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- October 20, 1997
- Vol. 48
- No. 16
You don't often catch monarchs crying in public. But when Spain's Infanta Cristina, 32, the second of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia's three children, followed royal tradition by curtsying to her father just before saying "I do" in Barcelona Cathedral on Oct. 4, Papa couldn't keep his eyes from welling. They were clearly tears of joy: Cristina chose professional handball player Iñaki Urdangarín, 29, as her groom, a love match that pleased the people of Spain's Basque region, where the groom was born, and of Catalonia, where he has lived most of his life. The couple, who met at the '96 Olympic Games in Atlanta, will settle in Barcelona, where Cristina works for the cultural foundation of the Caixa Savings Bank. Now that she's married, her 29-year-old brother Prince Felipe is likely to face more pressure than ever to tie the knot—though not, it seems, from his parents, who were reportedly aghast at the British royals' marital woes. "Here the heir to the throne is actually having his own way," says Harold Brooks-Baker, publishing director of Burke's Peerage, "and waiting until he finds the right woman."
A ROYAL RETREAT
In keeping with his pledge to spend more time with his sons, Prince Charles is expected to take Harry, 13, on an eight-day official visit to southern Africa later this month. Charles's trip, which will begin during Harry's school break, is set to include lunch with Nelson Mandela, while Harry may visit the Shamwari Game Reserve (which Diana had hoped to see with her boys). Both father and son will attend a surefire teen-pleaser: a Spice Girls concert. The two will be accompanied by former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke, 32, and may drop in on Harry's uncle Earl Spencer, 33, hardly a favorite with the Prince. "They cannot like one another," says a source close to the Palace, "but for the sake of the children, Charles will swallow a lot."
A MOTHER'S TRIBUTE
Moved by the public outpouring of grief over her daughter Diana's death, Frances Shand Kydd decided to hold a memorial service of her own for the late Princess at Shand Kydd's local cathedral in Scotland. "She wanted to draw a line under the grieving and say, 'Let's get on with our lives,' " says Father Roddy Johnston, curate of St. Columba's in Oban, where the Sept. 27 mass was held. "She was incredibly brave in doing so." In a 10-minute tribute before a congregation of 500-plus, Shand Kydd, 61, who converted to Catholicism in 1994, thanked the crowd for "your kind thoughts and prayers" and implied that rumors of strained relations between herself and Diana were untrue. She reminisced about the "sunny days" of Di's childhood and spoke of rowing out alone to visit her daughter's island gravesite the day after her funeral for a private farewell. On the way back, "I could feel my beloved Diana was at peace," Shand Kydd recalled. "Her earthly life was short but complete. I knew then...that all was well. Very well."
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