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Little Prince Louis, George and Charlotte melt hearts in adorable tribute to healthcare workers

<p>Last week, Queen Elizabeth made a commitment to the UK amid the coronavirus outbreak. “You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part,” she wrote in her first official statement about the global pandemic.</p> <p>And it seems Prince George, Princess Charlotte and little Prince Louis’ “part” involves showing their support to NHS staff members with an adorable video.</p> <p>Kensington Palace took to their social media to share an endearing video of the three children clapping in appreciation for all the medical workers fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.</p> <p>George, Charlotte and Louis are participating in the “Clap for our Carers” campaign, a nationwide initiative to show thanks and appreciation for NHS workers during this unprecedented time.</p> <p>“To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you,” reads the caption.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a>: thank you.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClapForOurCarers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ClapForOurCarers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClapForNHS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ClapForNHS</a> <a href="https://t.co/XnaUPJyDoX">pic.twitter.com/XnaUPJyDoX</a></p> — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1243266490364813319?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 26, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The display of gratitude comes only a day after Clarence House announced that Prince Charles had tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently self-isolation at his home in Scotland.</p>

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Man’s genius trick to walk his dog during self-isolation

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>A man believed to be in quarantine on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has come up with a genius way to walk your dog during these trying times.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram to show off his novel plan, Vakis Demetriou posted a video showing him using a remote-controlled drone to walk his dog Oliver as he watches from his “locked down” balcony.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B94agZ6pO-n/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B94agZ6pO-n/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">5th day quarantine. Stay Home Safe but don't forget your dog happiness.. 🦠🦠🦠😇😇😇 👇👇👇👇watching on youtube 👇👇👇👇 https://youtu.be/ntKSj0qBYlA #dog #animals #coronavirus #goodvibes #goodidea #cyprus</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/vakis78/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Vakis Demetriou</a> (@vakis78) on Mar 18, 2020 at 9:20am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 20 second video doesn’t show much and it’s unlikely Mr Demetriou is actually recommending other people to use a similar method to walk their dogs.</p> <p>If the dog was any bigger, the idea probably wouldn’t work as it won’t be strong enough to stop them from running off.</p> <p>He ends the video advising people to “stay home to be safe but don’t forget your dog’s happiness”.</p> <p>Cyprus effectively went in to lockdown on Sunday March 15 after President Nicos Anastasiades announced the island was facing a state of emergency.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"><span class="like-bar-component"></span> <div class="watched-bookmark-container"></div> </div> </div> </div>

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What Archie’s future looks like as a royal

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are getting ready to embark on their new lives away from the British Royal Family, many are curious as to what their son Archie’s role will be as a future royal.</p> <p>However, as Archie is just 10-months-old, it’s going to be some time before he is old enough to attend official events on behalf of the Royal Family.</p> <p>In a statement released on February 19th, a spokesperson for the royal couple confirmed that Harry “remains sixth in the line of succession”, which means that Archie retains his place as seventh, even though he is not formally a British prince.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently in Britain finishing off their final royal engagements before they cease to be senior working royals on the 31st of March, with Archie remaining in Canada.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B21FUmYFgHb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B21FUmYFgHb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Arch meets Archie! This morning The Duke and Duchess were honoured to introduce their son Archie, to Archbishop, Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Thandeka. The Archbishop, a globally respected figure in anti-apartheid movement, is one of the world’s great champions of equality, and has spent his life tirelessly battling injustice. Their Royal Highnesses have joined The Archbishop and Thandeka to learn more about the work of The Tutu and Leah Legacy Foundation, and see first-hand how they are focussing on global awareness of the critical issues affecting the world. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ Reuters</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Sep 25, 2019 at 2:37am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, royal commentators have said that Archie will be unable to follow in his fathers’ footsteps by attending an English school.</p> <p>Zoe Burell and Angela Mollard spoke to<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1253886/Meghan-Markle-news-Baby-Archie-latest-Prince-Harry-Duchess-of-Sussex-Royal-Family-update" target="_blank"><em>Express</em></a><span> </span>about how different Archie’s childhood will be compared to his English cousins.</p> <p>"Of course though with Archie all the way over in the US and Canada what is his upbringing going to be like now compared to his cousins?" said Burrell.</p> <p>Ms Mollard replied: "It is interesting, isn’t it?</p> <p>"Because if they stay there he isn’t going to go to a British school presumably.</p> <p>"He is not going to go to Eton like his father.</p> <p>"We don’t know what sort of education he is going to have.</p> <p>"He might go to a Montessori style kindergarten.</p> <p>"They may travel all the time, he may be homeschooled.</p> <p>"We don’t know what decisions they are going to make."</p> <p>Mollard continued, saying that she is aware that the couple want a “very private life” for themselves and their son.</p> <p>“We do know that they want a very private life for him, whether they manage to achieve that remains to be seen,” she said.</p> <p>"I feel very sad that he is not immersed in the wider family.</p> <p>"Of any time this is the time to be born into the Royal Family because there are so many kids."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Bindi Irwin gets fiancé Chandler Powell and brother Robert to help pick bridal bouquet

<p>Bindi Irwin is set to walk down the aisle with American wakeboarder Chandler Powell this year and it’s safe to say planning is already in motion for the wedding.</p> <p>She revealed that her brother, Robert, and her fiancé are helping with the planning by picking the flowers for the bridal bouquet.</p> <p>“Robert and Chandler kindly helped me choose the flowers for my bridal bouquet,” Bindi shared on Instagram.</p> <p>“They’ve been very supportive with all things wedding planning.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9kJguhBbTc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9kJguhBbTc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a> on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:27pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The trio were dressed in their signature khaki uniforms as they posed with the colourful flowers.</p> <p>Bindi and Chandler are set to marry later this year at Australia Zoo in front of family and friends.</p> <p>She spoke to <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.newidea.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>New Idea</em></a><span> </span>about what her plans were after the wedding ceremony.</p> <p>“We all keep joking that our first thing as man and wife will be feeding the crocodiles,” she mused.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Hugh Jackman reveals the secret behind his 24-year marriage to Deborra-lee Furness

<p>They’re known to be one of Hollywood’s most enduring couples.</p> <p>And as Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness prepare to celebrate their 24-year anniversary, the X-Men star revealed the secret behind their happy marriage.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>PEOPLE</em><span> </span>on Wednesday, the 51-year-old said that he and his wife “make time for each other” and are “always learning” from one another.</p> <p>He said they consciously “reset” their marriage every once in a while, which results in the couple not growing apart like other people do.</p> <p>“We’re always learning and humans change so you have to, even though we’ve been together 25 years, you gotta reset all the time,” he said.</p> <p>“I’m always reeling in how funny she is and how amazing she is and how smart she is. The longer it goes on the better it gets.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4Xtk9Rn35-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4Xtk9Rn35-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">November is Adoption Awareness Month. Say YES to a #homeforeverychild #grow #learn #play #thrive</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/thehughjackman/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Hugh Jackman</a> (@thehughjackman) on Nov 2, 2019 at 9:55am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Last year, the Oscar nominated star spoke about the “simple but powerful choice” he made as a young man that safeguarded his marriage.</p> <p>Quoted in the book<span> </span><em>Father Hood: Inspiration for the New Dad Generation</em>, he said: “Before we had kids, Deb and I made a pretty simple but powerful choice to look each other in the eye at every crossroads in life.</p> <p>“Those crossroads are sometimes big, sometimes they’re small, sometimes you don’t even realise they’re crossroads until you look back.</p> <p>“But at those moments, we said we’d ask each other, ‘Is this good or bad for our marriage?’ Or, now that we’ve got kids, ‘Is this good or bad for our family?’</p> <p>“And as often as possible, we do the thing that is good for our family.”</p>

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Woman who stabbed pet cat sentenced to two years in jail

<p>A Sydney woman has been sentenced to two years in jail after she pleaded guilty to stabbing her pet therapy cat and throwing the body out of a second-storey window.</p> <p>Celina Paige Shead, 20, from Dee Why, admitted in court to stabbing an 11-year-old cat named Ginger 20 times in October 2019 before throwing it from the second-floor window of her family’s apartment.</p> <p>Officers found a knife with cat fur stuck to it on a kitchen bench, spots of blood on a rug and adoption papers.</p> <p>Shead, who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, obtained the cat and another from the RSPCA less than two weeks prior.</p> <p>Shead’s father reportedly told officers “the cats did not seem to bond with his daughter … this seemed to upset her”.</p> <p>Shead’s second cat was returned to the RSPCA.</p> <p>The court heard she was “sinister, smirking, almost laughing” during interrogation.</p> <p>Police prosecutor Adrian Walsh told the court Shead failed to show any remorse.</p> <p>“This isn’t an incident of cruelty by way of neglect,” Walsh said.</p> <p>“This was a small vulnerable animal subjected to deliberate cruelty. It was an abhorrent act of cruelty.”</p> <p>Magistrate Mark Richardson described her crime as “savage in its cruelty”, sentencing her to two years in jail with a non-parole period of 15 months and a lifetime ban from owning an animal.</p> <p>Shead was also sentenced to three months in prison for stealing a dog outside the Dee Why Grand shopping centre a month before the cat murder.</p>

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How Bindi Irwin will be honouring her father Steve at her wedding

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Australia’s sweetheart Bindi Irwin is excitedly planning her wedding with partner Chandler Powell.</p> <p>Mum Terri Irwin couldn’t be prouder and has shared a sweet detail as to how the pair plan on honouring Bindi’s father Steve at the wedding.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9kJguhBbTc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9kJguhBbTc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a> on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:27pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"We want to acknowledge Steve by all of us lighting this candle for him, but you know, I guess in some ways it's not necessary because Steve will be there anyway," Terri told the<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/lifestyle/uonsunday/life-after-steve-how-the-irwin-family-managed-to-survive-and-thrive/news-story/616e1bac43fc11b057f4028b223a4f58" target="_blank">Courier Mail</a>.</p> <p>"I believe the people we love always are. You know, if you are missing someone, I think it's helpful to know that scientifically you can't actually create or extinguish life, you can only change its form," she said.</p> <p>“So, if you are grieving someone you loved very much, look to science and just remember that when you boil the kettle and steam comes out, it doesn’t mean the water has gone.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9Aa6LLB-fo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9Aa6LLB-fo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bindi Irwin (@bindisueirwin)</a> on Feb 25, 2020 at 2:26pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Terri also shared that Bindi’s brother Robert will walk her down the aisle in Steve’s absence.</p> <p>“Bindi has asked Robert to walk her down,” Terri says, “which I think is so right, I know Steve would feel the same way too.”</p> <p>Bindi announced her engagement to American wakeboarder Chandler as he proposed on her 21st birthday.</p> <p>"On my birthday I said ‘yes’ &amp; ‘forever’ to the love of my life," she wrote on Twitter.</p> <p>"Chandler, close to 6 years ago I fell in love with you &amp; every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure &amp; true happiness. Here’s to a lifetime of friendship, purpose &amp; unconditional love."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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South Australian zoo tragedy after lioness loses five cubs

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>South Australia’s Monarto Safari Park staff are currently in mourning after the loss of five lion cubs to lioness Nia.</p> <p>The open range zoo is the largest safari park outside Africa and released a statement on Facebook sharing the heartbreaking news.</p> <p>“Friends, it's with great sadness that we let you know about the loss of five lion cubs who were stillborn to lioness Nia yesterday,” the safari park wrote. “Nia, the second pregnant African Lion in our pride, went into labour on Tuesday morning. Sadly, she gave birth to two stillborn cubs early yesterday morning. “Keepers kept an eye on Nia via a live cam in her den and could see that, after these first two cubs, her labour was not progressing fast enough. Nia's welfare during this time was our utmost priority so the decision was made to intervene around midday on Wednesday to ensure she didn't develop an infection or experience complications associated with prolonged labour.</p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/MonartoSafari/photos/a.192986660760871/2908160175910159/?type=3&amp;theater" data-width="auto"> <blockquote class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <p>Friends, it's with great sadness that we let you know about the loss of five lion cubs who were stillborn to lioness Nia...</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MonartoSafari/">Monarto Safari Park</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MonartoSafari/photos/a.192986660760871/2908160175910159/?type=3">Wednesday, March 4, 2020</a></blockquote> </div> <p>“The vet team carried out a caesarian procedure but, despite the team's best efforts, the three cubs delivered by caesarian were unable to be revived. “Unfortunately, there was nothing more that could be done to save these cubs despite Nia showing all the instincts of being an excellent mum.</p> <p>The park’s director, Peter Clark, said that staff were “deeply saddened”. “We're all deeply saddened these cubs didn’t make it. Every birth at Zoos SA is a step towards saving species from extinction and these cubs were no exception. “Keepers and the vet team will monitor Nia to make sure she recovers comfortably.”</p> <p>Monarto just welcomed four healthy cubs born to another lioness Husani in February.</p> <p>The park often sees the “circle of life play out”.</p> <p>"Husani, one of our other lionesses, only gave birth to four healthy lion cubs just a few weeks ago," he said.</p> <p>"At two-and-a-half weeks old, these cubs have their eyes open and are moving around quickly as well as sleeping lots too. It will still be another week or so until they can see properly.</p> <p>"During this time the cubs stay close to Mum and she only leaves for short periods to feed and be with her sisters."</p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <div class="fb-video" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=191037925551658"> <blockquote class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/MonartoSafari/videos/191037925551658/">Two-week-old cuties!</a> <p>African Lion Husani's gorgeous cubs are almost two weeks old and growing fast! 🦁As you can see here, they're very good at yawning and rolling around and showing off their pink little bellies. 😍 And Husani is continuing to be an excellent parent, attending to her cubs' every need and making sure they're always clean, warm and fed. Keep your eyes peeled for more cub cuteness on our Facebook page soon!</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MonartoSafari/">Monarto Safari Park</a> on Thursday, February 27, 2020</blockquote> </div> <p>The tragedy surrounding the lion cubs comes almost a year after the zoo was forced to euthanise a two-day-old zebra foal as it sustained an injury that was “drastically affecting its quality of life”.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Anxious pet owners ask vets to put down their pets over coronavirus fears

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Hysterical and anxious pet owners are preemptively asking vets to put down their pets over fears that their animals will contract the deadly coronavirus.</p> <p>Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic in St Peters, Sydney, has received three calls from owners asking to have their pets euthanised.</p> <p>"They’re scared their dog could catch coronavirus and bring it home and be a risk to their family," Dr Sam Kovac told<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://10daily.com.au/news/a200304hcuyk/vet-refuses-to-euthanise-pets-over-coronavirus-fears-as-misinformation-spreads-20200305" target="_blank">10 daily</a>.</p> <p>"I had one client say to me 'dogs are in lock down in China, should I be putting Cheto into quarantine at home?'," he said.</p> <p>The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged for caution as the virus is unable to spread from dogs to humans.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Coronavirus?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Coronavirus</a> (<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a>) Myth busters via World Health Organization (WHO) <a href="https://t.co/AEmAbgitac">pic.twitter.com/AEmAbgitac</a></p> — UNICEF New Zealand (@UNICEFNZ) <a href="https://twitter.com/UNICEFNZ/status/1234313741988245511?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 2, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Dr Sam Kovac has said he has refused to put the animals down.</p> <p>“If you'd ask the same clients if they'd euthanise their grandma, they'd say no. Why have a pet and treat it differently to how you'd treat another family member?” he explained.</p> <p>"I am worried about people going elsewhere to euthanise pets because there are unscrupulous people out there that would profit from putting animals down."</p> <p>He also said that people shouldn’t stop taking their dogs to dog parks out of fear.</p> <p>“If my dog Clara had been infected with [COVID-19], I would isolate her, I would wear protective equipment while interacting with her and feeding her and isolate her for a few weeks.”</p> <p>"There’s a good chance that if she catches it, she’ll recover."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough share first look at growing baby bump

<p>Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough have shared their first baby bump photograph.</p> <p>The couple, who are expecting their first child in May, took to Instagram to share black-and-white pictures as part of an ovarian cancer campaign. The two wore Camilla and Marc T-shirts, the proceeds of which go towards ovarian cancer research.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9OU3TTJkcn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9OU3TTJkcn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by karl stefanovic (@karlstefanovic_)</a> on Mar 2, 2020 at 12:02am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Ovarian cancer is affecting our beloved women of all ages,” Stefanovic wrote.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9NvDLHFDoR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9NvDLHFDoR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Ovaries. Let’s talk about them. If this campaign means that we could help one woman detect this early, if we could just save one life, this will all be worth it. The devastating impact this disease has is generational - for daughters, mothers, sisters and wives and not forgetting the sons, fathers, brothers and husbands that experience the loss of a loved one too soon. We hope that we can drive enough awareness, research and funding to find a cure or at the very least find a way to detect this disease early. If this test becomes a reality sooner rather than later, our daughters won’t have to face the same dire statistics that we currently face today. Help us raise funds and awareness by purchasing a #powerandsolidarity T-shirt from @camillaandmarc with 100% proceeds going to Ovarian Cancer Research. #OvariesTalkAboutThem</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/jasyarby/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Jasmine Stefanovic</a> (@jasyarby) on Mar 1, 2020 at 6:32pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“If this campaign means that we could help one woman detect this early, if we could just save one life, this will all be worth it,” Yarbrough wrote.</p> <p>On Friday, Stefanovic told <em><a href="https://celebrity.nine.com.au/latest/karl-stefanovic-jasmine-yarbough-pregnancy-baby-girl-due-may/6ccadce3-2d0d-433a-a665-da5cd95f124c">9Honey</a> </em>he and his wife are “really excited” to welcome their baby daughter.</p> <p>“Jasmine looks so beautiful and is handling pregnancy in such an incredible way,” the <em>Today Show </em>co-host said.</p> <p>“Our whole family can’t wait to meet our little princess.”</p> <p>The pair tied the knot in December 2018. Stefanovic has three children from his previous marriage to Cassandra Thorburn – Jackson, 20, Ava, 14, and River, 12.</p>

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Behind the scenes of the Queen and Prince Harry’s intense heart-to-heart

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The Queen and her grandson Prince Harry had a four-hour heart-to-heart lunch at Windsor Castle over his future within the Royal Family.</p> <p>The Queen extended an olive branch and said that Harry and Meghan will be welcomed back if they ever decide to rejoin the royals.</p> <p>An insider spoke to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11084355/queen-prince-harry-megxit-welcome-back-heart-to-heart/" target="_blank">The Sun</a></em><span> </span>saying “hopefully it cleared the air”.</p> <p>Prince Harry walked over from his Frogmore Cottage home to the castle where they discussed the future.</p> <p>“The Queen had a lot to talk to Harry about and this was the ideal time for them to both say their piece,” the insider explained.</p> <p>“When Harry and Meghan announced they wanted to quit it all happened very quickly and it was very stressful for all concerned.</p> <p>“Sunday was the first time the Queen has had the chance to talk to Harry on his own and really find out what his plans are. It was a much more relaxed environment and they were both able to speak their mind.”</p> <p>The four-hour talk comes after reports that the Queen is “very sad” that she sees so little of her great-grandson Archie.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxNPb_9B0fn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxNPb_9B0fn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal)</a> on May 8, 2019 at 8:39am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It’s fair to say she is very upset about him and Meghan leaving and she would love to see more of Archie, as would Prince Charles and the rest of the family.</p> <p>“But she accepts at the moment that his mind is made up and he intends to live in North America,” the insider said.</p> <p>It appears that the Queen has remained firm on her stance that the Sussexes are unable to use the word “royal” in their branding.</p> <p>“However, she also wanted to make it clear that the arrangement can only work if they do not exploit their royal status and try to ‘cash in’ — that’s why she wouldn’t let them use the word ‘royal’ for their foundation.</p> <p>“The Queen is protecting the institution and she is also aware of the cost of security.</p> <p>“That is something that still needs to be resolved. But Harry is also a much-loved grandson who she has always doted on.</p> <p>“She made it very clear to him that he and Meghan are always able to come back if they change their minds and she will welcome them with open arms.”</p> <p>The Queen has also made it clear that the Sussexes are subjected to a review after 12 months if things aren’t going the way that the monarch wants them to.</p> <p>“Hopefully the chat cleared the air and the way forward is looking more positive,” the insider explained.</p> <p>“But she wanted to make certain Harry knew there were limits and the whole set-up is subject to a review after 12 months.”</p> <p>Meghan is expected to fly into London in the next 48 hours as the Sussexes complete their final royal jobs for the foreseeable future.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Sylvia Jeffreys shares sweet photo of baby Oscar as she celebrates milestone moment

<p>Sylvia Jeffreys welcomed her first child, son Oscar, with her husband Peter Stefanovic last month.</p> <p>On Sunday, the Channel Nine newsreader posted an adorable photo cradling her newborn as she celebrated a new milestone.</p> <p>In the snap, the 33-year-old is seen beaming as she holds her sleeping baby.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9K0IeoHEDk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B9K0IeoHEDk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Our beautiful Oscar is one wonderful month old today 🎂 May these cuddles never end 🥰🤗</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sylviajeffreys/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Sylvia Jeffreys</a> (@sylviajeffreys) on Feb 29, 2020 at 3:19pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Our beautiful Oscar is one wonderful month-old today,” she wrote alongside an emoji of a chocolate birthday cake. She continued: “May these cuddles never end.”</p> <p>Sylvia was dressed in casual attire as she opted for a short-sleeve green shirt and wore little makeup.</p> <p>The adorable photo attracted many famous faces, including several from rival networks.</p> <p>“Perfectly behaved. And that’s the way they always stay,” wrote Lisa Wilkinson.</p> <p>New mother Edwina Bartholomew wrote: “Gorgeous”.</p> <p>Chrissie Swan commented: “Baby unicorn!” along with an emoji of a baby.</p> <p>Sylvia and husband Peter Stefanovic, 38, welcomed Oscar on February 6. She shared a sweet image of their son in a blue onesie while announcing the news on Instagram.</p>

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Why the Queen’s cousin called Prince Charles a “gruesome child”

<p>As her first cousin, Princess Alexandra is often seen close to Queen Elizabeth and has been referred to as her best friend.</p> <p>Alexandra often accompanies the Queen to official events, including sitting next to Her Majesty in the royal carriage to Ascot.</p> <p>She was also one of the bridesmaids at the Queen’s wedding to Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey, but Princess Alexandra ruffled feathers by referring to a young Prince Charles as having “gruesome habits”.</p> <p>In 1952, Princess Alexandra wrote a letter to her brother Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, where she was explaining a conversation between herself and four-year-old Prince Charles.</p> <p> "Darling Eddie," she wrote. Princess Alexandra continued to explain that at a family gathering in Balmoral, they were playing a popular game known as "stone" when a guest named Martin "hit me quite accidentally on the mouth, which was extremely painful".</p> <p>The next day, there was a blister after the injury, which required attention from a doctor.</p> <p> "So this morning Dr Middleton came and pierced it! Ho Ho. Charles was fascinated and insisted on watching. Gruesome child don't you think?"</p> <p>The letter, which was dated September 21 1952, also described the ways in which Alexandra had been spending her time with the family, as well as Prince Philip.</p> <p> "We had a long discussion about black stockings. Too stupid. He is so sweet."</p> <p>Princess Alexandra finished off the letter sweetly, wishing her brother to take care of himself.</p> <p> "Well look after yourself. With very, very many hugs &amp; [kisses] from Georgie."</p> <p>According to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.royal.uk/princess-alexandra" target="_blank">Royal Family’s website</a>, Alexandra has  "supported the Queen throughout her reign, through representing Her Majesty in the UK and overseas and attending events of national significance".</p> <p>Alexandra is patron and president of over 100 organisations, including the Mental Health Foundation, St. Christopher’s Hospice and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service.</p> <p>The letter that Princess Alexandra wrote to her brother has been in a private collection for 25 years, but was eventually sold at an auction in 2010. The letter sold for around $800.</p> <p>At the time, Auctioneer Richard Davie said: "It is a rare letter with good references to the Royal Family."</p>

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Prince William and Prince Harry mourn loss of family member

<p>Prince William and Prince Harry are mourning the loss of their great-aunt Lady Anne Wake-Walker, the sister of their late maternal grandfather John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer.</p> <p>William and Harry’s uncle Charles Spencer, who is the younger brother of Princess Diana took to Twitter to announce the death of their family member, while sharing a photo of a flag at half-mast at his home and ancestral seat, Althorp House.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The Spencer flag at half-mast at ⁦<a href="https://twitter.com/AlthorpHouse?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AlthorpHouse</a>⁩ today, marking the death of my father’s older sister (&amp; only sibling) Anne, aged 99 1/2. An officer in the WRENS in World War 2, she was the mother of 3 sons and 2 daughters. Lady Anne Wake-Walker (née Spencer), 1920-2020. <a href="https://t.co/w09G1v6zsn">pic.twitter.com/w09G1v6zsn</a></p> — Charles Spencer (@cspencer1508) <a href="https://twitter.com/cspencer1508/status/1232311687648169991?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>He wrote: “The Spencer flag at half-mast at @AlthorpHouse today, marking the death of my father’s older sister (&amp; only sibling) Anne, aged 99 ½. An officer in the WRENS in World War 2, she was the mother of 3 sons and 2 daughters. Lady Anne Wake-Walker (nee Spencer), 1920-2020.”</p> <p>He also paid tribute on Instagram by sharing a family photo that showed Anne and her younger brother John – Princess Diana’s father – playing in the garden at Althorp when they were kids.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8_wtV2Hjie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8_wtV2Hjie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Aunt Anne and my father, playing at @althorphouse in 1925. A wonderful lady, she was an officer in the WRENS in the Second World War, and was a much loved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother - as well as sister and aunt, of course. Aunt Anne died last night, aged 99 1/2. “The end of an era” is the phrase I’ve heard repeatedly today. Indeed it is.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/cspencer1508/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Charles Spencer</a> (@cspencer1508) on Feb 25, 2020 at 8:17am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Aunt Anne and my father, playing at @althorphouse in 1925,” wrote the Earl.</p> <p>“a wonderful lady, she was an officer in the WRENS in the Second World War, and was a much-loved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother – as well as sister and aunt, of course. Aunt Anne died last night, aged 99 ½.</p> <p>“’The end of an era’ is the phrase I’ve heard repeatedly today. Indeed, it is.”</p>

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Baboons rampaging around Sydney escaped from “research facility”

<p>Sydney came to a standstill as three baboons were spotted running around Royal Prince Alfred Hospital yesterday.</p> <p>The male baboon was being transported for a vasectomy at the hospital and made a break for freedom with his two wives, causing panic within the hospital grounds.</p> <p>Expert handlers from Taronga Zoo were called in once police sealed off the entrance to a car park so the baboons couldn’t escape.</p> <p>An eye-witness to the incident called 2GB’s Ben Fordham, explaining the situation with awe.</p> <p>“I’m deadset serious. I’m at RPA, I’m six floors up and I just happened to gaze out at the carpark … and there were three baboons in the carpark.</p> <p>“I’m deadset serious they even had shiny red bottoms … (they were) running around the carpark.</p> <p>“Mate I’m deadset. I had a coffee an hour ago and I thought ‘what have they put in this coffee’ Even the nurses here have gone ‘my god’.”</p> <p>NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said he found the escape hard to believe.</p> <p>“I thought I had seen just about everything as Health Minister in NSW, but a baboon threesome hightailing around RPA Hospital like there is no tomorrow?” Mr Hazzard joked to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/baboon-spotted-running-around-royal-prince-alfred-hospital-grounds-in-sydney/news-story/d37394a46d5089d7678267b713d23ecf" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a></em>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"Should I ring the police? No, I'll ring <a href="https://twitter.com/BenFordham?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BenFordham</a>." A witness to Sydney's baboon break-out describes the unbelievable sight! 😂 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/7P2ygqo6FZ">pic.twitter.com/7P2ygqo6FZ</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1232399889847508994?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“There are three baboons who were being transported from their normal colony and the first advice is that there was a failure in the door of the crate inside the truck and they’ve gone into a carpark,” Mr Hazard explained before the animals were sedated and recaptured.</p> <p>Police told <em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/baboon-on-the-loose-hospital-sydney-police-told/5e9ddeaf-410b-4581-82ad-faa461cf9c83" target="_blank">nine.com.au</a> </em>officers were on the scene outside Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.</p> <div class="body_text "> <p>"Just after 5.30 pm officers from inner west police area command were called to a car park on Missenden Road and Lucas Street, Camperdown, after reports three baboons escaped while being transported," a NSW police spokeswoman said.</p> <p>"They are currently contained and police are working with experts to safely return them to their facility.</p> <p>"There is no immediate danger to the public but people are advised to avoid the area."</p> </div>

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Prince William reveals what George and Charlotte got up to during school break

<p>The Cambridge children have the luxury of living in the heart of London and returning to the peaceful countryside, and it seems their parents are doing everything they can to teach their kids about living on the land.</p> <p>Prince William recently revealed he and wife Kate had introduced their children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – to lambing.</p> <p>Lambing is when female sheep give birth to their young.</p> <p>“We’ve been lambing with the children this week,” said Prince William.</p> <p>“Charlotte wasn’t sure at first but George was straight in there. Louis loves the tractors. They love seeing the lambs and feeding the lambs.”</p> <p>During the mid-term break, the Cambridge children visited their country home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk during the mid-term break.</p> <p>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge regularly return to their estate when they have free time or when the children are on school holidays.</p> <p>William spoke about his children’s activities while visiting the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, where he was there to watch Wales take on France in the 6 Nations rugby, over the weekend.</p> <p>Before the match, William met injured players who are supported by the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust, which helps those who have been severely injured whilst playing the sport.</p> <p>One of those people include Rhian Roberts, a primary school teacher who hurt her neck during a tackle.</p> <p>“We were talking about the land where he was and the land where we are, which is a mining area,” said Ms Roberts. “He said they’ve been lambing this week up in Norfolk. They want the children to see the country way of life as well as the city way of life.”</p>

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“You’re always with me”: Family honours Steve Irwin on what would have been his 58th birthday

<p>The Irwin family paid tributes to Steve Irwin on what would have been his 58th birthday.</p> <p>The Crocodile Hunter, who passed away on September 4, 2006 due to stingray injury to the heart, would have turned 58 on Saturday.</p> <p>The late wildlife expert’s wife Terri Irwin shared her tribute. “While my heart aches missing him every day, I’m determined to celebrate what he loved the most,” she wrote on a Twitter post, saying he was happiest spending time at Australia Zoo with their children Bindi and Robert.</p> <p>“He was my best friend, best dad, &amp; built the best Zoo. I love you.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Today would’ve been Steve’s 58th birthday. While my heart aches missing him every day, I’m determined to celebrate what he loved the most. He was happiest spending time <a href="https://twitter.com/AustraliaZoo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AustraliaZoo</a> w/ <a href="https://twitter.com/BindiIrwin?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BindiIrwin</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/RobertIrwin?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RobertIrwin</a>. He was my best friend, best dad, &amp; built the best Zoo. I love you. <a href="https://t.co/IWsoWuJqxY">pic.twitter.com/IWsoWuJqxY</a></p> — Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) <a href="https://twitter.com/TerriIrwin/status/1231061859635089409?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 22, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Bindi also remembered her late father in a social media post with a photograph of the father-daughter duo.</p> <p>“Dad, Today is your birthday,” Bindi Irwin wrote alongside the picture.</p> <p>“I hugged Mum for you and told her how much we love her. Robert and I went on a hike through the mountains you cherished. I watched one of your documentaries with Chandler and shared stories about you. I walked through your office in the zoo and smiled at our old family photographs.</p> <p>“Today and every day I miss you and love you beyond description. You’re always with me.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I love you, Dad. ❤️ <a href="https://t.co/Tan9DXmKY8">pic.twitter.com/Tan9DXmKY8</a></p> — Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) <a href="https://twitter.com/BindiIrwin/status/1231189014205493249?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 22, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Bindi’s fiancé Chandler Powell thanked the late TV personality for his legacy. “Thank you for inspiring me and the whole world to love all wildlife,” he wrote in an Instagram post.</p> <p>“You would be so proud of Bindi, Terri and Robert carrying on the amazing work you started. We will all make sure your message lives on for generations.”</p> <p>The pair is set to tie the knot this year at Australia Zoo.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B83o2UUhH2n/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B83o2UUhH2n/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Thank you for inspiring me and the whole world to love all wildlife. You would be so proud of Bindi, Terri and Robert carrying on the amazing work you started. We will all make sure your message lives on for generations❤️🐊</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/chandlerpowell/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Chandler Powell</a> (@chandlerpowell) on Feb 22, 2020 at 4:35am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>On the same day, Robert shared a throwback family photo with the caption: “Family Always”.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B83kq5OBc2f/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B83kq5OBc2f/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Family Always ❤️ . . . 📷: Tim Bauer</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/robertirwinphotography/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Robert Irwin</a> (@robertirwinphotography) on Feb 22, 2020 at 3:58am PST</p> </div> </blockquote>

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Greta Thunberg’s mother opens up on teenager’s childhood struggles

<p>Climate change activism helped Greta Thunberg overcome bullying and an eating disorder, the teenager’s mother has revealed in a new book.</p> <p>The Thunberg family detailed the 17-year-old’s early life in <em>Our House is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis</em>, due to be published in March.</p> <p>In an extract published on <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/23/great-thunberg-malena-ernman-our-house-is-on-fire-memoir-extract">The Observer</a></em>, opera singer Malena Ernman explained that her daughter started struggling with selective mutism and eating disorder at the age of 11.</p> <p>“She was slowly disappearing into some kind of darkness and little by little, bit by bit, she seemed to stop functioning,” Ernman wrote.</p> <p>“She stopped playing the piano. She stopped laughing. She stopped talking. And she stopped eating.”</p> <p>Thunberg lost 10kgs in two months. Her parents later found out she was experiencing bullying at school, ranging from being shoved in the playground to being “lured to strange places”. But the school thought it was “Greta’s own fault”, because other students reported that she had “behaved strangely and spoken too softly”, Ernman wrote.</p> <p>Thunberg was later diagnosed with Asperger’s and obsessive-compulsive disorder.</p> <p>She turned a corner after watching a film in class one day about rubbish in the oceans. The whole class was affected, but her classmates soon moved on to other topics, including their teacher’s upcoming trip to New York and other cities with great shopping.</p> <p>“Greta can’t reconcile any of this with any of what she has just seen,” her mother wrote. “She saw what the rest of us did not want to see. It was as if she could see our CO2 emissions with her naked eye.”</p> <p>In the summer of 2018, Thunberg began her first school strike for the climate and started eating again. Her protests started gaining traction around the world.</p> <p>“We get death threats on social media, excrement through the letter box, and social services report that they have received a great number of complaints against us as Greta’s parents,” her mother wrote.</p> <p>“But at the same time they state in the letter that they ‘do NOT intend to take any action’. We think of the capital letters as a little love note from an anonymous official. And it warms us.”</p>

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The most adorable photos of Edwina Bartholomew’s newborn baby

<p>Days before Christmas last year,<span> </span><em>Sunrise</em><span> </span>star Edwina Bartholomew welcomed her first child with husband Neil Varco, an adorable baby girl.</p> <p>“Meet Molly Matilda Christie Varcoe. Late like her Mum and tall like her Dad,” Edwina wrote underneath a photo posted to Instagram.</p> <p>“Molly ‘cause we like it. Matilda for Neil’s Great Grandmother. Christie was my Grandmother’s maiden name and my middle name too,” she explained.</p> <p>“We are exhausted and elated.”</p> <p>And since that moment forward, the 36-year-old has been constantly sharing photos of her beautiful baby girl, paired with insights on how she’s coping as a first-time mother.</p> <p>“When people told me parenting was hard, I nodded and smugly thought that 15 years of early mornings and overnight shifts would stand me in good stead. Well, well, well, wasn’t I blissfully naïve,” wrote Edwina on Instagram, days after her daughter’s arrival.</p> <p>On Molly’s one-month birthday, Edwina took to Instagram yet again to share a personal anecdote about how she and Neil have been doing since her arrival.</p> <p>“One-month old today. What a wild ride. You are a delight, Molly Matilda. Sure, the full throttle crying is not so delightful but thankfully that's pretty rare. You just get hangry like your Dad," Edwina joked.</p> <p>"The first 48 hours of motherhood were challenging in a way I wasn't really prepared for. I was a total mess, actually. I burst into tears in the kitchen when our midwife arrived, I burst into tears when @neilwrites [tagging her husband Neil] went to sleep and I couldn't, and a few more times, just because.</p> <p>"Over the past four weeks we have slowly found our groove. You sleep so well and smile so much (or is it wind?) No matter. I suppose both feel pretty good at this early stage."</p> <p>She also explained how her goals have completely changed since giving birth.</p> <p>"Have a shower each day is now number one. Ticked that box," she said.</p> <p>"Wash my hair, occasionally. I accept I may never pee with the door closed again and it will be a while before I can eat a plate of food without cutting it up onto small pieces. None of my old clothes fit and, although spirits are high, my boobs are most certainly not.</p> <p>"In short, it's been pretty magical. At times I have looked at you with your Dad and felt like I would explode with love. It could still happen. Be warned. I'll try not to embarrass you when it does."</p> <p>She ended the post with: "Don't grow up too quickly. Your Mum xx".</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery below to see Edwina's adorable baby girl.</p>

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