The Queen is to go ahead with a long-planned visit to Woolwich Barracks next week
The Queen is to go ahead with a planned visit to an army base in Woolwich next week, close to the scene of yesterday's fatal terrorist attack on an unarmed, off-duty British soldier.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman told the Royalist this morning that there had “absolutely not” been any question of cancelling the “long-planned” trip to the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery at Woolwich Barracks next week, despite the horrifying scenes in London yesterday when two men murdered a soldier in broad daylight then waited twenty minutes for the police to arrive while encouraging passers-by to film the scene on their phones.
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A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said, “The Queen was of course concerned when she heard the news of the developments in Woolwich and is being kept informed.”
William was appearing with his father to raise awareness of wildlife crime
Prince Charles has been attempting to raise the profile of anti-poaching initiatives since at least 1989 when he gave one of his first public speeches on the subject, and today he was once again expounding on the subject - but this time, he had his son, Prince William with him.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, fed a 5-year-old black rhino called Zawadi involved in a translocation project as part of Tusk Trust when he he visited Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent on June 6, 2012 (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
The royal males were not, however, the stars of the show at St James's Palace - that honour belonged to Tyke, a UK customs sniffer dog who has smelled out animal furs, coral, bear bile, a Rolls Royce with alligator hide upholstery and even plasters infused with tiger bone which smugglers were attempting to bring into the UK.
The illegal wildlife trade one of top five most lucrative illegal trades in world, worth $10bn a year.
Harry showed members of his family a garden created to support his Lesotho charity, Sentebale
The Royal family turned out in force yesterday for the opening of the Chelsea Flower Show as the event celebrated its centenary year.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry visit the Sentebale Forget-me-not garden (Geoff Pugh / WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Prince Harry showed the Queen and prince Philip around his charity Sentebale's Forget-me-not garden designed by Jinny Blom, which includes native Lesotho flowers and a contemporary pavilion based on a traditional Basotho roundhouse.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall also viewed the garden.
More than 165,000 visitors are expected to visit the show in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea this week after it opens to the public today.
British artist Marc Quinn poses with his sculpture of an orchid in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden during the Chelsea Flower Show (BEN STANSALL / AFP / Getty Images)
Daily Mail runs pictures taken last week of Kate's dress blowing up in the wind
The first rumours that there was (another) batch of unusally revealing photos of Kate Middleton circulating came last week when reports began to circulate on twitter that Kate had been photographed at a friend's wedding with her skirt blowing up particularly high in the wind.
Kate suffered a similar wardrobe malfunction wearing the same Topshop dress when she arrived at the Harry Potter Studios with William and Harry last month.
Kate wears the dress to the Harry Potter studios last month (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
And whilst Kate's decision not to have her clothes fitted with weights (as the Queen does) is questionable, even more questionable is the decision of the Daily Mail to run the pictures of Kate - who let us recall is seven months pregnant - today, a week after they were taken.
Harry continues to show his commitment to wounded servicemen
William and Harry were today cutting the ribbon on a new recovery centre for the charity Help for Heroes in Wiltshire.
Tedworth House in Tidworth is one of four new units in England which will offer respite care and rehabilitation to injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their families.
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The centre in Wiltshire can accommodate 50 residents, four families and more than 150 day visitors.
Prince Harry flew back from America on Virgin Atlantic, the airline owned by his pal Richard Branson, but no word yet on whether the young Prince was propositioned by other flyers via the new Virgin inflight chat system.
While most airlines seem to make a habit of arresting passengers who get too fresh in the air, Branson has been encouraging customers to flirt using the new inflight chat system, in the way that this chat excerpt posted online demonstrates.
Alleged screen grab of a Virgin chat circulating online
new range celebrates 60th anniversary of coronation
Regular readers will know that the Royalist is more than slightly obsessed by commemorative Royal china, so it is with baited breath that we unveil the newest colection, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Coronation.
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What's that I hear you say? Didn't we have the 60th anniversary last year? Wasn't that the, er, Jubilee? Well, no, the Jubilee celebrated 60 years in power, but in fact the actual ceremony of coronation did not happen till the following year, meaning we are going to get to run through much of it AGAIN this year!
The china, is being issued by the Royal Collection and "reflects the pomp and pageantry of the Coronation procession; the Coat of Arms is from the heraldic bearings of the coaches. The border decoration is taken from the silk damask banners of the State Trumpets which heralded the moment of crowning at Westminster Abbey."
Oliver Burton, 10, had wanted to meet the Queen, but when that wasn't possible, Dame Helen stepped in
The Mail carries an extraordinary story today about Dame Helen Mirren granting the dying wish of a ten-year-old boy by dressing up as the Queen and having him round for tea.
Helen Mirren dressed in costume as the Queen. (Dave M. Benett/Getty)
Do click here to read the Mail's full story about how Mirren stepped in after cancer victim Oliver Burton was told the Queen would not be able to meet him at Buckingham Palace.
Dame Helen invited Oliver to see her West End show The Audience in which she plays the Queen and then invited Oliver and mum Catherine Browne backstage where she introduced him to her corgis and her butler served tea. She even knighted the boy, which seems like the best use of a royal honour we have ever heard of.
High-Viz Harry Checks Out His Chelsea Garden
Prince Harry today made his first appearance since returning form his triumphal tour of the US, an unscheduled 'private' fly-by of the garden that is being created as part of the Chelsea Flower Show with his support for the Sentebale charity.
Britain's Prince Harry (right) speaks with garden designer Jinny Blom in the B&Q Sentebale Forget-Me-Not garden during a private unannounced visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 17, 2013. (Luke MacGregor/Reuters, via Landov )
The Prince, who was wearing a yellow high-viz vest and a baseball cap, was shown around the B&Q Sentebale garden this morning, where he spoke with its designer Jinny Blom for several minutes.
The Prince reportedly first saw the designs while working with the RAF in Afghanistan.
Wen Qi, 36, detained on Wednesday outside the game
Well, it probably had to happen.
A woman from Toronto with 'an unhealthy attraction' to Prince Harry was arrested for trespassing at the Greenwich Polo Club during Prince Harry's visit and benefit polo match there on Wednesday. She has been locked up and is apparently unable to post a thousand-buck bond.
Prince Harry competes in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images)
Police suggested she was a known stalker of the Prince, saying that 'international law enforcement agencies' had issued advisories 'to be watchful for her'.
Miss Middleton out and about
Pippa Middleton attended a London party for the UK edition of Vanity Fair on Tuesday night.
As her brother in law, Prince Harry, was enjoying a succesful week of high-profile engagements in the US, the 29-year-old party planner attended the VF event at Mayfair restaurant 34 Grosvenor Square, dressed simply in a short black skirt and white shirt but with eye-catching polkadot shoes.
Pippa Middleton seen leaving The Vanity Fair lunch party at 34 Grosvenor Square (Neil P. Mockford / Film Magic / Getty Images)
Other guests included Tom Ford and Jemima Khan, European editor-at-large of the magazine.
The prince’s visit to the States this week has been nothing short of a triumph. Tom Sykes on how the royal cleaned up his image (hint: ditching the booze) and turned up the charm.
One of the most devoutly sought goals for which the Brits travel to the United States is rehabilitation. For some, that really does mean a 28-day program at the Meadows, but for British celebrities old and new, from Victoria Beckham to Piers Morgan to PG Wodehouse, America offers something even more alluring: a chance to clean up one’s image in a country that, in comparison to their homeland, is proud of allowing reinvention and fresh starts.
Prince Harry's visit to the US has been transformational for the young royal (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
One can now add the name of Prince Harry to the list of Brits comprehensively rehabilitated in the generous embrace of the United States. For to describe Harry’s tour of the U.S. as an unqualified success would be mean-spirited. The truth is, the past week has been a transformative one for the third in line to the throne, and nothing short of a triumph.
It certainly seems hard to believe that the handsome young man pictured in the last few days confidently standing alongside a blushing Michelle Obama and praising the "fantastic American spirit" that saw the rebuilding of those parts of New Jersey obliterated by superstorm Sandy is the same person who, just nine months ago, allowed himself to be photographed in the nude playing strip billiards in a hotel room with some girls he had met a few hours earlier downstairs in a Vegas casino.
Update 1640 EST: Prince Harry's Team Wins 4 - 3
16:40 So there it is folks. Prince Harry's tour of the USA is all done and dusted bar the counting of the money raised (the polo alone rasied a million bucks). I hope you had as much fun as I did - who knew Harry behaving could be as much fun as Harry misbehaving? - although I think probably none of us had as good a time as Harry himself. Expect this to be an annual event.
The presentations have just been taking place, with Ms Kurkova presenting Harry and his team with the trophy. Harry will NOT repeat NOT now be spending a few days privately in Atlantic City. He's head back home. Tonight. To Kensington Palace. Where a team of overweight bodyguards will take turns sitting on him and make sure he doesn't go near a bar for at least 48 hours.
As you can tell, I'm getting a bit delirious. Also, I am just about to exceed my tweet allowance. So I am going to go and wrap a cold compress around my head, like the Old Harry.
See you all tomorrow.
Long before Prince Harry, England’s Edward VIII enjoyed a ribald youth. Tom Sykes on the dishy new book that exposes the future king’s World War I tryst with a French prostitute.
The adolescence and early manhood of the most reviled monarch in recent British history, Edward VIII—the abdicator who married Wallis Simpson and threw the monarchy into a near-fatal tailspin in 1936—has been oft mined by writers and historians.
Marguerite Alibert, also known as Maggie Meller. (Courtesy of Raoul Laurent/Picador )
So hated was David Windsor (his birth name) by an entire generation of establishment writers and propagandists determined to expose every flaw in his character that it seems hard to believe that any truly new information could be found about the prince’s misspent youth. And while the story of his affair with Marguerite “Maggie” Meller, a famous French courtesan, is not exactly unknown, Andrew Rose, a retired judge, does unearth some extraordinary details in his new, meticulously researched, and highly evocative new book. Furthermore, he makes the extraordinary claim that Meller used a cache of erotic letters written to her by the young prince years earlier to “fix” her 1923 Old Bailey trial in which she was acquitted of murdering her billionaire husband despite clear evidence to the contrary.
Edward is portrayed by Rose as a withdrawn young man, ill at ease in company. “Despite a rough-house naval education, including considerable periods at sea which should have been a character-forming experience, the prince was physically and emotionally a late developer. Today he would be thought of as something of a ‘nerd,’” writes Rose.
Harry is to join the Walking With The Wounded race to the South Pole in November
Maybe Harry twisted their arms.
The foudation controlled by William, Kate and Harry is donating £100,000 to Walking With The Wounded's 2013 South Pole Allied Challenge. Harry, the expedition patron, announced last month that he will join the gruelling 210-mile trek across Antarctica this winter.
Prince Harry with the WWTW team in Norway in 2012 (David Cheskin, WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Prince Harry, who is currently making injured troops the focus of his week-long US tour, will also join the soldiers as they trek in temperatures of minus 45C.
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.