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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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Friday
Mar012013

Geneticist Imagines What the Royal Baby Will Look Like

Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Image(JOHANNESBURG) -- The world is anxiously awaiting the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child, but one South African geneticist can’t wait until the July due date to see what that baby will look like.

Suretha Erasmus created a series of drawings illustrating what she believe the pairs unborn child could look like as a toddler and teenager, with a boy and a girl version of each.

Erasmus is a private practice genetic counselor at her company CG Network Pty Ltd, and she expects the future monarch of England to have William’s blue eyes and Middleton’s darker hair.

[ VIEW PHOTOS: Is This the Face of the Future Child of Prince William and Kate Middleton? ]

Based on the images, Erasmus thinks a girl would favor Kate Middleton in looks, including inheriting her defined eyebrows and full lashes.

If the child is a boy, he will look more like his father, sharing his jaw line and mouth.

A resemblance to the beloved Princess Diana, Prince William’s mother, is also projected.

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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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Monday
Jan142013

Kate Middleton, Prince William Expecting Baby in July

Danny Martindale/WireImage(LONDON) -- Prince William and Kate Middleton will be welcoming their first baby this summer, Prince Charles' official London residence announced on Monday.

In a statement, Clarence House said, "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July."

The statement continued, "The Duchess's condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month."

Middleton spent four days at London's King Edward VII Hospital in December to be treated for hyperemesis gravidarum, or acute morning sickness.  St. James' Palace announced her pregnancy on Dec. 3, the same day she was hospitalized.

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Wednesday
Jan022013

Prince William Spends New Year's Morning in Daring Rescue Effort

Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- While the rest of the world was ringing in 2013, the heir to the British throne was trying to rescue a man who had been swept out to sea in northwest England.

It was just 15 minutes after midnight in England when the call came in that an unnamed 41-year-old man walking his dog on a pier had been swept into the sea.  Prince William, a helicopter search and rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force, was in the air within a minute, battling 50 mile per hour winds during the 90-minute hunt.

The future king gave up personal time with his pregnant wife, who was, at that moment, celebrating New Years with her family.

The rescue effort failed, however, and the coast guard has called off its search.

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Monday
Dec312012

Are Kate Middleton's Parents Profiting Off Royal Pregnancy?

Danny Martindale/WireImage(LONDON) -- Kate Middleton's parents are unveiling a new line of baby goods with a regal "little prince" and "princess" theme, prompting speculation that the Middletons are already cashing in on their unborn grandchild.

But profiting from the royal baby -- their first grandchild -- isn't such a bad thing for Michael and Carole Middleton, founders of 25-year-old Party Pieces, a mail-order party supply company, said Ian Drew, senior editor at US Weekly magazine.

"They are a party company, OK?" he told ABC News.  "They're based in England and that's what sells there.  People are very into anything that's royalty or relates to the royal family.  They can't be hindered by the fact that they're related to the royal family."

The line includes party plates and other paper products.

It's not the first time the Middletons have been accused of using their daughter's royal connections to sell products from Party Pieces and make a quick buck.  While they make no direct mention or sell anything on their website that can be linked to the royals, the timing has raised eyebrows.

Will and Kate, both 30, announced the pregnancy a few weeks ago.

Party Pieces offered plenty of paraphernalia before the royal wedding in April 2011, and the company even cashed in this year on the queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

"This is England, these are very important historical events over there," Drew said.  "It is the birth of the future heir to the throne; it is the jubilee; it is the royal wedding, but no matter who puts it out, whether it's the Middletons or your regular, average, run of the mill party planner, this is what people want to buy."

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Monday
Dec242012

Kate Middleton to Spend Christmas with Prince William and Her Family

ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- There's no place like Bucklebury for the holidays.  That's where Kate Middleton's parents live and that's where she and Prince William will be spending Christmas, apparently to the chagrin of Queen Elizabeth II, reports Us Weekly.

It seems the Queen holds a Christmas gathering at her Sandringham Estate each year and she expected her grandson and his wife, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to be there as well.

However, Middleton has been suffering from an acute form of morning sickness due to her pregnancy and is laying low with her parents, husband William, and siblings Pippa and James despite Her Majesty acknowledging "this difficult time."

Never one to disappoint, however, Us Weekly reports the Duchess and Duke will make an appearance at Sandringham some point during the holidays.

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Friday
Dec072012

Prince Charles Worries ‘All the Time’ About Military Sons

Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- As the father of two military sons, Prince Charles says he worries “all the time” about Princes William and Harry’s safety.

“As you can imagine, being a parent of two boys in the armed forces, I do share with you the worry and anxiety of not knowing the exact details about our children’s whereabouts,” Prince Charles told a gathering of military members and their families, according to British newspaper The Sun.

He was addressing guests at The Sun’s Military Awards Thursday night in London.

“The younger one is at this moment in Afghanistan,” he said, referring to Prince Harry, 28.  “Fortunately, he rings me every now and then. … And from time to time, I’ve even persuaded him to write me a letter.”

Prince Charles, who himself served in the Navy and Air Force, said he encourages letters over emails or texts because, “In 30 years time or 40 years time, that will be interesting history.”

Harry is an Apache helicopter co-pilot and Prince William is a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot.  

Charles praised the “unending relentless courage” of the armed forces as well as the “extraordinary resilience and the unbelievable support” provided by their families at home.

“I really do understand the worry of service families when their loved ones are serving in somewhere like Afghanistan,” he said, according to The Sun.  “It’s almost easier for those serving away than for those left behind because you worry all the time.”

Prince Charles poked fun at his mischievous younger son by saying, “If I want to see what my children are up to, I look at the front page of The Sun.”

Photos of Harry’s naked partying in Las Vegas were on the newspaper’s cover in August.

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Monday
Dec032012

Regardless of Gender, Kate Middleton and Prince William's Child Can Succeed the Throne

Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images(LONDON) -- The happy news of Kate Middleton's pregnancy brings with it a flurry of questions, one of the hottest being whether the baby is a boy or a girl -- a fact that could have historical significance, as the rules of royal succession are on the cusp of changing.

On Monday, representatives from St. James Palace officially announced that their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting a baby. And because of proposed changes in rules that came late last year, it is anticipated that -- boy or girl -- the child can eventually succeed to the throne.

The reforms were first announced in October 2011 by Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to Australia. Cameron said the constitutional changes to remove male preference in succession had been agreed upon by the commonwealth nations.

The change means that if Middleton gives birth to a girl, the child will take precedence over younger brothers in the line of succession and will become monarch.

Although U.K. legislation has not yet been passed to change the existing succession laws, in May the queen confirmed at the opening of Parliament that the British government would work with commonwealth countries to bring in a new royal succession law. It is understood that proposed legislation would apply to descendants of the current Prince of Wales, Charles, Prince William's father.

U.K. legislation will be introduced once 14 of the 16 commonwealth nations have agreed to change their laws.

The rules, as they stood until last year, not only gave boys precedence over girls when it came to the monarchy but also prevented future monarchs from marrying Catholics.

"[The change] brings the British monarchy into line with other European monarchies," Carolyn Harris, a teaching fellow and royal historian at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, told ABC News.

When the U.K. moved to change its rules, it followed several of its neighboring countries, who over the past few decades had made such reforms. The Swedish Parliament had made the change to oldest child in 1980, whether a boy or a girl, in the interest of gender equality -- despite the king's protest. The Netherlands followed suit in 1983, Norway in 1990, Belgium in 1991 and Denmark in 2009.

The new succession rules for the British commonwealth nations reflect modern ideas about gender equality, Harris said, and the recognition that women who had become queens in the British monarch had held long and successful reigns.

"A lot of those queens that England has had have become iconic figures," Harris said. "The current queen is very popular as well. There's quite a positive association with female rulers in the United Kingdom."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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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