Prince George: Mine Is The Greatest Stamp You Will Ever Own

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You know what? We believe him.

Yesterday, the Royal Mail released  special edition stamps to commemorate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

Prince George joined his living predecessors for an historic photoshoot, one that sees the future king standing atop durable foam stacks whilst holding his father’s hand.


The little prince’s first stamp shoot was a true lesson in photography.  Ranald Mackechnie, the man behind the lens, had a splendid time shooting his royal subject.

“He was fascinated by my lights and all the kit, and he was quite happy standing on the blocks, Mackechnie said, according to the Telegraph.

“I took maybe 80 or 100 shots, but when I saw this one I knew straight away that was it.”  Continue reading

The Absolute Best Photos From Will and Kate’s Royal Tour

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It was a week jam-packed with visits, from feeding elephants to playing cricket and nearly everything in between.

It wasn’t a completely flawless trip – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s press officers argued with the media about filming their Bhutanese hike, which highlighted their constance request for “private visits during the tour,” – but overall, it was success.

Read: Camilla Tominey Recaps The Not-So-Rosey Moments Of The Royal Tour

Below are what I believe were the most wonderful photos captured of William and Catherine during their tour of India and Bhutan.

  1. Contact Centre Run By the Charity Salaam Baalak
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The Cambridges met with youths who risk facing a life of poverty and “professional begging,” something so dangerous that some lose body parts in order to guilt people into giving them more money.  The charity provides food and education to try and keep the children off the streets.

2. Kate Plays Cricket

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Catherine played cricket on a patterned dress by Anita Dongre, with taupe wedges by Monsoon.

3.  Charity Gala 

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For their star-studded evening with Bollywood’s finest, Catherine paired a royal blue Jenny Packham  with Amrapali’s lapis & diamond double oval drop earrings, which – according to What Kate Wore – recently sold out on Gilt.  Continue reading

William and Kate Take a Seat In Front of Iconic Taj Mahal

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Today, before they returned home to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge payed tribute to the late Princess of Wales in Agra, India.

In February 1992, Diana had taken a solo picture on the same bench William and Catherine sat on today.  Just months later, she and Prince Charles would announce their separation.

Many were saddened by the photo, as the Taj Mahal is a symbol of love and with Diana taking the photo alone (Charles attended a meeting instead), the press was hungry for a soundbite.

When one member of the press asked what Diana thought of her experience, her reply was telling.

“It was a healing experience…very healing,” she answered.

“What do you mean exactly?” the reporter press on.

“Work it out for yourself,” she said.

Today, the experience for her oldest son and his wife was a completely different one.  Continue reading

William Called “Baldy” and Big-Nosed By Bhutanese Archery Hecklers

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Gang’s all here!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Bhutan this morning after making one helluva landing.

Paro International Airport, nestled in the Himalayan Mountains,  is considered one of the most challenging airports in the world, and for that reason only eight pilots are qualified to land.

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William and Catherine were invited into the cockpit as the pilot landed the plane.  Prior to their descent, everyone on board (including the British press) was told not to “be alarmed” by the landing, which the captain promised would be “unique” and “spectacular,” according to the Daily Mail‘s Victoria Murphy.  Continue reading

Queen Maxima Is Psyched To Be in Bavaria

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I love the British royal family ever so much, but Queen Maxima is on my overall top five list of favorite royals (Prince Philip’s on that list as well).

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Today, Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands kicked off a visit to Bavaria.  When they arrived in Munich, Their Majesties popped over to the Alte Pinakothek museum to officially re-open the Dutch wing, which had recently undergone a renovation.  Continue reading

Crown Princess Mary Kicks Off Mexico State Visit In Gorgeous Ombre Coat

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Today, Denmark’s royal family welcomed Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife, Angelica Rivera for a state visit at Copenhagen International Airport.

Crown Princess Mary, whose husband, Frederik, is the heir to the Danish throne, joined Queen Margrethe, Prince Consort Henrik, brother-in-law Prince Joachim, his wife, Princess Marie and the Queen’s younger sister, Princess Benedikte.

Mary, originally from Australia, adopted Denmark as her home country after marrying Frederik in 2004, and is fluent in the language.  The two met at a bar during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney (she had no idea he was a prince).

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Back in August 2015, HELLO! Magazine readers voted Mary the most stylist royal, with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands getting second place, and the Duchess of Cambridge, third.  Continue reading

Kate Middleton Feeds Baby Elephants and Rhinos, Best Photo Op EVER

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This is friggin’ precious.

Day 4 of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s India tour was easily the most entertaining, because BABY ELEPHANTS and BABY RHINOS.

The morning kicked off with an open-air drive around Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage site.

According to Kate’s Closet, Catherine came dressed for the occasion in R.M Williams’ “Gretna” shirt, Zara Jeans and Sebago moccasins, which she’s gotten a lot of use out of, including the 2011 North American tour.

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The Game drive looked liek a blast, and Catherine was visibly excited at every turn.  Continue reading

William and Kate Take India: Day Three

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It’s just past 5am in in New Delhi, and here I am on Eastern Time writing up the happenings from day 3 of the royal tour.

I think my favorite dress from the tour so far is Catherine’s Temperley London “Desdemona” lace dress, worn for a lunch meeting today with the Prime Minister in New Delhi.

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Catherine’s color is part of Temperley’s Autumn collection (on pre-order), but the white version is currently available.

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Kate Middleton Asked About Her Weight By Well-Meaning Partygoer

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You wait and wait for a soundbite on these tours, expecting it to come from either the Duke or Duchess of Cambridge.

Tonight, that soundbite came from a guest at the Queen’s 90th Birthday Garden Party in New Delhi, who was so delighted to be in the presence of greatness that he plum forgot his manners.

Professor Bulbul Dhar-James, who teaches political science at Jamia Millia Islamia University, thought nothing of asking Her Royal Highness how she keeps it right and tight.

UPDATE 4/11/16 at 7:36pm ET: Twitter user @Hovikirjeenvaih informed me that Professor Bulbul Dhar-James is actually a woman.

“We said ‘how do you lose all the weight after having two kids?’ And she said ‘I am running after my kids,'” the academic said, according to the Daily Mail‘s Rebecca English.

While Catherine’s team was off sampling the gin & tonic bar, Professor Dhar-James continued asking slightly inappropriate questions.  Continue reading

William And Kate Take India: Day One

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You would think that as a (mediocre) writer, I’d be able to articulate my feelings about the Duchess of Cambridge’s outfits for day one of the royal tour.

But I can’t.  To borrow a bunch of phrases from the Kardashians/Rachel Zoe/Millenials, I legit CANNOT.

Catherine blew royal fans away with her three sartorial choices today, all a nod to either Indian designers or the country’s vibrant culture.

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When William and Catherine landed on a British Airways flight, they attended a memorial for victims of the 2008 bombing at the Taj Palace Hotel.

For this occasion, Catherine chose a maroon patterned peplum suit from Alexander McQueen’s pre-fall 2016 collection, according to What Kate Wore.

I think many of Catherine’s fans will be glad to see her change-up the footwear, switching her from tried-and-true LK Bennett “Sledge” heels to the brand’s “Fern” stilettos, where feature a more triangular toe. Continue reading