Prince William’s elephant sanctuary embarrassment and ridiculous tour costumes

**Quick Kate Middleton update before the William post: Next Thursday, March 12, Kate will visit the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios. That makes five appearances over four days next week. She really is packing in the appearances before she disappears to give birth, huh.**

Prince William‘s latest controversy proves how completely incompetent Will and Kate’s Kensington Palace team are. William visited an elephant sanctuary as part of his crusade against the illegal wildlife trade, where he met an elephant, planted a tree, and gave a speech about how the illegal wildlife trade needs to end (transcript here). About a mile away from where William was, elephants were shackled and forced to perform for visitors. So William was preaching animal conservation while giving no you-knows about animal cruelty.

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Tiara Tour 2015: Queen Letizia, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Silvia

I love state visits when royalty is involved, you know why? Tiaras. There are currently three state visits going on in three different countries. Colombia paid a state visit to Spain, Mexico paid a state visit to Britain, and Sweden paid a state visit to Finland. The three royal stars of the tiara show: Queen Letizia, Queen Elizabeth II, and Queen Silvia.

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Kate Middleton spotted at Goring Hotel for their 105th anniversary

Yesterday, Kate Middleton attended a lunch at the Goring Hotel to mark it’s reopening after some renovations and it’s 105th anniversary. She was there having received a private invitation. This was a private visit and not a part of her official duties. As we know, the Goring Hotel is where Kate and the Middletons stayed the night before Kate’s wedding to Prince William on April 29, 2011.

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Royal Round Up: William, Letizia, Mathilde, Victoria, Mette-Marit, and Camilla

Royal Round Up time! This week we have Kate Middleton‘s calendar, Prince William, Queen Letizia (and King Felipe), Queen Mathilde, Crown Princess Victoria (and Princess Estelle and Prince Daniel), Crown Princess Mette-Marit (and Crown Prince Haakon and their kids), and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall (and Prince Charles).

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Duchess Kate adds two new engagements to her calendar (updated)

Wow, someone is really packing in the engagements. Kensington Palace scheduled Kate Middleton for two more engagements. On March 11, the Duchess of Cambridge will be in Margate where she will visit the Turner Contemporary museum (as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery) and Resort Studios (an art organization). I am genuinely surprised at this. I thought we wouldn’t see Kate until St. Patrick’s Day and that would be it until she saunters out of the hospital in a red dress with Baby Cambridge 2.

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Princess Estelle turns 3

It’s Princess Estelle‘s 3rd birthday today. Happy Birthday Estelle! To mark the occasion, the palace released four new photos of Estelle playing in the snow and trying her hand at skiing.  The photos were taken at Haga Palace – the Crown Princess couple’s official residence.  I love these pictures; there is so much life in them. Estelle is happy and having a fun, which is great to see. Even though these are official, palace-released photos, there is still a candid quality to them because there is so much motion and life in them. I love that we get to see her personality.

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Royal Round Up: Princess Leonore, Crown Princess Victoria, Queen Letizia, Queen Maxima, Princess Charlene, Duchess Camilla

This week’s Royal Round Up features Princess Leonore, Crown Princess Victoria (and Princess Estelle and Sofia Hellqvist), Queen Letizia, Queen Maxima, Princess Charlene, and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in diamonds and rubies for film premiere

I would normally wait and include the goings on of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in the Royal Round Up post on Sunday, but Camilla’s rubies and diamonds just can’t wait. Camilla brought out the big jewels for the film premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Prince Charles tonight. Camilla wore a four-strand diamond and ruby necklace, with matching earrings and bracelet. She paired her jewels with a long-sleeved, deep burgundy velvet gown by Anna Valentine, a lilac organza wrap, and lilac and gold clutch.

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