The awkward moment Kate Middleton was mistaken for William’s assistant had her ‘in stitches’

Kate Middleton once had the funniest reaction after being mistook for Prince William’s assistant, showing her great sense of humour.

Prince William and Kate Middleton paid a sweet visit to the Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff.
During their tour, a resident mistook Kate for Prince William’s aide rather than his wife, which led to a great response from Kate.
This royal news comes after it was revealed Kate Middleton once hid a very strange item in her bag to avoid embarrassment in front of the Queen.

Prince William and Duchess Catherine paid a visit to Cardiff’s Shire Hall Care Home to speak with senior residents back in August 2021.

The royal couple previously spent virtual time with the residents of the care facility during a special video chat playing bingo during the lockdown.

Joan Drew-Smith, an honest resident, wasn’t aware who the Duchess was as she asked William, “Is that your assistant?”

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Kate, who will one day be Queen Consort, was taken back by the funny moment, chuckling before she replied, “Well, I am your assistant. I have been for a long time!”

It was previously revealed that Joan had been chatting with the future King and Queen consort, admitting that they hadn’t been up to speed during the video linked game, telling them,  “Yes, you did a bloody s****y job.”

The hilarious moment came as the royal couple were visiting the care home in person after virtually entertaining the residents with a bingo game during the first lockdown.

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Kate and William read out the numbers via video link before returning to Shire Hall to see how the residents liked the game.

Due of the pandemic, Kate and William had to wear masks throughout their tour, which made conversation with the residents more difficult.

“We have to wear masks because of the virus, but it’s difficult to hear sometimes when you can’t see someone’s mouth,” the Duke explained.

The Duke told staff that this wasn’t enough to put a damper on the visit, as he confessed, “I love Joan, she’s brilliant. If only everyone was as honest as her.”

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The bittersweet detail you missed about the Queen’s Chelsea Flower Show outfit

The Queen’s bittersweet detail on her Chelsea Flower Show outfit that many fans have missed.

The Queen wore a beautiful Cartier brooch on her pink jacket and it was a sentimental gift from her parents.
Her Majesty was gifted the piece of jewellery for her 19th birthday in 1945.
This royal news comes as the Queen’s love for Kate Middleton for adoring the ‘real’ Prince William is revealed.

The Queen chose to wear a heartfelt brooch on her Chelsea Flower Show outfit that has a bittersweet meaning.

Her Majesty arrived at the annual show by riding in a buggy amid her ‘mobility issues’ as she toured the spectacular gardens.

But as all eyes were on the Queen’s Chelsea Flower Show outfit, there’s one detail that might have been overlooked and that is her beautiful brooch which she pinned to the collar of her coral pink coat.

The special brooch which depicts a spray of two flowers: one made of pink sapphires with a row of rubies surrounding a central diamond, and one of blue sapphires with a diamond centre, was given to her by her parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth – on the occasion of her 19th birthday in 1945.

And it’s not the first time the Queen has chosen to remember loved ones in this way. Last year she was spotted wearing a brooch in tribute to Prince Philip.

The Queen celebrates her 70th year on the throne this year with a four-day bank holiday weekend to mark the Platinum Jubilee of her Coronation.

The Queen wasn’t the only royal in attendance, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex plus Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi also paid a visit.

The Chelsea Flower Show was cancelled in 2020 and postponed in 2021 due to the Covid pandemic. This year sees the Show celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and also a theme of calm and mindfulness running through the garden designs.

The Queen is expected to attend some of her Platinum celebrations next weekend, some of which includes a Platinum Party at the Palace.

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Pre-eclampsia symptoms, risks, complications and treatments

Pre-eclampsia symptoms usually develop in the second half of pregnancy at any time after 20 weeks, though it can occur earlier than that, at around 12 weeks. Although most cases are mild, one first pregnancy in 100 is so severely affected that there’s a serious risk to the life of the baby – and even the mother.

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects the placenta and can lead to high blood pressure. Some women don’t have any pre-eclampsia symptoms at all. That’s why it’s important that you attend your routine antenatal appointments, so your midwife can look for signs of pre-eclampsia and test your urine.

Dr Anita Bannerjee, trustee of the UK charity, Action on Pre-Eclampsia (APEC) told us, “Pre-eclampsia symptoms are often a spectrum. Some mums don’t even know they have it. It’s a multi-system disorder, that can affect all kinds of things, including your liver, brain, eyes, heart, and kidneys. Blood tests can show it too. If you’re experiencing odd symptoms or just don’t feel well when you’re pregnant, get checked out. It could be pre-eclampsia.”

Pre-eclampsia symptoms

The main pre-eclampsia symptoms are:

High blood pressure (higher than 140/90 mmHg)
Protein in your urine

Protein is excreted in urine when you have pre-eclampsia because your kidneys aren’t working properly. For some women, these are their only symptoms, especially if pre-eclampsia is caught early. Your midwife will check your urine during your routine antenatal appointments.

Other symptoms can include:

Headaches and flashing lights
Being short of breath
Pain in your upper right quadrant (underneath your ribs)
Blurred vision
Vomiting
Swelling in your hands, feet or face

Dr. Banerjee, from Action on Pre-eclampsia (APEC), told us: “Pre-eclampsia symptoms vary quite a lot. If you have a headache that you can’t explain or see flashing lights – almost like lightning flashes – then seek immediate medical assistance. You might also have blurred vision. Headaches in pre-eclampsia are caused by oedema (swelling) in your brain. Pain under your ribs on the right side is also a cause for concern. That’s usually a sign of liver trouble which can be caused by pre-eclampsia.”

The role of the placenta in pre-eclampsia – The placenta is an organ responsible for keeping your baby happy, healthy, and growing. As the only temporary organ, you make a new placenta for every baby. The placenta is “born” on the same day your baby is. The placenta is one of the organs that science understands the least. As the latest studies show, the placenta filters toxins from your blood and provides nutrition and a blood supply to your baby. Waste products from your baby go back into the placenta for the mother’s body to excrete.

In pre-eclampsia, there is a problem with the placenta. Studies show this is usually caused by malperfusion, which means it’s not getting sufficient blood supply. The damaged placenta causes high blood pressure because it affects blood vessels. Restricted blood flow between you and your placenta can result in a reduced supply of oxygen and nutrients to your baby. This may mean that he/she doesn’t continue to grow as well as expected.

Because there is no cure for pre-eclampsia other than delivery, many babies have to be induced prematurely and sadly not all survive.

Who is at risk of pre-eclampsia?

Family history: if pre-eclampsia affected your mother or sister (or your partner’s mother or sister)
This is your first pregnancy
You are a young mum
If you are an older mum
Your BMI in pregnancy (or your partner’s BMI) is higher than average
If you have other conditions including diabetes, gestational diabetes) or kidney problems
Having had pre-eclampsia in your previous pregnancies
You are expecting two or more babies
A long gap (1o years plus) between pregnancies

Some women have more potential risk factors for pre-eclampsia than others. The average pregnant woman has a 4-8% risk of pre-eclampsia, according to research by King’s College London. Studies also show the risk of 4.1% in first pregnancies, drops to 1.7% in later pregnancies.

How does the father cause preeclampsia? 

If you have a large gap between pregnancies, of 10 years or more, you are more at risk. The reasons for this are unclear – but it may be because you’re more likely to have a new partner. According to research, a new partner can raise your risk of pre-eclampsia. Like your baby, the placenta is formed of 50% DNA from your partner and 50% from you. If your partner’s mother had pre-eclampsia in any of her pregnancies, it can increase your risk, too. It’s estimated that around 13% of pre-eclampsia cases are caused by factors contributed by the baby’s father.

Pre-eclampsia treatments

Giving birth is the only cure for pre-eclampsia. However, it is possible to manage some pre-eclampsia symptoms during pregnancy, to give your baby a little more time to develop.

Medication can also help mothers with pre-eclampsia:

Control blood pressure (antihypertensive medications)
Prevent seizures (anticonvulsants)

Dr. Banerjee explains: “Every woman’s experience is different and treatment depends on you, your general health, and your baby. Whether or not you need to deliver early will depend on how unwell you are and how your baby is doing. Your doctors will explain everything to you and reassure you about what will happen next.”

How will pre-eclampsia affect my birth?

At some point concerns about your safety and/or that of your baby may mean that labour needs to be induced. Given your condition and the nature of an induced birth, it does mean that you and your baby will require extra monitoring during labour and you may not be able to have the type of labour and delivery you had hoped for. However, most women with pre-eclampsia do have vaginal deliveries. If your baby is being born prematurely then the special baby care team will be on full alert.

Premature birth happens before 37 weeks.

Early delivery indications include:

Liver or kidney function is poor in the mother
There is placental abruption (the placenta has come away from the womb wall)
You have uncontrolled blood pressure, despite treatment with medication
Severe headaches or seizures indicate a risk of neurological damage

(Source: NICE guidelines, UK)

Pre-eclampsia complications

Pre-eclampsia can be fatal for mum and baby, in rare cases. In some countries with poor antenatal care, it is the leading reason for maternal death. This usually occurs when pre-eclampsia is diagnosed late.

According to Action on Pre-Eclampsia, other rare potential complications from pre-eclampsia can include:

Stroke
Seizures or convulsions
Placental abruption (where the placenta separates from the wall of the womb during pregnancy)
Reduced fetal movements (if you notice your baby isn’t moving as often as usual, please immediately contact your maternity assessment unit)
Reduced fetal growth (Intrauterine growth restriction) caused by poor blood supply from the placenta
Lower birth weight, is caused by the reduced nutrition caused by a poorly functioning placenta
HELLP syndrome in the mother (a disorder that affects the liver and blood clotting disorder)

“Pre-eclampsia is usually mild, but 1-2 in every 100 first pregnancies is so severely affected that there is a serious risk to the life of the baby – and even the mother. Every year in the UK about 1000 babies die because of pre-eclampsia – many of these as a consequence of premature delivery rather than the disease itself. Some 1-2 mothers die each year from complications of pre-eclampsia in the UK.” – Action on Pre-Eclampsia

These rare risks are very uncommon in the UK. The UK’s good antenatal care means most cases of pre-eclampsia are diagnosed early. The majority of women with pre-eclampsia won’t suffer from any of these rarer complications. So don’t panic if you think you might have pre-eclampsia. Most women don’t develop pre-eclampsia until the third trimester when they’re already closer to delivery.

Regular checks for pre-eclampsia

You will be monitored throughout your pregnancy for pre-eclampsia symptoms. At your initial booking appointment with your midwife, your risk factors will be identified and discussed with you. Never miss an appointment and if you do have to cancel one, reschedule for as soon as possible.

If you are at higher risk, then it’s important to be vigilant. Listen to your own body and if you’re feeling really unwell with any of the symptoms described above then don’t ignore them and don’t be fobbed off with the explanation that they’re simply the common side effects of a normal pregnancy. They may not be. It’s important to voice any concerns you have and be assertive.

Dr Banerjee told us, “We have to empower every mother to ask for blood pressure and urine checks at every appointment. Noticing pre-eclampsia before it starts to affect you is so important. Go to your appointments with your urine sample if you can. Don’t miss an opportunity to make sure your placenta is functioning as it should.”

Ann Marie Barnard, (now the former) chief executive of the charity Action on Pre-eclampsia also told us, “In my experience women usually do know when something is wrong but sometimes they need to be a lot more assertive. I know this is often hard, particularly when you are pregnant and maybe feeling a bit vulnerable. But so many times I have women say to me, ‘I knew that something wasn’t right but no one would listen to me’. If you’re worried that no one is listening to you and you find it hard to make a fuss then take someone with you who can be your advocate and spokesperson.”

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Postpartum preeclampsia: what are the symptoms after delivery?

Rarely, women can develop pre-eclampsia after they have given birth. Known as postpartum preeclampsia, most cases of postpartum pre-eclampsia happen 48 hours after birth. However, late postpartum pre-eclampsia can develop up to 6 weeks after the baby’s birth.

Symptoms of postpartum pre-eclampsia are the same as pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. These include:

High blood pressure
Decreased urination
Pain under your ribs (on the right side)
Headaches or changes in your vision
Nausea and/or vomiting
Shortness of breath

(Source: APEC UK)

If you experience any of these in the period after giving birth, seek immediate medical assistance. More advice on postpartum eclampsia is available from Action on Pre-Eclampsia’s Postpartum Pre-Eclampsia info leaflet.

How to prevent pre-eclampsia

Of course, it’s not possible to prevent all of the risk factors that can affect your chances of developing pre-eclampsia in pregnancy. You can’t change your (or your partner’s) family history.

There’s also not a lot of good quality evidence demonstrating ways to prevent pre-eclampsia with lifestyle changes – before or during pregnancy. Some doctors have concluded, “In developed countries, the majority of cases […] are considered unpreventable”.

Lifestyle changes – Various studies suggest there is no evidence that any changes to diet or lifestyle have an appreciable effect on the chances of developing pre-eclampsia. However, of course, we all know the importance of a good diet when it comes to preventing other illnesses in pregnancy, like gestational diabetes.

However, supplementation of calcium and vitamin D in pregnancy has been shown to improve outcomes in women with low calcium. When your midwife does regular antenatal blood tests, they will be able to identify any supplements you should take.

Medication – Current guidelines in the UK recommend the use of aspirin for those considered at moderate or high risk of pre-eclampsia. The recommended dose is 75–150 mg of aspirin daily. Your doctor will suggest you take it from 12 weeks until your baby is born. (NICE, UK)

Obstetric Medicine doctor Dr. Banerjee told us, “Many women feel quite guilty about taking medications in pregnancy. However, there is really good, high-quality evidence that low-dose aspirin is effective for preventing pre-eclampsia. Some evidence has shown it’s better if you take it at night. If you have concerns about  your risk of pre-eclampsia, have a discussion with your midwife. Your healthcare team can explain if preventative aspirin is right for you”.

To find out more about pre-eclampsia symptoms, risks, and treatments for the condition, we talked to Dr Anita Bannerjee, trustee of the UK charity, Action on Pre-Eclampsia (APEC). Dr. Banerjee is also an Obstetric Medicine doctor at King’s College London. She is also the Deputy Director of Medical Education at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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What happens if you’re diagnosed with pre-eclampsia?

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If you’ve been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia symptoms, you might be wondering what will happen next. 

Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition, that’s characterised by high blood pressure in the mother. This causes the flow of blood through the placenta to be reduced, restricting oxygen and nutrients to the foetus which could restrict its growth.

Pre-eclampsia has been described as ‘the disease of theories’ because no one really knows exactly what causes it. Although, there are several significant research projects currently underway, the biology behind them remains poorly understood. What is known, however, is that the condition has its origins in the placenta. As Dr AlBendar told us, “The mechanism of the disease is still unclear and the only cure, for now, is to deliver the placenta and the baby, with the potential for long term complications.

Dr AlBendar added, “Pre-eclampsia can lead to premature birth and, in extreme cases, can be life-threatening to mothers and their babies. If undetected, pre-eclampsia can lead to eclampsia, which is one of the top five causes of maternal and infant illness- including seizures and coma- and is the cause of 13% of maternal deaths globally.”

What happens if you’re diagnosed with pre-eclampsia?

The NICE guidelines recommend that women diagnosed with pre-eclampsia symptoms should be admitted to hospital,’ explains Professor Nelson-Piercy. ‘And I certainly believe that this should always be the case.’ However, some hospitals take the view that women with mild symptoms of pre-eclampsia can continue at home with more frequent monitoring at their day assessment units.

Pre-eclampsia can very quickly become a life-threatening emergency. If you are in hospital you can rest safe in the knowledge that you are in the best possible hands. Dr Nauf AlBendar, founder of The Womb Effect, told us, “Once you are in hospital you will be monitored very carefully. If you do develop very severe complications like placental abruption you are in the right place.”

How long will I be in for?

A prolonged stay in the hospital, especially if you have other young children to look after, can be hard, particularly if you’re not even feeling unwell but it is important to heed the advice of your doctors.

Professor Catherine Nelson-Piercy, Consultant Obstetric Physician at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals Trust and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in London. She told us, “I tell my patients that from the point at which pre-eclampsia is diagnosed, the likelihood is that they will need to be delivered within two or three weeks,” explains Professor Nelson-Piercy. “However, it is sometimes possible, though unusual, for women to stay in for up to 10 weeks before they need delivery.”

What will happen in the hospital?

Once pre-eclampsia has been diagnosed what happens to you in hospital will depend on how advanced your pregnancy is. “If you are quite late on into your pregnancy you’ll be taken into hospital for your baby to be delivered,” explains Professor Nelson-Piercy. “If a woman has reached 37 – 38 weeks there’s no point waiting beyond that because her baby’s matured.”

At this stage, the safest option for mother and baby is to induce labour.

If your pregnancy is less advanced then the doctors will weigh up the risks to you against the risk to your baby.

“As doctors we always prioritise the health of the mother,” explains Professor Nelson-Piercy. “If the mother is very sick she will be advised to have the pregnancy ended regardless of what gestation she is. But if she’s only 33 weeks we would try and prolong the pregnancy a bit longer because it will be much better for the baby.”

How will I be monitored during pre-eclampsia?

Once in hospital, you and your baby will be very carefully monitored. You may be given hypertensive medicines to help lower your blood pressure and possibly medicines to prevent fits. You will usually be given blood pressure tablets.” These don’t control the actual disease,” explains Professor Nelson-Piercy, “They just control the blood pressure.”

As well as continually monitoring your blood pressure and changes to levels of protein in your urine, blood tests will be taken to look for signs of kidney or liver involvement as a result of the pre-eclampsia. You may also be given drugs to prevent seizures and/or Heparin to prevent blood clotting.

How will my baby be monitored?

Restricted blood flow between you and your placenta can result in a reduced supply of oxygen and nutrients to your baby. This may mean that he doesn’t continue to grow as well as expected.

Once pre-eclampsia is suspected or known, your baby will be closely monitored so that he can be delivered before any growth problems become serious. Difficult decisions arise when serious problems of this nature develop in babies under 28 to 30 weeks. Doctors then need to weigh up the baby’s chance of surviving outside the womb against those if the pregnancy is allowed to continue.

“If you are less than 36 weeks, then steroid injections will be given to help mature your baby’s lungs,” explains Professor Nelson-Piercy. “This is done at admission because it’s not possible to predict exactly when your baby’s going to need to be delivered.”

Once in hospital, your baby’s heart rate will be regularly checked and ultrasound scans used to check on his growth and wellbeing.

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What happens after the birth?

For most women delivery reverses all of the effects of pre-eclampsia. However, this improvement is sometimes preceded by a final crisis.

“Taking away the placenta gets rid of the cause but not all of the effects,” explains Professor Nelson-Piercy. “So it is not at all uncommon for women to get a little worse after they deliver before they ultimately get better.”

What postnatal check-ups will you need for pre-eclampsia?

“Women will very often be on blood pressure tablets when they are sent home,” explains Professor Nelson-Piercy. “Unless they’ve got pre-existing hypertension they won’t need to take these beyond 4-6 after giving birth.”

You will also need more frequent checks on your blood pressure and will need to go and see your GP for advice on reducing the dosage.

Again, NICE recommends that anyone with pre-eclampsia gets reviewed at 6 weeks to make sure the high blood pressure and the protein in the urine have gone away. They also need to be counselled about their long term risks.’

Are there any long term implications of pre-eclampsia?

Having had pre-eclampsia you are more at risk long term of developing high blood pressure and kidney disease in later life. You are also more at risk of a reoccurrence in subsequent pregnancies.

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Kate Middleton once hid a very strange item in her bag to avoid embarrassment in front of the Queen

Kate Middleton once tried to conceal this bizarre item in her designer handbag in a bid to impress the Queen and avoid embarrassment.

As the royal family attends the traditional Chelsea Flower Show this year, it’s been revealed that Kate once almost suffered embarrassment in front of the Queen at the special event. 
For the 2019 show, Kate actually designed her very own garden which she was keen for the Queen to approve of.
This royal news comes after it’s been revealed that two royal family members are becoming soap stars to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

As the Queen delighted fans by attending The 2022 Chelsea Flower Show in a luxury buggy due to her mobility issues, it’s been reported that Kate almost suffered a faux pas at the very same event a few years ago. 

At the iconic show in 2019, Kate actually designed her very own garden, called Back to Nature’ and was very keen to gain the Queen’s approval.

So much so, according to the Mirror, that she was seen tidying up the garden herself before Her Majesty arrived to take a look.

“But before Her Majesty arrived, a seemingly nervous Kate was eager to impress and scurried around the garden tidying up,” the publication reports.

Not only that, attendees even saw her stuffing twigs and loose leaves into her designer handbag to make sure it was spotless before the monarch looked around. 

She needn’t have worried though, as royal author Andrew Morton has revealed that Kate already had the Queen’s approval. In fact, she had it from the moment she married Prince William, as the Queen ‘admired’ Kate for loving the ‘real’ him and not his title.

The Queen has shown her trust in Kate time and time again, having her and her son, Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie Wessex step in to attend this year’s Buckingham Palace garden parties. The Queen is sadly set to miss them all.

It’s also been reported that Kate is very much ‘ready’ for her ‘royal destiny’ as she has been radiating confidence during solo engagements and events.

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Homemade Steak Sauce

Homemade Steak Sauce is tangy, barely sweetened, and just a little bit smoky. Perfect for steak dipping and burger topping, this sauce is all the best parts of A-1 and Heinz 57 sauce flavors, made at home.

You only need a couple of minutes to stir everything together, then it will simmer on its own. I served this sauce with these Steak Bites the first time I made it and there was hardly a bite leftover.

Homemade Steak Sauce

I know some steak lovers are purists and eschew sauce. Personally, I love the flavor a good sauce adds to meat.

What I don’t love are overly sweet sauces. However, I also don’t want my sauce to be so sour I can hardly eat it. I’m a little bit high maintenance that way, I guess.

Give me a sauce that’s tangy, smoky, and vinegary with just a little sweetness to finish things off. This homemade steak sauce definitely fits the bill. It’s the only one you’ll ever need!

How to Make Steak Sauce

Have you been buying steak sauce in a bottle your whole life? You’ll love how easy it is to make it at home. You may never reach for the store-bought stuff again.

Don’t let the long ingredients list fool you. All of the ingredients are things you’re likely to have on hand in your pantry already and it couldn’t be any easier to mix them all together.

The body of the sauce comes from a blend of ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, and vinegar. Both plain old white vinegar and white wine vinegar are delicious in the recipe. Use whichever you have on hand.

A little dijon mustard, garlic, and lemon juice add flavor and zest while the red pepper flakes give the sauce a touch of spice. Be sure to use dijon mustard, not the bright colored yellow stuff, for the right taste and texture.

After mixing the ingredients in a saucepan, you bring it to a boil and heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool the sauce to room temperature then store in the fridge until ready to use.

This will keep nicely for a couple of weeks in the fridge and can also be stored in the freezer! Thaw frozen sauce to room temperature before serving. It’s delicious served warm or room temperature anywhere you would use A1 or Heinz Sauce.

Steak Sauce Recipe

Combine ketchup, garlic, water, vinegar, lemon juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, mustard, and red pepper in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce will thicken and reduce slightly.Let cool and then transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate until needed.

This recipe is lightly adapted from and with thanks to Jenn’s Food Journey.

Steak bites are one of our most popular weeknight meals in my house and this sauce is perfect with them. Try it with Asian Steak BitesButtered Steak Bites with Mushrooms, and Indian Spiced Steak Bites.

The sauce would also be just perfect served with this Grilled Skirt Steak from The Noshery or as an alternative to barbecue sauce on Filthy Burgers.

I’d be just as likely to dunk potato wedges or Crisp Garlic Oven Fries into this sauce too!

For more homemade sauce recipes to try, be sure to check out Sweet and Spicy Homemade Barbecue SauceTangy Memphis BBQ SauceThe Best Homemade Ketchup and Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce and Salad Dressing.

Making your own dipping sauces is so simple, plus the freshness and taste can’t be beaten!

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Homemade Steak Sauce

Homemade Steak Sauce is tangy, barely sweetened, and just a little bit smoky. Perfect for steak dipping and burger topping, you’re going to love it.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword Steak Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 tablespoons (about 2/3 cup)
Calories 17kcal

Ingredients

1/2 cup ketchup1 large garlic clove minced2 tablespoons water2 tablespoons plain vinegar or white wine vinegar1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice1 tablespoon soy sauce1 tablespoon light brown sugar1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

Combine ketchup, garlic, water, vinegar, lemon juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, mustard, and red pepper in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce will thicken and reduce slightly.
Let cool and then transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate until needed. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

{originally published 9/23/14 – recipes notes and photos updated 5/24/22}

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The Queen travels around Chelsea Flower Show in a buggy amid ‘mobility issues’

The Queen attended the Chelsea Flower Show in style and comfort as she used a luxury buggy to get around amid her ongoing health struggles.

The Queen delighted attendees and royal fans as she made a surprise appearance at the preview of the Chelsea Flower Show.
To ensure her comfort, the Queen toured the show in a £62,000 buggy, marking the first time she’s been seen using one.
This royal news comes after the Queen’s love for Kate Middleton for adoring the ‘real’ Prince William was revealed.

The Queen attended the royal preview of the Chelsea Flower Show, much to the delight of royal fans.

Her Majesty wore a lovely bright pink coat and looked very on theme with a floral dress and broach. She toured around the iconic show in style, using for the first time in public, a luxury buggy. 

The four-wheeled buggy reportedly cost £62,000 and offered the Queen relief amid her ongoing ‘episodic mobility issues’ that have left her using a wheelchair ‘for much of the time’.

Her appearance at the show was uncertain as the monarch has been forced to cancel numerous engagements, including the latest disappointing news that she will miss the Jubilee’s Trooping of the Colours. This will mark the first time she’s missed it in 70 years, she will also sadly miss the reaming Buckingham Palace garden parties

Buckingham Palace released a brief statement regarding the Queen’s new wheels saying, “Adjustments have been made for the Queen’s comfort.”

A video of the Queen, accompanied by her son Prince Edward and Sophies Wessex, traveling around the show was shared on Instagram, where fans were quick to praise her buggy.

One commented, “Brilliant BRILLIANT idea for the buggy.”

Another added, “Lovely to see Her Majesty again looking so happy on her buggy.”

A third also wrote, “Wonderful to see Her Majesty! And how clever to have her save her energy in the open cart.”

Despite her recent health setbacks, the Queen looked to be enjoying the show and was pictured beaming. Her attendance surprised fans but they were equally delighted. She would not have wanted to miss the show as she is the patron of the Horticultural Society and has attended the show, according got OK! Over 50 times in her lifetime.

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Lincoln Lawyer Netflix: How many episodes, who killed the wife and is there a second series?

Legal drama fans are gripped by the new Lincoln Lawyer Netflix series which has landed on the streaming service but fans are wondering how many episodes are there, who killed the wife and is there a second series?

The new series focuses on Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), an iconoclastic idealist, who runs his law practice out of the back seat of his Lincoln, as he takes on cases big and small across the expansive city of Los Angeles.

Fans of other legal dramas like The Split, and Four Lives will be able to get stuck into this new series on the streaming service that brought fans The Cleveland Abduction, Tinder Swindler and the schemes of Inventing Anna or flat-sharing docu-series Worst Roomate Ever.

But if you’re wondering why the synopsis sounds familiar, it is based on the series of bestselling novels by renowned author Michael Connelly, the first season is based on the second book in The Lincoln Lawyer series, The Brass Verdict.

How many episodes of Lincoln Lawyer are on Netflix?

There are 10 episodes of Lincoln Lawyer on Netflix in season one. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo plays the lead and he stars alongside Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycole and Angus Sampson in the debut legal series.

And if you’re yet to binge watch the episodes, here’s what’s in-store…

He Rides Again
The Magic Bullet
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Who killed the wife in Lincoln Lawyer?

*Spoiler alert!! If you’re wondering who killed the wife Laura (Katy Erin) in the Lincoln Lawyer Netflix series then look no further than Trevor (Christopher Gorham) – he’s the person with the motive and is revealed to be the one who killed his wife and her lover as his own home. He uses a drone to dispose of his clothes into the nearby sea before fabricating the Russian’s involvement.

The case took an unexpected twist from when it started out – it was originally being handled by Jerry, the lawyer who leaves Mickey his firm before his death, and who had his laptop stolen on the night he got murdered, leading Mickey to think that his death had something to do with this case.

But as the series continues, Mickey begins to think that Trevor’s college roommate, who is now head of a Russian mob and whom Trevor put as the initial investor in his business, is behind the killings of Trevor’s wife and her boyfriend, Jan Rilz.

Mickey learns through his investigations that a ‘magic bullet’ that Jerry had would help him win the case and he ties it to a shooter that was caught on the same night named Eli Wymes (Mikal Vega).

Why Trevor had so much gunpowder residue on him also proves to be a winning defence. With his reputation cleared, Trevor is deemed not guilty and is now a free man.

But the final episode uncovers a motive that actually pins him down as the murderer but before he can be punished for his involvement, things take a turn for the worst for Trevor who was thinking he had gotten off scot-free, when he is gunned down by another one of Jan’s lovers, Carol Dubois (Heather Mazur).

Is there a second series of Lincoln Lawyer?

There is no confirmation yet from Netflix about a second series of Lincoln Lawyer but the show is hit the Top 10 in its first week of release so fans are hoping for a renewed series.

Like Bridgerton, there is potential for future series as the show also has a wealth of material to work from, with Haller having had a central role in six of Michael Connelly’s books. So there is scope for a possible season 2 to adapt the third book in the series, The Reversal, but this remains to be seen at the moment.

And author Michael Connelly has shared his thoughts on a possible season 2 and urged fans to get behind the show if they want it to return.

He tweeted, “As for season 2 of The Lincoln Lawyer, we’re waiting to hear and really hope it happens. If you enjoy the show please do give it a thumbs up on Netflix. And if you like to rate shows on sites like Rotten Tomatoes & IMDb, we would really appreciate that, too. It all helps. Thanks.”

As for season 2 of The Lincoln Lawyer, we’re waiting to hear and really hope it happens. If you enjoy the show please do give it a thumbs up on Netflix. And if you like to rate shows on sites like Rotten Tomatoes & IMDb, we would really appreciate that, too. It all helps. Thanks.

— Michael Connelly (@Connellybooks) May 17, 2022

Why is it called Lincoln Lawyer?

It’s called the Lincoln Lawyer because the criminal defence attorney Mickey Haller has made a moderately successful career operating around Los Angeles County using his Lincoln Town Car as an office – and it’s driven by a former client who is working off his legal fees.

You can stream Season 1 of Lincoln Lawyer on Netflix now.

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When was the Queen coronated and how old was she when she took the throne?

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With her Platinum Jubilee upon us, we revisit when the Queen was coronated and relive special details from the historic day. 

As the Queen of England she’s accustomed to grandeur and great perks like palaces, jewels and two birthdays a year. But perhaps the most grand and memorable moment in any monarch’s life is the Coronation ceremony itself. And Queen Elizabeth II’s certainly proved to be a historic and record-breaking one.

This year Her Majesty celebrates her Platinum Jubilee – totalling an incredible 70 years on the throne. To mark the occasion, the UK will have an extra bank holiday to coincide with the anniversary of her big coronation. From a significant London setting to a fabulous frock and an impressive international guest list – we take a trip down the monarch’s memory lane. 

When was the Queen coronated?

The Queen’s coronation took place on 2 June 1953 in Westminster Abbey. The service was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and began at 11:15am prompt, lasting for around three hours. Queen Elizabeth II was the thirty-ninth sovereign to have their coronation at Westminster Abbey. Hers was particularly historic though – as it was the first ever coronation to be televised.

As depicted in Netflix’s The Crown, the idea to televise the coronation was suggested by the late Prince Philip. The Queen made her husband chair of her coronation commission. And he thought that broadcasting the ceremony would help modernize the monarchy.

Approximately 27 million people in Britain tuned into the event via the BBC, outnumbering the radio audience for the first time (11 million). Though it wasn’t only UK viewers watching along, with this global event attracting millions of international viewers too. Record-breaking figures were recorded in America, Germany and various Commonwealth countries.

For the special occasion, Her Majesty wore the George IV State Diadem. The crown is made up of 1,333 diamonds and 169 pearls and boasts roses, shamrocks and thistles. Made in 1820, it’s the crown that many will recognise her wearing on first and second class stamps today.

It proved to be the perfect companian to Elizabeth’s coronation gown made by British fashion designer Norman Hartnell. The two already held a special relationship, with Hartnell having also designed the Queen’s wedding dress when she married Prince Philip.

Queen Elizabeth in her coronation dress on the day itself and a year later for the state opening of parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. (Credit: Future/Getty)

The stunning white satin dress had a sweetheart neckline and full bodied skirt. Though the star of the design was the embroidered silver and gold threaded emblems that represented the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. This included the Tudor Rose (England), the Fern (New Zealand), the Maple Leaf (Canada) and Leeks (Wales).

According to his autiobiography Silver & Gold, it took Hartwell nine sketches to get the dress right. “I liked the last one best, but naturally did not express my opinion when I submitted these paintings to Her Majesty,” he wrote.

The Queen has re-worn the gown in question a further six times – including the the Opening of Parliament in New Zealand in 1954.

Who attended Queen Elizabeth’s coronation?

Inside Westminster Abbey, an incredible 8.251 guests took their seats for the coronation. Those in attendance included then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill, other government figures, foreign royalty and international heads of state from 129 countries.

The Queen’s eldest son Prince Charles was also at the Abbey – aged just four years-old at the time. He sat next to his grandmother The Queen Mother and his auntie Princess Margaret.

Charles received his own specially illustrated invitation adorned with British guards in uniform, a lion and a unicorn. He became the first heir apparent – meaning the first in the royal line of succession – to attend a Queen’s coronation.

A young Prince Charles (middle) at his mother’s coronation in 1953. (Credit: Hulton-Deutsch/Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis via Getty Images)

Princess Anne – then aged 2 – was however deemed too young to go. Though she did appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after the ceremony.

The world’s press also gathered to cover the prestigious ceremony. According to the Royal Family website, 2,000 journalists from 92 nations made the journey. One of whom was Jacqueline Bouvier, later known as First Lady of the USA, Jackie Kennedy.

How did Britain celebrate the Queen’s coronation?

In London, three million people lined the streets to watch the new Queen returning from the coronation ceremony to Buckingham palace, despite the wet weather. The 7.2km route was designed to allow as many people as possible to gather. It passed through London’s Trafalgar Square, Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner and took two hours to complete the procession.

Across the rest of the UK, people held street parties and pageants to celebrate the coronation. But mostly they invited their friends and families to watch the events in London on television. In the two months leading up to the coronation, British viewers bought more TVs than they ever had previously.

The coronation celebrations ended with the traditional appearance of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace waving to the crowd. Loud cheers from the crowds led the Queen to appear six times on the balcony. The Queen appeared still wearing the Imperial State Crown and royal robes worn during the service.

During one such appearance she was joined by Prince Philip and their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne. Jet planes from the Royal Air Force were arranged to fly across the Mall as the monarch made her balcony appearance.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles on the Buckingham Palace balcony during coronation day.(Credit: Getty Images)

Why was the Queen’s coronation delayed?

Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was delayed because royal tradition asks that an appropriate length of mourning time follows after a monarch’s death before such a celebration takes place.  As such, the Queen waited 15 months and 25 days between taking the title of Queen and her official coronation.

Queen Elizabeth spent the first three months of her reign in seclusion as she mourned her father, but in the summer of 1952 she moved from Clarence House to Buckingham Palace and began undertaking her sovereign duties. That November, she carried out her first opening of Parliament.

The delay also allowed enough time to plan and prepare for the ceremony – although the planning really began when Elizabeth was just 11 years old. Her father, King George VI, made her write down a review of his own coronation, so that she would understand each element and be better prepared for when her time came.

“I thought it all very, very wonderful and I expect the Abbey did, too,” reads Elizabeth’s account as reported by Vanity Fair. “The arches and beams at the top were covered with a sort of haze of wonder as Papa was crowned, at least I thought so.” Whilst impressed with the venue, the future Queen noted that “At the end the service got rather boring as it was all prayers”.

“Grannie and I were looking to see how many more pages to the end, and we turned one more and then I pointed to the word at the bottom of the page and it said ‘Finis.’ We both smiled at each other and turned back to the service.”

As for her coronation – the date, 2 June, was chosen in the hopes of good weather for the event. However, in true British style, it rained all day.  After her coronation, Elizabeth officially became known as “Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.”

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When did the Queen become Queen?

Though coronated in 1953, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary became Queen Elizabeth II on February 6th 1952, following the passing of her father George VI. She is officially the UK’s longest serving monarch, surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother Victoria in 2015. And it doesn’t look like the Queen will retire anytime soon.

The Queen was on holiday in Kenya when she learnt of her father’s death. The King died in his sleep at Sandringham after battling ill health following a lung operation. The then-Princess officially succeeded the throne whilst away in Africa. This was another historic achievement, with Elizabeth II the first monarch in over 200 years to become sovereign while abroad.

2022 marked the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne. In a speech celebrating the achievement, she shared her “pleasure to renew to you the pledge I gave in 1947 that my life will always be devoted to your service”. She also took the opportunity to request Camilla be known as Queen Consort when Charles becomes king.

How old was the Queen when she took the throne?

Queen Elizabeth II was just 25-years-old when she was crowned monarch of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. This makes her one of the youngest monarchs to ascend the throne at the time.

She was celebrated her official birthday a week later. But this date is not when she was born.

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Pointless host Richard Osman is engaged to Doctor Who star Ingrid Oliver

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Richard Osman is engaged to Doctor Who actress Ingrid Oliver after nine months of dating. 

Lockdown wasn’t an easy time to find love for most people, leaving plenty of people desperate for tips on how to spice up your love life.

However, Pointless host Richard Osman found his happily ever after as he announced his engagement to Doctor Who actress Ingrid.

In an author-to-author interview for The Guardian, Marian Keyes asked Richard, “Is it true you are getting married?”

To which daytime quiz show host Richard replied, “Yes. Exciting, isn’t it?”

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After many years of platonic friendship, the Pointless presenter started a romantic relationship with Ingrid in September of 2021.

Richard’s future wife, best known for her role as Petronella Osgood in the BBC science fiction drama, moved into his south-west London home shortly after their romance blossomed.

He mentioned on the Christmas Day episode of Desert Island Discs, “I’m happy with myself, I’ve got these beautiful kids, I’ve met the woman who I’m going to be with for the rest of my life.

“That thing of competition and ambition, you soon realise that rocket fuel disappears and it’s about happiness and my kids bring me happiness and Ingrid brings me happiness.”

Richard has reached new heights as a novelist, with The Thursday Murder Club, his debut novel, selling over a million copies and being optioned for cinema by Steven Spielberg.

Richard recently revealed that he will be quitting Pointless to concentrate only on writing.

In a statement, he said, “Pointless has been a joy from start to finish, working alongside my friend Alexander Armstrong, backed by the most wonderful team, and for the best viewers in the world.

“I will miss everyone so much, but I’m thrilled that I’ll still be presenting the celebrity shows. I can’t thank everyone enough for 12 amazing years.”

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