Gwyneth Paltrow turns 41 today! At first, you might not consider the Oscar-winner, cookbook author, GOOP founder (it just marked five years online!) and fashion darling the most relatable celebrity out there. But when the working mother of two opens up in interviews, Gwyneth is actually refreshingly honest about marriage, motherhood, and other challenges many women face. To celebrate Gwyneth's birthday, read through for some of her best quotes!
While many royal weddings don't garner the attention of Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day, they don't lack in lavishness. Last weekend, Princess Madeleine of Sweden married US banker Christopher O'Neill in Stockholm, Sweden, and it was far from a modest affair. The princess was dressed in a lace gown designed by Valentino Garavani, and the designer was among the many VIP guests that included other royals from around the world, like Princess Charlene of Monaco and England's Prince Edward.
Madeleine and Christopher's nuptials were part of a long tradition of elaborate royal weddings around the world. Last year, the tiny country of Luxembourg treated its Crown Prince Guillaume to an extravagant affair when he married Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy. The celebration, which reportedly cost around $650,000 and was funded by taxpayers, spanned multiple days, and included a guest list packed with kings, queens and other royals from around the world. In Brunei, Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah, the fifth daughter of Brunei's sultan, married Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini at her father's 1,700-room palace in front of 3,000 guests. A state dinner followed, and Queen Elizabeth II even sent her best wishes.
These royals make up some of the lesser-known but just as regal royals of the world. And just like the Brits, they know how to throw opulent weddings for members of their families. From the wedding for the future emperor of Japan in 1924 to Grace Kelly's Monaco spectacular in 1956 to Will and Kate's big day on April 29, 2011, here is a guide to the world's royal weddings over the years.
Experiencing the end of a marriage is a difficult and emotional affair for all involved, so we're saddened to hear about divorces whether it's a friend or a celebrity going through one. There have been some high-profile divorces in the last year, and the famous women involved have bravely spoken out in TV and magazine interviews about their experiences. Just this week, Kim Kardashian opened up in InStyle UK's August issue about her breakup with husband Kris Humphries, and Katie Holmes alluded to her split from Tom Cruise in the latest issue of Elle US. Plus several stars got candid about their divorces on Lifetime's show The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet, over the past few months. If you're going through a divorce or know someone who is, be inspired by these honest quotes from celebrity women on their splits.
On February 6, Queen Elizabeth II marked 60 years on the throne. To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee, the royal family has travelled around the world on her behalf; Prince Harry enjoyed a successful royal tour in Central America and the Caribbean. The Queen herself has been staying closer to home for the festivities. Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth attended a dinner for the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and yesterday she presented our former Prime Minister, John Howard, with the Order of Merit award at Buckingham Palace. And earlier in the week, Queen Elizabeth was joined by Kate Middleton, as well as Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, for a royal tea party at Buckingham Palace. Keep reading.
I could not have been more excited when I saw the first photo of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. The film won't be out until next year, but I couldn't resist looking back at some of my favourite female performances from the history of Batman films. Some are creepy supervillianesses while others are Bruce Wayne's love interests, but they all have one thing in common: they hold their own alongside Batman. Check out the 10 ladies that made the cut!