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With the lovely, supportive Kate Middleton by his side, Prince William was knighted as a member of the Order of the Thistle in Scotland on Thursday.

He received the title from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II – the highest honor she can bestow in Scotland – around his 30th birthday last month.

In a nod to her Scottish title, the Countess of Strathearn, Kate Middleton wore a soft yellow coat dress specially made for her by Emilia Wickstead.

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Kate and William fell in love at St. Andrews University, just outside the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, where the grand ceremony took place at St. Giles Cathedral.

A pipe band heralded the beginning of the festivities before the royals arrived. Kate had a few words and a smile with a church official and was then escorted in.

No reports of the Queen hating on her today, so that's good.

Prince William then joined other members of the Order of the Thistle. After several minutes, he walked to the cathedral alongside his aunt, Princess Anne.

Like the other knights, including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, he wore a deep-green velvet cloak and matching hat adorned with a white ostrich feather.

This is actually William's second honorary knighthood. He was invested in the Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle in 2008. Congratulations to the royal!

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Kate Middleton, the People's Princess, is a down-to-earth girl by all accounts ... except in this taxi commercial from China that parodies her as the opposite.

In the clip, a Kate lookalike stands outside with a fax Prince William and Queen Elizabeth II, complaining, "I didn't marry royalty to schlep around in a taxi."

They do look a bit like Will and Kate, too. The Queen impostor? Not so much.

William attempts to reason with his beautiful wife, "But darling, Granny is right. The commoners want to see us tightening our belts and all that."

"Rubbish, people want to see that they can be like us if they just work hard," Kate responds. The Queen then mockingly asks, "Like you did?" Ohhh!

"Now, now, Granny," William says. "We all know that it's I who fell for Kate."

"That's right, I didn't even fancy him at first," the faux Kate Middleton says. "Don't you remember? You had to practically beg me for my phone number."

Fortunately, of course, Wills had Panda Cab on speed-dial. Within seconds, a car appears, whisking the trio away to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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It's good to be Prince William.

The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, RAF rescue pilot and husband of Kate Middleton celebrates his birthday today. Yep, Wills turns the big 3-0!

William, who got married in 2011, has been in the public spotlight since infancy, but has become a remarkably grounded and accomplished guy.

Happy birthday big guy!

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While it's hardly cause for celebration, considering the reason we're talking about it in the first place, William also inherits his share of his late mother's estate today.

The sizable inheritance - estimated around $20 million - left him by Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997, is finally available to him on his 30th birthday.

No doubt William will put those pounds to good use for one of his many charities. It's not like he's the type to splurge ... or was hard up for money to start with.

"Whatever the financial position might be, you will see no obvious change of lifestyle over the coming weeks or months," said a royal aide, stating the obvious.

As for his big plans today? "William is spending the day working," a royal source said. "He will be in Gloucestershire to complete a search and rescue course. "

"But he will be marking [his birthday] later. He's going to be having a private celebration with friends and family. Very low-key. Just a simple celebration."

Sounds perfect. In honor of the occasion fit for a king, or at least a duke, click to enlarge some of our favorite Prince William and Kate Middleton pictures below!

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are keen to start a family, but when you're royalty, these things require planning ... and generate major buzz.

Kate Middleton's womb status is the subject of more speculation than who will portray Christian and Ana in 50 Shades of Grey. Everyone's got a theory.

While last week's Kate Middleton baby bump "reveal" looks like it was a false alarm (stunning), a source now says her pregnancy is - gasp! - being talked about!

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"There's a window in place," a royal insider tells Us Weekly, adding that Kate and Prince William are hoping to conceive their first-born child anytime between the final leg of their royal tour in September 2012 and Summer 2013.

If that sounds rigid ... it is. But "they're so excited!" says the source.

This summer, the duo will be the de facto emcees for the 2012 Olympics held in London, and will be taking a royal Asia-Pacific tour in September ... but sounds like they will be having a LOT of fun after that!

Their ideal scenario, supposedly? A New Year Day's announcement, with the glowing Duchess just hitting the three-month mark in her pregnancy.

No pressure, Kate.

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Let us now pause from debating Kate Middleton baby bump photos to discuss the simple, undisputed and unrelated fact that Prince William is the man.

Not only is he rich, smart, handsome, married to a beautiful girl and a future monarch, but he's on his way to becoming a decorated serviceman!

Two years after joining the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force, the Duke of Cambridge has officially qualified to be an operational captain.

William can now lead missions in RAF Sea King helicopters by himself.

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The 29-year-old recently helped save the lives of Russian seamen whose cargo vessel sank in the Irish Sea last November, co-piloting the aircraft.

William's advancement comes after two years of flying experience and study with C Flight, 22 Squadron at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales.

Flight Lieutenant Wales, as he is known in the RAF, "demonstrated the required standards needed for the award of operation captaincy," his commanding officer said.

"Due to the nature of search and rescue operations, the required standards are always set at a very high level. Operational captaincy carries the overarching responsibility for the continued safety of the aircraft, its crew and any casualties."

Wills - way to go man!

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Forget Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebration.

The British royal family has an even bigger reason to start popping the champagne this month ... at least according to the venerable In Touch Weekly.

The celebrity gossip magazine "exclusively" reveals a photo of Kate Middleton in a rare, unguarded moment - with what looks like a cute baby bump!

Is Prince William's beautiful bride pregnant at last?

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“We thought at first it might be just the way her dress fell as she walked,” says a witness who saw Kate hurrying into a local jeweler in London May 31.

“But if you looked closely," the Middleton sleuth continues, "it was a definite baby bump. It was prominent enough to cast a shadow below.”

That thing cast a shadow? Really?

Kate’s appearance may hold even more clues, says the witness: “She certainly has a glow in her cheeks ... her face is more rounded - and so is her bottom.”

Like many pregnant women concerned with chemicals in hair dye, Kate Middleton is also letting her gray roots show - a major departure for the style icon.

All of this is true, though it's equally possible that the notoriously thin Kate has merely put on a few pounds and hasn't been to the hair salon in awhile.

The Palace has remained silent on the subject, but Prince William did tell Katie Couric recently that he is “very keen to have a family,” and soon.

Aww. Congratulations, you two ... maybe.

UPDATE, 2/3/13: Now that Kate actually is pregnant, for real, the bump watch is underway in earnest! Check out the first Kate Middleton baby bump pic!

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In a rare interview, Prince William gave ABC News the clearest sign yet that he and his wife Kate Middleton are planning to try for a baby soon.

In an interview to mark his grandmother’s diamond jubilee - 60 years on the throne - the future king said starting a family is a top priority.

Discussing his military plans, Prince William, who will himself turn 30 next month (Kate Middleton turned 30 this winter), told Katie Couric:

"More importantly, I’d rather like to have children. That’s the key thing really."

"But I’m just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I, you know, are very much looking forward to having a family in the future."

When asked whether there was anything he would like to announce, the prince said coyly: "You won’t get anything out of me. Tight lipped."

Fortunately, Couric didn't overtly ask about the recent pregnancy rumors.

William and brother his Prince Harry opened up during an interview at Clarence House in London for The Jubilee Queen, ABC's special series on her.

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Kate Middleton has officially stepped outside of her fashion comfort zone!

In London Friday, the Duchess of Cambridge worked the red carpet at the BOA Olympic Concert dress in a stunning emerald Jenny Packham pleated gown.

The design, which featured a low-cut neckline and a sheer, lace back, is accented with a crystal-adorned ribbon that cinched the royal's waist. Take a look:

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The 30-year-old fashion icon paired the breathtaking dress with Jimmy Choo "Vamp" platform glitter sandals and a matching Jenny Packham bespoke clutch.

The more-revealing-than-normal number wasn't her only new look this week. Kate Middleton's dress earlier this week turned heads due to its slit up the leg.

Kate, who arrived hand-in-hand with her husband Prince William, wore her hair in an elaborate braided chignon that ensured the dress' sheer back was on display.

Another resounding style win, wouldn't you say? For many more of the fashionable royal's looks, follow the link for THG's gallery of Kate Middleton pics!

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The world's most famous newlyweds are no longer newlyweds.

It's hard to believe that a whole year has passed since Prince William and Kate Middleton became Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at London's Westminster Abbey.

The royal wedding was a spectacle unlike any other, and not simply because William is royalty: It's a celebrity news story that isn't the slightest bit negative!

Nary a harsh word is ever said about the couple, who the whole world is rooting for to succeed (while speculating over Kate's future pregnancy) 24/7/365.

A year after they declared their love for each other in front of an estimated two billion (!) viewers, they're keeping their first wedding anniversary private.

The Duke and Duchess were to spend part of the weekend with friends in London, then return to their home in Anglesey, on the Welsh coast, by Sunday.

So here's to William and Kate! Click to enlarge some of our favorite photos of the royal no-longer-newlyweds on this, their one-year wedding anniversary:

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Prince William and Kate Middleton are back together and back on the red carpet. The royal couple, who are set to celebrate their first wedding anniversary Sunday, stepped out Wednesday for the London premiere of the Disney Nature film, African Cats.

Nothing could rain on their parade ... not even rain:

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  • William and Kate at Movie Premiere

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore a tailored gray Matthew Williamson peplum dress with a jeweled turquoise hem to the event, which benefitted one of her husband's charitable causes, the Tusk Trust charity.

The film tells the story of a pride of lions and a family of cheetahs.

It's the first event for William and Kate since he returned from military service in the Falklands. She held her own, making several appearances solo in his absence.

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