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I’m so tired of shaking my head at Duchess Kate. Plus, at this point, I can’t even believe that these PR disasters are her doing. If Prince William, or Charles, or even the Queen told her to work, she would. But no one tells her to work. They just expect her to be/act like a coddled trophy wife, and I believe that’s all on William. So let’s all shake our heads at William, the fussy baby who will one day be king, but only if his laziness doesn’t burn down the monarchy first.
In January, William “enrolled” (except not really) into a “bespoke” program on agriculture at Cambridge University. He’s not really enrolled – there are no grades, we have no idea if he’s making all of his classes, and it’s basically like he’s just auditing some courses for fun, in between vacations. The bespoke program was supposed to last ten weeks. The ten weeks are not up yet, but William was just desperate for another vacation (he only had a mini-break to Spain with his ex-girlfriend last month!), so he and Kate have flown to the Maldives for a week.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have flown to the Maldives for a week’s holiday. They arrived on a British Airways flight at around 9.40am on Thursday, according to local media reports. The couple are understood to be holidaying at a newly opened private resort island in the northern part of the Maldives.
It was not immediately clear if Prince George, their seven-month-old son, was with them but he was not mentioned in initial reports from local media sources.
A diver’s paradise, the Maldives is an Indian Ocean island nation comprising a double chain of 26 atolls and almost 2,000 islands. Its palm-fringed white sandy beaches are internationally renowned. It was on William and Kate’s shortlist of honeymoon destinations but they eventually opted to go to the Seychelles.
The couple’s decision to go on holiday comes ahead of a gruelling three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia beginning on April 7.
But it has surprised many royal watchers.
William, 31, is just nearing the end of an intensive 10-week course in agricultural management at Cambridge University, intended to prepare him for a future role managing the Duchy of Cornwall estate when he is heir to the throne.
Sources have suggested there are no lectures for him this week and the course is scheduled to finish at the end of the month.
He went shooting in Spain with his brother Prince Harry in early February.
Kate, 32, is still tanned from her last holiday, a week in Mustique with her family and George at the end of January to mark her mother Carole Middleton’s 59th birthday.
There’s some subtle shade in that story, isn’t there? Ha! That was written by Richard Palmer of The Express, he goes by @RoyalReporter on Twitter and he seems to have broken the news about this Maldives vacay. He seemed genuinely surprised by his scoop too, tweeting yesterday, “To the surprise of all of us in the British press pack, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appear to have gone on holiday to the Maldives. Reports suggest William, nearing the end of a course at Cambridge, and Kate, who just holidayed in Mustique, arrived in the Maldives today.”
Many are saying that this is becoming Will and Kate’s thing, that they go on a “romantic” vacation just before a big tour, which is what happened just before their giant Asian tour (which, again, lasted eight days). That was in 2012, and Will and Kate suddenly dropped out of their scheduled appearances at the Paralympics so that they could vacation in France. And it was in France where Kate went topless and a paparazzo got those photos. Will there be another repeat? We’ll see. I also wonder about the “not taking George thing” – it’s bad enough that Will and Kate are on YET ANOTHER VACATION but would they really leave George behind?
And for the record, none of this would be a thing if only the public had a sense of what they needed a vacation from – Kate has made all of three public appearances since December 11th. William’s last public engagement was attending the BAFTAs. It’s not like they’re just super-exhausted, you know?
Update: Richard Palmer confirms that Prince George is not with Will & Kate. George is with staying with his Middleton grandparents.
She’s not long back from Mustique, but the Duchess of Cambridge will be able to top up her tan nicely thanks to another break – this time in the Maldives without her baby.
She and William have jetted out on what has been billed as a second honeymoon after they left George at home with her parents.
The couple arrived in the Maldivian capital, Male, on a British Airways flight yesterday, accompanied by several taxpayer funded Scotland Yard detectives.
Alone: William and Kate have jetted out on what has been billed as a second honeymoon to the Maldives
They were immediately whisked from the First Class cabin into a VIP lounge before transferring on to a private hydroplane which whisked them off to a paradise isle.
The Duke and Duchess are staying at one of the most exclusive resorts in the Indian Ocean – the five star Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel on Noonu Atoll.
Sources confirmed yesterday the entire 45 villa resort had been closed for the week to accommodate the royals and their party.
The holiday comes just a month before the couple embark on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia – this time accompanied by George.
Luxury villa: The five star Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel on Noonu Atoll, where the Duke and Duchess are staying
Airline: The couple arrived in the Maldivian capital, Male, on a British Airways flight yesterday (file picture)
However, its timing is something of a surprise because William was due to be studying at Cambridge University.
The prince enrolled on the ten-week course in agricultural management on January 7, which should have seen him there until the end of this month.
At the time Kensington Palace said he would have around 20 hours a week of timetabled lectures, seminars and meetings. He was also expected to study in his own time and undertake the occasional field trip.
Family: The royals, pictured with Prince George who they left at home, were whisked from British Airways’s First Class cabin into a VIP lounge before transferring on to a private hydroplane to take them to the isle
Holiday: The Duchess has only recently returned from a week-long family holiday with Prince George in Mustique, along with a full group of police bodyguards. Above, the island in St Vincent and the Grenadines
Last month William attracted public criticism when he went on a four-day boar shooting holiday in Spain with his brother.
The Duchess has only recently returned from a week-long family holiday with Prince George in Mustique, again with a full group of police bodyguards.
Although the couple have recently employed a new nanny, they made the decision to leave eight-month-old George with Carole and Michael Middleton at their Berkshire mansion – accompanied by his own Scotland Yard security detail.
Tour: The holiday comes just a month before the couple embark on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia (pictured) - this time accompanied by George
Cheval Blanc Randheli, where the couple are staying, is part of the elite Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy group and is described as an ‘intimate and contemporary haven’.
It boasts just 45 loft-style tropical villas which have a large living room, adjoining powder room, double dressing rooms and bedrooms and light-flooded bathrooms.
Each has its own 41ft infinity pool and outside dining pergola plus a private beach and spacious over-water sunbathing decks.
Unsurprisingly none of this luxury comes cheap. The hotel is too exclusive to list its prices on its website – but one tour operator offers a four-night stay at more than £6,000.
A five-course dinner in the best restaurant, without drinks, costs £350 per couple.
EVERY ROYAL SMILES DURING REMEMBRANCE DAY, STARTING FROM HM
THEN PRINCESS DIANA
OH AND PRINCE HARRY
DID WE FORGET OUR HIERS TO THE THRONE AS WELL!
Remembrance day is to remember the one’s who gave their life for our countries and yes to cry over them, but to also thank the one’s who are currently fighting and to smile and be proud of them. It wasn’t a sin for Catherine to smile and it’s not wrong to smile so leave her the hell alone!
It’s not that she was smiling… it’s the entire rolling of her eyes, giggling, flipping her hair, etc. THAT in total is the problem. There is a difference between occasionally smiling at the people you are passing and giggling on a balcony and flipping your hair or looking bored through the entire ceremony.
• Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, are also understood not to be attending
• Christening will take place at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace
• Details of the six chosen godparents are also yet to be released
By Rebecca English
PUBLISHED: 18:00 EST, 9 October 2013 | UPDATED: 18:00 EST, 9 October 2013
Some senior members of the Royal Family have not been invited to Prince George’s christening this month because his parents want it to be an ‘intimate, family affair’, the Daily Mail has learnt.
Prince William’s aunts, Princess Anne and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, have been left off the guest list, the Mail was told last night.
And although Buckingham Palace refused to comment, it seems George’s great-uncles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, are also not attending the hugely anticipated event on October 23.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge want the Christening of their son Prince George to be an ‘intimate,
William and Kate have already chosen to break with recent royal tradition and have their son christened at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace, because it is smaller and ‘more personal’ than Buckingham Palace.
Now the Mail has learnt that only the couple’s closest family and friends will be attending.
The full guest list will not be confirmed by Kensington Palace until nearer the day, but it is likely to include great-grandparents the Queen and Prince Philip, and grandparents Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as uncle Prince Harry.
Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, sister Pippa and brother James are also due to attend.
Details of the six chosen godparents are also yet to be released, but names in the frame include William’s longest-serving adviser Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, best friend Thomas van Straubenzee and ex-royal nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke.
Not invited: Royal Sophie, Countess of Wessex (left) and Princess Anne (right) will not attend the Christening
Instead of joining the celebrations, the Countess of Wessex, who is married to Prince Edward, will now undertake a day of engagements in the West Country, while Princess Anne is going ahead with an official visit to Canada.
When asked whether either had been invited in the first place, a palace source said: ‘All I can say is that the christening will be an intimate affair.’
Kensington Palace refused to comment last night, saying: ‘We will announce the full guest list in due course when we are ready to do so.’
But a royal source added: ‘The christening will be a small, intimate and personal family affair.’ The couple’s decision to use the Chapel Royal as a venue surprised many when it as announced earlier this month.
Prince William, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne were all baptised in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace.
Location: William and Kate have already chosen to break with recent royal tradition and have their son christened at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace (pictured)
The Queen was christened in the palace’s private chapel.
But the Duke and Duchess have long made clear they aren’t sticklers for royal convention.
William ripped up the suggested guest list for his wedding because he ‘hardly knew anyone on it’ and the couple decided to release a family snapshot of Prince George taken by Kate’s father Michael instead of a formal portrait following his birth on July 22.
It is understood that William and Kate favoured the Holbein-decorated Chapel Royal because it is, in the words of one royal aide, ‘a small, very personal venue’.
The couple have a deep emotional attachment to St James’s Palace, where, until recently, their household was based.
In 1997, the body of William’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales lay before the chapel altar so her family and friends could pay their respects in private, before her funeral in Westminster Abbey.
And in April 2011, Kate chose the chapel to be confirmed into the Church of England before her marriage to Prince William.
A Palace source last night confirmed it would be a ‘fairly small and intimate affair’.
By contrast William’s christening in August 1982 was attended by more than 60 guests.
Prince Andrew, who was serving in the Falklands War, and Princess Margaret, who was holidaying in Italy, were the only senior royals not in attendance.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2451562/Prince-George-christening-Royals-Anne-Sophie-
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