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Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan Invite over 2,500 Ordinary People

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle will invite more than 2,500 members of the public to take part in their wedding day celebrations in May, Kensington Palace has confirmed. Harry and US actress Markle are tying the knot at Windsor Castle on 19 May in a ceremony expected to attract a global media coverage as did the marriage of Harry’s elder brother William to Kate Middleton in 2011, watched by an estimated two billion people. “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will invite 2,640 members of the public to Windsor Castle on their wedding day to watch the arrivals of the bride and groom and their guests and the carriage procession as it departs from the castle,” the statement read. The 2,640 invited guests will be made up of people from charities associated with the couple, local school pupils and members of the local community, and 1,200 people from across the country, chosen from a broad range of backgrounds and ages. “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their wedding day to …

Royals Bank on Meghan Effect

The Royal Family is hoping that some of the magic of its latest recruit rubs off on its charitable activities and public image. She has already had tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace and fast-tracked to attend the traditional Christmas service at Sandringham. Now former US actress Meghan Markle has made her first official appearance alongside fiance Prince Harry and his elder brother William and pregnant wife Kate, the first time the royal “Fab Four” have carried out a public engagement together. The quartet appeared on stage together to take part in the Royal Foundation forum, a new annual event to showcase the projects run or launched by the royals’ main charitable and philanthropic vehicle which William and Harry set up in 2011. Royal courtiers will be hoping Markle’s growing popularity in Britain will boost the vast charitable portfolio of the Royal family. Harry, 33 and Markle, 36, have attracted worldwide media attention since they announced last November they were getting married while William, 35 and Kate, 36, have been a major media draw …

Princess Charlotte Poses for a ‘Mumsie’ Before Nursery School

Princess Charlotte has celebrated a significant milestone by posing for two portrait images shot by her budding photographer mother, the Duchess of Cambridge who turns 36 tomorrow. Pictures taken by the pregnant duchess on Monday (8 January) showed the smiling and composed two-year-old perched and standing on the steps of the family home in Kensington Palace before setting off for her first day at the private Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington. On its website the school, rated as “outstanding” by government inspectors, describes itself as traditional, saying it “strives to maintain its ethos for high standards, excellence and good manners”. Fees are £3,050 per term for mornings and £1,800 for afternoons. Charlotte is fourth-in-line to the British throne behind her father Prince William, her elder brother George and grandfather Prince Charles and her parents are expecting a third baby in April. Unlike previous senior royals, she follows in the footsteps of her father who attended nursery school as a child and sibling George who progressed from nursery to primary school in September when he enrolled …

Dress Like a Rock Star in Eric Clapton’s Shiny Puffas

“That’s from Eric,” a British Red Cross volunteer at London’s best-connected charity shop on Chelsea’s Old Church Street cajoles a customer contemplating a black shiny down Moncler jacket, a snip at £300. ‘Eric’ is legendary rock guitarist, Eric Clapton, 73, who lives nearby and co-owns Cordings of Picaddily famed for its traditional English tailoring comprising clothes for country pursuits. The singer bought 50% of the label when it faced closure and regularly donates entire collections to the shop. He said at the time of his acquisiton:”I am a big fan of English traditional tailoring and have always been intrigued by the balance between functionality and style in the development of men’s fashion. “I wanted to help preserve Cordings for myself so I could continue to shop there.” Clapton’s spirit, looms larger than life here; in an inscribed penny loafer with the Wonderful Tonight crooner’s name and Cordings’ hunting suits, monk skins, corduroys, waistcoats and many other expensive attire. A Dolce and Gabbana wool overcoat spotting a gold chain label has been donated by David Beckham …

Racy and Lacy: Meghan Markle’s £56,000 Ralph & Russo Engagement Gown

Prince Harry and his American fiancee Suits actress Meghan Markle released a series of portraits on Thursday (December 21) by New York-based fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski to mark their engagement. And the photos went down a storm that Kensington Palace subsequently released a third bonus black and white candid portrait with the couple in a full-length pose. A spokesperson expressed the engaged couple’s gratitude on Instagram: “Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments following the release of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle’s engagement photographs. ‘The couple are so grateful for the warm and generous messages they have received during such a happy time in their lives. As a way to say thank you, they have decided to share this candid photograph from the day of their portrait sittings directly with all of you.” Lubomirski, a former Mario Testino assistant, famed for his photos of Harry’s mother Princess Diana, took the pictures at the royal retreat of Frogmore House, near Windsor Castle, west of London, where the couple are due to marry on …

Princess Charlotte Joins Toddlers Who Lunch

Princess Charlotte, the two-year-old daughter of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is to start at a nursery school near the family home in west London in January 2018, Kensington Palace has confirmed. The fourth-in-line to the throne will attend the Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington. “We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte,” the school said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January.” On its website the school, rated as “outstanding” by government inspectors, describes itself as traditional, saying it “strives to maintain its ethos for high standards, excellence and good manners”. Fees are £3,050 per term for mornings and £1,800 for afternoons. A lunch club comes as an optional extra at £580.00 per term for one afternoon per week, £1160 per term for two afternoons per week and £1740 per term for all three afternoons during the week. The school states as part of its strict admissions policy: “All our fees are payable strictly in advance. A full …