New bundle of royal joy is the Queen's fourth great-great grandchild
The Queen has a new great-grandchild today after her granddaughter, Zara Phillips, gave birth to her first child, a daughter.
The new royal baby, who weighed 7lbs 12oz and is 16th in line to the throne, is the Queen's fourth great grandchild.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Mike's parents, Mr Phillip and Mrs Linda Tindall, have been informed and are delighted with the news.
Starving the press of pictures of Prince George and smuggling him in and out of royal boltholes may ultimately prove counterproductive for William and Kate.
When Prince William was born, back in the 1980s, the Royal Family and the British press were, for the most part happily, in bed with each other.
Young Diana, guided by a now-forgotten breed of royal press secretary who embraced the royal press pack and counted many of the reporters as personal friends, was willing, perhaps naïvely, to allow the press frequent opportunities to photograph her young son in a variety of personal situations.
William was born in June 1982, and first photographed (after the hospital departure) at his christening in August, a set of pictures which included a memorable shot of the Queen Mother clasping him on her knee. Then, in a special series of shots taken just before Christmas in the same year, a pool photographer was actually invited into Kensington Palace for a series of intimate photographs of the baby playing with mom and dad.
Diana, Princess of Wales, poses with her son Prince William at Kensington Palace, 22nd December 1982 (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
James Gilbey marries long-term girlfriend in London
James Gilbey, the former suitor of Diana, Princess of Wales, who called her 'Sqidgy' 53 times in a tape allegedly recorded by Britain's intelligence services and then leaked, has quietly married his long term girlfriend Lavinia Hadsley-Chaplin.
“They are both delighted,” a friend of the couple tells The Telegraph.
At the 2008 inquest into Diana’s death, her protection officer, Ken Wharfe, said the 1992 “Squidgygate” tapes of her talking intimately to Gilbey were recorded by GCHQ and then deliberately leaked.
He claimed that other members of the Royal family were also regularly bugged by the security services, ostensibly to help protect them against the IRA.
Annual gift list published
I think its safe to say the freebies are not a big part of being a royal.
For the ever-entertaining list of what the royals received as official gifts during the year was published today, and it contains little to inspire jealousy.
And its a toss-up for wackiest item between the Queen, who got a chocolate Windsor Castle, and an old wheel nut for an Aston Martin given to the Duke of Kent.
Prince Harry arguably fared the best, getting a leather flying jacket from FLOTUS when he was in the States.
Man Jailed For Buckingham Palace Attempted Break In
A 44-year-old man who attempted to walk into Buckingham Palace with a knife was sentenced today to 16 months in jail.
On Monday 14 October 2013, David Belmar was arrested as he attempted to enter Buckingham Palace via the north centre gate. He was immediately apprehended by police and when searched was found to be in possession of a knife, which was seized.
He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site (contrary to Section 128 of the serious Organised Crime & Police Act 2005) and possession of a bladed/pointed article.
A security alert was sparked at the palace the previous month when a suspected burglar managed to get into the building after scaling a fence.
Has Pippa finally got a stylist?
Stop the presses we have important news.
It seems that Pippa Middleton has finally figured out how to dress. And we admit, we haven’t been that kind about her dress sense in the past.
We already knew that Pippa looks good in white, thanks to her scene-stealing appearance at the Royal Wedding, but today, as she strode down the King's Road in London, she looked powerful and confident in a black on black combo.
Seems monochrome is her thing.
Emergency landing made with Charles and Camilla on board
We've often wondered about the advisability of the Royal family constantly flying around the country in helicopters (they are all devoted fans and the Queen has been known to joke to friends that the chopper has changed her life more than it ever changed Anne Boleyn's) and now an aviation authority report has been published into a helicopter scare that forced Charles and Camilla to make an emergency landing.
The incident happened in May last year as Charles and Camilla were on their way to the Hay-on-Wye Festival in Wales, but the details have only recently been published.
The Sikorsky S-76C helicopter was carrying the royal pair and four other passengers when it began to veer - or yaw - to the right as it approached Denham aerodrome in Buckinghamshire in May last year, a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.
The AAIB report said: "The crew performed an uneventful running landing and ground-taxied to dispersal with the yaw control abnormality still apparent.
James spotted walking Lupo in London
Poor old Lupo. They all seemed so chummy in those first photos.
First Kate Middleton's dog was disinvited from spending Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham – possibly after fears that there would be a repeat of the incident when the Queens corgis savaged Princess Beatrice's terrier Max – and now it appears he is being kicked out of his own home as well.
Although William and Kate are believed to have specifically acquired Lupo a good few months before getting pregnant in order to encourage the dog to believe that it was a much loved member of the Windsor Wolfpack and thereby avoid jealousy of the new infant, it appears the dog has been cut out of the family circle of trust, for now at least.
Reports say Harry and Cressida may be about to split. We are not so sure.
The Royalist feels the need to start this post with a disclaimer: we feel the same about these reports as we did about the ones in Us Weekly that Pippa Middleton was engaged.
And we don't want to give the Harry hunters false hope.
However we would be remiss in our duties if we did not tell you that the Mirror newspaper in the UK did report at the weekend that Prince Harry's romance with Cressida Bonas was on the rocks as the couple had, "drifted apart".
A source told the paper: “Talk of Harry and Cressida getting married could not be further from the truth. Indeed it wouldn’t be a surprise if they go their separate ways soon.
Charles sees profits soar on baby-related products
The Kate effect has been credited with boosting the bottom line of many businesses including Zara, Top Shop and Reiss, who have all seen their sales soar after their clothes were worn by Kate.
Now, it appears, a similar Kate-inspired boost is happening to her father-in-law's business.
For Prince Charles's company has cashed in on the popularity of Kate Middleton and baby George by selling a range of baby goods including organic baby food and baby clothes which has increased a turnover in his company by almost £1m in the past year.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's popularity has given the royal family a lift in general," a courtier tells the Daily Telegraph. But Charles, in particular, has capitalized on this by selling a range of souvenirs at his shops including the one at his Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire, commemorating George's birth.
Breaking Harry news - the beard is not going anywhere!
The Royalist has important news to share - Prince Harry has defied granny and has NOT repeat NOT shaved off his dashing ginger beard!
Yes, despite the fact that the young royal's grandmother has such a hatred of beards that her staff are forbidden to sport them, and despite the fact that there was apparently much frostiness at Sandringham on the subject over the Christmas holidays, and despite the fact that she reportedly let it be known that she wanted Harry's chin to be more cue ball than fuzzy-wuzzy the next time she saw him, Harry was instagrammed at the weekend with his beard not only still intact, but bigger, bushier and more retro-hetero manly than ever before.
We're just hoping his head doesn't end up on a spike.
Harry, who was just back from a ski holiday with his girlfriend Cressida Bonas (you'd have thought he would have seen enough snow by now, right?) was snapped with his ever-growing beard by a punter at Mayfair bar Jak's with Princess Eugenie in the background, perched at a bar. Cressida was apparently at the venue too (although not in the picture - that really would be too much to hope for).
Jessie Webb, 71, William's old nurse, not expected to travel to Australasia
There are few people who at 71 years of age would contemplate taking on one of the most stressful child care jobs in the world – looking after Prince George.
So it is perhaps no surprise that Jessie Webb, who looked after Prince William when he was a child and came out of retirement to mind baby George, has told William and Kate that she will not be able to accompany them on their month-long tour of Australia and New Zealand in March.
While William and Kate are said to be keen to retain the services fo Mrs Webb, they are quielty looking for extra help for the month-long tour down under in the spring.
A source told the Daily Mail: "It took a lot of persuading to get Jessie to take the job in the first place, but she loves William and wanted to help out.
Alexander Skarsgard gets his kit off, despite the cold
If you had to place a bet on who would get photographed naked on the crapper at the South Pole on the recent expedition there by wounded soldiers and celebrity mascots, I think we can safely assume most money would have been on our beloved and bearded Prince Henry of Wales.
Alexander Skarsgard (via Instagram)
In fact, Alexander Skarsgard has now been exposed as the team member most likely to get his kit off, in a shot posted on instagram which recalls his full frontal nude scene from True Blood.
Wearing sunglasses and his pants rolled down to his snow boots, the buff blonde reads a book while relieving himself in the antarctic landscape.
Pippa says she 'pined' for Diana's ex, Will Carling
Pippa Middleton has revealed that she had a teenage crush on English rugby player Will Carling, who once dated Princess Diana, in her latest column for Vanity Fair, which is about rugby, the British answer to American football (as we call football).
In her article, Middleton says that she used to "pine" after the now 48-year-old Carling.
"We'd plan our weekends around the big matches," she says of her family's enthusiasm for the game.
Unit scrambled 323 times in 2013 helping 298 people
Is there nothing Prince William cannot do?
New figures published today by the RAF have shown that the search and rescue helicopter unit which he was a member of until the middle of last year was the busiest unit in the UK for the second year running. It was scrambled 323 times in 2013, helping 298 people in danger or distress.
SAC Faye Storer
RAF search and rescue force commander, group Capt. Sarah Mackmin, said she was, "incredibly proud". Group Capt. Mackmin, the first female to command the RAF search and rescue operation, said, "The harsh, protracted winter that lasted from January through to early April saw C Flight complete not only a higher than average number of rescues, but was also accomplished in some of the worst weather conditions Snowdonia has seen for many years."
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