Royal Watch

updated 07/04/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/04/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Six months after pleading for privacy, Princess Diana is making a very public appearance on the cover of British Vogue. The glossy shots (including a portrait inside) were taken in March by Patrick Demarchelier, who has photographed megamodels, including Linda Evangelista. Stylish or no, the photos sparked fresh criticism of the princess's on-again affair with the press. While cynics claimed that Di's Vogueing was prompted by her craving for attention, defenders noted that the photos were commissioned as part of a charity exhibit called A Positive View—and that proceeds will go to causes that Di supports. A June 21 story in the Daily Mail, revealing that Di had taken sons William and Harry on a secret visit to a hostel for the homeless, drew a similarly mixed reaction. Critics, including biographer Lady Colin Campbell (who calls Di a narcissist), claimed that the princess had leaked the tale to burnish her image, but staff at London's Catholic-run Passage were grateful. Di and the children "gave us a tremendous lift," Sister Bridie Dowd told the Mail.

While her contemporaries are hitting the glass ceiling, Princess Anne, 43, is moving up—sort of. In a ceremony on June 13, the Queen dubbed her daughter a Lady Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, making Anne (who completed 454 official engagements last year) only the second princess since the Middle Ages—her mother was the first, in 1947—to be so honored. A palace spokesman dismissed as "balderdash" any suggestion that the move would make the Princess Royal Charles's consort when, and if, he takes the throne.

Fast-moving Fergie has been spending a lot of time in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland, lately and has reportedly looked at a four-bedroom Georgian mansion there as a new residence. (Her lease at Romeda Lodge in Sunning-dale, Berkshire, ends soon.) The duchess has been competing in local show-jumping events on borrowed Irish steeds and apparently has taken a shine to the neighborhood. The palace is horrified that detectiveless Fergie might bring her daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, to live within closer range of the IRA. More likely, she'll buy a horse instead of a house.

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