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Duchess Kate Middleton passes out shamrocks to Irish Guards

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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 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


Mila Kunis enjoys Marine Corps Ball; Sgt. Moore thanks wingmen

Mila Kunis and Sgt. Scott Moore at the Marine Corps Ball in North Carolina

Mila Kunis and Sgt. Scott Moore attended the Marine Corps Ball in Greeneville, N.C., on Friday night — Moore being the Afghanistan veteran who shall be forever known as the guy who started it all.

In addition to his veteran status, Moore is a different kind of American hero for starting this year's wave of celebrity invites to the USMC's big night, but he didn't do it alone. On Thursday, he credited "wingmen" Justin Timberlake and Dan Lamothe of the Military Times for their help getting his invitation to Kunis. 

The "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" actress arrived at the venue around 2:30 p.m. Friday and was promptly whisked away from media eyes, said local station WNCT, which also noted that Moore's recently returned 3rd battalion, 2nd Marines had lost seven in Afghanistan. It's that sort of sacrifice that's remembered each year for the Marine Corps' birthday.

Despite the presence of Hollywood hotties shining a spotlight on this year's celebrations, "the Marines and sailors know what the night is about," spokesman Capt. Scott Sasser told the Greenville Daily Reflector. "That's been the focus the whole time." A good time was had by all, Sasser said.

Timberlake in particular was moved by his experience as Cpl. Kelsey De Santis' date in Virginia last weekend, calling attention to the dedication and sacrifices of the Marines in a post on his personal blog.

Following in Kunis and Timberlake's footsteps, Kristin Cavallari hit the ball in Temecula with Camp Pendleton's Lance Cpl. Jonathan Burkett on Thursday, after getting permission from beau Jay Cutler, of course. Betty White couldn't get the time off work and had to pass, as did Scarlett Johansson, who sent a case of bubbly to cover for her absence at the Nov. 10 ball held in Georgia.

And can we give a nod to Military Times' Lamothe, wingman extraordinaire? In a blog post Wednesday, he explained that while searching for bootleg clips of Marines in Afghanistan, he'd cracked up when he found Moore's video invite to Kunis. He posted it on the Battle Rattle blog, only to have it go viral — resulting in a Fox reporter bringing it up to Kunis and Timberlake days later in a "Friends With Benefits" interview. And the rest is history.

Since going viral, the video has been watched nearly 4 million times. 

Nice work. 

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Photo: Sgt. Scott Moore and his guest, Mila Kunis, enjoy the 236th Marine Corps birthday ball for 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division in Greenville, N.C., on Friday. Credit: Cpl. Johnny Merkley / Marine Corps.


Justin Timberlake 'blown away' by the Marine Corps Ball

Kelsey De Santis and Justin Timberlake at the Marine Corps ball

Too bad Cpl. Kelsey De Santis didn't get Justin Timberlake to a Marine Corps Ball just a little sooner -- because the note that the performer wrote on his website Sunday would have been perfect message for his young fans to reflect on Friday, which was Veteran's Day.

Yes, De Santis was cool and humble and honest ("I have to tell you, it's not every day that I meet a 23 year old girl and she's more worried about if I'm having fun or if I'm comfortable!" he wrote). And her friends rocked and were funny and even danced a little. She started the evening in her dress blues (Marine formal wear for women includes a skirt) then changed into a glittery evening gown, according to local station WTVR.

"The ball was epic!" De Santis tweeted afterward. "Had a wonderful time."

But what Timberlake didn't expect from a blind date that originated during the marketing of his "Friends With Benefits" promotional campaign with Mila Kunis? "An event," he said, "that turned out to be one of the most moving evenings I've ever had."

From JT himself:

[T]he next thing I knew I was watching a video about Pearl Harbor/WW2 and the September 11 terrorist attacks... It was a video with some first-hand accounts from some Marines who were there... Telling their stories of the sights and sounds of war and rescue. So vivid and real. So honest but, so filled with a sense of compassion and adoration for this wonderful country. They spoke with a pride that only they could have acquired through their experience as a US Marine. There was a common theme that I began to notice as well... No matter what the situation. No matter how dire...

They were there FIRST.

There on the front lines.

No questions... Just reaction.

While this tribute was playing, you could hear a pin drop. It was a surreal moment to be in that room with so many of our great Marines who have such a different type of connection to those stories. One that we who don't serve will NEVER understand.

He put it in context unique to those who travel in celebrity circles: "I've met so many of my heroes... From Michael Jordan to Michael Jackson. And, nothing makes me feel more honor and pride than when I get to meet one of you.

"Last night changed my life and I will never forget it."

Check out Timberlake's whole note -- lots of details for the curious! -- and then come back to the Ministry and read more about how he and De Santis wound up at the Basic School Instructor Battalion 236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Virginia on Saturday night.

Coming up this Friday? Mila Kunis heads to North Carolina for her own night at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

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Photo: Cpl. Kelsey De Santis, 23, and her date, Justin Timberlake, 30, at the Marine Corps Ball in Richmond,Va., on Saturday. Credit: USMC Lance Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos / AFP / Getty Images



Justin Timberlake challenged to dance-off at Marine Corps Ball

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Justin Timberlake better be prepared to bust a move at tonight's Marine Corps Ball, because his date Cpl. Kelsey de Santis is challenging the singer to a dance-off.

So what if he's an international star with years of training from his early days with the Mickey Mouse club and N'Sync. She says bring it on. In fact, he might want to start doing "The Dougie" now.

“My friends keep saying, ‘Dance-off!’ They know about my skills,” she told Access Hollywood. “I honestly don’t think he’ll be able to keep up with my group of people.” In fact, she's got “multiple signature moves,” and yes, one of them is “The Dougie.”

What if Timberlake tries to steal a smooch at the ball? De Santis, who is stationed at the base in Quantico, Va., is fine with that too, but she would never "force anything upon him."

“Of course, I’m single! I don’t know [if a kiss will happen.] I guess that’s all up to JT and what his plans are,” she explained on the show.

The Marine asked Justin to the Marine Corps Ball in Washington, D.C., back in July via Youtube, after his "Friends With Benefits" costar Mila Kunis accepted a similar invitation from Sgt. Scott Moore. Check out De Santis' invitation below.

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Photo: Justin Timberlake in concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim in 2007. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times


Scarlett Johansson declines Marine Corps Ball invite, sends bubbly

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is the latest Hollywood type to be invited to the Marine Corps Ball, this time to the Nov. 10 event in Albany, Ga.

Perhaps rebounding from that whirlwind Sean Penn thing, or maybe even the Ryan Reynolds thing, Johansson declined. She cited a "prior commitment,"  but the Ministry suspects something else was to blame: a high-concept video.

Original inviter Sgt. Scott Moore, who asked Mila Kunis to his Nov. 18 event on a bet, stood in front of a camera in Afghanistan and simply asked.

Cpl. Kelsey de Santis, who's ball-bound with Justin Timberlake on Nov. 12, had a few burly fellow Marines as background, but essentially stood in front of a camera in Quantico, Va., and simply asked.

Then things went south -- quite literally, to video shoots in Texas and Georgia. Betty White declined the invitation of Sgt. Ray Lewis, whose video included various calisthenics and a costume change. Now "Avengers" actress Johansson says no to Sgt. Dustin L. Williams, whose video included various calisthenics and a picture of Johansson toasting with bubbly.

Coincidence? We blame the emphasis on editing and story line!

Of course, Kunis and Timberlake might have be influenced by the fact that their invites came in the course of their high-profile promotional campaign for "Friends With Benefits," but we don't want to go there. Miley Cyrus, meanwhile, got invites both simple and more sophisticated, but may have been overwhelmed by the multiple requests.

White and Johansson both declined graciously -- with the latter promising to send a case of Champagne to help Williams and his pals celebrate the Marine Corps' birthday, and "Terminator" actress Linda Hamilton posting her own video offering to step into White's party shoes.

Back in Georgia, Williams seemed prepped for whatever answer came, telling Zap2It via e-mail earlier this week, "With her current career I would imagine Scarlett Johansson is a busy woman.... Nothing ventured, nothing gained."

He said that a yes, however, would have boosted the morale of the Marines as a whole.

 

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Justin Timberlake accepts Marine Cpl. Kelsey de Santis' invite to the ball

Justin Timberlake says yes to Marine Cpl. Kelsey de Santis' Marine Corps Ball invitation

Justin Timberlake has accepted Marine Cpl. Kelsey de Santis' invitation to the Marine Corps Ball in Washington, D.C., schedule permitting.

"If my schedule works out to do it, I'd love to do it. It's an honor," he said Friday said at a media event to promote the film "Friends with Benefits."

"I don't get asked out ever, so I was very flattered by that," Timberlake said by way of explanation, according to CNN. Her call-out of his song "Cry Me a River" was something he loved, but not the clincher.

It won't be a double date with his costar Mila Kunis and Marine Sgt. Scott Moore, despite the cuteness of that concept. The birthday ball is a nationwide celebration for the U.S. Marine Corps, and Moore invited Kunis to the Nov. 18 festivities in North Carolina, where his unit is based. Di Santis, the only woman at the Martial Arts Center for Excellence (MACE) at Marine Corps Base Quantico, in Virginia, will be partying in her neck of the woods on Nov. 12.

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Mila Kunis confirms: Date with Marine Sgt. Scott Moore is on!

Mila Kunis will indeed attend the Marine Corps Ball with Sgt. Scott Moore, she confirmed loud and proud Thursday, putting to rest a rumor that she'd backed out.

Watch the video if you can, because she said it best: "Never did I say that I was not going." That version of events was made up, she said, "and people believed it, unfortunately."

The rumor, which appeared to be based on a look at Kunis' production obligations, was sketchy but got a lot of play.

"I accepted an invitation and I'm staying true to my word," the actress said at a "Friends With Benefits" media event. "I got permission to be released from work for the day, so I'm flying in and flying out." Kunis will be headed for the Greenville, N.C., event on Nov. 18.

The Tuesday after Kunis said yes, Moore said in an official military statement that he'd uploaded the video on a bet. The sergeant had taken questions submitted from stateside reporters, according to the Military Times, but wasn't available for interviews because, you know, he was a little busy being a Marine on active duty in Afghanistan.

"It was kind of a bet between me and Marines in my platoon," Moore said. "I told everyone I was going to do it, but they didn't think I would go through with it," he wrote. "Of course, a bet between Marines must be honored, so I took the chance. You can't make shots that you don't take, so I took the best shot I could."

Having Justin Timberlake as his wing man didn't hurt either.

"I wanted to take Mila Kunis to the Marine Corps ball," he said (The ball is a pretty big deal). "We all talk about what we are going to do when we get back, and this was my dream. I do feel bad for putting her on the spot, but it's not like I was going to bump into her on the streets of Musa Qal'eh between now and the ball."

Meanwhile, given Timberlake's role in getting his costar to say yes, it was only a matter of time before a female Marine got all Sadie Hawkins on him. Backed by a few burly friends, Cpl. Kelsey De Santis decided to "call out"  Timberlake with an invite to the Nov. 12 ball she will be attending in Washington (Watch out if you click, because although the video's clean, the comments definitely are not). And then there was that nonmilitary chick with the mask and the gun. Ladies, ladies!

Meanwhile, back home in Pennsylvania, Moore's parents approved.

"What hit me initially when I saw it was, boy, am I glad that he has a moment to be able to take time to do something fun," his father said. "Because I know they've put in extremely long hours and a lot of hard work goes in over there."

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Mila Kunis has accepted an invitation from a Marine to attend the Marine Corps Ball

Mila Kunis may have won acclaim for "Black Swan," but it's the red, white and blue that's getting her high marks from the Ministry: The actress has accepted an invitation from Sgt. Scott Moore to attend the Marine Corps Ball this fall.

In a polite, to-the-point YouTube video that he uploaded in June from Afghanistan, Moore asked Kunis to be his date for the ball, scheduled for Nov. 18 in Greenville, N.C.

"Take a second, think about it, get back to me. All right, bye now," Moore said in the clip, which you can watch below.

Credit his Marine swagger, or perhaps a push from Kunis' "Friends With Benefits" costar Justin Timberlake -- Moore is getting his wish. While talking to Fox 411 over the weekend, Timberlake asked Kunis if she'd seen the Marine's plea, then pressed her to attend. "I'm going to work on this, man," he said before sending Moore a direct message. "This needs to go down."

"I'll go. I'll do it for you," she said. The Marine Corps Ball is a significant bash for the Semper Fi bunch. We can't wait to see Kunis on Moore's arm, dress blues and all.

 

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Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris take to Twitter to celebrate DADT repeal vote

Lady-gaga-dadt Given her use of Twitter to decry the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Lady Gaga, of course, would lead the way on the social media platform to celebrate the Senate's repeal vote.

"Can't hold back the tears [and] pride. We did it! Our voice was heard...today the Senate REPEALED DADT. A triumph for equality after 17 YEARS," she tweeted, followed by a photo of herself holding a piece of paper reading "Full Equality."

Plenty of other celebs joined in celebrating the repeal, which removes the policy requiring LGBT military officers to remain silent about their identities to serve.

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell REPEALED! So proud of Congress for making the right decision. Now all soldiers can serve with integrity. A great day," Neil Patrick Harris wrote.

Ellen DeGeneres thanked senators for bringing the country "one step closer towards full eqaulity," while Katy Perry retweeted singer Pink, who gave a shout-out to all troops and remarked, "there's hope after all." 

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