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Wednesday
Apr252012

Prince William and Kate Middleton Step Out at Movie Premiere

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William and Kate Middleton are just days away from celebrating their first wedding anniversary, but the couple put their celebrations aside to take a spin on the red carpet.

The high-wattage royal couple stepped out today at the London premiere of the Disneynature film African Cats, a movie about lions and cheetahs that was directed by the couple's friend, and Madonna ex, Guy Ritchie.

The London skies were dark and drizzly for the premiere event, but Middleton, 30, still managed to shine in a gray dress hemmed with jeweled turquoise by British designer Matthew Williamson.  Her husband, 29-year-old Prince William, proved ever the gentleman by holding an umbrella above his bride while the couple made the short, but wet, walk from their chauffeured car to inside the BFI Southbank Theater, where the screening was held, according to the UK newspaper The Mirror.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they are formally known, were on hand to support the film because it benefits one of Prince William's charitable causes, the Tusk Trust charity.

William has been a royal patron of the Tusk Trust conservation charity since 2005 and delivered brief remarks after the event.

"I would just ask one thing of you," he said, according to a transcript of his prepared remarks released by the palace.  "Spread the word about the work of Tusk and other organizations engaged in this battle to preserve Africa's unique natural heritage....There is nowhere more awe-inspiring or beautiful than the vast plains of Kenya's Maasai Mara....We have to preserve places like this...not just for us, but for future generations."

William also spoke of his personal experiences in the area, describing a trip to Botswana he took with his younger brother, Prince Harry.  It was also in Africa, two years ago, while on vacation in Kenya, that William asked then-28-year-old commoner Middleton to marry him.

The red carpet appearance market the first time the couple has appeared together at a public event since William returned from his nearly seven-week deployment to the Falkland Islands last month.  The couple will celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary this Sunday, April 29.

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Monday
Apr232012

Prince William and Kate Middleton to Run London Marathon?

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- If you say it, they will run.

That was the approach taken by England's Prince Harry when he volunteered his older brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate Middleton, to run next year's London Marathon while on live television.

The royal jester was greeting the nearly 40,000 runners who finished the London Marathon Sunday when he thought the field would benefit from the addition of two very high-profile runners.

"What's fantastic is my brother and his wife will be doing it next year," the prince told BBC's Sue Barker, during a live interview broadcast across the country.

"You've just said that live on air," Barker said, to which Harry replied, "He's going to have to do it now, isn't he?"

Harry, 27, attended the marathon in his role as Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust.  He was presenting trophies to the winners of this year's race, Kenyans Mary Keitany and Wilson Kipsang, when he made the announcement.

The prince's comments set the Internet abuzz with visions of England's most-photographed and sought-after couple running for 26.2 miles around the country's capital city, but his statement was chalked up to another one of the colorful prince's colorful asides.

According to the BBC, a Clarence House spokesman said the royal couple -- William, 29, and Middleton, 30, --  had no plans to enter the race, and that Harry's comments "were said in jest."

As for the big talker himself, Harry also had a quick-witted response as to why he himself had not yet run the marathon.

"I have been trying to get myself a place for years. I can't get myself a place. What do you have to do?" he said.

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Wednesday
Apr042012

Is Kate Middleton Pregnant?

Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) -- Days before Kate Middleton and Prince William's April 29th anniversary, the rumor mill is rampant with speculation that Middleton, 30, might be pregnant with a royal heir.

People magazine devoted the cover of its latest issue to the topic, citing palace sources in reporting that the couple has put plans for an upcoming trip to Africa on hold – the vaccinations Middleton would need are dangerous for a fetus, the magazine reports – and have “babies on the brain.”

But others are quick to deny those rumors.

“Kate is not pregnant or about to make a pregnancy announcement,” a source close to Middleton told Us Weekly magazine.

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Wednesday
Mar282012

Prince Harry to Move in With Royal Newlyweds

Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) -- The wedding gifts may have included “his and hers” towels but now it looks like Wills and Kate will need an extra set of “his.”

Little brother Harry will move out of St. James’s Palace, where he shared a suite of rooms with his brother, and into the newlyweds’ new digs at Kensington Palace. The two royal brothers know this place well. They used to live there with mother Diana when they were younger.

Harry, 27, is now living in what has been described as a modest one-bedroom apartment. And should the prince want privacy in his new pad, he can because it comes complete with a small kitchen and a living room so he won’t have to disturb William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The newlyweds are living in a cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace, while their apartment, which is Princess Margaret’s old place, gets a much-needed million-dollar makeover. Prince Harry will move into the cottage once the renovation is finished next year.

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Wednesday
Mar212012

Prince William Returns Home From Falklands Tour

Ben Stansall/ WPA Pool/Getty Image(LONDON) -- Prince William is back home in Great Britain on Wednesday after spending nearly seven weeks away on a deployment to the Falkland Islands.

St. James’s Palace confirmed that William, 29, landed safely Wednesday morning at the Brize Norton Royal Air Force (RAF) base in Oxfordshire, England.  He will travel to his home in London at Kensington Palace where he will be reunited with his wife, Kate Middleton, Wednesday afternoon.

Middleton, 30, was not on hand to meet her prince as he stepped off the aircraft, in line with RAF routine followed by William’s fellow soldiers, the palace said.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as the couple are formally known, will enjoy a few days of rest before William returns to his duties as a Royal Air Force helicopter rescue pilot in Anglesey, Wales, where the couple has a home.

Prince William departed for the Falklands on Feb. 1.  He was said by islanders to have kept a low profile, reportedly visiting the local hospital and making a trip to a remote island home to penguins, sea lions and elephant seals, but his tour of duty did spark controversy.

The presence of William, deployed as part of a four-man team on call for search and rescue missions, and other British soldiers stirred tensions with Argentina, which claims the islands nearly 300 miles off its coast.  The Duke was branded “William the conqueror” by Argentina’s Foreign Ministry in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the nation’s April 1982 invasion of the islands.

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Monday
Feb132012

Prince William and Kate Middleton's Plane Scare Revealed

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- While the rest of the world was fixated last November on whether Kate Middleton was pregnant, she and her husband, Prince William, were focused on a close call with their airplane, according to reports.

British media report that the British Airways flight the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were traveling on at the end of their humanitarian mission to Denmark in November was 200 feet from landing at London’s Heathrow Airport when the pilot had to make an emergency steep climb back into the air because another aircraft had not cleared the runway in time.

A British Airways official confirmed that the close call scare took place on Nov. 2 aboard the royals' flight BA0821, but described the pilot's maneuver as just a "standard procedure," UK tabloid The People was first to report.

Neither Middleton, 30, William, 29, or the rest of the passengers aboard the 162 seat Airbus flight were hurt, but Middleton was left "deeply unsettled," the magazine reports.

The newlyweds had been visiting Copenhagen on one of their first joint humanitarian trips abroad to visit a United Nations facility and learn more about the situation in drought-stricken East Africa.

Clarence House has not issued a comment on the plane incident.

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Sunday
Jan152012

New Member of the Royal Family? A Black Labrador Puppy

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- There appears to be a new addition to the royal family, but it’s not the baby everybody has been hoping for. This one is small and furry with four legs and big floppy ears.

It seems Prince William gave his wife, Kate Middleton, a puppy for her 30th birthday last week. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been spotted out around their Wales cottage with a small black Labrador.

“The dog is ever so cute,” a source told British newspaper The Mirror. “The Duke and Duchess have been seen with it several times and he runs along at their heels. They are constantly in fits of laughter as it tries to catch them up.”

The couple hasn’t said anything about the new member of the family, so it could be that Kate gave Wills the dog. He had a black lab named Widgeon when he was young.

Kate is a well-known animal lover; she recently won praise from animal rights activists for opting out of the royal family’s Boxing Day pheasant shoot.

The puppy, whose name isn’t known, isn’t the only gift Kate has received recently. Clarence House, the royal administrative center, recently published a list of some of the presents the royal couple was given during their Canadian visit. The pair got mosquito traps, a soapstone sculpture, snow goggles, a papier-mâché doll and a jar of Vegemite.

The most extravagant gift was jewel encrusted polar bear-themed bling: a 4.5 carat diamond brooch for Kate and 2.48 carat diamond cufflinks for Wills.

Kate turned 30 on Jan. 9.

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Tuesday
Jan102012

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Travel Gifts Revealed

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- What do you get a royal couple who has everything? How about caribou antler goggles and a dragonfly brooch? Or a peacock feather fascinator? A rag doll?

That’s what three anonymous Canadians gave Prince William and Kate Middleton during their royal visit to North America this summer.

Buckingham Palace posted the full list of official gifts given to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their 2011 overseas tours on their website Tuesday, and the items run the gamut.

There are tons of traditional gift items like books, DVDs, pens, souvenirs, commemorative medallions, jewelry, scented soaps and art.

Other items have clear local or historical significance, such as framed aboriginal artwork the mayor of the City of Ipswich in Australia gave them during their March 2011 visit, or a “carved and inscribed building fragments from Christchurch earthquake” from New Zealand.

Then there’s the odder swag. Anonymous fans in Australia gave the couple a sleeping bag, a jar of Vegemite and a dog toy. There’s also a global selection of hats -- baseball caps, cowboy hats, a “wide-brimmed hat,” an Akubra hat from Australia, blue hats, and fascinators -- so the royal couple will never be lacking in the headwear department.

From their visit to California this summer, the royal newlyweds got an iPad from the California governor, and on a slightly stranger note, a teddy bear from the chief of staff to the British ambassador, and four coasters from the Santa Barbara county coroner.

Public officials who give gifts to members of the royal family are listed by title, according to the palace, but individuals who aren’t heads of state or don’t hold public office aren’t named. Members of the public can also give gifts during events and engagements on tours and it’s all meticulously recorded.

Official gifts accrued by royals on tours are technically received on behalf of the monarch, but the royals who receive them can make full use of the items, according to the UK's Telegraph.

Click here to see the full list.

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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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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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