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Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie together at last

<p><span>Princess Beatrice and Eugenie have teamed up to make their first charity video since lockdowns began.</span></p> <p><span>The Queen’s granddaughters, who are honorary Patrons of the UK’s Teenage Cancer Trust, spoke to six youngsters who are currently being helped by specialist nurses and support co-ordinators throughout the coronavirus pandemic from Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester.</span></p> <p><span>Beatrice and Eugenie both joined in from their homes – with Beatrice in London with her fiancé Edoardo, and Eugenie in Windsor with husband Jack Brooksbank.</span></p> <p><span>Darcy Shaw from Salford – one of the patients on the chat – was diagnosed with skin cancer in February and showered praise on Eugenie for showing off her scoliosis scar on her wedding day.</span></p> <p><span>"I saw pictures of you in your wedding dress and the scar, and it inspired me that you were so open about it and wanted to have it on show," Shaw told the Princess.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CCFx5M2IioT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/tv/CCFx5M2IioT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Last week we were honoured to be joined by Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrice and @princesseugenie for a very special Zoom call with a group of young people we’ve supported in the North West. Their Royal Highnesses led a fascinating conversation, shining a light on the challenges young people face during the Coronavirus crisis. Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse Dave and Youth Support Coordinator Steve, who are based at the (tag) Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, also joined the call and shared how they’re offering support through these challenging times.</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/teenage_cancer/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Teenage Cancer Trust</a> (@teenage_cancer) on Jul 1, 2020 at 12:00am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>"Woo! I love hearing that, Darcy. I have a big old scar down my back and I'm proud to show it off," Eugenie said.</span></p> <p><span>The York sisters brought a lot of positive energy into the chat, as they made love hearts with their hands at the end.</span></p> <p><span>"We've grown up with Teenage Cancer Trust, we've been part of this family our entire lives, and it was so amazing to speak with these young people and some of the incredible team who are supporting them through this crisis," Eugenie said.</span></p> <p><span>"They have been through so much already, and as we start to come out of lockdown, many young people will remain in very difficult situations, often separated from friends and family, at home or in hospital."</span></p> <p><span>Princess Eugenie knows first-hand how families are being impacted by COVID-19, after her father-in-law, George Brooksbank, was hospitalised with the deadly illness.</span></p> <p><span>In a recent social media post, the royal reflected on the experience and thanked frontline staff.</span></p> <p><span>"I'd just like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Brompton Hospital for what you've done in saving my father-in-law's life," she said in the emotional video.</span></p> <p><span>"George came back to us the other day so happy, and as the 'miracle man' as he called himself.</span></p> <p><span>"From the bottom of my husband's and my heart, I just want to thank you for everything you've done on the front line, for risking your lives and those close to you," Eugenie said.</span></p> <p><span>"Thank you for giving us all hope and thank you for changing the course of this pandemic."</span></p> <p><span>And on the other end, Princess Beatrice was forced to cancel her wedding, which was set to take place on May 29, due to the pandemic.</span></p>

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Michelle Pfeiffer shares all-too-relatable makeup faux pas

<p>Michelle Pfeiffer has shared a makeup mishap in a new Instagram selfie.</p> <p>The 62-year-old actress revealed that she had made a beauty faux pas. In a picture shared on Wednesday, she could be seen showing a wide-eyed expression with a black smudge under her nose.</p> <p>“EEK!!! Doing my makeup for an interview and picked up the wrong tissue,” she captioned.</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/CCHHh_JJSU4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CCHHh_JJSU4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">EEK!!! Doing my makeup for an interview and picked up the wrong tissue 🙄</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/michellepfeifferofficial/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Michelle Pfeiffer</a> (@michellepfeifferofficial) on Jul 1, 2020 at 12:28pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The photo has received more than 85,000 likes.</p> <p>“Love your humor and beauty,” model Naomi Campbell commented on the post.</p> <p>“Lol - still a beauty!” wrote sister-in-law Rona Pfeiffer.</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/CB0rGKEpf1I/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CB0rGKEpf1I/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Just not feelin’ it 😒</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/michellepfeifferofficial/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Michelle Pfeiffer</a> (@michellepfeifferofficial) on Jun 24, 2020 at 8:33am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The <em>Scarface </em>star has been sharing glimpses into her life amid the coronavirus pandemic on Instagram.</p> <p>Last week, the star posted a photo of herself in all-black activewear on a Pilates machine with a disgruntled expression. “Just not feelin’ it,” she wrote alongside the snap.</p> <p>In May, she posted a selfie with the caption: “Is it over yet?”</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/CAF9QNdpnat/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CAF9QNdpnat/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Is it over yet?</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/michellepfeifferofficial/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Michelle Pfeiffer</a> (@michellepfeifferofficial) on May 12, 2020 at 8:36am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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Pierce Brosnan pays tribute to death of daughter in heartfelt post

<p><span>Pierce Brosnan has shared a tribute to his late daughter Charlotte Brosnan on Instagram to mark the seventh anniversary since her death.</span><br /><br /><span>The former James Bond actor shared a photograph taken by his wife Keely Shaye Smith, which he captioned a touching tribute to the late mother of two.</span><br /><br /><span>“Here’s looking at you kid,” the 67-year-old captioned the photo.</span><br /><br /><span>“In remembrance of Charlotte and with happy birthday wishes for my darling Marley May.”</span><br /><br /><span>Marley May is Brosnan’s granddaughter who turned five this month.</span><br /><br /><span>Charlotte died on June 28, 2013, at age 41 after a battle with ovarian cancer, the Daily Mail reported.</span><br /><br /><span>According to the tabloid, Charlotte died from the same disease that claimed the life of her mother and Brosnan’s first wife, Cassandra Harris.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCADR8agRtu/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CCADR8agRtu/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Here’s looking at you kid... in remembrance of Charlotte and with happy birthday wishes for my darling Marley May. Photo by @keelyshayebrosnan</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/piercebrosnanofficial/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Pierce Brosnan</a> (@piercebrosnanofficial) on Jun 28, 2020 at 6:36pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>She died in 1991 when she was 43.</span><br /><br /><span>Charlotte is survived by her husband and two children.</span><br /><br /><span>Charlotte was adopted by Brosnan when he wed Harris in 1980.</span><br /><br /><span>Harris had two children, Charlotte and Christopher, 46, from a previous marriage to producer Dermot Harris, who passed away in 1986.</span><br /><br /><span>Harris and Brosnan’s son Sean, 36, is the father of Marley May, whose middle name is Cassandra in tribute to her late grandmother.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpFCW2kgYoY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/BpFCW2kgYoY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Pierce Brosnan (@piercebrosnanofficial)</a> on Oct 18, 2018 at 8:00am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>A year after losing Charlotte, Brosnan reflected on losing his daughter and first wife at the Stand Up To Cancer telethon.</span><br /><br /><span>“To watch someone you love have his or her life eaten away bit by bit by this insidious disease, that kind of sorrow becomes an indelible part of your psyche,” he said at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>“I held the generous, strong, beautiful hand of my first wife Cassie as ovarian cancer took her life much too soon,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“And just last year, I held the hand of my funny, wonderful daughter Charlotte before she died from this wretched, inherited disease.”</span><br /><br /><span>Despite his heartache, Brosnan was able to find love again with Keely Shaye Smith in 1994.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAa7pCKAjEr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CAa7pCKAjEr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Pierce Brosnan (@piercebrosnanofficial)</a> on May 20, 2020 at 12:06pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>In 2018, Brosnan told Closer Weekly that Smith had helped him overcome his own personal tragedy.</span><br /><br /><span>“You have to trust and follow your heart and try to meet the best people in life,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“When Keely looks at me, I go weak. I love her vitality, her passion. She has this strength that I wouldn’t be able to live without … I found a great woman in Keely.</span><br /><br /><span>“Not if I searched a million times over would I find one as good.</span><br /><br /><span>“There are so many lessons you learn each day and each passing year,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s important to have good faith in yourself and to know yourself as much as you can, and then to go out there and do good things.”</span></p>

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The touching gift from Obama that moved the Queen to tears

<p><span>Queen Elizabeth was moved to tears by a touching gift from then-President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, a former staffer has revealed.</span></p> <p><span>According to Capricia Penavic Marshall, the then chief of protocol for the United States, the 94-year-old British monarch was overwhelmed when presented with a leather-bound collection of memorabilia about her late father, King George VI.</span></p> <p><span>The heartwarming gift included invitations and notes from King George’s final visit to America in 1939 and was given by the Obamas at a lunch in 2011.</span></p> <p><span>“We wanted to make sure that what we were furthering this special relationship with the UK and particularly with Her Majesty,” Capricia told People magazine.</span></p> <p><span>“President and Mrs Obama were so, so very fond of her. In doing our research, we learned that [Queen Elizabeth] had a cherished relationship with her father, and she collected anything and everything that she could about him...</span></p> <p><span>“When she walked over and she's flipping and looking through the pages, I'm looking at her and I'm like, ‘Oh, goodness, I hope that she likes it.’</span></p> <p><span>“And I want to say that I saw a little glisten of a tear in her eye after she paged through it a bit. She looked to the president said, ‘Thank you so very much for this.’”</span></p> <p><span>The former president and first lady also gave the Queen a green floral brooch – made of 14-karat yellow gold, diamonds and moss agate – which is said the couple chose themselves from Washington D.C.’s Tiny Jewel Box store.</span></p> <p><span>“I'd like to say that she was proud to wear a piece of a presidential gift and was displaying the unity between the two nations,” Capricia said.</span></p> <p><span>“I think that she has the capacity to always lift the message up right now and to create those stronger bounds. But she herself is the only one who will really know.”</span></p> <p><span>The brooch – which has been named “the American State Visit Brooch” – was worn by the Queen when President Donald Trump visited the UK in 2018.</span></p>

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Mystery behind royal green dress solved

<p><span>The Duchess of Cambridge has effortlessly worn glorious gowns, chic casual blouses and even stylish capris that have left many royal watchers completely enamoured by her wardrobe choices.</span><br /><br /><span>Which is why fans took a keen interest in the royal’s latest outfit choice on her most recent video call from the confines of her home.</span><br /><br /><span>Shared via Kensington Royal's social media pages on June 23, the mother-of-three appeared in a new clip alongside Duchess Camilla as they made a call to staff members and a family who have been supported by a UK-based children's hospice.</span><br /><br /><span>Both Kate and Camilla have deep roots with their patronages in the UK, including many hospice organisations which is why they made sure to tune in for the National Children’s Hospice Week.</span><br /><br /><span>In the emotional footage, the 38-year-old royal is seen in her family home Anmer Hall where she has been self-isolating with her three young kids and husband Prince William.</span><br /><br /><span>However, one thing stood out which was her gorgeous green top.</span><br /><br /><span>Fans sure enough found her green ensemble online and confirmed it was in fact a frock we've all seen before on the Duchess.</span><br /><br /><span>Named the 'Maja' dress created by Belgian designer Diane Von Furstenberg, the royal wore the lush green get-up back in 2011 while she was visiting Los Angeles.</span><br /><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836675/prince-harry.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b192302d161542e49a2360f759f9bfac" /><br /><br /><span>The dress is special as it is what she wore during one of her first royal tours alongside Prince William.</span><br /><br /><span>The gorgeous frock features a tie at the waist, three-quarter sleeves and dainty, delicate finishes just above the knee.</span></p>

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K-beauty: Why it should be your anti-aging secret

<p>Korean men and women are known for their ageless, smooth, glowing complexions. The K-beauty trend has gained droves of admirers in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. Korean beauty brands are big on the latest technology and innovative ingredients. But they also stick to gentle, natural formulas that nurture aging skin instead of drying it out and causing irritation.</p> <p>While fine lines and wrinkles are somewhat inevitable as you age, the right products and techniques can make them less noticeable and hold them off for as long as possible. Are you tired of wasting your money on expensive products that don’t work? These tips and tricks from K-beauty might be the anti-aging solution you’re looking for. </p> <p><strong>1. A two-step cleansing process</strong></p> <p>In Korean skincare, a <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/really-double-cleanse-skin-according-193000385.html">two-step cleansing process</a>, called the “double cleanse,” is taught at a very young age. The process starts with an oil-based cleanser to gently remove sunscreen and makeup without tugging the skin, which can cause premature wrinkles. A water-based cleanser comes next to remove any additional residue without stripping aging skin of important oils and moisture.</p> <p><strong>2. Daily facial massage</strong></p> <p>Korean beauty experts recommend daily facial massage to stimulate blood and oxygen flow to the surface of the skin. This encourages collagen production and gives skin that youthful glow we all want. Massage also stimulates lymphatic drainage and helps remove toxins.</p> <p>To use this technique at home, put a few drops of your favorite skincare oil on your fingers after you’ve completed the rest of your evening skincare routine. Use tapping motions to apply it to your skin and stimulate circulation. Follow up with upward, outward massaging motions, with special focus on the eye, mouth, and forehead area to help prevent wrinkles and sagging.</p> <p><strong>3. Never let your skin dry out</strong></p> <p>According to Korean skincare philosophy, you should always apply your moisturizer while your skin is still damp from cleansing. This allows moisture to penetrate your pores easier. It also seals in moisture to keep your skin hydrated longer. During the day, spray your face with a hydrating facial mist to keep it hydrated. One of the keys to preventing wrinkles is never letting your skin dry out.</p> <p><strong>4. Vitamin C is your friend</strong></p> <p>Vitamin C has been an anti-aging secret in Korea for generations. Its antioxidant properties brighten tired skin, protect it from sun damage, and boost circulation. It’s also fantastic for gentle exfoliation, removing dead surface cells, and deep cleaning the pores. Choose a serum that contains vitamin C and use it in the evening to get the most benefits.</p> <p><strong>5. Incorporate ginseng into your skincare routine</strong></p> <p>You may be aware that many Eastern cultures love ginseng for health, and it turns out it’s revered for its skincare properties as well. Not only is it a potent antioxidant, but it also helps maintain the elasticity of the skin and extend the life of skin cells. Choose a <a href="https://www.peachandlily.com/">Korean beauty product</a> that contains ginseng to help build collagen and fight fine lines and sagging.</p> <p><strong>6. Attract moisture to the skin with hyaluronic acid</strong></p> <p>As you’re probably all too well aware, the skin produces less sebum when you get older. This lack of moisture accelerates the aging process and makes the skin look tired and lifeless. Hyaluronic acid is included in K-beauty <a href="https://coveteur.com/2020/02/27/facial-essence-skincare-advice/">essences and serums</a> because it’s a moisture-binding ingredient. That means it actually draws moisture from the air and brings it to your skin. Incorporating it into your routine improves elasticity and plumps up the skin.</p> <p><strong>7. Anti-age with snail mucin</strong></p> <p>Korean beauty brands are known for their use of innovative and unusual ingredients and technologies. <a href="https://sciencebecomesher.com/benefits-of-snail-mucin/">Snail mucin</a> is one of their more recent discoveries, and it’s pretty amazing. It contains several valuable components for anti-aging, including minerals, vitamins, hyaluronic acid, and collagen. In nature, snails use mucin to regenerate the cells in their shells, so you can imagine what it can do for your skin. </p> <p>Its structure gives it the ability to produce more collagen and elastin for plumpness and firmness. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to calm irritation. And, it’s moisturizing, but lightweight, so the skin can still breathe. It’s a beneficial all-around ingredient for just about any skin type.</p> <p><strong>8. Sunscreen is a must</strong></p> <p>By now, we all know that sun damage is a leading cause of premature aging. It accentuates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and causes discoloration and dark spots. In Korean skincare, sunscreens are a must for every day, so they’re made to be lightweight and absorb easily into the skin. They don’t leave your skin feeling greasy or sticky, and in many cases, they include antioxidants to further protect the skin from aging.</p> <p><strong>9. Look for collagen as an active ingredient</strong></p> <p>Collagen is a protein that’s naturally found in the skin. It gives it structure, provides elasticity and gives the skin a luminous appearance. As we age, collagen production slows down and skin loses firmness and fullness. Collagen is added to many K-beauty products like serums and moisturizers because it’s so crucial for anti-aging.</p> <p><strong>10. Peptides are also important</strong></p> <p>Collagen isn’t the only active ingredient that’s crucial for anti-aging. Peptides are the small segments that make up collagen. When your body detects an increase in peptides, it sees that as a signal that collagen production is too low, so it starts making more. In K-beauty, peptides are included in serums and other treatments to boost collagen production.</p> <p><strong>Final thoughts</strong></p> <p>If you’re serious about anti-aging, there’s no one better to learn from than a culture that’s known for their youthful complexions. Whether you incorporate just one or two new products or revamp your entire routine, the anti-aging secrets of K-beauty won’t disappoint.</p> <p><em>This article was written by Donna Maurer.</em></p>

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Duchess Kate surprises schoolchildren in a virtual assembly

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge has surprised young students across the United Kingdom by popping in virtually to lead their online assembly.</p> <p>The Duchess spoke with students from Waterloo Primary Academy in Blackpool as part of the special assembly for Oak National Academy, an online classroom founded in response to the coronavirus lockdown. The site has delivered more than 12 million lessons to young people.</p> <p>In the speech, which was pre-recorded from Anmer Hall, Kate discussed the importance of kindness and being nice to others amid the pandemic.</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/CBh6Ka4AIRv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CBh6Ka4AIRv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Drumroll please... 🥁🥁🥁⠀ ⠀ This week, we're absolutely thrilled to have The Duchess of Cambridge leading our assembly on kindness ❗️❤️👫⠀ ⠀ Her Royal Highness and the lovely pupils from Waterloo Primary Academy will be exploring what it means to be kind 😁⠀ ⠀ This assembly was created in collaboration with children's mental health charity @_place2be⠀ ⠀ Don't miss it this Thursday at 10am on the @tesnews YouTube channel!⠀ ⠀ @kensingtonroyal</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/oaknational/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Oak National Academy</a> (@oaknational) on Jun 17, 2020 at 1:40am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Being unable to see your friends or spend time with your family will undoubtedly be frustrating for you, just as it is for them. It’s been a really difficult time for us all,” she said.</p> <p>“But it’s important to know that these feelings and frustrations are totally normal, and that they won’t last forever.”</p> <p>She encouraged the students to talk to “a friend, family member or teacher” to help them manage their feelings.</p> <p>“You can also play your part in helping others to feel better too, whether offering a friendly ear, or helping someone in need. Small acts of kindness can go such a long way.”</p> <p>She also asked the students what kindness meant to them, with the answers ranging from “sharing” to “[treating] people how you want to be treated”.</p> <p>Matt Hood, principal at Oak National Academy thanked the Duchess for her virtual appearance.</p> <p>“We’re thrilled that The Duchess of Cambridge was able to lead this week’s assembly on acts of kindness. Being kind and considerate is a vital lesson for children at any time, but especially so in the current pandemic,” he said.</p> <p>“We must encourage young people to talk about their feelings and to know that it’s normal to feel a bit anxious or upset right now.”</p>

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Rebel Wilson shows off incredible weight loss with new snap

<p><span>Rebel Wilson has made her country proud with her latest Instagram snaps. Showing off her dramatic weight loss, the actress posed in front of the Sydney Harbour, and captioned the photo, “Australia you cheeky possum!”.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBR2s5lppKP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CBR2s5lppKP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Australia you cheeky possum!</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/rebelwilson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Rebel Wilson</a> (@rebelwilson) on Jun 10, 2020 at 8:01pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Fans took to the comments to praise the star over her stunning transformation.</span></p> <p><span>“You look amazing!!” wrote one person. “Strong and fit! I’m on the same journey and seeing your progress is an inspiration to me and to keep up the hard work.”</span></p> <p><span>Rebel has been documenting her weight loss journey on Instagram for months. </span></p> <p><span>The comedian gave fans an inside look into her gruelling workout as she raced up and down the Sydney Opera House stairs, alongside a number of shirtless men in early May. </span></p> <p><span>They did this intense workout a total of 30 times.</span></p> <p><span>She’s been showing off her new figure by modelling different outfits for her millions of followers.</span></p> <p><span>Rebel also joked about wanting to become the next Australian Bachelorette in a recent interview. </span></p> <p><span>It would, however, come with a hefty price tag. “My price is $20 million so I don’t think [Channel 10, the network it airs on] can afford it… I’m not going to expose myself publicly in that way for a low price,” she joked.</span></p>

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Fast fashion: how retailers can use pandemic to change our terrible relationship with clothes

<p>Even before the pandemic, the UK fashion retail industry <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43240996">was struggling</a>. John Lewis, M&amp;S and Debenhams had all announced losses, job cuts and store closures, while House of Fraser was taken over. Since lockdown, Oasis and Warehouse <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52285231">have entered administration</a>, and John Lewis <a href="https://www.theweek.co.uk/106801/will-john-lewis-close-some-stores-permanently">has said</a> that not all its stores will reopen.</p> <p><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43240996">One of the challenges</a> for these retailers is cut throat price competition from international rivals like Primark and H&amp;M, and online retailers like Pretty Little Thing and Misguided. <a href="https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/publications/doing-it-for-the-kids-the-role-of-sustainability-in-family-consum">Low-price garments</a> became all the more attractive to consumers after their spending power was weakened by the financial crisis of 2007-09.</p> <p>This brought about the era of fast fashion – low quality clothes needing replaced more quickly, and consumers who see them as disposable. The price of these garments doesn’t reflect their true cost. It ignores both the workers who make them and the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/apr/07/fast-fashion-speeding-toward-environmental-disaster-report-warns">carbon footprint</a> from more production, more transportation and more landfill.</p> <p><strong>Rays of hope</strong></p> <p>At the turn of the year, there <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/01/fashion-climate-sustainability-greta-thunberg-i-d-gucci-zero-emissions-carbon-neutral">was a feeling</a> that sustainability might be moving back up the agenda. A surge of consumer protests, led by Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg, seemed to herald a public desire for change. To <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/fast-fashion-is-the-second-dirtiest-industry-in-the-world-next-to-big--1882083445.html">raise awareness</a> that fashion is the second-worst polluter after oil, Extinction Rebellion <a href="https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/extinction-rebellion-london-fashion-week-climate-change-protests">held a funeral</a> during London Fashion Week 2019.</p> <p>It seemed possible that consumers might be galvanised to shop more sustainably – especially given the extreme weather conditions of 2019, and fears that there are <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-un-report-greenhouse-gases-carbon-dioxide-methane-sea-level-rise-global-warming-a8646426.html">just ten years left</a> to halt the irreversible consequences of climate change.</p> <p>Then came the pandemic. With many high street shops forced to suspend trading, the whole industry has been in flux. Brands like Primark and Matalan have <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/mar/27/put-earth-first-can-a-greener-fairer-fashion-industry-emerge-from-crisis">cancelled or suspended</a> orders in places like Bangladesh, causing some factories <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/apr/02/fashion-brands-cancellations-of-24bn-orders-catastrophic-for-bangladesh">to close</a>. There may have been <a href="https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200422-how-has-coronavirus-helped-the-environment">big environmental benefits</a> from the world at a standstill, but it will be little consolation to garment workers who are furloughed or jobless.</p> <p>Yet amidst <a href="https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/healthcare-systems-and-services/our-insights/beyond-coronavirus-the-path-to-the-next-normal">all this upheaval</a>, there is <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/mar/27/put-earth-first-can-a-greener-fairer-fashion-industry-emerge-from-crisis">an opportunity</a> for the fashion industry – both to help these workers and more broadly to put sustainability at the heart of their business.</p> <p>The decisions by fashion retailers like <a href="https://www.theindustry.fashion/burberry-retools-factory-to-make-non-surgical-gowns-and-masks-and-funds-vaccine-research/">Burberry</a> and <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/fashion-industry-masks-protective-equipment-covid-19/index.html">Prada</a> to divert into making medical gowns and masks for healthcare workers are a good starting point. If companies can make positive changes to help manage coronavirus, they can also address fast fashion.</p> <p>If, for example, companies paid garment workers the <a href="https://labourbehindthelabel.org/our-work/faqs/#1441884831979-53ad6cf0-86251441886042060">living wage</a> for their part of the world, they could use it in their marketing to garner a competitive advantage. Paying a living wage <a href="https://thefableists.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/tailored-wages-new-report-investigates-clothing-brands-work-on-living-wages/">doesn’t significantly increase</a> the cost of garments.</p> <p>Take the example of a T-shirt with a retail price of £29, for which the worker receives 0.6% or 18p. If that was doubled to 36p, it would not increase the overall price by very much. Paying a living wage <a href="https://labourbehindthelabel.org/our-work/faqs/#1441884831979-53ad6cf0-86251441886042060">should enable workers</a> in developing countries to afford nutritious food, clean water, shelter, clothes, education, healthcare and transport, while leaving some left over.</p> <p>One fashion entrepreneur that has developed a different way of helping garment workers during the pandemic is Edinburgh-based Cally Russell. He set up the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/may/30/lost-stock-its-like-buying-your-future-self-a-present">Lost Stock initiative</a>, which sells the garments from orders cancelled by UK fashion retailers by purchasing garments directly from manufacturers in Bangladesh.</p> <p><a href="https://loststock.com/pages/costs">A Lost Stock box</a> of clothes costs £39. Almost a third is donated to the Sajida Foundation, which is giving food and hygiene parcels to Bangladeshis struggling during the pandemic. For maximum transparency, Lost Stock also provides a price breakdown that outlines the costs to the manufacturer, the charity and the initiative itself.</p> <p><strong>Cool to care</strong></p> <p>Another tactic that fashion marketers could use is to encourage in consumers a similar cool-to-care ethos to that brought out by the pandemic – as seen with the UK’s weekly clapping for key workers, for example. Business in numerous sectors are already focusing their marketing message on supporting NHS workers to capitalise on this spirit of collective solidarity.</p> <p>Fashion marketers could channel people’s desire for self-gratification towards buying clothes that contribute to the social good. My <a href="https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/QMR-09-2019-0113/full/html">research illustrates</a> the discomfort consumers experience when aware of allegations of both garment-worker and environmental exploitation, so it should be possible for marketers to benefit from doing the reverse.</p> <p><a href="https://www.toms.com/">TOMS (Tomorrow’s Shoes)</a> is an example of a fashion business with giving at the core of its strategy: for every pair of shoes sold, a pair is donated to a child in need. Since 2006, 100 million pairs of shoes have been donated, and TOMS <a href="https://www.toms.com/about-toms">has since branched</a> into areas like eyewear.Another example is <a href="https://snagtights.com/pages/our-philosophy#:%7E:text=Sustainable,first%20fully%20bio%2Ddegradable%20tights.">Snag Tights</a>, which is supporting NHS frontline workers with a free pair of tights for every order placed. The company markets its tights as vegan friendly and free of plastic packaging, and is trying to develop the world’s first fully bio-degradable tights.</p> <p><strong>Swaps and seconds</strong></p> <p>One other trend that should definitely be encouraged is initiatives that expand the lifecycle of fashion and textiles. <a href="https://www.stylus.com/hmzhcg">London Fashion Week hosted</a> a fashion swap shop in February for the first time. Similarly, the flagship Selfridges store on London’s Oxford Street <a href="https://www.retail-week.com/fashion/selfridges-opens-second-hand-clothing-boutique/7033360.article?authent=1">began selling</a> second-hand luxury fashion and high-end brands with resale site Vestiaire Collective in 2019.</p> <p>There has also <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/dec/22/fashion-libraries-ethical-clothing-borrowing">been a rise</a> in fashion libraries that rent fashion garments and accessories, allowing consumers affordable access to higher quality and luxury items. Fashion retailers could move in this direction, while also supporting customers by hosting workshops for upcycling garments into something new.</p> <p>In sum, the fashion industry should take advantage of the pandemic pause and the current mood to show constructive leadership to the global economy. It should use its power to help change our relationship with clothing into something more equal and sustainable for the long term.</p> <p><em>Written by Elaine Ritch. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/fast-fashion-how-retailers-can-use-pandemic-to-change-our-terrible-relationship-with-clothes-140210">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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She's back! Princess Mary of Denmark shines at first public appearance since COVID-19

<p>Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attended her first public engagement since the coronavirus pandemic and turned heads in a cream blouse and floral pleated midi-skirt.</p> <p>The Danish royal travelled a hour south of capital Copenhagen to open Holmegaard Værk, a new museum that teaches the history of Denmark through glass and ceramic designs.</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/CBLsjRKg1nv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CBLsjRKg1nv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS (@detdanskekongehus)</a> on Jun 8, 2020 at 10:37am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The future Queen of Denmark toured the building in a long-sleeved top from Danish sustainable label Elise Gug. The shirt is <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.cheehaohui.info/717-off-white-bluse-med-perle-elise-gug-bluser-3482.html" target="_blank">currently reduced</a> from $290 AUD to $55 AUD if you feel like matching with Princess Mary.</p> <p>She went without a face mask as she chatted to professional glass blowers and other artists at the event.</p> <p>As Denmark gradually lifted the lockdown from April 14th, Princess Mary and her husband Prince Frederick appeared to stay home with their four children, Prince Christian, 14, Princess Isabella, 13 and nine-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see her stunning outfit.</p>

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How far away can dogs smell and hear?

<p>Great question Georgina. We know and learn about the world around us through our senses. The senses of smell and hearing in dogs mean they experience a different world to us.</p> <p>Dogs have many more <a href="https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2018.00056/full">smell receptors than humans</a> – a <a href="https://www.britannica.com/science/olfactory-receptor">receptor</a> is a part of the nose that recognises each unique smell particle.</p> <p>Dogs also have a lot more surface area in their noses and are better at moving air through their noses than us. Watch a dog sniffing and you can see this for yourself. If more air passes through their nose they have more chance to pick up smells.</p> <p>How far dogs can smell depends on many things, such as the wind and the type of scent. Under perfect conditions, they have been <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17368247-the-perfect-dog">reported</a> to smell objects or people as far as 20km away.</p> <p>You might be interested to know dogs are not the only great smellers. The scientific family dogs belong to is Carnivora. This includes cats, bears and skunks.</p> <p>These animals have incredible senses of smell as well. Bears have some of the best senses of smell in the family. Polar bears can smell seals, which they hunt, from <a href="https://www.livescience.com/43673-weird-facts-about-polar-bears.html">more than 30km away</a>.</p> <p>How would it feel if you knew just by smell when your best friend was in the next room, even if you couldn’t see them? Wouldn’t you love to know where your parents had hidden your favourite chocolate biscuits in the pantry, just by sniffing them out?</p> <p><strong>Dog the detector</strong></p> <p>This amazing sense of smell means dogs have some of the most interesting jobs of any animal: the detection dog.</p> <p>Detection dogs help <a href="https://www.sarda.net.au/">search and rescue</a> organisations to find missing people, look for dangerous materials such as <a href="https://www.police.wa.gov.au/About-Us/Our-Agency/Specialist-Units/Mounted-and-Canine-Operations/Police-Dog-Squad">drugs and bombs</a>, <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-10/afp-sniffer-dogs-training-explained/8606228">illegal imports</a> at airports, and help <a href="https://www.lfwseq.org.au/sniffing-solutions-detection-dogs-conservation/">find wild animals</a>.</p> <p>All of it’s done with their noses, which makes dogs some of the best sniffers in the world.</p> <p>One thing that might still puzzle you is why, when dogs have such a great sense of smell, they like to smell things that are disgusting to us, like other dogs’ bottoms. That’s a story for another day.</p> <p><strong>Hear and far</strong></p> <p>Now we know dogs can smell lots of things from far away, what about their hearing? What can dogs hear, and from how far? To find out, first we have to talk about what dogs and all animals (including us) hear: sound frequencies.</p> <p>Sounds have waves. The frequency of sound is how close together the sound waves are. The closer together the waves, the higher the frequency or pitch. You can think of this like the beach during a storm, when waves hit the beach more often.</p> <p>Dogs and people hear about the same at low frequencies of sound (around 20Hz). This changes at high frequencies of sound, where dogs hear up to 70-100kHz, much better than people at only 20kHz. Dogs hear sound frequencies at least three times as high compared to people.</p> <p>You may have wondered how those special silent dog whistles work? They make high-frequency sounds that dogs can hear but we can’t. Because dogs can hear higher frequencies than us, there are a lot more sounds for dogs to hear.</p> <p>They can also hear sounds that are softer or farther away, as far as a kilometre. That means dogs can be more sensitive to loud sounds. This is why <a href="https://positively.com/dog-behavior/behavior-problems/fears-and-phobias/noise-phobias/">some dogs are scared of fireworks or thunderstorms</a>. It is also why a dog might bark at a sound you cannot hear.</p> <p><strong>Prick up your ears</strong></p> <p>Part of how dogs hear so well has to do with their ear muscles. Dogs have more than a dozen muscles that allow them to tilt, lift and rotate each ear independently of one another.</p> <p>This helps dogs locate where sounds come from. It is also part of why dogs may <a href="https://www.petmd.com/dog/behavior/why-do-dogs-tilt-their-heads">tilt their heads</a> to some sounds. Police who use dogs say the first sign their dog has located a suspect is when they see their ears move around to focus on a place.</p> <p>Having great hearing also helps dogs with another one of their interesting jobs: the assistance dog. <a href="https://guidedogsaustralia.com/">Assistance dogs</a> work with people who need help in their daily lives, such as those who are blind or deaf.</p> <p>Excellent hearing means dogs can identify people arriving at a home or oncoming traffic at a walkway. With such great hearing, dogs can help people in need navigate the world around them too!</p> <p>Thinking about different senses is a great way to learn about all animals. What are their senses like? How does that help them think about the world differently to us?</p> <p>This was a fantastic question, Georgina, and we hope you enjoyed these answers as much as we enjoyed answering them.</p> <p>Excellent hearing means dogs can identify people arriving at a home or oncoming traffic at a walkway. With such great hearing, dogs can help people in need navigate the world around them too!</p> <p>Thinking about different senses is a great way to learn about all animals. What are their senses like? How does that help them think about the world differently to us?</p> <p><em>Written by Susan Hazel and Eduardo J Fernandez. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/curious-kids-how-far-away-can-dogs-smell-and-hear-139959">The Conversation.</a> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Meghan Markle addresses Black Lives Matter movement in new video: “The only wrong thing to say is to say nothing”

<p><span>Meghan Markle has delivered a moving speech on racism in light of the Black Lives Matter movement recently re-lit by George Floyd’s death in police custody.</span><br /><br /><span>In a powerful video message to the graduating class of the Los Angeles high school she attended, the royal member called the events of the past week “absolutely devastating”, admitting she “wasn’t sure what to say” at first.</span><br /><br /><span>“I wasn't sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that it would get picked apart,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I realised the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing,” she told the Immaculate Heart High School students.</span><br /><br /><span>“Because George Floyd's life mattered and Breonna Taylor's life mattered and Philando Castile's life mattered and Tamir Rice's life mattered … and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know.”</span><br /><br /><span>The Duchess of Sussex was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she now resides with her husband Prince Harry and their son Archie.</span><br /><br /><span>In the new video shared to social media, the royal recounted her memories of the riots that occurred in the city in 1992, which she described as similarly triggered by “a senseless act of racism”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I remember seeing men in the back of a van just holding guns and rifles. I remember pulling up the house and seeing the tree, that had always been there, completely charred,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Those memories don't go away, and I can't imagine that at 17 or 18 years old, which is how old you are now, that you would have to have a different version of that same type of experience. That's something you should have an understanding of as a history lesson, not as your reality.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">“We are going to rebuild and rebuild and rebuild until it is rebuilt. Because when the foundation is broken, so are we.” - Meghan Markle <a href="https://t.co/km7j5Gu7Bv">pic.twitter.com/km7j5Gu7Bv</a></p> — shondaland tv (@shondaland) <a href="https://twitter.com/shondaland/status/1268604404434755590?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>She went on to apologise that the world isn’t “in a place where you deserve it to be”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I am so sorry that you have to grow up in a world where this is still present,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>The former Suits actress finished off her powerful five-minute speech by urging students of her former highschool take action and be leaders in inspiring change as they forge a path outside high school.</span><br /><br /><span>“We are going to rebuild and rebuild and rebuild until it is rebuilt. Because when the foundation is broken, so are we,” she said to the students.</span><br /><br /><span>“You are going to lead with love, you are going to lead with compassion, you are going to use your voice in a stronger way than you've ever been able to, because most of you are 18, or you're going to turn 18, and you're going to vote.</span><br /><br /><span>“I know you know that black lives matter, so I am already excited for what you are going to do in the world. You are equipped, you are ready, we need you and you are prepared.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBCIojaDggp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CBCIojaDggp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by El Universo Vida y Estilo (@eluniversovidayestilo)</a> on Jun 4, 2020 at 5:30pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Both Meghan and Harry have maintained a low profile during the Black Lives Matter protests, having stayed offline during Black Out Tuesday this week on their Sussex Royal Instagram page.</span><br /><br /><span>The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, which is overseen by the Queen, Harry and Meghan, this week shared on Instagram and Twitter a Martin Luther King Jr quote, saying “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”</span></p>

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Are your grandkids using headphones more during the pandemic? Here’s how to protect their ears

<p>During the coronavirus pandemic, have your kids been using headphones more than usual? Maybe for remote schooling, video chats with relatives, or for their favourite music and Netflix shows?</p> <p>We have to be careful about both the volume and duration of headphone use. Listening too loudly or for too long can do permanent damage to hearing. The good news is there are ways to prevent long-term harm relatively easily.</p> <p><strong>Hearing loss in children may be increasing</strong></p> <p>Our hearing needs to be protected throughout life, because damage to hearing cannot be reversed. This is why we have workplace noise exposure <a href="https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/noise-safety-basics">standards and guidelines</a>, which tell workers when to use protection such as earplugs or ear defenders.</p> <p>Unfortunately though, hearing loss in children may be increasing. A <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30872125/?from_single_result=Prevalence+of+Childhood+Hearing+Loss+and+Secular+Trends%3A+A+Systematic+Review+and+Meta-Analysis&amp;expanded_search_query=Prevalence+of+Childhood+Hearing+Loss+and+Secular+Trends%3A+A+Systematic+Review+and+Meta-Analysis">study</a> from last year, in which both of us were involved, reviewed the hearing of more than 3.3 million children from 39 countries across a 20-year period.</p> <p>We found around 13% of children had measurable hearing loss by 18 years of age that may impact their ability to decipher sounds important for understanding speech. The study suggested hearing loss in kids is rising – but we don’t yet know why.</p> <p>Not many studies have examined whether headphone use is directly linked to hearing loss in children. But in one <a href="https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaotolaryngology/article-abstract/2684510">study of 9-11-year-old Dutch children</a>, where 14% had measurable hearing loss, around 40% reported using portable music devices with headphones. Could headphones be contributing? Possibly, but unfortunately we don’t know for sure, and more studies are needed.</p> <p><strong>How do we know whether our children’s hearing is being affected?</strong></p> <p>Adults typically first notice a hearing problem by struggling to hear higher-pitched sounds clearly. Sounds may seem muffled, or the ears may feel “blocked”, or they may notice a ringing or buzzing sound, called tinnitus.</p> <p>Unlike adults, children won’t necessarily know how to describe these symptoms. Instead they may use terms they do know, like a bee buzzing, a whistle, or the wind blowing. Parents should treat any reported ear symptom as serious and get their child’s hearing tested. It’s best to visit a hearing clinic first, and then a GP if necessary, although this will depend on your location.</p> <p><strong>Excessive noise damages hearing</strong></p> <p>Our inner ear (cochlea) contains tiny hair cells, which change sounds we hear into electrical signals for our brain. These hair cells are finely tuned and are responsible for different pitches of sound, like keys on a piano.</p> <p>Exposure to loud noise can damage these hair cells and perhaps the <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2812055/">nerve</a> that connects the cochlea to the brain. Repeated excessive noise exposure can lead to permanent hearing loss. Unfortunately, by the time someone experiences hearing problems, some irreversible damage has already happened.</p> <p><strong>What should we do to protect kids’ hearing?</strong></p> <p>The risk of hearing damage depends on both loudness and duration of sound exposure. Limiting both helps to reduce the risk of hearing damage.</p> <p><strong>Limiting loudness</strong></p> <p>We measure the loudness of sound in decibels (dB). But it’s important to note that the dB scale is logarithmic rather than linear. That means a 110dB sound (similar to a chainsaw) is actually much more than 10% louder than a 100dB sound. Parents can download free sound meter apps that help with understanding the volume of different environments and activities.</p> <p>A more difficult task for parents is monitoring the loudness within their children’s headphones. Some headphones leak sounds out, while others insulate the sound into the ear. So a child using “leaky” headphones at a safe volume may appear to be listening to sounds that are too loud, but a child with tightly sealed headphones could be playing sounds at potentially damaging levels without parents noticing.</p> <p>To understand their child’s specific usage, parents can:</p> <ul> <li><strong>listen to their child’s headphones</strong> to understand how loud sounds can become</li> <li>check to see if children can <strong>hear you talk at a normal volume from an arm’s length away</strong>, over the sounds playing on the headphones. If they can, their headphone use is more likely to be at a safe volume.</li> </ul> <p>There are headphones designed for children that limit the maximum loudness – usually to 85dB. While a limit is great, listening to 85dB sounds all day every day is not risk-free.</p> <p>Noise-cancelling headphones are another option, albeit expensive. By reducing the intrusion of outside noise, it should mean children can keep headphone volume lower.</p> <p><strong>Managing duration</strong></p> <p>We should also monitor how long we’re exposed to sound. Everyday conversation is around 60dB, which will not be a problem regardless of the duration of exposure. However, <a href="http://dangerousdecibels.org/education/information-center/decibel-exposure-time-guidelines/">guidelines</a> say we can be exposed an 85dB sound (like a rubbish truck) for up to 8 hours at a time. But if the loudness of the sound is increased by just 3 decibels to 88dB, the sound energy is doubled, and safe exposure time would drop to just 4 hours. Operating a chainsaw at 110dB would then be limited to around 1 minute before damage is likely to occur.</p> <p>Exposure to noise is cumulative. Noise can also come from other sources in the child’s environment. Consider a child’s activities throughout a day. Parents should try to avoid consecutive noisy exercises, like headphone use, music practice, then noisy toys or games. Considering the total “doses” of sound in the day means parents should schedule some breaks to allow the ears time to recover.</p> <p>Of course, parents should practise what they preach! Modelling responsible use of headphones and awareness of the enjoyment of being able to hear well into adulthood is key.</p> <p><em>Written by Pater Carew and Valerie Sung. </em><em>Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/are-your-kids-using-headphones-more-during-the-pandemic-heres-how-to-protect-their-ears-139392"><em>The Conversation.</em></a></p>

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Meghan Markle lookalike! Can you believe they’re not the same person?

<p>Christine Primrose Mathis has made a name for herself on social media for her incredibly unique trait – being a spitting image of American royal Meghan Markle.</p> <p>The 32-year-old, who works as an air hostess, claims she first started being compared to the Duchess of Sussex when Meghan was working as an actress in the hit show<span> </span>Suits.</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/B8_pENipWxf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B8_pENipWxf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Christine Primrose Mathis (@christineprimrose)</a> on Feb 25, 2020 at 7:10am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, Ms Mathis says she didn’t take much notice of the comparison until Meghan’s face was plastered on every blog, social media site and newspaper.</p> <p>The look-alike’s dark hair and tan complexion mixed with the wash of freckles the Duchess of Sussex has become known for, dazed many people as Ms Mathis roamed the streets of her hometown.</p> <p>So much so, she decided to join a look alike agency in 2019.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836297/meghan-markle-christine-6.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/83256144f01b49578392f71c8a417531" /></p> <p>“Five years ago I was working in first-class as a flight attendant and passengers would say 'hey, you look like that girl from Suits' every so often,” Ms Mathis explained.</p> <p>“I could see the resemblance, but I just brushed it off but when Meghan and Harry got engaged, that's when I started hearing it a lot more often.</p> <p>“At first, I was confused but I definitely took it as a compliment because I thought she was so beautiful.”</p> <p>The lookalike went on to add: “Last year, I signed up with a lookalike agency because after they got married, it became a lot more frequent.</p> <p>“Hopefully, I can get some corporate work and TV work. I've been acting since I was very young and I'm working on getting an audition with my agent. That would be the absolute dream.</p> <p>“Social media can be cruel, I've had people comment that I'm trying to be her or that my hair and make-up is the same. I feel like I've always done my hair like that. I try to ignore the people who are being mean.”</p> <p>The royal twin admitted she even went on to post a video of her to the social media app TikTok where she dressed like Meghan Markle and claimed “people couldn’t believe the resemblance.”</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/CAGvgKmJ8Az/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CAGvgKmJ8Az/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Christine Primrose Mathis (@christineprimrose)</a> on May 12, 2020 at 4:00pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I have had a lot more opportunities from looking like her; she's so famous.</p> <p>“I think most of my following comes from people thinking I am Meghan Markle but at the same time I hope they also like my personality.</p> <p>“A lot of people look up to her and because they can't get in direct contact with her, I guess I'm the next best thing.”</p>

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Palace breaks silence to slam "false" claim against Kate Middleton

<p>Kensington Palace has issued a statement that is rarely given to defend the Duchess of Cambridge against a “false” claim made by<span> </span>Tatler<span> </span>magazine.</p> <p>The media publication is known for reporting on the lives of British royalty, celebrities and socialites and this week was slammed for publishing an article saying Duchess Kate felt “exhausted and trapped”.</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/CArQiUVn65C/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CArQiUVn65C/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Royal Confessional Eng-Esp (@royalconfessional)</a> on May 26, 2020 at 8:17pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The publication quoted a close friend who said Kate was "furious" after Prince Harry and Meghan decided to step down as senior members of the royal family, which resulted in other royals being forced to pick up extra work.</p> <p>“Kate is furious about the larger workload. Of course, she's smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn't want this,” the friend allegedly said.</p> <p>“She feels exhausted and trapped. She's working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays.”</p> <p>The report also went on to claim that Duchess Kate had argued with Meghan Markle over whether or not she could wear tights at the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ wedding back in 2018.</p> <p>“There was an incident at the wedding rehearsal,” another friend reportedly told<span> </span>Tatler.</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/B_WfFYOnC9U/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/B_WfFYOnC9U/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Royal Families (@_royalfamilies)</a> on Apr 23, 2020 at 10:09pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not. Kate, following protocol, felt that they should. Meghan didn't want them to,” the friend said.</p> <p>However, Kensington Palace has given a terse response, saying the article was riddled with “inaccuracies” and “misrepresentations”.</p> <p>“This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication,” it said.</p> <p>The statement did not single out any of the magazine's claims in particular.</p> <p>It is extremely rare for palace officials to slam claims made about the royal family in the media.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have not shown any annoyances towards tabloid claims and have kept busy during the coronavirus lockdown by conducting several of their official royal duties via video link.</p>

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Ageless Joan Collins celebrates birthday in glamour

<p>Joan Collins, in all her beauty and grace, has left fans desperate to know how she has managed to keep her youthful glow as she celebrated her 87th birthday on the weekend.</p> <p><span>The legendary actress spent her special day in the company of her husband Percy Gibson, 55.</span></p> <p>Taking to Instagram, Collins shared a photograph of the pair holding up a tiny birthday cake perfect for two.</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/CAkMpChFmD5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CAkMpChFmD5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Joan Collins (@joancollinsdbe)</a> on May 24, 2020 at 2:28am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Joan looked simply stunning and dressed in an elegant white number, and finished off the look with understated jewellery and a slicked back hairstyle.</p> <p>Joan's husband, who is 32 years her junior, looked playful and happy as he put his arm around his wife.</p> <p>“It wasn't just a happy birthday it was a sensational one – I'm still reeling from the brilliant surprises,” she wrote</p> <p>Joan has received lots of messages from loving fans on social media and a few comments on how good she looked at 87.</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/CAiQpj0FLWl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CAiQpj0FLWl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">First thing in the morning my loving #ahubby showered me with #flowers #gifts and #surprises - more to come! 🎂🎉🎁</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/joancollinsdbe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Joan Collins</a> (@joancollinsdbe) on May 23, 2020 at 8:25am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"You look breathtakingly young- the secret please x" one fan remarked.</p> <p>Another said: "Looking very loved and beautifull.. you never seem to get any older."</p> <p>The performer admitted she has hopes of living until 100 years old.</p> <p>"Will I outlive you all? No, I don’t want that," she said during an interview with Mirror Online.</p> <p>"I’ll settle for 100 years old, like Olivia de Havilland, who played Melanie in Gone With The Wind. She lives in Paris and is still going strong".</p>

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Can’t resist splurging on online shopping? Here’s why

<p>The demand for online shopping has obviously increased since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place.</p> <p>But less obvious are the subtle psychological drivers behind our collective online shopping splurge. In fact, online shopping can relieve stress, provide entertainment and offers the reduced “pain” of paying online.</p> <p>In the last week of April, <a href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/posties-ditch-bikes-and-jump-in-vans-to-keep-up-with-demand-at-australia-post/news-story/67a18bcdebf223b5fbeb9dbcbe2957de">more than two million parcels a day</a> were delivered across the Australia Post network. This is 90% more than the same time last year.</p> <p>More recently, data based on a weekly sample (from May 11-17) of transactions <a href="https://www.alphabeta.com/illiontracking">revealed</a> food delivery increased by 230%, furniture and office goods purchases rose 140% and alcohol and tobacco sales rose 45%.</p> <p>Meanwhile, we’ve seen thousands of retail job losses, with Wesfarmers <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/wesfarmers-to-close-or-convert-up-to-167-target-stores-in-massive-restructure-20200522-p54vex.html">announcing plans</a> on Friday to close up to 75 Target stores around the country, and Myer finally <a href="https://insideretail.com.au/news/myer-to-reopen-all-stores-next-week-202005">reopening stores</a> after nearly two months of closure.</p> <p><strong>Why the shopping frenzy?</strong></p> <p>Online sales of many product categories have increased, including for <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/beauty-brains-and-brawn-what-we-are-buying-during-the-pandemic-20200403-p54gve.html">food, winter clothes and toys</a>. This isn’t surprising given people still need to eat, winter is coming and we’re bored at home.</p> <p>But beyond the fact most people are spending more time at home, there are a range of psychological factors behind the online shopping upheaval.</p> <p>Recent months have been stressful due to <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-05/almost-one-million-australians-lose-jobs-due-to-coronavirus/12215494">financial uncertainty</a>, the inability to <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/how-long-will-australia-s-borders-remain-closed">visit loved ones</a> and changes to our daily routines.</p> <p>Shopping can be a way to cope with stress. In fact, higher levels of distress have been linked with <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-4359(99)00002-0">higher purchase intentions</a>. And this compulsion to buy is often part of an effort to reduce <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcps.2017.07.006">negative emotions</a>.</p> <p>In other words, shopping is <a href="https://doi.org/10.1037/gpr0000078">an escape</a>.</p> <p>A <a href="https://doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2013.794670">2013 study</a> compared people living close to the Gaza-Israel border during a period of conflict with those from a central Israeli town that wasn’t under duress. The researchers found those living in the high-stress environment reported a higher degree of “materialism” and a desire to shop to relieve stress.</p> <p><strong>When mall trips aren’t an option</strong></p> <p>Indeed, in a time when typical forms of entertainment such as restaurants and cinemas are inaccessible, <a href="https://books.google.com.au/books?id=ojIoeYe8a1sC&amp;printsec=frontcover&amp;dq=Shopping+as+an+Entertainment+Experience&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwj-naSGlcHpAhV_73MBHarfBO0Q6AEIKDAA#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false">shopping becomes a form of entertainment</a>. The act of shopping alone produces <a href="https://www.jstor.org/stable/2489765">increased arousal, heightened involvement, perceived freedom, and fantasy fulfillment</a>.</p> <p>It seems the stress and boredom brought on by this pandemic has intensified our will to spend.</p> <p>What’s more, psychology research has demonstrated humans’ <a href="https://science.sciencemag.org/content/244/4907/933">inability to delay gratification</a>.</p> <p>We want things <em>now</em>. Even with stay-at-home orders, we still want new makeup, clothes, shoes, electronics and housewares.</p> <p>Another pleasant aspect of online shopping is it avoids the typical “pain of paying” experienced during in-person transactions.</p> <p>Most people don’t enjoy parting with their money. But research has shown the psychological pain produced from spending money <a href="https://doi.org/10.1287/mksc.17.1.4">depends on the transaction type</a>. The more tangible the transaction, the stronger the pain.</p> <p>Simply, paying for a product by physically giving cash <a href="https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1027444717586">hurts more than clicking a “buy now” button</a>.</p> <p><strong>Clear browsing history</strong></p> <p>Interestingly, online shopping also allows high levels of anonymity. While you may have to enter your name, address and card details – no one can see you.</p> <p>It’s easier to buy “<a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1057740815000200">embarrassing</a>” products <a href="https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/671761">when no one is looking</a>. Apart from lockdown restrictions making it more <a href="https://www.insider.com/personal-advice-for-virtual-dating-in-coronavirus-lockdown-uk-2020-3">difficult to date</a>, this may also help explain why sex toy sales <a href="https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/6702036/panic-buying-switches-to-lubricants-and-sex-toys-says-flirt-bathurst-owner/">have surged</a> during the pandemic.</p> <p>Sales of lingerie and other intimate apparel have also reportedly <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/beauty-brains-and-brawn-what-we-are-buying-during-the-pandemic-20200403-p54gve.html">jumped 400%</a>.</p> <p><strong>How have businesses responded?</strong></p> <p>With <a href="https://www.cmo.com.au/article/672354/advertising-marketing-spend-significantly-impacted-by-covid-19/">advertising spend down</a>, businesses have responded in different ways to recent changes in online shopping.</p> <p>Many are offering discounts to encourage spending. Last week’s <a href="https://www.clickfrenzy.com.au/">Click Frenzy</a> became a central hub for thousands of deals across dozens of retailers such as Telstra, Target and Dell.</p> <p>Others have moved operations online for the first time. If you scroll through any major food delivery app, you’ll see offers from restaurants that <a href="https://www.broadsheet.com.au/sydney/guides/live-list-sydney-restaurants-pivoting-takeaway">previously specialised in dine-in services</a>.</p> <p>Meanwhile, existing meal delivery services such as <a href="https://www.hellofresh.com.au/about/covid-19-updates">HelloFresh</a> and <a href="https://www.liteneasy.com.au/how-it-works/faqs/#faq-group-coronavirus_update">Lite n’ Easy</a> are updating their methods to guarantee hygienic packing and transport.</p> <p>Several small Australian businesses have also <a href="https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/rochford-winery-turns-into-gourmet-grocer-to-survive-003630325.html">pivoted</a>. <a href="http://www.clarkemurphyprint.com.au/">Clarke Murphy Print</a> responded to slowing print jobs by starting <a href="https://www.buildadesk.com.au/">Build-a-Desks</a>.</p> <p>Even established brands are getting creative. For example, Burger King outlets in the US <a href="https://www.contagious.com/news-and-views/burger-king-zoom-billboard-conference-call-campaign-of-the-wee">are offering</a> free burgers to customers who use one of their billboards as a virtual backdrop during conference calls.</p> <p><strong>Don’t buy better, be better</strong></p> <p>Unfortunately, with the ease of online purchasing, and our increased motivation to give in to improve our mood or seek entertainment, many people are now at risk of <a href="https://doi.org/10.1521/jscp.2007.26.3.334">overspending and landing in financial stress</a>.</p> <p>It’s important to control spending during this fraught time. Simple ways to do this <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/life/how-to-control-online-shopping-during-coronavirus-pandemic/12119332">include</a> creating a budget, avoiding “buy now, pay later” schemes, recognising your spending “triggers” and planning ahead.</p> <p>As isolation <a href="https://doi.org/10.1086/671564">increases materialism</a>, it’s also important to keep in touch with family and friends, whether that’s in person (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/20/coronavirus-australia-lockdown-rules-travel-restrictions-nsw-victoria-queensland-qld-wa-sa-act-how-far-can-you-drive-visit-friends-family-parents-covid-19-guidelines">if allowed in your area</a>), via video calls or phone.</p> <p>So the next time you’re thinking of pulling out your credit card, why not get Skype up on the screen and play a virtual game of <a href="https://www.wired.com/gallery/board-games-for-remote-play/">Pictionary instead</a>?</p> <p><em>Written by Adrian R. Camilleri and Eugene Y. Chan. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/cant-resist-splurging-on-online-shopping-heres-why-138938">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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Duchess Kate like we’ve never seen her before

<p><span>While the British Royal family is currently under lockdown, all royal duties have been either postponed or cancelled.</span><br /><br /><span>While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are enjoying their self-isolation in their country home in Norfolk with their three children, they have reminisced on summers gone by.</span><br /><br /><span>Back in May 2019, Duchess Kate used her love for the outdoors to channel her creative side when she teamed up with the Chelsea Flower Show to make a very special garden.</span><br /><br /><span>It’s aim was to bring children together and create an outdoor learning space for kids.</span><br /><br /><span>Dubbed the 'Back to Nature' garden, the design and meaning behind it struck a chord with royal fans and parents across the UK.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAZmGQ6lYDf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=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/CAZmGQ6lYDf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on May 19, 2020 at 11:39pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The Duchess aimed to create "special moments that will be created and treasured by families now and in the future,” and used her own magical childhood as inspiration.</span><br /><br /><span>The garden featured a rope swing, climbing steps and plenty of greenery.</span><br /><br /><span>"I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together," Kate said of the design at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>This year, Kate and William have used their Instagram page to share another important image of the garden while the Duchess was working on it in 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>The 38-year-old can be seen getting well and truly stuck in.</span><br /><br /><span>"One year on from The Duchess of Cambridge's #BackToNature Garden, the Chelsea Flower Show is going digital!" The caption attached to the photograph read.</span><br /><br /><span>The statement invited people across the UK and beyond to join the show "for practical gardening advice from world-leading designers and experts, all from the comfort of your own home."</span><br /><br /><span>"The Duchess's Back to Nature garden in 2019 aimed to highlight the physical and mental health benefits of the natural world and inspire children, families, and communities to enjoy the great outdoors."</span><span class="CmCaReT" style="display: none;">�</span></p>

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