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.
And the newlyweds…
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 )
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 )
Chelsy & Harry
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”
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 )