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Steven Tyler's Feather Headdress, World Cup Goofiness & Other Crazy Hats In Entertainment

June 16th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Steven Tyler's Feather Headdress, World Cup Goofiness & Other Cr
Summertime means celebrities step out in all kinds of crazy headwear. Aerosmith performed at a music festival in Donnington Park, England, over the weekend with frontman Steven Tyler wearing a Native American headdress.

He must not have followed the Pharrell Willams Elle magazine controversy.

The FIFA World Cup is in full swing, and fans are showing their pride by dressing in strange costumes, including making hats with Barbie dolls glued all over them.

Actress Kate Winslet followed British tradition by wearing a black and white fascinator to the Prix de Diane (Diane Prize) in Chantilly,...
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Prince Harry Very Nearly Ready To Marry?

February 26th, 2014 12:30pm EST
Prince Harry
Prince Harry is reportedly taking discreet steps to set the founddation for a very real impending engagement announcement! The Prince has reportedly set his sights on marriage to Cressida and is eager to propose once he has the permission of Queen Elizabeth!

The pretty aristocratic socialite has moved up very quickly socially since she began dating the handsome prince and she was just recently given a very substantial signal via being granted security clearence in her own right to spend time at the prince's apartments at Kensington Palace and free use of the gardens.

Reportedly Harry has ...
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Anticipation Builds For The Royal Baby

July 12th, 2013 2:48pm EDT
Royal Baby Photographers
Photographers have been busy setting up ladders and chairs and jockeying for the best position outside of St. Mary's Hospital in London in preparation for the new addition to England's Royal Family.

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, are expecting their first child any day now, and despite no official announcement, Middleton's due date is believed to be very soon. Some say it's July 13; while Kate's mom, Carole Middleton, has reportedly said that the baby's zodiac sign will be Leo, according to to the UK's Mirror -- which means the little prince or princess...
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Helen Mirren Leaves Stage To Shout At Loud Street Drummers

May 6th, 2013 1:07pm EDT
Helen Mirren
Drummers promoting a gay musical festival were left stunned when Helen Mirren cussed them out - in a Queen Elizabeth II costume.

Mirren was performing in the play "The Audience" at the Gielgud Theatre when she was interrupted by the sound of 25 drummers outside. The actress stormed out the doors and confronted the loud band's leader, cussing and asking them to "shut the f--- up."

Mirren told the Daily Telegraph, "I'm afraid there were a few 'thespian' words used. They got a very stern royal ticking off but I have to say they were very sweet and they stopped immediately. 

"I would love to...
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Kate Middleton's Nude Photo Scandal: A Royal Invasion Of Privacy

September 23rd, 2012 10:29am EDT
Kate Middleton People
Princess Kate and Prince William face the dark side of royal life as topless photos taken of her with a long-lens camera as she sunbathed at a private estate in the South of France during a romantic getaway go viral. This week's issue of PEOPLE examines how she's coping, who's to blame, and how the Palace is standing by the future Queen.

"They were absolutely united in how they felt about it," a source says of the couple, who struggled to hide their emotions in public. "A red line had been crossed." And an era of relative innocence, it seemed, had come to a sudden, jarring end for Brita...
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Helen Mirren Confirms Second Reign As 'The Queen'

September 21st, 2012 10:08pm EDT
The Queen
Helen Mirren has re-teamed with the screenwriter of The Queen to reprise her role as Britain's monarch onstage.

The actress, who won acclaim and an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan and Stephen Frears' 2006 film The Queen, will don the royal attire and tiara again for a new West End play, called The Audience, next year.

Director Stephen Daldry has now confirmed he'll begin staging the production in February, and admits he was surprised when Mirren agreed to tackle the role for a second time. He tells the London Evening Standard, "It's (a) testament to Peter'...
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London Olympics Begin With Dazzling Star-Studded Show

July 28th, 2012 9:00am EDT
London Olympics
On Friday, "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle kicked off the London 2012 Olympic Games with a dazzling visual spectacular that included appearances by actor Kenneth Branagh, James Bond star Daniel Craig, author J.K. Rowling and Queen Elizabeth II.

The filmmaker presented the Isles of Wonder Opening Ceremony in Stratford, East London, and the Oscar winner did not disappoint.

The sound of the Olympic Bell signalled the official start of the London Games as the patriotic hymn "Jerusalem" was sung throughout the stadium. Branagh was the first celebrity to appear as he stepped up to po...
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Kate Middleton Is Ravishing In Red At The Diamond Jubilee Celebration

June 4th, 2012 10:46am EDT
Kate Middleton Queen's Jubilee
Britons are out in full force this week to honor their beloved Queen Elizabeth II and her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The event commemorates the queen's 60-year reign.

On Sunday Kate Middleton, formerly known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attended the river pageant flotilla in London. Over 1,000 boats mustered on the River Thames. It was one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river. Those Brits love their pomp and circumstance (and we dig it too!)

Kate wore a simple red dress with a matching headpiece and beige pumps. The ensemble was conservative yet attractive. We su...
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Kylie Minogue Challenges Pippa Middleton To A 'Battle Of The Butts'

June 1st, 2012 11:40am EDT
Kylie Minogue
Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue has thrown down the gauntlet to Pippa Middleton, challenging her to a 'battle of the butts' at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

The singer rejuvenated her career in 2000 when she flashed her backside while gyrating in a pair of skimpy gold hot pants in the video for her track Spinning Around.

The film caused a sensation and led to Minogue regularly topping light-hearted 'best butt' lists ever since - but she faces fierce competition from Middleton, who caused an online storm with her shapely posterior at her sister Catherine's marriage to Britain's Pri...
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Kate Middleton Makes First Solo Public Appearances While Prince William Is Away

March 4th, 2012 9:00am EST
Kate Middleton
Less than a year since Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge, she's winning hearts – and heartfelt admiration – as she steps confidently out into the royal spotlight for the first time without Prince William's steady guidance. In this week's issue of PEOPLE, Kate makes her first solo royal appearances, where she charms and impresses, proving to be a bright new jewel in the royal crown. The warm smile; the quick laugh; the steady, connected gaze – this commoner turned princess is showing that she's better than good at her job.

While William serves a six-week stint with the Royal ...
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Emma Thompson To Play Queen Elizabeth II

February 25th, 2012 9:30am EST
Emma THompson
Emma Thompson is set to follow in Helen Mirren's royal footsteps after signing up to play the Queen in a new British TV drama.

The Oscar-winning actress will portray Her Royal Highness in the project, "Walking The Dogs," which is centered around intruder Michael Fagan's infamous meeting with The Queen at her London home, Buckingham Palace, in July, 1982.

Unemployed Fagan, then-31, spent 10 minutes chatting with The Queen in her bedroom after illegally gaining entrance to the palace's private chambers.

He was charged with the theft of a bottle of wine and committed for psychiatric evaluat...
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Helena Bonham Carter Honored With CBE

February 22nd, 2012 11:23am EST
Helena Bonham Carter
The King's Speech star Helena Bonham Carter met real-life royalty on Wednesday as she was honored with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal at Buckingham Palace in London.

The actress played the late Queen Elizabeth in the 2010 movie and she was the guest of honor at her daughter Queen Elizabeth II's royal residence, where she was recognized for her services to drama.

Bonham Carter, who wore a striking Vivienne Westwood tartan dress, was given the award to recognize her career achievements.

Colin Firth, her co-star in The King's Speech, received the same honor la...
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Victoria Beckham Says Rumored Spice Girls Reunion Won't Happen This Year

February 19th, 2012 8:30pm EST
Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham has confirmed a proposed Spice Girls reunion this year "isn't going to happen" because the singers are too busy.

Reports suggested the pop group would be reforming to perform at a concert in London this summer as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Beckham has revealed they were approached to play at the gig alongside stars including Paul McCartney and Elton John, but they were unable to accept.

She tells Britain's Sunday Mirror, "The thing with the Spice Girls is it was so flattering to be asked to do the Jubilee. But we have lots on our plates an...
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Colin Firth Lands CBE Honor

January 26th, 2012 11:24am EST
Colin Firth
The King's Speech star Colin Firth came face-to-face with a real-life prince on Thursday as he was honored with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal at Buckingham Palace in London.

The actor was the guest of honor at Queen Elizabeth II's royal residence, where he was recognized for his services to drama.

He was given the award by the monarch's son, Charles, Prince of Wales.

Firth was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife Livia, who had earlier 'tweeted' a picture of the couple in their smart clothes ahead of the prize giving.

And in a post on her blog for Vog...
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Body Of 17-Year-Old Girl Found At Queen Elizabeth's Norfolk Estate Proving To Be A Royal Murder Mystery

January 15th, 2012 9:00am EST
People Magazine
As the Windsor clan enjoyed Christmas holiday at their country estate, a 17-year-old girl was found slain on the property. How did she get there? This week's issue of PEOPLE magazine examines the Royal mystery at the Queen's beloved Sandringham retreat as police race to find answers in the brutal killing. Just yards away from where Queen Elizabeth, flanked by her trusty black Labradors, stalked pheasant and partridge with her party, there was prey of a ghastly sort: the decomposing remains of a teen girl. "The body," says Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry, "had been there for some time."

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Helena Bonham Carter To Be Honored By Queen

January 2nd, 2012 11:52am EST
Helena Bonham Carter
Oscar-nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter has been awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire medal (CBE) in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honors list.

The Brit, who portrayed the Queen's mother in The King's Speech, has been recognized for her career achievements and will be presented with the accolade during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London this year.

TV mogul Peter Bazalgette, the producer credited with turning reality show Big Brother into an international phenomenon, is to receive a knighthood, while author Penelope Lively, who won the Booker Prize for 1987'...
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Prince Philip Recovering After Emergency Surgery

December 24th, 2011 2:47pm EST
Prince Philip
British royal Prince Philip is recovering in hospital after undergoing emergency surgery to treat a blocked coronary artery.

Queen Elizabeth II's 90-year-old husband was airlifted by helicopter from Sandringham Palace to Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, England on Friday night after complaining about chest pains.

The Duke of Edinburgh was fitted with a coronary stent during the "minimally invasive" operation.

The Queen, 85, visited the Duke in hospital early on Saturday, accompanied by their daughter Princess Anne, and sons Princes Edward and Andrew.

Prince Charles and his wife, Cam...
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Hugh Jackman & Elle MacPherson Attend Reception Hosted By Queen Eilizabeth II

October 15th, 2011 12:30pm EDT
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman and Elle MacPherson were among the prominent Australians invited to a lavish reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Thursday ahead of her trip Down Under.

The British monarch is set to visit the country, of which she is head of state, next week, and she invited 350 members of Australia's high society to join her for a celebration at her London residence.

Jackman was one of the first guests to chat to the queen at the party, and he is adamant his fellow countrymen will be thrilled she is making her 16th trip Down Under, despite some citizens calling for...
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Emma Thompson Hosts Human Rights Charity Auction

October 4th, 2011 11:48am EDT
Emma Thompson
Actress Emma Thompson turned auctioneer on Monday night to help raise $48,000 for a British human rights charity.

The Nanny McPhee star is an enthusiastic supporter of the Helen Bamber Foundation, an organization which helps rebuild the lives of survivors of human rights violations.

She was the star guest at its fundraising bash in London and headed up the evening's auction, which included an Andy Warhol painting of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Before the sale, Thompson encouraged guests including British actress Emilia Fox to "buy something fabulous" to benefit the charity.
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PETA Takes Aim At Britain's Royal Couple

September 23rd, 2011 11:27am EDT
Prince William
Officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have taken aim at Britain's Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge as part of a campaign against bird shooting.

Reports suggest Prince William recently gifted his brother, Prince Harry, with a number of pheasants, ducks and partridges for a shoot at Queen Elizabeth II's estate in Sandringham, England in honor of the young royal's 27th birthday.

PETA bosses are outraged by the suggestion and have written to Prince William's wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in a bid to put an end to the bloodsport.

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk...
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Henry Winkler Receives His Order Of The British Empire Medal

September 15th, 2011 8:49am EDT
Henry Winkler
Happy Days legend Henry Winkler picked up an honorary Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal at the U.K. embassy in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

The actor, who played cool dude the Fonz in the beloved U.S. sitcom, was handed the medal in recognition of his work for U.K. children's charities, specifically with kids who have dyslexia.

British ambassador Nigel Sheinwald presented the OBE to Winkler during a ceremony at the embassy.

Winkler says, "I am overwhelmed to have had my work recognized in this manner, and hope to continue showing children that no matter how they learn, they ha...
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Ewan McGregor Signs Up For Charity Yacht Race

August 5th, 2011 12:24pm EDT
Ewan McGregor
Actor Ewan McGregor is hitting the high seas off the coast of Britain to compete in a sailing race for charity.

The Trainspotting star will hop onboard a yacht with British sailor Alex Thomson for the 50-mile high speed sprint around England's Isle of Wight.

The first place team will take home $16,000 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 mone...
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Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Thrill Canadians On Their National Day

July 2nd, 2011 4:30pm EDT
Kate Middleton
Visiting royals the Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge helped Canadians celebrate their national day in Ottawa on Friday as hundreds of thousands of locals took to the streets to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds.

The couple was welcomed to Parliament Hill on Canada Day by the country's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. Prince William and his wife arrived in style in an open-top carriage, waving at well-wishers - much like they did as they left Westminster Abbey in London after their wedding ceremony in April. The couple is on its first official overseas tour.

Marking Canada's 144th birthday, th...
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Morrissey Attacks The Queen Again

June 19th, 2011 11:31am EDT
Morrissey
Rocker Morrissey has tarnished The Queen's ongoing 85th birthday celebrations by launching a fresh attack on the sovereign.

The anti-royalist The Queen is Dead singer has dubbed Elizabeth II "the ultimate dictator" in a new British newspaper interview.

And he warns his fellow Brits not to be fooled into thinking she's a lovely grandma, adding, "She would not hesitate to turn her tanks on the British people."

Morrissey tells the Telegraph, "The royal family, to me, are not England, and they are not the flag. So, therefore people can become misguided into believing that the Queen is the he...
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Paul McCartney Wants Ringo Starr To Be Knighted

June 17th, 2011 12:33pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney has expressed his disappointment after his Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr failed to land a knighthood this year; because "it's about time" his friend received the honor.

McCartney received the title from Queen Elizabeth II in 1997, while Starr - real name Richard Starkey - is still waiting for the privilege.

The Queen's Birthday Honors List was announced earlier this month and included a knighthood for veteran entertainer Bruce Forsyth, but Starr was left out - and McCartney is adamant his pal has waited long enough for the honor.

In an interview with Britain's Absolute R...
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Tom Hanks Dishes About His Dinner With Queen Elizabeth & President Obama

June 12th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks was in for a shock when he turned out for dinner with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, because the event was so "informal."

The star and his actress wife Rita Wilson were thrilled when they were invited to a white-tie dinner at the monarch's London residence alongside President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle.

Hanks received etiquette tips for interacting with the royals and wore his finest tuxedo for the event - but he was surprised by how relaxed the evening turned out to be.

He tells British talk show host Graham Norton, "I was with The Queen and the P...
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Kate Middleton Outshines The Queen At Birthday Celebration

June 12th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Kate Middleton
All eyes were on Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, at the Trooping the Colour. The Trooping the Colour is the official birthday parade for the Queen.

As usual, Kate looked elegant in a white dess paired with a fancy black hat. And although the event honored the Queen's 85th birthday, many royal watchers attended to catch a glimpse of Kate.

Earlier this week Prince William and Kate went to the 10th annual charity dinner for Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), making their first appearance as a married couple. The extravagant affair raised over $28 million for charity.
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Prince Philip Receives New Title To Mark 90th Birthday

June 11th, 2011 11:30am EDT
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II has bestowed a new title on her husband Prince Philip to mark his 90th birthday and recognize his years of service in the British navy.

The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated the age milestone on Friday and the monarch made sure the occasion would be a memorable one by naming the birthday boy Lord High Admiral, formally placing him as the head of the Royal Navy.

However, the title is only in name and he will not hold any authority over the U.K.'s naval force.

The Duke served his country during World War II and stepped down from his duties in 1952, when Elizabeth took over th...
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Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding Dress To Go On Display

June 7th, 2011 8:13am EDT
Kate Middleton
Fans of Britain's royal family will be able to get a close-up glimpse of Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge's wedding dress when it is exhibited at Buckingham Palace in July.

Over two billion people around the world watched Prince William marry his bride on April 29th, and were left in awe of her traditional white gown designed by Alexander McQueen's protégée Sarah Burton.

Fashion and royal followers alike will now be able to appreciate the design when it goes on display at Queen Elizabeth II's London residence in the U.K. capital from July 23rd until October 3rd.

The dress will be on vi...
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Johnny Depp Has Royal Blood

May 17th, 2011 9:14am EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp has royal blood, according to a British genealogist.

Family tree expert Nick Barratt has uncovered a centuries-old bloodline that could link the "Pirates of Caribbean" star to Queen Elizabeth II.

The star and the monarch share the same great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great-grandfather, according to Barratt.

He tells the Sunday Mirror newspaper, "You have to go back more than 500 years to reach the point where his ancestors become royal...I believe the balance of probability is that t...
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