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Harry's South Pole Bender

Dominic West lifts lid on South Pole celebrations

Prince Harry celebrated reaching the South Pole with a "two-day bender" and the teams took turns drinking champagne out of one of his fellow trekkers prosthetic leg as part of their celebrations, the actor Dominic West said today at a high-spirited press conference to mark the success of the mission.

Mr. West was appearing with Prince Harry at a press conference about the Walking With The Wounded expedition which saw a group of wounded veterans trek through freezing temperatures and hostile conditions to the South Pole.

The only bad news? Prince Harry had shaved.

Yup, the beard is officially no more.

Tragedy

Cressida's Stepfathers Suicide

Christopher Shaw, 76, bon viveur and legendary host, takes his life after a long battle with a terminal illness

Tragedy has struck the family of Cressida Bonas, Prince Harry’s girlfriend, after her party-loving stepfather, who friends say was a major influence on her life, was found dead on Friday, after allegedly taking an overdose of prescription pills.

Wiltshire Police told the Daily Beast the death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Christopher Shaw at the races (Richard Young/Rex)

The body of Christopher Shaw, 76, a former Grenadier Guards officer and merchant banker, was discovered in his flat in Salisbury by the owner of the property.

The New Regency?

Prince Charles's Quiet Coup

Raft of changes ahead as Britain prepares to transiiton to King Charles

For Prince Charles, it seems, the waiting to be King has now gone on long enough.

For, as from this week, Prince Charles is to take on more and more of the formal roles of the monarch, in a situation which may lead to a new regency, the term given when somebody governs in place of the monarch.

So expect to see more of Charles at key events such as the opening of Parliament.

Also from this week, the Queen is to cease having her own press office, and her press operations are to be merged with those of Prince Charles and Camilla, directed by one of Prince Charles's key personnel from a central office at Buckingham Palace.

And He Shaved!

Prince Harry Quits Combat

Kensington Palace said his new responsibilities, "will include helping to cooperate significant projects and commemorative events involving the Army in London."

Prince Harry is to give up his job flying helicopters in battle combat situations and instead take on a London bound desk job organizing ceremonial events. He wil be based in London, so expect to see him out with Cressida much more often.

And, judging from this instagram image, it appears he might have finally shaved off his holiday beard as he prepares to take on his new role.

One of his principal aims in his new job is said to be to bring the US-based Warrior Games to the UK.

Today an official spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron strongly welcomed "the involvement of Prince Harry" in plans to develop the Warrior Games in the UK.

The Prince, 29, will now be trading remote army bases for the more convivial environment of London, with an office in Horse Guards in the center of town.

16th In Line

New Royal Baby!

New bundle of royal joy is the Queen's fourth great-great grandchild

The Queen has a new great-grandchild today after her granddaughter, Zara Phillips, gave birth to her first child, a daughter.

The new royal baby, who weighed 7lbs 12oz and is 16th in line to the throne, is the Queen's fourth great grandchild.

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Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Mike's parents, Mr Phillip and Mrs Linda Tindall, have been informed and are delighted with the news.

Where’s George?

The Royal Baby Smugglers

Starving the press of pictures of Prince George and smuggling him in and out of royal boltholes may ultimately prove counterproductive for William and Kate.

When Prince William was born, back in the 1980s, the Royal Family and the British press were, for the most part happily, in bed with each other.

Young Diana, guided by a now-forgotten breed of royal press secretary who embraced the royal press pack and counted many of the reporters as personal friends, was willing, perhaps naïvely, to allow the press frequent opportunities to photograph her young son in a variety of personal situations.

William was born in June 1982, and first photographed (after the hospital departure) at his christening in August, a set of pictures which included a memorable shot of the Queen Mother clasping him on her knee. Then, in a special series of shots taken just before Christmas in the same year, a pool photographer was actually invited into Kensington Palace for a series of intimate photographs of the baby playing with mom and dad.

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Diana, Princess of Wales, poses with her son Prince William at Kensington Palace, 22nd December 1982 (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

What's In A Nickname?

Diana's 'Sqidgy' Suitor Marries

James Gilbey marries long-term girlfriend in London

James Gilbey, the former suitor of Diana, Princess of Wales, who called her 'Sqidgy' 53 times in a tape allegedly recorded by Britain's intelligence services and then leaked, has quietly married his long term girlfriend Lavinia Hadsley-Chaplin.

“They are both delighted,” a friend of the couple tells The Telegraph.

At the 2008 inquest into Diana’s death, her protection officer, Ken Wharfe, said the 1992 “Squidgygate” tapes of her talking intimately to Gilbey were recorded by GCHQ and then deliberately leaked.

He claimed that other members of the Royal family were also regularly bugged by the security services, ostensibly to help protect them against the IRA.

A Chocolate Windsor Castle, Anyone?

Crazy Royal Gifts Revealed

Annual gift list published

I think its safe to say the freebies are not a big part of being a royal.

For the ever-entertaining list of what the royals received as official gifts during the year was published today, and it contains little to inspire jealousy.

And its a toss-up for wackiest item between the Queen, who got a chocolate Windsor Castle, and an old wheel nut for an Aston Martin given to the Duke of Kent.

Prince Harry arguably fared the best, getting a leather flying jacket from FLOTUS when he was in the States.

Man Jailed For Buckingham Palace Attempted Break In

A 44-year-old man who attempted to walk into Buckingham Palace with a knife was sentenced today to 16 months in jail.

On Monday 14 October 2013, David Belmar was arrested as he attempted to enter Buckingham Palace via the north centre gate. He was immediately apprehended by police and when searched was found to be in possession of a knife, which was seized.

He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site (contrary to Section 128 of the serious Organised Crime & Police Act 2005) and possession of a bladed/pointed article.

A security alert was sparked at the palace the previous month when a suspected burglar managed to get into the building after scaling a fence.

Hot Pip

Meet The Pippa Effect

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Has Pippa finally got a stylist?

Stop the presses we have important news.

It seems that Pippa Middleton has finally figured out how to dress. And we admit, we haven’t been that kind about her dress sense in the past.

We already knew that Pippa looks good in white, thanks to her scene-stealing appearance at the Royal Wedding, but today, as she strode down the King's Road in London, she looked powerful and confident in a black on black combo.

Seems monochrome is her thing.

Investigation

Royal Chopper Scare

Emergency landing made with Charles and Camilla on board

We've often wondered about the advisability of the Royal family constantly flying around the country in helicopters (they are all devoted fans and the Queen has been known to joke to friends that the chopper has changed her life more than it ever changed Anne Boleyn's) and now an aviation authority report has been published into a helicopter scare that forced Charles and Camilla to make an emergency landing.

The incident happened in May last year as Charles and Camilla were on their way to the Hay-on-Wye Festival in Wales, but the details have only recently been published.

The Sikorsky S-76C helicopter was carrying the royal pair and four other passengers when it began to veer - or yaw - to the right as it approached Denham aerodrome in Buckinghamshire in May last year, a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

The AAIB report said: "The crew performed an uneventful running landing and ground-taxied to dispersal with the yaw control abnormality still apparent.

In the doghouse?

Is Lupo Jealous of George?

James spotted walking Lupo in London

Poor old Lupo. They all seemed so chummy in those first photos.

First Kate Middleton's dog was disinvited from spending Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham – possibly after fears that there would be a repeat of the incident when the Queens corgis savaged Princess Beatrice's terrier Max – and now it appears he is being kicked out of his own home as well.

Although William and Kate are believed to have specifically acquired Lupo a good few months before getting pregnant in order to encourage the dog to believe that it was a much loved member of the Windsor Wolfpack and thereby avoid jealousy of the new infant, it appears the dog has been cut out of the family circle of trust, for now at least.

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Maybe Not

Prince Harry Break-Up Rumors

Reports say Harry and Cressida may be about to split. We are not so sure.

The Royalist feels the need to start this post with a disclaimer: we feel the same about these reports as we did about the ones in Us Weekly that Pippa Middleton was engaged.

And we don't want to give the Harry hunters false hope.

However we would be remiss in our duties if we did not tell you that the Mirror newspaper in the UK did report at the weekend that Prince Harry's romance with Cressida Bonas was on the rocks as the couple had, "drifted apart".

A source told the paper: “Talk of Harry and Cressida getting married could not be further from the truth. Indeed it wouldn’t be a surprise if they go their separate ways soon.

Baby Boom

Charles Cashes in On Kate's Popularity

Charles sees profits soar on baby-related products

The Kate effect has been credited with boosting the bottom line of many businesses including Zara, Top Shop  and Reiss, who have all seen their sales soar after their clothes were worn by Kate.

Now, it appears, a similar Kate-inspired boost is happening to her father-in-law's business.

For Prince Charles's company has cashed in on the popularity of Kate Middleton and baby George by selling a range of baby goods including organic baby food and baby clothes which has increased a turnover in his company by almost £1m in the past year.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's popularity has given the royal family a lift in general," a courtier tells the Daily Telegraph. But Charles, in particular, has capitalized on this by selling a range of souvenirs at his shops including the one at his Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire, commemorating George's birth.

Breaking Beard

Harry: Keeping The Beard

Breaking Harry news - the beard is not going anywhere!

The Royalist has important news to share  - Prince Harry has defied granny and has NOT repeat NOT shaved off his dashing ginger beard! 

Yes, despite the fact that the young royal's grandmother has such a hatred of beards that her staff are forbidden to sport them, and despite the fact that there was apparently much frostiness at Sandringham on the subject over the Christmas holidays, and despite the fact that she reportedly let it be known that she wanted Harry's chin to be more cue ball than fuzzy-wuzzy the next time she saw him, Harry was instagrammed at the weekend with his beard not only still intact, but bigger, bushier and more retro-hetero manly than ever before.

We're just hoping his head doesn't end up on a spike.

Harry, who was just back from a ski holiday with his girlfriend Cressida Bonas (you'd have thought he would have seen enough snow by now, right?) was snapped with his ever-growing beard by a punter at Mayfair bar Jak's with Princess Eugenie in the background, perched at a bar. Cressida was apparently at the venue too (although not in the picture - that really would be too much to hope for).

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IN CASE YOU MISSED

Dissecting Cressida's Style

Dissecting Cressida's Style

Prince Harry’s girlfriend is the opposite of Kate Middleton in every way. Tom Sykes examines the evidence: a pair of Doc Martens, some dungarees, and that infamous scrunchie.

Sibling Rivalry

Mad About Pippa

Not A Stretch

Kate Flashes Tummy on First Solo Engagement Since Birth

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