Kate faces birthday heartbreak again despite reaching major milestone

William and Kate: Experts discuss birthday photos in 2020

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Last year the country was in a national lockdown, and the Prime Minister instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives, meaning Kate’s 39th celebrations would have been relatively small-scale as household mixing was not encouraged. On Sunday, January 9, the Duchess of Cambridge will celebrate turning 40, however, amid the ongoing threat of coronavirus, Kate faces spending her major milestone birthday with just her immediate family again.

In recent weeks, Covid has once again prompted national concern as virus cases have continued to surge.

Although further restrictions on social gatherings have not been introduced in England to date, the Royal Family has taken several precautions in recent months to limit the spread of the virus, including the cancellation of traditional royal Christmas celebrations.

The Royal Family’s annual Christmas luncheon was cancelled, in addition to the traditional royal gathering at Sandringham in Norfolk.

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  • Princess Diana’s unforgettable gifts to her sons reminds them of her ‘selfless’

    Princess Diana’s untimely death left her two young sons devastated, along with the millions of people who were heartbroken with the news.

    Prince William and Prince Harry were just 15 and 12 years old respectively when the tragedy struck. But what kept Diana’s memory alive between them was her distinguished memoirs she left for her sons once they turned 30.

    Prince Harry was handed over the iconic dress of the late Princess of Wales. Sources said that she specifically requested that her sons’ inherit it following her passing.

    Her famous wedding dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel and was made up of thousands of pearls, layers of silk and a 25-foot train.

    Prince George loves one TV show so much a special episode was dedicated to the royal

    Prince George is such a big fan of one children’s TV show that the creators made a special episode for him.

    A few years ago, the young princes parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, revealed George was a big fan of the hit children TV show Fireman Sam. Speaking on BBC Radio One Kate Middleton confirmed George’s interest in the show.

    She said: “Fireman Sam has taken an awful lot of interest.”

    Kate also explained that George loves helicopters which appear in the show and in 2016 the duchess was spotted buying a Fireman Sam reading book for George at a charity shop.

    Meghan and Harry lose patience with ‘unnamed friends’ – Sussexes issue ban on speaking out

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have banned unnamed “sources” speaking for them in the media.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s communications team at Archewell will reportedly speak on the record or not at all, with fans warned to ignore mystery “sources” claiming to talk for them in the press.

    The move is aimed at making clear to Harry and Meghan’s followers when stories are true as they will be confirmed by a spokesperson, the Telegraph claims.

    Parents at Archie’s school claim not to care about Harry and Meghan’s royal connection

    Parents at Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s school have claimed not to care about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal connection, a report states.

    Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, two, has enrolled into a nursery near the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s home in California.

    Despite their notoriety, Prince William, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, are believed to regularly drop off their son on the school run.

    One parent at the nursery said: “Harry often drops Archie off and picks him up, and seems like a good dad.

    How old was the Queen at her coronation?

    The Queen was 27-years-old at the time of her coronation.

    Although the Queen ascended the throne in February 1952, it was not until the following summer that her coronation took place.

    The Queen’s coronation took place at Westminster Abbey, the historic backdrop for coronations since 1066, on June 2, 1953.

    Royal fans in meltdown as Queen replies to adorable picture of toddler dressed as her

    The Queen sent an unexpected reply after receiving an adorable photograph of a toddler dressed up as Her Majesty.

    Katelyn Sutherland from Ohio, US, wrote a letter to the Palace and enclosed a photograph of her one-year-old daughter Jalayne Sutherland styled as the Queen.

    The little tot is pictured wearing a light-blue double-breasted overcoat with a matching hat, white wig and a string of pearls around her neck.

    She is even photographed standing proudly beside two Corgis – a favourite of the Queen’s.

    Royal frenzy as Albert’s illegitimate children pose with Charlene’s twins for first time

    Prince Albert of Monaco has caused a frenzy after his four children were pictured together for the first time.

    A photograph showing Albert and Princess Charlene’s seven-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella posing with their half-siblings was revealed on social media on New Year’s Eve.

    Jazmin Grimaldi, daughter of Prince Albert of Monaco, 63, shared the sweet snap in a 2021 round-up video on Instagram, along with well-wishes for the New Year.

    It is thought to be the first time Albert’s four children have been photographed together.

    Prince Andrew accuser’s secret £371,000 deal with Epstein released by judge

    Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s secret deal with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein has been released by a judge.

    The Duke of York’s lawyers have been hoping the document could be key to ending her lawsuit against him which is due to come to court tomorrow.

    The document reveals the terms of a $500,000 (£371,207.50) payout from Epstein’s estate to Ms Roberts Giuffre who was abused and trafficked by the multimillionaire.

    The 12-page document which was unsealed and made public by a New York court on Monday afternoon revealed the terms of the £370,000 payout from Epstein to Ms Giuffre.

    Prince Harry’s upset at having military titles stripped laid bare in emotional letter

    Prince Harry revealed the extent of his hurt at having his military titles stripped in an emotional letter, a royal expert has claimed. 

    The prince was forced to give up his military titles last year as part of an agreement under which he stepped away from his Royal duties. 

    The Duke of Sussex recently penned an emotional letter to a couple in the UK, whose late son served alongside Harry in Afghanistan in 2008.

    Prince William ‘frustrated’ over Afghanistan shambles

    The Duke of Cambridge reportedly told refugees from Afghanistan that he wishes Britain had done more to save innocent people from the Taliban. 

    He is also understood to have expressed concern at the length of time it has taken to find permanent homes for people settling in the UK while on a Royal visit to see them. 

    One refugee told The Times: “He said he was frustrated at the withdrawal effort in August. He said he wished we could have brought more people to the UK.”

    Another is reported to have said: “He asked us: ‘Why is it taking so long to get into permanent homes?’”

    Prince Philip saved the world’s rarest marsupial from extinction

    Gilbert’s potoroo, the world’s rarest marsupial, was inadvertently saved by the late-Prince Philip more than 60 years ago. 

    The prince had been lobbying to save an Australian bird while visiting Perth in 1962 when he argued that their habitat should be preserved. 

    The Western Australian government agreed, declaring the area 260 miles south of Perth a wildlife sanctuary.

    He was successful and the Western Australian government declared the 260 mile area a wildlife sanctuary. 

    Unbeknown to all, this habitat was also home to the endangered potoroo, the population of which is now believed to have passed 100. 

    The reason Princess Charlotte isn’t allowed a best friend at school

    Princess Charlotte will have an unusual upbringing for many reasons, but according to a claim, the Royal will also go through her school experience without a best-friend. 

    The princess attends Thomas’s School, an £18,000-a-year independent school in Battersea.

    Loose Women panellist and royal reporter Jane Moore said: “It’s a really great little school actually for the reasons I think that it really focuses on kindness, it’s a really big thing in that school and the pastoral care is amazing.

    “There’s a policy that if your child is having a party, unless every child in the class is invited, you don’t give out invites in class.

    “There are signs everywhere saying be kind, that’s the ethos of the school.

    “They don’t encourage you to have best friends.”

    Queen in mourning as lady in waiting dies at 90

    One of the Queen’s closest friends and most trusted confidantes, Diana Maxwell, has died at the age of 90. 

    Ms Maxwell, Lady Farnham, was the monarch’s lady in waiting, acting as her Lady of the Bedchamber since 1987.

    She had supported the Queen for decades, most publicly during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations when she stepped in for Prince Philip, who was unable to attend as he was unwell.

    Duke tweets rare personal tribute to ‘inspirational’ hero

    Prince William has shared an emotional tribute to Kenyan conservationist and fossil hunter Richard Leakey, who has died aged 77.

    Richard Leakey led expeditions that helped shed new light on the scientific understanding of human evolution and he was credited with the find of the oldest near-complete human skeleton in 1984.

    The Duke of Cambridge said: “I was very sad to hear of Richard Leakey’s death. He was an inspirational & courageous conservationist and I was privileged to meet him. He transformed the Kenyan Wildlife Service & valiantly spearheaded efforts to stop elephant poaching. Conservation has lost a true visionary.”

    Prince Andrew accuser’s secret £371,000 deal with Epstein released by judge

    Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s secret deal with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein has been released by a judge.

    The Duke of York’s lawyers have been hoping the document could be key to ending her lawsuit against him which is due to come to court tomorrow. 

    The document reveals the terms of a $500,000 (£371,207.50) payout from Epstein’s estate to Ms Roberts Giuffre who was abused and trafficked by the multimillionaire.

    Meghan and Harry ‘looking to sell’ £11m California home

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly “thinking of selling” their California mansion after just 18 months as they are not “over the moon” about the property.

    A source told the Sunday People: “They are thinking of selling their house there. However, it won’t be on the market because of who they are. It’s only being shown to people who are confirmed with funds and are serious buyers.”

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who moved across the pond in 2020 after quitting royal duties, have also reportedly started making inquiries about other homes.

    Queen left furious after Prince Charles’ household suggested ‘delight’ over abdication

    Unearthed accounts have revealed a Royal tension between the Queen and Prince Charles, after a member of the future king’s household joked that he would be delighted if the monarch abdicated. 

    Through the decades, the Prince of Wales has often commented on and joked about his eventually becoming king.

    None has attracted the attention and ire of the Queen as much as when, in 1998, Charles’ household made a monumental mistake in appearing to endorse the thought of the Queen’s abdication.

    Robert Jobson, a veteran royal author, recounted: “In November 1998, a person never identified was responsible for a spectacularly misguided attempt to burnish Charles’ reputation and enforce his position as heir to the throne.

    “It led instead to the Queen’s ire, necessitating an embarrassing climbdown on the part of her eldest son.”

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    Good afternoon from London. I’m Tara Fair, I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on the Royal Family over the next eight hours. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.

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    Royal POLL: Were Meghan and Harry right to leave the Royal Family?

    Majesty magazine’s editor-in-chief, Ingrid Seward, claims Prince Harry in particular is “very happy” with his and Meghan’s life two years after Megxit.

    Ms Seward told the Mirror: “I am hearing that, despite it all, Harry is very happy with his lot. He has managed to break away from the ‘toxic’ royal life, which is what his mother always wanted to do but was never able to.”

    Prince Harry is “very happy” with his choice to step down from royal duties according to a commentator, do you think it was for the best?

    Vote in Express.co.uk’s poll here

    Prince Harry’s memoir ‘to backfire hard’ on Duke of Sussex

    Prince Harry could see his upcoming memoir “backfire hard” on him as a body language expert warned of a key flaw in the Duke of Sussex’s publishing strategy.

    Body language expert Jesus Enrique Rosas said the memoir could turn out to be “such a bad idea for his career” so early on in his attempts to establish himself away from the monarchy.

    Speaking on his YouTube Channel The Body Language Guy, Mr Roses said: “If he mentions mental health again, and you can bet that he will, he’s going to hit a wall.

    “If you’re a celebrity and you write a memoir, it’s to capitalise on the fact you have fans that want to know something new about you.

    “Something secret, something you have been struggling with for years.

    Prince Harry ‘very happy’ with Megxit after leaving ‘toxic’ Firm

    Prince Harry is said to be “very happy” with his and his wife Meghan’s decision to step down from royal duties two years ago, a royal editor has claimed.

    Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, departed their roles as senior members of the Royal Family to pursue a financially independent life in the US, where they live with their two children Archie and Lilibet.

    After their step away, the couple signed a number of lucrative contracts with streaming giants Spotify and Netflix, and have also continued to pursue philanthropic work through their Archewell Foundation.

    And Majesty magazine’s editor-in-chief, Ingrid Seward claims Harry in particular is “very happy” with their life two years on after Megxit.

    Ms Seward told the Mirror: “I am hearing that, despite it all, Harry is very happy with his lot.

    “He has managed to break away from the ‘toxic’ royal life, which is what his mother always wanted to do but was never able to.”

    Prince William pens tribute to ‘inspirational’ Richard Leakey

    Prince William has taken to Twitter to pen a rare personal tribute to an “inspirational” hero.

    In a recent tweet, the Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to Richard Leakey, a world-renowned Kenyan conservationist and fossil hunter who has died aged 77.

    Prince William tweeted: “I was very sad to hear of Richard Leakey’s death.

    “He was an inspirational & courageous conservationist and I was privileged to meet him.

    “He transformed the Kenyan Wildlife Service & valiantly spearheaded efforts to stop elephant poaching.

    “Conservation has lost a true visionary. W”

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    Prince Charles ‘warming to’ making Buckingham Palace ‘permanent home’ when King

    Royal expert Neil Sean has claimed Prince Charles is “warming to” making Buckingham Palace a “permanent home” for senior royals.

    This comes after reports Charles is unlikely he will follow in his mother’s, Queen Elizabeth II, footsteps, by moving into the Palace.

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, Mr Sean said: “Prince Charles is now warming to the idea of basing the monarchy within Buckingham Palace.

    “We know it’s going to be some time before he does become King Charles but the reason for his change of heart is this.

    “He truly believes it is the centrepiece of royal life.”

    Kate and William’s public display of affection in Christmas snap

    William and Kate really showed their love for each other in the photograph chosen for the family’s Christmas card, according to royal commentator Zoe Forsey.

    Ms Forsey described the snap, showing the family of five in Jordan, as a far cry from traditional, staid royal pictures.

    Instead, it was a dynamic and “personal” photograph, where the family were openly affectionate towards one another.

    Read more here

    Queen suffers furious backlash as Tony Blair knighthood petition backed by 350,000

    The former Prime Minister Tony Blair was recently appointed as a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry.

    However, Her Majesty’s decision to bestow the honour has sparked a backlash, after 350,000 people signed an online petition calling for the removal of Tony Blair’s knighthood.

    The petition instead says that he “should be held accountable for war crimes”.

    Read more here

    Camilla could be Queen when Charles ascends throne

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, could clinch a higher honour than previously thought when her husband, Prince Charles, ascends the throne, according to a royal biographer.

    Camilla received a special honour from the Queen at the beginning of the year which has widely been seen as a heartfelt gift and gesture of appreciation from the monarch.

    As of January 1, Camilla was appointed Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

    Putting Camilla within this small circle of the Royal Garter is a “unifying gesture” that shows there is “no doubt” about Camilla’s future role, according to royal biographer Hugo Vickers.

    Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Vickers, whose list of biographies includes the Queen Mother, added “Camilla is central to the future of the British monarchy”.

    Meghan Markle claims royal wedding crown

    The Duchess of Sussex’s engagement ring is the most searched for royal ring on Google, clocking up 20,000 searches per month.

    The Duchess of Sussex topped a tally of most searched royal engagement rings, beating search results for Grace Kelly, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

    Search queries for Meghan Markle’s ring are double the monthly searches of the second most Googled ring, Kate’s. 

    Sophie Wessex, Prince Edward and Lady Louise spotted at Sandringham for church service

    Sophie Wessex, Prince Edward and Lady Louise have been spotted near Sandringham for a church service on Sunday, reports claim.

    According to reports, the family ventured to Norfolk for a church service on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.

    Pictures taken close to the church show the Earl of Wessex driving a Land Rover Discovery accompanied by an aide in the passenger seat.

    Sophie and Louise can be seen sitting beside one another in the back seats of the vehicle.

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