Jackson leads march for liberation on tape
"Jackson the liberator should have come a bit earlier," one Hungarian said as pop star Michael Jackson took on a music video role freeing Eastern Europe from Soviet domination.
Witnesses at yesterday's filming said Mr. Jackson led marching troops amid a shower of confetti and the cheers of spectators.
On Saturday, Mr. Jackson and his bride, the former Lisa Marie Presley, distributed toys Saturday in two children's hospitals. The trip is their first public appearance together since Elvis Presley's daughter revealed last week that they had married secretly several months ago.
Millions coming to royal sons
The sons of Prince Charles and his estranged wife, Princess Diana, will share $7.5 million on their 21st birthdays and $12.3 million more on their 40th birthdays, a British newspaper reported yesterday.
The Observer, quoting sources close to Buckingham Palace, said Queen Mother Elizabeth has set up a trust fund of an estimated $29.2 million for the royal couple's two sons and four other great-grandchildren.
The Queen Mother, who turned 94 this week, fears that Prince Harry may be "limited" in his opportunity to accrue personal wealth.
Prince Harry is the younger of the estranged royal couple's two sons. His older brother, Prince William, is heir to the throne.
The queen mother's personal wealth is believed to be about $40 million.
Sen. Kennedy is a grandfather
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy became a grandfather Sunday with the birth of Kiley Elizabeth Kennedy, the daughter of the senator's son Edward Jr. The baby, weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces, was born at 8:44 p.m. at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her mother is Dr. Katherine "Kiki" Kennedy.
"I'm so happy and proud for Kiki and Teddy. This is a joyous day for them, for me and for all our family," Mr. Kennedy, D-Mass., said from the hospital. "I felt instant love when I saw this beautiful baby girl. I'm going to relish being a grandfather."
A princely price for palace souvenirs
The price of souvenirs at Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth's London home, has gone up, tourists learned yesterday when the palace was reopened to the public.
Prices range from $3.07 for a set of postcards to $760 for "limited edition" small portable clocks.
"A profit of one million pounds [$1.5 million] would be a nice round figure," said a spokesman for Royal Collection Enterprises, the company responsible for visits and souvenir sales. Proceeds will go toward the $61.5 million restoration of Windsor Castle, which was damaged in a fire nearly two years ago.
The palace was opened to the public for two months for the first time last year and attracted 379,000 visitors and made a net profit of $3.4 million. It will be open this year until Oct. 2. Tourists are charged $12.30 to visit 18 rooms.
Actress Sylvia Sidney is 84. Producer Dino DeLaurentiis is 75. Actress Esther Williams is 71. Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, is 64. Singer Mel Tillis is 62. Actor Dustin Hoffman is 57. Actress Connie Stevens is 56. Movie director Peter Weir is 50. North Dakota Gov. Edward T. Schafer is 48. Actor Keith Carradine is 44. Actor Donny Most is 41. CBS newscaster Deborah Norville is 36. Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of Britain is 6.
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