The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Visit NEW YORK CITY!

It’s been rumored for a while, but I am beyond excited to say that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (and the royal crumpet in the oven) will officially be visiting New York, December 7-9! Wait, New York, that sounds familiar.. oh right, I LIVE HERE.

Kate has long said she would love to visit New York City, and she is getting her wish – during the most wonderful time of the year! New York at Christmas?! Sorry, but it can’t be beaten! This marks the first visit to New York City for both William and Kate. (what took you so long?!)

Two visits from our favorite young royals in two years – are we fortunate or what? Prince Harry had a successful visit to this side of the pond last spring, and this visit is bound to be equally successful.

Their itinerary will include events for causes close to their hearts, of course – mainly tied to conservation efforts tied to United for Wildlife, a cause close to William’s heart. The duo will take part in a creative industries event benefiting the GREAT campaign and Kate will visit a child development center. Prince William will also make a visit to Washington D.C. – just about a three hour journey from Manhattan. In addition, they will take part in events for the Royal Foundation and St Andrew’s Society, and even attend a NBA game.

THIS IS BIG GUYS. Imagine the perfect winter coats we are going to see on Kate. NYC deals with its fair share of crazy on a daily basis, but this will be off the charts. STAY TUNED!

Lest We Forget: A Day of Remembrance

Sunday, November 9 is Remembrance Day (then followed by Veterans Day on the 11th for all of my fellow Americans). Remembrance Day is an important, and somber, date that the royal family comes out strong for each year. The day first arose in 1919, when King George V declared it a day of remembrance for all those who lost their lives on the front lines during World War I. As this year marks the centenary of World War I, emphasis on remembering the fall is even greater and more in the spotlight – as it should be each year.

The royals have been out across the globe this year with engagements commemorating the outbreak of the war, from tours in Belgium and France to the poppy installation at the Tower of London and now, Poppy Day events throughout this past week.

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While all the royals are of course, supporters of the armed forces, come out to honor them each year and many of whom, have served themselves.. this blog is called “Keep Calm and Harry On,” so, I want to call out two quotes from Captain Wales that I think, speak to the meaning of today.

“Anyone who says they don’t enjoy the Army is mad – you can spend a week hating it and the next week it could be the best thing in the world and the best job you could ever, ever wish for. It has got so much to offer.”

“Loss of life is as tragic and devastating as it gets, but to see young lads – much younger than me – wrapped in plastic and missing limbs, with hundreds of tubes coming out of them, was something I never prepared myself for.”

Lest we forget.

 

Visiting Royal Britain: Windsor

Windsor – we all know it, some of us take the quick, approximate 30-minute train ride from central London to see it, but I bet you didn’t realize just how much royal there is to be royalled in the Windsor area.

Last month, I had the pleasure of spending (almost) a day in Windsor and the surrounds – which is why I missed the October edition of “Visiting Royal Britain.” I know, excuses, excuses! But I was out in the field! This was my first visit to Windsor and I cannot wait to go back.

Windsor Castle

Duh. When you think of Windsor, this is most likely where your mind goes. The castle is very easy to visit – only closing on select dates throughout the year; although certain parts, including The State Apartments and St George’s Chapel, close more frequently. Best to check before you go.

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Bonus round: Want a different view of the castle? Take a French Brothers cruise for the best views of the castle.

Ascot Racecourse

You know it for the horse race that takes place each June, bringing out members of the royal family and The Queen’s horses. It’s a highlight of the summer social season. It’s a royal tradition. You can also see it from the above mentioned French Brothers cruise.

Timmy Mallett Phone Box

If you’re a Brit, you may remember Timmy Mallett from his former life as a children’s television presenter. Or, if you’re an American who spends a lot of time with Brits ;) Anyway, in 2012 Mallett’s royal phone took up residence across the street from Windsor Castle. The Queen (a corgi), Prince Harry and The Duchess of Cambridge (and now Prince George) are featured on the phone box. Fun photo opp.

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The Duchess of Cambridge Pub

The pub on Thames Street (across from the castle, a few steps from the phone box), was renamed in June 2011 following the royal wedding, when the title of “The Duchess of Cambridge” was bestowed upon Kate.

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 Savill Garden

Just about fifteen minutes from the heart of Windsor, in the southern part of Windsor Great Park, Savill Garden is 35 acres of stunning gardens – seriously, you would have no idea you’re that close to London, it’s like a magical escape. It was created in the 1930s with the support of King George V and Queen Mary and it has since continued to develop under Royal Patronage. Her Majesty The Queen opened the Rose Garden in 2010. The Queen Mother planted a 50th anniversary tree in 1982. This place is super royal. You can even throw your own tea parties there.

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I know, you’re planning your trip to Windsor as you read. Tip: visit in the Spring or Summer – the boat cruise will be nice and warm, and the rose garden will be in full bloom!

Prince Harry to Visit Oman and The UAE

Kensington Palace announced today that Prince Harry will undertake a mini-tour later this month to Oman and The United Arab Emirates, November 18 – 20.

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The visit’s focal point will be Oman’s National Day Parade on November 18th, a national holiday celebrating the birthday of the Sultan - Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman. Harry is no stranger to official birthday celebrations with military displays; his grandmother has one each June – Trooping the Colour.

Harry will then move onto Abu Dhabi for the fifth annual Senteble Polo Cup. Ah memories, remember when he came to my side of the world for that? This event is a highlight of the 30-year-old royal’s calendar, as it supports the charity he founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho.

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Can’t wait to see Harry back out on tour again!

April, We’re Ready For You! Palace Confirms Kate’s Due Date

Although we may have predicted it when the news broke on September 8th, Kensington Palace just made it official – The Duchess of Cambridge is due to deliver her second child in April.

April, you say? Hmm.. why does that month sound important? Oh right, William and Kate’s anniversary. The Queen’s birthday. April 2015 is about to be the most royal month that ever royaled. Or, as I am now calling it “The Month of Cambridge.” Get your souvenir calendars, get your t-shirts, get your mugs.. it’s a thing. If Prince Harry gets engaged that month I swear…

The official announcement from Kensington Palace is as follows:

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015.

The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by Hyperemisis Gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.

So not one, but two pieces of good news today as it seems The Duchess of Cambridge is finally feeling some relief. In fact, we are due to see her tomorrow – twice. Both at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards and alongside her husband and The Queen, welcoming the president of Singapore and his wife to the UK.

Now, the waiting game begins…again. If the baby is born April 11th it will have to become an international holiday right? Like, “Super Cambridge Day?” Or how about April 21st? Sharing a birthday with its great-grandmother? No pressure here at all Kate and little royal crumpet..none. at. all.

Congratulations once again to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.. and Prince George!

Prince Harry’s Birthday: An Interview with Emily Andrews

#HarrysDirty30 bonus round! As with most things in life, I’ve saved the best for last.

If you are involved in the world of royal watching, you undoubtedly are familiar with The Sun’s royal correspondent, Emily Andrews. She is a royal road warrior, avid tweeter and incredibly kind to us royal bloggers/social media freaks. No tweet ever goes unnoticed and she is always more than willing to share her photos and personal experiences. So, when it came time to map out my “Month of Harry” I immediately knew I wanted to talk to Emily, and she did not hesitate to help me out.

Emily not only agreed straight away to do this interview, but she did it from her holiday in Greece. I hope you will appreciate her openness as much as I do; she could have provided me with blanket responses, but we all know that’s not how Emily rolls. From his special relationship with children around the world, to his (not so special) relationship with the press and social media sphere, Emily lays it on the line and provides a glimpse into our favorite prince on this, his milestone thirtieth birthday.

You were with Harry on his tour of Chile and Brazil – which didn’t get a ton of coverage back home. What was the best moment that you wish everyone could have seen?

Two things stand out which probably best convey the competing sides of Harry’s personality. The first was at a children’s day care centre in a poor suburb of Santiago, Chile. Harry loved visiting the nursery- he’s in his element with kids and these pre-schoolers (ages 18 months to five years) were incredibly cute. He joined a couple of classes, tried a bit of Spanish and sat on the floor to play musical instruments with the babies. They loved him-he’s very natural with children, like his mum-and one little girl with leaning disabilities took a particular shine to him. He even cradled one of the babies-such a cute picture that his press officer grabbed me to make sure I covered it! He was very friendly to me and seemed to be having a great time. The second was at a fire station the next day in Valparaiso. The proud fire fighters gave Harry a display of their hoses-using the force of the water to unveil a large Chilean flag. Unfortunately most of the British and Chilean journalists were stood in a press pen in the way and got completely soaked (very luckily I was next to Harry out of harm’s way!). All the press started running to avoid getting sprayed and Harry just loved it. He laughed so much and was delighted the journalists got wet. Anyone who says Harry doesn’t have a problem with the press is sadly mistaken…He took great delight in them getting a soaking.

#HarryWithKids has become my favorite part of his tours and most of his engagements, and we had a lot of that in South America… what is it about him that fosters such incredible moments?

I think he’s just a real natural. That comes from innate personality. He bonds with them very quickly, even when he doesn’t share their language. He is a very relaxed guy which transmits to the kids and they immediately respond. He’s not afraid of making a fool of himself either, he’s not hung up about protocol or looking serious. The fact that he’s the “spare” not the heir gives him some more leeway (doesn’t have to be so formal) but he also has a great sense of humour – which sees the fun in everything- and emotional empathy. And kids don’t ask difficult questions!

Courtesy of Emily Andrews, The Sun, @byemilyandrews

Courtesy of Emily Andrews, The Sun, @byemilyandrews

It’s often said there’s many sides to Harry – Prince Harry vs. Captain Wales and everything in between – do you see a difference in him depending on the engagement?

Yes. He can do “serious royal” Harry just as well as “down-with-the-kids” Harry. His recent south American tour saw lots of the latter (football, dancing, cradling babies) while the WW1 commemorations in the UK and Belgium showed his serious side. And what he’s achieved with the Invictus Games displays just what am organising powerhouse he can be. When he wants to get something done, he just goes for it. He seemed quite nervous at the Opening Ceremony for Invictus, which was very endearing. You could see how much he meant to him that it goes well. And it has- which is a massive credit to him.

Harry’s visit to Memphis with William for Guy Pelly’s wedding caused quite the media storm – and not in a good way. What did you make of that on your side of the pond?

It was the “Party Prince” raising his head again… Look, the guy had just split up from his (only second serious) girlfriend and wanted to cut loose. I think we’ve all been there. It’s just that most of us don’t have to cope with doing under the spotlight of the world’s media… It was interesting: Harry is very critical of the UK press interest in his private life, but if he lived in the States I think the scrutiny would be a lot worse! There’s quite a lot he gets away with…

Harry has recently made his lack of enthusiasm for social media known, but it seems social media is increasingly taking over as an important vehicle for getting the royals’ messages out – whether it is with a cause they are championing, like the Invictus Games, or an overseas visit. As a royal reporter, what is your reaction to Harry’s confession and what should we all take away from it for our social media posting?

I know many bloggers/social media aficionados were very upset with his comments on this. Twitter even emailed him asking if he wanted any help on how to use it!!! Ironically Harry is very interested in it, uses it (under a pseudonym) and pretty much reads everything we all write. He even helps the Queen with it. He follows all the main people on Twitter-and has even talked to me about what I post!! He loves to know who are behind some of the more positive/negative users, and so do his press team. He cares very much about public perception of him, so I can guarantee he’ll read your blogs at some stage Kelly. Yet at the same time he hates the fact he can’t do anything private (his supermarket shopping, going to the cinema, buying a burger etc. ) without someone spotting him, taking a phone picture and putting it on social media. He wants to be like all of us, with the anonymity we enjoy. But he can’t – and this massively frustrates him. But his press team use social media increasingly as it’s a way of them getting his/their message straight out without it being diluted/distorted (as they would see it…) by the press.  

One word to describe Prince Harry..

Captivating

This is a big birthday for Harry, what do you think we will see from him in this milestone year?

This is a massive opportunity for Harry (see my piece on him last month in The Sun) as to the direction his life takes. He’s arguably the most popular royal- probably the only member of The Firm most ordinary people would want to buy a drink. I think the success of the Invictus Games will be a massive boost to his confidence and we’ll see him become a campaigning great like his mother. It’s interesting that he’s really stealing a march on his brother in this area. I think he’ll also go back to active service in the Army- a job that he loves. And hopefully he’ll find a lovely new girlfriend – one whom will help, finally, consign the “Party Prince” headline to history!

It’s September 15, 2015 – what was The Sun’s biggest Harry headline of the year?

On his engagement: I’m gonna marry Harry!

 

I cannot thank Emily enough for not only agreeing to this interview, but for putting so much thought and candor into it. If you’re not following Emily on Twitter, get on that right now!

Happy 30th Birthday Prince Harry!

Happiest of birthdays to the one and only Prince Harry!

Henry Charles Albert David was born this day thirty years ago at 4:20pm in London to Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

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You will have seen many articles, round ups and shows about Harry’s monumental birthday, so I will not subject you to another “top” whatever list …although let’s be real, a day of nothing but the best Harry moments is basically heaven.

I’m keeping this simple on his big day.  The world loves Harry, he’s been called everything from the most loved royal to the people’s prince, and everyone has their reasons for loving him and their favorite moment. Nothing sums up who he is and why we’ve all come to love him over the past thirty years than the Invictus Games, which wrapped not too long before before the clock struck midnight.

Harry concluded his 20′s in an extremely meaningful way; he saw a dream come to life and he made a significant difference in the lives of so many from around the world. This is the power of Prince Harry. At the heart of every single thing he does, it is obvious he genuinely cares. His family, his military comrades, the young, the old – he loves, he inspires, he leaves places and people better than how he found them. It’s why we love him. Yes, he’s nice to look at, but that’s not it. You’ve all realized that by now… this guy is legit.

Here’s to you Harry, may your thirtieth year be the best yet.