01:28 AM EDT 12/05/2013
Originally posted 12/04/2013 12:15PM
It turns out the stunning diamond tiara worn by Kate to an event at Buckingham Palace Tuesday night was, literally, fit for a queen.
Known as the Lotus Flower Tiara, the crown jewel that Palace insiders say was loaned to the Duchess of Cambridge by Queen Elizabeth from her collection dates back to the Queen's mother in the 1920s.
"It's a beautiful pearl and diamond piece," expert Leslie Field, author of The Queen's Jewels, says about the Egyptian-style tiara, which was also previously owned and worn by the Queen's late sister, Princess Margaret. "It's very much in the '20s style and probably quite lightweight and comfortable to wear."
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 10/17/2013 11:25AM
It is an important day in Prince William's royal career.
On Thursday, the Duke of Cambridge took on the grand ceremonial role of bestowing knighthoods for the first time, stepping in for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, to carry out one of 25 investitures that take place at Buckingham Palace each year.
It is a sign of the future king's increasingly formal role in the work of the family after ending his military service in September.
Originally posted 10/07/2013 04:30PM
Prince William looks like he's picked up a few skills from his friend, soccer star David Beckham.
The new dad had asked his grandmother, the Queen, for permission to hold the first-ever soccer game at the palace to celebrate the Football Association's 150th anniversary.
"I cannot tell you how excited I am that later today we will be playing football on my grandmother's lawn," he said in his speech opening the event at Buckingham Palace on Monday. "One warning, though: If anyone breaks a window, you can answer to her."
Originally posted 07/22/2013 04:10PM
Normally, she's behind the scenes, away from the cameras. But when Ailsa Anderson crunched across the dusty pink gravel in front of Buckingham Palace in her three-inch heels to post the message that the world wanted to read today, she was thrust firmly into the royal baby limelight.
"It was thrilling. it's an amazing experience to be part of history and a rare honor," Anderson tells PEOPLE. "There's been a lot of calm excitement in the palace all day since the announcement that she was in hospital and people were just waiting for the good news."
Anderson, 44, is Queen Elizabeth's press secretary, tasked with making the final journey with the anxiously awaited birth notice (handed off by Prince William and Kate's press secretary Ed Perkins) and fix it on the easel for Her Majesty's subjects (and the rest of the world) to see.
Originally posted 07/22/2013 10:35AM
No, the royal baby hasn't really arrived yet, but our favorite look-alikes have already had their baby's first photo shoot – and the results are hilariously fantastic!
As the world awaits real news from St. Mary's hospital in London where the Duchess of Cambridge is in labor with Prince William by her side, these photos imagine what life will be like for them in the coming days and weeks.
Originally posted 07/11/2013 01:15PM
Expect 7-year-old Jessica Fitch to go far.
Thursday afternoon, she persuaded no less than Queen Elizabeth to pose with her and her teddy bear during a walk through Buckingham Palace Gardens.
Then the child got Prince Charles and Camilla to do the same.
Jessica was with her parents Michael and Heather, bringing her bear mascot from her Brownie group – and hoping for a royal sighting and getting a snapshot of it with the Queen. As luck had it, she was able to do just that.
Originally posted 06/28/2013 08:30AM
Obsessed with royal fashion? On July 4, an exhibition will open, showcasing some of the most iconic dresses of the last century.
The "Fashion Rules" exhibit presented by Kensington Palace includes gowns and outfits made famous by Queen Elizabeth II, the late Princess Margaret and Princess Diana – one of whose gowns is on loan from PEOPLE.
The princess's blue Jacques Azagury dress was bought for $26,450 at the Christie's of New York auction Diana held shortly before her tragic death in 1997.
Originally posted 06/20/2013 07:30PM
Nope, Queen Elizabeth is not horsing around.
Her horse, named Estimate, reigned supreme at Thursday's Royal Ascot Gold Cup, taking home the top prize. It was the first time a reigning monarch's horse won in the race's 207-year history, reports the BBC. (And obviously it was a major deal – just check out the Queen's reaction!)
"This is her passion and her life, and she's here every year and she strives to have winners," her grandson Peter Phillips (son of Princess Anne) tells the local Channel 4. "To win the big one at Royal Ascot means so much to her. Everyone is just thrilled. It's very close to her heart and today is very special."
Originally posted 06/17/2013 03:45PM
Talk about royal dreams coming true!
Prince William and his brother Prince Harry really made one young lady's day on Sunday after a charity polo match at the Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire, England – and we've all got the pictures to prove it!
Armed with her camera phone, the eager fan approached the pair of princes, who rewarded her with big smiles.
The overjoyed girl reportedly let out a squeal of excitement after she snapped her pic and turned to her pal with a look of amazement, prompting an even bigger smile from a clearly amused Harry.
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