Kensington palace releases an official photo for George’s second birthday. The picture was taken by Testino after Princess Charlotte’s christening on July 5, in the gardens at Sandringham House, on the Queen’s Norfolk estate. Spokesperson:
This photograph captures a very happy moment on what was a most special day for the Duke and Duchess and their family.
Kensington Palace guards play a special musical tribute for the prince who turns two years old.
Prince William and Middleton takes legal action on behalf of their son, Prince George, and their Nanny who is being harassed by a freelance photographer. Kensington Palace:
There is reason to suspect that the individual may have been placing Prince George under surveillance and monitoring his daily routines for a period of time. No parent would tolerate the suspicion of someone pursuing and harassing their child and carer whilst their child is playing in a public park or going about their daily activities.
Prince William celebrates his first Father’s Day playing polo at a charity match. The 11-month old isaccompanied by his mother, Kate Middleton, as he practices walking among the bystanders. Today’s event raises money for Centrepoint, Prince William’s charity to aid homelessness.
Prince William and Middleton welcome George Alexander Louis. His name is released a week after his birth. Middleton on becoming a parent:
It’s very emotional. It’s such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like.
The royal couple takes a vacation at a $30,000-a-week luxury villa on the exclusive island of Mustique, a private island in the Caribbean where Princess Margaret once had a holiday home and which is frequented by stars including Mick Jagger. Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, also flew out with them but have rented a property nearby in order to afford the parents-to-be some privacy. The royal couple – who have holidayed on the island more than half a dozen times – are staying at a £5million, five-bedroom mansion.
The Crown Prosecution Service said there was no evidence to support a manslaughter charge against DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who posed as the Queen and Prince of Wales to call the King Edward VII’s hospital in central London when Kate was being treated for a rare form of pregnancy sickness. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who transferred them to a colleague who then described Kate’s condition in detail, was found hanged a few days after the incident.
Following a global backlash against the two hoaxers the case was investigated but Malcolm McHaffie, deputy head of special crime at the CPS, said any potential prosecution would not be in the public interest.
Having carefully reviewed the evidence currently available, we have concluded that there is no evidence to support a charge of manslaughter and that, although there is some evidence to warrant further investigation of offences under the Data Protection Act 1998, the Malicious Communications Act 1988 and the Communications Act 2003, no further investigation is required because any potential prosecution would not be in the public interest,’
Mr McHaffie said the CPS had taken into account, among other matters, that it is not possible to extradite people from Australia on the potential offences in question. He also said it considered that ‘however misguided, the telephone call was intended as a harmless prank’.
The nurse’s husband and teenage children will receive money generated from the advertising profits of Sydney station 2Day FM, whose presenters were behind the prank call. In way of reparations, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), the parent company of 2Day FM, said it would establish a memorial fund to benefit the nurse’s family. The company said a minimum contribution of around £320,000 would be made.
Rhys Holleran, SCA’s chief executive, said: ‘We are very sorry for what has happened. It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts continue to be with the family. We hope that by contributing to a memorial fund we can help to provide the Saldanha family with the support they need at this very difficult time
Morrissey, the ex-Smiths singer, in an interview with a New Zealand radio station, claimed the Duchess of Cambridge did not care about the death of her hospital nurse found dead after being tricked by two DJs in the hoax call scandal:
There’s no blame placed on Kate Middleton, who was in the hospital as far as I could see for absolutely no reason. She feels no shame about the death of this woman. She’s saying nothing about the death of this poor woman,’ The arrogance of the British royals is absolutely staggering. Why it’s allowed to be I really don’t know. I’m sure the Palace and Clarence House put maximum pressure on this poor receptionist and nurse, and of course that’s kept away from the press. By this time next week, she’ll be forgotten.
Morrissey, a well-known anti-Monarchist, also said the Royal family was a “dictatorship”. A Clarence House spokesman told the Daily Mail it would not be making any response to Morrissey’s remarks.
The nurse who took her own life following the royal hoax call scandal was found hanged in her staff housing. Jacintha Saldanha, 46, also left a note for her family, it was revealed. She had not told her husband or children that she was involved in the incident, meaning the letter may provide their only clue to what prompted the respected nurse to take such a drastic and tragic step.
The body of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who answered the prank call, is found at an address yards away from King Edward VII Hospital in a suspected suicide. Saldanha answered the hoax call at 5.30am on Wednesday morning, and was helping out on reception at the time of the prank.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge issued a statement saying they are ‘deeply saddened’ by the tragedy and added: ‘Their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.’ The hospital said: ‘Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well respected and popular with all over her colleagues
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is less than 12 weeks pregnant, was discharged Thursday morning after being treated since Monday for a debilitating form of morning sickness. Prince William joined her as she left King Edward VII’s Hospital in London clutching a small bouquet of yellow roses. The bed-ridden royal nodded when reporters asked her if she was feeling better. The couple was then were taken to Kensington Palace for a period of rest.
STATEMENT: Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank the staff at the hospital for the care and treatment the Duchess has received.
The Duke of Cornwall says he is “thrilled” at the news that he is to become a grandfather for the first time. Speaking at the launch of Sir Ranulph Fiennes‘ Antarctic expedition, Prince Charles also joked about the prank call made to the hospital by two Australian DJs
The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones became the first members of the Royal family to comment publicly on the Duchess’s pregnancy. The Earl said he and his wife were “thrilled by the news” and the Countess described it as: “A perfect end to a pretty great year.” The Earl added: “We have deep sympathy with Catherine, we know someone who had the same condition.”
The Church of England has published a prayer for the upcoming royal child. The Church is encouraging people to say the prayer at home and it is also likely to be used in some churches.
- God our creator, we thank you for the wonder of new life and for the mystery of human love. We pray for William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as they prepare to receive the gift of their child. We thank you that we are known to you by name and loved by you from all eternity, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Duchess who is at King Edward VII Hospital suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, was visited today by Prince William, Pippa Middleton and James Middleton. Her parents reportedly visited Tues (Dec 4) night and remained unseen by sneaking through a back entrance.
Two radio hosts from 2Day FM, a Sydney-based station, ring up the hospital pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. Their call went through a receptionist before they were transferred to the Duchess of Cambridge’s nurse. Host Mel Grieg pretended to be the Queen while Michael Christian played the part of the Prince of Wales and the barking “corgis.”
FAKE QUEEN: Kate my darling, are you there?
NURSE: Good morning ma’am, this is a nurse speaking. How may I help you?
FAKE QUEEN: Hello, I’m just after my granddaughter Kate, I wanted to see how her little tummy bug is going.
The nurse proceeds to divulge medical details to the “Queen” before telling her the best time for her and “Charles” to visit. In a statement the hospital “deeply regrets this incident.” and said they would be reviewing their telephone protocols.
A short statement from a Palace spokesman said the Duchess was “continuing to feel better” and was “immensely grateful” for all the messages of support she has received. Prince William left the King Edward VII Hospital in London smiling broadly after spending more than six hours by his wife’s bedside today.
A man wearing a Prince William mask tries to gain entry to the hospital via the main entrance. He doesn’t appear surprised and gives up good-naturedly when police led him away
The Duchess spends a second day in a central London hospital Tuesday after being admitted with acute morning sickness. Prince William, arrived Tuesday morning to visit her at King Edward VII Hospital, after spending much of the day at her bedside Monday. The Duchess is not yet 12 weeks pregnant, Clarence House told CNN, so the palace is not announcing a due date for the child.
The Duchess’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and her sister Pippa are expected to join the Duke at the hospital later today after they were seen leaving their home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
Wagers are now being taken on the likely name, gender and hair color of their first-born, bookmaker William Hill said in a written statement. It has Frances and John as the favorites for the baby’s name, at 9-to-1, with Charles, Victoria and George at 10-to-1.
- WILLIAM HILL: We fully expect that the betting public will get involved in speculating what the baby will be called
Ladbrokes has Elizabeth — the name of the baby’s great-grandmother — as an 8-to-1 favorite, with Frances, John, Charles and George at 10-to-1.
Because the Duchess’s severe morning sickness is three times more common in women expecting twins than in women carrying one baby the odds of the Duchess having twins were slashed from 50/1 to 8/1 by Paddy Power following a rush of bets.
St James’s Palace has announced that Kate Middleton is pregnant. A spokesman said the duchess, who is thought to be less than 12 weeks pregnant, has been admitted to a London hospital with acute morning sickness and is likely to stay for several days.
Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby. The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter
It said the duchess was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients.
Sources said the couple are “incredibly happy but nervous.” In a statement on their website William and Catherine said they were “delighted with the news.”
Buckingham Palace was forced to make the announcement only after the Duchess was taken to hospital. Usually proclamations of royal births are posted on the gates at Buckingham Palace only after the 12th week of pregnancy. By contrast, Princess Diana’s first pregnancy was announced some six weeks after the queen had been informed, and after months of intense press speculation.
Commonwealth leaders agree to change succession laws so that the daughter of any future UK monarch will have equal right to the throne as a son. As of December, 2012, the law has not yet been altered but a Cabinet Office spokesman says formal consent is expected “very shortly” and ministers have indicated that the legislation will apply to any royal births from the date of the leaders’ decision. The monarch is also head of the armed forces, supreme governor of the Church of England, head of state of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth countries