Prince Harry attended the traditional Christmas service at Sandringham this weekend, spending time with his grandparents The Queen and Prince Philip. Prince Charles attended with Camilla Parker-Bowles, who wore a warm furry hat similar to that of her mother-in-law. Harry was able to catch up with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who he partied with in London a few days before Christmas. Sadly, there was no sign of newly-engaged Prince William and Kate Middleton — William volunteered to be on call at RAF Valley in Anglesey, while Kate spent her final Christmas at her family home in Berkshire before she joins in with the traditional Royal Christmas plans.
Prince Charles and Prince William laughed at all the funny costumes as they arrived at the ICAP Charity Day in London yesterday. The traders dressed up for the fundraising, which sees revenue going to hundreds of charities including the Princes' Youth Business International and Teaching Institute and Skill Force. Wills made a record-breaking trade and also received a marriage proposal! He's already spoken for, and his engagement announcement meant he had a headline-making year. Amid all the excitement about the wedding, Wills still managed to find time to attend a friend's stag do and support England's 2018 World Cup bid.
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Ever since Kate Middleton and Prince William announced their engagement, we've been reacting to the wonderful news by getting to know Kate, taking a look at their courtship in pictures, zooming in on the ring, and sighing over their romantic interviews. But enough about us: check out how their families have reacted to the news!
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To celebrate the news that Prince William and Kate Middleton will wed in 2011, I've updated my slideshow of royal weddings over the years. From the Queen and Prince Philip's ceremony in 1947 to Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly's nuptials in 2008, and recent European weddings, the royals certainly know how to get married in style! Click through to see their wedding pictures.
Prince William placed a wreath on the memorial to British Soliders killed in Afghanistan during a Remembrance Day ceremony at Camp Bastion yesterday. Prince Harry paid his respects to those soldiers who have died in the conflict at the Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance last week. In London, the Queen marked the day of remembrance by laying the first wreath at the Cenotaph. She was joined by her sons Prince Charles and Prince Edward, and their wives Camilla Parker Bowles and Sophie Rhys-Jones. The three party leaders Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron also paid their respects. William has been in uniform for several occasions recently, and donned a suit to attend his friend's wedding with Kate Middleton. The mounting speculation about a Christmas engagment has taken another twist, as Wills has reportedly volunteered to work over Christmas, thus missing the royal Sandringham gathering.
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The Pride of Britain Awards attracted lots of glamorous women to Grosvenor House in London last night. Plenty of expectant mums walked the red carpet. Newly pregnant Emma Bunton went for black, while Holly Willoughby chose to cover her bump in blue. Myleene Klass was back in the UK after her bikini time in LA, and Abi Clancy was there too. Her fellow WAG Coleen Rooney was at the awards, while Wayne recovers from his injury in the US.
The X Factor was well represented too. Cheryl Cole was joined by her Girls Aloud bandmates Nicola Roberts, Sarah Harding and Kimberley Walsh. Dannii Minogue wore a full-length black gown like Cheryl, and contestants including Cher Lloyd, Katie Waissel and Mary Byrne also attended. BellaUK wants to know do you love or hate Katie's hairdo? Dashing men were there too, including Russell Brand, who was back in the UK following the MTV EMAs, and Tom Felton, who's gearing up for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows premiere on Thursday.
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It's Wool Week in London right now as Prince Charles is encouraging us to realise the importance of the animal fabric. He is concerned about the dwindling price of wool commenting, "A couple of years ago I was shocked to discover that it often costs more the shear a sheep than a farmer would be paid for its wool." Yesterday, Saville Row was turfed over so that a flock of sheep could roam around. There was also a flock of bright yellow sheep outside Selfridges to highlight the department stores involvement. They are encouraging people to go in store and knit to help create a knitted house (until 17th October). Lots of stores are getting involved in the event, including Burberry, Pringle, Paul Smith, Jigsaw and Jaeger, with wool themed windows, discounts on knitwear and knitting classes.
The royal family were back on dry land in Scrabster, Scotland yesterday, after a ten day cruise on the Hebridean Princess. The Queen, Prince Charles, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie walked together at the harbour, while married couple Autumn and Peter Phillips stayed close. Beatrice enjoyed her own bikini boat break last month. The group took the trip to celebrate the 60th birthday of Princess Anne next month and Prince Andrew's 50th birthday earlier this year. Prince Philip, Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones also attended.
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Cat Deeley and Paloma Faith shared some raucous laughs at the Cartier International Polo this weekend. The pair looked fab in their printed maxidresses, after Cat had enjoyed a lift from a rather gorgeous group of soldiers! She also socialised with Prince Charles and Tommy Lee Jones at the event. Paloma wore a tall hat to the do, with some bright yellow nail polish that matched her shoes, while Geri Halliwell wore blue and arrived on the arm of her man Henry Beckwith. Actress Camilla Belle looked gorgeous in the sunshine, with her bright red belt brightening up her outfit.
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