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The beautiful story behind the Queen’s engagement ring, and the staggering sum it’s worth

THE QUEEN was married to her beloved husband, Prince Philip, for 73 years. But long before they celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary, Philip proposed to then-Princess Elizabeth with a stunningly timeless engagement ring.

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Queen Letizia ‘just beautiful’ in blue while crying for Covid victims – ‘couldn’t help it’

Queen Letizia joined her husband King Felipe VI as they attended the State tribute to the coronavirus victims this week. For the occasion, the queen chose a stunning blue dress.

Queen Letizia was looking more stylish than ever in the flattering dress, but the fashion choice was also carefully selected for this occasion.

There was indeed a hidden meaning behind the dress.

Butterflies have been a symbol of the pandemic along with rainbows, as they are a symbol of rebirth and new starts.

With her outfit choice, Queen Letizia wanted to give a message of hope to all of those people who are still suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On this occasion, the Queen opted for classic makeup and a smokey eye.

She decided to keep her jewellery to a minimum, sporting only a pair of discreet earrings.

For the ceremony, Queen Letizia chose to have her hair tied in a messy but stylish bun.

But the most emotional moment came in the middle of the ceremony when the nurse Maria Diaz gave a speech in memory of his father.

“So elegant,” commented another.

Queen Letizia is well known for being a strong woman who rarely shows her emotions in public.

On this occasion, however, and as she was giving her condolences to the families after the ceremony, she couldn’t help but cry.

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Beatrice hailed as ‘kindest, most beautiful person’ by Edo on 1st wedding anniversary

Beatrice, 32, and Edoardo, 38, tied the knot at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor on July 17, 2020. It was originally scheduled for May 29 but delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and a private reception at Buckingham Palace did not take place as initially planned.

A year later and England is approaching July 19 Freedom Day, on which lockdown restrictions will be lifted across the country.

And Beatrice is pregnant with their first child, expected in autumn.

The baby will be the Queen’s 12th great-grandchild after the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s second child, Lilibet Diana, in June.

In the anniversary post, Edoardo wrote: “I can’t believe it has been one year.

“Every second of every day since has been so full of joy, happiness, laughter, and love.

“You are the kindest, loveliest, and most beautiful person in the world.

“Thank you my darling for every second.”

The multimillionaire property developer is son of alpine skier Alessandro “Alex” Mapelli-Mozzi, a British Olympian and member of an Italian noble family.

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His parents said: “Our family has known Beatrice for most of her life.

“Edo and Beatrice are made for each other, and their happiness and love for each other is there for all to see.

“They share an incredibly strong and united bond, their marriage will only strengthen what is already a wonderful relationship.”

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How to plant wildflower seeds – Three easy tips for a beautiful mini meadow

If you are looking to make your own mini meadow, you cannot go wrong with some wildflower seeds. Just pick a site in your garden which gets a lot of sun and pick the wildflower seeds you want to grow. Read on for some tips on timing and preparation when sowing wildflower seeds.

Wildflower turf

If you’d rather not grow wildflowers from seed, consider wildflower turf instead.

According to Gardeners’ World, pre-grown wildflower mats are essentially wildflower turf grown with a mat backing.

Although it can be more expensive, wildflower mats may be more convenient than growing wildflowers from seed.

Gardeners’ World explains: “Making a meadow this way can be done at almost any time of year, although it’s trickier and more expensive to lift, ship and lay a meadow that’s in flower, so spring and autumn are the best times.”

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Six beautiful English vineyards you can visit – and cheap cottages nearby

The best part is that you can enjoy heaps of fun experiences from tastings to walking tours, not to mention there are often some cosy cottages and countryside pubs for a quintessentially British getaway.

Luckily the team at Holidaycottages.co.uk are on hand to offer up some inspiration, having picked out their six favourite English vineyards – and of course, there are some beautiful cottages nearby to be found too.

Check out their top picks below and why they need to be on your radar…

Chapel Down’s Tenterden Vineyard

1. Chapel Down Vineyard, Kent

Located at the edge off The Weald in Tenterden, here you’ll find everything from rose to white and sparkling wines.

Chapel Down also boasts the same chalky soil as the famous Champagne region in France, which helps give their wines that distinctive flavour.

Find out more at chapeldown.com. As for where to stay nearby, you can find cottages in Tenterden with seven-night stays from £390.

2. Camel Valley, Cornwall

With a picturesque location on Cornwall’s Camel Trail, this valley near Bodmin is the first English wine producer to have received a Royal Warrant.

Expect sparking, rose and white wines to discover, while also taking in that glorious Cornish scenery.

Find out more on camelvalley.com. You can find cheap cottages in Bodmin from £331 for seven nights.

3. Nyetimber, West Sussex

Nyetimber has been producing sparkling wines for over thirty years, with their vineyards spread across Hampshire, Kent, and West Sussex.

The West Chiltington vineyard often hosts open days where you can also sample the fruits of their labour.

Find out more on nyetimber.com. You can find cheap cottages in West Sussex from £438 for seven nights.

4. Llanerch Vineyard, Wales

The largest and oldest premier vineyard in Wales, Llanerch Vineyard is set among 20 acres of beautiful Glamorgan countryside.

They produce five different varieties wines, and offer vineyard tours and tastings for guests.

Find out more on llanerch.co.uk. There is a luxury hotel onsite if you’re looking to celebrate something special!

Enjoy wine tastings and vineyard tours on a minibreak (Getty)

5. Ryedale Vineyard, York

The UK’s most northern vineyard, Ryedale Vineyard is hidden away at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, just 30 minutes’ drive from York and under an hour’s drive from Scarborough.

With a wide array of guided tours and tasting sessions, it can make for a fun day out.

Find out more on ryedalevineyards.co.uk. You can find cheap cottages in York from £353 for seven nights.

6. Rathfinny, Sussex

Located in Alfriston along the popular Sussex South Downs, Rathfinny produces a variety of sparkling wines and offers year-round tours of their vineyard.

For something a little different, the winery uses the same traditional in-bottle fermentation method that’s common in Champagne.

Find out more on rathfinnyestate.com. You can find cheap cottages in Alfriston from £414 for seven nights.

If you’re planning a staycation and need a few more ideas, you may want to check out our sister site 2Chill where both locals and visiting Brits have been sharing their recommendations on everything from the best pubs and restaurants, to cool attractions and picturesque walks not to be missed.

Found somewhere on your adventures that you want to shout about? You can also share your own recommendations.

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‘Growing up to be beautiful young woman’ Lady Louise Windsor wears Philip’s jacket at show

“Lovely family,” another wrote.

One commenter wrote: “Louise looks like a young Rosamund Pike!”

Rosamund Pike is a British actress who has played a Bond Girl and also Jane Bennett in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice adaptation.

Lady Louise will be competing in the events tomorrow.

Last year, age just 16, she came third in the event.

Sophie Countess of Wessex said of her daughter: “She is naturally so good at it, she really is. It’s something that she has taken to very well.”

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Review: LEGO Builder's Journey – A Chill, Beautiful Building Experience

As an adult, LEGO usually means a busy Sunday afternoon spent with a chunky manual, tons of tiny plastic bags, and liberal use of the brick separator tool, because you accidentally skipped ten steps and now the thing is stuck to the other thing and you tried to pry it off but your nails are too short and maybe you need to take a break to look at something that isn’t minuscule plastic for a bit.

As a child, though, LEGO is more like “I have a large tub of bits and I’m going to put them together to make a SPACESHIP ROBOT PRINCESS with a JETPACK”. Many of LEGO’s games lately have been about the former — master builders, official sets recreated in on-screen polygons, rapidly re-building something to make something else — but LEGO Builder’s Journey is very much about the latter.

At its core, LEGO Builder’s Journey is a puzzle game, told through simple vignettes with a single goal, which is usually “get to the other side”. Various obstacles — rivers, broken bridges, chasms and so on — will need to be overcome in order to journey onwards, and later on, these obstacles turn a little more abstract as you try to appease computers and work with a strange but lovable dog/mailbox hybrid.

You play the game as a kid, but not a minifig; you’re just a bunch of bricks stacked together to make a kid-like shape. You go on adventures with your parent, who is also a stack of bricks, and you build… mostly utter nonsense. This isn’t about precision, and it’s not about following instructions; it’s about imagination. You can turn a pile of shapes into a bridge or a sandcastle, and you can make a rickety walkway that winds its way over a swamp. LEGO is a means to an end, and that end is having fun.

LEGO Builder’s Journey was originally an Apple Arcade game, and like many other Apple Arcade games — including its clear inspiration, Monument Valley — it is loaded with story, despite its deceptively simple presentation. On Switch, it’s been almost doubled in length, with extra levels on top of what the original release had that expand the story a little further. You see, kids can have fun with LEGO all they like, but parents have to work to pay for that LEGO, and your parent is whisked away mid-build to do some extremely tedious factory work (which is also LEGO).

This tedium is there to make a point about creative freedom and childlike wonder versus the monotony of adulthood and the loss of imagination and fun, which it does pretty expertly without a single line of dialogue. The sound design and the animation come together to create convincing little dioramas of repetitive and dull work for the parent, and magic and wonder for the kid. But the problem is that the repetitive and dull stuff is… well… repetitive and dull. Because of the lack of dialogue, too, it’s pretty hard in the later levels to figure out what on earth you’re supposed to be doing.

Early puzzle levels are remarkably simple to figure out, as they usually entail your character needing to move forwards one step at a time, but later puzzles are pretty obtuse, especially in the new levels. It can even feel a little like padding at times, as the two characters keep juuuust missing each other, having to do a few more puzzles in order to meet up again.

What’s more, it’s sometimes a bit fiddly to put down bricks because of the game’s own limitations. Simplicity is key in these little vignettes, but simplicity can sometimes obscure things a little too much, especially if you’re using controllers. The touchscreen controls are much more accessible, but we found that we didn’t really… want to play the game on the touchscreen, you know? That’s not really how this reviewer tends to interact with the Switch. Your mileage may vary on that one, of course.

We never got stuck for too long, though, and the new levels certainly have interesting game design which elevates the puzzles beyond just “get to the other side”, but it occasionally feels like the game is overstaying its welcome. Extra content is a great thing, but the game has a very natural ending — its original ending — that is neatly stepped over so that the extra levels can follow on.

Still, the game is quite beautiful (although noticeably less pretty than the RTX PC version, which has lovely dynamic lighting and raytracing), and its new and interesting take on what it means to play (with LEGO, of course) is something we’d love to see more of, alongside its franchise-heavy adventure games. We can imagine it being a fantastic experience to play with a kid who’s beginning to learn how to experiment, because Builder’s Journey is all about rewarding trial and error.

The game will take you an evening or two to play through all the way to the (second) ending, making it a bitesize game that’s an experiment, a proof-of-concept, a first tentative step in a direction that’s new and exciting for LEGO games. It makes a couple of missteps in prioritising its aesthetic over its accessibility as a puzzle game, sure — but the fact remains that this is something we’d love to see more of.

Conclusion

Throughout LEGO Builder’s Journey, we found that the aim of the game was to make you feel like a kid — whether or not you are one. Getting back in touch with the pre-manual-following version of yourself is a delight, and having the story be about a parent and a child connecting through child’s play is as touching as it is smart. Despite occasional misfires and what can feel like padding, this is a LEGO game which plays with the fundamental philosophy of creativity far more than the average LEGO-branded title, and we hope this is an indication of new games to come.

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