We thought last year was a big year for British royals, with Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, a world tour for Will and Kate, and the London Olympics. But lucky for us, the Windsors topped themselves again this year, welcoming into the world a new heir — the adorable Prince George! From royal baby fever to Prince Harry's stop by the US, there was lots to love for royal watchers. We'll never be royal, but we can relive their best moments from 2013 now.
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Kate Middleton and Prince William were back to their royal work after having an unexpectedly sombre night out. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a grey Reiss coat, skinny jeans, and wedge ankle boots when she visited the Shooting Star House Children's Hospice in Hampton, England, on Friday, UK time. She sat with a group of children as they sang songs as part of a group therapy session (above) and even took over puppet duty with a green frog. She also chatted with parents and revealed that Prince George was recently introduced to "messy play." Kate is a royal patron of East Anglia Children's Hospices and recorded her first PSA in April as part of Children's Hospice Week. Meanwhile, the Duke of Cambridge travelled to Aldershot to present medals to soldiers from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards who had served in Afghanistan.
On Thursday night, the royal couple attended the UK premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in London. The bash took a rather sad turn toward the end of the screening when it was revealed that Nelson Mandela had passed away during the premiere. (He was not present at the event, but his daughter Zindzi Mandela was one of the guests of honour.) The duke and duchess were notified of Nelson's death just a few minutes before the end of the film, and William said a few words about the South African leader, calling him "an extraordinary man."
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Keep reading for more photos from Will and Kate's separate appearances.
Kate Middleton, wearing Roland Mouret, and Prince William outshined the movie stars when they arrived at the UK premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in London on Thursday evening. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are no strangers to glittering film premieres as they've previously attended a similar party for 2012's War Horse, which coincidentally starred William's Eton classmate, Tom Hiddleston. Other guests at the big event included the flick's stars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.
It's been an action packed week for the royals and particularly Prince William. The duke showed off his volleyball skills (and a bit of his torso) when he made a special appearance at a charity event on Wednesday. He and Kate also donned their best ensembles, including a tiara for Kate and white tie for Will, when they greeted diplomats at a special function in Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. Kate got a break on Wednesday when she took the day off to go for a walk in the park with Prince George.
Kate Middleton wore a gorgeous diamond tiara in London today for the annual white-tie diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace. The queen, Prince William, and Kate welcomed representatives from 172 different countries gathered in the ballroom. The high-profile and ceremonial event surely acts as training for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who will someday be king and queen.
It appears Kate — who is also technically a princess — was wearing the Lotus Flower Tiara, which was previously owned by Queen Elizabeth's mother. The tiara was made for the Queen Mother from a diamond and pearl necklace she was given as a wedding present by her husband, King George VI. In 1959, the Queen Mother gave the tiara to her younger daughter, Princess Margaret, who once lived in the Kensington Palace apartment Will and Kate occupy today with Prince George.
This is the first time we've seen Kate out and about wearing a tiara since her royal wedding day in 2011. That one, a 1936 Cartier "halo," was her something borrowed from the queen. See a photo of Kate in it when you click through.
Prince William made three official appearances in Birmingham, England yesterday, showing off his skills as a new dad while meeting with kids at different spots. First, the Duke of Cambridge stopped by St Basils, a charity group that helps to support the homeless youth. He met with the staff and young residents, touring the facilities and learning more about the End Youth Homelessness Alliance. From there, the Duke of Cambridge headed to the new Library of Birmingham for a kids' reading group, joining the little ones for story time. Finally, Prince William will visit the Summerfield Community Center to meet with families who were affected by the 2011 riots, having visited the area days after the riots two years ago.
Prince William's big day in Birmingham comes just after he took the stage with Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi to sing "Livin' on a Prayer." Although his wife, Kate Middleton, didn't attend the event earlier this week, she stepped out for the SportsAid gala in London on Thursday night. As the patron of the popular charity, Kate served as the guest of honour. Her next royal appearance will come on Dec. 5, when she and Prince William are scheduled to attend the London premiere of Mandela.
Kate Middleton flashed her signature smile when she stepped out for SportsAid’s annual ball in London on Thursday night. The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a black lace dress for the occasion, which she attended as the guest of honour; SportsAid is also the charity that brought Kate out for her first official solo event since giving birth to Prince George in July, when she joined young athletes for an impromptu volleyball game in October while visiting London’s Olympic Park. Kate was solo at the ball, and it seems like she and her husband Prince William have been taking turns with who gets to go out this week — on Tuesday night William made an exciting appearance at the Winter Whites Gala, especially when he took to the stage to join Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi for a performance of “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
He sings, he dances; Prince William is basically the best host ever. At Tuesday night's Winter Whites Gala held at Kensington Palace, William rolled out the royal red carpet for guests Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift. In today's Royal Report, we have the latest on William's adventures. Plus, find out what the royal family has planned for the holidays. On Allie: Joie top.
Taylor Swift looked like a true princess in a Reem Acra gown on Tuesday when she attended the Winter Whites Gala at Kensington Palace in London, but she wasn't the only star at the bash. Jon Bon Jovi and his entire family also stopped by the black-tie party, where Jon was honoured with a special award by the night's host, Prince William. Taylor got a chance to catch up with William, and she told reporters on hand that he was "really funny" and "so cool." Unfortunately for the stars, Kate Middleton was not in attendance at the gala, despite previous reports that she would make an appearance. However, the lack of the Duchess of Cambridge didn't stifle Taylor's enthusiasm as she chatted with Jon Bon Jovi and mingled with the society crowd while carrying a clutch from one of Kate's favorite designers, Jenny Packham.
Earlier this month, Taylor said she was excited to attend the gala, adding that she had been brushing up on her etiquette. She said, "I think I'm just really safe if I just shake hands and be polite. I think that's being presumptuous in assuming I'll meet them, so first I'm going to be polite enough to not assume I'll meet them." She and Bon Jovi also performed during the event and got a special treat when William joined both of the artists on stage to sing "Living on a Prayer."
Kate Middleton continued her busy week of work on Wednesday when she attended a forum at Place2Be and listened to discussions about cyberbullying, addiction and self-harm. The nonprofit, which counts the Duchess of Cambridge as one of its patrons, focuses on helping schoolchildren in the UK through therapy and emotional support. Kate became a patron back in April and later teamed up with comedian John Bishop that month to visit a primary school in Manchester on behalf of the charity.
On Tuesday, Kate teamed up with Prince William to visit Only Connect, a charity that works with prisoners and at-risk offenders, in London.
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