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Why Prince Charles' meeting with Donald Trump could be controversial

<p>On a controversial state visit to the UK next month, US President Donald Trump is going to meet with Prince Charles.</p> <p>Trump and the Prince of Wales could turn the meeting into an awkward one due to a diplomatically awkward exchange over climate change.</p> <p>The pair are expected to meet for afternoon tea at Clarence House, which is the official residence of the Prince and his wife Camilla.</p> <p>A state visit usually guarantees an audience with the Queen but visiting leaders don’t automatically get access to the Prince of Wales.</p> <p>With Prince Charles’ office declining to comment publicly on the meeting or the agenda, there’s no official word from the Palace as to what the royal thinks about the upcoming meeting.</p> <p>However, given Charles’ passionate and lifelong stance on environmentalism and Trump’s well-documented climate change scepticism, it’s likely that the issue is going to be discussed.</p> <p>Prince Charles warned against "potentially catastrophic global warming" in a speech during a tour of the Caribbean in March.</p> <p>"We demand the world's decision-makers take responsibility and solve this crisis," he said.</p> <p>The most likely date for the afternoon tea between Trump and Prince Charles is June 3, which is the first day of the US President’s visit.</p> <p>According to tradition, a state banquet is hosted by Queen Elizabeth and will take place on the first evening.</p> <p>However, whether or not Charles even brings up the issue with politics isn’t certain. He recently promised in a <a rel="noopener" href="https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/08/uk/prince-charles-on-becoming-king-bbc-documentary-intl/index.html" target="_blank">BBC documentary</a> to not meddle in matters of public debate.</p> <p>"You know I've tried to make sure whatever I've done has been nonparty political, but I think it's vital to remember there's only room for one sovereign at a time, not two. So, you can't be the same as the sovereign if you're the Prince of Wales or the heir," said Charles.</p> <p>"But the idea somehow that I'm going to go on exactly the same way if I have to succeed is complete nonsense because the two ... the two situations are completely different. You only have to look at Shakespeare plays, 'Henry V' or 'Henry IV, Part 1 and 2,' to see the change that can take place – because if you become the sovereign, then you play the role in the way that it is expected," he said.</p> <p>"So, clearly ... I won't be able to do the same things I've done, you know, as heir, so of course you operate within the ... the constitutional parameters. But it's a different function."</p> <p>This is, of course, once he takes on the role of the monarch. As he’s still a Prince, he’s going to give his opinion as freely as he already has been.</p>

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English rose! Duchess Kate's flawless style – pretty in pink

<p>The royal family hosted the second annual garden party of the season and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in attendance alongside their grandmother, the Queen.</p> <p>Duchess Kate looked absolutely stunning in a classic and regal look for the special occasion, choosing a summer baby pink.</p> <p>The royal member paired a coat-dress from one of her favourite designers, Alexander McQueen, along with a gorgeous matching headpiece by Juliette Botterill.</p> <p>The 37-year-old also adorned a pair of delicate pearl earrings which once belonged to the late Princess Diana.</p> <p>To tie the look altogether, the royal threw on a pair of classic nude suede pumps by Gianvito Rossi and a clutch by Loeffler Randall.</p> <p>The Queen dressed in a powder blue Stuart Parvin coat with a flora silk dress in shades of pink, blue and taupe. On her head, the royal member adorned a gorgeous hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chatted with Jonathan Jenkins and Lindsey Dixon from London’s Air Ambulance while at the event.</p> <p>The annual Buckingham palace garden parties began in the 1860s by Queen Victoria as a way to recognise and reward the hard work of those in public service jobs.</p> <p>While discussing the Chelsea Flower Show, Ms Dixon shared a hearty congratulations while the Duchess replied: “Oh no, it was a real family affair, I couldn’t have done it without William and the children. We were all very involved.”</p> <p>Royal fans have been spoilt the last few days by the Duchess of Cambridge, who has appeared at a number of events in breathtaking looks, thanks to the Chelsea Flower Show.</p> <p>The magnificent event involved a special garden the Duchess co-designed alongside other landscape designers to create a “back to nature” theme and yesterday after months of planning it was finally unveiled.</p> <p>Every year the Queen invited over 30,000 people to attend the parties, and while men are asked to wear morning or lounge suits, women are requested to dress in a “day” dress and usually with a hat or fascinator.</p> <p>Also present at the event was the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the royal family’s gorgeous looks for the royal garden party.</p>

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Jacinda Ardern's heartwarming letter rejecting girl's cheeky $5 "bribe"

<p>New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has returned a $5 “bribe” from an 11-year-old girl who asked her government to conduct research into dragons and psychics.</p> <p>“Turns out my littlest sister (11yo) tried to bribe Jacinda,” the girl’s sibling posted on Reddit alongside a picture of a letter from the PM’s office.</p> <p>In it, Ardern thanked the girl – who is only identified as Victoria – for getting in touch with the government, but rejected her suggestions.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7827115/redditl.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4f644fd6c6f64308a0811a8943324a15" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Source: Reddit (u/<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/newzealand/comments/bmwpmp/received_this_in_the_post_turns_out_my_littlest/">honeybee6992</a>)</em></p> <p>“We were very interested to hear your suggestions about psychics and dragons, but unfortunately we are not currently doing any work in either of these areas!” the letter read. “I am therefore returning your bribe money, and I wish you all the very best in your quest for telekinesis, telepathy, and dragons.”</p> <p>However, the PM promised to “keep an eye out for those dragons”.</p> <p>Victoria’s sibling explained that the young girl “wanted the government to make her telekinetic when they are able”, and was looking to see “what they know about dragons and if they had found any yet, so she could train them”.</p> <p>The girl took inspiration from her favourite film and TV show. </p> <p>“She does love <em>How to Train Your Dragon</em>,” the sibling wrote. “She also loves <em>Stranger Things</em>, that’s where the request for telepathy and telekinesis comes from.”</p> <p>The prime minister office confirmed to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48262955" target="_blank">BBC</a> that the letter – which was dated April 30, 2019 – was genuine.</p> <p>This is not the first time Ardern’s office replied to a letter from a young constituent. In March, a Twitter user posted a letter from Ardern to an eight-year-old girl who had said it was “a good idea to ban dangerous guns” after the Christchurch terror attacks.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Thank you, <a href="https://twitter.com/jacindaardern?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jacindaardern</a>, from the bottom of my heart, and that of my 8-year-old. 💕 <a href="https://t.co/h8rSUWOhIX">pic.twitter.com/h8rSUWOhIX</a></p> — Rachel Prozac (@rachelz) <a href="https://twitter.com/rachelz/status/1111780754294333440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 30, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“I can tell from your letter that you are a kind and compassionate girl, Lucy, and I would just like to encourage you to keep spreading that kindness through your life,” wrote Ardern.</p>

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Prince Louis' first steps caught on camera in stunning new royal photo album

<p>Prince William, Duchess Kate and their young royal family have been captured in a completely new light, after spending a day out in the garden, which resembled somewhat of an enchanted forest.</p> <p>In the private images newly released by the royal family, the two doting parents are seen playing with their three children, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince George, 1, as Duchess Kate unveiled her Back to Nature garden.</p> <p>Royal fans were also able to see Prince Louis walking for the first time on camera.</p> <p>In one picture, 36-year-old future heir Prince William is seen holding onto tiny Louis while he sits on a rope swing, while Charlotte showed the cameras she can swing all by herself.</p> <p>In another photograph, the Duke is pictured helping his eldest son George build a den while sitting on a wooden bridge in the tranquil gardens co-designed by the Duchess at the RHS Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.</p> <p>The sweet images were posted to the Royal Family official Instagram page where the caption explained all three children had helped their mother “gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate” the stunning garden.</p> <p>“Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den.”</p> <p>Duchess Kate told the BBC: “I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children.</p> <p>“I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”</p> <p>See the gorgeous photographs taken of the royal family by scrolling through the gallery above.</p>

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“He’s keeping us on our toes”: Duchess Kate reveals what Prince Louis is really like

<p>As Prince Louis has turned one on April 23, Duchess Kate has revealed that he is a handful to keep up with and hinted that he’s already walking.</p> <p>Duchess Kate spoke about Louis during an outing to Bletchley Park on Tuesday afternoon.</p> <p>She spoke to former Bletchley Park worker Georgina Rose, and then the Duchess admitted he is keeping her and Prince William “on their toes”.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7031393/Kate-reveals-boisterous-Prince-Louis-one-keeping-toes.html" target="_blank">The<span> </span><em>Daily Mail</em></a><em> </em>reported that Rose, who was a teleprinter operator in WWII, offered Duchess Kate her “congratulations” on her “beautiful family”.</p> <p>The Duchess replied: “Thank you so much. Louis is keeping us on our toes. I turned around the other day and he was at the top of the slide – I had no idea!”</p> <p>The duchess also revealed in March that the little prince was “cruising”, which is when a child pulls themselves up and uses furniture to move around.</p> <p>“Louis just wants to pull himself up all the time. He has got these little walkers and is bombing around in them.”</p> <p>Louis has already appeared to be a handful due to the outtakes of Prince Charles’ royal portrait for his 70th birthday.</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/Bwlmzlbh9Z6/" 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/Bwlmzlbh9Z6/" target="_blank">Here’s to Prince Louis, here’s to moments like this 📸 - Happy Birthday!!! 🥳 🎁 #princelouis #happybirthdayprincelouis</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/chrisjacksongetty/" target="_blank"> Chris Jackson</a> (@chrisjacksongetty) on Apr 22, 2019 at 11:14pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As Prince Louis has now reached his first year birthday milestone, it’s clear he’s eager to get up to more mischief and explore.</p>

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Duchess Kate stuns in blue as she honours her grandmother

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge has visited Bletchley Park, which is the home of British codebreaking.</p> <p>Bletchley played a massive role in gathering secret intelligence information during the Second World War.</p> <p>The Duchess’ grandmother and great aunty, Valerie and Mary Glassbrow, both worked at Bletchley during the war and were recently added to Bletchley’s Codebreaker’s Wall of Honour.</p> <p>Duchess Kate, mother of three, visited the estate yesterday and honoured her late grandmother by wearing a golden brooch that used to belong to her.</p> <p>The royal member also met with budding codebreakers while viewing a special D-Day exhibition to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.</p> <p>Joining the young kiddos in a codebreaking workshop, the Duchess was able to watch as boys and girls re-enacted what it would have been like in June 1944 to intercept and decipher German communications.</p> <p>“My Granny and her sister worked here which is really cool,” the mother of three told young codebreakers.</p> <p>“She was sworn to secrecy and she found it very difficult to talk about.”</p> <p>Duchess Kate looked simply stunning in a navy-blue polka dot dress by Alessandra Rich – an outfit she wore once before for the official royal family portraits to celebrate Prince Charles’ 70th birthday in 2018.</p> <p>The outfit, a flowing, figure-hugging frock looked gorgeous on the Duchess and can be bought for AUD$3,259 and some change.</p> <p>The dress features large white buttons and collar, as well as a daring split the royal managed to pull off with grace and elegance.</p> <p><em>Suits</em><span> </span>actress, Abigail Spencer, also wore the same dress last year while attending the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding ceremony.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge went for her staple, glowing makeup look and long curls along with light blue pumps.</p> <p>The 34-year-old royal last visited Bletchley Park in 2014 where she met with veteran codebreakers who worked alongside her grandmother and great aunty.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the Duchess of Cambridge’s stunning polka-dot look.</p>

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Prince Harry admits to “missing” mum Princess Diana after birth of first child

<p>Prince Harry has opened up about the impact the death of his mother Princess Diana had on him following the birth of his son Archie.</p> <p>Speaking to former soldier Dennis van der Stroon, the Prince got candid over the loss of his mother, as he visited The Hague for the one year countdown to the Invictus Games.</p> <p>Speaking to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7010891/Prince-Harry-opens-death-mother-Diana-birth-Archie.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a>, Mr van der Stroon said: “He [Prince Harry] said missing a mother is like missing some kind of security, how you need that as a son, and it falls away when you lose your mother.”</p> <p>The royal also mentioned how his perspective on life has changed after the birth of his son as he donned a jacket that said, “I am daddy”.</p> <p>The former Dutch soldier also said that, “Harry talked about how having a small child was his new focus and new goal and I told him how a couple of months ago, I was struggling with my mental health, but my wife’s pregnancy has given me a goal.</p> <p>“Above all he said he was just amazed by the miracles in the world, and how his child has made a lot of people happy. He also told me he’s really happy that his son is so far very quiet."</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/BxQrQI4gtru/" 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/BxQrQI4gtru/" target="_blank">Love this! Credit to rightful owner. #babysussex #princeharry #princessdiana</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/diary.of.a.duchess/" target="_blank"> 𝒟𝓊𝒸𝒽𝑒𝓈𝓈 𝑜𝒻 𝒮𝓊𝓈𝓈𝑒𝓍</a> (@diary.of.a.duchess) on May 9, 2019 at 4:40pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Mr van der Stroon, who is hoping to represent Netherlands at the Invictus Games in track and field and sitting volleyball, said his moment with the Prince was “amazing and emotional”.</p> <p>“At a certain moment, we just got connected on this level,” said Dennis.</p> <p>“We talked about how my wife, Mireille, is 20 weeks pregnant with our first child, a girl, and he told me how special it was that his son has just been born.</p> <p>“But he also told me not to make too many plans and that there’s no way you can plan for when the baby arrives.</p> <p>“I was involved in a couple of IED strikes and thought nobody was wounded, the whole experience was like living with 24/7 anxiety and stress," the athlete continued,</p> <p>“I told Harry about my mother and we talked about our shared experience of missing a mum,” he said.</p> <p>“He said he meets a lot of people in his work who have lost a mother, father, sister, brother or relatives and when he hears their story, as he heard my story, he said he doesn’t feel so alone."</p>

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What Baby Sussex Archie's star sign means

<p>Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on Monday – and astrologers have wasted no time in analysing what the stars hold for Baby Sussex.</p> <p>Archie was born on May 6 at approximately 5.26 am – which means that he is a Taurean, joining the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. He is a Taurus sun, Gemini moon and Taurus rising.</p> <p>The Taurus personality is characterised by qualities such as solidity, level-headedness and perseverance, as well as a penchant for self-indulgence and practicality.</p> <p>According to astrologer Randon Rosenbohm, this means that Archie will “appreciate the material luxuries” of being royalty. </p> <p>“With his moon in Gemini in the second house, I think this is a very intelligent baby who will spend a lot of money on things,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thecut.com/2019/05/royal-baby-birth-chart-sun-moon-and-rising-sign.html" target="_blank"><em>The Cut</em></a>.</p> <p>AstroTwins astrologer and author Ophira Edut agreed that Taurus is “a sign that's suited for royal child life”. </p> <p>She told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oprahmag.com/life/relationships-love/a27373475/royal-baby-taurus-sign-meaning/" target="_blank">OprahMag.com</a>, “Tauruses like the finer things, traditions and conventions. They can be kind of active as kids and pretty restless, but they do grow into the role well, so it's a good coincidence.”</p> <p>However, a deeper look into Archie’s birth chart shows that the newborn may be a Taurean of his own kind.</p> <p>“The royal baby is a very different kind of Taurus than his relatives,” said OprahMag.com resident astrologer Chani Nicholas.</p> <p>“This is because he has the sun conjunct Uranus, the planet of rebellion, upheaval, change and awakening. It’s a signature of being anti-tradition. His late grandmother, Princess Diana, was also very much her own person, able to carve out a place for herself outside of being in the royal family. This little one may share some of that innovative and rebellious flair.”</p> <p>The baby also seems to be set for greatness. Astrologers Monte Farber and Amy Zerner said Archie will grow up to become “<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/royal-baby-sussex-birth-chart/" target="_blank">one of the greatest intellects and orators</a> ever to be a part of the Royal Family”, thanks to Gemini being his moon sign and in the First House of his chart.</p> <p>Considering Duchess Meghan’s Leo sign, astrologer Lisa Stardust believed that she will feel like “home” to her son. </p> <p>“He will have a materialistic view on self-esteem ingrained in him by his mother, but he’s a royal so it’s not too out of the ordinary,” Stardust told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a27375242/meghan-markle-prince-harry-son-birth-chart-astrology/" target="_blank"><em>Cosmopolitan</em></a>. </p> <p>“His mother will challenge him and be more like a BFF than anything, offering advice throughout his life.”</p>

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"Absolutely thrilled": The Queen "beaming" when asked about her new great-grandchild

<p>Members of the Royal Family are “absolutely thrilled” about the birth of Baby Sussex.</p> <p>Despite Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla being in Germany, that hasn’t stopped him from being thrilled about his new grandson.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2019050772770/prince-charles-royal-baby-joy-germany-visit/?utm_source=(direct)&amp;utm_m" target="_blank"><em>Hello!</em></a> he told Angela Merkel once he landed that:</p> <p>“We couldn't be more delighted at the news and we're looking forward to meeting the baby when we return.”</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/BxLN2UdHwhG/" 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/BxLN2UdHwhG/" target="_blank">The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Berlin today as part of a four-day visit to Germany. Their Royal Highnesses met with Her Excellency Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany, before The Prince of Wales laid a wreath at the Berlin Airlift Memorial. The Memorial honours the Allied forces who flew provisions into Germany during the Berlin blockade imposed by the Soviet Union in 1948. At Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, The Prince and The Duchess heard about its history from The Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, and had an opportunity to meet residents of the city. Tonight Their Royal Highnesses attended ‘The Queen’s Birthday Party’ at the British Ambassador’s Residence. Her Majesty marked her 93rd birthday on 21st April, and there is an event held annually at the Residence to mark the occasion. During a speech, The Prince said: “Today, we are so much more than simply neighbours: we are friends and natural partners, bound together by our common experience, mutual interests and shared values, and deeply invested in each other’s futures.” Follow @clarencehouse for more.</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/theroyalfamily/" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on May 7, 2019 at 1:47pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Queen was also very thrilled with the news, as she was asked how she felt about the royal family's addition while hosting an event at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>"Life is good for Your Majesty?" she was asked.</p> <p>The Queen smiled and replied: "Yes, thank you."</p> <p>"Congratulations. Another great-grandchild!" she was told.</p> <p>The Queen replied happily: "Yes, I know."</p> <p>She was then asked: "How many of them have you got now?" before replying "Eight."</p> <p>Buckingham Palace said on Monday that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were “delighted” at the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby boy.</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/BxK0ptQlcTL/" 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/BxK0ptQlcTL/" target="_blank">🏆⛵️ Thank you to everyone at the Cutty Sark who came out to greet The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they launched The King's Cup, which will raise awareness and funds for eight of The Duke and Duchess's Patronages! Visit the link in our bio or our IGTV channel to find out more.</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/kensingtonroyal/" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on May 7, 2019 at 10:07am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince William sent his congratulations to the new family as well, welcoming his brother Prince Harry into a new society, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://news.sky.com/story/royal-baby-the-queen-leads-congratulations-to-meghan-and-harry-11713917" target="_blank"><em>Sky News</em></a>.</p> <p>"Obviously thrilled, absolutely thrilled, and obviously looking forward to seeing them in the next few days when things have quietened down,” Prince William joked.</p> <p>"I'm very pleased and glad to welcome my own brother into the sleep deprivation society that is parenting."</p> <p>Kate was quick to add her congratulations in as well, saying: "As William said, we're looking forward to meeting him and finding out what his name's going to be, so it's really exciting for both of them and we wish them all the best.</p> <p>"These next few weeks are always a bit daunting the first time round, so we wish them all the best."</p> <p>When Prince William was asked whether he had any words of wisdom for his younger brother, he replied:</p> <p>"Plenty of advice, plenty of advice, but no I wish him all the best and I hope the next few days they can settle down and enjoy having a newborn in their family and the joys that come with that."</p> <p>There’s no word as to what Baby Sussex will be named, but with a photo call expected as early as Wednesday UK time, time will tell. </p>

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Roger Federer breaks silence on the biggest scandal in men’s tennis

<p>Roger Federer believes there are lessons to be learnt from the Justin Gimelstob incident and agrees with the American’s decision to step down from his position at the ATP board.</p> <p>After attacking a long time friend, venture capitalist Randall Kaplan on Halloween last year, Gimelstob pleaded no contest to felony assault, reduced to misdemeanour.</p> <p>The former tennis star and coach of US athlete John Isner was charged and sentenced to three years of probation, 60 days of community service and 52 weeks of anger management classes.</p> <p>The 42-year-old was an influential voice in the industry and was widely believed to be behind the non-renewal of ATP CEO Chris Kermode.</p> <p>And now that Gimelstob is no longer on the board, a number of people want Kermode back to his original position.</p> <p>“I don’t know exactly the process, when the votes are happening, when the new CEO, all this stuff gets decided. But anyway (Kermode) should maybe be put back in the mix,” Federer said at the Madrid Open.</p> <p>“But then again I don’t know if he would want to be after everything that happened.</p> <p>“Sometimes when these things happen, it is like, ‘OK, I had a good run, and it’s OK to go’.”</p> <p>The top players in the game were heavily criticised for their silence on the matter, with only Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka calling for his removal, before Gimelstob stepped down himself.</p> <p>“I think it’s definitely the right move by Justin. He needs to go back and figure things out. There is no doubt about that,” Federer said.</p> <p>“And the tour needs to keep moving forward in these challenging times and important times right now.</p> <p>“I was speaking also to some of the players on the Council to get a feel where they were standing when everything was brewing and I’m happy that the decision was taken by Justin and that now we can move forward and really like learn from what had happened also.”</p>

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Baby Sussex is FINALLY here! Prince Harry gushes the "little thing is absolutely to-die-for"

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Prince Harry is visibly overjoyed at the birth of Baby Sussex, as he announced the birth this morning via Instagram.</p> <p>He announced that Duchess Meghan had given birth at 5:26 am on May 6 to a baby boy, who was more than a week overdue.</p> <p>Prince Harry gushed that the “little thing is absolutely to-die-for”, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6951787/Royal-baby-Meghan-Markle-early-stages-labour-Kensington-Palace-says.html" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Mail</em>.</a></p> <p>Mum and bub are now recovering at Frogmore Cottage, after being joined by proud grandmother Doria Ragland.</p> <p>The royal couple are breaking tradition in a mix of old and new, with a royal announcement from Buckingham Palace and a post on Instagram declaring the news.</p> <p>The Palace said in a statement: <span>“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxH36irhwcO/" 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/BxH36irhwcO/" target="_blank">We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz. The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.</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/" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on May 6, 2019 at 6:37am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince Harry couldn’t contain his excitement, explaining how “incredibly proud” he is of his wife.</p> <p>“Mother and baby are doing incredibly well.</p> <p>“It's been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody.</p> <p>“How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we're both absolutely thrilled and so grateful to all the love and support from everybody out 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/BxIKMKWBUgo/" 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/BxIKMKWBUgo/" target="_blank">This afternoon, His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex shared the news of the arrival of his and the Duchess’ first born child. Their son was born early morning on the 6th of May, 2019 and weighs 7lbs and 3oz. Their Royal Highnesses thank you for your support and kindness during this exceptionally joyful time in their lives as they welcome their baby boy.</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/" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on May 6, 2019 at 9:17am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As for names? The duo are undecided as of yet.</p> <p>“Still thinking about names,” he gushed.</p> <p>“The baby is a little bit overdue, so we've had a little bit of time to think about it.</p> <p>“That's the next bit, but for us I think we will be seeing you guys in probably two days' time as planned as a family to be able to share it with you guys and so everyone can see the baby.”</p> <p>Prince Harry is clearly very excited to be a parent, saying:</p> <p>“As every father and parent will ever say, you know, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to-die-for, so I'm just over the moon.”</p> </div> <div class="body_assets"></div> </div> <div class="details"><span class="detail_tools"><span> </span>3m<span class="who_watched"><span class="people_count_container"><span class="people_count current">2</span></span></span><a class="likebtn"><span class="post_like_button icon icon-dapulse-thumb"></span></a></span></div> </div> </div> </div>

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Prince William booed and jeered at Westminster Abby: “Morally repugnant”

<p>Prince William has been jeered at while attending an event that marks 50 years since the launch of UK’s nuclear submarines.</p> <p>Alongside the new Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt on Friday, protestors shouted “shame on you and “down with war” outside Westminster Abbey.</p> <p>The 36-year-old royal is the Commodore-in-Chief of the Submarine Service and attended the event to recognise the UK commitment to maintaining Operation Relentless – a feat aimed at making sure British submarines continue to be the best in the world.</p> <p>The operation is the longest mission running in the history of the armed forces.</p> <p>Activists from the Campaign for N<span>uclear Disarmament (CND) stood across the road from the Abbey, booing the Duke who attended the event.</span></p> <p>The event was shared by the royal family’s official Instagram account where the caption read: “The Duke of Cambridge attended a Service at @WestminsterAbbeyLondon to recognise fifty years of continuous deterrent at sea, in his capacity as Commodore-in-Chief of the @RoyalNavy Submarine Service.</p> <p>“The service recognised the commitment of the Royal Navy to effective peace-keeping through the deterrent over the past fifty years and to pray for peace throughout the world.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxAVheel6jb/" 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/BxAVheel6jb/" target="_blank">A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on May 3, 2019 at 8:22am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The group were pinned back by security as they shouted various chants.</p> <p>Protesters labelled the celebration of these “weapons of mass destruction” as “morally repugnant.”</p> <p>“This sends out a terrible message to the world about our country. It says that here in Britain we celebrate weapons, in a place of worship, that can kill millions of people,” the CND said.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7826497/anti-nuclear-activist2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5f089d1e08e84bb2ab0384fda46a1bcf" /></p> <p>29-year-old protestor, Omar Ahmed, shouted alongside other protestors from outside the event.</p> <p>“It’s quite disgraceful that those most senior in society don’t realise the damage of what nuclear weapons can do,” he later told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1122701/Royal-news-Prince-wiliam-kate-middleton-westminster-abbey" target="_blank">Express.</a></p> <p>For over 50 years, since 1969, at least one UK ballistic missile submarine has been on patrol beneath the ocean’s surface.</p> <p>The Dean of Westminster, Reverend Dr John Hall, said he had received a number of phone calls and messages the night before the event urging him to cancel it.</p> <p>However, he stressed the service was to honour peace, not violence.</p> <p>“I have been asked repeatedly whether this service was meant to be a celebration of nuclear weapons, or an act of thanksgiving,” he said.</p> <p>“We can’t celebrate weapons of mass destruction, but we do owe a debt of gratitude and sincere thanks to all those countless men and women, some represented here today, who in the past 50 years have maintained a deterrent, and indeed to their families, who have stood by them.</p> <p>“Those countless men and women played their part, a vital part, in maintaining peace.”</p> <p>Prince William gave a reading during the service and attended wearing a dark suit with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal and Diamond Jubilee medal pinned to it.</p>

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She said "yes"! Jacinda Ardern's surprise engagement to partner Clarke Gayford

<p>The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, and her long-time partner became engaged over Easter, her team have confirmed.</p> <p>According to Ardern’s press secretary, the PM and Clarke Gayford made the decision to spend the rest of their lives together over the Easter break.</p> <p>The mother-of-one had been spotted wearing the ring on her middle finger, according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ntnews.com.au/news/world/new-zealand-prime-minister-jacinda-ardern-engaged/news-story/0fcbcf19f0e3600a2514de1671a0d250?nk=9f5aaf7e96e61f3876a76a00ed913a1c-1556858101" target="_blank">NT News</a>.</em></p> <p>The couple have a 10-month-old daughter together.</p> <p>Sitting down with the BBC earlier in the year, Ardern said that she wasn’t sure if she would put her partner through the “pain and torture” of having to kneel down on one knee to pop the question when asked if she would reverse the roles being a feminist.</p> <p>The 38-year-old met her fiancé in 2012 at an awards event.</p> <p>Only two months after Ardern was elected as Prime Minister, she was made to address the constant speculation on whether or not she and Gayford were engaged.</p> <p>“I thought I would upfront address the speculation in the gallery this afternoon over my Facebook Live and the issue of where my ring was placed during that Facebook live,” said Ardern. </p> <p>“I’m happy to confirm that I have eczema on my left hand, which causes me to rotate where I wear my beautiful onyx ring. So, no I am not engaged.</p> <p>“I do, however, suffer from a small skin condition, which is not very romantic. Glad to have cleared that up.”</p> <p>Ardern chose to wear her engagement ring on her middle finger on Monday when visiting a memorial at the Pike River Mine in Greymouth, New Zealand. The decision was made so not to take attention away from those that had been affected by the tragedy, which trapped and killed 29 men after an explosion in 2010.</p>

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Prince Harry just revealed a MAJOR hint about Duchess Meghan’s due date

<p>Prince Harry’s recent announcement has left fans scratching their heads over when the Duchess of Sussex will give birth.</p> <p>As reported by <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8981015/prince-harry-holland-visit-baby-clue/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>, the Duke of Sussex will embark on the overseas trip next Thursday to launch the one year countdown to the Invictus Games.</p> <p>The decision has left royal watchers confused, as the news of Baby Sussex’s arrival should be announced any day now.</p> <p>The announcement comes after mass speculation that the Duchess has already given birth, as earlier in the week, the Queen paid a visit to the couple’s home in Windsor over the Easter weekend.</p> <p>Fans also noted that Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland and her make-up artist both arrived to the UK close to one another in April.</p> <p>Buckingham Palace announced Harry’s royal visit, saying:</p> <p>“The Duke of Sussex will visit the Netherlands on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th May 2019.</p> <p>“While in The Netherlands, The Duke will undertake an official engagement in Amsterdam.</p> <p>“His Royal Highness will then travel to The Hague to officially launch the one year countdown to the Invictus Games The Hague 2020.”</p> <p>Previously, it has been said that the father-to-be will take two weeks' paternity leave after the arrival of his first born.</p> <p>But royal reporters claim that the 37-year-old Duchess is yet to give birth, and that Harry’s trip has been a long time coming.</p> <p>Rebecca English, royal editor for the<em> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/auhome/index.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a> </em>said, “Harry is keen to go, but the baby comes first.</p> <p>“If he has to pull out, or amend his itinerary, he will.”</p>

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Highest seal of approval: The Queen awards Duchess Kate with significant honour

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge has been bestowed with the highest honour as a gift from the Queen.</p> <p>The 37-year-old has been made a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, which is the highest rank equivalent of a Knight, according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/8966354/kate-middleton-dame-grand-cross-of-the-royal-victorian-order-queen/" target="_blank">The Sun</a>.</em></p> <p>The mother-of-three received the special title on her eighth wedding anniversary to Prince William on April 29.</p> <p>Her Majesty gifted the Duchess of Cornwall the same title on the seventh anniversary of her and Prince Charles' wedding.</p> <p>Awards in the Royal Victorian Order are bestowed personally by the Queen as a recognition for their services to the Sovereign.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">The Queen has been pleased to make the following appointment to the Royal Victorian Order. <a href="https://t.co/34sJOY8WYt">https://t.co/34sJOY8WYt</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1122904013534638080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">29 April 2019</a></blockquote> <p>It is said that the Duchess shares a special relationship with her grandmother-in-law, and this award further seals that theory as her work as a member of the royal family has been officially acknowledged.</p> <p>Kate will join the likes of the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Gloucester who have also been given the title.</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/BvMcaxsFldO/" 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/BvMcaxsFldO/" target="_blank">Today The Queen, accompanied by The Duchess of Cambridge, visited King's College London to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus. The Queen and The Duchess viewed a robotics demonstration — including robotic surgery — and a demo showing how sensors made from textiles can measure useful information about the body. They also visited King’s virtual trading floor at the Entrepreneurship Institute, which supports entrepreneurial thinking, skills and experiences among Kings’ students, staff and alumni. 📷PA/Royal Communications</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/kensingtonroyal/" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Mar 19, 2019 at 8:10am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, was appointed the order in 2017 and Prince Harry was officially named Knight Commander of the order in 2015.</p> <p><em>Majesty Magazine</em> reported that the ceremony will take place this week, on Friday May 3, at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>After being bestowed with the honour, Kate will wear a blue sash at her next public appearance while also having the letters GCVO after her name.</p>

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Prince William’s touching reference to Princess Diana

<p>Prince William touched down in New Zealand to honour the victims and survivors of the horrific Christchurch terror attack that saw the death of 50 people.</p> <p>The solo trip by the royal saw a touching and heartfelt reference to his own personal tragedy, the death of his mother Princess Diana in 1997.</p> <p>While discussing loss in a touching speech at the Al Noor Mosque where 42 people were killed, the royal said: “A terrorist attempted to sow division and hatred in a place that stands for togetherness and selflessness.</p> <p>“He thought he could redefine what this space was. I am here to help you show the world that he failed.”</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/BwtsuyRliUZ/" 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/BwtsuyRliUZ/" target="_blank">A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal)</a> on Apr 26, 2019 at 2:39am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Further, the Duke of Cambridge addressed his own grief after losing his mother as well as the pain felt by those affected by the Christchurch tragedy.</p> <p>“I have had reasons myself to reflect on grief and sudden pain and loss in my own life. And in my role, I have often seen up close the sorrow of others in moments of tragedy, as I have today,” he said.</p> <p>“What I have realised is that of course grief can change your outlook. You don’t ever forget the shock, the sadness and the pain.</p> <p>“But I do not believe that grief changes who you are. Grief – if you let it – will reveal who you are.</p> <p>“It can reveal depths that you did not know you had. The startling weight of grief can burst any bubble of complacency in how you live your life and help you to live up to the values you expose. That's exactly what happened here in Christchurch.</p> <p>“An act of violence was designed to change New Zealand, but instead the grief of a nation revealed just how deep your wells of empathy, compassion, warmth and love truly run.”</p> <p>Earlier that day, Prince William met with survivors of the Christchurch terrorist attack – some of whom who were still in hospital.</p> <p>This is not the first time the royal has visited Christchurch, New Zealand.</p> <p>He last visited the humble city in 2011 following the Christchurch earthquake which killed 185 people.</p>

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How to make free mulch

<p>Autumn leaves aren’t just pretty, they’re full of essential minerals for your garden.<br /> <br />The problem is they fall in such numbers that they can overwhelm the compost bin or form an impenetrable layer if left on the ground.<br /> <br />They are best composted separately in a leaf mould heap, where they break down via a special type of slow, cool decomposition driven mostly by fungi, rather than the warm, fast action of bacteria in a standard heap.<br /> <br />Leaf mould produces a wonderful end product that can be dug in to improve any soil, used as mulch or incorporated into potting mix.<br /> <br />And forget the balancing and turning of traditional compost, just pile up the leaves, wet and forget.<br /> <br />For the best leaf mould, use leaves from deciduous trees, leaving out any with fungal or viral infections.<br /> <br />If you don’t have enough in your own garden, collect them from footpaths and nature strips in the neighbourhood. Leaves from evergreen trees break down more slowly, so keep them to a minimum.<br /> <br />In six to 12 months you’ll have a rich mulch to use on pots and garden beds and within a year or two, a nutritious soil conditioner that also makes a brilliant addition to homemade potting mixes.<br /> <br /><strong>TIP:</strong> Large leaves left on the lawn block sunlight, which can weaken turf. Run the mower over the lawn with the catcher off and the shredded leaves will soon disappear into the grass.  </p> <p><strong>Make leaf mould</strong></p> <p>Although you can make leaf mould with just a heaped-up pile of leaves, the process is easier to manage with some sort of container.<br /> <br />In a small garden, use the bin bag method. Collect fallen leaves and save them in a garbage bag, hosing with water to soak the whole lot.<br /> <br />Make a depression in the top of the tied-off bag and punch a few holes to let in rain. Punch more holes at the base to let excess moisture drain out and keep the bag in a shady area.<br /> <br />If you have space, build a leaf bin, which will allow you to pile your leaves as high as possible. They’ll rot down, so don’t worry if your pile is tall to begin with.<br /> <br />Leaf mould can take two years to rot, so have more than one bin if you want to use it fully rotted.<br /> <br /><strong>TIP</strong>: Plane and sycamore leaves can take three years to rot. Shred them finely or run over the pile several times with a lawnmower to speed things up.</p> <p><strong>Feed the garden</strong></p> <p>Depending on how long you leave  it to break down, leaf mould has many uses in the garden.<br /> <br />It is ideal for use around trees, shrubs, perennials, woodland plants and ferns, while annuals and vegetables prefer the higher nitrogen available in normal compost.<br /> <br />Young leaf mould is usable after six to 12 months when the leaves start breaking up and crumble easily. Use this young product to mulch garden beds and around trees and shrubs, dig it into the soil to add organc matter before planting, or use it as topdressing for lawns.<br /> <br />Well-rotted leaf mould 
is a dark brown crumbly material that’s produced after one to two years, with no real sign of the original leaves.<br /> <br />This material can be used the same way as young leaf mould but also as seed-raising mix. Or combine it with equal parts washed sand, loam and garden compost to make potting mix.</p> <p>How to build a leaf compost bin</p> <p>To make leaf mould, build a bin in a sheltered part of the garden where rain can still get to the leaves, like next to a shed, as they decompose faster if kept damp.</p> <p><strong><u>Step 1:</u></strong> Measure out a square or rectangle to fit your space. Position a garden stake at least 1000mm high at each corner and hammer firmly into the ground.</p> <p><strong><u>Step 2:</u></strong> Secure chicken wire to the stakes with galvanised staples to enclose the bin on three sides. The front is left open so you can add the leaves to the bin.<br /><strong><u>Step 3:</u></strong> Pile up leaves to the top, wetting them down with a hose. When the bin is full, add a mesh front with tie wire so you can remove it to access the leaf mould.</p> <p><strong>Which leaves to use</strong></p> <p>These trees have mineral-rich foliage that breaks down slowly to make a rich soil conditioner. Small leaves rot faster, so shred large or thick leaves.</p> <ul> <li>Maple</li> <li>Liquidambar</li> <li>Oak</li> <li>Ash</li> <li>Poplar</li> <li>Elm</li> <li>Beech</li> <li>Birch</li> </ul> <p><em>Written by Jecca Blake. Republished with permission of </em><a href="http://www.handyman.net.au/how-make-free-mulch"><em>Handyman Australia</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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Why this special photo taken outside Notre-Dame hours before the fire has gone viral

<p>A plea to find two people photographed outside the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, France, hours before the fire has gone viral on social media.</p> <p>A picture shows what appears to be a father and a daughter playing outside the famous landmark less than half an hour before the fire that engulfed the 850-year-old church began.</p> <p>American woman Brooke Windsor, who took the photo, shared it on Twitter in a bid to find the duo.</p> <p>“Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this,” wrote Windsor, appealing for assistance from social media users in her search.</p> <p>“I took this photo as we were leaving Notre-Dame about an hour before it caught on fire. I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it. Now I wish I had.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I took this photo as we were leaving <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NotreDame?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NotreDame</a> about an hour before it caught on fire. I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it. Now I wish I had. Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this 🙏🏼 <a href="https://t.co/pEu33ubqCK">pic.twitter.com/pEu33ubqCK</a></p> — Brooke Windsor (@brookeawindsor) <a href="https://twitter.com/brookeawindsor/status/1117940714715930624?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The post has been shared by more than 178,000 people around the world at the time of writing.</p> <p>Windsor said on Twitter that the picture was taken at 5.57 pm local time, approximately half an hour before the fire that destroyed the spire of the cultural icon began.</p> <p>“If it were me, I’d want the memory,” Windsor told BBC. “Hoping he feels the same way.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">This is going to become THAT photo.</p> — Michelle Bhasin (@michellebhasin) <a href="https://twitter.com/michellebhasin/status/1117951419720585216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">This photo is not only a keeper, it’s historic.</p> — Mike Beamish (@sixbeamers) <a href="https://twitter.com/sixbeamers/status/1117964153597992960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The Monday evening fire lasted several hours and destroyed the cathedral’s roof and spire, likely damaging a number of thorns, relics and gargoyles. However, Notre-Dame’s heritage director Laurent Prades said many other relics and structures <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-17/notre-dame-cathedral-staff-took-23-minutes-to-discover-fire/11023332" target="_blank">have been saved</a>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Fires coming out of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Notre_Dame?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Notre_Dame</a> cathedral. <a href="https://t.co/zTxnf75nOS">pic.twitter.com/zTxnf75nOS</a></p> — Firas El Echi (@FirasElEchi10) <a href="https://twitter.com/FirasElEchi10/status/1117840294408593408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“All the 18th-century steles, the pietas, frescoes, chapels and the big organ are fine,” said Prades.</p> <p>French president Emmanuel Macron has pledged to rebuild the church. “Notre Dame is our history, our literature, part of our psyche, the place of all our great events, our epidemics, our wars, our liberations, the epicentre of our lives,” Macron told reporters.</p> <p>“Let’s be proud, because we built this cathedral more than 800 years ago, we’ve built it and, throughout the centuries, let it grow and improved it. So I solemnly say tonight: we will rebuild it together.”</p>

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