Prince Harry wore his banker blues earlier today for a fundraising event held at the BGC Partners offices in London. Harry manned the phones for the better half of his morning and closed out a deal worth 18 billion euros that put him in the world record books. Harry beat out his brother, Prince William, who set the previous record trade of 14 billion. The landmark exchange was part of a philanthropic memorial celebration honoring the 658 BGC employees who lost their lives on 9/11. Harry's participation also raised money for his own organization, Sentebale, which was one of the 29 charities benefiting from the morning's fun. The prince was joined by his cousins recent Goldsmiths college graduate Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and their mother, Sarah Ferguson, as well.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie dressed up to celebrate what would have been Queen singer Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday in London last night. The girls attended the "Freddie For a Day" bash, held to benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust, at the Savoy Hotel, along with Beatrice's boyfriend Dave Clark and their good friend Holly Branson. Many of the other attendees chose to dress up in their best Freddie Mercury ensembles, but Beatrice and Eugenie stuck to cocktail dresses.
Princess Beatrice and her sister, Princess Eugenie, hung out in Rome on Sunday in the wake of yet another high-profile set of "I dos." The duo was in Italy to attend Petra Ecclestone's wedding to James Stunt in the city Saturday. Both Paris and Nicky Hilton and the Black Eyed Peas were also among the weekend's high-profile guests. On Sunday, Princess Beatrice and her boyfriend, Dave Clark, checked out the romantic Spanish steps, and both she and her sister were spotted out on a power walk around the city. Beatrice and Eugenie were all decked out for Saturday's ceremony alongside their mother, Fergie, though the girls went their separate ways to take in the city's sights the following morning.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie Forgo Fascinators While Bride Petra Ecclestone Walks Down the Aisle in Vera Wang!
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie stepped out of Rome's Hassler Hotel earlier today accompanied by their mother, Fergie, en route to Petra Ecclestone's sunset wedding ceremony. The wedding festivities kicked off last night with an elaborate rehearsal dinner celebrating the couple. The heiress and her fiancé, James Stunt, reportedly invited 250 guests to the lavish event, including Paris, Nicky, Kathy, and Rick Hilton. Friends and family were shuttled to Odescalchi Castle prior to the wedding while the bride-to-be and her billionaire father, Bernie, were chauffeured in a Rolls-Royce. Petra walked down the aisle wearing a custom-designed Vera Wang gown, and shortly after the one-hour ceremony guests were serenaded by Andrea Bocelli. The music continued throughout the night with performances from The Black Eyed Peas, Eric Clapton, and David Guetta.
Petra Ecclestone Dines With Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Fergie, and the Hiltons Prior to Her Lavish Wedding
Petra Ecclestone and her fiancé, James Stunt, were joined Friday by friends and family for dinner and drinks at Villa Aurelia in Rome. The bride-to-be stepped out wearing an elegant, white, floor-length gown for the rehearsal dinner, and Petra's rumored to be wearing a custom-made Vera Wang during Saturday's ceremony. The couple's lavish wedding is being held at Italy's historic Odescalchi Castle, where Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes also tied the knot five years ago. There are expected to be 250 guests on hand, including Paris and Nicky Hilton, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, as well as their mother, the Dutchess of York, Fergie. Recording artist Eric Clapton is reportedly serenading Petra and James during their first dance followed by a private concert from The Black Eyed Peas. Petra's father, Bernie, billionaire and CEO of Formula One Management, reportedly paid the group over $1 million to perform. The newlyweds can look forward to spending more time in the States as Petra recently purchased Aaron Spelling's former Beverly Hills mansion for $85 million.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie dressed in their wedding finery this afternoon to watch as their first cousin Zara Phillips married rugby player Mike Tindall. Beatrice brought along her boyfriend, Dave Clark, who joined the girls, Kate Middleton, and Prince William for cocktails yesterday on the royal yacht Britannia. It's the second royal nuptials of the year for Eugenie and Beatrice following William and Kate's April 29 vows. Once again, their mother, Sarah Ferguson, was not on the invite list. They did arrive, though, with their dad, Prince Andrew, whose sister, Princess Anne, played mother-of-the-bride today with Zara.
Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, boarded the royal yacht Britannia, which was docked in Edinburgh, this afternoon in order to celebrate his first cousin Zara Phillips's wedding with a cocktail party! Kate recycled the green Diane von Furstenberg dress she wore during her visit to LA earlier this month. Prince Harry was also in attendance, and he was spotted ascending the same carpeted stairs that the bride and her husband-to-be, Mike Tindall, walked up. Zara was decked out in a dress from Alice and Olivia. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie also colorfully turned out, along with the elder's boyfriend, Dave Clark. Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall will marry tomorrow at the city's Canongate Kirk, and her royal relatives will be out in full force. Kate and William often go by their titles of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but their Scottish equivalents are the Earl and Countess of Strathearn. Scotland is a special place for the couple, as it's where they met and fell in love while students at the University of St. Andrews. Wales, though, has been their home as of late, as it's where William works with the Royal Air Force when not traveling with Kate for family obligations.
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, took Princess Eugenie out to dinner at Cipriani in London last night. The mother-daughter duo laughed as they made their way through the photographers to their awaiting car. Sarah Ferguson is back from a press tour through the United States to promote her memoir Finding Sarah and OWN Network reality series of the same name. The duchess's older daughter, Princess Beatrice, has been enjoying a romantic few weeks with her boyfriend Dave Clark. The two were spotted, much like the other young royals, at Wimbledon, and Princess Beatrice slipped on a bikini for a sporty day of yachting near Cap d'Antibes.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were among the royals present for opening day at the Ascot Racecourse in the UK today. Queen Elizabeth and Camilla Parker Bowles were also on hand for the fun in their fancy hats. Sisters Beatrice and Eugenie made a splash at the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April, and have been in the spotlight since. The girls joined the newlyweds again earlier this month at the Epsom Derby, and Beatrice was alongside Kate for a friend's nuptials over the weekend. It's been a busy few weeks for the family since they just celebrated the Queen's birthday and Prince Philip's 90th with dinner on Sunday night. Kate dressed for the meal in a bright pink Stella McCartney dress, which was actually also worn by Madonna in 2008!
The Royal Ascot begins today, complete with princesses, princes, a queen, and everything in between decked out in their finest fascinators and top hats. The highlight of the Ascot Racecourse's year is the royal event, which celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, since it was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne. Despite the outlandish hats, the Ascot is known for its strict dress code, and several years ago, it made headlines when fake tanners were banned. See the extravagant and the elegant toppers now, including Princess Beatrice in a much more toned-down fascinator compared to her famed royal wedding stunner. And I can't wait to see the fascinators on "Ladies' Day" Thursday!