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So Prince William and Anderson Cooper walk onto a plane...
It sounds like the set-up for a lame joke, but instead it's what actually transpired today on a US Airways shuttle flight from Washington DC to New York-LGA.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge had traveled with Kate to New York City, but had an appointment in the am today with President Obama down in DC. There was no private jet on hold; while Kate stayed in NYC at The Carlyle Hotel, William boarded a scheduled US Airways flight around 8am, bound for Washington DC's Reagan National Airport (DCA) and convenient to his appointment at The White House.
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Hopefully the monarch-to-be will sit still for a passport pic, because at barely four weeks old, Prince George already has some plans to jaunt all over the planet on 'official' visits. Just yesterday, Prince William announced news to follow in his parents' footsteps by making Australia one of the first stops on the new family's 2014 itinerary.
William spilled the news to an Aussie couple at an agriculture show in Wales. No official plans have been released on the details of Will and Kate's down under trip, but we know that it will happen sometime next year. Hopefully they'll stop by a zoo to show the little prince some kangaroos and koalas.
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Almost everything that's been said has been said, so here's the news plain and simple: the royal baby arrived today to parents Prince William and Kate Middleton.
While royal watchers and much of the UK catches their breath, brands are racing to express their well wishes. Of course airlines are getting in on the action, taking to Instagram and Twitter. Here's a few who've likely already sent little wooden toy airplanes to the hospital:
When you're a royal princess, christening ships is just part of the job. Having the ship (sorta) named after you is also simply an additional perk, as HRH Kate Middleton now knows after smashing a bottle of champagne to christen the newest Princess Cruises ship, the Royal Princess.
Her Royal Highness headed down to Southampton to tour the 141,000-ton, 3,600-passenger ship with Captain Tony Draper, and cut the cord to send the champers sailing into the side, officially welcoming the ship to the open seas. The Royal Princess will only be under the gray sky of England until it departs to begin her inaugural season of 12-night cruises around the Caribbean.
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It seems hard to believe but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already been married a year. Yesterday, the couple quietly enjoyed some downtime on their anniversary after a whirlwind year of worldwide travel.
Instead of heading off on a romantic honeymoon, Kate and Wills spent the first couple of weeks following their wedding in Anglesey, off of northwest Wales, where William was working as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot at the Royal Air Force Valley base.
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What shows the world that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are just normal people? Flying commercial airlines of course. What makes that statement even bolder? Naturally, flying low-cost carrier EasyJet. Prince William decided to whisk his princess bride off to a ski holiday in the Swiss Alps and the airline just happened to have the perfect route.
The trip was meant to be a romantic week vacation after the Prince was away for Valentine's Day on official Royal Air Force duty, but it wasn't a total couples retreat; they traveled with Kate's parents, who paid for the getaway. It does sound as if someone splurged for the "speedy boarding" option; the royals had a police escort to the empty orange bird in Geneva, Switzerland. After the rest of the passengers boarded the aircraft, most were completely surprised to see the royal couple belted and ready for departure to Manchester, UK.
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The back of the Palace, facing the Palace Gardens.
A little riddle for you: What costs $30 per person, doesn't allow you to take photographs, and is gold all over? Ding ding dingthe State Rooms at London's Buckingham Palace, which opened last week for their annual round of public tours. Travelers to London are clamoring to get in, not only to tread on the Queen's lush carpets and gawk at the royal family's heirlooms, but also to spend some quality time with Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen wedding dress, which has pride of place on display in the palace's ballroom.
Tickets are understandably rare for walk-upswe heard "fully committed" said quite a bit while passing the ushers at the entrance to the visitor's area, so going online for tix is the best route. Here's how to do it:
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Royal Fever: an ailment categorized by a compulsion to don Union Jack garb, the purchase of Royal Wedding-themed miscellany, and emitting shrieks at the mere mention of WillznKate. Also classified by voracious consumption of tabloid material written about the Royal Family and, in extreme cases, donning fascinators gaudy enough to compete with Princess Beatrice's wedding habit of choice.
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It's a Tale of Two Dresses this summer, as Lady Gaga and Kate Middleton enjoy one big similaritythat their respective most famous dresses will go on public display at museums.
As part of the Women Who Rock exhibition at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gaga's famous "Meat Dress" has been permanently installed from today. This is the curious garment she donned to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, and which spawned a million Halloween costumes. Because it was real, fresh meat on Gaga's bones, the museum has had to preserve it (with the help of a taxidermist) and paint it to appear fresh. Take a look at the finished exhibit dress here and judge for yourself if they did a good job of that.
On the other side of the pond, Kate Middleton's Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress will again see the light sooner than we had expected. From July 23 through October 3, the gown will have pride of place inside Buckingham Palace during the royal residence's annual summer opening. Unlike Gaga's ensemble, however, Middleton's frock will be joined by her McQueen shoes and diamond earrings. No meat shoes for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, sadly.
Cali, which is hurting for some cash money, is hoping the high-profile visit will encourage tourists to follow suit. People have been trying to guess where the couple will stop off on their West Coast visit. While it was rumored that the newlyweds would stay in Yosemite, it turns out they are heading to Southern California.
Had enough of those pesky royals in the wake of Will 'n' Kate madness? Well, that's too bloody bad. This Saturday marks Trooping the Colour in London, a predictably showy observance of Queen Elizabeth II's birthday. So special is her highness that her day of birth is commemorated several months after the actual date, April 21st, as weather is much nicer in June. Some of us were born in the dead of winter and suffer through snowy celebration. Humph.
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As promised, our feet were on the ground in London on Royal Wedding Day, albeit far from the crush and mania of the procession route and Buckingham Palace. While royalists clamoured for a view of The Dress and the happy couple's balcony kiss (times two) we chose to huddle indoors and watch the ceremony, safe from tourists with their Union Jack stunner shades and homemade fascinators. An ever-so-quick glimpse of the RAF flypast was the closest Jaunted got to the action.