (pictured) has also been bathed in pink light to welcome the brand new royal baby to the world





The Golden Jubilee Bridge and the London Eye are lit up to celebrate the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's daughter





Following the announcement of the royal birth Westminster Council announced landmarks in Westminster would be turning pink








The Golden Jubilee Bridge (pictured top) and Trafalgar Square have also been lit up in pink to herald the newborn's arrival


HOW THE PALACE BROKE THE NEWS


It was a very modern Royal birth, with Kensington Palace keeping the public informed about events in a series of succinct tweets.
But it was also marked in more traditional style, with a formal announcement posted on an easel at the gates of Buckingham Palace.

Four hours after a tweet announced the new arrival, two liveried footmen emerged from the Palace to place the paper document, signed by the delivery team at St Mary’s Hospital, on the same gold-painted easel that was used for the birth of Prince George and Prince William.





It was a very modern Royal birth, with Kensington Palace keeping the public informed about events in a series of succinct tweets






An easel is placed by two footmen in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of a Royal baby girl



The honour fell to George Oates, 26, from North Yorkshire, and Simon Garnett, 30, from Cumbria, who wore red waistcoats and black tails as they carried the special announcement to the front of the Palace.

But politicians, Church leaders and celebrities all rushed to their Twitter feeds to swell the deluge of messages of congratulations.
David Cameron tweeted: ‘I’m absolutely delighted for them.’ Ed Miliband posted: ‘Wishing them lots of joy and happiness – and hopefully some sleep!’ And Nick Clegg said he and wife Miriam wished them ‘all the best as their family grows’.
London Mayor Boris Johnson tweeted: ‘Huge congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby girl. I know Londoners will join me in wishing them well.’
Ukip leader Nigel Farage encouraged a toast, but took the opportunity to make a Eurosceptic point, saying he was happy the baby’s weight had been announced in ‘proper’ imperial measurements.

Good wishes also came in from US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, as well as the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

One of the most inventive was from the crew of HMS Lancaster, known as the ‘Queen’s frigate’, who formed up on deck to spell out ‘Sister’.

Neither the Queen, who was on an official visit in Yorkshire, nor Prince Harry, who is in Australia, made an immediate comment.





One of the most inventive 'congratulations' was from the crew of HMS Lancaster who formed up on deck to spell out ‘sister’





Trafalgar Square lit up pink to celebrate the birth of the royal baby girl - the as yet unnamed child is now fourth in line for the throne



Meanwhile all around the globe people were raising a glass as the royal princess's birth quickly made headlines around the world.
News outlets on every continent announced the birth of Britain's princess, with most favouring a simple headline of 'It's a girl!' in a various languages.

The Sydney Morning Herald picked up on the presence of town crier Tony Appleton, with a headline of 'Oyez, oyez, oyez' A Royal Princess: (Unofficial) Town crier on the steps of St Mary's Hospital announces the news of the royal birth'.
The story also had top billing on the front page of the New York Post website, with the first line reading: 'A princess is born.'





The BT tower celebrated the news with a rolling purple banner which read 'it's a girl' this afternoon in central London


Queen wears pink after the birth of Great Granddaughter;




USA Today posted: 'Prince George meets his new baby sister!'
The New York Times and Washington Post gave the story less billing and a more serious tone.
CNN's website started its story with: 'The wait for the second royal baby is over. And it's a princess!'.
In Israel the Jerusalem Post ran the headline 'Mazel Tov! Will and Kate welcome a new baby girl'.
The Times of India went with: 'The fourth in line to the British throne is a girl.
The New York Times produced a dry Biblical take on events in a later version of its story, with correspondent Steven Erlanger writing: 'Lo, and it came to pass at last on Saturday morning, unto Kate, who was late, a child was born - a baby girl, who will be fourth in line to the British throne.
'There was much rejoicing in the land, especially among the many who had placed their bets on her having a girl, while others await a further windfall, if they guess right on what name will be chosen.'




The Hilton Hotel in Paddington is lit up in pink tonight to celebrate the birth of a royal princess just around the corner at St Mary's Hospital




The Merchant Square Fountain in Paddington Basin has been lit up as part of city-wide celebrations following the birth




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Here Come the Grandparents (and Auntie Pippa-Carole Middleton): Visit Baby Princess at Kensington Palace as Kate and William Relax at Home with Their Newborn Daughter

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton took their newborn daughter home last night just 10 hours after she was born
  • Carole and Pippa Middleton were the first to visit the newborn today, arriving at Kensington Palace at 11.30am
  • They were followed by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall shortly afterwards at around lunchtime
  • The Queen is not in London but rather in Sandringham, Norfolk, where she is due to remain until Tuesday
  • She attended a service at St Mary Magdalene Church this morning where worshippers prayed for the little girl
  • Kate and William are expected to decamp to the secluded estate later this week where they have a private home

The royal baby's proud grandparents flocked to Kensington Palace this morning to meet the little princess for the first time.
Kate's mother Carole Middleton was first first to arrive at around 11.30am with her sister Pippa, followed quickly by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Charles, who told earlier this week of his hopes for a little granddaughter, beamed with pride as he left the palace after spending around an hour-and-a-half getting to know the new addition to the family.
The Queen is staying privately in Sandringham where she will remain until Tuesday. She will likely meet the baby, her fifth great-grandchild, when the Cambridges decamp to Norfolk tomorrow.
The princess, whose name is still unknown, was born at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital yesterday weighing 8lbs and 3oz.





Kate's mother and sister were the first of the royal couple's relatives to visit the newborn baby who was brought home to Kensington Palace last night just ten hours after being born









Kate's father Michael Middleton arrived at Kensington Palace shortly before 2pm to meet his granddaughter for the first time





The newborn princess spent her first night at home in Kensington Palace after being presented for the first time on the steps of the Lindo Wing yesterday evening. Born at 8,34am on Saturday, the baby girl slept soundly as her proud parents showed her off






The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were seen leaving St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham this morning. They are staying privately in Norfolk this weekend and will return to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday





The Queen will likely meet the new princess, her fifth great-grandchild, tomorrow when the Cambridges decamp to Norfolk where they have a private home on the Sandringham estate






William carries his baby daughter in her car seat to their family car before strapping her safely in the back to return to Kensington Palace








'Two out of two': Prince William jokes about getting the baby's car seat into the back of the car successfully to take his wife and daughter home





Earlier in the afternoon Prince George offered a shy wave as he arrived at the Lindo Wing with his father to meet his little sister for the first time





The blonde-haired toddler, who is 21 months old, was sporting a side parting. His ensemble - a blue jumper with a white collared shirt underneath - matched William's outfit, but George also wore blue shorts, blue pulled up socks and black shoes














George appeared to take the cheering crowd in his stride and peered curiously over his father's shoulder as they walked into the hospital










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A VERY ROYAL ARRIVAL: A TIMELINE


6am: The Duchess is admitted to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in the early stages of labour
6.34am: Kensington Palace inform the media Kate has been admitted to the hospital
8am: Palace sources say the Duchess's birth is 'progressing normally'
8.34am: The royal baby is born at a healthy weight of 8lbs and 3oz
11am: Kensington Palace announce the princess's birth
4pm: Prince William leaves the Lindo Wing to collect Prince George from Kensington Palace
4.15pm: Prince William returns to the hospital with his son so he can meet his new sister He was later taken home ahead of his parents and sister.
6.11pm: William and Kate emerge from the Lindo Wing with their daughter for the first time, to show her to the waiting cameras and fans, before heading back inside.
6.16pm: They emerge once more, this time with the princess in a car seat, and drive home to Kensington Palace.
6.31pm: Kensington Palace tweets the Royal family’s thanks to the staff of St Mary’s Hospital for the care and treatment they received and thank the public for their warm wishes
Royal Princess Presented To World - Royal Baby: Duchess Of Cambridge Gives Birth To Daughter





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European Union re: VIDEOs & PhOtOs of Princess Charlotte's Christening

New Royal Princess Named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

-How Prince William Defied Courtiers to Keep Diana's name alive:
RICHARD KAY on Why the Naming of the New Princess Will End Attempts to Airbrush Her Grandmother


On the day of his engagement, Prince William promised that his mother would always be part of his life by presenting Kate with Diana’s iconic sapphire ring.

Given the deep unhappiness associated with that diamond-encrusted sapphire, it was seen at the time as a risky, even fatalistic, gesture and some feared he was saddling his fiancée with an impossibly heavy burden.

Four-and-a-half happy years later, he has made that undertaking about his mother even more permanent by giving their daughter Diana’s name.





Look of love: Princess Diana's strong bond with toddler William is obvious as they work on a puzzle





Prince William promised that his mother would always be part of his life by presenting Kate with Diana’s iconic sapphire ring


Now with one remarkable action, the Prince has gone a long way to ensure the attempts by a ruthless Establishment to airbrush his mother from her place in royal history are not just stalled but halted in their tracks.

Indeed, by giving the baby Princess Charlotte the names of both his mother and grandmother, William has sent a clear signal about the kind of King he intends to be — conventional on the one hand, but spirited and single-minded on the other.

He has shown, too, that he is not afraid to take on those vested powers who ever since Diana’s death have sought to diminish and disparage her reputation.

At times over the past 18 years since Diana’s death, it has seemed as if William also did not have the stomach to fight those who wanted to turn his mother into the forgotten princess. But the truth is that he has had to walk a tightrope knowing that even within his own family there was implacable opposition to her.

It is for that reason, I am certain, no statue has been erected in her memory despite the overwhelming wish of her many supporters. Many will now wonder if this official thawing in attitudes towards Princess Diana will mean that what they see as a historic wrong is finally righted.

Friends and fans had accepted that no sculpture was commissioned perhaps because since she was such a vital and life-enhancing figure, no representation could do her justice. Instead, we conceded that a fountain of running water in a London park near her Kensington Palace home would best symbolise such an extraordinary young woman. As the years have passed this tribute has looked increasingly inadequate.





The new Princess Charlotte: Mum Kate proudly wears Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring


For William, the message now could not be clearer — Diana is a non-negotiable part of his life. Traditionally, royal middle names are rarely significant.

Who knows, for example, that William’s middle names are Arthur Philip Louis? But by giving his daughter the middle names Elizabeth and Diana, he has undoubtedly found a new approach.

Before meeting Kate, his mother and grandmother were the two most important woman in his life.

By choosing Elizabeth, he ensures that this most royal of names continues at the top of the Royal Family for another generation. Prince Charles is doubly thrilled because it continues the thread to his beloved grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. And surely Charlotte is a nod to the Prince of Wales, too — won’t she become Princess Charley?

But already the internet is buzzing with talk about the new ‘Princess Di’ — and regardless of the fact it is only the new Princess’s third name, it seems inevitable that many will be desperate to see if Charlotte shares characteristics with her grandmother.

More than anyone, William knows the risks of selecting the name Diana. He was clear that his baby girl should not have Diana as a first name.

‘It would have been a millstone around her neck,’ says one of the Princess’s long-time friends.
‘Imagine everything she did, everything she wore and everything she said would be compared with this great figure from the past — now that would be an impossible burden.’

For the Diana obsessives who mark every July 1 — her birthday — and the anniversary of her death on August 31, there will be disappointment that, in their view, the couple did not have the courage to choose Diana rather than Charlotte as the first name.

But William was adamant that would not happen. Ever since losing his mother he has been frustrated by criticism that he has not done enough to celebrate her life.
On the contrary, in his quiet way, he has been doing precisely that for a very long time.





For William, the message now could not be clearer — Diana (pictured at her own christening) is a non-negotiable part of his life


Two weeks before Christmas 1997 (three months after their mother’s death), he and Harry paid their first return visit to Kensington Palace. Their former nanny, Olga Powell, greeted them. Also there was their mother’s butler Paul Burrell.

It was unbelievably poignant as the boys, then aged 15 and 13, walked from room to room — reconnecting with the life they shared there with their mother.

But the visit had another purpose — the Princes were choosing what of theirs and their mother’s possessions they wanted to take with them to their new home with Prince Charles.

They chose books, photographs, paintings and some of their favourites from Diana’s collection of cuddly toys. William picked the giant hippo that he, Harry and Diana once leant on while watching TV.
He also mentioned taking some jewellery, but said it could wait. Yellow Post-it notes marked with a ‘W’ and ‘H’ were dutifully placed on the items Wills and Harry wanted for their home at York House. Later, the brothers chose what they wanted from Diana’s private jewellery collection.

For William, it was the engagement ring that he vowed he would one day give his own bride. For Harry, it was Diana’s Jaeger-LeCoultre wristwatch.

Returning to his childhood home that day was another meaningful step on the road for William in ensuring that the link with his mother remained unbroken. Similarly, it would have been easy for the Cambridges to have chosen a royal home other than Kensington Palace in which to start their married life.
But for William, choosing his mother’s residence meant he was ‘coming home’.

It was, however, too late to reclaim his mother’s old apartment. Not only had it been stripped of every single item, everything from the wallpaper to the carpets to light-bulbs and wire coat-hangers had been removed, it had also been broken up. Some of Charles’s charity staff occupied part of it and it had been converted into accommodation for senior military officers.

William had to make do instead with Princess Margaret’s old home, grander for sure, but a place filled with someone else’s memories. Nevertheless it was another step towards stitching his life with Diana into the new story he was making with Kate.





The Duke of Cambridge has chosen to raise his family in Anmer Hall in Norfolk, perhaps another signal of Diana’s influence


Charles and Diana Present Newborn Prince William in 1982




As for a country home, many thought he would head west to Gloucestershire which he knows so well from his many years at Highgrove and where so many royals live.

But he chose Norfolk, another signal of Diana’s influence, perhaps. For this was where she spent her early years, as neighbours of the Queen at Park House on the Sandringham estate. Her family, the Spencers, had a beach hut at Brancaster on the north Norfolk coast where William and Harry loved to play.
It is close to Anmer Hall where he and Kate will be spending much of the next six weeks getting to know their new baby.

One of Princess Diana’s most treasured photographs of herself as an infant was a black and white snap taken of her in front of that beach hut, on the edge of the links of the Royal North Norfolk Golf club.

‘He is not a naturally demonstrative young man and he has never felt the need to talk publicly about his mother,’ says a friend who has known him since he was born.
‘But, privately, he speaks up for her and he hates to think she has been written out of the script. He doesn’t believe that, of course, and choosing Diana is another way of saying so.’

One gesture which some think he may now address is how his mother lost her royal status after her divorce from Prince Charles.



In return for her £17million settlement, Diana was no longer entitled to be styled HRH, highly unusual for the mother of a future king.



It could eventually be open to William to restore those three letters and end another divisive chapter in the story of his parents’ marriage.

Most significantly, when he presented Kate with that engagement ring which was once on his mother’s finger, he said he didn’t want Diana to ‘miss out on today and the excitement and the fact that we are going to spend the rest of our lives together’.

How fitting then that by now bestowing Diana’s name on their daughter he has ensured that she will have a perpetual part in their child’s life, too.
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Update re: VIDEOs & PhOtOs of Princess Charlotte's Christening

Princess Charming! First Official Pictures of Baby Charlotte's Christening -
Taken by Diana's Favourite Photographer Mario Testino


  • Taken by legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino, who famously shot Princess Diana's last official shoot
  • William and Kate chose to release four photographs in all – one formal family shot and three more intimate pictures
  • Shows the Queen and three generations of royal successors - Prince Charles, Prince William and, of course, George
  • Snaps were taken at Sandringham House, the Queen's private Norfolk residence
  • Princess Charlotte was christened on Sunday at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in front of just 21 guests
Daily Mail UK, 9 July 2015





The first official pictures of baby Charlotte's christening - taken by Diana's favourite photographer Mario Testino - have been released. William and Kate chose to release four photographs in all.

One formal family shot (right) sees (back row, L-R) Michael Middleton, Pippa Middleton, James Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Edinburgh and (front row L-R) Prince William, Prince George, the Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte and the Queen posing for Testino's lens. The couple also released three more intimate pictures of themselves with their children. One photograph shows Kate gazing lovingly at her daughter in the Drawing Room at Sandringham House (left), whilst another (inset left) shows William and George in the garden, the lively toddler laughing straight into the camera.


The photographs were taken by Testino in the gardens and Drawing Room at Sandringham House immediately following Princess Charlotte's baptism.

He stole the show with his high-spirited antics at Princess Charlotte's christening on Sunday.
But fortunately Prince George was on his best behaviour when it came to the official photographs of the occasion, which have just been released by Kensington Palace.

Taken by legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino, the images show the Queen and three generations of royal successors – Prince Charles, Prince William and, of course, George – at Sandringham House, her private Norfolk residence.

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The Duchess of Cambridge holds her daughter, whilst her husband, Prince William, places a protective arm around their son, who sits with his legs up on the seat.



Joining the family on the front row is the Queen, who looks resplendent in a pink coat, matching hat and floral dress.
Michael Middleton, Pippa Middleton, James Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke of Edinburgh smile as they stand on the second row.


One notable absentee was Princess Charlotte's uncle, Prince Harry, who is enjoying a three-month stint in Africa to spend time working as a wildlife ranger.

The photographs were taken in the gardens and Drawing Room at Sandringham House immediately following Princess Charlotte's baptism.





Prince George plays with his hair as the family of four pose for their first official snap together - one of four that the royal couple chose to release from the special day










A cheeky Prince George grins as his father holds him in his arms in the candid black and white shot, left, whilst Kate shows her maternal side with her first daughter cradled in her arms, right



A Kensington Palace spokesman said: 'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their whole family had a wonderful day on Sunday and were delighted to share the special occasion with the thousands of people who came to Sandringham. They are very happy to share these photographs and hope that everyone enjoys them as much as they do.'


In the main family photograph, George can be seen cuddled up to his father on a sofa with Kate holding Charlotte and the Queen, in an old rose Angela Kelly dress, to her left.
The rest of the immediate family are standing behind them.

The second picture shows Kate gazing lovingly at her daughter in the Drawing Room at Sandringham House, whilst the third shows William and George in the garden, the lively toddler laughing straight into the camera.
The fourth picture shows the couple with their children enjoying the summer sun in the garden.





William and Kate arrived on foot, pushing fourth-in-line-to-the-throne Charlotte in an original 1950s Millson pram used by the Queen for her sons, Princes Andrew and Edward



Sandringham House in Norfolk has been the private home of four generations of Sovereigns since 1862.The main ground floor rooms, regularly used by the Royal Family, are also open to the public. The décor and contents remain very much as they were in Edwardian times.The Drawing Room has a musical theme to it with pictures of musical instruments on the ceiling and on the finger plates of the doors.

The room was described by Queen Victoria in her journal as 'a very long and handsome drawing room, with painted ceilings and panels with two fireplaces.'Italian craftsmen were brought to Sandringham to carve the intricate panelling on the walls and cornices, and to paint the trompe l'oeil ceiling panels.

The carved panelling derives from the French Louis XVI style of the late 18th Century. Its white marble fire-places, painted ceiling and pastel shades are typical of the Edwardian taste.The portraits set into the wall panelling in the background of the photograph were painted by Edward Hughes in 1896 and depict the two youngest daughters of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra – Princesses Victoria and Maud.

The elaborately gilded glazed cabinets, parts of which can be seen in the background of the photographs, are thought to be Danish and contain silver gilt and Bohemian glass. Both Queen Alexandra and later Queen Mary were great collectors of objets d'art.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the newborn's christening on Sunday at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk, England:





Commenting on his historic commission, Testino told the Mail: 'Photographing Princess Charlotte's christening was an amazing experience. What impressed me the most was the energy of the family, and of that between the Duke and Duchess.

One sees how solid they are together and one gets a sense of their strong family values. 'It was incredible to be able to document four generations of the British Royal Family together – the monarch and three heirs to the throne – and very heart-warming to see the close relationship between them all.'

'I am overwhelmed and honoured to be chosen to document this occasion and to carry on the documentation of the family that is the soul of this country, a country that has given me.'

Although one of the most highly regarded men in his field, Testino was a surprise choice for such an auspicious and formal occasion, although he has long been a private favourite of the Royal Family.
He famously shot Princess Diana's last playful and iconic fashion shoot for Vanity Fair magazine just two months before she died, and counted her as a personal friend.

In recent years he has also photographed Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princes William and Harry, playfully capturing the two brothers relaxed and dressed in just jeans and white shirts.

He also took the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official engagement portrait, another remarkably informal picture by royal standards, showing the couple smiling and hugging with Diana's famous engagement ring on show.

The 60-year-old Peruvian, who is a major anglophile, flew up to the monarch's private country estate by helicopter on Sunday to capture the images, according to one well-placed royal source, to set up the shoot.





The service was officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev Justin Welby, and the local rector, the Reverend Jonathan Riviere. Little George kept crowds entertained and was seen chatting to his great-grandmother, the Queen



The christening itself took place at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, just a few minutes' walk from the main house, at 4.30pm.
There were just 21 guests, including two-month-old Charlotte, her five godparents, the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton and Kate's siblings Pippa and James.

The service was officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev Justin Welby, and the local rector, the Reverend Jonathan Riviere.
William and Kate arrived on foot, pushing fourth-in-line-to-the-throne Charlotte in an original 1950s Millson pram used by the Queen for her sons, Princes Andrew and Edward.

William held his lively son, who will turn two later this month, by the hand.

George, wearing an £85 Rachel Riley outfit comprised of red shorts and a smocked shirt, entertained the 3,500-strong crowd with his antics, adorably peeping into his sister's pram and attempting to run off into the churchyard.

As royal christenings go, it was a relatively casual affair and the entire party, excluding the Queen and Prince Philip, walked back to the main house for tea and a slice of christening cake – a tier of William and Kate's wedding cake – cheered by onlookers.

Charlotte's godparents were named as two cousins from both sides of the family – Michael Middleton's nephew, Adam Middleton and Diana's niece Laura Fellowes – as well as three close friends, James Meade, Thomas van Straubenzee and Sophie Carter.








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Royals Wave Goodbye to Canada After Milestone Family Visit

By Daily Mail UK, 2 October 2016


Prince George and Princess Charlotte waved goodbye to Canada as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour ended with the couple praising the nation for the "happy memories" created during their stay.

Thousands lined the harbour of Victoria, capital of British Columbia, to see William and Kate and their children leave by boat plane after an eight-day visit.

The royal tour of eastern Canada had taken the couple from the stunning scenery of the Hadai Gwaii archipelago to the Yukon gold rush town of Whitehorse.





The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said Canada would leave them and their children with 'happy memories'


But all eyes had been on George and Charlotte who stole the limelight from their parents when an outdoor children's party was staged in their honour in Victoria.


William spoke about the milestone visit - their first official overseas trip as a family of four - saying they felt ''very lucky'' to have introduced his children to the Commonwealth country which will play a big part in their lives.

The Duke said in a statement before their official departure from Victoria, the capital of British Columbia:

''Catherine and I are incredibly grateful to the people of Canada for the warmth and hospitality they have extended to our family over the last week.
''We have loved our time in British Columbia and Yukon and will never forget the beautiful places we have seen and the many people who have been kind enough to come to welcome us in person.
''We feel very lucky to have been able to introduce George and Charlotte to Canada. This country will play a big part in the lives of our children and we have created such happy memories for our family during this visit.
''Canada is a country of optimism, generosity and unrivalled natural beauty. I hope we have helped all Canadians celebrate what makes this country great. We will see you again soon.''



When it came to the official departure the three-year-old future king and his 17-month-old sister melted the hearts of well-wishers lining crash barriers around the harbour.


When George, dressed in his trademark, shorts, jumper, shirt and knee length shorts, stepped form a people carrier he began waving with one hand and then frantically with both to the amusement of William who smiled as Kate held Charlotte.

And later the 17-month-old princess gave a wave for the crowds as she stood on a jetty with her parents and turned to wave at British Columbia premier Christy Clark.


After ignoring the attempts of Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau who tried to high five George when the prince first arrived, he once again left a well-wisher hanging when the Cambridges first arrived at the jetty.



When posey boy Daniel Brachman, aged 9, bent down and held his palm up to the prince, he was ignored by the three-year-old.
The schoolboy said afterwards:

"I was really excited to meet them, I wish that I asked them something but it was still really exciting."
But he did not appear disappointed that George hand not responded to his greeting: "I tried to high five him but he didn't want to."

The Duke and Duchess made their way along a paved walkway to their sea plane and past a guard of honour from the Royal Canadian Navy before saying goodbye to the Governor-General of Canada David Johnston and his wife Sharon, and Christy Clark premier of British Columbia who had attended many of their engagements.

With the journey home beckoning the family approached the plane but stopped to acknowledge the crowds and all four waved.
But as soon as William let go of George's hand he made a dash for the aircraft and got to the first step before the Duke placed his hands on his arms and turned him back.
With the Duchess carrying her daughter and the Duke keeping a firm grip on his son they posed for the crowds and photographers waving one last time.

An impatient George looked at the plane, shuffled his feet and pulled on his father's hand before they all boarded the aircraft.

William and Kate ended their last day in Canada by taking to the waves in a tall ship. The royal couple helped to hoist sails and Kate even took the wheel of the vessel used to take youngsters on voyages to teach them life skills.
Kate, a keen sailor, looked at ease when she guided the Pacific Grace, a wooden-hulled gaff-rigged schooner operated by a Canadian charity, to its moorings.

Earlier the couple had gone on a walkabout meeting youngsters and their parents during a visit to Cridge Centre for the Family - one of Victoria's best-known charitable institutions.
The centre provides a range of services, including childcare, youth outreach, and support for women who have experienced domestic violence.

The engagement began with William joking about his failure to reel in a catch during a fishing trip with the Duchess in waters off the British Columbia coast - shrugging it off as just one of those things.
The couple tried to hook a salmon during their trip on Friday, but the only fish they saw was one caught earlier, which was being kept in a cooler box.

When the couple arrived at the centre, waiting to greet them was Christy Clark, premier of British Columbia, and the Duke told her about his day on the water:

''We didn't catch anything. It's typical, whenever we go anywhere. All the best laid plans go to pot.''
Speaking about the fish shown to the couple, he added: ''That salmon was the biggest fish I've seen. It was a great day.''





Princess Charlotte enjoyed her moment in the limelight





The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte prepare to depart by sea plane from Victoria Harbour Airport





Prince George looks out of the window of the plane as he departs from Victoria Harbour Airport





The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte board a seaplane before departing Victoria Harbour





Prince George arrives at the ceremony to mark their departure from Canada





Crowds await the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Victoria Harbour





Fans welcome the royals





The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are presented with personalised sports shirts for Prince George and Princess Charlotte by BC Governor Christy Clark in Victoria





The Duchess of Cambridge talks to the public in Victoria





The Duchess of Cambridge steers the tall ship, Pacific Grace, while sailing with members of the Sail and Life Training Society at Victoria Inner Harbour






The captain said the Duchess 'bossed it' as she took the helm





The Duchess of Cambridge poses for a picture





The Duchess of Cambridge meets members of the Kelty Mental Health Resources Centre at the Breakwater Cafe and Bistro in Victoria





The royals after a ceremony to mark their departure at Victoria Harbour



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'I'm going to fly us to England':
What Prince George told Kate as he played with the controls after being invited into the seaplane's ****pit when it landed at Vancouver on their journey home to the UK

  • Prince George was invited into the ****pit of seaplane that flew the royals
  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and children flew from British Columbia
  • After arriving in Vancouver, three-year-old was allowed to sit at controls
  • The future king said to his mother, Kate: 'I'm going to fly us to England'

Daily Mail UK, 3 October 2016


Prince George appears to have inherited his father's love of flying after jumping at the chance to take the controls of a seaplane – and telling his parents he's going to 'fly them to England'.


Three-year-old George was invited into the ****pit of the seaplane after it carried the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two children from Victoria, British Columbia, to Vancouver where a Canadian military jet flew them back to the UK.

The future king had left Victoria in the small aircraft with his nose pressed against the window and his bright blue ear defenders on after his family's royal tour of Canada came to an end on Saturday.





The future king left Victoria in the small aircraft with his nose pressed against the window and his bright blue ear defenders on. He was later invited into the ****pit once the plane landed









Prince George stares out of the window as he waits with his family to leave Victoria on the final day of the tour. He can be seen with his nose pressed against the glass and ear defenders on



Before boarding he waved frantically at the crowds who had gathered along the harbour walls to give William and Kate and their two young children a good send-off.
George, dressed in his familiar shorts and long socks, couldn't stop smiling and waving at the cheering well-wishers as he got out of the car, holding his father's hand.
Later, the youngster got the chance to go into the ****pit and sit at the controls of the floatplane alongside pilot Shawn Stewart - but not until the plane had landed.

Mr Stewart, 38, from Victoria, said:

'After we landed, once the co-pilot got out, George climbed up into the seat and started playing with the controls and pretending he was flying the plane.

'Kate said: 'Where are you going to fly us? Are you going to fly us to Canada?'
'And George said: 'No I'm going to fly us to England.''





After the goodbyes were said, the Duke of Cambridge led his son by the hand and Kate took Charlotte's hand as they walked towards the bobbing seaplane moored nearby in Victoria






The royal eight-day tour of eastern Canada has taken the royals from the stunning scenery of the Hadai Gwaii archipelago to the Yukon gold rush town of Whitehorse.
It is thought the Cambridge's trip will be George and Charlotte's last overseas tour for some time.

Sources close to the family say their decision to bring their children was a 'one-off' and that the youngsters are unlikely to accompany their parents on another official overseas tour for several years so they can enjoy a 'normal childhood'.

Wrapping up the royal visit, HRH The Duke of Cambridge said yesterday: 'Catherine and I are incredibly grateful to the people of Canada for the warmth and hospitality they have extended to our family over the last week.





An impatient George looked at the plane, shuffled his feet and pulled on his father's hand before they all boarded it. Despite his reluctance, he was delighted to be invited to the ****pit





Prince George made onlookers - and his parents - chuckle as he animatedly waved goodbye to the crowd of fans around the harbour as the royals departed British Columbia on day eight



'We have loved our time in British Columbia and Yukon and will never forget the beautiful places we have seen and the many people who have been kind enough to come to welcome us in person.
'We feel very lucky to have been able to introduce George and Charlotte to Canada. This country will play a big part in the lives of our children and we have created such happy memories for our family during this visit.
'Canada is a country of optimism, generosity and unrivalled natural beauty. I hope we have helped all Canadians celebrate what makes this country great. We will see you again soon.'





All eyes were once again on George and Charlotte who stole the limelight from their parents as they bid farewell to Canada. It is likely to be the two youngsters' last overseas tour for a while
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They are one beautiful family. I do hope and pray that Kate and William stay true to each other always.
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They are one beautiful family. I do hope and pray that Kate and William stay true to each other always.

Me too Tarfoot, but I have a strong feeling that Prince William and his brother Prince Harry, will never forget what their father, Prince Charles did to their mother Princess Diana.

Prince Charles eventually married 'His Mistress' Camilla..(Still remembered by many as "Queen of Tarts")

But did you know that months after they married, Camilla insisted she had her own independent home..

She still lives there alone to this day and Prince Charles can visit her at HER convenience... go figure..


History in reverse eh Tarfoot ? The 'would be King''s mistress commands..


I hope Prince William becomes the next reigning Monarch of GB and the Commonwealthand his wife Kate is by his side...

What amazed me today when I posted the photos of Prince George, was that in some he looked like Princess Diana's father, Earl Spencer..

Now that, for me, is a good omen..


We certainly need to see lovely pics of things like this at the mo..

The world and what is happening within is troubling to say the least.

Thanks for posting your thoughts Tarfoot ...
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7 Things We Learned About Prince Harry's Girlfriend Meghan Markle From Her Blog






Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle Credit: Constant Media


Guardian UK, 19 January 2017


A lot has changed for actress Meghan Markle in the last year. Namely, that by starting to date Prince Harry she has become arguably the most scrutinised woman in the western world.

Thanks to sightings of her shopping for a Christmas tree with HRH in south London, and popping out from Kensington Palace to stock up on supplies in Whole Foods, many are expecting the prince to pop the question any minute now. Because nothing says commitment like an overpriced chia and cacao bar.









Prince Harry’s new girlfriend, California-born actress Meghan Markle, is both an animal-lover and part-time vegan



So what do we actually know about the woman who could be a future member of our Royal Family? Other than that she is American, a TV actress in series Suits, a campaigner on gender equality issues, and *gasp* a divorcee, we're not nearly as clued up as we might like to think.

When Prince William looked set to propose to Kate Middleton we knew everything there was to know about her "middle class roots" and their fairytale St Andrews university romance.

Thoughtfully, Markle (or "MM" as she is apparently known to friends) has a lifestyle blog through which we can learn a little more about the woman who one day could be Princess Meg.

Called The Tig - named after an occasion when Markle tried a wine called Tignanello and experienced "unbridled joy" (steady on) - the blog has a touch of Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop about it.

There are family recipes, playlists, advice on being the perfect hostess and how to curate the perfect city break.

Here's what we learned about Meghan Markle from The Tig:


1. She likes 'warm and fuzzy feelings'





According to her blog, Markle loves to snuggle down with a book or share a cosy meal with friends



Markle is all about cosiness. Over the past couple of months, she has filled her blog with book recommendations, wintry playlists and warming recipes, such as Grandma Markle's Apple Butter Toast, "made in the crockpot to truly let you set it and forget it". Plus, there's a pumpkin fondue described as "the best f****** thing I've ever eaten".

Granted, there are a few Goop-esque monstrosities, like a particularly grim sounding spicy broccoli and hempseed stew (not the most sociable of meals, one imagines).

But generally Markle seems to be as much about having friends round to share a bottle of red as she is keen on greeting the day with a downward dog and a turmeric smoothie.
Her latest obsession is with red wine hot chocolate, which does exactly what it says on the tin. She says: "Combining two of every lady’s classic loves, wine and chocolate, this remarkably easy yet decadent dessert has been the talk of the town this season". So that's what she was buying ingredients for in Whole Foods.



2. She loves Paris (Harry, take note)






Markle loves to travel and is a particular fan of the French capital Credit: Alamy

  • "The food, the accent, the je ne sais quoi of the women with their inherent chicness – I sigh un petit peu just typing this."
  • Markle is a big fan of the French capital, so much so that she asked her pal Elettra Wiedermann (daughter of Isabella Rossellini and just one in a long line of name-drops) to curate a Paris guide for her blog.
Seems like a perfect spot for a proposal... just saying.


3. Serena Williams probably knew about Prince Harry before you did






Serena Williams and Markle became firm friends last year Credit: Pirelli


The two became friends at the beginning of 2016, when the tennis superstar barreled up to Markle at an event and decided they should hang out.
She nauseatingly refers to Williams as "this fancy lady", but actually, their friendship does seem quite sweet.

"We hit it off immediately," says Markle, "taking pictures, laughing through the flag football game we were both playing in, and chatting not about tennis or acting, but about all the good old fashioned girly stuff.
"So began our friendship. She quickly became a confidante I would text when I was traveling, the friend I would rally around for her tennis matches, and the down to earth chick I was able to grab lunch with just a couple weeks ago in Toronto."

What's the betting Williams was one of the first to know when a certain red headed royal arrived in Markle's life?


4. She's struggled with demons






Markle admits she struggled with body image in her 20s but is much more confident now Credit: REX


Until now, at least, Markle has written a candid, personal blog every year on her birthday.
On turning 33 in 2014, she opened up about how happy she felt now to be in her 30s.

She admitted: "My 20s were brutal – a constant battle with myself, judging my weight, my style, my desire to be as cool/as hip/as smart/as “whatever” as everyone else."

In her latest birthday post, in April last year (just a month before it is thought Prince Harry may have arrived on the scene) she gushes that her cup runneth over.

"When I close my eyes and think of what I wish for, I come up with a blank. A big old happy blank.
"I am feeling so incredibly joyful right now, so grateful and content that all I could wish for is more of the same."

All she desires from the next year, she says, is "More surprises, more adventure, more opportunities to grow, more days filled with giggles and cheeky jokes, more delicious meals, and more inspiration. Always more inspiration."



5. She's not an ornament





The pair are said to have met in May when Harry was in Canada promoting the Invictus Games Credit: PA


As well as playing the role of Rachel Zane on Suits, Markle spends a lot of time doing humanitarian work. She's a global ambassador for World Vision Canada and has also worked as an advocate for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

She says: "I've never wanted to be a lady who lunches - I've always wanted to be a woman who works. And this type of work is what feeds my soul, and fuels my purpose."

If she does indeed become Princess Meghan, presumably she'll seek to further the issues she cares so deeply about.



6. Her dogs come first



Most living and breathing creatures, it seems, take second place to Markle's dogs, Bogart and Guy (seen here dressed in a Union Jack printed coat).

On the blog, she writes: "The first thing I do when I wake up is pick up my iPhone, kiss the dogs, and walk downstairs with them to let them in the backyard and feed them breakfast.
"Then while I wait for them to eat, I check some emails and send some texts, and we crawl back into bed for a little snuggle before starting the day."



7. She loves Sophie Ellis Bextor






Sophie Ellis Bextor Credit: Telegraph/Andrew Crowley




It's clear from reading The Tig that Markle has a lot of celebrity friends. Most of them have contributed a guest post (most recently, Michael Buble provided a list of his favourite Christmas songs).

But one slightly off-beat pal comes in the form of our own Sophie Ellis-Bextor, whose song Come with Us Markle includes in one of her many playlists.

She says: "Yes, sweet Sophie stole our musical hearts with the hit, Murder on the Dance Floor, a tune that has stood the test of time for our requisite late night grooving, but her new album Familia offers this beat titled, Come with Us that channels old school Madonna vibes like no other.

"Love, love, love! Bravo, Sophie! Love to you and the familia!"

Smart move, Meghan. Get in with the British crowd now, and it'll make life a whole lot easier when you move to Kensington.
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  • A Statement by the Communications Secretary for Prince Harry


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Since he was young, Prince Harry has been very aware of the warmth that has been extended to him by members of the public. He feels lucky to have so many people supporting him and knows what a fortunate and privileged life he leads.

He is also aware that there is significant curiosity about his private life. He has never been comfortable with this, but he has tried to develop a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it. He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about.

But the past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public - the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments. Some of it has been hidden from the public - the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.

Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game - it is her life and his.

He has asked for this statement to be issued in the hopes that those in the press who have been driving this story can pause and reflect before any further damage is done. He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly.

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Prince Harry Whisks Meghan off to a Love Cave > After His Friend's Jamaican Wedding.
Take a Look Inside the Ultimate Romantic Retreat for the Prince and his Girlfriend

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle found the perfect place for romance away from prying eyes – inside a cave
  • While in Jamaica they went to a hotel which has dining rooms in caves decorated with candles – a source said
  • Harry, 32, and 35-year-old Ms Markle had been on the island for the wedding of the Prince’s friend Tom Inskip
Daily Mail UK, 12 March 2017..


Their relationship has been played out in the full glare of the public eye.

But it seems Prince Harry and Meghan Markle found the perfect place for romance away from prying eyes – inside a cave.

While in Jamaica for a friend’s wedding last week, the pair slipped away to The Caves – a hotel which has private dining rooms in caves decorated with dozens of candles – according to a source.

Harry, 32, and 35-year-old Ms Markle had been on the island for the wedding of the Prince’s friend Tom Inskip when they are said to have travelled to the five-star hotel, in the coastal town of Negril.


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Harry and Meghan Markle, pictured above, had been in Jamaica for the wedding of the Prince’s friend Tom Inskip





The pair slipped away to The Caves – a hotel which has private dining rooms in caves decorated with dozens of candles – according to a source





The food served in the caves, pictured above, is based on local specialities s likely to be popular with Ms Markle, who has spoken of her love of Jamaica





The menu served in the caves, pictured above, includes lobster with sweet potato mash, ackee and saltfish, fried banana, and jerk chicken. Also on offer are coconut pudding, fried pineapple and chocolate cake – as well as a selection of local rums





With a range of activities, Harry and Ms Markle could also have chosen to swim with dolphins, take part in ****tail making classes, or go cliff-diving, but they are understood to have kept a low profile



The food is based on local specialities – likely to be popular with Ms Markle, who has spoken of her love of Jamaica.
The menu includes lobster with sweet potato mash, ackee and saltfish, fried banana, and jerk chicken.
Also on offer are coconut pudding, fried pineapple and chocolate cake – as well as a selection of local rums.

With a range of activities, Harry and Ms Markle could also have chosen to swim with dolphins, take part in ****tail making classes, or go cliff-diving, but they are understood to have kept a low profile.





With three days alone after the celebrations, the Prince and his actress girlfriend are understood to have headed to the hotel





The ‘cave dining’ option, which costs about £250, is so private that waiters go down to the caves only to deliver the dishes, otherwise leaving guests alone. A staff member joked: ‘It is to give the diners some privacy to do those things that lovers do'



With three days alone after the celebrations, the Prince and his actress girlfriend are understood to have headed to the hotel, which has bedrooms set around clifftops.

But it is the resort’s dining rooms built into caves that offer the seclusion the Prince is known to relish – as well as the chance to for romance.

The ‘cave dining’ option, which costs about £250, is so private that waiters go down to the caves – covered in pink bougainvillea petals – only to deliver the dishes, otherwise leaving guests alone.

A staff member joked: ‘It is to give the diners some privacy to do those things that lovers do.’

More sociable couples can choose to have a private barman with a bar carved out of the limestone wall.

Earlier in the week they had been staying at the Round Hill Hotel in Montego Bay for the wedding of Mr Inskip, one of Harry’s oldest friends.
A source at Round Hill confirmed the pair had booked in to stay until Wednesday but left the hotel quietly last Sunday using a private entrance.

During the wedding trip, the pair had spent most of their time in their villa.
They emerged for less than two hours a day to see pals on the beach, then spent more time alone before showing their faces in the evening.





The hotel's bedrooms are set around clifftops - Prince Harry and Ms Markle are understood to have kept a low profile during their visit there


Onlookers said the Prince appeared relaxed, choosing to walk around without shoes most of the time.
With no signs of jet lag from his flight home the previous day, Harry appeared bright-eyed last Thursday at the unveiling of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars memorial.

Yesterday he attended England’s Six Nations victory over Scotland at Twickenham.
Harry, patron of England’s Rugby Football Union, shared a joke with his aunt Princess Anne, who is patron of the Scottish Rugby Union.

Asked about the Prince’s trip to Jamaica, Kensington Palace declined to comment.
END


Harry and Meghan..Romantic Jamaican Reunion:
The £5,000 a Night Villa.and a Wedding Pastor who said 'You Next, Sir!'

  • Prince Harry served as an usher for his friend Tom 'Skippy' Inskip in Jamaica
  • Harry, 32, and actress Meghan Markle, 35, used trip as an excuse for a reunion
  • Miss Markle wed her first husband Trevor Engleson at a nearby resort in 2011
  • We reveal what the young couple got up to on their romantic West Indian break


She was demure and elegant in a flowing gown – he looked dapper and debonair in a tailored navy suit.


So pity the poor bride and groom whose lavish Caribbean nuptials were overshadowed by such glamorous guests.



Then again, if you will invite Prince Harry and his actress girlfriend to your wedding, what do you expect?

All eyes were on the young lovers as the prince attended the wedding of friend Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip at the weekend in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Not having seen each other for a fortnight, Harry, 32, and 35-year-old Meghan used the trip as an excuse for a romantic reunion – and their affectionate behaviour set tongues wagging that it might not be long before they, too, are walking up the aisle.

For Meghan, the surroundings are not entirely unfamiliar. In 2011, she married her first husband – film producer Trevor Engleson – at a resort just 60 miles along the coast. So is she feeling the love second time around?
We reveal exactly what the young couple got up to on their romantic West Indian weekend...


He Flies in Economy, While She Takes a Private Jet

Harry arrived in Jamaica on Wednesday to join the groom’s party ahead of the big day – he was one of 14 ushers. The royals don’t use private planes for personal engagements, so he took a Virgin Atlantic flight from Gatwick to Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The prince did splash out on a premium economy seat, costing upwards of £2,000 return.

Meghan flew in the following day from Toronto, where she’s filming US legal drama Suits, in a private jet that belongs to a friend.

Ever the gentleman, Harry picked her up from the airport, greeting her with a kiss before they drove back to the hotel together.


The Luxury Resort Where JFK Stayed

With 110 acres of lush tropical gardens, suites designed by Ralph Lauren and its own private bay, the wedding reception venue is the perfect backdrop for royal romance.

The Round Hill Resort was built in the 1950s as a series of luxurious cottages for rich and famous visitors, and guests have included JFK and Jackie Kennedy, who spent their honeymoon here.


Grace Kelly, Fred Astaire, Clark Gable, Sir Paul McCartney and Emma Watson have also stayed.





The palatial £5,000-a-night Montego Bay villa where Meghan and Harry stayed


A hotel worker revealed that Meghan and Harry stayed in a £5,000-a-night premium luxury villa, the resort’s most exclusive accommodation away from prying eyes, which comes with its own housekeeper, two pools and a games room with a bar and pool table. Ever watchful of their safety, security guards were stationed in rooms nearby.

Guests have breakfast served on their balcony, and options include Jamaican delicacies such as ackee (a fruit like a lychee), saltfish with fried dumplings and callaloo (a leafy green vegetable).

It’s quite a change from Meghan’s first trip to the island during her low-key wedding in 2011. She and her husband-to-be stayed at the four-star Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, where they indulged in drinking games and wheelbarrow races before saying their vows.



The (other) very happy couple



It takes a brave bride to invite glamorous, leggy Meghan to your wedding. But flame-haired Lara Hughes-Young didn’t seem bothered about being outshone.

Lara, 30, a software developer at global technology company ThoughtWorks, knows Harry through her new husband ‘Skippy’, who went to Eton with the prince.

She’s the granddaughter of late Conservative MP Michael Hughes-Young, and her father holds the title Lord St Helens – making her official title the Honourable Lara Inskip. She is said to have been ‘singing Meghan’s praises’ since meeting her last year.





Tom 'Skippy' Inskip with Pastor Conrad Thomas who officiated at the wedding, and his bridge Lara Hughes-Young


Skippy, 30, a management consultant and renowned party animal, has been inseparable from Harry since they met at school. He’s often described as the prince’s wingman – and something of a bad influence. When Harry was seen inhaling laughing gas at a party in 2010, Skippy was by his side; and he cropped up again on the royal’s notorious wild weekend in Las Vegas in 2012.

He and Lara have been dating for four years and made it on to Tatler’s recent list of the ‘100 most invited’ celebrities – above Harry’s ex Cressida Bonas.


Fergie and Usain Bolt on the guest list





Harry's aunt Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, posed for pictures with the pastor



They may have been the focus of attention on the day, but Megan and Harry were far from the only notable guests at the wedding.

Harry’s aunt Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was on the list, accompanied, insiders say, by her daughter Eugenie. After the ceremony, a smiling Fergie, wearing a black minidress with a jewelled neck, was seen posing for photographs with Pastor Conrad Thomas, who officiated the ceremony.

Archie Soames, one of the ushers, is the great-grandson of Winston Churchill. And maid of honour Alice St Clair Erskine is an actress who portrayed the Duchess of Cambridge in the 2011 American TV show William and Catherine: A Royal Romance. Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt is rumoured to have popped in for the party.


Trying not to upstage the bride

For the ceremony, Meghan chose a £1,200 floral print maxi dress by Canadian designer Erdem.

Harry opted for a bespoke navy suit, believed to be from his favourite Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes, and teamed with a yellow rose.

Meghan accessorised her elegant attire with a nude clutch bag and a pair of £249 gold-rimmed sunglasses by Dior to shield her eyes from the hot Jamaican sun.

The bride did her best to stay in the spotlight in a breathtakingly simple white satin gown with a plunging neckline and full, flowing skirt – a direct contrast to Meghan’s high-necked style.






Elegant: The 35-year-old actress looked stunning in her £1,200 Erdem maxi dress and gold bracelet



The £5,000 bracelet - from hubby no 1

Glinting conspicuously on Meghan’s wrist was a stunning gold bracelet, believed to be a £5,000 Cartier Love Bracelet. But contrary to reports, it’s not a gift from Harry.






The Cartier Love bracelet and screwdriver in yellow gold


Meghan can be seen wearing the trinket in photographs from her first wedding in 2011, suggesting it may have been a token from her first husband.


The oval band, studded with diamonds and made from 18-carat yellow gold, has two C-shaped halves that can only be removed with a screwdriver.

The feature is said to be inspired by medieval chastity belts. Cartier describes the piece as one that ‘seals love that transgresses convention’ – less-than-apt considering Meghan and husband Trevor divorced after less than two years together.

It’s popular among celebrities – and Harry’s sister-in-law, Pippa Middleton, has one.


Bob Marley and vows of ‘yeah man’

Lara and Skippy married in the Hopewell Baptist Church, a 1980s-built wood-panelled structure overlooking the ocean. Despite having no connections to the country, they decided to theme their wedding around the colourful culture of Jamaica.

Pastor Thomas, 43, who presided over the ceremony, invited the couple to respond to their vows with the words ‘Yeah man’ instead of ‘I do’ accompanied by the 220-strong congregation.





Take a pew: Harry was pictured at the wedding service

Harry and Meghan, sitting in the third pew, joined in enthusiastic renditions of reggae classics One Love by Bob Marley and Israelites by Desmond Dekker.



The readings were an extract from The Twits by Roald Dahl and a love poem written by usher Jake Warren. The pastor said the couple looked ‘so very much in love’.

‘They sat next to each other and held hands as they walked out,’ he added.
‘I will never forget their radiant smiles and they looked so happy together.’ His final, prescient words to Harry were: ‘It’s your turn next, Sir.’


Meghan's tender touch for her prince

Meghan placed a protective arm on Harry’s back as she steered him out of the church and guests say the pair were very tactile throughout the reception as she was introduced to his old friends.

At one point they were seen deep in conversation, as a jacketless Harry drank a beer and Meghan an Aperol spritz ****tail as she continued to rub his back.

Minutes later, she moved even closer, gazing into his eyes and putting her arms around his neck. ‘They are both head over heels and don’t care who sees it,’ said an onlooker.





Tender touch: Meghan was see putting an arm tenderly around her prince



Dreadlocks and rum at ‘mother of parties’

Lara and Skippy made their way to the reception in a car chauffeured by a Rastafarian named Perry, with dreadlocks down to his feet. The party then enjoyed a Jamaican wedding breakfast, drinking rum ****tails and eating jerk chicken, rice and peas, along with seafood specialities including torched black tiger prawns and lobster.

Guests say what started off as a sedate afternoon turned into ‘the mother of all parties’. After the speeches, the bride changed into a multicoloured outfit resembling the Jamaican flag and posed with bikini-clad carnival dancers in feathered headdresses.


Moonwalking Harry’s dancefloor disaster

Guests say the prince took to the dancefloor to impress his new lady. But as he was moonwalking to the Michael Jackson hit Billy Jean Harry smashed into a waitress carrying a tray of drinks and sent them both flying.

A source said the prince was mortified. ‘He gasped, looked shocked and put his hands on the waitress’s shoulders and apologised.’

After spending the evening kissing and dancing, Harry and Meghan made a swift exit at around 1am while guests continued well into the night.
It was reported that some were smoking marijuana.


Pair make the most of every minute

The morning after the night before, the prince headed to the beach in a pair of blue board shorts and a black baseball cap, while Meghan stayed at the villa.
He was seen flexing his muscles and giving the thumbs up to friends as he waded waist-deep in the water before joining them for a drink at the beachside bar.

It’s believed the couple had planned to go on a boat trip, but – perhaps feeling a little worse for wear – decided to give it a miss.

Sources say they plan to make the most of this precious time together, with Harry due to stay on the island until Wednesday when Meghan has to fly back to her North American home.

With 3,500 miles between them after that, every minute counts.
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Update re: The ROYALs Thread >Prince Harry Had Counselling After Death of Princess Diana

George and Charlotte's Starring Moment! Pippa Confirms That the Young Royals WILL be Page Boy and Bridesmaid on Her Big Day (But There's No Official Role for Kate)

  • Pippa, 33, will marry James Matthews at St Marks' Church in Englefield, Berkshire, on 20 May
  • As these interior shots show, there are plenty of seats for her royal family and society friends
  • The 12th-century St Mark’s is six miles from Bucklebury where Pippa grew up
  • On private estate owned by Tory MP Richard Benyon, so no joy for gawpers hoping to catch a glimpse of bride
Daily Mail UK, 11 April 2017


Royal fans have been eagerly hoping to see Princess Charlotte as an adorable bridesmaid and proud Prince George accompanying Pippa down the aisle as page boy.


And now, following months of speculation, the bride-to-be has finally confirmed that her niece and nephew will be given these roles on her big day on May 20, when she ties the knot with financier James Matthews at St Marks' Church in Englefield, Berkshire.

Spencer Matthews, James's reality TV star brother, will be best man, but it's also been confirmed that there's no official role for Kate, despite Pippa acting as her bridesmaid when she married William in 2011.

According to tradition, Pippa would have to make Kate the maid of honour rather than a bridesmaid, a role that goes to an unmarried female family member.

However, the royal was said to be anxious not to upstage her younger sister, 33, on her big day and although at one point she was rumoured to be giving a reading, a source has confirmed that she will be taking a backseat during the nuptials.

Prince Harry is also officially on the guest list, although there's still no word on whether he'll be allowed to bring his girlfriend Meghan Markle who he will have been dating for almost a year by the time the wedding comes around.





Princess Charlotte and Prince George will act as bridesmaid and page boy for their aunt Pippa on her wedding day on May 20, the bride has confirmed





Prince George, three, will accompany his aunt down the aisle as a page boy, while the groom's brother Spencer Matthews is best man






The sisters are known to be incredibly close, but Kate won't be taking on a formal role as she's eager not to upstage the bride





The 12th-century St Mark’s is six miles from Bucklebury where Pippa grew up. It is on a private estate owned by Tory MP Richard Benyon



Pippa's wedding will also be a lot more of an intimate affair that her sister's nuptials at Westminster Abbey where she exchanged her vows in front of some 2,000 guests.

As these interior shots show, there are plenty of seats for her royal family and society friends and lots of outdoor space for confetti throwing and photos following the ceremony.

The 12th-century St Mark’s is six miles from Bucklebury where Pippa grew up. It is on a private estate owned by Tory MP Richard Benyon, so no joy for gawpers hoping to catch a glimpse of the bride.
The Duchess of Cambridge's little sister shot to public attention when she wore a bottom-hugging bridesmaid's dress at the royal wedding in 2011.





Pippa Middleton will tie the knot on 20 May at St Marks' Church in Englefield, Berkshire, with the reception taking place back at the Middleton family home in Bucklebury a few miles away





Pippa is said to have wanted a smaller, more intimate 'family' wedding when she weds wealthy hedge fund trader James Matthews compared to her sister's lavish wedding








Pippa Middleton and fiance James Matthews at a Christmas Day church service in Englefield


But she is said to have wanted a smaller, more intimate 'family' wedding when she weds wealthy hedge fund trader James Matthews.

The couple are believed to be setting a marquee up in the garden of Michael and Carole Middleton's mansion in Bucklebury a few miles away with posh Portaloos brought in for the occasion.

Trendy designer Giles Deacon is rumoured to be making Pippa's dress after he was spotted carrying garment bags into the £17 million house with his and hers bathrooms she and James share in London.

Likewise, society milliner Stephen Jones was last week seen leaving James and Pippa’s house, carrying an enormous bag - hinting that a spectacular head dress and veil may be in the offing.

Chelsea florist Lavender Green is arranging the flowers – likely to include spring blooms like daffodils.





The couple are believed to be setting a marquee up in the garden of Michael and Carole Middleton's mansion after the church service
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'It Was Only Right to Share': Prince Harry Insists He Was Just 'Doing His Bit' by Revealing His Mental Health Battles After His Mother’s Death - and Says Diana Would be 'Hugely Encouraged' to See People Talking Openly About Their Issues.

Prince Harry: I sought counselling after the death of my mother led to two years of 'total chaos' in my twenties


  • Prince officially opened London Marathon Expo at ExCeL centre in London
  • Five-year-old Melissa Howse helped royal to cut the ribbon
  • Handed out race numbers to this year's participants in 26-mile challenge
  • Royal left a message for runners, saying: 'Good luck guys. Smash it.'
Daily Mail UK, 19 April 2017



It was his first public engagement since Monday's deeply emotional interview in which he revealed the depth of his 20-year battle with the grief of losing his mother, Princess Diana.


But today Prince Harry played down the importance of what he had done this week, saying it was 'only right' that he'd been open about his struggles, adding that Princess Diana would be 'hugely encouraged' to see the progress the UK has made in talking about mental health issues.

The royal was at the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo today at the ExCeL Centre in East London to officially open the event.

'I've shared, just as much as everybody else has during this campaign.' he said.

'After how many years of listening to stories from veterans and their families and then specifically in this campaign William, Catherine and I hearing some of the most heart wrenching stories based around what people have experienced and then the mental anguish that's happened from then - it was only right to share my experiences to hope to encourage others to come forward and smash that stigma to make it easier for them to talk about their own experiences. So I was just doing my bit.





Prince Harry, Heads Together patron officially opens the Expo accompanying this year's marathon with the help of five-year-old Melissa Howse




'When you've heard so many stories from so many other people and if you can relate to that then it's only right that you talk about your own experiences.

'As I said this campaign has been going on for a year now and we've met so many incredible people and now we're at a tipping point where the London Marathon is coming up this Sunday, the whole of the UK has shown the appetite for a conversation about mental health and that is absolutely fantastic and we've all been blown away by how many people want to talk about this.

'I think there's going to be momentum after it no matter what. What this campaign has achieved and what this country has achieved just in a short space of time in the last year, especially this last week, has been quite remarkable.

'This is not the news or us trying to force something down people's throats - the appetite is there. It's like you've removed a lid and the pressure has just been released.





A cheerful Prince Harry posed with a mother and her young child, both wearing Heads Together headbands, which all participants in this Sunday's race will receive



'Everybody wants to discuss it, everybody wants to talk about it. It is all of our responsibilities, us, the runners, yourselves, everybody up and down the UK, it's our responsibility to ensure that this wave, that we ride it all the way to shore and we don't jump off.'

The prince, who was aged just 12 when his mother was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31 1997, said about Diana: 'I think from her perspective she would be overwhelmed and hugely encouraged by the fact that the UK - not known for wanting to talk about mental health issues - has suddenly got to this point.'

Earlier today the royal made a giggling little girl feel like a princess when he unexpectedly invited her to cut a ribbon with him.

The Virgin Money London Marathon Expo is expected to welcome more than 80,000 visitors through its doors this weekend.
All runners must go there to collect their race numbers, but there are also stalls, clinics and even free massages available as part of the exhibition show.

Earlier this week, the Prince received widespread praise for admitting, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, he spent nearly 20 years 'not thinking' about his mother's death and eventually got help after two years of 'total chaos'.

Prime Minister Theresa May said his decision to open up would help 'smash the stigma around mental health,' Mind, the mental health charity, described it as a 'true turning point,' while Sir Elton John tweeted it was a 'sign of strength to ask for help'.





Harry, who is Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, handed out race numbers to visitors





The prince was on hand this morning to offer words of encouragement to people taking on the epic 26-mile challenge


Heads Together is the mental health campaign spearheaded by Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the aim of encouraging the nation to talk about their psychological problems or be a sympathetic ear for those in need.

This week, William also gave a rare interview encouraging people to ditch the 'stiff upper lip' and be more open about their mental struggles.

The royal trio are campaigning hard on the issue this week in the run up to the London Marathon which has made their campaign it's official charity.





It's been an emotional week for Harry, but the royal was in great spirits this morning a he joined participants in this Sunday's London marathon





Prince Harry opens this year's Virgin Money London Marathon Expo at the ExCel Centre, London, with the help of five-year-old Melissa Howse
Every runner will receive a blue Heads Together headband, along with a note from William, Kate and Harry wishing them luck and encouraging them, no matter which important cause they are running for, to help Heads Together make the event the mental health marathon.


Later Kate will host marathon runners from team Heads Together at Kensington Palace, where she will chat to the group and discuss their reasons for taking part and wish them luck.
The runners will then take part in a training session with coach Nick Anderson.


Prince Harry Had Counselling after Death of Princess Diana







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'Harry is a Real Hero': Duchess of Cambridge Praises Her 'Brilliant' Brother-in-Law for Speaking out About His Mental Health Struggles - as She Admits to Battling 'Mixed Emotions' After the Birth of Prince George

  • Kate, 35, hosted a group of Team Heads Together runners at Kensington Palace on Wednesday afternoon
  • The athletes are taking part in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of the charity
  • Duchess of Cambridge dressed down in a striped tee from Italian label Luisa Spagnoli and skinny jeans


The Duchess of Cambridge has praised her 'brilliant' brother-in-law Prince Harry for speaking out about his mental health struggles - as she hinted at battling with 'mixed emotions' after becoming a mother for the first time. Kate, 35, was speaking to Jamie Maloy, headteacher of Viking Primary School in west London, during a reception for London Marathon runners at Kensington Palace on Wednesday.

Mr Maloy lavished praise on the prince, saying: 'What I love is your brother-in-law talking the other day, because that's just ignited it.

'Everyone's talking about mental health now because someone who is so famous and so much in the public eye has actually turned around and said something hit me hard – the death of a close loved one. And I think people have gone "good on you, because you could have never mentioned that."'

When he told Kate how Harry was 'a real hero to a lot of people', she replied: 'Absolutely. He's been brilliant.'






The Duchess of Cambridge hosted the athletes running for Heads Together, the mental health campaign she launched last year alongside the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, at her Kensington Palace home on Wednesday afternoon



The Duchess was hosting a group of athletes running for Heads Together on Wednesday, the mental health campaign she launched last year alongside the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry which has been chosen as the official charity for this year's race.

The princess also met DJ Neev Spencer who suffered post natal depression after the birth of her daughter, Genevieve, now nine months.
Kate told her: 'Nothing can prepare you for motherhood - especially the first time round, the mixed emotions.'

The Duchess has spoken candidly in the past about suffering from a 'lack of confidence' as a first-time parent, calling motherhood a 'huge challenge'.

Today, the mother-of-two opted for an uncharacteristically dressed-down look with a £220 striped top from Italian label Luisa Spagnoli, skinny jeans and her trusty Superga trainers as she welcomed the runners to her London residence - a far cry from her ultra-polished look during her last public appearance on Easter Sunday.

Kate, who is currently counting down the days until her sister Pippa's wedding on May 20, also unveiled one of 70 Royal Mail postboxes which will be wrapped with Heads Together headbands along the 26.2-mile route.

She also met Royal Mail CEO Moya Greene, who spoke of her company's support of the campaign, saying: 'As a large employer, we recognise that we have a big role to play in tackling the stigma surrounding mental health.





Kate (pictured with Prince George at his christening in October 2013) said today: 'Nothing can prepare you for motherhood'. She has previously spoken about suffering from a 'lack of confidence' and says having a baby can be a 'huge challenge'






All smiles: But Kate (pictured with William, George and Charlotte in Canada, September 2016) has admitted to battling with 'mixed emotions' after the birth of her son, telling a guest today: 'Nothing can prepare you for motherhood'









Despite her dressed-down look, the Duchess' hair was coiffed to perfection while she added a pair of simple drop earrings and just a hint of smokey eyeshadow




'Although we have made some positive steps, there is still a long way to go. Like Sunday's race, this is a marathon. We need to build on the good work we have done so far, and that means helping to address this issue within the local communities that we serve every single day.

'I'm proud that we are using our iconic postboxes to support Heads Together and this important campaign.'

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Breaking News re: The ROYALs Thread >Prince Philip to Retire From Royal Duties

Prince Philip is to Completely Retire From Royal Duties aged 95 After Supporting His Wife in Public for 70 Years, Buckingham Palace Announces After Top-Secret Emergency Meeting With Royal Staff

  • The Duke of Edinburgh announces his own retirement from royal duties after secret emergency meeting
  • Prince Philip made decision himself and will step back as he and Queen reach 70 year wedding anniversary
  • The Queen will continue public duties as she has always vowed to serve her country for as long as she lives
  • Palace spokesman said: 'He will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen'
  • All royal staff from across the UK, including Balmoral and Sandringham, were called to London to hear news
  • It fuelled feverish rumours around the world about Queen or Prince Philip's health but both are 'fine'
  • Royal couple were back to work an hour after announcement attending a church service at St James' Palace

Daily Mail/BBC 4 May 2017





The 95-year-old Duke of Edinburgh's well-earned retirement this autumn was announced at a top secret emergency meeting called by Buckingham Palace today and attended by other royals including Princess Anne. The difficult decision was made by Philip himself and he will retire just before he and the Queen reach their 70 year platinum wedding anniversary in November.


All staff from the royal household across Britain were called to London today, which caused fevered speculation around the world about the health of the Queen and her husband. But Philip - Britain's longest serving consort in history - is 'fine' and has decided to end his formal royal duties having supported his wife in public for 70 years.

The Queen will continue her public engagements as she has always vowed to serve her country for as long as she lives. In a statement Buckingham palace said this morning:

'His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen'.

The difficult decision was made by Philip himself and he will retire just before he and the Queen reach their 70 year platinum wedding anniversary in November.

But Philip - Britain's longest serving consort in history - is 'fine' and has decided to end his formal royal duties having supported his wife in public since 1947.

The Queen will continue her public engagements as she has always vowed to serve her country for as long as she lives.

'The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated, although he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements'.





Back to work: Prince Philip and the Queen arrive at St James's Palace, London, for an Order of Merit service today shortly after announcing his own retirement today





Decision: The 95-year-old Duke of Edinburgh's well-earned retirement this autumn was announced at a top secret emergency meeting called by Buckingham Palace today (pictured leaving this morning)




Standing down: Prince Philip (pictured at Lords yesterday) is to retire from public royal duties at the age of 95 from the autumn and has the full support of the Queen, it was revealed today





Support: Princess Anne (pictured leaving the Palace today) was among the royals who went to the Palace to hear the announcement of her father's retirement





Announcement: All staff from the royal household across Britain were called to London today and taken to the Palace by bus to hear the news





Gossip: Ahead of the announcement there was speculation that Philip or the Queen's health had failed. But the Royal Standard flag over Buckingham Palace (pictured today remained at full mast meaning that there has been no death in the royal family



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Revealed: This is the Palace's announcement that revealed Philip's 70 years of full time engagements will end later this year


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Catch Me, Kate! Duchess of Cambridge Bursts into Hysterics as She Grabs Stumbling Sophie During the Queen's Carriage Parade at Royal Ascot

  • Organisers are considering relaxing the strict dress codes for punters
  • Will allow men and women to remove jackets in Royal Enclosure
  • Racegoers face heightened security with armed police patrolling grounds
  • Event began with minute's silence for Grenfell and terror attack victims
  • Queen made an appearance later , with bookies predicting a blue outfit
  • Armed security lined the course after the recent terror attacks across the UK
Daily Mail/AP, 21 June 2017



A day out with the Queen is usually quite the formal affair, but things turned a little chaotic for Kate and Sophie Wessex today during the carriage parade at Royal Ascot.

Sophie, 52, seemed to lose her footing as she stood up in her carriage and almost fell on to the Duchess of Cambridge who was sitting opposite her.

Quick-thinking Kate shot her arms out to break the fall, with both women laughing uproariously as Sophie, dressed in a green frock by Emilia Wickstead, regained her balance.

Despite temperatures soaring to almost 30C, Kate kept her cool in a white lace outfit by Alexander McQueen as she joined the Queen and Prince William at Royal Ascot.

Kate, 35, stunned in a bespoke lace dress by her favourite designer Alexander McQueen, complete with a matching hat.

Meanwhile, Her Majesty defied the bookies' predictions that she'd wear blue by making her entrance in a lime green crepe coat by Stuart Parvin and a lime green dress with a floral design, with a hat to match by Rachel Trevor Morgan.





Sophie and Kate laugh uproariously as the Countess loses her balance and stumbles forward before being caught by Kate













The Duchess of Cambridge, 35, stunned in a bespoke white lace dress by Alexander McQueen for her appearance at Royal Ascot





Kate shares a joke with Sophie Wessex, who also chose green like her mother-in-law the Queen





Both Prince William and his uncle Prince Edward looked dapper in their top hats and tails





Her Majesty was predicted by the bookies to wear blue, but upset the odds by opting for green instead








The Duchess of Cambridge emulated Princess Diana's revealing white skirt moment in 1980 with her own sheer ensemble at Royal Ascot almost four decades later





A picture perfect pair!









1 of Prince Andrew's daughters from his Ex-Wife Fergie (Sarah Ferguson >BANNED from ALL ROYAL events) > looked a mess, as usual) ;









Princess Beatrice opted for a softer look than her sister in an embellished dress and a dusky pink hat





Kate gets a warm welcome from Zara Tindall who is godmother to her son Prince George





NOTE : Camilla (Queen of Tarts) > No Longer Wears a WEDDING Ring....






The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William steal a quite moment for a chat after the carriage procession






Kate's mother Carole Middleton looked glamorous in pale blue as she made her way to the Royal Enclosure





Carole Middleton, 62, looked incredibly youthful in a pastel blue dress from Goat, teamed with a matching hat





Prince William and Kate prepare to present a trophy to the riders. This year marks their second visit to the festival after making their debut last year





Carole Middleton was joined in the parade ring by her husband Michael, 67, who looked dapper in a top hat and tails





Armed security were seen on patrol to keep guests safe after the recent terror attacks across the UK





The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, (Known as "Queen of TARTS") and Prince Charles present the St James's Palace Stakes during Royal Ascot 2017.


NB: Camilla has NEVER lived with Prince Charles, since she married him .. after Princess Diana's death.





Prince Charles presents the St James's Palace Stakes to jockey James Doyle, during Royal Ascot 2017





Prince Charles cracks a joke as he shares a laugh with jockey James Doyle at the prestigious event
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European Union re: The ROYALs: Princess Diana Limousine Was a DEATH TRAP>Crashed/Repaired TWICE Before

I'm Four! George and His Gap-Toothed Grin: Kate and William Release Adorable Portrait of the Prince as They Prepare to Celebrate His Birthday at Home After a Helicopter Ride Treat on Their Whirlwind Royal Tour

  • A new image of Prince George has been released ahead of his fourth birthday which is on Saturday
  • Taken by royal photographer Chris Jackson, the picture shows the young royal's gap-toothed grin
  • George and Charlotte joined their parents on their tour of Europe this week but returned home today
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For a boy about to say goodbye to his toddler years and whose destiny is to be king, it is a first lesson in royal one-upmanship – and it won't be the last.
After playing second fiddle all week to his younger, dazzling sister Charlotte, Prince George steps into the spotlight for his own close-up. And what a commanding performance he gives.

Today is George's fourth birthday, traditionally a significant milestone along the road from infancy to boyhood. And to mark the occasion a new official photo has been issued by Kensington Palace.





This new image was released to celebrate Prince George's fourth birthday. He was wearing a £42 striped blue shirt from the British children's brand Amaia.


It captures all the charm and changing shape – complete with gaps between the milk teeth – that comes with being four years old. The photo, which was taken at Kensington Palace at the end of June, shows just how much he has grown since his last birthday portrait.

Taller and slimmer and with a bright-eyed beaming smile that is so reminiscent of his father at the same age, it is easy to understand why his proud parents were keen to release the picture as George's birthday portrait.

Wearing a collarless striped shirt and a cheeky grin, you recognise instinctively that this is George as his parents see him.

Photographer Chris Jackson, who is married to Kate's personal assistant Natasha Archer, said he was 'thrilled and honoured' to have been asked to take the picture, adding: 'He is such a happy boy and certainly injects some fun into a photoshoot.'

Earlier this week on their foreign tour George was fidgety, shy and tugged distractedly at his father's hand, while Charlotte was acting like, well, a princess. She smiled, she accepted a bouquet of flowers and, bless her, she even performed a wobbly, two-year-old's curtsey.

But yesterday the delightful displays of royal showmanship, played out on the red carpets at airports in Poland and Germany, were reversed.









George (pictured top on Friday in Hamburg) looks strinkingly similar to Prince William (& pictured in 1986) when he was four years old


This time George was centre stage for a pre-birthday treat as he took a peek inside a helicopter – just like the one Dad flies as an air ambulance pilot back home – while Charlotte threw a tantrum after a tumble on the tarmac. Somehow, this was back to the usual domestic order of things in the Cambridge household. For George normally is the polite, well-mannered sibling – and Charlotte the chubby-cheeked mischievous one he tries to keep a kindly eye on.

Like his father, George is destined to become one of the most watched, most photographed and most talked about figures of the century. Already, he has an internet following courtesy of the 'Prince George of Cambridge Fan Club'.

George will come of age in 2031 but it may be decades before he comes to the throne. Even so, tradition will continue and at his coronation, as King George VII, he will be draped in ancient robes and taken by horse-drawn carriage to Westminster Abbey for the time-honoured oaths and historic vows of monarchy.

It is a curious destiny and it is why, when so much of his future is mapped out, his mother and father are determined that he is free to enjoy these early years just like any other child.

Birthdays and anniversaries are as central to their thinking as ensuring the family spend as much time together wherever possible. This was why the couple insisted that when undertaking official engagements overseas the children, if possible, must come too.





Walking hand-in-hand across the tarmac, the Cambridges were given a royal send-off by the CEO of Airbus Helicopters Wolfgang Schoder. The family were all perfectly colour-coordinated in shades of pink and purple





George has been accompanying his parents and little sister on a tour of Poland and Germany





George and his sister Charlotte went to Germany with their parents this week on a whirlwind royal tour


In the process, old royal rules, such as heirs to the throne flying in separate planes, have been relaxed. No one questioned William's decision to travel with both George and Charlotte this week as happened a generation ago when Diana had to accept that her sons could not routinely fly with her and Charles.

Back in 1986, when William turned four, his parents were constantly on and off planes as they travelled to Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Austria. Only once did William and Harry join them – for a holiday in Majorca.

George's first four years have certainly yielded some memorable images. Sitting good as gold at his sister's christening. Attired in the pale gold pantaloons of a pageboy at his aunt Pippa's wedding. Being supervised on a rocking chair by US President Barack Obama, and standing on a pile of books in that landmark photograph of the Queen and three future kings.


William was quite a handful himself at the same age. At nursery school, he became known as 'Basher Wills' or 'Billy the Basher' – although at home it was always Wombat, the family nickname.

Certainly, despite his touch of red carpet timidity this week, George abounds in that same paternal self-confidence at home in Norfolk and at the nearby nursery school he has been attending.

While he does not have the extrovert personality of his father at four, it may be that he has more in common with his paternal grandfather at the same age. Prince Charles was a quiet, shy and thoughtful child, though in possession of exquisite, if rather formal, manners.





George will celebrate his fourth birthday in London after visiting Germany and Poland on a royal tour with his parents





This adorable photograph was taken by the Duchess of Cambridge and released to mark Princess Charlotte's second birthday in May this year






Birthday pictures of Prince George and Princess Charlotte are often taken by their mother. This photo was taken on George's third birthday at the family home in Norfolk


The young Prince Charles was not a complete goody-goody and once slipped an ice cube down an unsuspecting footman's neck.


George's great, great grandfather, George VI – after whom he was named – was also by a nature a reserved boy, prone to tears.

Prince George, of course, is also blessed by the middle-class bloodline of his mother's Middleton family. For all her determination to be a hands-on mother, Kate continues to rely hugely on her own mother Carole and it is her influence that is key in George's early days.

Take, for example, the new school George will start at in September, Thomas's, a family-run £6,100-a-term co-ed in Battersea.


It is no coincidence that at the same age, Kate was sent to mixed St Andrew's School, in Pangbourne, Berkshire. Kate is understood to have warmly approved of Thomas's core values of kindness, courtesy and confidence – and recognised them from her own schooldays.

William's switch from nursery to pre-prep Wetherby at the age of four also coincided with a major upheaval in his life that George will not have to cope with – the loss of his much-loved nanny.





Prince George has a very similar look to a young Prince William, sharing the same blonde hair. Pictured: Prince William on his second birthday in 1984





Prince George at his family's home in Norfolk on his third birthday. This image was shared widely by royal fans this time last year





Prince George offers Lupo the dog an ice cream while sitting on the grass in Norfolk as images were released for his third birthday


Princess Diana used the switch to remove nanny Barbara Barnes from the Kensington Palace nursery. This was due to a fundamental disagreement between the princess and the nanny over the lenient way she thought Barbara was handling William. But it was a profound shock for the young prince, who was devoted to the woman he knew as Ba-ba.


There is no danger of George's Spanish-born Norland nanny Maria Borrallo suffering the same fate. She has been with the family since 2014 and has a strong bond with both children but especially Charlotte, who has the easy-going confidence of many second-born children.

The move from rural Norfolk to London will also mean a change in many of the things George has taken for granted.

He has a curiosity for all things from the natural world. Cows and sheep graze in the pastures near to Anmer, and he adores visits to the Snettisham Farm animal park, petting lambs and running after the ducks.

He is also a great hugger – a chip off his late grandmother's block – and went through a phase of running up to older children and hugging them.





George's grumpy behaviour on the European tour has delighted royal watchers who found the young royal adorable





The Cambridge family will be based at Kensington Palace in London, rather than at their Norfolk mansion Anmer Hall for George's birthday. Pictured: A family portrait from October 2015


Visits to the seaside at Brancaster, where Diana's family used to have a beach hut, will become a less regular treat, although the family will continue to base themselves in Norfolk at weekends and during the holidays.

George's liking for the outdoors is expected to be reflected in today's birthday presents. One family friend made inquiries about a butterfly garden kit (which includes a net and glass container) so George can watch the transformation of chrysalids into butterflies.

There might also be pond-dipping paraphernalia – he is fascinated by the creepy-crawlies in grandparents Middletons' Berkshire pond – and a first microscope. A left-hander like his father, George is good at building objects and construction toys are bound to feature among his gifts.

Other presents may include an addition to his collection of Hornby model trains which the royals joke are 'a lot more reliable than Southern Rail'. Also, a toy walkie-talkie because he likes the real ones his bodyguards use.

Bearing in mind the Middletons run a party-planning business, it's certain that George's tea party will be everything and more a four-year-old can dream of.

After all the excitement of his European travels, George will today wake up in his own bed knowing that the spotlight will be his alone. As he grows older, this is something he will increasingly become accustomed to.


It's All Smiles From George as He Gets a Helicopter Tour as a Birthday Treat in Hamburg

By Tom Kelly in Hamburg


It was a birthday treat fit for a prince – and enough to bring a long-awaited smile to his face.

Prince George beamed with joy yesterday as he excitedly clambered aboard two helicopters.

The aircraft, worth £12million, were arranged as an early birthday treat for 'helicopter crazy' George, who turns four today.





The little royal looked beside himself as he was given a tour of the ****pit and all the controls inside the helicopter. The family are saying Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland after a hugely successful royal tour

Birthday boy! Adorable George was even allowed a turn in the ****pit before leaving Hamburg for the UK. The three-year-old looked smart in a red check shirt with navy shorts and immaculately-polished booties




Yesterday George seemed beside himself with excitement as William gave him and sister Charlotte a guided tour of the aircraft


The youngster jumped into the ****pit and, with the help of his father, tried on a helmet. William was seen showing his son how to open and close the door. The duke flies one of the models on display, the H145 helicopter, in his job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Antoine van Gent, head of flight testing at Airbus, said: 'The duke was very relaxed showing his children the aircraft he uses.

'George was excited. With the first helicopter he wanted to sit in the ****pit and then he wanted to sit in the next one – he already knew there was a difference between them. Charlotte asked her mother if she could push a button and the duchess glanced at us and asked if it was OK, and we said yes.'





Prince George looked set to follow in his pilot father's footsteps on Friday as he took a peek at the interior of a H145 and H135 before waving goodbye to the German city and heading home
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Unhappy Re: The ROYALs Thread: Princes William/Harry's Regret of Last Call with Princess Dian

'Anyone Else Want to Reach into the TV and Give Them a Hug?': Viewers' Emotion as Harry and William Reveal How They Struggled to Cope After the Death of Their Mother

  • William and Harry spoke about losing their mother and coping after she died
  • Their candid interviews gave way to an outpouring of emotion from viewers
  • Celebrities pay tribute to the princess ahead of 20th anniversary of her death
  • Programme achieved 6.8 million average with a peak of 7.4 million
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William and Harry's candid confessions about struggling to cope after the death of their mother led to an outpouring of emotion from viewers last night.

Millions tuned in to ITV to watch the brothers discuss the gap left in their lives as they came to terms with growing up without a mother.

The moving documentary struck a chord with viewers as the pair relived their grief and spoke to friends of Princess Diana, including Elton John, and shared memories ahead of the 20th anniversary of her death.






Millions tuned in to ITV to watch the brothers discuss the gap left in their lives as they came to terms with growing up without a mother.


In the ITV documentary Diana, Our Mother the princes spoke honestly about their relationship with Diana and their 'still raw' grief at her death.

And viewers were left emotional as the royals revealed never seen before pictures of the princess as she attempted to give them a 'normal' childhood.

Celebrities led the way as they praised the pair. Presenter Fearne Cotton tweeted she was an 'emotional wreck' watching the show.

The programme was watched by 7.4m UK viewers at its peak, and 6.8 million on average.

Meanwhile actress and writer Sarah Solemani said she was feeling 'unapologetically emosh'.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell - whom Diana invited to Kensington Palace as a surprise for a 12-year-old William - tweeted: 'Thinking of Prince William and Prince Harry. A beautiful mother in and out.'

And Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan tweeted: 'Never met a more beguiling, mischievous, passionate & complex woman. Loved her.'

The ITV documentary was the first and last time William and Harry will speak candidly about their mother.





The Duke of Cambridge admitted speaking openly about his mother for the documentary about her life was 'daunting' at first but the process has been a 'healing' one





The ITV documentary was the first and last time William, and Prince Harry, will speak candidly about their mother.






Singer Elton John appeared in the ITV documentary to talk about Diana - his longtime friend - and her support for those with HIV and AIDs.


William and Harry said they wanted to speak publicly to pay tribute to their mother, ahead of the 20th anniversary of her death in August 1997, and to protect her memory.

The 20th anniversary of her death will be marked with a statue of Diana erected in a place she knew well, the public gardens of her former home Kensington Palace.

Prince William said he wanted people to see 'the warmth, the humour and what she was like as a mother', and of the brothers' desire to see her legacy 'live on in our work'.

The film opened with a love letter from two little boys to the adored mother they lost so suddenly.

Many viewers said they wanted to give the princes 'a hug' while others praised their bravery adding the pair were 'Diana's greatest legacy'.


NEW DOCUMENTARY:

In their most extensive and honest television interview to date, the Duke and Prince speak fondly of their childhood with one of the world’s most-photographed women, in the hopes of introducing the real her to a new generation.

The Duke, who now has two children of his own, discloses how he is keeping his mother’s memory alive by having many photos of her around his home and telling them stories about Princess Diana, and he also shares the weird and wonderful pranks the “naughty” princess loved to play on her sons.



Speaking in an interview, the Duke described his last conversation with her, while she was in Paris and he was at Balmoral with his father, the Prince of Wales, and the wider Royal family.


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"All I do remember is probably, you know, regretting for the rest of my life how short the last phone call with her was"

“At the time Harry and I were running around minding our own business, you know, playing with our cousins and having a very good time,” he said.

Prince Harry continued:

“As a kid I never enjoyed speaking to my parents on the phone.
We spent far too much time speaking on the phone rather than speaking to each other, because of just the way the situation [the divorce] was."

“And the phone rang and off he [William] went to go and speak to her sort of for five minutes.” The Duke said: “And I think Harry and I were just in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know, see you later and we’re going to go off."


“If I’d known now obviously what was going to happen I wouldn’t have been so blasé about it and everything else. “But that phone call sticks in my mind quite, quite heavily.”



Prince William, Prince Harry's Regrets about Final Phone Call with Diana;






Now aged 35 and 32, the brothers said they wanted to make the documentary to celebrate her life, remind people who she was and introduce her, in their own way, to a new generation.


They admit that talking so openly about their mother, the divorce and her death, had been “cathartic” but insist that they “won’t speak as openly or publicly about her again.”

The boys both express regrets about the last conversation they had with her on the phone in August 1997, cutting it short to they could go and play.

The Duke of Cambridge compared the news of her death to “an earthquake” while Prince Harry revealed he had only cried twice since she died, admitting that “there's a lot of grief that still needs to be let out."

The brothers are understood to have personally called many of their mother’s closest friends and aides to ask them to take part in the documentary, that comes almost 20 years after her death.

As a result, the film also features the Princess's brother, Earl Spencer, Sir Elton John, William Van Straubenzee, Lady Carolyn Warren and Anne Beckwith-Smith, her lady-in-waiting.



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'Our Mother had a great sense of humour and sometimes could be a naughty Mummy'



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NEW PHOTOs Found Recently by the Two Princes
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The intimate family snaps, found in a personal photograph album belonging to the princess, had been packed away and was only discovered by the princes earlier this year.





While Harry poses confidently, hands on hips, his brother squints at the photographer, thought to be their mother.


The brothers laugh about the princess’s penchant for dressing them up in “bizarre” costumes, which they admit leaves them bemused to this day.








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“We won’t speak as openly and publicly about her again, because we feel that hopefully this film will provide the other side: from her closest family and friends, that you might not have heard before, from those who knew her best, and those who want to protect her memory and want to remind people of the person she was.

"The warmth, the humour, and what she was like as a mother.




The princes were just children when their mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash. Getty Images



"Harry and I feel very strongly that we want to celebrate her life, and this is a tribute from her sons to her.” Sitting down with Prince Harry to look at photographs and talk about memories, he added, had been “cathartic”, he said:
“It's been at first quite daunting opening up so much to camera, but going through this process has been quite healing as well.”

As well as her sons, the film also features Diana’s brother Earl Spencer, who speaks frankly about how the bitter divorce of their parents affected her, Sir Elton John, who campaigned with her and sang at her funeral, and a host of friends including William Van Straubenzee, Lady Carolyn Warren and Anne Beckwith-Smith.

The Duke and Prince have also taken part in a BBC documentary, due out later this year and focusing specifically on the week following the Parisian car crash.

They last month marked Diana's birthday by rededicating her grave at Althorp, the Spencer family home, and will commemorate the anniversary of her death in August.

"We want her legacy to live on in our work, and we feel this is an appropriate way of doing that,” said the Duke.

"To remind not only the people who knew her, but also you have to remember this is 20 years ago now that she died and there are people who don't even know about her.

"We want to share the happiness and the warmth of her and what she was like as a person with a wider audience, and so came the documentary. "I hope you enjoy it."


The Family Album





Princes William and Harry taking part in the documentary Credit: ITV



The documentary opens with the Duke and Prince leafing though Diana's photograph album, only recently rediscovered at home and full of picture of them as children.

Prince Harry, who stars in many of them, told William:

"Part of me never really wanted to look at them and part of me was waiting to find the right time where we could sit down and look at them together. One shows him on his first day of school, while another captures a beach holiday, where he is hugged tightly by Diana.

She would just engulf you and squeeze you as tight as possible," he recalled, speaking to camera.
"And being as short as I was then, there was no escape, you were there and you were there for as long as she wanted to hold you.



"Even talking about it now I can feel the hugs that she used to give us and I miss that. I miss that feeling, I miss that part of a family, I miss having that mother to be able to give you those hugs and give you that compassion that I think everybody needs."


The Queen’s Worries

The Queen, the documentary reveals, was so concerned about Diana in her low points that she took a friend aside quietly at Balmoral to check on her welfare.
Harry Herbert, whose father was the 7th Earl of Carnarvon and racing manager to the Queen, said:

“I had a talk to the Queen about it at Balmoral.
“The Queen wanted to talk to me about it because she was so worried about Diana.

“After a lunch at Balmoral and going [on a walk] up high and looking down onto this beautiful setting of heather and Castle, and an incredibly important chat. A very personal chat.

“And the Queen wanted to know how was Diana feeling, and was it as bad as it was?
“It was a sad discussion, a sad moment really because that was everything at its worst.”

But he said, he had visited Diana at home in Kensington Palace when she was struggling, and even then her face would “light up” when her sons came “thundering” into her room.


Divorce

Before the trauma of Diana’s death, Prince William and Prince Harry endured the fall-out from her divorce from the Prince of Wales, finalised in 1996 after a long and very public battle between their parents.

“There was the point of where our parents split and the two of us were bouncing between the two of them and we probably didn’t...we never saw our mother enough or we never saw our father enough,” Prince Harry said.

“You know there was a lot there was a lot of travelling and a lot of fights on the back seat with my brother, of which I would win.

“So there was all of that to contend with. And I don’t pretend that we’re the only people to have to deal with that. But it was, it was an interesting way of growing up.”


Diana’s Legacy

Exploring Diana’s main causes, from HIV awareness to homelessness, the film also reveals her final, incomplete, challenge: landmines.

Prince Harry tells how he found a “whole series” of letters, around a month ago; dated August 31 and waiting for her to sign them.

“She knew exactly what needed to be done,” he youngest son said.
“She was writing letters to certain people to say right,, this is what needs to happen in order for this whole sort of tidal wave to change.

“And it’s only recently over the years that I’ve actually really understood the effect that she was having in those areas and on an international scale as well.”

In the film, he speaks with two young victims of landmines in Bosnia, telling them they had seen his mother more recently than he had.
She had spent time with them after learning they had been injured by mines, going on holiday to Paris just a few weeks later while Prince Harry was at Balmoral.


Their Childhood Outfits

In a light-hearted moment, Prince Harry speaks with mock-fury about the outfits he was compelled to wear as a child, saying he would love to ask his mother why she chose them.

The two young boys were regularly photographed in an array of elaborate and old-fashioned clothes, often matching.

“I genuinely think that she got satisfaction out of dressing myself and William up in the most bizarre outfits,” he said.
“Normally matching. It was weird shorts and, like, little sort of shiny shoes with the old clip on. Looking back at the photos it just makes me laugh. “I just think ‘how could you do that to us’.”

One by one, he said, the Princes began to rebel, with William first refusing to match his brother and then Harry taking a stand.

“So I like to think that she had great fun in dressing us up,” he said. “I’m sure that wasn’t it, but I sure as hell am going to dress my kids up the same way.”


A Normal Life

Diana, her sons said, tried valiantly to teach them about a normal life, despite the privileges of their upbringing.


“She made the decision that no matter what, despite all the difficulties of growing up in that limelight and on that stage, she was going to ensure that both of us had as normal life as possible,” said Prince Harry.
“And if that means taking us for a burger every now and then, or sneaking us into the cinema, or driving through the country lanes with the roof down of her old-school BMW listening to Enya I think it was...All of that was part of her being a mum”.


Diana, the Prankster

If she strove for a normal life, Diana’s love of pranks was anything but ordinary.
Described as a “total kid through and through” by Prince Harry, the late princess’, she attempted to embarrass her sons at every opportunity, from sending rude cards to them at school to roping in supermodels to help her.

Prince William told how he once returned home, aged 12 or 13, to find pin-ups Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell waiting for him at the top of the stairs.

“I went bright red and didn’t quite know what to say and sort of fumbled, and I think I pretty much fell down the stairs on the way up,” he said

“I was completely and utterly sort of awestruck. But that was a very funny memory. That’s lived with me forever.”

At other time, he said, she would post him “the rudest cards you can imagine” to boarding school, leaving him in fear of being spotted by a teacher.


Prince Harry recalled how she would smuggle sweets into their socks when she came to watch them playing football, saying they would walk back to their tuck box with their clothes “bulging” with treats.


If she worried about her sons following in her footsteps, it appears she did not show it.

Prince Harry said:

“One of her mottos to me was: ‘you can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught’.


Granny Diana

If she excelled as a mother, Diana would have been an “absolute nightmare” as a grandmother, Prince William joked, as he discloses how he tries to keep her memory alive.

Saying he is “constantly” mentioning “Granny Diana” at home, he has also mounted more photographs so that Prince George and Princess Charlotte learn about her.

“It’s hard because obviously Catherine didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that level of detail,” he said.

“So I do regularly put George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers - there were two grandmothers - in their lives.”

Asked how she would be like had she lived to enjoy the next stage of her family life, he added:
“She’d be a nightmare grandmother, absolute nightmare. She’d love the children to bits, but she’d be an absolute nightmare.

“She’d come and go and she’d come in probably at bath time, cause an amazing amount of scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place and then leave.

“I want to make as much time and effort with Charlotte and George as I can because I realise that these early years particularly are crucial for children, and having seen, you know, what she did for us.”


An Earthquake

Diana’s death, Prince William said, was like an “earthquake”, running through their lives with such shockwaves that it took a while to sink in.

“There’s not many days that go by that I don’t think of her, you know - sometimes sad, sometimes very positively,” he said.

“You know, I have a smile every now and again when someone says something and I think that’s exactly what she would have said, or she would have enjoyed that comment.
“So they always live with you people you lose like that. And my mother lives with me every day.”

Prince Harry acknowledge it “has been hard and it will continue to be hard”, added:

“There’s not a day that William and I don’t wish that she was still around, and we wonder what kind of a mother she would be now, and what kind of a public role she would have, and what a difference she would be making. “You know, and of course as a son I would say this, she was the best mum in the world.”


The programme, 'Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, was broadcast on ITV.


Producers approached Kensington Palace more than a year ago, seeking permission for a programme to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death. They were invited to meet the princes and discussed Diana’s legacy, but also their personal memories.

And Prince Harry himself was almost reduced to tears by the new film about his mother.

He called producers after seeing it and said:

‘I nearly cried several times watching it back.’

The prince admitted his grief was ‘still raw’, but praised the film as ‘brilliant’.



Prince William and Prince Harry Recall ‘Diana, Our Mother’ In New Documentary





The Unseen Diana




My Mother Diana (Royal Family FULL Documentary)






HISTORY

Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances 1961 –1997), was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II.

Diana was born into a family of British nobility with royal ancestry and was the fourth child and third daughter of John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and the Honourable Frances Roche.

She grew up in Park House, situated on the Sandringham estate, and was educated in England and Switzerland. In 1975—after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer—she became known as Lady Diana Spencer. She came to prominence in February 1981 when her engagement to Prince Charles was announced.

Her wedding to the Prince of Wales was held at St Paul's Cathedral on 29 July 1981 and reached a global television audience of over 750 million people. During her marriage, Diana was Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, and Countess of Chester.
The marriage produced two sons, the princes William and Harry, who were then respectively second and third in the line of succession to the British throne. As Princess of Wales, Diana undertook royal duties on behalf of the Queen and represented her at functions overseas.

She was celebrated for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. She was involved with dozens of charities including London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, of which she was president from 1989.

Diana remained the object of worldwide media scrutiny during and after her marriage, which ended in divorce on 28 August 1996. Media attention and public mourning were extensive after her death in a car crash in a Paris tunnel on 31 August 1997 and subsequent televised funeral.


After her death the Royal family removed her official titles of HER ROYAL HIGHNESS and
Princess of Wales. They should NOT have been removed as she was the mother of a future KING.
END



Lady Diana, Princess of Wales




Fresh-faced: Diana flashes a smile for the camera in one of the never-before-seen images, taken in the early 1980s.


(Diana secretly recorded hours of tapes pouring out her despair over her imploding marriage to Charles:
Soul-baring audio in the tapes reveals her bulimia began when Prince
Charles told her she was 'a bit chubby')


The tapes reveal Diana had written a letter to her brother. saying she had knowledge that Prince Charles and the establishment wanted to 'SILENCE HER' and that she was going to be killed in a car accident, which may have the brakes tampered with.

The tapes also reveal many other things and how the inquest into
her death was 'fixed' and why parts of her body were removed before it was embalmed, to hide her pregnancy with Dodi, who was a Muslim.

> Channel 4 from the UK will show a documentary airing the tapes, around the end of August 2017.






Country pursuits: Princess Diana, left, and Prince Charles, centre, look out across the field.






Diana once said:

'I was constantly polite, constantly civil. I was never rude. I never shouted. But I cried like a baby to the four walls. I just couldn’t cope with it. I cried because I got no support from Charles'.



RIP Diana, Queen of Hearts;




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Kate Shines in Same White Dress She Wore to Charlotte's Baptism as She and Wills Join Belgium's Queen Mathilde at the Menin Gate to Mark The Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Belgian royals to mark 100 years since Battle of Passchendaele
  • Prince Charles and Theresa May also marking centenary of battle between Allied Troops and German forces
  • Prince William gave a speech at the Menin Gate monument in Ypres, Belgium, as the daily Last Post played
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The Duke of Cambridge last night led official commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.



William spoke at the Menin Gate monument in Ypres, Belgium, as the daily Last Post was played ahead of today's centenary of the start of the bloody First World War British assault.

Flanked by the Duchess of Cambridge and Philippe and Mathilde, the King and Queen of the Belgians, he said Britain and Belgium 'stand together' to remember those killed during weeks of heavy fighting in the summer and autumn of 1917.




From left: Theresa May, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, King Philippe (third right) and Queen Mathilde (second right) watch as the poppies fall from the roof of the Menin Gate



The British and Belgian royals chatted animatedly as they left the ceremony marking the centenary of the bloody battle



William arrived looking smart in a royal blue suit, poppy and medals, with Kate looking resplendent in an ivory coat dress with matching hat and grey suede court shoes



The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Belgian Royal family to mark 100 years since Battle of Passchendaele



Theresa May, who is currently enjoying a three week holiday, arrived at Menin Gate for the 100th Anniversary



The King and Queen of the Belgians, Philippe of Belgium and Queen Mathilde, arriving at the commemoration service



Watched by some 200 descendants of those who fought, he said:

'Today, the Menin Gate records almost 54,000 names of the men who did not return home; the missing with no known grave.
'Members of our families; our regiments; our nations; all sacrificed everything for the lives we live today.'

He added: 'During the First World War Britain and Belgium stood shoulder to shoulder. One hundred years on, we still stand together, gathering as so many do every night, in remembrance of that sacrifice.'

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived wearing a white Alexander McQueen coat-dress, and wore a white hat by Lock & Co with her hair in a chignon bun.
She accessorised with a pair of grey pumps and matching clutch bag, finishing the look with pearl earrings and a pearl brooch.

She first debuted the McQueen coat-dress at Princess Charlotte's christening, while the Lock & Co hat is a reprisal from her Trooping the Colour appearance in 2015. The Duchess wore a similar outfit whe she met the Belgian King and Queen in 2014.







The Duchess of Cambridge arrived wearing a white Alexander McQueen coat-dress - which she first debuted at Princess Charlotte's christening in 2015



People were treated to the stunning sight of Cloth Hall in Ypres lit up during the evening performances



Testimony from Allied and German soldiers was also projected onto the side of the imposing Cloth Hall



At a performance in the Market Square of Ypres, Dame Helen Mirren gave a poignant reading



Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon arrived at Market Square in Ypres for the Cloth Hall Light Show



Theresa May with Queen Mathilde of Belgium in Cloth Hall for the event which told the story of the four years of war on the Salient



The Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Mathilde were talking animatedly as they left the Last Post ceremony



(First row, from left) Queen Mathilde of Belgium and King Philippe of Belgium arrive at the Last Post ceremony



William said Britain and Belgium 'stand together' to remember those killed during weeks of heavy fighting in the summer and autumn of 1917



The Duchess of Cambridge arrived wearing a white Alexander McQueen coat-dress, and wore a white hat by Locke with her hair in a chignon bun.



A sombrely dressed Prime Minister Theresa May went to Belgium to start the two-day commemoration of the brutal battle



The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pictured with Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence (right)



Some four thousand people listened to Sunday's poignant Last Post, the 30,752nd time it has been played since 1928



The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales, Prime Minister Theresa May and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon are to attend events in and around Ypres to commemorate the centenary of the 1917 battle



The Prime Minister wore a speckled blue blazer, a feathered hat and a dash of makeup, her skin appeared to glow. She returns from her holidays on 14 August



Prince William and King Philippe: The Royals also later attended a performance in the Market Square of Ypres – with readings from stars including Dame Helen Mirren and War Horse author Michael Morpurgo.


Kate stood between William and a more somberly dressed Prime Minister Theresa May.
They watched as thousands of paper poppy petals, one for every name on the Menin Gate, fluttered to earth from the roof above the gathered crowd.
They included some 200 descendants of those who fought at Passchendaele.

Four thousand people were chosen by a ballot to attend events in Ypres on Sunday and the larger event centres on nearby Tyne Cot military cemetery on Monday.

Sunday's poignant Last Post was the 30,752nd time it has been played since 1928.

The towering Menin Gate in the Belgian town is covered with the names of 54,391 British dead who have no known grave, according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


In just over three months of conflict there were more than half a million casualties - 325,000 Allied soldiers and 260,000 to 400,000 Germans - in the Belgian battlefields.

It was fought between July 31 and November 10 1917 in battlefields that were summed up in poet Siegfried Sassoon's line;

'I died in hell, they called it Passchendaele'.


Those who fought there included Harry Patch, the 'Last Tommy' who died aged 111 in 2009.




The Duke - wearing a poppy and his medals - told the crowd: ‘With the sounding of this bugle call, the two hundred and fifty thousand British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed on the Ypres Salient during the First World War are remembered'



A short walk away from Menin Gate, Ypres' medieval Cloth Hall, which was rebuilt from ruins after the war, was illuminated



In all, 325,000 Allied soldiers and 260,000 Germans were killed or wounded in the battle, officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres, in the West Flanders region of northern Belgium in 1917



Performances and music were set to a backdrop of incredible light projections on the grand Cloth Hall



The silhouettes of soldiers were beamed on to the hall, in remembrance of some 325,000 Allied troops who were killed



As events centred around the hall, there was quiet contemplation from the thousands who had gathered to pay tribute



The battle, fought near Ypres between July 31 and November 10, 1917, saw 325,000 Allied soldiers and 260,000 Germans killed or wounded



Later in the evening there was an outdoor performance telling the story of four years of war and the lives lost in battle


The royals and Mrs May later attended a brief reception at Ypres Cloth Hall, meeting relatives of those killed in the battle.

The duchess spoke to Scottish singer-songwriter Davy Holt, who found out 10 years ago that his great uncle John Kimm is remembered on the Menin Gate.

Mr Holt, from Inverness, who wrote a song about his relative called Hero Of Your Time, said:

'She asked me what his story had done for me.
'I couldn't really understand why my family has spent 90 years not talking about it.
'I decided I would talk about it, and do so by writing a song.'

The evening rounded off with performances in Ypres's Grote Markt square, which features Dame Helen Mirren and journalist Ian Hislop, who introduced a sketch from his First World War play The Wipers Times.
Testimony from Allied and German soldiers was also projected onto the side of the imposing Cloth Hall.



The wreath placed by Prince William at the Menin Gate, in which he paid tribute to those who fought for their country
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Breaking News Re:The ROYALs:Princess Diana Limousine Was a DEATH TRAP>Crashed/Repaired TWICE Before

Diana's Limousine Was a Death Trap Which Had Been Crashed and Repaired TWICE Before - Including Being Rolled 10 Times by a Prisoner Out on Remand'

  • Karim Kazi, a former chauffeur at the Paris limo company, warned bosses about the Mercedes that Diana and Dodi Fayed were driven in
  • He told them it should be sold and warned it became 'unpredictable' to drive
  • He said his worst fears were realised as infomation about former crashes came to light in recent months
Daily Mirror/Daily Mail UK, 5 August 2017.


A chauffeur tried desperately to warn the limousine company that the car Diana was driven in was dangerous - and says the news of the fateful night still haunts him two decades after her death.


Karim Kazi, now a successful businessman, tried to tell the owners of Etoile Limousines that the Mercedes S-280 was 'unpredictable', but was ignored.

Earlier this year, it emerged that the car has been 'totalled' at least once before Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed were passengers in 1997.




The Mercedes-Benz S280 pool car was provided by the Paris Ritz Hotel, owned by Diana's lover Dodi Fayed's father, billionaire businessman Mohamed al-Fayed. It was owned by Etoile Limousines, which provided chauffeurs and cars to the Ritz



The Mercedes in which Princess Diana was driven to her death was a dangerous 'rebuilt wreck' but concerns about its safety were ignored according to new claims


Pascal Rostain, a Paris photographer, told a French radio station that the 'hugely dangerous' car had been stolen and driven into the ground earlier in the year.

'This Ritz car was a wreck. It had crashed before, and been rolled over several times,' he said.

The car was ready to be broken up, but permission was then given to 're-make' it, the photographer claimed.


Now one of the company's former drivers, Mr Kazi, has confirmed this, and said the car had been totalled before then as well.
Mr Kazi told the Mirror:

'The car's steering was not safe. I started pointing out faults with the Mercedes in early 1997, before Diana died. For me, it was a car that did not work very well.


He said that he believed the car was 'an accident waiting to happen' after it was rolled 'up to 10 times' at 100mph by a prisoner out on remand and written off by the insurance company.
He added:
'There was something very wrong with it. When the car sped up, it would lose control. There was no dynamic control, it was certainly risky if driven at more than 60km/h (37mph).




In 2008, a British jury delivered an inquest verdict of unlawful killing caused by Diana's 'grossly negligent' chauffeur Henri Paul (right), who lost control as he raced at up to 120mph through the Alma Tunnel while trying to get away from pursuing photographers. (Left, Diana's bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, who survived)


'Now that the history of the car has come out, it is clear my fears were correct.'

Mr Rostain identified Karim earlier this year and said he had told the bosses at the limo company to sell the car.

Eric Bousquet said he bought the €85,000 car new in September 1994 when he was a 'young advertising executive'.

Three months later, in January 1995, a prisoner out on remand stole the car, and took it on a joyride in the Paris suburbs.

Travelling at speeds of up to 100mph in country lanes, the escapee rolled the two tonne Mercedes around a dozen times, so it ended up on its roof in a field.





At least one of the company's drivers pointed out faults with the car Diana was killed in


The car was considered to be a write-off, and according to Mr Bousquet 'the insurance refunded me the price I paid for it, because it was pretty much new, considering it was a destroyed car, non repairable.
The car was condemned as scrap, but finally recovered by a mechanic who repaired it and then resold it to Etoile Limousines.

Neils Siegel, who worked for the company at the time, said he bought the Mercedes for €40,000, but refused to discuss claims that it was not road worthy.

The M6 programme carried out a crash test on the same model of Mercedes, and a technical expert said it 'should not have remained on the road', despite being re-built.

It was 'not reparable' and 'dangerous', the expert added, as he offered a view that was supported by insurance brokers.


The current owner of the Mercedes is Jean-Francois Musa, 58, the former boss of Etoile Limousines.

A Scotland Yard investigation into conspiracy theories about Diana's death, led by former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Stevens, reported that experts found no problems with the vehicle.

His report, published in 2006, concluded:

'Both the French and British examinations of the Mercedes have shown that there were no mechanical issues with the car that could have in any way caused or contributed to the crash.'
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Update re: The ROYALs: Prince Harry May Move in With Meghan Markle (Suits)

Doing it THEIR Way! Kate and William's Third Pregnancy and Growing Family Shows They are Determined to Defy Royal Convention and Live Like The Middle-Class Middletons.
  • Not since the Queen, who had four children, has a royal prince had more than one sibling
  • Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne each had only two children
  • William might seem to be following the example of his grandmother rather than his father when it comes to parenting.

Mum's The Word! Kate Spends The Day With Mother Carole as She Battles Severe Morning Sickness While World Learns The Duchess is Expecting Her THIRD Baby
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in April or May next year
  • Kate is battling severe morning sickness and cancelled engagement as she spent day with her mother Carole
  • Duchess was hospitalised with Hyperemesis Gravidarum when expecting George and also ill with Charlotte
  • Kate still hopes to take George for his first day of school - aide confirms Duchess will 'do her utmost' to go
  • The Queen is 'delighted' to be having her sixth great-grandchild and Harry gave thumbs up to 'fantastic' news
  • Kate hinted at trying for third and joked in July: 'We'll have to have more babies' after being handed cuddly toy
  • Bookies say Alice is the clear favourite to be chosen as a name if it's a girl, and Arthur or Albert if it's a boy
Daily Mail UK, 5 Sept, 2017.




Kate's mother Carole Middleton was last night seen leaving Kensington Palace in a black Land Rover, where she had spent the day with her daughter...


For this very modern couple, yesterday’s news is further proof of their defiance of recent royal convention and a determination to fashion their lives in the middle-class Middleton way.

Not since the Queen, who had four children, has a royal prince had more than one sibling. Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne each had only two children.

So not for the first time, William might seem to be following the example of his grandmother rather than his father when it comes to parenting.

He admires the conscientious and diplomatic way she has gone about her role as sovereign, a very different style from that of his father, whose views on so many subjects have been broadcast far and wide.

Equally, the Queen is said to see in William a future monarch who will reign in a style not dissimilar to her own.




For this very modern couple, yesterday’s news is further proof of their defiance of recent royal convention and a determination to fashion their lives in the middle-class Middleton way. Handful: Princess Anne with Peter and newborn Zara in 1981



Not since the Queen, who had four children, has a royal prince had more than one sibling. Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne each had only two children. Heirs and a spare: Charles with a young William and Harry


‘William is much more like his grandmother than his father in the way he is so much less fussy and extravagant than the Prince of Wales – and that suits her own understated tastes far better,’ says a figure close to the Royal Family.

But it would be wrong to think that this was all just about William following in the footsteps of his grandmother’s generation.

For her part, Kate is the product of a three-child family and the closeness between her, as the eldest, and her sister Pippa and brother James undoubtedly appealed to William.

In the early days of their romance, the prince first discovered the joys of visiting the Middleton family home at Bucklebury, Berkshire, where everyone mucked in and did things together. This was so different from his own experience growing up with a mother and father leading separate lives in separate homes.

Now that William and Kate have reached this third child mile-stone, it will be fascinating over the coming years to see how this future monarch and his queen will combine the heavy demands of duty with those of a very young family.

No royal couple has ever had such a challenging future – maintaining historical tradition while being very much part of a fast moving, modern world.


Having finished his job as an air ambulance pilot and with his only role now as a full-time royal, William will be under pressure not to sacrifice his official duties in favour of time in the nursery. In other words no paternity leave – or at least a short one.

One old friend says: ‘It wouldn’t surprise me if Kate’s attitude to William is: “Look, let me get on with the family and you do the work.” Although, because of her illness, he will want to make himself available for her.’




Prince George, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince William in a photograph taken at Kensington Palace...



There is also already debate at how William and Kate’s news might affect Prince Charles’s reported desire to slim down the Royal Family. Two of a kind: Andrew with Beatrice and Eugenie in 1997...


Another knock-on effect will inevitably involve Prince Harry.

Not only will the arrival of a third niece or nephew push him further down the line of succession to number six, he will hope it may also distract attention from his deepening relationship with American actress Meghan Markle.

There is also already debate at how William and Kate’s news might affect Prince Charles’s reported desire to slim down the Royal Family.

‘If anything, the duchess’s pregnancy will actually speed matters up in that area,’ says a courtier intriguingly.
‘When Charles comes to the throne, the monarchy will be concentrated on him, his sons and their children. Figures such as Prince Andrew and his daughters will occupy peripheral roles at best.’

By most standards of modern relationships, William and Kate’s progression from dating to parenting has been leisurely.

By the time she had given birth to Prince George, Kate had been with William for 12 years. Such slow progress wasn’t exactly the rush of blue blood normally associated with royal marriages.




This week, Prince George starts at school in London, the major event which lay behind his parents’ decision to give up their life in rural Norfolk and move back to Kensington Palace. Royal family: Edward and wife Sophie with Louise and James...


Kate had her first baby at 31. At that age, William’s mother, Princess Diana, had separated from Charles and was making a new life for herself. Indeed, poignantly, by the time Kate gives birth, she will be 36, the age at which Diana, tragically, lost her life.

William also knows how much Diana longed for a third child, particularly a daughter that she hoped would restore her family happiness.

It is hard to think that, back when William chose as his bride a middle-class girl, some doubted the match and cruelly mocked the fact her mother was a former air hostess.
The truth is that Kate has risen brilliantly to the challenge.

Those cynics were silenced by the Queen, whose fondness for William and Kate is such that she has frequently included the Middleton family in domestic royal gatherings.

Meanwhile, the couple have to adapt their daily routine to manage their new life.

This week, Prince George starts at school in London, the major event which lay behind his parents’ decision to give up their life in rural Norfolk and move back to Kensington Palace.

It seems unlikely that they will uproot their family again to return to the countryside for the new baby’s early years, however much they may yearn to do so.




In 1968, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are seen with Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew & Prince Edward



The Queen’s father, George VI, was one of six and Queen Victoria had nine children. In 1968: Princess Margaret holding Sarah and David


And then there is the question of how William himself will deal with the new arrival. Two years ago he took six weeks paternity leave from his job as an air ambulance pilot – and was apparently surprised by the criticism he received.
Now, he will be under pressure not to sacrifice his official duties in favour of time in the nursery.

Indeed, many of us were surprised that the couple’s news came just days after palace officials had revealed details of the Cambridges’ autumn schedule, which is thought to include a short tour to Scandinavia.

‘The couple have always put family first and it will be interesting to see how they cope with all the new demands of being working royals and having three children under six,’ says a long-term courtier. They are fortunate that they have the full support of the Queen.’

It will also be interesting to see how much help they plan to engage. The couple have been hands-on as far as possible with their children, employing a single nanny and minimum domestic staff.

It has helped, of course, that Kate’s capable mother has also been hugely involved. As a mother of three, she remains a powerful influence over Kate’s choices for her family.




Kate had her first baby at 31. At that age, William’s mother, Princess Diana, had separated from Charles and was making a new life for herself


While Carole and Michael Middleton have provided a precedent for having three children, on the royal side, apart from the Queen, you have to go back before the Second World War to find a large family.

The Queen’s father, George VI, was one of six and Queen Victoria had nine children.


For Kate, pregnancy third time round should hold no real fears. True, there is the toll the pregnancy will take on her physically but she know that, previously, the chronic morning sickness in the early weeks was followed by boundless energy later.

She knows what to expect on a wider level, too. She realises that the arrival of a second son or daughter will trigger an avalanche of public affection — and that the joy of anticipation will be shared by millions around the world.

She will remember fondly how it was William who swept aside royal protocol to allow her to adjust to pregnancy and mother-hood with a degree of privacy that was missing when Princess Diana gave birth to him and his brother Harry.

And she will be sure he does the same again this time for her and her new prince or princess.
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Update Re: The ROYALs: Prince Harry May Move in With Meghan Markle (Suits)

'Giving up The Biggest Role of Her Career Would Mean a lot' > Meghan Markle 'Considering Her future' on Suits Amid Claims She is 'Moving in With Prince Harry'

Daily Mail UK, 7 Oct 2017.


Meghan Markle is said to be weighing up her long-term future on hit show Suits amid claims she is poised to move in with boyfriend Prince Harry.


The American actress, 36, found fame as feisty paralegal Rachel Zane on the popular US drama, but with the show primarily filmed on location in Canada she is reportedly ‘considering her future’ as her relationship with London based Harry, 33, gathers momentum.

A source told The Sun: ‘Meghan loved playing Rachel and feels she owes so much to Suits. But Harry can’t move to Toronto, so she’ll have to move eventually if they want to be together.




Decisions: Meghan Markle is said to be weighing up her long-term future on hit show Suits amid claims she is poised to move in with boyfriend Prince Harry


‘Her decision to give up the biggest role of her career would mean a lot.'

Meghan's relationship with Harry has become increasingly serious over recent months, with the actress - who lives in Vancouver - making frequent transatlantic flights to spend time with the Royal at his Kensington Palace home.

Speaking to Vanity Fair in September, she publicly acknowledged their romance for the fist time, admitting they had been dating for months before it was first reported in 2016.

'We're two people who are really happy and in love,' she said.

'We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people's perception.'

The couple made their first public appearance together at Harry's Invictus Games - a paralympic sporting event for wounded, injured or sick army veterans - in October.


And separate sources claim they already have their wedding plans locked down and are as 'good as engaged'.




Opening up: Speaking to Vanity Fair in September, she publicly acknowledged their romance for the fist time, admitting they had been dating for months before it was first reported in 2016.


A well-placed insider revealed the couple have been discussing the idea of marriage for some time.

The source said:

While Meghan may not be wearing a ring or a formal engagement announced, it's fair to say they're as good as engaged now.'

'They've spoken about their marriage plans openly with each other, and friends and family around them are pretty much thinking about wedding attire already!'
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