Kate feels safest and most secure with her mom, report says
The Royalist has previously reported on the fact that Kate has told our sources she is not going to have a nanny - making her the first royal mother in history to be without child-minding help - but now she is saying that she will also do without a maternity nurse and will move back in with her MOM for at least six weeks after the new heir to the throne is born.
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This means that the third-in-line to the throne will be starting life in the home of a commoner - albeit the $8m home of a commoner - unless the powers that be can arrange for Michael and Carole Middleton, Kate's parents, to be swiftly ennobled.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Kate says she ‘just feels safest and most secure’ with her family and believes that no one could be better placed to teach her about bringing up a baby than her mother, who has three children of her own.
Prince Harry's Announcement of His Walk To South Pole - Live Streaming at 10am EST
UPDATE 15:30 UK Time: Prince Harry has confirmed that he will join the walking to the Wounded expedition and walk to the South Pole. He made the announcement at the end of a press conference in London streamed live on the Royalist, saying to the American team: "As a member of the British team, I will have a brew on ready for you when you join us at the Pole."
Prince Harry is expected to confirm his status as officially the coolest royal of all time by announcing today that he will join a Walking with the Wounded trek to the south Pole in November.
The press conference launch of the new expedition by Harry in a London hotel will be streamed live at 3pm London time (10am EST), and we will be carrying it here on the Royalist.
Veteran entertainer named as a suspect in UK tabloid today
The extraordinary British child abuse scandal centered on the children’s entertainers of the 1970s took another dramatic turn today when Rolf Harris, the Australian cartoonist, singer and TV presenter was revealed to be the latest and most high profile celebrity to be arrested over historic sex abuse allegations by police from Operation Yewtree. The controversial task force - which has been criticised for consuming vast quantities of police time investigating historic crimes while current crimes go unsolved - was set up following hundreds of allegations of abuse against the BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile which emerged after his death last year.
Senior detectives have been investigating Harris, who painted an official portrait of the Queen in 2005, for more than four months.
Harris vehemently denies any wrongdoing.
All the updates from Margaret Thatcher’s funeral in London today.
12:54 Thanks for joining us, this post brings to an end out live updates.
11:55 The service is over and the coffin is now being marched out of the funeral. However the image of the day looks set to be tears rolling down the face of George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, during the funeral address by the Bishop of London.
11:31 David Cameron has given the second reading, from John 14:1-6. This reading was also requested by Thatcher herself, to be read by the prime minister of the day.
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
"In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
"And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
Margaret Thatcher is to be accorded a send-off filled with pomp and ceremony in London on Wednesday. Here’s how the day’s events will unfold.
Margaret Thatcher will be laid to rest tomorrow with an elaborate ceremonial funeral in London, with a strong military theme reflecting her government’s defining moment, the Falklands War.
A daybreak rehearsal of the funeral was undertaken on Monday morning, giving some indication of the pomp and ceremony to be accorded to Baroness Thatcher. The Queen will be attending, the first time she has attended a PM’s funeral since the death of the wartime leader Winston Churchill.
Here’s how events will unfold:
Prince Harry is expected to announce on Friday that he will join a South Pole adventure with a favored charity
We’ve always known he was cool, but this is getting ridiculous.
Prince Harry is going to walk to the South Pole in November.
Prince Harry in the North Pole on his previous WWTW adventure (WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Yes, really, you read that correctly. The third-in-line (for now) is going to join an extreme adventure with his buddies from the injured servicemen’s charity Walking With The Wounded and schlep his royal ass to the most southerly point on the globe.
Boys behave impeccably on night out to celebrate pal's forthcoming wedding
Sorry folks, no reports of strip billiards at this bash.
But Prince William and Harry did let their hair down at the weekend, joining a stag party for their chum Tom Van Straubenzee who is marrying Lady Melissa Percy later this year.
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Patrons at the pub, the Feather’s Inn in Hedley on the Hill, were astounded when William and Harry dropped into their usually quiet local to celebrate the groom’s forthcoming marriage. The royal brothers bought drinks at the bar and also had a meal, with the pub’s chef tweeting proudly that he had just finished making ‘tea’ for William and harry and they they were ‘lovely boys’.
A run-through of the controversial funeral closed London streets this morning at dawn.
A full dress rehearsal for Margaret Thatcher’s controversial ceremonial funeral was held at the crack of dawn in London this morning, with over 700 members of the armed services processing a coffin on a horse-drawn carriage draped in the Union Jack down the Strand to St Paul’s Cathedral. The funeral will have a Falklands theme, and a disproportionately high number of the soldiers involved in the ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday at 11am London time, will be drawn from British military regiments particularly associated with the Falklands War.
St Paul's Cathedral. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty)
Military bands played funeral marches by Chopin and Mendelssohn as the dummy coffin made its way along the deserted streets closed to traffic at 5am this morning, although military and police personnel did not don the ceremonial uniforms they will wear on Wednesday. The band in place on the cathedral courtyard struck up Elgar's funeral march and God Save The Queen before falling quiet again as the coffin approached.
It is estimated that the full ceremonial funeral for the Conservative leader – the first accorded to a British Prime Minister since the death of the wartime leader Winston Churchill – will cost up to £10million. The Queen will attend, also a post-Churchill first.
Kate hooked on US reality show, report says
We'll file this one under maybe.
Kate Middleton's spokespeople were last year forced to deny rumours that the Duchess was sent (or sent back) bundles of free clothes from Kim Kardashian, but the young royal apparently can't get enough of Kim's show Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Left: Duchess of Cambridge smiles during her visit to the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland on April 4, 2013. Right: Kim Kardashian attends the opening of Tracy Anderson Flagship Studio in Brentwood, Calif. on April 4. (Pool photo by Danny Lawson; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic, via Getty )
The Duchess, 31, decided to check out the reality programme after hearing that Kim, 32, was a big fan of hers and now she's a regular viewer, according one UK paper.
Harry to visit HQ of Headway later this month
Prince Harry will be making a royal visit to Nottingham later this month, spending a day in the city on Thursday 25th April, as part of his latest charitable role as royal patron of the charity Headway for those affected by Brain Injury.
Harry's first stop on the tour will be to the brain injury charity, where he will open Headway’s new headquarters, meeting people who have been directly affected by brain injury, as well as taking part in an interactive workshop to gain an insight into the difficulties people with brain injury can face.
Britain's Prince Harry waits to present the winner's medals during the London Marathon, London, Sunday, April 22, 2012. (Sang Tan / AP Photo)
Prince Harry will be following in his mother’s footsteps, with Diana, Princess of Wales having occupied the role of the charity’s Royal Patron from 1991 to 1996.
The BBC looks set to play Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead, the Wizard of Oz song appropriated by anti-Thatcherites
They never played the Sex Pistols 'God Save The Queen' when it hit the number two spot in 1977, the year of the Queen's silver Jubilee, but this weekend the BBC looks set to play "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead", the Wizard of Oz song appropriated by anti-Thatcherites to 'celebrate' the former PM's death.
All 40 of the UK’s bestselling songs are played during Radio 1’s three-hour chart show on Sunday afternoons, and songs are only banned on grounds of being offensive.
Left: Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher speaks to the United Nations disarmament conference on June 23, 1982. Right: Judy Garland begins her journey in the 'Wizard of Oz' in 1939. (David Pickoff/AP; Underwood Archives, via Getty )
The Official Charts Company is predicting that Ding Dong! will remain in the top five this weekend.
BBC says it will decide later in week whether to play the song
The British public have long used the pop music charts as a form of protest - remember God Save The Queen - and now they appearintent on forcing the BBC to play "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead," over 70 years after it first appeared in the soundtrack to The Wizard of Oz, following a Facebook campaign to get it to number 1 following the death of Margaret Thatcher.
The song is already in the top ten in the midweek charts, with more than 10,000 copies sold, according to Media Guardian, following the death of the former prime minister on Monday, aged 87.
The Facebook group is called "Make Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead number one the week Thatcher dies", and it launched on Monday.
The Official Charts Company told the Guardian that the song, credited to Judy Garland, had been purchased more than 10,600 times by midnight on Tuesday.
PM’s office says coffin bearer party will ‘include current service personal from ships, units and regiments notable for their service in the Falklands campaign.”
Baroness Thatcher’s funeral will have a Falklands War theme, with clear reminders of the 1982 conflict which defined Thatcher's rule and claimed the lives of 255 Britons and 649 Argentinians.
Downing Street announced today that more than 700 armed forces personnel will take part in the final farewell to Thatcher.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool on October 8, 1987. (John Downing/Getty)
Her coffin will be carried into into St. Paul's Cathedral by bearers from units particularly associated with the Falklands War.
First time Monarch attends PM funeral since Churchill
The Queen will attend the funeral of Margaret Thatcher next Wednesday, the first time that she has attended a prime minister’s funeral since the death of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.
The decision is bound to infuriate those who claim Thatcher was a force for ill in the UK.
According to The (paywalled) London Times, the Queen gave her consent “some time ago” to the proposal by the Government that Lady Thatcher be given a ceremonial funeral with military honours, however it will not be a state funeral.
Lord Bell, her friend and spokesman, said: “She specifically did not want a state funeral and nor did her family. She particularly did not wish to lie in state as she thought that was not appropriate. And she didn’t want a fly-past as she thought that was a waste of money.”
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.