Holiday Throwback: Will and Kate Go Christmas Caroling

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It was their first joint engagement since announcing plans to wed on November 16th, 2010.  Prince William and the former Kate Middleton, in black court shoes, a Temperley London dress and a black blazer, attended The Christmas Spectacular In Aid Of Teenager Cancer Trust At The Thursford Collection in Norfolk.

The December 18th engagement was just a half hour away from their current home, Anmer Hall.

The Daily Mail covered the event, noticing that Catherine made sure “not to overshadow the Prince.

“Kate simply waved and smiled at well-wishers on her night out,” the Mail reported, “but sources say it will not always be this way.”

In the run-up to their April 29th, 2011 wedding, Catherine was encouraged to “shadow” William in order to “learn the ropes and see how things go,” palace sources said at the time.

Things went pretty well, I’d say.

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It’s Time The Media Gave Pippa and James Middleton a Break

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On July 10th, the Daily Mail published yet another story criticizing Pippa and James Middleton, calling them “nearly royals” and questioning their usefulness to society.

What started Richard Kay‘s rant was the family christening photo taken by Mario Testino inside Sandringham, the Queen’s Norfolk estate.  Kay pointed out that the Cambridges have, for a second time, foregone the tradition of a photo with godparents only in favor of including the Duchess of Cambridge‘s family.  It’s a move that shouldn’t come as surprise to anyone, given how close William is to the Middletons.

And yet, Kay expresses his disappointment at seeing Carole, Michael, Pippa and James Middleton posing alongside the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales and the Mountbatten-Windsor patriarch, the Duke of Edinburgh.

“Noting the family’s ‘expensively tailored clothes’  worn for Charlotte’s christening is an obvious example of Mr. Kay’s low blows,” What Kate Wore‘s Susan Kelley told me via email.  “It’s irrelevant whether he approves of the Middletons inclusion in the group photo; that wasn’t his call to make. And as they were included, would he prefer the family don tattered remnants for the photo? Of course not. It’s a mean-spirited aside intended to illustrate his distaste for commoners being part of the picture.” Continue reading

Why Royal Biographer Claudia Joseph is So Good At Her Job

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I first read one of Claudia Joseph‘s biographies, Kate: The Making of a Princess in 2011, just a few months before the royal wedding.  Since then I’ve read a number of books on Catherine, William and a number of other royals, but few authors have been able to keep me hooked like Joseph, who doesn’t glaze over details of Catherine’s upbringing and her relationship with William.  For example, in Making of a Princess, Joseph introduced readers to Kate’s ancestors, which allowed for a better understanding of who she is and, perhaps, why she is where is she today.

Joseph’s new book, William and Kate’s Britain (Splendid Publications, Ltd), explores the places that the royal couple have visited, whether frequently or for an official visit.  From St. Andrews University to the bakery that made the royal wedding cake, Joseph literally left no stone unturned.  Continue reading

Former Reality Star Sofia Hellqvist Becomes a Princess

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Female commoners, may I have your attention.   Former reality star and saucy model Sofia Hellqvist has done the impossible by marrying an adorable Swedish Prince.

Tell your mother to forget about the doctors, lawyers and hedge fund jamokes.  Your expectations just underwent a major upgrade, and now you won’t consider any man who doesn’t come with a title.  Continue reading

The Cambridge Family Leaves London For Their Country Home, Anmer Hall

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She’s had a brief audience with the Queen, received two visits from her paternal grandfather, and has spent extended time with her maternal granny, Carole Middleton.  Now, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is en route to Anmer Hall in Norflk, a wedding gift from Her Majesty.

The couple pulled out of Kensington Palace today in their range rover, with the back windows blacked out to provide privacy for Prince George and Charlotte.  Catherine wore Beulah London’s “Brisa” scarf and her Annoushka pear-shaped pearl earrings, while William was at the wheel.

Anmer Hall, a ten-bedroom mansion, sits on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been overseeing renovations on the home, previously occupied by Prince Charles’ good friend, the late Hugh van Cutsem and his wife, Emilie, among other tenants.  Continue reading

Prince George Pops By St. Mary’s To Meet His Little Sister

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Ever since the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s hospital earlier this morning, the events of the day have unfolded rather rapidly.

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After Catherine gave birth to a girl, Prince William left the hospital to pick up their son, Prince George at Kensington Palace so that he could meet his little sister, whose name will be released “in due course,” according to the palace.  Continue reading

PHOTOS: Will and Kate Celebrate Their Fourth (Royal) Wedding Anniversary

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Hello, and welcome to the fourth anniversary of the greatest day of my life.

Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate four years of matrimony, having said “I Do” in front of an entire congregation, plus a few billion eyeballs around the world.

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On the morning of Friday, April 29th, 2011, the Queen gifted the couple with their title .  A statement from the palace read:  Continue reading

Why ‘The Royal We’ Is More Than Just a Love Story

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Few books cast such a spell that the reader can’t tear him or herself away.

This is how I felt about The Royal We (Grand Central Publishing, 2015), the book born out of a labor of love that involved thorough research, clever plot twists and the imagination of two very funny women, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, otherwise known as the team behind the hugely popular (and hugely witty) site, Go Fug Yourself.

Even Buffy’s getting involved:  Continue reading