LONDON — The royal family, blessed with fantastic weather and a buoyant public mood at the royal wedding, has thanked people who attended or watched Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle. The family tweeted its thanks late Saturday night while Harry and his bride were attending a private soiree hosted by Harry’s father, Prince Charles. “Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world,” the royals said. The happy couple arrived in style — with Harry at the wheel of a rare, 1968 Jaguar sports car converted to electric power. He wore a tightly fitting tuxedo — shades of James Bond — while Markle wore a white Stella McCartney number. Kensington Palace did not release details, but photographs showed Markle, now known formally as the Duchess of Sussex, wearing a large, emerald-cut aquamarine ring that had belonged to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, to the reception.The prominent … [Read more...] about British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding
Meghan Markle was glaring at her love interest. She leaned forward, fury clear in her expression as she asked the question: Was it so hard to believe one of her parents was black? “You think,” she spat, “this is just a year-round tan?”Portraits of Meghan Markle from eighth, ninth and 12th grades. From her childhood in Los Angeles to her acting career, Markle has said her "ethnically ambiguous" appearance shaped her identity. (John Dlugolecki/Contact Press Images) He stammered. She grimaced. The opening credits began to roll. It was just the scene of a television show, a few lines from the script of the law drama “Suits.” But Markle would later describe it as something more: the moment she was no longer playing the role of “ethnically ambiguous.” That was the description assigned to so many of the jobs for which she had auditioned. Others asked her to be white, like her father. Or black, like her mother. Finally, in “Suits,” … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s bride: A ‘confident mixed-race woman’ marries into the Royal family
Meghan Markle was glaring at her love interest. She leaned forward, fury clear in her expression as she asked the question: Was it so hard to believe one of her parents was black? “You think,” she spat, “this is just a year-round tan?”Portraits of Meghan Markle from eighth, ninth and 12th grades. From her childhood in Los Angeles to her acting career, Markle has said her "ethnically ambiguous" appearance shaped her identity. (John Dlugolecki/Contact Press Images) He stammered. She grimaced. The opening credits began to roll. It was just the scene of a television show, a few lines from the script of the law drama “Suits.” But Markle would later describe it as something more: the moment she was no longer playing the role of “ethnically ambiguous.” That was the description assigned to so many of the jobs for which she had auditioned. Others asked her to be white, like her father. Or black, like her mother. Finally, in “Suits,” … [Read more...] about The making of Meghan Markle: A ‘confident mixed-race woman’ marries into the Royal family
When the World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) heads to Zandvoort later in the season, a member of the Dutch royal family will race alongside the series regulars as one of two wildcard entries. Prince Bernhard van Oranje is also an experienced racing driver, having been a front-runner in the GT4 European Series. As part of the Jumbo Racedagen motorsport festival, the Prince’s on-track presence will add further intrigue to an event which already includes a demonstration from Max Verstappen of his Red Bull Formula One car. The team which will be supplying Prince Bernhard with a drive is Bas Koeten Racing; an outfit who have fielded TCR-spec race cars since the format’s inception back in 2015. The Dutch team will compete at Zandvoort with a pair of Audi RS3 LMS TCRs, though the second driver to be entered as a wildcard has not yet been confirmed. Understandably, Prince Bernhard is very much looking forward to competing alongside the world’s best touring car drivers, commenting: … [Read more...] about Member of the Dutch Royal Family granted WTCR wildcard entry
Another royal wedding about to take place and as you can probably guess our focus will be on the cars. Prince Albert of Monaco is set to get married this July 2 and the wedding will likely go on with less fanfare than we saw at Prince William’s English wedding last month. And it will also emit less carbon emissions. “His Serene Highness” Prince Albert has chosen the Lexus LS 600h L hybrid as the official car for his wedding ceremony. According to the automaker, a total of seven specially prepared flagship sedans will be used and one will be converted to “maximise visibility of the Royal Couple to the Monegasque population.” Prince Albert’s car of choice comes as no surprise. In 2006 the prince established the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to raise awareness of environmental issues such as greenhouse gases. Lexus estimates that the LS 600h L will complete 85 percent of the newlywed’s tour on emission-free, electric power. Price … [Read more...] about Lexus LS 600h L Appointed for The Other Royal Wedding
It must be great to be in the royal family of a country of which oil consists of 90% of its exports. The Saudi Arabian royal family purchased 80 units of the new Kahn Cosworth Sport 300 SUV based on the Range Rover Sport just because they wanted the cars before anyone else. I suppose the global recession is non-existant in countries of which economies are driven by petroleum exports. The Kahn Cosworth Sport 300 is a joint venture between Cosworth and Kahn Design, headed by CEO Afzal Kahn. The Sport 300 carries a £20,000 premium over the Range Rover Sport’s regular price tag of £55,000, and for the 20k pounds you get an additional 32 horsepower from the car’s turbodiesel V8 engine, resulting in a total of 300 horses. The styling is by Kahn design, which includes flared wheel arches and 22 inch alloy wheels. Look after the jump for a couple of more shots of the new Saudi fleet. … [Read more...] about Kahn Cosworth Sport 300: first batch of 80 cars for Saudi Arabian royal family!
Prince Charles has converted his vintage Aston Martin DB6 to run on bioethanol distilled from surplus British wine. Eco-friendly Charles was given the Aston by the Queen on his 21st birthday. It only clocks up 300 miles per year and averages ten miles a gallon - that’s roughly five bottles of wine per mile. The biofuel costs £1.10 a litre, but its net output of CO2 is considerably less than normal petrol as the gas is absorbed during the growing process of the vines. A wine surplus exists because vineyard owners can’t bottle more than their EU quota, so they sell it to Green Fuels of Gloucester to convert to bioethanol. Converting the Aston is just one of a raft of measures that Prince Charles is taking in an effort to reduce the Royal Family’s carbon footprint. … [Read more...] about Royal Aston to run on wine
Arriving in style, Bugatti is bringing a true icon to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in England from 11 to 14 July. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this legendary motor sport event, the French luxury brand will be showcasing a 1932 Type 41 Royale at the “Cartier, Style et Luxe” exhibition. With the chassis number 41111 and a body originally designed by Ettore Bugatti’s son Jean, this two-seater roadster was the first Royale to be delivered to a customer. Armand Esders, a prêt-à-porter clothing manufacturer from Paris, bought the Royale back in 1932 for 700,000 Francs, which was a significant sum in those days. In 1938, Esders sold the Royale to a new owner who then had the car refitted as a closed coupé with a Coupé de Ville body designed by the coachbuilder Binder in Paris. Even as a young man, the brand’s founder Ettore Bugatti had always dreamt of building the most powerful and luxurious series-production vehicle the … [Read more...] about 1932 Bugatti Type 41 Royale
The coffee table book from Hyundai Motor India has been authored by Bob Rupani, a highly respected automotive journalist and author, with Santa Fe as the driving partner. India’s second biggest car manufacturer, Hyundai, released its premium coffee table book known as Living the Royal Life. The book has been written by Bob Rupani who is also an auto journalist and a highly respected author in the Indian scene. Bob did his journey in a Hyundai Santa Fe capturing the timeless lifestyles of various Indian royal families. The book is aimed at providing many insights into India’s culturally rich and magnificent royal heritage. The book also shares some very interesting but unknown facts about the contribution of the featured royal and noble personalities in various fields including arts, culture, heritage and sports. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Y J Ahn, Executive Director - Sales and Marketing, Hyundai Motor India, said, “We are delighted to present this … [Read more...] about Hyundai Motor India launches its premium coffee table book “Living the Royal Life”
LOS ANGELES, California – A wave of metal rolls together into a teardrop design with kidney-shaped doors, a raked windshield, and tight rows of rivets. With its Art Deco silhouette, the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is an unforgettable car, an incredible machine, and a rolling work of art. This exquisite specimen from 1936, painted in a silvery blue, is just one of 20 incredible automobiles currently on view at the Petersen Automotive Museum’s “Art of Bugatti” exhibition, which runs through next year. The unique exhibit also includes an interesting collection of design objects created by the Bugatti family ranging from animal sculptures to Moroccan-inspired furniture. While Henry Ford was building Model Ts for the American masses, Ettore Bugatti was crafting racecars and luxury saloons in France for international players during the first half of the 20th century. Bugatti produced less than 8,000 cars during that period, but today the name evokes the finest … [Read more...] about Bugatti: The Automobile. The Man. The Family.