Pregnant royal the Duchess Of Cambridge has reportedly pulled out of plans to attend a weekend wedding as she awaits her due date. The mother-to-be is not due to go into labour until the middle of next month (Jul13), but reports suggest she is not taking any chances - and chose to skip a friend's wedding on Saturday (22Jun13).
Her husband, Prince William, who turned 31 on Friday (21Jun13), will attend the nuptials and serve as best man to the groom, longtime pal Thomas Van Straubenzee, as he weds Lady Melissa Percy, the daughter of the Duke of Northumberland.
The wedding is said to be taking place at Percy's family residence, the Alnwick Castle estate, which doubled up as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies.
Prince Harry will also attend the ceremony, as will his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy, who is a bridesmaid.
William Shatner, Sir Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula - who have each commanded starship operations in their respective shows - were brought together onstage at Destination Star Trek London.
The occasion marked only the second time the stars have come together, and the first time outside the U.S.
Shatner, who played Captain James T Kirk, tells the BBC any former rivalry "has long since passed" and the stars are now "good friends", adding, "I would presume getting together is a problem because we live in divergent (sic) areas of the world."
The event hosted Britain's first Klingon wedding for a Swedish bride and groom and also broke the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of fans dressed in Star Trek costumes.
Last year director Garry Marshall hit upon a devilishly canny approach to the romantic comedy. A more polished refinement of Hal Needham’s experimental Cannonball Run method it called for assembling a gaggle of famous faces from across the demographic spectrum and pairing them with a shallow day-in-the-life narrative packed with gobs of gooey sentiment. A cynical strategy to be sure but one that paid handsome dividends: Valentine’s Day earned over $56 million in its opening weekend surpassing even the rosiest of forecasts. Buoyed by the success Marshall and his screenwriter Katherine Fugate hastily retreated to the bowels of Hades to apply their lucrative formula to another holiday historically steeped in romantic significance and New Year’s Eve was born.
Set in Manhattan on the last day of the year New Year’s Eve crams together a dozen or so canned scenarios into one bloated barely coherent mass of cliches. As before Marshall’s recruited an impressive ensemble of minions to do his unholy bidding including Oscar winners Hilary Swank Halle Berry and Robert De Niro the latter luxuriating in a role that didn’t require him to get out of bed. High School Musical’s Zac Efron is paired up with ‘80s icon Michelle Pfeiffer – giving teenage girls and their fathers something to bond over – while Glee’s Lea Michele meets cute with a pajama-clad Ashton Kutcher. There’s Katherine Heigl in a familiar jilted-fiance role Sarah Jessica Parker as a fretful single mom and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as the most laid-back cop in New York. Sofia Vergara and Hector Elizondo mine for cheap laughs with thick accents – his fake and hers real – and Jessica Biel and Josh Duhamel deftly mix beauty with blandness. Fans of awful music will delight in the sounds of Jon Bon Jovi straining against type to play a relevant pop musician.
The task of interweaving the various storylines is too great for Marshall and New Year’s Eve bears the distinct scent and stain of an editing-room bloodbath with plot holes so gaping that not even the brightest of celebrity smiles can obscure them. But that’s not the point – it never was. You should know better than to expect logic from a film that portrays 24-year-old Efron and 46-year-old Parker as brother-and-sister without bothering to explain how such an apparent scientific miracle might have come to pass. Marshall wagers that by the time the ball drops and the film’s last melodramatic sequence has ended prior transgressions will be absolved and moviegoers will be content to bask in New Year's Eve's artificial glow. The gambit worked for Valentine's Day; this time he may not be so fortunate.
The royal and his new wife, Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge thrilled fans by appearing on the balcony of London's Buckingham Palace after exchanging vows and they kissed twice for the cameras.
Emin was delighted by the nuptials so she recreated the magical moment of the kiss in a drawing, published in British newspaper The Independent.
She tells the publication, "It was the moment everyone was waiting for, because you want to know that it's real. After that kiss, you realise it isn't just splendour and pomp: it is two people in love... They looked really naive and natural, like a child's fantasy of a bride and groom. This was an incredible day of pageantry and, above all, Britishness."
The couple - who are now officially the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - appeared on the terrace alongside Queen Elizabeth II and relatives of the bride and groom 90 minutes after their nuptials at London's Westminster Abbey.
As hundreds of thousands of flag-waving well-wishers converged outside the palace gates and on The Mall below, the prince sparked a deafening cheer as he leaned in and kissed his blushing bride on the lips. Two minutes later, the couple kissed again.
The touching moment was reminiscent of his father Charles, Prince of Wales' famous kiss with Diana, Princess of Wales on the same balcony 30 years earlier following their wedding in 1981.
Fans have been camping out along the procession route for days in a bid to glimpse the couple, who will exchange vows in a 90-minute service at Westminster Abbey, due to kick off at 11am local time. The most-dedicated royal watchers began camping out on Tuesday (26Apr11) to stake out the best viewing spots.
Authorities sealed off a number of roads along the route the newlyweds will take from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace in an open-top carriage following the ceremony, which will be attended by royalty, politicians and stars including Sir Elton John and David and Victoria Beckham.
Around 5,000 police officers have been drafted in to combat disruption and patrol the streets, with marksmen positioned on rooftops and undercover officers mingling among the crowds.
A huge media presence has also gathered for the event, which will be broadcast live in the U.S., the rest of Europe and all of the Commonwealth, while the royal wedding made the front page of every U.K. newspaper.
Light rain has been predicted to put a dampener on street parties hosted across Britain, which started as early as 6am for excited revellers.
On the eve of the big day, Prince William surprised crowds gathered outside Clarence House with an impromptu meet-and-greet before enjoying dinner with his brother and best man, Prince Harry, his father Charles, Prince of Wales, and stepmother Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
It has been announced that the groom will don the famous red tunic of the Irish Guards - but all eyes will be on the bride's dress, which has been kept a closely guarded secret since the couple's engagement was announced last year (10).
The second-in-line to the British throne and his longterm sweetheart became husband and wife in a traditional ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey.
The couple, who began dating in 2003 after they met while studying at university, married in front of a hushed congregation of 1,900 guests, including Britain's royal family, 50 foreign heads of state from across the world, and an array of close friends and showbiz pals.
Outside the abbey, an estimated one million royal-watchers gathered on the streets of London to join in the celebrations. Two billion people are thought to have watched the event live on television around the world.
The groom, wearing the famous red tunic of the Irish Guards and a garter sash of the Royal Air Force, and his best man, brother Prince Harry - in his Blues & Royals army officer's uniform - arrived at the venue in a two-car convoy at 10.18am local time, some 25 minutes ahead of their father, Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and 30 minutes before Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The bride arrived at the venue by chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, with her father Michael, at 11am.
Wearing a dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, and the late Queen Mother's halo tiara, she walked up the aisle to the coronation anthem, "I was glad", trailed by her Maid of Honour - sister Philippa Middleton - bridesmaids Lady Louise Windsor, seven, The Honourable Margarita Armstrong-Jones, eight, and three year olds Eliza Lopes and Grace van Cutsem, along with page boys William Lowther-Pinkerton, 10, and Tom Pettifer, eight.
The royal couple chose the Series One (1966) Book of Common Prayer ceremony, and the occasion was soundtracked by classical compositions by Elgar, Britten and Vaughan Williams, as well as the hymns Jerusalem and Guide me, O Thou Great Redeemer, and the English melody Greensleeves.
During the service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, the couple said "I will", vowing to "love, comfort, honour and keep" each other, as the official witnesses - Prince William's father and stepmother, Prince Harry, the bride's parents Carole and Michael Middleton, her sister Philippa and brother James - looked on.
James Middleton then gave The Lesson, reading Romans 12: 1-2, 9-18 before an address by the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Dr Richard John Carew Chartres, a recital of the Lord's Prayer, and the blessing of the marriage by the Dean of Westminster. The 50-minute ceremony was concluded with a rendition of the National Anthem and the signing of the marriage register.
As the newlyweds - now officially the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - left the abbey hand-in-hand to be greeted by thousands of cheering, flag-waving fans, two groups of 12 military personnel lined their route as they headed to the horse-drawn 1902 State Landau carriage.
The open-top carriage - escorted by the Household Cavalry and followed by the Queen's procession with a sovereign's escort - will then make its way along Parliament Square and Whitehall, through Horse Guards Arch into Horse Guards Parade and then along The Mall to Buckingham Palace.
Tens of thousands of onlookers lined the entire route, cheering, applauding, waving flags, and shouting their best wishes to the beaming couple, who responded by smiling and waving at the assembled crowds.
On arrival at the palace, the band of the Welsh Guards will play the British National Anthem before the royal couple is expected to appear with Queen Elizabeth II on the palace balcony to greet their adoring public. A fly-past by the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will take place before the Queen hosts a private lunchtime reception for selected guests.
On Friday evening, the groom's father Charles will host a private dinner at Buckingham Palace before the newlyweds relax with 650 family and friends.
Hundreds of members of the military, along with Royal Mews staff and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, took part in the pre-dawn walk-through, escorting a fleet of Rolls-Royces to Westminster Abbey.
Then the 1902 State Landau carriage, which will carry the prince and his bride from the wedding venue after the nuptials, made its journey from the abbey to Buckingham Palace, where the band of the Welsh Guards played the British National Anthem.
The rehearsal - minus the bride and groom - was held to double-check timings and ensure the hotly-anticipated event runs smoothly on Friday (29Apr11).
The pictures were allegedly taken in December 2002 - before William began dating fiancee Kate Middleton - at a 21st birthday bash organised by the royal's pal James Tollemache.
A man, who bears a striking resemblance to the groom-to-be, is shown soaking wet after jumping into a moat at a country estate in Suffolk, England and dancing in his boxer shorts wearing a purple feather boa, while a girl ties a pink corsage around his waist.
The photographs, obtained by Britain's The People newspaper, are said to have been taken while the prince was enjoying a break from university.
A party goer tells the publication, "He was cool about stripping off and really going for it... He was having a boogie (dance) in his pants and a couple of feather boas. It shows how popular he was. Wills wasn't a big boozer - these were just high jinx."
The heads of the haircare company want the groom-to-be to become a spokesman for them - and they're sending him a basket of goodies ahead of his 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton in the hope he'll be suitably impressed.
A company spokesman tells Life & Style magazine, "We’ve been watching Prince William’s growing bald spot closely for years, and we believe Rogaine can help.
"We’d love to send him our new Unscented Men’s Rogaine Foam. William would be the perfect spokesman for Rogaine because whether you’re a prince or an average Joe, hereditary hair loss affects one in four men.
"When he’s on the altar and the world is looking at the back of his head, he won’t have to worry about the hair that’s not there."