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  • Queen watches over Prince Louis in official christening portrait - but can you spot Her Majesty?

    Given her advancing years and remarkably busy schedule, it was understandable that the Queen, by mutual consent, chose not to attend Prince Louis’s christening. But the 92-year-old monarch poignantly retains a place in an intimate family portrait taken in the Morning Room at Clarence House last week, watching over the next generation of her family. The oil on canvas portrait of the Queen, by Michael Noakes between 1972 and 1973, appears to have been raised several inches up the wall from its previous position to ensure it is visible in the official picture by photographer, Matt Holyoak.  Below her, gathered together for the first time, are the faces of those who will carry the baton for decades to come, including all five Cambridges and Meghan Markle. In the absence of the Queen, Carole Middleton takes centre stage in the wider family snapshot, standing alongside the Prince of Wales and directly behind her daughter and 11-week-old grandson, peacefully sleeping following his baptism in The Chapel Royal at St James's Palace. Pippa Matthews, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, who has a small pregnancy bump of her own, is joined in an official royal portrait for the first time by her husband, James Matthews, a hedge fund manager, who is positioned just behind her. The Cambridges, in their first official portrait as a family of five Credit: Matt Holyoak Prince George, four, smiles naturally, his head slightly tilted to one side as his father places a reassuring arm around his back while his three-year-old sister, Princess Charlotte, sits next to her mother, jauntily clutching her knee. When the group was last pictured together in the Morning Room, for Prince George’s own christening in October 2013, both Prince Harry and Ms Middleton, as she was then, were single. The Queen sat alongside the Duchess of Cambridge and the young future king, with the Duke of Edinburgh, behind her. The latest portrait conveys the gradual shift towards the next generation as the younger ranks are swelled by new births and happy marriages while the most senior members of the family take a back seat. The Queen, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, did not attend the christening in what was described as a "mutual decision" made some time ago. Sources insisted it was not due to ill health on the part of the Queen but because Her Majesty had a busy schedule in Scotland the previous week and in London in the following days, including the RAF centenary and the visit from Donald Trump. The Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince Louis in the garden at Clarence House following his christening Credit: Matt Holyoak The four photographs released by Kensington Palace  on Sunday night include an image of the Duchess of Cambridge gazing adoringly at her younger son, seen awake in public for the first time. Looking skyward in the sunny garden, the baby prince displays his big blue eyes while clutching onto his mother’s dress with a small chubby hand. In the first official portrait of all five members of the Cambridge family, Prince George appears slightly apprehensive, one hand plunged into his shorts pocket. His younger sister, meanwhile, displays the confident, possibly cheeky, personality that has already become familiar, smiling directly at the camera, one hand behind her back and the other holding onto Prince Louis’s christening gown, a replica of the 172-year-old royal christening robe. The next generation of The Firm gather together for Prince Louis's christening Credit: Matt Holyoak She had worn the gown herself at her own christening just three years ago and her elder brother two years before that. Mr Holyoak said: "I was truly honoured at being asked to take the official photographs at the christening of Prince Louis, and to witness at first hand such a happy event. “Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure. I only hope I have captured some of that joy in my photographs." The photographer has worked with a host of celebrities, his photos regularly splashed on the covers of magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Shortlist and Dazed and Confused. He photographed the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as part of a series of portraits released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

  • Thai cave rescue divers given diplomatic immunity: report

    Two Australian divers who helped extract the young football team trapped in a Thai cave obtained diplomatic immunity before the rescue in case it failed, national broadcaster ABC reported Monday. The "Wild Boars" team were stuck in the cave in northern Thailand for 18 days before Thai Navy SEALs and international cave diving experts successfully removed them in a highly risky, three-day-long operation. Anaesthetist Richard Harris and his diving partner Craig Challen, both cave diving specialists, played key roles in the rescue.

  • The teen was mowing the lawn when snakes attacked - and started biting

    A teenager was recently mowing a lawn when he was attacked by snakes. Connor Stoll has wounds on the back of his right leg from where he was bitten by two snakes on July 11 while he was doing yard work just outside of Jacksonville, Florida, WTXL.com reported. The 17-year-old was using a push lawn mower when the snakes struck him on his calf and knocked him down, according to news4jax.com. “I fell to the ground and I went over and moved to our truck and just sat there and tried to stop the bleeding from my leg,” Stoll said of his reaction, WTXL.com reported. Stoll went to an area hospital, where he was treated for 7 hours, but doctors told the teenager it could have been worse since the “venom

  • What's Killing Youth Soccer in America Is Also Hurting Most Every Other Sport

    The 2018 FIFA Men's World Cup ended with France winning it but, more importantly for my home country, the United States not in it, and even people who don't care about soccer (which is most of America) are scratching their heads about how a tiny pipsqueak country like Croatia can make it to the final while the U.S. can't even scare up enough good players to beat Panama. The arguments over how the U.S. develops men's soccer players have raged for years, and although the extremely organized system has similarities to how America's very successful Women's World Cup teams (the U.S. is the defending champion and has never finished worse than third), it appears to be failing at all levels. Including,

  • Devastating drowning of 3-year-old inspires Tennessee mom to create 'water guardian' tag

    Nicole Hughes talks about her Levi's Legacy lanyards and her son Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Levi Hughes wore his life jacket almost all day. When he was swimming in Gulf of Mexico. While flying his kite on the beach. Even when eating M&Ms for a snack. When the 3-year-old sat down for dinner on a June night almost one month ago, slurping up Spaghetti-Os on the balcony of his family's vacation house, Levi finally took off his floaty. There seemed no reason to have it on. No warning of the tragedy to come. Levi and his two older sisters were on an annual summer trip, traveling from Tennessee with their parents to meet their closest friends. There were six families staying together at adjoining duplexes

  • Michael Goodwin: Peter Strzok's arrogance is the product of a corrupt FBI

    Watching FBI agent Peter Strzok battle with Congress, my initial reaction was pure anger. His repeated, arrogant insistence that he had done nothing wrong despite tons of evidence to the contrary convinced me he deserved immediate firing - if not the firing squad. Gradually, though, anger gave way to amazement as Strzok grew increasingly combative and condescending. Given his predicament, the sneering and smirking were stupid, and yet he persisted. Who is this jerk, I wondered, and how in the hell did he get to be a big shot at the FBI? And why are taxpayers still paying for the privilege of his malignant presence on the FBI payroll? My answers can be summarized in four names: James Comey, Jeff