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Strictly stars thank armed forces for Armistice Day

Strictly Come Dancing stars have hosted members of the armed forces and the Chelsea Pensioners at a ..

Strictly Come Dancing stars have hosted members of the armed forces and the Chelsea Pensioners at a tea dance to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

More than 70 members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force shared stories of service and their reflections on Remembrance with the celebrity contestants, their professional dance partners and Strictly head judge Shirley Ballas.

Image: An RAF Sergeant and Graziano Di Prima take to the floor and show off their moves

They also took to the floor at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Chelsea Pensioners' historic home.

Serving personnel at the event took the opportunity to thank their predecessors for their bravery and dedication.

**STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01 SATURDAY 10 NOV 2018** Oti Mabuse dances with a soldier from the Household Cavalry Regiment at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Image: Oti Mabuse dances with a soldier from the Household Cavalry Regiment at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

Major James de St John-Pryce, second in command at the Household Cavalry Regiment who attended the event, said: "It was a great honour to meet the Chelsea Pensioners, particularly when they were in such high spirits with the visit of the Strictly Come Dancing cast.

"We were honoured to take time out of our operational reconnaissance role to fulfil our ceremonial duties by representing the army at such an event.

**STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01 SATURDAY 10 NOV 2018**  Kate Silverton, dancing with a Chelsea Pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Image: Kate Silverton dancing with a Chelsea Pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

"We had tremendous fun entertaining the Chelsea Pensioners and joining in the dancing with the celebrities and even learning a few steps from the professionals.

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**STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01 SATURDAY 10 NOV 2018** A Chelsea Pensioner, a member from the Navy, Faye Tozer, Giavani Pernice, Pasha Kovalev, Anton Du Beke, Shirley Ballas and Ashley Roberts enjoy the show.
Image: A Chelsea Pensioner, a member from the Navy, Faye Tozer, Giovanni Pernice, Pasha Kovalev, Anton Du Beke, Shirley Ballas and Ashley Roberts enjoy the show

"Despite the festive atmosphere, the event was also a reminder to us all of the importance of Remembrance Sunday and our duty to keep the memories of sacrifice and gratitude alive."

Sunday's results show will show footage of the tea dance, which took place on 30 October.

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‘I’m not ready for it to end’: Growing up with Game Of Thrones

By Tom Acres, news reporter

“Winter is coming,” uttered Ned Stark, warning of a seemingly impendin..

By Tom Acres, news reporter

"Winter is coming," uttered Ned Stark, warning of a seemingly impending doom that could change the future of Westeros before audiences had even had much of a chance to get a sense for its present.

Amid all the introductions to the then relatively carefree lives of the characters of Game Of Thrones, it was a bleak hint to those who tuned into the debut episode more than eight years ago that things would soon take a turn for the worse.

Image: Ned Stark's death was one of the first shocking moments of the entire show. Pic: HBO/ Sky Atlantic

But, with sixth form in full flow and still somewhat embarrassingly untrusted with the Sky box PIN required to open my eyes to a world of brutal murder and little modesty, my focus was instead firmly placed on a different – if not similarly menacing – warning: "Exams are coming."

Growing up in a household that required me to make covert visits to a friend to sample the new Grand Theft Auto or other such adult entertainment (sorry, Mum, sometimes it wasn't actually homework), Thrones meant the living room door was kept firmly shut each Monday evening to ensure my younger sister and I were not too easily exposed to the horrors of beheadings and brothels.

"But look how young that girl looks," my sister would likely have thought of Arya Stark, wondering why she was deemed unsuited to watching a show that starred a girl even fresher-faced than the both of us.

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Thankfully, once those final school exams were out of the way (German being the Red Wedding of the bunch), university was on the horizon and freedom with it.

Looking back, student hall discussions without Thrones seems akin to Laurel without Hardy, but unlike other university topics of conversation ("How many jaegerbombs was it last night?", "What do you mean the essay is due tomorrow?!"), the goings-on in the Seven Kingdoms has remained the perfect small talk.

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Several years and thousands of deaths later, Thrones is a fixture of family dinners, catch-ups with friends and office chit-chat whenever it returns to our screens. (more…)

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Kim Kardashian West ‘names baby Psalm West’

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West and her musician husband Kanye West appear to have named their n..

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West and her musician husband Kanye West appear to have named their new child Psalm.

The trainee-lawyer posted a picture of the child, who was born via a surrogate, with the caption "Psalm West".

The photo appeared to be accompanied by comments from Kanye, saying: "Beautiful Mother's Day. With the arrival of our fourth child. We are blessed beyond measure. We have everything we need."

Perhaps following in the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who did not announce the name of their newborn on the same day as the birth, the Kardashian West family waited a week before revealing their fourth child's name.

The birth had been announced on 10 May when she wrote: "He's here and he's perfect!"

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Freddie Starrs wife Sophie Lea tried to kill herself after abuse and split from comedian to protect her son

Sophie has opened up after her husbands death (Picture: Getty Images)
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Sophie has opened up after her husbands death (Picture: Getty Images)

Freddie Starrs wife Sophie Lea has said she tried to kill herself after suffering abuse at the hands of her late husband.

The now 38-year-old, who was married to the comedian for two years, said she drove herself to the hospital after slitting her own wrists.

She said: I would have much rather been hit than have to deal with the constant cruel words. He told me I was ­worthless, that I was absolutely nothing. He was massively paranoid.

Sophie claimed the actor stopped her from leaving the house, and prevented her from speaking to her son Elliott unless he was present in case they sent messages via their eyes.

It was hellish. Its hard to describe in its entirety of how bad it was, she recalled. Mentally I was in a mess. I eventually had a breakdown. I was suicidal. I was also self-harming, cutting my arms and legs.

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She added to the Mirror: He also said, “Go and get me a knife and Ill f*****g do it properly for you.” I ended up thinking, “F**k you, youre not doing it” and went and slit my wrist…I wrapped it up and drove myself to hospital.

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The pair separated in 2015 but never divorced (Picture: Rex Features)

Describing it as a genuine attempt to take my own life, she claimed she split from Freddie to protect her son, who was 14 at the time.

Freddie died from a heart attack last week aged 76. (more…)

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