• Pregnant Kate starts to firm up her maternity wardrobe

    She's a well-known fan of skinny jeans, and being pregnant will not stop Kate Middleton sticking to her favourite style, if recent reports are anything to go by.  The fashion-savvy Duchess was spotted shopping for maternity jeggings in Gap on the King's Road. According to The Telegraph, Kate, 31, took Saturday afternoon to browse the stores in her and sister Pippa's favourite shopping area around Sloane Square.  It seems Kate was searching the rails for some snug, yet stretchy, jeggings that would be more comfortable as her pregnancy edges into its second trimester.   CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE   The young royal couldn't quite find the right style and length to

  • Expectation in the heir: The next generation waiting to ascend the throne

    The news that Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is on the threshold of becoming king will have sent ripples of interest around the other palaces in Europe.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY Willem-Alexander will be the first to ascend the throne within the current generation of royals waiting to fulfill their duty. The first-in-line's peers – Prince Charles, Haakon of Norway and Denmark's Prince Frederik to name but a few – will all continue their wait to become monarch, and will be watching the Netherlands with keen interest in the coming months. Similarly, the Dutch royal's Argentinian wife Maxima will be the first

  • The Netherlands make changes for future king Willem-Alexander

    Following the news of Queen Beatrix's abdication, the Dutch Royal Household has begun implementing several changes in preparation for Prince Willem-Alexander's accession to the throne. The order of  succession will now change as the Prince of Orange prepares to become King of the Netherlands. When Willem-Alexander is inaugurated on April 30, his wife, Princess Maxima, will become Queen consort. In accordance with the country's constitution the couple's eldest daughter Princess Amalia, who is  nine-years-old, will then become the heir apparent.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY The youngster, whose full name is Cathalina-Amalia Beatrix Carmen Victoria, was born on December 7, 2003 a

  • Best of British: Samantha Cameron awards troops Brit Awards tickets

    Samantha Cameron has presented Brit Awards tickets to British troops to commend them for their bravery. The Prime Minister's wife dined with the honourees at the Wellington Barracks on behalf of The Tickets For Troops charity, of which she is an ambassador. Pictured laughing and joking with the soldiers, the Prime Minister's wife also met troops who are currently receiving care and support at the London District Personnel Recovery Unit.   Speaking about her experience, Samantha said: " 'It is such a privilege to meet these young men and women who have been so courageous in the line of duty and