The Royal Baby series by Martha Mumford and illustrated by Ada Grey features Princess Kate's parents Carole and Michael and her sister Pippa, as the Bucklebury clan joins the royals to celebrate the birth of Prince George, George's first birthday and more recently, the birth of Princess Charlotte.
Princess Kate‘s younger sister donned a structured knee-length Tory Burch dress for the match. The creme dress featured a playful brocade-like seahorse pattern on the bodice, and a crochet skirt. A thin, grosgrain ribbon belt separated the contrasting, but complimentary, fabrics.
While the trio of books are not official Royal Collection Trust merchandise, they are on sale at the gift shop at Buckingham Palace and other royal residences – yet another indication that the Middletons have truly been accepted into the royal fold.
Buckingham Palace has reacted with anger after pictures of a young Queen Elizabeth II giving a Nazi salute surfaced in Britain's The Sun newspaper Saturday. The newspaper printed stills from a 1933 home video showing the Queen, then just 6 years old, copying the salute of Adolf Hitler’s evil regime.
In the 17-second clip, she is pictured with her mother, sister Princess Margaret and uncle and future king Edward VIII in the garden at the family’s Scottish retreat, Balmoral. "It is disappointing that film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from HM's personal family archive, has been obtained and exploited in this manner," a palace spokesman tells PEOPLE.
And it's likely that questions are now being raised within the palace about how the film became public. There is no doubting the authenticity of the film and no suggestion by the paper or anyone else that the Queen, now 89, has ever been a Nazi sympathizer.
By early Saturday, it was not known if the Queen had seen the film and the ensuing coverage. "Most people will see these pictures in their proper context and time," a royal source tells PEOPLE. "This is a family playing and momentarily referencing a gesture many would have seen from contemporary news reels. No one at that time had any sense how it would evolve. To imply anything else is misleading and dishonest." The source adds, "The Queen is around 6 years of age at the time and entirely innocent of attaching any meaning to these gestures."
The wealthy aristocrat, who boasts a count and two cardinals with the Vatican in her family, has been dating Prince Pierre Casiraghi, the son of Princess Caroline and grandson of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier, for more than six years. The couple will walk up the aisle tomorrow in a "low key" ceremony, their first of two, with their reception attended by a positively intimate 500 guests.
Next weekend, they will celebrate with another party on Borromeo Island, owned by Beatrice's family, for the religious ceremony. The 29-year-old is a graduate of law and journalist and writes for Newsweek, the Daily beast and is a well respected Italian broadcast journalist.
2013, France: Amal Clooney who? Beatrice Borromeo brought the nude trouser suit to the next level at the Religious Wedding Of Prince Felix Of Luxembourg and Claire Lademacher at the Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine. A minimal fascinator and matching black accessories tops off a perfect wedding guest look.
As Italian journalist Beatrice Borromeo marries Monaco royal Pierre Casiraghi, more than a few of us are dreaming of falling in love with our own real-life Prince Charming – and having our own Royal Wedding. With Kate Middleton, Queen Letizia of Spain and Princess Sofia of Sweden on a growing list of the non-royal ladies who have married handsome princes, HELLO! documents how these girls next door found their royal happily ever after. If you'd like to follow their examples, here are our 6 rules to follow if you want to find your Prince!
Rule 1: Remember, you can meet your Prince anywhere You probably won't find him on an internet dating site or at the local discount store – but also keep in mind that Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, then marketing executive Mary Donaldson, did meet Crown Prince Frederik in a Sydney pub. And when fun and exhuberant Argentinian Maxima Zorreguieta met future Dutch king Willem-Alexander during the Seville Spring Fair in Spain, she had no idea he was a prince. In fact, the future Queen Maxima thought he was joking when he finally told her the truth.
Rule 2: Study hard Duchess Kate, the first commoner to marry a British heir to the throne in more than three centuries, crossed paths with Prince William in college at St. Andrews 9 years before he actually proposed. Beatrice Borromeo, a member of the ancient Italian aristocratic House of Borromeo, met her prince not at a ball, but while studying with him at Bocconi University in Milan.
Rule 3: Don't be afraid of a break up After Prince William and Kate and broke up in 2007, Kate was famously spotted out and about having a great time. Kate later said, “I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger and I really valued that time for me (the months apart) although I didn't think it at the time.”
Rule 4: Get sporty Since princes are obviously looking for good role models to represent their nation, elegance and grace seem to be high on their list of priorities. Case in point: Prince Albert's wife Princess Charlene of Monaco, an accomplished Olympic swimmer who dove right into her role, and even sometimes evokes comparisions to her late mother-in-law, Grace Kelly.
At first glance, the splashy photos and gushing coverage of the glamorous wedding in this famously sunny place for shady people made sense. Princess Caroline’s handsome son Pierre Casiraghi wed Beatrice Borromeo, from one of Italy’s most distinguished and connected families, in a civil ceremony on Saturday that will help continue the line of Monegasque royalty dating back more than 700 years and Hollywood royalty dating back to Grace Kelly, Pierre’s late grandmother.
Beatrice arrived at the pink palace high above the Ligurian Sea in a vintage white Bentley, wearing a pale pink and gold lace chiffon dress by Valentino, and married Pierre, who is seventh in succession to the Monegasque throne. The ceremony was followed by a celebration in the palace gardens attended by about 70 family and friends. Then, hours after the ceremony, Monaco’s ruler (Kelly’s son) Prince Albert and his wife Princess Charlene were photographed dancing together at the famous Sporting Club while, according to Hello! magazine, “sharing a look of love.” The Daily Mail called Charlene, in a scarlet jumpsuit, the “belle of the ball.”
But for savvy and cynical Monaco-watchers, there’s something fishy about these scenes. For starters, talk about a media makeover! Albert and the former champion South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock, who met in 2001 after a competition in Monaco, have long been the reigning wallflowers among European royals. Their 2011 wedding was notable only for the scandal surrounding Charlene's rumored attempt to escape the principality just days before the marriage took place (she and Albert denied the reports) and for her somber, almost tearful expression during the actual wedding. (Two Monaco residents close to the palace told The Daily Beast that the stories about Charlene's effort to escape before the wedding were true and several respected French media outlets have stood by their original reporting. Others, however, insist that the story was made up.)
The breathless chronicling of the Casiraghi-Borromeo extravaganza by tabloids that had up until very recently given the couple only the most perfunctory attention has dovetailed with the surprise emergence of Prince Albert and his wife Princess Charlene—along with their baby twins Jacques and Gabriella—on the international stage.
Recently Albert and Charlene have given major interviews to big magazines like People and Paris Match detailing what they say is their blissful marriage and contented parenthood. To read them is to risk a sugar shock. "The happiest moments of the last 10 years would of course be the wedding with Charlene, then the birth of the twins," Albert told People.