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Re: The Royal Wedding of William and Kate - Will You Be Watching?
« Reply #260 on: May 18, 2011, 07:39:03 pm »



Meanwhile...




http://www.newser.com/story/118885/queen-elizabeth-ii-passes-on-guinness-in-ireland.html

In Ireland, Queen Passes on Guinness
Guinness may be good for you , but she'll skip Ireland's famous export
By the Associated Press
Posted May 18, 2011 1:51 PM CDT
Updated May 18, 2011 4:34 PM CDT




Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip watch as Fergal Murray pours a
pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar, one of Ireland's most popular sites, in Dublin,
Wednesday May 18, 2011. (AP Photo/pool)



(AP)Queen Elizabeth II's journey of reconciliation to Ireland this week has been serious business—given the violent history between the two countries—which is why one might've expected Her Majesty and Prince Philip to welcome a fresh pint of Guinness with open arms. But even the expert preparation by a Guinness master brewer in Dublin's Gravity Bar couldn't pique the queen's fancy—she smiled broadly, but declined the beverage, according to the AP. Philip, on the other hand, gazed at the brew with obvious longing. He even jokingly asked the brewer "Is it made with Liffey water?" in reference to Dublin's nearby river, but also walked away without a taste.

The queen is receiving high marks for her dignified conduct during her long-anticipated visit, which included the controversial site of "Bloody Sunday." Over her four-day trip, the queen is still being protected by an exceptionally large security contingent of more than 8,500 police. Much of downtown Dublin was closed to motorists and pedestrians.
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Re: The Royal Wedding of William and Kate - Will You Be Watching?
« Reply #261 on: May 21, 2011, 11:30:38 am »

http://www.newser.com/story/119089/princess-beatrices-royal-wedding-hat-hits-130000-in-ebay-auction.html




Bids for Beatrice's Awful Hat at $130K
And rising. Count your pennies.

 
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2011 9:50 AM CDT



(Newser) – Humanity might be doomed, rapture or no rapture: The bids on eBay are currently up to about $130,000 for that thing, er, "unique sculptural celebratory headpiece," that Princess Beatrice wore to the royal wedding. But get your bids in soon, reports the AP, as the auction ends tomorrow. Proceeds go to UNICEF and Children in Crisis. Check out the auction here , or get yourself a knockoff for about 10 bucks here.

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Re: The Royal Wedding of William and Kate - Will You Be Watching?
« Reply #262 on: May 23, 2011, 06:49:21 am »

http://www.popeater.com/2011/05/23/princess-beatrice-hat-sold/


Princess Beatrice's
Royal Wedding Hat
Sells for Over $130,000

PopEater Staff
Posted May 23rd 2011 03:30AM


Princess Beatrice's fascinator, which she wore for the Royal Wedding, has been auctioned off for over $130,000.

E! Online is reporting that the (in)famous hat, which was put on eBay for auction, was sold on Sunday for a staggering £81,100.01 (approximately $131,000+).

The money raised through the auction will be donated to UNICEF UK and Children in Crisis through Princess Beatrice's Little Bee Initiative campaign.

The proud new owner of the Philip Treacy creation was not revealed, as eBay said that the winner was an anonymous bidder.

The headpiece was an instant eye catcher and grabbed headlines around the world. It even has its own Facebook page and has been compared to everything from a giant pretzel to a toilet seat.

In the eBay description, Princess Beatrice wrote, "I've been amazed by the amount of attention the hat has attracted. It's a wonderful opportunity to raise as much money as possible for two fantastic charities. I hope whoever wins the auction has as much fun with the hat as I have."
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Re: The Royal Wedding of William and Kate - Will You Be Watching?
« Reply #263 on: May 24, 2011, 10:32:08 am »



Meanwhile....



http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/world/europe/25prexy.html?hp



The Obamas met Prince William and Catherine, the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
, at Buckingham Palace
in London on Tuesday.



In Britain, Pomp but Serious Business Too
By MARK LANDLER
10 minutes ago

LONDON — President Obama
was welcomed to Britain by Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday with full pomp and ceremony at Buckingham Palace, as the Scots Guards’ band played the “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the 41 booms of a royal salute resounded across the palace gardens.

The ceremony inaugurated a two-day state visit by the American president, rich in pageantry but shadowed by concerns over the stalemate in Libya, the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and deepening tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians.

The queen and Mr. Obama emerged on to the west terrace of the palace just after 12:30, under a bright sky with a brisk wind that ruffled the bearskin hats on the heads of the honor guard. The first lady, Michelle Obama, walked with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

After the playing of the American national anthem, Mr. Obama and Prince Philip reviewed the Scots Guard, while the queen and Mrs. Obama watched from the terrace, putting their heads together to chat.

In a rare gesture, the queen has invited the Obamas to stay at Buckingham Palace while in London and a palace official told reporters that she gave them a tour of their six-room suite, used by Prince William and Kate Middleton on the night of the wedding.

“It may not be the same bed; it is the same suite,” said the aide, who, by custom, asked not to be identified by name.

Mr. and Mrs. Obama met briefly with the newlywed couple before stepping outside for the arrival ceremony, which was attended by Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.

With its ruffles and flourishes, Mr. Obama’s state visit to Britain is meant to underline its “special relationship” with the United States, even if that phrase has sometimes suggested more warmth and sympathy than actually exists between two strong-minded allies.

Mr. Obama and the British prime minister, David Cameron, prefer calling it an “essential relationship,” a phrase they road-tested in a joint op-ed piece published Tuesday in The Times  of London. Whether in Libya, Afghanistan, Sudan or fighting pirates off the Horn of Africa, the two leaders wrote, the United States and Britain are united by shared national interests.

“We can honestly say that despite being two leaders from two different political traditions, we see eye to eye,” Mr. Obama and Mr. Cameron wrote. “We look at the world in a similar way, share the same concerns, and see the same strategic possibilities.”

Indeed, as some British commentators have pointed out, aside from their youth, there is little natural affinity between Mr. Obama, the community organizer from Chicago, and Mr. Cameron, the conservative leader from a privileged background of private clubs.

Yet American officials insist that Mr. Obama gets along well with Mr. Cameron, talking regularly to him about the Libyan campaign, the Middle East peace process and other issues.

“They have a very, very effective relationship,” said Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a senior director at the National Security Council. “The president and David Cameron have an ongoing conversation.”

The two men will have a lot to talk about, not least the NATO bombing campaign in Libya, which escalated sharply on Tuesday morning, with heavy bombing raids in Tripoli, concentrated around the command compound of the Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

Mr. Obama is also expected to explain his latest proposal for breaking the impasse in Middle East peace talks — a formal endorsement of Israel’s pre-1967 borders, adjusted to account Jewish settlements in the West Bank, as the starting point for talks over a Palestinian state.

Europeans, which have been more receptive than the United States to a Palestinian campaign to win international recognition for a new state, generally welcomed Mr. Obama’s initiative.

The diplomatic business of the visit will mostly be conducted Wednesday, when Mr. Obama has a formal meeting with Mr. Cameron. But the two will meet briefly on Tuesday, and Mr. Obama is also expected to sit down with the leader of the Labour opposition, Ed Miliband.

On Tuesday evening, the queen is to host a state dinner for Mr. Obama. Sticklers for protocol are watching to see what gifts the Obamas present to her. Some eyebrows were raised in 2009 when Mr. Obama presented her with an iPod. There was no word on gifts from either the White House or Buckingham Palace.

Likewise, Mrs. Obama ruffled a few feathers by putting her hand on the queen’s back — an inappropriate gesture to a monarch — though the two women were said to get along famously.
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Re: The Royal Wedding of William and Kate - Will You Be Watching?
« Reply #265 on: May 24, 2011, 11:23:06 am »
Does the Queen actually carry anything in her handbag?  ???
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Re: The Royal Wedding of William and Kate - Will You Be Watching?
« Reply #269 on: May 25, 2011, 12:13:24 am »
Thanks, John!  Those are sumptuous pictures.  Love all the diamond jewelry.  Obama and the Queen look so cute together.  I think they have a real liking for each other.  8)
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