Things That Caught My EyeVirginia with the best shotThe bracket for the 2018 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament is out, and your top seeds are Virginia (which FiveThirtyEight gives a 18 percent chance of winning), Villanova (17 percent), Kansas (7 percent), and Xavier (er, 3 percent chance). Duke, which many basketball fans will recall as that school that lost to UNC this past weekend, has a 10 percent chance of winning to North Carolina’s 5 percent. [FiveThirtyEight]Mark it down: Florida State upsetAccording to FiveThirtyEight’s analysis of the bracket, the likeliest upset of the first round of the men’s tournament is 9-seed Florida State over 8-seed Missouri, where the lower ranked school has a 61 percent chance of winning. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Philly rebuilt using the Chicago blueprintIn three of the past five years the Phillies got younger, in four of the five past years they improved their farm roster, and in four of the past five years they cut pay roll. If you look at the five year run from 2010 to 2014 when the Chicago Cubs rebuilt their roster, that’s the same thing that happened. Only five teams since 1988 have done that style of rebuild. [FiveThirtyEight]15 games too muchThe last team out of the March Madness tournament was Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish had to deal with star Bonzie Colson’s 15-game absence that contributed to a few close losses. [ESPN]Losing 14 games used to mean something in this townIn the past 60 years, only 15 teams with 14 losses or more made their way into the tournament. Now nine of those teams have broken into the dance since 2011, and this year there are two, Alabama and Texas. It’s the second year in a row where there were multiple 14-loss teams, after Vanderbilt and Michigan State got their tickets punched last time around. [ESPN]Half the timeThe overall No. 1 seed in the tournament has a dicey record in March; in the 14 years since the NCAA spilled the beans on the overall No. 1, half of them have made it to the final four. Of those, only three won the title, which is exactly as often as the team was eliminated in the round of 32. [ESPN]Big Number26.8 percentThe Legion of Boom is over in Seattle, and what comes next is unclear. In 2012, 43.8 percent of Seattle offensive snaps came from players on rookie contracts, and five years later that figure was essentially unchanged at 42.5 percent. On the defensive side, though, the seasoned vets took over: 54.9 percent of snaps were from rookie deal players in 2012, but in 2017 that was down to 26.8 percent. With the legion dispersing, that leaves a gaping hole on defense. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: neil:The verdict is in on Shohei Ohtani’s bat and it’s not goodrob:based on spring training?Predictions NBA See more NBA predictions All newsletters We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe Oh, and don’t forgetMy puny ape brain cannot comprehend perfection
An OSU helmet sits on the field before the 45th annual BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe naming of junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan as captains came as little surprise to Buckeye fans.However, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Friday that four more names would be added to the list of captains for the season. Fifth-year senior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt junior offensive lineman Billy Price, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis were given the honor.Lewis, alongside redshirt sophomore Sam Hubbard, will be starting this season for the Buckeyes at defensive end. Last season, Lewis led the team in sacks with eight, as well as racking up 54 total tackles.Set to start for his third straight season along the offensive line for OSU, Price earned freshman All-American honors in 2014 and picked up third-team all-Big Ten recognition last season.Replacing the departed Eli Apple as the No. 1 cornerback, Conley has appeared in 28 games in his career for OSU. Meyer and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs have turned to Conley this season to mentor the upcoming players in the secondary, since he is the only player with extensive experience at the position.Once only a walk-on with the program, Burger is looking to finish his career with the Scarlet and Gray on a high note. After earning a scholarship with the team last season, Burger played extensively on special teams, and has appeared in 34 games as a Buckeye.Each of the four players was chosen through a team vote.
The Buckeyes played host to the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this week, as they lost to Penn State 14-12 in the quarterfinal round.The Nittany Lions (10-7) wasted no time, putting their first goal in the net within the first 40 seconds. The two teams then exchanged goals before PSU went on to score seven of the next nine goals, forcing the Buckeyes to call a time-out to regroup.“We dug ourselves a hole. We waited too long to come back,” said Kelly Haggerty, a three-year letter winner who ended the game with two goals and three assists. “We knew how much we wanted it and we remind ourselves how much we wanted to win this game. We just try to pump ourselves up because we know we can do it, we know we have it in us.”OSU put in two goals before the half, heading into the locker room down 10-6.Both committed several turnovers in the first half, with OSU recording six and PSU recording five.The Buckeyes fired back at the start of the second period, bringing the score back 8-10. PSU followed up with four straight goals to give the Nittany Lions a solid six-goal cushion late in the second.OSU, who came back from behind just once this season, was unable to catch up with PSU despite a four-goal scoring run to end the game.“I always ask the girls to play their heart out and I’ve questioned that in a couple close games, but this one today they played as hard as they could until the bitter end,” coach Sue Stimmel said. “It’s just unfortunate when you don’t win in those situations.”Sophomore Alayna Markwordt led the Buckeyes with three goals and junior Jayme Beard recorded a game-high four assists in the loss.Members of the team and coaching staff wore orange armbands with the initials “Y.L.” on them in honor of Yeardley Love, the Virginia women’s lacrosse player who was killed on Monday.A moment of silence was held prior to the awards ceremony Saturday on her behalf.This marks the end of the season for the lacrosse girls, who got to play their last game on home turf.“It was awesome. I’m sad it’s over, but there’s no other place to play like this,” Haggerty said. “A lot of people don’t get to experience what we experience. It’s just really heartfelt, and there’s nothing like team camaraderie.”
Ohio State’s women’s soccer team posted an 0-2 record against Big Ten foes last weekend and, according to coach Lori Walker, the team’s performance was as poor as she’s ever seen. The weekend started for the Buckeyes with a 1-0 home defeat to Iowa Friday. Then came a 3-2 loss to Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (8-7-1, 3-4-1) have lost three matches in a row, with all of the defeats coming at the hands of conference foes. Coach Lori Walker was noticeably frustrated by the team’s play this weekend. “I think our team is playing about as poorly as I’ve ever seen us play,” Walker said. After being held scoreless Friday, the Buckeyes showed more energy offensively Sunday, outshooting the Cornhuskers 26 shots to 14. Despite scoring two goals, Walker said the team is struggling most on the attack. “I think that our inability to be dangerous in the final 25 yards of the field is absolutely crippling our confidence,” she said. “Although we found a couple of goals today, we are not consistently being dangerous in the last 25 yards. “You can’t outshoot a team 26 to 14 and find a way to lose 3-2 unless your attack is in the crapper right now, and ours is.” Trailing 3-1, senior defender Danielle Scoliere settled a loose ball in the box and finished from six yards out to bring the Buckeyes within a goal in the 81st minute. It was her first goal of the season. The Buckeyes dug themselves into an early second half deficit, allowing a Nebraska goal in the 50th minute. The gap swelled to 3-1 in the 71st minute when OSU gave up a breakaway goal. Junior forward Lauren Granberg tied the game in the 26th minute with her third goal of the season. After a deflected header attempt by senior forward Paige Maxwell, the ball landed in front of Granberg who finished into a wide open net level the score, 1-1. OSU fell behind early when it conceded an own goal to the Huskers in the 11th minute. October has not been kind to the Buckeyes, who are now 1-3-0 during the month. The Buckeyes continue Big Ten play this week with two away matches. OSU will face Michigan Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State Sunday at 12 p.m.
Call it a prophecy. Call it luck. Heck, call it divine intervention. Call it whatever you want, but Ohio State redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby had a dream. And during Saturday’s 63-38 win under the lights in Ohio Stadium against Nebraska, it came true. “I had a dream earlier this week I was gonna get a pick-six. I was telling everybody, this is my game, I’ma get a pick-six,” said Roby, who predicted Wednesday that he would have his first interception of the season against the Cornhuskers. Strange? Perhaps. But soothsaying might run in the family. “My dad texted me this morning and was like, ‘I had a dream you had a pick-six today,’” Roby said wide-eyed with conviction of his vision from the night before. “I’m like, dang, I’ma get it, I had the same dream.” Stuff like that, he said, just happens. “It’s just crazy. I just wanted to make as many plays as I can for my team,” Roby said. That mental disposition certainly seemed to be on display during a game that saw the Horseshoe turn into an “inferno” – even in nippy 52-degree weather. And, at least for a little while, it might have looked like the Buckeyes needed the cornerback to make every play he possibly could. After the Buckeyes’ offense clumsily opened college football’s primetime nightcap with back-to-back, three-and-out drives, Roby seized the game’s momentum – and score – when OSU might’ve needed it the most. The grating noise of a raucous Ohio Stadium in its only night tilt this year had softened. The roar of a record 106,102 people was eerily quiet just six minutes into the contest. First-quarter struggles, however, haven’t been a novel predicament for the Buckeyes this season. In first-year coach Urban Meyer’s inaugural game in Columbus, OSU was outgained 173 to 48 in total yards against a perceived inferior opponent in Miami (Ohio) in the first quarter. Three weeks later, against similar competition, Alabama-Birmingham jumped on the Buckeyes early in the first quarter with a 99 to 42 total yards advantage. While not outgained in the first quarter of its two other home games before Saturday, OSU struggled to stick a dagger in Central Florida and California before escaping with uninspiring victories in both contests. Buckeyes fans had seen this movie before. You know, the one where their team stumbles its bloodied-self past the finish line – the kind of win that leaves more questions than answers. And that was against teams the Buckeyes were supposed to beat. What would happen to them against a Nebraska team of arguably equal talent? After the Cornhuskers’ defense had stifled sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and Meyer’s offense early, Saturday’s seemed to have the looks of another episode of more of the same. Admittedly, Meyer called the first quarter a “train wreck.” “It was a dark day there for that first quarter,” he said. Then came the fruition of Roby’s dream. Pinned on his own 31-yard line on 3rd-and-10, Nebraska junior quarterback Taylor Martinez saw a chance to mount a drive with junior receiver Quincy Enunwa open near the Buckeyes’ sideline. Unfortunately for Martinez and the Cornhuskers, Roby saw it too – first, apparently, in his sleep and then during the game. “I saw it on film when they lined up in a certain formation, they run certain routes on certain like downs and distance,” he said. “I saw it and I kinda thought about it pre-snap. So, when I saw him run the route I just jumped it.” As quickly as he ripped the ball from its original trajectory, Roby had taken the ball 41 yards into the stadium’s north end zone for the game’s first score. The inferno of a stadium that Meyer had wanted, in part thanks to Roby, seemed to be back. “That was one of the great evenings in Columbus, in Ohio State,” Meyer said. “But I really appreciate that. I never want to let that go without telling the fans that. That was tremendous,” Meyer said. “That was, from the bottom of my heart, I want to make sure everybody knows that.” The Horseshoe arguably rocked with the same drowning noise that it had during former OSU coach Jim Tressel’s years and Roby was making interceptions in his sleep – sort of. But perhaps most of all, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Suwanee, Ga., native had made good of his earlier talk of picking off Martinez. Roby, though, wasn’t finished yet. While his first interception of the season had put the Buckeyes up early, Nebraska had found a way to gash the OSU defense to a 17-14 lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the second quarter. Faced with a similar situation on his own 20-yard line, Martinez and Nebraska took to the air again on third down against a Buckeyes defense that was hurrying the junior to get the ball out of his hands as soon as possible. And, like before, Roby was there to intercept Martinez – this time for an 8-yard return that set up an 18-yard touchdown pass from Miller to sophomore tight end Jeff Heuerman. Up 21 to 17, OSU subsequently outscored the Cornhuskers, 42-21, en route to its second consecutive Big Ten win and sixth overall victory. Perhaps most impressive Saturday was the 63 points the Buckeyes’ offense amassed against a defense giving up an average of just 20.6 points a game. Six of those points, though, belonged to Roby. “It’s a team thing,” Roby said with a wide smile. “I mean, Ohio State had 63 points. That’s all that matters to me.” Helping put his offense into position to succeed is something he said he’s more than happy to do. “Like I said, I try to do as much as I can in any way that I can to help my team. I want us to win every game so, I felt like, I play good and I make plays then we’re gonna win,” Roby said. While Roby’s interceptions were the first for him this year, Miller said the cornerback is used to making plays. “Man, he does it all the time in practice. But finally he brung it to the field and big plays like that, you gotta score after that,” he said. “So he brings a lot of excitement to the offense.” It might be the kind of excitement that has Roby using his newfound calling as an oracle to predict an undefeated season for the Buckeyes. “We’re trying to go 12-0. Win every single game,” he said. “We’re trying to get that AP No. 1, and go and win a national championship. That’s our goal.” Roby said the climb for such a feat is just like Meyer described as “pushing a ball up a hill.” “You’re pushing the ball up the hill, you’re pushing the ball up the hill. At first you can’t really see much. It’s cloudy, you can’t really see. But you break through it and you see the sun,” Roby said, “and you’re almost there, almost there, keep pushing, keep pushing. I feel like … that was a component tonight. “We saw it, we saw the sun. And we just kept pushing and now we’re going downhill. There’s nothing stopping us.”
Redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple (13) waits for the ball to be snapped during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAfter sending a first-round draft pick in Bradley Roby to the NFL, the Ohio State Buckeyes had a void to fill at cornerback.Enter Eli Apple.The redshirt-freshman cornerback has stepped into a starting role for the Buckeyes and has helped the OSU defense to the 18th best pass defense in the country.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was pleased to see Apple’s success after a less-than-successful 2013 redshirt year for the New Jersey native.“Eli Apple is a guy that I’d like to think is a product of the way we do our business,” Meyer said Monday. “In the weight room, in the classroom … he was not what we wanted when we signed him.”Apple agreed with his coach, adding that he was challenged more than just physically in his first year as a Buckeye.“Mentally and physically, I wasn’t ready at all as far as tackling,” Apple said Monday. “As far as getting in the weight room, I wasn’t really strong enough to really play out there, I was getting tossed around a little bit.”Meyer said the physical struggles weren’t the only thing holding Apple back.“He was lazy in the classroom, lazy about his business (but he has) got a great family, they really supported us in our disciplining of him, and he’s doing great in school and great on the field,” Meyer said. “And I grabbed him yesterday and I said, ‘This is what we recruited.’ He’s playing pretty well.”Apple said he’s worked on getting his grades up, and added that he believes it is showing on the field.“I feel like it all goes hand-in-hand,” he said. “When you are doing good in school, you are doing good in football. It all correlates.”Apple has started all but one game this season, but it was in the game he didn’t start that he made arguably his biggest impact.After fellow redshirt-freshman cornerback Gareon Conley gave up a 44-yard completion and a subsequent touchdown on Michigan State’s opening drive Nov. 8, Apple was called upon to come into the game and perform, which co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said Apple did admirably.“He did not practice at all (that) week. Did not take one rep at practice. And leading up to the game, even on Saturday morning, we weren’t sure if Eli was going to be able to play or not,” Ash said on Nov. 10. “But throughout the course of the game, from when he went in to that point, he made some plays, both in the run game and in the pass game. I mean he showed some grit, some determination, some guts, some toughness that honestly we didn’t know Eli had.”Apple tied for the team lead for pass breakups against the Spartans with two, and added a tackle for loss from the corner spot.Apple said his improvements this season are because he’s learned from the veterans in front of him.“When I first got here, I definitely had my little struggles. I feel like that redshirt year really helped me a lot just watching guys like Roby, watching guys like (senior cornerback) Doran (Grant), see how they handle their business and picking up stuff from them,” Apple said. “When I came in this year, I really wanted to take an approach — take things serious, work on my technique, work on all aspects of my game and it has really helped out.”Grant, who Meyer said Monday he would nominate for an all-Big Ten honor, said before the Michigan State game that Apple was already showing signs of improvement.“(He is) getting better and growing every day,” Grant said Oct. 22. “You just see him growing and taking coaching and just getting better as a player everyday and that’s good.”Apple said playing opposite of Grant has been one of the most important keys to his personal progress.“I feel like my confidence has grown after each game,” Apple said. “It’s just great being a starting corner, playing opposite of Doran Grant, somebody that just takes the game so serious. It’s one of those things where you have to raise your game up a notch every week because you got somebody like him who just goes so hard and has great preparation.”Apple and the Buckeyes are now preparing for the Indiana Hoosiers as the two teams are scheduled to kick off at noon on Saturday from Ohio Stadium.
OSU redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball as Michigan junior defensive back Blake Countess (2) and sophomore safety Delano Hill (44) defend during a Nov. 29 game at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team isn’t even two months removed from its victory over Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship, but it’s already time to hit the field once again.The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin practice Tuesday morning, kicking off a string of 14 sessions, set to conclude with the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 18.Spring practice brings the first glimpse at a new Buckeye squad, including a few freshmen who have enrolled early, some players rehabbing injuries, and others battling for playing time in 2015. With a few guarantees mixed in with a number of question marks, these are the top storylines heading into practice.QuarterbacksIt’s the most talked-about position in all of football, and easily the most discussed when it comes to OSU.Redshirt-junior Cardale Jones is expected to be the only fully healthy signal caller at spring practice who could earn significant playing time next season. Redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett is still recovering from a fractured ankle and redshirt-senior Braxton Miller is rehabbing a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.While Barrett was the starter most of last season, and Miller is a former two-year undisputed starter, Jones has a chance to get a leg up on the competition if he performs well this spring.Of course, he had that same chance last year when Miller was initially ruled out after a minor shoulder surgery. Jones earned the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, but was eventually beaten out by Barrett in fall camp before Miller went down with his season-ending injury.So Jones can make his mark while getting plenty of reps in practice, but he should still be wary whenever Barrett and Miller return to full strength, because all three are supremely talented.Position battlesWhile the Buckeyes don’t have to replace anyone at quarterback, it’ll be the most watched position battle.Beyond that, though, OSU has to find a new right tackle, at least one new starting wide receiver, a new starting defensive tackle, one more linebacker and another cornerback.Linebacker is probably the position most set in stone already, with sophomore Raekwon McMillan looking like a clear replacement for the departed Curtis Grant. At receiver, redshirt-freshman Johnnie Dixon might have an opportunity to take over one of the spots left vacant by Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, but he’ll face stiff competition.Other returning names, such as redshirt-seniors Corey Smith and Jeff Greene, should have a chance to earn playing time alongside redshirt-junior Michael Thomas as well.At cornerback, sophomore Damon Webb and redshirt-sophomore Gareon Conley will be going head-to-head, while sophomore Sam Hubbard, redshirt-sophomore Michael Hill and sophomore Jalyn Holmes, along with senior Tommy Schutt, will all get looks at defensive line.Along the offensive front, numerous players could earn playing time, but redshirt-senior Chase Farris is the most likely candidate to replace Darryl Baldwin.Fresh faces on the coaching staffAlong with a few new players, the Buckeyes have two new assistant coaches in the fold.With Tom Herman off to Houston and Stan Drayton off to the Chicago Bears in the NFL, Tim Beck and Tony Alford will be working with the OSU quarterbacks and running backs, respectively.Beck earned the opportunity to choose between three potential Heisman Trophy candidates, while Alford inherited one clear-cut Heisman front runner in junior Ezekiel Elliott.While both the quarterbacks and running backs performed extremely well last season, Beck and Alford have a chance to improve their position groups to a completely dominating level, and leave their mark on the OSU program.After the Spring Game, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., to kick off the 2015 regular season.
The hearing, at Portsmouth Military Court,was told the “kangaroo court” took place while the marines were guarding high security bases including Falsane and Coulport where the nation’s nuclear deterrent submarines and warheads are kept.They were said to have played a version of the game show Deal or No Deal to decide punishments, as one of them donned a fake beard and pretended to be Noel Edmonds.Cpl Foster denied three counts of ill-treatment of a subordinate and Cpl Beer denied two counts of the same charge.Both men were cleared of all charges by a board of senior officers at the court martial. “As a corporal, I tried to be as professional as possible,” he said.”I would sit at the back of family time to ensure the marines did not go too far.”I had done my time as a junior marine and been part of the forfeits, but now I wanted to just let the lads crack on.” Philip Beer arriving at Portsmouth Court MartialCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency Two Royal Marines accused of overseeing meetings at which “sinister” punishments were handed out did not mistreat colleagues, a court martial has ruled.Corporals Philip Beer, 34, and Danny Foster, 30, were said to have been complicit in the provision of forfeits such as being whipped and forced to shave off body hair.One of two alleged victims claimed he had even been made to perform a sex act while watching military-themed gay porn after he failed a map reading test.The punishments were said to have been handed out at a nightly gathering of 43 Commando troop known as “family time,” which was used to informally deal with professional failings.The alleged victims claimed the two corporals would oversee the meetings, dishing out punishments to people from the back of the room.However, the court heard the punishments were actually decided by the marines in the troop and Cpl Foster insisted he would “steer clear”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A means test for the payments originally appeared on Theresa May’s 2017 General Election manifesto but it was removed after a backlash. Pensioners who decide they do not need it can contact the office that processes the payment to decline it, but older stars including Alan Sugar have previously spoken out about being frustrated by the process. Businessman Lord Sugar, now 70, said in 2010 that he had tried to hand back his payment but gave up after spending “an hour on the phone to some civil servant in Newcastle”. Instead he gives the money to charity. Baroness Bakewell, 84, added that she had also tried to send the payment back when she first received it, but could not do so. “I, like many, give that heating allowance to charity but it could be means-tested if it was added to the income tax statement of our incomes,” she told peers.Figures released under Freedom of Information laws show that just 54 pensioners managed to turn down the payment in 2015/16. I, like many, give that heating allowance to charity but it could be means-tested if it was added to the income tax statement of our incomesBaroness Bakewell Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant has questioned the Government over his winter fuel payments. The singer, 69, accosted Labour peer Baroness Bakewell in the street to ask why he receives the annual allowance, which is meant to help poverty-stricken pensioners stay warm in winter. Plant, who has been the heavy rock band’s frontman since the late 1960s, and has since launched a successful solo career of his own, is a multimillionaire who told the peer that he was baffled after receiving the benefit, which can be worth as much as £300 for older pensioners. For someone of Plant’s age the payout is more likely to have been £200 – but Baroness Bakewell said any payout should only be given to those who need it. She told the House of Lords: “I was stopped in the street by Robert Plant, a multibillionaire rock star, of Led Zeppelin.”He said, ‘Joan, I’ve been sent £300 by the Government. Why?’.”Why indeed? The heating allowance for older people should be means tested. When I first received it, I tried to send it back but I was told it could not be accepted.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Another is a little more blurry as the wanted bird gets right in front of the camera and tries to stick his beak into the lens.”He must like his reflection in the lens,” one officer said.”He keeps getting in the way and is always blurred and out of focus because he’s so close.”The force announced that Steve was “back on his rounds again” on Monday, sharing an image of him peering into a camera.On Sunday, they appealed for information about the “movements and identity of the pictured subject”.Bluetits often peck at their own reflections in windows or glass believing that another bird if intruding near its nest site as they try to protect their breeding territory. Police appeal for information about feathered suspect Steve An attention-seeking blue tit has been causing problems for police in Gloucester.The feathered suspect has taken a liking to CCTV cameras and has been blocking shots by sitting in front of various lenses.Officers have had their view of the streets obscured so often by the little fellow that they have appealed for information about him.The bird is described as “very small, quite roundly shaped, with blue and yellow plumage”.Gloucestershire Police Force Control Room has affectionately nicknamed him “Steve”.One piece of CCTV footage shows the blue tit hurtling towards the camera, high above a mobile cash machine. The birds are well adapted to gardens and towns. In winter, they form flocks with other tits, roaming the countryside and visiting gardens in groups
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Nicola Nash, from the MoD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, said: “We are currently attempting to gather the contact information of the families of these brave men who were killed during the Korean War but have no known grave”. Any British personnel identified will be buried in the United Nations (UN) Memorial Cemetery in Pusan, South Korea. The MoD has said it will pay for relatives to attend the services. Relatives wishing to contact the Ministry of Defence unit responsible for this work should call 01452 854622 or 01462 855258. Returning to his hotel from a visit to the Imjin River battlefield on his last visit, he said he had been overcome with emotion. A young Korean nurse had gone to his aid. Having ensured he was healthy she then knelt down in from of him and, as if she was addressing all the men that had gone to fight for her country, in broken English said three words that have stayed with Mr Mercer ever since: “You my hero”. With human waves of Chinese infantry attacking his isolated hill-top position and many of his small band of British defenders becoming casualties, Brigadier Tom Brodie, commander of the Gloucestershire Regiment, was asked for an update by his American superior.“Things are getting a bit sticky,” he reportedly told General Robert Soule, at the height of the Battle of Imjin River in April 1951, during the Korean war. Taking the phrase at face value, and misunderstanding that to a British soldier it indicated absolute crisis and imminent doom, the General sent neither reinforcements nor an order to withdraw. Having held out against an estimated 10,000 Chinese troops for three days, most of the unit of 600 men were killed or captured, with only 40 making it back to safety.But now relatives of men from The Glorious Glosters, as the unit became known, have been asked to help identify remains from the conflict in a new appeal by the Ministry of Defence.Families of the fallen servicemen have been asked to provide DNA samples after a deal struck in June between President Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, saw the repatriation of a number of remains. So far the remains of 55 soldiers have been returned to the US for analysis, with more hoped to follow. But the nationalities have yet to be identified and with 33,000 coalition troops still unaccounted for from the war the MoD has appealed for help to trace fallen British servicemen. Sam Mercer MBE, 88, a veteran of the Korea War. Mr Mercer served in the Gloucestershire Regiment at the Battle of Imjin River in 1951. Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley “Although the process of tracing families, DNA testing and identification will probably take many years, we are hoping that as many families as possible will come forward,” Ms Nash said.The Korean War, technically a UN policing action, lasted from 1950 to 1953. An American-led UN coalition supported South Korea in the fight against the Communist North, which was backed by China. 1,108 British troops were killed in the war, with 336 still listed as missing. Sam Mercer, a private in the Gloucestershire Regiment at the time of the battle who was wounded and subsequently taken captive, said he supported the initiative.Speaking exclusively to The Telegraph he recalled that many of his fellow soldiers had been reservists at the time of the Korean War and had had to be recalled to arms to go and fight. “In the words of the RSM [Regimental Sergeant Major],” Mr Mercer said, “they were ticking like alarm clocks!”He last visited the UN cemetery in Pusan about four years ago and visited the grave of his old Platoon Commander, Lieutenant Curtis, a Victoria Cross recipient.“I had a brief chat with him and wished him well,” he said, “as you do”.He felt it was a worthy endeavour to try to match remains from the war to help the families. He knew that the sacrifices of his comrades were greatly respected by the Korean people today, many of whom, he said, felt the UN forces had been their saviours.
Inside the royal wedding reception: Prince Andrew’s speechWho did Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank invite?Princess Eugenie requests dress with low backHer mother’s outfit was polished and typically FergieBride’s tiara is from the Queen’s collectionSign up to the Telegraph’s Royal Family newsletter here Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank will finally be able to let their hair down away from the gaze of the public after the second royal wedding of 2018 in Windsor. The newlywed left her afternoon wedding reception as a wife in style, with the newest member of the Royal family driving away in a genuine James Bond car which was originally made for the James Bond movie Spectre.Mr Brooksbank was seen breathing a sigh of relief as he got in the driver’s seat of the silver DB10. Prince Andrew had ribbed him during a “classic father-of-the-bride” speech, the highlight of which was a joke about the family dog. Earlier, Princess Eugenie showed off her scars in a nod to the surgeons who operated on her back as a child.The low back feature on the dress – designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, who founded the British based label Peter Pilotto – was at the specific request of the bride who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis. Celebrities have kept their followers updated on the big day with posts on social media. Jack Whitehall 9:46AMChoristers, 11 and 12, to take centre stage after shining at Harry and Meghan’s wedding And during the readings inside the venue, Eugenie said jokingly “why aren’t you holding my hand?” before the tequila salesman readjusted her ring, lipreader Tina Lannin said.The ceremony was more muted than Harry and Meghan’s in the same venue just five months beforehand, with Zara Tindall telling the Duke of Sussex “it’s very quiet compared to the screaming at your wedding”, according to Ms Lannin. 10:50AMCalamity on the steps 6:33PMPhilip took ‘big step’ towards reconciliation with Fergie “Eugenie is lovely. She doesn’t steal the limelight like some, she’s very low key, and she seems genuinely happy with Jack.” For the locals gathered this morning it is the second time in six months that their town has been taken over by the world’s media for a royal wedding. They’re claiming Eugenie for one of their own. “She went to school at the end of my road!” says 9 year old Ava, who is hoping her mum might let her skip school this morning to watch the carriage procession. Terry “the flag man” Hutt is also here this morning, one of the dedicated fans who camped out overnight. “I slept in my sleeping bag overnight with about 14 others. I love Eugenie but Fergie is particularly special to me. She breathed life into the royal family back in the day. I think she’s wonderful.” 11:05AMThe wedding dress 9:58AMDemi Moore and Naomi Campbell arrive Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank leave Windsor CastleCredit:Reuters 9:10AMThe second royal wedding in numbers The bride, Princess Eugenie, arrivesCredit:Getty Bridesmaids and pageboysCredit:Getty The Duke and Duchess of SussexCredit:AFP 10:30AMHarry and Meghan return to Windsor “When I did his leaver’s interview, I said: ‘Are you going to university?’, and he said: ‘No, he wanted to get on with life and go into hospitality’.”I said: ‘That’s a tough industry’, but he went and became a barman at the Admiral Codrington in Chelsea – he rolled his sleeves up and he’s got on really well. He’s quite a similar character to the Duke of York.” 7:28PMLove wins at #RoyalWedding2 11:39AMThe order of service – in full Logistics for the day also appear to be drastically simpler than on May 19, when visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were advised to travel first thing in the morning, book special car parks outside the town centre and be warned that they may not even be able to enter the main streets due to the sheer numbers of tourists.This time, the council has simply warned tourists to be mindful that the usual Windsor car parks may be very busy.Where on May 19, Great Western Railway and South Western Railway laid on extra trains and a more frequent service to Windsor stations, October 12 will see them operate a “normal Friday service”. Cara Delevigne 8:55AMCelebrity guests will see the royal couple start married life Princess Beatrice, maid of honour, is wearing a blue dress by Ralph and Russo and a headband by Sarah Cant. Earlier, the first cheers of the morning erupted in Horseshoe Cloister at the arrival of the groom’s parents to St George’s Chapel.Blustery conditions saw Jack Brooksbank’s mother momentarily hold onto her hat as she climbed the steps. Hollywood actress Demi Moore has arrived wearing a burgundy dress and matching fascinator.She was preceded by supermodel Naomi Campbell. Asked by Holmes to describe each other in three words, Jack said about his future wife: “She’s this bright shining light.”Eugenie was not so succinct and replied: “Jack’s the kind of guy, you know when you’re lost at a party and you can’t find anyone to talk to, and you start panicking and you need help? He’ll walk in and make everyone feel so special.”He’ll scoop you up and talk to you and make you feel a million dollars… you’re so humble and generous. So humble and generous – that’s two words…”The princess went on to say her “big sissy” Princess Beatrice was someone “I’ve looked up to her whole life” and that she’s the biggest supporter of “team Eug and Jack”.Asked about the moment she will walk down the aisle with her father the Duke of York, Eugenie replied: “It’s nerve-wracking and a bit scary and all the things that come with getting married, but at the end of the day you get to marry the person you love.”In reference to Jack, she added: “And you’re going to be at the end of the aisle, and I’m going to be running towards you!”Quizzed about whether his fiancee had become a “bridezilla”, Jack said no, adding: “Eugenie has been amazing.”She’s been incredible, she has the ability to do a million things at once in her brain, including working as well as organising everything to do with the wedding.” 10:25AMRoyal contingent begin to arrive Naomi Campbell Naomi Campbell’s Instagram storyCredit:Naomi Campbell/Instagram Pixie Geldolf The Queen, wearing a pale blue dress, was followed by her husband the Duke. Prince Philip and the the Queen have arrived at the royal wedding. Jack Brooksbank, who has a background in hospitality, is in charge of the drinks and has revealed Casamigos tequila will be on the menu.Mr Brooksbank works as the UK brand ambassador for Casamigos, the tequila company owned by George Clooney and his friend Rande Gerber, who is married to the supermodel Cindy Crawford. 4:21PMThe 400-egg five-tier red velvet wedding cake Earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex exchanged vows in front of more than 30 members of the Royal family, which give us an idea of what to expect for the upcoming royal nuptials.The princess’ grandmother, the Queen, is sure to attend – as is her uncle, Prince Charles. However the Duchess of Cornwall will not be attending, instead undertaking a a prior engagement at a primary school’s harvest festival celebrations in Scotland.And the Duke of Edinburgh will make a last minute decision as to whether he will attend the event, royal sources have told TheTelegraph. At 97, Prince Philip now operates on a “wake up and see how I feel” basis, according to insiders.A well-placed source said: “The Duke of Edinburgh may not go to the wedding, just as he and the Queen did not attend Prince Louis christening in July.“The royals are like any family in the sense they try to make family occasions but it is not always possible. I’m sure he would love to be there to see his granddaughter get married but no one would blame the Duke if he didn’t feel up to attending the wedding on the day – he’s only three years off 100.”Naturally the Duke and Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie’s parents, will play a large role in the proceedings. A friend of the Duchess said she was feeling nervous about being reunited with her former in-laws after being treated as somewhat of a royal outcast since she divorced Andrew in 1996. 7:17AMTimings for the royal wedding 2:10PMCamilla misses the wedding – to visit a school Karoline Copping and Jimmy Carr Credit:Getty Front row guests in the nave included broadcaster Stephen Fry, singer James Blunt, Richard Banson’s son Sam, and artist Tracey Emin who chatted to a friend in the aisle ahead of the bride’s arrival.Other guests included actresses Liv Tyler and Demi Moore, Kiss Kiss singer Holly Valance, former footballer Jamie Redknapp, Delevingne sisters Cara and Poppy, broadcaster Richard Bacon and reality TV star Ollie Proudlock.The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa was in the front row of the nave with her husband James Matthews and brother James Middleton. Andrea Bocelli Credit:Drew Gurian/Invision St George’s ChapelCredit:AFP Ellie Goulding, left, arrives for the weddingCredit:Getty With the guests packed into the chapel – celebrities and royals alike – Princess Eugenie arrives wearing a low-back dress.She had earlier hinted the scars from her childhood back surgery would be on show. Her husband-to-be waited patiently at the end of the aisle, while she and her father Prince Andrew waved to cheering crowds. 12:15PMVisitors in awe as the royal couple are paraded around Windsor 6:18PMNo arrests as wedding goes off without a hitch Jack Whitehall’s Instagram storyCredit:Jack Whitehall/Instagram She added: “It was almost like the sort of behaviour you see at the party when somebody you don’t want to see walks in.”Despite their apparent reservations, there seemed to be few hard feelings between the two.Ms James continued: “She got quite the look from Philip, he smiled at her at least twice, almost as if he had planned to greet her warmly. That was quite a big step for the Duke of Edinburgh.”However, Ms James said the duchess may not have even been aware of the interaction.She said: “The Duchess of York was sat in front of Philip, so unless she had eyes in the back of her head, she wouldn’t have known.”She probably didn’t want to take the risk of turning round.”However, they weren’t the only ones with prominent body language on display.Ms James noted that “it was fascinating that William and Kate were holding hands”. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also spotted having a quiet word about the seating arrangement.And as bridesmaid Princess Charlotte simply waved to adoring crowds from a car, Robbie Williams’ daughter Teddy, sitting in front of her, repeatedly shouted “hello!”, Ms Lannin added.The gaggle of youngsters in the bridal party had a few minutes to wait before the bride arrived, and were kept in check by the Cambridges’ nanny.Last week, Brooksbank, 32, admitted being “terrified” ahead of the wedding to 28-year-old Eugenie.He told Daily Mail diarist Sebastian Shakespeare: “I’ll need to take a few minutes for myself before the speeches because I’m terrified.”It’s very exciting but I’m a little bit nervous.” According to Buckingham Palace, the carriage will journey through the grounds of Windsor Castle, enter the town at Castle Hill and proceed along Windsor High Street, then return to the castle grounds at Cambridge Gate. Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank will also invite members of the Windsor community, representatives from their favourite charities, residents of the castle and some Royal Household staff to stand in the grounds, along with children from the local schools which Princess Eugenie attended. Elspeth is a big Eugenie fan “She doesn’t steal the limelight like some, she’s very low key, and she seems genuinely happy with Jack.” Like so many fans in Windsor this morning she’s also a huge Fergie supporter. “She’s brilliant I’m so glad she’ll have a big part to play today.” pic.twitter.com/XYse3b6nWT— Eleanor Steafel (@eleanorsteafel) October 12, 2018 Britain’s Princess Eugenie of York is helped into an Aston Martin DB10 by her sister Britain’s Princess BeatriceCredit:AFP Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, who has been headmaster of Stowe School for the past 16 years, told The Telegraph: “Jack is very kind, very caring. He was a prefect and head of house and he was very good with the younger children, those who were a bit lonely and homesick.“He’s a very talented tennis player and an all round great athlete. He played in the Coldstream Cup, a CCF competition that requires a lot of grit and determination.“I found his headmaster’s report for the year he left in 2004 and it read: “He has the making of an exceptional leader, he is naturally calm and generous. He will be a real asset in all areas of his future life. Many of those gathered spoke of their utter shock at receiving a letter inviting them to be a part of the wedding day.One grandmother couldn’t believe her luck after her 12-year-old granddaughter won tickets to attention the prestigious event. After seeing a post on Instagram 12-year-old Poppy Russer decided to take a chance entering a ballot to win a ticket to royal wedding for her grandmother Elizabeth Hayball. “I couldn’t believe it at first and it was such a surprise and the most lovely gesture, said the 67-year-old.”I’ve always had a love of the royals but have never been to a wedding. I saw the Queen when I was five, but that’s the closest I ever got.” With this in mind Poppy knew she wanted to get her grandmother a golden ticket. “When I saw the competition I wanted my gran to be there with me. I’m really excited to see the Princess and her dress.”I didn’t think I’d win, but I was really happy and mum was shocked too.” Many in the crowd waved flags and cheered as familiar faces walked by, but their loudest roars of appreciation were saved for the men who were forced to run up Chapel Hill after guests hats flew away towards the onlooking crowd.The public was thrilled to see the arrival of Robbie Williams, with one group of friends laughing “We love Robbie but Ayda is such a superstar on X-Factor”.The guests strolled past in waves as their buses arrived at the castle. Famous faces included Cara Delevingne, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.Richard Bacon, who only months ago was fighting a life-threatening illness, was in high spirits as he arrived at Windsor, waving enthusiastically at the crowd as he appeared to film the occasion on his mobile phone. Ticket holders were also delighted to see Pippa Middleton who chose an emerald green dress which showed off her blossoming baby bump, many of the crowd voicing how radient she looked.The public waited eagerly to catch a glimpse of newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan, who chose a navy blue dress. 12:05PMThe royal couple take a horse-drawn cart around Windsor Harry’s former girlfriend Chelsy Davy was chatting and mingling with friends to the side of the chapel before most guests took their seats.Guests seated in the nave were able to watch the 17-member orchestra and also see the readings as they were delivered from the organ screen.This meant guests in the nave at Eugenie’s wedding could see more and in turn may have felt more involved than they did at Harry’s nuptials.Family and friends of the couple, many of whom were attending their second royal wedding of 2018, were greeted with autumnal flowers on arrival at the 15th-century Gothic chapel.The displays created by Rob Van Helden had shades of oranges, reds and purples. They said it would not be a patch on Harry and Meghan’s nuptials but in the end love won the day at #Royal Wedding2.It may have garnered negative headlines in the build-up, but the chemistry and genuine affection between Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank appeared to capture hearts in Windsor.Even Fergie – once branded a royal outcast, was welcomed back into the Windsor fold for what turned out to be very much a family affair.And again it was the next generation of monarchy – complete with Their Royal Cutenesses Prince George and Princess Charlotte – who stole the show.With a smattering of stardust, the pomp and ceremony of quick carriage ride and a Bond style departure in an Aston Martin, the royals once again reminded us that when it comes to celebrating the quintessential Britishness of a regal occasion, nobody does it better. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have returned to their wedding venue.The couple, who married in Windsor in May, did not walk through the crowd and were ushered straight into Windsor Castle. 11:54AMGuests provided with rain macs as part of goodie bags 10:37AMGroom Jack Brooksbank arrives The royal couple are exchanging vows at the front of the chapel.Eugenie’s wedding ring was made from a piece of Welsh gold given by the Queen. 8:58AMRoyal fans travel from Canada and the US for the big day The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, normally reserved when it comes to public displays of affection, were seen holding hands in St George’s Chapel – a tactile display that could be down to the recent arrival of Prince Louis.”The couple are clearly very in love, but normally not very keen to show it,” the expert said.She explained: “Children can be a bit of a challenge, but sometimes, three children in, when couples have a bit more experience, it can take them back to their honeymoon period.”Today they looked besotted with one another.”It was almost the most stunning moment of the wedding for some people.” It was revealed earlier this week that the Duchess of Cornwall will not attend Princess Eugenie’s wedding, the only senior member of the royal family to miss the celebrations, reports Camilla Tominey. Clarence House has said Camilla had a “previous commitment” attending a local school harvest festival near Birkhall, Charles’s home at Balmoral. Two other jobs were also announced this week.The alleged “snub” will fuel rumours that there is a royal rift at the heart of the monarchy. Prince Charles’s wife Camilla and Sarah Ferguson have never seen eye to eye because of Fergie’s loyalty to Princess Diana, while there is also tension between the Prince of Wales and his younger brother Prince Andrew, often referred to as the Queen’s favourite son.But there is another reason why Camilla cannot make the wedding, The Telegraph can reveal.Sources have told this paper Camilla is not going to the Friday nuptials at Windsor Castle because she is also hosting a shooting party at her Scottish home this weekend.An insider said: “The truth is that Camilla has a house party for a few friends.“They are arriving on Friday and will be there over the weekend. The royal couple at the front of the chapelCredit:PA 9:23AMRoyal wedding flowers to reflect ‘rich and vibrant tones of autumn’ Inside the afternoon reception, the centrepiece was without doubt the 400-egg autumnal cake. Designer Sophie Cabot said she was “honoured” to have been asked to make the royal wedding cake – which features enormous quantities of eggs, butter and flour.Ms Cabot began baking in earnest in Buckingham Palace’s kitchens on Wednesday for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s big day on Friday.The five-tier red velvet and chocolate cake will contain up to 400 eggs, at least 53 packs of unsalted butter, 15 kilograms of organic self raising flour, and 20 kilos of sugar.Ms Cabot, 33, said she felt “very honoured they have selected me”, and said about her first meeting with Eugenie and Jack in the summer, when she brought cake samples: “The couple were very relaxed, very comfortable. I got the feeling the cake was something they were very excited about.”It was a fun meeting as well because I don’t think it’s every day you have a meeting about cake and you get to try cake.” 9:15AMFashion and portrait photographer named as official photographer Chelsy Davy, left, arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack BrooksbankCredit:PA Prince Andrew and his daughter Princess EugenieCredit:Reuters 1:16PMFergie rushed to hug close friend of her mother’s Richard Bacon, a guest who is appearing on ITV in the lead-up to the wedding, said he had been invited after the Princess got in touch to support his wife while he was in a coma over the summer. Saying he knows her from being “incredibly social” and living near to the directors of Hauser and Wirth, where Princess Eugenie works, adding: “I first met her at about 3am in Miami,” he said. The scene at St George’s Chapel was set once more for a showstopping royal wedding but replacing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the altar were Princess Eugenie and her groom.It was the turn of the Queen’s granddaughter and drinks executive Jack Brooksbank to take centre stage at Windsor Castle, 146 days after the blockbuster nuptials of Harry and Meghan on a scorching hot May day.Apart from the cooler weather, October 12 looked like a re-enactment of May 19, with perhaps a few more jackets, as guests milled around the Gothic chapel and greeted one another with kisses on both cheeks as they arrived.Women dressed to the nines and men in morning suits wandered the aisle and a din of chatter filled the chapel, making it feel more like a society soiree or VIP enclosure at a race meeting than a wedding service in a house of God.With a star-studded guest list of 800 in the congregation, around 200 more than the number at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, the seating was laid out differently, perhaps to accommodate the bigger crowd.Chairs were lined out facing into the aisle, with Kate Moss taking her seat on the front row, a familiar place for Moss who is in demand on “frows” at fashion week every season. Just a couple of seats down from Carr was Livin’ la Vida Loca singer Ricky Martin, sitting next to his partner Jwan Yosef.On the other side of the aisle, pop star Ellie Goulding and her fiance Caspar Jopling sat next to one another.The Burn singer could be seen glancing around the growing congregation and chatting to Jopling before the service started.A guest rushed up to Goulding at one point and kissed her on both cheeks before moving off to take her own seat. Prince George, Princess Charlotte and pop star Robbie Williams’ daughter Theodora will have starring roles at Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding.They arrived in the same car, waving at the crowds.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest two children and Williams’ six-year-old daughter, who is known as Teddy, will be among the pageboys and bridesmaids at the celebration in Windsor on Friday.The other bridesmaids will be Peter and Autumn Phillips’ daughters Savannah and Isla, and Zara Tindall’s spirited four-year-old Mia, along with Maud Windsor, who is Eugenie’s goddaughter and the daughter of Lord Frederick Windsor and his actress wife Sophie Winkleman.Prince George, five, will be joined by fellow page boy Louis de Givenchy – the six-year-old son of JP Morgan banking executive Olivier de Givenchy and his wife Zoe. As the children arrived, one of the pageboys fell on the steps. Moments later, 14-year-old Lady Louise Windsor, wearing a blue dress who was minding the children had her dress blown up by the strong wind. According to her website, Jeremy Clarkson, Anna Friel, Donna Air, and Alan Carr have all praised Peacock’s services. She also works as a nutritionist for Ten Pilates, a £3,300-a-year health club in Notting Hill, west London, which says its mission is to “celebrate endorphins”.Peacock sells a range of powders with names such as Slim Me, Calm Me, Protein Me, and Energise Me – each costs £100 for a month’s supply.The bestseller, Slim Me, is a gel sachet containing glucomannan, which swells up in the stomach to reduce hunger and balance blood sugar levels.Princess Eugenie spoke earlier this year about the tough exercise regime she is following before her wedding, taking an hour’s exercise at 7am each morning.Prince Harry, meanwhile, is believed to have lost half-a-stone in the run-up to his wedding with the help of Ms Peacock.Not everybody is so supportive of the powders, however, with Frankie Phillips, a specialist with the British Dietetic Association, warning that supplements like ‘Slim Me’ will not help with long-term weight loss.“Losing weight is not a quick journey and gimmicks which might help in the short term can be less than helpful for meaningful long-term weight loss, which requires a complete rethink of lifestyle to ensure that the weight lost is not piled back on again when you stop using a product,” she told The Mail on Sunday. “Being a model meant long days, extensive travel, and frequently staying in hotels with little choice with regards to food,” she told health blogger Natalie Glaze. “I experienced headaches, low energy, and frequently felt ill. Often, when it came to food, I had to just ‘grab and go’ and the processed foods I found myself picking up never made me feel or look great.”She noticed that by cutting out the processed foods and boosting her consumption of vegetables, fish, and complex wholegrains, she felt a “radical improvement in the way I felt”, with “buckets more energy”.Peacock eventually turned her hand to nutritional advice – a growing industry, with sales of sports nutrition products jumping from £52 million in 2013 to £66 million in 2015.She says she was “head-hunted” by Dr Tim Evans, the Queen’s GP, to become Head of Nutrition at his private clinic, the Grace Belgravia in central London.Here, she provides diet and lifestyle advice for a group she describes as “London’s fashion and celebrity elite”. 4:14PMRoyal couple leave afternoon reception in Bond car They were followed by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Meghan is wearing a navy Givenchy dress and hat by Noel Stewart.Her sister-in-law is in a pink Alexander McQueen dress and Philip Treacy hat. Robbie Williams arrived flanked by his mother and wife Ayda Field.But the popstar’s mother Janet Williams had a wardrobe malfunction when her hat flew off in the blustery wind. Former Take That singer Williams was with his wife and fellow X Factor judge Ayda Field. Their six-year-old daughter Theodora is one of the bridesmaids. Prince Andrew walks his daughter up the steps to St George’s ChapelCredit:Reuters 6:00AMThe big day is upon us Here’s a look at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding in numbers:1 – Maid of Honour – Eugenie’s older sister Princess Beatrice1 – Best man – Jack’s younger brother, Thomas Brooksbank1 – Former royal – Eugenie’s mother and the Duke of York’s ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York1 – Km – Eugenie’s carriage procession route is around 1km (0.16 miles). Harry and Meghan’s full route was 3.3km (2.1 miles)2 – Days of celebrations – Festivities will continue at Eugenie’s family home on Saturday2 – Great grandchildren of the Queen who are not attending – babies Prince Louis and Lena Tindall3 – Hours of ITV coverage devoted to a special live screening of the ceremony2 – Pageboys – Prince George and Louis de Givenchy2 – Special Attendants – Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn6 – Bridesmaids – Princess Charlotte, Savannah and Isla Phillips, Mia Tindall, Theodora Williams and Maud Windsor8 – Years bride and groom have been together9 – Eugenie’s position in line to the throne17 – The wedding will be the 17th royal wedding or blessing to take place in St George’s Chapel since 186328 – Eugenie’s age32 – Jack’s age400 – Eggs being used for the red velvet and chocolate wedding cake, plus 53 packs of unsalted butter, 33lb (15kg) of organic self-raising flour, and 44lb (20kg) of sugar.850 – Congregation in St George’s Chapel1,200 – Members of public invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle100,000 – Number who applied for the ticketed public ballot£400,000 – Cost of policing Zara and Mike Tindall’s wedding in Scotland in 2011£543,000 – Cost of policing the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Scotland.£2 million – Estimated cost of policing Eugenie’s weddingBetween £2 million and £4 million – Estimated cost of policing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding£6.3 million – Cost of policing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding£18 million – Cost of police operation for US President Donald Trump’s visit to the UK Cara Delevingne arrives in a pedal pusher trouser suit and a top hat.Comic and actor Stephen Fry wore a brightly coloured waistcoat with his morning suit and was followed by socialite Tamara Beckwith. Guests who have arrived inside the chapel include comedian Jimmy Carr who fiddled with his cuff links as he surveyed the congregation from the side. Writer F Scott Fitzgerald’s famous character Jay Gatsby has a special place in Princess Eugenie’s relationship with her husband Jack Brooksbank, the Dean of Windsor has revealed.A passage from the American author’s book, The Great Gatsby, was read by Princess Beatrice at the couple’s wedding – describing the smile of the central character, a fictitious embodiment of America’s jazz age.Eugenie had read the book soon after meeting Mr Brooksbank on the ski slopes of Verbier in Switzerland in 2010, and immediately thought of her newfound love.David Conner, Dean of Windsor, said in his address to the wedding service congregation: “The words that particularly reminded her of Jack concern Gatsby’s smile.”As we heard from the reading ‘It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it … it concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favour’.”Well, a few years have passed and Eugenie and Jack come here today to smile on each other, and to offer each other something like ‘eternal reassurance’ and the promise of an ‘irresistible prejudice’ in each other’s favour.” 8:16AMThe bridal party 10:53AMPrince Philip arrives at Windsor amid speculation he might not attend Earlier this year, George and Amal Clooney almost stole the show when they graced the small town of Windsor for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with Amal’s mustard Stella McCartney dress and George’s well-groomed salt and pepper beard setting social media abuzz. There is speculation we may see the A-list couple in Windsor again this Friday; the couple are rumoured to be attending the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank – which will also take place in Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel.Cindy Crawford, Eddie Redmayne and Robbie Williams could also be on the guest list, as well as senior members of the royal family and selected members of the public. 850 people will reportedly be in the chapel, with a further 1,200 expected in the ground; here is everything we know so far about the, from royal family members to celebrity friends. Sophie Cabot making the cakeCredit:PA Ms Davy and the Prince originally met in Cape Town, South Africa, while he was on his gap year and he was reported to have once described Zimbabwean-born lawyer-turned-designer as “the one”.However Ms Davy did not enjoy the bright spotlight that came with being in a relationship with the then third-in-line to the throne and they eventually called it a day.Ms Davy now divides her time between West London and Zimbabwe, where she runs her own luxury jewellery line, Aya.She recently posted online telling Zimbabweans to “rise up” after the resignation of Robert Mugabe earlier this year.Ms Davy is thought to be single again having split up with her boyfriend of two years, the jeweller Charles Goode. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh outside Windsor CastleCredit:PA The Archbishop of York, The Most Revd. and Rt Hon John Sentamu, has written a personal prayer for the wedding service of Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank, which will be included in the order of service.The Dean of Windsor, The Rt. Revd. David Conner will give the address at their wedding. The dean will also officiate as the couple make their marriage vows.James Vivian, director of music St George’s Chapel, has written descants for two hymns that will be sung during the service. 4:29PMJack’s bar Rain had threatened to cover the royal wedding all week, but come Friday morning the skies remained dry as guests arrived for the second royal wedding of the year.The grass alongside St George’s Chapel on Friday was bustling with lucky golden ticket holders invited to watch the Royal wedding unfold from within the grounds of Windsor Castle.There was a woman sporting union flag face paint whilst others wore their best finery but for many of the 1,200 members of the public wooly hats and gloves paired with walking boots and waterproof coats were the outfits of choice as the high winds threatened to steal a number of the guests hats.Ticket holders hoping to catch a glimpse of the princess unpacked their deck chairs as they sipped hot coffee and nibbled on shortbread and chocolate gifted to them upon arrival. Ticket holders also received a rain mac in their goodie bags just in case. Princess Eugenie looks beautiful in a full-skirted, off shoulder design by design duo Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, stalwarts of London Fashion Week.They met whilst studying Antwerp. Peter is Austrian/ Italian and de Vos is Belgian/ Peruvian. The choice is a surprise one from the Princess who had hinted that she would chose a designer with eco credentials, such as Stella McCartneyThe brand is known for its innovative textile design, paired with a modern feminine silhouette. Princess Eugenie met the designers when she was co-hosting an event in support of women artists. Her Royal Highness has been wearing designs by the brand for several years.Princess Eugenie, Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos have worked closely together on the design of the dress.The designers undertook archive research into previous dresses worn by Members of the Royal Family and identified a silhouette.The designDuring several fittings the dress was developed layer by layer, constructing it from the corset and the complex underskirt to the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt.The dress features a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full length train. Princess BeatriceCredit:Reuters The Queen’s youngest grandchildren, 14-year-old Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, and 10-year-old Viscount Severn, who are the children of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, will take on the role of Special Attendants.Groom Jack Brooksbank has asked his brother, Thomas Brooksbank, to be his best man, while Eugenie’s older sister Princess Beatrice will be her maid of honour.Pop star Williams and his wife and fellow X-Factor judge Ayda Williams have been friends of Eugenie and her sister Beatrice for years.They are protective over their young children, and choose not to show their children’s faces when they post on social media. As the trumpeters got in position, the nanny held George and Charlotte’s hands.Before that, George could be seen looking around the chapel and craning his neck to look up into the high ceiling.The prince could be seen shuffling his feet on the carpet beneath him, while Charlotte went up on her tiptoes at one point.The group of children were startled and jumped when the trumpeters performed an initial flurry, and Savannah appeared to put a finger in her ear as she anticipated what was to come. 10:23AMCara Delevingne arrives – wearing a suit and top hat The newlyweds kiss on the steps as Royal family gains its newest memberCredit:PA Royal fans waiting to see the carriage procession have expressed their “frustration” that there are no screens outside streaming the ceremony.Well-wishers who have gathered on Windsor High Street to catch a glimpse of the couple are watching the ceremony on their mobile phones. Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank kiss on the steps as they were unveiled as husband and wife in Windsor.The sun broke through the clouds just as the bride and groom left the chapel. The Princess of York and Mr Brooksbank kissed on the West Steps of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, following their ceremony on Friday.The happy couple were surrounded by the bridal party, including Princess Charlotte, three, and Prince George, five, as they enjoyed the happy moment. Here it is in full: It was soon after she and Jack had first met that Princess Eugenie read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. One particular passage in which Jay Gatsby is described reminded her immediately of Jack.She decided that she wanted eventually to let Jack know how much those words had brought him to mind. That is why they have had a special place (as the second reading) in today’s wedding service.The words that particularly reminded her of Jack concern Gatsby’s smile. As we heard from the reading: “It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it……. It concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favour.”Well, a few years have passed, and Eugenie and Jack come here today to smile on each other, and to offer each other something like “eternal reassurance” and the promise of an “irresistible prejudice” in each other’s favour.In doing so, they understand that marriage is something far more profound than any kind of contract, as we usually understand it. There are no conditions here; no limits.They offer each other an unqualified promise to be there for each other come what may. It is the unqualified nature of the promise that generates a feeling of security; the gift of “eternal reassurance”.Of course we know that the very best of desires and intentions can be frustrated, and that marriages, even between the kindest and most careful people, can founder because of pressures unforeseen. The miracle however is that, in generation after generation, so many of us go on hoping that the keeping of the promise will be possible. It is as if we know that it is in the exchange of self-forgetful love that we human beings understand, you might say, just what we were made for.It is with that hope in their hearts that these two people have come here today, and have made their unqualified promises in the face of this congregation”; their families and friends and neighbours. In doing so, they have of course revealed the seriousness of their intent, but also something more.They have acknowledged their need of your support and your encouragement; they want you to believe in them. By being here today, you have given them a kind of “reassurance” for which, I know, they will be genuinely grateful.And if they have come here “in the face of this congregation”, they have come here, far more significantly, “in the sight of God”.They recognise that there is much more to life than meets the outward eye alone. As Christians, they believe that that ‘mysteriously ‘more” has been revealed to us in and through the life of Jesus Christ.In him has been seen the God whose nature is love, and through him has been heard an unqualified and eternally reassuring promise to each and every one of us that, through all the vicissitudes of life, we are loved.It is in the presence of the God of love shown to us in Jesus Christ that Eugenie and Jack have made their vows, confident that even our fragile human loving can be a merciful ingredient in a loving God’s providential operation in an often all-too troubled world. “She does have to take a deep breath before these occasions,” said the source. “She’s avoided major royal events in the past and it wasn’t easy for her to go to Harry and Meghan’s wedding.”The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to attend the wedding – in a much more relaxed capacity than their previous trip to Windsor, no doubt – before their 20-day trip abroad, which begins on October 16. On their itinerary is Sydney for the Invictus Games, Fiji and New Zealand.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also expected to attend; however Prince Louis, who was less than a month old by the time of Prince Harry’s wedding and was not present, is likely to be cared for by a nanny close by.Other royal relatives are likely to include The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester – all of whom are neighbours of the engaged couple at Kensington Palace. The Princess Royal, the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mark Tindall are also expected to be on the guest list.It is not yet confirmed whether any members of other royal families from around the world will attend the ceremony.Mr Brooksbank is the son of George Brooksbank, a 68 year-old chartered accountant and company director, and his wife Nicola, 64, both of whom are expected to play a central role in the wedding. Naomi Campbell arrives ahead of the weddingCredit:PA Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank interviewed by ITV This Morning’s husband and wife duo Eamonn Holmes and Ruth LangsfordCredit:PA The Duchess of York rushed to hug a member of the public as she arrived at St George’s Chapel for the wedding of her daughter, Princess Eugenie.Leaving her elder daughter, Princess Beatrice, waiting briefly as the pair emerged from a car outside the chapel at Windsor Castle to cheers from onlookers, Sarah Ferguson greeted family friend Jessie Huberty.The 83-year-old had been a close friend of Sarah’s mother, and attended the Duchess’s 1986 Westminster Abbey to the Duke of York. The bridesmaids and page boys, including Prince George and Princess CharlotteCredit:PA Naomi Campbell arrives looking characteristically dramatic in a feathered tweed look by Ralph and Russo. 10:40AMFergie and Princess Beatrice arrive Princess Charlotte stumbles up the stepsCredit:PA Prince Andrew used his father-of-the-bride speech to poke fun at his new son-in-law Jack Brooksbank. He mocked the groom with a joke about the family dog. Read about it here. Queen and Prince Philip arriveCredit:PA The wedding cakeCredit:Reuters The pair, who attend St George’s School at Windsor Castle, said they both enjoyed the experience of singing in St George’s Chapel when Harry and Meghan married in May.Alexios said about the earlier wedding: “There was just this warm buzz going around the chapel – it just felt amazing and I feel this one is going to be as good as well.”Leo added: “It was a bit nerve-racking at the start but then when we got in I felt fine, it felt like a normal service, with added bits.”The choristers remained tight lipped about the music they will be singing. They were due to take part in a rehearsal this morning as preparations are finalised for Friday’s service.Later today, Eugenie and Jack are expected to take part in their final run through before the big day.Asked what they were looking forward to on Friday, Alexios replied: “There’s going to be so many famous people there, I’m really excited to see Eugenie’s dress as well.”Choristers say second wedding will be ‘just as good’ Princess Charlotte sticks out her tongue as she rides in a car to the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms MarkleCredit:Andrew Milligan/pool photo via AP Crowds gathered in Windsor for the royal weddingCredit:Getty The first guests have begun to arrive and the earliest trending colour is pink.Book editor Karoline Copping, wife of Jimmy Carr, looks super chic in a bird-printed shift dress The gaggle of youngsters in the bridal party had a few minutes to wait before the bride arrived, and were kept in check by the Cambridges’ nanny.Prince George held his hand over his ear as trumpeters lined out at the back of the chapel to herald the arrival of Eugenie.The future king was standing next to sister Princess Charlotte and Peter and Autumn Phillips’ daughter Savannah. The Duchess of Sussex arrivesCredit:PA 9:43AMFlashback: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal wedding Princess Eugenie has spoken of the importance of showing “people your scars” as she paid tribute to the hospital which performed surgery on her back as a child.The Queen’s granddaughter has invited representatives from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust to attend her wedding to Jack Brooksbank on Friday.The couple will tie the knot at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, with members of the public and charity representatives on the guest-list for the grounds.Eugenie was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 12 years old and received treatment at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, undergoing a successful operation to straighten her spine.Ahead of her big day, the royal reflected on the surgery and the importance of the charity during an interview with ITV’s This Morning. The baker, whose business is based in Fulham in west London, said about being chosen by the Queen’s granddaughter and her fiance: “Of course I was nervous, but at the same time really, really excited.”The cake will consist of three tiers of red velvet and two of chocolate sponge cake covered with butter cream, white icing and decorated with sugar work with an autumnal theme.Other ingredients include vanilla essence, vanilla bean paste and red food colouring to give the cake its distinctive hue.Ms Cabot said about the couple: “They were very excited about having red velvet, during the tastings red velvet and chocolate came out top.”It’s a lovely thing to have at this time of year as well – it’s a nice rich cake.”Not one cake is ever the same and this was extra because of the time of year and they wanted to keep it so seasonal – it was a real joy.”Ms Cabot was initially invited by the office of Eugenie’s father, the Duke of York, to meet the couple and discuss their wedding cake in early July – after supplying decorated bespoke biscuits to one of Andrew’s Pitch@Palace events. 1:00PMA view from inside St George’s Chapel Jennifer Hawkins is no stranger to the pomp and ceremony of a royal event as today she takes her seat outside her forth royal wedding, writes Francesca Marshall from Windsor.The 69-year-old developed her love for a royal wedding after camping out for four nights to see Prince Charles and Princess Diana.Since she has always watched from the sidelines for the wedding of Prince Edward and Prince Charles and Camilla. But it wasn’t until this morning that she was able to step away from the crowds and take a seat outside the chapel of Windsor Castle as one of the lucky 1,200 members of the public who received a ticket to the ceremony. “Being able to get a ticket and not be queuing overnight, this is definitely the way to see the wedding,” she said. “Being here today is quite special as I have seen Eugenie grow up over the years. “I remember back in 81 I brought my son who was 10 at the time to see the wedding, told the school is was educational, but now being here, feeling like you’re really a part of it is wonderful.”The home carer won her ticket as part of a competition being held for friends of At Georges Chapel. “Let’s kiss,” Eugenie told her husbandCredit:Getty After a number of meetings with the couple to finalise the design, the professional baker began working on the cake in July, creating detailed sugar flowers and foliage, from ivy and acorns to white flowers and maple leaves, which will decorate the five tiers of the cake.”With such a big cake, you need to start well in advance – especially with all the sugar work, so it was important to get going quite quickly,” she said.Ms Cabot added: “There are a lot of eggs involved and a lot of butter obviously just for the sheer amount of people who hope to have a piece of cake.”She went on to say: “It’s a lot of ingredients, it’s a huge scale, it’s a bit different for me. I’m used to baking on a much smaller scale – it’s a challenge.” 11:10AMPrincess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank exchange vows Smiling and wearing a tiara, she makes her way up the steps to her ceremony. Princess Eugenie is wearing the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara, given to the late Queen Mother.The dress is by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, while her shoes were made by Charlotte OlympiaThe tie pins worn by the groom and best man were a gift from the Duchess of York, containing the white rose of York and the same type of pink gem that is in Princess Eugenie’s wedding ring They shared two shy kisses on the steps, one just outside the chapel, and another before they boarded the Scottish State Coach for a public ride around Windsor.As Eugenie and Jack left the castle, they passed the Galilee Porch at St George’s Chapel, where they were waved off by other senior members of the royal family, including the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.The carriage continued onto Windsor High Street, giving the couple the opportunity to see the well-wishers lining the streets for their special day. As the royal couple were paraded around Windsor, those who made the trip have told Coran Elliott of their passion for the monarchy. Australians Michelle Thorp, 48, a stay at home mum, and store supervisor Debbie Papalaskaris, 59, share a passion for the Windsors, with Debbie making the 24 hour flight to the UK to get a glimpse of the princess first hand.Ms Papalaskaris said: “Since the wedding was on I knew I had to get here. For me it’s the chance to see a royal wedding first hand, because I’m a royalist at heart.”I will look back at my pictures when I’m 90 and say ‘I was there, I saw a real princess’.” 10:45AMBridesmaids and pageboys arrive Thames Valley Police said there had been no arrests on Friday related to the wedding.A spokeswoman said: “There have been no arrests relating to the royal wedding policing operation in Windsor at this stage.”The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead was unable to give a final estimate of the crowd numbers watching the festivities. The supermodel was joined by her partner Count Nikolai von Bismarck and daughter Lila Grace.Dressed in a delicate monochrome polka dot number, the fashion queen was seated around an hour before the ceremony began and chatted with her daughter and partner who were sitting behind her.At one point, Lila Grace could be seen leaning forward and speaking into her mother’s ear.Anyone with trouble finding their seat were helped along with name tags placed on each chair, a formality that was missing from Harry and Meghan’s wedding.Not all guests were allocated a specific seat however, so ushers had to juggle between assigned and unassigned.Taking his seat in the second row was comedian Jimmy Carr, who on arrival surveyed the congregation from the side and fiddled with his cufflinks. ridesmaids for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in Windsor CastleCredit:PA Autumn Phillips, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall arrive Credit:Getty Leo Mills, 12, left, and Alexios Sheppard, 11 Credit:Steve Parsons/PA 9:57AMPrince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy arrives Ms Thorp said: “I was here for Harry and Meghan’s wedding. I never want to miss out on a royal occasion so I made a special effort to get here. “We both believe that we’re never going to see another royal wedding in our lifetime. It’s a chance to experience history- to be honest I don’t think the English get the side of it. “The royals have such sense of their duty and I’m here to celebrate that.”Claire Carson, 54, a self described royal fanatic who has attended every wedding since Charles and Diana and even slept on the street to catch the occasion in 1981 said: “I think Eugenie’s dress is elegant and classy. The shape of her tiara perfectly matched her dress, it suits here to a ‘t’. “It really reminded me of something Grace Kelly would have worn. I think Jack looked nervous, but he looked really good. “I think anyone would be pleased if he was their son in law. He didn’t look like he had had a tequila, but his nerves made him look like he needed one.” The DB10 Aston Martin that the royal newly-weds used to leave Windsor Castle was originally made for the James Bond movie SpectreCredit:AFP 8:39AMRoyalist veteran who camped out for four nights to see Charles and Diana’s wedding returns for fourth royal wedding Away from her profession, Peacock shares some of her personal life on social media, regularly posting photos with her young children and husband, David Peacock, a hedge-funder.Her Instagram account details a love of exotic travel: in the last year alone, Peacock has shared photos of her trips to Hangzhou, China, Ramatuelle, southeastern France, and Gstaad, Switzerland.The couple are also aficionados of interior design, enlisting the help of designer Peter Mikic in 2015 for a lavish renovation of their home in Notting Hill. 11:35AMRoyal fans’ ‘frustration’ at lack of big screens 10:32AMPrincess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank a ‘perfect couple’, says dean The tiara is made of brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavé set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side. The tiara was bequeathed by Mrs Greville to Queen Elizabeth in 1942.Princess Eugenie is wearing diamond and emerald drop earrings which are a Wedding gift from the Groom.Wedding shoesThe Wedding shoes are satin peep-toe heels by Charlotte Olympia.The bride’s bouquetThe Wedding bouquet, created by floral designer Rob Van Helden’s sister, Patrice Van Helden Oakes, consists of Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy.Sprigs of myrtle from Osbourne House are also included in the bouquet. The tradition of carrying myrtle began after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today. The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858.Bridal hair and make-upPrincess Eugenie’s hair was styled by Sonny-Jo MacFarlane, Hari’s, with make-up by Hannah Martin, Bobbi Brown.Maid of honourPrincess Beatrice is wearing an outfit by Ralph and Russo and a hat by Sarah Cant. Bridesmaids’ dresses and page boys’ uniformsThese were designed by Amaia Arrieta of Amaia Kids. The design incorporates the Mark Bradford artwork included in the Order of Service.Bridesmaids’ flowersThe Bridesmaids’ flowers are by Rob Van Helden and reflect the design of the Bridal bouquet. The Bridesmaids each have posies of Lily of the Valley and spray roses.Special attendantLady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor is wearing a dress by Claudie Pierlot and hat by Emily London.Mother of the bride’s dressSarah, Duchess of York is wearing a dress designed by local Windsor company Emma Louise Design, with a vintage Manolo Blahnik bag. The bag was carried by Susan Barrantes at the Wedding of The Duke and Duchess of York in 1986. Punters are making a last-minute gamble on Suzannah or Stella McCartney being the designer behind Princess Eugenie’s wedding gown.Erdem remains the favourite at the bookmakers at 2/1, but Ladbrokes said there has been a flurry of bets for British design brand Suzannah, with odds cut from 9/2 to 3/1.Meanwhile, Paddy Power has suspended betting on Eugenie wearing Stella McCartney after a flood of bets.Suzannah was founded by Suzannah Crabb and is known for creating wedding dresses with vintage charm and a modern edge.McCartney designed the halter neck gown Meghan wore to her evening wedding party.A Paddy Power spokesman said: “We’ve seen a lot of action on Stella McCartney to be the designer of Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress this morning, forcing us to stop taking bets.”The level of wagers could indicate insider knowledge, and the brand seems a good fit for the day with their positive environmental standpoint.”Jenny Packham is at 5/1 with Ladbrokes, Preen is 6/1 and Suzanne Neville is 8/1.Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “We know Princess Eugenie’s flying the flag for British designers, and punters are beginning to wonder if an upset could be on the cards for the likes of Suzannah or Preen, leaving Erdem to miss out on the big day.”Eugenie has already revealed she has chosen a British-based designer, and that she was set on the style she wanted from the start of her weddingplanning.”(The dress) is the one thing that I was really decisive about,” the princess told British Vogue magazine.”As soon as we announced the wedding, I knew the designer, and the look, straight away. I never thought I’d be the one who knew exactly what I like, but I’ve been pretty on top of it.”Erdem is often Eugenie’s go-to choice and she wore the brand, founded by Canadian-born London-based designer Erdem Moralioglu, on the day her engagement was announced.Ralph & Russo, who made the gown for the Duchess of Sussex’s official engagement photo, are 14/1 to have been chosen by Eugenie.Eugenie has told how her wedding will be an environmentally friendly, anti-plastic affair. He said: “It’s always a privilege to take part in this kind of event and I think it was especially nice for me in respect of tomorrow’s wedding because I’ve known Eugenie for such a long time.”The dean went on to say: “When I came she was a girl at our little prep school down the hill – so yes it seems as if our knowledge of each other goes back a long way.”Details of the service have not been released but speaking about its mood he said: “It will be a mix of traditional and modern and is obviously going to be a grand occasion, but I hope also it will have an air of intimacy about it.”You just have to remember it’s their day and really do your very best to focus on them and not on the hundreds of famous and semi-famous people who will be around.”Speaking about the couple’s input into the service, he added: “Of course the basic framework of the service is set but there are lots of variables and they have had a very significant influence over the final choice.”He said he would see Eugenie and Jack later on Thursday and that it was important for any couple to have a rehearsal so on their big day they were in “familiar territory”.But he felt the princess regarded St George’s Chapel as her “parish church” even though it was a “bit grand”. 11:24AMCambridges’ nanny keeps youngsters in check 4:16PMPrince Andrew’s ‘classic father-in-law speech’, at the expense of Jack 9:33AMPink is the early colour of choice Kate Moss and Lila Grace Moss Hack (right) Credit:Getty 10:27AMAndrea Bocelli to perform two pieces at service A heavily pregnant Pippa Middleton has arrived with her husband James Matthews. Mike Tindall and his wife Zara also appeared, followed by Princess Anne, who is wearing a green dress. Prince Philip walks towards Sarah, Duchess of YorkCredit:AFP Musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) will perform during the ceremony. The couple have very much enjoyed working together with the RPO’s managing director, James Williams, to choose the accompaniment to the service. The Duke of York is a patron of the RPO.James Williams said: “It has been a great pleasure to work with HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank to plan the music for their special day and we wish the couple much happiness for their future together.”The internationally renowned singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli will perform two pieces during the service. 8:11AMFamily members The order of service for the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank is available below: Robbie Williams arrives as his mother’s hat is blown from her headCredit:AFP James Blunt, who attended the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex earlier this year, is expected to be at Princess Eugenie’s wedding. His wife Sofia Wellesley is the daughter of Lord and Lady John Henry Wellesley and he is a regular at Royal occasions.Eddie Redmayne and his wife Hannah Bagshawe became friendly with Princess Eugenie while lived in New York, working for the fine art auction house Paddle8.Plus, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have been seen dining and on holiday with Princess Beatrice over the years; if they want to attend a royal wedding they may have asked their friend to convince her sister to send an invitation their way. Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York in a carriageCredit:PA 1:41PMGroom was ‘perfect head of house’, says his old headteacher Meanwhile, a wedding with 850 guests meant that hundreds of women were showcasing the height of fashion, resulting in a dizzying array of hats an fascinators to admire, or otherwise.As ladies were choosing head wear for the big day, some may have recalled the infamous hat dubbed a turkey twizzler that Princess Beatrice wore to William and Kate’s wedding.Standout fascinators included Poppy Delevingne’s blue feathered piece which could be seen rising above the congregation from the back of the chapel, and a yellow netted piece adorned with small balls of coloured fluff.One woman matched her red headpiece with red-framed sunglasses which she kept on as she made her way through the church, and another man in the congregation also sported sunglasses before the service began.Popular culture was not just reflected in the selected guests, but was woven into the ceremony itself through music, literature and art.There was Andrea Bocelli’s spine-tingling rendition of Ave Maria, a reading of an extract taken from The Great Gatsby, and an image of abstract art called Here by Mark Bradford printed on the Order of Service.The atmosphere created by one of Bocelli’s performances during the ceremony was interrupted at one point by the ringing of a mobile phone.The inclusion of the artwork was likely a nod to Eugenie’s love of art and her job as a director at the contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth in London.The evening festivities at the York family home may well draw inspiration from the groom’s job as brand ambassador at Casamigos tequila. 10:58AMThe bride, Princess Eugenie, arrives Foliage and flowering branches, sourced locally from Windsor Great Park, with roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and berries, were draped around the church.One of the doors was dressed in a floral arch which was embellished with what looked like the Chinese lantern plant, giving the display a Halloween vibe.A hush fell over the chapel at about 10.30am and guests took their seats against the backdrop of music from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.The bride’s arrival was heralded by trumpeters lined out at the back of chapel.While Meghan walked through the nave without her father on her arm, Eugenie had the Duke of York by her side.Andrew and Eugenie smiled at guests in the front row, while those in rows nearer the back bobbed from side to side trying to get a clear view of the bride in her Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos gown. Cara Delevingne arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksban The Duke of York said his daughter’s wedding will have more guests than that of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, saying Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have “so many friends”, writes Hannah Furness.”It will not be the same as the previous one that was held in May,” he said of the wedding. “It’s not a public wedding, this is meant to be a family wedding.”There will be a few more people than most people have. “There are a few more than Harry had but that’s just the nature of Eugenie and Jack: they’ve got so many friends and they need a church of that size to fit them all in.”He told ITV he had not prepared his father-of-the-bride speech, saying: “I don’t write speeches, why should I write this one?” They were swiftly followed by Prince William and Kate. But a shining star came in the form of Princess Charlotte who blew kisses to the crowd as she was driven down the drive towards the entrance of the chapel. “She’s so sweet, I love how much she loves it,” said one onlooker, whilst another added: “She’s such a wonderful little girl, I bet she’s having the time of her life”. Then came the Queen, who received cheers for the crowd, as many shouted happily to see her accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, whose attendance had not been confirmed beforehand. The onlookers then fell silent as they waited in anticipation for the bride, who swept by waving at the crowd. Many then settled back into their chairs as the ceremony began, following proceedings in their orders of service.Despite most in the crowd now shivering from the biting wind cheers erupted as the happy couple were pronounced husband and wife. His role would be “very small”, he added, saying: “I just have to walk slowly.””I think preparations are reasonably on course. i’m not what I would describe as intimately involved in the planning.”The idea to marry at St George’s Chapel came directly from the Queen, the Duke said. “It doesn’t make any difference who you are, all the approvals go through the Queen anyway,” he said. “The Queen very firmly said St George’s is where you’re having the wedding so I said aye aye mam, turn to the right, salute and carry on.”We hope for good weather, we don’t know – whatever happens in October.” Calling his future son-in-law an “extraordinary young man with one of the kindest hearts I know”, the Duke said: “It’s wonderful watching them interact together.”I have huge hopes and i’m sure they will be massively in love for the rest of their lives.”I’m sure she will be an absolutely outstanding bride.” 10:12AMThe dress Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have left Windsor Castle following their wedding.The couple travelled in a silver Aston Martin driven by Mr Brooksbank. The Duke of Edinburgh “took quite a big step” towards reconciliation with Sarah, Duchess of York, at Friday’s royal wedding, according to a body language expert.Judi James, an expert in social behaviour, believes that Philip was warm towards his former daughter-in-law, approaching her with a smile.The Queen’s husband is thought to have a frosty relationship with “Fergie”, who divorced the Duke of York in 1996.Ms James said: “You could tell the tension as soon as the duchess arrived in the church. As soon as she walked in she pulled her arms into her side and put her head down.”Ms James believes the duchess’s daughter, Princess Beatrice, may have tried to distract her mother from Philip’s arrival at St George’s Chapel for the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.She said that Beatrice “made very strong eye contact with her mother and kept her chatting as Philip arrived, almost as if to say ‘don’t look round now”‘. Property developer Nick Candy and wife Holly Candy, the singer formerly known as Holly Valance, have arrived.Lord of the Rings and Armageddon actress Liv Tyler is also there, wearing a dark jacket and long skirt. 11:59AMThe newlyweds kiss on the steps as Royal family gains its newest member Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and Princess Beatrice arrived in the same car and waved at crowds gathered in Windsor. The Duchess of York is wearing a Jess Collett hat and a green dress by local Ascot dressmaker Emma Louise Design.Fergie is carrying a vintage Manolo Blahnik bag, which was carried by her own mother at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York in 1986. 11:23AMPrincess Beatrice gives Great Gatsby reading Liv Tyler arrivesCredit:PA 9:59AMBargain Windsor hotels on offer to lure tourist to Princess Eugenie’s Royal wedding When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got married in Windsor in May, the hotels rooms and B&Bs of the town were booked up months ahead at a premium, as homeowners cashed in on their castle views to advertise rooms for thousands of pounds.Anyone who missed out on seeing the Royal Family in all its glory might well have cashed in today, because at the beginning of the week, there were still plenty of room at the inn for the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.Hotels in Windsor still have rooms available for the night of the wedding, with several appearing to have dropped their prices in the days leading up to the ceremony to entice tourists to stay overnight.AirBnB has rooms from £40, while the Harte and Garter, the pub hotel directly in front of the castle which was overrun by international media in May, still has rooms at £79 for Friday and Saturday, cheaper than any other night it offers until March 2019.On Thursday, TripAdvisor was advertising 49 available properties in Windsor and its surrounding areas, with prices from just £70 and availability from the Travelodge to the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa, which has slashed its price from £200-a-night to £162. Mrs Huberty, from New York, said it was “lovely” to get a hug from the mother of the bride on Friday.”She gave me a big hug and said she was happy that I was here,” said the mother-of-three, who sat in a wheelchair in the front row of the crowd gathered in Horseshoe Cloister opposite the chapel’s West Door.She added: “It was lovely. She is a lovely woman. She never forgets her friends.” Prince George, five, will be joined by fellow page boy Louis de Givenchy – the six year-old son of JP Morgan banking executive Olivier de Givenchy and his wife Zoe. Robbie Williams’ daughter Theodora will be among the team of pageboys and bridesmaids, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. The other bridesmaids will be Peter and Autumn Phillips’ daughters Savannah and Isla, and Zara Tindall’s spirited four-year-old Mia, along with Maud Windsor, who is Eugenie’s goddaughter and the daughter of Lord Frederick Windsor and his actress wife Sophie Winkleman.Maud is sure to be guided by her classmate Prince George; the two are in the same class at St Thomas’ School in Battersea.The Queen’s youngest grandchildren, 14-year-old Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, and 10-year-old Viscount Severn, who are the children of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, will take on the role of Special Attendants. 10:11AMRobbie Williams arrives as his mother’s hat is blown from her head Princess Beatrice and Sarah Ferguson arrive at Windsor Castle for the royal wedding of Britain’s Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in WindsorCredit:Reuters 9:03AMThe real reason why Camilla is not attending Terry Hutt is one of a handful of dedicated royal fans who camped out in Windsor last night for the #RoyalWedding He’s a big Fergie fan. “This is Fergie’s day as much as Princess Eugenie’s. I’ve always loved her. She breathed life into the royal family in her day.” pic.twitter.com/42qbQaetap— Eleanor Steafel (@eleanorsteafel) October 12, 2018 Gabriela Peacock is described in some quarters as the nutritionist for the Royal Family, but just who is she? And what does her “elite” nutritional actually look like?Who is she?Peacock says she has always been interested in health and nutrition, but it was her years in modelling that taught her the value of a balanced and nutritious diet. The Duchess later visited a new heritage centre named in honour of her husband, the Prince of Wales, where she watched a display of Highland dancing by 24-year-old Rachael Walker from Fettercairn, Aberdeenshire.The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion is situated in the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, where the world-famous Braemar Gathering is held every September and regularly attended by the Queen.The centre, which will open to the public next spring, tells the story of Scotland’s Highland Games and is the new headquarters of the Braemar Royal Highland Society, organisers of the Gathering.Camilla admired a map of the site dating from 1906 and met members of the society and staff of The Prince’s Foundation, a charity founded by Charles which was involved in the building’s construction.David Geddes, president of the Braemar Royal Highland Society, said: “When the building was unveiled to Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Rothesay during the Braemar Gathering, the Duchess was unable to attend due to prior commitments.”However, we are delighted she has been able to see the building for herself and we look forward to welcoming her back in future.”He added: “Our hope is that people will come and visit when they are on holiday, and because they’ve been here they’ll be inspired to go to Highland Games around Scotland.”Robert Lovie of The Prince’s Foundation said: “It was a pleasure to welcome The Duchess of Rothesay to Braemar for her to see first-hand the completed Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion.”She was enthusiastic about the building’s beauty, the value of its purpose, and its ability to fit seamlessly into the surroundings.” A screen shot of the Trip Advisor website offering hotels at a discounted rateCredit:Trip Advisor Gabriela PeacockCredit:David M Bennett/Getty Credit:Jane Barlow/PA Wire The groom Jack Brooksbank arrived in a Rolls Royce for his wedding day. Wisely deciding not to wear a hat, he chatted at the bottom of the steps where he will kiss his bride later today before walking up to the castle. He waved at well-wishers behind him. Young choristers who will sing at the royal wedding have described their excitement ahead of the big day.Alexios Sheppard, 11, and Leo Mills, 12, both performed at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding and now will be centre stage for the nuptials of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.It is the first time in living memory two royal weddings have been staged in the same year at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel, so the two choristerswill be part of an historic double.The boys could not hide their joy, with Alexios saying: “It’s one of the best experiences we’re ever going to have – it’s just amazing.”Leo added: “I think it’s really cool we get to sing at two royal weddings in one year. No one ever really gets to do that much – it’s a very rare occasion so we’re very lucky.”Alexios joked: “They call it a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but not for us.” 1:27PMWho is royal nutritionist Gabriela Peacock? Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday could end up looking fairly different to that of her cousin Prince Harry, it seems.The Queen’s 28-year-old granddaughter is set to marry 31-year-old wine merchant Jack Brooksbank on Friday at Windsor Castle, and everything from the guest size to the television audience right through to the weather is expected to differ from Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May.But the two weddings will have one thing (or, rather, one person) in common: both Harry and Eugenie have been using the same nutritionist to help get them into shape before their big day. Leo added that he has been chatting with friends about what colour dress the Queen will wear to her granddaughter’s wedding.He said: “I’m saying green because last time it was yellow but one of my friends is saying pink.”Leo said he found out just a few weeks after Meghan and Harry’s wedding that he would also be singing when Eugenie married, and has been practising hard with fellow his choristers during the intervening months.Leo joked: “My mum said she would be sitting in front of the TV waving her Union Jack for me.” Sunlight streamed in through the windows lighting up the aisle for Meghan, but on this October day all guests could see through the glass were trees being blown around by strong gusts.The bridal party’s gaggle of youngsters included future king Prince George, Princess Charlotte and pop star Robbie Williams’ daughter Theodora.The Angels singer’s six-year-old daughter Theodora, who is known as Teddy, had a starring role as a bridesmaid, alongside five-year-old George and three-year-old Charlotte.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Spanish nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, was on hand to keep the VIP children in check.The group had a few minutes to wait before the bride arrived, and were kept in check by the nanny.George held his hand over his ear as trumpeters lined out at the back of the chapel moments before Eugenie’s arrival.He was standing next to sister Princess Charlotte and Peter and Autumn Phillips’ daughter Savannah.As the trumpeters got into position, the nanny held George and Charlotte’s hands.Before that, George could be seen looking around the chapel and craning his neck to look up into the high ceiling.The prince could be seen shuffling his feet on the carpet beneath him, while Charlotte went up on her tiptoes at one point.The group of children were startled and jumped when the trumpeters performed an initial flurry, and Savannah appeared to put a finger in her ear as she anticipated what was to come.At one stage, George seemed to shake his legs and briefly bobbed up and down in time to the music.In the few minutes the children had to stand, one little girl appeared to sit down on the stone ledge behind them before the nanny nudged her up. A star-studded gallery, which included Demi Moore, Kate Moss, Robbie Williams and Naomi Campbell, were treated to a reading from Princess Beatrice of York from The Great Gatsby.The guests will prepare for the evening reception – believed to be at the York family home, Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, with celebrations set to continue into the evening.Eugenie, 28, younger daughter of the queen’s third child Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, exchanged vows with Mr Brooksbank, a 32-year-old drinks executive, at Windsor Castle.The ninth-in-line to the throne is following in the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who also chose the venue for their wedding in May. Pippa wore an emerald green midi dress showing off her blossoming baby bump.Zara Philips wore a electric blue dress, and clutched her hat as she made her way to the chapel. The couple are inviting 1,200 members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle for their October wedding, following in the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.Announcing details of the wedding, a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said the couple would be inviting members of the public to share their day.”The couple are delighted to announce an opportunity for 1,200 people from across the United Kingdom to be invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle to share the experience of their special day,” a spokesman said.”The attendees will view the arrival of the congregation and members of the Royal Family, listen to a live broadcast of the marriage service and watch as the bride and groom depart St George’s Chapel at the end of the ceremony.”Myrna Whiteson, the president of the Teenage Cancer Trust, will be among the attendees with her husband, Dr Adrian Whiteson. She told The Telegraph the Princess had become involved in the charity from an early age through her mother, the Duchess of York.”The Duchess of York officially opened our first specialist cancer unit in 1990 and has attended almost all of our 28 subsequent new unit openings across the UK, with Princess Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice accompanying her on numerous occasions.”Following the ceremony, the newlyweds will undertake a carriage procession through the town of Windsor, where members of the public will be able to get a glimpse of the couple. The royal couple were carried around the streets of Windsor, passing the Royal family having been named husband and wife. The rain held off, but the carriage on the Scottish State Coach had a cover as a precaution. Originally known as the Cambridge Coach, the Scottish State Coach was remodelled in 1968–9 on Her Majesty’s instruction to create a coach specifically for Scotland. The emblems of the Order of the Thistle, the highest order of chivalry in Scotland, and the Scottish version of the Royal Arms were painted on the sides.The carriage will be pulled by four Windsor Grey horses: Plymouth, Milford Haven, Tyrone and Storm. There will be two outriders: Claudia and Sir Basil – the same quartet that pulled the Duke and Duchess of Sussex around Windsor in May. Windsor Grey horses play an important role in the ceremonial life of the Royal Family and the nation, and have been drawing the carriages of successive Monarchs and Members of the Royal Family since Queen Victoria’s reign.The carriage and horses are housed at the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace. Jimmy Carr arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.Credit:Andrew Matthews/PA 10:19AMMore guests at second royal wedding because couple have ‘so many friends’, says Prince Andrew Robbie Williams got a cheer from the crowds when he arrived in a limousine and waved back.Meanwhile, singers James Blunt and Ellie Goulding arrived at the wedding in the same coach.You’re Beautiful singer Blunt was accompanied by his wife Sofia Wellesley.Livin’ La Vida Loca singer Ricky Martin is also there. At one stage, George seemed to shake his legs and briefly bobbed up and down in time to the music.In the few minutes the children had to stand, one little girl appeared to sit down on the stone ledge behind them before the nanny nudged her up. 9:25AMCelebrity guests begin arriving at a blustery Windsor The Duchess of Cornwall braved stormy weather on Royal Deeside to visit a tiny village school as her husband attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in Windsor.Camilla’s arrival at Crathie Primary in Aberdeenshire was delayed by a tree on the road as the area, home to the royals’ Balmoral residence, was lashed by high winds and heavy rain.She was given a tour of the school – which has just nine pupils – before visiting a new games pavilion in nearby Braemar.It is understood that Friday’s invitation was a long-standing one and Camilla did not want to let the schoolchildren down.After apologising for her late arrival, she told her guides, 11-year-old Logan Beedie and Zara Jones, 10: “It’s nice and blowy outside, isn’t it?”Camilla, who is known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, shared her love of the local area and its wildlife with the pupils.She said she had never seen a capercaillie but had been fortunate to see some golden eagles, telling the children: “They’re wonderful creatures – they’re so big. When they have their wings out they’re huge.”The Duchess said nearby Lochnagar was a “special place” and told how she enjoyed cross-country skiing “because you can go for miles and miles, but it’s very hard work”.Camilla presented the pupils with books for the school library and she received a posy and card from the children. Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank were described as the “perfect couple” by the senior cleric who will marry the couple.David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, said it had been a pleasure to work with the Queen’s granddaughter and her fiance in the run-up to their weddingservice which will be a mix of “traditional and modern”.The dean, who will officiate when the couple make their marriage vows and give the address, has also been giving the pair the traditional pre-marital guidance counselling.Speaking on the eve of the wedding, he said: “As a couple they come across as just the perfect couple.”They are very natural with each other, they obviously love one another but they also have a lot of fun together and it’s been a real pleasure to work with them.”The dean described how he has seen the princess grow up over the years, since taking up his role in 1998, as she was a pupil at St George’s School at Windsor Castle and has regularly attended services at the chapel. The wedding flowers in St George’s Chapel will reflect the “rich and vibrant tones of autumn”, Buckingham Palace has revealed.Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have chosen floral designer Rob Van Helden to decorate the historic venue.Foliage and flowering branches, sourced locally from Windsor Great Park – the site of the York family home – have been combined with roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and berries.The designs will also include Liquid Amber trees, also known as American sweet gum trees, which turn brilliant yellow, orange and red before they shed.”The designs will reflect the rich and vibrant tones of autumn,” a palace spokeswoman said.Mr Van Helden said: “It has been the greatest privilege and honour to create the flowers for Princess Eugenie and Jack on their wedding day.”Her Royal Highness has been very involved from the start and has been instrumental in the autumnal theme.”The whole floral design team and I wish Princess Eugenie and Jack our heartfelt congratulations and we hope they have a magical wedding day.”One of London’s top florists, Mr Van Helden was born and grew up in Holland, and moved to the capital 31 years ago.He first started his floristry business from the back of his car. Pippa Middleton (centre) during the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack BrooksbankCredit:PA Princess Eugenie’s tiaraCredit:Reuters Princess Eugenie took the lead as her new husband appeared to struggle with nerves during their nuptials, according to a professional lipreader.The royal bride initiated the couple’s two tentative kisses on the West Steps of St George’s Chapel, telling Jack Brooksbank “let’s kiss” before the waiting cameras. Dean of Windsor, David ConnerCredit:Steve Parsons/AFP 6:06PM’Why aren’t you holding my hand?’: Lip reader unpicks ceremony Former footballer Jamie Redknapp arrived dressed in a morning suit as well as singer-songwriter James Blunt. “The date of the wedding was known eight months ago so it’s strange Camilla organised her house party this weekend.”A source close to the couple denied there was any ill-feeling, saying: “They get on very well, the couple has no issue with it – they have known about the diary clash for some time.”They added that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall “host events every day throughout this period every year.” Pixie Geldof and George Barnett Credit:James Gourley/REX The Duchess of York and her youngest daughter, bride to be Princess Eugenie Credit:Peter Byrne/PA Here is all you need to know about what will happen when in Windsor today: Terry Hutt, 83, traveled five hours from western super mare, and is dressed head to toe in union flags, even his cane is covered in red white and blue, writes Coran Elliott in Windsor. He said: “I’ve been to all the royal weddings. I even met the queen mother when I was four years old, durring the Blitz. I’ve come here to support Fergie’s daughter.”I think Fergie brought atmosphere and change to the royal family and I wish Eugenie and Jack a lifetime of happiness.”Naomi Kennedy, 29, works in publishing and Judith Cooperman 60, librarian have travelled from New York and Canada respectively.Ms Kennedy said: “The moment the date was posted I decided to go! I have loved Eugenie and Beatrice ever since I was a little girl- particularly because they are around my age. I’ve always identified with Eugenie we both studied English.”Ms Cooperman said: “I love the history of the royal family, they have really earned our respect. We have got up really early in past to watch the weddings so now we have chance to see it. We wish Eugenie and Jack health and happiness in their marriage.”Fellow Canadian Rose Reilly, 64, came over to the UK to visit friends in Chesham, but the courier driver decide to make the trip to Windsor so she wouldn’t miss out on a once in a lifetime opportunity.She said: “I was visiting Chesham to see friends, so I decided to come down because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. “I can’t wait to go back home to post all my pictures on Facebook. My friends are not going to believe this! They are going to be so jealous.”It’s my birthday next month so this is going to be an early celebration. I’m so excited.” David Weeks 77, a retired railway worker said: “I’m a true royalist, I’ve travelled down from Hampshire to get here.”I came down for the Queens 90th and I think the royals are great for the country. I want the best for Eugenie and Jack and I wish them a happy marriage.” Pixie Geldof is leading the way in a fuchsia cape dress but we’ve also noted Emma Joy Kitchener, wife of Julian Fellowes in a hot pink coat dress. In contrast to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, part of today’s ceremony will be conducted from the organ screen so that guests in the nave of the chapel have a chance to see the bride and groom, writes The Telegraph’s Royal Correspondent Hannah Furness.Princess Eugenie and her father, the Duke of York, will walk up half the length of the aisle before meeting Jack Brooksbank and his brother, the best man, and the Dean of Windsor at the organ screen.There, flanked by 17 members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, they will undertake the first part of the service before Princess Beatrice and Charles Brooksbank, the groom’s cousin, give their readings.The decision will give celebrity guests in the nave the opportunity to see the Princess and Mr Brooksbank begin their journey to married life, before they move into the quire where the Royal Family and close friends will be sitting. 8:53AMCrowds line the streets of Windsor Your wedding day should really be the one day of your life which is entirely about you and your beloved.But for the crowds lining the streets of Windsor this morning to watch Princess Eugenie marry Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel, today is all about one person, the bride’s mother. It’s Fergie they’re all here to see. “In America people don’t really distinguish a lot of the more fringe members of the royal family, but everyone knows Fergie,” said Katie Goldberg, a New Yorker studying in London who got here at 7am in the hope of catching a glimpse of Sarah, Duchess of York. “I think Fergie is just brilliant,” said Elspeth Edwards, thrilled to have got a much better spot to watch all the action than she did at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May. “It’s a lot quieter this time, but that’s quite nice really. We’ll get to see more. I’m so pleased Fergie will have a big part to play today. Debbie Skelton-Bethell, 52, from Shropshire, said: “It would have been nice to have screens outside of the castle, there’s supposed to be speakers but I don’t think they’ll reach out here.”Ms Skelton-Bethell arrived at 8.30am this morning to catch a glimpse of the wedding procession.She added: “I’m most excited to see the bride in her dress!” Dr Anthony WallersteinerCredit:Andrew Crowley Jack Brooksbank has paid tribute to his future wife Princess Eugenie, calling her a “bright shining light”.The Queen’s granddaughter returned the compliment and described her fiance as “so humble and generous” during a television interview ahead of their wedding.But Eugenie did reveal the moment she first saw Jack and the pair fell in love during a Swiss skiing trip.She initially thought “what a silly hat” Jack was wearing, but was “all butterflies and nervous” when he came over to say hello, and later rang her mother that night to say she had met a new guy.The couple were interviewed by husband and wife Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford from ITV’s This Morning, who quizzed them about wedding jitters.After Eugenie replied, “It’s definitely creeping up on us now, the nerves” she went on to describe her first encounter with Jack while on the slopes at a friend’ place in Verbier, Switzerland in 2010.With her fiance beside her, the princess added: “I thought, ‘what a silly hat!’ and I thought, ‘who’s that?’ and then you came over and shook my hand and I was all butterflies and nervous.”I think I rang my mum that night and said ‘I’ve met this guy Jack’… and that was it I think about how it started.”I remember being like ‘I really, really like this guy, I really want him to like me too’ and then you gave me this huge windscreen wiper wave and that was it, right, he likes me.” Prince Harry’s former girlfriend Chelsy Davy has arrived at the wedding, in the same colour as she wore to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding. 8:40AMMembers of the public As she walked down the aisle, the newest member of the Royal family mouthed to his bride that she looked ‘perfect’.After a traditional ceremony, during which the maid of honour Princess Beatrice delivered a reading from The Great Gatsby, the couple kissed on the steps to cheers from well-wishers. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, watched on having arrived with the Queen amid speculation he might not attend. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned to Windsor Castle – the venue for their royal wedding in May. She told host Eamonn Holmes: “I’m patron of their appeal and I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you’ll see on Friday, but it’s a lovely way to honour the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this.”I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.”So that’s one really important one.”But separate to that, other organisations that are there, it’s just very important that they get a chance to be honoured for the work that they do constantly, so it’s lovely that I can share this special day with them.”The princess is also patron of the European School of Osteopathy, a world-renowned provider of undergraduate and postgraduate level osteopathic education. This gallery will be updated during the day, featuring the best photographs of the royal wedding: There are rumours George Clooney and his wife Amal will be in Windsor once again this October as the A-list actor has a connection to the groom. Wine merchant Mr Brooksbank is a brand ambassador for Casamigos Tequila, a company owned by George Clooney.Rande Gerber, the husband of Cindy Crawford, is also a founder of Casamigos, which means the couple may have received an invitation too. Princess Eugenie is close friends with model Cara Delevingne, singer Ellie Goulding, and the Duke of Sussex’s former girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas, all of whom are expected to attend. Karlie Kloss accompanied Ellie Goulding and the princess on a trip to Jordan earlier this year, leading some to wonder if she will make an appearance in Windsor in October. Artist Tracey Emin is also rumoured be to attending – although singers Elton John and Ed Sheeran have reportedly had to turn down their invitations because they are on tour.The daughter of Robbie Williams, five-year-old Theodora Rose, has been confirmed as a flower girl at the wedding, which means we can expect to see the singer and his wife, Ayda Field, in the pews. The ex-Take That star and his wife have been friends with Eugenie and her sister, Princess Beatrice, for several years. The star-studded guests have started arriving for the royal wedding ceremony. Jimmy Carr was one of the first big names to arrive, wearing a dark suit. Female guests held onto their hats and headpieces as powerful gusts of wind whipped around the castle grounds. 5:15PMStars reveal their royal wedding experiences on social media Princess Eugenie announced in an interview with British Vogue earlier this year that her older sister Princess Beatrice will play a central role, as Maid of Honour. The groom’s younger brother Thomas, 29, has been chosen as best man.Prince George and Princess Charlotte will step into the roles of pageboy and flower girl once again. The siblings already know the score – as well as performing those roles at the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Markle earlier this year, they did so at the wedding of Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister, to James Matthews in May last year. The DB10 Aston Martin that the royal newly-weds used to leave Windsor Castle was originally made for the James Bond movie Spectre. The couple are believed to be heading to the York family home, Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, for their evening reception.Eugenie’s parents, Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York, and her sister, Princess Beatrice, followed behind the couple in a Rolls-Royce. Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank exchange ringsCredit:Getty Broadcaster Richard Bacon and reality TV star Ollie Proudlock have also arrived, as have Holly and Sam Branson.Kate Moss has taken her seat on the front row of the seating plan which is designed to face into the aisle.Fashion queen Moss is wearing a delicate monochrome polka dot outfit.The model turned to the row behind where her partner Count Nikolai von Bismarck is seated. 7:27AMGuestlist: Who we think has made the cut 7:59AMPrincess Eugenie hints dress will not hide signs of her scoliosis surgery, saying it’s important to ‘show people your scars’ 7:36AMRoyal couple on their pre-wedding jitters It is believed the Duke and Duchess of York tried to persuade Camilla, 71, to attend but to no avail.A source said: “It’s hard to see her turning down the invitation as anything other than a snub but she insists she has other engagements that she was invited to first.”Camilla’s no-show will be seen as opening up family rifts at a time when the royals are riding a wave of popularity following Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May. The ceremony took place at the castle’s 15th Century St George’s Chapel with the Dean of Windsor David Conner officiating. The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis.The fabricThe fabric was designed by Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos at their studio in East London and includes a number of symbols that are meaningful to Princess Eugenie as motifs.The symbols are a Thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple’s fondness for Balmoral; a Shamrock for Ireland as a reflection of the Bride’s maternal family; the York Rose; and ivy representing the couple’s home.Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos have reinterpreted these symbols in a garland of rope like motifs, woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend.Once the artwork was completed, it was translated into a jacquard weave in the Como region of Italy. The result is a very modern looking fabric using a highly intricate weaving technique.Jewellery Princess Eugenie is wearing the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was made by Boucheron for Mrs Greville in 1919 in the fashionable ‘kokoshnik’ style popularised in the Russian Imperial Court. Princess Eugenie’s dressCredit:Reuters Sarah Ferguson arrives at the royal weddingCredit:Getty 10:04AMHolly Valance and Jamie Redknapp among wide-ranging guestlist Derek Blasberg British fashion and portrait photographer Alex Bramall will take the official photographs at Windsor Castle at today’s royal wedding, Buckingham Palace said.”It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to photograph Princess Eugenie and Jack on this most special of days,” Mr Bramall said.”I look forward with great excitement to capturing this significant occasion and wish them both a happy future together.” 9:29AMThe royal wedding in pictures Pixie Geldolf’s Instagram storyCredit:Pixie Geldolf/Instagram 9:39AMRichard Bacon invited after Princess Eugenie supported his wife during coma scare Order of Service (PDF)
Order of Service (Text) 8:21AMCelebrity friends Princess Eugenie’s wedding day is here, with the Queen’s granddaughter preparing to tie the knot in a lavish ceremony in Windsor.In a television interview ahead of the wedding, Jack Brooksbank, a tequila brand ambassador, paid tribute to his future wife, calling her a “bright shining light”.Eugenie told Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford from ITV’s This Morning show, which will be screening the ceremony live, that her “humble and generous” husband-to-be had the ability to “make everyone feel so special”.Last night, the Princess said the nerves were “definitely creeping up on us” , calling their romance “love at first sight”.Asked of her first impressions, in a bar in Switzerland, she said: “I thought, ‘what a silly hat!’ and I thought, ‘who’s that?’ and then you [Jack] came over and shook my hand and I was all butterflies and nervous.”Read the full story here.
Legal disputes between parents over where to send their child to school is on the rise, a leading family lawyer has said, amid increased competition for places.Earlier this week, thousands of families across England found out which secondary school their children will attend with a higher proportion than ever expecting to miss out on their top choice.Joanne Edwards, head of family law and partner at the solicitors firm Forsters, said: “In the past four to five years I have really noticed an increase in the number of parents in disputes about which school their child should attend.“The legal position is that both parents have parental responsibility. I always say try to go to mediation first, and that sometimes leads on to solicitor negotiation. In extreme cases, one issues a court application.” Under the Children Act, parents can apply to the courts for a “child arrangement order” where a judge can rule on a specific issue. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Often a judge will say if you can afford private, send your child there. Judges tend to be quite angry about having to determine these dispute and tend to say ‘come on parents, sort this out’.” Jeremy Corbyn and his ex-wife Claudia Bracchita divorced after a disagreement over whether their son should be educated at one of the country’s best grammar schools or at the local inner city comprehensive.More than half a million 11-year-olds are finding out which secondary school they will be attending from this autumn on what is commonly known as National Offer Day.Secondaries have experienced an increase in numbers prompted by a spike in the birth rate in the early 2000s that is now making its way through the school system.The number of pupils who failed to get a place at their preferred school was expected to increase by up to a third compared to last year in some parts of the country following an application surge.Around 115,000 children across England were left disappointed due to a continuing shortage of places, according to analysis by The Good Schools Guide. Jeremy Corbyn and his ex-wife divorced after a disagreement over where to send their son to school Credit:REX Shutterstock Ms Edwards said that her cases have included parents with differing views over whether to send their children to religious school or not, private versus state and boarding versus day. “I was acting for someone who felt very strongly he wanted his child to go to local state but wife felt equally strongly about private. He felt morally he preferred state,” Ms Edwards said.
IA is also arguing that forcing social media companies to build a “backdoor” into message encryption for the police and security services would “undermine civil liberties” and that allowing a regulator to investigate their secret algorithms would be “unfair”…. Tech giants are threatening to pull out of the UK if a new law allows senior executives to be prosecuted, the Telegraph has learned. The Internet Association (IA), the official lobbying arm for companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft, has warned the Government that arming a new online regulator with such powers would create “a disincentive for existing businesses to continue to provide their services in the UK.”
A Foreign Office spokesman said the government “remains extremely concerned” about the case. “We continue to regularly raise her case at senior levels, including our embassy in Tehran pressing for consular access and we are in regular contact with Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family.”Mr Raab is understood to have agreed to meet Mr Ratcliffe. While campaigning for the Conservative leadership, Mr Johnson said he felt “a deep sense of anguish” over Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s case. During his tenure as foreign secretary, Mr Johnson incorrectly said Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was teaching journalism in Iran. His comments were seized upon by Iranian prosecutors who brought them up in court as evidence against the charity worker. Mr Johnson later apologised for the remarks. It emerged last month that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been chained to a bed in a Tehran psychiatric ward after she went on hunger strike for 15 days in protest at her imprisonment. She was eventually returned to Evin prison, where she is being held alongside Aras Amiri, an Iranian woman who worked at the British council. Ms Amiri was arrested last year and has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on spying charges. She strongly denies the allegations. “I thought that if we were an important issue we would have been invited within the first 30 days. It should not take more bad stuff to happen for this to be important enough to resolve,” Mr Ratcliffe said. Richard Ratcliffe said he has not been invited to meet the prime minister or the new foreign secretaryCredit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian charity worker, has said she feels she could “suffocate” after her Iranian jailers significantly tightened the rules of her imprisonment. Under the new rules, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is now only able to see her five-year-old daughter, Gabriella, once a month. The Free Nazanin campaign also said she is barred from making international calls, leaving her unable to speak to her husband Richard, who has been campaigning for her release from the UK.“I am so upset. I feel like I could suffocate,” Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe said in a campaign statement. “I can’t even think what to do. I haven’t cried so loud in the middle of the ward for ages. How cruel they are. How unjust this is.”She has written to prison authorities to protest the change in her conditions. Meanwhile, Mr Ratcliffe criticised Boris Johnson for not meeting with the family since he entered Downing Street last month. He said there had also been no invitation to meet Dominic Raab, the new foreign secretary.
Although becoming the first double above knee amputee in the world to compete in International Paralympic Committee (IPC) events, Swifty risked permanent injury due to the limited movement and lack of suspension in the bindings.“They gave me permanent back pain and meant I was too slow to qualify for the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games. I wanted to create something that could open doors for me and other DAK competitors,” he said. Swifty tested the new bindings at the Hemel Hempstead snow centre.Credit:Adam Hollier An Army veteran hopes to achieve his Paralympic dream with the world’s first 3D-printed snowboard bindings.Darren Swift aims to revolutionise para-snowboarding by enabling other double above the knee (DAK) amputees to compete against each other, rather than be be classed in the same category as more able-bodied para-athletes.The 53-year-old former soldier in the Royal Green Jackets has been helped by a British firm that has spent more than 500 digital engineering hours developing new prototype bindings. Swifty, as he is known to friends, lost both his legs above the knee and two fingers in a bomb explosion during his third tour of duty in Northern Ireland in 1991.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––After his recovery he took up sit-skiing and eventually moved into snowboarding, using a set of rudimentary bindings he and a friend built in his kitchen. “All the best ideas come from the pub,” he told the Telegraph. Swifty realised that “the knees are everything” in the sport of snowboarding and turned to the Bristol-based Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) a specialist digital engineering company. The firm produced a set of 3D-printed bindings using a super-strong material made from nylon and fibreglass to absorb shock and adjust to different positions on the slope. “They will revolutionise snowboarding for double above knee amputees…which mostly come from the veteran community,” he saidThe “game changing” bindings, will enable him to compete for the British Olympic squad, bolstered by his lower centre of gravity, which he says is “massively advantageous” in snowboarding. “Walking around the slopes in the SNAPS (Short Non-Articulated Pylon Prosthetic devices) that fit straight into the bindings that are fixed to the board is a pain in the butt,” he says. “But when you are on the board I don’t really have far to fall, I just grab the ice. “If you’re six foot two, you have a long way to fall and two legs to look after”. A member of the Armed Forces Paralympic Snowsport Team, a group of ex-serving disabled winter sports competitors, his aim is to compete in the 2022 Paralympic Games in China. In January 2020 he will be at the Royal Navy championships in Tignes, France, and the inter-services championships a few valleys south in Meribel at the end of the same month. Davide Bianchi, Head of Advanced Simulation at CFMS, said: “When Darren first approached us with the idea for the bindings, we jumped at the chance to get involved. “As experienced aerospace engineers, we knew we had the skills to design exactly what he needed. “We’ve really pushed the limits of engineering to create the world’s first 3D-printed snowboard bindings so we’re really proud to see Darren on the slopes using this revolutionary new technology.”Swifty is optimistic for his chances to compete in the 2022 Paralympic Games.“The journey has been long with lots of ups and downs – pardon the pun – but life is fantastic. “I feel ecstatic to be able to ride a set of bindings that have revolutionised life for me on the slopes and will do the same for amputees the world over. “I already feel a freedom on the mountain that I don’t get in normal life, but now I have even more freedom to do some of the things I’ve been physically restricted from doing before.” Swifty says it is crucial for more double above knee amputees to take up the sport in order to get the IPC to establish a new category in para-snowboarding. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) — When Usain Bolt hangs up his running spikes after the World Championships in August, the athletics world will bid farewell to arguably the greatest sprinter the sport has ever seen.But while athletics contemplates life without its biggest superstar, Anthony Davis will already be working hard to unearth the next young Jamaican sprinter capable of following in Bolt’s blisteringly fast footsteps.Davis is the director of sport at Kingston’s University of Technology, or UTech, the de facto sprint factory which produced Bolt and virtually every other major Jamaican sprinter of significance.The modest facility’s alumni reads like a who’s who of Jamaican sprinting, including Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter and Elaine Thompson, the 100m & 200m 2016 Olympic champion.“Everybody wants to be the next Usain Bolt because he is a superstar,” Davis told AFP.Jamaica is considered the sprint capital of the world following a decade of dominance at successive Olympics and World Championships, a success which belies the Caribbean nation’s population of just 2.7 million.Sprinter Tyquendo Tracey attributes Jamaica’s success to national character.“Most of us are born with sheer determination. It is hard to beat a Jamaican,” Tracey said.“The determination comes from the high level of competition including high school. We always have this level of competitiveness.”– ‘Godfather’ of sprinting –In fact Jamaica’s success can be traced back several decades, from the moment that Herb McKenley won gold and three silver at the 1948 London and 1952 Helsinki Olympics.McKenley served as coach of the Jamaican national team from 1954 to 1973 and was awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 2004, three years before his death.However it was through the work of Dennis Johnson that the seeds of Jamaica’s sprinting dynasty were sown. Johnson, who equalled the 100-yard world record three times over a six-week stretch in 1961, had been schooled in the fundamentals by legendary US coach Bud Winter at San Jose State in California.Upon his return to Jamaica, Johnson set out to create a US-style collegiate programme in his homeland, helping found the University of Technology in Kingston.It was a historic move that would earn him the title the Godfather of Jamaican track.“We have tried to import the NCAA model to Jamaica,” said Davis who was hired in 1971 by Johnson.“Before Dennis, the students would play all different sports because it was primarily recreational.“Now the athletes focus on specific sports and he designed a programme that would last for 10-11 months per year.”The programme’s breakthrough came at the 1975 Pan-American Games in Mexico as Jamaica won one silver and three bronze.– Half scholarship –Davis said in the past Jamaican athletes heading directly to US colleges from high school would often struggle to adjust to life in America.“You leave high school where you are instructed to do everything and you have to become an adult overnight,” he said.“Some athletes would arrive in the US and find out they are only receiving a half scholarship that doesn’t cover the cost of books and accommodation.“Now if they stay here, they have less distractions and the support of their families.”Jamaica’s sprinting success has been credited to everything from its island life with a culture of walking everywhere to a diet which includes yams and green bananas.But Davis says the answer is more straightforward — dedicated athletes, good coaching and scientific-backed training methods.Driving the sport at a grassroots level is the Champs annual high school track meet which last five days and attracts crowds of 30,000.“With 30,000 people in a packed stadium and millions of viewers on TV, Champs is a real factor in keeping the fire burning with our youngsters,” said track coach Paul Francis.So much Jamaican success has inevitably aroused questions about doping. The former director of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Agency Renee Shirley went on record as saying not enough is being done to snare the drug cheats in her country.Davis dismisses any suggestion that there is a darker side to Jamaica’s sprinting dominance.“To the detractors I say ‘Pause one minute go back to 1948 Herb McKenley, go back to Helsinki,” he said. “There has always been a great Jamaican athletes before we even knew what was doping.“Our programme did not develop overnight. Our programme didn’t just drop out of nowhere. We have worked long and hard on it.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUsain Bolt regrets not getting serious earlierDecember 3, 2016In “Regional”Bolt Big in BrazilAugust 10, 2016In “latest news”Retiring Bolt the ‘Ali of Athletics’ – CoeJune 12, 2017In “latest news”
The Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) is still in pursuit of a new rice variety which is expected to bring better yields to rice farmers across the country. Although tightlipped on the entire developmental process, GRDB General Manager, Allison Peters said that the new variety is under close watch by scientists at the research station.“There is a variety that the plant breeder is working on, we don’t want to show our hand before it is ready because, you know, seed paddy and developing a new variety takes several seasons. It’s at a stage where we are cultivating it in farmers’ fields and we are looking at how its behaving in those fields but we can’t tell you next season, we can’t tell you the season after but its soon.” Peters said.Most recently, a GRDB team held an outreach in Region Six where they discovered that farmers were using a Brazilian variety commonly known as ‘100 day’ to produce paddy. The farmers praised the Brazilian Variety highlighting that it requires less field maintenance, attention and has a shorter yielding period.The farmers also pointed out that the overall results are usually better when compared with local varieties. However, the General Manager (GRDB) told the farmers that the Brazilian rice variety is an illegally imported brand with serious implications to the local rice crop.The new variety is likely to eliminate the use of smuggled brands of rice paddy from other countries, as it promises greater yields, less risk of the paddy bug and other crop diseases.Earlier in the year the GRDB projected that this new variety could be expected by 2018. (DPI) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice farmers predict major losses again from paddy bug infestationAugust 8, 2019In “Business”More woes for Region 2 rice farmers as acres planted with GRDB seedlings not germinatingDecember 6, 2018In “Business”687,784 tonnes of rice produced in 2015January 7, 2016In “latest news”
Ranks of the Guyana Police Force on Wednesday about 18:30hrs conducted a search of a house at Durban Street,Lodge and found two unlicenced firearms and nine live rounds of ammunition (a .32 pistol with 3 rounds and a sub-machine gun with 6 rounds).The unlicenced weapons and ammo unearthed in the Durban St homeAccording to the police in a report, three female occupants of the house have been taken into custody and are assisting with the investigation which was dubbed an intelligence-led operation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUnemployed man nabbed with unlicenced gun, ammo- PoliceNovember 15, 2017In “Crime”Sophia couple busted with unlicenced gun, ammo, drugsMarch 18, 2017In “Crime”16-year-old lad in custody, found with unlicenced gun, ammo – PoliceNovember 7, 2017In “Crime”
Lot # 5 – Rehabilitation/construction of Issano Road (Phase II– White Hill to Issano Landing), Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven) $ 15,475,900.00 $ 61,148,881.00 Lot # 3 – – Rehabilitation/construction of Karrau to Buckhall (Phase II, Blue Mountain to Buckhall) Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven) S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services International Imports and Supplies H. Nauth and Sons Civil Engineering Contractors Lot # 2 – Rehabilitation of Wanaina to Yarakita Landing, Barima-Waini (Region One) Mekdeci Machinery and Construction Incorporated $ 32,278,498.00 R. and B. Investment Incorporated $ 12,793,500.00 $ 17,224,000.00 International Imports and Supplies Roopan Ramotar Investments Lot # 4 – For the supply of of 700 drums of bitumen CRS-2 Ramoutar and Sons Contracting Services Lot # 6 – Rehabilitation/construction of Bartica/Potaro roads, Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven) Ministry of Public InfrastructureFor the rehabilitation, construction of urban roads S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services $ 18,639,180.00 H. Nauth and Sons Civil Engineering Contractors $ 16,990,700.00 $35,850,000.00 Ministry of Public Health For the provision of electrical works to power supply networks and perimeter lighting at Port Kaituma Hospital Complex Lot # 2 – Rehabilitation of Belle West Main Access Road, West Bank Demerara, Essequibo Islands – West Demerara (Region Three) Ministry of Public InfrastructureFor the supply of road building materials $9,348,000.00 Ministry of Education For the rehabilitation of a Science Laboratory at Dora Secondary SchoolM.S. Trading$17,445,420.00 Ministry of CommunitiesFor infrastructure works at Providence, Phase IV, East Bank Demerara, Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four) Contract details Agency awarded toAmount $ $9,348,000.00 $30,44,430.00 $35,586,800.00 Lot # 1 – For the supply of 5000 tons crushed gravel aggregate Ministry of Public InfrastructureFor the rehabilitation/ construction of miscellaneous roadsLot # 6 – Construction of Marfield Friendship, East Bank Demerara, Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four) Fix-It Depot Ministry of Public InfrastructureFor the supply of road building materials Lot # 2 $ 15,961,800.00 Lot # 1 – Rehabilitation/ construction, compound rounds, Mabaruma (Phase II), Barima-Waini (Region One) $ 75,866,889.00 $33,674,160.00 Ministry of AgricultureFor the construction of sluice at Little Diamond, East Bank Demerara, Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four) Lot # 3 Erron Lall Civil Engineering WorksGuy-American Construction $5,226,515.00 $77,729,355.00 Ministry of EducationFor the construction of the Saint Rose’s High School Ministry of Agriculture For the construction of one pontoon complete with mud bin for the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority $71,132,683.00 Lot # 2 – Corentyne Public Road $79,515,177.00 Y. Bhola Construction Services $19,420,011.00 Lots 3 and 7 Contract details Agency awarded toAmount $ C. B. Nateram Cabinet at its Sub-Committee on Tuesday, April 16 and 23, noted the award of 57 multi-million-dollar contracts by the procurement entities and the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). Standby Power Engineering Company (SPECOM) Guyana $ 76,679,222.00 H. Nauth and Sons Civil Engineering Contractors $128,888,606.00 Cummings Electrical Company Limited Lot # 4 – Rehabilitation of Main Access Road, Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara, Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four) Lot # 3 – Rehabilitation of Old Road, La Grange, West Bank Demerara, Essequibo Islands – West Demerara (Region Three) Ministry of Public SecurityFor the construction of a new fire station at Onverwagt, West Coast Berbice, Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five)Doodnauth Construction and Supplies$26,346,304.00 R. Maraj General Contracting S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services Lot # 1 – Rehabilitation of Barabina swamp road, Mabaruma, Barima-Waini (Region One) Colin Talbot Contracting Services Lot # 6 – For the supply of 200 drums of bitumen 60/70 $ 51,046,850.00 Mekdeci Machinery and Construction Incorporated $ 25,547,600.00 Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ AffairsFor the extension of the head office buildingIvor Allen Contracting Services$27,286,072.00 Ministry of CommunitiesFor the upgrading and extension of Yank Dam, West D’Edward, West Bank Berbice Colin Talbot Contracting Services R. and B. Investment Incorporated Lot # 4 – Rehabilitation of Lot 50 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) $23,788,325.00 US$145,000.00 $4,574,700.00 B. K. International Incorporated Ministry of Public InfrastructureFor the supply, installation and commissioning of 44 grid-connected and hybrid solar photovoltaic systems in all ten administrative regions Contract details Agency awarded toAmount $ Contract details Agency awarded toAmount $ S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services Cummings Electrical Company Limited Handel Garnett Construction Firm $ 24,905,440.00 $34,272,971.00 $ 126,080,572.00 $ 90,531,840.00 Ministry of Public InfrastructureFor the installation of LED highway lights Lot # 3 – West Coast Demerara Public Road R. and B. Investment Incorporated Colin Talbot Contracting Services Ministry of CommunitiesFor the construction of revetment and tarmac at Annandale, East Coast Demerara, Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four) $ 59,952,979.00 $4,575,000.00 $ 114,512,475.00 Ministry of Public InfrastructureFor the rehabilitation of bridge number one at Bagotstown, Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four) Lot # 1 Courtney Benn Contracting Services Limited Lot # 4 – Rehabilitation of Bartica Potaro Road, St. Mary’s Quarry (Phase II), Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven) Ministry of Agriculture For the upgrading of the Parika packaging facility into an agro-processing demonstration facility, Essequibo Islands – West Demerara (Region Three) H. Nauth and Sons Civil Engineering Contractors Contract details Agency awarded toAmount $ John Mc Kendrick $15,720,705.00 For the upgrading and extension of King Street, Number 22 Village, West Coast BerbiceIvor Allen Contracting Services Contract details Agency awarded toAmount $ $ 46,336,700.00 $25,319,900.00 $ 52,224,218.00 Ministry of Public InfrastructureFor the rehabilitation of hinterland roads $45,731,250.00 Ministry of Public Infrastructure For the rehabilitation of culverts from Everton to Mara, East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) Ivor Allen Contracting Services S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services Mohamed Ramzanalli Khan Construction B. K. International Incorporated $30,520,450.00 Ministry of AgricultureFor the construction of sluice and revetment at Thierens, Leguan, Essequibo Islands – West Demerara (Region Three) Ministry of Public InfrastructureFor the rehabilitation/ construction of miscellaneous roadsLot # 1 – Rehabilitation or Lima Sands Access Roads, Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region Two) $ 67,117,385.00 Lot # 4 Lot # 5 – For the supply of 300 drums of RC 250 $123,312,473.00 $352,709,745.00 $209,200,000.00 B. K. International Incorporated Ministry of AgricultureFor the construction of main irrigation control structure in Barnwell north, East Bank Demerara, Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four) Lot # 3 – For the supply of 5000 tons ¼” aggregate Guyana Energy Agency For the supply and installation of light emitting diode (LEDs) and occupancy sensors on 54 government buildings in ten (10) lots in ten administrative regions Cummings Electrical Company Limited K. P. Thomas and Sons Contracting Incorporated $ 64,741,622.00 Courtney Benn Contracting Services Limited Standby Power Engineering Company (SPECOM) Guyana K. B. and B. Contractors H. Nauth and Sons Civil Engineering Contractors Ministry of Public InfrastructureFor the installation of LED highway lights $61,708,314.00 Contract details Agency awarded toAmount $ S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services $13,744,742.00 S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services Ministry of Public InfrastructureFor the supply, installation and commissioning of 120 kwp grid-connected solar photovoltaic system, 180kw hybrid inverter and 250 kwh energy storage system at Parliament Building B. K. International Incorporated Lot # 3 – Construction of Hugh Ghanie Park, East Coast Demerara, Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four) $ 75,294,758.00 $ 88,905,390.00 Ministry of CommunitiesFor infrastructure works at Peter’s Hall, Phase II, East Bank Demerara, Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four)Lot # 1 Romell Jagroop General Construction Service Lot # 5 – Rehabilitation of New Market Street, Rosehall Town, East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) Lot # 5 – Rehabilitation of Clay Brick Road, Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara, Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four) N. Balgobin and Sons Electrical Contractor and Supplier Khan’s Construction and Transportation Services Incorporated Ministry of AgricultureFor the construction of drainage channel at New Sukhram Cattle Pasture, Number 52 Village, Corentyne, East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six) Colin Talbot Contracting Services Lot # 2 Lot # 1 – Essequibo Coast Public Road Lots 1, 2, 4,5, 6, 8, 9 Chung’s Global Enterprise Lot # 2 – For the supply of 5000 tons ½” aggregate $89,623,840.00 Contract details Agency awarded toAmount $ Lot # 2 – Rehabilitation of Duncan Street, Georgetown, Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four) Ministry of AgricultureFor the construction of sluice at Little Diamond, East Bank Demerara, Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four) International Imports and Supplies Lot # 3 $18,179,621.00 $74,500,000.00 Ministry of AgricultureFor the upgrade of access road and driveway and the construction of a parking lot, National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute Compound, Mon Repos, Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four) Lot # 7 – Rehabilitation/construction of township road network (Phase XX) Lethem, upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine) $ 48,500,980.00 $23,690,100.00 Ministry of Lega AffairsFor the provision of consultancy services to design and implement a State-owned legal aid programme in Guyana Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCabinet notes award of 36 contracts worth $3.8 billionJanuary 19, 2019In “latest news”Cabinet notes award of 32 multi-million-dollar contractsJanuary 3, 2018In “latest news”Cabinet notes award of 20 multi-million-dollar contractsJuly 5, 2018In “Business”