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Royals Meet the Media


The Queen & The Duchess of Cambridge, both in green as they meet the media.
Pictures from Getty Images

On November 28, Her Majesty opened up the doors of Buckingham Palace to the world’s media to kick start her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. And she was armed with strong royal company. The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen and met with 350 journalists and photographers. Interactions were off-the-record and pictures were limited. Interestingly, Buckingham Palace’s East Gallery was renamed the Tweet Suite for the night for those who wanted to post online messages about the event.

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Olympic Role for William, Kate &  Harry

Watch out for the Olympic power trio!

Prince William, Kate, and Prince Harry are joining forces in promoting the 2012 Games. All three young royals, who enjoy playing and watching sport, will help to rally public support for Britain’s athletes before, ­during and after the Olympics and Paralympics.

William, Kate and Harry are expected to visit team training camps in the run-up to the Games, attend some of the main events in London next ­summer, and champion the search for future Olympic stars. They join an elite group of 27 of this country’s most inspirational medal-winning Olympians as official ambassadors for Team GB and Paralympics GB.

Article: Express

Prince Harry & Chelsy Davy together in 2010

Prince Harry Meets up with Chelsy Davy

Back from training  in the US, Prince Harry bumped into ex-girlfriend (???) Chelsy Davy at The Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial carol concert at St Luke’s Church in Chelsea, London. The pair were seen greeting each other with a friendly hug and kiss as they attended the event of which Harry is a patron for the charity. A large gathering from the royal circle was there. Carole and Pippa Middleton were also present.

After the charity event, Harry & Chelsy met up at The Brompton Club until 2:30am. They went home separately.

Article: Daily Mail
Pictures: Celebrity-Gossip

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Busy Week for the Royals: Remembrance Sunday, Appearances, Deployments, Breakups & Fines

Last week was busy for the royals in terms of appearances and news, which culminated in a moving ceremony at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.

Remembrance Sunday


Her Majesty leads the nation in commemorating the war dead. Pictures by Reuters


The Foreign Office balcony with the Duchess of Cornwall,
the Duchess of Cambridge, & the Countess of Wessex

Photo by Getty Images


Video Coverage in its entirety: (3 parts)



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William & Kate Appearances

In between this month’s appearance in Copenhagen with the Danish royals for Unicef and Remembrance Sunday, we saw the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge in 2 events: (1) a black tie gala for the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal, and (2) a meeting with The Prince’s Charities.

National Memorial Arboretum Appeal

Kate wears a grecian gown for the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal dinner

William & Kate attended a black-tie reception in aid of the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal at St James’s Palace. The Duke launched the appeal, which aims to raise £12 million to develop the Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, into a world-renowned centre for remembrance

The Prince’s Charities Forum

The following day, the Cambridges attended The Prince’s Charities Forum at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly. It is the first time Kate has attended the forum.  It gathers every 2 years.

Prince William to be Posted in the Falklands

We knew it was coming next year, and now it’s confirmed.  The Ministry of Defence announced that the Duke of Cambridge will complete a routine deployment as a RAF search and rescue co-pilot in the Falklands for 6 weeks on February to March 2012.   This will help him obtain his goal of captaincy by next year.  (Article)

The announcement as ruffled feathers in Argentina ahead of next year’s 30th anniversary of the war over the Falklands. (Article)

Kate will not be able to join him for this posting.  However the newlyweds are slated to spend Christmas with the royals at Sandringham (another first for Kate) and celebrate her 30th birthday on January 9.  William will also be back in time for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in June 2012.

Pippa Middleton & Alex Loudon Broke Up

Pippa & Alex kissing after the Boodles Boxing Ball last October

It’s true.  Kate’s little sister is back on the market!  Pippa has reportedly split from financier boyfriend of one & a half years Alex after weeks of blazing rows, including a recent public one during a friend’s wedding. (Original article from The Sun)

The papers are having a field day playing the who-dumped-who game.  Most say it’s a matter of quiet Alex not being able to handle Pippa’s sudden fame after she’s thrown into the international spotlight following her sister’s wedding.  The Daily Mail even wrote a rather snarky article saying Alex’s very discreet parents thought Pippa “sweet” but “not wife material” (I take this article with a grain of salt, as those really in the know would never talk to the press).  On top of that, there are rumblings of a 3rd party in the relationship (Pippa’s side). (Article)

Either way, Pippa is said to be finding comfort from Will & Kate.  She joined Will, Kate and her parents at Birkhall last weekend, where Kate was said to have been practicing her hunting skills in preparation for Sandringham.  And last weekend, word has it that Pippa joined old pal (ex-boyfriend) George Percy on a shooting party in Northumberland.

What’s next from this frenzy? Without a doubt more Pippa-Harry nonsense…

Mike Tindall Sacked from England Rugby Team & Fined £25k for “Serious Misconduct”

It’s a devastating end to the new royal’s career.  Mike Tindall, who married Zara Phillips in July, has been embroiled in a controversy over the World Cup last September when he was seen flirting & kissing a girl in a bar.  Later reports say the blonde was an ex-girlfriend, and that Mike had gone on to a second bar with the same girl.  Zara flew to NZ a few  days later, and all seemed forgiven

However, after a Rugby Football Union investigation of the said night, Mike was slapped with a heavy fine and kicked out of Elite Player Squad.  This will very likely mean the end of his career.  Mike is said to be trying to appeal the fine.

Article: Telegraph

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William & Kate Join Danish Royals for Unicef’s East Africa Appeal

 

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge with Denmark's Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary. Photo from Getty Images

 

It certainly was a significant day as William & Kate joined Danish Royals Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary (who many have likened to Kate for her commoner roots, dark hair, and restrained demeanor) to highlight a crucial cause: the crisis in East Africa.  So before going further, it would be lovely to contribute your bit to Unicef’s fight here: www.eastafricacrisis.org.  Millions of children still need life-saving assistance as famine & disease continue.  Anyone with a credit card can donate.

A day trip to Copenhagen brought the Cambridges with their Danish counterparts.  After lunch at the palace, the royal couples headed to Unicef’s Emergency Supply Centre, a warehouse the size of 3 football pitches that sources, packs & distributes essential supplies for children in East Africa.  There they were briefed about the crisis, helped pack supply kits, and toured the warehouse.

After visiting the Emergency Supply Centre, William & Kate headed to the airport to tour a British Airways plane packed with the said supplies and see it take off for Africa, straight into the children who needed them.

 

 

 

William & Kate were shown this video about the East Africa crisis.  William tastes a peanut butter paste multivitamin given to malnourished children.  Picture: Reuters

Hard hats! A rite of passage for every royal. Photo by Arthur Edwards.

 

 

 

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Royal things to note:

  • Another step forward for Kate as she gives her first interview since their engagement almost a year ago.  Still clearly nervous, but not bad… As William did, she’ll eventually master it with practice.  Video links below.
  • It’s the first time the Cambridges have collaborated with their Danish counterparts.  Much excitement focused on Mary & Kate, who are both commoners marrying a future king; both brunettes; both deemed classy & dignified; and both fashion icons.  And it looks like they hit it off splendidly!
  • Hints of a trip to Africa next year!  Articles point to June, when William is expected to join a charity marathon in Lewa.  How busy can 2012 possibly be?

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Pictures: DayLife | Getty Images | MrRoyals (big pictures)

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The Duchess of Cambridge Does First Solo Engagement

Standing in for Prince Charles at the last minute, Kate carried out her first solo engagement — hosting a charity dinner for 30 people — with poise and ease.  Oh, and on the side, she looked absolutely fantastic!

The Duchess of Cambridge stands in for Prince Charles on her first solo official function

With only 24 hours’ notice, the Duchess of Cambridge represented her father-in-law at a dinner for the charity In Kind Direct, because he was suddenly called to Riyadh to pay his respects to the Saudi Arabian Royal Family following the death of the Crown Prince.Guests at the dinner, held at Clarence House, were informed that Charles was sorry to miss the dinner but was sending his “darling daughter-in-law.” (How sweet of him!) Some sources say he had asked both William & Kate, but William was unable to join due to his RAF duties.

So Kate steps in… and surprises the royal watching world for going solo much earlier than anticipated (we expected next year).  She wore an aqua Amanda Wakeley gown that showed a little bit more skin than we’re used to.  Her hair was half-up, half-down.  She looked sensational!

“You would never know it was her first solo engagement. It was as if she had been trained by the Prince of Wales,” the charity’s chief executive Robin Boles says. “She was completely natural, professional and charmed everyone. She spoke to every single guest and was genuinely interested, and interested in continuing to help.”

“She was unbelievable. It was as if she had been doing this her whole life. She charmed every person in the room. I took her round and she spoke to everyone. She is as lovely as she is beautiful. She hadn’t known about In Kind Direct but she was already willing to be an advocate for our work.”

In Kind Direct was founded by Charles to encourage companies to donate surplus goods to charities, either for use by them or for their charitable work.

“She said she had already called her mum to tell her about us in case Party Pieces [the family's children's party company] had surplus products.”

Adds a Palace aide: “She was so pleased that her first solo engagement was for the Prince of Wales, who has shown her so much support over the years.”

Articles: The Standard | People | Mirror

Two “side plots” evolved around Kate’s first solo engagement: (1) revelation that she has a childhood surgical scar in her left temple, and (2) survival from the first pregnancy rumour.

Childhood Scar. What’s that 3-inch line on Kate’s head?  Her half-up, half-down do revealed a white line that prompted the Daily Mail (rather insensitively & irresponsively) to call out that she was wearing hair strip extensions to give it more volume.  Clarence House clarified this.  No, they were not hair extensions.  The line on Kate’s left temple is in fact an old scar from a “serious childhood operation.”  Some reports say it was a childhood injury that resulted in an operation.  Either way, glad to see that Kate survived that.  Head/brain surgeries are always delicate as they run the risk of permanent damage.  To match, Prince William also has a scar  in his left forehead — sustained from a golf club at the age of 13.  What are the chances of that?!!  (Article)

Pregnancy Rumour. The US tabs have been throwing nonsense pregnancy stories for months, but yesterday, UK’s royal reporters went into a tizzy for the first time.  The source? Photog Niraj Tanna, or @IkonPictures in Twitter, who said his source (who “has never been wrong”)  has told him that William & Kate are expecting their first child.  After other royal reporters mentioned the editors’ code of conduct of not speculating on pregnancies until it’s announced, and waiting for at least 3 months before even speculating, @IkonPictures deleted his tweets.  Besides, judging from the pictures last night, Kate definitely did NOT look pregnant.  It would be brilliant if the rumour turned out to be true, but for now, I suspect it’s just the first of many pregnancy false alarms.

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