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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Take in Ultimate Romantic Sight: Report

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Take in Ultimate Romantic Sight: Report

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The royal, 32, and the Suits actress, 35, recently traveled to Tromsø, Norway where they enjoyed “whale-watching, sunsets in the snow and watched the Aurora Borealis,” according to The Sun. The couple, who departed from England on Monday after spending the New Year together, may have even bundled up in their matching beanies and worn their matching bracelets! “Harry wanted to make this first holiday something [she] will never forget. It wasn’t an obvious choice like a glitzy beach resort or tropical island,” a source told the publication. “He’d put a lot of thought into it and wanted to make it as romantic and special as possible.” Adding, “Harry wanted to get away from everyone and be totally on their own — just them. The Northern Lights are at their best at this time of year and­ ­c
Find Out What Really Happened the Moment Elizabeth Discovered She Was Queen

Find Out What Really Happened the Moment Elizabeth Discovered She Was Queen

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For Queen Elizabeth, it was to be a relaxing, wildlife-watching stop in Kenya during what was set to be a long tour while her ailing father, King George VI, rested back home in England. But everything changed on February 6, 1952, when George died of a blood clot — making his direct heir and elder daughter, Elizabeth, the new monarch at age 25. Lady Pamela Hicks, a cousin of Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip and one of the couple’s bridesmaids, was a witness to history during that fateful trip. “My mother remembered very clearly that when she heard the news, she paced up and down, up and down with Philip and the ladies-in-waiting and the private secretary,” Lady Pamela’s daughter India Hicks, an entrepreneur and the founder of lifestyle site IndiaHicks.com, tells PEOPLE in this week’s
The Crown has shed new light on one of Queen Elizabeth’s most enduring and close relationships: her bond with racing manager Lord “Porchie” Porchester.

The Crown has shed new light on one of Queen Elizabeth’s most enduring and close relationships: her bond with racing manager Lord “Porchie” Porchester.

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The Truth About Queen Elizabeth’s Close Relationship with Racing Manager ‘Porchie’ Porchester The Crown has shed new light on one of Queen Elizabeth’s most enduring and close relationships: her bond with racing manager Lord “Porchie” Porchester. They would talk three times a week on the phone, and as the hit Netflix series shows, he had a direct line to the monarch. But despite the harsh glares from a seemingly jealous Prince Philip (Matt Smith) on the show, in real life theirs was strictly a platonic close friendship, experts say. Porchie “was a sensitive, quiet man who shared her passion for horses,” Robert Lacey, a royal historian and consultant to the series, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “He was on the same wavelength.” Horses are a central part of Elizabeth’s life, her m
How the Queen Fought to Marry the Love of Her Life, Prince Philip

How the Queen Fought to Marry the Love of Her Life, Prince Philip

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Queen Elizabeth had to fight for the love of her life. As depicted on the hit Netflix series The Crown, whispering courtiers – along with Elizabeth’s father King George VI – had reservations about Philip Mountbatten, a young, dashing naval officer. But the young Elizabeth only ever had eyes for Prince Philip. Biographer Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, “She fell in love at age 18 and she never looked at anyone else.” Says Crown executive producer Suzanne Mackie: “One of Elizabeth’s greatest achievements is being allowed to marry the love of her life. Like any marriage, it would undertake endless recalibration and navigation and re-negotiation.” The late Sir Edward Ford, who was assistant private secretary from 1952-67,
Princess Charlotte has a very sweet gift hanging on her nursery wall: a mural with all the special facts about the day she was born

Princess Charlotte has a very sweet gift hanging on her nursery wall: a mural with all the special facts about the day she was born

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Fit for a princess! Princess Charlotte has a very sweet gift hanging on her nursery wall: a mural with all the special facts about the day she was born. Bought for her by members of the royal security team at Kensington Palace and created by artist mom Lucy Tapper, the lilac mural matches the one they got for big brother Prince George. The print includes the little royal’s full name — Charlotte Elizabeth Diana — along with the date and time of her birth, her weight, her Emerald birth stone, star sign of Taurus and her lily of the valley birth flower. Tapper, who lives in Tavistock, Devon (about 235 miles southwest of London), tells PEOPLE, “I like to imagine it there on her nursery wall while she is playing there. She is such a gorgeous little thing.” The gift was ordered for the
Seward adds that Harry regularly seeks advice from his dad, Prince Charles.  “And he would advise that it was not a good idea as the media would have them married off the next day!” Seward says.

Seward adds that Harry regularly seeks advice from his dad, Prince Charles. “And he would advise that it was not a good idea as the media would have them married off the next day!” Seward says.

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Now that Meghan Markle has helped Prince Harry decorate his palace pad with a 6-foot Christmas tree, will she be joining the royal holiday celebrations with Queen Elizabeth at her Sandringham Estate? If there is a setting for her at the holiday table, it would be a first for the royal family. Princess Kate didn’t visit Sandringham for Christmas until she was married in 2011. (Although she became engaged in November 2010, she wasn’t included in the festivities as Prince William’s fiancée.) “I very much doubt she will be there,” a close insider tells PEOPLE. “But if Harry asks for something, she would say yes as she adores him.” But the source notes that meeting the entire family and spending key time with them could be an ordeal. “It would be a tall order for her, and possibly put her
Prince Harry and Girlfriend Meghan Markle Photographed Together for the First Time in London

Prince Harry and Girlfriend Meghan Markle Photographed Together for the First Time in London

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The pair were spotted in public together on Wednesday evening while on a date to see a play near London’s West End, as seen in a photo obtained by The Sun. Though it was no red carpet debut, the outing was Harry, 32, and Meghan’s first time out as a couple since PEOPLE confirmed in October that they’ve been dating seriously for about three months. As seen in the photo, the royal and his 35-year-old girlfriend stayed close to one another, bundled up in beanies and coats as they took a stroll along Piccadilly and Shaftesbury Avenue. Their theatre date comes a couple days after they were seen shopping for a Christmas tree together on Monday night at the Pines and Needles store in London. Besides their subtle ways of expressing their romance with personalized jewelry and matching bracelet
Engaged Pippa Middleton Wants ‘Children and a Quiet Life’

Engaged Pippa Middleton Wants ‘Children and a Quiet Life’

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Her wedding plans are well underway, and Pippa Middleton is eagerly looking ahead to beginning her life with fiancé James Matthews. As PEOPLE previously reported, the big day is set for May 2017. The venue for the May 20 ceremony will be the church of St. Mark’s in Englefield, Berkshire, near the Middleton family’s home in Bucklebury. It is likely that the home will also be the setting for the reception. The couple hopes to have a private wedding, and they are not planning to release many details. Middleton, 33, and Matthews, 41, have a “deep desire” to disappear from the spotlight in the longer term, a source tells PEOPLE. Another source says they are looking forward to settling down and “having children and leading a quiet life.” Princess Kate‘s younger sister said “yes” to financie
Canada, get ready to meet Prince George and Princess Charlotte!

Canada, get ready to meet Prince George and Princess Charlotte!

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 Canada, get ready to meet Prince George and Princess Charlotte! Prince William and Princess Kate are "looking forward to introducing their young family" to Canada when they embark on their eight-day tour on September 24, a spokesman said at a Buckingham Palace briefing Monday. "This is a great opportunity for them to introduce their children to a major realm before things like school start to make these things difficult later on," the spokesman continued. "They really enjoyed taking Prince George to New Zealand and Australia and are delighted to have this opportunity to introduce them to Canada." The royal family's visit will be largely based in Victoria, British Columbia, where they will stay at the Government House. They will also take in the wonders of the city of Vancouv
This is why the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are breaking tradition

This is why the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are breaking tradition

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Photo (C) Rex Prince William and Kate Middleton are starting a conversation about mental health – and in so doing, they're opening up in ways royals of previous generations never have. Speaking out with increasing regularity about the stresses they share with other parents, they are taking on long-standing taboos about seeking help. ‘Traditionally, royalty has had a stiff upper lip. But these two – and Prince Harry – are anything but traditional. William has often gone out on a limb,’ says longtime royals author Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine. ‘He is following Diana – and that is further proof of her legacy.’ William, Kate and Harry, she notes, ‘can't promote the idea that people should talk openly without talking openly themselves.”’ They have been doing