What does the woman who has everything get as gifts? A list of official gifts received by Queen Elizabeth from world leaders and dignitaries during 2015 features jewelry, ornaments and some more unusual choices — including homemade honey butter from Michelle Obama.
Buckingham Palace said Wednesday the U.S. first lady offered a gift box of lemon verbena tea, a candle, two small pots of honey and a jar of honey butter from the White House kitchen garden during her June visit to Britain. She also gave the queen a Tiffany & Co. silver “honeycomb and bee bud vase.”
The governor of the British Virgin Islands presented “a bag of salt,” which stood out from a long list of such traditional items as animal figurines, paintings and books. German President Joachim Gauck offered a marzipan model of the Brandenburg Gate, while Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a book of stamps, a woodcarving of a peach, and two CDs of music featuring his wife, a well-known folk singer.
Prince Charles received baby items like booties, a wooden rattle and tiny clothes for his grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte during his official visits last year.
Bryan to break in U.S. Bank Stadium
U.S. Bank Stadium announced Wednesday its first musical event once it opens for business this summer, booking country star Luke Bryan on Aug. 19. The new home of the Minnesota Vikings is nearly complete and will start hosting the team’s yet-to-be-announced preseason games that same month. Bryan’s Twin Cities stop on his newly expanded “Kill the Lights Tour” is the $1 billion venue’s “first announcement of many events at the stadium,” said Jenn Hathaway, spokeswoman for the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which operates the stadium. There is a chance that one or more other non-Vikings events could be scheduled before Bryan takes the stage, Hathaway said, adding, “We get the keys on July 29.” In June before 43,000 fans, Bryan was the first country act to play TCF Bank Stadium. The 39-year-old Georgian said, “We’re honored to be bringing our show there. We are going to rattle some windows in there and break it in.” Ticket information will be available at a later date at usbankstadium.com.
tour plans: Country star Keith Urban hasn’t finished his forthcoming album, “RipCORD,” but he’s already planning a 2016 tour. The first leg of the RipCORD World Tour will start June 2 in Kansas City, Mo., and run through Nov. 19 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. His tour takes him to Target Center in Minneapolis on Nov. 5.
L.A. glamour: Move over New York City, Paris and Milan, there’s a new fashionista on the rise: Los Angeles. British designer Stella McCartney made a glitzy, star-studded Hollywood debut Tuesday. McCartney said, “It’s such a great place for music, for fashion, for film, for entertainment, for the arts." Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom and Demi Lovato were among the guests. Brian Wilson, Pink and Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson performed.