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You will be thrilled to hear that lovely blonde Hilary Geary, of the New York and Southampton social set, and metals and textile magnate Wilbur Ross will celebrate their upcoming wedding the night of Oct. 11 at the Rainbow Room. Hilary and her man of steel — he has more or less cornered the market — have been together for — has it been a year? They will live at the Sherry-Netherland, where Wilbur keeps an apartment. Oh, and her diamond engagement ring is a thing of beauty and many carats. Need I mention this future bride and groom have both been previously married or involved with others? Probably not. Neither one of them is particularly low-key. Anyhow, those invited to the Rainbow Room have been asked to wear festive attire and you know what that means. You do?

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The Prince of Wales commissioned Mario Testino to take a series of photographs of Prince Harry; his brother, Prince William, and the Prince himself, at Highgrove, his beautiful country seat in Gloucestershire. The pictures of Harry were released on his 20th birthday earlier this week and the second set of pictures of the first, second and third in line to the British throne, taken in Highgrove’s Orchard Room, shows Daddy and the boys wearing matching crisp, white button-down shirts and laughing like anything. You do remember that the famous Testino was Princess Diana’s favorite photographer, who captured her for Vanity Fair in 1997 right before her death? Testino also shot Prince Charles for Vogue in 2002. Perhaps you might see one of the pictures of Charles, William and Harry on the royal Christmas card this year. Of course you’re on the list, aren’t you?

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Is pretty Jane Pauley stepping on Martha Stewart’s strappy sandals on her new NBC show? Well, hardly. Martha is heading off in another direction, and how to make a decent Beef Wellington — if such a thing is possible — is scarcely Jane’s forte. But interior design gets her attention. So, she has asked decorator Richard Mishaan to appear on the “Trick of the Trade” segment on her first show to do his version of how to go from house ugly to house beautiful. He did over a 14-room lackluster Long Island house, taking it from drab to glossy magazine fodder, and even made over an East Village pied-à-terre walkup — more tear down than terre — for three single girls who had just graduated from college and wanted their space to look young and spirited. So he gave them orange walls and white plastic furniture. Well, anyhow, it’s on the first floor.

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Fashionistas on two continents are absolutely stunned at the news of the death of “Mr. Pig,” the beloved Jack Russell terrier of famed milliner Philip Treacy. Mr. Pig was a favorite of Treacy’s customers, including Camilla Parker Bowles, who visits the mad hatter’s chic atelier in London. Treacy says, “Mr. Pig had no idea he was a dog. He acted like he owned me, and the shop was his. He led the most glamorous life. He was photographed by Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, and he’s been on catwalks with Naomi Campbell and Honor Fraser — and he’s even got a fan club in Japan.” One of Mr. Pig’s last assignments was a helicopter ride with Kate Moss. Mr. Pig will be buried in the garden of Treacy’s studio today after a family-only memorial service. I mean, you have to be invited.

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Sir Elton John’s fans will be able to put him on an envelope and be able to send him flying all over the world. The rocker’s face will grace postage stamps in Gibraltar as the island celebrates its 300th year as a British colony. More high honors were announced this week for Sir Elton who — along with Warren Beatty, composer John Williams, diva Joan Sutherland and actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee — will receive awards from President Bush for their contributions to our cultural life at the Kennedy Center’s Honor presentation on Dec. 5 at the Kennedy Center.

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Whether you give a fig or not, Elizabeth Jagger, 20, and Sean Lennon, 28, are back together again. Elizabeth, Mick Jagger’s and Jerry Hall’s daughter, and Sean, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, were hot at the beginning of the year but hardly tepid this summer. However, the two, in town for fashion week, were hugging and kissing backstage at one of the shows and on Central Park West near the Dakota, where Sean’s mother lives. Elizabeth is now expected to return to London for the fashion shows and then move on to Paris for more of the same. Jerry and Yoko both approve of their children’s friendship. No word from Mick yet, but so what? Jagger, who dropped one dress size over the summer, has been told by Lancôme, the cosmetics giant with which she has an eight-year, $8 million contract, that she is getting too thin. Elizabeth said to friends backstage at one of the shows, “I’m too skinny and I keep being told that I should put weight on.” Although she argues that she has inherited her father’s lightning metabolism, there have been concerns about her weight loss. Apparently, Lancôme has made it clear that her extremely waif-like figure does not mesh with the image the company wants to promote to young girls and that if she does not put on some weight, she will not continue to be featured as frequently as she has been in their latest campaign. Eat up, Elizabeth.

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Renée Zellweger will auction off the “fat clothes” she wore when she made “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” with Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, which will have its world debut in London in November. Zellweger went from a size 6 to a size 14 for the role, and now that she is back to her normal slim self, she has decided that the proper thing to do would be to sell everything from designer gowns and lingerie to jeans in an online auction and donate the proceeds to children’s’ charities. She’s a good girl, that Renée.

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Scarlett Johansson is taking London and all things English very seriously to prepare for her part in Woody Allen’s new satire, on the extravagant life of rich, young London society. The as-yet-untitled movie costars handsome Irish actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. Scarlett’s been in London since mid-August and immediately ensconced herself in a loft suite that costs $1,750 daily and nightly, filled with antiques, Aubusson rugs, chintz sofas and gilded mirrors in one of the city’s poshest hotels in Covent Garden. The girl in the pearl earring is eating fish and chips, mushy peas and waffles with blueberries, and shopping in Notting Hill as though she were born a Brit. Her people called ahead to make sure she met all the right people and got in all the right nightclubs. She’s been out every night and, even though she’s only 19, she’s said to have been well received when hitting the club scene, and what’s called “the Prince William set.” Lord Frederick Windsor, Princess Michael of Kent’s son, even invited her and his friends to Kensington Palace for dinner, where he did all the cooking. He also invited her for a weekend at his parents’ stately home, but she hasn’t accepted yet, because of her movie work and the silly little fact that she still has a boyfriend back home, actor Jared Leto.

<p>Elizabeth Jagger</p>

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<p>Renée Zellweger</p>

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<p>Hilary Geary</p>

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