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World News in English.
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Meghan Markle Asks Kate Middleton To Be Her Maid Of Honor

Looks like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are getting married soon.

Since Markle and Prince Harry headed to Africa to celebrate the "Suits" star's 36th birthday, reports about their engagement intensified. It seemed that the couple is tying the knot soon as the actress has already asked Kate Middleton to be her maid of honor as she and her love prepare to announce their engagement.

Markle reportedly delivered a gift to the Duchess of Cambridge that included a note asking the pregnant royal mom to be her maid of honor when she marries Prince Harry, Express reported. The "Horrible Bosses" actress' present to Middleton is a rose gold diamond bracelet worth around £1,471 ($2,000).

Middleton is pregnant with the third royal baby. She is currently resting as she is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which is life-threatening. So, if Markle really wants the Duchess of Cambridge to be her maid of honor, her wedding with Prince Harry might likely happen after Middleton's delivery.

The publication added that Middleton initially disapproved Prince Harry's romance with Markle, but she and the actress eventually got along well. Last week, reports claimed that Markle got to meet Queen Elizabeth. Their meeting took place on Sept. 3, after Markle and Prince Harry's romantic getaway. The couple reportedly made the seven-mile drive to the queen's summer resident, Balmoral Castle.

"It'll no doubt be the first of many encounters," the source said. Markle and Queen Elizabeth's meeting was very special for Prince Harry as he "was able to introduce someone he loves to someone he cares for deeply," the source added.

In related news, Markle and Prince Harry were spotted celebrating his 33rd birthday ahead. The lovers opted to have a low-key celebration on Sept. 9 as the actress won't be with the royal on his birthday as she needs to shoot for her TV series for USA Network.

"Harry doesn't like to make a fuss of birthdays so he liked that it was just the two of them. Sometimes it doesn't have to be a huge thing with a group of friends," a source said. Although the couple was not together on Prince Harry's birthday, he is flying to Canada this week for the Invictus Games where he is expected to meet his girlfriend.

"Harry will spend a day with Meghan before beginning Invictus-related engagements on Sept. 22. Naturally, Meghan will be present for some of the games and you'll no doubt see them together in the stands, but she won't be taking part in any of the engagements in an official capacity," the insider added.






Going strong after 70 years:
UK's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate platinum anniversary

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand next to a display of Spanish items from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace, London, Britain July 12, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo

By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth will add another landmark to her record-breaking reign on Monday when she and Prince Philip celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.
Princess Elizabeth, as she was at the time, married dashing naval officer Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at London's Westminster Abbey on Nov. 20, 1947, just two years after the end of World War Two, in a lavish ceremony attended by statesmen and royalty from around the world.
Seventy years on, Elizabeth, 91, and her 96-year-old husband will mark their platinum anniversary with a small family party at Windsor Castle, the monarch's home to the west of London.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said there would be no public event to mark the occasion.
Greek-born Philip, a descendant of Elizabeth's great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria in his own right, has been at his wife's side throughout her 65-year reign, the longest in British history. He was the person who broke the news to her in 1952 that her father, George VI, had died and that she was now queen.
"One of the secrets of this very, very long marriage, and it's an incredibly impressive anniversary, is the fact Prince Philip has always seen it as his main duty to support the queen, to help her in whatever way he can," royal historian Hugo Vickers told Reuters.
"He is the only person who can actually tell the queen absolutely straight what he thinks, and if he thinks some idea is ridiculous he will say so in whatever language he chooses to use."
The couple first met when they attended the wedding of Prince Philip's cousin, Princess Marina of Greece, to Elizabeth's uncle, the Duke of Kent, in 1934.
Philip then gained the attention of his future wife when the then-13-year-old princess made a visit with her parents to Britain's Royal Naval College at Dartmouth in southern England where he was a cadet.
"She was truly in love from the very beginning," the queen's cousin Margaret Rhodes, a life-long friend and one of her bridesmaids who died last year, wrote in her memoir.
Their engagement was announced in July 1947 and they married four months later. With Britain still recovering from the war, the wedding offered a rare burst of color and pageantry against an austere background of rationing and shortages.
The 21-year-old princess, who wore an ivory silk Norman Hartnell gown decorated with 10,000 seed pearls, had to collect coupons for her dress like other post-war brides and the couple spent their honeymoon in southern England and Scotland.
While some two billion people were estimated to have watched the couple's grandson Prince William marry his wife Kate in 2011, their own wedding was only broadcast live to some 200 million radio listeners, although highlights of the day were captured on grainy black and white film footage.
"I can see that you are sublimely happy with Philip which is right, but don't forget us is the wish of your ever loving & devoted Papa," King George wrote to his daughter after the wedding.
While royal watchers say Elizabeth and Philip have had their ups and downs like any married couple, they have avoided the travails of three of their four children whose marriages have ended in divorce, most notably heir Prince Charles's ill-fated union with his late first wife Princess Diana.
It was at the couple's 50th wedding anniversary in 1997 that the queen paid a rare personal tribute to her husband.
"He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years," Elizabeth said.
No other British monarch has celebrated such a landmark, and indeed Elizabeth was the first to mark a diamond wedding anniversary in 2007.
Philip, who has suffered health issues in recent years and was hospitalized in June, retired from active public life in August. They both attended a memorial service on Remembrance Sunday on Nov. 12, although a royal source said the monarch had decided not to lay a wreath so she could watch from a nearby balcony alongside her husband.
"Without Prince Philip the queen would have had a very tough and lonely life. He's been a complete support to her, a rock to her, from the moment she was on the throne," royal biographer Claudia Joseph told Reuters.

(Editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Gareth Jones)



Queen Letizia is all about taking risks lately.

First, she let her wild side show when she stepped out in a Roberto Verino leopard skirt, and she just took it up a notch with a completely different look. The Spanish royal and her husband, King Felipe VI, attended the 50th anniversary celebration of the Spanish sports newspaper AS and without a doubt stole the show. Letizia wore a midnight-blue, off-the-shoulder, three-quarter-sleeved dress with a beautiful oversize 3D rosette detail from Delpozo ($2,315). The piece fit her like a glove, and the fact that she looked so confident in it still has us shook. She paired her daring dress with a navy Felipe Varela satin clutch, navy Nina Ricci suede heels, and her Chanel "Plume" earrings.


As someone who has repeated many outfits, hopefully the 45-year-old will wear this dress again. In the meantime, we will continue to relish in the fashion moment and shop similar options.






Pregnant Duchess Kate shines in festive Miu Miu coat dress on Christmas Day


The royal, who is expecting baby No. 3 in April, didn't disappoint in the fashion department for Christmas Day mass with the royal family at St. Mary Magdalene Church.

Duchess Kate is glowing!

The royal, who is expecting baby No. 3 in April, didn't disappoint in the fashion department for Christmas Day mass with the royal family at St. Mary Magdalene Church. Kate was all smiles in a green-and-red Miu Miu coat that was embellished with large, gold buttons and a black velvet collar.

She added sparkle to the look with her go-to Kiki McDonough Eden earrings while keeping the rest of her look simple with black tights and booties of the same hue. As for her hair and makeup, she kept it simple and fresh for the daytime event, going for her signature curls and some light blush on her cheeks.

She stood alongside a nervous-looking Meghan Markle as they curtsied in front of Queen Elizabeth upon her arrival at the church. Prince Harry could be seen adorably giving his fiancé a pep talk before the momentous occasion -- and it's clear from the photos that Meghan passed her curtsy test with flying colours.

Princess Charlotte and Prince George were nowhere to be found, and we're guessing they're being watched over by their beloved nanny.

Meghan looked just as stylish in a camel coat from Canadian luxury brand Sentaler. She kept the rest of her look simple with a hat, Stuart Weitzman boots and a Chloé handbag -- all in different hues of brown.

For more on the royals' Christmas, watch the video above!

    This article was initially published on AOL.com: Pregnant Duchess Kate shines in festive Miu Miu coat dress on Christmas Day



Like a new Diana Meghan Markle will re-invent the Windsors as celebrities in 2018

THE Royals embracing Meghan Markle into the family shows how much the British monarchy has changed and how they are transforming their stuffy past and moving into the 21st century.

Meghan Markle is American, divorced, an actress and mixed race and her marriage to Prince Harry is being regarded by many as a symbol of change in the royal family.

In this new chapter of the House of Windsor, the wife-to-be of Prince Harry will join the Queen for Christmas at Sandringham and attend the traditional church service, despite not yet being married to the royal.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Camilla Parker Bowles and Princess Diana were not invited to spend Christmas with the Queen before they were married.

Miss Markle was even invited to the Royal Household Christmas party this week, which is an event hosted by the Lord Chamberlain at Windsor Castle.



Kate Middleton & Meghan Markle Made Their First Public Appearance Together


Kensington Palace shared candid photos of Middleton, Markle, et al., walking from the estate manor to the church in which the ladies are captured chatting and laughing. The two were also photographed giving a curtsey to the Queen, as is customary.

Middleton wears a velvet-trimmed tartan coat from Italian design house Miu Miu, while Markle is in a camel-colored alpaca coat by Sentaler along with her first fascinator. But the Queen showed everyone up in a bright orange outfit that screams celebration. After skipping services last Christmas due to a cold, she wore an outfit that said not only was she happy to be out but felt like the picture of health.

They'll be sisters-in-law in 2018, so for Christmas 2017 Meghan Markle and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, joined other members of the royal family in attending the morning services on Christmas day in Sandringham, England.

The auspicious outing marked the first time the two appeared in public together. Markle's attendance was yet another a break with tradition, as she has not yet actually married into the royal family.

Also in attendance were Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Phillip; Middleton's husband Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge; Markle's finacé, Prince Harry; Prince Charles with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Andrew; Prince Edward; and several others. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's children, George and Charlotte, appear to have stayed home this year.

Sandringham is Queen Elizabeth's country home, settled in Norfolk and part of the royal family's real estate portfolio since the mid-1800s. It includes the parish church St. Mary Magdalene, where the royal family regularly attend services and have since Queen Victoria's era.

Merry Christmas!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have joined members of the Royal Family for the Morning Service on Christmas Day in Sandringham.



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It is hard to believe this vibrant city filled with skyscrapers was once a small fishing village. A lot has changed over the decades and there’s a delicate balance of the old and the new order in this metropolitan. Dubai is renowned for its world-class shopping – it has the largest shopping mall in the world. It also has the world’s tallest building, a spectacular Grand Prix and man-made islands.

With this travel guide you will be able to explore Dubai’s main attractions and things that you can do with you family or friends when visiting this great city.

There’s so much traditional as well as historical culture embedded in this futuristic metropolitan. A lot has been done to make Dubai one of the most interesting tourist destination sites in the world. From swimming in spectacular beaches to riding camels in untamed deserts, a tourist is certainly spoiled for choice!

Dubai weather and best time to visit

It’s always hot in Dubai, no matter what day you chose to visit this city. It is advisable to plan a visit from late November all the way up to Mid-March since it gets hotter in July and August.

Dubai transportation

Unless you intend to extremely test your endurance, avoid walking in this city. Use metered taxis or the Dubai metro-trains as your mode of transportation. There’s also a $3 mandatory flat transportation rate and you can chose  to use a “gold class” taxi or even the “ladies only cab service.” The good thing with “gold class” cabs is that you are able to visit most of the popular neighborhoods in Dubai.
What you should know before visiting Dubai

It is important to know that Dubai is mostly shut down during Ramadan, so you need to keep up with their calendar as the dates of the holy month normally change each year. Since people are fasting, most restaurants are normally closed. In addition, eating, smoking or drinking publicly is prohibited during Ramadan.
Jumeirah Beach

If you want to go sprawling out in the morning or perhaps swim along the beach, then this is the best beach to visit.

Burj Khalifa
Like many other remarkable cities, Dubai is a leader in sky scrappers. In fact, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. Touring the first seven floors is free for tourists but you’ll be required to pay as you go further up.
Aquaventure Waterpark

You will definitely love Dubai’s waterpark especially if you are visiting with the kids.
Marina Yatch Club

A nice place where you can just have a relaxing afternoon stroll, especially on the weekends. Definitely worth a visit during your stay.
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Meghan Markle joins Royal family for Christmas Day church service at Sandringham

Meghan Markle has joined the Royal family for their traditional Christmas Day service at the Queen's Sandringham estate in a break with tradition.

Wearing a light brown coat and brown hat, boots and bag, Ms Markle walked arm-in-arm with fiance Prince Harry as they made the short journey from Sandringham House to St Mary Magdalene Church.

She seemed at ease as they smiled and chatted as they walked alongside William and Kate, who is pregnant with her third child.

The Queen arrived in a car and joined the group from the house which also included the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales.

Hundreds of well-wishers turned out to catch a glimpse of the royal family, with some calling out "Merry Christmas" as they walked past.

The Duke of Edinburgh leads the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they arrive for church

Meghan Markle walked arm-in-arm with fiance Prince Harry as they arrived at St Mary Magdalene Church

Meghan Markle smiles as Prince Harry points to a well-wisher in the crowd at Sandringham

As they made the return journey to Sandringham House after the service was over, Ms Markle and Harry stopped to chat to some of the crowd who turned out in mild conditions.

Among them was Judith Wallis, who was sitting in a wheelchair and is staying at the neighbouring Park House Hotel on her first Christmas Day visit to Sandringham.

She said Harry recognised her teddy bear called Maureen, which is a mascot for Armed Forces charity SSAFA, and her hat which bore the Gurkha regiment emblem.

She said Ms Markle spoke to them too. "She said lots of things," said Ms Wallis, who is in her 70s and from Chesterfield. She was very, very lovely."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are joined by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Sandringham

Tess Gilder, manager of Park House, which describes itself as a unique hotel for disabled people, was with Ms Wallis. She said of Ms Markle: "She was just so natural, so lovely."

Ms Gilder added: "I think they just wished us a Happy Christmas and were interested in whether we had been before."

Emily Randall, 31, was first in the queue to get into the area by the church with her boyfriend Jamie Mackay, 42.
The Queen at St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas morning

Ms Randall said they set out from Chichester in Sussex before 10pm on Christmas Eve and arrived at Sandringham around 2am.

"We thought it would be really busy," she said. "We looked online. We were the first ones here camping in the dark for two hours."

She said they had missed the Queen when she visited Chichester, so decided to make the trip to Sandringham.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex arrives for the church service

It is the first time Prince Harry has been joined by a partner at the event, with convention relaxed to allow Ms Markle to attend alongside him.

The Royal Family attends church service in Sandringham, in pictures

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales were among the first members of the Royal family to be pictured arriving for the early-morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church.
The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Eugenie arrive for church

Autumn Phillips, Peter Phillips and Sir Timothy Laurence on Christmas morning

The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales and Lady Sarah Chatto arrive for church



Here's What Meghan Markle Has Said About Having Children
December 25, 2017 by Johnni Macke


For those of you keeping track, Meghan Markle has already been married to Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013, but does she have any children? The answer is no, though when it comes to having a family with her fiancé, Prince Harry, she is definitely on board.

Although the couple haven't spoken in length about starting a family, during their first BBC interview as an engaged couple in November, Harry and Meghan hinted that having kids is going to happen for them, but just not right away.

"Not currently, no," Prince Harry told BBC when asked about children. "But I think eventually, one step at a time and we'll start a family in the near future."

Meghan has also been relatively quiet on the subject since dating Prince Harry. In 2016, she opened up to Lifestyle magazine about her life, career, and future family.

"I also dream to have a family. It's all about balance, and I have so much happiness in my career and am fortunate to travel the world and see so many amazing things — it will also be nice to be anchored to something grounded and in the same place," she told the magazine for its September issue — which was conducted after she began dating Harry in July of that year. "Raising a family will be a wonderful part of that."

Even before her romance began with the Prince of England, Meghan had discussed her desire to be a mom with another publication. In fact, Us Weekly discovered an old interview via Harper's Bazaar that the actress did with Best Health Canada where she quickly touched upon her family plans.

In the interview, from April 2016, Meghan said that becoming a mom was on her "bucket list." Plus, she added that "I can't wait to start a family, but in due time." No matter when the adorable couple do decide to add to their group, family and being a part of the royal family is something that Meghan is ready for.

"His family has been so welcoming. I have [met several family members] on his mother's side, it's been really important to me too," Meghan said during the couple's BBC interview. "The family has been great, and in the past year and a half, they've made me feel a part of, not just the institution, but of a part of the family."

Since Meghan's future sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, is currently expecting baby number three with Prince William, perhaps Meghan and Harry don't need to worry about becoming parents just yet. But as all fans of the royal family know, royal baby watch is an exciting venture, no matter who is pregnant!




Every year we get a glimpse into the royal Christmas when the queen delivers her annual message at Buckingham Palace...


The queen goes to church every year on Christmas Day, and she always gifts St. Mary Magdalene — which stands on the Sandringham estate — with a Christmas tree cut from her grounds. Other trees from the estate are given to local schools, while the pride of place in her own home is a 20-foot Norfolk spruce. Staff decorate most of the tree with ornaments including tartan ribbons and Queen Victoria's glass angels, but the queen adds a few finishing touches when she arrives, and the children are allowed to hang a few baubles on Christmas Eve.
The family opens their presents in the White Drawing Room (pictured here), and the pale color lit with sparkling lights and candles creates a fairy-tale feel. The room is full of mirrors and glass — there are floor-to-ceiling picture windows, and mirrors on the backs of the doors and inside the glass cabinets — so the whole room twinkles with the reflection of the lights.

There have never been any images released from inside a Sandringham Christmas, but most of the festive greenery comes from the Sandringham estate, including a 20-foot Norfolk spruce which takes pride of place inside the house.


Windsor Castle

The queen spends several weekends in Windsor Castle throughout December, and the property is dotted with 20- to 24-foot Nordmann fir trees from Windsor Great Park. There is a different theme every year, such as "Victorian" or "Regency," but no historic ornaments are used. Decorations are recycled where possible and added to by the curator of the display with purchases from Christmas markets.

In 2014, the "Waterloo bicentenary" display featured miniature Napoleons and Dukes of Wellington, golden bugles, lamé tassels, and wreaths. A cherry picker was used from the estate to put the angel on top, and 1,500 lights were used.

In the year which they celebrated Victorian Christmases
, a tree was suspended from the ceiling, as it was when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert spent the festive season at the castle. It was Prince Albert who popularized having a Christmas tree as we know it in our homes. Before that, it was tradition to bring in a potted yew tree, and Queen Charlotte had hers decorated with oranges, cloves, and sugared almonds.

Clarence House

At Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla's London home, the towering tree is decked out every year in red and gold, and topped with an angel. The decorations this year include glittered baubles, hanging glass ornaments, strings of beads, tinsel wreaths, berries, and sunbursts set with crystals, and sometimes you can catch a glimpse of their Christmas Card propped in the branches of a tree.

Clarence House

A tradition which the couple has stuck to for many years is inviting in a group of terminally ill children to decorate a tree in their home, followed by a little party. Camilla helps the children hang decorations, and last year served them bangers and mash herself.

Charles and Camilla usually use the same ornaments every year for their children's tree — a mix of fabric birds, wooden rocking horses, stars, candy canes and gingerbread decorations.






Japan's Princess Mako postpones engagement: 'We feel extremely sorry for causing great trouble'

Japan's Princess Mako will remain a royal a little while longer, revealing on Tuesday that she's postponing her wedding to commoner Kei Komuro.

The reason? The couple, who wanted to tie the knot in 2018, wanted more time to plan their nuptials. Instead, they will get married in 2020, waiting until after Mako's grandfather Emperor Akihito abdicates next year.

According to CNN, the couple had "rushed carious things" and needed more time to prepare.



We Finally Know Why We Love Kate Middleton So Much

Kate Middleton at the 2017 Gala Dinner for The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families at Kensington Palace
| Frank Augstein – WPA Pool/Getty Images

In the country the royal family actually represents, sentiments run a lot more lukewarm. The British remain conflicted about the monarchy, according to polls. In 2014, 69% of people taking part in an ICM poll said Britain would be worse off without a monarchy. In 2016, according to a poll of 1,000 people conducted by the Independent, that figure rose — probably boosted by the Queen’s Jubilee and new grandchildren — to 76%.

That means about a quarter of Brits don’t hang on Middleton’s every fashion choice like it’s a nuclear arms treaty. But even our own leaders are in on it.



The royal wedding plans of Prince Harry and his American-bride-to-be Meghan Markle are firming up as the couple released more details Sunday of the nuptials while expressing thanks for the good wishes they've been showered with from around the globe.
The wedding will begin at noon on May 19 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, about 22 miles outside of London, Kensington Palace officials said in a statement Sunday.

The Right Rev. David Conner, the dean of Windsor, has been tapped to conduct the wedding service, while The Most Rev. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate when the couple takes their marriage vows, the statement reads.
Welby also performed the christening of Prince Harry's nephew, Prince George, in 2013.
Following the hour-long wedding ceremony, Harry and Markle plan to undertake a carriage procession that will start at St. George's Chapel, leave Windsor Castle via Castle Hill, continue along High Street through Windsor Town before returning to Windsor Castle on a route called the Long Walk.
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"They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and enjoy the atmosphere of this special day," the Kensington Palace statement reads.
After the carriage procession, the newlyweds will attend a reception at St. George's Hall, where they will rejoin their wedding guests. They will likely include Harry's grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip; his father, Prince Charles; and his big brother, Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
While the official wedding guest list remains a closely guarded secret, the couple is expected to fill St. George's Chapel, which has a capacity to hold 800.

"Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are hugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received since announcing their engagement," the Kensington Palace statement reads. "They are very much looking forward to the day and to being able to share their celebrations with the public."
Prince Harry, 33, the fifth in line to the British throne, and Markle, 36, an actress who was born and raised in Los Angeles, announced their engagement in November. Speaking with reporters outside Kensington Palace, Markle showed off her engagement ring, which features two diamonds from the personal collection of Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana.
"The little diamonds on either side are from my mother's jewelry collection to make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together," Harry told the BBC during the first interview he and Markle gave in November as an engaged couple.

Royal wedding guess list: Who gets a nod from Harry, Meghan?

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday Nov. 27, 2017, Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle pose for photographers in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, following the announcement of their engagement. Prince Harry and his fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle, have released more details about their May 19 wedding, revealing that the event will include a carriage ride through Windsor so they can share the big day with the public. The couple will marry at noon in St George’s Chapel, the 15th-Century church on the grounds of Windsor Castle that has long been the backdrop of choice for royal occasions. Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, gave permission for use of the venue and will attend the wedding. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
LONDON (AP) — Forget the World Cup kicking off in Russia in June. The real competition right now is who's going to be invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in May.
Everyone who is anyone in Britain is angling for an embossed royal ticket.
British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua, who is seeking to add two more world championships to the three he already owns, says he would be happy to interrupt his high-level training for a trip to Windsor Castle on May 19. The ebullient Joshua has not been shy, tweeting a picture of himself and Harry with the question "Need a best man?"
"I'm single," the 28-year-old told the BBC, expressing an interest in seeing if the elegant, raven-haired Markle's "got any sisters."
(For the record Anthony, she has a half sister, 53-year-old Samantha Grant, a divorced mother of three who has called Markle "a social climber.")
The actual guest list is a closely guarded secret — and details about it may not be released until the event is underway. But that hasn't stopped speculation about who's in or who's out from becoming a national parlor game and the subject of wagers in Britain's legal betting shops.
Any bride and groom run into parental interference in their guest list, whether it's adding random cousins or forgotten neighbors. Yet Harry and Markle are enduring this phenomenon at a cosmic level due to the royal expectations that come along with being a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II.
At least Harry and Markle won't face the 3,500 guests that his parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, welcomed to their 1981 "wedding of the century" in St. Paul's Cathedral in London. They also avoided the warehouse-sized Westminster Abbey, where Harry's brother Prince William and Kate Middleton packed in 1,900 guests for a 2011 royal wedding extravaganza televised around the world.
Their wedding venue, St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, holds a mere 800 guests. Even so, it's going to be tough to cut that list.
The British royals' close relatives alone number over 50 — and this time Princess Eugenie gets to bring a plus-one, fiance Jack Brooksbank. Harry also won't forget non-royals like Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton, her husband James Mathews, and brother James Middleton.
At William's wedding, 45 foreign royals from 20 countries were invited from nations as diverse as Spain, Norway, Malaysia, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. William also invited governor generals from Commonwealth countries (23 seats); foreign dignitaries (27); U.K. politicians (42); religious figures (31); senior military officers (14) and 80 workers from charities that he backs. Oh — and don't forget the ambassadors from countries with ties to Britain.
William barely could squeeze in A-listers like David Beckham and TV adventure host Ben Fogle — who may return for Harry's nuptials.
Britain's governing elite — Prime Minister Theresa May, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond — would normally expect a Windsor invite. But with turmoil over Brexit roiling the ruling Conservative Party, perhaps the bride and groom should just wait until a week before the wedding, then invite whoever is still left standing.
The juiciest debate has been over invites for rival U.S. presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Harry and Obama have obvious chemistry and have worked together promoting Harry's Invictus Games competition for wounded soldiers. Some British officials, however, fear that an invite to Obama would anger Trump.
The royals could note that Obama, the U.S. president in 2011, was not invited to William's wedding. And they have a bit more leeway because Harry's wedding is not considered a state event. Markle, meanwhile, is a Hillary Clinton fan.
"We've changed our minds on this. We think Harry is in a position that he does not have to worry about the political implications of an invite," said Rupert Adams, a spokesman for the betting agency William Hill PLC. "We feel strongly that the Obamas will get an invite."
As for Trump?
"We'd be very surprised to see him on the guest list," Adams said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a trifecta of ties to the bride and groom: He's the head of a Commonwealth country, host of Harry's latest Invictus Games and leader of the nation where Markle had been living.
On the celebrity front, Elton John, who turned his song "Candle in the Wind" into an anthem for the late Princess Diana, is considered a 1-50 lock for an invite (98 percent chance) and singer James Blunt comes in at 1-4. Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is also reportedly close to Harry's royal cousins and his U.K. tour doesn't start until a few days later.
The betting for wedding performer includes John, Sheeran, Coldplay, Joss Stone and Adele.
Violet von Westenholz who introduced the couple will get a nod, along with Harry's buddies Thomas and Charlie van Straubenzee, Thomas Inskip and Arthur Landon.
Yet A-listers could find themselves outnumbered by British military members and charity workers. Look for dress uniforms from both the Blues and Royals regiment and the Army Air Corps, because Harry served as a former Apache helicopter co-pilot in Afghanistan.
"You create significant bonds in a war zone," noted Adams.
Among the 10 guests that Markle is allowed to pick (just kidding) will be her mom Doria Ragland, dad Thomas, half brother Thomas Jr. and possibly Grant. Markle's friends include tennis star Serena Williams, stylist Jessica Mulroney, "Suits" star Patrick J. Adams and former "Made in Chelsea" cast member Millie Macintosh.
Markle's ex-husband, producer Trevor Engelson, is not expected to receive an invitation.
But William Hill spokesman Adams admits that British bookies don't really have a clue about who the 36-year-old American will invite.
"The simple reality is ... we have been focusing on Harry over her




Kensington Palace delighted the nation in September 2017 when it announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their third child.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is currently seven months pregnant, is due to give birth in April - although the precise date is unknown.

Here's everything royal-watchers need to know about the new addition to the royal family, from delivery hospital to potential names.

When will the royal baby be born?

Kensington Palace tweeted the nation in October to reveal that the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth in April.

The Duchess was compelled to bring forward her third pregnancy announcement in September after being too unwell to attend a planned public appearance due to Hyperemesis Gravidarum - severe morning sickness.

Both Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two, are thought to have been born slightly late: in 2015 the Duchess of Cambridge let slip that her due date was towards the end of April, however Princess Charlotte was born on 2 May. This might mean another longer-than-average pregnancy is on the cards for the Duchess.

The new royal arrival will come just weeks before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot on Saturday, May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, hopefully giving Kate a few days to recover.

Where will the royal baby be born?

Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte were born at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, making it likely that their sibling will also be born there.

The private wing of the NHS hospital charges £5,215 for the first 24 hours if a baby is born naturally, or £6,745 for a Caesarean section, plus £1,155 for the deluxe package for each additional night.

What names could the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge be considering?

The Duke and Duchess have chosen solidly traditional royal names for their children in the past, making it likely they will reference previous monarchs this time as well.

However, here’s one former king who's highly unlikely to ever have another royal namesake: King John. That’s because in his short 17-year reign he managed to so sully his name it's pretty much been removed from royal circulation.

Not only was he exceptionally rapacious and cruel (he had a penchant for starving his enemies to death), John was also one of the most cowardly and incompetent scoundrels to sit on the throne.

The couple's first child George will in time become King George VII, following a tradition dating back to German-born George I, the first Hanoverian king of Great Britain who acceded to the throne in 1714. The last was the Queen's father George VI who died in 1952 but was known to his family as Bertie.

Among the previous monarchs to have had the name is George III - on the throne from 1760 to 1820 - who is predominantly remembered for losing the American colonies and his sanity. However, the Prince of Wales has previously disclosed that he is the king he most respects, describing him as a good man who was simply misunderstood.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge honoured both royal tradition and family ties by naming their second child Charlotte.

The name’s royal pedigree includes Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, who bore him 15 children and helped found Kew Gardens. Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, which is named after her, is part of the same NHS Trust as St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, where the private Lindo Wing is situated.

Her granddaughter Princess Charlotte of Wales, who married on May 2, the day the new Princess Charlotte was born, died in childbirth in 1817 at the age of just 21. She was the only child of George, Prince of Wales, who would go on to become King George IV.

Charlotte also happens to be the middle name of the Duchess’s sister, Pippa Middleton, and goes back in her family to her paternal great-great-great-grandmother Charlotte Ablett, born in 1825 and therefore possibly named for Princess Charlotte.

So what are the options?

Leading bookmaker Coral is continuing to see a flurry of bets on Mary - it is now the 4-1 favourite. Alice is second best in the latest betting, Victoria is 8-1 and Albert can be backed at 12-1.

Mary is one of the Queen's middle names, and it was also her grandmother's name - Queen Mary - who was married to George V.
How will this affect the succession?

The new royal baby will be fifth in line to the throne, behind the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. It means Prince Harry will drop down to sixth in line, and every other member of the Royal family will be one step further away from the throne.

Because of recent changes to the laws governing succession, the baby's sex will make no difference, as boys no longer have precedence over girls. If the change hadn't been made and the third baby were a boy, he would be fifth in line instead of Princess Charlotte - however that will now not be the case.



OK, but When Will Prince William Actually Become King?

Since Queen Elizabeth suffered an illness over the 2016 holidays, there's been a lot of hullabaloo about who will get their paws on the throne when the beloved monarch passes away. Elizabeth was only 25 when she took the throne after the death of her father, King George VI; she is currently the United Kingdom's longest-running monarch and doesn't seem to have any plans to give up her title voluntarily. But in the event of her retirement, abdication, or death, the current line of succession to the throne declares that her firstborn son, Prince Charles, would become king — and at 68, he would be the oldest heir to do so. So, where does that leave Charles's firstborn, Prince William?

So, where does that leave Charles's firstborn, Prince William? Seeing as the 34-year-old is next in line for the throne after his father, it's possible that he could becoming king sooner than we think. Charles could decide that he doesn't want the responsibility of running the Commonwealth or that he'd rather kick back on a beach for the rest of his days, in which case William would take over almost immediately. The wife of a king normally gets the title of queen, but it is purely ceremonial; technically, William's wife, Kate Middleton, would be officially known as the queen consort. And in line after William? That would be his son, Prince George, followed by Princess Charlotte, Prince Harry, and the queen's second son, Prince Andrew.



How Prince Charles Plans to Change the Royal Family When He Becomes King

Over the past year, the British royal family has subtly but significantly changed before our eyes: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have moved from their previous full-time base of Anmer Hall in Norfolk to Kensington Palace in London, they are adding to their family with a third baby, and William has given up his job as an air ambulance pilot; Prince Philip has retired; Prince Harry has gone public with the woman that many believe will soon become his wife; and William, Kate, and Harry have considerably increased their workloads. All these changes are slowly but surely paving a new path for the evolving royal family, but are some members seemingly being sidelined?

As an increasing number of duties are split between the queen, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker-Bowles, William, Kate, and Harry, it inevitably means that the queen's other three children, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, along with Andrew's daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and Edward's wife, Sophie, are being shuffled away from center stage, and, naturally, not everyone is happy about that.


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