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).
Britain's royal baby Prince George has been formally christened at St James's Palace in London. The three-month-old son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was baptised on Wednesday (23Oct13) in front of his parents and other high-ranking royals, including Queen Elizabeth II, her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, and William's father Charles, Prince of Wales.
His brother Prince Harry and his parents-in-law Carole and Michael Middleton were also in attendance during the 30-minute service.
The baby boy wore a Honiton lace and satin gown, a replica of that first worn by Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841, for the ceremony in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace.
The service consisted of two hymns and two anthems, chosen by the baby's parents. The hymns were Breathe on Me, Breath of God and Be Thou My Vision, and the anthems were Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand - which was written for Prince William's baptism in 1982 - and The Lord Bless You and Keep You.
There were also two lessons - St. Luke chapter 18, verses 15-17, read by the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton, and St. John chapter 15, verses 1-5, read by Prince Harry.
After the baptism, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, the Duchess of Cambridge was seen beaming with delight as she carried Prince George from the chapel to a waiting car.
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge have chosen seven close friends, including his cousin Zara Tindall, to act as godparents to their son Prince George. The couple will be joined by reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince Harry as the third in line for the throne is baptised at a chapel in St James's Palace in London on Wednesday (23Oct13).
Princess Anne's pregnant daughter Zara will act as godmother, alongside Catherine's school pal Emelia Jardine-Paterson and Julia Samuel, a close friend of the prince's late mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
Godfather duties fall to William and Harry's former private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the prince's childhood friends William van Cutsem and Earl Grosvenor, and Oliver Baker, who attended St. Andrews university in Scotland with the royal couple.
Their decision to choose close friends as their firstborn's godparents breaks with royal tradition of asking members of foreign royal families and the aristocracy to take on the roles.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Catherine's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her siblings, Pippa and James, are all expected to be in attendance at the ceremony.
The party will celebrate the baptism with a reception at royal residence Clarence House, where guests will be served cake from the couple's wedding in 2011.
Proof of Marilyn Monroe's cosmetic surgery procedures and details of a 1957 ectopic pregnancy are to go under the hammer as part of a macabre auction lot in California. The tragic screen icon's X-rays, medical records and doctors' notes, are to be sold at Julien's Auctions Icons and Idols event next month (9-10Nov13).
Highlights of the odd lot include Monroe's skull X-ray and notes from the office of Dr. Michael Gurdin, M.D. from 1958, which are expected to fetch between $15,000 (£10,000) and $30,000 (£20,000).
The patient was listed as Marilyn Miller, to protect her identity, and the doctor noted that her chief complaint was "chin deformity".
The records offer a fascinating medical history that begins in 1950 and ends in 1962, just months before the star's death.
Listed are a 1956 bout of Neutropenia in England; an ectopic pregnancy in New York and a 1950 cartilage implant in the chin that the doctor observed had slowly begun to dissolve.
A spokesman for the auction house tells WENN, "Those with knowledge of the implant procedure have explained that this was done in association with a tip rhinoplasty, a procedure involving the tip of Marilyn Monroe's nose only."
The last entry of the medical files is fascinating - dated June 7, 1962, it reports a fall at between 2am and 3am resulting in swelling and tenderness of the nose.
Monroe was brought to Dr. Gurdin by her psychoanalyst Dr. Ralph Greenson. Her alias at the time was Miss Joan Newman.
Included in the file are "six X-rays including frontal facial bones X-rays, a smaller X-ray that is a composite of the right and left sides of her nasal bones and four small dental X-rays into the roof of Monroe's mouth, looking upwards toward her nasal bones".
Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home on 5 August, 1962.
The Julien's Auctions Icons and Idols event will also feature William Shatner's signed shirt and boots from the Star Trek series, a mask worn by Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger, a Katherine Walker-designed dress owned by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, a tracksuit James Gandolfini wore on The Sopranos, and the wedding gown Julie Andrews wore in The Sound Of Music, which is valued at an estimated $30,000 (£20,000) to $50,000 (£33,330).
Prince Charles has officially become the oldest heir to the throne in British history. He became the oldest male heir on Thursday (19Sep13) after turning 64 years, 10 months and four days old, taking the record from William IV, who went on to become king in June, 1830.
The prince will turn 65 on 14 November (14), and royal biographer Penny Junor tells the Daily Express newspaper, "I think he's been an exemplary Prince of Wales. When he does finally come to the throne he will know so much about the people, more than any politician."