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Queen Letizia heartbreak: Spain’s monarchs step out to mark tragic event

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The royal family visited Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral (Santa María la Real de La Almudena) for the mass on Monday. Letizia as well as Princess Leonor,14, and Infanta Sofia, 13, all wore black to mark the tragic occasion.

Princess Leonor wore a dress by Spanish brand Poète, while Infanta Sofia donned an elegant shirtdress by BOSS.

The young royals styled their hair down straight and completed their outfits with matching black flats.

Letizia matched a pencil skirt with a blouse and some classic stiletto pumps. She also complemented her look by styling her hair down straight.

King Felipe donned a sophisticated navy suit with a black tie as he walked side to side with his wife and daughters.

The royal family took the front row seats of the cathedral as they paid tribute to the victims of the pandemic.

Leonor and Sofia had previously honoured the lives of the thousands of people who lost their lives to Covid-19 in Spain.

In May, the young royals stepped out to observe a moment of silence alongside their parents at the Zarzuela Palace.

Despite their young age, the sisters recorded an emotional message about the pandemic for the children of Spain back in April.

“Like millions of kids, we have been in lockdown for a month due to this pandemic, not being able to go to school and trying to carry on the best we can,” Leonor said.

“You don’t need to be a grown up to be aware of the incredible difficulties we are going through in Spain and other countries,” Sofia added.

Leonor, who is first in line to the Spanish throne, recognised that many children have lost loved ones due to the virus.

Sofia said: “This is why we want to say thank you to all the people who are helping out and looking after us in so many ways.”

“You are all important. Thank you. We send you a hug with all our love,” Leonor continued.

Sofia concluded the address adding: “I hope all this ends soon.”

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Queen Letizia and King Felipe have also been showing their support to Spanish people as the country recovers from the effects of its stringent lockdown.

The monarchs are touring the country attending touristic and cultural engagements in hopes to boost Spanish tourism.

For their latest stop, Letizia and Felipe visited Benidorm and Valencia on Friday.

In Benidorm, they were joined by Ximo Puig, the President of the Valencian Government; Salvador Navarro, the President of the Business Confederation of the Valencian Community; Luis Arturo León, the General Secretary of the Workers’ Commissions of the Valencian Community; and Juan Carlos Faubel, the Deputy Secretary-General of the General Union of Workers of the Valencian County.

In Valencia, King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended the 2019 Innovation and Design Awards ceremony.

At the event, King Felipe said: “Today more than ever, we need to undertake—create—on the basis of design and innovation. As we also need to increase the resources dedicated to research, which is the previous step to knowledge-based innovation.

“In this way, we will be able to build the future with much more solid foundations.”

He added: “Spanish design and innovation are excellent letters of introduction of our country—of our creativity and our economy—internationally.

“These elements, the result of innovation and investment in R&D, are more necessary than ever because of their ability to drive our economic growth.

“A sector that is also truly necessary, because if we want to make our economic system also sustainable, we have to generate innovative products, create patents and promote exports. In this challenge, the design and the exploitation phase of the knowledge that innovation implies play an essential role.”

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UK Coronavirus second wave ‘not long in the making’ – police issue urgent warning

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Many Britons headed to the pub this weekend after the Government allowed them to re-open alongside several other social venues on so called “Super Saturday”. But several police officers and leading public health experts have warned the lack of social distancing observed on the weekend could lead to a second wave of the deadly virus.

Revellers across England celebrated the reopening of pubs this weekend, with an estimated 15million pints being poured on Saturday alone.

But police said there was a marked number of large gatherings and pictures showed people failing to adhere to social distancing rules.

Police Sergeant Richard Cooke of the West Midlands force tweeted: “Just got home after a long shift late shift peppered with pub fights, domestic violence & drunken drugged up fools.

“If today was anything to go by the second wave won’t be long in the making!”

Police Federation Chairman John Apter also said he had dealt with “naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks” while on duty in Southampton.

He added “What was crystal clear is that drunk people can’t/won’t socially distance.

“It was a busy night but the shift managed to cope.

“I know other areas have had issues with officers being assaulted.”

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Shocking pictures from Soho, London on Saturday night showed large crowds gathering outside bars and pubs as people celebrated the biggest easing of lockdown restrictions to date.

Rafal Liszewski, a store manager in Soho, said crowds grew “out of control” on Saturday night.

He said: “Around 1pm crowds started to arrive… quickly everything got out of control and by 8-9pm it was a proper street party with people dancing and drinking.

“Barely anyone was wearing masks and nobody respected social distancing… to be honest with that many people on one street it was physically impossible.”

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Revellers were also spotted congregating in other areas of the capital, such as Notting Hill on the weekend.

But Londoners weren’t the only ones to break social distancing rules, with other areas of the country reporting similar large gatherings this weekend.

Met Police commander Bas Javid said: “The majority of the public complied with social-distancing guidelines and remained vigilant.

“While some areas were notably busy, such as Soho and Portobello Road, we are pleased there were no significant issues or incidents in the capital.

“It’s vital that we don’t lose track of how far we have come.”

Dr David Nabarro, a World Health Organization coronavirus expert, has warned Britain will see a surge in cases if people continue to flout social distancing rules.

Speaking on Sky News he begged young people not to treat the virus “lightly” and warned “big outbreaks” are coming in the next few weeks.

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Peter Phillips title: Why does Queen’s eldest grandchild not have a title?

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Peter Phillips is the son of Princess Anne and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips. The 41-year-old is also the Queen and Prince Philip’s first grandchild. But why does he not have a title?

Why does Peter Phillips not have a title?

Peter is currently 15th in line to the British throne.

The Princess Royal’s son keeps a low public profile and does not work as a senior royal.

He carries out no royal duties, and has held multiple positions at companies including Jaguar, Williams F1 racing team and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

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The reason Peter doesn’t hold a royal title is because of his parents.

Princess Anne and Captain Mark decided they wanted Peter and his younger sister Zara to lead as normal lives as possible.

Anne, as a female, did not have the guaranteed right of titles for her children.

However, the Queen did offer not only Peter, but also Zara and Mark titles, if they wanted.

But Princess Anne and Captain Mark decided to decline the offer.

In April, Anne told Vanity Fair: “I think it was probably easier for them, and I think most people would argue that there are downsides to having titles.”

Zara told Times in 2015 she saw the decision as a positive thing.

She said: “I’m very lucky that both my parents decided to not use the title and we grew up and did all the things that gave us the opportunity to do.”

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Princess Anne, who will turn 70 in August, will be honoured with a documentary titled Princess Royal: Anne at 70 on ITV.

In the press release for the film, ITV addressed the decision made by Anne.

It read: “She was the first daughter of a monarch to go to school, the first royal Olympian and the first child of a monarch to insist her children were called ‘Mr.,’ and ‘Miss.’”

Recently, Zara’s father-in-law Phil Tindall revealed Peter and Zara have “been able to live their own lives” because they weren’t raised as royals.

He told Sunday Times: “Zara always says she’s so pleased she wasn’t given a title.

“They have quite a number of really good friends — people they can be sure of.

”They’re people they trust and rely on completely.”

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Camilla heartbreak: The ONE thing Camilla can’t wait to do after lockdown – ‘so excited’

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will take part in a royal first on Tuesday, hosting her first-ever radio guest edit on BBC Radio 5 Live’s The Emma Barnett Show. The pre-recorded show will see Camilla cover a wealth of topics, including her husband, her charity work and the one thing she can’t wait to do after lockdown.

The radio show on Tuesday will be Camilla’s first-ever radio edit.

The Duchess of Cornwall will speak candidly about life in lockdown, her love of wearing jeans and her husband Prince Charles’ fondness for walking.

One thing in Camilla’s life has changed during lockdown, and that is her hatred of the internet.

A snippet from the show hears Camilla say: “I’m ashamed to say that I really hated the internet.

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“I didn’t understand it and I thought, ‘what’s the point of this?’.

“Since lockdown, it’s been so brilliant because I’ve been able to communicate with family, my children, my friends.

“But it’s also taught children … otherwise children who aren’t at school what would they have done without it?”

On the subject of children, Camilla also spoke of missing her grandchildren during the lockdown period, and the urge to hug her grandchildren.

She said she “shall look forward to the day” she can hug them.

Speaking of her grandchildren Camilla said: “You’re so excited because you haven’t seen them for three-and-a-half months …

“Your first reaction is to run up and hug them, and you have to sort of put up your hands. It’s a very odd feeling.”

Camilla has five grandchildren, three from her daughter Laura Lopes and two from her son Tom Parker Bowles.

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The Duchess is also a step-grandparent to Prince Charles’ four grandchildren.

Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, are children of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, while Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, one, is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son.

Using video calling has been one way the Royal Family have kept in touch during lockdown while having to isolate across the UK.

During an interview with the BBC, Kate and Prince William revealed how their young children had been keeping in touch with their grandparents virtually.

Kate said to William during the interview in April: “I think your father [Prince Charles] and my parents and our families and things like that have really loved keeping in touch with the children because it’s really hard.

“It gets a bit hectic, I am not going to lie, with a [nearly] two-year-old.”

William then revealed how Prince Louis sometimes interrupts the calls saying: “For some reason he sees the red button and he always wants to press the red button.”

While Kate and William have been in lockdown at their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk, while Charles and Camilla have stayed in their Scottish residence, Birkhall.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall have now restarted royal duties slowly, hosting French President Emmanuel Macron and visiting Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Separately Charles has visited Cotswold Farm Park and meeting Transport for London workers in West Kensington.

Instead of greeting with the traditional handshake, Charles has adopted the Hindu namaste greeting.

This is used both for greeting and saying farewell and traditionally sees the word ‘Namaste’ spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.

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Spain holidays latest: Beaches forced to SHUT this weekend after huge coronavirus spike

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Nearly 30 beaches along the Costa del Sol, a popular tourist hotspot, were closed temporarily this weekend as holidaymakers flocked to the coast. The Spanish beaches were forced to close during peak times in order to ensure social distancing rules were maintained. It comes after parts of the country went back into lockdown this weekend, due to a spike in coronavirus infections.

Beaches closed along the Spanish coast this weekend, including those in popular resorts such as Benalmadena, Malaga and Anadalucian.

Malaga was most affected by the temporary closures, followed by Cadiz and Huelva, according to regional government figures published by respected Malaga-based paper Sur.

Beachgoers in Cadiz were turned away from the popular Zahora beach near the Cape of Trafalgar, which was shut just after 1.30pm, as well as several small coves in nearby Conil de la Frontera.

Town halls posted the closure information on mobile phone apps or council websites.

Other Spanish areas posted real time information to warn sun seekers of imminent closures.

Officials in Chipiona, near the US naval base of Rota, posted information showing two of its beaches – Cruz del Mar and Tres Piedras – had reached maximum or near capacity.

The beaches were closed in order to prevent overcrowding and similar measures are expected to be implemented throughout the summer months.

Beaches in southern Spain are expected to draw large numbers of holidaymakers in the coming weeks and months, as they are normally busiest between mid-July and mid-August.

None of the Costa del Sol beaches have opted for pre-booking systems like the one Benidorm on the Costa Blanca is due to start operating when more people are in the resort.

Additional reporting by Natalia Penza

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Prince William supports local pub ahead of hospitality reopening

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The second in line to the throne is backing Britain’s hospitality industry as boozers in England prepare to open after more than three months of lockdown, with today being dubbed Super Saturday.

The royal went to the Rose & Crown in Snettisham, Norfolk, around six miles from his country home, Anmer Hall, and savoured his first cider at a pub since the coronavirus lockdown.

The 600-year-old inn, hotel and restaurant is one of several locals he and Kate have visited.

Anthony and Jeannette Goodrich, landlords of the pub for 25 years, are preparing for the big reopening after having to close completely with more than 25 fulltime employees being furloughed.

Teens They were able to reopen partially a couple of weeks ago and start selling takeaway drinks, with Jeannette, 64, saying: “That has been going down well.”

But they are ready for the big return with a choice of socially distanced drinking in three bars or the garden, where there is a marquee.

William, 38, who has been a cider drinker since his teens, tested the process customers face from today.

He was asked to cleanse his hands in sanitiser gel before ordering a pint of Aspall Suffolk Draught Cyder, plus a plate of chips, that was then delivered to him at a table in the garden.

The idea was that he would pay for them at the bar but, like the plan for him to undergo a temperature test under the system in place from today, it was somehow forgotten. He joked: “I don’t know where I pay, I’ll do that before I leave, I promise.”

William sat with the landlords plus head chef Philip Milner plus duty manager Lucy Heffer, asking them how they had got through the past three months and what they expected when pubs reopened.

The future King predicted that people would want to get down to their locals in numbers but is worried that it could get chaotic. He said: “It could end up with everyone at the pub because people just want a change of scene, being at home for so long.

“Are you worried about people getting a bit out of hand this weekend? I guess it’s more of a problem with the larger pub chains.”

Anthony, 65, said: “We are a bit concerned but we are ready for it.”

He told the Duke that it was part of the business to be prepared for rowdy behaviour, adding: “The only real worry is if we have 100 people in the garden and it rains. But we’ll have to deal with that.”

Some parts of the pub will have to remain closed, however.

On health and safety advice, a popular children’s play area set up like a galleon will have to remain shut because of the difficulty in enforcing social distancing among the children. William said his own children loved that area. He explained: “They have been in there a few times. They see that as a challenge.”

He told the staff that customers would have to learn to get used to the new normal in pubs, stressing: “We all have to take responsibility for our own two-metre bubble.”

Prince Charles has paid tribute to Britain’s pubs and hospitality industry in a rallying message.

He said: “The past weeks and months have been exceptionally difficult for everybody working in the hospitality sector – from people in the restaurant and pub industries, which make Britain famous worldwide, to those providing accommodation for millions of visitors each year.

“Hospitality plays a crucial part in our country’s economic health and is often described as the lifeblood of the economy.

“It employs millions of people and offers many young people, aged 18 to 24, their first job opportunity – a vital and much-needed step into the world of work.

“It is exceptionally welcome news that hotels, restaurants and pubs are to begin opening. Hospitality connects people and enables them to create wonderful memories with families and friends, be it over a pint of beer, a special meal or an overnight stay to explore new places.

“I only pray we can begin to rebuild a vital industry and that the wonderful entrepreneurial spirit I come across so often can help secure brighter times ahead.”

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Euromillions Lottery results July 3: What are the winning numbers?

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A whopping £115 million is up for grabs in tonights Euromillions jackpot, one of the biggest amounts ever for the National Lottery. If a single person wins the jackpot this evening, it will catapult them to sixth on the National Lottery’s rich list. And, as the saying goes, it could be you.

The Euromillions is famous for making mega-millionaires of out ordinary people.

The biggest prize won in the UK was for Colin and Chris Weir, from North Ayrshire in Scotland, who won £161m in 2011.

Camelot’s Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery, said: “What a big night Friday promises to be for National Lottery players.

“With that giant cheque, you’d have more than enough to change the lives of the people close to you and spend your days with your loved one.

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“As always, the team is on hand to support and help guide the winner as they start their new adventure with their life-changing win.”

The EuroMillions jackpot can go up to a maximum of €190 million.

Once it reaches this level and assuming it isn’t won, it will stay at €190 Million for a further four draws until it has to be won in the fifth draw.

In the ‘must be won’ draw, if no ticket matches all five main numbers and two Lucky Star numbers, the entire jackpot prize will roll down into the prize tier where there is at least one winner – likely to be five main numbers and one Lucky Star.

Tonight’s winning numbers are:

4, 16, 27, 37, 39. Bonus balls : 3, 6

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10, 20, 24, 34, 39 Bonus ball : 3

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How can I check if I’m a winner?

Playing online via the website or app means that your ticket is checked, and you get an email notification if you win a prize.

You can also scan your retail tickets on the National Lottery App to check if you’re a winner.

If you do win big, you will be contacted by a representative from Camelot.

Around £30 million is raised every week on average by National Lottery players for projects big and small across the country.

Hundreds of millions of pounds will be distributed to charities and local voluntary organisations over the next few months to help support people through the COVID-19 crisis.

This ranges from supporting food banks to causes that combat loneliness and isolation, support for the elderly and projects that support health in the community.

The UK National Lottery was first drawn on November 19, 1994.

Half of all money spent by players goes to the prize fund, with 28 percent to good causes, 12 percent to the Government as duty and five percent to retailers.

The final five percent has operated the lottery throughout its history.

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Princess Beatrice snub: The reason Bea is NOT a working royal – despite HRH title

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Princess Beatrice, 31, is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, and is ninth in line to the British throne. She, along with her younger sister Princess Eugenie, holds a HRH – Her Royal Highness – title, a style normally used to denote senior members of Royal Family.

Since the early 18th century it’s been customary for the title to be issued to sons and grandsons, and later, daughters and granddaughters, of the monarch.

But despite her title, Beatrice is not a working royal.

This is in stark contrast to many other royals high up in the line of succession to the throne.

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But Edward, who is the younger brother of Prince Andrew, Beatrice’s father, is online 11th in line to the throne.

Being a working member of the Royal Family means you receive a check from the Sovereign Grant – the Government-supported fund that finances the Queen and her family.

Although Princess Beatrice still attends events like Royal Ascot and Trooping the Colour, she has no obligation – or intention – to match more senior royals.

Instead, Princess Beatrice has used her BA in History from Goldsmiths to work in finance and consulting.

The 31-year-old works at software company Afiniti and is employed as the Vice president of Partnerships & Strategy.

Her company bio reads: “Beatrice is responsible for the management of the strategic Afiniti partnerships as well as company growth through unique initiatives and client development.”

Princess Beatrice recently talked about her struggles with dyslexia in a video shared by global charity Made By Dyslexia.

Speaking of her job in May, Beatrice said: “I’m very lucky I’ve been able to find a job that relies on my communication skills a lot more than it is me sitting behind a desk.

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“A lot of my colleagues also have dyslexia because we work in a technology company that is always about looking at things differently.

“And I think that’s one of the strengths we have as dyslexics, looking at things differently.”

Princess Beatrice’s father Prince Andrew, who helps support his daughters financially, stepped down from royal duties last year.

Andrew was the one who agreed to let his daughters use HRH titles.

The Duke of York announced his withdrawal as a senior royal after an interview with BBC Newsnight about his friendship with late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The scandal has reportedly led to Prince Charles, who is the future King of Britain, eager to slim down the monarchy.

Editor of Royal Central Charlie Proctor suspects the Prince of Wales will take steps to have a minimal monarchy.

He said: “Since the Prince Andrew debacle and the events surrounding his Newsnight interview, I should imagine support for a slimmed-down monarchy have shot up overnight’

“Also gone are any chances of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie ever becoming working Royals.

“Andrew has always hoped and lobbied for his daughters to become full-time Royals as they were the only blood Princesses a few years ago.

“There is now no chance they will ever conduct engagements on behalf of Queen Elizabeth or King Charles.”

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UK heatwave map: Britain to SCORCH as map shows where temperatures will rocket in July

High pressure from the Atlantic will sweep across the UK next week, bring highs of 30C in London, according to Net Weather’s latest hot weather maps. But today the weather is set to remain humid and showery, with thunder and gusty winds also possible in some areas.

Terry Scholey at Net Weather said: “Wednesday sees a trough over southern Scotland and Northern Ireland moving slowly South into northern England bringing showery bursts of rain.

“Either side of the trough there’ll be sunny spells over the North of Scotland but also scattered showers in a chilly northerly wind.

“Across remaining parts of England and Wales, expect a showery day.

“Some will be heavy perhaps giving thunder, hail and gusty winds, particularly where you see sunny intervals for any length of time.

Temperatures are set to remain under 20C across the UK.

Some evening showers are expected, particularly across England and Wales.

Mr Scholey said: “The North of England continue to see showers after dark, but elsewhere, they should become fewer and lighter, allowing skies to break here and there in generally light winds.

“Over Scotland and probably Northern Ireland later it should become mainly dry, with clearing skies. In the North and West, it’ll turn quite chilly, with some Highland glens perhaps seeing temperatures fall as low as 5 or 6C, but a more general minimum will be 8 to 11C in the North and 12 to 14C in the South.”

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“Winds generally though will be light, with top temperatures 13 to 16C in the North and 17 to 19C further South.”

On Thursday downpours over northern and central England will slowly move east with showers quickly appearing in the south.

While the latter can be heavy at times, further north is expected to be mostly dry.

Met Office’s long-range forecast predicted temperatures to be “above average” in July.

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Met Office’s website said: “A general settling trend is expected to take place early in this period, as outbreaks of cloud and rain in the south, and showers in the north, give way to higher pressure from the Atlantic.

Some spells of rain will travel from the west but could be experienced countrywide.

“Whilst scattered showers, or even spells of rain with strong winds, will continue to arrive from the west at times, and could affect the whole country, these are likely to be fewer and further between than of late.

“Such spells look likely to become increasingly confined to the north-west through the period.

“Temperatures will remain around average; often rather cool in the north and in more unsettled spells, to rather warm, or even locally warm and humid, in sunnier weather in the south.”

“Temperatures are expected to be above average overall,” it added.

The second half of the month will continue to be settled overall, but the longer range forecast has lower assurances.

Dry, fine weather will be predominant with rain likely to move away from the northwest allowing more settled weather for longer here too.

The second half of the month has greater chances of warm or hot weather than earlier in the month.

The south-east is particularly expected to see warm weather, but with a low chance of thunderstorms too.

However, temperatures are set to be above average overall.

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Royal rule breaker: The royal rule Kate Middleton, Prince William & Prince Charles ignored

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Being a member of the Royal Family comes with a lot of responsibility, with rules, protocols and traditions to adhere to. Some are taken more seriously than others, with leeway for certain conditions. Often members of The Firm ‘break’ royal rules and one such rule has been flouted by three Royal Family members.

Which royal rule which has been broken by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Prince Charles?

The Queen has a say over which food is served in her royal kitchens, with some dishes banned from being cooked.

These include any including garlic, excessive onions, rare meat and shellfish.

Garlic and onions are banned due to smelly breath they often cause.

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Royal Family members are cautioned not to eat shellfish due to the chance of getting infection or food poisoning.

Shellfish such as mussels, clams and oysters which are raw or not thoroughly cooked can contain harmful viruses and bacteria that can cause food poisoning.

With the Royal Family’s busy schedules here is no time to get food poisoning and so, prawns, crab, scallops and oysters are avoided where possible.

However, three royals have ignored this rule in public, openly trying raw seafood.

The Duke of Cambridge revealed in September 2018 that he and Kate enjoy eating sushi, despite the famous royal rule.

The revelation came when Prince William was touring new cultural centre Japan House on Kensington High Street.

William tried some salmon sashimi which had been prepared by chef Akira Shimizu.

After proclaiming the sashimi to be “delicious and amazing” the Duke explained his love of sushi.

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He said: “My wife and I love sushi. We might have to come down here for lunch when there’s no one else down.”

Another royal rule William sometimes breaks is to travel with his son Prince George.

Royal traditions stipulate two direct heirs should not travel together, in case of an accident during travel.

It is thought Prince William will not travel with Prince George when he turns 12-years-old.

Another royal to break the shellfish rule was Prince Charles, who in 2013 attended the Whitstable Oyster Festival in Kent and ate the local delicacy.

At the festival, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall tried her hand at Punch and Judy, while Prince Charles had the honour of sampling oysters at a local seafood stall.

Prince Charles joked with photographers who wanted to get a photo of him eating the local delicacy.

The Prince of Wales quipped: “The things I do for England, eating oysters”.

Photos showed the heir to the throne selecting his oyster from a stall before tipping the delicacy into his mouth.

The customary approach to eating oysters is to serve them raw, sometimes accompanied by a lemon wedge or spicy tabasco sauce.

Whitstable is famous for its native oyster, and they have been popular since Roman times.

Oysters are farmed seasonally and are only available between September and April.

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