Kate Middleton showed off the royal baby bump at a Winter wonderland wedding in the Swiss Alps along with her husband, Prince William, and brother-in-law, Prince Harry — get an update on where the pregnant princess will be popping up next! Plus, find out why Bradley Cooper says he doesn't want an Oscar, which small town Johnny Depp was serenading this weekend, and more!
Kate Middleton and Prince William made the rounds at a private reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in London today. The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, and members of the media also attended the event, which announced plans for the celebration of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Kate made her latest fashion statement in a green silk Mulberry number, despite having been beaten by Alexa Chung for the British Style Award at this evening's British Fashion Awards. Kate's wedding gown designer, Sarah Burton, did get recognized, though, with the Designer of the Year honor.
Prince William made an appearance after a particularly difficult weekend at work. William rescued shipwrecked sailors in the Irish Sea yesterday. He was the copilot of a helicopter that responded to the call, and William and his four-person team were able to save two lives. Meanwhile, William's brother, Harry, is focusing on his own military career. Prince Harry is back in the UK after spending two months in the US for helicopter training, including a stint in LA over the weekend.
A VIP dinner in Hollywood with President Obama can cost $30,000 per couple. But if pretty, young royals are more your thing, you can get a much better deal. VIP access to the upcoming polo match in Santa Barbara to be attended by Prince William and Kate Middleton is available to the public for $4,000.
So what will $4,000 get you at the polo match? Access to the VIP tent as well as a three-course lunch and passed appetizers. Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis is planning the menu. And in fact, you can get inside to see Prince William play polo and Kate Middleton hand out prizes for just $400. Those in the regular section will get a gourmet boxed lunch.
British sporting events sound much different than a day at an all-American baseball game with beer and hot dogs, don't they?
Prince William turns 29 today! It's been an eventful year for the future king. He got a new title, the Duke of Cambridge, and most importantly a new wife, Kate Middleton! To celebrate his birthday, check out some of our favorite moments from this past year and beyond.
William Through the Years
His Royal Hat Moments
A Look Back at the Royal Honeymoon
William and Kate's Sweetest Altar Moments
William Looked Charming Arriving on
His Wedding Day
How Did His Wedding
Compare to His Parents'?
William and Kate only invited a few celebrities to their wedding, but they should make up for it on their upcoming trip to Hollywood. Although a spokesperson assured us last month that the trip would be a "working visit" and not an opportunity to meet celebrities, the newlyweds have found a way to mix business with glamour. They'll be hosting a red-carpet event for BAFTA, which makes perfect sense since Prince William is the the president of the British film and TV academy. Here's a look at the latest details for their California adventure, just released today.
- July 8: The Duke and Duchess will meet entrepreneurs in style at a reception at the Beverly Hilton. Later, they'll mingle with politicians and VIPs at the UK's Consulate General.
- July 9: The pair and perhaps some in their traveling entourage of seven, which includes a hairdresser, will head up the coast to Santa Barbara, where Prince William will play in a polo match benefiting the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. Kate will be on hand to hand out prizes.
- July 10: William and Kate will interact with everyday Americans on their third day, visiting LA's Inner-City Arts, which uses art to help homeless children. In the evening, they'll attend a war veterans event a Sony Studios.
Then they'll head back to the Belasco Theater in LA for BAFTA's Brits to Watch gala, to be attended by British television, movie, and theater stars, as well as budding young talent. The couple's private secretary says, "The goal is not to meet celebrities. The goal is to connect young British talent with Hollywood decision makers, the people in the back room who put the deals together." Inside, Prince William will give a speech.
Do you think they'll good taste of America with this itinerary? Don't forget, it's Kate's first trip ever to the US!
If you're an avid watcher of Gossip Girl, you may have caught a real-life detail worked into last season's story line. Blair Waldorf is set to marry a prince from Monaco, but the country's royal family will not tolerate another scandal since Prince Albert has illegitimate children. It's true. The sovereign prince has had two confirmed children out of wedlock.
Jazmin Grace Grimaldi was born in in 1992 to a California woman, and Alexandre Coste was born in 2003 to a flight attendant from Togo, but neither of the children could become the sovereign unless the prince married one of their mothers. Now that the prince is set to marry Charlene Wittstock on July 1, the race is on for a legitimate heir.
The prince's fiancée, a 33-year-old former South African Olympic swimmer, told a French newspaper recently, "I love children," and that "a family is in our plans. We hope to have a child soon." These statements are likely meant to put the public at ease, considering Albert's lack of a (legitimate) heir could have cost Monaco its independence. In 2002, the tiny country had to create a new treaty with France to guarantee that should there be no legitimate heirs, Monaco would remain an independent nation, rather than revert back to France. Thanks to the change, in the case of no heirs, Albert's sister Princess Caroline and her children would inherit the crown.
In her interview, Charlene added that when it comes to wedding planning, "I'm not going to let the pressure get to me!" Hopefully she can do the same as the public waits impatiently for her to get pregnant.
It was a busy weekend for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as the newlyweds attended celebrations for Prince Philip's 90th birthday, a polo match, and friends' nuptials. The festivities continued today as the two joined the royal family at Windsor Castle for a service for the Order of the Garter.
Over the weekend, Kate Middleton made her latest fashion statement by proving she's not afraid to repeat an outfit. Meanwhile her husband showed off some over-the-top toppers. While Kate is known for her fancy fascinators, William sported this feathery number today, a bear skin hat for the Trooping the Colour on Saturday, and a practical helmet at his polo match with Prince Harry on Sunday. Which princely look does it for you?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the ultra-exclusive annual Ark dinner tonight, where Prince William is set to unveil a new philanthropic mission for his Prince's Foundation. It's the pair's first official social engagement as newlyweds, following their honeymoon in the Seychelles and their brief encounter with the Obamas. Even before the royal wedding, Kate Middleton was narrowing down charity causes to take up, and we can expect to see more of the Cambridges at philanthropic events in the years to come! Check out shots from their royal date night now.
As a 20-year-old new wife and princess, Diana Spencer maintained a connection to her former ordinary life by keeping up a pen pal relationship with a former colleague. Margaret Hodge, a teacher twice Diana's age who worked with the would-be queen when she was a simple kindergarten teaching assistant, acted as Diana's confidant after her wedding of the century. Now, Mrs. Hodge is putting her collection of Christmas cards, royal wedding invitations, and personal letters up for auction, as other friends of Diana's have done before. They're expected to fetch close to $40,000.
Describing Highgrove, one of her royal residences, Diana's desire to play the everyday in-love couple shines through: "It honestly won't look smart," she writes. "Just a cosy nest for Mr & Mrs Wales to roost with bright colours of course!" Yet in another letter, Diana describes Prince Charles's disinterest in her, writing, "I've vanished down many a hole — the husband having not realised — typical."
While Diana's former friend will make a pretty penny off the endearing correspondences, timely again now that her son William is a newlywed himself, it doesn't seem like enough to hand over such personal mementos. Something tells me Mrs. Hodge has kept some for herself.
Yesterday was the unofficial start of Summer in the US, and across the pond Prince William and Kate Middleton began to finalize the itinerary for their North American Summer adventure. The newlywed duke and duchess will stay in Canada and California for a total of 11 days starting on June 30. Here are some of the most exciting details we know so far:
- Wills and Kate, who only invited a handful of stars to their wedding, won't be hanging out with celebrities in Hollywood. "The couple view this as a working visit, not as an opportunity for them to meet celebrities," says a spokesperson. I wouldn't count out a Beckham rendezvous, perhaps at one of his LA Galaxy games.
- Kate has never been to the US nor Canada, but North America holds family significance for her since her grandfather was stationed in Canada during World War II.
- It's about promoting Britain through "the prism of their own interests." I'd expect that to include lots of activities out in nature, considering William and Kate are known to be "outdoorsy."
- While they're only visiting one part of the US, they'll see every region of Canada. And the Canadian portion of the royal tour has a theme, "Moving Forward Together From Past Accomplishments to Current Service to Future Achievements."
- They might be flying commercial. There is speculation the royals may take a regularly scheduled flight back to London from LA.
Will you follow their trip come July?