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Duchess Kate’s simple lesson for kids of all ages will warm your heart

<p>As a mother-of-three, Duchess Kate has firsthand experience raising her children with Prince William. Over the past five years, since her eldest child Prince George was born, she has learned many parenting lessons which she now feels should be passed on to other growing families.</p> <p>At a recent event, Duchess Kate openly shared her parenting advice at Basildon Sporting Village in the UK, as one admirer named Janet Emery hugged the royal.</p> <p>Kate welcomed the embrace, thanking the woman, and shared with Janet, “Thank you very much. Hugs are very important. I keep saying that to my children.”</p> <p>Janet is part of an organisation, Sport for Confidence, which provides sporting events and activities for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems, as well as giving them a supportive space.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIvrC2gYHs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIvrC2gYHs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Clarence House (@clarencehouse)</a> on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:05pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince William has previously given insight into how he and his wife raise Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 6 months. He revealed that besides their royal status, they do all they can to give their children a normal life.</p> <p>“As far as we’re concerned, within our family unit we are a normal family. I love my children the same way any father does, and I hope George loves me the same way any son does to his father, so we are very normal in that sense,” William explained to BBC News in 2016.</p> <p>Surprisingly, along with many parents across the world, William and Kate are against giving their children electronics, such as iPads, computers and gaming consoles.</p> <p>“As two people who grew up without gadgets for entertainment themselves, William and Kate are firm believers in toys, outdoor play and encouraging an active imagination,” shared a royal insider with <span><em><a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/07/prince-william-kate-middleton-george-charlotte-technology-toys">Us Weekly.</a></em></span></p> <p>What do you think is an important lesson for kids of all ages to know? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.</p>

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Father-of-four opens letterbox to find random act of kindness

<p>A father-of-four from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast was very surprised after opening his mailbox to find a kind anonymous note.</p> <p>Sharing his discovery on discussion website Reddit, he revealed upon opening the note he also noticed $20 was attached.</p> <p>The heartwarming message on the note read, “Hello, this is a random act of kindness."</p> <p>“I think this $20 would be of more benefit to you than it is to me. All I ask is that maybe one day you do an act of kindness for someone else.”</p> <p>The man told <span><a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/father-four-opens-letterbox-find-random-act-kindness-023106840.html">Yahoo7</a></span> that he believes the letter was hand-delivered and he spent some time trying “to think if it was someone I know”.</p> <p>Revealing how he spent the money, he shared, “I used it on activity books and pencils for the kids. They had been asking all week for some.”</p> <p>Following his feel-good post, the Queensland father received his fair share of scepticism on the internet, with the picture he posted attracting an abundance of comments as well as various reactions.</p> <p><img style="width: 345px; height: 368px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821984/1-letter-money.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fa595084b67c4c81b96f3f60034fea01" /></p> <p>One user wrote, “Far out, your house must look pretty rough to elicit random donations.”</p> <p>While another asked if he needed the money to which he replied, “Nope but the kids enjoyed it.”</p> <p>A third person commented, “So apparently you look like the kind of guy who needs $20. How do you feel about that?”</p> <p>And the criticisms didn’t stop there. Another user responded, “I can’t be the only one who thinks this is a little weird and creepy? Why not just hand it to a bum on the street?” while another directly stated the note is “clearly fake”.</p> <p>However, the dad-of-four clapped back at the dubious non-believers, writing, “It’s most definitely not a fake. I posted because it’s great people do this. Some people still have time in their lives to think of others.”</p> <p>The Queenslander added that he hoped they will someday “receive something like this that will change their mind”.</p> <p>Some Reddit users were hopeful and optimistic, with one person commenting, “Awesome. Hope you pay it forward one day”, to which the father responded, “I most definitely will.”</p> <p>Do you believe in small acts of kindness like this one? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The official royal title Princess Diana once had that Camilla now uses

<p><span>One thing many royal fans might not know about Princess Diana is that when she married Prince Charles on the 29th of July in 1981, she also inherited a number of royal titles. </span></p> <p><span>Although she became formally known around the world as Her Royal Highness, Princess Diana of Wales, she also was bestowed the titles of Countess of Cheshire and Duchess of Rothesay. </span></p> <p><span>Furthermore, the official royal title now used by Prince Charles’ wife Camilla Parker Bowles – who married the future king in 2005 and became the Duchess of Cornwall ­– also belonged to Princess Diana once upon a time. </span></p> <p><span>And Diana and Camilla aren’t the only ones to be honoured with the title of Duchess of Cornwall. Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother who was married to King George V, also held the title in previous times. </span></p> <p><span>But the age-old question all royalists want to know is: ‘Why is Camilla not the Princess of Wales, like Diana was?’</span></p> <p><span>It is understood that, when Camilla married Charles 13 years ago, she decided to take the royal title Duchess of Cornwall in a move that’s believed to be a sign of respect to the late Diana. </span></p> <p><span>While she is also technically the Princess of Wales, as she is married to the Prince of Wales, royal insiders hint that when Charles becomes king, Camilla will be known as Princess Consort, not Queen Camilla. </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqLUxJ4AEn5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqLUxJ4AEn5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House this evening before departing for The Prince’s 70th birthday event at Buckingham Palace. The photograph was taken by @chrisjacksongetty. 📸</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/clarencehouse/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Clarence House</a> (@clarencehouse) on Nov 14, 2018 at 2:07pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>The debate around Camilla’s title when Charles succeeds the throne is also spelt out on the official royal website in the frequently asked questions section: “As was explained at the time of their wedding in April 2005, it is intended that The Duchess will be known as HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne.”</span></p> <p><span>But not everyone agrees this will still be the case. </span></p> <p><span>According to <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/why-queen-camilla-has-always-been-on-the-cards">Princess Diana’s former private secretary</a>, the Duchess of Cornwall will be formally declared Queen when her husband Charles become monarch.</span></p> <p><span>Patrick Jephson, who worked for the People’s Princess from 1989-1996, says that Camilla receiving the title of 'Queen' has “always been on the cards”.</span></p> <p><span>"You'll never find it acknowledged," he added.</span></p> <p><span>"You'll find clever wording like 'there are no plans' or 'it is not envisaged'. But I bet you a dollar to a donut Her Majesty Queen Camilla will be crowned."</span></p> <p><span>Royal correspondent Andrew Robert has also previously disagreed with the official royal website’s explanation and stated: “Technically, unless there’s a change of law or an act of parliament [Camilla] will become ‘Queen Consort’, they’d have to change the law to stop her being ‘Queen Consort.”</span></p> <p><span>Do you think Camilla should be given the title of Queen when Prince Charles becomes King? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.</span></p> <p><span> </span></p>

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Family first! Prince Charles celebrates 70th birthday with heartwarming new portraits

<p><span>To celebrate Prince Charles’ milestone 70th birthday today, the palace has released beautiful new portraits of the future king with his immediate family. </span></p> <p><span>Taken at Clarence House in September, the heartwarming family photos feature Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Prince Harry and pregnant Duchess Meghan, and Prince William and Duchess Kate, along with their three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIvjMIALqV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIvjMIALqV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Two new photographs of The Prince of Wales and his family have been released to celebrate HRH’s 70th birthday. The photos were taken by @chrisjacksongetty in the garden of Clarence House.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/clarencehouse/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Clarence House</a> (@clarencehouse) on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:04pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Prince George is pictured in one of the snaps chuckling cheekily while seated on Grandpa Wales’ – as he is affectionately known to by his grandkids – lap. </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIvrC2gYHs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIvrC2gYHs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The Prince of Wales with his family in the garden of Clarence House. The photo was taken by @ChrisJacksonGetty to mark The Prince’s 70th birthday.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/clarencehouse/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Clarence House</a> (@clarencehouse) on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:05pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>It has been widely reported how much of a doting grandfather Charles is with both his and Camilla’s grandchildren. </span></p> <p><span>The Duchess revealed in new BBC documentary, <em>Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70</em>: “He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know making funny noises and laughing and my grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him.” </span></p> <p><span>Camilla added, “He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that.”</span></p> <p><span>The new portraits are also the first time Prince Louis has been seen since his official christening photos were released by the palace in July. </span></p> <p> </p>

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Just like mum! Prince Louis' uncanny resemblance to Duchess Kate in childhood photo

<p>In honour of Prince Charles’ 70th birthday, the palace has released a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/art/family-first-prince-charles-celebrates-70th-birthday-with-heartwarming-new-portraits" target="_blank">series of news photographs</a> giving a rare glimpse at the relationship between the three different generations of royals – including the youngest, Prince Louis.</p> <p>Taken in the gardens of Clarence House in September, the portrait features Charles sitting amongst his family which includes his wife Camilla, his sons Prince William and Prince Harry, their wives the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex and the future king's three grandchildren.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIvobkHrkB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIvobkHrkB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">This new photograph of The Prince of Wales and his family has been released to celebrate His Royal Highness’ 70th birthday. The photograph was taken by @chrisjacksongetty in the garden of @clarencehouse</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/theroyalfamily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:04pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIv49HHm2k/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIv49HHm2k/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">This second photograph of The Prince of Wales and his family has also been released by @clarencehouse to celebrate HRH’s 70th birthday. The photos were taken by @chrisjacksongetty in the garden of Clarence House.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/theroyalfamily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:07pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The royal family, which are known for their strict protocol, seemed visibly relaxed in the photos with Prince George, 5, sitting on his grandfather's knee and everyone around them beaming with joy.</p> <p>But people were quick to notice the uncanny resemblance between Prince Louis and the Duchess of Cambridge, as the new photos gave a rare glimpse at the baby Prince.</p> <p>The photo below shows the youngest royal at 5 months old next to a photo of his mother, who was also roughly the same age during the time of the photograph.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqLKJakFW9_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqLKJakFW9_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">We see who Prince Louis Arthur Charles looks like! #PrinceLouis #CatherineMiddleton #britishroyalfamily</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/royalchildrenofcambridge/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Olivia Page</a> (@royalchildrenofcambridge) on Nov 14, 2018 at 12:35pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Only a few days before, an adorable photo of <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/art/adorable-new-portrait-of-prince-louis-released" target="_blank">Prince Charles playing with his youngest grandchild</a> was released by the palace, offering a rare insight into the relationship between the 70-year-old royal and his grandchildren.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp74bqJFmkj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp74bqJFmkj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A new photo of Prince Charles, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis by royal photographer Chris Jackson. . SO CUTE AWWW! ♡ . #katemiddleton #duchessofcambridge #princecharles #princelouis #princegeorge #princesscharlotte</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/thecambridgespage/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Cambridges.</a> (@thecambridgespage) on Nov 8, 2018 at 2:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In the new documentary <em>Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70</em>, Prince William shares his sentiments on Prince Charles as a grandfather and hopes he will be able to spend more time with his grandchildren before he becomes King.</p> <p>“It’s something I’m working on heavily. I think he does have time for it, but I would like him to have more time with the children,” said the Duke of Cambridge.</p> <p>“Having more time with him at home would be lovely – and being able to, you know, play around with the grandchildren. When he is there, he’s brilliant, but we need him there as much as possible.”</p> <p>What do you think of the uncanny resemblance between Prince Louis and his mother Duchess Kate? Do you think they look alike? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. </p>

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Why this mum isn’t going to tell her kids it’s Christmas Eve

<p>A mother has faced scrutiny over her controversial decision to not tell her children it’s Christmas Eve.</p> <p>Posting under the username “Mama Hechtick”, the mum asked for people’s opinions on parenting forum Mumsnet, as she explained that her reasoning behind not telling her children it’s Christmas Eve is, so they could have a good night’s sleep.</p> <p>“I have this idea, that for this year we won’t tell DC [Dear Children] it’s Christmas Eve,” wrote the mum. “We don’t do Christmas Eve boxes and they are usually disinterested in their advent calendars by mid-December so don’t really countdown as such.”</p> <p>According to the mum, her children, who are aged five and six, are unable to rest before Christmas day due to the sheer excitement. She plans to hide the fact that it’s Christmas Eve and wake them up early the next day and tell them it’s Christmas, as she believes that is more exciting.</p> <p>“I’m thinking that waking them up early and telling them it’s Christmas morning will be a far bigger and exciting surprise,” she explains.</p> <p>“Would I be unreasonable or mean for doing this,” she asks.</p> <p>“I think it’s the only year we’d get away with it. We don’t have any plans for Christmas Eve except a fairly quiet day with just us at home. Friends I’ve briefly discussed this with seem a bit off with it.”</p> <p>But her question had many parents disagreeing with the decision.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t,” said one mum. “The build-up is so exciting for children, don’t take that away from them.”</p> <p>“Waiting for Santa is half the fun,” says another. “I think it seems a bit mean.”</p> <p>“Don’t you put out milk and biscuits for Santa and a carrot for the reindeer, or track Santa online, watch a Christmas movie or read the night before Christmas?” asked one mum. “It’s not something I would miss out on but if you don’t do anything at all then why not?”</p> <p>“You can’t do that,” said another. “When I was a kid, I was so excited for Christmas Eve. Trying to stay awake to see Santa, the excitement of the next day, don’t take that away from them just so they get a good night sleep.</p> <p>“Kids aren’t kids for long, let them enjoy the build-up and don’t suck the fun out of it.”</p> <p>What do you think? Do you think the mum should keep Christmas Eve from her kids? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The Queen’s unexpected comment about Prince Charles in emotional speech

<p>With Prince Charles turning 70, no one could be prouder of his achievements than his own mother, Queen Elizabeth II.</p> <p>Hosting a party on Wednesday night at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the monumental occasion, the Queen gave a heartfelt tribute to her eldest son and the heir to the throne.</p> <p>In what was considered a rare occasion of public affection, the Queen spoke fondly of her son and said it was a “privilege” to be able to celebrate the milestone with Prince Charles.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqLN9gFnwGq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqLN9gFnwGq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">“My mother saw me turn 70, of course. And she was heard to observe that 70 is exactly the age when the number of candles on your cake finally exceeds the amount of breath you have to blow them out.” Her Majesty described The Prince as “passionate”, “creative” and as “a duchy original”. Read the full speech by clicking our link in bio. This photograph was taken in the grounds of Windlesham Moor, country home in Surrey, in 1949 when Prince Charles was around 8 months old and in this second photograph The Queen and The Prince of Wales are pictured together at the Braemar Games in Scotland last year.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/theroyalfamily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Nov 14, 2018 at 1:08pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It is a privilege for any mother to be able to propose a toast to her son on his 70<sup>th</sup> birthday. It means that you have lived long enough to see your child grow up. It is rather like – to use an analogy I am certain will find favour – planting a tree and being able to watch it grow,” she said.</p> <p>“My mother saw me turn 70, of course. And she was heard to observe that 70 is exactly the age when the number of candles on your cake finally exceeds the amount of breath you have to blow them out. Over his 70 years, Philip and I have seen Charles become a champion of conservation and the arts, a great charitable leader – a dedicated and respected heir to the throne to stand comparison with any in history – and a wonderful father,” she continued.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqLNy9nHtZb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqLNy9nHtZb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">“It is a privilege for any mother to be able to propose a toast to her son on his 70th birthday. It means that you have lived long enough to see your child grow up,” The Queen has said in a speech at the Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Party this evening. “It is rather like —to use an analogy I am certain will find favour — planting a tree and being able to watch it grow,” Her Majesty said. Read the full toast by clicking our link in bio. This first photograph was taken at Buckingham Palace on The Prince of Wales’ fourth birthday and the second on The Queen’s 90th birthday in Windsor in 2016. 📷 PA Images</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/theroyalfamily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Nov 14, 2018 at 1:07pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Most of all, sustained by his wife Camilla, he is his own man, passionate and creative. So, this toast is to wish a happy birthday to my son, in every respect a duchy original. To you Charles. To the Prince of Wales,” she concluded.</p> <p>Many were surprised to hear the Queen mention the Duchess of Cornwall in her speech, as it is said that the pair don’t get along after author Tom Bower mentioned an argument between the two in his unauthorised biography <em>Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles</em>.</p> <p>But after giving an emotional toast, it seems as if there is no bad blood between the Queen and her daughter-in-law.</p> <p>The Queen’s tribute to Prince Charles was posted across official royal Instagram accounts and other social media platforms, along with photographs of the pair throughout the years.</p>

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The heartwarming "thank you" photo Prince William and Kate sent to fans

<p>Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have shown their appreciation to their loving supporters with a beautiful photograph of Kate and Prince Louis at his christening.</p> <p>Kate and William have slowly been responding to every letter they have received after the birth of their third child who was born six months ago.</p> <p>The "thank you" package features a photo of the Duchess and Prince Louis both beaming with joy and was taken by photographer Matt Porteous in the gardens of Clarence House on the day of Louis’ christening, which took place in July.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqHCfiBA2_x/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqHCfiBA2_x/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">New reply from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge✨ I wrote them in July on the occasion of Prince Louis‘ Christening👶🏼💙 #princelouis #dukeofcambridge #duchessofcambridge #princewilliam #kensingtonpalace #reply #royalreply #christening #royal #royals #royalchristening #royalletter #dukeandduchessofcambridge</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/swedens.royal.family/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Swedish Royals👑❤️</a> (@swedens.royal.family) on Nov 12, 2018 at 10:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Along with the photo came a small card acknowledging the delayed response, as the Duke and Duchess apologised for taking the time to respond due to the “enormous volume” of letters received.</p> <p>The token of appreciation was shared on social media by a royal fan who wrote to the pair back in July.</p> <p>The card inside the envelope reads: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were touched that you took the trouble to write on the occasion of the baptism of their son, Prince Louis.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 473.2142857142857px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821943/capture.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ae695e5edfec425c90f829b9b6fe52c6" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/swedens.royal.family/">@swedens.royal.family</a></em></p> <p>“Their Royal Highnesses are so grateful for all the wonderful messages they have received and send you their warmest thanks and best wishes”.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 478.83597883597884px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821944/capture1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9578b590ec624d6c90d9c91ec8562ea2" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/swedens.royal.family/">@swedens.royal.family</a></em></p> <p>The separate apology card said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hope you will understand that, due to the enormous volume of correspondence received in the last few months, it has not been possible to reply to you all until now”.</p> <p>The photograph of Kate and Louis was loved by the couple so much that they made the decision to release it to the public through the Kensington Palace Instagram account.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BlSWcJunlMb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BlSWcJunlMb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released an additional photograph taken following the christening of Prince Louis. The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do. 📷 @mattporteous</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Jul 16, 2018 at 2:00am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The photo featured the caption: “The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do.”</p>

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Michael Schumacher’s wife shares rare comments on stricken F1 star’s health

<p>Michael Schumacher’s wife Corrina has made rare comments about her husband’s health in a letter that has recently emerged.</p> <p>In the note that has surfaced nearly five years since Michael’s skiing accident, Corinna, 49, described her husband as a “fighter”.</p> <p>In 2013, the Formula One Champion suffered a traumatic brain injury after crashing on a ski slope during a holiday.</p> <p>Michael’s family have disclosed little information about his condition since the tragedy, leaving his fans clueless about his health.</p> <p>However, a German musician has shared a letter Corinna wrote to him with German magazine <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Bunte</em> last week.</p> <p>Hamburg bandleader Sascha Herchenbach received the note after sending a recording of a new song named ‘Born To Fight’ to the Schumacher family.</p> <p>In the emotional letter, Corrina wrote: “I would like to sincerely thank you for your message and nice gift that will help us through this difficult time.</p> <p>“It is good to receive so many kind wishes and other well-intentioned words – which is a great support for our family.</p> <p>“We all know Michael is a fighter and will not give up.”</p> <p>Herchenbach composed the track on 29 December 2014, but the date of Corrina’s letter has not been revealed.</p> <p>The musician told the magazine that he was shocked to receive a reply from the family.</p> <p>“I had not expected to get an answer and was overwhelmed,” he said.</p> <p>“The letter was handwritten and signed by Corinna on her stationery.</p> <p>“She wrote that she was very thankful for the gift and helped her and her family over this difficult time.”</p> <p>It is believed the German is recovering in his home near Lake Geneva in Switzerland.</p> <p>The touching letter follows recent comments made by Schumacher’s manager to support a <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/michael-schumacher-s-family-issues-rare-statement/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>charity commemorative poster</strong></span></a> celebrating the racer.</p> <p>The poster depicts Michael driving to victory on his way to his first title with Ferrari.</p> <p>Speaking on behalf of the Schumacher family, Sabine Kehm said: “We are delighted to be partnering with ZOOM to raise money for the Keep Fighting Foundation.</p> <p>“This is a stunning way to celebrate Michael’s iconic career and by the way a very beautiful poster.”</p>

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The 4 signs Prince Charles is about to take over from the Queen

<p>Great Britain’s longest reigning monarch, 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, has reigned for 66 years on the throne.</p> <p>In recent years, the Queen has started reducing her demanding schedule and has instead offered more responsibility to her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles.</p> <p>Now, royal spectators believe that the Queen could soon be passing the reigns over to Charles.</p> <p>Speaking to the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/mailonsunday"><strong><em><u>Mail on Sunday</u></em></strong></a>, royal correspondent Robert Jobson said, “I understand the Queen has given the matter considerable thought and believes that, if she is still alive at 95, she will seriously consider passing the reign to Charles.”</p> <p>Reportedly, there have been four key signs that are hinting that Charles will soon become monarch.</p> <p><strong>1. Prince Charles’ charm offensive</strong></p> <p>Recently, the Prince of Wales has been on the charm offensive, showing the public a more emotional side to the doting grandfather. In a recent photo released by the Palace, Charles can be seen playing with his youngest grandchild, Prince Louis.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp74bqJFmkj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp74bqJFmkj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A new photo of Prince Charles, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis by royal photographer Chris Jackson. . SO CUTE AWWW! ♡ . #katemiddleton #duchessofcambridge #princecharles #princelouis #princegeorge #princesscharlotte</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/thecambridgespage/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Cambridges.</a> (@thecambridgespage) on Nov 8, 2018 at 2:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The sweet photo was shared ahead of the UK premiere of a new BBC documentary, <em>Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70</em>.</p> <p>In the documentary, viewers see Charles swinging Camilla’s grandchild around as his wife gushes about his family values.</p> <p>“He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know making funny noises and laughing and my grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him,” said Camilla.</p> <p>“He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that.”</p> <p><strong>2. Support from his sons</strong></p> <p>Although Prince Charles and Prince Harry have always shared their love for their dad, recently the two royals have been vocal about their support and respect for their father.</p> <p>In the BBC documentary, Harry reflected on when his father stepped in to replace Duchess Meghan’s father and walk her down the aisle on her wedding day.</p> <p>Harry, 34, recalled the moment he asked his father to step in for his then soon-to-be wife.</p> <p>“I asked him to and I think he knew it was coming and he immediately said, ‘Yes, of course, I’ll do whatever Meghan needs and I’m here to support you’,” Harry said.</p> <p>“For him that’s a fantastic opportunity to step up and be that support, and you know he’s our father so of course he’s gonna be there for us.</p> <p>“Just because he’s my father that doesn’t mean I can just sort of go, ‘Okay, that’s all, I’ll take it from here.’”</p> <p>In the same documentary, William complimented his father for being a wonderful grandparent and admitted that he wants Charles to “have more time with the children”.</p> <p>Last year, Harry and William opened up about the moment Charles told them the heartbreaking news about their mother Princess Diana’s death.</p> <p>“One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died,” Harry said.</p> <p>“But he was there for us, he was the one out of two left and he tried to do his best and to make sure we were protected and looked after.</p> <p>“But, you know, he was going through the same grieving process as well.”</p> <p><strong>3. Charles the thought-leader</strong></p> <p>Last month, Charles appeared on the cover of <em>GQ</em> magazine for their October issue.</p> <p>His interview with the publication positioned him as the modern figurehead of the British monarchy, discussing his views on certain topics.</p> <p>The heir discussed his passion for environmental issues, highlighting how his viewpoints often differ from others.</p> <p>“You are accused of being controversial just because you are trying to draw attention to things that aren’t necessarily part of the con­ventional viewpoint,” he said.</p> <p>On his official website, Prince Charles explains why he is so passionate about taking care of the environment.</p> <p>“For His Royal Highness believes that economic and social development will best succeed when it works in harmony with Nature, rather than in conflict with Nature,” the Prince of Wales website states.</p> <p><strong>4. Performing the Queen’s duties</strong></p> <p>Charles has increasingly stepped in for this mother at various engagements. Last year, Charles took centre stage for the laying of the wreath during the Remembrance Day ceremony while his mother looked on.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 476.78508617657405px;" src="/media/7821927/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b8761785c16c4b8293e4c31bd3144c9a" /></p> <p>Last year, Charles also completed the most engagements in his family – fulfilling 374 engagements in the UK and 172 abroad.</p> <p>In April this year, the Queen discussed Charles taking over from her as the Head of the Commonwealth.</p> <p>”It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity to future generations, and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949,” she said, addressing the Commonwealth heads of government at Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>While some royal speculators suggest the Queen will officially abdicate when she turns 95, others believe Charles could soon become Prince Regent.</p> <p>This will mean that Charles will “become King all but in name”.</p> <p>Do you think Charles will become King soon? 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Prince Charles’ candid interview about becoming King: “There are so many things that need to be done”

<p>A new feature story has given a fascinating insight into Prince Charles, the man who will be the King of England, and his wife Duchess Camilla.</p> <p>Journalist James Reginato has spoken to a number of royal insiders including the 69-year-old Prince’s close friends and colleagues, and the heir to the throne himself for a new<span> </span><em>Vanity Fair</em><span> </span>story.</p> <p>The Duke of Cornwall, who turns 70 this month, told the journalist that “there are so many things that need to be done,” reports <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/royals/british-royal-family/prince-charles-vanity-fair-interview-52190" target="_blank">now to love</a>. Interviewees lift the veil on his relationship with Duchess Camilla, who he married in 2005. </p> <p>One royal correspondent said, <span>"She's made a massive difference in him,” and that they have "great affection and humour between them.”</span></p> <p>Royal photographer Alexi Lubomirski described the couple’s chemistry at a photo shoot at Clarence House saying, <span>"As soon as they looked at each other, there was a sparkle in their eyes – that's when the magic happened."</span></p> <p>Lubomirski added, "You feel like they are a young couple in love."</p> <p>There are still questions about exactly what title Duchess Camilla will have when Prince Charles assumes the throne, with some reports saying it will be 'Queen Consort'. A royal insider told the magazine that the Duchess of Cornwall has the right disposition to be Queen as she "never complains", and "there's nothing lightweight about her. She's not a bullsh**ter and she doesn't take any bulls**t".</p> <p>"She knows that he is the boss, the star,” her nephew, Ben Elliot, said of his aunt when her husband takes the throne. </p> <p>“She does everything she can possibly do to support him. At the same time, he's very proud of her. She's very sharp and perceptive."</p> <p><span>The feature story also looks at the future monarch’s charitable efforts, such as The Prince’s Trust which has assisted more than 870,000 disadvantaged find employment and receive job training. The former CEO of Prince Charles’ charities, Dame Julia Cleverdon, told <em>Vanity Fair</em> that her former boss is </span><span>"a great connector – the ultimate networker".</span></p> <p>"He creatively swipes ideas from all over the world,” she said. “Then he'll say, for example, 'Why hasn't this one been implemented in Dorset?'"</p> <p>The Prince’s conservation efforts are also explored in the feature, in which he told journalist Reginato that one of his duties was to “find solutions to the vast challenges we face over accelerating climate change".</p> <p>"If we don't engage with these issues, and many other related and critical problems that they inevitably compound, we will all be the victims,” he said. “Nothing escapes."</p> <p>The story also confirmed the already reported fondness the Prince has for his new daughter-in-law Duchess Meghan.</p> <p>"They clearly really like each other,” said a close family friend. “There is real warmth and support. Camilla has been very helpful to Meghan.”</p>

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The 5 things you need to do when visiting Morocco

<p>From the twisting, bustling alleyways of the Medina to the fresh sweet taste of mint tea, Morocco is a wonderful assault on the senses. These are the five things you must do in this incredible country. </p> <p><strong>1. Shopping</strong></p> <p>If you love delicate glass tea sets, intricately-woven carpets and expertly-made leather handbags, you will love shopping in Morocco.</p> <p>Sharpen your bargaining skills and head to the markets for the most authentic experience. The Souk Market in Marrakech is the one most often featured in films. Wander through the vast twisting alleys and you will find anything your heart desires from spices and perfumes to leather goods and souvenirs. Be prepared. This is a wonderful assault on the senses. Take good shoes, a bottle of water and a secure bag.</p> <p>Many Morocco tours also take some time to visit a tannery. Here you can see exactly how leather goods are made. To counter what may be an overpowering smell, the owners hand out sprigs of mint. Hold one to your nose as you listen to the workers detail the process of tanning a hide and turning it into luxury goods.</p> <p>Make sure you also seek out a carpet-maker, particularly in Fez. Colourful threads hang from the walls and the intricate Moroccan carpets are woven on-site.</p> <p>Moroccan argan oil is world-famous for making hair shine and heal. The best place to buy it is in Marrakesh. Speak with your tour operator to make sure the oil you find is authentic.</p> <p><strong>2. Ancient ruins</strong></p> <p>The empire of Rome once stretched all the way to Morocco. The best-preserved example of the ancient Roman ruins can be found at Volubilis, between Rabat and Fez.</p> <p>Volubilis was founded in the 3rd Century BC and was once the capital of the kingdom of Mauretania. The Romans saw this isolated city as a strategic outpost for their empire. It grew into a vast city under their occupation from the 1st century AD. Volubilis lies on a fertile plain surrounded by wheat fields. The city’s wealth came from olive production. Grand residences were decorated with beautiful mosaic tiles, marble and bronze. It once had terraced gardens and a triumphal arch. The 42-hectare site is UNESCO-listed.</p> <p>“It is one of the richest sites of this period in North Africa, not only for its ruins but also for the great wealth of its epigraphic evidence,” UNESCO says.</p> <p>Local tribes overtook the city in 285AD. Rome never re-took it.</p> <p><strong>3. Food</strong></p> <p>Moroccan food is influenced by Berber, Jewish, Arab and French cultures. The result? It is delicious.</p> <p>Morocco’s most famous dish, couscous, is made from small steamed balls of crushed duram wheat semolina. The word couscous is derived from the Arabic word Kaskasa which means “to pound small”. In Morocco, the dish is often called seksu or kesksu. It’s served with chicken, lamb or mutton and vegetables cooked in a spicy broth or stew.</p> <p>When in Morocco, you need to try the sweet version, called Stouff – steamed couscous served with almonds, cinnamon and sugar.</p> <p>Tagine is another must-try Moroccan dish. Tagine is served everywhere, from roadside stalls to fancy restaurants. This delicious meat stew is slow-cooked inside a cone-shaped clay pot.</p> <p>Khobz, a crusty bread baked in communal wood-fired ovens is another delicious Moroccan staple. You can buy it fresh from street vendors all over Morocco.</p> <p>The one Moroccan staple you can expect to have every day is mint tea. Simple, fresh leaves steeped in water and served in glass teacups. It’s a ritual you will take home with you. No more mint teabags. Fresh is the way to go.</p> <p><strong>4. Fez</strong></p> <p>Fez is Morocco’s oldest imperial city. Less crowded than Marrakesh, Fez is known as a centre for traditional art and artisans. Fez’s old town, or Medina, is UNESCO World Heritage listed. It’s a maze of narrow streets, bustling souks and shopfronts selling traditional food and crafts.</p> <p>Fez is home to the world’s oldest university – the University of Al Quaraouiyine, founded in 859. The mosque and university are off-limits to tourists. But you can visit the public library, also one of the oldest in the world.</p> <p>If you love Moroccan tiles, head to Medersa Bou Inania. This building was once a theological college. It is the only religious building in Fez open to non-Muslims. Inside you will find breathtaking mosaics, fine lattice screens and incredible stucco-work.</p> <p>Gardeners should check out Jnan Sbil Gardens, just outside the Medina walls. Sultan Moulay Hassan donated the gardens to the people in the 19th century. Wander along the pathways and breathe in the scent of citrus and eucalyptus.</p> <p><strong>5. Hammam scrubs</strong></p> <p>Just as you need to do Turkish baths in Turkey, in Morocco, you need to do a hamman scrub.</p> <p>The traditional bathhouse is quite the experience. The first step is to steam and soak. Guests split off by gender, remove their clothes and head to the steam rooms. Take some water from the buckets inside the room and pour it over your head. Or soak in wonderful pools like the one above. </p> <p>Next comes the scrub. The masseuse will scrub every inch of your body, delighting in the removal of dead skin cells. Once you’ve been scrubbed, head back to the steam room to relax. Our top tip – make sure you pay to have your own scrubbing mat, otherwise, they will recycle. </p> <p>You will never view a massage in the same way again.</p> <p><em>Written by Alison Godfrey. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/stories/5-things-you-must-do-in-morocco/">My Discoveries</a></span>. </em></p>

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Why you need to go to Switzerland

<p>Wendy Fernandes is a regular visitor to Switzerland. She has been to the European nation at least two or three times a year for the past 12 years.</p> <p>“I go primarily to visit family, but I also love the country because you feel so safe travelling there, everything is clean and well organised, and it’s breathtakingly beautiful,” Wendy says.</p> <p>Switzerland is a small nation, at 41,277 square kilometres it would fit in New South Wales 10 times. But don’t be fooled by its size. It is incredibly diverse.</p> <p>“Visiting Switzerland is like experiencing three European countries in one as the German-speaking, French-speaking and Italian-speaking areas all have their own unique ambience,” Wendy says.</p> <p>Lucerne is one of Wendy’s favourite cities. This compact city sits on the shores of Lake Lucerne and is known for its medieval architecture. It’s here you will find the lion monument carved into a rock and the Swiss Transport Museum.</p> <p>“The lake is beautiful with picture box wooden pedestrian bridges crossing it,” Wendy says. “You can do boat trips on the lake, it has a pedestrian-only central shopping street and lots of cafes and restaurants.”</p> <p>In Zurich, you’ll find an attractive old town mingled with modern shopping streets. Daily guided walks (in English) leave from the train station in the centre of town.</p> <p>Zermatt is in the French-speaking part of the country and is home to the dramatic Matterhorn mountain.</p> <p>“It’s a year-round resort and thanks to the glacier one can ski for 8 months,” Wendy says.</p> <p>“In the summer there are wonderful walks to suit all abilities with guides available for the more challenging hikes. The town centre is full of places to stay and eat and has a vibrant atmosphere.”</p> <p>If you’re going to Zermatt, Wendy says you should walk across the Charles Kuonen bridge. At 494m it is the longest in the world.</p> <p>What you will really love, Wendy says, is the trains. Swiss trains are known for their efficiency and for the stunning scenery of the countryside they pass through. The Glacier Express is perhaps the most famous Swiss train. It connects Zermatt and St Moritz in the centre of the Swiss Alps and glass roofs offer jaw-dropping views of the mountains.</p> <p>The Chocolate train links Montreux and Broc-Chocolat and the Golden Pass train runs from Luzern to Interlaken and Montreux.</p> <p>“Travelling is easy and public transport operates 352 days a year, runs like clockwork and covers the whole country,” Wendy says.</p> <p>“When buying a ticket at the station they will give you a print out of times/platform numbers and any changes required.</p> <p>“You can buy various train/boat/bus passes such as the Swiss Travel Pass for 3, 4, 8 or 15 days. If you are visiting for longer the Half Fare card on the trains is valid for 30 days.”</p> <p>If you are travelling by car and using the motorways you need to buy and display a Vignette for CHF 40.</p> <p>Australians travelling to Switzerland will appreciate the excellent coffee. Swiss food is wholesome, always homemade and nourishing.</p> <p>“Try Fondue (bread cubes dipped in hot cheese), Alpermagronen (a bake of cheese and potatoes served with apple puree), Bircher muesli (a breakfast dish of oats soaked overnight and then mixed with forest fruits, yogurt and cream), Raclette ( a type of cheese heated to melting point and then dripped over potatoes and pickles) and Rosti which is almost the national dish being potatoes thinly grated and then pan-fried in butter until crisp and golden,” Wendy says.</p> <p>“Wash any of the above down with white wine (which the Swiss keep to themselves) or fresh apple juice.”</p> <p>What more could you ask for? No wonder she keeps coming back.</p> <p>Here are Wendy’s quick tips for Switzerland must-sees:</p> <ul> <li>The large lakes – Geneva, Constance, Lucern, Zurich, Neuchatel and Lugano to name but a few.</li> <li>Mountains – Matterhorn, Pilatus, Rigi or Jungfrau.</li> <li>Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen.</li> <li>Interlaken for chocolate-box views, walks and mountain flowers.</li> <li>Parade of the cows dressed in flowers as they are brought down from the Alpine Pastures in October.</li> <li>Fireworks and bonfire display to mark Swiss National Day on August 1.</li> <li>Sunday is still a day of rest in Switzerland. Shops are closed, and no one hangs out washing or mows their lawn. Trains, boats and buses run as usual.</li> </ul> <p><em>Written by Alison Godfrey. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.mydiscoveries.com.au/stories/switzerland-travel-activities/">My Discoveries</a></span>. </em></p>

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How not to behave on a plane

<p>Flying economy, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact we’re all in it together.</p> <p><strong>1. The Armrest Warrior</strong></p> <p>They dominate the shared armrests and can provoke an in-flight turf war.<br /><strong>Strategise:</strong> Sharing is best, or one ‘outside’ rest for window and aisle seats and both for the middle. If someone’s obsessed with claiming ownership, it may be worth retreating peacefully for a more relaxing journey.</p> <p><strong>2. The Recliner</strong></p> <p>Their seat goes back as soon as the plane levels out and stays there until landing, making it impossible for those behind to work or eat.<br /><strong>Strategise:</strong> On a short flight, reclining is frowned upon. On longer flights, keep your seat straight until it’s acceptable to recline – generally once meal trays have been collected.</p> <p><strong>3. The Hygiene Offender</strong></p> <p>It’s a long flight, so they took a long run beforehand, then covered up with the strongest deodorant available. <br /><strong>Strategise:</strong> While most of us arrive at the airport fresh and clean, the close quarters of a plane mean that normally pleasant smells like curry and fragrance can affect other passengers. On long-haul flights, pack wet-wipes for an inflight wash and a change of socks, top and underwear.</p> <p><strong>4. The Chatterer</strong></p> <p>These flyers can’t wait to talk your ear off for the duration of the flight. <br /><strong>Strategise:</strong> Have headphones or a laptop ready to show you’re busy. Nervous flyers may need you to chat to calm them; remind them planes are statistically the safest way to travel.</p> <p><strong>5. The Overhead Storage Hog</strong></p> <p>They get on early and stuff every available overhead locker with their excess carry-on.<br /><strong>Strategise:</strong> Store heavy items under the seat in front of you, then look for free space in the overheads, accepting you may not get it above your seat.</p> <p><em>Written by Jackie Middleton. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/flights/How-Not-to-Behave-on-a-Plane"><span>Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, here’s our <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V"><span>best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Kiwis warned of deadly mozzie disease

<p>Kiwis travelling to Bali have been issued a warning after a deadly mosquito-born brain disease is spreading throughout the popular tourist destination.</p> <p>The health ministry of Indonesia says that an increased amount of Japanese encephalitis cases has been brought to light as of recently.</p> <p>The disease, which is considered to be life-threatening, can cause blindness, weakness and movement disorders.</p> <p>If the viral brain infection is contracted, the symptoms include fever, headache, neck stiffness, tremors, paralysis and convulsions, especially amongst younger children.</p> <p>The disease can also send those affected into a coma or ultimately death, and those who are lucky enough to survive the deadly disease are usually left with neurological impairments that last throughout the course of their life.</p> <p>According to The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC), the disease is currently spreading throughout Asia with countries such as India, Pakistan and Japan reporting an increased amount of cases.</p> <p>With 30-50,000 cases reported per year, the ECDPC says that number has been seeing a decline due to vaccinations and an improvement in agriculture.</p> <p>While the disease is most likely to occur from mosquitos, it can also be transmitted through birds, bats, cows and pigs.</p> <p>The ministry is currently monitoring the disease in Bali, North Sulawesi and Manado but so far, Bali is the worst affected area.</p> <p>“To intervene with (the spread of) this disease, we have been introducing vaccinations in Bali with pretty good results. We are intervening with immunisation,” said Vensya Sitohang, the Ministry of Health Director of Surveillance and Quarantine to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/warnings/australians-warned-about-travelling-to-bali-amid-spike-in-japanese-encephalitis-cases/news-story/e255ca32f524bcbdae9d1ee1f7e3a429" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a>.</p> <p>Children who are aged between nine months old to 15 years are eligible for vaccination as they are considered to be the most at risk when it comes to contracting the infection.</p> <p>According to the ministry, 979,953 people have been vaccinated so far.</p> <p>“The hope is that it prevents it early, so no physical disability is reached,” said Ms Sitohang.</p> <p>Signs and symptoms occur within five-15 days after being bitten by the infected insect.</p> <p>Those who are travelling to Bali or Asia are advised to remain covered up and regularly apply mosquito repellent to avoid getting bitten.</p> <p>“A Japanese encephalitis vaccine is available for people aged 12 months and older and is recommended for travellers spending extended one month or more in rural areas of high-risk countries for JE,” the NSW Health website reads.</p> <p>Contact your GP for further information on the vaccine. </p>

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Struggling to start an exercise plan?

<p>Many of us don’t like the idea of exercise, so we avoid it.</p> <p>Here’s the thing: our bodies were designed to move. Yet in developed countries like Australia, many of us spend far too much time sitting on our backsides.</p> <p>The fact that we are more sedentary has become a health issue: in fact, it’s killing us.</p> <p>The <span><a href="http://www.health.gov.au/">Department of Health</a></span> says low levels of physical activity is the <span><a href="http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/health-pubhlth-strateg-active-evidence.htm">fourth leading cause of death due to non-communicable diseases</a></span> (NCDs) worldwide, with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancers contributing to more than three million preventable deaths annually (six per cent of deaths globally).</p> <p>The seven diseases most closely linked to physical inactivity (in descending order) are:</p> <ol> <li>Diabetes</li> <li>Bowel cancer</li> <li>Uterine cancer</li> <li>Dementia</li> <li>Breast cancer</li> <li>Coronary heart diseases</li> <li>Stroke</li> </ol> <p>The Department of Health says if all Australians did an extra 30 minutes of brisk walking at least five days each week, this would reduce “the disease burden” due to physical inactivity in the population by 26 per cent.</p> <p>The good news – and any personal trainer will tell you this – is that it is never too late to start exercising. In fact, recent research has found no difference between people who had always been fit and those who decided to take it up later in life.</p> <p>But even armed with this information, starting an exercise regimen can seem like more trouble than it’s worth. A lot of this has to do with the perception that exercise has to be goal-oriented, and a lot of us don’t enjoy feeling pressure to perform. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.</p> <p>“People often associate exercise with pain,” says Brisbane-based sports and exercise psychologist <a href="http://positivepsychologystrategies.com.au/about-patrea/">Patrea O’Donoghue</a>.</p> <p>She says exercise can be anything you want it to be these days – the image of a macho instructor barking at you to do 50 push-ups is a thing of the past. A lot of people don’t like showing their bodies in public, yet you can have your own trainer or yoga instructor on your phone via an app or do a workout in the privacy of your home on a treadmill and cycling machine. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.</p> <p>“People think it has to be all about joining a gym or buying a $2000 bike or looking the part, but you don’t need a fancy kit. You can just start with a decent pair of walking shoes.”</p> <p>Here are a few points exercise newbies need to consider:</p> <ul> <li>See your doctor. If you’ve never really done much exercise, ask your GP to give you the all-clear to start an exercise program.</li> <li>Assess your diet. There is not much point in starting to exercise regularly if your diet doesn’t complement it. Even if your goal is not to lose weight but to rather get fit or healthy, a balanced diet will help.</li> <li>Think about what you would enjoy doing – walking, cycling, tennis, golf, jogging, swimming, yoga, or even skipping.</li> <li>Turn your exercise into a habit.</li> </ul> <p>“If you decide, for instance, that you’ll go for a walk or to the gym twice a week, take steps to follow through with it no matter what,” says O’Donoghue.</p> <p>“If you find that work or a personal commitment means you won’t have time to go to the gym on the day you’d allocated, go anyway. Even if you just spend five minutes in the gym on that day, that’s psychologically and physically better than not going at all, as you’ve maintained the habit and you’re sticking to your commitment.</p> <p>“With any habit, any time you start to make excuses like not having time – you’re in danger. It’s like many people who make a New Year’s Eve resolution to get fit: they attack the gym for two weeks and completely overdo it, then never follow through. That’s never going to work.”</p> <p><strong>Remember to take baby steps</strong></p> <p>“If the person has been very sedentary in their habits and wants to make some lifestyle changes, I’d say to them, ‘Let’s start small’. I’d get them to look at one small thing they could do that they could attach to an existing behaviour, so they could say to themselves, ‘When I get home, I put on my walking shoes straight away and go for a walk’. Even if they just start off with five minutes, depending on their level of health. Start with just one thing and stick to it.</p> <p>“As they progressed, I’d ask them how long was acceptable to them to keep going so that the five minutes is turning into 15 minutes and so on. I’d ask them to tell me how many times a week they’re committing to do it. It’s not about saying it’s good or bad whether they did it or not but maintaining the habit and what’s realistic for them."</p> <p>O’Donoghue says she’d also ask the exercise newcomer to think about what successes they’ve had in their life (not associated with exercise) such as in their career or personal life and ask them to think about how they achieved that success. “It might be a presentation or how well they cook – get them to extract the key principles from that and apply it to their exercise.</p> <p>“It’s important to look at the role of feelings associated with exercise,” she says. If we have the thought one cold dark morning that we just don’t feel like doing any exercise and there is that self-talk going on in our heads, making sure you turn that around. Maintaining the momentum is very important.”</p> <p>You can exercise alone, with a friend, or in a group. What’s important is working out what will work best for you. “If someone said they really did struggle to exercise by themselves, I’d be encouraging them to exercise with a friend or neighbour or a group,” says O’Donoghue. “They are more likely to uphold a commitment to someone else than themselves. That sense of accountability can be useful.”</p> <p>It’s worthwhile knowing that research shows you don’t have to do a big block of exercise in one hit. You can break it down into 10-minute blocks – walk to the shops instead of driving; go up the stairs instead of taking the lift; even doing housework, standing up while watching TV, or doing some gardening counts! Think about anything that contributes to you burning calories.</p> <p>Before you start patting yourself on the back, O’Donoghue says it’s important to recognise the difference between being healthy and being fit. Initially, regular exercise such as fairly brisk walking for half an hour for five or six days is about getting healthy so that you are mildly out of breath as you walk – but if your aim is to get fit, your heart rate needs to go up when you exercise.</p> <p>Older Australians also need to think about doing some light strength training up to three times a week, using exercises to work all the major muscle groups of your body (legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders and arms) to maintain bone health and muscle mass. To avoid injuries, have a professional show you how to apply low levels of impact on the muscles. Elastic band exercises, for example, are ideal.</p> <p>Are you ready to start exercising? What made you decide to give it a serious go?</p> <p><em>Written by Robin Hill. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/exercise/struggling-to-start-an-exercise-plan.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a></span>.</em></p>

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What you need to eat to stay healthy

<p>As we get older, we need to be aware that our bodies are changing, and we can’t eat the same way we did when we were 20 – when you could get away with anything.</p> <p>Generally speaking, we burn fewer calories and move less as we reach middle-age. This is not ideal, as putting on weight tends to happen at this time in our lives – figures show about 63 per cent of adult Australians are either overweight or obese.</p> <p>Another not-so-fun reality is that health problems such as cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, dementia and other conditions such as bowel cancer occur more often as we get older.</p> <p>A poor diet won’t help maintain wellbeing. The saying, “You are what you eat” has never been truer. Eating well does not need to be difficult, boring, or expensive – it just means you need to consider more if your diet is getting the right mix.</p> <p><span><a href="http://www.simoneaustin.com/">Simone Austin</a></span>, a practicing accredited dietitian with the <span><a href="https://daa.asn.au/">Dietitians’ Association of Australia</a>,</span> says this could mean rethinking what we put on our plate. For example, as we get older, our bodies’ muscle mass reduces so boosting our consumption of protein is important.</p> <p>“Make sure you spread your protein consumption over the day. If you weigh about 75 kilos, aim for 75 grams of protein – say 25 grams at breakfast, 20 grams at lunchtime, and 30 grams for dinner,” she says.</p> <p>“It’s a good idea to have a fair bit of protein at breakfast because you’ve had an overnight fast where you haven’t eaten. Think about something like baked beans or even sardines on toast. Or, if you like, include a small handful of mixed, raw, unsalted nuts and seeds – around 30 grams at the most – to your rolled oats. Carbohydrates are important, but there tends to be too much emphasis on having them at breakfast,” Austin adds.</p> <p><span><a href="https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/">Bowel Cancer Australia</a></span> says we consume an estimated average of 565 grams of red meat per week, whereas the <span><a href="https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/n55">Australian Dietary Guidelines</a></span> recommends men have 455 grams a week and women 195 grams a week. </p> <p>In practical terms, this means men ought to aim for about 65 grams of cooked lean red meat a day; women the same amount three times a week. And this is where it gets tricky: a piece of steak this size would fit in the palm of a small hand but you’re unlikely to find that small a size at the supermarket. Packaged steak starts at about 140 grams, so you’ll probably need to cut up your red meat – or, if you can – find a friendly butcher willing to cut it for you.</p> <p>The National Dietary Guidelines recommend we eat five serves of vegetables a day and two serves of fruit, but many of us don’t meet those quotas. One serve equals one cup of raw veggies, or half a cup cooked. Austin says it’s often easy, as we become empty-nesters or live alone, to not cook a meal because we can’t be bothered. </p> <p>“Surveys show about 93 per cent of Australians don’t eat five serves of vegetables a day,” she says. “It is easy and quick to prepare something tasty and nutritious, even using snap-frozen vegetables or canned legumes.”</p> <p>A quick meal could be poached eggs on wholegrain toast with mushrooms, chickpeas and baby spinach leaves.</p> <p>An area which can really confuse people is where to find good sources of fibre and how much to include. We ought to consume 30 grams a day, but what does that look like? This is what you need:</p> <ul> <li>3/4 cup of cereal made up of whole grains like muesli (make sure it’s not too high in sugar and fat)</li> <li>2 slices of wholemeal or wholegrain bread</li> <li>1 apple and 1 orange (leave the skin on the apple)</li> <li>2 cups of mixed raw vegetables</li> <li>¼ cup of baked beans or other legumes</li> </ul> <p>Eating foods rich in calcium is needed to maintain bone health. According to the Australian Dietary Guidelines, we need extra serves of low-fat milk, yoghurt and cheese as we get older. Men need to have two and a half serves of dairy a day, whereas women need four serves a day. A serve could be a cup of milk (250ml), two slices of cheese (40 grams), or 200 grams of yoghurt.</p> <p>Of course, most of us love foods like bacon and eggs, sausages, fish and chips, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, takeaway meals, and an alcoholic drink (or three). Think of these as treat foods rather than the norm and limit them to one or two meals a week – if you are exercising daily and your weight is in the healthy range.</p> <p>Unfortunately, if your normal diet consists of high-fat foods, you drink a lot of alcohol and soft drinks combined with little exercise, you’re a smoker, and you’re also overweight, you may not thrive as you age.</p> <p>Is eating a well-balanced diet important to you as you get older? Why?</p> <p><em>Written by Robin Hill. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/nutrition/what-you-need-to-eat-to-stay-healthy.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a></span>.</em></p>

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The $2 hack for the “best sleep ever”

<p>It is no secret that many Aussies live their lives sufficiently sleep-deprived.</p> <p>According to the Sleep Health Foundation’s 2016 Sleep Health Survey, up to 45 per cent of the country suffer from inadequate sleep.</p> <p>However, one holistic health specialist Dr Ron Ehrlich has revealed the trick that could solve a major sleeping problem.</p> <p>The author of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">A Life Less Stressed</em> said that a $2 roll of tape could be the answer to getting the “best sleep of your life”.</p> <p>He recommends using paper-thin micropore tape, which is sold at most chemists, to tape your mouth shut before going to sleep.</p> <p>Dr Ehrlich says that this trick will “retrain” your body to breathe properly, causing sleep to dramatically improve.</p> <p>“Noses are for breathing, and mouths are for feeding, talking and smiling,” he said.</p> <p>“When you breathe through your nose, it warms, humidifies and filters the air before taking it into the lungs. When you breathe through your nose you also have five levels of filtration.</p> <p>“If you breathe through your mouth you bypass the first four and put a lot more strain on your tonsils and respiratory system. Mouth breathers are predisposed to a whole range of allergies, asthma and infections.”</p> <p>Dr Ehrlich also says the sleeping hack improves bladder health by encouraging the production of nitric oxide.</p> <p>One of the benefits of nitric oxide is improving bladder function, improving sleep for those who have the tendency to wake in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.</p> <p>“There has been great research which has shown (the tape) has very positive affects on sleep so there’s no reason not to use it,” he said.</p> <p>The $2 sleep hack also benefits other areas of life, including physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.</p> <p>“Without a doubt sleep is the most important part of everybody’s day — it is our own built-in life support system and it has been described as the Swiss Army knife of health care because it improves hormone balance, metabolism, emotional stability, libido, ageing, inflammation and your immune system,” he said.</p> <p>“Better sleep also leads to better concentration, performance, memory, mood, productivity, enjoyment, engagement and it reduces absenteeism — you name it.</p> <p>“The key is in getting consistent good sleep and prioritising it.”</p> <p>Dr Ehrlich said Aussies should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep every night.</p> <p>“It’s not enough to have your head on a pillow for eight hours every night — you also have to sleep well,” he said.</p> <p>Have you ever tried this sleeping trick before? If so, share your results in the comments below. </p>

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Michelle Obama’s surprising marriage confession

<p>The former First Lady of the United States has revealed that her and husband Barack Obama, who many look at as the pinnacle of a stable relationship, went through marriage counselling in a candid interview.</p> <p>The 54-year-old sat down with <em>Good Morning America</em> and said that her relationship with Barack is like any other marriage.</p> <p>“I know too many young couples who struggle and think there’s something wrong with them and I want them to know that Michelle and Barack Obama, who have a phenomenal marriage and love each other, we work on our marriage,” she said to interviewer Robin Roberts.</p> <p>Michelle and Barack, who met for the first time at a law practice they were both working at, credit marriage counselling for teaching them ways to take care of themselves and each other.</p> <p>“Marriage counselling for us was one of those ways where we learned how to talk out our differences. What I learnt about myself was my happiness was up to me,” she told Roberts.</p> <p>The full interview aired on Tuesday this week on <em>Good Morning America</em> and was the same day Michelle’s first book, <em>Becoming</em>, was released.</p> <p>The memoir is an inside look into the life of the former First Lady as she shares her struggles and triumphs throughout her life.</p> <p>One particular struggle was the difficulty she faced when trying to conceive before welcoming her two daughters Malia and Sasha.</p> <p>“We were trying to get pregnant and it wasn’t going well,” she writes in her book, according to <em>The Associated Press</em>.</p> <p>“We had one pregnancy test come back positive, which caused us both to forget every worry and swoon with joy, but a couple of weeks later I had a miscarriage, which left me physically uncomfortable and cratered any optimism we felt.”</p> <p>But the couple soon had Malia and Sasha with the help of IVF.</p> <p>Are you keen to read Michelle Obama's new book<span> </span><em>Becoming</em>? Let us know in the comments below.  </p>

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Fetta and couscous salad

<p>Apart from being an excellent source of starchy carbohydrate, couscous is a great background for other ingredients. In this lunch salad, both raw and lightly steamed vegetables are added to the couscous together with toasted almonds, fresh mint and creamy fetta.</p> <p><strong>Serves:</strong> 4<br /><strong>Preparation:</strong> 30 minutes<br /><strong>Cooking:</strong> About 5 minutes</p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <ul> <li>1¼ cups (230g) couscous</li> <li>300ml hot vegetable stock</li> <li>170g slim asparagus spears, halved</li> <li>2 zucchinis, cut into thin sticks</li> <li>1 red capsicum, seeded and cut into thin strips</li> <li>⅓ cup (30g) toasted flaked almonds</li> <li>Handful of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped</li> <li>170g fetta</li> <li>Chilli dressing</li> <li>3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil</li> <li>Grated zest of 1 lemon</li> <li>1 tablespoon lemon juice</li> <li>1 clove garlic, finely chopped</li> <li>½ teaspoon dried red chilli flakes</li> <li>Salt and pepper</li> </ul> <p><strong>Preparation</strong></p> <ol> <li>Put the couscous into a large bowl and pour over the hot stock.</li> <li>Set aside to soak for 15-20 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed.</li> <li>Meanwhile, steam the asparagus for 3 minutes.</li> <li>Add the zucchini and continue steaming for 2 minutes, or until the vegetables are just tender but still retain some crunch.</li> <li>Tip the vegetables into a colander and refresh under cold running water.</li> <li>Drain well.</li> <li>To make the dressing, combine the oil, lemon zest and juice, garlic, chilli flakes, and salt and pepper to taste in a screw-top jar.</li> <li>Shake well to blend and emulsify the mixture.</li> <li>Fluff up the couscous with a fork, then fold in the capsicum strips, almonds, mint, and asparagus and zucchini.</li> <li>Pour over the dressing and stir gently together.</li> <li>Crumble the fetta over the top and serve.</li> </ol> <p><em>This recipe first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/recipes/fetta-and-couscous-salad"><span>Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, here’s our <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V"><span>best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Little custard pot

<p>These creamy baked custards, delicately flavoured with vanilla and accompanied by a fresh cherry compote, are easy to make and sure to be popular with all ages. Take care not to overcook the custards – they should be just set when you take them out of the oven.</p> <p><strong>Serves:</strong> 6<br /><strong>Preparation:</strong> 15 minutes<br /><strong>Cooking:</strong> About 1 hour</p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <ul> <li>600ml low-fat milk</li> <li>½ vanilla pod, split</li> <li>2 eggs</li> <li>2 egg yolks</li> <li>2 tablespoons caster sugar</li> <li>½ teaspoon cornflour</li> <li>Cherry compote</li> <li>2 tablespoons raw sugar</li> <li>500g fresh cherries, stoned</li> <li>2 teaspoons arrowroot</li> </ul> <p><strong>Preparation</strong></p> <ol> <li>Place the milk and vanilla pod in a saucepan and heat until almost boiling.</li> <li>Remove from the heat, cover and set aside to infuse for 15 minutes.</li> <li>Preheat the oven to 160°C.</li> <li>Put the whole eggs, egg yolks, caster sugar and cornflour into a bowl and lightly whisk together.</li> <li>Bring the milk back to boiling point, then remove the vanilla pod and pour the hot milk over the egg mixture, whisking all the time.</li> <li>Strain the mixture into a jug, then divide among 6 lightly buttered ½ cup (125ml) ramekin dishes.</li> <li>Set the ramekins in a roasting tin and pour enough hot water into the tin to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.</li> <li>Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly set – the custards should still be slightly wobbly, as they will continue cooking for a few minutes after being removed from the oven.</li> <li>Lift them out of the tin of hot water and place on a wire rack to cool.</li> <li>Once cold, chill until ready to serve.</li> <li>For the cherry compote, put the raw sugar and 90ml water in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.</li> <li>Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and add the cherries.</li> <li>Cover and simmer gently for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.</li> <li>Lift out the cherries with a draining spoon and put them into a serving bowl.</li> <li>Mix the arrowroot with 1 tablespoon cold water.</li> <li>Stir into the cherry juices in the saucepan and simmer for 1 minute, stirring, until thickened and clear.</li> <li>Allow to cool for a few minutes, then pour over the cherries.</li> <li>Spoon a little of the cherry compote over the top of each custard pot and serve the rest of the compote in a bowl.</li> </ol> <p><em>This recipe first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/recipes/little-custard-pot"><span>Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, here’s our <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V"><span>best subscription offer</span>.</a></em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Serena Williams turns heads on the red carpet

<p>Serena Williams may be known for her legendary tennis career, but the athlete is now making a name for herself in the world of fashion.</p> <p>Appearing on the red carpet for the AdWeek Brand Genius Awards in New York City, Williams was awarded Brand Visionary of the year as she wore a dress that reflected her big personality to a tee.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821922/serena2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/34e9b6c7ff1e439eb49eff7350eba54e" /></p> <p>The midi-length dress was created by acclaimed designer Vera Wang and was made with mixed materials of plaid and silver sequins.</p> <p>To top it off, the tennis champion paired it with a pair of statement Christian Louboutin heels and diamond earrings.</p> <p>Williams received her award from last year's winner of the same title,<span> </span><em>Vogue</em><span> </span>editor Anna Wintour. Upon being handed the award, Williams gave an inspirational speech that highlighted her many achievements and struggles since she was a child.</p> <p>“Once you set your goals, always aim higher. I have to say hard work and dedication are the cornerstones of success,” Williams said.</p> <p>“If you believe in yourself, even when others are doubting you, it’s so important to have that self-belief in yourself.”</p> <p>Williams is known for taking a stance against inequality on and off the court, as the mother-of-one is a proud feminist.</p> <p>And after 15 years of rejection and hardship, Williams was finally able to lift her fashion brand off the ground.</p> <p>“After 15 years of false starts, and people in fashion telling me ‘no,’ it only drove me to work harder. As a result, I discovered what it meant to invest in myself, and I allowed that belief in myself to drive me to reach my dream,” she said in an Instagram post.</p>

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Driver’s angry note goes viral: “Laziness is not a disability”

<p>It is becoming more commonplace for people to leave passive-aggressive notes to strangers, calling them out for behaviour they deem unacceptable.</p> <p>However, one mum has shared her fury after she returned to her parked vehicle after visiting the doctor to find a note accusing her of wrongly parking in a disabled spot.</p> <p>Emma Gearing took a photo of the brutal note and shared it on social media.</p> <p>“Laziness is not a disability,” the note reads.</p> <p>“Using a disabled badge when you don’t need it could cost you £2,000 and permanent removal of the badge. Don’t take your good health for granted.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Femma.j.flood%2Fposts%2F10155484620691735&amp;width=500" width="500" height="740" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The 26-year-old mum slammed the author of the message for being “heartless”.</p> <p>She explained that her son, Reggie, has several medical conditions and needs to be fed through a peg inserted into his stomach.</p> <p>“I think it is disgusting how people can judge too quickly,” she wrote. “Pushchair, walking, wheelchair whatever is used you should never ever judge anyone! </p> <p>"I feel so sorry for anyone who has gone through this themselves.”</p> <p>She said that medical disabilities are “not always obvious” and that she hopes the culprit will see the post and learn not to carelessly assume things about other people.</p> <p>Emma, who hopes her post will go viral to raise awareness about unseen disabilities, has had her post shared over 150 times.</p>

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Woman’s disturbing discovery while cooking supermarket chicken

<p>Just when we thought fruit being sabotaged with needles was finally over, a woman has discovered something in a piece of chicken as she bit into it during her meal, which she had purchased from a supermarket.</p> <p>Nadia Petersen, from New Zealand, shared a post on her Facebook page after her horrifying discovery – she found a rusty nail in the chicken as she was grilling the boneless piece.</p> <p>Peterson confirmed she had purchased the boneless chicken thigh pieces from a Countdown supermarket.</p> <p>Sharing the warning on her Facebook page with photos, Petersen wrote, “Check your boneless chicken thighs from Countdown (Regent Whangarei). Just about chomped on a rusty … nail.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fnadiapetersenx%2Fposts%2F10216864299661100&amp;width=500" width="500" height="420" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>She told local news company TVNZ, “I picked it up and I held it and stared at it for a couple seconds in disbelief, then I ran outside and spat my food out then washed my mouth out.”</p> <p>Petersen also took measures to ensure she would not fall ill or suffer any poisoning following the incident.</p> <p>“I rung the hospital first who took my details and passed me on to the poisons centre to make sure I wasn’t going to get sick from ingesting chicken with rust in it,” she told TVNZ.</p> <p>Petersen posted an update on Facebook, stating: "<span>I shop at Countdown Regent all the time and the staff there are awesome. Today they gave me a $50 voucher on surrender of the chicken and nail, and gave me a pack of chicken, but most importantly they took it seriously."</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fnadiapetersenx%2Fposts%2F10216870758342563&amp;width=500" width="500" height="708" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>In the meantime, the New Zealand supermarket chain is investigating how a rusty nail ended up in a piece of boneless chicken thigh.</p> <p>A Countdown spokesperson confirmed to <a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/womans-shocking-discovery-supermarket-chicken-055542138.html">Yahoo7</a>, “<span>Food safety is our utmost priority and we have a really thorough process to ensure we investigate any complaints properly.</span>”</p> <p>They continued, “We have a range of safety precautions and measures in place which include metal detectors at points in the process and full traceability on all fresh meat.”</p> <p>The Countdown spokesperson also told Yahoo7 that “investigations are already underway and once the nail arrives we’ll be able to further analyse this”.</p>

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The cop who has made $632K from Madeleine McCann’s abduction

<p>An ex-police chief, who claimed that Madeline McCann’s parents covered up her death, has profited more than $632,000 from his book and DVD about the case.</p> <p>The Portuguese former cop has made huge earnings from his book <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Truth Of The Lie</em>, revealed in court documents.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>The Sun</u></em></strong></a>, Kate and Gerry McCann are currently in a legal battle with Goncalo Amaral over the allegations he made about them.</p> <p>Mr Amaral has claimed that three-year-old Madeleine actually died in an accident in 2007 and that the McCann’s covered it up.</p> <p>Kate and Gerry are currently challenging Mr Amaral at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, so he doesn’t make any more money from his claims.</p> <p>Documents filed at the ECHR show that Mr Amaral made $432,000 from book sales in 2008-2009.</p> <p>He made another $63,000 from the DVD spin-off.</p> <p>The book has since been translated into multiple languages, with more than 180,000 copies printed.</p> <p>An injunction against the book, to stop further sales, was issued in 2009.</p> <p>However, the ruling was overturned on appeal and the injunction was lifted, a decision upheld by Portugal’s Supreme Court.</p> <p>Mr Amaral was awarded compensation and received thousands of dollars from more sales.</p> <p>Reportedly he also made at least $36,000 from interviews with newspapers and TV stations.</p> <p>The McCann’s have gone to the ECHR in a last bid to avoid paying Mr Amaral $1.35 million in compensation.</p> <p>Madeleine’s parents fear that if they lose the case, Mr Amaral’s payout will use up the fund set up to finance the continuing search for their daughter.</p> <p>Sources close to Kate and Gerry also fear that Brexit may impact the case, with judges taking “vengeance” for Britain leaving the EU by ruling against them.</p> <p>In their argument to the ECHR, the McCann’s legal team addressed the pain Kate and Gerry have gone through since their daughter disappeared during a family holiday in Praia da Luz in May 2007.</p> <p>They also say that Mr Amaral’s book “incriminated innocent citizens, accused of terrible crimes they never committed”. </p> <p>It goes on to explain they are trying to “protect not only their reputation but that of the child as well”.</p> <p>They also say that Mr Amaral’s book was “extravagant” and “damaged the good reputation” of the McCann family. </p> <p>Mr Amaral previously argued that his book’s allegations come from the police investigation.</p> <p>In October 2007, Mr Amaral was removed as the investigation head and subsequently left the police to write his book.</p> <p>An insider said, “Kate and Gerry still have full confidence the European Court of Human Rights will find in their favour.”</p> <p>They added, “It hasn’t altered their determination to carry on searching for their daughter. They have never given up hope and this case is an awful distraction but they feel compelled to do something.”</p>

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5 ways you can save money using credit cards

<p>Credit cards sometimes get a bad rap, and that’s mostly because they can lead you to temptation to spend beyond your means.</p> <p>Used responsibly, however, these little pieces of plastic can actually save you money as banks are constantly running promotions that offer discounts for spending.</p> <p>The key is to pay your bills in full every month, so you don’t incur the astronomical interest rate charged on top of your purchases.</p> <p>Check out these 5 ways that using credit cards can help save you money.</p> <p><strong>1. Dining deals</strong></p> <p>Credit cards that offer dining deals are a foodie’s best friend and the good news is, there are plenty of such cards in Australia.</p> <p>Be sure to subscribe to receive promotional emails and mailers from your banks to find out about current dining deals such as 1-for-1 offers, cashback or complimentary treats at selected eateries.</p> <p><strong>2. Discounts on hotels and flights</strong></p> <p>Keep an eye out for special flight or hotel deals from your credit card of choice.</p> <p>You can also get discounts when you book through hotel booking sites such as Agoda or Expedia.</p> <p>Some cards are specially designed for frequent travellers as you get complimentary use of airport lounges a number of times a year, and free travel insurance if you purchase your ticket using the card.</p> <p>Be aware, though, that some airlines charge a fee when you pay for your tickets online using a credit card, so do some calculations to see if it still works out cheaper.</p> <p><strong>3. Interest-free instalment plans</strong></p> <p>If you need to buy expensive electronic or electrical goods, such as a new TV or laptop, the 0 per cent interest instalment offered by most major credit cards at many major homewares and electrical retailers can come in very handy.</p> <p>It helps spread the payments out over your chosen six or 12 months without the high interest rates you would otherwise incur if you were to pay for it upfront using your credit card.</p> <p>This allows you to better manage your monthly expenses and avoid overspending.</p> <p>Credit card companies make profits on a simple fact of human nature: we buy today and worry about how to pay for it tomorrow.</p> <p><strong>4. Discounts on everyday items</strong></p> <p>Credit cards aren’t just useful for big ticket or luxury goods, they can help you save on everyday items too, such as groceries and petrol.</p> <p>Do your research and work out what the best rewards programs are available in Australia that suits your lifestyle and needs.</p> <p>With the high cost of car ownership, every single dollar counts.</p> <p><strong>5. Collect rebates and cashback</strong></p> <p>If you’re not after dining deals and you don’t like going for holidays, you may want to keep it simple and just collect good old rebates or cashback from your spending.</p> <p>Most cashback cards require you to have a minimum spend per month, such as $500, in order to qualify for rebates.</p> <p><em>Written by Siti Rohani. This article first appeared in <span><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/money/5-ways-you-can-save-money-using-credit-cards?items_per_page=All">Reader’s Digest</a></span>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <span><a href="https://www.isubscribe.com.au/Readers-Digest-Magazine-Subscription.cfm">here’s our best subscription offer</a></span>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Internet is divided after woman claims it’s “too early” to celebrate Christmas

<p>A blogger has caused an uproar after she claimed that it was too early for Christmas decorations, as it’s only November.</p> <p>Beauty YouTuber Niomi Smart tweeted to her thousands of followers that it was too early to get into the festive spirit after she spotted a Christmas tree in someone’s window.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Just spotted a Christmas tree in someone’s window... a little early, no? 🎄</p> — Niomi Smart (@niomismart) <a href="https://twitter.com/niomismart/status/1060163205178245120?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">7 November 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The tweet has garnered over 2,100 favourites and 96 retweets but not everyone was supportive, as many disagreed with the popular blogger.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Never too early! Lol <a href="https://t.co/fOkAGszowk">pic.twitter.com/fOkAGszowk</a></p> — MacNC45 (@angelaraynell) <a href="https://twitter.com/angelaraynell/status/1060165920876847105?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">7 November 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Clearly outraged, a few users claimed it is “never too early” to get into the Christmas spirit.</p> <p>“Not early at all. My decorations are going up this weekend,” said one user.</p> <p>“Just put mine up today! Season goes by too fast. It makes me happy,” wrote another.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Noooo never too early! Just done mine <a href="https://t.co/GDeZudgwr9">pic.twitter.com/GDeZudgwr9</a></p> — Clarey (@Clarey_82) <a href="https://twitter.com/Clarey_82/status/1061362344650006528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10 November 2018</a></blockquote> <p>But despite the controversial claim, there were a few that agreed with Ms Smart.</p> <p>“Mine goes up the week before Christmas, and comes down on the Twelfth Night,” said a follower.</p> <p>One person said: “Agreed! In Canada, most of us wait until after Remembrance Day for any kind of decorations.”</p> <p>When do you start putting up Christmas decorations in your house? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Woman's ridiculous list of rules for husband

<p>One wife is receiving backlash after sharing the list of rules she expects her husband to follow.</p> <p>Writing on the Facebook group “Get It Off Your Chest”, the woman by the name of “Rosiee” explained that she wanted feedback on the list of rules she wrote for her partner.</p> <p>Admitting that she re-drafted the rules because she was told the first lot were a bit “harsh”, she asked for “honest opinions” from online users.</p> <p>Rosiee shared the 10 commandments for her man, which included “no female friends”, “no social media” and “must work minimum 50 hours a week”.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 373.2612055641422px;" src="/media/7821932/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ca3850b4f57a43519afb00f137b48a67" /></p> <p>The wife also believes her husband should keep the house clean at all times and not go out without her present.</p> <p>Since sharing her rules, Rosiee has been flooded with criticism for her extreme policing of her husband.</p> <p>“You should just get a dog,” wrote one Facebook user.</p> <p>“This is your husband right?” asked another. “I don’t think he agreed to be your slave when you married him.”</p> <p>“I have guy friends that are married,” wrote one woman. “It’s no problem. My boyfriend has great female friends. Again, no problem. If you have mutual respect and true love, you don’t need these rules.”</p> <p>While the users don’t know Rosiee personally, they suggested that the strict rules were a reflection of her “insecurities” and fears that her partner would cheat.</p> <p>According to therapist Shannon Thomas, partners who are controlling develop into “toxic people”.</p> <p>Speaking to <u><a href="https://www.whimn.com.au/"><strong>whimn.com.au</strong></a>,</u> Thomas said: “Toxic people have the ability to affect all areas of our lives, and we are often blind to this.”</p> <p>“We make excuses for them. We believe and internalise the lies they feed us. And, in turn, that affects how we view ourselves and our worth. Toxic people receive pleasure from taking joy away from the things we once loved, such as work, friendships, hobbies, and even our love for ourselves.”</p> <p>Thomas said the best way to gauge if you are in a toxic relationship is to reflect on how they make you feel after spending time with them.</p> <p>“The best gauge is to see how you feel after interacting with someone – our physical and emotional reactions to people are our best indicators.”</p> <p>Many commenters on Rosiee’s post suggested that her husband should respond to her list of rules by doing one thing: “Run!”</p> <p>Have you ever been in a controlling relationship? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Adorable new portrait of Prince Louis released

<p>In honour of Prince Charles’ upcoming 70th birthday, an adorable photo of the Prince of Wales with his youngest grandson has been released.</p> <p>In the photo, Charles can be seen holding the tiny hand of Prince Louis and smiling down at his sweet face.</p> <p>The photo has been shared in the lead up to the eagerly-awaited airing of Charles’ documentary, <em>Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70.</em></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp74bqJFmkj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp74bqJFmkj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A new photo of Prince Charles, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis by royal photographer Chris Jackson. . SO CUTE AWWW! ♡ . #katemiddleton #duchessofcambridge #princecharles #princelouis #princegeorge #princesscharlotte</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/thecambridgespage/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Cambridges.</a> (@thecambridgespage) on Nov 8, 2018 at 2:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince Louis’ mother, Duchess Kate, also appears in the photo.</p> <p>The tender family moment was snapped in the garden of Clarence House, Charles’ London residence which he inherited following the death of his grandmother, The Queen Mother.</p> <p>Kate is wearing a polka dot navy and white dress, while Louis is seen embracing the sunny weather in pale blue shorts and a white shirt.</p> <p>Charles wore a navy pinstripe suit in the photo and seems oblivious to the photographer who recorded the candid moment with his youngest grandchild.</p> <p>The BBC documentary, which aired last week in the UK, revealed a side to Charles that is normally hidden from the public.</p> <p>One scene captured the heir to the throne playing with little Lola, the granddaughter of his wife, Camilla.</p> <p>The Prince was pictured swinging Lola, the daughter of Camilla’s son Tom Parker Bowles, around by the arms in the garden.  </p> <p>Together, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla have eight grandchildren and the Duchess says her husband is “wonderful” with all of them.</p> <p>"He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know making funny noises and laughing and my grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him. He reads <em>Harry Potter</em> and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that," said Camilla.</p> <p>During the documentary, Prince William revealed that he is pressing for his busy father to spend even more time with his grandchildren.</p> <p>"It's something I'm working more heavily on, put it that way. I think he does have time for it, but I would like him to have more time with the children," the 36-year-old said.</p> <p>"I think he's… now he's reached his 70th year it's a perfect time to consolidate a little bit because as most families would do, you are worried about having them around and making sure their health's okay. And he's the fittest man I know but equally I want him to be fit until he's 95 you know going on."</p> <p>"So, having more time with him at home would be lovely, and being able to you know play around with the grandchildren. Because when he's there, he's brilliant. but we need him there as much as possible."</p>

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Palace releases never-before-seen photo of Prince Charles, William and Harry

<p>As Prince Charles prepares to celebrate his 70th birthday on Wednesday, celebrations are already underway for the heir to the British throne.</p> <p>To ring in the milestone birthday, Clarence House have released a series of stamps in tribute of the Prince of Wales.</p> <p>One of the stamps features a never-before-seen photo of Charles with his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.</p> <p>The picture, which was taken in July this year at the RAF’s 100th anniversary, shows the three royals smiling to the camera in their matching military attire.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">New stamps have been released to mark The Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday.<a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalMailStamps?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RoyalMailStamps</a> <a href="https://t.co/UW2SiQPIf7">pic.twitter.com/UW2SiQPIf7</a></p> — Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) <a href="https://twitter.com/ClarenceHouse/status/1061236674703843328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 10, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Five other photos of Charles will also appear in the special stamp collection.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The selection of six images include The Prince pictured with The Duchess of Cornwall and his sons The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex. <a href="https://t.co/rLx10UE4tK">pic.twitter.com/rLx10UE4tK</a></p> — Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) <a href="https://twitter.com/ClarenceHouse/status/1061236692219318272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 10, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The other pictures show Charles outside the Scottish Castle of Mey, greeting crowds and another snap of the prince with his sons.</p> <p>One of the pictures shows Charles with his wife Camilla and there are also two solo portrait shots.</p> <p>On Charles’ birthday, the royal family will host a <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/the-special-aussie-guest-invited-to-prince-charles-official-70th-birthday-party"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>grand dinner</strong></span></a> at the palace.</p> <p>Royals and notables from across the world, including Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, will be attending the celebration. </p>

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