In case you haven’t heard the news yet, it is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. The loving husband of England’s Queen Elizabeth peacefully passed away this morning in Windsor Castle. He was 99 years old.
A statement from Buckingham Palace announced the death Friday morning, saying “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”
Prince Philip is survived by many mourning family members, including his wife, and four children: Princess Anne, Prince Charles (who will become King after Elizabeth), Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. The Prince had eight grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry, who are also the parents of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Archie.
The passing may not come as a surprise to many fans of England’s Royal Family. For months, Prince Philip has been in and out of the hospital, receiving treatment for many ailments. On February 16, the Prince was rushed to King Edward VII hospital in London, where he was treated for an infection and underwent a procedure for a heart condition. He later returned to Windsor Castle.
According to major news outlets, funeral services for Prince Phillip will be held at St. George’s Chapel. The Royal Family has asked that the public do not attend the funeral, or related events as a way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Other tribute events include saluting batteries across the UK, Gibraltar, and on British Navy Ships according to the British Ministry of Defense. In sentimental fashion, some of the artillery being used are the same ones that were fired during Prince’s wedding to Queen Elizabeth in 1947. In an interview with CNN, the British Secretary of Defense spoke very highly of Prince Philip, saying that he was a “constant supporter and ambassador of the armed forces.”
What many people may not know is that Philip was a highly regarded naval commander. In 1939, he joined the navy and excelled to say the least. He was awarded the Best Cadet prize shortly after his entry and even fought against the Italian Navy during his time in the Mediterranean Fleet. Later, he was promoted to sub-lieutenant and even fought in the Pacific during World War II. In 1952, he became a commander but had to leave the forces the same year since the Queen began her rule.
Besides being a loyal supporter of his nation, he was also a devoted and loving husband for 73 years. His union with the Queen has been crowned (no pun intended) the longest marriage in royal history. Over the years, the Queen has spoken so highly of her beloved, and even said of their relationship in 2012, “…he has been a constant strength and guide.”
We are sending so much love and all of our condolences to the Royal Family at this time. Rest in Peace, Prince Philip!
Our Newest Celebrity Couple Crushes
Summer 2021 seems to be the summer of love for some of our favorite celebrities and we are loving it! It seems that there is a new couple in the spotlight almost every week. Here are the top 4 Hollywood celebrity couples that we can not get enough of!
The Summer of love
Kendall Jenner and Devin Booker
On February 14, 2021 High-end fashion model and reality television star Kendall Jenner had some big news about her dating life. She announced to the world that she had been dating Phoenix Suns basketball star Devin Booker. Ever since then, the couple has had fans obsessing over them. Kendall is known for her pretty private dating life which is why it is a pretty big deal she decided to go official with him. Shortly after the announcement, Kendall was seen going to Bookers basketball games and supporting him online. Though the couples IG announcement about them dating was from February, sources have told the media the two have been going strong for over a year. As huge fans of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, it is great to see Kendall so happy with the basketball star. From what we know, the two have very laidback and low-key personalities, which is why it seems they would be such a great pair!
Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez
Back in February of 2020, Ariana was seen kissing a mysterious man out at a bar. We later found out this would be her future husband, Dalton Gomez. Gomez and Grande began dating in early 2020 but were not public until may 2020, when Ariana released her “Stuck with You” music video featuring her jumping and kissing on Dalton. From then on, the two were seen kissing on social media and shouting each other out on their birthdays. Before we knew it, it was December and the two were engaged to one another. The couple had a private ceremony with one another on May 15, 2021. We are so happy to see Ariana happily in love and married! We wish them both the best in their marriage.
Tom Holland and Zendaya
Tom Holland and Zendaya are a fairly new couple that has recently been spotted together in the media. The two have been friends for a while but it was not until recently that suspicions arised about them being more than that. The cast-mates met on the filming of Spiderman in July of 2016 and were first seen outside of the set relaxing with other co-stars in a pool. From red carpets, press tours, Spiderman promos and charity events, the two became really close with one another and seemed to have a great friendship. A year later Tom was seen hanging out with Zendayas parents which sparked some dating speculation between the two. However, in a Variety magazine interview Zendaya confirmed they were only friends. Three years later the two were back on set together to film Spiderman 3 and seemed to be happy to be with one another there. After what seemed to be long overdue, the couple was spotted kissing in Hollands car this past June. Fans were swooning over the pictures of the couple and were happy the two finally came together! This past July 4th, Tom and Zendaya ventured off to Santa Barbara together for a romantic weekend getaway. We are so excited to see more from this couple and are happy for the both of them!
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker
As Calabasas residents and famous celebrities, the two have always been around each other. Barker and his kids had met the Kardashian family before and even had dinner with them a few times. However, it was not until September of 2018 that there was speculation between oldest Kardashian sister Kourtney and rockstar Travis Barker. The speculation began when the two were spotted leaving a vegan restaurant together. From then on, over the course of three months, they were spotted at Hillsong church service, LA restaurant Crossroads and a night out in Malibu. In January 2021, Barker was seen commenting flirty messages on Kourtneys instagram selfies. After posting a picture of them at Kris Jenners Palm Springs vacation home, the two publicly came out saying they have been dating for a few months. Since then, the lovebirds have been seen all over instagram holding hands, sending each other elaborate gifts, writing love letters, snuggling by the fire and promoting each others product lines. The two really gained popularity when they were seen hanging out with Machine Gun Kelly and Meghan Fox out in LA. Since then, the couple has been showing lots of PDA and are definitely in love with one another. They always are together and seem that they can’t get enough of each other. We wish them the best and are so happy to seem them together!
Which celebrity couple is your favorite?
Britney Spears Testimony Against Conservatorship
If you have been anywhere near social media these past few months you have some idea of what the #FreeBritney movement is. To sum it up, Britney Spears has been in a conservatorship with her father and management for the past 13 years. A conservatorship is where one adult is in charge of making decisions for another adult who is deemed incapable of managing their own affairs. This means her dad is in charge of her money, estate, and personal life including decisions on if she can get married, if she can have children, if she can leave her house and if she can see her kids and boyfriend. Conservatorships are usually for adults who suffer from Alzheimers or other neurological disorders. On the contrary, Britney Spears is 39 years old, and though she has suffered from mental illness, on the outside she seems to be a fully functioning adult. A documentary created by the New York Times titled “Framing Britney Spears” goes into depth on her life, how it began, how her career began, her downfall and her conservatorship. Specifics on her current mental state and medical information are disclosed to the public however recently Britney was seen in court for her testimony about the conservatorship. The courts transcripts are the first time we hear about the conservatorship, Britneys mental illness and everything in-between from her perspective.
Let’s dive deeper into #FreeBritney
On June 23, Britney stood in front of the judge to give her testimony against the conservatorship, her father, family and management. She began by going into detail on how the conservatorship has affected her mentally and provided recent examples of abuse in the conservatorship. The first example she gave was back In 2018. Britney was forced to go on a tour and was threatened to be sued if she did not comply. If Britney did get sued, she did not have the rights to choose her own attorney due to the conservatorship. Rather her father, who wanted her to do the tour, would have the rights to choose her attorney. Out of fear, the pop star did the tour. When the tour was over she began rehearsing four days a week for a new show in Las Vegas. When the pop-star said no to one of the dance moves, management called her therapist and told them she was not cooperating and was not taking her medication, which was a lie. The situation escalated after Britney told her management she did not want to do the Vegas Show. Her management bombarded her doctor and he prescribed her lithium, a medication she felt she did not need and was scared to take.
The lithium had serious affects on the pop-star and she needed six nurses to take care of her while she was on the drug. After a lengthy four hour psych examination, the star was forced into a rehabilitation program where she would pay $60,000 and be in a high-populated area, which is something she did not want as a famous pop-star. At the rehab center, Britney worked seven days a week 8am – 6pm, was not allowed to have any possessions, lived with the people she worked with, had 24/7 security, was not allowed to see her kids or boyfriend, had to do strenuous blood tests weekly, and had no privacy including when she was changing. This was just one incident from Britneys life from the past 13 years.
The second half of her testimony was Britney explaining what she wants out of this court case. This included that she did not want to be evaluated yet again to end the conservatorship, she wanted to be in charge of her own finances, meet with her therapist only once a week, and to be able to go in her boyfriends car. She also mentioned suing her family and having the ability to tell her story to the world. Of course, as outsiders, we do not have all the information about the conservatorship and Britneys mental state. However, we do hope for the well-being of the pop star and hope that in the end she is happy. This court case has the potential to last years, and only time will tell the outcome.
Watermelon + Mustard = Your New Favorite Snack
Yes you read that right. Everyone knows of an unlikely food combination that works. Many interesting food pairs can be seen featured on social media sights such as Snapchats public story, #weirdfoodcombos. The trend of making food combinations that are unlikely has gained serious momentum over the years. Everyone wants to be a part of it including famous singer Lizzo, who recently posted a Tiktok of her trying the new watermelon and mustard trend
Let’s see what the hype is all about!
TikTok user @yayayayummy was the creator of this funky food combo. He drizzled Frenchs yellow mustard over the sweet fruit before taking a bite. The video took the social media platform by storm and eventually made its way to the “Good as Hell” singer, Lizzo, who made her own video about it.
Though the original uses Frenchs yellow mustard, Lizzo used Heinz. She starts the video by saying “Is it bussin or is it disgusting” before proceeding to take a bite of the snack. A look of confusion comes across her face as she states she “doesn’t understand.” The singer takes three more bites but never says her opinion on the combo. Though judging from her face, it doesn’t seem like Lizzo enjoyed.
So we found out for ourselves
Since everyone was invested in this snack, we had to try it. Though at first, we were hesitant to give this a go. After all, it is mustard on a watermelon. Partly excited and partly nervous, we grabbed a miniature watermelon and some French’s mustard from the store and prepared the snack the same way as the original video.
One bite, everyone knows the rules!
The first initial bite is tangy and the mustard flavor is very prominent. However, the taste is quickly replaced by the sweetness of the watermelon. The combination is both juicy and creamy and is definitely a taste that you’ll never forget and is pleasantly surprising!
We can see why people would love this. It may not be for everyone but if your a fan of sweet and sour combos, this is a must try! Overall, we would rate this combination a 6.5. We are looking forward to see what other food trends will be popular this summer!