It was a day out yesterday for the second-in-line to the British throne, Prince William.
He was off diaper-duty and visiting a country fair on a royal engagement in Anglesey, Wales. But it was clear baby George was on the new father’s mind.
“While Catherine, the Dutchess of Cambridge, stayed at home, William joked about being a father,” CNN’s Erin McLaughlin reports.
"She and George would have loved to have been here,” William said, amidst cows, sheep and horses. “He's pretty loud and, of course, extremely good looking"
The agricultural event was Prince William's first official royal engagement since his son was born, “and one of his last as a resident of Anglesey, the remote island in Wales that both he and Catherine have called home for more than two and a half years,” McLaughlin reports.
In September, William completes his tour of duty as an Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot and he will be leaving the island that has been so good to the Cambridges.
“This island has been our first home together and it will always be an immensely special place for us both,” William said. “Catherine and I look forward to returning again and again over the coming years with our family.”
“The Duke and Duchess were able to live here in relative privacy, and it was here where William and Kate appeared for their first royal engagement, launching a lifeboat just before their wedding,” McLaughlin reports.
“This visit is a kind of thank you to the Anglesey community for all of their support, the Prince's first official and highly publicized royal debut as the father of a future king.”
They're getting ready this morning for a royal ceremony this morning in Southampton, England where the Duchess of Cambridge is about to become a godmother—to a cruise ship.
The christening ceremony will be Kate's last, official solo appearance before the birth of her baby next month. CNN’s Richard Quest is in Southampton with more.
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Prince Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, is expected to undergo "an exploratory" abdominal surgery Friday at a London hospital, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.
The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the hospital Thursday and is expected to stay there for up to two weeks, according to the palace statement.
He is being treated "following abdominal investigations."
The surgery will likely take place Friday unless the medical advice changes, the palace spokesman said.
The 91-year-old is set to celebrate his birthday Monday.
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The United Kingdom celebrates 60 years of Queen Elizabeth's reign today. Max Foster has more on the occasion.
In 1953, 27-year-old Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey in a ceremony “steeped in tradition and religious symbolism,” Foster reports. “The first coronation held in the exact same spot was for William the Conqueror in 1066.”
The Queen returns to the Abbey today, marking the 60th anniversary of her reign in a low-key affair with close family and special guests.
Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Peter Phillips calls the occasion “a moment of great pride.” Phillips says, “There’s also the pride of being able to show our support as grandchildren and as children, to ensure she’s got a very supportive family around her.”
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall makes a bold choice in making her first solo trip abroad to Paris. Max Foster explains.
On Day 6 of his U.S. tour, Prince Harry visits Seaside Heights to tour areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy CNN's Poppy Harlow reports from Seaside Heights, NJ.
Chris Christie is 'grateful' that Prince Harry is bringing awareness back to the recovery and rebuilding effort in New Jersey from Superstorm Sandy.
Later today Prince Harry will visit New York City. He will go to Harlem, and attended a baseball with inner-city youth. Later today he will also attend an event with Prime Minister David Cameron to promote economic interests in the United Kingdom. Finally, Prince Harry will attend an event to raise money for several of his foundations.
According to the New York Daily News, there's something the Duchess of Cambridge has that American women really want— her nose. There’s been a surge in women asking plastic surgeons for "The Kate Middleton". Experts say her nose has a feminine look with a cute upturn at the end.
Also trending on the web is an interview President Obama had with Israeli television ahead of his trip to Israel where he appears to be channeling Joe Biden in talking about what he'd really like to do there. He just wants to wander down Tel Aviv, go to a bar and spend time with strangers! The president heads to Israel for the first time as president next week.
CNN's Max Foster says the queen is suffering from the symptoms of gastroenteritis, and will likely be released tomorrow if things go smoothly.
The Dutchess of Cambridge reveals her baby bump in her first official public appearance since her hospitalization.
Prince William and his wife Catherine are expecting their first child. The royal couple’s news comes after 19 months of marriage, and it comes to us only because the palace announced the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to a central London hospital with acute morning sickness. Elizabeth Cohen joins “Early Start” live from Atlanta to explain how bad morning sickness can get.
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