"I will tell you that he is the most difficult person in the world to buy a present for. He is a man! They are hopeless!... He likes to make a list of things that he wants so you get it exactly right. I find this time of year impossible as it’s his birthday and then it’s Christmas, so you have got two in a row. Everybody else is easy but he is not." British royal Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall insists her husband Prince Charles is the most difficult person to buy a gift for, as he turns 65 on Thursday (14Nov13).
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).
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.
Joe Jonas dodged questions about the future of the Jonas Brothers on Thursday (17Oct13) as he returned to the red carpet in Los Angeles for the first time since the pop star siblings scrapped their U.S. tour due to a "deep rift". The Burning Up hitmakers stunned fans earlier this month (Oct13) when they pulled all of their live shows after falling out over their musical direction.
The group has yet to address what the future holds for the Jonas Brothers, and Joe refused to shed any more light on the boys' feud on Thursday as he attended the inaugural gala for the new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Gala in Beverly Hills solo, telling reporters, "I'm not going to talk about that right now."
However, the singer did open up about his own career plans, revealing he would like to build on his screen credits after his turns in family TV series Jonas and a more recent appearance on U.S. comedy show Hot In Cleveland.
He said, "I think acting would be fun. I would like to (get into that)."
Joe's red carpet appearance occurred hours after a representative for the band was forced to deny rumours the 24 year old was battling a secret drug addiction, which had been falsely touted as one of the reasons for the Jonas Brothers' apparent split.
The star's night was an eventful one - he ran into his ex-girlfriend, actress Camilla Belle, at the bash.
Homeland star Damian Lewis refuses to allow his children watch the hit U.S. show because of its grisly scenes. The actor was joining British royal Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at London's Westminster Abbey on Wednesday (16Oct13) to celebrate a special harvest ceremony when he made the revelation.
Asked by the Duchess whether he lets his seven-year-old daughter Manon and five-year-old son Gulliver watch the spy show, Lewis replied, "No, certainly not."
British funnyman John Cleese has paid tribute to his second wife, actress Barbara Trentham, following her death. The Rollerball star, 68, passed away at a hospital in Chicago, Illinois on 2 August (13) after suffering complications from leukaemia.
She was married to Cleese for almost a decade before their amicable divorce in 1990 and was the mother of the star's grown-up daughter, Camilla.
Cleese has now spoken of his sorrow following her death, insisting she will be greatly missed.
He says, "Barbara was a wonderfully kind person and a superbly talented artist. She will be dearly missed."
Trentham appeared in films such as The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972) with Shirley MacLaine, and 1976's Sky Riders (1976). She also featured on the cover of Vogue magazine during her time as a model, and dated actors including Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty.
She met Cleese in 1980 at a Monty Python show in Los Angeles and they were married five months later.
Cleese is now on his fourth marriage.
New grandfather Prince Charles has joined stars including Spice Girl Emma Bunton, actor William Shatner and opera singer Katherine Jenkins in expressing his excitement at his son Prince William's new baby following the royal birth on Monday (22Jul13). William's wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to the couple's first child in the Lindo wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London at 4.24pm local time, and the news was announced four hours later, with an official notice placed on an easel outside Queen Elizabeth II's royal residence, Buckingham Palace.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, released a statement shortly after the news broke and revealed he and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were delighted with the news.
The statement reads: "Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy.
"Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone's life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future."
Meanwhile, a slew of celebrities have joined in the celebrations via Twitter.com, with pop star Bunton writing, "It's a boy!!! Special times ahead for Kate and William" and classical singer Jenkins adding, "Awwww... It's a boy! Congratulations! Sooo happy for you! GlassesRaised Toast Celebrations".
Lily Allen, aka Lily Rose Cooper, was disappointed the third-in-line to the throne was a boy, tweeting, "Sad it's a boy though, queens are dons, kings are p**sies."
The news was also celebrated by stars across the Atlantic, with Americans Mia Farrow, Patricia Heaton and Alec Baldwin's pregnant wife Hilaria marking the event online.
William Shatner writes, "So pleased to hear that William and Kate had a baby boy. Long live the future king."
The royal baby news was also an opportunity for a few jokes online - John Cusack quips, "Is the baby an important one?", while Juno star Ellen Page notes, "Woah people seem super excited for this new british band, the royal baby."
Katherine Jenkins and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa kicked off Queen Elizabeth II's coronation anniversary celebrations by performing for the British monarch at Buckingham Palace on Thursday night (11Jul13). The royal is marking 60 years since she was crowned Queen by hosting a four-day festival at her official London residence, Buckingham Palace, and the event was launched on Thursday with a night of music and dance.
The two opera stars were among the performers, along with dancers from English National Ballet, while the Queen and her family were in the audience.
Charles, Prince of Wales was in the royal box, along with the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, who made her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy this week (beg08Jul13).
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who is due to give birth imminently, was notably absent, along with her husband, Prince William, who is currently in Wales on duty for his job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.
When asked about the impending birth, Prince Charles told reporters at the event, "Well, it won't be long now," while his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, added, "Yes, we are very excited, immensely looking forward to it and waiting for the phone call."
Following her performance, Jenkins wrote in a post on her Twitter.com page, "Such an incredible night. Loved the finale with (choir) Only Boys Aloud - great to sing with you again!"
Other artists on the festival bill include Katie Melua, The Feeling and Russell Watson.
Britain's Prince Charles has been offered a role on cult sci-fi series Doctor Who after showing off his impression of a Dalek's voice during a royal set visit in Wales. The heir to the throne and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, travelled to the BBC's Roath Lock studios on Wednesday (03Jul13) as part of their summer tour and met with members of the Doctor Who cast and crew, including writer Steven Moffat and current Time Lord, Matt Smith, in celebration of the show's 50th anniversary.
During the visit, the Prince even tried using a voice modulator to mimick the sound of the Daleks, uttering the TV cyborgs' famous "exterminate" phrase and jokingly telling the crowd, "You are now our prisoners."
His playful efforts impressed Moffat and he has invited the Prince back to the set to be a part of the show for real.
He tells the BBC, "I haven't thought about how I could weave a meeting between the Doctor and the royal family, but Prince Charles's attempt at being a Dalek was great. There would be a part in the show for him if he wanted it."