Meghan Markle has arrived at Buckingham Palace to join members of the royal family at the Queen's annual Christmas lunch. Prince Harry drove himself and his radiant bride-to-be (the couple are seen centre) through the gates today ahead of his grandmother's traditional family gathering - a chance for the monarch to catch up with those relatives who won't be joining her at Sandringham in Norfolk to celebrate Christmas Day. Prince Charles (inset, centre) and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (above left) and their children were also seen arriving at the palace. Prince William was snapped at the wheel, with pregnant Kate in the passenger seat, and Prince George visible in the back seat (below left). Princesses Eugenie (top right) and Beatrice (below right) waved as they were driven through the gates ahead of today's lunch, which is expected to be the first time Meghan has met many members of the extended royal family.
BREAKING NEWS: Boy's stepfather who smoked and said 'I don't know where the f*** he is' as the five-year-old drowned in a pool at a water park is jailed for seven years
NEW Charlie Dunn (left) was found at the bottom of the Blue Lagoon pond at Bosworth Water Park in Leicestershire in July last year by children looking for some goggles. Paul Smith (right) has been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for seven-and-a-half years for gross negligence manslaughter, witness intimidation and a driving offence.His mother Lyndsey, 28, was given an 8 month suspended sentence after she admitted two counts of child cruelty and appears to be standing by her partner (pictured together). The boy, who could not swim, was pulled from the water by other children who felt his lifeless body beneath their feet in the water in July 2016. His stepfather was seen smoking nearby and heard exclaiming: 'For f***'s sake, we're ready to go. I don't know where he f****** is.'
Kimberly Probert, from Worcester, 30, pictured, has been jailed over Christmas after her mother Wendy asked a trial judge to remand her in custody in an effort to help her address her drug problem. She appeared in Worcester Crown Court for sentencing after admitting a string of thefts and attempted thefts. Mrs Probert told Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins that she wanted her daughter to receive treatment for her addiction.
Shocking moment driver deliberately swerves his Ford Mondeo into a cyclist knocking him to the ground
Dashcam footage captured Ashley Merrett ploughing into the cyclist following an altercation on the road in Colchester. The 30-year-old admitted dangerous driving, causing actual bodily harm and common assault at Ipswich Crown Court this week and will be sentenced in February next year. Video shows Merrett braking heavily near the cyclist, who gestures at him. Merrett can then be seen swerving into the cyclist, who was taken to hospital for treatment.
'What a legend!' Viewers heap praise on Prince William as he gamely mimics Miranda Hart's signature GALLOP during the Royal Variety Performance - leaving Kate in stitches
The Duke of Cambridge, 35, was praised by British viewers for being a 'good sport' as he galloped during the show. Social media users quickly commented on the hilarious moment, with many saying they 'couldn't stop laughing'. One wrote: 'Prince William galloping is one of the best things I've ever seen!' Another commented 'Yes! Prince William galloping! Love it!'
Exhausted Davina McCall, 50, shares video of her gruelling workout... shortly before displaying her rippling abs in bikini snap
Her split from her husband of 17 years Matthew Robertson has been nothing short of shocking. And Davina McCall has been putting her focus on her fitness, which was evident as she was seen working up a sweat in a video for fitness brand, Puma. The 50-year-old presenter showed off impressively taut abs in a tiny white sports bra and skintight grey leggings as she embarked on the gruelling workout session.
'I'm sorry for how I murdered them all but I had no other way': Suicide note left by Irish teacher who slaughtered his wife and three children before killing himself is revealed
In a note found at the family home in Ballyjamesduff in Co Cavan, Ireland, Hawe wrote: 'I am sorry for my brutality but I had no other way,' adding that it was easier for his sons to die than deal with his suicide. Alan Hawe (pictured with his family), 40, slaughtered his three sons Liam, 13, Niall, 11, and Ryan, 6, by cutting their throats, an inquest found. He also murdered his wife Clodagh, 39, with an axe before he killed himself in August last year. But in a note found at the family home and published by the Irish Daily Star, Hawe wrote: 'I am sorry for how I murdered them all but I simply had no other way.' The note, which was addressed to his parents and siblings as well as his wife's mother and sister (inset left), also explained: 'I am sorry for my brutality but I had no other way.' Inset right: The hearse carrying the coffin of murdered Clodagh Hawe arriving for burial last year.
How many more texts have police 'sat on'? Hundreds of CONVICTED rapists could now appeal after a second case falls apart in evidence blunder involving SAME detective responsible for student's rape trial collapse
Isaac Itiary, 24, (left) was released from prison yesterday on the eve of his child rape trial after it emerged that his 15-year-old alleged victim routinely posed a 19-year-old. Last Thursday Liam Allan's rape trial collapsed because police failed to disclose damning text messages that showed his lover fantasised about being raped and asked Mr Allan (right with his mother Lorraine) for casual sex after she said she was attacked. Both cases with led by Met Detective Constable Mark Azariah (inset) who is still working at Scotland Yard's sexual offences unit and has not been suspended. Barrister Jerry Hayes asked the judge in Mr Allan's case to end the Croydon Crown Court trial and said that the blunders Mr Itiary's case is proof the problem is widespread. He said: 'If there's an ongoing investigation and you're about to go to trial if I was defence barrister or for that matter prosecution barrister, I would demand in writing a letter for police and the CPS that there's nothing that could undermine the prosecution. He added: '[And if you've already been convicted] They need to look at it again.'
Now that's a bad romance! Gallery showcases the hilarious and VERY awkward romantic snaps shared by amorous partners
A new online gallery has revealed the hilarious and very unfortunate snaps shared by couples online.Many sweet snaps took a turn after being photobombed by outside elements. Elsewhere over amorous partners make for a cringeworthy portrait that may just put you off your breakfast, with one shot seeing a woman lick her boyfriend's face.
Family are ordered to GIVE their £600,000 home to their neighbours after losing eight-year legal row over an extension they said was built 3in into their garden
The Constantine family say they have been told to move out of their house in East Ham, London, and give their keys to their neighbours, the Alis, after losing a legal battle over an extension. The two families have been locked in an eight-year row after the Constantines accused the Alis of trespass by building their extension on three inches of the Constantine garden. Now, a court has decided that the Constantines must move out of their home in less than three weeks and hand the seven-bedroom £600,000 home to the Alis to sell to cover their legal fees. Sardar Ali (pictured bottom right) and Herman Constantine (top right) are pictured today outside their homes.
The most extraordinary people of 2017: Barcroft photo agency reveal the year's exceptional individuals - including a giant Indian baby and a 26-year-old who looks 60
The spectacularly different individuals - including an enormous baby from India weighing 38lbs (left) - were all featured in a series of truly unique people. Among the other fascinating folk featured in the collection are Martina Big (inset), a German glamour model who shocked her fans with a new tan that turned her skin dark brown. and Sara Geurts (right), 26, who is determined to carve out a successful modelling career despite battling with Dermatosparaxis Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) - a genetic condition which causes excessively saggy skin.
Living with three 'mothers', no ID and regular phone calls to her abductor in jail: A year after her real identity was discovered, we reveal the very strange life of US teen who was kidnapped at birth
Alexis Manigo (left and right with her biological father, Craig Aiken, and biological mother, Shanara Mobley), from Walterboro, South Carolina, was kidnapped from a Florida hospital as a newborn (inset right) and was listed as a missing person from 1998 until January of this year. The girl's real name was Kamiyah Mobley, and her biological parents had been searching for her for years. Manigo still can't visit Gloria Williams (inset left), the woman who abducted her and raised her into adulthood, in jail because she doesn't have ID - but the pair still talk every few days by phone. Since Williams's arrest, Manigo has grown close with her biological parents, who have separated since her birth, and her 'superhero' stepmother.
You haven't got a prayer at guessing who this is! Actress is totally unrecognisable playing a villainous vicar in adaptation of David Walliams 2015 book
In the hour-long television adaptation of David Walliams's 2015 novel Grandpa's Great Escape, the actress, 59, plays money-hungry villain Miss Dandy - who poses as a vicar to gain the trust of families (left). Dressed in glasses, false teeth and black robes, she convinces them to put their elderly relatives in her old people's home Twilight Towers. Here, she feeds them sleeping pills, forges their wills so she is the sole beneficiary and waits for them to die. Speaking of her part in the fifth TV adaptation of the book by David Walliams (right, with Sir Tom Courtenay, as Grandpa), which airs on New Year's Day, she said: 'I love playing villains - they're so much more interesting than nice people. It's so easy, it comes naturally.'
How the other half do Christmas! Rich Kids of Instagram share photos of their extravagant festivities - including designer shopping sprees, stacks of gifts and VERY lavish decorations
Heiresses, entrepreneurs and offspring of the rich and famous from around the world have taken to Instagram to share snaps of their extravagant holidays. The jaw-dropping images capture exquisitely decorated homes (top left and bottom centre), high-end shops (top right) and beautifully wrapped presents (bottom left, top centre) stacked beneath twinkling trees (top centre).
Thrifty mother reveals how she's hosting Christmas for just £530 - including decorations, gifts and meals for a family of SEVEN (and shares her tips for how YOU can do the same)
EXCLUSIVE: Mother-of-three Kayleigh Hughes (left with two of her children), 29, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, has revealed how to do Christmas for a family of seven for just £530. The thrifty shopper shared how to save money on wrapping (inset), find cheap presents (right, her haul last year) and cook meals for both Christmas Day and Boxing Day - all without breaking the bank. She also revealed the common mistakes families must avoid.
Thought you knew the Tube map? Not any more - THIS is how it's going to look when the Elizabeth Line is fully open two years from now
A new version of the London Tube map was issued today to mark a year from the opening of the new Elizabeth line. The line will stretch more than 60 miles and stop at 41 stations. There will be 10 new stations built while 31 others will be refurbished. Farringdon (ringed, inset left and right) will be one of the busiest stations in the country when Crossrail opens, connecting with Thameslink and London Underground to provide links with outer London, the home counties, the City, Canary Wharf and three of London's five airport.
JANET STREET-PORTER: Funerals are a melodramatic rip-off, so let's all raise a glass to the prospect of being flushed quietly down the drain!
JANET STREET-PORTER: The big let down in any funeral is the moment when the ugly wooden box with metal handles appears. Even if the deceased has opted for an eco-friendly wicker basket, you can't stop thinking about what's inside. Why do funerals need a body at all? The person who is dead couldn't care less. There's a growing movement in favour of liquidising the corpse (pictured top left) - instead of burning a huge amount of energy to incinerate us (hardly very green) - there's a process which 'cooks' cadavers in chemicals and water at around 160 degrees Centigrade (bottom left). Doesn't that sound attractive? It does to me.
Off the rails! Reckless 'idiot' leaps across the tracks in front of an incoming Tube train and lands on the opposite platform with a split second to spare
NEW Shocking footage shows a man jump across a train station platform narrowly avoiding an oncoming train by a split second. The video is believed to have been taken at Stratford station in East London. Social media users have branded the man an 'idiot' for risking his life for internet fame.
Shocking 90mph police chase ends as fleeing car SKIDS off the road and SMASHES into a house while its owners sleep upstairs
Reckless Liam Southeron, 20 crashed into the property in Bolton (left, smoke billows from the car seconds after the crash), while fleeing the police, but miraculously he has his three passengers managed to escape without a scratch. Such was the impact of the crash that part of the wall and gate (right and inset) from a neighbouring home shot through a window and ended up in the middle of victim's living room. Thankfully, both residents were in bed at the time. Despite the horror smash, Southeron walked free after being handed a two-year suspended sentence at Bolton Crown Court.
World's largest plane with a wingspan longer than a FOOTBALL FIELD taxis down the runway for the first time ahead of its 2019 test flight
Stratolaunch used the aircraft's six Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines (bottom) to conduct a low speed taxi test (top right) at the company's facility at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. Stratolaunch successfully travelled down the runway at 25 knots (28 miles per hour/45km/h). Once low-speed taxi tests have been safely completed, the company will begin the next phase of taxi testing, which will include increased speeds. Once testing has been completed, the aircraft (top left) will be used to launch satellites and other objects into space. This could include a Dream Chaser spaceship, which could act as a mini-shuttle to reach low Earth orbit destinations and return astronauts or payloads to a runway within 24 hours.
Is this James Packer's new girlfriend? Casino magnate enjoys a lunch date with mystery woman in Aspen... after admitting his relationship with ex-fiancée Mariah Carey was 'a mistake'
James Packer has been spotted enjoying a lunch date with a mystery woman in Aspen, Colorado - after admitting his relationship with R&B; superstar Mariah Carey was a mistake. The billionaire casino mogul enjoyed a meal and a cigarette with his glamorous lunch date, with the pair looking notably close as they sat alongside one another. Tucked snugly into his snow jacket and shielding his eyes behind a pair of black sunglasses, Packer, 50, appeared to be in high spirits as he chatted away to his female companion in Aspen.
When honesty isn't the best policy: Hilarious pictures show people who were caught out while being a bit too blunt
NEW Social media users have shared the hilarious signs, tweets, and dating profiles that show the pure bluntness people use every day. Stores across the United States appear to have said they're hiring 'losers', announced they're selling 'ugly' merchandise, and only having a sale because 'business sucks'. When it comes to dating profiles and relationships, one woman told her boyfriend she was 'pooping' when he asked what she was doing, while another said she was 'much fatter in person' in her dating profile.
Defence cutbacks sees all SIX Royal Navy Type 45 destroyers moored in Portsmouth as NONE of Britain's warships are overseas
All six of the Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers, which cost around £1billion each, are currently moored in Portsmouth due to a combination of faults, maintenance and shore leave for Christmas. Sources inside the Navy believe this could be the first time Britain is without a major warship overseas in its 500-year history, although a spokesman for the Navy said Britain will be protected by 13 ships and submarines depoloyed abroad over Christmas and the New Year. It has raised concerns over the impact of defence cutbacks, with former senior officers 'distressed and alarmed' at the situation. Pictured is the HMS Diamond destroyer, which has propeller faults, in Portsmouth with air craft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and frigate HMS Westminster.
That's more like it! Hilarious photoshopped versions of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's formal Christmas card sweep social media
Social media users in the UK have added a touch of fun to the family portrait. In one image, the Cambridges are seen wearing astronaut helmets while in outer-space (top left). Others show the family-of-four polar-bear spotting in the Arctic (top right) and joining the Teletubbies in La La Land (bottom left). One person meanwhile added in a snowy backdrop onto the portrait (bottom right). Released by Kensington Palace on Monday, the Cambridges' Christmas card (pictured inset) features a touching family portrait taken earlier this year.
The classic Christmas movie homes that are now worth MILLIONS - but the Chicago mansion from Home Alone would cost you LESS now than when the film came out in 1990
Hybrid estate agent eMoov.co.uk has analysed how much the homes featured in Christmas classics would now cost compared with the year the films were released. Top left to right: The Chicago mansion in Home Alone and the LA penthouse in Die Hard. Bottom left to right: The Surrey cottage in The Holiday and Bridget Jones' flat in Borough Market.
Can YOU spot the bear hidden among the reindeer? Cartoonist's tricky seek-and-find puzzle is hailed the 'hardest ever' by stumped fans
Somewhere in this herd of reindeer there is a single brown bear - but only the most eagle-eyed viewers will be able to find it. The festive scene is the latest creation from Hungarian artist Gergely Dudas, better known as Dudolf, who is responsible for a string of viral brainteasers. He became an online sensation when his puzzle of a panda lost among a group of snowmen went viral two years ago.
Ghosts of Christmas past are seen as footage of first filming of Dickens' Scrooge emerges after 106 years
From Ebenezer Scrooge being scared by the face of Jacob Marley, and Tiny Tim at home with the Cratchit family, they are classic scenes known to many. But this extraordinary footage from the first video recording of the Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol dates back more than a century to 1901. The only version of 'Scrooge, or, Marley's Ghost', held by the British Film Institute, is incomplete but tells enough of the story to make it recognisable. The film, which was originally five minutes, also had impressive effects for the time, including superimposing Marley's face over the door knocker. It did the same with scenes from his youth over a black curtain in Scrooge's bedroom. Pictured: Ebenezer Scrooge is brought to tears by the image of his headstone near the end of the film (above), and Scrooge looks on helplessly as Tiny Tim enjoy Christmas dinner with his family (inset).
Grinning Canadian TV presenter bags a huge mountain lion - but some animal rights activists are NOT happy
A TV presenter has been pictured holding up a big cat he killed on a hunt before posting a picture of its sliced organs on social media. Steve Ecklund, from Alberta, Canada had killed the mountain lion in his home state on Sunday and is pictured grinning as its carcass is held to the camera. The co-host of the Canadian hunting show, The EDGE, is well-known for his killing of rams, lions, black bears and lions in Canada and North America and regularly posts updates of himself and his wife, Alison Ecklund, in hunting gear. Steve and Alison are both fiercely defended by an active pro-hunting community online, but in the UK, campaign group Hunt Saboteurs Association have called the sport 'morally reprehensible'.
Your chance to live at one of London's most prestigious addresses for a bargain £2.5million - because it's on a houseboat
A converted four-bedroom home that started life as a Dutch shipping barge has gone on the market for £2.5million. The 108ft boat is moored on the Thames at the entrance to Cheyne Walk, known as London's billionaire's row. The street, in the heart of Chelsea, is home to a string of high-profile current and former residents, including billionaire ex-mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg. Flagship has been turned into a stylish four-bedroom home with all the latest mod cons and comes with a 50-year mooring licence at Cadogan Pier.
Ben Williamson, a self-employed plummer and builder, was taking his son to the dentist when he was shocked to discover the East Lindsey District Council in Louth, Lincolnshire, had fined him because his van protruded just 18 inches outside of the bay he had paid to park in. He said that although he accepts his van may have been too long for the space, he wasn't blocking any other vehicles from getting in or out of the car park. He plans on appealing his fine.
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Incredible photos reveal how British PoWs kept up morale by performing in drag while held captive thousands of miles from home in Nazi camps
NEW Men locked up in German camps during the Second World War would entertain comrades with pantomimes, often rehearsing for months on end and spending weeks making costumes. Cross-dressing was popular in officers' camps and men in drag were 'admired' by their fellow prisoners, who sometimes even felt 'attracted' to them. The German guards even enjoyed the performances and would often sit in the front row to get the best view. Historian Dr Clare Makepeace has poured over the diaries, letters and log books of 75 PoWs to better understand how prisoners coped in confinement, in her new book 'Captives of War: British Prisoners of War in Europe in the Second World War.' She said: 'Female impersonators in theatrical productions might not have enabled these men to fulfil their reproductive duties, but they certainly provided them with a break from their all male existence.'
They're having a RUFF Christmas! Owners share photos of pets who are VERY unimpressed with the festive season (and some naughty dogs even sabotaged the decorations)
Owners from around the world snapped pictures of their naughty dogs doing their best to sabotage the day by bringing down Christmas trees (top right), tearing open presents (top left) and munching on the decorations (bottom centre). Others photographed pets that look less than impressed with the festive jumpers they have been forced to wear (top centre, bottom left, bottom right).