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The Duke of Cambridge has revealed his pride at the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh receiving their COVID-19 vaccines, as he paid tribute to frontline workers administering the injections across the UK. Prince William's comments about his grandparents came after he was told some medics have witnessed "vaccine hesitancy" among some communities during the roll-out. William hailed the NHS on a video call with frontline workers on Thursday, revealing the efforts achieved to give millions across Britain the lifesaving injection. READ: 10 of the Queen's most trailblazing moments in her reign WATCH: The sweet way Prince William says 'goodbye' to the Queen revealed The Duke said: "I want to say a huge congratulations to everyone involved in the vaccination programme because it looks tremendous, it really does. "I know what a massive difference it is going to make to everyone. It is also worth pointing out I think that this isn't something that happens really easily and that everyone has access to around the world. "This is because we have a world-leading NHS and we have the right people, research and development here." MORE: Kate Middleton embracing life in lockdown with George, Charlotte and Louis Prince William revealed he is 'proud' of his grandparents for getting vaccinated Dr Nikki Kanani, Medical Director of Primary Care for NHS England and NHS Improvement and a GP in south-east London, described how important it is for patients to take up their appointments. She said: "Everyone on the frontline, volunteers and NHS staff have all pulled together and worked so tremendously hard to ensure the vaccine rollout is a success, and it is fantastic that the Duke of Cambridge has taken the time to boost morale for all those across the UK who are so integral to this effort. "We need to continue to be vigilant and ask that everybody abides by the restrictions in the coming weeks, and whether you have had a vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as you can, and following the 'hands, face, space' guidance when you can't." William spoke with frontline workers administering the vaccines William said: "My grandparents have had the vaccine and I am very proud of them for doing that. It is really important that everyone gets the vaccine when they are told to." The Queen, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, received their COVID-19 vaccinations at Windsor Castle last Saturday, as confirmed by Buckingham Palace in a rare health update about the monarch. The roll-out, which is the largest vaccination programme in British history, has so far administered over 3 million vaccine doses across the UK to the most vulnerable and those who care for them. MORE: How Prince William and Kate Middleton are homeschooling Prince George and Princess Charlotte during lockdown The Queen and Prince Philip received their vaccines at Windsor Castle This week, NHS England opened the first seven large Vaccination Centres helping those who are most at risk from COVID-19 to access vaccines for free, regardless of where they live. William's call comes after he and wife Kate spoke with emergency responders and counsellors on Wednesday, in which they urged frontline workers to reach out for help with their mental health. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination. 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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‘I am very proud of my grandparents’ said the Duke
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All hail Queen Keeley – she’s quietly become the MVP of the small screen
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Barbara Shelley, who has died aged 88, found herself hailed “Queen of the Ghoulies and Ghosties” in the 1960s when she appeared in several popular horror films, notably opposite Christopher Lee in Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966). She became Hammer Horror’s leading lady with appearances in The Gorgon (1964) in which she was decapitated by Lee, Rasputin, the Mad Monk (also 1966), and Quatermass and the Pit (1967) among her credits. She had also appeared opposite George Sanders in Village of the Damned (1960). Striking and statuesque, with a mix of sex appeal and vulnerability, Barbara Shelley worked as a model and trained as a dancer before taking small parts in Italian films in the mid-1950s. She made her British debut in the low-budget Cat Girl (1957) before being cast alongside Donald Wolfit starring as a mad doctor running a lunatic asylum in Blood Of The Vampire (1958).
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spend the majority of their time at their homes in Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall, but they also have a lesser-known third royal residence on the Queen's Balmoral Estate: Tam-Na-Ghar cottage. RELATED: Prince William and Kate's home at Kensington Palace is basically a fairytale - see inside WATCH: Inside the royals' most lavish homes Tam-Na-Ghar was a gift to Prince William from his great-grandmother, the Queen Mother, shortly before her death in 2002. It is located close to Birkhall, Prince Charles and Camilla's residence on the Balmoral Estate, where they isolated together following the Prince of Wales' coronavirus diagnosis in March 2020. The Queen's Balmoral Castle on the Balmoral Estate Prince William and Kate have visited the three-bedroom cottage together since they were studying at St Andrew's University, and the pair reportedly told friends they have enjoyed some of their happiest times together there. MORE: Prince William and Kate Middleton's second home, Anmer Hall, is every family's dream They have continued to visit throughout their relationship, and stayed at the cottage with their three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – during their summer holiday in Scotland in 2019. The cottage is so private that no photos have been released showing the interior or exterior of the property. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's main home is Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace The 50,000-acre Balmoral estate features 150 buildings in total, including Balmoral Castle, where the Queen and Prince Philip spend their annual summer break, and the Garden Cottage, which was often used by Queen Victoria for taking her breakfast and writing diaries. There are also several holiday cottages available for let on the estate – except for when the royal family are in residence – including Colt Cottages, Connachat Cottage, Karim Cottage and Rhebreck Lodge. MORE: The most beautiful holiday homes owned by the Queen and other royals The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent almost the entirety of the coronavirus pandemic staying at their second home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, excepting when they returned to London for the children to attend school. Prince William and Kate Middleton's second home, Anmer Hall The three-storey property is located on the Sandringham Estate, nearby to Sandringham House where the Queen usually spends Christmas, and close to Prince George's godfather William van Cutsem. The 18th-century building was given to the couple as a wedding gift from the Queen in 2011, and they used it as their main residence while Prince William worked as a pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance until 2017. Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
Even Queen Elizabeth loves comfort food on occasion, and who can blame her? With cold weather outside, nothing quite warms you up like a hearty dinner. And the monarch's go-to is surprisingly easy to cook! Her Majesty loves both French and British cuisine, with her usual dinner consisting of a combination of meat or fish and vegetables. SEE: 10 fabulous photos of the royals drinking tea One supper dish that makes a regular appearance on the Queen and Prince Philip's menu is Gaelic steak. "For a main course she loved game, things like Gaelic steak, fillet steak with a mushroom whisky sauce, especially if we did it with venison," former royal chef Darren McGrady said. WATCH: The Queen's favourite foods may surprise you "For a first course she loved the Gleneagles pâté, which is smoked salmon, trout and mackerel. She loved using ingredients off the estate and so if we had salmon from Balmoral from the River Dee, she'd have that, it was one of her favourites." The same is likely true of the venison, with the grounds of her Scottish residence offering plenty of deer. READ: 7 of the royal family's favourite takeaways – from curry to Nando's MORE: The Queen's favourite healthy lunch revealed – and it's so easy to cook Her Majesty loves to eat venison for dinner Royal chefs have not released the monarch's exact recipe, but we bet this easy ten-minute alternative from Rebecca Seal from our archives would be royally-loved – minus the garlic and onion, of course! Rare seared venison with thyme and red wine (serves two) Ingredients 2 knobs of butter ¼ small onion, finely chopped 2 venison steaks, if possible cut about 4cm thick 3 sprigs of thyme, leaves only 1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, sliced 250ml red wine 2 tablespoons redcurrant jelly 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped Method Step 1 Place a frying pan over a high heat. Add a knob of butter and the onion and allow to brown. Pat dry the meat if necessary, then season all over. Add to the pan along with the thyme and rosemary. Cook the meat for six minutes, just three minutes a side (less if the meat is thinly cut or you like it very rare). Step 2 Remove the meat from the pan, leaving the onion behind, wrap in foil and leave to one side in a warm place. Step 3 Add the garlic to the pan and cook for one minute, then add the red wine and redcurrant jelly. Let the wine reduce by half and the jelly melt into the sauce. Step 4 Remove from the heat and add the last knob of butter, mix thoroughly. Taste and correct the seasoning if necessary. Strain the sauce through a sieve into a warmed jug and add the chopped parsley. Remove the venison from the foil and cut into 1cm slices, going against the grain of the meat – it should be pink and most inside. Serve straightaway with the red wine sauce. The venison is best enjoyed with Brancott Estate Terrior Series Pinot Noir. RELATED: Royal ladies' favourite breakfasts revealed: from Kate Middleton to the Queen
The Queen is set to make a long-awaited return to her home in London, Buckingham Palace, this year after she has been staying at Windsor Castle since the coronavirus pandemic began (excepting short visits to Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House). According to The Sunday Times, the monarch and her husband Prince Philip plan to move back to Buckingham Palace ahead of Trooping the Colour on 12 June in honour of the Queen's 95th birthday. SEE: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit UK home for first time for Trooping the Colour WATCH: The Queen shares video tour of gardens at Windsor Castle Last year, a scaled-down version of the annual parade took place at Windsor Castle, with Her Majesty being the only royal in attendance, so it makes sense that she and the Duke of Edinburgh hope for usual practice to resume with the event taking place at its typical spot this year. MORE: Inside the Queen's stunning second home, Windsor Castle RELATED: The Queen's London home is 15x bigger than The White House - see inside The Queen's home, Buckingham Palace A senior royal aide told The Sunday Times: "The current plan is for the Queen's birthday parade to go ahead in London as normal, with the acceptance that it may need to be adapted or scaled back depending on what guidelines are in force at the time. But the aspiration and the ultimate desire is to make it happen." The Queen's second home, Windsor Castle Besides Trooping the Colour, the couple are undoubtedly looking forward to spending time at Buckingham Palace on a day-to-day basis. It is entirely out of the ordinary for them to have stayed at Windsor Castle for as long as they did in 2020 – they tend to take up official residence there for just one month over Easter and a week during June – and Buckingham Palace is, of course, their main base. In fact, it is believed to be her longest absence from the property since she began her 68-year reign. The property spans a mammoth 829,000 square feet with a total of 775 rooms inside, including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms and 188 bedrooms for the household staff. 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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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh marked their 73rd wedding anniversary back in November, with Buckingham Palace sharing a new photo of the couple at Windsor Castle to mark the occasion.While the royals rarely indulge in public displays of affection, Prince Philip once made the Queen blush with one of his compliments!Royal author Ingrid Seward recalled an anecdote about the monarch during a dress fitting with couturier Ian Thomas.READ: Zara Tindall's royal baby might mark a new milestone for Princess Anne WATCH: The Queen 'flushed scarlet' after compliment from Prince PhilipMs Seward told Channel 5's documentary Secrets of Royal Dressmakers: "When [Ian Thomas] was doing the hem, Prince Philip walked through the Queen's dressing room and said, 'hmm, nice dress'."And the Queen flushed scarlet and I always remember him telling me that story."She was just so thrilled to get a compliment from her husband, who's normally so brusque and offhand."MORE: Royal reveals rare glimpse inside Kensington Palace – and there's a fancy bookcaseMORE: The Queen won't be able to follow this tradition when Princess Eugenie's baby is bornPrincess Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day in 1947During a speech to mark the couple's 50th wedding anniversary in 1997, the Queen said of her husband: "He is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know."Twenty years later, Buckingham Palace also released a series of official portraits to mark Her Majesty and the Duke's platinum anniversary to mark 70 years of marriage.The Queen and Prince Philip on their 60th wedding anniversary in 2007It's set to be another milestone year for the pair as the Queen prepares to celebrate her 95th birthday in April.The monarch's birthday parade – Trooping the Colour – is due to go ahead in June as planned, with a senior aide telling The Sunday Times: "The current plan is for the Queen's birthday parade to go ahead in London as normal, with the acceptance that it may need to be adapted or scaled back depending on what guidelines are in force at the time. But the aspiration and the ultimate desire is to make it happen."Meanwhile, Prince Philip will mark his 100th birthday on 10 June.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.