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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 …

What We Learnt: Prince Harry’s Takeover of The Today Programme

Prince Harry’s stint as guest editor on BBC 4’s flagship news programme did not disappoint for its variety and top-draw interview subjects; They don’t come any bigger than the erstwhile occupant of the White House, President Barack Obama and heir to the British throne, Prince Charles [Pa] who has “bored him to tears” banging on about the devastating impact of climate change. And the easy bit? Getting Obama to do his first candid interview since leaving Pennsylvania Avenue last year told us he had friends in high places and an “outsize” voice according to Obama. RELATED STORY: Meghan Markle’s £56,000 Ralph & Russo Engagement Gown He hinted how fiancee Suits actress Meghan Markle had fared well with the in-laws at their Sandringham Christmas get-together, “running around with the kids” of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. He however let his guard down when he let slip: “She’s done an absolutely amazing job, she’s getting in there and it’s the family that I suppose she’s never had.” Now that told us volumes about Markle’s private family …

Queen Lauds Grenfell Spirit in Milestone Christmas Broadcast

Grenfell Tower victims and the firefighters who battled the fatal blaze which claimed 71 lives headlined the Queen’s 60th Christmas Day broadcast. The 91-year-old monarch also praised the resilience of London and Manchester after “appalling attacks”. The “powerful identities” of the capital and the northern English city had shone through after militant attacks as well as the devastating fire that destroyed the residential tower block in west London in June, the Queen said. The 91 year-old monarch, whose televised address is a Christmas staple in Britain, recounted how it had been a privilege to visit victims of the bomb attack at a pop concert in Manchester, as she was able to witness the bravery and resilience of survivors first-hand. On the 60th anniversary of her first televised Christmas address, she said her reflections on the year had made her “grateful for the blessings of home and family”, and praised her husband and his “unique” sense of humour. The Duke of Edinburgh, 96, has been at the queen’s side throughout her 65 years on the throne, …

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 …

When Harry Quizzed Barack

Interviewing the former most powerful man in the world could be one of the most daunting tasks even for a seasoned broadcaster, but when you are royalty you could be considered bullet-proof. Facing each other across a table with two microphones Prince Harry warms to his task advising his subject, President Barack Obama, erstwhile occupant of the White House about interview techniques warning he will get “the face”, if he takes too long between answers. In the snippet published on the BBC news website Prince Harry grills Obama as guest editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. In the prelude the former president enquires if he needs a British accent and offers to turn the tables and interview Prince Harry. Prince Harry who recently announced his engagement to Suits actress American divorcee Meghan Markle has become close to the Obamas since former first lady Michelle came to tea at Kensington Palace. They also share a joint interest in the welfare of ex-servicemen. President Obama was a guest at this year’s Invictus Games in Canada where the interview …

Royal Wedding: Date Set for Harry and Meghan Marriage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to wed on Saturday 19 May 2018 Kensington Palace has confirmed. The couple recently announced their engagement after a 18-month long-distance romance. The wedding will be held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle with the Royal family footing the estimated £1.5m bill. Related Story: Why Princess Meghan will never become photo icon like Wallis Simpson Markle will also be spending christmas with the Queen at Sandringham in a departure from established royal protocol where the monarch never entertains unmarried spouses of members of the royal family. It continues the rapid transformation of the former Suits actress who has relocated from Canada to London to live with Prince Harry at Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace. She has also performed her first royal engagement in Nottingham and seems to be relishing the challenges of her new life under the media glare. His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May 2018. Today’s announcement follows earlier confirmation of the month of the …