07/25/2012

No rest for Queen even as Diamond Jubilee tour ends

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Queen Elizabeth is greeted by the locals on the Isle of Wight on Wednesday in Cowes, England. It was the final stop on the Diamond Jubilee tour for the monarch and Prince Philip. (Getty Images)

Officially, the Diamond Jubilee tour is at an end, but the Queen's marathon travels are far from over.

The Queen, looking very peachy in her Stewart Pavin outfit, started the day with a 21-gun salute on the Isle of Wight and wound it up by presenting prizes at a farm show in New Forest.

The monarch began the celebrations of her 60 years on the throne in March, undertaking to visit every region of the UK while some of the younger clan travelled to other parts of the Commonwealth. Since then, she has tallied 83 public engagements and now steps aside as the Olympics gets the lion's share of the spotlight the next several weeks.

Orbit towerBut, even at 86 years old, she can probably show the Games athletes a thing or two about stamina. On Friday, she will officially open the Games, then she and Prince Philip will take in some swimming heats at Olympic Park.

Their Saturday schedule includes a visit to the athletes' village to do a little morale boosting with Team Great Britain. The high point, literally, will be a visit to the Orbit Tower in Olympic Park (right). The 115-metre tall structure has been billed as London's answer to the Paris's Eiffel Tower, but that comparison hardly seems justified.

The tower, designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, cost $36.5 million and sits beside the main Olympic stadium. To some, looks like a rollercoaster. To others, it is art. To others, a head-scratching puzzle. It was also nominated for the Carbuncle Cup, an annual UK award for worst architecture.

Nevertheless, at the top, visitors get a 32-kilometre view of the English landscape on a nice day. The Queen, Prince Philip and their daughter Princess Anne will be taking it all in along with London mayor Boris Johnson.

If that's not enough to take in for the day, the Queen will then head to London City Airport to help mark its 25th anniversary. Measured against the Queen's 60 years, perhaps it's the airport that should be honouring the Queen.

And speaking of the Diamond Jubilee....

Isle
Queen Elizabeth greets some of the staff at the Cowes Lifeboat Station during her Diamond Jubilee visit to the Isle of Wight on Wednesday. (Getty Images)

KATE AND WILLIAM ON THE MOVE

 

HatsThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge do their bit for the international legs of the Diamond Jubilee with a South Seas tour, their first major excursion on behalf of the Queen since visiting Canada and the U.S. last summer.

St. James's Palace announced the tour details Wednesday. It starts with two days in Singapore Sept. 11-13, then a few days in Malaysia. Prince William and Kate will spend two more days in the Solomon Islands, followed by a trip to Tuvalu, before heading home Sept. 19.

The last time the Queen was in the region was 1982, when she and Prince Philip were carried by canoe on the shoulders of Tuvalu natives.

BIEBER BELIEVES ... WHAT ABOUT YOU, WILL?

One great advantage to celebrity is that people listen to you. It's also one of the bad things.

JustinAs if ruling the teenage girl world wasn't enough, Canada's own Justin Bieber couldn't resist offering Prince William some words of advice.

No, it wasn't about his novice dance moves, or even his singing. It was all about his receding hairline. The question came from Rollacoaster magazine, who wanted to know if the 18-year-old superstar ever worried about losing his golden locks, much as the 30-year-old prince has over the last several years.

"I mean, there are things to prevent that nowadays, like Propecia,” Bieber is quoted. “I don’t know why he doesn’t just get those things, those products.

“You just take Propecia and your hair grows back. Have you not got it over here?”

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