Happy Birthday Kate Middleton: 10 Times She Won The Game of Life

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A relatively long time ago in a land not-so-far away (Home Counties. Lovely area), a commoner named Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Fast-forward 34 years, andh ere we are, thanks to a clever mother and the kind of self-confidence people would trade their first-borns for.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s wasn’t necessarily a rags-to-riches tale, but it’s hard to imagine that her ancestors were poverty-stricken coal miners.

Happy Birthday, Your Royal Highness.  You have literally won the game of life.

Jewelry and a Ball Gown = Another Tuesday Night 

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How about my figure, though?

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Diana’s Death: Read Bill Clinton and Tony Blair’s Initial Reactions

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Everyone remembers where they were when it happened.

On August 31st, 1997, the Princess of Wales was killed when the car she was driven in crashed into a pole in Paris’ Pont de l’Alma tunnel.

No one could believe it, and everyone’s hearts broke for Diana’s two boys, Princes William and Harry.

 

Raf Sanchez, Middle East correspondant for the Telegraph, shared just-published transcripts of the exchange between then-US President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair after news broke.  Continue reading

Heavy Is The Head: Netflix Previews New Drama, ‘The Crown’

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Earlier today, Netflix debuted a trailer for their newest series, The Crown, based on the early reign of Elizabeth II.

The trailer opens with the young queen (played by Claire Foy) testing out St. Edward’s Crown ahead of her June 1953 coronation while her children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne watch.

Charles once said that his mother would come visit him at bath time wearing the crown, attempting to get used to its weight before the coronation.

“I remember my Mama coming, you know, up, when we were being bathed as children, wearing the crown. It was quite funny – practising,” Charles recalled in a 2012 Diamond Jubilee special.

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Prince George “Had A Good Time” At His First Day of Nursery School

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There he is, the future king of the United Kingdom and its Commonwealth realms.

Today His Royal Highness, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge begins his British education.

Kensington Palace released two photos of George arriving for his first day at Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge.

With his blond locks tousled about and quilted jacket showing off a bit of tartan, George looked confident and ready for some introductions.

According to What Kate’s Kids Wore, the hooded puffer piece is from John Lewis (and is currently out-of-stock).

Richard Palmer of the Daily Express spoke with bystanders near the school, who noticed that security was tight as the royals arrived.   It’s roughly a twenty-minute drive from the family’s home to Westacre. Continue reading

Prince Philip Declared Better-Dressed Than Harry, Probably Doesn’t Care

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GQ has placed Prince Philip, the man who dutifully walks two paces behind his wife and long ago pledged to be her “liege man of life and limb,” at #12 on their best-dressed list, making him the sharpest royal in the entire family.

The Mountbatten-Windsor patriarch beat out his grandson, Prince Harry, who landed the 38th spot, according to the Telegraph.

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Prince Philip, who will turn 95 this June, has not let time slow him down.  In fact, the Duke carried out 217 engagements in the UK, and 33 abroad in 2015. Continue reading

Prince Charles Sings In a Kilt, Celebrates 40 Years of The Prince’s Trust

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Tonight, Britan’s Got Talent hosts Ant and Dec (what America would have if Idol never fired Brian Dunkleman) hosted an anniversary special to celebrate 40 year’s of Prince Charles’ charity, The Prince’s Trust.

 

Through job training and programs designed to boost self-confidence, The Prince’s Trust has helped thousands upon thousands of young Brits to beat the odds and rise above their at-risk upbringing.

As ambassadors of the charity, Ant and Dec spent a year focusing on the work Charles has done since 1976 in helping young people to reach their potential.

 

“There are those that will say he was born into this position of privilege and he can’t possibly empathise with the normal man on the street and the issues that face the ordinary man, but I think he can,” Dec said.

Tonight’s special featured interviews with Prince Harry, Prince William and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as those who have succeeded with the help of the Trust.  Continue reading

Kate Middleton to Royal Gift Shop: Don’t Sell Replicas of My Ring

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I’ll admit to buying a knock-off of THE engagement ring.

The one with the 12-carat Ceylon sapphire, surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds set in 18-carat white gold.

The late Princess of Wales selected the ring – made by Garrard – from a tray of jewels when Prince Charles proposed in 1981.

 

The Wales boys kept the ring, among other pieces, after their mother’s death in 1997, and William chose to give it to his fiance, Catherine Middleton in October 2010.  Continue reading

18 Goals Prince George Hopes To Accomplish In 2016

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One has just received Prince George’s New Year’s resolution list, and it’s ambitious.

Tune Out The Haters

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“I’m sorry, Catherine.  Did you just point your finger at me? Me, whom you will one day curtsy to?”

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“You’re the chap who talks to plants, no?”

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“LOOK at this mess atop my head.”  Continue reading

The Goring Hotel: Kate Middleton’s Visit Topped Our 2015 List

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It was the place where Catherine Middleton spent her last night both as a commoner and as a single woman.

Just before 11am on April 29th, 2011, Middleton exited The Goring Hotel through a long white tent and into the Queen’s 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI.

 

From there, she and her father made the journey to Westminster Abbey, where the girl from Bucklebury would marry the second-in-line to the British throne.  Continue reading