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"Sign of strength": First look at Prince Harry's mental health series

<p>The first trailer for Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey's mental health series has been released.</p> <p>The series is called<span> </span><em>The Me You Can't See</em><span> </span>and has both Prince Harry and Oprah sharing about their mental health struggles.</p> <p>One moment in particular for Prince Harry was harrowing as he walked behind his mother Princess Diana's coffin in a funeral procession.</p> <p>In the trailer, Prince Harry says: "To make that decision to receive help is not a sign of weakness. In today's world more than ever, it is a sign of strength."</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dWevopoBmAE"></iframe></div> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>"What words have you heard around mental health? Crazy? To make that decision to receive help is not a sign of weakness. In today's world more than ever, it is a sign of strength," Prince Harry continued.</p> <p>"The results of this year will be felt for decades, the kids the families, husbands, wives everybody."</p> <p>Prince Harry also had a poignant interview with actor Dax Sheppard, where he spoke about his decision to leave the monarchy after seeing "what it did to my mum".</p> <p>"In my early 20s, it was a case of, 'I don't want this job. I don't want to be here, I don't want to be doing this, look what it did to my mum. How am I ever going to settle down, have a wife and a family when I know, that it's going to happen again?'</p> <p>"Because I know, I've seen behind the curtain. I've seen the business model, I know how the operation runs and how it works, and I don't want to be a part of this."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Mother’s worst nightmare realised

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Liz Willcox put baby Jasmyn down to sleep one night in 2017, there were no signs to suggest that it would be the last time she would see her baby alive.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But the next morning, the mother-of-three woke to find her worst nightmare realised.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The little girl had died in the night, at only five months and one week old.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I looked at the baby monitor and saw how still she was,” she told 7NEWS.com.au.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I just started grabbing her and she was cold and lifeless,” the mother continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I alerted my husband Ben, we called an ambulance and he started performing CPR.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But I just shut down.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The coroner determined Jasmyn was an “an extremely healthy baby” and there was “no reason for her death”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That’s when Liz found out about SIDS.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - or SIDS - is the sudden, unexpected death of a child younger than one year old while they sleep.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the exact cause is unknown, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Rita Machaalani says a baby dies suddenly every second day in Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“No one can comprehend how a healthy baby put to sleep can be found dead the next morning,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A ‘stigma’ usually surrounds the parent that they must have done something, but that’s far from the truth.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Often, she says, a coroner will list the baby’s death as “undetermined”, which means that more children might be dying from the syndrome than officially reported.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After Jasmyn’s passing, Liz was contacted by a charity group called River’s Gift.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The group was established in 2011 by Alex Hamilton and Karl Waddell after their son, River, died in his sleep at only 128 days old.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Liz can only hope other parents who face the same experience can get help quickly.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You’ll love to get a hold of them earlier. There needs to be something to get charities in touch with them earlier,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think for us, you never want to plan your child’s funeral. It starts here.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She and Ben are now preparing a legacy in honour of Jasmyn called </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/unitingforjasmyn/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Uniting for Jasmyn</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple also held a gala in conjunction with River’s Gift in 2019.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The second gala, postponed from last year due to COVID, will be held this year on July 10, almost four years to the say since Jasmyn passed away in Eaton’s Hill.</span></p>

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Shock as Prince Charles almost married his third cousin

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in element-type-p"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in element-type-p"> <p>Royal fans were left in awe after a new ITV documentary revealed that Prince Charles almost married his third cousin.</p> <p>The documentary called<span> </span><em>The Queen &amp; Her Cousins</em><span> </span>dived into the lives of the Queen and her family, including Princess Olga Romanoff, whose the grand-niece of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.</p> <p>Olga Romanoff is the third cousin that was considered to be a suitable bride for Prince Charles as she had "An title. Foreign. Breeding. And possibly because I was 17 and they were all quite young, virginity was good. I was so virginal!"</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841168/prince-charles-cousin-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4bf622969acd4821b35a9827bd505e58" /></p> <p>It wasn't meant to be as Prince Charles quickly matched with Diana Spencer, who was the daughter of family friends instead of his cousins.</p> <p>Prince Charles first met Diana when he was 29 and she was 16, as the prince was friends with her older sister.</p> <p>It wasn't long before Prince Charles announced his engagement to Lady Diana, but the pair had only met 12 or 13 times before he proposed.</p> <p>Despite being married on July 29, 1981, the marriage was plagued with infidelity rumours and the pair split in 1992.</p> <p>They were divorced in 1996 and Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris when her sons Prince William and Prince Harry were only 15 and 12.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Queen speaks at length for first time since passing of Prince Phillip

<p>Queen Elizabeth has spoken at length for the first time since her husband Prince Philip died.</p> <p>Speaking to the Royal Life Saving Society via video call, the Queen looked calm and composed as she looked back fondly at the time when she was awarded the Life Saving Award as a young girl.</p> <p>Queen Elizabeth was just 14 when she earned her junior respiration award in February 1941.</p> <p>She was the first young person in the Commonwealth to achieve the award.</p> <p>“I didn’t realise I was the first one - I just did it, and had to work very hard for it,” the Queen said in the video call.</p> <p>“It was a great achievement and I was very proud to wear the badge on the front of my swimming suit.</p> <p>“It was very grand, I thought.”</p> <p>When the Queen said it had happened “a long time ago,” deputy Commonwealth president of the society, Clive Holland, said: “Your Majesty, when you say it was a long time ago, it was in fact 80 years ago.”</p> <p>“That’s terrible!”, Queen Elizabeth, 95, responded.</p> <p>The Royal Life Saving Society works across 30 different Commonwealth countries, aiming to eliminate preventable death by drowning, promoting water safety and lifeguarding education.</p> <p>Queen Elizabeth “virtually” presented Stephen Beerman with the King Edward VII Cup, awarded every two years in recognition of outstanding contributions to drowning prevention.</p> <p>The Queen has been the patron of the Royal Life Saving Society since 1952.</p>

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Matt Damon photobombs Brisbane charity event and donates large sum

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Movie superstar Matt Damon, 50, surprised guests at a domestic violence charity event in Brisbane and made a generous donation.</p> <p>Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso, 45, have spent the last few days in Queensland and attended the event for Safe Haven at the Calile Hotel on Friday.</p> <p>“My mum founded a charity fighting domestic violence. During a fundraising lunch, Matt Damon dropped in and donated $10,000,” in a since-deleted post on social media network Reddit 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-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/COkU931JHzq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/COkU931JHzq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Louise Carroll (@louisecarroll21)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Had the pleasure of meeting this gracious man today at the Safe Haven Community charity lunch. Matt Damon has a generous heart space ❤️ Well done to Catherine and her team at The Calile Hotel on such a successful fundraising lunch for such a needed cause," one excited fan wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>Damon is currently in Australia filming<span> </span><em>Thor: Love and Thunder</em><span> </span>alongside Chris Hemsworth, which is something Damon is "so excited" about.</p> <p>“I’m so excited that my family and I will be able to call Australia home for the next few months,” he said.</p> <p>“Australian film crews are world-renowned for their professionalism and are a joy to work with so the 14 days of quarantine will be well worth it.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Sad” detail in Queen’s birthday post for Archie

<p>The Queen, along with other members of the royal family have shared a "Happy Birthday" message via her social media account for her great-grandson Archie's second birthday.</p> <p>But royal fans have discovered a "sad" detail, as the photos used by the family include a snub.</p> <p>"Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today," the caption on the monarch's post read.</p> <p>The photo was of the Sussex family, which was taken two years ago when Archie was first introduced to the world.</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/COhWKhMnDFe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/COhWKhMnDFe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>William and Kate chose a large family photo from Archie's Christening, while the Clarence House account of Charles and Camilla also used a photo from the same day, but appear to have cut Meghan out of the snap.</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/COhdfeWFx6y/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/COhdfeWFx6y/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@dukeandduchessofcambridge)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Now royal fans have pointed out how 'awkward' it is that the old images seemed to be the only ones there were to use for the birthday posts.</p> <p>"Is that the only photo they have, taken two years ago?" one person asked.</p> <p>"Happy birthday to Her Majesty's grand child. (Sad this page can't use more recent pic.)" another also noted.</p> <p>While a third wrote: "It's sad that The Royal Family doesn't have an updated photo of Archie. The heartbreak... 😢"</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/COhct4fDCqb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/COhct4fDCqb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Clarence House (@clarencehouse)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Very sad state of affairs when the supposed future king cuts the mother of his grandchild out of the photo with which he chooses to share. Yes, they haven’t seen Archie for over 12mnths, but to not include Meghan," was another comment.</p> <p>Meghan and Harry have made a touching request of the public on their son Archie's second birthday, saying they "cannot think of a more resonant way" to honour him.</p> <p>In a statement published on their website titled "Join Us in Advocating for Vaccine Equity on Archie's Birthday", they invited people to “contribute whatever you can — if you have the means to do so — to bring vaccines to families in the world’s most vulnerable places.”</p> <p>The Duke of Duchess of Sussex said they had been “deeply touched over the past two years” to feel the “warmth and support” offered to their family on their son's birthday.</p> <p>They also acknowledged those who donate to charities on their behalf during monumental occasions, saying they were "incredibly grateful".</p> <p>Meghan and Harry, who are campaign chairs for the Tax Live concert to raise money for vaccine access, said that $5 could "cover the cost of a dose for someone in need”.</p> <p>The couple have secured matching support from several organisations so that every $5 donated up to $3 million will automatically turn into $20, funding four vaccine doses.</p> <p>The California-based royals noted: “While some places are on the verge of healing, in so many parts of the world, communities continue to suffer. As of today, around 80 percent of the nearly one billion COVID-19 vaccine shots that have been given were administered in wealthier countries. While we may feel that normalcy is around the corner, we remind ourselves that in much of the world, and especially in developing countries, vaccine distribution has effectively yet to start.”</p> <p>Donations to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/connect/duke-duchess-sussex-covax-donation/" target="_blank">Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance</a><span> </span>can be made via advocacy group Global Citizen.</p> <p>“We cannot think of a more resonant way to honour our son’s birthday,” the pair added. “If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don’t know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect.”</p>

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Cancer surgeon writes his own joke-filled obituary before dying

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A US surgeon has jumped the gun and written a quirky obituary about himself before he died at 48.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Thomas Lee Flanagan passed on April 27, but his cause of death is not publicly known.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a post published on </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/toledoblade/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-lee-flanigan&amp;pid=198520306&amp;fbclid=IwAR08jHG4hN-UFNjxvslLCmYy1YpR-XK5gFKXnFVh5LEzQX7epBPWJglLDss" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Legacy.com</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> - a website dedicated to obituaries - he jokingly described himself as the “Ginger God of Surgery and Shenanigans”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yes, I have joined the likes of Princess Diana, John Belushi, and Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter in leaving while still at the top of my game as an iconic superhero who seemed almost too good to be true,” he wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the post, the army veteran and father of three said he married his wife Amy so he could make husband jokes, then had three children so he could make Dad jokes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It did not disappoint,” he wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The jokes I mean, but Amy and the kids were pretty good too.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Flanagan writes that his time “was magical” and “saw some other delightful things in my time here - Hawaiian volcanoes, Egyptian pyramids, and even the advent of air fryers.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though he “dabbled” in a few things, including serving his country in the army and saving lives as a surgeon and MD, his real legacy is the bad Dad jokes and Facebook memes he’ll leave behind.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What was I to this world if not a beacon of light shining upon those who couldn’t scan the internet for their own hilarious and entertaining comic relief?” he wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I guess what I am trying to say is that you’re welcome and you owe me big time.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He ends his obituary announcing he is riding off into the sunset “after re-enlisting with a new unit.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He continued, “Due to the unknown and cosmic nature of my next mission, this will be our last communication. It will self-destruct in five minutes.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though his whereabouts “are now top secret” he has made new friends called Elvis and Kenny.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The Church of Tom is closed for business, but please continue to worship me, light candles, and send money. You know the deal,” the obituary read.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tributes to Flanagan also flooded in on the online condolence page.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You meant so very much to me. The world is dimmer without you in it,” a former patient wrote.</span></p>

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Dying man granted his final wish

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> A dying man had his wish of a day at the races fulfilled at Morphettville’s racing track in Adelaide.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Paramedics were taking Nigel Latham home from hospital to enter palliative home care when they had a simple question for him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They asked me if I’d like to stop anywhere on the way,” Nigel said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I had been watching the racing in hospital, so wanted to go there.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ambulance officer Bec Sanders and colleague Laura granted the 58-year-old’s request.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In normal circumstances I would've been there for a great day of racing,” Nigel said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve been a member of the South Australian Jockey Club for the last three years and own shares in a couple of horses.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Bec and Laura worked miracles and got me there. They are commended for their care and sheer goodness of their spirit.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nigel got to watch the action from the 200m mark with his wife Julie, and became the inspiration for a Melbourne Cup-winning jockey.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After learning of Nigel’s dying wish, Craig Williams was overcome with emotion and rode Lady Dunmore to victory.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Nigel Latham, he was the inspiration for her success today,” Williams said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After his victory, Williams rode over to Nigel and gifted him a souvenir.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To Nigel, I said to my horse if she’d get over the line we’d make sure we give him the winning goggles and she did her job really well.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’d like to be grateful to people like Nigel who support the industry and have his last dying wish (of) coming here today for a great race day.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another thoughtful racegoer named Matt also joined in on the good spirit, offering him an ice-cold beer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nigel said the day had become one of the most memorable experiences of his life, especially with his wife by his side.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Given only days to live, Nigel Latham had a wish to go to the races one last time in Adelaide. The hospital and ambulance drivers made it happen. <br /><br />Hear Bensley read his emotional message of thanks after his day at the Morphettville track on Saturday. <br /><br />Incredible. <a href="https://t.co/KZ9POXfxnv">pic.twitter.com/KZ9POXfxnv</a></p> — SENTrack (@SEN_track) <a href="https://twitter.com/SEN_track/status/1389026708074885120?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“People are amazing,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’ve had brilliant care at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. They have all tried so hard for me and then getting me to the races yesterday meant so much.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He praised the kindness of the paramedics, saying, “Thanks to Bec and Laura for making it happen, to Ian (Richardo, Morphettville track manager) for facilitating it. For Matt for the beer and for Craig for caring so much.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bec said Nigel was exhausted but told 7NEWS “it was really lovely to see him home and happy.”</span></p> <p><strong>Image credit: 7NEWS</strong></p>

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Prince Charles' sweet tribute to Prince Philip

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The royal family are sending out thank you cards to royal fans who sent in their condolences after the loss of Prince Philip, 99.</p> <p>The Prince of Wales was one who issued replies to people who had offered their condolences on the passing of his father.</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/COU-GSbn-VS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/COU-GSbn-VS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lise M (@lise_m_d)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince Charles chose a sweet photo of Prince Philip and himself in a small boat with his father in Cowes.</p> <p>"The Prince of Wales thanks you so much for your very kind message of sympathy," the accompanying message read.</p> <p>"His Royal Highness has been enormously touched by the many generous messages that have been received in recent days; they have provided great comfort at this very sad time."</p> <p>It concluded, "The Prince of Wales sends you his warmest thanks and best wishes."</p> <p>The card was shared by royal fan Lisa on Instagram in reply to a card she had sent to Clarence House.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Gold Coast family in mourning over 1 in 4,500 death

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A Queensland family is mourning the loss of an 11-year-old boy who died after sustaining a seizure in his sleep.</p> <p>Jett Somerhayes-Nixon died on ANZAC Day after failing to wake up after the seizure in his sleep.</p> <p>His aunt, Lucy Somerhayes, wrote on the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/jettys-sendoff-family-support?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&amp;utm_medium=copy_link_all&amp;utm_source=customer" target="_blank">family's GoFundMe page</a><span> </span>that their “Jetty Spaghetti” had autism and was “plagued by seizures over the past few years”.</p> <p>“But although it wasn't easy, he was the happiest little boy, he loved to sing, dance and make everyone laugh... he was at his happiest if everyone was laughing, singing and dancing with him,” Ms Somerhayes wrote.</p> <p>“He has now gone on to 'rave in paradise', but his family needs help right now to help with funeral costs and give him the send-off he deserved, and to help support them whilst they try and face life without their young, happy, smiley, singing boy.”</p> <p>Somerhayes spoke to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/unbearable-family-mourns-boy-who-died-from-seizure-sleep-003651622.html" target="_blank"><em>Yahoo! News</em></a><span> </span>about the loss of her nephew.</p> <p>"It's completely unfair and unbearable that such a massive personality could leave us in such a tragic way," she said.</p> <p>"It's so incredibly quiet without him."</p> <p>Jett suffered from 50 to 60 seizures a day, which led to him being hospitalised as well as needing a wheelchair to get around.</p> <p>However, the family said that Jett hadn't had a major seizure for months before he died.</p> <p>The family believe that Jett died from Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), as the family found out the cause of death on Thursday and want people to be aware.</p> <p>“In general, people living with epilepsy are at a one in 1,000 risk of SUDEP per year,” Epilepsy Australia says.</p> <p>“In children, SUDEP is an even rarer occurrence with the risk as low as one in 4,500. Most, but not all, cases of SUDEP occur during or immediately after a seizure.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/unbearable-family-mourns-boy-who-died-from-seizure-sleep-003651622.html" target="_blank"><em>Yahoo! News</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Mum’s warning after daughter stung by wasp: “Check your laundry”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A mum has taken to social media with a warning to parents after her daughter was stung by a wasp caught in her clothes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Having hung her daughter Kathleen’s clothes out to dry, Sabrina Rigby said the insect must have climbed in and subsequently stung the six-year-old.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“WARNING. Check your laundry!” she wrote in a Facebook post. In the post, she said that she’d hung her daughter’s clothes on the line to dry the day before.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This queen wasp has emerged from hibernation and gotten caught up in the clothes,” she recounted. “The clothes which I then bagged and left in the girls room to be packed away.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t know she was there until this morning, when she managed to wriggle her way out of the bag and sting Kathleen,” the mum said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She is okay and luckily, it turns out, not allergic like I am. But you can bet I’ll be checking  all my laundry from now on!” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Commenters were thankful for the advice and shared their appreciation for the mum sharing her story.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Now peering inside my slippers before I put my feet in!!” one woman wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I got one in my sons pjs last week when I was folding them,” another shared.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Concerned about her daughter, others warned the mum to keep an eye on her in case she actually is allergic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You don’t tend to react badly to a first exposure, it is subsequent exposures that she’ll react to if she’s allergic,” one mum advised. “Keep a close eye if she gets stung again in the future.” </span></p> <p><strong>Image credit: Sharina Rigby / Facebook </strong></p>

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Two families unite over Christmas balloon

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Christmas came for a second time for two twin sisters, after a stranger more than 100km away found a holiday wish list attached to a balloon.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In December, Leticia Flores-Gonzalez had the idea for her two 4-year-olds, Luna and Gianella Gonzalez, to tie their Christmas lists to balloons and set them free above their Kansas home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the difficult year behind them, it was their way of reaching Santa Claus.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Flore-Gonzalez told CNN, “It was important doing something special for my girls because of the hard year we had during the coronavirus pandemic. I wanted them to feel like 2020 was another year spent with mom making beautiful memories.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was never with the purpose someone would find the balloon. I thought it would deflate and would just disappear somewhere in a tree nearby.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But someone with a white beard and a big heart did find one of the balloons.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While hunting deer in Grand Cane, Louisiana in late December, Alvin Bamburg spotted one of the balloons tangled in a tree.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I saw that balloon and God spoke to me. He said, ‘You need to get this, and, second of all, you need to get the trash out of the woods,’” Bamburg told CNN.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I got it I noticed a folded yellow piece of paper sealed with a red star, and it was a Christmas list from a girl named Luna.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height:280.7692307692308px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840931/christmas-list.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/da6784e762294890ac05a1785dd3872f" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What had Luna asked Santa for? The list included candy, a Spider Man ball, a Frozen doll, a My Little Pony toy, and a puppy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the holidays kept Bamburg and his wife, Lee Ann Leopard Bamburg, busy, the list stayed at the back of their minds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once the holiday season had wound down, Bamburg shared his discovery with family and friends via a Facebook post in early January.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bamburg wrote, “Would love to know when it was launched. Looks like it traveled over 600 miles. Feel free to share.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So many people shared the post that it was eventually found by Flores-Gonzalez.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When we found out someone actually found Luna’s balloon, we were just in shock,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We couldn’t believe how kind people were; we were overwhelmed with love. That’s what really mattered.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After receiving requests to share Gianella’s list, Flores-Gonzalez did, and both girls received gifts from Bamburg’s family, friends, coworkers, and even old schoolmates.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following months of communication, the two families finally met in-person. The Bamburgs drove six hours to meet Flores-Gonzalez and the twins and gave them one final present.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We had texted, talked, and FaceTimed before we even met, and it was clear we had a connection,” Bamburg said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When we met, it was just like meeting family.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was during the meeting that Bamburg gave the girls a dachshund puppy, fulfilling the last of Luna’s Christmas wishes. Overjoyed, the girls quickly named the pup Max.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Over a meal, the families laughed and bonded over shared values.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To us, it isn’t the amount of gifts or the value that the girls are receiving,” Flores-Gonzalez said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s the love they received. It meant the world to us we see their smiles, and the lifelong friendship we have made with Alvin and his wife.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The families will continue meeting too, with their next reunion scheduled for the end of May.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the meantime, Bamburg hopes to inspire others to take a break and makes someone else’s day a little brighter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There’s so much sadness in the world right now, the world is a freaking mess,” he said. “It’s really not hard to spread kindness, and you can never underestimate the impact even just a smile will have on someone’s day.”</span></p> <p><strong>Image credits: CNN</strong></p>

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Eager to learn: A man’s love for his wife sends him to beauty school

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While we might think grand gestures are the best way to show loved ones we care, it can be the smallest things that can really get the message across.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One man found this to be true when news of his act of kindness for his wife flooded social media recently.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The elderly man, realising that his wife’s ailing vision meant she struggled styling her hair with curlers as she had done for so many years, stepped in to help. To make sure he helped her look her best, he sought lesions from the professionals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When he went to the Delmar College of Hair and Aesthetics Red Deer in Alberta, Canada he asked if they were running any makeup classes he could join to learn tips and tricks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instead of attending a class, apprentice hairdresser Britney and some fellow students offered to teach him on the spot. Sharing the story on her Facebook business site, the stylist said they had been very happy to oblige.</span></p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/hairdesignbybritney/posts/103659755204446" data-width="500" data-show-text="false"> <blockquote class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <p>This lovely gentleman came in today to learn how to curl his wife’s hair. His wife is unable to curl her own hair and...</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hairdesignbybritney/">Hair Design By Britney</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hairdesignbybritney/posts/103659755204446">Thursday, April 22, 2021</a></blockquote> </div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This lovely gentleman came in today to learn how to curl his wife’s hair. His wife is unable to curl her own hair and often burns herself, so he stepped up to the plate and learned how to curl her hair,” she wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We had the pleasure of teaching him! We taught him how to do volume curls on short hair, how to protect her skin from being burned and we even taught him to put on her mascara.:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In their own update, the college said it showed the testament of long-term love.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This gentleman warmed all of our hearts and was [a] beautiful reminder that we need to keep positive and loving each other,” they said.</span></p> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/DelmarCollegeRedDeer/posts/4194304487299910" data-width="500" data-show-text="false"> <blockquote class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <p>Well yesterday something really special happened in our school 💖 Hair Design By Britney had a truly authentic experience...</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DelmarCollegeRedDeer/">Delmar College of Hair &amp; Aesthetics Red Deer</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DelmarCollegeRedDeer/posts/4194304487299910">Friday, April 23, 2021</a></blockquote> </div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Comments poured in on both posts, with many supporting the man and stylists, as well as recounting other experiences of small acts of kindness between couples.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I had that kind of husband. He used to curl the back of my hair for me regularly because I had surgery on my arm and couldn’t do it well,” one wrote. “He’d also often do his granddaughter’s hair. The love this man and my husband showed is a testament to true love.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Marry a man that will learn to curl your hair when you no longer can … There is some true relationship advice,” another posted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Heartwarming story from both angles. His wife is so blessed to have him. I had one of those husbands. Thank you for your kindness in teaching him,” a third said.</span></p>

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Prince William’s special message for ANZAC troops

<p>The Duke of Cambridge has delivered a special message to commemorate the “Australians and New Zealanders killed in war and honouring returned servicemen and women” this April 25th.</p> <p>To honour the solemn occasion, Prince William sent a message to the New Zealand and Australian High Commissions in London.</p> <p>"This Anzac Day, Catherine and I join Australians and New Zealanders across the world to remember and honour the service men and women of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps," he said in the message.</p> <p>"Today we stand together to reflect not only on their sacrifices, but also their courage, sense of duty, and their famously indomitable spirit.</p> <p>"Though many will still be unable to come together in person this year, we are heartened in the knowledge that Australians and New Zealanders will continue to commemorate those who have given so much for our freedoms.</p> <p>"The ANZAC qualities of endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour and mateship are admired as fiercely as ever before. Lest we forget."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840900/royal-family.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/861fc1b5ca7446d7aac96538a1536daa" /></p> <p>The Princess Royal also attended two ceremonies in representation of the royal family.</p> <p>Anne laid a wreath at the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Wellington March on Sunday morning.</p> <p>Later during the day, she and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence attended the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.</p> <p>The Princess Royal donned a bright purple coat and matching hat for the day’s commemorations – a colour that despite its brightness, has been linked to mourning.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840899/royal-family-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/33dc45ae66f646dd8e2f8ffbe71dbcca" /></p> <p>Former royal family’s maid Alicia Healey says the colour has a sombre meaning for the royal family.</p> <p>"While the official period of Royal mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh is over, purple is often a colour that is worn after black when in mourning," Healey explained on her official<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/COFaLNxHgCu/" target="_blank" title="Instagram account">Instagram account</a>.</p> <p>"So, it was an apt colour choice for today's remembrance service in honour of Australians and New Zealanders who have died in war.</p> <p>Healey worked at Buckingham Palace from 2006-2010.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840898/royal-family-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/42817585fe454de48453f2916313be01" /></p> <p>Queen Elizabeth did not make an official appearance for Anzac Day, as she mourns the loss of Prince Philip.</p> <p>While the official mourning period for the royal family is over, the Queen is said to be coping well as her children take turns to spend time with the grieving Majesty.</p>

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Ashley Cain bares all after death of baby: “You saved my life”

<p>Former British soccer star Ashley Cain has opened up following the loss of his daughter who passed away from a rare, aggressive cancer.</p> <p>Baby Azaylia died on Saturday, at just eight months old.</p> <p>Cain, a former Coventry City player in England turned reality TV star, documented his baby girl’s short but meaningful life on Instagram.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840923/ashley-cain-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4d1b0ec3cc52451aaf0afd066ba92c99" /></p> <p>Little Azaylia underwent a number of treatments due to her rare form of leukaemia.<span class="CmCaReT" style="display: none;">�</span></p> <p>On Tuesday, the star took to social media to share his heart was “shattered”.</p> <p>“I can’t put into words my sadness and pain, there aren’t words to describe it. I love you with every ounce of my body and I miss you so much already,” he wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>“You made me a better man. You made me the person I’ve always wanted to be. You’ve taught me more in your 8 months than I’ve learned my whole life.</p> <p>“I don’t know why you’ve been taken away from me and my heart aches in your absence.”</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/COFj6fvHzVq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/COFj6fvHzVq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by BEAST 🇻🇨🇬🇧 (@mrashleycain)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Cain said Azaylia’s leukemia had come back in February – not long after they had been given permission to leave the hospital and continue her treatment as an outpatient.</p> <p>The eight-month-old was given just days to live in early April, however she Azaylia battled on as the family made the most of their time together.</p> <p>“You saved my life, you really did. With my second chance, I make a promise to you that I will make yours live on in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers,” Cain said.</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/CMzGKv9nmrr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CMzGKv9nmrr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by BEAST 🇻🇨🇬🇧 (@mrashleycain)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I am blessed, I am honoured and I am privileged to be your father. I would go through all of the pain again and again. Because what you gave me in those eight months will live with me for eternity.”</p>

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The touching mementos the Queen carried at Prince Philip's funeral

<p>The Queen sat alone at Prince Philip's funeral on Saturday, but she reportedly carried two touching reminders of her husband with her.</p> <p>Her Majesty and Prince Philip spent 73 years together and most likely exchanged countless gifts and mementos over that time period.</p> <p>But the monarch is said to have chosen two simple items to carry with her as she lay her husband to rest.</p> <p>In her small, black handbag, the Queen kept one of Philip's pocket squares and a photo of them from the earliest years of their marriage, according to reports.</p> <p>Speaking to the Daily Mail, a royal insider said the Queen carried one of Philip's white handkerchiefs, which he used to use as pocket squares.</p> <p>The handkerchiefs were made by his Savile Row tailors Kent &amp; Haste, and the Queen kept one on her during the funeral service.</p> <p>The second item was a photograph of her and Philip during their honeymoon in Malta, which was taken sometime between 1949 and 1951.</p> <p>"The years the Queen spent in Malta were said to be among the happiest of her life," 9Honey's royal columnist Victoria Arbiter wrote in 2019.</p> <p>"And the Mediterranean archipelago was the only place outside the UK she ever called home."</p> <p>She and Philip even returned to Malta in 2007 to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary, and it is said to hold a special place in the monarch's heart.</p> <p>It's understandable, then, that the Queen would choose a photo of her and Philip there – at one of their happiest moments – to carry with her at his funeral on Saturday.</p> <p>The Queen also addressed a handwritten letter to her late husband, which was placed alongside a wreath of white lilies, small white roses, and white freesia chosen by her.</p> <p>The contents of the note have been kept private.</p> <p>In the past, the Queen honoured her husband with loving comments, remarking when Philip turned 90: "He has, quite simply, been my strength and my stay all these years."</p> <p>And it seems Philip was just as in love. In the early days of their relationship, he wrote in a letter: "Cherish Lilibet? I wonder if that word is enough to express what is in me?"</p>

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The hardcore royal mourners who defied health advice

<p>Despite meticulously planning his own funeral, Prince Philip’s couldn’t account for the scaling back of the event due to the coronavirus.</p> <p dir="ltr">Even so, hundreds of mourners headed to Windsor Castle to pay their final respects to Prince Philip, ignoring public health advice to stay home due to COVID-19 restrictions.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I know they told us to stay away but we haven’t,” said Fiona Oldham, a 53-year old admin worker who made the journey from near Blackpool in northwest England with friends. “I’m a real royalist - I absolutely love them.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Having attended the London funeral of Prince Diana in 1997, Oldham described Philip as a “character” and the “power behind the throne” of Queen Elizabeth II.</p> <p dir="ltr">Like many who gathered in Windsor, she was keen to see Princes William and Harry together during Saturday’s ceremonial procession and lamented Harry’s move to the United States.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We miss him … I’m hoping the queen burns his passport,” she said, chuckling. “We feel that he’s ours.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Inside the castle, the royal family honoured Philip’s life and service to the queen. Military musicians were spread out outside St. George’s Chapel while just four choristers sang inside. The queen sat alone and at a distance from the 30 other attendees, all wearing masks.</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/CNvYjpIn7CB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CNvYjpIn7CB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Outside the castle walls, Isabelle Wallace, a teacher from France, said she could not stay away.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m a bit naughty. … I think it’s something to witness,” Wallace said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Not everyone shares Wallace’s royalist sentiments, including her husband. She said, “My husband is Scottish and quite anti-royal - he’s bald and he’s washing his hair today.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The 50-year old teacher also couldn’t ignore “stories of his racism”, referring to Philip’s previous public remarks, but countered that he had done a lot for the environment and young people.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Duke of Edinburgh was interred on Saturday in a royal vault close to Henry VIII, the queen’s father King George VI, and other historic English kings. Philip organised the entire ceremony, including hand-picked music, prayers, and a specially modified Land Rover hearse that would carry his coffin.</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/CNxfRfZHpDV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CNxfRfZHpDV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Kaya Mar, 64, wandered around the busy town carrying a large painting he had made of Philip as a tribute to his life.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He’s done a lot for this country and he was the glue for the royal family,” Mar said. Having travelled from London, the painter added that Greek-born Philip hadn’t had it easy in the royal establishment as an “outsider”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Across the world, millions are expected to watch the televised but muted proceedings, with<span> </span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-56792086" target="_blank">13.6 million</a></span><span> </span>viewing the service in the UK alone.</p> <p dir="ltr">Many from Commonwealth nations - mostly former British colonies, including some where the queen remains as ceremonial head of state - will take an interest in the proceedings.</p> <p dir="ltr">Matthew Callender remembers the excitement of seeing the queen and Philip in Barbados in 1977 as a schoolchild. Now head doorman at a Windsor hotel near to the castle, Calendar said many back home would be sad.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He was loved in Barbados and the Commonwealth because of his cheeky character; he was just a funny man,” he said, holding the door.</p> <p dir="ltr">Although Barbados, along with Jamaica, recently expressed interest in becoming a republic, Calendar said that the queen and late Duke “will always be loved” despite the politics.</p>

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Kate Middleton and Prince Charles share tender moment after Prince Philip's funeral

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge was seen comforting her father-in-law Prince Charles in a tender moment after the funeral of Prince Philip.</p> <p>On leaving the chapel following the service, Kate Middleton comforted Charles by placing a hand on his shoulder and giving him a kiss on the cheek.</p> <p>Prince Charles had been visibly emotional earlier during the procession, to which he followed his father Prince Philip's hearse on foot from Windsor Castle to St George's Chapel.</p> <p>As the eldest child of the Queen and Prince Philip and the heir to the throne, he followed first behind the coffin alongside his sister, Princess Anne.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">kate comforting her father-in-law prince charles yesterday at prince philip’s funeral, what an absolute sweetheart.🥺 <a href="https://t.co/P3Mwk2Rnz1">pic.twitter.com/P3Mwk2Rnz1</a></p> — 𝒜.🕊 (@acupofanna) <a href="https://twitter.com/acupofanna/status/1383758750893309962?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 18, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Prince Charles usually resides in Gloucestershire with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall. However, it is believed he has been staying in London since his father was hospitalised in March.</p> <p>The funeral plans for the Duke of Edinburgh had to be revised due to COVID-19 restrictions, which meant only 30 people were allowed inside the chapel for the service.</p> <p>On leaving the chapel, the family was able to chat informally amongst themselves and Kate took the opportunity to offer her support to Prince Charles.</p> <p>Kate Middleton has been a member of the royal family since 2011 when she married Prince William. The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral was the first royal funeral she has attended.</p>

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