Windsor gears up for its second UK royal wedding of the year

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Bunting flutters in the wind in front of Windsor Castle, on the day before the royal wedding of Britain’s Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, in Windsor, Britain, October 11, 2018. (Reuters)
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Princess Eugenie arrives at Windsor Castle a day ahead of her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor, Britain, October 11, 2018. (Reuters)
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Windsor Castle stands under a blue sky ahead of the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie in Windsor, England, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP)
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A worker opens one of the gates to Windsor Castle a day ahead of the royal wedding between Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in Windsor, Britain, October 11, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 11 October 2018
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Windsor gears up for its second UK royal wedding of the year

  • Eugenie will tie the knot with Jack Brooksbank, at the monarch’s Windsor Castle home on Friday.
  • The couple met in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier in 2010 and got engaged in Nicaragua in January.

WINDSOR: Final preparations were being made in the English town of Windsor on Thursday for Britain’s second major royal wedding this year, this time involving Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie.
Eugenie, younger daughter of the queen’s third child Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, will tie the knot with Jack Brooksbank, at the monarch’s Windsor Castle home on Friday.
The nuptials come just five months after the glittering wedding of Prince Harry, younger son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, and US actress wife Meghan, now the Duchess of Sussex, at the same location.
Eugenie, 28, ninth-in-line to the throne and a director at London’s Hauser & Wirth art gallery, and Brooksbank, 32, who works in the drinks and hospitality industry, are copying some of her cousin’s plans.
The couple, who met in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier in 2010 and got engaged in Nicaragua in January, have likewise invited 1,200 people from across Britain to join in the celebrations in the castle grounds and to watch the newlyweds leave St. George’s Chapel after the service.
They will then take an open-top carriage ride through Windsor, although it will be shorter than the one Harry and Meghan took in May when thousands thronged the streets and hundreds of millions worldwide watched on television.
“We think we’ve been blessed this year with two royal weddings,” said Phillip Bicknell, the local council deputy leader.
“We’re hoping she’s going to have a great day and we’re very pleased that she’s shared her day with us.”
Stars from the world of showbusiness and sport attended Harry’s wedding and Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday that one of Eugenie’s bridesmaids will be Theodora Williams, the six-year-old daughter of ex “Take That” singer Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field.
Three-year-old Princess Charlotte, daughter of second-in-line to the throne Prince William and his wife Kate, will also be a bridesmaid while her brother Prince George, 5, will be a page boy. Eugenie’s older sister Beatrice, 30, will be her maid of honor.
Nearly all Britain’s senior royals are expected to attend although Prince Charles’s wife Camilla will be absent as she has a prior engagement in Scotland. It was not certain whether the 92-year-old queen’s husband Prince Philip, 97, who no longer carries out official duties, would be present.
The Dean of Windsor will officiate the ceremony while Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform during the service. Also among the guests will be the surgeon who carried out an operation to straighten Eugenie’s back when she was 12, British media reported.
The ceremony will be broadcast on British TV and live streamed on the Royal Family and Prince Andrew’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels.


“Crocodile hunter” Steve Irwin’s family launch new show

Terri, wife of the late Steve Irwin, her daughter Bindi and son Robert, pose together at the launch of their new family show on the Animal Planet television channel in London, Britain, September 26, 2018. ((REUTERS)
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“Crocodile hunter” Steve Irwin’s family launch new show

  • Irwin, who was watched by audiences around the world in his popular television programs, died in 2006 after a stingray’s serrated barb pierced his heart while filming off Australia’s northern Great Barrier Reef

LONDON: The family of late Australian conservationist and “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin are following in his footsteps with a new television show dedicated to their wildlife conservation work.
“Crikey! It’s the Irwins” will follow Irwin’s wife Terri and their two children, Bindi and Robert, looking after animals at their Australia Zoo in Queensland as well as heading out on various expeditions.
Irwin, who was watched by audiences around the world in his popular television programs, died in 2006 after a stingray’s serrated barb pierced his heart while filming off Australia’s northern Great Barrier Reef.
“We are continuing on in dad’s footsteps and everything that we do today at Australia Zoo and with our Wildlife Warriors work is exactly what he started,” Bindi Irwin said of the family’s conservation organization in an interview for Reuters.
“In the show we’ll have some amazing moments of reflecting on what he used to do, from feeding crocodiles to cuddling koalas. and then you’ll see us doing the exact same things making sure that everything he loved the most carries on into the future.”
Bindi Irwin, who has previously had her own television show, will be seen working at the zoo’s wildlife hospital. Her brother said the family also takes trips abroad.
“Also we traveled to so many different places all over the globe,” Robert Irwin said.
“We’ll take you to Africa. We’ll take you to the Great Barrier Reef. We’ll take you up north to remote northern Queensland where we do our crocodile research. It’s all about wildlife, it’s all about conservation and fun as a family.”
“Crikey! It’s the Irwins” debuts on Oct. 28 on Animal Planet.