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World News in English. Mashed: Vanity Fair. Celebrity. Lifestyle.Money


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World News in English.
The Cheat Sheet
This is Meghan Markle's Diet
Travel&Leisure
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It's an old Middleton family recipe.
Money
President Kennedy’s Favorite Waffle Recipe
Celebrity.  Lifestyle.
16 Hsting Rules Kate Middleton Never Breaks
Quotes about Life
Prince Philip to retire from public duties at age of 96
Vanity Fair.
All types of modern short stories are here with better language.
You are welcome to read these short stories so as to enjoy your time.
Life Hacks
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Kate Middleton Won't Be Pippa's Maid of Honor

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From Harper's BAZAAR
The world is gearing up for Pippa Middleton's wedding on May 20, and there's one question that we're all anxiously awaiting an answer to: What role will Kate Middleton play in the wedding?
The answer: Probably none.
According to the U.K.’s Mirror, Kate isn't even eligible to serve as maid of honor or a bridesmaid - those roles are reserved for single ladies. Following etiquette, Kate could serve as matron of honor (which is essentially the same as a maid of honor, except that the "matron" is a married woman), but according to Yahoo, it's unlikely that Kate will be in the wedding party at all, even though Pippa was famously in hers.

“Kate would upstage her sister,” royal expert Judy Wade explained to People last year. “It’s a tricky situation for Pippa. She would want her sister by her side, as who else would she trust to make things go well? But if your sister is a future queen, she is going to upstage the bride and draw attention. Kate would want to be in the background as much as possible.”
Makes sense. The Duke and Duchess will obviously be in attendance at the big day though, and their family will be very involved - Prince George will be a pageboy and Princess Charlotte will be a flower girl.
Plus, if she's not in the wedding party, Kate's wedding fashion options get much more interesting, so there's that.

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A private plane carrying a young CEO taking over the fashion industry has mysteriously vanished in the Bahamas

Authorities searched in the Bahamas on Tuesday for a small overdue plane with four people from the U.S. on board, including a prominent New York businesswoman and her two children. The U.S. Coast Guard said the twin-engine MU-2B was east of the island of Eleuthera on Monday when air traffic control in Miami lost radar and radio contact with the plane. It was en route from Puerto Rico and never made it to its destination of Titusville, along the northeastern coast of Florida. Debris and an oil slick were spotted east of Eleuthera but authorities were still trying to determine whether it came from the missing plane, according to Marilyn Fajardo, a Coast Guard spokeswoman in Miami.

"We are still searching for survivors," she said.

The people on board the plane were identified as Nathan Ulrich, 52, of Lee, New Hampshire, and Jennifer Blumin of New York, 40, along with her 4-year-old and 10-year-old sons.

Blumin was founder and CEO of Skylight Group, which provides event space around New York City, specializing in the fashion industry. Skylight doesn't own the buildings it develops, instead, it takes control of vacant historic buildings, renovates them, and then rents them out to companies for events. Some of Blumins' clients include Fashion Week, Ralph Lauren, and Nike.

The company confirmed she and members of her family were on the plane in a statement.

"Her family is working with investigators and we politely ask that you respect their privacy at this time," the company said.

Their plane was at about 24,000 feet when air traffic control lost contact. "There's no indication of significant adverse weather at the time," said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelly, a Coast Guard spokesman.

Ulrich was listed as the pilot but it was not known who was flying it at the time, Kelly said. Blumin owned the plane through a consulting company, according to New York State and aviation records.

Coast Guard aircraft were searching along with Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Eleuthera. A Coast Guard cutter was dispatched to the area and was expected to arrive later Tuesday to assist with the search.

Business Insider's Cadie Thompson contributed to this report.

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Prince Harry needs a pre nuptial. Meghan is the new social climber, gold digger, who can fool anyone. Her best acting is making people believe she cares. She looks at Prince Harry with dollar signs in her eyes. Her dysfunctional family shows how she avoids family issues. Her father is in bankruptcy for giving her a privileged childhood and twice divorced, a half brother who file for bankruptcy, twice divorced and held a gun to his girl friend head, a half sister who divorced twice, file for bankruptcy. Her sister has MS and is in a wheelchair. Depending on whom talking to the press, no one is talking to any one on the father’s side. Meghan’s niece gave a story of family trouble. Her mother not saying anything about Meghan but mother did file for bankruptcy too. Meghan is a divorcee. Prince Harry needs the protection from this money hunger group. It took almost 20 years for Prince Harry to deal with mother’s death, hopefully he won’t wait 20 years to figure out this was a disastrous idea.
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She is not the one for Harry. She makes sloppy decisions and has one marriage behind her.
Out of all the fruits he could have he pick an apple that's half eaten.

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Aside from the bride's dress and the adorable look on the groom's face when he sees her walking down the aisle, the best thing about a wedding is the cake. Given Will and Kate's spectacular, eight-tiered cake in 2011, we are overly excited to see what Pippa chose. While photos have not been released yet, here's everything we know about the royal desserts so far.
The Cakes

Pippa and Kate both went traditional with multi-tiered fruit cakes. Pippa's version was made up of four tiers and coated in white icing, the Sunday Express and The Telegraph report. It was cut at the couple's early afternoon reception. At the second gathering later that evening, a trout starter, lamb main course, and Scottish-themed pudding were reportedly served.

Will and Kate went with not one but two cakes at their 2011 wedding: the gorgeous multi-tiered fruit cake and a chocolate biscuit cake. The fruit cake was covered in cream, white icing, and edible flowers. As if that wasn't enough, another dessert was served at the reception - a trio of Berkshire honey ice cream, sherry trifle and chocolate parfait, according to the dinner menu.
The Bakers

According to E! News, Pippa and her new husband, James Matthews, chose London-based Domino Purchas Contemporary Cakes to make their wedding cake, though this hasn't been confirmed since the lavish ceremony Saturday.

The chocolate cake came upon Prince William's request, and was made using a Royal Family recipe by McVitie's Cake Company. The U.K.-based baked goods company has made several Royal family wedding and christening cakes dating all the way back to 1893, when King George V (then Prince George, Duke of York) married Queen Mary (then Princess Victoria Mary).

Chocolatier Barry Colenso told Hello Magazine his team worked on the design for 29 days, and said the cake's white flowers each took six hours to make by hand. Cake-maker Fiona Cairns made the eight-tiered fruit cake, which included walnuts, raisins, cherries, and lemon.

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Pippa Middleton got married to longtime boyfriend James Matthews on May 20, and we have one burning question: what was on the menu? It's no surprise that with such a stunning wedding at St. Mark's Church in Berkshire, the reception — and food — was just as lavish. The Telegraph exclusively reports that guests at the reception dined on the bride and groom's favorite foods, including a whole wheel of parmesan cheese ($2,500), foie gras (which costs about $50 per pound), and lobster.

The reception took place inside a glass palace, which reportedly cost $100,000, in Pippa's parents' backyard. To kick the party off, Food & Wine reports that there were nearly 20,000 canapes (hors d'oeuvres), ranging from scallops to smoked salmon to asparagus spears with hollandaise sauce. Some reports claim that a huge amount of beluga caviar, a certain type of sturgeon caviar, was donated by an anonymous Russian source — just over $52,000, to be exact.

In addition to the array of gourmet foods on the menu, Pippa's wedding cake, which was from Domino Purchas Cakes and reportedly cost nearly $3,000, was likely the star of the show. To wash it all down, guests drank magnums (bottles twice the size of a standard 750-milliliter bottle) of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Champagne, which start at $150 per bottle.

The kids in attendance, including the always-adorable Prince George and Princess Charlotte, snacked on crudités and finger sandwiches. Pippa has officially raised the bar for wedding-worthy menus, and we'll be adding foie gras and parmesan cheese wheels to our list of wedding food ideas.

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Prince William Opens Up About Princess Diana’s Death Nearly 20 Years Later

It’s been nearly 20 years since Princess Diana’s tragic and unexpected death. In the years since, eldest son Prince William has gone on to marry and start a family — an experience he admits isn’t the same without his mother.

In an interview with British GQ, the 34-year-old royal said he wished Princess Diana could have been around to meet Kate Middleton and their two children, Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 2. He revealed that he’s still “sad” that they’ll never have the chance to truly know her. Additionally, Prince William said he misses his mother’s guidance.

Read:Pippa Middleton Wedding Live Stream? How Many People Watched Kate’s Marriage To Prince William

“I would like to have had her advice,” he said. “I would love her to have met Catherine [Duchess of Cambridge] and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that she won’t, that they will never know her.”

Though he still has these thoughts, William told GQ he’s come a long way since his mother’s death in 1997. Mourning was difficult for he and his family, being in the public eye, but they managed. Now, after two decades, Prince William says he’s “in a better place about it.”

“It has taken me almost 20 years to get to that stage,” he said. “I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw. And also it is not like most people’s grief, because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her.”

Prince William will delve deeper into his feelings about his mother’s death — both at the time and all these years later — in a documentary set to release closer to the anniversary. The film is being produced by HBO and will be told by Prince William and Prince Harry. Nick Kent, who serves as the documentary’s executive producer, teased the unique project in an official statement.

“The film will show Princess Diana in a way she has never been seen before, through the eyes of the two people who knew her best,” he said.

The documentary will feature other testimonials from individuals close to the Princess who “have never spoken publicly before.” It’ll cover a variety of topics as well. Among the things expected to be shown are her humanitarian efforts, which covered a fight to end homelessness, HIV, AIDS and more.

Prince William’s been talking about his mother’s passing more and more in recent months. He’s done so in conjunction with he and Princess Kate’s efforts to raise mental health awareness. A spokesperson for the eldest royal son of Princess Diana claims he’s been outspoken about the issue because he feels that mental health is the root of many other societal problems.

“Through their work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, Their Royal Highnesses have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges,” the spokesman said.

Prince William and Princess Kate aren’t the only members of the royal family who’ve been outspoken advocates of mental health. Prince Harry opened up about seeking help to deal with the grief of losing his mother during an appearance on Bryony Gordon’s Mad World podcast. He admitted that bottling up his emotions lead to years of “total chaos,” which coupled with encouragement from his older brother pushed him into treatment.

Read:Princess Charlotte Turns 2: Kate Middleton, Prince William Share Picture Of Daughter Ahead Of Birthday

“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” he said (via the Telegraph).

The 20-year anniversary of Princess Diana’s death will be August 31, 2017. Princes William and Harry have commissioned a statue of her at Kensington Palace according to the New York Times.

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How William and Harry Influenced Princess Diana's Final Resting Place

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Seven days after Princess Diana's tragic death in August 1997, she was honored with a public funeral that remains one of the most watched events in history. Millions of people crowded the streets of London to follow the route of Diana's coffin from Kensington Palace along Hyde Park to St. James's Palace, passing Buckingham Palace and observing her memory in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Later that day, Diana was taken to her final resting place at her childhood home, the Spencer estate in Althorp.

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Though many attended her funeral, the Princess of Wales was buried privately; the only people present were a close friend, her mother and siblings, Prince Charles, William, Harry, and a clergyman. Diana wore a black dress by Catherine Walker and held on to a rosary given to her by Mother Teresa (who, sadly, died the same week as Diana). She was laid to rest on a small island in the middle of a lake at Althorp. The family estate is located about 70 miles from London in the town of Northampton, UK, and spans nearly 13,000 acres. Built in 1508, then-Lady Diana Spencer moved to the lavish home when her father, John Spencer, inherited the earl title in 1975. When he passed in 1992, Diana's brother Charles took the title as well as operation over the estate.

After her death, Earl Spencer decided that her gravesite was better off at Althorp than at their family vault in the local church, because it could be more easily cared for and, most importantly, offered better privacy for William and Harry to visit. Before his wedding to Kate Middleton in April 2011, William is said to have brought Kate to visit Diana's gravesite, where they reportedly laid flowers. The island where Diana's grave sits is accessed by a path of 36 trees - one for every year of her life - and black swans and white roses float in the water. It also holds a tall monument dedicated to the princess, as well as a temple for visitors to pay their respects. On either side of the template is a tablet; one is engraved with the tribute Prince Charles gave at her funeral, and the other has quotes from Diana about her love and commitment to charity work. In 2015, Earl Spencer and his wife, Karen, Countess Spencer, set forth a huge revamp of the property where Diana is buried - the first in 350 years. It is scheduled to be done just before the 20th anniversary of her death in August 2017.

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Biggest funeral revelations from Diana: 7 Days That Shook the Windsors

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It's been nearly two decades since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, but the royal is far from forgotten. A new documentary premieres on Channel 5 tonight (30 May), examining the aftermath of her passing.

Diana: 7 Days That Shook the Windsors remembers how the Royal Family nearly lost its place in the hearts of the people and features testimony from insider Anji Hunter, who was director of government relations at the time. Diana's personal security consultant Colin Tebutt also offers his insights.

Here are seven facts about Diana's death that the programme will go into more detail about:

1. Princes William and Harry agreed to walk behind their mother's coffin at the eleventh hour.

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With just one week to arrange the funeral, the royals battled with Downing Street over arrangements – and tensions ran high. Prince William, then 15, refused to take part in the procession after it was suggested that he and Harry, 12, should walk behind the coffin.

The funeral team hoped to change William's mind – who declared he wanted to grieve in private – and he eventually decided to walk behind his coffin with Harry in a last-minute decision.

2. The documentary claims that the Queen ordered all televisions and radios in her Balmoral residence to be moved or hidden in fear of the young princes being traumatised by hearing harrowing details about their mother's death. They were allowed to sleep in on the morning after she died rather than being woken and told the devastating news.

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3. Prince Charles was initially barred by the Queen from taking the Royal Flight private plane to Paris to retrieve his ex-wife's body. Prince Harry reportedly begged to go with his dad, but was ordered to stay at home.

4. Diana's private secretary reveals that officials were worried they wouldn't have enough people to fill Westminster Abbey as they rushed to arrange her funeral.

He says: "There was no rule book to go to, no precedent, no tradition, nothing fitted the royal game plan.

"I remember saying if you get hold of a guest list for the Princess' Christmas drinks in 1995, invite everybody on that guest list and you won't have missed out anybody important."

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5. Diana's former butler Paul Burrell also travelled to Paris to make arrangements for her repatriation, along with her chauffer and security consultant Tebbutt. They were forced to set up a makeshift morgue for Diana's body as high August temperatures made the room where she lay incredibly hot.

6. Diana's body was laid to rest in a 50-stone lead-lined coffin and her pallbearers practised using two concrete kerb stones inside Westminster Abbey.

7. After the funeral, which was attended by approximately 2,000 people, Diana's body was taken to the Spencer family home at Althorp for a private burial.

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Why Prince Harry "Wanted Out" of the Royal Family

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Prince Harry is certainly one the most beloved members of the royal family, but he almost gave it all up to live a normal life. During a candid interview with the Mail on Sunday, the 32-year-old revealed that he considered giving up his royal life after serving in the army. "I felt as though I was really achieving something," he said of his time serving with the British Army. "I have a deep understanding of all sorts of people from different backgrounds and felt I was part of a team. I wasn't a prince; I was just Harry."

When he was forced to leave his first tour of Afghanistan when his location was revealed by the press in 2008, Harry admitted that he went through a bit of a rough patch. "I spent many years kicking my heels and I didn't want to grow up," he said, referring to his partying past. Once he finally got things together though, he seriously contemplated leaving the royal life behind, but his loyalty to his grandmother Queen Elizabeth helped him in his decision to stay. "I felt I wanted out but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself. We don't want to be just a bunch of celebrities, but instead, use our role for good." And he's certainly doing just that. Aside from creating the Invictus Games to help wounded veterans and their families, Harry has been following in his late mother Princess Diana's footsteps by carrying on her charity work.

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Prince Harry and Kate Middleton Have the Cutest Brother-Sister Relationship

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We've seen a lot of Kate Middleton's marriage with Prince William, and obsessed over Prince Harry's romance with Meghan Markle, but we don't know much about Kate and Harry's relationship as in-laws. However, the Prince's new interview with Newsweek sheds light on his and the Duchess' close bond. An excerpt from the feature reads: There was no filling the hole left by Diana's death, and Harry seemed to be growing up without someone emotionally available he could lean on. Kate has helped fill some of that gap. When she and William got engaged, Harry called her the big sister he never had. He often pops into their apartment at Kensington Palace, where she cooks him a meal — roast chicken is reportedly ...

We've seen a lot of Kate Middleton's marriage with Prince William, and obsessed over Prince Harry's romance with Meghan Markle, but we don't know much about Kate and Harry's relationship as in-laws. However, the Prince's new interview with Newsweek sheds light on his and the Duchess' close bond.
    There was no filling the hole left by Diana's death, and Harry seemed to be growing up without someone emotionally available he could lean on. Kate has helped fill some of that gap. When she and William got engaged, Harry called her the big sister he never had. He often pops into their apartment at Kensington Palace, where she cooks him a meal — roast chicken is reportedly a particular favorite.

Both in-laws live in Kensington Palace in central London, according to Newsweek, but Harry, 32, lives in a two-bedroom cottage on the grounds while Kate and William, both 35, live in a 22-room apartment in the palace itself. The proximity makes it easy for the two to bond and for Harry to play uncle to Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Apparently their downtime together often includes Game of Thrones binges, too.

"Harry appeals to her sillier side because he is carefree, footloose and loves banter. He finds things funny about people and says so," source told Daily Mail last year. "Kate also adores the way Harry plays with her children — he is very good with them, a charming big kid and silly uncle."

Kate was always reportedly welcoming to Harry, even when she and William were still dating as students at St. Andrews University. Now, they and the Duke of Cambridge often carry out royal duties together, like helming Heads Together, their joint campaign on raising awareness on mental health.

Take a look at their sweet moments through the years below.
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Signaling the start of the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2017.

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With Prince William promoting Heads Together in London in 2016.

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At the Grand Palace in Mons, Belgium in 2014.

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At a Thanksgiving service in London in 2012.

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Watching the Olympic Games in London in 2012.

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Watching the Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle in 2008.

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Prince Harry on George and Charlotte's Future
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Prince Harry spent the formative years of his life a few steps away from the throne. Then, he spent a good few years as a “wild child.” Now, as he’s been bumped down a peg on the line of succession by his brother’s children, he’s stepping back and focusing on charity work, and that’s just fine with him. In an interview with journalist Angela Levin, published in the Daily Mail, Harry opened up about his ups and downs in the royal family.

He said he didn’t mind being fifth in line for the throne because Prince George and Princess Charlotte are the people now ahead of him. “The reason I am now fifth is because of my nephew and niece and I could never wish them away,” he said. “They are the most amazing things ever.”
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Prince Harry also opened up about what he’d want for his future children. “I am determined to have a relatively normal life and if I am lucky enough to have children they can have one too,” he said. “We don’t want to be just a bunch of celebrities but instead use our role for good.”

Previously, Harry expressed that he wanted George and Charlotte to share a specific part of his upbringing. “I would definitely encourage George, and Charlotte if she wants to, to have some sort of involvement in the Armed Forces, guaranteed. It’s done no harm, just good, for me, and I know it’s the same for William,” he told the Mirror. “As an uncle, you know, I would say enjoy the [royal] role, because at first it’s just pressure, pressure, pressure. If you’re going to be doing it and you’re having an effect on so many people then, if you smile, they’re smiling – and what’s the point of doing such a unique job without enjoying it?"

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«Корпорация «Убийство» (1960) – лента повествует о создании, функционировании и крахе преступного синдиката. Фальк сыграл бруклинского киллера, и смог сделать из своего персонажа нечто большее, чем просто отрицательного героя. В нем просматривались некие струны души, которые не были полностью раскрыты в фильме.

За эту работу Питера номинировали на премию «Оскар» за «лучшую роль второго плана».

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Sorry Prince Philip, The Queen Has A New Buddy For Public Events

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The Ghanaian-born officer will be by the monarch's side when Prince Philip retires.

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The Queen has selected Ghanaian-born Household Cavalry officer Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrahas as her next equerry.

The 38-year-old Afghanistan veteran, known as TA to his friends, is believed to be the royal household's first black equerry.

He will hold one of the most important positions in the royal household and assist Her Majesty at official engagements, including regional visits and audiences at Buckingham Palace, and remain closely by her side when Prince Philip retires in the Autumn.

Historically the role was created for someone to look after the cavalry's horses, but in 2017 they are expected to be a publicly visible aide at the Queen's side.

"I would have never imagined that one day I'd command the regiment which I'd fallen in love with," Twumasi-Ankrah told The Sunday Times. "From what I've seen in the UK, our cultures really do mix and if I'm not a good example of that I really don't know what is."

Maj Twumasi-Ankrah moved from Ghana to the UK in 1982 with his parents, and went on to study at Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

He acted as escort commander at Prince William and Kate's wedding in 2011, and commanded the Blues and Royals at the Queen's birthday parade.

Maj Twumasi-Ankrah will take over from Wing Commander Sam Fletcher later this year, and the newspaper also reports that the Queen personally picked her new aide from a group of candidates.

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Prince Philip, who turned 96 in June, announced his retirement from royal duties back in May.

Buckingham Palace released the statement: "His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of the Queen.

"Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying The Queen. Thereafter, The Duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time."

Buckingham Palace has been accused of racial discrimination in the past, when Elizabeth Burgess, a former personal secretary to Prince Charles, alleged she had been subject to discrimination by other members of staff. "There were always black jokes and names going round because it is the royal family and it is still very protected," she told a tribunal.

Hopefully Twumasi-Ankrah's hire is a sign that things are now changing, even if slowly.

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Fantastic news the new Queens equerry is Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah from the Household Cavalry.

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Meet Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah the first Ghanaian-born black equerry picked by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth to Ride by her side

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Ghanaian-born Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, an Afghanistan war veteran and officer from the Household Cavalry, is thought to be preparing to take over the role from Wing Commander Sam Fletcher later this year.
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The Queen is thought to have picked Twumasi-Ankrah personally from a group of candidates.
The Household Cavalry's official Twitter page posted today and said: 'Major T-A is a Regimental legend & couldn't be a better fit for the Equerry job.'
The role of equerry, which involves personally assisting the Queen in her public duties, has often been associated with scandal.

Twumasi-Ankrah's royal career so far has included acting as escort commander at the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall's wedding in 2011, as well as commanding the Blues and Royals at the Queen's birthday parade - but his new role will mean he could YLYspend more time at Her Majesty's side than even her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Since Prince Philip announced that he will be stepping down from public duties this autumn, the new equerry could be the most visible man by the monarch's side.
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Twumasi-Ankrah, 38,
told the Sunday Times that as a young child he used to watch the trooping of the colour with fascination.
He said: 'I would have never imagined that one day I'd command the regiment which I'd fallen in love with.

'From what I've seen in the UK, our cultures really do mix and if I'm not a good example of that I really don't know what is.'
Scandals

Equerry to George VI, Peter Townsend, caused drama in royal circles when he and Princess Margaret, the Queen's sister, became romantically involved. The Battle of Britain fighter ace, 16 years Margaret's senior and a father of two sons from a dissolved marriage, helped her write the emotional statement in which she announced that, 'mindful of the Church's teaching', she would not marry him.

The pair separated because the conservative times meant she could not wed a divorcee.
In another more recent scandal in the role of equerry, Major Simon Robinson resigned from his post in 2010 following the break up of his marriage.
He lost his coveted 'job for life' as Crown Equerry amid speculation at the time of an extra-marital affair, which he denied furiously

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Move with This Painting That Every Boyfriend Can Copy

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Sure, a picture paints a thousand words, but Prince Harry‘s recent art purchase can be summed up in just one: swoon.

PEOPLE has confirmed that the royal, 32, spent thousands on an original piece of artwork called Everybody Needs Somebody To Love for “for an important person” back in October 2016 — just days before his relationship with Suits star Meghan Markle went public.

While it’s not known if the romantic piece, by rising British artist Van Donna, was definitely a gift for Markle, 35, the prince also asked if the acrylic, stencil and spray piece could be split in half, so that it could be shared between two different people.

“Harry is one of the regulars in the area and regularly goes into the shops and galleries with his bodyguard, kind of in stealth mode,” a local art collector tells PEOPLE.

“He was in the gallery for a little while and liked a few things, then settled on the Van Donna. He said he was looking for something for ‘an important person.’ It was literally just before anyone heard about Meghan — literally just days before it was announced he was going out with her.”

Harry bought the artwork in the discreet VIP section of Walton Fine Arts gallery in Kensington, London, where previous customers include Adele, Ringo Starr and Brad Pitt.

While the gallery would not comment on Harry’s visit, a Van Donna piece sold for $5,000 at a Christie’s exhibition in 2016. The value of the artist’s work has since risen considerably. Her work has recently been included in five international exhibitions and hung in the Faberge museum in St Petersburg, Russia.

Like many modern artists, Van Donna prefers to remain anonymous and has created a pseudonym by combining the name of her two personal heroes: Van Gogh and Madonna.

The piece Harry bought is a diptych, where two sides of a canvas forms a single piece of artwork. In this case, the left hand canvas shows a boy and girl walking hand-in-hand, while the right canvas features the words “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” spray-painted in blue.

“Harry asked is he could split the diptych up,” adds the art collector. “He said, ‘If it’s possible?’ I guess you could do that quite easily if you wanted to, but this is an artwork in itself. I mean, it is supposed to form a single artwork.

“At the time nobody knew about Meghan Markle, but if it was for her then it’s a very romantic gesture. It’s a bit like a charm bracelet — where you give half of it to someone you’re involved with and keep the other half yourself. We should all learn something from it, I think.”

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13.07.17 07:15:11

Queen Letizia and King Felipe touch down in London

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She left her home country basking in the summer sun, but received a traditional English welcome upon landing in the UK in the form of heavy rain.

Queen Letizia of Spain arrived in Britain for her first-ever state visit alongside husband King Felipe, only to quickly dart under an umbrella to keep dry.

It was a far cry from her departure from Madrid where she looked resplendent in a chic white Hugo Boss ensemble, displaying her sartorial prowess as she set off from Spain.

The royals were given an official farewell with honours at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport as they set off for London, where they will be greeted on behalf of The Queen by The Viscount Brookeborough, Lord-in-Waiting, this evening.

The couple will be formally greeted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on Horse Guards Parade on Wednesday. It is expected to be 96-year-old Philip's last state visit before he retires from public duties after the summer.

The state visit is seen as an important step in securing relations with Spain as the UK leaves the EU. The last incoming state visit by a Spanish king - Felipe's father Juan Carlos - was 31 years ago.

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Queen Letizia looked chic in a white Hugo Boss ensemble as she set off from Spain for her three-day UK state visit with her husband King Felipe, left, only to receive a 'traditional English welcome' when touching down at Stansted Airport during a heavy rain shower, right,

The royals quickly darted under umbrellas as they made their way to their car at the windswept airport before they meet the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on Wednesday

King Felipe managed a smile as he endured the wet weather at Stansted while his wife could also be seen beaming despite the miserable skies
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The stylish Queen offset her look with her favourite Magrit snakeskin shoes, Australian pearl and diamond earrings and a Faro Lidia clutch (left).  Despite the rain falling around her, she still looked as stylish as ever in the UK. The couple will be formally greeted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on Horse Guards Parade on Wednesday

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia's trip was postponed twice - firstly because of a political crisis in Spain in March 2016 and then again when the rescheduled date clashed with June's snap general election.

The action-packed tour will see the King and Queen enjoy a private lunch at Buckingham Palace, afternoon tea at Clarence House and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday night with a host of faces from the royal family. The King will attend a UK-Spain Business Forum at Mansion House, accompanied by The Duke of York, the couple will visit Westminster Abbey accompanied by Prince Harry and they'll also meet Theresa May at No. 10 Downing Street.

Felipe and Letizia, who are staying at Buckingham Palace, will be feted with a grand state banquet in the ballroom on Wednesday evening - with Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expected to be attending. It will be the first time full-time royal Harry, who is 32, has taken part in a state visit.

Felipe is expected to raise the thorny issue of Gibraltar during his stay. He will deliver an address at Westminster from the Royal Gallery to parliamentarians on Wednesday, and meet Mrs May for talks at Downing Street on Thursday.

Last September, he used his speech to the UN General Assembly in New York to call for a negotiated handover of what Gibraltarians affectionately call 'the Rock'.

'I invite the UK, on this first occasion at the UN after Brexit, to end the the colonial anachronism of Gibraltar with an agreed solution between both countries to restore the territorial integrity of Spain,' he declared.

The future of Gibraltar, a rocky British enclave on Spain's southern tip, is set to be a major point of contention in the British EU exit talks with the EU offering Spain a right of veto over the relationship between Gibraltar and the EU.

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13.07.17 07:38:36

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Mind your back, Felipe: The smart-suited Spanish king bent over to kiss the Queen's gloved hand as the military looked on
High tower! The Queen, wearing an elegant purple ensemble, looked delighted to be welcoming the Spanish royals to the UK

TUESDAY 11TH JULY

Their Majesties The King and Queen of Spain will arrive privately in the United Kingdom on Tuesday 11th July, at Luton airport.

They will be greeted on behalf of The Queen by The Viscount Brookeborough, Lord-in-Waiting.

WEDNESDAY 12TH JULY

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will greet The King and Queen on behalf of The Queen, at their Hotel on Wednesday morning. Their Royal Highnesses will then travel with Their Majesties to Horse Guards Parade, where The King and Queen will receive a Ceremonial Welcome.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will formally welcome The King and Queen on Horse Guards Parade. Presentations will be made, the Guard of Honour will give a Royal Salute and the Spanish National Anthem will be played. The King, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will inspect the Guard of Honour, which will be the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. Afterwards, The King and Queen will join The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh for a state carriage procession along The Mall to Buckingham Palace.

Following a private lunch at Buckingham Palace, given by The Queen, Her Majesty will invite The King and Queen of Spain to view an exhibition in the Picture Gallery of items from the Royal Collection relating to Spain.

In the afternoon The King and The Queen will meet The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall for tea at Clarence House.

Afterwards, The King and Queen will visit the Palace of Westminster, where they will be welcomed by the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Lord Speaker. The King will deliver an Address in the Royal Gallery to Parliamentarians and other guests, followed by a reception with Members and invited guests.

In the evening The Queen will give a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace for The King and Queen. The Queen and The King will both make speeches at the start of the banquet.

THURSDAY 13TH JULY

The King will attend a UK-Spain Business Forum at Mansion House, accompanied by The Duke of York. The event will build on the two countries’ cooperation in bilateral trade and two-way investment. Speeches will be made by The King and the Secretary of State for International Trade.

The King and Queen of Spain will visit Westminster Abbey, accompanied by HRH Prince Henry of Wales. The King will lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior while prayers are said by the Dean, and then be taken on a short tour of the Abbey, including the Tomb of Eleanor of Castile.

Their Majesties will go on to the Spanish Ambassador's Residence for a reception with members of the Spanish Community.

Later, The King will visit No. 10 Downing Street to meet Prime Minister Theresa May.

In the evening, The King and Queen, joined by The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, will attend a Banquet at Guildhall given by the Lord Mayor and City of London Corporation. The Lord Mayor and The King will both make speeches at the end of the banquet.

FRIDAY 14TH JULY

The King and Queen of Spain will formally bid farewell to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace in the morning.

Thereafter, Their Majesties, accompanied by The Duke of York, will visit the Francis Crick Institute. They will be met by Chief Executive, Sir Paul Nurse, and tour the institute, meeting members of the Spanish scientific community working in the UK.

The King and Queen will go on to the Weston Library where they will be greeted by The Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of Oxford University. Their Majesties will view an exhibition of Spanish treasures from the Oxford University archive before proceeding to The Divinity School for lunch at which The King will give a speech.

After lunch The King and Queen will arrive at Exeter College, home of the King Alfonso XIII Professorship of Spanish Studies and the Queen Sofía Fellowship in Spanish, where they will attend a reception for Spanish nationals working and studying at the University and members of the University who are studying, researching and teaching on Spain.

At the conclusion of the State Visit, the Lord Chamberlain will bid farewell to The King and Queen on behalf of The Queen. Their Majesties will depart privately from London from RAF Brize Norton.

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Who Is Queen Letizia of Spain?

Lauren Sharkey 10 hours ago

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Queen Letizia of Spain rose to royalty from the middle class. (Photo: Getty)
As King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain hit the U.K. for a three-day state visit, many people want a little more information about this glamorous Spanish royal.
Wonder no more, for we have come up with the ultimate explainer of the first commoner to become Spanish royalty.

Who is Queen Letizia?

Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano was born on Sept. 15, 1972, which makes her 44 years old. She was born to a middle-class family; her father was a journalist and her mother was a nurse. Her grandfather was a taxi driver.
Queen Letizia has two younger sisters, Temla and Erike. Sadly, Erike died in 2007 due to an intentional prescription drug overdose.

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Letizia and Felipe meet the queen.
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What did she do before marrying royalty?

Letizia followed in her father’s career footsteps, choosing to study journalism at a university in Spain. After obtaining her degree, she went on to get a master’s degree in audiovisual journalism.
From that point on, she worked for some of Spain’s most well-known newspapers and channels, from ABC and EFE to CNN+ and the Spanish version of Bloomberg. She also did a brief stint in Mexico, working for the newspaper Siglo 21.
In 2002, Letizia becamea news anchor, covering major stories including the Iraq War and 9/11. After working on news channel 24 Horas, she was eventually promoted to anchor of the most-watched news program in Spain: TVE’s daily evening news.
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The couple secretly dated for a year before announcing their engagement. (Photo: Getty)
She met Prince Felipe, now the 49-year-old King, at a dinner party in 2002. The couple announced their engagement in the gardens of the Prince's residence in November, 2003. It was a surprise to the country — they hadn't even known the Prince had a girlfriend.

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Has she been married before?

Yes. Letizia married writer and secondary schoolteacher Alonso Guerrero Perez in 1998 after 10 years of dating. They divorced just a year later.
How did she meet King Felipe?
The story surrounding Felipe and Letizia’s relationship is a little fuzzy. The only confirmed detail we could dig up is that the couple met in 2002 at a colleague’s dinner party.
When the two finally announced their engagement in November 2003, the country was in shock, because no one had any idea that Felipe — who was the Prince of Asturias at the time — even had a girlfriend.
There was also some controversy over Letizia being a divorcée. Luckily, her first marriage was a civil ceremony, so she did not require an annulment from the Catholic Church to marry Felipe.
According to reports, Letizia’s engagement ring was a 16-baguette diamond ring with white gold trim.
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Felipe and Letizia married in a grand cathedral in Madrid in 2004. (Photo: Getty)

What was the couple’s wedding like?

Felipe and Letizia tied the knot on May 22, 2004. Their grand wedding was held in Madrid’s Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena; the first time a royal wedding had ever been held in the cathedral.
Letizia wore a long-sleeved gown by Spanish designer Manuel Pertegaz, along with a sparkling tiara that resembled the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding-day look.

The ceremony was broadcast to the nation and watched by millions. Celebrations went on for several days, with more than 1,600 guests attending the actual ceremony and 350 special guests invited to a gala dinner the night before at the Prado Palace.

When did Letizia become queen?

When Felipe’s father, Juan Carlos, abdicated the throne in June 2014, Letizia and Felipe rose to power, making her the first Spanish queen born a commoner.
Since then, she has traveled with her husband and alone across Spain and Europe, and to countries including Mexico, Jordan, the United States, Japan, China, and Brazil.

Does she have children?

The royal couple’s first daughter, Leonor, was born on Oct. 31, 2005. Their second daughter, Sofia, arrived on April 29, 2007.
The 10-year-old and the 11-year-old are regularly seen with their parents on trips abroad.

What causes does she support?

Just as the Duchess of Cambridge supports children’s charities and mental health organizations, Queen Letizia focuses on a number of social issues, including children’s rights, culture, and education.

In 2015, she was also named Special Ambassador for Nutrition for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

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Queen Letizia is renowned for her modern sense of style. (Photo: Getty)

What’s her wardrobe like?

Queen Letizia’s style is both modern and classic, mixing bold vibrant colors with on-trend details, including pussybow blouses and tweed.
She relies on a number of American brands that are known for their stylish work wear, including Carolina Herrera, Altuzarra, and Hugo Boss.
The royal is also a fan of High Street stores, having been regularly spotted making thrifty purchases from the likes of Mango and Zara.
Unlike most other royals, Queen Letizia has shoes made specially for her by Spanish label Magrit. No designer stilettos for this queen.

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14.07.17

Meghan Markle May Not Marry Prince Harry After All — and Girls Everywhere Are Breathing a Sigh of Relief (EXCLUSIVE)

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The world may not get another royal wedding this year after all!

Sources tell Life & Style that Meghan Markle, who has been secretly engaged to Prince Harry for over six months, is questioning whether she really wants to marry into the famous family.

But Harry, 32, believes it will all work out in the end. "[He's] playing it smart," an insider said. "He's being supportive while telling Meghan about the platform they would have to help millions of people around the world."

Even if they do tie the knot, the Suits actress doesn't want to be compared to her new sister-in-law. "Meghan has told Harry that she doesn't want to be like Kate [Middleton]," says a different source. "She wants to keep hold of her identity."

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