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Tuesday
Jun262012

Prince William’s Belated Beach Birthday Celebration

Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain’s Prince William celebrated his 30th birthday with a belated beach party over the weekend.

The prince’s birthday was actually on Thursday, but the future king apparently spent it quietly. Although Buckingham Palace would not provide details, Prince William’s wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, reportedly planned a low-key dinner with some of his closest friends.

But William apparently made up for the quiet evening afterward.  According to the U.K.’s Sun, he had some friends stay with him at a rented cottage in Anglesey. On Saturday, the group slept late, had breakfast and drove down to the beach.

“We hear that William actually spent his birthday riding on a doughnut ring behind a speedboat in Wales,” said Vicki Arbiter, royal contributor for ABC News.  “Prince William loves to be a bit of a daredevil.”

William, and his brother, Prince Harry, donned wet suits and joined their friends in the surf.  His wife, Kate Middleton, stayed on the sand with her sister, Pippa Middleton, and other friends, the Sun reported.

William and Kate’s dog, Lupo, apparently was with them.

“They do love to be outdoors,” Arbiter said of the royal couple. “They love exercise. They love athletics. They love sport. They’re get up and go as a couple.”

This is a big year for William, and not just because of his 30th birthday. He will reportedly receive an inheritance of nearly $15 million from the estate of his late mother, Princess Diana, later this year. According to Diana’s will, which was made public, William and brother Harry are to inherit an equal amount of money, as well as some of her personal belongings, including jewelry, dresses and more.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jan092012

Kate Middleton Turns 30: How Will She Celebrate?

Simon James/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- How does a princess celebrate the start of her third decade? Monday is the day the world will find out as Kate Middleton, the newlywed bride of Prince William, turns the big 3-0.

The Duchess of Cambridge spent her birthday eve in the public eye, attending the London premiere of the Steven Spielberg film War Horse, in Leicester Square, followed by a charity dinner.

Exactly how the royal couple will celebrate Kate’s actual birthday Monday remains to be seen, and speculation around the milestone has become a parlor game in England, and even here in the U.S.

The UK’s Daily Mail got royal watchers buzzing with a Jan. 5 article speculating that Kate’s younger sister, Pippa Middleton, and royal brother-in-law, Prince Harry, were planning a blowout, ’80s themed party at a “secret pop-up venue” in London.

The article said the party would feature cocktails and karaoke, and that guests, said to be close family and friends, had already received their invitations for the “secretly arranged party.”

The Daily Mail’s report came from Grazia, a British fashion magazine, which cited a “royal source” in saying the party had been “months in the planning,” and that Pippa and Harry have “been in the thick” of the planning.

But, the story was not true, said the palace, which issued a brief statement on the couple’s plans, or lack thereof, to celebrate Kate’s special day.

“Whatever is planned will be low-key and private,” said a spokesman for St. James’s Palace.

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Sunday
Jan082012

Happy Birthday Kate! Duchess Turns 30 on Monday

Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William's new bride, the former Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, turns 30 on Monday, a milestone for the commoner turned royal.

The old adage that life begins at 40 has gotta be 30 for the former Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

While there were rumors that Kate's brother-in-law Prince Harry was planning a big bash for her 30th birthday, it seems more likely the practical Duchess will have a quiet night.

While turning 30 caps a life changing 12 months for Kate, hubby  Prince William is on next week's roster to work at his Royal Airforce Base in Wales, where the couple shares a modest farmhouse with Kate doing the cooking.

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Friday
Jan062012

Kate Middleton Turns 30: How Will She Celebrate?

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- How does a princess celebrate the start of her third decade?

The world will soon know when Kate Middleton, the newlywed bride of Prince William, turns the big 3-0 on Monday, Jan. 9.

Until then, speculation around exactly how Middleton will celebrate the milestone birthday has become a parlor game in England, and even here in the U.S.

The UK’s Daily Mail got royal watchers buzzing with a Jan. 5 article speculating that Kate’s younger sister, Pippa Middleton, and royal brother-in-law, Prince Harry, were planning a blowout, ’80s themed party at a “secret pop-up venue” in London.

The article said the party would feature cocktails and karaoke, and that guests, said to be close family and friends, had already received their invitations for the “secretly arranged party.”

The Daily Mail’s report came from Grazia, a British fashion magazine, which cited a “royal source” in saying the party had been “months in the planning,” and that Pippa and Harry have “been in the thick” of the setting up.

Those plans did not seem so far-fetched, considering 26-year-old Prince Harry is known to enjoy a good time, and Pippa Middleton is somewhat of a professional party planner herself.

The 28-year-old sister of Kate threw a New Year’s Eve party at the Middleton family’s Berkshire home attended by Prince William and Kate. The event for 100 guests was said to include a $5,000 teepee-style tent known as a kata in the backyard, rented just for the New Year’s Eve affair.

The siblings come from a family of party planners, (parents Michael and Carole Middleton own the U.K. party supply company Party Pieces), and Pippa has signed on to author a party planning book to be released this year.

Alas, the party story wasn't true, said the palace, which issued a brief statement on the couple’s plans, or lack thereof, to celebrate Kate’s special day.

“Whatever is planned will be low-key and private,” said a spokesman for St. James’s Palace.

The Palace is also not releasing information on where the couple will spend Kate’s birthday eve, but unconfirmed media reports say it will be at the premiere of the Steven Spielberg film War Horse, in London’s Leicester Square, followed by a charity dinner.

In addition to the party guessing game, royal watchers have also had fun speculating what kind of gift befits a princess turning 30.

Some reports claim that William is commissioning an oil portrait of his bride, to commemorate their first year as royal newlyweds together, and shopping for a more thoughtful gift, like a watch.  Others have Prince William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, giving the Duchess a tiara from the royal collection.

One story the media may have correct in all the Middleton mania is her wish that family and friends make a donation to charity in lieu of buying her a gift.

Middleton drew further comparisons to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana of Wales, when she announced this week the array of charitable organizations to which she would donate her time and attention.

Among the groups who may benefit from Kate’s turning 30 on Monday are a group of children’s hospices, an art therapy and addiction charity, a world-famous art gallery and the Scout Association, the British equivalent of the Girl Scouts.

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Monday
Jul182011

Nelson Mandela Celebrates 93rd Birthday in South Africa

Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(JOHANNESBURG) -- As Nelson Mandela turns 93 in South Africa Monday, his foundation is calling on people from around the world to commemorate Nelson Mandela Day by devoting 67 minutes of their time to community service.

That time is representative of the 67 years the former South African president has devoted to public service in his country and abroad.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation, along with the South African government, also mobilized a nationwide campaign to have the entire nation sing "Happy Birthday" to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

On Monday morning, a special version of the song was sung to Mandela by an estimated 12 million public school children.  The song was simultaneously broadcast across all of South Africa's 18 radio and three television stations, marking the first time since Mandela's release from prison 21 years ago that all of the nation's media aired a program at the same time.

The foundation said it would look at submitting the event to the Guinness Book of World Records for a song simultaneously sung by the most people in the world.  It is not yet known if the target of 12.4 million singers was reached to set the new record.

Madiba, as Mandela is affectionately known as in South Africa, will spend his birthday with his family in his childhood village of Qunu.

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Wednesday
Jul062011

Thousands Flock to Dalai Lama's Ancient Buddhist Ritual in DC

PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Dalai Lama will celebrate his 76th birthday Wednesday in downtown Washington, D.C., as thousands gather to take part in an ancient Buddhist ritual and a call for world peace.

Meanwhile, international political observers are waiting to see if the exiled Tibetan leader will be granted a meeting with President Obama, just a few blocks away.

It will be the Nobel Peace Prize winner's first official event since stepping down as Tibet's exiled political leader in March and his first since his February 2010 visit to Washington that caused tension in U.S.-Chinese relations.

The grandson and son of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. -- two international icons of nonviolence -- and tens of thousands of followers from around the world are expected to attend the ceremonies at Washington's major sports arena and pay their respects to the Dalai Lama's enduring message of peace.

But even while the majority of his time will be spent conducting religious ceremonies, the Dalai Lama will also have several political meetings in Washington, advocating for the religious and civil rights of his Tibetan Buddhist followers who fled their homeland after a failed 1959 uprising against the Chinese government.

Thousands of exiled Tibetans now live in Nepal, where on Wednesday Nepalese authorities prevented Tibetans from celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday over concerns the gatherings would turn anti-Chinese.  Hundreds of riot police reportedly blocked Tibetans, including many monks and nuns, from entering a school in Kathmandu where celebrations were planned.

The Dalai Lama's last visit to Washington in February 2010 caused a diplomatic spat between the U.S. and China when he met with President Obama at the White House.  The Chinese argue that the Dalai Lama is a dangerous "separatist" who wishes to sever Tibet from China.

The Obama administration has not said whether the president or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet with the Dalai Lama on this visit -- although he is expected to meet with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill later this week.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jun212011

Prince William Marks 29th Birthday Quietly

Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- So long to the carefree birthday celebrations of his youth and bachelor days. Just-married Prince William is marking the final birthday of his 20s on Tuesday at work.

William, a helicopter search and rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force, will remain on duty at a base in Anglesey, an island off the coast of Wales, and may even be pulling a 24-hour shift, palace officials confirmed.

"William has got to work on his birthday," Duncan Larcombe, royal correspondent for the UK's Daily Sun newspaper, told ABC's Good Morning America. The prince, he added, would have endured media and professional glare had he taken a birthday vacation.

"For an ordinary Royal Air Force pilot, it would be horrible if he was given the day off," he said.

A quiet day, away from the media spotlight may be just what the prince himself wanted for his 29th birthday, coming on the heels of what has been a whirlwind year for the royal.

"We see how William wants to start out," said Larcombe. "He will be a full-time, working royal."

The son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana was married to the former Kate Middleton at London's Westminster Abbey on April 29 in a fairy tale wedding that was watched by billions around the globe.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun092011

Prince Philip: Top 10 Gaffes on 90th Birthday

Paul Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will be 90 Friday, defying the years with his vitality and outspokenness. Married to Queen Elizabeth for 60 years, he has been her constant companion and discrete supporter around the world. Philip is a grand-old royal but can also be a right royal liability. He is mostly a loyal and quiet presence with the queen who occasionally lets slip the bounds of royal protocol and makes his own special mark. Here are some of his top reported gaffes from years gone by.

He said during the 1981 recession, "Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed."

"You're too fat to be an astronaut," the Duke of Edinburgh told a 13-year-old boy when visiting a rocket project at Salford University.

At Bristol University's BLADE (Bristol Laboratory for Advanced Dynamic Engineering) facility in 2005, he said, "It doesn't look like much work goes on at this 'uni.'" It had been closed so that he and the queen could officially open it.

"Aren't most of you descended from pirates?" he asked residents of the Cayman Islands.

After accepting a conservation award in Thailand, he said, "Your country is one of the most notorious centers of trading in endangered species in the world."

Speaking to a driving instructor in Oban, Scotland, in 1995, he asked, "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?"

During the royal, worldwide Golden Jubilee Tour in 2002, he said. "If you travel as much as we do, you appreciate how much more comfortable aircraft have become. Unless you travel in something called economy class, which sounds ghastly."

The prince told a meeting of the World Wildlife Fund in 1986: "If it has got four legs and it is not a chair, if it has got two wings and it flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and it is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it."

He has even had a word for Elton John's gold Aston Martin. "Oh, it's you that owns that ghastly car...," he said to the legend. "We often see it when driving to Windsor Castle."

And to a designer with a goatee beard at a Garden Party in 2009, he said, "Well, you didn't design your beard too well, did you? You really must try better with your beard."

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