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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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The cheeky Christmas tradition Prince George has inherited from Princess Diana

<p>Prince George, in all his cuteness, is known to be a little bit mischievous in the public eye. He has been caught giggling and making faces at large royal events, like a royal wedding – typical of any young child.</p> <p>With his public cheekiness, it only makes sense that his naughty tendencies continue in private. And what can encourage cheekiness more than Christmas and presents?</p> <p>According to <span><em><a href="https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2016121935316/Prince-William-Prince-George-opening-Christmas-presents/">Hello Magazine</a></em></span>, Prince William, the young royal’s father, revealed to a radio DJ in 2016 that George has a brazen habit of sneakily unwrapping his Christmas gifts early.</p> <p>Prince William revealed that Prince George, who was three years old at the time, had started sneaking under their family Christmas tree in Anmer Hall and would begin unwrapping a few gifts.</p> <p>“I had a really nice chat with Prince William who told me that this was their last week at work, as it were, before Christmas,” <em>KISS FM</em> DJ AJ King shared with <em>Hello</em>.</p> <p>“He said they were all really excited about it and that George is already opening his presents. He thought it was quite funny. That’s kids for you, even the ones that are princes!”</p> <p>This Christmas habit has appeared to be hereditary as Princess Diana, Prince George’s late grandmother, once admitted to doing this herself as a young child in <span><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/02/13/diana.auction/index.html">letters she had written which were auctioned off in 2010.</a></span></p> <p>Diana wrote to her personal beautician, Janet Filderman, stating that she could never keep a parcel’s wrapping intact until “the big day”.</p> <p>“I rushed to open your Christmas present, which I thought was quite good considering the 25<sup>th</sup> is actually two weeks away!!” Diana wrote on December 14<sup>th</sup> 1985.</p> <p>Diana also referred to Prince William, who was three years old, in the letters.</p> <p>“I could not resist opening my present, as a parcel of any shape or form has ever been safe with me and I fear that William has also picked up this dreadful habit from his mother, as I find wrapping paper undone in the most extraordinary places!”</p> <p>At least Prince George wasn’t the first, and probably won’t be the last, to inherit this “dreadful” habit.</p> <p>When do you open your Christmas presents? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Donald Trump’s bizarre 20-minute "temper tantrum" caught on camera

<p>Has Donald Trump, to no one’s surprise, officially lost the plot?</p> <p>With the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives only last month, it hasn’t taken long for the leader of the free world to lash out in an on-camera argument with House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.</p> <p>Seated in the Oval Office, President Trump discussed funding for the infamous border wall between the US and Mexico with the two leaders.</p> <p>A partial shutdown is edging closer, as December 21 will see funding for many agencies to expire.</p> <p>The discussion quickly took a turn when Trump put forward the request for $US5 billion to help build the wall, but Democrats were only ready to shell out $US1.3 billion.</p> <p>The conversation became more heated with every passing second, as the three politicians “pointed fingers, raised their voices and interrupted each other repeatedly as they fought over policy and politics” as reported by the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/schumer-pelosi-set-to-meet-with-trump-on-wall-but-house-gop-stands-firm/2018/12/11/2604b1ae-fd56-11e8-862a-b6a6f3ce8199_story.html?noredirect=on&amp;utm_term=.d408be7ad7e1" target="_blank">Washington Post</a></em>.</p> <p>Neither side was ready to back down, as they fought to have their way.</p> <p>But in true Trump fashion, the President chose to take it one step further and make personal attacks against the leaders.</p> <p>Schumer repeated former President Barack Obama’s words as he warned Trump: “Elections have consequences, Mr President.”</p> <p>He probed Trump even further by saying he should not shut down the government just because he “can’t get his way”.</p> <p>“You just say my way or you shut down the government,” Schumer said as he lashed out.</p> <p>The constant back and forth continued as Trump attacked Pelosi’s political performance, saying: “Nancy’s in a situation where it’s not easy for her to talk right now.”</p> <p>“Please don’t characterise the strength I bring to this meeting,” she shot back.</p> <p>She went on to say: “The fact is you do not have the votes in the House.”</p> <p>Reporters in the room were left dumbstruck as they witnessed the argument first-hand, which went on for 20 minutes, with Pelosi constantly asking Trump to turn the cameras off for the meeting.</p> <p>Pelosi also said: “This has spiralled downwards.”</p> <p>The argument ended after Trump threatened to shut down the government, saying it’s a measure he’s willing to take if it means he gets what he wants.</p> <p>Pelosi and Schumer both advised the President to not make such a drastic decision, but he remained firm on his word as he said: “I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. I’m going to shut it down for border security.</p> <p>“If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other, whether it’s through you, through military, through anything you want to call, I will shut down the government. I will take the mantle. I will take the mantle, I will be the one to shut it down.”</p> <p>After the heated discussion, Pelosi and Schumer took to the White House lawn to speak to reporters about the incident that had just occurred.</p> <p>“We came in here in good faith and we are entering into this kind of a discussion in the public view,” said Pelosi. “He says, ‘We can pass it in the House right now’. He doesn’t have the votes in the House, to pass whatever his agenda is with that wall in it.</p> <p>“We are telling him, we will keep the government open, with a proposal that Schumer suggested. Why doesn’t he just think about it? In fact, I asked him to pray over it.”</p> <p>When asked about the productivity behind-the-scenes, Pelosi said: “You want to know who is more productive behind the scenes? I hear some of the reporters saying, ‘Why do we not want transparency in this discussion question?’</p> <p>“We don’t want to contradict the president when he is putting fourth figures that have no reality … I didn’t want to, in front of those people, (say) ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about.’”</p> <p>Schumer accused Trump of throwing a “temper tantrum” saying: “This temper tantrum that he seems to throw – will not get him his wall, and it will hurt a lot of people because he will cause a shutdown.</p> <p>“He admitted he wanted a shutdown. It is hard to believe he would want that.”</p> <p>Addressing the press, House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “Our position is the president’s position.</p> <p>“We share the president’s goal … we need to secure the border.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="480" height="290" scrolling="no" src="https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/c/embed/d456664a-3c87-4298-8f8b-dff1c2373b96" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>In a speech on the Senate floor, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell warned it would be a “very, very long month” if the Democrats refused to back Trump's requests over the wall.</p> <p>“For the nation’s sake, I hope that my Democratic friends are prepared to have a serious discussion and reach an accommodation with the president on funding for border security,” he said.</p> <p>This was the first time after the midterm elections that Trump came face-to-face with Democrats in the Oval Office.</p> <p>Something tells us this is only just the beginning.</p>

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Fergie describes Christmas with the royals as “exhausting”

<p>Although Christmas with the Royal Family would be a celebration like no other, Sarah Ferguson has claimed the festive gathering at Sandringham is “exhausting”.</p> <p>The 59-year-old ex-wife of Prince Andrew and mother of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, spent many Decembers partaking in the family’s traditions while she was married into the family from 1986 until 1992.</p> <p>Despite many fans watching the royals’ annual parade to St Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk on Christmas Day, Fergie has said that the day is less exciting than what it seems.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.newidea.com.au/"><strong><em><u>New Idea</u></em></strong></a>, Fergie said that Christmas celebrations were draining as the Queen didn’t relax on royal protocol and each guest is expected to follow strict rules.</p> <p>The Duchess of York said she had to change her outfit seven times over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in order to wear a new outfit for each separate event.</p> <p>A change of outfit is reportedly required for the Christmas Eve banquet, Christmas Day breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and casual change of clothes for walking the grounds.</p> <p>This Christmas also marks Duchess Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland’s, first visit to Sandringham for the Christmas season.</p> <p>According to royal expert Jean Broke-Smith, Doria Ragland will have to prepare herself for a unique celebration.</p> <p>“There will be advisors on hand to help Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland, but it is going to be difficult,” the advisor and judge on <em>Australian Princess </em>told <em>New Idea</em>.</p> <p>“For one thing she will need to bring a trunk full of clothes from California.”</p> <p>The thoughtful gesture by the Queen to invite Doria to Christmas at the palace is a first for the royals, with the Middletons never receiving the invite before.</p> <p>“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,” the <em>Express</em> previously reported. </p>

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The strange way the Queen eats bananas

<p>It’s completely fascinating to see the ways in which royals live.</p> <p>Former head chef of Buckingham Palace from 1982-1993, Chef Darren McGrady, revealed on <span><em><a href="https://www.today.com/food/queen-elizabeth-eats-bananas-knife-fork-former-chef-reveals-t142748">Today Food</a></em></span> the Queens’ peculiar ways of eating bananas.</p> <p>With something we wouldn’t think twice about, like picking up and peeling a banana in order to eat it, the Queen and other royals can’t touch the food with their hands and have to go through a tedious routine in order to eat their fruit.</p> <p>McGrady revealed that the Queen enjoys eating her banana with a knife and fork, however this sounds slightly difficult to comprehend.</p> <p>Is it already peeled? Does it roll on the plate?</p> <p>Don’t worry – McGrady has also provided us with the answers and it all comes down to the way the food, or fruit, is prepared in the palace kitchen.</p> <p>He explained that the ends of the banana are cut off and the peel is sliced down the centre to make it easy to push apart with a fork and knife before being sliced in circles for easy eating. This is definitely fancier than how regular people eat bananas.</p> <p>But that’s not all. Not only are bananas eaten in a surprising way but the same goes for pears.  </p> <p>“The purveyor would bring about 200 for us to choose the ripest by hand,” McGrady explained. Then they would be eaten by “slicing off the top and eating it with a teaspoon like a boiled egg!”</p> <p>McGrady also revealed the routine of a formal dinner event.</p> <p>“I am often asked what the royal family have for dessert, and people are surprised when I say fresh fruit … That’s because what Americans call dessert, the royal family call pudding,” he said.</p> <p>Dessert is served after ‘pudding’ which usually consists of four kinds of fresh fruit.</p> <p>The Queen’s diet aside from formal royal events is said to be clean, simple and healthy. McGrady shared with <span><em><a href="http://recipes-plus.com/article/10-eating-habits-queen-revealed-royal-chef-53">Recipes Plus</a></em></span> that the Queen doesn’t eat starchy foods such as pasta or potatoes – although this rule is wavered during banquets and special occasions.</p> <p>The royals don’t eat garlic and steer clear of shellfish, although a lot of the Queen’s meals consist of fish and vegetables, according to the chef. She is also said to enjoy chocolate sponge cake occasionally after a meal.</p> <p>Would you ever eat a banana like the Queen? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Duchess Kate scolds Prince William on his “nightmare” habit

<p>He may be the future king, but even Prince William has habits his wife cannot stand.</p> <p>During their visit to Cyprus, Prince William and Duchess Kate spent time with those who are away from home this Christmas due to being deployed.</p> <p>The royals, who spent time with the families of military personnel the day before, brought gifts and letters from loved ones to give to the men and women they were visiting.</p> <p>In a hilarious moment, William came across a set of bright yellow couches and advised the men to “keep the pizza off the sofas!”, to which Kate responded: “You’re a nightmare with that!”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7822328/willskate2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/23470aa0a6a242c8b1c7584c5164431a" /></p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge seemed to be in high spirits as she wore a khaki green blazer and long black pants – an item of clothing she rarely opts for.</p> <p>As the Duke and Duchess toured the premises, Kate shared a new milestone 7-month old Prince Louis has achieved, and that is the royal wave.</p> <p>Rhian Davis, 32, was holding 10-week-old daughter Dorothy in her arms when the Duchess stopped by to have a chat.</p> <p>“She asked whether she was sleeping through the night, and she told me that Louis is starting to wave,” Davis said about Kate.</p> <p>The Duchess also spoke about her attempt at trying to show Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3, the party that was held for military families yesterday at Kensington Palace when they came home from school and nursery, but everything had already been packed up.</p> <p>“We took the children down to where the party was, but everything was gone,” she said. “They were so disappointed!”</p> <p>But George was focused on something else entirely, as William told a group of pilots about the conversation he had with his eldest son.</p> <p>“I told George this morning we were going to see the pilots today, and he said, ‘If you see a helicopter, can you take a picture?’”</p>

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Amal Clooney takes on Donald Trump in fiery speech

<p>Amal Clooney was last spotted leaving Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding early to give an empowering speech about her work as a human rights lawyer at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.</p> <p>On Wednesday night, she came into the spotlight again at the United Nations Correspondents Association Awards, where she spoke sharply about President Donald Trump.</p> <p>Amal, who was being honoured as the 2018 Global Citizen of the Year, criticised his mistreatment of journalists and the “chilling effect” it was having internationally.</p> <p>She said that journalists around the globe are “under attack like never before” from autocratic regimes including North Korea, the Philippines, Hungary, Turkey and Brazil.</p> <p>“The U.S. president has given such regimes a green light and labeled the press in this country the ‘enemy of the people,’” she said.</p> <p>She also mentioned the tragic torture and death of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Washington Post</em> journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul October this year.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UNCA70?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#UNCA70</a> dinner in New York, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney speaks about <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Myanmar?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Myanmar</a> case of <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Reuters</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FreeWaLoneKyawSoeOo?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FreeWaLoneKyawSoeOo</a> <br /><br />‘The chilling effect is real.’<br /><br />She also talks about the effect of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/US?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#US</a> President <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@realDonaldTrump</a>‘s description of press as an enemy of the people. <a href="https://t.co/m0rE7XCz0R">pic.twitter.com/m0rE7XCz0R</a></p> — Michelle Nichols (@michellenichols) <a href="https://twitter.com/michellenichols/status/1070594928013651968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>This is the first time Amal has come out against Trump so strongly, but she has previously made her feelings about the president and his influence known.</p> <p>“The president of a country should not publicly ridicule a woman who has come forward to allege abuse,” she said at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.</p> <p>Amal and her husband George Clooney donated half a million dollars to March for Our Lives and joined one rally with students in Washington D.C in March.</p>

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Michelle Obama’s unexpected words of advice for Duchess Meghan

<p>The former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, has offered up some pearls of wisdom for 37-year-old Duchess Meghan.</p> <p>As the Duchess of Sussex continues to support various initiatives as part of her royal work, Mrs Obama has warned the wife of Prince Harry to do one thing.</p> <p>Michelle, who has just released her memoir <em>Becoming</em>, urged Meghan to slow down and not do things too quickly.</p> <p>“Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she’d have a life like this, and the pressure you feel – from yourself and from others – can sometimes feel like a lot,” she told <em>Good Housekeeping</em> magazine.</p> <p>Mrs Obama advised the mum-to-be to not be afraid to take the necessary time to settle in before jumping into different projects.</p> <p>“So my biggest pieces of advice would be to take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything. I spent the first few months in the White House mainly worrying about my daughters, making sure they were off to a good start at school and making new friends, before I launched into any more ambitious work.”</p> <p>As a senior member of the royal family, Meghan has the opportunity to make a major impact on issues that are close to her.</p> <p>“There’s so much opportunity to do good with a platform like that – and I think Meghan can maximise her impact for others, as well as her own happiness, if she’s doing something that resonates with her personally,” she told the magazine.</p> <p>Michelle is currently in the United Kingdom promoting her book but has cut her European tour short to return to the US for the funeral of former President George H W Bush.</p> <p>Former US President Barack and Michelle have been close friends with Prince Harry for several years. </p>

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Palace sets the record straight on Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan’s “alleged” feud

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">With news circulating about an alleged feud between Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan in recent days, in a rare move, the palace has broken its silence and issued a statement to set the record straight.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">British newspaper, <em><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/"><span class="s2">The Sun</span></a></em> reported on Saturday that the Duchess of Cambridge had a falling out with Meghan over her attitude towards her staff members, but a spokesman from Kensington Palace has since refuted that claim.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“This never happened,” said the royal spokesman.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">According to <em><a href="https://people.com/"><span class="s2">People</span></a></em> magazine, the palace is not one to respond to petty rumours, which is why it is yet to comment on other allegations that surfaced in recent weeks, such as how Kate was “left in tears” after a dress fitting for Princess Charlotte for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s wedding day.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“Kate had only just given birth to Prince Louis and was feeling quite emotional – though just what upset her is unclear,” a source told royals reporter Camilla Tominey of <em><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/"><span class="s2">The Telegraph</span></a>.</em></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The US magazine also claimed that during the lead up to Harry and Meghan’s wedding, those close to the bride and groom were under a fair amount of “stress”.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Only last month Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were moving out of their Kensington Palace estate and into Frogmore Cottage early next year, as they prepare to welcome their first child.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“Windsor is a very special place for their royal highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate,” said the palace in a statement.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Despite Harry and Meghan moving out, the parents-to-be will still keep their offices in Kensington Palace.</span></p>

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Duchess Kate’s mum Carole reveals what Christmas will be like at the Middletons

<p>Carole Middleton has given royal fans a glimpse into how Prince William, Duchess Kate and their three adorable children will be spending Christmas Day this year.</p> <p>In a new interview with the <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>Telegraph</u></em>,</strong></a> the 63-year-old grandma discussed the measures they take to ensure their £4.7million mansion in Bucklebury is looking festive.</p> <p>To get Prince George, Princess Charlotte and now Prince Louis excited for Christmas, Carole likes to put several trees indoors, saying “she likes to have as many as possible in the house".</p> <p>The royal grandchildren will also have their own tree in their room “so that they can decorate it themselves”.</p> <p>Carole revealed that she also has one “fashionable” tree with a clear theme, another decorated with sentimental baubles from over the years and a final tree that the grandchildren can decorate however they want.</p> <p>Kate’s mother also admitted that it takes a lot of planning to take care of everything in the lead up to the holidays, with the self-described “list-maker” saying that she began planning just after Halloween.</p> <p>The Middleton family spend Christmas Day by attending church in the morning before going on a walk and then returning home to open up their presents together.</p> <p>The clan will be served smoked salmon for lunch with champagne and then feast on a traditional Christmas dinner in the evening.</p> <p>Since Carole turned flexitarian, there will also be vegan options for all their holiday meals.</p> <p>Carole told the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Telegraph</em>: “I’ve recently gone vegan. Or maybe that should be flexitarian.</p> <p>“If I go to someone’s house for dinner, I’m not going to make a fuss. For Christmas, I’d probably have two options – very traditional and something vegan.”</p> <p>Carole also revealed that her three Christmas essentials are mince pies, mulled wine and mistletoe.</p> <p>Although the day takes a lot of effort, Carole said it’s important to remember what it is all about.</p> <p>“Don’t get hung up on perfection. Often it’s the mistakes that make things memorable.”</p> <p>Although her eldest grandson Prince George will be king one day, Carole described herself as a “normal” and “hands-on” grandmother, whose family comes first in her life.</p> <p>Carole and husband Michael Middleton are also parents to Pippa, 35, and James, 31. </p>

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Get a job at Buckingham Palace working for the royals

<p>While the Queen has plenty of staff under her to maintain her family’s busy schedules and care for the palace, the monarch is looking to expand her team.</p> <p>Buckingham Palace is looking to hire a qualified gardener to tend to its grounds.</p> <p>The gardener who is offered the job will be able to live at the palace and have all meals provided for.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 172.63936291240046px;" src="/media/7822230/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3dd3c200ace84099803a44fd3c91165a" /></p> <p>The <a href="https://theroyalhousehold.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-3/xf-ad36e82f419f/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/4/opp/1877-Gardener/en-GB"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>job ad</strong></span></a> describes the ideal candidate as someone who would enjoy working “at the heart of a world famous institution” and aims “for perfection in all you do”.</p> <p>The role would include maintaining the lawns and hedges and planting new shrubbery, bulbs and seasonal flower displays that will be seen by the world.</p> <p>The gardener also must be motivated and self-disciplined, as well as have a clean UK driving licence and confidence in driving a truck.</p> <p>Earlier this year, the BBC released a documentary <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Queen’s Green Planet,</em> which showed Her Majesty and Sir David Attenborough strolling through the immaculate grounds.  </p> <p>Buckingham Palace has the largest private garden in London.</p> <p>The grounds have been extensively filmed and photographed and are used to host plenty of events for the Royal Family.</p> <p>However, if you want to work for the Palace but don’t have professional gardening experience, they are also hiring an Assistant Housekeeper, Housekeeping Assistant, Chef de Partie and Office Assistant.</p> <p>Would you like to work at Buckingham Palace? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The adorable name Prince William’s children call him

<p>The adorable children of Prince William and Duchess Kate, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are known to have special nicknames for their family members.</p> <p>Earlier this month, Prince Charles revealed that his grandchildren affectionately call him ‘Grandpa Wales’, while the Queen is known as ‘Gan Gan’ to the young royals.</p> <p>Now, Kate has revealed the special name they have for their father, the Duke of Cambridge.</p> <p>While visiting Leicester City with her husband, Kate said that her children refer to their dad as ‘Pops’.</p> <p>One fan, Fiona Sturgess, asked the 36-year-old how her children were doing, to which she replied: “They are great, thank you.”</p> <p>Fiona recalled of her conversation with the royal: "Kate said that William was playing football with the children last night and one of them said, I think it was George, 'Are you playing football tomorrow, Pops?'"</p> <p>William and Kate were in Leicester to pay their respects to the football club’s owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash.</p> <p>The royal couple met with the club’s staff and volunteers before the Duchess of Cambridge lay a bouquet of flowers in tribute of the crash victims.</p> <p>During their visit, the duo were also presented with mini team uniforms in personalised boxes for their children.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Accepting three tiny <a href="https://twitter.com/LCFC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LCFC</a> strips, William joked that their children “will be fighting over the Leicester and Aston Villa Kits..” <a href="https://t.co/XCjPa86XJ1">pic.twitter.com/XCjPa86XJ1</a></p> — Emily Nash (@emynash) <a href="https://twitter.com/emynash/status/1067820319359012864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 28, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>"They’ll be fighting over the Leicester and Aston Villa kits," Prince William joked.</p> <p>"That’s very kind, that’s brilliant."</p> <p>William, who is an Aston Villa fan, is the head of the Football Association. </p>

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The eerie history behind Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s new home

<p>Before they welcome their new bub into the world, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will be relocating to Frogmore Cottage at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>The 10-bedroom home is very special to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as it was the location where their engagement photos were taken on the grounds of the Windsor estate.</p> <p>However, it has been revealed that there is some eerie history attached to the idyllic home.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Instead the Queen has given them Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. It’s within the private Home Park and faces the beautiful grounds of Frogmore House. It’s where they had their private evening wedding party &amp; where their gorgeous engagement pictures were shot. <a href="https://t.co/uByYVm7pWC">pic.twitter.com/uByYVm7pWC</a></p> — Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) <a href="https://twitter.com/byEmilyAndrews/status/1066100373818146816?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 23, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The countryside house holds a connection to another American divorcee who married into the royal family, Wallis Simpson.</p> <p>Wallis Simpson, the woman who King Edward VII abdicated the throne to marry, is buried in the grounds of Frogmore estate, next to her husband.</p> <p>Just like Meghan, who was previously married before saying “I do” to Harry, Wallis had been divorced twice before Edward fell in love with her.</p> <p>In 1936, Edward approached the British parliament to ask permission to marry his American partner, however, they declined.</p> <p>Just weeks later, Queen Elizabeth II’s uncle gave up the throne and married Wallis in France.</p> <p>Wallis is believed to have called her husband a “god-damned fool” over his decision and the couple were given the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, without the 'Her Royal Highness' status.</p> <p>The couple spent most of their married lives in France after being banned from England and shunned by Edward’s family.</p> <p>In 1972, Edward passed away at the age of 77 and in 1986, Wallis died at the age of 89.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/"><strong><em><u>The Sun</u></em></strong></a>, the Queen gifted Harry and Meghan the home where the bodies are buried. </p> <p>Harry and Meghan’s current residence only has two bedrooms, however, now they will have a nursery as well as 10 extra bedrooms.</p> <p>Reportedly, there is also space for a gym and yoga studio, which Meghan will certainly utilise.</p> <p>The house is currently divided into five separate units for palace staff, so changes will be made before they move in.</p> <p>Frogmore House was also where Harry and Meghan hosted their evening wedding party.</p> <p>“They need more room and hope Frogmore Cottage will be ready in time for when they have the baby,” a royal insider told <em>The Sun</em>. </p>

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Duchess Kate gushes about Duchess Meghan’s pregnancy: “It’s such a special time”

<p>When Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announced they were expecting their child together, the world rejoiced.</p> <p>And now, Duchess Kate has commented for the first time on the arrival of the new royal bub.</p> <p>While attending a royal engagement, the Duchess of Cambridge was asked if she was excited about the arrival of the new baby.</p> <p>"Yeah, absolutely!" she replied, adding, "It's such a special time to have little kiddies."</p> <p>The mum-of-three also revealed that her adorable kids are also eagerly awaiting a new cousin to play with.</p> <p>"A cousin for George, Charlotte and Louis as well! It's really, really special," she said.</p> <p>Kate also gave fans an update on her 7-month-old son, Louis.</p> <p>"Louis's getting bigger, I can't believe he's like seven months, he's getting to be a big boy," she gushed.</p> <p>The 36-year-old also chatted about how much George, 5, and Charlotte, 3, are looking forward to Christmas.</p> <p>"They're getting excited for Christmas time, because they've started all their Christmas songs and the Christmas trees are going up," she said.</p> <p>Kate was in Leicester with her husband Prince William to pay their respects to five people who died in a helicopter accident in October.</p> <p>The crash deeply grieved the football world as Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died along with four others.</p> <p>One other victim, pilot Eric Swaffer, had flown with Prince William only a few months prior during his last visit.</p> <p>The couple walked around the tribute before meeting family members and friends of the five people who lost their lives.</p> <p>Kate wore a Catherine Walker coat and plain black heels as she lay a bouquet at the scene of the crash as well as a note. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7822180/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a36df184b0c9492c8b6e7ff31f0eae56" /></p> <p> </p>

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