If reports indicating an engagement is on the cards this year are to be believed, Kate Middleton will soon be a member of the British royal family.
In the mean time, though, she is more than happy to retain her independence – which she clearly illustrated over the Christmas holidays.
The 28-year-old brunette, her parents and two siblings paid her prospective father-in-law Prince Charles £3,000 to stay in one of his holiday homes over the festive break, the Mail reports.
The Middletons spent a number of days at the 500 year old Restornel Manor – owned by Charles' Duchy of Cornwell estate
When little Charlie Simpson saw coverage of the disaster in Haiti, he pledged to do his bit and raise some money with a sponsored bike ride.
That simple but compassionate act by the seven-year-old truly inspired the British public and rather than collecting his target amount of £500, Charlie raised an astonishing £200,000.
Luckily cycling five miles around his local park hadn't tired him out, and Charlie's legs weren't "too achy" by his own account to ride his bike to Downing Street this week to meet the prime minister's wife.
Sarah Brown was on hand to congratulate the youngster, who
The Prince of Wales is well known for his vociferous backing of the arts. Among the many roles he has taken on is that of founder and president of the Foundation for Children & the Arts and the School of Traditional Arts.
So on Tuesday is came as no surprise when he voiced his support for another art institution, the 31-year-old South Bank Show, which aired its final episode in December.
At the programme's awards show, Charles spoke in a pre-recorded video, criticising broadcaster ITV for ending what he called "one of the most important beacons of the arts in this country."
"Civilisation needs all
In the world of fashion, nobody knows the business quite like Kate Moss.
Having conquered the catwalks, and now a designer in her own right, the British beauty continues to reign more than 20 years after she was first discovered.
It was of little surprise then to see her make an appearance in Paris this week, where she was in high demand amongst the fashion pack.
First up was the launch of a handbag range created by the 36-year-old for top French leather goods company Longchamp.
Her incredible legs on display in a black lace Valentino dress and a cropped white jacket,
For the fritters
250g Reblochon de Savoie PDO cheese
125g unsalted butter
240g plain flour
5 egg yolks
1 small bunch chives, finely sliced
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 litres vegetable oil for deep frying
For the soup
1 butternut squash
Ingredients (serves 3-4)
250g Epoisses de Bourgogne AOC
1 medium-sized butternut squash (about 600-700g)
3 tbsp sunflower or light olive oil
1 tsp coriander seeds
½ tsp dried chilli flakes
½ tsp coarse sea salt
½ tsp black peppercorns
4 cloves of garlic unpeeled
300g fresh spinach (or 250g thawed, frozen spinach)
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
Peel and cube the butternut
They've all hit headlines with their blossoming romances in the past year, but which two celebs do you think are best suited to each
It looks like grey’s trying very hard to be the new black, with peppery streaks through the hair on the spring/summer catwalks, most notably Giles.
And now leader of the fash pack herself, Kate Moss, has rocked up at a handbag launch flashing steely glints through her blonde highlights.
Paris Haute Couture Week, too, saw the Mallen Streak run rampant through fabulously dressed up bouffants at Dior.
But we’re not sure it’s going to catch on, especially after talking to Mario, technical director at Richard Ward’s London salon, who reckons it’s a look that all but the most hardened
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary joined Denmark's political elite at a gala dinner on Wednesday as further press speculation emerged that the pair may soon be king and queen.
According to top-selling Danish magazine Her og Nu, Queen Margrethe has a secret plan to abdicate on her 70th birthday on April 16.
If true, it would mean Frederik and Mary could be crowned king and queen within months.
Reports say the pair have already begun taking over some of Queen Margrethe's duties.
It's also thought the monarch is sure the Tasmania-born princess, 38 next month, and her husband