Prince William meets first responders in Christchurch attacks
He met with New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush and Canterbury District Commander John Price as well as several officers and paramedics.
They were the first to attend the scenes of the March 15 mass-shooting that left 50 people dead.
In the morning William had joined the country’s Anzac Day commemorations in Auckland before travelling to Christchurch.
He laid a wreath on behalf of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II on the national day of remembrance, which commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.”
Prince William has a strong connection with the region since his visits, following the Christchurch earthquakes in 2011 and during his tour of New Zealand with his wife Kate and son Prince George in 2014.
On Friday, the prince will visit the local hospital, where several of the 50 people wounded in last month’s attack are still recovering, before heading to the al-Noor mosque where the majority of the victims died.
Britain’s Prince Philip to celebrate 99th birthday in private
Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of 72 years, on Wednesday marked his 99th birthday .
Philip, whose official title is the Duke of Edinburgh, is expected to celebrate in private, with no public events scheduled.
The queen and Philip left London for Windsor Castle in April, as a sensible precaution amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the royal family said.
He is the oldest and the longest-serving consort in British history, described by the 94-year-old queen as her `constant strength and guide’.
Buckingham Palace issued a new photograph of Philip and the queen together, taken at Windsor Castle in 2019.
Philip, who is popular with the public, is known for his strong sense of duty.
He has attended few engagements with the queen, since announcing his retirement from most public duties in May 2017.
The queen and Philip have four children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Epe-Ekiti Kingmakers elect 31 year-old Prince as King
The Kingmakers in Epe-Ekiti Community in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti have elected a 31 year-old Prince Ayodeji Williams Adesoye, as the new Elepe of Epe-Ekiti.
One of the kingmakers, Chief Olajide Dada, the Ejemoye of Epe-Ekiti, confirmed the choice of Adesoye as the oba-elect to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Epe-Ekiti.
Dada said that Adesoye emerged as the oba-elect at a traditional rite on Monday evening under the supervision of Chief Araba Awo of Ijero Kingdom.
The oba-elect, who hails from Arowosapo Ruling House, emerged winner amongst the five other contestants.
He was a lecturer at the Osun State College of Education, Ilesa, Basorun, Ibadan Study Centre, from 2017 to March 2019 where he taught Philosophy of Education; Social Environment
and Nigeria’s Political Life.
The new monarch is currently running his Doctorate Degree in Philosophy also at the University of Ibadan.
Adesoye was the President, National Association of Ijero Local Government Students, University of Ado-Ekiti chapter.
In his reactions, Adesoye thanked people of the community and the kingmakers for electing him to be their next king.
The oba-elect said his objective in life is “to secure the position of the Elepe of Epe-Ekiti with a view to providing the exact leadership that the times and the future of our great community necessarily require.”
He assured them that the community would witness more greatness and development during his reign.
Adesoye promised to continue from where the immediate past monarch stopped, saying that there would be more government presence in the town.
Prince Harry lands first role in ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’
Prince Harry has followed in his wife Meghan Markle’s footsteps in landing his first non-royal role as he teams up with ‘Thomas & Friends: The Royal Engine’.
The Duke of Sussex is set to have a starring role in an upcoming episode of Thomas the Tank Engine.
Prince Harry will give an introduction to the programme which will also feature animated versions of The Queen and Prince Charles, although they will not voice themselves.
The special 75th anniversary episode will see Thomas and Friends travel to London where the Fat Controller will attend an investiture at Buckingham Palace.
The Fat Controller will receive an honour for his distinguished service to the railway.
According to the prince, “Thomas the Tank Engine has been a comforting, familiar face to so many families over the last 75 years – entertaining, educating and inspiring children on important issues through exciting stories and characters.
”I certainly have fond memories of growing up with Thomas & Friends and being transported to new places through his adventures.”
“I am very proud to have been asked to take part in this special episode.
I wish Thomas & Friends a very happy anniversary,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ” Thomas the Tank Engine’ was a fictional train borne in 1945 as a character in “The Railway Series” books by Rev. Wilbert Awdry, an Anglican clergyman.
His son, Christopher Awry, later took over from him and also initiated a children’s TV show now called “Thomas and Friends”, which began in 1984 and is still running.
The queen’s grandson can be seen sitting in an armchair with a copy of one of the classic books as he introduced the episode ‘Thomas & Friends: The Royal Engine’, saying: “It all began when a young boy lay ill in bed.
His loving father entertained him with stories of a special railway on the magical island of Sodor.”
“Those stories would go on to become the tales of the most iconic tank engine the world has ever known, Thomas the Tank Engine… ‘
The 22-minute special episode sees Thomas travel to London for the first time to take Sir Topham Hatt to meet the queen, meeting new character, Duchess of Loughborough – voiced by actress Rosamund Pike – along the way.
The short clip was recorded in January, before Harry and wife Meghan Markle quit the royal family, in exchange for a charity to donation.
“I think this is a very beautiful and apt episode for the 75th anniversary episode,” actress Rosamund Pike , who voices the duchess said.
Thomas & Friends, The Royal Engine’ is due to be screened on various channels around the world starting on May 1 in the U.S. on Netflix.
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Prince Harry introduces ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ episode with queen
Britain’s Prince Harry has introduced a 75th anniversary episode of children’s classic “Thomas the Tank Engine” featuring animated versions of his grandmother,Queen Elizabeth II, and his father, Prince Charles.
The queen, 93, is depicted in a trailer for the programme as a young woman accompanying Charles, her eldest son and heir, as a small boy at a railway station.
“It all began when a young boy lay ill in bed. His loving father entertained him with stories of a special railway in the magical island of Sodor,” Harry said in the trailer for “The Royal Engine,” which is scheduled to air this weekend.
“Those stories would go on to become the tales of the most iconic tank engine the world has ever known, Thomas the Tank Engine,” he said.
In a statement, Harry said “Thomas the Tank Engine” had been “a comforting, familiar face to so many families over the last 75 years: entertaining, educating and inspiring children on important issues through exciting stories and characters.”
“I certainly have fond memories of growing up with Thomas and Friends and being transported to new places through his adventures,” he added.
The “Thomas the Tank Engine” books were first published in 1945, based on the stories that author Wilbert Awdry heard from his father.
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