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Creation: This tiara was made by Cartier in 1905 and it can also be worn as a devant de corsage. Crown Princess Margareta Crown Princess Margareta Materials: diamonds set in platinum Provenance: Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden, from the Khedive Abbas II of Egypt on the occasion of her 1905 marriage to King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden Queen Ingrid of Denmark, inherited from her mother in 1920 Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes, inherited from her mother in 2000 and added a higher base to the tiara Queen Ingrid Princess Margaretha Queen Ingrid Other Wearers: Princess Margaretha of Sweden, Mrs. Ambler; at her cousin Queen Margrethe's 18th birthday celebrations in 1958 Queen Margrethe II of Denmark; at her 1967 wedding to Prince Henrik of Denmark Princess Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg; at her 1968 wedding to Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg; at her 1998 wedding to Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth Princess Alexia of Greece & Denmark; at her 1999 wedding to Carlos Morales Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg; at her 2011 wedding to Alexander Johannsmann Queen Anne-Marie Queen Margrethe Princess Benedikte Princess Alexandra Princess Alexia Princess Nathalie Questions: Who will inherit the tiara after Queen-Anne Marie, one of her children or will it go back to the Danish royal family? Will the tradition of wearing this tiara on their wedding day continue to Queen Ingrid's great-grand daughters? Links: Trond Norén Isaksen - Egyptian Diadem The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor - Khedive of Egypt Tiara The Court Jeweller - Khedive Tiara



Harry and Meghan repay Frogmore Cottage renovations but will it stop criticism?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirmed they have repaid the renovation costs of their British home after signing a lucrative deal with Netflix.

The couple were given Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle as a wedding present from the Queen in May 2018.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent £2.4m from the Sovereign Grant, which is taxpayer money, on renovation work, but promised to pay it back when they decided to step back from senior royal duties and live in the US.

They had previously been paying back the sum over a number of years, paying rent plus a repayment each month.

However, their deal with streaming giant Netflix gave them the ability to pay back the costs in one lump sum.

The cost of the renovation work had raised eyebrows, even before the couple left their royal roles, which led to them offering to make the repayment as part of their plan to step back.

Making the payment and ending their reliance on Prince Charless funding means the couple are closer to their goal of financial independence but does that mean they can expect a lower level of scrutiny, as they hoped for when they stepped back?

Journalist and royal commentator Afua Adom told Yahoo UK she was pleased the couple made the payment, but felt they cant do right for doing wrong.

Harry was insistent they would pay back the money and now [some people] are furious that they had the money to do it, she said.

It feels like whatever they do will never be enough for certain sections of society.

Adom said the quick repayment was probably a symbol of how seriously the couple took the commitment they made.

It shows the depth of feeling from the British public, she added.

[Harry and Meghan] felt a sense of duty on some level, or guilt, they probably thought people will be thinking you have got the six figures from Netflix.

There was a need to silence certain quarters, by saying we were always going to pay our own way and pay it back and now they have.



Queen applauds photographers who captured lockdown Britain

Special exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria marks this year's Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth on Monday congratulated entrants to Hold Still, a photography project launched by the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton to capture a snapshot of the nation in coronavirus lockdown.

The project received more than 30,000 submissions, from which Kate and four other judges picked 100 final images that will be published online by the National Portrait Gallery on Monday.

"The Duchess of Cambridge and I were inspired to see how the photographs have captured the resilience of the British people at such a challenging time, whether that is through celebrating frontline workers, recognising community spirit or showing the efforts of individuals supporting those in need," the queen said in a letter to entrants.

Since its launch in May, the project invited people of all ages from across Britain to submit a photographic portrait they had taken during the COVID-19 lockdown that started in March.

Focused on three main themes: Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness, some of the photographs will also go on show in towns and cities across Britain later in the year.

Kate - wife of Prince William and a keen photographer herself - and other members of the panel assessed the images on the emotions and experiences they convey rather than on their photographic quality or technical expertise.



Queen applauds photographers who captured lockdown Britain


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The idea came from the gallerys patron, the Duchess of Cambridge, who knows a thing or two about photography. Back in May, she invited the public to contribute to an open-call community project, recording everyday life amid the pandemic: hold still, Britain, while we take a photographic portrait of the nation. Of course, this came at a time when all of us, at the governments behest, were holding still.

Though Kate did offer some guidance, suggesting a few themes, the ambition was to be inclusive, not prescriptive and, over six weeks, more than 31,000 photographs were submitted. These were whittled down to the final hundred by a panel of judges (including the duchess). Since the gallery remains closed for refurbishment until 2023, the photographs are, for now, available digitally. But there are plans eventually to show them across the country.

While works by professional photographers did make the final cut (frankly, they stand out), this isnt a conventional fine-art exhibition. Indeed, dozens of images are in a technical sense weak or flawed. Few, though, are forgettable. The judges werent bothered about aesthetic issues such as composition or lighting. Instead, they wanted emotion often heart-wrenching, sometimes uplifting and a sense of real lives being experienced by real people.

Scrolling through brings back all-too-raw memories: the daily privations and lurches of despair; the worry, grief, but also flashes of joy. And that strange, topsy-turvy sense wed all slipped into a parallel universe. Specific textures and details are recorded, as well as defining moments. Empty supermarket shelves. NHS workers in makeshift PPE. Rainbows decorating windows. Tears, laughter, Black Lives Matter, VE Day. And, of course, Captain Tom Moore, medals glinting on his gold-buttoned blazer, giving a thumbs up.

Certain tropes recur. Elderly people celebrate milestone birthdays in care homes, surrounded by masked staff rather than smiling offspring. Architectural elements blurry fence posts in the foreground, say, like out-of-focus prison bars convey a sense of confinement and isolation. And it is astonishing to note how expressive a set of eyes can be, even when a face is masked.

Strangely, there are very few pictures of people actually sick with the virus, while only a handful (and I write this as a father of three small children) capture the stressful rough-and-tumble of cooped-up family life.

But there are surprises: moments that, described a year ago, would have seemed improbable, bizarre. And harrowing. A man wearing a suit and black tie attends a funeral via Zoom. A gran hugs a kid through a homemade cuddle blanket, aka a thick plastic sheet with floppy green appendages, like gigantic washing-up gloves, for her hands. These are distressing reminders of how remote and alienated life has become. Surrounded by protective barriers, we attempt to forge vital emotional connections with loved ones through masks, windowpanes, computer screens.

Is there a single image that sums up Britains lockdown in the way that, say, documentary photographs by Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange captured the Great Depression? Im not sure there is in part, because lockdown, initially understood as a great leveller, turned out to affect people in profoundly different, and unequal, ways. Consider the myriad characters we encounter in Hold Still. A bright-eyed girl claps enthusiastically on a Thursday night. An exhausted nightshift worker in Wales seems on the brink of collapse. What do they have in common with the 17-year-old twins afflicted with ennui, trapped behind a windows mottled glass?

That said, there is one image I cant shake which hints at universality: Hayley Evans's Forever Holding Hands shows a close-up of the interlaced hands of an elderly couple, married for more than seven decades, clutching each other tight from adjoining hospital beds. Here is devotion and solace: after contracting the virus, they died five days apart. Its a simple thing, touch but a primal one, too, denied in recent months. What will survive of us is love, wrote Larkin, at the end of An Arundel Tomb. I so hope hes right.



When's The Best Time To Get A Flu Shot During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

Summers nearly over, and unfortunately, we are still very much in the throes of a pandemic. As fall approaches, theres another community health concern to contend with: flu season.

The dual threat of influenza and COVID-19 has public health experts warning of a twindemic effect that could sicken the population and overwhelm hospitals.

Social distancing, masking up, washing your hands and getting tested regularly remains the best strategy for protecting yourself against the coronavirus, but we actually have a vaccine for the flu that greatly reduces your risk of infection.

Continuing to follow the hygienic practices in place to prevent COVID-19 and getting a flu shot is your best bet for staying healthy this fall.

Heres when infectious disease specialists and primary care physicians advise you to get your flu shot and what else you need to know about the double threat of flu and the coronavirus.
Get your flu shot in early fall if you want the best chance at protection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting a flu shot in September or October. While flu season can last well into late spring, it typically ramps up in the fall and peaks between December and February.

After getting the flu shot, it takes about two weeks to build up antibodies. Getting vaccinated at the beginning of fall allows ample time to build up immunity that will last through the worst months of flu season.

With the flu vaccine, you probably get about six months of coverage, explained Jennifer Lighter, an infectious disease specialist and hospital epidemiologist at NYU Langone Health. 

The timing is especially important for people ages 65 and older, who dont build up the same level of immunity or antibodies and who might not have immunity for as many months, according to David Buchholz, a pediatrician and the senior founding medical director for primary care at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Seniors also require a high-dose vaccine, which is available wherever you get your standard flu shot.

Additionally, kids under the age of 9, whose immune systems likely havent yet been exposed to the flu, require two shots if its their first time receiving the vaccine. They should get their first shot on the early side of September if possible so they can get their booster before Nov. 1, Buchholz advised. 
Everyone except for babies should get the flu shot, pandemic or not.

According to the CDC, everyone ages six months or older should get vaccinated against the flu.

Im afraid people wont get the flu shot because they dont want to go to their doctor or their pharmacy, Buchholz said. But if people are doing all the appropriate things social distancing, wearing a mask, washing their hands they are safe to go get their vaccine, and we encourage it.

Moreover, health care workers administering the vaccine are instructed to follow pandemic social distancing measures. Neglecting to stay up to date on preventive health services like vaccinations could lead to community spread of infections, which, on top of COVID-19, could cause the twindemic officials fear. 

The flu shot is widely available at your doctors office, local pharmacy, community health center, pop-up sites and is either free or covered by insurance. Check with your local health department for locations (for example, NYC Health provides a map). The CDC also has a vaccine finder you can use to look up a site near you.   

There are some added health risks if you dont get the flu shot this year.

Lets say people arent doing the right thing to prevent COVID, like not wearing a mask or not practicing social distancing, Buchholz said. They are not only really likely to get COVID, theyre also really likely to get the flu if theyre not vaccinated.

It may be possible to contract COVID-19 and the flu at the same time a phenomenon known as co-infection. In that case, or if a large number of people end up infected with either the flu or COVID-19, were at risk of our health systems being overwhelmed with severe cases, as we saw in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

The good news is that the measures we are taking to prevent COVID-19 also help protect against the flu because both viruses are contagious respiratory infections spread through droplets. Getting vaccinated isnt a 100% guarantee you wont get the flu, but it is an added safeguard.

The flu vaccine has about 50% efficacy in preventing infection if exposed. And if you do get infected after getting the flu vaccine, the chances you get severe sickness from flu is significantly reduced, Lighter explained.

We want to keep our immune systems strong during a pandemic, and taking preventive measures against the flu can help with that. For example, getting the flu could make people more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, according to Lighter.

We know that people get more staph infections after getting the flu, Lighter said. The mucosal border is interrupted when you get the flu, so if youre exposed to COVID, you could be more susceptible to getting infected. 

Additionally, COVID-19 and flu symptoms look strikingly similar fever, respiratory symptoms, fatigue, body aches and shortness of breath, which in severe cases can result in hospitalization or death. At the very least, getting vaccinated will help you from agonizing the second you feel under the weather, playing the Is it flu or is it COVID-19? game. 

Bottom line: We have to do everything possible to prevent the flu being a big deal in the winter, Buchholz says.

And dont forget, getting vaccinated against the flu doesnt only protect you; it keeps you from infecting others whether youre an asymptomatic carrier or dealing with a mild case particularly seniors and immunocompromised folks, who are more vulnerable to getting severe flu cases.

Experts are still learning about COVID-19. The information in this story is what was known or available as of publication, but guidance can change as scientists discover more about the virus. Please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most updated recommendations.


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