Prince Charles looks rather spiffy, we feel sure you will agree, as he shares a light moment with Lieutenant General Manvender Singh (right) during a visit to The Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun today.
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Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited the military academy on the first full day of their Indian tour which began with garlands and a blessing beside the River Ganges yesterday, in the northern city of Rishikesh, where The Beatles learnt transcendental meditation in the Sixties.
Will and Kate out in force for veteran's appeal
Gawd love 'em!
It was Windsors all round today as William and Kate boarded a classic 1960’s open-backed Routemaster London bus today with none other than everyone's favorite caricature of the British working class spirit, the Carry On and EastEnders’ actress Barbara 'Babs' Windsor.
If all of the above means nothing to you then you need to spend more time watching BBC America.
Couple said to be fed up of their nosy royal neighbours at Kensington Palace alread
We'll file this one in the 'maybe' section.
Richard Kay, veteran diarist of the Daily Mail, reports today that William and Kate are "hankering after their beloved hideaway on Anglesey" and have been making "discreet inquiries about returning" to the secluded farmhouse they rented for £750 a month during William’s three-year posting as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot at nearby RAF Valley.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge start The Ring O'Fire Anglesey Coastal Ultra Marathon on August 30, 2013 in Holyhead, Wales. (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press, via Getty)
Kay reports: ‘After the relative freedom of living pretty undisturbed as a couple in Wales, William dislikes the proximity of so many neighbours at Kensington Palace,’ I am told. ‘A bolthole in a place they know so well has definite appeal.’
King of slush rock to headline Kensington Palace charity gig
William and Kate are to host the first ever rock concert to be held at Kensington Palace later this month, in aid of the homelessness charity Centrepoint.
And the headline act? None other than Mr Jon Bon Jovi! So he's definitely not dead then
(Left) Jon Bon Jovi performs in concert with his band Bon Jovi on Nov. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Right) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visits the head office of the St Giles Trust in Camberwell on November 6, 2013 in London. (Pool photo by David Crump; Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
I know! What year are we in? Prince William was only four when Slippery When Wet came out in ...1986.
Charles and Camilla arrive in India for mammoth tour of the country
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles have arrived in the Northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on the first day of a marathon nine-day tour of the country.
In June this year, the state, which borders Nepal, was devastated by heavy rains that caused over 5,000 deaths.
Their first stop was a Hindu temple at the Parmartha Niketan Ashram where they participated in an ‘Aarti’ ceremony, in which wicks soaked in camphor or ghee are lit in tribute to deities.
Charles edits the issue to mark his 65th birthday next week
For many years, Country Life magazine has been a bastion of rural living, broadly in line with many of Prince Charles's views such as the advisability of huntin', shootin' and fishin', and today he is announce as a one-issue only guest editor of the mag to mark his 65th birthday next week.
According to Media Guardian, the majority of the content in next week's edition of the 116-year old IPC Media title has been chosen by Charles.
Prince Charles has written the leader column and his views on art, books, food and the countryside charities he supports are covered in the magazine.
Features includes Prince Charles' top 10 Countryside Champions and a design to deliver affordable rural housing commissioned from an architect from his Foundation for Building Community.
Police in Ireland today took the unprecedented step of releasing a photograph of a teenage girl who remains unidentified a month after she was picked up in 'a distressed state' in the city centre. Tom Sykes reports from Dublin.
Wearing a pink long-sleeved t-shirt, her dyed hair pulled up into a bun on top of her head and nervously sucking her index finger, a teenage girl stares into space on a city centre street in Dublin, Ireland. It is a picture that could easily be mistaken for any ordinary snapshot, although perhaps the careful observer might claim to be able to spot a haunted, anxious note in the girl's eyes. If so, it is the only suggestion of the immense trauma that lies behind this seemingly everyday picture.
Do you know the mystery Dublin girl? (Irish National Police)
For although the girl was found almost a month ago, in what police say was a ‘distressed state’, on one of Dublin’s busiest shopping streets, she has steadfastly refused to disclose her identity to police investigators, in Europe's latest child identity mystery. Irish police said today that they had spent over 2,000 man hours trying fruitlessly trying to identify her. After getting special approval from the courts, they today took the unprecedented step of releasing these pictures of the girl, who has since been taken into state care, in a last-ditch attempt to find out who she is and how she came to be found, alone and abandoned, on the streets of Dublin.
Speculation is now growing that she may be a teenage victim of sex trafficking, with Irish media being briefed that she drew pictures depicting herself being raped, and traveling on an airplane with men. The Daily Beast was told by sources that the reports were believed to be accurate.
Duchy of Cornwall escapes serious censure in report published today
The tax status of Prince Charles's private estate the Duchy of Cornwall was the subject of much scrutiny over the summer with the Prince's advisers facing the wrath of MPs who more or less accused the Prince of dodging corporation tax, but a report issued today by the Public Accounts Committee has broadly acquitted the Duchy of those charges.
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However the report says that the Treasury should investigate whether the special tax status of the Prince of Wales’s estate has "an adverse impact" on competitors, the report said. It also criticised the lack of official scrutiny of the Duchy's account.
The Public Accounts Committee said there was “no clear understanding” whether the estate’s exemption from corporation and capital gains tax creates an "unlevel playing field" for competing businesses.
Film version of Diana's last years bombs, heading for video
The new Diana movie - described by Tina Brown today as 'tension-free and oddly suburban' on The Daily Beast - is failing as dismally with the public as it has with the critics.
The Hollywood Reporter says the movie earned $64,914 from 38 theaters , giving "a bleak location average of $1,708."
Naomi Watts as Diana, Princess of Wales. (Laurie Sparham/Entertainment One Films)
The Hollywood Reporter adds, "Entertainment One, which is distributing the film in the U.S. and a number of other key markets, including the U.K., is hoping Diana finds an afterlife on DVD, VOD and other digital platforms."
Lady Kelly Hadfield-Hyde takes the order to strip a little too literally
Airport security. Tedious stuff. And who hasn't been tempted to make the occasional protest?
Most of us tend to grit our teeth and submit to the inane demands of the jobsworths on duty, but one famously outrageous British aristocrat, Lady Kelly Hadfield-Hyde, 51, and her pal Ann Chadwick, 48, decided to bare all when she could bear it no longer.
Lady Kelly and her friend, who were on their way to Spain and had drunk a bottle of wine before boarding, stripped off their tops and bras and danced around the departures hall, taunting security staff in a bonkers naked protest that ended up landing her in court last week. She was fined £55 with £850 costs.
The CCTV video which has leaked onto the web has the boobs blurred out so is sort-of-safe-for-work.
You’d think the princess’s obsessive affair with a Pakistani doctor would make for an electric film. Yet ‘Diana,’ with its soporific romance and awful dialogue, is a bore.
The producers of Diana made every effort not to let me into a screening of the film. Now, after buying a ticket on Friday afternoon, I understand why.
It’s hard to imagine how a movie about history’s most turbulent, highly strung, beleaguered celebrity princess could have been turned into something so tension-free and oddly suburban.
Naomi Watts as Diana, Princess of Wales. (Laurie Sparham/Entertainment One Films)
Naomi Watts plays Diana as a sweet-natured, wistful, half-wit. The princess was no rocket scientist, it is true, but she also had a cunning, intuitive intelligence that ran rings around her advisers. And it would be hard for any actress to match Diana in beauty. Watts does a good, blushing sideways glance and has her flat upper class intonations off to a tee. But she just isn’t tall enough. Diana towered like Barbarella. When she strode into a restaurant in a short skirt and three inch high heels, she was comic-book arresting with her shimmering hair and peach soft skin. She oozed breeding too. The Windsors were middle class compared to her own Spencer lineage, something you never feel about Watt’s Hallmark Di.
According to London Assembly member.
What a killjoy. Tom Copley, a member of the London Assembly, has condemned his fellow lawmakers for spending "too much valuable Parliamentary time" in tributes to the newly-christened Prince George—or, as he put it, congratulating "two very wealthy aristocrats for procreating." Last month, Prime Minister David Cameron and a group of senior politicians took place in a 20-minute debate in the House of Commons as a tribute to Prince George. On his blog, Copley called the event "stomach-churning." "Amidst the crises of the civil war in Syria, the ever growing cost of living and Britain’s economic woes they managed to find an hour or so to congratulate two very wealthy aristocrats for procreating. Politics is the language of priorities, after all," he wrote.
The last of the Stuart monarchs ruled England with brilliance and intrigue, likely had an affair with a Churchill ancestor, and made sure her country stayed Protestant. Finally she gets the biography her remarkable life deserves.
Nothing is more difficult than to recreate in all its complexity than a distant age and not only to get it right, but make it seem fresh and relevant. Fortunately, Anne Somerset has already done this brilliantly in her outstanding biography of Elizabeth I. In the case of Elizabeth, of course, Ms. Somerset had the advantage of writing about one of the most famous (and most compellingly interesting) of all English monarchs, the subject of so many different plays, films, and television dramas that we almost feel we know and understand her. Her new subject Queen Anne, on the contrary, does not loom large as a figure around which to build a television miniseries, and most readers, in the United States at any rate, would be hard pressed to place her exactly in time, or say anything about her reign.
Great Britain's Queen Anne. (Universal History Archive/Getty)
In fact, Anne’s relatively short reign (twelve years) was pivotal, and marked the emergence of England as a major power in the endless wars of European succession, sealed once and for all the future of England as a Protestant nation, and brought to the throne a woman of great intelligence, political skill, and determination to rule—as well as one whose strongest emotional (and perhaps sexual) attachment was to other women.
It is sometimes the fate of England to do what seems daring and difficult in politics long before the United States (which, did not of course yet exist in Queen Anne’s day) gets around to doing it. We have yet to elect a Jewish president on this side of the Atlantic, while Benjamin Disraeli was a hugely successful prime minister in the latter part of the 19th Century, and we only just tested whether a lesbian can be elected mayor of New York City, while England may very likely have had one on the throne in the 17th Century.
Reports saying that Harry and Cressida spend a private weekend at Sandringham fuel enagement rumors
Now this is a party we’d like to have been at.
Prince Harry invited his girlfriend Cressida Bonas to Sandringham, the Queen’s private estate in Norfolk, two weekends ago, along with a group of friends who were ‘given the run’ of the place for the weekend, according to a report today.
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Neither the Queen nor Prince Philip were there at the time, reports the Daily Mail, but the news has inevitably rekindled speculation that the two may marry.
During prince’s training for South Pole journey.
Can’t stop, won’t stop. Despite a broken toe, Prince Harry says he will continue training for his trek to the South Pole next month with wounded soldiers, the Palace said Tuesday. Harry, 29, is scheduled to make the 208-mile journey in the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge next month. The march is 16 days long, and takes place in temperatures as low as -31 degrees Fahrenheit. Palace officials have not said how the prince injured the toe.
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.