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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.
Will and Kate might be hunkered down with Prince George, but Prince Harry certainly isn't slowing down.
A little rainstorm didn't stop Harry from partying at the Womad Festival in Charlton Park with his girlfriend Cressida and a group friends over the weekend.
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This week has been one long stretch of royal baby fever, but now that Kate & Wills and the little bundle have left the hospital for home, perhaps it's time for a breather. OR NOT, if you're the tourism board of Prince George, British Columbia.
After yesterday's announcement of the newborn boy's nameHis Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridgethe city of Prince George has been freaking out and even WestJet is getting in on the action.
If you're game to travel to or from Prince George to destinations in the US or Canada on WestJet before October 31, enter promo code WJC70 and coupon code QREPVGT while booking flights to score an extra 10% off. [all the details]
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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.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis took a royal culinary tour of London over the weekend.
The usually low key Hollywood couple was spotted hanging out with Princess Beatrice and her long-time boyfriend Dave Clark at some of the city's trendiest restaurants and bars on Saturday.
Our travels have brought us to the small SE Asian kingdom of Cambodia. More specifically, we have landed in the capitol of Phnom Penh, where most of the action happens. Though the historical city of Angkor Wat is much further north, Phnom Penh is the largest city and, naturally, has a story all its own. All week, we will be highlighting our experience in this magical city.
Situated on the banks of the mighty Mekong River, the city was once considered the 'Pearl of Asia' and it sat on one of the major trade routes of the region. Many chapters of the history book have been written since this time, most infamously regarding the Khmer Rouge, which devastated the nation. Currently, Cambodia is a monarchy with a king, so, to start, let's have a wander around the Royal Palace.
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This weekend, Bill Murray returns to the big screen as FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson. The film shines a light on the relationship Roosevelt had with a distant cousin, Daisy, who lived near his Hudson Valley, NY estate, and the historical visit made by the British monarchs George VI and Queen Elizabeth to the estate before the dawn of World War II.
Producers weren't granted approval to film at Springwood, so the film was shot at similar location in the U.K., but Hyde Park is hoping is that all of the references to Hudson Valley attractions in the film, like Beacon and the Wilderstein House, are enough to attract visitors.
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In case you've been living in an alternate universe (one without TMZ) since yesterday, you've heard by now of Prince Harry's nude hijinks in a Las Vegas suite. While bad for him, it's been great for promoting nakationing and Sin City tourism (not necessarily at the same time). Even Virgin Holidays reported seeing a "Prince Harry Effect" of inquiries for Vegas travel jumping 30%.
Well we feel that Vegas doesn't need the help. That "Prince Harry Effect" could absolutely be used by numerous other world destinations, and here's FIVE in particular:
Mexico: Continuous CNN alerts of drug-related murders in Mexico really detract from the blue waters and cultural vibrance of Mexico's safer areas. A little tan-lined butt flash from Prince Harry would give the country the tad bit of positive press it needs to get similarly pasty-fleshed revelers packing those Pacific beaches.
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In a case of "why didn't they have this before," London-Heathrow Airport has painted one of their runways with a gigantic Union Jack flag. What's the occasion? The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, of course, which will be officially celebrated within Britain and by Britons around the world over the long weekend of June 2-5.
If you're flying in for the festivities, keep a look out of the airplane windows on approach to LHR, as the Union Jack (featuring a bust of the Queen at the center) should be visible if you're landing on the northernmost runway, dubbed the "royal runway" for the occasion. Plus it's plain hugemeasuring some 1,770 square feet. Instagram that ish!
Above is a cool time-lapse video of how the airport went about painting the image, in conjunction with outdoor ad agency Curb.
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As we publish this, a British Airways Airbus 319 is setting down at Royal Navy Air Base Culdrose in Cornwall, bringing with it the Olympic Flame straight from Greece.
London 2012 Olympics fever is officially in effect. The torch has landed.
So how does an airlineone that bans smoking onboardmanage to fly a live flame for four hours? Like this, apparently, as British Airways posted a photo to their Instagram account of the flame being buckled into its first row seats onboard the special BA2012 flight. The Olympic flame cannot be extinguished, and yet BA is flying with a fire marshall in the next seat and an extra pilot. You know, just in case.
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Listen to The Beatles' "Back in the USSR" today, and pay special attention to those first couple lines:
Flew in from Miami Beach. BOAC. Didn't get to bed last night. On the way the paper bag was on my knee. Man, I had a dreadful flight.
BOAC. British Overseas Airways Corporation. This airline still exists today, believe it or not; with rebranding, you'll recognize them as British Airways. BA wasn't just a favorite airline of the Beatles, as you'll see in these photos sent to us by British Airways.
That is Queen Elizabeth II arriving at London-Heathrow on February 7, 1952, the date of the Proclamation of her accession to the throne, following the death of her father, King George VI. She was in Kenya with her husband, beginning a tour that would stretch from Kenya to Australia and New Zealand, when she became Queen overnight, necessitating this BOAC return flight to London.