The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has been busy as she nears the eight-month mark in her pregnancy. We have the latest on her afternoon with her in-laws and details on what Prince William has been doing this week. Plus, what went down on James and Pippa Middleton's double date? Get the details! On Allie: Rag & Bone tee, Club Monaco blazer.
Prince Harry is headed to America, this time skipping Vegas and instead opting for a more serious stay. On his royal trip that begins today and goes until May 15, the soldier prince will visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Arlington National Cemetery in DC, meet with Wounded Warrior veterans in Colorado, and tour areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey with Gov. Chris Christie. Harry's also making time for some socializing and will host a polo cup for his charity Sentebale in Greenwich, CT.
Prince Harry is also pulling the weight for his brother, as soon-to-be-parents Prince William and Kate Middleton are not taking an international royal tour this year. So far, royals have lodged fewer frequent-flier miles than 2012, the year of the queen's Diamond Jubilee. All the major royals traveled overseas to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne. Prince William and his wife, Kate, took the British royal family show on the road for a nine-day tour of the Far East, while Prince Harry did his part paying a visit to countries in Central America and the Caribbean on behalf of Her Majesty. But even without a major milestone to celebrate, the British royals have been traveling the globe for decades. To compare the past and present royal tours, take a look at royals around the world throughout the years.
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Yesterday afternoon's Remembrance Sunday services in London brought out most of the royal family. Kate Middleton observed the parade from a balcony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall alongside Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who is married to Prince William's uncle Prince Edward. Joining Kate and Sophie was Sir Timothy Laurence, the husband of Princess Anne.
Kate's own husband Prince William took part in the main event as a member of the country's armed services. Prince Harry, though, was absent, since he's serving in Afghanistan. However, Prince Harry has called home three times to check in with his relatives. Harry has been deployed since September and apparently will still be abroad through the holidays. Kate and William, though, have been fortunate to stay close to home in recent weeks. They attended the 600th anniversary of their university, St Andrews, and Kate shopped solo at Harvey Nichols Saturday.
Kate Middleton joined Prince William and other British dignitaries including the queen at tonight's 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony in London. It's been two weeks since the Summer Olympic Games came to a close, and now the royals are welcoming a new crop of athletes from around the globe. Kate stepped out in a shimmery gold coat for the celebration and cheered on the performers while seated next to William, Princess Anne, and London Mayor Boris Johnson. Noticeably absent from the public event was Prince Harry, who is currently dealing with the fallout from his nude photo scandal.
Queen Elizabeth opened Buckingham Palace this evening for a pre-Olympics reception. She invited various heads of state, who are in London for the Olympics, for drinks. The Duchess of Cambridge was out as well, making the rounds in a Christopher Kane dress. Princess Beatrice, UK prime minister David Cameron, and Prince Harry also mingled at the cocktail party. Harry had a chance to say hello to Jamaican prime minister Portia Simpson-Miller, who he met during his March tour of the Caribbean.
Kate posed with the president of Mongolia, Elbegdorj Tsakhia. The queen, meanwhile, said hello to First Lady Michelle Obama, who earlier in the day linked up with David Beckham for a press event and officially welcomed Team USA to the UK. Kate and Michelle have met before — back in May 2011, President Obama and the first lady visited Kate and her husband, Prince William, shortly after the royal wedding.
Yesterday was an especially busy one for Kate. Kate Middleton played ping-pong at a morning event launching Coach Core, and then later welcomed the Olympic torch to Buckingham Palace alongside Princes William and Harry. The nonstop pace will continue for Kate, who reportedly might not have time to change out of her Christopher Kane dress before the opening ceremonies begin.
Prince William and Kate Middleton stepped out of the St. Giles cathedral in Edinburgh today. They were in Scotland for the Thistle Ceremony to install William as a Knight in the Order of the Thistle. The honor is Scotland's highest and comes during the queen's four-day Diamond Jubilee tour of the country. Kate wore a yellow Emilia Wickstead for the event, which was just her latest public appearance. Kate and William attended Wimbledon yesterday to watch Roger Federer's victory over Mikhail Youzhny from the royal box. Just last week Kate's siblings, Pippa and James, sat in the special section, as did their mother, Carole.
The royal family gathered this morning for the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London. Queen Elizabeth, who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with multiple events this week, was joined by her husband, Prince Philip. He was able to return to his official duties after spending multiple days in the hospital last week, suffering from a bladder infection. Happily, he was home by last Sunday, his 91st birthday. The Trooping spectacle is the official birthday celebration for Queen Elizabeth, though her real big day is April 21. She turned 86 this year.
Kate Middleton wore an Erdem dress and Jane Corbett hat to participate in the festivities with her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry. British label Erdem is one Kate wears frequently, having last sported one of designer Erdem Moralioglu's blue lace creations to a friend's wedding. She rode in a carriage during the the Horse Guards Parade, while Prince William was in uniform and atop a horse, and she later joined the senior royals for photos on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. Prince Harry caught up with cousins Beatrice and Eugenie, and Kate even shared a sweet moment with Prince Edward's daughter, Louise.