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William Quits The Army

William leaves the army and prepares to move with his young family into Kensington Palace, and take on more official duties.

After rescuing 149 people in various states of distress, from stranded walkers to shipwrecked sailors, Prince William is quitting his job with the RAF and leaving the army. He will devote more of his life to public service and charities, and we can also expect to see a lot more of Kate, who will be 'supporting' him in his new role.  After a slow introduction to Royal life, with just a few engagements annually, the new mom now appears to be ready to step up to a more full time role.

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The couple are moving to Kensington Palace with their young baby, Prince George, news that will be very welcome among Britain's Royal press pack which has been starved of Kate content since the couple hid themselves away in the Welsh countryside.

The palace made the announcement this morning, but William has resisted calls to declare himself a 'full-time' royal, with the palace saying that he "is currently considering a number of options for public service, a further announcement on which will follow in due course". However, it was made clear that we can expect to see a lot more of William and Kate over the next year as they up their official duties.
 
The palace statement said, "He will continue to support the work of The Queen and the Royal Family through a programme of official engagements, both at home and overseas, with The Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke will work closely over the next twelve months with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. He will expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species. The Duke will continue to work with his charities on issues relating to children and young people, veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces."

Going out for the first time after having a baby is a big deal for anyone. But Kate is doing well and ready to re-enter public life

Kate fans, stand by, it’s the moment we all (OK, regular readers of the Royalist then) have all been waiting for; the future Queen is to carry out her first official public engagement tonight since the birth of Prince George. And, far from hiding from the limelight, a Kensington Palace statement this morning about William leaving the army indicated that we could expect to see more than ever of Kate at official functions and duties.

Will she dazzle in McQueen or shimmer in Issa? One thing seems certain - she won't be wearing a recycled gown tonight. Even Kate can't be back to pre-baby shape in just seven weeks - can she?

William and Kate will together attend an awards ceremony tonight in central London for the wildlife conservation charity Tusk Trust, of which William is patron, recognising outstanding figures from the world of wildlife conservation.

Kate’s appearance tonight confirms chatter that the Royalist has been hearing that Kate is coping well with motherhood, and is not suffering from baby blues, as Kate’s office initially cleared her diary till the end of the year. Tonight’s event will be very different in tone from the afternoon two weeks ago when Kate decided at the last minute to join her husband for a low-key engagement in Wales ringing the starting bell for an ultra-marathon.

"Bloody Hell, Was That a Billion?"

Wiliam and Harry Hit London Trading Floor To Raise Money in 9/11 Fundraiser

The princes helped transact the world's largest ever FX deal - twenty-five billion euro - as part of 9/11 fundraiser

William and Harry today helped transact the world’s biggest ever single FX transaction – twenty-five billion euro – as part of a fundraising charity day to mark 9/11.

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The annual charity fundraiser was being held at the City of London offices of BGC Partners, who lost 658 employees in the attacks on the World Trade Centre 12 years ago.

But today’s event, starring William and Harry, had a decidedly light-hearted tone as the two brothers teased each other and city traders as they worked the phones.

Could Kate be nervous about Cressida's half-sister, Bella?

My sources say that Harry is definitely in the most serious relationship of his life with Cressida Bonas - so why have there been no wedding bells forthcoming?

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The Telegraph has a convincing conspiracy theory - that Kate is blocking the relationship because she feels threatened by Cressie's half sister Isabella (see our Primer on Cressie's family), who had a relationship with William when Kate and he were on hold.

“Cressida has said Kate is not keen on her relationship with Harry,” one of her chums tells the Telegraph's Richard Eden. “Cressie and Isabella could not be closer. Where she goes, Bella goes...Kate does not like Isabella because William loved her, and that caused their break-up."

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Rod Keeps The Prince Waiting

Rod Stewart has become increasingly regal as the years have hurried on, so it was strangely unsurprising to hear that the singer and his wife, Penny Lancaster, left Prince Charle waiting when they arrived ten minutes late to a meeting with Charles yesterday, blaming London traffic for the long journey.

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Stewart afterwards told a reporter from the Daily Telegraph: "We have a place over in Wapping and it took us three-quarters of an hour to get here…I wish I had my own police escort, I would always be on time."

No Prince Charming

Daily Mail Launches Scathing Attack on Andrew

British paper accuses Andrew of undermining respect for Royal family by his 'spoilt' behavior

The Daily Mail has gone totally nuclear on Prince Andrew this morning, accusing him of being a 'spoilt oaf' who is trying to 'wreck' the newfound love of all things royal in the United Kingdom.

Writer Christopher Wilson has launched a scathing attack on Andy, effectively cataloguing every offence he has ever given, apparently outraged by the fact that he had an "intemperate outburst" at the police officers who stopped him in Buckingham Palace last week who were, "after all, were only doing their job."

Wilson points out that when the Government’s chief whip Andrew Mitchell swore at officers last year, he "paid with his career. Prince Andrew did very much the same — and instead received a cringing apology from Scotland Yard."

Then it's off to the races with a long catalogue of Andrew's many failings, which, despite myself, I read every word of.

A small taster:

An undercover tabloid reporter, who some years ago infiltrated Buckingham Palace to get a job as a footman, found that the servants tasked with opening the royal curtains each morning in the Prince’s bedroom were invariably greeted with a testy ‘f*** off’.

To Andrew, it would appear, rudeness is a way of life — whether you are high-born or from below stairs.  

On one occasion, Margaret Thatcher’s deputy prime minister Willie Whitelaw engaged him amiably in conversation only to report later: ‘He talked to me as if I was his blasted caddy!’


Prince William has given his first full interview since becoming a dad

At least he is not talking to trees.

Prince William has given his first full length interview since becoming a dad – and told how he relaxes by listening to recordings of animals in the African bush including crickets and buffalo to help him relax.

The documentary, New Father, New Hope (I know! Who will be playing Darth Vader?) which airs this Sunday on CNN, also sees the Duke confess that he has become more “emotional” since becoming a dad and he also tells why he chose to propose to the Duchess of Cambridge in Kenya in 2010.

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Prince William feeding a Tusk Trust rhino about to be relocated to Africa (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

The Queen's visit to Ireland was hailed as a momentous, healing moment in the relationship between the UK and its former colony - but it very nearly was called off at the last minute, a new book reveals, due to “credible bomb warnings” in London and Dublin.

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The claims are made in "The Price of Power" by Pat Leahy, which is to be published this week.

“According to the people involved, there were new and credible bomb threats made when the Queen’s aircraft was actually in the air, and urgent conversations took place between Dublin and London about whether the flight should be turned around, diverted or delayed,” it says. “In the event, she continued.”

According to a report in the Irish Sunday Times, the book says that as threats from dissident republicans, both public and private, proliferated in the days leading up to the visit, “Downing Street became extremely jumpy, with some officials in Dublin fearing that the visit could be called off at the last minute”.

During the trip, the Queen gave a speech in which she came close to apologising for British behaviour in Ireland, and shook hands with former IRA man Martin McGuinness (above).

Don't You Know Who I Am?

Prince Andrew and The Security Farce At Buckingham Palace

How jittery armed police confronted Prince Andrew and demanded he 'verify his identity' during a nervous week in London

On Wednesday night, the police whose job it is to keep Buckingham Palace secure, were, understandably, feeling somewhat jittery.

Just forty-eight hours earlier, in the most embarrassing security breach since a homeless drifter named Michael Fagan broke in to the Queen’s bedroom and engaged her in a forty-minute midnight chat in 1982, an optimistic thief had been arrested in one of the Buckingham Palace state rooms, the vast and opulently-furnished formal reception rooms which are open to the paying public during August and September.

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After scaling a 12ft fence, it is believed that the intruder, an East London DJ named Victor Miller, 37, entered Buck House by the tried and tested technique of kicking down a poorly secured external door.

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Pippa's Crush on Her Sports Coach

Pippa writes about her 'fanciable' hockey coach in the Spectator

Pippa Middleton appears to be throwing herself with some gusto into the freelance journalism world, as this week she has a piece in a supplement about independent schools for the Spectator magazine, a British establishment favourite, describing how she had a crush on her hockey teacher at school, and lingering at some length on her 'petite physique' .

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Writing of her memories of school sports, she says, she can still hear “the booming voice of Mr Markham, our fierce but undeniably fanciable coach, urging us all on.”

Pippa says that hockey was her favourite: “I was captain and proud.”

New Diana biopic starring Naomi Watts slated by critics after its world premiere last night

The reviews are in - and they aren't pretty.

The new Diana film starring Naomi Watts received its world premiere in Leicester Square last night, and was immediately savaged by critics.

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Naomi Watts attends the World Premiere of "Diana" at Odeon Leicester Square (Samir Hussein / Getty Images)

Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian writes:

Lashing Out

Lady Pamela Hicks on "spiteful" Diana

Prince Philip's cousin launches attack on Diana

Lady Pamela Hicks — first cousin to Prince Philip and a member of Queen Elizabeth II's 1947 bridal party — forgets the first rule of PR in the new Vanity Fair and speaks ill of the dead while promoting her new memoir in the new edition of Vanity Fair.

And not just any dead; Princess Diana.

“She had enormous charisma, she was beautiful, she was very good at empathy with the general crowd … and she had no feeling at all for her husband or his family. Quite the reverse!" she says of Diana.

“She was really spiteful, really unkind to him—and, my God, he’s a man who needs support and encouragement. [The marriage] absolutely destroyed him. He looked grey and ghost-like. Now of course he’s blossomed again.

“She made everybody believe she’d been thrown to the wolves. Such nonsense! She was given the Queen’s favorite lady-in-waiting, Sue Hussey, to help her, to teach her. But she didn’t want to be told anything. ‘That’s boring, Sue,’ she’d say. Instead, she wanted to listen to her music and go disco-ing or to some jive concert.

"She didn’t try. She had no need to try because she saw the people admired her, then they admired her more. She reckoned she was the star."

Ouch!

Lobbying Row

Guardian Defends Prince Charles Shock

Republican newspaper allows a writer space to defend prince Charles's activism

Hats off the Guardian, Britain's most thoughtful left-wing newspaper, for running a piece today in defence of Prince Charles.

Vernon Bogdanor has been given space to argue back against the Guardian's constant criticism of the Prince, including its long-running campaign suggesting that he Prince abuses his position as constitutional monarch-in-waiting by seeking to influence policy.

Bogdanor writes:

The prince has been accused of "lobbying". But the key feature of a lobbyist is that he has a vested interest. The prince has no vested interests on such matters as Shakespeare or modern architecture. He has also been accused of enjoying a royal veto over matters affecting his private interests. But all that his critics have been able to establish is that he has been consulted.

What's In A Name?

Cressida Bonas And Her Oddly Named Family

Cressida Bonas And Her Oddly Named Family

An amusing collage of facts about Harry's girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, in this month's issue of the ever-entertaining society rag Tatler.

The piece reveals that Cressida is nicknamed Smalls or Smally in her family, "because she’s the youngest of her large brood of siblings from her mother, sparky Sixties heartbreaker Lady MaryGaye Curzon."

Then follows an astonishingly British array of names as Tatler runs through her siblings:

There’s Pandora (the  eldest of the lot at 40 and nicknamed Baba), who’s Cressy’s half-sister from her mother’s first marriage to the late Esmond Cooper-Key. Then there’s Georgiana, Isabella and Jacobi, three half-siblings from Mary-Gaye’s second marriage to businessman John Anstruther Gough-Calthorpe. Georgiana, or Giana, is 34, an artist and married to hedgefunder Robert Butler. Isabella – Bellie – is a 33-year-old actress and married to Sam Branson. And Jacobi, 30, is nicknamed Cozy. Then there’s 24-year-old actress Gabriella Wilde, or Bumpy (she was called Bumble Bee as a child).

Hugh Van Cutsem passes away after long illness

One of Prince Charles's best friends, Hugh van Cutsem died yesterday at the age of 72 after a long illness.

“It has hit the Prince very hard,” a friend of the Norfolk landowner tells the Daily Telegraph's Tim Walker. “He had been ill for some time, but it still came as a shock.”

The van Cutsem's have been intimately involved in royal life for  many years. Hugh Van Cutsem and Prince Charles attended Cambridge University together in the Sixties, his son, Edward, was a pageboy when Charles married Diana in 1981 and his grandddaughter, Grace, was a bridesmaid at the William and Kate's wedding in 2011. She was the one who put her hands over her ears to drown out the noise of the crowd on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

The former officer in the Household Cavalry also once occupied Anmer Hall, on The Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, which will now become a home to William and Kate.

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