A university student who has forged a part-time career impersonating Queen Elizabeth in her younger years, revealed how the hit Netflix series The Crown sparked her success. Harriet Ball, 21, from Preston, Lancashire, who is in her final year of studying screenwriting, turned her likeness of the young Queen Elizabeth into a profitable weekend job after Netlix series The Crown, became popular. The university student has had fans of the hit show, which returns to the streaming service for season three on Sunday 17th November, stop her in the streets. During one of her lookalike appearances, The Queen's cousin, HRH The Duke of Kent even commented on Harriet's remarkable resemblance to the young monarch. Harriet Ball, 21, (pictured) from Preston, Lancashire, balances her university studies with a part-time career impersonating young Queen Elizabeth The Queen's (pictured aged 28 in 1954) cousin, HRH The Duke of Kent even commented on Harriet's remarkable resemblance … [Read more...] about Regal replica! Student, 21, who works part-time as a young Queen Elizabeth lookalike reveals how the success of The Crown sparked her flourishing career
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UN human rights experts have weighed in on the escalating row over Catalonia’s independence referendum, warning the Spanish authorities that their “worrying” efforts to halt Sunday’s poll appear to violate fundamental rights and risk stifling debate “at a critical moment for Spain’s democracy”. The intervention by two specialists working for the UN human rights council comes as senior Catalan politicians urge the EU to step in to address Spain’s worst territorial crisis since its return to democracy four decades ago. Although the referendum has been declared illegal by both the Spanish government and the country’s constitutional court, Catalonia’s pro-independence regional government is pushing ahead with the vote in the face of ever sterner countermeasures from the courts and the police. In a statement on Thursday, David Kaye and Alfred de Zayas noted the recent arrests of 14 Catalan government officials, the blocking of … [Read more...] about UN rights experts criticise Spanish efforts to block Catalan vote
This week the same MPs who voted Andrew Lansley’s unpopular Health and Social Care Act through parliament, despite the warnings that it would distract, weaken and potentially even wreck the NHS, have a chance to undo at least some of the damage that both Westminster and the NHS’s equivalents of the dogs in the street know it has done. On Friday they will debate and vote on Labour MP Clive Efford’s National Health Service (amended duties and powers) bill, a private member’s bill which will receive its second reading. Among what Efford regards as the many ill-advised, reckless or self-evidently negative changes the 2012 Act involved, he has one key target – the huge expansion in competition it brought to the NHS, with a concomitant expansion in the privatisation of clinical services previously provided by the NHS. “The bill wouldn’t repeal the entire Health and Social Care Act. But it cuts the heart out of it. It would repeal some of the worst … [Read more...] about Will MPs vote to right some of the NHS wrongs?
A ex-Army chief has said he believes legislation to protect military veterans from prosecution was excluded from the Queen's Speech after pressure from the Northern Ireland Office (NIO).Lord Dannatt added he believed officials were nervous as they feared it would prejudice other discussions.The PM had promised to end the pursuit of soldiers over historic allegations of offences committed in operations.Those related to operations during the Troubles and in Iraq and Afghanistan. What is the Queen's Speech and why is it important? Veterans' protections 'should cover NI' In response to Lord Dannatt's claims, the government said: "We are determined to make progress and legislate on the issue of legacy prosecutions."Six former soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles are facing prosecution.The cases relate to the killings of two people on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in January 1972 as well as the deaths in separate incidents of Daniel Hegarty, John Pat Cunningham, Joe … [Read more...] about NIO cut veterans’ amnesty from Queen’s Speech, claims ex-Army chief
A former Army chief has expressed dismay that legislation to protect veterans from prosecution will not feature in this Queen's Speech.Boris Johnson has previously pledged to end the pursuit of soldiers over historical allegations in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.Lord Dannatt said he was "very disappointed" that soldiers might be punished for "doing their duty".A government source said the PM is committed to legislating on the issue."The PM has been clear that we need to end the unfair trials of people who served their country when no new evidence has been produced and when the accusations have already been exhaustively questioned in court," the source said. Queen's Speech: What is it and why is it important? Soldier F Bloody Sunday case adjourned Veterans' protections 'should cover NI' The proposed law would have included a statutory presumption against prosecution for current or former personnel for alleged offences committed in the course of duty more than a decade ago.Lord … [Read more...] about Amnesty for veterans ‘won’t be in Queen’s speech’