The Golden Era, and Grand Destruction, of Cornelius Vanderbilt II’s New York Palace

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In 1883, Cornelius Vanderbilt II and his wife Alice posed for a photo before attending the fancy dress ball thrown by Vanderbilt’s brother, William Kissam Vanderbilt, and his wife Alva.

It was the event of the era, and the sepia-toned image shows Vanderbilt dressed as King Louis XVI complete with brocade overcoat, vest, and breeches, a pair of black stockings that end in pointed court shoes, and a white powdered wig. He holds a tricorn hat in hand, which appears to be trimmed in lush white fur.

His wife—his Marie Antoinette—is seated on a chair next to him. While not explicitly dressed as the infamous French queen, she is lavishly decked out in a masquerade gown made for her by one of the premiere couturiers at the time, Charles Worth.

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Claire Foy is ditching palace life as Lisbeth in the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel

Liz, is that you?

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If you’ve ever wanted to see Queen Elizabeth tatted up, glittering with facial piercings and rocking black leather, well – you’re still not in luck. That said though, you’ll be able to imagine what a young goth Liz would have looked like when Claire Foy steps into the role of Lisbeth Salander this year: a.k.a. the badass protagonist of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series.

Given that Claire Foy has closed the door on her role as Queen Elizabeth on Netflix’s The Crown, it was only a matter of time before she moved onto something else. She could have done the safe thing and banked on the role that made her famous by doing a good old British period drama, but we’re absolutely ecstatic that she went for the polar opposite in Lisbeth Salander.

The new film is called The Girl Caught In The Spider’s Web and is based on the fourth novel of the bestselling Millenium series revolving around Lisbeth, written by Stieg Larsson. Claire will be the third person to take up the mantle and motorbike helmet as the unsettling crusader, as Noomi Rapace and more recently Rooney Mara played the role.

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We got a first glimpse of Claire looking unlike we’ve ever seen her before in a new trailer, where she’s all decked out in white face paint and rocking a short pixie cut. It seems like the new film directed by Fede Alvarez will set her up as a feminist champion who saves women from abusers and is literally referred to as ‘the righter of wrongs’ in the trailer.

While some Twitter users quibbled with Claire’s Svenglish accent, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty cool action hero flick. Unfortunately, Daniel Craig won’t be reprising his role as journalist Mikael Blomkvist (something that devastates me greatly) and instead Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason will be stepping into his shoes.

Stephen Merchant is also set to star in the gritty film, however his role hasn’t been formally announced. Your guess is as good as ours as to why the funnyman is there to begin with.

The film will be released later this year on 9 November, so you won’t have to wait too long. That’s just enough time to reread the entire Millennium series, if you need a little refresher.

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Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Philip has been admitted to hospital

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The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital today, with the royal family releasing a statement to break the news, explaining that the 96-year-old royal was undergoing surgery on Wednesday.

‘His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow,’ read a statement from Buckingham Palace. ‘Further updates will be issued when appropriate.’

The news comes amid public fears for the Duke of Edinburgh’s health, prompted by his absence at the Easter service at Windsor, with the Queen attending without her husband, accompanied by some of her grandchildren instead.

Those in attendance included the Princess Royal and Prince Andrew, as well as Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, Zara Tindall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly spending the weekend together alone.

With just over a month until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, with the fast-approaching nuptials taking place at Windsor Castle on May 19th, the Duke of Edinburgh has plenty of incentive for a speedy recovery – and everyone is hoping that the 96-year-old will be in good health for the festivities.

We hope he’s feeling better for the big day!

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Kensington Palace has announced Meghan Markle’s full list of bridesmaids

Here’s who will be following Meghan down the aisle

With just under two months to go until their big day, fresh details are emerging about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding. The first invites have been sent out and the couple’s quirky choice of a lemon and elderflower cake from Hackney’s Violet Bakery has been revealed.

Now Kensington Palace has announced who will be joining Meghan Markle’s bridal party on 19th May. Markle has a wide circle of high profile friends, including tennis star Serena Williams, actress Prianka Chopra, stylist Jessica Mulroney and fashion designer Misha Noonoo – who introduced her to Harry – but much like the couple’s decision to open up their wedding to 2600 members of the public, Meghan’s list of bridesmaids is unusually inclusive, reflecting some new friendships she’s formed since meeting Harry.

Here’s who will be joining Meghan when she walks down the aisle on her big day:

Jessica Mulroney

Few will be surprised at Meghan’s choice of Mulroney as a bridesmaid. The pair have been best friends since Markle was introduced to Mulroney after relocating to Canada to film Suits. As the daughter of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and a stylist to Justin Trudeau’s wife, Mulroney will be the ideal wingman to Markle on her big day.

Serena Williams

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A good friend of the tennis ace, Markle attended Williams’ wedding to Alex Ohanian last year. The pair first met at a charity game of flag football in 2014. ‘We hit it off immediately, taking pictures, laughing through the flag football game we were both playing in, and chatting not about tennis or acting, but about all the good old fashioned girly stuff,’ Meghan wrote about Williams on her former lifestyle website The Tig, ‘so began our friendship.’

Made In Chelsea‘s Frankie Gaff

Gaff recently announced on Twitter that she was leaving Made In Chelsea to pursue other projects. MIC fans are now speculating that her part in the royal wedding could have influenced this decision.

Matisse, the dog from Britain’s Got Talent 

An unconventional choice, but one that makes sense given Harry and Meghan’s shared love of animals. Harry has been close with Matisse since his victorious performance at the Royal Variety Show in 2015 and introduced the 7-year-old Border Collie to Meghan shortly after their relationship began last year.

Sarah Rafferty in character as Donna from Suits

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33-year-old Lindsay Walsh hit it off with Markle over the barriers when the couple attended an event earlier this month in Northern Ireland. ‘We talked for at least five minutes. Some of the other people waiting got a bit annoyed with me’ Walsh says of the encounter, ‘I’m now really looking forward to getting to know her better.’

This swan

Regent’s Park swan Laura Matthews was delighted to get the call up for the royal wedding. ‘It makes a change from gliding about hissing at small children’ she said.

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Harry Defies Palace to Invite Fergie to Wedding Party

Sarah Ferguson may only be invited to the afterparty of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, according to a new report Tuesday, which says that Harry dug his heels in to insist that his “awkward Auntie” not be excluded from the event, as she was from his brother’s nuptials, when she fled to a spa in Thailand to escape scrutiny.

Despite the fact that Prince Philip and Prince Charles have both allegedly “made no secret” of the fact they would prefer Fergie to be anywhere else but at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, a royal aide told the Daily Mail: “Harry has nailed his colors to the mast on this. He wants his aunt there—and she will be.”

The Mail quotes a source saying: “It has been made very clear by Buckingham Palace that they don’t want the Duchess of York to attend.”

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Charlton, Millwall and Crystal Palace transfer round-up: Brighton closing in on Konsa, Lions boss rules out first-team exits while Eagles set to sign goalkeeper

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Here is what the typical Millwall, Charlton, Bromley and Palace fan is like, according to Yougov’s profiles

The pollsters at Yougov have crunched the numbers and done the research and come up with profiles of people who like and consume just about everything – from who reads newspapers like this one to who supports football clubs.

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FA charges Everton striker with diving after winning controversial penalty against Crystal Palace

Everton striker Oumar Niasse has been charged with simulation by the Football Association after he won a controversial penalty in Saturday’s Premier League draw at Crystal Palace.

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