March 11, 1988 |
Prince Charles and Prince Andrew saw death strike close to them as separate accidents killed a skiing friend and two helicopter pilots. Charles, the heir to the British throne, left Klosters for home today, after escaping an avalanche which killed a friend and former aide to Queen Elizabeth, Maj. Hugh Lindsay. Elsa Rauch, a doctor who was flown to the scene, said Charles' quick rescue efforts helped save the life of another skiing companion, Patty Palmer- Tomkinson, who was briefly buried in the snow.
December 30, 1997 |
"James Bond was a [sleaze]! just going for one girl after another . . . and he was a lush, too. " - James Cameron, director of "Titanic," on the 007 mystique Noel Gallagher isn't known for his tact. The Oasis lead singer has made controversial remarks about drugs and religion and once boasted about his teen-age life of crime. But last week on Italian radio, the 30-year-old rocker broke new ground when he suggested that he thinks members of the royal family should be shot. "I don't like the queen.
September 4, 1997 |
Pressured by the size of crowds planning to fill central London's streets for Princess Diana's funeral Saturday, Britain's royal family agreed suddenly yesterday to more than triple the length of the funeral procession's route. A horse-drawn carriage bearing Diana's body will begin its final journey from Kensington Palace, her private residence after her separation and divorce from Prince Charles. Watched by an estimated two million mourners, the procession will then slowly travel a 3 1/2-mile route down Kensington High Street, past St. James's Palace and Parliament, and toward the historic 11th-century Westminster Abbey, where Diana will be memorialized in a service attended by royalty, celebrities and commoners.
September 8, 1992 |
A woman I know named Linda is deeply concerned about world affairs. Often, when a major development occurs, Linda will phone my wife to break the news. "Beth," Linda will say, with great urgency in her voice, "according to 'Inside Edition,' on several occasions, in Buckingham Palace, Diana discovered Charles waxing his legs. " "No!" responds Beth, also a keen student of current events. Soon they're discussing Charles' and Diana's marriage with far more interest than they would ever display in discussing, for example, the deficit, unless the deficit were to date Princess Margaret.
May 21, 1991 |
While Queen Elizabeth is off visiting the former colonies on the other side of the Atlantic, one of her subjects here is campaigning to get her fired. Don't take it personally, Your Majesty. After all, the idea is to get rid of the whole institution of monarchy, not just one queen. The architect of the plan is Tony Benn, a veteran member of Parliament and longtime spokesman for the left wing of the Labor Party. Benn's bill has the queen being forcibly retired. Her jewels, castles, yacht, paintings and other wealth that make her among the richest people in the world would be handed over to the state.
October 26, 2003 |
Britain's royal family may be the most powerful in the land but, unlike the commoners they rule, they are often powerless to fight back when wronged. As embarrassing revelations about them were published last week in the tabloid Daily Mirror - in advance of tomorrow's release of a tell-all book by former royal butler Paul Burrell - members of the House of Windsor had to stand by and just take it. They endured exposure of the humiliating contents of Prince Philip's private letters to Diana, Princess of Wales, in which he wrote that he doubted "anyone in their right mind" would ever leave her for Camilla Parker Bowles - which Prince Charles ultimately did. Also quoted in the articles were Diana's predictions that she would die in a car crash intended to kill her, and her claim that she never wanted a divorce.
August 11, 2000 |
Royal Post of Britain, which issued the first postage stamp 160 years ago, established a record last week when it issued commemoratives depicting four generations of the royal family. The occasion was the 100th birthday of Elizabeth the queen mother. The four 27-pence stamps are incorporated in a miniature sheet that reproduces a portrait of the queen mother; her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II; Charles, Prince of Wales; and Prince William. The queen mother is sitting and the others standing.
September 14, 1990 |
An English writer thinks he has answered two of life's perennial questions: Why does the queen carry a handbag, and what is inside it? Raymond Fullager, who writes and lectures about the royals, says Her Majesty uses her handbag to send at least 23 signals to her staff. Because the queen cannot be seen on official business continually snapping orders to courtiers, ladies-in-waiting and other hovering attendants, she has devised a secret apparatus - her handbag. The contents of this sturdy bag (a lucky rabbit's foot, some chocolate drops for the corgis, a small camera and a couple of crossword puzzles to pass the time en route to official functions)
January 3, 1990 |
Mary Carolou, 83, a Philadelphia native who served as lady-in-waiting for the late Queen Frederica of Greece and her royal family, died New Year's Day in Athens. "She was the epitome of a grand dame," said Mrs. Carolou's nephew, Constantine Stephano, 57, of New Hope. "Her house in Athens had signed photographs from Eisenhower and other presidents and kings. Her house was like a museum," he said. Mrs. Carolou was the daughter of Constantine Stephano, the founder of Stephano Bros.
December 29, 1988 |
A majority of Britons believe Queen Elizabeth, 62, should abdicate in favor of her son Prince Charles, 40, according to an opinion poll published yesterday. The Gallup poll in the Daily Telegraph newspaper showed 59 percent of her subjects thought it would be a good idea for the queen to retire and allow the Prince of Wales to become king before he is much older. Queen Elizabeth has reigned since 1952. Because of the disgrace surrounding the abdication in 1936 of the queen's uncle King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor, to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson, the queen has said she will never abdicate.