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Journeys of the Rich and Famous

Who says you can’t tour the world like the stars? OK, so you probably can’t rent out the whole hotel or shut down the city for a private event, but we all could use a little VIP treatment now and then. Follow the example set by celebrities — whether you can afford that $1,000-a-night suite or not.

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Liverpool

Liverpool

It all started in Liverpool where John Lennon formed a band called the Quarrymen with Paul McCartney and George Harrison. 960 1280

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Cavern Club

Cavern Club

After the Quarrymen, the lads formed The Beatles, and from '61 to '63 they played 292 shows at Liverpool's Cavern Club. 960 1280

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The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show

Over 40 percent of the US population saw The Beatles' historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Left to right: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Sullivan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney. 960 1280

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Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios

The Beatles recorded virtually all of their groundbreaking singles and albums at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London. 960 1280

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Penny Lane

Penny Lane

In 1967 John and Paul wrote the double-sided single "Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever," inspired by childhood haunts. 960 1280

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Abbey Road

Abbey Road

Beatles fans pose for photos imitating the iconic "Abbey Road" album cover. 960 1280

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Dakota Building

Dakota Building

John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved into NYC's Dakota building in 1973. John was murdered outside the Dakota on Dec. 8, 1980. 960 1280

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Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields is a 2.5-acre section in New York City's Central Park dedicated to the memory of John Lennon in 1985. 960 1280

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Imagine

Imagine

The focal point of Strawberry Fields is a mosaic of a single word, the title of Lennon's 1971 song "Imagine." 960 1280

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The Imagine Peace Tower is a memorial to John Lennon from Yoko Ono, located on Videy Island, Reykjavik, Iceland. It consists of a tall "tower of light", projected from a white stone well which has the words "Imagine Peace" carved into it in 24 languages. The tower is lit every year from 9 October, Lennon's birthday, through 8 December, the date he was shot. Iceland was selected for the project because of its beauty and eco-friendly use of geothermal energy. 960 1280

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St. Barts
St. Barts

St. Barts

This glamorous Caribbean island boasts glitzy nightlife and glamorous sunbathing at St. Jean beach where you can rub elbows with celebrities like Jay-Z and Beyonce or Jessica Alba, who dock their yachts at the glistening port.
A-List Accommodations: Eden Rock, Hotel Saint Barth Isle De France
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Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy

One name -- George Clooney -- comes to mind when you conjure up images of Lake Como. Can't you just see yourself relaxing at his oceanfront 18th-century villa alongside Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and half a dozen of his other famous pals? Well, one can daydream.
A-List Accommodations: Villa D’Este, Grand Hotel Tremezzo
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Before the excitement of the upcoming World Cup and Summer Olympics, celebrities like Madonna, Gerard Butler, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have long flocked to Rio's Ipanema Beach for a piece of tropical paradise (and perhaps a few caipirinhas at Carnival).
A-List Accommodations: Fasano Hotel, Copacabana Palace
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St. Tropez, France

St. Tropez, France

This Cote d'Azur seaport continues to attract celebrities including Cindy Crawford, Tom Cruise, Rihanna, P. Diddy, Jack Nicholson and Catherine Zeta-Jones to its over-the-top beach clubs like Club 55, first made famous by French beauty Brigitte Bardot.
A-List Accommodations: Intercontinental Carlton Cannes, Villa Romana Club & Restaurant
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Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bondi Beach, Sydney

With its world-famous surfing and sailing under the Harbour Bridge to Coogee's cliff tops, Bondi Beach attracts celebrities like Nicole Richie, Hugh Jackman, Paris Hilton and Leonardo DiCaprio when they are looking for a little adventure Down Under.
A-List Accommodations: The Park Hyatt in the Rocks, InterContinental Hotel
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Just a 2-hour flight from Los Angeles, it's no wonder this Mexican resort city has become a mainstay for stars like Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Ryan Seacrest and Julia Roberts looking for a little rest, relaxation and … margaritas.
A-List Accommodations: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Esperanza, One&Only Palmilla
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Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

Of Hawaii's many islands, Maui seems to attract the most star power, whether it’s Paris Hilton vacationing with her flavor of the week or Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox tying the knot on its romantic coast. Who are the other stars giving Hawaii a resurgence of star power? Owen Wilson, Oprah, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears, to name a few.
A-List Accommodations: Four Seasons Resort Maui, Grand Wailea
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Anguilla

Anguilla

One look at Anguilla’s cerulean waters is all it takes to see why stars like Uma Thurman, Paul McCartney, Michael Jordan, Michael J. Fox and Liam Neeson picked this sunny spot in the Caribbean to unwind.
A-List Accommodations: Viceroy Anguilla, Cap Juluca
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South Beach, Miami

South Beach, Miami

She may still be "Jenny From the Block," but it's no secret that Jennifer Lopez has spent plenty of time in sexy South Beach. Miami's bustling nightlife and Art Deco charms have also convinced stars like the Kardashians and Shakira to vacation stateside.
A-List Accommodations: Fonatinebleau, The Delano
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Necker Island

Necker Island

Richard Branson's 74-acre private island estate has been rebuilt after a tragic fire in 2011 (when Kate Winslet heroically carried his mother to safety). We're sure it will continue to host the very rich and very famous, such as Oprah, Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg, for years to come.
A-List Accommodations: You have to join the ranks of these gazillionaires to afford to rent out this private estate.
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Turtle Island, Fiji

Turtle Island, Fiji

What superstar doesn't value their privacy? This super-secluded resort has nearly 100 staffers on hand to cater to a maximum of 28 guests at a time. Both Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears have honeymooned here (with their now exes).
A-List Accommodations: Turtle Island
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Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's mutual attraction is rumored to have been sparked at the picturesque cliff-side Hotel Santa Caterina while filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith -- and with vistas like that, who could blame them?
A-List Accommodations: Hotel Santa Caterina
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The privacy that these over-the-water bungalows provide (not to mention the romance) have attracted stars like the Kardashians, Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, Rob Lowe, Sharon Stone and Charlize Theron.
A-List Accommodations: Four Seasons Bora Bora, Bora Bora Nui Resort
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Malibu, Los Angeles

Malibu, Los Angeles

Of course, the No. 1 beach for celebrity-spotting would be right in their own backyard. Here, David Beckham catches a wave with sons Cruz, Brooklyn and Romeo in Malibu.
A-List Accommodations: Malibu Beach Inn, Four Seasons Los Angeles, Chateau Marmont
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Maldives

Maldives

A gorgeous island in the Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka, this exotic locale has lured stars like Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz, Kate Moss and Jude Law to indulge in its warm waters and pristine white sands.
A-List Accommodations: Velassaru Maldives, Kanuhura
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Los Cabos, Mexico
Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos

The 411: This Mexican destination offers beaches, world-class hotels and spas, fishing, golfing and water sports.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Las Ventanas, One & Only Palmilla, Esperanza Cabo, Casa Dorado, Villas Del Mar

A-List Visitors: Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Alex Rodriguez, Scarlett Johansson   

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Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler, British Columbia

The 411: Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains, this Canadian destination is one of the top mountain resorts in North America.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Fairmont Chateau, Four Seasons

A-List Visitors: Heidi Klum, Justin Timberlake, Queen Latifah, Tom Cruise, Hilary Swank, James Gandolfini 

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St. Moritz

St. Moritz

St. Moritz

The 411: The village is located at 1,856 meters above sea level in the middle of the Engadin valley in Europe. Known for its dry, sunny climate year-round, it's a winter sports haven.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Badrutt's Palace, Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, Kulm Hotel

A-List Visitors: Prince Charles, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Hurley, George Clooney, Ivana Trump, Rupert Everett

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Kona Beach in Hawaii

Kona Beach in Hawaii

Hawaii

The 411: With 6 major islands featuring beaches, volcanoes, mountains and a unique culture, Hawaii offers something for everyone.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Halekulani, Kahala Hotel & Resort, Turtle Bay, The Royal Hawaiian, Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Grand Wailea Resort, Four Seasons Maui

A-List Visitors: Jennifer Garner, Rihanna, Randy Jackson, Matt Damon, Ben Stiller, Pierce Brosnan  

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Doctor's Cave Beach in Jamaica

Doctor's Cave Beach in Jamaica

Jamaica

The 411: This Caribbean island features beaches and a tropical climate. The residents are known for their friendliness and love of sports such as cricket, and track and field.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Golden Eye, Half Moon, The Ritz-Carlton, Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Royal Plantation, Rockhouse Hotel

A-List Visitors: Michelle Williams, Patrick Dempsey, Sigourney Weaver, Carmen Electra, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Mandy Moore

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole

The 411: This Wyoming town is one of the best-kept secrets for winter. It has the longest continuous vertical rise of any ski area in the US, rising 4,139 feet from the valley floor to the top of Rendezvous Mountain.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Amangani, Four Seasons, Spring Creek Ranch

A-List Visitors: Jim Carrey, Sandra Bullock, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, Matthew McConaughey, Ron Howard

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St. Bart's

St. Bart's

St. Bart's

The 411: This French West Indies island is just 8 square miles and home to an eclectic mix of iguanas, night-blooming cactus and fabulous beaches.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Eden Rock, Hotel Taiwana, Hotel Le Toiny

A-List Visitors: Tom Hanks, Mick Jagger, Lorne Michaels, Harrison Ford, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas

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Fiji

Fiji

Fiji

The 411: Fiji has 333 tropical islands, most of them are uninhabited. The islands have sandy beaches, rainforests, villages and a main city called Nadi.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Shangri-La, Turtle Island, The Wakaya Club

A-List Visitors: Pierce Brosnan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Simpson, Bill Gates 

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Miami

Miami

Miami

The 411: This city in Florida is one of the state's most popular vacation spots. It is well-known for beaches including South Beach, trendy nightlife, the Art Deco district, Calle Ocho and Little Havana.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: The Delano, The Setai, The Shore Club, Villazzo Villas, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Mandarin Oriental

A-List Visitors: John Mayer, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyonce, Martha Stewart, Katy Perry 

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Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen

The 411: Located in a pristine mountain valley at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River, Hunter Creek, Castle Creek and Maroon Creek, Aspen plays host to many events and is known for its winter sports.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Aspen Mountain Club, The Little Nell Hotel, Hotel Jerome, Sky Hotel, The St. Regis

A-List Visitors: Mariah Carey, Heidi Klum, Katie Couric, Bill Clinton, Jack Nicholson, Oprah Winfrey

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Shoal Bay, Anguilla

Shoal Bay, Anguilla

Anguilla

The 411: This British territory in the Caribbean is made up of one main island and a few smaller ones. It's a quiet country with beaches and friendly residents.

Celeb-Worthy Hotels: Cap Juluca, St. Regis, Altamer, Cerulean (a private villa for rent)

A-List Visitors: Robert DeNiro, Denzel Washington, Caroline Kennedy, Glenn Close, Matt Lauer, Sheryl Crow

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Sunset Strip

Sunset Strip

The mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard, better known as Sunset Strip, passes through West Hollywood, extending from Hollywood on Harper Avenue to Beverly Hills at Sierra Drive. 960 1280

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Capitol Records Building

Capitol Records Building

The Capitol Records Tower, located in the Hollywood Boulevard commercial and entertainment district on Vine Street, was built in 1956, and is considered one of the city's historic landmarks. 960 1280

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame, located near the Kodak Theatre, consists of more then 2,000 celebrity permanent public monuments (stars) on more than 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. 960 1280

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The Viper Room

The Viper Room

The always-popular Viper Room nightclub on Sunset Strip, which opened in 1993, was once partly owned by Johnny Depp, and is infamous for the drug-related death of actor River Phoenix. 960 1280

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Kodak Theatre

Kodak Theatre

Located in the Hollywood and Highland Center shopping mall and entertainment complex on Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue, the Kodak Theatre was built in 2001 and is the first permanent home of the Academy Awards. 960 1280

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Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign

The iconic Hollywood Sign, which is about 45 feet high and 350 feet wide, was created in 1923. 960 1280

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Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont

Modeled after a French chateau in France's Loire Valley, the Chateau Marmont was built in 1927. Chateau Marmont has been referenced in songs, seen on album covers and has been a high-end place to crash for some of the biggest celebrity party animals. 960 1280

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Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Located on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theatre has played host to many of the biggest movie premieres. 960 1280

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Hand and Footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Hand and Footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Quite possibly the most revered "blonde" in history, Marilyn Monroe left her handprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre after the release of her movie Gentleman Prefer Blondes in 1953. 960 1280

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Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl

Seating almost 18,000 people, the Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural amphitheater in the US, and is set against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills. 960 1280

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Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive

If shopping is what you fancy, there is no better place in Hollywood than Rodeo Drive. The 3-block stretch is lined with boutiques and shops: Versace, Prada and Jimmy Choo, to name a few. 960 1280

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Paramount Studios

Paramount Studios

Founded in 1912, Paramount Studios on Melrose Avenue is America's oldest existing film studio and the only remaining major film studio in Hollywood.
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Hollywood Forever

Hollywood Forever

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery located on Santa Monica Boulevard is the final resting place for some of Hollywood's most talented. It was founded in 1899 and, on the verge of bankruptcy in 1998, was bought, restored and refurbished by Tyler Cassity of Forever Enterprises. It is still active today. 960 1280

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The Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills Hotel

Referred to by some as just "The Hotel," the Beverly Hills Hotel opened in 1912 as the first building in the greater area, and is partly responsible for the creation of the surrounding city of Beverly Hills.
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Mammoth Tragedy at La Brea Tar Pits

Mammoth Tragedy at La Brea Tar Pits

While excavating in the La Brea Tar Pits in order to build an underground parking garage for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art next door, a nearly intact woolly mammoth skeleton was discovered. It is now on display at George C. Page Museum on Wilshire Boulevard. 960 1280

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Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave the paparazzi and dozens of anxious spectators their first glimpse of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana – weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces – as they walked outside of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, on May 2, 2015. 960 1280

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at Wellington Airport’s military terminal for a windy start to their tour on April 7, 2014, in Wellington, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, their first official trip overseas with their son. 960 1280

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The royal baby has finally arrived! Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby son, as they stand outside St. Mary's Hospital, in central London. 960 1280

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a service of celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey. 960 1280

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Prince Harry walks with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as they view areas of the boardwalk that have been repaired in Seaside Heights, a beach town in New Jersey hit by Hurricane Sandy. 960 1280

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During a visit to the U.S., Prince Harry visits Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. 960 1280

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Prince Harry plays sitting volleyball with members of the British Warrior Games team, before the opening of the Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Warrior Games is a Paralympic-style competition featuring injured servicemen and women from the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. 960 1280

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Prince Harry kneels down at the bottom of a pyramid of cheerleaders, U.S. and British military officials and near the U.S. Air Force Academy mascot "The Bird" at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 960 1280

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The royal couple visit Singapore Botanical Gardens on their Diamond Jubilee tour. 960 1280

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walks past the super trees during a visit to Gardens By The Bay as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour in Singapore. 960 1280

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge tour the Kranji War Memorial in Signapore on their Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Far East. 960 1280

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge travel in a special boat vehicle as they arrive at Honiara International Airport during their Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island. 960 1280

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Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, ride a traditional war canoe as they arrive in Tavanipupu, Solomon Islands. 960 1280

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Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, cross a bridge at the Borneo Rainforest Research Center in Danum Valley on the island of Borneo. The royal couple are on a nine-day tour of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee. 960 1280

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge reviews a Guard of Honour as he visits the Istana on day one of their Diamond Jubilee tour in Singapore. 960 1280

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Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Albert II of Monaco and official team GB ambassador Robin Cousins watch Synchronized Swimming at the London 2012 Olympic Games. 960 1280

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Prince Harry talks to Gold medal winning rower Sophie Hosking at Team GB House in the Westfield Centre at the London 2012 Olympic Games. 960 1280

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Carole Coe, Prince Harry and Peter Phillips watch the Track Cycling at the Velodrome during the London 2012 Olympic Games. 960 1280

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Zara Phillips (Queen’s granddaughter) of Great Britain rides High Kingdom after competing in the Individual Jumping Equestrian Final of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park. 960 1280

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth watches the morning session of the swimming at the Aquatics Centre during her visit to the London 2012 Olympic Games. 960 1280

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Catherine, the Dutchess of Cambridge, meets Great Britain’s sailing gold-medalist Ben Ainslie at the Weymouth & Portland venue near Weymouth Harbor. 960 1280

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The Duchess of Cambridge was in the audience to witness Romanian gymnast Sandra Raluca Izbasa compete in the women’s vault final during the Artistic Gymnastics at the North Greenwich in London. 960 1280

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Prince William talks to silver-medalist kayaker Jessica Fox of Australia during a visit to the Team Great Britain house. Will and Kate requested the visit be arranged in order to allow them to say thank you to volunteers for playing their part in the staging of the games. 960 1280

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The Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge join in with the crowd to do “the wave” at the Velodrome. 960 1280

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Prince Harry talks with athletes, including Great Britain's Jessica Ennis (third from right) during a visit to Team Great Britain’s flats in Olympic Village, located in Stratford. 960 1280

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Will and Kate hug in excitement after the British men’s cycling team breaks a world record during a qualifying round at the Velodrome. 960 1280

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Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice watch the cross-country equestrian event at the London 2012 Olympic Games. 960 1280

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Victoria Barracks during a medal parade for the 1st Battalion Irish Guards Regiment in Windsor, U.K. 960 1280

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, rows a dragon boat across Dalvay Lake in Charlottetown, Canada. The royal couple’s trip to North America included touring more remote areas of Canada, such as Prince Edward Island, Yellowknife and Calgary.  960 1280

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The Duke of Cambridge takes a shot while playing hockey while his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, cheers him on in Yellowknife, Canada. 960 1280

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The royal couple, in cowboy attire, joined millions of Canadians taking part in Canada Day celebrations. 960 1280

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Dressed to the nines, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the 2011 BAFTA Brits in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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Prince William shows off his equestrian skills in the Foundation Polo Challenge in Santa Barbara, California. 960 1280

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip attend Royal Ascot in Ascot, England. 960 1280

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, pose for a photo with members of the Canadian Forces flight crew after arriving in Calgary, Canada, during their first joint overseas tour. 960 1280

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Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Price Harry wave to the crowd at Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee. 960 1280

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wave to the crowd from the royal barge during the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant in London. 960 1280

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Queen Elizabeth II share a laugh during a children's sporting event while in Vernon Park, Nottingham for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. 960 1280

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Torchbearer Scott Moorhouse, a Paralympic javelin thrower, hands the Olympic flame to Jay Kamiraz while standing with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. 960 1280

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Queen Elizabeth II takes center stage to say a few words during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games at Olympic Stadium. 960 1280

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a cross-country equestrian event during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park. 960 1280

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