Sunday, July 10, 2011

Duke and Duchess walk the red carpet

Prince William his Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine walked the BAFTA red carpet awards, and made it look absolutely redder on day two of their three day Hollywood, California visit.
Even other celebrities who attended the event observed that the red floor seemed even more royally red than usual.
“Avatar” star Zoe Saldana gushed in awe.
Celebrity news notes William, who was dressed in a simple black tuxedo, and Kate, in a flowing white gown, were the only celebrities who talked to no one, and marched the carpet at a brisk walk, merely nodding and smiling at fans, audience and photographers, and generally making everyone present feel like swooning.
So this is what rubbing elbows with royalty feels like.
Despite their very quick entrance, William and Kate exuded the impression that they were really pleased to meet their former subjects from the now independent former colony of the United States of America.
And that, ladies and gents, takes thousands of years of royal breeding and upbringing to make one feel the need to curtsey deeply in the presence of the future king of England and his bride.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Royal Visit: William And Kate Head To Santa Barbara

The prince will duke it out in the game of kings.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are making a recreational detour on their busy weekend business trip to Los Angeles on Saturday, when they will attend a charity polo match near the swanky seaside city of Santa Barbara.
Both Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, regularly play polo during the summer months. The horseback sport, sometimes referred to as the game of kings, is known for its fast pace, dangerous maneuvers and exclusivity.
Saturday's match will take place at the posh Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles. For the price of a $4,000 ticket, guests can perhaps meet the prince and princess and watch William lead his fellow polo players into competition. The duchess will present the trophy to the winning team.

Those who can't afford to chow down with the royal couple can purchase a $400 ticket that will get them admission to the grandstand, a box lunch and a souvenir program. Proceeds will go to charity.
The duke and duchess arrived under sunny skies Friday after a nine-day trip to Canada, their first foreign excursion since getting married in April. Within minutes of landing, the couple headed directly to their first event, a technology summit in Beverly Hills aimed at promoting U.S. investment in British tech firms.
After the polo game, the duke and duchess will head back to Los Angeles to attend a black-tie at the historic Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, where they will be guests of honor at a British Academy of Film and Television Arts dinner honoring 42 young British filmmakers.
The list of celebrities reportedly also attending reads like a who's who of Hollywood royalty: Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Quentin Tarantino and Judd Apatow.
William and Catherine's arrival in California has been a lower-key affair compared to the largely rapturous welcomes they received as they crisscrossed Canada, though small crowds of royal watchers waving British and American flags congregated outside the British consul general's home in Hancock Park and elsewhere.
Friday's tech summit was set up to generate support for Tech City, London's answer to Silicon Valley. The area around the trendy Old Street part of east London is quickly becoming a hub for technology and software firms.
"They were delightful company," said Neil Stiles, president of Variety, which organized the event. "They were relaxed, very comfortable in the environment. It was a lot to take in. They arrived at a conference that's been running all day on a very heavy business subject, and I thought they coped with it really well."
Britain's royal family has shown itself to be tech-savvy in recent years and maintains accounts on several social media sites.
On Sunday, the royal couple will watch a dance at a nonprofit academy in the gritty Skid Row area of downtown then attend a job fair for U.S. servicemen and women transitioning to civilian life.
"People just want a glimpse of the duke and duchess," said Los Angeles resident Christian Kang. "There's so much compassion in both of them. I know they're going to Skid Row, and I think that's very good to see from someone in his position."
Though Prince William has been to America before, it is Kate's first trip to the U.S. William's late mother, Princess Diana, who would have turned 50 this month, charmed Americans when she visited in the 1980s.
Several news vans and bystanders were positioned across the street from the British consul general's home, which was blocked off by the Los Angeles Police Department, hoping for a peek at the couple. Among the celebrities seen chatting at a reception for the couple were David Beckham and British humorist Stephen Fry.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Their Royal Chicness Kate Middleton and Prince William Arrive in L.A.

They're here, they're here!
Prince William and Kate Middleton have arrived in Los Angeles!
The royal couple landed at LAX around 4 p.m., and after a good number of guards departed the plane to secure the surroundings, Southern California was graced by the elegance and grace of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince William took the lead and his stunning wife followed. (Seriously, she looked amazing. But when doesn't she?)
Kate must have done a quick wardrobe change on the plane, because she left Canada wearing a satin and wool, scarlet Marianne coat-dress by Catherine Walker but arrived in a lavender Peridot dress by Roksanda Illinic and LK Bennett nude heels, which were a lot higher than her usual pumps.
Look at her staying on top of her fashion game! She does it well.
The couple then greeted L.A. city officials, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Gov. Jerry Brown (who did not give the duo an iPad 2. Well, not yet anyway).
And, of course, a visit to America wouldn't be complete without a bouquet of red, white and blue flowers, which was graciously given to Middleton by Brown's wife.
Their first obstacle will be the traffic of Los Angeles as they head to the Beverly Hilton to take care of some business before tonight's festivities.
Welcome to California!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Last day at Canada for the Duke and Duchess

It's almost Friday!
But while we here are in a dither over the impending arrival of Prince William and Duchess Catherine, the couple had one more full day to enjoy themselves in Canada before they head to Los Angeles. As always, they were given the royal treatment upon their arrival in Alberta. And, almost as always, Kate Middleton left a lingering impression of being perfectly put together.

Kate showed her girly side today in a prim little buttercup-yellow dress with a pleated skirt and blouson top by British designer Jenny Packham, who also dressed Kate for last month's ARK Gala.
The resourceful duchess wore her trusty L.K. Bennett beige pumps and carried a matching clutch.
First stop, after the fawning and hand-squeezing that greeted them at Calgary International Airport, was a traditional White Hat Ceremony, which, as British as it sounds, is actually a very Canadian event held as a symbol of hospitality and good cheer.
The mayor's office and Tourism Calgary presented William and Kate with the white Smithbilt hat (seriously, could this be more British-sounding?) that is bestowed on visiting dignitaries and celebrities.
Then the trip took another educational turn when their royal highnesses toured the Ward of the 21st Century Research and Innovation Centre at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine.
Tonight, there was a government-hosted reception in the royals' honor at the Calgary Stampede, attended by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who also marked Canada Day with the couple last week in Ontario.
The 10-day Calgary Stampede Festival is as Western as it sounds, with rodeos, chuckwagon races and other horse- and bronco-centric activities filling the itinerary.
But tomorrow, it's California here they come!

Check Out Where Prince William and Kate Middleton Are Staying in Los Angeles

It's nice to have friends in high places.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, aka the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will be hanging their hats (and that's not just a figure of speech in this case!) at the more than 7,000-square-foot home of the British consul-general in Los Angeles' exclusive—and old—Hancock Park neighborhood.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, you won't be able to get anywhere near it starting Friday:

Top-notch security will be surrounding the Wallace Neff-designed home, and June Street will be subject to closures at the behest of the U.S. Department of State. Only members of the media who have been preapproved by the British Consulate and the State Department will be allowed to shoot footage of any comings and goings.
Even local residents have signed keep-away letters that enable police to arrest paparazzi or other trespassers if they "accidentally" meander onto their properties.
"Our primary concern is to protect the rights and privacy of the residents as well as the safety of the royal couple upon their visit here to the United States," LAPD spokeswoman Mitzi Fierro told the Los Angeles Times.
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William Duke of Cambridge, Kate Middleton

The property where Wills and Kate will be staying is technically owned by the Minister of Public Building Works of the United Kingdom. The main residence, which was built in 1928 and purchased by the British government in 1957, contains seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a fully remodeled kitchen and room for entertaining as many as 150 guests.
A pool house, built more recently by L.A. architect Ronald Chang, includes his-and-her changing rooms and convenient access to a quick dip. (Which the royals might want, because it's hot out!)
The consul-general will host a reception for his royal guests on Friday night.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

William and Kate presented with diamonds in Yellowknife

Prince William and his bride, the Duchess of Cambridge, received more than a perfunctory wedding gift as they reached the most northerly point of their Canadian tour on Tuesday, when they were presented with a brooch and cufflinks made from locally mined diamonds, at the North West Territories capital Yellowknife.
The jewellery, made in the shape of polar bears, contained 692 stones: 302 in the brooch and 390 in the cufflinks, made by one of the world's leading specialists in the field, the Harry Winston company, and was exceptional even for a couple who lack little. They were told that the diamonds symbolised the permanence of relations between the territories' first nation, northern people and the British monarchy. The company would not say how much the gifts were worth, only that it took 250 man hours to cut the diamonds to shape.
More than 3,000 people turned out to greet the royal couple, who were treated to dancing, drumming and singing from local tribespeople and a display of street hockey, played with ice hockey sticks but on tarmac - the prince essayed a few shots at goal without taking his jacket off.
As has become customary this week, the prince tried a few words in the native language - dene, this time, not French: "Maihsi-cho, kay-ya-muck-puck," which roughly translated means thank you very much.
Yellowknife is not accustomed to much publicity, or celebrity visitors: founded as a gold mining town in the 1930s it is a long way from anywhere and Edmonton is regarded as the nearest metropolitan tourist centre. The gold mines have gone but the diamonds remain and the city has one of the highest per capita incomes in the country in order to entice workers to a place that has snow for eight months of the year and temperatures drop to -30C in winter.
Yesterday, by contrast, was warm and sunny. In the crowd were Andrea Booth, a local nurse and her father Jack Booth, up from Toronto on vacation with his partner Sharon Gilbert - they had decided to drive all the way and taken seven days to cover the 3,000 miles. Andrea said: "We have celebrities who come up here to hunt but they are usually incognito, so it's really fun to have a public event like this visit. It makes us feel part of the world."
Unlike in francophone Canada at the weekend, the crowd was warmly welcoming, with screams and whoops drowning out the obligatory - in this part of the world - Scottish pipe band dressed in kilts, sporrans and glengarries. Union flags were waved and one young woman - obviously more in hope than expectation - held up a home-made banner saying: "I am calm - I can still marry Harry."
On Wednesday the couple move on to meet victims of recent flooding in the Slave Lake area and rescue and emergency services there, but for most of the coming two days they are spending private time out of the public and media spotlight before re-emerging to attend the annual Calgary rodeo and stampede on Friday and heading south to Los Angeles to mingle in the celebrity culture of Hollywood over the weekend.

Monday, July 4, 2011

A hug: The Duke and Duchess

Prince William hugs his wife Kate after competing against her team in a dragon boat race at Dalvay-by-the-Sea on Prince Edward Island as part of the Duke and Duchess' Royal Tour of Canada

Royal couple touches down in Yellowknife

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Yellowknife late Monday after a big day in Canada's smallest province, which gave them a mix of history, culture and adventure under overcast skies in Prince Edward Island.
A couple of hundred spectators greeted Prince William and Kate at Yellowknife Airport, which was plagued by rain for much of the day.
The couple will enjoy more hands-on activities during their visit to the north, including taking part in a game of street hockey with local youths. They will also attend a session of Youth Parliament before travelling by float plane to Blachford Lake, where they will meet with local students and elders.
On Wednesday morning, William and Kate will head off on a day-long private retreat.
Their arrival in Yellowknife capped off a busy day in P.E.I., where the day's events included a dragon boat race, traditional dance performances and a sampling of some of the region's delicacies.
But the day's most thrilling moment came earlier, when William's request to pilot a military helicopter was granted and he got to try out a made-in-Canada water landing manoeuvre.
William, who co-pilots a British Sea King as part of the British military's Search and Rescue Force, donned a flight suit and stepped into the co-pilot's chair of a CH124 Sea King helicopter for a demonstration of "waterbirding." It's a made-in-Canada training manoeuvre designed to simulate an emergency landing over water following an engine failure.
William helped pilot the dual-engine chopper to about 40 feet above the surface of the water, land on the water in a slightly nose-up position, and taxi for a number of minutes along the surface of the water. He then helped fire up the chopper's engines and take to the skies, and then do it all again. And again.
Considering the number of times William and the crew repeated the manoeuvre, it would seem the prince enjoyed getting the hang of it. Kate, meanwhile, watched from the shore dressed in a navy trench and red scarf, and chatted with military officials.
William's official spokesperson said the duke will bring what he learned back to his unit in the U.K.
"When (William) took the decision to come to Canada, one of the things he actually asked to do was to do this, and it's a technique he'll be able to use in his job," said press secretary Miguel Head.
It was an exciting, hands-on moment for the prince that followed a more traditional royal-visit morning of carriage rides and historical visits. The couple began the morning visiting Province House, the birthplace of Confederation.
As she's done a number of times on this official visit, Kate chose to wear a U.K. label for the events. She went with a long-sleeved cream, cable knit dress with navy blue trim designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. It was Burton, of course, who famously designed Kate's showstopping wedding dress. The Prince wore a navy suit and rose-coloured tie.
Williams praises ‘beautiful island'
After taking a tour of the site known for hosting the Charlottetown Conference some 146 years ago, they posed for photos with actors dressed as the Fathers of Confederation.
P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz took to a podium to offer an official welcome -- finishing off by throwing in some marital advice for Prince William. Ghiz, whose wife's name is also Kate, reminded the prince to remember that "the Kates are always right." Duchess Kate laughed, while William offered a shy smile.
William then stepped forward to thank the province's leadership for "their generous welcome."
"It is quite the moment for Catherine and me to be standing here in Atlantic Canada, in front of Province House, where Canadian Confederation was forged," he said. "...We have both so looked forward to this day and discovering more about your beautiful island."
Before leaving the site, the couple took part in a walk-about in the mist, greeting some of the thousands of Islanders and tourists who had gathered outside to cheer and wave Canadian flags.
Canada AM's Jeff Hutcheson reported there appeared to be only one protester in the crowd: a man carrying a small sign that read: "You are not my prince." But Hutcheson said a woman stepped in front of him and opened a large, black umbrella.
After the walk-about, the couple retraced the steps of the Fathers of Confederation by proceeding down Great George St. in an open-air landau with an RCMP mounted escort, to the city's waterfront.
At Confederation Landing, they watched a musical theatre performance of "The Talking Stick," which tells First Nations' stories from across the country.
Early Monday afternoon, the couple competed in a dragon boat race in Dalvay-by-the-Sea, crewing separate boats for a match on the windy ocean waters off P.E.I.
Though William won the match, both he and the Duchess emerged from the water soaked by paddle spray.
After the race, the couple was treated to a traditional smudging ceremony, traditional Mi'kmaq drumming and an Acadian dance performance.
They then hit the beach to watch a bit of volleyball and then meet with local chefs to sample P.E.I.'s cuisine.
William and Kate sampled some of the province's most famous exports, including beef with sweet onion marmalade, lobster and potato chowder, and strawberry shortcake.
The couple then boarded another Sea King for the quick ride to Summerside, where they were greeted by search and rescue pilots, as well as survivors of rescue missions. While in Summerside, the couple watched a search-and-rescue demonstration and shook hands with well-wishers who were waiting for them at the pier.
Notably absent from the itinerary was a visit to Green Gables House, the tourist destination that inspired the setting for L.M. Montgomery's beloved tale, "Anne of Green Gables."
For weeks, rumours had swirled that a visit to the site seemed likely to play a part in the royal visit, since it's been said that Kate loves the classic tale of the red-haired orphan.
Instead, William and Kate did meet with Tess Benger, who plays the title role in "Anne of Green Gables -- The Musical." Benger, wearing her Anne costume, complete with red braids, presented Kate with a copy of the book. According to Benger, the duchess told her she would read the book again.
"She said that she totally wished that she could see the show, but that they don't have time and to break a leg on the show," Benger said.
"They're really lovely, really wonderful people ... it was really exciting."
On Thursday, William and Kate head to Calgary, the final stop on their nine-day tour, where they will officially launch the Calgary Stampede parade.

P.E.I. welcomes Prince William and Kate

Prince William and Kate have arrived on P.E.I.
Hundreds of people gathered to catch a glimpse of the royal couple as they landed at the Charlottetown Airport Sunday evening.
People filled the airport parking lot, peeked through airport fencing and parked cars along the airport road in anticipation of their arrival.
After emerging from the aircraft and shaking hands with a few dignitaries, the royal couple entered a black car in a motorcade and left the airport, as fans cheered and screamed.

Last-minute preparations

Before they arrived, hundreds of gates had been installed in Charlottetown city streets in anticipation of the crowds wanting to welcome the royal newlyweds to Canada's smallest province.
Media from across the world are covering the royal couple as they continue their nine-day visit to Canada, bringing dozens of broadcasting trucks into the city .
Last-minute cleanup preparations were also continuing Sunday. Workers at Province House were watering flower beds, while city workers worked overtime cleaning up after Charlottetown's Summerfest.
William and Kate will remain on the Island until Monday, visiting both Charlottetown and Summerside during their stay.
The couple was planning to attend an informal media reception at Peake's Quay Restaurant Sunday evening.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Wills Delivers French-Only Speech In Quebec

Prince William and his wife were there as part of their nine-day tour of Canada.
The Duke was introduced to soldiers from the 22nd regiment as Kate looked on. He also received the freedom of the city.
Later, the couple met cheering crowds for several minutes, although there were also some anti-royal protesters there too.
In his speech, William said: "It's an honour for me to be here with you in Quebec today.
"For me, as a soldier and an airman, it is a privilege to have inspected a great regiment like the Royal 22nd.
"Your reputation is as strong as it is legendary. This place has such beauty and history.
"You, the Quebecois et Quebecoise, have such vitality and vigour. It is simply a pleasure to be here.
"Thank you for your patience with my accent, and I hope that we will have the chance to get to know each other over the years to come. Until the next time."
Earlier, the couple took part in a church service on board a Canadian warship where they had spent the night.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend church service on board HMCS Montreal in Canada
William and Kate attend church service on board HMCS Montreal
At the inter-denominational ceremony held in their honour on the deck, William and the Duches of Cambridge joined sailors and were included in prayers.
The frigate HMCS Montreal sailed overnight along the St Lawrence river from Montreal to Quebec City.
The couple slept in the quarters of the warship's head officer Commander Real Brisson.
When they first boarded on Saturday night after a busy day in Montreal, they joined the senior officer on his bridge and also met other members of the ship's company.
In the morning, they sat down to breakfast with officers in the mess.
The service was led by Brigadier-General Karl McLean, Chaplain General of the Canadian Forces, and it echoed across Quebec's Queen's wharf.
When prayers were said for leading figures like the Queen and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Duke and Duchess were also mentioned by the senior cleric.
Their visit was praised by Dennis Drainville, the Anglican Bishop of Quebec, one of a number of clergy who were part of the service.
He said: "The significance (of today) for me and for many Anglicans is very simple. We have a long association with the monarchy.
"William will someday by King and because of that his opportunity to come here and be among people - Canadians - and learn about Canada is very important, we are diverse."
He added: "Her Majesty the Queen is one of the most faithful individuals, every year she gives in her message an indication of the Christian values and virtues that are so important to us.
"William being her grandson I'm sure will carry on that tradition.

Will and Kate wave goodbye to Ottawa

Prince William and Kate wave goodbye to onlookers in Ottawa before boarding a plane bound for Montreal.

Prince and Princess in the chef's clothes

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate on Saturday arrived in the French-speaking city of Montreal as protesters tried to ruin the day by chanting a raft of slogans in protest of the couple's visit.
In Montreal, the royal couple visited a hospital neonatal unit and then went to a cooking school. A larger group of protesters were waiting when the couple's motorcade pulled up to the cooking school, where the newlywed couple donned chefs' uniforms as they prepared food during a cooking lesson.
Protesters carried signs that read curses including "Parasites Go Home."
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were however greeted with enormous warmth as the royal newlyweds began their first official overseas visit in Ottawa Thursday.
The couple, who arrived in Ottawa aboard a Canadian Air Force plane, have started a tour deemed in part to improve bonds between the British monarchy and Canadians, whose head of state is Queen Elizabeth II.
The couple began the third day of their tour in Ottawa with a tree-planting ceremony at Government House, which has become a royal family tradition, and a visit to the Canadian War Museum before they reached Montreal, where crowds that gathered were much smaller than in the national capital of Ottawa, with supporters of the couple being said to outnumber protesters by 10 to one.
They were scheduled to leave Montreal on a Canadian navy frigate for an evening trip Saturday down the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City.
The royal couple will leave Canada for a trip to California of the United States on Friday.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Prince William and Catherine planting trees

Prince William and Kate are at Rideau Hall for a ceremonial tree-planting ceremony with guests who got married on the same date as they did.
The small gathering at the Governor General’s residence stands in contrast to the massive crowds that cheered the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at every turn during their first two days in Canada.
More than 50 people had already gathered outside the main gate of Rideau Hall in the bright sunshine more than an hour before the ceremony.
The tree — which is, in fact, already planted — is a Canadian hemlock, which is intended to symbolize the royal couple’s love and marriage.
Invited guests included people who got married on April 29, as did William and Kate, and couples celebrating 50th anniversary milestones.
There’s even one couple that’s celebrating 70 years of marriage.
After the ceremony, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are going to the Canadian War Museum for a reception with veterans, war brides and families. About 200 people had started waiting outside the museum several hours before their arrival.
The couple will take part in a walk-through of the galleries, a painting and plaque unveiling and book signing before heading to the airport.
After arriving in Montreal Saturday afternoon, they’ll visit the Sainte-Justine University (Children’s) Hospital Centre to view displays and meet with children and parents.
They’ll later get to hone their culinary skills at the Quebec Tourism and Hotel Institute, where they will attend a cooking workshop and reception.
The couple will be sampling from dishes highlighting the province’s cultures and local wines. Among the items on the menu for the four-course meal include Quebec foie gras on a toasted brioche served with apple cider jelly, loin of Charlevoix lamb, and Iles de la Madeleine lobster.
Polishing off the meal for dessert will be a white cloud —likened to a fresh cheesecake with maple caramel, feathery meringue and biscuit.
The royals are slated to dine with Quebec Premier Jean Charest and his wife Michele.
The couple’s visit is expected to be met by protests outside by Quebec sovereigntists. At least a pair of demonstrations are expected during the William and Kate’s two-day swing through the province, where there is a strong anti-monarchist sentiment.
Kate and William will wrap up Saturday by boarding the HMCS Montreal, where they’ll set sail for Quebec City.
On Friday, they were the highlight of the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill. Throngs of cheering supporters erupted with delight when the landau bearing the royal couple rolled into view.
The din and smoke from a 21-gun salute filled the streets before the prince and his wife stood alongside the Centennial Flame, the band playing the national anthem and “God Save the Queen.”
In a brief speech in both English and French, William told hundreds of thousands of well-wishers that Canada should be “immensely proud” of its successes and sacrifices on the battlefields of Afghanistan.
He also brought greetings from his grandmother, “the Queen of Canada,” who he said has warm, abiding memories of her own visit last year, and described his wife Kate’s own interest in the country, her pilot grandfather having trained in Alberta.
Kate didn’t take to microphone to address the massive crowd — estimated to number more than 300,000 — but made a statement with her stylish Canada Day ensemble.
The duchess came decked out in Canadian colours, wearing a cream dress by Reiss, the Queen’s Maple Leaf brooch and a brilliant red fascinator adorned with maple leaves by Sylvia Fletcher at Lock and Co.
Charlottetown, Yellowknife and Calgary are the other upcoming stops on the royal tour. The couple will leave will leave for California on July 8

William & Kate Cap Off Canada Day with a Concert & Fireworks

Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, attend a rock and pop concert on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill to mark Canada Day.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken part in celebrations for Canada Day in Ottawa.

Continuing their first overseas trip since their wedding, Prince William and Princess Catherine watched as 25 people become Canadian citizens.

The royal couple handed out red and white maple leaf flags to the new Canadians.
Prince William and Kate Middleton travelled in a horse-drawn landau to Parliament Hill, where 300,000 people gathered to mark the country’s 144th birthday.
Support for the monarchy hovers above 50 percent in Canada and has risen from last year, when the Queen visited, although there is still a vocal anti-monarchist minority planning to protest in Quebec City tomorrow.
Prince William and Kate Middleton in Hollywood
Meanwhile, “Larry Crowne” actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and “Game of Thrones” actor Harry Lloyd will be among the up-and-coming British talents meeting the Prince William and his new wife at a black-tie gala in Los Angeles next week.
The royal couple are due for a their 3-day visit to southern California and will be arriving in LA on July 8.
They will also get a chance to chat with Hollywood A-list stars at the event.
The guests would also include “a very nice celebrity list, from hot young things to legends,” a source said. The celebrity names are not expected to be released in advance.
About 250 people are expected at the sold-out event which is intended to promote young British talent in film, television and videogames.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Kate Middleton, Prince William Kick Off Canada Day Celebrations in Style

The regals have landed. And how.
Looking fresh-faced from their first whirlwind (three outfit!) day in Canada, Prince William and Kate Middleton began their second full day of appearances bright and early this morning, kicking off what is expected to be the most ceremonial day of engagements on their trip.
Well, it is Canada Day, after all. And as for Kate, well, you better believe she dressed the part.
Once again recycling a dress from her personal collection—the cream ruffled Reiss dress she donned in her official engagement photos—she topped off the outfit with a red fascinator which, if it wasn't actually bearing a red maple leaf, certainly seemed to bear enough of a resemblance to one to make it the absolute perfect head-topper for the patriotic occasion. As was the maple leaf brooch and red and cream clutch that rounded out her outfit.
As for today's itinerary, the royal newlyweds started off the day by attending the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at the Museum of Canadian Civilization. The swearing-in ceremony was also attended by the Governor-General of Canada and witnessed about a dozen new Canadians pledge their allegiance to Wills' grandma—er, the queen.
Afterward, the couple is expected to hand out celebration flags to about a dozen new citizens before making their way over to the Canada Day "Noon Show" at Ottawa's Parliament Hill, in what is the traditional focal point of all Canada Day celebrations. The couple will be joined by about 500,000 Canadians (forming a veritable sea of red and white) on the hill, and listen to music, speeches and witness all manner of general pageantry.
It's during that portion of celebrations that both Prince William and the Prime Minister will give speeches.
Then the Duke and Duchess will be given some much-needed downtime to refuel (and change clothes!) before heading back out to the "Evening Show," which will feature yet more patriotic entertainment, before finishing up the night at a private diplomatic reception.
But while the day will be full of celebrations for the couple, their downtime, at least, might feature a more somber, reflective moment or two: Today also marks what would have been Diana's 50th birthday.

Prince William, Kate charm and delight Canadians on royal visit

Prince William and Kate will take part in Canada Day celebrations Friday as the royal newlyweds continue a nine-day jaunt through Canada on their first official overseas trip.

The country’s birthday celebration will include a concert and a speech by the prince. The couple also will hand out flags to newly minted Canadians at a citizenship ceremony earlier in the day.

Friday also would have been the 50th birthday of William’s mother, Princess Diana, who died in a 1997 Paris car crash. In London, her admirers gathered to leave gifts outside Kensington Palace, which was her official residence.
“They are beautiful together, like a fairy tale,” gushed 15-year-old Daphnee Dubouchet-Olshesh, who was in the crowd with her mother. “He just sounded so cute and adorable with his English accent. He did pretty good with his French.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as William and Kate are formally known, arrived Thursday to cheering crowds of thousands. Poised and confident, they thrilled crowds with warm, unscripted gestures, wading into throngs of well-wishers to shake hands and accept flowers and other gifts.
To cheers of delight, William addressed his hosts in both English and French, then cracked a joke about his language skills. “It will improve as we go on,” the prince quipped, then noted how much he and Kate were “truly looking forward to this adventure.”
                                                  The royal pair then headed straight to the National War Memorial, where they were met by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen. Each laid a wreath before stepping into the crowd to speak individually with veterans.
Stunning in tan stilettos and a figure-hugging navy scoop-backed dress with a lace overlay by Canadian designer Erdem Moralioglu, Kate was greeted with cheers of “We want Kate!” at every stop. William wore a blue suit with burgundy tie.
Later, the couple attended a reception for young Canadians. It was billed as a celebration barbecue but it was brought inside due to rain.
During the visit, William, a helicopter pilot, will take part in a water landing demonstration, and the couple is scheduled to put on aprons and take part in a cooking workshop in Quebec City. They also will open the world-renowned Calgary Stampede.
The prince and his wife have star power to burn, and Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore predicted this will be the most-watched royal tour in Canada’s history.
Earlier in the week, Harper unveiled a personal flag for William’s visit — the first to be created by Canada for a member of the royal family since 1962, when the queen adopted a personal flag for her own use in Canada.
Some anti-royal protests were expected in the French-speaking province of Quebec, with small groups planning protests in Quebec City and Montreal.
The prince and Kate jet to Los Angeles on July 8 and will host a gala dinner there the next night to introduce up-and-coming British film talent to Hollywood executives.