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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to open building in Oxford

William and Kate will officially open the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will today open the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building. It's a dedicated area for the study of China, with 50 academics working on the politics, economics, history, literature and society of the country.


Kate and William attend St Patrick's Day Parade

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be the guests of honour at the Irish Guards' St Patrick's Day Parade in Hampshire. Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be the guests of honour at the Irish Guards' St Patrick's Day Parade in Hampshire.

William will attend as colonel of the regiment and Kate will present traditional sprigs of shamrock to officers and guardsmen at their base in Aldershot.

The royal couple will watch as the Band of the Irish Guards marches on to the parade square at Mons Barracks followed by 300 soldiers.

They will be joined by Domhnall, the regiment's Irish wolfhound mascot, who will receive his own sprig of shamrock from the Duchess.

During the ceremony, Kate will step forward to present the shamrocks to officers and warrant officers, who in turn will issue them along the ranks.

This follows a century-old tradition inaugurated in 1901 by Queen Alexandra, the wife of Edward VII.

Christmas with the Royal grandparents for Berkshire's Prince

It was a full house at Sandringham as four generations gathered for the festivities on the Norfolk estate.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked relaxed as they made the journey to St Mary Magdalene Church on foot holding hands.

But there was no sign of Prince George as temperatures stayed just above freezing.

Wearing a tartan Alexander McQueen coat and a hat by Gina Foster, Kate smiled and waved to the crowds.

As she left the service, she stopped to chat to Cicely Howard, 75, from Great Yarmouth, who asked about the baby.

"She told me he was having a lovely day but was more interested in the wrapping paper than the presents,"

– Ms Howard, Royal watcher


Excitement builds in Bucklebury

The village of Bucklebury in Berkshire is gearing up for the christening of Prince George tomorrow - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son.

The ceremony will take place at St James' Palace and will be attended by close members of the family. The young prince spent the first few weeks of his life in Bucklebury at Kate Middleton's parents' home and customers at the family's local pub will be raising a toast to celebrate the occasion.

John Hayley is the owner of the Old Boot Inn in the village.

Photographer announced for Prince's christening

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that Jason Bell will be the official photographer at their sons christening tomorrow.

Prince George will have his picture taken at Clarence House following the service in the Chapel Royal.

Jason Bell is a well established portrait photographer and his work has appeared in many of the world's foremost publications.

He has received a number of awards, including The Royal Photographic Society's Terrence Donovan Award for outstanding contribution to photography.

Beckham 'call royal baby David'

David Beckham Credit: PA

David Beckham has given the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge his full support ahead of the birth of their first baby.

The football star, who attended the couple's wedding in 2011 with his wife Victoria, said William and Kate will be "amazing" parents.

Beckham, a father of four himself, struck up a friendship with William when the pair joined forces to lobby for London's Olympic bid in 2007.

In an interview he said: "They're going to be amazing parents because they are so loving towards children.

"We've seen William grow from that young boy into an unbelievable gentleman. And that as a father is really important."

He even helped out the couple by suggesting a name for the new royal arrival.

"David's pretty good ... if it's a boy of course, " he recommended.

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