- The Washington Times - Monday, February 12, 2007

Surgery for Camilla

Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will undergo a hysterectomy early next month, a spokeswoman for the prince’s office said yesterday.

She will be hospitalized for several days after completing a tour in the Middle East with her husband, which is scheduled to end on Feb. 28, said the spokeswoman for Prince Charles’ Clarence House office. She spoke on condition of anonymity in line with royal policy.

The spokeswoman said Camilla, 59, will need to recuperate for approximately six weeks, Associated Press reports.

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the uterus. The operation can be done for various reasons, including cancer, abnormal growths, menstrual problems or complications following birth.

On the road again

You knew it was coming.

The Police announced their first tour in decades yesterday during a rehearsal at the Whisky a Go-Go as a throng of fans crowded near the legendary Sunset Strip nightclub in West Hollywood.

The trio, which led off Sunday night’s Grammy Awards with a live performance of its hit “Roxanne,” broke up in 1984, and members Sting, Andy Summers and Alexandria native Stewart Copeland have since pursued solo careers.

According to AP, the band plans to play arenas, stadiums and some festivals in a North American tour beginning May 28 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Some confirmed cities on the tour include New York, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, New Orleans, St. Louis, Toronto and Montreal. The group also will headline the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee.

“It’s going to be three guys onstage; that’s all,” Sting said. “The show is going to look simple but spectacular.”

The group plans to stick to Police material and not include Sting’s solo hits.

Tickets for the North American leg will range from $50 to $225. A portion of the tour’s proceeds will go to WaterAid, an anti-poverty organization that seeks to provide poor people access to safe water.

Flying high Down Under

A female flight attendant has been suspended by Qantas after an “in-flight incident” with actor Ralph Fiennes, the Australian airline said yesterday.

According to published reports, the star of “The English Patient” and “Schindler’s List” reportedly became “amorous” with Lisa Robertson, 38, in a lavatory on a flight from Australia to India last month.

At least two crew members saw the pair leave the cubicle within moments of each other during the flight from Darwin to Mumbai on Jan. 24, Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported in yesterday’s editions.

“The flight attendant has been [suspended] following an in-flight incident,” a Qantas spokesman said. “She is in the middle of a disciplinary process and the case is still panning out.”

Miss Robertson has denied having sex with Mr. Fiennes, 44, after becoming friendly with him during the flight. She started chatting after serving him in the business class section.

Mr. Fiennes had been in Australia to perform at the Sydney Festival, where he starred in the Samuel Beckett play “First Love.” He separated from his long-time partner, Francesca Annis, last year.

Miss Robertson served in the New South Wales police force for 14 years before joining Qantas in September 2004.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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