Prince William and Kate Middleton got some happy news last week when they found out that they were expecting a daughter. Although that’s since been marred by wardrobe malfunctions and health concerns, the public is already curious about what the royals will name their daughter. Will they honor Will’s late mother, Princess Diana, as we’ve heard they might do? Or will Queen Elizabeth get her way and convince Prince William and Kate Middleton to name their daughter after her beloved late sister, Margaret? Or will Camilla Parker-Bowles manipulate her way into the naming decisions and force Will and Kate to name their daughter Camilla?
There’s been a lot of chatter over the royal baby name, and royal enthusiasts all believe that Kate and Will are going to go with something modern as opposed to traditional. After all, they chose to name their firstborn son George, and although that has a tinge of tradition, it’s much more modern than most people were expecting.
Several experts have already started weighing on the baby name, such as the managing editor of Majesty Magazine. He told People, “Maybe this is the time to bring in a Middleton name. But I can’t for the life of me see a Carole or Michael. Or it could be Elizabeth Diana, for example.”
Kate Middleton’s due date is in April, and we’ll undoubtedly find out about the name after she gives birth. It took a few days after George was born before the royals released his name, and they’ll likely follow the same pattern. However, it’s interesting to note that if they do have a daughter, they will literally have a plethora of family members to choose from. It’s all about who they want to honor and why, but I think the expert is right – there’s no way we’re getting a Middleton name in there. I think it’s more likely we’ll see a Alexandra or Victoria or Diana or even a Mary before we see a Carole.
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Kate Middleton and Prince William out and about this week – FameFlynet
Kate Middleton attended the Action on Addiction Autumn Charity Gala Thursday October 23 alone, without Prince William, fueling rumors that the royal couple are still fighting. The Pregnant Duchess of Cambridge looked amazing and didn’t hide her barely visible baby bump wearing a black knee-length Temperley flare dress at the event. The dinner was hosted in London at L’Amina restaurant and Kate looked even better than she did at her previous official appearances on Tuesday.
Kate Middleton made her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy, welcoming the President of Singapore and his wife at London’s Royal Garden hotel earlier this week with Prince William. The chatter surrounding her health has died down a lot, largely because Kate looked fantastic during the appearance. She looked healthy, she was glowing, and she was the picture of a pregnant women in her first trimester – with no signs of Hypermesis Gravidarum or morning sickness. Now, I’m sure the makeup and clothing covered up any lasting signs of sickness, but the point is that Kate Middleton is all better. And you know what that means?
If Kate Middleton is doing significantly better, then why is she still at Bucklebury? According to reports, she has yet to return to Kensington Palace, although we can’t verify that yet. But Kate did NOT hint at going back home to Prince William when she mentioned that she was looking forward to ‘getting out of the house‘, which we know is her parents’ Bucklebury home which has been her refuge from her husband since the fighting rumors started over the last couple of weeks.
Exclusive sources provided an update and unfortunately tell us that Kate Middleton and Prince William are still fighting, and that Kate didn’t want to return to Kensington Palace just yet. Sure, the royal couple just made two public appearances together earlier this week, and were the picture of a loving and dedicated couple, but they’re also pros at this – they have had years and years of practice, and I’m sure they can turn on a fake smile and pretend for the cameras.
No, if Kate’s not going back to Kensington and Prince William even after her health has clearly improved then I have to wonder if there’s other reasons for her isolation. It could just be that she doesn’t want the media speculation surrounding her, which is bound to happen if she spends more time in London. She could be worried about that rumored palace spy or simply enjoying being back at home in Bucklebury. Or she could be fighting with Prince William.
What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Action on Addiction Autumn Gala Evening at L’Anima without Prince William on October 23, 2014 in London, England. FameFlynet
If there had to be just one indication of the very public nature of the Bishop of London’s job, perhaps it would be a note received by the Right Reverend and Right Honorable Richard Chartres in the spring of 2011.
It was just a few days after he had spoken at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine, the newly designated Duchess of Cambridge – an event witnessed by a worldwide audience of between 300 million or 2 billion, depending on which estimates you choose to believe.
“I received a message from someone in the States, in Los Angeles,” Chartres said, “telling me that they had downloaded my sermon onto their device – and they were exercising to it.” He paused for a moment, and then added: “I found that to be quite extraordinary.”
He explained this Friday afternoon in a small chapel on the grounds of Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, where he will preach four sermons this weekend in honor of the parish’s 300th anniversary in its present building on Duke of Gloucester Street.
The Bishop of London is the third-ranking official in the Church of England, behind the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. During the Colonial period, it was the Bishop of London who oversaw Bruton Parish and the other Anglican churches of Virginia.
Chartres, the 132nd man to serve as Bishop of London, has a keen appreciation for the history of that position, and humbly refers to each of the previous 131 as “my predecessor.” He is currently trying to locate a portrait of John Stokesley, a 16th-century Bishop of London whom Chartres describes as “a wonderful rascal whose reputation never recovered from his decision to baptize his cat.”
A great lover of the environment, Chartres is also quite inspired by Henry Compton, who held the position from 1675-1713 and who played a prominent role in developing the spectacular gardens at Fulham Palace, the bishop’s historic residence. He notes that many varieties of trees, including the dogwood and the magnolia, were first introduced to European soil in the Bishop of London’s garden.
While in Williamsburg, he hopes to visit the College of William and Mary. He was particularly eager to hear about the biology department’s herbarium.
Next year will mark Chartres’ 20th anniversary as Bishop of London, and he has three more years before he reaches the position’s retirement age of 70. He has grown comfortable with his important role, not only in the Church of England, but also as an ex-officio member of the House of Lords. An article in The Guardian described how “confident leadership exudes from every fold of his purple cassock.”
Six months ago, he delivered the funeral address for Margaret Thatcher.
The controversial prime minister had requested a funeral service, not a memorial service with extended eulogies, and Chartres drew praise from conservative politicians for his respectful, nonpartisan words. London Mayor Boris Johnson called it a “particularly moving, touching and well-judged address.”
But nothing cast him in more of a spotlight than the royal wedding of April 29, 2011. Chartres had been present at Prince William’s baptism and officiated at his confirmation. He serves as one of the executors of the estate of William’s mother, the late Princess Diana.
“It is a Christian theme that every man and woman, on their wedding day, are a royal couple,” Chartres said with a smile.
“Whenever I do a wedding, I always ask the couple to write a prayer together, just by themselves. Sometimes amid all the hectic preparations, you don’t have the opportunity to think about the values and principles that will guide the relationship.
“I asked them to do that, just as I’ve asked other couples, and I thought truly one of the high points of the ceremony was the prayer they wrote.”
This is Chartres’ first visit to Williamsburg, and he said he is glad to be able to participate in Bruton Parish’s 300th year celebration.
“Such an anniversary helps to illuminate the history that has brought us here,” he said.
“One can see how often a church can become dilapidated and then be renewed,” the bishop said. “It helps people to understand, when they have important decisions to make, what their role really is. It helps us to see our place in space and time and what our role in this drama will be.”
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Services are on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 7 a.m, 8:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and noon. Information: 757-229-2891 or brutonparish.org.
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Bishop of London Richard Chartres will preach at four services at Bruton Parish Church, 331 Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg.
21 OCTOBER 2014
Her radiant smile spoke volumes about how the Duchess of Cambridge, neé Kate Middleton, felt about getting back to work this week.
Indeed, as she was welcoming Singapore’s President Tony Tan and his wife Mary to Britain at the start of their state visit, Prince William‘s wife shared her excitement at resuming official duties.
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When Mrs Tan remarked she was glad Kate – who has been suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum during the first trimester of the pregnancy – could make the engagement, the Duchess replied: “So am I. I’ve been looking forward to getting out of the house, that’s for sure.”
The 32-year-old royal made the admission as she and William sat down for tea with the Singaporean visitors at the the Royal Garden Hotel, which is close to their Kensington Palace base.
The Duke joked about the proximity of their home: “You can probably see into our bedroom window which is a bit worrying – I wouldn’t look too closely.”
Kate, meanwhile, made the president laugh when she referenced the last time they saw each other, in Singapore in 2012.
“It’s a bit colder than our last meeting”, she told Mr Tan, to which he replied: “The weather is lovely.”
The Duchess was on sparkling form on her first royal engagement since the announcement she is expecting her second baby with Prince William.
Looking radiant, healthy and stylish as ever in a grey Alexander McQueen coat with a Jane Taylor hat, Kate more than rose to the occasion.
Her role in greeting Singapore’s head of state was notable not only because it provided royal watchers the first glimpse of her tiny baby bump, but also because the occasion marked the first time she has been invited to join William in taking a formal role in a state visit to Britain.
After tea, William and Kate accompanied the VIP visitors to in travelling by car down Horse Guards Parade for a ceremonial welcome, presided over by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
After the welcome, William stayed for a private lunch hosted by the Queen.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second child is due in April next year, Kensington Palace has said.
A statement from the palace said Kate is still being affected by hyperemisis gravidarum – a complication of pregnancy which causes vomiting and nausea – but her condition is “improving”.
It read: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015.
“The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by hyperemesis gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.”
She had to cancel a series of engagements after her pregnancy was announced on September 8 because of the condition, which she also suffered during her pregnancy with son George.
But she is expected to join her husband to officially welcome the President of Singapore Tony Tan as he begins a four-day state visit to the UK on Tuesday.
The illness causes severe vomiting and can lead to dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine.
It affects 3.5 out of each 1,000 pregnancies.
The confirmation could suggest that Kate has had her 12-week scan. The baby could therefore be due around the end of April, and could even arrive around William and Kate’s fourth wedding anniversary on 29 April.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary on 9 April.