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The Queen names new litter of dogs after 'Harry Potter'

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee officially commencing this weekend, the royal family is in the news more than ever — with the exception, of course, of that little wedding last year.

Today, another nugget of info about the Queen Elizabeth’s personal life came out: She’s named a litter of Labradors after Harry Potter. Royals: They’re just like us. According to MSN, the Queen named one of the dogs “Gryffindor” which of course is one of the four Hogwarts houses, and not the name of an actual character from the books. No word on whether there is a Hufflepuff dog as well, which, being the house that is loyal and true, seems a perfect match for a canine pal. Gryffindor is the only name so far that is being reported, but one has to assume Sirius Black made the cut. This isn’t the first time the Queen has shown her Potter love. In 2006, J.K. Rowling helped the Queen celebrate her 80th birthday.

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Pippa Middleton signs a lucrative deal for a party planning book

So much of the world knows Pippa Middleton, younger sister to the Duchess of Cambridge, for her pert posterior, which grabbed countless headlines in April when she became the world’s most famous maid of honor. Now the world will see a different side of her as a party planner. According to the Daily Mail, Middleton struck a massive £400,000 ($622,000) U.K. deal with Penguin. The book will reportedly be titled How to Be the Perfect Party Hostess and will include recipes, pointers, and anecdotes. Middleton currently works as a party planner for the London-based company Table Talk, and she also writes and edits the newsletter for the website of her family’s party supply company Party Pieces.

The Mail reports that Middleton, not wanting to be seen as exploiting royal connections, consulted with all sides of the family before signing the deal. She will hold the publication of the book until after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations next summer.

Will you take party planning tips from Pippa?

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Royal wedding fever continues with ‘William & Catherine: Their Story’
Biographer Andrew Morton discusses the royal wedding and his upcoming book

Royal wedding fever continues with 'William & Catherine: Their Story'


It’s been two weeks since the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine, and it looks like the fascination isn’t going anywhere. In  William & Catherine: Their Story (crashed into print and officially out May 17), Andrew Morton — author of the groundbreaking 1992 biography Diana: Her True Story, presents a photo-laden, gossip-studded history of the newlyweds that will satisfy royal fans hungry for more.  Oversized, with  printed endpapers, it has the feel of an expensive scrapbook.

The chapters focus mostly on William — his early years, adolescence and student life, including intimate details about life at the Palace, his parents’ messy separation and William’s role as Diana’s confidante during her struggle to find independence. The pictures follow his journey from shy youngster — look for an adorable picture of Wills and Harry playing on a vinatge fire engine — to the charming and handsome lad that the teen mags went gaga for.

There’s just one chapter devoted solely to Kate Catherine, but in it, Morton shares private details about her life, from a copy of her birth certificate to a story about how she and a boarding-school roommate mooned boys across the hall. (Let’s hope the Queen didn’t hear about that one.) There’s also a small section, which surely could’ve been more extensive considering the interest, on Catherine’s fashion.

The latter half of the book focuses on William and Catherine’s life together — their initial meeting, the ups and down of their relationships, the engagement proposal in Kenya, and finally, of course, the big day. Unlike the rest of the book, we don’t get too many extra details. Instead, it serves as a recap: Wills whispered, “You’re so beautiful,” once his bride made her way to the altar; they drove away in an Aston Martin; Prince Harry organized the raucous after-party; and so on. And we’ve seen the pictures before, too, perhaps too much, on the weekend of April 29. But seeing those images (the dress! the hats! Pippa!) in this compendium makes the somewhat saturated media hoopla feel special again.

Would you pick up a book on William and Catherine now? Are you still interested in all things royal?

Photo: St. Martins Press

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