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Monday
Mar182013

Kate Middleton Hoping for a Boy, Says William Wants a Girl

TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Duchess of Cambridge revealed at a St. Patrick’s Day ceremony on Sunday that she and her husband have different hopes for the gender of their first child.

Irish Guardsman Lee Wheeler asked the mother-to-be if she knew the gender of her baby, and she replied, “Not yet,” according to several reports.

“She said, ‘I’d like to have a boy and William would like a girl,’” Wheeler said.  He also added that she told him the royal couple had not yet decided on names for the baby.

The former Kate Middleton was wearing a knee-length green coat with a gold shamrock brooch and a sprig of shamrocks pinned to her coat.  At one point, she laughed as her heel got stuck in a grate and she leaned on her husband for support while she freed her shoe.

The duke and duchess were fulfilling a centuries-old tradition of handing out sprigs of shamrocks to Irish Guards at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire.

Middleton is five months pregnant and expected to give birth in July.  The baby will be third in line to the British throne.

Her baby bump recently began showing after a rocky start to her pregnancy.  She spent four nights in the hospital in December for hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute morning sickness that required her to have supplementary hydration and nutrients.

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Wednesday
Feb132013

Kate Middleton's Baby Bump Exposed

Indigo-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Wherever Kate Middleton goes, controversy is never far behind.

In the latest instance of the Duchess of Cambridge making unwanted headlines, Us Weekly reports that an Italian tabloid is publishing photographs of the pregnant Middleton and her barely-visible baby bump while she and husband Prince William are vacationing on Mustique Island in the Caribbean.

The photos of the couple appear in Chi, which hits newsstands on Wednesday.

The Royal Family is incensed over the photos, especially since it was Chi that ran the topless pictures of Middleton last year that caused a national uproar in Great Britain.

St. James Palace said in a statement that it was "disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas.  This is a clear breach of the couple's right to privacy."

Us Weekly claims a source told the magazine that the fact that Middleton's bump was "exposed so quickly has shaken her up a little.  They thought with the privacy laws on the island they would be able to spend a moment outside of the house without this happening."

The Duchess is due to give birth to the couple's first child in July.

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Thursday
Nov082012

Kate and Pippa Middleton Surprise Shoppers at Charity Event

LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages(LONDON) -- It was a girls' night out for sisters Kate Middleton and Pippa Middleton in London Wednesday as the high-profile pair caught up with each other at a charity shopping event.

Fellow shoppers at the Burlington Arcade Charity Christmas Bazaar were caught off guard when the Duchess of Cambridge and her younger sister showed up to support the event and quickly posted photos of the pair on Twitter to prove their proximity to the royal and royal-in-law.

"Kate and Pippa Middleton spotted at @BurlingtonArcad @CountryTown #BurlingtonBazaar," wrote @ClaireGongMuse.

"Feeling festive with Courvoisier cocktails @BurlingtonArcad in good company of Kate Middleton & Lupo," posted @CourvoisierUK.

Lupo would be the black cocker spaniel puppy Kate Middleton reportedly received as a 30th birthday gift earlier this year from her husband, Prince William, and it was he who proved to be the real surprise guest of the evening, and the only exception to the apparent "girls only" rule.

The duchess, 30, arrived to the event dressed for the cold weather in dark jeans, a brown jacket and black suede boots and with Lupo and her royal protection officer in tow. Pippa Middleton, 29, arrived a bit later, on her own, also in jeans but paired with a blue leather jacket, printed scarf and black knee-high boots.

The roughly $30 admission fee to the event benefited the Ormiston Children and Families Trust, a charity for disadvantaged youth in the East of England.

The Wednesday night sighting marked the first time the two sisters have been seen at a public event together since June, according to British media reports. Both sisters attended the wedding of a close friend of Pippa's near their childhood hometown in late September.

Kate Middleton also attended that event stag, without William, who was, as he was presumed to be Wednesday night also, fulfilling his duties as a search-and-rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force.

Pippa Middleton has been busy since then making appearances and headlines of her own with the publication of her debut book, the party planning guide Celebrate.

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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.

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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
Jun252012

Kate Must Curtsey to ‘Blood Princesses’

PHIL NOBLE/AFP/GettyImages(LONDON) -- Despite the fact Kate Middleton may one day become queen, she recently learned she must bow down (or in this case, curtsey) to “blood princesses” when she’s not in Prince William’s company.

According to the new Windsor protocol, Kate must curtsey to Princess Royal, Princess Alexandra, and the daughters of the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Kate does not need to bend the knee to Beatrice and Eugenie when she is with William, however. But confusingly enough, she still must curtsey to the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, The Telegraph reports.

The Queen recently circulated around the royal household an updated copy of the Order of Precedence, which is an official paper listing, in descending order, the rankings of the different members in the Royal family.

The document clarified Kate’s status: As a former commoner, she must show reverence by curtseying to royal-borns in public and private when her husband, Prince William, is not present. The Countess of Wessex, the wife of Prince Edward, must in turn curtsey to Kate.

According to The Daily Beast, Kate was last seen publicly performing the curtsey two weekends ago when she greeted Prince Philip on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping of the Colour ceremony.

The Order was last updated in 2005 after Prince Charles’s second marriage.

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Monday
Mar192012

Lady Di and Kate: How Middleton’s First Speech Rates

Simon James/FilmMagic(IPSWICH, England) -- Kate Middleton, the newest addition to the British royal family, captivated her country and the rest of the world last April when she married Prince William in an opulent ceremony.

In her latest royal act, the princess delivered her first speech to rave reviews.

But how did her performance compare with William’s late mother, England’s beloved Princess Diana?

According to Dickie Arbiter, royal commentator and former press secretary to the queen, Middleton passed with flying colors.

“The eyes and ears of the world were on her,” Arbiter told ABC News, "...hanging on every word."

Kate’s first public address took place at the opening of The Treehouse, a hospice run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices in Ipswich, England.

She spoke to the children at the center, which supports children and their families with life-threatening illnesses, their families and the hospice workers, saying she was proud to be a patron of the charity.

“When I first visited the hospice in Milton, I had a pre-conceived idea as to what to expect,” she said. “Far from being a clinical, depressing place for sick children, it was a home. Most importantly, it was a family home, a happy place of stability, support and care. It was a place of fun.”

Not only was it Middleton’s first public speech, but she had to deliver it alone. Prince William is completing a six-week Royal Air Force deployment in the Falkand Islands.

In just about everything she does, from what she wears to how she speaks, Middleton has been compared to her late mother-in-law.

And according to Arbiter, Middleton may have had a head start on Lady Di.

“When you start to draw comparisons of Diana coming into the Royal Family in 1981, and Kate coming into the Royal Family in 2011, it is very different,” Arbiter said.

“Diana was 20 when she came in. Kate was 30,” he said. “Kate had a university education, Diana didn’t. Kate had an 8-year relationship with William before she got married to him. Diana barely had an 8-month relationship with Charles....Kate’s had 10 years of growing up. Diana didn’t.”

Arbiter also gives credit to Kate’s teacher -- her husband.

“Kate had eight years of learning through William,” he said. “She had the best teacher in the world. And she learned from him so when she came onto the scene last year in April...she already knew what she had to do. She already knew how to behave.”

But there was one major difference between the two speeches.

Diana, said Arbiter, “said very little in the town hall in Cardiff [,Wales] right at the end of the tour, but what she did say had everyone congratulating her because she spoke in Welsh, which is quite something for anybody,” Arbiter said.

“And that went down very well,” Arbiter said. “We still have yet to see something like that from Kate. It’s not going to happen for a long time, that sort of thing.”

But overall, Arbiter believes Middleton’s first speech was a success.

“Ten of ten,” Arbiter said to describe the duchess’s performance. “Eleven out of ten. She did brilliantly.”

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Monday
Mar192012

Kate Middleton Gives First Public Speech

John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Duchess of Cambridge made her first public speech on Monday at a hospice she recently became a patron of.

Kate Middleton visited The Treehouse, a children’s hospice facility run by one of the charities of which she is a patron, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).  She met with children and their families who receive care and support from the hospice before giving the speech.

After speaking, the duchess planted a tree on the grounds of the facility.

Middleton accepted the position of Royal Patron of EACH in January after visiting a hospice in Milton last fall.

The duchess had been reportedly practicing her speech in front of family, friends and a mirror.

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Wednesday
Feb082012

Kate Middleton Steps Out Solo at National Portrait Gallery

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Taking on her new royal responsibilities with grace, Kate Middleton stepped out solo on her first official engagement Wednesday night, paying a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Middleton, who became a patron of the world-famous art gallery last month, received a private tour of the Lucien Freud exhibit before it opened to the public Thursday.

Middleton shined in a gray tweed, A-line coat dress cinched at the waist, but her husband was notably absent from her side.

Prince William was deployed last week to the Falkland Islands to begin his six-week Royal Air Force search-and-rescue duties. Nevertheless, Middleton was poised and collected, according to the British papers.

In January, Middleton announced that she would be donating her time and support to an array of charitable organizations, including the world-famous art gallery, an art therapy and addiction charity, a group of children’s hospices, and the Scout Association, the British equivalent of the Girl Scouts.

The Duchess of Cambridge is reported to have personally sifted through “a few hundred” potential charities before making her selection of which honorary positions to accept.

For Middleton, who was an art history major at the University of St. Andrews, where she met Prince William, the patronage at the National Gallery and a charity called The Art Room, which provides art therapy to children from five to 16, seemed like a natural choice.

She also threw her support behind the U.K.’s Patron of Action on Addiction, which aims to take a “dynamic and integrated approach to improving our understanding of addiction and our responses to it,” and the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, which aid children with life-threatening diseases.

Middleton reportedly will visit an alcohol-free bar linked to Action on Addiction in the coming weeks, according to the Daily Mail.

Middleton’s involvement and focus on giving back has prompted many comparisons to her mother-in-law, Diana, the Princess of Wales, who was dedicated to a host of philanthropic causes.

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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
Oct282011

Royal Women Now Get Equal Rights to the Throne

John Stillwell - Pool/Getty Images(PERTH, Australia) – The 16 nations of which Queen Elizabeth is a monarch have unanimously voted to change the rules of succession to the throne.

Now, under historic constitutional changes, both female and male members of the royal family will be given equality in the rules of succession.

What does this mean for the royal family? If, for example, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child is a girl, she will be able take precedence over any younger brother in the succession to the throne.

Under current laws that date back more than 300 years, the heir to the throne is to be the firstborn son of the monarch. The crown was formerly only passed to the eldest daughter when there are no sons.

The nations also voted to do away with the laws banning the spouse of a Roman Catholic from taking the throne.

Prime minister David Cameron announced these changes at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia and plans to pass the law in the UK before the next general election.

The Queen was also in attendance, and voiced her opinion that women should have a greater role in society.

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