Are Pippa and Nico next to walk down the aisle?
Pippa Middleton and her new boyfriend, Nico Jackson, are planning to get engaged as soon as Britain’s royal baby mania has abated, according to reports.
The Mail on Sunday quotes a friend as saying:
"An engagement is definitely on the cards. The last time Nico spoke about Pippa to his friends back home in Folkestone, he was totally buzzing about her. He is in his element right now.
Does anyone else feel Pippa Middleton's profile quietly sneaking back up again? Well, William and Kate obviously do, and now, the younger sister of the future Queen has once again been told to tone it down by the palace.
Pippa Middleton has been quietly asked by Kate and Prince William to scale back her public appearances, according to a report in The Mail.
Pippa and James Middleton watch a Wimbledon men's singles match. (Clive Brunskill / Getty Images)
Pippa has started writing for The Spectator, is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, and has a monthly column in Waitrose Food Illustrated.
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The Royal Baby has become the first person to get a wikipedia page before it is born. My apologies if the tenses in the preceeding sentence are grammatically incorrect.
The page, "Child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge" states cinfidently that the baby is due to be born on 13 July (although this is unconfirmed) and reports that the Washington Post has described the unborn infant as "the world’s most famous baby" and adds, "According to officials, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen not to find out the sex of their baby prior to the birth".
So, it's fact now, right?
Snappers ready for for Kate Middleton baby birth
Sometime between right now and the end of the month, there is going to be one very big photo-op, and the jockeying for position has begun.
The photos of William and Kate leaving hospital with their new baby will be among the most shared images ever to have existed on earth, and photographers have already begun setting up at St. Mary's Hospital, claiming their spaces for the all-important shot of the happy parents.
Parking has also been suspended to allow the royal vehicles unfettered access.
Why is William hiding out four hours from London flying helicopters? Could it be that he doesn’t want to be there when his child and heir is born?
What can be Prince William’s excuse—sorry, reason—for staying on at work at his search-and-rescue base in a remote corner of Wales, 300 miles from Kate and a four-and-a-half-hour drive (on a good day) to the London hospital in which she will give birth? Sources say that he simply wants to be treated equally to his fellows, and military rules mean he gets just two weeks’ paternity leave. He wants to have all that time off after the birth, to get maximum bonding time with his child and heir.
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There are of course compelling reasons that might force a man not to be at his wife’s side during the painful last few weeks and days of pregnancy. If your work involves, for example, negotiating for hostages in Sudan or towing oil rigs around the South Arctic seas, then it might be acceptable not to be present for the tricky last moments. You might even be forced to miss the birth itself.
Harry and girlfriend at British pop festival
Prince Harry was at the Glastonbury music festival over the weekend with his girlfriend Cressida Bonas.
Festival organiser Michael Eavis, 77, told The Telegraph: “Prince Harry was great actually. I recommended that he should go on into the night, because the nightlife is what Glastonbury is all about.
Cressida at Glastonbury over the weekend (Danny Martindale / Wire Image / Getty Images)
"At three o'clock in the afternoon, you don't get it. I told him to get his taxi driver to come back at five o'clock in the morning and do you know what? He lasted until four in the morning. His friends were all having a great time. He didn't want to make a formal thing of being here."
Kate and William's rejuvenation of the British monarchy depends on making us think they are just like us. Occasionally, the mask slips.
Some bizarre pictures appeared in the Daily Mail this week, of William and Kate walking away from a helicopter on a London airfield. It turned out that the pictures had been taken over a month ago, apparently by plane spotters who had not realized they had photographed William and Kate (and Lupo) until they downloaded the pictures a few weeks later.
The palace issued a terse, off-the-record response to the Mail, telling the journalist that the helicopter was owned by a friend, that the trip was neither "chartered" nor '"paid for" and that the trip was simply a "gift" from a friend.
The chopper belongs to Shoreham-based Eastern Atlantic Helicopters, whose managing director, Simon Oliphant-Hope, is a friend of the couple. Mr. Oliphant Hope, 49, said: "I know the couple and occasionally, when I am routing past North Wales, I give them a lift if it is convenient to all parties."
Nice friend, eh?
Comments recorded without her knowledge
Camilla Parker-Bowles has told John McEnroe that she used to play tennis but doen't any more as she is "too old".
Her comments came as she was chatting to the veteran American Wimbledon star during a meet and greet, and apparently did not realise her interlocutor was wearing a microphone.
The Telegraph is trying to use the incident to accuse the BBC of disrespect to the Royals, and saying that broadcasting private remarks is a breach of protocol, but Clarence House isn't biting, saying it is 'not an issue'.
During the conversation, McEnroe asked her: “Do you play?” to which she replied: “Oh, very badly. I would love to start again but I’m afraid I’m too old.” McEnroe said one was “never too old” for tennis.
Figures published in royal accounts today show high cost of renovating Kensington Palace
Calling Apartment 1A Kensington Palace an apartment is a just a teensy bit misleading. It's actually a fat four-storey house in the middle of London, and it has got a very cool 57 rooms plus a large south facing walled garden.
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The cost of refurbishing the home, which will form the official London residence of William and Kate just as soon as it is ready, was revealed today to have hit £1m, which palace spokespeople said was due to a combination of much of the work being long overdue, and discovering asbestos on site which has had to be removed by specialist teams.
The annual accounts published today also revealed that William and Kates tour of Asia and the South Pacific last autumn cost £370,000.
Increase in pay will not go down well with left-wingers as UK economy still struggling
The palace gets annoyed when anyone describes the grant she receives for running the royal household as 'pay' so there will be the predictable irritation today as almost all the UK papers report on the Queen's £5m "pay rise".
Happy days for the Queen (Toby Melville/Reuters)
However, it is true that the Queen is getting five million more quid this year than she got last year, to cover the running costs of the Queen's household and expenses to carry out her official duties, as the sovereign grant will total £36.1m for the 2013-14 financial year, up from £31m allocated during the previous 12 months. It also covers the maintenance of the royal palaces in England and the cost of royal travel for official engagements in the UK and overseas tours.
Under new arrangements the Queen receives 15% of the profits from the Crown Estate, the vast holdings of land and property technically owned by the Monarch, but surrendered to the nation for several centuries.
Pics taken by plane spotters published weeks later
Bizarre photos in the Daily Mail today of William and Kate walking away from a helicopter which has just given them a lift 200 miles from their Welsh farmhouse to London.
But hang on a minute, I hear you say, I thought Kate wasn't going to be in Wales in case the baby came early?
And you are quite right. The pictures were actually taken 'last month' according to the Mail, and were taken not by paps but by plane spotters who didn't even realise that they had pics of Will, Kate and Lupo the Dog until they loked at them on their laptops some time later, and then, presumably, swifty called the Daily Mail's photo department.
A defensive sounding off the record statement from the palace says: "The flight wasn’t paid for and the helicopter wasn’t chartered. There was no cost. It was a gift, a lift from a friend."
They are both posh, pretty, gamine English girls blessed with serious eyebrows and a taste for the high life. Can anyone tell Cressida Bonas and Cara Delevingne apart? Tom Sykes tells you how.
Spot the difference between the two posh English girls who are both in the papers a lot these days, with this handy print-out-and-keep guide...
Cara Delevingne, Cressida Bonas. (Dave M. Benett/Getty (2))
What, where, and when: all the details on the royal birth.
The U.K. is on high alert for the royal baby. Indeed, the first false alarm sounded over the weekend, when helicopter-rescue colleagues of Prince William who were flying back to their base after a mission did a fly-past at a society wedding he was attending.
Guests were convinced that the chopper was coming to collect William as Kate was going into labor. Even William looked a bit nervous as he cast his eyes heavenward.
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In fact, the pilots of the distinctive yellow rescue helicopter were simply having a bit of fun, buzzing their royal pals at the wedding of Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee.
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.