The birth of the royal baby will boost food and drink sales as Brits toast to his birth
The birth of a son to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is expected to raise food and drink sales in Britain.
Food Navigator is reporting that the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son will cause a spike in the sale of British foods and drinks and patriotic Brits toast to the new life.
Joanne Denney-Finch, IGD chief executive, says “in recent years national events such as the Royal Wedding and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee were accompanied by a rise in food and grocery sales as shoppers celebrated at home with families and friends.”
Though the birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s son is not a national holiday, she expects that this will be another “oasis moment” that will encourage shoppers to by British products.
The McMullen Brewery has created the Heir Raiser beer as their way of celebrating the birth of the new prince.
The birth could add more than £240M to the British economy in additional sales of food, drink, and memorabilia according to the Centre for Retail Research.
You'll probably start to be aware of some movement when you're about 18 weeks to 20 weeks pregnant (Murray and Hassall 2014, RCOG 2019) .
If this is your first pregnancy, it may take you a bit longer to realise that those gentle fluttering feelings in your tummy (quickening) are your baby's movements (NHS 2018, RCOG 2019, Tommy's 2018a) .
If you've had a baby before, you'll know the tell-tale signs, and may notice your baby moving around as early as 16 weeks (RCOG 2019) .
Either way, if you haven't felt any movement from your baby by 24 weeks, see your midwife (NHS 2018, RCOG 2019, Tommy's 2018a) . She'll listen for your baby's heartbeat to check all is well (NHS 2018, RCOG 2019, Tommy's 2018a) . She may also arrange an ultrasound scan or other checks if she thinks they’re needed (RCOG 2019, Tommy's 2018a) .
Sources said the Duchess 'hasn't been at all well' as she battles hyperemesis gravidarum, which causes severe vomiting in expectant mothers.
Illness: Kate, 32, is around fourteen weeks pregnant with her second child, and has taken refuge with her parents and Prince George due to her antenatal sickness
Her mother Carole Middleton has apparently helped to take charge of her recovery and has been researching alternative sickness cures, such as herbal tea, on the internet.
And despite the presence of Spanish nanny Maria Borallo, Mrs Middleton has also been taking George off her daughter's hands. She has been seen in local shops with her 15-month-old grandson, prompting one startled assistant to write on Twitter: 'Served Kate Middleton's mum and Prince George today at work. He is gorgeous!'
The Duchess says she feels far more relaxed at the Middleton family's £5million Georgian mansion, Bucklebury Manor, than at Kensington Palace.
Baby number two: Kate was hospitalised with hyperemesis gravidarum and severe dehydration during her first pregnancy with George
One source told the Mail: 'Kate is feeling so lousy that she just wanted to be with her family and out of public view.
'She is extremely close to Carole, who is very much a hands-on grandmother. Between her and their nanny, Maria, Kate has all the help she needs with George while she is feeling so sick.
'And Bucklebury is somewhere she can just relax and be herself.'
The Duchess – who has now returned to London – has not been seen in public since palace officials were forced to announce her pregnancy last month, several weeks earlier than intended due to her sickness.
Kate was hospitalised with hyperemesis gravidarum and severe dehydration during her first pregnancy with George. But doctors have been better prepared this time and may, some medical experts have suggested, even have treated her with a drip at home.
A source added: 'Don't be fooled by the fact that she hasn't been admitted to hospital this time. She is just as poorly. The difference is that her doctors have been able to diagnose and treat her quicker. She really hasn't been at all well, though.'
The Duchess was forced to cancel her first solo overseas visit – a trip to Malta – last month because of the severity of her condition. Last fortnight she also reluctantly cancelled a visit to a project by The Art Room in London and several other forthcoming engagements have now been scratched out of her diary.
Caitlin Dean, of the charity Pregnancy Sickness Support, said: 'Hyperemesis gravidarum is not morning sickness. It is a chronic and debilitating condition that can cause sufferers to vomit up to 30 times a day.'
WHAT IS HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM AND HOW CAN IT BE TREATED?
Hyperemesis gravidarum affects about 15 per cent of all pregnancies.
The condition is thought to be caused by elevated levels of ‘pregnancy hormone’ HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, which increases after conception.
It causes severe vomiting and can lead to dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine, called ketosis.
It is much more serious than the nausea commonly experienced by expectant mothers.
The severe dehydration puts both mother and baby at risk of being deprived of essential nutrients and sufferers can be left vomiting up to 30 times a day, with exhausting and hazardous consequences.
They cannot eat or drink without retching and may lose up to 10 per cent of their body weight when they are supposed to be gaining about 1lb a week.
It can trigger a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine known as ketosis as the body tries to compensate for lack of food.
Hyperemesis sufferers can also experience acid reflux, where stomach acid keeps repeating up the throat.
Hospital treatment for these women is essential, as without intravenous feeding and fluids they are at risk of becoming dangerously dehydrated.
Treatment typically includes an injection of the drug heparin to protect against blood clots triggered by dehydration, as well as supplementation of vitamin B, one of the vitamins most depleted by the condition.
An intravenous infusion of saline for rehydration is standard practice.
The condition can also affect the baby’s development and there is a risk it will be premature or have a very low birth weight. In severe cases, the sickness can trigger a miscarriage.
Chocolate sweet treat recipes for summer celebrations
To finish alfresco lunches, dinners, picnics, Father’s Day lunches and end of lockdown celebrations on a sweet note, Guylian has created a selection of recipes all finished with Guylian Belgian Chocolate:
· Chocolate Eton Mess – a British classic with a chocolatey twist
· Triple Chocolate Panna Cotta – an elegant but simple make-ahead dessert which is perfect for packing in picnics
· Chocolate Victoria Sponge – the perfect sweet treat to share with friends and family
· These recipes are from Guylian’s Spring Finishing Touches Recipe collection and available to download from:
CHOCOLATE ETON MESS by Jane Saunders @jane_littlesugarsnaps
Created in partnership with the talented Jane Saunders, this recipe for Chocolate Eton Mess gives the British classic a delightful makeover. Homemade meringues flavoured with chocolate and hazelnuts paired with fresh raspberries, cream and the crowning glory, a creamy hazelnut praliné Guylian Sea Shells.
· ½ tsp cider or white wine vinegar
· 1 tbsp finely grated chocolate
· 6 Guylian Sea Shell or Sea Horse chocolates
1. Preheat the oven to 120C/ 250F/ Gas Mark 0.5 and line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment
2. Finely chop the hazelnuts
3. Mix half the cocoa into the caster sugar (sieve the cocoa if it is lumpy)
4. Use electric beaters to whisk the egg whites in a medium-sized bowl until foamy. Beat in the vinegar, followed by the cornflour, then continue to beat until the whites form firm peaks
5. Add the sugar mix to the egg whites 1 dessert spoon at a time, beating continuously (this will take 2-3 minutes). Once all the sugar has been added, continue to beat the eggs for a further minute, by which time the mixture should be thick and glossy
6. Sieve the remaining cocoa powder into the bowl and scatter half of the hazelnuts onto the top. Use a large metal spoon to fold them through briefly, then add half of the grated chocolate and fold through again
7. Spoon the mixture into a large piping bag fitted with a wide star nozzle and pipe 12 rosettes approx. 4cm in diameter onto the baking sheet. Use the remaining meringue to pipe as many 2cm diameter rosettes as possible. Scatter 1 tsp of the grated chocolate over the rosettes
8. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. The smaller meringues will be crisp throughout by this stage, but the large meringues will have a little chewy softness inside of them, adding extra texture to the final dessert. Set aside to cool
9. Take half of the raspberries and place in a fine-meshed sieve suspended over a bowl. Add 1 tbsp of icing sugar and use a metal dessert spoon to press the fruit through the sieve to form a coulis. Keep on pressing until all of the pulp has fallen through the sieve into the bowl and just the seeds are left behind. Scrape the back of the sieve into the bowl and stir the sauce well
10. Put the cream into another bowl along with the remaining icing sugar and the vanilla bean paste. Whip until soft peaks form
11. Gather 6 serving glasses and layer up the dessert, starting with a little cream, a few fresh raspberries, a drizzle of the raspberry coulis, a few chopped hazelnuts and some meringue rosettes. Keep on layering up until all of ingredients have been used up. Garnish with the remaining grated chocolate and a Guylian Sea Shell or Sea Horse Chocolate
12. These desserts are best served immediately but can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Remove from the fridge 30 minutes prior to serving to take the chill off and let the flavours come through
TRIPLE CHOCOLATE PANNA COTTA by Rachel Phipps @missrachelphipps
This easy yet impressive Triple Chocolate Panna Cotta with layers of milk, white and dark chocolate panna cotta is made extra special with the finishing touch of a Guylian Sea Horse for an elegant but super simple make-ahead dessert.
For the Milk Chocolate Layer
· 30g milk chocolate (approx. 35% cocoa solids)
· 1 leaf platinum grade gelatine
For the White Chocolate Layer
· 1 leaf platinum grade gelatine
For the Dark Chocolate Layer
· 40g dark chocolate (approx. 70% cocoa solids)
· 1 leaf platinum grade gelatine
· 6 x Guylian Sea Horse chocolates
1. Start with the milk chocolate layer. Combine the cream, milk and sugar in a small saucepan. Gently warm it over a medium high heat until very, very hot, but not quite boiling. Meanwhile, finely chop the chocolate and leave the gelatine leaf to soak in a small dish of ice-cold water.
2. Whisk the chocolate until fully melted and no bits remain. Switch to a heatproof spatula to make sure there are no large pieces of chocolate stuck to the bottom.
3. Squeeze any excess liquid out of the gelatine sheet - now, it should be soft and totally limp. Stir it into the chocolate mixture until dissolved. Use the spatula to do this as the whisk will create bubbles that will be captured in your panna cotta.
4. Divide the chocolate mix between 6 small glasses (I used measuring scales to ensure even layers) and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
5. Once the milk chocolate layer is set (it should have a bit of wibble but be solid, not liquid), repeat with the white chocolate layer. When it comes to pouring the hot chocolate mix over the cooled milk chocolate layer, pour it on as fast as you can to keep even layers.
6. Once you have added the dark chocolate layer chill for at least another 2 hours. Remove from the fridge for 1 hour before adding the finishing touch of a Guylian Sea Horse chocolate just before serving.
CHOCOLATE VICTORIA SPONGE WITH FRESH CREAM by Marjella @pavlovaandcream. The perfect sweet treat to share with friends and family alike.
· 225g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
· 50g dark or milk cocoa powder
· 8 Guylian Sea Horse chocolates
· Edible flowers if required
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°c or gas mark 4
2. Lightly grease 2 x 20cm (8 inch) sandwich tins
3. Cream together the butter and the sugar
4. Gradually beat in the eggs one by one. If the mixture starts to curdle, sieve in a tablespoon of flour
5. Using a metal spoon, fold in the rest of the sieved flour and cocoa powder
6. Divide the mixture between the 2 tins and bake for approx. 25 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and leave to cool for about 25 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack
7. If your bottom layer is slightly raised, trim the raised part to make it even all over. Spread a layer of jam 2-3mm thick on the bottom base. A knife is useful for this
8. Whisk the cream until quite stiff and put into the piping bag. A handy tip is to place the piping bag over a tall glass, while you fill it up
9. For the top layer, evenly pipe 8 rosettes on the outer edge of the layer. Place a Guylian Sea Horse on top of each one of the rosettes. To add a splash of colour, you can add edible flowers
10. For the middle, pipe the remaining cream on top of the jam layer. Gently place the top layer on top of the bottom
11. Serve and enjoy. Due to the fresh cream, this cake is best eaten within 24 hours.
Kettering landlords encouraged to rent to homeless families through new incentive
Kettering Council has introduced a new scheme to encourage private landlords to rent out their properties to homeless households ahead of an expected surge in evictions.
The authority’s housing team has come up with a new scheme to try and relieve homelessness in the borough, which has rocketed in recent years, and is expected to rise again when landlords, currently banned from evicting tenants under emergency coronavirus measures, can once again show tenants the door from August 23.
The new scheme – called Kettering Lettings Plus – was rubber stamped by the authority’s executive on Wednesday and sets out a new package of measures to entice private landlords such as the council putting up a month’s rent in advance, providing financial guarantees and funding a damage deposit.
Grants of up to £1,000 can already be claimed by landlords to spend on works to help get their homes up to a local authority lettable standard and they can also apply for discretionary payments from the council if a change in a tenant’s circumstances leads to financial difficulties for the landlord.
Previously the authority’s housing department, which has a statutory duty to help prevent homelessness, had been trying to use affordable rented housing to place homeless households, but the housing has become increasingly scarce.
Over recent months through two new dedicated staff members, it has been forging relationships with the private sector to come up with the new scheme to help ensure tenants at risk of eviction can stay in the property as well as creating a new system whereby it has a bank of private rented houses to use. A pilot scheme involving five new tenancies has been trialled already using previously empty properties.
The report that went before the council’s executive committee said: “Working more closely with the private rented sector (PRS) would help the council in preventing and relieving homelessness.
“The loss of a PRS assured shorthold tenancy is consistently the highest cause of homelessness locally. Whilst the Government has temporarily paused evictions due to Covid-19, we expect a surge in evictions once landlords are able to pursue possession action again. The council is therefore keen to have additional tools at its disposal to negotiate new PRS tenancies and prevent evictions wherever possible. Our new PRS Access scheme aims to overcome challenges in both accessing and sustaining PRS tenancies.”
It continues: “The project is about building confidence amongst local PRS landlords and using the PRS to successfully accommodate more complex and vulnerable homeless households.
“In this respect Kettering Council needs to invest in ensuring PRS tenancies are sustained by providing practical support and financial incentives to landlords and working towards the council being a credible partner and low risk solution for PRS landlords to obtain tenants. The PRS Access project therefore has two components: 1. Practical support for vulnerable tenants and their landlords provided by specialist housing staff 2. Financial incentive package for landlords”.
Between now and April 2020 the council hopes to create 24 new tenancies under the scheme and to prevent a further 12 from failing. It says the private rented sector is more willing than before to work with the council, which it says is most likely due to the uncertain economic environment.
The move was welcomed by the opposition, but despite calling the scheme ‘imaginative and clever’ Labour leader Mick Scrimshaw said the move was a sticking plaster rather than a permanent solution.
He said: “For every time you’ve heard me calling for things to help the homeless, you’ll have also heard me talk about the reason we have our problem and that is quite simply a lack of local social housing. I don’t intend to go on again about how that has been caused by a generation of lack of council investment, but we all know the housing crisis will only really be solved when that is addressed.
“In the meantime we have this proposal which says “the council wants to reduce its reliance on the social rented sector…and make more use of …private rented properties”.
“That sounds like a policy shift to me, and if so it’s the wrong one! Yes, we should be using the private rented sector but only because the social sector isn’t currently able to provide. It’s a sticking plaster solution, although I will accept an unfortunately necessary one, but it is not the permanent answer.
“This proposal will help desperate people, but let’s not kid ourselves, it will also use public money to subsidise the private sector. Part of this proposal will allow for private landlords to have small repairs and redecorating paid for them.”
Over the past few years a wave of homelessness has hit the Kettering authority, largely driven by families being evicted by private landlords and then going to the council for assistance. In September last year the authority was housing 234 families in temporary accommodation.
The authority hopes that if successful the scheme could be taken on by the North Northants unitary council which is set to be created in April 2020 and will see the four borough and districts in the area plus the county council merged.
Police issue urgent warning to Asda shoppers
Almost one hundred shoppers have reported fake Asda emails being sent to them by scammers.
The false emails offer people the chance to win a £1,000 gift card for the supermarket in exchange for entering their details.
Posting on Twitter, Action Fraud wrote: "We have received over 97 reports about these FAKE Asda emails offering the chance to win a £1,000 gift card."
"If you have been sent an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): [email protected] "
It&aposs not the first time this summer Asda customers have been targeted, with fake Facebook competitions as well as dodgy Whatsapp messages all promising shoppers rewards, reports the Mirror.
But entering your details for the chance to win could cause a huge problem.
Cyber expert Andy Heather, from anti-fraud website Centrify, said: "With the majority of people still working from home or on furlough due to the Covid-19 crisis, we’re seeing a sharp rise in online scams offering everything from gift cards to discounts on everyday essentials.
"Failure to identify and avoid these scams could cause a serious security headache for consumers, especially if they are using company-owned laptops and mobile devices and inadvertently putting their employer at risk of fraud.
"All it takes is for a hacker to get hold of a username and password and within minutes they will be able to access email accounts and impersonate workers in an effort to commit widespread fraud, so it’s vital companies invest in the latest cyber security systems to ensure fraudsters are locked out of the business at all times."
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- The Duchess of Cambridge, 36, is due to welcome her third child this month
- A Chinese horoscope expert explained how one can predict the baby's gender
- Ancient birth chart takes into account mother's age and month of conception
Published: 15:05 BST, 18 April 2018 | Updated: 08:35 BST, 19 April 2018
With the arrival of the royal baby expected in the next few weeks, speculation is mounting over whether William and Kate will welcome a little prince or princess.
And while the royal couple have chosen to keep the gender a surprise, an expert in Chinese horoscope claims this ancient birth chart could hold the answer.
Kay Tom, a Leicester-based master in feng shui and horoscopes at the Energy Specialist, explains how the Chinese birth chart uses the mother's age and the month of conception to determine whether a baby will be a boy or a girl.
Scroll down to see the chart
Baby boy on the way? An expert in Chinese horoscope claims an ancient birth chart could predict whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a son or a daughter
In the case of the Cambridges, the chart points to a little brother for Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two.
Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, Ms Tom said: '[It] is an ancient tool the origins of which date back through many Dynasties of the Imperial Courts of China from as long ago as 3000 years. For this reason, the principles of the study of a birth chart is not an urban myth or old wives' tale.
The title Meghan Markle will take and why she won't ever be a princess
In April 2011, Kate Middleton walked into Westminster Abbey and walked out as the Duchess of Cambridge.
And following the announcement of Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle, many royal fans will be wondering what title the actress will take on, reports the Daily Mail.
While many would presume that Meghan would take on the title of Princess having married a Prince, this is not the case.
Meghan will not be addressed as Princess Meghan - an honour reserved for women, like Princess Charlotte, born into the Royal Family. A possible title for Meghan would be HRH Princess Henry of Wales.
It is likely that the couple will, like Kate and William, be awarded a dukedom by the Monarch on the occasion of their wedding, with Vogue reporting that the newlyweds will become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
It is likely that the Queen will grant the couple a dukedom and Sussex is a likely title for the pair having not been in the royal family since 1843.
Meghan's status as a divorcee also throws a potential hurdle (she divorced producer Trevor Engelson in 2013) but there's precedent for royals marrying divorcées, with both Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles divorced before they tied the knot in 2005./>It is likely that the Queen will grant the couple a dukedom and Sussex is a likely title for the pair having not been in the royal family since 1843. Photo / Getty Images
Under the British Monarchy, the Prince or Princess title is only given to those who are born into royalty, meaning that if Meghan and Harry were to have children they would be referred to as princes and princesses.
The same went for Kate and William at their wedding six years ago with Wills adding Duke to his own title after the Queen granted the couple with a 'dukedom'.
Kate is only bestowed the royal title in reference to her husband known as Princess William, and once he inherits his father's title she can then be referred to as Princess of Wales.
Page 2 | To be upset at my parents
Bit of background story.
Moved to the UK 5 years ago for DH, we work 90 miles away (see each other Thurs-Sun) and I'm currently 37+2 weeks pg. Due to DH having only 1 week paternity leave and baby expected for July, my parents convinced me to be back to my hot home country to give birth. It's my first pregnancy and I'm scared as hell of hospitals due to childhood experiences, so I have also a planned C-section for the underlying medical reasons. There are 35 degrees outside, my bump is absolutely huge, my legs look like tree trunks, I can barely walk and my hormones are out of control. DH has been flying from the UK and back every weekend since I'm here (left a couple of hours ago, will be back in 9 days for my hospital admissions).
Parents' house where Im now has several stairs and 6 mezzanine floors, so moving things or even getting to the loo is a nightmare both for me and my mum who has knee problems. Dad does everything for us (with a lot of grumpiness). When DH is here, he does absolutely everything he is asked to, but he tends to be a bit messy (e.g. leaving shoes at the entrance, here not common as no carpets) and not to think autonomously to do something when it's not directly asked to. I normally try to balance his standards with theirs looking after his mess (for me perfectly tolerable btw), but at the moment I can't make it due to my physical condition. I do that on one hand because I found their tidiness expectations excessive, and on the other because besides this he is an absolutely lovely DH and he's going to be the best dad I could have dreamt for DS.
After he took the bus to the airport this afternoon, they started shouting at me and went on for more than two hours because they found mine and his behaviour fully disrespectful, as apparently:
- I don't respect my dad doing things for us as I don't shout at DH
- I don't respect my mum's pain because I'm only concentrated on myself while everybody has been pregnant and it's natural and I'm going to be facilitated by the c-section and my aunt was standing up and ironing the day after the c-section (?) and blah blah blah
- We both apparently don't appreciate the economical sacrifices they have done for us organising our wedding, helping us with the house deposit, buying things for the baby and every time they visit in the UK, while in-laws did nothing but they look like angels as they don't complain (they barely survive with a single minimum pension, while parents have more money, and we NEVER asked explicitly for the contributions they made, they volunteered saying no problem)
I have been crying for the last 2 hours and I'm just thanking God that I'm forced back to the UK mid-August if I want to be within the "maximum 90 days abroad" term that would allow me to apply to UK passport in November, but I really don't know how to stand them until then, thinking also when the baby will be born and I'll be also sleep deprived. I have been out of house at 18, earning my own money at 23, abroad since at 25, just don't find fair to be blackmailed on never asked economical terms and to be treated like this at 35 while heavily pregnant. AIBU?
Lockdown refund rules for gyms, weddings, holidays and MoTs
England has suddenly been plunged into a second lockdown which makes a number of things illegal - including going to the gym, going on holiday and weddings.
And with many of us now off work, or facing reduced hours because of coronavirus, lockdown and furlough, it is essential to get back every penny you are owed.
If you have paid for things you are not currently able to use - you may be able to get a refund, reports The Mirror.
Here are your refund rights for some common outgoings that will be disrupted in England this month.
Gyms cannot open in England during the lockdown. If you have a subscription, you are entitled to a refund for November.
Contact your gym for details. Alternatively, you could ask them to extend your membership by another month when the current term comes to an end.
Weddings cannot go ahead in November - so if you have anything booked you are entitled to a refund.
This will include venues, catering, photography etc. Alternatively, you may just want to agree a new date with all your providers.
All holidays are banned under England&aposs lockdown rules. Ask your holiday provider if it is going ahead - this will force them to confirm the cancellation.
If you cancel, your refund may be more difficult to come by. But if the company cancels, then they will have to pay up.
You can still view houses for sale and you can still physically move home, but only if you can do so whilst being ‘Covid safe’.
MoTs and services are still allowed in lockdown. If your vehicle is due to have its MOT this month, it is important that you get this done.
The position in relation to the above matters is different in Northern Ireland and Scotland, where there is currently no national lockdown but instead tiered restrictions.
The restrictions in Wales end on Monday.
If any of these restrictions cause a business to cancel a service, you will be entitled to a refund.