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Originally posted 07/22/2013 07:35AM
For once, the much-photographed Kate and William managed to avoid the cameras, when the soon-to-be mother was driven to the hospital from Kensington Palace early Monday morning – though officials will not say if William was behind the wheel.
What they would say is that the royals arrived at St. Mary's Hospital before 6 a.m., while photographers on the scene say that the convoy was spotted around 5:30 a.m.
William and Kate and their entourage drove in two vehicles – a sedan and a town car – on side roads behind the hospital's private Lindo Wing before entering the building through the entrance to the Mary Stanford wing.
It's only two or three steps across a small sidewalk from the car to the hospital door.
Originally posted 07/17/2013 11:25AM
First it was Camilla hinting that the royal baby will be here by the end of the week. Now, it's Queen Elizabeth who's gently nudging mum-to-be Kate, who is expected to give birth any day now.
The 87-year-old monarch was talking to children in Cumbria in northern England, when she was asked if she hopes the royal baby will be a boy or a girl. "I don't think I mind," she said, before telling the children, "I would very much like it to arrive. I'm going on holiday. No sign yet." (The Queen heads to her Balmoral estate in the Scottish highlands at the end of next week.)
But while her family – and the rest of the world, it seems – hang on for baby news, the couple at the heart of what's been dubbed the #GreatKateWait on Twitter try to remain cool and calm as temperatures rise amid a London heat wave.
Originally posted 07/09/2013 12:05PM
With a private charter helicopter already waiting on the grounds of their home in North Wales, it's clear that Prince William's staff and Buckingham Palace are well prepared should Kate go into labor early.
But William, 31, is also surely going over last-minute preparations of his own, to be sure nothing is left to chance when the big day arrives.
Among his priorities:
Originally posted 07/08/2013 02:00PM
Prince William and Kate's much-anticipated child will have his or her own special title, to be bestowed upon the new arrival come naming time.
Baby Cambridge will be a prince or princess, Queen Elizabeth has decreed – making it HRH Prince or Princess "Name" of Cambridge.
The child will take his or her title from the household that was created when William, 31, was made a Duke at his 2011 wedding.
Originally posted 07/08/2013 07:15AM
While they and the rest of the world eagerly awaits the Duchess of Cambridge's going into labor, the Royal Family already has baby news to celebrate.
Prince William's cousin, Zara Tindall – commonly known as Zara Phillips – is expecting her first child, due early next year.
The Olympic equestrian, 32, has been married to rugby player Mike Tindall, 33, since July 2011.
A simple statement from the press secretary to Queen Elizabeth, released Monday morning, says, "Mr. and Mrs. Mike Tindall are very pleased to announce that Zara Tindall is expecting a baby in the New Year.
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 06/17/2013 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 06/14/2013 02:45PM
Prince Philip is on the mend.
The 92-year-old royal is doing "much better," his son, Prince Charles, told reporters Friday. Philip, who spent his birthday in the hospital (when his wife, Queen Elizabeth, paid him a visit), was admitted for an exploratory operation on his abdomen, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.
On Friday, his grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry visited in the hospital, following a visit by Charles and Camilla, who had arrived half an hour earlier.
Philip was admitted to the hospital on June 6 and was expected to stay for two weeks.
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.
Originally posted 06/07/2013 01:45PM
It was business as usual for Queen Elizabeth on Friday.
With her husband Prince Philip, 91, in the hospital for an exploratory operation, the Queen, 87, continued with her planned visit to open the new BBC headquarters in London.
While observers might expect her to be with her husband of 65 years, for the Queen her work comes first.
"Everything comes second to duty, especially self. People don't understand that these days," says Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine. "It is always like that."
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