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Princess Charlotte Makes Her Post-Christening Debut

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Princess Charlotte, the latest royal baby, was christened last weekend in Norfolk in front of a crowd of thousands, and while we’ve seen photos from the ceremony, it wasn’t until yesterday that Kensington Palace released the official portraits from the event, which were shot by Mario Testino.

I have to say, I think the pictures are nice – Kate Middleton looks beautiful as usual, Prince George is cute as a button, Prince William is still bald… but I agree with this op-ed I read this morning in The Guardian that said these royal portraits are all a little stuffy. I mean, of course, they’re royalty, so everything is going to be prim and proper, but we know they’re regular people and everything isn’t as perfect as it seems, so they should be willing to show that. The public already loves them, for the most part, so it’s not like it would harm them.

Anyway, here are a few others!


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Prince George Steals The Show At Princess Charlotte’s Christening

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Yesterday was a big day for the royal family: Princess Charlotte was christened! Everyone was looking forward to getting a glimpse of the Princess of Cambridge now that she’s a little more than two months old (and we just saw new photos last month), but it turns out, it was her big brother, Prince George, who ended up stealing the show with his cuteness.

I mean, seriously – how can you not love this adorable face?

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Cute, right? Yesterday also marked the day Kate named Charlotte’s five godparents – yes, that’s right, FIVE. I won’t bother to name them all since they’re no one of note, but man, they’ve got a serious backup plan going on. Charlotte was christened at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk, which is 110 miles away from London. Nevertheless, over 2,000 well-wishers turned up just to watch the family go in and out of the church, which says a lot.

Here’s a photo of Kate with Charlotte, just for good measure:

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Prince Harry Performs A Traditional Maori Haka – VIDEO

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Does anyone else feel bad for Prince Harry? In terms of the royal family, it’s all “Princess Charlotte” this and “Prince George” that. His older brother has a beautiful wife and is second in line to the throne and Harry gets… nothing, really. Which is all pretty sad since Prince Harry is hot and all he wants is to find a nice lady and probably to be done with all this military service. Sure, he’s serving his country and he’s happy to do it, but he can’t really move on with his life until he’s done.

Anyway, while in New Zealand, Prince Harry visited the Linton Military Camp this week, where he performed a traditional Maori haka (war dance) with some fellow officers. Here’s the scoop from The AP:

He had just 20 minutes to learn the dance before performing it publicly, with his instructor Warrant Officer Brett Pene praising the royal’s efforts.

“Given the time restraints in trying to teach him, it was a bit difficult trying to learn the actions and the words, so I think he did really well,” he told reporters.

“He was sweating, we were sweating, a bit of frustration set in. He was keen, that was the main thing.”

The Maori haka is a traditional challenge, the most famous of which “Ka Mate” is regularly performed by the All Blacks rugby team.

Harry performed the New Zealand’s army’s own haka “Ngati Tumatauenga”, or “Tribe of War”, which honours fallen comrades and past campaigns.

Pene said it was “humbling” to have the prince perform the Army’s haka, given the royal visitor’s own military background which has included two tours of Afghanistan.

Oh, Harry. You can be my king any day! Except not… sexually, as that totally sounded. Anyway, let’s watch him dance, shall we?

What do you think? Would you get with Prince Harry? He’s singleeeee!

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Royal Baby #2 Officially Has A Name

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Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their second child, until now known as “Royal Baby #2″ on Saturday, and it wasn’t until today that they decided to share the name with the public. So what is our new Princess to be called? Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Charlotte was one of the bookies’ favourites over the past several weeks, so they’ll be paying out bigtime now that it’s actually confirmed. Charlotte is also the feminine form of Charles, her grandfather’s name, though who knows if they were actually thinking of that (they likely were). Elizabeth is obvious, as well, given the circumstances, as is Diana.

I love that they actually put Diana in there – lovely tribute to William’s mother. It’s a shame she never got to see her grandkids or even to meet Kate – I think they would have gotten along well, for some reason.

Anyway, congrats (again) to the happy family!

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Kate Middleton Had A Natural Birth

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It was a pretty crazy weekend, wasn’t it, guys? There was the big fight, the Kentucky Derby and the birth of a new royal baby! I watched pretty much all the coverage (not necessarily for pleasure but for work) and there was one ongoing thing that I kept thinking was how crazily smooth everything went. I mean, Kate Middleton was admitted to hospital at 6am on Saturday morning and by 8:34am, she’d given birth to the new princess. Less than 12 hours later, she was dressed immaculately with her hair and makeup done, waving with her new daughter in her arms in front of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s before heading home to Kensington Palace. I mean, that’s kinda insane, right? Well, here’s another fun fact: she likely gave birth without an epidural.

From People:

Once inside, at least two midwives – like last time led by Jacqui Dunkley-Bent – took control of the actual delivery. The midwives, familiar to Kate because they were among the team who delivered Prince George, guided and led by the consultant, Thorpe-Beeston and his colleagues, ready to jump in if there are complications.

It’s unknown if Kate had an epidural, but the ease of which she appeared to walk from the hospital, it seems unlikely that she had more than the basic nitrous oxide “gas and air” option for pain relief.

So, nothing too exciting, just simple observation, but I suppose it’s pretty impressive if you think about it. The baby was 8 lbs, 2 oz – and need I remind everyone that Kate is about 115lbs soaking wet? Then again, she’s just doing what millions of women around the world have done millions of times over and continue to do every day… and seriously, all you moms who gave birth at all, with or without epidural, you have my respect!

Now we just need to wait for the name! My money’s on Alice, though Charlotte seems to be a favourite, as well.

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William And Kate Have A Baby Girl!

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Kate Middleton gave birth today to a healthy baby girl, huzzah! No more awful morning sickness to deal with. Now she and Prince William are parents to two children, Prince George and this new daughter, whose name is yet to be announced. Here’s what we do know, from BBC News:

The princess – who is fourth in line to the throne – was delivered at 08:34 BST on Saturday after a short labour.

The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth of the 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg) baby.

The couple emerged from the hospital to crowds of well-wishers and the world’s media. They stood on the steps briefly before heading back into the hospital to put the princess in a car seat. Prince William then drove them to Kensington Palace.

They did not speak to the media.

The duchess had been in hospital for just over 12 hours before leaving.

The baby was born less than three hours after the couple arrived at the Lindo Wing, at St Mary’s Hospital.

What a speedy delivery!

The report also adds that it may take “a few days” for the name announcement. Apparently, the top names people are betting on (and yes, people are betting on this), are Alice, followed by Charlotte, then Elizabeth, then Victoria. Diana is also a guess. Anyone want to throw their hat into the ring?

And yes, we already have photos of the newborn:

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Congratulations to the royal couple!

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Kate Middleton Could Be Induced Any Time Now

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It seems like only yesterday that Clarence House was announcing that Kate Middleton and Prince William were expecting their second child. After several shitty months of insane morning sickness (and that’s putting it lightly) and several months of… nothing else, really, it seems the arrival of the second royal baby is imminent, and Kate could be induced any moment now!

“It varies but I would say it’s usually offered around 12 days,” Jane Munro, midwife and advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, tells PEOPLE. “The baby may be getting big and the placenta functions less well after that time.” 

Kate’s due date was always said to be “mid- to late April”, so she’s hardly late, so chances are they’ll just wait this out. After all, as of Tuesday, she was still driving around, taking George to swim at Kensington Palace’s indoor pool. Either way, her medical team has been checking out St. Mary’s hospital in London, where Kate will give birth, and trying to make sure everything’s in order for when it all goes down.

If you think I’m joking about what a major deal this is (and you’re from America, where there’s royal family fascination, but not quite like in Britain), here’s a link to The Mirror’s LIVE COVERAGE of the days leading up to the baby’s delivery. Glad to see they weren’t taking any chances. People are literally camped out outside the hospital – media AND fans. Yikes.

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