• Staying with the stars

    Maybe it's their own tendency to demand the little – and sometimes not so little – luxuries when they themselves travel; maybe it's just a whim, or another outlet for their creative talents; perhaps they want to set their stamp on a high-profile luxury business project, or perhaps it's simply another investment opportunity. Whatever the reason, many actors, musicians, sports and fashion celebrities are diversifying and becoming owners of exclusive hotels. And staying in one of these high-class resorts and hotels is a sure way to feel like a star yourself. Then there's always the chance you might just meet

  • 'It was a long time ago': King Carl Gustaf on claims of affairs and wild parties in new book

    A portrait of a marriage: King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden Sweden's King Carl Gustaf has spoken out after an unofficial biography was released detailing his participation in wild parties and affairs with young women. Though he said he had not read the book, titled Carl XVI Gustaf – The reluctant monarch, he said he had seen some of the media headlines surrounding the publication, which had "not been very nice". Click on photos for gallery The king said that after seeing the reports, he had talked to Queen Silvia and his family. "We will turn the page and go

  • A portrait of a marriage: King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

    A closer look at the royal couple's 34 year-long

  • Lady in red: Rihanna in festive mood to switch on Westfield Christmas lights

    Superstar Rihanna was looking the picture of festive prettiness as she arrived at Westfield London Shopping Centre to turn on their Christmas lights on Thursday. The star's hair and skirt tied in perfectly with the occasion as she joined TV presenter George Lamb and a group of children from charity Save a London Child to greet the huge crowd gathered to see her. Before performing for her fans, the star excitedly tweeted: "Westfield Mall, London. It's BANANAS in

  • Fashion alert: Lanvin for H&M hits the high street on November 23

    Fashionistas are full of excitement about the exclusive Lanvin for H&M collection which arrives in 200 stores nationwide on November 23. The label’s creative director Alber Elbaz has achieved legendary status among the Hollywood elite, counting Tilda Swinton, Catherine Devenue, January Jones and Hilary Swank as devoted followers. Click on photo for gallery   The 48 piece collection features fresh, contemporary designs with the intention of providing the general public with a taste of A-list fashion. So how much will pieces from the exclusive collection set you back? Although more expensive than H&M’s previous designer collaborations, there is something to suit

  • Elegant Carla lays on sumptuous Elysee welcome for Chinese president

    French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy pulled out all the stops for the state visit of the Chinese leader Hu Jintao and his wife Liu Yongqing. In keeping with her 'Parisienne chic' approach to fashion, the former model was the picture of elegance in a full-length black dress as she welcomed the couple to the Elysee Palace. Click on photos for gallery After shaking hands, flanked by guards in silver helmets, Carla and her husband Nicolas Sarkozy led their VIP guests into the official presidential residence. Dinner was served at a table covered with rose petals and laden with candelabra. Earlier,

  • Out of the ordinary

    As the title of Stefan Gates’ new book suggests, there is nothing ordinary about it. The Extraordinary Cookbook is a remarkable journey through Stefan’s peculiar and brilliant culinary mind. He’s experimental, creative and still sympathetic towards tastes, textures and flavours. If you enjoy playing with your food, creating show-stopping pieces for dinner parties or experimenting in the kitchen then the book is a fascinating read. Stefan injects (literally at times) light-hearted humour and fun into his dishes – but manages to keep them delicious and approachable at the same time. Recipes vary from his twist on sushi to golden

  • Meet the Middletons: Carole and Michael are 'hard working, lovely people' and Kate 'lives in the real world'

    The engagement buzz surrounding Kate Middleton and Prince William is steadily gathering pace. And with Kate's parents Carole and Michael being invited to a shooting party on the Queen's Balmoral estate, plus reports saying Kate could be invited to Sandringham for Christmas, interest in the Middleton family is at an all time high. The story of how Kate's parents became self made millionaires after leaving their jobs at British Airways to set up their own birthday supplies company is well known. But what are they and their daughter really like? Does Kate have what it takes to be a Princess, and ultimately a

  • Princess Mary steps out to help students learn Danish

    Having mastered Danish herself in record speed and without a noticeable accent, Crown Princess Mary must've been full of advice for students of the Learn Danish project in Odense, Denmark. Stepping out in an elegant violet maternity top with black trousers and turtleneck which showed off her growing baby bump, the pregnant mum drew crowds who came to see the popular princess as she supported those studying the Scandinavian language.

  • HELLO! helps brave adventurers meet their Himalayan challenge against all odds

    A journey of 1,300 kilometres hindered by kneedeep mud, landslides, choking dust and lethal traffic may not seem like the ideal environment to help those affected by post-traumatic stress disorder. But, incredibly, it proved more than therapeutic for suffering ex-servicemen, who joined physically disabled adventurers on an 11-day expedition into the heart of the Himalayas. Click on photos for more spectacular images The expedition was the pilot trip of Global Adventure Plus (GAP), the brainchild of Robert Lawrence, a Military Cross holder severely wounded in the Falklands War. Robert, whose memoirs inspired the film Tumbledown starring Colin Firth, was told

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