stephen jay gould

(september 10, 1941-may 20,2002)
  • Trump Sets Up Showdown With DOJ Over Claims Of Campaign Surveillance

    Trump Sets Up Showdown With DOJ Over Claims Of Campaign SurveillancePresident Donald Trump said on Sunday he intends to direct the Department of


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  • North Korea demands South Korea send back restaurant workers

    North Korea demands South Korea send back restaurant workersSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday reiterated its demands for South Korea to send back 12 North Korean restaurant workers who came to the South in 2016, saying such a move would demonstrate Seoul's willingness to improve relations.


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  • Protesters Throw A Fiesta To Razz Lawyer Who Ranted At Spanish Speakers

    Protesters Throw A Fiesta To Razz Lawyer Who Ranted At Spanish Speakers> Mariachi band continues #AaronSchlossberg #hablamosespanol @NYDailyNews


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  • China air force lands bombers on South China Sea island

    China air force lands bombers on South China Sea islandChina's air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region, it said in a statement. "A division of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) recently organized multiple bombers such as the H-6K to conduct take-off and landing training on islands and reefs in the South China Sea in order to improve our ability to 'reach all territory, conduct strikes at any time and strike in all directions'," it said in the statement issued on Friday. It said the pilot of the H-6K bomber conducted assault training on a designated sea target and then carried out take-offs and landings at an airport in the area, describing the exercise as preparation for "the West Pacific and the battle for the South China Sea".


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  • Houston Texans Star J.J. Watt Will Pay for the Santa Fe High School Victims' Funerals

    Houston Texans Star J.J. Watt Will Pay for the Santa Fe High School Victims' FuneralsTen people were killed in the attack


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  • A look at major plane crashes in Cuba in recent years

    A look at major plane crashes in Cuba in recent yearsHAVANA (AP) — A look at some of the major plane crashes in Cuba in recent years:


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  • Cougar Kills Mountain Biker In Washington State, Injures Companion

    Cougar Kills Mountain Biker In Washington State, Injures CompanionA cougar attacked two mountain bikers in Washington state Saturday morning,


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  • Missouri boat crash kills three, injuries two

    Missouri boat crash kills three, injuries twoThree people are dead and two more are injured after a boat crash at Lake of the Ozarks.


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  • Hounded by graft probe, fearing safety Malaysia's Najib seeks protection

    Hounded by graft probe, fearing safety Malaysia's Najib seeks protectionBy Fathin Ungku KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak fears for his safety and has asked for police protection, his spokesman said on Sunday, a day after the ex-leader complained over the conduct of police searching properties for evidence of corruption. Having ruled Malaysia for nearly 10 years, Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, have been barred from leaving the country after his coalition's surprise defeat in an election on May 9. Najib has consistently denied all allegations of wrongdoing, but his image hasn't been helped by his wife's reputation for lavish spending.


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  • Mark Kelly: Trump Rolled Over For NRA, Did Nothing About Guns After Parkland

    Mark Kelly: Trump Rolled Over For NRA, Did Nothing About Guns After ParklandFormer astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of shooting survivor and former Rep.


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  • Palestinian publicly sets himself on fire in Gaza

    Palestinian publicly sets himself on fire in GazaGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A 20-year-old Palestinian is in critical condition Sunday after publicly setting himself on fire but his motives remain unclear with family believing he was despairing over Gaza's dire living conditions and Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the territory, alleging personal problems.


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  • Saudis detain women's advocates ahead of driving ban lift

    Saudis detain women's advocates ahead of driving ban liftSaudi authorities have arrested seven prominent women's rights advocates, dividing public opinion just weeks before the kingdom is set to lift its driving ban on women. Without naming those detained, Saudi Arabia's state security apparatus said seven people had been arrested for "attempting to undermine the security and stability of the kingdom... and to erode national unity". The crackdown comes even as the kingdom breaks with long-held restrictions on women and the mixing of the genders, with its driving ban on women slated to end June 24.


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  • Who Is Cello Bae? Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 19, Wows With Royal Wedding Solo

    Who Is Cello Bae? Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 19, Wows With Royal Wedding SoloSheku Kanneh-Mason said he was "bowled over" to be invited to play.


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  • 10 Most-Reliable Luxury SUVs For 2018

    10 Most-Reliable Luxury SUVs For 2018


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  • The Latest: Hazardous cloud spreads from where lava hits sea

    The Latest: Hazardous cloud spreads from where lava hits seaPAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on an erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local):


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  • Afghan government under pressure as Taliban threaten new district

    Afghan government under pressure as Taliban threaten new districtTaliban fighters closed in on another district in Afghanistan on Sunday as officials sought to reassure an increasingly angry public that security would improve. On Sunday, the insurgents were besieging the governor's compound in Ajrestan district in Ghazni, south of the capital Kabul, although officials said reinforcements had arrived and were relieving police defending the town. The fighting in Ghazni, which has long had a heavy Taliban presence, follows several days of fighting in Farah province, on the other side of Afghanistan on the border with Iran where the insurgents came close to overrunning the provincial capital.


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  • Santa Fe Shooting: Teacher Killed Left One Last Note For Her Family

    Santa Fe Shooting: Teacher Killed Left One Last Note For Her FamilyThey have since framed the heartbreaking note.


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  • Police: 2 arrests in fatal shooting after Georgia graduation

    Police: 2 arrests in fatal shooting after Georgia graduationJONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Police announced the arrests of two people Saturday in a fatal shooting outside a high school graduation ceremony in Georgia.


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  • Jimmy Kimmel Shreds 'Cowardly' Trump, Lawmakers After Texas School Shooting

    Jimmy Kimmel Shreds 'Cowardly' Trump, Lawmakers After Texas School ShootingJimmy Kimmel fiercely rebuked President Donald Trump and lawmakers on Friday


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  • Iran says Europe's support for nuclear deal not enough

    Iran says Europe's support for nuclear deal not enoughBy Alissa de Carbonnel TEHRAN (Reuters) - The European Union is not doing enough to preserve the benefits for Iran from the 2015 international nuclear pact following the withdrawal of the United States, Iran's foreign minister told the EU's energy chief on Sunday. Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for energy and climate, said Tehran wanted the 28-nation bloc to act fast to preserve its oil trade with Iran, and to consider making direct euro-denominated payments for Iranian oil to Iran’s central bank, bypassing the U.S. financial system.


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  • Cuba plane crash: What we know

    Cuba plane crash: What we know- Among the 110 people killed were 99 Cubans, the six-person Mexican crew and five foreign passengers -- an Argentine couple, a Mexican woman and two people from Western Sahara, according to Cuba's Transport Minister Adel Yzquierdo. - The aircraft was a Boeing 737-200 leased to Cuba's state airline Cubana de Aviacion by Mexican company Global Air, also known as Aerolineas Damojh.


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  • Meet Meghan Markle's Surprising Royal Wedding Dress Designer, Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller

    Meet Meghan Markle's Surprising Royal Wedding Dress Designer, Givenchy's Clare Waight KellerFashion fit for a royal


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  • New documents suggest Las Vegas shooter was conspiracy theorist – what we know

    New documents suggest Las Vegas shooter was conspiracy theorist – what we knowStephen Paddock was the gunman who killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more last October, when he opened fire from the window of his room at the Mandalay hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Yesterday, following legal action from news organizations, the Las Vegas police department released a trove of documents on the investigation, including statements from witnesses and victims. Mostly the documents contain harrowing accounts from victims of Stephen Paddock’s shooting spree.


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  • Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

    Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela electionCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials declared socialist leader Nicolas Maduro the easy winner of Sunday's presidential election, while his leading challenger questioned the legitimacy of a vote marred by irregularities and called for a new ballot to prevent a brewing social crisis from exploding.


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  • A Noah's Ark of animals rescued from Hawaii lava

    A Noah's Ark of animals rescued from Hawaii lavaWhen hundreds of residents of Hawaii's Big Island fled their homes after the Kilauea volcano erupted, some left behind not only most of their belongings, but also their beloved pets. In the two weeks since fountains of lava and poisonous gas spewed from the volcano, volunteers have made heroic efforts to retrieve a veritable Noah's Ark of dogs and cats, geese and ducks, cows and goats, horses, cattle and exotic birds. Many were reuniting with their owners at evacuation shelters.


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  • Sri Lanka warns of Tamil separatist resurgence

    Sri Lanka warns of Tamil separatist resurgenceSri Lanka's president Saturday warned that Tamil extremists were regrouping abroad to revive their demand to divide the island nation nine years after the end of its decades-long ethnic war. Maithripala Sirisena said government forces had failed to quash the Tamil rebels' separatism, although they were militarily conquered by May 2009 following a no-holds-barred offensive. "We have defeated terrorism of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), but we have not been able to defeat their ideology," Sirisena said.


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  • Santa Fe Shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis Allegedly Targeted Girl Who Turned Down His Advances

    Santa Fe Shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis Allegedly Targeted Girl Who Turned Down His AdvancesHer mother said she'd been having problems with the gunman for months.


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  • ‘I am not obstructing justice, I am seeking it’: Oakland mayor fires back at Trump after warning immigrants about raids

    ‘I am not obstructing justice, I am seeking it’: Oakland mayor fires back at Trump after warning immigrants about raidsThe mayor of Oakland is pushing back on President Donald Trump’s claims that she obstructed justice by warning undocumented immigrants of an impending federal raid. Mayor Libby Schaaf, a Democrat, wrote in a weekend op-ed that it was her “duty” to warn immigrants about the raid, which was set to target around 1,000 people living in the Bay Area earlier this year. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has indicated that a tweet from the mayor prevented the arrest of as many as 800 people.


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  • Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

    Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by IranBAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first.


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  • A royal reception feast for 600: langoustines, quail eggs and rhubarb tartlets

    A royal reception feast for 600: langoustines, quail eggs and rhubarb tartletsGuests of Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan were set to tuck into dishes including Scottish langoustines, grilled asparagus and rhubarb crumble tartlets at a lunchtime reception for the newlyweds. Canapes being served include poached free-range chicken in a lightly spiced yoghurt with roasted apricot, croquettes of confit Windsor lamb and garden-pea panna cotta with quail eggs and lemon verbena. There were also bowl foods such as pea and mint risotto with pea shoots, truffle oil and parmesan crisps, and 10-hour slow roasted Windsor pork belly, all washed down with champagne, wines and a range of soft drinks.


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  • Former Shell Oil president talks rising oil prices

    Former Shell Oil president talks rising oil pricesGas prices continue to rise with increasing oil costs; Former Shell Oil Company president John Hofmeister shares insight.


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  • Serena Williams Went All Out For The Royal Wedding

    Serena Williams Went All Out For The Royal WeddingSerena Williams looked simply stunning as she arrived at the royal wedding of


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  • The Latest: Man faces 2 murder charges in restaurant plowing

    The Latest: Man faces 2 murder charges in restaurant plowingBESSEMER CITY, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a vehicle that crashed into a North Carolina restaurant (all times local):


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  • "Born to kill" Texas shooter a quiet teenager in trench coat

    "Born to kill" Texas shooter a quiet teenager in trench coatHe was a quiet Texas teenager who danced with his Greek church group and played football. On Friday, authorities said, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis put on a trenchcoat, walked into an art class at his high school in Santa Fe, near Houston, and shot nine fellow students and a teacher dead. There were no red flags beforehand to indicate that Pagourtzis was headed for trouble, Governor Greg Abbott said.


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  • Erdogan holds controversial election rally in Bosnia

    Erdogan holds controversial election rally in BosniaTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday addressed thousands of expatriate Turks in Sarajevo at his only election rally outside Turkey after other European countries banned such events. The Bosnian capital was chosen for the event -- ahead of Ankara's presidential and parliamentary elections next month -- after European Union states such as Germany, Austria and the Netherlands barred Turkish politicians from electioneering in their countries, stoking tensions between Ankara and Brussels. Turkey is scheduled to go the polls on June 24, with three million expatriate Turks allowed to vote, including 1.4 million in Germany.


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  • California Man Wins Lottery 4 times in 6 Months For More Than $6 Million

    California Man Wins Lottery 4 times in 6 Months For More Than $6 MillionHe said he doesn't know what caused his lucky streak.


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  • Immigration a fraught issue for GOP as midterms approach

    Immigration a fraught issue for GOP as midterms approachWASHINGTON (AP) — The chaos among House Republicans this past week on immigration shows just how problematic and risky the issue is for a party that badly needs unity heading into the elections in November that will decide control of Congress.


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  • Reports: IS fighters vacating outskirts of Syria's capital

    Reports: IS fighters vacating outskirts of Syria's capitalBEIRUT (AP) — A cease-fire between Syrian government forces and Islamic State militants in the southern neighborhoods of Damascus has held for 24 hours amid reports that some of the fighters were permitted to leave, a Syrian war monitoring group said Sunday.


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  • Houston police officer heard telling woman to put hands up and 'pretend like we're going to shoot you'

    Houston police officer heard telling woman to put hands up and 'pretend like we're going to shoot you'A viral video involving Houston police officers is now under investigation after an officer was recorded ordering four individuals to exit a vehicle.


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  • India's Modi inaugurates hydro project in Kashmir, Pakistan protests

    India's Modi inaugurates hydro project in Kashmir, Pakistan protestsIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated on Saturday a hydroelectric power plant in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, amid protests from neighbor Pakistan which says the project on a river flowing into Pakistan will disrupt water supplies. The 330 megawatt Kishanganga hydropower station, work on which started in 2009, is one of the projects that India has fast-tracked in the volatile state amid frosty ties between the nuclear-armed countries. "This region can not only become self-sufficient in power but also produce for other regions of the country," Modi said in the state's capital, Srinagar.


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  • Sir Elton John 'performs Circle of Life' for Meghan and Harry at royal wedding reception 

    Sir Elton John 'performs Circle of Life' for Meghan and Harry at royal wedding reception Sir Elton John performed at the lunchtime reception for guests celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George's Hall, Windsor Castle. One guest told The Telegraph the pop icon sang Circle of Life - made famous by the 1994 Disney film The Lion King - and Tiny Dancer. Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family. The music legend's relationship to the monarchy stretches back decades, and he famously re-recorded Candle in the Wind in tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.  Royal wedding day pictures: Best photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's ceremony and reception People were moved to tears at what was described as Sir Elton John "mini-concert", a guest said. Suhani Jalota, the founder of the India-based Myna Mahila charity, said: "He was incredible. It became like a mini-concert in the reception area. It was great." Kensington Palace said: "Sir Elton John has performed at the lunchtime reception for guests celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle. "Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George's Hall, Windsor Castle. "Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family." Sir Elton sang at the funeral service for Harry's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. A Candle in the Wind was originally recorded by Elton John as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe and was released on his 1974 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album.  But he re-recorded the song in 1997 following the death of his close friend Princess Diana and Sir Elton's one and only live performance of the song was at her funeral in September of that year.  It was released as a single a week later and went on to sell around 33 million copies worldwide - making it the second bestselling record of all time behind Bing Crosby's White Christmas.  All proceeds from the single sales were donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial fund.  Royal wedding | Read more


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  • Principal apologizes for 'insensitive' prom tickets language

    Principal apologizes for 'insensitive' prom tickets languageCHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — The principal of a New Jersey high school has apologized for what he called "insensitive" language on tickets for the upcoming senior prom.


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  • Santa Fe shooting: Victims named as community mourns another American massacre

    Santa Fe shooting: Victims named as community mourns another American massacreAs yet another American community grapples with the pain and heartbreak after a mass shooting at their high school, the names of those who were killed in Santa Fe, Texas are being released by their friends and families as they attempt to make sense of a tragedy that has visited the rural community outside Houston. Among those identified have been a substitute teacher who died trying to help students get away when a gunman opened fire just after classes started, a Pakistani exchange student, and a school athlete who friends remembered as the life of any party with a devotion to protecting his siblings. Ten people have been confirmed dead following the southeastern Texas shooting on Friday morning, alongside 10 others who were injured.


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  • Ten dead in Texas school shooting, student arrested

    Ten dead in Texas school shooting, student arrestedTen people, mostly students, were killed when a teenage classmate armed with a shotgun and a revolver opened fire in a Texas high school Friday, the latest deadly school shooting to hit the United States. The gunman, arrested on murder charges, was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old junior at Santa Fe High School.


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  • Macedonia must revise constitution before name deal: Greece

    Macedonia must revise constitution before name deal: GreeceA 27-year name row between Greece and Macedonia cannot be resolved without consitutional revision in the neighbouring country, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Saturday amid hopes for a June deal. "As regards the debate surrounding (Macedonia's) name, the government will not enter more specific talks if the above requirements are not fulfilled first," Tsipras' office said in a statement. In a speech to his party later Saturday, Tsipras said the countries were "closer than ever before" to a solution.


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  • Tina Fey's Sarah Palin Leads 'SNL' Chorus Lamenting 'What I Did For Trump'

    Tina Fey's Sarah Palin Leads 'SNL' Chorus Lamenting 'What I Did For Trump'It's been a long time coming, but "Sarah Palin" was back on "Saturday Night


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  • China launches satellite to explore dark side of moon: Xinhua

    China launches satellite to explore dark side of moon: XinhuaChina launched a relay satellite early on Monday designed to establish a communication link between earth and a planned lunar probe that will explore the dark side of the moon, the official Xinhua news agency said. Citing the China National Space Administration, Xinhua said the satellite was launched at 5:28 a.m. (2128 GMT Sunday) on a Long March-4C rocket from the Xichang launch center in the southwest of the country. "The launch is a key step for China to realize its goal of being the first country to send a probe to soft-land on and rove the far side of the moon," Xinhua quoted Zhang Lihua, manager of the relay satellite project, as saying.


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  • Justify Wins the Preakness Stakes and Is Now One Race Away From the Triple Crown

    Justify Wins the Preakness Stakes and Is Now One Race Away From the Triple CrownHe galloped to victory in a thick fog and on a sloppy track


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  • Helio, Danica move on; Hinchcliffe is bumped from Indy 500

    Helio, Danica move on; Hinchcliffe is bumped from Indy 500INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar's marquee names turned a day of qualifying for the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" into a throwback, nail-biting, bumping affair.


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  • Royal wedding guests moved to tears by Prince Charles speech about his 'darling old Harry'

    Royal wedding guests moved to tears by Prince Charles speech about his 'darling old Harry'Follow Sunday's live updates on the day after the royal wedding ceremony and reception here The Prince of Wales described how emotional he felt watching his youngest son, whom he still remembers so clearly as a baby, marrying the love of his life. As he addressed 600 guests gathered at the reception St George’s Hall, there was barely a dry eye as he spoke so warmly about his "darling old Harry" and the man he had grown into. The Prince described how moving it was, at this point in his life, to watch his little boy move on. A little boy, whom he had winded so often as a baby and whom, he joked, might still have a bit of wind today. Guests described how warmly he welcomed Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, to Windsor and into his family. Frequently, throughout the course of the reception, he was spotted with his arm around Mrs Ragland. Prince Harry, looking like "the cat that got the cream,” then gave a heartfelt, "off the cuff" speech in which he made it clear he was the happiest man in the world. Our picture editors' 22 favourite images of the Royal wedding He too, was effusive about how beautiful his new wife looked, and prompted laughs as he reminded the guests where they were and told them not to be too raucous and disturb the neighbours when they left the castle. He raised hearty guffaws as he promised that the Americans would not steal the swords. Veronica German, who runs the charity Dolen Cymru Wales Lesotho Link, said: "He couldn't get very far as every time he said 'my wife' everyone cheered and he had to go back to the beginning. It was very funny."  As he finished his speech, Prince Harry jokingly asked whether anyone present could play the piano before introducing Sir Elton John, who belted out hits including Tiny Dancer, which he dedicated to Ms Markle, Your Song and Circle of Life. Johnny Hornby, chairman of Prince Harry's Sentebale charity, said: “It was a really warm atmosphere, the speeches were funny and touching. “Prince Charles was clearly really moved for this moment, for Harry. “The laughs turned it into a bit of a party atmosphere. Then Elton John started playing, it was great fun. There was a lot of tradition but also a lot of modernity.” Peter Fernhead, co-founder of African Parks, said the reception was “remarkable” and topped an incredible day. “We all gathered while they were having their pictures done,” he said. “When Harry and Meghan came in they stood on the podium and Prince William introduced them. “Prince Charles made a really gracious speech, it was really calming and amazingly endearing. He’s got a wonderfully dry sense of humour. “Prince Harry thanked everyone for coming, particularly those who had travelled so far. He was completely charming about Meghan, they are so clearly in love. We all had a tear in our eye." The most stylish guests from Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle Guests then mingled as they tucked into bite sized slices of a magnificent lemon and elderflower sponge cake. Designed by London-based American baker Claire Ptak, it contained elderflower syrup made at the Queen’s residence in Sandringham using the estate’s own elderflower trees. The three tiers, which were transported individually from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, were decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers including peonies and roses, were arranged in a non-traditional way. The wedding cake features elderflower syrup made at The Queens residence in Sandringham Credit: AFP Guests were also served a selection of seasonal canapés including Scottish langoustines wrapped in smoked salmon with citrus crème fraiche, grilled asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian ham, heritage tomato and basil tartare with balsamic pearls and croquettes of confit windsor lamb. The selection of bowl food included free range chicken with morel mushrooms and young leeks, pea and mint risotto with pea shoots, truffle oil and parmesan crisps and ten hour slow roasted Windsor pork belly with apple compote and crackling. A kiss as they leave St George's Chapel as husband and wife Credit: PA For those with a sweet tooth, there were champagne and pistachio macaroons, orange crème brûlée tartlets and miniature rhubarb crumble tartlets. The food was washed down with Pol Roger Brut Réserve Non Vintage Champagne, and a selection of wines.  Ms Markle was due to make a speech at the evening reception at Frogmore House. Sir Elton John's performance Sir Elton John has performed at the lunchtime reception for guests celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George's Hall, Windsor Castle. One guest told The Telegraph the pop icon sang Circle of Life - made famous by the 1994 Disney film The Lion King - and Tiny Dancer. Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family. The music legend's relationship to the monarchy stretches back decades, and he famously re-recorded Candle in the Wind in tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.  Sir Elton John waves as he leaves St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle  Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Kensington Palace said: "Sir Elton John has performed at the lunchtime reception for guests celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle. "Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George's Hall, Windsor Castle. "Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family." Sir Elton sang at the funeral service for Harry's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. A Candle in the Wind was originally recorded by Elton John as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe and was released on his 1974 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album.  But he re-recorded the song in 1997 following the death of his close friend Princess Diana and Sir Elton's one and only live performance of the song was at her funeral in September of that year.  It was released as a single a week later and went on to sell around 33 million copies worldwide - making it the second bestselling record of all time behind Bing Crosby's White Christmas.  All proceeds from the single sales were donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial fund.  The menu Her Majesty The Queen gave a Lunchtime Reception at St George's Hall in Windsor Castle for around 600 guests drawn from the Wedding Service congregation. Guests were served a selection of canapés, including: Scottish Langoustines wrapped in Smoked Salmon with Citrus Crème Fraiche Grilled English Asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian Ham Garden Pea Panna Cotta with Quail Eggs and Lemon Verbena Heritage Tomato and Basil Tartare with Balsamic Pearls Poached Free Range Chicken bound in a Lightly Spiced Yoghurt with Roasted Apricot Croquette of Confit Windsor Lamb, Roasted Vegetables and Shallot Jam Warm Asparagus Spears with Mozzarella and Sun-Blush Tomatoes Guests were also served a selection of bowl food, including: Fricassee of Free Range Chicken with Morel Mushrooms and Young Leeks Pea and Mint Risotto with Pea Shoots, Truffle Oil and Parmesan Crisps Ten Hour Slow Roasted Windsor Pork Belly with Apple Compote and Crackling Sweet canapés were also served, including: Champagne and Pistachio Macaroons Orange Crème Brûlée Tartlets Miniature Rhubarb Crumble Tartlets Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding reception guests were served classic dishes made from seasonal British produce - much from the Queen's own estates. The sweet and savoury canapes were made to be consumed in two bites, while the bowl dishes could be eaten standing up. Harry and his bride-to-be have tasted and selected their wedding reception menu, which were created by staff from the royal kitchens at Windsor Castle over the previous days. Royal chef Mark Flanagan at the royal kitchen at Windsor Castle Credit: David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire Royal chef Mark Flanagan led the team who put the finishing touches to the canapes and bowl dishes being served during the afternoon event, hosted by the Queen in the castle's St George's Hall. Mr Flanagan said beforehand: "The day of the wedding has fallen very kindly for us. All the British vegetables are just coming into season... and that's been a point of focus for us. "We know the couple wanted us to make sure we used all of the local seasonal produce as much as possible throughout their menu, and this recent good weather is really helping us to achieve that. "(For) all their decisions, we purely made suggestions and the couple. They've tasted everything, they've been involved in every detail." The head chef would not discuss the dishes in detail but produce like asparagus, peas and tomatoes are in season - providing a wealth of options for the culinary expert who has worked for some of the world's best chefs, like Michel and Albert Roux and Raymond Blanc. In a bid to keep as many ingredients as possible British and local, Mr Flanagan's team sourced them from the Home Counties and lands associated with the Queen like Windsor. He said: "We are using produce off Her Majesty's estates and that features very much." Royal wedding day pictures: Best photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's ceremony and reception He added: "We've really just been trying to let the ingredients stand proud within the dishes. There's no experimentation on Saturday whatsoever, tried and tested and predominantly classics." Preparations for the reception began earlier in the week leading up to the reception and, after trials and tests, all the 30 kitchen staff working on Saturday knew in great detail the job ahead of them. Over the past week they had been washing and peeling vegetables, and getting other produce ready so that there would be the minimum amount of cooking and maximum amount of presentation time on the big day. The wedding dinner was staged at Frogmore House by the Prince of Wales, with different caterers responsible for the private event for 200 guests. The royal chef said he and his team started preparing for the wedding before the couple requested their services. Royal Palaces head chef Mark Flanagan and Pastry chef Selwyn Stoby Credit: David Parker - WPA Pool/Getty Images Mr Flanagan said: "Once the wedding announcement was made, we started to work on some ideas, about what we would do if we were asked to be involved, so we were able to get into the trial situation early in March." Harry and Meghan have visited Windsor Castle to sample the menu suggestions in the castle's Great Kitchen. It dates from the reign of the 14th century monarch Edward III and is believed to be the oldest working kitchen in the country, having served more than 30 monarchs, including the Queen. Mr Flanagan said: "This is the great kitchen of Windsor Castle, an absolute pleasure to work in surrounded by the most amazing battery of copper (pots)." He added that working to prepare dishes for the royal nuptials created a sense of pride for himself and his staff: "All weddings are great celebrations and it is an honour for all of our team to have some small part to play in that celebration." Cutest pictures of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and more young royals at the wedding The receptions at St George's Hall and Frogmore House While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were touring Windsor, guests from the congregation waited for the happy couple in St George's Hall to celebrate the first of the day's two receptions. This was hosted by the Queen, took place during the afternoon and was attended by all guests who were invited to the service. Invitations were posted to 600 lucky guests; the guest list was restricted to those who have a direct relationship with the couple, both because St George’s Chapel is relatively small and because the prince is not in the direct line of succession. Some members of the public received an invitation to wait in the grounds outside the chapel to watch the bride and groom and their wedding guests arrive and leave. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the grounds of Frogmore House Credit:  REUTERS From 7pm, a select 200 close friends attended an after party hosted by the Prince of Wales at Frogmore House, Windsor. Half a mile away from Windsor Castle, the 17th century Grade I country house is owned by the Crown Estate and is part of the Frogmore Estate on the ground of the Home Park. Prince Harry and Ms Markle's engagement photos were taken in the grounds of Frogmore House. The images were taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski, who has also been chosen to take the photographs on the wedding day.  Lubomirski, the British-born son of Peruvian-English mother and a Polish-French father, also happens to be a Prince himself: his full title is His Serene Highness Prince Alexi Lubomirski. Members of the Royal family, Ms Markle's family and intimate friends of both the newlyweds were at the evening reception – although Princess Charlotte and Prince George had no doubt  been put to bed after their big day in the limelight. Royal wedding | Read more The cake Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding cake was split into three pieces and each placed upon a golden throne. The three tiers, which were transported individually from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, were decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers including peonies and roses, were arranged in a non-traditional way. Claire Ptak, who made the culinary centrepiece for the couple's big day, had said days before the wedding that the layered lemon and elderflower cake - in three parts of varying sizes - would be presented in a non-traditional way. She said: "You'll have to wait and see on the day. It's an installation of the way that we're putting it out. It's the last thing that we'll reveal. It's a non-traditional layout," Ms Ptak said earlier this week. "It's a slight shift from tradition." The chef, who owns the small, trendy Violet Bakery in east London, had been working with her team of six bakers full time for five days in the large kitchens of Buckingham Palace. She described the flavour of the cake as being a balance of sweet and tart, combined with "ethereal" elderflower. Claire Ptak puts the finishing touches to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's cake Credit:  Hannah McKay The cake, which was decorated on the outside with a white, elderflower swiss meringue buttercream, was made of layered lemon sponge, drizzled with an elderflower syrup to a recipe specially created for the couple. The layers were sandwiched with buttercream and lemon curd. Some 200 Amalfi lemons were used in the recipe, as well as 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial made using elderflower from the Queen's Sandringham estate, 20kgs of butter, 20 kgs of flour, 20kgs of sugar and 500 organic eggs from Suffolk. Ms Ptak said: "It's a lemon sponge – a special sponge that I developed just for the couple, and we drizzle the layers with elderflower cordial from the Sandringham estate so it's really lovely and as local as you can get. "We have a lemon curd made from Amalfi lemons which to me have the most delicious flavour, and then we've got elderflower swiss meringue buttercream." Claire Ptak puts finishing touches on the cake Credit: Hannah McKay She added: "The buttercream is sweet and the lemon curd is very tart so you get a very lovely thing happening when you take a bite, which is to get all of these flavours and sensations perfectly balanced." Ms Ptak, who is American like Ms Markle, said: "The elderflower is so quintessentially British to me as a Californian. It's a kind of an ethereal, floral flavour which I think is very special, especially for a wedding." Slices of the cake were served to the 600 guests at the lunchtime reception in St George's Hall after the ceremony. Three types of Meghan's favourite flowers, peonies - Madame Claude, Bowl of Cream, and the aptly titled Duchess - in shades of white and cream decorated the cakes, along with four different white and cream roses - Patience, Purity, Jeanne Moreau and Princess Miyuki. The flowers were removed before guests tucked in to the cake, but the slices were served with edible rose petals. Ms Ptak added:"There's a few logistics of serving so many people at the same time. But it's been a great process." Claire Ptak carries part of the cake out of the oven Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool  She said Harry and Meghan loved the lemon and elderflower cake after trying a number of different samples. "They loved it. They tried quite a collection. What they said to me is that they really loved the idea of the seasonality and the freshness." Ms Ptak did not make a back-up cake in case of a disaster, saying: "It's cake. It can't go that wrong. We have enough cake and we don't want to be wasteful. Anything that is left over, we were going to donate to charity." The chef had to call in some of her former workers to have enough staff to work on the cake and keep her bakery open. The most stylish guests from Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle ​


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