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Friday
Apr292011

Royal Wedding Fails to Increase Popularity of 'Royal' Baby Names

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- If you thought the royal wedding would inspire new moms and dads to name their babies either William or Kate, you’d be wrong.  Data analyzed by the folks at BabyCenter.com reveals the two names have actually declined in popularity during the past year.

Researchers compared the popularity of the names in the first three months of 2011 with the first quarter of 2010 and discovered William is down 66 percent and Kate is down 60 percent.  The name of Prince William’s brother, Harry, rose 24 percent while the name of Kate’s sister, Pippa, saw no change in popularity.

In 2010, William was number 23 on the year’s most popular baby names list while Kate was number 93.  Harry was ranked 398 and Pippa was number 2,345.

Linda Murray, global editor-in-chief at BabyCenter.com, says 36 percent of moms who visit the website say they find name inspiration in famous people and characters, but when a name becomes associated with one specific celebrity, or in this case, with royalty, it declines in popularity or, if already unpopular, remains so.

On the other hand, Murray says while the royal wedding may not trigger a rise in the popularity of the names William and Kate, the names the couple choose for their children will definitely start a trend.

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Friday
Apr292011

Is Kate Middleton at an Unhealthy Weight?

David Cheskin - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A radiant but wisp-thin Kate Middleton will emerge from the Goring Hotel Friday to take the royal state car -- a 1978 Rolls Royce -- to Westminster Abbey, where she will take her wedding vows.

If the tabloid reports are correct, then Kate Middleton has dropped a significant amount of weight since the announcement of her engagement to Britain's Prince William in November.

While it couldn't be confirmed, British papers said the future queen lost two dress sizes, going from a U.S. size six to a size two.

"Basically, this could be about 10 to 14 or more pounds of weight loss, and not just body fat.  She is lean to begin with, so some of the loss has been lean mass," said Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Losing this amount of weight, however, isn't unhealthy.

"If it took her five months to lose 20 pounds, she lost a pound every 7.5 days.  Safe weight loss recommendations for most folks is no more than one pound per week, so even if she lost 20 pounds, she was within the guidelines for a healthy rate of weight loss," said Carla Wolper, a dietician at the New York Obesity Research Center at St. Luke's Hospital in New York.

While the number of pounds she lost isn't unhealthy, her actual weight could be.  Buckingham Palace has remained mum about how much Middleton weighs or how tall she is, but rumors put her at 5-feet-10 and about 120 pounds.

"At a weight of 120 for 5-foot-10, that puts her at 80 percent of ideal body weight, or definitely underweight," said Bonci.

Royal watchers believe stress is partly to blame for Middleton's shrinking frame.  ABC royal contributor Duncan Larcombe said recently that in each of Middleton's successive official appearances since her engagement, she appeared "thinner and thinner."

"I would imagine she probably can't eat," Larcombe said.

Nutrition experts in the U.S. say the stress is likely a contributing factor, but believe there are other reasons behind her weight loss.

"This appears to be a case of voluntary, go on a diet, quick-fix weight loss," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center in New Haven, Connecticut.

But to some experts, it's all part of a very normal pre-marital ritual.

"Almost everyone in the U.S. who is getting married, male or female, unless very slim from the get-go, goes on a diet before their wedding.  Perhaps the Brits do as well," said Wolper.

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Thursday
Apr212011

Brewery Introduces Viagra Beer for Royal Wedding Night

Ablestock dot com/Thinkstoc(FRASERBERG, Scotland) -- Scotland's largest independent brewery, BrewDog, has unveiled a limited-edition beer containing herbal Viagra to mark the forthcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29. The beer is called "The Royal Virility Performance."

From vomit bags to Haribo candy, there is certainly no shortage of strange royal wedding memorabilia. But so far, it's possible nothing has come out that will make the queen blush quite like what Scottish brewing company Brew Dog introduced Thursday.

Known for its eccentric brews, Brew Dog has announced a creation made specifically for the royal wedding. It's called "Royal Virility Performance," and it's an India Pale Ale containing herbal Viagra, chocolate, goat weed and a "healthy dose of sarcasm."

There will only be 1,000 bottles of the limited-edition beer available through Brew Dog's website, costing around $16.55 per 330 milliliter bottle.

With three beers creating the same effect as one Viagra pill, the celebration could add up to a pretty penny. Fortunately, a fifth of the proceeds will go to Centrepoint, a charity aiding homeless youth that is supported by Prince William.

In an effort to distinguish itself from other breweries that might be creating special edition beers for the very special occasion, Brew Dog has laced "Royal Virility Performance" with aphrodisiacs to "give the happy couple something extra on their big day," according to the company's website.

The beer ships strictly the day before the royal wedding. To further commemorate the big day, albeit in raunchy fashion, the label of the bottle is decorated with phrases like "Celebrate Big Willy Style," and "Arise Prince Willy."

Brew Dog even went as far as sending Prince William a bottle, according to Metro UK, so that he can appropriately celebrate his big day.

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Friday
Mar182011

Kate Middleton Trying the Latest Diet Craze?

David Cheskin - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- With slightly more than 40 days until the royal wedding, rumors are swirling that Kate Middleton is getting her body "wedding-ready." Could the future princess be shedding pounds by trying out the trendy Dukan Diet?

This high-protein, low-carb French diet is the same one her mom, Carole, started in November. The Dukan Diet puts one through four rigorous stages -- attack, cruise, consolidation and stabilization -- and is like a boot camp for your gut. The first stage, attack, includes a high-protein diet for "enabling quick weight loss," according to the diet's website. Then vegetables are added in the cruise stage -- but no fruit. This stage is to lead you to your "true weight."

The cover of the book, which will be released in the United States in April, says the diet is "The Real Reason the French Stay Thin."

With Kate Middleton's name attached -- whether she's on it or not -- the Dukan Diet could be the next weight-loss craze.

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