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The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her 38th birthday this month and the next royal to celebrate being another year older will be the Countess of Wessex, who turns 55 on Monday. So, before the celebrations get underway, we thought we'd take a look at the most extravagant royal birthday parties to date… Princess Olympia's 21st birthdayPrincess Olympia's 21st birthday was certainly an extravagant affair. With a revolution theme and a guest list jam-packed with royals, it's said that the event had a Marie Antoinette feeling - we'd expect no less from the Crown Prince and Princess of Greece's daughter! In fact, the princess shared her birthday with her father, who turned 50. The party took place in the Cotswolds, and the princess opted for a stunning, sheer Steven Khalil gown which she paired with out-of-this-world gold platform Gucci trainers. Tables were piled high with pink pastries and decadent cakes, so it's safe to say guests didn't go hungry!MORE: Future of Prince Harry and Meghan's staff at Frogmore Cottage revealed as they prepare to split time in Canada Princess Beatrice's 31st birthdayFor her 31st, Princess Beatrice hosted a lavish vegan dinner party, offering guests a plant-based menu. According to The Mail on Sunday, Beatrice enlisted the help of caterers The Admirable Crichton to create a three-course fully vegan dinner menu. The birthday cake was also dairy-free. Incredible!MORE: Piers Morgan divides fans after sharing Meghan Markle's private message Prince Harry's 30th birthday Prince Harry sure rung in his 30s in style! The event took place at Clarence House and was reportedly planned by Pippa Middleton and close friend Guy Pelly, who arranged for the celebrations to include a ski resort-theme complete with delicious specialty cocktails and a snow machine, no less. Prince Charles is said to have sent boxes of champagne to his son's do for good measure. Ellie Goulding was on the guest list, and Eton Mess - Harry's favourite dessert - was also served. Princess Elisabeth's 18th birthdayPrincess Elisabeth of Belgium's 18th birthday party was a lot more glamourous than a trip to the pub. The event took place at the Royal Palace in Brussels and was attended by politicians as well as family members. What's more, People magazine reported that an incredible "80 teenagers" were invited, all of whom share Elisabeth's 2001 birth year.Entertainment for the evening included a performance by the Antwerp Royal Ballet School, and one of the royal's birthday gifts was the honour of appearing on an official postage stamp. Casual. Prince Charles' 70th birthdayPrince Charles is next in line to the British throne, so it makes sense that he'd ring in his 70th birthday with a bang. The celebrations took place at Buckingham Palace and Charles' entire family was present. The Queen made an affectionate toast to her son to mark the occasion, and aside from Prince William, Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the guest list included the likes of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Queen Rania of Jordan, Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark, King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway.Jools Holland provided the music, and other entertainment came from Chinese acrobats and Canadian comedian Michel Lauziere. As for food, guests feasted on the likes of poussin with autumn vegetables, salmon tartlet and dessert was delicious-sounding ice cream bombes, served on blue tables decorated with candles and flowers from Highgrove Gardens. Princess Eugenie's 25th birthday Princess Eugenie's 25th birthday was an 11-hour fancy dress party that took place at Royal Lodge. The birthday girl arrived dressed as Snow White, while sister Beatrice decided to dress up as Ariel and cousin Prince Harry was hilariously Super Mario. It's reported that guests were required to bring their passports as proof of identity and the party went on until 5am, with Sarah Ferguson sending away the 2am coaches that were meant to take people home. Prince William's 21st birthday Prince William famously spent his 21st at Windsor Castle in 2003. The theme, Out of Africa, was inspired by William's gap year and costumes are said to have included bananas, lions and even Tarzan.Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
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Harper Beckham has floored fans after her mum Victoria Beckham shared a new picture of the eight-year-old on Instagram. Fans of the Beckham family are divided over who the young fashionista takes after - her mum or dad David Beckham! The new picture sees Harper posing in a stunning white gown, which looked almost identical to the one she wore at her christening. "Sweet little Harper Seven, kisses."Victoria shared this new snap of Harper BeckhamUnderneath the snap, some fans said Harper resembled her father, with one saying: "She looks like her daddy." Another remarked: "Victoria, she looks like her dad." However, several followers thought she looks like her fashion designer mum. "Aww she looks just like you here, beautiful," stated one fan, while another post read: "She looks so much like you x." Although, some think she takes after both! "She is so cute. The best of you both," one comment read.GALLERY: David and Victoria Beckham's love story in photosWATCH: The Beckhams love storyBoth Victoria and David may have demanding jobs, but they are incredibly hands-on parents to their four children - also including sons Brooklyn, 20, Romeo, 17, and 14-year-old Cruz. And while there is no doubt that the Beckham family live an incredibly privileged lifestyle, the star couple are adamant that their children will stay grounded. Speaking to the Telegraph about his family life, David previously said: "We have always led by example, in terms of the way we treat our children, with the way we look after our children, the way we love our children. But we are very strict parents. We want to bring them up as closely as possible to how we were brought up because you have to give them manners, you have to give them boundaries and our children definitely have that."MORE: Alex Jones reveals latest parenting struggle after making return to The One ShowThe retired footballer continued: "Their upbringing is a lot different to my upbringing so I think there is always a kind of fear factor, I mean the first day you have kids, you constantly worry. It's the most wonderful thing in the world but you are bringing children into a world where you really have to protect them. They are very privileged and they have a lovely life, and I want to protect that and to protect them from anything that goes on outside the family."Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
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If you doubt Republicans are facing immense pressure these days, consider Sen. Martha McSally’s behavior. Asked by respected, mild-mannered CNN reporter Manu Raju if she would consider new evidence during the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump, the vulnerable senator from Arizona snapped back: “You’re a liberal hack-I’m not talking to you. You’re a liberal hack.”Regardless of whether new post-House impeachment revelations are introduced in the Senate trial, the drip-drip-drip has created a lose-lose proposition for Republicans who face tough electoral crosswinds in 2020. They can defend the indefensible, or they can risk invoking the wrath of their president. (Clearly, McSally has decided her best bet is to avoid the latter.)But as evidence mounts, McSally also risks alienating Arizonans who elected a maverick named John McCain and aren’t looking to send a Trump toady to Washington. Kellyanne Conway Melts Down Under Grilling by Fox NewsAs the Senate heads toward the formal impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump on Tuesday, text messages and documents provided by Lev Parnas, as well as a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showing that the White House broke the law by withholding funds from Ukraine, cast a pall over Republican efforts to pretend this is merely a witch hunt. Of course, Republicans who do not face these crosswinds have different incentives. Trump can lose the popular vote and still win the Electoral College, by narrowly holding Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin by the skin of his teeth. He does that, potentially, by holding his base. But that would be cold comfort for Republicans trying to hold Senate seats in places like Maine (Collins) and Arizona (McSally), and also states like Colorado and North Carolina. With a different leader, these vulnerable senators might be afforded the opportunity to subtly distance themselves from this president. But Donald Trump demands complete loyalty and attempts to walk the line between appeasing the Trump-loyal GOP base and wooing suburban swing voters are being made impossible by fellow Republican senators like Rand Paul, who, in the words of Politico, is “vowing to squeeze vulnerable GOP incumbents” if they support procedural motions to allow for the calling of witnesses during Trump’s impeachment trial. “If you vote against Hunter Biden, you’re voting to lose your election, basically. Seriously. That’s what it is,” Paul said Wednesday. “If you don’t want to vote and you think you’re going to have to vote against Hunter Biden, you should just vote against witnesses, period.” With friends like these...For now, at least, the pressure campaign seems to be working. Partisanship is a powerful drug, and when the heat is turned up, more often than not, politicians revert to the safe confines of their base for protection. This explains why McSally, a vulnerable Republican who can’t afford to be seen as a Trump quisling, is suddenly acting… like Trump! It also explains why, presented with revelations of what might be rightly seen as blockbuster evidence that Marie Yovanovitch was under surveillance by Trump and Rudy Giuliani’s henchmen in Ukraine, moderate Maine Sen. Susan Collins’ first reaction was to... blame Congress!Neither McSally nor Collins have, in the past, been considered particularly Trumpy. That’s why their defensive behavior is especially revealing. Despite the constant revelation of new, damning evidence as the impeachment trial kicks off, Republicans have cast their lot with this president and his base. This was recently driven home to me by the analysis of a man I once considered to be a straight-shooting, center-right journalist. Though largely subsumed by an avalanche of news about Rudy Giuliani and Lev Parnas, the arrest of Michael Avenatti, and the final Democratic primary debate before the Iowa caucuses, a comment made by Fox News’ Brit Hume deserves more attention: “Let's assume… just for the sake of discussion, that John Bolton comes in and he says, 'Yeah, the president wanted the Bidens investigated and he withheld the aid for a time to try to get that done.’ I don't think very many Republican senators are going to say that they think Trump did that or that he's guilty of that."This, of course, was an amazing admission. Put aside the fact that Hume doesn’t seem outraged by any of this. His analysis (correct, I think), is that even if John Bolton (John Bolton!) testifies that Trump used the power and prestige of the presidency (not to mention our tax dollars) to extort the president of Ukraine into announcing an investigation into the Bidens, that most Republican senators wouldn’t believe it-or wouldn’t care. Now ask yourself, how does that analysis comport with the oath that senators took on Thursday, which states that “in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, president of the United States, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God”?Yeah...I suppose it’s possible that at least four Republicans will, in fact, vote to allow witnesses, and that one of those witnesses will reveal something that is so explosive that 20 Republicans, having taken that oath, are forced to finally, reluctantly, cut Trump loose. It just seems hard-almost impossible-to imagine what in the world could be so horrible. Martha McSally and Susan Collins are proof positive that even the “thoughtful” Republicans are so desperate to defend this president that they are taking a page out of his playbook of projection and prevarication. Trump corrupts! Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Heartbreaking pictures show moment 'sweet' Bulldog was found in a pool of blood in a bath after being beaten by owner
Shocked RSPCA inspectors found Smiler the American Bulldog barely conscious in a pool of blood in a bath in Keighley, West Yorkshire.