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Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon turns 48 years old today

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon turns 48 years old today

Today, Crown Prince Haakon celebrates his 48th birthday. 

The Crown Prince plans to mark the day with a private and limited celebration.

“It will be celebrated privately,” communications manager Guri Varpe at the Palace told NTB.

Last year, the Crown Prince’s family celebrated the birthday in glorious sunny weather on Dvergsøya in Kristiansand, where they often spend their summer holidays. 

Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus were also present.

July 22 anniversary

In the next few days, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess will participate in a number of events in connection with the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on Utøya and the government quarter in 2011.

The Crown Prince recently described the attack as an “open wound,” which can be difficult to talk about and address.

“It was an attack on the Labor Party, on the AUF, on our state, our society. It was also a national trauma. This is something we, like all other Norwegians, carry with us, as part of our history,” the Crown Prince said. 

He joined the rest of the royal family in meeting with several people affected by the attack in recent months.

Outdoor life

Crown Prince Haakon holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California and a master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In his spare time, he is a passionate surfer, and he is very interested in music.

“The Crown Prince also likes to ski and is a skilled skier,” the official biography of the royal family states.

He also loves the outdoor life and was recently seen paddling out in the Oslo Fjord with young people under the auspices of Norsk Friluftsliv.

The Crown Prince was born at Rikshospitalet on July 20, 1973, and is the first in line to inherit the Norwegian throne. It will soon be 20 years since he married Crown Princess Mette-Marit in Oslo Cathedral on August 25, 2001.

Later this autumn, the stage is set for another anniversary in the royal family: his big sister Märtha Louise turns 50 on September 22.

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How to get a crown on TikTok

How to get a crown on TikTok

TikTok has blossomed in the US, where its monthly active user figures currently threaten Facebook and Twitter. The social media platform launched nearly five years ago in September 2016 but didn’t explode into the mainstream until recently. Most of its 689 million monthly user base remains in the US, and to push it around the world, it has adopted a new feature; crowns.

How do you get a crown on TikTok?

Some people may have recently spotted profile pictures emblazoned with a golden crown.

The new feature has confused many people, both content makers and users alike.

But there is an easy explanation for the new adornment and a simple method for people to get one of their own.

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In short, according to TikTok personnel, only celebrities, public figures, brands and publishers get verified.

Verified badges, according to the platform’s newsroom, indicate someone authentically owns an account.

Only the most notable users, such as celebrities or popular content creators, can get one.

Verified TikTokers need a significant following, with high quality and widely shared videos or failing that pre-existing celebrity.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

Jimmy Kimmel questioned Harry’s key response about The Crown: ‘Didn’t ring true to me!’

Jimmy Kimmel mocks Queen statement after Oprah interview

Jimmy, a late night talk show host, is also a famous American TV personality and comedian who was part of the celebrity lineup for Vax Live earlier this month. The concert was co-chaired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and aimed to raise money for vaccine equity. But, weeks before sharing a stage with the Duke of Sussex, Jimmy actually mentioned the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey during his show — and questioned one particular aspect of the jaw-dropping tell-all.
Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the star said: “I thought Meghan and Harry came across well, they seemed genuine — but there was one part of the interview that didn’t ring true to me.

“When Oprah asked them if they had seen a certain Netflix show.”

During the interview, the Sussexes explained how their dynamic within the Royal Family changed after their South Pacific tour back in 2018.

The success of that tour has since been compared to the triumph of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ tour of Australia back in 1983, an event which featured heavily in The Crown’s latest season.

Oprah said: “I’m thinking, because I watch The Crown, OK? I watch The Crown. Do you all watch The Crown?”

Meghan giggled, while Harry said: “I’ve watched some of it. You’ve watched some of it?”

Jimmy Kimmel questioned Harry’s key response about The Crown: ‘Didn’t ring true to me!’

Jimmy Kimmel questioned Harry’s key response about The Crown: ‘Didn’t ring true to me!’ (Image: Getty)

Jimmy Kimmel with friend and actor Ben Affleck for Vax Live

Jimmy Kimmel with friend and actor Ben Affleck for Vax Live (Image: Getty)

Nodding, Meghan repeated: “I’ve watched some of it.”

Discussing this particular clip of the interview, Mr Kimmel told his audience: “Alright, no one watches some of The Crown — once you start The Crown, you finish The Crown, you’re hooked.”

Oprah then probed the couple to see if they were referring to Diana’s Australia tour, where she won over the hearts of the public — and was accused of outshining the Prince of Wales, as portrayed in Netflix’s fictional series.

Harry agreed the treatment of Meghan after their tour did bring back memories of his mother’s popularity, and added: “I just wish that we would all learn from the past.”

This line of questioning over The Crown came up again in Harry’s most recent appearance last week, when he was a guest on Dax Shepard’s Armchair expert podcast — but, the Duke maintained that he had not watched much of the series.

Podcast host Dax asked Harry: “So you’ve never seen it? I would imagine or have you seen The Crown?”

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Harry speaking during Global Citizen's Vax Live event

Harry speaking during Global Citizen’s Vax Live event (Image: Getty)

Meghan and Harry speaking to Oprah Winfrey back in March

Meghan and Harry speaking to Oprah Winfrey back in March (Image: Getty)

Harry replied: “I managed to get away with…”

Podcast host Monica Padman interjected: “Not answering.”

Harry continued: “I’ve seen elements of it.”

He then noted: “I hear it’s very popular.”

Dax, a famous Hollywood actor, said: “They make, you know, like seven season about my family, I would certainly be curious.

“And then also, I would feel very protective.”

Dax said it would be difficult for people to “indulge” in a traumatic family event, such as Diana’s death, but “you’re very drawn to find out as well”.

Harry admitted: “I think we all are, right?”

The Duke of Sussex discussed the divisive show, which his father’s friends dubbed “trolling on a Hollywood budget”, back in February as well.

Harry told his friend and TV personality James Corden he wanted Damian Lewis to play him in The Crown, if he had to choose a famous actor.

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Emma Corrin as Princess Diana on the 1983 tour of Australia

Emma Corrin as Princess Diana on the 1983 tour of Australia (Image: Netflix)

Meghan and Harry on their South Pacific tour in 2018

Meghan and Harry on their South Pacific tour in 2018 (Image: Getty)

He also defended the programme and said: “It’s fictional.

“But it’s loosely based on the truth.

“Of course it’s not strictly accurate.”

He claimed it gave a “rough idea” of the pressures that come with “putting duty and service above family and everything else”.

He continued: “I am way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing stories written about my family or my wife

“That [The Crown] is obviously fiction, take it how you will.

Prince Harry drinks tea on a bus with James Corden

“But this is being reported on as fact because you’re supposedly news. I have a real issue with that.”

Harry’s words were heavily criticised afterwards, especially considering the unflattering light Charles and the Queen were painted in during the fourth season.

Many thought the Duke did not want to insult the programme considering he had only recently signed a lucrative contract with the same streaming platform, Netflix, at the time.

Harry and Meghan’s dramatic time on the royal frontline is not expected to be covered in the ongoing series.

Although The Crown started at the beginning of the Queen’s marriage in 1947, the series is said to be coming to a conclusion around the year 2000.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

Manchester City champions: 5 matches that won the Premier League crown

Manchester City champions: 5 matches that won the Premier League crown
Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Tuesday after nearest rivals Manchester United fell to a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City. It was their third league title in the past four seasons with Pep Guardiola’s men being deserved champions.
It has been an utterly dominant season from City as they reclaim their crown from Liverpool.

Express Sport takes a look back on the five matches that has seen them be named as champions.

Manchester City 2-5 Leicester City

It seems somewhat bizarre to at first pick out a defeat and a heavy one at that but this thumping at the hands of Brendan Rodgers’ men gave City the lessons that they needed.

Defensively, the Citizens looked vulnerable throughout as Jamie Vardy bagged a hat-trick, with James Maddison and Youri Tielemans also getting on the scoresheet.

That reverse convinced the club to turn to the transfer market and bring in Ruben Dias from Benfica – a move that has been inspired.

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Liverpool 1-4 Manchester City

Speaking of title rivals, Liverpool were then the next to be put to the sword in early February.

It was a statement victory from the visitors at Anfield as they displayed their resilience and quality to reduce the considerable gap to the Reds that was on display throughout 2019/20.

Gundogan scored twice on the day, with Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden also netting for City’s first Premier League victory at Anfield since 2003.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City

As it happened, the last win before they were crowned as champions.

Sergio Aguero and Torres netted two quickfire goals at Selhurst Park to secure three points.

It was also City’s 20th victory in their previous 22 league games – a run of form that has seen them canter to a fifth Premier League crown.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

Britain's 'favourite' beach town named with Northumberland taking the crown – full list

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Britain's 'favourite' beach town named with Northumberland taking the crown - full list

Two seaside towns took second place, with both Tynemouth, in Tyne and Wear, and Devon’s Dartmouth sharing the spot.

Both achieved an impressive customer satisfaction score of 84 percent.

Tynemouth was given five stars for its beach and seafront, and four stars for scenery.

Visitors to Tynemouth praised the “selection and quality of restaurants and food options on offer”, as well as “the market at the Metro station at weekends”.

Dartmouth visitors recommended “taking a boat trip along the River Dart” or “the steam train from Paignton”.

Scotland also made it into the top five, with St Andrews taking third place.

Know as the “home of golf”, St Andrews achieved thanks to its five-star rated tourist attractions as well as its shopping options, which received four stars.

The town also scored a respectable four stars for beaches and value for money.

Those looking to beat the crowds were advised by respondents to “visit outside of term time when fewer students of its famous university are around.”

In fourth place was the seaside town of Aberaeron in Wales. The town scored a customer satisfaction rating of 82 percent.

Visitors awarded the quiet harbour five stars for scenery and four stars for “peace and quiet”.

Saudi Arabia may sell 1% of Aramco to a ‘leading global energy company’ – crown prince

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Saudi Arabia may sell 1% of Aramco to a ‘leading global energy company’ – crown prince

Saudi authorities are currently negotiating a sale of 1% of state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco to an unnamed energy major, according to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“I don’t want to give any promises, but there’s a discussion for the acquisition of a 1% stake by a leading global energy company,” bin Salman said in an interview on Saudi television.

He added that the world’s biggest oil company could sell shares to international investors within the next year or two. The prince did not name the company but said it is from a “huge” country.

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According to bin Salman, some Aramco shares earmarked for sale to a foreign investor could be transferred to the Public Investment Fund, the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, while some may be listed on the Saudi stock market. Over 98% of Saudi Aramco’s shares are owned by the Saudi government.

Aramco went public in late 2019 after several years of delays, becoming the biggest IPO on record. The initial public listing of 1.5% of its shares on Saudi local bourse, the Tadawul, helped the oil giant to raise $ 25.6 billion. Later, the company issued more shares raising the historical IPO to a record-breaking $ 29.4 billion.

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The IPO came as part of a state campaign aimed at attracting foreign investments, and became one of the pillars for Saudi Vision 2030, a multibillion-dollar plan developed to diversify the kingdom’s economy away from oil.

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UK holidays: Brighton Beach takes the crown as 'UK's most popular beach'

UK holidays: Brighton Beach takes the crown as 'UK's most popular beach'
The UK is home to an array of stunning beaches in all corners of the country. With domestic travel[1] rules relaxing from Monday, April 12, many Covid-weary Britons are likely keen for a change of scenery.
Bournemouth Beach, also in Dorset, came in third place and Dungeness Beach in Kent took fifth place.

However, one northern beauty also made its way into the top five.

Squeezing its way into fourth place was is Scarborough Beach, located in Scarborough.

The rest of the top 10 was made up by Fistral Beach in Cornwall, Botany Bay in Kent, Camber Sands in East Sussex, Hengistbury Head Beach in Bournemouth and Porthcurno Beach in Cornwall.

The data compiled a full list of 30 “most popular beaches”.

Among them were a selection of shorefronts in the North of England, Wales and Scotland too.

These include Bamburgh Castle Beach in Northumberland, Blackpool Sands beach in Blackpool, Seacliff Beach in Scotland’s East Lothian, Loch Morlich in Highland Scotland and Tenby in Wales.

The full list of the “most popular beaches in the UK” according to Kindwater.co.uk are as follows: 

1.Brighton Beach, Brighton

2.Durdle Door Beach, Dorset

3.Bournemouth Beach, Dorset

4.Scarborough Beach, Scarborough

5.Dungeness Beach, Kent

6.Fistral Beach, Cornwall

7.Botany Bay, Kent

8.Camber Sands, East Sussex

9.Hengistbury Head Beach, Bournemouth

10.Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall

11.Lizard Point and Kynance Cove, Cornwall

12.Formby Beach, Liverpool

13.Chesil Beach, Dorset

14.Loch Morlich, Highland, Scotland

15.Saunton Sands, North Devon

16.Sandbanks Beach, Poole

17.Seacliff Beach, East Lothian

18.Holkham Beach, Norfolk

19.Perranporth Beach, Cornwall

20.Whitstable Beach, Kent

21.Tenby North Beach, Tenby, Wales

22.Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula, Wales

23.West Wittering Beach, Chichester

24.Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex

25.Woolacombe Sands, Devon

26.Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris, Scotland

27.Bamburgh Castle Beach, Northumberland

28.Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales

29.Beer Beach, South Devon

30.Blackpool Sands, Blackpool


  1. ^ travel (www.express.co.uk)

Valtteri Bottas outlines Lewis Hamilton title plans as Finn looks to take Brit's F1 crown

Valtteri Bottas outlines Lewis Hamilton title plans as Finn looks to take Brit's F1 crown
Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas has revealed that he “absolutely believes” he can win the Formula One 2021 world title, and has spent the winter months working on a “step by step” plan to make it happen.
Mental health is something that has not always been talked about enough within life, and especially in sport, and Formula One is no different.

However, now is a time that people can be more honest about their mindset, and Bottas is no different in that sense, knowing the psychological battles in F1 never just remain on track.

Speaking at the Mercedes car launch, the Finn admitted this winter, he’s taken a step back, with a plan to come back mentally happier in a bid to beat Hamilton this season.

“It’s important to switch off, and it’s important to disconnect. Many times when you step out from the sport for let’s say a couple of weeks, you start processing things, and you realise things when you see the big picture,” he said.

“An example was last year. There were races I couldn’t affect, but there were many races that I could’ve done a better job.

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“Still from my side, the big thing is consistency. Many times I perform at the level I want to, but then there’s times that for some reason I don’t, and I feel like I couldn’t get 100 per cent out of myself and the team around me.

“I think I’ve realised that a lot of that is the mental side of things.”

Bottas goes head-to-head with Hamilton once again this season, in his fifth for the championship-winning team Mercedes, however he has yet to beat the seven-time world champion to the title, a driver who has been alongside the Finn since he joined in 2017.

Bottas has won two races in Austria and Russia, but he struggled for any consistency alongside Hamilton, who picked up 11 wins in 17 races.

“Although Lewis has won the titles, [whilst we have been] team mates over the years I’ve been with the team, I’m going into the new year starting afresh with this edge,” he said.

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“Absolutely I believe I can fight for the title and that’s of course my goal for the season. That’s my target, but it’s a long way until that and we need to take it really step by step.

Bottas says he has learnt a lot from his time in Formula One already, especially over the last few seasons, working hard to perfect his driving style, and technique – whilst also getting a grasp on the Pirelli tyres in his bid to beat Hamilton.

But when asked about how he’s approaching the season, in which could be his final with the Mercedes outfit, the Finn said he’d had a lot to think about over the past few months.

He continued: “I think a lot of the work and focus this season is the mental side of things, and trying to be mentally at my best at the Grand Prix, and trying to find the right way of approaching every single Grand Prix weekend, to try and find more often the, let’s say, flow, state and in that way the consistency of there season.

“Some of my years in Formula One, definitely I put too much pressure on myself; there’s been times where I’ve taken too much pressure from the outside and there’s been also vice versa,” he said, “that there has not been maybe enough pressure from my side. It’s all about finding that balance and playing with that,” he continued. 

“And the only thing to do to let the team know, in terms of how they’re pressuring you, is to discuss about things. Same for myself, I need to be honest with everything and try to find a good way and have a happy head for every single Grand Prix.

“But that’s the tricky part, that’s the same thing in every sport: there’s not been an athlete ever, who’s been completely 100% of their performance capacity in every single event they’ve done, but I have to get there more often.”

And when asked about how he’s been working on his mental health, the Finn opted to keep some things to himself.

He added: “It’s my private matter and I also don’t want to share all the techniques, etcetera. But as I said before it’s something I have had more focus on over the winter and will focus on more over the season.

“If I need help I will use more professional help. If not, then I use the mirror!” he replied.

Bottas is out of contract at the end of this season, with all to prove at Mercedes to keep his seat in the future.

It could also be his last chance to beat Hamilton on track, with the seven-time world champion opting for just a one-year deal too, and with the likes of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes junior driver and current Williams driver George Russell waiting in the wings, Bottas has a lot to contend with this year to snatch the title.