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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.

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Prince Harry and the Press: A Brief History

Prince Harry Announcement
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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The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting again. From pastel coats to elegant evening gowns, see how she makes pregnancy look so chic.

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How a Baby Changed William and Harry’s Royal Relationship

With a second child on the way for Prince William, a new book reports that the arrival of Prince George calmed William and his brother Harry's raging social life

With the news that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is pregnant with a second royal baby, a new biography of Prince Harry sheds light on the evolution of his relationship with his older brother, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, since the birth of Prince George last July.

“It’s fantastic to have an addition to the family,” Harry said about his nephew, as royal-family biographer Penny Junor writes in Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son. “I only hope my brother knows how expensive my baby-sitting charges are.”

And if Will’s change in behavior since George’s birth is any indication, the birth of his second child will likely mean Will and Harry will spend less time playing around with friends at clubs and more time playing with babies. Junor writes in Prince Harry:

William’s focus has changed. He is no longer in the military, no longer up for partying till dawn, or tripping over guy-ropes in the early hours at Glastonbury. He is more interested in getting an unbroken night of sleep and listening to George’s growing vocabulary.

The biography quotes “a friend” adding that Prince Harry “loves” having dinner with Will, Kate and George and says that’s basically what the brothers’ nights out are like now, even though Harry does not appear to show signs of settling down himself anytime soon.

It would be a different night from the one they would have spent three or four years ago, which would have been, ‘Who can remain standing longest?’ … They are very, very close and Harry loves the whole domestic bit which his brother’s doing now … I think he sees what his brother’s getting out of it …

The book will be released tomorrow, ahead of Prince Harry’s 30th birthday next week.

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Why Being Second Born Can Be a Royal Pain

Meet the family: It's that little one on the right you have to watch out for
Meet the family: It's that little one on the right you have to watch out for JOHN STILLWELL; AFP/Getty Images

An open letter to George's Number Two: regal or not, second-borns can get a rotten deal

Dear Pending Prince or Princess:

First of all, the other seven billion of us are just thrilled to hear the happy news that you’re on the way—in a gender yet to be announced and with a name yet to be determined. I realize you’ll have your hands full for the next several months doing things like, well, growing hands, so I don’t want to burden you with too much right now. But before long you’ll emerge into the world and meet your royal Mum and Dad—and guess what? You’ll have a royal big brother too.

I know, I know, sorry to break it to you. You were kind of hoping you’d be the first and, if it were at all possible to arrange it, the only. Well, welcome to the club, kid. From one Number Two to another, here’s a frank admission: it’s a lousy gig—except when it’s great.

Every first child will always be a family’s crown prince or princess, which is all the more relevant in your family because the whole crown thing is for real. As a rule, first-borns are more serious than later-borns; they work harder, are better students and their IQ tends to be about three points higher than that of second-borns. They are also much more inclined than later-borns to go into the family business—which, yes, in your case is kind of the whole point. You should get accustomed to hearing your brother and you referred to as “an heir and a spare,” which is a term you won’t understand at first, then you will, and will go on to loathe for the rest of your natural life.

There’s a reason all this is true—and in commoner families too, not just yours. Think of your clan not so much as just Royal Family, but as Royal Family Inc. Moms and Dads have a finite supply of hours, energy and money—though in some families (we’re not pointing fingers here) there’s a little more of the latter than in others. The point is, your parents pour all their resources into the first product to come off the assembly line (let’s call it, for example, George v. 1.0). By the time the next one rolls along (let’s call this one You v. 2.0) there’s no getting that early investment back. This is what’s known to business people as sunk costs, which you’ll learn about at Eaton and Oxford and will later get to forget about because your exchequers and ministers will see to such things. The point is, in both a family and a company, sunk costs lead the board of directors (Mum and Dad in your case) to value the first product more than the second, whether they realize it or not.

This is an arrangement that suits that first product just fine, which is why big brothers and sisters tend to play by the rules. Your job—and the job of any littler royals who may come along after you—will be to try to upset that order. It’s why later-borns tend to be more rebellious and to take more risks than first-borns. You’ll be likelier to play extreme sports than big bro George. Even if you and he play the same sports, you’ll choose a more physical position—a baseball catcher, say, instead of an outfielder. (Baseball is…never mind. Ask someone in the royal court what the soccer and polo analogy are.) In the event you ever become Ruler of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of other Realms and Territories around the world—and you’re fourth in line for the job, so don’t start getting measured for the cape yet—you’d be a more liberal, less conventional monarch than your big bro will be.

Later-borns are more inclined to be artists too, and if there is a comedian in the family, it’s likeliest to be the very last-born. This makes sense, since when you’re the smallest person in the nursery, you are in constant risk of getting clocked by someone bigger—sorry, no royal dispensation on that rule—so you learn to disarm with humor. You also may find you’re more empathic and intuitive than George, since you similarly have to know how to suss out what people are thinking in order to get your way—what scientists call a low-power strategy, rather than the big sib’s high-power one.

There are other perils that come with being a number two, not least figuring out ways to get yourself noticed, and it’s best to go about that one carefully. One day, ask your Uncle Andy about a special friend of his named Miss Stark—and if you really want to get a laugh, call her Auntie Koo. Ask Uncle Harry to show you pictures of his recent visit to a Las Vegas hotel. On second thought, don’t, but do remember that there is only a narrow window available to you for being photographed naked—you’ll get a grace period of about 12 months after you arrive. Uncle Harry exceeded that by a teensy bit.

The point is, you’ll have to figure out ways to be special, to make a difference, while staying off of TMZ and out of the tabs. The upside? Well, you know that thing about big sibs having a higher IQ? That’s because they mentor and look after the little sibs, which isn’t half bad (trust another Number Two’s word on this one too). And if more kids come along, you get to be the mentor, which is its own kind of wonderful. The downside? Then you’ll be a middle child. And I hate to tell you kid, but that gig stinks no matter who you are.

But all that comes later. For now, enjoy the quiet, brace for the noise, and travel safe.

–A Friend in the Colonies

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Kate Middleton Has Morning Sickness—Again

It’s déjà vu for Duchess of Cambridge. Another pregnancy, another battle with morning sickness.

Along with the good news that Kate Middleton is pregnant and expecting her second child, who would be fourth in line to the throne, Middleton also revealed that she is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness that landed her in the hospital during her first pregnancy.

Having the condition during a previous pregnancy increases the chances that it will recur, which may explain Middleton’s circumstances. Consistent nausea and vomiting can lead to dehydration and deficiencies in some important nutrients, say experts, so expectant moms who can’t keep food down are treated with IV fluids. It’s generally not dangerous to the developing fetus, unless the mom-to-be doesn’t gain enough weight during pregnancy, which can lead to lower-birth weight babies. (George, her first child, was born at a healthy 8 pounds, 6 ounces.)

This time, the Duke and Duchess’ office says, she is being treated at home, which for her is Kensington Palace.

For those who might have forgotten, hyperemesis gravidarum can be caused by hormonal changes occurring during the first three months of pregnancy—specifically the steep rise in human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which is released by the placenta as it readies to nourish the fetus.

Presence of hydatidform moles, or a growth inside the uterus, can also trigger the severe nausea and vomiting.

There’s something else that often triggers the morning sickness: twins. No word just yet from the royals on whether George will be joined by more than one sibling.

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