The siblings took part in a 54-mile bike ride from London to Brighton earlier today in honor of the British Heart Foundation. Pippa spoke to reporters shortly after completing the charity race, which is in its 40th year, about her second time riding in the lengthy ride. "This event is a testament to the fact that cycling is such an inclusive sport that everyone can enjoy," the ambassador for the charity explained. "Through the money raised, the BHF can continue to help the millions of people affected by coronary heart disease—the U.K's single biggest killer."
The news of Pippa and James' participation in the race was announced back in January of this year, and Kate Middleton's sister opened up about why the cause is so important to her. "I was shocked to learn that nearly three times more women die from coronary heart disease than breast cancer," she shared. "I'm passionate about raising awareness amongst women of this killer disease and I look forward to working with the BHF to highlight to women the risks of heart disease and importantly, how they can reduce them."
After a weekend spent watching the tennis and completing the London to Brighton bike ride, it was back to work for Pippa Middleton today. The Duchess of Cambridge's 31-year-old sister was spotted taking a stroll near her Chelsea office and enjoying the warm June sunshine. Dressed in a low-key striped top, a leather jacket and a pair of faded skinny jeans, the writer and nutritionist peered intently at her mobile phone as she walked.
The Windsors' whistle-stop tour of Germany headed west for a day trip to Frankfurt on Thursday. The first stop on the agenda for Queen Eliazbeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, was St. Paul's Church in Frankfurt, an appointment the queen mentioned in her evening speech at Bellevue Palace on Wednesday evening.
"Tomorrow I shall visit St. Paul's Church, where the first freely elected legislature in Germany met in 1848. The Frankfurt Parliament turned out to be a false dawn; it took another century and the loss of the most terrible wars in history to set Germany on the path of democracy," Queen Elizabeth II said. DW's Carla Bleiker was taking in the mood in the city center, as crowds awaited the royals decked out in fitting apparel.
The 89-year-old monarch and her husband Prince Philip, 94, received a red-carpet welcome as they left their jet at Tegel airport on a grey Berlin evening. A German military honor guard lined their route to their car, while artillery fired a 21-gun salute and fighter jets overflew the area in tribute.
The two shook hands with the British ambassador and others before walking to their waiting limousine to take them to the capital's Hotel Adlon, which overlooks the historic Brandenburg Gate.
Buckingham Palace has been at the center of the British monarchy since 1837, when it became Queen Victoria’s principal residence. The London palace has been occupied by the royal family ever since, and is currently the home of 89-year-old Queen Elizabeth II—but she may have to vacate the building while it undergoes extensive repairs.
A survey reports that £150 million ($236 million) will be required to refurbish the palace, which needs urgent work on its plumbing and wiring systems, as well as the removal of asbestos. No decorating work has been carried out on the palace since 1952, the year that Elizabeth became queen following the death of her father, King George VI.
Surveyors claim that the cheapest way to refurbish the palace would be to carry out all repairs at the same time, which would mean that the queen would have to leave her home for the first time since World War II. Then, the teenage Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret moved to Windsor Castle in Berkshire, a countryside residence that the queen frequently visits on weekends.
A royal source said that Windsor Castle would likely become the queen’s main place of residence in the event of her having to leave Buckingham Palace. The queen (who will become Britain’s longest-reigning monarch in September, when she will have broken Victoria’s record of almost 64 years as queen) currently occupies an apartment comprising nine rooms within Buckingham Palace, which overall has 775 rooms and maintains a staff of 426.
While William and Kate prepare for the christening of baby Princess Charlotte on Sunday, the Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister Pippa Middleton and Prince William's brother Prince Harry are busy on their own adventures in Africa. Avid sportswoman Pippa has completed a race in Kenya, Africa, just one week after competing in a 54-mile charity bike ride alongside her brother James. The 31-year-old brunette completed the full version of the Safaricom Marathon, running over 26 miles to raise money for the conservation charity Tusk Trust, of which Prince William is a patron.
The route took Pippa through Lewa Conservancy – a place close to the hearts of her sister and brother-in-law as it's where William proposed to Kate during a romantic safari break in 2010. It was a record-breaking year for the marathon, as 1,400 runners from about 20 different countries set themselves the challenge to run in high temperatures. Meanwhile, Harry is on the continent for his "dream job", as he shadows a veterinarian in Namibia in southwest Africa.
Harry is understood to have arrived in Africa last week to work alongside Zimbabwe-born Dr. Pete Morkel, where he is helping to combat threats to the black rhino. The royal spoke of the opportunity last month during his New Zealand tour: "For me, it's three months of hard grafting, working with animals.
An impatient Prince Philip was caught on camera during a photocall for the Battle of Britain and appeared to say: 'Just take the f****** picture.' The Duke of Edinburgh, 94, seemed to lose patience at how long it was taking for the photographs to be taken at the RAF Club today.
In the clip, he repeatedly said 'just take it' and gesturing before dropping the f-word, after which laughter is heard. The photocall, which he attended with Prince William, Prince Edward and Edward's wife Sophie. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the incident. This afternoon, the RAF Club in London's Piccadilly, hosted a lunch for the airmen and members of the royal party, including the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince William.
The Queen remained at Buckingham Palace where she held audiences. This morning, the monarch had led members of the Royal Family in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain. The Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of York were among the senior royals who joined the monarch as she watched an RAF fly-past from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.