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Britney Spears scores legal win as judge grants her choice over her own attorney

Britney Spears, 39, has won the right to choose her own attorney after former conservatorship lawyer, Sam Ingham, requested to resign from his role. As the hearing to end her conservatorship and have her father Jamie Spears be removed from the legal contract continued on Wednesday, July 14 in Los Angeles, judge Brenda Penny approved her request to decide who should represent her in her on-going battle.

It comes three weeks after her bombshell allegations shocked the world as she delved into her treatment under the 13-year conservatorship controlled primarily by her dad.

Branding it “f***ing cruelty”, the singer is expected to appoint lawyer Mathew Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor who now works for a top-tier Hollywood law firm who, according to reports, was spotted at the court hearing.

This decision was a victory for the pop-star who hasn’t been allowed to have a say in her own legal representation since 2008.

During the hearing, Britney also alleged to the Judge Penny that she had her hair vitamins and coffee taken away from her and demanded her father be charged with “conservatorship abuse”.

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Following the aftermath of the past hearing, she took to Instagram to apologise to fans for telling them she was OK for the last two years.

The pop sensation alleged to the judge in an emotional 24-minute testimony that she is forbidden from having more children, getting married or taking out her IUD, condemning her father and others who control the agreement of exploiting her, preventing her and forcing her to work.

Spears said she had “lied and told the whole world I’m OK and I’m happy” while under conservatorship, adding: “But now I’m telling you the truth, OK? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry it’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day.”

Following the claims in court, she has since taken to social media for the first time since officially addressing her 2008 conservatorship, apologising to fans and saying she hid the reality of her life “because of my pride and I was embarrassed to share what happened to me”.

She posted a picture of a young girl holding a teddy bear with an Albert Einstein quote about fairy tales.

Alongside the image, she captioned it: “I just want to tell you guys a little secret … I believe as people we all want the fairy tale life and by the way I’ve posted … my life seems to look and be pretty amazing … I think that’s what we all strive for !!!! That was one of my mother’s best traits … no matter how shitty a day was when I was younger … for the sake of me and my siblings she always pretended like everything was ok.

“I’m bringing this to people’s attention because I don’t want people to think my life is perfect because IT’S DEFINITELY NOT AT ALL … and if you have read anything about me in the news this week … you obviously really know now it’s not !!!!

“I apologize for pretending like I’ve been ok the past two years … I did it because of my pride and I was embarrassed to share what happened to me … but honestly who doesn’t want to capture there Instagram in a fun light !!!!”

She continued: “Believe it or not pretending that I’m ok has actually helped, so I decided to post this quote today because by golly if you’re going through hell … I feel like Instagram has helped me have a cool outlet to share my presence … existence … and to simply feel like I matter despite what I was going through and hey it worked … so I’ve decided to start reading more fairy tales!!!!”

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Biden chosen as US Ambassador following the Brexit claim

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Former President Obama had reportedly been offered the position but current Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson didn’t want Mr. Obama to take it.

If accurate, it would be the first time a US ambassador has been blocked by the British government.

Disagreements between Mr. Obama and Mr. Johnson have been occurring since 2016, when he made comments about Britain being “at the back of the queue” for trade deals.

A nearly unprecedented intervention in a domestic matter for a serving US President was made to undermine statements made by the Leave campaign, which cited an EU trade deal as a replacement for US trade.

Obama was upset with Mr. Johnson because he penned an editorial in which he implied that Obama had a hate of Britain because of his Kenyan ancestry and opposition to British colonial control.

An additional indication of Obama’s disdain for Britain was the removal of Churchill’s bust from the Oval Office upon taking office as President.

One senior Whitehall source confirmed that Obama’s appointment had been rejected in private.

“Also, this is why there is a delay.”

He’s completely unacceptable, “a source told us.

He is beyond recovery.

 

Biden choice for US Ambassador after Brexit claim

Boris Johnson does not want Mr Obama to be US Ambassador (Image: Getty )

However, it is also understood that there are concerns that the US President would “create a rival court in Britain to the court of Boris and Carrie”.

“You can imagine he will have an open door to former Remainers, opponents of the Government. Michelle [Obama] will carry on touring schools. It will be a rival focus to the government especially with question marks over the relationship between Biden and Boris.”

The tensions mean that Woody Johnson, Donald Trump’s ambassador, has yet to be replaced after a term where he received praise for the good relations he fostered in the UK over a difficult period with Brexit.

It is now believed that Mr Biden will put off a decision until next year.

Last night a A UK Government spokeswoman said: “These reports are simply untrue. Questions on US appointments are for the US.”

She also highlighted the strong relationship between the UK and US where they continue to engage extensively.

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Joe Biden would like to appoint Barack Obama as US Ambassador to the UK (Image: Getty )

The Prime Minister was the first European leader to speak to President Biden following his election win and inauguration and Biden’s first overseas visit was to the UK when he attended the G7 last month.

The UK Government also pointed out that the Foreign Secretary and his counterpart Anthony Blinken speak regularly, with Blinken having attended the G7 foreign ministerial meetings here in May.

A Downing Street source added: “Questions on US appointments are for the US. However, it is quite usual for new US governments to take some time to make ambassadorial appointments. There are a number of senior diplomatic postings yet to be confirmed, not just the UK.”

The row comes as the Sunday Express has also been told that the US President is being pushed to end the tradition of political appointments and instead rely on career diplomats for the key ambassadorial positions.

The almost unprecedented move would put pay to the hopes of mega-donors such as Disney chairman Bob Iger, famously filmed being asked by Prince Harry to provide voice-over work for the Duchess of Sussex during a Lion King premier in 2019.

Mr Obama and Mr Johnson

There have been disagreements between Mr Obama and Mr Johnson since 2016 (Image: Getty )

The 69-year-old,  who is said to have given $ 250,000 to the Biden Victory Fund –  has reportedly made it clear that he expects to receive the ambassadorships in either Beijing or London in return.

Other names in contention have been Cindy McCain,  the anglophile businesswoman and widow of the late Senator John McCain – who delivered Arizona to Biden  – and Comcast executive David Cohen, another top donor who hosted President-elect Biden’s kickoff election campaign fundraiser at his Philadelphia home in April 2019.

Around 800 donors raised at least £100,000 each for Biden’s election campaign.

But the new president is facing increased pressure to mark a radical departure from US tradition, which generally sees around 30 percent of all ambassadorships given to those who have demonstrated personal loyalty to the President.

One reason is to create clear blue water between Biden and Trump, who increase this to 44 percent – a record number.

Leading Democrat Elizabeth Warren even went so far as to pledge that she would “make my ambassadorial appointments based on only one thing: finding the most qualified person for the job – I won’t give ambassadorial posts to wealthy donors or bundlers — period,” if she were chosen as presidential candidate.

Windows 10 users hit by ‘nightmare’ bug that’s giving them an impossible choice to make

That’s now leaving Windows 10 users with a huge headache as it appears the only other way to fix the issue is to uninstall the vital KB5004945 update.

“We are seeing the same problems and the only solution right now is to uninstall the update,” said one user on Zebra’s forum page.

Clearly, uninstalling KB5004945, will mean users are able to print again but it will then leave their PC open to attack from hackers.

As Microsoft explains: “A remote code execution vulnerability exists when the Windows Print Spooler service improperly performs privileged file operations. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”

Author: David Snelling
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Paul Stanley confirms the end for the band

Paul Stanley confirms the end for the band ‘We have no choice, it’s time to stop’

Paul Stanley confirms the end for the band

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Many bands have announced their ‘very last, final, this is the end, we promise’ tours over the years. Indeed, Kiss themselves actually launched their original Farewell Tour way back in March 2000. This time, however, founding member Stanley has been brutally honest about why the current End of the Road Tour is exactly what it says. As the band prepares to resume the dates interrupted by the current global pandemic, the frontman has opened up about why it is time to put away the costumes and makeup forever. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW

The star gave a new interview with Download to promote the band’s headline spot at the 2022 Fesival. Stanley was asked if he had changed his mind during lockdown about the end of Kiss “as a touring band”.

He said: “I think I’d be kidding myself if I thought otherwise. If we were just another band in t-shirts and trainers, we could do this into our eighties.

“But we’re running around on stage with 40 or 50 pounds of gear and boots with eight-inch heels, and we do it well, but I also know that we can’t do it forever.

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Stanley added: “So before it reaches that point, I think it’s better that we stop. I take it real seriously, so the idea of being able to do this without end, it’s just not possible.

“The one thing you realise as you get older is that at some point you stop getting older, you know? Everything comes to an end, and there are other things I want to do. And like I said, it’s just not possible to do what we do indefinitely. It’s just not.”

He acknowledged that the band had already previously carrried out a final tour in 2000 and explained the very different reasons they’d had for doing that back then.

Kiss: This time it really is the end of the road

Kiss: This time it really is the end of the road (Image: GETTY)

Kiss star Paul Stanley says they are too old to keep wearing the costumes and boots

Kiss star Paul Stanley says they are too old to keep wearing the costumes and boots (Image: GETTY)

Stanley said: “When we called it quits (in 2000) it’s because we were miserable. We didn’t want to say goodbye to the crowds, we wanted to say goodbye to two members.”

At the time, the other two original member Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were both about to leave and it was believed that the band would retire at the end of 2001. Instead, Simmons and Stanley soon restarted the band and Criss briefly returmed, but Frehley never has.

Stanley added: “It’s been amazing since then. But now, for real, I think people understand now people understand that this is different. You can play beat the clock, but sooner or later the clock wins.”

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Stanley himself is 69 and Simmons is 71. On November 14, 2019, during the first leg of the End of the Road Tour, the band cancelled its Australia and New Zealand shows due to Stanley’s poor health.

Reports cited stated loss of voice following a serious flu and the official statement said: “Doctor’s orders ultimately have taken precedence and finally we now find ourselves with no choice but to surrender.”

In December last year, Simmons confirmed that the tour would restart this summer. Opening on August 18 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, there are 150 shows left and the previously cancelled Australian leg has been rescheduled.

But when the tour ends, what happens next?

Kiss on tour in 2019

Kiss on tour in 2019 (Image: GETTY)

Before the pandemic, Kiss band member Thayer said: “Kiss is not gonna go away, though, either. The band is not gonna tour, but the Kiss music, the identities and the characters and the brand and the merchandise, that will all continue on. I think that Kiss will continue on in some way. I can’t imagine it not.”

Fans can already look forward to Shout It Out Loud, a movie biopic about the outrageous band. Netflix is reported to be backing the project.

Stanley said: ‘It is definitely happening. That is going to be really interesting. The script is really good. We waited until we felt comfortable. You get one chance to do it and I would rather not do it half-assed. Our director did Maleficent 2 (Joachim Rønning). He is not just some hack. It should great. Casting will be interesting…”

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Fire TV fans now have more choice, thanks to these new Smart TVs from Toshiba

Toshiba has taken the lid off a new range of Fire TV-equipped Smart TVs. If you weren’t already aware, Amazon allows manufacturers to ship tellies with its Fire TV system pre-installed as the operating system on their TVs – so switching between HDMI inputs, launching Netflix, tuning in to live television channels, and more, is all handled by the Fire TV interface.
For those who are already sold on the Fire TV software, which is also used in all of Amazon’s streaming set-top boxes, including the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube, these televisions are a great way to free-up one of the HDMI ports on the back of your set (as you won’t need a dedicated Fire TV Stick streamer anymore). Amazon has already partnered with a number of telly brands – and even released one Fire TV set under its own Amazon brand name (although not in the UK) – across the globe.

The latest batch from Toshiba are only available in the United States right now, although we’ve got our fingers crossed that availability in the UK will be announced pretty soon. Those who want a Fire TV set from Toshiba will have a choice of five screen sizes, ranging from 43-inch to 75-inches. The release of these models will be staggered, with orders for the 43-inch and the 50-inch variants available in the US right now, while the 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch models are expected later this year.

Compared to its previous Fire TV efforts, Toshiba has slimmed down the bezels around the screen, so the set will occupy less room on your media unit – despite having the same expansive screen size for movies. There’s also an extra HDMI and USB port compared to its previous Fire TV foray, which is perfect for anyone who has kitted themselves out with a new games console, Blu-Ray player, or HDMI ARC-compatible sounder in the last few months. All sets are compatible with 4K resolution, Dolby Vision, and HDR10.

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Since these televisions are running Fire TV, Toshiba viewers will benefit from a number of the clever recent software additions from Amazon. That means you’ll be able to tune-in to a live feed from your Ring doorbell from the comfort of your sofa. Best of all, this won’t interrupt what you’re watching – it appears as an overlay. So, you’ll be able to judge whether it’s worth interrupting your latest boxset binge to answer the door, or whether you can afford to ignore the campaigners ringing the bell.

Naturally, Amazon’s chatty voice assistant Alexa is present and correct too. Changing channels, searching for shows with your favourite actors, and getting the latest weather and traffic information can all be handled with a quick voice command. For instance, saying “Alexa, set bass to 3” will change the audio preferences – without the need to pick up the remote and start digging through elaborate menus.

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The Chase contestant annoys fans with choice of Chaser and habit

A contestant on The Chase has rubbed fans up the wrong way.

James was on the show today alongside Beth, Adebola and Gareth, in an attempt to win as much money as possible in the cash-builder rounds, get past the the Chaser for a go at the final chase – and take home a share of the winnings.

Today’s show saw them face Paul Sinha as The Chaser, and battle it out for the chance to win some cash.

But it was nothing to do with the Sinnerman that had everybody talking on Twitter, reports Birmingham Live.

And Chase viewers weren’t even referencing James’ teammates by the end of the episode.

No, instead, all anybody was talking about was James’ penchant for swaying side to side.

On social media, one Twitter user wrote: “This man is swaying a lot on TV! I’m feeling seasick”.

A second took to Twitter to say: “I think James is a bit confused about the difference between sea and land”.

“Someone tie him to his chair,” joked another.

But it was also James’ choice of Chaser that got fans in a tizz.

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After he secured £5,000 in the cash-builder round, it was his turn to face The Chaser.

And as they were unveiled – with the standard good-natured disparaging remark from host Bradley Walsh – James had a chance to think about who he would like to take on.

And when Bradley asked him, he said: “I’ve done a bit of research: apparently Shaun [The Dark Destroyer] loses most often, so maybe taken Shaun on.”

“Really? I haven’t seen that statistic, I have to say. He’s too busy singing and dancing, that’s his problem,” quipped Bradley.

But fans turned on James for that.

One commented: “Slightly enraged that he insulted Shaun. No one is allowed to insult our chasers but us.”

“At least he was honest about why he wanted to face Shaun,” a second replied.

A third commented: “And for flippantly disrespecting Shaun, he gets to face the best Chaser: what an absolute tool. Get him, Paul.”

“We all know it’s true but why he gotta do Shaun like that?” another asked.

And as Paul Sinha sat down in his chair, he smirked and said: “No smile there because you’ve read the statistics.”

The Chase returns to ITV every week day from 5pm, and on catch-up on ITV Hub

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To Be Tracked or Not? Apple Is Now Giving Us the Choice.

Author: Brian X. Chen
This post originally appeared on NYT > Technology > Personal Tech

If we had a choice, would any of us want to be tracked online for the sake of seeing more relevant digital ads?

We are about to find out.

On Monday, Apple plans to release iOS 14.5, one of its most anticipated software updates for iPhones and iPads in years. It includes a new privacy tool, called App Tracking Transparency, which could give us more control over how our data is shared.

Here’s how it works: When an app wants to follow our activities to share information with third parties such as advertisers, a window will show up on our Apple device to ask for our permission to do so. If we say no, the app must stop monitoring and sharing our data.

A pop-up window may sound like a minor design tweak, but it has thrown the online advertising industry into upheaval. Most notably, Facebook has gone on the warpath. Last year, the social network created a website and took out full-page ads in newspapers denouncing Apple’s privacy feature as harmful to small businesses.

A big motivator, of course, was that the privacy setting could hurt Facebook’s own business. If we choose not to let Facebook track us, it will be harder for the company to see what we are shopping for or doing inside other apps, which will make it more difficult for brands to target us with ads.(Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has disputed that his company’s business will be hurt by Apple’s policy.)

“This is a huge step in the right direction, if only because it’s making Facebook sweat,” said Gennie Gebhart, a director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights nonprofit.

But, she added, “One big question is, will it work?”

Ms. Gebhart and other privacy experts said Apple’s new feature might not be enough to put an end to shady tracking on iPhones. It could simply push developers and ad-technology firms to find loopholes so they can continue tracking people in different ways, she and others said.

For about two months, I have been testing early versions of iOS 14.5 to get acclimated with the new privacy control and other new features. Only a few developers have been testing the pop-up window with the public, so my findings about how well the privacy feature works have been limited.

But I found that iOS 14.5 also has other important new features. One is the ability to use Siri to work with a music player other than Apple Music, such as Spotify. That’s a big deal: In the past, you could only ask Siri to play songs through Apple Music, so the voice assistant wasn’t as useful for those who preferred other music services.

Here’s what you need to know about Apple’s new software.

It’s important to understand how tracking works inside apps.

Let’s say you use a shopping app to browse for a blender. You look at a blender from Brand X, then close the app. Later, ads for that blender start showing up in other mobile apps, like Facebook and Instagram.

Here’s what happened: The shopping app hired an ad-tech company that embedded trackers inside the app. Those trackers looked at information on your device to pinpoint you. When you opened other apps working with the same ad-tech firm, those apps were able to identify you and serve you ads for Brand X’s blender.

Apple’s new privacy feature is intended to let you decide whether you want that to happen. Now, when you open some apps, you will be greeted with a pop-up window: “Allow [App Name] to track your activity across other companies’ apps and websites?” You can choose “Ask App Not to Track” or “Allow.”

When we select “Ask App Not to Track,” two things happen. The first is that Apple disables the app from using an Apple device identifier, a random string of letters and numbers assigned to our iPhones and that is used to track our activities across apps and websites. The second is that we communicate to the app developer that, broadly speaking, we don’t want our information to be tracked and shared with anyone in any way.

That seems easy enough. But No. 2 is where things also get slightly complicated.

Ad-tech companies already have many ways to follow us beyond Apple’s device identifier. For example, advertisers can use a method called fingerprinting. This involves looking at seemingly innocuous characteristics of your device — like the screen resolution, operating system version and model — and combining them to determine your identity and track you across different apps.

It’s difficult for Apple to block all tracking and fingerprinting happening on iPhones, privacy researchers said. That would require knowing about or predicting every new tracking method that an ad-tech firm comes up with.

“From a technical standpoint, there isn’t a whole lot that you can do” to stop such tracking, said Mike Audi, the founder of Tiki, an app that can help you see what other apps are doing with your data.

Yet the privacy change is still significant because it explicitly asks us for consent. If we tell apps that we don’t want to be tracked and they keep doing so, Apple can ban the offenders from its App Store.

The pop-up window also makes the privacy control far easier for people to discover, said Stephanie Nguyen, a research scientist who has studied user experience design and data privacy. In the past, iPhone owners could restrict advertisers from tracking them, but the tools to do so were buried in settings where most people wouldn’t look.

“The option was available before, but really, was it?” Ms. Nguyen said. “That’s a big shift — making it visible.”

As of this week, all apps with tracking behavior must include the App Tracking Transparency pop-up in their next software updates. That means we initially will probably see a small number of apps requesting permission to track us, with the number growing over time as more apps get updated.

Apple’s new software also includes two other interesting new features: the ability to use Siri to play audio with a third-party app like Spotify and the option to quickly unlock an iPhone while wearing a mask.

For many, these will feel long overdue. Siri has generally worked only with Apple Music for music playback since 2015, which has been annoying and inconvenient for those who want to use the voice assistant to play songs using other music apps. The change comes as antitrust scrutiny mounts over whether Apple stifles competition by favoring its own apps.

To make Siri work with other audio services, you won’t have to change any settings. If you normally listen to music with a third-party app, such as Spotify, Siri will simply learn over time that you prefer that app and react accordingly. (Audio app developers need to program their apps to support Siri, so if they haven’t done so yet, this won’t work.) That means if you always use Spotify to play music, you will be able to say “Hey Siri, play The Beatles” to start playing a Beatles playlist on Spotify.

The other new feature helps solve a pandemic issue. For more than a year, wearing a mask has been extra annoying for owners of newer iPhones that have face scanners to unlock the device. That’s because the iPhone camera has not been able to recognize our covered mugs. Apple’s iOS 14.5 finally delivers a mechanism to unlock the phone while masked, though it requires wearing an Apple Watch.

Here’s how that works: When you scan your face and the phone determines it can’t recognize you because your mouth and nose are obstructed, it will check to see if your Apple Watch is unlocked and nearby. The Apple Watch, in effect, acts as proof to verify that you are the one trying to unlock your phone.

To make this work, update the software on your iPhone and Apple Watch, then open the Settings app on your iPhone. Scroll down to “Face ID & Passcode.” In this menu, go to “Unlock with Apple Watch” and toggle on the option to use your Apple Watch to unlock when the image scanner detects your face with a mask.

Next time you are at the grocery store and look at your phone, your watch will vibrate once and unlock your phone. Sweet relief.

Bitcoin soars after Citi says it could become ‘currency of choice’ for global trade

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The world’s largest cryptocurrency, bitcoin, bounced back above $ 48,000 on Monday, following a report by Citi which suggested that the digital asset could one day become the preferred currency for international trade.

Bitcoin was up almost nine percent as of 2:22pm GMT, at $ 48,193.

According to Citi, bitcoin’s recent performance has been inspired by involvement of institutional investors in recent years, in contrast to its heavy retail investor focus for most of the past decade. With the recent embrace of the likes of Tesla and Mastercard, bitcoin could be at the start of a “massive transformation” into the mainstream, Citi said.

“The entrance of institutional investors has sparked confidence in cryptocurrency but there are still persistent issues that could limit widespread adoption,” the US investment bank’s analysts wrote. “For institutional investors, these include concerns over capital efficiency, insurance and custody, security, and ESG considerations from bitcoin mining. Security issues with cryptocurrency do occur, but when compared to traditional payments, it performs better,” they added.

The bank has pointed out that if businesses and individuals gain access via digital wallets to planned central bank digital cash and so-called stablecoins, then bitcoin’s global reach, traceability and potential for quick payments would see it “optimally positioned” to become the “currency of choice for international trade.”
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Such a dramatic transformation for bitcoin to the de facto currency of world trade would depend on changes in its market to allow wider institutional participation and closer oversight by financial regulators, Citi said. Still, shifts in the macro-economic environment may also make the demand for bitcoin less pressing, it added.

The recent surge in interest in bitcoin has driven the cryptocurrency to a record high of $ 58,354 and a $ 1 trillion market capitalization. The crypto, however, has since pulled back, losing around 20 percent of its value last week.

“Bitcoin’s future is thus still uncertain, but developments in the near term are likely to prove decisive as the currency balances at the tipping point of mainstream acceptance or a speculative implosion,” Citi’s analysts said.

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Kate Middleton: Queen Elizabeth disapproves of Duchess's fashion choice when travelling

Kate Middleton has enjoyed plenty of foreign travel during her time in the Royal Family. During state visits abroad, whatever Kate wears draws much attention. The Duchess of Cambridge often showcases some very chic looks.
For instance, Kate was seen wearing espadrille shoes during her royal tour of India in 2016 with Prince William, 38.

Espadrille shoes are favoured by many women looking for a solution to a cool yet comfortable shoe in hot weather.

However, there’s one woman who really doesn’t like espadrilles at all.

Queen Elizabeth, 94, is said to have a very dim view of the shoe style indeed.

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“The Queen isn’t a fan of wedged shoes,” a source once told Vanity Fair.

“She really doesn’t like them and it’s well known among the women in the family.”

Interestingly, the monarch’s low opinion of wedges doesn’t seem to have prevented Kate from sporting them.

Espadrilles are not the only type of shoe Kate likes to take with her when she travels.

On multiple occasions – in countries across the globe – thrifty Kate has worn a pair of trusty boat shoes.

The pair of Sebago taupe suede and white Bala slip-on loafers have been frequently spotted on the Duchess’s feet.

She wore them sailing in Auckland Harbour in New Zealand, on safari at Kaziranga National Park in India and to row dragon boats on Dalvay Lake in Canada.

The 100 per cent leather shoes feature a latex foam cushion in the footbed and claim not to “compromise style for comfort.”

According to manufacturer Sebago, the loafers are “welcome footwear for lunch, errands, and just dashing around. A traction-ready outsole keeps things steady on-and offshore.”

Kate will also often choose to wear clothes from local designers when she goes abroad on royal tours.

For instance, during Kate and William’s royal tour to Pakistan in October 2019, the mother-of-three sported a black and white embroidered Kurti.

It was by Pakistani designer label Elan and was teamed with white trousers.