Kate Middleton and Baby Bump Celebrate Duchess’ First Official Portrait (PHOTOS)

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In her first public appearance of the year, Kate Middleton celebrated herself.

On early Friday morning, the pregnant Duchess and her husband Prince William made their way to London’s National Portrait Gallery, where the first official portrait of Middleton was unveiled in a private gathering.

According to The Daily Mail, Middleton’s family — including parents Carole, Michael and siblings Pippa and James — were also present during the unveiling, as was artist Paul Emsley, who painted the work of art in three months after the Duchess’ two sittings last summer.

“I thought it was brilliant . . . it’s just amazing. Absolutely brilliant,” the Duchess, who wore a gorgeous burgundy dress, said at the event.

The Duke, 30, echoed his wife’s reaction, reportedly telling the artist the portrait was “beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.”

“I was always aware of the fact that we would use the hair very much as a kind of frame for the face, and not too much jewelry apart from the earring, to try to create something of her natural warmth, her natural serenity without too much busyness in the portrait,” Emsley told PEOPLE.

Earlier this week, Middleton celebrated her 31st birthday with her nearest and dearest at a London showing of Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza.

What do you think of Kate Middleton’s official portrait? Check out the gallery, above, of the Duchess attending Friday’s unveiling and weigh in below.

 

Kate Middleton and Baby Bump Celebrate Duchess’ First Official Portrait (PHOTOS)

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In her first public appearance of the year, Kate Middleton celebrated herself.

On early Friday morning, the pregnant Duchess and her husband Prince William made their way to London’s National Portrait Gallery, where the first official portrait of Middleton was unveiled in a private gathering.

According to The Daily Mail, Middleton’s family — including parents Carole, Michael and siblings Pippa and James — were also present during the unveiling, as was artist Paul Emsley, who painted the work of art in three months after the Duchess’ two sittings last summer.

“I thought it was brilliant . . . it’s just amazing. Absolutely brilliant,” the Duchess, who wore a gorgeous burgundy dress, said at the event.

The Duke, 30, echoed his wife’s reaction, reportedly telling the artist the portrait was “beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.”

“I was always aware of the fact that we would use the hair very much as a kind of frame for the face, and not too much jewelry apart from the earring, to try to create something of her natural warmth, her natural serenity without too much busyness in the portrait,” Emsley told PEOPLE.

Earlier this week, Middleton celebrated her 31st birthday with her nearest and dearest at a London showing of Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza.

What do you think of Kate Middleton’s official portrait? Check out the gallery, above, of the Duchess attending Friday’s unveiling and weigh in below.

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Celebuzz Style Showdown: Cast Your Vote!

Who is your style icon? Cast your vote and let us know!

Celebuzz is hosting the ultimate style showdown where you, the fan, gets to choose who becomes the Celebuzz Style Icon of 2013.

We’ve nominated Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce. Cast your vote below!

The polls will stay open until Tuesday, January 15th at 11:59pm PT.

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Celebuzz Style Showdown: Cast Your Vote!

Who is your style icon? Cast your vote and let us know!

Celebuzz is hosting the ultimate style showdown where you, the fan, gets to choose who becomes the Celebuzz Style Icon of 2013.

We’ve nominated Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce. Cast your vote below!

The polls will stay open until Tuesday, January 15th at 11:59pm PT.

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Happy Birthday, Kate Middleton! 31+ Reasons to Celebrate Her Style (VIDEO)

While many of us dread leaving our 20′s behind and turning the big 3-0, Kate Middleton grabbed 30 by the horns and made it her most stylish year yet.

After donning a dream-worthy custom Alexander McQueen gown to marry her prince at age 29, it seemed like the Duchess of Cambridge had reached pinnacle of her fashion evolution. But in turned out, much to our delight, that Middleton’s stylish streak had only just begun.

Though her wedding dress may be her most memorable fashion moment yet, the posh princess’ wardrobe has only gotten better with time.

So in honor of her 31st birthday, we’re taking a moment to celebrate Middleton’s flawless style, with a look at her most fashionable ensembles.

While she came into the style spotlight in her 20′s, when she snagged the world’s most eligible bachelor, the princess really came into her own style-wise after turning 30.

As she’s grown increasingly comfortable with her role in the spotlight, Middleton’s wardrobe has reflected that ease, with her willingness to experiment with color, prints and the latest trends.

This year, the Duchess took her style on tour, dazzling the world with her impossibly-chic wardrobe, as she and Prince William celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tour.

Despite jet lag and a scandal, the unflappable princess used her flawless wardrobe to signal to signal to the world her strength, poise and resilience.

Whether she’s dressed to the nines in evening gowns, looking polished in stylish sheaths or fashionable frocks, or channeling a casual vibe in jeans and wellies, Middleton’s effortless elegance never ceases to impress. And now with a baby on the way, we can’t wait to see how the royal mom-to-be dresses her growing bump.

So in honor of Kate’s 31st birthday, we’re celebrating her style with a look at her flawless fashion.

Check out Kate Middleton’s most stylish looks yet.

Which of Middleton’s looks is your favorite? Share your picks below.

More on Kate’s posh princess style.

 

How will the Duchess’ dress her bump? Check out our predictions in the video below.

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50 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood (PHOTOS)

Beyonce was right: girls do run the world.

Whether they’re on TV, gracing the silver screen or singing on stage, it’s the ladies who are turning heads — and raking in the big bucks — these days.

Oprah Winfrey has managed to almost top every influential list published by Forbes magazine this year, while Kim Kardashian became the most-searched celebrity of 2012.

Even Kate Middleton, the Duches of Cambridge, has become a style icon across the pond — appearing in Vogue‘s best dressed lists on a daily basis.

Who the other famous females that are taking Hollywood by storm?

Based on the criteria of their social following, net worth and lengthy resume, Celebuzz has managed to whittle down Tinseltown’s top 50 most powerful women.

Did you favorite starlet make it onto our list? Launch the gallery to find out!

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The Duchess Diary: Christmas With the Middletons; Queen Elizabeth’s 3D Message (VIDEO)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opted for a low-key Christmas break in December.

Instead of taking part in the usual holiday fanfare with the rest of the royal family, Prince William and his pregnant wife Kate Middleton spent the holidays with the Duchess’ family.

The couple reportedly attended Christmas mass at a local church with the Middletons while the Windsors went to St. Mary Magdalene — a yearly tradition.

Meanwhile Queen Elizabeth bid adieu to 2012 with her annual Christmas message, which was broadcasted in 3D across the globe.

The 86-year-old mentioned highlights from her Diamond Jubilee and the London Summer Games.

“We were reminded too, that the success of these great festivals depended to an enormous degree from the dedication and effort of an army of volunteers,” the Queen said.

In the latest rumor headlines, gossipmongers are once again questioning Prince Charles’ place in line to the throne. Can his son William really surpass him to become king one day?

For the answer and the latest news on the Duchess of Cambridge and the royal family, check out The Duchess Diary, above, courtesy of Socialite Life editor Kelly Lynch.

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2012 Year in Review: Top 10 Celebrity Newsmakers (PHOTOS)

This past year you’ve been bombarded by emails, overwhelmed with Twitter posts, and called-out in Facebook comments for your stance on Miley’s new ‘do.

You just managed to finish digging through the hefty pile of holiday news alerts only to find that Rihanna and Chris Brown are back together — again.

But you love it. Because a 24/7 news cycle makes the world go ‘round. And none of it would be possible without these celebrity newsmakers.

While many stars graced our headlines this year, it took a special few to flat-out take up real estate.

Kristen Stewart, for one, caused social media networks to implode when she cheated on her oh-so-dreamy Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. She proceeded to cause an even bigger stir after reuniting with R.Patz, dressed in an I don’t give a you-know-what attitude only the biggest of newsmakers knows how to flaunt.

Then there was Kate Middleton, who caused a frenzy of royal proportions when topless photos surfaced of the future queen. Luckily for the Duchess, word of a fetal heir was enough to stifle the outrage and ignite baby fever.

And who could forget Lindsay Lohan? In one year, the troubled starlet was arrested, hit someone with her car, starred in Liz & Dick, and became indebted to the IRS.

It sounds like these guys are ready to ring in 2013.

Without further adieu, we give you the top 10 celebrity newsmakers of 2012—in no particular order.

 

2012 Year in Review: 10 Most Jaw-Dropping Moments (PHOTOS)

We’re pretty jaded, we consumers of celebrity culture. Lady Gaga? Been there, seen that. Honey Boo Boo? Stranger people have become sudden stars than the zaftig 7-year-old beauty pageant contestant and her self-styled redneck clan. Nicki Minaj feuding with her new co-worker Mariah Carey? Color us unsurprised.

It took a lot more than that to make our jaws drop this year. In order for us to star slack-jawed at our screens or text, “WTF?” to our friends, we needed to see stars acting out of character, people going off the rails, or just general good old-fashioned betrayal.

The things that shocked us this year include the events that even shocked the people involved in them. That someone would cheat on international heartthrob Robert Pattinson with their older movie director? That the very classy Kate Middleton would be embroiled in a topless scandal? Or that Angus T. Austin would go religious on us and start trashing the show that made him a multi-millionaire?

Click through the gallery above for our list of the 10 most jaw-dropping moments of 2012.

Are you still stunned? Are there any astonishing moments we should have included but didn’t. Go ahead and tell us; our delicate sensibilities can handle it.

           

‘Unlikely Any Charges Will Be Laid’ Against Royal Prank DJs, Police Say

The embattled Australian radio hosts who pranked royal nurse Jacintha Saldanha before she committed suicide are not likely to face criminal charges, police officials have announced.

Just last week, prosecutors in London, England, were deciding whether to bring charges against 2Day FM radio hosts Michael Christian and Mel Greig, who duped Saldanha into transferring their Dec. 4 call to Kate Middleton‘s ward at King Edward VII Hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness.

“Following the death of Jacintha Saldanha, officers have liaised with the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) as to whether any criminal offenses had been committed,” a spokesman for Scotland Yard, headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, said on Saturday.

But the DJs have not been drilled for further information or asked for an interview. Now it looks like they are not likely to head to court over their hoax. “There was some initial contact after the death of (nurse) Jacintha Saldanha but not a lot,” New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas said. “[With] the passage of time, we believe it is unlikely any charges will be laid.”

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, transferred the call from the DJs pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles to the ward where the Duchess of Cambridge was receiving treatment. Another nurse gave them details of her condition. Just three days later, on Dec. 7, Saldanha, a mother-of-two, was found hanged in nurses accommodation.

In a series of apparent suicide notes, the late nurse reportedly accused Greig and Christian for her taking her own life, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail. Saldanha also took aim at the senior management at London’s King Edward VII hospital for their actions during the aftermath of the hoax, refuting initial statements that the staff had been supportive throughout the controversy.

As they came under fire following Saldanha’s death, the DJs admitted they were “shattered, gutted (and) heartbroken” during a televised interview with the Nine Network in Australia. “There’s not a minute that goes by where we don’t think about her family and what they must be going through and the thought we may have played a part in that is gut-wrenching,” Greig said on the program A Current Affair.

Breaking down in tears, Greig added: “These prank calls are made every day, on every radio station, in every country around the world and they have been for a long time and no-one could’ve imagined this to happen.”

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Kate Middleton and Prince William Break Tradition and Spend Christmas with the Middletons

Kate Middleton and Prince William attended Christmas church service at St. Mark’s Church in rural England over 150 miles away from the rest of the royal family.

While the Prince’s family is celebrating Christmas at Sandringham, England, the couple made a break from tradition and are spending the holidays with the rest of the Middleton’s family.

The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge, who just announced that they are expecting their first child, are staying at the Middleton’s family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, a rural town a few hours outside of London.

Middleton’s sister Pippa joined the newly-expecting couple for the church services and told The Spectator that their family Christmas is “blissfully calm.”

“We’re good at keeping each other’s spirits up,” she added.

There’s one holiday tradition at the Middleton’s residence that Prince William is surely not going to forget: the costumes.

“My father has developed this funny tradition of surprising us at some point [in the night] by appearing in fancy dress,” Pippa explained.

“He buys a new costume each year and typically gets a bit carried away – a couple of years ago, he appeared in an inflatable sumo outfit.”

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