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Originally posted 09/08/2012 12:15PM
Continuing the Diamond Jubilee world tour to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 60th year on the throne, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will embark upon a tour of the Asia Pacific for eight days, beginning Tuesday.
"The destinations were chosen by the Queen for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which underlines the importance that Her Majesty attaches to these significant nations in Southeast Asia, and their relationship to the United Kingdom, and to two of Her Majesty's realms in the South Pacific," St. James Palace officials said in a statement.
Originally posted 08/04/2012 09:45AM
On his wedding day, Prince William kissed his new wife Kate (twice!) on the balcony at Buckingham Palace as the world watched. But at the Summer Olympic Games in London, where the royal couple have been enthusiastic spectators at various events, William apparently prefers not to steal the spotlight from the Olympians.
"I was absolutely dreading they were going to come and show myself and my wife and that would have been very embarrassing," William says of a kiss cam at the Olympic Velodrome, where the royals watched Scottish cyclist Sir Chris Hoy win gold and set a new world record in the men's team sprint.
Originally posted 07/31/2012 10:35AM
Johnny Weir is fabulous. The figure skater, who placed sixth in the 2010 Winter Olympics, has been skating professionally since he was 12 and is no stranger to fierce competition – and fantastic costumes! With winning routines set to hits by Lady Gaga, the sparkle-loving athlete also recently married and now will blog for PEOPLE.com with the same fun energy he brings to the ice.
The Olympic Games in London have not disappointed thus far. The Opening Ceremonies were glamorous, the swimming drama has been outrageous and the gymnastics is forcing me to do my "stick it" pose every time I get out of my car.
Originally posted 07/28/2012 09:35AM
My impression was that movie director Danny Boyle's opening ceremony for the Olympics would be an epic yet compact interpretative history of Great Britain. I misunderstood.
It began – horribly if appropriately – with Kenneth Branagh reciting Shakespeare with enough hammy gusto to bring down the Old Globe. But as the evening went along the event evolved into a weirdly psychedelic pop-culture fantasy, referencing everything from J.K. Rowling to Queen – I mean the band.
Perhaps this is because British history effectively came to an end with World War II, and there was nothing else for Boyle to say. Well, you might argue, what about Margaret Thatcher? Oh, you must mean that old woman who was played so well by Meryl Streep.
But more likely the show, titled "Isles of Wonder," really was Boyle's vision. In his movies he loves to jam together styles and images and effects, and so he did here.
This was Trainspotting minus heroin.
Originally posted 07/27/2012 08:10PM
Saying "Good evening Mr. Bond," Queen Elizabeth had a star turn in the opening ceremony as Britain put on a show to dazzle the world and kick off the London Olympics on Friday.
Originally posted 07/26/2012 11:30AM
The 2012 Summer Olympics are nearly here, and while organizers are hoping to keep specific details about Friday's opening ceremony at London's Olympic Park super hush-hush, inevitably details (and photos) are leaking out – especially in the British press. So, here's what we know about what will go down:
Originally posted 06/18/2012 01:50PM
Prince William got some beaming support from Kate Monday during the annual service for the illustrious order of chivalry, the Order of the Garter.
Wearing the traditional plumed hat and long, deep purple velvet robe, he walked down from Windsor Castle to the service alongside his father Prince Charles as his wife smiled at him outside of St. George's Chapel.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, in an Alexander McQueen coat and hat by Jane Corbett, was with Charles's wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Sophie Wessex and other royal relatives watching the procession from the Galilee Porch.
Originally posted 06/16/2012 03:00PM
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was back by Queen Elizabeth's side for a day of pomp and ceremony in London Saturday, a week after leaving the hospital.
The 91-year-old joined the Queen, Prince William and his wife Kate, and other members of the royal family for the traditional balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace.
Earlier, Philip donned the red tunic and heavy bearskin hat of his rank of Colonel in the Grenadier Guards at the annual birthday parade for the Queen – also known as Trooping the Colour.
Philip has been recovering at home since leaving the hospital, where he was treated for a bladder infection. But on Saturday, he was seen standing ramrod straight as 1,600 soldiers paraded in front of the Queen, 86. He and the Queen (in a bright yellow coat and dress outfit by her in-house designer Angela Kelly) were transported from the palace to the parade grounds in a glass coach for the military spectacle.
Originally posted 06/09/2012 08:00AM
He was in the hospital for part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration, but Prince Philip will be home in time to celebrate something else – his 91st birthday.
After a five-night stay undergoing treatment for a bladder infection, the duke, who turns 91 Sunday, has left the hospital, BBC News reports.
"The Duke of Edinburgh continues to make a good recovery," a Buckingham Palace spokesman said of Philip, who waved to well-wishers as he left the hospital Saturday. "He will continue his convalescence at home. He will spend the weekend privately."
Originally posted 06/07/2012 10:40AM
True, this weekend was about the Queen, but the Duchess of Cambridge definitely cemented her position as fashion royalty during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London.
To kick off the festivities, Kate donned a pleated red Alexander McQueen dress, accessorized with a matching Sylvia Fletcher for James Lock and Co. hat, a crimson McQueen clutch, Strathearn tartan scarf, a pin gifted from the Royal Navy and her favorite L.K. Bennett "Sledge" pumps.
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