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James Middleton's New Marshmallow Venture

Prince George's uncle is a real life Willy Wonka

The amazing, baking brother-in-law of Prince William, who runs a mail order cake-kit company, has become a director of a company which allows customers to use edible ink to print pictures from photo-sharing website Instagram onto marshmallows, according to the Daily Mail diarist Sebastian Shakespeare.

The company is called Boomf Ltd, which, according to Middleton, is 'the noise a marshmallow makes when it drops through your letterbox'.

Pips Tips

'Celebrating' Pippa's Lifestyle!

New York writer follows the Pippa lifestyle for two weeks with hilarious results

This is genius.

New York Magazine writer Rebecca Harrington has gleaned as much information as she can about Pippa's life and style from her book, Celebrate, and her hilariously awful columns for the Telegraph, neatly summarized thus: "In each column, she does crazy fad exercise regimens and then an unseen photographer takes pictures of her in weird outfits."

So Harrington first follows the Dukan diet, and then in the cause of journalism goes aqua-cycling (spinning in a pool) and even risks flouting New York law by eating the Scottish dish haggis, which is made of minced up animal insides stuffed inside a sheep's bladder (but tastes worse than it sounds).

Harrington's conclusion? "Pippa could be riding around all the time with French people in motorcars but instead she is out there, trying to develop muscles in her legs. You got to give the girl some credit."

Phone-Hacking Trial

Brooks Cleared of Prince William Photo Charge

Brooks cleared of making illegal payment to obtain photo of Prince William in a bikini.

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of Rupert Murdoch's shuttered tabloid News of the World, who is on trial in connection with alleged phone-hacking, was acquitted on Thursday of one charge of authorizing an illegal payment for a picture of Prince William at a fancy dress party in a bikini.

The picture was never actually published, but an illustration based on the picture was.

Brooks still faces four other charges relating to conspiracy to hack voicemail messages on mobile phones.

Before she began her defense against these, the jury were instructed by the judge overseeing her trial at London's Old Bailey court to return a verdict of not guilty on one of two charges against her of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Dancing King

Prince Charles In Saudi Sword Dance

Charles performs traditional sword dance on Saudi tour

Poor Prince Charles always gets made to dance whenever he goes anywhere, and his tour of Saudi Arabia is proving no exception.

Wearing a traditional Saudi full-length outfit known as a thobe, Charles played his part in an ardah - or sword dance - at a stadium in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
Charles wore a chequered headdress and ceremonial dagger during the dance which featured hundreds of Saudi Arabian men and boys in formation holding swords,  part of the annual 17-day Janadriyah Festival.


Treason!

Is Kate's Hair Really 'Overdone?'

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Former Royal hairdresser criticizes The Duchess's locks.

A former Royal hairdresser has waded into the most controversial issue of our times by declaring that Kate Middleton's hair is 'a little overdone.'

In the old days, criticising the Queen's glossy locks would have been a head-removing offense.

But Denise McAdam, who was awarded the Royal Victorian Medal by the Queen in 2010 for, as she puts it, "35 years of keeping my mouth shut” is fortunate to live in gentler times.

In a new interview to promote a TV show, Hair, which she has been cast in, she also describes Princess Anne as “the scary one” of the family.

Queen rocker hits out at royal bloodsports

That hunting story just won't go away for the British Royal family. The latest to enter the fray is rocker Brian May of the rock group Queen, who famously played 'Happy Birthday' from the roof of Buckingham Palace during the golden jubilee.

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He has compared attempts to justify slavery as being like attempts to justify slavery in the nineteenth century.

Speaking to The Sun, May said: ‘It made me feel sick. This is right at the heart of the problem we are looking at in this government.

Excuse You!

H(elen) M(irren) And HM

Queen and alter-ego come face to face at palace reception

There aren't many people who would dare shake a finger at Her Majesty - but that's what Helen Mirren, who plays the Monarch with some regularity, appears to be doing in this picture.

Helen Mirren, was attending a Bafta reception at Buckingham Palace where she said that that she was a little taken aback when Prince William referred to her as "granny" at the awards ceremony.

"He called me granny," the actress told Kate, according to a report on Sky News.

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Haters

Britain's Welfare Queen

Debate on Queens funding reaches the New York Times

Parliament may have been informed that the Queen was ‘down to her last million’ and her palaces were crumbling as a result but the news of her financial embarrassment has done little to placate the Republican crowd (Boo! Hiss!) or ‘haters’ as they are technically known on The Royalist.

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British author Kenan Malik has now weighed into the debate with a (rather well crafted) piece in The New York Times’s Room For Comment forum, in which he writes that, “trying to make sense of the royal finances is like trying to eat spaghetti with a spoon,” and points out that although her private fortune means the Queen is one of the richest women in the world, she is constantly ‘pleading poverty’ and has even sought public assistance to pay her heating bills. The piece is titled, "Britain's Welfare Queen." Ouch.

Malik provides a neat summary of the chain of events that have led to the current funding arrangements for the Queen. He writes: “The modern muddle began in 1760. King George III found himself £3 million in debt — a colossal sum, equivalent to more than £500 million in today’s money. To extricate himself, he surrendered to the government the management of, and revenues from, most of his property. In return, he received a fixed annual payment, known as the Civil List.”

Royal Hypocrisy

Prince Harry Big Game Hunter

Shocking photograph of Harry crouched victoriously over dead water buffalo emerges

Prince Harry was plunged into a fresh controversy after pictures of him crouched over the body of a water buffalo he had just shot on a big game hunt were published in the British papers today. He appears to have been 'blooded' on the right cheek, a tradition where blood of a species shot for the first time by a hunter is smeared on their face.

The shocking picture, which was taken in 2004, has been circulating among anti-bloodsports and anti-royal campaigners for several years, but has never been published in the UK media before.

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However it has now come back to haunt Prince Harry just days after he appeared alongside his brother Prince William last week at a conference dedicated to halting poaching and the illegal wildlife trade.

What's That About?

Will and Harry's Petulant Outburst

Why do William and Harry feel compelled to be so rude to the press pack whose job it is to report on them?

Princes William and Harry showed off one of their least impressive habits today – their frequent inability to be civil to the British press pack who schlep around the country documenting their every move, publicity without which the British Royal family would soon be nothing but a memory.

The latest example came when the two brothers were photographed and filmed by journalists as they helped distribute and lay out sandbags in the flood hit town of Datchet this morning.

The boys began helping the Household Cavalry shift sandbags for flood victims at Datchet, Berkshire, at 6am today. The work was not pre-announced and no publicity was sought, but inevitably word leaked out. Their office at Kensington Palace argued that this was a ‘private’ undertaking, however it surely seems somewhat reasonable that the press pack would wish to document the occasion when the future king of the realm decided to help in flood relief efforts.

Wiliam and Harry apparently didn’t think so. When asked an innocuous question by a journalist on his impressions of the floods, William shot back – on tape – “Well, you could come and help instead of throwing cameras around?” and later told a journalist from the Guardian: "Why don't you put your notebook down and give us a hand with the sandbags?"

Wow

Kate Middleton's Post-Baby Bod

Kate looked pretty far from beign a worn-out new Mom when she made a public appearance today to support the ICAP art charity

How does she do it?

Kate Middleton showed off her enviable post-baby body today when she attended the ICAP Art Room at Northolt High School in West London.

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She wore a $300 form-fitting LK Bennett shift dress for the occasion, which few new Moms would dare to appear in front of the world's cameras in so soon after giving birth.

Brotherly Love

Harry Leaps To William's Aid

Harry tries to help anti-poaching drive back on course

Call it a charm offensive.

Prince Harry today came to his brother’s aid, sitting alongside him and their father Prince Charles at an anti-poaching conference as the young royals sought to draw a line under their idiotically-timed hunting trip to Spain this weekend, which took place on the same day as Prince William launched a new anti-poaching initiative.

Today, the brothers sought to turn to the focus back on the horrifying scale of the illegal wildlife trade which is decimating African livestock.

Prince Charles also announced a plan to ‘follow the money’ in an effort to strip wildlife poachers of their ill-gotten gains.

Hunting Controversy

Will's "Unfortunate" Hunting Trip

Even William's staunchest supporters forced to concede his Spanish hunting trip was ill-timed

Prince William yesterday went ahead with plans to host a reception at the Natural History Museum in London, kicking off a British government-sponsored conference to coordinate world efforts to fight the wildlife trade, despite having been embarrassed by revelations he spent the weekend hunting wild boar and stag on the Spanish estate of the Duke of Westminster.

Even his most ardent supporters were forced to admit that his timing had been 'unfortunate'.

Wiliam addressed a symposium of leading conservationists gathered by his United For Wildlife charity.

"The forces that are currently destroying some of the world's endangered species are sophisticated and powerful," William told the audience. "But this week, we are seeing the creation of an equally powerful alliance, coming together to help fight them."

Your Royal Dryness

Floods Head For Windsor Castle

Britain underwater, and even Windsor is hit

As you may or may not be aware, depending on your level of Anglophilia, large parts of the United Kingdom are currently underwater following some of the heaviest rain on record this winter.

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And now the floodwaters are even lapping at the gates of Windsor Castle, as the River Thames has burst its banks.

The swans are certainly making the most of their owners and watery circumstances, as these pictures show, however, monarchists will be glad to know that due to the age-old precaution of building the main bit of your castle atop a hill, there's little danger of the Queen, who is currently in residence at Windsor, being washed away.

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