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Prince William Heads Back To Work

William is back at work in Wales while Kate is staying on at her mom's

Sources at Kensington Palace are confirming that Prince William has returned to work as a search and rescue helicopter pilot on remote Anglesey, while Kate is staying on at her mum's in Berkshire, closer to London.
So far the new family have spent just one night at their London residence, Kensington Palace.

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William will be back flying helicopters on his regular shifts in Wales rom today. He is ilkely, however, to have plenty of opportunity to spend time with his family because of the intensive nature of the work which sees pilots spend several days on call and then having several days off duty.

William is the first member of the royal family to have taken paternity leave.

Party People

Will Bea announce her engagement tonight?

Beatrice is hosting a lavish 25th birthday tonight

Speculation is mounting that Princess Beatrice may announce her engagement to her long term boyfriend, financier Dave Clark, tonight, at a lavish party being thrown at Prince Andrew's home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.

According to the Mail on Sunday's diarist, the guest list for Bea's 25th includes Robbie Williams, Sir Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher, Pippa Middleton and Dizzee Rascal.

‘Guests have been told to bring trainers [athletic shoes] as the agenda for the evening involves outdoor games, followed by a big dinner,’ a source tells the paper.

William and Kate will not be present, with William on duty in Anglesey and Kate at her parents’ home in Berkshire with Prince George.

Suggestions that William decided unilaterally to describe his wife as a princess, after Palace repeatedly insisted she was not one

The plot thickens in the Princess Kate mystery, with suggestions that the designation of Kate as a Princess on Prince Georgie's birth cerificate may have been the result of unilateral action by William, who filled out the registration document for Prince Georgie's birth. 

Richard Palmer, the well-briefed royal reporter for the Daily Express, suggests William may have simply decided that it was time to set the record straight and put it in black and white that Kate is indeed a Princess of the United Kingdom.

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A detail of the birth record of Prince George of Cambridge. (Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty)

Palmer writes, "A senior aide at Buckingham Palace suggested William might simply have taken it upon himself to decide that his wife was a Princess."

Daddy Day Care

William Has To Get Nappies For Baby Georgie

William jokes about need to pick up nappies after polo match

Prince William and Harry played in a charity polo match at Ascot on Saturday, to raise money for two charities, Skillforce and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

After the match William was presented with a mini polo mallet for his newborn son, Prince George.

As he was about to receive the gift, which an official was holding in a large shopping bag, William jokingly asked if it was a bag of nappies.

"I've got to pick some up on my way home," he said.


Princess Kate?

Kate Is a Princess After All!

It's official, Kate actually is a princess, not just a duchess.

If there was one palpable moment of anticlimax after the royal wedding in 2011 when Kate and William tied the knot in front of a global audience of billions, it was perhaps when it came to the bestowing of titles.

The world had, quite naturally, expected the lavish ceremony would conclude with the arising of a new princess, Princess Kate, and there was tangible disappointment when it was announced, shortly after the wedding, that Kate would be known henceforth as the Duchess of Cambridge.

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William and Kate on their wedding day in April 2011, when, unbeknownst to us all, Kate did become a princess. (Sean Gallup / Getty Images)

A duchess? Eh? We hadn’t come all this way for a duchess! We wanted a princess!

Howzat!

Pippa Poses For Vanity Fair Spread

Pippa dressed up as a cricketer for pics to accompany her new Vanity Fair column

Pippa Middleton looks at her hottest since that wedding in a new shoot for Vanity Fair magazine, to accompany a jocular piece in which she attempts to explain the sport of cricket to her American cousins.

But it may not be for the prose (sample line: "I have many happy memories of afternoons spent lying on the grass and hearing the satisfying clunk of leather ball on willow bat..") that many readers will pick up the September issue of Vanity Fair, but the rather fetching photos of Pippa as a cricketer, photographed by Norman Jean Roy and styled by Jessica Diehl.

We are trying our hardest to get the picture here on the Royalist for you, but in the meantime, off you go to VF.com to see what I mean.

On the subject of cricket uniforms, Pippa writes, “From Imran Khan to England’s current captain, Alastair Cook, there is a tradition of the sultry cricketer powering in from the boundary or effortlessly gliding a ball to the boundary, tousled hair blowing in the breeze, his whites signifying a purity of action—oops, I almost forgot myself. Better have a cup of tea.”

Georgie

Prince George Officially Registered

Kate's ‘occupation’ given as ‘Princess’.

 So is it OK to call her Princess Kate now?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have formally registered the birth of Prince George, and Kate is described as a Princess on the document.

William—whose occupation is given as “Prince of the United Kingdom,” and there we were thinking he was a helicopter pilot—signed the birth register at Kensington Palace this morning, witnessed by a registrar from Westminster Register Office.

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A detail of the birth record of Prince George of Cambridge. (Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty)

BBC issues apology over fleeting picture

The BBC has issued a brief apology after accidentally screening an image of Prince William - with a penis doodled on his head.

The mistake happened during the BBC Breakfast show, when a clip of a video by a barbershop quartet called Barbershopera was played on the show.

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The quartet, made up of three men and one woman, were seen smartly dressed in a drawing room-style setting, with newspapers laid out on a coffee table in a clip from their song "I could have married Kate". Unfortunately, one of the papers had a picture of Wiliam in it which had been defaced.

Prince Charles comes face to face with a bald eagle at a country show

The balding Prince of Wales had a brush with a bald eagle at the Sandringham Flower Show yesterday.

Charles held the two-year-old eagle, Zephyr, as he and The Duchess of Cornwall came to the end of their tour of the show at The Queen's Norfolk retreat.

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Pool photo by Chris Jackson

When the bird, which weighs more than 10lbs,  flapped her wings, the prince was almost clipped by her impressive four foot span.

World War 3 Plans

Queen's Speech In Event of Nuclear War Revealed

Official documents showing how an imminent nuclear attack would have been handled by the queen are published today

Well, I suppose they have to make plans for all contingencies.

Still, the revelation that preparations for nuclear war included a radio speech by the Queen for public consumption are bound to come as an unpleasant reminder of just how bad things were in the 1980s.

Documents released today in the UK under the 30-year rule show that in 1983, as part of an extensive war game, civil servants drew up a speech to be read by the Queen in the event of nuclear conflict, which refers to nuclear war as the produxt of 'abused technology'.

No doubt it has been dusted down since then, revised and updated for the times in which we now live,  but here is how the announcement of World War 3 would have sounded in Britain if it had taken place in 1983:

Princess Diana

Diana Was 'Madly in Love" With Hasnat Khan

New Vanity Fair article explores Diana's relationship with Hasnat Khan, with movie due out this fall

A new article in the forthcoming issue of Vanity Fair about Princess Diana's 1995-to-1997 relationship with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan claims that Diana was 'madly in love' with Hasnat and was ready to move to Pakistan to be with him.

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Diana in 1989 (KRAIPIT PHANVUT/AFP/Getty Images)

The article is timed to co-incide with the new film, 'Diana', starring Naomi Watts.

Jemima Khan, Diana’s close friend and the former wife of Hasnat’s distant cousin Imran Khan, tells VF writer Sarah Ellison, “Diana was madly in love with Hasnat Khan and wanted to marry him, even if that meant living in Pakistan, and that’s one of the reasons why we became friends.”

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Jemima Khan tells Ellison that Diana “came to visit me twice in Pakistan to help fund-raise for Imran’s hospital, but both times she also went to meet his family secretly to discuss the possibility of marriage to Hasnat. She wanted to know how hard it had been for me to adapt to life in Pakistan.”

Friends tell Ellison that Diana made a point to get to know Khan’s family, specifically seeking the approval of his mother, Naheed. For a “son to marry an English girl is every conservative Pashtun mother’s worst nightmare,” Jemima tells Ellison. “You send your son to be educated in England and he comes back with an English bride. It’s something they dread.”

On one visit to Pakistan, Diana spent time with Imran’s sisters, Aleema and Rhanee, and in order to avoid press attention, they decided to drive themselves to the family’s home in the Model Town neighborhood of Lahore—Diana knew the address by heart. Stuck in a traffic jam, Aleema realized they were with the mother of the future King of England without bodyguards or drivers, “like sitting ducks.” As people began to recognize Diana, pointing toward the car and waving, “she was entirely unflappable . . . she rolled her window down, smiled, and waved.”

Georgie Boy

Prince George Will Be Known As Georgie

Doting grandpa reveals new royal nickname

Well, I suppose His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge is a bit of a mouthful.

No wonder then, that Prince George will be known to his family as Georgie.

Prince Charles provided the new royal nickname yesterday, while on a trip to attend the annual Whitstable Oyster Festival in Kent, where he and Camilla were given dozens of gifts by well-wishers for the new royal arrival (including this rather tasty yellow t-shirt that we are sure won't be going straight in the trash).

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To Snip Or Not To Snip?

Will Baby Cambridge Be Circumcised?

The royal family - along with the British upper classes - have practised circumcision for hundreds of years. Is this one tradition Prince George will be spared?

Some say it is a barbaric practice on a par with female genital mutilation, which causes loss of sexual sensitivity and can lead to psychological problems later in life. Others argue that it is an easy way to ensure good genital health, and can avoid traumatic surgery in adolescence.

Either way, circumcision is still a heated matter of debate, and, whilst very few children in England were traditionally circumcised, the Royal family and the English upper classes have a penchant for the practice, and have been circumcising their sons for generations, since the rule of George I in the seventeenth century.

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It was partly a matter of class and partly because a circumcised penis was believed to be more hygienic than one left au naturel. And it probably was, in the days when daily bathing was a struggle.

Ultimate Wing Man

Harry Says He Is the Uncle for Fun

Harry pulled back from the edge of an interview that was going pear-shaped to declare he would teach Prince George how to have fun.

For one horrible moment, it looked like Prince Harry was about to have one of his famous attacks of public pique with the press (who could forget the interview in Afghanistan when he tactfully told a reporter, on camera, “I’d prefer it if you weren’t here”) when, on his way into a charity do last night he was asked about the new royal arrival, Prince George.

A television reporter accosted Harry, who was looking charming as ever in a nice blue suit with an open-necked shirt, unbrushed hair and a toothy grin.

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The first round of desultory chit-chat went rather well, when Harry said he’d be happy to babysit for William, but warned that he had very high charges. Then Harry made to head off. To be fair, he was here on important business, raising funds for his charity as guest of honor at a photographic exhibition, entitled Sentebale—Stories of Hope, and shot by royal photographer Chris Jackson.

William and Kate make like a banana and split, leaving Kensington Palace for her mom's, in an almost revolutionary statement of intent

If one ever doubted who wore the trousers in Kate and William’s relationship, it is now more clear then ever that Kate calls the shots in this marriage.

The latest indication of this is that after less than 24 hours in the royal palace, Kate bundled baby George up in his car seat and, together with William, headed off to her mom’s house in Bucklebury.

Royal Baby

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart St Mary's Hospital with their newborn son on July 23, 2013 in London, England. (Scott Heavey/Getty)

A three-week long parking exclusion zone has been enforced around the house, set in 17 acres, by police - but Kate could be there much longer.

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