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Friday
Nov092012

Prince William, Kate Celebrate School Where They Met

Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain’s Prince William and his wife on Thursday celebrated the 600th anniversary of St. Andrews University, the institution where they met.

William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, attended the university’s fundraising dinner at Middle Temple Hall in London.

William addressed the gathering, telling them how much he and his wife valued their experience at the Scotland university.

“We love it for its traditions, traditions that lie at the very heart of Scotland’s history.  We love it because it made us look beyond St. Andrews, beyond the borders of Scotland, to the wide world,” he said, according to the BBC.  “But perhaps most important of all, we love it for the friendships it has given us.”

“As I look around this hall tonight, and even take a peek at the person sitting three from my left (where Catherine was seated) I thank God for those friendships, our friendship, forged in our ancient halls,” he said.

Now both 30 years old, the pair enrolled at St. Andrews in 2001.  Before they dated, they were friends at the university for more than a year, and lived as flatmates.

It’s believed that the first sparks ignited between the two on March 27, 2002, at a university student fashion show.  Catherine -- then Kate Middleton -- modeled the now-famous see-through dress that reportedly caught William’s eye.

Both graduated from St. Andrews in 2005.  William earned a geography degree, while Catherine earned a degree in art history.

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Monday
Jul092012

Magazine Cover Shows Kate Middleton with Yellowed, Rotting Teeth

Simon James/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- The latest cover image of a U.S. political and arts weekly magazine is being criticized for featuring a retouched -- and decidedly unattractive -- image of Kate Middleton.

The July 12 special issue of The New Republic takes a look at the state of the British government, and the stylized photo of Middleton shows her with yellowed and rotting teeth, with a tattered British flag behind her.  The cover’s title might explain her treatment: “Something’s Rotten: The Last Days of Britain,” it reads.

The image might be playing into an American stereotype that Britons have poor dentition.

[CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MAGAZINE COVER]

The Duchess of Cambridge is known for always appearing picture-perfect in public.  The incongruous image has upset many readers across the pond.

“Can you imagine the uproar if a magazine from the UK defaced a picture of Obama …,” one commenter posted after reading a story about the issue on the Daily Mail, a British newspaper.

“Cheap shot,” another reader wrote.  “They know she will remain dignified and not say a word, allowing them to ‘get away with it.’”

But not everyone there seemed to mind.

“It’s satire, get over it!  I for one think she still looks lovely with rotten teeth.  I’m reminded of the poem ‘English teeth’ by Spike Milligan,” one reader posted.

Posters on the magazine’s Facebook page seemed to express more uniform disapproval.

“Oh, c’mon.  Resorting to such imagery is juvenile at best.  When did The New Republic decide to become a second-rate MAD Magazine?” one wrote.

“Nothing against US or pro Europe or Britain, but the cover doesn’t help the 'crude Americans' image.  A bit tasteless,” opined another.

“You made me ashamed to be an American.  I could be proud that the American quality press could give the British giants of good journalism a run for their money.  Instead, I, and perhaps countless other Americans either studying or living in Britain, are humiliated,” a third poster wrote.

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Monday
Nov072011

Is Kate Middleton Pregnant? More Signs Emerge

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Kate Middleton pregnancy rumors continue to flourish.

First, Prince William's wife would not eat peanut paste, a food that expectant mothers are commonly told to stay away from.  Now, the 29-year-old royal was photographed holding and rubbing her stomach.

Kate was visiting a UNICEF distribution center in Copenhagen, Denmark, last week, when a photo was taken showing her rubbing her midsection.

A witness at the UNICEF event told the UK's Daily Mail, "It was very odd.  Kate would not stop touching her tummy -- it was very noticeable.  She continually patted it and held her hands against it.  She must have been doing it without realizing, and at one point she had both her hands cradling her stomach."

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Monday
Oct172011

Kate Middleton Writes Letter to 9-Year-Old Cancer Patient

KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- After visiting a 9-year-old cancer patient last month at London’s Royal Marsden Hospital, Kate Middleton penned him a heartfelt letter.

Fabian Bate, who’s battling leukemia, posted the letter on his blog. The note was written on Oct. 13 on St. James’s Palace letterhead and signed, simply, “Catherine.”

“Despite the enormously demanding course of treatment you are undergoing, I was so touched by your strength of character, and delighted to hear the news that one of your big sisters will be able to donate bone marrow to you later this year,” she wrote. "I will keep my fingers crossed that your health goes from strength to strength over the months ahead.

“This must be a troubling time for you, your parents and your sisters, but I know I left The Royal Marsden assured by how incredibly talented, kind and clever the team at the hospital are. Combined with your belief and positive energy, you couldn’t be in better hands.”

“Keep up the good work with the blog,” she concluded, “and in the meantime I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.”

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Saturday
Jul302011

Zara Phillips and MikeTindall Married in Royal Ceremony

Indigo/Getty Images(EDINBURGH) -- Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips married rugby player Mike Tindall on Saturday in Edinburgh.

The ceremony was Scotland's first royal wedding in almost 20 years.

The bride wore a silk and satin dress by Stewart Parvin with Jimmy Choo shoes. The couple wed in the Canongate Kirk.

Prince William, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, and the still unmarried Prince Harry were all in attendance.

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Tuesday
Jul052011

Britain's Royal Couple Battles in Canadian Boat Race

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, Canada) -- Prince William outmatched his bride when the two teamed up with local athletes in a friendly dragon boat race on Prince Edward Island's Dalvay Lake in Canada Monday.

The prince was in the center of his team's boat rowing while the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, sat in the back of her boat to row.

As soon as the horn sounded to begin the race, the prince's team forged ahead of the duchess' boat, and in the end, William's team prevailed.

The prince tried to console his wife by giving her a hug as they stepped onto the pier.  After the race, they watched a band perform and ate some of the local fare of oysters and lobster.

Earlier on Monday, Prince William landed his military helicopter on the water of a lake in Prince Edward Island National Park.  Several onlookers were dressed in parkas and sat in lawn chairs near the edge of the water to see if the prince would be able to land the aircraft on the water as part of a military emergency training exercise.  He performed the landing a half dozen times.

Prince William, who is a Royal Air Force rescue helicopter pilot, requested the exercise as part of his visit to the province.  Canada is the only country that trains its Sea King helicopter pilots to do a controlled landing on water in case of an emergency.  The prince flies a Sea King in the U.K.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been making headlines since their visit to Canada began -- their first official overseas trip since marrying in April.

As the duchess greeted fans in Quebec City Sunday as part of their North American tour, one man asked her if she planned to have children.  Middleton, 29, who has not spoken publicly about having 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."

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Thursday
Jun162011

Royal Couple Prepares to Hit Hollywood in July

Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images(LONDON) -- The British are coming! Prince William and Duchess Catherine Middleton will descend on the U.S. on July 8, according to a schedule released by St. James Palace.

William, 28, and Catherine, 29, will arrive stateside after a swing through Canada to celebrate Canada Day, jam at Montreal's jazz festival, and tour the country's territories.

Their agenda in America is no less packed.  After meeting with technology entrepreneurs at the Beverly Hilton, the couple will shake hands with California politicians and other high-profile figures in Los Angeles.  The fun begins on Saturday, July 9, with a Santa Barbara charity polo match.  The Prince will play; the Duchess will hand out prizes.

That evening, they'll rub shoulders with stars from British television, film and theater at a red carpet, black-tie British Academy of Film and Television Arts dinner at L.A.'s Belasco Theatre.  Prince William, who's also the president of BAFTA, will give a speech at the gala.

Day three begins with more philanthropic work, starting with an event to support Tusk USA, an organization that raises funds for African wildlife.  Then they'll visit Inner-City Arts, an L.A. program that helps disadvantaged and homeless children through art.

On their final afternoon in the U.S., they'll attend an event for military veterans and their families at Sony Pictures Studios where they'll help put together care packages.  Then it's back across the pond to Britain.

And the royals aren't coming alone.  They'll travel with an entourage of seven schedulers and assistants, and the palace has taken measures to ensure the Duchess will look her best while hob-nobbing with Hollywood royalty -- hairdresser James Pryce will come along for the ride.

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Tuesday
May312011

Royal Couple's Trip to US, Canada Will Mark Reinvention for Catherine

David Cheskin - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- From Westminster Abbey to a delayed honeymoon in Seychelles, to the grocery store, Duchess Catherine Middleton has been on the move since marrying Prince William at London's Westminster Abbey April 29.

Now, as the new royal and her groom prepare for their royal coming out -- a full-fledged tour to Canada and the United States later this month -- royal gazers are closely watching how the young couple will put their own stamp on centuries of royal tradition.

"This is our chance to really see the royal couple for first time since the wedding," ABC News royal correspondent Katie Nicholl said Tuesday on Good Morning America.

William and Catherine -- now formally the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- will embark June 30 on a nine-day, eight-city tour that will take them from Ottawa and Montreal through the Northwest Territories of Canada before making their way down to Los Angeles for a grand finale.

The overseas trip will mark their first as a married couple, and an opportunity for the newlyweds to showcase the new breed of monarchs that some are calling the "modern royals": going to college, having careers, and marrying for love.

"They'll be visiting the rodeo.  He'll fly a helicopter," Duncan Larcombe, ABC News contributor and royal correspondent for Great Britain's Sun newspaper, said of the couple's planned itinerary. "I think they'll have a few more surprises for us."

Even as they attempt to live the royal life on their own terms, William and Catherine will not escape the scrutiny to which the royal family is subjected.  And on this trip, that scrutiny will most heavily be focused on the new bride, and part two of her royal reinvention.

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Tuesday
May242011

MacBooks for Charity Among Gifts Obama Gives Royal Family

Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Newlyweds Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, received a present from President Obama and the first lady Tuesday: six donated MacBook Notebook computers to Peace Players International in Belfast Ireland, a charity of the Duke and Duchess' choosing.

The White House said that the president and Mrs. Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II a collection of rare memorabilia and photographs in a handmade leather-bound album that chronologically tells the tale of the Queen's  parents' visit to the United States in 1939.  That trip by King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, was the first to the U.S. by a reigning British monarch.

As for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Obamas gifted him a custom-made set of Fell Pony bits and shanks, as well as original horseshoes worn by recently retired champion carriage horse Jamaica.

Prince Philip has a keen interest in equestrian sports and specifically in carriage driving.  Designed in Colorado and made in Ohio, the set includes several interchangeable bits and each shank is engraved with the Presidential Seal.  A slaughterhouse rescue horse, Jamaica rose to the top of carriage horse competition and was named the 2008 United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year.

The president and first lady also gave the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall a special selection of plants, seedlings, and seeds from the gardens of Mount Vernon, Monticello, and the South Lawn of the White House, as well as jars of honey from the White House beehive.

This one-of-a-kind collection was presented in a specially handcrafted wooden box made from a Magnolia tree that fell on the grounds of the White House during the snowstorm of February 2009.  Magnolia trees have been a fixture on the South Lawn of the White House since the mid-nineteenth century.

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Tuesday
May102011

Prince William, Catherine Depart for Royal Honeymoon

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William and his wife, Catherine, have taken off for their honeymoon, according to St. James' Palace.

The news comes as no surprise since Prince William's car was spotted Monday near his Royal Air Force base along with a police vehicle piled high with luggage.

The big question remains: Where did he and Catherine go?

Rumors have been swirling around that the newlyweds may have gone to places like Jordan, the Caribbean or Australia.  But according to British media, the most speculated spot is a quiet, private island in the Seychelles, off the east African coast.

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