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The Duchess of Cambridge – Baby news? We’re still waiting!

Oct 2012

Everybody is waiting to hear the news that one of our most loved couples is expecting a baby, but when?

Since the couple married in April 2011 numerous speculations has been flying around the internet and in magazines about whether or not the couple are expecting, but the happy couple are yet to announce the news.

For anyone who is planning on having a family there can be pressure but understandably there is intense pressure on the royal couple to have a baby as they are one of our nations most loved couple. It seems that every time Kate is pictured holding a bag over her stomach or refusing to eat a peanut butter paste, the headlines and internet go crazy with rumours

The latest speculation came about when The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly politely turned down a glass of wine twice, whilst visiting Singapore, and raised a glass of water whilst making a toast along with Price William. Adding further  fuel to rumours, when asked how many children he and Kate would like to have, William quickly responded by saying “two.” This giving us an indication he was dropping hints and the royal couple have been discussing the matter.

A further flurry of speculation occurred, whilst the couple were celebrating their one year anniversary last April, it was reported that they had been spotted preparing a nursery, maybe for a new arrival to the family.

In May the Duke, a helicopter rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force, gave an interview where it was reported he said he and Kate were eager to have children.

“I’m just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I, are looking forward to having a family in the future,” the Duke of Cambridge said. Asked by Couric if there was anything else he wanted to share, he answered with a laugh, “You won’t get anything out of me. Tight lipped.”

But maybe it is all just coincidence and rumours and it could be some time before the Duchess of Cambridge baby will arrive.

It’s been exciting year of the Royal Family with the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics and sadly with Price Phillip having to visit hospital a few times this year has been very busy so this year may not have been the right time to add on an extra member to the family. But maybe 2013?


Will and Kate One Year On

May 2012

One year on from the dazzling Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, watched by an audience of millions worldwide, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are reported to have spent their first wedding anniversary at a country pub in Suffolk, before returning to their home in Wales.

While guest at the wedding of an old school friend of Catherine’s, the Royal Couple stayed at the aptly named ‘The Crown’, a 12th century inn situated in the village of Westleton.

True to form, William and Kate were said to demonstrate no ‘airs and graces’ and expected no special treatment during their stay at ‘The Crown’.  Joining in with the rest of the party, the couple enjoyed a glass of champagne with friends at the inn, before leaving for the private wedding reception.

In their first year of marriage – aside from their honeymoon in the Seychelles and the arrival of a new family member, Lupo the Cocker Spaniel – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have certainly been busy.

The newly married Royals have been on a Royal Tour to Canada and the USA.  The Duke has spent six weeks on duty in the Falkland Islands.  The Duchess has announced and actively begun promoting her various patronages, and has accompanied The Queen on Royal engagements.

William and Kate have also enjoyed a skiing holiday in France together, and appeared at numerous film premiere events in London….and that’s just to mention the most apparent of their activities

It’s therefore not surprising then that the couple preferred a low-key celebration for their anniversary and retreated to their home in Wales, on the windswept Isle of Anglesey, where William is working as a Search and Rescue pilot for the RAF.

Image: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on tour in Canada in 2011.


Wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall

Jul 2011

Saturday 30 July was another proud day for the British Monarchy, when the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips and finance Mike Tindall were married at a private wedding ceremony in Edinburgh.

Despite expressing a wish for a private and relatively quiet wedding, the couple were greeted by more than 6,000 well-wishers who had gathered on the narrow streets of Edinburgh to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds.  Zara and Mike waved to the crowds and shared a kiss outside the city’s Canongate Kirk.

Zara looked stunning in a full-length ivory silk gown with silk tulle detail, designed by Stewart Parvin, a favourite designer of the Queen, and a pair of shoes by Jimmy Choo.   Her mother, The Princess Royal, lent Zara a ‘Greek Key’ diamond tiara, which complimented the full veil, exquisitely held back from Zara’s face as she held her bouquet of flowers.

The brides’ father, Captain Mark Phillips, accompanied Zara to the church where she arrived seven minutes late for her 3pm service. The service lasted for 45 minutes and was conducted by Canongate’s resident minister Reverend Neil Gardner.

The couple left the service in a Bentley and were driven 400-yeards to Holyroodhouse Palace for their wedding reception.  A marquee was erected in the piazza of the Palace where guests enjoyed a military band and a champagne reception, followed by a Scottish themed dinner.

During their evening reception Zara reportedly changed into a gown by Dublin couturier Paulo Costelloe.

There will be no immediate honeymoon for the newlyweds as Zara and Mike are set to return to training for their sporting commitments.


Wedding Dress Moment

Apr 2011

Catherine’s Royal Wedding dress was inspired by the dress worn by Grace Kelly for her wedding to Prince Ranier in 1956.

Catherine Middleton as she arrives at Westminster Abbey, with her sister, Maid of Honour, Pippa Middleton.

The ivory white satin silk gown was created by Sarah Burton, Head Designer at the House of Alexander McQueen.  Burton signed a confidentiality agreement and was not permitted to speak about the commission.  The dress remained a secret until the moment Catherine stepped out of the wedding car with her father.

The structure of the dress, which is a mix of Victorian detailing and contemporary styling, is designed around a traditional corset, with nipped in waist, padded hips, and 58 organza covered buttons.

The delicate bodice is fashioned from a mix of English lace and French Chantilly lace.  Hand embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework, the lace applique includes flowers to represent each area of the British Isles – roses for England, thistles for Scotland, daffodils for Wales and shamrocks for Ireland.

The veil is made from layers of ivory silk tulle and finished with hand sewn flowers and, the modest yet beautifully embroidered train measures just over 8ft.  Princess Diana’s train, in comparison, was 25ft long.

Catherine wore her hair partly down and partly up, held in place by a tiara lent to her by the Queen.  The ‘halo’ tiara was designed by Cartier in 1936 and was originally a gift to Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, from her husband – later King George VI.

The diamond earrings were a gift to Catherine by her parents on her wedding day and featured oak leaves and acorns, to match the Middleton’s new coat of arms.

The myrtle flowers in Catherine’s bouquet, cut from a sprig planted in 1845 by Queen Victoria, symbolised love.


Pre-dawn Preparations

Apr 2011

Pre-dawn preparations have taken place, as up to a 1,000 members of the Army, Navy and RAF participated in a full walk through and dress rehearsal, in advance of the Royal Wedding.

All the members of the Armed Forces involved in the wedding were on parade at 4.30am, dressed in full ceremonial uniform, to march along the route.  Horses and carriages also took part in the pre-wedding procession to Westminster Abbey.

The Abbey closed its doors to the public on Tuesday so that preparations for the wedding could begin. A music rehearsal will take place on Wednesday and a full dress rehearsal for clergy on Thursday.

The eyes of the world will be on Prince William and Catherine on Friday 29 April 2011.


Abbey Decorations

Apr 2011

Members of National Association of Flower Arranging Societies are busy preparing flowers in Westminster Abbey for Friday’s Royal Wedding.

Workers put in place an English field maple tree in Westminster Abbey in London in preparation for the Royal Wedding – the tree, which weighs more than half a ton and is 18 years old, will be part of an avenue of trees, which will line the aisle leading to the altar

The Abbey will be decorated in white, green and cream foliage to reflect the bride’s English country style.


Almost 30,000 flowers will adorn the Abbey on Friday, including lilac blossoms and azaleas.  Many of the flowers and green cuttings will come from the Royal Estates of Sandringham and Windsor.


Native English field maple trees and hornbeams have been placed down the aisle to create an avenue of trees in the historic Abbey.


Watching from Helmand with Pride

Apr 2011

Troops serving with 4th Battalion The Scottish Regiment in Lashkar Gar. Operations dependent, they will be celebrating the Royal Wedding on the 29 April.

British troops serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan will be celebrating the Royal Wedding by holding a reception at their Main Operating Base in Lashkar Gar.


The dusty, daub setting will be transformed to recreate the street parties that will be held back at home.  Music will be provided by the Royal Marine Band and, cakes by families of those serving!


Captain Al Macpherson of the 4th Battalion, The Scottich Regiment in Lashkar Gar commented: ‘The Royal Wedding is one of those seminal events that we will remember forever.  We’ll be watching from Helmand with pride.  Good luck Wills and Kate’.


TheRoyalWeddingWilliamKate website would like to express heartfelt support for the troops in Helmand and, is delighted to send a Royal Wedding Street Party Pack to help them to celebrate in true Brit style!



Royal Wedding Music

Apr 2011

Two choirs, one orchestra and two fanfare teams will perform the music at the Wedding Service of Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on Friday 29 April.


•          The Choir of Westminster Abbey


•          The Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace


•          The London Chamber Orchestra


•          The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force


•          The State Trumpeters of The Household Cavalry


According to St James’s Palace, Prince William and Catherine have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their Service, which will include a number of well-known hymns and choral works as well as some specially-commissioned pieces.



Royal Wedding Consent

Apr 2011

The official Royal Wedding ‘Instrument of Consent’ was released on Maundy Thursday, an occasion that coincided with the Queen’s 85th birthday. The Queen signed a notice of approval which gave her formal consent to the union of “Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton”.


The Instrument of Consent is a statutory requirement as laid out by the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. The Act states that all descendants of George II must obtain the Sovereign’s consent before they marry.


The elaborate document features decorative artwork designed to represent the bride and groom. A gold cipher of William and Catherine’s entwined initials sit below a white lily, chosen to represents the feast day of St Catherine of Siena, which is held on the 29 April each year. A Welsh leak supported by the Prince’s three pronged white label, donates William as second in line to the throne and a red escallop, from the Spencer family Arms, represents William’s late mother Princess Diana.


The consent is sealed with the red wax of the Great Seal of the Realm. This method was traditionally used to prevent forgery and as proof of a Monarch’s consent. The seal used today was created in 2001 for Queen Elizabeth II.



Two Years out for Will and Kate

Jan 2011

In order to adjust to Royal life together, the Queen has allowed Prince William and Kate Middleton to stay out of the media spotlight for two years.

The Queen fears throwing Kate into the spotlight too soon could damage the couple’s relationship.  William will also allow Prince William to concentrate on his RAF career.

The Royal family have denied that the decision is based on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage.

The Queen spent her first 18-months of marriage in Malta where Prince Philip was serving as a naval officer.


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