Kate Middleton

Beyonce performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, in New Orleans.

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The New Orleans Superdome was not ready for Beyonce’s jelly. Literally, the power went out. And the Ravens and 49ers should have taken it as a sign. Nothing, even winning the Super Bowl, could top Beyonce’s performance last night.

Super Bowl XLVII, to forever be known as the Beyonce Bowl, could very easily go down as the greatest half-time show in history.  

Half-time history is pretty bleak. There are many more infamous performances than well-regarded ones. And after several years of various rock and roll grandpas making appearances, news of Beyonce performing  was welcomed with much excitement. I mean if anyone can do half-time right, it’s Beyonce. 

And boy did she do it right. I had chills from the moment her super-sized silhouette was surrounded with flames. 

Beyonce began with “Crazy in Love” and included “End of Time” and “Baby Boy.” She donned a leather body suit that the New York Times reported was made with strips of python and iguana. 

There was no shortage of fire or digitally reproduced Beyonces, which fulfilled all my dreams of multiple Beyonces existing on earth, thus increasing my chances of meeting her. 

If you didn’t get emotional when Kelly and Michelle jumped on stage, then you must not remember how divine the trio was emerging from the ocean in the “Survivor” video. The reunited Destiny’s Child sang “Bootylicious,” “Independent Women” and “Single Ladies.” Beyonce to close the show solo with “Halo.”  

The stakes were high for Beyonce. She is the closest we have to royalty here in America, our own Kate Middleton. And with the lip-syncing drama surrounding her performance at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, skeptics couldn’t help but wonder, would she or wouldn’t she? 

Beyonce answered the question during the Super Bowl press conference. “I am well-rehearsed,” she said. “This is what I was born to do.” As far as I could tell, there was not a lip-synced moment during Queen B’s show. 

I am anxiously awaiting BuzzFeed’s collection of “Best of Beyonce’s Half-Time Faces” or “Greatest Hair Flips during Super Bowl XLVII,” because there were many. When Beyonce thanked the crowd, all I could think was we should be thanking her. 

This half-time show is just the beginning of what seems, so far, to be the year of Beyonce. Her self-directed documentary will appear on HBO on Feb. 16. The singer has also confirmed a new solo album to be released later this year.

If this Super Bowl performance is any clue as to what we can expect for the rest of 2013, it will be a year of fabulous hair flips, leather body suits and pop music perfection.

Published on February 4, 2013 as "Beyonce wows crowd before electric outage".

 

In this Friday April 29, 2011 file photo Britain’s Prince William and his bride Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, leave Westminster Abbey, London, following their wedding. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby, St James’s Palace officially announced Monday Dec. 3, 2012.

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LONDON — Britain doesn’t have to wait any longer: Prince William’s wife, Kate, is pregnant.

St. James’s Palace made the announcement Monday, saying that the Duchess of Cambridge — formerly Kate Middleton — has a severe form of morning sickness and is currently in a London hospital. William was at his wife’s side.

The news drew congratulations from around the world, with the hashtag “royalbaby” trending globally on Twitter.

The couple’s first child will be third in line to the throne — behind William and his father, Prince Charles — leapfrogging the gregarious Prince Harry and possibly setting up the first scenario in which a female heir could benefit from new gender rules about succession.

The palace would not say how far along the 30-year-old duchess is, only that she has not yet reached the 12-week mark.

Palace officials said the duchess was hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness that affects about 1 in 200 women and can lead to dehydration or worse if left untreated. They said she was expected to remain hospitalized for several days and would require a period of rest afterward.

Until Monday’s announcement, the duchess had shown no signs of being with child. She was photographed just last week bounding across a field clad in black high-heeled boots as she played field hockey with students at her former school.

Still, speculation has swirled about when she and William would start a family from almost the moment they were wed on April 29, 2011, in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

The attractive young couple is immensely popular — with William’s easy common touch reminding many of his mother, the late Princess
Diana — and their child is expected to play an important role in British national life for decades to come.

The confirmation of Kate’s pregnancy caps a jam-packed year of highs and lows for the young royals.

They have traveled the world extensively as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and weathered the embarrassment of a nude photos scandal, after a tabloid published topless images of the duchess.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said the news ended a year that saw the royal family riding high in popular esteem after celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne.

“People enjoyed the royal romance last year and now there’s this. It’s just a good news story amid all the doom and gloom,” he said.

The pregnancy comes after a 2011 decision by the leaders of Britain and the 15 Commonwealth nations endorsing new rules that give girls equal status with boys in the order of succession. Those changes make Kate’s pregnancy all the more significant for the royal family, said Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine.

“This is the first child who will be an heir to the throne, whatever sex they are,” she said. “It’s a new beginning.”

LONDON — While morning sickness in pregnant women is common, the problem Kate Middleton has been hospitalized with is not.

In a statement Monday, palace officials said she was hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum, a potentially dangerous type of morning sickness where vomiting is so severe no food or liquid can be kept down. Palace officials said the duchess was expected to remain hospitalized for several days and would require a period of rest afterwards.

"It's not unusual for pregnant women to get morning sickness, but when it gets to the point where you're dehydrated, losing weight or vomiting so much you begin to build up (toxic) products in your blood, that's a concern," said Dr. Kecia Gaither, director of maternal fetal medicine at Brookdale University and Medical Center in New York.

The condition is thought to affect about one in 50 pregnant women and tends to be more common in young women, women who are pregnant for the first time, those expecting multiple babies and in non-smokers. Gaither said that fewer than one percent of women with the condition need to be hospitalized.

Doctors aren't sure what causes it but suspect it could be linked to hormonal changes or nutritional problems.

Women admitted to the hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum are usually treated with nutritional supplements and given fluids intravenously to treat dehydration. Dr. Dagni Rajasingam, a spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said most women hospitalized with the condition are discharged within several days.

"It depends on how well the woman is keeping fluids down," she said.

If the problem is recognized and treated early, doctors say there are no long-term effects for either the mother or the child. Left untreated, the mother could be at risk of developing neurological problems — including seizures — or risk delivering the baby early.

Gaither said the condition usually subsides by the second trimester.

"The rest of the pregnancy could be entirely uneventful," she said, adding that pregnant women treated for the condition are usually advised to avoid fatty foods that could aggravate the problem.

Gaither said Middleton would probably be able to meet her usual royal obligations by her second trimester.

"She should be able to meet all her public obligations soon," she said, advising her to take her vitamins and ensure there are no other underlying health problems. "She should just be looking forward to having a healthy little plump person."