The Queen is often associated with her love of Pembroke Welsh corgis, supposedly owning over 30 dogs of that breed during her reign – breeding her own, descending from her childhood pet, Dookie.
News emerged this week however that Queen Elizabeth‘s last remaining corgi, Willow, had been put down at the age of 14, something that is said to have hit the Queen ‘extremely hard’.
Queen mother 1936
Queen Elizabeth’s father, George VI, is said to have been the one to bring corgis into the royal family, now considered a staple, with Elizabeth II breeding over 30 since 1945. In recent years however, the monarch decided to stop breeding her dogs, for fear that they would outlive her – something she did not wish on her beloved pets. Willow was the Queen’s last corgi, whose death has had more of an effect than most.
‘[The Queen] has mourned every one of her corgis over the years, but she has been more upset about Willow’s death than any of them,’ a Buckingham Palace source reportedly told the Daily Mail.
Queen 1969. Credit: Rex
‘It is probably because Willow was the last link to her parents and a pastime that goes back to her own childhood. It really does feel like the end of an era. Willow represents a significant thread running through the Queen’s life from her teenage years to her 90s.’
The source continued: ‘For many, many years she bred and raised corgis and to think that the last one has now gone is something of a milestone.’
Of all of the Queen’s corgis, Willow was also one of the most known, appearing with another corgi Holly in the James Bond sketch for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.
While Holly and Willow are normal monikers, the Queen’s corgi names have been fairly questionable over the years, with some of her beloved former dogs bearing the names, Candy, Sugar, Foxy, Bushy, Honey, Whisky, Sherry and Bisto Oxo.
The Queen walking one of her corgis in the grounds of Windsor
The Queen is said to have decided to put Willow down so as not to let her suffer but according to the source, ‘that doesn’t make her loss any less.’
Willow is said to be buried in the grounds of Windsor Castle, with a headstone that is expected to read, ‘A faithful companion of the Queen’.
It seems like only yesterday that Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence were the IT couple, meeting on the set of X Men, and going on to date for years, parting ways in 2014.
But today we were reminded of how long it has been since the co-stars were together, as it was announced that 28-year-old Nicholas Hoult is now a father, reportedly welcoming his first child with girlfriend, Bryana Holly.
There was speculation that the couple, who have been dating since the beginning of 2017, could be expecting when 24-year-old lingerie model Bryana was photographed with a baby bump last month.
Now it seems that the rumours are true, with several sources confirming the news. ’They have kept the news under wraps, but are so happy and excited,’ a source reportedly told People.
Jennifer Lawrence is yet to address the news, but she opened up about her ex-boyfriend in a past Vanity Fair interview, explaining about their connection to the X Men series.
‘These movies had been my life for so long and they had to come first in everything,’ she explained. ‘I was also in a relationship with somebody for five years and that was my life. So my life was this person and these movies and we broke up around the same time that I wrapped those movies. Being 24 was this whole year of, “Who am I without these movies? Who am I without this man?”‘
Nicholas Hoult has yet to personally confirm the news and there’s no updates yet regarding the sex or name of the newborn, but given the secrecy of the pregnancy in the first place, we’re not holding our breath for an announcement.
The 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominations are officially in, with the ceremony set to take place this year on Sunday 20th May, with singer Kelly Clarkson set to host the Los Angeles show.
‘To prepare for hosting the Billboard Music Awards, I already have 20 costume changes planned,’ 35-year-old Kelly announced in a press release, confirming the gig. ‘I will be flying in like my girl P!nk, and calling Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman for jokes. Well, or I’m just gonna show up and celebrate my favourite artists and get to know a few more. Yeah, maybe I’ll go with that plan.’
The nominations for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were also announced this week, with Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars emerging as the front-runners with 15 BBMA nominations apiece.
Here are the 2018 Billboard music awards nominations…
2018 Billboard music awards: Top Artist
2018 Billboard music awards: Top Female Artist
2018 Billboard music awards: Top Male Artist
2018 Billboard music awards: Top Selling Album
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Pink, Beautiful Trauma
Ed Sheeran, Divide
Ed Stapleton, From a Room: Volume 1
Taylor Swift, Reputation
2018 Billboard music awards: Top Hot 100 Song
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, “Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber)”
Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Post Malone, “Rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)”
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
2018 Billboard music awards: Top New Artist
2018 Billboard music awards: Top Country Song
Kane Brown, “What Ifs (feat. Lauren Alaina)”
Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”
Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”
Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”
2018 Billboard music awards: Top Duo/Group
2018 Billboard music awards: Top Billboard 200 Artist
2018 Billboard music awards: Top Hot 100 Artist
2018 Billboard music awards: Top Streaming Songs Artist
2018 Billboard music awards: Top Song Sales Artist
2018 Billboard music awards: Top Radio Songs Artist
2018 Billboard music awards: Top Social Artist
2018 Billboard music awards: Billboard Chart Achievement Award
Despite giving birth last week, the 33-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star remained out of the spotlight following her daughter’s arrival, only speaking out recently.
After keeping the baby name under wraps, Khloé took to her Instagram to announce to the world that she had named her newborn, ‘True’.
‘Our little girl, True Thompson, has completely stolen our hearts and we are so overwhelmed with LOVE’, Khloé captioned a photo of some pink baby presents and balloons. ‘Such a blessing to welcome this angel into the family! Mommy and Daddy loooooove you True!’
While True understandably hasn’t been able to read the message yet – again, she’s a week old – it doesn’t look like it will be long until she’s an Instagram celebrity in her own right, already having her own profile.
Yes, True Thompson is on Instagram – and she has more followers than you already.
Currently boasting over 170k followers, True has the simple handle, @true. And while there are no uploads as of yet, we’re sure it’s just a matter of time.
We haven’t been this jealous of a tiny tot since we got a look inside North West’s designer wardrobe.
The whole world was talking about former couple Bella Hadid and The Weeknd earlier this week, after reports emerged that the two were seen kissing all night at a Coachella after-party.
The ex couple split in November 2016 after dating for over a year, with The Weeknd (or Abel Tesfaye) going on to date Selena Gomez until October 2017.
With Selena since rekindling the spark with her ex Justin Bieber, fans got excited this week when it looked like The Weeknd might have done the same – speculating that Bella and The Weeknd might be getting back together.
21-year-old Bella however was quick to quash the rumours, releasing the simple statement to her social media, ‘It wasn’t me.’
‘It was my first break up – and so public,’ Bella explained in a cover interview with Teen Vogue last year. ‘As an outsider, you might think I handled it so well, but it’s always in your heart, and you always feel it very heavily. It’ll be hard for a while. Love hurts, but you pull through.’
She continued: ‘I’ll always respect him, and I’ll always love him. Sometimes you want to be sad about it or handle it differently, but at the end of the day, you never want to burn a bridge that you’ve fought so hard to build.’
Are Bella Hadid and The Weeknd building bridges? We’ll have to wait and see.
With just over a month to go until the big day, there’s plenty of wedding prep to get done, from organising table settings and flower arrangements to sorting out the bridal party – Prince Harry has reportedly only just selected his brother Prince William as his best man.
But for 33-year-old Prince Harry, there’s no time off to relax before the big day, instead having to prove himself in his new role as the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.
New in the role, Prince Harry made his first address earlier this week and he couldn’t resist giving a nod to his bride-to-be, 36-year-old Meghan Markle.
‘I am incredibly grateful that the woman I am about to marry, Meghan, will be joining me in this work, of which she too is hugely excited to take part in,’ he announced to the crowd, going on to explain how together they would make the voices of the youth heard.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to undertake tours to Commonwealth countries after they have tied the knot, and it’s safe to say we cannot wait.
‘Meghan is going to be a force,’ a palace source reportedly told PEOPLE of the Suits actress’ effect on her future husband. ‘She will help him really define his role and relate to the public in a way that he wouldn’t have been able to do before. It was worth the wait.’
With just a month to go until the big day, there’s plenty of wedding prep for the royal family to busy themselves with – everything from finding the perfect Philip Treacy-style fascinator and buying the newlyweds a fitting wedding present to creating a coat of arms for Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father – a traditional royal gift to the father of the bride.
Something that needs particular thought ahead of the big day however is the Queen’s gifts to the royal couple, with the monarch set to give Prince Harry not one but two royal titles as a wedding gift – expected to also bestow a royal title on his bride, Meghan.
But what will Meghan’s royal title be?
Meghan’s post-wedding title has reportedly been decided upon already, but to the dismay of the public it looks like despite technically being a princess of the UK, she won’t be given an actual princess title, most likely being given a Duchess title instead.
There are reports that Prince Harry is likely to be made the Duke of Sussex on his wedding day, in which case Meghan would be made the Duchess of Sussex – much like Kate and Wills’ titles, known officially as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
What will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal titles be?
There is a lot of speculation surrounding potential royal titles for Harry and Meghan but the top choices seem to be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Duke and Duchess of Clarence and Avondale, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught or the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
It looks like we’ll have to wait till May 19th to find out!
Much like when Batman and Superman teamed up in Justice League, but swap the superheroes for a pair of 90-year-old national treasures. Millions tuned in on Monday night to watch the Queen and David Attenborough star a very special ITV documentary, The Queen’s Green Planet.
The focus of the programme was The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a royal mission to protect trees all over the Commonwealth. The documentary featured other members of the Royal Family including Prince Harry – who was shown planting trees in the Caribbean – and saw Attenborough and the Queen chat away as they toured the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
The Queen has never given an interview so it’s always interesting to watch her speaking in an informal fashion, and she seemed particularly relaxed with Attenborough, having known him for years. The pair’s rapport was good enough for Attenborough to take the mick out of the Queen’s sundial – planted in the shade.
‘Aha! A sundial neatly planted in the shade!’ Attenborough told the Queen, who laughed to her gardener (off screen) ‘Had we thought that it was planted in the shade? It wasn’t in the shade originally? Maybe we can move it?’ Attenborough replied, ‘Depends if you want to tell the time or not!’
‘This one we won’t look at because it doesn’t seem to be doing very well,’ the Queen told Attenborough at another point, when they walked past a sapling. ‘Somebody sat on it, I think, at the garden party.’
In the meantime, here’s a few more good stories about the Queen…
When she avoided a conversation by hiding behind a bush
Taking her dogs for a walk in 1978, apparently the Queen decided hiding behind a bush would be preferable to speaking to Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu, who was on a state visit at the time.
We’ve all done it, but with ex-boyfriends and that annoying couple from our NCT class rather than state leaders.
When she made her acting debut with Bond
‘It was a bit of a laugh’ said the Queen about the Olympic Opening Ceremony stunt which saw her march through Buckingham Palace with Daniel Craig before a ‘parachuting’ out of a helicopter into the stadium like a boss.
When she told off Silvio Berlusconi for being noisy
In 2009, when the Queen gathered with G20 leaders for a group photo, Italian PM Silvio Berlusoni shouted ‘Mr Obama!’ at the president. ‘What is it? Why does he have to shout?’ replied the Queen, which prompted an outbreak of laughter. Get back in your box, Silvio.
When she made her point with Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi
According to a memoir by former Saudi ambassador Sherard Cowper-Coles, when the Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was invited up to Balmoral for lunch with the Queen, she asked him if he’d like a tour of the estate. When a string of Landrovers pulled up outside the house the Prince was instructed to climb into the front seat of the first one, where he found the Queen (and not a chauffeur) was sitting in the driving seat. At the time women were not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia so this was (probably) the first time he had ever been driven by a woman. When the Queen, chatting away, then accelerated speedily along the road he asked her (via his interpreter) to slow down. We really hope that made her accelerate even faster…
When she stayed (relatively) cool when a man broke into her bedroom
In 1982 a man called Michael Fagan drunkenly scaled the wall of Buckingham palace and broke into the Queen’s bedroom while she was asleep. When he pulled back the curtain of her bed she woke up and said, pretty calmly considering the circumstances, ‘what are you doing here?’ before exiting the room. ‘Her nightie was one of those Liberty prints and it was down to her knees’ Fagan later told an interviewer. An unarmed footman was eventually called, who took Fagan across the hallway and gave him a whisky while he was waiting for the police to fetch him. We’re not sure the reception would be quite so chilled out if he had broken into the White House…
When she responded to the EU Referendum with sarcasm
Supposedly during a meeting with Sinn Fein chief Martin McGuinness on a two day trip to Northern Ireland in the wake of the Brexit result, she responded to his ‘Good evening, are you well?’ with ‘Thank you very much. Well, I’m still alive, anyway.’ She continued to explain ‘We’ve been quite busy – there’s been quite a lot going on’. When he sympathised – assuming she meant Brexit – the Queen replied, ‘I’ve had two birthdays, so we’ve been quite busy’.
When she joked about her outfit at the Coronation
Her elaborate robes were so heavy that when she reached Westminster Abbey she turned to the Archbishop of Canterbury and asked him to give her a push to ‘get me started.’
When she asked Tracey Emin this question
At an exhibition in Kent she said to famous YBA Emin, ‘do you show internationally as well as Margate?’ We wonder if they then went on to discuss Emin’s famous work ‘All The People I Have Ever Slept With’
When she showed she’s a (slightly crazy) dog lover
According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, the Queen’s army of corgis are fed on (among other things) steak, poached chicken and rabbit and her morning breakfast tray also features a plate of dog biscuits. She also once demoted a footman because he poured whisky into the corgis’ water bowl.
When people mistook her for a common lady shocker
The artist Juliet Pannett – who painted the Queen – said HRH told her a story about a time she was having tea at Sandringham and they’d run of cake, so she nipped out to the local shop to buy some. As she was walking through the shop door in her headscarf an elderly lady said ‘Good heavens, you look just like the Queen’, to which she replied ‘how reassuring’ and carried on into the shop.
When she gave this line to some American tourists
The Queen was on a walk near Balmoral – again in her headscarf – when a group of American tourists stopped her and said, ‘have you met the Queen?’ The Queen turned to her royal protection officer and said ‘I’ve never met the Queen… but this policeman has.’
Announcing their engagement last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to wed next month on May 19th at St. George’s Chapel, in Windsor castle.
With a month to go until the big day, wedding updates are still coming in thick and fast, from who is in charge of the flowers to Prince Harry’s best man – according to reports, he has only just asked his brother, William.
‘Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have selected Alexi Lubomirski to take the official photographs at Windsor Castle following their wedding at St George’s Chapel on 19th May,’ Kensington Palace announced on Twitter.
The now iconic photographer has spoken out about his experience taking the engagement portraits recently, even going on to talk about THAT dress – the £56,000 Ralph & Russo sheer number that surprised the public, breaking royal protocol.
‘[I was] very shocked with the reaction,’ the photographer explained to Entertainment Tonight at The Daily Front Row Fashion Awards over the weekend. ‘To be honest, we tried on a couple of different things and that was just one that she felt comfortable in, so we weren’t really thinking, “Is it nude?” Or anything. We just thought, “Feel comfortable and let’s make some nice pictures”’
‘It was a very surreal end to the year because it came out of nowhere,’ he explained in an earlier interview. ‘I think one of Megan’s friends saw on Instagram that I was in England during the announcement of the engagement and I was told later that this person said to her, “You should meet Alexi. He’s great, you’d love him” and that was it.’
Going on to explain the shoot, he stated: ‘It was one of the easiest, most joyful jobs because they were so deliciously in love,’ with the photographer even going on to recall that all he had to do was to tell the couple to be themselves.
Judging by Alexi’s official photos, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding photos are set to be the most millennial to date – and we cannot wait.