Don’t worry William, we all did.
Prince William has admitted he used to be a fan of MTV reality show ‘Pimp My Ride’. The series, which began on MTV in the UK in 2005, was hosted by DJ Tim Westwood and was a spin-off of the US show of the same name. The Duke of Cambridge made the revelation while visiting the XLP centre, a charity which offers a mentoring service to at-risk young people in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the XLP center in London.
During the visit the charity’s founder and chief executive officer Patrick Regan told the audience that William had visited some of their projects last year and seen their mobile recording studio which had been set-up in a former police van.
Continue reading: Prince William Admits He Used To Watch 'Pimp My Ride'
Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is the name chosen by Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for their second child. The announcement from Kensington Palace comes two days after the birth of Charlotte on 2nd May.
The Royal Princess has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kensington Palace announced on Monday (4th May). Charlotte, who is fourth in line to the throne, will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte outside the Lindon Wing on Saturday (2nd May).
A woman from Birmingham has given birth on the same day as the Duchess of Cambridge - again.
Monika Tano from Birmingham gave birth to her daughter Liliana on 22 July, 2013 - the same day Prince George was born - and now she's celebrating the coincidence again, reports ITV News. Her second daughter Aurelia arrived at 1.47am this morning (Saturday 2 May) at Birmingham Women's Hospital - just under eight hours before The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a girl.
Monika said, "It feels amazing to have two children who share royal births. It is such a fantastic coincidence."
The proud parents present royal baby No 2
Continue reading: Woman's Children Both Share Birthdays With Royal Babies
Beaming royal couple William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (formerly known as Prince William and Kate Middleton) are seen waving at fans as they are greeted by staff at the plush Carlyle Hotel in New York.
The Duchess of Cambridge played the frog princess yesterday during an impromptu performance for the children and families at Hampton's Shooting Stars Children's Hospice
Kate Middleton stopped by the Shooting Stars Children's Hospice in Hampton, Middlesex on Friday, 6 December, to spread a little holiday cheer to the young patients and their families. The Duchess of Cambridge visited the hospice to learn more about the work carried out by the doctors, nurses and other workers at the facility, finding time to meet with as many of the patients and their families as she could.
Kate brought some festive cheer to the children's hospice with her visit
The Duchess paid the hospice a 80-minute visit and joined in on a number of activities taking place during her stop. Among them, she joined in with a music class, an art therapy session and even played the part of the Frog Prince in a puppet-enacted version of The Princess and the Frog. As reported by The Mirror, Kate wore a smile throughout her visit as she entertained and handed out gifts to some of the patients in the hospice.
Continue reading: Kate Middleton Brings Some Festive Cheer To Middlesex Children's Hospice
The top search results on 'Bing' for 2013 probably won't come as too much of a surprise
Beyonce was named the most searched for celebrity of the year by Microsoft search engine Bing, battling off competition from Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus and Kate Middleton to be bestowed with the honour. 2013 may not have seen Beyonce release a new album, but it was her year from the start, thanks to her performance at the January inauguration of President Barack Obama as he began his second term as president.
Beyonce stormed to the top of the poll
A collaboration with Pepsi, which also saw the release of her single 'Grown Woman,' and a performance at the Super Bowl Half-Time Show watched by millions put her stock even higher, with her ongoing 'The Mrs. Carter Show' world tour keeping her name on peoples lips, and in their search engines, for much of the year, much to the chagrin of 2012's most searched for celebrity, Kim Kardashian.
This actually happened...Prince William, Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi at the Winter Whites charity gala.
Prince William has kicked off what is sure to be a flourishing career in music by forming a band with Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift. Well, sort of: the Prince and Taylor joined Jon Bon Jovi onstage during the Winter Whites charity gala, hosted by the Duke of Cambridge at Kensington Palace, to raise money for homeless charity Centrepoint.
Swift Performed With Prince William At The Glittering Charity Event.
The pair leapt up on to the festive stage as Bon Jovi started playing an acoustic version of his band's mega-hit 'Livin On A Prayer.' Taylor began to elegantly sway in time to the music whilst William adjusted his bow tie and cuffs in a James Bond style before the big chorus. Taylor and Wills leant into the microphone - the Prince tentative at first - before belting out the "Woooahh livin' on a prayer" line from the chorus.
The royal couple shared a ride through the capital after selling poppies in Kensington Station earlier today (7 Nov.)
Prince William and his doting bride Kate Middleton were doing their part to support the troops and promote Remembrance Sunday as they surprised commuters by riding a refurbished 1960s Routemaster bus to London's Kensington tube station. Their morning commute in the capital wasn't over there however, as they later stopped by a pop-up stall in the station to sell their share of red poppies.
The royal couple were on their latest public outing to promote a good cause
During their trip and whilst in the station itself, the royal couple met with military personelle and volunteers who were supporting London Poppy Day. Their aim was to promote the charity, but as you may imaging, their presence on the streets of London also managed to whip up a fair amount of royal hysteria. One of the servicemen that the royals had met with, Corporal Steve Johnson, told Metro, "Lots of people [were] ecstatic to see them."
First public appearance sees royal couple well-rested and happy, but without young Prince George in tow.
Kate Middleton and Prince William stepped out on their first public outing since the birth of Prince George this week – unfortunately, the youngest royal was nowhere to be seen. As can be expected, photographers were clamoring to get a snap of the six-month-old third in line for the throne, only to be disappointed by the new parents. According to E!News, when asked how the baby was doing, the Duchess of Cambridge replied with: "He's very well, thank you. He's sleeping at the moment."
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared happy and well rested at the event.
The Duke and Duchess made an appearance at a running event – the Ring of Fire race on the Isle of Anglesey - where they seemed relaxed and rested after their six-week hiatus from press appearances. Apparently Kate was feeling up to appearing in public sooner than expected. The Duchess was initially expected to make her first public appearance after giving birth at the at the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards on Sept. 12. However, on the day of the Anglesey Marathon, the Palace confirmed that she had decided to accompany her husband at the event.
Interest in the royal baby remains high with people around the world yearning for more facts and photographs of Prince George.
22 days after the birth of Prince George of Cambridge, interest in one of the most famous babies in the world is still high. So here's a quick round-up of all the facts and photos we have to date.
Prince George of Cambridge's birth was one of the most widely anticipated in the world with British and international photographers stationed outside St. Mary's hospital in London and Buckingham Palace, eagerly awaiting news.
A Barbershoppera promo went spectacularly wrong.
The BBC only broadcast a defaced newspaper clipping of Prince William for a second or two, but it was long enough for the angry tweets and Facebook posts to start pouring in. The network has now apologized for the blunder, however, so hopefully that will work to stop the social media backlash.
The drawing might have detracted slightly from William's princely demeanor.
The picture of the Duke of Cambridge, with phallic graffiti scrawled onto it was part of a promo for a new comedy quartet called Barbershopera. While BBC editors somehow managed to miss the few seconds of footage, they did not slip past the keen eyes of viewers, and prompted some to vent their righteous anger over Twitter.
Continue reading: BBC Apologises For Defaced Picture Of Prince William
Harry doesn't seem disappointed that he's been bumped down to fourth in line to the throne.
Now new parents William and Kate have had a few famous names welcoming their royal baby, George Alexander Louis - Prince George of Cambridge, into their family. Will's brother, Prince Harry has had a few words to say in reaction to the birth of his nephew. Speaking to the BBC at a photographic exhibition in London documenting the work of his Lesotho charity Sentebale, Prince Harry said it was "fantastic to have another addition to the family", and that the newborn "was crying his eyes out" when he met him.
Prince Harry: Taking His Uncle Responsibilities Seriously.
Prince George is third in line to the throne, taking the place of Harry who is now fourth in line. The mischievous prince - who has previously faced criticism for wearing a Nazi uniform to a party, and dancing naked in Las Vegas - when asked what his mission as an uncle was, "To make sure [George] has a good upbringing, and keep him out of harm's way and to make sure he has fun. The rest I'll leave to the parents."
Continue reading: Prince Harry's Royal Baby Response: "I'll Make Sure He Has Fun"
If nothing else, the long wait is certainly good for business.
While the world (or parts of it, anyway) awaits the birth of the royal baby with baited breath, bookies are making some serious dough every day that the infant bides its time. There are bets on every possible variable in the birth of William and Kate’s offspring – from the date, to the gender and name. If you search heard enough, you’d probably find someone to take your wager on whether the little one will be born with hair or not. Although we’re not entirely sure how that would be verified.
Odds are, Becks will face a disappointment.
Bookies say bets on the name, sex and date of the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are drawing a record number of wagers for a non-sports market, worth over £1 million (1.1 million euros) so far. Gary Burton, from the Coral betting company, explained for AFP that the event as created the biggest novelty market ever. In case you’re wondering, Alexandra and James are the leading predictions for the little one’s name. David, despite David Beckham’s hopes, isn’t really a contender.
Continue reading: Odds Of Royal Baby Are 1:1, Everything Else Is Up For Grabs
The Royal baby watch continues as Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, hints the baby could be due sometime this week. She was overhead talking at a public appearance in Cornwall on Monday (15th July) and it seems the baby will be here "by the end of the week".
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, hints the Royal baby could be due sometime this week, according to a report in ABC. She was overhead and filmed talking at a public appearance in Cornwall on Monday (15th July) and it seems the baby will be here "by the end of the week".
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at a St. David's Day service, in Cardiff, Wales.
In the video Camilla, who will be the baby's step-grandmother, can be overhead saying "we're all waiting at the end of the telephone". She goes on to hint at the possibility the baby will arrive by the end of this week by saying "I think so, I think so. I think by the end of the week he or she will be there."
Continue reading: Royal Baby Watch Continues: Camilla Hints At Kate Middleton's Due Date
Kate Middleton is due to give birth in Mid-July, her child with Prince William will be the third in line to the British throne.
Kate Middleton, the Royal family and onlookers worldwide are anticipating the arrival of her child with Prince William. The Duchess of Cambridge checked into St. Mary's Hospital, London where she is expecting her baby sometime in mid-July.
Kate Middleton laughing with her husband Prince William at the Queen's Birthday Parade in June 2013.
The due date may be uncertain- the couple revealed their child will be due sometime in mid-July- yet the world press and British public are already camped outside Buckingham Palace and St. Mary's Hospital, London in expectation of the future Royal's imminent arrival. St. Mary's is also where the baby's Grandfather (Prince Charles) and Uncle (Prince Harry) were born.
Continue reading: Royal Baby Watch Continues As Kate Middleton's Due Date Approaches
Kate decides natural is best
Caesarean sections are all the rage with celebs; we won’t go into why, but they just are. But for Kate Middleton – who is set to give birth to a royal sprog in the next few weeks – has elected to go for a natural birth, for safety reasons.
The birth will take place in the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, of course. It’s the same hospital that Prince William was born at, 31 years ago, and by electing to give life the old fashioned way, she follows in the footsteps of Princess Diana. Mervi Jokinen of the Royal College of Midwives and president of the European Midwives Association explains how women in the U.K are encouraged to formulate a birthing plan early on. “These consist of several things, they sometimes state the woman's wishes about pain relief in labour, positions they might want to take, who they bring with them, if they want any kind of drugs or if they are against epidurals," she said. "Basically it is a discussion before your birth about what you would like your labour to be."
Discussion: had. Decision: natural. And in keeping with their traditional tropes, Prince William and Kate “do not know and do not plan to find out the gender of the baby in advance,” killing off rumours that they’ve told friends and family the gender of their incoming little one.
Continue reading: Safety First - Kate Middleton Baby To Be Born Naturally
Kate Middleton's Hobbs dress sold out within hours.
Kate Middleton has made her last appearance performing Royal Duties before the birth of her child, due next month.
The wife of Prince William visited Southampton yesterday (13 June 2013) in order to christen the cruise ship, the 'Royal Princess', named for the soon-to-be mother. She is the ship's godmother, a tradition dating from the 18th century, this is an honorary role reserved for important and deserving women.
Middleton was honoured by Alan Buckelew, President and Chief Executive Officer of the cruise company, describing her as 'an inspiring ambassador for Britain' who 'is admired around the world for her style and grace, and for her compassion for others', in a speech reported by The Huffington Post.
Continue reading: Kate Middleton Christens The 'Royal Princess' As Birth Approaches
The mother-to-be is considering going against tradition with an alternative method.
After making her final solo public appearance before her due date, Kate Middleton is already immersed in plans for the baby’s arrival and apparently she is considering a hypnobirth. According to the proponents of the alternative method, most of the pain during labor stems from the fear and anxiety of the mother, so a hypnobirth could make the entire event much shorter and less painful for the Duchess of Cambridge – or at keast that’s how the theory goes.
The mother-to-be has reportedly been considering the option for a while. Last month, a source close to the royals said for Now Magazine: 'Kate's very excited about the idea of hypnobirth. She's exploring lots of options but thinks it sounds very interesting.
'The principle behind this latest celebrity fad sounds simple enough. Different visualization techniques and breathing exercises are used at various stages of the birth to relax the mind. This reportedly helps lessen the pain without the need for an epidural. According to specialists on the technique, at its core is the idea of changing the way the mind and body perceive the birth.
Continue reading: What Is A Hypnobirth And Why Is Kate Middleton Considering It?
Kate Middleton announced the due date of her first child with Prince William during a visit to Glasgow, Scotland, this week.
Kate Middleton Due Date. Kate Middleton has rested our collective worries by at last announcing the due date of the future King or Queen of England during a Royal trip to Scotland with husband Prince William. Early on yesterday (April 4), Kate was answering questions in Glasgow when she was asked when the due date was, to which she cheekily replied, "It's around mid-July but apparently babies have their own agenda."
During their two day visit, the future King and Queen of the United Kingdom took in the sights of Scotland's second city, including the Emirates Arena and the recently opened Chris Hoy Velodrome, as they inspected the city's preparations for next years Commonwealth Games. The sporty pair tried their hand at a number of activities, but given Kate's current state she was naturally unable to participate in a number of sports. After visiting the Donald Dewar Leisure Centre, Prince William delivered a speech outside the sporting venue after taking part in a game of field hockey. During the speech he thanked the workers at sport complex for their hospitality and even hinted at a touch of competitiveness between himself and his wife. "Catherine, who, you may have noticed, is limited a little in the sports she can play right now, has had to hold herself back from grabbing a tennis racquet and challenging me to a full game," he said, before gallantly quipping, "I am far too much of a gentleman to say who would win."
The Royal couple's two day tour of Scotland came to an end today (April 5) and saw the pair inspect the venues that are being used for the 2014 Commonwealth Games as well as meeting meet some of the athletes due to take part in the upcoming event.
Continue reading: Kate Middleton Due Date Announced During Royal Trip To Scotland
Kate Middleton may have in inadvertently revealed she's having a girl.
Will Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William name their daughter after the Duke's late mother, Princess Diana of Wales? It became much more of a possibility on Tuesday (March 5, 2013) when Kate inadvertently dropped a hint about the gender of her baby during a public appearance in the North of England.
When a well-wisher gave Middleton a teddy bear, she responded, "Thank you, I will take that for my d..." before cutting the sentence short. It was enough to send Britain's tabloids into frenzy, with most of Wednesday's editions carrying the headline 'It's a girl!' or something similar.
Sandra Cook, a well-wisher standing near the Duchess, told reporters that she asked Kate whether she had been about to say 'daughter,' though was told the royal couple did not know the child's gender and would not reveal it, even if they did.
Once again, paparazzi photographs of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, have been published in a gossip magazine, in a move condemned by St. James’ Palace as a breach of Kate and Prince William’s right to privacy. The photographs were taken whilst the Duchess of Cambridge and her husband were holidaying on the island of Mustique, the BBC reports.
The images reportedly show a pregnant Kate, in a bikini, underneath the headline “the belly grows.” It appears that the couple were unaware that the photographs were being taken and nor did they give their consent to them being taken, or published. The snaps have been published in the Italian magazine Chi. Its publishers, Mondadori have confirmed that the magazine went on sale in Italy today (February 13, 2013). Due to snow-related distribution problems, however, the magazine is not yet on sale in Rome.
A spokesman for St. James’ Palace said last night “We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas. This is a clear breach of the couple's right to privacy.” Last year, another publication owned by Silvio Berlusconi’s Mondodoni media group – the French magazine Closer – published photographs of the Duchess sunbathing topless whilst she was on a private holiday in France. The publishers were ordered by a Paris court to hand over the original photographs within 24 hours, or face daily fines of $10,000.
Kate Middleton is on the receiving end of another breach of privacy at the hands of the foreign media as she is snapped showing off her baby bump in a bikini on a private holiday with hubby Prince William.
The Duchess of Cambridge is doing well to maintain calm and dignified in her new life as the future queen despite the constant media attention and invasion of privacy she is suffering as a result. In a rather unsurprising turn of events, the pregnant Duchess was snapped in her beachwear with the Duke on holiday on the beautiful Caribbean island of Mustique. The pictures were then published by Italian magazine Chi with the headlines 'the belly grows' and 'Kate and William honeymoon in three'. It's not clear if the snaps were obtained with the photographer on the island or on a boat using a long lens.
This isn't the first time the Duchess has been spotted relaxing on a private vacation. Last year (2012) there was outrage when the French Closer mag published pictures of her topless after she'd removed her bikini top while at Chateau d'Autet near Aix-en-Provence. These new pictures have been blasted by the palace, with a spokesperson telling The Mirror: 'We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas. This is a clear breach of the couple's right to privacy.'
The time is fast approaching, the time when the future King or Queen of the United Kingdom is born, with Kate Middleton being spotted stepping off the plane as she arrived in Mustique for a quick holiday with Prince William, taking her ever-growing baby bump with her.
The Duchess of Cambridge, believed to be around 19 or 20 weeks along, has headed off to the Caribbean island with her husband and the rest of the Middleton clan to escape the torrid British winter for a few weeks. According to the Sun, she and her family will be lapping up the sun at a £15,000 villa for a few days, before flying home to make her first public appearances since December. A source close to the royal pair told the paper: "The Duke and Duchess have joined the Middletons for a winter break. Both William and Kate were hoping her condition would not stop her from making the eight-hour flight to Barbados and the connection to Mustique."
In December, the notion of Kate flying across the Atlantic for a getaway would have seemed absurd given her serious bout with morning sickness, but fortunately it looks as though the Duchess is fit and health once again as she can now enjoy her sixth holiday on the Caribbean island with her husband.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted out sporting just a hint of a baby bump; her baby is due in July. Kate was spotting a tartan print cape whilst out shopping and even though she’d opted for a garment that would cover up a bump, rather than accentuate it, you could still catch a glimpse of the silhouette of her baby bump. Kate was spotted out in West London, just days after she was seen in the capital’s posh district of Chelsea.
Kate was wearing black leggings and riding boots with her sophisticated tartan cape, topped off with black riding boots. With her tied back in a ponytail, the 30 year-old wife of Prince William was looking fit and healthy, after a worrying start to her pregnancy which saw her hospitalised with severe pregnancy-related sickness. She’d recently been seen buying jeggings from The Gap, obviously seeking out comfy garments to boost her maternity wardrobe.
The arrival of Kate and William’s baby is big news in the world of celebrity gossip and the paparazzi will be keen to get a better shot of Kate’s baby bump as her pregnancy progresses. They’ll be hoping that she stops hiding under a cape, of course but they’ll have no such problems with Kim Kardashian, the other major celebrity mum of the year. Kim’s due to give birth in the same month as Kate but hasn’t been so shy about showing off her figure, thus far.
With the big day fast approaching, its time for Kate Middleton and Prince William to start planning for life with a little one in the mix and the first order of business is appointing a royal nanny. Luckily for the Duke and Duchess their needs may be met closer to home than they'd have thought.
Kate is believed to want to break from tradition and rather than hiring a professional childminder, as is the norm, to bring in her mum for the duty. Speaking to Australian magazine New Idea, Jessica Hay - a close friend of Kate - told the mag that Kate wants her mother, Carole, to take on the responsibility of royal babysitter. She told the magazine, “Kate and William are both pretty terrified about the rest of the pregnancy after the hyperemesis.," adding, “Carole may even move in with them when the baby’s born so they don’t have to rely on a nanny."
Jessica, who went to school with Kate, also revealed that Kate's grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, has been a doting family member since Kate's battle with morning sickness that landed the Duchess in hospital. Apparently, Her Majesty has been sending Kate health tips and has even sent her chutney from her estate, telling her grand-daughter-in-law to eat it up should she begin to feel ill again. Jessica also says that Kate has taken up yoga and hypnotherapy to help combat any future ailments, but is said to be in good health at the moment.
After the difficult beginning to her pregnancy, St James Palace has now confirmed that not only is Kate Middleton getting healthier and healthier. "Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July," the statement read. "The Duchess's condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month."
As NY Daily News speculates, it seems she has been carrying for around 14 weeks, which would make the time of conception way back in October. For 14 her bump is still barely there to be seen. Although it was thought she may be carrying twins because of her suffering with extreme morning sickness, otherwise known as hyperemesis gravidarum, the singular 'baby' in the statement implies otherwise. In the Royal tradition of secrecy, there is much left unknown by the public and it is unclear yet whether they are expecting a girl or a boy.
With the baby estimated at 14 weeks so far, the Duchess' due date is not until next July. Now that she's healthy let's hope she stays that way. She has been laying low most of the time since her stint in hospital, undoubtedly largely to look after her health, but also because of the tragic death of Nurse Jacintha Saldanha who committed suicide following a prank call from an Australian radio station. Her latest public appearance was at the National Portrait Gallery for the unveiling of her first royal portrait.
Whilst the USA might be eagerly anticipating the birth of their next superstar baby in the form of whatever it is that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have contrived to create, for the Brits there’s only one birth they’ll be keeping an eye on and that’s the delivery of a new royal baby. USA Today reports that a statement released today (January 14, 2013) read "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July." The message went on to say "The Duchess's condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month."
That trip to the hospital unfortunately attracted headlines for all the wrong reasons after one of the nurses looking after Middleton at the King Edward VII Hospital, Jacintha Saldanha, committed suicide after being fooled into almost giving away personal details about Middleton to an Australian radio station. Middleton was there for extreme morning sickness, but has since recovered enough to unveil a new – a first ever royal – portrait of her at the National Portrait Gallery in London. All was not well there either, with the picture receiving mixed reviews.
Claude Nobs, the founder of the Montreux jazz festival, has died, following a ski accident, which resulted in him being in a coma for several weeks.
The Guardian reports that Nobs was cross-country skiing in the village of Caux, near to Montreux and Lake Geneva. His accident happened on Christmas Eve (2012), the festival’s secretary general Mathieu Jaton confirmed on Monday (January 7, 2013).
Claude – who was aged 76 when he died – began the legendary and highly respected festival back in 1967, whilst he worked at the tourism office at the Swiss resort. Some of the world’s biggest stars have played at the festival, including Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and Prince. He’s not been afraid of taking risks and potentially upsetting the jazz fraternity; last year, the ‘love her or hate her’ singer Lana Del Rey was one of the lead artists performing at the festival. His renown amongst musicians is widespread and Deep Purple even immortalised the man in song, referring to him as ‘Funky Claude’ in their song ‘Smoke on the Water.’
Continue reading: Montreux Jazz Festival's Claude Nobs Dies After Ski Accident Coma
Since the news broke that the royal pair are expecting, rounds of people have been predicting what the future heir to the throne may look like, and it turns out the future third in line for the throne may end up looking like the current third in line, Uncle Harry - that's Prince Harry!
Despite both sporting a much darker head of hair, the odds of having a red-headed child are actually quite high for the royal couple. In fact, scientists found that the chances of any couple in Britain giving birth to a red-head may be higher than expected, as a study of ancestral DNA of more 5,000 people in the UK showed that a whopping 38.3% had the red-haired gene. With a ginger brother, there is a more than likely chance that Wills carries the gene, as for Kate, Alistair Moffat - director of BritainsDNA - told the Daily Mail: “As a result of our study, we can say she has a 38.3 per cent chance of being one."
Continue reading: Kate And Wills Have A 50/50 Chance Of Having A Red-Headed Baby
Her Majesty the Queen is set to have her upcoming 2012 Christmas speech broadcast in 3D for the very first time after the Royal family made the special agreement.
This year has been a special year for both Britain and the Royal family themselves what with the thrilling events of the 2012 London Olympics, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrating her 60 year reign and, of course, the truly wonderful news of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (formerly Prince William and Kate Middleton) expecting their first child who will be third in line for the throne. Though the news of the pregnancy will not be mentioned by Her Majesty, she will no doubt have much to say for our country this year and what better way to experience her heartfelt annual message than in fantastic phenomenon that is 3D TV. The speech, which has been recorded by BskyB at Buckingham Palace, will be available to view on BBC and ITV but you will need a 3D television and box for the full experience.
Last year, Prince William chose against allowing his wedding to be filmed in 3D at Westminster Abbey so this marks a new step in technology for our Royals after already signing up for a Twitter and YouTube account.
Kate Middleton left the King Edward VII Hospital in central London early on Thursday (December 4, 2012) after spending four days being treated for hyperemesis gravidarum (or, severe morning sickness). The Duchess of Cambridge looked fit as a fiddle upon checking out, holding a bouquet of flowers and smiling for the cameras with husband Prince William by her side. "The Duchess of Cambridge has been discharged from the King Edward VII Hospital and will now head to Kensington Palace for a period of rest," Nick Loughran, the assistant press secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, said in a statement. "Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank the staff at the hospital for the care and treatment The Duchess has received."
Middleton, 30, is less than 12 weeks pregnant, though was suffering from a serious bout of morning sickness earlier this week. The acute nausea is usually diagnosed around 12 weeks into a pregnancy and in most cases resolves itself by 20 weeks, according to Dr Ashley Roman, who spoke with The Independent. In rare cases, it can last the whole pregnancy, though Middleton looked pretty healthy as she posed on the steps of the hospital this morning, before departing in a black car. The Duke and Duchess were spending time with her parents in Bucklebury when she became nauseas. Ever the reliable husband, Prince William sprung into the action and drove his wife 50 miles in their Range Rover to the hospital, where Kate was placed on an IV drip. Such was the nature of the hospitalization, the royal family were only notified of Kate's pregnancy a couple of hours before the rest of the world.
Kate Middleton pregnancy has only just been announced, but the world's media have already descended on London, probably for the entirety of the nine months. You see, there's plenty of things we can speculate on before the future King or Queen arrives: gender, weight, hair color, eye color, and of course that all important name.
With Middleton's penchant for fashion and contemporary trends, perhaps she and William will opt against a traditional royal name? The bookmakers are playing it safe for the time being, offering George and Victoria as the favorites at 10/1, with Ann, Charles, Edward and Elizabeth available at around 12/1. Ambitious punters can have 20/1 on Diana, while there are big odds available for those with a little more imagination. How about Kate to name her son after the late designer Alexander McQueen? The name is currently around 33/1 and certainly retains a regal edge to it. For a girl, Sophie and Florence are 66/1, while Chardonnay is 1000/1. Tulisa is 500/1, as is Wayne, Rafa, Peaches, Hashtag, Gavin, Frogmella, Dawn, Britney, Arsene and Apple. Any takers?
Extra TV's royal family insider Sam Haskell said, "As a royal heir, there will be four names. I would guess Diana could be in there," also noting Elizabeth and Mary as possibilities.
Continue reading: Kate Middleton Pregnancy Sparks Baby Name Speculation: Chardonnay!?
Is Kate Middleton pregnant with twins? After the royal family announced her pregnancy, the Duchess of Cambridge remains in hospital with acute morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum. The rare condition results in weight loss and is often associated with having twins.
Women diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum typically lose 5 per cent of their pre-pregnancy weight, says Dr Ashley Roman, a professor at the New York University Langone Medical Center. "It's traditionally thought that nausea and vomiting is a sign of a healthy pregnancy." Dr Nancy Cossler at University Hospitals in Ohio said the Duchess and her family should not be worried, "The biggest problem with this is how it interferes with your life.Constantly feeling sick and puking is difficult." Cossler explains that the condition is thought to be caused by higher levels of the pregnancy hormone hCG, which can often mean that the woman is carrying more than one foetus. Though there's very little data on twins and hyperemesis gravidarum, one study shows that women carrying twins had a 7.5 per cent higher risk of experiencing the acute morning sickness - a considerable increase in the grand scheme of things. According to The Independent newspaper, there is evidence that mothers-to-be who suffer from the condition are three times more likely to have a multiple birth than other woman.
The severe type of morning sickness is usually diagnosed about nine weeks into the pregnancy, however, in rare cases it can last the whole pregnancy. "As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter," read a statement from St. James Palace. Middleton's husband Prince William is currently by his wife's side at a private hospital in central London.
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According to ABC News, the child - whether a girl or boy - will eventually be heir to the British throne, according to new legislation awaiting final approval. The Duchess was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital on Monday (December 3, 2012) with hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute morning sickness that requires supplementary hydration and nutrients. "As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter. Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby," the palace said in a statement today. "The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news." The couple have made no secret of their desire to have children, though 'Kate Middleton pregnant' headlines have been cropping up on a weekly basis since the couple married.
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You know those rumours about Kate Middleton's pregnancy? The ones that emerge every couple of months or so? Well, it looks as though the latest batch of speculation could have some truth to it. In recent weeks, gossip sites have reported that the Duchess of Cambridge may well be expecting her first child and husband Prince William fuelled the fire this week.
The royal couple were in Cambridge this week - their first visit to the city that bears their name - and met hundreds of well-wishers along the way. During a walkabout, Prince William was handed a baby romper suit from a woman, telling her "I'll keep that." The handmade baby-grow, given to the Prince by new mum Samantha Hill, bore the image of a helicopter with the words "Daddy's little co-pilot." Samantha, 27, later told the Daily Mirror, "I made it for when his little one comes along, he's a helicopter pilot so his baby will think his daddy is cool. When I gave it to him he said 'I'll keep that' and handed it to his aide." William - a search and rescue pilot - seemed pretty thrilled with the present and thanked Samantha before moving on to meet other revellers.
The couple have made no secret of their desire to begin a family in the near future, with William telling well-wishers in Singapore that he hoped to have two children.
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While attending a dinner at London's Middle Temple, she told one student from the university, 'I hope you weren't involved in the fashion show. You never know what you are going to be asked to wear!' She was, of course, referring to the flimsy see-through number (that was actually a skirt) that she donned over a simple black strapless bra and briefs during a fashion show in 2002 when she and William were students together. It wasn't all an embarrassing memory though, as that was the very outfit that made the royal heir fall for her. After seeing her sashay down the catwalk, his apparent reaction was to say, 'Wow, Kate's hot!' and the rest is history. Despite his approval, however, the new Duchess of Cambridge has not been seen in anything as risque since and is best known for her iconic blue dress that she wore for the official announcement of her engagement.
The London dinner was to celebrate the 600th anniversary charity appeal of the university where £100 million was raised in their student fund campaign.
Kate Middleton has, of course, been in the public eye for many years now, having dated the King-to-be for a decade. It was last year, during the run up and aftermath of her wedding that turned Kate from a part-time interest into a full-time obsession for the world's media. The day of the wedding also thrust Pippa Middleton, and particularly her bum, into public attention. However, over a year after the exciting event and both sisters are still constantly in the headlines.
This week Pippa Middleton furthered her career in the release of her first book, called 'Celebrate: A year of British Festivities for Families and Friends' and is published by a Penguin subsidiary, for a reported £400,000. As the Telegraph says, the reviews have been distinctly varied, some describing it as vapid, while others consider it "charming". However, due to the sensitive nature of the family which Pippa is now a part of, she will not be doing much publicity or one-to-one interviews about it, in attempts to avoid probing questions about the royals- notably that small faut pas of Kate's topless photo.
Both sisters this week have also been included in the top ten of Britain's Most Natural Beauty poll, reports the Daily Mail, with Kate sitting right at the top- a position she needs to get used to before Queendom 50 years down the line. Although the accolades Kate has received so far are vanity based, at best, and vacuous at worst, there is plenty of time for her hard work and philanthropy to break through. This year she has also been included in Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World list, which is far more an indication of her future power than her existing effects, and one that we hope she will settle into with ease.
Even the royals are using twitter as a mode of communication now: “Just announced - The Duke of Cambridge will not join his wife as planned on royal engagements in Tyne and Wear and Stockton-on-Tees (Wed).” the official Clarence House Twitter feed stated. “The Duke of Cambridge will instead attend the funeral of Olga Powell, who was his and Prince Harry’s nanny for much of their childhood.” This means Kate will have to attend separate engagements in Newcastle, Gateshead and Stockton-on-Tees on Wednesday without Prince William; the first time she will have done such a thing without the Duke of Cambridge on her arm. Instead, William and his brother Harry will attend the funeral of Olga Powell, a former nanny of theirs. In an interview with The Mirror before the royal wedding, she said the boys had been “like my grandsons.”
This, perhaps, would not be such a daunting task for Mrs. Middleton, as we’re sure she’s fully capable of handling such an occasion, even without her man by her side, but given that it’s the first public outing since the topless scandal that engulfed her recently, there’s more pressure on here to present an amicable public face for the British Royal Family.
Date of birth
21st June, 1982