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Is Queen Elizabeth Down to Last $1.6 Million in Reserves?

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has just  $1.6 million left in financial reserves after the royal household overspent on its budget last year, according to a report by British lawmakers released Tuesday.
The royal household had to dip into its reserves after overspending  $3.8 million on the $51.4 million it was given by the taxpayer in 2012-13.  Watch video  below for more info.
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Prince Harry Drank Champagne From Prosthetic Legs

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British royal Prince Harry and actors Alexander Skarsgard and Dominic West celebrated the completion of their challenging trek to the South Pole last month by guzzling champagne from a prosthetic leg.

The trio successfully reached the Antarctic with teams of wounded soldiers as part of the Walking With the Wounded charity mission on Dec. 13, and they marked the achievement by embarking on a 48-hour boozing session, using fellow adventurer Duncan Slater’s artificial limbs as drinking vessels. Slater lost both of his legs in action in Afghanistan in 2009.

The Wire star West reunited with Harry and a few other teammates at a Walking With the Wounded press conference in London on Tuesday, when the British actor recalled, “Most of us, Harry included, just went on a two-day bender with the Icelandic truck drivers who had brought some lethal home brew with them.

“There was a lot of liquor drunk. We all drank champagne out of Duncan’s favorite prosthetic legs.”

West also revealed that Harry shared his “filthy” sense of humor with the group by telling dirty jokes in a bid to keep morale high as they battled freezing temperatures, and he proved a great help in constructing outdoor toilets.

West added, “He seemed to specialize in building the latrines and he built these incredibly elaborate ones. He did one with castellated sides and a flag pole, a loo (toilet) roll holder, and you’re sitting there thinking, ‘This is a real royal flush.’ He must have spent about 40 minutes making it.”

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Lease Brand New Bullet-Proof Bentley

The car itself has been leased to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by Bentley for official engagements, joining the likes of Range Rovers and Jaguars in the Cambridges’ official fleet. The car costs £118 to fill up with fuel, but only gives 19 miles to the gallon.

The ultra luxurious Bentley boasts a hand-crafted walnut interior, quilted leather seats with an in-built heater and massage function, a nine-litre champagne cooler, two 10-inch LCD screens and Wi-Fi connection.

But the modified royal vehicle also features state of the art security features, installed for the protection and safety of the Duke and Duchess. These include ballistic steel plating, triple-glazed bullet-proof windows, tyres that continue to turn even after being punctured and a loudspeaker system to ward off attackers.

Source: Royal Central

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Royals: Prince William and Kate Observe Remembrance Day

Prince William and Prince Harry helped lead Britain in commemorating the country’s war dead on Sunday.

William, 31, who served as a RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot until September, was watched by wife Kate as he laid a wreath of poppies at a memorial in central London. He followed his brother, army captain Harry, 29, who donned his ceremonial Household Cavalry great coat with wide red collar, in paying tribute on behalf of his father, Prince Charles (who is in India with wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall).

As in previous years, Kate, 31, watched from a balcony above Whitehall, central London, alongside William’s aunt Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Tim Laurence, the husband of Princess Anne. Kate donned a brooch in the shape of a poppy – the traditional symbol worn to honor those who have perished in wars. Read more>>

Source: People

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Kate Middleton and Prince William Surprise Commuters at London Subway Station

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shocked commuters at High Street Kensington today with a surprise visit to see Poppy Appeal volunteers in action.

The royal couple spent around 10 minutes chatting to Royal British Legion fundraisers and were even treated to a serenade from a busking volunteer.

William and Kate were mobbed by stunned underground passengers and shoppers in the concourse area of the busy London station.

Royal protection officers had to call for more uniformed police to help cope with the sheer volume of people desperate to see the couple.

Hundreds of people took out their camera phones to get a photo of the royals.

Source: UK Mirror


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BBC Apologizes Over Prince Harry Cocaine Joke

Bosses at the British Broadcasting Company have apologized about a “factual inaccuracy” in a joke on a popular U.K. panel show about Prince Harry taking drugs.

Comedienne Jo Brand was hosting Have I Got News For You last week when she mentioned Prince George’s recent christening.

She said, “George’s godparents include Hugh van Cutsem. I presume that’s a nickname as in ‘Hugh van cuts ’em and Harry then snorts ’em’.”

However, the remark attracted a backlash from viewers and now BBC bosses have said they are sorry for getting the name of one of George’s four godfathers wrong. Van Cutsem’s brother William was actually handed the role.

A statement from the broadcaster reads, “We apologize for the factual inaccuracy in Friday’s program and have edited iPlayer and future repeats accordingly.”

However, the channel has refused to apologize for poking fun at Prince Harry, adding, “It’s a satirical news quiz. This was clearly a tongue in cheek comment.”

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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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