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Mum defends child’s unusual name after being mocked by critics

<p>A mum has defended her baby’s name after trolls made fun of the parent’s decision.</p> <p>Jade Jeanes told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/disney-belle-beauty-and-beast-2669541" target="_blank">The Bristol Post</a></em> that herself and her husband Joshua, both 27, wanted something extravagant for their child’s name as they had been waiting for seven years to conceive.</p> <p>After some debate on whether their child should be called Belle after Jade’s favourite Disney heroine in Beauty and the Beast, the couple settled on Disney.</p> <p>Despite making her choice and having nurses in the delivery room recognise that the name is unique, Jade decided to share her baby’s name with a Facebook page created for parents.</p> <p>She was devastated when mums mocked her baby’s name on the page.</p> <p>Jade couldn’t understand the criticism, saying “it’s just a name.”</p> <p>Jade said:</p> <p>“Friends and family love the name, and I do too. It’s no one’s business what we decided to call her.”</p> <p>Jade also said that Disney loves Disney films, as she’s been described as “transfixed” whenever there’s a Disney movie on TV.</p> <p>“It was more of a fun post that I assumed people would be okay with. In the end, people just either hate it or love it.”</p> <p>What do you think of the unique name? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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"When is Prince Harry coming?": Harry's sweet moment with boy who doesn't believe he's a royal

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Prince Harry has made a solo appearance at a London primary school, seemingly confirming that wife Duchess Meghan is now on maternity leave.</p> <p>In his visit to St Vincent's Catholic Primary School on Wednesday, the Duke of Sussex got a taste of fatherhood as he engaged with schoolchildren for a tree-planting project in support of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative with conservation charity Woodland Trust.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/" target="_blank">HELLO!</a></em>,<span> </span>a teaching assistant revealed a precious moment one of the children shared with the Prince.</p> <p>“When is Prince Harry coming?” the child asked the Duke.</p> <p>Harry responded, saying: “I’m the real Harry. I’ve just had my hair cut for the occasion.”</p> <p>The prince also hinted at Duchess Meghan’s maternity leave. When a student asked where the Duchess was, Harry reportedly mimed his wife’s baby bump with his hand and told the children that she was having a baby.</p> <p>The former <em>Suits</em> star is expected to give birth to their first child in late April or early May.</p> <p>The couple’s latest joint appearance was on Tuesday, when they made an<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/prince-harry-and-duchess-meghan-pay-tribute-to-christchurch-shootings-victims" target="_blank">unannounced visit to the New Zealand House</a><span> </span>in London to pay respects for the victims of the Christchurch terror attack. According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/" target="_blank"><em>HELLO!</em></a>, this may have been Meghan’s last public engagement until the baby’s arrival.</p> <p>Click through the gallery above to see pictures from Prince Harry’s solo outing.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Inside Dolly Parton’s marriage with Carl Dean: "He has been the love of my life"

<p>Dolly Parton may be one of the world’s most famous singers, but her longstanding marriage with husband Carl Dean has remained private throughout the years.</p> <p>The couple has been married for more than 50 years, but they are rarely photographed, interviewed or seen in public together. However, Parton quipped that this might be the secret to their lasting relationship.</p> <p>Parton first met Dean in 1964 when she was 18. It was Parton’s first day in Nashville, having just moved there to pursue a career in country music.</p> <p>"My first thought was 'I'm gonna marry that girl'," Dean said about their first meeting on the couple's <a rel="noopener" href="http://wsgcradio.com/50-years-in-the-making-highest-bidder-gets-photos-and-interview-with-dolly-partons-husband/" target="_blank">50th wedding anniversary</a>. "My second thought was, ‘Lord she’s good lookin’’. And that was the day my life began."</p> <p>After two years of courtship, the two decided to tie the knot even though Parton’s record label Monument wanted her to remain unwed.</p> <p>"We'd already sent out invitations and so I thought, 'I ain't waiting!'" Parton told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/country/dolly-parton-marriage-secrets-carl-thomas-dean/" target="_blank">People</a></em>. "We went that same weekend to Ringgold, Georgia in a little church. I had a little white dress and little flowers, and my mom went with me."</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/Br3KTiGgfwt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Br3KTiGgfwt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by O, The Oprah Magazine (@oprahmagazine)</a> on Dec 26, 2018 at 11:14am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Parton was rising to stardom quickly, but Dean decided early on to stay out of the limelight. Parton recalled a red carpet event in 1966, which was the first and last industry engagement that she and her husband attended together.</p> <p>"So, Carl and I got dressed up, he was in a tux, and we drove to the dinner," she recounted. "We got out and walked up the red carpet and went inside and sat through dinner and the awards. After the dinner, Carl turned to me and said, 'Dolly, I want you to have everything you want, and I’m happy for you, but don't you ever ask me to go to another one of them dang things again!'"</p> <p>Parton made her big break a year later after she joined the hit TV series The Porter Wagoner Show. Her duet song with Porter Wagoner, <em>The Last Thing On My Mind</em> became Parton’s first top 10 country hit and started a six-year streak of top 10 singles for the two singers.</p> <p>Parton went on to top music charts and win awards with her solo hits such as <em>Jolene</em>, <em>I Will Always Love You</em> and <em>The Bargain Store</em>. However, while Parton became a regular at highly-publicised events like the Grammy Awards and the Golden Globes, Dean, who ran an asphalt-paving company in Nashville, continued to stay out of the public eye.</p> <p>According to Parton, Dean also does not watch her performances or listen to her music that much.</p> <p>"For years and years, he would never come to the shows because he felt he'd get too nervous if I messed up, so he just never wanted to watch,” she said in an interview with Good Morning Britain.</p> <p>"He's not necessarily one of the biggest fans of my music … He doesn't dislike it, but he doesn't go out of his way to play my records, put it that way."</p> <p>Parton said their independence are some of the secrets to their long-lasting union.</p> <p>"You can't be in each other's face all the time," the 73-year-old told <em><a rel="noopener" href="http://tasteofcountry.com/dolly-parton-new-album-tour-marriage-movie-interview/" target="_blank">Taste of Country</a></em> in 2011. "Actually, I think that has been the best formula for us, the fact that we appreciate each other when we are together. We don't have to be together all the time."</p> <p>In a 2016 interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/country/dolly-parton-photos-dollywood-people-magazine-cover/" target="_blank"><em>People</em></a>, Parton also said Dean is "always surprising" her. "I never know what he’s gonna say or do," she admitted. "Not everyone is lucky enough to be with someone for 50 years, but I have been. He has been the love of my life and the life of my love."</p>

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Why the Queen Mother clashed with Prince Philip

<p>New information has been revealed in a documentary called <em>The Queen Mum: The Reluctant Queen</em> about the Queen Mother and Prince Philip.</p> <p>Apparently, the duo didn’t get along.</p> <p>It all started when Prince Philip, wanting to bring the Palace into the future, requested that telephones replace footmen. Footmen used to take messages from one royal to another in the 1950s.</p> <p>The Queen Mother was a fan of tradition and therefore opposed to Prince Philip’s “progressive” attitude to technology.</p> <p>One insider revealed to <a rel="noopener" href="https://honey.nine.com.au/2019/03/10/14/42/queen-mother-clashed-with-prince-philip" target="_blank">9Honey</a>:</p> <p>"The Queen Mother and Prince Philip never really got on."</p> <p>It didn’t help that Prince Philip wanted to televise the Queen’s coronation. The Queen Mother wasn’t a fan of this and tried to stop it from happening.</p> <p>The 1953 coronation at Westminster Abbey was the first coronation ever to be televised and was watched by 27 million people.</p> <p>The documentary also claims that the Queen Mother wasn’t happy about moving out of Buckingham Palace and described her new home in Clarence House as “small and horrid”.</p> <p>Eventually, she grew to love it and threw endless dinner parties.</p> <p>Biographer Robert Lacey said: <span>"There she was unashamedly harking back to when Britain had an empire – charming, aristocratic, frankly snobbish, no pretence of actually living in the 20th century."</span></p> <p>Former equerry Ashe Windham agreed, saying: "<span>There were wall-to-wall guests. It was exhausting work.</span></p> <p>"But she was a terrific hostess, and she did like her food. She would scrutinise the menu every day and talk to the chef."</p> <p>An equerry is an officer of the British royal household who assists members of the royal family.</p>

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How to put the honeymoon-level excitement back in your marriage

<p>Here's how to put the excitement back into a relationship that is decades long.</p> <p><strong>1. Encourage your partner to pursue a passion</strong></p> <p>Research suggests we're most attracted to our partner when they are in their own element—in other words, when they're feeling confident and in the flow. That may be when he's playing his trumpet or coding a new program, or when she's dancing to flamenco music or painting pictures of historical landscapes.</p> <p>Whatever your individual passions may be, focus on supporting each other to pursue them. "Find where your partner excels and start looking at them fresh through that lens, as if you were strangers, meeting for the first time," suggests sexual health consultant Celeste Holbrook, PhD.</p> <p><strong>2. Show appreciation for your partner at least once a day</strong></p> <p>When you first started dating, remember how much you appreciated the little things your partner did for you and you did for him? Continue to do this in your relationship as it grows over the years. "At the beginning you're giddy with love and gratitude, and you're grateful for your lover and all the little things you do together, the things they say and the places you go together," says Claudia Six, PhD, sexologist, relationship coach, and author of Erotic Integrity: How to Be True to Yourself Sexually.</p> <p>"Reconnect with that gratitude instead of taking your relationship for granted." Start the day by telling each other what you're grateful for, complimenting one another regularly, saying "I love you," and comment on a new dress or a new haircut. If you want to take the romance up a few notches, start leaving love notes in unexpected places—by the coffee machine, in his underwear drawer, by the door so he sees it as he's leaving, or on the garbage can for whoever takes out the trash.</p> <p><strong>3. Plan fun, spontaneous date nights</strong></p> <p>When love is new, date nights are special. But with limited time, kids, the stress of running a household and doing your job, date nights can represent a huge logistical 'should.' "But it really is important to remember how dates used to be, when you'd dress up for them, look your beloved in the eye, be interested in what they say, and allow them to put a twinkle back in your eye," says Dr. Six.</p> <p>"Remember what made you fall in love with him and treat the date as a special time." Go to a concert in the park and bring a picnic basket with wine if that's allowed. Outdoor concerts are often free and can be a great way to have a nice evening together and just enjoy each other's company. Or go out to a nice place for dinner and split an appetiser—order a bottle of wine and make the meal last. "Do this as often as your budget allows, but at least once a month if you can save up for it," recommends Dr. Michael.</p> <p><strong>4. Use the power of touch to your advantage</strong></p> <p>Touching is small way to reconnect and make contact every day. Even just holding hands releases the love hormone oxytocin, which can strengthen empathy and communication between a couple.</p> <p>"Make sure to hold hands, not only when walking down the street, but at home, in the morning when you first wake up, and at the end of the day before going to sleep," says Dr. Six. "You don't have to talk. You can just feel the warmth of your lover's hand in yours and rest in the comfort of it, enjoying the familiarity of your beloved's skin and energy."</p> <p><strong>5. Check in on a regular basis</strong></p> <p>Think of it as a state-of-the-union conversation between the two of you about your relationship. It can be as simple as 15 minutes on the couch where you talk about what made you happy, what moved you. "The mundane tasks of daily living can dull the sparkle in a relationship, but if you make an effort to be genuinely interested in your spouse's state of mind and how they're feeling about things in their life and in the relationship, it'll have you both feeling closer to each other," says Dr. Six.</p> <p>In bed at night or over dinner, ask each other what your favourite part of the day was and why. You might be surprised to learn what is most meaningful to your mate and you may even chuckle at each other's answers as you reminisce about the day's events. This way you're constantly discovering something new about your partner and sharing in their joy, the way you did in the beginning of your relationship.</p> <p>Do you have any other tips? Let us know in the comments.</p> <p><em>Written by Jenn Sinrich. </em><em>This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/relationships/how-put-honeymoon-level-excitement-back-your-marriage">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Why you shouldn't throw away your old mascara wands

<p>They say we should replace our mascara every three months, so if you’re someone who goes by that long-spoken rule, then that’s quite a few mascaras you’re disposing of annually.</p> <p>But thanks to a new adorable initiative, your old mascara wands can be used for a great purpose. Animal charities are requesting for people to send empty tubes of mascaras their way, as the small bristle wands are the perfect tool to clean and comfort injured wildlife.</p> <p>Animals such as birds, rabbits, small rodents and baby fawns all find the comfort of their parents' grooming in these tiny cosmetic items.</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/BTnDXEWF27k/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; 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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/BTITUszFJ44/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BTITUszFJ44/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Appalachian Wildlife Refuge (@appalachianwild)</a> on Apr 20, 2017 at 6:55pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>ARC – an animal rescue centre in Aberdeenshire, Scotland – made an appeal on social media for people to wash their old brushes and post it to them in a Ziploc bag.</p> <p>The bristles are used to remove oil, larvae, fly eggs, mites and mud from small animals.</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/BTWeOgPlqEZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BTWeOgPlqEZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Appalachian Wildlife Refuge (@appalachianwild)</a> on Apr 26, 2017 at 7:00am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>And they definitely didn’t expect the response that they received, as they are now overflowing with mascara wands, saying they have “more wands than Hogwarts”.</p> <p>Due to the overwhelming results, they have temporarily stopped the initiative.</p> <p>People from all over the world have sent their wands, with ARC writing on their Facebook page: “So many people have contacted us from all around the globe – how fantastic to have so much support for wildlife and for re-using items destined for landfill.</p> <p>“We hope we can secure a recycling facility for our used wands, and once we have this set up, we will post details of where they can be sent. The less plastic in our seas/landfill, the better!”</p> <p>Would you send someone your empty cosmetic items if it was for a good cause? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Duchess of Sussex drops MAJOR royal baby hint

<p>The Duchess of Sussex has given an indication that her due date is right around the corner – and royal fans are more excited than ever.</p> <p>While attending a party in honour of her father-in-law, Prince Charles, the royal was pictured in a stunning gold and cream dress, cradling her budding baby bump while speaking with guests.</p> <p>In a video posted to social media, the Duchess was overheard joking and talking about the imminent birth of her first child, during a friendly conversation with Welsh secretary Alun Cairns at Buckingham Palace.</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/BupGCGIFvrU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BupGCGIFvrU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Meghan and Harry at Buckingham Palace today.</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/hrhduchessmeghan/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> HRH The Duchess of Sussex</a> (@hrhduchessmeghan) on Mar 5, 2019 at 1:41pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Duchess Meghan was in attendance with her husband Prince Harry to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Prince Charles being formally given the title Prince of Wales.</p> <p>It is the first time both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have attended a royal event together since the Christmas Day church service in Norfolk.</p> <p>Meghan was overheard telling Secretary Cairns: “I look rather different than the last time you saw me,” after he congratulated her on her pregnancy.</p> <p>The conversation then followed up by Cairns asking: “How are you doing? I’m sure everyone is asking.”</p> <p>“No it’s actually very sweet,” the Duchess responded, gesturing towards her bump.</p> <p>"It's a very sweet, nurturing thing to ask.</p> <p>"We're nearly there."</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/BupcHisFks_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BupcHisFks_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">“We’re nearly there!” Meghan says at the end 💙👶💗 #meghanmarkle #meghanandharry #marklesparkle #babyontheway #duchessofsussex #dukeofsussex #princeharry #couplegoals #couplesgoals #womancrush #classylady #classywoman #boyorgirl #britishroyals #britishroyalfamily #ilovehermakeup #babysussex #impregnant #royalbabynews #royalbaby #thepalace #buckinghampalace #londonengland #londoners</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/hrhmeghanmarklevideos/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> HRH The Duchess of Sussex ♥️</a> (@hrhmeghanmarklevideos) on Mar 5, 2019 at 4:55pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Duchess is expected to give birth late April, putting her at around eight months pregnant.</p> <p>Although members of the royal family have never revealed their official due dates, the arrival of Baby Sussex is looming.</p> <p>Mystery continues to surround exactly when the pregnant royal will give birth, and both she and Prince Harry have been busily preparing for the arrival of their first child.</p> <p>The couple will soon be arriving to Windsor’s Frogmore Cottage, which has been fit with a nursery.</p> <p>It is highly expected the Duchess will follow in the footsteps of her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, and choose the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London to give birth.</p> <p>Duchess Kate had her three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – in the same wing.</p> <p>However, the pregnant Duchess has proven to surprise royal experts and the public with her decision, as speculation says she might choose somewhere closer to the couple’s new home in Windsor to give birth.</p> <p>Both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be relocating from Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace, and a close hospital just 24km from their new household is Frimley Park Hospital, in Surrey.</p> <p>Duchess Meghan wore a gorgeous cream and gold jacquard brocade frock for the reception, along with an Amanda Wakeley white coat.</p> <p>To complete the glowing look, the mother-to-be added nude Paul Andrew heels with a low bun hairstyle.</p> <p>To see the simple and gorgeous look worn by the Duchess, swipe through the gallery above. </p>

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Why Prince William and Kate don’t call Princess Charlotte by her actual name

<p>Affectionate nicknames are the norm within loving families. The British Royal family are no exception and no strangers to nicknames, although they might be a bit different to the ones you’re used to hearing.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children have some pretty cute nicknames for their parents, and it goes both ways!</p> <p><strong>Duchess Kate’s nickname for daughter Princess Charlotte</strong></p> <p>As is the case with royal families, they often opt for more traditional names, hence the choosing of “Charlotte”. However, Duchess Kate revealed to <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.prettymuchme.co.uk/blog/" target="_blank">blogger Laura-Ann</a> in Belfast that she has a much more informal nickname for her daughter: Lottie.</p> <p><strong>Prince George’s nickname for Prince William</strong></p> <p>Prince George reportedly doesn’t call Prince William “Dad”. Duchess Kate spoke to a member of the crowd who later told reporters the following story:</p> <p>“Kate said that William was playing football with the children last night and one of them said, I think it was George, 'Are you playing football tomorrow, Pops?'"</p> <p>Pops! How sweet (or cheeky, depending how you look at it!)</p> <p><strong>Prince George’s nickname for Prince Charles</strong></p> <p>Seems like Prince George has no issues calling his grandfather anything he wants, especially considering he’s next in line to the throne.</p> <p>The<span> </span><em>Daily Mail</em> reported that Prince George affectionately calls his grandfather “<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6348207/Prince-Wales-opens-ROBERT-HARDMAN-intimate-revealing-portrait.html" target="_blank">Grandpa Wales”.</a></p> <p><strong>Duchess Meghan’s nickname for Prince Harry</strong></p> <p>This one is a sweet one as well. After seeing <em>Hamilton</em> at London’s West End, the duo got a photograph with the cast. Wanting to make sure that Prince Harry was in the photo, Duchess Meghan turned to him and asked, “Can you see my love?”</p> <p>The entire cast heard and reacted <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnHMQ8WHOh3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=embed_video_watch_again" target="_blank">accordingly</a>.</p> <p><strong>Prince William’s nickname for The Queen</strong></p> <p>Prince William and Prince Harry can get away with a bit more than the rest of us. After all, she is their grandmother.</p> <p>However, it appears that Prince William took a bit of time to get the hang of the word “granny”. According to<span> </span><em>Daily Mail</em><span> </span>royal correspondent <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3165864/Think-George-little-monkey-WORSE-Wills-pictures-little-terror-prince-taking-naughty-daddy.html" target="_blank">Richard Kay</a>, this resulted in a hilarious incident. Prince William had fallen over and was calling out “Gary! Gary!”</p> <p>"A guest who went to help asked who Gary was, assuming it must be a member of the royal household. ‘I’m Gary,’ explained the Queen, as she scooped him up. ‘He hasn’t learned to say Granny yet.'"</p> <p><strong>Prince George and his nickname for The Queen</strong></p> <p>Like father, like son. Turns out Prince George has a sweet nickname for The Queen as well. In an interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2016041169034/kate-middleton-prince-harry-queen-elizabeth-tribute/" target="_blank"><em>ITV</em></a>, Duchess Kate revealed a sweet detail about the relationship between her son and his great grandmother.</p> <p>"George is only two-and-a-half and he calls her Gan-Gan," Kate said.</p> <p>They’re just as sweet to each other though.</p> <p>"She [The Queen] always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay and that just shows her love for the family,"</p> <p><strong>Prince Harry’s name for Duchess Meghan</strong></p> <p>These two have led a busy life since marrying in May 2017 and and Duchess Meghan’s baby is due sometime this late April, but despite their hectic schedules, they have still found the time to call each other pet names.</p> <p>Although it might not be as sweet as Duchess Meghan’s “my love”, it does the job. Prince Harry prefers “Meg” according to this video from an <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/reports/a20002000/prince-harry-nickname-meghan-markle/" target="_blank">Invictus Games Reception</a>. Short, sharp and sweet.</p> <p><strong>Prince Philip’s nickname for Queen Elizabeth</strong></p> <p>This famous duo have been married for an insane 71 years, so it makes sense that they would have a nickname for each other. According to royal biographer Robert Lacey, he says that Prince Philip calls the Queen “Cabbage”.</p> <p>Lacey told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/is-it-why-charles-talks-to-the-veg-z8k2sglpckn" target="_blank"><em>The Sunday Times</em></a> in 2006, “Yes, I've heard that is how he will sometimes refer to her.”</p> <p><strong>Prince Harry’s nickname for Duchess Kate</strong></p> <p>The trio of Prince Harry, Prince William and Duchess Kate were close for many years, so it’s not surprising that Prince Harry has a nickname for his sister-in-law.</p> <p>After hearing on a podcast that Prince Harry had nicknamed Duchess Kate “Cath”, radio presenter Scott Mills thought he’d give it a go.</p> <p>"I’m not sure, I’m not that familiar with it," Duchess Kate told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a22735611/prince-harry-kate-middleton-nickname/" target="_blank">Scott Mills</a>, adding: "But I will answer to most things."</p> <p><strong>Prince Charles’ nickname for Duchess Meghan</strong></p> <p>Duchess Meghan is currently undergoing family turmoil, so it’s sweet to see that Prince Charles is able to be that father figure for her at this point in time.</p> <p>According to an insider from <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5851817/TALK-TOWN-Prince-Michael-Kent-snuggles-wife-striking-portraits.html" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Mail</em>,</a> Prince Charles has a huge amount of admiration for Duchess Meghan and affectionately calls her "Tungsten". </p> <p>"Prince Charles admires Meghan for her strength and the backbone she gives Harry, who needs a tungsten-type figure in his life as he can be a bit of a softy."</p> <p>Do you have any nicknames for your kids or grandkids? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Is it ever OK to wear white to a wedding?

<p>A woman has caused a bit of a stir online as she posed a question to an online mum’s group.</p> <p>Going against the grain, she wants to wear white to a wedding.</p> <p>The anonymous woman explained in further detail in her post, saying:  </p> <p>“I’ve just purchased this dress for a charity event I have to attend but I am hoping it will double up for an upcoming wedding.”</p> <p>She insists that the “bottom of the dress is like a taupe colour” and that she’s worried people will stare.</p> <p>“I don’t think the bride will mind but I’m more concerned about other guests’ opinions.”</p> <p>Many were quick to point out that you don’t wear white to a wedding.</p> <p>“Absolutely not. It’s lovely, but not for a wedding. Just don’t be that person,” one user pointed out.</p> <p>Another agreed, saying that they liked the dress.</p> <p>“It’s a gorgeous dress but being honest, I’d take issue with someone wearing that colour to my wedding.”</p> <p>One clever user also pointed out the position that the guest had put the bride in.</p> <p>“If you ask the bride, you’re putting her in a very difficult situation, especially if she knows you’ve already bought it.</p> <p>“I think it’s too close to cream/ivory to wear to a wedding and I’d have been annoyed if you wore it to mine.”</p> <p>It’s unclear what the anonymous poster intends to do, as they’ve since not commented on their post.</p> <p>Have you worn white to a wedding? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Prince William and Prince Harry’s step-siblings you never see in the spotlight

<p><span>The royal family members are some of the most recognisable personalities in the world, with the main members of the monarch frequenting major events.</span></p> <p><span>The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate and Prince Harry and Meghan currently hold the most important roles throughout the monarch, but what about the lesser known, extended family members?</span></p> <p><span>They may be close to the royal family, but they remain very much in the background. We’re talking about Prince William and Prince Harry’s step-siblings.</span></p> <p><span>After Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles on April 9, 2005, he also welcomed her children from her previous marriage.</span></p> <p><span>Tom and Laura – Camilla’s two children from her first husband Andrew Parker Bowles – have created a name for themselves in their own right.</span></p> <p><span>Tom Parker Bowles, 45, is a successful food writer and critic, and also stars as a judge on Nine’s</span><em><span> Family Food Fight</span></em><span>.</span></p> <p><span>But despite knowing his way around the kitchen, he has mentioned how he refuses to cook with his mother.</span></p> <p><span>“My mother and I argue in the kitchen. If we were on </span><em><span>Family Food Fight </span></em><span>we’d last five minutes,” he said in 2018.</span></p> <p><span>Tom has two children of his own with his wife Sara Buys – a 12-year-old daughter, Lola, and a nine-year-old son, Freddy.</span></p> <p><span>Prince William and Harry’s remaining step-sister is Laura Lopes, 41, who in 2006, married accountant Harry Lopes.</span></p> <p><span>Despite being linked to the most famous family in the world, Laura chooses to keep a low profile but is known to share a close relationship with her step-brothers.</span></p> <p><span>Both William and Harry, along with Kate, were present at Laura’s wedding.</span></p> <p><span>During Prince William and Kate’s wedding in 2011, Laura’s daughter Eliza was one of the bridesmaids and was photographed with Prince Charles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.</span></p> <p><span>Laura is also a mother to twin boys, Gus and Louis, 10.</span></p> <p><span>Scroll through the gallery above to see Prince William and Harry’s lesser known step-siblings. </span></p>

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Did Duchess Kate just drop a major hint about royal baby no.4?

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge has admitted to “feeling a little broody” after she met a royal fan’s baby during her and Prince William’s short two-day tour in Northern Ireland.</p> <p>The royal, in-between cooing and gushing over a five-month-old baby boy named James, joked her husband “would be a little worried” by a fourth child to the family.</p> <p>“He’s gorgeous. It makes me feel a little broody,” a smiling Duchess Kate told James’ dad, Alan.</p> <p>Cheekily he asked: “Baby number four?”</p> <p>The Duchess found the question funny as she laughingly responded: “I think William would be a little worried.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">🎥 Little James Barr was a huge hit with the Duchess of Cambridge here in Ballymena.<br /><br />Kate Middleton joked that he’s “making her feel broody”! 👶🏼 <a href="https://t.co/LRRVK137zD">pic.twitter.com/LRRVK137zD</a></p> — Damien Edgar (@damien_edgar7) <a href="https://twitter.com/damien_edgar7/status/1101101980691378177?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 28, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>She also complimented a young girl’s coat jacket, saying, “I love your cool coat. Charlotte loves pink.”</p> <p>Hundreds of excited fans milled the streets of the Co Antrim town as Prince William and his wife walked down the street.</p> <p>Braving the cold weather outside the Braid Centre stood the Irish royal supporters waving their hands and flags to get the attention of the smiling couple.</p> <p>It is the first public engagement the couple have had on their two day visit to Northern Ireland, a trip that came quite unexpectedly to learn about a charity which uses film, TV and digital technologies to inspire young people.</p> <p>The royal couple were kept busy for their first day in Northern Ireland – playing football at Belfast’s Windsor Park, competing against each other in a tight canoe race, setting up tents and putting their archery skills to the test before pulling pints that evening at a reception supporting young leaders at the Empire Music Hall in Belfast.</p> <p>The royal sported a Cinderella blue Mulberry coat dress for her final day in Northern Ireland accessorised with a navy Jimmy Choo clutch and Rupert Sanderson pumps to add to the look.</p> <p> </p>

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Inside Jackie Kennedy’s turbulent relationship with sister Lee Radziwill

<p>Lee Radziwill, who passed away on February 16, left incredible legacies as a socialite, interior designer, public relations executive and style icon, but most remember her as the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.</p> <p>Despite her independent achievements, Lee still could not escape comparisons with her older sibling. Following Lee’s death at 85 years old on Friday, the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/16/obituaries/lee-radziwill-dead.html" target="_blank">New York Times</a></em> published an obituary that described her as a woman who "made several attempts for professional recognition, but achieved only pale reflections of the spotlight of her sister".</p> <p>Their relationship has long been scrutinised, but most observers agreed that the two had a turbulent bond.</p> <p>"It was never sort of black and white," J. Randy Taraborrelli, biographer and author of <em>Jackie, Janet &amp; Lee,</em> told<em> <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/politics/jackie-kennedy-relationship-sister-lee-radziwill-photos/?did=342654-20190220&amp;utm_campaign=people-news_newsletter&amp;utm_source=people.com&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=022019&amp;cid=342654&amp;mid=18718959574" target="_blank">People</a></em>. </p> <p>"There were always shades of grey, and when you try to paint that relationship with a wide brushstroke it never works because there were times when they were very close."</p> <p>The 'competition' between the sisters began in childhood, when it became apparent to Lee that her parents were more inclined towards their oldest daughter.</p> <p>In her 2000 book <em>Happy Times</em>, Lee said their father, John Vernou Bouvier III "favoured Jackie … That was very clear to me, but I didn't resent it, because I understood he had reason to … she was not only named after him … but she actually looked almost exactly like him, which was a source of great pride to my father."</p> <p>Their mother, Janet Norton Lee, showed a similar preference. </p> <p>"My mother endlessly told me I was too fat, that I wasn't a patch on my sister," Lee told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/the-real-lee-radziwill/" target="_blank">T: The New York Times Magazine</a> </em>in 2013. </p> <p>"It wasn't much fun growing up with her and her almost irrational social climbing in that huge house of my dull stepfather Hughdie Auchincloss in Washington."</p> <p>In their early adulthood, Lee beat Jackie to the altar when she married publishing scion Michael Temple Canfield at the age of 20. However, within two months of Lee's marriage, Jackie upstaged her by getting engaged to John F Kennedy, then a senator-to-be from an established and wealthy family.</p> <p>Taraborrelli said Kennedy’s election to presidency in 1960 marked a new stage in the sibling rivalry. </p> <p>"Who's going to be more popular? Who's going to be in more magazines? All of that suddenly came to a crashing halt when Jackie became first lady … Lee [said], 'How can I compete with that?' How do you compete with that?"</p> <p>The sisters' cousin John H Davies wrote in the 1969 book <em>The Bouviers</em> that Jackie’s new connection to the White House exacerbated Lee’s identity crisis as her sister. </p> <p>"Although she was abundantly gifted herself … she had often been obscured by the shadow of her sister’s prominence, and now that shadow threatened to eclipse her identity," Davies wrote.</p> <p>Taraborrelli said Lee "had so defined herself as being in competition with Jackie that when finally there was no competition, she didn’t even know who she was. Then that marked a new era for Lee Radziwill. That's when she decided, 'I've got to do something.'"</p> <p>Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Lee made new friends and ventured into new fields on her own, including acting and interior decorating.</p> <p>However, within weeks of President JFK’s death in 1963, Lee was also the one who stayed as a pillar of support for her grieving sister. According to Jackie’s secret service agent Clint Hill, Lee did "everything she could to support her sister" and “remained with us pretty much during that entire time until Mrs Kennedy and the children moved out of the White House".</p> <p>"It's just the most ludicrous talk in the world that we’re rivals," Lee told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a26414276/lee-radziwill-support-jackie-kennedy-jfk-assassination/" target="_blank">People</a></em> in 1976. "We're exceptionally close and always have been. We’re together very often. In fact, endlessly."</p> <p>According to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2016/04/jackie-kennedy-lee-radziwill-sisterhood" target="_blank">Vanity Fair</a></em>,<em> </em>when Jackie fell ill with cancer in 1994, Lee rushed to her side. Lee was also present the day before Jackie passed, when she was still in coma.</p> <p>However, Jackie still left Lee out of her will. She granted her holdings and bequests for her children, family and friends while giving nothing for Lee. Jackie reportedly wrote, "I have made no provision in this, my will, for my sister, Lee B. Radziwill, for whom I have great affection, because I have already done so during my lifetime."</p> <p>Taraborrelli said of the sisters: "They were rivals, but also confidantes. In a way, they could understand each other in a way no one else could."</p>

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The cutest nicknames owners call their pets

<p>The best thing about having a pet, apart from their never-ending love and companionship, is that you can call them anything you want and they’ll usually respond to it based on your tone.</p> <p>Twitter user and pet owner @metroadlib posted a sweet tweet explaining that while her dog’s name is Cooper, she calls him a range of other things. These names include:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">my dog's name is cooper.<br /><br />i call him--<br />boubba<br />boub<br />honeybunny<br />coopypoopy<br />heyloverthisismorethanacrush<br />stinkboy<br />&amp; sweetboy.<br /><br />i use sweetboy the most.<br /><br />i call this mfer "cooper" exactly 7% of the time.</p> — fooler initiative (@metroadlib) <a href="https://twitter.com/metroadlib/status/1088123017681608706?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>This tweet resonated with a range of pet owners, who were quick to share what names they call their pets (apart from their actual names).</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Koda<br /><br />Kodes<br />Kodesters<br />Koda Popeye<br />Koda Pops<br />Popeye my Popeye<br />Lovebug<br />This Little Butthead<br />Football Head <a href="https://t.co/TDiSi05DeU">pic.twitter.com/TDiSi05DeU</a></p> — chesapeake bae // ᜀ ᜋᜒ (@adotsaint) <a href="https://twitter.com/adotsaint/status/1088128527529058304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Turns out this is a common practice amongst pet owners, with one owner lamenting that his wife called one of their dogs by a nickname so much that it’s all he responds to now.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Our puppy was originally named Gary, here is how it has evolved since:<br />Gary<br />Gar Bear<br />Honey Bear<br /><br />He will now only answer to Honey Bear thanks to my wife. (He’s the white one in this photo) <a href="https://t.co/BCxhXGgnsL">pic.twitter.com/BCxhXGgnsL</a></p> — Thomas Newman (@ThomasNewman) <a href="https://twitter.com/ThomasNewman/status/1088126652763308038?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>This practice isn’t limited to dogs either, as cat owners joined in with their nicknames.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">This is Plum. also known as Plumbelina, Plumpert, Plumbarton Oaks, Plumples, Lil’ Baby, BunBun, and Plom. <a href="https://t.co/AekT7ptKRd">pic.twitter.com/AekT7ptKRd</a></p> — tekla 💜✨ (@alketrolyat) <a href="https://twitter.com/alketrolyat/status/1088125529151148034?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Do you have any nicknames you call your pets? Let us know in the comments!</p>

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Planning a trip with the grandkids? Here’s how to make it fun!

<p>In order to make sure that your trip with your grandkids will be fun for everyone, it's important to keep a few things in mind before heading off.</p> <p><strong>Get their input</strong></p> <p class="p3">Rather than just planning everything out for the kids, why not get them to help make a decision about the itinerary. By getting them involved in the decision making process it will make them feel more of an equal player on the trip. </p> <p class="p3">Ian Jackson, Boomers Travel Insurance Managing Director, says it's increasingly common for New Zealanders to take their grandchildren on overseas holidays, exposing them to difficulties not ordinarily encountered at home.</p> <p class="p3">“Different countries have different policies on allowing children to enter and leave without their parents,” Jackson advises. “Children travelling with a guardian can leave and return to New Zealand with only their passports, but other countries have strict rules that require documents beyond the regular passport and visa.”</p> <p class="p3">Jackson also says it is important to check requirements with the embassy, high commission or consulate of each destination country.</p> <p class="p3">Some countries required evidence that a child had parental permission to travel, or might request other documents to identify the parents such as birth certificates, adoption papers or custody orders.</p> <p><strong>Save on insurance</strong></p> <p>Selecting a travel insurance is important to ensure that you are covered when things don’t go to plan. Be sure to choose a plan that offer cover for children when travelling with their parents or grandparents. This is often at no extra cost, as long as they are up to the age of 25 years, not in full-time employment, and are travelling with the policy holder.</p> <p><strong>Plan out the trip</strong></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">Travelling with young grandchildren, whether domestically or internationally, requires some extra planning.<span> </span></span>It is advisable to have a letter from the parents giving permission for to be travelling together, with their contact details, who is going on the holiday, how you are connected and all of the holiday details.</p> <p class="p2">Carry copies of the parents’ passports and the child’s birth certificates. Make sure you also have copies of any relevant papers when it comes to custody of the child.</p> <p class="p6">Make sure your grandchildren have proper identification, including local and home contact information on them at all times during the trip. It’s also a good idea to have a recent photo of them in case they do get lost.</p> <p class="p6">By also emailing yourself important information and current photos to an email account you will be able to access anywhere, and you can ensure you will always have the information you need close at hand no matter what.</p> <p class="p3">If your grandchild will be taking any medication during the trip, make sure you are completely clear on the medications and the dosages. Also, ensure you have a notarised authorisation form from your grandchild's parents in case he or she needs medical attention during the holiday. </p> <p class="p3"><strong>Top ideas to ensure it is a great trip for everyone</strong></p> <ol> <li>Talk to the parents who will know if their child is ready to be away from home without them, and what they enjoy. Learn their sleeping and eating schedules, and try to stick to them as best as you can even with time zone differences. </li> <li>Take the child out for the day before the big trip – perhaps to the zoo or to the beach – as a test run if you don’t usually spend much time alone with them. It will also give you a chance to test your endurance against that of your grandchild.</li> <li>Discuss the planned holiday with the children to get their input and to get them excited about it. </li> <li>Keep in mind that the memories from time spent together are going to be more important, long term, than where you go.</li> <li>Remember that you are going to have to put their interests first and plan accordingly. And be prepared to change plans midway if things aren’t working out. </li> <li>Don’t be too ambitious – particularly with activities that are regulated like a stage show or a museum.</li> <li>Be prepared to give everyone a little space rather than being in each other’s pockets 24/7.</li> <li>Pack on the light side but if your grandchild has a particular favourite toy having that along may help sleeping in strange rooms and cities. Taking along familiar (packaged) snacks is also a good idea at least for the journey from Australia.</li> <li>Give the kids some of their own spending money. It’s even more exciting for them to work out what souvenirs to buy when it’s a foreign currency.</li> </ol> <p>Have you taken a trip with your grandkids? Did you all have fun? Let us know in the comments!</p> <p><em>Written by David McGonigal. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/planning-a-trip-with-the-grandkids-here%E2%80%99s-how-to-make-it-fun!.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Prince Harry’s lookalike cousin named one of the world’s most eligible bachelors

<p>Prince Harry’s first cousin has just been named one of the world’s most eligible bachelors – and he looks a lot like the Duke of Sussex.</p> <p>Louis Spencer, who carries the title Viscount Althorp, has been included in the list by <em>Tatler</em> magazine – along with a number of other unmarried men from royal families across Europe – as one of the world’s most suitable bachelors.</p> <p>The list also includes Denmark’s Prince Nikolai, Prince Mateen from Brunei and Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece.</p> <p>Viscount Althorp is 24 years old and the fourth child and eldest son of Princess Diana's brother Charles Spencer.</p> <p>Charles' first wife, Victoria Lockwood, is the mother of the aristocrat.</p> <p>He is Princess Diana’s first nephew and is the first cousin to Prince William and Prince Harry.</p> <p>The Viscount has kept a relatively low profile over the years but was seen attending the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle in May last year.</p> <p>Clearly, good looks run in the family as the older sister of the young aristocrat, Kitty Spencer, is a model for Dolce &amp; Gabbana and Bulgari. </p> <p>Louis' aunt, the Princess of Wales, was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world – and was a main source of news for tabloids before and after her death in 1997.</p> <p>The aristocrat will one day inherit his father’s estate and title – due to British primogeniture law his older sisters, Kitty, Eliza and Amelia will miss out.</p> <p>He will also inherit the famous Althorp estate where Diana lived from seven years old until she was married to Prince Charles.</p> <p>It is also the location where Princess Diana is buried.</p> <p>Swipe through the gallery above to see Prince Harry’s charming cousin.</p> <p>Do you think Prince Harry and Louis Spencer look alike? Let us know in the comments below.  </p>

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Prince Charles' caring move to protect Prince Harry from heartbreak

<p>A young Prince Harry had asked his father if he could collect his mother Diana’s body in the wake of her tragic death, but Prince Charles said no, it has been revealed in a documentary.</p> <p>At just 12 years old, the young prince’s life had taken an unexpected turn – his beloved mother and much-admired Princess had died in a devastating car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.</p> <p>At the time, the Duke of Sussex had requested to go with his father to retrieve his mother’s body from Paris.</p> <p><img style="width: 374px; height: 210px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7823220/gettyimages-76309556.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/28eac53d7a8c4a95bddf85d6b4a6feb4" /></p> <p>Princess Diana suffered fatal injuries in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris, after a horrific car crash. Her companion Dodi Fayed and driver and security guard Henri Paul also died in the crash.</p> <p>At the time of the accident, the Queen was holidaying in Balmoral with Prince Charles and his young sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.</p> <p>According to the <em>Mirror</em>, the young 12-year-old asked his father if he could travel with his father to Paris to collect Diana’s body.</p> <p>In an effort to prevent further heartbreak and calamity for the young prince, now aged 34, Prince Charles refused his son’s request, with the father of two and ex-husband to Diana travelled alone to Paris to retrieve her body.</p> <p><img style="width: 190px; height: 238px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7823221/gettyimages-1041872276.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ecdfdfdcc17d49afa61c6fd1bd6decec" /></p> <p>Richard Kay, a friend of the late Princess and a journalist told <em>7 Days That Shook The Windsors – </em>a documentary that aired on London-based Channel 5 – that the young princes were the main priority for the Royals.</p> <p>Kay said: “The Queen and Prince Charles’ view was that the boys were their main priority ... Charles took the decision that he was going to Paris to bring back Diana’s body.</p> <p>“This was a surprising and brave move. He was an ex-husband, he had no right to be there other than as the father of her sons.”</p> <p>Years later, Prince Harry admitted he “shut down all his emotions” after he lost his mother, for two long decades.</p> <p>“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had quite a serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well," Harry confided. </p> <p><img style="width: 363px; height: 204px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7823222/gettyimages-1041872328.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8257fd57f2154109a80f562d7e03d4e6" /></p> <p>The prince revealed he chose not to think of his mother or her death, and avoided the topic altogether as a way of dealing with his mother’s death.</p> <p>“[I thought] it’s only going to make you sad, it’s not going to bring her back.</p> <p>“So from an emotional side, I was like, ‘Right, don’t ever let your emotions be a part of anything'.”</p>

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The "peculiar" incident in Prince Philip’s childhood that shaped his entire life

<p>Prince Philip’s childhood was what one would describe as rocky, and when the royal was only a toddler, an incident occurred that would shape his entire life from that moment onwards.</p> <p>Being a part of the Greek royal family at the time, Philip and his family had to flee the country during the war against Turkey.</p> <p>Due to this, his uncle King Constantine I abdicated the throne, forcing Prince Philip’s father, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, to be exiled from the country.</p> <p>In what one could only describe as manic, the Prince’s father and mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, smuggled their daughters and baby boy out of the country.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7823192/philip2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/184a59c6236148289114a3c90294956d" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Prince Philip's parents Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg</em></p> <p>“He was only 18 months old, and I think he was, the story goes, he was smuggled out of the country in an orange crate,” said <a rel="noopener" href="https://honey.nine.com.au/2019/01/31/20/25/the-windsors-prince-philip-peculiar-childhood-incident-greece" target="_blank"><em>9Honey’s</em></a> royal columnist, Victoria Arbiter, in <em>The Windsors </em>podcast.</p> <p>“So, it was quite an auspicious beginning to his life,” she said.</p> <p>Growing up in the Parisian town of Saint-Cloud, the blonde hair, blue-eyed boy stayed with his immediate family for a few years before moving.</p> <p>At the age of seven, Prince Philip travelled to London to live with his maternal grandmother, Victoria Mountbatten, in 1928. At the time, she was residing at Kensington Palace – the home of his grandchildren years later.</p> <p>During this time, the Prince formed a close relationship with his uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, the man he credits for his marriage to the then Princess Elizabeth.</p> <p>“He was raised by the Mountbatten family and passed from pillar-to-post a little bit, he had a bit of a rackety childhood,” said Juliet Rieden, author of <em>The Royals in Australia</em>.</p> <p>“Philip really grew up in and out of boarding schools,” said Victoria, going on to say, “He didn’t have a warm family life – his father was largely estranged, it was his uncle Louis Mountbatten who raised him.</p> <p>“It was a difficult childhood and I think that’s really where Philip became a survivor.</p> <p>“It was quite a tragic childhood for someone in his position,” Ms Rieden told the podcast.</p> <p>“You would think, ‘Oh, he’s born a Royal, he must have had an easy life, it must have been a great early start.’ But it really wasn’t, it was a very difficult life.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7823193/phillip1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ba33af8af8fb41df89fb30c61e233171" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Prince Philip at Gordonstoun School in Scotland</em></p> <p>Philip went on to study at Gordonstoun School in Scotland, an all-boys boarding school which proved to be tough but surprisingly, the Prince enjoyed it.</p> <p>“Philip embraced everything Gordonstoun had to offer. He killed it in sports, he killed it in academics, he was so well respected there, it spoke to his philosophy and embraced every element of it,” said Victoria.</p> <p>“I think that’s where he really came in to his own.”</p>

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The important role the Queen Mother played in Prince Charles’ life

<p>Prince Charles revealed the close bond he shared with his grandmother, Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in 2002 during an emotional eulogy.</p> <p>“She was, quite simply, the most magical grandmother you could possibly have,” he said at the time.</p> <p>The message was televised throughout the UK, and showed a teary Charles grieving the loss of his beloved “Granny”.</p> <p>“For me, she meant everything, and I had dreaded this moment. Somehow, I never thought it would come. She seemed gloriously unstoppable.”</p> <p><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://honey.nine.com.au/2019/01/30/11/46/prince-charles-queen-mother-relationship" target="_blank">9Honey’s</a><span> </span>The Windsors</em><span> </span>podcast delves deep into Charles’ relationship with his grandmother, which began early on in his life.</p> <p>Their bond grew stronger after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, ascended the throne.</p> <p>“[The Queen Mother] was more of a mother to him whilst his mother was obviously busy with the duties of being a Queen,” says Juliet Rieden, author of<span> </span><em>The Royals in Australia</em>.</p> <p>“I think she was a touchstone to him.”</p> <p>Elizabeth was seen offering words of encouragement to her grandson, who would one day take his mother’s place on the throne.</p> <p>“My darling Charles … Everyone loves you and is proud of you and I absolutely know you will be able to do wonderful things for this country,” she wrote at the time, when Prince Charles was 20 years old.</p> <p>“Not only leadership but by being your own kind-hearted, loving and intelligent and funny self.”</p> <p>She would consistently write the Prince letters during his time in Australia, where he attended school for two terms. </p>

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