Duchess Kate finds blue blood in her own family

Updated 17 December 2012
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Duchess Kate finds blue blood in her own family

LONDON: Much has been said of the humble roots of the Duchess of Cambridge, with coal miners, a road sweeper and even a prisoner among her ancestors. Now, it has been found that Catherine is related to one of Britain’s grandest families and can count a prime minister, earls and countesses among her kin. When the duchess’ first child is born, the third-in-line to the throne will not be the only blue blood in her family tree, the Telegraph reported.
The duchess has been informed of her aristocratic heritage. A previously unpublished side of the duchess’ family tree uncovered her link to William Petty FitzMaurice, the First Marquess of Lansdowne, who served as the prime minister from 1782 to 1783. He is also known for negotiating the end of the American War of Independence.
His link to the duchess was discovered by Michael Reed, a history teacher from Melbourne, after he asked his class to choose one of three well-known figures — David Beckham, American rapper 50 Cent or the duchess — and to look at their ancestry using an online family tree programme.
While assisting one of his pupils, Reed found a link from the Middletons to Lady Barbara Bullock, nee Lupton, whom he identified as the duchess’ second cousin. Previous research linked the duchess to a family of miners in Durham, a west London road sweeper and an inmate of Holloway Prison. Reed sent his findings to the duchess at St. James’ Palace, following which the duchess asked her assistant private secretary to thank him for his discovery.


Malaysia mosque bans tourists after ‘sexy dance’ goes viral

Updated 25 June 2018
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Malaysia mosque bans tourists after ‘sexy dance’ goes viral

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian mosque has banned tourists after a video of two female visitors in skimpy outfits dancing in front of the Muslim holy site went viral online.
The pair, of East Asian appearance and believed to be foreigners, were filmed doing the dance in skimpy shorts and tops exposing their midriffs on a wall outside the main mosque in the city of Kota Kinabalu, a popular site for visitors and tour groups.
Residents and local Muslim groups were incensed by the risqué moves outside the holy site on Borneo island, which is renowned for its huge blue and gold dome and ornate minarets.
An outraged onlooker can be heard in the video saying: “Why don’t they just fall off the wall?”
Mosque chairman Jamal Sakaran at the weekend slammed “the unacceptable behavior by foreign tourists” and announced a temporary halt to any tourists visiting the mosque in Sabah state, adding the move was to preserve the sanctity of Islam.
The nationality of the women involved was not clear.
State Tourism Minister Christina Liew told The Star newspaper legal action would not be taken against the pair as they were likely unaware of the severity of their actions. But authorities wanted to track them down to explain “that something they deemed as ‘fun’ was actually disrespectful and not right in Sabah.”
Large numbers of tourists — both local and foreign — visit the mosque, often during a brief stop in Kota Kinabalu before heading into the jungles of Sabah to see the jungle-clad state’s abundance of wildlife.
Tourists can usually visit mosques in Muslim-majority Malaysia, where most practice a moderate form of Islam, but are advised to wear modest clothing.
It is not the first time that foreign visitors have landed in hot water for disrespecting local culture in Sabah.
In 2015 four Western tourists pleaded guilty to obscenity charges for taking nude photos on popular peak Mount Kinabalu, an act some in the country blamed for causing a deadly earthquake.