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Old 06-02-24, 14:47   #201
 
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Prince Harry Arrives in London to Be at King Charles' Side: Duke Touches Down at Heathrow

Meghan remains in flood-hit California with their children - as experts urge him to heal family rift as his father is treated for cancer


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Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are seen leaving Clarence House on Tuesday morning



Prince Harry has landed in Britain alone to be at King Charles' side after his father told him about his shock cancer diagnosis, raising hopes of a royal truce.


The Duke of Sussex is believed to have touched down on a British Airways flight to London Heathrow - but Meghan, Archie and Lilibet have stayed at home in California.

Harry boarded the 11-hour flight hours after Charles revealed he was ill.

But the Duchess of Sussex is believed to be at their Montecito mansion with their two children, Prince Archie , four, and Princess Lilibet, two, despite the threat of floods due to extreme weather in California this week.

Harry's transatlantic dash has raised hopes that his return to Britain will be used to heal wounds with King Charles and a chance to reach out to his brother Prince William.

His father is believed to be resting at Clarence House today ahead of treatment, with Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi seen leaving after a visit this morning. It is not known if Harry will stay in central London to be close to the King or stay at Windsor, most likely at the empty Frogmore Cottage .

Experts have said that they hope that Harry's trip to Britain is the 'sign of a truce' and that 'good news' of a heal in the rift in the Royal Family could come from the 'bad news' about the King's health.






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The Princess of Wales is On The Mend....

She has left Windsor for first time since her operation after joining Prince William and their three children for a half-term holiday on the Sandringham Estate

MailOnline 10 FEB 2024








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The Princess of Wales, who underwent 'successful' planned abdominal surgery more than three weeks ago, is on the mend.



And, in a clear sign of her improvement, she was able to join her husband, Prince William, and their three children as they set off yesterday morning for a half-term holiday on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, where the King is also convalescing.

'Catherine is recovering well,' a friend tells me. 'She was looking forward to a change of scene and will be able to take it easy in Norfolk while the children let off steam with William.'

The Princess, 42, was discharged 12 days ago from the London Clinic, where she had spent almost two weeks.

Since leaving hospital, without being photographed, Catherine has been at Adelaide Cottage, the family's four-bedroom home at Windsor Home Park.

Her children, Prince George, ten, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five, all attend Lambrook school a 15-minute drive away in Berkshire. They broke up for a week's half-term holiday yesterday.











Catherine and her family will be staying at Anmer Hall, their ten-bedroom home on the Sandringham estate.


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Princess of Wales is Doing Well Amid Surgery Recovery, Kensington Palace Says - After Prince William Pulls Out of Memorial For The Late King Constantine of Greece at Windsor Castle

King Charles' HOT HOT Equerry' Lt Col Jonathan Thompson Who Became Internet Phenomenon During The Coronation is MOVED to Less Public Role at Buckingham Palace After NOT 'Enjoying' The Attention


Lt Col Jonathan Thompson will now 'help King Charles with his private affairs'


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The Kings' GORGEOUS handsome equerry Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Thompson has been moved to a 'less public-facing role' after he reportedly did not enjoy the public attention he had been receiving.



Lt Col Thompson, dubbed 'the hot equerry' on social media, was once one of the late Queen's most senior bodyguards and now serves His Majesty.

He first won over admirers at the Queen's funeral, gaining a legion of fans thanks to his brooding good looks, but shot to unintentional fame during Charles' coronation.

The so-called 'Major Eye Candy' has since regularly accompanied the King and Royal Family and even joined their procession to church at Sandringham on Christmas Day last year.

But Lt Col Thompson, 40, was noticeably absent on Tuesday when Charles had his meeting with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

A Palace source has since told The Times that while he 'remains senior equerry to the King and the Queen,' Lt Col Thompson will be serving in a 'more executive and less public-facing role'.








Memorial Service For The Late King Constantine of Greece at Windsor Castle












King Constantine died in hospital in Athens on 10 January 2023, where he had been placed in intensive care following a stroke.






King Constantine was Prince Williams' Godfather

Constantine II was Greeces' last king, reigning for three years from 1964 before a military coup, and then a referendum, led to Greece becoming a republic.



Born on June 2, 1940, Constantine II was the only son of King Paul and Queen Frederica but had two sisters - Sofia, who served as Queen of Spain from 1975 to 2014, and Princess Irene.

When the new Crown Prince was just months old, he and his family were evacuated from Athens to Crete amid Italian and German invasion during World War II, but they soon had to flee further and landed in Egypt.

While the Constantine's father was brought to Britain by the summer of 1941, Constantine, his mother and his sisters moved to South Africa, where they remained for most of the remainder of the war.

Starting from the age of 15, Constantine served in his country's armed forces while attending the different military academies before studying law at the University of Athens.

His physical ability was proven to the eyes of the world in 1960, when he participated at the Olympic Games in Rome and won Gold in sailing.

The year he was crowned following a deterioration in his father's health, King Constantine married Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark and the pair went on to have five children: Alexia, Pavlos, Nikolaos, Theodora, and Philippos.

The youthful monarch was hugely popular at his accession, but that support faded with his involvement in bringing down the elected prime minister George Papandreou of the Centre Union party.

Still widely known in Greece as the 'apostasy' or defection from the ruling party of several politicians, the episode destabilised the constitutional order and led to a military coup in 1967.

Constantine eventually clashed with the military rulers and was forced into exile.

The dictatorship abolished the monarchy in 1973, while a referendum after democracy was restored in 1974 dashed any hopes Constantine had of reigning again.






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Lady Gabriella Windsor, Late Queens' Cousin Mourns Sudden Death of Husband Thomas Kingston, 45

Thomas Kingstons' remarkable life: The hostage negotiator-turned-financier who survived a suicide bombing in Iraq before marrying into the Royal Family


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The couple were pictured with King Charles and Queen Camilla in the Royal Box at Royal Ascot in June 2023



When Thomas Kingston married Lady Gabriella Windsor five years ago, it was the culmination of a remarkable life that had seen him defy the norm.




His wedding with the daughter of Princess Michael of Kent at St George's Chapel mirrored that of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just a year earlier.



But that was where the similarities ended, as the man equipped with good looks, charm, and a healthy amount of good fortune, entered royal life.

Having survived a suicide bombing in Baghdad, negotiate with bloodthirsty militias and equipped with a healthy dose of charm and good looks, some would say he was well equipped to deal with life in the public eye.

His sudden death at the age of 45 on Sunday has sent shockwaves through the Royal Family and brings to an end the incredible life of an 'exceptional man'.

The word incredible doesn't seem to do justice when it comes to describing some of Kingston's experiences in a life that was truly well-lived.

Not a member of the aristocracy, his family came from more humble beginnings - one of his acestors was a former ambassador to Denmark and a great-grandfather who was thrice mayor of Walsall in the West Midlands.

His father, educated at a secondary modern school, was a self-made man after becoming a hugely successful barrister specialising in planning law.

Kingston himself would graduate from Bristol University with a bachelor's in economic history, a degree he would put to good use in his careers.

Sent to Baghdad, he was seconded as a project manager for the International Centre for Reconciliation, which is based at Coventry Cathedral, to mediate in disputes between political, religious and tribal leaders and to negotiate the release of hostages.

A statement on behalf of Lady Gabriella and Mr Kingston's family said: 'It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Thomas Kingston, our beloved husband, son and brother.

'Tom was an exceptional man who lit up the lives of all who knew him. His death has come as a great shock to the whole family and we ask you to respect our privacy as we mourn his passing.'

King Charles and Queen Camilla have sent their 'most heartfelt thoughts and prayers' to Lady Kingston and Mr Kingston's family.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: 'The King and the Queen have been informed of Thomas's death and join Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and all those who knew him in grieving a much-loved member of the family.




'In particular, Their Majesties send their most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Gabriella and to all the Kingston family.'






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Princess of Wales Seen in Public For The First Time Since Surgery

Princess of Wales was most recently spotted in public with her mother


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Catherine was photographed in a car with her mother at Windsor as the recovers from a "planned abdominal surgery".


Seen for the first time since December she continues to rest in private following her planned abdominal surgery earlier this year.




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Buckingham Palace: Man Arrested After Car Crashes Into Gates of The Royal Residence

Man bailed after Buckingham Palace gate crash

BBC 12 MAR 2024




A man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and was taken to hospital



A man has been arrested after a car crashed into the gates of Buckingham Palace in central London.

Armed officers from the Metropolitan Police arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of criminal damage, and he was taken to hospital and sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

The force said there were no reported injuries and the man has been bailed.

It added it is not treating the matter as terror-related.

The incident happened at the royal residence at 02:33 GMT on Saturday morning.

In a statement, the Met said: "Inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances."

On Sunday morning scaffolding, wooden boards and bolts could be seen in front of the gate, with the gold detailing visible behind the boards.





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Earl Spencer on The Pain of Boarding-School Abuse - ‘I don’t think I developed emotionally’

The brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, talks about his difficult decision to write about being physically and sexually abused and the resistance he faced from members of his own class


The Guardian 18 MAR 2024





Charles Spencer as a boy before going to Maidwell Hall as a boarding pupil.





Spencer with his sister Diana and nanny Mary Clarke in 1972.



It was one thing writing about the abuses of his childhood, Charles Spencer tells me, with half an ironic laugh; it’s quite another talking about them with strangers. When we meet in an office at his publisher, he is reeling a bit from this new fact of his life.



The more sensational chapters of his memoir of a deeply traumatic five years at the Northamptonshire prep school Maidwell Hall had been splashed all over the previous week’s Mail on Sunday.

The following morning, he had been a guest on Lorraine Kelly’s mid-morning TV sofa, raking over the painful detail of that long-buried past for the viewers. As a result, he says, apologising if he seems a bit strung out, he’s had two days of thumping headaches followed by vivid nightmares.

The early responses to his book about being sent away from home to be brutalised at school at eight years old have been instructive. On the one hand he’s had a mailbox of emails from fellow survivors, praising his courage in speaking up for the generations of “privileged” schoolboys and girls who, like him, suffered serial beatings and sexual assault in the closed world of boarding schools well before puberty.

On the other he’s experienced the default prurience of the tabloid press, which picked over his book for clickbait (ever since Spencer stood up in the pulpit at Westminster Abbey and blamed redtop journalists for hounding his sister, Diana, to death, he seems to have been considered fair game). The Sun, for example, thought the most appropriate headline for a book about the lasting harm of childhood trauma to be “Di Bro’s sex at 12 with hooker”.

The food writer William Sitwell, a near contemporary of Spencer’s at Maidwell and Eton, meanwhile, blithely dismissed the substance of the memoir in two columns in the Telegraph. In the first, Sitwell branded Spencer a traitor to his class:

“One of their own – an earl, uncle to princes, seriously landed, stately housed, replete with a deer park, fine furniture and fabulous paintings – is dishing the dirt from within…” he wrote. In the second, he argued, bizarrely, that “Spencer has not suggested that, beyond corporal punishment, he or anyone else was a victim of abuse”.


His book was written precisely to challenge that stubborn, unhinged belief among his peers that school regimes featuring daily beatings and endemic paedophilia “never did me any harm”. (Reading Sitwell’s piece I was reminded of an observation by Alex Renton, the journalist who has done much in recent years to shed light on the history of abuse at many of Britain’s most exclusive private schools.

Soon after Renton revealed the worst of what had happened to him as a child, he ran into an old school friend at a party: “Don’t stand near Alex,” the friend warned others present, “he’ll put his hand down your trousers.”)

The affecting power of Spencer’s account lies in its description of the way predatory violence was entirely normalised in his school years. Maidwell Hall was presented to wealthy parents as a kind of term-time paradise for young boys; once the family had departed down the gravel drive, Spencer writes, it became a hellish place.

The awful wound of homesickness was preyed upon by fearful teachers who bullied and thumped and caned vulnerable boys, or insisted on “special” naked swimming lessons; that was exacerbated by a senior matron obsessed with humiliating bedwetters, and a junior matron who molested 10-year-olds and had sex with 12-year-olds after lights out.

“I realised very early on that this was a horribly ugly subject,” Spencer says. “And I made a conscious effort to make the book as smooth a read as possible. As a result every now and then the reader might tread on a landmine and think: what the hell was that?”






The identities of his fellow pupils are protected in the book (the historian in him has given each of them the name of one of King Charles I’s regicides). He names the teachers he knows to have died, including Jack Porch, the headteacher who “retired early” at 51 for 'unspecified reasons'.






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Unhappy ROYALS: Catherine Princess of Wales Has CANCER -Receiving Chemotherapy

Catherine Princess of Wales, Has CANCER and is Undergoing Chemotherapy

Princess of Wales, 42, bravely announces she is battling disease and undergoing 'preventative chemotherapy' - but reassures nation 'I am going to be ok' in highly emotional and unprecedented video message


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Catherines' emotional and extraordinary words in her unprecedented video message



Catherine, the Princess of Wales, announced Friday that cancer was discovered during tests after her abdominal surgery in January


The Princess of Wales has announced tonight that she has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing 'preventative' chemotherapy.





In a deeply emotional video message, filmed at Windsor on Wednesday, Catherine revealed the news had come as a 'huge shock' and that she and William 'have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family'.

It came days after she was seen smiling with Prince William as they left their favourite farm shop close to their Windsor home.







Speaking from a bench surrounded by daffodils and spring blossom, she said: 'It has taken us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte and Louis in a way that is appropriate for them, and to reassure them that I am going to be ok.


'As I have said to them; I am well and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal; in my mind, body and spirits. Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance too. As is the love, support and kindness that has been shown by so many of you. It means so much to us both.'





Catherine's cancer was discovered only after she underwent major abdominal surgery at The London Clinic in January. Kensington Palace has said it will not be sharing details of what kind of cancer the princess has, or what stage of cancer it is and has asked people not to speculate.


Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said the Princess of Wales has 'the love and support of the whole country' as her cancer battle was revealed this evening and good wishes came in from around the world.













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The Duchy of Cornwall has been accused of “swallowing up historic villages into one urban mass” with its proposal to build 2,500 homes in a medieval market town...

The Duchy of Cornwall has proposed to build 2,500 homes on 320 acres of agricultural land in the medieval market town of Faversham, Kent.






Aww... He really looks like he's suffering from CANCER..He just had to announce it, AFTER news was released Catherine was seriously ill with it.

He let it be known when Princess Diana was alive, he was not happy she was always getting MORE attention than HIM


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Historic Moment First Memorial Statue of Queen Elizabeth Unveiled on What Would Have Been Her 98th Birthday:

Her Majestys' four-legged friends are also immortalised and crowd of Corgis attend ceremony


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The is the historic moment the first memorial statue to the late Queen is unveiled on what would have been her 98th birthday, featuring her beloved Corgis at her heels.



The unveiling was done to the cheers of crowds - and the approving barks of nearly 50 corgis as a delegation of dogs from The Welsh Corgi League were in attendance. The eye-catching seven-foot bronze statue went on display on what would have been the late Queen's 98th birthday with a group of corgis stealing the show.

Over her decades on the throne, the late Queen owned an estimated 30 corgis and dorgis (dachshund and corgi mixes) and perhaps became the most famous Pembroke Welsh Corgi owner in history.











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Prince and Princess of Wales Release Stunning Picture to Mark Their 13th Wedding Anniversary

How Kate Middleton 'strategically chased' Prince William in college: Future Queen wooed Prince with stunning dress before pair finally got together - as they celebrate 13 years married


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Kate was last seen with her family attending church at Sandringham on December 25, 2023



A previously-unseen wedding portrait of the Prince and Princess of Wales was released this afternoon to mark the 13th anniversary of the couple's marriage.


Kate, who is undergoing chemotherapy for an undisclosed cancer, married future king Prince William at Westminster Abbey in April 2011 after eight years of dating.

The pair are facing their most difficult challenge so far amid the Princess's diagnosis, with Kate appealing for time, space and privacy as she continues her treatment.

Today, the Kensington Palace account released a new photo of the couple from the wedding day by photographer Millie Pilkington, saying: '13 years ago today!'







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King Hands Prince of Wales COMMAND of Harrys' Old Regiment But Doesn't Mention The Duke of Sussex in His Valedictory Speech

King Charles III hands over military title to son Prince William -Charles has handed over a prestigious role with the Army Air Corps to his son Prince William.


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Charles today held his first joint engagement with Prince William since 2022 and gave him command of Prince Harry's former Army regiment just as the Sussexes landed in the UK from Nigeria.





His Majesty has made his eldest son and heir Colonel-in-Chief of The Army Air Corps - the combat aviation arm of the British Army - at a ceremony at the Army Aviation Centre in Hampshire this afternoon.





Father and son laughed as Charles handed William an Army Air Corps beret and belt as the Prince of Wales took on his younger brother's former unit - the 662 Squadron - on the day Harry left Nigeria after a three-day pseudo-royal tour with his wife Meghan.


The Duke of Sussex served with 662 Sqn as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, and it was widely thought he would have taken the role until he made the decision to step back from royal life in 2020 and emigrate to the US.





A younger Prince Harry in front of an Apache he flew in Afghanistan



But in a speech in front of an Apache helicopter today, Charles did not mention Harry, who flew the same aircraft in Afghanistan during two tours of duty. Instead he said William was a 'very good pilot indeed' - before sparking laughter by saying: 'So that's encouraging'.

The King said: 'I do hope you'll go from strength to strength with the Prince of Wales as your new Colonel-in-Chief. I can't tell you how proud it has made me to have been involved with you all this time'.

William then donned his new uniform and blue beret before being handed an Army Air Corp tartan wrap for the Princess of Wales, a scarf for himself and three wooden helicopters for George, Charlotte and Louis. He later left in an Apache.

The event was happening as the Sussexes landed at London Heathrow this afternoon on a British Airways flight from Abuja. The couple are expected to board a plane to Los Angeles so they can be reunited with Archie and Lilibet in Montecito late tonight or tomorrow.

Last week Harry spent three days in London to mark the ten-year anniversary of the Invictus Games - but was unable to meet with his father because of the King's packed diary.

It has reportedly led to briefing and counter-briefing on both sides about why their paths never crossed. One source close to the King redeployed the famous phrase coined by the REAL Queen about Harry and Meghan after Megxit, that 'recollections may vary', after a Sussex source told The Sunday Times






Prince William And Prince Harry at Raf Shawbury, Shrewsbury in 2009

'I was fully expecting them to meet. I know that's what he [Harry] wanted to happen'.






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Movies ROYALS: Princess Catherine Making Good Progress-Will Return on Saturday

Catherine Princess of Wales, Making Good Progress Against Cancer

She will make a return to public life for Saturdays’ Trooping the Colour.


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Catherine, Princess of Wales, has said she is making “good progress” in her recovery from cancer, and will make her first public appearance in months at the King’s official birthday celebration on Saturday.



Catherine, who revealed in March she has been diagnosed with cancer, said in a new statement on Friday that she has experienced “good days and bad days” while undergoing chemotherapy, and expects her treatment to continue “for a few more months.”

But she is expected to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony with the royal family on Saturday at Trooping the Colour, King Charles III’s birthday parade, and Kensington Palace have released a new photo of the Princess taken earlier this week in Windsor.

“I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days,” the Princess, who is often known as Kate, said in a personal message released on Friday.

“On those bad days you feel weak, tired and you have to give in to your body resting. But on the good days, when you feel stronger, you want to make the most of feeling well.”

“My treatment is ongoing and will be for a few more months,” Kate wrote. “On the days I feel well enough, it is a joy to engage with school life, spend personal time on the things that give me energy and positivity, as well as starting to do a little work from home.”

She said she is hoping to join some more engagements over the summer, but acknowledged she is “not out of the woods yet.”

Kate will travel down the Mall in a carriage during Saturday’s Trooping the Colour, accompanied by her children. She will watch the rest of the parade with her family nearby, and is expected to join fellow royals on the balcony.

It represents a significant moment in the Princess’s recovery, marking her first public appearance since Christmas Day – weeks before her cancer diagnosis.

But it does not represent a return to public duties, and throughout her recovery, any appearances will be taken alongside medical guidance and will be subject to change if required.

“I have been blown away by all the kind messages of support and encouragement over the last couple of months,” Kate wrote. “It really has made the world of difference to William and me and has helped us both through some of the harder times.”

“I am learning how to be patient, especially with uncertainty. Taking each day as it comes, listening to my body, and allowing myself to take this much needed time to heal.”

Kate first stepped away from public duties in January, following what Kensington Palace said at the time was surgery for a non-cancerous abdominal condition.

In March, amid speculation about her wellbeing, she revealed in a video message that she had been diagnosed with cancer after the operation.

“My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy,” she said in that update, adding she was in the early stages of that treatment.

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Movies ROYALS: Princess of Wales, Looking a Lot Thinner, Returns to Public Duties

Brave Princess of Wales Returns to Public Duties at Trooping The Colour and Birthday Flypast

Courageous Catherine Was The Dazzling Cherry on The Birthday Cake


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Another future king, Prince George, eldest son of Prince William and Princess Catherine









The future Queen 42, although appearing a lot thinner, was the picture of elegance and grace












The Princess of Wales proved to the epitome of elegance as she made her first public appearance this year by joining the Royal Family at Trooping the Colour today despite her ongoing cancer treatment.



Kate, who has been receiving chemotherapy for an undisclosed form of cancer since February, travelled in a carriage alongside her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, for the traditional procession through London.

On the formal birthday of King Charles III, Kate Middleton the Princess of Wales, was the center of attention.

As part of the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Saturday, Kate, 42, made her way back into the spotlight. This was her first formal appearance since she disclosed her cancer diagnosis earlier this year.

She was spotted grinning with her three kids in a horse-drawn carriage on a rainy Saturday morning in London as the procession traveled from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade. From the carriage window, Prince Louis, six, was photographed waving to the crowds.







Later, Kate Middleton the Princess of Wales was spotted with Prince William and Charles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.














IN FULL: Trooping the Colour


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Movies ROYALS: Princess Anne in Hospital With Concussion After Being Injured by Horse

Princess Anne in Hospital After Being Injured by Horse

Princess Anne sustained minor injuries and concussion after being kicked by a horse

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Princess Anne is in hospital with minor injuries and concussion, Buckingham Palace has announced.


The Princess Royal sustained minor injuries and concussion following an incident on the Gatscombe Park estate yesterday evening.

The Princess is due to spend a second night in hospital after suffering head injuries thought to have been caused by one of her beloved horses...








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Movies ROYALS: King Charles Greets Japans' Emperor Naruhito as State Visit Starts

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The Emperor and Empress of Japan received a glittering ceremonial welcome of military pomp and pageantry in London today as their long-awaited state visit began.




King Charles III and Consort greeted their guests on Horse Guards Parade where some of the nation's most prestigious regiments were on display. The two heads of state warmly shook hands as did their wives under a large purpose-built pavilion that shielded them from the blistering summer sun amid 27C (81F) temperatures.







Prince William had escorted the Emperor and Empress from their overnight hotel in the capital, arriving almost ten minutes late in chauffeur driven cars.

But his wife the Princess of Wales, who returned briefly to the spotlight at Trooping the Colour on June 15 despite her cancer treatment, is not expected to take part in the visit this week.




At the end of the welcome ceremony today, there was a traditional carriage procession to Buckingham Palace where a private lunch was held. The two heads of state sat together in the lead coach, followed by Camilla and the Empress who has a chronic allergy to horse hair and therefore wore a white face mask as a precaution.









In the distance could be heard the low rumble of a 41-gun royal salute fired from Green Park by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and at the Tower of London the same number of volleys was fired by the Honourable Artillery Company.



The Japanese national anthem was played, and the Emperor inspected the guard of honour, accompanied by the King, who walked a few paces behind his guest.

The King wore a morning suit with a top hat, and he briefly removed his headwear as a mark of inspect when he passed the regimental colours.




These included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron, Home Secretary James Cleverly and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley.





A member of the Household Cavalry who lost her helmet during the procession today







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Movies ROYALS: Elizabeth I’s Secret Network of Spies & Plots to Kill Her

Uncovered: 428-Year-Old Secret Dossier Reveals Elizabeth I’s Network of Spies

A list compiled by spymaster Robert Cecil gives an insight into the beginnings of the secret service, says historian


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For more than a century, it lay undisturbed in the National Archives: a single sheet of paper, headed The names of the Intelligencers, with the power to unveil a hidden network of secret Elizabethan spies.

Now, the 428-year-old secret dossier of Robert Cecil, spymaster to Elizabeth I and the man who discovered the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, has been pieced together using this key document. It reveals how Cecil set up and used a clandestine espionage network to spy on European monarchs for the English throne.


The network was so extensive that the historian Stephen Alford – who has been hunting down Elizabethan spies and painstakingly reconstructing Cecil’s illicit files about each “intelligencer” ever since he found the list in the archives nearly 15 years ago – thinks it was “the first properly organised secret service” in England.

“There were lots of names listed – some I recognised, people in or close to the privy council of Elizabeth I, and lots I didn’t know. Eventually, I realised that the numbers next to their names were folio numbers and that this was really a contents page. That was a lightbulb moment,” said Alford, professor of early modern British history at the University of Leeds.






Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, before 1606. By John de Critz the Elder (c.1552-1642).


He has written a book on his discoveries, All His Spies: The Secret World of Robert Cecil, which is being published by Penguin. The previously overlooked document, which Alford thinks Cecil began to write in 1596, had been placed in a “miscellaneous” folder by Victorian archivists.

“I think I was probably the first scholar to take an interest in it,” said Alford. “The Victorians had a habit, where if they came across papers that didn’t make sense to them, that were a little mysterious and couldn’t be filed away in a neat and tidy way, they would scratch their heads and then stick them in a miscellaneous folder and ignore them. And that’s where historians now find really interesting stuff.”

He began scouring the archives for any paper which looked relevant and had “a little number in the corner” that matched the intelligencer’s number on the contents page. “I just had to hope that the edges of the paper hadn’t been torn. And because the manuscripts were so poorly kept before the 19th century – often stuffed into the chambers in the Tower of London – rats and mice got to some as well. Often, they were stained, sometimes you see teeth marks. It’s a miracle these papers survived at all.”

As he gradually built up each intelligencer’s folio, he began to see a pattern. “Each was like an office file, I think. It was on hand in Cecil’s office for when reports came in, or to keep a record of payments made.”

Most spies in the 16th century worked for courtiers and were normally “a bunch of rogues”, Alford said, who would turn up haphazardly and volunteer information on an ad hoc basis. The intelligencers on this list were different: “These were serious individuals, a lot of them international merchants, who were on the payroll.”

Previously, scholars thought that Cecil, whose official role was secretary of state to Elizabeth, had a “few spies, here and there”. But Alford’s research indicates that he had an organised network of more than 20 spies, in Lisbon, Calais, Brussels, Seville, Rome, Amsterdam, Scotland, Sweden and unspecified locations elsewhere. “He chose merchants because they travel, can read and write, speak European languages and have networks of their own.”

Each agent was paid to secretly send coded reports to Cecil, who decrypted them using the individual, bespoke cypher in each of their files, which also contained a record of their payments and all their secret communications. “By modern standards, the cyphers are pretty unsophisticated – they’ll suggest different letters for letters of the alphabets, or symbols or diagrams for the Queen or King of Spain, for example,” he said.

After the Spanish Armada of 1588, when the Catholic Philip II of Spain had tried to invade Protestant England and overthrow Elizabeth, Cecil was particularly worried about the possibility of a second Spanish naval attack in the 1590s. “There’s one crew of spies – two brothers – keeping an eye on the Atlantic coast, somewhere near Biarritz, to see if there are any Spanish ships sailing in a new armada or making military and naval preparations.

They pretended they were shipping contraband goods between France and Spain, but actually they were going into ports and making reports on naval activity, counting ships and working out what was going on.”

The handwriting in the different files indicates that Cecil relied on a small “trusted group of individuals” to help him run his clandestine operation.

“Cecil was running a well-funded, organised system and that makes an enormous difference to how he is able to operate politically – it really gives him proper information, not haphazard news or gossip,” said Alford.

“It’s the first English secret service.”








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Movies ROYALS: Eco-Friendly Prince William Uses Electric SCOOTER as Transport

Prince William Spotted Zipping Around Windsor Castle on Electric SCOOTER - After Buying One Last Year to 'See The King'

The prince is a known environment lover, launching The Earthshot Prize in 2020 for environmental innovators to help curb climate change...


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A clip of Prince William apparently seen whizzing around Windsor Castle on an electric scooter has delighted royal watchers.



The video, shared on social media appeared to show the eco-friendly Prince of Wales, 42, zooming around the royal residence in Berkshire on July 4.

Dressed in a blue jumper with a white shirt underneath, teamed with black trousers, the future King looked effortlessly cool in a pair of stylish sunglasses.

It was first reported in July 2023 that the father-of-three had invested in an electric scooter to zip around the Windsor estate.

He made the purchase to speed up the three-mile round trip from the Wales family's Adelaide Cottage to see his father King Charles at Windsor Castle, according to reports.

He is said to have opted for a green transport option with the 10mph scooter to whizz around the 655-acre estate.





The royal is also a lover of motorbikes but seems to have given up the hobby in recent years. Pictured: A gleeful Prince William tries out a motorbike in 2018





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Buckingham Palaces' FIVE Years of Renovations

The east wing of the palace has been carefully restored and on a trial basis is open to paying customers from next week.

BBC 10 JUL 2024





First peek at room behind Buckingham Palaces' famous balcony - King will allow public to peek from royal balcony






Instead of that famous view looking up at the Buckingham Palace balcony, visitors for the first time will be able to look down from the inside.






After five years of renovations, the east wing of the palace has been carefully restored and on a trial basis is open to paying customers from next wee


But they won't be able to step out on to the balcony itself - and when you visit you can see why.

It's surprisingly narrow and the railings are below waist height, in a way that would send any health and safety officers into a royal panic.


The introduction of tours to this previously private section of the palace is part of a broader ambition to make royal residences more open to the public.

The east wing, getting its first tourists, is the main facade of the palace, where tourists gather outside to watch Changing of the Guard - it's the view you see on the postcards.

It's not cheap to look round, costing £75, but has already completely sold out for this year. And this summer's inaugural visitors will be in guided groups of 20, separate to the existing more general tour of the palace's state rooms.

In this more intimate version of the tour, none of the items on show are roped off from visitors. The furniture doesn't have 'keep off' signs.

It makes it feel more like a living building rather than a museum, but there's no escaping the gradual gift-shopification of the palace.

It's a mix of an historic setting for grand events, an office block and a tourist attraction, but at the moment it still seems a way off from being where any of the royals are likely to live.

Visiting royals don't stay here either any more. During their recent state visit the Emperor and Empress of Japan stayed in Claridge's Hotel.




Yellow drawing room, Buckingham Palace


There is an ongoing £369m project to renovate the palace complex, not just the gilded surfaces, but the basics of the plumbing and wiring on what is a huge set of ageing buildings. Once you step away from the glitzy state rooms you never seem far from scaffolding and repair works.

Renovating the east wing alone meant removing and conserving 3,500 separate items, including historic furniture and works of art. And the tour only includes only a relatively small part of that wing.

But the sell-out tours show the public demand and while there will be art lovers among the visitors, people will also be coming to see for themselves something they might have watched on television or imagined through the Crown.














They can stand in the elegant Yellow Drawing room, used for many audiences and the setting of a Christmas broadcast by the late Queen Elizabeth II.










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Thumbs Up ROYALS: Homeless Teen Has Gone From Rough Sleeping to Advising Prince William

From Rough Sleeping to Advising Prince William

Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has gone from rough sleeping as a teenager to visiting the Prince of Wales in Windsor Castle to give him advice on tackling homelessness.


BBC 11 JUL 2024








She was able to give her own story to Prince William as proof that homeless people should not be "written off".








"I sit in front of you now with a job, a home, a family and a PhD," says Sabrina, who works as a fire service chief.



Prince William will mark the first year of his Homewards project with a visit to Lambeth in south London where he will say: "It is possible to end homelessness."

Prince William will send the message that homelessness can be prevented

The prince will send the message that there is nothing inevitable about homelessness and that it shouldn't be normalised.

When he meets Homewards representatives on Thursday he will say: “Homelessness is a complex societal issue, and one that touches the lives of far too many people in our society. However, I truly believe that it can be ended."

Homewards is a five-year project based around six areas around the UK.

That includes Newport in South Wales - and as a 15- and 16-year-old that was where Sabrina was sleeping rough, after the death of a parent and problems at home.

Her way out was selling the Big Issue - "I credit them with saving my life" - and once she had secure accommodation she was able to get a job in the fire service, which became her career.

But she was able to tell Prince William and the Homewards project about what was needed.

"There were lots of closed doors in my face," she says. Even when support was meant to be available, she says in practice it can be hard for homeless people to have the confidence to access it.

Or there can be practical barriers. She says she relied on her dog, called Menace, but many hostels wouldn't let people stay with pets.

She went on to become chief fire officer of West Sussex and has spoken widely about her own journey, including this latest role as an advocate for Homewards.





Sabrina says Prince William showed a lot of "empathy" towards the issue of homelessness



The homelessness project, operating in Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Lambeth, Newport, Sheffield and Northern Ireland, wants to find successful approaches that can be replicated elsewhere.

There are links with employers about helping people into work. A partnership with Homebase provides starter packs of furniture to help those moving from homelessness into accommodation.

There are efforts to identify sofa-surfing and addressing links between relationship breakdown and homelessness.

Putting housing officers in schools has been tried to identify young people who might be at risk.

There is a push to change attitudes towards homelessness - and Sabrina talked about the need to get rid of the stigma.




George Anderson says Prince William has helped more people care about homelessness


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