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Brooklyn Is Officially Over: Will and Kate Will Catch a Game at Barclays Center

Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge And Prince Harry Visit Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy Field
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walk through a poppy field art installation entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' by artist Paul Cummins, in the moat of the Tower of London, to commemorate the First World War on August 5, 2014 in London, England. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images

It doesn't get more square than British royalty

Brooklynites, hold on to your hats: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced a New York trip from Dec. 7 to 9, including a Monday night NBA game. Since there are no Knicks games scheduled for Mon. Dec. 8, that can only mean one thing: Will and Kate are headed for the Barclays Center, where the Brooklyn Nets will host the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tickets currently start at $77.65 (get ‘em while they’re hot).

This can only mean one of two things:

1. Will and Kate are secret hipsters at heart.

2. Brooklyn is officially over.

Whether we start to see the royal duo in vintage prints and cat sweaters, or the citizens of Brooklyn in Harris tweeds (fresh, not secondhand), you can bet your bottom dollar there will be fewer died-in-the-wool basketball fans and more Anglophiles who are positively chuffed to see their favorite couple courtside.

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Will and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to Visit U.S. in December

The royals' visit begins Dec. 7

Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will visit the U.S. in December, the U.K. announced Friday.

The visit is scheduled to last between Dec. 7-9, and there’s no word yet on whether their son Prince George will make an appearance.

The couple last visited the U.S. in 2011 on a trip to California, not long after their wedding. The purpose of the new trip is to promote their charity, United for Wildlife, which aims to protect endangered species.

They are both expected to visit the 9/11 museum in lower Manhattan and attend an NBA game. And while the Duke makes his way to conservation events in Washington D.C., Kate, who is expecting the couple’s second child, will remain in New York and visit a child development center with Chirlane McCray, wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

And since there’s nothing like experiencing new things in foreign lands, the pair will attend a gala dinner for the 600th anniversary of their alma mater, Scotland’s University of St. Andrews, on their final night.

TIME Music

Hear 12-Year-Old Lorde Sing a Beautiful Cover of ‘Use Somebody’ by Kings of Leon

At age 17, most people’s proudest accomplishments include a few junior varsity soccer championships or maybe a 5 on the AP World History exam. Lorde’s accomplishments at age 17 include two Grammys and a platinum-certified debut album — not to mention curating the soundtrack to the newest Hunger Games installment.

If that’s not enough to make you feel unaccomplished, then listen to Lorde’s gorgeous cover of the Kings of Leon hit “Use Somebody” from when she was just 12 years old. Back then, she was an Auckland resident named Ella Yelich-O’Connor who dropped by a local radio station to play a few songs. And, yeah, she was really good — and surprisingly emotive for such a young person.

Though this audio has been floating around the Internet for a while now, the version of “Use Somebody” is beginning to resurface again this week. We’re totally cool with that.

Read more: The 25 most influential teens of 2014

Read next: Lorde’s Mockingjay Soundtrack Features Kanye West, Chemical Brothers and Charli XCX

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Bumgarner, Giants Beat Kansas City Royals 3-2 in World Series Game 7

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Buster Posey, left, and Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game 7 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Oct. 29, 2014 Jamie Squire—Getty Images

San Francisco wins its third championship in five seasons

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.

With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood taller than the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, who added to his postseason legacy with a third victory this Series.

After Gregor Blanco misplayed Alex Gordon’s drive for a single and two-base error, Bumgarner got Salvador Perez to pop foul to third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the final out.

The Giants ended a Series streak that had seen home teams win the last nine Game 7s. San Francisco took this pairing of wild-card teams after earning titles in 2012 and 2010.

Pitching on two days’ rest after his shutout in Game 5, Bumgarner entered in the fifth with a 3-2 lead. After giving up a leadoff single to Omar Infante, he shut down the Royals.

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Queen Elizabeth II Sends Her First Tweet

Britain’s monarch dabbled in social media on Friday by sending her very first tweet.

While opening the Information Age exhibit at London’s Science Museum, the Queen, referring to herself as Elizabeth R., tapped out her first tweet from the official Twitter account of Buckingham Palace.

A statement from the museum said director Ian Blatchford had invited Queen Elizabeth to mark the occasion on social media. “I mentioned earlier that Queen Victoria took a great interest in the invention of the telephone, and Your Majesty has followed in this tradition of embracing new technology,” he told her. “You made the first live Christmas broadcast in 1957 and an event relished by historians took place on [March 26, 1976], when you became the first monarch to send an email, during a visit to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment. May I now invite you to join me so that you may send your first tweet.”

The tweet’s author was then verified by the @BritishMonarchy account with a follow-up tweet and a photo of the Queen sending the message.

Read next: See Kate Middleton’s Stunning Fashion Evolution

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Can You Tell the Difference Between a Royal and a Dummy?

See your favorite members of the royal family and their wax dummy duplicates, which were unveiled at Madame Tussauds in New York City on Oct. 23

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Prince Harry and the Press: A Brief History

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From the Oct. 1, 1984, issue of TIME TIME

Sept. 15, 1984: Prince Harry is born

Born the spare to the British monarchy’s heir, Prince Harry has always faced less pressure to be proper than his older brother has. But when Harry — more formally, Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales — was born on this day in 1984, no one could have predicted the extent to which he would become the royal family’s wild child.

On his 30th birthday, Harry can celebrate the many hijinks that have garnered him headlines over the years, including:

Jan. 2002: Quick Trip to Rehab

The royal family reveals that Harry spent a day at a London rehab center after admitting to his father that he had been smoking pot and drinking to excess. Police were even called to a bar where Harry was drinking with friends after he became belligerent and called a French employee a “f***ing frog.” Charles picked a clinic that caters to heroin addicts for an impromptu “scared straight” program, hoping to shock the 17-year-old prince into cleaning up his act.

Jan. 2005: Nazi Garb

Harry is photographed wearing a swastika armband while dressed as a member of Hitler’s Afrika Korps at a colonial-themed costume party, prompting a public outcry and calls for him to be stripped of his position at the Royal Military Academy. Prince William also attends the party, although photos of his costume fail to make a splash: He’s dressed as a lion.

Jan. 2009: Racist Remarks

A video is leaked of the prince making off-color comments about fellow military academy cadets. Another segment shows the prince in combat gear and camo face paint holding a cellphone in one hand and a cigarette in the other, pretending to end a phone call with the Queen. “Send my love to the corgis and grandpa,” he says. “God save you.”

Aug. 2011: Pool Party

On break from training as an Apache helicopter pilot, Harry lets off steam at a Croatian nightclub, where he jumps into a pool fully clothed, pulls himself out and continues to dance, barefoot and soaked, to house music.

Aug. 2012: Naked Billiards

The prince loses a game of “strip billiards” in Las Vegas — and TMZ publishes the pictures to prove it.

May 2014: Look-alike Drama

The reality show I Wanna Marry “Harry” premieres in the U.S. Although technically not in any way the prince’s fault, the show, in which twelve women compete for a proposal from a Harry impersonator, is terrible. It’s canceled after only four episodes; a reviewer for The Telegraph calls it “fodder for the braindead.” The fake Prince Harry, the reviewer complains, “wasn’t a wild or weird enough character to carry the show.”

The real Harry, one imagines, wouldn’t have had any trouble at all.

Read more about Prince Harry here, in TIME’s archives: Once Upon a Time, There Was a Pot-Smoking Prince

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30 Photos of Prince Harry for His 30th Birthday

On Sept. 15, 2014, the redheaded royal celebrates a major milestone. From the first day of kindergarten to military service in Afghanistan, explore his life so far.

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Some Advice for Prince Harry on His 30th Birthday

Behind The Scenes At The Invictus Games
Prince Harry conducts an interview for the Invictus Games outside the Aquatics Centre during the Invictus Games at Queen Elizabeth park on September 14, 2014 in London. Chris Jackson—Getty Images

Words of wisdom (?) from one 30-year-old to another

Dear Prince Harry on the Occasion of Your Thirtieth Birthday,

Hey Harry. Can I call you Harry? Great.

My friends call me Denver. You can call me Mr. Nicks. As your elder by roughly four months I have some wisdom to impart on this auspicious day.

30 is a big one. The major milestones of youth are behind you. Through your twenties you eked what life-force you could from the mere fact that at least you weren’t yet 30. Today you confront the cold hard truth that every birthday from here on people will be less and less interested in how old you are, save for the bored stone carver who one day does the math in his head while chiseling the year into your gravestone. Happy Birthday.

A few things to look out for….

There will come a day sometime soon when you look in the mirror and see wrinkles where once your face was as porcelain. You’re going to feel an unfamiliar and unsettling urge to buy an assortment of skin products, then helplessness and confusion when you realize you have no idea where to start. You’ll be desperate and start on a mad online shopping spree anyway.

Indulge it. Who’s to say if that stuff works and in any event you’ll make a bunch of nonsensical purchases, but when you wake up in the middle of the night and start tugging on the loose skin of your throat wondering where all the years went even a little placebo cream can be a big comfort. I mean, so I’m told.

As redheads, you and I don’t have to worry about our hair going grey (it’ll most likely turn blonde and then a shining Gandalfian white, so, high five) but we do have to worry about our fair skin. Sun screen can be a pain but it’s time to start wearing it.

If you haven’t yet, try to stop smoking. It won’t take, but trying and failing to quit at 30, the absolute zero hour at which you promised yourself up and down you would give it up, is a fun exercise in confronting your own moral limitations and the incontrovertible truth that the only thing that really changes is we get a little bit fatter every year. It’s like that moment when you haven’t had a good bath in days and you could sort of go either way and you just embrace the filth: gross and not good for you or those around you but weirdly comforting.

I read this sentence written about you in the UK’s Mirror newspaper. “But a friend of the Prince said: ‘I saw him cry one night at a club. He was surrounded by beautiful girls – and the only one he wanted was Chelsy.’” I’m going to assume that’s rubbish, but if there is any truth at all to it then it’s time to move on. Like dressing for shock value and hangovers that last just one day, crying about unrequited love is for twenty somethings.

Addendum: you are allowed to cry about sports and can use this time to clandestinely cry about unrequited love in an absolute pinch, but if you get busted, you’re on your own. Harry who? Never heard of him.

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