Queen Elizabeth news – Heartbreak as Her Maj gets shocking news about her dearest friend; plus Kate Middleton latest | The Sun

HER Majesty has been left heartbroken following the death of her dear friend Lady Myra Butter.

Lady Butter, who was born in 1925, died "peacefully" in her London home, according to an official statement.

The 97-year-old was a descendent of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia and famed artist and writer, Alexander Pushkin.

Speaking of her passing, Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine, said: "Lady Butter was a daughter of Sir Harold and Lady Zia Wernher, and a granddaughter of Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia and Countess de Torby.

"Myra was a close friend of the Queen and Prince Philip since childhood and from time to time appeared in royal documentaries."

Lady Butter was known to be one of the Queen's closest friends, and part of the royal's inner circle.

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  • henry moore

    Kate 'mirrors' daughter Charlotte in Commonwealth Games snaps, claims expert

    A body language expert has claimed that Kate Middleton at times "mirrored" her daughter while they were together at the Commonwealth Games.

    Body language pro Judi James had this to say: "Kate is known for her smile and laughter in public, but these poses show her looking a lot more spontaneous.

    "At one point she sits open-mouthed in what looks like playful shock or indignation.

    "Kate appears to be taking her lead from Charlotte and mirroring her slightly, which clearly shows they are sharing the fun and losing themselves in the moment.

    "Charlotte’s dramatic facial expressions that include sticking out her tongue, widening her eyes and looking totally engrossed show an immersion that could only come from a lack of shyness and self-awareness.

    "It is so good to see Kate following suit, even in a more subtle way."

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    In pictures: The Sandringham Flower Show

    The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall attended the Flower Show, in Kings Lynn on 27 July.

    Norfolk's famous flower show entered its 139th year, and is usually attended by around 15,000 people, including the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla.

    This is the show's big return after not being in operation since 2019, due to Covid-19.

    Prince Charles and Camilla have attended since 2005, it certainly is an event they greatly enjoy.

    Pictured you can see Camilla, pouring over some incredible gingerbread houses with quaint little gardens, so intricately made!

    Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attends The Sandringham Flower Show 2022 at Sandringham on July 27, 2022 in King’s Lynn, EnglandCredit: Getty
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    Prince Andrew's chances of making a comeback to royal life are slim

    A royal expert has claimed that Prince Andrew has a very low chance of making his way back into the public eye as a working royal.

    Following the Epstein sex scandal, Prince Andrew has been pushed out of his royal duties.

    Despite this, the Queen has involved him (albeit very minimally) in certain events, such as Prince Philips funeral.

    However, a royal commentator has said that under Prince Charles, Andrew's older brother, he has no chance of making a comeback.

    Jonathan Sacerdoti told the Express: "I can't see any way that the royal family would try to push Prince Andrew, front and centre again any time soon."

    He continued: "In due course when Prince Charles is the Monarch I think we will see even more steps to slim down the working royal family.

    "Part of the reason for that will be to avoid any controversies about individuals or to avoid putting anyone out there who feel they might not command the same level of respect that the Monarch themselves commands."

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    Charlotte is using the Queen as a 'body language role model', expert claims

    The young royal clearly looks up to Her Majesty, according to body language pro Judi James.

    Charlotte was spotted out with her parents at the Commonwealth Games this week.

    Discussing the moment Charlotte shook the hand of Dominica swimmer Warren Lawrence, Judi said: "We’ve seen her shaking hands in a very royal meet and greet ritual before, but she has often needed a little nudging to do so.

    "Here though she looks quite keen to shake hands and is actually enjoying the process.

    "Her arm is held up at a very assured angle and she uses eye contact and an eye smile as she performs a pretty convincing ‘social’ mouth smile.

    "The angle of her hand and her facial expression are so similar to the Queen’s there is a hint she might have been using 'Gan Gan' as her body language role model."

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    Royals updates live!

    Check for new updates on the royal family and her Majesty the Queen here at The Sun.

    Royal fans are currently awaiting the release of Prince Harry’s tell all memoir, and the couple’s Netflix documentary, while the Queen continues to come back stronger from her mobility issues.

    Stay tuned here for updates everyday!

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    Inside the Cambridges' love of sailing

    It is no secret that Will and Kate love sailing, and according to a royals expert, the couple are now trying to get their kids into the activity.

    Royal editor Ingrid Seward told Fabulous: "Kate has recently been taking them for sailing lessons and on a recent trip to Tresco in the Scilly Islands where they go every summer, they bike all over the island and can go shopping in the local stores and out on boats, which was exactly how William and Harry spent part of their summer when they were children.”

    This is just one part of the couple's summer plans for their kids, as they look impart their love of sport onto George, Charlotte and Louis.

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    Meghan and Harry continue to struggle with content

    One of the key ways the couple planned to support themselves after quitting the royal family was with content ventures.

    Meghan Markle had a show slated for Netflix called Pearl, which was cancelled earlier this year.

    There is reportedly ongoing production work on Harry‘s documentary, Soul of Invictus, which will take a deep dive into the 2020 Invictus Games.

    The couple also reportedly have a personal documentary/reality show following their lives, and a series being co-produced with Oprah, The Me You Can’t See, for Netflix.

    Harry also has a memoir reportedly being released this Autumn.

    Besides the above though, it’s thought that the couple are hitting a number of content dead ends and will pay the price financially.

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    Royals continue Commonwealth Games duties

    As the Commonwealth Games continues to enthral sports fans across the globe, the royal family is continuing their appearances across the events.

    Today, the Earl and Countess of Wessex attended the netball.

    The couple were all smiles as the enjoyed the summer sunshine.

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    Kate and William urged to give up annual 100 day holiday

    Royal expert makes clear that many won’t take kindly to their excessive number of holiday days.

    Many people across the country are given only 22 days of holiday, and with the cost of living crisis, many struggle to take holidays both abroad and at home.

    Daniela Elser wrote for news.co.au: “It’s time for the Cambridge’s to give up this royal perk. They can’t have their nearly 100 days of holiday per year and still try to sell themselves as the Duke and Duchess of Relatability.”

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    Inside the Cambridge's summer holiday plans

    Just like millions of Brits, Will and Kate will be looking for ways to keep the kids entertained this summer.

    Thankfully the Duchess of Cambridge has some tricks up her sleeve for keeping her kids busy in the holidays, when they aren’t at their £19k-a-year Thomas’s Battersea school.

    Royal editor Ingrid Seward told Fabulous: “Kate and William are fortunate enough to have a huge choice for their children’s summer holidays.

    “The UK is their oyster at this age and they lack for nothing.”

    Ingrid explained: “They have their own home, Anmer Hall which the children call home and keep all their small animals. 

    “They can take advantage of everything Sandringham has to offer, including wonderful beaches and miles of paths through the estate to ride on ponies or bikes. 

    “They also have a tennis court and every amenity they can possibly have including lots of local friends.”

    Away from home, the kids will have plenty to do.

    This includes sailing trips, days with the grandparents and visits to the Queen at Balmoral.

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    New book offers ‘new revelations’ on Meghan and Harry

    A royal biographer has suggested his new book with give some exclusive information on the royals.

    The writer released a book in 2020 about the royals named Finding Freedom, with follow-up last year.

    Omid Scobie has shared that his latest venture will be released next year and will be focused “on a new chapter of the royal story and feature unique insight, deep access, and exclusive revelations.”

    With his first book, the 41-year-old spoke to friends of the Meghan and Harry, and reportedly got Meghan’s blessing to write it.

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    England star responds to Her Maj's heartfelt congratulations

    The Queen was full of praise for the Lionesses following their historic win on Sunday.

    She said: “Your success goes far beyond the trophy you have so deservedly earned.

    “You have all set an example that will be an inspiration for girls and women today, and for future generations.”

    And now, the England captain, Williamson, has responded to her Majesty.

    She said: "I'm a big fan of the Royal family so it means a lot."

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    Here is what Prince William told the Lionesses after their historic Euros win

    Prince William was present at the Euro's final last weekend, as England made history by beating Germany 2-1 in an exhilarating match.

    The Duke of Cambridge handed the Lionesses their medals, speaking to each of them individually, but what did he say?

    England hero Williamson revealed how here conversation with the royal went.

    Williamson told the England YouTube channel what was said during her interaction with him.

    She said: "I think I went to shake his hand and he said, 'Leah, bring it in' and I said, 'Thank you sir'.

    "He was like, 'I'm very proud of you all'."

  • henry moore

    Royals updates live!

    Check for new updates on the royal family and her Majesty the Queen here at The Sun.

    Royal fans are currently awaiting the release of Prince Harry’s tell all memoir, and the couple’s Netflix documentary, while the Queen continues to come back stronger from her mobility issues.

    Stay tuned here for updates everyday!

  • John

    Learn how to always take a good photo like Kate Middleton

    Despite being photographed constantly, the royal rarely allows for a bad photo.

    Stylist and royal fashion expert told us how Kate manages this.

    Miranda Holder said: “Well, the Duchess of Cambridge has had some media training and I’m going to share a cheeky little style hack that she uses every single time without fail.

    “She has simply been trained to always keep her chin parallel to the ground.

    “She doesn’t tilt it down, she doesn’t tilt it up, and that ensures a flattering photograph every single time.”

  • John

    Learn how to always take a good photo like Kate Middleton

    Despite being photographed constantly, the royal rarely allows for a bad photo.

    Stylist and royal fashion expert told us how Kate manages this.

    Miranda Holder said: "Well, the Duchess of Cambridge has had some media training and I'm going to share a cheeky little style hack that she uses every single time without fail.

    "She has simply been trained to always keep her chin parallel to the ground.

    "She doesn't tilt it down, she doesn't tilt it up, and that ensures a flattering photograph every single time."

  • John

    Kate Middleton backs the vest top

    Fashion week was awash with the tank top.

    And Kate has caught on the fashion style and attended the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday with husband, Prince William, and daughter, Princess Charlotte.

    The duchess could be seen wearing an all white tailored suit, with flat ballet pumps and a white tank top.

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    Spooky William and Kate scared off Harry's ex

    A book has been released stating that one of Harry's exes was put off by the Cambridges.

    Before marrying Meghan Markle, Prince Harry had two serious girlfriends, Chelsea Davy and Cressida Bonas.

    In a book titled Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, Robert Lacey describes what he said caused Cressida to leave the young prince.

    According to Marie Claire, Lacey explained: "A rising actress, Cressida did not enjoy the critical remarks that she could hear people making behind her back when she walked down the street in London.

    "She felt that the fame of her relationship put her ‘in a box.’

    "She was said to have been "completely spooked" after watching the TV coverage of William and Kate touring New Zealand with baby George in tow. That was not the way she would want to enjoy her eight-month-old son, she regretfully explained to Harry."

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    Learn how to always take a good photo like Kate Middleton

    Despite being photographed constantly, the royal rarely allows for a bad photo.

    Stylist and royal fashion expert told us how Kate manages this.

    Miranda Holder said: “Well, the Duchess of Cambridge has had some media training and I’m going to share a cheeky little style hack that she uses every single time without fail.

    “She has simply been trained to always keep her chin parallel to the ground.

    “She doesn’t tilt it down, she doesn’t tilt it up, and that ensures a flattering photograph every single time.”

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    Get Kate’s £1 for each karat earrings at Asos

    The duchess’s earrings are back in stock!

    While Meghan is the fashion guru of the royals for many, Kate‘s clothing is also sought after.

    And these gold hoops are no exception.

    At just £18, the 18k gold-plated Orelia chain huggie hoop earrings are back in stock on Asos.

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    Australian senator: “Colonising Queen Elizabeth II”

    An Australian senator caused shock during her swearing in.

    During a swearing in to become senator, a Green party senator referred to the Queen as “colonising”.

    Lidia Thorpe said: “I sovereign, Lidia Thorpe, do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and I bear true allegiance to the colonising her majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

    Other senators in the room could be heard voicing their disapproval with one saying: “You’re not a real senator if you don’t do it properly.”

    The Indigenous senator has been vocal in the past about Australia‘s allegiance to the monarch, saying of the Australian flag: “It represents the colonisation of these lands, and it has no permission to be here.

    “There’s been no consent, there’s been no treaty, so that flag does not represent me.”

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    Kate and William urged to give up annual 100 day holiday

    Royal expert makes clear that many won’t take kindly to their excessive number of holiday days.

    Many people across the country are given only 22 days of holiday, and with the cost of living crisis, many struggle to take holidays both abroad and at home.

    Daniela Elser wrote for news.co.au: “It’s time for the Cambridges to give up this royal perk. They can’t have their nearly 100 days of holiday per year and still try to sell themselves as the Duke and Duchess of Relatability.”

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    The truth about what the royal wedding cakes mean about each couple (3/3)

    A psychologist has looked at some of the recent wedding cakes and share what he thinks this means about them.

    Darren Stanton, speaking on behalf of Coffee Friend, has analysed the wedding cakes to say what they mean and what they say about who they’re made for.

    Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank – Stanton described this cake as “ornate and Victorian looking with a very intricate pattern.” It had five tiers and flowers that matched Eugenie on the day.

    Explaining what he thought this all meant, Stanton shared: “I think Eugenie has a very unique style of dress.

    “The cake demonstrates her individuality as well as a desire for intricacy and good attention to detail.”

    Prince Charles and Camilla – Their cake was a single tier, which Stanton suggested was a “very traditional but elegant and individualistic choice.

    “It’s reminiscent of many of Camilla‘s clothes she wears now as she’s very keen to wear white and cream when attending events with Prince Charles, plus I just think it speaks volumes in simplicity as to the fact the couple did not want to really make a massive event out of the wedding.”

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    The truth about what the royal wedding cakes mean about each couple (2/3)

    A psychologist has looked at some of the recent wedding cakes and share what he thinks this means about them.

    Darren Stanton, speaking on behalf of Coffee Friend, has analysed the wedding cakes to say what they mean and what they say about who they’re made for.

    Queen and Prince Philip – Their cake was 9ft tall and weighed 500 lbs (227 kg). An average healthy adult weighs 75kg. “There is psychology to suggest that the bigger and greater the cake, the larger the statement.”

    In this case, it may be linked to Queen, then Princess, Elizabeth’s place in the family. Or the statement Prince Philip wanted to make.

    Princess Diana and Prince Charles – Stanton suggested the cake appeared rigid and stiff, which may represent “Prince Charles’s behaviour towards Diana back then.”

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    Surprising Royal feature in Hollywood blockbuster

    Working royals are typically unable to work, which was why Meghan Markle had to give up her career when she married Prince Harry.

    But in 2009, the royal rules were discarded as one of the Queen‘s grandchildren took to Hollywood.

    Princess Beatrice was cast to be a lady-in-waiting in a film starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend named The Young Victoria, with Blunt playing the titular role.

    Beatrice has often been compared to her great-great-great-great-grandmother: “Can we just take a moment to recognise just how much Princess Beatrice looks like Queen Victoria but with the addition of flame red hair”

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