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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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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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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.
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:
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We're under four weeks away from the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, and yet it's funny how long we've already been over it. Of course the souvenir shops of London are just revving up and accepting pallet after pallet of crap souvenirs made in China, all to unload for 300% their wholesale price on tourists with royal stars in their eyes.
For research's sake, and also to slake our curiosity, we stopped into a tiny souvenir shop near the Marble Arch tube stop to see exactly what sort of random items now bear the royal couple's faces, and exactly how much of this stuff they've managed to stock. Prepare to be shocked.