According to recent figures released from Frank Knight, London is still very much a focus for foreign property investors. With a new heir to the throne and a wedding that hasn’t left everyone’s minds yet, London has seen an influx of investors from all over the world, particularly Hong Kong and China.
Chinese real-estate investors made a name for themselves abroad in 2013, picking up big-ticket projects from New York to London, and that momentum is poised to pick up this year.
Ian Brand, Director of Direct Property Group, based in Hong Kong comments
“Chinese outbound commercial real-estate investment is estimated to exceed $10 billion this year, in 2012’s it was $3.3 billion, according to data from Jones Lang LaSalle”
“Hong Kong is still a key market for the Chinese, but trends in property investment are showing that the prime property locations in 2014 to be; Dubai, Shanghai, New York, London, Tokyo, Bangkok, Nairobi, Sydney and Monaco.”
Brand continues “the recent economic environment has resulted in buyers being driven to safer locations where cities are seen to be more sheltered from economic unrest”
The Frank Knight LLP survey also revealed that cities with perceived “world class” universities and schools were attractive to foreign investment.
Looks like due to London’s steady property prices, world-class universities and many foreign and royal diplomats taking residence in our vibrant capital city – our Royal family are helping with investment into the UK.
The moment has finally come! Yes that’s right, The Duchess of Cambridge and Price William are expecting the long awaited royal baby!
It’s not just William, Kate and their families that are over the moon, millions around the world are delighted to finally hear the great news.
The wonderful news was confirmed last night, much earlier than the Royal couple expected, as Kate was unfortunately rushed to King Edward VII hospital with acute morning sickness, she is expected to spend the next few days there with her loving husband by her side.
For women with hyperemesis gravidarum their vomiting can be so severe they cannot keep food or liquid down.
The condition usually continues past the first three months of pregnancy and can pass by week 21, but may also last longer.
A Clarence House spokesman said today: ‘The situation is the same as yesterday – we said she would stay in for several days and that is still the case. It’s a period of rest that she needs, so she will stay in for several days.’
He would not comment on Catherine’s condition this morning or confirm whether members of the Royal family are expected to visit today.
A spokesman said the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and members of both families are delighted with the news, with David Cameron tweeting: “they will make wonderful parents”.
Last night Kate appeared to be responding well to the treatment and its now just a matter of rest.
Uncle-to-be Prince Harry, who is serving in Afghanistan, was told by email at his base and the announcement was also Tweeted by Clarence House, prompting the couple’s official website to crash.
The Press Association reported that the pregnancy has not passed the 12-week point and that the announcement was prompted by her medical condition.
The timing of the Duchess’s pregnancy will lead to immediate speculation about where the baby was conceived.
The fact that Kate is not yet 12 weeks pregnant means the baby was conceived after the couple’s holiday in France at the beginning of September.
The baby will be born third in line to the throne, thanks to laws changed last year in Britain, and it will be the first time in almost 120 years a serving monarch gets to meet a great grandchild born directly into succession to the crown.
The world will now be in, a well expected, speculation over the sex and name of the Royal baby.
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?
Duchess made her first official speech abroad outside the hospice. Kate spoke of how she had learned the importance of the care provided by being a patron for hospices in East Anglia.
Catherine said, “”Providing children and their families with a place of support, care and enhancement at a time of great need is simply life changing,” she said.
The duchess offered birthday wishes to Zakwan Anuar, who had turned 15 two days earlier
“With effective palliative care lives can be transformed. Treatment, support, care and advice can provide a lifeline to families at a time of great need.
“This is a very special place and so much has already been achieved”.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a guided tour of the Children’s Hospice, where they met with staff and patients.
Kate sat with 15-year old Zakwan Anwar, is a Leukaemia sufferer who goes through pain every day, yet the young boy turned down his blood transfusion in order to meet with the future Queen. She also gave birthday wishes and signed his birthday card; Zakwan had turned 15 two days earlier.
Later on the Duchess of Cambridge admitted that she was ‘nervous’ as she spoke to the Queen of Malaysia.
The Malaysian Queen said the Kate had said to her, ‘I was so nervous and I am very glad that it is over with. There was an amazing atmosphere.
Kate and Will dined with the Royal family of Malaysia and other people who play an important role in Malaysia. The Duchess wore an embroidered white Alexander McQueen floor length gown, which featured the Malaysian flower Hibiscus in gold detail.
The Duke and Duchess were handed some beautiful gifts when they attended the dinner. Prince William received a gold encrusted Malay warriors sword, also known as a kris. His wife was given some black lace peep toe shoes made by Malaysian designer Lewre, a Batik dress as well as a glittering diamante clutch.
The Royal couple have a lot of Royal engagements to attend during their Diamond Jubilee tour including visiting a Mosque, holding a tea party and making many speeches.
Asia Diamond Jubilee tour schedule;
- Singapore 11th – 13th
- Malaysia (Kuala Lumpar and Sabah, Borneo) 13th – 15th
- The Solomon Islands 16th – 18th
- Tuvalu 18th – 19th
Prince William and Princess Kate will miss the end of the Paralympics due to a very important tour. The Royal Couple will go on the nine day Diamond Jubilee tour in September, as they represent the Queen for the first time. They will be the first Royals to visit the South Pacific Islands of Tuvalu since the Queen and Prince Philip in 1982.
At a Diamond Jubilee thanksgiving service, William and Kate spoke to the Solomon Islands’ Governor General Sir Frank Kabuli and Prince William said, ‘We’re extremely excited, both of us have never been anywhere near there’.
William and Kate witness the amazing tropical beauty of the South Asian Islands as well as visiting the world’s oldest rainforest as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour.
When they stop in Sabah, Borneo, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be able to witness some of the rarest and exotic plants and creatures on the plant, such as the endangered Bornean Orangutan.
Kate is also offering two lucky people the chance to have tea with her. The Duchess is running The Ultimate Royal Tea Party Competition in Malaysia. To win a chance for some private time with Kate, entrants must send in a picture of them drinking a cup of tea; the two most creative pictures will win.
Asia Diamond Jubilee tour schedule;
- Singapore 11th – 13th
- Malaysia (Kuala Lumpar and Sabah, Borneo) 13th – 15th
- The Solomon Islands 16th – 18th
- Tuvalu 18th – 19th
More details on the tour will be released soon.
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Since the Royal Wedding last year the Queen has updated the royal family’s order of protocol. Our future Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, must curtsey before blood princesses when her husband Prince William is not present.
The protocol is said to of been privately circulated within the royal household and must be adhered to by our favourite Duchess. According to the newly updated document Kate Middleton must curtsey to the Princess Royal, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the daughters of the Duke of York and also to Princess Alexandra, when she is not with Prince William. However, when Prince William is present she still must bow to the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cornwall.
To avoid issues, the Queen originally wrote up the first Order of Precedence in 2005, after Charles married commoner Camilla. It was written so that the Princesses Anne, Beatrice, Eugenie and Alexandra were all ahead of Camilla. The new Order of Precedent is the official paper listing the rankings of the members of the royal family.
The new Windsor protocol stated Kate Middleton’s position on the list, as she is a former commoner , that she must show reverence by curtseying to royal born in public and private when her husband is not present.
On the other hand, the Countess of Wessex must still curtsey to the Duchess of Cambridge. Sophie, married to Prince Edward, was once the highest ranking female in the Royal Family, as a result of neither of the Queens other sons Prince Charles and Prince Andrew being married. Since Charles and Camilla married, Sophie has been pushed down the list once again.
After Prince Charles married Camilla in 2005, Sophie was told she must curtsey to the Duchess of Cornwall. However, with the new Order of Precedent, the Countess of Wessex is now also expected to curtsey to the Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William, according to sources, is believed that is not pleased with the new announcement about his future Queen.
However many sources believe that the protocol causes no concern for Kate Middleton as everyone is aware, Kate is eager to please everyone, particularly The Queen.
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.
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A website originally created to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, The Royal Online Store in April 2011 has added a new look online store to meet the demands of its global audience.
The Royal Wedding William Kate website has been providing ‘unofficial’ news and images of William and Catherine since they announced their engagement in November 2010.
The website’s popular on-line store has been re-branded as ‘The Royal Online Store’ and is now stocked with a wider range of best-selling Royal-themed products including The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as well as The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
The site’s news and features section has been broadened to provide a new emphasis on the British Royal Family. It will cover key events and other significant milestones surrounding the British Monarchy, in addition to the regular news about the newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Visitors to the website can sign-up to receive regular news and notifications of product offers. The store sells an excellent variety of items from commemorative key-rings, books and stationery to street party packs, Royal Wedding china and Diamond Jubilee memorabilia.
The founder of the website, Simon Wadsworth comments:
“The Royal Wedding William and Kate website has received an unprecedented level of interest worldwide. The continued interest in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is huge, but people want one place where they can find out all the news and gossip about the Royal Family as well, which is why we felt the need to adapt the site.”
“The re-designed Royal Store provides one of the most comprehensive ranges of Royal memorabilia and souvenirs in the market place. We ship regularly to fans worldwide who are looking for products to commemorate the British Royal Family.”
The website was established in November 2010 as an ‘unofficial sponsor’ and supporter of The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. It is the highest ranking commercial web site in Google for all the major traffic terms related to the ‘Royal Wedding’ and experiences on average around 2,000 visitors a day.
The website has attracted visitors from 178 countries across the globe, and peak traffic levels in the region of 100,000 unique visitors per day. The site experienced more than three million visitors over the weekend of the Royal Wedding in April 2011.
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On her first ‘solo’ public engagement following her marriage to Prince William, Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, chose to visit London’s National Portrait Gallery, where she is the newly appointed Patron.
Catherine attended a preview of the new ‘Lucian Freud Portraits’ exhibition. The Duchess was given a tour of the exhibition and met with dignitaries at the event.
The Duchess wore a knee-length, grey coat-dress with full skirt, shawl collar and nipped-in waist by Jesiré, accessorised with a black clutch and Jimmy Choo court shoes, a silver necklace and beautiful matching diamond bracelet.
Catherine, who has a degree in the History of Art from the University of St Andrews, where she famously met her husband in 2001, became Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, London in January 2012.
Freud, one of Britain’s most distinguished painters, died last summer at the age of 88. The painter was renowned for his naked full-length portraits. The Freud exhibition is open to the public and runs until 27 May 2012. The exhibition is part of the official countdown to the London 2012 Festival.
Image: The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Wednesday 8 February 2012. Photo credit: Jorge Herrera/Pool/PA Wire
Catherine Middleton had a first-hand experience of the work of one of her patronages – The Art Room Project – this week, when she visited two schools in Oxford to find out more about art therapy and how the children are benefitting from the scheme.
The Art Room Project, which celebrates its ten-year anniversary this year, provides art therapy to children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. The project aims to set up ‘art therapy’ rooms or centres in existing schools. The charity has so far established five art rooms in schools in Oxford and North London.
The Duchess attended an art therapy session at Rose Hill Primary, where pupils presented her with an apron embellished with ‘Miss Catherine’. The Duchess experienced an art therapy session based around the poem the ‘Owl and the Pussycat’.
Catherine also made a tour of the Oxford Spires Academy to see the art therapy centre, which provides facilities for the school’s older pupils as well as for pupils from neighbouring primary schools. The Duchess joined a round table discussion on the training and supervision of the charity’s staff.
Catherine’s visit to Oxford is one of number of ‘solo’ visits that The Duchess is making while Prince William is overseas. The Duke of Cambridge is currently working as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot in the Falkland Islands.
Image: The Duchess of Cambridge meets with children as she leaves Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford on Tuesday 21 February 2012. The Duchess had the opportunity to talk to the children as well as observe how the school uses ‘art as therapy’ to help increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence through art. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)