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April 3, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
So you hate royal weddings. Or you love them. Or maybe you've caught yourself attending to arcane details of Prince William and Kate Middleton's plans for April 29, but you can't say exactly why. Here's one reason: They defy time. Start with just the idea of monarchy. It may be a deadly serious issue in the Middle East, but as practiced in Britain of late, it all seems so quaint and bygone. Who else in the 21st century gets to walk a red carpet without an agent taking 10%? Yet a few Fridays from now in London, you can count on a Gothic church, a carriage procession from that church to Buckingham Palace, great queues of commoners and vast inventories of souvenir spoons.
July 1, 2011 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
Royal weddings are like London buses: You wait ages, and then two come along at the same time. Weeks after Britons thronged the streets for the fairytale marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the tiny European principality of Monaco got the chance to celebrate its own magical ending to a royal romance (even if it had a bit of a rough patch before the happily-ever-after moment). On Friday, the Mediterranean playground for the rich and famous turned out for what was perhaps unkindly nicknamed the "other wedding," as Monaco's Prince Albert II married Charlene Wittstock of South Africa in a civil ceremony at the royal palace, with a church wedding to follow Saturday.
April 28, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday: Morrissey has called the royal family "benefit scroungers" and will be skipping the royal wedding. ( BBC ) The host of MTV's increasingly popular Movie Awards this year is ... Jason Sudeikis?!? ( Los Angeles Times ) Tonight is the end of the road for Steve Carell on "The Office. " ( Los Angeles Times ) Presidential hopeful Donald Trump finally has a celebrity endorsement in Joey Lawrence. "Whoa!"
April 5, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A Lego tribute to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton , which  scales down Britain's biggest social event of the year to a miniature diorama, has been erected at Legoland Windsor . Photos : Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Lego Royal Wedding The 4-inch-tall royal bride and groom are joined by Lego versions of Queen Elizabeth , Prince Charles and Prince Harry ...
April 1, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Kate and Wills got married Friday -- not. Rather, look-alikes of the royal couple publicly "wed" Friday in London during an elaborate launch of a new satirical photo book, "Kate & Wills Up the Aisle: A Right Royal Fairy Tale" by Alison Jackson. A story in London's Daily Mirror says Jackson uses look-alikes in the book "to create paparazzi-style pictures of celebrities in risque poses. " Risque aside, to me there's something appealing about the idea of the royals dining at a KFC among their subjects.
April 28, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
A U.S. Embassy message is reminding Americans attending the royal wedding Friday that London and the rest of Britain continue to face "a full spectrum of threats" from extremist groups and that the terrorism threat remains "severe,"  according to an  online posting. The so-called warden message, dated Tuesday, leads with a traffic alert and then goes on to say that Britain faces potential threats from groups ranging from "Irish dissident and radical extremist groups to anti-capitalist protesters.
April 29, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
With the royal wedding over, there's much conjecture about where the honeymooners will go. Check out "Where are William and Kate headed?" at the Ministry of Gossip . I’m thinking the West offers a nice mix of stunning scenery and offbeat options. Here are my picks for fitting honeymoon stops for the royal couple -- easily duplicated by mere commoners: Go faux: A bit of Britain in the Arizona desert? That’s the promise of London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
November 19, 2010
A well-told tale Re "Walking away from grief," Nov. 14 Congratulations to Thomas Curwen for crafting a beautifully written account of one man's experience that strikes a chord within all of us. The writing not only brought the reader inside Gary Ferguson's personal grief but also shared with us his journey through this pain to a more peaceful place. Thanks to The Times for giving the space for this finely crafted article to be printed in its length and depth. I look forward to reading the next article by Curwen.
April 29, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
After weeks of speculation that at times verged on the absurd, Catherine Middleton emerged Friday for her wedding in a gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The gown is classic-looking, in silk gazar with long intricate lace sleeves, and it will probably be a force of pop culture for years to come, influencing fashion trends and reinforcing the sociological significance of the white wedding gown. "We knew she would wear something classic, but having Sarah Burton as the designer added something modern," said Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.
April 27, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Roslynd Hadley is enough of a royalist that she's happily hosting a garden party Friday to celebrate the much-anticipated marriage of Prince William to his college sweetheart, Kate Middleton. But Hadley is also enough of a businesswoman to know that, though the wedding may buoy people's spirits, it's no boon to her company. Since the British government declared Friday a national holiday in honor of the event, cancellations of bookings for the day have cost her busing firm about $22,000 in lost business.
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