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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.
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We don't have to tell you that a big deal went down this morning (or afternoon, UK time): the The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Now that the dress designer has been unveiled (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen) and the ring shown (a simple gold band), the next big question is where the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will head for the Royal Honeymoon.
Currently the frontrunner for the destination is Australia, although Kenya, Corfu, The Seychelles or The Isles of Scilly have also been mentioned. Wherever they go, it won't be their first stop; the couple is due to spend their first nights in the Scottish Highlands at Balmoral Estate.
Let's see where other royal couples of the past have chosen to spend their Royal Honeymoons:
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Admit it: you secretly want a sticker or a mug.
In January, our sister site HotelChatter ran a series on Anti-Royal Wedding Hotels, a roundup of London accommodations for those braving Wills and Kate madness and seeking lodgings less stodgy than the city's chi-chi five-star options.
In similar fingers up fashion, we here at Jaunted have cobbled together a list of three Royal Wedding celebrations far from the fray of Westminster. Though we'll have our feet planted firmly on the ground in Londontown, we won't be trekking to Hyde Park or anywhere along the procession path, reports of rain and screaming royalists being enough to deter us. Yet we won't avoid the festivities altogether; the excitement pulsing through central London is palpable, morbid curiosity and the excuse to quaff with abandon reason enough to venture onto the city streets that day/evening.
Rebelliously partake in the mania at these alternative Royal Wedding parties taking place in London:
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We're so over The Royal Wedding, to the end that we're rolling our eyes every time we read or see something on TV about it. We should sure Buckingham Palace for bruised eye sockets, if such a thing exists. We've even giving up on caring who's designing Kate's dress; luckily we're in the USA and not in the UK, so the news saturation is much less and we can escape from The Royal Wedding hubbub if we want. But you know who really can't? Virgin Atlantic passengers flying on April 29.
The 29th is next Friday, and it's the wedding date (duh). It's also the date that all Virgin Atlantic flights departing the UK for the USA or Caribbean will celebrate the nuptials in-flight with a "traditional UK street party." Whoaso there'll be drunkards singing and angry teens holding "No Cuts" picket signs? Haha no that was last month's UK street parties. This month it's all about tea and cake and wedding regalia. Here's what passengers will get: