During the birthday soiree for French aristocrat Vicomte Arthur de Soultrait, Pippa Middleton was photographed with several men, adorned in racy fancy-dress attire, and mugging for the cameras. Cheeky enough, but the following day Pippa hopped into a zippy little Audi with three male companions. The driver suddenly turned around and brandished a pistol between the heads of his mates, aiming for a photographer who was following them.
It has been claimed that the gun was fake, and that it was all a joke. Stupid as well as ill-timed – France recently faced a rash of fatal shootings – Pippa may even be called in for questioning if her friend is prosecuted. Though Pippa isn’t royal, she’s certainly racking up negative attention for her sister, the new Duchess of Cambridge, and the royals. Will she learn?
Members of the Royal Family have been closely tied to the Olympics for many years. The Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games and in 1983 she became President of the British Olympic Association for five years. Her daughter, Zara Phillips Tindall, is carrying on the tradition and training to compete for the 2012 games.
The Olympic Flame will pass through several royal residences as it makes its way to London: the Balmoral Estate on June 11, the Sandringham Estate on July 4 and Windsor Castle on July 10, where the Queen will meet the torchbearers. Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, who are all Team GB and Paralympics GB ambassadors, will be waiting for the torch when it passes Buckingham Palace on July 26.
Shoe designer Christian Louboutin, he of red-soled stiletto fame, said he would love to create shoes for Queen Elizabeth II.
Reports say that the Queen is his “dream client”.
Other royals shod by the famous Louboutin include Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway.
The former leader of the Sex Pistols, John Lydon, has revealed that he wants no part in the promotion to get his old hit “God Save The Queen”to the top of the charts in time to coincide with Her Majesty’s Jubliee.
He said that while he “was pleased” that the music was being put out for a new generation of listeners, Lydon was insistent that he remain outside the campaign to get his cheeky rendition of the national anthem to the number one slot in time for the Jubilee celebrations.
“I am pleased that the Sex Pistols recordings are being put out there for a new generation, however I wish for no part in the circus that is being built up around it.”