A happy ending for the expedition, which has struggled with atrocious conditions, as Harry says South Pole arrival to be marked with ‘a few whiskeys.’
A team of wounded servicemen - accompanied by celebrity patrons Prince Harry, Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard - did something extraordinary today when they completed a gruelling slog to the South Pole which had been bedevilled by atrocious conditions and had at one stage seemed impossible to complete at all.
WWTW Harry arrives at the South Pole today
However shortly after 3pm GMT, Walking With The Wounded sent the first pictures of a very hairy Prince Harry and the boys celebrating as they made it to the most southerly point on earth.
Prince Harry said today “We’re here! I am about 10 meters away from the Pole. Everyone is sort of scattered now, we’ve been here for about 20 minutes maybe half an hour. It’s an amazing feeling, it really is.
Kate giggled and gamely donned the glasses
Proof, at last, that there is something that Kate Middleton can't do - make 3D glasses look good.
The Duchess and her husband both donned a pair of the multi-dimensional specs for a premiere of the new David Attenborough film - "David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D" - at the Natural History Museum in London last night.
Maybe the happy couple should check out some of these pairs for their next 3D engagement?
Prince Harry's former girlfriend Chelsy Davy bombarded him with text messages and phone calls while he was undergoing officer training at Sandhurst, phone hacking trial hears
Its an unhappy irony that for many of the victims of the phone hacking scandal, they are now having to relive the stories that were hacked in the first place.
No-one is this truer for than Prince Harry, who has once again seen front pages about his alleged 'cheating' on a homework assignment at Sandhurst by asking his aide Jamie Lowrther-Pinkerton for help, and now he once again has to endure stories about his private life, including the claim that his then girlfriend Chelsy Davy was driving him 'nuts' by bombarding him with calls and texts when he was training at Sandhurst.
The royal editor of the shuttered Murdoch tabloid, Clive Goodman, allegedly sent an email to editor Andy Coulson in August 2005 saying she Chelsy was 'blitzing him with calls', a jury at the Old Bailey in Central London heard, according to reports from the trial today on blog The Drum which is following the trial in forensic detail
A court hears that the Windsors may have made life too easy for alleged phone hackers by collecting the family’s private mobile numbers in a loosely-guarded “Green Book” directory.
The British tabloids’ fascination with the royal family knows no bounds, so it is perhaps unsurprising that the Windsors have on several occasions taken center stage at the phone hacking trial now underway in London, where the prosecution says reporters desperate to unlock the royals’ secrets attempted to illegally unlock their phones.
But of course, in order to hack a phone, you need to know the number, as it is by interrupting the voicemail greeting and entering a code—often not reset from the factory setting of 0000—that messages can be remotely collected by authorized or unauthorized users alike.
And where does one get the private mobile numbers of the likes of Prince Harry, Prince William and their staff?
The answer, according to prosecutors at the ongoing trial of eight former News of the World employees, including royal correspondent Clive Goodman—who has been accused of, and who has denied, being involved in allegedly corrupt payments to public officials while employed by the tabloid—is the legendary “Green Book,” the internal royal phone directory that lists the private phone numbers, including the cell phones, of senior royals and their staff.
Nick Lord, 25, wins commission to paint Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel for a portrait which will hang in the British Library.
Nothing seels like controversy, eh?
An artist who painted a daring picture of a pregnant Kate Middleton in a racy stripper-style pose has been named as the winner of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year competition.
Nick Lord, 25, was named winner of the prize - which comes which comes with a £10,000 cheque, a year’s supply of art materials and a commission to paint Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel for a portrait which will hang in the British Library.
Will he paint Mantel in a similar state of undress to his notorious Kate pic? We think not.
The race was abandonned in favour of a team effort, but the end is now in sight
The end is almost in sight for the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge teams, and we now have a voice blog from Prince Harry himself (which we will be posting as soon as its available).
Here's what he says:
“We are 3 and a half days from the South Pole. I think it is going to come all pretty quickly to us. We’ve been out here now for about 3 and half weeks.
"Everyone is in really high spirits. The race obviously got cancelled a couple of days ago – a really good thing that has happened. It is nice to see everybody intermingling with each other, not only every night because we camp together but also during the day. People are starting to enjoy it and it gives these guys a good chance to consider how they feel, to think about friends at home, to think about fellow friends who are also injured. […]
"I think it is a really, really good thing that the guys have more time on their hands to think about stuff like that, rather than just ‘grit and grind’ and trying to push through the pain barrier as they race each other.
"As I said, we are 3 and a half days away, everybody can’t wait and really excited. Spirits are incredibly high. The weather is still holding off, which is really nice – it it’s about -35ºC now and 24-hour sunlight, which is nice in these tents to keep us warm at night. […]
"Everyone just can’t wait to get to the end. I think mixed emotions probably, I think some people, for instance Duncan, double amputee, simply doesn’t find walking to the South Pole a big enough challenge, which is why he really enjoyed the race. I think everyone back home will appreciate the fact that, just being able to walk 100km in these conditions with no legs is a pretty amazing feat in itself. […]
"All is well and everyone is happy. “
“The Duchess is an inspiration,” Alice says.
Fashion designer Alice Temperley is full of praise for her most high-profile client's style, saying that Kate Middleton is the perfect modern-day woman.
“The Duchess is an inspiration,” Alice told The Telegraph in an interview today.
“She’s very graceful, gracious and she’s a brilliant ambassador for British fashion. She mixes up designer and high street; the perfect modern-day woman,” she said.
Alice Temperley designs for actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Keira Knightley and Kate's sister Pippa.
Alice, who has a clientele of celebrities, described the Middleton sisters as “lovely girls," (not such a big sccop there) and adds that creating Pippa’s emerald green backless number for her sister’s reception was “fun, easy, simple – she looked great … They know I will be discreet.”
Speculation that Nico popped the question in India
Pippa Middleton has been dropping hints all over the place, and telling friends that she thinks current boyfriend Nico Jackson is the one, so the question inevitably arises of whether they got engaged on their recent trip to India as some press outlets are speculating today.
The lovestruck couple arrived home at London's Heathrow airport yesterday, looking severely sunburned.
Nico steered a luggage trolley piled high with Pippa's bags through the arrivals hall.
The latest update from the group attempting to walk to the South Pole
The Wire actor Dominic West - who is walking to the South Pole with Prince Harry and a group of wounded former soldiers - said today that listening to Metallica had kept him going when conditions got tough.
"I was listening to quite a lot of Metallica on the last stretch today and it’s really put a spring in my step, even though I was quite tired," he said in an audio blog issued by the Virgin Money-sponsored expedition.
"We’ve had a really good day today, it’s been really sunny, the wind was slightly on our faces for the first time, but not too bad and now we are doing 16k a day [...] so it is almost enjoyable, in fact it was enjoyable this afternoon, especially with music playing. I have fortunately not missed any days yet and I’m pleasantly surprised that I’m managing to keep up."
Dominic West. (Walking With The Wounded)
The race element of the walk was abandoned at the weekend after several of the walkers picked up injuries on the ice.
The intrepid adventurers are now walking the final 100 miles to the Pole.
Bradley Wiggins, the British cyclist was knighted by the Queen today, and said he was left feeling "a little bit inferior" by the experience.
Sir Bradley Wiggins is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in central London on December 10, 2013. (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
'Wiggo' won the nation's heart when he became the first Brit ever to win the Tour de France.
The extravagantly-coiffed cyclist had, however, shaved off his sideburns for today's ceremony in Buckingham Palace.
Mandela joked and teased the Queen like no other
Nelson Mandela could be a cheeky chappie (witness his description of meeting the Spice Girls "I don't want to be emotional but this is one of the greatest moments of my life,") and his sense of humor was at play whenever he met the Queen.
Not one to stand on ceremony, he would call her by her first name, Elizabeth, and even sometimes commented on her dress and weight, according to a personal assistant quoted by Reuters today.
Zelda La Grange said, "When he paid visits to Queen Elizabeth it was always very interesting to see their interaction because he called her 'Elizabeth', no-one else in the world calls her Elizabeth, I think.
As most senior royal after his mother, who no longer flies long-haul, Prince Charles was always the obvious choice
It was announced last year that the Queen would no longer be making long-haul voyages, so little surprise that Prince Charles will be representing his mother at the funeral of Nelson Mandela next Sunday.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed the Prince of Wales will join world leaders for the state funeral in Mandela's home village of Qunu on December 15.
Charles and Prince Harry visited the country in 1997 and met Mr Mandela at his Pretoria home.
It was also announced today that three former British Primes Ministers - Gordon Brown, John Major and Tony Blair - will attend the funeral along with current British PM David Cameron.
No word if they will all be taking the same plane.
Princess Michael of Kent launches promotional campaign for her 'mechanical' new book with interview peppered with typically outrageous comments in The Times
Before there was Pippa Middleton, there was Princess Michael of Kent. HRH has a new book out, The Queen of Four Kingdoms, and has launched into a perhaps unwise promotional campaign, part of which has taken the shape of an interview in today’s Times. Of the book itself, writer Janice Turner reports that “in the Princess’s mechanical prose it reads like a scion of the Almanach de Gotha and a Baedeker guide had a bastard child with Mills & Boon”.
Princess Michael of Kent is married to Prince Michael, who is King George V’s grandson. They don’t receive money from the state but they do live in an apartment at Kensington Palace. They paid only a peppercorn rent of £70 a month (including utilities), until a 2002 review of grace-and-favour homes. For the next seven years, the Queen paid their annual £120,000 market rent, but after that the couple had to sell their country home, Nether Lypiatt Manor in Gloucestershire, to pay it themselves.
The interview, unlike the book, apparently, is unputdownable, but if you don’t get a chance to read it, here are the best quotes from HRH herself.
Race element of walk to the South Pole is abandonned
The Royalist suggested last week that Prince Harry might appear to carry a curse when it comes to extravagant expeditions to remote corners of the earth with teams of wounded servicemen.
Now, sad to report, his latest adventure with Walking With The Wounded, a race to the South Pole, has had to be abandonned after the three teams from the UK, US and Commonwealth were unable to continue competing due to unexpectedly harsh conditions.
The trek to the Pole will still continue, however it is now no longer a race, and the organizers hope that the ability of the wounded servicemen to even reach the pole will still stand as an inspiring example to others struggling with disability.
Hacking trial hears that Brooks authorized £4,000 payment for embarrassing photo of Prince William
Rebekah Brooks signed off a £4,000 ($6,500) payment in less than ten minutes to a member of the Armed Forces for a photograph of Prince William wearing a bikini at an army fancy dress party when she edited The Sun, the London phone hacking trial heard yesterday.
The Sun never ran the picture, instead running a mocked-up version in September 2006.
The Times reports that in an e-mail forwarded by his superior to Mrs Brooks, the reporter wrote that the photograph came from his “best contact at Sandhurst”, and that he was a platoon commander who wanted the money for his wife.
The e-mail continued: “I have the guy with the picture over a barrel because I know his identity. The chap is only happy for us to use the picture once, when Sandhurst is on a break, and wants the money upfront by Saturday.”
The reporter told his superior that although £4,000 “sounds like a lot” of money, it would “open the door for future exclusives and info”.
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.