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TREARDDUR BAY, Wales - Several hundred people cheered as Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton made a rare public appearance Thursday to dedicate a new lifeboat.
Middleton, with a big smile, poured champagne over the lifeboat after Prince William made a short statement asking that all those who used the boat be blessed.
The champagne bottle was not broken over the boat, as is traditional, because the lifeboat was an inflatable and it would not have been easy to crack the bottle on its bow.
Middleton looked elegant and comfortable in her new public role as a princess-to-be. She...
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Kate Middleton will have just two months to get used to being a princess before she embarks on her first royal tour overseas.
Prince William and his bride will make an official visit to Canada from June 30 to July 8, St. James's Palace said today.
Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit Canada in the summer on their first overseas tour as a married couple.
"Prince William was pleased to accept an invitation on his and Miss Middleton's behalf from the government of Canada," a palace spokesman said.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper invited the couple after their...
Torie Bosch - AOL News
We're still just under four months out from the royal wedding, but new details about Prince William and Kate Middleton's April 29 nuptials are trickling out of the palace.
The most recent news: The couple will be married at Westminster Abbey by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, head of the Anglican Church.
Surge Desk rounds up five new facts about the posh event.
1. The ceremony's key figures: In addition to being married by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, two other prominent religious figures will take part in the celebration at Westminster Abbey. The Bishop of London,...
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LONDON -- Palace officials said Wednesday that Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will preside at the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
They also said the newlyweds will travel from the wedding at Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace by carriage in a festive procession that will include several of London's major landmarks.
The route through Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade and the Mall is likely to be thronged with well-wishers anxious for a glimpse of the couple, who are expected to make a brief appearance on the palace balcony once they...
Mara Gay - AOL News
When they marry next year, Prince William and Kate Middleton have reportedly decided to forgo a bevy of royal servants and do their cooking and cleaning on their own. But are Kate and Wills really up for washing the royal dishes?
Sure, butlers say. For now. "Maybe this has even been taken out of context," Curtis Akerlind, executive head butler of the International Butler Academy in the Netherlands, told AOL News today by phone. "They're trying to be as independent as possible. But I think as the future king and his wife get older, they'll have all the support staff that inevitably comes with...
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LONDON (Nov. 26) -- First came the royal engagement. Now - 10 days later - the first book.
"William and Kate: A Royal Love Story," by The Sun newspaper's royal reporter James Clench was published in Britain Friday, the first in a slew of new titles about the relationship between Prince William and Kate Middleton that publishers hope will set cash registers chirping in the months before their April 29 wedding at Westminster Abbey.
Published by Harper Collins and The Sun - both owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. - the book is scattered with photos by Arthur Edwards, the paper's long-serving...
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(Nov. 23) -- Wills and Kate's wedding isn't the only big event to take place on April 29. Some other historical events on that date, courtesy of Wikipedia, Infoplease.com and The Associated Press:
711: Moorish troops land at Gibraltar to begin Islamic conquest of the Iberian Peninsula.
1429: Joan of Arc arrives to relieve siege of Orleans.
1624: Richelieu becomes prime minister of Louis XII of France.
1672: Louis XIV invades the Netherlands.
1798: Joseph Haydn's oratorio "The Creation" rehearsed in Vienna before invited audience.
1818: Future Tsar Alexander II is born.
Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
LONDON -- As news of Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton spreads like wildfire around the globe, reactions seem to fall into one of two camps. On the one hand, there are the people like British Prime Minister David Cameron, the entire British press corps and -- well, come to think of it, just about everybody else on the planet -- who are over the moon with elation.
And then there are the few, the proud . . . the only ones who really wish the whole thing would just go away. In case you haven't guessed, I'm in the second camp. I went so far as to launch a new hashtag on Twitter last...
Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
Prince William will marry his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton. And so an industry is born.
Nature abhors a vacuum, and I say it's time we admit that America needs a royal family too. The sooner the better, since reality and talent shows on TV will keep tossing out crooners, hoofers and wannabes until we get the hint and finally crown somebody. If the candidacy of media gadabout Christine O'Donnell for the UNITED STATES SENATE (sorry) didn't wake us up to the need for a way to showcase our well-groomed, glad-handing women, I don't know what will.
It's been (literally!) centuries since...
Theunis Bates - AOL News
LONDON (Nov. 16) -- It's the stuff of fairy tales: A charming prince falls in love with a beautiful commoner, and eventually the two marry in a spectacular ceremony. Many girls might dream about such a royal romance, but for Catherine Middleton, the fairy tale may be coming true.
When she walks down the aisle to wed Prince William next year, she'll be the first commoner in more than 350 years to marry the second-in-line to the British throne. But while the last one -- Anne Hyde, who wed the future King James II in 1660 -- was the child of a high-ranking royal adviser, Middleton, 28, is the...