Natives go native for Prince Charles while strip show courts Harry
The Royal merry-go-round makes several stops this day:
1. Prince Charles and Camilla landed in Papua New Guinea on Saturday and were immediately welcomed with garlands presented by a native teen wearing only a leaf skirt and a headdress. The grinning royals -- fully clothed -- looked none the worse for wear after 19 hours of flying and it was quite obvious the locals were in a party mood at their arrival.
The arrival went off without a hitch -- complete with native dancing and a 21-gun salute -- despite warnings of demonstrations by local landowners who claim they are still owed $2.1 million for the land on which the airport sits. This is Charles' fourth visit to Papua New Guinea and a first for Camilla. The language of PNG is Pidgin English, in which Charles is known as the Queen's "pikinini."
Charles and Camilla will spend three days touring Papua New Guinea, followed by stops in Australia and New Zealand on the two-week Diamond Jubilee tour.
2. Prince Harry has been offered $160,000 to appear on stage in Las Vegas and introduce "Shades of Temptation, an elaborate striptease production with plenty of skin. The money would go to one of Harry's charities. Given that Harry has already tasted plenty of Sin City strip parties, this is not an altogether bad idea.
"Prince Harry proved he was the ultimate playboy this summer and I thought, 'Who else would be better for a lead role?'" producer David King told the UK's Sun. "Cheekily, I wrote off to the Palace to invite him on stage. This a serious offer."
We're pretty sure the Palace will just as seriously turn it down. Besides, Harry's isn't about to get vacation time from his Afghanistan military tour.
3. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge has apparently started horseriding lessons, even though the animals trigger an allergy for her. She first revealed her wish to ride a few weeks ago in a conversation with Paralympic equestrian Lee Pearson (right) during a reception at Buckingham Palace.
This week, OK! magazine is quotes a source who confirms her determination to join in the equine adventures of husband William and the rest of the Royal Family.
''William has always wanted her to ride with him," said the source. "Horses are a big part of his life. He grew up watching his mother Princess Diana ride and he learned very young. He even had a pony of his own since before he could even ride.
''He would love to share his love of horses and horseback riding with Kate and she really wants to make him happy.''
4. The royals have been pretty good at picking up on the power of the web and social media. True, the tweets can be pretty mundane, but they're trying. You'll find them on Facebook and Flickr, as well the general royal portal. They have seemed to grasp the idea of pictures, pictures and more pictures, as evidenced by the re-launch this week of Prince Charles' website, which is also home to William and Harry online. One of the new sections (Life in pictures) contains some of Charles' watercolour paintings, a passion "for most of his adult life." Lithographs are sold with proceeds going to The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation.
He probably won't have much time for painting over the next few weeks. We leave you with a few more photos of the start of his Papua New Guinea visit:
Prince Charles inspects a guard of honour as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall looks on at Jackson's international airport on the first leg of a Diamond Jubilee Tour taking Papua New Guinea. (Getty Images)
Prince Charles of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are presented with honours as they arrive in Port Moresby. Charles was given the insignia of a Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu while Camilla was presented with the insignia of a Companion of the Order of the Star of Melanesia. (Getty Images)