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Mattel's collector's edition Duke and Duchess of Cambridge versions of Barbie and Ken have been released, and are quite regal - and realistic for miniature dolls!

Case in point: Barbie Kate Middleton isn't as voluptuous as the blonde original, while William/Ken isn't nearly as much of a fake-tanned metrosexual douche.

The toy company is releasing the special Prince William and Kate Middleton figurines in time to mark the real-life royal couple's one-year anniversary April 29.

Here they are, outfitted in their royal wedding attire:

William and Kate Barbies

William's red military jacket with a blue sash is a surprisingly accurate replica, as are Kate's Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown, tiara and engagement ring.

Kate Middleton has been a doll before, if you remember - last year, the Franklin Mint made an engagement edition - and in a different sense, she's a doll every day.

Sadly for those stateside, when the royal Barbie-and-Ken dolls go on sale for $155 from Amazon.com U.K. come April 7, they will not be offered in North America.

Shoppers throughout Europe, on the other hand, can buy all they want and charge absurd sums on eBay. International online commerce at its finest, people.

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Welcome back to the first annual Tournament of THG: Couples Edition, where fans vote on the most popular celebrity couple in the entire universe!

The concept is simple: Pick your favorite of the two pairs in each poll. Done. YOUR VOTES will determine the winners of this tournament showdown.

Stripped Down

In yesterday's matchup, Jay-Z and Beyonce took on Jason and Molly Mesnick from The Bachelor in what has become a surprisingly close slugfest.

Today's battle: Our #6 seeds, Prince William and Kate Middleton, up against the #11 seeds, the newly-engaged Britney Spears and Jason Trawick!

Vote for your favorite duo in the first-round contest below!

And the Winner is?

Which celebrity couple do you like more, William and Kate or Britney and Jason? Vote in this first-round Tournament of THG Couples Edition matchup now! View Poll »

Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

William and Kate
77.8%

Britney and Jason
22.2%

Total Votes: 1919

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Prince William and Kate Middleton have adopted a new puppy!

Rumors had been circling about a new addition to their family since photos surfaced of the pair walking along with a canine companion on Newborough Beach in North Wales, but the Palace hadn't confirmed the adorable news - until now!

The newlyweds have become parents to a months-old black Cocker Spaniel: AWW!

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Puppy

The Palace has yet to release the name, but The Telegraph says the male pup is a son of a dog belonging to the Duchess of Cambridge's mother, Carole Middleton.

Members of the media are sure to love the newest royal addition as the royal couple is certain to take many more outings with their new furry friend in the future.

Not to mention the fact that it will stir up the obligatory Kate Middleton pregnancy rumors. After all, the dog always comes before the baby ... are we right?!

[Photo: WENN.com]

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One day before her 30th birthday, the Duchess of Cambridge and husband Prince William attended the premiere of War Horse in London today.

It marked first royal film premiere for Kate, who walked the carpet in a black, lace Alice Temperley gown (below). Suffice it to say, she looked fabulous.

William shielded his wife from the rain with an umbrella.

  • Kate Middleton in Alice Temperley
  • Kate and William Pic

The film's legendary director Steven Spielberg, along with War Horse's lead actor, Jeremy Irvine, were also on hand for the star-studded UK event.

The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, which helps military servicemen and women transition back to their civilian lives, was the beneficiary.

In addition to the organization, fans who got a glimpse of the royal couple in person were also big winners, although these Kate Middleton pictures will do!

[Photos: WENN.com]

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Despite reports that Prince William and Kate Middleton's New Year's plans involved spending time at his father's sprawling Scotland, estate, they chose a more low-key locale.

A tent pitched in the back garden of the Middleton family's yard!

According to the U.K.'s Mail on Sunday, Pippa Middleton, who along with her parents is in the party-planning business, played host to the (relatively) small soiree.

  • Duchess Catherine
  • Pip Off to Work

The Middleton girls know how to dress - and party!

The stylish sister has expensive taste: The tent alone cost nearly $5,000 (or 3,000 in British pounds) to set up behind their home in Berkshire, England.

Described by an onlooker as a "canvas palace," the tent enclosed a dance floor and seating for more than 100 party-goers ready to ring in 2012.

"[Kate Middleton] looked full of the joys of the season," a party-goer said of 2011's royal bride, 29, who laughed and joked with her husband, also 29.

The celebration in her hometown with Pippa, 27, comes nearly a week after the Duchess' first Christmas as a royal in Sandringham, Norfolk.

[Photos: Fame Pictures, WENN.com]

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The UK's (and THG's) favoritest couple Prince William and Kate Middleton will be surrounded by loved ones when they ring in their first year as newlyweds.

According to reports, William and Kate, both 29, will travel to Aberdeen, Scotland, and will stay at Birkhall, a 53,000-acre estate belonging to William's dad.

"They will stay for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day," a source reveals. "Prince Charles and Camilla will be flying there, too." But that's not all ...

A Prince William and Kate Middleton Pic

William and Kate's whirlwind holiday plans continue ...

Unlike her first Christmas at the Palace, Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, are "expected at Birkhall for the festivities," the source believes, which is nice.

"They are staying at Teapot Cottage or another cottage on the estate, not Birkhall itself," says the insider, although the Middletons will be welcomed by the family.

No word yet on the NYE plans of Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton, but we hope it involves them being together. Someone really needs to start a petition for that.

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Lucky.

That's all we can say about a report from NBC's Today Show, which discussed what Prince William is going to get Kate Middleton for Christmas, [and] said "the general consensus at this point is that the Duchess of Cambridge is getting a puppy."

Gives new meaning to ruffing it with the in-laws, are we right?!

A Prince William and Kate Middleton Pic

In August, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla adopted a Jack Russell Terrier named Beth from Battersea Dogs Home in London. Queen Elizabeth II is also an animal lover.

Kate Middleton, 29, will spend her first Christmas as a royal with William, also 29, and his entire family at Sandringham manor, the queen's retreat in Norfolk, England.

The royal newlyweds will be joined by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton, of course, and a little later in the week, they'll spend time with the Middleton family at their residence.

And their newfound four-legged friend, of course. Aww.

[Photo: WENN.com]

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With the days remaining in 2011 becoming fewer every 24 hours, it's time to raise a glass to the year that was - and the stars that made the past 12 months so great.

At THG, we're doing that by counting down the 10 most newsworthy celebrities of 2011. First, there was the arresting centerfold Lindsay Lohan at #10. What a mess!

Jennifer Lopez came in at #9, Selena Gomez at #8 and a batch of hilarious viral video stars at#7 spot Katy Perry and Justin Bieber were #6 and #5, respectively.

Now, at #4, we salute ... the new generation of the British Royal Family!

Official Royal Wedding Portrait

Approximately a billion people watched Prince William marry Kate Middleton April 29. A billion. More than 36 million watched in the U.S., where they don't even live. 72 million streamed the Royal Wedding live on just YouTube!

It was a big deal is what we're saying.

In these troubled times mired by financial duress, armed conflict, natural disasters and a growing sense of uncertainty, the world looked to the matrimony of two wonderful young people - true class acts - as a respite from its daily struggles.

That's a lot of weight on William and Kate's shoulders, but they handled it as well as any 29-year-olds could. Their exchange of vows was as celebrated as any in history.

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In case you thought Kate Middleton got any less stylish over the past few months, you were mistaken! Not that anyone in their right mind would think that. Anyway.

The Duchess of Cambridge turned heads this weekend at London's annual military awards show designed to recognize servicemen and women throughout the UK.

The 29-year-old wife of Prince William wore a beautiful black Alexander McQueen gown as she and husband William attended "A Night of Heroes." Take a look ...

  • Kate Middleton Smiling
  • Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen

Yes, that is Prince Harry creeping in the background.

The gown, which appeared to be strapless and black velvet, was accessorized with sparkly earrings and a necklace that she reportedly received as royal wedding gifts.

Kate's wedding dress, of course, was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The girl definitely has her favorites ... and exquisite taste, if you ask us.

Wills, meanwhile, looked dapper in a classic black tux at the event, part of a busy week for the couple, who will spend Christmas at the palace and with her family.

All in all, they make Britain proud with each public appearance. Check out our gallery of Kate Middleton pictures for more fashion highlights from the past year!

[Photos: Fame Pictures]

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Her parents aren't invited.

Us Weekly makes this stunning declaration on the cover of its new issue, which features an older photo of a happy Prince William and Kate Middleton on the cover.

The gist of the non-story: The Duchess will spend her very first Christmas weekend with her husband and the entire royal family at Queen Elizabeth's retreat.

Her parents have not been invited. Scandalous, right? Not really, as William will visit with Kate, Pippa Middleton and their parents before and after Christmas.

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  • Kate Middleton, Belly

Kate Middleton pregnancy rumors take a back seat ... for one week!

The princess will "quickly learn that this is not like any Christmas she has had," a royal source says, but is that any different from any newly-married woman or man?

In-laws. Can't live with 'em, pass the egg nog.

There are some challenges unique to Kate Middleton, however. The fashion icon is expected to change up to five times a day for formal meals, black-tie cocktail parties, church services and gift exchanges (novelty presents are encouraged).

She also has to hide her baby bump.

Just kidding. You didn't think we could go a whole article without a reference to the ongoing Kate Middleton pregnancy rumors, did you? We should hope not.

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