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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.
Originally posted 06/17/2013 06:15AM
Queen Elizabeth had some cheery news to start her week: Her husband Prince Philip left the hospital Monday after an 11-day stay.
"He is in good spirits," a royal source says, noting the spring in the step of the Duke of Edinburgh, 92, as he left the clinic with a book under his arm. "He practically ran out of there."
He headed to Windsor Castle, where the Queen, 87, is based for a week of events, beginning with the Order of the Garter ceremony and then several days' horseracing at Royal Ascot.
Originally posted 06/15/2013 10:05AM
The Duchess of Cambridge was pretty in pink as she helped fete Queen Elizabeth at her birthday parade in London Saturday.
The expectant royal rode an open-topped carriage and later joined three generations of the royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
On Kate's last official engagement before she heads off to prepare for life as a mother, she paired a pale pink coat from Alexander McQueen with an older, favorite headpiece – a Jane Corbett hat trimmed with lace that she had worn at a palace garden party last year.
Kate smiled and waved at the crowds as the carriage she shared with brother-in-law Prince Harry took them along the Mall to Horseguards Parade where the marching and drills took place.
Originally posted 06/14/2013 08:30AM
Police say a man has been charged with allegedly spraying paint on a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that is hanging in Westminster Abbey.
Tim Haries, 41, is due to appear in a London court Friday charged with criminal damage of more than $7,800.
Haries was arrested at the abbey Thursday after a portrait of the monarch by Australian artist Ralph Heimans was defaced with paint.
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