Carlos Gracida was killed after his horse was hit on the head by another player's mallet
A reminder, if one were necessary, of the dangers ever present in the kingly game of polo: Carlos Gracida, a polo legend who taught princes William and Harry, has been killed after his horse fell on him during a match in Florida.
Carlos Gracida 53, was killed in a freak accident, after his horse was hit on the head by another player's mallet.
The animal reared up and threw Mr. Gracida before landing on top of him and killing him.
The accident happened on Tuesday, and Gracida, one of the most successful polo players the sport has ever known, died on Tuesday night.
Pelly denies drink driving
More news from the great drink-driving trial of Prince William's pal, Guy Pelly, the pink cheeked London party organizer and nightclub promoter.
Pelly, 32, who refused to give a breath sample to police when stopped driving his Audi R8 through central London last year, telling a policeman, "I don't want to," when asked to blow into a breathalyzer machine, is now claiming in court that his iPhone could've interfered with the breath testing machine used in the police station!
It's certainly a ballsy defense. But will it work?
Charlotte Dale, an independent forensic alcohol consultant called by the prosecution, thought not, telling the court, according to a report in the Daily Mail, that the idea that, "two independent specimens," that matched each other to be incorrect was, "too incredible".
Memorial service for Mandela to be held in London next week
More evidence reaches us of the ongoing transformation of Prince Harry from party boy to serious man.
For it has been announced that Prince Harry is to represent his grandmother, the Queen, at a service to be held in honor of the late Nelson Mandela in London on Monday next week.
Harry, 29, will attend the national service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on Monday 3 March, Clarence House has confirmed.
The service, which will be broadcasted by the BBC, will mark the life of the former South African president.
The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town, will give the address while the ceremony will be conducted by The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall.
Pelly refused to blow into the breathalyzer, and when asked why he would not, replied, "I don't want to."
Guy Pelly is everything a pink-cheeked party promoting friend of the young Royals should be.
So whilst one must be censorious of the fact that he has been driving his vehicle around the streets of London while allegedly over the legal alcohol limit, let us at least take our hats off to the unusual line he gave the policeman who stopped him and asked for a breath sample.
Pelly refused to blow into the breathalyzer, and when asked why he would not, but replied, "I don't want to."
That, my friends, is the type of confidence you can only get from a British public school education.
Harry enagement rumors may be overstated
The American edition of OK! magazine is claiming that Prince Harry is imminently about to propose to girlfriend Cressida Bonas, or indeed may already have done so, but the Royalist says, don't get too excited just yet.
OK! reportedly makes the bold claim that he may have already proposed to Cressy, “But first he needs to go through certain royal protocols, such as asking his grandmother’s permission,” an 'insider' says, adding, “Palace sources say there’s not been a formal request made to her majesty yet, but the fact we’re hearing about it means it’s likely he’s already popped the question and they’re waiting until all the boxes are ticked before formally announcing it.”
We're not saving the date just yet.
Zara turns her baby into a cash cow, picking up a reported £100,000 fee for first pics of baby Mia
A sense of weary resignation at the crashing and predictable money-grabbing vulgarity of it all rather than shock pervades the Royalist’s delicate sensibility today as we contemplate the ghastly truth that Zara Phillips has sold the first pictures of her baby Mia, the queen's fourth great-grandchild, to Hello! Magazine.
They are spread across 13 pages of the European celeb weekly.
It’s out today, complete with details of how Zara decided to have an epidural in advance rather than try and ‘fight the pain’, and the admission that she hired a maternity nurse for the first four days.
Buckingham Palace are declining to comment on the Queen's reaction, merely stating that how Zara handles her publicity is up to her, but trust me - she's bound to be at least as depressed by this latest example of royal cashing-in (and please don't start on the 'Zara's not an HRH' argument) as she was when Zara's brother, the feeble Peter Phillips (or 'King Peter' as he is mockingly known by some detractors as his Canadian wife gave up her Catholic faith when he married her to ensure he could still technically succeed to the throne) sold his wedding pictures to the same publication. Still, at least Zara’s pictures don’t include all the other Royals, like Peter’s did.
Pippa's writing career, hamstrung by interfering royals, hits the buffers
Pippa Middleton's writing career may be in trouble.
Plans for a follow-up book by Kate's sister have been quietly dropped by her American publisher, Viking Press, after selling just 18,000 copies of her debut party planning book Celebrate, which, according to a catty source who spoke to the Sunday Times, is even less than Sarah Ferguson sold when she launched a writing career.
A Viking Press source told the paper's Atticus column: “Pippa’s Celebrate sales are nothing to celebrate. She was a superstar after the wedding, and everybody thought it would be a success. Even Sarah Ferguson sold more books when she started her writing career.”
Undoubtedly, Pippa's career is massively hamstrung by the fact that she has been banned by the Royal handlers from talking about the one thing that anyone is actually most interested in, her royal sister.
The Queen's London residence is exposed to the highest levels of air pollution in the country, figures reveal
Buckingham Palace, the Queen's residence in the heart of London, may be surrounded by acres of the most perfectly manicured gardens, but its air has been revealed to be the most polluted in the country.
Grosvenor Place, which runs alongside the palace, has almost four times the maximum permissible amount of nitrogen dioxide.
The toxic gas is mainly produced from cars running on diesel, which is the fuel of choice for the thousands of London taxis that ply their trade in the centre of town. Increasing numbers of private cars in the UK now run on diesel as well.
The figures published by the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs show the average level of the gas was 152 micrograms per cubic metres of air.
Prince George's uncle is a real life Willy Wonka
The amazing, baking brother-in-law of Prince William, who runs a mail order cake-kit company, has become a director of a company which allows customers to use edible ink to print pictures from photo-sharing website Instagram onto marshmallows, according to the Daily Mail diarist Sebastian Shakespeare.
The company is called Boomf Ltd, which, according to Middleton, is 'the noise a marshmallow makes when it drops through your letterbox'.
New York writer follows the Pippa lifestyle for two weeks with hilarious results
This is genius.
New York Magazine writer Rebecca Harrington has gleaned as much information as she can about Pippa's life and style from her book, Celebrate, and her hilariously awful columns for the Telegraph, neatly summarized thus: "In each column, she does crazy fad exercise regimens and then an unseen photographer takes pictures of her in weird outfits."
So Harrington first follows the Dukan diet, and then in the cause of journalism goes aqua-cycling (spinning in a pool) and even risks flouting New York law by eating the Scottish dish haggis, which is made of minced up animal insides stuffed inside a sheep's bladder (but tastes worse than it sounds).
Harrington's conclusion? "Pippa could be riding around all the time with French people in motorcars but instead she is out there, trying to develop muscles in her legs. You got to give the girl some credit."
Brooks cleared of making illegal payment to obtain photo of Prince William in a bikini.
Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of Rupert Murdoch's shuttered tabloid News of the World, who is on trial in connection with alleged phone-hacking, was acquitted on Thursday of one charge of authorizing an illegal payment for a picture of Prince William at a fancy dress party in a bikini.
The picture was never actually published, but an illustration based on the picture was.
Brooks still faces four other charges relating to conspiracy to hack voicemail messages on mobile phones.
Before she began her defense against these, the jury were instructed by the judge overseeing her trial at London's Old Bailey court to return a verdict of not guilty on one of two charges against her of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.
Charles performs traditional sword dance on Saudi tour
Poor Prince Charles always gets made to dance whenever he goes anywhere, and his tour of Saudi Arabia is proving no exception.
Wearing a traditional Saudi full-length outfit known as a thobe, Charles played his part in an ardah - or sword dance - at a stadium in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
Charles wore a chequered headdress and ceremonial dagger during the dance which featured hundreds of Saudi Arabian men and boys in formation holding swords, part of the annual 17-day Janadriyah Festival.
Former Royal hairdresser criticizes The Duchess's locks.
A former Royal hairdresser has waded into the most controversial issue of our times by declaring that Kate Middleton's hair is 'a little overdone.'
In the old days, criticising the Queen's glossy locks would have been a head-removing offense.
But Denise McAdam, who was awarded the Royal Victorian Medal by the Queen in 2010 for, as she puts it, "35 years of keeping my mouth shut” is fortunate to live in gentler times.
In a new interview to promote a TV show, Hair, which she has been cast in, she also describes Princess Anne as “the scary one” of the family.
Queen rocker hits out at royal bloodsports
That hunting story just won't go away for the British Royal family. The latest to enter the fray is rocker Brian May of the rock group Queen, who famously played 'Happy Birthday' from the roof of Buckingham Palace during the golden jubilee.
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He has compared attempts to justify slavery as being like attempts to justify slavery in the nineteenth century.
Speaking to The Sun, May said: ‘It made me feel sick. This is right at the heart of the problem we are looking at in this government.
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.