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Prince William Returns To Work, But What’s Next For The Future King?

Prince William‘s paternity leave was up yesterday, two weeks after his son was born at St. Mary’s Lindo Wing in London, England.

Flight Lieutenant Wales, as he is known in the Royal Air Force, will complete his operational tour up at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales at the end of this month. The Duke has been stationed there in the Search and Rescue Force since January 2009, qualifying as a co-pilot and then a captain in June 2012.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have lived in a rented farmhouse near the base since before their April 2011 wedding, a cohabitational first for any future monarch and his/her future consort.

On July 28th, the Daily Express published an exclusive on William’s decision to leave the Royal Air Force and rejoin the Blues and Royals, a calvary regiment of the British Army.

The Duke would, according to senior sources, rank as captain in the Household Cavalry’s Mounted Regiment, taking part in ceremonial parades, conducting soldier inspections before they go on duty, and completing “career reports” on troops in his squadron for the unit commander, according to the Express. It’s a job that would not require deployment (although this point is moot for William, who will never see action on the front lines, as he is second-in-line to the throne).

“As speculation goes it’s probably a pretty safe bet,” royal expert Victoria Arbiter told me about the report. “Although I don’t think William will be nearly as happy as he has been flying helicopters.”

Fortunately for the Mrs. and Prince George, William’s office would be in Hyde Park barracks in Knightsbridge, not too far from the Cambridge’s new digs at Kensington Palace.

The palace has yet to confirm what William’s plans are – continue with his military career or take on more royal duties -but a British Army source told the Express that plans are in place for the Duke to take on this new role.

“Our understanding is that he will finish with the RAF, have some leave that is due and then return to the Blues and Royals and serve with the Mounted Regiment, where he will take an appointment as second in command of a squadron,” the source said. “It is not a difficult role but it requires a lot of attention to detail.”

With Prince Philip, 92, still recovering from abdominal surgery (he’s due to take on an engagement in Scotland next week, according to the BBC) and the Queen, 87, decreasing her number of annual duties (though not abdicating), the logical choice is for William to take on more responsibilities as a senior royal.

On Wednesday, August 14th, the Duke will visit the Anglesey Show by his base in Wales. Kensington Palace confirms that William will watch gundog and falconry displays, as well as meeting with Young Farmers and view some cattle judging.

No word yet on whether the Duchess and their son will join William.

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Royal Knick-Knacks To Celebrate Prince George’s Birth

The Royal Mint has created a commemorative coin celebrating the birth of His Royal Highness, Prince George of Cambridge.

“As befits a baby that is destined to be sovereign, we have chosen a design made famous on the most royal of coins, the Sovereign itself,” the website declared. “St George and the dragon, instantly recognisable, has been struck in silver for the first time in over 100 years, on a 5 crown-sized coin – beautiful, impressive and very special.”

In addition to the coin, other companies have created adorable toys and treats in honor of the newest Cambridge. Click on the gallery to pick up what we’re throwing down.

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Breaking News: Pregnant Kate Middleton Has Gone Into Labor

As promised, Kensington Palace confirmed today at that the Duchess of Cambridge is safely in her hospital room inside St. Mary’s Lindo Wing.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labour,” the palace tweeted just before 3am ET.

“The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.”

The palace confirmed that Her Royal Highness went into labor “naturally.” She is progressing well, they told members of the press.

Much to the press pack’s delight outside, Her Royal Highness is due to give birth to the future monarch imminently.

This is the first time social media has been used to make such an announcement regarding a royal birth. Royal reporter Dickie Arbiter, LVO, told me that when she was pregnant, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Princess of Wales was in the Lindo Wing, and then again when the baby was born (the palace does not comment on if/when the expectant mother goes into labor)

Arbiter noted that in addition to a notice from Clarence House, the announcement from Kensington Palace will go to the Press Association and their email list.

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How News Broke That Kate Middleton Went Into Labor

Photographer Jesal Parshotam and his colleague, Darren Sacks have been anticipating the Duke and Duchess arrival at St. Mary’s Hospital, just like everyone else. However, it was a hunch last night that made him wait it out while other members of the press went home.

“We took a guess. It was a full moon so we thought why not come down? We stayed there from 8pm in the evening until about 5.30am,” Parshotam told the Evening Standard.

“We were just standing outside chilling and talking and then it all happened. The cars showed up. They were very, very simple cars – it was very discreet…the protection officers jumped out and they all rushed in. It was a very swift manoeuvre. The Duchess went in and the cars were gone very quickly – within a minute. That was it.”

Parshotam, who has been a celebrity and royal photographer for two years, decided ahead of time that he would not photograph Her Royal Highness. Instead, he tweeted from the scene “Kate Middleton has gone into hospital” just before 6am GBT.

“We had decided in advance we were not going to take a photo of her,” Parshotam told the paper. “I made that decision – she’s a woman in labour. I just wanted to photograph the commotion and convoy of cars. That was a personal decision we both made. To take a picture of her would have been over stepping the mark.

“The protection officers were surprised to see us. They asked us why we were there and questioned us.”

It’s believed that Catherine went into labor naturally, and as of press time, she is “progressing well.”

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Is This What The Royal Baby Will Look Like?

Prince William First Day Nursery School 1985

Kate Middleton and Prince William may have announced the birth of their first child – a boy – on Monday, but the world has yet lay eyes on the royal tot.

“Baby Cambridge,” as the press have affectionately dubbed, was born at the Lindo Wing of London’s St. Mary’s Hospital at 4:24 PM local time – the same place Princess Diana gave birth to William just 31 years ago.

Weighing in at 8 lbs, 4 oz, the little bundle of joy will be staying at the hospital overnight with his mother as the two prepare for their post-birth debut this coming week, according to the Duke and Duchess’ official office. The baby is currently the third in line to the throne, after his father William and grandfather Prince Charles.

“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry & families have been told and are delighted,” royal officials tweeted on July 22.

Seeing how we can’t see the royal baby just yet, there’s no harm in seeing maybe how he will look should he take William’s genes. Launch the gallery above to see the Prince of Wales’ life in pictures!

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Carole And Michael Middleton Visit Their Royal Grandson In Hospital

Carole Michael Middleton Arrive St. Mary's Lindo Wing

Carole Middleton has been talked about almost as much as her daughter since news of a royal baby broke last December. What kind of a grandmother would she be? Would she be overbearing and too controlling when it came to Great Britain’s future monarch? Would she duke it out with Camilla over who was the better granny? The last one is a toughie, given that the Duchess of Cornwall is only a stepgrandmother (and a sore reminder of Diana’s absence during this exciting time).

Surprisingly, Carole wasn’t present when the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy yesterday at 4:24 pm local time. It was expected that the Middleton matriarch would at least be inside the Lindo Wing when it happened, but that wasn’t the case. Instead, the new family were able to spend a few hours together before making their big announcement.

Today, Carole and Michael Middleton posed for a few photos before walking into the maternity wing, much like they did a day after the royal wedding outside the Goring Hotel.

The grandparents spoke briefly of their visit afterwards. “He’s absolutely beautiful,” Carole said. ” We’re so thrilled.”

When asked for a name, Granny Middleton replied, “Absolutely not.”

It’s been reported that Catherine will spend a lot of time at her parents Bucklebury home, which boasts 7 bedrooms and a pool (it’s really hot over in England right now).

Members of the royal household were seen bringing a baby carrier and garment bag into one of the Lindo wing’s side entrances today, leading many to believe that the new family will leave hospital as early as this evening.

According to What Kate Wore, Carole donned Orla Kiely’s “Dancing Girls Tea” dress with Russell & Bromley pumps.

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Newspapers Go All Out For The Royal Birth

A 41-gun salute went off in Green Park today, followed by one at the Tower of London, marking the birth of a brand new royal baby. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, whose is third-in-line to the British throne, was treated to not only the gun salutes, but also music from the Queen’s Guardsmen, bell peals from Westminster Abbey (three hours’ worth) and – of course- clever front page captions to mark this celebratory occasion.

As the Middleton family went into St. Mary’s Lindo Wing today, the world waits for William, Catherine and their baby to walk through the front door. There, they will most likely pose for photos (briefly) before heading back to Kensington Palace.

Check out the best front page covers in our gallery.

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Prince Harry Will ‘Have A Brew Ready’ For Alexander Skarsgard

Alexander Skarsgard will join the US Team for Walking With The Wounded’s South Pole Allied Challenge this November. The True Blood star will compete against Prince Harry‘s UK team, sponsored by Glenfiddich.

“I’m honored to be working and training alongside these soldiers to raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause,” Skarsgard said, according to People.

The trek’s aim to raise awareness and money for wounded veterans.Harry took part in the North Pole expedition back in 2011, shortly before his brother’s wedding.

Back in April, a competitive Harry set the bar for other teams.

“So, it just remains for me to say to Soldier On Canada, Soldiers To Summits from the US and Soldier On Australia – welcome to the party,” the prince said. “As a member of the British team, I will have a brew ready for you when you join us at the Pole.”

All teams have been taking part in extensive training prior to the November start date. The goal is to reach the South Pole around December 17th, 2013.

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Kate Middleton’s Not Too Keen On Prince Harry’s Girlfriend

Guys, guess what. Even Kate Middleton gets jealous.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s brother-in-law, Prince Harry has been dating Cressida Bonas since May 2012, but Her Royal Highness would prefer the lovebirds not get married. Ever.

The Duchess had to once fight Bonas’ half-sister, Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, for Prince William‘s attention.

Back in the 2004, Middleton and William split for the first time, reportedly because William wanted to sow his wild oats. During their time-out, William made a beeline for actress Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, Bonas’ half-sister.

“He [William] had fallen for her in a huge way and wanted to be with her,” a source told the Daily Mail of William and Calthorpe. “He propositioned her several times that summer and although Isabella was single, she knocked William back and said it would be too damaging for her and her career.

“Kate was very aware of his obsession with Isabella and she was incredibly threatened by her. Isabella is drop-dead beautiful and would leave any girl in the shade. I would go so far as to say that William dumped Kate because he thought he had a chance with Isabella and Kate knew that,” the source added.

“Kate accepted William back again but on the condition that he would not speak to Isabella again.”

Calthorpe married her longtime boyfriend, Sam Branson this past March in South Africa, and was a guest at the 2011 royal wedding (though Branson was not).

However, according to the Telegraph, Calthorpe wasn’t invited to the breakfast reception, nor the evening do at Buckingham Palace. Apparently she hitched a ride home post-ceremony with Guy Ritchie.

“Cressida has said Kate is not keen on her relationship with Harry,” one of her friends told the paper. “Cressie and Isabella could not be closer. Where she goes, Bella goes.

“Kate does not like Isabella because William loved her, and that caused their break-up. Bella’s treatment at the royal wedding won’t be forgotten.”

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Is Pippa Middleton Engaged?

Pippa Middleton Nico Jackson

Take this with a grain of salt, but it’s being reported that Pippa Middleton is engaged.

Friends of the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister have allegedly told the UK tabloid, Mirror that Pippa and boyfriend Nico Jackson became secretly engaged way back in June, just before the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

35-year-old Jackson and 29-year-old Middleton have been dating for just about six months, and have apparently held off on making an official announcement as to avoid stealing any limelight from the birth of Kate and Prince William’s first child.

According to the source, that announcement should come shortly after Middleton’s 30th birthday next week.

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