Artist Jeremy Deller agrees to remove banner to avoid endangering British troops
Correction: A rep for the artist has contacted the Royalist to make the following point:
"The decision to remove the banner was made over two months before, and so it never made it to Venice."
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A banner at the Venice Biennale reading, "Prince Harry Kills Me" has been removed on the grounds it could act as a provocation for attacks on British servicemen. The banner was part of artist Jeremy Deller's work at the British pavilion and has been removed at the request of the British Council.
Pippa has set up a limited company, called PXM
Her book telling us how to Celebrate may have been panned, but the work is still rolling in for Pippa Middleton (she was recently hired to write a high-profile food column for the supermarket Waitrose). So no surprise that the sister of the future Queen of England has quietly set up her first company this week, using the same firm of accountants as celebrities including Kate Bush and Simon Cowell.
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According to a (paywalled) report in The Times this morning, Pippa is named as sole director and shareholder of PXM Enterprises, a limited company with a London address.
It is possible that the company has been created as part of plans by the Middleton family to extend its party supplies business, Party Pieces, into America, with recent talk of a new HQ in New York. According to a report this week, the business is booming in America.
Harry chatted to the Stereophonics at the dinner, which was rasing funds for Polar expedition
Charming Prince Harry slipped into his tux for a dinner tonight in support of Walking With The Wounded's race to the South Pole. Harry will be joining the British team, and competing against teams of wounded warriors from the USA and the Commonwealth.
Prince Harry, Patron of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge, speaks with Duncan Slater (L) and Guy Disney at the Walking With The Wounded Crystal Ball Gala Dinner (Ian Vogler / WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Harry grinned with some of his fellow polar explorers before the event, which featured entertainment from Ellie Goulding and The Stereophonics, who looked starstruck when the met the young royal.
Harry, 28, has made support for the military, veterans and the wounded a key theme of his royal patronage. His tour to the US revolved around the Warrior Games for wounded servicemen.
Paper of record leaps to defence of Harry's girl
A wonderful counterblast in The Times today to yesterday's extraordinary hatchet job on Cressida Bonas in the Mail. Stefanie Marsh writes brilliantly about Cressida, describing her as an old-school Sloane who "is part of a sliver of society that does not need to care what the rest of us think," and suggests that her failure to be middle-class like Kate is what some unnamed people may not like about her.
Marsh also has a nice verbal snapshot of the Royal family in the 90s: "The Royal Family was fairly unpopular too. You had Fergie having her toes sucked, Andrew being a moron. You had a neurotic, ballsy Princess of Wales doing very unaristocratic things such as touching people dying of Aids and caring what happened to the victims of landmines. You had her heartless husband, his mistress always loitering in the background."
A distinctly second-class effort
Why does everyone have to paint the Queen looking as horrible as possible? Is it part of the job description to render Her Majesty looking as if she has been subjected to a particularly nasty bout of poisoning, a la Victor Yushchenko? Or is this simply yet another attempt by the artist to get past the cloak of royalty?
Royal Mail commemorative stamps bearing portraits of the Queen include ones by Pietro Annigoni (1954), left, and a new one marking the 60th anniversary of the Coronation, by Nicky Philipps, at right. (Images provided by Royal Mail)
The latest effort is by artist Nicky Phipps - who actually previously painted one of the few visually pleasing pictures of William and Harry - and is one of a book of six stamps being issued by the Royal Mail in the UK to celebrate 60 years since the Queen was crowned.
The collection of commemorative Royal Mail stamps dedicated to the Queen. (Images provided by Royal Mail)
William had a close shave at yesterday's match
William was playing polo yesterday - and nearly had a nasty fall.
William plays polo in 2012 (Anwar Hussein / Wire Image / Getty Images)
The heir to the throne was competing in the Audi challenge in Chester yesterday and nearly came a cropper when attempting to play a particularly tight ball.
He had to use his mallet to push himself back on board his polo pony, according to a report in today's Daily Express.
UK paper launches offensive against Cressida for wearing bunny ears
The Daily Mail this morning slips a knife between the ribs of Harry's new girlfriend Cressida Bonas, painting a picture of her as a wild party girl "quite resistant to full clothing" who is given to "glugging booze, groping half-naked men" and kissing her friends.
Cressida Bonas (Dave M. Benett / Getty Images)
The Mail questions whehter this means she is destined to be "the new Fergie" - by which they presumably mean a chronic source of embarrasment to the Royal family for years to come.
In a masterpiece of inferral, the paper then lays responsibilty for the Harry / Cressida hook-up at the feet of Fergie and then goes on to question whether it's all basically a plot by Fergie to winkle her way back in to the Royal family's inner circle, saying that "Fergie is centre stage in this Royal romance" because "she is a friend of Cressida’s mother, Lady Mary Gaye Curzon, and Princess Eugenie introduced the couple ... Is this her way of pitching herself, and her daughters, back into the centre stage of the Royal Family?"
Camilla, in Paris, shows Kate she is not the only one who cares about fashion as she drops into Dior
Camilla usually looks most at home in the type of waxy, green clothing bought at agricultural shows and worn while feeding horses, but she showed her interest in fashion today on her get-ready-for-me-to-be-Queen tour of Paris, stopping in at the Dior atelier for a tête a tête with creative director Raf Simons.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meets designer Raf Simmons. (Pool photo by Chris Jackson)
Camilla was given a personal tour of Dior-world by Christian Dior CEO Sidney Toledano before being shown the haute couture atelier where Simons's visions are painstakingly stitched together by teams of artisan laborers.
Pool photo by Chris Jackson
New York paper reports Middletons eying NYC
Pippa Middleton's party-planning book was better received in America than back home in the UK, and now the family business could be coming to America too.
Michael and Carole Middleton are planning to expand their Party Pieces website to the US and are thinking about setting up shop in New York, according to the New York Daily News.
Michael and Carole Middleton (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
"Party Pieces overseas business has been extraordinary with America dominating much of the interest. It has prompted the Middletons to look at establishing an office in the U.S. so that they can bolster their brand and even tie into other companies and ventures. They feel New York offers them a good starting point," a source told the paper.
Kate to attend ceremony next Tuesday, which could be her final public appearance before birth of baby
Kate has nothing else in the diary, so speculation is mounting that when she joins all the other Royals to attend a service to celebrate sixty years since the Queen was crowned next Tuesday, it may be the last time we see her in public until the baby is born.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be joined at Westminster Abbey by all senior members of the Royal Family for a service marking the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are seen through the window of the royal carriage as they arrive, 02 June 1953 for the coronation at Westminster Abbey in London 60 years ago. (STF / AFP / Getty Images)
Atendees so far confirmed include: Charles and Camilla, William and Kate, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Princess Anne.
Naughty uncle appears to confirm rumors
Kate's naughty uncle Gary Goldsmith is the subject of a boozy interview in the Telegraph this morning, and the intrepid reporter assigned to drink two bottles of Champagne with him paints a vivid picture of the lovable rascal.
Gary Goldsmith (Danny Martindale / Getty Images)
He is coy when it comes to newsworthy revelations, saying he is launching an effort to rebrand himself so his daughter can bring up some positive results when she googles him, but he does appear to confirm rumors that Its Royal Babyness will spend the first six weeks of its life at the home of Kate’s mum, Carole, when he says, “The fact that they’re taking the baby to Carole’s for the first six weeks is genius. Carole’s a brilliant mum – she is 10 years older than me and practised on me – and I think it’s the right thing to do. It will take the pressure off Kate.”
Confirmation, were any needed, that Kate intends for this baby to be brought up in a very different tradition from previous royal sprogs.
Camilla undertakes solo engagement in Paris as Charles' influence grows
How do you feel about the prospect of Queen Camilla? Despite publicly stating that Camilla will not be Queen, instead taking on the title of princess consort, in private Charles and his wife are less cautious, and Charles has previously made no secret of his desire that Camila be crowned Queen if/when he ascends to the throne.
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And now, with Charles taking on more and more of the responsibilities of monarch, effectively entering into a job share with the Queen, we are beginning to see the first signs of a fresh push for the idea of Queen Camilla to be taken seriously.
Earlier this month, Camilla was by Charles' side as he attended the opening of parliament for the first time in decades, now, Camilla has undertaken her first international solo engagement, speaking French for the first time in half a century during a two-day trip to Paris at the Emmaus charity workshop and community which helps homeless people.
Willima is president of the British FA and was speaking at a soccer event in London today
Soccer fan Prince William said today that he fancied Bayern Munich to win Saturday's all-German Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.
"My money is on Bayern Munich and two-nil," Prince William said.
President of The FA Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is presented a match ball by UEFA President Michel Platini during the UEFA Congress at the Grovesnor House Hotel (Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)
He was speaking at an event to welcome soccer officials from across Europe for Uefa's 37th annual congress being staged in London today.
Post Office ordered to monitor King's calls
British government records released today over 75 years after the events took place reveal the extraordinary fact that King Edward VIII's phone calls were bugged by his own government as the abdication crisis unfolded in 1936.
By Permission of the National Archives
The Home Secretary Sir John Simon ordered the interception in a hand-written note after the King informed Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin that he intended to marry Mrs Simpson, an American divorcee.
At that time, the Church of England refused to remarry divorcees while their former spouse was still living, and Baldwin was clear he felt that the marriage was impossible if Edward was to remain on the throne.
Amid this backdrop Sir John ordered the General Post Office (GPO) covertly to monitor the King's telephone calls.
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.”
Sixty years and hardly a slip.