Queen’s Jubilee Emblem Revealed
The children’s program Blue Peter recently ran a nationwide contest in collaboration with Buckingham Palace. Children across the U.K., divided into three different age categories, were asked to design a logo for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Katherine Dewar, 10, won the competition and will see her design on commemorative items for the event in 2012. Katherine, along with the top 30 artists, get to attend a special tea party at Buckingham Palace next month.
Prince William’s ex-aunt Sarah Ferguson will not be attending the Royal wedding this April.
Sarah’s financial fracas last year probably didn’t help matters – the Duchess was caught by an undercover reporter offering access to her former husband, Prince Andrew, for £500,000. She would more than likely sell herself as a television commentator on the wedding, a situation the Queen would probably like to avoid.
Sarah was once close to William’s mother, Diana, but the two were estranged at the time of the Princess of Wales’ death in 1997. Like Diana, Sarah was divorced from a son of the Queen and stripped of her HRH title, left to make her own way in the world. Sarah impressed everyone, however, when she wiped her debts clean and made a genuinely new start for herself in America. Soon, the smart financial moves were canceled out by foolish greed and excess. Worst of all, Sarah lived with a staff, a chauffeur-driven car, and flew around the world for posh parties as if the money troubles didn’t exist.
Sarah’s daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, William’s first cousins, will be attending the nuptials.
Princess Michael Asks For TV Version of Her Book
Princess Michael hopes to see her book, The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King, become a hit television series.
Princess Michael of Kent told the Telegraph‘s Mandrake that she has asked Lord Julian Fellowes to turn her novel into a television series. Fellowes’ wife, Emma, is the Princess’ lady-in-waiting.
“I have written an outline and I am hoping Julian will write it. His wife has been my chief lady-in-waiting for 25 years, so no pressure,” she joked.
Lady Gabriella Begins Her Oxford PhD
Another member of the Kent family is also busy – working on her Ph.D.
Lady Gabriella Windsor, the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael, will attend Oxford to complete her Ph.D. in anthropology.
Gabriella graduated from Brown University in 2005, after which she took up a career as a freelance writer for publications such as Tatler and The Sunday Telegraph.