• Royal Pupil: Kate being groomed for her role at request of protective William

    In a marked contrast to the experience of Diana, Princess of Wales, who complained of being thrown into a life of royal duty with no advice at all, the Duchess of Cambridge is being given a series of private briefings on the workings of Britain's national institutions. Prince William's late mother told friends that no thought had been given to her future role when she married Prince Charles, and that Palace staff “basically thought I could adapt to being Princess of Wales overnight”.   On announcing his engagement last November, the Duke of Cambridge insisted that Kate would be given support as she was  gradually

  • Killer heels for Princess Victoria as she tries out Posh maternity style

    Like her British namesake Princess Victoria of Sweden hasn't forsaken vertiginous heels just because she's pregnant. She was right on trend in towering studded shoe boots during a two-day visit to Finland with her husband Prince Daniel. And last month the Swedish royal wowed at her friend Princess Mette-Marit's 10th wedding anniversary, with snake skin heels providing the perfect accent to her polka dot outfit.   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY But what endears the princess to the public even more than her fashion sense are a ready smile and love for her prince. In the Finnish city of Turku, where the couple visited a children's library,

  • Full majesty of Dutch monarchy on display as Maxima and Willem celebrate Prince's Day

    Last year's Prince's Day was disrupted by a demonstrator throwing a tea-cup at the royal party. And a previous Queen's Day parade in April 2009 was marred by the death of four people after a car plunged into the crowd.  But thankfully on Tuesday the glittering proceedings went off smoothly, as charismatic Crown Princess Maxima and her husband Willem-Alexander accompanied Queen Beatrix to the Ridderzaal – or Knight's Hall – for the official opening of the country's parliament.   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY Beatrix, Maxima's 72-year-old mother-in-law, is one of the most popular sovereigns in Europe, with an approval rating of 85 percent. As was apparent

  • Happy and relaxed Zara Phillips arrives in New Zealand

    Zara Phillips attended a charity fashion show in Auckland after flying out to New Zealand to support husband Mike Tindall.  Wearing a sleeveless black dress, the British royal smiled and looked relaxed despite reports about Mike's now-infamous night out.   CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY   Princess Anne's daughter will reunite with Mike on Thursday when she flies to Dunedin, where the England rugby squad is based. The newlywed had always planned to fly out to support her husband and England in the tournament but it is thought she brought her plans forward by two weeks. Top-price tickets for the fundraiser cost £1,000