British Monarchy

It’s Official: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Announce the Second Royal Baby Due in April

All you Anglophiles who, like me, may be just a little overly emotionally invested in the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – better known as Prince William and Catherine Middleton – will be over the moon to know that, yes, it’s official at last – Prince George, the tiny toddler who is currently third-in-line to the British throne currently being held by his great grandmother, is officially going to get a little baby brother or sister next year.

Let the Second Royal Baby Frenzy commence!

An official announcement on the Prince of Wales’s website has confirmed this happy news – and can we just take a second to admire rather elegant yet completely stark aesthetic that His Royal Highness’s official site has going on – in what may be the world’s shortest press release.

Watch the Queen’s Guards Play the ‘Game of Thrones’ Theme Song at Buckingham Palace

So, Queen Elizabeth probably doesn’t have a Ser Barristan the Bold of her own outside Buckingham Palace, but the Queen’s Guards are apparently big fans of fantasy drama Game of Thrones anyway.

We know this because during a recent Changing of the Guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace, the band suddenly burst into a rousing rendition of the HBO series’ incredibly recognizable theme tune. (For those that don’t know the band traditionally performs a song during the ceremony, which takes place daily in the summer at 11:30am.)

It’s awesome. And thankfully a quick bystander recorded it and put it on YouTube.

Royal Ramblings: The Duchess of Cambridge’s First Royal Portrait Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

The first official Royal portrait of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled yesterday (January 11) and…honestly, it’s a bit (a lot?) of a hot mess. The polite phrasing is probably to say that the future Queen of England’s first portrait has drawn mixed reviews from Royalists and members of the press both in the UK and abroad, but if you ask me, it’s really a bit of a disaster all the way around.

While the portrait is incredibly lifelike, it is also pretty unflattering. It makes the Duchess look much, much (much) older than her 31 years, thanks to the bags under her eyes, dull complexion and preponderance of facial lines. It also displays none of her famed charm, none of charisma that has charmed the world nor the style that’s made her a fashion icon. It’s basically like looking in a fun house mirror, except we’re all supposed to take it seriously and not apparently laugh hysterically and look around for the camera crew that’s surely punking us. But, perhaps I’m overreacting. Click through and take a look for yourself, and share your opinions in the comments. Should the Duchess ask for a do-over? Or do you her portrait is lovely the way it is?