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Monday, December 31, 2012

Prince William and Kate Missed at Sandringham Church Services on Sunday

Caption: The Queen receives a bouquet of flowers from a child outside Sandringham church Photo: Alban Donohoe 

Vera Bradley Designs, Inc.The Duke and Duchess spent Christmas Day with the Middleton family in Bucklebury, Berkshire, but it was thought they would join other members of the Royal Family for a service at the Queen’s Norfolk residence on Sunday.

Instead the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, attended the service at St Mary Magdalene Church without them.

Buckingham Palace would not comment on the reasons for the pair’s decision not to attend, although sources suggest that Prince William, a Royal Air Force pilot, is on standby for search and rescue duties between Christmas and New Year.

It is understood they paid a brief visit to the Queen's Norfolk residence earlier in the week, during which they attended a shoot on the estate but left before today's church service. Click link for full post from THE TELEGRAPH

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Camilla Receives Christmas Present Poking Fun of Kate and the Topless Photos Incident

FILE PHOTO: Caption: The Duchess of Cornwall received a cartoon relating to the Duchess of Cambridge as a Christmas present Photo: REX FEATURES

The Duchess of Cornwall received a Telegraph Matt cartoon which poked fun at the Duchess of Cambridge for Christmas from her former husband Andrew Parker Bowles.

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All thing considered, it was a quietly seditious Christmas present that the Duchess of Cornwall received from Andrew Parker Bowles this year.

Mandrake hears that, when the Royal Family gathered around the tree at Sandringham to unwrap their presents on Christmas Eve, as is their custom, Camilla found that her former husband had acquired for her an original Telegraph Matt cartoon which poked fun at the Duchess of Cambridge.

The cartoon, which first appeared in September at the height of the controversy surrounding the publication of the topless photographs of Kate Middleton in the French edition of Closer magazine, adroitly linked the affair to the Government’s proposed cull of badgers. A badger was depicted in a field brandishing a copy of Closer with the caption: “Badgers blamed for spreading Kate photos.” Click link for full post from THE TELEGRAPH

Friday, December 28, 2012

Prince Charles Praises British Troops in Christmas Message

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Prince Charles has spoken to British forces fighting in Afghanistan to tell them that the nation owes them "an everlasting debt of gratitude". He thanked them for their "fortitude and relentless courage".

In a pre-recorded message broadcast on radio on Boxing Day, he said that all troops serving "in far off lands" were in his thoughts and prayers.

 He joked that he had been sent a "very rare and precious letter" from Prince Harry, serving in Afghanistan.

His  son is an Apache helicopter pilot, serving as part of the 100-strong 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps in Helmand province.

The Prince's broadcast was aired on the British Forces Broadcasting Service radio on the Total Ops Connection programme, broadcast across the world from Camp Bastion.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Kate to Put Overseas Tours on Hold for 2013

Caption: The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to take maternity leave from royal duties after her baby is born next year Photo: Paul Grover

The Duchess will give birth to her first child next summer, meaning she is likely to be unavailable for any foreign trips before the end of the year.

No plans had been made for any overseas trips at the time she announced her pregnancy, and royal aides said it would be “unusual” for her to be asked to travel within a few months of the birth.

A royal source said: “The Duchess will give birth at some point in 2013 and it would be unusual for her to travel in the couple of months after that. “No overseas tour has yet been planned for next year, and obviously the arrival of the baby will have an effect on the Duchess’s diary. Click link for full post from THE TELEGRAPH 

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Wills and Kate Spend Christmas with the Middletons for Quiet Christmas

Caption: Merry Christmas Ma'am: The Queen cracks a broad smile as she leaves st Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham. She has been recovering from a cold but a Palace spokesman said she had been determined to attend the service

Over a thousand well-wishers turned out at Sandringham this morning to wish the Queen a merry Christmas as she and Prince Philip celebrate the day without the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge or Prince Harry.

The Queen, who has been recovering from a cold, was well enough to attended morning service at st Mary Magdalene church where she was greeted by adoring crowds.

Updated: The Palace has requested that NO pictures of William and Kate from Christmas be published.  DAILY Mail responds: Christmas Pictures

Splinter group: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at St Mark's Church, Englefield, Berkshire this morning. They are spending Christmas with the Middleton family, Michael, Carole, Pippa and James  Click for full post from DAILYMAIL

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Wills and Kate Make it to Sandringham for Pheasant Shoot on Boxing Day
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have finally joined the rest of the Royal Family for a belated Christmas celebration, after choosing to spend the festive season with the Middleton family instead.

William and Kate arrived at Sandringham House, the Queen’s private estate in Norfolk, early on Boxing Day just in time for Prince Philip’s annual pheasant shoot. Click link for full post from DAILYMAIL

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Prince Harry to Serve Dinner to British Soldiers at Camp Bastion

Caption (left): Seasonal greetings: A Christmas tree decorates part of the high-security Forward Operating Base Price

Caption (right): Pre-Christmas dinner: The Prime Minister Cameron eats a turkey dinner with British soldiers during a visit to Forward Operating Base Price in Helmand Province this week

Prince Harry is to add some royal cheer to festive celebrations at Camp Bastion by serving up Christmas lunch. The third in line has offered to take help out by carving a huge turkey to dish out to hundreds of junior soldiers at Camp Bastion.

Macys UKIt is a tradition for officers to treat lower ranks to their meal on Christmas Day, but will be in strict contrast to the lavish meal the Apache pilot has served up by butlers every year at Sandringham with the royal family. Click link for full post from DAILYMAIL

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Queen Heads Off to Sandringham for Christmas

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Caption: Queen Elizabeth, left, arrives at King's Cross train station today to take a train to King's Lynn for their annual Christmas break at Sandringham

The Queen and Prince Philip were greeted by excited workmen today as they arrived at King's Cross station to take a train to Sandringham for their annual Christmas stay.

Their well-wishers - a group of construction workers - snapped away with their camera phones as the couple stepped out of their car.

In keeping with tradition, the Royal couple then boarded a train to King's Lynn station in Norfolk on a 90-minute journey to the private estate where they will enjoy the festivities surrounded by family.

She surprised other passengers by travelling first class on the 10.45am First Capital Connect service from the station.

They discreetly joined more than 50 other unsuspecting people on the train. The scheduled service, which had no buffet car or refreshments trolley, went via Cambridge and arrived six minutes late at 12.26pm in King's Lynn, Norfolk.

Click link for full post from DAILYMAIL

Friday, December 21, 2012

Kate Attends Royal Lunch at Buckingham Palace

Caption: The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Buckingham Palace for HM the Queen's annual family Christmas Lunch Photo: ENIGMA

Vera Bradley Designs, Inc.The Duchess has attended her second celebration in two days, as she joined senior members of the Royal family for lunch.

Around 40 members of the family joined the Queen for an annual luncheon, including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duke of Cambridge arrived separately from his wife, with both reported to have attracted cheers from small crowds outside the palace.

The Duke of York and his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie also attended, along with the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and their children.

Click link for full post from The Telegraph

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

William and Kate Make Surprise Appearance at their Household Office Party

Recovery: The Duchess' appearance was the second since she was released from hospital on December 6, the first being her surprise appearance at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards 

HarrodsThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise appearance at their office Christmas party this afternoon. The couple’s choice of venue for their annual Household bash was not, however, The Ritz or some other glitzy high-end venue - but a local London restaurant chain.

William and Kate turned up with minimal fuss to Bumpkin in Notting Hill, where they had hired, appropriately, The Queen’s Room, (so called because of a giant frame portrait of the monarch, the prince’s grandmother, which hangs from the wall.

Click link for full post from DAILYMAIL

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

HISTORIC: The Queen Makes History as She Attends her first Cabinet Meeting. - hellomagazine.com

Downing Street announced that the monarch would take her place as an observer during the weekly round table discussion where Prime Minister David Cameron fields concerns and questions from senior government colleagues.

Reiss UKQueen was given a prominent seat between Mr Cameron and his Foreign Secretary William Hague. Although the sovereign had observer status at the engagement, she was expected to briefly address the politicians present.

It was the first time a monarch had attended cabinet since the reign of Queen Victoria – Elizabeth II's great-great grandmother and the only other British royal to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee after reaching sixty years on the throne.

Click link for full post from HelloMagazine:  The Queen makes history as she attends her first Cabinet meeting. - hellomagazine.com

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Kate Returns to Hand Out Sports Personality of the Year Award

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Caption: Popular choice: Bradley Wiggins receives the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award from the Duchess of Cambridge

She was a passionate and dedicated cheerleader for our athletes during this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics. And it seems nothing would stop the Duchess of Cambridge continuing that role last night – not even the crippling form of morning sickness that has plagued her for the last two weeks.

She made her first formal public appearance since her pregnancy was announced at he BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in London, where she presented two awards. Click link for full post from the DailyMail

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Pippa Goes on Book Signing Tour with Discounted Book

Caption: Recipe for success: Pippa signs one of many cut-price copies of Celebrate

It surely wasn’t what she – or the publisher who stumped up a £400,000 advance – expected.

But Pippa Middleton’s party-planning book has struggled to sell after attracting an avalanche of unkind reviews blasting its advice as ‘glaringly obvious’.

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If she is disheartened, however, ‘Her Royal Hotness’ isn’t showing it – and has even launched a tireless book-signing blitzkrieg in an attempt to turn things around.

Click link for full post from The DAILYMAIL

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Prince William leaves Kate Recovering at Home to Attend The Hobbit Pemiere - hellomagazine.com

Leaving his pregnant wife, Kate Middleton, to recover at home from acute morning sickness, Prince William flew solo as he attended the royal UK premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in London's Leicester Square on Wednesday night.

Austin Reed (US)The Prince walked the "green carpet" with the cinema's general manager Tessa Street and confessed that the Duchess of Cambridge "would have loved to have been here if she could". Click link for full post from Hello Magazine. Kate Middleton pregnant: Prince William leaves Kate recovering at home to attend The Hobbit premiere - hellomagazine.com

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Kate to Miss Movie Premiere of the Hobbit

Caption: The Duchess of Cambridge will not be well enough to attend the Hobbit premiere Photo: EPA

Cath Kidston (UK)The Duchess of Cambridge has pulled out of attending the Royal Film Performance of The Hobbit tomorrow night because of her ongoing pregnancy sickness, St James's Palace has announced.

The Duchess spent three nights at the King Edward VII Hospital in London last week being treated for hyperemesis gravidarum, which can lead to dehydration and weight loss.

Although she was discharged last Thursday, her condition worsened on Sunday while she was recuperating at Kensington Palace, forcing the Duke of Cambridge to cancel a planned evening engagement to remain by her side.

Her decision to miss the film premiere does not come as a surprise, as experts in the condition said she would continue to feel unwell for several weeks.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Kate Suffers More "Morning Sickness"

The Duchess's condition was not serious enough for her doctors to consider sending her back to hospital, but women with the condition can experience symptoms for months and need repeated hospital admissions Photo: PA

The Little White CompanyThe Duchess, who spent three nights in hospital last week being treated for hyperemesis gravidarum, took a turn for the worse as she spent the weekend at Kensington Palace.

The Duke of Cambridge pulled out of an official engagement at the British Military Tournament at Earl’s Court, London, on Sunday night, so he could look after his wife.

Click link for full post: The Telegraph

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Prince William Goes Solo to Charity Function

Caption: Prince William talks to tennis players Novak Djokovic, left, and John McEnroe, right, during the gala

Links of London USAThe Duke of Cambridge has joked that morning sickness should be renamed as Kate suffered it all day and night. Prince William, 30, made the quip this evening as he went solo for the first time since the pregnant

Duchess of Cambridge, also 30, was discharged from hospital. He attended a glittering charity tennis gala, the Winter Whites Gala, held in aid of homeless charity Centrepoint, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

He was due to be accompanied by the Duchess, but she is resting after suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute - and potentially dangerous - form of morning sickness. Click link for full post from DAILYMAIL

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Pippa Looks Chic at Friend's Wedding

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Pippa Middleton looked every bit the winter princess today as she wrapped herself up in a fur stole to attend the wedding of her close friends Alexander Roupell and Emma Logue on a chilly day in Northern Ireland.

The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning in a navy blue coat dress with matching high heels for the ceremony at St Philip and St James in Holywood, County Down.

And she topped-off the outfit off with a fitting tweed winter bonnet adorned with a splash of brilliant orange feathers and an orange clutch. Click link for full post from DAILYMAIL.

Royal Hospital Shocked By Death of Nurse

Caption: A policeman stands guard outside the King Edward VII hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted Photo: NATIONAL NEWS/JOHNATHAN ADAM DAVIES

Founded in 1899 at the suggestion of the then Prince of Wales - later to become King Edward VII - it was originally sited at the house of his reputed mistress Agnes Keyser at 17 Grosvenor Crescent close to Hyde Park Corner.

Most senior members of the Royal Family have undergone some form of treatment for a variety of ailments down the years, valuing its discreet privacy and central London location.

The late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was famously treated there in November 1982 after a fish bone became lodged in her throat. She also underwent two successful hip replacement operations at the hospital in her advancing years.

Click link for more on the Royal Hospital: The Telegraph

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kate Leaves the Hospital Looking Perfectly Perfect!

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The Duchess of Cambridge pictured leaving the King Edward VII on December 6. Photo: EPA

Hard to believe that the Duchess of Cambridge had just spent three days in hospital on a drip suffering from acute morning sickness as she left King Edward VII Hospital this morning.

We've got to hand it to her though: to face the press looking this flawless after such a rough ride when she could have pulled a sweater over her head and bundled into the back of a waiting car, shows unsurpassable dedication to her duty. No, not as a royal - as a style icon.

Click link for full post from THE TELGRAPH. http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG9726673/Duchess-of-Cambridge-ready-for-her-close-up-as-she-leaves-hospital.html

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