Month: February 2016

Taylor Swift was maid of honour at her best friend Britany’s wedding

Taylor Swift was maid of honour at her best friend Britany’s wedding

Celebrities
Taylor Swift is used to giving acceptance speeches at major awards ceremonies, but last week the Bad Blood singer faced an audience for a different reason. The 26-year-old gave an emotional speech as she celebrated her best friend Britany Maack's wedding to Benjamin LaManna, where she was the maid of honour – and the whole thing was caught on camera as part of the happy couple's wedding video. Scroll below for the full video Taylor Swift was maid of honour at her best friend Britany's wedding Taylor had the bride welling up as she reminisced about the pair's antics when they were young, congratulating her "partner in crime" with a touching few words on her special day. "My favourite accomplishments of my entire life is that everything in my life has changed except for me and Britany,
Prince Charles has questioned whether his Duchy Originals beer brand was the cause of a man fainting while the royal delivered a speech at Brewers’ Hall in London

Prince Charles has questioned whether his Duchy Originals beer brand was the cause of a man fainting while the royal delivered a speech at Brewers’ Hall in London

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  The Prince was being made an Honorary Liveryman by the Brewers’ Company last week, during which a past master of the beer society collapsed. The Prince of Wales’ beer brand, Duchy Original, was being served at the event. Roddy Pryor, who headed the ancient company in 1980, fainted while he stood listening to the speech, cutting his eye and head. His fall interrupted the Prince’s speech and led to Charles to asking the audience: “Oh dear, is that the effects of Duchy beer?” A spokesperson for the Brewers’ Company told the Press Association that Mr Pryor’s fainting was caused by “the heat in the room”. The Prince used his speech to express his fear about the rate of closure of Britain’s pubs, which the Campaign for Real Ale says is around 27 per week. Charles said: “I’m so
Father-of-two Prince William has been gushing about how sweet his nine-month-old daughter Charlotte is, but says he’s been warned about what’s to come

Father-of-two Prince William has been gushing about how sweet his nine-month-old daughter Charlotte is, but says he’s been warned about what’s to come

Prince William, Royality
The Duke of Cambridge was in Cardiff hosting a reception for injured rugby players and their families when he made the sweet comments about his family life. Talking about Princess Charlotte, Prince William said: '[She is] very sweet, but all fathers say "just you wait, when you get to nine, 10, 11 they go crazy." I'm looking forward to it, there will be some drama.' William also joked that Prince George, who started nursery this year, and Charlotte are already a handful. 'No broken bones yet, but they're trying,' he said. '[They're] running around, pushing things, jumping. Please tell me it gets easier.' The second in line to the throne flew to Wales for the reception from Norfolk, after working shifts as an ambulance pilot from Monday to Thursday. He told the BBC: 'I love my rugby....
Official commemorative china featuring British wild flowers has gone on sale to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday

Official commemorative china featuring British wild flowers has gone on sale to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday

Queen Elizabeth II, Royality
Forget-me-nots and cornflowers – which traditionally flower in April, the month the monarch was born, and in June, the month of her official birthday, respectively – have been chosen to decorate the Royal Collection Trust pieces. We wanted to put out something that was a little bit different … something that was much more personal and delicate Hand finished in 22 carat gold, the range of English fine bone china was made in Stoke-on-Trent using traditional techniques. Among the items are a mug and a tankard which both ­feature the words of duty uttered by the Queen – then Princess Elizabeth – in 1947 in a radio broadcast from South Africa on her 21st birthday: 
“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.” The Queen, who tu
Clean for the Queen has a better ring to it than ‘Scrub the streets, peasant’

Clean for the Queen has a better ring to it than ‘Scrub the streets, peasant’

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If it wasn't already clear that the age of deference is back, the 'Clean for the Queen"' campaign should drive that point home. Last week we learnt that Britain's fate in Europe will boil down to a personal spat between two Old Etonians. If this wasn't enough, you will soon be admonished to pick up litter on behalf of the most privileged family in Britain. Organised by Keep Britain Tidy, the Clean for the Queen campaign is calling on Britons to volunteer to handle garbage to mark Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday coming up in April. Tory politicians have kicked off the PR for the campaign, with Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Rory Stewart all posing in Parliament with Clean for the Queen t-shirts and litter-pickers. At the risk of being called a killjoy, I reserve the right to be grouchy a...
Find Out How Leonardo DiCaprio Celebrated His First Oscar

Find Out How Leonardo DiCaprio Celebrated His First Oscar

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Sunday night belonged to Leonardo DiCaprio. The Hollywood star was the man of the moment as he celebrated his long-awaited Oscars victory with his family, friends and peers at a series of post-Academy Awards parties. First up, Leo hit the Governors Ball, which is held just upstairs from the Oscars ceremony. The ball is an absolute must for Oscar winners; once inside they can have their statuettes engraved on the spot. "Do you do this every year? I wouldn't know!" the actor joked to the etcher. Afterwards, the award-winner headed to the star-studded Vanity Fair party, where he posed on the red carpet with his coveted trophy before heading inside for the celebrations. As soon he walked into the room with his mum, his close friend Tobey Maguire and his wife Jennifer Meyers, Leo was immed...
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were gifted £8,000 dressing gowns for their 2011 wedding, it has been revealed

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were gifted £8,000 dressing gowns for their 2011 wedding, it has been revealed

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were given £8,000 dressing gowns as a wedding present. The royal couple - who tied the knot at Westminster Abbey in April 2011 - were handed the special presents, made by designer Daniel Hanson, to mark the occasion, it has been revealed. Of the loungewear, he said: "Although we have been doing this for more than 25 years we don't look for publicity as a company. We are not an uninteresting company, of course, but we don't seek the limelight. All I can say is that in this case it was done for Turnbull & Asser. They were designed and made by us under their name for Royal Household presents." Speaking about his work more generally, he told the Daily Mail newspaper: "From a design point of view, it's a considerable amount of work and we produce 15
Blindy The Blind Penguin Learns To Swim (And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever)

Blindy The Blind Penguin Learns To Swim (And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever)

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Because this penguin was born blind, Blindy has had a tough life. At only 12 weeks old, the poor thing lost its family. Without help, Blindy surely would've died in the wild. Fittingly enough, however, a woman named Shireen Helps decided to lend a helping hand. Now living at the woman's penguin sanctuary in Flea Bay, New Zealand, Blindy is learning more every day. Next up? Learning how to swim! Even though Blindy will never be able to return to the wild, Helps hopes that the penguin will find a forever home at a zoo one day.
Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge felt the trip would be too gruelling for their children

Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge felt the trip would be too gruelling for their children

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Royality
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to visit the poverty-stricken streets of Mumbai - made famous by Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire - during their trip to India this spring. While the official tour itinerary is not yet finalised, a palace source has confirmed that the royal couple will meet with charities working in the most deprived slums. Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and William will hear how organisations in India are improving the mental health of street children as well as giving them physical health checks, food and water and a safe place to stay. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to visit the poverty-stricken streets of Mumbai - made famous by Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire - during their trip to India this spring, pictured in Australia in 2014 ...
Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge to arrive in Mumbai on April 10

Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge to arrive in Mumbai on April 10

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Royality
MUMBAI: Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton will arrive here on April 10 for their first ever visit to India, an official statement said on Monday. They would experience a variety of aspects of contemporary Indian life, focusing on young people, sport, entrepreneurship, Indian efforts to relieve urban poverty, the creative arts, and rural life in India, the statement said. After their stay in Mumbai, the royal couple, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will travel on April 11 to New Delhi. They will be in Assam on April 12 and 13 to visit the Kaziranga National Park and pay tribute to the rural traditions of the communities who live around the park. The royal couple will travel on April 14 to the neighbouring Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and return on Apr...