Names & Faces: Peter Phillips and the expanding royal family, Billy Boyd

Friday, December 31, 2010

A first for Queen Elizabeth

As of Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II is a great-grandmother, thanks to Peter Phillips and wife Autumn, the son and daughter-in-law of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, Us Magazine reports. The eight-pound baby girl, whose name remains unknown, is 12th in line to the throne.

"The queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the princess royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Autumn's family have been informed and are delighted with the news," the press secretary for the queen told the magazine.

The new parents were in Britain to attend the 84-year-old queen's pre-Christmas gathering at Buckingham Palace. They have resided in Hong Kong since their 2008 marriage.

Cousin Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton in April will now include the youngest addition to the royal family.

'Lord of the Rings' wedding

Billy Boyd wed Ali McKinnon in presence of "Lord of the Rings" pals Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan on Wednesday, E! Online reports.

Boyd, 42, who played Pippin in the trilogy, married the ballet dancer and yoga teacher in an intimate Scottish wedding that included 130 guests.

Boyd and McKinnon met in 2002 and have a 4-year-old son.

Boyd's next project is "The Witches of Oz," ditching the "Lord of the Rings" castmates reunion in "The Hobbit."

The Mellencamps split

John Mellencamp and his wife are calling it quits, the Associated Press reports. A spokesman for the 59-year-old rocker says he and his wife of 20 years, model Elaine Mellencamp (nee Irwin), are splitting up.

Publicist Bob Merlis declined to say Thursday if the couple had filed for divorce.

Merlis says the Mellencamps "are proud of their 20 years together and are very happy with their accomplishments both as parents and as a family." He says they will continue to raise their two children in Indiana.

Mellencamp's latest album, "No Better Than This," came out this year.

R2-D2 creator dies

Grant McCune, who was responsible for the creation of R2-D2 in George Lucas's 1977 "Star Wars," died Monday, the Web site reports.

The Best Visual Effects Academy Award winner, who died of cancer complications at 67, was considered one of Hollywood's best special- and visual-effects artists.

He created most of the "Star Wars" creatures and worked on more than 100 films, including the classics "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," "Ghostbusters II," "Speed," "Batman Forever," "Battlestar Galactica," "Richie Rich," "Thirteen Days" and "Spider-Man 2."

- Gabriela Melendez Olivera, from Web and wire reports

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