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Give Monaco’s Princess Stephanie, 26, credit for having range—the driving kind. On July 10 at the Monte Carlo Golf Club, the Princess, better known for swinging than her swing, played with her father, Prince Rainier, 68, Sean Connery and his wife, Micheline. Steph has been a sometime golfer for at least eight years and often plays with her dad. (They both claim a hacker’s level 24 handicap.) A week earlier she was in the Pro-Am Tournament. The new Bo Derek—like locks, courtesy of a Caribbean girlfriend and not of her regular stylist, Gerald of Alexandre, seem the only reminder of her wild-child days; the Princess has even forsaken her familiar leather shorts and tattered jeans, causing Paris Match to ask, “Is Stephanie finally entering her clean period?” As if in answer, Mademoiselle Grimaldi reportedly declared recently, “The partying is over.”


On a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew for the opening of a marine-plant house, Britain’s Princess Margaret, 60, came disguised as a red-dyed dandelion. Her feathered hat—actually, it looked more like a Queen Mum—had first blossomed a few weeks before at Royal Ascot.


In Madrid promoting his film Veraz and the Spanish edition of his novel, Dance with the Devil, Kirk Douglas, 74, dropped in on King Juan Carlos, 53, and Queen Sofia, 52, at Zarzuela Palace. Douglas and the Greek-born queen had met before. “She reminded me she’d visited the set when we were shooting Spartacus in Greece,” he said.


Twelve British Commonwealth countries and colonies are celebrating the Waleses’ 10-year anniversary with commemorative stamps, each from photographs, of Prince Charles, 42, Princess Diana, 30, and their sons, Princes William, 9, and Harry, 6…. Meanwhile, Charles’s youngest brother, Prince Edward, 27, is out of a job. Theatre Division, a stage company he worked for as a production assistant, has folded, so the Prince is pondering his next move.