Kate Middleton was all smiles, snapped by paparazzi in London yesterday. Photo: AP.
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Royal baby makes top news around the world. Peter Williams has the news.
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In Hollywood’s tabloid staple magazine, Kate & Will feature this week. Find out why exactly.
Here’s the Kiwi-Hollywood version: This morning on the TV, Sido Kitchen of the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly celebrity tabloid rag mag, broke the news to the Good Morning Show‘s Jeanette Thomas that Kate and Will are going to be parents. Sido knew first because Kate Hawkesby had called her as soon as she knew. Anyway, the way the news was presented to NZ, was like a wow moment.
Flicking across to Hollywood, TMZ celebrity news agency reports the news too. Their writers keep it brief for LA drivers to read on phone: “Soon-to-be dad Prince William just took a big breather today in London, finally exiting the hospital where his preggo wife Kate Middleton is being treated for severe morning sickness. William left the King Edward VII hospital moments ago with his royal entourage. The guy’s been there since Kate was admitted earlier today. (more…)
Exciting news for Brit Royals, Prince Harry is going to be an uncle. Kate is up the duff. Woot! Yet not without drama. CNN reported:
“Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their first child after 19 months of marriage, the palace announced Monday.
The royal revelation, which followed months of tabloid speculation, came as Catherine was admitted to a central London hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum, (a form of acute morning sickness) Monday afternoon. She is expected to be in King Edward VII Hospital for several days, the palace said.”
Early days, Kate is not yet 12 weeks pregnant. Congratulations Kate and Will and England. Very exciting.
[Photo: Prince Harry - Getty Images]
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RUGBY FARMER ANDREW HORE’S NOVEMBER 2012 INTERVIEW AND FREDERIC MICHELAK, RICHIE McCAW, DANIEL CARTER AND OWEN FARRELL MAKE INTERNATIONAL RUGBY’S TOP HONORS NOMINEES LIST 2012
Photo: Will, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and Andrew Hore post the Novemember 24th rugby test against Wales in Cardiff, 2012. Credit: Getty Images.
IN RUGBY SPORTS NEWS: A sports interview after a controversial week in the UK’s sports tabloids for the All Blacks side and international rugby’s top honors nominees finalists for 2012 have been announced same day.
The NZ All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore seemed sincere at press time after his IRB Q+A session post a high tackle hit on Welsh rugby lad Bradley Davies that led to the Welshman seeing a few stars in a hospital mid match. The TV interview link can be viewed on Andrew and Will‘s pic above.
Photo: France’s Frederic Michelak and fan, TeeMix website.
Quick Summary: Lorne Crerar speaking for the IRB said from Bristol, although Andrew’s actions appeared to be deliberate and dangerous, he didn’t strike the player’s head (say is in boxing or rugby punch ups as were witnessed in the good old days of rugby football). Andrew could have had an 8 week ban from the sport’s code, yet his remorse meant a two week ban from the sport. As it is year’s end, the ruling is very fair too.
[Will and Dan Carter in Cardiff Wales, November 24th 2011, a Getty photo].
What the AIG sponsored and NZ player said: “It’s not the All Black way. I’ve let myself and the team down and probably the whole country that’s pretty proud of what we do. I hope Bradley Davies gets back up and running and playing in the Heineken Cup as soon as he can.”
[Will and Richie McCaw in Cardiff, Nov 24th 2012-Getty photo].
As expected Hore will miss this weekend’s season-ending Test against England as well as the Highlanders’ Super Rugby pre-season campaign and their first regular season match against the Chiefs. For an elite rugby star, that is torture enough, to miss your next sport’s appearance, I’m sure. Europe fans of the game, should be happy with that.
Steve Tew’s Comments: NZRU’s Steve Tew said as reported by RadioNZ, “they chose to remain quiet about the system because they didn’t want to influence the hearing.” Sensible. That approach worked for a good result.
In Rugby’s Gongs for the year in Review: Press Release:
Rugby’s IRB Player of the Year 2012 Award Finalists: 11-28-2012.
The International Rugby Board has announced the shortlist of nominees for the prestigious IRB Player of the Year 2012 Award.
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw, his teammate Dan Carter, England fly half Owen Farrell and France fly half Frédéric Michalak are the four players on the shortlist.
[Photo: Owen Farrell of England with ball at a practice run- Getty Images photo via [Zimbio]
McCaw is the only player to receive the individual accolade more than once, having won it in 2006, 2009 and 2010, although Carter could join him as a multiple winner, having been named Player of the Year back in 2005.
For the third year in a row the shortlist includes a player to have graduated from the IRB Junior World Championship to the Test arena with Farrell following in the footsteps of Australian trio David Pocock, Will Genia and Kurtley Beale.
The winner of the prestigious Award will be announced at the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool Allocation Draw in London on December 3, along with the IRB Coach of the Year and IRB Team of the Year Awards.
Photo: Two of New Zealand rugby’s proponents of rugby football, Zinzan Brooke and NZRU’s main main Steve Tew.
When I first saw this pic, I thought it was Nelson Mandela‘s grandson meeting JRR Tolkien‘s great grandson.
Instead it was… Tongan Sheikh Ma’a and Will saying Malo. Oh well…
Photo: Getty Images. Read on.
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Brit Royals News: Will & Kate do it for soccer.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose with members of the England football team yesterday during the official opening of the centre in Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Read more: All photos UK Daily Mail. What a decent sports club facility.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.10.12~
South Pacific foreign correspondent, Barabara Dreaver of New Zealand … serves up Will and Kate‘s Tuvalu dance moves. Fun.
Video News Link: TVNZ. Photo: Arthur Edwards -Getty – Australia News.Com.
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Remote Pacific Islands paradise beauty as a rockefeller, ella ella ella, umbrellas holiday postcard . . .
–not a bad look for a future King. Postcards from Honiara, Solomon Islands, 2012.
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Will and Kate arrive in the Solomon Islands.–Photos Ariana Huffington. Nice pics of the young Royals.
This morning’s news coverage in New Zealand goes with a BBC feed. Like a Hollywood film script, Kate is positioned as ‘overcoming the odds’ while on vacation. Very funny. Barbara Dreaver, NZ’s foreign correspondent is also in the Solomons for Will and Kate’s visit. So far Dreaver’s coverage has focused on the Solomon Islanders themselves and capturing their reactions to the young Royal’s visit. I like her angle, capturing the local’s buzz. As yet the BBC, haven’t found that common ground tone with the Islanders in their news stories. A shame, as it would open up the Solomon’s people more to the UK audiences if the BBC could cover what Will and Kate are experiencing themselves in the beautiful Solomons.
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Will and Kate are photographed in Malaysia, September 2012–Asia One.
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A royal touch down in Singapore: People Magazine reports, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in Singapore, the first stop on their official tour to Southeast Asia to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II‘s Diamond Jubilee.
In a nod to her hosts, Kate, 30, wore a pink kimono-style Jenny Packham dress with an orchid pattern as Will and Kate hit the tarmac in Singapore, Tuesday.
On the schedule was a quick jaunt to a tropical garden. The young royals viewed the 3-ft. tall, white Dendrobium Memoria Princess Diana orchid during a moment of reflection.
“It’s a shame,” William said of the fact his mother, who vowed to visit the gardens before her death in 1997, was never able to make a planned trip to Singapore. “It’s beautiful,” he added of the flower. “Nice, very nice.” The flight from the UK was long. More@TheTropicalRoyalStrut.
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Will and Kate are set to experience coco-licious culture on a travel excursion.
“A nine-day itinerary, which takes in Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and the remote Tuvalu has been personally selected by the Queen for the young Royals to visit.”
How tropical fun! More news@TheSolomonIslandsTimes.
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Australian news outlets noted how Princess Diana was remembered a day or so back. It has been fifteen years since she passed away.–MSN has the story.
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Simon Dallow says tonight on the news: “A son explains his [mahi] to his father as a search and rescue pilot. Lol!
Watch video: Duke of Cambridge plays host to his father (1:44).
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[Photo: Wales Online- & Mirror UK. Also other news: Prince Charles visits Aberystwyth flood victims and rescue crews]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.7.12~
He made his public debut as a baby to the world in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Second in line to the throne of Britain, New Zealand TV audience witnessed the highs, the lows and the highs of Prince William Windsor‘s life story thus far tonight on TV.
Remarkable responsibility while growing up in the public eye, is a hallmark William has had to shoulder, showing fortitude in his youth while replicating a common bond with ordinary people across the vast divide of human experiences.
Splash News Online has compiled a collection of photographs.
Zeroing in from around the world are:
Countries reading: United States, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, Paraguay, United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea.
Global news is:
United Kingdom: Euro 2012 soccer anticipation: Steven Gerrard focuses for a win, before a loss. Austerity news. Archbishop of Canterbury is not a fan of ‘big society.’ Family humor: Kate’s girl cousins-in-law win a round. Olympics’ set - an aerial view. War veterans race across US. Rugby Jr world cup: third test ZA: South Africa 14 England 14.
Republic of Korea: (Reuters) – South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission said on Sunday it has fined the Korean unit of Royal Philips Electronics 1.51 billion won ($1.3 million) for blocking price cuts by local online shopping malls (naughty Dutch!). LTE smartphones markets grow.
Paraguay: Fernando Lugo and Paraguay’s democracy issues situation looks tres oppressive. The new President Federico Franco is in damage control and swears he will: “honor foreign commitments, respect private property and avoid a regional pariah complex.” Alright, smells like a coup.
Philosophy – Khalil Gibran.
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When you move from being directed by your mind alone, into an ability to listen to the voice within, confidence arises in this moment as wisdom hidden in the heart of kings.–Anonymous
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In a photograph taken by Chris Jackson for Getty Images Europe – Prince William lends his profile to help save rare black rhinos like Zawadi, pictured. William is helping Port Lympe Wild Life Park joined forces with The Aspinall Foundation, the Tusk Trust and the George Adamson Trust to send three captive born black rhino to Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania in order to rejuvenate numbers of the black rhino in the area.
The Crown Prince says he’s “very angry” the rare animals are still being poached.
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Britain’s future King remarked these words paying tribute to the Queen in her 60th years in public service.
The Daily Mail reported: “The Duke praised the Queen for her “selflessness and duty”. He said: “I remember the Queen’s words as she addressed us from the tremendous parade ground at Sandhurst: “You must be courageous yet selfless, leaders yet carers, confident yet considerate.” These qualities of selflessness and duty are values that the Queen has continuously demonstrated over the last 60 years and are qualities that remain very important to me.””
[Photo caption - Prince William and Queen Elizabeth exchange smiles during the Sovereign Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2006. Photograph - Ian Jones].
The Oxford Dictionary describes selfless as being: concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own; unselfish: an act of selfless devotion. courageous as being: not deterred by danger or pain; brave: her courageous human rights work. leaders as being: person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country: the leader of a protest group a natural leader. carers as being: a family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a child or a sick, elderly, or disabled person: elderly people and their carers need long-term support. confident as being: feeling or showing confidence in oneself or one’s abilities or qualities: she was a confident, outgoing girl. people who are confident in their identity. feeling or showing certainty about something. considerate as being: careful not to inconvenience or harm others: she was unfailingly kind and considerate. archaic showing careful thought: be considerate over your handwriting.
incredible as being: late Middle English: from Latin incredibilis. impossible to believe: an almost incredible tale of triumph and tragedy. difficult to believe; extraordinary: the noise from the crowd was incredible. informal amazingly good or beautiful: I was mesmerized: she looked so incredible.
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According to Washington DC, the top baby names for girls is said to be “heavily influenced by religion and reality TV” (the USA in this moment). The names are: Sophia (Lover of wisdom), Isabella (God is my oath), Emma (Universal), Olivia (Elf Army) and Ava (Like a bird).
Favorite picks for boys were: Jacob (supplanter), Mason (stone worker), Jayden (a combination of James and Aiden or supplanter/ little fire), William (strong willed warrior) and baby Noah (rest and comfort).
Unusual names making a comeback are Elijah (the Lord is my God) and Elvis (All Wise) at 904. Rocking!
[Photo: American rock royalty and pop art - Vintage Lisa Marie Presley as a baby, with her famous dad. Photo courtesy of FanPop].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.5.12~
Prince William and Kate Middleton went to the movies last night.
More at Lainey Gossip.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.1.12~
Who’s got swagger and can get their groove on?
Apparently, Prince William can this Christmas season.
[Photo caption - Prince William entertains Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, as he dances with Vanessa Boateng - Picture: Ben Stansall - AFP Getty]
As Kate looked on smiling, Prince William strutted his stuff, goaded on by onlookers.
‘Your swag was on point,’ resident Vanessa Boateng, 18, complimented. The Duke later invited Miss Boateng to demonstrate the routine to the rest of the crowd. ‘He made up this dance, we both made it up, you dust your shoulder off twice,’ she explained.”
There you have it. We’ve been told. Never lose your groovy swagger. :)
According to Bing.Com: Most Searched Celebrity Event of 2011 – When people say a wedding is all about the bride, the rule extends to royal weddings as well! While the royal wedding was by far the most searched celebrity event of 2011, Prince William didn’t even make the top 100 list, while his beaming bride, Kate Middleton, came in as the number 12 most searched person. And the female focus extended through the Middleton family, as Kate’s sister and maid of honor, Pippa, ranked at number 21.
Will & Kate’s Royal Wedding Ceremony Event did not make Horiwood.Com’s Top 50 stars list for 2011. It should have. But it didn’t. Congratulations though to this star couple for making Bing.Com’s no.1 most searched for Celebrity Event of 2011. Woot!
To be honest, New Zealand was more impressed that Will turned up to Christchurch City post a quake, than seeing him a thousand miles across the world on his wedding day.That was a bit more real.
It’s all about travel these days, to remain a star. It’s just the global times in which we live.
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The kitchen was where Will and Kate chose to spend part of their time in Quebec, Canada.
US Magazine reports: “Bon appétit!
Just prior to jetting off to their next tour stop Saturday, Prince William and Duchess Kate took in an intimate cooking class at the Quebec Tourism and Hotel Institute.
Donning personalized chef’s whites for the 40-minute lesson, William, 29, and his bride, also 29, learned to make a variety of dishes, including an herb and cranberry-crusted lamb and a lobster souffle.
During the visit, William kept the kitchen staff laughing — all while trying to sneak in a few snacks. Pretending to pinch strawberries from a bowl and dipping a spoon into melted chocolate for a taste, the Prince eventually became a bit impatient while waiting for his dishes to cook.
“Is there a time limit?” he asked. “Is it like [BBC TV cooking show] Ready Steady Cook? Do we eat as we go? I’m quite hungry!”
Elsewhere in the kitchen, William’s bride seemed more focused. Student teacher Theresa Rindress guided the Duchess through a recipe for an amuse-bouche of foie gras on a toasted brioche roll with apple cider jelly. “I showed her how to hold the knife and position her hand so that she did not cut herself. She was fantastic,” Rindress told reporters of her chef-in-training. “She was very competent with the knife.”
While some of their items fell flat during the end-of-class tasting, William was able to impress his cooking teacher, Jean-Louis Themistocle with one dish. “This is the best cucumber I have ever seen,” the chef beamed after the royal produced an amuse-bouche of goat cheese, baby cucumber and elderberry jam.
Heading to Quebec Sunday, the couple will continue their tour of Canada with an inter-denominational service on board the HMCS Montreal and a visit to La Maison Dauphine. They will also attend the Freedom of the City Ceremony at Quebec’s City Hall.”
[Photo credit - Tim Rooke - Rex USA]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aoterora New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.7.11~