“At the end of the day I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down,” Prince Harry sighed during a recent interview about his nude Las Vegas photos taken last August. To which we say…do you even know your family, Harry? Maybe things were different when Queen Elizabeth II was a girl, but if the last couple decades have taught us anything, it’s that you could barely be considered a British royal without at least one scandal in your back pocket. So don’t worry, Harry! You’re just joining other infamous royal scandals such as…
Congrats, William and Kate! We all knew that if we speculated about this enough times, eventually it would be true: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child, their spokespeople at Clarence House announced today (which we learned via Today, since everyone has crashed all the official royal sites with their excitement over the news). Unfortunately, it seems that they were forced to announce this news because Kate was admitted to the hospital Monday morning with severe morning sickness and is expected to stay hospitalized for days, as the pregnancy is in its very early stages. Ooooh, we feel your pain, Mama! But congrats anyway!
The couple have only been married for a year and a half, but bump watch has been in full effect since their wedding in April 2011. When Kate drank water instead of wine at an event in September, the media went crazy (and yeah, we can totally relate to that one too — which, what does that say about our normal drinking habits?). Lately, some sites were even pointing to the fuller shape of the Duchess’ face as proof that she was with child.
The newest addition to the royal family will be third in line for the throne, after his/her grandpa Prince Charles and dad William. (Harry, you are free to resume your naked billiards, as you are now fourth in line.)
Way to go Angelina Jolie, Catherine Middleton! Okay, we’re not saying that Kate’s leg is as visible as Angelina’s leg at the Oscar’s, but for a member of the Royal Family, this is a pretty solid display of flesh. The Duchess and her husband, Prince William were at the Claridges Hotel in Mayfair, London, yesterday to go to the elite dining club called “Thirty Club”, and wifey really nailed it. Kate wore a cream Roland Mouret gown called the “lombard” which was from Mouret’s 2009 line, and inspired by the actress Carole Lombard. Not only was it slim-fit, but it had this cheeky slit up the front, which allowed the Duchess to flash some very toned legs. The fact that they were encased in crystal-studded Jimmy Choo’s made it even better. Don’t think we didn’t notice the red-painted toenails, Kate! Can we please add this to her list of best fashion looks?
Has it already been a year since Prince William and Kate Middleton got hitched? It will be on Sunday, April 29, and we’re going to swig a glass or two (or three) for the royal couple. More than anything, this last year is when we completely fell in love with Kate and her winsome style. Seriously, the woman never fails to put her best fashion foot forward. More than anything, she puts in a lot of thought into the political context of her clothes, which is always appreciated. Remember when she wore Canadian designer Erdem Moralioglu while visiting Canada? Or that fab red Maple Leaf hat by Lock And Co. on Canada Day celebrations? Smart moves, gurl. And they — along with her gracious personality — have only served to win her more fans.
So, in celebration of her royal style and of her impending one-year anniversary on Sunday, we’ve compiled an epic gallery of Kate’s top 25 looks. It was a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. But we also want you to get involved. We’ve got a numbered list of all the 25 looks right below, in order of our preference. Go through the list (you won’t be sorry) which is linked to the corresponding picture in the gallery. The gallery is also numbered from 1-25 in case you want to go straight to it. Below it, we’ve got ourselves a poll of the top 15 of that list. We’d love for you to vote and tell which is your favorite. We’ve even got the designers and milliners down for every outfit, so have a ball, click away and vote, vote, vote!
Oh look, it’s our future husband! Please don’t ask us how many times we’ve watched this video of Prince Harry dancing, because it’s an embarrassing number. He’s in Jamaica currently — wait, we have to interrupt this to just point out the genius putting together the royal calender and sending Harry, who is known to have a gooood time mon, to the Caribbean? Excellent move. Right, so he’s in Jamaica on an official visit as a part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. He visited a youth center in Kingston where, during the event, a performance to Bob Marley took place. And of course, one of the dancers pulled up Harry, who was quite aptly, wearing a pair of blue (suede) shoes. Watch the video yourself to see if his reggae moves worked for you? Because they certainly worked for us. We’re going to call Harry and his older brother Prince William the ‘dancing Royals’ from now on. Remember how William broke it down at Centrepoint a couple of months ago? We think Harry wins this round solely for those pretty solid hip movements. We doubt they get it from their father, Prince Charles. Remember this?
We’re going to nominate this as the picture of the year! Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Centrepoint’s Camberwell Foyer yesterday, of which they’re both patrons. Serious hi jinks ensued with a 18 year old Vanessa Boeteng, who lives at Centrepoint. When the Prince asked her if he, “looked dapper in his wedding suit”, her answer got him to bust a move. Boateng said, “Nooooooo… Your swag was on point! He said ‘swag?’ Then we made up this dance. You dust your shoulders off twice.” And that’s the photograph you see, folks. Prince William and his swag dance, with Kate giggling at him. And you ask us why we love them?
The couple also got into aprons and made gingerbread and cookies topped with hundreds and thousands for all the residents. It was also 18 year old Tasha Barbi‘s birthday (she also lives at Centrepoint), and when Kate heard of the news she baked a special heart-shaped cookie for her, saying, “it’s your birthday cookie!” Click after the jump for two bonus photographs of Kate — who looked fab in an olive green belted dress — and Will getting down to it in their pinafores. Read more…
We associate Kate Middleton with Alexander McQueen because of her beyond amazo wedding gown. Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, that is. After the wedding, Kate and Jenny Packham have been teaming up a fair amount, and some very memorable outfits have come out of that partnership. But look what we have here. This photograph was taken at the Sun Military Awards held at the Imperial War Museum in London last night. Look at the picture. It’s just Kate, hanging out with her two main men — in the most incredible McQueen strapless black gown and what looks like a hardcore diamond necklace and bracelet. Back to the brand that made her a princess! She is knocking our socks off and y’all know that it’s hard for anyone else to knock these socks off if Prince Harry‘s in the picture. So this is a very high compliment. For a bonus shot of Kate’s awesome bling, her general hotness, as well as the Prince William and Harry’s suaveness, click after the jump. Read more…
OK, so Prince William and Kate Middleton’s idea of date night may differ ever so slightly from ours. Because for the royals, popping out for a fun night à deux not only involves having Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles around, but their choice of venue most likely involves a red carpet. Like last night, when the couple attended a special charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall, which featured a performance by Gary Barlow of Take That. And as usual, the couple looked terrific. While the Duke looked spiffy in a suit, the Duchess looked like a million dollars pounds in a Zara dress and Ralph Lauren jacket. We would spend days on a treadmill if the Angel of Good Legs promised to give us pins like hers. And don’t even get us started on her hair. A mane that shiny should be illegal. Lord, we love these two!
Our girl crush on Kate Middleton is anything but done. Not only do we love her, but we covet her wardrobe, as well. Out of all the fabulous outfits she’s worn officially, as the Duchess (eat your heart out, Fergie), it’s a proven fact by now that Kate and Jenny Packham are a winning combination. The latest gown she’s worn by the designer may be the best match yet. Kate and Prince William hosted a dinner at the Picture Gallery in St James’s Palace for the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal, of which William is patron. She wore a one shouldered, gathered, flowing silver Grecian Jenny Packham dress for the event and it looks stunning on her. Perfect makeup and glossy hair complete the look and if we didn’t think she was the bee’s knees, we’d be throwing darts at her.
We’ve heard for years now that the British royal family can trace part of its lineage back to 15th century Romanian Prince Vlad the Impaler, a.k.a. Dracula. Now, because it suits his campaign to save the Transylvanian forests, Prince Charles is fully embracing his blood-sucking ancestry.
As a lady of Transylvanian ancestry myself, I’m all for this environmental effort. But I’d also like to start a campaign of my own: Fiction authors of the world, please get to work on some novels riffing on this theme. William and Kate would make gorgeous vampires, no? Maybe Harry discovers he’s a rare hybrid. Diana isn’t actually dead, just in hiding from a slayer. The possibilities are endless.
Jeaniene Frost, author of the Night Huntress novels (go pick up Halfway to the Grave and get hooked immediately), has written one of my favorite versions of Dracula — though he prefers to be called Vlad Tepesh. Excuse me while I go harass her about this idea. (Also, if such a thing already exists, please let us know because we want to read it right now.)