Royal family

Prince lifts the lid on museum's revamp

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2010

Prince Charles paid tribute to the "enormous contribution" of British Jewry at the "royal opening" of the Jewish Museum in Camden on Tuesday.

The prince – a patron of the museum since 2008 – was impressed by its £10 million refurbishment, which was completed in March.


Mazeltov, your maj

By Simon Rocker, November 26, 2010

When Board of Deputies leaders popped in to see the Queen at Windsor Castle leader, they asked chief exec Jon Benjamin to get a large card in Hebrew to wish her mazeltov on grandson William's engagement.

But the card he bought was in Yiddish rather than Hebrew and so thought unsuitable to present. Perhaps they should have sent it to her machetunim, the Middletons.


Board tells Queen mazal tov during Castle visit

By Robyn Rosen, November 18, 2010

A board of Deputies delegation visited the Queen this week to wish her mazal tov on her grandson's engagement and discuss its 250th anniversary.

Board president, Vivian Wineman, senior vice president, Jonathan Arkush, treasurer, Laurence Brass, vice presidents Paul Edlin and Jerry Lewis and chief executive Jon Benjamin were accompanied by the president of the Elders of the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation, Alfred Magnus to a private audience with the Queen at
Windsor Castle on Wednesday.


Princess Diana’s designer Elizabeth Emanuel tipped for royal wedding

By Jennifer Lipman, November 17, 2010

The Jewish fashion designer behind Princess Diana’s wedding dress has been tipped to create one for Kate Middleton.

Paddy Power has odds of 5 to 1 that Elizabeth Emanuel will make the gown in which the future queen will walk down the aisle.

Ms Emanuel, who designed Diana's dress with her her husband David Emanuel, set up the couture wedding and evening-wear salon Art of Being in 2005.

Not only did she create the princess’s outfit for the 1981 royal wedding, she also designed the black taffeta dress in which the then Lady Diana Spencer made her flashbulb debut.


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.”