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William & Kate Dazzle at ARK Charity Gala

Absolutely sparkling! Prince William & Princess Catherine stepped out in their first public function as a married couple in support of the 10th Anniversary Gala for the charity ARK (Absolute Return for Kids). The children’s charity benefit took place in a custom-made marquee at Perks Field, just a stone’s throw from Kensington Palace, where the couple are set to have an apartment as their London home. The charity went on to raise £17.2m by the end of the night.

Prince William made his first public speech since his wedding, launching a four-year collaboration between his own charitable organization, the Foundation of Prince William & Prince Harry, and ARK.

Fashion: William looked smart in his tuxedo, but all eyes were on Kate, who was literally glowing in a powder pink sequin-embellished ballgown by British designer Jenny Packham (website).  You can get the dress here (update: Sorry, already sold out!).  She paired the dress with a pair of pink LK Bennett Agata sandals and carried a Prada clutch.  No doubt her latest choices are currently flying off the shelves.

William & Kate arrive at the ARK charity gala

Another Video: Prince William’s speech at the charity.  Hilarious intro!

Articles: Daily Mail | Telegraph | The Sun
Pictures: Getty Images | My Royals | Rex Features

 

Prince Philip turns 90!

A big, warm birthday greeting to the Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 90 today!  A steadfast beacon and silent partner to the Queen.  Truly a remarkable gem of a royal!

It’s work as usual today for the Duke of Edinburgh. His birthday will be celebrated on June 12 with a church service with the royal family followed by a champagne reception.

Send him a birthday message!

Prince Harry & marriage: “Not for a long time”

Blushing Prince Harry was put on the spot over his intentions towards on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy (are they currently on or off? Latest reports say off). Harry was attending the annual Founder’s Day parade at London’s Royal Hospital – home to the world famous Chelsea Pensioners – when he was caught out by cheeky former soldier William Titchmarsh, who asked: “So when are you getting married then?”

“Not for a long time,” Harry replied. “Who put you up to do that to me?!”

Article: Daily Mail
Pictures: Getty Images

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A Day at the Races

The Royal Family came out in full force to support the Queen’s horse Carlton House at the Epsom Derby yesterday.  Her Majesty has never won the Derby before, and yesterday, despite Carlton House having top betting odds, it was the 10th time unlucky for the Queen.  The horse lost a shoe during the race and finished 3rd.  Bummer!

Top: the trio arrive to cheers; the Queen is not amused with the derby loss
Bottom: Harry leads the royal cheerleaders; picture perfect Princess Catherine

Despite the loss, it was a triumph for the royals, who showed a relaxed and united front.  Best of all was the surprise attendance of so many of them!  Prince Andrew, his daughters Princesses Beatrice & Eugenie, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie arrived at the same time with the Queen and Prince Philip.  Then more than an hour later, the crowd cheered wildly as the coveted trio — William, Kate & Harry — joined them.  Everyone was in good spirits.  The ladies looked beautiful; the men dapper in top hats.  And Princess Catherine, once again, proving an absolute thoroughbred!  To know what Kate wore to the races, follow this site.

Also present (but not in the royal box, of course) was Carole Middleton.  Kate’s family is invested in another horse, Sohraab, who competed (and also lost) in an earlier race.

Got to love this family!  So I got a little carried away with the pictures…

And the newlyweds…

Articles: Daily Mail | News of the World
More Pictures: Getty Images | Rex Features | Zimbio | Belga | MyRoyals

William & Kate

Trooping the Colour rehearsal.  The morning of the Derby, Prince William participated in the Colonel’s Review — a rehearsal for next week’s Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade.  He’s dressed in complete guardsman’s attire — red suit, bearskin hat and all.  Quite a sight for tourists, as hundreds of soldiers were there for the rehearsal.  ( Article | Pictures )

Kensington Palace as London base.  The new Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are moving into a “small” apartment in Kensington Palace (Diana’s former home) temporarily as their London base.  They’ll eventually want a bigger place for the long term.  Their main residence remains their cottage in Anglesey. ( Article )

Pippa Middleton

Fit for a triathlon. While sis and mum were at the Derby, sporty Pippa ran and finished the GE Blenheim triathlon.  She was joined by two male friends, who did the swimming & cycling part.  ( Article & Pictures )

Still with Alex Loudon. According to the Telegraph, rumours that Pippa has split with her boyfriend are just “unsubstantiated gossip” and “inaccurate.” ( Article )

A few articles concerning Pippa this weekend: Pip-pip Hooray (this one actually makes sense)! |  The rise & rise of her Royal Hotness | The Pipparettes — about Pippa’s friends

Chelsy & Harry

Chelsy Davy in Ibiza

Chelsy in Ibiza. We’ve heard that Prince Harry’s on-off girlfriend is on a European road trip with friends while Harry trains as an Apache pilot.  Well, the paps have finally spotted Chelsy — in Ibiza — having lunch with friends.  Red sundress, brown bag, sunglasses, cigarette and all.  ( Pictures: Popsugar | Celebrity-Gossip ).

Off Again? Moreover, several reports claim the on-off couple are, once again, off.  According to Katie Nicholl, Chelsy has been “wild” in Ibiza, and telling people she’s “young, free and single

The Yorks

Princess Eugenie has orthopaedic surgery at 12.  She underwent an 8-hour operation to correct severe scoliosis.  ( Article )

Saving Sarah Ferguson from herself, Oprah style. A preview & behind the scenes article on  Fergie’s upcoming reality series, “Finding Sarah,” which airs June 12. ( Article )

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (Details)

Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation

Today the palace announced details on the much anticipated celebrations of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.  Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate 60 years on the throne this time next year with a 4-day bank holiday weekend from June 2 to June 5, 2012.    The planned events:

Saturday 2nd June, 2012

  • The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby

Sunday 3rd June, 2012

  • The Big Jubilee Lunch: People will be encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends in the form of a traditional street party or a picnic lunch.  Organisers: the Big Lunch.
  • The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: A flotilla with up to 1,000 boats on the Thames, with the Queen leading in the Royal Barge.  Organisers:  Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation

Monday 4th June, 2012

  • BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace:  A televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace.  Tickets are available to UK residents by public ballot. The programme is still under works and is expected to include musicians from the UK and the Commonwealth. Organiser: BBC
  • The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit by communities & individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth. The Queen will light the National Beacon. Organiser: Diamond Jubilee Beacons Ltd.

Tuesday 5th June, 2012

  • Service of Thanksgiving & Carriage Procession: A Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and a formal carriage Procession by The Queen.

Further details on Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee will be released in early 2012
Source: The British Monarchy’s website

Other Royal News:

Pippa Middleton at the French Open 2011

The Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th Birthday.  Prince Philip turns 90 on June 10, 2011.  A church service and reception is scheduled for June 12 at Windsor Castle.  Send him a birthday greeting through the British Monarchy’s website.

Pippa & the Middletons.  Pippa was in the spotlight again earlier this week when she was photographed watching the French Open and clubbing in Paris.  And as expected, the Daily Mail is trying to stir a scandal out of digging into a Middleton employee’s Twitter account and accusing Pippa of exploiting her royal connections for a Paris tennis freebie.  Some tabloids are just ridiculous!

Princess Catherine & Fashion. Another silly point for the Daily Mail for trying to stir a Kate Middleton vs Michelle Obama fashion rivalry, pointing out that Kate’s winning in sales.  Plus how Kate has catapulted the Reiss brand.

Prince William plays polo.  The Duke of Cambridge led his team to victory at the Audi Polo Challenge for charity in Chester yesterday. Pictures here.  Wife Kate chose to stay at home.  William, England’s Football Association president, also released a statement supporting the delay of the FIFA presidential election.  Alas, his efforts were in vain.

Prince Charles & Camilla in Scotland.  The pair is in Scotland visiting various charity projects.  Pictures of Prince Charles in the Scottish Borders & Ayrshire.  And pictures of the Duchess of Cornwall.

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The Queen’s Jubilee… Kate’s Fashion… Security Cuts…

Britons rejoice! We’re looking forward to a four-day weekend next year to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Ministers and Buckingham Palace will announce the official timetable of events marking the monarch’s 60 years on the throne within the week – with highlights including a nationwide Sunday lunch and a river pageant. Putting back the annual May Bank Holiday to Monday, 4 June, next year, and adding a special Jubilee Bank Holiday on Tuesday, 5 June, gives everyone a 4-day weekend. An announcement confirming the plans is expected on Thursday.

Millions are expected to join the celebrations next year, which will begin on Saturday – 2 June. Ministers hope they will kick start a “feelgood” summer which will climax with the Olympic Games in the capital.

Article: Telegraph

Security Cuts hit the Wessexes

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are to lose their team of six protection officers as part of moves to cut the £100 million cost of Royal security. Prince Edward and Sophie are said to be “very unhappy” about the proposal to strip them of police protection when they are not on official engagements. They plan to dispute the decision.

The Wessexes have six protection officers who work on a rolling rota, which costs the taxpayer an estimated £1.15 million a year.  Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have also been reported to lose their personal bodyguards to cut costs, although Prince Andrew is trying to contest the decision due to their HRH status.

Article: Daily Mail

Princess Catherine & Fashion

Princess Catherine meets Michelle Obama

So the Duchess of Cambridge reignited a buying frenzy the minute pictures of her and Prince William meeting the Obamas were released. Several articles about this:

But despite all this, studies show that Princess Catherine has actually been outpipped by little sister Pippa in the media following her wedding. As she and Prince William found recluse in their honeymoon (they are said to have been photographed but the press has decided NOT to publish any pictures — wonderful!), Pippa has been followed around London and Madrid, and featured in newspapers, TV shows and websites. Pippa has, statistically, become the more popular Middleton. And wondering who made Pippa’s gorgeous green dress at William & Kate’s reception? Meet Alice Temperley.

Harry!

 

Prince Harry & Princess Eugenie leaving Public nightclub. Pictures: Opticphotos.com

At last, a sighting of Prince Harry. He and cousin Princess Eugenie were spotted leaving Public nightclub. The club is run by good friend Guy Pelly. Harry and Eugenie both left with drinks stains on their clothes.  No sign of on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy, who is reportedly on a road trip around Europe.

Articles: Daily Mail | Telegraph
Pictures: Celebuzz

Then on Saturday night, Prince Harry joined Ronnie Wood and Mischa Barton at a star-studded Champions League cup final after-party at London’s One Marylebone.

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