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Wednesday
Oct102012

Prince William Attends Funeral of Childhood Nanny

Tim Graham/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William put professional obligations aside for the day to say goodbye to a woman who was by his side throughout his childhood.

William, the second-in-line to the British throne, attended the funeral of Olga Powell, a nanny to the royal family for 15 years, who died last month at the age of 82.

Powell first entered Prince William's life when the young prince was just six months old, according to ITV. She continued to watch William and, soon, his younger brother, Prince Harry, throughout their formative years and saw them through the divorce of their parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and the death of Princess Diana just years later, in 1997.

William, 30, cancelled engagements with his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, to attend the private service, held in Harlow, Essex, U.K. He was seen in photographs wearing a dark suit and surrounded by his extended family on his mother's side, including Diana's sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale.

Prince Harry, 27, did not attend the service because he is currently serving a four-month deployment in Afghanistan with the British Army.

Powell, who was frequently seen in photographs shepherding the young princes, reportedly kept in touch after she ended her service to the royals when William was around 15, attending William's 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle and his wedding to Middleton in April 2011. She also attended Prince Harry's confirmation at Eton College in 2000, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail also reported that Powell's family requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her honor to Prince Harry's own charity, Sentebale, which he created to provide support for children and orphans in Lesotho, Africa.

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Wednesday
Sep122012

Prince William, Kate Spark Pregnancy Rumors

Niall Carson - WPA Pool/Getty Images(SINGAPORE) -- Kate Middleton’s wardrobe -- estimated to be one tiara and 30 outfits strong -- during her tour through Asia with Prince William was expected to grab headlines.

Now, it’s what her wardrobe could be hiding -- a growing belly bump -- that is making all the news.  

The 30-year-old Duchess, the subject of pregnancy rumors since the day she and Prince William wed last April, is sparking rumors once again that she may be carrying a royal heir after choosing water over wine at an official state dinner with Singapore’s president and prime minister.

While William, also 30, and others raised glasses of wine to toast the country’s Queen, Kate, dressed fashionably in a gown by Singapore-born designer Prabal Garang, twice politely declined and chose water instead, sparking a flurry of speculation.

Pregnancy rumors emerged in April, as the couple celebrated their one-year anniversary, and last November, when the couple were reportedly preparing a nursery and after cameras caught Kate politely declining to sample a bite of peanut paste as she and Prince William visited a United Nations aid depot in Copenhagen.

“Things like this, people do look at them and wonder if they are signs,” Victoria Murphy, royal correspondent for UK’s The Mirror told ABC News.  “People are whispering and going on, 'Is she pregnant?  Is she pregnant?'”

The rumors on this trip were further fueled by Prince William himself when he, for the first time, put a specific number on the size of the royal family he’d like to have, telling a fan he wants to have two children with Kate.

In May, the prince, a helicopter rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force, told ABC News’ Katie Couric he and Kate were eager to have children.

“I’m just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I, you know, are looking forward to having a family in the future,” the Duke of Cambridge said.  

The revelation came on Wednesday, the couple’s second day in Singapore on a tour of the Far East and South Pacific as part of the worldwide celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

In addition to the state dinner, William and Kate toured a Rolls Royce jet engine factory and unveiled the first engine produced by the plant, which opened earlier this year.  The day before, they visited the nation’s Botanic Gardens where they viewed an orchid named after themselves and one named after William’s late mother, Princess Diana, that she never got to see for herself before she died.

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Tuesday
Sep112012

Prince William and Kate Pay Tribute to Princess Diana in Singapore

ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/GettyImages(SINGAPORE) -- Prince William and Kate Middleton touched down in Singapore Tuesday to kick-off of their eight-day tour of Southeast Asia to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first stop a memorable one, visiting the city’s famed Botanic Gardens to view orchids, including one named after William’s late mother, Princess Diana, whose death in an August 1997 car crash came just weeks before she was scheduled to visit the gardens to see the orchid.

“It’s beautiful,” Prince William, 30, said, according to the BBC, pausing to view the flower with his wife, whom his mother also never got to meet.

William and Kate then got to see, for the first time, an orchid the gardens named in their own honor, the Vanda William Catherine.  The pink orchid is described as a free-flowering orchid hybrid with white petals and purple-red spots surrounded by a dark purple edge.

Middleton, 30, whose fashion choices will no doubt grab headlines throughout the trip, stood out in a pink kimono-style dress with an orchid pattern -- seen as a nod to her Singaporean hosts -- by British designer Jenny Packham.

The overwhelming reaction the couple received on their first official overseas trip to North America last summer was matched Tuesday in Singapore, where locals were overjoyed to see the royals.

A crowd of nearly 200 people reportedly gathered outside the Raffles Hotel where the couple is staying to cheer their arrival on Tuesday.

“It was like Christmas,” one local told ABC News’ Bob Woodruff.  “We’re excited.  We couldn’t sleep last night.”

“It’s uplifting,” said another.  “It’s exciting and it’s away from all the depressiveness of recessions and Eurocrises.”

During the rest of their trip, Kate and William will travel to four countries and are expected to engage with the locals through sporting activities, wearing traditional dress and even traveling by canoe.

The pair will conclude their trip with some downtime, staying at a luxurious private estate in the island nation of Tuvalu.

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Monday
Sep102012

Prince William and Kate Middleton Set to Embark on Asia Tour

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Kate Middleton and Prince William are preparing to take their glamour and goodwill from England to the Far East in a nine-day trip that will mark a series of firsts for the young couple.

After enjoying a mini four-day vacation together at a secluded chateau in the south of France, William and Kate are now on their way to Singapore for a continuation of the Diamond Jubilee World Tour celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year of reign.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 30, will travel to four countries in just nine days, traveling from Singapore to Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and, finally, Tuvalu.

Crowds are expected to match the thousands that lined the streets for a glimpse of the couple in their first official overseas tour last June and July in North America.

One of the first stops for the couple, who celebrated their one-year anniversary in April, will be an orchid-naming ceremony at the Singapore Botanic Gardens where each will have an orchid named in their honor. They’ll also be able to view an orchid named after William’s late mother, Princess Diana, shortly before her death in 1997 and before she had a chance to view the flower herself.

On Thursday Kate will make her first official overseas speech when she addresses staff and patients at the Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

Much of the couple’s wide-ranging itinerary was said to have been personally selected by William’s grandmother, the queen. That itinerary will include William and Kate visiting a rainforest, embarking on a war canoe journey, visiting a local school and university and attending a youth conference, among other things.

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Thursday
Aug232012

Prince William Rescues Injured Hiker in Wales

Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool/Getty Images(ANGLESEY, Wales) -- While the world is abuzz over Prince Harry's partying naked in Las Vegas, his older brother, Prince William, is making headlines of his own, with his clothes fully on.

The 30-year-old Duke of Cambridge, who serves as a search-and-rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force (RAF), completed his second rescue in four days Monday when he helped pull an injured Canadian hiker from the coast of Anglesey, Wales.

Darlene Burton, 58, of Barrie, Ontario, was completing a 10-day hike around the island of Anglesey when she slipped on a rock and broke her left leg, Canada's Globe and Mail reported.

Her husband, Lawrence Oakley, flagged down a local fisherman who called for help but the paramedics who responded to the scene were not able to help her, he told the paper.

Paramedics called in the RAF to help and Prince William piloted the RAF Sea King helicopter to the rescue.

"They all know up here that that's his job," Oakley told the Globe and Mail by phone from the hospital in Bangor where Burton was taken. "He assisted in helping Darlene when they moved the stretcher out [of the helicopter]."

Burton underwent surgery to repair multiple fractures to her leg, Oakley told the paper.

William piloted a rescue mission last Thursday to save a 16-year-old girl who had been swept out to sea off the coast of Silver Bay in Anglesey. The girl and her 13-year-old sister had been body-boarding in the water when they were caught on a riptide. The older girl remained stranded in the water until an RAF rescue helicopter captained by the prince came to her rescue and pulled her safely to shore.

Prince William became an RAF search-and-rescue captain in May. His No. 22 Squadron is based in Anglesey, close to where the rescues took place and where he and wife, Kate Middleton, have set up home.

William was forced to miss the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics earlier this month, leaving his wife and Prince Harry to fulfill his official role, because of his RAF duties.

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Friday
Aug172012

Prince William Helps Rescue Teen Girl at Sea

Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William was working his day job as a search-and-rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force (RAF) Thursday afternoon when a call came in that a 16-year-old girl had been swept out to sea off the coast of Silver Bay in Anglesey.

The girl, who has not been identified, and her 13-year-old sister had been body-boarding in the water when they were caught on a riptide, according to the BBC.  As the girl tried to help her younger sister, she also became distressed.

While the younger sister was able to be pulled safely to shore by onlookers, the 16-year-old remained stranded in the water.

Less than 38 seconds after receiving a distress call, an RAF rescue helicopter captained by Prince William came to her rescue.

With the aid of two surfers waving and pointing to the area where the girl was stranded, William swooped the helicopter down to the waters while his winchman, Master Aircrew Harry Harrison, pulled the older sister out of the water.

“When I got to her, the elder girl was clearly exhausted and was going under the water for what was the very last time,” Harrison told the BBC.  “We never know what we’ll face when we’re called out, this was one rescue where we truly did arrive in the nick of time and managed to save two young lives.”

Both sisters were taken to a nearby hospital as a precautionary measure but were said to have suffered from only the shock and cold of the water.

There was no word on whether the 16-year-old realized the famous pilot behind her rescue, but the RAF said she thanked Harrison on the way to the hospital for saving her, according to the BBC.

Prince William became an RAF search-and-rescue captain in May.  His No. 22 Squadron is based in Anglesey, close to where the rescue took place and where he and wife, Kate Middleton, have set up home.

William was forced to miss the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics, leaving his wife and brother, Prince Harry to fulfill his official role, because of his RAF duties.

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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.

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Tuesday
May292012

Prince William Tells Katie Couric He’s Eager for Kids

Katie Couric interviews Prince William for the ABC network special, "The Jubilee Queen With Katie Couric." (Credit: Mark Large)(LONDON) -- One year after their marriage, Prince William said that he and wife, Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, are eager to have children. What he didn’t say was exactly when the world could expect to meet the next British royal heir.

“I’m just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I, you know, are looking forward to having a family in the future,” the Duke of Cambridge, 29, said in an interview with ABC News’ Katie Couric. Asked by Couric if there was anything else he wanted to share, he answered with a laugh, “You won’t get anything out of me. Tight lipped.”

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, celebrating her 60 years on the throne, Couric conducted several rare interviews with members of the royal family, including TRH Prince Harry, The Duke of Cambridge Prince William and The Duke of York Prince Andrew, which aired Tuesday night in an ABC News special, The Jubilee Queen With Katie Couric.

Speculation about whether Kate Middleton is pregnant has been swirling for months. Meanwhile, whenever the royal couple does have children, it appears likely their first-born will be in line for the throne regardless of gender. Last year, the heads of 16 Commonwealth countries agreed to a change in the rules of succession so that first-born children of either gender -- rather than only first-born males -- can take the throne. (Queen Elizabeth II was only eligible to be sovereign because her father had no male children.) The British Parliament must still amend existing law to make the succession change official.

“Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen,” British Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters last year.

Prince William said he thought it was strange that his family planning was the subject of headlines, but he tries not to let it bother him.

What does bother the prince, however, is the decision he has to make by the end of this year: whether to take another tour of duty with the Royal Air Force -- where he is a flight lieutenant -- or assume royal duties full-time.

“I’m still trying to decide,” he said. “It’s a really difficult one because I really enjoy my time in the Air Force. And I’d love to continue it. But the pressures of my other life are building. And fighting them off or balancing the two of them has proven quite difficult.”

Like his older brother, Prince Harry has followed his family’s long-standing tradition of military service. He is a captain in the British Army Air Corps and famously had a tour in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008.

In Afghanistan, he said, he learned what it meant to fight for queen and country.

“Once you’re in the military, she means a lot more to you than just a grandmother. She is the queen. And then you suddenly, it’s like start realizing, you know, wow, this is quite a big deal. And then you get goosebumps and then the rest of it,” he said.

Prince Harry is still figuring out his personal life, he said. The 27-year-old prince shared with Couric his own desire for a family.

“I’ve longed for kids since I was very, very young. And so…I’m waiting to find the right person, someone who’s willing to take on the job,” he said.

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Monday
May142012

Royals Revel in Annual Weekend of Polo

Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A polo match is never just a polo match, at least when the new generation of England’s royal family is involved. Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton proved that lesson true this weekend when the headline-grabbing trio showed up for the Audi Polo Challenge, an annual event to raise funds for the princes’ favorite charities.

Middleton was kept company on the sidelines watching her husband, William, the Duke of Cambridge, and brother-in-law Prince Harry, 27, play in the match by a royal aide and the newest addition to the royal family, the couple’s dog Lupo.

Lupo had free reign off the polo field and reportedly took advantage of it, romping around the sidelines, making friends with fellow dogs and charming some of the other 200 attendees.

Harry had particular interest in this year's match, held in Ascot, England, as all the proceeds went to one of his favored charities, Sentebale.

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Wednesday
May022012

Slice of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Wedding Cake Up for Auction

pfcauctions.com(LONDON) -- You can have a piece of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding cake if the price is right.

Days after the royal couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary, a slice of their wedding cake is up for auction online, where it is expected to fetch as much as $1,500.

The slice, believed to be the first up for auction, is from the multi-tiered, traditional fruit cake that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge served to guests at an afternoon reception at Buckingham Palace on their big day. Each of its layers was adorned with white icing and 17 varieties of 900 iced flowers and leaves, according to cake designer Fiona Cairns, who spoke to ABC News at the time.

The piece of cake comes in the white and gold presentation tin that was given out to 650 guests at the luncheon that day. A printed note from Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and the 16-page Order of Service from Westminster Abbey, which includes the vows, hymns and prayers from the ceremony, are also included.

“We anticipate worldwide interest,” Kylie Whitehead of PFC Auctions, the online auction house offering the cake, told the U.K.’s The Sun. “We believe that this is the first piece of William and Kate’s wedding cake to appear at auction....It’s a fantastic opportunity to own such a personal piece of memorabilia from the future king and queen.”

The seller’s identity has not been disclosed. Bidding starts at £100, or approximately $160, and runs  through May 24, according the PFC Auctions website.

Cake from the 1973 wedding of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips is also up for auction, as well as the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. In 2008, a buyer paid $1,830 for an elaborately decorated, 9-inch-square piece of cake from Charles and Diana’s nuptials. The royal dessert came with a signed thank-you letter from the couple.

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