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Originally posted 10/24/2013 08:25AM
He's ready to serve, he's been wanting to serve, but when will Britain's heir apparent serve?
That is the question that has dogged Prince Charles practically his entire 64 years. But now, with his mother, Queen Elizabeth, slowing down at 87 (yet with no intention of abdicating), and his son Prince William and daughter-in-law, Kate, keeping the spotlight on the monarchy blazing hot, Charles discusses the issue of succession and other personal matters in an exclusive new cover story for Time.
Of his unique role in the world, Charles tells the magazine's Catherine Mayer, "I've had this extraordinary feeling, for years and years, ever since I can remember really, of wanting to heal and make things better. … I feel more than anything else it's my duty to worry about everybody and their lives in this country, to try to find a way of improving things if I possibly can."
Titled "The Forgotten Prince," no doubt in light of William and Prince Harry's celebrity and even 3-month-old grandson Prince George's swiftly rising star, the article presents the royal as unsurprisingly staid, yet thoughtful, proactive and as delightfully proud of his sons and new grandson as any older relative would be.
Originally posted 10/22/2013 01:20PM
Well, I never.
It seems the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have thrown caution to the wind and invited a photographer to capture their most intimate moments with Prince George – from bath time to nappy changing.
And is that Queen Elizabeth snapping a pic of baby George in a king's crown … with her smartphone?!
If it all seems too good to be true, well, that's because it is. Look closer, and you'll see that the photos are only an elaborate, brilliantly executed spoof.
Originally posted 09/24/2013 08:20AM
Apart from introducing Prince George to his great-grandfather Prince Philip and discussing the upcoming Christening with the baby's great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth, what have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge been up to on their vacation at Balmoral Castle?
William took the son of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key with him on a grouse shoot, while Kate chaperoned the politician's daughter on a walk through the woods.
Max Key, 18, didn’t shoot anything, because he didn’t know how to use the guns stored by the royals at the Scottish retreat. Besides, "They're very hard to shoot, the grouse," his father told the New Zealand Herald.
Originally posted 09/19/2013 08:00PM
Prince Charles was just 3 years old when he became first in line to the British throne.
And on Thursday, the Prince of Wales earned a potentially dubious distinction: He would be the oldest British monarch ever crowned.
According to The Telegraph, the new grandfather just surpassed the previous record holder, William IV, who became king in 1830 at the age of 64 years, 10 months and five days. (The oldest-ever heir to the throne, Sophia of Hanover, died in 1714 at age 83 before ever becoming monarch.)
Originally posted 08/15/2013 08:20AM
The British stuntman who parachuted into the London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident in the Swiss Alps while flying a special wing suit.
Online extreme sports broadcaster Epic TV says Mark Sutton died during a gathering it had organized involving 20 wing suit pilots who were being filmed as they jumped from helicopters.
Swiss police confirmed that a 42-year-old Briton died Wednesday in a fall near Trient in the Valais region.
The 2012 Summer Games opening ceremony memorably included Sutton as a Bond double jumping with another stuntman dressed as a skydiving Queen Elizabeth II.
Originally posted 07/24/2013 04:00PM
Little George Alexander Louis has quite a special name – and it was chosen with love and a nod to history by his parents, William and Kate.
Third in line to the throne, the new arrival will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
His parents announced their 2-day-old's moniker shortly after his 87-year-old paternal great-grandmother, The Queen, visited the family at Kensington Palace Wednesday – when, PEOPLE reported, it was believed she would be discussing possible names.
The chosen name carries a lot of sentimental meaning to William's granny – it was the name picked by her beloved father when he became King George VI in 1936. His real name was Albert, and his story was told in 2010's Oscar-winning Best Picture The King's Speech.
"George was a bit of a giveaway – it was bandied around so much and we expected it," Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine tells PEOPLE. "And it is a nice tribute to the Queen's father and grandfather [George V]."
Originally posted 07/24/2013 08:00AM
And now for great-granny!
Baby Cambridge woke up in a palace Wednesday and soon afterwards had a visit from a queen. And not just any monarch – this was proud Queen Elizabeth, meeting her great-grandson and third in line to her throne.
The visit, to Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, was the latest for Prince William and Kate's newborn son, following those of his grandparents, who saw him shortly before he left St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, Tuesday.
The Queen visited the cottage – the couple's temporary home while their main digs Apartment 1a are being renovated – for about half an hour.
She was seen smiling proudly as she passed reporters at the palace entrance in her distinctive green Bentley.
Originally posted 07/23/2013 09:45AM
The Royal Family have scores of traditions and precedents. But when it comes to the names of their babies, they prefer to keep you guessing.
Queen Elizabeth waited a full month back in 1948 before revealing Prince Charles's name.
In 1982, Prince Charles and Princess Diana waited a week to tell the world that they'd chosen William as the name of their firstborn – but two years later, they revealed Prince Harry's name the day he left the hospital.
Originally posted 07/22/2013 12:30PM
Hopefully one royal arrival will beget another.
Queen Elizabeth arrived at Buckingham Palace in an SUV on Monday, while Kate is in labor at St. Mary's Hospital.
Last week, the 87-year-old monarch – who will be the baby's great grandmother – told children in Cumbria in northern England that while she didn't have a preference for a boy or a girl, she "would very much like it to arrive. I'm going on holiday. No sign yet."
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.
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