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The 8 best dressed guests at the Royal wedding

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Pastels, florals, as well as yellows and greens were key looks at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The bride kept it simple and sophisticated in her chic Givenchy gown – and the guests seemed to have had the memo too, with the majority getting their wedding looks spot on.

Out of 600 guests arriving for the ceremony in St George’s Chapel, there were remarkably few who caused sharp intakes of breath.

We asked two fashion experts to cast their critical eye over the guests’ choices.

1. Amal Clooney

Amal and George Clooney

Amal Clooney took everyone’s breath away when she was among the first of the celebrity guests to arrive ahead of the wedding.

She wore a bright yellow Stella McCartney dress below the knee with a loose bow tied at the back. George wore a striped yellow tie and pocket to match his wife’s stand-out look.

“Everything about it was perfect,” says Elizabeth von der Holtz from fashion brand Net-a-Porter. “The colour, the neckline, the long-draped bow. She was super chic and beautifully put together.”



Fashion boutique owner Alex Eagle agrees: “She looked amazing. She nailed the hat which is quite hard. It wasn’t too big or too small – she nailed something in-between which is very hard.

“It’s a really lovely vibrant spring colour without being florescent. The elegant silhouette balances the colour so it didn’t feel ostentatious. She definitely stole the show.”

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2. Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan

Actress Carey Mulligan made an elegant entrance wearing Erdem and was accompanied by her husband Marcus Mumford.

Von der Holtz comments: “Carey Mulligan was one of the key looks for me today. She had a very pretty embroidered dress and looked simple and chic.”

Eagle agrees: “Mulligan was the epitome of modern garden party style. She’s what you expect a wedding guest to be – she looked young and fresh and elegant. And wasn’t in a boring pastel ensemble.”

Props indeed for Carey!

3. Doria Ragland

Doria Ragland

Doria Ragland looked absolutely beautiful in her pale green embroidered coat dress with matching beret.

For the whole ceremony, Meghan’s proud mother looked as if she was on the verge of tears, winning hearts across the nation.

“My new girl crush is Meghan’s mum,” declares Alex Eagle.

“She was pared back and elegant – she showed that less was definitely more. I felt like there was a synergy between mother and daughter – with their outfits screaming simplicity.

“Her look showed a keenness – and also the freshness of spring. They both looked like they just weren’t trying to prove anything.

Von der Holtz calls Doria’s look “very clean, very appropriate dressing”.

“Doria just looked like she was so emotional and happy the whole time! She looked really elegant in her unusual pistachio colour.”

4. Meghan’s friends

Abigail Spencer, Priyanka Chopra and other members of the cast of Suits

When Meghan’s friends arrived there was a definite sense that here were some ladies who meant business.

With their bold tailoring and confident struts there was an unmistakeable non-Britishness going on.

Eagle comments: “I loved all the American glamour-zons, who showed up. They were just so much better groomed than everyone else.”

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra (second left) wore a pale lavender Vivienne Westwood skirt and blazer and Suits star Abigail Spencer (left) stood out in her forties-inspired polka dot tea dress.

“Abigail Spencer looked just divine in her Alessandra Rich dress,” says von der Holtz. “Polka dots never go out of style, and she just nailed the look.”

5. The Beckhams

David and Victoria Beckham

Victoria and David Beckham arrived looking predictably stylish and suave.

Von der Holtz says Victoria’s look was not without its jeopardy: “It is very dark for a wedding – not what you might usually see, but with the red suede shoes and the interesting slits in the sleeves, I think she looked very elegant.”

Eagle agrees: “There was a lot going on with the shape of her dress, which was good because she kept the colour quite dark.”

Eagle adds: “It was nice to see David Beckham wearing a British designer – his friend Kim Jones at Dior.

“He looked modern, and wasn’t trying to look too traditional or like an English toff.”

6. Sofia Wellesley

Sofia Wellesley and James Blunt

When singer James Blunt arrived at the chapel, all eyes were on his wife Sofia Wellesley, the grand-daughter of the 8th Duke of Wellington.

She wore a dress by Red Valentino, embroidered with macramé – which involves a series of knotting to get a textured effect across the dress,

The dress had a Peter-Pan collar to add detail around the neckline.

Elizabeth von der Holtz says: “This look is very sophisticated especially paired with the nude hat and accessories – she gets it just right for a spring wedding.”

7. Elton John

Elton John and David Furnish

Not one to be outdone by the ladies, Elton John rocked a full on look just with those glasses alone. After all, someone’s got to bring some glamour to the men’s side of things…

Eagle says: “Elton John looked fabulous. He had a nice pale blue tie and GREAT glasses – that’s what you want from him basically.”

David – we haven’t missed your blue pin-stripe shirt covered in bees and stars either. Keep up the good work you two.

8. The Queen

The Queen

And last, but by no means least, Her Majesty herself rocked one of the best looks of all the guests. She proved at 92, she still has plenty of fashion game.

Eagle says: “The Queen looked amazing – it was a really fun colour. It made you feel like she was looking forward to the wedding. It was an almost florescent dress with a very vibrant purple to it. It really shouldn’t have worked but it absolutely did.”

Von der Holtz points out: “The Queen is usually in monochrome – so a big bold print dress under her coat was really unusual. She looked relaxed and positive about the day.

“The whole thing being in Windsor felt a bit more relaxed than previous occasions. It felt really happy and joyful and not too ostentatious.”

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Granqvist Penalty Earns Sweden a sweet return.

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Sweden marked their first appearance in the World Cup for 12 years by beating South Korea thanks to a penalty from captain Andreas Granqvist that was awarded after a video assistant referee (VAR) review.

There was a short delay for Kim Min-woo’s foul on Viktor Claesson to be analysed on video and for the referee to point to the spot before Granqvist sent goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo the wrong way.

Sweden, who join Mexico at the top of Group F on three points, created the better chances in Nizhny Novgorod.

Marcus Berg should have scored midway through the first half but his close range shot was beaten away by Cho, while South Korea did not manage a single shot on target.

In a scrappy game, Cho also saved well from Ola Toivonen’s header following a free-kick.

South Korea, competing in their ninth successive World Cup, were disappointing and the closest they came to scoring was when Koo Ja-cheol headed into the side netting.

The result means Mexico, 1-0 winners over world champions Germany on Sunday, and Sweden have a three-point lead after the first round of matches in Group F.

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Lake Victoria Island in tension as Uganda arrests Kenyan fishermen

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The arrest of 12 Kenyan fishermen by Ugandan security operatives has caused fresh tension in Lake Victoria islands in western Kenya.

In what is seen as retaliation after Kenyan security officials secured the release of their three police officers arrested by Ugandan soldiers last week, fishermen on the Kenyan side of the lake are in fear of a fresh wave of arrests.

Local politicians have reignited the debate on ownership of Migingo Island in Lake Victoria, saying they have been raising these issues yet the government has done nothing about it.

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Barely a week after Ugandan authorities abducted three Kenyan police officers and five fishermen from Nambo Beach in Siaya County, they struck again on Saturday, seizing two boats.

Witnesses say the officers’ guns and phones were taken away before the officers were transferred to Namaingo in eastern Uganda by boat.

Siaya County Administration Police Commandant Patrick Lumumba said the incident involved up to eight soldiers on patrol who arrived in a Kenyan boat.

On Saturday, according to an incident reported at Usenge Police Station by Nambo Beach Management Unit chairman Gabriel Onyango at 4pm, two Kenyan boats – one with an engine and the other without – were confiscated by Ugandan soldiers.

According to Mr Crispin Nyaga, Usenge police boss, the soldiers were three, one in uniform and armed. They seized the boats, arrested six fishermen, and took away hundreds of kilogrammes of fish.

The boat without an engine belongs to a Mr Omollo. On board were fishermen Daniel Oyugi, John Liepa and Daniel Odhiambo.

The other boat is owned by Mr Atepe Okinya, and was being used by fishermen Evans Ochieng, Sadam Onyango and Kevin Otieno.

“The authorities took away about 400kgs of fish but released the fishermen,” said Mr Nyaga.

This time round, the Quick Response Team of the Administration Police of Kenya gave hot pursuit and rescued both fishermen and the boats, he said.

He added that the area needs frequent patrol by Kenyan officers to prevent unnecessary arrests by Ugandan soldiers.

A day earlier, six fishermen from Ringiti Island were arrested and released on Saturday after paying some money. The fishermen were arrested on Friday morning near the island while fishing.

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Harare central hospital investigates burning of five-day-old twins

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A pair of five-day-old twins were burnt to death in an open cradle at Harare Central Hospital.

The hospital says it is still carrying out investigations since last week it happened, but negligence is suspected.

The twins were reportedly placed in an isolation ward as they were recovering from jaundice.

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They were placed in an open cradle and a beam of light was used to provide heating.

However, something malfunctioned and the babies were dehydrated and burnt to death.

Their mother, Belinda Balalika found the babies dead when she went to breastfeed them at midnight.

A source who spoke to The Standard said,“ Something malfunctioned and the babies were burnt to death, but what is saddening is the fact that the staff did not check on the babies on time.’

Harare Central Hospital CEO Nyasha Masuka added, “We will be able to give details on Monday when all the investigations have been completed.”

 

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