Royal Round Up 1-11-11: Pippa’s Pics Stolen; Catherine’s Birthday Milestone; Sophie Wessex Jewel Maelstrom

Middleton Family – How To Celebrate the Queen

The Middleton business empire, Party Pieces, has served up a dollop of party princess power. Now they’re giving tips on how to have a cost-effective celebration for the Queen’s Jubilee.

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Pippa’s photos stolen

Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, has been a victim of money-grabbing thieves.

Pippa’s camera, which she had left in her car, was stolen and the contents were offered up to the Sun newspaper for the tidy sum of 25,000 GBP in 2008.The images included vacation pictures of Pippa’s future brother-in-law, Prince William, and her sister, Kate.

The Sun never ran the photos, but didn’t fail in its perceived duty to describe them in detail in an article.

The photos from Pippa’s camera being offered to the tabloid Sun is only a fraction of the ongoing controversy concerning the now-defunct News of the World and many other British tabloid newspapers. Journalists and other employees of the newspaper were accused of deceptive and illegal practices, including phone hacking and bribery.

Several celebrities have come forward to complain that their privacy has been invaded through phone hacking, and even Prince William has fallen pray to the practice.The British Royal Family alleged that the News of the World, the “sister” newspaper to the Sun, had illegally tapped into private voicemails of Prince William in 2005. The paper’s editor, Andy Coulson, abruptly resigned but claimed that he had no knowledge of any illegal activities.

Duchess C hits the Big 3-0

The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her 30th birthday on Monday, January 9th. The loyal Canadians over at the Toronto Star give us a lovely selection of photos as well as profiles of other royals and where they were at 30. See here!

Catherine now looks forward to beginning her new patronages. Her choices are:

The Art Room – Learning and achieving through Art. A charity that provides art as therapy to children in Oxford and Islington.

Action on Addiction – working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment, professional education, support for families and children and campaigns.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices – EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Scouts (UK) – The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,000 young people aged 6-25. Internationally, we have over 28 million young people enjoying the benefits of Scouting  across 216 countries.

The National Portrait Gallery – As well as the permanent displays, the Gallery has a diverse and ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events which promote an appreciation of portraiture in all forms, and an energetic learning and outreach programme.

From The Prince of Wales official website.

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Countess of Wessex gifts questioned

The Daily Mail trumpets the headline: “Countess faces questions after accepting lavish jewellery gifts from bloody Bahrain”

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and her husband, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, accepted gifts from the Crown Prince of Bahrain during their visit to the country. Sophie received two suites of jewels, at fact which many people protest in light of the country’s human rights abuses.

Last March, Bahrain imposed martial law to keep down protestors calling for the ruling family to give up some of their power. The Al-Khalifa family has ruled Bahrain for over two centuries, and members of the family still comprise most of the government.

Former Foreign Office minister Denis MacShane has called for the Countess of Wessex to auction the jewels and donate the proceeds to the victims of the Bahraini government’s violence.

Other gifts given to the British royals…