Controversial human rights record of Sri Lanka escapes scrutiny
Prince Charles opened the annual Commonealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) conference in Sri Lanka today, and no-one was surprised that he sidestepped any reference to that country’s murky human rights record.
Instead he made Sri Lanka’s recovery from the Tsunami the theme, saying, “My last visit here, in 2005, came just weeks after the devastating tsunami had struck these shores. I visited communities affected by the disaster and met many of the relief workers who were doing so much to help rebuild broken lives and livelihoods. I recall my admiration for the fortitude shown by them all at that time and commend the progress that has been made since in healing those dreadful scars.”
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, however, made a combative speech on his country’s success in the battle against “30 years of terror” and the return of “peace” in the island and appealed for a constructive engagement in the Commonwealth on issues like economic growth and eradication of poverty.
Princess Anne waded into controversy today when she suggested there was no problem serving up horsemeat for dinner
We know they are a horsey family, what with Zara in the Olympic show jumping team and all, but this is taking things a bit far.
Princess Anne today suggested that more people should consider eating horse meat.
Insert your own horse meat joke here (Indigo)
Speaking at the World Horse Welfare Organisation annual meeting she made the comments when discussing the horse meat scandal which spread across Europe this year, when hundreds of beef products were found to be made with up to 100% horse meat.
The Queen's daughter said, "Our attitudes to the horse meat trade may have to change" adding that if those in the horse meat trade do indeed "value their horses and look after them well … should we be considering a real market for horse meat and would that reduce the number of welfare cases?"
"I think this need a debate," the Princess Royal said, "Arguably, our response to the horse meat scandal - the scandal was that it was food which was improperly marked, not that it had horse meat in it, and that if you had put the correct label on it and put it back on the shelves that would have been the correct answer for everybody, because we need to be more honest about what's happening."
Harry was in London today for launch of Antarctic expedition
Trafalgar Square was chilly today, good preparation for Prince Harry's polar trek.
The young prince was at the central London square for the media launch of the expedition.
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Taking to the stage he said, "Even when you've lost a leg or lost an arm, or whatever the illness may be, you can achieve pretty much anything if you put your mind to it…The cause is for one cause and one cause only and that is to raise awareness for all the wounded, sick and injured, whether it's in military life or whether it's in civilian life."
Camilla gives unprecedented eight minute interview to mark husband's 65th birthday
Camilla Parker Bowles has given an impromptu eight-minute interview to members of the British press covering the royal tour of India to mark her husband Prince Charles's 65th birthday.
It is by far the longest interview she has ever given, and she spoke in some detail about their lives together, describing him as an 'exhausting' workaholic who is impossible to buy presents for who never stops to 'chill out'.
"He never, ever stops working," Camilla said, "He’s exhausting. No matter what the day, he is always working.
Trekking 20km per day, the teams will endure temperatures as low as -45°C and 50mph winds as they pull their sleds to the southernmost point on the globe.
He's spent a day in a frost tank in preparation, and this Sunday, Prince Harry will join one of three teams of wounded servicemen and women attempting to trek to the geographic South Pole for the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.
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Kensington Palace confirmed the final details of the adventure this morning.
The challenge will consist of three seven-man teams from the UK, Commonwealth and USA – each with four wounded team members.
A court in London heard testimony that Kate Middleton's name appeared on a handwritten note by a private investigator who hacked phones for the News of the World.
Kate Middleton's name was found in a handwritten note by Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator allegedly working for the News of the World who hacked phones of public figures and celebrities, the Old Bailey was told today by the prosecution, according to reports in The Guardian and other newspaper websites.
It has long been known that the royals were among the most enthusiastically targeted celebrities by the hackers, but today's revelation that Middleton's name was on a note seized from Mulcaire's premises in 2006 titled "Target evaluation," is the first time her name has been directly linked with the scandal.
In August 2006, the News of the World's royal editor, Clive Goodman and a private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, were arrested by the Metropolitan Police, and later charged with hacking the telephones of members of the royal family. Both Goodman and Mulcaire pleaded guilty to the charges and were sentenced to four and six months imprisonment respectively.
Irish schoolkid less impressed by Kate Middleton's enevelopes than Michael Flatley's
Ever the diplomat, Kate Middleton has refused to name her favorite piece of clothing when asked to do so by a 12-year-old Irish school girl for a school project, saying it was impossible to choose one piece over another.
Still, Molly Parmeter couldn't believe it when a thick embossed letter from Saint James's Palace arrived on her doormat.
Molly had written a letter to the princess asking her to describe her favourite item of clothing.
Prince leaves heartfelt note to departed comrades
Prince William laid a wreath to remember war dead yesterday that made special mention of two friends of his who have given their lives in battle, on a note which read, ‘For Jo, Lex and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.’
Joanna Dyer, a 2nd lieutenant who trained alongside him, and Major Alexis Roberts, who was his platoon commander and mentor at Sandhurst were both killed by IEDs on tours of duty.
Unlucky for Kate, she was photographed smiling and twirling her ringlets at a sombre veteran's memorial in London
Its an old rule of celebrity that you never allow a smile to cross your lips at a funeral, and one that the future Queen of England will no doubt be learning the hard way this morning.
For Kate Middleton rarely puts a foot wrong when it comes to the tricky art of the public appearance but yesterday's appearance at the annual remembrance ceremony was a rare fail, thanks to couple of unfortunate pictures.
How not to be photographed on Veteran's day (Max Mumby/Indigo)
For this morning's photograph's on the front pages all show photos of Kate absent-mindedly twirling her hair and smiling at Princess Sophie.
Michael Middleton proves he still has plenty of party spirit
Well, he does run a party supplies business, you know.
Still it comes as something of a surprise to see this picture of Kate's dad, Michael Middleton, joining in a conga at a Red Cross charity event on Thursday night in Belgravia, London.
Michael Middleton dancing at The British Red Cross International Fundraising Committee Ambassadors' Gala at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London on November, 7, 2013. (Richard Young/Rex)
Mr Middleton and his wife Carole began the night with a £350-per-head dinner at the home of one of the foreign ambassadors who hosted simultaneous dinners across London before the guests descended on the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel for the evening's entertainment, which incuded this conga line, according to a report in the Telegraph.
For obvious reasons (see picture below) the Taj Mahal is out of bounds for Camilla Parker Bowles, so the royal couple today had to make do with a visit to the Akshardham temple during their Indian tour.
The temple, opened in 2005, is one of the largest structures in the world and is built from Rajasthani pink sandstone and is covered with elaborately carved details of dancers, musicians and deities.
Kensington Palace won't be drawn on today's reports that Kate is learning to fly
Maybe this accounts for the gray hairs.
Kate Middleton told a group of army pilots yesterday that she's learning to fly a plane - which has prompted the terrifying speculation that she may be being taught by Prince Harry.
Kate told a group of RAF officers during her London Poppy Day walkabout yesterday that she had been taking flying lessons, specifying that she had been learning in a fixed-wing aircraft, which her brother-in-law Harry knows how to fly.
William is solely a helicopter pilot, but rules would anyway prevent the two of them being in a plane at the same time.
Like many new moms, Kate is having to contend with the first gray hairs of motherhood.
Alarming evidence has reached the Royalist that Kate Middleton may in fact be a mere mortal after all, after her second post-natal appearance yesterday revealed a shocking truth – Kate’s going gray.
For amidst all the excitement about Kate’s mumzy new hair-do as revealed on yesterday's London poppy-day walkabout, complete with a Farrah Fawcettish 70s wave, an (admittedly uncharitable) zoom-in on her new hair-do reveals the shocking truth; a little cluster of gray roots all too visible around the new centre-parting.
Somebody send that colorist to the tower.
Personally I started going gray within about two days of having my first child, a fact that is now all–too visible without the benefit of high definition zoom lenses followign me every time I went outside and journalists enlarging photos of me, so I do feel for the girl. As a man, I couldn’t even blame it on the hormones. But I do know there’s nothing like that first sign of mortality to really ruin your week.
Actor will walk to South Pole with Harry later this month
Actor Dominic West, aka McNulty from the Wire, has been talking to the Daily Telegraph ahead of his Walking With The Wounded trip to the South Pole with Prince Harry later this month. We love this detail
Dominic West. (Walking With The Wounded)
West says there was no evidence of the "bad boy" image of Prince Harry that sometimes pops up in media coverage. In fact the pair chatted about new births – at the time West's wife Catherine was expecting the couple's fourth child while Harry was about to become an uncle. The only frosty point came when West asked what sex the Royal Baby was – Harry's steely look left the question unanswered.
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.