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Prince George Sets Off on First Official Tour

He arrives in New Zealand with Prince William, Kate

(Newser) - Prince William and wife Kate arrived in New Zealand at the beginning of a three-week tour today, and they brought Prince George along—it's the eight-month-old's first official tour, the BBC reports, and just the second time he's faced the media. The royal family's first stop:... More »

William, Kate Release New George Photo

Royal heir will head out on first official trip next week

(Newser) - Ahead of their Australia-New Zealand tour next week, Prince William and Kate Middleton have released an official family photo that includes their now 8-month-old bouncing baby boy, reports the BBC . Prince George, who will accompany the royal couple on their trip beginning next Monday, is pictured being held by his... More »

Diana Leaked Royal Phone Book, Says Ex-Editor

Clive Goodman tells court she wanted to get back at Charles

(Newser) - Another shocker from Britain's phone-hacking trial: Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman says a palace phone book in his possession came not from corrupt cops but from an angry princess. Goodman yesterday told the court that Princess Diana gave him the book in 1992 because she... More »

Maori King Snubs Prince William, Kate

90 minutes not enough time for proper meeting, his people say

(Newser) - Ouch: Prince William and wife Kate have been refused a meeting with New Zealand's Maori king, because they didn't offer up enough time. Wills and Kate, along with son Prince George, will be in New Zealand next month, and asked to meet with King Tuheitia for 90 minutes.... More »

Queen Pushing Royal Makeover for Kate

Expect lower hemlines, more tiaras

(Newser) - When you see Kate Middleton on an Australian tour in April, don't be surprised if she looks a little different. According to the Daily Mail , Queen Elizabeth has been urging a makeover for the duchess for the trip, involving more tiaras, more jewels, ... and longer skirts. Designers are working... More »

UK to Queen: Get a 'Grip' on Your Budget

She's down to $1.7M, officials say

(Newser) - It's time for Queen Elizabeth to "get a much firmer grip" on her dwindling supply of cash, members of Britain's Parliament say: The royal cash reserve is down to 1 million pounds, or about $1.7 million, according to their report. That's a "historic low,... More »

Wanted at Buckingham Palace: Royal Bath-Runner

Housekeeping assistant will serve tea, assist guests

(Newser) - Help is wanted at Buckingham Palace, and keeping quiet is among the job requirements. The palace is looking for a housekeeping assistant, it says in a job ad —someone who will be in charge of "high-quality cleaning" and maintenance of bedrooms and bathrooms. The job holder will also... More »

Harry Celebrated South Pole Trek With '2-Day Bender'

And drinking champagne out of a prosthetic leg

(Newser) - Prince Harry trekked to the South Pole last month, and he celebrated exactly as you'd expect: by going on "a two-day bender" with some Icelandic truck drivers and drinking champagne out of a prosthetic limb. That according to actor Dominic West, who was on the expedition with the... More »

Tabloid Hacked Kate's Phone: Prosecutors

Prince William calls her 'babykins' in voicemail, says he was nearly shot

(Newser) - Prosecutors told a London court today that Rupert Murdoch's News of the World hacked the phones of Kate Middleton and Prince Harry, marking the first time the now-closed tabloid has been accused of hacking the phone of an actual member of the British royal family—as opposed to an... More »

Pippa Middleton Engaged: Sources

And Prince Harry is close to it, other sources claim

(Newser) - Is the owner of one of the world's favorite rear ends about to go off the market? That's what sources tell Us , claiming that Pippa Middleton is engaged to boyfriend Nico Jackson. The two have been together 15 months, but you can take this news with a grain... More »

Queen Furious When Cops Swiped Her Nuts

She turned detective to stop pilfering, court told

(Newser) - In behavior that probably would have led to their beheadings in an earlier time, police officers on duty in Buckingham Palace infuriated Queen Elizabeth II by helping themselves to nuts left out in bowls in the royal residence, Britain's phone-hacking trial heard yesterday. The Queen was "furious" about... More »

Why Is Prince Charles Actually Collecting His Pension?

He's donating it to charity

(Newser) - Prince Charles may be preparing to begin the job he's trained his whole life for while many his age are preparing for retirement. But today is his 65th birthday, and he's partaking in a tradition held by several aging Britons: filing his pension paperwork. According to Clarence House,... More »

Not Among Royal Baby's Godparents: Harry, Pippa

It's royal christening day

(Newser) - Nothing but the best for the royal babe: Prince George was today christened at St. James's Palace's Chapel Royal with water from the River Jordan; he wore a replica of the christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter and first used in 1841. Here's the... More »

Armed Man Busted at Buckingham Palace

Tried to get inside carrying knife

(Newser) - A man carrying a knife tried to muscle his way into Buckingham Palace today but was stopped by police and arrested. He tried to get in through the everyday entrance to the right of the ceremonial central gates, the Daily Beast reports. The 44-year-old is now being held at a... More »

Prince George's Godparents: Commoners

Will, Kate name 3 school friends as godparents

(Newser) - Scandalous: Not a single royal will be among Prince George's godparents, the Times reports. For that matter, none of the Middletons made the cut either. Prince William and wife Kate named three close friends from their school days as their son's godparents yesterday: Fergus Boyd, Emilia d’Erlanger,... More »

Prince William Is Leaving British Military

Will focus on royal duties, charity work, and presumably his kid

(Newser) - Maybe it's time for him to become a full-time dad? Well, a part-time dad and a part-time royal, at least: Prince William is leaving the British military. Tuesday's shift as an RAF search and rescue pilot was his last, Kensington Palace announced today. After more than seven years... More »

Buckingham Cops Bust ... Prince Andrew?

Oops. Unsurprisingly, apologies have been made

(Newser) - The crack security guards at Britain's Buckingham Palace are sporting a bit of fresh egg on their faces today amid reports that they detained a man on palace grounds on Wednesday, may or may not have pointed weapons at him, and forced him to verify his identity. No big... More »

Inside Kate's Post-Baby Life

It involves muesli, for one thing

(Newser) - Vanity Fair got an inside look at Kate Middleton's life now that she has a tiny royal to take care of, thanks to a preview of an upcoming biography by Katie Nicholl. Before they even got married, Prince William assured Kate that her parents would be involved in... More »

Kate Makes 1st Official Appearance Post-Baby

...at ultra marathon with Prince William

(Newser) - Kate Middleton officially confirmed it today: She's looking good little more than a month after giving birth to Prince George. She made her first official public appearance at an ultra marathon in Anglesey today, where Prince William fired the starting gun, the Daily Mail reports. Sorry, those of you... More »

Prince William: Royal Baby Is 'Bit of a Rascal'

Talks Prince George in first official post-birth interview

(Newser) - The newest heir to Britain's throne is a "rascal," says dear old dad. Prince William gave his first official interview since the birth of his son, telling CNN that wee Prince George is "a little bit of a rascal, I'll put it that way. He... More »

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