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.
British royal Zara Phillips is pregnant with her first child. Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter is expecting a baby with her rugby player husband Mike Tindall next year (14).
The monarch's press secretary says, "Mr and Mrs Mike Tindall are very pleased to announce that Zara Tindall is expecting a baby in the new year... Members of both families are delighted with the news.
"This baby will be the first child for Mike and Zara and the third grandchild for the Princess Royal."
Phillips' mother is Queen Elizabeth II's daughter, Anne, Princess Royal.
The couple wed in Scotland in 2011.
The Olympics! You guys! The entire world has Olympic fever and we're not about to stop it until the fat lady (or Paul McCartney) sings this weekend. But seriously, what a crazy event when you think about it, right? Once every four years we have the birth of a new strain of celebrity: the superathlete. These men and women are different from our actor celebrities, because these folks never asked to be famous. They simply asked to run, swim, jump, or shoot things. And so, of course, because of this, we love them even more so! And when the Olympics end, it almost feels like a graduation of sorts. Here was this 2 week training course on consta-attention: now it's time to enter the full-fledged celebrity dome of existence. So as our young athletes go into the great big unknown, they need to be armed with knowledge of their strengths OFF the court/pool/track/field/whatever. So we've decided to give them a little help. And what's more helpful than superlatives, right?! So take note, Olympians--this is your most (or least) future-y thing!
Sport Most Likely To Be Made Into A Raucus Comedy Starring Will Ferrell
Rhythmic gymnastics. I mean we all saw the beauty and grace of Mr. Ferrell in Old School, so why not give his rhythm gymnastic skills their own vehicle? Maybe we can get Vince Vaughn on board.
Sport Most Likely to Influence NYFW
Those synchronized swimming ladies were OUT OF CONTROL, eh? It's, as they say (in the BIZ!), a revelation. You'll surely be seeing Russians Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina sitting next to Anna Wintour and inspiring Lady Gaga.
Athlete Most Likely To BEG To Be Let Into NYFW
Most Likely to be A Mime
Xu Lijia of China
Most Confusing Sport, Ever
Laser radial sailing. I have no idea what is happening or how it is a race.
Most Likely To Bare All For Maxim or FHM or Whatever
Sport Most Likely To Signal The Dawn Of Our Very Weird Future
Indoor Track Cycling. Seriously, that s**t is like TRON.
Athlete Most Likely To Cameo In The New Avengers film
Robert "Incredible Hulk" Harting of Germany.
Worst Named Olympian
Vania Stambolova (Sorry about your stumble, p.s.).
Best Named Olympian
Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya
Athlete Most Likely To Shill. Just Shill.
Athlete Most Likely To Let Everything Go To His Head
Ryan Lochte. JEAH JEAH!
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Aly Raisman's parents
Most Likely to Have Their Just-Announced Reality Show Do Mediocrely
Most Likely to Be an Awesomely Mean Judge on the Inevitable Gymnastics Reality Competition Show Coming Soon
Duo Most Likely To Be "Having A Volley-Ball" on a Campy Bravo Reality Special
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings
Most It's Just Not Even Fair To Anyone Else
Men's US Basketball
Best Use of Boners
The Men's American Rowing Team (Sorry, the picture was too NSFW for us to post, but look it up)
Athlete for Which Olympics Is Just a Novelty Talent Show
Most "If I Don't Win, The Queen Will Just Buy Me A Pony"-iest
Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II
Most Likely to Host SNL
Thanks to a little birdie named US Magazine, we know that Ms. Douglas wants to be an actress (we can just imagine all of the awkward interviews with Jay Leno now), so it makes the most sense that the littlest flying squirrel we know would gun for the chance to host the show. And! Well, it doesn't seem all that far off--especially since Gabby is arguably the breakout Olympic star from this year. So why not get her a bit ahead of the game and come up with a nice monologue scene for her, eh?
We imagine it to start off with assertions of her non-squirrel status ("many people call me by my nickname, the flying squirrel. I'm hear to tell you I'm not a squirrel, nor can I fly"). However, we all know that a goofball (yes, you, Bobby Moynihan) would egg her on, and they would have a high-flying battle where Gabby's high-flying kicks and flips will eventually launch her into the air where a slow-motion battle royale set to the music of West Side Story would take place. Gabby's teammates would also be rigged up and battle the SNL boys to an epic defeat. That's one way to get them back for the terrible hair-related sketch that will undoubtedly happen later on in the evening.
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Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter, competing in her first Olympic Games, and her four teammates were pipped to gold by the Germans after the three-day eventing competition in London, while New Zealand finished third.
Her cousins Princes William and Harry and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge showed up to cheer on Phillips, who said it was an honour to represent her country.
She says, "The crowd was amazing all the way along. All these people being here is just incredible. It really makes you want to do better, to go faster."
Princes William and Harry's 31-year-old cousin will be a member of Great Britain's equestrian eventing team.
A statement from the royal reads, "It's awesome to be given this opportunity. I'm really excited."
Phillips' mother, Princess Anne, competed as part of Great Britain's equestrian team during the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada.
Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips carried the Olympic torch on horseback at Cheltenham racecourse in England on Wednesday (23May12), ahead of the launch of the 2012 Games in London in July (12).
Mike Tindall, who married Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter in July (11), was fined $40,000 (£25,000) and banned from the squad after he was found guilty of "unacceptable behaviour" during the recent Rugby World Cup.
Tindall had been pictured chatting to a mystery blonde at a bar on a night out in Queenstown, New Zealand during the showpiece sporting event in September (11).
Tindall, who won the Rugby World Cup with England in 2003, has played for his country 75 times.
Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter wed rugby star Tindall in a private ceremony in July (11), but rumours emerged this week (beg12Sep11) alleging the couple's marriage was already in trouble after CCTV images surfaced showing the sportsman affectionately kissing and embracing another woman during a night out at a bar in New Zealand, where he is currently playing for England in the Rugby World Cup.
But a spokesperson for Phillips, daughter of Anne, Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips, has dismissed the allegations.
A spokesperson for the royal tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "This girl in the video is an old friend of Mike and Zara and has known Mike since university days.
"She is English but lives in Australia and was on holiday in New Zealand. Zara is very relaxed about all this and the whole thing has been blown out of all proportion."
The Trainspotting star will hop onboard a yacht with British sailor Alex Thomson for the 50-mile (80-kilometre) high speed sprint around England's Isle of Wight.
The first place team will take home $16,000 (£10,000) for their chosen charity - and McGregor has vowed to donate the cash to the food crisis in East Africa if he wins.
He says, "I'm excited to experience the thrill of yacht racing from the very deck of the boat and I'll be doing my best to help Alex win so that we can donate the prize money to UNICEF's East Africa Appeal.
"There's never been a more important time to support the children of the region who so desperately need our help."
Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter, newlywed Zara Phillips, is also taking part in the annual Artemis Challenge on Wednesday (10Aug11).
Phillips, daughter of Anne, Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips, exchanged vows with Tindall in a private ceremony attended by The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge also arrived to witness the wedding - the first they have attended since their own nuptials were watched by millions around the globe in April (11).
Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets of Edinburgh and cheered as the newlyweds emerged from the capital city's Canongate Kirk parish to wave and share a tender kiss.
Celebrations continued with an evening reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where guests enjoyed a Scottish-themed dinner and champagne.
The happy couple, dating since 2003, announced its engagement in December (10).