Prince George is Going to be a Big Brother!

Royal Baby Number 2

Today, Kensington Palace announced that the Cambridges are expecting a new addition to the family — royal baby number 2!

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.

The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.

— Kensington Palace

A huge congratulations to the growing family! (And hopes that Kate gets well soon!)

 

Prince William Announces Plans to Put Off Royal Duties for Job As Air Ambulance Pilot

Prince William Announces Plans for New Job…surprises no one.

We all saw this coming. Despite the £4.5 million renovations done on Kensington Palace, Prince William and Kate Middleton are hightailing it out of London for greener pastures.

Since leaving the RAF at Anglesey, where he was based for more than three years, William, 32, has been eager to get back to flying and is set to complete what officials call “a mandatory period of training this autumn and winter.”

He will start work at the area bases at Cambridge and Norwich airports in spring 2015, flying night and day shifts, which will allow for him and wife Kate, also 32, to live primarily at Anmer Hall, their 10-bedroom mansion near Sandringham. The home is undergoing renovations and it is known that the couple want to use it as their base. Although Kensington Palace is the main official residence, they will settle in their country home. “They want to live up there as much as possible,” a source close to them tells PEOPLE.

“They are going to be Norfolk-based and coming to London every so often, rather than London-based and going off for a weekend in Norfolk,” the source says. (People)

Celebitchy — one of my favorite sites for celebrity/royal news — had a lot of good points to make. Like how their essentially creating a job for William out of thin-air… pun intended. Oh, and a commenter smartly pointed out that while his salary will be contributed to charity, it’s still a salary that could be given to other, non-royals, in need of a job pilots.

I’m slowly becoming more and more over these two. What about you?

Kate: Part-time Royal; Full-time Interior Designer

Anmer HallThe good news is the Duchess of Cambridge has been accounted for. The bad news is that her excuse for having not worked at all since the tour is rather ridiculous…

You see, she’s been MIA from working because she’s redecorating not one, but two royal palaces she, William and Prince George will soon call home–Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall. Those palaces–one being called a ‘fancy farmhouse’— aren’t going to decorate themselves, after all… The people Kate hires will do all the heavy lifting. But those various shades of purple for the palace walls will need to be hand-picked by an art history graduate, right? And after all that paint picking, showing up to a charity event or ball would be extreme for even the hardest of workers.

I’m trying to give Kate the benefit of the doubt, but report after report, or lack thereof, makes it hard to take her seriously.

Royal Rewind: Week of April 4, 2014

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This past week in Royal news…

Since releasing last week’s latest family portrait, many have pointed out the similarities between Prince George and his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince William, Prince Harry, and Kate attended friends’ Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett’s wedding. Cressida was not in attendance.

Kate shopped at the Gap, 500 yards from Kensington Palace, while security waited outside in running vehicle.

Prince William, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen unveiled a new horse statue among cherry blossoms.

Worries grow as details continue to be released regarding the Royal tour Down Under.

Queen still kindles her love of horses at age 88.

The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, was bitten by the selfie bug.

Princess Eugenie visited hospital where she underwent spinal surgery as a child, opened a new wing.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh met with the Pope at Vatican. Pope presented gift for Prince George.

Harry and Cressida’s engagement will be ‘sooner than many people think.’

Prince Harry visited Olympic Park, cuteness ensues.

Around the web…

Great piece from Victoria Arbiter, a second-generation Royals correspondent, on living at Kensington Palace.

Who wore it best from the ladies at Go Fug Yourself, as awesome as you’d expect.

PopSugar covered the ‘Evolution of the Royal Portrait.’

Kate Middleton Review wrote insightful piece on Kate’s shopping trip to the Gap.

Love, Lola wrote about the possible reasons Cressida wasn’t at the ‘Walking with the Wounded’ charity event, and also Royal bling. Both topics that prove more than intriguing.

And, as expected, everyone’s prepping for the Royal Tour… less than two days to go! More details to follow…

Kensington Palace’s renovation backlash

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are supposedly bracing themselves for backlash once the costs are revealed regarding their Kensington Palace renovations.

Budget woes

With the budget of Apartment 1A, once home to Princess Margaret, originally set at  £1 million, it’s expected to double by completion. Much of the initial cost was, however, because of “essential building work” which includes roofing, heating, and asbestos removal.

Color scheme disappoints

The color palette Kate had chosen initially has apparently left her dissatisfied and it must be redone. She’s said to be blaming her original choice of paint, and it’s “horrible purple tinge,”on the pregnancy hormones she was experiencing at the time.

Kensington Palace Apartments

Cost for taxpayers

I’m admittedly not well-versed on how much the monarchy receives from the taxpayers and how much is their own fortune, but with the economic climate as of late, and the hardships facing many at this time, I can certainly see how many would be frustrated with such reports of their royals spending. Add to that William and Kate’s £5,000 “donation” to flood victims and I’d be pretty disenchanted as well.

I’m not sure who helps guide the two in their royal spending, yet alone their public image, but it doesn’t take a PR maven to know this is not going to go over well…

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