Speculation that Nico popped the question in India
Pippa Middleton has been dropping hints all over the place, and telling friends that she thinks current boyfriend Nico Jackson is the one, so the question inevitably arises of whether they got engaged on their recent trip to India as some press outlets are speculating today.
The lovestruck couple arrived home at London's Heathrow airport yesterday, looking severely sunburned.
Nico steered a luggage trolley piled high with Pippa's bags through the arrivals hall.
The latest update from the group attempting to walk to the South Pole
The Wire actor Dominic West - who is walking to the South Pole with Prince Harry and a group of wounded former soldiers - said today that listening to Metallica had kept him going when conditions got tough.
"I was listening to quite a lot of Metallica on the last stretch today and it’s really put a spring in my step, even though I was quite tired," he said in an audio blog issued by the Virgin Money-sponsored expedition.
"We’ve had a really good day today, it’s been really sunny, the wind was slightly on our faces for the first time, but not too bad and now we are doing 16k a day [...] so it is almost enjoyable, in fact it was enjoyable this afternoon, especially with music playing. I have fortunately not missed any days yet and I’m pleasantly surprised that I’m managing to keep up."
Dominic West. (Walking With The Wounded)
The race element of the walk was abandoned at the weekend after several of the walkers picked up injuries on the ice.
The intrepid adventurers are now walking the final 100 miles to the Pole.
Bradley Wiggins, the British cyclist was knighted by the Queen today, and said he was left feeling "a little bit inferior" by the experience.
Sir Bradley Wiggins is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in central London on December 10, 2013. (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
'Wiggo' won the nation's heart when he became the first Brit ever to win the Tour de France.
The extravagantly-coiffed cyclist had, however, shaved off his sideburns for today's ceremony in Buckingham Palace.
Mandela joked and teased the Queen like no other
Nelson Mandela could be a cheeky chappie (witness his description of meeting the Spice Girls "I don't want to be emotional but this is one of the greatest moments of my life,") and his sense of humor was at play whenever he met the Queen.
Not one to stand on ceremony, he would call her by her first name, Elizabeth, and even sometimes commented on her dress and weight, according to a personal assistant quoted by Reuters today.
Zelda La Grange said, "When he paid visits to Queen Elizabeth it was always very interesting to see their interaction because he called her 'Elizabeth', no-one else in the world calls her Elizabeth, I think.
As most senior royal after his mother, who no longer flies long-haul, Prince Charles was always the obvious choice
It was announced last year that the Queen would no longer be making long-haul voyages, so little surprise that Prince Charles will be representing his mother at the funeral of Nelson Mandela next Sunday.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed the Prince of Wales will join world leaders for the state funeral in Mandela's home village of Qunu on December 15.
Charles and Prince Harry visited the country in 1997 and met Mr Mandela at his Pretoria home.
It was also announced today that three former British Primes Ministers - Gordon Brown, John Major and Tony Blair - will attend the funeral along with current British PM David Cameron.
No word if they will all be taking the same plane.
Princess Michael of Kent launches promotional campaign for her 'mechanical' new book with interview peppered with typically outrageous comments in The Times
Before there was Pippa Middleton, there was Princess Michael of Kent. HRH has a new book out, The Queen of Four Kingdoms, and has launched into a perhaps unwise promotional campaign, part of which has taken the shape of an interview in today’s Times. Of the book itself, writer Janice Turner reports that “in the Princess’s mechanical prose it reads like a scion of the Almanach de Gotha and a Baedeker guide had a bastard child with Mills & Boon”.
Princess Michael of Kent is married to Prince Michael, who is King George V’s grandson. They don’t receive money from the state but they do live in an apartment at Kensington Palace. They paid only a peppercorn rent of £70 a month (including utilities), until a 2002 review of grace-and-favour homes. For the next seven years, the Queen paid their annual £120,000 market rent, but after that the couple had to sell their country home, Nether Lypiatt Manor in Gloucestershire, to pay it themselves.
The interview, unlike the book, apparently, is unputdownable, but if you don’t get a chance to read it, here are the best quotes from HRH herself.
Race element of walk to the South Pole is abandonned
The Royalist suggested last week that Prince Harry might appear to carry a curse when it comes to extravagant expeditions to remote corners of the earth with teams of wounded servicemen.
Now, sad to report, his latest adventure with Walking With The Wounded, a race to the South Pole, has had to be abandonned after the three teams from the UK, US and Commonwealth were unable to continue competing due to unexpectedly harsh conditions.
The trek to the Pole will still continue, however it is now no longer a race, and the organizers hope that the ability of the wounded servicemen to even reach the pole will still stand as an inspiring example to others struggling with disability.
Hacking trial hears that Brooks authorized £4,000 payment for embarrassing photo of Prince William
Rebekah Brooks signed off a £4,000 ($6,500) payment in less than ten minutes to a member of the Armed Forces for a photograph of Prince William wearing a bikini at an army fancy dress party when she edited The Sun, the London phone hacking trial heard yesterday.
The Sun never ran the picture, instead running a mocked-up version in September 2006.
The Times reports that in an e-mail forwarded by his superior to Mrs Brooks, the reporter wrote that the photograph came from his “best contact at Sandhurst”, and that he was a platoon commander who wanted the money for his wife.
The e-mail continued: “I have the guy with the picture over a barrel because I know his identity. The chap is only happy for us to use the picture once, when Sandhurst is on a break, and wants the money upfront by Saturday.”
The reporter told his superior that although £4,000 “sounds like a lot” of money, it would “open the door for future exclusives and info”.
Prince Charles honors Mandela's 'zest for life,' Queen speaks of his 'peaceful legacy'.
More tributes to Nelson Mandela today from the royal family, following William's ad-hoc remarks outside a cinema where he had been watching the premiere screening of the new Mandela biopic last night,
Charles, The Prince of Wales said:
"Mr Mandela was the embodiment of courage and reconciliation. He was also a man of great humour and had a real zest for life. With his passing, there will be an immense void not only in his family's lives, but also in those of all South Africans and the many others whose lives have been changed through his fight for peace, justice and freedom. The world has lost an inspired leader and a great man. My family and I are profoundly saddened and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
The Queen's press secretary issued a formal statement, signed Elizabeth R saying,
William, forced to make ad hoc statement outside cinema, speaks of 'extraordinary and inspiring' man
Prince William and Kate Middleton were informed of the death of Nelson Mandela as they watched a new biopic about his life at a star-studded Royal premiere in London’s Leicester Square. Mandela’s daughter Zindzi, was also in attendance.
William and Kate arrive for the premiere of "Long Walk To Freedom". A few hours later they were told, during the screening, that Nelson Mandela had died (Chris Jackson)
By an extraordinary co-incidence, tonight was the UK premiere of Long Walk to Freedom, the new film about Mandela’s life, and the young royals were there, fulfilling a long-standing commitment to support the new film.
William and Kate were informed of the death of Mandela shortly before the end of the film. When the credits had rolled, an announcement was made of Mandela’s death, after which a stunned minute’s silence was observed.
DJ Mel Greig resigned today from her job at the Australian radio station, exactly one year after the prank call was played
A year to the day after two Australian DJs placed a prank call to a London hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated for acute morning sickness with tragic results when the nurse who connected the call later committed suicide, one of the DJs, Mel Greig, has resigned.
Greig launched a claim against Southern Cross Austereo in July, claiming it failed to maintain a safe workplace.
An SCA statement today said the dispute had been "amicably resolved".
Mel Greig, with her co-host Michael Christian, appear on Australian TV after the nurse's death (Channel 9)
Greig and her co-presenter Michael Christian made a prank call to the King Edward VII hospital in December last year and tricked staff into putting their call through to a ward where the Duchess of Cambridge was receiving treatment for severe morning sickness. The two had pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles.
The three teams attempting to walk to the South Pole as part of the Virgin Money Allied Challenge battle fatigue in brutal conditions.
The teams of wounded servicemen racing to the South Pole - including one headed by Prince Harry - are suffering 'exhaustion and mental weariness' the organisers of the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge said today.
Guide Eric Philips, who was pulled out of the contest suffering altitude sickness, has now been given the all clear to rejoin the Commonwealth team.
Today is the last full day of ski-ing before an enforced 24 hour rest stop at Checkpoint 1.
A spokesperson for the expedition said, "It goes without saying that the teams are feeling the strain as the extreme cold, elevation, dry air and mental weariness start to make even the simplest tasks a mammoth effort. It has been a steep learning curve for the teams, as the slightest mistake in looking after themselves can lead to disastrous consequences.
Why was Cressida carrying two text books about babies and kids last night?
Cressida Bonas, Prince Harry's girlfriend of nearly two years standing, came face to face with his ex, Chelsy Davy, at a London carol service last night.
The service is an annual event held to commemorate the death of one of Harry and William's close friends, Henry Van Straubenzee, who died in a car crash at the age of 18 in 2002.
Cressida Bonas attends a Christmas carol concert in aid of the Henry van Strauzenbee memorial (Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images)
However, it is what Cressida was carrying in her hands as she entered the church tlast night that has got the Royalist intrigued this morning.
A 1986 dress worn by Diana fetched $140,000 in London today.
An ornate gold and white gown that once belonged to Princess Diana - described as having a 'fairytale' feel to it - has been sold at auction today for a staggering £102,000 - approximately $140,000.
The extraordinary price for the ostentatious gown proves that fascination with Princes Diana remains as strong today as ever.
The dress is believed to have been sold to a non-US or UK museum.
The ornate gold and white gown was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, the husband and wife duo who designed Diana's wedding dress. The couple, now divorced, have recently been involved in an unseemly war of words about who took the call from Diana asking them to make her wedding dress.
The gown was worn by Diana on several occasions, including to the premiere of James Bond film The Living Daylights.
The Duchess attends diplomatic dinner wearing tiara.
Kate Middleton looked dazzling last night as she arrived at the Dilpomatic Reception, one of the biggest events in the royal social calendar, wearing a tiara loaned to her by the Queen.
It was the first time she has worn a tiara since the royal wedding.
The tiara previously belonged to the Queen Mother who bequeathed it to Princess Margaret.
It was made by society jewelers Garrard, who refashioned the gems from a pendant she was given by her husband, George VI.
Prince Harry’s girlfriend is the opposite of Kate Middleton in every way. Tom Sykes examines the evidence: a pair of Doc Martens, some dungarees, and that infamous scrunchie.