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Bidens to Have Sunday Tea With the Queen at Windsor Castle



Bidens to Have Sunday Tea With the Queen at Windsor Castle

The monarch will host the president and first lady Dr. Jill Biden in her royal residence after the couple leaves the G7 summit

President Joe Biden will be welcomed with a military Guard of Honor and afternoon tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle when he meets the monarch on Sunday.

The queen will host the president and first lady Dr. Jill Biden in her royal residence on Sunday, after the couple leaves the Group of Seven summit in Cornwall, southwestern England.

The monarch will greet the Bidens in the castle’s quadrangle, where assembled soldiers from the Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards will give a royal salute and the U.S. national anthem will be played.

The president will then be invited to inspect the Honor Guard and watch the military march-past with the queen.

Biden will be the 13th American leader to meet the monarch, with Lyndon B. Johnson the only one the queen has not met. She has received four other U.S. presidents at Windsor Castle: President Donald Trump in 2018; Barack Obama in 2016; George W. Bush in 2008; and Ronald Reagan in 1982.

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After Charming Leaders, Queen Elizabeth Sits Back for Parade



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After Charming Leaders, Queen Elizabeth Sits Back for Parade

Though the queen’s actual birthday is on April 26, she celebrates another one in June when the British weather — it is hoped — is more conducive to outdoor celebrations

Fresh from charming leaders at the Group of Seven summit, Queen Elizabeth II was back at her residence at Windsor Castle on Saturday to view a military parade to mark her official birthday.

The 95-year-old monarch sat on a dais to watch the ceremony that despite ongoing social distancing restrictions did not disappoint on the pomp and pageantry front. If she was tired after meeting G-7 leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden, on Friday evening, it didn’t show.

The ceremony is a gift from the Household Division of army regiments, which has a close affinity with the monarch. It featured soldiers who have played an integral role in the COVID-19 response, as well as those who have been serving on military operations. She was seen beaming from ear to ear as the nine planes of the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows flew past in formation and let loose their red, white and blue smoke.

The traditional Trooping the Color ceremony is normally staged in London and features hundreds of servicemen and women and thousands of spectators. However, for the second year running, that was not possible and it was a slimmed-down affair in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which is around 27 miles (44 kilometers) west of the capital.

Dubbed a mini Trooping the Color, it featured soldiers in ceremonial scarlet coats and bearskin hats. The servicemen and women on parade numbered almost 275, with 70 horses, compared with the 85 soldiers who took part in the ceremony last summer. A small handful of seated guests lined part of the quadrangle — a change from last year when only the military were present.

The ceremony originated from traditional preparations for battle. The colors — or flags — were “trooped,” or carried down the lines of soldiers, so they could be seen and recognized in battle.

Lieutenant Colonel Guy Stone, who planned the queen’s official birthday celebrations in Windsor Castle’s quadrangle, said he wanted to create a “memorable and uplifting day” for the monarch.

The ceremony took place a couple of months after the death of her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, whose funeral also took place at Windsor Castle.

Though she has been mourning the loss of her husband of 73 years, the queen has carried on performing her duties, including delivering a government-scripted speech to mark the new session of parliament.

On Friday, she was the star turn at a reception with the G-7 leaders and their spouses at the Eden Project, a futuristic botanical garden housed inside domes that features the world’s largest indoor rainforest.

She drew laughter from her guests as she chided them during a group photo session: “Are you supposed to be looking as if you’re enjoying yourself?”

Though the queen’s actual birthday is on April 26, she celebrates another one in June when the British weather — it is hoped — is more conducive to outdoor celebrations. It’s a royal tradition that goes back to 1748 and the reign of King George II, whose actual birthday was in November.

One of the major parts of the queen’s official birthday is her award of honors to those deemed to have made a positive contribution to society.

This year’s honors list has celebrated those at the forefront of the U.K.’s rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines over the past few months, which has been credited with turning around the country’s pandemic response.

Sarah Gilbert, the professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford who was instrumental in the development of the vaccine being manufactured by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, and Kate Bingham, the former head of the U.K. Vaccines Taskforce credited for the country’s successful procurement program, have both been recognized with damehoods.

Though the U.K. has seen Europe’s highest virus-related death toll, with nearly 128,000 people having lost their lives, its vaccination program has been deemed one of the world’s speediest and most coherent rollouts.


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Morgan Stewart Urges New Moms to Listen to Their Bodies Following Postpartum Thyroid Diagnosis



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Morgan Stewart Urges New Moms to Listen to Their Bodies Following Postpartum Thyroid Diagnosis

While Morgan Stewart said her doctor ruled out her having Graves’ disease, her symptoms can be a sign of a few other postpartum thyroid issues

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For about two months, Morgan Stewart felt dizzy when she stood up quickly and experienced joint pain, tightness in her calf muscles and an ache in her right eye. At first, she suspected being a new mother put a different strain on her body. When her symptoms worsened, she sought help and is sharing her story to encourage others to see their doctor when something feels wrong.

“If you’re feeling off, please don’t wait as long as I did to get things checked out, especially if you’re a new momma,” the co-host of the E! show “Daily Pop” shared in her Instagram stories.

At first, Stewart thought “this was my new ‘normal’ and my new ‘groove’ with a newborn.” Stewart had her daughter in mid-February. She originally believed that all the time she spent bouncing baby Row to soothe her caused her newfound soreness. But about seven weeks ago, her symptoms intensified.

“My entire right arm began to go numb and I once again felt myself fade away from myself, but way more intensely, I was terrified,” Stewart wrote. “I just became more and more panicked and extreme anxiety began to set in. My arm was not functioning. It felt heavy to pick up.”

After several other days with worrisome symptoms that included heightened anxiety, her tongue feeling swollen and her throat and jaw feeling heavy, Stewart visited her doctor, who ran blood tests. Her doctor explained what might have happened.

“My thyroid is so off the charts in overdrive, it’s basically in outer space. Thyrotoxic was the term (my doctor) used to describe it,” she wrote. “It could be one of three things: a nodule on my thyroid, Graves’ disease or sub-acute thyroiditis (all things that can be triggered by pregnancy). So basically three things I had no idea about.”

Stewart revealed she does not have Graves’ disease as she awaits answers on the other conditions.

Why do thyroid problems occur postpartum?

Thyroid changes aren’t unusual in postpartum and pregnant women.

“Out of 100 women, 5 will have some type of thyroid dysfunction in the post-pregnancy period,” Dr. Gloria Bachmann, director of the Women’s Health Institute at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, told TODAY. “It’s a common phenomenon … if women are not asked by their clinicians about thyroid symptoms, they should bring it up and say, ‘You know I’m not really feeling like myself. I have a morbid tremor. I’m not sleeping.’”

Thyroid changes often occur with pregnancy because the body’s immune system becomes suppressed to carry the baby. After birth, the immune system sometimes bounces back in a big way.

“It’s called a postpartum rebound of immune activities,” Bachmann said. “The changes that the body has with pregnancy were basically what was protecting you until you no longer have the foreign body in your uterus and therefore your immune system acts up again.”

With Graves’ disease the thyroid is overactive and it produces too much of the thyroid hormone.

“The woman is going to have all that anxiety, irritability, etc.,” Bachmann said. “You’re obviously going to have rapid heartbeat. You’re going to have unexplained weight loss.”

Those treatments, which can include radioactive iodine or a surgical removal of the thyroid, stop the overproduction of the hormone and reduce the symptoms.

Hypothyroidism, which can be caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, causes the thyroid to be sluggish and produce too little of the hormone. In these cases, patients often gain weight and struggle to lose it. They might also feel lethargic. Then patients take synthetic thyroid medications to produce enough of the hormone.

Thyroid nodules are cysts filled with fluid that grow on the thyroid and oftentimes people can find them by touching the base of their neck where the thyroid rests. While nodules can be cancerous, they are very often harmless. Bachmann said about 95% are benign and just require regular monitoring by a doctor.

“Many times they just cause swelling,” Bachmann said. “Thyroid nodules usually don’t cause symptoms but when they grow large enough, they certainly can … they can also lead to breathing and swallowing problems.”

The lifetime risk of developing a thyroid cancer is about 1%, she added. Still she recommends that women think about their thyroids when considering their health.

“It’s good for women to monitor themselves if they think that anything is wrong with their thyroid,” she said.

Subacute thyroiditis occurs when there’s something amiss with the thyroid but it’s not regularly impacting one’s life.

“There are irregularities and either under or over production of the thyroid but they may be causing ‘subtle’ symptoms or symptoms you don’t associate with your thyroid,” Bachmann said.

Often women dismiss thyroid symptoms, such as feeling exhausted or anxious, especially in the postpartum period. But Bachmann says it is important for them to tell their doctors if they do notice any changes, no matter what they are.

“Many women blame themselves. ‘I don’t feel well and I just didn’t get enough sleep,’ or ‘I didn’t eat good food yesterday,’” Bachmann said. “We have to break out of that mold and just say if something’s not right, voice it.”

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Liam Hemsworth and Gabriella Brooks Make Their First Official Appearance as a Couple



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Liam Hemsworth and Gabriella Brooks Make Their First Official Appearance as a Couple

The stars have kept their relationship very private since romance rumors first sparked in December 2019

Liam Hemsworth and Gabriella Brooks‘ relationship is reaching new heights.

The couple, who first sparked romance rumors in December 2019, made their first official appearance together on Friday, June 11, at the star-studded Gold Dinner 2021 in Australia. The event, which supports the Sydney Children’s Hospital, was also attended by Liam’s brother Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky and Matt Damon‘s wife Lucciana Barroso.

“Fantastic night raising much needed funds and awareness for one of the most important and challenging issues, children’s mental health,” Liam wrote on Instagram. “Thank you @itsmondotcom for hosting the evening and all you do for the Sydney children’s hospital @sydney_kids #golddinner.”

Alongside his message, the Hunger Games alum shared two photos from the event, including a group shot and a selfie featuring his model girlfriend. The post may come as a surprise to many fans of the stars, who’ve kept their relationship very private over the years.

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In fact, the duo’s relationship was only confirmed in early 2020 when Hemsworth, 31, and Brooks, 23, were spotted having a PDA session at the beach in Australia. The pictures proved Hemsworth was officially moving on following his split from Miley Cyrus.

As for what makes his relationship with Brooks work, a source told E! News in January 2021 that the actor, who called it quits with Cyrus in August 2019, keeps things “low key” with the model. “His relationship with Gabriella is very different from Miley,” the insider explained. “They like the same things and have the same lifestyle.”

The source added, “It’s not a rollercoaster of highs and lows. Gabriella is very laid back and even keeled.”

And it seems as though Brooks has the Hemsworth family stamp of approval. “The family very much approves and likes having her around,” the insider shared. “They are happy for Liam that he has found someone that brings out the best in him.”

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