• Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, New York City, June 25, 2013. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)


    Carla Bruni's Next Chapter

    The former first lady of France opens up about her new album, ‘Little French Songs,’ and much more.

    Carla Bruni’s transition back to civilian life seems to be going smoothly.

    Upon entering the penthouse suite of a posh hotel in midtown Manhattan, I’m greeted by a waft of cigarette smoke and gales of laughter. Bruni, sporting denim jeans and a shirt with rolled-up sleeves, is chatting and puffing up a storm with her pal (the topic, they later tell me, was the intense smoking habits of Sean Penn and Kevin Spacey). The view is marvelous, providing a panoramic vista of Central Park.

  • Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watches as a bottle of champagne smashes on the hull to officially name Princess Cruises's new ship 'Royal Princess' in Southampton, southern England on June 13, 2013. (Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty)


    Kate Middleton Names Cruise Ship

    In her last appearance before going on maternity leave.

    Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, made her last public appearance Thursday before going on maternity leave, sporting an animal print and a baby bump that looked ready to pop. The royal baby is due in July and will be the heir to the throne, but today the little baby got to witness a British tradition from the womb. Middleton cut a cord, sending the traditional bottle of champagne to smash against the hull of the Royal Princess. The ceremony also included a performance by Natasha Bedingfield and military bands. The duchess was named the “godmother” of the ship, which will make its maiden voyage Sunday. Bon voyage! 

    Read it at The Daily Beast
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    Ready To Be A Mummy

    Kate Middleton's last royal engagement will be Thursday.

    What’s next for Kate Middleton? It’s a funny thing, because nobody really knows, despite how much she’s been in the spotlight. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been sparse on the details of how they plan on parenting their baby, with even their immediate plans for after the baby’s birth kept under wraps. One thing is pretty certain: it’s likely that this baby will be raised in a more informal environment than his father—whose own birth was fairly groundbreaking, the first time an heir presumptive was born in a hospital and with his father present at the birth. But William and Catherine make their own rules, right down to her sister Pippa Middleton’s planning of a baby shower (the first ever for a royal baby—it's an American tradition, after all).

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    Kate Middleton Turns 31

    Private celebration planned.

    Will Pippa publish a book next on how to celebrate your birthday when pregnant? The duchess of Cambridge turned 31 on Wednesday and is planning on celebrating “privately,” St. James’s Palace said. A source told Us Weekly that the duchess “wants something low-key” and will most likely spend the day with her parents at home in Bucklebury, although other sources said she will be celebrating in Wales, where she and William live. Catherine is pregnant with the couple’s first child. In Belfast, the Union Jack flew over City Hall to mark her birthday—the first time the flag has flown since the decision not to fly it permanently.  

    Read it at Us Weekly