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Queen gives sweet update during coronavirus isolation

<p>Queen Elizabeth has given royal fans a little bit hope this week after giving a joyful update while she takes a break from her official engagements and duties.</p> <p>Her Majesty was forced to go into self-isolation and cancel several official events in light of the deadly COVID-19 that is currently plaguing the country.</p> <p>The royal has reportedly locked herself away with her husband, Prince Philip, and a small number of skeleton staff at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>Not even family members can visit the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh due to the deadly events, in a bid to protect their weakened immune systems.</p> <p>In a new post shared to social media, a number of photos of the Queen’s carriage horses running free were posted with the caption: “The Queen’s carriage horses are turned out at Hampton Court Palace, where they will remain whilst they are not required for official duties.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The Queen’s carriage horses are turned out at Hampton Court Palace, where they will remain whilst they are not required for official duties.<br /><br />There are two types of carriage horse - Cleveland Bays &amp; Windsor Greys. All the horses are named by The Queen. <br /><br />📷Rui, Tyrone, &amp; St. Ives <a href="https://t.co/7h7xoJQE7k">pic.twitter.com/7h7xoJQE7k</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1243832737292783617?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>However, the beautiful mares are currently residing in Hampton Court Palace in Richmond not near Her Majesty.</p> <p>That is not the only update on the royal accounts we have been given, as just a few weeks ago Buckingham Palace released an official statement where they confirmed the Queen’s temporary change of address.</p> <p>“As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances, a number of changes are being made to The Queen’s diary”, the statement read.</p> <p>“Her Majesty will move to Windsor Castle for the Easter period on Thursday 19th March, one week earlier than planned. It is likely The Queen will stay there beyond the Easter period.</p> <p>“In consultation with the Medical Household and Government, a number of public events with large numbers of people due to have been attended by The Queen, and other Members of the Royal Family, in the coming months will be cancelled or postponed.</p> <p>“The annual Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel on 9th April will not go ahead. Three Garden Parties hosted by The Queen, due to be held at Buckingham Palace in May, will now not take place.”</p>

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Little Prince Louis, George and Charlotte melt hearts in adorable tribute to healthcare workers

<p>Last week, Queen Elizabeth made a commitment to the UK amid the coronavirus outbreak. “You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part,” she wrote in her first official statement about the global pandemic.</p> <p>And it seems Prince George, Princess Charlotte and little Prince Louis’ “part” involves showing their support to NHS staff members with an adorable video.</p> <p>Kensington Palace took to their social media to share an endearing video of the three children clapping in appreciation for all the medical workers fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.</p> <p>George, Charlotte and Louis are participating in the “Clap for our Carers” campaign, a nationwide initiative to show thanks and appreciation for NHS workers during this unprecedented time.</p> <p>“To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you,” reads the caption.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a>: thank you.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClapForOurCarers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ClapForOurCarers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClapForNHS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ClapForNHS</a> <a href="https://t.co/XnaUPJyDoX">pic.twitter.com/XnaUPJyDoX</a></p> — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1243266490364813319?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 26, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The display of gratitude comes only a day after Clarence House announced that Prince Charles had tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently self-isolation at his home in Scotland.</p>

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Man’s genius trick to walk his dog during self-isolation

<p>A man believed to be in quarantine on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has come up with a genius way to walk your dog during these trying times.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram to show off his novel plan, Vakis Demetriou posted a video showing him using a remote-controlled drone to walk his dog Oliver as he watches from his “locked down” balcony.</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/B94agZ6pO-n/?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/B94agZ6pO-n/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">5th day quarantine. Stay Home Safe but don't forget your dog happiness.. 🦠🦠🦠😇😇😇 👇👇👇👇watching on youtube 👇👇👇👇 https://youtu.be/ntKSj0qBYlA #dog #animals #coronavirus #goodvibes #goodidea #cyprus</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/vakis78/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Vakis Demetriou</a> (@vakis78) on Mar 18, 2020 at 9:20am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 20 second video doesn’t show much and it’s unlikely Mr Demetriou is actually recommending other people to use a similar method to walk their dogs.</p> <p>If the dog was any bigger, the idea probably wouldn’t work as it won’t be strong enough to stop them from running off.</p> <p>He ends the video advising people to “stay home to be safe but don’t forget your dog’s happiness”.</p> <p>Cyprus effectively went in to lockdown on Sunday March 15 after President Nicos Anastasiades announced the island was facing a state of emergency.</p>

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What Archie’s future looks like as a royal

<p>As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are getting ready to embark on their new lives away from the British Royal Family, many are curious as to what their son Archie’s role will be as a future royal.</p> <p>However, as Archie is just 10-months-old, it’s going to be some time before he is old enough to attend official events on behalf of the Royal Family.</p> <p>In a statement released on February 19th, a spokesperson for the royal couple confirmed that Harry “remains sixth in the line of succession”, which means that Archie retains his place as seventh, even though he is not formally a British prince.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently in Britain finishing off their final royal engagements before they cease to be senior working royals on the 31st of March, with Archie remaining in Canada.</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/B21FUmYFgHb/?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/B21FUmYFgHb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Arch meets Archie! This morning The Duke and Duchess were honoured to introduce their son Archie, to Archbishop, Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Thandeka. The Archbishop, a globally respected figure in anti-apartheid movement, is one of the world’s great champions of equality, and has spent his life tirelessly battling injustice. Their Royal Highnesses have joined The Archbishop and Thandeka to learn more about the work of The Tutu and Leah Legacy Foundation, and see first-hand how they are focussing on global awareness of the critical issues affecting the world. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ Reuters</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/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Sep 25, 2019 at 2:37am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, royal commentators have said that Archie will be unable to follow in his fathers’ footsteps by attending an English school.</p> <p>Zoe Burell and Angela Mollard spoke to<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1253886/Meghan-Markle-news-Baby-Archie-latest-Prince-Harry-Duchess-of-Sussex-Royal-Family-update" target="_blank"><em>Express</em></a><span> </span>about how different Archie’s childhood will be compared to his English cousins.</p> <p>"Of course though with Archie all the way over in the US and Canada what is his upbringing going to be like now compared to his cousins?" said Burrell.</p> <p>Ms Mollard replied: "It is interesting, isn’t it?</p> <p>"Because if they stay there he isn’t going to go to a British school presumably.</p> <p>"He is not going to go to Eton like his father.</p> <p>"We don’t know what sort of education he is going to have.</p> <p>"He might go to a Montessori style kindergarten.</p> <p>"They may travel all the time, he may be homeschooled.</p> <p>"We don’t know what decisions they are going to make."</p> <p>Mollard continued, saying that she is aware that the couple want a “very private life” for themselves and their son.</p> <p>“We do know that they want a very private life for him, whether they manage to achieve that remains to be seen,” she said.</p> <p>"I feel very sad that he is not immersed in the wider family.</p> <p>"Of any time this is the time to be born into the Royal Family because there are so many kids."</p>

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Bindi Irwin gets fiancé Chandler Powell and brother Robert to help pick bridal bouquet

<p>Bindi Irwin is set to walk down the aisle with American wakeboarder Chandler Powell this year and it’s safe to say planning is already in motion for the wedding.</p> <p>She revealed that her brother, Robert, and her fiancé are helping with the planning by picking the flowers for the bridal bouquet.</p> <p>“Robert and Chandler kindly helped me choose the flowers for my bridal bouquet,” Bindi shared on Instagram.</p> <p>“They’ve been very supportive with all things wedding planning.”</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/B9kJguhBbTc/?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/B9kJguhBbTc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a> on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:27pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The trio were dressed in their signature khaki uniforms as they posed with the colourful flowers.</p> <p>Bindi and Chandler are set to marry later this year at Australia Zoo in front of family and friends.</p> <p>She spoke to <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.newidea.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>New Idea</em></a><span> </span>about what her plans were after the wedding ceremony.</p> <p>“We all keep joking that our first thing as man and wife will be feeding the crocodiles,” she mused.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Hugh Jackman reveals the secret behind his 24-year marriage to Deborra-lee Furness

<p>They’re known to be one of Hollywood’s most enduring couples.</p> <p>And as Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness prepare to celebrate their 24-year anniversary, the X-Men star revealed the secret behind their happy marriage.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>PEOPLE</em><span> </span>on Wednesday, the 51-year-old said that he and his wife “make time for each other” and are “always learning” from one another.</p> <p>He said they consciously “reset” their marriage every once in a while, which results in the couple not growing apart like other people do.</p> <p>“We’re always learning and humans change so you have to, even though we’ve been together 25 years, you gotta reset all the time,” he said.</p> <p>“I’m always reeling in how funny she is and how amazing she is and how smart she is. The longer it goes on the better it gets.”</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/B4Xtk9Rn35-/?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/B4Xtk9Rn35-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">November is Adoption Awareness Month. Say YES to a #homeforeverychild #grow #learn #play #thrive</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/thehughjackman/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Hugh Jackman</a> (@thehughjackman) on Nov 2, 2019 at 9:55am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Last year, the Oscar nominated star spoke about the “simple but powerful choice” he made as a young man that safeguarded his marriage.</p> <p>Quoted in the book<span> </span><em>Father Hood: Inspiration for the New Dad Generation</em>, he said: “Before we had kids, Deb and I made a pretty simple but powerful choice to look each other in the eye at every crossroads in life.</p> <p>“Those crossroads are sometimes big, sometimes they’re small, sometimes you don’t even realise they’re crossroads until you look back.</p> <p>“But at those moments, we said we’d ask each other, ‘Is this good or bad for our marriage?’ Or, now that we’ve got kids, ‘Is this good or bad for our family?’</p> <p>“And as often as possible, we do the thing that is good for our family.”</p>

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How Bindi Irwin will be honouring her father Steve at her wedding

<p>Australia’s sweetheart Bindi Irwin is excitedly planning her wedding with partner Chandler Powell.</p> <p>Mum Terri Irwin couldn’t be prouder and has shared a sweet detail as to how the pair plan on honouring Bindi’s father Steve at the wedding.</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/B9kJguhBbTc/?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/B9kJguhBbTc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a> on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:27pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"We want to acknowledge Steve by all of us lighting this candle for him, but you know, I guess in some ways it's not necessary because Steve will be there anyway," Terri told the<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/lifestyle/uonsunday/life-after-steve-how-the-irwin-family-managed-to-survive-and-thrive/news-story/616e1bac43fc11b057f4028b223a4f58" target="_blank">Courier Mail</a>.</p> <p>"I believe the people we love always are. You know, if you are missing someone, I think it's helpful to know that scientifically you can't actually create or extinguish life, you can only change its form," she said.</p> <p>“So, if you are grieving someone you loved very much, look to science and just remember that when you boil the kettle and steam comes out, it doesn’t mean the water has gone.”</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/B9Aa6LLB-fo/?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/B9Aa6LLB-fo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a> on Feb 25, 2020 at 2:26pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Terri also shared that Bindi’s brother Robert will walk her down the aisle in Steve’s absence.</p> <p>“Bindi has asked Robert to walk her down,” Terri says, “which I think is so right, I know Steve would feel the same way too.”</p> <p>Bindi announced her engagement to American wakeboarder Chandler as he proposed on her 21st birthday.</p> <p>"On my birthday I said ‘yes’ &amp; ‘forever’ to the love of my life," she wrote on Twitter.</p> <p>"Chandler, close to 6 years ago I fell in love with you &amp; every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure &amp; true happiness. Here’s to a lifetime of friendship, purpose &amp; unconditional love."</p>

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Anxious pet owners ask vets to put down their pets over coronavirus fears

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Hysterical and anxious pet owners are preemptively asking vets to put down their pets over fears that their animals will contract the deadly coronavirus.</p> <p>Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic in St Peters, Sydney, has received three calls from owners asking to have their pets euthanised.</p> <p>"They’re scared their dog could catch coronavirus and bring it home and be a risk to their family," Dr Sam Kovac told<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://10daily.com.au/news/a200304hcuyk/vet-refuses-to-euthanise-pets-over-coronavirus-fears-as-misinformation-spreads-20200305" target="_blank">10 daily</a>.</p> <p>"I had one client say to me 'dogs are in lock down in China, should I be putting Cheto into quarantine at home?'," he said.</p> <p>The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged for caution as the virus is unable to spread from dogs to humans.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Coronavirus?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Coronavirus</a> (<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a>) Myth busters via World Health Organization (WHO) <a href="https://t.co/AEmAbgitac">pic.twitter.com/AEmAbgitac</a></p> — UNICEF New Zealand (@UNICEFNZ) <a href="https://twitter.com/UNICEFNZ/status/1234313741988245511?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 2, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Dr Sam Kovac has said he has refused to put the animals down.</p> <p>“If you'd ask the same clients if they'd euthanise their grandma, they'd say no. Why have a pet and treat it differently to how you'd treat another family member?” he explained.</p> <p>"I am worried about people going elsewhere to euthanise pets because there are unscrupulous people out there that would profit from putting animals down."</p> <p>He also said that people shouldn’t stop taking their dogs to dog parks out of fear.</p> <p>“If my dog Clara had been infected with [COVID-19], I would isolate her, I would wear protective equipment while interacting with her and feeding her and isolate her for a few weeks.”</p> <p>"There’s a good chance that if she catches it, she’ll recover."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Behind the scenes of the Queen and Prince Harry’s intense heart-to-heart

<p>The Queen and her grandson Prince Harry had a four-hour heart-to-heart lunch at Windsor Castle over his future within the Royal Family.</p> <p>The Queen extended an olive branch and said that Harry and Meghan will be welcomed back if they ever decide to rejoin the royals.</p> <p>An insider spoke to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11084355/queen-prince-harry-megxit-welcome-back-heart-to-heart/" target="_blank">The Sun</a></em><span> </span>saying “hopefully it cleared the air”.</p> <p>Prince Harry walked over from his Frogmore Cottage home to the castle where they discussed the future.</p> <p>“The Queen had a lot to talk to Harry about and this was the ideal time for them to both say their piece,” the insider explained.</p> <p>“When Harry and Meghan announced they wanted to quit it all happened very quickly and it was very stressful for all concerned.</p> <p>“Sunday was the first time the Queen has had the chance to talk to Harry on his own and really find out what his plans are. It was a much more relaxed environment and they were both able to speak their mind.”</p> <p>The four-hour talk comes after reports that the Queen is “very sad” that she sees so little of her great-grandson Archie.</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/BxNPb_9B0fn/?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/BxNPb_9B0fn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal)</a> on May 8, 2019 at 8:39am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It’s fair to say she is very upset about him and Meghan leaving and she would love to see more of Archie, as would Prince Charles and the rest of the family.</p> <p>“But she accepts at the moment that his mind is made up and he intends to live in North America,” the insider said.</p> <p>It appears that the Queen has remained firm on her stance that the Sussexes are unable to use the word “royal” in their branding.</p> <p>“However, she also wanted to make it clear that the arrangement can only work if they do not exploit their royal status and try to ‘cash in’ — that’s why she wouldn’t let them use the word ‘royal’ for their foundation.</p> <p>“The Queen is protecting the institution and she is also aware of the cost of security.</p> <p>“That is something that still needs to be resolved. But Harry is also a much-loved grandson who she has always doted on.</p> <p>“She made it very clear to him that he and Meghan are always able to come back if they change their minds and she will welcome them with open arms.”</p> <p>The Queen has also made it clear that the Sussexes are subjected to a review after 12 months if things aren’t going the way that the monarch wants them to.</p> <p>“Hopefully the chat cleared the air and the way forward is looking more positive,” the insider explained.</p> <p>“But she wanted to make certain Harry knew there were limits and the whole set-up is subject to a review after 12 months.”</p> <p>Meghan is expected to fly into London in the next 48 hours as the Sussexes complete their final royal jobs for the foreseeable future.</p>

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Why the Queen’s cousin called Prince Charles a “gruesome child”

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>As her first cousin, Princess Alexandra is often seen close to Queen Elizabeth and has been referred to as her best friend.</p> <p>Alexandra often accompanies the Queen to official events, including sitting next to Her Majesty in the royal carriage to Ascot.</p> <p>She was also one of the bridesmaids at the Queen’s wedding to Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey, but Princess Alexandra ruffled feathers by referring to a young Prince Charles as having “gruesome habits”.</p> <p>In 1952, Princess Alexandra wrote a letter to her brother Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, where she was explaining a conversation between herself and four-year-old Prince Charles.</p> <p> "Darling Eddie," she wrote. Princess Alexandra continued to explain that at a family gathering in Balmoral, they were playing a popular game known as "stone" when a guest named Martin "hit me quite accidentally on the mouth, which was extremely painful".</p> <p>The next day, there was a blister after the injury, which required attention from a doctor.</p> <p> "So this morning Dr Middleton came and pierced it! Ho Ho. Charles was fascinated and insisted on watching. Gruesome child don't you think?"</p> <p>The letter, which was dated September 21 1952, also described the ways in which Alexandra had been spending her time with the family, as well as Prince Philip.</p> <p> "We had a long discussion about black stockings. Too stupid. He is so sweet."</p> <p>Princess Alexandra finished off the letter sweetly, wishing her brother to take care of himself.</p> <p> "Well look after yourself. With very, very many hugs &amp; [kisses] from Georgie."</p> <p>According to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.royal.uk/princess-alexandra" target="_blank">Royal Family’s website</a>, Alexandra has  "supported the Queen throughout her reign, through representing Her Majesty in the UK and overseas and attending events of national significance".</p> <p>Alexandra is patron and president of over 100 organisations, including the Mental Health Foundation, St. Christopher’s Hospice and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service.</p> <p>The letter that Princess Alexandra wrote to her brother has been in a private collection for 25 years, but was eventually sold at an auction in 2010. The letter sold for around $800.</p> <p>At the time, Auctioneer Richard Davie said: "It is a rare letter with good references to the Royal Family."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Prince William and Prince Harry mourn loss of family member

<p>Prince William and Prince Harry are mourning the loss of their great-aunt Lady Anne Wake-Walker, the sister of their late maternal grandfather John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer.</p> <p>William and Harry’s uncle Charles Spencer, who is the younger brother of Princess Diana took to Twitter to announce the death of their family member, while sharing a photo of a flag at half-mast at his home and ancestral seat, Althorp House.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The Spencer flag at half-mast at ⁦<a href="https://twitter.com/AlthorpHouse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AlthorpHouse</a>⁩ today, marking the death of my father’s older sister (&amp; only sibling) Anne, aged 99 1/2. An officer in the WRENS in World War 2, she was the mother of 3 sons and 2 daughters. Lady Anne Wake-Walker (née Spencer), 1920-2020. <a href="https://t.co/w09G1v6zsn">pic.twitter.com/w09G1v6zsn</a></p> — Charles Spencer (@cspencer1508) <a href="https://twitter.com/cspencer1508/status/1232311687648169991?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>He wrote: “The Spencer flag at half-mast at @AlthorpHouse today, marking the death of my father’s older sister (&amp; only sibling) Anne, aged 99 ½. An officer in the WRENS in World War 2, she was the mother of 3 sons and 2 daughters. Lady Anne Wake-Walker (nee Spencer), 1920-2020.”</p> <p>He also paid tribute on Instagram by sharing a family photo that showed Anne and her younger brother John – Princess Diana’s father – playing in the garden at Althorp when they were kids.</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/B8_wtV2Hjie/?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/B8_wtV2Hjie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Aunt Anne and my father, playing at @althorphouse in 1925. A wonderful lady, she was an officer in the WRENS in the Second World War, and was a much loved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother - as well as sister and aunt, of course. Aunt Anne died last night, aged 99 1/2. “The end of an era” is the phrase I’ve heard repeatedly today. Indeed it is.</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/cspencer1508/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Charles Spencer</a> (@cspencer1508) on Feb 25, 2020 at 8:17am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Aunt Anne and my father, playing at @althorphouse in 1925,” wrote the Earl.</p> <p>“a wonderful lady, she was an officer in the WRENS in the Second World War, and was a much-loved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother – as well as sister and aunt, of course. Aunt Anne died last night, aged 99 ½.</p> <p>“’The end of an era’ is the phrase I’ve heard repeatedly today. Indeed, it is.”</p>

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Prince William reveals what George and Charlotte got up to during school break

<p>The Cambridge children have the luxury of living in the heart of London and returning to the peaceful countryside, and it seems their parents are doing everything they can to teach their kids about living on the land.</p> <p>Prince William recently revealed he and wife Kate had introduced their children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – to lambing.</p> <p>Lambing is when female sheep give birth to their young.</p> <p>“We’ve been lambing with the children this week,” said Prince William.</p> <p>“Charlotte wasn’t sure at first but George was straight in there. Louis loves the tractors. They love seeing the lambs and feeding the lambs.”</p> <p>During the mid-term break, the Cambridge children visited their country home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk during the mid-term break.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge regularly return to their estate when they have free time or when the children are on school holidays.</p> <p>William spoke about his children’s activities while visiting the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, where he was there to watch Wales take on France in the 6 Nations rugby, over the weekend.</p> <p>Before the match, William met injured players who are supported by the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust, which helps those who have been severely injured whilst playing the sport.</p> <p>One of those people include Rhian Roberts, a primary school teacher who hurt her neck during a tackle.</p> <p>“We were talking about the land where he was and the land where we are, which is a mining area,” said Ms Roberts. “He said they’ve been lambing this week up in Norfolk. They want the children to see the country way of life as well as the city way of life.”</p>

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Greta Thunberg’s mother opens up on teenager’s childhood struggles

<p>Climate change activism helped Greta Thunberg overcome bullying and an eating disorder, the teenager’s mother has revealed in a new book.</p> <p>The Thunberg family detailed the 17-year-old’s early life in <em>Our House is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis</em>, due to be published in March.</p> <p>In an extract published on <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/23/great-thunberg-malena-ernman-our-house-is-on-fire-memoir-extract">The Observer</a></em>, opera singer Malena Ernman explained that her daughter started struggling with selective mutism and eating disorder at the age of 11.</p> <p>“She was slowly disappearing into some kind of darkness and little by little, bit by bit, she seemed to stop functioning,” Ernman wrote.</p> <p>“She stopped playing the piano. She stopped laughing. She stopped talking. And she stopped eating.”</p> <p>Thunberg lost 10kgs in two months. Her parents later found out she was experiencing bullying at school, ranging from being shoved in the playground to being “lured to strange places”. But the school thought it was “Greta’s own fault”, because other students reported that she had “behaved strangely and spoken too softly”, Ernman wrote.</p> <p>Thunberg was later diagnosed with Asperger’s and obsessive-compulsive disorder.</p> <p>She turned a corner after watching a film in class one day about rubbish in the oceans. The whole class was affected, but her classmates soon moved on to other topics, including their teacher’s upcoming trip to New York and other cities with great shopping.</p> <p>“Greta can’t reconcile any of this with any of what she has just seen,” her mother wrote. “She saw what the rest of us did not want to see. It was as if she could see our CO2 emissions with her naked eye.”</p> <p>In the summer of 2018, Thunberg began her first school strike for the climate and started eating again. Her protests started gaining traction around the world.</p> <p>“We get death threats on social media, excrement through the letter box, and social services report that they have received a great number of complaints against us as Greta’s parents,” her mother wrote.</p> <p>“But at the same time they state in the letter that they ‘do NOT intend to take any action’. We think of the capital letters as a little love note from an anonymous official. And it warms us.”</p>

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Duchess Kate gets candid about motherhood in new interview

<p>Duchess Kate has spoken up on her experiences with motherhood in a candid interview.</p> <p>Speaking to Giovanna Fletcher on the <em><a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/happy-mum-happy-baby/id1277078956">Happy Mum, Happy Baby</a> </em>podcast, the Duchess of Cambridge said her struggle with hyperemesis – or severe nausea and vomiting – led her to decide to hypnobirth all three of her children.</p> <p>“I saw the power of it, really – the meditation and the deep breathing and things like that – that they teach you in hypnobirthing when I was really sick and actually I realised that this was something that I could take control of, I suppose, during labour. It was hugely powerful,” the 38-year-old said.</p> <p>She said the chronic morning sickness made her pregnancies difficult – and not just for herself, but also for her husband Prince William.</p> <p>“It was definitely a challenge. Not just for me, but also for your loved ones around you,” she said.</p> <p>“Being pregnant and having a newborn baby and things like that, impacts everybody in the family.</p> <p>“William didn’t feel he could do much to help and it’s hard to see you’re suffering without actually being able to do anything about it.”</p> <p>Kate also said presenting her newborn babies to the press outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London was a “slightly terrifying” experience.</p> <p>“Both William and I were really conscious that this was something that everyone was excited about and you know we’re hugely grateful for the support that the public had shown us, and actually for us to be able to share that joy and appreciation with the public, I felt was really important,” she said.</p> <p>“But equally it was coupled with a newborn baby, and inexperienced parents, and the uncertainty of what that held, so there were all sorts of mixed emotions.”</p> <p>The Duchess also admitted she struggled with “mum guilt” from balancing parenting with her other responsibilities.</p> <p>“All the time… Even this morning, George and Charlotte were like, ‘Mummy, how could you possibly not be dropping us off at school this morning?’ No, it’s a constant challenge.”</p> <p>Podcast host Fletcher said she did not expect the Duchess to be so open in the interview.</p> <p>“I love hearing her very honest answers, how articulate and intelligent she is about early years... and how playful she is as well when she’s talking about her own kids.”</p> <p>Kate’s appearance came after the release of her survey <em><a href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a30613232/kate-middleton-survey-uk-tour-announcement/">5 Big Questions on the Under 5s</a></em>, which sought to gain more information on the British public’s understanding of early child development.</p>

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Royal dominoes: Second regal divorce in less than a week

<p>The Queen’s nephew the Earl of Snowdon, 58, has announced that he and his wife are to divorce. This would be the second royal split in a week, as it comes six days after the Queen’s grandson, Peter Phillips, announced his divorce from his wife Autumn.</p> <p>A spokesman for the Earl, son of the late Princess Margaret, said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10983211/princess-margarets-son-earl-of-snowdon-announces-divorce-queen-royal-split/" target="_blank">The Sun</a></em>:</p> <p>“The Earl and Countess of Snowdon have amicably agreed that their marriage has come to an end and that they shall be divorced.</p> <p>"They ask that the press respect their privacy and that of their family."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7834628/earl-snowdon.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cf5374562fc94bbfb2c774120ee90cc3" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The Earl, David Armstrong-Jones, and his wife Serena are to separate after more than 25 years of marriage.</p> <p>The couple wed in October 1993 and have two children, Viscount Linley, Charles Armstrong-Jones and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones.</p> <p>The 58-year-old became the second Earl of Snowdon following the death of his father, the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones in 2017.</p> <p>David Armstrong-Jones is known as being a furniture marker who has lectured around the world and has reportedly created the interiors of a number of exclusive homes in Central London. He is currently 21st in line to the throne.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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8 things we do that really confuse our dogs

<p>Dog behaviour is extraordinarily flexible – this is why we can keep them in our homes and take them to cafes with us at the weekend.</p> <p>Nevertheless, there are ways in which evolution has not equipped dogs for the challenges of living in our world, and puppies must learn how to cope.</p> <p>These are some of the things we do they struggle to understand.</p> <p><strong>1. We leave them alone</strong></p> <p>As born socialites, dogs make friends easily. Puppies are intensely interested in spending time with other dogs, people, and any species willing to interact with them socially. They usually play, rest, explore and travel with company. Yet we often leave dogs alone: at home, in kennels or the vet clinic.</p> <p>In these situations, naive dogs can’t be sure we’ll ever return to collect them. Only after experience are they likely to expect a reunion, and even then, their experience depends on the context.</p> <p>At home, we may try to enforce dog-free zones. Naturally, many dogs protest. How can they stay with their (human) social group when they’re separated behind impenetrable barriers (doors)? This explains why dogs so often demand to be let inside when their human family is there, and why those with separation-related distress frequently find some solace in being indoors.</p> <p><strong>2. We are visually driven</strong></p> <p>Dogs live in an olfactory world, while ours is chiefly visual. So, while TVs may offer a visual feast for humans, parks and beaches are an olfactory banquet for dogs.</p> <p>An additional challenge is dogs move while investigating the world, whereas we often sit still. They may not relish the inertia we enjoy in front of a noisy, flashing light-box.</p> <p><strong>3. We change our shape and smell</strong></p> <p>Shoes, coats, wallets, briefcases, bags and suitcases: countless smells cling to these items after we take them into shops and workplaces, then back to our dogs. Cleaning products, soaps, deodorants and shampoos also change the scents our dogs are used to.</p> <p>Towels, hats and bags change our shape when we’re using them. And when we’re pulling them on, jumpers and coats alter our visual outline and may catch dogs unaware.</p> <p>Dogs change their coats at least once a year. In contrast, we change our external cladding every day. This means the odours we carry are changing far more than dogs have evolved to expect.</p> <p>In their olfactory world, it must be puzzling for dogs to encounter our constantly changing smells, especially for a species that uses scent to identify familiar individuals and intruders.</p> <p><strong>4. We like to hug</strong></p> <p>How humans use their forelimbs contrasts sharply with how dogs do. We may use them to carry large objects a dog would have to drag, but also to grasp each other and express affection.</p> <p>Dogs grasp each other loosely when play-wrestling, and also when mating and fighting. Being pinned by another dog hinders a quick escape. How are puppies to know what a hug from a human means, when that behaviour from a dog might be threatening?</p> <p><strong>5. We don’t like to be bitten</strong></p> <p>Play-fighting is fun for many puppies and helps them bond with other dogs. But they must monitor the behaviour of other dogs in play-fights and know when they’ve used their tiny, razor-sharp teeth excessively.</p> <p>Humans are much more susceptible to pain from playful puppy jaws than other dogs are, and so we can react negatively to their attempts to play-fight with us.</p> <p>Dogs interact with objects almost entirely with their muzzle. And to feed, they use their jaws, teeth and tongue.</p> <p>Dogs also “mouth” other dogs when playing, expressing affection and communicating everything from “more” to “please don’t” to “Back off!”. So, naturally, they try to use their mouths when communicating with us, and must be puzzled by how often we take offence.</p> <p><strong>6. We don’t eat food from the bin</strong></p> <p>Dogs are opportunists who naturally acquire food anywhere they find it. In contrast, we present them with food in dishes of their own.</p> <p>Puppies must be puzzled by our reaction when we find them snacking from benches and tables, in lunchboxes and kitchen bins. We should not be surprised when dogs unearth food we left somewhere accessible to them.</p> <p><strong>7. We share territories</strong></p> <p>We visit the territories of other dogs, bringing back their odours, and allow unfamiliar human and canine visitors to enter our dogs’ home. Dogs have not evolved to accept such intrusions and threats to their safety and resources.</p> <p>We shouldn’t be surprised when our dogs treat visitors with suspicion, or when our dogs are treated with hostility when we bring them to the homes of others.</p> <p><strong>8. We use our hands a lot</strong></p> <p>Sometimes our hands deliver food, scratches, massages and toys. Other times, they restrain dogs, trim nails, administer ointments or tablets, and groom with brushes and combs that may pull hair.</p> <p>No wonder some dogs grow to fear the human hand as it moves about them. We can make it easier for dogs to accept many types of hand-related activities if we train them to cooperate with rewards.</p> <p>But humans often misread their fear and may even greet it with violence which compounds the problem. Hand-shy dogs can easily become defensive and find their way into pounds and shelters, where life expectancy for nippers and biters is poor.</p> <p>On the whole, dogs show a remarkable ability to adapt to the puzzles we throw at them. Their behavioural flexibility offers us lessons in resilience and how to live simply and socially. Our challenge is to understand the absence of guile and malice in everything they do.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/122616/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. 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Kirk Douglas’ grandson reflects on his passing in emotional interview

<p>Kirk Douglas’ grandson has honoured the late acting legend in an emotional interview.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cameron-douglas-legacy-grandfather-kirk-douglas-hard-imagine-anyone-doing-it-better-1278758">The Hollywood Reporter</a></em>, Cameron Douglas said it was difficult to lose his grandfather, who died on February 5 at the age of 103.</p> <p>“He was always there, always supportive and he believed in me even when maybe I had given up on myself,” said Cameron, who previously struggled with drug addiction.</p> <p>“Losing him is one of those things that, even when you sort of see it coming … it’s still difficult.</p> <p>“I take solace in the pride of being his grandson and having had the opportunity to spend as much time with him as I have. When I look at his life, what he accomplished and the way he carried himself, it's hard for me to imagine anyone doing it any better.”</p> <p>Cameron said he brought his partner Viviane Thibes and daughter Lua Izzy to Los Angeles so that the family could spend more time with Kirk.</p> <p>“I moved about 15 minutes away from them and have been spending a lot of time with him, bringing my daughter [and] Vivian over on weekends,” said the 41-year-old.</p> <p>“Just watching the bond between my daughter and grandfather was extremely special.</p> <p>“He would light up every time she was around. When she was in the same room, all she wanted to do was either be in his lap or be the focus of his attention. I'll remind her of that when she gets older, showing her that connection through photos.”</p> <p>Cameron followed in the footsteps of his father Michael and his grandfather to become an actor after serving nearly eight years in prison for possessing cocaine and <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/cameron-douglas-long-way-home-book-memoir-hollywood-life-prison-a9180571.html">distributing methamphetamine</a>.</p> <p>“He said to me, not that long ago, ‘Cameron, I’m so happy to see that you’re finally functioning’. That’s this kind of credo among the members of our family – to be ‘functioning’ – and I know that made him proud.”</p>

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