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Cruise: Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruises extend suspension of voyages amid covid-19

Most people have put their holiday plans on hold due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Cruise voyages have been suspended and flights have been cancelled, leading to an influx of refunds. But while cruise customers were hoping for their future voyage plans to remain intact, their holiday dreams may have just been dashed.

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Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruises both announced today that they will be extending their voyage suspensions.

Norwegian Cruises said the extension now includes voyages embarking between April 12 and May 10 2020 for its three cruise brands.

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The move is to help contribute to the global efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The extension includes voyages for Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd said that covid-19 is still having a “significant impact on communities” across the globe.

He said: “With COVID-19 continuing to have a significant impact on communities throughout the world, we are extending our temporary suspension of cruise voyages across our three brands through May 10.

While we understand this disruption may inconvenience our loyal guests and valued travel partners, we are committed first and foremost to protecting the safety, security and well-being of our guests, crew, and the communities we visit.

“We appreciate their continued understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented times and do our part to help global efforts to contain this pandemic.”

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Guests who are currently booked on voyages with embarkation dates between March 13 and May 10 2020 on Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises or Regent Seven Seas Cruises have been asked to contact their travel agent or the cruise line for more information.

Royal Caribbean said that the move was to provide “peace of mind in guest travel planning”.

They said they are now extending its ‘Cruise with Confidence’ cancellation policy to September 1 2020.

The updated policy will allow customers to plan flexibly and cancel their voyages up to 48 hours prior to sailing for any reason.

However, guests will not receive a cash refund but credit instead which is usable on any future sailing of choice in 2020 or 2021.

Company chairman and CEO Richard Fain said: “Guests are reacting positively to our Cruise with Confidence policy.

“Because it enables them to make informed decisions and to better manage complicated travel plans during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.”

“We want our guests to feel they can safely keep their existing cruise bookings or schedule new sailings.

“Because this policy gives them more freedom and flexibility.”

The extension applies to both new and existing cruise bookings.

The policy applies to all cruises with sailing dates on or before September 1, 2020, and applies to the company’s global brands.

Royal Caribbean Cruises is a renowned global cruise company that controls and operates four brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises.

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easyJet grounds entire fleet of aircraft over coronavirus after 650 rescue flights

The airline announced this morning in a shock move that amid the coronavirus pandemic, they will ground their fleet of aircraft. easyJet said in a statement: “As a result of the unprecedented travel restrictions imposed by governments in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the implementation of national lockdowns across many European countries, easyJet has, today, fully grounded its entire fleet of aircraft.

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“Over recent days easyJet has been helping to repatriate customers, having operated more than 650 rescue flights to date, returning home more than 45,000 customers.

“The last of these rescue flights were operated on Sunday March 29.

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“We will continue to work with Government bodies to operate additional rescue flights as requested.

“At this stage there can be no certainty of the date for restarting commercial flights.

“We will continuously evaluate the situation based on regulations and demand, and will update the market when we have a view.”

The airline said they have repatriated 45,000 Britons from around the world due to the coronavirus.

easyJet brought the last flight in yesterday and have done 650 rescue flights, according to Sky News.

If the Government wants them as a charter flight to bring more Britons home, they will reportedly be available.

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But the commercial sector of their business has closed for good now.

The company has worked with Unite the union to agree to two-month furlough arrangements for cabin crew.

This means that crew will be paid 80 percent of their average pay through the Government job retention scheme.

More to follow…

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Pound to euro exchange rate rockets to two-week high despite coronavirus pandemic

The pound to euro exchange rate succeeded in having its best week in almost nine months last week, experts have said. GBP’s boost to a two-week high on Friday came despite a dramatic plummet on Wednesday afternoon. Sterling continues to remain vulnerable amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Greg Baggio, Head of Performance at WeSwap commented last week: “Across all markets, we’ve seen extreme volatility levels and the FX market is no different.

“Currency movements are not only driven by headlines on COVID 19’s progress, but also by the various governments and central banks’ decisions on interest rates and cash injections to support their economies.

“The ultimate question the markets are asking is, ‘How strong is a country going to come out of the crisis and will they be able to attract investment again?’”

The pound is currently trading at 1.1185 against the euro, according to Bloomberg at the time of writing.

Michael Brown, currency expert at international payments and foreign exchange firm Caxton FX, spoke to Express.co.uk regarding the latest exchange rate figures this morning.

“Sterling rose to a two-week high against the euro on Friday, closing out its best week in almost nine months,” said Brown.

“The pound continued to benefit from improving risk sentiment across asset classes, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“This week, the aforementioned pandemic will remain the centre of attention.

“Investors are continuing to grapple with the implications of governments placing the global economy into hibernation.”

So what does this mean for travel money?

With the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advising against all but essential travel, it’s unlikely anyone will be looking to buy holiday money.

However, many Britons may have preemptively purchased foreign currency only for their holiday to be cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus.

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Many may wonder whether it’s possible to now exchange the money back into pounds.

However, experts have warned that, given the closure of many bureau de changes and suspension of cash services, it may actually be best to hold on to travel money.

“If they can, holidaymakers might want to keep hold of their currency until their next trip and use it then,” Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO of Equals (formerly known as FairFX), told Express.co.uk.

“For those using prepaid currency cards, they can spend their money back in the UK online or in stores, keep it for their next trip, or change it to a different currency altogether.”

Sacha Zackariya, CEO, Change Group International Plc, also agreed exchanging money may not be wise right now.

“Unfortunately, there is no easy solution to change your foreign currency at this point,” he told Express.co.uk.

“I would, therefore, recommend holding on to this leftover currency until your next holiday or if it is somewhere you are unlikely to travel again then exchange it at a later date.

“As international travel restrictions are updated and government policies change we recommend checking our website for updates on this situation.”

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Luggage: Expert reveals top reasons bags go missing during travels – and how to avoid it

Travelling with hold luggage is avoided by many as it can come with its own set of expenses or even slow down the travel process. However, for many, particularly long-haul travellers, flying with bags is simply a necessity.

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Though check-in costs and weight restrictions are one set of problems, it is the concept of losing bags altogether that can feel like a nightmare scenario for many travellers.

While there are plenty of protocols in place, including an increase in technology in recent years, the latest baggage mishandling report from SITA reveals 24.8 million bags were lost or delayed in 2018 alone.

However, one luggage expert has revealed why he thinks bags go missing, and it could actually be the fault of the passenger themselves, rather than the staff.

Myles Quee, travel expert for Send My Bag spoke to Express.co.uk, explaining that punctuality is the key.

He said: “Travellers who check in late are more likely to become separated from their case as baggage handlers need time to process luggage.

“If you’re wondering about what time to leave for your flight, remember that the later you arrive, the higher the chances are that you’ll lose your luggage.”

Indeed, most airlines encourage travellers to arrive at least three hours early to an international flight and two hours for a domestic flight.

A little extra time is encouraged for those who need to check in bags.

“There are plenty of reasons why passengers are told to arrive several hours before departure, with baggage being the main one,” says Mr Quee.

“It takes time for handlers to transport all the bags from the drop off to the plane.

“Customers who leave everything to the last minute might avoid the long security lines but may find themselves luggage-less when they land.”

This rule of thumb should also be applied to journeys with multiple flights and layovers.

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If a layover is too tight, it may mean your bag doesn’t make it to the next plane even if you do.

Mr Quee says: “Avoid short layovers – if you’re tight for time, the baggage handlers will be too. Try and leave at least two hours between flights to allow for delays and give handlers sufficient time to move your luggage.”

However, it seems even travellers who turn up with plenty of time to spare can fall victim to a case of a missing suitcase.

Another reason Mr Quee says bags go missing is due to incorrect tagging, something that has been echoed by baggage handlers and other industry experts.

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Mr Quee explains: “Another common reason why luggage goes missing is when the routing label gets damaged.

“If this happens and you haven’t attached a contact card in a luggage tag, your suitcase will likely be lost.”

On a Reddit post, another baggage expert explained: “Not a secret, just common sense; the reason some bags miss their flight or get misrouted is because passengers don’t remove old tags.

“It confuses handlers as well as the conveyor belt scanners. I see it happen all the time.”

Bag tags are used by airlines to ensure luggage is routes to the correct flight and destination.

They are usually printed with a barcode and matching stub which is given to the passenger.

However, if old tags are left on the bags this can confuse the technology in place which automatically sends the bag in the direction it thinks it needs to go.

Though baggage handlers do work hard to double-check every tag is correct, in a fast-paced environment, things can easily slip through the cracks.

Mr Quee advises: “To avoid this, put contact information inside your travel itinerary so that airline staff can contact you easily and reunite you with your belongings.”

He adds: “Put your travel itinerary inside your bag along with contact information. Luggage tags can become easily detached in transit, so you need to give airlines an alternative way to contact you if your suitcase becomes lost.”

Luckily, there are alternatives to checking in luggage – particularly if you intend on travelling with a lot of bags.

“Ship your luggage instead of checking it in at the airport,” advises Mr Quee.

“You’ll be able to race through check-in, track your goods throughout transit and not spend the entire journey fretting about whether your luggage made it onto the plane.”

Should you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where your bag does go missing, do not fret.

Julian Kearney, CEO of travel insurance company Staysure spoke to Express.co.uk, offering advice on what to do if passengers find themselves in this situation.

He explained that the best things to do is “keep hold of any airline or any other ticket that confirms your travel arrangements”.

He added: “In most instances, luggage is reported missing whilst under the supervision of airlines and there is nothing that travellers can do to prevent their luggage going missing whilst in their care.

“In the unfortunate event of this happening, Staysure customers are advised to notify their airline straight away and register the loss by completing any necessary paperwork.

“This will be required in support of any claim made under their Staysure Travel Insurance Policy.”

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall reveals royals never do this one thing when travelling

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has enjoyed plenty of royal travel since her marriage to the Prince of Wales. They have been all over the globe together carrying out important engagements. The Royal Family have a plethora of dos and don’ts when they go away.

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On one occasion, Camilla revealed there’s one thing they all refuse to do.

She explained that there’s one very particular item of food which is a “no-no.”

Garlic is banned from any dishes served to the British royals.

This is due to the plant’s pungent smell – which could prove a problem during important royal meetings.

The Duchess made the revelation during an appearance on MasterChef Australia in July 2018.

Camilla confirmed that royal family members do not eat garlic at a royal event.

She told Gary Mehigan, a judge on the show: “I hate to say this, but garlic. Garlic is a no-no.”

The judge asked why this was, saying: “Because you’re talking, chatting?”

Camilla confirmed: “Yes, exactly. So you always have to lay off the garlic.”

Telegraph royal correspondent Gordon Rayner, who has attended 20 royal tours, also wrote about this royal restriction.

He explained that a similar rule applies to spice.

“The Master of the Household department will be in the reconnaissance party to tell foreign chefs not to cook anything with garlic or too much spice for fear of giving the Queen bad breath,” Rayner wrote in The Telegraph.

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During Camilla’s appearance on MasterChef Australia she also revealed the foods she couldn’t live without.

These were olive oil and fresh tomatoes.

“I have to have, if I haven’t got fresh tomatoes, I’ll always have tomato puree,” the Duchess of Cornwall said.

When Camilla and Prince Charles travel they make sure to take their own alcohol with them.

“Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall sometimes take their own alcohol so there’s no danger of their drinks being spiked,” Rayner told Conde Nast Traveler.

“Their police bodyguard will discreetly carry a bag of their drinks,” Rayner added.

The correspondent also aimed that Charles’s favourite drink is a gin and tonic while Camilla favours red wine.

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Heartbreaking moment Virgin crew member says goodbye before coronavirus ground flights

Cabin crew across the world are losing work as airlines are forced to grind to a halt. Through lack of demand, coupled with stringent border lockdowns, the air industry is facing devastation in these unprecedented times.

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A viral video of a Virgin Australia flight attendant depicts the true heartache felt by cabin crew members across the industry.

In the video flight attendant Cassy Appleton gives an emotional farewell speech addressing her passengers and fellow crew members.

Following this, the flight attendant will not fly for some time due to the economic impact on airlines because of the intense coronavirus travel restrictions.

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The blonde flight attendant can be seen sitting in the jumpiest and the plane comes into its final landing.

In her hand, she holds the device which allows her to speak to the cabin.

Choking back tears, she says: “A bit of a lengthy speech here please bear with us.

“Finally I’d like to say there is every chance possible this could be our last operating flight and most certainly is the last for the foreseeable future.

“As crew we’ve called the skies our home for so long and its a little surreal knowing we’ve come back down to Earth this one last time.

“To our guests thank you so much for your smiles and interactions, it’s you who help to make our day so enjoyable and in a world full of choice we’re incredibly thankful that you chose Virgin Australia to be part of your travel plans. We’re especially grateful for your loyalty and your custom.

“On behalf of the entire of the Virgin Australia team we wish you all the best during these testing times. Please take care of yourself, your neighbours and stay safe.”

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In an emotional address to her fellow crew, Ms Appleton thanks them for being with her on this journey.

“Now, to my crew, words don’t come close not describing the family bond that we all share,” she says.

“The friendships, hardships, laughter, and tears. You’ve all contributed to enriching my time here and I count myself extremely lucky to have had the pleasure of working alongside you all.

“It’s remarkable how we’ve all been here together during this chaos and I’m so proud of how you continue to hold your heads high. Tough times don’t last, tough people do. We’re all in this together.”

She then goes on to individually name the captain, first officer, and her fellow crew.

She concludes: “Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts and we truly hope to see you in the sky again soon.”

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Airlines across the world are now grounding flights, or severely reducing services, meaning there is less need for their entire workforce.

Airlines such as Virgin Atlantic have suspended crew temporarily, unable to offer pay for some time, meanwhile Norwegian Air announced it was temporarily laying off staff due to the circumstances.

Ryanair has said it will be cancelling all commercial flights until June.

Similarly, easyJet has grounded the majority of its flights.

When can Britons fly again?

There is no definite answer as to when the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown measures will come to an end.

Countries around the world have varying levels of national and border lockdowns in place.

In the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggests that the initial stringent measures will last for three weeks.

Mr Johnson said the measures will be “under constant review” and will be considered for relaxation in three weeks if the evidence allows.

Meanwhile, the FCO is urging Britons to avoid all but essential travel outside the UK for a period of 30 days.

Those who are abroad are being told to come home immediately.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “The FCO will always take into consideration the safety of British nationals so with immediate effect I’ve taken the decision to advise British Nationals against non-essential travel globally for a period of 30 days and of course subject to ongoing review.

“I should emphasise this decision is being taken based on the domestic measures being introduced into the UK alongside the border and a range of other restrictions which are being taken by countries right around the world.

“The speed and the range of these measures across other countries is unprecedented some of those decisions are being made without notice.”

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Maldives coronavirus: UK government issues urgent warning as Maldives unveil strict rules

Maldives holidays are hugely popular with British tourists thanks to their gleaming white sand, sparkling blue sea and bright sunshine. However, the chances of going to this beautiful island nation any time soon are very slim indeed as coronavirus digs it fingers in and shows little sign of budging. The Maldives have now introduced tough new rules to limit the spread of coronavirus.

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Globally there are currently 472,109 total confirmed cases of coronavirus.

In the Maldives, in the Indian ocean, there are 13 confirmed cases. Zero people have died, and eight people have recovered.

However, despite these very low figures compared to many other countries (the UK has 9,640 cases) the country is taking no risks.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has now updated its travel advice to the Maldives.

This comes as the Government of Maldives temporarily suspends visas on-arrival for all nationalities, effective from tomorrow (Friday), in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Maldives,” said the FCO.

“The Maldivian authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.”

This is what you need to know about the new rules for the island nation.

“The Government of Maldives has announced a ban on entry into Maldives of anyone who has left or transited the UK in the last 14 days,” clarified the FCO.

“Like Maldivian nationals returning to Maldives from the UK, British Nationals with residency in Maldives and who have a Maldivian spouse will be admitted and placed into quarantine.

“This does not affect British Nationals already in Maldives who should follow the advice of local authorities.

“The Government has also decided to temporarily suspend visas on arrival for all nationalities, effective from 27 March.”

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The Maldives are also clamping down on movement within the islands.

“The Government of Maldives has declared a Public Health Emergency, effective until 10 April,” detailed the FCO.

“Travel from and to resorts from all inhabited islands is suspended. All excursion activities (such as day trips to picnic islands, fishing and dolphin watching) from all islands, resorts, safaris and guesthouses are now banned across the country until further notice.

“Public spaces like parks or sports grounds are temporarily closed.”

Hotels

Britons will be unable to book into Maldivian hotels during this time.

“Guest houses and city hotels on all islands across Maldives are currently banned from accepting any new bookings,” said the FCO.

“This ban does not affect guests currently checked-in to any facilities.

“Speak to your tour operator for further information.”

Flights

“The new travel restrictions are severely limiting commercial flight schedules,” explained the FCO.

“If you are visiting Maldives you should make arrangement to leave while commercial means are available.

“Speak to you airline or travel company as soon as possible”

Cruise

“All cruise ships are currently banned from entering and docking in the Maldives.

“Effective from 20 March, entry of all safari boats, yachts and other passenger vessels arriving to Maldives from an overseas location is restricted indefinitely. Speak to your tour operator for further information.”

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Meghan Markle: Inside $75k-a-night New York hotel room where Duchess had her baby shower

Located in the prestigious Upper East Side of Manhattan, The Mark Hotel is a stunning, star-studded location that has seen its fair share of celebrities. But the best room in the entire place is not a room at all but a stunning 12,000-square-foot penthouse with views of New York’s skyline. Priced at a mouthwatering $75,000 (£63,000) per night, the suite is not only New York’s most expensive hotel room but it has hosted the likes of ex-Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, actress Katie Holmes and The Duchess of Sussex herself. Meghan’s extravagant baby shower was planned by no other than tennis champion Serena Williams and included a night in the top notch suite.

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So, what does $75,000-a-night get you on the corner of Madison Avenue?

The Mark Hotel calls the suite an “oasis in the sky” which has its own private lift that takes guests up to the 16th floor to access the famous penthouse suite.

The lift leads to the foyer which has for doors leading to different parts of the 12,000-square-foot penthouse.

Just before entering the lounge area, there is a seating room with a grand piano which leads to one of the most incredible aspects of the suite.

The lounge is an airy room with a plethora of windows, a billiard table, multiple seating areas and a 26-foot-tall cathedral ceiling.

The penthouse suite also includes a library which has a cozy seating area that is perfect for taking some timeout away from the busy city.

Opposite the bookshelves is one of the suite’s four fireplaces which were designed to make the space feel more homely than hotel-like.

The owner of The Mark Hotel Izak Senbahar told Fortune: “Our guests live truly global lives and also truly understand and expect rarified luxury and real comfort so we wanted to create a majestic space within the hotel that is the pinnacle of luxury in terms of design and amenities but also feels more like a majestic residence than a hotel suite.”

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Through the library, there is a a formal dining room that seats up to 24 people at a time.

Each room and most the furniture in the luxury penthouse was designed by French interior designer Jacques Grange who also designed the dining table.

The kitchen in the suite is surprisingly quite basic but there’s a reason for that.

Guests who stay in the penthouse also have access to in-room dining which includes caviar and can either book a private mixologist for $3,000 (£2526) to $5,000 (£4211) or book a 10-course dining experience with Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges for upwards of $10,000 (£8423).

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Up the stairs, is a beautiful conservatory which offers an exclusive view of the New York City skyline.

The room has sofas, armchairs, a fireplace, a wet bar and access to a 2,500 square-foot terrace with views that overlook Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

During the winter months, guests can also enjoy the ice rink which is installed especially for guests.

The whole suite has a muted, neutral colour scheme and consists of five bedrooms which can house 15 guests.

The master bedroom has a floating fire place, an office area and a huge king size bed.

But one of the most amazing aspects of the suite is the master bathroom which has a large, walk-in shower on the left as you walk in, two sinks, a bidet and a deep soaking bath tub that has a window so you can look out onto New York while you relax.

The Mark also sells a bathrobe for $3,400 (£2863) if you want to dry off and relax in complete luxury.

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Royal travel: Kate Middleton’s bold choice on tour that made her a ‘sensation’ in Canada

The Duchess of Cambridge travels the world frequently alongside her husband Prince William, and occasionally their three children, as part of her royal duty. Though she has been on a royal tour many times since their wedding in 2019, it was their initial royal tour to Canada that saw Kate win over the hearts of the nation in a very bold way.

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Kate Middleton is renowned for her tour wardrobe, something she often aesthetically aligns with the cultures and practises of the nation she is visiting.

Indeed, this may have been a tradition she founded on the couple’s initial 2011 tour to Canada.

In a recent Channel 4 documentary, The Windsors: Secrets of the Royal Tour, the show’s narrator explains: “The week-long visit to Canada allowed the duchess of Cambridge to have a gentle intro to life on tour.”

However, it was her bold outfit choice that held symbolic meaning which touched Canadians and sparked “Kate mania”.

A news report featured in the documentary says: “For the occasion, Kate was wearing a hat adorned with a Canadian maple leaf. She has become an instant media sensation here.

“Kate mania has been added to the vocabulary.”

The hat was symbolic for Canadians, as she took the red colour from their flag, as well as their national leaf, and incorporated them into this small but incredibly meaningful fashion detail.

It is small, thoughtful details like this that Royal Commentator Richard Fitzwilliams says makes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge such important foreign ambassadors.

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He said: “There’s no question that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are much sought after as ambassadors abroad.

“They promote softer power and goodwill in Europe, but their first official tour to Canada was especially significant.”

In recent times, Kate has continued this type of fashion forward-thinking, taking into account traditions of the region she and Prince William are visiting, when planning her travel ensembles.

Recently in Ireland, the Duchess stepped out in a classic all-green ensemble to represent the country.

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She wore a mid-length green gown which appeared to have a floral print.

The mother of three coupled it with an emerald dress coat and pointed heel shoes.

Towards the end of 2019, when she and William visited Pakistan, the Duchess similarly opted for a traditional outfit.

The Duchess was pictured wearing traditional royal-blue kurta, trousers and matching scarf as the couple visited the Model College for Girls in Pakistan’s capital.

The outfit is also believed to be from local designer Maheen Khan.

She was also photographed later at a mosque wearing a traditional teal and gold outfit with a headscarf as a mark of respect.

Royal family biographer Marcia Moody says that often this type of cultural dress is a specific requirement for the family.

In a piece for Town & Country she wrote: “Adhering to dress codes means that for some countries hemlines, sleeve-lengths, and necklines need to be considered.

“Men may need tie pins, medals, sashes, and handkerchiefs.

“Women often pay respect to the country with a national flower or symbol incorporated into their clothing. Symbolic colours are chosen, significant jewellery decided upon.”

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Can you guess the city from these vintage photos? Fewer than 5% get full marks

As the deadly sweeps the globe, many have been left with a lot more time on their hands. While some people take up new hobbies such as knitting or learning a new language, others have decided to give quizzes a go. And this quiz is likely to give even the biggest quiz master a run for their money.

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The tricky quiz has left 95 percent of Britons baffled.

Luxury tour provider Scenic Cruises put together the quiz in a bid to challenge readers to guess the iconic European city based on vintage photographs.

The images are sourced from public domain archives such as the British Library and Wellcome Collection.

Given how much Europe has changed over the centuries, the quiz has proven to be quite the challenge.

Over 1,000 Britons have so far taken a crack at the quiz but fewer than five percent have managed to get full marks.

The quiz includes handy hints for those who may know a bit about European architecture or gastronomy.

Some of the hints include “the most iconic skyline in the world” and the “gastronomical capital of the world”.

Each photo is in black and white and depicts either an iconic building or street scene.

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But be warned – the further you make it through the quiz, the harder it gets.

The first question should be easy for anyone who has a little bit of travel knowledge.

But the last question depicts only the most basic black and white street scene that, unless you know your European cities, looks like it could be anywhere.

Some of the cities in the quiz include Paris, Vienna, St Petersburg, Avignon, Madrid, Lisbon, Monte Carlo and Berlin.

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Berlin is known for having a rough time in the 20th century.

World War Two took an enormous toll on the city and its people.

The civilian population had borne the brunt of the bombings during this era.

At least 125,000 Berliners had lost their lives with a further one million women and children evacuated, only 2.4million people were left in the city in May 1945.

Germany was later divided into two states – east and west Germany – and was divided by a wall.

In November 1989, the Berlin Wall collapsed as East German spokesman Günter Schabowski announced that East Germans would be free to travel into West Germany.

Berlin is now the most populated city in the European Union with a population of 3.7million people.

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