Whispers of a new heir to the royal family are stirring quietly as Kate Middleton has been spotted doing the preggy belly rub during her UNICEF appearance. Although nothing can be confirmed about a royal pregnancy at the moment, sources are whirling on news about extensive renovations going on at Kensington Palace along with two other royal houses to make room for luxurious nurseries fit for a royal baby.
This could just be a future infanticipation but not necessarily an immediate move. Then again, there have been other recent tell-tale moments going on at the royal palace that may suggest otherwise.
Just this October, the palace changed the rules of succession. The first born child shall be first in line to be named monarch regardless of gender. Noticeably, this was made just for Prince William, bearing in mind rumours of his desire to have a daughter. Prince Charles is also said to have the same wish for a granddaughter. Top on the list of names picked out by the royal couple are Edward, Philip or Michael for a prince and Rose or Alice to go with a princess.
Now if that doesn’t smell like royal baby preparations for you, Kate has refused a sampling of peanut butter during a UN engagement in Copenhagen. Interesting to note that expectant mothers are usually advised to stay away from eating any peanut products as precautionary measures of transmitting allergens to their unborn child.
Nobody really knows what’s going on but everyone is certainly keeping a close watch on these royal moves.
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The royal palace has yet to confirm rumors that Prince William is ready to pop the question to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton, but websites and publications all over the globe have already gone bonkers running headlines about the couple.
People magazine was quick to pick up the story. Their latest cover reads: “The Next Princess: Why They’re Ready to Wed.” It even gives a blow-by-blow account on their love story and speculations on how the prince will propose.
According to CBC News, the rumor started when blogger Tina Brown wrote on The Daily Beast on Monday that “a highly placed source in royal circles said that two days in June have been mysteriously blocked out on the palace diaries—June 3 and 4.” She then speculated that those are likely dates for “an engagement announcement.”
“We don’t comment on speculation,” a Clarence House spokesman told CNN after the rumor exploded.
Still, people are excitedly waiting for the palace’s final and formal announcement on the matter. They two have been dating on and off for the past seven years, so we are all hoping for the best.
Do you think Prince William will propose to Kate soon?
If you missed last night’s BAFTA Awards, here are my favorite highlights:
HRH Prince William was greeted with the biggest cheers from the crowd at the Royal Opera House in London. A celebrity in his own right, he signed autographs and posed for fans at the red carpet. It was also a night to remember because Prince William was announced as Lord Attenborough’s successor to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)’s Presidency.
Although she was at the same venue, Kristen stayed away from Robert Pattinson that night. The papz couldn’t snap a photograph of the couple together. She did have something to smile about; the actress took home the Orange Rising Star Award—the only prize to be voted for by the public.
David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones bagged the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer for his film Moon. In his emotional speech, he told the audience that it took him his whole life to realize that he wanted to be a filmmaker. “Wow, thank you so much. I didn’t actually realize how much this meant to me,” he said. “It’s taken me an awful long time to know what I wanted to do with my life. Finally, I think I’ve found what I love doing and I just want to thank everyone who helped me get there.”
War movie The Hurt Locker bagged the most awards that night—Best Film, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow, and Best Original Screenplay. Photographed above are (L-R) Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Greg Shapiro and Nicholas Chartier.
Britain’s second in line to the throne touched down in Australia last Tuesday for a three-day visit. His activities include immersing in the country’s culture and listening to Australian music such as Susan Boyle and Kylie Minogue, reports Digital Spy.
This official visit stems from an invitation by the local Australian government to get to know the country better. The last time Prince William has been to Australia was during a tour with his late mother, Princess Diana, back when he was a toddler.
“Prince William is visiting Australia after traveling to New Zealand to officially open the new Supreme Court in Wellington,” said the Australian Prime Minister in an official statement. “During his visit, Prince William will focus on his core interests of supporting servicemen and women, helping young people fulfill their potential, and sustainable development in the light of climate change. The prince will also use the visit to learn more about local indigenous issues and visit the bushfire-ravaged countryside in Victoria.”
And how have the Australians reacted to his princely visit? According to this Telegraph article, the 27-year-old prince seems to be charming the pants off the locals.