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When Kensington Palace released HRH Prince George of Cambridge’s birth certificate on Friday, all eyes were on the mother’s occupation: “Princess of the United Kingdom.”

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Since the royal wedding on April 29th, 2011, it was made clear that Catherine Middleton would be styled Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She was not to be referred to as “Princess Catherine,” since she was not of royal blood. Despite this, some outlets decided to go ahead and refer to the Berkshire native as “Princess Kate.”

Just like Diana and the Countess of Wessex, royal protocol dictates that Catherine is not entitled to a style preceding her first name.

“On marriage, Prince William retained the title Prince William of Wales and as the wife of a Royal Prince, The Duchess is entitled to use the name of her husband, Princess William of Wales,” a royal source told me.

“It is important to note she is not Princess Catherine or Princess Kate though,” the source made sure to point out.

This entitlement reflects her position within the royal family. As royal blogger Ella Kay pointed out, there is a difference between ranking and title.

“The couple chose to use these names/ titles in the same way as other members of the Royal Family have used the titles conferred upon them by the Queen on marriage,” the source added.

The takeaway: Catherine is, in fact, a princess of the United Kingdom because, says the source, she is “Princess William of Wales.”

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Queen Elizabeth was so overjoyed by the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge, that she invited staff at three of her royal residences to a champagne toast.

“The Queen is on cloud nine at the moment and wanted to share her happiness with her hard-working staff, so the obvious thing to do was to get out the champers,” a royal source told the Express (via HELLO! Magazine).

“Everyone was in a fantastic mood and we all toasted the baby, the parents and the Queen,” another added. “It was a fabulous gesture of her and everyone appreciated it. Everyone is so happy for the royals and especially the Queen. We have never seen her looking so happy and content.”

Employees at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland all raised a glass to the third-in-line, who is at his maternal grandparents’ home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

Her Majesty extended the invitation to staff at all three locations on Friday to “enjoy a glass of champagne to celebrate the royal birth.”

The Queen is now on holiday at Balmoral, a castle in Scotland that has been in the family since Queen Victoria’s reign. At the moment, Prince Philip is too ill to join Her Majesty on the annual trip after undergoing surgery a few months ago. According to the Mirror, he will spend a bit more time convalescing at Sandringham.

The Duke of Edinburgh has yet to meet his great-grandson, and reports speculate that this may not happen until George’s christening in the fall. The Daily Mail, however, speculates that the meeting could happen as early as next month, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spend a weekend at the castle.

Since the first of July, members of the press and royal watchers the world over have been anxiously awaiting Great Britain’s future monarch. It is now July 20th, and still there is no sign of the Duchess of Cambridge at St. Mary’s Hospital in London.

I went on this week’s episode to explain details, rumors and hype surrounding the imminent birth. This type of extensive coverage hasn’t been seen since Prince William‘s birth in June 1982. And even then, social media and email didn’t exist, making it not nearly as competitive.

When Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess of Cambridge was safely in hospital and about to pop (not in so many words), the Twittersphere went bananas. Though some may not want to admit it, they’re just as interested in this royal birth as the rest of us. Take for instance, Chrissy Teigen:

“I don’t even care.” Me, on the royal baby, as I furiously scroll twitter for updates

– christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 22, 2013

Just 11 minutes before that, Teigen tweeted:

This isn’t your baby Kate. Apparently it is our baby. All of us.

– christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 22, 2013

Girl, the miracle of life is righteous. Especially when it’s royal.

Buckleberry Manor Will Be Baby Cambridge's Temporary Home

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the proud new parents of the Prince of Cambridge, and once William’s two weeks of paternity leave is up, Kate will call on the help of her parents, who own a Georgian manor just outside London.

Kate is foregoing royal tradition as she moves into her parents’ most recently-purchased Bucklebury home with the UK’s future monarch for at least six weeks. Traditionally, a royal child spends a majority of its upbringing with a nanny and baby nurses from the getgo, but the Duchess prefers to be close to her mother, who raised three children without hired help.

The gorgeous estate, known as Bucklebury Manor, contrasts greatly to the palaces, particularly Buckingham. Going from 775 rooms to 7 might be a tight squeeze, but the family seems excited and embracing the low-key change, according to Kate’s uncle, Gary Goldsmith. Carole Middleton’s younger brother recently told the Telegraph that HRH doesn’t want to make any additions to their temporary cottage at Kensington Palace while renovations are underway at apt 1A. “Kate felt it wasn’t worth the money to go all-out [on a nursery],” he explained.

The new home will give the Duchess respite from all the commotion that has swept the world since the highly-anticipated birth, with Michael and Carole there to help her with late-night diaper duty and enjoy private family walks on their stunningly lush 18 acres of land.

Located in Berkshire, the 7-bedroom, 5-reception room mansion will give the growing family a serene backdrop (farm animals included) and a safe, calming environment away from the hustle-and-bustle of London. With a steel-framed green room, tennis court and swimming pool, the Manor offers plenty of recreational activities for any grandchild (and future grandchildren) and a sweet escape for the royal couple.

Click through the CB! gallery above for a tour inside the Middletons Bucklebury Manor.

Only hours after welcoming a son into the world, Prince William and Kate Middleton released a statement Tuesday thanking everyone at St. Mary’s Hospital in London for their hard work and patience.

“We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received,” the couple said. “We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone – staff, patients and visitors – for their understanding during this time.

William and Kate, both 31, welcomed a son Monday afternoon at 14:24 GBT, weighing 8 lbs. 6 oz.

“We could not be happier,” William said in a statement Monday.

Prince William Kate Middleton Range Rover Crathie Kirk Scotland

Queen Elizabeth hosted New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and his family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland this past weekend, with the help of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

During their two-day stay, John and his wife, Bronagh were driven around the estate by Her Majesty, according to the New Zealand Herald. Their son, Max went on a grouse shoot with Prince William, while daughter Stephanie joined Catherine on a hike through the woodlands with others.

The Prime Minister gave a brief interview to the Herald about his stay at the royal family’s Scottish retreat, making sure to keep certain details under wraps (one wants an invite back, after all).

The Keys had a chance to meet Prince George, whomwas described as a “very bonny baby.” They also took part in the famous Mountbatten-Windsor bbq, helmed by the Queen (who does the washing up afterwards) and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Despite still being on the mend from abdominal surgery, Prince Philip took charge of cooking.

“They all pitched in,” Keys told the paper while on a flight to France. “We helped lay the table, all the guests helped. It must be the only bit of informality they really have in their lives. It’s definitely an informal gathering.”

Keys had an audience with the Queen in her Balmoral sitting room, where the Cambridge’s official photo (taken by Michael Middleton) took pride of place on a table by one of the chairs.

Despite Balmoral being the Queen’s annual holiday, she invites prime ministers and other leaders from the Commonwealth realms to visit the historic castle, as well as set aside time to speak about business affairs.

The US trailer and art for Diana were released this week (the film opens stateside November 1st), but Americans aren’t necessarily pre-purchasing tickets to the cinema (when in Rome).

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 3% rating after it opened in the UK September 5th, which critics more or less supported in their reviews:

“The Queen of Hearts has been recast as a sad-sack singleton that even Bridget Jones would cross the street to avoid.” – David Edwards, Daily Mirror

“Watts employs a number of iconic head tilts, hairdos and stick-on noses, but fights a losing battle against a film which has neither backbone nor teeth, swerving drearily between hagiography (‘I just want to help people!’) and hapless cod romance, interspersed with hokey landmine photo-ops and scenic cultural detours through Lahore.” -Mark Kermode, The Guardian

“It never succeeds in being moving, or even involving. It’s not even enjoyably bad.” – Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail

“A special class of awul.” -Tim Robey, Telegraph

Ok, then!






After taking part in BGC’s Charity Day and attending a requiem memorial for family friend, Hugh van Custem, Prince Harry attended the 2013 WellChild Awards at the Dorchester Hotel.

Harry became the first royal patron of the charity in 2007, which provides support and care for seriously ill children and those who look after them.

Harry spoke with some of the guests of honor, who were a smidge more behaved than last year’s crew.

Nine-year-old Nikki Christou told Harry that she shared the same birthday as Prince George. Not only that, but her father’s name is George and her brother goes by Alexander, which is one of George’s middle names.

Harry listened attentively.

“Wow. Very, very weird,” he said to Nikki. “I’ve just literally seen him. Normally when I see him he’s either sleeping or crying but I’ve just seen him smile. It was the first time I’ve seen him smile.”

Harry has been preparing for Walking With The Wounded’s South Pole Challenge, which kicks off in November. On September 17th, the Prince will take part in a 24-hour Cold Chamber training exercise with Team UK.

On Wednesday, Vanity Fair released their International Best Dressed list, and for the third consecutive year, the Duchess of Cambridge had pride of place among an elite group of movers and shakers.

VF listed out labels worn by Her Royal Highness, but one in particular has been completely wiped from Catherine’s royal wardrobe. Issa London was once a staple of the DoC’s, most famously on display at her engagement photocall on November 16th, 2010.

The Duchess wore an Issa bird print wrap dress to the Goring Hotel on the eve of 2011 s royal wedding, then again later that summer during her and William’s Canadian tour.

The last time we saw Catherine in Issa was at an evening event to mark 2011 Canada Day celebrations. The design was a bold purple version of her engagement dress, except with a gathering at the middle rather than a wrap around the torso.

That same month, the Telegraph and WWD announced that Camilla Al-Fayed, whose brother, Dodi died in the 1997 Paris car crash alongside Princess Diana, bought a 51% stake in the London-based company.

At the time of the sale, Issa’s designer Danielle Helayal praised Al Fayed on her business and style know-how.

“The investment will help to grow the business and take it to the next level,” Helayel said. “I looked at a lot of investors, and Camilla came with the best fit. She has the infrastructure behind her, she’s well connected, and she will open a lot of doors.”

The Windsors are believed to want no association whatsover with the Al-Fayed name for a number of reasons, one being patriarch Mohamed’s accusation that the car accident was a conspiracy planned by the royal family.

Mohamed Al-Fayed is famous for calling Prince Philip a “Nazi” and banned him from entering Harrods, which Al-Fayed sold to Qatar Holdings in 2010 for over $2 billion.

“Nothing and no one created more publicity for Issa than Kate in her rich blue engagement dress,” What Kate Wore‘s Susan Kelley said. “The company makes lovely garments, many that were stunning on Kate, it’s a shame we won’t see her wearing Issa designs in the future.”

In the 2011 documentary, Unlawful Killing, Al-Fayed called Queen Elizabeth a “gangster in a tiara,” and burned Harrods’ royal warrants on the grounds of his Surrey estate.

These are just a few reasons why the names “Issa” and the Duchess of Cambridge will never co-exist like once upon a time.

“I can’t imagine any circumstances in which we see Kate wearing the label again, the only possible exception would be if Ms. Al-Fayed were to sell the label and even then, I doubt the Duchess wants to be associated with Issa going forward,” Kelley added.

“One other element of the equation that isn’t frequently discussed, the brand capitalized on their now-tenuous ties to Kate in a way that generally doesn’t bode well for designers and retailers who hope to see the Duchess wearing their merchandise again.”

Her Royal Highness does not accept free clothes from designers, and has been very careful in selecting pieces for royal engagements, from a blue Stella McCartney dress at a July 2012 Olympic exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery to a printed Prabal Gurung dress in Singapore.

Though she’s known to favor British designs like Alexander McQueen, Temperley London and Jenny Packham, the Duchess of Cambridge also recycles items from her own wardrobe, and balances out high fashion with high street pieces from Zara and TopShop.

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