April 28, 2011
Millions of Americans, long post-Colonial and averse to caste systems, will nevertheless rise early Friday morning to watch the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. We can't help it — we love ourselves some royalty. And what's not to be enthralled or appalled by, depending on your point of view? The bride will walk an aisle the length of a football field at Westminster Abbey, before about 1,900 invited guests. Meanwhile, in Kate's hometown of Bucklebury, there are plans for a four-hour bell-ringing in the couple's honor.
April 3, 2011 |
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.
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 1, 2011 |
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 29, 2011 |
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.
April 28, 2011 |
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.
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 |
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 |
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.
April 12, 2005
Re " 'Return of Happiness' as Charles Weds Camilla," April 10: Oh look, Prince Charles is harkening back to ancient times, say 500 years ago, give or take a decade. A history lesson for those who don't get the reference: In this century, Catholicism is filling every corner of the globe, through the power of the pontiff, and satellite TV, news, radio and print. And yet, bucking the system, England's male royals continue the age-old tradition of marrying their mistresses. King Henry VIII would be proud.