Angelina Jolie continued her campaign to end sexual violence in war zones by meeting British royal Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall in London on Thursday (12Jun14). Alongside Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague, the Hollywood actress launched the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in the British capital on Tuesday (10Jun14).
They have continued to promote the drive in the U.K. all week, and on Thursday they headed to royal residence Clarence House for a special meeting with the wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. The trio discussed the women's campaign, which is trending on social media with the slogan #timetoact, during the meeting.
A post on the official Twitter.com account for Clarence House reads, "The Duchess of Cornwall has met @WilliamJHague and @UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie to discuss their #TimetoAct work. "The Duchess has visited a number of projects over recent years working with victims of rape and sexual abuse, and is keen to raise awareness."
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch secured Dame Judi Dench for his BBC adaptation of Richard Iii by inviting her to join the cast during a question-and-answer session at a U.K. literary festival. The Bond actress took to the stage with director Richard Eyre to discuss her work in William Shakespeare's plays throughout her career during the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts in Wales on Sunday evening (01Jun14).
The discussion was opened up to audience members, who were invited to ask questions, and there was a well-known star in the crowd who was keen to talk to Dench.
When the microphone was passed to Cumberbatch, the Star Trek Into Darkness actor asked Dench, "Would you like to be in Richard III with me?" to which she replied, "Yeah."
Reports suggest Cumberbatch wants Dench to play Queen Margaret in a TV re-imagining of The Bard's classic, which is set to be shot next year (15).
A new multi-million dollar TV epic is to chart the 60-year reign of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II. The Crown, which has a reported budget of $160 million (£100 million), will chart the Queen's life from her marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 to the present day.
The script for the 20-hour epic will be penned by Peter Morgan, the screenwriter behind 2006 film The Queen, with the assistance of director Stephen Daldry.
Casting officials are said to be looking for three actresses to play the monarch in different stages of her life.
A source tells Britain's Daily Mail, "There will be hundreds and hundreds of roles to be cast, from prime ministers to international leaders such as the U.S. presidents she has met. And probably Nelson Mandela will be in there, too... And don't forget Prince Philip - that's going to be a huge role for an actor, or more likely several. People will play Charles (Prince of Wales), Diana (Princess of Wales), Camilla (Duchess of Cornwall), William (Prince William), Kate (Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge)... the whole lot of them."
Bosses at web streaming service Netflix have reportedly secured the rights to premiere the show worldwide in 2016.
Fox’s newest reality dating show, I Wanna Marry Harry, premiered last night after the first part of the American Idol season finale. The premise is fairly simple: one British prince hoping to find love and 12 American ladies hoping he’s her knight in shining armor. But there’s a twist (isn’t there always?): he’s not really a prince.
That’s right. Although the title of the show is I Wanna Marry Harry — as in Harry, the Prince of Wales, younger brother to Prince William, that Harry— isn’t actually Prince Harry, he’s a lookalike. The bachelor on I Wanna Marry Harry is actually named Matt Hicks. He rides a bike because he can’t afford a car and his job that entails cleaning up oils spills. (He is actually British, though, so he has that in common with Prince Harry, in addition to his looks.)
As far as eligible bachelors go, the ladies on this dating show could do worse. And, to be fair, no one actually tells the girls they’ll be vying for the affection of Prince Harry. However, the show does go to great lengths to deceive the girls, including a Prince Harry Boot Camp in which Matt must learn everything about the Prince of Wales, royal etiquette, and how to play polo among other princely pastimes.
The girls are exactly what you’d expect from any reality dating show: they’re beautiful, boisterous, and have loads of personality. Some are quirky, some are flirty, some will do anything to win, and others are honestly hoping to find true love.
I Wanna Marry Harry looks, at first glance, like a cruel joke on these nice — as far as we know — girls. And it absolutely would be, if not for the bachelor. The entire show hinges on Matt (not really Prince Harry), who seems to genuinely be in this for the right reasons. During the opening sequences, he tells of his dating history in which he’s seen many girls lose interest in him when they find out he isn’t the Prince of Wales.
Perhaps this backward way of allowing ladies to think what they like of him and then revealing his true identity will be the only way he’ll be able to find love. Or maybe it will horribly backfire.
As someone who doesn’t usually watch reality dating shows — but did enjoy ABC’s amazingly campy, but fake murder-mystery show Whodunnit? — there’s something especially enjoyable when (at least some of) the contestants are in on the hoax. It adds another layer of intrigue to what has become a rather tired set up for reality dating series such as this.
I’ll certainly be sticking with I Wanna Marry Harry if only because I need answers to some burning questions: will Matt be able to fool the ladies all season? What lengths will the show go to in order to keep Matt’s secret? Will the girls be more cutthroat if they think a prince is the prize? Will he find someone to love, who loves him for who he truly is?
Call me a hopeless romantic, but I’m pulling for Matt.
A polo star who taught Britain's Princes William and Harry has died following a freak accident during a match in Florida. Carlos Gracida was crushed by his own horse during a match on Tuesday (26Feb14) after the animal was hit in the head by a mallet and collapsed.
The 53 year old was taken by helicopter to a local medical centre, where he later passed away.
Gracida was a star of the sport, triumphing in major polo tournaments around the world including the U.S. Open, which he won nine times, and the British Open, where he was a 10-time victor.
He is also said to have coached British royal Charles, Prince of Wales, as well as his two sons William and Harry.
Britain's Prince Harry has come under fire from animal rights activists following the publication of a photograph of the royal posing with a slaughtered water buffalo just days after his family backed an anti-poaching campaign. The picture, which was taken in November, 2004 during a trip to Argentina, shows the royal posing with a gun next to the dead animal and its publication comes just days after Harry's brother Prince William launched a new anti-poaching campaign to save rhinos and elephants.
Prince William also found himself in trouble after he was pictured taking part in a wild boar hunt in Spain just days before launching the new charity drive with his father Charles, Prince of Wales, and animal rights campaigners at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have now taken aim at the young royals.
A spokesperson tells WENN, "The princes seem set on ignoring the fact that the majority of the British public abhors cruelty to animals and objects to hunting. If Prince Harry and his brother want their views about wildlife preservation taken seriously, they need to get with the times and stop getting their kicks from killing animals.
"There's no difference between South American water buffalo and the elephants and rhinos they keep talking about the importance of protecting. We live in hope that one day the Princes, especially Harry, will end this double standard. We expect those with guns - and especially soldiers such as Prince Harry - to use them to protect the weak, not to blast their brains out."
Singer Morrissey has angrily branded British royal Prince William a "thickwit" after it emerged the heir to the throne went on a deer and boar hunting trip hours before launching a wildlife protection campaign. The Duke of Cambridge reportedly joined his brother Prince Harry in a hunting trip in Spain on Saturday (08Feb14) and the following day (09Feb14) he was seen in a broadcast with his father Charles, Prince of Wales.
The pair called for an end to the illegal hunting of endangered species, but former The Smiths frontman Morrissey has hit out at the announcement, blaming legal hunts for decimating wildlife and branding the royal family an "embarrassment" to the U.K.
Morrissey, who has been a vocal advocate of animal rights during his career, writes in a statement, "One day prior to giving a public plea on behalf of animal welfare (!), Prince William is to be found in Spain (with Prince Harry) shooting and killing as many deer and boar as they possibly can! Although William's speech... will concentrate on endangered species, William is too thickwit to realize that animals such as tigers and rhino are only driven to near extinction because people who are precisely like himself and his brother have shot them off the map - all in the name of sport and slaughter...
"Just why William kills innocent and defenseless deer does not matter - the fact is, he does it, and we must go on and on asking why any form of violence is acceptable to the British establishment... the British (Royal) Family never fails to be a colossal embarrassment to the United Kingdom...
"The rationalists amongst us - who are never allowed to speak, are intelligent enough to realize that endangered species are dying out only because of people like William and Harry, and, for this we can only pray to God that their hunting guns backfire in their faces."
Celebrated fashion photographer Mario Testino has been presented with an honorary OBE medal in Britain. The Peruvian-born snapper received the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) award, which is usually reserved for citizens of countries which have Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.
Testino was handed the prize by Britain's culture minister Ed Vaizey on Tuesday (14Jan14) in recognition of his charity work and photography, which includes iconic pictures of Diana, Princess of Wales and the official engagement photos of her son, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
The snapper says in a statement, "I am humbled by this honour and it means a great deal to receive it from the country that has trained me for the life I lead today and that has showed me the way to give back to others."
Leading British composer Sir John Tavener has died, aged 69. The musician, who battled illness for years, passed away on Tuesday (12Nov13), six years after suffering a debilitating heart attack in 2007.
Tavener, who studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London, rose to fame in the 1960s and became known for his religious works. His most popular compositions include The Whale, The Protecting Veil, and Song For Athene, which was played at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.
However, he will perhaps be best remembered for his choral compositions for William Blake's poem The Lamb, which is traditionally performed as a Christmas carol.
He was recognised for his contributions to the music industry in 2000 when he was honoured with a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
Taverner was plagued with health problems throughout his life, suffering a stroke in his 30s and undergoing heart surgery and an operation to have a tumour removed in his 40s. He was also diagnosed with genetic disorder Marfan syndrome, which can cause heart defects.
Newborn royal Prince George's official christening photos have made history by bringing together four generations of present and future British monarchs for a portrait for the first time in over a century. In the main family shot, taken by fashion photographer Jason Bell, proud great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, sits surrounded by her three future kings - George, Prince William and her son Prince Charles, the current heir to the throne.
The Duke of Edinburgh, George's mum Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, uncles Prince Harry of Wales and James Middleton, aunt Pippa Middleton, grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton and step-grandmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are also featured in the happy family portrait, which was taken in the morning room at Clarence House in London following the young prince's christening at the Chapel Royal of St James's Palace on Wednesday (23Oct13).