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Kate Middleton, Prince William get waxed ahead of anniversary

Prince William and Kate Middleton are now wax statues. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been immortalized in wax figures by Madame Tussauds, just in time for the royal couple's one year wedding anniversary
If you happen by royal couple Kate MIddleton and Prince William looking stiff, it's not that British monarch stuffiness wafting through the room -- they could very well be wax.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, WIll and Kate, have been immortalized by the artists at Madame Tussauds in London, just in time for the couple's one-year wedding anniversary.

At an unveiling ceremony Tuesday in the British capital, folks turned up for a glimpse of the waxen duo, whose real-life counterparts are celebrating 12 months of wedded bliss on April 29. The prince's likeness looks congenial, as always, but the figure of Middleton is striking.

Forget the facial resemblance (almost too good), the Kate replica is a carbon copy down to the blue Issa dress made famous when she wore it to announce her engagement to the late Princess Diana's eldest son in 2010. 

The replicas will be on display through the month and beyond. You can relive their wedded bliss on the Ministry here, and stay tuned for more anniversary shenanigans.  

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Photo: Likenesses of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London. Harry Emmel / Associated Press


Kate Middleton goes solo for a speech with Prince William away

With Prince William deployed in the Falkland Islands, the former Kate Middleton -- Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, since they wed -- has been bravely racking up several solo firsts. 

Last month, she made her first major solo public appearance when she attended a preview of the Lucian Freud exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

On St. Patrick's Day, Catherine marked her first solo military engagement with a visit to the Irish Guards, passing out shramrock sprigs just as the Queen Mother did in her day.

And now (drumroll) she’s given a public speech. OK, it wasn't that exciting. What was notable about the three-minute speech at the opening of the Treehouse children’s hospice in Ipswich on Monday was that it was Catherine's first solo public speech -- and she didn't mess it up.

The former Kate Middleton at the opening of the Treehouse children's hospice.

The duchess appeared a little nervous but poised as she gave the speech, which she'd composed herself. She didn’t rush but frequently checked her notes and began by apologizing for William’s absence, which brought some titters from the crowd.

She confided in her brief prose that she had had a "preconceived idea" of how the hospice would be but saw that, "far from being a clinical, depressing place for sick children, it was a home … a happy place of stability, support and care."

The Treehouse is run by one of the charities of which Catherine is patron, the East Anglia Children's Hospices.

Catherine also is a patron of the National Portrait Gallery. During her February visit there, the duchess -– who majored in art history at St. Andrews University -- reveled in the work of Freud, one of her personal favorites.

Catherine had been prepared for another first at the gallery:  As a new royal bride, she had broken with protocol, according to the London Evening Standard, by refusing to sit for a formal portrait. But with her patronage of the gallery, she has conceded and is now in talks to sit for her first official portrait.

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Photo: Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, speaks with a girl in the crowd during a visit to the Treehouse children's hospice in Ipswich, eastern England, on Monday. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth / AFP / Getty Images.

 

 


Duchess Kate Middleton passes out shamrocks to Irish Guards

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton, now known as the Duchess of Cambridge, paid a special St. Patrick’s Day visit to the Irish Guards on Saturday. Continuing a tradition started by Prince William’s great-grandmother, the Queen Mother, Kate passed out shamrock sprigs to the guard’s 1st Battalion.

The duchess, wasn't about to get pinched for not wearing green; she wore a green Emilia Wickstead coat dress for her first solo military engagement. Accessories included brown suede heels, a hat by Lock and Co. and one very special addition: a gold shamrock brooch owned by the guard and previously worn by the Queen Mother.

The responsibility of the annual visit, which takes place in Aldershot, Hampshire, was passed along to Princess Anne 10 years ago after the Queen Mother’s passing, reports USA Today, and now the honor goes to Kate.

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The guards weren’t the only ones to get a shamrock from the princess. Mascot Conmael, a wolfhound, was also front and center at the festivities.

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Kate Middleton surprises wedding dressmakers with thank-you visit

Kate Middleton with Pippa Middleton

That Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, is pretty crafty when it comes to her gratitude. Especially for the crafty folks who contributed to her iconic wedding dress.

The Duchess paid a secret (and surprise) visit Tuesday to the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, the group of hands that added the meticulous embroidery to the Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress in which she said "I do" to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge last April.

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"Catherine was keen to express her gratitude in person to the women who worked so hard on her dress. She was very conscious of the pressure that they were under," a friend of Kate's told Britain's Telegraph. 

About 30 of the institution's staffers -- whose handiwork incorporated United Kingdom symbols such as the rose, shamrock, thistle and daffodil into the more than 9-foot train -- reportedly gathered to greet Kate.

The Ministry wonders if the chic staff of the Alexander McQueen salon can expect the same courtesy? We'll keep you posted. 

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Photo: Kate Middleton, left, is accompanied by sister and maid of honor Pippa Middleton as they arrive at Westminster Abbey for her wedding April 29, 2011. Credit: Alastair Grant / Associated Press


A Kate Middleton touch comes to the National Portrait Gallery

Kate Middleton, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at Britain's National Portrait Gallery

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge — formerly Kate Midddleton — stepped out solo Wednesday to Britain's National Portrait Gallery in London for a royal preview of a retrospective of the work of Lucian Freud, which opened to the public Thursday.

And while Kate was fashionably and affordably clad in a gray jacket dress by Jesire, most of the subjects in the portraits weren't clad at all. Freud, grandson of Sigmund Freud, was a fan of painting nudes, often friends and family.

It's a far cry from the kid-centric art projects Kate and Prince William tried their hands at on the Inner-City Arts campus in downtown Los Angeles last July; Freud was the most renowned British portrait painter of the 20th century, and the show features more than 100 of his works. Kate, a patron of the gallery, showed up solo while hubby Wills was on a six-week tour of duty in the Falkland Islands, CBS News reported.

Kate Middleton in JesireDuring her visit, Kate greeted the artist's daughters Bella and Esther Freud. Also during her visit, the gallery confirmed the duchess will pose for a portrait in the near future, though which artist will do it has not been determined.

Freud, who died in July at age 88, stirred some controversy in 2000 with his (fully clothed) portrait of Queen Elizabeth II; the naturalistic portrait was dubbed daring by some and disrespectful by others. Alas, it isn't part of the exhibit, which is open to the public until May 27, then moves to Fort Worth from July 1 to Oct. 29.

Sue Tilley, who modeled for a roomful of Freud's works, wasn't worried the duchess would be put off by all the flesh on display.

"I'm not embarrassed about her seeing me naked — I'm a human being," Tilley told the Associated Press. "I may not be the most gorgeous one under the sun, but that's what I am."

"It's art, you know. Poor woman, I'm sure she's seen things before," she said.

Say that again — somehow, we doubt anything at the show was more shocking than Princess Beatrice's wedding hat.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Top photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at the Lucien Freud exhibition with curator Sarah Howgate and National Portrait Gallery Director Sandy Nairne on Wednesday. Credit: Jorge Herrera / AFP / Getty Images.

Left photo: The former Kate Middleton in a Jesire jacket dress. Credit: Yui Mok / AFP / Getty Images.



Kate Middleton, 'Hat Person of the Year'? Time for a recount!

Kate Middleton has been chosen Hat Person of the Year

Recount! I demand a recount! Kate Middleton gets more than 90% of the vote as the "Hat Person of the Year"?

Not Princess Beatrice, for her Philip Treacy antler hat from Kate and William's wedding, a fetching item if only because it fetched $130,000 for charity on EBay?

Not Tilda Swinton, on the cover of W in a Patricia Underwood for Chris Benz white hat that John Wayne would empty his six-shooter to get?

Not ... me?

The 104-year-old Headwear Assn., which bills itself as the oldest fashion trade association around -- and who is still around from then to dispute that? -- crowned the Duchess of Cambridge as "Hat Person of the Year."

She has certainly shown a fine flair for the whimsical chapeau. There's her scarlet maple-leaf hat for her Canadian trip last year, an homage to her hosts. On the solemn side of things, her stylized black fedora for Remembrance Day suited the moment and the wearer. Her fascination with fascinators –- those little tip-tilted numbers that don't conceal her face or her shampoo-ad hair –- have blown the lid, so to speak, off sales figures for similar numbers.

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Much the same happened when her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, stepped out in her own millinery, which sometimes ran to the larger and more dramatic -- and had the same effect on hat sales.

In Britain, but not here.

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Former Kate Middleton's black velvet dress brings soldiers joy

Kate and Princes William and Harry at the Sun Military Awards

The former Kate Middleton and her strapless black velvet dress were technically not the stars of the Sun Military Awards on Monday. But it's safe to say the Duchess of Cambridge made some soldiers at the event very happy.

The awards, created by Prince Charles, are known as the "Millies" and honor members of the British Armed Forces in categories such as most outstanding soldier, best armed forces animal and the Life Savers Award.

The Alexander McQueen creation was fishtail style but fit closely enough around the torso to dispel any baby-bump rumors. Catherine looked reed thin in the gown, which had a small ruffle atop the bodice. 

She wore diamonds around her neck and wrist, and the strapless style bared her buff arms. The dress and jewelry reportedly were given to her as wedding presents. 

No word on whether the Jimmy Choos came wrapped up with a bow.  But the spike-heeled Cosmic suede platform pumps did mean Catherine, 5-foot-10, was above eye level when she chatted with attendee David Beckham (who may be 5-foot-11, but chances are, if you ask him, he'll say 6 feet). Jerry Hall, who will also say she's 6 feet tall, presented the Life Savers Award.

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Photo: Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, left, and Prince Harry at the Sun Military Awards. Credit: Arthur Edwards / AFP / Getty Images


Duchess Kate preps for first royal Christmas with William, queen

Kate Middleton is prepping for her first Royal Christmas

It's a very Duchess Catherine Christmas! Or it will be, as the former Kate Middleton gets ready to spend her first royal holiday with husband Prince William and his family.

Family being Her Majesty the Queen and husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, plus Wills' father Charles, Prince of Wales, with bride Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. And don't forget our quick-footed favorite, Prince Harry. 

Sadly, the Middletons and Kate's sister Pippa won't be on the guest list at storied Sandringham House in Norfolk, England, where the queen has long retreated for her holidays. In-laws are not invited for the festivities.

Among the traditions are a royal hunt, black-tie dinners and even a gift exchange. The demanding schedule requires costume changes and impeccable timing -- or, in other words, the tests will keep coming for Kate.

"It will be a difficult baptism in protocol laced with pitfalls. ... She's first the first outsider since Camilla ... so all eyes will be on her," Robert Jobson, a Ministry-tested royals expert, told Us Weekly.  

If we were Kate, we wouldn't sweat the holidays with her new family. After passing her first royal tour of duty with flying colors, some present-wrapping and figgy pudding with the queen should be a breeze.

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Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, meets guests during a reception at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Gareth Fuller / WPA Pool / Getty Images



Will and Kate's firstborn could now be queen, if they had a girl

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

A princess did not magically materialize when Kate Middleton got married -- she left Westminster Abbey as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge -- but she and Prince William could now deliver a firstborn Queen Willandkate thanks to changes to the rules of succession in the British monarchy.

Might not even matter that future grandpa Prince Charles, currently first in line for the throne, has revealed he's descended from Dracula. 

Meeting in Australia, leaders of the 16 Commonwealth nations that recognize the monarchy as their head of state on Friday agreed to change centuries-old succession rules, the Los Angeles Times' World Now reports, meaning the deal is done except for the legal part: The passing of legislation revising the 1701 Act of Settlement, 1689 Bill of Rights and Royal Marriages Act of 1772.

Lawmakers brought up the idea of making changes -- the desire is nothing new -- ahead of the royal wedding in April.

Current succession rules give a younger brother, and even that younger brother's younger brothers, dibs on the throne before a firstborn sister got a shot. Can't see really see Kate (who this week pulled off her first solo act as an official member of the royal family) explaining that lack of girl power to little Miss Willandkate.

Also new: Any of those imaginary siblings could marry a Catholic and keep the crown -- take that, Madonna. Now, a monarch still can't be a Catholic, and far as the whole "Should there even be a monarchy" question, well, that's a decision for another day.

Legislation will be introduced by the U.K. in its next session of Parliament, the BBC reported, with New Zealand heading a task force that would coordinate a rollout of the changes through the other realms.

"The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter simply because he’s a man, or that a future monarch can marry someone of any faith except a Catholic -- this way of thinking is at odds with the modern countries that we’ve all become," British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a speech at the summit, held in Perth.

And about that Dracula thing? In an interview for an upcoming TV show about preserving forests in Romania’s Transylvania region, Charles reveals "the genealogy reveals I'm descended from Vlad the Impaler, so I do have a bit of a stake in the country."

Ba-dump-bump.

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Photo:  Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, meets guests at a private dinner for charity Wednesday at Clarence House in London. Credit: Paul Burns / Clarence House / Reuters


Duchess Kate won't appear on Vogue cover, palace says

Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, won't be on U.S. Vogue

The former Kate Middleton -- now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge -- will not play cover girl for American Vogue, despite a report Monday that Prince William's bride was being courted by editor Anna Wintour.

Rumor had it that Wintour was campaigning for the former Kate Middleton as a stateside cover of the fashion mag, leveraging her relationship with longtime Vogue photographer Mario Testino to get it done.

But sadly, "There are no plans for the Duchess to do anything with U.S. Vogue," a palace rep told People magazine. 

The Testino connection would've been a safe bet -- not only a prize steed in Wintour's photography stable, he's a longtime pal of the royal family. His portraits of the late Princess Diana are treasured by many, along with the engagement portraits of Kate and William he shot last year.

Magazine competition over the princess bride has been stiff. The New York Post says British Vogue tried to get her for a wedding edition, which she declined. A collaboration with Wintour would've been her first cooperative editorial spread, save for another Testino shot that landed in the June issue of Vanity Fair.

"There’s nothing trashy or vulgar about her," Wintour has said of Kate's style. "She dresses her age and never looks out of place."

Least of all on the cover of Vogue, we'd say.

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Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, found a traditional white cowboy hat to be in vogue during her July visit to Calgary, Alberta, with husband Prince William. Credit: Phil Noble / Reuters.

<p><a style="display: inline;" href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef015391e8ad04970b-pi"><img class="asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c630a53ef015391e8ad04970b" style="width: 600px;" title="Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, won't be on U.S. Vogue" src="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef015391e8ad04970b-600wi" alt="Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, won't be on U.S. Vogue" /></a></p>

<p>The former Kate Middleton, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will not play cover girl for American Vogue, despite a report Monday that Prince William's bride was being courted by editor Anna Wintour.</p>

<p>Rumor had it that Wintour&nbsp;was campaigning for the former Kate Middleton as a stateside cover of the fashion mag, <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/anna_fights_for_kate_cover_MBwF1zRRAYrnFgE1PR1PhM" target="_blank">leveraging</a> her relationship with longtime Vogue photographer Mario Testino to get it done.</p>

<p>But sadly, "There are no plans for the Duchess to do anything with U.S. Vogue," a palace rep <a href="http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20532087,00.html" target="_blank">told</a> People magazine.&nbsp;</p>

<p>The Testino connection would've been a safe bet -- not only a prize steed in Wintour's photography stable, he's a longtime pal of the royal family. His portraits of the late Princess Diana are treasured by many, along with the <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2010/12/royal-engagement-photos-prince-william-kate-middleton.html" target="_blank">engagement portraits</a> of Kate and William he shot last year.</p>

<p>Magazine competition over the princess bride has been stiff. The New York Post says British Vogue tried to get for a wedding edition, which she declined. A collaboration with Wintour would've been her first cooperative editorial spread, save for another Testino shot that <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2011/05/kate-william-vanity-fair-mario-testino-us-road-trip.html" target="_blank">landed</a> on the June issue of Vanity Fair.</p>

<p>"There’s nothing trashy or vulgar about her," Wintour has <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2011/09/kate_middleton_expected_to_hav.html" target="_blank">said</a> of Kate's style. "She dresses her age and never looks out of place."</p>

<p>Least of all on the cover of Vogue, we'd say.</p>

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