Names in the news, Dec. 26

Posted Dec. 26, 2011, at 8:10 p.m.

Queen Elizabeth II emphasized the importance of family in her Christmas message this year and her grandchildren brought some Christmas cheer to her husband, Prince Philip, as he recovered in a hospital after a heart procedure. The 90-year-old prince was forced to miss the royal family’s traditional Christmas festivities — opening presents together, going to a morning church service and viewing the Queen’s Christmas broadcast — after doctors put a coronary stent in. Philip had gone to the hospital on Friday complaining of chest pains, which doctors determined were caused by a blocked coronary artery. Prince William and his brother Prince Harry drove in separate cars to Papworth Hospital from Sandringham, Elizabeth’s sprawling estate where the royal family gathered to celebrate Christmas. Prince Andrew’s daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, also came to the hospital, along with Princess Anne’s children, Zara and Peter. The 45-minute visit from the royal grandchildren came after Elizabeth’s annual, prerecorded Christmas message to the nation aired. The royal family reportedly watches the broadcast together every year. Philip was to spend a fourth night in hospital Monday. … Detroit’s Queen of Soul knows how to throw a Christmas party, and she welcomed in the holiday with glitter, a jazzy musical backdrop and a finale of “Silent Night” with the Four Tops. Aretha Franklin held her annual Christmas party on Friday at the Detroit Athletic Club, greeting guests in a teal blue gown accented with a silver sequined bodice. The Detroit News reports that Franklin exchanged gifts with family and friends as Ursula Walker, Buddy Budson, Marian Hayden and Gayelynn McKinney played jazz in the background. During a meal of filet mignon and salmon, guests were entertained by performances by Gwen & Charles Scales and Franklin’s son Eddie Franklin, who sang “Some Enchanted Evening.”

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