09:17 AM EDT 05/15/2013
Originally posted 05/08/2013 08:45AM
Nothing like getting a helping hand – and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have more than one.
But the couple have hired one of Queen Elizabeth's long-standing housekeepers for their new home, Apartment 1a in Kensington Palace, which they plan to occupy early this fall.
She is Antonella Fresolone, 42, who is said to be unmarried, Italian, and already on the job – helping at the two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage where William and Kate are living until their larger family home is ready.
Originally posted 04/23/2013 10:15AM
The Duchess of Cambridge has been receiving countless gifts ahead of her baby's arrival in July, but on Tuesday she was given something for the other little darling in her life – her beloved Cocker Spaniel, Lupo.
As Kate was heralded by hundreds of excited children celebrating St. George's Day, she was presented with a basket of goodies for the royal pup.
Among those greeting her at Manchester's Willows Primary School on Tuesday was student Chloe Pomret, 10, who joined the school's "executive dog," a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Henry, to present the expectant mother with roses and gifts for Lupo.
"Henry, you have gone to so much trouble," Kate, 31, said with a laugh, upon greeting the school's dog.
Originally posted 04/13/2013 12:15PM
From opposite ends of the Ping-Pong table, the famously competitive parents of Britain's future monarch grinned at each other, and then let fly.
"Ahem, I think that was 6-2," William said, declaring victory over Kate during their visit to a Glasgow sports center April 4. But, after his official duties were done, he turned to Lord Lieutenant Sadie Docherty, the couple's host for the day, and chivalrously fessed up: "The only reason I won today was because Catherine was pregnant," the prince told Docherty, who recounted the conversation to PEOPLE.
Originally posted 04/10/2013 08:00AM
Prince William may not let his six-months-pregnant wife, Kate, win at ping-pong – "Ahem, I think that was 6-2," he teased after beating her in an impromptu match at a Scotland youth center April 4 – but he is getting ready to make bigger concessions to his family-in-the-making.
A source close to William tells PEOPLE the prince will soon announce he's leaving the RAF Valley – a search-and-rescue helicopter unit based in Anglesey, Wales.
Originally posted 03/29/2013 07:00AM
Prince William will reveal soon what he hopes to do once his current tour of duty as a Royal Air Force helicopter rescue pilot ends this summer.
"Changes [in his life] are afoot," a source close to William tells PEOPLE. And while most royal insiders believe that he will signal the end of the idyllic life he and wife Kate have enjoyed in north Wales, the question does arise: What will he do next?
Palace officials are set to unveil that decision in the coming weeks, and he has several options: to stay in the RAF; move to another branch of the military (including possibly going back to the original regiment he joined, the Household Cavalry); or to leave service completely.
Originally posted 11/08/2012 04:20PM
It was a fundraising week for the Duchess of Cambridge!
First, she spent two hours doing early Christmas shopping Wednesday at a children's charity bazaar at the Burlington Arcade in Mayfair, accompanied by her and Prince William's dog Lupo, as well as her sister Pippa Middleton.
"Kate was absolutely gorgeous, so friendly. There were many of our lowly fundraising team there and she was so warm to them," says Paul Abbott, the charity's fundraising and communications director.
Originally posted 06/18/2012 10:00AM
Everybody's looking? Who cares – Prince William wants the world to know he loves his dog.
William, during a break from playing in a charitable match at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo on Sunday, scooped up his cocker spaniel, Lupo, and walked around the grounds showering the pup with kisses as the Duchess of Cambridge kept a fond eye on her boys.
Prince Harry, Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall were also in attendance, as was young Savannah Phillips – Zara's niece – who got a lesson in walking the dog by an attentive Kate.
Originally posted 06/18/2012 08:00AM
Little Lupo went to a royal polo game in the Gloucestershire countryside Sunday – and got a cuddle and more from Prince William.
It was Kate who'd brought the couple's black cocker spaniel to the outing, just hours after she'd spent time with inner-city kids on a camping trip in Kent.
"In true spaniel fashion he was very playful," an observer tells PEOPLE.
And while he got some exercise by dashing around the sidelines with Kate, Lupo also got to rest his legs when he was embraced in the arms of William, – who planted a princely kiss on the pooch, to boot.
Originally posted 06/15/2012 07:20AM
It doesn't take much to bring Kate down to earth.
After days of buoyant Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth, the Duchess of Cambridge slipped into something more comfortable – jeans, Barbour jacket and a hat – and stepped out for a walk through Kensington Gardens with her dog Lupo, her younger brother James Middleton, and another dog, presumed to be a Middleton family cocker spaniel.
The siblings were spotted last week by Canadian TVjournalist Jocelyn Laidlaw in a chance sighting at Kensington Gardens in London.
"Catherine Duchess of Cambridge walking Lupo today in Kensington Gardens," Laidlaw wrote. "Lovely to see her so low-key. What luck."
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