Entries in Royal Couple (4)


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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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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Prince William and Wife Get New Digs, Hire Servants

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- After exchanging vows amidst the pomp and circumstance of a lavish royal wedding, Prince William and his new wife, the former Kate Middleton, vowed to live as much of an ordinary life as possible.

But now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as the couple is officially known, are advertising for household servants to help with the realities of day-to-day life, from housekeeping to dressing.

The royal call for help comes as the couple settles in after marriage and prepares to move into their new London apartment at Kensington Palace, William's childhood home.

Their primary residence will remain a small house in Anglesey, an island off the coast of northwest Wales where William, 27, serves as a Royal Air Force helicopter rescue pilot.

But Kensington Palace will now be their London home, to accommodate the couple for weekend and official visits.

The couple had previously been staying with William's brother, Prince Harry, at St. James Palace during their London stays.

The move to Kensington means the couple will now have a place of their own, and all the demands that come with being a royal "homeowner."

The new hires, palace officials say, will be based in London and will not be required to travel when the couple returns to their home in Anglesey. 

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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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