Kate Middleton’s Nickname For Prince William Is So Normal, It’s Adorable

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We’ve all seen the googly eyes Catherine makes at her dashing hubby, and we’ve heard rumors over the years pertaining to what the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge call one another behind closed doors.

When News of The World illegally tapped into the couple’s voicemails in 2006, Prince William was heard calling Catherine “babykins” and “baby.”

I’ve even heard Catherine’s nickname for the Duke – “Big Willy” – mentioned a few times, but even repeating it this once makes me feel like a creep.

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On May 23rd, Babykins and BW attended their first-ever Chelsea Flower Show, which highlights the best of the best in horticulture.

While strolling through the grounds, the Cambridges and Prince Harry happened upon a display designed by Australian TV presenter and landscaper, Charlie Albone.  Continue reading

Pristine McQueen! Kate Middleton Rewears Ruffled Cream Coat To Royal Garden Party

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The Duchess of Cambridge is being an outfit repeater this week, and I quite like it.

We first saw Catherine in this darling cream coat with ruffle detail when Prince George was christened at St. James’s Palace in October 2013 (see pic above.  He looks thrilled.).

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Today, Her Royal Highness and the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice joined Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip for a garden party at Buckingham Palace, her fourth since joining the royal family in 2011.

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This is Prince William’s first garden party.  Odd, given that he’s one person away from hosting these himself. Continue reading

Kate Repeats Garden-Worthy Catherine Walker Coat For Chelsea Flower Show

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It’s about as British as Royal Ascot (perhaps even more so), and today the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show held its press day for members of the media, as well as those from the royal family.

The Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra Princess Eugenie, Prince Andrew, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge all arrived at the show before Her Majesty and Prince Philip, who are always in attendance year after year.

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Kate Middleton Wears Nautical Alexander McQueen For A Third Time, One Is Pleased

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Hurrah!  I love it when one my favorite Duchess looks make another appearance.

As patron of the 1851 Trust, the Duchess of Cambridge launched two sailing projects in Portsmouth, England, and opened the “Tech Deck” education center at Land Rover BAR.

Because her athletic prowess is as strong as her button game, Catherine suited up for a spin on the open seas with Sir Ben Ainslie and the Land Rover BAR team as they ran a training circuit ahead of the 2017 America’s Cup.

The Duchess was steering the boat for about half of the session and I think the guys were all really impressed with how well she had sailed,” Sir Ben told reporters afterwards, according to the Daily MailContinue reading

State Opening of Parliament: A Fascinating Show of British Pomp and Pageantry

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Her role as head of state may be technically ceremonial, but Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is still required to preside over a political event crucial to the well-being of her nation.

The State Opening of Parliament is the formal start of the governmental year, taking place in either May or June inside the House of Lords chamber.

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The Queen, wearing the Imperial State Crown and the ermine and velvet-lined Parliament robe (also known as Robe of the State) reads a speech outlined by the government to set the session’s agenda.  Continue reading

Queen Maxima: 38 Fabulous Hats To Celebrate Her Majesty’s Birthday

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is, for me, right up there with the Duchess of Cambridge and Crown Princess Mary.

Yes, all three women have that crucial “commoner” thing in common, but aside from that, Maxima always looks happy to see everyone, be they a small child thrusting flowers in Her Majesty’s face, or a bellhop greeting her at a German hotel.

Today, the Buenos Aires-born consort turns 45, three years after becoming Queen alongside the Netherlands’ monarch and her husband, King Willem-Alexander.

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In 2013, Queen Beatrix abdicated in favor of her eldest son, and a celebration was thrown in honor of the passing of the crown.  The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended, as did several other royal families from around the world.  Continue reading

Kate Middleton May Have Experienced Her Very First Fashion Fail

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Good heavens!

JK, everyone calm down.  It’s fine.  The Duchess of Cambridge may or may not have confused fans last night at the Royal Windsor Horse Show when she paired a bohemian white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress with a red Zara cape coat.

Yes, it looked a little weird, but my rose-colored glasses have faded only slightly, so I still give Catherine two thumbs up on the majority of her sartorial choices.  Continue reading

Here’s To You, Your Majesty! Family Pays Tribute To Queen At Royal Windsor Horse Show

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The royal family gathered on the grounds of Windsor Castle this evening to toast the Queen, who turned 90 on April 21st.

Tonight’s celebration was particularly special, as it marked the end of the Queen’s favorite occasion – the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

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A lover of horses since she was young, the Queen attends the show (held over the course of a few days in her backyard) dressed down in a long skirt, vest and head scarf.  Continue reading

Watch This Incredibly Moving Video From The Invictus Games

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As a royal watcher, it gives me great pleasure to see the Invictus Games enjoy so much success in its second year.

It was just three years ago when Prince Harry visited the Warrior Games in Colorado, which served as his inspiration for an international show of strength, bravery and sportsmanship.

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The Invictus Games have given the participants a sense of pride and confidence in themselves after suffering horrific injuries while serving their countries.

On May 11th, Harry present Sergeant Elizabeth Marks with a gold medal for winning the 100-meter freestyle,

Marks, handed it back to Harry, asking him to give it Papworth Hospital in England in thanks for saving her life in 2014.

Prior to the first Invictus Games in September of that year, Marks developed a lung condition that forced doctors to put her in a medically induced coma.

“I landed in London and became very ill very rapidly, I was in hospital in London and went into respiratory distress syndrome, they shipped a team down from Papworth who put me on to ECMO [extracorporeal membrane oxygenation] life support and that ultimately saved my life,” Marks told reporters at the games on Wednesday.

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“So I gave Prince Harry one of my medals and hope it will find its way back to Papworth.

“They absolutely saved my life and I can’t thank the UK enough for having that kind of medical support and taking such good care of me.”

The 25-year-old Arizona native has been in the military since she was 17, and suffered a hip injury in 2010 that left her with no feeling in her left leg.

Fortunately, Marks is still serves.

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It’s been fantastic to watch both the athletes and Harry immerse themselves 100% in the games, and I can’t wait for next year when the cinnamon prince (Vanity Fair’s nickname, not mine) takes the runaway hit to Toronto.

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Below is a brief video from Kensington Palace beautifully capturing the sprit of the games.  I encourage to watch it and dare you not to get a bit choked up.

 

The Closing Ceremonies will take place tonight in Walt Disney World, with performances by Rascal Flatts, Flo Rida, Rachel Platten, Phillip Phillips, Jordan Smith and Vetted.

“The Closing Ceremony will be an inspiring event that honors the Invictus spirit and recognizes our competitors,” Ken Fisher, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Invictus Games Orlando 2016, said in a statement last month.

“Stacked with incredible musical performances by internationally-renowned singers and songwriters, heartening stories of courage and triumph from servicemen and women, the ceremony will truly be the event of a lifetime.”

What was your favorite moment from this year’s Invictus Games?