Month: December 2013

Royal highlights of 2013 Buckingham Palace shares

Royal highlights of 2013 Buckingham Palace shares

Duchess Catherine, Prince Charles, Prince George, Prince Harry, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth
Royal highlights of 2013 Buckingham Palace shares 10. The Duke of Cambridge performs with Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift The Duke of Cambridge gave it his all at the Centrepoint Winter Gala this year, when he took to the stage to perform Living on a Prayer at the request of Bon Jovi. Photo: © Getty Images 9. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit Warner Bros Studios Back in April, Their Royal Highnesses received a lesson in wizadry as they officially opened the Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, which is home to the popular Making of Harry Potter tour. Also invited for the visit were 500 children, and their parents, associated with charities that have one of Their Royal Highnesses as their Patron. Photo: © Getty Images 8. The Prince and the Duchess visit India and Sri L
Prince William will go back to school in the New Year

Prince William will go back to school in the New Year

Prince William
Prince William to study bespoke agricultural course Prince William will go back to school in the New Year to learn about the issues affecting farming and the countryside in the UK. The Duke of Cambridge will start the bespoke course next week in the historic city of his namesake. The 31-year-old is said to be "very much looking forward to it." "The executive education programme of seminars, lectures and meetings will draw on the strengths of academics across the university," a Kensington Palace spokesperson said. "It will start in early January and run until mid-March. "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 new dad, who completed his deg...
Queen leaves Sandringham church without collecting children’s flowers

Queen leaves Sandringham church without collecting children’s flowers

Queen Elizabeth
Queen leaves Sandringham church without collecting children's flowers The monarch was given so many bouquets on Christmas Day that she was late for her family lunch, police tell people waiting outside church The Queen broke with festive tradition on Sunday and left church at Sandringham without collecting any flowers from the children waiting outside. She decided to return home immediately after the service because she received so many bouquets on Christmas Day that she was made late for lunch with her family, police told people in the crowd. The Princess Royal and the Countess of Wessex accepted some of the flowers in place of the Queen, but a number of the children were left disappointed that they had not been able to give them to the monarch herself. Perhaps hoping to catch a glimpse...
Why the Queen ‘banned’ Lupo from Sandringham

Why the Queen ‘banned’ Lupo from Sandringham

Queen Elizabeth
Why the Queen 'banned' Lupo from Sandringham The Queen was not keen on the idea of having Lupo, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge' s cocker spaniel, at Sandringham for Christmas. Since he joined their family a year ago, Lupo has seldom, if ever, been parted from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The lovable cocker spaniel was, however, conspicuous by his absence from the Royal family’s festive celebrations at Sandringham. “The Queen made it clear that Lupo was not on the guest list,” a courtier informs Mandrake. “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.” The Queen did not, however, take the decision lightly. Dr Roger Mugford, the “dog whisperer,” whose counsel she has sou
Queen to receive her Christmas carol at Easter after composer’s cancer battle

Queen to receive her Christmas carol at Easter after composer’s cancer battle

Queen Elizabeth
Queen to receive her Christmas carol at Easter after composer's cancer battle   Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is to deliver the Queen's annual Christmas carol late after a battle against leukaemia. The Queen is to receive her annual Christmas carol at Easter after the “very understanding” monarch agreed to give her official composer more time following his battle his cancer. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Queen’s Master of Music, said he felt he had let her down but he had been too ill while fighting leukaemia and battling for his life in hospital. But the 79-year-old said the Queen understood the delay and excused him the tradition for the first time. He has promised to deliver a “very special” carol – his 11th and final one as official composer – at Easter. The carol wil
Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry go head-to-head on football field

Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry go head-to-head on football field

Prince Harry, Prince William
Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry go head-to-head on football field He may be President of the Football Association, but it appears the Duke of Cambridge has met his match in his brother, Prince Harry. The pair were seen playing a hard-fought Christmas football match on the Sandringham estate, eventually drawing 2 – 2. Prince Harry showed a touch of sporting prowess with a goal in the 25th minute, with the Duke of Cambridge being heard to call for him to be booked for his “backchat”. The brothers are known for their good-natured rivalry, with the Duke most recently teasing Prince Harry for his newly-grown beard. The pair joined in the annual football match with friends and members of the staff from the Sandringham estate, during the Royal family’s traditional Christmas break in No
Gathering of four generations on Christmas Royals Attend Church at Sandringham

Gathering of four generations on Christmas Royals Attend Church at Sandringham

Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Harry, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth
Gathering of four generations on Christmas Royals Attend Church at Sandringham Baby George 'at home playing with the wrapping paper', Kate and Wills hand in hand and Queen wrapping up in a favourite old fur as royals attend Church at Sandringham Duke and Duchess of Cambridge held hands and smiled as they arrived for annual church service Couple left Prince George at home as Sandringham well-wishers called out 'Where's the baby?' William tells crowd 'we can't wait till next year when he's bigger' Kate and William marking their first Christmas with five-month-old prince, who was born in July The Queen shared a warm moment with Kate as the family arrive for the traditional Christmas Day church service. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated the festive season with Kate's parents Car
Princess Diana opened her Christmas presents weeks in advance, private letters reveal

Princess Diana opened her Christmas presents weeks in advance, private letters reveal

Princess Diana
Princess Diana opened her Christmas presents weeks in advance, private letters reveal Princess Diana could not wait for Christmas Day to open her presents and tore the wrapping paper off weeks in advance, previously unseen letters have revealed. Diana also suspected that young Prince William had acquired her habit of opening Christmas presents early after she found wrapping paper scattered around the home. The late princess said that the presents she most desired were picture frames in which she could put photos of her 'small men' - princes William and Harry. Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry Princess Diana, pictured with Princes William and Harry in 1992, wrote to a friend that she tore the wrapping paper off her Christmas presents weeks in advance. The letters o
The Royal favourite breed of dog at risk of going Extinct after drop in numbers

The Royal favourite breed of dog at risk of going Extinct after drop in numbers

Her Majesty The Queen, Queen Elizabeth
The Royal favourite breed of dog at risk of going Extinct after drop in numbers New Report: The breed is among a number of the animals that could be at risk of disappearing. In Recent years, dog lovers instead favouring the smaller in size, more fashionable and easy-to-carry breeds. The popular Pembroke Welsh corgi is a known favourite of the monarch. The Pembroke Welsh "Doge" Corgi, is a herding dog breed, which originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is one of two breeds known as Welsh Corgi: the other is the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Wikipedia Hypoallergenic: No Lifespan: 12 – 15 y Height: 25 – 30 cm (Adult, At Shoulder) Higher classification: Dog Temperament: Outgoing, Playful, Bold, Protective, Tenacious, Friendly Mass: 12 kg (Adul
News of the World Tapped British royal family’s phones, jury told

News of the World Tapped British royal family’s phones, jury told

Prince William
News of the World Tapped British royal family's phones, jury told The phones of Prince William's wife and Prince Harry were hacked by staff working for Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid, a London court was told on Thursday. Transcripts of intimate and private messages left by William in which he calls Kate Middleton, his future wife, "baby" and "babykins" were read to the jury in the hacking trial in London. In one of the messages, he said he "nearly got shot" by blank rounds in an army training exercise, the court was told. "I walked into some other regiment's ambush, which was slightly embarrassing because I nearly got shot. Not by live rounds but by blank rounds, which would have been very embarrassing, though," he said. The messages were obtained by police ...