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LONDON, July 9, 2018 (News Wires) — Prince William and his wife Catherine’s third child Prince Louis will be christened and he will have six godparents.

Louis will be christened Monday afternoon at The Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace.

Guests will include Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.

Palace officials say Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip won’t attend.

Catherine’s parents and siblings will be at the service.

The royal couple also named six close friends and family members to be godparents to Prince Louis, who was born in April.

RAMALLAH, West Bank, June 27, 2018 (News Wires) - Prince William has met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday at his office in Ramallah in the first-ever visit by a British royal to the West Bank.

William was tasked by Israel's President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday with taking a "message of peace" to the Arab leader.

In his comments to the prince, Abbas declared his commitment to peace negotiations based on a two-state solution, his standard position on the long-term resolution to the decades old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

He said he hoped the next time William visits Palestine it would be a fully independent state.

In keeping with the trip's focus on youth, the Duke of Cambridge is expected to meet young Palestinians at the nearby Jalazoun refugee camp and take part in Palestinian cultural events, including music and culinary activities.

On Tuesday in Jerusalem, William met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Rivlin.

AMMAN, June 24, 2018 (News Wires) - Prince William flies to Jordan Sunday on a trip that will see him become the first member of Britain's royal family to pay an official visit to both Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge touches down in Amman for a first leg billed as a chance to bond with Jordan's Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah, 23, a fellow graduate of Britain's Royal Sandhurst Military Academy.

The second in line to the British throne will then head to Israel on Monday evening to begin his history-making visit to the Hebrew state and occupied West Bank.

He will hold talks with both Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Kensington Palace has underlined the "non-political nature of His Royal Highness's role -- in common with all royal visits overseas".

But the region is a minefield of sensitivities.

The visit comes at a particularly volatile time after US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as capital of Israel and moved Washington's embassy there, sparking Arab outrage and deadly clashes.

Britain governed the region under a League of Nations mandate for almost three decades until Israel's creation 70 years ago, and is still blamed by both sides for sowing the seeds of a conflict that continues to wrack the region.

Ahead of William's arrival, the official schedule's reference to east Jerusalem as "in the Occupied Palestinian Territories" sparked particular anger among some right-wing Israeli politicians.

Official visits by British royals take place at the request of the UK government, but statements from the prince's household have given little explanation for the timing of this trip.

Israel has long pushed for an official visit by a member of the British monarchy.

Other members of William's family -- including his father Prince Charles -- have made unofficial visits to Israel and east Jerusalem in the past.

During the trip, William will have plenty of reminders of the British role in the region.

In Jerusalem he will stay at the King David hotel, which was Britain's administrative headquarters during its rule of Palestine prior to Israeli statehood in 1948.

In 1946 militant Jews waging violent resistance against British rule bombed the building, killing and wounding scores of people, many of them British civil servants or military personnel.

A packed schedule will also see William meet with young people, British servicemen and Syrian refugees while in Jordan.

In Israel he will lay a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.


In the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah he is also down to meet Palestinian refugees and youths.

LONDON, April 23, 2018 (Reuters) - Kate, the wife of Prince William, was admitted to hospital on Monday to give birth to the couple's third child and the latest member of Britain's royal family.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as the couple are officially known, drove from their home Kensington Palace in central London to St Mary's Hospital in west London where their other two children, George and Charlotte, were also born.

"The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, earlier this morning in the early stages of labour," Kensington Palace said in a statement.

The new royal will be fifth-in-line to the British throne behind siblings Prince George, 4, and his two-year-old sister Princess Charlotte, William, and grandfather and heir Prince Charles.

William's younger brother Harry, who marries US actress Meghan Markle next month, will fall to sixth on the list.

As with her two previous pregnancies, Kate, 36, suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness which can cause severe nausea and vomiting and require supplementary hydration and nutrients.

Kate's last engagement ahead of the birth was on March 22 when she and William attended a number of events in London to celebrate the Commonwealth ahead of a meeting of its leaders last week.

Mary, Alice, and Victoria are among the favourite names with bookmakers if the baby is a girl with Albert, Arthur, and Fred, the favourites for a boy.

Having had homes in north Wales and Norfolk in eastern England, William and Kate now live at Kensington Palace to allow the prince to dedicate more time to royal duties on behalf of his grandmother.

The British royals are rarely out of the media glare, but the baby arrives at a time when the Windsors have particularly been in the limelight.

LONDON, March 17, 2018 - Did Prince William call upon his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II for help smoothing things over between his father Prince Charles and his parents-in-law, Michael and Carole Middleton?

That’s what Tom Bower says in his new unauthorized biography of the Prince of Wales, Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles— pages of which were excerpted in The Daily Mail on Saturday.

The British investigative journalist claims that Prince Charles’ felt “usurped” by the Middeltons and “isolated” from grandchildren Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, with William and wife Kate Middleton choosing to spend Christmas with her parents rather than with the other royals and setting up their home base miles away from Highgrove (Charles’ residence) to Norfolk “where they could preserve their privacy.”

Bower claims that several of the Queen’s courtiers allegedly “decided to ignore Carole Middleton on social occasions” after picking up on Charles’ alleged fears of being overshadowed.

William became “infuriated” and “consulted with his grandmother,” Bower claims. The Queen countered “the hurtful snubs against Carole” with an invitation to drive her around the Balmoral estate — and allegedly inviting a TV cameraman to film their outing, according to Bower.

Meanwhile, Charles attempted to bond with Kate by inviting her to her first opera in the Royal Box at Covent Garden. The night out was a bust — Charles’ hope to convert Kate to classical music lost because the production of Bellini’s La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker) was “awful,” Bower claims.

Such instances led Charles to worry that the media attention was switching to William and Kate. “Charles saw Kate and William as the new stars and feared he’d be in trouble,” Robert Higdon, the chief executive of Charles’ charity foundation in America, told Bower.

The prince was even disappointed his son and daughter-in-law were invited by the Canadian government to tour the country in September 2016 before he was, Bower claims.

According to Bower, Charles’ connection to his sons William and Prince Harryhad been strained during his divorce from Princess Diana, with Charles allegedly believing “Diana had poisoned the boys’ minds towards their father.”

After her death in 1997, “the brothers had to cope with a continuing onslaught of public revelations about their parents’ adulterous relationships,” Bower writes. Charles’ eventual marriage to his mistress, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, didn’t help — her presence “a constant reminder of their mother’s torment.”

The brothers would even enter Clarence House “through the servants’ quarters, in order to avoid both their father and Camilla,” Bower claims.