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Happy Birthday Duchess of Cambridge: Kate Turns 32

This time last year the Duchess was pregnant with her first child, Prince George. Kate turned  32 on Friday (Jan 9) and since she had a whirlwind year leading up to the birth of Prince George, so  it is no wonder that she wanted to lay low for this birthday.

To mark the occasion, the awesome Royal Central UK site compiled 32 facts about the Duchess who will one day be queen.  Check it out:

  1. Catherine was born on 9th January 1982 at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, England.
  2. Her parents are Michael Middleton and Carole Middleton. Michael once worked as a pilot and Carol was an air hostess, both for British Airways which is how the couple met.
  3. As a titled member of the Royal Family, Catherine no longer holds a legal surname – she has been known to refer to herself as ‘Mrs Cambridge’, however.
  4. She is one of the most influential fashion figures in the world and her style has had such an effect on people’s fashion, it has been dubbed the ‘Kate effect’.
  5. She has 1 brother and 1 sister, both younger than her. Pippa Middleton (whose first name is fully ‘Phillipa’) and James Middleton (whose middle name is William).

Read more at Royalcentral.com

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Four Generations at Royal Church Service

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked relaxed as they walked St Mary Magdalene Church, holding hands as temperatures stayed just above freezing.

One member of the crowd shouted: “Where’s the baby?”

Wearing a tartan Alexander McQueen coat and hat by Gina Foster, Kate smiled and waved to the crowds.

She was seen curtseying to the Queen, who was wearing an orange coat, as the family attended a private service earlier in the morning.

Prince Harry, still sporting a beard from his exertions in the Arctic with the charity Walking With the Wounded, attended alone despite rumours that girlfriend Cressida Bonas might join him.

About 3000 well-wishers gathered outside the church to watch them arrive.

Before the service a pilot entertained them by drawing a smiley face, heart and kiss in vapour trails in the sky.

The service opened with a rendition of Christians, Awake followed by Once In Royal David’s City.

Last year the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge missed the service, choosing to spend Christmas Day with Kate’s family in Berkshire, while Prince Harry was on tour in Afghanistan.

There had been unconfirmed reports that George’s grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton would attend this year. There was no sign of them but it is thought they may arrive at the estate on Boxing Day.

The royal habit of spending Christmas at Sandringham is believed to date to Queen Victoria’s reign.

The family traditionally open their presents on Christmas Eve and will enjoy a Norfolk turkey with all the trimmings after the service.

Prince Harry Breaks Toe Weeks Before South Pole Trek

Prince Harry has vowed to continue with his 208-mile trek across Antarctica despite suffering a foot injury.

Harry, 29, who recently became an uncle to Prince George, broke one of his toes just weeks before he is due to begin the gruelling South Pole expedition.

“Prince Harry has broken his toe in the last few weeks,” a spokesman for the fourth-in-line explained.

“He will not be revealing how it happened, it is a private matter.

“However, there is no doubt about the South Pole trek. He will definitely be going.”

Harry has been training non-stop for the 16-day expedition, which will see him face harsh winds and freezing cold temperatures.

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Prince George and Royal Family Photos from The Christening [Video]

This Wednesday the British royal family gathered together for the Christening of Prince George, and delighted the press with a collection of official family photos. The royals, headed by the 87-year old monarch Queen Elizabeth II, are notoriously camera-shy and when it comes to big events like this, they tend only to employ their own professional photographers. Following the Christening of the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge which took place at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace, official royal family photos were taken in the Morning Room at Clarence House in London.

Four official post-Christening photos were released from the royal family to the press. The first, pictured above, features the entire extended family of baby Prince George. Seated in the front, from left to right, are her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George on her lap; and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. In the back row, from left to right, are the Queen’s husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; their son Prince Charles and Duke of Cambridge; his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cambridge, William’s brother Prince Harry; Catherine’s sister Philippa Middleton; her brother James Middleton; and Catherine’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton. Source

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In Case You Missed It…Prince George Christened!

Prince George has been christened at the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace in London.

The three-month-old baby of Prince William and Duchess Catherine was officially blessed on Wednesday afternoon (23.10.13) in an intimate ceremony with his godparents and uncle Prince Harry in attendance.

Prince George has seven godparents, all of whom were announced earlier in the day: Zara Tindall, Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine- Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel and William van Cutsem.

Zara Tindall, previously Phillips, is Prince William’s cousin, the second eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth and former rugby star Mike Tindall’s wife. The six other godparents are all friends of the royal couple.

The christening was a private event with only senior royals, four members of Duchess Catherine’s family and the seven godparents and their partners in attendance.

The prince, who is third in line to the British throne, was born in London on 22 July. He is said to have been baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury wearing a replica of the lace and satin christening gown which was made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, in 1841.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose a number of hymns, lessons and anthems for the ceremony.

The hymns included ‘Breathe on Me’, ‘Breath of God’ and ‘Be Though My Vision’.

Prince William’s brother Prince Harry and Duchess Catherine’s sister Pippa Middletonread the lessons and the anthems were sung by the Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal.

Following the ceremony the duchess carried Prince George out of the chapel and guests then made their way to Clarence House for a tea party hosted by George’s grandfather, Prince Charles.

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Royal Baptism as Prince George Christened in London—VIDEO

Prince George, the three-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was christened this afternoon in London. The Duke and Duchess had named Zara Tindall and six close friends as the godparents.  See video of the Royal baptism here!

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Prince William, Kate to Move into Kensigton Palace This Week

(London)—Prince William and wife Kate Middleton along with their new born son Prince George are set to move into their home at Kensington Palace this week after a 1.5 million pounds overhaul of the property.

But as workmen put the finishing touches to the renovations that lasted for two years, the couple are returning to London to start family life in their first “proper” home.

“They can’t wait. They are so looking forward to getting the place how they want it and being settled,” a friend was quoted as saying by the Daily Express.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to move into the four-storey 20-room apartment 1A, which once belonged to Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II’s sister who died in 2002.

The palace apartment has five reception rooms, three main bedrooms, dressing rooms and bathrooms, a night and day nursery, staff bedrooms and ancillary rooms.

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Prince George Heads Home To London’s Kensington Palace

As they prepare to leave the comfort of their first home in Wales, this week’s special double issue of PEOPLE reports on Prince William and Princess Kate as they adjust to life with 5-week-old son Prince George and get ready for the next chapter. The couple’s new normal means sleepless nights and diaper duty for the happy family of three – four, counting beloved cocker spaniel Lupo – transitioning into a new life.

He’s only been at this royal baby thing for a little more than a month, but Prince George has already mastered the job’s two main duties: 1) getting bigger; and 2) thoroughly exhausting his parents. While the future king – a “little bit of a rascal…he either reminds me of my brother or me,” William told CNN – continues to exert his newborn authority, his mom and dad are working their way through a to-do list that include settling on godparents, packing up their first home – an idyllic four-bedroom farmhouse in Anglesey, Wales for the grandeur of Kensington Palace in London, and scheduling their first joint engagement since welcoming George on July 22. Amid all the change, how are the new parents feeling? “On a scale of 1 to 10, it must be near a 10,” says a close family friend. “Everything is spot-on and they’re tremendously happy.”

One constant throughout all the change, however, remains the couple’s steadfast determination to do things their way, including the decision to have the heir’s first portraits snapped by Kate’s dad, Michael Middleton, 64. “Once again William wants a new way of being royal, which is what his mother always wanted,” says royals author Judy Wade. Don’t look for William and Kate to strictly conform to traditional expectations. “I am as independent as I want to be, same as Catherine and Harry. We’ve all grown up differently to other generations,” William told CNN.

Source: Starpulse


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