For the last 30 years I have been the most low-profile Duke in the land "For the last 30 years I have been the most low-profile Duke in the land. I'll bet you that 95 per cent of those living in Fife have no idea that a Duke of Fife exists!" Nor, I confess, did I until one morning in 2006 I picked up my phone and heard a kindly voice say, "I am the Duke of Fife and I would like to give you a present." Somewhat astonished, I was overcome by curiosity. "That's very nice of you. What kind of present?" He replied, "A squadron of your regiment, the Royal Scots Greys." A week later, there arrived at the National Trust House of the Binns, where I live, an exquisite set of cavalry figurines – commanding officer, drum major, trumpeters and all – which give great pleasure to National Trust visitor
This photograph captures a very happy moment on what was a special day for The Duke and Duchess and their family Prince George Is Turning 2! Palace Shares Adorable Pic of Royal Toddler Prince George celebrates his second birthday on Wednesday, July 22, and from the looks of this pic he couldn’t be happier. Kensington Palace released an adorable photograph of the royal toddler on Tuesday, showing him in the arms of his father, Prince William. The photo by Art Partner was taken of the father-son duo in the gardens at Sandringham House. The too-cute pic will be part of the series of official photos taken by renowned photographer Mario Testino following Princess Charlotte’s baptism on Sunday, July 5. “This photograph captures a very happy moment on what was a special day for The Duke an
On the eve of Prince George's second birthday, Kensington Palace have shared an adorable new snap of the future monarch on behalf of his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prince George is just hours away from turning two and Kensington Palace wants all to celebrate! A new photo of Prince George has been released to celebrate his birthday and it’s SO cute! The picture shows the young royal – who turns two years old tomorrow – giggling with dad Prince William in the gardens of the Sandringham House estate, taken during his sister Princess Charlotte’s baptism earlier this month. George cheekily leans towards the camera with a big grin on his face as an amused Wills holds him in his arms and laughs. Kate Middleton and Charlotte are absent from the shot. The photo was taken by
Kensington Palace will be releasing a new photo of the young Prince on Twitter Prince George of Cambridge, the great grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II as well as the only son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, celebrates his second birthday on Wednesday, 22 July. Unlike his first birthday, the royal child will have a low-key celebration with his friends and relatives, including his great grandmother, the Duchess of Cambridge, grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton as well as aunty Pippa Middleton. However, Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge may not attend the celebration due to official reasons. While George's grandfather will be on a official trip with the Duchess of Cornwall, William is likely to be working on a shift as it has just been a week after he joined East An...
Lady Kitty Spencer's the spitting image of her late Aunt Diana, Princess of Wales Lady Kitty Spencer is the eldest daughter of Diana's younger brother Charles Spencer, a British print journalist, and broadcaster. The youngster's parents - Earl Spencer and his first wife Victoria Lockwood - tried their hardest to keep Kitty out of the spotlight as she grew up. Victoria - now Aitken - took her young family to South Africa back in 1995 to avoid the media attention. But it would seem Kitty is ready for the spotlight and is loving life as a socialite in London for the time being. The 24-year-old blonde beauty has the backing of a family fortune worth more than £100 million, and an education people would scrabble over. Kitty attended Reddam House, a private school for South Africa's el
Royal style fans can rejoice The dress that the Duchess of Cambridge wore at the announcement of her engagement to Prince William is now back in stock. Kate donned the iconic navy wrap dress by Issa London in 2010, when she and William delivered news of their wedding to media at St James's Palace. The then Miss Middleton looked gorgeous in the elegant silk dress, which featured a pleated front, flared skirt and waist ties. Also known as the Phylis, the item is available to buy online and in store at Harvey Nichols for £575. Issa London and the Knightsbridge-based department announced the news on Twitter, sharing a photo of the chic number alongside the caption: "First seen on the Duchess of Cambridge, @IssaLondon's Phylis dress tops our wish lists." Kate, 33, was catapulted into th
The British royal family have reportedly ended their feud with Diana, Princess of Wales' brother The Earl Spencer has been estranged from the rest of the family following an unexpected comment made in the late royal's eulogy at her funeral, where he said he would protect his "blood family", Princes William and Harry. An insider said: "The plan is there will be a family birthday or gathering with the Queen and Duke present, and Spencer will be invited. "Palace aides are working on a rapprochement. William and Harry kept their distance on their father's guidance - Charles and the Queen were furious that Spencer said he would guide the boys. "In their opinion, he didn't and none of what he vowed at the funeral actually happened." And the idea for the family to set aside their differe...
Carole Middleton, who seems to be climbing up the social ranks – much to her daughter’s dismay Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana’s christening on July 5 was meant to be a joyous day for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But in the latest issue of Woman's Day magazine, it's been revealed that behind Catherine's professional smile lies uncharacteristic frostiness towards one of the women she trusts most - her mum, Carole Middleton. Perched proudly next to Prince Charles in the official royal portrait, Carole couldn't have looked happier. Not to mention Catherine's siblings, James and Pippa Middleton, who were planted in a powerful position behind Prince William and George. The Middleton inclusion in this historic photograph sent tongues wagging among longtime royal watchers, who say
A Neighbour peers out as Prince Charles drops in next door for a special royal visit The curious onlooker was taken by surprise when Charles turned up as part of a three-day tour of the West Country with the Duchess of Cornwall. Charles was paying a visit to celebrity chef Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall. And he was clearly delighted when Mr Stein’s wife Jill greeted him with bottle of bubbly and a book. Charles joked with Jill as they celebrated 40 years since The Seafood Restaurant opened in Padstow. Despite the drizzle, the Prince of Wales and Camilla strolled through the town meeting crowds of well-wishers who had lined the streets. The royal couple even had time to drop into a pub, The Falmouth Arms, where Charles sampled a pint of Cornwall’s Pride ale.
The professor of German literature, who is researching the cultural role of foreign consorts, also finds Catherine Duchess of Cambridge culturally lacking With her middle-class background and penchant for thigh-skimming skirts, the Duchess of Cambridge has been credited with modernising the Royal Family. Not according to one Oxford academic, however, who has said Prince William’s Berkshire-born wife is a 16th-century throwback, but lacking the cultural influence of her predecessors. ‘It fascinates me that the Duchess of Cambridge is doing exactly the same kind of things that a queen consort would have done at any time from 1500 on,’ sniffs Professor Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly, Emeritus Fellow of Exeter College, suggesting that their foremost duty is to provide an heir and spare. ‘The rol