Christening of Prince George

Prince George is Christened!

Prince George arrived for his christening in the arms of Prince William (The Duke of Cambridge) on 23rd October 2013.

This was only the second appearance in public for the three-month old.  His first public outing was the day after he was born on July 22, when The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in central London.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, greeted the families at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace.

Prince George was wearing a replica of a stunning christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter in 1841, which almost touched the ground.

According to information from Clarence House, the Duchess of Cambridge looked relaxed before the service began. Her family had arrived as a group earlier – parents Carole and Michael Middleton, together with siblings Pippa and James.

The godparents, who arrived together, were William van Cutsem and wife Rosie, Oliver Baker and wife Melissa, Emilia Jardine-Paterson and husband David, and Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton and wife Susannah at the front. Julia Samuel was joined by husband Michael and the Duke of Westminster’s son Hugh Grosvenor came alone, followed by Zara and Mike Tindall.

The christening service was relatively short – lasting just 35 minutes.

Following the christening, The Duchess of Cambridge, carries Prince George out of the Chapel Royal

 

The Archbishop and the Bishop of London were thanked by the family and friends of Their Royal Highnesses, as the guests left.

The elite group then went on to Clarence House where The Prince of Wales and his wife hosted a private tea; guests were served slices of christening cake taken from a tier of saved Royal wedding cake.

Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, was holding Prince George as she and Prince William left the Chapel.

Newborn Prince – Born 23.07.2013!

Congratulations to Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of your gorgeous Royal Baby Boy!

Kate has given birth to a gorgeous baby boy – who is now third in line to the British Throne – and the happy couple looked over the moon as they appeared on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, London.

Prince William joked that the baby had more hair than him and commented on his son’s ‘healthy pair of lungs’ – he looked completely smitten as he dotingly held  the newborn Prince.

Kate looked radiant and overjoyed as she held her new baby, who weighed in at a healthy 8lb 6oz.  Her labour was said to ‘textbook’ by the experts and all went well for both mother and baby.

The couple waved to the cheering crowds and then Prince William took his son, now comfortably placed in his baby carseat, into the waiting car.

The Royal Baby is finally here – now the big wait will be to find out his name!  What do you think they should name him?

Baby Boy Background by Karen Arnold

The long awaited news of Kate going into labour has been announced by Kensington Palace!

The Duchess of Cambridge is in the early stages of labour and things are progressing as normal, according to a Palace spokesperson.

Kate has been admitted into the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.

Hospital where Kate, Duchess of Cambridge will give birth to the Royal Baby

This is the same hospital where Prince William and Prince Harry were born.  This will be an emotional time for Prince William as he awaits the birth of his first child, especially knowing that his mother, the late Princess Diana and his father, Prince Charles, would have been through the same journey all those years earlier, in this hospital.

We know that Kate has opted for a natural birth and we hope all goes smoothly for her.

The birth of a first child can take a long time and sometimes medical intervention is required but the most important thing is for Kate and the Royal Baby to be safe and healthy.

The Palace will announce the birth initially by the traditional method of placing an easel with a proclamation of the birth of the new third in line to the throne attached, signed by the doctors. Modern media methods, including Twitter will also be utilised but only after the official, traditional announcement is in place.

So, what do you think, will it be a boy or a girl?

 

Kate and Wills  play wizards with Prince Harry at the Harry Potter set  - Warner Bros Studios…

Six-months pregnant and looking gorgeous in a polka dot number from Topshop (which sold out later that day), Kate (Duchess of Cambridge) played wizards with Prince William (Duke of Cambridge) on the Harry Potter set at the Warner Bros Studios.  They were there with Prince Harry as patrons of The Charities Forum which is a collection of 35 charities who meet twice a year to discuss ideas and ways to support each other.

Take a look at the video below to see the Kate and William in action!

Did the Duchess of Cambridge inadvertently let slip the sex of her baby?

With so many conflicting reports about ‘what Kate said’, here’s a clip recorded that might enlighten.

This whole issue took place in Grimsby, England where Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was greeting well-wishers.

It was reported that the duchess was given a teddy bear by a woman in the crowd, and in response said, “Thank you, I’ll take that for my d…” then stopped herself.  However, no-one is clear if this is what she said.  The footage below appears to confirm that Kate didn’t say that but instead said ”Is this for us? Aw, thank you so much, it’s very sweet of you.”

Watch the video and see what you think…

Prince William and Kate leaving hospital following treatment for morning sicknes

It’s official – Prince William and Kate are having a baby!  This fantastic news was released because the Duchess of Cambridge has had to have hospital treatment for severe morning sickness – she is less than 3 months in her pregnancy.

In a statement, St James’s Palace said: “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.

“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 baby will be born third in line to the throne, after Prince Charles and Prince William.

Wishing Kate a safe and happy pregnancy…

Prince William and Kate Dance in Tivalu

Prince William and Kate Show Dance Moves in Tivalu

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked bright and cheerful as they were carried on a double throne before donning traditional Polynesian dress.

Prince William and Kate joined in the dancing at a welcoming ceremony on the tiny Pacific island of Tuvalu on the final leg of their tour of the Far East for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The couple show their dance moves and appeared to be enjoying every moment.  This comes after the news of their successful injunction against the French Closer magazine, which no doubt helped their celebratory spirit.

Prince William and Kate received a very warm welcome from the local people of Tivalu and were obviously enchanted by the local customs.  They looked like they just couldn’t resist getting into the moment and moving with the people.

Take a look Prince and Kate in action in this video:

 

Prince William and Kate had also just returned from a second honeymoon on the romantic getaway – Tavanipupu Private Island Resort – which they had travelled to via traditional war canoe.

The royal couple slept in a private, $1,260-a-night, leaf-thatched bungalow with incredible amenities, gourmet meals and more.

Prince William and Kate, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge travel in a traditional canoe to Tuvanipupu Island on their Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on September 17, 2012 in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are on a Diamond Jubilee tour representing the Queen taking in Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
Prince William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travel in a traditional canoe to Tuvanipupu Island on their Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on September 17, 2012 in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island.  Photo courtesy of: Samir Hussein/WireImage.com

It’s “peaceful and romantic,” says one of the island owners, Kimberly. “I really wanted them to feel like they had everything they need. The fridge is fully stocked, the finest champagne, fresh fruit platter, high-tech cappuccino machine.”

Still, she adds, “The Duke and Duchess are so down to earth. They haven’t asked for one thing.”

“It’s the perfect place for honeymooners,” notes Kimberly of the secluded retreat, where the royal couple can also partake in snorkeling.

Prince William and Kate at least received some well-earned privacy on this private resort.

Injunction Granted on Topless Photos of Kate

Prince William and Kate win injunction on topless photos of Kate

Prince William and Kate must be relieved that their request to prevent French magazine Closer, from publishing any further topless photos of Kate, has been upheld.  A French court has ruled that the magazine must hand over all offending topless photos of Kate, and that it must not publish or sell any of the photos, in any medium.  This must be completed within 24 hours of the ruling, or the magazine will face a 10,000-euro ($13,000) fine for every day’s delay.

This ruling no doubt gives the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hope that a future criminal prosecution for invasion of privacy will succeed. However, the criminal case is still ongoing and French law protects the sources of publishers, so it may be difficult to find out who the actual photographer was.  Here in the UK, the British tabloids have started a hunt for the photographer.

The royal couple are also suing Closer magazine for invasion of privacy.  Their lawyer Aurelien Hamelle told the injunction hearing that the images of “a highly intimate moment” were particularly distressing for the couple in light of the death of Princess Diana in 1997 in a car that crashed whilst being pursued by paparazzi, in a Paris tunnel.

The court in Nanterres, Paris said the pictures were “by their nature, particularly intrusive” and had been taken in a place where the couple could “legitimately assume they were safe from prying eyes”.   However, the injunction will not affect the pictures already widely circulated on the Internet following publication by Closer as well as Ireland’s Daily Star and Italy’s Chi magazine.


The editor of Chi, Alfonso Signorini, has defended publishing the images as being part of a legitimate news story about the ‘modern’ face of the British monarchy.  Signorini also claims no law was broken because they were taken from a public road.  In the event of a criminal trial, that argument will also be used by Closer, as will the fact that the royals did not raise any objection to La Provence’s pictures.

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi – who ultimately owns the French edition of Closer and Chi magazines through their inclusion in his Mondadori Group – backs his editors.

It’s a different story for the editor of the Irish Daily Star, Michael O’Kane, who has been suspended.  The future of the paper is in jeopardy following the announcement by its British joint-owner Northern and Shell that it would be withdrawing from its partnership with Ireland-based Independent News and Media due to the publication of the topless photos of Kate.

Here are some beautiful pictures of Prince William and Kate in the Solomon Islands:

Topless Photos of Kate - Injunction Granted

Injuncion granted against topless photos of Kate

Duchess of Cambridge, on tour with Prince William in the Solomon Islands. Photo: Tim Rooke/Rex/Rex USA

Topless Photos of Kate - Injunction Granted

Prince William and Kate in the Solomon Islands (Rick Rycroft/AP)

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have continued on their official tour for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in a warm, cheerful manner, even prior to their successful injunction to prevent further publication of topless photos of Kate.

Topless Photos of Kate – Royal Family To Sue?

Prince William and Kate were today ‘saddened’ by the news that photos of the Duchess of Cambridge on holiday recently in France, were published in French magazine Closer. The photos apparently show Kate wearing only the lower half of her bikini and were taken whilst she was sunbathing in a private house belonging to Viscount Linley.

The couple are upset that their privacy has been invaded and the photographs – which are blurry and obviously taken from a long distance – should not have been published.  The British Royals are apparently in the process of starting proceedings to sue the magazine.

Photos of Kate – Painful Memories of Princess Diana’s Life

This whole issue brings back the painful memories of the paparazzi constantly around and hounding Princess Diana, until her untimely death.  The photos of Kate must cause significant discomfort for Kate, as she has strived to remain at a distance from the press in her private life and to date in her public life, has worn a more conservative-style of dress.

Meanwhile, William and Kate carried on their public duties during their official visit to South East Asia, for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Here are some pictures of their official tour:

Prince William and Kate on Tour as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2012

 

Prince William and Kate on Tour of South East Asia in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

 

Prince William and Kate on Tour of South East Asia in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

 

Prince William and Kate on Tour of South East Asia in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Let’s hope these images will be the ones remembered for their tour, instead of the topless photos of Kate which were taken in the grounds of a private house, whilst the couple were on holiday in France.

Prince William and Kate in Singapore

Prince William and Kate have started their nine-day tour of South East Asia, in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee.

The couple’s first stop was in Singapore where they attended an Orchid naming ceremony at Singapore’s Botanic Gardens.  This was an emotional event for Prince William, as he carried out an engagement his mother, Princess Diana, had been unable to do; Diana had intended visiting the Botanic Gardens to see the orchid that had been given her name but her sudden death had left this wish unfulfilled.

Kate wore a gorgeous pink dress decorated with orchids, by Jenny Packham  - she looked stunning.

The couple were also honoured with an orchid named after them.

Take a look at this footage of Prince William and Kate at Singapore’s Botanic Garden:

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