Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge is the eldest daughter of Michael and Carole Middleton, and sister to siblings Pippa and James. Before meeting Prince William at the University of St Andrews, Kate attended prestigious boarding school Marlborough College in Wiltshire. Kate’s upper-middle-class background saw her also benefit from trust funds handed down by her wealthy ancestors. But Kate’s parents run their own business and have held down regular jobs in the aviation industry. Michael Middleton, 69, worked for British Airways while Carole, 54, used to be a flight attendant and flight dispatcher. What do Kate’s parents do for a living – and what is their net worth? Michael and Carole have run online mail order company Party Pieces for the last 30 years. The internet store sells partyware items “from decorations to tableware” for celebrations such as birthdays and weddings.
Carole states: “From our humble beginning seeing kids party supplies from our garden shed all the way back in the late 80s, to today where we send out thousands of orders each week, we’ve aimed to provide you with the party suppliers you need to make your celebrations into something truly special.” The party supplies business has previously been worth about £30 million. In a rare interview last year, Carole revealed how all three of the Middleton children had played a party in the success of Party Pieces over the years. She said: “Catherine started the first Birthday brand, Pippa set up a blog, as we didn’t have one, James came up with the idea of personalised cakes and got them off the ground for us. “Because they all grew up with me working, Party Pieces has been very much part of our lives and what we talked about.”
This is so sweet. The lovely Prince William has revealed that working as an ambulance pilot had an effect on him and his family life. This week, he spoke at an event to launch his Mental Health At Work initiative, where he opened up. “You’re just seeing all the sad things, all the pain everyday.
I took a lot home without realising it.” “If you see sad things every day, you think all life is like that… I think that for the medical community, particularly, it must weigh a lot on their minds.” “That you’re always dealing with despair, sadness, injury, things that are really quite troubling. The attrition builds up and you don’t really have the opportunity to off-load it.” And this may just be the reason why Heads Together was launched. In 2017, William admitted that it was his wife’s idea to start the project. “It was Catherine who first realised that all three of us were working on mental health in our individual areas of focus.” Might it have been her own experiences and her husband’s that spurred on the suggestion of the launch? Probably. Kate Middleton and William are joined by Harry and Meghan in their work on the campaign. Prince William’s main aim? “My thing really is to get more men talking about their issues before it is too late, and to stop feeling so strong and unable to seek help.”
Princess Diana’s wish was always clear – she wanted her boys to have a normal life, or as normal as possible for heirs to the throne. This wasn’t always easy, as they had to attend official events from a young age and were constantly surrounded by security, palace staff and the media. But behind closed doors it was a very different story, and Diana got her wish with parts of her home life with Princes William and Harry. And while you might assume they spent their Saturday nights dining at top London restaurants or doing other exclusive things – their ritual was unbelievably normally, and identical to many homes up and down the country at the time. Away from royal duties, things were very different
Diana’s former butler and close friend Paul Burrell told about the trio’s “Saturday night ritual”. The loving mum would take her boys to McDonald’s, where they would order Big Macs and chips. They would then come home and sit on a giant stuffed hippopotamus Diana had in front of the TV and watch Blind Date. Mr Burrell said: “The three of them would nip to McDonald’s for a Big Mac and fries before coming back to watch Blind Date. All three of them would squat on this massive, stuffed hippopotamus Diana had in her sitting room.
Who didn’t love a bit of Blind Date?! “They loved Blind Date and I’d hear them all screaming things like “Oh don’t pick him!” and “Lorra, lorra fun”. “William and Harry also talk about pictures from two albums Diana made for each of them. “It was her giving them the story of their lives in pictures and they have their names in gold lettering on the front. “When they got married and had children of their own, she wanted them to show them – and I’m sure that’s what William is doing with George and Charlotte.” Sound familiar?
The boys reportedly loved McDonald’s, and last year the family’s former chef Darren McGrady recalled a day Princess Diana took them for a last minute treat. He said: “I remember the Princess [Diana] came into the kitchen one day and said, ‘Cancel lunch for the boys I’m taking them out, we’re going to McDonald’s. “And I said, ‘Oh my god your royal highness, I can do that, I can do burgers.’ And she said, ‘No, it’s the toy they want.'”
It’s going to be a busy fall for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. On Monday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their first Royal Tour.
Kensington Palace previously revealed that the newlyweds would be visiting Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand, but a formal itinerary and new details about the trip weren’t made public until now. According to a royal press release, the trip will take place between Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 31.
The trip will begin in Sydney, Australia, from which the royals will depart for Fiji and Tonga, before rounding out the trip with a return Australia and a visit to New Zealand. The Royals were invited to visit Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand by the country’s respective governments, while their trip through Fiji and Tonga was requested by the Foreign and Commonwealth office, according to Kensington Palace. As for the agenda, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will use these visits to tackle important issues and intend to talk with leaders about youth leadership, environmental, and conservation efforts. They will also attend the dedication of several of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy projects, and support the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games for the rehabilitation of servicemen and women. Prince Harry started the international event, which brings together wounded or injured veterans to compete in adaptive sports, according to the foundation’s website.
This will be the couple’s first official royal tour, but it won’t be their first time travelling since their wedding in May. In July, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex went on a two-day tour of Ireland, according to Harper’s Bazaar. The visit was their first trip out of England as a married couple, and they took the opportunity to meet with President Michael Higgins and his wife, Sabina Coyne. The trip to Dublin was brief in comparison to their upcoming travels, which will take the couple away from home for several weeks. The 2018 Invictus Games are sure to be a highlight of the international visit. The games hold a special meaning for Prince Harry and Markle. The couple made their first public appearance together at the Toronto Games in September of 2017. The two were seen holding hands and sitting together during the event, making it their first joint engagement after nearly a year of dating. In April, the engaged couple attended a reception to celebrate the forthcoming Invictus Games, according to People. They also appeared at the U.K. Trials the same month, once again showing up to support the event.
Prince Harry and Markle cheered on the 400 athletes competing for the 72 spots on the United Kingdom’s team the Paralympic-style games. According to E!, Markle told one of the competitors that she was already looking forward to the event in October. “She told me that she had never been to Australia, but was going to this year’s event and was really looking forward to being there with Harry,” rugby competitor Michael Mallon told the publication. It looks like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have a busy couple of weeks during the tour, and their time at the games in Sydney, Australia will likely be a meaningful moment from the trip. Prince Harry is already planning for the future of the event — in June, he revealed the 2020 Invictus Games will be hosted in The Hague, Netherlands, according to Time.
The preparations for future events will come after the couple is able to see another successful competition in the Fall. While the Invictus Games will be making the itinerary, Kensington Palace has yet to reveal further details about the trip. The official announcement from Kensington Palace promises more information will be released when the autumn tour date is closer. Either way, the trip is already shaping up to be an eventful couple of weeks for the Royals.
The Duke of Edinburgh actively attempted to save Diana and Charles’ marriage in the early 1990s, private letters revealed. In an unprecedented show of support, Prince Philip wrote to Princess Diana on July 7 1992: “I can only repeat what I’ve said before, if invited, I will always do my utmost to help you and Charles to the best of my ability. “But I am quite ready to concede that I have no talent as a marriage counsellor.” Prince Philip went as far as putting part of the blame for the troubled marriage on his son, speaking candidly of Charles’s affair with Camilla. But he let the Princess of Wales know that both the Queen and he were aware Diana was also having an affair and were not pleased. He wrote: “We do not approve of either of you having lovers. “Charles was silly to risk everything with Camilla for a man in his position. “We never dreamed he might feel like leaving you for her.” According to royal experts, Prince Philip’s decision to take sides with Diana while openly shaming the then-married Camilla was groundbreaking. Appearing on Channel 4’s The Royal House of Windsor, royal commentator Sarah Gristwood said: “Never mind how Camilla might feel about that, he was being supportive towards Diana, and no one knew better than Prince Philip just how hard it was for an outsider to come into the Royal Family.”
The Duke of Edinburgh entered the House of Windsor as an outsider, being part of the Greek and Danish Royal Family. And just like Diana, he has been regarded by some commentators as an innovator, who actively worked to modernise the royals. The prince’s support made an impact on Diana, according to her private secretary at the time. Patrick Jephson said: “Here at last was written proof that this was acknowledged, recognised, and there was sympathy for her.” But despite showing sympathy to Diana, the prince didn’t refrain from putting some of the blame also on her. He wrote: “Can you honestly look into your heart and say that Charles’s relationship with Camilla had nothing to do with your behaviour towards him in your marriage?”. The written correspondence took place in 1992, described by the Queen in a speech marking the 40th anniversary of her accession “annus horribilis”, Latin for a horrible year. During 1992, a string of scandals swept over the Royals. Ms Gristwood said: “It was a blow after blow after blow.”
Among the events that put the family on the front page of newspapers, the Crown had to deal with the separation of Prince Andrews and Sarah Ferguson, known as Fergie, and the “toe-sucking” scandal that followed. In April, Princess Anne announced her divorce from Captain Mark Phillips, and less than a month later the first tell-all book focusing on Princess Diana took Britain by storm. In the book, Andrew Morton revealed for the first time how unhappy was the marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
Fashion Museum Bath Image caption Queen Alexandra’s silk and velvet evening gown has been hidden away in a box in an attic for more than 60 years A missing black dress worn by Queen Alexandra has been discovered in an attic and given to a museum in Bath. The silk and velvet gown belonging to the Danish-born wife of King Edward VII, had been hidden away in a private collection for more than 60 years, Its existence was discovered after owner Francesca Counsell Risius got in touch with the city’s Fashion Museum. It is understood it was bought as a royal curiosity for her great aunt’s shop in Tunbridge Wells in the 1950s. Embellished with beads and sequins, the evening dress was designed for the fashion-conscious queen by London dressmaker Barolet. Dating from the early 1900s, it also boasts her signature black and gold name tag sewn into the waist tape. Queen Alexandra Alexandra of Denmark was born Princess Alexandra Caroline Mary Charlotte Louisa Julia in 1844. She and Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, were married in 1863 and had six children including the future King George V. In January 1901, her mother-in-law Queen Victoria died and Edward succeeded to the throne as Edward VII and she as Queen Consort. As well as being a 19th Century fashion icon she was also the first president of The British Red Cross. Ms Counsell Risius said it was her great aunt’s prized possession. “She gave me the dress in the late 1960s and I’ve kept it in a box ever since,” she said. “I’ve carefully tried it on a couple of times, so has my daughter and occasionally we’ve taken it out of its tissue paper to show interested friends and family.”
In the 1960s, the queen’s dramatic tartan silk dress was discovered in a vintage shop in London Dress historian Dr Kate Strasdin, who verified its authenticity, said she was “delighted” by the discovery. “This dress is a fabulous find, not just because of its beauty, but because of what the dress reveals about Alexandra’s fashion choices,” she said. “Placing orders with smaller, less well-known dressmakers such as Barolet shows a measure of Alexandra’s determination to dress apart from her peers.” After her death in 1925, much of Queen Alexandra’s wardrobe was sold and many pieces are still missing. In the 1960s her tartan silk dress was discovered in a vintage shop in London. Both dresses are now on display until next April at the Fashion Museum Bath.
The Prince of Wales joked that he now had something to “throw at the burglar” as he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by GQ.
The royal was honoured for his charity work at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards. The choir sang Starman as he took to the stage. Charles, who turns 70 this year, told the audience he initially thought it was a mistake when he heard he was getting the accolade.
As Princess Diana famously said, there were three people in her marriage – her, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
And it didn’t take long for the cracks to show in the royal couple’s relationship, with problems already emerging on their honeymoon.
Charles and Diana spent two weeks cruising the Mediterranean in the Royal Yacht Britannia – but it wasn’t as magical as it sounds.
In a series of interviews shown in the National Geographic documentary Diana: In Her Own Words, Diana revealed that while they were at sea, she noticed Charles wearing a pair of cufflinks with two letter Cs entwined on them.
She realised they were a gift from Camilla and confronted him about them, but he denied there was anything going on between them.
“On our honeymoon, cufflinks arrive on his wrists. Two C’s entwined like the Chanel ‘C’. Got it. One knew exactly,” she said.
“So I said ‘Camilla gave you those didn’t she?’ He said ‘Yes, so what’s wrong? They’re a present from a friend.'”
“And boy, did we have a row. Jealousy, total jealousy. And it was such a good idea the two ‘C’s but it wasn’t that clever.”
Then when Charles opened his diary, two pictures of Camilla fell out.
The stress and jealousy got to Diana and her bulimia got worse.
She went on: “By then the bulimia was appalling, absolutely appalling. It was rife. It was four times a day on the yacht.
“Anything I could find I would gobble up and be sick two minutes later. We survived that alright. And we went off to Balmoral straight from the yacht.
“Everyone was there to welcome us and the realisation set in.”
Even though she was in the middle of the sea, the princess couldn’t escape Camilla.
“My dreams were appalling at night, I dreamt of Camilla the whole time,” she revealed.
“Everybody saw me getting thinner and thinner and thinner, and I was getting sicker and sicker and sicker.
The Queen and other members of the royal family attended the Highland Games on Saturday.
The monarch is patron of the Braemar Gathering which is held each year a short distance from the royals’ summer retreat on the Balmoral estate. A competitor takes part in the Hammer Throw event at the annual Braemar Gathering in Braemar, central Scotland – The event is always held on the first Saturday in September at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in the Aberdeenshire town.
The competitions in the events include tossing the caber, hammer throwing and tug of war. Pipe bands and Highland Dancers will also perform at the gathering, which is organised by the Braemar Royal Highland Society. It has been run in its present form since 1832. Queen Victoria first attended the gathering in 1848 and since then the reigning monarch and other members of the royal family have regularly appeared at it.
Yesterday, the Queen attend the event with Prince Charles and Pricess Anne.
The Duchess headed to Canada in secret to visit her best friend Jessica Mulroney and her family, the sources added. Despite Kensington Palace denying Meghan was leaving the country for any personal trip, sources insist the Duchess took some time off to catch up with Jessica, Ben and their three children.
In a series of tweets, Good Morning America’s royal correspondent Omid Scobie said: “Sources exclusively confirm to @ABC @GMA that Duchess Meghan quietly travelled to Toronto last Tuesday for a three-day stay at the family home of close friends Jessica and Ben Mulroney.” “Meghan and Jessica spent their days catching up, lounging poolside and playing with children Ivy, Brian and John, who, adds a source, ‘love seeing their Auntie Meg.’ “There was also an evening out with friends. “The perfect trip ahead of a very busy (and engagement-packed!) fall.”
Meghan and Jessica spent their days catching up, lounging poolside and playing with children Ivy, Brian and John, who, adds a source, “love seeing their Auntie Meg.” There was also an evening out with friends.
The perfect trip ahead of a very busy (and engagement-packed!) fall.
Jessica is a very special person in Meghan’s life. Not only they have have been close friends for years, but Jessica has also been her long-time stylist, and she is thought to have played the role of unofficial wedding planner at Meghan and Harry’s big day. And Jessica’s children were among the protagonist of the ceremony, with Brian and John being cheeky pageboys while Ivy was one of the bridesmaids.
Despite the distance separating the two friends, Jessica is still believed to help Meghan pick her outfits. Mr Scobie said in another tweet that the £320 Judith and Charles dress wore by the Duchess at yesterday’s charity performance of Hamilton, had been styled by Jessica herself. He wrote: “Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan (in @JudithNCharles, styled by @jessicamulroney) looking the height of sophistication at tonight’s special performance of @HamiltonWestEnd for @Sentebale.” Meghan’s trip to Toronto, a city she knows well as was the set of her TV hit Suits, is the first known solo holiday taken by the Duchess since her wedding on May 19.
The Duchess’ schedule is set to be packed with official engagement, with the first coming up as early as September 4. On that day, she will attend the Well Child Awards. Two days later, on September 6, she will head to the 100 Days to Peace Gala, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.