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Ash cloud from Hawaii volcano sparks red alert for aviation

People watch as ash erupts from the Halemaumau crater near the community of Volcano during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S., May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester

By Terray Sylvester

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Explosions intensified on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Tuesday, spewing ash and triggering a red alert for aircraft for the first time since the latest eruption began 12 days ago.

Ash and volcanic smog, or vog, as it is called, rose to 12,000 feet (3,657 meters) above Kilauea's crater and floated southwest, showering cars on Highway 11 with gray dust and prompting an "unhealthy air" advisory in the community of Pahala, 18 miles (29 km) from the summit.

An aviation red alert means a volcanic eruption is under way that could spew ash along aircraft routes, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) says on its website.

Ash was also a new hazard for residents of Hawaii's Big Island, already grappling with volcanic gas and lava that has destroyed 37 homes and other structures and forced the evacuation of about 2,000 residents.

A shift in winds was expected to bring ash and vog inland on Wednesday and make them more concentrated, said John Bravender of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

"We're observing more or less continuous emission of ash now with intermittent, more energetic ash bursts or plumes," Steve Brantley, a deputy scientist in charge at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), said on a conference call with reporters.

The observatory warned the eruption could become more violent.

"At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent," the HVO said in a statement on the change in aviation alert level to red from orange.

Ash is not poisonous but irritates the nose, eyes and airways. It can make roads slippery and large emissions could cause the failure of electrical power lines, said USGS chemist David Damby.


The eruption has hit the island's tourism industry.

Big Island summer hotel bookings have dropped by almost half from last year, Rob Birch, executive director of the Island of Hawaii Visitor Bureau, told journalists on a conference call.

College exchange student Constantin Plinke, 24, was planning to go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park before it was shut.

"We had a big list of things to do and maybe 80 percent of them were in the national park," he said, after stopping by the side of the road to watch ash plumes rising into the air. "It's sad."

The area taking the brunt of the eruption is about 25 miles (40 km) down Kilauea's eastern flank, near the village of Pahoa. Lava has burst from the ground to tear through housing developments and farmland, threatening one of the last exit routes from coastal areas, state Highway 132.

The latest fissure in the earth opened on Tuesday, spewing lava and toxic gases that pushed air quality into "condition red" around Lanipuna Gardens and nearby farms, causing "choking and inability to breathe," the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawaii County Civil Defense said.

Road crews put metal plates over steaming cracks on nearby Highway 130 and reopened it to give coastal residents an escape route should a lava flow reach the ocean and block another road, Highway 137, Civil Defense said.

No major injuries or deaths have been reported from the eruption.

A looming menace remains the possibility of an "explosive eruption" of Kilauea, an event last seen in 1924. Pent-up steam could drive a 20,000-foot (6,100-meter) ash plume out of the crater and scatter debris over 12 miles (19 km), the USGS said.

(Reporting by Terray Sylvester in Pahoa; additional reporting by Jolyn Rosa in Honolulu; Writing by Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Clarence Fernandez)



Meghan Markle's father will skip the royal wedding to have a heart operation here's what's going on

Meghan Markles father, Thomas Markle Sr., will not attend the royal wedding due to a heart procedure.
(Photo: Backgrid)

Meghan Markles father will not attend the royal wedding after all, because hes undergoing a heart procedure.

On Tuesday, Thomas Markle, 73, told TMZ hes having heart surgery at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to repair his heart from a previous attack that did significant damage, adding, They [doctors] will go in and clear blockage, repair damage and put a stent where it is needed.

Thomas broke the news only hours after telling TMZ, I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle. On Monday, he also told the website he was experiencing chest pains and had been popping Valium for the pain.

Over the past week, the health of Thomas and the status of his wedding RSVP has been confusing. After the Daily Mail revealed on Saturday that Meghans dad had staged paparazzi photos of him viewing images of Meghan and fiancé Prince Harry at an internet cafe (an event that reportedly made the queen very angry), Thomas revealed that he suffered a heart attack six days earlier and was skipping the nuptials to avoid causing his daughter further embarrassment.

On Tuesday, Meghans half sister, Samantha Markle, told the television show Good Morning Britain that her father was facing unbelievable stress from being thrust into the spotlight.

Heres a primer on Thomass health:

A heart attack can occur due to physiological and emotional factors.

According to the American Heart Association, heart attacks usually occur when the blood vessels that pump blood into the heart thicken from plaque that eventually ruptures, forming a clot. While a person of any age can experience a heart attack, theyre more common among older men: Most men who have a heart attack have their first one at age 65.

Stress, like what is affecting Thomas Markle, is also a factor. According to Steven Gundry, heart surgeon and cardiologist and author of The Plant Paradox, an intense emotional state can cause blood pressure to spike (which can harm the heart) or trigger unhealthy eating and drinking habits that can damage the heart or blood vessels.

Cholesterol as a heart attack trigger is debatable.

Gundry says 50 percent of people presenting with a heart attack or acute coronary syndrome (a pre-heart attack) have normal levels of cholesterol [a fatty substance the body requires to build cells]. Its a bit of a myth that too much cholesterol causes heart attacks.

Popping Valium wasnt helping Thomass health.

Valium, a drug in the benzodiazepine family, is typically used to treat seizures and anxiety and, according to Gundry, Thomas was likely masking his chest pain, not eradicating it. The rule of thumb is, if you feel chest pains, chew on an aspirin to thin the blood rapidly.

Calling Thomass procedure heart surgery may be a stretch.

According to TMZ, doctors will insert tubes called stents (Think of them as scaffolding, says Gundry) in Thomass body to reopen the blood vessels. The stents, which arent typically used during open-heart surgery, remain in the body to keep arteries from narrowing again.

Thomas can help prevent another heart attack.

Avoiding smoking, stress, and trans fats (those found in fried or processed food) and sticking to a regular exercise regime will help stave off future heart attacks.



Meghan Markle's Mom Doria Arrived in London and She's Carrying a Clue About the Wedding Gown!

The mother of the bride has landed!

After taking off from L.A. on Tuesday evening, Meghan Markles mother, Doria Ragland, landed in London on Wednesday, and spent the afternoon with her daughter and future son-in-law, Prince Harry, PEOPLE has confirmed.

Doria was picked up at the airport by Meghans new aide, Amy Pickerill, who is the assistant private secretary to Prince Harry, before they went to meet the couple.

    Its the event of the decade! Be sure to keep up with all of PEOPLEs royal wedding coverage and dont forget to check out everything you need to know about Meghan Markles perfect style.

And Meghans mom didnt come empty handed. Ragland, who will play a special role in her daughters big day, was spotted with a Burberry garment bag that could possibly contain her wedding day look. The British brand is also a new frontrunner in the list of possible designers of Meghans royal wedding dress.

If both Meghan and Doria, a yoga instructor and social worker, wear gowns from Burberry, it wouldnt be the first time the same fashion house designed multiple looks for a royal wedding. For Kate Middletons 2011 wedding, both she and her sister and maid of honor, Pippa Middleton, wore dresses from Alexander McQueen.


On Saturday, Meghans mother will accompany her daughter to St. Georges Chapel by car from Cliveden House Hotel, where they both will stay the night before the wedding.

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Upon arrival, Meghan was supposed to be greeted by her father, who would then walk her down the aisle. With Thomas Markle no longer set to be in attendance on the big day, its quite possible that Doria would take his place to walk her daughter down the aisle.


Doria has already met Harry a few times and was with Meghan and Harry at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto in September.


    Dont miss out! Tune in to Meghan and Harry a Fairy-Tale Wedding on Saturday, May 19, starting at 6 a.m. ET/ 3 a.m. PT on PeopleTV now available on PeopleTV.com and on your favorite streaming device.

When the couple gave an interview after announcing their engagement in November, Harry called Meghans mother amazing. A source told PEOPLE that Harry even asked for Dorias permission before he popped the question to Meghan.

    With reporting by SIMON PERRY



Meghan Markle Debuts a New Hairtstyle

Harper's Bazaar Jenna Rosenstein,Harper's Bazaar 1

From Harper's BAZAAR

Nobody knows how Meghan Markle will wear her hair for the Royal Wedding (we don't even know who her hairstylist will be). But if the style she wore today is any indication, we could be seeing a half-up hairstyle, just like her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton, with Markle's signature face-framing tendrils.

Markle and Prince Harry were spotted arriving in Windsor this morning ahead of Saturday's royal wedding-reportedly on their way to wedding rehearsals. They were spotted leaving Kensington Palace this morning along with Kate Middleton and Prince William.

Eagle-eyed Markle fans might even notice her hair looks freshly cut, which is not surprising given her weekend plans. The bottom-half of her hair appears to be more layered in recent appearances, and it might be a few inches shorter as well. Though it's hard to tell with half her hair pulled back, which is a style we've rarely seen her wear. See below how her hair looked at a few recent public appearances for comparison:

We love that Markle was spotted wearing lip gloss and a heavy contour on her cheeks as well. The future royal isn't afraid to play with makeup, and rumors are swirling that she plans to do her own makeup for the wedding (with the help of her two best friends).

Markle's signature hairstyle is a low, messy chignon with two face-framing tendrils. It's the style we think she's most likely to wear for the big day, though having her hair totally down is more modern option as well. We also don't know if Markle will choose to wear a tiara-royal heirloom, custom, or otherwise-for the wedding.

"I don't think she should wear a tiara," says British wedding planner, Bruce Russell. "I just don't think it's her. Yes, she's marrying Prince Harry, but Harry is different, and they are a very different type of royal couple. I think they're going to be very personal in what they do."

What experts can all agree on is that Markle is most likely to break tradition and go her own way. "There will definitely be something in her hair," says Russell, "But whether it's an heirloom, I'm not sure it should be. Wearing a tiara puts her in a box. And, everyone expects her to wear one. They'll follow tradition, but I think there will be quite a few surprises, and they will definitely put their own stamp on things."



Why did Meghan Markle's mother sit in the 2nd row during the royal wedding?

Doria Ragland sat in the second row during her daughters wedding service. (Photo: PA)

All eyes were on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, but many also took notice of the brides mother, Doria Ragland, quietly supporting her daughter throughout her big day.

The whole world fell in love with Ragland as she shed many tears during the ceremony.

However, many also took notice of the fact that she was seated in the second row at St. Georges Chapel, and not the first.

According to royal expert Alastair Bruce, the seating plan was decide by Markle and Prince Harry.

Its very much a matter for the bride and groom, he told Town & Country.

The royal expert added that the couple had enlisted the help of the Lord Chamberlains office to help with the seating chart.

Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland. (Photo: PA)

As for those on social media, some thought Ragland was placed in the second row so that she would be in view of the cameras.

Another Twitter user also noted that Queen Elizabeth II was also sitting in the second row, just on the other side of the chapel.

To be honest, its good she was in the second row, because otherwise viewers would not have seen the many touching moments of her welling up at the sight of her daughter marrying her prince.



Royal Wedding: Special relationship!

Doria was the only member of her side of the family to attend the wedding and she sat alone in choir stalls close to her daughter. During the service the yoga teacher and therapist often looked deep in thought. But she could also be seen to enjoy the passionate address by preacher the Most Rev Bishop Michael Curry. It had been anticipated that Doria might take on the role of accompanying her daughter down the aisle. However, she reportedly felt unable to act as a replacement for Meghans father. Meghan, whose parents divorced in 1987, has said of her mother:

We can just have so much fun together, and yet Ill still find so much solace in her support.

And at one stage Doria was overwhelmed by emotion as she appear to bite her lip and fight back the tears. She also joined the prince for the signing of the register.

It had been an eventful few days after the proud American mother flew in to London from Los Angeles for a series of getting-to-know-you meetings with the extended family, which included a teaparty hosted by Prince Charles.

She also visited the Queen and met Prince William, his wife Kate and two of their children. And judging by the friendly and happy exchanges yesterday, it seems that the preparations had cemented the bond for a special relationship between two transatlantic families. Doria travelled to the wedding with Meghan from Cliveden House in a vintage Rolls-Royce Phantom 4.

She looked glamorous in a pale pistachio Oscar de la Renta dress,
with a Stephen Jones hat, as the car passed through the grand setting of Windsor Great Park.



The big day is finally here! Tens of thousands gather around Windsor Castle for the royal wedding

When Markle walks down the aisle of St. Georges Chapel to meet her groom, it will be the start of a wedding unlike any the British royal family has seen before.

In a departure from tradition, Markle will walk much of the way up the aisle unchaperoned, followed by her 10 bridesmaids and page boys a move that is unprecedented for a royal bride in Britain and can be seen as a bold feminist statement.

Only when she reaches the 15th-century chapels Quire will she be accompanied for her final steps to the foot of the altar. After a week of tumult, it was revealed on the eve of the wedding that her husband-to-bes father, Prince Charles, would take on this role rather than her own father, Thomas Markle Sr., who has been ruled out by ill health.

The change came so late that the order of service had already been printed with Thomas Markles name. He, however, will be thousands of miles away in Mexico, reportedly recovering from a heart procedure.

Meghans mother, Doria Ragland, will be present and was seen with her daughter arriving at the hotel where she spent the last night before the wedding. Harry was at a separate hotel with his brother and best man, Prince William.

Big moments so far

    The 600 invited guests start to arriveahead of the noon (7 a.m. ET) ceremony, including Oprah Winfrey, Victoria and David Beckham, George and Amal Clooney, Idris Elba and singer James Blunt.
    Palace reveals that Meghans wedding ring has been made from Welsh gold and is a gift from the Queen, while Harrys is platinum.
    The Queen confers the title Duke of Sussex on Prince Harry, making Meghan the first-ever Duchess of Sussex on their marriage.
    A vintage Rolls Royce car arrives at the hotel where Markle is staying, ready to carry her to Windsor Castle.

Crowds were gathering in the streets of Windsor from early Saturday, hoping to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom as they process through the town in an open horse-drawn carriage following the ceremony. Other devoted royal fans have camped out for several days to get the best possible spot. Forecasters promise blue skies for the big day.

Many more people planned to rise early (or stay up all night) in the United States to watch as Harry, long a favorite with the British public for his irreverent good humor, ties the knot with his California-born bride.

Hours ahead of the ceremony, Kensington Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II was giving her grandson, Harry, the titles of Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. This means that after their marriage, Meghan will be referred to as the Duchess of Sussex the first person to hold that title.

The first man to hold the title of Duke of Sussex was an anti-slavery campaigner and supporter of rights for Catholics and Jews.

The wedding represents a historic moment for the royal family, as it welcomes an outspoken biracial, American divorcée into its ranks.

In a reflection of its contemporary nature, the couple has chosen a modern set of wedding vows, with the text of the formal parts of the service taken from Common Worship, the Church of Englands standard liturgy, first published in 2000. It is thought to be the first time that this text has been used in a royal wedding.

This means there will be no promise by Markle to obey her husband. Rather, Meghan will pledge to love him, comfort him, honor and protect him. Harry has chosen to wear a wedding ring, unlike his brother.

But perhaps the most obvious break with tradition will be in the music for the ceremony, which will be watched by millions around the world. While the couple have chosen a selection of classical works as the 600 guests wait for the ceremony to start, The Kingdom Choir, a group of 20 gospel singers, will perform the Ben E. King classic Stand by me during the service.

The award-winning young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has been chosen to play during the signing of the register. The ceremony will end with the Etta James version of Amen/This Little Light of Mine, a gospel song that became synonymous with the US civil rights movement.

The dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner, will conduct the service, while the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the most senior cleric in the Church of England, will officiate.

But in a break with British royal custom and in a nod to the brides homeland Chicago-based bishop Michael Curry, the first African-American head of the Episcopal Church in the United States, will give the sermon.

The presence of Harrys late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, will also be felt at the ceremony. Guide me o thou great redeemer was sung at Dianas funeral, at her memorial service in 2007 and at Kate and Williams wedding in 2011.

Dianas sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, will give the reading words on the power of love from the Song of Solomon. Her brother, Earl Charles Spencer was among the guests seen arriving.

The Queen and Prince Philip will of course be present for the occasion, with the monarch the last to enter the chapel before the bride. It will be Prince Philips first public appearance since he had hip surgery last month.

Guests from Markles side include cast members from Suits the legal drama in which she made her name. Tennis star Serena Williams, a good friend of Markle, also confirmed she was attending via social media.

It appeared that TV legend and philanthropist Winfrey, sporting a large hat, would be sitting in the Quire with the family and other close friends, rather than in the main body of guests in the nave.

In an effort to be inclusive, the couple has invited 2,640 members of the public, including 1,200 ordinary people from communities around the United Kingdom, to watch from inside the castle grounds as the guests arrive.

Among them were Helen McKenzie and Louis Davidson, who were invited through their local community in Somerset. We got the invitation a while ago but had to keep it secret. It wasnt easy! Davidson told CNN as the pair headed into the castle.




Wedding dress


The world will get its first full glimpse of the wedding dress when Markle, 36, steps out of a car by the chapels West Steps. The designer has been kept a closely guarded secret, prompting months of speculation.

She will be accompanied in the first part of the wedding procession, through the nave, only by her six bridesmaids and four page boys, who include Harrys four-year-old nephew Prince George and three-year-old niece Prince Charlotte, as well as Markles godchildren, and the Dean of Windsor.

Prince Charles will join her when she reaches the Quire where the main royal guests are seated and will walk her down the Quire aisle to the foot of the altar.
There, she will be met by Harry. As a military veteran and Captain General of the Royal Marines, he is likely to wear ceremonial uniform, as did William on his wedding day.

After the hour-long ceremony, the newlyweds will emerge from the chapel by the West Door and make their way to the horse-drawn carriage which will carry them in procession through the streets of Windsor. There will be no shortage of military pageantry, with members of the Household Cavalry forming a staircase party and trumpeters playing as they make their exit.

Cheering crowds will greet the couple as they begin their first journey together as husband and wife, less than two years after they first met on a blind date in London.





Prince Charles, Harrys father, walked Markle down the aisle:




Royal Wedding
Prince Charles' royal wedding speech made Harry 'very emotional'

Prince Charles, photographed with Meghans mother Doria Ragland, did a speech at his sons reception
[Photo: Getty]

The whole world was delighted to see Prince Harry marry the girl of his dreams, Meghan Markle.

But what this couple would probably be delighted about is when the cameras stopped rolling and they could celebrate in privacy with their close family and friends.

At the reception, Prince Charles made a very heartfelt speech expressing how happy he was for the newlyweds at the lunchtime reception at Windsor Castle hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Charles gave a brilliant speech, a guest revealed to People. Harry was very emotional.

The guest said Charles mentioned his speech how proud he was of his youngest son and the man he had grown into.

He ended it calling him, My darling old Harry, Im so happy for you, which was very sweet, the guest added.

The heir to the throne also reportedly gushed about how happy for both Harry and Meghan he was and how pleased he was to be asked to walk his now daughter-in-law down the aisle.

The newlyweds, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor Castle for their evening reception at Frogmore House [Photo: Getty]

Prince Harry also made an off-the-cuff speech which reportedly left guests wiping the tears away.

One guest even noted how some people were crying after Harry referred to Meghan as his wife for the very first time.

Were sure there wouldnt have been a dry eye in the house.



Sweet Gift Meghan Markle Gave Kate Middleton

Normally, the bride is the one receiving gifts on her wedding day, but Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, opted to give her new sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, a little something special to celebrate the occasion.

Meghan reportedly gave Kate the aptly named Kensington Bracelet by Zofia Day Co.
The yellow gold pieces were created especially for Meghan, who approved the design. But now, they are available for purchase on the Zofia Day website for $450.

Its an overwhelming honor to be part of history and for my pieces to be given as a keepsake for this momentous occasion, Lisette Polny, the founder of Zofia Day told People. The magazine reports that the bride also gave six of her best friends the bracelet.

In addition to the bracelets, Polny created bespoke necklaces for Meghan's good friend Benita Litt's daughters, who were bridesmaids in the ceremony.

I have always wanted to create a petite line, and my daughter loves to wear my designs, says Polny. So I decided to make Benitas girls some special pieces for their special day.

This isn't the only gift Meghan Markle gave to her friends on her wedding day. British milliner Stephen Jones also created hats for the bride's closest friends. "I am particularly delighted to have hatted [Meghans] mother, Doria Ragland in her mint beret and fashioned fantasies for her closest friends, highlighting their beauty and individuality," reads a statement from the designer.

Kensington Palace also confirmed the news with a statement-"Stephen Jones was also commissioned by Ms. Markle to create custom hats for several of her closest friends"-though they did not share which friends received the toppers.



Meghan Markle may have become royal after she married British man Prince Harry on Saturday, but shes apparently still got a lot to learn about being a duchess. And so, Queen Elizabeth has reportedly signed her newest granddaughter-in-law up for six months of royal lessons taught by the queens private secretary, of course.

The Times reports that senior palace adviser Samantha Cohen has been instructed to teach Meghan everything she needs to know about being the Duchess of Sussex. The Daily Mail notes that Cohen has the nickname of Samantha the Panther (I guess it rhymes in British?), and once reportedly refused to invite Victoria Beckham to a palace party because being rich is not enough for an invite, harsh.

According to the Times, Cohen an Australian who has served as the queens assistant private secretary after arriving at Buckingham Palace in 2001 and was rumored to be leaving this summer, but is now said to soon be filling in for Prince Harrys departing private secretary (whew, thats a lot) will teach Meghan the ins and outs of royal life. Their lessons will apparently include traveling and meeting different charities. And the new duchess is apparently up for the task.

It will be six months of listening, a palace source told the Times. She is seeking out advice on a range of people. She is going to proceed with humility. It is not going to be quiet, though. Its going to be a very busy office.

But given that Meghan wasnt born into royal life, and that she has worked every day of her life, the new duchess isnt worried about the demanding schedule these lessons will entail. We can already guess some of the new rules shell have to learn.



The coat of arms created for Meghan and approved by the Queen

The design of the Arms was agreed and approved by Her Majesty The Queen and Mr. Thomas Woodcock (Garter King of Arms and Senior Herald in England), who is based at the College of Arms in London.



Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton showed off perfect matching curtsies on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on Saturday.

The royal sisters-in-law and Prince Harry displayed a rippling effect of honor to Queen Elizabeth during the celebrations. Kate showed off her expert curtsy first, followed by Meghan and then Harry bowed his head in respect at the sight of his grandmother, the Queen.

Meghan has had months of practice to get her curtsy down pat. She debuted her very first one on Christmas Day with the royal family. And she had seasoned pro Kate by her side as she showed the time-honored sign of respect to the monarch.

Kate, Meghan and Harry curtsying to the Queen on balcony of Buckingham Palace #TroopingtheColour
2:37 PM - Jun 9, 2018


Kate would be the perfect royal to show Meghan the ropes. She expertly trained her 3-year-old daughter, Princess Charlotte, who debuted her own adorable curtsy this summer during the royal familys tour in Germany and Poland.

In addition to Queen Elizabeth, Myka Meier, founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, says Meghan will be expected to curtsy to Prince Philip, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall. Shell also be bending and bowing for Prince William and Kate, due to his position in line for the throne.

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Meier says that the curtsy should be subtle a ballerina curtsy this is not but the deeper and longer you pause shows more respect and formality. To curtsy, Meier instructs placing one leg behind the other (whichever one is more comfortable for you) and bowing your head slightly while bending your knees.


Meghan Markle may now be the Duchess of Sussex, but she still has to defer to higher-ranking members of the royal family. At the annual Trooping the Colour celebration on June 9, which is held in honor of the Queen's birthday, Markle made her official debut on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

You may have noticed that she was standing behind her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. That's because Markle was simply taking her proper place in the royal hierarchy.

"She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there's a pecking order," Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, explained to People. "There was no slight intended, but William being the older, more senior brother would go out [first] with his wife."

Although she did not take the top spot, according to a palace source, the order of appearance on the balcony is not a hard-and-fast rule, but rather, a matter of etiquette and deference.

"[Markle's position on the balcony] would have come from her," the source told the magazine. "There's no one laying this out, telling her where to stand. And there were a lot of kids who everyone would want at the front."

No matter where she stood, Markle was hard to miss as she looked radiant in a pale pink off-the-shoulder dress by Carolina Herrera, which she paired with a matching hat by London-based and royal favorite designer Philip Treacy.

Markle handled her debut on the balcony with grace and ease, but of course, she's still getting used to being a royal, so it's no wonder she needed a little assistance from husband Prince Harry at the event as well. A fan captured an adorable moment in which Markle nervously asked her husband to confirm that it was time to curtsy.


    On the Queen's birthday, Meghan Markle stood behind Kate Middleton because of her place in the royal hierarchy.
    The order of appearance on the balcony is not a hard-and-fast rule, but rather, a matter of etiquette and deference.
    Markle sported an off the shoulder dress on the Queen's birthday.



Marie Claire
Harry and Meghan Had Their First Balcony Moment

Towards the end of the Queen's annual birthday festivities known as the Trooping the Colour, the immediate royal family members gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet the crowd. These iconic balcony moments have brought us Prince George's best faces, Princess Charlotte's sweet indifference, and some of Princess Beatrice's wildest hats.

Since Harry and Meghan had their wedding at St. George's Chapel, the world missed out on the iconic royal wedding balcony kiss that took place at Kate and Will's wedding. (It's fine, their chapel kiss surrounded by gorgeous flowers will do.) Now that we have an appearance from the new royal couple,this year's Trooping the Colour has a pretty epic balcony photo-opp.

One major difference between this year and some recent Trooping of the Colour balcony moments? We didn't get to see Prince George or Princess Charlotte (or the new royal baby, Louis1) this team around. Prince William, it seems, didn't make it up to the balcony, either. See for yourself below how this year's gathering compares to previous years.


















Meghan's Trooping the Colour Compared to Diana's

From Cosmopolitan

Meghan Markle's first Trooping the Colour was momentous for so many reasons.

From allegedly breaking royal protocol by wearing an off-the-shoulder dress, to making her first appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace alongside the royal family, Meghan first Trooping the Colour was idyllic.

But how does it compare to Princess Diana's first appearance at Trooping the Colour back in 1981?

While Meghan has recently returned from her honeymoon with Prince Harry, having gotten married on May 19, 2018, Princess Diana made her debut at Trooping the Colour on June 13, 1981. At the time, Diana was just 19-years-old-just weeks later, Diana and Charles would get married, on July 29, 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral.

As Prince Charles's fiancée, Diana broke royal protocol, just as Meghan has on many occasions-usually, Trooping the Colour, much like other royal events, has a strict "no ring, no bring" policy. As Diana and Charles's wedding was merely weeks away, the Queen appears to have made an exception.

Prince Charles rode on horseback at Princess Diana's first Trooping the Colour, so she rode in a carriage with her brother-in-law, Prince Andrew. According to Good Housekeeping, Princess Diana wore a stunning "custom Bill Pashley blue floral suit and matching fascinator" to the event.

Conversely, as Prince Harry isn't yet a colonel, he arrived at 2018's Trooping the Colour with his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex:

And per Good Housekeeping, Princess Diana's first Trooping the Colour was incredibly eventful, because "17-year-old Marcus Simon Sarjeant began firing pistol blanks at Queen Elizabeth, then 55, while she was riding horseback along the Mall on her way to the ceremony."

He was subsequently arrested and charged with treason, but his actions meant that 1981's Trooping the Colour was more than a little shocking. Queen Elizabeth II apparently continued to ride in the procession, even after the fake shots had been fired.

Basically, Meghan's first Trooping the Colour was a lot less scary than Princess Diana's, but both members of the royal family looked flawless, and appeared to enjoy their induction into one of the royal family's most important rituals.

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle will visit Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand later this year on a tour that will coincide with the Sydney staging of the Invictus Games, Kensington Palace said.

The couple, who received the titles the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they married last month, are closely associated with the games, a sports competition for wounded and sick serving or veteran military personnel founded by Harry in 2014. The games will run from 20-27 October.

They were first pictured together at the opening ceremony for the event in Toronto last year, and they cheered on competitors hoping to be chosen for the British team for Sydney a month before they were married.

Harry and Meghan exchanged vows in a glittering ceremony at Windsor Castle, near London, in May, watched up close by royals and celebrities and from afar by millions of TV viewers around the world.



Trooping the Colour on July 9 2018

More than 1,000 officers and men also take to the streets with 200 horses and more than 200 musicians from six bands and drum corps during the festivities. When the royal procession arrives around 6 in the morning, Queen Elizabeth takes the royal salute.

The parade kicks off with the inspection when the queen, 92, drives slowly down the ranks of all six guards and then past the Household Cavalry.

The Queen rode in her own carriage wearing a sky blue coat
and dress by Stuart Parvin and a hat by Angela Kelly.

Harry and Meghan recently returned from their honeymoon after tying the knot on May 19.
Harry made his first post-honeymoon appearance on Thursday during a charity event.

The couple previously postponed their post-wedding trip to attend their first engagement as a married couple for Prince Charles 70th birthday celebration held at Buckingham Palace on May 22, just three days after their royal wedding at St. Georges Chapel in Windsor.

The royal couple rode in their own carriage (their second carriage ride after their royal wedding!) during the festivities, with Kate Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall riding ahead of them.

Kate wore a light blue dress by Alexander McQueen (her wedding dress designer!) and a hat by Juliette Botterill.
Camilla matched perfectly in a pale blue silk dress and coat by Bruce Oldfield and a hat by Philip Treacy.

Prince William and Prince Charles rode on horseback and not in carriages because they are both royal colonels of the Household Division.

Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, are too young to ride along in the carriage, but they have their moment to shine when the entire royal family steps out on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

The Royal Family made a splash at the annual Trooping the Colour celebration on Saturday, June 9, a public occasion which marks Queen Elizabeths official birthday. While Meghan Markle may have technically broken royal rules with her chic pink off-the-shoulder dress, it was arguably the Royal Children who were the real center of attention this year.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and their cousin Savannah Phillips attended the event with their families, as tradition dictates; baby Louis seems to have stayed home because hes, well, a newborn. There were four generations of royals together at this celebration, which is pretty sweet.

A few things happened during this years Trooping the Colour that soon caught the eye of the collective internet. First, Charlotte lost her balance and got upset, but her mother Kate quickly handled the situation and comforted her daughter. So cute! Oh, and we cant forget the fox who made a cameo!

However, its George and Savannah who have become the Internets newest favorite meme because of one totally priceless moment. During the flypast, where military planes flew over the crowds, Savannah shushed Prince George while looking directly at the camera and became an instant viral sensation for good reason! Weve all been there, girl. Check out some of our favorite (royal) reactions below, and make sure you save that gif for any future reactions when it's absolutely needed.

The 28-year-old rode in a carriage with her sister, Princess Beatrice, her aunt, the Countess of Wessex, and her cousin, Lady Louise Windsor, during Trooping the Colour. (Elizabeth II's real birthday is in April, but her parade is today.)

While many members of the royal family showed up wearing traditional fascinators in colors like pale pink and deep blue,
Eugenie wore a beige curved-brim hat with green leaves on it. It went perfectly with her vibrant green dress.



Meghan Markle Was "Nervous" at Trooping the Colour
From Marie Claire


Meghan Markle made her Buckingham Palace balcony debut yesterday at the 2018 Trooping the Colour. The annual event in celebration of the Queen's birthday marks Meghan's first public appearance with the entire royal family since her wedding on May 19.

She was poised and looked perfectly at home waving to the crowds from the balcony alongside Prince Harry and her new in-laws.

But, according to MirrorOnline (via The Sun), Meghan may not have been as chill and relaxed as she appeared. The publication enlisted the help of an expert lipreader to reveal what Meghan and Harry were talking about on the balcony. Of course, this is based on a lipreading, so take it with a grain of salt.

According to the MirrorOnline's lipreader, Prince Harry turned to his Meghan and asked, "Okay?" Meghan's reply was reportedly, "Yeah, are you?"

Yeah, that seems like the exchange a couple would have during their first time participating in a big family tradition together. Fair enough.

After that first, very simple exchange, Meghan and Harry reportedly locked eyes and she said she was "nervous" (along with a "coy smile," according to The Sun).

Here's where things get a little more interesting (if we can trust the lipreader's interpretation, of course): After that, Harry allegedly said, "Yes...," then paused for a smile before adding, "When you get into it, I'll tell you more later."

More about what Harry? His own experiences being nervous during royal engagements? His tricks for dealing with the nerves? Since the MirrorOnline's lipreader does not have x-ray vision, however, we may never know what Harry said when they got back inside. Alas




Missing Air Force officer found 35 years later

This undated photo released by the U.S. Air Force shows Capt. William Howard Hughes, Jr., who was formally declared a deserter by the Air Force Dec. 9, 1983. He was apprehended June 6, 2018, by Air Force Office of Special Investigations Special Agents from Detachment 303, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., where he's awaiting pre-trial confinement. (U.S. Air Force photo via AP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) A Kirtland Air Force Base officer with top security clearance who disappeared 35 years ago has been found in California.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in a news release this week that William Howard Hughes, Jr., was apprehended at his home after a fraud investigation involving a fake identity he had been using.

Hughes was involved in classified planning and analysis of NATO's control, command and communications surveillance systems during the Cold War. He specialized in radar surveillance.

Hughes, a captain, was 33 years old and single when he vanished, according to news reports from the time of his disappearance.

Hughes was last seen withdrawing more than $28,000 in Albuquerque in the summer of 1983 after returning from a two-week vacation in Europe. He had just completed a stint in the Netherlands, where he worked with NATO officers on the Airborne Warning and Control electronic surveillance aircraft. He was supposed to be back in Albuquerque by August of that year.

An Office of Special Investigations spokeswoman told the Albuquerque Journal that there's no indication Hughes was involved with the Soviet Union or that any classified information was leaked.

Hughes told authorities after his capture Wednesday that he was depressed about being in the Air Force and decided to leave. He created a fake identity and lived in California ever since. Hughes was charged with desertion and is being held at Travis Air Force Base in California.

It's unclear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.



Thousands participate in gay pride parades across Europe

Bucharest, Romania

A girl smiles under a large rainbow flag during the gay pride parade in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, June 9, 2018. People taking part in the gay pride parade in the Romanian capital demanded more rights and acceptance for same-sex couples. (Photo: Vadim Ghirda/AP)

Thousands of people took to the streets to support LGBT rights in cities across Europe on Saturday, with marchers waving rainbow flags and condemning discrimination in all its forms.

Peaceful parades took place in the capitals of Italy, Latvia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, England and Greece.

In Warsaw, several thousand marched for the annual Equality Parade to protest discrimination not just against LGBT people but also women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. (AFP)


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