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Friday
Mar222013

Kate Middleton's Day in the Great Outdoors

Andy Stenning WPA - Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The world does not yet know whether the unborn child of Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Prince William will be a girl or a boy, but on Friday at least, the duchess appeared as though she is ready for a boy.

Middleton, 31, traded her usual high-fashion look to get down and dirty with the U.K.'s Cub Scouts, spending a day with them in the great outdoors.

Middleton, dressed in an Army-style green jacket, jeans and her favored Le Chameau boots, braved the cold and blistery English weather to visit the Great Tower Scout Camp near Newby Bridge in Cumbria.

The duchess, five months pregnant with her and William's first child, stayed warm by huddling near a campfire and roasting pastries along with other volunteers, according to the U.K.'s Mirror.

The paper reports that Middleton has privately volunteered with the Scouts near the couple's home in Anglesey, Wales, where William is based as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, but Friday's outing marked a new step in her support, meant to encourage others to volunteer too.

Middleton was seen laughing with her fellow volunteers over the state of their respective pastries, known as "twists," and even got into the action herself, rolling the dough with her sapphire wedding ring on and all.

"Oh, it's actually not bad, if you were desperately hungry," she said after a taste test, the Mirror reports. "It's quite sugary."

Middleton appeared with the queen and Prince Philip earlier this week at a London Tube station where she received a "Baby on Board" badge from London Underground chief operating officer Howard Collins.

In Friday's visit, Middleton got another decorative fashion keepsake, this time a red, white and blue Scouts scarf that she proudly wore around her neck tied in a "friendship knot" during the visit.

"She was passionate about doing this course today," Scouts' assistant director Simon Carter said of the duchess, according to People magazine. "Other scout leaders who have spoken to her say she loves asking questions. … She wants to get as much information as possible to take back with her."

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Sunday
Sep162012

Royal Family Will Seek Injunction Over Kate Middleton Topless Photos

Chris Jackson/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- Lawyers for the royal family will appear in court Monday in Paris, where they will ask a judge for an injunction to prevent other publications from printing topless photos of Kate Middleton sunbathing.

The photos were first published in French magazine Closer and later ran in the Irish Daily Star. An Italian gossip magazine, Chi, has announced plans to run them next week in a special issue.

The magazine reportedly has 200 photos of the Duchess sunbathing on a balcony in France, according to TMZ.

The couple's lawyers will also seek damages.

"There can be no motivation for this action other than greed," a St. James Palace spokesperson told the BBC, in regards to the Irish publication.

Northern and Shell, the owners of the Irish Daily Star, said they disagreed with the newspaper's decision to publish the photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge.

The scandal blew up on Friday when Closer published a five-page spread of photos of what appears to be the Duchess of Cambridge, 30, on vacation, sunbathing, under the headline "Oh My God!"

Prince William and Kate Middleton have begun "legal proceedings for breach of privacy" against the magazine's publishers, St. James Palace said in a statement Friday, after calling the publication of the photos "a grotesque and totally unjustifiable" invasion of the young couple's privacy.

The magazine defended the decision to publish the photos, saying in a statement on its website that the photos would only appear in the French, not the British edition, and were not degrading.

The pictures were reportedly taken while Middleton and Prince William, who celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary in April, enjoyed a mini four-day vacation together last week at a secluded chateau in the south of France before beginning a tour of the Far East and South Pacific to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

The royal couple was reportedly told about the photos as they ate breakfast Friday before visiting a mosque in Malaysia. A palace source tells ABC News that at first the couple simply felt saddened, but as the day wore on the sadness turned to shock and anger and ultimately resulted in a decision to take legal action against the magazine.

"Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner. The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to The Duke and Duchess for being so," the St. James Palace said in an earlier statement Friday.

The revelation came just one day after Middleton marked an important first as a royal, delivering her first official speech overseas. The well-received speech was delivered to staff and patients at the Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and focused on the importance of specialized medical care for seriously ill children. Middleton is a Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices in England.

The couple, who also visited Singapore and are scheduled to end their trip this weekend in the island nation of Tuvalu, have been met by cheering crowds at each spot so far on their tour.

Thursday's event at the hospice was no different, with a barrier collapsing from the weight of fans reaching out to see them. Young children from a nearby school greeted Kate and William, who joined her for the visit, outside the hospice with Malaysian flags and a welcome banner. Once inside, the couple met with young patients and drew with them on clay bricks, according to reports.

Despite the topless photo revelation, the royal couple has carried on in public as if nothing had happened.

The couple arrived today on the Solomon Islands, where they attended a jubilee celebration of thanksgiving and were greeted by 60,000 well-wishers.

Just after William and Middleton were engaged, the prince expressed his concerns about the paparazzi and said he had given Middleton the chance to get out of the relationship if she thought the attention would overwhelm her.

"I wanted to give her a chance to see in and to back out if she needed to before it all got too much. I'm trying to learn from lessons done in the past and I just wanted to give her the best chance to settle in and to see what happens on the other side," the prince said.

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Wednesday
Aug082012

Justin Bieber Slams Prince William’s Thinning Hair

Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Justin Bieber, whose swooped hairstyle gained him millions of fans, is slamming Prince William.

In a candid interview with the U.K.’s Rollercoaster magazine, the Biebs said Prince Williams' hair is thinning -- a topic that is hands off in Britain. He even offered some advice to His Royal Highness.

“I mean, there are things to prevent that nowadays, like Propecia,” Bieber said of the hair-loss treatment.

“I don’t know why he doesn’t just get those things, those products. You just take Propecia and your hair grows back. Have you not got it over here?”

No word of a royal rebuttal.

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Saturday
Apr282012

Will and Kate Prep for First Wedding Anniversary

Chris Jackson/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- A year ago, all eyes were on the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The extravagant ceremony included many memorable moments, from the world debut of the bride’s sister Pippa Middleton’s backside, to 3-year-old bridesmaid Grace van Custem frowning as the royal couple shared a kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

On Sunday, there will be no pomp or ceremonies. The couple is expected to celebrate their first year as husband and wife at a private gathering with close friends and family. The location of the intimate gathering hasn’t been made public.

“Their first anniversary they’re not going to want a big parade. They just want to enjoy the time together privately,” Victoria Arbiter, a royals expert, told ABC News.

The next few months will be jam-packed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They will be helping Queen Elizabeth celebrate 60 years of being on the throne before gearing up for the summer Olympics in London.

After their busy few months, Arbiter said she thinks they’ll get to work on the one royal duty they have yet to fulfill.

“I can see a baby being born in 2013 as really the way to go,” she said.

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Monday
Feb202012

London Fashion Week and the "Duchess Effect" 

WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- As British designers unveil their latest creations during London Fashion Week, there’s no denying the Duchess Effect – as in the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton.

Designers say the newest royal has the power to boost retail sales fivefold simply by wearing one of their frocks.

Top British designer Alice Temperley told the BBC that Middleton is “breathing new life” into royal clothing and “looks fantastic.”

“She’s supporting British fashion by wearing British fashion, which is brilliant,” said Temperley, who, along with other big-name designers, such as Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and McQueen, are all showing collections at the 2012 event.

Jane Shepherdson, the head of U.K. fashion retailer Whistles, once underestimated the Duchess Effect after Middleton selected one of its ivory blouses for her engagement photo to Prince William.

“I don’t think Kate’s made a difference to sales, maybe a few hundred pounds. A pretty dress is a pretty dress; it’s going to sell, regardless,” Shepherdson said at the time.

Shepherdson was singing a decidedly different tune at London Fashion Week a couple of days ago.

“We’re about to start our international expansion,” she told the London Telegraph. “We’ve had so much publicity with the duchess wearing Whistles. We’ve got to do it now rather than wait too long. We’ve just opened in Russia and we’re expanding to the U.S. and Southeast Asia.”

Reiss saw a similar impact on its sales last year when Middleton stepped out in one of its $340 camel-colored dresses to greet President Obama and the first lady last May. Traffic on the Reiss website rose by 200 percent, Reiss said, and the dress quickly sold out.

The family-owned, British retailer’s operating profits rose from around $6.6 million to $13.2 million, according to filings at Companies House in the U.K.

The Duchess of Cambridge is not only setting trends, she’s following them too. Crowned Hat Person of the Year 2011, Middleton has commissioned outrageous milliner Piers Atkinson to make her hat for the launch of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour. Atkinson has designed head-topping creations for pop divas Lady Gaga and Rihanna

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Monday
Jan022012

Prince William, Kate Middleton Party With Pippa on New Year’s Eve

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- After spending her first Christmas as a royal at the Queen’s Sandringham estate, Kate Middleton went back to her roots, ringing in the New Year with husband Prince William in her hometown.

The royal pair reportedly celebrated 2012 at a party thrown by Middleton’s younger sister Pippa at the Middleton family’s Berkshire home. The 28-year-old event planner pitched a teepee-style tent, known as a kata, in the backyard, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

The tent, which Pippa Middleton reportedly rented for the event, costs around $5,000, and features a dance floor and seating for 100 guests. A bystander described it to the Daily Mail as a “canvas palace.”

Pippa comes from a family of party planners—her parents Michael and Carole Middleton own the U.K. party supply company Party Pieces.

One A-list bachelor who was missing from the guest list: Prince Harry. William’s younger brother was seen at a ski resort in Switzerland, partying with friends and cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, at a New Year’s Eve bash.

For the royal newlyweds, spending the evening in a tent (albeit a pricey one) in the family backyard is very different than the formal affair Prince William and Middleton had been expected to attend with his father Prince Charles and Camilla at their country estate in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The rest of the royal bunch attended the traditional New Year’s Day service at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene at the Sandringham House in Norfolk, England. Prince Phillip, the queen’s 90-year-old husband who had emergency surgery to repair a blocked coronary artery over Christmas, made an appearance and greeted bystanders who gathered to catch a glimpse of the royals, according to the Daily Mail.

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Tuesday
Aug022011

Pippa Middleton Media Stardom Grows Into Documentary

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The name Pippa Middleton held marginal significance until the 29th of April, when her big sister, Kate, tied the knot to Prince William. Now known as the sister-in-law of Britain's apparent future King, Middleton, 27, gained immense popularity virtually overnight, even garnering the moniker, "Her Royal Hotness."

"It's all part of the Middleton interest, the ordinary family being part of the royal family. It's the dream, the fantasy," said Colleen Harris, former press secretary to Princes Charles, William and Harry.

And you know you've hit it big when, within mere months of your name taking over the twitterverse, you're the single subject of a film. TLC will air next week a one-hour special entitled Crazy About Pippa, a documentary that tries to answer the question of who this British party planner is and what she's really all about.

"Our interest stemmed from the fact that a pretty young woman entered Westminster Abbey as a sister of a bride, and emerged as a global phenomenon in the space of an hour," the film's executive producer, David Notman-Watt, said. "It was literally within minutes of her appearing holding Kate's train, Twitter went crazy, Facebook went crazy."

Examining Middleton's rise to fame, the doc touches on many of the elements that have boosted Middleton's star power. From her party life in London's trendy Chelsea neighborhood to her strict fitness regime, experts from relatives to journalists weigh in on why everyone actually is crazy about Pippa.

Claudia Joseph, author of biography Kate: The Making of a Princess, said the apparent future queen's sister has a certain je ne sais quoi. "[Pippa and Kate are] two very attractive girls who've been mingling with the royals for a number of years," she said. "But people know very little about them and that's part of their mystique."

Crazy About Pippa is scheduled to air Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TLC.

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Saturday
Jul092011

Move Over Hollywood, the Royals are in Town

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Prince William and Catherine Middleton made their Tinseltown debut after touching down in Hollywood Friday fresh off their Canadian tour.

The world’s most famous newlyweds spent their first official stop during their weekend trip to California at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills for Variety's Venture Capital and New Media Summit Friday.

"L.A. is more used to big Hollywood stars than anywhere else," said ABC News royal correspondent Katie Nicholl. "It's the most famous place in the world for stars. But these are stars of such a different nature. They are royals. This is a real live prince and princess. I know they're technically a duke and duchess but to America they are a prince and princess, and they're going to get the red carpet treatment."

Preparations have been underway as the Los Angeles Police Department brace for crowds to swarm the British Consulate-General residence in Hancock Park, where the royal couple will stay during their visit. The police are on high alert for paparazzi.

"[Will and Kate] have gone from being essentially a very private couple to a very high profile couple," said Nicholl. "I was speaking to one of the young girls here, dressed up in a fascinator, Kate's signature accessory, and I asked her what were the things she liked about Catherine and she said [Kate] had all the glamour and beauty of an A-list star, but none of the divalike demands. None of those other attributes that come with other A-list stars, which I thought was quite interesting."

The duke and duchess will rub elbows with Hollywood royalty, including Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez, on Saturday night at a red-carpet, black-tie British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) dinner at L.A.'s Belasco Theatre.

Prince William (who's also the president of BAFTA) will give a speech at the gala, which is focused on spotlighting emerging British talent and building partnerships between Hollywood and up-and-coming British actors. About 42 emerging British actors are expected to attend.

"I suspect they'll outshine every other star there just because it's such a magical fairy tale,” Nicholl said. “I think people in L.A. are hugely excited.”

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Thursday
Jul072011

J-Lo to Meet Royal Couple at BAFTA Event; Other Stars to Attend

PRNewsFoto/Kohl's Department Stores, John Shearer(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are scheduled to attend Prince William and Kate's British Academy of Film and Television Arts event Saturday night at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles.

The reception will bring one of the most famous Puerto Rican couples in the world face-to-face with an equally famous British royal couple, according to Us Weekly.  Lopez and Anthony may even sit at the same table as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  William, who is the president of BAFTA, will make a brief speech at the ceremony.

According to EOnline.com, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Kristin Chenoweth, Derek Hough, Ginnifer Goodwin and Dana Delany will also be in attendance. It’s rumored Jack Black might also attend.

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Monday
Jul042011

Kate Middleton on Having a Baby: 'Yes, I Hope To'

David Cheskin - WPA Pool/Getty Images(QUEBEC CITY, Canada) -- Could the pitter-patter of little feet be in the future for royal newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton?

Perhaps not quite yet, but as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge interacted with fans in Quebec City, Canada, Sunday as part of their North American tour, one fan wished Kate well in starting a family. Kate, 29, who has not spoken publicly about children, was overheard saying, "Yes, I hope to."

"It was really quite a surprise to hear her say that, quite an emotional response," said Katie Nicholl, an ABC News contributor and author of The Making of a Royal Romance. "For Kate to give such an intimate aspiration is very special.

"You look at the two of them. It's the chemistry, the love between them. It won't be long before they will," she added.

The moment happened when two little girls went up to the royal couple to give them flowers. The father of one of the little girls, David Cheater, was the fan who received Kate's unexpected response.

"It was privilege, a real privilege," Cheater said, holding 2-year-old daughter Raffaella.

The royal couple continues their 11-day tour on Monday in Prince Edward Island, Canada, the fifth day of the tour, where William, who is a military helicopter pilot, will be doing a flying demonstration in which he makes an emergency landing on Dalvay Lake.

While touring Quebec City Sunday, Prince William, 29, spoke to Canadians in their native tongue -- French -- and even apologized for his accent.

It's their first overseas trip as a married couple and everywhere they go, the prince and his bride have been greeted by fanfare.

But while more than 1,000 fans gathered to watch their tour of the city, the couple encountered about 200 protesters. French-speaking separatists have sprung up throughout the tour, but have caused little disruption.

ABC News contributor and Sun editor, Duncan Larcombe, says that while British royals often encounter protesters when they come to this part of Canada but, nonetheless, William and Kate have viewed this trip as a success.

"There have been some demonstrations, some protests, but nothing too serious," Lacrombe said.

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