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Care worker reveals how Nigerian 'witch child' is much healthier since image
Care worker reveals how Nigerian 'witch child' is much healthier since image A two year old Nigerian boy who was found emaciated and riddled with worms after his family left him for dead has made an incredible recovery. A picture of the starving toddler being given a sip of water by an aid worker broke hearts around the world when it was published in January. The boy, now called Hope, was abandoned by his family because they thought he was a witch and was found in the streets by Anja Ringgren Loven, a Danish woman living in Africa, on January 31. And now Ms Loven has shared a series of photographs showing Hope's miraculous recovery in just eight short weeks, and says he 'is really enjoying life now'. Back in January, Ms Loven found the boy after he spent eight months fending for himself and living off scraps. She bent down and gently began feeding him and giving him water from a bottle. She then wrapped up the disorientated toddler in a blanket and took him to the nearest hospital for treatment. When Hope reached the hospital, he was given medication to remove the worms from his stomach and daily blood transfusions to incorporate more red blood cells into his body, Ms Loven said. And two days after the aid worker asked for the community's help with Hope's costly medical bills, she received $1million in donations from around the world. Just eight weeks later, Hope is unrecognisable. He has gained weight and has been pictured smiling and playing with other children. Ms Loven uploaded new photos of Hope on Saturday, and wrote: 'As you can see on the pictures, Hope is really enjoying his life now having 35 new brothers and sisters who ALL take such good care of him, play with him, study with him, and make sure he is safe and is getting a lot of love.' But she explained Hope has hypospadias, a genital birth defect meaning the urethra emerges somewhere on the shaft or even the base of the penis, instead of at the tip. She added: 'The doctors found this inborn condition on Hope, so next week Hope will have surgery. 'This is an operation the doctors have performed many times, so Hope will be very fine.' Ms Loven is the founder of African Children's Aid Education and Development Foundation, which she created three years ago to help children who have been labelled witches and therefore neglected or even killed by the members of their community. Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we've both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children,' she wrote on Facebook, accompanying images of her feeding the young boy and appealing for donations to help pay for his medical bills in January. 'With all the money, we can, besides giving Hope the very best treatment, now also build a doctor clinic on the new land and save many more children out of torture!' she said. Ms Loven runs a children's centre where the youngsters she saves live and receives medical care, food and schooling. She and her husband, David Emmanuel Umem, began building their own orphanage in late January
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Sir Tom Jones's wife Linda dies of cancer
Sir Tom Jones's wife has died after a 'short but fierce battle with cancer', the singer's publicist said today. Lady Melinda Rose Woodward, better known as Linda, passed away with her husband of 59 years at her side yesterday morning in Los Angeles. Sir Tom, who married Linda when they were both teenagers, often described her as the 'love of my life', despite his infamous infidelity and affairs over the course of their marriage. News of the 75-year-old's death comes just a week after Sir Tom cancelled a string of gigs in the Far East due to a 'serious illness' in his immediate family. It is not known what time of cancer she was suffering from, but his autobiography released last year, Sir Tom revealed his wife, a grandmother of two, has twice had cancer scares, and was a heavy smoker who had developed emphysema. He also recalled how he fell in love with her and then 'never had that feeling for anyone else... I don't think you can fall in love more than once'. In a statement released today, the star's agent said: 'Sir Tom Jones' wife of 59 years, Lady Melinda Rose Woodward, passed away Sunday morning, April 10, after a short but fierce battle with cancer. Surrounded by her husband and loved ones, she passed away peacefully at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.' The childhood sweethearts met aged 12 in Sir Tom's home town of Pontypridd and married when they were both just 16. They had one child together, Mark, 59, who now works as Sir Tom's manager. The former Voice judge started his world tour last month, and was due to perform Smart Araneta Coliseum in the Filipino capital of Manila at the start of April, but pulled out hours beforehand due to a family illness and was said to be 'devastated' at calling it off. On April 3 it was announced that he also shelved dates in Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo and Osaka, although his management had denied it was Linda who was unwell. The singer famously claimed he had bedded 250 women in one year at the height of his career, but despite his self-confessed adultery, remained devoted to his wife, calling his marriage 'rock-solid' and said 'all the rest was fun and games' He has previously said he would not be able to carry on singing if his wife died. 'She's the most important thing in my life,' Sir Tom said. 'An unbelievable woman. Linda is the love of my life and she still is, even though she doesn't look like she did. I don't look like I did, either, but I try my best.' Tom had said that he and his wife had an arrangement since the late Sixties, when Linda stopped going on the road with him, saying: 'She doesn't ask.' His reported long-term liaison with Mary Wilson of The Supremes was documented in her book, Dreamgirl: My Life As a Supreme, and he also had a long affair with Marjorie Wallace, a former Miss World, in 1976. Tom Jones, then known as Tommy Woodward, met Melinda Trenchard at school when he was just 12 years old. The couple started dating at 15, married at 16 and had their only child, Mark, a year later. In his autobiography, Over The Top And Back, Sir Tom wrote of watching Linda walk up the hill to school and of her sometimes giving him a smile, noting that she was 'a cut above me academically and a cut above me socially, too'. Her family owned cinemas in the area where both Tom and Linda grew up, and she was in the A stream while Tom, who later learned he had dyslexia, struggled and left school at 15. Once her husband became famous, Linda was seemingly happy to remain in the background, even keeping quiet as he was openly unfaithful to her. He claimed he had bedded 250 women in one year at the height of his career, enjoying affairs with a string of women, while his wife seemingly looked the other way. But it was his liaisons with Supremes singer Mary Wilson, and Marjorie Wallace, a former Miss World which led to Linda losing her cool. Upon reading in Disc magazine that Wilson was in the UK 'to see Tom Jones', Linda hired a minicab to take her to Bournemouth where her husband was staying to confront the pair. However, he had been warned she was on her way, removing Wilson and any trace of Wilson from the hotel suite. According to Tom's road manager, Chris Ellis, the next morning Linda had cried: 'When I think of that b**** lying on these sheets!' In 1976, Tom embarked on an affair with American beauty queen Wallace, who he was pictured with numerous times, including in Barbados, where they were seen kissing during filming for a television show, and in Las Vegas.
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Prince's $10m Paisley Park estate in Minnesota revealed
So it is unsurprising that the award-winning singer's $10million mansion reflects his dedication to the industry. A virtual tour of the Paisley Park estate in Minnesota, released a couple of years ago to fans, showed the extravagant complex, where the 57-year-old was found unresponsive in an elevator on Thursday, in all its glory. Viewers were able to catch a glimpse of the musician's 10-man wardrobe, where dozens of his colourful outfits were likely to have been hung, as well as dance rehearsal room. A huge recording studio, which was designed by architect Bret Theony, was the home to many of the star's musical instruments, with guitars propped against purple and pink chairs and a keyboard in the middle of the room. Elsewhere in the house, a room seemingly dedicated to relaxation - with large sofas next to an acoustic performance area - was lit by purple lights The property also included an extravagant 'lobby' area, where the walls were painted like the sky and large balconies joined the upper floors. Meanwhile, a glass pyramid on top of the complex, which looks more like a factory than a house, glowed purple when the star was in. The pictures emerged as those who have worked with Prince revealed the mansion also has an underground vault full of unreleased material that can keep his legacy alive for more than a century. Fans of the star have been speculating for years about a huge maximum-security room containing up to 2,000 hidden tracks. But now his sound engineer Susan Rogers has confirmed the rumours are true - adding that the vault contains an unreleased song called Moonbeam Levels. Fans across the globe have spoken out about their devastation at the star's death, with some even claiming he knew it was going to happen. Social media users claimed lyrics from his 1986 song Sometimes It Snows In April suggested he knew he was going to pass away. It also emerged that at his last public appearance in Minnesota - less than a week before he was found dead - Prince told fans not to 'waste their prayers' on him. He made the comment after representatives claimed he had suffered from a severe bout of flu earlier in the month. But reports alleged yesterday that the star had actually needed a 'save shot' - an injection usually given to those who have taken a drugs overdose.
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Carbisdale Castle with 40 bedrooms dubbed the Castle of Spite goes up for sale for £900,000
Carbisdale Castle with 40 bedrooms dubbed the Castle of Spite goes up for sale for £900,000 Carbisdale Castle in Sutherland, north west Highlands, has been put on market because it requires extensive repairs The 40,000 square feet property comes complete with a grand hall, ballroom and billiards room It dates back to 1905 and was built for Mary Caroline, Duchess of Sutherland, after the death of her husband The family of her husband, the 3rd Duke of Sutherland, did not approve of the marriage and contested his will A historic Scottish castle with 40 bedrooms has gone up for sale for just £900,000. Carbisdale Castle in Sutherland, north west Highlands, was originally put on the market after it was discovered the castle would require extensive repairs. A developer had planned to spend £6.5million on transforming the 40,000 square feet property, which comes complete with a grand hall, ballroom and billiards room, into a luxury hotel. But the sale recently fell through and now the castle has been relisted for £900,000 - less than some one-bedroom flats in London. The £300,000 price cut means the property, which has been a backpacker hostel since 1945, is available for less than the £1m raised by selling off the collection of statues and paintings at auction last year. The castle dates back to 1905 and was the last castle to be built in Scotland, erected as part of a bitter family disagreement. It was built for Mary Caroline, Duchess of Sutherland, after the death of her husband George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, the 3rd Duke of Sutherland. His family did not approve of the marriage and after his death they contested his will. Eventually they agreed to give the Duchess a substantial sum of money and build her a castle, as long as it was outside their lands. So the Duchess built her castle just outside Sutherland lands, on a hill where it is visible across a huge part of their estate, earning it the nickname 'The Castle of Spite'. The clock tower is even missing a clock face on the side facing their estate, as the Duchess did not want to give them 'the time of day'. The new owner will gain 16 acres of land and a loch when they take over control of the B-listed castle, as well as various freestanding marble statues which were not sold off. The castle also features a library and a minstrel's gallery - a raised balcony where musicians would play during a feast or ball. The property was originally put up for sale for £1.2m in 2014. A buyer was found in 2015, when a company pledged a £6.5m investment to make the castle a hotel, adding a Michelin-star restaurant and revamped gardens to the property. The deal also included plans for the developers to buy up 100 acres of Forestry Commission land around the estate, which proved controversial with local nature lovers. But the deal fell through after Youth Hostel bosses cancelled the deal 'as a result of growing concerns as to the likelihood of the sale being achieved.' The asking price has now been cut by 25 per cent, in a bid to shift the bargain property once and for all. The castle hosted a variety of visitors in the years after it was built. During WWII an agreement was made at Carbisdale between the King of Norway and Russian military chiefs that if they entered Norway they would not stay after the war. In 1945 the castle was gifted to the Scottish Youth Hostel Association and became known as one of the most eccentric UK locations open to backpackers travelling on a shoestring. In 2011 the hostel was closed for repairs - but workers discovered further water damage, resulting in it being put up for sale in 2014. Harry Maitland of Savills said: 'Carbisdale is a magical property, rich in history. It will either make an incredible trophy home for a buyer from Scotland or much further afield, who is keen to restore the interior to it's former glory. 'While significant refurbishment works have been carried out on the fabric of the property, there is also incredible potential to repurpose this fairytale castle as a hotel.'
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Inventory of Prince's estate shows he had $25million worth of real estate
Inventory of Prince's estate shows he had $25million worth of real estate NEWS: goo.gl/a3kAcQ A recently released inventory of Prince's estate shows the pop icon had acquired millions of dollars in real estate and other personal property at the time of his death in April 2016. The inventory, which was submitted to the probate court in Carver County, was compiled by Bremer Trust. Bremer Trust listed dozens of properties in Carver and Hennepin counties in Minnesota with an estimated value of $25.4 million, according to the Star Tribune. However, much of the superstar's estate has not yet been valued, according to the document that was released by the Carver County District Court. Prince died at age 57 on April 21 from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl. The Purple Rain hitmaker didn't leave a will, but his estate has been valued between $100 million and $300 million before taxes, according to the Tribune. Bremer Trust listed that there was about $110,000 in four bank accounts, unclaimed property and cash. There was also 67 10-ounce gold bars valued at nearly $840,000. Paisley Park Enterprises Inc, NPG Records Inc, NPG Music Publishing and Lotus Flow3r had more than $6 million in cash on hand at the time of his death. NPG Records has more than $6.8 million in arbitration receivable, according to the document. Some of his belongings, including instruments, jewelry, a 2006 Bentley and the iconic Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge motorcycles, haven't been given a value. Prince's fortune will likely be divvied up among his sister Tyka Nelson and half-siblings Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John Nelson, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson. A hearing scheduled for January 12 is expected to resolve a number of issues related to the estate. A pair of properties owned by the late singer-songwriter at the time of his death were sold for a total of $390,000 in Chanhassen, Minneapolis, according to theLos Angeles Times. The largest was a 1.82-acre parcel of land that sold for $240,000. A second property, nearly half an acre listed for $599,999, sold just before Christmas for $150,000, according to the Times. Two of Prince's other properties, a 1.5-acre wooded lot on Lake Riley and a 1960s ranch-style home, are currently pending sale.
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Prince's Turks and Caicos holiday home for sale for $12m
A stunning Caribbean hideaway belonging to the late singer Prince – complete with 10 bedrooms and a purple driveway – has gone on the market for $12million (£8.3million). The idyllic retreat in the Turks and Caicos boasts 10,000 square feet of living space, jaw-dropping views of the Caribbean Sea, two beaches and amenities that would guarantee privacy and luxury when the star was away from his permanent home in suburban Minneapolis. The Purple Rain singer's bolthole is set on a peninsula on the atoll of Providenciales – once named the world's best island – famed for its crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and exclusive properties. When Prince bought the gated mansion in 2010 he had the driveway painted purple, his signature colour. Ten bedrooms and 10 bathrooms are spread throughout the main villa, a two-storey guest house and a residence for staff, while amenities include a pool, tennis court, tropical gardens, walking trails and a boat dock, the Turks and Caicos Sun reported. The main residence features a master suite with his and hers walk-in closets, two en-suite bedrooms, a dining room and kitchen, covered terrace with a bar, gym/studio, home theatre and a grand foyer. An attached guest wing has two bedrooms with a shared balcony, while a guest house has two additional bedrooms with Juliet balconies, a private terrace, a kitchen and dining and living area. There is also a three-bedroom house for staff. PROVIDENCIALES: WHY THE RICH AND FAMOUS FLOCK TO THE WORLD'S 'BEST ISLAND' Famed for its turquoise waters, white sand beaches and sunshine, the island of Providenciales is a slice of paradise on earth. It is one of the 48 tropical islands in the Turks and Caicos, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean Sea, northeast of Cuba and nearly 600 miles southeast of Miami. Providenciales, once named the world's best island by TripAdvisor, is a magnet for the rich and famous when they seek peace and quiet and privacy at their own luxury villa or a five-star resort. Stunning Grace Bay, on the island's northern coast, has been called the world's best beach. Residents and visitors get plenty of use out of the 200 miles of white sand beachfront in the Turks and Caicos, where the sun shines more than 300 days per year and the average temperature is between 25C and 28C. In addition to Prince, celebrities that reportedly own property include model Christie Brinkley, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and actor Bruce Willis. Making the Turks and Caicos even more attractive to wealthy types is the fact that it is a tax haven with no property, capital gains, inheritance or income taxes, and anyone can own property. Robert Greenwood, a Regency-Christie's International Real Estate broker who specialises in luxury homes, called the property one of the most exquisite estates in the Caribbean. He told the Turks and Caicos Sun: '[Prince] was often seen around town or at the Amanyara, especially during the New Year's celebration where live music was part of the entertainment and potential guest appearances by the legend himself. 'However, he always remained reserved and private, something that the Turks and Caicos offers those who are continually in the spotlight.' Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, died at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the 57-year-old's unexpected death.
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Yorkshire village of West Heslerton is on sale for £20million
Many dream of swapping their cramped city pad for a sprawling house in the country. But this unique real estate opportunity gives potential buyers the opportunity to own an entire rural village. From its pub to its sports pavilion, the whole of West Heslerton, near Malton, North Yorkshire, has gone on the market for £20million after being owned by the same family for 150 years The most recent landlady, oxford-educated Eve Dawnay, inherited the village from her father following his death in 1964. She was able to keep the rents low and helped build a vibrant community, supporting a host of amenities, including a primary school and its own football, crickets and bowling teams. She died in 2010, aged 84, without a single heir, leaving West Heslerton to a number of beneficiaries. They have now decided to sell, bringing to an end more than a century of Dawnay ownership. The centre piece of the estate is the 21-bedroom West Heslerton Hall, which has been left empty for 30 years since Miss Dawnay downsized to a four-bedroom home. The lot also boasts 43 houses, including Miss Dawnay's, a pub/restaurant, a garage, sports pavilion and playing fields. He said the estate has been untouched in the last 50 years and is a 'blank canvas' ready for development. 'There are now endless possibilities to convert buildings, develop plots and explore commercial opportunities,' he continued. 'But I know that in an ideal world Miss Dawnay's family would really like to see the estate carry on in a similar vein.' The total annual rental and agricultural subsidy income is around £388,000 but Mr Watson believes that there is also room for further income growth without spoiling the character of the village. He said: 'While Miss Dawnay wasn't one for country sports, she was very interested in nature and conservation and there is huge potential to develop the sporting side of the estate... The land would make a wonderfully challenging and varied shoot.' Ms Dawnay's younger sister Verena Elliott, who lived at West Heslerton Hall as a child, admitted it is 'not the prettiest of villages' but said it had been loved by generations of her family. She said: 'It would be very hard to find a village with more loyal and lovely people living in it. There is a real sense of community, which is hard to find these days. There are generations of families who have lived in the estate houses. In fact, there was a time when nobody ever seemed to move away. 'We used to have folk dancing in the village hall during the war and there was a very strong WI, one of the first in Yorkshire, which my aunt started. My mother ran the land army so was kept very busy. 'I remember that there was a side door to the hall and that it was always open; nobody rang the bell. Anybody from the estate was welcome to walk straight in and go down to my father's study. Virtually every day there was somebody popping in to ask his opinion or tell him about some problem or other like a broken fence or a smoking fire.' She added it would be strange to return when it belongs to someone else but said 'times have changed' and it is time for 'new life' to be breathed into the estate.
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BREAKING cure for Huntington's disease could be in the pipelineHas a groundbreaking drug trial
A cure for Huntington's disease could be in the pipeline A cure for Huntington's disease could be in the pipeline following the results of a groundbreaking new drug trial. For the first time, scientists have been able to correct the defect that is responsible for the devastating neurodegenerative disease. The results, hailed as the 'biggest breakthrough in 50 years', saw 46 patients of the incurable disease given an experimental drug. University College London researchers discovered the pill lowered their levels of toxic proteins in the brain. The drug, dubbed a 'tremendous step forward', was also found to be safe - despite fears it could lead to meningitis. Professor Sarah Tabrizi, lead researcher told the BBC: 'I've been seeing patients in clinic for nearly 20 years, I've seen many of my patients over that time die. 'For the first time we have the potential, we have the hope, of a therapy that one day may slow or prevent Huntington's disease.' Professor Tabrizi, director of UCL's Huntington's Disease Centre, added: 'This is of groundbreaking importance for patients and families.' Huntington's disease is a genetic disorder that affects the central nervous system and leads to involuntary movements, difficulty talking and memory loss. The condition, which affects 8,500 adults in the UK and around 30,000 in the US, occurs as a result of a fault in the huntingtin gene. On average, patients live for between 10 and 20 years after their diagnosis. The huntingtin protein itself is vital for the development of the brain, but the genetic error leads to it instead killing brain cells. The new drug works by silencing the faulty huntingtin gene - stopping the creation of damaged proteins in the brain, the BBC reports. Having proved successful on animals, the British researchers looked to investigate the drug's effects on human patients. For the trial, the patients were injected with the drug into their spinal fluid at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Alongside its benefits at reducing the amount of huntingtin, the volunteers were found to tolerate the drug well. However, the team remain adamant that more research is needed to prove that lowering levels of huntingtin could lead to a possible cure. The results of the Roche-owned drug, which was created by Ionis Pharmaceuticals, are expected to published in a journal next year. Professor John Hardy, who was awarded the Breakthrough Prize for his work on Alzheimer's, welcomed the findings. He told the BBC's James Gallagher: 'I really think this is, potentially, the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative disease in the past 50 years. 'That sounds like hyperbole - in a year I might be embarrassed by saying that - but that's how I feel at the moment.' Professor Hardy believes the findings also offer hope for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, both of which see a build-up of toxic proteins in the brain.
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Prince Harry's god daughter Florence van Cutsem wins hearts with smile
Prince Harry's god daughter Florence van Cutsem wins hearts with smile Grace van Cutsem was one of the most memorable bridesmaids at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in 2011. The scowl she pulled as the pair kissed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace - suggesting she wasn't overjoyed to be centre stage - sent the internet into a frenzy. And now another member of the van Cutsem clan has made their mark at the Royal Wedding of the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Florence van Cutsem, Prince Harry's three-year-old goddaughter, has won adoration for her angelic smile and adorable poses as she took on a starring role on May 19. She is the daughter of Alice van Cutsem and her husband Major Nicholas van Cutsem who has been firm friends of the Prince of Wales and his sons for years. At the wedding of Harry and Meghan at Windsor Castle, she expertly navigated down the aisle with her fellow bridesmaids. Moments earlier she was photographed arriving at the chapel with Princess Charlotte wearing an adorable flower headband and a little white dress. She could be seen grimacing slightly as her car pulled up at Windsor Castle - contorting her cherubic face in a shot reminiscent of her cousin's seven years earlier. But when three official wedding photographs were released by Kensington Palace, her adorable smile shone through. The youngster can be seen crouched elegantly beside the now Duchess of Sussex with one hand rested in her lap. Wide-eyed and angelic, she smiles happily, showing off a pair of cute dimples. Twitter came alight when it was announced on May 16 that a van Cutsem would be taking on a prominent role in the Royal Wedding. Many people were eager to know how Florence was related to little Grace who made such an impact at Prince William's wedding.
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How Muhammad Ali and Prince formed a close bond
Prince spent his life partying with the rich and famous, but there was only one celebrity who could leave him starstruck: Muhammad Ali. The late singer met the self-proclaimed greatest boxer of all time in 1997 as they made plans for a charity concert. The Purple Rain star, who died in April this year, revealed after the meeting that he was in awe of Ali - and would have done anything for him. Speaking at a press conference after their get-together, Prince revealed his excitement at meeting his childhood sporting hero. 'My friend Londell McMillan called me a couple of days ago and asked me. He said, "Muhammad wants you to" - and I said "Yes". 'I didn't even let him finish. He could have said, "Mow the lawn", and I would have been down with it,' Prince said. 'Muhammad's my hero. He has been since I was a child. As you can see, he's such an inspiration to many people,' he added. Prince, who was sitting next to Ali as he shook because of his Parkinson's disease, raised laughs with reporters in the room - but it was clear that he was serious. Photographs of the pair chatting earlier that day showed Prince beaming from ear to ear as Ali ruffled his hair. The legends in their own fields were also snapped with their arms around each other as they made plans for The World Healing Honors. The benefit gig was to raise money for charities and groups trying to tackle racism and prejudice around the world, the Los Angeles Times reported. 'I wish people would love everybody else the way that they love me,' Ali said at the time. 'I hope I can encourage people to show the same love and respect for each other. If so, it would be a better world.' Ali - who died on Friday evening after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's - continued to share a close bond with Prince and was among the celebrities who led tributes to the singer after he died. 'We've lost a true original. @Prince was someone who cared for others & used his genius to help many,' the three-time heavyweight champion of the world tweeted, alongside a picture of the two in 1997. Ali died at a hospital outside Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, days after he was taken there with difficulty breathing. The father of nine married four times and will be remembered for his outstanding victories over Sonny Liston, George Foreman, Joe Frazier and Leon Spinks, as well as his gold medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He was also known for his trash-talking, coming up with phrases such as 'float like a butterfly, sting like a bee'. President Barack Obama was among those who paid tribute to the boxer, thanking him for 'gracing our time'.
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Kate Middleton treks with Prince William to a remote monastery in Bhutan
Kate Middleton treks with Prince William to a remote monastery in Bhutan The Duchess of Cambridge joked about 'burning off the curry' during a three-hour trek with Prince William to the breathtaking Tiger's Nest monastery perched on a Bhutan clifftop - yet looked as if she had barely broken sweat. William and Kate continued their adventure-packed tour with an energy-sapping climb up one of the country's major attractions. Built into the side of a steep cliff above a beautiful forest of rhododendrons, some 10,000 feet above sea level, it is one of the most spectacular temples in the world. The royal couple admired the 'absolutely stunning' scenery on their way up and beamed as they posed for photos. And while the prince was seen wiping sweat from his brow, his wife appeared unfazed by the climb and simply pushed her hair back from her face with her sunglasses. As they paused at a viewpoint overlooked the monastery, Kate, clad in £475 Penelope Chilvers boots and a £495 Nubuck shoot waistcoat, gushed: 'Wow, that's amazing.' William said: 'Look at the roof (of the temple) it's cool. What a great view.' The couple then sat on a stone bench with their backs to the Buddhist temple - the most important in Bhutan - to pose cheerily for photographs. The couple had started their trek through the stunning scenery at an elevation of 8,525ft and arrived at the monastery three hours later having stopped for two breaks. Kate looked fresh in her white blouse and Zara khaki stretch pants, having finally taken off her leather waistcoat - but William looked a little flushed. Kate described the view as 'very special'. Asked if it was one of the sites the couple were most looking forward to seeing, she replied: 'It's amazing, so beautiful.' The couple agreed to pose with their arms wrapped around each other for a photo taken by their press officer. They chatted briefly with a guide, Kate asking: 'Do you have many rescues here?' But they declined offers of water or to sit down on two specially created seats draped with fabric under a parasol. At the half-way point the couple, guided by the director of the national museum, Phuntesho Tashi, span a series of prayer wheels in the picturesque spot, which in Buddhism helps to absolve sin. The couple pushed on for the final section of the climb, to the monastery itself, unaccompanied by journalists or photographers, sparking a row over media access. Bhutanese tourism ministers said they were happy for reporters, photographers and TV crews to accompany the Duke and Duchess all the way to the monastery. But Kensington Palace blocked that, insisting the royal couple should have a private visit to the monastery buildings. Although the couple are both very fit, William admitted the hike up rocky paths and steep inclines had been challenging-particularly with the lung-busting altitude. The prince, dressed in chinos, a shirt and walking boots, looked slightly more flushed than his wife - sporting £475 Penelope Chilvers boots and a £495 Nubuck shoot waistcoat - and wiped sweat from his brow. 'It was quite tough on the way up. This is absolutely stunning', he said. Kate was thinking of her figure, though, joking: 'It's a great way to burn off the curry'. As the pair came back down the mountain, William greeted reporters by saying 'hello intrepid explorers'. He said: 'Are you sure you didn't just get off a donkey? I wish I had! 'It was amazing. Beautiful scenery as you saw. With the mountains like this and the temples at the top, it was just stunning to walk up there and see all the scenery and to listen to some of the history and religion of the country. It's really important when you come on a trip like this to see some of that.' Asked about his comment that it was 'easy' at the half-way point, William admitted: 'I may have slightly spoken too soon. It was a little bit cheeky on the second part definitely.' Kate described it as an 'amazing experience', adding 'I feel very lucky and fortunate to see such beautiful scenery. As William said, we have learnt about the country.' The King of Bhutan had sent some of his own horses to accompany the couple in case either struggled and needed to go on horseback, but neither of them had needed to. As they started the final approach, down 1000 steps and across a bridge over a yawning chasm, the waiting monks started a musical religious welcome. Chanting, bells, cymbals and trumpets all sounded to welcome the royal couple.
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Inside Prince's Jehovah's Witness Church for which the singer once went door to door
Prince devoted his life to spreading the word of God and even took his work door to door in recent months, a Jehovah's Witness church elder has told Dailymail.com. Prince, who officially converted to the religion in 2003, is associated with the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall, Saint Louis Park congregation in Minneapolis which is a 20 minute drive from his Paisley Park estate. The deeply religious megastar is a 'publisher' with the Jehovah's Witness faith and saw it as his calling to spread the message of Jehovah. We also learned that the singer, who is worth $300 million, gave the congregation significant 'gifts of mercy' over the years. The large cash donations were made in secret in line with the teachings of Jehovah. This comes as it emerged the Purple Rain star was cremated in secret on Friday. Prince's body was released back to his family shortly after 1pm after undergoing a four hour autopsy at the Minnesota medical examiner's office in Ramsey. He was then driven across Minneapolis to the First Memorial Waterston Chapel and sister Tyka, along with her son Prez and another member of the family, were there to see him cremated. The Jehovah's Witness church is expected to be heavily involved in the star's memorial service. But elders would only say that a decision over the final plans was 'pending'. When Dailymail.com arrived at the Saint Louis Park church the elders were finishing up a meeting to discuss the impact of Prince's death on the congregation and plans for the memorial service. Tearful church leader James Lundstrom said the church was 'saddened' over Prince's death and that there would be announcement Sunday morning about what will happen next. Brother George Cook, who is one of the nine elders of the small 90-person congregation, told Dailymail.com: 'No decisions have been made yet, but the congregation will be involved.' The 81-year-old said of the deceased singer: 'Prince was a publisher with good standing here in our congregation. He was active, he shared in the ministry every month. 'We didn't see him very often because he was away all the time, but he did attend the memorial of Christ's death on March 23 here, he brought some of his band members with him. 'He was a spiritual man from what I know of him and he talked to individuals and he very strongly believed in the message of the bible that Jehovah Witness's proclaim. 'He believed that the true God is Jehovah and he knew for example that when we die, we're dead, we're sleeping and the hope is the resurrection, that's why Jesus died.' Brother Cook said Prince regularly 'witnessed' alone in the community, as well as in groups. And he admitted that people might have been shocked to see the superstar turn up on their doorstep to talk to them and offer a free bible course, but added: 'We try to downplay the person, it's all about the message. 'We try not to eulogize any individual from a personal standpoint, one person is equal in the eyes of God as another person. 'So our main goal is to proclaim the message of God's kingdom as equals and Prince did what he could from what I understand. 'He did what he could to help people to get into the Bible and appreciate the benefits of family life and the hope of God's kingdom.' He added: 'Credibility and honesty in conveying the message is vital.' Brother Cook described Prince as 'modest' and 'very, very humble' when he came to the church. 'Obviously he was able to witness when he was on his travels as well, he was devoted to it like we all are,' he said. 'He found fulfillment as a Witness and in sharing his faith with others.' The elder says he last saw Prince when the star attended a 50-minute ceremony to commemorate the death of Jesus on March 23 – an event celebrated by Jehovah's Witnesses all over the world. The church has no photos of their most famous 'publisher' on the walls as you might expect, because 'that would be glorifying an individual'. 'Glory goes to Jehovah God, almighty God and his son Jesus Christ,' said Brother Cook. Brother Cook also said the church does not have a problem with Prince's reported addiction to prescription drugs because 'that's a personal matter'. 'We are in to homeopathy and things like that, because nothing is 100 per cent.' Prince was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 2003 at the Chanhassen Jehovah's Witness church just a half mile from his house. It's believed he studied the faith with Sly and the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham who later started Graham Central Station, the funk group.
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Prince's closest friends pictured arriving at secret memorial service
From the women he loved to the musicians he inspired, and a host of big names, Prince's friends gathered at a secret ceremony to celebrate his life on Wednesday. Both of Prince's ex-wives Manuela Testolini and Mayte Garcia, as well as his former flame Anna Fantastic, listened to his iconic music and watched old performances by the pop superstar on a big screen in Los Angeles. In a ceremony celebrating Prince the icon, but remembering Prince the man, mourners listened to his iconic music, talked of the friend they had lost, and watched as he lived again on screen. Also among Prince's gathered friends at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater were Spike Lee, Nile Rodgers, Dita Von Teese, Larry King and Gwen Stefani. The two-and-half-hour service began with a rendition of Prince's single Sometimes it Snows in April, performed by musician Greg Phillinganes. The song was a fitting choice, following Prince's unexpected death on April 21, aged just 57. Even Prince himself addressed the star-studded crowd, with a screening of his Oscars acceptance from 1985, when he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for his film Purple Rain Spike Lee was among those who spoke at the ceremony, telling guests that another Brooklyn event would be hosted in Prince's honor on June 7, which would have been the late musician's 58th birthday. Sharing a picture of his outfit in advance, he wrote: 'Purple beret and purple Kobe's for Prince memorial tonight in El Lay.' Others to address the packed Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles included both of Prince's ex-wives - Manuela Testolini, and Mayte Garcia. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science President Cheryl Boone Isaacs make the opening remarks, while Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, Prince's keyboard player Morris Hayes, talk show host Tavis Smiley, and Prince's former backing singers Wendy and Susannah Melvoin also spoke. Gwen Stefani, Dita Von Teese, Larry King, record producer Bobby Z, R&B singer Mavis Staples, and singer Jill Jones were amid the mourners, who listened to performances by Esperanza Spalding and Janelle Monae. Laryy King's wife Shawn shared a picture of the programme - which featured a picture of Prince - and wrote online: 'Attended a wonderful Celebration of Prince's life with his friends and family tonight. Beautiful man. Beautiful life.' Not present at the service were Prince's siblings, with his sister Tika and five half-siblings revealing in a statement that they were planning their own service, following an initial celebration soon after his death. Prince died at his vast estate in Minnesota last month and is rumored to have overdosed on prescription drugs. A post-mortem examination took place and a pathology report is expected soon
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Meghan Markle's brother Tom Jr's mom praises royal bride
Meghan Markle's brother Tom Jr's mom praises royal bride Roslyn Markle, the mother of Meghan's older half-brother and sister, has revealed she got up at 3am to watch the Royal Wedding at her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Roslyn, 72, described the ceremony as 'absolutely beautiful' and heaped praise on the newly minted Duchess of Sussex. 'Meghan looked wonderful and I thought her dress was classically beautiful,' she said. 'Doria looked proud and lovely.' She added: 'England is so beautiful and green. The castle grounds are pretty and the people seem lovely.' Roslyn said her favorite part of the ceremony was when a clearly ecstatic Harry was joined by Meghan at the altar and added that she thought Prince Charles looked 'handsome' and proud to be escorting the Suits actress on the final steps up the aisle. Roslyn said she now hopes the couple will go on to have a long and happy marriage, telling DailyMail.com: 'I wish them all the best. I hope they go on to have a long and happy union.' Roslyn is the first wife of Meghan's father Thomas Markle Sr, 73, who she divorced in 1976 after he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Hollywood. On Saturday she told DailyMail.com that her former husband would have been 'a bit tearful' as he watched the wedding and offered her condolences after ill health left him unable to attend. She said: 'I'm sorry that her father missed out on this joyous occasion. I know he was watching and was a bit tearful – but he was very proud.' Markle Sr has already given his verdict on the ceremony via his favored outlet, gossip website TMZ, and described the ceremony as 'emotional and joyful'. The 73-year-old, who is understood to have watched it from his hospital bed, added: 'My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy. I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness.' The retired lighting director had been due to walk Meghan down the aisle but pulled out on Tuesday after allegedly suffering a heart attack. On Wednesday, he was admitted to hospital where he had three stents inserted. The following day, he told TMZ that he was 'honored and grateful' after Prince Charles offered to step in and give Meghan away in his place. Meghan, who is understood to have been keeping in touch with her father via text message, released a statement on Thursday asking for him to be given 'space' to recover. She said: 'Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health. 'I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.' Neither of Markle Sr's other two children, both the product of his marriage to Roslyn, were invited to the wedding following weeks of sniping in the press. Markle Sr has also blamed Samantha Grant, 53, and Thomas Jr, 51, for his current plight – telling TMZ that their antics have made him ill. Samantha is watched the ceremony from her home in Ocala, Florida, in the presence of a television crew working for an outlet which paid her a five-figure sum, while Thomas Jr was in Windsor – the paid guest of a tabloid newspaper. Roslyn told DailyMail.com that she thinks their behavior has been an 'embarrassment' and accused her daughter of behaving in an undignified way during the run-up to the nuptials. She also revealed she had 'chewed out Tom Jr' over his antics. It may have worked; Markle Jr. has backtracked on his astonishing attacks of his half-sister to say that he feels like an 'a**' and 'couldn't be more proud' of her on wedding day. In an unscrupulous reversal of his earlier public comments, Markle Jr., told The Mirror on Friday that he now 'doesn't blame' Meghan for distancing herself from him when she found fame on Suits. 'I feel like an a** about it but my true feelings are I couldn't be happier for her. I mean, what are the odds? 'This is every woman's dream come true, to marry a prince. So I couldn't be more happy and proud of my sister. She's incredible,' he said. He spoke in the UK after jetting in before the big day but would not say what his plans for Saturday were. He was not invited to the ceremony or reception.
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Egypt unveils 'one of a kind' 4,400 year old tomb of ancient high priest
Egypt unveils 'one of a kind' 4,400 year old tomb of ancient high priest Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a priest decorated with hieroglyphs and statues dating back more than 4,400 years in a pyramid complex. The private tomb belonging to 'Wahtye', a high priest who served during the fifth dynasty reign of King Neferirkare, was unearthed today in a buried ridge at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, south of the capital Cairo. His brightly painted tomb is decorated with scenes showing the royal priest alongside his mother, wife and other members of his family, the Egyptian antiquities ministry said. It also contains more than a dozen niches and 24 colourful statues of the cleric and members of his family. The tomb dates from the rule of Neferirkare Kakai, the third king of the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom. The 33 ft (ten metres) long, 9.8 ft (three metres) wide tomb has just under three metres high walls which are decorated with hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs. The tomb was untouched and unlooted, Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters at the site today. He described the find as 'one of a kind in the last decades' as the tomb was unique due to the type of statues and its near perfect condition. Archaeologists removed a last layer of debris from the tomb on Thursday and found five shafts inside. The tomb has only partially been uncovered and officials expect more discoveries when archaeologists excavate the site further in coming months early next year and even as early as tomorrow. One of the shafts was unsealed with nothing inside, but the other four were sealed. Waziri was hopeful about one shaft in particular would reveal more secrets, adding: 'I can imagine that all of the objects can be found in this area. This shaft should lead to a coffin or a sarcophagus of the owner of the tomb. 'The colour is almost intact even though the tomb is almost 4,400 years old.' In November archaeology officials announced the discovery in Saqqara of seven sarcophagi, some dating back more than 6,000 years, during excavation work started in April by the same archaeological mission. Three of those tombs contained mummified cats and scarabs - an ancient Egyptian gem cut in the shape of the beetle. The Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo is home to the famous Djoser pyramid, a more than 4,600-year-old construction which dominates the site and was the country's first stone monument. The tomb, built by the master architect Imhotep for the Pharoah Djoser, stood 62 metres (203 feet) tall originally and is considered the oldest building in the world built entirely of stone. Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany said: 'Today we are announcing the last discovery of the year 2018, it's a new discovery, it's a private tomb. 'It is exceptionally well preserved, coloured, with sculpture inside. It belongs to a high official priest... (and) is more than 4,400 years old.' Antiquities minister Khaled al-Anani announced the find, just west of Cairo, which is also home to the famed Step Pyramid. The Fifth Dynasty ruled Egypt from about 2,500 BC to 2,350 BC, not long after the great pyramid of Giza was built. Saqqara served as the necropolis for Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt for more than two millennia. Ancient Egyptians mummified humans to preserve their bodies for the afterlife, while animal mummies were used as religious offerings. Egypt has revealed over a dozen ancient discoveries this year. The country hopes the finds will brighten its image abroad and revive interest among travellers who once flocked to its iconic pharaonic temples and pyramids but who fled after the 2011 political uprising. In recent years, Egypt has heavily promoted new archaeological finds to international media and diplomats in the hope of attracting more visitors to the country. The vital tourism sector has suffered from the years of political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.
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Hao Hao the Panda gives birth at Paira Daiza zoo in Belgium
Carefully cradling her newborn cub in her mouth, panda Hao Hao seems to be settling into motherhood with ease. Little does she know how hard her keepers fought for her to get to this point – and the odds for survival that are still stacked against her tiny boy. Her baby was born in a Belgian zoo today, a rare event for an endangered species that numbers fewer than 2,000 worldwide. The healthy male cub was born in the early hours at the Paira Daiza wildlife park to six-year-old Hao Hao and her mate Xing Hui. The pink, blind, hairless cub weighed just 171 grams (6oz). Hao Hao's 'probable' pregnancy was announced just two weeks ago, accompanied by caution about detecting the tiny foetus. The cub, to be given a name later, emerged as 'a little pink sausage' and gave a loud cry before being scooped up in Hao Hao's mouth, the park's zoological director Tim Bouts said. Mother and baby were now doing well, but he warned: 'We are still in a risky period.' The zoo, which has hosted the pair since 2014 under an arrangement with the Chinese authorities, cooperated with experts from the animals' native China to treat the mother by artificial insemination. World nature organisation WWF says a survey in 2014 found only 1,864 giant pandas living in the wild, almost double the numbers in the late 1970s and 17 per cent up in a decade. As part of efforts to save the species, which has been hit hard by human encroachment on the highlands where they survive almost entirely on a diet of bamboo, more than 300 pandas now live in zoos, mostly in China. They notoriously struggle to reproduce in captivity, however – though artificial breeding techniques and better knowledge of their needs has seen an increase in births in recent years. Pairi Daiza said Belgium had become the third country in Europe to see the successful reproduction of pandas after Austria and Spain. The last successful birth in Europe was at Madrid three years ago.
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Prince Harry shares a giggle with Kate Middleton at the Queen's birthday service
Perhaps Prince Harry had overheard one of his grandfather's famous gaffes, or he'd spotted an error in the order of service. But as he leaned over to whisper in the Duchess of Cambridge's ear at St Paul's Cathedral today as the royals attended the Queen's thanksgiving service, his brother certainly wasn't in on the joke. Harry was seen leaning in to speak to Kate as she titled her head towards him to listen, and whatever the naughty royal had to say left the Duchess in fits of giggles, despite the solemnity of the occasion. Meanwhile Prince Williams stared stoically in the other direction, not sharing in the pair's mirth. The trio are known to share a close relationship, and with Harry remaining single for the time being he is often the third party in their relationship. Indeed, he didn't even glance in their direction to find out what was so funny. The body language revealed a close friendship between Kate and her brother-in-law who were also seen laughing together as they made their way down the aisle of the cathedral to take their seats at the front. In that instance, they were laughing over a near miss which saw Kate almost get her heel stuck in a grate. Luckily William alerted his wife before she ran into trouble and she shared a laugh with Harry about the potential mishap. Today's celebrations saw senior members of the royal family, as well as the extended family, gather to give thanks for the Queen's longevity. The young royals stole the show as they joined hundreds of politicians, dignitaries, celebrity guests and the extended Royal Family for a special thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral, central London, this morning. Kate stunned in a powder blue Catherine Walker coat dress with a lace embellished front, which she paired with a cream fascinator decorated with white corsages. She wore blush suede court shoes - the high heels of which almost caused the mishap with the grate. The ceremony, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and attended by a star-studded congregation including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Former prime ministers John Major and Tony Blair and television personalities Clare Balding and David Attenborough were also there for the service which kicks-off a three-day series of festivities in the capital to mark the Queen's birthday. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Prince Edward's daughter Louise and son James, Princess Anne and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were also in attendance - as were a host of politicians including David Cameron, George Osborne and Jeremy Corbyn. During the special service, the Archbishop of Canterbury praised the way the Queen had ruled 'through war and hardship, through turmoil and change during the course of her 90 years' and asked the congregation to look back on her rule 'with deep wonder and profound gratitude'.
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Mother of quintuplets Kim Tucci shares heart warming photos of her five precious babies
Mother of quintuplets Kim Tucci shares heart warming photos of her five precious babies Proud parents to five new born babies have shared heart-warming photos of the quintuplets for the first time. Kim and Vaughn Tucci from Perth, Western Australia, welcomed five healthy babies in January – a son, Keith, and four daughters – Ali, Penelope, Tiffany and Beatrix. Ms Tucci, who also has a nine-year-old son from a previous marriage and two young daughters with her husband, has shared the at times overwhelming task of caring for her precious bundles. But one look at the babies' adorable faces is enough to know the sleepless nights are worth it. The photos show a glowing 26-year-old Ms Tucci cradling her five babies, their tiny bodies swaddled in soft pastel wraps. While the couple has shared photos of their children before, this is the first time the babies have featured in a professional shoot. The adorable pictures capture the sleeping quintuplets in what must be a rare moment of peace. The logistical challenges the family face on a daily basis have been taking their toll on the young mother, with Ms Tucci recently telling Channel Nine's 60 Minutes she sometimes 'locks herself in the bathroom and cries on the floor' as she adapts to life with seven children all under five years of age. The couple change 350 dirty nappies a week and feed each infant eight times a day. Although are 'overwhelmed' by the momentous job, they are the 'happiest they have ever been in their life'. 'No-one thought I could do it, and I did, I showed everyone in my life. So, I think it's the first time that I've actually been proud of myself,' Ms Tucci told the television show. The chance all babies would survive and be healthy was incredibly low. But over a gruelling 27 weeks, Ms Tucci's body grew to accommodate each infant - each weighing more than a kilogram by the time she gave birth. Her obstetrician, Professor Jan Dickinson, managed to deliver each healthy baby in under two minutes and said Ms Tucci had a 'super womb'. The quintuplets were rushed to intensive care and were monitored for 24 hours a day for six weeks until they grew strong enough to return home. The couple get daily help from family and volunteers to care for the quintuplets and use feeding changing and sleeping charts to monitor each infant. 'You just gotta do it. We haven't got a choice,' Ms Tucci said. During her pregnancy, Ms Tucci wrote about her intense struggles with back pain, 12 bathroom trips a night and consuming the recommended 6,000 calories a day to feed her five babies. 'I'm struggling to eat and force feed myself leaving me with reflux for hours,' she wrote on her blog Surprised With Five. 'I can't tolerate a lot of dairy and I can't keep protein drinks down, I'm starting to lose weight when I really need to be gaining it.' Her online posts about dealing with pain, nausea, changes to her body and going to the bathroom 12 times a night, amassed a following of more than 123,000 people – most of them mums who share their own personal stories. At 24 weeks along, photographer Erin Elizabeth took photos of the expecting mum to commemorate her journey. The images became a hit on Ms Tucci's website and Ms Elizabeth's social media. A Go Fund Me page has been started to help the Tuccis buy a nine-seater car so they can safely get out and about as a family.
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Dubbed 'the Kate Middleton of the Himalayas', meet Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan
Dubbed 'the Kate Middleton of the Himalayas', meet Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan, 25, is relatively known outside of of the tiny kingdom, nestled between India and China. However the youngest queen in the world, who has been dubbed the 'Kate Middleton of the Himalayas', has charmed the local people with her delicate beauty and modest demeanour. The stunning royal lives in a humble cottage and shnned an exotic honeymoon in favour of a walking tour to meet her subjects. Yet she is set to be thrust into the international spotlight when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Bhutan tomorrow. So who is Jetsun Pema, the woman who so captivated King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan that he renounced his right to take multiple wives and vowed that she was the only woman he would ever marry? Jetsun, who recently gave birth to her first child - a baby boy - is the second of five children, and although she is officially a commoner her family is not without royal connections. Her father Dhondup Gyaltshen, a pilot with Drukair – the country's national airline - is the half brother of a former queen consort. Meanwhile her mother Sonam Chuki, who comes from one of Bhutan's oldest noble families, is the goddaughter of a Bhutanese prince Her older sister Yeatso Lhamo is also married to the King's brother Prince Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Born in Thimphu, Jetsun spent her early years being educated close to home before attending boarding school in India where she proved to be a sporty student - just like her fellow royal Kate. She enjoyed playing basketball and captained a school team, and her other hobbies included fine art and painting, as well as taking part in school bands and dance programmes. Jestun also won prizes for public speaking, and is fluent in Hindi and English - as well as Dzongkha,, the national language of Bhutan - but was always modest despite her accomplishments. 'She doesn't have any airs,' one of her former teachers said in an interview. 'I think she didn't even dream of becoming a queen.' Jetsun's family connections and resources allowed her to study in the UK, where she began her degree in international relations with psychology and art history at Regent's University. But her studies were cut short when, at the age of 21, her engagement to the King of Bhutan was announced. It's believed they were dating for more than three years before the King proposed, and their relationship raised eyebrows as it was a love match rather than a traditionally arranged marriage. Breaking with protocol, the couple also lived together for a time before they tied the knot. According to reports, Jetsun's very first meeting with the future king of Bhutan happened during a family picnic in the capital Thimphu when she was just seven years old and the prince was 17. He told a group of students before their wedding that he'd been so moved by her beauty and inner goodness, that he'd got down on his knees and said: 'When you grow up, if I am single and not married and if you are single and not married, I would like you to be my wife, provided we still feel the same.' Jetsun, 21, was still a student herself when her engagement to King Jigme Khesar was announced in May 2011. He had been ruling since the abdication of his father, King Jigme Singye Wangchuk, abdicated in 2006. The monarch, who had previously held absolute power, had decided to step down in order to pave the way for democracy and a constitutional monarchy.
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Grieving parents spend £15,000 on lavish funerals for their 'little princesses' after they lost two
A heartbroken couple have spent £15,000 on giving their two baby daughters a proper send off after they died just 15 months apart. Matthew and Jodie McAtamney-Greenwood from Chessington, Surrey, were expecting their first daughter, Serenity, in the spring of 2014, but at 38 weeks her heart stopped beating and she was stillborn. A year later, Jodie, now 25, was pregnant with the couple's second daughter, Trinity, but a scan showed she had a heart defect and she died aged just five months old. The doting parents from were so devastated after the death of their first daughter they decided to have a hugely lavish funeral, to give her the send off she deserved. Software engineer Matthew, 33, said: 'For our first daughter, the pregnancy was textbook according to nurses, but at 38 weeks her heart stopped beating and she was stillborn. 'But then not having a baby to take home, it's just unfathomable. It was like one minute we had a baby and the next we didn't.' Matthew and Jodie wanted to shower Serenity in gifts just as they would have done if she were alive. Matthew said: 'Most parents will spend thousands of pounds on their babies over the course of the years and ultimately we thought why don't we do the same, she is still our daughter.' The grieving parents ordered a white horse and carriage - because she was their 'little princess' and they wanted to give her the best possible send off. They had a headstone custom made, with a butterfly carved into the top, and a place to put letters and cards where they wouldn't get wet. The black marble headstone was also covered in heart-wrenching poems and messages of love from the tot's parents and grandparents. Not long after Serenity's death, Jodie was pregnant again and although the couple were very cautious, everything seemed to be going to plan.
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Meghan Markle makes her first official engagement
Meghan Markle makes her first official engagement Meghan Markle made her first outing as the Duchess of Sussex today as the newlyweds arrived at Prince Charles's 70th birthday party at Buckingham Palace. The honeymoon is over for Prince Harry and Meghan, with the new Duke of Sussex giving a warm and witty speech at the garden party in honour of his father Prince Charles. The Duchess of Sussex was given a warm welcome into the family, with Prince Harry explicitly referring to the garden party as a 'family celebration' during his speech. Harry and Meghan enjoyed only a brief private getaway following their wedding on Saturday, delaying their full honeymoon to honour the Prince, with talks of a 'mini-moon' in Ireland in June or July. The Duchess of Sussex - who will be referred to as Her Royal Highness (HRH) for the first time in public - wore a white dress by Goat and a hat by Philip Treacy, switching up her signature messy bun for a chic up do. Meghan's nerves at her first public outing were quickly offset by a lighthearted moment when a bumblebee flew into Prince Harry's ear during his speech, sending her into a fit of giggles. Harry, who was midway through the speech at Buckingham Palace in London suddenly went lost his place and said laughing: 'To say... phffff....that bee really got me!' Charles looked slightly bemused and she leant across the laughing Duchess of Cornwall to explain to him what had happened. Ironically, Harry had just praised his father's life-long determination to protect species under threat. Harry said today: 'We're here today to reflect on and to celebrate my father's dedicated support to all of you and the work that you do. 'But first, I would like us to take a moment to remember all those affected by the tragic events at the Manchester Arena a year ago. We are fortunate to have over 250 representatives of the emergency services here today. 'It is right that we take a moment to recognise the amazing work they do every day, and how each member of our blue light services rise to meet the challenge of tragic events such as the attack a year ago. 'We are also joined by Youth United Cadets. Their organisation also provided triage support to the medical crews on the attack. 'So, on behalf of my family, and everyone here, I would like to say thank you to the emergency services and all those who supported the injured and affected. My brother William would be here today, were he not attending a service in Manchester to honour their victims, their families, the emergency services and the survivors this afternoon. 'Our thoughts are with those who lost loved ones and those still dealing with the experiences of that night. It really is amazing to see so many of you here today for this family celebration. 'I say family, because this is a chance for us to honour to Prince of Wales's work over the last 40-plus years, with all of his charities, patronages and military associations – and, as you all know, my father views all of your organisations like an extended family.' Centring his speech on the work of his father, Harry made the speech feel very personal, referencing his early relationship with his father. He said: 'So, Pa, while I know that you've asked that today not be about you, you must forgive me if I don’t listen to you – much like when I was younger – and instead, I ask everyone here to say a huge thank you to you, for your incredible work over nearly 50 years.' After finishing the speech, father and son kissed on both cheeks, before posing for a photograph with charity leaders. When Meghan embarked on meeting charity representatives, she cleverly extended her hand to shake before most had a chance to bow. ‘I knew I was going to curtsey but she shook my hand,’ said Diana Langson, from 2nd Battalion Irish Regiment of Canada. ‘They were both so friendly and so kind and genuine when they spoke. ‘We offered them congratulations on the wedding and they just said thank you. They’re probably tired of talking about it! 'It has been a phenomenal day, and the opportunity to meet them all is overwhelming.' Sophie Rogers, 26, gave the Duchess what appears to be her first gift as Her Royal Highness: a handmade crystal necklace from her own studio, High Vibe Designs. Ms Rogers had received a grant from The Prince’s Trust two years ago, going on to start her own successful business. 'Oh how sweet, thank you,' said the Duchess. 'I was just admiring your necklace, it’s beautiful.' Corporal Gregory Gilbert, 2nd Battalion, Irish Regiment of Canada, said meeting Harry and Meghan was 'wonderful' after he and his colleagues flew over especially for the party. Second Lieutenant Reid Killen said: 'It felt like talking to my youngest son, the Duke reminds me very much of him. 'He's always joking around and Harry has the same sense of humour.'
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Johnny Depp brushes off fears over health as he returns to the stage
Johnny Depp brushes off fears over health as he returns to the stage Johnny Depp brushes off fears over health as he returns to the stage Johnny Depp returned to the stage in Berlin on Monday night to put on an energetic performance with his band the Hollywood Vampires after shocking fans with his pale and gaunt appearance over the weekend. Despite having his well-being questioned by fans who said he looked 'sick' and 'weak' in a handful of recent photographs, Depp, 54, was in high spirits as he performed at the Zitadelle Museum in Berlin. With a healthy application of his signature eyeliner and no hat to hide the remains of his hair (he shaved the sides last year), Depp posed for photographs backstage and was pictured smiling as he arrived at the venue smoking a dark brown cigarette. Earlier, a source close to the star told DailyMail.com that despite his drastic appearance which was laid bare in photographs over the weekend, the star was in good health and there was no cause for the widespread concern. On Saturday, photographs emerged of Depp in which he appeared somewhat frail. They had been posted online innocently by two fans who met him in St. Petersburg, Russia where Depp played a show last week. While they merely intended to share their photographs, the images went viral and attracted fears over the Pirates of the Caribbean actor's welfare. They were posted innocently by the women who appear in them but quickly went viral as others picked up on his stark appearance. Depp, 54, is not believed to be filming for any forthcoming project. Speculation that his drastic weight loss may have been due to his participation in Fantastic Beasts 2. The production wrapped in December but Depp had to shave his head and bleach his eyebrows to play Gellert Grindelwald. Another suggestion was that he looked so different because he was not wearing his signature 'guyliner' but in the photographs it appears as though he is just not to the same heavy-handed standard fans may be used to. Depp is currently touring Europe with his band the Hollywood Vampires. On Monday night, he will play in Berlin at the Zitadelle museum. Afterwards, the tour will travel to Sweden, where the band will play two shows, before moving on to Denmark, Finland, Poland, Prague, and Germany before going to the UK at the end of the month. They will play three shows there then will go back to Germany before finishing in Rome in July. The tour began on May 17 in upstate New York. Not long before the St. Petersburg pictures were taken last week, Depp was seen in Moscow posing happily with staff at a state museum after a low-key visit between shows. They seemed unconcerned about his appearance and happily shared photographs of his visit online. In videos of him performing, he appears to be in fine form. Depp's shocking appearance comes after a month of accusations of bad behavior including claims of sustained drug abuse and alcoholism. In a lawsuit against the star filed last month, two former bodyguards described having to act as babysitters for him. One claimed that he had to once wipe a 'substance' from the actor's face in a nightclub. It was also claimed that he spent the day 'smoking and drinking' on the set of City of Lies, formerly known as LAbyrinth, in which Depp plays a LAPD detective investigating the deaths of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. In videos of him performing, he appears to be in fine form. Depp's shocking appearance comes after a month of accusations of bad behavior including claims of sustained drug abuse and alcoholism. In a lawsuit against the star filed last month, two former bodyguards described having to act as babysitters for him. One claimed that he had to once wipe a 'substance' from the actor's face in a nightclub. It was also claimed that he spent the day 'smoking and drinking' on the set of City of Lies, formerly known as LAbyrinth, in which Depp plays a LAPD detective investigating the deaths of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.
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Russian woman who suffered from alopecia now has long hair
Russian woman who suffered from alopecia now has long hair A real life Rapunzel has revealed that she has not always had these stunning flowing locks after admitting she used to suffer from the debilitating condition alopecia. Anastasia Sidorov now boasts enviable locks at the age of 23 but has recently told how she suffered from baldness from the age of 18. Such has been the extent of Muscovite Anastasia's recovery that she has now gone onto model for Pantene shampoo, appearing in adverts in Russian magazines. On her Instagram page she said: 'Today I measured the length of my hair for the first time. I never wondered about this question, but there are a lot of questions. So, the length of the hair is 106 cm.' The beauty admitted that as a teen she was diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia - a condition which leads to the hair falling out leaving huge bald patches, and in some extreme cases complete baldness. It is not known what causes alopecia but it is believed to be stress-related. Steadily losing confidence, Anastasia went to visit a trichologist, an expert on hair loss, to see what she could do to help. Luckily the long running treatment of care worked and as well as Anastasia's hair growing, so did her interest in the profession. The determined young woman has since trained to become a trichologist herself and has released her top tips for keeping a healthy mane. She says she never straightens her hair, allows her hair to air dry 60 percent before using a hairdryer on it after washing and uses special treatments to keep it in tip top shape. The shampoo she uses has sulphates in it and she uses a keratin mask after every wash. She also takes a daily supplement of omega-3 and vitamin D. Anastasia continues to share her tips for having a glossy and healthy mane with her 238,000 followers on Instagram. She charges £54 for the individual plan of hair treatment gives consultations on the social media site. 'Before you decide on which shampoo suits you, you need to decide on the type of hair,' she said. 'Improperly selected shampoo can damage your hair very badly. 'For example, if you have dry hair, start using shampoo for oily hair, you remove all that natural fat, without which the normal condition of the hair, which is already lacking, is impossible. 'You will dry the scalp and make your hair very fragile, brittle. 'Many people often face a season of hair loss. If the iron content in the body is normal and there are no hormonal changes, this is normal.'
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Muhammad Ali's family to spar over his $50million fortune
With the death of the greatest sportsman of the 20th century, Muhammad Ali leaves behind a vast estate that will likely be split among Muhammad Ali's children and devoted wife. The boxing legend who died Friday is survived by his fourth wife, Lonnie, whom he married in 1986, and his nine children, including seven girls and two boys and a brother named Rahaman Ali. The Kentucky native had achieved much success throughout his incredible decades long boxing career. Plus, his support and philanthropy for charities outside of the ring made him a one of a kind man. A Forbes article estimates that he had a net worth of at least $50million. It's been reported that his wife Lonnie will act as executor of his will, while his former wives, children and even his brother could join the fight over his legacy and earnings. Ali earned his biggest payday inside the ring on October 10, 1980 against Larry Holmes. Despite falling by a technical knockout to Holmes, he earned $8million, according to the Los Angeles Times. That payday came about roughly one year after he defeated George Foreman in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for 'The Rumble in the Jungle.' Ali took home about $5.45million in that 1974 match. The three-time heavyweight champ earned millions of dollars in revenue each year through his company, GOAT LLC, until he sold it, but retained 20 percent interest of the business. The company's title was an acronym for his trademark phrase, 'Greatest of All Time.' According to Forbes, his name had generated between $4million and $7million annually from roughly 2001 to 2006, through deals with companies like Electronic Arts and Adidas. In addition, Ali and his wife Lonnie owned property in Arizona and Kentucky, and last year they sold a home located outside of Philadelphia for $690,000 that he lived in to train for some of his most dramatic fights. Furthermore, it's unknown what type of memorabilia the legend has that could potentially be sold for millions of dollars by his family. It's highly unlikely that Ali didn't leave behind a will that includes his wife and children, as he battled Parkinson's Disease for over 30 years until his death on June 3. 'After a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali, has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,' Ali's spokesman said. Ali's family said his funeral would be held in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and thanked the public for their outpouring of support. Ali, who was also a key figure in America's civil rights movement, had been on life support in hospital, after he was found 'barely breathing' at his home on Thursday. He was taken to hospital with an 'unshakable cough', a separate source said, with his fatal respiratory problems likely to have been complicated by his Parkinson's disease. The Greatest was surrounded by his family, who rushed to be at his bedside on Thursday and Friday after doctors warned his condition was 'rapidly deteriorating', a source said. Daughter Hana paid tribute to her father on Twitter and Instagram today, writing: 'Our father was a 'Humble Mountain!' And now he has gone home to God. Pray for the peace of his beautiful soul and for the happiness of his further journey. God bless you daddy. YOU ARE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE!' It was earlier reported that Ali's family had started making funeral arrangements after doctors warned that he was just hours from death. Ali's spokesman Bob Gunnell told MSNBC that the family were 'devastated' by his death. 'Muhammad passed with his family at his side just moments ago,' he said. 'It was a very peaceful passing and they are with him as we speak. You know, we lost a great person in this world tonight. 'We don't have an official cause of death yet, but it has to be from complications of Parkinson's.' Gunnell said on Thursday that the boxer was being treated for a respiratory issue at a hospital, which he confirmed again on Friday morning. Tributes have flooded in from around the world, with friends and fellow fighters paying Ali, who was voted Sports Personality of the Century, the highest accolades.
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EgyptAir crash victim who died aged just 4 months next to her 2 year old brother
Smiling into the face of her father this is four-and-a-half months-old Joumana – the youngest victim of the Egyptair crash. Wrapped up warmly in a pink baby-grow the infant can be seen just days before her young life was cruelly snatched away in the air disaster before it had hardly begun. The baby-girl was the youngest of the 66 passengers and crew to perish when the Egypt air plummeted into the Mediterranean Sea in flames. Sat next to her on the passenger jet was her older brother Mohamed, aged two-and-a-half. He is pictured here with a cheeky glint in his bright brown eyes and with soft, curly brown hair. The children were supposed to be enjoying their first seaside holiday, two weeks in the warmth of the Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh. heir doting father, Faycal Bettiche, had booked a break for his young family – wife Nouha, son Mohamed and baby daughter Joumana – French Algerians from the western city of Angers. 'Faycal and his family were going for a two-week holiday in Egypt,' his heart-broken sister Assia told MailOnline. 'They were flying to Cairo and then take a connecting flight to Sharm El Sheikh. 'They had packed their swimming costumes and sun hats.' Mr Bettiche, a respected fruit and vegetable trader, had wanted to spend time with his family ahead of the summer, his busiest work period. They had not had a proper holiday for three years. Faycal had been working really hard recently and he just wanted to relax with his young family,' Assia continued. 'He worked in the market here in Angers selling fruit and vegetables.' Assia continued: 'They had two lovely children. Mohamed was only two and a half years old. And Joumana was still a baby, only four and a half months old. 'They were both still at home with their mother but Mohamed was going to start nursery in September.' Yesterday as a stream of well-wishers paid their respects to Mr Bettiche's devastated parents at their smart apartment in central Angers his sister Assia told how they had learned of the terrible tragedy. The 38-year-old recalled: 'We all wished them off when they left Angers for Charles De Gaulle Airport. 'Then a friend saw what had happened on the news and called us. 'We are all in terrible shock. 'Our mother is beside herself. Our father Salah is so upset. He has lost his son.' The couple had married some three-and-a-half years before. Faycal, 38, had met his wife Nouha, 28, in Constantine, the Algerian city from which his parents had emigrated to France.
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Queen makes first public appearance for a month after heavy cold over Christmas
Queen makes first public appearance for a month after heavy cold over Christmas NEWS: goo.gl/a3kAcQ The Queen has made her first public appearance for a month after being struck down with a heavy cold over Christmas. The 90-year-old monarch attended church at Sandringham today, after missing the traditional Christmas and New Year's services for the first time due to ill health. The Queen, who wore a royal blue coat and matching hat, arrived by car at St Mary Magdalene Church with Prince Philip just before 11am this morning. The monarch, who also wore black gloves, was seen covering herself with a blue blanket as she left the church in her Bentley. The Duke of Edinburgh, 95, who looked dark around the eyes as he also recovers from a heavy cold, accompanied the Queen to church on the Norfolk estate today. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with the Middleton family, walked to the church service this morning from Sandringham House. Kate, who turns 35 on Monday, wore a designer green coat by Sportmax for the service, which she paired with a grey fur hat and black court shoes. Her parents Carole, 61, and Michael, 67, along with sister Pippa, 33, and brother James, 29, also attended the service. Pippa, who wore a structured brown coat with a matching hat for the service, was also accompanied by her fiancé James Matthews, 41, this morning. The pair are set to get married in Bucklebury, Berkshire, this May. Buckingham Palace refused to comment on how long the Middletons would be staying at Sandringham. Kate is expected to celebrate her 35th birthday privately with the Duke of Cambridge and her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, ahead of her first public engagements of the new year. The Queen broke protocol for the first time ever when she decided not to attend the traditional Christmas and New Year's church services over the festive period. Buckingham Palace had earlier declined to comment on the Queen's health and whether she would be attending the church service today. The monarch delayed her annual trip to Sandringham before Christmas due to her cold. She travelled one day later than planned and used a helicopter rather than a train to shorten the travel time. Prince Philip, 95, also suffered from the heavy cold but managed to recover enough to attend the service at Christmas and New Year's Day. Princess Anne had told well-wishers that her mother was feeling 'better' as she attended the New Year's service with her father last Sunday. Royal sources suggested that the Queen had a persistent 'hacking cough' and was staying away from church as she did not want to disturb other worshippers. The Palace's last official statement was last Sunday morning when it was confirmed that the Queen would not be attending last week's service. The statement only said: 'The Queen does not yet feel ready to attend church as she is still recuperating from a heavy cold.' Her prolonged illness had raised some concerns because colds and flus can be dangerous for elderly people. The Queen has generally been in good health in recent years, although she has cut down somewhat on her traveling and public appearances. However, signs of the monarch being on the mend were revealed earlier this week when she presented a trusted member of staff with an honour. The Queen invested Ray Wheaton, the Queen's Page of the Chambers, with the insignia of a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, according to the court circular. The LVO, which is the Queen's personal gift and is bestowed independently of 10 Downing Street, recognises service to the Royal Family and household. It has certainly been an eventful week for the elderly monarch, with reports claiming that she was almost shot by one of her own guards while she took a late-night stroll through Buckingham Palace's grounds. The guard is said to have shouted into the darkness when he spotted a figure walking around Buckingham Palace at 3am, believing it might be an intruder. But the shadowy suspect was in fact Her Majesty, who had stepped out for some fresh air because she couldn't sleep. The guard confessed to Her Majesty he had nearly fired his weapon, to which she quipped: 'Next time I'll ring through beforehand so you don't have to shoot me.'
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Vicar Geoffrey Short blasts Robson Green after TV star 'ran off with his wife'
Vicar Geoffrey Short blasts Robson Green after TV star 'ran off with his wife' A vicar has accused TV star Robson Green of running off with his wife. Rev Geoffrey Short was stunned when his wife of 16 years, Zoila, 43, suddenly left him for actor Green, 51, after they allegedly struck up a relationship at a gym in the outskirts of Newcastle six weeks ago. Addressing the scandal during his Sunday service at St Columba's Church in Wideopen, Newcastle on Sunday, the 57-year-old told his congregation: 'For me over the last few weeks and last few months, there have been some difficult times.' After the mass, he added: 'I have drawn from the people at the church a great deal of healing and peace. These people have been absolutely wonderful. 'I have taken comfort in my faith. I hope Robson Green and Zoila have a good life together.' During this morning's service, a member of the 60-strong congregation stood at the rear of the church and led a prayer in which he mentioned the vicar's heartbreak. He said: 'At this difficult time, on this particularly painful day, we pray for Geoff and his family.' In an interview with the Daily Mirror, the devastated clergyman revealed how the news came as a bolt out of the blue: 'When she told me I felt anger, amazement. There are questions I'll probably never get answers to. It's just total shock, disbelief and sorrow. Of course there is a lot of anger towards Green, but as a Christian I have to forgive. It's made me question my faith, but I've got to stay strong.' Explaining how he discovered his wife was leaving him, Rev Short said: 'I got home from work one day and all of a sudden everything changed. She announced she was leaving to live with Robson Green. She said they got talking in the gym and she fell in love. She left ­immediately. This all came as a huge shock to me.' In the weeks leading up to the revelation, the vicar said their relationship had been 'strange' but he assumed it was just part of 'the ups and downs of life'. Putting on a brave face: Reverend Geoffrey Short, 57, addressed the scandal during his Sunday service at St Columba's Church in Wideopen 'I knew he was a member at the gym, but I had no idea there was a friendship,' said Rev Short. 'Months and months ago she asked me, "Do you know someone called Robson Green? He goes to the gym." I just replied, "Yes, he's an actor", and she said, "Oh".' Rev Short and Zoila have two sons together aged 16 and 20. He described her as a 'fantastic mother' and the 'ideal vicar's wife' but recent events have cast a shadow over their previously perfect relationship. They met 22 years ago while Rev Short was visiting Hong Kong as part of his financial services job and married six years later in Manila. They then spent ten years living in the Philippines where they worked to improve educational facilities and business links. Heartbreak: Rev Geoffrey Short, 57, was stunned when his wife of 16 years, Zoila, 43, suddenly left him for actor Green, 51, after they allegedly struck up a relationship at a gym in the outskirts of Newcastle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan a 'mini moon' to Ireland
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan a 'mini moon' to Ireland With little time to recover from their fairytale wedding as they head straight back to work, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are planning a 'mini moon' to Ireland. Rather than jetting off on a honeymoon, the newlyweds have already expressed their desire to throw themselves into their royal duties. But in the coming weeks they do plan to spend some quality time together during a two-day break in Dublin. The couple, who exchanged vows in a ceremony watched by millions across the world on Saturday, are due to attend a Buckingham Palace garden party on Tuesday as part of the Prince of Wales's 70th birthday celebrations. It will mark the beginning of a new life for former actress Meghan, who has already spoken of her desire to 'hit the ground running' in her role as a full-time royal. Harry is yet to visit Ireland but Meghan spent time in the country as an ambassador for the One Young World summit in 2014 and they are expected to return in the coming weeks. A visit to Australia is also in the diary for October, for the 2018 Invictus Games, while other trips abroad this year are said to be in the pipeline. The couple are expected to then continue their tour Down Under to include visits to New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, with plans being discussed at the highest level. But despite their hectic schedules, the couple seized the opportunity to spend some time away from the public eye on Sunday. After two receptions hosted by the Queen and Prince of Wales on Saturday - with some guests said to have continued partying well after Frogmore House closed its doors - the royal newlyweds left Windsor Castle on Sunday afternoon for some well-earned privacy.
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Inside Venezuela's crisis hit hospitals where 7 babies die a day
The impact of Venezuela's economic collapse on its people is almost impossible to put into words. But these images inside calamity-hit hospitals go some way to communicating the devastation. Since oil prices plummeted, all aspects of everyday life - electricity, food, paper - have been rationed. Critically, medical centers are in crisis. Without soap, antibiotics, power, gloves and x-rays, surgeons are struggling to keep patients alive. Pictures taken by New York Times photographer Meridith Kohut offer a glimpse inside some of the most notorious centers - while President Nicolas Maduro claims the socialist nation has the best healthcare in the world. The Luis Razetti Hospital in the portal city of Barcelona looks like a war zone. Patients can be seen balancing themselves on half-broken beds with days-old blood on their bodies. They're the lucky ones; most are curled up on the floor, blood streaming, limbs blackening. Children lie among dirty cardboard boxes in the hallways without food, water or medication. Without electricity or functioning machines, medics have had to create their own solutions. Two men who had surgery on their legs have their limbs elevated by makeshift slings made out of water bottles. One man is missing half his skull after a severe head injury a year ago. He is still waiting for post-surgery treatment. Last summer, the Daily Mail reported how rampant opossums had infested the Luiz Razetti Hospital, killing 17 newborns. That was just the start of months of misery at the center, according to the New York Times. In just one day, the newspaper's reporters witnessed the deaths of seven babies since there were no oxygen tanks, and doctors had to pump air into their lungs by hand. A 68-year-old diabetic patient interviewed has to have her leg amputated; the hospital did not have dialysis machines or the antibiotics she requires. One had to have an almost-rupturing appendix removed without proper tools or sanitation. Another died because the blood bank was closed due to a public holiday, which was randomly called by the government to save electricity. President Nicolas Maduro has refused attempts to seek international or monetary support for the country's healthcare system that he says would effectively 'privatize' healthcare. The socialist leader, Hugo Chavez's successor, claims such a move would have devastating impacts on the country. And he even insists Venezuela's healthcare is one of the best in the world: 'I doubt that anywhere in the world, except in Cuba, there exists a better health system than this one,' he said. Since the economic collapse began to take hold of the country, Maduro has dedicated many of his speeches to boasting of Venezuela's strengths, and lashing out at other countries. Like his late predecessor, Maduro regularly accuses the US of spying and illegal intervention. On Tuesday, he told a press conference a U.S. military aircraft 'with lethal technical abilities' illegally entered Venezuelan airspace twice in seven days. 'Our military aviation detected the illegal entry, for unusual espionage tasks, of the Boeing 707 E-3 Sentry, which is an airborne early warning control center system that has all the mechanisms for espionage,' he told reporters at the presidential palace.
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Mia Tindall steals the show in the Queen's 90th birthday portrait
It may be her great grandmother's big day, but two-year-old Mia Tindall well and truly stole her thunder in the Annie Liebovitz portrait released this morning to mark the Queen's 90th birthday. The adorable toddler is seen proudly clutching the handles of her great grandmother's £1,020 Launer handbag in a moment, according to a royal source, that was totally unscripted. 'The moment with Mia was completely spontaneous, it was not staged at all. She just picked up her great-granny's handbag and that was it,' they said. Mia, the only child of the Queen's granddaughter Zara and husband Mike Tindall, has won hearts on Twitter with the adorably cheeky display, with many declaring that she'd totally usurped Prince George as the cutest young royal. Oh wow Mia Tindall totally steals the show on that photo,' Sary18 tweeted, 'Mike Tindall your daughter is gorgeous #handbag.' Collette Naden ?said Mia holding the queen's handbag had 'made her day', while Lucy Mapstone said she was 'obsessed'. This is how I hold my bag on the Tube out of fear', she explained. RoyalHats couldn't handle the cuteness, saying: 'ADORE that little Mia Tindall picked up the Queen's handbag. It's charming beyond words.' RoyalObsessedinU.S was even more effusive. ? 'I'm dying. I'm dead. Mia Tindall killed me while holding great granny's purse,' she tweeted.' How CUTE is little Mia Tindall holding great granny's purse? Oh my goodness. It's too cute for words!' Anna Kleimann ?said she had to admit the portrait was 'too adorable', adding 'move over George'. Callmekateblog agreed that Mia was stealing the show, as did ArmyWagBlog who said: 'Move over George, this photo is all about Mia Tindall.' Annette Hardy ?added: 'Mia Tindall holding her great granny's handbag will melt the coldest of hearts.' Kelseymartin said it was an 'amazing photo' because of Mia holding the Queen's trust accessory, before poising the eternal question: 'Wonder what the Queen keeps in her bag.' Chubby cheeked Mia is the daughter of former royal rebel Zara Phillips and her England rugby player husband Mike Tindall. The two year old is no stranger to the world of horses thanks to Olympian Zara and was sitting on her first pony even before she could walk. More used to jeans and wellies, she wore a rose-pink knitted cardigan, jean skirt and smart 'party' shoes with pretty frilled socks and her hair swept to one side. Zara gave birth to Mia, the Queen's fourth great-grandchild, on January 17 2014. She is 17th in line to the throne, but like her mother, she does not hold a royal or aristocratic title. As when Zara herself was born, Mia's name was a break from tradition as it had no precedent in the royal family. The group portrait is one of three released today, the other two being of the Queen and her beloved dogs, and a rare and surprisingly warm shot of the Queen with her daughter Princess Anne. She appears as 'ladylike' as her doting father, Prince William, says she is, sitting bolt upright and crossing her legs. She is wearing a flowered dress made by Spanish boutique m&h, which costs £21 and was a gift from her nanny, Maria Borrallo. Her £11 pale pink tights are by Amaia and the outfit is completed by a cardigan matching Mia's. Charlotte's brunette hair is swept to one side in a pretty pink bow, and she appears to be holding a plastic toy horse. Savannah Phillips, elder daughter of Peter Phillips and his Canadian wife Autumn, is the eldest of the Queen's great-grandchildren and 14th in line to the throne. Savannah, five, who was not given any title at birth at the request of her parents, lives in what has been called 'the family commune' at Gatcombe Park. She enjoys a hugely carefree existence, running around Princess Anne's vast grounds, and was christened privately at a small Gloucestershire church.
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Michelle Lodzinski jailed for killing son after telling police he went missing
Michelle Lodzinski jailed for killing son after telling police he went missing NEWS: goo.gl/a3kAcQ A mother has been jailed for 30 years for killing her five-year-old son in 1991. Michelle Lodzinski was found guilty of killing her son Timothy Wiltsey in May last year, 25 years after he vanished. The child's body was found eleven months after she claims he went missing from a carnival in Sayeville, New Jersey. No one ever saw the boy there and his remains were found buried with a blanket from their home 11 months later in marshland near where his mother worked. On Thursday, 49-year-old Lodzinski said nothing as she was given her sentence, maintaining still that she does not know what happened to her son. Her lawyers pleaded for her not to be jailed for life, asking the judge: 'I'm sure Timothy would not want to impose a life sentence on his mother.' Timothy Lodzinski was reported missing on May 25, 1991, when he was five and his mother was just 23. She claimed to have lost him at a carnival in Sayreville, New Jersey, where they were living at the time. Lodzinski however changed her story several times in the months that followed, later claiming he had been abducted. During police interviews she said he had been taken by a group of men and women but later changed her description to say the kidnappers had a young girl with them. Police found the boy's body just under a year later in a marshy area outside a building where Lodzinski worked. They were unable to determine a cause of death because it had decomposed so badly. A blanket was found nearby alongside a pair of sneakers and balloon with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles log on the front. Despite being questioned by police, she was never arrested due to lack of evidence. Detectives reopened the case years and charged Lodzinski in 2014 after receiving an anonymous tip. They interviewed one his cousin and babysitter who said the blanket had come from the family's home. Danielle Gerding was with Lodzinski at the carnival when she said she the woman, who now has two other sons, 'calmly' said he was missing. They looked for him together in the woods but could not find him, she said. Others who knew the family remembered seeing the mother there but not Timothy. Prosecutors said Lodzinski only went to the fair to give herself an alibi after killing Timothy earlier in the night. 'The carnival was a cover-up. It was a way the defendant sought to escape detection. Timothy was in the ditch around the corner from where she worked, with his blanket and a balloon,' prosecutor Christie Bevacqua said. 'She was a young, struggling mother, struggling to survive and take care of her child. 'Timothy was a burden on her. He was just no longer wanted, and her solution was a life without Timothy.' Alan Rockoff, the Middlesex County prosecutor when Timothy disappeared, now retired, said prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to charge her previously. 'We didn't have sufficient evidence at the time to pull the trigger,' said Rockoff. 'There was no direct smoking gun here. ... Hopefully now, there's a possibility of closure. Justice works slowly, but works surely.' Lodzinski was living in Port St. Lucie, Florida, with two teenage sons when she was arrested in 2014. She has been in jail in New Jersey since.
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Seed sprouts on the moon for the first time ever
Seed sprouts on the moon for the first time ever China's Chang'e-4 mission has successfully started growing plants on the moon. Cotton seeds can be seen sprouting in a photo released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The mission took a variety of seeds to the moon as part of its biosphere experiment and this marks the first time ever that biological material has been cultivated on the lunar surface. Other biological matter on the Chang'e-4 mission includes cotton, oilseed rape, potato, Arabidopsis, yeast and fruit flies. More plants are expected to sprout in the next 100 days, the Chinese space agency claims. Developing the ability to grow plants in space is an important step towards successful long duration space flight to Mars and beyond. The picture emerged after being released has come from Chongqing University and was published on the university's Weibo account. It read: 'After experimenting under the moon's high vacuum, large temperature difference, strong radiation and harsh conditions, mankind has grown the first plant sprout, realising man's first moon-based biological growth experiment'. Images sent back by the probe show the cotton sprout has grown well, but so far none of the other plants on-board have taken, the university said. Fruit flies - also known as Drosophila - are a model organism widely used throughout science to understand how animals react in different environments. Their short reproduction time is useful in allowing scientists to understand its genetic impact after several generations of reproduction. Arabidopsis, a simple plant related to the mustard family, is the plant equivalent of Drosophila and also widely used by scientists. The studies on these pioneering plants are being done in a specially designed biosphere on the Chang'e-4 lander and not on the mobile rover, Yutu-2. It has greater temperature regulation and insulation which protects its experiments from the extreme temperatures on the moon. A lack of atmosphere means the UV rays from the sun reach the surface of the moon unfiltered and unabated. Temperatures fluctuate between highs of 127°C (261°F) and frigid lows of -173°C (-279°F). The seeds and eggs are kept in a small cylindrical tin and are expected to grow inside the 0.8L container. The 'lunar mini biosphere' is part of Beijing's biological studies in space as it plans to build a lunar base and eventually put people on the moon by 2036. Researchers hope the potato and Arabidopsis seeds will grow to blossom on the moon in 100 days, with the process captured on camera and transmitted to Earth, according to a previous reports. The 6.6lb (three kg) tin is made from a specially developed aluminium alloy. It is seven inches (18 cm) tall, with a diameter of six inches (16 cm) and a net volume of 1.4 pints (0.8 litres). As well as seeds, it contains water, a nutrient solution, air and equipment including a small camera and data transmission system. Researchers from 28 Chinese Universities are behind the project, led by southwest China's Chongqing University. Astronauts have previously cultivated plants on the International Space Station. Rice and Arabidopsis were also grown on China's Tiangong-2 space lab. Professor Christopher Conselice, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Nottingha, told MailOnline: 'China is doing experiments with seeds and worms to see how things form in space and there is relatively little information on this. 'That's a new ares of space exploration which we can learn about which was impossible before Chang'e-4.' Speaking to Xinhua last year, the chief designer of the 'lunar mini biosphere' Xie Gengxin called the experiment 'significant'. Xie said it could herald a breakthrough for them to understand how humans might be able to survive on an alien planet. Zhang Yuanxun, a director from China's Deep-space Exploration Associated Research Centre, said the difficulties of the experiment was to control the temperatures and ensure energy supply for the 'lunar mini biosphere' in the 'complicated' environment on the moon. The lunar day and night each lasts for 14 days, half of its orbit around Earth. The temperatures on its surface could range from the peak of 127°C (261°F) to lows of -173°C (-279°F). To control the temperatures, scientists put insulating layers around the tin and built a mini air-conditioning system inside hoping it could provide a pleasant environment for the plants to grow. To obtain energy, the tin will be powered by the solar panels on Chang'e-4 during the day and its internal batteries during the night.
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Prince charming Harry delights a 95 year old fan by kissing her hand on the final day of the Invictu
Prince Harry has shown that his mother's legacy is alive and well as he proves himself to be worthy of his nickname of 'Prince of hearts'. The 31-year-old left competitors, spectators, organisers and guests at the Invictus Games bowled over by his charm and energy, not least 95-year-old fan Ruth Ullerman who even managed to steal a kiss from the royal at the veterans' contest today. Harry bent down so the smiling pensioner could plant a kiss on his cheek, before he returned the favour by taking the elderly woman's hand in his before giving it a kiss. He continued to win even more fans as he played peek-a-boo with a toddler who was fast asleep in her father's arms on the wheelchair basketball court as Team GB consoled themselves with silver after facing off against the USA. It has been an emotional last day for the contest that has pitted wounded, injured and sick veterans from around the world against each other in the sporting arena. Prince Harry brought the Invictus Games to a close, describing the tournament as not about winning medals but about 'watching lives change in front of you'. After five days of sporting action that has seen injured veterans and military from across the globe push themselves to the limit, Harry thanked the spectators for making 'unbelievable memories' for the competitors. The moment of the games came on Wednesday when US Army Sergeant Elizabeth Marks asked the Prince to take a gold medal she had won in the pool to Cambridge's Papworth Hospital which saved her life on the eve of her competing in the London Invictus Games. Hosts America staged the event in Orlando, Florida, and had the largest gold medal haul but Harry, the driving force behind the Paralympic-style games, said the event was about the families and athletes sharing experiences. More than 500 sportsmen and women from 14 countries competed in 10 sports and Harry was in the stands to watch the last final, where the UK wheelchair basketball team lost heavily to the US 48-16. But the gold medal contest was played in a celebratory atmosphere with the crowds waving flags, chanting and screaming encouragement at the players, many of whom had missing limbs. At the end of the contest Harry said: 'Thank you so much to everybody here, for making unbelievable memories for every single competitor. 'Fair enough USA, I give it to you, it's only right in your home games you end up taking most of the golds, but let me remind you, this has never been about the medals as you know. 'This is about bringing amazing people together, sharing experiences and literally watching lives change in front of you in this arena, outside in the pool, wherever it is. And you've witnessed it and we're the lucky ones to have witnessed it together.' Harry presented the UK players with their silver medals, giving each one a hug, and also greeted the third place team Denmark and the US winners, who received their medals from Dr Jill Biden, wife of the US vice president Joe Biden. The celebrations saw confetti blown into the air filling the arena with paper and covering Harry, the spectators and the players. The final moment of the games will be the closing ceremony which will feature Hollywood star Morgan Freeman, who also played a role in the opening ceremony, and acts including hip hop star Flo Rida, singer Rachel Platten and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. Despite the fanfare, Harry still took time to tour the sporting venues and supporting the competitors, Harry as well as to interact with the family and friends of the athletes.
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Sarah Vine Meghan's just what Harry really needs
Sarah Vine Meghan's just what Harry really needs The really modern thing about Prince Harry's fiancée Meghan Markle is not — as so many have said — that she is mixed race or American or a divorcee. What's truly remarkable about her — and what makes her almost unique in the history of royal spouses — is that she is not some unknown ingénue plucked from a sanitised line-up of carefully selected debutantes. She is a real woman, with real world experience, who comes to the marriage as a fully formed individual in her own right. Perhaps that explains the grin of joy on Prince Charles's face as the news broke: his own wife, Camilla, is cut from similar cloth. The tragedy for Charles is that he had to tear his family apart to be with his one true love; his son, by contrast, is free to follow his heart. That alone would be progress — but Meghan takes it to the next level. Because even before she met Harry, she had already made her mark on the world. Not only that, she has earned, not inherited, her success, having been brought up in less-than-ideal circumstances in a tough environment. As a young girl growing up in Los Angeles — a city obsessed with thin, white blondes — she overcame prejudice about her mixed-race parentage and went on to forge a name for herself in a notoriously cut-throat industry. What a contrast to the upbringings of Harry's mother, Diana, and Meghan's future sister-in-law, Kate, both of whom were groomed from the very start to be aristocratic consorts — Diana by dint of her high social status, Kate through the ferocious ambitions of her mother. Education for Meghan was not simply a way of passing the time until fulfilling her destiny as a royal brood mare; it was her ticket to better things, a chance to equip herself with the tools to be a success on her own terms. The result? Britain is about to get its first ever feminist princess. Because, make no mistake, this is a union of social equals. That much is already clear, not just in the way Meghan responded to questioning in Monday's post-announcement interview — comfortable, confident, open — but also in the body language between her and Harry. There's very little sense of royal patronage here. If anything, the reverse is true. Harry has really fallen on his feet. Meghan is the one doing him a huge favour by marrying him. After all, she doesn't need the profile, the money, or, quite frankly, the hassle. And she will be giving up everything to marry the Prince, since she will now cease to work as an actress. Materially, there is very little Harry can offer his bride that she cannot already obtain by her own means. This makes her ideally suited for a young man who, by contrast, has always struggled with his own identity. And while Meghan clearly respects his royal position, she is not in thrall to it in the same way that a British woman might be. There is something else, too, that binds this couple, something that goes far deeper than career or status. Both saw their parents divorce at a young age (Meghan was six years old when hers split, Harry eight) and both suffered the absence of family stability. No doubt that shared experience brings with it a greater empathy for each other's vulnerabilities, and that is vitally important in a marriage. They both know what it feels like to have an essential something missing from their lives and, therefore, they each have a better chance of understanding the other's emotional needs. And — despite the fact that she's obviously fabulously sexy — there is definitely a hint of the mother-son relationship in Meghan and Harry, who at 33, is three years her junior. His desire to protect her, expressed last year in his open letter to the Press and evident in the way he looks at her and holds her, echoes the instinct, present in every little boy — but especially pronounced in Harry — to shield his mother from harm. As he made clear in the revealing documentary he and William made to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana's death this summer, he wanted desperately to be his mum's little soldier, to safeguard her from the publicity that hounded her, in his mind, to her death. Part of him will always blame himself — wrongly, of course — for not being old enough to protect her. He will not make the same mistake twice. And it's clear in the way that Meghan reassures him with her eyes, the way she comfortingly stroked his arm as they stepped out to face the cameras on Monday — even in the way she was cooking roast chicken when he proposed — that she understands his need to be mothered as well as married. The fact that she is a good deal more worldly-wise than the Prince is probably a good thing, too, and a part of the chemistry between the couple.
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Couple's last moments together in intensive care after husband's dying wish
These heartbreaking pictures show a couple holding hands as they said their final goodbye to each other in intensive care. Jim Minnini, 58, was in hospital with terminal lung cancer on May 4 when he made a desperate plea to see his wife, Cindy, one last time. Cindy - who was recovering from a heart attack she suffered after Jim was hospitalized - was in the next room after doctors transferred her to Kingston General Hospital, in Ontario, so she could be with her dying husband. She was sedated and unconscious when her partner of 24 years was taken into her room, and she did not know he had been with her until after she woke up - but by then her husband had died. The touching photographs of the couple holding hands were shared by their son, Chris, who said his father was not prepared to die without saying goodbye to the love of his life. Chris, 21, told The Whig that his parents were perfect for each other, and were 'inseparable' from day one. He said his father was over the moon when, back in 1994, he found out Cindy was pregnant. 'He started crying, he was so happy. It was the best day of his life. That's all he had ever wanted,' he said. hey lived a happy life together until eight years ago, when Jim was diagnosed with lung cancer. He fought it off twice before being told in 2012 that he had just a 10 per cent chance of survival. After around 75 chemotherapy and radiation therapy sessions, he was admitted to hospital in Kingston in late April and placed in intensive care. The next day, Cindy had a heart attack and was rushed to a hospital in Brockville, Ontario. 'For about four or five days, we were going back and forth [between the two hospitals],' Chris said. After his father's condition worsened and it became clear his time was running out, doctors arranged a transfer for Cindy and moved her to the same intensive care ward. Doctors woke Jim up so his two sons could tell him that Cindy was in the next room. 'When my dad found out that he was going, he was stiff faced and shook his head. But when he found out that my mom was in the next room in the ICU, he started bawling,' Chris said. Unable to speak, Jim scrawled the word 'mom' on a piece of paper. He was wheeled in and out several times but could only stay for a matter of minutes before his condition worsened and he had to return to his bed. The night before he died, the father-of-two had a nightmare and pulled his tubes out of his throat. Doctors were unable to re-intubate him, so they brought him through to see Cindy one last time. She was sedated and sleeping peacefully, unaware that Jim was holding her hand. Chris took the photographs so his mother would know she was with her husband when he died. After that picture was taken, he held her,' Chris said. 'He was there as long as he could be physically, until his body started to shut down and they needed to take him back.' Jim died a few hours later, on May 4. As soon as Cindy woke up, she asked where Jim was, but knew he had died, Chris told the Metro. Cindy is back at home recovering now, and her son said seeing the pictures of her and Jim together in his final moments has helped her find her peace. Chris also thanked the hospital staff for getting his parents together in his father's final moments. 'He would have just kept hanging on. He wouldn't have left if he hadn't been able to say goodbye to her,' he said.
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Forget Meghan, what will HARRY wear to the wedding
Forget Meghan, what will HARRY wear to the wedding Since the announcement of Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle speculation has mounted over what we can expect the bride to wear on her big day. However, Meghan isn't the only one who will need to make a good impression with her fiance also expected to dress the part. But where as a big white dress is almost certainly a given for the bride it is not as clear what the royal groom will choose to wear. If he were to follow in his brother's footsteps the 33-year-old would opt for military dress as Prince William did at his nuptials to Kate in 2011. William wore the uniform of the Colonel, Irish Guards, because he had recently been appointed to this by The Queen and his wedding was a ceremonial one. However, according to Royal commentator for Sky News, Ceremonial Expert and Officer in Arms Alastair Bruce we are likely not to see Harry is uniform. Speaking to Cosmopolitan, Bruce said: 'As Prince Harry is no longer a serving officer in the Armed Forces, it is unlikely he will wear a uniform. 'If they choose to marry in St George's Chapel (which the couple have confirmed they will do in May), as the Earl of Wessex did, I would expect he would choose Morning Dress.' However, Bruce says that if he wanted to the prince would have the option of wearing a uniform and would be most likely to choose the 'Captain in the Blues and Royals part of the Household Cavalry Regiment, which was his uniform while serving.' MailOnline have contacted Kensington Palace for a comment. Meanwhile Meghan, 36, is expected to wear a 'classic and simple' gown after previously hinting at what her dream wedding dress would look like. Before she was revealed to be Prince Harry's girlfriend, the actress, 36, described in an interview how her ideal gown as something that is 'classic and simple', calling Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's wedding dress her 'everything goals'. Meanwhile, she also said the fairytale gown worn by her Suits character Rachel Zane was 'not my personal style', saying that she'd prefer something more 'relaxed'. This suggests that Meghan's wedding dress is likely to be rather different to the Duchess of Cambridge's traditional gown by Alexander McQueen, which she wore to walk down the aisle in 2011. Speaking in an interview with Glamour about her dream dress, Meghan said: 'Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. 'I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic.' Explaining how she wouldn't choose a gown like the Anne Barge dress worn by her character in season 5, she added: 'It's not my personal style, because I'm a lot more relaxed than Rachel but I love that I got to play dress up in this gown.' Meghan also cited her the minimalist white gown worn by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy on her wedding day in 1996 as her all-time favourite celebrity wedding dress. The classic dress worn by John F. Kennedy Jr's bride was designed by American designer Narciso Rodriguez, who was little known at the time, suggesting he could potentially be in the running to design Meghan's own gown. The actress also listed some of her favourite wedding dress labels, including French designer Delphine Manivet and Greek-based designer Christos Costarellos. She declared herself a fan of both Elie Saab and J. Mendel, who may also be in the running to make her dress for the big day. Other designers believed to be potential contenders include Antonio Berardi, Erdem and Jenny Packham. Meghan's remarks during the interview with Glamour also suggest her now husband-to-be Harry won't be getting a glimpse of her gown before their big day at Windsor Castle in the spring. Despite describing herself as 'very superstitious', she said she did not believe it was bad luck - but did say she would 'prefer sticking with traditions'.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton go for family day out with George and Charlotte
Prince William and Kate Middleton go for family day out with George and Charlotte Dressed down in jeans and trainers, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked every inch the doting parents today as they attended an equestrian event with their children on Saturday. The royal couple treated George, two, and Charlotte, 12 months, to a day at the Houghton International Horse Trials at King's Lynn, Norfolk, just a half-hour drive from their home in nearby Anmer. The family-of-four looked happy and relaxed according to onlookers, who saw them enjoying a picnic with friends, eating chocolate cake from paper plates and cheering on the competitors. And in an adorable touch, the 34-year-old Duchess opted for an ensemble that looked exactly like her son's. Kate put together a laid-back look with a striped Ralph Lauren top and skinny jeans, paired with her favourite Wellington boots from French label Le Chameau. She wore her hair down and pushed back with a leopard print hairband, warding off the chill with a navy jumper slung around her shoulders. But despite the day being so relaxed she still wore her sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Prince George was dressed in a matching navy and white Breton sweatshirt, while William, 33, went for a pale blue cotton shirt. Even the little princess was colour-coordinated, with a blue cardigan and matching bow in her hair. The loving parents kept their children close, with Kate cuddling Charlotte in her lap while William was seen carrying George. After they'd eaten, Kate was seen playfully wiping food from the young prince's mouth. Kate and William are good friends of Harry Meade, who was taking part in the trials, as well as Lord Cholmondeley, who owns the grand house and. They enjoyed the spectacle with their friend James Meade and his wife Lady Laura Marsham, who married in Norfolk in 2013 and included William as one of their ushers. Both Harry and James - a schoolmate of Wiliam's from Eton - come from equestrian royalty as the sons of Richard Meade, Britain's most successful Olympic equestrian. The Lynn News reported that an onlooker described William and Kate as looking, 'very relaxed and were obviously enjoying themselves'. Hundreds of riders and horses flocked to the west Norfolk event to celebrate its tenth anniversary, including overseas competitors. Some riders took up the chance to show off their skills on the cricket pitch on Saturday morning, during a match in aid of Prince Harry's favourite charity, Walking with the Wounded. The eventers' team, Houghton International, included Harry Meade, the events' director and organiser Alec Lochore, and international riders Sam Griffiths, Paul Tapner and Bill Levett. The paper reports that among the Walking for the Wounded players were Ibrar Ali, who had a leg amputated after being injured in Iraq by a roadside bomb in 2007. Matt Fisher, who lost his left leg following a gunshot wound while serving in Afghanistan, also took part. It was a close match with Walking For The Wounded players scoring 117 runs to the eventers' 116 with an over and a half to go. The Hall, which is a private home but opened up for the public event, hosted 70 trade stands including a vintage zone by Britain Does Vintage. The day out was no doubt a welcome moment of downtime for William and Kate after a busy few weeks in London that saw the royal couple attend a string of events including the Queen's Buckingham Palace garden party as well as the Chelsea Flower Show - their first ever visit to the annual floral festival. Onlookers were thrilled when they overheard the Duke and Duchess affectionately refer to each other as 'darling'. Houghton Hall is one of the grandest homes in the area. Built for the de facto first British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, it is considered a landmark example of Palladian architecture. Grade 1 listed, it's surrounded by 1,000 acres of parkland, which is adjacent to Sandringham House, the Queen's private Norfolk residence where she enjoys spending Christmas.Completed in 1735, the stately home passed to the Lady Cholmondeley in 1797, and it has remained in the family since largely untouched. Houghton still belongs to the Marquess of Cholmondeley, and parts of the structure and grounds are opened to the public throughout the year.
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Meghan Markle's grandfather was a trendy antiques dealer
Meghan Markle's grandfather was a trendy antiques dealer The grandfather Meghan Markle adored died tragically outside her mom's home after tripping on his dog's leash as he walked the pet, DailyMail.com can disclose. Markle was filming Suits in Toronto when Alvin Ragland, who had been a huge presence in her life, suffered the fall and died days later. DailyMail.com can disclose, however, that Ragland's influence in her life can be seen to this day in standing up against racial injustice – and her taste in interiors. Alvin was found unconscious outside the olive green home where Meghan's mother Doria lives in the View Park-Windsor Hills suburb of LA also known as the 'black Beverly Hills. The two lived there together in his later years. A Los Angeles coroner's case report unearthed by DailyMail.com says he passed away just nine days after he fell aged 82. He was found by neighbors less than 200 feet from his front door with the dog leash still wrapped around his ankles. The LA Coroner ruled his death an accident, writing in the synopsis: 'According to his daughter, neighbors found the decedent lying in the street at approximately 1200 hours on 3/3/11. The decedent had apparently been walking his dog when he tripped and the leash was found wrapped around one of his ankles.' Alvin was taken to hospital by ambulance where he was diagnosed with bleeding on the brain. He underwent brain surgery but never regained consciousness, passing away on March 12, 2011. The report added his cause of death was 'blunt head trauma' and 'foul play is not suspected'. Meghan was said to be very saddened by her grandfather's death, which happened while she was away in Toronto preparing for her new show Suits. Alvin may well have been a proud guest at his granddaughter's historic wedding to Prince Harry this weekend alongside Harry's grandfather Prince Philip if he hadn't had fallen victim to such a bizarre accident. A family source told DailyMail.com: 'Meghan loved her grandfather very much and he absolutely loved her. He would have loved to have seen her fall in love and marry Prince Harry and she would have loved him to live to see it too.' DailyMail.com spoke to old friends of the hardworking Los Angeles antique dealer who used to travel far and wide to flea markets in a 'beat up car packed with junk'. Well dressed and with an impressive Afro, Alvin spent his Sundays at the trendy Melrose Trading Post market in Los Angeles, lugging an eclectic collection of antiques from his 'beat up' El Camino pick up truck to his assigned lot. Vendors there still remember Alvin fondly and were amazed when DailyMail.com informed them he was the grandfather of Meghan Markle - who will become part of the British royal family this Saturday. Eva Meara, whose stand is close to where Alvin worked, said: 'Alvin was such a nice guy, I loved him. I thought he was homeless because of the car. He was a humble man, the Royal connection is amazing, I'm shocked.' Describing her charismatic old friend, Eva, one of the few original vendors left, said: 'He had a beat up old classic El Camino style car, filled with junk. It looked so beat up. That car was so packed with stuff. 'He took about 10 minutes to get out of the car because he was so tall and heavy set. He was a larger than life guy, very tall, very big, hair like crazy, like an Afro but a big one. 'He was such nice guy though, amazing. He was just the nicest man ever, just jolly, always happy and very friendly. He would talk to anybody, he was always laughing.' One of Alvin's specialties was selling second hand designer shoes. Eva, 53, remembered he would price his antiques too highly and rarely managed to sell his stuff - not that he seemed to mind. She said: 'He sold antiques and knick-knacks, vases and dolls, everything you could think of, he had. But I don't think he ever sold that much. He put his prices too high.' Born in 1929 in Tennessee - the same decade as the Queen and Prince Philip - Alvin's life was very different from his royal counterparts. His first marriage was to Jeanette Johnson - Meghan's grandmother, the daughter of a hotel bellboy and lift operator who
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Liam Fee’s mother Rachel and her partner Nyomi found GUILTY of his murder
A mother and her civil partner have been convicted of murdering her two-year-old son before trying to pin the blame on another child. Toddler Liam Fee was found dead at his home near Glenrothes in Fife in March 2014, having suffered a ruptured heart as a result of severe blunt force trauma to his body. His mother, Rachel Fee, 31, and her partner Nyomi Fee, 29, had denied killing the child but were convicted of his murder following a seven-week trial at the High Court in Livingston. The court heard that Liam suffered heart injuries similar to those found on road crash victims after receiving blows to his chest and abdomen. The pathologist who examined his body also found more than 30 external injuries on the toddler's body and fractures to the boy's upper arm and thigh. The couple claimed another young boy, who cannot be identified because of his age, was responsible for Liam's death. The women, originally of Ryton, Tyne and Wear, were today also found guilty of a catalogue of abuse against two other young boys. In addition to the murder charge, they were found guilty of assaulting Liam over a period of more than two years prior to his death. And they were convicted of ill-treating and neglecting him from January 2012 onwards by leaving him for prolonged periods of time, failing to provide him with adequate exercise and mental stimulation and - in the days leading up to his death - failing to get him proper medical attention for a broken leg and a fractured arm. The couple were convicted of all eight charges they faced, with a majority verdict returned on the murder charge after around 10 hours of deliberations by the jury. The jury also convicted them of four charges detailing a string of abuses against two other boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons. These included forcing the youngsters to take cold showers when they wet the bed, imprisoning one in a home-made cage and tying another naked to a chair in a dark room where snakes and rats were kept. The women showed little emotion as the two verdicts were returned. Liam's father Joseph Johnson was in tears as he left the court. Several members of the jury were reduced to tears as a police video showing the toddler's body was viewed by the court. Prosecutor Alex Prentice QC told the court the women were guilty of 'unyielding, heartless cruelty'. The Fees had shown 'callous indifference' to Liam's suffering and had covered up his injuries, he said. The Crown insisted it didn't matter which woman struck the blow which killed Liam because they had a common criminal purpose and were joined together in 'a course of violent and cruel treatment towards the children'. The court heard how there had been an escalation of violence towards Liam leading up to his death, which included the couple failing to get help for the toddler when they knew he had a broken leg and fractured arm. The injuries would have left the child in intense agony, but instead of taking him to hospital, the Fees simply took to the internet, Googling terms such as 'how do you die of a broken hip,' 'how long can you live with a broken bone?' and 'can wives be in prison together?' Giving evidence, the women admitted serious failings over the lack of medical help sought for Liam and put it down to fears the child would be taken into care. But they denied murder and tried to shift the blame for the killing on to a boy of only primary school age, who they claimed had been acting in a sexualised way towards Liam. Such was his fear of the women, the boy initially told police and social workers that he had 'strangled' the toddler. But he later changed his story and it was clear that suffocation was not the cause of death. The evidence also pointed to a significant delay between the discovery by the women that Liam was dead and the emergency services being contacted by a seemingly hysterical Nyomi Fee shortly before 8pm that night. Putting self-interest ahead of the life of the little boy, the 'panicking' pair instead used the time to dismantle a makeshift cage they had built to imprison the youngster they accused of killing Liam. With that, they showed a 'wicked indifference' to whether the 'vulnerable and defenceless' Liam lived or died, the court heard. The courage of two young boys was crucial in allowing police to unravel the web of lies spun by the two women responsible for Liam Fee's death. Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Rory Hamilton said the evidence of the children, who suffered a catalogue of horrific abuse at the hands of Rachel Trelfa and Nyomi Fee, was the key to securing their conviction. Both primary school age children were present in the house on the night Liam died, and within minutes of police arriving the women had pointed the finger of blame. The young boy they accused appeared to admit responsibility,
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Widow of Spartacus's Andy Whitfield says seeing documentary was 'confronting'
Widow of Spartacus's Andy Whitfield says seeing documentary was 'confronting' He was the staggeringly handsome actor who had just found international fame in the big-budget television remake of Spartacus: Blood and Sand when his life was tragically cut short. And now a new documentary charts the life and last months of Andy Whitfield, who lost his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, aged 39. In an interview with Daily Mail Australia, the actor's widow Vashti tells of her rare love for her husband and her struggle to build a life without him five years after his death. Speaking ahead of the release of the feature documentary titled, Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story, which captures hours of intimate footage over 18 months as Andy fought to get well, the 42-year-old from Sydney says she found watching it 'confronting', but also comforting. The feature movie by award-winning filmmaker, Lilibet Foster, is a powerful account of the couple's deep love, and charts Andy's battle with cancer, and Vashti admits it gives her an excuse to spend more time with her late husband. We get to hang out again for two hours and I get to see him as a father and the moments I shared with the love of my life,' she tells Daily Mail Australia. Vashti, an executive coach and speaker who lives in Sydney's Paddington, says she is still struggling to come to terms with Andy's agonising absence as she builds a life with their son Jesse, eleven, and daughter Indigo, eight. Andy and I wanted to make the film to show people that whatever happens it's an opportunity to grow and seize the moment,' she explains. 'His wish was that people make the most of their lives and seize the moment. 'I'd much rather carry on our crazy life of extraordinary than live grey, mundane and mediocre,' she adds. She says that from the very moment she met Andy, she knew they were meant to be together. 'Finding a handsome man to snuggle to is never hard...' she explains. 'But finding compatibility... takes patience and trust... It's not about the six pack, we were meant to be.' Welsh-born Andy died a month before turning 40 in September 2011 after an 18-month battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. He had just found international fame having been cast in the title role of the big-budget television remake of Spartacus, and the actor's powerful performance had captured the imagination of Hollywood. And as he was preparing to shoot the second series he was diagnosed, and filming was put on hold while he fought the disease. His battle is documented in the feature-length documentary, and emotional clips of him defiant, angry, scared and tearful are set for release in Sydney on Monday. But the movie is described as much more of a love story between Andy and his wife than Andy's last moments. 'What I love about these two is their love story,' Lilibet she tells Daily Mail Australia. 'He taught her how to be softer and she taught him to be stronger. They were beautiful together and their love was rare. They gave each other so much on so many levels and I was honoured they let me into their lives for 18 months to film Andy's incredible journey the second time he was diagnosed.' The couple, who had met seven years earlier, bumped into each other in December 1998 in a street in London's Shoreditch. 'From that moment it was love,' says Vashti adding, 'We laughed and got on brilliantly. 'But he was coming out of a long-term relationship and I wasn't interested in this handsome man who wasn't what I went for so we hang out with a bunch of combined friends for a few months.' Reliving the instant attraction they felt for each other, she recalls: 'He had a six pack and he wasn't someone I was normally interested in but we shared the same ridiculous humour - we were soulmates meant to be together. As their love blossomed, they decided to settle there, marrying in 2001 and their first-born Jesse came along in May 2005, and Indigo two years later. It was while living in Bondi that Andy, who was an engineer, was scouted to become an actor. Despite appearances in Australian TV shows such as Packed to the Rafters and McLeod's Daughters, he was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the legendary Thracian slave in Spartacus, a role made famous by Kirk Douglas in the 1960 Stanley Kubrick film. The series proved a break-out hit for the Starz network and made waves with its graphic violence and sex scenes. He appeared in all 13 episodes of the first season that aired in 2010, and was preparing to shoot the second when he was diagnosed with stage 1 of the disease in March. He was declared cancer-free two months later after beginning treatment immediately in New Zealand.
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DJs say Meghan Markle 'smelled like roses' and was 'regal'/DJs Jodeci, left, and Henrie
DJs say Meghan Markle 'smelled like roses' and was 'regal' Two local DJs have revealed that Meghan Markle appeared 'regal already' when they met the bride-to-be during a royal visit yesterday. Jodeci and Henrie were introduced to Ms Markle, 36, and her fiancé Prince Harry during the engagement at youth radio station Reprezent in Brixton, south London. Speaking on ITV's Lorraine today, the women said Meghan was so approachable it felt like 'meeting a friend' - and revealed she even 'smelled like roses'. Henrie, who presents a breakfast show on the station, said: 'She kind of smells like roses. She has an air about her. She's regal already. She's so pretty. 'When she walked into the room, I don't know what I was expecting, but as soon as she came in I was like: "Wow, I want to look like that".' Harry, 35, and Meghan, who announced their engagement in November, were greeted by large crowds when they visited the station, which was set up in 2008 as part of a response to a rise in knife crime among young people. The engagement marked the couple's second official royal outing together. Henrie described how there were 'people queuing all down the block' in the hope of catching a glimpse of the couple, adding: '[It's] the most amount of people we've ever seen in Brixton, ever. But they were so nice and they're such a beautiful couple.' Jodeci added: 'They were so lovely, they were so genuine, they were really down to Earth. It was kind of like a friend you have never met before because they were so warm.' Meghan, who wore a £45 Marks & Spencer jumper for the engagement, looked relaxed and engaged as she was given a tour of the station and met some of the team who run it. Henrie said it was clear the bride-to-be had 'done her homework' ahead of the visit. 'As she walked in, I was booking guests, and she was asking about what guests I was having on and the process of doing that,' she told Lorraine. '[Meghan] really did do her homework before because she knew everything about each one of us. It was like we were already friends.'
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Mystery of the M62 farm is solved
Mystery of the M62 farm is solved Millions have driven by the quirky farm perched in between two motorway carriageways and pondered over the stubborn farmer who refused to be moved when the workmen arrived. But a recently unearthed documentary has revealed that the couple who lived at Stott Hall Farm, west of Huddersfield, in West Yorkshire, were actually saved by a geological fault rather than their own resolve to make way for the M62. Farmer Ken Wild had refused to sell his land tha The couple were part of mass protests from farmers over the motorway, which would cut through miles of rural land. Such protests included one rather desperate farmer trying to disrupt engineers by blaring music from speakers out of his home's windows. But their farm was saved because the land beneath the 15 acres which now lies between the carriageways was too steep - making it impossible to build all six lanes on. Mr Wild and his wife Beth were interviewed on an archived episode of Clegg's People, recently released by the British Film Institute. Clad in tweed and walking the hill between the roads as his dogs herd sheep, he describes how close they were to having to leave. In the 1983 documentary the farmer tells presenter Michael Clegg: 'Oh yes it looked like we would have to move but they found out that they couldn't get all six lanes together.' Mr Wild also explains that he had around 70 acres of land when the motorway was built. Mr Clegg and Mr Wild also talk of the huge scale of work that had to be done on a nearby reservoir, which was a necessary side project when the motorway was built. Engineers had to build underpasses under each carriageway so that Mr Wild had access to other parts of his land and workmen to the reservoir. But living beside the motorway came with its problems, and Mrs Wild - Ken's second wife - described how she had seen numerous fatal car accidents. Once she was awoken at 4.20am to find an overturned lorry on their land and the driver climbing out of the broken windscreen. She also described the impossible task of cleaning the house next to the motorway, which is covered in dust brought up by passing vehicles and sprayed with filthy water in the winter. Mr Wild died in 2004, and the farm, which was also the subject of a second documentary called The Farmhouse, has since been bought by Paul Thorp and his wife Jill. The couple say they are dedicated to staying at the farm - despite the noise from the motorway. He told the BBC: 'Some days I wish I could switch (the motorway) off, but I haven't found the off-button yet! We just have to live with it, it's not going to go away is it? 'I'm resigned to it, I've taken it on. I knew what it was when I came here. It's there to stay for sure.'
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The Queen hosts a star studded wedding breakfast at Windsor Castle
The Queen hosts a star studded wedding breakfast at Windsor Castle Sir Elton John gave a 'mini-concert' at a wedding breakfast in Windsor Castle where Prince Harry's speech about Meghan moved people to tears, a guest said. Charity boss Suhani Jalota described speeches by the Prince of Wales and Harry as 'lovely', saying the groom and his best man had made everybody feel 'loved'. She said: 'Essentially it was just about how Harry was as a child and growing up. And now just about the couple and how beautiful they are together. So I think it was just about their personalities and how they gel really well together.' 'He was talking about his wife and you know everybody was clapping because it was the first time he was using that term for Meghan so it was really nice.' Up to 600 guests were invited to the wedding breakfast hosted by the Queen in St George's Hall. Lucky diners quaffed on Scottish salmon, Windsor lamb, quail eggs and langoustine canapes, washed down with vintage champagne. Prince Harry surprised guests at his lunchtime reception by asking 'does anyone here know how to play the piano?' - before Sir Elton John got up and played. Jalota, the founder of the Indian Myna Mahila charity, said: 'He was incredible. It became like a mini-concert in the reception area. It was great.' The star serenaded 600 guests with four of his tunes including 'Your Song', 'Tiny Dancer', 'Circle of Life' and 'I'm Still Standing'. The 71-year-old was in attendance at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel earlier with his husband David Furnish to watch as the royal bridegroom wed his American love. He was spotted in the chapel ahead of the service chatting with fellow celebrities including David and Victoria Beckham. Sir Elton has a close relationship with Harry and his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, and was friends with their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. In 1997, he famously sang a re-worked version of his hit Candle In The Wind at the princess’s funeral, changing the words to Goodbye England’s Rose. Approximately 7,500 items of food were prepared by a team of 25 chefs, led by Royal Chef Mark Flanagan, for today’s reception. Guests including the likes of the Beckhams, Clooneys and Tindalls enjoyed canapes and trendy bowl food which will allow people to mingle with one another. The lucky guests were served a selection of canapés, including: Scottish Langoustines wrapped in Smoked Salmon with Citrus Crème Fraiche Grilled English Asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian Ham Garden Pea Panna Cotta with Quail Eggs and Lemon Verbena Heritage Tomato and Basil Tartare with Balsamic Pearls Poached Free Range Chicken bound in a Lightly Spiced Yoghurt with Roasted Apricot Croquette of Confit Windsor Lamb, Roasted Vegetables and Shallot Jam Warm Asparagus Spears with Mozzarella and Sun-Blush Tomatoes They were followed by a trendy 'bowl food' course. This style of eating encourages guests to tuck in while standing. There were: Fricassee of Free Range Chicken with Morel Mushrooms and Young Leeks Pea and Mint Risotto with Pea Shoots, Truffle Oil and Parmesan Crisps Ten Hour Slow Roasted Windsor Pork Belly with Apple Compote and Crackling Then afterwards, sweet canapés were also served, including: Champagne and Pistachio Macaroons Orange Crème Brûlée Tartlets Miniature Rhubarb Crumble Tartlets Guests washed down their food with Pol Roger Brut Réserve Non Vintage Champagne, and a selection of wines. A range of soft drinks will also be served, including an apple and elderflower mocktail, made with the same elderflower syrup as used in the edding cake, and Sandringham Cox's apple juice.
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Prince George steals the show in Harry and Meghan's wedding portraits
Prince George steals the show in Harry and Meghan's wedding portraits Prince George and Princess Charlotte have melted the hearts of royal fans in Harry and Meghan's newly-released wedding portraits. George, four, put on a show-stopping grin for the camera as he posed with the wedding party in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor after Saturday's nuptials at Windsor Castle while Charlotte competed for the limelight with a cheeky smile of her own. Just hours earlier, a bashful George had hidden behind his father Prince William's legs as the royals waved to fans on the steps outside St. George's Chapel. The adorable duo are joined by the newlywed Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with their parents, grandparents, and fellow bridesmaids and page boys in the images shared by Kensington Palace. And just moments after the photos began circulating on social media, fans took to Twitter to express their delight - with one saying: 'Wait Wait Wait.. Prince George is smiling!' Earlier on Saturday, the little princess captured the hearts' of the nation as she waved enthusiastically at crowds outside the Royal wedding and cheekily stuck out her tongue as she pulled up to the church. The three-year-old beamed as she gave a confident wave to adoring fans outside St George's Chapel in Windsor. But her four-year-old brother George was less keen to address the public, hiding behind his father William's legs on the steps in front of the church. Both Prince William 's children were part of the wedding party, with Charlotte a bridesmaid and George a page boy - and the young princess drew attention as she waved enthusiastically as the carriage with Harry and Meghan pulled away. The Duchess of Cambridge had moments earlier bent down to her daughter and said 'look at the carriage', according to lip reader Tina Lannin. The six little bridesmaids were dressed in pretty frocks and had flowers adorning their hair as they giggled and walked behind Meghan. Clare Waight Keller, who designed the bridal gown, also designed the bridesmaids' dresses in the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris. They were made of ivory silk radzimir, and were high-waisted with short puff sleeves, hand finished with a double silk ribbon detail tied at the back in a bow. The bridesmaids' dresses included pockets and pleated skirt, and each little girl also wore a flower crown chosen by Harry and Meghan, which replicated the flowers used in the bridal bouquet. They wore white leather Aquazurra shoes, each monogrammed with the bridesmaid's initials, and the wedding date. Kensington Palace said they were a gift from Meghan as a keepsake of the special day. Charlotte stood smiling as she listened to This Little Light of Mine after Meghan and Harry left the chapel. Kate helped escort the ten children into Windsor Castle, as the children were seen excitedly waving and peering out of the vintage Rolls-Royce they arrived in. The excitement of the royal wedding became too much for one bridesmaid, who started crying moments before Meghan entered the chapel. The occasion seemed to overwhelm one of the little girls, believed to be the youngest, Zalie Warren. The two-year-old had to be picked up and comforted by Prince George and Princess Charlotte's nanny before she made her way into the church. She is one of Prince Harry's goddaughters and the daughter of his close friend, Jake Warren, and his wife Zoe. Harry's other goddaughter three-year-old Florence van Cutsem was also a bridesmaid, as well as Ms Markle's goddaughters, sisters Remi and Rylan Litt, aged six and seven respectively, and four-year-old Ivy Mulroney - the daughter of Meghan's close friend Jessica Mulroney - were bridesmaids. The other pageboys were Harry's six-year-old godson Jasper Dyer - the son of Harry's mentor Mark Dyer - and Mrs Mulroney's seven-year-old twin sons Brian and John Mulroney. The four page boys had their initials embroidered in gold on their shoulder straps, as their memento, and wore a miniature version of the Blues and Royals frockcoat that Harry and the Duke of Cambridge wore. Made from blue doeskin, they were single-breasted with a stand-up collar and figured braiding of Regimental pattern. Their trousers were made of blue/black wool barathea with three-quarter scarlet stripes fastened with a leather strap. The uniforms were cut and made by the tailors Dege & Skinner in Savile Row. Guests turned to smile at each other after Meghan and the children made their way past each pew, perhaps approving of the sumptuous bridal gown and ethereal veil or admiring the children carrying out their duties with aplomb. The nation's hearts melted as Charlotte turned to wave at crowds outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington last month. Twitter users commented on her confident air, compared with her older brother's more reserved nature.
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Meghan reduced an emotional Harry to tears as she entered St George's Chapel
Meghan reduced an emotional Harry to tears as she entered St George's Chapel Prince Harry was yesterday reduced to tears by the sight of his bride-to-be Meghan Markle entering St George's Chapel dressed all in white. Meghan arrived with two page boys who held up her long train as she walked up the steps. When she appeared through the doors of the chapel, sunlight streaming in behind her, she turned to smile and wave at the children who were standing to her right It was at this moment that the prince first appeared overcome with the enormity of what he was about to do. His princess' sparkling tiara dazzled in the light of the chapel. Confronted by his veiled bride-to-be Harry became visibly emotional - but was able to hold back tears until he arrived at the altar. Then, unable to maintain composure he reached to wipe away a tear, or two. You could hear a pin drop as the 600 guests watched the British prince and American star say 'I do' in the historic surroundings of the chapel at Windsor Castle On the steps of the chapel Meghan asked her new husband discreetly: 'Do we kiss?' and Harry whispered 'yeah' before passionately planting one on her lips. Outside St George's Chapel, more than 100,000 fevered well-wishers gathered in glorious British sunshine and cheered the couple as they started their new married life in the grand Ascot Landau carriage. Meghan waved and smiled to the crowds and said 'wow' to her new husband. Drained from the raw emotion of it all, in his inimitable style, he said back: 'I'm ready for a drink now'.
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Anne Boleyn's head turns up on eBay as expert finds lost 16th century portrait of Henry VIII's secon
Anne Boleyn's head turns up on eBay as expert finds lost 16th century portrait of Henry VIII's secon Alison Weir believes she has found a 'lost' 16th-century portrait of the Queen The original painting was sold in 1842 to a London art dealer before being lost There are only two authenticated 'portrait types' of Boleyn in the world A leading Tudor historian has made an important discovery in an unlikely place – eBay. Alison Weir believes that a 19th-century engraving on the internet shopping site could be a 'lost' 16th-century portrait of Anne Boleyn, Queen of England. The sitter's lavish necklace bears the initials of Anne Boleyn Regina, Henry VIII's tragic second wife. Her ornate head-dress is embroidered with 'As' and her 'A' pendant resembles that worn by her daughter – the future Elizabeth I - in the Henry VIII Whitehall family group. Weir, a specialist in Tudor portraits, said: 'It's a very exciting find.' There are only two authenticated 'portrait types' of Boleyn, one in the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), the other in Bradford Art Gallery. Each has jeweled initials and inspired numerous versions. A 1534 medal - the only lifetime depiction - has a similar head-dress and cross to the engraving's. Although other versions of the eBay portrait exist, including in the NPG Heinz Archive, they have been wrongly labelled as Joan Fitzalan, Lady Bergavenny, who died in 1505 or 1508, Weir said: 'That is far too early for this portrait's costume. It cannot be her.' Crucially, only the eBay example bears clear initials that 'make you sit up', she added. She pointed to further evidence in the carnation or a gillyflower held by the sitter. In 'a whole language of flowers in Tudor portraiture', carnations symbolised love and fertility, gillyflower meant queen of delights and 'carnation' may derive from 'coronation': 'Put all this together, and it does look as if this print was painted to mark her marriage and Coronation.' She praised research done by Howard Jones, a former farmer from Bath interested in Tudor portraits. She was particularly persuaded by the A-pendant's similarity to that worn by Boleyn's daughter and the richness of the sitter's dress. The long, thin face and high cheek-bones tally with contemporary descriptions, she noted. The original painting was sold in 1842 from Strawberry Hill, the Twickenham castle to a London art dealer. He in turn sold it to Ralph Bernal, a British politician and collector who died in 1854. Then the trail goes cold. Weir said: 'Someone might come forward and say they've got it. 'They don't realise it now because it's bound to be labelled Lady Bergavenny.'
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Steve Bannon predicts Mueller will 'roll up' Jared Kushner
Steve Bannon predicts Mueller will 'roll up' Jared Kushner In Former chief White House strategist is predicting Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner will get rolled up an special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, which he posits is designed to target money laundering. Bannon made the claims in a series of bold statements excerpted from 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' by Michael Wolff, and didn't spare Kushner, who was a White House rival. 'You realize where this is going,' he says in the book, excerpts of which were published in the Guardian. 'This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to f***ing Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It's as plain as a hair on your face,' he said. 'It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner s***,' Bannon says, referencing reports that Mueller has subpoenaed bank records from the German bank. 'The Kushner s*** is greasy. They're going to go right through that. They're going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me,' Bannon said. He was likely also referring to former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, who has been charged with money laundering and conspiracy, and has pleaded not guilty. The baseball expression was a likely reference to prosecutors either going directly after Kushner or using him to extract information about Trump or other higher-ups. Kushner was a top figure in the campaign, as was Manafort, who served as chief executive of the campaign – only to be the subject of a blistering Trump statement Wednesday after his uninhibited quotes on Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. emerged. The bank gave Kushner Companies a $285 million loan last year, and has extended a line of credit valued at up to $25 million to Kushner and his mother, the New York Times reported before Christmas. Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York sought Kushner Deutschebank records, the paper reported, in a move unrelated to Mueller's probe. The White House unloaded on Bannon after book excerpts were reported. 'Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,' President Donald Trump said in a statement. 'Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was,' the president said in an unprecedented brushback at a former top White House aide. 'When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,' the president said. 'Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican Party,' said Trump. 'Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn't as easy as I make it look.' Bannon also cast the White House as being blind to what they were facing. 'They're sitting on a beach trying to stop a Category Five,' he reportedly said.
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Robin Kermode decodes Harry and Meghan's body language
Robin Kermode decodes Harry and Meghan's body language Prince Harry performed a comforting gesture as he sat in St. George's Chapel with his 'supremely calm' new bride, a body language expert has revealed. Communications expert Robin Kermode says the 'nervous' groom stroking Meghan's hand with his thumb was reminiscent of 'a gesture that parents often share with children' - and helped the couple to feel connected despite the formality of the occasion. Robin also praised the new Duchess of Sussex for looking 'supremely calm' throughout the hour-long service as she said her vows in front of the Queen and a host of famous faces - noting that not once did she check her dress was sitting right. Speaking exclusively to MailOnline FEMAIL, Robin gives his fascinating verdict on the smitten newlyweds' body language - from saying 'I do' to their first kiss as man and wife. The nervous groom could be seen rubbing Meghan's right hand with his thumb as they were seated during the service at St. George's Chapel this afternoon - a sign of anxiousness, according to Robin. 'The thumb rub is an interesting gesture that parents often share with children,' Robin notes. 'Harry is using it to say 'I'm a little nervous and I'm glad you're here with me'. 'It's a comforting gesture from Harry to Meghan but also it gives Harry comfort to know that he is sharing this honest feeling with her. Ultimately it makes both parties feel connected.' 2. 'Calm and composed' Meghan Meghan was astonishingly graceful throughout the entire service and possession,' says Robin. 'Her body was still, centered and composed at all times. 'Her chin was low and her eyes alert and completely relaxed. Nothing about this occasion seem to phase her at all. 'Meghan didn't touch her face once. Nor did she check that her dress was sitting right. She was supremely calm. It was great to see the way they held hands during the service.' 3. Harry's face touching betrayed his nerves Harry seemed more affected by the occasion,' says Robin. 'For much of the service he moved his body very slightly forwards and backwards moving the weight from the front of his foot to the heel. He touched his face regularly. 'This was possibly accentuated by the heat and wearing a warm outfit. Several times he touched his jacket as a displacement for his understandable nerves. 'Traditionally the royal family, and indeed the aristocracy, never touch their faces in public. The fact that Harry touched his face as often as he did in the early part of the service shows what a huge occasion this was for him and what it meant to him on a deeply emotional level.' 4. Smitten couple couldn't keep their eyes off each other Here we see Harry's right hand completely intertwined with hers,' Robin notes. 'Once again Meghan's posture here is extraordinary full stop; the ability to be this serene under this amount of pressure was truly remarkable. Harry seems like a man generally and completely in love. 'The eye contact between them the entire time was wonderful to see. Completely genuine with long held cases. Once again they managed to be seemingly in a private moment in a very public space. This is literally the stuff of fairy tales.' 5. Harry makes the first move: The kiss the whole world was waiting for The newlyweds stopped for a romantic kiss on the steps of the church in front of a cheering crowd, before going on a drive through Windsor to their afternoon reception. Robin says: 'On the kiss Harry is leaning in slightly towards Meghan. She remains physically centred and still while Harry moves towards her. It is a gesture of genuine love from him to her. 'This was, of course, the moment the world was waiting for. A kiss of genuine love. It was unrushed and savoured. Wonderful to see.' What does Meghan's body language tell us? Meghan 'was the strength' of her wedding ceremony to Prince Harry, as her body language showed she was constantly reassuring him, an expert has said. Despite the experience being completely new for Meghan, who today becomes the Duchess of Sussex, she did not display a single sign of anxiety or nervousness - while her new husband, the Duke of Sussex, 'was so patently nervous'. Judi James, a body language expert, said Harry performed about 12 self-touching body checks, like pulling at his gloves and wringing his hands, within a few paces of getting out his car after arriving at St George's Chapel in Windsor. However Meghan, the latest member of the royal family, maintained complete calm throughout the ceremony to 'help Harry through it'.
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Venice of the Netherlands The fairytale village without ANY roads where residents travel to their th
Forget the waterways of Venice, there is a peaceful village in the Netherlands that is based entirely on water - and life there looks like its straight out of a fairytale. The idyllic Giethoorn has no roads or cars, and the only access to the area's quaint houses and public buildings are by cruising its beautiful canals or walking across over 176 wooden arch bridges. Even the postman reportedly does his rounds via boat. Around 2,600 citizens dwell in the area, with island homes backing straight onto the water highways - perfect for ice skating in winter when the water freezes over. The magical village's four miles of canals and thatched-roof farmhouses date back to the 18th century, and unsurprisingly lure many tourists who are keen to witness the settlement for themselves. Visitors are forced to leave cars outside the village, and then travel by whisper boats, which have noiseless engines, by foot or on bike, leading to the area getting the nickname of Venice of the Netherlands. Located in the province of Overijssel, the rustic settlement was founded by a group of fugitives from the Mediterranean region around AD1230. The metre-deep canals were later constructed by monks who needed a network to transport peat.
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Obese woman who binged on carbs and sugary snacks lost an incredible 150lbs
An obese woman who tipped the scales at 275lbs 20st has revealed how losing half her body weight ended her relationship - because her stunning new look made her ex jealous. Christine Carter, 28, from Dallas, lost 150lbs 11st in 16 months and gained the confidence to ditch her ex, who she claims encouraged her to put on weight so she wouldn't leave him. At her heaviest in 2014, Christine, who is 5ft 5in tall, had to take 10 different medicines as well as having weekly medical check-ups due to health issues caused by her size. After 16 months, Christine reached her target weight of 125lbs (8st 13lbs). Desperate to get fit, Christine had gastric surgery in 2014, hired a trainer and completely changed her lifestyle. In November 2015, Christine had a tummy tuck and breast implants and proudly flaunted her hot new look. By December 2015 she had reached her target weight. But when her boyfriend became jealous, Christine decided she had to end the relationship. After sharing her weight loss story via her Instagram account, Christine has amassed 26,000 followers - and says has never been happier. Christine said: 'I had a few triggers for my weight gain - I quit smoking and transferred my addition from nicotine to eating. The other factor is that I was in an unhappy relationship. My ex was very controlling, told me what to wear and I believe he wanted me to be fat so that I wouldn't leave him. He also didn't like me having me own friends. Being overweight, I didn't feel I deserved anything better - I went from a place of being "fat and happy" to just "fat". It was taking a major toll on my body and instead of dealing with my feelings I was eating them.' Christine would spend the day binge-eating carbs and sugar, admitting she constantly thought about food. She added: 'I would wake up and eat all day long - sometimes I would eat in the middle of the night.' Christine admits she was so out of shape even walking upstairs would tire her to the point of needing to sit to catch her breath. After trying a number of popular diets, Christine decided to get Vertical Gastric Sleeve surgery. She added:'Weight loss has changed everything about my life. I am not the same girl I once was. It ended my relationship - my ex became very insecure and jealous and I gained the confidence to see that I was not in a healthy relationship and needed to get out. It also helped me progress in my career. Opportunities present themselves to me daily that I would not have if I was overweight. You see, I don't think it was the weight loss that changed me, but the weight gain. As the pounds came off, I slowly but surely uncovered the confident, dedicated, hardworking woman that was there all along but that was too shy and afraid to be exposed. When I see old photos of myself, I literally don't recognise them. It's as if I've never seen her before. I don't remember being that way, and I sure as hell will never return. I am happier now than I have ever been in my entire life. I'll be honest: working out isn't my favourite thing in the world to do but I am faithful and consistent. I have so many things I want to share with people who want to lose weight but people should pick one bad habit-and fix the one thing. By committing even this one tiny thing, it begins to build confidence and trust in yourself that you can and you will do what you say you are going to do. Learn to love the struggle, and the results will come.'
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