Princess Anne To Visit Soviets This Week

Posted: May 21, 1990

Queen Elizabeth II's daughter, Anne, known as the Princess Royal, will travel to the Soviet Union this week for the first official visit by a member of the British royal family since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. The princess, a distant relative of Imperial Russia's last czar, Nicholas II, will leave Britain Wednesday and is expected to meet Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev Thursday at the start of a 13-day trip. She also will address students at Moscow's State University, speak to religious leaders and attend a performance of the Bolshoi Ballet.

The Princess Royal will travel to Volgograd to lay a wreath at a monument to the huge number of Soviets killed in the Battle of Stalingrad - a major turning point in the fight against Nazi Germany in World War II. She also will travel to Irkutsk, near the Mongolian border, and Ashkhabad in the south, and will end her visit by opening a British exhibition in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

Anne will be followed to the Soviet Union by her mother. The queen, whose grandfather George V was a cousin of Czar Nicholas, accepted an invitation to visit Moscow made by Gorbachev when they met in London last year. The invitation was seen as a move aimed at healing a rift that began with the killing of the czar and his family at Ekaterinburg shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution. No date has been set for the queen's visit, which would be the first by a British monarch since 1908.

SHODDILY SHOD

In more royal news, Queen Elizabeth may be the world's richest woman, but prefers to wear shabby shoes because she finds them more comfortable. And she doesn't care about fancy clothes. That's the word from Sir Hardy Amies, her favorite courtier, who said the queen "grumbles about our prices" and ''doesn't care basically" about the royal wardrobe. This in spite of the $7.9 million allocated last year for her expenses, Amies told a London women's magazine. "She listens to our advice, then goes off and wears shabby shoes

because they're comfortable," Amies told Woman's Own. "I sometimes wish she had been a bit more of a clothes person." Her image sharply contrasts with Diana, Princess of Wales, the wife of Prince Charles, whose glamorous dressing is watched keenly by the world's paparazzi.

THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW

Moments after actress Judy Carne stepped off an international Trans World Airlines flight Friday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, she was arrested on an 11-year-old warrant discovered by customs agents. The British-born Carne, who gained fame in the late 1960s as the "sock it to me" star of television's Laugh-In, was checking in with immigration authorities when a routine check showed that she was wanted on a 1979 warrant

from Hamilton County, Ohio, on charges of drug abuse and illegal possession of

drug documents. Carne, who is now a singer and cabaret artist, was released after paying $1,500 bail. Friday's arrest on drug charges was not her first. In 1987 she was fined for trying to smuggle a fraction of an ounce of cocaine into Britain. Ohio officials said they would take action to extradite Carne, who is divorced from actor Burt Reynolds.

DILLER'S DINNER THEATERS

Phyllis Diller plans to open a chain of dinner theaters in Florida "with a bit of a museum flavor." The comedian, 72, said the first theater, which will open next year in the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area, will display artifacts from her career, as well as costumes, photographs "and funny stuff, such as props I've used." Diller, who is launching the business venture with an Evansville, Ind., father and son, said in an interview, "Alfred Lunt and Helen Hayes have theaters named after them in New York, and there was the Burt Reynolds Theater in Florida. I thought it would be kind of nice to have my name on a theater. It's an honor."

PASSION PLAY UPDATE

A new version of the centuries-old Passion Play premiered yesterday in Oberammergau, West Germany, with several modern touches - most notably allowing a married woman to portray the Virgin Mary for the first time. Under casting changes, Elisabeth Petre, 37 and a mother of two, is one of two actresses playing the role. The Passion Play, which dates from 1633 and was last performed in 1984, depicts the suffering and resurrection of Jesus. Jewish groups had complained that some elements of the production were anti- Semitic, and the new version emphasizes Jesus' roots as a Jew. It also portrays Christ's betrayer, Judas, as a confused and troubled man rather than as a greed-driven mercenary. A half-million visitors, including 200,000 Americans, are expected to flock to the Bavarian Alpine village 50 miles north of Munich this summer to see the daylong play.

BUSH ON THE LINKS

President Bush was by far the best-known celebrity in the field of 56 amateur golfers Saturday in Kingwood, Texas. As he teed off in the final pro- am round of the Doug Sanders Kingwood Celebrity Classic, Bush had just one request - please don't laugh at his swing. "Barbara wanted to be here, but didn't want to see her husband cry," he said at one point. "I would have but one request - keep on being the points of light, keep on with the concept that it really is right for one American to help another and please don't laugh at the drive off the first tee." The President and his son, George W. Bush, who is part-owner of the Texas Rangers, finished 1-over-par at 71 - 35 on the front nine and 36 on the back nine.

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