CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2008 |
Alun Hoddinott, 78, a composer who wrote music for the British royal family and was an influential promoter of modern music in his native Wales, died Wednesday at a hospital in Swansea, Wales, his family said. They did not release the cause of death. Hoddinott composed more than 300 operas, symphonies and songs, including music for Prince Charles' 16th birthday and a fanfare for the prince's marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. Born in the Welsh mining town of Bargoed in 1929, Hoddinott took violin lessons at age 4 and won a university scholarship at 16. He studied with Australian composer and pianist Arthur Benjamin and wrote his first major concerto in 1949 while he was still a student.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2005 |
Prince Charles, one of the world's wealthiest and most famous organic farmers, traveled more than 5,000 miles to support a message children worldwide are fond of ignoring: Skip the junk food and get to know vegetables. Guided by restaurateur and organic food doyenne Alice Waters, the prince and Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, toured the "Edible Schoolyard" of Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, where children grow food, cook it and learn the cultural value of sharing meals.
November 3, 2005 |
In New York, the newest member of Britain's royal family, the Duchess of Cornwall, was criticized for wearing a pink Italian wool crepe dress to ground zero, pickets denounced her as "Cam-zilla" and one headline read: "Queen Camilla is New York's Frump Tower." But by the time the heir to the British throne and his bride of seven months arrived in Washington on Wednesday, they had turned a corner.
November 2, 2005 |
The Charles and Camilla show descended on Manhattan on Tuesday with a royal grip-and-grin that saw the duchess of Cornwall and the prince of Wales mixing it up with the masses in Hanover Square. Camilla, accompanying her husband on his first official overseas trip since their April wedding, emerged from a black sport utility vehicle as about 500 curious, admiring and occasionally cynical bystanders looked on. Charles, in pinstripes, followed.
October 27, 2005 |
Are Americans ready for a possible Queen Camilla? That's the question Prince Charles and his new bride may be hoping to answer next week as they embark on an eight-day tour of the United States that will take them to New York, Washington and San Francisco. The couple began testing the waters last week with some unusually solicitous attention to the media. Charles invited American journalists to his Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire, and taped an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes."
April 6, 2005 |
Poor Camilla. Poor Charles. Almost 500 years after Henry VIII broke England away from the Catholic Church, the Vatican has had its accidental revenge: The wedding of the year has had to be postponed because of the funeral of the decade. The course of true love never did run smooth, but lately this one, between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, has been as potholed as the Pasadena Freeway after the winter storms.