Royal family

Royal wedding dress: what Will Kate wear?

By Jennifer Lipman, November 17, 2010

Princess Diana’s dress was made by a Jewish designer, but will Kate Middleton follow in her footsteps?



Graff diamond auction sets new record

By Jennifer Lipman, November 17, 2010

Forget the 18-carat blue sapphire ring Prince William has given his new fiancée Kate Middleton. Another precious gem has captured attention this week.

British Jewish jeweller Laurence Graff paid more than £29 million for a 24.78-carat “fancy intense pink” diamond at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva.

The price shattered world records for a jewel sold at auction.

The rare gem, which the billionaire labelled the "Graff Pink”, was on the market for the first time since legendary diamond dealer Harry Winston sold it in 1950.


William and Kate wished Mazel Tov on royal engagement

By Katie Taylor, November 16, 2010

It's official. Prince William and Kate Middleton have finally decided to tie the knot.

The couple who have been together for nine years have decided on a spring/summer wedding, 2011 – 30 years after the ill-fated marriage of the Prince’s parents.

It has been reported that William proposed to Kate in late October on a private holiday in Kenya.

So the next question remains, what does one give as an engagement present to the second in line to the throne and his future queen?


On this day: the end of the First World War

By Jennifer Lipman, November 11, 2010

At 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, the Great War, the one that was supposed to end all wars, came to an end with the signing of an armistice.

The fighting began in June of 1914 with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and pitted the Allied powers, including Britain and France, against the German, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian armies. Some nine million soldiers died in the trenches and on the battlefields of Flanders, Ypres and the Somme.


Mazel tov from Obama, Schwarzenegger and the Queen

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2010

It would have been a guest list like no other, had all those invited to Travis’ barmitzvah been able to attend.

Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth and the late Charlton Heston were just some of the big names who made the list.

Sadly all the politicians, statesmen and celebrities who were sent invitations to the party in August 2007 by Travis’ father Gregory declined.

But 41 at least had the courtesy to reply and, after seeing another web user boast about a wedding message from the president, Travis has posted the responses online.


BNP's Nick Griffin barred from Palace

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2010

The BNP leader has been refused entry to this afternoon’s garden party at Buckingham Palace after officials decided his attendance would present too much of a danger to the other guests.

As a member of the European Parliament, Nick Griffin was due to be among the 8000 guests at the Queen’s annual event. But in an eleventh hour reversal Buckingham Palace announced he was to be denied access for politicising his invitation.

A Palace spokesman said the about-turn came because Mr Griffin had “overtly used his personal invitation for party political purpose through the media.”


Board celebrates 250th anniversary

By Marcus Dysch, June 24, 2010

Past and present members of the Board of Deputies were a hat-maker's dream as they arrived at the organisation's 250th anniversary celebration on Sunday in fedoras, panamas, bowlers, an Ajex beret and even a top hat adorned with peacock feathers.

The 200-plus guests were honouring the request of the late Gertrude Shilling, a deputy known for the extravagant millinery creations she wore annually to the Royal Ascot race meeting.


BNP's Griffin invite to Palace party

By Jessica Elgot and Marcus Dysch, June 17, 2010

An invitation to BNP leader Nick Griffin to attend a Buckingham Palace garden party has been met with outrage.

As an MEP, Mr Griffin is entitled to tickets to one of the Queen's summer receptions.

He told supporters he expects to attend a garden party on July 22 with his wife and two daughters.

Labour MP Margaret Hodge, who defeated Mr Griffin at the general election, said: "It sickens me that Nick Griffin has used his position as an elected representative to secure an invitation to Buckingham Palace.


Royal honour for Israeli WW2 veterans

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2010

Israeli war veterans who were injured fighting for Britain during the Second World War are to be royally honoured.

The 32 disabled soldiers will receive British Ministry of Defence medals on behalf of the Queen at a ceremony in Tel Aviv. The newly knighted Sir Tom Phillips, the outgoing British ambassador, will make the awards.

Some of the soldiers, who served in the Jewish Brigade, went on to fight for Israel during the war of independence in 1948.


Diana's royal regret

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2010

Anthony Julius’s history of English antisemitism, Trials of the Diaspora, acclaimed by Philip Roth for its author’s “intellectual acumen” and “staggering erudition”, is already creating a stir ahead of its publication later this month.

In a Sunday Times extract, the literary lawyer revealed that Princess Diana, whom he represented in her divorce with Charles, had told him that she should never have married into a German family.