October 23, 2013 |
LONDON -- Prince George, heir to the British throne, was christened Wednesday in a private ceremony attended by four generations of the royal family and a small group of family and friends. The short private service for the 3-month-old prince was conducted in the 16th century St. James's Palace chapel by Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury. Queen Elizabeth II, looking like a delighted great-grandmother, was smiling and wearing a light blue ensemble with a wide-brimmed blue hat. She was accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip.
September 27, 2013 |
Prince George's christening date has been set for Oct. 23, Kensington Palace announced Friday. That will make the son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge -- born July 22 -- about 3 months old for the intimate ceremony in which his guardians will pledge to raise him in the Christian faith. "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce the christening of Prince George will take place on Wednesday, 23rd October at The Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace," Kensington Palace said in a statement.
September 12, 2013 |
LONDON -- Prince William, second in line to the throne and father of the world's most celebrated newborn, is giving up active duty in the British military for a life devoted to charity and public service, the royal family announced Thursday. The prince, 31, is completing a seven-and-a-half-year military tour, most of it spent as a rescue pilot based in Wales. Leaving the armed forces will allow William to become, in effect, a full-time royal representative dedicated to shaking hands, cutting ribbons, promoting worthy causes and generally preparing for the day he will be king.
September 12, 2013 |
Prince William is bidding adieu to the Royal Air Force and active military duty. The Duke of Cambridge, 31, second in line to the British throne and father of Prince George, will conclude active duty to focus on his royal responsibilities instead. What royal responsibilities, you say? Mostly those that involve public service, giving speeches, promoting worthy causes, being a national icon, preparing to be king and all things aristocratic that don't always make as much sense to residents of a country with a history of anti-royalist dissent, according to World Now. PHOTOS: Kate Middleton through the years The announcement comes after 7½ years of military service, which included his post as a search-and-rescue pilot.
August 20, 2013 |
Prince William, wife Catherine and Prince George have released their latest family portraits. The royals unveiled two informal photographs of their new family on Monday via Kensington Palace. (Because who needs Instagram or Facebook when you have a whole palace at your disposal?) The photos were taken by the former Kate Middleton's father Michael Middleton on the family estate in Bucklebury, England, in early August. That's where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently residing until they take up permanent residence in London's Kensington Palace.
July 25, 2013 |
Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and royal baby Prince George have left Kensington Palace in London for the seclusion of the Middleton home on the countryside. After spending their first night away from the hospital at Kensington Palace, the new parents loaded up their newborn son into their SUV and left bustling London for a mansion in Bucklebury, Berkshire, which happens to be where the common-born Kate Middleton's parents Michael and Carole Middleton live, the Daily Mail said . "This is now private and quiet time for them to get to know their son," a palace rep told Us Weekly after they arrived safely at the Middleton home.