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How to become better at crosswords

<p>Like any activity, the more you practise, the better you get. When it comes to crossword-solving, there are quite a few ways to improve your game.</p> <p>First of all, you don’t have to start with 1 across. Have a look at all the clues and start with the ones you know. That will then give you some crossed letters, for the answers you don’t know.</p> <p>The shorter answers are usually easier to guess, so try tackling the 3 and 4-letter answers. Remember that these words crop up often in crosswords, as they are the stepping stones. The most common are those with lots of vowels, so look out for answers such as aria, iota and ooze etc.</p> <p>Look carefully at the clue to see if it’s plural, in which case the answer will probably end in s, (except for the irregular plurals such as children or cacti). Also, the past tense of a verb will most likely give you a word ending in –ed, a present participle will end with –ing, and a superlative clue, such as ‘Most beautiful’ will probably end in –est as in ‘fairest’.</p> <p>Another thing to look out for is a clue that indicates an occupation. The answer often ends in –er (painter, butcher) or –or (doctor, sailor) or –ist (chemist, artist).</p> <p>Many puzzlers use a pencil and have a guess, keeping an open mind if it doesn’t seem to be working. Keep that rubber handy!</p> <p>If you’re not getting anywhere, take a break and clear your head. Sometimes, after a night’s sleep, the elusive answer suddenly comes to you when you next pick up your crossword. I don’t know how that happens, maybe a part of your brain never sleeps and is thumbing through all the million bits of information stored in your grey matter, to find the answer.</p> <p>Finally, if you just can’t finish that crossword, is it cheating to take a peek at the solution? Certainly not, it’s a learning tool. But try just looking at the unfilled answers one at a time, because when you fill in the letters, it sometimes gives you letters to other tricky answers. Sometimes, just one letter can trigger an AHA! moment, and away you go.</p> <p>When it comes to solving those devious mind-bogglers known as Cryptic crosswords, the secret is to keep a very open mind, as clues can be so deceptive. For instance, “Fashion sense shown by trusty leader” might have you racking your brains for a trusty leader of fashion, when all the while, the trusty leader is merely hiding the answer inside.</p> <p>A daily crossword is the perfect way to spend a coffee break. Click here to play online</p> <p>Look out for the trigger words, that indicate what sort of cryptic device is being used. For instance, an anagram clue will have a word or phrase suggesting reorder, going astray, being jumbled or running amok. For example, “Paces around room (5)” – the word ‘around’ is the trigger here, and as ‘paces’ is the only word with 5 letters, it must be an anagram – space, meaning ‘room’.</p> <p>When solving an anagram, you might find it helpful to write the letters around in a circle.</p> <p>Another cryptic signal is a word that is read backwards. Triggers might be ‘reverse’ or ‘back’, such as “Gateman takes back identification (7)”. When you read ‘gateman’ backwards it reads nametag.</p> <p>When a clue contains the words ‘initial’ or ‘at first’, look out for an acronym clue, such as “First impressions never divulge discovery (4)” and then look at the first letter of the first four words – they spell out find.</p> <p>I could go on forever giving tips for solving cryptic clues because unlike other skills, which you can master on your own, solving cryptic clues doesn’t necessarily come naturally. Our ‘How To Do Cryptic Crosswords’ booklet explains the various types of cryptic clues and how to solve them. Our puzzlers have often written to tell us that, having previously thought they would never be able to tackle these mysterious enigmas, they gradually break through - and what a satisfying feeling it is!</p> <p>So practise with an open mind, and don’t give up, is my advice. Your hard work will pay off eventually, when you become puzzle champions!</p> <p><em>Written by</em> <em>Christine Lovatt. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/how-to-become-better-at-crosswords.aspx"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p> <p> </p>

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrate Mother's Day with sweet new photo of Archie

<p> </p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have celebrated Mother’s Day with royal fans in the sweetest way – by releasing a new photo of their son Archie.</p> <p>The adorable photo was posted to social media to mark Duchess Meghan’s first official Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on Sunday in the United States, where the royal member used to live – in the UK it was on March 31. </p> <p>The sweet message read: “Paying tribute to all mothers today – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honour and celebrate each and every one of you.”</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/BxXS3l4pz2j/" 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/BxXS3l4pz2j/" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal)</a> on May 12, 2019 at 6:21am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Princess Diana’s favourite flowers, forget-me-nots, were pictured below baby Archie’s feet.</p> <p>The first child to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan was welcomed to the world a week ago and was shown to the public several hours after his birth.</p> <p>Mike Tindall, husband of Zara Tindall, who is the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, says he found out of the arrival of little Archie via the messaging app, WhatsApp.</p> <p>“He'll be a great dad. Obviously, he's godfather to (his youngest daughter with Zara) Lena, but we've got a great group of young ones in the family now,” he said to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/life/mike-tindall-hearing-harry-finally-dad-via-whatsapp-fighting/" target="_blank"><em>Telegraph</em></a>.</p> <p>Mike said that despite his intense and busy schedule, the prince “has been great” with his own children, Mia, 5, and Lena, 10 months. </p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex topped off the heartwarming post of their tiny tot with a moving poem by acclaimed poet, Nayyirah Waheed.</p> <p>“My mother was my first country; the first place I ever lived,” the message finished.</p>

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11 heart-warming dad stories to make you smile

<p>How would you describe your dad, grandpa or father figure in your life? A hero, a comedian, a disciplinarian, a mentor or a best friend? Whether he was a bit of a wise-cracker or a master chef in the kitchen – most of them are great at doing what they do best – loving their kids.</p> <p>We asked our reader to share their fondest dad memories; from heartwarming stories to hilarious tales you just can’t make up. Here are a select few:</p> <p><strong>The cat's out of the bag</strong></p> <p><strong>By Yuki Sayeg</strong></p> <p>My father died when I was 16 but this story still cracks me up whenever I think of it. When our cat died, Dad buried her under a tree in the back yard. A few nights later Mum went into the garden and found that the dog had dug Taffy up and eaten one of its leg.</p> <p>She woke Dad up, so he went out in PJs and army boots with a shovel over his shoulder and re-dug the hole. But because it was late, he decided to get rid of the towel he'd originally wrapped Taffy in and chucked it aside. He then reburied the cat and went back to bed.</p> <p>The next morning, Mum discovered that he'd chucked the cat aside and buried the towel.</p> <p><strong>In-home barbershop</strong></p> <p><strong>By Kevin Denham</strong></p> <p>My wife used to cut my hair and the falling hair would get stuck on my clothes and make me itchy. She told me to take my clothes off and step into the bath tub and all the falling hair would end up in the bottom of the tub. My parents came over for a visit and I told dad my wife had just cut my hair. He asked if she could cut his and I told him you have to strip off and stand naked in the bath tub.</p> <p>He turned to my wife and said: "I'm game if you are." We all started laughing. We miss his wit and humour.</p> <p><strong>A splashing surprise</strong></p> <p><strong>By Liberta Mitten</strong></p> <p>When I was 10 years old, I was in a swimming race from school. My mum couldn't come to watch, with three young children at home and my dad was at work. Although I was a very good swimmer, I didn't really care about the race since my parents would not be there. But half way through the race I heard my dad’s voice yelling out: “Go girl, I am here.”</p> <p>He had slipped away from work to be there. So I sprinted as hard as I could, as I was behind in the race and didn't want to disappoint my dad.</p> <p>I had two laps to go and finished up winning my race – and the next one.</p> <p>I adored my dad. He taught me to swim when I was two years of age. He helped me always, and encouraged me to dive off a 10-meter board. Great memories! I am now 86 years old.</p> <p><strong>Just married</strong></p> <p><strong>By Beverley Wrenn</strong></p> <p>Funny thing about my late Dad; I was told that while he and my mother were on their honeymoon, he went to the reception at the place where they were staying and asked if they had seen his girlfriend. The receptionist said: "No, but your wife has just gone back to your room."</p> <p>"Oh," said Dad, "I forgot I just got married."</p> <p><strong>Daddy's little princess</strong></p> <p><strong>By Kathy Roberts</strong></p> <p>My dad has been gone for 21 years. Unfortunately, we no longer have photos from when I was little as they all got burnt in a house fire but he was my hero, my rock.</p> <p>I always remember the times when he would come home from work calling out, “Where’s my princess?” I would run to him and jump in his arms where he would greet me and ask, “How is my little princess?” He did that right up until the day he died of a heart attack.</p> <p>He was there to walk me down aisle and I left my wedding photo in his coffin, but I will always carry him close to my heart. No one could ever replace my dad. To this day, I tell my grandkids all about him and how I was his princess, and now I call my granddaughters, “my little princesses".</p> <p><strong>Scribble, Scramble, Scrabble</strong></p> <p><strong>By Ann Darbyshire</strong></p> <p>My dad, George, was born into a large family in Ireland and together with many of his siblings, he only had a casual relationship with spelling. He turned to Scrabble as a means of improving this, which became necessary for writing reports in a job in Western Australia where our family had emigrated. He became a keen and competitive player. However, his spelling still occasionally let him down.</p> <p>With great confidence he would plop down a word that bore no resemblance to anything in English. We would remonstrate with him: "That's not a word," we chorused. Undeterred he would respond, "Well, it should be!"</p> <p><strong>Running with the horses</strong></p> <p><strong>By Karen Gaynor-Sperring</strong></p> <p>My Pop was a tough old bugger. He had to be! Leaving school at 11, when the bank foreclosed on the family property, it was off to work for him. No high wages for a kid in those days – just enough to eat if you were lucky or back luck otherwise. A job during those times was droving, sheep or cattle; it took a few people to move them along and a boy was as good as any man – and cheaper. Pop proved good with the horses so breaking them in became part of his job and later, he trained them for racing.</p> <p>He won a few country races for his owners. It was being thrown from a horse and breaking a leg that showed his stubbornness. In those days it was standard treatment to amputate. His father and a brother had both lost legs this way. But he said "NO!" because he was determined to die with both legs attached – and made his point to any medical person who approached. I'd not be telling this tale if the doctors' predictions had been fulfilled, but he amazed them by living. Amongst his other quirks my grandfather did not sit around the campfire drinking billy tea, as seemed the default social custom of the time. He never drank anything stronger than water.</p> <p>My grandfather finally retired at seventy-two, but he did give up breaking in horses at sixty-five. I doubt there's many of us who would wish to work so long.</p> <p><strong>Sweet tooth</strong></p> <p><strong>By Althia Davis</strong></p> <p>Granddad, along with my five-year-old son and myself, were waiting at the counter of a shop. On the counter was a bowl of lollies, which my son was eyeing very seriously. The man at the counter asked my son if he would like a lolly, to which my son said, “Yes, please."</p> <p>He then also asked Granddad if he wanted one too. "Oh no,” said my son, “you can't give Granddad any because he hasn't got any teeth."</p> <p>To which Granddad piped up, "Oh yes I have! They’re in my pocket.” And he proceeded to take them out and put them on!</p> <p><strong>Frequent flyer</strong></p> <p><strong>By Diane Richardson</strong></p> <p>My Dad was always running late. One time he had to catch the plane at the local airport, but the plane was at the end of the runway so he got Mum to drive him down the side of the runway. They actually lowered the steps and he caught the plane! It wouldn't happen these days, and mum refused to take him to the airport after that.</p> <p><strong>War hero</strong></p> <p><strong>By Ian James</strong></p> <p>My father has always maintained that he ended the Second World War. He had started training with the Australian Air Force as a radio operator and when the Japanese got wind of this, they surrendered. We've had fun with this story for years.</p> <p><strong>The simple life</strong></p> <p><strong>By Jennifer Manison</strong></p> <p>My dad, Tom Sutton, worked all his life in a sheet metal factory in Lea Village, Birmingham, England. Every year my parents took our family of three daughters on holiday for a week so we could make sandcastles, paddle in the sea and breathe the fresh air – often travelling to Christchurch in New Zealand, Torquay in Victoria or Ilfracombe in Queensland.</p> <p>My parents never had a car and my dad never had a holiday abroad. He lived a very simple life. He would have a bottle of beer and put a small bet on the horses every Saturday; the rest of his wages went on rent, food, bills and other things for his family.</p> <p>For 10 years he kept from everyone that he had cancer, until it became obvious. His philosophy was to just get on with life and not complain. Just before he died my mom told me that, when he was a boy, my dad had the chance to go to grammar school. So he set off for his appointment there, but got lost, and nobody followed it up. I can't bear to think of the opportunity he missed but he enjoyed his life and was the best father we could have wished for.</p> <p>Note: some of these stories have been edited for clarity.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/11-funny-and-heartwarming-stories-about-dads.aspx"><em>Wyza.com.au</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p> </p>

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60s Fashion: beehives, slacks and Brylcreem

<p><em>Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the most fashionable looks from the 1960's.</em></p> <p>At the beginning of the decade, the fashions were very lady-like, as they had been in the fifties, with perhaps a hint of Coco Chanel.</p> <p>My girlfriends and I lusted after the clothes worn by ballerina-turned-actress Audrey Hepburn and the ultra-chic Jackie Kennedy, wife of the American president. We wore fitted clothes and high heels, little black dresses at night and hats and gloves when we went to town.</p> <p>For work we might have favoured jacket dresses and pencil skirts or ones with sunray pleats. We sometimes wore our cardigans back to front. We spent all day in stilettos or kitten heels.</p> <p>We dressed for the occasion; ballet flats and tights or capri pants were fashionable, but strictly for casual wear, as pants were frowned upon in the workplace. Our boyfriends might have sported a car coat and a pair of string gloves for driving. They might even have owned a car.</p> <p><strong>Accessorising 101</strong></p> <p>Matching accessories, we were told, were vitally important. Handbags and shoes simply had to match. We would never think of combining silver and gold jewellery, possibly because Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, had ruled against it.</p> <p>Not many ears were pierced and there were few visible tattoos. A watch was a prized possession, possibly presented as a gift for coming of age. A woman’s watch had a very small face, and some could be worn as pendants. A man’s watch was simple, usually worn with a leather strap or an expandable metal band.</p> <p>The Accutron from Bulova was the first so-called electronic timepiece, launched in 1960, but the company was beaten by Omega in a fight to have their watches worn by the first man on the moon.</p> <p><strong>Big hair and lots of hairspray</strong></p> <p>There was a new emphasis on hair and makeup. We piled on eye shadow and eyeliner and lush false lashes. Our lips and cheeks were pale pink or nude.</p> <p>We bought hot rollers and swapped outdated perms for hairstyles called The Flip or The French Roll, and we teased our tresses into shapes like beehives, sometimes adding false pieces and padding to achieve the ‘big hair’ look.</p> <p>My hair was so long I could almost sit on it, so when I wore it up it added several inches to my height. To keep our creations in place, we used products such as Elnett or Hidden Magic, heavy-duty hairspray that could bring on an asthma attack in an otherwise healthy individual.</p> <p>Some of us wore our hair short in a geometric cut, hoping to look like Mod English designer Mary Quant or the elfin model Twiggy.</p> <p>When the film Cleopatra was screened in 1963, we rushed to the stores to buy the eye make-up worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the title role. We attempted the new Cleopatra Look by Revlon. Unfortunately, Richard Burton didn’t come with it.</p> <p><strong>The shift to shorter hems</strong></p> <p>Clothes became less constricting and we embraced the shift dress.</p> <p>Young English model Jean Shrimpton attended Derby Day at Flemington racecourse with her friend, actor Terence Stamp, in October 1965.</p> <p>She was photographed shockingly hatless and wearing a loosely cut dress with the hem several inches above her knees, exposing her shapely legs, which were thought to have been bare. This caused a sensation. The miniskirt had arrived.</p> <p>I was quick to adopt the shift. It meant I was able to buy a small amount of fabric and put an outfit together in a couple of hours on my mother’s trusty Singer sewing machine.</p> <p><strong>Slacks and winkle pickers</strong></p> <p>Boys were influenced by The Beatles and embraced the singers’ hairstyles and fashions.</p> <p>They stopped using hair products such as Brylcreem and adopted the ‘mop top’. Their suits became narrow and shoes were pointed at the toes, earning them the nickname ‘winkle pickers’.</p> <p>Men started to smell really good, thanks to colognes like Brut and Tabac, which the advertisers preferred to call ‘aftershave’ to make them more appealing to the Australian masculine pride.</p> <p>Some of my male student friends favoured duffel coats, polo neck sweaters and desert boots as their uniform. Many of them added a pipe. Suede and sheepskin jackets made their debut.</p> <p>An ad in Pix magazine on 7 April 1965 told us ‘Men of adventure relax in Sax Altman slacks’. A blend of Terylene, they were aimed at ‘Fit, lean brown men — women stare at’. I suppose he was brown because he worked at his tan.</p> <p><strong>Psychedelic movement</strong></p> <p>Psychedelia made it to Australia and our fashions changed dramatically. Trousers became tighter around the hips and flared at the bottoms. To get into our jeans we had to lie on the floor and pull the zipper up with a wire coat hanger.</p> <p>Heels grew higher, sometimes with platforms added. There was an abundance of denim. Men cultivated lush, droopy moustaches and sideburns or ‘mutton-chops’.</p> <p>Hair was worn long by both sexes, with the occasional curly afro. We added headbands. Men and women wore similar floppy hats and high boots. Fringed suede vests and bags and round sunglasses were the rage. Fashion became more androgynous. Men could get into your pants.</p> <p>I was very flexible when it came to fashion. I occasionally liked to dress in ethnic designs, favouring long, embroidered Indian dresses. To add to the hippie look, I might have strung my own love beads.</p> <p>At the same time, I rushed to buy new glamorous jumpsuits and culottes from fashion houses. They looked splendid but, being all in one piece, were a nightmare if you needed to go to the toilet.</p> <p>Fashions changed enormously during the decade of the sixties and, in 1969, The Australian Women’s Weekly featured the wedding of Audrey Hepburn on the cover. In the photograph, Audrey is standing outside the church, holding the hand of her second husband, psychiatrist Andrea Dotti.</p> <p>Her dress is the palest pink with long sleeves and a high cowl collar, and the hem of her skirt is four or five inches above her knees. She wears a fine pink scarf wrapped around her head and pinned under her chin. Needless to say, Audrey Hepburn looks divine.</p> <p><em>This is an edited extract from Living the 1960s by Noeline Brown (NLA Publishing, RRP $39.99), available online and in all good bookstores.</em></p> <p><em>Written by Noeline Brown. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/60s-fashion-beehives-slacks-and-brylcreem.aspx"><em>Wyza.com.au.</em></a></p> <p><em>Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the most fashionable looks from the 1960's.</em></p>

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Elvis: The life of the King

<p><strong>Humble beginnings</strong></p> <p>The King was not born into his later glory, being raised in a simple homestead in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was described as a 'loner' in school, and was told again and again that he was a terrible singer and would never make a career out of it.</p> <p>But Presley kept playing, and kept listening, and eventually caught his break at 19 with a rendition of the classic blues song 'That's All Right'.</p> <p>DEBUT ALBUM</p> <p>Presley's eponymous debut album was released on March 23, 1956, and would come to define the new genre of 'rock and roll'. Preceded by the single 'Heartbreak Hotel', the album also featured one of Presley's most famous recordings – the classic 'Blue Suede Shoes'.</p> <p>Elvis Presley sat atop the Billboard chart for 10 weeks, and marked the first time that a rock and roll album had achieved number one status.</p> <p><strong>Becoming a star</strong></p> <p>After the release of his album, Presley was courted by various variety television programs, including the ever-popular Ed Sullivan Show. His performance stylings received mixed reviews but the viewers kept tuning in, with a broadcast in September 1956 being watched by 60 million people – over 80 per cent of the total television audience.</p> <p>Presley soon became a national celebrity across America, with his songs including a new backing track of screaming young fans.</p> <p><strong>The king hits hollywood</strong></p> <p>Presley had always had a dream of becoming a film star like his heroes James Dean and Marlon Brando. Although he never quite reached their heights, his time in Hollywood in the 60's produced classics such as Jailhouse Rock, King Creole and Viva Las Vegas.</p> <p>However, many of the films Presley was signed for were medium budget musical comedies which he eventually tired of, disappointed that his hopes of serious dramatic roles were never realised.</p> <p><strong>Elvis gets hitched</strong></p> <p>Presley was conscripted into the US Army in 1958, and after basic training he was posted in Friedberg, Germany where he met 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu.</p> <p>He quickly fell for her, and after a lengthy period persuading her parents, in 1963 she moved into his Graceland home in Memphis. Eventually (with some apparent reluctance on Presley's part) they married in 1966.</p> <p>A tumultuous marriage with affairs on both sides led to a separation six years later, but the two remained on good terms until Elvis' death.</p> <p><strong>The rock and roll lifestyle</strong></p> <p>After skyrocketing to celebrity status, Presley's life became closely followed by the tabloids in the 60's and early 70's.</p> <p>From numerous affairs with his Hollywood co-stars to meeting President Nixon in 1970, his frenetic lifestyle became fuelled by prescription drugs and amphetamines that would eventually take their toll.</p> <p>Presley died on August 16, 1977, just before he was scheduled to fly out of Memphis to begin yet another tour.</p> <p><strong>A lasting impact</strong></p> <p>You'd be hard pressed to find a single person in the Western world who hasn't heard of Elvis Presley. But beyond the modern horde of impersonators, Presley's most important legacy was without a doubt his music.</p> <p>Before Presley, rock and roll barely existed - but with his unprecedented popularity it became a central feature of youth culture in the 1950's and 60's.</p> <p>Despite his failing health in his later years, Presley still toured until quite literally the day he died, and this tenacity is one of the reasons there are tributes to The King of Rock and Roll across America and the world.</p> <p><em>Written by Jamie Feggans. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/elvis-presley-the-life-of-the-king.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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The Queen's mini-me! Palace celebrates as Princess Charlotte turns 4

<p>Princess Charlotte and her family are celebrating her fourth birthday today, May 2, by sharing three new adorable portraits of the little royal.</p> <p>In the happy snaps, the princess looks strikingly similar to her great-grandmother, The Queen.</p> <p>The stunning portraits, taken by none other than Charlotte's mum, the Duchess of Cambridge, at the family’s country estate Anmer Hall, shows the playful royal happily running around the grounds of her home.</p> <p>In two images, the young royal member is wearing a plaid dress with a simple grey cardigan – an outfit once worn by Queen Elizabeth when she herself was a young princess.</p> <p>The portrait taken in 1936 shows a happy Princess Elizabeth with her sister, Princess Margaret, in matching plaid skirts with sweaters as the play gleefully with a family corgi dog.</p> <p>The Queen has a special place in her heart for plaid it seems as it has remained a constant pattern she has worn again and again over the years on numerous occasions.</p> <p>The similarities do not end in plaid though as it seems the two royal members over two generations apart have a love for floral as well.</p> <p>In the third image of Princess Charlotte, she is pictured sitting in the grounds of her royal home while she poses for the camera in a blue floral print dress with a white collar.</p> <p>The Queen adorned a similar outfit when she was a little tyke herself and was pictured wearing a strikingly similar dress to her great-granddaughter in 1936.  </p> <p>The little royal, who is fourth in line to the throne, has proven alongside her great-grandmother that style does not need to come with age.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see just how alike Princess Charlotte and the Queen look.</p> <p> </p>

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Easy craft ideas to make with the grandkids

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There’s no better way to keep the grandkids entertained than with craft activities. Taking part in the fun will not only give you time to bond with the little ones, but it’s also a creative way to pass the time. </span></p> <p>Family spotlight photo</p> <p>What you need:</p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Burlap Ribbon </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">2 Eyelet Screws</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lighter</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hemp Twine </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Small Clothes Pins</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Floral Decor of your choosing</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Staple gun</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hot Glue/Gun</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vinyl Black and White (or any colour you choose)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wood Plaque </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Paint</span></li> </ul> <p>How to make:</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">1. Paint your plaque the colour of your choice and let it dry. Once your piece of wood is dry, take woody paint colours or darker colours of your paint choice and use a heavy dry brush to utilise different areas. After the plaque is coated and still wet, turn the plaque over and use the wood end to draw a pattern to give a rustic fence board look. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">2. You can use cardboard to do this or vinyl to make the word of your choice to go on your plaque. Stick it on your piece of wood. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">3. Mark the bottom left and right corners of your plaque by putting a little pressure on your eyelet screw into the wood. Once you have marked the corners, screw both of them in place.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">4. With your hemp twin, knot the rope on each end and pull tight (but not too tight!)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">5. Add ribbons, floral décor or any decoration to your sign with a hot glue gun</span></p> <p> </p> <p>Seasons tree</p> <p>What you need</p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Paper</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pencils</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sharpie or permanent marker</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Paint</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rags, or sheets</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Old t-shirts to use as smocks for the kids</span></li> </ul> <p>How to make:</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">1. Trace a child’s arm on paper</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">2. Trace the arm with a permanent marker</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">3. Let the kids decorate the hand for whatever season they want </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">4. Frame the work of art as a gift</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Will you be trying out these craft activities with your grandkids? Let us know in the comments below.</span></p>

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Prince Harry shares stunning photos from his personal collection

<p>Prince Harry has celebrated Earth Day in a very special way, by sharing a series of photographs from his own personal collection.</p> <p>The royal seems to share similar artistic passions to his sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, after both exhibited raw photographs of what they love.</p> <p>Posting to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s official Instagram, the images show a range of stunning landscapes and wildlife photographs the Prince has been faced with during his royal duties.</p> <p>“Today is #earthday – an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home,” the caption began on social media.</p> <p>The first photograph in the long gallery collection of images shows Prince Harry and his wife, 37-year-old Duchess Meghan, walking through one of New Zealand’s beloved Redwood forests while during the Royal Tour of the Pacific last year.</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/Bwj2roEBbwL/?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/Bwj2roEBbwL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal)</a> on Apr 22, 2019 at 6:54am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today,” the caption went on to read.</p> <p>“Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental [point of view].”</p> <p>The images include a photograph of the rhino Africa’s Unicorn, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, desert lions, orca and humpback whales.</p> <p>A range of stunning landscapes were also included in the confronting collection, including snaps of Guyana’s forests, as well as a raw image of plastic waste on a beach. Finishing off the personal gallery is a picture of an elephant captured in Malawi.</p> <p>The royal couple, who are soon-to-be parents for the very first time, recently launched their official Instagram account, where they have included their personal passions as well as more information about their charities.</p> <p>“Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but every day.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the incredible photographs taken by Prince Harry.</p>

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Royal birthday! Palace releases sweet new photos of Prince Louis as he turns one

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Kensington Palace has released three new images of the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, in celebration of his first birthday.</p> <p>While the world patiently waits for the newest royal, Baby Sussex, to make their debut into the world, Prince Louis and his family have just finished celebrating the youngest member’s first birthday, which is on April 23.</p> <p>The adorable photos were taken by none other than his talented photographer mother Duchess Kate at their Norfolk home Anmer Hall earlier this month. Shown is the beaming young prince posing in the Anmer Hall grounds on a moss-covered seat.</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/Bwkq68KF-xS/?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/Bwkq68KF-xS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on Apr 22, 2019 at 2:30pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The family is enjoying their home away from home while Prince George and Princess Charlotte are on their three-week school break.</p> <p>The angelic tot sat happily dressed in his older brother’s hand-me-downs – a denim blue Thomas Brown Little Puppy knitted sweater and a plain collared shirt. While his gaze his more serious than in the other two images shared with the world, his two bottom teeth can be seen poking out.</p> <p>In another outfit where the young royal is pictured smiling excitedly in a cheeky and angelic grin, he is wearing a Rachel Riley Peter Pan collar shirt underneath a burgundy marl knitted jumper.</p> <p>While 5-year-old Prince George was often dressed in shorts as a baby, Prince Louis’ has been photographed in navy blue cords with matching tights.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share three new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow 🎈<br /><br />The photographs were taken earlier this month by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk. <a href="https://t.co/VOJ7rhKthz">pic.twitter.com/VOJ7rhKthz</a></p> — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1120439689251577856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“Such a mix of Charlotte and George,” one excited royal fan commented.</p> <p>“Stunning little prince, resembling so much both his parents!” another comment read.</p> <p>“My heart is melting,” another added. “I need to give him a hug!”</p> <p>The first birthday portraits of the one-year-old royal member are reminiscent of the Cambridge family’s Christmas card photo where the happy group of five were pictured within the same grounds of Anmer Hall.</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/BrXYSdHFcz-/?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/BrXYSdHFcz-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on Dec 14, 2018 at 3:00am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It is not the only time the Duchess of Cambridge has polished off her camera and snapped pictured of her family's milestones over the years. Not only has she been behind the lens for Louis’ first official portraits, she was also taking snaps of her other two children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.</p> <p>Prince Louis Arthur Charles was born on April 23 at 11:01 at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s hospital in Paddington.</p> <p>Prince William and Duchess Kate are travelling to New Zealand on Tuesday to honour those affected by the Christchurch terrorist attack that saw 50 lives lost.</p> <p>The couple are also set to celebrate eight years of marriage on April 29.</p> <p>Who do you think Prince Louis resembles? Let us know in the comments below.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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How Duchess Kate will celebrate Prince Louis's first birthday

<p>Prince Louis, the third child of Prince William and Duchess Kate, will be celebrating his first birthday soon.</p> <p>The special milestone on April 23 is expected to be a private affair, but royal fans have predicted that the Duchess of Cambridge will continue her tradition of sharing special portraits through the palace.</p> <p>The 37-year-old royal has shared photos of her children to mark their birthdays, often snapping the pictures herself. In 2015, she shared two snaps of her second child Princess Charlotte that she had taken herself in celebration of the infant’s six-month milestone.</p> <p>When the princess turned one, Duchess Kate released more new portraits that she once again personally snapped.</p> <p>Last year, for her daughter’s third birthday, the Duchess also captured two photographs of Princess Charlotte with Prince Louis, only days after the young prince’s birth.</p> <p>According to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2019041572086/kate-middleton-plans-revealed-prince-louis-birthday/" target="_blank">HELLO!</a></em>, the last official royal photograph featuring Prince Louis was the family Christmas card, which featured all five members of the Cambridge family.</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/BqIwkq8Ff2R/?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/BqIwkq8Ff2R/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:13pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The young prince’s father might not be around for his first birthday, as Prince William is set to travel to New Zealand in late April to honour the victims of the Christchurch terror attacks on behalf of the Queen.</p> <p>“The Duke will meet with those affected by the attack and will pay tribute to the extraordinary compassion and solidarity that the people of New Zealand have displayed in recent weeks,” Kensington Palace said in an <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.royal.uk/duke-cambridge-visit-new-zealand" target="_blank">announcement</a>.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see pictures of the Cambridge family.</p>

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Fergie shares never-before-seen photos of her family

<p>Sarah Ferguson has shared some never-before-seen pictures of her family members in celebration of the National Siblings Day.</p> <p>The Duchess of York took to Twitter on Wednesday to share a photograph of her older sister, Jane Ferguson.</p> <p>“On National Siblings Day I’m celebrating my sister who is so important to me and I love her more than ever, even so far away in Australia,” the duchess wrote. “The bond is never stronger and to the other siblings in my life.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">On National Siblings Day I’m celebrating my sister who is so important to me and I love her more than ever, even so far away in Australia. The bond is never stronger and to the other siblings in my life <a href="https://twitter.com/janet1332?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@janet1332</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/yorkiebea?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@yorkiebea</a> Eugenie <a href="https://twitter.com/HeidiLuedecke?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HeidiLuedecke</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SeamusMakim?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SeamusMakim</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AyeshaMakim?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AyeshaMakim</a> <a href="https://t.co/1DYa8Vvony">pic.twitter.com/1DYa8Vvony</a></p> — Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahTheDuchess/status/1116003013582258176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 10, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The 59-year-old also included snaps of her daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, as well as that of her nieces Ayesha Makim and Heidi Luedecke.</p> <p>Ayesha is Jane’s daughter with her first husband, Australian farmer Alex Makim, while Heidi is Jane’s only daughter with Rainer Luedecke.</p> <p>Princess Eugenie also joined in on the sibling appreciations as she took to Instagram to share her tribute to older sister Princess Beatrice. “Happy National Siblings Day... and to my big sister, your [sic] the best especially when helping me and my dress into the getaway car,” the 29-year-old wrote.</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/BwFzx8kFFWi/?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/BwFzx8kFFWi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Happy National Siblings Day... and to my big sister, your the best especially when helping me and my dress into the getaway car. #nationalsiblingday</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/princesseugenie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Princess Eugenie</a> (@princesseugenie) on Apr 10, 2019 at 2:51pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>On the post, she shared a picture from her wedding day in October and another snap from a photoshoot with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/princesses-beatrice-eugenie-of-york-interview" target="_blank"><em>Vogue</em></a>.</p> <p>In an interview with the magazine, Princess Eugenie said, “We’re each other’s rocks ... We’re the only other person in each other’s lives who can know exactly what the other one is going through.”</p>

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Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla share intimate portrait you’ve never seen before

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are celebrating a very special milestone in their relationship and have decided to give a beautiful gift to royal fans.</p> <p>Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are celebrating 14 years of marriage, and have released a heartwarming new portrait to mark the occasion.</p> <p>The intimate photo, never seen before by the public, was posted to the Clarence House Instagram page which shows the royal couple together in a stunning black and white portrait.</p> <p>“Thank you for your warm wishes on the occasion of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall's wedding anniversary,” the photo captioned read.</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/BwCuer9gHBV/?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/BwCuer9gHBV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Clarence House (@clarencehouse)</a> on Apr 9, 2019 at 10:07am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The gorgeous photograph was taken by Alex Lubomirski, a popular photographer amongst celebrities and the fashion world. In the past, the talented snapper has photographed the royal family including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s engagement photos from 2017.</p> <p>Prince Charles and his wife of 14 years were married on April 9, 2005 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.</p> <p>The royal couple’s anniversary was spent in the North Ireland city of Belfast to re-open the Hillsborough Castle – the official residence of the Queen and the royal family when they visit the area.</p> <p>While giving a speech to celebrate the re-opening, Prince Charles mentioned his and Duchess Camilla’s anniversary.</p> <p>“Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm enormously grateful to you all for coming such a long way to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It's incredibly good of you,” the royal said.</p> <p>“For me, Hillsborough has always been a special place, a place whose many stories reflect the complex history of this island.</p> <p>“Thanks to the fine restoration work that we are marking today, future generations will have the chance to hear and experience these stories for themselves in restored and re-presented surroundings.”</p> <p><span>Scroll through the gallery above to see the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall through the ages.</span><span>​</span></p>

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3 easy craft projects you can do with your grandkids this Easter

<p>Easter is fast approaching and there are plenty of fun and simple crafts to do with your grandkids, so they are entertained.</p> <p>Here are three easy craft projects you can do with your grandkids this Easter.</p> <p><strong>1. Fluffy pom-pom chicks</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7825635/shutterstock_1033164469.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2e0718c0e62b4770bc39ecf66e3a4725" /></p> <p><strong>What you need:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Card</li> <li>Yellow wool</li> <li>Googly eyes</li> <li>Orange cards or felt</li> </ul> <p><strong>How to:</strong></p> <p>1. Cut two donut-shaped rings out of card and place both of the rings together</p> <p>2. Using scissors, cut a long piece of wool and wrap it around the donuts.</p> <p>3. When taking a new piece of wool, leave the ends at the top of the circle and not the centre.</p> <p>4. Once the donut is covered, cut the edges in between the two circles of card.</p> <p>5. With another piece of wool, place it between the two rings and tie the whole pom pom together. Pull the string tight and knot it.</p> <p><strong>2. Sock bunnies (no sewing required)</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7825633/shutterstock_608096375.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ce253977e0e94760938f8126abbdfd31" /></p> <p><strong>What you need:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Socks</li> <li>Elastic bands</li> <li>Rice, barley or lentils</li> <li>Buttons</li> <li>Scissors</li> <li>Glue gun / strong glue</li> </ul> <p><strong>How to:</strong></p> <p>1. Using a sock, fill it with either rice, barley or lentils.</p> <p>2. Tie an elastic band around the sock when it is filled a third of the way – this will make the bunny’s body.</p> <p>3. Further fill the sock and tie it again with an elastic band to make another ball – which is the head of the bunny.</p> <p>4. With the left-over sock at the top of the head, use some scissors to snip down the centre and round off the edges to make the bunny ears.</p> <p>5. Using your glue gun, stick two buttons on the sock for the eyes and a larger button for the nose.</p> <p>6. Tie a ribbon around your bunny’s neck and decorate with felt-friendly markers.</p> <p><strong>3. Yarn nests </strong></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7825632/shutterstock_367611647.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bdb4553157d945f8a3b34d7a766cd0e2" /></p> <p><strong>What you need: </strong></p> <ul> <li>Bowl</li> <li>Cling film</li> <li>Wool</li> <li>PVA glue</li> <li>Feathers</li> </ul> <p><strong>How to:</strong></p> <p>1. With your bowl and cling film, cover the outside of the upside-down bowl.</p> <p>2. Cut strings of wool and dip them in PVA glue.</p> <p>3. Cover the cling film bowl with the wool and continue to build up layers until you have your desired nest shape.</p> <p>4. Optional: You can line your nest with feathers and add your chocolate eggs!</p> <p>Would you try any of these easy Easter crafts with your grandchildren? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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