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Jumping in Heels: Kate Middleton’s Newest Skill

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge plays the South African game of Three Tins during a visit to the Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow, Scotland on July 29, 2014 .
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge plays the South African game of Three Tins during a visit to the Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow, Scotland on July 29, 2014 . Danny Lawson—WPA Pool/Getty Images

A performance fit for a Queen

Most avoid athletic endeavors while in heels, but not Kate Middleton—The Duchess of Cambridge showed off her jumping skills in wedges on Tuesday at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Prince William and Kate showed their support at the athletes’ village, said the Daily Mail, partaking in festivities including ‘three tins’, a jumping game requiring players to hop over three stacked tins.

Kate Middleton—inspiring wedged athletes everywhere.






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Obama Gave Prince George a Totally Retro Birthday Gift

Curator Anna Reynolds adds the finishing touches to a rocking horse presented to Prince George of Cambridge by U..S President Barak Obama and his wife Michelle Obama at the 'Royal Childhood' exhibition at Buckingham Palace in London on July 24, 2014.
Curator Anna Reynolds adds the finishing touches to a rocking horse presented to Prince George of Cambridge by U..S President Barak Obama and his wife Michelle Obama at the 'Royal Childhood' exhibition at Buckingham Palace in London on July 24, 2014. Andrew Matthews—PA Wire/EPA

It's a pony (kinda)

President Obama sent Prince George a handmade rocking horse with the presidential seal on the saddle for his first birthday on July 22.

Obama also sent a polo mallet carved from an oak tree on the White House’s South Lawn to the boy who would be king. Oh, and a alpaca wool blanket for when he gets cold from horseback riding or polo-playing.

But Obama’s present isn’t as cool as some of the other gifts to royal kids on display in the Royal Childhood Exhibit in Buckingham Palace this summer. For example, Prince Andrew got a miniature Aston Martin DB5 with rotating license plates and a working smoke screen when he was six.

So maybe Barack and Michelle could up their game?

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120 Years Of Royal Infants On Camera

They may be born to greatness, but here's photographic proof that even royals start small.

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Prince George Checks Out a Butterfly in Cute New Birthday Photo

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George as he points to a butterfly on Prince William, Duke of Cambridge's hand as they visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum on July 2, 2014 in London, England. John Stillwell—WPA/Getty Images

More official photographs of Prince George have been released, as the world gets ready to celebrate the young royal’s first birthday on Tuesday. The young prince, who was pictured walking on his own in a photo released last Saturday, appears with parents William and Kate during a visit to the “Sensational Butterflies” exhibit at London’s Natural History Museum.

Word is that the British heir will be feted at an intimate party held at Kensington Palace. What do you get the baby who (probably) has everything? Looks like he’s pretty happy with a butterfly.


2 Minutes of Overwhelming Cuteness: A Look at Prince George’s First Year

Because Prince George is one very cultured baby


Though Prince George is only celebrating the very first anniversary of his birth, let’s face it — he’s done a lot more than the average one-year-old.

Not only did George get an Australian marsupial named after him, the youngest royal also racked up more than 32,000 miles in flights throughout the past year–and has no less than seven godparents.

Relive the highlights of George’s cutest moments in the video above.

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Prince George Hangs Out at the Natural History Museum With Will and Kate

Prince George during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London, July 2, 2014, in a photo released on July 19 to mark Prince George's first birthday. John Stillwell—AFP/Getty Images

The young royal Prince George celebrates his first birthday Tuesday

The world’s most powerful baby celebrates his first birthday on Tuesday, and parents Will and Kate have decided to grace the world with new photos of their little Prince George. The apple-cheeked heir has had a busy first year, filled with public playdates, a magazine cover, his very own currency and a serious friendship with family dog Lupo.

The United Kingdom Press Association released a new photo of the Buckingham baby on Saturday, from an earlier visit to the “Sensational Butterflies” exhibition at the Natural History Museum with his parents. The Duchess of Cambridge Catherine is a patron of the museum. Two more photos of the royal family are expected to be released Monday.

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Prince George Lands Vanity Fair Cover

Prince George on Vanity Fair

Everything you need to know about the royal toddler's first year

At just shy of a year old, Prince George has snagged his very own Vanity Fair cover. The magazine’s August 2014 issue is filled with all the juicy details about the royal’s first year, including tidbits from “palace insiders” about George’s celebrity status, sleep schedule, “permanently hungry” beginnings, colic and more.

On July 22, it will have been a full year since the world spent an entire day constantly refreshing this page while waiting on Royal Baby updates. In that time, as Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl reports, much has happened to little George Alexander Louis. He has moved on to solid foods, received a new nanny and enjoyed endless attention from the public as he toured New Zealand and Australia with his famous parents.

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Experience Andy Murray’s Wimbledon Loss Through This Kate Middleton GIF

The Duchess of Cambridge's upper lip was anything but stiff as the reigning Wimbledon champ lost in the quarter-finals

Getty Images (6); Gif by Adam Glanzman for TIME

The usually reserved royals betrayed their country’s stiff upper lip while watching Wimbledon’s reigning champion Andy Murray lose to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals. The Duchess of Cambridge appeared quite animated during the match, pulling a variety of faces that show just how passionate she is about tennis.

Kate, whose family has already made several appearances at the Royal Box at Wimbledon this week, was clad in a white eyelet dress by Zimmerman, while William wore his usual uniform of pants, shirt and a jacket. She also donned a pair of stylish oversize shades with her tennis whites for the event.

The loss was quite a blow for the great Scot: Murray has made the semi-finals at the Grand Slam event every year since 2008.


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See Kate Middleton’s Stunning Fashion Evolution

Wearing everything from sleek wrap dresses to those inescapable royal hats, the Duchess of Cambridge is creating her own style — and inspiring countless copycats.

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Here Are 6 Things We Learned from Pippa Middleton’s 1st TV Interview

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Pippa Middleton sits down with Matt Lauer in her first-ever television interview (Anthony Harvey --NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images) NBCU Photo Bank—Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister took the opportunity to settle some misconceptions about life as a glamorous Royal in-law

Pippa Middleton appeared on the Today show Monday morning for her first television interview ever, and banished some of the myths and rumors that have built up around her since she became the most glamorous of the Royal Family’s in-laws.

Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson’s sister-in-law told Matt Lauer about all the drama surrounding the Royal Wedding, her relationship with her sister Kate, aka the Duchess of Cambridge, and her deepest feelings about being an aunt to Prince George.

1) Misconception: Pippa knew the Royal Wedding was the most important historical event of the century.

Truth: “It sounds funny to say, but we saw it, as just a family wedding. And actually, I didn’t realize, perhaps, the scale of it until afterwards,” she said. “We all took on the the roles as any family would.” Pippa said she didn’t realize what a big deal it was until she saw the crowds from the balcony.

2) Misconception: Pippa plotted to steal the show with her form-fitting bridesmaid’s dress.

Truth: “It was completely unexpected,” she said. “The plan was not really for it to be a significant dress, really just to blend in with the train.” She added that the attention to her butt in the dress was “flattering” but “embarrassing, definitely.”

3) Misconception: Pippa’s dress is in a museum somewhere with a fiberglass model of her butt.

Truth: “It’s actually still in my wardrobe at home,” she said. “I haven’t worn it since. But I think I’ll just keep it there…I think it’s the sort of thing that I’m sure I’ll bring out if someone wanted to see it or my children one day want to see it. Then I’ll show them.”

4) Misconception: Pippa and Kate have a plot to re-take the colonies for the British Crown.

Truth: Pippa and her brother James actually just completed a 6-day bike race across the U.S. to raise money for charity, not to survey the territory for conquest.

5) Misconception: Being famous is all fun and games and hanging out with Kate at the palace and eating bon-bons.

Truth: “It’s really difficult. It’s getting used to not being entirely private, and feeling wherever I go that someone might spot me. For good or bad, it means I don’t entirely relax, especially in cities,” Pippa said. “The nature of Twitter and Facebook, people will say they’ve just seen me somewhere, and particularly in a restaurant that could be the worst, because if someone tweets in a restaurant then a photographer could show up at a restaurant and then my private dinner is not so private.

6) Misconception: It’s easy being one of the most eligible bachelorettes in England.

Truth: “I have felt publicly bullied a little bit, like when I read things that clearly aren’t true. It is quite difficult because I’m just paving my way and trying to live a life like any 30-year old,” Pippa said. “I think people feel they can say something about you online or on a web page that they would never say to your face, and they think thats okay.”

7) Misconception: The younger Middleton sister is a first-class idler with zero ambition.

Truth: Pippa actually loves to write. “There’s so much I’d love to achieve, and I want to keep up the sport and health side of things, because that’s really important to me, so trying to blend that in with my love of writing and food and entertaining.”


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