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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall packs particular tipple when travelling in case of ‘danger’

In fact, she also likes to ensure she maintains “healthy ageing” by packing specific fitness items.

On a royal tour to Singapore, it was discovered that Camilla is quite a fan of yoga, and tried to practise it while abroad.

Royal author Robert Hardman shared details of this insight in his 2018 book Queen of the World.

“The Duchess is touring a community centre where she turns her hand to art, flower-arranging and cooking, and drops in on a yoga class for senior citizens,” wrote Mr Hardman.

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Camilla Parker Bowles shares her secret to ‘healthy ageing’ while travelling

Camilla Parker Bowles may be 73, but even at her busiest she is said to prioritise “healthy ageing”. As part of her role as a Royal Family member and wife of Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall is often required to fly long distances and spend time away from the UK representing the UK.

With so much travel experience behind her, the Duchess has come up with a specific packing list to ensure all of her needs are met.

This includes making sure she always packs a specific fitness item to help her remain “supple”.

Camilla is a big fan of both yoga and pilates, ensuring she even gets her practice in while overseas.

In his 2018 book Queen of the World, royal author Robert Hardman revealed she always take a yoga block on her travels to aid her practice.

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“‘Healthy ageing – that’s what we all need,’ she says cheerfully.”

Yoga blocks are said to help make certain poses more accessible, provide support for those practising and even boost strength.

Made from foam, the blocks are also relatively lightweight which means they are fairly easy to transport.

According to insiders, while at a yoga class in Singapore, the Duchess commented on her own love of the practice thanks to its health benefits.

Yoga is not the only self-care regime Camilla engages in on her travels.

According to Hello! magazine, the Duchess of Cornwall has also been known to pack the Bee Venom Mask cream from skincare line Heaven.

As the name suggests, the face mask concoction is made using actual bee venom and has been hailed as a nonsurgical alternative to a facelift.

Camilla is also said to have recommended the product to Kate in the lead up to her wedding.

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Brits banned from travelling to these 58 countries – where UK is on their red list

There are 27 destinations on the UK Government’s ‘green’ list. This means that if you travel to England from one of these places, you don’t need to self-isolate. Brits have taken the green list as a list of the safest places to go abroad, but not all of these countries are open to UK tourists. Express.co.uk reveals the 58 countries that have banned Brits from entering (not including differing exceptions).

Before you rush to book flights to any country on the green list, it’s crucial to check the rules related to coronavirus in that country.

For example, while Australia is on the green list, most visitors from the UK will not be allowed to enter Australia unless they are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia, an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or a few other exceptions.

While Express.co.uk has compiled a list of all the areas that have banned Brits from entering, use Kayak’s travel restrictions map for up to date rules and restrictions in different countries. 

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall packs specific outfit when travelling to show respect

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is quite a jet-setter, travelling abroad for both royal duties alongside husband Prince Charles, and for leisure purposes. However, when doing so there is one very specific outfit which she must pack in her suitcase.

Alas, this rule is one that was created from experience.

In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II was representing the monarchy in Kenya alongside Prince Philip.

Sadly, it was during this trip that she was informed of the passing of her father King George VI.

Due to the sudden nature of his death, Queen Elizabeth realised she had not even thought to pack a black ensemble for her trip to the hot country.

This meant that, upon her return to London, she would not have the correct mourning attire to wear when disembarking the aircraft.

Luckily, her staff were on hand in the UK to collect a garment for her and have it delivered to the airport in time for her landing.

Her Royal Highness stayed firmly parked onboard the aircraft until the outfit had been brought to her.

She was then able to emerge from the aeroplane in her respectful outfit.

The black garment is not the only royal fashion rule which is often imposed on family members travelling abroad for duties.

Royal Family members must also try and show respect for the countries they are visiting by donning clothing made by local designers.

“When packing looks for a state trip it is considered respectful, good etiquette and customary to shop from the designers from that country, or looks that reflect the style and culture of the destination,” Anne Chertoff chief operating officer at New York-based Beautmont Etiquette told Express.co.uk.

“For example, when Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge travelled with Prince William to India in 2016 she wore a memorable white and blue dress by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan when the couple visited the Taj Mahal.”

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Drivers could be fined and issued penalty points for travelling this bank holiday weekend

Experts at Veygo have warned drivers making their first long journey after lockdown could travel without the right insurance policy in place. Many drivers may have cancelled their agreements over lockdown to save money on vehicles they were not using.
However, with the distractions of the pandemic, road users could have forgotten to renew their cover leading to devastating consequences.

Gunnar Peters, CEO of Veygo has urged drivers to check their cover before heading out.

He said there is usually an “increase” in short-term policies taken over the Spring Bank Holiday as drivers desperately secure cover for their trips.

He said: “After spending months in lockdown, people will no doubt be looking forward to a weekend away or to visit friends and family to make the most of the bank holiday with lockdown restrictions easing.

READ MORE: Drivers could face ‘penalties’ and fines within weeks

Over the pandemic, the ABI confirmed insurance classes would no longer be relevant to allow drivers to travel freely.

However, this temporary tweak came to an end on 30 April meaning drivers must cover their car for work trips or could face heavy penalties.

“If you’re planning to head out on the road this weekend, it’s vital to have the right cover in place.

“Driving without, or with the wrong kind of insurance could see you hit with six penalty points and a £300 fine, and it’s definitely not a risk worth taking.

Even if drivers are covered, he warns this would only be third party cover meaning damage on your vehicle may not get fully repaired.

He has urged drivers to consider short-term or specialist cover to ensure they are protected from any incidents. 

He added: “If this is the first time you’ll be travelling a long distance in a while, or if you’re planning to use a car you’re unfamiliar with, then it’s also important you’re well prepared.

“Planning your route ahead, checking the position of the seat and mirrors and taking regular breaks are all good ways to set you up for a smooth journey.”

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How to find the cheapest PCR tests for travelling abroad

However, the testing cost might be a problem for many families that weren’t expecting that extra bill.

Every passenger is required to take at least two tests when flying abroad, although it depends on the destination.

At the moment, this applies to everyone, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

Covid tests are usually very pricey, but fortunately, some airlines have started offering discounted tests for their passengers.

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Flight attendant becomes NHS vaccinator – ‘my travelling days are over’

Sophie gets to the Home Park vaccination centre in Plymouth every morning at 8 am ready for her 12 hour shift. Patients start showing up at 8:30 – some excited and others anxious – about getting their Covid-19 jab delivered for the first time.
Vaccinators like her at Home Park Plymouth can vaccinate up to 300 patients a day, but not all of them are medical professionals. Some like Sophie, come from a very different background.

Originally from Cornwall, Sophie has worked as a cabin crew for more than 11 years, flying for airlines like Ryanair or Norwegian.

She lost her wings last year when her company stopped operating due to the pandemic, and she was furloughed for months.

She then changed her cabin crew uniform for a nurse’s scrub. But why did she decide to get into healthcare?

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Perhaps Sophie was forced to change careers, but in doing so, she discovered her real passion.

“When the Covid pandemic hit last March I was working as cabin crew for Norwegian Air. When I was first furloughed I set up a First Aid Instructor business to ensure I had something else to do if the worst happened.

“Sadly in January 2021, I was made redundant as the company stopped operating. I was looking to see what jobs were out there and looked at the NHS, as I was already on my way to working in the medical industry with my First Aid training.

“I saw the adverts for the mass vaccination centre and thought it would be a great experience and also a way to ‘do my bit’,” she explained.

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But what is a day like in the life of a Covid-19 vaccinator?

“The day begins with a briefing at 08:00 then set up before patients arrive at 08:30. We can do 6 hour shifts or 12 hour shifts starting at 08:00.

“We can vaccinate up to 300 patients a day,” she explained.

Sophie is aware that many people don’t know the NHS has trained non-medical professionals to become vaccinators.

After recently asking for feedback on social media, a number of respondents said that they wouldn’t feel comfortable with a flight attendant administering their vaccine and said they would much prefer a doctor or nurse doing so.

Some also said that they would actually refuse to get their vaccine if they knew that a former flight attendant was administering it.

Sophie responded to that: “As cabin crew you are very advanced first aid trained.

“During my progression in this role I have received full training and support and the whole process is closely monitored by registered staff.”

She said that fortunately, she has never encountered anyone that felt that way, and no patients have ever asked if she’s a fully qualified nurse.

“The patients have been lovely. So much appreciation from the patients right through the ages groups.

“Many people have been anxious in general about getting the vaccination and most people have been reassured and surprised at how their worries were quickly resolved afterwards, and in general at how quick and easy their vaccination had been,” she explained.

The UK is one of the countries where the highest number of vaccines have been administered to date, and Sophie believes that flight attendants have certainly played a key role in the vaccine rollout.

“I believe it’s been a huge team effort across the NHS and the systems involved, including volunteers, and everyone that has played a key part in delivering the mass vaccination programme. I have been amazed at how many people from different backgrounds have pulled together to build this great programme.

“Everyone I have worked with, no matter of their past careers, has made a massive contribution to the mass vaccination service.”

When being asked about her plans for the future, her answer is clear: “I feel my days of travelling are over.”

“I will truly miss it but it’s my time to try another adventure and maybe it’s my time to further a career in the NHS.”

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Prince Philip's very honest 'loo' trick for coping with public appearances when travelling

A former aide is said to have told Rayner: “Hosts spend more time worrying about the loo arrangements than anything else, down to what colour the towels should be and whether the loo roll is a suitable brand.”

Prince Charles, meanwhile, is alleged to travel with his own toilet seat.

Tom Bower’s book Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles made the assertion.

According to Bower, on one occasion, when visiting a friend in North-East England, Charles brought his own lavatory seat.

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Holidays: Simon Calder shares 2 tests you must do even when travelling to green countries

Holidays may be back on from mid-May but travel still won’t be as simple as it once was in pre-Covid days. Even for countries on the “green list,” a number of Covid tests will be required while hotel quarantine remains in place for a swathe of “red list” countries. Expert Simon Calder shared his travel advice today regarding what jet-setters can expect next month.
“From May 17 some international travel will be possible,” he told Radio 2.

“[The Government] will have three lists – every country in the world, and maybe individual regions or islands, will be carved up either red, amber or green.

“The idea is: red countries, like the current red list – 39 nations where you are going to have to go into hotel quarantine when you come back.

“The amber list – that’s 10 days of self-isolation and paying for a couple of tests while you’re here and then green, which is the one we kind of all want.”

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However, even for the green destinations, two Covid tests will be needed.

These will have to be paid for out of travellers’ pockets, and they don’t come cheap.

“Even then you’ve got to pay for a test before you even get on a plane, or a train or ferry to the UK and finally when you are arriving in Britain in the next two days you’ve got to take a PCR test which is going to involve yet more expense,” Calder explained.

“So, it’s not going to be easy but it is going to be possible.”

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said last week he is hoping to drive down the costs of Covid tests following an uproar about the rising costs of holidays due to the high price of tests.

The minister also said he wasn’t advising against booking travel.

Calder, too, explained today that holidaymakers can get trips in the diary, provided they take the necessary precautions.

He also recommended booking for a later date.

“The later you’re looking at booking the higher the chance you’ll get what you actually want,” he said.

Calder continued: “What I think the Government is going (they’re wanting to be cautious) is, saying we’re going to have a kind of test for six weeks or two months.

“We’ll let all the people who are desperate to see loved ones, we’ll let them go off and jump through all the hurdles… after that hopefully the vaccination roll out across Europe will have improved.”

The travel expert also shared his insight into what countries will likely be on the green list.

“I’m expecting later in the summer, probably from some time in July, but that’s just a prediction, maybe Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Italy, Greece, ad Cyprus will be on the green list and the testing will be a lot easier and cheaper,” he said.

Package holidays are the best type of break to book during these uncertain times.

“At the moment there’s absolutely nothing wrong with booking a holiday so long as you book a proper package holiday,” urged Calder.

“Because then that way you can say, if this doesn’t go ahead, what are my rights? And the travel agent should be able to say, you’ll get a full refund.”

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Prince William has important survival skills for travelling learnt on 'tough' gap year

Prince William[1] has travelled extensively on numerous state visits in his adult life, often at the side of his wife Kate Middleton, 39. However, his royal trips these days differ greatly from some of his previous travels. His gap year was a time that saw William experience a “tough environment” far from palace life.
Prince Charles was very keen for his son to travel at the time and “meet people from different lands and backgrounds in order to gain the worldly knowledge that would prepare him for the lifetime of responsibility that lay ahead,” wrote author Ingrid Seward in her 2010 book William and Harry.

And so, aged 18, Prince William flew to Belize where he joined the Welsh Guards “on exercise in the jungles of Central America.”

It must have been a rude awakening for the young royal.

However, the experience taught him some vital survival skills.

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Hunting for food in the wild was one key lesson William learnt.

“He was taught how to kill and prepare his food,” wrote Seward.

“An exercise code-named Native Trail began with instructors slaughtering a pig, hanging it from a pole and butchering it.

“The soldiers, William included, were then given a live chicken to dispatch.

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“They had to wring its neck and cut off its head and feet with a machete, pluck its feathers and gut it before cooking it over a fire, exactly as they would have to do if there were living off the land in a jungle war.

“They were shown how to make a termite stew – and then made to eat it.

“At night, William tried to snatch what little sleep he could in the rain in a hammock strung between two trees.”

The young royal was praised for his attitude during the trip.

The couple visited the island, located in the stream of islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines, in 2019 for Prince George’s sixth birthday.

While on the island, the royal couple opted to spend their two-week stay at the stunning Villa Antilles, which was built in 2016.

The villa is owned by property developed Andrew Dunn, who is a friend of Prince William.

A stay at this glamorous property can cost guests as much as £27,000 a week, depending on the time of year.

References

  1. ^ Prince William (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ Queen Elizabeth: Toilet worry royal staff face when monarch travels (www.express.co.uk)