The Duke and duchess of Cambridge are on the third day of their royal visit to New Zealand part of a three week tour of Australia and New Zealand, and the Princes first royal tour. While in New Zealand today Prince George got to enjoy his first play date with ten other toddlers, six girls and four boys, all born within a week of George, although George was one of the larger babies. The Prince made friends as he crawled about on the floor of the playgroup, organised by The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society at Government House in Wellington. The prince who has now cut his tow first teeth, with another four or five nearly through, seemed to be thoroughly enjoying himself as he crawled ar
An independent Scotland would drive on the right, replace the queen’s head on coins and bring in UN peacekeepers with purple berets — if Britain’s newspapers were to believed on April Fool’s Day. The Scottish independence referendum on September 18 provided the subject matter for most of the traditional spoofs in Britain’s largely London-based tabloids and broadsheets on April 1. The Guardian carried a detailed report on supposedly secret plans by the Scottish government to show it is “part of Europe” by switching driving on the left of the road to the right and changing the “M” for motorway on signs to “S” for Scotland. In a
She has been in the role just over two months, and Zara Phillips seems to be taking to motherhood with no mess nor fuss. The Royal equestrian, 32, carried baby girl Mia, who was born on January 17, over her shoulder as the pair headed out to see daddy Mike Tindall play rugby yesterday. Zara was clad in a comfortable pair of boots and warm beanie and jacket as Mia wore a cute onesie. Mother and daughter had cause to celebrate as Mike, 35, captained Gloucester to a 40-33 victory over Newcastle Falcons. Following his win Mike took over baby duty today as he took Mia out in a stroller, while Zara returned to work at Point to point where she trains horses. He was joined at the Land Rover Gatcombe
Prince Philip, will celebrate his 93rd birthday with the largest ever pageant of military music and precision drill. The Royal Marine Beating Retreat will take place on the 3-4 June at London’s Horse Guards Parade. Performed every two years, the world-renowned Royal event has been running for five centuries. This year however will also celebrate 350 years of the Royal Marines, making this an extraordinary commemoration. The Event Director Lt Col Trevor Sawyer RM said: “Our finest and most versatile military musicians will be on show at this year’s Beating Retreat”, before adding, “We’re hoping to play to a sell-out crowd so have been rehearsing since before Christmas.
On Wednesday The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Yalding to meet the residents and business owners affected by the recent floods, to thank emergency services and to offer their support. Their Royal Highnesses broke with protocol to pay an impromptu visit to Teapot Island so they could witness first hand the impact the flooding had had on the Blayze family. The Duchess also bought a camel teapot as a souvenir. The Teapot museum owners Keith and Sue Blayze whose business and home were left devastated by the winter floods are still clearing away the damage three months on. The couple and their son Luke, 32, woke up during the early hours of Christmas morning to find Teapot I
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today officially opened the Chelsea Children’s Hospital. They chatted to hospital staff, patients and parents as they toured the facility, which cares for more than 75,000 children a year Their Royal Highnesses also had a go at operating the hospital’s “da Vinci” robot, the UK’s first surgical arm dedicated to babies and children. The arm enables operations to be carried out with more intricacy and less damage and scarring to tissue. The Duchess of Cornwall had most success at the helm of the £1 million state-of-the-art surgical arm, which moves in a way which mimics the human wrist but with more precision. She wa