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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.
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."
March 23, 2005 |
Camilla Parker Bowles, who is to marry Prince Charles April 8, does not want the title of queen even if Charles becomes king, his office said. Paddy Harverson, communications secretary for Charles' office, Clarence House, said the government's legal opinion that she would be queen if he became king did not prevent her from choosing a different title. The couple have said she would be known as princess consort.
March 22, 2005 |
She got her man. And if Prince Charles becomes king, she's entitled to the title: Queen Camilla. Camilla Parker Bowles will automatically become Charles' queen unless Britain and 15 other countries change the law, Constitutional Affairs Minister Christopher Leslie said. Announcing his engagement last month, Charles said his future wife would be known by the lesser title of Princess Consort when and if he became king.