01:17 PM EDT 05/23/2013
Originally posted 04/06/2013 04:40PM
Talk about Scottish independence.
As was revealed earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Scotland, where Prince William offered a kiss to a 4-year-old girl – who then turned down his offer.
The girl was Shona Ritchie, 4, and as her mother, Karen Ritchie, 30, recounted the very special day to PEOPLE, it began with an early start for the tot.
Originally posted 04/05/2013 11:30AM
An NBA player she's not, but Kate is already demonstrating that she's one tough mama who's not afraid to try something new.
The expectant Duchess of Cambridge – who confirmed Thursday that she's due with the royal baby "in mid-July" – didn't exactly look like a natural on the court during a visit to Glasgow, Scotland, but she deserves big points for not giving up until she finally made a basket.
Originally posted 04/04/2013 10:30AM
On a visit to Scotland Thursday, the Duchess of Cambridge gave another hint as to when the world will greet the royal baby.
Kate told onlooker Rachel Sawyer that she is due "around mid-July, but apparently babies have their own agenda."
Whether the little one makes his or her entrance on time, "We have a short list for both [boy and girl names] but it's very difficult," Kate said. "My friends keep texting me names."
Accompanying Prince William on the visit to Glasgow, the royal (known in Scotland by the title Countess of Strathearn) charmed her audience of well-wishers and future athletes as – in her second trimester – she kept herself and her bump warm and protected against the chilly Scottish wind.
Sawyer also asked when the mom-to-be would be able to put her feet up and relax. Replied Kate: "around June time."
Originally posted 04/02/2013 11:30AM
Right now she's likely more interested in picking out onesies and the ideal stroller for Kensington Palace Gardens. But when the Duchess of Cambridge does give birth to the future king or queen of England, she can rest assured that he or she will have the perfect country hideaway to explore as well.
Anmer Hall in Sandringham, which has been gifted to Prince William and Kate by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, is about to undergo a major revamp that will transform it from a formal nine-bedroom Georgian pile into the perfect getaway for the young royal family to enjoy.
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 03/27/2013 08:00PM
Prince William is proud of saving lives, which he has the opportunity to do on his missions as a search and rescue pilot.
"There's no greater feeling than when you've actually done some good and saved someone's life," the prince, 30, says in an upcoming documentary.
"I don't think there's any greater calling in life … to be able to see a son or daughter's face when you bring their mother or father back from the edge of death – it's quite powerful."
Originally posted 03/27/2013 01:45PM
Her nursery in Apt. 1 A at Kensington Palace won't be move-in ready until the fall, but the Duchess of Cambridge – due in July – has been plenty busy feathering her nest.
She's been scouting out decorating supplies, a royal source tells PEOPLE. And after a difficult first trimester, "She's finally getting a chance to enjoy her pregnancy," says a Palace insider. "It's a fabulous time."
Originally posted 03/25/2013 08:20AM
America, he's coming back!
Starting May 9, Prince Harry will make an extensive tour through Colorado, Washington, D.C., New York and an area in New Jersey badly hit by Superstorm Sandy – and end with a May 15 polo match in Greenwich, Conn., to aid his charity Sentebale.
In between, Harry, 28, will crisscross the country on behalf of his charities and the foundation he runs with his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate. He will also highlight the sacrifice of servicemen and women and the efforts to rehabilitate the injured.
Originally posted 03/23/2013 10:30AM
She may have come from a palace and seemed like a princess, but for the Cub Scouts she helped teach how to make doughy snacks and light fires, she was simply Kate.
"We just called her Kate," says Fatima Vukhari, 9, who was at the special training day for scout volunteers Friday in Cumbria.
"She seems like a princess because she looks really pretty and had really nice hair," Fatima told PEOPLE.
Originally posted 03/22/2013 11:00AM
With a U.K. National scouts scarf tied with a "friendship" knot around her neck, and her fingers covered with a floury goo, the Duchess of Cambridge proved a good scout on Friday, cooking up a snack around a campfire and joining cub scouts in a training session at Tower Scout Camp, Newby Bridge, Cumbria – three hours from London by train and car.
Wearing her favorite green La Chameau rubber boots, she met with volunteers before donning a woolen peaked cap and walking outside to hear how to light a fire using flint and cotton wool.
Despite the snow and freezing cold, she joined the scouts to make doughy twists, using flour, water, cooking oil and a little sugar before wrapping the mixture around a stick and toasting in the fire,
"It's actually ... not bad, if you're desperately hungry," Kate kiddingly told her team after a taste. "It's quite sugary."
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