03/23/2012

Push is on to rename Big Ben tower after the Queen

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The Clock Tower, with its Big Ben bell, is an iconic symbol of Britain's Houses of Parliament. There is a proposal to change the name to Elizabeth Tower. (Shutterstock)

Some British politicians are hoping to give Queen Elizabeth a gift no one will ever forget -- renaming the tower that houses the famous Big Ben bell after her.

QueenThere are 23 MPs from the Conservative party who on Friday signed a motion requesting that the east tower that dominates the Houses of Parliament be called Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The west tower, by the way, is named after Queen Victoria, the only other monarch who have served 60 years on the throne.

The tower which houses the world famous Big Ben bell is called the Clock Tower and was completed in 1859. Big Ben is the largest of five bells in the tower.

The Queen herself is mum on the issue as she continues her tour around the UK. She was n Manchester on Friday (right).

Republicans immediately called the proposed change "profoundly inappropriate."

"The idea that you're going to turn a major feature of our parliament into a tribute to an unelected, unaccountable head of state completely stands against absolutely everything that democracy's about. It's absolutely obscene," said Graham Smith, a spokesman for the Republic pressure group.

MP Tobias Ellwood is leading the charge to honour the monarch with the name change.

"I can’t think of a greater tribute for Parliament to bestow on Her Majesty than the naming of such a landmark as the Clock Tower," he said. "If we get the support I hope we will, I would like to see a formal announcement or a ceremony taking place on June 2."

The main Diamond Jubilee celebrations take place June 2-5.

Senior politicans from the main parties have endorsed the campaign, which would have to go through the House of Commons Commission for approval.

Big Ben -- which is the nickname of the largest bell in the clock tower -- was reportedly named after Sir Benjamin Hall, but there are others who claim the name came from Ben Caunt, a champion English boxer from the mid-1800s.

Meanwhile, the Queen stayed far away from the debate as she and Prince Philip visited Manchester to open some new hospitals and visit the BBC's MediaCityUK complex. Hundreds of people waving British flags greeted the couple as they arrived.

Next Thursday, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour continues with stops in the London districts of Redbridge, Walthamstow and Harrow.

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Queen Elizabeth visits the BBC sport offices at MediaCity in Salford, Greater Manchester on Friday. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh opened hospitals and toured the new BBC building at MediaCityUK as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour. (Getty Images)

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Queen Elizabeth arrives to open Central Manchester City Hospitals in Manchester.
Definitely in the pink health-wise, the 85-year-old Queen wore a strawberry pink linen dress by Angela Kelly, with a matching wool coat with a ruby diamond fan brooch. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Queen Elizabeth greets some of her fans as she visits MediaCityUK to tour the new BBC studios on Friday. (AFP/Getty Images)

03/22/2012

Prince Charles hoops dream is a nightmare

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Prince Charles has his eye on the target as he tries his hand at baskeball at the Fryshuset Youth Centre in Stockholm on Thursday. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Okay, lets not laugh.

It is quite obvious from these pictures that Prince Charles is not a hardcourt wizard. But then there are many of us who would look pretty silly trying to play polo, which Charles used to be pretty good at.

Still, this is instructive to royals everywhere. Take this advice: Do not attempt a sport that is obviously foreign to you ... especially in a suit and tie. And in front of cameras.

The good-humoured Prince, who obviously knows better, didn't seem to mind imitating a court jester as he visited the Fryshuset Youth Centre in Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday. You would think someone would have at least lent him a pair of Nike's or Puma's. Well, on second thought, that may have looked even dumber.

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Charles bball4According to reports, the play-by-play went something like this:

The players hand Charles the ball and point out the basket. "Do you really want me to do that? I'm too short to do that," said the 5-foot-11 royal.

After three awkward bounces, he brought the ball up, took aim... and missed. Here was his fatal mistake: He asked "Am I allowed to have another go?"

Shot No. 2 misses the mark as well. "Nearly," the Prince said encouragingly.

Then he was advised that perhaps a little jump in his step would help. It didn't. Try No. 3 bounced harmlessly off the backboard. "I tried hard at that," he said.

Yes, he did. But Charles would be wise to stick to shaking hands and waving.

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Prince Charles has a laugh with the guys who take their basketball a little more seriously at the Fryshuset Youth Centre. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Royal butler wanted: Long hours, low pay and sealed lips

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If you fancy living in a big house and picking up after royals, there's a job for you.

Delivering newspapers, carrying trays, digging through closets and carting luggage at all hours of the day may not sound like much of a job, but, for some at least, doing it in a palace makes it a priceless experience.

Heck, better than priceless … about $23,000 a year.

The Queen is looking for a ‘trainee butler’ who will be based at Buckingham Palace, but will also served other royal residences around the UK and even go on the odd overseas tour.

It’s 45 hours a week, but, the posting warns, additional hours may be required “owing to the nature of the role.”

That role includes:

-- clearing and serving meals

-- valeting for the Royal Family and their guests

-- delivering tea/coffee trays, breakfast trays and newspapers.

-- deliver messages.

The ideal trainee will also “possess a friendly, polite and approachable disposition with the ability to maintain confidentiality.”

In the less-royal world, this is the go-fer job, and starting right at the bottom of the Royal Household, which has about 1,200 staff across departments ranging from dishwashers to horse trainers to furniture restorers.

The advantages of the butler job is that is comes with accommodation and a pension. And although royal work is traditionally low-paying, being able to put it on your resume carries weight in the private sector. (What employer doesn’t want to brag that Jinks waited on the Queen before you rescued him?)

PARTY TIME

JubileeIf you thought the Kate and William’s royal wedding was full of pomp and circumstance, wait till you get a load of the Diamond Jubliee celebrations.

Although the Queen’s 60th year on the throne is being marked throughout the year, the vortex of it all is June 2-5. It should easily surpass the 2002 Golden Jubilee show (right).

The details of the climax of those four days were released Thursday.

June 5, a Tuesday, will start on a solemn note, with a church service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral that will feature trumpeters of the Household Calvalry, the Welsh guards and RAF.

A reception at for about 700 follows, then begins the carriage procession through the streets to Buckingham Palace. The Queen and Prince Philip, an a 1902 state landau, will be joined along the route by Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate, and Prince Harry. For Will and Kate, it’s their first royal carriage ride since their wedding.

All the Royal Family will be back on the Palace balcony for lots of waving and a flypast.

The Jubilee weekend will also include a thousand-boat flotilla down the Thames on Sunday and a concert – featuring Paul McCartney and Elton John – in front of Buckingham Palace on Monday.

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The 1902 State Landau carriage will be carry Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip through London streets to Buckingham Palace for Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It's the same carriage that Will and Kate used for the royal wedding last year. (Getty Images)

03/21/2012

Charles and Camilla roughing it in Norwegian woods

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Sonja of Norway, centre, visit Granebo Outdoor Nursery School on Wednesday in Oslo, Norway. (Getty Images)

No one said royal tours were glamourous. Or dry.

Charles axe1Prince Charles and Camilla learned what royal roughing-it is all about in Norway on Wednesday, the second day of their tour of Scandinavia.

It would have been smart, of course, for the Prince and Duchess of Cornwall to wear proper attire for this leg of the trip as they tramped through forests and across fjords. But they must keep up appearances, mustn't they? So the suit remained, even as Charles got a lesson in chopping wood (right).

And Camilla had little defence against the rain. While Norway's Queen Sonja braced herself against the elements with a sou'wester, Camilla hunkered under a transparent umbrella while wearing rain-unfriendly suede and cashmere.

"I wish I had my wet weather gear on," she lamented to one child she met at an outdoor nursery in Bergen, which coincidently is known as the city of rain.

The day's excursions were not a total washout. Camilla leaned how to whittle some wood and picked up on some campfire songs by the children.

Charles axeAside from wielding an axe, Charles the Prince went on board the M/V Brennholm to view some marine research aimed at encouraging sustainable fishing.

The couple then went to Hakonshallen, a medieval hall that Charles had first visited on a visit with the Queen in 1969.

The tour, part of Charles' Diamond Jubilee swing on behalf of his mother the Queen, continues through to Tuesday, making stops in Sweden and Denmark. It started in Oslo on Tuesday, where Charles and Camilla were the guests at a banquet at the Royal Palace.

Charles made all the right remarks diplomatically-speaking, and even got his share of laughs.

After acknowledging his "darling wife" on the tour, he expressed gratitude in the wake of his son Harry's visit there last spring.

"Thinking of the ties between our two countries, I cannot thank you enough for ensuring my younger son did not contract frostbite -- or lose any vital appendages -- while he was in Svalbard exactly a year ago, making a television programme about wounded British servicemen walking to the North Pole.

"You were also kind enough to deliver him back to us in time to perform his best man duties at my elder son's wedding."

Charles then recalled his first first visit to Norway in 1969 when he and his sister Princess Anne accompanied their parents on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

"It was then that I discovered three memorable and endearing things about the Norwegians," Charles said. "First of all, that virtually every house seemed to fly the Norwegian flag, secondly, that our anthems are exactly the same, and thirdly, that Norwegians tend to stay up all night during the summer."

It will be a busy year for Charles and Camilla for the Diamond Jubilee. Their next major tour will be in May when they visit Canada, hitting New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Prince William has a palace reunion with Kate

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Prince William is an RAF co-pilot in Sea King helicopters in Anglesey, Wales. (AP)

Prince William is back on home turf.

The Duke of Cambridge landed in Oxfordshire in the UK on Wednesday morning after six weeks of duty in the Falkland Islands, where he was part of an RAF helicopter search-and-rescue crew.

KateThe Duchess of Cambridge reportedly was at the base to meet him when he touched down at 4 a.m. The couple then drove to their Kensington Palace residence.

"He has returned from a standard operational deployment," a Ministry of Defence said. "He will now be on leave for a few days and then he will return to work."

William had been in the Falklands since Feb. 2, sparking a flurry of outraged comments from Argentina, which has had a long-time fight with Britain over the sovereignty of the South Atlantic territory.

Despite the war of words, the Duke’s time in the Falklands passed rather uneventfully, with only rare sightings of the second in line to the throne.

After reacquainting himself with Kate and the rest of his family, he will return to his RAF base in Wales. It will be a while before he can catch up with his father Prince Charles, who is on a Diamond Jubilee tour with Camilla through Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

While William has been away, his wife has picked up the royal torch nicely, attending several royal engagements alone and with the Royal Family. She cleared one of her biggest hurdles on Monday when she made her first public speech at the opening of a children’s hospice.

Her growing stature as a solo act has been applauded, though she clearly missed the company of William, admitting that she missed him “terribly.” The couple will be celebrating their first anniversary next month.

Despite his absence, William still made a impromptu appearances via his brother Harry, who put on a "William" mask while taking part in a fun run in Rio De Janeiro (below).

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03/20/2012

Queen puts country first in historic Jubilee address to Parliament

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Queen Elizabeth II stands in Westminster Hall to address both Houses of Parliament as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh looks on Tuesday in London. (Getty Images)

Like any good grandmother, Queen Elizabeth likes to remind people of old-fashioned values every now and then.

Thus, the words she spoke to Britain’s Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall on Tuesday had a familiar, but still resounding, ring to them.

In a six-minute address to mark her Diamond Jubilee, she reminded her countrymen of that they have the virtues of  “resilience, ingenuity and tolerance,” while at the same time echoing her own vow to “rededicate myself to the service of our great country.”

She didn’t leave out Prince Philip, either, who sat beside her for the formal ceremony at the thousand-year-old hall.

“During these years as your Queen, the support of my family has, across the generations, been beyond measure. Prince Philip is, I believe, well-known for declining compliments of any kind. But throughout he has been a constant strength and guide,” said the 85-year-old monarch of her 90-year-old husband.

Queen glassOf course, she couldn't help noting, with some mischief, her own longevity -- "At the last count I have had the pleasurable duty of treating with 12 Prime Ministers."

Among the audience for the Queen’s sixth address to both Houses in her 60 years as monarch (her last one was for her Golden  Jubilee in 2002) was Prime Minister David Cameron, former premiers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams.

Not forgetting Canada and the rest of the Commonwealth, the Queen stressed the importance of the royal tours that are currently underway. Prince Harry just returned from a seven-day trip and Prince Charles and Camilla, who embarked on a Scandinavian tour Tuesday, will be in Canada in May.

“These overseas tours are a reminder of our close affinity with the Commonwealth, encompassing about one-third of the world's population,” she said.
“My own association with the Commonwealth has taught me that the most important contact between nations is usually contact between its peoples.

“An organization dedicated to certain values, the Commonwealth has flourished and grown by successfully promoting and protecting that contact.”

The audience gave her a standing ovation after the speech.

As a gift to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, Parliament commissioned a Diamond Jubilee stained glass window that was unveiled after her speech (above photo).

Remarked the Queen: "Should this beautiful window cause just a little extra colour to shine down on this ancient place, I should gladly settle for that."

The window, paid for by members of both Houses and designed by British artist John Reyntiens, will be installed above the North Door of Westminster Hall later this year.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip sit in Westminster Hall after addressing both Houses of Parliament on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

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Queen Elizabeth waves after giving a speech in response to Loyal Addresses marking her Diamond Jubilee presented to her from both Houses of Parliament at Westminster Hall. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Queen Elizabeth speaks with guests following her address to party leaders, MPs and dignitaries from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. (Getty Images)

03/19/2012

Kate passes test with first public speech

 

There's a first time for everything, and usually a strong case of nerves to go along with it.

That goes for royalty, too.

Kate arriveShe may be called the Duchess of Cambridge, but it was Kate Middleton who had to make a speech in front of a large crowd on Monday, made even larger by the huge media interest in her first engagement that required public speaking.

The occasion was the opening of The Treehouse, a hospice built for $4.7 million and run by East Anglia's Children's Hospices in Ipswich, England.

Kate, who was greeted by about 600 fans waving British flags, spoke slowly, often glancing down at her notes, and kept to the two-and-a-half minute script. Aides stressed that she wrote it herself.

"You have all made me feel so welcome and I feel hugely honoured to be here to see this wonderful centre," she told the audience.

"I am only sorry that William can't be here today; he would love it here. A view of his -- that I share -- is that through teamwork, so much can be achieved. What you have all achieved here is extraordinary. You as a community have built the Treehouse; a group of people who have made every effort to support and help each other."

She recounted a visit she made to another of the charity's hospices in Milton. "I had a pre-conceived idea as to what to expect," she said. "Far from being a clinical, depressing place for sick children, it was a home. Most importantly, it was a family home, a happy place of stability, support and care. It was a place of fun."

Carole dressShe went on to praise the staff of The Treehouse, which she described as "a lifeline" for families. "The feelings you inspire -- feelings of love and of hope -- offer a chance to families to live a life they never thought could be possible."

Kate wore a blue Reiss 'Trina' dress ($215) for her appearance, the same as the one worn by her mother Carole to Ascot in 2010 (right). So, who is borrowing from whom? The general concensus is that Kate bought the dress in 2008 and lent it to her mother for her day at Ascot in 2010.

Six-year-old Tilly Jennings, who was born with a rare heart condition, presented flowers to the Duchess, along with Bethany Woods, who has muscular dystrophy.

The short speech was met with loud applause, followed by a tour of the facilities and meeting with children who have received care there. The visit to the EACH hospice completes the Duchess's swing through her four royal patronages. Previously, she had made visits with the National Portrait Gallery, The Art Room and Action on Addiction. She is also a volunteer for the Scouts.

For this stop, Kate has probably earned a merit badge for finally putting a public voice to the face. At a reception, she reportedly told one guest: "I find doing speeches nerve wracking."

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Tilly Jennings has a chat with Kate after presenting her with flowers at The Treehouse hospice on Monday. (Getty Images)

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The Duchess of Cambridge manages to get around the handicap of high heels and a dress to plant a tree after opening a children's hospice  in Ipswich on Monday. (Reuters)

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Kate meets Bethany Woods in a music class during a visit to The Treehouse. (AFP/Getty Images)

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The Duchess of Cambridge helps out Marnie Jennings during art class at The Treehouse. (Getty Images)

03/18/2012

Baby talk heats up for William and Kate

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Catherine, Duchess  of Cambridge presents 'shamrocks' to the Irish Guards as she takes part in a St. Patrick's Day parade at Aldershot Barracks. (Getty Images)

By all reports, Prince William is about to return home in a few days from his six-week duty on the Falkland Islands.

That can mean only one thing -- talk about a royal pregnancy can heat up again.

141478575Not one to waste a moment, the Sunday Mirror has been quick off the mark, with “friends” saying the Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are ready to start their family while still being able to offer the child a few years in the relative obscurity of their home on the Isle of Angeley.

“Anglesey is perfect for them,” said the source. “The neighbours are welcoming and protective, the farmhouse where they live has the best security, and they love the area. The plan is to start ­trying after he comes back.”

To underscore the urgency of all this, it is pointed out that most British royals start families within the first year of marriage and the deadline for this couple’s one-year mark is just six weeks away.

Then again, this is also the Queen’s Jubilee year and William and Kate are due to for a royal tour of Malaysia, Singapore, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands in September. Going through the rigours of that exercise in your second trimester would perhaps be asking a bit much.

Nevertheless, that is unlikely to stop the rumour mill.

Perhaps some of those shamrocks Kate was handing out of the weekend might help (along with a sip or two of Bristol Creme, above).

The Duchess, proving to be well equipped to handle solo engagements, continued a 112-year-old royal tradition with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in Aldershot.

On Monday, the 30-year-old Kate scores another first for herself in delivering a speech at the East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Ipswich. Word is that her father-in-law, Prince Charles, has been helping with some speech-writing tips.

There will probably be as much attention paid to what she wears, of course, as it seems to be for every occasion when she steps out.

For the Irish Guards on St. Patrick’s Day, the colour, naturally, was green … a Emilia Wickstead dress topped with a $345 hat from Lock & Co. Accessories included a gold brooch worn by the Queen Mother.

Forty officers and warrant officers were presented shamrocks, along with the Guards’ mascot, a 6-year-old Irish wolfhound named Conmeal.

Prince William, meanwhile, should be packing soon after his relatively-quiet tour of duty as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot on the Falklands. He was reportedly spotted doing something of a pub crawl in city of Stanley on Friday evening, a rare outing that was likely his final salute to the tour.

A few ales can’t hurt, either, in steeling himself for the leap back into the royal spotlight.

Move over, Kate.

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Kate presents a 'shamrock' to the regimental mascot Conmeal as she takes part in a St Patrick's Day parade at Aldershot. (Getty Images)

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The Duchess of Cambridge poses for an official photograph with the Irish Guards. (Getty Images)

 

 

03/15/2012

She shoots ... she scores! Kate revives her hockey past

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Catherine, Duchess  of Cambridge plays hockey with the GB hockey teams at the Riverside Arena in the Olympic Park in London March 15, 2012. (Reuters)

No one would suggest that the Duchess of Cambridge is ready for the Toronto Maple Leafs ... well, hold it a minute ... then again, why not?

Kate dressKate showed some good form on Thursday as she grabbed the English equivalent of a hockey stick -- meant for field, not ice -- to demonstrate some long-ago hockey skills and promote the Britain's national team efforts toward the 2012 Olympics. 

Wearing tight jeans, a sweatshirt and adidas running shoes, the Duchess was quick to play down her schoolgirl experience as captain of the Malborough College's field hockey team.

“I was really looking forward to coming here, but now I am here and have discovered I have to play I am not feeling so confident," she told the players as she was handed a stick.

Eyeing the assembled media, she pleaded: “Oh please don't tell me I have to do it in front of all these people! I don't want anyone to watch!”

Later in the afternoon, Kate traded in her sporty attire for a Orla Keily dress (right) as she attended the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London with her in-laws, Prince Charles and Camilla. It marked Kate's official introduction to one of Charles's charities, The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.

One of the most interesting moments came when Kate and Charles were called upon to try their hand at creating artwork with an iron. It was like "being at home," Kate quipped as she eyed the appliance. Charles wasn't quite so sure-handed and after doing his best with it, left the hot iron facedown on the table. Kate quickly stood it up (see picture below).

WilliamjTo start the day, however, Kate was on her own in representing the royals in front of Britain's hockey teams and a regiment of photographers. “Wow, that was no pressure then," she said after enduring the live demonstration of her skills. "I was determined to keep on going until I scored.”

The scene was reminiscent of Prince William taking some shots with a hockey stick last summer in Yellowknife (right). Kate was much more properly attired this time, and, unlike William, she actually scored a goal (on her fourth attempt).

Kate, who an official Olympic Ambassador, said she hadn't played hockey since 2005. “This is going to be so embarrassing," she said before taking up the team's challenge. "My brain thinks I can do all these wonderful things but my body just doesn't play ball."

The pressure to perform was less in the afternoon as Kate joined Charles and Camilla at the picture gallery. It was the young artists who took centre stage there with a special exhibition of their work.

It was Kate's introduction to her father-in-law's charity, which is a natural extention of the Duchess's own charity work with The Art Room.

On Thursday, the royals got a glimpse of the Children & the Arts Face Britain project, a country-wide effort where portraits from children aged 4 to 16 will form an image of the Queen. It will be projected on the front of Buckingham Palace in April and show around the UK on 400 screens.

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The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she meets the British Olympic hockey teams at the Riverside Arena in the Olympic Park, London, on Thursday. (AP)

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Kate waves while Prince Charles takes care of something in his eye on arrival at the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts at the Dulwich Gallery in South London. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Kate and Camilla receive gifts during a visit the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts at the Dulwich Gallery. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Here's something you won't see everyday -- Kate and Charles (especially) ironing. It was all part of the art class at the Dulwich Gallery. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Kate arrives to visit the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts at the Dulwich Gallery in South London on Thursday. (AFP/Getty Images)

 

03/14/2012

Prince Harry: Perfect princess not easy to find

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It's hard to dig deep in the sympathy pocket and come up with any tears for Prince Harry.

On balance, even he admits he's got it pretty good. 

So when he alludes to a love life that is, well, lacking, you've got to raise an eyebrow.

When CBS This Morning asked him whether his life lives up to a fairytale image, he said: "No, not at all, ha ha -- as any girl would ever tell you," he said in an exclusive interview that is being aired in three segments this week (see final part below).

“It’s sort of, ‘Oh my God, he’s a prince’. But no. The job that it entails -- I mean look at me, I’m 27 years old, and not so much searching for someone to fulfil the role, but obviously, you know, finding someone that would be willing to take it on."

He's right, of course, that it takes a special woman to take on the challenge of jumping into the Royal Family fishbowl. Harry's mother, Princess Diana, did not survive. Kate, perhaps because she is a mature 30, is proving to be a much better candidate.

Harry's longtime girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, finally decided this wasn't the life for her, despite its prestige.

Since splitting with her after the royal wedding, Harry's most public romance was with underwear model Florence Brudenell-Bruce. That summer fling out the way, he has generally played the field.

At one event, he announced he was "100 per cent single." Later, sources were quoted as saying that Harry essentially has no time for women since he's concentrating on his military career.

Fair enough, but his telling revelation to CBS suggests he's keeping his eye open.

Well, just to help him out, here's a few potential candidates to fill that void in his life. Perhaps they are not all built for a Windsor life, but they all have enjoyed a princess life, real or imagined.

Charlotte Casiraghi

Charlotte CasiraghiShe has some solid credentials. She's the daughter of Monaco's Princess Caroline and the granddaughter of Princess Grace, who slipped quite well into royal life after a Hollywood career. Casiraghi, 25, also has her own job, being the new face for Gucci advertising. Added bonus ... she has also recently split from her long-time boyfriend, Alex Dellal.

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Okay, the Swedish royal, left, has a boyfriend in fianancier Chris O'Neill. And supposedly they are moving in together in New York. But that doesn't mean Harry is out of luck. Madeleine's last relationship, with Jonas Berstrom, ended after eight years.

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It may have been just a summer fling, but Harry and underwear model Florence Brudenell-Bruce, right, seemed to hit it off quite well. She has lots of money, looks good on a red carpet and has a two last names.

 

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This Hollywood gal is about a dozen years older than Harry, but she has lost none of her fun side. She has had a succession of well known boyfriends, from Justin Timberlake to Keanu Reeves to Alex Rodriguez to P. Diddy Combs. Just about time for a Prince to settle her down. Plus she's very much a charitable spirit, lending her name and efforts to several worthy causes.

 

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Pippa Middleton

You cannot mention possible mates for Harry without including the Duchess of Cambridge's sister, right. Yes, she is in a new, sort-of relationship, but Pippa clearly has shown she enjoys the fine life and has developed her own strategy in dealing with celebrity without having the cocoon of royal security to surround her. She has a head for business and a sister who knows the ropes. Also known to enjoy a party. Harry wouldn't object.

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Most people have closed the door on this seven-year, on-again, off-again relationship between Harry and Chelsy Davy, but this couple has a history. While Davy has tried to distance herself from it, there's no doubt this couple had chemistry. She is undoubtedly the woman Harry was thinking about when saying that it's tough to find a woman willing to take on the job of prince's wife. Once, she was willing. Could she be again?

 

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