Byline: Aileen Mehle
Largely Royal Notes From All Over: The Prince of Wales, ever the naturalist, is adding organic milk to the line of farm products from his country estate, Highgrove, in Gloucestershire. The brand he uses is Duchy Originals, which some people find catchy and others don’t. Oh, well. The milk comes from the very finest British Ayrshire cows and costs about $1.50 a pint. Tea tasters are giving their various opinions of the milk, some saying they couldn’t tell the difference between it and what you pick up at the supermarket. Actually, who asked them?
The milk joins the prince’s boxes of orange-flavored chocolates, apple juice and crackers in his ever-expanding line of healthy — and delicious — foods, all sold to benefit his charitable foundations. You could call him the Paul Newman of the U.K. And what’s so bad about wandering around with an organic milk mustache?
All Highgrove’s famous gardens are organic, and Prince Charles keeps an eagle eye on them. Just the other day whilst he was lunching semi-al fresco with Camilla Parker Bowles, he noticed an offending branch on a nearby tree, spoiling the royal landscape. Taking it personally, he marched out, climbed up a ladder and started sawing it off. No, he didn’t saw himself off with it, thank heavens, but he did get sawdust in one of his eyes. The specialist who treated him at a nearby hospital said something like “next time wear goggles, sir.” Meanwhile, he’s fine and looks dashing with a black eye patch. And a milk mustache?
Enough of the levity. On a more serious note, Prince Charles and Camilla went to church together for the first time at St. Mary Magdalen, the church on Queen Elizabeth’s Norfolk estate, Sandringham. Both wore similar long camel-colored coats, but Camilla struck her fashion note with a brown hat trimmed in fur. It’s nippy out there, you know.
Though a distance between the loving couple was kept, there are courtiers who think this appearance was a symbolic step as there were only 12 guests invited to the service including King Constantine of Greece and Princess Alexandra and her husband, Angus Ogilvy. The Queen and Prince Philip remained at Windsor but reportedly gave their blessing to the outing. Are C and C inching toward something now more than ever? Your guess, friends, is as good as anyone’s.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are planning a special honor for the Queen when she celebrates her Golden Jubilee next year. They’ll present a six-part TV documentary on the royal family, past and present. Prince Michael will host the series, which will feature their grace and favor quarters in Kensington Palace and their Gloucestershire estate near Highgrove. Princess Michael, a respected historian and a remarkably spirited lecturer, will do her bit by contributing any number of entertaining anecdotes on past royals, including those in exile. Sometimes those are the most entertaining of all, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, heh-heh-heh.
The Palm Beach International Art and Antique Fair will kick off the resort’s social scene for the sixth year in a row on Jan. 31. A glamorous benefit gala for the Norton Museum of Art, it will be chaired by Mrs. T. Suffern (Jean) Tailer with co-chairs Mrs. J. Pepe (Emilia) Fanjul, Mrs. William (Pauline) Pitt and Mrs. Christopher (Grace) Meigher. It will run for 10 days, featuring 84 acclaimed international dealers like Noortman from Maastricht, Bernard Steinitz from Paris, Axel Vervoordt from Antwerp, Mallett from London and A La Vieille Russie from New York, and take place at the International Pavilion in West Palm Beach. Noted interior designers Ann Downey and Mario Buatta are the co-chairs emeritus, and David Lester is organizing the fair. So, right this way for your old master paintings, impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, modern paintings, antique furniture, jewelry, silver, ceramics, books, manuscripts, textiles and objets d’art. All carefully vetted, so you won’t be sorry you even walked in in the first place.
Toys for Tots began in 1947 when the U.S. Marine Corps collected and distributed 5,000 toys to underprivileged children in Los Angeles. Since then the charity has become nationwide, bringing happiness to America’s neediest children everywhere. The women on the committee spearheading Monday’s Toys for Tots party at the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square are such caring creatures as Kimberly Rockefeller, Anne Hearst, Muffie Potter Aston, CeCe Cord, Wendy Carduner, Mary McFadden, Felicia Taylor, Grace Hightower, Joanne de Guardiola, Debbie Bancroft, Cornelia Guest and a dozen others just like them. The financial adviser Richard Torrenzano is hosting the party, and Merrill Lynch and GreenPoint bank are the sponsors. So dash away, dash away, dash away all. FAO Schwarz is a good place to start.