William and Kate make like a banana and split, leaving Kensington Palace for her mom's, in an almost revolutionary statement of intent
If one ever doubted who wore the trousers in Kate and William’s relationship, it is now more clear then ever that Kate calls the shots in this marriage.
The latest indication of this is that after less than 24 hours in the royal palace, Kate bundled baby George up in his car seat and, together with William, headed off to her mom’s house in Bucklebury.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart St Mary's Hospital with their newborn son on July 23, 2013 in London, England. (Scott Heavey/Getty)
A three-week long parking exclusion zone has been enforced around the house, set in 17 acres, by police - but Kate could be there much longer.
"If you could bottle it, there wouldn't be government that wouldn't buy it"
A fascinating interview with Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury (the most senior Churchman in England) today in Total Politics magazine.
He argues that the monarchy hasn't changed, but their PR strategy has.
The church is not the first ancient institution to face a crisis of popularity. Just a few decades ago, members of the royal family shredded their dignity by donning Olde England fancy dress and taking part in televised party games for It’s a Royal Knock Out, an embarrassing spectacle which was followed by a string of messy royal divorces. The public’s attitude to the Queen and her progeny dipped, but, a quarter of a century on, popularity is at a record high. It’s an exercise in public relations which Welby has watched with admiration.
The heir has arrived, and we're tracking the latest developments here.
William pulls off the first public task of fatherhood perfectly, sources tell the Royalist he did practise
Few new fathers would not have identified with Prince William as he theatrically mopped his brow with exaggerated relief after performing the ultimate feat of new fatherhood – installing the car seat for the first time.
If he looked like he knew what he was doing, that’s because he did. “He had a few practice runs,” a source told The Royalist this morning.
These did not take place in a secret underground bunker at Kensington Palace but at Bucklebury Manor, the impressive country house that is the Middleton’s home, where William and Kate spent much of the week preceding the birth.
Kate Middleton stood up for new mums everywhere when she walked out of hospital yesterday, completely unembarrassed by her post-partum tummy.
As Kate Middleton stood proudly on the steps of the Lindo Wing yesterday with her new baby, she chose to wear a cornflower blue polka-dot dress—remarkably similar to the one William’s mother, Diana, had worn when she appeared from the same hospital carrying her first son.
Watch the new parents introduce their baby to the world.
But whereas Diana had stepped out of the hospital in a dress that would have been more use on a camping trip than at a cocktail party—a huge, figure-shrouding gown that hid her post-pregnancy body—Kate, as we should have expected, had other ideas.
Kate emerged in a light Jenny Packham dress in silk crepe de chine, with a gathered empire waist that actually belted above her tummy, making no effort to hide her changed body shape.
A $2,000 stroller? A pony? See what Prince William and Kate Middleton will likely use to raise the royal baby—and just how far they are from what American families use for their kids.
What do you get the baby who has everything? It’s a question that’s never been more appropriate as the world celebrates the arrival of the royal baby. Will and Kate’s wee one, who was finally born on Monday afternoon, will have no normal upbringing, after all. Only the finest, most lavish baby products will be used to raise the future king of England—a stark contrast from the more economical and practical tools used by the typical American family. In other words, while you’re pretending your plastic spoon is an airplane while feeding your baby mushy cereal, Kate’s crowning achievement, we can only imagine, will be eating pureed organic produce off an engraved, gold-plated spoon.
So just how different will the royal baby’s upbringing be from your average American kid’s? We spoke to royal experts, researched what Princess Diana used to raise her boys, and trusted our royal intuition to find the stroller, bassinet, and other products Kate and her fellow caretakers will likely be using. To compare, we dug up the most popular baby products purchased by Americans. The difference is … well, take a look-see:
When the palace announced that the Duchess of Cambridge had birthed a royal son, the Internet couldn’t quite contain itself. Here are a few of the instant classics.
It’s a boy! Now that The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth – what will her son wear? Six things we know about the new royal heir’s future fashion.
On Monday, Kate Middleton gave birth to an 8 lb, 6 oz baby boy, who is now third in line for the throne. With a mum as internationally recognized for her fashion as Kate, her son is likely to inherit her sense of sophistication and flair. Here's what we know about the new royal baby's future style.
1) He Knows Where He Came From: The royal baby’s christening gown is inspired by the dress commissioned by Queen Victoria for her eldest daughter to wear to her christening in 1841. After 167 years of wear, the original gown was retired; the Queen's personal assistant and dresser Angela Kelly, and the team of dressmakers at Buckingham Palace, created an exact replica of the Victorian dress. The style of the gown is similar to the original, consisting of a lengthy skirt, a high-waist, short sleeves, a thick silk sash, elaborate collars, and a bow.
2) He's Supporting The Greek Economy: The Crown Princess of Greece, Marie-Chantal, is also a fashion designer, with her own line of luxury children's wear. She plans to give the new heir one of her signature clothing pieces: a white velour onesie adorned with a pair of gold angel wings.
3) He Could Be A Man in Tights: New-mom Kate Middleton received a special Finnish 'baby box'-- which doubles as a sleeping vessel-- from the Nordic country, which is comprised of baby clothing—including everything from “a snowsuit, hat and mittens to light rompers and leggings in unisex colors and patterns” -- condoms, and bra pads. "We were delighted to receive the very kind gift of the maternity package from the Finnish government. It was a very thoughtful gesture and we're very grateful for it," a Kensington Palace spokesman told BBC. "I'm sure the Duke and Duchess will be very interested to see the contents."
All hail the future king of England! Kate Middleton has given birth to a boy. Tom Sykes has all the details.
There are scenes of jubilation today outside Buckingham Palace, where it has just been announced that Kate Middleton has given birth to a baby boy.
A gun salute in Hyde Park is expected shortly, and the bells of St. Paul’s Cathedral are already pealing in delighted celebration.
The sex of the baby, along with his weight (8 pounds, 6 ounces) and the time of his birth (4:24 p.m.), was confirmed via press release, a last-minute departure from the original (and traditional) plan to post it on a sheet of paper outside the palace.
As if choosing a first name isn’t hard enough, Will and Kate will also have to decide what their baby’s surname will be—if it has one at all.
As the world awaited news from London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her first child, oddsmakers have zeroed in on Alexandra and George as the top picks for the royal baby’s first name. But what about the baby’s surname?
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attend a service at Westminster Abbey in London in June. (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press, via Getty Images)
Let’s see. The prince goes by William Wales, right? Or is it Mountbatten-Windsor? But aren’t they members of the House of Windsor? And how does Cambridge fit in?
Those are all acceptable, actually, depending on the situation; the members of Britain’s royal family don’t have an official last name. Instead they go by a number of different surnames according to personal preference.
On Sunday Belgium celebrated the coronation of Prince Philippe and his wife, Princess Mathilde. Erin Cunningham on the new queen’s notable fashion.
After a 20-year reign, 79-year-old King Albert of Belgium voluntarily abdicated the throne Sunday, passing down the crown to his son Philippe and Phillippe’s wife, Mathilde.
The first Belgian-born queen of the country, Mathilde hails from Bastogne, from a family of nobility: her father was the late Count Patrick d'Udekem d'Acoz, and her mother, Countess Anna Maria Komorowska. As the oldest of five children, Mathilde worked to establish herself early on. She studied speech therapy at Institut Libre Marie Haps and then held her own practice from 1995 until her marriage in 1999.
Mathilde has been recognized not only for her philanthropic work (in 2001 she founded the Princess Mathilde Fund, which promotes "solidarity among young people—reconnecting youngsters with life"), but also for her political involvement: she serves as the honorary president of UNICEF Belgium.
The moment the world has been waiting for is here! Palace announces that Kate has gone into hospital this morning to give birth to an heir to the throne.
Kate and William like to do things their way, and the birth of their first child is proving, so far, to be no exception.
With no fanfare, no sirens and no police outriders, a dark Range Rover and a shiny new Audi nosed their way calmly through the traffic-free streets of London shortly after dawn this morning, covering the one and a half miles from Kensington Palace to the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in a couple of minutes.
Seated inside the cars were Kate Middleton, who was in the very early stages of labor, and her husband Prince William, who has been by her side all week as the royal couple have played cat and mouse with the press, successfully staying out of view as they moved from Kate's parents home in Berkshire to Kensington Palace.
The photographers, cameramen and news reporters who have been staking out positions outside the hospital for the past three weeks were all either asleep in their nearby hotel rooms or bleary in the early hours, and just one freelance snapper was alert enough to photograph the royal cars as they rolled up to a back entrance of the hospital.
Firefighters rushed to free a trapped dog, which may have been Lupo, at Kate's family home
Update Saturday 12:47 GMT: The dog was not Lupo, says the palace. Case closed.
This is not the royal drama we had been expecting, but crazy reports are filtering out of Kate Middleton’s family home, Bucklebury Manor, after a dog, which might just have been her pet cocker spaniel Lupo, got its head stuck in a gate.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, five firefighters from nearby Newbury and an animal rescue unit from Reading were summoned to the Middleton family's sprawling residence after a call was made to the headquarters of the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service in Reading at 5.47pm.
Mark Cuthbert/UK Press, via Getty
Valentine Low, royal reporter for the Times, makes his own news
It’s getting harder for Britain’s patriotic corps of Royal reporters to maintain a cheerful façade after almost three weeks baking in a record London heatwave outside a hospital, but Valentine Low, royal reporter for the London Times has found a way.
Quoting the great newspaper film Ace In The Hole, in which Kirk Douglas plays a reporter trying to get a job on a small-town paper and tells the editor: “I can handle big news and little news. And if there’s no news, I’ll go out and bite a dog,” mr Low Joked that he had "bit a dog".
The reporter, in a homage to Bob Dylan's Subterranean Blues, stood in front of the live stream cameras yesterday and recorded The Babycam Blues, which we present below for your enjoyment.
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.