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Bookmakers Are Betting That the Royal Baby Will Be Named Alice

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Stephen Lawrence Centre on March 27, 2015.
Samir Hussein—Wire Image Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Stephen Lawrence Centre on March 27, 2015.

William Hill has slashed the odds of the couple picking Alice to 4/1

As Princess Kate began her maternity leave Monday, and husband William starting training at his new air ambulance pilot’s job, a new potential name for their second child has caught the public’s imagination.

Kate, 33, who took part in her last public duties on Friday before she gives birth in the coming weeks, will have a girl called Alice, according to a flurry of bets made with British bookmakers William Hill.

And a group of royal fans in Tonbridge, in Kent, believe they have the inside scoop. Ten of them made bets, including one person who wagered $500 on the name – which would cost the bookies around $6,700 if it turns out to be true.

Whether or not the gamblers just have a hunch or inside knowledge, William Hill has slashed the odds of the couple picking Alice to 4/1. The couple say they don’t know the baby’s gender, but nearly three-quarters of those making bets believe Kate is having a girl – maybe because of all the pink Kate has been wearing recently.
“As it stands, over 70 percent of William Hill customers believe the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have a baby girl, with Alice the current favorite name ahead of Elizabeth which is 9/2,” spokesman Rupert Adams says.

The next favorites are Charlotte at 11/2 and Victoria at 12/1. The top-ranking boy’s name is currently Arthur at 20/1.

Meanwhile, William, 32 – who has said the second child will be a game-changer – will be trying to rise above the chatter by throwing himself into his 12-week training program at his new job before he takes to the skies above East Anglia to help save lives.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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King Richard III to Be Laid to Rest

Floral tributes are pictured as members of the public queue to view the coffin containing the remains of England's King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral in Leicestershire, England on March 23, 2015.
Ben Stansall—AFP/Getty Images Floral tributes are pictured as members of the public queue to view the coffin containing the remains of England's King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral in Leicestershire, England on March 23, 2015.

530 years later

The last British King to die in battle will be buried Thursday, more than 500 years after he fell fighting Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth.

The remains of King Richard III, which were found beneath a parking lot in 2012, were ceremoniously taken to the Leicester Cathedral on Sunday before thousands of onlookers, BBC reports. On Monday, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, will give a mass for Richard, and the public will be able to view the coffin over the next few days

The King, who died at the end of the tumultuous War of the Roses, will be reburied at the Cathedral on Thursday.

[BBC]

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Watch Prince Charles Dance to Mariachi Music

He's got secret moves

This royal’s got rhythm!

Prince Charles couldn’t help but dance along as a Mariachi band serenaded him during a visit to the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

Ever the dignified noble, the prince’s moves – captured by the British Embassy’s Twitter account – involved swinging his arms and a slight shimmy.

Charles, 66, and his wife Camilla, 67, are stateside to tour the U.S. capital. The couple already visited Abraham Lincoln’s cottage and will meet President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White house later in the day, according to USA Today.

The Carlos Rosario school helps teen and adult immigrants earn their GEDs and learn English.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Here’s Kate Middleton With the Cast of Downton Abbey

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) poses with cast, crew and producers of 'Downton Abbey' during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios in London, England on March 12, 2015.
Chris Jackson—Getty Images Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) poses with cast, crew and producers of 'Downton Abbey' during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios in London, England on March 12, 2015.

The royal had a chance to check out her favorite 'Downton' room during the television set tour

Princess Kate meeting the cast of Downton Abbey is the most English thing to happen since tea met crumpets.

After touring the set of the smash Masterpiece drama on Thursday, the expectant royal, 33, sat down for a photo with the ensemble.

Anglophiles, you’re going to want to pour yourself a cuppa and spend a long moment with this glorious picture.

Most of the cast is assembled, with an amusing mix of contemporary and period clothes – a distinction highlighted in the front row, with Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) in her ’20s garb and Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) in a current look.

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“It was a surreal and exciting experience to be at work and be visited by a member of the royal family,” Carmichael told PEOPLE. “She has watched the show and loves it and that’s really lovely.”

Carmichael shared that show creator Julian Fellowes had thanked Kate in his speech “for mentioning when she visited America that she’d seen it and loved it. He thanked her for helping us.”

During her two-hour visit on set at London’s Ealing Studios – the site of many of the show’s interior shots – Kate was drawn to one room in particular.

“She spent the longest time in the kitchen, so me and Lesley [Nicol, who plays head cook Mrs. Patmore] are taking that as a compliment,” says Sophie McShera, who plays assistant cook Daisy.

“We told her that two of the hobs work – because we like having steaming pans,” Nicol shared.

And though Kate appeared to observers to be a little starstruck, McShera says, “Everyone around her was more starstruck.”

Of course, the visit wouldn’t be complete without some playful upstairs-downstairs rivalry – in this case, between Brendan Coyle (valet John Bates) and Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham).

“Brendan and Hugh were fighting over who was her favorite character,” says Carmichael. “But she didn’t reveal.”

For their part the actors – who are currently shooting the drama’s sixth season – didn’t pass on any tidbits about future episodes. “I don’t think we’ve given her any spoilers, no special treatment,” says McShera.

Kate ended up spending an hour longer than she had planned. Now, the cast hopes the eight-months pregnant royal is resting.

“I think she should go and have a sit down and take her shoes off,” says Nicol. “It’s quite hard work on those heels.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Kate Middleton Will Pay a Visit to Downton Abbey

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Emma Bridgewater Factory in Stoke on Trent, England on Feb. 18, 2015.
Samir Hussein—Getty Images Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Emma Bridgewater Factory in Stoke on Trent, England on Feb. 18, 2015.

Well, kind of

Downton Abbey has welcomed its share of fictional dignitaries. But next week it will host a most esteemed visitor for real.

Princess Kate will check out the servants’ quarters on March 12 as she pays a visit to the set of the popular series – not Highclere Castle in Hampshire, where the gorgeous exteriors are shot, but at Ealing Studios in west London.

Kate, 33, will watch one take of a scene being shot in the servants’ area, and a second take of the scene as the producers might watch it – via monitors in the “video village.”

Palace sources can’t say yet which actors will be taking part in the scene that Kate, who is around eight months pregnant, will see. But stars including Dame Maggie Smith (Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham), Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham) and Elizabeth McGovern (Cora, Countess of Grantham) are currently filming the show’s sixth season.

Known to be a fan of the show, Kate, who stepped out Monday in London, will be met by creator Julian Fellowes and shown around the studio. She’ll see workshops and meet everyone from costume makers to markup artists. Later, she will join a reception, where she’ll also chat with cast members, writers and producers.

After suffering severe pregnancy sickness during her first trimester, Kate is enjoying a much healthier springtime third trimester and is set to work well into March.

Her visit to Downton is a part of an action-packed week that will see Kate head to an art gallery in Margate, Kent, and join husband William, 32, and senior royals including Queen Elizabeth at services to commemorate the Commonwealth and mark the sacrifices made during the Afghanistan campaign.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Prince William Speaks Out in China on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Britain's Prince William feeds Ran Ran, a 13-year-old female elephant in southwest China's Yunnan province on March 4, 2015.
CHINATOPIX—AP Britain's Prince William feeds Ran Ran, a 13-year-old female elephant in southwest China's Yunnan province on March 4, 2015.

The prince has been passionate about protecting wildlife around the world

On the last day of his tour of China, Prince William spoke passionately about the importance of protecting wildlife at a conservation conference in Yunnan Province.

He also visited wildlife sanctuary Elephant Valley, where the 32-year-old quickly made friends with 13-year-old Ran Ran, a female elephant who was found injured nearby and rescued.

At the conference, the prince said the illegal wildlife trade was everyone’s “common enemy” and expressed his fear that rare species, such as elephants, could be extinct in his lifetime.

“We seem to be hurtling towards that tragic outcome,” he told the audience at the Botanical Gardens in Xishuangbanna – where his grandfather Prince Philip visited almost 30 years ago.

Last year William helped set up United for Wildlife and has been campaigning for a crackdown on the trade in illegal animal products and curbing demand for them from consumers.

In his speech, William commended China’s decisions to ban shark fin, bird nests and wild animal products at official dinners.

He added: “Ultimately, ending demand for ivory is down to citizens across the world. No tradition or fashion is worth the extinction of an entire species.”

The Prince also welcomed China’s recent decision to ban the import of ivory carvings for one year to help safeguard Africa’s elephant population.

During his meeting with President Xi Jinping earlier this week, William expressed his hope that China would become a world leader in the fight for animal preservation.

In his speech, William revealed that his four-day trip, during which he visited Beijing and Shanghai, had given him lasting memories of China’s economic dynamism, ancient culture, and natural heritage.

“This afternoon I planted a tree in these botanic gardens in the shelter of a Wang Tian tree my grandfather planted 29 years ago,” he said.

“When we plant a tree we do so knowing that, although it will take years to grow, it will yield great benefits for future generations. The same is true of the decisions we make today to protect wildlife.”

Before speaking at the conference, the royal visited a Dai village where he was presented with plumeria flowers and splashed with “lucky water” by locals.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Prince William Plays Soccer — and Meets Paddington Bear! — in China

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Johannes Eisele—AFP/Getty Images Britain's Prince William poses next to a person wearing a Paddington Bear costume prior to the screening of the Paddington movie in Shanghai on March 3, 2015

Prince William plans to be an air ambulance pilot, but he might be missing his calling as a great soccer coach.

He certainly looked like one while visiting a Shanghai high school on Tuesday – a busy day in which he also attended the Chinese premiere of the British film Paddington.

The prince, who’s a fan of English team Aston Villa, was ready with a double-handed high-five for one enthusiastic youngster who ran over to greet the 32-year-old royal.

Perhaps getting ready for his son George‘s foray into the sport, William looked thrilled to see schoolchildren learning soccer (“football” across the pond”) skills from coaches trained by England’s Premier League, even stopping to demonstrate his own skills with an expert kick.

William kept the young-at-heart theme going later in the day as he attended the premiere of the comedy Paddington, and posed with a life-size Paddington bear on the red carpet.

Some 50 local schoolkids also attended the screening at the Shanghai Film Museum after winning a competition to illustrate Paddington bear.

“We went into the cinema and had snacks, and then we met Prince William. He was very friendly, but I only smiled at him,” Yuna Goto, 10, told PEOPLE.

Her mother Emiko, a fashion designer, said her daughter was very excited about the evening. “She loves the royal family and even has a Queen Elizabeth doll whose hand can wave,” Emiko added.

William had been in Shanghai since the previous evening, when he opened the GREAT Festival of Creativity, a showcase of U.K. talent that aims to support companies looking to break into the Chinese market and promote the creative strengths of the British economy.

High-profile British guests included Jo Malone, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Kelly Hoppen.

At the launch, William highlighted that the festival was not just a platform for promoting Britain’s highly regarded film, art and media sectors. “It is also a platform for the creativity and inventiveness that British firms apply in a wide variety of sectors, like healthcare and education,” he said.

William also commented on the “openness and warmth” of his Chinese hosts during his first visit to the country. He added that “could not help” but be impressed by Shanghai’s famous skyline.

As his wife Kate, 33, stepped out in London, William told the event at Shanghai’s Long: “Less than 24 hours into my first visit, I have a strong sense of the opportunity that exists for collaboration and partnership between our two countries.”

William also met Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, owner of Alibaba, the world’s largest e-commerce company. The former schoolteacher, who built the firm from scratch, talked to William about selling more British products on his platform, and their shared passion for environmental protection.

Also at the GREAT Festival of Creativity, William was shown four David Bailey photographs of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and was delighted with them.

On Wednesday, William will visit an elephant sanctuary in south China, where he is expected to speak about the importance of wildlife conservation.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Prince Harry To Leave the Armed Forces This Year

Prince Harry at a Remembrance Sunday service at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan on Nov. 9, 2014.
Matt Cardy—Getty Images Prince Harry at a Remembrance Sunday service at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan on Nov. 9, 2014.

The prince wants to devote his time to charity work

Prince Harry is to leave the armed forces later this year, PEOPLE has learned.

The prince, who is known as Capt. Harry Wales in the military and served two tours of Afghanistan, wants to devote himself to continuing his work helping injured servicemen and women find new jobs or continue to contribute in the services.

That is a role he is currently doing in the army, PEOPLE reported January. “He is fired up by this work,” says a source who knows him well.

The job is helping Harry, 30, gain an understanding about how the system works and how he can help those who are serving or have served in the armed forces. There are still details to be ironed out about how he might carry on post-forces. But one thing is certain – it is an area he is passionate about “both personally and professionally,” the source tells PEOPLE.

“He feels he can use his position to help in the future, regardless of his military role.”

Also on his mind is his continuing love for Africa and helping young people in Lesotho through his charity Sentebale – and he will continue to give much of his time to that.

Before he leaves the army, Harry is planning to go to Australia to work with the military there. “There is a well-established model between the Ministry of Defense and the Australia Defense Force in sharing experience,” a source adds.

He has also developed close links through his Paralympic-style Invictus Games and other work.

Harry’s leaving the army was first reported by the London Evening Standard, which says he would like to spend a lot of time in Africa, working on conservation projects and continuing to support his charity in Lesotho.

Africa will “always be part of his life, through Sentebale, his charity, and the love of the continent,” the source adds. “He will go there, of course.”

A spokesman would not confirm the prince’s reported plans. “Prince Harry is currently focused on his work supporting the Ministry of Defense’s recovery capability program to ensure those who are wounded injured or sick have appropriate recovery plans and the necessary support they require,” said the rep.

“It’s a natural progression from the work he did organizing the Invictus Games. This involves working alongside case officers in London District’s Personal Recovery Unit and visiting various recovery centers and partner agencies (like Forces charities and the [public] health service) around the country.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Emma Watson Shoots Down Those Prince Harry Rumors

'Remember that little talk we had about not believing everything written in the media?!'

It looks like Emma Watson is squashing rumors that she has been secretly dating Prince Harry.

“Remember that little talk we had about not believing everything written in the media?!” Watson wrote on Twitter Sunday morning.

Watson was apparently referring to rumors about her and Harry, which were first reported by Australian magazine Woman’s Day. The magazine provided a number of details about how Prince Harry approached the 24-year-old Harry Potter actress.

Representatives for the royal family haven’t addressed the rumors, according to PEOPLE magazine.

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Prince Charles Will Meet President Obama in the White House in March

British Asian Trust Dinner
Dave J Hogan—WPA Rota/Getty Images Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, gives a speech as he attends the British Asian Trust dinner at Banqueting House on Feb. 3, 2015 in London, England.

Heir to the throne will pay a visit to the United States

Fresh off his visit with Prince William last year, Obama is going to host another royal guest — the heir to the British throne.

Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are scheduled to meet with Obama during their four-day visit to the United States in March.

The heir to the throne will meet with the President in the Oval Office on March 19, according to a tweet from the National Security Council, and the meeting is said to underscore the “special relationship” between the U.S. and the U.K.

The royal pair will be visiting during the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and Lincoln’s death, and are planning to visit numerous historical sites, including the home where Lincoln is thought to have written the last draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, according to a news release. They’ll also visit Mount Vernon and meet with American veterans, and stop off in Louisville, KY.

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