April 3, 2011 |
So you hate royal weddings. Or you love them. Or maybe you've caught yourself attending to arcane details of Prince William and Kate Middleton's plans for April 29, but you can't say exactly why. Here's one reason: They defy time. Start with just the idea of monarchy. It may be a deadly serious issue in the Middle East, but as practiced in Britain of late, it all seems so quaint and bygone. Who else in the 21st century gets to walk a red carpet without an agent taking 10%? Yet a few Fridays from now in London, you can count on a Gothic church, a carriage procession from that church to Buckingham Palace, great queues of commoners and vast inventories of souvenir spoons.
April 17, 2011 |
Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton could never have had an intimate wedding. They've invited 1,900 guests, after all. But the British couple's big day has set off a massive media frenzy rivaling the recent coverage of natural disasters, wars and government breakdowns combined. There have been hundreds of hours of royal-themed TV programming already, with plenty more coming, including wall-to-wall coverage of the ceremony at historic Westminster Abbey. Every major U.S. news organization plans to be there with its top talent April 29, from CBS' Katie Couric, NBC News' Brian Williams, ABC's Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer to Fox News' Shepard Smith and CNN's Anderson Cooper and Piers Morgan.
April 18, 2011
SERIES How I Met Your Mother: Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) bonds with his dad (John Lithgow) in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). Chuck: Chuck and Sarah (Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski) seek help from Sarah's con-man father (Gary Cole) in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC). House: Masters (Amber Tamblyn) reaches a crossroads and must decide if she wants to be a surgeon or officially join House's (Hugh Laurie) team in this new episode (8 p.m. Fox). Hawaii Five-0: Sean Combs, a.k.a.
May 11, 2012 |
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has been on a sartorial roll this week in London - most recently at a gala celebrating the forthcoming Olympic Games. On the arm of husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton dazzled in a teal Jenny Packham creation with a matching clutch and sweeping updo. The Friday gala, "Our Greatest Team Rises," celebrated the countrymen and women who will compete before their own come summer. "You, our Olympians and Paralympians, will inspire people up and down this country, and far beyond its borders," William told the crowd in opening remarks. Earlier in the week, another of Kate's choices definitely inspired fashion bloggers and royal watchers, who were wowed by the cream-colored Roland Mouret dress with a high slit she wore at a Tuesday dinner for the Thirty Club of London. Sure, Kate's sophisticated glamour is an attention stealer, but William knows how to compete: At the Olympics event, he took a jab at younger brother Prince Harry.
April 20, 2012 |
Was it only a year ago that sparkling commoner Kate Middleton ascended the ranks of the British royal family, marrying Prince William in a global media frenzy? It hardly feels like it, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will reach 12 months of wedded bliss come April 29, and the Ministry has some exclusive video to help you celebrate. "William & Kate: One Year Later," which airs on TLC this Sunday, recaps a whirlwind year that includes a secluded honeymoon, a revving up of royal duties, tours of Canada and Southern California and a bit of nesting in Anglesey, North Wales.
July 15, 2013 |
Ok, it's the middle of July and people in Britain are starting to get a little edgy, waiting for the any-day-now birth of the next potential heir to the throne. Although the royal family hasn't disclosed the baby's precise due date -- if, by the way, there is such a thing as a precise due date -- it was widely believed the first child of Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, would arrive over this past weekend. PHOTOS: England awaits the royal infant Reporters camped out at St. Mary's Hospital in London.
March 6, 2013 |
Is the former Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, having a baby girl? A possible slip of the tongue on Tuesday had gossips going full speed ahead on Wednesday. The talk is all about the letter "D" - as in, "D for daughter. " Also, "D for denial. " And "D for difficult to hear even if you watch the original Sky News video over and over again. " While greeting admirers on a "walkabout" during a visit to the fishing village of Grimsby, Kate accepted a gift teddy bear from a woman, and was captured on video saying, "Oh, is this for our d ... thank you so much.
July 23, 2013 |
We may not yet know the name of the newborn Prince of Cambridge, but we do know the name of the designer his mother wore home from the hospital -- Jenny Packham . According to an email we received moments ago, the Duchess of Cambridge left St. Mary's Hospital in London on Tuesday wearing a bespoke cornflower blue crêpe de chine dress by the British designer . The Times' fashion critic Booth Moore notes that the wardrobe choice...
August 23, 2011 |
This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details. Say it isn't so -- will unrepentant high-heel fashionista Victoria Beckham have to hang up her stilettos because of a possible slipped disc? Will her wearing flats in public represent the end of fashion as we know it? Probably not. The U.K.'s Daily Mail reports online that Beckham's friends are saying the sky-high heels she wore during her recent pregnancy may have caused a back injury. She was even photographed wearing towering Christian Louboutin heels at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton about 10 weeks before she gave birth to baby Harper Seven.
July 26, 2012 |
We're carrying our own Olympic torch here at the Ministry: our burning flame for the royal-and-celebrity watch we're kicking off on the eve of the London Games. Energized by Friday's opening ceremonies, world athletes will compete for gold medals while their famous admirers hole up in the glamorous bones of London Town, but make no mistake: This is royals country. So what better way to drum up excitement than trotting out Great Britain's star couple: William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.