Charles and his wife, Camilla, joined transit officials and commuters to mark the 150th anniversary of the Underground, the world’s first subway system. (AFP PHOTO / CHRIS JACKSON/POOLChris Jackson/AFP/Getty Images)
Following in the footsteps of his son William and the Prince’s new wife Kate Middleton, who toured Canada in the Summer, Charles and Camilla are expected to arrive in May as part of a series of global tours by members of Britain’s royal family to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
The royal travel plans were announced Wednesday by Buckingham Palace.
“Members of the royal family will travel overseas representing the Queen throughout the Diamond Jubilee year, visiting every Realm as well as undertaking visits to Commonwealth countries, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories,” a palace spokesman said in a statement. (Photo: Chris Jackson/WPA/Getty Images)
Photos of the day Prince Charles takes part in a chapauringe dance in Stone Town Old Fort, Nov. 8, 2011 in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a four day tour of Tanzania. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
But the picture and story — which speculates Diana would have twice remarried, used Botox and been slightly jealous of her new daughterin-law, Kate Middleton — provoked mostly howls of disgust as copies of the magazine appeared on newsstands across North America the same week Prince William and his new bride begin an official visit to Canada and the United States.
“Shocking, brilliant or just plain cheap?” asked the Los Angeles Times.
News blog Mediaite.com called it “disrespectful on so many levels,” while The Atlantic Wire ran the headline “How Creepy is Princess Diana’s Ghost?” (Courtesy of Newsweek/Reuters)
A combo picture shows Britain’s Prince Charles kissing Diana, Princess of Wales during their wedding in London on July 29, 1981 and (up) Britain’s Prince William kissing his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011, in London. (AFP/Getty Images)
London celebrates as Will and Kate are married Cool, gray skies gave way to the soaring columns of Westminster Abbey’s gothic vault, as Prince William and Kate Middleton were joined in holy matrimony before 1,900 guests and a captive global audience ogling the interlude of romance
Look familiar? A combo image showing the 1981 wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles and an image showing Kate Middleton standing at the alter with her husband-to-be, Prince William. Photo credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images
Our live coverage Join the Post’s fascinator-clad team of editors and reporters offers up a regal assortment of royal wedding live commentary, photos, ceremonial play-by-play and reaction from London and beyond.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrive at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding.
Our live coverage of the Royal Wedding Join the Post’s fascinator-clad team of editors and reporters offers up a regal assortment of royal wedding live commentary, photos, ceremonial play-by-play and reaction from London and beyond.
The live coverage Can’t make it to London for Will and Kate’s big day? Let the Post bring the Royal Wedding to you, but without all the soggy bits (unless you live in Vancouver). Our live coverage starts at 5 a.m. ET and continues until the end of the ceremony. http://natpo.st/h9ymoZ The procession We have created an interactive graphic of the wedding procession route. which is probably the most comprehensive Royal-related interactive graphic you have ever laid your eyes on. We break down the seating plan, vehicles, how the procession works, and more. http://natpo.st/kEYC1C The dress Kate Middleton’s dress has been kept under wraps until the big day, to it remains a surprise for William. But we are going to go out on a limb and guess that it will be white. The Post‘s Nathalie Atkinson on what to expect: http://natpo.st/mw1Lx6
Long live the monarchy Barbara Kay: In modern democracies we tend to forget that monarchies have been the norm since time immemorial, and the younger Republican nations are the exceptions. All tribalistic people striving to bond as distinct, purposeful entities yearn for an anointed figurehead (“Give Us a King!” 1 Samuel 8:1-22). After centuries, you cannot separate the ancestral dancers from the historical dance.
A billion people watched Charles and Diana marry, the overwhelming majority of them non-Britons. Now Kate Middleton will soon be the most talked-about woman in the world. According to a study by the Texas-based Global Language Monitor, when all Internet, social media, print and other citations are compiled, “Kate Middleton is set to eclipse Princess Di as the media star of the royal family.”
Photos of the Day, March 30, 2011 Spain’s Princess Letizia (L) looks on as a member of the honour guard is assisted after passing out during a parade before the arrival of Britain’s Prince Charles at the Pardo Palace outside Madrid, March 30, 2011. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Spain for an official visit. (REUTERS/Andrea Comas)