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Tower of London’s poppy display

- October 16th, 2014

The Queen and Prince Philip visit the Tower of London’s Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red poppy installation on Thursday. (Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP)

There is a beautiful thing happening at the Tower of London.

On Thursday, the Queen and Prince Philip toured the poppy display at the Tower of London. The display was started Aug. 5 and runs until Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day. Titled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, a total of 888,246 ceramic poppies will fill the tower’s moat to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

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Trip to the Big Apple for Kate and Wills?

- October 4th, 2014

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William may be heading to NYC later this year, a report suggests. (Photo:

A report in the U.K. Mirror says the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are planning a trip to New York City later this year, assuming Catherine is feeling up to it.

The report says it will be an official trip to the U.S. either at the end of November or beginning of December. Their son, Prince George, would not be expected to travel with them.

There was no word on whether the royal couple would head north of the border to say hi to Canadians.

“This trip is in the early planning phase but it’s a clear sign that she is on the mend. However, if there is any suggestion that the duchess isn’t well, it will be cancelled immediately,” a royal source told the Mirror.

Palace sources did not confirm or deny a trip was in the works, only noting Kate still is not feeling well due to suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a complication in pregnancy that causes severe nausea, and dehydration.

“Any visits are never confirmed until closer to the time,” the royal spokesman said. ”With the duchess being unwell recently we are not confirming any engagements.”

No trip to Malta for Kate

- September 18th, 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge on Aug. 5 in London. She and Prince William announced they were expected a second baby on Sept. 8. (Photo: Carl Court/AFP)

The Duchess of Cambridge will not be embarking on her first solo international tour this weekend after all.

Catherine, who is suffering from a severe form of morning sickness, has decided to stay home and instead, Prince William will travel to the southern European island country to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of its independence.

“The decision was taken on the advice of doctors,” Clarence House tweeted Thursday. “The Duke of Cambridge is honoured to represent the Queen on the visit.”

It is a shame Kate will not be able to attend – I’m sure the people of Malta were excited to have her there – but Prince William is a pretty good Plan B.

Kate has been suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, or excessive vomiting. It is not a common pregnancy condition and affects about 3% of pregnant women. And like regular morning sickness, it does not just affect women in the morning – it’s an all day (and sometimes night) problem that means a woman can’t keep anything down, including often her own saliva. It can lead to dehydration and other complications.

Prince Harry’s dirty 30!

- September 12th, 2014

All grown up! Prince Harry smiles as he attends a Business Leaders Employment meeting on Sept. 10. (Photo: Neil Hall/Reuters)

Prince Harry turns 30 Monday and while everyone’s favourite red-headed royal has been known to enjoy knocking back a few drinks with friends, his party-loving attitude has gotten him into some trouble.

From wearing a Nazi uniform to getting into fights with paparazzi to stripping down with a mysterious blonde in Vegas, Prince Harry has made headlines for his wild ways.

But will Dirty Harry clean up his act now that he’s in his thirties? Let’s hope not – he’s much more fun playing the part of royal bad-boy.

In the meantime, here are some dos and don’ts to partying like Harry.

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