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The History Behind the Lotus Flower Tiara Kate Wore to Queen's Reception

Kate Middleton Wears Lotus Flower Tiara After Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret

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."

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Kate Sparkles in Stunning Tiara on Night Out with William

Kate Middleton Wears a Tiara on Night Out with Prince William

Originally posted 12/03/2013 05:00PM

Now that was an entrance!

Kate Middleton looked every inch a princess when she attended an event at Buckingham Palace with husband Prince William on Tuesday.

Wearing a sparkling diamond tiara for the first time since her 2011 wedding, the new mom paired it with diamond earrings and a white lace dress.

Her husband also looked dashing in a white tie and tails.

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Prince William & Kate Observe Remembrance Day

Prince William & Kate Observe Remembrance Day

Originally posted 11/10/2013 11:35AM

Prince William and Prince Harry helped lead Britain in commemorating the country's war dead on Sunday.

William, 31, who served as a RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot until September, was watched by wife Kate as he laid a wreath of poppies at a memorial in central London. He followed his brother, army captain Harry, 29, who donned his ceremonial Household Cavalry great coat with wide red collar, in paying tribute on behalf of his father, Prince Charles (who is in India with wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall).

As in previous years, Kate, 31, watched from a balcony above Whitehall, central London, alongside William’s aunt Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Tim Laurence, the husband of Princess Anne. Kate donned a brooch in the shape of a poppy – the traditional symbol worn to honor those who have perished in wars.

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See Prince William, Kate and Prince George's Official Portrait | Kate Middleton, Prince William

UpdatePosted 10/25/2013 06:25AM

Royal Christening: Prince William, Kate and Prince George Pose for Official Portrait

Originally posted 10/24/2013 05:25PM

The joy of succession.

On Thursday, the Palace released four official portraits showcasing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son, Prince George, taken after the young royal was christened on Wednesday.

In one of the historic photographs taken by celebrity photographer Jason Bell Queen Elizabeth sits with three generations of heirs – the Queen, 87, poses with son Prince Charles, 64, grandson Prince William, 31, and 3-month-old Prince George. The image pays homage to a photograph taken in 1894 of Queen Victoria with her four living immediate heirs at the christening of then Prince Edward Albert of York.

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Prince George's Baby Carriage: Sign of the Times at Balmoral

Prince George's Baby Carriage: Sign of the Times at Balmoral

Originally posted 10/24/2013 11:10AM

Prince George may only be 3 months old, but the newly baptized baby is already making his presence felt in his family.

When Time visited Queen Elizabeth's Balmoral estate in preparation for its new cover story on Prince Charles, writer Catherine Mayer spotted a smart Silver Cross pram – what Americans call a baby carriage – with a navy blue canopy and cover, standing in a hallway by the side door.

That was not the only passing of traditions that the magazine reported.

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Prince Charles Opens Up About His Life, Family – & Becoming King

UpdatePosted 10/24/2013 09:05AM

Prince Charles: The Man Who Still Will Be King

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.

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William, Kate & George at Home (in the Tub!): Spoof Photos Look Hilariously Real

William, Kate & George at Home: Spoof Royal Photos Look Hilariously Real

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.

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William and Kate Help the Queen Entertain at Balmoral

Prince William and Kate Help the Queen Entertain at Balmoral Castle

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.

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Prince Charles Would Be Britain's Oldest King

Prince Charles Would Be Britain's Oldest King

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.)

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James Bond Parachute Stuntman from London Olympics Dies in Fall

James Bond Parachute Stuntman from London Olympics Dies in Fall

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.

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