Tag archives: King Charles

Coronal Correspondence 
By Richard Mineards   |   September 19, 2023

Having got to know King Charles III in the ‘70s when I would see him every weekend at the Guards Polo Club, a short drive from Windsor Castle, when I covered the Royal Family for the U.K.’s Daily Mirror, I wrote a lengthy letter to him at his London home, Clarence House, reminiscing about such […]

Fine Design in Theater
By Richard Mineards   |   August 1, 2023

My item last week on the historic Lobero Theatre being chosen as one of the world’s 11 most beautiful by society glossy Town & Country prompted a call from Montecito philanthropist Anne Towbes saying that another of the theaters on the list, Steinmetz Hall in Orlando, Florida, was designed by Montecito architectBarton Myers, 88. The […]

A Titanic Estate
By Richard Mineards   |   July 18, 2023

Mega director James Cameron and his wife, Suzy, are selling their longtime oceanfront home on the Gaviota Coast for a titanic $33 million. The roughly 100-acre property was purchased in 1999 for $4.37 million, according to records. Cameron, 68, wrote the blockbuster movie Avatar, the highest grossing film of all time, at the ranch. He […]

Bidding on ARISE
By Richard Mineards   |   June 27, 2023

The Montecito Journal is now by royal appointment, I can exclusively reveal. This illustrious organ is now being read by none other than King Charles III – super singer Katy Perry’s mother, Mary Hudson, informs me. When the former Dos Pueblos High student sang at His Majesty’s coronation concert at Windsor Castle last month with […]

Man Missing in the ‘Mirror’
By Richard Mineards   |   June 20, 2023

Prince Harry and his actress wife Meghan Markle may have enjoyed celebrating their daughter Lilibet’s second birthday at their Riven Rock estate, but the Duke of Sussex’s behavior didn’t cut it with a top British judge. The top legal eagle rebuked Harry’s barrister when King Charles III’s youngest son was “unavailable” on the first day […]

English Abbey Experiences a Crowd
By Richard Mineards   |   May 16, 2023

Wow! What a weekend. The coronation of King Charles III at London’s Westminster Abbey lived up to every expectation with pomp, pageantry, and ceremony watched by hundreds of millions worldwide. From our rarefied enclave, all eyes were undoubtedly on Riven Rock resident Prince Harry, who blasted his family in his bestselling book Spare and a […]

A Quartet Concert
By Richard Mineards   |   May 2, 2023

Camerata Pacifica’s latest concert at the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall was an absolute gem featuring pianist Irina Zahharenkova, cellist Jonathan Swensen, flautist Sooyun Kim, and Ben Goldscheider on horn. The eclectic program featured Yun’s “Etude No. 5” for solo flute, Ravel’s “Kaddish” for cello and piano, Pärt’s “Partita, Op. 2”,  Rachmaninoff’s “Andante” from the G […]

A Birnam Birthday
By Richard Mineards   |   November 8, 2022

Social gridlock reigned at the Birnam Wood Club when real estate investor and inventor Ray Winn, 88, hosted a birthday bash for his partner of 34 years Peter Kavoian, who was celebrating the 16th anniversary of his half century, and Peter’s mother Anna who is 92. The tony twosome, who split their time between their […]

A Not-So-Saintly Night
By Richard Mineards   |   October 25, 2022

Beatification can have its drawbacks as this illustrious organ’s bridle correspondent Lynn Kirst, who has been Fiesta’s Saint Barbara for the last year, found out. She has now ditched her white go-go boots and ornate gown, celebrating with a boffo bash for 75 guests at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, a prize she won at […]

Long Did She Reign
By Richard Mineards   |   September 20, 2022

This is an article I had hoped I wouldn’t be writing for a few years more, the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96, after an extraordinary reign of more than 70 years. I had wished that, given the Scottish Bowes-Lyon genes from the earls of Strathmore, like her mother […]