Bespoke course "has been designed to help provide the Duke with an understanding of contemporary issues affecting agricultural business and rural communities in the United Kingdom".
Prince William is to spend 10 weeks at Cambridge University studying agricultural management in the New Year, Kensington Palace has announced.
The Palace said the course "has been designed to help provide the Duke with an understanding of contemporary issues affecting agricultural business and rural communities in the United Kingdom".
The Prince will attend lectures and seminars with other students and the news raises the intriguing prospect of the third-in-line to the throne being seen out and about in the libraries, bars and other facilities of the esteemed university.He will be staying there during the week, and heading home to London at weekends.
He will attend some 20 hours of lectures, seminars and meetings each week as part of a "bespoke" course which will help him prepare for his future role in charge of the Duchy of Cornwall.
No room for Lupo at Sandringham this year as corgis rule the roost
In his first interview after becoming a father, Prince William said: “Catherine, and now little George, are my priorities. And Lupo.”
It seems however that the Queen does not share her gransson’s high regard for his cocker spaniel. For a source tells the Sunday Telegraph that little Lupo was banned from the Royal family’s festive celebrations at Sandringham this year.
“The Queen made it clear that Lupo was not on the guest list,” a source told the paper. “The Duchess is especially fond of the puppy and was sad that he could not accompany them. He had to sit it out at her parents’ home in Berkshire.”
Personally, I am with the Queen on this one. Other people’s dogs are, on the whole, a pain in the royal backside.
The Walking With The Wounded Team Arrives Back in the UK
The British team of wounded veterans who took part in the Virgin Money Allied Challenge to walk to the South Pole on behalf of the charity Walking With The Wounded arrived back on British soil today, several days behind schedule but still in time for Christmas.
Duncan Slater is embraced by his daughter Lilly (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images)
Prince Harry was not with them, as, not wishing to steal the limelight, he flew back quietly yesterday.
Kensington Palace confirms that baby George is anticiapted to travel with parents to Australia and New Zealand
Prince George will be logging some serious baby air miles this spring when William and Kate hope that he will be accompanying them on their first official tour of Australia and New Zealand.
A spokesperson said that it was currently 'anticipated' that Prince George would accompany his parents, but that a firm decision would be made in 'due course'.
The trip will last for most of April.
As court hears about voicemails of William calling Kate 'babykins' that were never published before, even in the News of the World, can anyone blame the second-in-line to the throne for looking a little grumpy of late?
When Prince William arrived with Kate at Buckingham Palace yesterday for the Queen's annual luncheon, driving his black Range Rover, he was wearing a face of such thunder that even the serried ranks of royal reporters, well-used to William's occasional grumpy days, were surprised by his openly irritated manner.
Now we are learning that it is not just sleepless nights looking after Prince George that may have unsettled his mood.
The media have been on alert all this week that 'bombshell' royal evidence was due to be dropped in the hacking trial against former workers of Rupert Murdoch's now-shuttered News of the World newspaper.
Yesterday, the media were supposed to be focused on the stuffy royal luncheon at Buckingham Palace. Instead, social media exploded with speculation about Pippa's engagement. Tom Sykes on why Pippa remains a problem for the palace
Yesterday’s rumors that Pippa Middleton had got engaged to her boyfriend Nico Jackson while the pair were holidaying in India were swiftly rubbished by friends of the young royals. But the damage was done anyway. The Us Weekly story that Nico had made a ‘very romantic and grand’ proposal in the shadow of the Taj Mahal completely stole the day’s royal headlines, inching out the big royal set piece of the advent period, the Queen’s Christmas lunch, which sees the extended royal family gathering at Buckingham Palace for a pre-Christmas celebration.
Pippa and Nico - all social media wants to talk about (Gareth Cattermole)
The papers and websites should have been full of pictures of the Queen, William and Kate arriving at the palace, along with the cavalcade of minor royals such as the Kents and the Linleys. Instead twitter was afire with rumors and counter-rumors about Pippa’s love life.
Pippa remains a problem for the Royal family. The public steadfastly refuse to accept the palace's oft-repeated plea that she is not a member of the Royal family. And ever since the wedding, she’s been stealing the limelight. Initially, of course, her starring role was unasked for and somewhat forced upon her, but in the intervening years she has moved to embrace and capitalize on her rather bizarre fame, launching a commercial career nakedly cashing in on her royal connections including a column in Vanity Fair, a column in The Telegraph, a book. Pippa’s professionalization of her contacts would make Fergie blush.
Will and Kate may have their new Bentley, but Linley can park anywhere
David Linley - the Queen's nephew, and son of original royal wild child Princess Margaret - stole the show today when he arrived at the Queen's Christmas luncheon in a teeny-weeny Fiat 500.
The furniture maker and designer was accompanied by his daughter in the passenger seat.
Also there were Kate - festive in a red coat and heavily pregnant Zara Phillips, who is due to give birth soon.
Us Weekly reports that Nico proposed in India
Maybe Pippa didn't just get sunburned on her trip to India.
For Us Weekly is now reporting that Pippa got engaged to her sporty, stockbroking boyfriend Nico Jackson during their recent trip to Asia.
And although the Royalist is excited, we are trying not to get too carried away here, as it's the first we have heard of the news and Pippa was definitely not sporting an engagement ring on her return from India.
Charles delivers an impassioned speech warning that Christianity could die out in its birthplace, with calamitous consequences for peace in the Middle East
Prince Charles spoke out yesterday over his fears that Christians in the Middle East are being ‘deliberately targeted by fundamentalist Islamist militants’ and warned that as a result, Christianity is at risk of dying out in its birthplace.
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales (2-R) speaks to religious leaders during a visit a visit to a Syriac (Syrian) Orthodox Church in west London (TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)
He said that with Christians now numbering just 4% of the population in the cradle of the faith, "We all lose something immensely and irreplaceably precious when such a rich tradition dating back two thousand years begins to disappear."
He made his comments at a Christmas reception for religious leaders at Clarence House, flanked by the Islamic scholar Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan and joined by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis.
Harry fans hoping he will keep his rugged look for Christmas Day
Prince Harry has grown a MASSIVE ginger beard during his trek to the South Pole - and was proudly showing it off during a visit to the National Science Foundation's Amundsen-Scott South Pole station over the weekend.
A bearded Prince Harry, Alexander Skarsgård and other members of the team (Andrea Dixon/National Science Foundation)
Although we had known for some time that Prince Harry was husbanding some chin growth, this is the first time that his new face ferret has been revealed in all its ginger glory.
Need we say he looks even more devastatingly handsome than usual?
Bizarre investigation into dubious allegation draws to a close with police saying there will be no further action
When the news broke in the summer that a former SAS soldier, known only as Soldier N, had claimed that Princess Diana was murdered by an elite special forces squad, the news understandably, flashed around the world.
Now, after a three month ‘scoping’ exercise involving seven police officers working full time on the case, few are surprised that the investigation will be going no further, with the police saying today there is no ‘evidential basis’ to believe the claims.
John Stillwell/PA, via Landov
To most of us, it has been clear from the outset that there was nothing to the claims, and the only question is why on earth the police decided to investigate them in the first place.
Christmas is coming, and the royals are getting their gifts ready too.
Katie Nicholl reports for VF.com that Carole Middleton has been busily buying stocking fillers, writing, "My spies spotted her in the baby department of the Peter Jones department store the other week, buying cute gifts for little George. She also snapped up several boxes of Calvin Klein boxer shorts. Now who could they be for?"
WireImage, via Getty
Get Graydon to ask Pippa!
Wiliam and Kate have a pricey new set of wheels
Obama has the Beast, but William and Kate have the altogether more regal sounding Flying Spur – a new, £250,000 armored Bentley to keep them safe.
As well as a top speed of 200mph, a luxurious walnut interior with wi-fi internet, the new motor also has triple glazed, bullet-proof windows with 1.5inch glass, hardened steel armour and tyres that don't deflate even when punctured.
A Kensington Palace spokesman told the Daily Mail: “The Bentley is being leased by the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry for official engagements, which is no different to any other member of the Royal family.”
Cressida invited to royal shoot, as another of Harry's mates settles down
Fresh rumors that Harry could preparing to propose to his girlfriend Cressida Bonas are circulating after reports surfaced at the weekend that the young Prince has invited his girlfriend of two years to the big boxing day shoot at the Queen's estate.
Cressida Bonas attends a Christmas carol concert in aid of the Henry van Strauzenbee memorial (Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images)
Adam Helliker in the Sunday Express reports that Cressida has accepted an invitation to the annual event, the surest sign yet that Harry is preparing to welcome her into the royal fold.
It will be the third time that Cressie has been to Sandringham, but the first time that she has been there when the Queen is in residence.
This is the ultimate Christmas read for all you Downton Abbey fans: the fantastic life of Edward VII, the son of Queen Victoria, who was as famous for his mistresses as for his diplomatic skill.
It is not every historian who manages to combine meticulous scholarship with an unbridled appetite for salacious stories and speculation in the best tradition of royal gossip in the modern British tabloid press, but Professor Ridley manages to carry this unusual mixture off with splendid results for the reader. This very readable biography of King Edward VII, Queen Victoria’s oldest son and second child, grandfather of another “Bertie,” King George VI (the central figure in the film The King’s Speech) and great-grandfather of our present Queen, is like bacon-flavored chocolate, a canny blending of opposites, and surprisingly satisfying.
Perhaps it cannot be said that most people on this side of the pond have been waiting breathlessly for a good biography of Edward VII, but that is their mistake, and anyway here it is. I remember reading that when Violet Trefusis—the future lover of Vita Sackville-West—was a child, her Nanny would turn her face to the wall at home when they encountered a gentleman coming downstairs in the late afternoon, and that Violet always remembered the stately tread of a portly man, and the odor of expensive eau de Cologne and good Havana cigars. It was of course the King, since Violet’s mother, Mrs. Keppel, was the last great mistress of his life—indeed she played such an important role in the King’s life that when he was dying the Queen asked Mrs. Keppel to visit him on his deathbed, and hold his hand. My own Nanny, Nanny Lowe, was old enough to have seen the King alighting from his motor car (he was an early enthusiast of the automobile), puffing on his cigar and perfectly dressed, with a cane and a rakishly tilted hat, to enter a house in Belgravia in the late afternoon, no doubt for one of his cinq à sept assignations.
Bertie, which is published in the US under the rather better title of Heir Apparent, since like Prince Charles, poor Bertie seemed condemned to live forever as the Prince of Wales—he did not reach the throne until the age of sixty—is at once a splendid romp through endless stories of royal scandal and a solid, serious biography, full of meticulous and rewarding research, some of it unearthed from the archives for the first time that I am aware. This is that rare book which is at once worthwhile and great fun.
‘The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince’ By Jane Ridley. 752 pages. Random House. $35.
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.