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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 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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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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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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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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Mohamed Fayed mourns son Dodi and Princess Diana every day
Mohamed Fayed mourns son Dodi and Princess Diana every day Mohamed Al-Fayed has said he still mourns his son Dodi and Princess Diana twenty years after they died and claims they were were killed because they planned to marry. The doting father, who previously owned Harrods in London's Knightsbridge, spends 300 days a year sitting beside his son's body, which has been interred at a mausoleum in the grounds of his mansion in Barrow Green Court, near Oxted in Surrey. He also has left Dodi's Park Lane flat, where he took Diana during the summer of 1997 before the pair died in a car crash, untouched as a shrine to his son. The billionaire also believes the Princess and Dodi were killed by security services on the order of Prince Philip to prevent her from marrying a Muslim, even though he has no evidence. One month after the claims were originally made by Mr Fayed in 2000, the upmarket department store was stripped of its 44-year-old royal warrant, which was granted by the Duke of Edinburgh. A spokesperson at Buckingham Palace said at the time it was due to a 'significant decline in the trading relationship' and refused to comment on the matter further. A close friend told The Sun: 'Mohamed believes they were in love and were going to announce their engagement in London the day after the tragedy. He will never get over the death of his son, or that of the Princess — because of the love he had for both.' Another source told the paper: 'Mohamed remains confident that information will emerge confirming his belief that Dodi and Diana were deliberately killed by the security services. 'He always says, "My son was slaughtered", and he believes that was because the Establishment would not allow a Muslim to be married to the woman who would be the mother of the future king.' Despite his claims of a murder plot, an inquest held into the deaths of Dodi and Diana ruled the pair died because of the 'grossly negligent' driving of Henri Paul and the paparazzi in pursuit of their car. Jurors blamed the 'unlawful killing' on driver Henri Paul and the group of paparazzi photographers who were following his Mercedes. Like the earlier French and British police investigations, the panel concluded Mr Paul had been drinking and was speeding when the car hit a pillar in the Alma underpass in Paris in August 1997. They also singled out the paparazzi's speed and the way they were driving as contributory factors, but concluded the couple could have survived the accident had they been wearing seatbelts. A Buckingham Palace source said: 'The inquest verdict speaks for itself.'
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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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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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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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The Royal Wedding hits and misses by LIZ JONES
The Royal Wedding hits and misses by LIZ JONES There were no real clangers on the big day. No outrageous hats from Eugenie and Beatrice. No outrageous bottoms threatening to eclipse the bride. There were only two slight faux pas: Amal Clooney threatened to outshine the sun, and the mother of the bride wore mint while the Queen chose lime: almost, almost a colour clash. On the whole, the female guests – particularly the Royals – had put in time and effort to get it right, and had clearly been poring over the spring/summer catwalk photos to make sure they were all bang on trend. Hence, there was lots of asymmetric tailoring on show, so much so many assumed Windsor had been built on a hill. There was also a riot of hot colours and pastels, and enough florals to fill the stands next week at Chelsea. The length of skirts proved problematical: either a tad too short, a la Eugenie and Joss Stone, or midi length, which looks great on teenage supermodels but a little droopy drawers on normal women. Not too many gloves on show: the Duchess of York, a surprise hit on the day, was a rare fan, with a short navy pair, and the Queen, of course, wore hers. Hats were all proper structures, and not half-baked fascinators. And, thank the Lord, on such a hot day there were plenty of pretty open shoes displaying toe cleavage: not possible if the ceremony had taken place in a cathedral. Heels, though, were as high as the sun in the sky. Rumour has it slippers were handed out later for those who could no longer teeter after yet another glass of champagne
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Meghan Markle stuns in pure white silk Givenchy gown and 15ft veil
Meghan Markle stuns in pure white silk Givenchy gown and 15ft veil Meghan Markle has surprised everyone by wearing a wedding dress designed by Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller after months of speculation linking her to other designers, such as Erdem, and moved her groom to tears in the stunning classic creation. An emotional Harry told his bride 'you look amazing' after she wafted down the aisle in the classic silk gown in pure white, with a 15ft veil embroidered with flowers of the Commonwealth. The veil is made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza, while the look was completed by a Cartier bracelet and earrings and a Queen Mary diamond bandeau tiara, loaned to her by the Queen. Meghan chose acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller, 48, from Birmingham, the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy to design her dress after meeting in early 2018. The bespoke creation is estimated to have cost £200,000, including £78,000 for custom-made fabric and £4,000 for fittings. The pair worked closely together on the design, with Ms. Waight Keller carrying out extensive research at fabric mills throughout Europe, to develop an exclusive double bonded silk cady especially for Meghan. Together, the pair decided this was perfect for the round sculptural look required while the soft matt lustre, bonding process and pure white colour bring a fresh modernity to the dress. In a statement, Ms Waight Keller said: 'It has been an immensely rewarding experience to get to know Meghan on a personal level, one I will forever carry with me. The House of Givenchy joins me in wishing her and Prince Harry every wish of happiness in their future.' Meghan was said to be impressed by Ms Waight Keller's timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour and wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has now served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and now Givenchy. The result was a dress which epitomises a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy and showcasing the expert craftsmanship of its world-renowned Parisian couture atelier founded in 1952. in keeping with the heritage of the house of Givenchy, the 'pure lines' have been created using six meticulously placed seams, and features a graphic open bateau neckline and slender sculpted waist. The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity. Meghan's something borrowed: Which tiara did she wear? Meghan's sparkling tiara is Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau, which has been loaned to her by Harry's grandmother the Queen. Royal brides are traditionally loaned priceless heirlooms to wear on their wedding day. Meghan could have chosen the Spencer tiara - famously worn by Harry's later mother Diana, Princess of Wales when she married the Prince of Wales in 1981. But Meghan has instead selected this little known piece, which features a magnificent floral-shaped suspended brooch in the centre made of a large round diamond surrounded by nine smaller circular diamonds. It was specifically made for the Queen's grandmother Queen Mary in 1932 to accommodate the detachable brooch, which was given to Mary as a wedding present in 1893 by the County of Lincoln. The bandeau is a flexible band of 11 intricate glittering sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pave set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The bandeau and the brooch were bequeathed by Queen Mary to her granddaughter the Queen on her death in 1953. Meghan was eager to incorporate a nod to all 53 countries of the Commonwealth into her special day, and asked for a veil embellished with the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in a single spectacular floral composition. It's already been established that the Commonwealth family of nations will be a central part of Harry and Meghan's work after the Queen appointed her grandson as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. Kensington Palace said that Meghan 'wanted to express her gratitude for the opportunity to support the work of the Commonwealth by incorporating references to its members into the design of her wedding dress'. Significant time was spent researching the flora of each Commonwealth country while Ms. Waight Keller spent many hours ensuring that every flower is unique. Lesotho, for example, was represented by a spiral aloe, Bangladesh was symbolised by a white water lily and Grenada had a bougainvillea. Australia was represented by golden wattles, and Nigeria had a yellow trumpet. England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland were respectively represented by a rose, a daffodil, a flax flower and a thistle.
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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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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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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 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 wears Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau tiara on wedding day
Meghan Markle wears Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau tiara on wedding day Meghan's sparkling tiara is Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau, which has been loaned to her by Harry's grandmother the Queen. Royal brides are traditionally loaned priceless heirlooms to wear on their wedding day. Meghan could have chosen the Spencer tiara - famously worn by Harry's later mother Diana, Princess of Wales when she married the Prince of Wales in 1981. But Meghan, 36, has instead selected this little-known piece, which features a magnificent floral-shaped suspended brooch in the centre made of a large round diamond surrounded by nine smaller circular diamonds. It was specifically made for the Queen's grandmother Queen Mary in 1932 to accommodate the detachable brooch, which was given to Mary as a wedding present in 1893 by the County of Lincoln. The bandeau is a flexible band of 11 intricate glittering sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pave set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The bandeau and the brooch were bequeathed by Queen Mary to her granddaughter the Queen on her death in 1953. Celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage said that Meghan, who is very much a modern bride, would have faced difficulty when choosing a tiara for the big day. 'When it came to wearing a tiara everyone was conflicted, for me a tiara didn’t feel like a natural choice for Meghan who I see as a modern bride,' he explained. 'However I felt she would want to be respectful and here she gives a nod to protocol and wears a stunning diamond tiara. 'It appears to be a never before seen tiara, which could be a nod to old tradition but welcoming a feeling of the new. 'It’s a more modern take on the lavish pearl and diamond pieces we have seen before such as he Spencer Tiara and the Lovers Knot.' The Spencer Tiara, which was famously worn by Diana on her wedding day to Prince Charles in 1981, was considered to be a contender for Meghan to wear on her wedding day. The Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara - another favourite of Diana's that has also been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on several occasions - was also put forward as an option by experts. However, the Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara worn by Kate on her wedding day was not available to the bride, as the dazzling headpiece is currently on display in Australia. Some experts had suggested that Meghan would have a tiara specially commissioned for her - like the Duchess of York on her wedding day. Today Harry and Meghan exchanged vows at St George's Chapel and shared tears, laughter and a passionate kiss in front of their hundreds of VIP guests dominated by glamorous Holywood stars including the Clooneys, the Beckhams, Idris Elba, Elton John, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hardy and James Corden. And in a stark departure from his brother and his father's weddings, Harry was visibly emotional for much of the ceremony especially when he saw his bride for the first time, when he grabbed her hand and told her: 'You look amazing - I missed you' before tenderly lifting her veil. The new Duke of Sussex also said 'thank you, pa' after his father Prince Charles walked the now Duchess of Sussex down the aisle of St George's Chapel, Windsor, having stepped in at the last moment for Meghan's father Thomas. The former actress, 36, managed to make a tearful Harry giggle as they exchanged vows before being pronounced man and wife by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. What were Meghan's tiara options for her wedding day? The Spencer Tiara, which was famously worn by Diana on her wedding day to Prince Charles in 1981, was considered to be a contender for Meghan to wear on her wedding day. The Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara - another favourite of Diana's that has also been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on several occasions - was also put forward as an option by experts. However, the Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara worn by Kate on her wedding day was not available to the bride, as the dazzling headpiece is currently on display in Australia. Some experts had suggested that Meghan would have a tiara specially commissioned for her - like the Duchess of York on her wedding day. But she ultimately opted for a little known piece, the Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau. SPENCER TIARA The Spencer Tiara was worn by Princess Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, and worn by her on numerous occasions after her big day. The tiara is a family heirloom that was also worn by all of Diana's sisters on their wedding days. The headpiece, which was made by Garrads in the 1930s, has an elaborate design of stylised flowers decorated with diamonds in silver settings. The tiara is now owned by Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, so Harry would have to borrow it from his uncle if his bride were to wear it on her big day
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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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Did Prince die from a fatal combination of drugs
Did Prince die from a fatal combination of drugs Prince could have died from a fatal drug combination with investigators keen to determine if he had ingested two substances known to be dangerous if mixed, it has been reported. Toxicology reports are not yet completed, but sources told TMZ they are curious to know if he had Perocet and Buprenorphine in his system. It is believed a combination of the two suppresses breathing and the presence of the two can amplify the effect of one another. The website also claimed police are curious as to why Prince's doctor Michael Schulenberg and Andrew Kornfeld, the son of a California rehab doctor, were both present. It was claimed Mr Kornfeld had Buprenorphine pills in his backpack. The drug is commonly used to treat opiate addiction. Neither doctor responded to requests for comment from TMZ. Meanwhile, as Prince had no children, a judge has now set a four-month deadline for claims against the singer's estate. Currently his sibling and half siblings lining up in probate court for their shares of a fortune certain to run into the millions, with great earning potential. Yet it's still possible that an unknown heir may emerge Claimants who file after that might be accepted, but courts typically adhere to the rules laid out. A person with a verified claim to be Prince's child would zoom to the front of the line for his estate. In fact, a child would get it all under Minnesota law. So nothing would go to Prince's sister Tyka Nelson and his five half siblings, said Susan Link, head of estate planning for the Minneapolis-based Maslon law firm, with the child 'trumping' the siblings. Carlin Q. Williams, a Colorado prison inmate, is the only person so far with a claim pending. His mother, Marsha Henson, contends that she conceived Williams while having sex with Prince at a Kansas City, Missouri, hotel in July 1976. Attorneys have also filed papers on behalf of a daughter and granddaughter of Duane Nelson Sr, widely described as Prince's late half brother. Nelson, who died in 2011, is not listed as a relative in papers filed by Tyka Nelson's lawyers in the probate case. Her lawyers have declined to clarify why not, citing attorney-client confidentiality. If Nelson's daughter and granddaughter are proven blood heirs, they could stand to inherit his share of the estate along with the surviving siblings. A Kansas City woman has also claimed to be a half sister. WHAT ARE PERCOCET AND BUPRENOPRHINE? THE HIGHLY-ADDICTIVE DRUGS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN IN PRINCE'S SYSTEM WHEN HE DIED PERCOCET is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone and is used to treat acute pain, often for those with joint problems. The opiate drug is highly addictive and is usually not prescribed to people who have a history of drug addiction. Side effects of Percocet include seizures. Prince had epilepsy as a child and suffered seizures, although he later claimed he no longer had the condition. Overdose can cause vomiting, stomach pain, confusion, and yellowing of the skin. As the overdose progresses, users start to feel faint, their heart rate slows and they can eventually stop breathing and fall into a coma. Actor Heath Ledger, who died following a prescription drug overdose in 2008, had oxycodone in his system and had also taken a lethal cocktail of other substances. BUPRENORPHINE is an FDA-approved drug that is used to treat opioid addiction. At the appropriate dose, treatment on the drug may suppress symptoms of opioid withdrawal, decrease cravings and block the effects of other opioids. Because of its 'ceiling effect', it is less likely to overdose, but it can happen and cannot be easily reversed. If someone does overdose, symptoms include fainting, coma, shortness of breath and extreme weakness. Prince could have died from a fatal drug combination with investigators keen to determine if he had ingested two substances known to be dangerous if mixed, it has been reported. Toxicology reports are not yet completed, but sources told TMZ they are curious to know if he had Perocet and Buprenorphine in his system. It is believed a combination of the two suppresses breathing and the presence of the two can amplify the effect of one another. The website also claimed police are curious as to why Prince's doctor Michael Schulenberg and Andrew Kornfeld, the son of a California rehab doctor, were both present.
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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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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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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Make First Appearance After Royal Wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Make First Appearance After Royal Wedding The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are here! Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make their first official appearance as a married couple today, three days after tying the knot at St. George's Chapel. The pair are at a garden party honoring Prince Charles (his 70th birthday is in November). Joining Harry and Meghan are over 6,000 guests from the various charities patroned by Prince Charles. Many of the attendees are first responders of the Manchester bombing last year, as today marks the one year anniversary of the attack. The Duchess of Sussex was first spotted in the car en route to the event, wearing a pale-pink dress by Goat with a sheer top and sleeves, a matching hat by Philip Treacy, and her hair in a slick low bun. She also wore a silky silver clutch, and opted for a diamond bracelet and rose-inspired earrings for jewelry. Both her engagement and wedding rings were on full display. Markle finished off the look with pantyhose and blush Tamara Mellon pumps. The duo made their entrance at Buckingham Palace following Markle's new in-laws, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. Of course, this isn't the couple's first royal engagement together. Since announcing their plans to marry, they've participated in official events from various charity events to Commonwealth Day celebrations. Prince Charles walked Meghan down the aisle at the wedding after her father couldn't attend due to heart surgery. The Prince of Wales also hosted the evening reception after the wedding at Frogmore House, a short distance from Windsor Castle. At the 200-guest fête, the couple had their first dance to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” Markle gave an unprecedented speech and there was reportedly a game of beer pong. After the evening afterparty, the newlyweds spent the night at Windsor Castle, and were seen arriving back to Kensington Palace—their official residence—yesterday afternoon. The pair looked casual and cheerful in the car with Prince Harry at the wheel. Harry and Meghan have decided to delay their honeymoon so they could get started working on their royal duties, as today’s public appearance proves. Although their honeymoon destination has not yet been confirmed, they are highly rumored to go to Namibia for a luxe safari trip.
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Doria looks overcome with emotion as she escorts Meghan Markle
Doria looks overcome with emotion as she escorts Meghan Markle Doria Ragland was the image of pride as she accompanied her daughter Meghan Markle to St George's Chapel on her wedding day. The 61-year-old appeared to fight back the tears as she took her pew in St George's Chapel after accompanying her daughter in her short car journey to the ceremony. Her concerned soon-to-be son-in-law Prince Harry looked to offer her some reassurance, turning to catch her eye from the altar. The mother of the bride looked elegant in a lime-green coat and matching dress by Oscar De La Renta as she sat alone in the chapel waiting for Meghan to walk down the aisle. Doria had accompanied Meghan from Cliveden House, in Taplow, Berkshire, where she spent the night. Royal fans were given the first glimpse of the bride, who looked stunning in a gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy - complete with a 15ft veil embroidered with flowers of the Commonwealth - as she headed to Windsor Castle. Her mother Doria smiled and looked adoringly at her daughter in the back of her wedding car, again supporting her in the absence of her father Thomas Markle. The Rolls-Royce Phantom IV was built and delivered to the Queen in 1950 and used by Kate Middleton for her trip to Westminster Abbey when she married William seven years ago. The pair could be seen chatting, and a relaxed-looking Meghan gave a brief wave, as the vintage Rolls-Royce Phantom IV, left for the drive to the Windsor Castle. Last night Meghan looked stunning as she arrived with her mother Doria Ragland, 62, after enjoying afternoon tea with the Queen. The presence of Miss Ragland, 61, who is extremely close to her daughter and still calls her ‘flower’, will undoubtedly calm Miss Markle’s nerves in what has been an unexpectedly fraught and hugely emotional week. Meanwhile Miss Ragland, a yoga instructor, flew into Heathrow on an overnight flight from Los Angeles last week. Dressed casually in a T-shirt, linen trousers and canvas pumps, and carrying a suit bag containing what is believed to be her Burberry wedding outfit, she was picked up from the steps of the aircraft by a royal fleet Jaguar. She was driven to Heathrow’s VIP Windsor suite, where Harry’s assistant private secretary Amy Pickerill was waiting with an immigration officer. A member of staff from the private office carried her bags. Miss Ragland, described as a ‘free spirit’ by her daughter and ‘amazing’ by Harry, was taken to Kensington Palace where she will stay until Friday. She did not have long to shake off any effects of jet lag - just 24 hours later she met with the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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Family leaves their dog alone for just three hours and come home to a HUGE mess
If you leave a dog alone, do so at your peril. That's certainly the message this husky has given its owners, who went to the cinema only to return home and find an almighty mess - with absolutely no question marks over who was the culprit. The post appeared on photo sharing site Imgur with the title 'A family went to movie for 3 hrs come back to this The naughty husky, who looks chastened by the events, had stumbled across its owners' calligraphy set. From the hilarious photos it appears he spilled the ink and then walked all over the home, leaving black paw prints absolutely everywhere. And it's clear that the mischievous mutt has paced around many times waiting for the family to return. Its prints are visible under tables, behind the sofa and around the dining room table. There is a large pool of the black ink in what looks like the family's hallway and even one lone paw print on the bed. The family's beige tile floors bear similar evidence of the pesky pet's trail of destruction. Other displaced items left strewn over the floor - including a bag and a book - have also been dirtied in a similar manner. Amused users on Imgur, where the images have been viewed more than 330,000 times since they were posted two days ago, were quick to jump in and comment on the mess.
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Was the spare seat at St  George's Chapel an homage to Diana?
Was the spare seat at St George's Chapel an homage to Diana? Fans have suggested an empty seat inside Harry and Meghan's wedding chapel could have been a tribute to the late Princess of Wales. The chair in front of the Queen was mysteriously left empty, fuelling speculation that it was a nod to Harry's mother, Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris more than 20 years ago. As images from inside St. George's Chapel surfaced this afternoon, dozens of royal watchers took to Twitter to question why the front-row seat next to the Duke of Cambridge had been left empty. One wrote: 'Just found out the empty seat next beside William was left for Diana. I'm gonna go cry now.' However, others have argued the seating plan was simply following royal protocol that dictates nobody can sit in front of the monarch. At the 2011 Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen was seated in the front row, meaning nobody could obscure her view. MailOnline has contacted Kensington Palace for comment. It comes after the Palace told how Meghan Markle paid a touching tribute to Diana with her bridal bouquet. The stunning arrangement contained forget-me-nots - the Princess of Wales' favourite flowers - along with stems hand picked by Harry from their private garden at Kensington Palace. 'Forget me not' is also the meaning behind Sentebale, the charity set up by Harry in 2005 to help disadvantaged children in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho. The bridal bouquet was arranged by 'queen of London florists' Philippa Craddock, who is also behind the jaw-dropping display inside St. George's Chapel. It featured astilbe - meaning of 'I will be waiting for you' or 'I'll still be waiting' - symbolising patience and dedication to a loved one, according to Katie-Jane. There was also lily-of-the-valley (convallaria); symbolising sweetness and the return of happiness, it is also the birth flower of May. Meghan's bouquet also contained the obligatory sprig of myrtle, a tradition going back to the reign of Queen Victoria and previously observed by the Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess of Wales and even the Queen at their own weddings. Finally, the bouquet contained astrantia meaning strength, courage and protection, and forget-me-nots - a nod to the Princess of Wales, as they were her favourite flower. And according to Katie-Jane Hermes of Florismart, Meghan's bouquet, made from locally-sourced foliage, speaks volumes about her personality - as well as giving a nod to royal tradition. Katie-Jane said: 'Meghan chose a petit, delicate hand-tied bouquet of Astilbe, Lily of the Valley and Astrantia. Very similar in style to Kate’s but not a wired design, it was finished with an ivory satin ribbon. This is a very simplistic style bouquet, and seems to be the recent royal trend.' 'The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle’s bouquet to honour the memory of the late Princess on this special day,' a spokesperson for Kensington Palace said. Craddock's staff were pictured last week transporting a huge delivery of artificial flowers from her depot in London to Windsor ahead of the big day. Just one day earlier, Craddock took to Instagram to reflect on her starring role in the wedding of the year. She wrote: 'Taking a quiet moment in the garden before I head into town to start a marathon of a week ahead, it is such an exciting week.' In an interview with The Times earlier this month, she revealed that working with the royal couple had been an 'absolute pleasure'. 'The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun,' she said. It was revealed in March that Craddock had been hand-picked by the couple to deck out Windsor in stunning blooms for their May 19 nuptials. Kensington Palace officially announced the news via a series of tweets describing in detail how society favourite Craddock was chosen for the hotly-contested role. The decadent floral displays in St. George's Chapel were created using locally sourced foliage, they said, much of which has been taken from the gardens and parkland of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park. Described by Tatler as 'a floral mastermind', Craddock claims to be able to create any bride's dream - from 'a secret garden in a palace' to 'an outdoor botanical romance'. Her extravagant displays in St George's Chapel today featured foliage from Windsor Great Park, including beech, birch and hornbeam branches, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves. Speaking earlier this year about being chosen for the Royal Wedding on May 19, she said: 'I am excited and honoured. The pr
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Meghan Markle was photobombed by excitable pageboy at royal wedding
Meghan Markle was photobombed by excitable pageboy at royal wedding It was Meghan's big moment, but one of her adorable page boys threatened to temporarily steal her thunder when he accidentally photobombed her as she arrived at the door of St George's Chapel on her wedding day. Seven-year-old John Mulroney, who was given a starring role at the royal wedding along with his twin brother Brian and their little sister Ivy, flashed a gap-toothed grin as he popped up on screen behind the radiant bride. With the eyes of the world on Windsor Castle, the adorable pageboy clearly couldn't contain his excitement, taking a deep breath as he prepared to head down the aisle at St George's Chapel. The Mulroney twins and their little sister - whose mother is Meghan's best friend Jessica Mulroney, and father is Ben Mulroney, son of the former Canadian prime minister Brian - were among 10 page boys and flower girls supporting Meghan on her big day. Also given special roles were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's two eldest children, Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, three and Prince Harry's godson Jasper Dyer, six, and goddaughters Florence Van Custem, three, and Zalie Warren, two. Completing the set are Remi and Rylan Litt, aged six and seven respectively, who are the daughters of one of Miss Markle’s oldest (and most discreet) friends, Benita Litt, and are also Meghan’s goddaughters. The six little girls, including three-year-old Princess Charlotte, were dressed in all white and had flowers adorning their hair as they giggled and walked behind the beaming bride. The page boys were smart in mini morning suits. The Duchess of Cambridge, dressed in lemon yellow Alexander McQueen, helped to escort the ten children into Windsor Castle, after the excited crew pulled up in a vintage Rolls Royce, waving to the crowds. When Kensington Palace revealed details of the young bridal party, it became clear that the bride was determined to include her close circle of friends in her special day - by giving some of her best friends' children key roles. It is a far cry from the last royal wedding in 2011 - when Kate married William, she was not accompanied by any children from her own side of the aisle. Her young bridal party included the offspring of an Earl and Princess Margaret's granddaughter, while the children of a glossy celebrity stylist and an LA handbag designer were among the adorable crew seen clambering up the steps of St George's Chapel today. Master Brian Mulroney and Master John Mulroney (both aged seven – sons of Mrs Jessica Mulroney and Mr Benedict Mulroney) The fraternal twin sons of Jessica and Ben Mulroney are seven years old - and older siblings to Ivy Mulroney. In an interview with thestar.com in 2014, Mrs Mulroney described how the boys were best friends. 'Ben was at the MMVAs (iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards) and John did something really sweet,' she said. 'He hugged Brian from behind and said, 'Brian, you make me great'. ' The article described the children, who had two nannies, as 'incredibly well-behaved'.
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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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Body language expert on Harry and Meghan Markle's official snaps
Body language expert on Harry and Meghan Markle's official snaps A body language expert has given her take on Harry and Meghan's 'sexy and flirty' official wedding photographs. The couple have today released striking shots captured by Alexi Lubomirski showing them among their family members in Windsor Castle. Taken shortly after their poignant ceremony, the couple and the Monarch beam for the camera, with Harry flanked by his proud father and his new wife beside her delighted mother. Body language expert Judi James told MailOnline the pictures demonstrate not only the pair's adoration for one another, but William's status in the family, Meghan's close bond with her beloved mother and the Queen's 'delight'. The most striking image shows Meghan sitting between Harry's legs on the east terrace of Windsor Castle as the prince looks smiling at the camera. Ms James said: ‘The black and white shot is pure Hollywood romance, and very much like the engagement shot. ‘It is very sexy and flirty, she is sitting between his legs on the step below him. They clearly adore one another and it looks like a luxury perfume advert. 'It is perfect and the most romantic wedding shot we’ve ever seen. ‘It definitely sets the tone for them to be going on the do their work around the world, they are a Hollywood A-list couple and this picture puts them in that league.’ Body language expert Robin Kermode also told MailOnline: 'This is the Harry we know and love. Open smile, shoulders with his head tilted to one side and his left arm gently on Meghan's arm. 'This is a picture of complete relaxation and genuine happiness. Once again Meghan looks relaxed calm and deliriously happy. 'Both of them calm relaxed and genuinely happy. The smiles are completely congruence reaching the corners of the other islands. 'Her wrists are relaxed - always a sign of complete calm. Also we should remember how much pressure they have both been under during the day and this is a photograph of genuine relaxation and happiness at the end of a very public day. ' 'Once again a very private moment.' The formal family wedding shot featuring the Queen also features the bride's mother Doria Ragland, 62, standing proudly next to her daughter. Ms James told MailOnline while the pair represent something of a departure from tradition and a royal revolution, the group shots nonetheless have a distinctly traditional feel. Ms James said they represented a certain formality that may have been in keeping with the Queen's wishes. She said: ‘I was actually quite surprised because we have just watched a wedding that was very different - everything about it was informal, producing some change in the formality and the proceedings of the royal family. ‘But these two group pictures are very traditional, more so than some of the previous more jokey ones we’ve seen with Kate and William and Charles and Diana, where they had light hearted and spontaneous shots. ‘We’ve got Meghan and Harry almost standing to attention in one shot. ‘Harry is however throwing a big grin and while everyone else has got beautiful and natural congruent smiles, they remain in the realm of formality.' But Ms James did note the evident bond between mother and daughter. She said: ‘Meghan’s torso is turned towards her mother who is very close to her in the picture. They are a close double act which is so good to see. ‘A lot of people were very worried her mother was sitting alone and isolated in the service so it is very tangible that her mother is important here. ‘William is towering above everyone else and is very dominant and though Charles is due to take over, he has an endearing sheepish grin on his face and William seems to have a higher level of status. ‘It is great to see the Queen and Philip grinning. She didn’t smile much during the service, and she doesn’t smile in church but you can see the delight on her face. 'Despite his recent operation, Phil has just adopted a dashing, manly pose which is really good to see.' The final image shows Prince George and Princess Charlotte grinning cheekily with the other bridesmaids and page boys surrounding the happy couple. Ms James added: ‘In the other shot with the children, I am surprised that Meghan is at her husband’s feet very quickly after she walked in to the church by herself. She’s down at the feet of the man she loves, though it is slightly submissive. ‘He is looking slightly Victorian and with the groom behind her we’ve gone back in history a bit. ‘But he is sporting the naughtiest grin – he looks like one of the page boys, which balances that. 'Here, the children have stolen the scene just as they did at the wedding.’
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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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The princess bride Breathtaking family pictures of Grace Kellys mariage to Prince Rainier of Monaco
On Monday it will have been exactly six decades since Grace Kelly, the darling of Hollywood, married Monaco's Prince Rainier III - and yet the event remains etched in the minds of millions. Even the royal weddings of Prince Charles to Lady Diana, and Prince William to Kate Middleton haven't dislodged the fairytale moment from history. And these magical pictures, kept by the Rainier family in Monaco's palace, show exactly why that is. 'It was such an incredible affair, and it's left such a mark on people,' the couple's only son, Prince Albert, told People magazine. 'For us, it was – and you'll have to ask my sisters [Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie] – for us it was our parents getting married. But what it's meant for Monaco, for people around the world, and, how their story continues to fascinate people, that's something unimaginable.' Philadelphia-born Kelly had already been dazzling cinemagoers for five years with films such as 'Dial M For Murder' and 'Rear Window' when she headed the U.S. delegation to the Cannes Film Festival in 1955. While there, she was invited to travel across the French border to the neighboring microstate of Monaco for a photo-shoot with the prince at his palace. The two met up for the shoot, and afterwards began a secret correspondence. That same year they became engaged, and so began preparations for what became known as 'The Wedding of the Century.' The Napoleonic Code of Monaco and the Roman Catholic Church required that two ceremonies be held - one civil and one religious - so the entire Palace of Monaco was redecorated for the first ceremony, which was to be followed by a reception for 3,000 Monaco citizens. Meanwhile, the Saint Nicholas Cathedral had to be prepared for the second, religious, ceremony, which was to be overseen by Monaco's Bishop, Gilles Barthe, and watched on international TV by what was eventually estimated to be 30million people. MGM, the studio that had seen Kelly through her biggest years as a star, provided two wedding dresses designed by Academy Award-winning Helen Rose, one of which took three weeks to craft. Invitations were sent out to 700 guests including Aristotle Onassis (later Mr Jackie Kennedy), hotel developer Conrad Hilton and film stars David Niven, Cary Grant, Gloria Swanson and Ava Gardner. All of this, and the bride was still in America. The civil ceremony was set for April 18, 1956; the religious ceremony for the following day. But before either of those could happen, Kelly and her sizable entourage had to make the long crossing from America to Monaco. To get there, they would board the SS Constitution ocean liner and sail for an eight-day voyage to the French Riviera. And so it was on April 4 that Kelly, along with her family, six bridesmaids, 80 pieces of luggage and a poodle, boarded the ship in New York - along with a horde of reporters and photographers, eager to see history in the making. Some 400 journalists applied to join the crossing, but most were refused. But even those on the land got a spectacular view: as Kelly stepped onto the ship, a plane owned by Aristotle Onassis flew overhead, spilling red and white carnations on those below. 'The whole Constitution trip was something Mom referred to at times,' Albert told People. 'She'd say it was fun for the wedding party. It really bonded the whole Philadelphia side, her family and friends who came over together on the crossing' She would also talk about Oliver, her French poodle, he said - a gift from Cary Grant, with whom she had co-starred in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief. Kelly's arrival in Monaco was an even bigger event than her departure, with 1,800 photographers there to capture the moment of their arrival. It had been an exhausting series of events - and the ceremonies hadn't even begun. My father said it is exhausting to go through the circumstance, the pageantry, the planning,' Albert told People. Still, that planning led to one of the most stunning celebrity events of the 20th century, as Monaco entered an eight-day period of festivities leading up to April 17. And when that day came, the newly renovated palace played host to a huge reception with 40 foreign delegations, outdoor entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. The next day the civil ceremony took place in the palace's Throne Room, with Kelly clad in a light pink taffeta dress overlaid with champagne-colored lace - the first of the dresses provided by MGM. The actual ceremony took just 16 minutes, People reported, but was followed by a full 25 minutes spent listening to the 140 new titles that now belonged to Kelly as Princess of Monaco. And then the newlywed couple had to repeat the whole thing again for news crews.
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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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Plans for an EU army are being 'kept SECRET from British voters'
Detailed plans for an EU army have been drawn up secretly in Brussels but will not be made public until the day after Britain's referendum, it emerged today. The plans involve establishing a military headquarters and are backed by Germany as the first step toward creating an EU army. Officials have kept the Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy under lock and key and officials working on them are only allowed to make hand written notes while reviewing the material in a specific room. They must leave all phones and computers outside but diplomats' notes were leaked today. The Times today said the proposals are due to be discussed at the next European summit on June 28 but will not be sent to EU leaders until June 24 - the day after Britain votes on membership - to avoid leaks. Extracts from the proposals seen by the paper reveal diplomats insist 'security and defence is where a step change is most urgent' in the EU. And the documents, drawn up by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, reveal officials believe 'in turbulent times, we need a compass to navigate the waters of a faster-changing world'. There are mechanisms within the 2009 Lisbon Treaty signed by Gordon Brown that pave the way for creating the military structures. The draft adds: 'The EU can step up its contribution to Europe's security and defence. 'Our external action must become more joined up across policy areas, institutions and member states. 'Greater unity of purpose is needed across the policy areas making up our external action.' Senior Tory and former defence secretary Liam Fox told The Times the leaks made clear Britain's referendum was 'our last chance to stop being dragged into a permanent EU military force'. Remain supporter and former chief of the defence staff Field Marshal Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank told the paper: 'It is silly to have a duplication of Nato... We want to spend the money on defence, not bureaucracy.' Senior Conservative MP Laurence Robertson said: 'The EU Army (as referred to in The Times today) has been on the cards since Maastricht - one reason why so many of us opposed that Treaty.' Ukip leader Nigel Farage recalled comments by Nick Clegg and said fears about an EU army were no longer a 'dangerous fantasy'. Britain vetoed a similar proposal in 2011 and David Cameron has repeatedly rejected the idea Britain would sign up to an EU army. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: 'We will never be part of an EU army. 'We retain a veto on all defence matters in the EU and we will oppose any measures which would undermine member states' military forces.' A Britain Stronger in Europe spokesman said: 'If we leave the EU, they could create a European army as we would not be at the table to veto it. 'The former heads of Nato, MI5 and MI6 have all said our country's national security is threatened if we leave. That's why we're safer remaining in Europe.'
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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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230lb woman Donna Gillie reveals how she lost half her weight WITHOUT surgery
An obese woman who tipped the scales at 230lb 16.5st is now unrecognisable after losing half of her body weight and honing her body in the gym - without any surgery. Donna Gillie, 30, lost 115lb 8st and transformed her physique after taking up exercise to became a fitness bikini model competitor. Now the reformed overeater from Nova Scotia, Canada, is a lean 115lb in weight and she's preparing for her third bikini show. But Donna says she's achieved her sensational new figure through diet and workouts alone and without going under the knife as she lost the majority of the weight when she was young, so wasn't left with much excess skin. She added that it, 'doesn't show when I am stood up posing,' but said: 'If I was older it would look less desirable.' Donna competed in her first show in 2014 to celebrate her newly svelte figure and got a taste for the competitions. She said: 'I entered not because I wanted a plastic trophy or any recognition but something for myself - to prove to myself I could shape my body after all my hard work losing the weight I wanted to build my body.' As a teenager Donna gorged on food, becoming shocked to discover when she graduated college that she weighed 230lb. I began to struggle with my weight in my early teens. I knew early on I struggled with food - I always overate. I began with small steps, I didn't actually change the way I ate until fairly far into my fitness journey. I guess you could say I hit a plateau - so I started to change the way I ate. I watched my portions and ate more fruits and veggies, less packaged food more whole food.' She reached 115lb then hired a coach to help to weight train to sculpt her figure and entered her first fitness competition in 2014. She admitted being nervous the first time she stepped on stage but praised her coaches who helped prepare her. I truly enjoyed the process. I was 115lb the day of my show - exactly half the woman I was when I started working out. Losing weight has changed my life in only positive ways. So many people have come up to me and said I made them want to make a change and they ask for advice. I always tell them my path and to keep a positive mindset because that alone can work wonders. The fitness community is often thought of as very superficial but to be honest it a great support system and social atmosphere. Since losing my weight I feel better physically and mentally.' And after wowing the crowd in Moncton, New Brunswick, in south east Canada, Donna competed again last year in the East Coast Classic 2015. Donna is currently preparing for her third bikini show in December.
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