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Kensington Palace shares rare photos of Princess Diana

<p><span>Kensington Palace has released a rare throwback photograph of Princess Diana and Prince William in celebration of the Duke's new patronage.</span></p> <p>On Wednesday, Prince William officially became the Royal Patron of The Passage, a charity focusing on homelessness.</p> <p>The Palace announced the news with pictures of his first visit to the charity in 1993, when he went with his mother and brother Prince Harry.</p> <p>The first photograph depicted Princess Diana sitting with Prince Harry on her lap and Prince William nearby. The second showed the charity's visitor book signed by the Princess and her first son.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">This entry in The <a href="https://twitter.com/PassageCharity?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PassageCharity</a> visitor’s book marks The Duke of Cambridge's first visit with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales in 1993. <a href="https://t.co/iKgC5pQMaB">pic.twitter.com/iKgC5pQMaB</a></p> — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1095653653107617792?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>"The visits I made as a child to this place left a deep and lasting impression upon me – about how important it is to ensure that everyone in our society, especially the poorest, are treated with respect, dignity and kindness, and are given the opportunities to fulfil their potential in life," Prince William said in a statement.</p> <p>The 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge marked the news with another visit to the charity, in which he helped serve food in the resource centre’s kitchen and met with clients and volunteers for the charity’s 'Home for Good' program.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">8-10 volunteers support Head Chef Nour Shab in the kitchen every day. <br /><br />2,651 homeless people were supported by <a href="https://twitter.com/PassageCharity?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PassageCharity</a> in 2017/18 - this was made possible with the help of the charity’s 450 regular volunteers who work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. <a href="https://t.co/P0xSVsCMAd">pic.twitter.com/P0xSVsCMAd</a></p> — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1095660758409596928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The Duke has also been a Patron to Centrepoint, a charity that supports homeless youths, since 2005, following in the footsteps of his mother who had filled the role from 1992 until her death in 1997. </p> <p>When he took over the role at the age of 23, he told <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1498374/William-becomes-patron-of-the-homeless.html" target="_blank"><em>The Telegraph</em></a>, "My mother introduced that sort of area to me a long time ago. It was a real eye-opener and I am very glad she did. It has been something I have held close to me for a long time."</p> <p>On Thursday, Prince William also visited a number of men’s mental health charities in London, including the 'Future Dads' program run by the charity Future Men where he discussed issues surrounding fatherhood.</p> <p>"Whenever a high-profile royal visits any organisation, they bring the spotlight with them so his visit will naturally be a huge boost for awareness of the issue," royal expert Victoria Murphy told <a href="http://sandhillsexpress.com/abc_world/prince-william-visits-mens-mental-health-charities-in-london-abcid36158055/"><em>ABC News</em></a>.</p> <p>"So public visits, where they speak about and endorse the work of the charities in this area as well as meeting and speaking to people they have helped, are an important part of helping to achieve this."</p>

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Duchess Kate shares special family item that “makes me feel happy”

<p>The Duchess of Cambridge has proudly shared a sweet photograph of her family, during a special show-and-tell with students at a London-based primary school.</p> <p>The royal attended a special event at London Primary to mark Children’s Mental Health Week. She met with excited smiling children, and while sitting around a table while each person shared something that “makes them feel good,” Kate decided to share her special keepsake.</p> <p>As the Duchess opened her black clutch bag, she told them: “I’ve got something. It’s not very big. Do you want to see it?</p> <p>“This is a photograph of my family. These are my children, and this is my husband,” she explained.</p> <p>“And we like playing outside together and spending lots of time together as a family. And that makes me feel very happy.</p> <p>“Do you like spending time with your families? What do you like doing sometimes?” the royal asked the young primary school kids.</p> <p><img style="width: 349px; height: 196px;" src="/media/7823326/gettyimages-1127519022.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7230a1291796445ea191778546315e84" /></p> <p>The 37-year-old Duchess shared a family portrait showing her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and her husband Prince William.</p> <p>The stunning photograph is featured on the Cambridge family 2018 Christmas card, taken by Matt Porteous at Anmer Hall.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtgCiktlTcQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtgCiktlTcQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">This @_place2be #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek people across the UK are taking steps to be ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’. At Lavender Primary School The Duchess of Cambridge found out more about the support offered to students, teachers and parents to help with mental wellbeing — including the daily mile, a simple away to get children outside for 15 mins every day to run or jog at their own pace. The Duchess also joined a food diary activity, which focusses on the links between food choices and mood and feelings, and even met Herbie the school dog!</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Feb 5, 2019 at 4:46am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The mother of three travelled through two schools in London on Tuesday to mark Children’s Mental Health Week.</p> <p>The Duchess is the royal patron for Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity. This year’s theme for Health Week is ‘Inside and Out.’</p> <p>The charity works across England, Scotland and Wales, and with more than 280 primary and secondary schools. </p>

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Michael Schumacher’s son hits out at "fake" family photos

<p>Michael Schumacher’s son Mick has blasted misleading family photos that have circulated on social media.</p> <p>The 19-year-old took to Twitter on Sunday night to clarify on the images allegedly showing the Formula 1 legend with him and his sister Gina. The pictures have been widely shared by fans on social media, often gaining thousands of shares and likes.</p> <p>“These photos are often published because they supposedly show me as a child with my father,” he warned. “To clarify: these pictures here do NOT show me, and neither do they show Gina. I'm sorry for the people in these photos.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">These photos are often published because they supposedly show me as a child with my father. To clarify: these pictures here do NOT show me, and neither do they show Gina. I'm sorry for the people in these photos. I can only appeal to all media to remove them from their archives. <a href="https://t.co/EvbzjFUArl">pic.twitter.com/EvbzjFUArl</a></p> — Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) <a href="https://twitter.com/SchumacherMick/status/1091994134662037504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">3 February 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The identity of the children in the photos remains unknown.</p> <p>The son of the seven-time world champion was recently seen visiting an exhibition dedicated to his father’s racing career in Maranello, Italy.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Last week in Maranello, @ <a href="https://twitter.com/MuseoFerrari?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MuseoFerrari</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Michael50?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Michael50</a> exhibition. <a href="https://twitter.com/ScuderiaFerrari?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ScuderiaFerrari</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ForzaFerrari?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ForzaFerrari</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamMS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TeamMS</a> <a href="https://t.co/mkV38AoQkI">pic.twitter.com/mkV38AoQkI</a></p> — Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) <a href="https://twitter.com/SchumacherMick/status/1091113731680022529?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">31 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The 50-year-old has not been seen in public since 2013, when he suffered head injuries from a skiing accident.</p> <p>Little is known about Schumacher’s recovery, although the family said he is “in the very best of hands” as he continues to be treated at his home in Switzerland.</p> <p>Mick is on track to follow in his father’s footsteps after winning a Formula 3 title and joining Ferrari’s junior driver program last year. He is set to compete in a Formula 2 championship this year with the Prema team.</p>

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Monet’s garden – is this the most beautiful garden in the world?

<p>Claude Monet (1840-1926) was a founder of the French Impressionist movement. He also left us a body of work that helped create a fresh view of the world. Many of his more memorable works were painted in his garden at Giverny, 75km west of Paris, where he lived from 1883 until his death at the age of 86. His home and garden (including the water lily pond) were bequeathed by his son Michel to the French Academy of Fine Arts in 1966 and was opened to the public in 1980.</p> <p><strong>What’s there?</strong><br />While the house contains Monet’s collection of Japanese woodcut prints and an expansive gift shop, the real joy of this cultural site is, of course, the garden. While impressionism was about perception over nature, the artist’s garden provides a chance to walk through a Monet painting like Alice in Wonderland. Monet’s vast landscaping project has become his most enduring art work - a riot of colour and a wild profusion of summer flowers.</p> <p>There are two parts to the garden. The first is the Clos Normand, a flower garden in front of the house. The other is the Japanese-inspired water garden and its immediately recognisable bridge. Monet famously said of his beloved gardens, ”All my money goes into my garden," and "I am in raptures."</p> <p><strong>Visiting</strong><br />It feels like a great privilege to be able to visit this phenomenal cultural landmark however be aware that it is one you will share with many many others. These enticing gardens are open from the end of March until the start of November and during this time there are many coaches delivering tourists. A massive half a million people visit each year, which gives an indication of just how spectacular the view is. If you decide to go on one of the many tours on offer then be aware you may only be there for an hour or so before you are due back at the tour bus.</p> <p><strong>Getting there</strong><br />If you really want to savour this spectacular experience then the ideal way to see Giverny is to drive yourself or take a train and leave Paris early, or stay locally. The gardens are open from 9.30am until 6pm and at either end of the day the hordes will either still be in Paris drinking coffee or back in Paris having pre-dinner drinks.</p> <p>If you are planning a train trip, then you will be aiming for Vernon on the main Paris/Rouen/Le Havre line – a fast train takes just 45 minutes and leaves from Saint-Lazare station. Be aware that Vernon is about an hour walk from Giverny. If you take a taxi it should cost roughly 15 Euros while the bus costs 8 Euros return.</p> <p><strong>Best season</strong><br />From April to October the gardens are in bloom with various flowers at each stage. The spring flowers of May to June are probably the most intensely beautiful yet in summer the Nympheas are blooming. September and October highlight amazing autumn colours and perhaps even the mists Monet captured so well in this art.</p> <p><strong>More information</strong><br />To find out more or to pre-book tickets to the garden (the cost for all adults €10.20) <a rel="noopener" href="http://giverny.org/gardens/fcm/visitgb.htm#visit" target="_blank">click here.</a></p> <p><em><strong>Have you been to Giverny and enjoyed the gardens? Are there other gardens you have discovered in Australia or around the world you think are worth visiting? Join our conversation below…</strong></em></p> <p><em>Written by David McGonigal. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/monet%E2%80%99s-garden-is-this-the-most-beautiful-garden-in-the-world.aspx">Wyza.com.au. </a></em></p>

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Ready to revive the lost art of the Sunday drive?

<p>The Sunday drive, once a family institution, has fallen out of favour as our busy lives have taken over. However, it’s great tradition that deserves to be revived – and when better than on Mother’s Day?</p> <p>This is a wonderful opportunity to take your mother, mother-in-law, partner or someone special out for a drive. Here are eight scenic drives to take from all of our eight capital cities.</p> <ul> <li><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wyza.com.au/travel/explore-the-beauty-of-australia-at-kakadu-national-park.aspx" target="_blank"><span>Explore the beauty of Australia at Kakadu National Park</span></a></li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wyza.com.au/travel/12-of-the-best-ever-aussie-road-trips.aspx" target="_blank"><span>12 of the best ever Aussie road trips!</span></a></li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wyza.com.au/travel/what-you-need-to-know-before-a-long-driving-holiday-around-australia.aspx" target="_blank"><span>What you need to know before a long driving holiday around Australia</span></a></li> </ul> <p><strong>Sydney</strong><span> </span><br />While Wollongong and the Royal National Park have appeal, the best place for a drive out of Sydney is the Blue Mountains. Head straight for Leura and perhaps a visit to the crafts (or enticing chocolate and lolly) shops around Leura Mall then follow the signs to Leura Cascades, a charming place for a picnic.</p> <p>Continue around to the Three Sisters where the lookout is well worth exploring. While in<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wyza.com.au/travel/explore-the-best-of-inland-nsw-this-autumn.aspx" target="_blank"><span>Katoomba</span></a>, it’s always worth having tea at the Art Deco Paragon Café that will definitely take your Mum – and you perhaps – back to the tea shops of her youth.</p> <p>But don’t stop there. Head west down the highway to Medlow Bath and the newly renovated<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.hydromajestic.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Hydro Majestic</span></a>. It offers the most magnificent vistas over the Megalong Valley. Then it’s downhill nearly all the way home.<em><br /></em></p> <p><strong>Melbourne</strong><br />There’s certainly enough to fill a day on the Mornington Peninsula. Maybe the day could be based around the noon Mother’s Day lunch at<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.woodmanestate.com/index.php/mother-s-day-dining" target="_blank"><span>Woodman Estate</span></a><span> </span>in Moorooduc. Looking over the lake this is like an English country house. For some hot craft action, visit<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.gordonstudio.com.au/art_glass_studio.html" target="_blank"><span>Gordon Studio Glassblowers</span><span> </span></a>in Red Hill where you can watch glass art being created between 10am and 5pm every day.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.redhillestate.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Red Hill Estate</span></a><span> </span>winery is a good place to visit too, both for tasting and buying. Or nearby<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.montalto.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Montalto Vineyard &amp; Olive Grove</span></a><span> </span>provides a chance to sample olive oils and wines while surrounded by some great contemporary sculpture.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Brisbane</strong><span> </span><br /><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.malenyqueensland.com/" target="_blank"><span>Maleny</span></a><span> </span>really is another world not far north of Brisbane. Once you arrive it can be a bit challenging to find but it’s worth seeking out the quirky<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.malenybotanicgardens.com/" target="_blank"><span>Maleny Botanic Gardens and Birdworld</span></a>.</p> <p>The views across to the Glass House Mountains from here is excellent and the chance to interact with the exotic birds in the giant aviary is great. There’s no shortage of restaurants in Maleny so the ideal may be to park the car and walk around the village.</p> <p>Continue on to Montville if just for a look at the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://thechapel.website/" target="_blank"><span>Montville Chapel</span></a><span> </span>that has a grand vista and is made of natural stone and lots of glass to make the most of it. Montville is another pretty village that’s well worth a walk.</p> <p><strong>Adelaide</strong><br />Why not head for the hills?<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://southaustralia.com/en/places-to-go/adelaide-hills%20" target="_blank"><span>The Adelaide Hills</span></a><span> </span>have a lot going for them, whether it’s a visit to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.beerenberg.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Beerenberg</span></a>Strawberry Farm (and jam emporium) or a visit to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://udderdelights.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Udder Delights</span></a><span> </span>for good cheese including one very expensive one (well $150 for 500g of King Saul Raw Milk Blue) there’s no shortage of food options around Hahndorf.</p> <p>There’s a good chance that your mother will love the charming<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.hansheysen.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Cedars</span></a><span> </span>the home of Hans Heysen the German artist who so well captured his adopted homeland.</p> <p>The best way to see the hills is to take the challenge of visiting all the sculptures along the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.adelaidehillssculpture.com.au/sculpturetrail/" target="_blank"><span>Sculpture Trail</span></a>. These works have been created locally by Australian and International artists and each well fits into its location.</p> <p><strong>Perth<br /></strong>This distances are always a bit greater in WA so under 500 kilometres for the day should be okay, shouldn’t it? A trip up to Cervantes still requires less driving than aiming for Margaret River for the day – and you simply can’t drive to Rotto.</p> <p>As Australia’s lobster capital, Cervantes is the perfect place to spoil anyone with a taste for crustaceans. If she prefers her organisms more primitive then go east of town one kilometre to Lake Thetis where you can see living thrombolites, rock-like secretions of blue-green algae that go back to the beginning of life on earth.</p> <p>More spectacular, however, is the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/nambung" target="_blank"><span>Pinnacles Desert</span></a>. Particularly around sunset the thousands of limestone spire protruding from the coastal sand look like the setting for a sci-fi movie. It’s easy to drive a conventional vehicle around the 4km loop road.</p> <p><strong>Hobart</strong><span> </span><br />For a place with such a violent past, both historic and recent,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://portarthur.org.au/planner/" target="_blank"><span>Port Arthur</span></a><span> </span>presents an air of tranquillity. The ruins of the prison stand in manicured coastal gardens and lawns. In recent years the site has been extensively renovated and is consistently rated as one of Australia’s major tourist attractions. If you haven’t been for a few years, you’ll soon see why the recent conservation project has won so many awards. And it’s less than 100 km from Hobart.</p> <p>While the main attractions are the penitentiary, the commandant’s house, the hospital and separate prison it can also be leisurely with a harbour cruise included in your ticket price and the chance to take a stroll past the civil officers’ row to the ruins of the convict church.</p> <p><strong>Darwin</strong><span> </span><br />Less than 120 km from Darwin, a picnic at<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park-to-visit/litchfield-national-park" target="_blank"><span>Litchfield National Park</span></a><span> </span>is a great day out. More specifically, doing the park as a loop coming off the Stuart Highway and back through Berry Springs ensures you hardly double up on any part of the trip. While Florence Falls is going to be less crowded your mother needs to be pretty mobile to access it so the vast pool at Wangi Falls may be the better option.</p> <p>If you really want to spoil her, consider visiting the park by <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.litchfieldhelicopters.com.au/#_=_" target="_blank"><span>helicopter</span></a><span> </span>on a half-day tour. At this time of the year, it will be a longer flight from Noonamah so it isn't cheap but it is spectacular.</p> <p><strong>Canberra</strong><span> </span><br />The Snowy Mountains in autumn is a great day trip from Canberra. Consider heading through the<span> </span><span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.snowywine.com/#_=_%20" target="_blank">Snowy Vineyard and Microbrewery</a></span><span> </span>on the banks of the Snowy River in Dalgety.</p> <p>Past Jindabyne, take the Alpine Way to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thredbo.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Thredbo</span></a><span> </span>where the resort has moved from being a winter ski hill to a year-round destination. The location is so pretty that just a walk around the village (blissfully without the ski crowds) is pleasant in the crisp mountain air.</p> <p>There’s a special Mother’s Day lunch and tea in the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thredbo.com.au/restaurants-bars/cascades/" target="_blank"><span>Cascades Restaurant</span></a>. Depending how active you all want to be, it will be a very memorable Mother’s Day if you take the Kosciuszko Express chairlift onto the main range and do the 13 km return walk to the top of Australia. It’s a moderate walk that takes between four and six hours. Still, summiting one of the world’s Seven Summits is worth the effort.</p> <p><em><strong>Do you remember going on Sunday drives with your family as a kid? Join the conversation below.</strong></em></p> <p><em>Written by David McGonigal. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/ready-to-revive-the-lost-art-of-the-sunday-drive.aspx"><span>Wyza.com.au</span>.</a> </em></p>

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Decorating tips that won't cause permanent damage

<p>When it comes to buying a new home, sometimes we just want to have the security of knowing our existing home has been sold, and that we know exactly what budget we’ll have to buy the next property.</p> <p>The upside in such a scenario is less stress but the downside is you almost certainly won’t have enough time to buy your next property before you have to move out of your current home. That means a period of renting or bunking down with family.</p> <p>If you plan to rent a house, but want the flexibility to make it feel like your home, then these handy decorating tips can help. They won't cause permanent marks or changes to the house and this will make your landlord very happy. The changes don't have to be intrusive; they can be subtle and make you feel at home until you find the next property.</p> <p><strong>The rug life</strong><br />Many landlords shy away from letting their tenants tear up the carpet or stain the floors. That’s understandable. There is often too much risk involved and it could end up costing them a lot of money to change for future tenants. Plus, some apartment buildings have by-laws preventing carpets being replaced with tiles or other harder surfaces.</p> <p>Instead, buying a rug can change the atmosphere of a room and it can do wonders for the design. Rugs can brighten a dark room, change the colour theme and provide great floor protection. It will make a huge difference to the room but not to the bank account, and of course it's not a permanent change.</p> <p><strong>Feature wall of art</strong><br />A feature wall is often associated with painting one wall a different colour from the others, but you can also make it a feature wall using art. Using wall-friendly adhesives you can attach shelves and hang decorations to liven up the space.</p> <p>Framed photos and pictures are a simple and inexpensive way to add a splash of colour to the room without painting it. You want to make the wall the first thing that people look at when they walk in the room, so it's time to get creative.</p> <p><strong>Pot plants<br /></strong>Some people shy away from going green in their house because they feel they need a green thumb, or that there’s just too much maintenance involved. However, potted or hanging plants indoors can be a lovely addition. Some of the top plants to keep inside are dumb canes, rubber plant, pin-stripe calathea and orchards. Door hooks are available that allow you to hang pots without mounting hooks, screws or nails.</p> <p>Having living plants inside the house can do wonders for your concentration as well. The Journal of Environmental Psychology conducted a study on how having plant life indoors can make you smarter. It found that plants can prevent fatigue, which in return helps with concentration.</p> <p>If you want to make your rented house into a lovely home, you just don't have to make permanent changes. However, if at all in doubt, make sure you consult your property manager before getting started.</p> <p>What quick fixes have you done to spruce up your home? </p> <p><em>Written by Stewart Bunn. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/property/decorating-tips-that-wont-cause-permanent-damage.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a>.</em></p>

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Growing up fast! Princess Mary's twins Vincent and Josephine turn 8

<p>Crown Princess Mary has revealed her knack for photography again by sharing a portrait of her youngest children on their birthday.</p> <p>Yesterday marked twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine of Denmark’s eighth birthday and to celebrate the milestone, Princess Mary shared three new photos to Instagram.</p> <p>The photographs were posted on the official Instagram account of the Danish palace on Tuesday.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsXRJfPAhEM/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsXRJfPAhEM/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">I dag fylder D.K.H. Prins Vincent og Prinsesse Josephine otte år, og i anledning af fødselsdagen har Kronprinsparret den glæde at dele en række nye billeder af Deres Kongelige Højheder 🇩🇰 📸 H.K.H. Kronprinsessen ©️</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/detdanskekongehus/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> DET DANSKE KONGEHUS</a> (@detdanskekongehus) on Jan 7, 2019 at 10:29pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>One of the three photos show the twin siblings posing side by side in the countryside, with the remaining two being individual snaps.</p> <p>The portraits came complete with a caption, saying: “Today, D.K.H. Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine turn eight years old, and on the occasion of their birthday, the Crown Prince Couple has the pleasure to share a number of new pictures of your Royal Highnesses.”</p> <p>The post has already racked up close to 27,000 likes and hundreds of well wishes from fans around the world.</p> <p>The children have plans to celebrate their birthday privately, surrounded by close friends and family at their home in Copenhagen.</p> <p>The pair are the youngest children of Princess Mary, who she shares with Crown Prince Frederik. The couple are parents to another son, Prince Christian, 13, and a daughter Princess Isabella, 11.</p> <p>Happy birthday Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine! Can you believe they are eight already? </p>

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Can you spot what's wrong with this photo of Scott Morrison and his family?

<p>Scott Morrison has updated the <a href="https://www.pm.gov.au/">Prime Minister of Australia’s</a> website with a lovely photo of him and his family relaxing with their dog.</p> <p>Sounds sweet, right?</p> <p>All was going well until an eagle-eyed Australian spotted this mistake.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/auspol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#auspol</a> story of 2019: our latest PM (ScoMo) had nice white shoes photoshopped onto his feet for his official <a href="https://t.co/eXNtcX7xTa">https://t.co/eXNtcX7xTa</a> site?! Yup. Regular bloke. Our tax dollars hard at work. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/shoegate?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#shoegate</a> <a href="https://t.co/kA0gG0yy9L">pic.twitter.com/kA0gG0yy9L</a></p> — Luke (@lukerhn) <a href="https://twitter.com/lukerhn/status/1082550256447893505?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>As it turns out, Morrison had his shoes photoshopped to nice white shoes. However, if you look even closer, you’ll soon realise that they haven’t even been photoshopped onto the Prime Minister’s feet. They hover above.</p> <p>It’s clear that the staff at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet felt that the white shoes were a better look, but if you’re going to change something as simple as his shoes, a better job might need to be done.</p> <p>It also doesn’t help that the photoshopped shoes in question appear to be two left feet.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">It's also a left shoe on his right foot. Although he may wear them that way.</p> — Simon Keen (@SimmoRuns) <a href="https://twitter.com/SimmoRuns/status/1082553774621638656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>There was so much attention brought to what many are calling ‘SHOEGATE’ in jest, the Prime Minister himself felt the need to address it.</p> <p>Scott Morrison posted on his Twitter:</p> <p>“Message to my Department (PM&amp;C): I didn’t ask for the shoeshine, but if you must Photoshop, please focus on the hair (lack thereof), not the feet!</p> <p>"Here they are in all their glory – my footwear of choice whenever I can get out of a suit.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Message to my Department (PM&amp;C): I didn’t ask for the shoeshine, but if you must Photoshop, please focus on the hair (lack thereof), not the feet! 😀<br />Here they are in all their glory - my footwear of choice whenever I can get out of a suit. <a href="https://t.co/hKKUstnArq">pic.twitter.com/hKKUstnArq</a></p> — Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP/status/1082744537733201920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>A statement from the Prime Minister’s office to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/scott-morrisons-hilarious-photoshop-fail-on-official-family-portrait/news-story/3c55041cf17096fea855035575d925fe" target="_blank">news.com.au said</a>:</p> <p>“The white shoes photo was doctored by the PM&amp;C department (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet) without the knowledge of, or the authorisation from, the PM or the PM’s office.</p> <p>“The PM’s office has asked the department to replace the photo with the original.”</p> <p>Would you have noticed the Prime Minister’s interesting Photoshop job on his website? Do you prefer the photoshopped shoes or the original shoes? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Clarence House releases never-before-seen photo of Prince Charles

<p>He’s the longest serving heir apparent to the British throne in history, and with his lifetime in the spotlight, Clarence House has shared a never-before-seen photo of the royal to celebrate his achievements.</p> <p>The photo, which shows the now 70-year-old riding a bike, was taken in 1969 during his time as a student at Trinity College, Cambridge.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsVOJL9gXGg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsVOJL9gXGg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Are you #backtoschool or university today? 📚 This photo taken in 1969 shows The Prince of Wales cycling in Cambridge while attending @cambridgeuniversity. 📸 PA</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/clarencehouse/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Clarence House</a> (@clarencehouse) on Jan 7, 2019 at 3:25am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The grandfather studied at the facility between 1967 and 1970 and graduated with a degree in history.</p> <p>It was here that he narrowly escaped death as he once revealed how he was “run over by a bus” while cycling around the city.</p> <p>Speaking about the traumatic incident that occurred outside of the university’s Fitzwilliam Museum, the Prince said: “If you look at the results now, as far as I’m concerned, quite how I survived being run over by a bus when I was on a bicycle just outside here, I don’t know.</p> <p>“But it was a very special experience … as most of you probably know,” he said wittingly.  </p> <p>The royal paid a visit to the same museum in 2016 and reminisced about his time at university.</p> <p>“All I can tell you is that time goes past unbelievably quickly. But I enjoyed it enormously,” he said.</p> <p>During his time, Charles made waves throughout the royal household as he was the first heir to go to university straight after completing his A levels. Previously, it was always an expectation that those who will ascend the throne will serve in the military after they finished their secondary education.</p>

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The "hidden meaning" in Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's Christmas card

<p>On the weekend, the palace released the Christmas cards of Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, the Prince William and Duchess Kate's family, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.</p> <p>Prince Harry and Meghan’s black and white Christmas card has received a flood of interest from fans because of its non-traditional style.</p> <p>The stunning photo, which was taken by Chris Allerton at their wedding reception, shows the couple holding hands and leaning in towards each other as they watch the firework display.</p> <p>Although there is plenty of negativity surrounding the romantic photo, royal commentator Victoria Arbiter believes the photo was chosen because it gives the world an intimate glimpse into a special moment from their lives.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrXYWCsl0jR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrXYWCsl0jR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share a new photograph from their Wedding Reception at Frogmore House on 19th May. The photograph, which was taken by photographer Chris Allerton, features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Dec 14, 2018 at 3:01am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“As Harry and Meghan poured over their wedding album trying to decide which photo to share, were they really plotting their revenge on the spate of unfair headlines in recent weeks?”</p> <p>“Instead, could it possibly have been, let’s use a picture that no-one’s seen before. One from our happiest day, a moment of unbridled bliss. That might be a nice way to wish everyone a Happy Christmas?”</p> <p>The candid photo, which is also the first-ever photo to be made public from their wedding reception, also displays the lake at Frogmore House – the grounds of their future home in Windsor.</p> <p>Body language expert Judi James said the “super-glam” photo shows off “Harry and Meghan’s enviably romantic life as an A-list power couple in the Hollywood style”.</p> <p>“It could be an ad for a luxury brand, with the formally dressed couple lost in their intimate moment as they gaze up at the fireworks.</p> <p>Judi said the fact that their backs are turned to the camera reveals one key aspect of their relationship.</p> <p>“It implies they're in that stage of love where they only have eyes for one another.”</p> <p>Throughout the year, the newlyweds have not shied away from showing affection for one another while they attend public engagements.</p> <p>For their Christmas card photo, Prince William and Duchess Kate opted for a family photo taken in Autumn.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrXYSdHFcz-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrXYSdHFcz-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall. This photograph features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Dec 14, 2018 at 3:00am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In the photo, shot by Matt Porteous at their Norfolk home, all three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – are flashing sweet smiles for the camera.</p> <p>Prince Charles and his wife Duchess Camilla opted for a photo of them looking into each other’s eyes while sitting on a bench in the gardens of Clarence House.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrXacvDA0Xf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrXacvDA0Xf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Here is a closer look at the photograph that featured on The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s Christmas card this year. The photograph was taken by Hugo Burnand in the garden of Clarence House this summer.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/clarencehouse/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Clarence House</a> (@clarencehouse) on Dec 14, 2018 at 3:19am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see more Christmas cards from the royal family over the years. </p>

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The Queen’s new portrait has a hidden meaning

<p>Two new royal portraits of Queen Elizabeth II show the 92-year-old monarch looking as regal as ever.</p> <p>One painting, done by artist Nicky Phillips, was reportedly commissioned by the Royal Collection Trust to display in the Royal Dining Room of her Scottish residence in Edinburgh.</p> <p>The portrait, which shows Her Majesty wearing drop pearl earrings and a dark green velvet robe, also has a hidden meaning to it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 333.3333333333333px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7822272/2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/317e030b90dd4bcf87fcfbe59252ea43" /></p> <p>The Queen is displaying a large white star, the Order of the Thistle emblem.</p> <p>A spokesperson for the Royal Family confirmed the star features a “silver saltire and central gold medallion”.</p> <p>The dazzling pendant, which is the mark of the highest order of chivalry in Scotland, also has a motto inscribed in the green border.</p> <p>It reads: “Nemo me Impune Lacessit,” which translates from Latin to, “No one harms me with impunity”.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 341.1458333333333px;" src="/media/7822273/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e2e8eaa9a39c4a53a0bcb49c0e378863" /></p> <p>The Order of the Thistle is believed to have first evolved under James II (James VII of Scotland) and was an honour rewarding those who supported the monarch’s political and religious goals.</p> <p>Annually, the Queen holds a special Order of the Thistle service to pay tribute to those who “have held public office or have contributed significantly to national life”.</p> <p>It is not clear when the painting was completed, however, the Queen did wear the same garment for the Order of the Thistle service in July.</p> <p>On November 30, a second portrait of the monarch was unveiled.</p> <p>This painting was done by military artists Stuart Brown and commissioned by the Royal Air Force Regiment to mark its 75th anniversary.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqzziTHnHOZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqzziTHnHOZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Today The Queen viewed a new portrait at Windsor Castle. The painting was commissioned by the RAF Regiment to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The RAF Regiment commissioned artist Stuart Brown to paint a portrait of Her Majesty, who is Air Commodore in Chief of the RAF Regiment. The painting shows The Queen in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Her Majesty is wearing a brooch presented to her by the RAF Regiment, which shows the Astral Crown and crossed Lee Enfield rifles. Swipe for the full look!</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/theroyalfamily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Nov 30, 2018 at 7:26am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In the painting, the Queen wears her signature pearls and a brooch, which was gifted to her by the RAF Regiment. </p>

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Prince Charles' entire 70th birthday photo album revealed

<p>Last week, the heir to British throne, Prince Charles, celebrated his 70th birthday.</p> <p>Celebrations for the Prince of Wales included a lavish birthday dinner hosted by the Queen, a limited-edition stamp collection in tribute to the milestone and the release of a BBC documentary, which gave fans a rare behind-the-scenes look into his life.</p> <p>Now, two never-before-seen official portraits have been released of the Prince and his family to mark the event.</p> <p>One of the portraits shows a precious moment between young Prince Louis and his grandfather as Prince Charles cuddles him.</p> <p>The sparkle of joy in Louis’ eyes and Charles’ big smile reveals just how special their bond is.</p> <p>The other photo, which is currently on the cover of the <a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Sunday Times </em></strong></span></a>magazine in the UK, shows the Charles and his family posing for a photo in the palace gardens.</p> <p>The image shows Prince Louis grabbing Prince Charles’ face while the rest of the clan look on smiling.</p> <p>The sweet family photos were taken by royal photographer of 15 years, Chris Jackson.</p> <p>Speaking to the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Sunday Times</em>, Jackson said the photoshoot was the “happiest” he has ever seen Prince Charles.</p> <p>"It was lovely chaos with the children," he said.</p> <p>"He is a very hands-on grandfather. He was holding hands with George and Charlotte, and bouncing Louis up and down for a long time."</p> <p>He said Prince George, 5, was happy to be sitting on his grandfather’s knees while the photos were taken.</p> <p>"[Charles] is someone with a sense of pride for his family," he added.</p> <p>"A sense of pride for what his children are achieving."</p> <p>The photographer shared more candid snaps of Charles that were captured during the filming of the documentary, <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70.</em></p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the entire birthday album. </p>

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Family first! Prince Charles celebrates 70th birthday with heartwarming new portraits

<p><span>To celebrate Prince Charles’ milestone 70th birthday today, the palace has released beautiful new portraits of the future king with his immediate family. </span></p> <p><span>Taken at Clarence House in September, the heartwarming family photos feature Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Prince Harry and pregnant Duchess Meghan, and Prince William and Duchess Kate, along with their three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIvjMIALqV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIvjMIALqV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Two new photographs of The Prince of Wales and his family have been released to celebrate HRH’s 70th birthday. The photos were taken by @chrisjacksongetty in the garden of Clarence House.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/clarencehouse/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Clarence House</a> (@clarencehouse) on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:04pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Prince George is pictured in one of the snaps chuckling cheekily while seated on Grandpa Wales’ – as he is affectionately known to by his grandkids – lap. </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIvrC2gYHs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIvrC2gYHs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The Prince of Wales with his family in the garden of Clarence House. The photo was taken by @ChrisJacksonGetty to mark The Prince’s 70th birthday.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/clarencehouse/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Clarence House</a> (@clarencehouse) on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:05pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>It has been widely reported how much of a doting grandfather Charles is with both his and Camilla’s grandchildren. </span></p> <p><span>The Duchess revealed in new BBC documentary, <em>Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70</em>: “He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know making funny noises and laughing and my grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him.” </span></p> <p><span>Camilla added, “He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that.”</span></p> <p><span>The new portraits are also the first time Prince Louis has been seen since his official christening photos were released by the palace in July. </span></p> <p> </p>

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The heartwarming "thank you" photo Prince William and Kate sent to fans

<p>Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have shown their appreciation to their loving supporters with a beautiful photograph of Kate and Prince Louis at his christening.</p> <p>Kate and William have slowly been responding to every letter they have received after the birth of their third child who was born six months ago.</p> <p>The "thank you" package features a photo of the Duchess and Prince Louis both beaming with joy and was taken by photographer Matt Porteous in the gardens of Clarence House on the day of Louis’ christening, which took place in July.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqHCfiBA2_x/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqHCfiBA2_x/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">New reply from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge✨ I wrote them in July on the occasion of Prince Louis‘ Christening👶🏼💙 #princelouis #dukeofcambridge #duchessofcambridge #princewilliam #kensingtonpalace #reply #royalreply #christening #royal #royals #royalchristening #royalletter #dukeandduchessofcambridge</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/swedens.royal.family/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Swedish Royals👑❤️</a> (@swedens.royal.family) on Nov 12, 2018 at 10:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Along with the photo came a small card acknowledging the delayed response, as the Duke and Duchess apologised for taking the time to respond due to the “enormous volume” of letters received.</p> <p>The token of appreciation was shared on social media by a royal fan who wrote to the pair back in July.</p> <p>The card inside the envelope reads: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were touched that you took the trouble to write on the occasion of the baptism of their son, Prince Louis.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 473.2142857142857px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821943/capture.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ae695e5edfec425c90f829b9b6fe52c6" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/swedens.royal.family/">@swedens.royal.family</a></em></p> <p>“Their Royal Highnesses are so grateful for all the wonderful messages they have received and send you their warmest thanks and best wishes”.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 478.83597883597884px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7821944/capture1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9578b590ec624d6c90d9c91ec8562ea2" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/swedens.royal.family/">@swedens.royal.family</a></em></p> <p>The separate apology card said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hope you will understand that, due to the enormous volume of correspondence received in the last few months, it has not been possible to reply to you all until now”.</p> <p>The photograph of Kate and Louis was loved by the couple so much that they made the decision to release it to the public through the Kensington Palace Instagram account.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BlSWcJunlMb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BlSWcJunlMb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released an additional photograph taken following the christening of Prince Louis. The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do. 📷 @mattporteous</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Jul 16, 2018 at 2:00am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The photo featured the caption: “The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do.”</p>

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Fans go crazy after Roger Federer shares surprise photo

<p>Roger Federer sent fans into a frenzy after taking a selfie of himself and seven other tennis stars while travelling on a London train.</p> <p>The eight players, collectively worth around $800 million, were travelling on the London Underground to the launch of the Nitto ATP Finals.</p> <p>The famous athletes that shocked commuters with an appearance on the busy Jubilee Line train included Federer, Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, John Isner, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Regular Friday evening commute... <a href="https://t.co/o186gBsrTb">pic.twitter.com/o186gBsrTb</a></p> — Adam Hogg (@acphogg) <a href="https://twitter.com/acphogg/status/1061036146011131909?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 9, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The iconic selfie was later posted on Twitter by Nitto Finals event director Adam Hogg.</p> <p>American John Isner, who is the world No. 10, said the train ride was a fun way to arrive to the event.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Typical tube ride 😂 <a href="https://twitter.com/ATPWorldTour?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ATPWorldTour</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NittoATPFinals?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NittoATPFinals</a> <a href="https://t.co/RHpvWiZyMq">pic.twitter.com/RHpvWiZyMq</a></p> — Kevin Anderson (@KAndersonATP) <a href="https://twitter.com/KAndersonATP/status/1061023810659475456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 9, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>“Although we’ve probably all ridden on the tube a time or two, this was very different,” Isner said.</p> <p>“It’s a very cool way to make an entrance. There were quite a few surprised looks on the faces of folks, especially when Roger and Novak walked by. It was a pretty cool treat for them.”</p> <p>The ATP Finals is the second highest tier of men’s tennis tournament after the four Grand Slams.</p> <p>The tennis stars will compete in the tournament at the O2 Arena in London.</p>

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Palace releases never-before-seen photo of Prince Charles, William and Harry

<p>As Prince Charles prepares to celebrate his 70th birthday on Wednesday, celebrations are already underway for the heir to the British throne.</p> <p>To ring in the milestone birthday, Clarence House have released a series of stamps in tribute of the Prince of Wales.</p> <p>One of the stamps features a never-before-seen photo of Charles with his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.</p> <p>The picture, which was taken in July this year at the RAF’s 100th anniversary, shows the three royals smiling to the camera in their matching military attire.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">New stamps have been released to mark The Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday.<a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalMailStamps?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RoyalMailStamps</a> <a href="https://t.co/UW2SiQPIf7">pic.twitter.com/UW2SiQPIf7</a></p> — Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) <a href="https://twitter.com/ClarenceHouse/status/1061236674703843328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 10, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Five other photos of Charles will also appear in the special stamp collection.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The selection of six images include The Prince pictured with The Duchess of Cornwall and his sons The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex. <a href="https://t.co/rLx10UE4tK">pic.twitter.com/rLx10UE4tK</a></p> — Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) <a href="https://twitter.com/ClarenceHouse/status/1061236692219318272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 10, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The other pictures show Charles outside the Scottish Castle of Mey, greeting crowds and another snap of the prince with his sons.</p> <p>One of the pictures shows Charles with his wife Camilla and there are also two solo portrait shots.</p> <p>On Charles’ birthday, the royal family will host a <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/the-special-aussie-guest-invited-to-prince-charles-official-70th-birthday-party"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>grand dinner</strong></span></a> at the palace.</p> <p>Royals and notables from across the world, including Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, will be attending the celebration. </p>

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Adorable new portrait of Prince Louis released

<p>In honour of Prince Charles’ upcoming 70th birthday, an adorable photo of the Prince of Wales with his youngest grandson has been released.</p> <p>In the photo, Charles can be seen holding the tiny hand of Prince Louis and smiling down at his sweet face.</p> <p>The photo has been shared in the lead up to the eagerly-awaited airing of Charles’ documentary, <em>Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70.</em></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp74bqJFmkj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp74bqJFmkj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A new photo of Prince Charles, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis by royal photographer Chris Jackson. . SO CUTE AWWW! ♡ . #katemiddleton #duchessofcambridge #princecharles #princelouis #princegeorge #princesscharlotte</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/thecambridgespage/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Cambridges.</a> (@thecambridgespage) on Nov 8, 2018 at 2:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince Louis’ mother, Duchess Kate, also appears in the photo.</p> <p>The tender family moment was snapped in the garden of Clarence House, Charles’ London residence which he inherited following the death of his grandmother, The Queen Mother.</p> <p>Kate is wearing a polka dot navy and white dress, while Louis is seen embracing the sunny weather in pale blue shorts and a white shirt.</p> <p>Charles wore a navy pinstripe suit in the photo and seems oblivious to the photographer who recorded the candid moment with his youngest grandchild.</p> <p>The BBC documentary, which aired last week in the UK, revealed a side to Charles that is normally hidden from the public.</p> <p>One scene captured the heir to the throne playing with little Lola, the granddaughter of his wife, Camilla.</p> <p>The Prince was pictured swinging Lola, the daughter of Camilla’s son Tom Parker Bowles, around by the arms in the garden.  </p> <p>Together, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla have eight grandchildren and the Duchess says her husband is “wonderful” with all of them.</p> <p>"He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know making funny noises and laughing and my grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him. He reads <em>Harry Potter</em> and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that," said Camilla.</p> <p>During the documentary, Prince William revealed that he is pressing for his busy father to spend even more time with his grandchildren.</p> <p>"It's something I'm working more heavily on, put it that way. I think he does have time for it, but I would like him to have more time with the children," the 36-year-old said.</p> <p>"I think he's… now he's reached his 70th year it's a perfect time to consolidate a little bit because as most families would do, you are worried about having them around and making sure their health's okay. And he's the fittest man I know but equally I want him to be fit until he's 95 you know going on."</p> <p>"So, having more time with him at home would be lovely, and being able to you know play around with the grandchildren. Because when he's there, he's brilliant. but we need him there as much as possible."</p>

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The handwritten thank you cards Princess Eugenie and Jack sent to royal fans

<p>On October 12, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank tied the knot in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>And just shy of a month later, the newlyweds have already sent a special surprise to royal fans who sent them well-wishes for their nuptials.</p> <p>One Instagram user, who describes themselves as a “devout monarchist”, posted a photo of the card they’d been sent by the couple after wishing them well on their wedding.</p> <p>Fans were sent an official portrait of the 28-year-old bride and 32-year-old groom surrounded by their bridesmaids and page boys in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpsFqxgFGAe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpsFqxgFGAe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A fantastic reply from HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank thanking me for sending my good wishes for their wedding. #Royal #royalreply #royalletter</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by @<a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/loopycrown3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> loopycrown3</a> on Nov 2, 2018 at 11:59am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In the message, Eugenie and Jack say they are “completely overwhelmed with happiness”.</p> <p>Inside the card reads: “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding so special and for thinking of us as we start our married life."</p> <p>“We are completely overwhelmed with happiness. Eugenie + Jack.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpsF30jlrub/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpsF30jlrub/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Inside of the card from HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank. #Royal #royalletter #royalreply #princesseugenie</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by @<a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/loopycrown3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> loopycrown3</a> on Nov 2, 2018 at 12:01pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The letter, which also features their monogram in golden letters, is signed individually by both Eugenie and Jack.</p> <p>Sharing a photo of the card, the fan wrote: “A fantastic reply from HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank thanking me for sending my good wishes for their wedding.”</p> <p>Thank you cards were also sent out following Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s May 19 royal wedding.</p> <p>Commenting on the thank you cards, etiquette expert William Hanson said: “Gratitude is dying in modern Britain, but I am so glad to see that it is alive and well in the Royal Household.”</p> <p>Hanson continued, “The letters from Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank are charming examples of the perfect thank you letter. They are not too short, but not too long; succinct and heartfelt."</p> <p>He added, “They show that the couple has excellent manners.”</p> <p>For her wedding day, Eugenie stunned in a Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos wedding gown.</p> <p>Later in the evening, she changed into a pale pink evening gown by Zac Posen.</p> <p>Do you send or like to receive thank you cards after a special occasion? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Prince Harry takes adorable photo of Duchess Meghan cradling her baby bump

<p>Although the schedule of a royal is always jam-packed, Prince Harry and Meghan have been especially busy in the last month.</p> <p>From completing a 16-day royal tour, announcing their pregnancy, visiting five countries and attending Princess Eugenie’s wedding, it’s safe to say the newlyweds have learnt to take in every moment together despite their busy lives.</p> <p>And now, Kensington Palace has given fans a glimpse into a romantic moment between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex while they were in New Zealand.</p> <p>While the couple were completing the Redwood Treewalk in Rotorua, the duo stopped to take in the mesmerising environment around them.</p> <p>While they breathed in the fresh air and admired the impressive redwood trees, Harry also took an adorable snap of his wife.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BppLj1Tn1Tz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BppLj1Tn1Tz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A message from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex: “Thank you New Zealand for the most wonderful last week of our tour. It has been a privilege to meet so many friendly Kiwis. Australia, Fiji, Tonga and NZ - we leave feeling inspired and reminded of how every single one of us can make a difference.” ‘The rain that refreshes the parched ground, is made up of single drops’ - Kate Sheppard #commonwealth 🇳🇿🇦🇺🇫🇯🇹🇴 📷 The Duke of Sussex</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Nov 1, 2018 at 8:53am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In the photo, Meghan can be seen cradling her baby bump while smiling back at her husband behind the camera.</p> <p>In the caption of the photo, Harry and Meghan thanked all of their hosts for their hospitality during their recent visit.</p> <div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Thank you New Zealand for the most wonderful last week of our tour," the duo wrote. "It has been a privilege to meet so many friendly Kiwis. Australia, Fiji, Tonga and NZ – we leave feeling inspired and reminded of how every single one of us can make a difference. ‘The rain that refreshes the parched ground, is made up of single drops' – Kate Sheppard."</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>While the couple were in New Zealand, they also showed off their baby-naming skills by giving newly hatched kiwi chicks monikers.</p> <p>The friendly royals also hinted to a group of young Australians in Melbourne that they have a “long list” of baby names they need to go through when they return to the UK.</p> <p> </p>

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