Princess Madeleine and Queen Silvia in New York for Childhood Foundation

Hot on the heels of an interesting conversation in the previous post’s comments about charity and whether the royal’s involvement in charity is worth anything, here’s a post on Princess Madeleine and Queen Silvia of Sweden in New York last week. Silvia and Madeleine are involved with charity that deals with child protection from violence and exploitation–Silvia created World Childhood Foundation and Madeleine works for Childhood USA–so they were in New York last week to attend a few events with the United Nations and Global Citizen.

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Kate Middleton covers Newsweek: poll results reveal ‘end of the fairytale’, but does Kate want an influential role?

Kate Middleton Newsweek Europe cover

Kate Middleton covers the October 3 issue of Newsweek Europe and the article was released online titled “The Duchess of Cambridge: How Britain Stopped Believing in the Royal Fairytale”.  There is an accompanying poll commissioned by Newsweek Europe and published by YouGov which details how a randomized sample of 3,000 British adults feel about Kate.  The article uses the poll’s data to suggest that the fairytale attitude towards royal women has dissipated since Diana, which may be good for Kate and the monarchy in the long run.  The article also suggests that Kate is hugely influential to the future of the royal family and to William and will basically be the “power behind the throne” and almost a “co-regent in all but name” because she’s the most intelligent royal and holds a lot of power over William and George.

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Harry, Pippa, Beatrice, and Eugenie attend wedding in Italy without William or Kate

The young royals, Middletons, and Middleton-adjacents stepped out for the society wedding of Charlie Gilkes and Anneke von Trotha Taylor in Monopoli, Italy at the Carlo V Castle yesterday, September 19. Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and her Male Waity boyfriend Dave Clark, Princess Eugenie, professional wedding guest Pippa Middleton and her Male Waity boyfriend Nico Jackson, James Middleton and his girlfriend Donna Air, and Carole Middleton were all in attendance. Not in attendance were the Grumpy Faced Prince William who was unable to go due to taking over the Malta trip and pregnant Kate Middleton who is stuck in London or Bucklebury or somewhere without her mommy to take care of her.

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Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas may be back together

Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas were spotted together on Tuesday on a movie “date”. They were with a group of friends and they left separately, but I guess they’re back together or something. By the way, Tanna and his assistant were the ones to catch this sighting. They saw Sex Tape, that movie that bombed earlier this summer with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel.

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Kate has dropped out of Malta; William will go instead

Shocking news, you guys, Kate Middleton has pulled out of her trip to Malta. Because, you know, she’s still just oh so sick with her hyperemesis gravidarum due to her second pregnancy. Prince William will go instead. Because that flying training he was supposed to start isn’t that important (even though his excuse for not going to Malta before was apparently flying exams).

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William abandoned Kate and George for a hunting trip to Scotland

Prince William is such a dedicated husband and father, you guys. His wife, Kate Middleton, is ill with hyperemesis gravidarum while pregnant with their second child, and he’s such a gentleman that he rushed home from work that one time to take care of her. He would never leave his sick wife and 1 year old son to trot off some number of miles to Scotland to go hunting… oh, wait. William was spotted in Scotland at the Balmoral estate on September 13 and 14. Clearly William thought he could slip away for a fun Scotland weekend while all eyes were on Prince Harry and the Invictus Games.

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Duchess Kate drops out of Invictus events

Sorry to spam you guys, but thought I’d post an update on Kate’s Invictus appearances. Kate Middleton was scheduled to attend the Invictus Games opening ceremony tonight, and an athletics event tomorrow. Kensington Palace announced this morning that she is dropping out of both. Malta is still up in the air and will be decided on closer to the time.

Kensington Palace said: “The Duchess of Cambridge will not attend the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games this evening or the athletics event tomorrow. The Duchess’s attendance on the forthcoming visit to Malta will be kept under review and a decision taken closer to the time.”

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Swedish Royals: Silvia, Madeleine and Victoria step out for Childhood’s anniversary dinner

The unexpected news of Kate Middleton’s second pregnancy has overshadowed at lot, and will continue to dominate the press until the new royal sprog is born next April (seriously, the press will find any and all reasons to talk about the royal baby, including telling us what HG is even though they did that already with the last pregnancy–and do we really need other women’s accounts of it, Daily Mail? Or other women’s accounts of dealing with two kids under two? I don’t think so). Now that I’ve gotten completely sidetracked… This post is about the Swedish royals, because I won’t let them be forgotten just because Kate decided to get knocked up again.

The World Childhood Foundation celebrated it’s 15th anniversary yesterday, September 9, and Queen Silvia (the founder), Princess Madeleine and husband Chris O’Neill, and Crown Princess Victoria and husband Prince Daniel attended the gala dinner in honor of the anniversary. Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine were busy September 8 as well when both attended the third International Council meeting held at the Royal Palace–where they discussed issues common to the four sister foundations in Sweden, USA, Brazil, and Germany.

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William and Harry comment on Kate’s second pregnancy + other info

Royal Baby Mania 2.0 is officially in full swing. Odds-makers have it at 50/50 it’s going to be a boy or a girl. Do you want to see something that’s actually pretty interesting? Go here for Trendsmap’s mapping of Twitter’s response to the news of Kate Middleton’s second pregnancy. I don’t know why I think that’s cool, but I do. Anyway, this post is an update with Prince William talking about Kate during his trip to Oxford, as well as Prince Harry’s response to the news during his Invictus Games appearance (poor Harry/Invictus Games getting overshadowed by Royal Baby Mania 2.0). There is other info from “sources” to get to also.

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It’s official: Kate Middleton is pregnant with baby #2

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant for the second time. Kensington Palace released a statement this morning confirming the pregnancy.

    “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.

    “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

    “As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.”

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