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That beauty of beauties, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, will be an honored guest at the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Awards Dinner at the Waldorf’s Grand Ballroom tonight. Rania’s looks have been celebrated on several...

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That beauty of beauties, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, will be an honored guest at the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Awards Dinner at the Waldorf’s Grand Ballroom tonight. Rania’s looks have been celebrated on several continents, so the crowd in the ballroom tonight will know where to look. But the Queen is more than just another pretty face. She is an inveterate doer of good works, who shows her love for her people in many ways, one of the reasons she is loved back.

The dinner itself is in honor of President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, the recipient of the 2002 Freedom Award. You will remember that along with his good works, the President won his 15 minutes of fashion fame in this country for his stylish attire and the little gray cap he always wears with such flair.

The IRC evening will have something for everyone. Tom Brokaw is the master of ceremonies and there will be a dialogue featuring Sen. Sam Brownback and Sen. Edward Kennedy. The chairmen of the evening are Princess Firyal of Jordan and New York financier Lionel Pincus. Glamour, glitter.



Speaking of beauties, when Patricia Herrera, the daughter of Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, marries Garrit Lansing on Nov. 23, the gents are being asked to wear white tie because that’s the way Patricia and Garrit want it. The entire wedding party will hew to that line, you may be sure.

For those guests complaining, "I have no white tie" or "I gave mine away years ago," or even "mine doesn’t fit anymore," well, you can always rent one. Not that you’ll be turned away at the door of St. Ignatius Loyola if you turn up in black tie, you definitely won’t be. But just remember all the young men will be in white tie.



While ugly, sick-making scandals swirl and eddy in London about the British Royal Family; while Paul Burrell, Princess Di’s butler, is looking less and less like her "rock" and more and more like what crawled out from under it; while Di in death is revealed as the poster girl for hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, the Royal Family strives to keep its stiff upper lip even stiffer and to go about business as usual.
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