Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Visit California?

It was announced this morning, via St. James’s Palace, that T.R.H.s The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit California from July 8 – 10, 2011.

According to Reuters:

The 28-year-old second-in-line to the British throne has never visited the United States in an official capacity, although he has made private trips to the country in the past. Catherine, 29, has never been there, royal officials said.

Details of the California trip have not yet been released.

YAY!  Let’s hope they will come to Los Angeles during their three-day trip to bankrupt California!  🙂

To read the article in its entirety please click here.  To watch a video news clip please click the link here.

Source: Reuters  Photo courtesy of:  Clarence House by Mario Testino

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Official Royal Wedding Photos of Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Plus Other Information

On April 30, 2011, Clarence House released the official royal wedding photos of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Please click the link to view lots of unreleased images via Clarence House and the official website for the British monarchy here. 

In case you were wondering, these official photos were taken inside Buckingham Palace in the Throne Room.

It was also announced that the Duke and Duchess will take their honeymoon on a later date (supposedly at the end of this year.)  The reason for the delay, according to the BBC, is that The Duke of Cambridge (William) must report for work with the RAF on Monday.  Per the BBC’s Peter Hunt:

For a prince who’s desperate to lead a near “normal” life, the discussion about the decision to delay the honeymoon is another reminder of just how much scrutiny he and his wife will be subjected to.

Within moments of the announcement of their delayed honeymoon, theories were being advanced as to the reason. These included not wanting to be seen sunning themselves at a time of austerity; William’s commitment to his job; and a desire to play cat-and-mouse with the media.

In the meantime, the couple spent last night at Buckingham Palace and this afternoon were whisked away, via helicopter, to an undisclosed location in the United Kingdom.  To watch a video of the couple from this morning, outside of Buckingham Palace,  please click the link here. 


Photos courtesy of  royal.gov.uk by Hugo Burnand

Source: BBC News

A Royal Wedding Wrap-up of Sorts: Part One

Well, ladies and gentlemen I must say that the royal wedding between William and Catherine — now Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — was sweet, serene, and overall quite lovely.  Very British.

Now, for the all important information.  Who designed the dress:  Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.  The bridesmaid’s dress is also a McQueen from the 2010 collection. The tiara is the Scroll (or Halo) tiara loaned to the Duchess by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Her earrings were a gift from her parents Michael and Carole Middleton.

For those of you who missed the ceremony you can watch the service all over again on the official You Tube channel for the British monarchy here (a total of 3 hours and 37 minutes including the arrival of guests and the royal family as well as the balcony wave-a-thon)

Second, the official website for the British monarchy has been updated to include the Duchess of Cambridge’s bio which you can read in full here and here.  

Third, there are so many photos from the wedding so please click here, here, here, here,  here, here,  here,  and here.

Finally, at the moment the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are at their wedding reception at Buckingham Palace.  The couple made a quite wardrobe change whilst at Clarence House before jetting off to their party.  Click here to view and here. Click to watch videos here and here.

 

Anyway, I am exhausted folks so I will add more information about tonight’s festivities later this evening.     🙂

OH!  One more thing… you might get a kick out of this clip inside Westminster Abbey after the ceremony was over and the guests finally left.  Click click here to watch.

 

 

Photo courtesy of: Zimbio.com by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images EuropeZimbio.com by PacificCoastNews.comZimbio.com by WPA Pool/Getty Images Europe Zimbio.com by Bauer Griffin and Prince of Wales.gov.uk

HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton Attend a Christmas Gala Together.

On December 18, 2010, HRH Prince William and his fiancee, Catherine Middleton stepped out together for the second time since the announcement of their engagement.

The couple were in Thursford, England to attend the Thursford Christmas Spectacular Gala.  The event was a fundraiser for young people with Cancer.  During the gala singers and dancers performed to the delight of the future King and Queen of England.

Miss Middleton wore a black and white dress with her trademark blazer.  Prince William wore a navy suit and red tie.  The couple seemed to be happy; however it is evident that Miss Middleton was overwhelmed with the attention.  Better get used to it, toots.  It will only get worse.

Video from this evening’s Christmas Gala:

Source and photos courtesy of Daylife.com by AP Photo/Matt Dunham and REUTERS/Stringer. Video courtesy of Associated Press via You Tube.

Royal Wedding Update: Double Duty for Austria’s No Problem Orchestra

An Austrian band will be quite busy in 2011.  Why?  The orchestra known as No Problem Orchestra will be performing at both the Royal wedding in Britain as well as Princely wedding in Monaco next year.

The eight member world renowned group, consisting of mentally disabled musicians, were asked to play for both weddings and of course they said, YES!  I mean… who wouldn’t, right?

According to the Austrian Times:

The extraordinary band, who have played gigs in the United States and across Europe, gave a private concert to Queen Elizabeth II at Highgrove House in the British county of Gloucestershire eight years ago. Also in 2002, the No Problem Orchestra performed in Monte Carlo for the first time.

The British royal wedding will take place on April 29, 2011 at Westminister Abbey while the Princely wedding will take place on July 2 and 3 2011.  The venue for the Monaco wedding will be held outside in the Palais du Monaco courtyard.

Source courtesy of the Austrian Times at http://www.austriantimes.at/news/Panorama/2010-12-13/29068/No_Problem_Orchestra_to_rock_Royal_wedding_bashes

Photos courtesy of Palais.mc (Monaco) and  Clarence House/Mario Testino (United Kingdom)

British Royal Wedding Souvenirs… Not Going To Happen

… at least not tea towels with Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s face on them.  Why?  They were banned by the Palace.  Makes sense to me, I mean, royal tea towels are tacky to say the least.

Andy Bloxham, from The Telegraph newspaper in Britain, noted:

The Lord Chamberlain, Earl Peel, who is the senior official in the Royal household, has issued a formal memorandum stating any official photographs of the couple can only be used on items would be considered appropriate.

So there you have it… sorry tea towel lovers… you’re out of luck this time around.  Of course, you could always make your own tea towels by purchasing plain white tea towels at Wal-Mart.  Then, purchase colored markers and draw the happy couple’s faces on them and … VOILA!  Your own personal crappy tea towels!

 

To read more please visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/royal-wedding/8188003/Royal-wedding-Prince-William-and-Kate-Middleton-tea-towels-banned-by-palace.html