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William and Catherine visit Birmingham, England, in wake of riots

Prince William and Catheirne visit riot-torn Birmingham

Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, paid a special visit to victims of recent riots in their home country on Friday.

The couple visited Birmingham in England's county of West Midlands to see residents and business owners affected by the civil unrest that had spread there after starting Aug. 6 in London's Tottenham neighborhood. With three men dead in Birmingham, shops looted and fires damaging personal property, the turn of royal duty was designed for comfort but not publicity; the couple's visit wasn't announced in advance.

Catherine looked sunny but respectful in white and navy with gold brass detail. William walked beside her through the town, occasionally guiding her by the small of her back, both accompanied by Paul Sabapathy, lord lieutenant of the West Midlands. 

"They were very concerned about what the families had gone through and how they were coping with such a tragedy," a police spokeswoman told People.

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Photo: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, tour Birmingham with Paul Sabapathy, lord lieutenant of the West Midlands on Friday. Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images


Betty White voted America's 'most trusted' celebrity

Betty White voted 'most trusted' celebrity by Americans in a new Reuters poll, beating out Denzel Washington and Sandra Bullock

Betty White has been voted America's favorite and most trusted celebrity, a new poll indicates.

White, the former "Golden Girls" funnywoman who is currently starring in TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland," beat out Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen as the person "whose endorsement of a company would be most likely to drive business," according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2,012 Americans.

And she didn't have to go to the Marine Corps birthday ball to do it.

The 89-year-old animal lover won an Emmy last year for her "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig, has appeared on "Community" and in Snickers commercials and was named Associated Press entertainer of the year last December. Perhaps that trustworthy face of hers could help do some damage this fall on her "Punk'd"-style prank show "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"?

The other most favorable celebrities behind White are Denzel Washington, Sandra Bullock, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman (who tied for seventh place with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge), Will Smith and Johnny Depp.

Topping the not-so-hot list are: Paris Hilton, Charlie Sheen, Britney Spears (who ties for third with Kanye West), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, Kim Kardashian, Mel Gibson, Donald Trump and LeBron James.

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Photo: Betty White in June 2011. Credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images


How Pippa Middleton's backside appreciation began: exclusive video

Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton captured worldwide attention as her sister Kate Middleton's maid of honor in April -- and while she didn't tack on a royal title at the time, she's easily become one of the world's most eligible bachelorettes.

Now TLC is giving Pippa the hourlong treatment with its in-depth "Crazy for Pippa" special. The Ministry has an exclusive clip from the show, highlighting one of Pippa's best assets.

On that fateful April day when Kate emerged from a chauffeured car in her white Alexander McQueen wedding gown, Pippa wasn't far behind, set to carry the bride's train in her own cream-colored McQueen dress -- and the behind-of-honor instantly set off a frenzy.

An appreciation society devoted to Pippa's posterior was created on Facebook by rear-end enthusiast Mike Bandar "before she even got in the church."

"We were all thinking exactly the same thing, that she was absolutely stunning. I posted it on a few of the other pages -- like the Pippa Middleton official public figure page -- and from then it just went mental," Bandar said.

The page has almost 240,000 fans. See the clip below. "Crazy for Pippa" airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday on TLC. 

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Photo: Pippa Middleton at a Wimbledon semifinal match in July. Credit: Clive Mason / Getty Images



William and Kate fly economy home from Zara Phillips' wedding

Kate and William at Zara Phillips' wedding

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, isn't kidding about relating to regular folks: She and Prince William flew a discount commercial airline home from Zara Phillips' royal wedding, leaving her open to the possibilities of fitting a fascinator into an overhead compartment.

Phillips, William's cousin and 13th in line for the throne, married England's rugby captain Mike Tindall on Saturday in Edinburgh, Scotland, drawing the likes of Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Phillip and Prince Harry, to name a few.

Photos: Fabulous royal wedding hats

Yet when the titled bunch went packing, Will and Kate headed straight for the airport alongside other normal types who were booked on Flybe, a discount airline that averages about $80 for a one-way journey.

Passengers were "shocked" to see the famous couple on board, the Daily Mail said. They were traveling with a security staff but unable to upgrade to first class, as the jet service does not offer a VIP section — though "economy plus" comes with snacks and drinks.

Harry took a cue from his brother and sister-in-law, flying round-trip to the weekend wedding on EasyJet, which asked him an extra $20 to check his military-issue weekend bag.

Harry headed directly home to London, while the duke and duchess flew to Manchester (their home in Anglesey is about two hours from the Manchester airport).

Are you impressed with the practical travel? Tell us in comments. 

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Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, with Prince William at the wedding of Zara Phillips and English rugby captain Mike Tindall in Edinburgh, Scotland. Credit: Getty Images.



Kate Middleton's wedding dress debuts at Buckingham Palace

Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen wedding dress on display at Buckingham Palace

The dress worn by Kate Middleton when she married Prince William back in April is going on display at Buckingham Palace. And one of the privileges of royalty? The newly minted Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Queen Elizabeth II got to tour the setup Friday, a day before it opens to the public.

"Horrid, isn't it? Horrid and dreadful!" the 85-year-old queen reportedly joked to the 29-year-old granddaughter-in-law.

Visitors will be able to get within 8 feet of the dress seen 'round the world, which is presented, unprotected, on a raised platform in the palace ballroom where state banquets are held. Unlike tours of the White House, which are first-come, first-served and free of charge, the Buckingham Palace tour runs just shy of $30. No worries, apparently: Advance ticket sales are way up over last year.

Photos: Kate Middleton's wedding dress in action at Westminster Abbey

"What is so astounding ... is just how much thought and extraordinary work and craftsmanship and skill went into it," said Caroline de Guitaut, curator of decorative arts at the Royal Collection. She noted that the royal couple had been striving for modesty, despite the elaborate nature of the wedding.

"There is a sense of modesty in this dress," she said. "I think it will stand the test of time, definitely."

Catherine and the queen see the Kate Middleton wedding dress at Buckingham Palace Above the dress is the original veil and Cartier tiara worn by the bride, featuring about 900 diamonds and lent to her for the occasion by the queen. Kate's wedding shoes, earrings and a silk replica of her bouquet are also part of the show.

The almost 650,000 expected visitors can stop for visual dessert as well: The couple's ornate wedding cake is on show in a glass cabinet in the state dining room, complete with a deep cut where they plunged in the knife.

Photos: The royal wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William

In a video made to accompany the exhibition, Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton shares many secrets of the dress (a hidden bustle, weighted panels to help it perform on its trip down the Westminster Abbey aisle) while staying mum about the cost, as well as the newly minted Duchess of Cambridge's measurements.

Except for one, revealed not by Burton but by a stamp on an item itself.

Those who wondered whether that "glass slipper" would've fit them after the ball now know: Catherine was wearing a size 5.5 shoe.

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Reuters contributed to this report.

-- Christie D'Zurilla
Twitter.com/dzurillaville

Top photo: The Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and featuring a 9-foot train, can be seen at Buckingham Palace during the annual summer opening. Credit: Lewis Whyld / Getty Images

Bottom photos: Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, get a preview of the royal wedding exhibit in Buckingham Palace Friday. Credits: John Stillwell / Reuters


From Kate to Catherine: Dignity and smiles 'in the eye of the storm'

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

The former Kate Middleton, recently minted as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, seems to be adapting to royal life splendidly with husband Prince William -- and we got some insight from royal watcher Cat Deeley on what makes her such a natural.

"She's absolutely within the eye of the storm and at no moment has she got a foot wrong," Deeley told us Tuesday at Miu Miu's celebration of the short film "Muta" in Beverly Hills.

While looking beautiful and radiating "dignity and decorum" go a long way in making the normal girl worthy of her title, Deeley said Catherine has a secret weapon: "Above and beyond anything else -- she's so easy with her smiles. It's connecting with another human being."

The duchess' Canadian tour, capped with a whirlwind weekend in California, went a long way in proving she's capable of her duties and, most importantly, of reaching beyond them to fulfill her and William's promise of modernizing the monarchy.

Also, said Deely, "she just has great jewelry."

Agreed

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Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, works on a clay turtle project with students during a visit to the Inner-City Arts campus in downtown L.A. on July 10. Credit: Mike Nelson / Reuters

 


Prince William and Catherine catch 'Bridesmaids' on a movie date

Prince William and Catherine have a date night

Though William and Catherine are well settled back in their home country since their Hollywood visit, they kept movie magic alive for a date night Saturday — taking in a screening of "Bridesmaids."

The comedy starring Kristen Wiig, noted for its bold lady gross-out moments, was screened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their nearest cinema: Llandudno Junction multiplex, roughly 40 miles from their home in Anglesey.

"My friend from Uni has just seen Prince William and Kate Middleton in my local cinema," one excited royal watcher tweeted — and more than one local noticed.

While reports suggest William wanted to see "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," his bride won out (though "Bridesmaids' " funny business surely held his interest). We're guessing there was no correlation between Maya Rudolph's big-screen band of misfits and Kate's own maid of honor, Pippa Middleton

But we can dream.

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Photo: During their recent tour of Canada, Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, participate in a traditional Mi'kmaq smudging ceremony July 4 on Prince Edward Island. It's not "Bridesmaids," but it looks fun. Credit: Paul Darrow / Agence France Press / Getty Images.


Will and Kate reign over Hollywood at BAFTA's 'Brits to Watch'

Jennifer Lopez greets the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, expanded their domain to include Hollywood, sweeping some of its biggest movie stars off their feet Saturday evening in downtown Los Angeles.

BAFTA, the British film academy over which Prince William presides, hosted its uber-hyped "Brits to Watch" fete, welcoming emerging British artists and some of America's most treasured talent. 

Kate and William get their Hollywood glam on The duchess, in McQueen, made a simple and stunning entrance with her husband on their first Hollywood red carpet. Crowds swelled outside the Belasco Theater for the event, which followed a successful day of polo for the pair. 

Nicole Kidman, Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Garner, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks were just a few of Tinseltown's royalty present for the occasion. 

Photos: Will and Kate, Day Two

Younger celebs including Chris Evans, Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Juno Temple, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessica Chastain were counted, as well as funnymen Paul Rudd and Judd Apatow, with wife Leslie Mann.

Though the two may be a bit conservative by Hollywood standards, they passed the shmoozing litmus test with flying colors. The duke had many a close conversation, including chats with Streisand and husband James Brolin, as well as Lopez. Kate warmed to Kidman and Garner, enjoying solo conversations while California wine and Grey Goose flowed.

Piers Morgan, an anchor from the newlyweds' homeland, summed it well: "In terms of pure star quality, William and Kate are the biggest stars in the world," he said.

Agreed.

"The impact they've had on Hollywood, which houses the biggest stars in the world, shows you that they are," Morgan added

One tidbit for the Ministry's devoted followers of Fabulous Parties: Kate and William sat at a well-appointed table with Kidman, Streisand and Brolin. 

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Photos, from top: Jennifer Lopez with Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; the newlyweds storm their first-ever Tinseltown red carpet. Credits: Matt Baron/ Associated Press; WireImage


Prince William and Kate win big with polo appearance in Carpinteria

Prince William and Kate at polo

Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, continued to sail through their California itinerary, winning hearts and raising money Saturday at a charity polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria.

The newlyweds showed up in their daytime best, Will in navy and khaki and Kate in a Jenny Packham dress, for a game to benefit the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.

Photos: Saturday with the royals, turning out for polo and "Brits to Watch"

Celebs including Zoe Saldana, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Orlando Bloom, Rob Lowe, Rosario Dawson, Billy Zane, Molly Sims and Joe Jonas turned up to catch a glimpse of the royals.

Zoe saldanaLunch for guests who dropped $400 or $4,000 to attend was prepared by celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis. The win went to the team on which Prince William played, and the Tiffany & Co. trophy (complete with horseshoe motifs) was presented by his bride.

After the match, a helicopter awaited to zip the Cambridges back to Los Angeles for Saturday evening's BAFTA "Brits to Watch" event.

Expected guests included the likes of Barbra Streisand, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony.  

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Top photo: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Will's teammates celebrate a big win at their Saturday polo charity match. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

Left photo: Zoe Saldana cuts a frilly figure on the polo field. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


William and Kate: Where in L.A. could they after-party?

Prince William kisses Catherine

All work and no play make William and Kate a dull Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- sure, the royal duties of the world's most famous couple come first, but as they take Southern California by storm, shouldn't these newlyweds carve out some playtime?

While Friday's agenda included a British investment and trade seminar followed by intimate welcome cocktails, Saturday had polo followed by what will be their big Hollywood moment in the evening at BAFTA's "Brits to Watch" event in downtown L.A.

The Ministry noticed that they didn't have any other obligations until Sunday morning -- and we definitely had some after-party ideas.

Pictures: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at polo and in downtown L.A. for "Brits to Watch"

First and foremost, the couple could always call us and, in traditional L.A. fashion, we'd totally grab late-night rooftop drinks with them and mellow out.

However, in the great likelihood that that doesn't happen, let us suggest:

Soho House: It may be predictable, but the members-only Sunset Boulevard haunt is as exclusive as it gets around here. Enjoying gin and tonics over a shared bolognese and stargazing -- both heavenward and at the other patrons -- would be delightful. 

Pink's Hot Dogs: The two are notoriously down to earth, so why not grab a bite at local legend Pink's? The consistently long line might create an issue for the royals' security detail, but we dare say they'd have some pull. Besides, Pink's has created a new menu item in their honor: The "Royal Dog" has two hot dogs in one bun topped with mustard, cheese, onions, relish, two slices of bacon and a "spot" of chili. 

Griffith Observatory: For privacy and a nod to their St. Andrews University-honed intellects, the pair might enjoy a flannel blanket and some constellations at the L.A. landmark.

Ye Old King's Head Tavern: This British pub in Santa Monica is a taste of home and offers the kind of anonymity the two surely crave after such a whirlwind tour. The menu has classics including sausage rolls, Welsh rarebit and -- duh -- bangers and mash. 

More night-out tips for Kate and Will? If they've already buzzed you to set up rooftop drinks at the London, we're never speaking to you again, but otherwise we'd love to see your ideas in comments.

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Photo: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, receives a kiss Saturday from her husband, Britain's Prince William, after a charity polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria in support of the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Reuters

 


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