Byline: Aileen Mehle
On March 4, Nancy Reagan will christen the new United States Navy Aircraft Carrier Ronald Reagan at an afternoon ceremony in Newport News, Va. The festivities will begin with a cocktail reception the evening before hosted by Nancy and Captain Bill Goodwin at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., and continue after the christening with a reception at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News with Nancy receiving the guests. Special VIP seating will be assigned by Newport News Shipbuilding to Reagan Foundation guests who will be transported by motor coach to the various events during two days. It is expected that members of the Foundation and guests will stay at the Kingsmill Resort. Every naval officer in sight will be in dress blues, because this will be a momentous occasion, not only for everyone present but for the millions of people all over the world who love and respect President Ronald Reagan.
Whenever Princess Michael of Kent comes from her digs in London’s Kensington Palace to New York, you know it, I know it, and everybody else in town knows it practically the minute she sweeps off the plane. My dears, such a commanding presence. No wonder the news gets around. Her lectures at the Metropolitan Museum on the foibles of naughty royals and mad, bad and dangerous to know almost-royals are always a must. And if you don’t give a party for her, well, that’s just your tough luck, OK?
Khalil Rizk did give a dinner party for the princess at his own uptown porcelain-filled palace, and among those asked to dine with Her Royal Highness, vivacity itself, were such friends and fans as Princess Arriana von Hohenlohe and the banker Dixon Boardman, soon to be married; Prince and Princess Alexander Romanov of all the Russias that were; Archduke and Archduchess Geza von Habsburg; Cecile and Ezra Zilkha; Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo; Sam Reed; Pauline Baker Pitt with her great good friend Jamie Niven; Shelby White (her collection of antiquities is second to none in private hands); Lauren and John Veronis; Alexis Gregory; Carolyne Roehm and her steady Republican swain Ed Rollins; Lee Thaw; Hannah Pakula; Katherine Bryan; Marion McEvoy; Nick Dunne, like that. Princess Michael kept everyone in stitches. Does she know how to hold the floor? Does Hillary Clinton need a hairdresser?
Madonna, they say in Hollywood, is going around saying that one of her daughter’s favorite places in the world is Buckingham Palace. Well, thank heaven and bingo! At least she’s raising the kid right.
As Madonna tells it, when the precocious four-year-old Lourdes asked who lived in that big house, mummy told her, the Queen. When Lourdes asked, “Can we visit the Queen?” Madonna said they would have to look for the doorbell first. Poor little Lourdes hasn’t managed to find it yet, but isn’t that just about the cutest story you’ve ever heard? Does the Queen know about this? Is there an opening at the next garden party for Madonna and child? They don’t weigh much.
You know, of course, that the pop queen and her husband, Guy Ritchie, have already registered their baby son, Rocco, Lourdes’s little half-brother, at Eton where Prince William went and Prince Harry goes. And also that Madonna and Britney Spears are trying to find time in their hectic schedules to record a duet of, brace yourselves, the Jane Birken/Serge Gainsbourg Sixties’ classic, “Je T’aime…Moi Non Plus,” a really heavy breather of the era. That Brit and that Maddie — what cut-ups!
Do you give a fig that the new game on the Hollywood party circuit is neither charades nor scanning the Ouija board, but “How big is my diamond?” Irena and Mike Medavoy of the Phoenix Pictures Medavoys gave a party recently at their new mansion for such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, Lisa and Kirk Kerkorian, the disappointed Democrat Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, etc. Irena wore a blinding 104-carat diamond from Harry Winston around her neck that may have caused her to bend over double, but some things are worth it, no? When her guests asked her how big it was, she just laughed and laughed and told them to guess, pointing to a crystal ball where they could drop their estimates. So amusing. There were 275 entries and the winner was — Mrs. Richard (Lauren) King of the King World Productions Kings. She was thrilled with her diamond Harry Winston watch, but after seeing that thing on Irena’s neck — well, hell.
There were more than 250 varieties of orchids on display at the Orchid Dinner at the University Club to benefit the New York Botanical Gardens, and such big fashion names as Vera Wang, Cynthia Rowley and Calvin Klein designed the table settings. More than 300 orchid lovers danced to the music of Bob Hardwick and his orchestra, among them Ann and Philip Miller; Gregory Long of the Botanical Gardens; Coco and Arie Kopelman; Liz Claiborne; Deborah Norville; Diane Von Furstenberg, who’s about to tie the knot with Barry Diller; Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder; Mary McFadden; Mary and Howard Phipps, and others too garden variety to mention.