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The birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child will certainly bring some changes to the royal family. Not only could Princess Charlotte soon become the quintessential rebellious, open-minded middle child, but there will also be some adjustments to the line of succession to the British throne - namely for Uncle Harry, who will be moving down a spot. Before baby Cambridge shakes things up next Spring, let's take a look at the current roster for one of the most important jobs in the world. RelatedOK, but When Will Prince William Actually Become King? Prince Charles: At almost 69 years old, Charles will be the oldest heir to accede to the British throne. There is also debate of whether Charles will become King Charles III or take on the regnal name of King George VII. Prince William: As the firstborn of the queen's firstborn, William stands to »
- Brittney Stephens
The announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third child is what royal-watchers have been waiting for, and yet, with Prince Philip now retired, William quitting his job as an Air Ambulance pilot, and the family of four moving to London full-time so he and Kate can take on more royal duties, why exactly have they decided to add to their family? Related34 Kate Middleton Mom Moments That Will Melt Your Heart It's easy to look at Kate and her two siblings, Pippa and James, and assume that she would like her children to have a similar experience to what she had, but it could well have been that William was keen to have another child for his own reasons. After all, he felt the pressures of growing up with the weight of the future on his shoulders, but luckily he had younger brother Harry by his »
- Marcia Moody
Image Source: Getty / Pool Prince Harry's relationship with Suits actress Meghan Markle has taken a few exciting turns this year, and their major milestones have many people pining for another royal wedding. Realistically, though, zero bells will be ringing for the couple until Meghan impresses his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II - and gets it in writing. Due to the Royal Marriages Act 1772, the monarch has the right to veto the marriage of a member of his or her family and is required to give formal consent to any family marriages in order to guard against those that could "diminish the status of the royal house." The fact that Meghan is a divorcée - she was married to Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013 - has been widely speculated to hurt her chances, but it actually won't. Not only have modern royal marriage rules become more lax than in previous years, but »
- Brittney Stephens
It doesn't appear that Ed Sheeran will be playing the guitar any time soon.
On Monday, the 26-year-old musician shared a photo of his right arm in a cast and a sling on his left arm after he says he suffered some injuries while riding his bike.
"I've had a bit of a bicycle accident and I’m currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of my upcoming shows," he revealed in the caption. "Please stay tuned for further news."
News that Sheeran may have to postpone some of his concerts comes almost exactly a month after he canceled his performance in St. Louis, Missouri, due to protests in the city at the time.
This wouldn't be the first time the "Thinking Out Loud" singer has spoken out about an injury. Earlier this year, he »
Over the past year, the British royal family has subtly but significantly changed before our eyes: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have moved from their previous full-time base of Anmer Hall in Norfolk to Kensington Palace in London, they are adding to their family with a third baby, and William has given up his job as an air ambulance pilot; Prince Philip has retired; Prince Harry has gone public with the woman that many believe will soon become his wife; and William, Kate, and Harry have considerably increased their workloads. All these changes are slowly but surely paving a new path for the evolving royal family, but are some members seemingly being sidelined? As an increasing number of duties are split between the queen, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker-Bowles, William, Kate, and Harry, it inevitably means that the queen's other three children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, along »
- Marcia Moody
Queen Elizabeth is skipping one of her most notable annual duties.
Normally the 91-year-old monarch solemnly lays down the annual tribute to Britain’s fallen soldiers on the U.K.’s Remembrance Sunday, November 12. But on Wednesday, Buckingham Palace announced that this year she will instead observe the proceedings alongside her husband Prince Philip, 96. She has asked her eldest son and heir Prince Charles to carry out the duty on her behalf.
The Queen has only missed six opportunities to pay her respects in person with a wreath of red poppies at the central London war memorial, the Cenotaph, during her 65-year reign. »
- Simon Perry
The arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child next Spring will not only make 2-year-old Princess Charlotte a big sister, but perhaps the world's most famous middle child as well. Even though she may have to fight for a little more of her parents' attention once her sibling arrives, Charlotte will probably be pleased to know that thanks to a change in a centuries-old royal rule, the one thing the new baby can't take from her is her place in line for the British throne. RelatedThe Line of Succession to the British Throne Has More People Than You May Have Thought Under the Act of Settlement of 1701, all brothers would be allowed to jump ahead of their sisters in the line of succession, meaning that even if a girl was born first, the arrival of her younger brother would immediately move her down the list. Modern examples »
- Brittney Stephens
One has been a part of royal circles for most of her adult life. The other is just getting warmed up. But there is no question that when it comes to Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, both women have already made a significant impact on the fashion world.
“Meghan has all the makings of a princess,” says Tatler style editor Sophie Goodwin.
The two potential sisters-in-law, »
- Monique Jessen
Regrets? Sarah, Duchess of York, has had a few (including headline-making scandals). But if she could do it again, would she do it differently?
“If I could turn back time, I still wouldn’t change anything,” the mom of two, 57, recently told the new issue of the Swedish journal Svenskdam while visiting Sweden as patron of the Perfect World Foundation.
As for her amicable relationship with ex-husband Prince Andrew, 57 — from whom she was divorced in 1996, followed by multiple headline-making scandals — she told the outlet, “We’re good friends and communicate very well — a prerequisite for the children to feel good. »
- Caris Davis
It’s the speech Queen Elizabeth hopes she never has to deliver.
A speech prepared back in the ’80s for the Queen to give in the event that World War III breaks out was revealed last week. The address was written in the event this does occur, and she needs to address the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
The speech was released by the government last week under the 30-year rule, and is reflective of the time it was written — with a “planned” broadcast date of March 4, 1983.
The Queen’s speech was set to begin with a reference to her annual Christmas address. »
- Diana Pearl
Princess Kate and Prince William have broken the recent royal tradition of stopping at just two kids. (All four of the Queen’s children — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — have two children each.)
Now, with a third on the way, friends are wondering if they could go one better.
Of course they have a very important role model to follow, and one with whom William is especially close: his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
Joyful residents of Bucklebury, where Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton live, are already celebrating the news of the new royal baby on the way. »
- Phil Boucher and Simon Perry
Prince William and Princess Kate were spotted near the Scottish Balmoral Castle during their summer break, where they joined other members of the royal family for a Sunday church service.
The royal couple was driven by Prince Andrew to the Crathie Kirk chapel — which is located near the grand castle. In attendance at the service was Queen Elizabeth II, 91, Prince Philip, 96, Prince Charles, 68, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 70.
The summer vacation for the royal pair comes after their participation in a historic ceremony: the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.
William, 35, and Kate, 35, attended the ceremony held in Belgium last month, »
- Yvonne Juris
It sounds like The Crown has Princess Eugenie's royal stamp of approval. In an interview with Hello!, Queen Elizabeth II's 27-year-old granddaughter weighed in on the hit Netflix show, which chronicles the British matriarch's reign from even before her coronation. While she admitted to catching only a couple of episodes, Prince Andrew and Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson's younger daughter had high praise for the Golden Globe-winning drama. "It is filmed beautifully," she told the British magazine, according to People. "The music is wonderful, the story is beautiful. You feel very proud to watch it. I can't speak for everyone, but that's how I felt when »
The Crown has made its way to the real-life Buckingham Palace.
In a new interview with Hello, the Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie (the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York) confessed that she’d watched “a couple of episodes” of the smash hit Netflix drama The Crown, which follows Queen Elizabeth‘s reign (and whose second season hits the streaming platform in December).
“It is filmed beautifully,” she said. “The music is wonderful, the story is beautiful. You feel very proud to watch it. I can’t speak for everyone, but that’s how I felt when I watched it. »
- Diana Pearl
The Crown is coming back — and the tensions are mounting.
Netflix’s hit show, which picked up two Golden Globes earlier this year, is set to return for its second season on December 8. And though there’s a number of months to wait until then, today’s release of the first trailer will surely help tide us over.
The new season — the last for stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith — covers the Queen’s reign from 1956 to 1964. Of course, things have changed since we first saw Elizabeth ascend the throne: She has a new prime minister, Prince Philip has a »
- Diana Pearl
It didn't take long for audiences to get swept up in The Crown, Netflix's decadent dramatization of Queen Elizabeth II's first few years on the throne, and it's pretty obvious why. Although there are a few things in the hit series that didn't actually happen, it still captures the essence of what it was like for the young royal to take over for her father, King George VI, after his shocking death in 1952. With season one in the bag (which reportedly came at a $130 million price tag), it's time to look forward: what do we know about season two? RelatedQueen Elizabeth II's Reaction to Watching The Crown Is Probably Not What You'd Think The Main Cast Lead actress Claire Foy took home multiple best actress trophies this award season for her spot-on, layered performance as the queen, so it should come as no surprise that she's signed on for season two. »
- Quinn Keaney
Image Source: Getty / Keystone Prince Philip officially retired from royal duties this week. The 96-year-old leaves behind quite a legacy of appearances, engagements, and yes, a few controversies; he's become well-known over the years for his off-the-cuff remarks and sometimes insensitive gaffes, but he still remains a charming and gregarious presence. Philip is quite literally the queen's right-hand man, staying by her side at hundreds of events for royal charities while also enjoying personal hobbies like carriage racing and oil painting. Here are 12 things you may not have known about him. Related11 Things You Didn't Know About Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's Royal Relationship He was a prince before he married Elizabeth II. Philip was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921. He had to renounce his Greek and Danish titles upon marrying then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947, which is also »
- Brittney Stephens
Before Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth, she married the handsome foreign Prince Philip from Greece, who also happens to be her third cousin. According to Sally Bedell Smith's biography titled Elizabeth the Queen, Philip came from a tumultuous background despite his lineage. Born in 1921 on the island of Corfu, he moved to Paris at age 1 with his parents, Alice Marie and Prince Andrew of Greece. By age 8, he'd headed to England for boarding school. With generous good looks and confidence, Philip made his way to England with the help of royal relatives. He would later be invited to have lunch with the royal family, and that's when Elizabeth reportedly fell for him. During World War II, Philip served in the Mediterranean and Pacific, and he and Elizabeth wrote each other letters. By 1946, he was back in London and making regular visits to Buckingham Palace. During that Summer, he spent a »
- Annie Gabillet
Prince Philip was in top form in his top hat and long tailcoat as he met guests at a garden party alongside Queen Elizabeth at their Scottish palace, Holyroodhouse on Tuesday.
The royal, 96, was all smiles as he chatted to former Wrens — members of the Women’s Royal Naval Service — about their experiences during WWII. The annual party is a key event during the royal couple’s week-long stay in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.
Philip appeared to be in good spirits just two weeks after being released from the hospital, where he was treated for an infection.
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- Simon Perry
Rihanna's love life is definitely heating up.
The 29-year-old singer was snapped showing steamy Pda with a handsome brunette in Spain this week, which naturally, had her fans pretty excited. Rihanna and her new beau weren't shy about making out in the pool, clearly living their best lives while sipping champagne.
According to reports, the lucky fella is Hassan Jameel, the heir to Saudi Arabia's largest Toyota distributor.
News: Rihanna Fans Go Wild Over Pics of Her Getting Hot and Heavy With Mystery Man
Here are five things to know about Rihanna's new man:
1. He's a billionaire
It's safe to say Hassan, the deputy president and vice chairman of family business Abdul Latif Jameel Domestic, has no need for RiRi's money. The Jameel family, who owns the rights to the distribution of Toyota vehicles in Saudi Arabia, is worth a reported $1.5 billion, according to Forbes Middle East. The publication ranked the Jameel family as the 12th richest »
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