Royals: Then and Now

Royals: Then and Now

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(NO SALES) In this Handout Image provided by Clarence House www.officialroyalwedding2011.org, Kate Middleton is pictured aged three on a family holiday in the Lake District.
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As Kate Middleton is welcomed into the British Royal Family, it's an appropriate time to look back at how the royals have changed through the years. Prince William was the firstborn son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales. Growing up, he was often dubbed "Wombat" or "Wills."
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After spending time in the military, Prince William proposed to his long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton in October 2010. The two former university flatmates will be married in April 2011 in Westminster Abbey.
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Kate Middleton is the eldest of three children born to parents who met while working at British Airways. She is pictured at age three while on a family holiday in the UK's Lake District.
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Middleton, now 29, met Prince William while attending college at the at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her exact title will not be announced until the day of the wedding but she will likely be known as a Duchess.
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During the post-WWII period of hope in the 1950s, Queen Elizabeth was a young woman at the start of her reign. She was considered to be a "fairytale Queen."
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Queen Elizabeth is now 84 years old and plans to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, which marks 60 years as Queen. She's on her way to become the longest-reigning queen regnant in world history.
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, met Prince Charles at a polo match in 1970. Their relationship flourished and lasted throughout both of their separate marriages.
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Camilla finally married Charles in 2005, and since then she has accompanied him on his official obligations and contributed to various charities. In 2007 she declined to attend the anniversary memorial service for Princess Diana on account that she didn't want to "divert attention from the life and service of Diana."
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Prince Harry, unlike his older brother, was more of an athlete than a scholar growing up. He received a D in geography while his brother got top honors in the same area. Throughout his teenage years he was considered the "wild child" of the royal family.
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Harry is now 26-years-old and has since become a lieutenant in the British Army. He wanted to serve with his regiment at the front line in Iraq but was not allowed because he was a high-value target. He is also Counsellor of State and will serve at the best man at his brother's wedding.
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The second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Prince Andrew, Duke of York joined the Royal Navy and underwent pilot training in his early years.
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Andrew went on to marry and divorce Sarah Ferguson, and have two daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie. Now he is the UK's special trade representative, a promoter of British business around the world. In 2010 WikiLeaks revealed his association with corruption and bribery in Kyrgyzstan, and rumors about his friendship with alleged sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein brought many to question his moral decisions.
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Princess Caroline of Monaco is the daughter of Grace Kelly and was first married to Philippe Junot in 1978.
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Two divorces later, Caroline is now married to Ernst August, Prince of Hanover. Should she outlive her brother Prince Albert, who is unmarried, she could become the second Sovereign Princess in Monaco's history--after Louise-Hippolyte Grimaldi in 1731.
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Prince Felipe studied Law and Economics and earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
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After dating several women that were not popular by the public's standards, Felipe chose broadcast journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano as his wife in 2004. Since then, he and his sisters became the first members of the Spanish royal family to join a public protest during the March 2004 Madrid bombings.
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Princess Beatrice was born as the first daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson.
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Princess Beatrice is currently 22-years-old and a history student at Goldsmiths, University of London. She will be graduating this year. She has expressed a desire to contribute to charity work and has already visited Russian children infected with HIV and supported the Teenage Cancer Trust.
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Sarah Ferguson, also known as "Fergie," lived a simple life in her early years when she worked for a public relations firm, an art gallery and a publishing company. She married Prince Andrew in 1986, becoming the Duchess of York.
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Two kids later, Fergie developed a reputation for gaining weight and was dubbed "Duchess of Pork" by the tabloid press. She and Andrew divorced in 1996 and is rumored to be in debt for unpaid legal fees.
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Prince Charles studied archaeology, anthropology and history at Trinity College in Cambridge, then went on to spend time in the navy and air force. Throughout his early years his love life was always a big subject for the press.
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Charles had affairs with other women while he was married to Diana, but finally married Camilla in 2005. Since then he has contributed to environmental causes, architecture, and inner-city renewal.
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Princess Stephanie's mother Grace Kelly called her "wild child" growing up--she débuted as a model at the age of 19. She began singing at age 21.
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Stephanie has been divorced twice and is currently unmarried at age 46. She became heavily involved in AIDS awareness and rose to the title of UNAIDS ambassador, along with creating Fight Aids Monaco to support people who are infected with HIV.
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Prince Naruhito was born in 1960 to the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in Japan. In this portrait, he is 5-years-old and holding a fan and pine branch during his goodbye to childhood ceremony.
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Naruhito is now half a century old, and very big on water conservation. He's honorary president of the Third World Water Forum, and continues to represent Japan abroad.
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Born in Washington, D.C., Queen Noor (Lisa Halaby) started out as an architecture and urban planning professional. She met the King of Jordan while she was working on the redesign of the Queen Alia International Airport in 1977. They married in 1978.
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Queen Noor is now a widow, but continues to use her influence by focusing on education, human rights and cross-cultural understanding between Muslims and Westerners. She has visited Pakistan to advocate for refugees and founded Global Zero, which opposes nuclear weapons. She has won numerous awards for her international and humanitarian work.
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Prince Albert is the son of Grace Kelly and spent his university years studying political science. He was a fan of several sports, including cross country, judo, swimming, tennis, skiing and sailing.
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Since becoming Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Albert has been surrounded by rumors of homosexuality, but he has confirmed that he has two illegitimate children. At age 52, he was engaged to South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock. They plan to marry in July 2011.
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