Prince William and Prince Harry, or as the U.K. Daily Express calls them, “Baldy and Ginger,” are doing flight training together in Shropshire, which sounds suspiciously like “Hobbit” territory to me. William is training to become a search and rescue pilot, while Harry will fly attack helicopters and recently spent ten weeks serving in Afghanistan. The two are now roommates for what Harry calls, “the first and last time we will be living together.” [Hello Magazine]
Of course, being hot young princeys, they’re always up to no good and enjoy many topless pillow fights. No, but seriously, how cute is it that they have to live together and take care of each other and give each other sponge baths? Okay, so I’m being wildly inappropriate, but here are their latest royal ramblings on the subject. Keep reading »
Yesterday, at a reception at Buckingham Palace for the G20 summit, the Obamas met Queen Elizabeth, and Michelle did the unthinkable: She touched the Queen. This seems pretty innocuous, however, apparently it’s a big deal. Well, at least to some people.
When you meet royalty there is certain protocol that, while not set in stone, is nearly always followed. In the Time article “The Queen and Mrs. Obama: A Breach in Protocol,” Howard Chua-Eoan considers whether Obama was too friendly for British standards when she put her hand around the Queen’s back in a sort of half-hug. Chua-Eoan writes that one defense for Michelle’s behavior is that she isn’t a subject of the Queen, so she doesn’t have to curtsy before her.
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â€œTiaras are like a pair of high heels that make you stand tall and upright so you donâ€™t slouch,â€ says Andrew Prince, a jeweler in Britain. â€œThey are probably the most useless and yet the most wonderful piece of jewelry a woman can own.â€ In our culture of consumption, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings aren’t enough accessories anymore. Tiaras, which were once reserved for royal weddings, have been selling for higher prices over the past few years, and the jewelry director for Christie’s Europe said that he has seen parents buy a tiara for a daughter’s wedding — when the daughter was as young as five. While they could never be worn as an everyday accessory (even the Queen goes without), tiaras are quite lovely if worn correctly. We prefer the variety that does not resemble something that belongs in a pageant (photos after the jump). [Portfolio] Keep reading »