• Discover Petra two hundred years on

    Emulate Swiss explorer Johann Burchard, who discovered the city of Petra 200 years ago, by travelling to Jordan in 2012 to discover firsthand one of the new seven wonders of the world. Completely excavated into the rocks, the Nabataeans, a nomadic Arab people from Arabia, converted it into an important crossroads, which joined the silk and spice routes. To ride in a carriage through this impressive gorge either first thing in the morning or in late evening, or to attend a candlelight concert before the facade of the Treasury, is a delight. But Jordan is a country of contrasts, and in addition

  • Princess Estelle is picture perfect ahead of her baptism

    Just ahead of Princess Estelle of Sweden's May 22 christening, her proud parents have whetted the appetite of royal fans.   Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel have released adorable new pictures of the little girl. Now three months old, the images show just how much Estelle has grown – and also highlight the striking resemblance she bears to her mother.   The photogenic family are preparing for the princess' historic christening. Sweden's future queen will be the star of Tuesday's joyous ceremony in the chapel of Stockholm's Royal Palace.   Princess Estelle's first official photoshoot Excitement ahead of Swedish

  • Cheryl puts a feather in her style cap with bird of paradise gown

    She's recently made a foray into the world of film with a cameo role in What To Expect When You’re Expecting, out later this week. And Cheryl Cole more than lived up to her new movie star status as she stepped out in Cannes on Sunday night. The pop princess was the epitome of Hollywood glamour in an haute couture Stephane Rolland dress that ensured a dramatic entrance to the chic film festival.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY With her scarlet feathered skirt, the 28-year-old resembled an exotic bird of paradise at the premiere of Michael Haneke’s Amour. Cheryl – who was on the French Riviera as

  • Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb dies after battling cancer with 'extraordinary courage'

    Tributes have been pouring in for Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb after the "musical giant" lost a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 62. Robin, who sold more than 200 million records and notched up dozens of hits with brothers Maurice and Barry, had recently undergone intestinal surgery. CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY His family announced his tragic death with "great sadness" yesterday prompting an outpouring of emotion from fans and fellow members of the music industry. Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini said the performer and songwriter was "talented beyond even his own understanding" and dubbed him as "one of the important

  • Exclusive: Michelle Mone opens her heart about finding love again

    The break up of her marriage last year left her so heartbroken, she thought she would never find love again. But five months after separating from Michael, 46, her husband of almost 20 years and her business partner in the multi-million pound Ultimo empire, lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone reveals that she’s met a new man, whom she credits for giving her back her "sparkle".   Speaking exclusively to this week's HELLO!, the 40-year-old entrepreneur says she has found happiness with a Dubai-based businessman called Karl - and though it's early days, they have been enjoying romantic breaks and spending time getting

  • Hot new dates for Katy and Justin at star-studded Billboard Awards

    There was a time when Katy Perry would arrive at red carpet events on the arm of Russell Brand. Now, five months after the couple’s split, the singer attended the Billboard Music Awards with a new date she described as “hotter than the Las Vegas weather” – her grandmother. The 27-year-old stepped out at the star-studded bash with Ann Hudson, who dressed for the occasion in a silver and cream ensemble complete with a glittering walking stick. Katy chose a striking lilac gown that was perfectly complemented by violet curls and matching lipstick. CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR GALLERY After lighting up the red carpet,

  • A kiss from Michelle as French first lady Valerie Trierweiler adjusts to new role

    For more than 20 years, Valerie Trierweiler has been used to breaking stories and putting the focus on prominent figures in her career as a political journalist. But now the tables are turned, and the 47-year-old finds herself on the media radar because of her role as France's new first lady. CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY The partner of President François Hollande began her official duties as she met her US counterpart Michelle Obama at the weekend.  Being in the spotlight is a new experience for the mother of four and she will clearly have to get used to all the attention. The premiere dame seemed less than comfortable as the mom-in-chief enveloped

  • Colour co-ordinated Beckhams so cool

    There's been much talk of about the baby of the bunch – 10-month-old Harper. But at the weekend Victoria Beckham's impossibly cute boys took centre stage.  Wearing one of her own designs, a cream number belted number, the style queen posed proudly with her sons, Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, and Cruz, seven, at a charity event. CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY The youngsters looked very much like their father David in monochrome outfits, consisting of shirts and ties. At the fundraiser in aid of an LA hospital, the Beckham clan were joined by Marc Anthony and his girlfriend Shannon De Lima. The

  • Princess Michael of Kent 'distressed' following death of Russian tycoon friend

    Princess Michael of Kent is said to be “very distressed” following the death of her long-standing friend Mikhail Kravchencko. The Russian tycoon was shot in a suburb of Moscow in the early hours of Sunday morning, in an apparent contract killing. Following the news, Simon Astaire, spokesman for the Kents, said: “Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are very distressed to hear of this tragedy.” Mr Kravchencko – a 46-year-old furniture magnate – hit the headlines six years ago when he was pictured holding hands with Princess Michael during a holiday in Venice. Speaking to HELLO! magazine, the royal denied a romantic

  • Shared goals at G8 summit as David Cameron cheers on Chelsea to victory

    An ecstatic David Cameron punches the air in victory as Barack Obama and other world leaders are gripped by the Champions League final on screen.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY This was the scene as the group watched the penalty shoot out between the British side and German team Bayern Munich during a break from their work at the Camp David G8 Summit. Not everyone was happy about the result, however. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and her foreign policy advisor Christoph Heusgen clearly didn't share Mr Cameron's enthusiasm.  The British premier gave Mrs Merkel a consolatory hug. The last

  • Quick solutions to those pesky make-up emergencies

    Beauty emergencies always seem to strike at the worst possible moments – and usually when you don't have the resources to sort them out. Whether it’s make-up stained clothes or smudged mascara, there is usually something you can do to solve the problem. Here are five top tips to help you fix common beauty mishaps when running to Boots isn’t an option.   1. Make-up stained clothes Your favourite white shirt is stained with make-up minutes before leaving home. Don't panic - talc powder can be your best ally in these types of situations. Apply it on the dirty zone, give

  • Princess Madeleine's financier love poised for royal debut

    They've been dating for a year and live together in New York. And now, Sweden's Princess Madeleine is ready to take another significant step in her relationship with Chris O'Neill. He will be by her side when she attends the christening of her niece, future queen Princess Estelle. In an unprecedented move, King Carl Gustaf gave his permission for the New York based financier to attend the ceremony.    He also extended the invitation to colourful Swedish model Sofia Hellqvist – who dates Madeleine's brother, Prince Carl Philip. "It’s clearly a sign that the King officially recognises them as family members," royal commentator Roger Lundgren told The

  • Mary and Maxima will join their friend Victoria in celebrating her baby's christening

    The last time they gathered in such numbers in Sweden was for Crown Princess Victoria's lavish wedding to Daniel Westling. Now, Europe's young royal set have once again descended on the Scandinavian country to celebrate a happy new chapter for the couple. Queens, princes and dukes will join the proud first-time parents for the christening of their daughter Princess Estelle.   Leading the way is the Danish contingent, represented by Crown Prince Frederik, his stunning Australian wife Mary, and mother Queen Margrethe. Victoria is godmother to the couple's son Christian, so it's likely one of them will play the same role for her daughter. As may Haakon of Norway. Ingrid Alexandra, his

  • Jane Fonda, 74, brings life to Cannes with bundles of energy

    If we ever needed proof that glamour is ageless – it's Jane Fonda. The 74-year-old has sashayed along the Croisette in Cannes several times in the past week looking nothing short of incredible. But it’s not only her appearance that has wowed onlookers – her bundles of energy and enthusiasm have brought life to the famous French walkway. CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY Wearing a monochrome optical illusion dress at the Rust and Bones premiere on Friday, the Barbarella star kept flashbulbs blazing as she larked around with actress Freida Pinto. And the previous day, she attended the Madagascar 3 screening

  • Rooney Mara stuns at swanky Cannes bash

    Rooney Mara cut quite the stylish figure as she stepped out for a party in Cannes. Attending the swanky after-party for the premiere of the Ain't Them Bodies Saints film, sponsored by CIROC Ultra-Premium Vodka, the actress was striking in a white silk blouse and high-waisted black pencil skirt combination with peep-toe stilettos.     The Side Effects star was joined by a mystery man who guarded her handbag as she did the rounds in the star-studded bash, all while sipping a CIROC Rocks cocktail. Rooney's costar Casey Affleck, the younger brother of Oscar-winner Ben, was also at the party. He

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