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(Reuters does not vouch for the accuracy of other publications' reports.)
/ Source: Reuters

(Reuters does not vouch for the accuracy of other publications' reports.)

-- Move over Barbie! Kate doll surfs royal memorabilia wave

She's got the glossy, chestnut hair, the blue silk dress, the jewels -- and she could be yours, for a princely $195.

The pint-sized Kate Middleton Doll, by the Franklin Mint, is no cheap date. But she's the latest in royal wedding memorabilia.

One of a two-doll Kate set (the bridal version will be released after Britain's Royal Wedding takes place), the 16-inch doll's release is announced this week, in anticipation of the royal couple's big day.

(Source: CNN)

-- Hillary Clinton gives royal wedding advice

Don't get stressed and enjoy your big day is U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's advice to Prince William, fiancee Kate Middleton and their families ahead of the royal wedding.

Clinton, whose daughter Chelsea got married last year in a ceremony dubbed "America's royal wedding," said organizing an event that also attracts global interest could be taxing.

"I can only tell you that the wedding itself was wonderful but the preparations, and I'm sure that they're feeling some of the same, can be stressful," she told Sky News in an interview.

(Source: Reuters)

-- Security high as Prince William and Kate in Belfast

Northern Ireland took Kate Middleton to their hearts on Tuesday when Prince William flew in to show off his bride-to-be amid the tightest security.

Cheering crowds hundreds-strong greeted the young couple in Belfast and Hillsborough, Co Down during a day-long series of engagements carried out with armed police ever-present.

Attacks by nationalist splinter groups trying to end British control are at their highest level since a 1998 peace agreement largely ended three decades of conflict that cost more than 3,600 lives.

The area around their first port of call, Belfast City Hall, was ringed by police and police marksmen kept watch from surrounding rooftops.

(Source: Reuters)

-- Watch out Wills and Kate, here comes royal wedding no. 2!

It can't be much fun following in the royal wedding footsteps of Kate Middleton and Prince William.

But that's exactly what Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall have done after announcing the date of the second royal wedding of the year.

Granddaughter of the queen Zara and rugby playing fiance Mike have confirmed today they will be getting married on July 30 -- exactly three months after Kate and William.

The couple, who got engaged in December last year -- just five weeks after the other royal wedding couple -- will hold a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse following the ceremony.

(Source: OK!)

-- Prince Andrew pilloried over pedophile friend

The royal family is supposed to burnish Britain's image, but Prince Andrew has generated quite a different buzz by consorting with a convicted U.S. pedophile and having contacts with the Libyan leader's son.

"Prince of Sleaze" ran a headline in Monday's Daily Mirror over a story about the 50-year-old Duke of York, who is fourth in line to the throne and is Britain's roving trade ambassador.

"Andrew: I won't quit over my pervert pal," the Sun added.

The stories were a long way from the gushing coverage the British media have reserved for Andrew's nephew Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton ahead of their wedding next month.

(Source: Reuters)

-- Alexander McQueen label denies wedding dress reports

The Alexander McQueen label has categorically denied a claim in the Sunday Times that creative director Sarah Burton is making the dress Kate Middleton will wear when she marries Prince William next month.

The royal wedding dress is the most prestigious commission in British fashion for decades, and will guarantee global publicity for its designer. The design and designer have been kept a fiercely guarded secret.

Clarence House responded to the story on Sunday with a statement saying: "We're not commenting on the specific designer for the dress because Catherine Middleton wishes to keep the designer a secret until the wedding day."

(Source: Guardian)

(Compiled by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)