Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge has cancelled further work commitments due to acute morning sickness.
The British royal is pregnant with her second child with Prince William and is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. Editors at Britain's Daily Express newspaper report she was due to visit British Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup team base in Portsmouth, England on Monday (13Sep14) but was forced to pull out because of her ongoing condition.
A source at the couple's London residence, Kensington Palace, says, "Her engagements are being reviewed on a case by case basis. Any future engagements will be announced in due course."
The Duchess has had to pull out of several work engagements due to the illness that she also suffered during her pregnancy with first child, Prince George.
Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge has pulled out of another royal engagement as she continues to battle severe morning sickness.
The British royal is expecting her second child with husband Prince William, but has been struck down with hyperemesis gravidarum, the same condition which blighted her first pregnancy. She axed a number of outings, including an official trip to Malta, but had hoped to return to work this week (beg29Sep14) by attending the launch of a charity project in London. However, she has now confirmed she is not well enough to attend the event for The Art Room organization.
The Duchess says in a statement, "I am truly sorry that I cannot be with you all... as you celebrate this milestone. As Patron of The Art Room I feel great pride to see the work that the charity is doing... I hope that you have a wonderful afternoon. My sincere apologies for not being able to join you but I hope that I will have an opportunity to visit... soon."
A spokesman for the royal insists she has no more engagements booked and future appointments will be "kept under review on a case by case basis". The royal couple's first child, Prince George, was born last year (13).
George Clooney's lawyer fiancee Amal Alamuddin has arrived in Italy for the couple's reported weekend wedding in Venice. The pretty 36 year old was all smiles as she collected her luggage in Milan on Wednesday (24Sep14).
Looking relaxed and happy, she was joined by her mum Baria.
Alamuddin and Clooney will reportedly exchange vows on Saturday (27Sep14) at the Aman Canal Grande Venice hotel.
Sources claim the bride will wear a custom-made gown designed by in-demand Alexander McQueen fashion house mastermind Sarah Burton, who created Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress in 2011.
This morning it was announced that Kate Middleton and Prince William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting Royal Baby #2! We could not be any happier for them than we are right now. Prince George is our favorite member of the Royal Family, but we think being an only child can carries a particular burden. He needs a sibling! Someone for him to pass on his legacy on to. A brother or a sister (please be a sister, please) that he can teach all of his wisdom too.
Like, how to accept a gift like royalty:
Prince George has perfected the art of kindly telling people to back off:
He needs to show someone how to feign interest as well as him:
He's going to have to teach his baby sibling how to wave when they're a day old:
Who else is Prince George supposed to discuss his mother's magical hair with than his baby sib?
He must do his duty to his country and show his sibling how to be as enthusiastic as possible:
He needs help putting their daddy in his place:
Even their mom might need a talking to:
A little sibling can help him put the peasants down:
He's the king of playtime right now, but without a sibling, he has no one to steal toys from and get away with it:
Congratulations to the happy family! We're very excited to hear more news about Royal Baby #2 as this pregnancy progresses.
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Britain's Prince William is "thrilled" at the prospect of becoming a father for the second time and is adamant his wife Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge is "okay" as she battles severe morning sickness.
The royal couple announced on Monday (08Sep14) they are expecting a second child, following the birth of son Prince George in July last year (13).
In a statement, they confirmed the duchess is also suffering from the debilitating illness that blighted her first pregnancy, but the prince has now spoken out to assure fans his wife is bearing up.
Speaking in Oxford, England after the announcement on Monday, Prince William said, "She is feeling okay, thanks. It's been a tricky few days - a week or so - but obviously we are mostly thrilled. It's great news. Early days but we are hoping things settle down and she feels a bit better."
Gospel stars Edwin Hawkins, Tye Tribbett and Warryn Campbell are set to be honoured at an upcoming prizegiving by officials at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). The trio will be guests of honour at the ASCAP Presents: Morning Glory breakfast reception in Nashville, Tennessee, where Hawkins is presented with the Gospel Icon Award for his career achievements, while singer/songwriter Tribbett and producer Campbell will pick up the Spirit of Song Award.
Nicole George-Middleton, ASCAP Vice President, Rhythm & Soul/Urban, says, "We are so excited to honour an amazing group of artists as part of the Morning Glory breakfast. They have made remarkable achievements in music and have inspired so many. Artists like Edwin Hawkins, Tye Tribbett and Warryn Campbell have produced a legacy that will live on and continue to shape music."
The event will take place on 18 January (14).
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Newborn royal Prince George's official christening photos have made history by bringing together four generations of present and future British monarchs for a portrait for the first time in over a century. In the main family shot, taken by fashion photographer Jason Bell, proud great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, sits surrounded by her three future kings - George, Prince William and her son Prince Charles, the current heir to the throne.
The Duke of Edinburgh, George's mum Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, uncles Prince Harry of Wales and James Middleton, aunt Pippa Middleton, grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton and step-grandmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are also featured in the happy family portrait, which was taken in the morning room at Clarence House in London following the young prince's christening at the Chapel Royal of St James's Palace on Wednesday (23Oct13).
Britain's royal baby Prince George has been formally christened at St James's Palace in London. The three-month-old son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was baptised on Wednesday (23Oct13) in front of his parents and other high-ranking royals, including Queen Elizabeth II, her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, and William's father Charles, Prince of Wales.
His brother Prince Harry and his parents-in-law Carole and Michael Middleton were also in attendance during the 30-minute service.
The baby boy wore a Honiton lace and satin gown, a replica of that first worn by Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841, for the ceremony in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace.
The service consisted of two hymns and two anthems, chosen by the baby's parents. The hymns were Breathe on Me, Breath of God and Be Thou My Vision, and the anthems were Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand - which was written for Prince William's baptism in 1982 - and The Lord Bless You and Keep You.
There were also two lessons - St. Luke chapter 18, verses 15-17, read by the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton, and St. John chapter 15, verses 1-5, read by Prince Harry.
After the baptism, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, the Duchess of Cambridge was seen beaming with delight as she carried Prince George from the chapel to a waiting car.
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge have chosen seven close friends, including his cousin Zara Tindall, to act as godparents to their son Prince George. The couple will be joined by reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince Harry as the third in line for the throne is baptised at a chapel in St James's Palace in London on Wednesday (23Oct13).
Princess Anne's pregnant daughter Zara will act as godmother, alongside Catherine's school pal Emelia Jardine-Paterson and Julia Samuel, a close friend of the prince's late mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
Godfather duties fall to William and Harry's former private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the prince's childhood friends William van Cutsem and Earl Grosvenor, and Oliver Baker, who attended St. Andrews university in Scotland with the royal couple.
Their decision to choose close friends as their firstborn's godparents breaks with royal tradition of asking members of foreign royal families and the aristocracy to take on the roles.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Catherine's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her siblings, Pippa and James, are all expected to be in attendance at the ceremony.
The party will celebrate the baptism with a reception at royal residence Clarence House, where guests will be served cake from the couple's wedding in 2011.