For a very small number of people, I am the official link to English Matters Royal. So here is the latest update, which I imagine should suffice for now.
The Queen has rejected a royal place of rest for Richard III, if indeed it is confirmed that the body found in the Leicester car park belongs to his royal personage. Richard’s wife is buried in Westminster Abbey where, unfortunately, there is already a plaque dating to 1764 condemning her husband for murdering his two nephews. So Richard’s bones will probably eventually be moved from the ignominious car park to a place in Leicester Cathedral which is close to the Battle of Bosworth where he fell. Alternatively, Richard had begun plans to build a chapel at York Minister, where he is still popular. There is some black humour in the alternatives suggested for his tombstone. But in this case, my guess is that decorum will prevail.
Speaking of decorum, the pictures of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless with her husband, Prince William, in a secluded balcony on a private estate is still front page news here. William is reportedly livid with anger, and they are breaking with tradition by going to court on Monday. There is a law in France that pictures cannot be published without the consent of those photographed, but the newspapers publishing the photos think they will get more money from sales than they will lose in court. The sympathies of the British people at this point are largely with William and Kate. Like the photographers chasing his mother, Diana, on the night she died, these photographs of William and his wife were taken in France. They must have been shot with a very powerful lens because the nearest place from which they could have been seen is three-quarters of a mile away. This is not like the photos of Prince Harry taken in a hotel room in Vegas playing strip billiards. William and Kate had every reason to believe they were in a private setting. If they don’t stop this invasion now, their lives will be hell until they are dead.
And finally there is Downton Abbey, Series 3, which begins over here tonight. Shirley MacLaine arrives from America as a worthy counterpart to Maggie Smith.