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With William Away, Kate Joins Forces with The Queen, Prince Charles

The Duchess of Cambridge has been making the most of her husband Prince William’s 6-week deployment to the Falklands. She has begun doing solo engagements. But she isn’t without support. In the past few weeks, Kate has stepped out and learnt from the best – The Queen and the Prince of Wales.  She and Her Majesty have appeared in 2 joint engagements. Later, Kate joined her father-in-law to learn more about his art charity.

1 March 2012
Piccadilly

Royal trifecta: The Queen, Camilla & Kate in Piccadilly. Getty Images

It was a big day for royal watchers.  Three generations of the most senior royal ladies — The Queen, and two future Queen consorts, stepped out to take tea together in Piccadilly.

Her Majesty, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge visited London department store Fortnum & Mason in their first joint royal engagement. They went there to officially rename a restaurant within the shop on Piccadilly and to meet some of those who worked in the store at the time of the coronation.

Interestingly, The Queen, Kate and Camilla arrived in the same car and dressed in different shades of blue!

Inside the store, the royals met staff and former employees. Her Majesty spent time in the preserve section, discussing honey with one member of staff.   The focus for Kate and Camilla was the sweet section.

Toward the end, the royal trio were each presented with a Fortnum’s hamper, containing delicacies including champagne truffles – and dog biscuits!  All three are known dog lovers.  While the Queen is known for her love of corgis, Kate and William recently acquired a cocker spaniel pup they have named Lupo.

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8 March 2012
Leicester

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee visit kicked on in grand style.  Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied by The Duchess of Cambridge to Leicester, the first region on the Queen’s visit list.  Arriving by train, the royal party was welcomed by a 5,000-strong crowd and dancers.

Their first stop was at De Monfort University, where Kate and the Queen were seen chatting comfortably during a student fashion show.  Later Kate chose the winner of a contest to design a shoe for her.   They later emerged in the Leicester sunshine to greet the crowds.  It was a glorious start for Her Majesty’s Jubilee tours, and she and Kate are clearly getting on quite well.  It’s significant to point out that The Queen has rarely, if ever, done joint engagements alone with Princess Diana or Camilla.

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15 March 2012
Dulwich Picture Gallery

Charles & Kate: domestic partners in crime. Photo: Getty Images

Kate stepped out for the first time with the Prince of Wales and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, to visit one of Charles’s charities. The idea was to celebrate their shared love of the arts and children at Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London, but the royal party soon found themselves roped into some domestic duties.

The royals spoke to children taking part in Face Britain, as part of the Great Art Quest, which sees them make self-portraits which will be beamed on to the front of Buckingham Palace in April to mark the start of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

After that, the royal trio got domestic. Iron art! Looks like Kate has had some experience with ironing, but we’re not so sure the same thing can be said about Prince Charles. See hilarious video below.

The royal pair also got holed up cutting up lace for some art work.

Royal pair cutting lace. Getty Images

Jeremy Newton, chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, said: “It was fantastically exciting. Both the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have spent quite a bit of time finding out about the charity, but it was the first time the Duchess of Cambridge had come to see us.”

“Obviously the children adore her, and she adores the children. She greatly enjoyed seeing their artwork. All of the pupils are saying they will never forget this day, as long as they live. It’s been a complete revelation for them that royals are normal people. They’ve had a lovely time.”

Video: Charles & Kate make iron art at gallery (must see!)

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Kate Spends First Royal Christmas at Sandringham While Duke of Edinburgh Stays in Hospital


The Queen shows a brave face at Sandringham this Christmas as her husband
(pictured this month) continues to recover in hospital. Pictures: PA


In the absence of his father, Prince Charles leads the walk to St Mary Magdalene Church.
Picture: Reuters

It was the largest Royal Christmas for decades as a crowd of 3,000 — three times the size of last year (partly due to better weather and undoubtedly inspired by their latest addition, the Duchess of Cambridge) — gathered at Sandringham this year to greet the Royal Family.  All of the family was expected to be there, too — Her Majesty, all her children, grandchildren, great-grandchild, plus the 2 latest additions – Kate and Mike Tindall.  Sadly, on 23 December, the head of the family, the Duke of Edinburgh, had to be rushed to a hospital for an emergency heart stenting after experiencing chest pains. He missed Christmas this year.  And for the first time in 55 years, the Queen spent Christmas apart from her husband. The Duke remained in “high spirits,” “anxious to leave”, and insisted that the show must go on.

In an unexpected move, the whole family attended an earlier service on Christmas morning (thought to be fore communion)  before heading back, changing clothes, and returning for the formal Christmas service.  In the absence of his father, Prince Charles & Camilla led the walk to St Mary Magdalene Church, followed by William, Kate and Harry.


It’s the Duchess of Cambridge’s first Christmas at Sandringham — and she was a hit!
Pictures: Alan Davidson, Reuters


A crowd of 3,000 — 3 times the size of last year — gathered to see William & Kate
Picture: Alan Davidson


The royal newlyweds Zara & Mike Tindall, and William & Kate (dressed down for an earlier service that morning)
Pictures: Getty Images, Ken Goff

After the service, the family received (an unusually large number of) flowers, cards, gifts and well wishes from the crowd.  A lot of them, of course, are there to see Kate for the first time. Veteran royal-watcher Mary Relph, said: “I have never seen queues like this on Christmas Day before, I have never seen this amount of people here since Diana was alive. People obviously came to see Kate Middleton. And she was fantastic.“  Journalist Alison Croose agreed: “I have not seen crowds like this since back into the Diana days. It reminded me of the Diana years – when Diana introduced Prince William to the crowds when he was about seven or eight. It was touching. Diana used to have her hand on his back. Now you see William with his hand on Kate’s back. It was really nice.”

Prince Harry, the most eligible royal bachelor, brought cheers when he kissed a girl on the cheek.  When her friend asked for a peck too he replied with a grin: “I can’t give you a kiss, I just kissed her.”

After Christmas lunch, all of the Duke’s grandchildren — William, Harry, Beatrice, Eugenie, Peter and Zara — drove to Papworth Hospital to visit him.  Her Majesty and their children — Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward — had seen him the day before.  And then it’s back to Sandringham to continue with the holiday plans, including the traditional Boxing Day shoot.  On with the show without a lot of fuss — just as the Duke would have wanted it.

The Queen’s Christmas message this year focused on the binding love of family:


Update: The Duke of Edinburgh was released from hospital on 27 December.  He spent 4 nights in Papworth Hospital.

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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
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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


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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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