Camilla, in Paris, shows Kate she is not the only one who cares about fashion as she drops into Dior
Camilla usually looks most at home in the type of waxy, green clothing bought at agricultural shows and worn while feeding horses, but she showed her interest in fashion today on her get-ready-for-me-to-be-Queen tour of Paris, stopping in at the Dior atelier for a tête a tête with creative director Raf Simons.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meets designer Raf Simmons. (Pool photo by Chris Jackson)
Camilla was given a personal tour of Dior-world by Christian Dior CEO Sidney Toledano before being shown the haute couture atelier where Simons's visions are painstakingly stitched together by teams of artisan laborers.
Pool photo by Chris Jackson
New York paper reports Middletons eying NYC
Pippa Middleton's party-planning book was better received in America than back home in the UK, and now the family business could be coming to America too.
Michael and Carole Middleton are planning to expand their Party Pieces website to the US and are thinking about setting up shop in New York, according to the New York Daily News.
Michael and Carole Middleton (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
"Party Pieces overseas business has been extraordinary with America dominating much of the interest. It has prompted the Middletons to look at establishing an office in the U.S. so that they can bolster their brand and even tie into other companies and ventures. They feel New York offers them a good starting point," a source told the paper.
Kate to attend ceremony next Tuesday, which could be her final public appearance before birth of baby
Kate has nothing else in the diary, so speculation is mounting that when she joins all the other Royals to attend a service to celebrate sixty years since the Queen was crowned next Tuesday, it may be the last time we see her in public until the baby is born.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be joined at Westminster Abbey by all senior members of the Royal Family for a service marking the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are seen through the window of the royal carriage as they arrive, 02 June 1953 for the coronation at Westminster Abbey in London 60 years ago. (STF / AFP / Getty Images)
Atendees so far confirmed include: Charles and Camilla, William and Kate, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Princess Anne.
Naughty uncle appears to confirm rumors
Kate's naughty uncle Gary Goldsmith is the subject of a boozy interview in the Telegraph this morning, and the intrepid reporter assigned to drink two bottles of Champagne with him paints a vivid picture of the lovable rascal.
Gary Goldsmith (Danny Martindale / Getty Images)
He is coy when it comes to newsworthy revelations, saying he is launching an effort to rebrand himself so his daughter can bring up some positive results when she googles him, but he does appear to confirm rumors that Its Royal Babyness will spend the first six weeks of its life at the home of Kate’s mum, Carole, when he says, “The fact that they’re taking the baby to Carole’s for the first six weeks is genius. Carole’s a brilliant mum – she is 10 years older than me and practised on me – and I think it’s the right thing to do. It will take the pressure off Kate.”
Confirmation, were any needed, that Kate intends for this baby to be brought up in a very different tradition from previous royal sprogs.
Camilla undertakes solo engagement in Paris as Charles' influence grows
How do you feel about the prospect of Queen Camilla? Despite publicly stating that Camilla will not be Queen, instead taking on the title of princess consort, in private Charles and his wife are less cautious, and Charles has previously made no secret of his desire that Camila be crowned Queen if/when he ascends to the throne.
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And now, with Charles taking on more and more of the responsibilities of monarch, effectively entering into a job share with the Queen, we are beginning to see the first signs of a fresh push for the idea of Queen Camilla to be taken seriously.
Earlier this month, Camilla was by Charles' side as he attended the opening of parliament for the first time in decades, now, Camilla has undertaken her first international solo engagement, speaking French for the first time in half a century during a two-day trip to Paris at the Emmaus charity workshop and community which helps homeless people.
Willima is president of the British FA and was speaking at a soccer event in London today
Soccer fan Prince William said today that he fancied Bayern Munich to win Saturday's all-German Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.
"My money is on Bayern Munich and two-nil," Prince William said.
President of The FA Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is presented a match ball by UEFA President Michel Platini during the UEFA Congress at the Grovesnor House Hotel (Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)
He was speaking at an event to welcome soccer officials from across Europe for Uefa's 37th annual congress being staged in London today.
Post Office ordered to monitor King's calls
British government records released today over 75 years after the events took place reveal the extraordinary fact that King Edward VIII's phone calls were bugged by his own government as the abdication crisis unfolded in 1936.
By Permission of the National Archives
The Home Secretary Sir John Simon ordered the interception in a hand-written note after the King informed Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin that he intended to marry Mrs Simpson, an American divorcee.
At that time, the Church of England refused to remarry divorcees while their former spouse was still living, and Baldwin was clear he felt that the marriage was impossible if Edward was to remain on the throne.
Amid this backdrop Sir John ordered the General Post Office (GPO) covertly to monitor the King's telephone calls.
The Queen is to go ahead with a long-planned visit to Woolwich Barracks next week
The Queen is to go ahead with a planned visit to an army base in Woolwich next week, close to the scene of yesterday's fatal terrorist attack on an unarmed, off-duty British soldier.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman told the Royalist this morning that there had “absolutely not” been any question of cancelling the “long-planned” trip to the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery at Woolwich Barracks next week, despite the horrifying scenes in London yesterday when two men murdered a soldier in broad daylight then waited twenty minutes for the police to arrive while encouraging passers-by to film the scene on their phones.
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A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said, “The Queen was of course concerned when she heard the news of the developments in Woolwich and is being kept informed.”
William was appearing with his father to raise awareness of wildlife crime
Prince Charles has been attempting to raise the profile of anti-poaching initiatives since at least 1989 when he gave one of his first public speeches on the subject, and today he was once again expounding on the subject - but this time, he had his son, Prince William with him.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, fed a 5-year-old black rhino called Zawadi involved in a translocation project as part of Tusk Trust when he he visited Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent on June 6, 2012 (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
The royal males were not, however, the stars of the show at St James's Palace - that honour belonged to Tyke, a UK customs sniffer dog who has smelled out animal furs, coral, bear bile, a Rolls Royce with alligator hide upholstery and even plasters infused with tiger bone which smugglers were attempting to bring into the UK.
The illegal wildlife trade one of top five most lucrative illegal trades in world, worth $10bn a year.
Harry showed members of his family a garden created to support his Lesotho charity, Sentebale
The Royal family turned out in force yesterday for the opening of the Chelsea Flower Show as the event celebrated its centenary year.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry visit the Sentebale Forget-me-not garden (Geoff Pugh / WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Prince Harry showed the Queen and prince Philip around his charity Sentebale's Forget-me-not garden designed by Jinny Blom, which includes native Lesotho flowers and a contemporary pavilion based on a traditional Basotho roundhouse.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall also viewed the garden.
More than 165,000 visitors are expected to visit the show in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea this week after it opens to the public today.
British artist Marc Quinn poses with his sculpture of an orchid in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden during the Chelsea Flower Show (BEN STANSALL / AFP / Getty Images)
Daily Mail runs pictures taken last week of Kate's dress blowing up in the wind
The first rumours that there was (another) batch of unusally revealing photos of Kate Middleton circulating came last week when reports began to circulate on twitter that Kate had been photographed at a friend's wedding with her skirt blowing up particularly high in the wind.
Kate suffered a similar wardrobe malfunction wearing the same Topshop dress when she arrived at the Harry Potter Studios with William and Harry last month.
Kate wears the dress to the Harry Potter studios last month (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
And whilst Kate's decision not to have her clothes fitted with weights (as the Queen does) is questionable, even more questionable is the decision of the Daily Mail to run the pictures of Kate - who let us recall is seven months pregnant - today, a week after they were taken.
Harry continues to show his commitment to wounded servicemen
William and Harry were today cutting the ribbon on a new recovery centre for the charity Help for Heroes in Wiltshire.
Tedworth House in Tidworth is one of four new units in England which will offer respite care and rehabilitation to injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their families.
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The centre in Wiltshire can accommodate 50 residents, four families and more than 150 day visitors.
Prince Harry flew back from America on Virgin Atlantic, the airline owned by his pal Richard Branson, but no word yet on whether the young Prince was propositioned by other flyers via the new Virgin inflight chat system.
While most airlines seem to make a habit of arresting passengers who get too fresh in the air, Branson has been encouraging customers to flirt using the new inflight chat system, in the way that this chat excerpt posted online demonstrates.
Alleged screen grab of a Virgin chat circulating online
new range celebrates 60th anniversary of coronation
Regular readers will know that the Royalist is more than slightly obsessed by commemorative Royal china, so it is with baited breath that we unveil the newest colection, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Coronation.
Royal Collection Trust
What's that I hear you say? Didn't we have the 60th anniversary last year? Wasn't that the, er, Jubilee? Well, no, the Jubilee celebrated 60 years in power, but in fact the actual ceremony of coronation did not happen till the following year, meaning we are going to get to run through much of it AGAIN this year!
The china, is being issued by the Royal Collection and "reflects the pomp and pageantry of the Coronation procession; the Coat of Arms is from the heraldic bearings of the coaches. The border decoration is taken from the silk damask banners of the State Trumpets which heralded the moment of crowning at Westminster Abbey."
Oliver Burton, 10, had wanted to meet the Queen, but when that wasn't possible, Dame Helen stepped in
The Mail carries an extraordinary story today about Dame Helen Mirren granting the dying wish of a ten-year-old boy by dressing up as the Queen and having him round for tea.
Helen Mirren dressed in costume as the Queen. (Dave M. Benett/Getty)
Do click here to read the Mail's full story about how Mirren stepped in after cancer victim Oliver Burton was told the Queen would not be able to meet him at Buckingham Palace.
Dame Helen invited Oliver to see her West End show The Audience in which she plays the Queen and then invited Oliver and mum Catherine Browne backstage where she introduced him to her corgis and her butler served tea. She even knighted the boy, which seems like the best use of a royal honour we have ever heard of.
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.