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Check Out This Royal Snapper – Best. Reaction. Ever. | Prince Harry, Prince William

Prince William, Prince Harry Make Royal Fan's Day

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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Prince Philip Leaves the Hospital

UpdatePosted 06/17/2013 10:20AM

Prince Philip Leaves the Hospital

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.

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Kate Is Cheered at Last Official Royal Engagement Before Baby | Kate Middleton

Kate Is Cheered at Last Official Royal Engagement Before Baby

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.

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Man Arrested After Queen Elizabeth's Portrait Defaced in Westminster Abbey

Queen Elizabeth's Portrait Defaced in Westminster Abbey, Man Arrested

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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Queen Visits Prince Philip in the Hospital

UpdatePosted 06/10/2013 02:40PM

Queen Visits Prince Philip in the Hospital

Originally posted 06/10/2013 02:20PM

Queen Elizabeth paid a 35-minute visit to her husband Prince Philip in the hospital Monday evening to wish him happy 92nd birthday.

Dressed in a cream-colored outfit, the Queen, 87, arrived at a private hospital at just before 7 – four full days since he was first admitted.

Earlier in the day, Philip's youngest son, Prince Edward, 49, had been to see him. Asked how his father was, Edward told reporters, "[He's] well, thank you."

Philip, who is said to be "comfortable and in good spirits," underwent an exploratory operation on Friday and spent the weekend being cared for at the London Clinic.

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PHOTOS: We Bet You'll Do a Double Take at These Royal Baby Prep Pics

Kate Gets Baby-Prep Help from Her Royal Family

Originally posted 05/10/2013 01:00PM

As any parents-to-be can attest, prepping for baby is work that's never done. And, in the latest royal look-a-like installment, faux Kate is no exception!

Photographer Alison Jackson – who previously shot the "royal baby shower" and the newlyweds' "first Christmas" – has thought of everything this time, from the Duchess getting her bump measured by Camilla to helping The Queen paint the nursery. HRH really can rock some coveralls!

The latest spoof series, released by Ladbrokes to launch its royal baby odds in the U.K., also includes Kate's sister Pippa helping choose baby names while Kate noshes on pickles and ice cream.

While it's not the real thing, since Kate (due in July) and Prince William are laying low while Prince Harry's U.S. visit is underway, the pics at least satisfy royal watchers' cravings as well!

– Kristin Boehm

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William and Kate Hire the Queen's Housekeeper | Prince William

William and Kate Hire the Queen's Housekeeper

Originally posted 05/08/2013 08:45AM

Nothing like getting a helping hand – and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have more than one.

But the couple have hired one of Queen Elizabeth's long-standing housekeepers for their new home, Apartment 1a in Kensington Palace, which they plan to occupy early this fall.

She is Antonella Fresolone, 42, who is said to be unmarried, Italian, and already on the job – helping at the two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage where William and Kate are living until their larger family home is ready.

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PHOTO: A Royal Baby Shower for Kate ... Or Is It?

Kate's Baby Shower: Lookalikes Act Out the Big Day

Originally posted 05/03/2013 11:35AM

Ah, babies. They bring everyone together – even the royal family!

Well, sort of. In the latest scenario imagined by photographer Alison Jackson, who specializes in spoof photos of the royal family, everyone from Pippa Middleton to Camilla to The Queen gather together to fête Duchess Catherine. The faux mom-to-be unwraps onesies that say "Born to Rule" while her royal family – and one of the Queen's beloved corgis! – look on.

Jackson previously arranged a shoot with Catherine and Prince William's lookalikes for a Christmas-themed photo shoot.

And we're not quite sure, but that we're hoping that might actually be Camilla!
– Cara Lynn Shultz

What We're Reading: Books That Inspire Us

Originally posted 03/14/2013 05:00PM

Who doesn't need a little uplift?

This week our staffers are finding inspiration in a POW who never gave up, an intuitive's ideas on fate and free will, and the Queen (Mrs. Keep-calm-and-carry-on herself).

Check out our picks, then share your thoughts and let us know what you're reading.

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Queen Elizabeth Hospitalized for Stomach Bug | Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth Hospitalized for Stomach Bug

Originally posted 03/03/2013 01:00PM

As grandson Prince William and expectant wife Kate stepped out for a weekend wedding in the Swiss mountains, Queen Elizabeth was admitted to a London hospital Sunday for gastroenteritis, reports the BBC.

Her arrival at King Edward VII hospital – where Middleton was taken earlier for severe morning sickness – is a precautionary measure after the monarch, 86, fell ill Friday night, says a palace spokesman.

"She was not taken into the hospital immediately after feeling the symptoms," adds the spokesman. "This is simply to enable doctors to better assess her."

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