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  • Prince treated to piano performance by nine-year-old girl
    Prince treated to piano performance by nine-year-old girl 22 hours ago

    The Prince of Wales was treated to a piano performance at Buckingham Palace, by a nine-year-old girl playing a piece called The Prince. More »

  • Beyonce’s The Formation tour turns to THX for sound quality befitting the Q …
    Beyonce’s The Formation tour turns to THX for sound quality befitting the Q … 22 hours ago

    THX is a well known name in movie sound — who doesn’t recognize the company’s famous “Deep Note” trailer? For years, the company has provided certification for commercial theaters and home theater equipment alike, and now it’s turning its attention to live concert sound systems. Related: Beyoncé’s world tour announcement crashed her website during Super Bowl In conjunction with Beyoncé’s announcement of her Formation World Tour during the Super Bowl, THX has announced a new live concert certification program it calls THX Live. It isn’t clear whether all or simply some stops on the tour will be certified under the new program, but this will be the first time the program has been used. “The association between Parkwood Entertainment and THX is the first of its kind,” THX CEO Ty Ahmad Taylor told Digital Trends. “We think that our role in providing the best audio-visual experience, at home, on the go, in cinemas and venues supports her vision of providing the best experience for fans.” Beyoncé/Facebook Queen Bey’s performance at the Super Bowl serves as stark reminder of why a system like this is needed. The larger venues required to fit the massive audiences artists like Beyoncé pull aren’t often built with acoustics in mind, and the sound suffers as a result. Even when they are built specifically for concerts, the larger spaces can prove tricky for amplification, equalization, and a host of other factors. That’s where THX comes into play. As part of the new program, “THX engineers review the audio system configuration of top performers and look for opportunities for acoustic optimization,” the company said. Once the required information is gathered, THX works with the artist’s sound engineers to figure out the very best solutions any problems presented with the venue or the system. The system is then calibrated according to THX specifications. Related: Beyonce’s Formation is one of the most important songs and videos of the decade The Formation tour begins in Miami on April 27, with 21 more stadium performances to follow throughout North America. Other city stops on the tour include Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto. Digital Trends has reached out to THX for further details and will bring updates with further detail soon. Also watch: Plugged Crown Headphones Review Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • Let's all try focusing on Kate Middleton's mental health message, not …
    Let's all try focusing on Kate Middleton's mental health message, not … Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    The Manor is in one of Cambridge's few underprivileged pockets, and many of the children there come from difficult backgrounds. Place2Be is one of the few charities specifically working in the primary sector, acknowledging that mental health is something to be nurtured from infancy, not acknowledged only when issues arise. More »

  • Charles to meet Welsh stars at Palace gala concert
    Charles to meet Welsh stars at Palace gala concert Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    The Prince of Wales will meet Welsh stars of stage and screen when he hosts a gala concert for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama at Buckingham Palace. More »

  • British Asian Trust: Prince Charles dedicates 'millions of pounds' for …
    British Asian Trust: Prince Charles dedicates 'millions of pounds' for … Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    The heir to the throne has announced plans for a special fund to help India's farmers break out of poverty. Prince Charles made the announcement at the annual gala of the British Asian Trust (BAT), an organisation that works towards ending poverty in South Asia through the British Asian diaspora. The new fund for Indian farmers is believed to be "worth millions of pounds", the Economic Times reported. More »

  • The British Asian Trust: Prince Charles supported by array of stars at gala …
    The British Asian Trust: Prince Charles supported by array of stars at gala … Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Stars of music, movies and the fashion world rubbed shoulders with royalty on Tuesday (3 February) night at The British Asian Trust's third annual gala dinner at the Natural History Museum. Prince Charles, the founder and President of The British Asian Trust, and the Duchess of Cornwall attended the lavish fundraiser to raise awareness of the projects in South Asia. The Prince founded the organisation in 2007 after he was moved by the plight of communities in South Asia suffering widespread poverty and hardship. More »

  • Kate Middleton to launch new hashtag to raise awareness of children's mental …
    Kate Middleton to launch new hashtag to raise awareness of children's mental … Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Kate Middleton will help with the launch of a new hashtag aimed at spreading awareness about mental health issues in children. The Duchess of Cambridge will be a part of the launch when she will guest-edit The Huffington Post news website on 17 February. Huffington Post UK editor-in-chief Stephen Hull has said that Kate, 34, will specifically help the website launch Young Minds Matter during her one-day stint as the guest editor. More »

  • Prince Charles and Camilla help raise £900,000 at star-studded charity gala
    Prince Charles and Camilla help raise £900,000 at star-studded charity gala Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attended the annual gala dinner for supporters and ambassadors of The British Asian Trust at Natural History Museum on 2 February. The royal couple helped raise £900,000 ($1.3m) towards the charity at the star-studded event. The British Asian Trust, the UK's leading organisation for British Asian philanthropy, was founded by Charles in 2007. More »

  • Kate Middleton first solo TV interview: Duchess of Cambridge pays tribute to …
    Kate Middleton first solo TV interview: Duchess of Cambridge pays tribute to … Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Since her fairy-tale wedding to Prince William in 2011, Kate Middleton has lent her voice to a whole host of worthy causes and attended her fair share official engagements. The 34-year-old has given her first solo television interview ahead of the Queen's upcoming 90th birthday. The landmark moment is part of an ITV programme marking the Queen's life and reign. More »

  • Kate Middleton to assume her first military-linked role as royal patron of RAF …
    Kate Middleton to assume her first military-linked role as royal patron of RAF … Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Kate Middleton will soon be assuming her new role as the royal patron of the RAF Air Cadets. The Duchess of Cambridge will take up the role as honorary air commandant of the air cadets on the eve of the Air Training Corps' 75th anniversary on 7 February, according to Kensington Palace. The patronage of the youth organisation was passed on to the duchess in December 2015 by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, after he served as the air commodore-in-chief for 63 years. More »

  • Prince Harry parties with bevy of A-list beauties
    Prince Harry parties with bevy of A-list beauties Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    Living up to his reputation for being the "party Prince", Prince Harry has been hanging with A-listers as he partied up a storm with a bevy of stars. The 31-year-old was the royal guest at an exclusive Ciroc vodka bash thrown by model Suki Waterhouse before Christmas. The royal joined Cara Delevingne, actresses Sienna Miller and Margot Robbie, TV presenter Poppy Jamie and his cousin Princess Eugenie for an evening of fun and games as they all clearly got into the festive spirit. More »

  • Kate Middleton becomes Wimbledon patron as Queen Elizabeth II cuts her work …
    Kate Middleton becomes Wimbledon patron as Queen Elizabeth II cuts her work … Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    After 64 years as patron of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, the Queen hands the role to the Duchess of Cambridge. Buckingham palace aides have described Her Majesty's 90th birthday in April as a "game changer", with other members of the royal family taking up various responsibilities. The Duchess of Cambridge, who often watches Andy Murray's matches at Wimbledon, accepted honorary membership of the All England Club in 2013. More »

  • Prince Harry reportedly dating American PR girl Juliette Labelle
    Prince Harry reportedly dating American PR girl Juliette Labelle Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Prince Harry is rumoured to be dating an American public relations assistant almost 10 years younger than him. The 31-year-old royal reportedly met 22-year-old Juliette Labelle on a visit to her home city of Los Angeles over the New Year. Labelle reportedly works for fashion firm Dior has posted a number of pictures on social media sites, although she removed her Instagram site after news of the couple's fledgling relationship broke. More »

  • Prince Harry cheers on Invictus Games 2016 hopefuls
    Prince Harry cheers on Invictus Games 2016 hopefuls Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Prince Harry has met athletes who will be competing at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando in May. The prince cheered on the hopefuls during the team's UK trials at the University of Bath Sports Training Village. Prince Harry is the royal patron of the games, currently in its second year. More »

  • Happy birthday, Oprah! 13 gifts worthy of the ‘queen of all media’
    Happy birthday, Oprah! 13 gifts worthy of the ‘queen of all media’ Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    It’s Oprah Winfrey’s birthday, and if you’re at a loss as to what to get her, look no further than her 2015 “favorite things” list, where she’s already picked out the stuff she likes. How convenient! Here are 13 items that will make Oprah’s big day extra special. LuMee Case Endorsed by the queen of selfies, Kim Kardashian, and approved by DT’s mobile team, the LuMee smartphone case adorns the front of your phone with an array of bright LED lights that add a glow to your selfies. You can also adjust their intensity to reach that perfect balance between too dark and overexposed. Jawbone Up3 Oprah loves this fitness band, which “looks great, automatically monitors everything from sleep patterns to heart rate to workouts, and gives you personalized advice based on your exercise and diet goals.” Hopefully Oprah’s endorsement can bring some relief to the troubled company. Skits Providence Brilliant Leather Tech Bag The case has ample room for tablet, smartphone, and all the accompanying accessories including chargers and headphones. A removable strap turns it into a “chic” (Oprah’s word, not ours) purse (never mind that Nordstrom classifies it as a men’s product). “It’s the perfect combo of pretty and practical,” she says. T-Fal OptiGrill “Even an amateur can get flawless results with this nonstick, dishwasher-safe device, which has a built-in sensor to adapt cooking time to the thickness of any meat,” Oprah says. We couldn’t agree more: The OptiGrill earned our Editors’ Choice award, and we praised it for its easy cleanup. And before you question if she really does cook, she does, says her BF, Stedman Graham. Fujifilm Instax Share (SP-1) The Instax Share printer pairs analog instant film photography with modern digital smartphones. Using Fujifilm’s Instax instant film, you can make Polaroid-like prints of photos from your phone’s camera roll. The companion app is available on iOS and Android, and from our experience, it’s a fun (albeit pricey) way to get those photos off your phone or tablet. Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats 2 Wireless Headphones Oprah likes these “workout buddy” headphones for their lightweight, tangle-proof, sweat-resistant qualities. She describes the audio as “club-quality sound,” but the Wirecutter says otherwise. Bread You can get her an automatic breadmaker. via GIPHY Sonos Play 5 Please enable Javascript to watch this video Oprah describes the Play5 as the “crème de la crème” of wireless speakers because it analyzes a room’s acoustics and adjusts accordingly, delivering sound quality “like no other.” We back her up: DT’s AV editor, Caleb Denison, calls it “the best speaker Sonos has ever made.” Apple Rose Gold iPhone 6S and 38mm Watch You know who loves Apple’s latest color? Hint: Oprah. She says rose gold is a color she loves to wear. Interestingly, despite her massive bank account, she prefers the cheaper Sport version of the Apple Watch to the 18-karat gold variant. She’s just like us, y’all! Philips Avance Pastamaker Have you ever tasted fresh pasta? OMG, you’ll never eat that stuff out of a box again. But who has time to mix and knead the dough? The Avance from Philips, that’s who. Amazon Echo The Amazon Echo was our 2015 Home Product of the Year. It’s more than a Bluetooth speaker: With Alexa (Siri’s cousin from the Pacific Northwest), you can control the lights in your home, hear the current weather, or stream tunes from your Amazon Music playlists. With an open software development kit, expect to see more third-party support in the near future. Oprah’s verdict: “love it!” Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo If you’re a fan of the single-serve coffee concept but want something more refined than a Keurig K-cup, consider the ones from Nespresso, which are capable of serving large-sized coffees and teeny cups of espresso. Oprah uses it to serve coffee in her office, although we doubt she’s the one doing the actual serving. A Million Little Pieces emdot/Flickr (used under Creative Commons) Ha, just kidding, Oprah. Happy birthday! Also watch: Apple is working on a wireless charging solution for iPhone Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • Malaysian attorney general clears PM of wrongdoing, says money was personal … Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian attorney general clears PM of wrongdoing, says money was personal donation from Saudi royal family. More »

  • Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt tells TV show Conan of Kate Middleton i … Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Actress Joanne Froggatt, who portrays the maid Anna Bates on Downtown Abbey, told TV show Conan of the dirty pun she accidentally told the Duchess of Cambridge during the Royal's visit to the show's set last year. Froggatt told host Conan O'Brien that she and co-star Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) had to shoot a scene in front of Kate Middleton before they were able to say their greetings. After finishing their scene, the two actresses spoke to the royal mother-of-two on the set of Lady Mary's bedroom. More »

  • New Head Of Armed Forces Is Appointed
    New Head Of Armed Forces Is Appointed Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has been appointed the new Chief of the Defence Staff. His appointment as head of the British military was approved by the Prime Minister and Buckingham Palace within the last few days. Air Chief Marshal Peach will take over from General Sir Nicholas Houghton later this year - and his main challenge will be to lead the ongoing military efforts against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. More »

  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef and Buckingham Palace in VR
    Explore the Great Barrier Reef and Buckingham Palace in VR Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    You could already explore the Great Barrier Reef via Google’s Street View, but now, technology is taking you one step closer — and still without ever requiring your departure from your couch. Thanks to new destinations added to Google Expeditions, you can now visit the Australian underwater phenomena, Buckingham Palace, and a number of other exciting global hotspots in one of the most exciting virtual reality experiences so far created. The additions are all part of the Expeditions Pioneer Program, an educational program featuring virtual reality technology (and lots of Google Cardboards) that allows teachers to “take their classes on immersive virtual journeys to bring their lessons to life.” The program is totally free for educators, and is comprised of over 100 engaging journeys that give the idea of a “hands-on” experience a whole new meaning. First introduced at last year’s I/O conference, Expeditions now boasts an Android app so that classes can use mobile devices to go halfway around the world. Already used by 500,000 students around the world, the program is sure to grow as students become able to connect their lessons with, well, a  sort of reality. The new Great Barrier Reef VR experience, designed and produced by Sir David Attenborough and Alchemy VR, gives kids and teens (and everyone else, for that matter) the opportunity to dive beneath the ocean’s surface to more carefully examine the coral structure. And as for Buckingham Palace, a 360-degree tour will take you on a “virtual field trip” of sorts, with footage of the incredible residence shot just last week. Related: Google Chrome about to run much faster, gobble less data | DT Daily To create the impressive tour, Google and The Royal Collection Trust set up 16 Google jump cameras on circular tripods, allowing them to capture a single shot from multiple angles at the same time. Apparently, Queen Elizabeth’s luxurious lodgings were among the most requested VR destinations on Google, along with the White House and, of course, outer space. So if you’re looking to go on vacation (or at least scope your next one out), check out Google Expeditions for inspiration. More »

  • UK: Google offers virtual tour of Buckingham Palace
    UK: Google offers virtual tour of Buckingham Palace Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Google's Expedition programme has launched a virtual reality tour of the Buckingham Palace on 20 January, aimed particularly for schoolchildren who admire the "magical" building. The tour was launched at an event in London amongst schoolchildren from east London. The virtual tour was made possible after the Buckingham Palace opened its door to Google such that 360-degree photos could be taken of the different rooms. More »

  • Buckingham Palace virtual reality tour takes public inside royal residence
    Buckingham Palace virtual reality tour takes public inside royal residence Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Buckingham Palace is usually the preserve of paying visitors or guests but now anyone can tour the famous London landmark - using the internet. More »

  • 'God Save the Queen!' Famous Phrase Spoken in Space for 1st Time
    'God Save the Queen!' Famous Phrase Spoken in Space for 1st Time Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    The words "God save the queen" were recently spoken in space for (possibly) the first time when British astronaut Tim Peake uttered the famous phrase in a video message sent to Earth on Dec. 31, 2015. Peake recorded the message from the International Space Station (ISS), and included a short greeting to Queen Elizabeth II, who is 89 years old and Britain's longest-reigning monarch. In the video, Peake responded to a personal message of salutation that Her Majesty had sent to him. More »

  • Peter Phillips tells charities to pay £150 for a ticket to the Queen's birthday …
    Peter Phillips tells charities to pay £150 for a ticket to the Queen's birthday … Sat, Jan 16, 2016

    Charities and patrons of the Queen will have to fork out £150 a ticket to attend the Patrons' Lunch – the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations in The Mall, which is being organised by the Queen's grandson. Royal experts say Peter Phillips will "a lot of flak" over the cost of attending the event. About 10,000 guests are set to attend the June street party in The Mall, the majority being representatives of charities and the Queen's patronages. More »

  • Kate Middleton to turn journalist for the day as guest editor of The Huffington …
    Kate Middleton to turn journalist for the day as guest editor of The Huffington … Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Kate Middleton is to take a break from royal duties and motherhood to try her hand as a hard-nosed journalist to raise awareness of children's mental-health issues. The Duchess of Cambridge will guest-edit The Huffington Post news website for a day next month, focusing on articles related to childhood mental illness AP reports. Confirming the news Kensington Palace said: "The Duchess will use the opportunity to highlight the inspiring work being done by parents, teachers, researchers and mental health professionals around the country. More »

  • Prince William's wife Kate to guest-edit Huffington Post UK
    Prince William's wife Kate to guest-edit Huffington Post UK Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Prince William's wife Kate is to guest-edit the UK section of The Huffington Post to highlight child mental health issues, Kensington Palace announced Friday. More »

  • £150-ticket street party for Queen Elizabeth's 90th
    £150-ticket street party for Queen Elizabeth's 90th Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 90th birthday with a street party for 10,000 people outside Buckingham Palace, her grandson said Friday -- although tickets will not come cheap at £150 ($215, 200 euros). More »

  • The Queen's grandson defends £150 price tag of Monarch's 90th birthday …
    The Queen's grandson defends £150 price tag of Monarch's 90th birthday … Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    A picnic lunch in the Mall to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday will cost £150 a head, a price tag that her grandson Peter Phillips, who is organising the event, has defended. More »

  • Who Will Save ‘God Save the Queen’? Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Back in September, when I interviewed Alex Marshall, the author of a world tour of national anthems called Republic or Death!, he told me the following about “God Save the Queen,” the national anthem of the United Kingdom (and, by default, the anthem of England, which doesn’t have an official one): More »

  • Leibovitz seeks Merkel for new 'outstanding women' exhibition
    Leibovitz seeks Merkel for new 'outstanding women' exhibition Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    She managed to photograph American TV host Ellen DeGeneres topless apart from a sparkly bra, her face daubed in a mime's white paint, and got into Buckingham Palace for a photoshoot with the Queen. More »

  • Prince William drops into Stevenage school for lunch with pupils Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    Prince William surprised children at a Stevenage school after he dropped in for a spot of lunch in the school's canteen. The Prince, who is an East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot, flew in to the playing field at John Henry Newman School, after transporting doctors from nearby Lister Hospital. The Prince took his lunchbreak in the school canteen after the flying mission, much to the excitement of the school children. More »

  • Jones backs 'God Save the Queen' in anthem debate
    Jones backs 'God Save the Queen' in anthem debate Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    The England rugby union team's first foreign coach said on Wednesday he had no problems with his players singing 'God Save the Queen', rather than a specifically English anthem. More »

  • God Save The Queen shouldn't be our national anthem, full stop Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has put forward a proposal to scrap God Save the Queen as England's national anthem at sporting events. Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland (and interestingly even the Isle of Man) have their own, which is played during international sporting events. By scrapping an archaic song that means almost nothing in modern England, this is an exciting opportunity for us to join the 21st century. More »

  • England sporting teams 'should drop God Save The Queen'
    England sporting teams 'should drop God Save The Queen' Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    Parliament is to hear calls for England to drop God Save The Queen at sporting events in favour of its own national anthem. More »

  • God Save the Queen: Where did the British national anthem come from?
    God Save the Queen: Where did the British national anthem come from? Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    MPs are expected to vote to decide whether to drop God Save The Queen for England at sporting events to replace it with the country's own anthem. God Save The Queen, the British national anthem, dates back to the 18th century and is currently sung before all events involving English teams. Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins believes England should follow suit with their own anthem. More »

  • Kate Middleton on PornHub: Sleazy searches for Duchess of Cambridge rocketed …
    Kate Middleton on PornHub: Sleazy searches for Duchess of Cambridge rocketed … Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    PornHub users have been revealed as apparent royalists after the X-rated website said searches for "Kate Middleton" rocketed an incredible 920% on the day Princes Charlotte was born. The surge in popularity came on 2 May, the day the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. The spike was revealed after PornHub published details of viewers' habits from 2015. More »