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.
We have a look inside the royal family's getaway at Balmoral thanks to a photo op with their weekend guests! We go inside Prince William, wife Kate, and son George's first family holiday with their senior relatives. Plus, get the latest on Prince Harry's weekend fun with Princess Diana's relatives and his girlfriend, Cressida Bonas.
Kate Middleton's parents and siblings spent last night with their in-laws, the royal family! Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Prince William's cousins gathered at Buckingham Palace for a special gala honouring the queen's 60 years on the throne. We have the scoop on their evening together — plus, find out the last happening in London as the UK preps for the birth of the royal baby!
We wish Queen Elizabeth II a royal anniversary fit for a queen! (And thank her for giving us a day off today!) The British monarch celebrated 60 years since her coronation last week with a service celebration attended by Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton. Over the past six decades, Queen Elizabeth has witnessed much change across the world and in her own family, while always remaining a constant herself. To mark her anniversary, here are some little-known facts that will help you get to know Queen Elizabeth II. And if you'd like to know more, check out must read Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith.
The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has been busy as she nears the eight-month mark in her pregnancy. We have the latest on her afternoon with her in-laws and details on what Prince William has been doing this week. Plus, what went down on James and Pippa Middleton's double date? Get the details! On Allie: Rag & Bone tee, Club Monaco blazer.
Yesterday afternoon's Remembrance Sunday services in London brought out most of the royal family. Kate Middleton observed the parade from a balcony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall alongside Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who is married to Prince William's uncle Prince Edward. Joining Kate and Sophie was Sir Timothy Laurence, the husband of Princess Anne.
Kate's own husband Prince William took part in the main event as a member of the country's armed services. Prince Harry, though, was absent, since he's serving in Afghanistan. However, Prince Harry has called home three times to check in with his relatives. Harry has been deployed since September and apparently will still be abroad through the holidays. Kate and William, though, have been fortunate to stay close to home in recent weeks. They attended the 600th anniversary of their university, St Andrews, and Kate shopped solo at Harvey Nichols on Saturday.
Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, made her Olympic debut on day-two of the London games, getting a warm welcome from the crowd that included her mother, Princess Anne, and grandfather, Prince Philip. London's hosting the Games this year, which means we get an extra bonus to go with sexy swimmers and emotional gymnastic events: the British royals!
The royal family has been busy getting spirits high for the Games being held in the UK capital. The queen made a cameo with James Bond in the opening ceremony, after she, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice, were joined by America's version of royalty, Michelle Obama, at a reception for heads of state and government held before the opening ceremony.
On the eve of the Summer Olympics, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry greeted the torch at Buckingham Palace. Those three are among the royal ambassadors for Team Great Britain. Most in the family, including the queen, have helped with the Olympic torch, and last week Kate visited the National Portrait Gallery's Road to 2012: Aiming High photography exhibit about this year's athletes. Kate, who is reportedly looking forward to checking out sailing and hockey events, also hung out with GB's hockey team back in March. See photos of the royals getting in on the Olympic fun now.
After years of preparation, London has kicked off the 2012 Summer Olympics with the opening ceremony! Despite having more than 10,000 volunteers, the particulars of the spectacular were well kept under wraps . . . until now. The opening ceremony is directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire and is called "Isles of Wonder." It's a celebration of British history and culture that included a battle between Mary Poppins and Harry Potter's Voldemort during a "bed dance" acted out by nurses and children in ode to Britain's National Health Service. J.K. Rowling and Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) also participated in the big event, and there was a special video with James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, Queen Elizabeth, and, of course, her Corgis! And after David Beckham kept his role secret, we finally got to see him do his part by driving a boat on the Thames carrying the torch!
Earlier today, First Lady Michelle Obama gave Team USA a pep talk during a ceremony in East London, before hosting a Let's Move! event with the help of David Beckham. Although David isn't on Team GB this year, he's been very involved with the London Games, from helping to get them to the city to participating in this morning's opening ceremony. See all the photos from the very British kick-off — with its royal onlookers, Kate Middleton, Prince William and more!
Queen Elizabeth opened Buckingham Palace today for a pre-Olympics reception. She invited various heads of state, who are in London for the Olympics, for drinks. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was out as well, making the rounds in a Christopher Kane dress. Princess Beatrice, UK prime minister David Cameron, and Prince Harry also mingled at the cocktail party. Harry had a chance to say hello to Jamaican prime minister Portia Simpson-Miller, who he met during his March tour of the Caribbean.
Kate posed with the president of Mongolia, Elbegdorj Tsakhia. The queen, meanwhile, said hello to First Lady Michelle Obama, who earlier in the day linked up with David Beckham for a press event and officially welcomed Team USA to the UK. Kate and Michelle have met before — back in May 2011, President Obama and the first lady visited Kate and her husband, Prince William, shortly after the royal wedding.
Thursday was an especially busy one for Kate. She played ping-pong at a morning event launching Coach Core, and then later welcomed the Olympic torch to Buckingham Palace alongside Princes William and Harry. The non-stop pace continued for Kate, who didn't have time to change out of her Christopher Kane dress before the opening ceremonies began.