11:06 AM EDT 10/29/2013
Originally posted 10/24/2013 05:25PM
The joy of succession.
On Thursday, the Palace released four official portraits showcasing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son, Prince George, taken after the young royal was christened on Wednesday.
In one of the historic photographs taken by celebrity photographer Jason Bell Queen Elizabeth sits with three generations of heirs – the Queen, 87, poses with son Prince Charles, 64, grandson Prince William, 31, and 3-month-old Prince George. The image pays homage to a photograph taken in 1894 of Queen Victoria with her four living immediate heirs at the christening of then Prince Edward Albert of York.
Originally posted 10/24/2013 11:10AM
Prince George may only be 3 months old, but the newly baptized baby is already making his presence felt in his family.
When Time visited Queen Elizabeth's Balmoral estate in preparation for its new cover story on Prince Charles, writer Catherine Mayer spotted a smart Silver Cross pram – what Americans call a baby carriage – with a navy blue canopy and cover, standing in a hallway by the side door.
That was not the only passing of traditions that the magazine reported.
Originally posted 10/24/2013 08:25AM
He's ready to serve, he's been wanting to serve, but when will Britain's heir apparent serve?
That is the question that has dogged Prince Charles practically his entire 64 years. But now, with his mother, Queen Elizabeth, slowing down at 87 (yet with no intention of abdicating), and his son Prince William and daughter-in-law, Kate, keeping the spotlight on the monarchy blazing hot, Charles discusses the issue of succession and other personal matters in an exclusive new cover story for Time.
Of his unique role in the world, Charles tells the magazine's Catherine Mayer, "I've had this extraordinary feeling, for years and years, ever since I can remember really, of wanting to heal and make things better. … I feel more than anything else it's my duty to worry about everybody and their lives in this country, to try to find a way of improving things if I possibly can."
Titled "The Forgotten Prince," no doubt in light of William and Prince Harry's celebrity and even 3-month-old grandson Prince George's swiftly rising star, the article presents the royal as unsurprisingly staid, yet thoughtful, proactive and as delightfully proud of his sons and new grandson as any older relative would be.
Originally posted 10/23/2013 08:45AM
A big day for little Prince George.
Lightly jiggled in his father's arms, the 3-month-old looked slightly perplexed at the attention as his parents, Prince William and Kate, greeted clergy at the doors of the baby's special christening service.
Led by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the 35-minute, private ceremony started at 3 p.m. London time (10 a.m. ET) at the Chapel Royal in St. James's Palace.
Shortly after her arrival with Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth spoke with William and Kate, with smiles all around. Kate – in an Alexander McQueen outfit and nude-and-ivory Jane Taylor hat – greeted George's great-grandfather with a kiss on both cheeks and a small curtsy.
As if to underscore the continuity of the monarchy, there, too, at the chapel door were Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Originally posted 09/19/2013 08:00PM
Prince Charles was just 3 years old when he became first in line to the British throne.
And on Thursday, the Prince of Wales earned a potentially dubious distinction: He would be the oldest British monarch ever crowned.
According to The Telegraph, the new grandfather just surpassed the previous record holder, William IV, who became king in 1830 at the age of 64 years, 10 months and five days. (The oldest-ever heir to the throne, Sophia of Hanover, died in 1714 at age 83 before ever becoming monarch.)
Originally posted 08/02/2013 03:30PM
Prince Harry says "the pressure is off" him to have children of his own now that his nephew Prince George has been born.
"My father is over the moon to be a grandfather," the 28-year-old said of Prince Charles while talking to Royal Marines and their families at HM Naval Base in Devonport, Plymouth, Friday.
Tasha Reilly, 35, who was the guest of her partner Lt. Col. Tristan Harris, 42, then asked if he'd be rushing to have children now, adding: "No pressure then?"
Originally posted 07/27/2013 11:25AM
Have Prince George's first christening gifts been revealed?
Cousin of Prince William India Hicks has created some special jewelry and is set to send the littlest prince – who was born on July 22 – a set of cufflinks.
The jewelry, monogrammed with the letter G, is part of a collection the former model-turned-lifestyle guru and jewelry maker has created in her Bahamian home.
There is no tradition of giving presents at birth within the royal family, but gifts are given at the christening, which is likely to happen in the fall.
A goddaughter of Prince Charles, India's Love Letters line is inspired by her father David, a decorator and designer.
Originally posted 07/24/2013 06:45PM
After a busy Wednesday that included a visit from his paternal great-grandmother, the Queen, and a road trip to the Bucklebury home of his maternal grandparents, the Middletons, William and Kate's new arrival can now focus on his next official duty: becoming the center of attention for his parents.
"There'll be a little bit of time when they get to know the baby. A little bit of downtime," an aide tells PEOPLE.
But the new mom and dad aren't facing their new roles alone – Pippa Middleton and boyfriend Nico Jackson have already been to Kensington Palace to help take care of the newborn and help the Duke and Duchess settle in, the aide adds.
Originally posted 07/24/2013 04:00PM
Little George Alexander Louis has quite a special name – and it was chosen with love and a nod to history by his parents, William and Kate.
Third in line to the throne, the new arrival will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
His parents announced their 2-day-old's moniker shortly after his 87-year-old paternal great-grandmother, The Queen, visited the family at Kensington Palace Wednesday – when, PEOPLE reported, it was believed she would be discussing possible names.
The chosen name carries a lot of sentimental meaning to William's granny – it was the name picked by her beloved father when he became King George VI in 1936. His real name was Albert, and his story was told in 2010's Oscar-winning Best Picture The King's Speech.
"George was a bit of a giveaway – it was bandied around so much and we expected it," Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine tells PEOPLE. "And it is a nice tribute to the Queen's father and grandfather [George V]."
Originally posted 07/23/2013 12:40PM
After the Middletons visited Baby Cambridge on Tuesday, next up were Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Charles, 64, and Camilla, 66, arrived at St. Mary's Hospital's Lindo Wing around 5:25 p.m., where they were greeted by hospital staff.
The couple both waved at the media who've been camped across the road for days. Charles, with a broad smile, asked if the camera crews had been waiting long.
Carole and Michael Middleton visited the newborn for an hour and spoke briefly to the press throng outside upon exiting.
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