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Kate Middleton Wore a Pink Dress for Meeting with Cancer Patient

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Kate Middleton is pretty in pink (which isn’t surprising, since she’s pretty in literally every color known to human eyeballs).

On Thursday, during her royal tour of Scotland with husband Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge met with Mila Sneddon, a five-year-old fan with an inspiring personal story. Mila, who is battling leukemia, was one of the participants in the duchess’ Hold Still photography project and her meeting with Kate was a long time in the making.

edinburgh, scotland   may 27 catherine, duchess of cambridge meets mila sneddon, aged five, and her family, at the palace of holyroodhouse on may 27, 2021 in edinburgh, scotland cancer patient mila features in an image from the hold still photography project which showed her kissing her father scott through a window whilst she was shielding during her chemotherapy treatment photo by jane barlow   wpa poolgetty images

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Kate and Mila’s story begins back in August 2020, when they spoke on the phone while Mila was isolating with only some of her family. As a post on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram account explains, the Sneddon family was forced to make the difficult decision to isolate in different households for Mila’s safety, as the five-year-old was just four months into her chemotherapy treatment and at high risk amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have to make sure I go and try to find myself a pink dress,” Kate said during their initial call, according to People. “Hopefully, when one day, hopefully, Mila, we’ll get to meet, and then I’ll remember to wear my pink dress for you.”

Mila was very excited about the idea of twinning in her favorite color with a royal and when Kate arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse for their in-person meet-up, she kept her promise and donned a pretty pink dress—specifically, a bubblegum pink color block skirt dress by Me+Em.

edinburgh, scotland   may 27 catherine, duchess of cambridge arrives to meet with mila sneddon, aged five, and her family, at the palace of holyroodhouse on may 27, 2021 in edinburgh, scotland cancer patient mila features in an image from the hold still photography project which showed her kissing her father scott through a window whilst she was shielding during her chemotherapy treatment photo by jane barlow   wpa poolgetty images

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Mila, for her part, accessorized her own pink dress with a sparkly tiara befitting the royal she clearly is in her soul:

edinburgh, scotland   may 27 mila sneddon, aged five waits to meet catherine, duchess of cambridge at the palace of holyroodhouse on may 27, 2021 in edinburgh, scotland cancer patient mila features in an image from the hold still photography project which showed her kissing her father scott through a window whilst she was shielding during her chemotherapy treatment photo by jane barlow   wpa poolgetty images

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a sweet video of the meeting on Instagram, complete with footage of Mila getting the news that she would be meeting Kate in person.

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In the post’s caption, the Palace wrote:

“In the week prior to lockdown last year, Mila’s family took the difficult decision to isolate in different households to protect Mila, who at this point was only 4 months into her chemotherapy journey for leukaemia.

The Duchess spoke to Mila on the phone a few months ago following her image being selected as one of the final 100 for the #HoldStill2020 project – hoping one day that they’d meet and wear their pink dresses together.

Today, Mila and her family visited the Palace of Holyroodhouse to visit The Duchess for tea and a tour of the palace.”

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Biden pushes liberal agenda, refuses to govern in a centrist way

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A President Joe Biden, we were told, would be a moderate president, one who could unite Americans and competently lead our nation. 

Talk about fake news. 

Ten months into the Biden presidency, it’s clear that he is neither moderate nor, despite decades in Washington as a senator and vice president, competent.  

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trump: US bids farewell to Trump hotel that offered luxury… and access

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WASHINGTON: Occupying an entire city block a short walk from the White House, the Trump International Hotel is a splashy neolassical palace steeped in more than a century of Washington lore.
The towering atrium features a huge skylight that dapples the lobby bar in winter sun as the nation’s power brokers savor $140 glasses of wine served in Hungarian crystal, or $10,000 tumblers of vintage Macallan scotch.
After a drink, guests with $385 to spare can rejuvenate with a “hydrafacial” skin treatment downstairs before reclining on designer linens in one of the 263 stately, wood-paneled rooms.
“It’s a beautiful place,” one-time White House spokesman Sean Spicer gushed about the hotel, which is set to become a Waldorf Astoria in the New Year, ending six years of ownership by Donald Trump.
“It’s somewhere that he’s very proud of, and I think it’s symbolic of the kind of government that he’s going to run.”
Spicer turned out to be correct.
Trump promised to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington, but instead opened his very own quagmire on Pennsylvania Avenue — inviting a dizzying array of conflicts of interest.
During Trump’s four years in office, the 19th-century Romanesque Revival-style hotel became a magnet for top donors, corporate lobbyists and foreign governments seeking to spend big in the hope of winning influence.
“The law is totally on my side, meaning the president can’t have a conflict of interest,” Trump said in 2016 when asked about mixing his day job with promoting his sprawling business empire.
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) lobby group tracked 150 officials from 77 foreign governments that visited a Trump property during his presidency.
According to a congressional probe, the Washington hotel took in $3.7 million from countries including China, Kuwait, Turkey, India, Brazil and Romania.
The Philippines told a television station back home its decision to use the hotel for a 2018 Independence Day celebration was “a statement that we have a good relationship with this president.”
The clientele raised concerns about possible violations of anti-corruption provisions written by the nation’s founders restricting the acceptance of gifts to office-holders from foreigners.
“Donald Trump should never have been allowed to keep his DC hotel as president,” CREW’s head Noah Bookbinder said.
“He should have divested himself of it along with the rest of his businesses before taking office. Instead, he rode out four years of using it for influence peddling and constitutional violations.”
Altogether, domestic political groups spent $3 million at the hotel across some 40 political events during the Trump era.
Special interest groups, such as the American Petroleum Institute, often took part in White House meetings alongside a hotel event, and many secured favorable policy outcomes, according to CREW.
AFP reached out to the Trump Organization, but there was no response.
The former president handed control of his businesses to his two adult sons and a trustee when he entered the White House, promising not to get involved while in reality promoting the venues at every opportunity.
Meanwhile, the Trump Organization pledged to donate its profits from foreign governments to the US Treasury.
Built in the 1890s, the 12-story Old Post Office that houses the Trump International is the third-tallest building in the capital, after the Washington Monument and National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Scheduled for demolition several times, it was bailed out in 2011 when Trump pipped Hilton and Hyatt with a bid pledging to sink $200 million into a makeover.
The hotel opened in the fall of 2016, a few months before Trump entered the White House, effectively making the new president his own landlord, in violation of a provision banning elected officials from “any share” of the lease.
A review of rates by AFP found the least expensive room around the end of November would cost $512 per night. A night in the Franklin Suite, including breakfast in bed, was on offer for a cool $12,109.98.
But the sky-high prices did not translate into profit.
Investigators in Congress found the hotel lost more than $70 million during Trump’s presidency, concluding that he had “grossly exaggerated” its profits.
The Trump Organization called the report “intentionally misleading, irresponsible and unequivocally false” and described it as “political harassment.”
But reports in US media have chronicled low occupancy as the Trump International has struggled to contend with the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Trump Organization sold the lease for a reported $375 million to an investment fund, which plans to reopen the hotel in the first months of 2022 as a Waldorf Astoria.
“The Trump Hotel DC stood as a bright neon sign telling foreign countries and moneyed interests how to bribe the president and a stark reminder to Americans that his decisions as president were just as likely to be about his bottom line as about our interests,” CREW’s Bookbinder added.
“Selling it now that he’s out of office and the grift dried up is, to say the least, too little, too late.”

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Scotland Detects 6 Cases Of New Covid-19 Variant; Uk Total Rises To 11

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Six cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant have been identified in Scotland, taking the UK’s total to 11 following three cases in England last week and two in London on Monday. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said the latest two cases found in Camden and Wandsworth areas of London have links to travel in southern Africa.

Earlier on Monday, the Scottish government said four cases have been found in Lanarkshire and two in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. While all of England’s detected cases have a travel link with southern Africa, some of the people identified in Scotland have no travel history and may have caught the potentially highly transmissible variant in the community.

“On some of the cases, we are aware that there is no travel history involved. So, what that tells us is that there must be a degree of community transmission of this particular strain of the virus,” Scotland Deputy First Minister John Swinney told the BBC in reference to the cases detected in Scotland. But the minister reiterated that it is too early to say whether even tougher social distancing norms may be required against what is feared to be a potentially highly infectious variant and its response to current vaccines is yet to be fully determined.

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“This will be a worrying time for the six people now identified as having the new variant, said Scotland Health Secretary Humza Yousaf. All will receive expert help and support and Public Health Scotland will undertake enhanced contact tracing in all cases. This will help establish the origin of the virus and any further individuals they have come into contact with in recent weeks,” he said.

Omicron was first reported in South Africa and cases have been detected in countries across the world, including Australia, Germany, Israel and Hong Kong. Ten countries in southern Africa have been added to the UK’s travel ban “red list” in response and all overseas travellers arriving into the UK from Tuesday will need to take a PCR test.
Meanwhile, the UK’s vaccine advisory body backed an expansion of the COVID-19 booster vaccine scheme to all adults aged over 18. Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), has said it would be “sensible” to cut the current six-month time gap between doses and extend boosters to the under-40s as part of a planned “boost the booster” drive to protect against COVID-19.

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