Royal Tour of Canada, Day One: The Cambridges Arrive In Style

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Watching live CTV coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s arrival in Victoria, Canada was exciting AF.

Sure, it was a little less exciting than their inaugural visit back in 2011, when the newlyweds – nay – everyone was basking in a post-royal wedding glow.

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Fast forward five years, and there are two kids added into the mix.

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And so, just as it was in April 2014, the world waited for royal children to step off the plane and make their way down to the tarmac.  Continue reading

6 Canadian Moments That Defined Kate Middleton’s Style

OTTAWA, ON - JULY 01: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Parliament Hill for Canada Day Celebrations on July 1, 2011 in Ottawa, Canada. The newly married Royal Couple are on the second day of their first joint overseas tour. Ottawa is the start of a 12 day visit to North America which will take in some of the more remote areas of the country such as Prince Edward Island, Yellowknife and Calgary. The Royal couple will be joining millions of Canadians in taking part in today's Canada Day celebrations which mark Canada's 144th Birthday. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 tour of Canada was my first introduction to a royal tour (albeit from afar).

With the help of royal reporters on the ground, other bloggers and I were able to identify items that would come to be synonymous with the name “Kate Middleton.”

There were also, of course, quirks here and there that those of us who’ve been covering Her Royal Highness have come to recognize (hello, Marilyn Monroe moments!).  Continue reading

5 Ridiculous Tabloid Covers That Declared William and Kate King and Queen

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If I’ve learned anything from glancing over the weekly rags, it’s that gold stickers are a fantastic way to trick people into thinking a headline is real.

Henceforth, I daren’t believe a word any publication states unless it’s stamped with a gold sticker (are you listening, Simon Perry?).

Every story is the same – Prince Charles is being skipped over in favor of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the British throne because Queen Elizabeth said so!  Camilla is jealous AF and swears she will exact revenge on the beautiful Duchess for messing up her plans to rule over the kingdom!

My favorite part of these tabloid covers is the placement a tiara atop Catherine’s head (bless Photoshop).  And each cover will almost always show Prince William in his Colonel of the Irish Guards uniform (because that’s very regal-looking, no?).  Continue reading

David Cameron Hums a Little Ditty After Stepping Down As Prime Minister

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British Prime Minister David Cameron seems like a decent guy.

He admitted to camping out on the streets before Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles’ wedding back in 1981, which is a fantastic blurb.  And he’ll be best known to Yours Truly as “that Prime Minister who got to go to the royal wedding, the Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics.”

Today, Cameron confirmed in a press conference outside 10 Downing Street that as of Wednesday evening, he will no longer be Prime Minister.  Continue reading

Prince George Recalls Visit To Royal International Air Tattoo

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What a splendid treat it was to see His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge at RAF Fairford on Friday.

The Duchess of Cambridge (in a Stella McCartney blue dress and Smythe blazer) and Prince William surprised the crowds by bringing along the 2-year-old (who turns three on July 22nd).

Yes, there was a minor meltdown at the beginning, but things improved greatly once George was shown aircrafts.

The young heir *recorded his day as part of a school project: “What I Did On My Summer Vacation.”  Continue reading

Prince William Makes History, Covers LGBTQ Magazine Attitude

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Quite frankly, this could not have come at a better time.

Just a few days after the horrible mass shooting that took 49 innocent lives in Orlando, Florida, the Duke of Cambridge has made history by covering the July issue of Attitude, the first royal to ever cover a LBGTQ magazine.

Those involved hinted yesterday at something after William and the Duchess of Cambridge signed the book of condolence for Orlando victims at the U.S. Embassy in London.

Representatives of LGBTQ association gliffa were there to greet the Cambridges, and William let it slip that he was involved with an upcoming Attitude project.

According to ITV News, Kensington Palace would not elaborate on the Duke’s comments.

“We look forward to speaking about this soon,” the palace stated yesterday.

No one had to wait long, because the palace tweeted the news this morning.  Continue reading

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge To Make Their Debut At Royal Ascot

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Well, this is an interesting development.

Though her mother went in 2011 as a guest of the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge has never attended Royal Ascot, though to be one of the most significant days in the British calendar.

According to royal reporter Katie Nicholl, William and Catherine will attend this year’s race as a sort of birthday favor to Her Majesty.

“They know how much Ascot means to the Queen and they will be there for one day this week,” a source told Nicholl.

“They will enjoy an afternoon in the royal box with Her Majesty.”  Continue reading

Duchess of Cambridge Rewears Royal Wedding Earrings For Historic Garter Service

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Hurrah!  We haven’t seen these Robinson Pelham acorn earrings since 2011’s royal wedding!

On this rainy Monday, the Great and the Good gathered at Windsor Castle for the Order of the Garter service, the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, according to the monarchy’s website.

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The order was founded in 1348 by King Edward III, who was inspired by tales of King Arthur and his knights.

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The order only includes 24 Knights and the Sovereign.  Upon a Knight’s death, a new Companion may be invited to Order by the Sovereign, in recognition for his or her public service.  Continue 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