Pippa says she 'pined' for Diana's ex, Will Carling
Pippa Middleton has revealed that she had a teenage crush on English rugby player Will Carling, who once dated Princess Diana, in her latest column for Vanity Fair, which is about rugby, the British answer to American football (as we call football).
In her article, Middleton says that she used to "pine" after the now 48-year-old Carling.
"We'd plan our weekends around the big matches," she says of her family's enthusiasm for the game.
Unit scrambled 323 times in 2013 helping 298 people
Is there nothing Prince William cannot do?
New figures published today by the RAF have shown that the search and rescue helicopter unit which he was a member of until the middle of last year was the busiest unit in the UK for the second year running. It was scrambled 323 times in 2013, helping 298 people in danger or distress.
SAC Faye Storer
RAF search and rescue force commander, group Capt. Sarah Mackmin, said she was, "incredibly proud". Group Capt. Mackmin, the first female to command the RAF search and rescue operation, said, "The harsh, protracted winter that lasted from January through to early April saw C Flight complete not only a higher than average number of rescues, but was also accomplished in some of the worst weather conditions Snowdonia has seen for many years."
William managed to catch a fast train back to London to be by Kate's side last night
As sources had told the Royalist, Prince William raced home from Cambridge University last night, to be with his wife Kate Middleton, for a quiet night in to celebrate her 32nd birthday.
On William's first day at the ancient University he had been photographed smartly dressed in a Savile Row suit and tie but by yesterday he had clearly got more used to typical student sartorial standards and was wearing a pair of trainers, a quilted black body warmer to keep out the cold and a baseball cap pulled down low over his eyes. He carried his books ina rucksack.
William was photographed rushing to catch the 1645 departure from Cambridge to London, a far service which takes just 53 minutes to reach King's Cross station in London.
Kate turns 32 today. What will next year hold?
Kate Middleton turns 32 today, and is expected to celebrate quietly and privately with a dinner at her new home, Kensington Palace, for family and close friends.
No doubt she will be reflecting on what has been a momentous year for her and William personally, but it has also been a year in which William’s wisdom in rejecting the royal norms and marrying a commoner has been utterly vindicated in terms of the Royal family’s brand.
It should not be forgotten how brave a decision that was of William to make, and for the Queen to allow. There was significant opposition to the idea of Queen Kate – the daughter of an airline pilot and an air hostess with a token black sheep uncle – from the old guard in the establishment and the palace, but almost all of that aversion has now quietly melted away in the face of Kate's success.
Pool photo by John Stillwell
Fellows at St John's - and Royals - are allowed to eat swan
It's tough being a royal. Isolating. No-one can do half the things you do.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she is shown an orphaned cygnet at Oakley Court, on the River Thames, west of London, on July 20, 2009, during a swan counting census. (ANG TAN/AFP/Getty Images)
But at least Prince William, who is today experiencing day two of student life, now has some pals he can eat a swan with.
For William is having some of his tutorials at St John's, the poshest of the Cambridge colleges, and fellows of the college are the only people outside the Royal Family legally allowed to chow down on unmarked mute swans in the UK.
Student editors vow to continue blog tracking William at Cambridge
The editors of a student website at Cambridge University, has said that the publication will continue with a controversial blog tracking the movements of Prince William at the University.
The editors of the Tab student website had been warned that running the #where'swilly blog could constitute harassment, however they seem determined to continue with the project, saying today that they were "intending to continue with #where'swilly this term. We must stress that we are not encouraging any harassment of Wills and … will not be offering any T-shirts as prizes."
William is attending Cambridge University on a 10 week "bespoke" course focused on agricultural management, designed to fit him for his future role as CEO of the Duchy of Cornwall, the vast private estate which provides an income to the heir to the throne.
Prince William traveled to Cambridge for his first day at the University yesterday and was greeted by university worthies.
Prince William starts his new course at Cambridge next week, and is being urged to take the opportunity to get to know some poorer students
Prince William has come under fire for being given the chance to study at Cambridge University despite the fact his grades aren't nearly up to scratch ("Normally students need A*AA at A-level to gain entry to Cambridge University, whilst the Prince only achieved a mediocre ABC," wrote a student newspaper).
We think it's a bit unfair on the lad, after all he could be sitting at home playing playstation, but now he is being urged by one of the university's most high profile academics to make use of his time there to talk to less well-off students.
Mary Beard, the University’s Professor of Classics, who is something of a national treasure in the UK, has said that the Duke could use his ten week course to meet ordinary students who are worried for their future after University.
Professor Beard, who rose to fame presenting BBC history documentaries, told the Daily Mail: “I very much hope that he will take the opportunity to meet some of our more "ordinary" students, struggling with making ends meet, worried about careers, future and debt.”
Kate may have to spend the day without Prince William by her side
Kate Middleton celebrates her 32nd birthday on Thursday and insiders say that the Duchess will as usual the marking the occasion quietly with her family and a few close friends, but this year she will be at her new home at Kensington Palace rather than with her parents.
Kate may have to spend the day without Prince William by her side, but he is expected to celebrate with her on Thursday evening. Today, Tuesday, he starts his new course at Cambridge University and is expected to be knuckling down with his studies for a few days this week, but it’s only an hour’s drive back to London.
Undoubtedly however, this has been another extraordinary year for Kate. She gave birth to her first child Prince George in July and since then has been seen only a few times in public since then.
The prince is expected to shave his beard soon to avoid annoying granny.
Bad news for all you beard lovers. Prince Harry has been ordered to shave off his ginger whiskers by no higher authority than the Queen herself.
However the Prince was allowed to keep his whiskers over Christmas by the Queen so that his girlfriend Cressida Bonas would get to see them.
Harry and Cressida are currently on a skiing holiday after having spent the new year apart with Harry being with friends in England while Cressida was at Richard Branson's Necker island Caribbean hideaway.
Princess Michael suggests Harry may move closer to William
As a Prince of the Realm, Harry has always had the finest choice of bachelor pads that money could - or could not - buy.
After moving out of a single room at his father's house, Clarence House, Prince Harry moved into a former staff apartment in Kensington Palace
However there is now a suggestion from the outspoken Princess Michael of Kent, who is busily promoting a new book, that Harry could move into the apartment in Kensington Palace currently occupied by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
Nick Valentine's new memoir relates memorable encounter
Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran once said of London nightlife entrepreneur Nick Valentine, "Nick's watch has always been set 15 minutes ahead of everyone else in London nightlife. It means he usually sees things first, but inevitably gets home last."
Now Valentine has a memoir out, entitled Clubs, Drugs And Canapes, and among the manifold stories is an encounter with Prince Harry at one of his London clubs.
"Prince William and Harry came in to look around and I particularly wanted to show them upstairs to the restaurant, which did rather a good beef Wellington,’ he writes, "At the end of my tour, Prince William was politely appreciative and gave me a courtly handshake, but Prince Harry got me in a headlock! It was unusual, but I think he was just being playful."
Accusations fly that the prince should not have been given a place at Cambridge.
Is Prince William too thick to deserve a place at Cambridge University?
That is certainly the implication in the online Cambridge student newspaper The Tab, which writes, “Normally students need A*AA at A-level to gain entry to Cambridge University, whilst the Prince only achieved a mediocre ABC. Conveniently though for Will, he is the registered benefactor of the department he will be studying at.”
Meanwhile a Cambridge graduate, Melissa Berrill, has written a rabble-rousing think piece for The Guardian under the headline “William’s on his way—and Cambridge should be ashamed.” Berrill writes: “Prince William is soon to be admitted as a student at Cambridge on a course tailor-made for him—though his A, B and C results at A-level and 2.1 undergraduate degree are far below the standard required for the ordinary student.”
She adds: “Admitting Prince William is an insult to every student, whatever their background, who got into Cambridge by getting the required A-level or degree results. It’s an insult to every student whose A-levels and degree are the same or better than his, and who didn’t get a free pass to Cambridge in spite of them. And it’s an insult to everyone in the country who needs skills or training, and hasn’t had a university course personally designed for them. I’m unsurprised at Prince William’s part in this. Much as William and Kate are heralded as “modern” royals, a bit of media-savvy and pretty hair can’t cover up the fundamental unfairness and anachronism of their position. But I am surprised, and ashamed, that my old university is still colluding in it as much as it ever did.”
The singer who performed at the royal wedding opens up to British Marie Claire.
Ellie Goulding is Marie Claire’s February cover star, and the singer, who was handpicked by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to perform at their wedding reception in April 2011, has revealed what it was really like to attend the royal wedding.
"In the weeks before, everyone I know was talking about the wedding, and I was sat like [puts knuckles in her mouth], trying not to say anything," Goulding says in the new issue of British Marie Claire. "I kept it to myself for so long – but no one would have believed me anyway."
But did she actually mingle with the royal couple? "I talked to William and Kate quite a bit. They’re just a really awesome couple, lovely people, so I understand why people are fascinated by them. It was a really beautiful night – but then, I haven’t been to many weddings."
"You can't beat a good selfie on Christmas Day", William says
Check out Prince William's Christmas Day appearance in this 12-year-old royal fangirl's selfie.
Madison Lambe, of Boston, Lincolnshire, took the selfie with William after waiting outside the church at Sandringham on Christmas Day which the Royal Family traditionally attend.
After the service, as William was chatting to the crowds, she asked the Prince if he would pose for a photo to which he apparently replied, "You can't beat a good selfie on Christmas Day" before leaning in for the snap.
Fergie sheds pounds, declares she wants to help fight obesity
Is she slimming down to fit into a wedding dress?
Fergie has shed more than two stone in 12 weeks in a health and fitness drive in the Swiss Alps for an American TV show to be screened next year with personal trainer Josh Salzmann.
According to a report in the Daily Mirror, 54-year-old Fergie has been on a "strict diet of blended foods and intensive workouts, including daily running and mountain hikes", developed by Salzmann.
At a charity lunch in Los Angeles Fergie told reporters, “I went up to the mountains, and I ran every day. That’s how I got fit. I may have lost 30lbs, but I want to help combat global obesity. I want to really get into America and support young children who need to be educated about the future.”
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.