Kate Middleton turned 31 in style on Wednesday with a visit to London's Royal Albert Hall to catch a performance of Cirque du Soleil's Kooza. She was joined by her husband, Prince William, and her family including parents Carole and Michael and siblings Pippa and James for the birthday outing. The group sat in the balcony to watch the show. Kate was seen flashing a smile throughout the evening while William cracked a laugh. It was Kate's first public outing in 2013 after she rang in the New Year solo since William was at work performing a helicopter search and rescue. All eyes have been on Kate since she announced her pregnancy last month, and it was recently revealed that if she gives birth to a baby girl, the child will have the title of "princess."
Kate Middleton and Prince William joined the Middleton family for Christmas mass at St. Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire, in England today. Kate wore a burgundy coat to cover any hint of a baby bump. The duchess and prince broke from tradition to spend Christmas with her family instead of the royals. Pippa, Carol, James, and Michael Middleton all joined Kate and William for the service. Queen Elizabeth II gave her traditional annual speech on Tuesday as well, though this time around it was actually broadcast in 3D. Prince Harry is spending the holiday in Afghanistan with British troops.
Kate has been laying low since announcing her pregnancy and hospitalization for severe morning sickness earlier in December. Kate did attend a pre-Christmas lunch with William last week, though the couple chose to skip the other official celebrations in order to be more relaxed with her family. The royal baby on the way is currently your number-two headline of the year in our biggest celebrity story of 2012 bracket, second only to President Obama's reelection.
Prince William and his wife Kate spent the last week together on vacation with her family in Mustique. The couple spent a few days on the West Indies island with her sister Pippa, brother James, and parents Michael and Carole. William apparently met up with the group after the Middletons started their fun. He arrived, however, ahead of the celebrations for Carole Middleton's 57th birthday. The Middletons' getaway included plenty of beach time and group lunches by the water. The girls were able to wear bikinis and sit in the sun, while James snapped photos from his deck chair. William and Kate stayed at Aurora House, a retreat owned by their friend Mark Cecil, according to reports.
William, Kate, and Pippa wrapped things up and left Mustique for the Hewanorra airport in nearby St. Lucia, where they caught a British Airways flight. They headed back to London so William could prepare for his deployment to the Falkland Islands. He was scheduled to begin a six-week tour of duty Wednesday. Along with other pilots, William will be tasked with manning search-and-rescue helicopters.
Pippa Middleton was in red again today for a visit to Wimbledon in England with her boyfriend Alex Loudon. It seems the pair are going strong despite recent rumors of a breakup. There was a round of Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry dating rumors after the royal split from his own significant other Chelsy Davy, but those stories are apparently not true at all. Pippa enjoyed a day of tennis with Alex after her sister, Kate Middleton, attended Wimbledon earlier this week with her husband, Prince William. The Middletons love the sport, since Pippa also trekked to Paris last month for the French Open. Pippa's an all-around athlete herself, having completed in both a duathlon and triathlon since her sister's wedding on April 29.
Princess Beatrice donned her latest unique hat this afternoon to join the racing fun during Ladies' Day at Ascot in England. She was there along with her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and her aunt, Princess Anne. The sporting day was also opened to Kate Middleton's parents Carole and Michael Middleton, who shared a carriage ride with the Queen to the royal enclosure. Elizabeth Hurley also dressed up to make a cameo at the exclusive event. Princess Beatrice and her sister Princess Eugenie were there at the start of Ascot over the weekend, though Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William haven't made a cameo. William and Kate have been plenty busy with their own social schedules, from Prince Philip's 90th birthday celebrations to the Ark dinner, the Trooping the Colour, and the annual Garter Service at St. George's Chapel. Their packed itinerary will continue with an upcoming official visit to North America.
Rumor has it that Michael and Carole Middleton are looking to upsize their home, and they've been looking at a historic 14th-century home, called Bolehyde Manor, which once belonged to Camilla Parker Bowles — before she was given the title of Duchess of Cornwall. The stately manor near Chippenham, Wiltshire, which currently belongs to the home of the Earl and Countess Cairns, has eight bedrooms (plus three in the guest house), a tennis court, a swimming pool, and a pear orchard, and sits on 70 acres of beautifully manicured grounds. From the looks of it, the estate certainly seems like a lovely place to entertain Kate's new in-laws, especially since Camilla used to live here!
Let's take a look at this could-be Middleton home . . . and tell me what you think of it!
Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding was a worldwide affair, but the intimacy was all in the details as the bride and groom checked in on each other throughout the proceedings. Royal wedding lip-readers deciphered what the family members were saying to each other throughout the arrivals and ceremony. From William checking in on Catherine and telling her how beautiful she looked to Harry letting his brother know that his bride was almost down the aisle, there were so many touching moments between the loved ones. Check out the sweet conversations between William, Kate, Michael Middleton, Harry, and even the little page boys and don't miss our huge gallery of hundreds of royal wedding pictures in case you missed a moment!
The Middleton family, Carole, Michael, James and Philippa, waved for the awaiting cameras as they left the Goring Hotel in London this morning. The foursome were still glowing in the aftermath of Kate's wedding to Prince William, as Carole and Michael's daughter and James and Philippa's sister officially became Duchess Catherine. All eyes were on the gorgeous bride in her two Alexander McQueen gowns, though maid of honor Pippa did earn her share of admiration yesterday. She looked stunning in her own ivory Sarah Burton for McQueen dress for the ceremony and official royal wedding portraits, though Pippa changed into a green Alice Temperley concoction for the receptions. Many watching William and Kate's fairytale day also clamored for the two good-looking younger siblings, Prince Harry and Pippa, to have a love connection. Whether or not that ever comes to be, Pippa certain has more than a few new fans after yesterday's big events.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, posed with their immediate families and wedding party for this official portraits in the throne room at Buckingham Palace yesterday. The photos were taken by Hugo Burnand and included in the picture from left to right in the front, Miss Grace van Cutsem, Miss Eliza Lopes, her majesty The Queen, The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Lady Louise Windsor, and Master William Lowther-Pinkerton. In the back, Master Tom Pettifer, HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Harry of Wales, Michael Middleton, Michael Middleton, James Middleton, and Philippa Middleton. It was a day full of celebrations for the newlyweds, who exchanged their I dos in a morning ceremony, followed by their receptions. This morning, Kate and William were whisked away by helicopter to a secret weekend destination, though it's not their official honeymoon just yet. In case you missed any of the action yesterday, check out all the best royal wedding pictures and the most gorgeous moments of Kate Middleton's wedding dresses!
The royal wedding festivities didn't end with this morning's ceremony! Kate Middleton and Prince William thanked guests at their Buckingham Palace lunch this afternoon as a team of bakers put the finishing touches on their gorgeous wedding cake, then retreated to Prince Charles' residence Clarence House. Kate, William, Charles, and Camilla left the home together later and headed back to the palace for tonight's festivities. Kate exited in a second Alexander McQueen gown, a strapless, diamante-studded dress that she paired with a white angora shrug. William also swapped his garb, trading his military regalia for a tuxedo ahead of the 300-person private dinner his father is hosting. Meanwhile, Kate's parents headed up a soiree for friends and family who were not invited to the palace's intimate meal at The Goring Hotel, where they've been staying this week. The evening is clearly a very formal affair, but the newlyweds' younger siblings, Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton, made sure to inject it with a youthful vibe. The duo organized music and dancing and also promised guests who stay into the wee hours bacon sandwiches and other snacks. Click through to see all the pictures from the royal wedding party's fun-filled afternoon and evening!