Princess Anne granted Banger, in Northern Ireland, the city status which was received as part of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The Royal Family website explained: “The Princess Royal officially conferred city status on Bangor in a special ceremony at Bangor Castle.”
For the event, Princess Anne chose a festive outfit: a two-piece tartan suit consisting of a skirt and a navy blazer with red buttons on the front.
The royal seemed to be wearing a white blouse underneath and combined the suit with a pair of black boots and an elegant black handbag.
The Princess Royal donned a pair of gold and pearl drop earrings and a rare brooch which hasn’t been seen in any recent outings.
The gold jewel featured a leaf shape and little blue, green and red gemstones in the centre.
During the event at Bangor Castle, children from Bangor Central Integrated Primary School and students from Bangor Academy, Bangor Grammar, Glenlola, St Columbanus and SERC, went to the Castle to welcome the Princess.
Princess Anne also met the local Sea Cadets, who provided a “guard of honour”, and representatives from the Coastguard and RNLI.
As part of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this year, Bangor’s city status was granted.
The royal also unveiled the Letters Patent, which is the legal instrument issued by King Charles III to formally confirm the status of “city”.
The Princess also met local organisations who had supported the bid, including Bangor Marine, the developers of Queen’s Parade and members of the Chamber of Commerce among others.
At night, the royal attended a reception in Belfast to mark 50 years since Lady Mary Peter’s iconic Olympic gold medal win at Munich in 1972.
For the formal occasion, she changed into a shimmery navy ensemble. Princess Anne donned a short navy blazer with a collar featuring a floral pattern which matched the midi skirt’s print.
Crisscut Magazine estimated the brooch could be worth £500,000 and it was first purchased by the Princess of Wales in 1866 as a wedding present to her sister Empress Maria Feodorovna.
When Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952, the brooch was passed down to her and she was pictured wearing it with and without the pearl drop.
Princess Anne is Patron of the Mary Peter’s Trust which Mary established with the aim of supporting young sports people from across Northern Ireland to enable them to attain their individual sporting goals.
Old rivals Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora collide on Saturday night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in front of 60,000 supporters as the pair look to serve up a memorable heavyweight trilogy clash. The bout has been heavily scrutinised given the one-sided nature of both of the Gypsy King’s previous victories over Chisora in 2011 and 2014 but he was willing to give his old foe another shot at glory as the 38-year-old veteran closes in on retirement.
Fury’s WBC heavyweight world title will be placed on the line as he looks to move closer to an undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk in 2023.
Negotiations between the two champions broke down several months ago in the aftermath of Usyk’s successful title defence against Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia in August before Fury and his team moved onto the prospect of an all-British matchup with AJ.
But to Fury’s frustration, Joshua and Eddie Hearn stalled on the deal before Frank Warren drafted in Chisora to save their December date at Tottenham with the Gypsy King desperate to remain active after U-turning on his decision to retire.
Chisora remains confident he can upset the odds despite his undeniable underdog status. He will need to pull off something spectacular if he is to somehow edge the Gyspy King in north London with Fury arguably in the best form of his career.
The WBC champion is still yet to taste defeat in 33 bout (32 wins, one draw) after previously stopping Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in April with a thunderous sixth-round uppercut.
Meanwhile, Chisora is no stranger to a defeat having lost 12 times in 45 outings since making his professional debut way back in 2007. He bounced back from three consecutive defeats to Usyk and Joseph Parker (twice) by outpointing Kubrat Pulev in London in July.
The two Brits have both agreed to stay in the middle of the ring and stand and trade come the sound of the first bell. Whether they will stick to that promise remains to be seen.
Daniel Dubois is also in action on the undercard when he defends his WBA world interim heavyweight world title against Kevin Lerena.
Express Sport will be across all of the action which you can follow below…
The Pride And Prejudice novelist, born in 1775 in Hampshire, beat Harry Potter creator JK Rowling to top spot. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl came joint third with William Shakespeare.
The poll of 2,000 Britons was for Amazon Books to celebrate the work of its charitable arm, the Amazon Literary Partnership.
Lord Of The Rings creator JRR Tolkien and Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also made the list.
A fifth of those quizzed believe they have a novel in them – they just need the space and time to write it.
Darren Hardy, at the online giant, said: “British authors continue to be much loved by readers.
However, when it comes to writing we know that there are so many more, often underrepresented, voices out there.”
Comedian and presenter Sandi Toksvig has been admitted to hospital in Australia with bronchial pneumonia.
The 64-year-old, known for hosting the Great British Bake Off and QI, has subsequently cancelled a string of tour dates.
A statement on Toksvig’s Twitter said: “Due to illness, Sandi has cancelled the New Zealand leg of her tour.
“She has been admitted to hospital with bronchial pneumonia while still in Australia and is unable to travel & perform.”
Bronchial pneumonia is a type of pneumonia featuring acute inflammation of the bronchi, the two large tubes that carry air from the windpipe to the lungs, and is often accompanied by inflamed patches in the nearby lobules.
Toksvig was due to begin the New Zealand leg of her tour on Sunday, visiting Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.
She has just completed a string of live dates in Australia, visiting cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Her show, titled Sandi Toksvig Live!, is described as being “an evening of comedy and curiosities” in which she shares “little known facts” and tells “tall tales” alongside some “really silly jokes”.
Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose has said he will no longer throw his microphone into the crowd at the end of concerts after a woman was struck, leaving her bloodied and bruised.
The rock star said he would stop performing his trademark finale act “in the interest of public safety”, following the incident in Adelaide, Australia.
Fan Rebecca Howe was hit by the mic on the bridge of her nose following the band’s final song, Take Me Down To Paradise City.
Footage from the concert shows the moment the 60-year-old singer threw the microphone into the audience before throwing his arms in the air.
Another video does not capture the moment Ms Howe was hit, but shows fans scrambling to get the memento.
Writing on social media, Rose said: “It’s come to my attention that a fan may have been hurt at our show in Adelaide, Australia, possibly being hit by the microphone at the end of the show when I traditionally toss the mic to the fans.
“If true, obviously we don’t want anyone getting hurt or to somehow, in anyway, hurt anyone at any of our show anywhere.
“Having tossed the mic at the end of our show for over 30 years, we always felt it was a known part of the very end of our performance that fans wanted and were aware of, to have an opportunity to catch the mic.
“Regardless, in the interest of public safety from now on we’ll refrain from tossing the mic or anything to fans during, or at, our performances.”
He added: “Unfortunately there are those that for their own reasons chose to frame their reporting regarding this subject in a more negative n’ irresponsible out of nowhere light which couldn’t be farther from reality. We hope the public and of course fans get that sometimes happens.
“A BIG THANKS to everyone for understanding.”
Ms Howe, who suffered two black eyes and cuts to her nose, told Australian media: “He took a bow and then he launched the microphone out to the crowd … and then bang, right on the bridge of my nose.”
“My mind went, ‘Oh my God, my face is caved in.
“I had blood dripping down the front of me.
She added: “What if it was a couple of inches to the right or left? I could have lost an eye… what if it hit me in the mouth and I broke my teeth?
“If my head was turned and it hit me in the temple, it could have killed me.”
Ms Howe also felt shocked by the behaviour of others fans despite her injury.
She sad: “There was this huge kerfuffle as this man tried to get the microphone… he held it up like a victory, ‘I got it, I got it’, while I was trying to keep my composure.”
When we think of spies on screen we tend to think of James Bond or Ethan Hunt – super slick, gadget laden and seemingly impossible to kill, they make spying look like the best job in the world.
Slow Horses gives us the anthesis of that.
Based on a series of books by mystery writer Mick Herron, they tell the story of the titular Slow Horses – a group of spies who for various (often embarrassing) reasons have been outcast from working at the main MI5 building, and instead find themselves doing largely boring work under the leadership of Jackson Lamb – a seemingly gross and mean manager, who through his mockery and insight might just be teaching them how to get good at their jobs.
Lamb, known for farting, guzzling down takeaway food and having holes in his socks, is very far removed from 007, and Gary Oldman who plays him, told Backstage, the TV and film podcast from Sky News, that’s one of the great things about the show.
“I think that you go and see something like a James Bond movie – I certainly remember as a kid, you know, wanting to be in that world – you go, ‘Wow, who wouldn’t want to be James Bond?’,” Oldman said.
“He can shoot 10 bad guys, fall off a building and then just dust off his tuxedo, you know what I mean?
“With Slow Horses, I think maybe some of the characters you watch, you go, ‘Oh thank God I’m not like that’ – it’s the total reverse.”
Jack Lowden who plays an operative desperate to be a field agent, says the drama’s charm lies in its authenticity – what he refers to as the “M25ness” of the action.
He explained to Backstage: “They meet in lay-bys and service stations rather than on romantic cliff edges or anything like that or dangling from a plane – so it’s definitely cheaper.
“But no, it’s great to play, and it takes less imagination in a way, and it means that we can really just focus on the interplay between the characters and how they operate as people – it’s my favourite thing about it.”
Also returning for the second series is Kristin Scott Thomas, whose character Diana Taverner is the deputy director-general of MI5, and often at odds with her Slough House counterparts.
She says being on the show has given her some insight in to the kind of spy she would make.
“I’d be completely rubbish, I know that, but it’s fun pretending,” Scott Thomas explained.
“I think it’s quite fun to play somebody who has such incredibly strong antennae and who can pick up things and can sort of pre-empt what people are going to do.
“It’s great fun playing somebody who has who is so in tune with her environment.”
Saskia Reeves, who plays Lamb’s often maligned office administrator Katherine Standish says she’s delighted the show – which has already been renewed for a third and fourth series – is continuing.
“I love my character, I love Katherine.
“I was so happy when I got given the chance to play her and I’ve read all of the books and I know where she’s [going], it’s just fantastic.”
“And it’s lovely to play a woman of a certain age and not have to pretend to be something else, you know? I like that.”
It seems there is some cross-over between the worlds of spying and acting – with both requiring a certain amount of pretence.
Lowden says that’s something he’s picked up on, though his series gives a less glamorous take on the undercover profession.
He said: “Funnily enough, I watched a film the other night, which was about a true story about a sting operation that the police did, an undercover operation, and it really did strike me when I watched that was how much acting actually has to be at play, to trap people.
“And I wonder if they kind of like try an accent or, you know, a moustache – I think there’s massive crossovers.
“And how much, as someone told us, how much our industry has done for the intelligence industry in terms of recruitment – our industry makes it look a lot sexier than it probably is… maybe not this though.”
Slow Horses series 2 is streaming now on Apple TV+
Balenciaga’s creative designer has personally apologised for the fashion house’s latest campaign, which was criticised by the likes of Kim Kardashian, admitting it was “inappropriate” and the “wrong artistic choice”.
Demna Gvasalia said he takes responsibility for the scandal and that despite wanting to “provoke a thought” through his work, he would never have done so with the subject of child abuse.
Images for the campaign included children holding teddy bears dressed in BDSM-style clothes and surrounded by an assortment of other items.
The backlash was exacerbated when photos of a second campaign collaboration with Adidas showed a bag placed on legal documents that were related to child pornography.
The French-owned fashion house has since deleted its Instagram post showing the campaign, but not before it sparked major furore online, including from 42-year-old Kim Kardashian.
After remaining silent for a few days, Kardashian issued a statement on social media after becoming embroiled in the ad campaign controversy as an ambassador for Balenciaga, and said she was “re-evaluating my relationship” with the brand.
In an online message, Georgian fashion designer Mr Gvasalia wrote: “I want to personally apologize for the wrong artistic choice of concept for the gifting campaign with the kids and I take my responsibility.
“It was inappropriate to have kids promote objects that had nothing to do with them.
“As much as I would sometimes like to provoke a thought through my work, I would NEVER have an intention to do that with such an awful subject as child abuse that I condemn. Period.”
He added that he would engage with child protection organisations to learn how to “contribute and help on this terrible subject”.
“I apologize to anyone offended by the visuals and Balenciaga has guaranteed that adequate measures will be taken not only to avoid similar mistakes in the future but also to take accountability in protecting child welfare in every way we can,” he wrote.
Mr Gvasalia also posted a statement from Balenciaga’s chief executive Cedric Charbit, which stated the fashion house’s “process for content validation has failed, and we recognize the need to do better”.
The statement added that the house has “decided not to pursue litigation” and that it wants to “learn, help and contribute to protect children”.
In her own statement, Kardashian said she stayed quiet in the days since the campaign was first posted online because she wanted to speak with the brand to “understand for myself how this could have happened”.
She wrote: “I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened.
“As a mother of four, I have been shaken by the disturbing images.
“The safety of children must be held with the highest regard and any attempts to normalize child abuse of any kind should have no place in our society – period.”
She continued: “I appreciate Balenciaga’s removal of the campaigns and apology.
“In speaking with them, I believe they understand the seriousness of the issue and will take the necessary measures for this to never happen again.”