Month: December 2014

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge’s wish to enjoy her first few years as a wife and mother before fully immersing herself in public life

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge’s wish to enjoy her first few years as a wife and mother before fully immersing herself in public life

Duchess Catherine, Her Majesty The Queen, Prince William
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge's wish to enjoy her first few years as a wife and mother before fully immersing herself in public life Duchess Catherine attended the fewest official engagements of the British royal family this year. The 32-year-old royal - who is expecting her second child with husband Prince William, a sibling for 17-month-old Prince George - undertook 76 visits, meetings and receptions, less than any of the other 14 royals whose activities are listed daily on the Court Circular. However, insiders insist Queen Elizabeth - who conducted around 375 engagements this year - is not concerned as she and her family support Catherine's wish to enjoy her first few years as a wife and mother before fully immersing herself in public life, while for the first time in over 100 ...
New bedroom and Prince George’s nursery will be taxpayer-funded

New bedroom and Prince George’s nursery will be taxpayer-funded

Duchess Catherine, Prince George, Prince William
New bedroom and Prince George’s nursery will be taxpayer-funded It has been revealed that the Duke and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Prince William and Kate – will take £4 million from the taxpayer to refurbish their home, Kensington Palace. The home, which has been used as office space since the death of Princess Margaret, will be transformed into a home for the royal couple and their son, George. It has 22 rooms and the work, which includes a new kitchen and multiple bathrooms, increased in cost by £3 million over 2014. It has been pointed out that the couple are personally paying for all fixtures and fittings like curtains, carpets and furniture. But their new bedroom and Prince George’s nursery will be taxpayer-funded, out of the Queen’s Sovereign Grant of £37.9 million gra
Upcoming list of People’s who will get and have received Honours

Upcoming list of People’s who will get and have received Honours

Her Majesty The Queen
Upcoming list of People's who will get and have received Honours Lord Paddy Ashdown has been made a Companion of Honour for his years of public service and humanitarian works. The Order of the Companions of Honour was founded 97 years ago by King George V and is conferred on men and women for recognised services of national importance. The honour can only be bestowed on 65 people at any one time.Lord Ashdown joins fellow former Liberal Democrat Sir Menzies Campbell who became a Companion of Honour last year. The following people have received honours. ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE CBE Alasdair Glen Stirling. head of future submarines Ministry of Defence, for services to defence (Wrington, Somerset) OBE Mrs Joan Hunt. honorary Professor, Cardiff Law School, for services to children ...
The mother of Prince William and Harry’s former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke is among those hon

The mother of Prince William and Harry’s former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke is among those hon

Prince Harry, Prince William
The mother of Prince William and Harry’s former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke is among those honoured Shan Legge-Bourke becomes a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) for her work as Lord Lieutenant of Powys since 1998. Tiggy, who worked for the Royal Family between 1993 and 1999, was also a personal assistant to Prince Charles. The RVO is given by the Queen to people who have served her or the monarchy in a personal way. It is given in dependently of 10 Downing Street. Others recognised by the Queen include two senior royal aides from Clarence House. Jo Camm, an assistant private secretary to the Duchess of Cornwall, and William Nye, principal private secretary to the Prince of Wales and his wife, are both made Lieutenants of the RVO. Sir David Manning, anadviser to the D
William is making his own rules – he’s not sticking to tradition but the Queen has to move with the times and she’s good like tha

William is making his own rules – he’s not sticking to tradition but the Queen has to move with the times and she’s good like tha

Duchess Catherine, Her Majesty The Queen, Prince William
"William is making his own rules – he's not sticking to tradition but the Queen has to move with the times and she's good like that." If there was a prize for best royal son-in-law, Prince William would win it hands-down. When he married Catherine Duchess of Cambridge three years ago, the prince was determined that her family remain a big part of the couple's lives. So when it came to Christmas, he made sure that his in-laws were included in the celebration at the Queen's estate in Sandringham, something that was previously a royals-only event. In a first, the Middletons – Catherine Duchess of Cambridge's parents, Carole and Mike, and her siblings, Pippa and James – were invited to join the royal family at church on Christmas morning. "This request would have come from William," Ing
The BBC is delaying broadcast of Reinventing the Royals until later in the New Year

The BBC is delaying broadcast of Reinventing the Royals until later in the New Year

Prince Charles
The BBC is delaying broadcast of Reinventing the Royals until later in the New Year The BBC has pulled a documentary which sheds light on Prince Charles’s attempts to repair his battered image following the death of Princess Diana. Reinventing The Royals is said to be critical of the prince’s attempt to rebuild his reputation and increase public sympathy for Camilla Parker Bowles. According to the documentary, Charles’s methods left the teenage Prince William feeling he had been ‘used to further his father’s interests’ after details of his first meeting with Mrs Parker Bowles ten months after Diana’s death were leaked to a journalist. The BBC has now postponed the two-part programme, which was due to start broadcasting this Sunday, after an intervention from lawyers known to represent
The William Hill World Darts Championship received Royal approval on Monday night with a visit from Prince Harry to Alexandra Palace

The William Hill World Darts Championship received Royal approval on Monday night with a visit from Prince Harry to Alexandra Palace

Prince Harry
The William Hill World Darts Championship received Royal approval on Monday night with a visit from Prince Harry to Alexandra Palace. Prince Harry, the fourth in line to the throne, made his second visit to the World Championship as he followed up his previous night at the darts - for the 2011 semi-finals - by taking in the action on Monday. He saw Stephen Bunting knock out James Wade in the event's final second round game before then watching reigning champion Michael van Gerwen and Scotland's Robert Thornton enjoy third round wins over Terry Jenkins and Benito van de Pas. Prince Harry also received a signed 180 card from Michael van Gerwen following the Dutchman's win, and gave the reigning champion a thumbs-up sign as he marched into the last eight. GET INVOLVED Join in the c...
Princess Diana was very keen that her boys should have a really healthy diet, but they had treats too

Princess Diana was very keen that her boys should have a really healthy diet, but they had treats too

Duchess Catherine, Prince Charles, Prince William, Princess Diana
Princess Diana was very keen that her boys should have a really healthy diet, but they had treats too Carolyn Robb is a chef who has literally made meals fit for a future king Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry Robb is the former personal chef for Britain’s Prince Charles, the first-in-line to the British throne, and his sons, Princes William and Harry. Robb began to cook for the royal family when William, now 32, was just 7 and Harry, now 30, was age 4. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s Brother, James Middleton, on His Sweet New Company, 'Boomf' “It was the most fantastic job,” Robb said on “Good Morning America.” “It was like a dream come true for me.” Robb was there to watch as William and Harry’s mother, the late Princess of Wales, Diana, raised her two sons under
A Wedding cake tree which was planted to honour The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage has been stolen

A Wedding cake tree which was planted to honour The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage has been stolen

Duchess Catherine, Prince William
A Wedding cake tree which was planted to honour The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's marriage has been stolen The six foot Cornus Controversa Variegata was planted in 2011 in Tetbury by the Duchess of Cornwall to mark the wedding of the young couple. The thief uprooted the tree from the churchyard of the parish church of St Mary the Virgin and St Mary Magdalen on Church Street, at some point between 21 – 28 November. The tree belongs to Tetbury Town Council and Gloucestershire Police is asking for anyone who might have information about the theft to contact them on 101 quoting incident number 99 of 5 December. Callers can contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Information which leads to an arrest or charge may be rewarded.
It has been a a very busy year of charity events, international travel, photobombs, baby news, gorgeous George and much more for the Royal family

It has been a a very busy year of charity events, international travel, photobombs, baby news, gorgeous George and much more for the Royal family

Duchess Catherine, Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince George, Prince Harry, Prince William
It has been a a very busy year of charity events, international travel, photobombs, baby news, gorgeous George and much more for the Royal family It has been a a very busy year of charity events, international travel, photobombs, baby news, gorgeous George and much more for the Royal family. Here EXPRESS takes a look at their best bits - and what a year it has been! JANUARY It was a quiet start of the year for the Royals with Catherine Duchess of Cambridge's 32nd birthday on the cards. Doting husband Prince William was pictured dashing to catch a train from Cambridge University to be with the birthday girl, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge. And William, 32 also started the New Year by returning to the world of study. The Prince went back to the books after enrolling himself on a ten week