Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George arrive for their visit to New Zealand at the International Airport, in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday, April 7, 2014.
New mother Zara Phillips has headed home from hospital after welcoming her newborn baby daughter into the world.
The silver medal-winning Olympian, who is one of Britain’s leading equestrian riders, gave birth to her first child early this morning at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with husband, the former England rugby star, Mike Tindall at her side.
The new royal baby, who weighed 7lbs 12oz and is 16th in line to the throne, is the Queen’s fourth great grandchild.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Mike’s parents, Mr Phillip and Mrs Linda Tindall, have been informed and are delighted with the news.
“The baby’s name will be confirmed in due course.”
The new family of three are believed to have headed to their home on the Princess Royal’s Gatcombe Park estate.
Zara’s pregnancy was confirmed by the Palace in July, just a few weeks before the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby son Prince George.
She took a tumble while competing at the Barbury International Eventing and Show in Marlborough, Wiltshire, a few days before her pregnancy became public knowledge.
But she was described as ”fine” by a spokeswoman for Juniper Sport, a PR and sports agency that represents her.
Zara won a silver medal at London 2012 with eventing equestrian teammates William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Tina Cook and Nicola Wilson, and is planning to take part in the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.
She married former rugby international Tindall in July 2011 in a ceremony staged in Edinburgh and attended by the Queen and senior royals.
The baby girl follows Zara’s brother Peter Phillips’ two children and Prince George to become the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s fourth great grandchild.
Peter Phillips’ daughters Savannah and Isla Phillips was also born at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester.
They’ve tried to keep a low-profile since they first started dating last year.
However, Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas caused quite a stir when they attended an intimate James Blunt gig in London on Monday night.
The British royal, 29, and his socialite girlfriend, 24, joined his cousin Princess Beatrice and boyfriend Dave Clark to watch the singer/songwriter’s concert at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill.
The couple were spotted watching James’s one-off gig to promote his new album Moon Landing from the balcony by many eagle-eyed concertgoers, who took to Twitter to share their royal spot.
Princess Beatrice was clearly a huge Blunt fan and was spotted singing along to some of his biggest hits.
Princes Harry was dressed casually in khakis and a sweater, while his girlfriend wore a patterned jacket and skinny jeans.
Their outing comes a week after they attended the Boodles Boxing Ball held at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
Although they arrived separately, the pair were seen among the last to leave together before heading off into the night.
Last Thursday, Cressida was spotted lunching with Princess Eugenie at Bumpkin in South Kensington.
In fact, Eugenie is the one who introduced the redhead prince to the former Burberry model.
Harry and Cressida made their first public appearance together on the slopes in February, at Swiss ski resort Verbier.
The society beauty, daughter of Sixties cover girl Lady Mary-Gaye Georgiana Lorna Curzon and Jeffrey Bonas, previously studied at Stowe School followed by Leeds University and recently finished her dance studies at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Given that it is one of high-society’s biggest bashes, it’s no surprise that Pippa Middleton and her boyfriend Nico Jackson were guests of honour at the Boodles Boxing Ball in London, this evening.
The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, who turned 30 earlier this month, attended the annual charity fundraiser in a striking black and orange halter-neck dress.
She matched the outfit with black, strappy, peep-toe shoes and long, tousled hair. Her make-up was simple, except for statement blusher on her cheeks.
The Waitrose and Vanity Fair columnist looked happy relaxed as she posed for photographs alongside long-term beau, Nico – who wore a fitted tuxedo with an over-sized bow tie.
The couple weren’t the only royal pair to attend the bash – Princess Beatrice was also there with her boyfriend, Dave Clark.
Other royals who attended included Prince Harry, who wore a classic tuxedo, while pregnant Zara Phillips looked every inch the expectant mother in a silk, billowing dress which showed her maternal curves.
Previously, both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended – adding new kudos to the ball.
The black-tie event – the fourth of its kind – was held at The Grosvenor House Hotel because, according to event organisers, it’s the only venue big enough to cope with the growing number of attendees.
Last year, tickets sold out in less than 24 hours.
In 2012 the proceeds were divided between two charities – The Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Lt Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust.
The former grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes to seriously and terminally-ill children, while the latter helps injured soldiers and families who have lost loved ones at war.
Celebrities who attended included Olympic athlete Jessica Ennis, TV presenter Kelly Brooke and entrepreneur Sam Branson.
Prince Harry was bouncing the 24-year-old blonde model and would-be actress on his knee.
The pair were said to have ‘kissed like love-struck teenagers in the back of a cinema’.
The other end of the same table was an altogether more sober affair. Harry’s uncle, Prince Andrew, whose 53rd birthday on Tuesday they were celebrating, sat with his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, and their two daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
Princess Anne of England unveils “The lady of the North” Largest nude land sculpture. The sculpture is part of a 46-acre park with four miles of footpaths open to the public. Northumberlandia is a unique sculpture that was made from the land in the park. According to, ABC News.
Prince Andrew has completed a daredevil charity abseil down western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard in London.
His Royal Highness was joined by Ffion Hague, wife of Foreign Secretary William and 38 other participants to take part in the 250 metre descent in support of educational charity The Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. According to, itv NEWS.
The Duke of Edinburgh will be spending his 91st birthday at home. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh waves as he leaves King Edward VII Hospital in central London after being treated for a bladder infection, Saturday, June 9, 2012.
The duke will celebrate his 91st birthday Sunday privately with members of the family. On Friday he enjoyed the company of grandsons the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry who paid a short, private visit to the hospital. According to, chrom.com
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Mikhail Kravchenko’s neighbour believes he may have been intended target
Vakha Evloev drives identical Mercedes and survived previous assassination
He is also Moscow representative for volatile region with terrorist problem
Kravchenko, 46, has also lived through two botched attempts on his life
His furniture business had been raided by police and set alight four times
Friend: ‘He knew he was in danger, but didn’t want to live in security bubble’
The murder of Princess Michael’s Russian ‘toyboy’ could have been a case of mistaken identity, according to the politician who believes he was the intended victim.
A senior official and neighbour, who drives an identical Mercedes car and was previously targeted by an assassination squad, has been told by police they are probing whether the killers got the wrong man.
Furniture tycoon Mikhail Kravchenko, 46, who accompanied the princess on a four-day break in Venice in 2006, was buried last week after he was gunned down just 50 yards from his home in an elite village near Moscow.
His neighbour, Vakha Evloev, 51, is the Moscow representative for Ingushetia, a volatile republic in the Caucasus region of southern Russia with a significant terrorist problem.
He said: ‘There is a suspicion that I was the true target, not Kravchenko, and they just mixed us up. We both drove dark blue Mercedes cars of the same model.’
But it also emerged today that Kravchenko knew for years that someone had wanted him dead after surviving two bungled murder attempts as well as four arson attacks at his Moscow factory.
It is understood Kravchenko – who despite his fears had no bodyguards – was killed close to Evloev’s high-security home near the historic village of Peredelkino, where writer Boris Pasternak penned Dr Zhivago.
‘I live not far from here and have CCTV cameras on my cottage, maybe they captured the killers,’ he said. ‘I have picked up the videotapes and passed them to police.’
Evloev is now understood to be under increased security.
A cousin of the ex-president of Ingushetia, Ruslan Aushev, Evloev was severely wounded in May 2008 when his car was shelled by automatic firearms in Nazran, the regional capital.
While the men do not look similar, the shooting – using handmade weapons – was at around 2am in a dimly lit lane.
Police say that Kravchenko, who built his business empire around his £130million-a-year March 8 furniture brand, was shot up to ten times before being hauled from his car and finished off with a bullet to the head.
Kravchenko’s circle claimed initially he had no enemies and was not concerned over his safety.
But a close friend has now said that he knew he was a marked man.
‘He knew he was in danger. We discussed it many times, but he didn’t want to live in a security bubble, the source told the Sunday Times.
‘He was reluctant to discuss security but, especially recently, he felt more at risk.’
After his funeral in Moscow last week, attended by several thousand mourners led by his elderly parents, friends also alleged he was under pressure from sinister forces seeking to grab his business assets.
He had been subjected to police raids in a move seen as pressurising him into giving up his assets.
The retail furniture business is seen as a notoriously shady sector in Russia and friends said he had battled various attempts to seize his company.
Kravchenko himself had complained of his sofa designs being pirated, yet he seemed unconcerned over any threats.
‘Mikhail had problems with the law-enforcement organs,’ insisted retail consultant Dmitry Potapenko, a close friend.
‘People were after his assets. The murder was not an accident. These people knew what they were doing. He was the head of the holding, he was the key figure, uniting the companies.’
He claimed collusion between the police and shadowy business figures led to Kravchenko’s murder.
Yet a close friend, famous TV presenter Nikolai Drozdov, with him shortly before he died, said Kravchenko was not concerned about his personal safety in his final hours.
‘He did not have a bodyguard, he drove himself everywhere in an old Mercedes,’ he said.
Another close business ally said: ‘This version of mistaken identity is certainly possible.’
Police are understood to be working on a number of theories and are checking his computers and mobile phone for clues.
Kravchenko was at the centre of a royal scandal in 2006 after being photographed hand-in-hand with the married princess in Venice, raising questions about the state of her marriage to Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent.
Both denied an affair.
The princess – and her husband, who also knew Kravchenko – was last week said to be ‘very distressed’ over her friend’s murder.
Mikhail Kravchenko caused a royal scandal after being pictured holding hands with the princess
The 46-year-old furniture company tycoon’s bullet-ridden body was found in his Mercedes
The princess denied an affair with eligible friend Kravchenko, but many believed otherwise
Police in Moscow are investigating but say the reason why he was targeted remains a mystery
Princess Michael’s Russian friend once dubbed her ‘toyboy’ was shot and killed near Moscow early today in what appears to be a brutal contract murder.
Mikhail Kravchenko, a 46-year-old furniture company tycoon, caused a royal scandal after he and the princess were photographed holding hands and staring lovingly into each other’s eyes as they wandered round Venice during a four day holiday in April 2006.
His bullet-riddled body was found in his Mercedes car at the elite Peredelkino country house neighbourhood close to the Russian capital.
At the time, the princess denied an affair, though many believed the photographs suggested otherwise.
The pictures, originally in the News of the World, raised significant doubts about the state of her royal marriage to Prince Michael of Kent.
‘The body of a man with a gunshot wounds was found at a Mercedes in the Peredelkino neighbourhood,’ said a police source.
Russian news agency Itar-Tass another other sources reported the victim was millionaire Kravchenko.
The immediate reasons why he was targeted are unknown.
He was driving from his home in his limonene around 2am when he was overtaken and the road blocked, say police.
Gunmen shot him five times in his body before dragging him from his car and shooting him in the head.
Some accounts said there were a total of ten shots.
When she was seen with him in Venice, Kravchenko was regarded as one of Moscow’s most eligible men. He has been single since his wife Svetlana and daughter Maria were killed in a car crash five years earlier.
He was also seen as more modest and unassuming than many wealthy Russian businessmen. He would often be seen without bodyguards, a rarity for the new-rich elite in Moscow.
After the pictures were revealed, the princess claimed in Hello magazine: ‘I hold hands with all my friends. I don’t think that’s being intimate at all. I’m a very tactile person. The true nature of our relationship is that it is a very good friendship.’
Her marriage to Prince Michael, the Queen’s cousin, was ‘very strong’.
The princess later worked as a design consultant to Kravchenko who runs several hundred furniture stores across Russia, including the brand March 8, one of the best known in Russia.
The royal couple were later seen together with Kravchenko at a charity event in Russia.
Later in 2006, Kravchenko became seriously ill with malaria while making a travel film in Kenya with a Russian TV crew.
He was flown home. At the time a spokesman for the princess said: ‘As friends, the Prince and Princess are naturally concerned.’
Prince Michael was in Russia last week without the princess. He flew to St Petersburg to be awarded with a degree by a Russian university for services to British-Russian relations.
The prince was mired in controversy last week after revelations he had accepted £320,000 in secret payments from Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, a leading foe of President Vladimir Putin.
The payments via an offshore company from Berezovsky – who is exiled in London – were disclosed in court documents.
Prince Harry has made his recording debut after being recruited by Gary Barlow to play on his Jubilee single.
The Prince, a keen music fan, refused to sing on the track but agreed to bash a tambourine which the Take That star recorded to use in the song.
The track, called Sing, was written by Barlow and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and also features the chart-topping Military Wives. When it is released later this month it is expected to be the first chart single to feature a specially-recorded member of the Royal Family .
Harry added his contribution by hitting the instrument while he was visiting Jamaica – also one of the stopping points when Barlow travelled to various Commonwealth countries to compile the song.
The musician used his laptop as a portable studio to gather recordings from locations such as Australia, Kenya and the Solomon Islands.
The Prince features alongside a number of notable names including celebrated reggae rhythm section Sly & Robbie, plus guitarist Ernest Ranglin, famed for playing on the Dr No soundtrack as well as on timeless 60s hit My Boy Lollipop.
Barlow said he had become fond of Harry after meeting him a few times. “He’s fun and relaxed and he’s a really nice kid.
“We caught him on his last day in Jamaica. We turned up and I asked him would he play on the record and he said ‘I don’t sing’. But I said ‘no, no – I don’t want you to sing, I want you to play the tambourine’. And so he said it’ll cost you.
“Then we met him later on that night and he did the tambourine hit and we spun it into the track. He probably hasn’t got a clue what he’s part of just yet.”
Asked if the prince exhibited any musical talent, Barlow said simply: “No.”
“He’s a great guy Harry – a lot of people I met in Australia, he was their favourite. They loved him, especially the older women. I think he’s one of the Queen’s favourites as well,” he added.
The track is credited to Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band, which includes 210 musicians from across the Commonwealth – one of the largest groups of musicians to appear on a UK single.
They include the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, young drummers from Kenya’s Kibera slum and the Australian musician Gurrumul.
The line-up of the Military Wives choir – which was assembled by Gareth Malone – features two new soloists. Elizabeth Simpson from Catterick and Rebecca Ellen Marshall from Wattisham were specially auditioned for the single.
The recording was mixed at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London and Sing will be performed live at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace on June 4.
The song also features on a commemorative Jubilee album by Barlow which also includes guest vocalists Hayley Westenra, Laura Wright and Alfie Boe.
Sing will be given its first radio play on Chris Evans’s breakfast show on Radio 2 at 8am today and will be released by Decca Records on May 28.
Princess Anne’s ex-husband has told friends that he wants to be “happy” before he dies, as he justified leaving his second wife for a younger woman.
Captain Mark Phillips, 63, who is father of the Princess Royal’s two children Zara and Peter, announced that he was leaving Britain to set up home in Florida with 35-year-old Olympic equestrian Lauren Hough.
Capt Phillips and his wife Sandy, 58, who have a 14-year-old daughter, Stephanie, have separated and started divorce proceedings.
The Daily Telegraph reported that he told friends: “I might only be alive for another five or 10 years, so I might as well be happy.”
Two years ago, Capt Phillips said that he planned to give up his position as chef d’équipe of the US team after the London Olympics because of the demands of transatlantic commuting.
However, he is now understood to be in the process of permanently moving to the US from his farm in Cherington, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Sources close to Miss Hough said the couple began house-hunting after she sold her Palm Beach home last month.
Capt Phillips’s solicitors CKFT, confirmed the separation in a statement: “Captain and Mrs Mark Phillips are separating and divorce proceedings have commenced. The couple have a daughter, aged 14, and the care and support of her is Capt Phillips’s main concern at this sensitive time.”
Mark Phillips met both Princess Anne and his second wife through horse riding. The Princess Royal rode for Britain in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, four years after Capt Phillips won his gold medal at the Munich Olympics.
Sandy Phillips, whose maiden name was Pflueger, was part of the US dressage team at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, while Miss Hough was part of the US team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
According to CNN, Britain’s Prince Harry is to travel to the United States to be presented with a prestigious award honoring his work with war veterans and serving members of the armed forces.
The Prince will visit Washington D.C. on May 7 to receive the Atlantic Council’s award for “distinguished humanitarian leadership,” St James’s Palace announced Monday.
As well as attending the prizegiving dinner at the Atlantic Council, Prince Harry is also expected to meet British and American athletes who have taken part in the Warrior Games, a paralympic sports tournament for armed services personnel, in Colorado.
It is not yet clear if he will attend other events while in the country. Prince Harry is said to be “honored” by news of the award, which he plans to accept on behalf of his brother and their foundation.
St James’s Palace says he will use the event to pay tribute to the work of British and American charities which help to rehabilitate wounded servicemen and women, and to reintegrate veterans into civilian life.
The Atlantic Council is a non-partisan U.S.-based think-tank which promotes transatlantic cooperation and international security.
The Queen’s granddaughter Lady Louise is recovering at home after breaking her arm in a riding accident.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex’s daughter fell from her horse on Thursday morning while she was riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Eight-year-old Louise, who was seen last week accompanying her grandmother to an Easter service, now has her left arm in a cast.
She is being looked after at the family home in Bagshot Park by her mother Sophie, who cancelled a scheduled visit to a cancer hospital to be with her daughter.
Edward went ahead with the engagement, visiting the Christie in Withington, after learning his daughter hadn’t been seriously injured.
A Buckingham Palace representative said on Thursday: “Lady Louise broke her left arm after falling from her pony while riding at Windsor this morning.
“She has been treated by doctors and is now resting at home.
“The Countess of Wessex was supposed to go to Manchester today with the Earl but understandably stayed with her daughter.”
Lady Louise has inherited her grandmother’s love of riding, and has been taught by the monarch and her groomers since she was little.
Though the Queen doesn’t wear a helmet, she insists her grandchildren are properly protected while riding – and it’s understood Louise was wearing a hard hat and back brace when the accident happened.
The little girl, who is ninth in-line to the throne, is a regular visitor at Windsor Castle’s royal mews, where her pony is stabled.
Louise, who has a younger brother – four-year-old James,Viscount Severn – is largely kept out of the spotlight by her parents, but has increasingly been in the public eye since the duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding last year.
She suffers from extropia, a rare eye condition that has left her with a slight squint.
It is thought that she has had surgery to correct it, but may require more.
According to Sky News, Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles has been made a a Dame Grand Cross – the highest female rank in the Royal Victorian Order.
The announcement comes on the day of the seventh wedding anniversary of Camilla and the Prince of Wales.
The pair married on April 9, 2005 in a civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor after spending a number of years as a couple.
Awards under the Royal Victorian Order are in the Queen’s personal gift and are given to people who have served her or the monarchy in a special way. They are bestowed independently of 10 Downing Street.
The Order was founded in April 1896 by Queen Victoria as a way of rewarding personal service to her.
It is likely the award recognises 64-year-old Camilla’s hard work as a member of the Royal Family.
In the past seven years she has carried out hundreds of engagements and taken on a wide range of patronages.
She has also travelled extensively overseas with Prince Charles on official visits.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said the Duchess will be invested with the insignia of her rank at a later date.