There's a Special Meaning Behind Princess Diana's New ''White Garden'' at Kensington Palace

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There's a Special Meaning Behind Princess Diana's New ''White Garden'' at Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace, White Garden

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As we approach the 20th anniversary of her death, the world continues to remember and honor Princess Diana.

Today, a temporary all-white garden opened at Kensington Palace—where the late royal called her home in London for many years. It’s taken over the sunken garden (beside the visitor’s entrance) and will remain open and free for the public from now until September as the royal family continues to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death on August 31.

It’s been named The White Garden because 12,000 bulbs of white flowers and foliage—including tulips, daffodils and scented hyacinths—were planted in memory of Diana’s life, her style and her image, such as her white “Elvis” Catherine Walker dress.

Kensington Palace, White Garden

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Kensington Palace’s head gardener, Sean Harkin discussed the garden in a press release for its opening, revealing the stories previous gardeners have told him about Diana’s green thumb.

“Kensington Palace was the home of Princess Diana for 15 years and there’s gardeners who aren’t here any more but remember, and told me stories, about when they were working here in the Sunken Garden,” he said. “They remember Princess Diana coming by and she would stop and she would admire the changing floral displays in the garden. We change them over in springtime and in summer, so it can look quite different. And she would stop, and she would have a chat with the gardeners and comment on all their hard work.”

Harkin recalled one funny story in particular.

“I remember there was another gardener who told me a story about when he was walking along with a wheelbarrow with a fellow gardener. It’s really embarrassing, but he tripped. He kind of fell over. It was over-weighted, the wheelbarrow, so everything kind of spilled everywhere. Princess Diana was going by and turned around and said, ‘Bad luck, chaps’, and kind of gave a smile,” he said.  “And they kind of smiled and found it really quite funny, but also it’s quite embarrassing when that happens.”

We’re sure Princess Diana smiled over that story, too.

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Published at Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:14:27 +0000

How Much It Costs to Live It Up in Paris Like Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have been living it up in Paris in honor of the launch of the Louis Vuitton collection titled Masters in Paris.

While catching a glimpse of Theroux in Ross Gellar-like leather pants alongside his wife, who donned a leather corset (do they ever not complement each other?!), has been plenty to make fans swoon, it got us here at E! News thinking about their romantic getaway to the City of Light. While it’s entirely possible they aren’t footing the bill for their trip—Louis Vuitton not only could be paying for their stay but also could even be paying them for attending—we decided to crunch the numbers on what it would be like to replicate a vacation like theirs. 

Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston

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Here is what we came up with:

Flights: If the A-List couple flew first class on a commercial airline, their tickets from Los Angeles to Paris could run $12,000-$18,000 one-way. For two people, that comes down to $24,000 – $36,000 each way.

Then again, if these two lovebirds decided to fly privately to Paris, the ride could cost around $53,000-$74,000 each way—if they touch down for a fuel stop. A nonstop, private flight could set these two back about $92,510 – $120,380 each way depending on aircraft.

Hotel: According to a source, Aniston and Theroux have been staying at the Plaza Athénée. Suites at the luxurious hotel run from $1,169 per night to $14,879 per night.

Food: Aniston and Theroux have been spotted dining at Verjus on rue de Richelieu. Menus online don’t list a la carte prices, but a tasting menu costs $72 per person. An added wine pairing costs an additional $58 per person.

Shopping: In their free time, Aniston and Theroux have been spotted at Chanel, where items from the couture company’s 2017 spring/summer ready-to-wear collection run anywhere from $1,700-$8,500. They also attended the Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons master collection celebration at the Louvre. Accessories and bags from the collection start at $585 and can cost up to $4,000.

Living the celebrity way, while luxurious, will cost you a pretty penny.

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Published at Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:11:00 +0000