Prince William and his wife, Kate, were out and about yesterday! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched a dance performance and met with young artists-in-training at the organisation Only Connect's London headquarters, where even baby Prince George got a special gift! We have the latest on Will and Kate, plus details on Prince Charles and Prince Harry's foreign adventures, in today's instalment of the Royal Report. On Allie: Halston Heritage dress
Prince Harry joined his Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge trekkers at Trafalgar Square in London this morning for the official launch of the South Pole race. On Wednesday, the group gathered at Buckingham Palace to meet with a very familiar face: Harry's grandma, Queen Elizabeth II. Harry showed the queen and Prince Philip the snowsuit and a sled that he and his team will be using as they make their charity trek to the South Pole. He also joked with his fellow trekkers and his grandma, joking about how "scary" it was to share a tent with one of the Walking With the Wounded organisers and caused the Queen to giggle when he referred to her as "granny."
Harry will serve on Team UK (named Team Glenfiddich), which is made up of wounded veterans. He will have star competition on his journey against Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard, who will serve on Team Commonwealth and Team USA, respectively. The three seven-man teams will depart from London to Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday, Nov. 17, to start their journey to Antarctica. They will then travel to Novolazarevskaya Station, Antarctica, on Nov. 19 to adjust to the freezing temperature. Then, on Nov. 30, the three teams will race the 354 kilometres from 87° south to the South Pole. They are expected to reach the finish line on Dec. 16.
Harry has long been a supporter of Walking With the Wounded and charities that support wounded veterans, having served in the British Army since 2005. Last week, Prince Harry was joined by his grandfather in their first joint appearance to lay a wreath of poppies at the Field of Remembrances at Westminster Abbey ahead of Remembrance Day.
Kate Middleton and Prince William proudly wore red poppy pins as they met with poppy sellers at London tube stations during Poppy Day in England. The two rode a public bus with several other Poppy Day VIPs and arrived at the High Street subway station to chat with volunteers with the Royal British Legion, one of the charities that sells red poppies to raise funds for members of the British Armed Forces and their families. The red poppies are popular ahead of Remembrance Day, and many celebrities can be seen wearing the red pins ahead of Nov. 11. The Duchess of Cambridge braved the chilly weather in a red coat by L.K.Bennett (which she previously wore to an event in 2011), black tights, and matching black heels, while the Duke of Cambridge wore a simple navy suit. It looked as if Kate was sporting a new hairstyle, opting for a centre part rather than her usual side part. While chatting with her fellow commuters, Kate revealed that she has flown a plane before. She told a group of men from the Royal Air Force, "My grandfather flew planes. I've had a few lessons on fixed wing." Kate's grandfather Peter Middleton was a pilot with the RAF. Prince William recently left his post as a search and rescue pilot with the RAF to focus on his royal duties. William has been slowly increasing his royal profile over the past month, including taking part of his first investiture service several weeks ago and representing the queen this week while meeting with the president of South Korea during a state visit. William and Kate have been increasing their royal duties ever since they welcomed Prince George in July.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Poppy Day visit wasn't the only Remembrance Day-related visit that was on the schedule for the younger members of the royal family. Prince Harry attended a remembrance service at Westminster Abbey today with Prince Philip. The young royal was clad in his Household Calvary Cloak Order and looked somber while walking into the church. This marks the first time that Harry has done a joint engagement with his grandfather.
It’s amazing what can happen in a month. In September, Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom were photographed in a sweet embrace at the after party for his Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet. Now, at the end of October, the two have announced their separation, but still stepped out amicably with their son Flynn after news of their split broke. One of the biggest highlights in October was Prince George’s christening, when the world got a better look at the three-month-old royal. In other baby-related news, Gwen Stefani let her actions do the talking when it came to confirming her pregnancy. For the rest of the month’s top 10 celebrity pictures, click through.
Kate Middleton and Prince William released a new official portrait from Prince George's christening today. The photos, taken by celebrity photographer Jason Bell, are the only pictures of the private family event that was sanctioned by Buckingham Palace. On Oct. 23, Kate and William christened Prince George at the Royal Chapel in St. James' Palace in London, but, aside from the 22 invited guests, no one got to see what went on inside the ceremony. However, there were plenty of photos of the royal christening that took place outside the chapel, with William and Kate, who wore an Alexander McQueen dress, taking turns holding George in his christening gown, which is a replica of the Royal Christening Robe that has been used since Queen Victoria's time. Guests included the Queen, Kate and William's parents and siblings, George's nanny, and the seven godparents, which included William's cousin, Zara Tindall.
Today is a big day for Prince George. The son of Kate Middleton and Prince William took part in his first royal event as he was christened at St. James' Palace in London in front of an intimate group of royals and family friends. While the christening is traditionally a private, family affair, we've gathered up details about the landmark event for the future King of England.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced the seven — yes, seven — godparents for Prince George just a few hours before their son's christening. They include:
- Zara Tindall, William's cousin and daughter of Princess Anne.
- Oliver Baker, one of William and Kate's college friends from St Andrews.
- Emilia Jardine-Paterson, one of Kate's school friends from Marlborough College.
- Earl Grosvenor, a family friend and the son of the Duke of Westminster. At 22, he is the youngest of the godparents.
- Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, William and Kate's principal private secretary and the former secretary of Prince Harry.
- Julia Samuel, one of Princess Diana's close friends.
- William van Cutsem, William's childhood friend.
Only 22 guests attended the private ceremony at the Chapel Royal in St. James' Palace. They included the queen; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Prince Charles; Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Harry; Carole Middleton; Michael Middleton; Pippa Middleton; and James Middleton. Despite previous reports, Harry and Pippa did not bring any plus-ones to the event.
More details from the christening when you keep reading.
It's been nearly three months since Kate Middleton gave birth to Prince George, and we're counting down to the little one's christening, which takes place on Oct. 23. In the meantime, members of the royal family have been saying sweet things about the monarchy's adorable arrival. From the moment he and Kate left the hospital, Prince William already started joking about his son's good looks and sharing adorable stories about his early days as a dad. Meanwhile, his brother, Prince Harry, has plans to show George how to have fun, and Kate imagines he'll follow in his father's footsteps. Check out all the precious comments the royals have made about Prince George!
Both Prince Harry and Prince William picked up their royal duties on Thursday, although they each participated in very different events. First, Prince William took part in his first Royal Investiture service at Buckingham Palace, where he handed out an Order of the British Empire (OBE) to Andy Murray and knighted a schoolteacher. Meanwhile, Harry showed off his athletic prowess when he took part in a coaching session with the Rugby Football Union All Schools Programme at Twickenham Stadium.
Harry played rugby with two teams, one for boys and one for girls, and also tossed around the ball with rugby player Jason Robinson. The younger prince is a patron of the Rugby Football Union's program for children. Harry also travelled to Imperial College in London to open the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies after his rugby match. He donned a "HRH" lab coat and chatted with staff members before unveiling a plaque. This week is proving to be a busy one for the younger members of the royal family as Kate Middleton will make her first solo appearance tomorrow since giving birth to Prince George.
Both Prince William and Prince Harry have been stepping more into the public eye this year, with William leaving his job with the Royal Air Force to focus on his royal duties and Harry getting attention for his relationship with dancer and socialite Cressida Bonas. If the reports are true, Harry is planning on proposing to Cressida sometime within the next year.
Prince George's godparents have been announced, with Prince William and Kate Middleton choosing long-time friends for the honour. At the end of September, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stated via Twitter that Prince George's christening will take place on October 23 at St. James' Palace, veering from tradition with the social media announcement. In late August, Prince William and Kate Middleton shared their own snapshots of the royal baby as Prince George's official portrait rather than hiring a photographer for professional pictures. The moment marked yet another way that the monarchy has adjusted to changing times, including the announcement via Twitter that Kate was in labour.
Since Prince George was born, we've been growing more excited for future milestones, diving into all the details of what to look forward to in the royal baby's first year. Taking the monarch's traditions and Prince William's upbringing into account, we've compiled a short guide filled with the fun events, special dates, and adorable photo ops we may be seeing in the coming months. Get excited with a glimpse into the future heir's first year!
— Additional reporting by Jessica Chandra