We can thank the British press for this one. The Prince of Wales has sent out 225 invitations for Prince William Arthur Philip Louis’s 21st birthday party on June 21st at Windsor castle. The invitations to the fancy-dress party, featuring a charging elephant, request that everyone dress “Out of Africa” in a nod to the movie that starred Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, plus the three months the Prince spent in Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana. Windsor’s elegant grounds will be turned into the African bush — or as close as possible — for the party. One thing Prince William doesn’t want is a stuffy affair, and it certainly won’t be. They say he’s still trying to decide whether to wear a pith helmet and a safari jacket, or surprise and thrill everyone topped by one of the many feathered headdresses his father, grandfather and Queen Elizabeth have collected during their travels over the years. All the senior royals are expected at the party except Prince Edward, who will be traveling abroad and yes, Camilla Parker Bowles, of whom William is quite fond, has been invited, as well as Uncle Earl Spencer and his mother, Princess Diana’s two sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.
Meanwhile, the whole country is getting into the spirit. A company called Love Hearts is coming out with a limited edition of candies bearing the message “Happy 21 Wills,” and the royal mail issued four Prince William stamps in his honor. Happy birthday from the colonies, Wills.