Queen ‘wants to keep herself in tip-top shape’ to return to her ‘life-affirming’ duties | Royal | News


Royal correspondent Robert Hardman has praised the Queen for her commitment to royal duties, saying that her job is “life-affirming” to her. Her Majesty had to cancel her appearance at COP26 on medical advice but she is expected to still deliver a video speech to welcome attendees. Mr Hardman said the Queen is likely to have heeded her doctor’s orders in order to be in “tip-top shape” later in the year.

Calling on LBC news, the royal commentator said: “She absolutely loves the job.”

Host Nick Ferrari said: “I mean, we often hear people talk about her duty and I think occasionally there’s some sense sort of coming through on things like the crown that it’s all the terrible burden.” 

Mr Hardman said: “It isn’t. She regards this it is what she’s for.

“And it’s life-affirming for her.

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“So no one will have had to ask you to do these things. she wants to do them.

 

“And she will as you say she will be sad that she can’t be there but I do think she wants to keep herself in absolute tip-top shape for what is the most sacred date in her diary every year, which is Remembrance Sunday.

“It’s only a little over two weeks away – November the 14.

“She will be determined to be at the Cenotaph. I’m sure is uppermost in her mind.”

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He added: “So if she has to talk to COP by video, there it is. 

“But you can’t do the Cenotaph by video.”

The Queen will not attend Cop26 following medical advice to rest.

The 95-year-old monarch underwent preliminary medical checks in hospital last Wednesday after cancelling a visit to Northern Ireland.

Buckingham Palace said she “regretfully” decided not to attend the summit.

She will deliver her address to delegates using a recorded video message instead.

The Queen was going to travel to Scotland with senior members of the Royal Family including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge between 1-5 November.

However, the monarch very much wants Cop26 to result in positive climate action.





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Queen’s health: Palace to put Queen’s schedule under ‘constant review’ after health scare | Royal | News


Royal commentator Roya Nikkhah reflected on the news that the Queen will not be going to the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (Cop26) due to health reasons. This comes after the Queen was told to cancel her visit to Northern Ireland last week and rest by her medical professionals. While speaking on the Today Programme, Ms Nikkhah argued the Palace will put the Queen’s schedule on constant review now.

She said the Queen’s secretaries will now be looking at a “gear change” and considering carefully what events the Queen needs to attend.

Ms Nikkhah said: “I think there will be a reassessment and possibly a slight gear change in the kind of work the Queen does, the distances she travels.

“I don’t think we will see, all being well that she is able to continue with public duties in the way that she will be.

“I think we will still see her out and about as much as she feels and her doctors feel she can.

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“I think there will be a gear change.

“I think her private secretaries and her diary secretaries will look at her engagements coming and think what does the Queen really need to be at and what does she feel she can really do.

“I think that will be a constant review going forward now.”

The palace released a statement yesterday announcing the Queen would not be attending the climate change event. 

Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer wrote: “In short, the Queen is up to light duties such as reading and signing paperwork and holding virtual meetings but she is not considered well enough to undertake external engagements at the moment.”

ITV News’ Chris Ship tweeted: “The Queen’s decision to pull out of the big UN summit on such an important issue as climate change is a blow.

“She was a big draw for the world leaders. We are told that she hopes no other leader will use her absence as a reason not to attend.”

Other members of the Royal Family including the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will still attend the climate conference.





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Royal Caribbean CEO Urges Travel Advisors to Rebuild – Cruise Industry News


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Appealing to travel advisors to start to sell cruises again, Royal Caribbean Group Chairman and CEO Richard Fain states his case in a newly released video.

The time has come, he said, to focus on how we come out of the pandemic, rather than how we should live during it. The time has come to look forward and do what we have done for decades, sell cruises.

Fain said a surge of interest has come mainly via the internet rather than from travel advisors, as people became used to buying things online during the pandemic, and continue to do so, while many travel advisors cut down on staff and marketing.

“Now, we need to rebuild so travel advisors need to do more,” he said. Appealing to travel advisors, Fain said: “We need you to reach our full potential. It was the personal contact with travel advisors that built up the knowledge and awareness (of cruising) in the first place.

“We need you and we need your personal touch, and the clients need you to help them understand the complexity of the product.”

Fain noted that while the pandemic is not over, its prevalence in the industrialized world is falling, and the main drivers behind the disease are understood and can be controlled.

He also noted that cruise ships have advantages over land-based comparables with the vast bulk of people onboard being vaccinated, and the sanitation being controlled, including air filtration, and with strict health and safety protocols being enforced.

“As a result, we can make ships safer than shore-based alternatives,” Fain said.

Comparing to a CDC color-coded COVID-19 map of the United States, Fain said that cruise ships would be blue, representing the lowest category of risk, and better than most of the counties in the U.S.



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Royal Caribbean Announces Amazing 274-Day World Cruise For 2023


Cruise enthusiasts, mark your calendars! Royal Caribbean International announced Thursday the debut of the inaugural Ultimate World Cruise, an epic 274-night round-the-world sailing that will visit all seven continents, more than 150 destinations in 65 countries, and 11 great wonders of the world. It begins in Miami on December 10, 2023, and continues through September 10, 2024.

The journey on the Serenade of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s first foray into the arena of world cruises and will be the longest and most comprehensive world cruise ever undertaken, according to the company’s press release.

“This is the world cruise of world cruises,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, when describing the itinerary. “Now more than ever, people have resolved to travel the world and make up for lost time. Royal Caribbean is making that a reality with the ultimate vacation.”

The cost for the entire cruise starts at $60,999 per person, plus taxes and other fees. Passengers who book the sail and pay in full by January 6, 2023, will receive a 10 percent discount. The price also includes business class air and other perks, plus accommodations at the InterContinental Miami hotel prior to departure, a Royal spokeswoman said.

Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society Diamond status members and above can book the full cruise exclusively now by phone through October 26. Members who book will also receive a bonus Seven New World Wonders shore excursion package. They’ll also receive other perks, including a Deluxe Beverage package, VOOM Wi-Fi, laundry service, and more. Bookings will open to all others one week later on October 27 and for the individual segments in December. The segments, or “expeditions” as the cruise line calls them, are divided into four distinct itineraries:

Round The Horn: Americas And Antarctica Expedition

Dec. 10, 2023–Feb. 11, 2024

Three continents, 36 destinations, four wonders. It includes Caribbean destinations like the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao) — before heading to Antarctica and around Cape Horn. Some of the world’s stunning wonders along the way are Chichen Itza in Cozumel, Mexico; Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, where guests celebrate New Year’s Eve; and the largest waterfall system on the planet, Iguazu Falls near Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lastly, Machu Picchu awaits in Peru.

Wonders of Asia And The Pacific Expedition

Feb. 11–May 9, 2024

Three continents, 40 destinations, three wonders. Guests will venture miles from the ordinary in Oceania, Asia, and discover the beauty and adventure throughout the Hawaiian Islands before sailing south to Moorea and Tahiti, French Polynesia. The thrills continue with an exploration of New Zealand before traveling to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Pristine natural beauty in Bali, Indonesia, is soon followed by two of the most iconic manmade world wonders, the Great Wall of China and India’s Taj Mahal, and gems of the South Pacific from Vietnam to Malaysia. Rounding out the expedition is Japan, with unparalleled culture in Tokyo, Osaka, and Okinawa.

Middle East Treasures And Marvels Of The Med Expedition

May 9–July 10, 2024

Three continents, 44 destinations, four wonders. This expedition begins in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Adventurers uncover ancient sites and more world wonders from the times of emperors and pharaohs, like Jordan’s lost city of Petra, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, Turkey, and the Colosseum in Rome. There are also less-traveled places to explore, such as Greece’s Olympia. The journey continues to more destinations known for their storied histories — Split, Croatia, and Cannes and Provence in France.

Capitals Of Culture

July 10–Sept. 10, 2024

Three continents, 40 destinations. The final leg of the Ultimate World Cruise begins in the Mediterranean and heads north to discover Barcelona and savor new flavors across continents — such as lunch in a Parisian bistro and a dinner of tagine and mint tea in Morocco. Museums, theaters, and galleries in St. Petersburg, Russia, give way to fjords in Norway. Guests can reflect on their epic voyage in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland before visiting New York on their way back to Miami.

Guests interested in booking the trip can call Royal Caribbean’s dedicated line for the Ultimate World Cruise at (800) 423-2100 (U.S. toll free) or contact their travel advisor.

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Royal Caribbean announces a 274-night cruise around the world that costs over $60k


Royal Caribbean is launching a 274-night “Ultimate World Cruise,” touting it as the world’s longest cruise journey.

The cruise line announced Wednesday that the voyage was “the longest and most comprehensive world cruise out there” and will visit over 150 destinations throughout seven continents in 65 countries, including China, Brazil and Morocco.

Some of the destinations the “Ultimate World Cruise” will visit include the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Iguazu Falls in Argentina, Antarctica, the Great Wall of China and even Casablanca in Morocco, according to Royal Caribbean.

Prices start at $61,000 and the cruise’s inaugural voyage departs from Miami on Dec. 10, 2023, and will return to Miami on Sept. 10, 2024.

Passengers will travel on the luxury ship “The Serenade of the Seas,” which includes a rock-climbing wall, mini-golf course, arcade, theater, spa, pool and 13 decks to fit nearly 2,500 passengers and 800 crew.

The cheapest accommodations aboard the ship are the interior state rooms, which start at $61,000 per person. If you want an ocean-view state room, prices climb up to $65,000 and $79,000 for those who want a balcony, according to Royal Caribbean’s website.

For those looking for a little more luxury, a stay in a junior suite costs $112,000 per person.

The cruise liner said passengers will get a 10% discount if they pay in full by Jan. 6, 2023.

The “Ultimate World Cruise” voyage is being split into four parts: “the Americas and Antarctica, Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, and Northern Europe.”

Passengers will eventually be able to book these segments individually starting in December, when prices for the individual segments will be announced, rather than taking the full nine-month cruise.

Bookings are available now for high-status Royal Caribbean members and to the general public Oct. 27.

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Six Royal Caribbean passengers test positive for covid on Bahamas cruise


All six passengers were quarantined right away, and their travel companions and close contacts tested negative. The passengers left the ship Friday with their travel groups in Freeport, Bahamas, and they were sent home on private flights, with transportation provided directly to their homes, according to the cruise line. USA Today’s Morgan Hines, who was on the ship, was the first to report the news.





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Royal Caribbean reveals new agent incentive | News


Royal Caribbean International is celebrating travel partners across Europe, the Middle East and Africa and their commitment to the cruise line with a new promotion to celebrate a global return to sailing.

The Instant Booking Bonus will instantly give travel partners up to US$200 for all new, fully deposited bookings throughout the month of September made on sailings departing in 2022.

Alongside this Royal Caribbean is incentivizing consumers to redeem their Future Cruise Certificates (FCCs) with $100 On Board Spend (OBS) per booking.

These booking bonuses are in addition to earned base commissions.

“It’s been an undeniably difficult time for the travel sector, but we are seeing more and more people booking holidays as the months progress.

“Cruising is back – and while our fleet steadily continues returning to service, this is just one of the ways we can show our valued trade partners how important they are to our business and thank them for being by our side as we make our global comeback,” said Ben Bouldin, vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Royal Caribbean International.

The Instant Booking Bonus is one of the many things Royal Caribbean has launched to assist travel partners during this unprecedented time, and more incentives can be expected over the coming months.

More information on the Instant Booking Bonus and other promotions and activities can be found on the official website.





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PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 8/27/21 (Cinderella’s Royal Table Returns, New Tip Board In Tomorrowland, Merchandise Price Increases, & More)


Good morning from a rainy day in the Magic Kingdom!

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The Transportation and Ticket Center continues its 50th anniversary makeover as all of the ticket booth poles have now received a royal blue coating of paint.

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A frightfully fun new halloween tote is available at select locations, including The Emporium, for $40 or $24.99 with select purchases.

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The new hot-diggity Casey’s Corner crossbody purse is now available at Uptown Jewelers.

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The two item limit that was previously for new merchandise has now been extended to ALL Disney parks merchandise.

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Cinderella’s Royal Table in the castle is back! Was our breakfast a royal treat? Check our review of its return here.

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Jungle green pavement in Adventureland continues to get wild as another section is added closest to the Jungle Cruise attraction stairs.

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Scaffolding builds at Splash Mountain for work on its exterior facade.

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Guests also received this message on their My Disney Experience App as the attraction was down for the remainder of the day.

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Boardwalk pavers and bricks are set as construction on the walkways in Frontierland take another step towards completion.

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A new Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Magnet is available at Frontier Trading Post for $14.99.

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Two new Limited Edition ‘Where Fantasy Grows’ and ‘Magic In The Stars’ pins are also out at Frontier Trading Post.

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After a few day hiatus, the shutters on Columbia Harbor House return.

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Periwinkle shades of blue adorn parts of “it’s a small world” as daily additions of its colorful makeover continue.

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Refurbishment of Beast’s castle at Be Our Guest Restaurant is still underway with daily additions of paint to refresh the area.

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Painting over at Pete’s Silly Sideshow nears completion as fresh coats of vibrant reds on the tent pop from its previously faded exterior

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A new tip board arrives in Tomorrowland just next to Cool Ship.

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The MaDe kiosks in Tomorrowland Power & Supply Co. featured quite a few new Marvel watchbands for $34.99.

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New Marvel phone cases were available as well ranging from $29.99 to $34.99.

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To complete the ultimate Marvel trifecta, new magnets featuring favorites such as Black Widow, Hulk, Captain America, and more are up for purchase for $14.99.

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New Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings posters line AMC theatre prior to its premiere.

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A fiery new Spirit Jersey featuring the most devilish of villains, Maleficent, arrived in DisneyStyle.

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A spooky new mural lines the wall in DisneyStyle featuring Cinderella Castle with the new 50th medallion and Mickey pumpkins lining Main Street U.S.A.

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The adult version of the previously youth only ‘Ghoul-actic Halloween” t-shirt is available in World of Disney for $24.99.

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this bright red Walt Disney World logo youth shirt is also at World of Disney for $19.99.

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Two more new Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings phone cases are available at D-Tech in Marketplace Co-op.

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Price increases ran along many items we found at Disney Springs and across the parks and included items such as Loungefly backpacks, ears, and more.

As always, keep following WDWNT for all of your Disney Parks news, and for the absolute latest, follow WDW News Today on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.





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