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      The British Monarchy and basically every high profile celebrity likes to tease the public with photos of their offspring; it's their way of keeping the lowly non-celebs in check in case they ever decide to declare a civil war against the British Upper Class and their Land Rovers.

      The latest baby to be subject to this gimmick is none other than Princess Charlotte, the child of Kate Middleton and Prince William that not many people care about as much as Prince George, her older brother and the kid directly in line for the crown. Still, that doesn't stop royal obsessives or whatever pet name they have ascribed to themselves from obsessing over the youngest member of the Royal family.

      Everyone's favorite Princess, besides Diana, Kate Middleton decided to put her photography skills to the test and snap some pictures of the young Princess, who is now clearly able to sit up by herself. View image on Twitter

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      The Duke and Duchess hope everyone enjoys these new photos of Princess Charlotte as much as they do.
       
       
    • Princess Charlotte's portraits join a long line of fun royal family snaps

      06 JUNE 2015

      When Princess Charlotte made her first appearance outside the Lindo Wing on the day of her birth, 2 May, the world fell instantly in love and now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have offered another glimpse at their bundle of joy, in the arms of her big brother Prince George.

      Princess Charlotte's first portraits, released by Kensington Palace on 6 June, are the latest addition to the royal family’s photo album, one rooted in history and tradition but that each royal generation has also made their own.

      CLICK TO SEE ROYAL PORTRAITS THROUGH THE YEARS

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      George and Charlotte sit happily on the sofa in the new photos

      After sharing one photograph on Twitter, Kensington Palace revealed three more official snapshots of 22-month-old George and one-month-old Charlotte.

      Once again, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opted to document the special milestone by keeping it all in the family.

      Like George did in his first pictures, taken by 65-year-old grandfather Michael Middleton, in August of 2013 when the sweet boy was less than a month old, little Charlotte modelled for a familiar face - her proud mother, 33-year-old Kate.

      The Duchess is an avid photographer who showcased her talent in 2012 with the release of personal photographs from the couple's royal tour of Southeast Asia.

      Snapping her childrens' first portrait was surely a milestone moment for the mother of two, who has long strived to maintain as normal a life as possible for her family.

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      Prince George's first official photos were taken by Michael Middleton

      While Princess Charlotte's debut sees her indoors perched with her brother on a white sofa, Prince George’s first snaps were taken in the garden of the Middleton’s home in Bucklebury.

      Michael captured his first grandson (born July 22, 2013) sleeping in the arms of his mother with Prince William, 32, the family’s cocker spaniel Lupo and Carole and Michael's golden retriever, Tilly, lounging close by. The photos paint a picture of a laid-back family basking in the early days of new parenthood.

      The new portraits of Charlotte, whose full name is HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge, highlight the role of the royal youngsters as the Duke and Duchess's most cherished treasures and the special bond shared between brother and sister.

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      Prince William at eight months with his mother Diana and father Charles



      If the photos are any indication, Prince George is already smitten with his new playmate!

      In 1981, Prince William made his debut at only 29-days old in the protective arms of his mother, Princess Diana, with Prince Charles by her side.

      Like George and Charlotte, Prince William was photographed by a family member – Princess Margaret's then-husband Lord Snowden.

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      Royal brother and sister Prince Charles and Princess Anne



      Photos of Prince William at six months show a bright-eyed baby boy with two little teeth snuggling on the couch with his dad as mom Diana looks on lovingly. Perhaps Charlotte and George's sofa shots pay homage to this particularly happy time in the Duke of Cambridge's life.

      William’s next historical portrait appearance came in 1984, following the birth of his little brother, Prince Harry. In the posed portrait, shot in a nondescript location, William can be seen giggling while his future best man sleeps in Princess Diana's arms.

      The royal family has a history of mixing up the setting for portraits of babies born into the monarchy. In the public's first peek at Princes Charles in 1948, the future king is seen sleeping peacefully in his bassinet with his mother, then-Princess Elizabeth, lovingly watching over him.

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      Young Princes William and Harry



      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continue to carve out their own distinct path in royal history books, never turning their backs on generations past but also making their own new traditions like including only their children in this early set of portraits.

      This goes for Charlotte's christening as well, which will take place on 5 July in Sandringham, near the couple's country home, Anmer Hall. In a tribute to their daughter's late grandmother, the happy occasion will take place at St Mary Magdalene Church where Princess Diana was christened.

    • Kiss from big brother in pics of Britain's royal baby

       
       
      A picture released by Kensington Palace and taken by Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in May 2015, shows Prince George of Cambridge (L) and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England
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      London (AFP) - The first photos of Britain's Princess Charlotte together with Prince George, who is pictured giving his baby sister a kiss, were released by Kensington Palace on Saturday.

       

      The four photographs, taken by their mother Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, show 21-month-old George sitting on a sofa holding Charlotte.

      The portraits were taken when Charlotte, born on May 2, was around two weeks old.

      They were taken at Anmer Hall, Prince William and his wife Kate's country mansion on his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II's private Sandringham estate in Norfolk, eastern England.

      Propped up by two white cushions, Charlotte appears to be wearing a white romper suit with a matching jumper.

      Her brother is dressed in a white shirt with blue piping detail around the collar, cuffs and front, and matching blue socks and shorts.

      One picture shows George planting a kiss on his sister's forehead, another shows him tenderly looking down at her, a third shows him looking up and a fourth shows him smiling.

      "Prince George and Princess Charlotte together at home #WelcomeToTheFamily," Kensington Palace, William and Kate's official residence in London, said as they released the image on social media.

      "We're delighted to share the first photo of Prince George with his little sister Princess Charlotte.

      "The photo of Prince George and Princess Charlotte was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge in mid-May."

      Pictures of George have been rare. Only a handful of sets have been released, while he has rarely been seen in public.

      The first pictures released of George at home after his birth were taken by Kate's father Michael Middleton.

      George, who is directly in line to inherit the throne after his grandfather Prince Charles and then William, was last seen when his father took him to hospital to see his newborn sister.

      Earlier, Kensington Palace released pictures of the multitudes of gifts, cards and toys the family received after Charlotte's birth, sent from all around the world.

      They showed bundles of mail stacked up on filing cabinets, knitted dolls, slippers and bonnets and hand-written cards from schoolchildren.

      "Thank you to everyone who took the time to make handmade gifts," the palace said.

      It was announced Friday that Charlotte will be christened on July 5 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, where William's late mother Diana was baptised.

      Charlotte will be christened as a member of the Church of England by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the Anglican Church.

      William and Kate have been staying at Anmer Hall in Sandringham since Charlotte's birth at St Mary's Hospital in London.

      In tribute to his grandmother and mother, William and Kate gave Charlotte the middle names Elizabeth and Diana.

      The princess is fourth in line to the throne after her brother Prince George, who was born on July 22, 2013. He was baptised at St James's Palace in London.

       

    • The Princess of Cambridge has a name!

      The Princess of Cambridge has a name. And it pays tribute to the lovely women in her life.

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      Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced the name of their new baby girl. Presenting Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

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      Aww, such a pretty name—perfect for a princess.

      The wee princess has three names, just like her brother, Prince George Alexander Louis. She shares a name with her Aunt Pippa, who is Philippa Charlotte.

      Her middle names pay tribute to her grandmother and her great-grandmother. Elizabeth is obviously after the Queen, but it’s also Kates and her mom’s middle name.

      Diana is of course after Prince Williams mom. Such a lovely tribute to the People’s Princess—anyone else tearing up?

      Photo: Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal via Instagram)

      Photo: Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal via Instagram)

      Sorry, *sniff,* back to business. Baby Charlotte’s official title is Her Royal Highness, Princess of Cambridge. She’s fourth in the line to the throne after grandpa Charles, daddy Wills and big brother Georgie. Charlotte is the first Princess of Cambridge in 182 years. 

      Little Charlotte will have lots of playmates besides her brother. She’s the Queen’s fifth great-grandchild and her fourth great-granddaughter. I can’t wait to see her playing with her cousins Savannah and Isla Phillips, who are Canadian!

      The royal baby excitement will die down now as the William and Kate take the kids head to their country home, Anmer Hall. The couple will want some privacy as they adjust to life with two kids under two. They’re definetely going to be busy.

      But we will get to see the first official family photo in about two weeks. Do you remember George’s  first official photos, which were taken in the backyard of Kate’s parents’ home? This time the Cambridges will take their photos at their newly renovated country retreat. But maybe grandpa Michael will take the photos again!

      The next time we’ll see Princess Charlotte in public is at her christening, which will likely be this summer. I would bet sometime in July, just before the Queen goes on summer holiday in Scotland.

      Photo: Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal via Instagram)

      Photo: Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal via Instagram)

      Until then, enjoy these adorable pictures of Charlotte leaving the hospital with mom and dad, wrapped in her G.H. Hurt and Son blanket. And we’ve got all the scoop on Kate’s beautiful look here. Love how Mum and baby wore matching yellow.

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    • Royal baby belies problems of the ageing Windsors

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      Queen Elizabeth (C), Prince Philip (2L), and Prince Charles (R), prepare to pose for a regimental photograph at Windsor Castle, April 30, 2015
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      London (AFP) - The birth of a princess on Saturday demonstrated the enduring strength of Britain's rulers, consolidating four generations of a family now more popular than ever, but cannot hide the weaknesses of an ageing institution.

      Queen Elizabeth II turned 89 just weeks ago and shows no sign of abdicating, even if she has stepped back a little from public duties in favour of her 66-year-old son and heir Charles, the Prince of Wales.

      Prince William and his wife Kate's second child will be fourth in line to the throne after Charles, William, and his first-born George -- a strong dynasty that could continue for another century.

      Congratulations have flooded in for the parents, the glamorous Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who have helped give the Windsor family a modern makeover.

      The new princess will be the first to benefit from a new law ending the age-old bias favouring a male succession, meaning that she cannot be passed over in favour of any younger male siblings.

      The legal change has helped bring the royals into the 21st century but there is only a slim chance that she will ever wear the crown, in a family where the future is dominated by the older generation.

      - 'Stuck with elderly monarchs' -

      If the queen lives as long as her mother, who died aged 101, Charles would be about 80 when he finally takes the throne -- hardly the image of a young and vital monarchy.

      "And if the Prince of Wales lives a long time, then William will also be quite elderly when he succeeds," said Bob Morris, a constitutional expert at University College London.

      "Without some policy and application then we are going to be stuck with elderly monarchs for quite long time."

      On September 9, the monarch will eclipse Queen Victoria to become Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

      Buckingham Palace has emphasised her longevity as a virtue, presenting her as a stabilising influence and celebrating her Diamond Jubilee in lavish style in 2012.

      There are few signs that she would consider quitting.

      "I never rule out the idea of abdication but I think it's unlikely", Morris said.

      However, he said the rise of Scottish nationalism that threatens the future of the United Kingdom will only have reinforced her desire to stay on.

      Royal commentator Robert Jobson noted that Pope Benedict XVI and Spain's Juan Carlos have both retired from what were previously thought to be lifetime roles.

      "I don't know if the queen will continue until the day she dies. I'm sure it's her intention but we are in uncharted territory," he said.

      - Transition to Charles -

      For now, the queen continues to reign as always, although her schedule and that of her 93-year-old husband Prince Philip have been slowly eased.

      She will pay a state visit to Germany in June and attend a Commonwealth summit in Malta in November, but Charles and his sons are increasingly taking on her official duties.

      Many commentators predict a slow period of transition of power to Charles.

      A 1937 law allows for the heir to become a regent in the event of the monarch's physical or mental incapacity, Jobson said, although at the moment "there's no need to".

      But while Charles awards medals and gives speeches, he "won't be able to carry the full range of monarchical duties", Morris pointed out.

      "He could relieve her but he cannot replace her."

      The queen remains hugely popular, although Charles' approval ratings fall below those of his mother and indeed his son.

      A recent ComRes survey for the Daily Mail newspaper found that 79 percent of respondents liked William, compared to 77 percent for the queen and 53 percent for Charles.

      Just 19 percent said they wanted to get rid of the monarchy, suggesting that for all the Windsor's problems, a republican revolution looks some way off.

    • Kate Middleton, Prince William Share First Photo of Baby

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      Kate Middleton, Prince William Share First Photo of Baby

      Kate Middleton and Prince William show off the new royal baby, a princess. (Photo: AP Images)

      Meet our new princess! Kate Middleton and Prince William exited St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday with their new baby girl and showed her off to throngs of reporters gathered around the facility awaiting the first shot of Her Royal Highness.

      STORY: Kate Middleton, Prince William Welcome Baby Girl!

      Middleton wore a white silk dress with yellow flowers (Jenny Packham, of course) and Stuart Weitzman heels while she held the pint-sized princess (who was wrapped in a white blanket and wearing a white hat). The couple stood briefly, waving and smiling, then disappeared through the hospital doors. A few minutes later, they walked out again, climbed into their car, and drove away. 

      Hello, little lady! Meet the newest royal baby, the second child of Kate Middleton and Prince William. (Photo: Getty Images)

      The duchess was admitted to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital’s in London in the late hours of Friday, May 1 and after a short labor — 3 hours — the baby was born on Saturday, May 2, at 8:34 am BST. Her Royal Highness weighs 8 pounds, 3 ounces.

      STORY: Kate Middleton’s in Labor. Here’s What Happens Next 

      Along with keeping fans updated on Twitter, Kensington Palace announced the birth via email: “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

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      Prince William brings Prince George to St. Mary’s Hospital to meet his little sister after Kate Middleton gives birth. (Photo: Getty Images)

      A town crier in costume also shared the news outside the hospital. “May our princess be long-lived, happy and glorious,” he said to the crowd chanting “Princess! Princess!”

      Paternal grandparents Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla expressed their excitement through the Royal Press Association, saying they were “absolutely delighted” by the arrival.

      When Prince George was born in 2013, Middleton and Prince William posed for their first family photo on the steps of St. Mary’s. Middleton looked flawless wearing a light blue polka dot Jenny Packham dress, a sleek blowout, and nude heels. On Saturday, she was equally glowing as the family of three became four. 

      Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

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    • Kate Middleton Wore Jenny Packham to Introduce Her Little Princess to the World

      Kate Middleton Wore Jenny Packham to Introduce Her Little Princess to the World

      In sticking with tradition, just hours after giving birth to a healthy baby girl, Kate Middleton exited St. Mary’s hospital—using the front door—with her husband, Prince William, by her side. Sure, the newborn baby was a sight for sore eyes (literally, people have been waiting for a very long time), but it was the little princess’s mum who made an indelible impression on the world. 

      Wearing a white silk dress with yellow flowers, the bespoke Jenny Peckham dress was perfect. She paired the simple silhouette with nude Stuart Weitzman heels, and, obviously, a perfect blow out, not giving off any evidence of the fact that she’s only a few hours postpartum. 

      As with when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child, Prince George, was born more than two years ago, before hopping in the royal Range Rover to head back to Kensington Palace, the couple gave a few waves to the world media and adoring fans camped outside St. Marys’ Lindo Wing. Previously, the 33-year-old wore a blue and white polka dot dress, also from Jenny Packham, and wedge heels. Now, a seasoned mother and professional child toter, she opted for more daring pumps (well, daring in the fact that she’s carrying very precious cargo and high heels are precarious by their very nature). 

      Middleton looked stunning, William was doting, and the baby seemed well swaddled in a white blanket. The scene was splendid—but did anyone really expect anything less? 

      Miss the big moment? Don’t worry! Watch it all again here:


       

       
    • Royal baby wait is over as Kate and William welcome second child

       

      Matthew Fisher | May 2, 2015 9:50 AM ET
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      Royal fans celebrate outside the Lindo wing at St Mary's hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015 after the news is passed that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William's second child, a daughter, was born.
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      LONDON — It’s a princess!

      The Great Kate Wait, as the British media had dubbed it, ended at 8:34 a.m. with the birth of a girl who becomes the fourth in the line of succession to the throne.

      The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton’s daughter, weighed 3.7 kilograms when she was born in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital.

      A statement from Kensington Palace announced the birth of Queen Elizabeth’s great-granddaughter about four hours after it happened. The palace said that both mother and daughter were “doing well.”

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      Steve Parsons/Pool/APAn easel is placed in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to announce the birth of the royal baby, Saturday, May 2, 2015.

      The royal hairdresser was said to be have entered the hospital, suggesting that the parents and their daughter might leave the hospital with “the spare to the heir” by the end of the day.

      The next big question is the name of the baby. There is a chance that that may also be known by the end of the day.

      It has been widely reported that as with their first child, Prince George, who was born 20 months ago, Will and Kate had specifically asked not to be told in advance the sex of their daughter. As it is a girl, she will for the first time be placed ahead of any male siblings born after her because of changes to the laws on royal primogeniture in Britain and in Canada.

      The duchess was seen arriving at the Lindo Wing with her husband, Prince William, at 6:00 a.m. (1 a.m. EDT) Saturday.

      “It is always worth waiting for,” said Terry Hutt, an octogenarian who has shown up at almost every royal event for decades.

      “It’s wonderful that is a girl. That means there will be even more royal babies in the future. The present group of royals is getting old and so am I. We all need to be refreshed.”

      Thirty-four minutes later, as two London bobbies arrived to stand guard in front of the doors of the hospital on a gloomy, chilly morning, Kensington Palace announced the duchess had been admitted to St. Mary’s “in the early stages of labour.” A second bulletin at about 8 a.m. said the birth was “proceeding normally.”

      That cryptic message was taken to mean that the birth of the baby, which was believed to be at least one week overdue, was not being induced.

      The baby, whose birth was proclaimed on Twitter as well as on an easel in front of Buckingham Palace, is a sibling for George, who was also born a week late – after Kate spent 11 hours in labour in the same hospital.

      The young prince, who has seldom been in public, was said to be at home at nearby Kensington Palace with his Spanish nanny, Maria Borrallo.

      The birth of Will and Kate’s second child attracted far less of a media circus than the hullabaloo that surrounded the George’s arrival, when hundreds of journalists from around the world kept a constant vigil outside St. Mary’s for several weeks.

      At the request of Will and Kate, who did not want a repeat of that tawdry show, police refused to let journalists and cameramen gather this time outside the hospital until the duchess had gone into labour. So, against the expectation of the huge royal press corps — many of whom spent long days and nights sitting in cars in sidestreets near the hospital — it appears that not one of the posse of royal photographers captured the arrival of Kate at the hospital.

      However, within minutes of the announcement that Kate was in labour, hundreds of media began to pour into the narrow side street in front of the Lindo Wing to report on the next child of the most watched couple in the world. The media mob shared the pavement with the usual crush of jovial royal loyalists in the requisite Union Jack outfits, as well as scores of curious tourists and passersby heading into the hospital.

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      AP Photo/Tim IrelandCrowds gather as Tony Appleton, a town crier, announces to the assembled media the birth of the royal baby.

      Despite the media restrictions, there has been massive speculation about the impending birth and what it might mean for Prince George, who has rarely been seen in public since his birth. One of the more curious stories was how, according to managers of Britain’s ubiquitous betting houses, the odds on what second born’s name would be changed hugely in favour of Charlotte this week, as the bettors’ early favourite, Alice, fell back sharply. But Alice was once again the most popular name among those placing bets on Friday.

      Will’s father, and Queen Elizabeth’s heir, Prince Charles, said earlier this week that he was hoping for a granddaughter.

      According to Kensington Palace, Charles and other members of the royal family have all been informed that Kate was in labour.

      Although no official due date was ever announced, professional royal observers had insisted for months that the baby was expected sometime between April 23 and April 25. As those days fell away with no news, media coverage soared.

      Britons were told that Kate was trying to naturally induce labour by going swimming. There were also a spate of learned articles about the advantages and disadvantages of doctors and midwives inducing labour and how doctors would not allow her to go more than two weeks past her due date, whenever that actually is or was.

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      BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Town crier Tony Appleton, who holds no official role, announces the birth of the royal baby. He similarly ambushed proceedings after the birth of Prince George in 2013, but he looks so happy doing it, so who's going to stop him?

      The greatest stir occurred on April 29 when Kate took the wheel of the family Range Rover, with Will in the passenger seat, and popped over to Buckingham Palace from their home at Kensington Palace to apparently have a chat with the prince’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

      One day later there was great excitement on all the live blogs, soon dashed, when a helicopter spotted a convoy gathering outside Kensington Palace. In fact, the progress of every royal convoy around the city has been noted and charted for several weeks. Alas, for those waiting for this blessed event, none of them headed in the direction of the hospital until shortly after dawn on Saturday.

      With the birth, Will’s brother, Prince Harry, who returned to Australia from London on an army secondment on Tuesday, is pushed down to fifth in the line of succession to the throne. Charles’s brother, Prince Andrew, drops from fifth to sixth.

      It has been widely noted by the British media that Andrew’s daughter, Princess Beatrice of York,  who had been the first female in the line of succession would move to the seventh in the succession chart and no longer be required to ask the Queen’s permission to marry.


    • Royal baby: Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to baby girl

      Kate and Prince William’s daughter, born at St Mary’s hospital, is fifth great-grandchild for the Queen and fourth in line to the throne

      Royal fans celebrate the birth of Kate and William’s daughter, outside St Mary’s hospital in London.  

      Royal fans celebrate the birth of Kate and William’s daughter, outside St Mary’s hospital in London. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

      The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a daughter, the first Princess of Cambridge to be born for more than 180 years.

      The new baby was born at 8.34am weighing 8lbs 3oz – three ounces lighter than her older brother Prince George. The Duke of Cambridge attended the birth at the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s hospital in London.

      The daughter for Prince William and Kate is the fourth in line to the throne and the Queen’s fifth great-grandchild. She will be the first to take the title of princess for 25 years and will also be the highest ranking female in line to the throne. A girl has not been born this high up the line of succession in the UK for nearly 65 years, since Princess Anne was born.

      In a statement, Kensington Palace said: “Her royal highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am. The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz.

      “The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

      “The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.

      “Her royal highness and her child are both doing well.”

      An easel is placed in the forecourt of Buckingham palace to announce the birth of the royal baby 
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      An easel is placed in the forecourt of Buckingham palace to announce the birth of the royal baby. Photograph: Steve Parsons/AP

      The duchess was admitted to the hospital in the early stages of labour at 6am. Only once members of both families had been informed was the news made public, at 11.09am. The duchess’s labour was far shorter than for her first child – Prince George took more than 10 hours to be born.

      She was believed to have been around one week overdue, but in the end the birth appeared to happen swiftly .

      The birth was overseen by a medical team led by Guy Thorpe-Beeston, surgeon-gynaecologist to the royal household, who was assisted by Alan Farthing, surgeon gynaecologist to the Queen. Both medics were present at George’s birth in July 2013.

      Town crier Tony Appleton announces the birth of the Cambridges’ second child outside St Mary’s hospital 
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      Town crier Tony Appleton announces the birth of the Cambridges’ second child outside St Mary’s hospital. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

      There were cheers from the crowd gathered outside the hospital when the announcement was made. Some had been camping for almost two weeks in anticipation of the birth.

      A bulletin, printed with the details of the delivery, was placed on an ornate gold easel erected by two footmen in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. It said the duchess was “delivered” of a daughter and gave the time of birth.

      Clarence House said the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were “absolutely delighted”. Other members of the Windsor and Middleton families were informed, including the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince Harry, who is in Australia.

      Prime minister David Cameron posted on Twitter: “Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby girl. I’m absolutely delighted for them.

      Labour leader Ed Miliband tweeted: “Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess on the birth of their daughter. Wishing them lots of joy and happiness – and hopefully some sleep”.

      Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, was invited in to a voter’s house to watch the announcement on TV. “On the doorstep in Sheffield. Thanks to the kind constituents who invited me in to see the great royal baby news being announced on their TV,” he tweeted.

      The baby is the first to use the title princess since Princess Eugenie, 25, younger daughter of the Duke of York. The last Princess of Cambridge was Princess Mary Adelaide, George III’s granddaughter, born 182 years ago in Hanover, Germany and known affectionately as “Fat Mary” because of her large girth.

      Ukip leader Nigel Farage said he urged his party’s candidates to “take at least an hour out of campaigning in order to toast the new arrival. “I shall certainly be setting an example in that regard. After all, some things are worth interrupting politics for,” he said.

      The duchess went on maternity leave on 27 March after carrying out her last official public engagement. Prince William is not due back at work until 1 June.

      Earlier in the week the duke and duchess sent breatkfast to around 10 hardcore royal fans, much photographed by news-starved media as they kept vigil outside St Mary’s hospital. Two boxes of croissants and pastries were wrapped in a pink ribbon, which sent the fans in to paroxysms of speculation that it was a girl.

      While a due date was never confirmed by Kensington Palace, the indications were that the baby was probably overdue by several days.

      Originally parking suspension notices for a “special event” outside the hospital ran from 15 to 30 April. In the likelihood that officials had allowed a wide margin either side of the due date, it would seem those in the know had expected that event to be over by Thursday.

      Eager to avoid the media circus that surrounded Prince George’s birth, the media were prevented from setting up camp outside the hospital until the official announcement that the duchess had been admitted.


    • Megszületett Katalin hercegnő második gyereke

       

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      Megszületett Katalin hercegnő második gyermeke, írta a brit királyi ház hivatalos Twitter-csatornája. Lány lett, 3,7 kilogrammal született, és mindketten jól vannak. Megy a hip-hip hurrá a kórház előtt, szól a kolomp és a God Save The Queen!

       

      A palota a hírt csaknem háromórás késleltetéssel közölte, mert a protokoll alapján először a 89 esztendős dédnagymamát, II. Erzsébet királynőt és a királyi család többi tagját értesítették.

       

      A nevére már lehet fogadni a brit fogadóirodákban. Charlotte-ra tippelnek a legtöbben, ezután az Alice és az Elisabeth nevek követik a listán. Vilmos és Katalin leánygyermekének nevét várhatóan a következő napokban jelentik be.

       

       

      Szombat reggel vitték kórházba Katalin cambridge-i hercegnőt, Vilmos herceg várandós feleségét, írta az MTI. A Kensington-palota - a házaspár londoni rezidenciája - közölte, hogy a hercegnő "a vajúdás korai szakaszában van".

       

      A közlemény szerint a hercegnő az előzetes terveknek megfelelően az észak-londoni Paddington városrész St. Mary's kórházának Lindo Wing nevű szülészeti magánklinikáján tartózkodott, ahová férje vitte be autóval.

       

       

      Ugyanabban a londoni kórházban született 1982. június 21-én Vilmos herceg is, aki 16 órával az után jött a világra, hogy édesanyját, Diana hercegnőt bevitték a szülészeti klinikára.

       

      Az újszülött világra jövetele pillanatában - bátyja, az idén kétéves György herceg után - a negyedik helyet foglalja el a brit trónutódlási sorban, így valószínűleg nem lesz az Egyesült Királyság uralkodója. A gyermek a nagybátyját, Harry herceget, Vilmos öccsét utasítja egy hellyel maga mögé a trónöröklési sorrendben.

       

       

      Az idén 89 esztendős II. Erzsébet királynő után elsőszülött fia, Károly trónörökös - Vilmos édesapja -, Károly után Vilmos, Vilmos után pedig a hercegi házaspár elsőszülöttje, vagyis György ülhet majd az Egyesült Királyság trónjára.

       

      Vilmos és Katalin második gyermeke II. Erzsébet királynő ötödik dédunokája lesz.

       

      Az udvar hivatalos közleményei szerint a hercegi házaspár nem tudta, hogy a gyermek fiú lesz-e vagy leány. Most megtudta.

       

    • Royal Baby No. 2 Prep Is Officially Underway for Kate Middleton & Prince William's Big Day!

      Royal baby prep is in full swing -- and not just for the royals!

      Kate Middleton and Prince William are expected their second child any day now, and staffers at her hospital are preparing for the media as well as all of those fans with royal fever who will wait outside to get a first glimpse of the new addition to the royal family.

      Barricades are going up outside of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth. No Parking signs are also in place in front of the hospital for the rest of the month.

      Royal Baby No. 2 Prep Is Officially Underway for Kate Middleton & Prince William's Big Day!

      This is the same hospital where Will and Kate welcomed, their first baby, George on July 22, 2013.

      NEWS: Prince George Is a Busy Baby

      A month ago, Kate revealed her due date is mid-to-end of April, but the couple has not publicly shared an exact due date or the sex of their baby.

      PHOTOS: Kate Middleton's Amazing Pregnancy Style 

      Will and Kate first announced that Prince George will have a brother or sister back in September of last year. Are you excited for the birth of royal baby no. 2? Share your excitement with the hashtag #ETnow.

      Check out the video below to see how cute Prince George looked on his 1st birthday.

       

       

    • Duchess Kate and Prince George's fun Christmas trip revealed

      16 DECEMBER 2014

      Prince George may have been too young to appreciate Christmas last year, but at 16-months-old, the playful tot seemed just the right age to enjoy this winter's festivities. He experienced his first Winter Wonderland day out last week with his mum Duchess Kate, an insider has confirmed to HELLO! magazine.

      Travelling just a stone's throw away from their Kensington Palace home to Hyde Park, Kate and George made an incognito visit to the annual London attraction.

      "They spent an hour together in Santa Land, enjoying a ride on the teacup ride, and looked like they were having a fantastic time," an onlooker exclusively revealed to HELLO! magazine.

       

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      Duchess Kate enjoyed a Christmas day out in Winter Wonderland with baby Prince George

      "George was dressed warmly in a snowsuit and Kate was dressed down, wearing a baseball cap. They arrived at 11am and happily mingled with other members of the public."

      It didn't look as if George paid a visit to Santa, but Prince William and Kate's firstborn seemed to have enjoyed his day out with his pregnant mum.

      The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth to her second child in April of next year, welcoming a younger brother or sister for gorgeous George.

       

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       Prince George's new photos are available to see in this week's issue of HELLO!

       
      Their quick excursion to Winter Wonderland came just a few days before a set of three new official photos of George were released to the public.

      Royal watchers were quick to note that the tot bears a striking resemblance to his father, when William himself was a young child.

      Looking every inch the dapper toddler, George, whose photos feature in this week's magazine of HELLO!, is pictured sitting in the courtyard of his palatial residence, gazing up at the sky in one shot and giving his knowing, cheeky smile in the other two.

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       Prince George's knitted jumper sold out weeks before the photos were released

       
      For his photoshoot, William and Kate's son sported black shorts, a white shirt and a navy London Guards knitted jumper by Cath Kidston. Unfortunately for George fans, the woollen top had already sold out weeks before the photos were made public, meaning they couldn't rush out to buy replicas.

      The high street retailer said that they are hoping to put the jumper back on sale after being inundated with requests from shoppers worldwide.


    • Britain's Prince George in new Christmas photos

       
       
      Britain's Prince George poses in a courtyard at Kensington Palace in London in this one out of three official Christmas photographs of him
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      Britain's Prince George poses in a courtyard at Kensington Palace in London in this one out of three …
       

      London (AFP) - Three Christmas photos of a rosy-cheeked Prince George were released by Britain's royal family Saturday, offering a festive glimpse of the future king.

      The pictures show 17-month-old George in a courtyard at Kensington Palace, where his parents, Prince William and Kate, have a London apartment.

      George is wearing a jumper depicting the soldiers who guard his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace, complete with red tunics and bearskin hats.

      The royal couple guard their child's privacy closely and have requested that the press let him grow up without intrusion.

      While George is often photographed during official engagements, royal lawyers sent a legal warning in October to a photographer who was reportedly trying to take pictures of him with his nanny in a London park.

      George is due to be joined by a brother or sister in 2015 -- Kate is pregnant with the couple's second child and expected to give birth in April.

      She has been suffering from the same acute morning sickness she had while pregnant with George.

      However she did accompany Prince William on a whirlwind trip to New York this week, where the couple visited the 9/11 memorial and met music stars Beyonce and Jay-Z.

    • Princess Diana, that heralded the Upper East Side hotel as a favorite among British royals. Diana stayed for the first time at the Carlyle in 1995, when she made the trip across the Atlantic for the United Cerebral Palsy’s annual dinner.

      Diana arriving at The Carlyle during one of her stays.
      (Rex Features) 


      This was a significant night in Diana’s charitable career — she rubbed shoulders with American political heavyweights Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell, she accepted an award for her humanitarian
      activities and delivered a stirring call to action on behalf of the needy.


      She revisited the hotel in June 1997, the year that 79 of her most iconic gowns went up for auction at Christie’s.

      Many of Diana's iconic dresses were auctioned at Christie's in 1997.
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      So it seems Prince William has chosen to follow in his mother’s footsteps, electing to stay in the hotel that Diana loved. The young couple will be put up in one of the The Carlyle’s most glamorous rooms – a suite with a view overlooking Central Park.

      Some of the best suites in the Carlyle have views overlooking Central Park.
      (The Carlyle/Rosewood Hotels) 


      Their seven-strong entourage will also be staying at the hotel, with at least one of them Kate’s hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker being paid for privately by Kate and William.

      One of The Carlyle Suites.
      (The Carlyle/Rosewood Hotels) 


      As they arrived at the hotel last night, Kate and William were greeted in the lobby by a welcoming party consisting of concierge and hotel staff. In place of the stars and stripes that usually fly proudly over the  entrance, The Carlyle instead raised the Union Jack in honor of the royal guests.

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        Royal style: Kate Middleton is wearing a coat from Seraphine Maternity, a brand she has worn a lot of during her pregnancies. The piece was created exclusively for the expectant mother and she accessorized her look with a Stuart Weitzman clutch and black suede booties. Read more about her stylish looks here.

       

      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have landed in New York City!

      Kate and William, who arrived in New York Sunday night, have a jam-packed schedule for their brief, three-day royal tour, with the hope that the trip will further strengthen the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

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      It’s an historic trip for the pair, as it’s the first time either of them has visited either New York or Washington D.C., where Prince William will meet with President Obama to discuss illegal wildlife trading — an issue close to his heart.

      Of course, all eyes will be on the Duchess who is currently five months pregnant with the second royal baby as the world tries to catch a glimpse of her growing baby bump, but it’s clear the couple do not want her tummy to be the focus of the trip.

      "They don't simply want it to be dominated by the Kate factor," according to Robert Jobson, author of "The New Royal Family."

      "They're trying to keep William and Kate's program designed carefully so that she doesn't upstage him everywhere he goes, because British and other media seem to be obsessed with what Kate wears and the baby bump.”

      This royal tour should provide a sharp contrast to that of William’s parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, who visited the U.S. nearly 30 years ago in 1985 — a trip that culminated in the now iconic images of Diana dancing with John Travolta at the White House.

      "They've obviously got a more serious agenda, which is that this is the future king meeting the president of the United States and entering the special relationship," Jobson said.

      Royals' agenda


      The Duke and Duchess haven’t been to a non-Commonwealth country since their last trip stateside in 2011, when they visited Los Angeles at the end of a 12-day royal tour of the U.S. and Canada.

      Today, while Prince William heads down to D.C. with former Foreign Secretary William Hague to meet the President, Kate will remain in NYC to visit the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem with the First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray.

      A prominent political figure and published author, the Duchess could learn a lot from McCray about the plight of disadvantaged New York children, as well as what a life of public service is like over the pond.

      It’s the first time Kate has flown overseas while pregnant; while she was expecting Prince George, the Duchess didn’t venture any further than Scotland, perhaps due to suffering from acute morning sickness.

      The 32-year-old was struck down with hyperemesis gravidarum at the start of this pregnancy too, but has made a speedy recovery and has been keen to perform her royal duties both home and abroad.

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      Unfortunately for fans of HRH Prince George, the royal couple decided to leave the 16-month-old at home with Kate’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

      While in the New York, the couple will also catch a basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers where it is rumored they will meet Beyoncé and Jay Z, the other royal couple.

      Kate and William will finish off their tour with a benefit dinner for St. Andrew’s University, their old alma mater where they met as undergrads back in 2001.

    • Prince Harry enjoys F1 day out with Geri Halliwell

      23 NOVEMBER 2014

      Prince Harry bumped into his long-time friend Geri Halliwell for a second time this week, as the pair attended the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Just days before, Harry had taken part in the Sentebale Polo Cup, which saw several celebrities including the former Spice Girl watching from the stands.

      Harry, 30, was pictured mingling and laughing with his fellow redhead as they watched the action from the Red Bull enclosure.

      The Prince, who first met Geri as a child, pointed a knowing finger at the pop star as they chatted and shared a joke.

       

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      Prince Harry first met Geri Halliwell when he was ten


      Harry cheered and watched as Brit racing driver Lewis Hamilton qualified for Sunday's race, while Geri, who recently got engaged to F1 Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, attended with her fiancé.

      Harry and Geri's second meeting of the week came after the singer showed her support for the Prince by attending the Sentebale Polo Cup on Thursday. Harry had taken part in the polo tournament for his African charity Sentebale, and successfully led his team to victory.

      The sporty royal was later seated with Geri and Christian at their dinner table following the match, where the trio again looked to be enjoying each other's company.

       

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      Prince Harry dined with Geri Halliwell and her fiancé Christian Horner earlier in the week


      Earlier that day Geri had opened up about her friendship with Harry, explaining her admiration for the royal 12 years her junior.

      "I have met Prince Harry a few times," she said. 'I've seen him since he was about 10. I have seen him grow up. It is brilliant what he is doing with his life.

      "It's all for a good cause. I think he is a great ambassador for showing people that we care and he's got great spirit and heart. I think he's brilliant."

       

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      Prince Harry took part in the Sentebale Polo Cup for his charity on Thursday


      Harry had the opportunity to meet the Spice Girls for a second time when he was 13, when he travelled to South Africa to see them in concert. Prince Charles' son had dressed in a smart suit for the occasion and had his photograph taken with the five pop stars during a moment he called one of the "best days" of his life.

      At the Sentebale fundraising event, Harry described the past ten years since he set up the charity as an "emotional rollercoaster" and added: "If you'd asked me ten years ago how these next ten years would look I wouldn't have predicted we'd be playing polo in Abu Dhabi in the same weekend of the Grand Prix weekend."

    • Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Celebrate 67th Wedding Anniversary: Pictures of Couple Through the Years

      Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary, with a busy day that included a visit to the Royal Air Force station in Lossiemouth, Scotland.

       

      The Queen, 88, and Philip, 93, arrived in Elgin by train and were greeted by Lieutenant Colonel Grenville Johnston, the Lord Lieutenant of Moray, and the general public.

       

      One young child handed the Queen a bouquet of flowers as she and her husband smiled for the cameras and made their way to the RAF base.

       

      Philip recently returned from Germany where he presented troops with medals.

       

      The Queen visited the facility, which provides a quick response in the event of unidentified aircrafts in northern airspace, in 2003, reported Hello magazine.

       

      This time around the Queen unveiled a plaque at the newly-built Quick Reaction Alert facility while pilots and their families greeted the royals, and another child handed over a bouquet of flowers. 

       

      Elizabeth and Philip were married on November 20, 1947.

       

      Philip was born in Greece into the Greek and Danish royal families but his family was exiled from Greece when he was young.

       

      This official picture of Princess Elizabeth heir presumptive to the British throne, and her fiance, Lieut, Philip Mountbatten, was made on July 10, 1947 in London. The Princess engagement ring can be seen on her finger. (AP Photo)

      This official picture of Princess Elizabeth heir presumptive to the British throne, and her fiance, Lieut, Philip Mountbatten, was made on July 10, 1947 in London. The Princess engagement ring can be seen on her finger. (AP Photo)

       

       

       

      Britain's Princess Elizabeth leaves Westminster Abbey in London, with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, on November 20, 1947, after their wedding ceremony.  (AP photo)

      Britain’s Princess Elizabeth leaves Westminster Abbey in London, with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, on November 20, 1947, after their wedding ceremony. (AP photo)

       

       

       

      Princess Elizabeth, center, congratulates Moira Shearer, left, a ballerina in the Scots Ballet Artiste, following  the latter's performance at a concert, held in honor of the Princess and the Duke of Edinburgh, right, at the Usher Hall, March 1, 1949, Edinburgh, Scotland. The Princess wears a crinoline gown of white satin embroidered with crystals a diamond and necklace. Earlier in the day, the freedom of the city of Edinburgh was conferred on the Duke. (AP Photo)

      Princess Elizabeth, center, congratulates Moira Shearer, left, a ballerina in the Scots Ballet Artiste, following the latter’s performance at a concert, held in honor of the Princess and the Duke of Edinburgh, right, at the Usher Hall, March 1, 1949, Edinburgh, Scotland. The Princess wears a crinoline gown of white satin embroidered with crystals a diamond and necklace. Earlier in the day, the freedom of the city of Edinburgh was conferred on the Duke. (AP Photo)

       

       

       

      In this July 18, 1949 photo, Prince Charles, foreground left,  the eight-month-old son of Princess Elizabeth of England, left, and his father Philip, poses for a photo, on the Windlesham Moor, their summer residence, in Ascot, England. (AP Photo, File)

      In this July 18, 1949 photo, Prince Charles, foreground left, the eight-month-old son of Princess Elizabeth of England, left, and his father Philip, poses for a photo, on the Windlesham Moor, their summer residence, in Ascot, England. (AP Photo, File)

       

       

       

      With her mother, Queen Elizabeth (right) and her grandmother, Queen Mary, sitting beside her, Princess Elizabeth holds her daughter, Princess Anne, in Buckingham Palace, London on Oct. 21, 1950, when the two-month-old Princess was christened.   The infant Princess is the second child of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. (AP Photo)

      With her mother, Queen Elizabeth (right) and her grandmother, Queen Mary, sitting beside her, Princess Elizabeth holds her daughter, Princess Anne, in Buckingham Palace, London on Oct. 21, 1950, when the two-month-old Princess was christened. The infant Princess is the second child of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. (AP Photo)

       

       

       

      Queen Elizabeth II wearing black, and a white hat drives in an open carriage from the Golden Gates at Ascot, Racecourse, Berkshire, England in afternoon on June 18, 1952, with the Duke of Edinburgh.   On the second day of the Royal Ascot meeting. (AP Photo)

      Queen Elizabeth II wearing black, and a white hat drives in an open carriage from the Golden Gates at Ascot, Racecourse, Berkshire, England in afternoon on June 18, 1952, with the Duke of Edinburgh. On the second day of the Royal Ascot meeting. (AP Photo)

       

       

       

      Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh sit side by side in London's Odeon Theater on Oct. 31, 1955, where they attended the Royal command film performance. (AP Photo)

      Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh sit side by side in London’s Odeon Theater on Oct. 31, 1955, where they attended the Royal command film performance. (AP Photo)

       

       

       

      Britain's first family Prince Philip, Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Charles, stands at top of steps of the East Terrace Garden on June 5, 1959 at Windsor castle in England during recent spring walk about the castle grounds.    In background is Brunswick tower. (AP Photo)

      Britain’s first family Prince Philip, Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Charles, stands at top of steps of the East Terrace Garden on June 5, 1959 at Windsor castle in England during recent spring walk about the castle grounds. In background is Brunswick tower. (AP Photo)

       

       

       

      Queen Elizabeth II poses with President John Kennedy, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Prince Philip, June 5, 1961, at Buckingham Palace in London.  The Kennedys were guests of the Queen at dinner.  (AP Photo)

      Queen Elizabeth II poses with President John Kennedy, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Prince Philip, June 5, 1961, at Buckingham Palace in London. The Kennedys were guests of the Queen at dinner. (AP Photo)

       

       

       

      Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain walks with her family on April 19,1965 at Frogmore, Windsor, England. During a picture session taken to mark her 39th Birthday. Prince Edward, 1, is in Pram with Prince Andrew, 4, holding on. Prince Philip and their two eldest Children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles, the heir apparent, complete the family group. (AP Photo)

      Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain walks with her family on April 19,1965 at Frogmore, Windsor, England. During a picture session taken to mark her 39th Birthday. Prince Edward, 1, is in Pram with Prince Andrew, 4, holding on. Prince Philip and their two eldest Children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles, the heir apparent, complete the family group. (AP Photo)

       

       

       

      The Royal Family posed beside the lake on April 21, 1968 at Frogmore, Windsor, in honor of the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II as she turned 42. Left to right: The Duke of Edinburgh (47 in June), Prince Edward, 4, The Queen, Princess Anne (18 in August), Prince Andrew, 8, and the Prince of Walles, 19. (AP Photo)

      The Royal Family posed beside the lake on April 21, 1968 at Frogmore, Windsor, in honor of the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II as she turned 42. Left to right: The Duke of Edinburgh (47 in June), Prince Edward, 4, The Queen, Princess Anne (18 in August), Prince Andrew, 8, and the Prince of Walles, 19. (AP Photo)

       

       

       

      Queen Elizabeth II of England and her husband Prince Philip of Edinburgh attend a horse race at Longchamp racecourse, outside Paris in May 1972 during their five-day official visit in France. (AFP/Getty Images)

      Queen Elizabeth II of England and her husband Prince Philip of Edinburgh attend a horse race at Longchamp racecourse, outside Paris in May 1972 during their five-day official visit in France. (AFP/Getty Images)

       

       

       

      British Queen Elizabeth II (L) and her husband Prince Philip (R) attend Duke Edward of Windsor funerals in Windsor, UK, 05 June 1972. Between them walks the Duchess Wallis of Windsor, the American-born wife for whom the once King Edward VIII gave up the throne. (AFP/Getty Images)

      British Queen Elizabeth II (L) and her husband Prince Philip (R) attend Duke Edward of Windsor funerals in Windsor, UK, 05 June 1972. Between them walks the Duchess Wallis of Windsor, the American-born wife for whom the once King Edward VIII gave up the throne. (AFP/Getty Images)

       

      Philip met Elizabeth, his third cousin, in 1934, and they struck up a correspondence about five years later.

       

      After he served in World War III, Philip was granted permission by George VI to marry Elizabeth. They waited until she turned 21, and were wed at Westminster Abbey. BBC radio broadcast the ceremony to some 200 million people around the world.

       

      They have four children together–Princes Charles, Andrew, and Edward and Princess Anne.

       


  • The Duchess of Cambridge Meets One Direction

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    It finally happened: The most popular woman in the world has met the most popular boy band in the world. The Duchess of Cambridge attended London’s Royal Variety Performance with her husband Prince William and the couple mingled with One Directioners Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson before the boys were set to perform at the London Palladium. Bette Midler, Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran, and Ellie Goulding, who was the wedding singer at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s nuptials, all sang as well. 

    According to the Daily Mail, Styles said after meeting the Duchess: “I said congratulations on the bump” and he added that she “didn’t look bumpy.” 

    The rocker is right. Kate Middleton, who wore a floor length Diane von Furstenberg lace gown, which can be bought online for $1,315, is approximately 16 weeks pregnant and showed the tiniest hint of a baby bump. While the royals wore black tie, with the Duke donning a black tuxedo, the 1D members all opted for more causal looks, with Harry Styles standing out in a cheetah print jacket.

    But while animal print definitely stands out in a sea of dark clothes, the fact that the 32-year-old expecting royal wore DVF is even more noteworthy. Prince George’s mom notoriously usually only wears U.K.-based designers, counting Jenny Packham, Temperley London, Alexander McQueen, L.K. Bennett, Reiss, and more. But this shocking changeup could come from her new stylist, Natasha Archer. And if this diversification of Middleton’s style means anything, it’s an indication of more great things to come.


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