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How are the Middletons worth a reported $30 million (or maybe it was £30 million) when Party Pieces has an annual revenue of “$2,330,241”? I’m not trying to be conspiratorial. Business is not my forte so maybe there’s something to this that I am ignorant to.

  1. Go to this address: http://www.manta.com/ic/mtzzfd5/gb/party-pieces
  2. Make a profile
  3. When a profile is made you can see the additional info which includes: “Our records show it was established in 1991 and incorporated in . Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $2,330,241 and employs a staff of approximately 30.”

Can someone answer this for me?

Art for Starlight Party in aid of Starlight Children’s Foundation, The Saatchi Gallery, London, Britain - 26 Sep 2009

Alan Davidson / Rex Features / picturedesk

Art for Starlight Party in aid of Starlight Children’s Foundation, The Saatchi Gallery, London, Britain - 26 Sep 2009

Alan Davidson / Rex Features / picturedesk

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“This was a treat from Kate’s parents, as William and Kate’s budget is quite small for trips,” the source explains. “It’s not the first time they have taken them away. They have all been to Meribel together before.”

(Meribel is a valley of 100 miles of interconnected pistes.)

An eyewitness saw the family eating lunch at one of the slope-side restaurants Monday, telling Us: “They looked very happy together.”

Though Kate, 30, was only recently reunited with William, 29, following his six-week tour of duty in The Falklands, any chance of alone time will have to wait: the source confirms that the fivesome has decided to share the same chalet.

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Us Weekly

Not a good source for a lot of accurate information, but if the Midds are paying that would help out a bit. Hope they also pay for the PO’s expenses-they didn’t the last time!

royaltyasiseeit:

By Chris Hastings
PUBLISHED: 18:40 EST, 24 March 2012 | UPDATED: 18:41 EST, 24 March 2012

As the family of the future Queen, they have largely been careful to avoid controversy.
But now the parents of Kate Middleton have found themselves at loggerheads with their local council over ambitious – and secret – plans to expand their £1.5 million country home.
Carole and Michael Middleton want to build a new annexe in the grounds of their five-bedroom house in the picturesque Berkshire village of Bucklebury.


Home improvement: Kate Middleton’s family home Oak Acre, in Bucklebury, Reading. Parents Carole and Michael want to redevelop the garage on the left
The extension, which could be built on the site of an existing garage, would be large enough to house a granny flat with its own kitchenette, living room and shower, as well as a home office upstairs – accessed via its own outside wooden staircase – and a garage for two cars.


There would even be room for a kennel, which would be ideal for the Middletons’ own cocker spaniel Ella and their daughter’s new puppy, Lupo.
However, their ambitious plans for Oak Acre – dubbed Middleton Manor – have hit a stumbling block because their parish council has objected on the grounds that  the scheme is excessive and constitutes ‘overdevelopment’.


Bucklebury Parish Council voted to oppose the application, which also includes proposals for a new utility room, at a meeting earlier this month. It has now lodged a formal objection with West Berkshire Council, which has the final say.
The proposed building has upset some locals for being shrouded in secrecy. Unlike most planning applications, details of the work have not been made available to view online. Instead, neighbours must make a written request to see the plans and then travel to the council’s offices in Newbury, where they have to present ID.
A spokesman for the council said ‘security reasons and a request on behalf of the family’ were behind the decision.
However, the Middletons have largely been keen to cultivate good relations with their neighbours.
They invited several members of the community to the Royal Wedding, including a shopkeeper, a publican and the postman, although no members of the parish council were invited.
Parish council vice-chairman Barry Dickens said it had to be consistent in its decisions. ‘Other similar-sized applications have also been rejected,’ he said. ‘We thought that was a line that had to be maintained.’


Blocked: Michael and Carole outside their home near Bucklebury, Berkshire. The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents want to extend their country house, but their plans were rejected due to ‘overdevelopment’ concerns
The parish council can only offer its opinion in the planning process and has no power to block the application. But Councillor Dickens said West Berkshire Council backed the parish council in  85 per cent of cases.
Michael and Carole, a former air hostess who spent the first five years of her life in a council flat, are believed to be worth £30 million.
In addition to the Bucklebury home, they also own a £1.2 million flat in Chelsea, West London, which is mainly used by their two other children, Pippa and James.

Disappointment: Kate Middleton walks her cocker spaniel puppy Lupo, who would have had his own kennel in the proposed annexe
The couple enjoy the trappings of their success and even commissioned their own family coat of arms after their daughter’s engagement to Prince William.
They have been planning to expand their property portfolio and last year almost bought  14th Century Bolehyde Manor, near Chippenham in Wiltshire, the former home of the Duchess of Cornwall, which was on the market for more than £5 million.
The couple’s fortune comes from Party Pieces, the party goods business run from two  converted farmhouses near the family home.
Last year’s Royal Wedding sparked a huge increase in sales and the couple now reportedly employ up to 30.
The Middletons live in an area of outstanding natural beauty where there is a presumption against any brand new buildings.
Homeowners can apply to build extensions or to make redevelopments as long as they are in keeping with their surroundings. Councillors tend to be more cautious about proposals that would increase the size of a property by more than half. Local sources say the Middletons’ proposal would be regarded as one of those.
A spokesman for West Berkshire Council, which has yet to consider the application, said the parish council’s objection was the only one it had so far received.
Mr and Mrs Middleton did not attend the parish council meeting and they were unavailable for comment last night.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2119937/Kates-parents-hit-brick-wall-bid-extend-Middleton-Manor.html#ixzz1q9bcUkLH

William, Kate and the Midds boarding the plane to leave Mustique.
-It’s rumored that William didn’t make it out until the very last day of the trip.

William, Kate and the Midds boarding the plane to leave Mustique.

-It’s rumored that William didn’t make it out until the very last day of the trip.