Month: August 2015

A 68-year-old slice of wedding cake from the marriage ceremony of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh has emerged for sale, expected to fetch up to £500 at auction

A 68-year-old slice of wedding cake from the marriage ceremony of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh has emerged for sale, expected to fetch up to £500 at auction

Her Majesty The Queen
A 68-year-old slice of wedding cake from the marriage ceremony of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh has emerged for sale, expected to fetch up to £500 at auction. The sliver of alcohol-laced fruit cake was one of 2,000 dished out to guests at the lavish wedding reception at Buckingham Palace on November 20, 1947. Amazingly, the slice - still wrapped in its original baking parchment - has survived the last 68 years intact, and thanks to the high level of alcohol it contains it is still edible. The Royal couple’s wedding cake stood a whopping 9ft tall and consisted of four tiers. It has been preserved inside a white cardboard presentation box with the inscription: ‘E.P. Buckingham Palace 20th November 1947’, in silver writing. Inside the box is a card that reads: ‘With the Best Wishe
Princess Diana died on this day in 1997. Then Katha Pollitt wrote one of her best columns ever, “Thoroughly Modern Di” (September 29, 1997)

Princess Diana died on this day in 1997. Then Katha Pollitt wrote one of her best columns ever, “Thoroughly Modern Di” (September 29, 1997)

Princess Diana
Princess Diana died on this day in 1997. Then Katha Pollitt wrote one of her best columns ever, “Thoroughly Modern Di” (September 29, 1997) August 31, 1997: Diana, Princess of Wales, Dies in a Car Crash in Paris “She ended up symbolizing a new set of values: self-invention, psychotherapy, emotional expressivity, egalitarian marriage and women’s right to seek love in and out of wedlock, flamboyant consumerism, public relations, superstardom, the Oprahfication of everything.” By Richard KreitnerTwitter TODAY 6:00 AM Princess Diana died on this day in 1997. Then Katha Pollitt wrote one of her best columns ever, “Thoroughly Modern Di” (September 29, 1997). She may have begun as a nineteenth-century throwback, a barely educated, docile, medically certified virgin waving from a Cinderella g
‘There are times,’ said a courtier, ‘when the Queen and Prince Philip are just plain baffled by this eldest son they have produced

‘There are times,’ said a courtier, ‘when the Queen and Prince Philip are just plain baffled by this eldest son they have produced

Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Charles, Princess Diana
‘There are times,’ said a courtier, ‘when the Queen and Prince Philip are just plain baffled by this eldest son they have produced With her child-like enthusiasm and ready smile, Prince Charles’s new girlfriend was just the type of house-guest to appeal to the Queen. The year was 1980. And there was no doubt that Lady Diana Spencer had just passed the Balmoral test with flying colours. ‘We got hot, we got tired, she fell into a bog,’ remembered Prince Charles’s friend Patty Palmer-Tomkinson, ‘She got covered in mud, laughed her head off, got puce in the face. She was a sort of wonderful English schoolgirl who was game for anything.’ The whole family liked the 19-year-old Diana. Edward and Andrew competed with their elder brother to sit beside her at evening picnics, and Prince Philip c
The young princess was subject to worldwide media speculation prior to her death

The young princess was subject to worldwide media speculation prior to her death

Princess Diana
The young princess was subject to worldwide media speculation prior to her death It was a moment people will remember forever, when the news Princess Diana had died hit the UK press. Wherever you were at that fateful moment, you'll no doubt remember the emotion buzzing through the British media as details of the Princess' death blanketed the news. On the morning of August 31 1997, Britons awoke to the news that Diana, Princess of Wales had died in a car crash in Paris. The mother of two young boys and, arguably, the most photographed woman in the world, she was just 36 years old at the time of her tragic death. The whole country went into mourning, and Buckingham Palace became awash with floral tributes and the like. The next few days were to see an outpouring of grief the like of w...
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene seem very content with family life

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene seem very content with family life

Royals
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene seem very content with family life Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert enjoyed a family day out with their eight-month-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella on Friday. The proud parents, who seem to be happier than ever since the arrival of the babies, were showing them off at a picnic in the principality. For the fun day out Their Royal Cutenesses had been kitted out in traditional local outfits to match the attire of the other youngsters at the event. Jacques and Gabriella wore local dress while their parents wore the white and red colours of Monaco Wide awake and observing proceedings with interest, the royal twins couldn't have looked more adorable. Both have fair colouring that they have inherited from their mother and late ...
Prince Harry has apparently joked that he’s a bad uncle for missing the christening of his brand new niece Princess Charlotte earlier this year

Prince Harry has apparently joked that he’s a bad uncle for missing the christening of his brand new niece Princess Charlotte earlier this year

Prince Harry
Prince Harry has apparently joked that he’s a bad uncle for missing the christening of his brand new niece Princess Charlotte earlier this year. The rest of the Royal Family turned out in force to the event in early July, but the ginger-haired Prince was nowhere to be seen: Simson Uri-Khob who runs Save The Rhino, told the ‘Mail on Sunday’: "(The Prince said) 'What a bad uncle I am! I should really be there. But today I am here, this is where I want to be'." So where was Harry? Well he’s actually been working hard in the African bush working with various different wildlife conservation charities. The Mirror reports that Harry told companions: “Today my heart is here, this is where I want to be.” Apparently he’s been in his element deep in the jungle for the past three months, campin
The princess was mourned by friends and fans alike, and her memory has been kept alive for nearly two decades

The princess was mourned by friends and fans alike, and her memory has been kept alive for nearly two decades

Princess Diana
The princess was mourned by friends and fans alike, and her memory has been kept alive for nearly two decades Eighteen years after her tragic death, Britain's Princess Diana -- first wife of Prince Charles and mother of Prince William and Prince Harry -- remains a fondly remembered figure to millions across the world. Diana died Aug. 31, 1997, in a traffic accident in Paris while traveling with a companion. The princess was mourned by friends and fans alike, and her memory has been kept alive for nearly two decades. Born Diana Spencer on July 1, 1961, Diana became royalty at age 14 after her father became Earl of Spencer in 1975. Diana grew up among Britain's aristocratic families and married Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, in an elaborate ceremony in 1981. Throughout her ...
She would have been 54 on July 1, but thanks in large part to her sons, Princess Diana's legacy thrives even 18 years after her death

She would have been 54 on July 1, but thanks in large part to her sons, Princess Diana's legacy thrives even 18 years after her death

Princess Diana
She would have been 54 on July 1, but thanks in large part to her sons, Princess Diana's legacy thrives even 18 years after her death WILL AND HARRY'S CONCERT FOR DIANA Just one month before the 10-year anniversary of their mother's death (and on what would have her 46th birthday) Prince William and Prince Harry hosted a concert at London's Wembley Stadium in Princess Diana's honor. The Concert for Diana featured performances from Elton John and Kanye West and others along with speeches from big names like Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and David Beckham. The event was – and still is – the largest public memorial event for Diana since her funeral. KATE'S RING When William and the then-Kate Middleton revealed their engagement, all eyes were on the familiar rock on Kate's left ring finge