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Pope's Gift To Prince George

Pope gives gift for George to Queen after private meeting

Ah! Even the Pope can't resist the appeal of a cute little royal baby.

The leader of the Catholic church had a historic meeting with the Queen today, and after the half hour private encounter, the Pope gave her a blue orb decorated with a silver cross for her eight-month-old grandson.

As soon as we have decoded its significance, we will let you know.

The Telegraph reports that this was was the Queen's seventh encounter with a pontiff. She previously met Pius XII when she was the Princess Royal in 1951, John XXIII in 1961, John Paul II in 1980, 1982 and 2000, and Benedict XVI during his visit to the UK in 2010. Five of those encounters took place in Rome.

Let Us Pray

Prayers To Be Said For Camilla

Another step on the road to Queen Camilla is taken

The route to the Queen's heart is a long one, but it appears Camilla is approaching that destination, with news that, according to royal sources quoted by Sebastian Shakespeare in the Daily Mail, the Queen has spoken to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, about including the Duchess of Cornwall in the Church of England’s official prayer list.

It may all sound a bit North Korea, but, make no mistake, this would be huge and symbolic gesture by the Queen that she accepts Camilla, and it is also an important part of Charles's long-running 'Queen Camilla' campaign.

At the moment, only the Queen, Prince Philip and the Prince of Wales are individually remembered in state prayers.

Diana was controversially dropped from the prayer rosta after she divorced Charles, and when Camilla was not included in the state prayers, it was a clear snub to Charles's former mistress.

A Onesie?

Andrew In First Royal Selfie

Andrew takes picture of himself at his Pitch At The Palace event

What do you call a royal selfie?

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A onesie, of course.

And although many other members of the royal family have found themselves co-opted into selfies taken by other people, tonight, Prince Andrew became the first royal to post a bona fide selfie, sending a picture of himself grinning into the camera humming over the wires at 6:06pm UK time (thats 1pm in New York).

"Rant"

Cara: "Paps Act Like Assassins"

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British model takes to Twitter to vent frustrations with aggressive photographers.

Even before she started dating Michelle Rodriguez, the British model Cara Delevingne was one of the most photographed of London's young society set.

But now, the woman who is single-handedly responsible for reintroducing the heavy eye-brow to fashion favor, has become one of the global paparazzi’s most sought after targets, and she has finally snapped, attacking the paparazzi who stalk her every move, saying that they act like 'assassins'.

The Burberry model has been letting off steam on twitter today, tweeting today about the paps who most recently photographed her frolicking on the beach in Mexico with Rodriguez.

"I really think that it's disgusting that Paris is the only place where it is illegal for paps to follow you around," tweeted Cara, adding: "It actually took someone losing their life! Diana, an inspirational woman and then it changed but they still won't change it in London!"

Ba-Boom

O'Leary's Queen Sex Joke

European budget airline Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has apologised for a joke about "making love" to the Queen

The famously outspoken boss of the European budget airline Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has apologised for a joke about "making love" to the Queen of England at a high-level gathering of British politicians.

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Mr O'Leary's opening remarks to the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly went down like a lead balloon, as you can see from this video clip (watch from 1:00, or wait a little while and we'll have an edited version up on the Royalist).

Bargain Hunter

Kate's Baby Gap Trip

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The Duchess queues up behind other shoppers.

Kate Middleton is off to Australasia on a monster three-week tour on Saturday, so no surprise that she was spotted stocking up with a few essentials at Baby Gap for Prince George yesterday.

Kate dashed into the store—accompanied by three bodyguards—after being driven the 500 yards from her home in Kensington Palace.

“She spent 20 minutes browsing the shelves of Baby Gap,” a source said.

Middleton spent a total of £126.44 and queued behind other shoppers to pay for her purchases with a credit card, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Mr Middleton

Inside Middleton's Marshmallows

James Middelton lifts the lid on his marshmallow empire

There's a rather good interview with James Middleton in the London Evening Standard today, which focuses on his new business manufacturing marshmallows printed with people's Instagrams, but interviewer Charlotte Edwardes does get in a few personal questions at the end - in the course of which James, 26, reveals he doesn't know if his girlfriend Donna Air is 33 or 34.

He says about the mail-order marshmallow company, which is named 'Boomf' for the noise a marshmallow makes when it hits your doormat, “Nobody’s ever seen this before. There have been some wonderful comments back from people — like, ‘the internet is now complete’. It takes all the sophisticated things that the internet is now doing and turns it into something as simple as a marshmallow.”

Edwardes relates a story that National Public Radio in America used his business for a satirical news quiz in which a panel has to decide which of three ridiculous-sounding items was true.

“They believed that Vladimir Putin’s brother Igor had come up with a pill that would stop old people smelling, rather than the idea that the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother would be Instagramming onto marshmallows,” he laughs.

Something Blue

Guest Wears Kate's Coat

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Kate and another guest wear same outfit to a society wedding over the weekend.

Well, this must have been awkward.

A wedding guest yesterday wore the same outfit to a society ceremony as another guest—and unfortunately the other guest was Kate Middleton.

The guest wore the same distinctive fringed Missoni coat—from 2010—that Kate has worn on numerous occasions.

Both were attending the wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett in the village of Marshfield, Gloucestershire on Saturday.

Earlybird? Sutro?

George's Instagrammy New Photos

Kate and Will apply filters to new official snap

Proving they really are the ne plus ultra of modern princes and princesses, William and Kate have released a curiously Instagram-influenced picture of Prince George for his second official photo. 

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"The photographer's given it an Instagram treatment it seems," opines one photographer of the Royalist's acquaintance. "The blacks have a lot of blue in them and the highlights are yellow. Classic filter stuff."

The informal snap, shot as the couple peer through a window at Kensinton Palace with Lupo and George, was released today. The photo will provide much needed imagery for journalists over the next few weeks in advance of the royal tour of Australia.

Harry And Cressida Ski Trip Organiser Defends Holiday For 'Young Lovers"

"Young Lovers" Ski Trip Defended

Inge Solheim fights back against allegations of misjudgment ove Harry's controversial ski trip

Inge Solheim, the polar explorer who organized the controversial ski-trip to a lavish Kazakhstani resort attended by Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas, has defended the trip as an opportunity for the 'young lovers' to spend some time 'chilling out' together and denied he used his 'dear friend' Prince Harry for publicity.

Mr Solheim was moved to give an interview in his defense to the Daily Telegraph after a series of increasingly angry tweets to British Royal correspondent Rebecca English of the Daily Mail which broke much of the detail of the story yesterday, including the crucial fact that that the jolly was paid for by  by a close associate of President Nursultan Nazarbaev, Burak Oymen, a Turkish-born property developer.

The Mail further claimed that Oymen sent a private jet to London to collect Harry and Cressida, and Solheim appeared to confirm that allegation, saying that Oymen paid for the trip "because he can, and it meant we can travel more efficiently."

Solheim told the Telegraph: “The coverage of this holiday has been inaccurate, speculative and disappointing. This is a young couple, Harry and Cressie, two friends of mine, whose intentions, wholly innocent, are being questioned by people with no knowledge of the facts.

“Harry is a dear friend and if I can facilitate a visit during which he and Cressie can spend some time in private, as young lovers want to, it’s beautiful. Then it is ruined by a trashy press. The pressure Cressida is under, dealing with this kind of publicity, is absolutely terrible for a young girl in love."
 Mr Solheim defended the Prince against the allegation of misjudgement in lending his image to a country with such dubious credentials.

“Harry was on a private holiday,” he said. “He was in no way endorsing Kazakhstan’s record on human rights. If David Cameron pays an official visit to Kazakhstan is he endorsing that country’s human rights record? No. So are you telling me that Harry was doing so on a private trip?

“I have a human rights record that is impeccable. I’ve been banned from China because of my protests against the Chinese invasion of Tibet. I’ve received death threats for speaking out against certain other countries. I don’t believe you are going to bring Kazakhstan up in the world by isolating its people.”


Vacay Trouble

Harry Hearts Kazakhstan

Prince Harry's ill-advised ski trip to Kazakhstan points up the British Royal family's weakness when it comes to plutocrats

Just what is it about the British royal family and Kazakhstan?

You might have thought that Prince Harry would have learned from the opprobrium heaped on his Uncle Andrew for his highly suspect dealings with the Kazakh elite - Andrew sold his house to a Kazakh billionaire for $28.5 million, nearly $6 million over the asking price, and the house remains unoccupied and is apparently deteriorating into a near-derelict state - but no, Harry has allowed himself to be seduced by a figure close to the repressive regime for the price of a long weekend's ski-ing holiday.

For the Daily Mail confirms today what has been suspected ever since news of Harry and Cressida's Kazakh ski trip broke at the beginning of the week - that the jolly was paid for by  by a close associate of President Nursultan Nazarbaev.

Burak Oymen, the Turkish-born property developer who owns the ski resort, and who is  considered to be close to the Kazakh president is named today as the individual bankrolling the jaunt, which reportedly included use of a Kazakh government helicopter for heli-skiing.

Rats!

Royal Rodent Problem!

Are mice nibbling the Queen's priceless treasures?

Ah, Prince Philip.

Where would we be without him?

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At the fine old age of 92, the Queen's consort proved he has lost none of his ability for asking baffling questions when, on a visit to insurance house Lloyd's of London yesterday on the occasion of its 325th anniversary, the Duke expressed concern about a potential royal vermin problem.

Missing seminal milestones is the nightmare of every new parent, and it seems William and Kate may have missed Prince George's first crawl - at least thats the claim begin made by Us Weekly today.

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The magazine says that while the couple were in the Maldives earlier this month on a baby-free holiday, their eight-month-old son apparently decided to start crawling.

Although the royal couple missed this stage of George’s development, they have plenty to look forward to.

"William and Kate are excited about the many milestones ahead," a source told Us magazine. "George already has a tiny tooth coming in. And his cheeks are chubbier than ever!"

Nein!

Me? German? "Long Ago" Says Chaz

Charles minimises his German roots when jokingly challenged by member of public

Charles Windsor - who would of course be named Charles Saxe-Coburg-Gotha had not his great grandfather George V changed the family name to Windsor during the First World War - was presented with a giant pretzel yesterday and received a rare reminder of his German roots - which he distanced himself from as much as possible.

Petra Braun, a baker orignally from Stuttgart wjho ha since opened a shop in London, handed him the doughy snack, telling him: “Since you’re almost German, you might like this.”

Charles laughed and said: “That was a very long time ago,” before moving swiftly along.


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Hmm, not that long ago really.

War Games

Obama Meets Queen Maxima

Gathering of world leaders in Holland

King Willem-Alexander of Holland and his wife Queen Maxima welcomed Barack Obama and other world leaders to the royal palace in The Hague on Tuesday.

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They were gathered for a Nuclear Security Summit.

The King and Queen of Holland became monarchs after Willem-Alexander's mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicated in April last year.

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