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‘Sporty’ Kate Middleton unable to compete in marathon because of strict royal protocol

Although Kate is able to practice and loves running, tennis, skiing and even hockey, the Duchess of Cambridge isn’t allowed to take part in public races. Owing to the Firm’s strict protocol, her interest in running can only be fulfilled in a private setting.

On Tuesday, the Duchess was seen riding a mountain bike during a visit to the Windermere Adventure Training Centre (Northwest England) with RAF Cadets but she would have never been allowed to ride the same bike in a cycling race.

In Cumbria, Kate undertook engagements aiming to further promote her belief that spending time outdoors can boost the mental and physical wellbeing of both children and adults.

Among those the Duchess met were Holocaust survivors Ike Alterman and Arek Hersh.

According to Kate’s friend Bryony Gordon on ITV’s Loose Women, the Duchess is not allowed to run in the London marathon, or any public race, because of one royal reason.

Back in 2017, The Heads Together mental health campaign, spearheaded by The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, was the marathon’s Charity of the Year which meant all three royals attended the race launch.

After being introduced to the royal and her charity at the marathon, Bryony asked the mother-of-three if she would be running it, to which Kate told the host, security concerns prevented it.

Kate said: “Oh no, security and all that.”

To which Bryony teasingly quipped: “If I can do the marathon, you can.”

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While Kate wasn’t able to run the 26.2-mile marathon herself, she did take part in a 100-metre sprint with Prince William and Prince Harry during a training day with the Head Togethers team.

Prince Harry was the fastest out of the trio.

One Middleton who is allowed to run marathons is Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, who completed her first marathon in Kenya in 2015.

On her decision to take part in the gruelling 42km course, she explained to HELLO!: “I decided that a marathon was a ‘life box’ that needed ticking and this year was my time – despite it being one of the toughest in the world, with temperatures rising to more than 30ºC, at an altitude of 5,550ft and with the possibility of bumping into lions or rhinos.”

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Pippa completed the race in three hours, 56 minutes, and was overcome with emotion when she got to the finish line.

She also completed the Great Wall marathon in China, which involves climbing 5,164 steps, in 2016.

She ran the gruelling marathon for the British Heart Foundation, a charity that she’s involved with as an ambassador, and completed the race in 4:54:11.

She finished in 13th place among women and fourth in the 30-34 age category.

Read more here Daily Express :: Royal Feed

The Chase's Paul Sinha unable to continue 'most enjoyable' part of career due to illness

He tweeted back in March: “New episodes of Beat the Chasers are on their way.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t well for the recordings and couldn’t join in this time around. I’m feeling much better now. X.”

Paul is one of the six Chasers on the ITV game show The Chase, alongside Mark Labbett, Jenny Ryan, Shaun Wallace, Darragh Ennis and Anne Hegerty.

He previously said he would quit The Chase if he began to struggle answering the questions at speed, due to suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

“The Chase won’t fire me,” he told Loose Women panellists. “I’ll say, ‘It’s been a lovely journey, you’ve treated me very well, see you later’.”

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

Facebook pictures not loading: Facebook App issues leaves users unable to see pictures

Facebook Pictures are not loading tonight, with App users confirming the latest issues concerning images and sharing features on the popular social media site.

It’s unclear what is causing tonight’s problems or how long it will be before users can view pictures this week.

Problems are reportedly widespread, meaning not everyone is having the same issues on browsers or Android and iOS platforms.

From what has been shared so far, The Facebook App is not loading pictures past the first image in an album or the profile picture.

One affected user writes: “Hello Facebook, We cannot view photos in the Facebook app too. All the friends are having these issues. I hope everything will be fine soon.”

Another user reports: “It is impossible to show more than one picture, either on the iPhone or iPad. I restarted the phone, cleared the cache and data. Nothing happened, I guess it’s an outage,”

Facebook has not provided any further guidance on tonight’s outage or how long it might last.

A troubleshooting page on the Facebook site offers this advice: “If you can’t see photos on Facebook and you’re seeing black boxes, empty boxes or broken images instead, you can try updating your browser.

“For videos, You can try updating your internet browser and installing the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. If that doesn’t work, please use the “Report a Problem” link on your account to let us know more about what you’re seeing when you try to view a video.”


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Xbox Live down: Microsoft server status LATEST, as Xbox One and Series X unable to connect

Xbox Live servers are currently down, leaving Xbox One and Xbox Series X owners unable to play games online.

The Xbox Live server status makes grim reading for fans, who have complained about not being able to connect to Xbox online services.

Independent website Down Detector has received thousands of reports that Microsoft’s Xbox Live service isn’t working.

The outage tracker monitors social mentions around certain topics to detect when services go down across the world.

The Down Detector outage map shows that the Xbox Live issues are affecting users in the UK and Europe.

Xbox Support is yet to come out an issue a statement, so there’s no word on when the problem will be fixed.

Likewise, there’s no mention of any offline server issues and account problems on the Xbox Live status page.

According to the official Xbox website, all services are up and running as normal.

This includes accounts and profile, online multiplayer, cloud gaming, and even Xbox services in the cloud and on mobile.

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Needless to say, Xbox Live users have been vocal about the issues on social media, complaining about not being able to access online multiplayer.

One fan writes: “Since Xbox Live seems to be down that me not getting any game time today. Boooo, Jeer.”

Another posted the following to Twitter: “Xbox live has gone down for me, Can’t connect to my account.”

Finally, one fan writes: “@XboxSupport having issues connecting to Xbox live. It was ok earlier. I have reset my router and everything.

“Are the servers down? I just keep getting a message saying i can’t be signed in right now.”

Express Online will continue to update this article with any new developments on the server front.

Fans will be hoping for a fix as soon as possible, especially with Gears 5 and F1 2020 available to play for free this weekend.

As part of Microsoft’s weekly Free Play Days promotion, Xbox Gold subscribers can download and play the aforementioned games for free.

It’s kind of like a modern day video rental, only it’s completely free of charge, provided you’re an Xbox Gold member.

“Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, play Gears 5 and F1 2020 until 23 May with this weekend’s Free Play Days event, plus each title is on sale,” reads a Major Nelson tweet.

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Camping & caravan holidays: ‘Thousands of campsites’ unable to open in April over toilets

The Camping and Caravanning Club detail virus safety measures

Campsites.co.uk, which works with more than 3,000 camping and glamping sites across the UK, reported 300 percent more bookings and enquiries after Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the good news. Under the current

“Self-contained accommodation, such as holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can reopen” from April 12.

“The rest of the accommodation sector” can reopen from May 17.

However, this guidance has caused a big problem for some campsites.

Martin Smith, the founder of Campsites.co.uk, warned “thousands of campsites” are being unfairly affected over the matter of shared toilets.

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He said today: “Under the current roadmap, pubs and shops can open their toilet facilities for customers from April 12, but campsites must keep theirs closed until May 17.”

Camping holidays: “Thousands of campsites” are being unfairly affected (Image: Getty Images)

Camping & caravan holidays: Campsites must keep toilet facilities closed until May 17 (Image: Getty Images)

This detail means many sites simply cannot reopen which is a blow for both the industry and holidaymakers.

Bank Holiday weekend getaways will be impacted.

“This matters, because it stops thousands of campsites opening for the early Bank Holiday weekend, depriving independent sites the chance to claw back some of the revenue they have lost from missing successive Easters and all of spring 2021,” said Smith.

“We want the Government to reconsider their decision and level the playing field for campsites.

“If toilets are okay for pubs and shops, there’s no sane reason they can’t be opened at campsites too.”

Smith added: “It’s great for the industry to have a much clearer picture of the months ahead and there is clearly customer demand for holidays in the UK.

“It’s important to open safely of course, but this will be a big blow for some.”

Cornwall, Devon and the Lake District have been identified as the most popular spots to have a camping holiday.
Camping & caravans: “It’s great for the industry to have a much clearer picture of the months ahead” (Image: Getty Images)

However, Britons are starting to branch out elsewhere, said Ed Bassett, General Manager at travel agency Camptoo.

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“Following the UK Government’s announcement… we have noticed a sharp rise in UK staycation bookings for the summer period,” he commented.

“Bookings rose 60 percent on Monday, February 22, up from Sunday, February 21 (Sunday is typically the day of the week with the highest bookings), and we believe this trend will continue as people feel more confident in booking summertime travel.

“Cornwall, Devon and the Lake District are the three most booked destinations in England.

“Interestingly, we’ve noticed that customers are branching out and trying out new destinations entirely – in February 2020 our customers had booked holidays to around 250 destinations, whereas in February 2021 customers have booked to over 300 destinations.”

Camping: Cornwall and Devon are always very popular camping spots (Image: Express)

Bassett added: “It’s great to see that Brits are looking to alternative destinations that they may not have explored before – and that is made even easier when they choose to hire a campervan to take them absolutely anywhere.”

Hotel bookings and cottage rentals are also on the up.

Comparing stats from UK hotel bookings on February 22 2020 (before the UK coronavirus crisis started), Profitroom, a provider of hotel marketing service, reported a 307 percent increase – a record high for hotel bookings.

Meanwhile, according to Last Minute Cottages, traffic increased 107 percent on Monday compared to the week before and bookings for self-catering cottages shot up 187 percent.

Daily Express