Royal Round Up 10-12-11: Olympic Lieutenant; Vogue Offer to Duchess; Coin For Queen’s Jubilee

Olympic Gold Medalist Named Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex

Ms. Sally Gunnell, a former Olympic gold medalist, has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex.

Gunnell won a gold medal in the 400 meter hurdles at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

Gunnell lives in West Sussex with her husband, Jonathan Bigg, and their sons.

“It’s such an exciting time to take up the role. It shows that it’s just not landowners and older locals who get the honour; it’s people who can make a difference and be a bit of a voice in the community,” she said.

Queen Not Amused By Alleged Vogue Offer to Duchess

After the brouhaha over the exclusive wedding photos sold to Hello! by Peter and Autumn Phillips, Her Majesty is not likely to support a Duchess of Cambridge shoot for Vogue.

Perhaps concerned that Kate would appear as a mere clotheshorse – all style and no substance – the Palace intends to “86″ the deal, according to reports.

Not to worry, we’re not missing out, say some critics.

Mary, Queen of Frocks star Mary Portas declared that Kate is no style icon, anyway.

“Is that fashion? No,” Portas said of the Duchess’s outfits. “I think she’s done an incredible job globally, but I do not know how you can say she is a fashion icon. I just don’t get that.”

Rumors swirled that Duchess C would appear the cover of (American) Vogue, shot by Mario Testino, but the Telegraph reports that the Queen will not have any of that!

New £5 Coin For The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

A new coin minted to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond jubilee – a celebration not seen since Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 – has been issued by the Royal Mint.

On one side, there is a contemporary image of Her Majesty dressed in formal Garter Robes, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara. On the reverse, a young Elizabeth at age 25 wearing a laurel crown alongside the Latin words Dirige Deus Gressus Meos – May God Guide My Steps.

The Official Queen’s Diamond Jubilee UK £5 coin is available now from the Royal Mint’s website www.royalmint.com priced at £12.99. The precious metal coins will be available in January 2012.

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