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!)

 

The Latest Buzz: Prince William flew among peasants; Prince Harry wants Cressida back; Where are Kate and George?

William and Kate Harry and Cressida

William and Kate Harry and Cressida

 

Prince William and economy (seating)

Prince William Flies Econony

People are praising Prince William after a US reporter tweeted a photo of the Prince flying ‘coach’ (a term Americans use for economy seating) on an American Airlines flight from Memphis to Dallas. In the words of Doge, Much brave. Nice save. Such peasant. Very relate.

At first, I was actually impressed. I may have even been among those in appreciation of the Prince’s gesture, flying among the peasants and all… until I started looking into the whole thing. Here’s the thing, it was a flight from Memphis to Dallas. A flight lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes at most. Also, he’s sitting at the very front, and boarded privately from the rest of the passengers. Ok… but such domestic flights, especially when such a short distance, don’t even have options for First Class seating… the first couple of seats are merely considered First Class. But hey, after a trip that cost UK taxpayers a reported $84,000 for security of the young royals during their jaunt to the Memphis wedding. But footed the bill for the trip–aside from the security–themselves. Had Kate been with him, I highly doubt we’d have seen them fly coach, unless, of course, for PR purposes.

Had William flown among us peasants in economy from Dallas to London, well then I’d be rather impressed. But he obviously didn’t, or we’d have that being shoved down our throats, too.

As for Prince Harry’s travel arrangements back to the UK? I think Vanity Fair said it best:

Harry, however, was nowhere to be seen on William’s flight, which means it is still possible thetwerk-happynewly single redhead returned to London on a gold-plated private jet piloted by Snoop Dogg, populated by the casts of the three most recent Real World seasons, and D.J.ed by an Avicii-Skrillex collaboration. 

Prince Harry plus Cressida equals?

Cressida and Harry

Drama. Lots of drama. The amount of conflicting reports, sometimes from the same news source (hello, Daily Mail!), what are we really to believe? Was she ‘too needy’ or not? Is Prince Harry ‘bombarding‘ her with 15 texts a day? Does this have Kate’s fingerprints all over it? (Spoiler alert: probably.) Is it not over for the two? Who knows. I certainly hope so. I’m still pulling for Chelsy Davy… but that’s a story for another post, maybe later this week?

Anyway, I wanted to post this solid point from a comment I got about the whole debacle (and my saying I think Prince Harry’s camp should apologize for the ‘too needy’ accusation):

I don’t think his camp needs to apologize for calling her needy because her camp has been treading on him in the press as well. She would have been a major headache had she married in because that family of hers has been doing nothing but courting the press and leaking since he started dating her. Notice how there are only paparazzi photos of her and engagement rumors when Harry is out of the UK. She also has been represented by StuartWattsPr since they began dating. Those were her intentions from the beginning. I don’t feel sorry for her she tried to play the game and she lost.

*Slow Clap* Great point.

(I love your all’s comments! Keep them coming. I had hoped this site would start discussions!)

Royal roll call

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 1

Though I’d be lying if I said I expected to see them for months after their vacation grueling tour and all their work, I wish we could see a little bit of George in the country he will someday rule… but, seeing as how they pretty much hid him for 7 months after his christening, I’m an idiot to expect anything else. Maybe we’ll see him on his sixteenth birthday if the media continues to play into all of Prince William and Kate’s requests, maybe.

Many are speculating that the ducal couple headed straight from Australia to yet another holiday, perhaps even Switzerland to ski. (Prince William was seen in the Swiss Air lounge in Chicago.) Love, Lola has a really good post about just this topic.

I think skiing is anything but a vacation–holy workout!–but I also think the Royal Tour was anything but ‘a lot of work.’ But then again, I’ve never had to have my hair and makeup done every morning, don custom dresses, and collect dozens of bouquets from doting fans for a few hours everyday, so who am I to know the stress Kate must endure each day on behalf of the monarchy.

So much gossip to process. I don’t even really know how I feel about it all. What are your thoughts?

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Royal Rewind: Week of April 11, 2014

Royal visit to Australia and NZ - Day 3

This past week in Royal news…

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived Down Under to start their tour.

Man attempted to ‘meet with Queen’ said he figured she was expecting him.

The Queen hosted Irish state visit.

Prince George shined during his first official engagement.

William and Kate participated in wreath laying ceremony for war veterans, toured aviation center, and revealed a portrait of the Queen at evening reception.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall celebrated their wedding anniversary.

William and Kate visited with RNZAF families, competed in yacht race against one another. (Kate won both races.)

William met with a 9-year-old girl, whom he had been photographed with in 2005, when she was 5 months old. (Pictured above.)

Around the web…

Kate had another ‘Marilyn Moment’ and it really is getting to be obnoxious.

Kate mentioned to one of the RNZAF mother’s that William was away often during the first months after Prince George was born.

Curious who’s the team behind the Cambridges on this tour (besides, of course, their nanny)? The ladies at What Would Kate Do gives us the 4-1-1 on Team Cambridge.

Prince Harry, William and Kate may be in the States next month for a friend’s wedding in Tennessee.

 

 

The Cambridges release new family portrait

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Release Family Photograph Ahead Of Tour To Australia & New Zealand

By George! How he has grown

A new portrait was released this week of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and sweet Prince George (and pup Lupo, too!) just in time for Mother’s Day (in the United Kindgom). I’m personally a bit disappointed that we only see the side of Prince George’s cherub-like face, but he sure looks cute from the side. He is reported to have ‘Middleton eyes‘ and is wearing a personalized sweater from grandpa Prince Charles.

Awkward family photo

To be honest, at first I wasn’t even sure if this photo was real. It reminded me a lot of the spoof photos artist Alison Jackson often does.

It’s a bit washed out, and I was surprised they would pick such a photo that 1. has George looking the wrong direction, and 2. makes Kate look as though she is gritting her teeth in disdain. It’s still a sweet photo, I just wouldn’t have picked it myself.

Kate Middleton Review wrote a blog post about the photo and touched on a lot of things I had previously overlooked. Like the fact it’s incredibly staged and appears to have a feeling of gloom about it.

Is it a coincidence that we are viewing them through the window?  It’s not an invitation into their intimate family moment—as other royal baby pictorials have been—it’s giving a peek into their family, but still blocking the viewer out.  There is literally a wall there between the viewer and the Cambridges.  It’s like they’re saying, “We’re in here, you are out there and you don’t get to come in.”  It’s a reflection of William’s attitude toward the press and public.

They go onto point out how often the press was granted family photos of the Prince and Princess of Wales when Prince William himself was a child.

You know what’s a happy family baby photo?  This one.  And this one.  And this one.  And this one.  Oh, and this one, too.  And those are just the top Google searches.  There are plenty more.  Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting that from George.

It makes me particularly uneasy seeing as how unhappy they look in such a staged, calculated photo.

Here’s to hoping their upcoming tour proves the couple to be a bit more, shall we say, happy to be in one another’s company.

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