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The Palace announces Duchess Kate's surprise new project

<p>For the past three months, Duchess Kate has been working on a special project – and the Palace finally revealed it on Tuesday. The Duchess of Cambridge is creating a garden for the annual Chelsea Flower Show in May.</p> <p>The announcement came as the Duchess made her first official engagement of the year at King Henry’s Walk Garden in London.</p> <p>Titled “RHS Back to Nature Garden”, the Duchess’s garden has been designed in collaboration with award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects.</p> <p>“[The Duchess] is very hands on, model making, emailing images, coming up with all the ideas that we want to capture,” said Davies. “She would often bring a folder of cuttings with her full of ideas.”</p> <p>Davies also revealed that Duchess Kate “has a clear idea of the colour palette she wants” and an interest in using natural materials.</p> <p>The woodland-themed garden is hoped to “recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children, in addition to kindling excitement and a passion for nature in future generations,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said.</p> <p>Sue Biggs, director general of the show’s organiser Royal Horticultural Society said the Duchess’s contribution will help encourage individuals of all walks of life to embrace nature.</p> <p>“For over 200 years the RHS has been championing the power of gardening and growing plants for the environment, for health and wellbeing and to help people of all ages, from all backgrounds, to learn and grow,” said Biggs.</p> <p>“So, to have the Duchess advocating this with us, and to be continuing our partnership with NHS England will, we're sure, further highlight the powerful benefit that access to gardens, nature and growing plants can have for all our health and happiness.”</p> <p>The Duchess is also set to continue working with Davies and White on two further gardens for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July and the RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey in the fall.</p>

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Australian Open’s official water bottles spark outrage

<p>The Australian Open’s official choice of bottled water has baffled the public for the second year in a row.</p> <p>As fans came out to watch the first day of the Melbourne tennis tournament on Monday, they found something strange about the bottled water made available by the Open organisers.</p> <p>“Turns out the ‘official water of the Australian Open’ is Chinese,” reporter Rachel Baxendale posted on Twitter. “In what universe do we need to import bottled water?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Just bought a bottle of water at the tennis. Turns out the "official water of the <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AustralianOpen</a>" is Chinese. In what universe do we need to import bottled water? <a href="https://t.co/HGYDqoawRr">pic.twitter.com/HGYDqoawRr</a></p> — Rachel Baxendale (@rachelbaxendale) <a href="https://twitter.com/rachelbaxendale/status/1084746524259577856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The water came from the Shenzhen-based brand Ganten, which has also sponsored the International Volleyball Federation and soccer team Juventus.</p> <p>Senator Derryn Hinch chimed in on the Twitter post, suggesting the lucrative nature of the sponsorship.</p> <p>“In a universe where the deal was worth millions of dollars a year to Tennis Australia,” Hinch said.</p> <p>Many Aussies were disappointed that the organisers did not tap an Australian brand, while others questioned the need to provide bottled water at all, given the availability of clean water fountains.</p> <p>This is the Open’s second year with Ganten, after partnering with US brand Titan Fitness Water in 2016 and Aussie-made Frantelle in 2017.</p> <p>In response to the same controversy last year, Tennis Australia said the Open had “a long history of partnering with international brands” given its “global” nature.</p> <p>“Australian Open … attracted fans from 72 countries and was broadcast on 65 channels to more than 220 territories and 900 million households,” said the governing body.</p> <p>“It is a truly global event … The Australian Open continues to expand its global reach and partnerships, which helps to grow the sport at all levels in Australia.”</p> <p>Tennis Australia has not commented on the continued partnership this year.</p>

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The moment that broke Andy Murray: "I've never had that"

<p><span>Andy Murray was sent to tears at the Australian Open on Monday night as the Melbourne Arena crowd gave him a standing ovation in what might be his last professional match.</span></p> <p>The game was at 5-1 in the fifth set, and Murray was about to serve when the crowd showed their respect for the 31-year-old Brit.</p> <p>The two-time Wimbledon champion responded by wiping his tears and raising his racket in appreciation. He went on to hold his serve, and the game soon ended with the 6-4 6-4 6-7 (7-5) 6-7 (7-4) 6-2 victory of Murray’s opponent, Roberto Bautista-Agut.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Murray receives a standing ovation from the crowd before he serves in the fifth set 🙏<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/cH27iOZc5K">pic.twitter.com/cH27iOZc5K</a></p> — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen/status/1084782710009286656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 January 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">"If this was my last match, it was an amazing way to end."<br /><br />- Andy Murray 🙏<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/84qZiqau1C">pic.twitter.com/84qZiqau1C</a></p> — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen/status/1084789219388739584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>In the post-match conference, Murray said he was “really appreciative” of the audience. </p> <p>“I was emotional at that moment,” said Murray to reporters.</p> <p>“It was cool. I don’t think I’ve had that before in any matches. I don’t know if when I came to serve at Wimbledon for Wimbledon, I don’t know if that happened. Look, it was brilliant.”</p> <p>Murray said the match would make a great end to his 14-year career in tennis. </p> <p>“I literally gave everything that I had on the court, fought as best as I could, and performed a lot better than what I should have done without the amount I’ve been able to practice and train, you know, whatever,” said Murray.</p> <p>“I’d be OK with that being my last match.”</p> <p>Murray is currently facing a dilemma between taking a surgery on his chronic hip injury or playing a farewell match at Wimbledon in July.</p> <p>“Having an operation like that, there’s absolutely no guarantees I’d be able to play again,” said Murray.</p> <p>“That is the decision that I have to make. It will improve my quality of life, I’ll be in less pain doing normal things like walking around and putting your shoes on.”</p>

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Pregnant Duchess Meghan returns to work with growing bump

<p>Duchess Meghan is back to work after a relaxing Christmas and New Year break as she visited women at Smart Works in London.</p> <p>Before making an appearance, the 37-year-old was named the charity’s new Royal Patron as well as becoming the Patron of the National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.</p> <p>Both of those roles will be handed down by The Queen.</p> <p>The Duchess arrived at the women’s charity with her growing baby bump on Thursday morning, as she appeared polished and simple. Her makeup was done in her usual minimal fashion, and her hair was styled in a slicked back bun.</p> <p>Meghan was greeted by Juliet Hughes-Hallett, the founder of Smart Works and took part in a panel with other volunteers on how to further help over 11,000 unemployed women as they make their way into the working 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-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsddSNIlM76/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsddSNIlM76/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The Duchess of Sussex visits @smartworkscharity, after this morning’s announcement Her Royal Highness will be its Patron. The charity helps long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives. After dropping into a roundtable discussion with volunteers and clients, The Duchess met some of the women who have been successful in their interviews after being coached at @smartworkscharity. Many of these women have come from prison, job centres, care homes and homeless shelters – where they have been unsuccessful in over 20 applications. Several women shared their stories with The Duchess today and told HRH how the charity has given the self-belief to improve their lives.📷PA</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/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Jan 10, 2019 at 8:11am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>This isn’t the first time the royal has visited the organisation, as since becoming an official member of the royal family, the Duchess has met with the women a number of times before.</p> <p>The charity organisation focuses on dressing and coaching 3,500 women across the UK so they can gather the confidence to land a job.</p> <p>Meghan also helped style a woman named Patsy as she prepared for a job interview.</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/BseNRFiBrsm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BseNRFiBrsm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by womensweeklymag (@womensweeklymag)</a> on Jan 10, 2019 at 3:10pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Duchess of Sussex was beaming with joy as she walked through the racks of clothes and accessories, while meeting many women in need along the way.</p> <p>One of those women was Ruma, who was unemployed for close to a year before nabbing a part-time job.</p> <p>She visited the charity as she needed new outfits for her job.</p> <p>In regard to the Royal appointment, Juliet said: “We are thrilled to announce that The Duchess of Sussex will become the Royal Patron of Smart Works.</p> <p>“An acknowledged champion of women and their rights worldwide, The Duchess will motivate ever more women to come to our centres and get the job that will transform their lives.</p> <p>“The Duchess’s patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars.”</p>

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The very sweet way Duchess Kate celebrated her 37th birthday

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her 37th birthday on January 9 and wanted a low-key celebration. According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2019/01/kate-middleton-birthday-celebrations" target="_blank">Vanity Fair</a>, the Duchess celebrated at Kensington Palace with a tea party.</p> <p>“Kate’s not into big birthday celebrations, but [Prince] George and [Princess] Charlotte adore birthday cake, so there will be a special tea party at the Palace with candles and presents,” a royal insider revealed.</p> <p>The family was busy, with Prince George off at school and the Duke of Cambridge on an official royal engagement visiting the Air Ambulance service in London.</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/BsaveuQluzP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsaveuQluzP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">London’s Air Ambulance has been providing rapid response life-saving treatment to the 10 million people who live and work in London for 30 years. Today The Duke of Cambridge became Patron of their #30YearsSavingLives campaign — which aims to highlight the charity’s vital work in delivering life-saving treatment across London, and raise support for the development of new facilities. The Duke flew in on a @LDNairamb helicopter to meet clinicians, paramedics, pilots and crew members and learn more about the challenges of working as a first responder in the capital.</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/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Jan 9, 2019 at 6:52am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>This engagement was to mark the 30th anniversary of the Air Ambulance service.</p> <p>Prince William visited Royal London Hospital and got the opportunity to discover the challenges faced by Air Ambulance in the air.</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/BsbBrg5ljYt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsbBrg5ljYt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">🚁 The Duke of Cambridge, #30YearsSavingLives Patron, visited Royal London Hospital to learn more about the challenges @LDNairamb face in their life saving work as a first responder in the capital.</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/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Jan 9, 2019 at 9:32am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>At the event, a group of children gave the Duke of Cambridge a birthday card to pass onto his wife.</p> <p>"Well done for remembering! I did remember this morning, so that was OK!” William confessed. </p> <p>The card had a very sweet message inside, with the group of children wishing the Duchess “the best birthday you could imagine”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The card given to Prince William during his visit to <a href="https://twitter.com/LDNairamb?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LDNairamb</a> for wife ‘Princess Kate’ on her 37th birthday (📸 <a href="https://twitter.com/RE_DailyMail?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RE_DailyMail</a>) <a href="https://t.co/CukyliDX5m">pic.twitter.com/CukyliDX5m</a></p> — Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) <a href="https://twitter.com/SPerryPeoplemag/status/1083028333309382658?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 9, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>There’s no doubt that after Prince William finished his engagement, he was off home to spend time with the birthday girl.</p> <p>Do you or someone you know share a birthday with Duchess Kate on January 9? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Federer’s emotional interview: “Never broke down like this”

<p>Roger Federer has revealed his most vulnerable state as he gave an emotional interview about his former coach Peter Carter.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://edition.cnn.com/" target="_blank">CNN</a> from his training base in Dubai, Federer broke down in tears when he was asked about Carter, who was responsible for discovering the tennis legend in Basel when he was only a teenager.</p> <p>“It’s a really nice story,” said Federer. “He came to play club tennis for my club in Basel, Old Boys Tennis Club. When I was little, he was one of the star players on the team. I was able to have coaching lessons with him.</p> <p>“Peter was a really important person in my life. If I can say thank you for my technique today, it’s to Peter.”</p> <p>Sadly, Carter passed away in 2002 after he was involved in a car accident in South Africa during his honeymoon.</p> <p>He died a year before Federer won his first grand slam at Wimbledon.</p> <p>When asked what Carter would think about the athlete’s career if he was still alive, Federer was reduced to tears.</p> <p>“Sorry. Oh, man, I still miss him so much. I hope he would be proud,” he said.</p> <p>“Geez, never broke down like this,” he later said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Roger Federer's inspirational former coach died in a car crash on his honeymoon in 2002.<br /><br />Nearly two decades on, Federer still gets emotional when he talks about Peter Carter.<br /><br />Our exclusive interview: <a href="https://t.co/AJM6UXgt6H">https://t.co/AJM6UXgt6H</a> <a href="https://t.co/g9aiylaKy8">pic.twitter.com/g9aiylaKy8</a></p> — CNN Sport (@cnnsport) <a href="https://twitter.com/cnnsport/status/1082249426905821186?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">7 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>It was revealed in<span> </span><em>The Roger Federer Story: Quest for Perfection</em><span> </span>– a book about the tennis champions life by journalist Rene Stauffer – that Federer “was never so upset in his life” when he heard the news of Carter’s death during the Canadian Masters in Toronto.</p> <p>According to an Australian newspaper, the 37-year-old left his hotel and “ran through the streets, bawling and hysterical.”</p> <p>Federer told CNN that the moment was a turning point in his career saying: “He didn’t want me to be a wasted talent. It was somewhat of a wake-up call for me when he passed away, I really started to train hard,” he said.</p> <p>“I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have the right people at the right time, the right coaches at the right time. Sure, I make those decisions but I’ve been lucky along the way.”</p> <p>Federer has proven his loyalty to Carter as he is regularly seen paying for Carter’s parents to travel from Adelaide to Melbourne to attend the Australian Open every year.</p> <p>The Swiss player is determined to take home the title this year.</p> <p>“Am I confident? I don’t know. I feel good. I’ve been training really well. I’ve had another great year. Still happy playing and I’ve won the last two Australian Open editions, so I should be going in there with confidence,” he said.</p> <p>“I love playing Australia, love playing in Melbourne. There’s so much that connects me to that country. The legends that I admire, the coaches that I’ve had in Tony Roche and Peter Carter – they’ve been incredibly inspirational and important to me in my life.”</p> <p> </p>

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Nation stunned after King's shock abdication

<p>After speculation that he married a Russian beauty pageant contestant, the King of Malaysia has stepped down from his coveted position and abdicated the throne.</p> <p>In a historical moment for the country, Sultan Muhammad V’s controversial decision is the first time a King has stepped down from the role during their five-year term.</p> <p>The 49-year-old’s resignation was confirmed by the national palace and has been put in place immediately.</p> <p>The former King held his position on the throne for two years before submitting his resignation.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7822620/king.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/afb9a8717c7147ca8f327805c588919f" /></p> <p>“His majesty tells the people of Malaysia to continue to be united to maintain unity, tolerance, and work together,” said a statement from the Comptroller of the Royal Household, Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz.</p> <p>The Islamic rulers of Malaysia will now gather and decide upon the next King. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, meaning unlike royalty around the world, the King changes once every five years.</p> <p>The top position is given to a ruler of one of the nine Malaysian states headed by Islamic royalty which dates back hundreds of years.</p> <p>Despite Royal officials not providing a reason for his sudden departure, there have been many rumours surrounding Sultan Muhammad V’s reign even before he made the decision to abdicate.</p> <p>After taking medical leave in November, British and Russian media had reported that he had tied the knot to former Miss Moscow in an extravagant ceremony.</p> <p>Malaysian Royal officials are yet to comment on the alleged marriage or on the King’s health.</p>

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Duchess Meghan's multi-million dollar offer to return to Suits for “one last” episode

<p>Before she became a royal, the Duchess of Sussex was known for her role as the sassy Rachel Zane on US TV show <em>Suits</em>, and now, the drama’s network NBC is ready to fork out big bucks for the former actress to make a return.</p> <p>NBC Universal, the network behind the show, is ready to offer Meghan a lucrative deal as it plans to make a multi-million dollar donation to the charity of her choice, if she reprises her role for one episode.</p> <p>Producers want to film a two-minute clip of the Duchess’ character Rachel Zane pregnant, as they show her living in the UK.</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/BsIyTAYFwFc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsIyTAYFwFc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (@duchessofsussexmeghan)</a> on Jan 2, 2019 at 7:31am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>An insider from NBC spoke to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailystar.co.uk/" target="_blank"><em>Daily Star</em></a> and said: “We could be done in half a day or less.</p> <p>“No final figure has yet been arrived at, but negotiations are likely to be opened in the very near future.</p> <p>“I’ve heard sums ranging from two to six million being kicked around and that sounds a lot – but it would be one of the biggest marketing coups in TV history.”</p> <p>Before marrying Prince Harry in a lavish ceremony, Meghan was a regular on <em>Suits</em>, as she starred in the hit drama series from 2010 up until April last year.</p> <p>Her character was shown to marry her on-screen boyfriend Mike Ross, played by Patrick J Adams.</p> <p>Executives at NBC have said that if the Duchess agrees on making an appearance, the storyline could “mirror real-life” as her character will be shown living in the UK and pregnant with her first child.</p> <p>If Meghan chooses to reprise her role, it would prove to be a massive hit for the show’s ratings.</p> <p>Do you think the Duchess should return to <em>Suits</em>? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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What Prince Harry’s star sign reveals about the royal dad-to-be

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Although some may not believe in star signs, every now and then you’ll come across someone’s star sign that explains that person right down to the letter. If you do believe in astrology, it can be a fun way to discover more about a particular person.</p> <p>Prince Harry has been in the spotlight since his birth. With such high scrutiny, people have taken to the date, time and location to discover more about the beloved red-headed royal.</p> <p>In order to figure out someone’s sun and moon sign, you need to know the following things:</p> <ul> <li>Where they were born</li> <li>What time they were born (down to the minute!)</li> </ul> <p>By inputting all of this information into an <a rel="noopener" href="https://astro.cafeastrology.com/natal.php" target="_blank">astrology birth chart calculator</a>, you’re going to discover more about a particular person and how the stars have influenced who they are today.</p> <p>As Prince Harry was born in St Mary’s Hospital, London, on the 15th of September 1984, his sun sign is a Virgo and his moon sign is a Taurus. </p> <p>As his sun sign is a Virgo, this means that he has a strong sense of responsibility. This works out well for him, as he’s consistently in the spotlight as a member of the Royal Family. Virgos are also known for undertaking worthwhile projects that can make them feel appreciated and useful. This is something they thrive on, which again, it seems like Prince Harry has brought forward into his life with his work on the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.headstogether.org.uk/" target="_blank">Heads Together</a> program which aims to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health.</p> <p>The royal’s moon sign is in Taurus. This particular moon sign is very romantic, which might explain why he was in such a rush to introduce Duchess Meghan to the family. Moon in Taurus are known for being reliable as well as being strong-willed and rooted in their ways. This might explain why the army life appealed to Prince Harry so much, as he was able to follow a routine whilst protecting his country.</p> <p>As always, horoscopes and astrology aren’t specific to each individual. It is more of an overview that has parts that can be applied to specific people, so if you’re interested in looking up yours and you find it doesn’t apply specifically to you, take it with a grain of salt! </p> <p>Do you have an interest in astrology and follow star signs? Tell us in the comments below. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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“This is so cool”: Serena Williams faces Roger Federer for first time

<p>Roger Federer took the lead in the highly anticipated match against Serena Williams.</p> <p>Federer awarded Switzerland a 1-0 lead with a 6-4 6-1 win over Frances Tiafoe.</p> <p>After a shaky start, Williams managed to post a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over Belinda Bencic.</p> <p>But with Federer and Williams being the biggest names in tennis, the match was one that fans were looking forward to since it was announced.</p> <p>The fact that the score was tied also added to the anticipation.</p> <p>After losing to Greece in their opening tie, the US needed to beat Switzerland in order to remain in the running for the title. But unfortunately for them, it was Switzerland who came out on top.</p> <p>“I was so excited, and literally it was the match of my career,” said Williams about the match against Federer.</p> <p>“Just playing someone so great, and someone you admire so much, and a match that actually means something – it’s not often that happens.</p> <p>“It was really cool to play someone still in their prime, like me, both in our primes. I’m kind of sad it’s over.”</p> <p>To celebrate the monumental match, the two players took a selfie together after Federer’s win.</p> <p>“I was nervous returning (her serve) because you just don’t know,” Federer said when asked about Williams.</p> <p>“People talk about her serve so much and I see why – it is such a wonderful serve because you just can’t read it, you don’t see it until the very end.</p> <p>“It was great great fun. She is a great champion and you see how focused and determined she is and I love that about her.”</p> <p>With Switzerland winning both their ties, they have earned their spot in the final with victory over Greece on Thursday night.</p>

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Serena Williams shares touching tribute

<p>Whether she’s <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/this-is-so-cool-serena-williams-faces-roger-federer-for-first-time">finally facing off with Federer</a> or juggling nappy duty, there’s not a lot that Serena Williams can’t do. She’s decided to celebrate the end of the year by shining the spotlight onto those who sometimes go unnoticed: working mothers and fathers.</p> <p>Williams shared a New Year’s Eve post that outlined a day in the life of Serena Williams. It painted an intimate outlook on how the GOAT juggles being a mother whilst dominating her field in tennis.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">As I head into next year it’s not about what we can do it’s what we MUST do as working moms and working dads. Anything is possible. I am getting ready for the first match of the year and my dear sweet baby <a href="https://twitter.com/OlympiaOhanian?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@olympiaohanian</a> was tired and sad and simply needed mama’s love. <a href="https://t.co/1fdzV1bHSa">pic.twitter.com/1fdzV1bHSa</a></p> — Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) <a href="https://twitter.com/serenawilliams/status/1079751858003079168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 31, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>With her daughter Olympia snugged tightly in her arms, Williams still finds time to stretch before her first match.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">So if it means warming up and stretching while holding my baby that’s what <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/thismama?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#thismama</a> will do. My fellow moms and dads working- or stay home it’s equally as intense- but you inspire me. Hearing your stories makes me know I can do this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. <a href="https://t.co/dCxzvedVBi">pic.twitter.com/dCxzvedVBi</a></p> — Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) <a href="https://twitter.com/serenawilliams/status/1079751933014016005?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 31, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Ending off the sweet tweets with ‘This year is to you!’ referencing the working mothers and fathers, Williams is recognising the difficulties of balancing having a child and working in your career.</p> <p>Olympia has turned into quite the show stealer, with her applauding her aunty, who just so happened to be her mother’s match opponent!</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/Br8XDjlFAuZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Br8XDjlFAuZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">👏🏻 @olympiaohanian is such a good sport she clapped for every point -- whether it was mama @serenawilliams or auntie @venuswilliams. Video by Bev Gribble</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/alexisohanian/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Alexis Ohanian Sr.</a> (@alexisohanian) on Dec 28, 2018 at 11:44am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“That’s a classy baby, you know, she applauds both Mommy and my opponent who happened to be her auntie," Serena Williams told Sport360 about the video. "That was the highlight, seeing her clap, it was so cute."</p> <p>With Serena Williams being so open about her parenting experiences, she’s bound to continue to be an inspiration for many.</p>

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Did Prince George and Prince William break royal protocol?

<p>A photo of Prince William driving into Buckingham Palace for a Christmas lunch with the extended royal family shows the second-in-line to the throne breaking one important protocol.</p> <p>Although, the Royal Family are known to take some traditions and rules more seriously than others, the Cambridge clan were spotted breaking one security protocol.</p> <p>Prince William was photographed driving his family to the festive lunch, with Duchess Kate sitting next to him in the passenger seat of the Range Rover, and Prince George and Princess Charlotte sitting in the back.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7822530/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a94d3054952c4ec4965a0a43b0bfa88d" /></p> <p>However, since Prince William and Prince George are heirs to the throne, they’re not supposed to travel together in case an accident occurs.</p> <p>Although the security measure is more strictly applied to air travel, there is still a risk when they use other modes of transport.</p> <p>Royal etiquette expert Alexandra Messervy from The English Manner told <a href="https://www.instyle.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em>InStyle</em></strong></span></a> that the royals still need to consider the Queen’s permission for car travel together.</p> <p> "Nowadays, it would appear that [traveling together] by car doesn’t carry the same issue [as by plane], but they will of course have security police protection," she explained.</p> <p>"But I suppose they believe that things are relatively safe now.”</p> <p>According to <em>Business Insider,</em> when heirs to the throne are only children, the rule is relaxed.</p> <p>When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew to Australia with Prince George, he was allowed to travel in the same plane as his father.</p> <p>However, once Prince George turns 12 it is believed that he will have to travel separately from his father or get permission from his grandmother.</p>

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How Princess Mary will be celebrating Christmas

<p>It’s no secret that the Tasmanian turned Danish Royal has experienced Christmas in every season. Whether it’s Australia’s scorching hot summer or Europe’s minus temperatures.</p> <p>And this year, with all that experience under her belt, the Princess has decided to go all out with her Christmas decorations at the Danish palace.</p> <p>Taking to social media, the Danish royals’ official Instagram account shared a snap of the family’s extravagant tree, covered in multiple baubles and ornaments with the top nearly touching the high ceiling.</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/Brc1QDGAtH-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Brc1QDGAtH-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Julestemning i Riddersalen i Frederik VIII’s Palæ, Amalienborg, her på tredje søndag i advent. 📸 H.K.H. Kronprinsessen ©️</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/detdanskekongehus/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> DET DANSKE KONGEHUS</a> (@detdanskekongehus) on Dec 16, 2018 at 5:50am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The family chose to not wrap their tree with fairy lights, choosing to use candles instead. Whether or not that’s a fire hazard, we don’t know, but the Danish royals tend to light the wicks after dinner as a tradition on Christmas Eve.</p> <p>The photo came complete with the caption: “Christmas party in the Knights Hall in Frederik VIII’s Palace, Amalienborg, here on the third Sunday in advent.”</p> <p>Other elements of décor included pine cones and golden baubles carefully placed on top of a marble table.</p> <p>Last Christmas, the Crown Prince and Princess celebrated Down Under where they enjoyed the warm weather and played soccer at Palm Beach in New South Wales.</p> <p>But this Christmas, we’re sure they’ll be covered up in a lot more layers as Denmark is sure to bring a colder front this holiday season!</p>

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The royal honour Duchess Meghan will receive from the Queen next year

<p>Although Duchess Meghan is preparing to unwind with the royal family in Sandringham over Christmas, the Duchess of Sussex will have a busy schedule to maintain in the new year.</p> <p>Apart from welcoming her first child and relocating to Frogmore Cottage with her husband Prince Harry, the 37-year-old will also receive a special honour from the Queen.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>The Times</u></em></strong></a>, the Queen will pass down to Meghan one of her royal patronages in early 2019.</p> <p>Her Majesty, 92, is a patron of more than 600 organisations that she is passionate about supporting.</p> <p>Reportedly, Harry and Meghan discussed the move with the Queen last week at Buckingham Palace.</p> <p>It is believed that Meghan has privately met with various groups to learn more about what they do as she prepares to make her decision.</p> <p>The Duchess is expected to announce the first of her patronages in January or February next year.</p> <p>Before she begins her maternity leave in spring, Meghan will make an official visit to each of the organisations she confirms her partnership with.</p> <p>While it’s an honour to receive one of the Queen’s patronages, it’s not unusual for younger members of the royal family to inherit the monarch’s roles.</p> <p>In 2016, the Queen gave Duchess Kate the patronage of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.</p> <p>The same year, Prince William received the patronage of the Amateur Swimming Association, while Prince Harry was named patron for the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League.</p> <p>According to the Royal Family’s official website, more than 3000 organisations currently list a member of the family as the patron.</p> <p>As the family are inundated with requests from support groups each year, the royal family choose to collaborate with organisations that reflect their values and passions.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge mainly supports groups that focus on the arts, children’s health, mental health and sport.</p> <p>It is believed that Meghan’s first patronages will support women’s rights and empowerment. </p>

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Looks like Doria Ragland won’t be celebrating Christmas with the Royal Family after all

<p>Although the Royal Family has many traditions to follow, the Queen has famously made exceptions for Prince Harry’s new wife, Duchess Meghan.</p> <p>Last year, the 37-year-old former actress was allowed to attend Christmas with royals even though traditionally only those who were already married into the clan received an invite from the Queen.</p> <p>An insider told <em>Us Weekly</em> at the time: “Attending as a fiancée is a first for the family. Given that Meghan doesn’t have family in the UK, it’s only right that she spends Christmas with Harry and his.”</p> <p>As the Queen had previously been lenient with bending the Christmas rules for Meghan, it seemed believable when previous reports claimed her mother, Doria Ragland, had been invited to Sandringham to join the royals.</p> <p>A senior source told <em>Daily Express</em>: “It’s a mark of the Queen’s respect for Meghan and an acknowledgement that she doesn’t have any other relations in this country — unlike Kate who has the support of a very close family.”</p> <p>However, now royal correspondent Victoria Murphy has gone on record to dispute the unconfirmed claims in a new interview.</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://uk.style.yahoo.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Yahoo UK</strong></span></a>’s <em>The Royal Fox</em>, she said: “My understanding is that she’s not going. I don’t think that’s because they weren’t able to or anything like that, I just think it’s not usual for in-laws to go ... I know it was suggested that she was going to go, but that was never confirmed.”</p> <p>Although Doria will not be joining the royals for Christmas, she is expected to spend more time with her daughter as Meghan prepares to welcome her first baby into the world.</p> <p>Doria, who will become a grandmother for the first time in spring, will have rooms set aside for her in the couple’s new home, Frogmore Cottage.</p> <p>However, it is believed that Doria will not be making a permanent move to the Windsor Castle estate as she continues to travel between the UK and the United States. </p>

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The ridiculous amount a royal visit costs: "I cannot stand over this type of expenditure"

<p>The staggering price of a royal visit has been revealed after one councillor in Ireland shared a breakdown of the cost of a visit from Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.</p> <p>In June, the heir to the throne and his wife visited Cork, Ireland, for an overnight stop in the university town.</p> <p>Despite their short stay, Cork City Council spent an excessive amount of money to prepare for the trip.</p> <p>And now, Thomas Gould, Sinn Féin Councillor for Cork North Central, has shared a breakdown of the cost on Twitter.</p> <p>He wrote: "Cork City Council’s spent €19,770 ($31,078) for a dinner for Charles &amp; Camilla along with 70 guests. In total €203,761 ($320,310).”</p> <p>"I have no issue with them visiting but I cannot stand over this type of expenditure when we have the high levels of homelessness, hospital waiting lists € much more."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Cork City Council’s spent €19,770 for a dinner for Charles &amp; Camilla along with 70 guests. In total €203,761. I have no issue with them visiting but I cannot stand over this type of expenditure when we have the high levels of homelessness, hospital waiting lists € much more. <a href="https://t.co/WmaUK4SI6o">pic.twitter.com/WmaUK4SI6o</a></p> — CLLRThomas Gould (@ThomasGouldsf) <a href="https://twitter.com/ThomasGouldsf/status/1072292561333686272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 11, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The cost for the visit included $9331 spent on polishing door handles in Town Hall and $9780 on replacing a light in the foyer.</p> <p>However, the council has defended the costs in a statement to CCN, saying the expenditure included “specialist reconditioning, polishing and lacquering of over 260 individual brass items by a local specialist firm".</p> <p>The council also spent money on "reconditioning, polishing and lacquering door handles, escutcheons, push plates, finger plates, brass fittings and kick plates.</p> <p>"These items had not been refurbished since they were first put in place over 80 years ago and were due to be refinished but the project was brought forward due to (the) Royal visit," they said.</p> <p>During Charles and Camilla’s stay, they also visited the English Market which was decorated with $14,669 worth of banners to mark its 230th birthday.</p> <p>What are your thoughts on the cost of Prince Charles and Camilla's royal visit to Ireland? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Duchess Kate’s star sign reveals exactly who she is

<p>Duchess Kate has been a royal for several years, but her star sign confirms one of the key reasons why she’s flourished in the significant role she married into.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge was born in Reading, England, on January 9, 1982 – meaning that her sun sign is Capricorn and her moon sign is Cancer.</p> <p><a href="https://honey.nine.com.au"><em><strong><u>Nine Honey</u></strong></em></a> reveals that because she is Capricorn, Kate has a grounded approach to life and has the ability to focus on getting things done, especially when they are of significance.</p> <p>This character trait is revealed in her dedication to her royal work since marrying into The Firm in 2011, while also managing to balance her busy life as a mum-of-three.</p> <p>Capricorns are also known to enjoy the simple things in life and don’t mind taking things slow in order to reach their long-term goals.</p> <p>Her patience was shown during her relationship with Prince William, which began during their years as students at St Andrews University in Scotland.</p> <p>Although the couple began dating in 2004, they split in early 2007 to have a break for a short period.</p> <p>Clarence House refused to directly address the rumours of their break-up, saying in a statement: “We don't comment on Prince William's private life." </p> <p>However, during their engagement interview in 2010, William opened up about their break.</p> <p>"We were both very young," William explained.</p> <p>"It was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff, it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up.</p> <p>"It was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that, and it worked out for the better,” he said.</p> <p>Kate added: “I think I... at the time wasn't very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person.</p> <p>"You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realised, or I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn't think it at the time. Looking back on it."</p> <p>According to <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Nine Honey</em>, those who have the moon Cancer in their star sign have the ability to connect with other people’s emotions and are very empathetic.</p> <p>This can be seen in Kate’s work with the mental health awareness initiative ‘Heads Together’, which she helped develop with her husband and brother-in-law Prince Harry.</p> <p>Recently, it was also announced that <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/new-role-announced-for-duchess-kate-immensely-grateful"><strong><u>Kate will be the Patron</u></strong></a> for Evelina London Children’s Hospital.</p> <p>In a statement made by Kate via the Kensington Palace Instagram account, she said: “It’s a real privilege to be part of this organisation, and I look forward to many happy years ahead.”</p>

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New role announced for Duchess Kate: “Immensely grateful”

<p>The palace has announced a new role Duchess Kate will undertake in the new year, being a Patron for Evelina London Children’s Hospital.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge made a visit to the hospital with her husband Prince William, to meet with children receiving treatment.</p> <p>The royal mother-of-three is hoping to bring attention to the inspiring work being achieved by medical professionals at the hospital.</p> <p>In a statement made by Kate via the Kensington Palace Instagram account, she said: “It’s a real privilege to be part of this organisation, and I look forward to many happy years ahead.”</p> <p>The official announcement said that Kate hopes to learn more about how the hospital supports its patients and the special services they provide to children with rare conditions.</p> <p>"Through visits to hospitals and hospices The Duchess has seen first-hand the impact that comprehensive care and support can have upon young children," the announcement reads.</p> <p>"Her Royal Highness’s new patronage of Evelina London provides an opportunity to champion the medical professionals working on the front-line in children’s healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting children in their early years."</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/BrQEbL7lanK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrQEbL7lanK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">"It’s a real privilege to be part of this organisation, and I look forward to many happy years ahead." — The Duchess of Cambridge, today announced as Evelina London Children's Hospital Patron. Evelina London cares for children and young people from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life.</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/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Dec 11, 2018 at 6:53am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Next year, the hospital, which is part of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where the Queen is a Patron, will celebrate its 150th anniversary.</p> <p>Director of Evelina London, Marian Ridley, said: “We are absolutely delighted and deeply honoured The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become our Patron.</p> <p>"The Duchess shares our passion for giving children and young people the very best start in life and Her Royal Highness’ support will help champion the life-saving care our staff are providing to our patient.</p> <p>"It is a huge pleasure to welcome Their Royal Highnesses back to our hospital and we are absolutely delighted that they are able to join us as we begin to celebrate our milestone 150th anniversary.</p> <p>"We are immensely grateful for Their Royal Highnesses' support and we look forward to working closely with The Duchess as our Patron."</p> <p>For the special hospital visit, Kate wore a polka dot L.K. Bennett dress, paired with pearl drop earrings.</p> <p>William and Kate happily mingled with staff and parents at the hospital, learning about the services offered and the patients occupying it.</p> <p>Evelina London offers specialist services for children with rare and complex conditions across London. </p>

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