• How George's birth will change the royal family and the line of succession

    The birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's son heralds a change in the line of succession. Prince George, who made his grand debut on 22 July, is now third in line to the throne of Britain and 15 other Commonwealth nations.       The new baby is third in the line of succession followed by Prince Harry All being well, he will reign sometime towards the end of this century as King George VII – after his grandfather Charles III and father William V. Prince Harry, who earlier this year lamented the difficulty of finding a suitable bride because of his position, has now moved into

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton prepare to move into Anmer Hall with Prince George

    Prince William and Kate Middleton are preparing to move into their new country retreat with their baby son Prince George. It is being reported that the new family will soon be relocating to Anmer Hall on the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk, which will become their primary residence until renovations are completed at Kensington Palace. It is understood that the Queen has asked the current tenant of Anmer Hall to vacate the property as soon as possible, four years before his lease is up. The 10-bedroom Georgian property is currently being lived in by company director James Everett and his

  • Prince George's doctor Marcus Setchell to be honoured by the Queen

    After safely delivering Kate Middleton's firstborn son Prince George, Marcus Setchell is to be honoured by the little boy's great grandmother, the Queen. According to the Telegraph, Mr Setchell is in line to receive a knighthood or be admitted into the Royal Victorian Order in the next honours list. Guy Thorpe-Beeston, the obstetrician who helped with the royal birth, is also expected to be rewarded.   CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE The Royal Victorian Order is given by the Queen to people who have served her, or her monarchy, in a personal way. These may include officials of the royal household, family members

  • Prince George to wear replica of 172-year-old christening gown

    For 167 years, Britain’s royal babies wore a one-of-a-kind, custom-made, hand-me down Christening gown. Ever since Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, over 30 newborns including Prince William, Prince Charles and the Queen, have all worn the same Honiton lace and white satin gown to mark their entrance into the Church of England. Prince George, however, will wear a new form of the family heirloom to celebrate this historic and religious rite of passage. Following the baptism of Lady Louise Windsor in 2004, it was decided the ancient garment was too delicate to be used again. As a result, the Queen commissioned an exact

  • Royal footman who announced birth of Prince George returns to India as visa expires

    The royal footman who helped announce the birth of Prince George at Buckingham Palace has returned to India after finding out his visa could not be renewed. Dressed in a black tailcoat and red waistcoat, Badar Azim played an important role in unveiling the easel that detailed the news of the safe arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton's first-born son on Monday 22 July. Images of the 25-year-old were beamed across the globe as he assisted the Queen's press secretary Ailsa Anderson in fixing the official birth notice to the historic easel after news broke that the future King had

  • Proud grandmother Queen Sofia of Spain carries handbag featuring photos of her eight grandchildren

    Queen Sofia of Spain showed she was every bit the doting grandmother as she carried a stylish handbag that featured photos of her eight grandchildren. The Spanish royal strolled through the streets with the tote bag while on holiday with her family on the island of Majorca. Her grandchildren, some of whom were with her, were no doubt delighted that their grandmother proudly sported the bag that featured their smiling faces.   Sofia's grandsons, Juan, Pablo and Miguel, the three sons of the Duke and Duchess of Palma, and the only son of Infanta Elena, Felipe, featured on one side of the bag. Completing the set