On Thursday, Prince Albert of Monaco assumed the sovereign duties of his father, Prince Rainier 3rd, because Rainier is not currently capable of carrying them out. He has been in intensive care for more than a week. Albert, 47, the only son of Rainier and the Hollywood legend Grace Kelly, has been trained from birth to take on the princely duties of his father, whom he has represented around the world for more than 25 years. This Grimaldi family has reigned over Monaco for seven centuries and Rainier is Europe’s longest-serving monarch. Albert has never been married and, in case he doesn’t produce an heir, his father changed the country’s constitution in 2003 allowing Albert to succeed but in turn be succeeded by Rainier’s older daughter, Princess Caroline, followed by her older son, Andrea Casiraghi, 20. Rainier’s children, including Princess Stephanie and all his grandchildren, are at his bedside praying for his speedy recovery.

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It has just been decided to televise part of the wedding festivities of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles on April 8 after all. You will not be able to witness the civil ceremony in Windsor Castle’s Ascot Room in Guildhall, which has room for only 30 guests, but you will be able to tune in to the 45-minute Service of Prayer and Dedication, presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury, which will be held immediately afterward in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. And it will be quite a show. The bride and groom have chosen choral and orchestral music to be performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and St. George’s Chapel Choir. Ekaterina Semenchuk, a young Russian soprano, will be flown over to lift her beautiful voice in song, a wedding gift from the Marinsky Theatre Trust of St. Petersburg. The Prince and Camilla, who will by then be the Duchess of Cornwall, will enter the chapel to the music of Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto in D Minor and the service will conclude with Handel’s Water Music and excerpts from works by Bach for the organ. There will be 750 guests at this 45-minute event, including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

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Meanwhile, Prince Charles has left Camilla to oversee all the last-minute details and has flown off on a ski holiday in Switzerland with his sons, the Princes William and Harry. At Prince Charles’ invitation, the three men have been joined by William’s girlfriend of the past few years, pretty brunette Kate Middleton, with whom William shared an elegant house while at school in Scotland. When William was asked in Switzerland if there was a second royal wedding in the offing, the Prince replied, “No.” It’s a complete sentence, you know.

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Here’s the absolute latest on the Brad PittJennifer Aniston divorce settlement: She will keep the $18 million Beverly Hills mansion the couple spent two years renovating before love flew out the window. It was a last request Brad granted her before she filed the official court papers last week. When they first separated and Brad moved into a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Jennifer moved back into the house she lived in before they got married, Brad said they planned to sell the mansion and split the money. Whether she’s paying for half the house or he’s giving it to her as a parting gift is not known. But really, do people still care?

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Although it is being “officially” denied every which way, it’s still being whispered — loudly — that Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are in the midst of planning their wedding and that they have already designed their rings. It is also being denied that Demi is pregnant and that Ashton won’t have to worry about supporting a family now that his movie, “Guess Who,” has hit the top of the box office charts. Last week, Demi and Kutchie-kutchie-koo dressed up as an FBI agent and a gangster, respectively, to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim at the Kabbalah Center in Los Angeles. They sang and danced the night away with 400 of their nears and dears. Sorta, kinda, sounds like a wedding rehearsal, doesn’t it, sorta, kinda?

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Mena Suvari has always said that she would never increase her breast size via plastic surgery because it would make her look ridiculous. However, for her recent role in “Beauty Shop,” Mena says she “had to wear a padded bra that boosted me to a 36DD. I got a lot of attention on the film set but I still think I look pretty stupid. Luckily my husband thinks that my little boobs are very sexy.” This last bit of news leads the list of “Too Much Information,” by far.

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Maybe even topping Mena is Heidi Klum, who says, “I feel very sexy when I’m pregnant. You’re more feminine when you’re pregnant and femininity is sexy.” When did you first notice it, Heidi? Not just this minute. Heidi already has a 10-month-old daughter, Leni, with Italian titan Flavio Briatore and is expecting her second child in September with her fiancé, singer Seal. Unfortunately, editors at the German mail-order catalogue Otto, the world’s largest, don’t seem to agree. Heidi, who both modeled and designed her own line of clothing for women and babies for the catalogue, was let go after announcing her pregnancy. But not to worry, supermom Heidi has enough to keep her busy with her recently released self-help book, “Heidi Klum’s Body of Knowledge,” wherein the Teutonic supermodel offers “8 Rules of Model Behavior” to readers who dote on information on the runway of life. She also promises that her clothing line will be available again through another outlet. Let us pray.

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In London, Mariah Carey can still claim the title of diva of divas. When she arrived there to promote her new album, “The Emancipation of Mimi,” she ordered the staff at her hotel to lay out a red carpet lined with lighted candles for her arrival at 1:30 in the morning with eight bodyguards plus her entourage. Carey was reportedly spending $100,000 for her three-day stay at the hotel. But you know how people exaggerate.

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Orlando Bloom, who is only 28, is just about ready to sign a contract to star in a new movie as the young 007. He will play the British spy as a teenager at Eton, the exclusive English school, in what is being called a prequel to the James Bond series. The movie will be called “Young 007” and Orlando appears to be thrilled at the prospect, saying, “I love the idea, as the young Bond can be far more adventurous and do more stunts and I think probably this is as near as I will get to playing the grown-up James for the next 20 years.” I can wait if you can.

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Kenneth Jay Lane, James Rosenquist, Robert Wilson, architect Helmut Jahn and Cathy Hardwick (she will be introduced by Tom Ford, who worked for the designer early in his career) are receiving this year’s Pratt Institute’s Legends Awards at the prestigious art and design school’s gala at Gotham Hall on April 19. Pratt trustees Marc Rosen and Juliana Perian are the night’s chairs. CBS anchor Dana Tyler will be the mistress of ceremonies at the event, which raises money for scholarships for its talented students who need financial aid.

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