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Dolly Parton sets the record straight on tattoo rumours

<p>Dolly Parton has set the record straight on the long winding rumour about her body being covered in tattoos.</p> <p>It’s said the country music star wears long sleeves to cover up the ink running up and down her arms.</p> <p>But that doesn’t seem to be the case.</p> <p>Speaking to People magazine, the 74-year-old said, "I do have some tattoos, that's true. But they're tasteful. I'm not a tattoo girl.”</p> <p>She goes on to explain that she was unwell for a period of time and required a feeding tube which left a scar on her side. </p> <p>She didn’t want to be constantly reminded of her health issues, so she decided to get tattoos over it.</p> <p>"My tattoos are pretty, they're artful and they usually started out to cover some scar, not to make a big statement," she revealed. "Ribbons and bows and butterflies are the things that I have. I was very sick for a while and I had to wear a feeding tube. It left a little indention in my side and I didn't like it because I'm so fair that scars turn purple on me.</p> <p>"I had a little beehive tattooed over it — a little yellow-and-brown beehive with a tiny little bee on top of the hive. The mouth of it is that little sinkhole."</p> <p>But Parton joked that she never says never, and there's still time to live up to the tattoo hype.</p> <p>"Who knows, I may get some more later. I may just have to get covered with tattoos just so everybody could be right!" she said. </p>

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Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise’s daughter shares rare selfie

<p>Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s daughter Isabella ‘Bella’ Cruise has posted a rare photo of herself with a new haircut.</p> <p>The 27-year-old, who is known to keep a low profile, shared a selfie of her short black hair with pops of green through it.</p> <p>She completed the look with peace sign earrings, a nose piercing and oversized sunglasses.</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/CFVRw6kA-iS/?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/CFVRw6kA-iS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bella Kidman Cruise (@bellakidmancruise)</a> on Sep 19, 2020 at 2:01pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Bella didn’t caption the photo, but chose to tag two jewellery labels instead.</p> <p>Her friends and followers responded to the photograph by commenting on how much the new hairdo suits her.</p> <p>"Love it, also, your skin looks soooo freaking good," another added.</p> <p>"You're so beautiful and talented," a third commented.</p> <p>In 1992, Cruise, 58, and Kidman, 53, adopted Bella during their 10-year marriage.</p> <p>In 1995, the couple also adopted a son, Conor Cruise, now 25.</p> <p>They then called it quits in 2001 and it is believed Bella and Connor are estranged from Kidman.</p> <p>In an interview with Who magazine, Kidman seemed to have confirmed that fact.</p> <p>"They are adults. They are able to make their own decisions. They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it's my job to love them," she said. "And I am an example of that tolerance and that's what I believe — that no matter what your child does, the child has love and the child has to know there is available love and I'm open here."</p> <p>Nicole went on to marry Keith Urban, whom she shares two children with.</p> <p>The same year, Cruise married Katie Holmes, who he shares 14-year-old Suri Cruise with. </p>

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The story behind Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress

<p>Princess Diana’s wedding dress is considered till this day to be iconic. </p> <p>But the lavish gown that was embroidered with 10,000 pearls and featured frilled lace couldn’t have had the same impact without its covert understudy, created without Diana’s knowledge.</p> <p>David Emanuel and his then-wife Elizabeth were given the honour to design the late Princess’s dress and tried their hardest to make sure it remained a secret.</p> <p>But it proved to be extremely difficult with the media watching her every move.</p> <p>So the Emanuels took extreme measures: Making a second dress for “peace of mind.”</p> <p>"At the time we wanted to make absolutely sure that the dress was a surprise," David told People in 2018. "We didn't try it on Diana. We never even discussed it. We wanted to make sure that we had something there; it was for our own peace of mind, really."</p> <p>The second dress was never completed, and much less lavish than the one Diana actually wore.</p> <p>When the wedding day did finally come along, Diana's dress design had managed to remain a mystery, but the Emanuels were nervous all the same. "She was incredibly together and wasn’t panicking," Elizabeth Emanuel told <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/princess-dianas-wedding-dress-waistline/" target="_blank">People</a>. "But I was really worried about all things that could possibly go wrong. We’d taken smelling salts, glucose tablets — what if she feels faint? What if she passes out? Spills something down her skirt? I had this kind of horror that maybe the train would drop off. We sewed her into things, we pinned her into things."</p> <p>Luckily, all went well.</p>

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When someone dies, what happens to the body?

<p>Upwards of <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm">2.8 million people die</a> every year in the United States. As a funeral director who heads a university mortuary science program, I can tell you that while each individual’s life experiences are unique, what happens to a body after death follows a broadly predictable chain of events.</p> <p>In general, it depends on three things: where you die, how you die and what you or your family decide on for funeral arrangements and final disposition.</p> <p><strong>In death’s immediate aftermath</strong></p> <p>Death can happen anywhere: at home; in a hospital, nursing or palliative care facility; or at the scene of an accident, homicide or suicide.</p> <p>A medical examiner or coroner must investigate whenever a person dies unexpectedly while not under a doctor’s care. Based on the circumstances of the death, they determine whether an autopsy is needed. If so, the body travels to a county morgue or a funeral home, where a pathologist conducts a detailed internal and external examination of the body as well as toxicology tests.</p> <p>Once the body can be released, some states allow for families to handle the body themselves, but most people employ a funeral director. The body is placed on a stretcher, covered and transferred from the place of death – sometimes via hearse, but more commonly these days a minivan carries it to the funeral home.</p> <p>State law determines who has the authority to make funeral arrangements and decisions about the remains. In some states, you can choose during your lifetime how you’d like your body treated when you die. In most cases, however, decisions fall on surviving family or someone you appointed before your death.</p> <p><strong>Preparing the body for viewing</strong></p> <p>In a 2020 consumer survey conducted by the National Funeral Directors Association, 39.4% of respondents reported feeling it’s very important to have the <a href="https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/newsroom/press-kits/2018/jsm/jsm-presentation-pop-projections.pdf">body or cremated remains present</a> at a funeral or memorial service.</p> <p>To prepare for that, the funeral home will usually ask whether the body is to be embalmed. This process sanitizes the body, temporarily preserves it for viewing and services, and restores a natural, peaceful appearance. Embalming is typically required for a public viewing and in certain other circumstances, including if the person died of a communicable disease or if the cremation or burial is to be delayed for more than a few days.</p> <p>When the funeral director begins the embalming process, he places the body on a special porcelain or stainless steel table that looks much like what you’d find in an operating room. He washes the body with soap and water and positions it with the hands crossed over the abdomen, as you’d see them appear in a casket. He closes the eyes and mouth.</p> <p>Next the funeral director makes a small incision near the clavicle, to access the jugular vein and carotid artery. He inserts forceps into the jugular vein to allow blood to drain out, while at the same time injecting embalming solution into the carotid artery via a small tube connected to the embalming machine. For every 50 to 75 pounds of body weight, it takes about a gallon of embalming solution, largely made up of formaldehyde. The funeral director then removes excess fluids and gases from the abdominal and thoracic cavities using an instrument called a trocar. It works much like the suction tube you’ve experienced at the dentist.</p> <p>Next the funeral director sutures any incisions. He grooms the hair and nails and again washes the body and dries it with towels. If the body is emaciated or dehydrated, he can inject a solution via hypodermic needle to plump facial features. If trauma or disease has altered the appearance of the deceased, the embalmer can use wax, adhesive and plaster to recreate natural form.</p> <p>Lastly, the funeral director dresses the deceased and applies cosmetics. If the clothing provided does not fit, he can cut it and tuck it in somewhere that doesn’t show. Some funeral homes use an airbrush to apply cosmetics; others use specialized mortuary cosmetics or just regular makeup you might find at a store.</p> <p><strong>Toward a final resting place</strong></p> <p>If the deceased is to be cremated without a public viewing, many funeral homes require a member of the family to identify him or her. Once the death certificate and any other necessary authorizations are complete, the funeral home transports the deceased in a chosen container to a crematory. This could be onsite or at a third-party provider.</p> <p>Cremations are performed individually. Still in the container, the deceased is placed in the cremator, which produces very high heat that reduces the remains to bone fragments. The operator removes any metal objects, like implants, fillings and parts of the casket or cremation container, and then pulverizes the bone fragments. He then places the processed remains in the selected container or urn. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains, while others bury them, place them in a niche or scatter them.</p> <p>The year 2015 was the first year that the <a href="https://nfda.org/news/in-the-news/nfda-news/id/5223/2020-cremation-burial-projects-cremation-rate-of-87-by-2040">cremation rate exceeded the casketed burial rate</a> in the U.S., and the industry expects that trend to continue.</p> <p>When earth burial is chosen, the casket is usually placed in a concrete outer burial container before being lowered into the grave. Caskets can also be entombed in above-ground crypts inside buildings called mausoleums. Usually a grave or crypt has a headstone of some kind that bears the name and other details about the decedent.</p> <p>Some cemeteries have spaces dedicated to environmentally conscious “green” burials in which an unembalmed body can be buried in a biodegradable container. Other forms of final disposition are less common. As an alternative to cremation, the chemical process of alkaline hydrolysis can reduce remains to bone fragments. Composting involves placing the deceased in a vessel with organic materials like wood chips and straw to allow microbes to naturally break down the body.</p> <p>I’ve seen many changes over the course of my funeral service career, spanning more than 20 years so far. For decades, funeral directors were predominantly male, but now mortuary school enrollment nationwide is roughly 65% female. Cremation has become more popular. More people pre-plan their own funerals. Many Americans do not have a religious affiliation and therefore opt for a less formal service.</p> <p>Saying goodbye is important for those who remain, and I have witnessed too many families foregoing a ceremony and later regretting it. A dignified and meaningful farewell and the occasion to share memories and comfort each other <a href="https://www.jstor.org/stable/26555297">honors the life of the deceased and facilitates healing</a> for family and friends.</p> <p><em>Written by Mark Evely. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/when-someone-dies-what-happens-to-the-body-143070">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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Why gender reveals have spiraled out of control

<p>Over Labor Day weekend in the US, two expectant parents didn’t get the viral hit they had hoped for.</p> <p>During a gender reveal party in Southern California, a “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” was supposed to simply reveal a color – pink for a girl, blue for a boy – before a crowd of onlookers.</p> <p>Instead, it <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/08/us/el-dorado-fire-gender-reveal-update-trnd/index.html">sparked a wildfire</a> that has scorched more than 10,000 acres of land.</p> <p><a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=cYOUU4EAAAAJ&amp;hl=en">As a sociologist</a> who studies how social media is used to navigate gender, identity and life transitions, I’ve watched gender reveal parties become their own mini-industry over the past decade.</p> <p>The increasingly extravagant parties – fueled by a quest for unique, viral stunts – reflect some of the new bizarre <a href="https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305117707192">pressures parents face</a> in our “<a href="https://econreview.berkeley.edu/paying-attention-the-attention-economy/">attention economy</a>.”</p> <p><strong>Guesswork gives way to certainty</strong></p> <p>Gendering children prior to birth is a unique phenomenon of the 20th century.</p> <p>That doesn’t mean parents-to-be didn’t try to make predictions; for centuries, some looked to <a href="https://www.livescience.com/45582-boy-or-girl.html">folklore</a>. “Carrying low” – or having a <a href="https://www.verywellfamily.com/concerns-about-your-pregnant-belly-2759765">baby bump</a> closer to the pelvis – was supposed to mean that the mother would likely give birth to a boy. If the mother found herself craving sweets, that meant a girl was on the way. The baby’s sex was officially announced at birth, and gender reveals happened in postcards, church bulletins or local newspaper listings.</p> <p>In 1958, a team of Scottish physicians <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3987368/">conducted</a> what’s believed to be the first fetal ultrasound. However, sex identification via ultrasound wasn’t widely practiced in American hospitals until the late-1970s. Only then were advances in the technology able to produce high-quality portraits of babies. By the 1990s, iconic gray-scale images tagged with body parts became the norm. Expectant parents displayed sonograms on home refrigerators and called loved ones to share the news, but there wasn’t the pageantry of a big reveal.</p> <p><strong>Performing parenthood in the digital age</strong></p> <p>It wasn’t until the proliferation of social media platforms that parties centered on the revelation of a baby’s sex became commonplace.</p> <p>In 2008, blogger Jenna Karvunidis cut into a cake at a party with her family. Inside the cake was pink frosting, revealing to everyone in the room that she would be having a girl. Her blog post about the party <a href="https://www.npr.org/2019/07/28/745990073/woman-who-popularized-gender-reveal-parties-says-her-views-on-gender-have-change">went viral</a>. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2017.1287066">The modern gender reveal</a> was born.</p> <p>Most involve a gathering of family and friends who weigh in with their predictions before the moment of the big reveal. The parents-to-be cut a custom cake, pop a confetti-filled balloon or set off a glitter bomb that will reveal gender-stereotyped pink or blue. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vc2ArWcZ7o">Guests cheer</a>. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=267082260877800">The couple kisses</a>. Cameras capture it all.</p> <p>Social media fueled an uptick in gender reveals with the launch of visual platforms like Pinterest and Instagram in 2010. These platforms have inspired parents to participate in “<a href="https://doi.org/10.1080/15405702.2016.1223300">sharenting</a>” – in which parents post photos and stories about their children – and to use social media as a how-to manual for <a href="https://www.doi.org/10.1086/695700">navigating the challenges</a> of parenting.</p> <p>What were once intimate rituals among loved ones are now shared publicly for friends and strangers alike.</p> <p>But how, in just over a decade, did gender reveals go from pink icing in a cake to fireworks and wildfires?</p> <p><strong>How to thrive in the attention economy</strong></p> <p>On social media, the more unique, absurd, gripping or funny the image, the more likely it is to go viral. Everyday people who figure out how to tap the right algorithmic veins can become <a href="https://doi.org/10.1080/19392397.2016.1218292">microcelebrities</a>, while babies can capture the limelight as “<a href="http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/76135/">micro-microcelebrities</a>” before they’re even born. Some parents give their future children custom hashtags. Others give them their own social media accounts.</p> <p>The idea is to tap into the lucrative <a href="https://read.dukeupress.edu/public-culture/article-abstract/27/1%20(75)/137/31071/Instafame-Luxury-Selfies-in-the-Attention-Economy?redirectedFrom=fulltext">attention economy</a>, which uses the currency of views, shares and likes to monetize life experiences. Merely having a child is not exciting enough for the internet; the child needs to come into the world surrounded by shock and awe.</p> <p>For a gender reveal stunt, parents might <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43568628">wrangle alligators</a>, kick exploding <a href="https://youtu.be/Q0wvvq1kz7Y?t=20">footballs</a>, shoot <a href="https://youtu.be/vQ6o2WOnsRU?t=15">clay pigeons</a> or <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByDkugzHg7r/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=embed_video_watch_again">jump from airplanes</a> – ceremonies that can be more reflective of the parents’ identities, hobbies and <a href="https://doi.org/10.1080/19392397.2016.1218292">online brand</a> than anything to do with a baby.</p> <p>Ultimately, these increasingly outlandish gender reveals align perfectly with the values of an <a href="https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&amp;lr=&amp;id=kZAWAAAAQBAJ&amp;oi=fnd&amp;pg=PA274&amp;dq=always+on+social+media&amp;ots=WRDE99gHwb&amp;sig=zoglp8TPGkBBOtTELauik8bXALQ#v=onepage&amp;q=always%20on%20social%20media&amp;f=false">always-on</a> digital consumer culture that is always <a href="https://www.doi.org/10.1080/15295036.2017.1394582">scrolling</a> for the next best thing.</p> <p><strong>The rise of gender reveal capitalism</strong></p> <p>Meanwhile, a booming industry promoting and encouraging gender reveals has emerged.</p> <p>Custom cakes, <a href="https://www.partycity.com/baby-shower-gender-reveal">themed party supplies</a>, confetti cannons, smoke bombs and t-shirts are designed to create the perfect Instagram post. Celebrity and influencer gender reveals are vehicles for <a href="https://www.essence.com/love/danielle-brooks-a-little-bit-pregnant-netflix-having-a-girl/">brand sponsorships</a>, <a href="https://www.today.com/parents/jessica-alba-enlists-daughters-cute-gender-reveal-baby-no-3-t118015">product placements</a> and media coverage.</p> <p>The marketplace even adapted to the coronavirus pandemic by offering “It’s a girl” <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/829866847/baby-shower-masks-cute-baby-shower-gift">masks</a>, “It’s a boy” <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/209713934/gender-reveal-party-favor-labels-gender">hand sanitizers</a> and even <a href="https://genderrevealgame.com/">gender reveal games</a> that can be played virtually.</p> <p>Parents, particularly mothers, already face intense scrutiny and cultural expectations of “<a href="https://www.doi.org/10.1177/0093650214534969">ideal motherhood</a>,” whether it’s the decision to breastfeed, have a “natural birth” or go back to work. Whether or not to have a gender reveal has become yet another “choice” that expectant parents must make.</p> <p>Even the decision not to have a gender reveal becomes a form of social media currency. For example, social media influencer Iskra Lawrence <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B58JPJiAqtq/">announced on Instagram</a> that she would not have a gender reveal – and included sponsored links to a clothing brand in the post.</p> <p>Gender reveals are sometimes <a href="https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/7/31/20708816/gender-reveal-party-social-media-game-pink-blue-fire">sneered at</a> for <a href="http://pcasite.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/PCA_v.70.3_SOI.GR_2014.pdf#page=51">reinforcing a gender binary</a>, encouraging wasteful extravagance and creating very real <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50207452">safety hazards</a>.</p> <p>But distilling a gender reveal party down to the <a href="https://doi.org/10.1177/1350506815576602">foolish choices</a> of expectant parents ignores the cultural and economic forces that shape these decisions. It allows us to mock individuals for their parenting decisions rather than criticize the attention economy for having incentivized these reveals.</p> <p>We have the excesses of capitalism <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/18/ending-climate-change-end-capitalism">to thank</a> for a rapidly changing climate that has <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/09/climate/nyt-climate-newsletter-california-wildfires.html">worsened fires raging throughout the American West</a>.</p> <p>Is a fire burning thanks to a gender reveal party fueled by anything different?</p> <p><em>Written by Jenna Drenten. Republished with permission <a href="https://theconversation.com/why-gender-reveals-have-spiraled-out-of-control-145909">of The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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The big thing Prince Harry changed about Meghan Markle

<p><span>When Meghan Markle stepped out in public with her new re-designed engagement ring after the birth of her son Archie, we weren’t sure why the sudden change had occurred.</span><br /><br /><span>However, according to the book Finding Freedom, it has now been revealed this was all Prince Harry's doing.</span><br /><br /><span>It's claimed that the Duke of Sussex had the plain gold band changed to the pave diamond style the royal wears today at the same time he created a bespoke eternity ring for his wife that he gifted her to mark their first wedding anniversary.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.2006319115324px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837766/meghan-ring-3-before.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a5affb54973a42c68bf9df74bf11f498" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Meghan engagement ring before Prince Harry altered it. </em><br /><br /><span>"On May 19, 2019, Harry also surprised his wife of one year with the gift of a ring that he had created with jeweller-to-the-stars Lorraine Schwartz, a favourite of Meghan's," the authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>"The conflict-free diamond eternity band paid homage to the family of three with Meghan's, Archie's and Harry's birthstones (peridot, emerald, and sapphire, respectively) on the underside of the ring."</span><br /><br /><span>The jeweller told the authors the "romantic" and "thoughtful" prince "wanted to make it special".</span><br /><br /><span>At the same time as he had the band made, Harry got Schwartz to re-size and reset her engagement ring.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837769/meghan-ring-after-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4ab27702837841afaf1e4f92e6a5923c" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Meghan engagement ring before Prince Harry altered it. </em><br /><br /><span>While the reason behind this change has not explicitly stated, it seems that the Duke of Sussex did it so the two rings that sat either side of Meghan’s welsh gold band would match.</span><br /><br /><span>The first engagement ring of the former American actress was a plain gold band with three large diamonds.</span><br /><br /><span>The largest ring of the trio is the centre stone, which was sourced from Botswana, where the couple shared their first holiday together.</span><br /><br /><span>The two smaller stones on either side are from Princess Diana's personal collection.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837768/meghan-ring-after.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/28f0e5d6ed584bdba0661dc7e0f0d906" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Meghan engagement ring after Prince Harry altered it. </em><br /><br /><span>During their engagement interview with the BBC, Prince Harry revealed more details behind the ring.</span><br /><br /><span>"The ring is obviously yellow gold because that's [Meghan's] favourite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana, and the little diamonds either side are from my mother's jewellery collection, to make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together."</span></p>

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Sarah Ferguson’s intimate underwear confession

<p>Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s marriage was plagued by high-profile problems. </p> <p>With one scandal after another, it’s a surprise the pair managed to maintain a close bond throughout it all.</p> <p>When the Prince announced his engagement to a “commoner” in 1986, the world reacted with excitement and Fergie was considered a great match by all including the Queen.</p> <p>But the adoration slowly started dwindling, after constant comparisons to the late Princess Diana.</p> <p>"She was often contrasted with Diana and in those early days Sarah came out of the contrast rather well, " explained Tom Quinn, author of <em>Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir</em>.</p> <p>"Diana was often seen as rather pale and wilting, this delicate flower, whereas Fergie was robust."</p> <p>And as she took charge of her royal responsibilities, she started to feel the pressure after she was branded as rebellious and unsophisticated. </p> <p>"All of [Sarah's] natural charm that had been celebrated initially began to be seen as rather unsophisticated and inappropriate," said historian Dr Anna Whitelock.</p> <p>It didn’t help her case when she made an intimate confession about her underwear that caused a stir.</p> <p>Fergie landed herself in hot water when she raved about her designer French clothing at a reception before joking to the press she was "wearing Marks and Spencer knickers".</p> <p>"This is not what you're expecting the Duchess of York to say. And remember the previous Duchess of York had been the Queen Mother," explained journalist and broadcaster Eva Pollard.</p> <p>"You're talking about a changing view of the royal family. The culture changing. They slipped down from the pedestal.</p> <p>The incident did not go down well, as some believed Fergie was influencing Diana in a bad way.</p> <p>Dr Anna Whitelock said: "There was a sense Fergie liked to have fun and play jokes.</p> <p>"But actually it began to wear rather thin and she was seen increasingly as a bad unsophisticated influence on Diana and Prince Andrew and something of a loose cannon."</p> <p>Fergie and Andrew split in 1992 and were divorced by 1996. </p> <p>Sarah was not allowed to use the title Her Royal Highness by August of that year</p>

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Toothpaste epidemic? Wealthier New Zealanders are more likely to buy fluoride-free

<p>Tooth decay has been described as a neglected <a href="https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal-articles/severe-early-childhood-caries-a-modern-neglected-epidemic">epidemic</a> in New Zealand however, our recent <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41415-020-1304-5?proof=t">research</a> suggests many people are unaware they are contributing to the problem by choosing a fluoride-free or “natural” toothpaste.</p> <p>The 2016 <a href="https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32154-2/fulltext#seccestitle70">Global Burden of Disease Study</a> shows dental decay is the most prevalent health condition globally, affecting 2.4 billion people.</p> <p>While oral health has generally <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/our-oral-health-key-findings-2009-new-zealand-oral-health-survey">improved</a> in New Zealand, dental decay remains the most widespread <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/our-oral-health-key-findings-2009-new-zealand-oral-health-survey">chronic and irreversible disease</a>.</p> <p>Failure to prevent oral diseases comes at significant personal and economic cost. In <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/our-oral-health-2010.pdf">New Zealand</a>, the cost of treatment of dental diseases is more than NZ$1.1 billion each year. Poor oral health is also linked to lost time at school and <a href="https://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(18)30687-1/fulltext#:%7E:text=Results%20from%20meta%2Danalyses%20indicated,interval%2C%201.24%20to%201.63">poorer school performance</a>, absences from work and a <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28581891/">lower quality of life</a>.</p> <p>Hear from them</p> <p><strong>Rates of tooth decay in childhood</strong></p> <p>Earlier New Zealand research <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/our-oral-health-key-findings-2009-new-zealand-oral-health-survey">shows</a> only two in five children and two in three adults brush their teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste.</p> <p>Our <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41415-020-1304-5?proof=t">study</a> was the first investigation of the use of non-fluoride toothpaste in a large, nationally representative sample of both adults and children. We wanted to find out which segments of the population are drawn to using non-fluoride toothpaste.</p> <p>We analysed data from the most recent <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/nz-health-statistics/health-statistics-and-data-sets/oral-health-data-and-stats">New Zealand Health Survey</a>, which was the first to include a question about the use of “natural” toothpastes.</p> <p>Our research found that 6-7% of all children and adults now use a “natural” or non-fluoride toothpaste. The study shows the highest use in moderately and more affluent population groups and middle-aged (35-44 years) people. We found the highest number of non-fluoride toothpaste users (both children and adults) were in the moderate to least deprived areas.</p> <p>Our findings support <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/110665418/parents-confused-about-kids-toothpaste-could-lead-to-more-tooth-decay-dentists-warn">prior</a> concerns of dentists, particularly about tooth decay in children. A <a href="https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal-articles/dental-caries-and-previous-hospitalisations-among-preschool-children-findings-from-a-population-based-study-in-new-zealand">recent study</a> shows 38% of five-year-olds had rotting teeth in 2017. Rates were even higher among Māori and Pacific children compared to other ethnicities. The New Zealand Dental Association has <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/108101758/natural-toothpaste-will-lead-to-epidemic-of-dental-decay-dentists">warned</a> the increased popularity of non-fluoride toothpastes raises the risk.</p> <p>A recent <a href="https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD007868.pub3/full">review</a> of the world’s best available evidence shows toothpastes with fluoride are clearly more effective in preventing tooth decay than toothpastes without it. It means using non-fluoride toothpaste, often labelled as “natural”, raises the risk of future dental problems.</p> <p><strong>Misleading marketing and confusing messages</strong></p> <p>There is little evidence as to why people choose non-fluoride toothpastes. This is especially perplexing given the vast body of evidence in support of fluoride as a prevention of tooth decay.</p> <p>One plausible explanation is that people think they are doing the “right thing” by choosing a “natural” option. Another more likely reason is that it is difficult to know whether a toothpaste contains fluoride. Current packaging doesn’t always highlight clearly whether a toothpaste contains fluoride or how much. Even if it does show the fluoride concentration, this is often hidden in small text.</p> <p>In the future, better labelling on toothpaste tubes and packaging will help shoppers understand which toothpaste has fluoride. We also need to stop claims that “natural” toothpastes prevent tooth decay. The world’s <a href="https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD007868.pub3/full">best evidence</a> clearly shows non-fluoride toothpastes do not prevent tooth decay.</p> <p>Marketing is also often inconsistent with <a href="https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/fluoride-and-oral-health">Ministry of Health recommendations</a>. Evidence shows that for the toothpaste to work it needs fluoride in it. Adults should use a pea-sized amount and younger children a smear of fluoride toothpaste, without swallowing it.</p> <p>In the future, it would also be helpful if supermarkets could help consumers make an informed choice by separating fluoride-containing from non-fluoride products. The bottom line is, if you want to avoid future trips to the dentist, your toothpaste should contain fluoride.</p> <p><em>Written by Matthew Hobbs. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/wealthier-new-zealanders-are-more-likely-to-buy-fluoride-free-toothpaste-making-a-tooth-decay-epidemic-worse-143286">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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Princess Beatrice's vintage wedding dress has a new home

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The vintage dress worn by Princess Beatrice on her wedding dress has a new home.</p> <p>The dress is going on public display at Windsor Castle, which was announced by royal reporter Richard Palmer.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Princess Beatrice’s wedding dress, first worn by the Queen in the 1960s, will go on public display at Windsor Castle from September 24.</p> — Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalReporter/status/1302895816248569856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The dress itself was borrowed from Queen Elizabeth's private collection and was worn by the Queen herself back in 1962.</p> <p>An insider told <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/princess-beatrice-made-a-last-minute-request-to-borrow-the-queens-dress-for-her-wedding-gown/" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>People</em></a> the bride had a "change of heart" over her dress ahead of her wedding.</p> <p>The royal bride-to-be then made a request to borrow a gown from the Queen's wardrobe, which was "kindly granted" by the monarch.</p> <p>"It was touching for both of them," the insider said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CC3bPdjFw62/?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/CC3bPdjFw62/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Princess Eugenie (@princesseugenie)</a> on Jul 20, 2020 at 6:44am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Beatrice also borrowed a tiara from the Queen's collection, which is the Queen Mary Diamond Fringe tiara.</p> <p>The tiara was worn by Her Majesty when she married Prince Philip in 1947.</p> <p>Beatrice, 32, postponed her wedding so that her grandparents, who just so happen to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, could attend the event.</p> <p>Just 20 people were invited to the ceremony, including the couple's parents and siblings and her husband Eduardo Mopelli Mozzi's four-year-old son "Wolfie".</p> <p>Windsor Castle is currently open to the public, with tickets available online.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Salma Hayek shows off bikini body at 54

<p>Salma Hayek has celebrated 54 with a birthday swimsuit post.</p> <p>The mum-of-one struck a pose in a classic, black, halter-neck swimsuit which she paired with a sarong and wide-brimmed hat.</p> <p>Salma - who is currently vacationing in Greece – shared the picture to Instagram a day before she turned 54.</p> <p>"Guess who’s turning 54 tomorrow?” she captioned the post.</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/CEmkXHlDA5J/?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/CEmkXHlDA5J/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Salma Hayek Pinault (@salmahayek)</a> on Sep 1, 2020 at 10:39am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"By the way, this is not a Throwback Thursday! Thank you Marjo for turning into a photographer during the vacation!"</p> <p>Fans were blown away by the picture where the Frida actress showed off her age-defying figure. </p> <p><span>"What’s your secret?" one person asked.</span></p> <p>Another added: "I’m doing 35 and this gives me hope to an even better future face," while a third said: “@salmahayek stopped ageing years ago."</p> <p>She admits that she does owe her incredible skin and flawless physique to no plastic surgery.</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/CEowbj9p55_/?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/CEowbj9p55_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Salma Hayek Pinault (@salmahayek)</a> on Sep 2, 2020 at 7:03am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"When I look at pictures of me in my 30s or in my 40s, I see myself more beautiful than I saw myself at the time," she told People magazine. "I used to criticise myself so much.</p> <p>"Now, when I look in the mirror and there are things that I don’t see, I think about how much I’m going to like me in ten years."</p>

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Make sure you’re not accidentally ageing your hair

<ol> <li><strong><span> You don’t give much thought to your scalp</span></strong></li> </ol> <p><span>There’s only so much you can do with hair products. “All of us are more about instant gratification,” says celebrity stylist Nunzio Saviano. “You do all the things you’re supposed to do on the outside, but you’re not taking care of the root of the problem – and the root of the problem is taking care of the scalp and hair follicles.” </span></p> <p><span>The older you get, the more you lose the small veins in your scalp, meaning your hair follicles aren’t getting the nutrients they need, he says. One easy way to get the blood flowing – and make your hair lush again – is by giving your hair that classic 100 strokes a day. Sure, it might smooth your hair, but best of all, it stimulates your scalp.</span></p> <ol start="2"> <li><strong><span> You have the wrong hairbrush</span></strong></li> </ol> <p><span>Those plastic-knobbed brushes might be cheap, but they’re not doing your hair any favours. The plastic can easily snag hair, damaging tresses. Instead, buy a boar bristle brush, which will stimulate the scalp without harming your hair, recommends TV hair stylist Laura Burns. “They kind of glide through the hair and don’t pull it,” she says.</span></p> <ol start="3"> <li><strong> <span>You wash your hair every day</span></strong></li> </ol> <p><span>The texture of your hair might change as you get older for the same reason that you’ve been noticing your skin is losing its glow: your skin stops secreting as much oil, says dermatologist Dr Tsippora Shainhouse. </span></p> <p><span>She recommends cutting back on how often you wash your hair – stick to about two or three times a week – and using a gentler shampoo when you do suds up. A sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner will keep your scalp and hair from drying out too much in the shower, she says.</span></p> <ol start="4"> <li><strong><span> You’re always pulling your hair back</span></strong></li> </ol> <p><span>A ponytail is a lifesaver on a bad hair day, but making it your daily style could contribute to the thinning that already happens naturally with age. </span></p> <p><span>“When a ponytail is really tight, it’s a lot of pressure on the follicle,” says Saviano. “Day after day, the follicle just gives in, and you lose that hair.” </span></p> <p><span>Resist pulling your hair back unless you really need to, and during activities like a workout, try to keep the ponytail loose so you aren’t putting so much stress on your roots.</span></p> <ol start="5"> <li><strong><span> You rely on dry shampoo</span></strong></li> </ol> <p><span>“Dry shampoo is probably one of the worst products you can use because it just clogs the pores,” says Saviano. Using it once or twice a week is fine, he adds, but using it day after day will interfere with healthy oils your hair needs to retain its youthful lustre. </span></p> <p><span>For a better anti-ageing hair care routine, make sure you’re washing your hair a couple of times a week; shampooing your roots helps stimulate the scalp, says Saviano.</span></p> <ol start="6"> <li><strong><span> You use heavy, sticky products</span></strong></li> </ol> <p><span>Pomades and mousses may have worked wonders when your hair was younger and thicker, but if it’s thinning now, those heavy products are no longer the right choice. </span></p> <p><span>“Be gentle: don’t use a product that is too sticky – nothing you put in and then have to really pull to work the brush through your hair,” says Burns. </span></p> <p><span>Using products that stiffen your hair is just one of the hairstyle mistakes that age your face – and you should avoid them. Swap out mousse and root boost for lighter products, like a gentle volumiser or a hair tonic, she suggests.</span></p> <ol start="7"> <li><strong><span> You load up on product</span></strong></li> </ol> <p><span>It’s not just about what you use; it’s how much. “Less is better,” says Saviano. The more creams, serums, and sprays you layer onto your hair, the heavier and duller it will look – which is just the opposite of what you need from anti-ageing hair care. </span></p> <p><span>Give your hair bounce and shine by cutting back on the amount of product you use.</span></p> <ol start="8"> <li><strong><span> You spend a ton of time in the sun</span></strong></li> </ol> <p><span>You wouldn’t go out in the sun without protecting your skin – right? – so the same should go for your hair. UV damage from the sun can dry out strands and make hair colour fade faster, says Dr Shainhouse. </span></p> <p><span>She recommends wearing a wide-brimmed hat to block those harmful rays. “It will keep the sun off of your face, ears, and scalp, which are susceptible to age spots, premature wrinkling, sunburn, and developing skin cancer,” she says.</span></p> <ol start="9"> <li><strong><span> You don’t give pollution a second thought</span></strong></li> </ol> <p><span>Sunlight isn’t the only danger to your hair in the great outdoors. Wind and changes in humidity can make your hair frizzy, compelling you to try and tame it with products and heat. And toxins in air pollution can do a number on your tresses. </span></p> <p><span>“They produce free radicals reactive oxygen species that damage hair cells and disrupt the normal biochemistry of hair, thus making hair age faster and damage prone,” says cosmetic surgeon Dr Sonam Yadav. </span></p> <ol start="10"> <li><strong><span> You straighten or curl your hair every day</span></strong></li> </ol> <p><span>Curling irons and flat irons may give your hair the style you want, but all that heat is very hard on your hair. Your hair already loses moisture and softness as you age; using hot tools makes your tresses even drier and more brittle, says Saviano. “In general, the less you use them, the better it is,” he says. </span></p> <ol start="11"> <li><strong><span> Your diet is lacking key nutrients</span></strong></li> </ol> <p><span>“Menopause causes thinning and fall of hair in almost all women due to the decrease in oestrogen levels that are a normal part of menopause,” says Dr Yadav. </span></p> <p><span>Some cases are more extreme, with women noticing the patchy balding called female pattern hair loss. Eating iron- and calcium-rich foods like spinach, dairy, and eggs can help. </span></p> <p><span>If hair loss is extreme and noticeable work with your doctor to rule out underlying medical issues that could be throwing your hormones out of whack. </span></p> <ol start="12"> <li><strong><span> You’ve been skipping your workouts</span></strong></li> </ol> <p><span>Exercise is great for your heart, brain, and pretty much every other part of your body – hair included. If you’ve been getting less physical activity as you age, your body isn’t the only part of you that’s missing out. </span></p> <p><span>Anti-ageing hair is dependent on the blood-pumping benefits of a healthy circulatory system. “Get as much circulation as you can get,” says Burns. “Blood flow to the scalp is great.”</span></p> <ol start="13"> <li><strong><span> Your shampoo is too intense</span></strong></li> </ol> <p><span>As your hair gets drier through the years, a clarifying shampoo might be too strong. </span></p> <p><span>“Using a heavier shampoo like detoxifying shampoos might strip natural oils from the hair,” says Saviano. “You feel squeaky clean, which is good, but if you’re not using conditioner, your hair will look dull.”</span></p> <ol start="14"> <li><strong><span> You ignore self-care</span></strong></li> </ol> <p><span>Emotional and physical stress take a toll on your body, and your body might respond by putting the brakes on some of your hair follicles, says Dr Shainhouse. </span></p> <p><span>To keep stress from making age-related hair loss more pronounced, make sure you’re addressing sources of chronic stress in your life. Talk to a mental health provider about coping strategies, or pick up stress-busting activities like meditation and exercise. </span></p> <p><em>Written by <span>Marissa Laliberte</span></em><em>. This article first appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/culture/14-everyday-mistakes-that-are-aging-your-hair" target="_blank">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a rel="noopener" href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe" target="_blank">here’s our best subscription</a>.</em></p> <p><span> </span></p>

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23 years since tragedy struck: Remembering Princess Diana

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>August 31 marks 23 years since the world lost the beloved Princess Diana, who was renowned for her charm, grace, eloquence and kindness.</p> <p>However, what she will always be remembered for is her unwavering love for her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry who last directly spoke out about their wonderful in 2017 on her 20th death anniversary.</p> <p>"She was our mum, she still is our mum you know and of course as a son I would say she is the best mum in the world," Harry confessed.</p> <p>William revealed he believed she'd have been a wonderful grandmother: "She'd love the children to bits, but she be an absolute nightmare!"</p> <p>The 36-year-old was known for more than just her forward fashion, but also her inspiring and ground-breaking humanitarian work.</p> <p>Her legacy continues to shine through her two sons, their wives, Duchess Catherine and Meghan Markle, and also her four beautiful grandchildren: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and little Archie Mountbatten Windsor.</p> <p>While Diana’s time on earth was short – she focussed on giving love and spreading it across the world.</p> <p>"Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back if only they had the chance," she once famously mused.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Princess Diana.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"><span class="like-bar-component"></span> <div class="right-box-container"></div> </div> </div> </div>

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Meet the world’s most prolific royal lookalike

<p>Going by the Instagram handle “Katesreplikates”, 41-year-old Danielle Magness-Wellmann from Minnesota has made it her life’s ambition to mimic as closely as possible the fashion stylings of Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Queen Letizia of Spain, as well as Princesses Mary (Denmark), Victoria (Sweden) and Sofia (Duchess of Värmland, also from the Swedish royal family).</p> <p>After Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton back in 2011, Magness-Wellmann got so caught up in the romance of it all that she found herself tracking the path of their relationship – and more importantly to everything Kate wore.</p> <p>"I started paying attention to Kate Middleton's clothing when they got engaged and fell in love with her style," she told <em>Woman's Day</em>.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCVWX9UHkU3/?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/CCVWX9UHkU3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Love this @ghostfashion Avery dress Kate wore on her Pakistan tour. It's paired with @asos low block heels and the @thezeenwoman chandelier earrings. . . . #replikate #royalcloset #katemiddleton #katescloset #hrhkatemiddleton #wwkd #katemiddletonstyle #replikates #whatkatewore #myroyalcloset #katemiddletoninspired #whatkatewore #duchessofcambridge #duchesskate #ootd #instastyle #instafashion #britishroyals #royaltour #royalty #royalfashion #royalstyle #british #ghostfashion #zeen #asos</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/katesreplikates/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Danielle Magness-Wellmann</a> (@katesreplikates) on Jul 7, 2020 at 1:07am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>"I think Kate serves as an incredible role model of both substance and style. When she wears something that is accessible to the public it is a chance to own a piece of sartorial history. I keep on top of her wardrobe by looking at the royal calendar and Twitter – within minutes, someone online is able to recognise where an outfit is from and point me in the right direction for purchase.”</p> <p> </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/CCOkUZyHkxi/?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/CCOkUZyHkxi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Wore Meghan's @dvf Zarita Lace dress last night to celebrate my birthday. Paired with Kate's @lkbennettlondon Sledge heels . . . #replikate #royalcloset #meghanmarkle #meghanmarklefashion #meghanstyle #meghansmirror #meghanandharry #marklesparkle #meghanmarklestyle #duchessofsussex #instafashion #instastyle #ootd #myroyalwardrobe #britishfashion #royalstyle #royalfashion #royallook #birthday #dvf #lkbennett #birthdayoutfit #mirrormeg #replimeghan</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/katesreplikates/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Danielle Magness-Wellmann</a> (@katesreplikates) on Jul 4, 2020 at 9:54am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>Magness-Wellmann sets aside a good $1,500 every month in her quest for royal replica perfection, and to date she reckons she has spent at least $42,000 on the highly addictive fashion pastime.</p> <p> </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/CD6lV1hnuAK/?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/CD6lV1hnuAK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A fun summer outfit. 🤍🖤🌞 . . . #replikates #royalty #meghanandharry #meghanmarklefashion #meghanmarklestyle #meghanstyle #meghansmirror #duchessmeghan #duchessofsussex #meghanmarkle #marklesparkle #mirrormeg #instastyle #instafashion #katespade #katemiddleton #summeroutfit #lespecs #replimeghan #weloveyoumeghan</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/katesreplikates/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Danielle Magness-Wellmann</a> (@katesreplikates) on Aug 15, 2020 at 8:41am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"It is quite an addictive hobby,” she says. “But I can't always keep on top of Kate's looks due to the different time zones, so this may affect how many purchases I make. I always get more compliments when I'm dressed like a royal – not that people know my outfits are inspired by them."</p> <p> </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/CCa9hMonCG4/?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/CCa9hMonCG4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Lovely dress 💗 Perfect for Summer 🌞 . . . #replikate #royalcloset #katemiddleton #katescloset #hrhkatemiddleton #wwkd #katemiddletonstyle #replikates #whatkatewore #myroyalcloset #duchessofcambridge #katemiddletoninspired #realkate #duchesskate #royalty #britishroyals #british #summerdress #russellandbromley #accessorize #instastyle #instafashion #floraldress</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/katesreplikates/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Danielle Magness-Wellmann</a> (@katesreplikates) on Jul 9, 2020 at 5:26am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>Magness-Wellmann also finds inspiration in the outfits worn by Meghan Markle: "I love [her] style. She is much more laid-back and wears solid colours."</p> <p>Images: Danielle Magness-Wellmann / Instagram</p>

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Final Princess Diana character cast for The Crown

<p>Aussie actress Elizabeth Debicki has received the nod to play Princess Dianna in the upcoming fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown. Debicki – who many people will find far more familiar once she appears in the upcoming Christopher Nolan Netflix show called <em>Tenet</em>, took to Twitter to share the news on Sunday afternoon:</p> <p>"Princess Diana's spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many,” wrote Debicki. “It is my true privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Elizabeth Debicki will play Princess Diana in the final two seasons of The Crown (Seasons 5 and 6). <a href="https://t.co/Z3CjHuJ56B">pic.twitter.com/Z3CjHuJ56B</a></p> — The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheCrownNetflix/status/1295057878768918529?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The Crown has traced the events and personal lives of the British royal family through several time periods, beginning with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's marriage and early careers in the late 1940s and early 1950s.</p> <p>Then there was a significant leap forward in Season 3, which came out in 2019, which covered the 1960s and 1970s. Princess Diana, who was born in 1961, is set to be introduced to the world in the upcoming fourth season and will be played by Emma Corrin.</p> <p>Corrin – like Debicki – is a relative unknown, with minor credits that include playing Esme Winikus in <em>Pennyworth</em>, and a one-episode spot on <em>Grantchester</em>. When it was announced that she had won the coveted Diana role, Corrin said at the time in a statement: "I have been glued to the show and to think I'm now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal. Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To explore her through Peter Morgan's writing is the most exceptional opportunity, and I will strive to do her justice."</p> <p>As one of the few non-English actors on The Crown, Debicki will come under great scrutiny for her performance as possibly the most beloved member of the royal family outside of Queen Elizabeth herself.</p> <p>The Crown also recently added Jonathan Pryce to its cast, and he will play Prince Philip in the final two seasons.</p> <p>Image source: Twitter</p>

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Meghan Markle's tearful final words as a royal revealed

<p>It has been revealed that the Duchess of Sussex had a sorrowful last few words for her Buckingham Palace staff,</p> <p>to newly published Sussex biography <em>Finding Freedom</em>, written by royal authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, Meghan Markle said a heart wrenching goodbye to her royal team, with the duchess admitting things could have gone differently.</p> <p>Scoobie earlier reported that Meghan’s final royal engagement came with many emotions.</p> <p>While she attended a private meeting with Association of Commonwealth Universities scholars, she spoke with them about their work on subjects like health, climate change, renewable energy, and sustainable travel.</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/B9nDemBpDaT/?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/B9nDemBpDaT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal)</a> on Mar 11, 2020 at 3:33pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Afterwards, the royal said goodbye to her staff.</p> <p>Scoobie wrote that they hugged and<span> </span><em>Finding Freedom</em>, he said she told him: "It didn’t have to be this way."</p> <p>In March, Scobie revealed that Meghan cried while saying goodbye to her royal team.</p> <p>He told<span> </span><em>Harper's Bazaar</em> that "tears that the duchess had been bravely holding back [were] free to flow among familiar faces."</p> <p>"The Duchess of Sussex emotionally [bid] much-loved aides farewell, with her flight 'home' to Canada leaving in a matter of hours," Scobie recounted.</p> <p>He also added that Meghan would fly "back to Canada on the last commercial flight of the day, eager to be back in Vancouver Island by the morning before Archie wakes up."</p>

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Lookalike mum and daughter 30 years apart!

<p>A 60-year-old woman is still counting her blessings as she says she is still being compared to her daughter, despite the 30-year age gap.</p> <p>Dawn and Cher, both from Florida, USA, say they share clothes and have been best friends ever since Cher started her younger years.</p> <p>The daughter says they first started becoming doppelgangers when she reached her teen years.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837241/twins-mother-daughter-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b0e78858ae1b4e18b982f8eb9ca37142" /></p> <p>“I was fifteen when people started thinking we looked similar. I used to want my mum to look like a typical mum but as I got older, I started to appreciate what we had,” Cher said. </p> <p>“As my mum looked so young and acted young, we became friends too and she even came to my bachelorette party.”</p> <p>Now the pair are so alike, Cher says her husband, Jared, mixes them up all the time.</p> <p>“One time, me and mum were wearing the same coloured outfit. As we both have long dark hair, we look similar from behind,” Cher said, going on to explain her hubby smacked his mother-in-law on the bum.</p> <p>Dawn said she’s thrilled to look like her daughter, saying it is a “huge compliment”. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837242/twins-mother-daughter-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4ee4f19af51246dd9c84761575095aa1" /></p> <p>Maintaining her complexion has not been an easy feat, but the 60-year-old says she owes it all to a plant-based diet, good skincare, plenty of sleep and lots of water</p> <p>“Age is just a number. Just because we’re getting older, it doesn’t mean we have to act it. Positive thoughts are key,” she said.</p> <p>The duo have 75,000 collective followers on Instagram and they’ve written a book together, called A Bond That Lasts Forever.</p> <p>“The book is a collection of hard-earned wisdoms about how to create the mother-daughter relationship of your dreams,” Dawn said.</p>

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Duchess Catherine shares rare photo from World War II

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge has banded with her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II to mark an incredibly special occasion. </p> <p>The 38-year-old royal and Her 94-year-old Majesty also joined forces with Prince Charles to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the British Red Cross. </p> <p>The Duchess shared a statement and an incredibly personal family photo of her grandmother, Valerie Middleton, who was a Voluntary Aid Detachment during World War II.</p> <p>Kate's grandmother can be seen in the centre of the shot wearing a nurses' uniform as she stands alongside her colleagues.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837165/kate-middleton.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7ca9e7eed8964a959cfd6675e9a42c9e" /></p> <p>The Duchess said: "On this anniversary, I would like to thank and remember the many thousands of staff and volunteers who over the years have contributed tirelessly to the organisation's work, including my great-grandmother, Olive and my grandmother, Valerie who both served as a Voluntary Aid Detachment with the British Red Cross."</p> <p>She continued: "Like you and many others, they are both part of the rich history of the British Red Cross, which is helping to ensure many people get the support they need during a crisis. </p> <p>“In recent months, I have been deeply moved by the work you and your colleagues have continued to do throughout the coronavirus pandemic. You have all been doing an inspiring job supporting vulnerable people. "</p> <p>The Queen also paid her respects to those who have served the organisation over the years by saying: "As patron of the British Red Cross I send my warmest congratulations to the staff and volunteers of the Society on the occasion of its one hundred and fiftieth anniversary.</p> <p>"Whether those involved in the Society are assisting people to return home from hospital safely, offering care and support in the aftermath of a disaster, volunteering in a shop, administering first aid or some of the many other activities the British Red Cross encompasses, their contribution is recognised, valued and greatly appreciated. I send my heartfelt thanks and warmest good wishes to you all."</p>

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Heidi Klum’s cheap secret to feeling “nourished”

<p><span>Model Heidi Klum has shared a beauty secret that she has been implementing into her daily routine for years.</span><br /><br /><span>The star says she has developed an obsession with cheap, store bought coconut oil.</span><br /><br /><span>“I love using just plain, old coconut oil that you get in the supermarket,” she admitted to <em>Who What Wear.</em></span><br /><br /><span>“Especially in Los Angeles right now, everything is so dry and I'm outside a lot.</span><br /><br /><span>“I love to lather up some coconut oil in my hair and on my body too.”</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/B_q80HaJOjz/?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_q80HaJOjz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum)</a> on May 1, 2020 at 8:53pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The former Victoria's Secret supermodel says she finds the glorious gem that can be found in supermarkets for around $8 a jar.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s so inexpensive and it just makes everything feel so yummy and nourished,” the mother of four said</span><br /><br /><span>“In general, I like going more towards the natural things instead of the sorts of products that are full of perfumes and astringents.”</span><br /><br /><span>Klum also advised older women to try out coconut oil as its one habit she has had difficulty shaking after many years.</span><br /><br /><span>“I really love trying all of those things but very rarely do I actually stick with it. I'd rather use coconut oil.”</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/CCrB7xhph1N/?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/CCrB7xhph1N/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum)</a> on Jul 15, 2020 at 11:12am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Heidi also said beauty ”comes down to common sense.”</span><br /><br /><span>The international supermodel feels that the “basics” include eating well and drinking lots of water.</span><br /><br /><span>She added that these basics are the “most important” when developing a routine.</span><br /><br /><span>“A lot of beauty comes down to common sense,” the 47-year-old said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I get bombarded with products from all over the world, and I love trying all of those different things, but for me, the basics are most important.</span><br /><br /><span>“When I eat well and keep hydrated I can see the difference in my face when I look in the mirror.</span><br /><br /><span>“You’ve got to look in the mirror and see if there is something up. That way, you know if you breakout it could be because of the garbage you ate.</span><br /><br /><span>“If you look dry and your skin doesn't snap back, you're not hydrated. If you just look at yourself and listen, you know what to do.”</span></p>

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Princess Diana’s niece is engaged!

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text ">The wedding bells are ringing for Princess Diana’s niece and her fiancé who have announced their engagement after marking over 11 years together.<br /><br />Lady Amelia Spencer and husband-to-be Greg Mallett are ready to say “I do”, and it was commemorated with Mallett writing in an Instagram post: "So this was the best day of my life. 22nd of July 2020, I asked the love of my life to spend the rest of her life with me and she said YES."</div> <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/CDJF0WfpJwb/?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/CDJF0WfpJwb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Greg Mallett (@gregmallett)</a> on Jul 27, 2020 at 3:23am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <div class="body_text "><br />He continued: "Couldn't be happier and I love you with all my heart @ameliaspencer15."<br /><br />The stunning 28-year-old bride-to-be is clearly just as excited and wrote her own comment beneath the series of pictures of the couple.<br /><br />She wrote: "I couldn't love you more. Happiest day of my life!”</div> <div class="body_text "></div> <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/BjFndtFFiVy/?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/BjFndtFFiVy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Greg Mallett (@gregmallett)</a> on May 22, 2018 at 10:16am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <br />The proud father to Amelia, Charles Spencer, who is Princess Diana's brother, shared his own heartfelt sentiments for the couple.<br /><br />Taking to Twitter, he wrote: "So happy for my daughter, Amelia, engaged to her boyfriend of 11 years, Greg - it's wonderful to hear them both so excited about their future."<br /><br />"Sending them both love, and every good wish for their life together. I love that Greg asked my blessing before proposing. Very sweet."</div> <div class="body_text "></div> <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/BUqs92tDu4H/?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/BUqs92tDu4H/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Greg Mallett (@gregmallett)</a> on May 29, 2017 at 12:05am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <br />Amelia follows after her older sister Kitty whose own engagement to Michael Lewis was announced earlier this year.<br /><br />Lewis is a millionaire fashion mogul of the Jewish faith, and it's been highly suggested that Kitty will convert to Judaism ahead of their nuptials.<br /><br />The two sisters share two other siblings, Eliza and Louis (who is very easy on the eyes, might we add)<br /><br /></div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"></div> </div> </div>

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