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King Charles III has spent most of his life in waiting



King Charles III has spent most of his life in waiting.

But now, says former royal correspondent, Charles Rae, the longest serving heir to the throne in British history has a new and very immediate role.

“It’s very much, you know, the queen is dead. God save the king. Simple as that, it’s almost a seamless transition. And then there will be, then there’ll be, you will have (him) sit on the throne and get the crown at a later date, so it will be seamless in that sense. I mean, from the moment that the queen passes away, Charles is king. It’s that simple.”

Born in 1948, he became heir apparent at the age of three, when the queen acceded to the throne on the death of her father George VI.

Following an unhappy time at school in a remote area of the Scottish Highlands, he studied at the University of Cambridge.

He was made Prince of Wales by the queen at the age of 20.

Charles then entered the military before leaving to concentrate on royal duties in 1976.

His relationship with his new subjects has been at times turbulent.

Following years of speculation about his marriage plans, Charles married 20-year-old Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 with a dazzling wedding ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Two sons and new heirs William and Harry later, the marriage ended in 1992.

The decision was apparently amicable at first, but emerged as acrimonious by the time of their eventual divorce in 1996.

The union was said to have been a disaster from the start. The tragedy was compounded by Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris a year later.

Charles was left looking an unlikely sovereign and royal-watchers openly questioned whether he would ever by crowned.

What will his legacy look like?

Author Penny Junor maintains he is a popular figure.

“There are always going to be people who don’t like him, because he has been quite a controversial figure. When the queen came to the throne, I don’t think anybody disliked her because nobody really knew her. Charles has been around for over 70 years, and he has, he has been active in those years. He’s got involved in all sorts of quasi political areas and expressed his views. But anybody that has come across Charles, I would say, or who knows him, will, will love him.”

Charles’ long-term relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles became more public after Diana’s death – and the couple were married quietly in 2005 after gradually appearing in public together and becoming part of the royal circle.

Charles‘ approval rating also gradually improved, burnished by the popularity of his two sons who also married.

He began undertaking more official senior royal duties after Queen Elizabeth scaled back her workload, due to ill health.

Professor of the history of monarchy, Anna Whitelock, says the transition from heir to king will not be radical.

“He’s not going to reflect or represent a fresh face for the monarchy. It’s going to be another, you know, aged elderly monarch extending to the throne, even though, of course, he’s been Prince of Wales for so many years. I think you know that he does have a potential relevance around the environment. But I don’t think he’s going to end up feeling, you know, that he’s particularly popular and certainly not, you know, on the level of his mother, the queen.”

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Why are Americans moving abroad?



Inflation and the rising cost of living in the United States is motivating Americans to consider moving to other countries.

Have you ever dreamed of working or retiring abroad?

Well, more and more Americans are discovering that their income can stretch much further in other countries, allowing them to save more, pay off debts, and even get ahead financially.

Kelli Maria Korduck a contributor with Business Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss why Americans are deciding that the only way to get ahead is to leave.

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Boston Dynamics’ electric marvel or robot contortionist?



Boston Dynamics has recently unveiled its latest creation, the electric Atlas robot, boasting enhanced agility and strength.

However, with its uncanny ability to contort and rise from the ground with an almost eerie grace, one might wonder if we’re witnessing the birth of the world’s first robot contortionist.

As this technological marvel flaunts its capabilities, one can’t help but ponder if we’re on the brink of a future where household chores will be effortlessly handled by robots moving like a fusion of ballet dancers and horror movie monsters.

With its cadaver-like movements and illuminated head, it’s hard not to speculate whether Atlas is destined to revolutionise robotics or simply rehearsing for a techno-horror rendition of The Nutcracker. As Boston Dynamics continues to push the boundaries of robotics, the line between science fiction and reality becomes increasingly blurred.

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The Coffee confusion causing health concerns



As the morning sun peeks through the curtains, many reach for that familiar brew, kickstarting their day with a comforting cup of coffee.

It’s a ritual ingrained in cultures worldwide, offering a jolt of energy to combat the grogginess of dawn.

But when is the optimal time for that caffeine fix? According to registered dietitian Anthony DiMarino, RD, LD, the answer isn’t crystal clear.

Some experts suggest delaying that first sip until mid-morning or later. However, DiMarino reassures coffee lovers that there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this dilemma.

Meanwhile, the science behind coffee production unveils fascinating insights into its instant variant. Whether produced through freeze-drying or spray-drying methods, instant coffee offers convenience without sacrificing flavor.

Yet, beyond convenience, recent studies delve deeper into coffee’s impact on our bodies. Research exploring the acute effects of decaffeinated versus caffeinated coffee reveals intriguing findings on reaction time, mood, and skeletal muscle strength.

Moreover, investigations into the gut microbiome shed light on coffee’s influence on liver cirrhosis patients. A study analyzing the duodenal microbiome in this population found correlations between coffee consumption and microbial richness and evenness.

So, as you sip your coffee and ponder the day ahead, consider not just the flavour in your cup but also the subtle impacts it may have on your body and mind.

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