Kate Middleton wows at Wimbledon in her version of tennis whites
Kate Middleton has another fashion win at Wimbledon in a simple and elegant white tennis-inspired dress.…
While the crowd at Wimbledon suffered the sweltering 31c heat, the Duchess of Cambridge appeared calm, cool and collected as she wowed the crowd in a beautiful white dress in the Royal Box on Centre Court.
Left: Kate arriving with Prince William Right: Wearing £395 Temperley Moriah dress
Kate and Will cheered on British tennis hopeful Andy Murray as he dominated his fourth round game in straight sets.
The Middletons have been huge tennis fans for years: Pippa Middleton attended the French open and Aegon Championships over the last few months and Kate was made captain of her high school tennis team and has previously attended Wimbledon in 2007 and 2008.
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Although it was the dress that had fashion fans in love; Kate’s white Temperley Moriah dress, which retails for £795, is currently on sale for £395.
The soft and feminine white frock is reminiscent of traditional tennis skirts worn by female players on the grass court. It also emphasises Kate’s small waist and the added dimension of layers give it a flattering overall shape on her frame.
Above: The Duchess and Prince William in the Royal Box at Center Court
If Kate wore it AND it’s on sale, be prepared for this little number to sell out worldwide in a matter of days.
The hue is seemingly a new favourite for Kate, as she wore a white Reiss chiffon gown and white Joseph jacket to the Derby earlier this month. She also wore an off-white Alexander McQueen double-breasted coat for the Queen’s birthday celebrations.
But the Duchess’ love of white doesn’t mean she shies away from bold fashion statements.
Earlier this month, she wore a stunning pinkish sparkly champagne-coloured Jenny Packham gown.
Left: Kate at Charity Gala Right: Kate with Michelle Obama
She also sported a sharply tailored beige Reiss shift dress while meeting the Obamas back in May.
Killer cuteness: The slow and painful death of the real-life Furbies that have become a YouTube sensation
Their cuteness has made them an internet sensation. But ther popularity is now threatening their very survival.
Thanks to millions of hits on YouTube slow lorises have become a must-have pet – and are being plucked from their natural habitat in the rainforests of south-east Asia and traded for up to £3,500.
But what happens to them before they are ‘customer ready’ makes their plight even more distressing.
They have to have their teeth ripped out with nail clippers so that they don’t cause an injury to their new owners.
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Their large eyes add to the cuteness of the slow lorises but there are fears the primates will soon become extinct
THE REAL-LIFE FURBIES
Slow lorises are found in south and south-east Asia, including Indonesia, Burma, Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia.
They live in rainforests and mangrove forests, preferring high dense canopies they can easily travel across.
The creatures are omnivores, eating insects, small birds and reptiles, eggs, fruits and other vegetation.
As a defence mechanism lorises will bite aggressors, producing a toxin to infect the wounds. To humans the bites cause a painful swelling, but the toxin is mild and not fatal.
The single reported case of human death by loris bite was believed to have resulted from anaphylactic shock.
There is a global high protection order under endangered species conventions meaning they can’t be transported to the UK but the black market is rife and it is feared that many are smuggled in.
The population of slow lorises has declined to the point that there are now fears over their survival and they could soon become extinct.
Two of the endangered primates were smuggled aboard a Brisbane-bound flight from Singapore but had to be put down by quarantine officers.
The crew on the Emirates flight found them in the cabin during the filght and when the plane landed in Australia customs officials took the animals.
A spokesman said: ‘Slow lorises can carry several diseases… including rabies and they also have a bite that is toxic.’
The creatures have their teeth removed with nail clippers before they are sold as ‘pets’. They usually become infected and, unable to eat, die a slow and painful death
The charity International Animal Rescue campaigns to raise awareness to try and stop people from taking one of the primates.
On it’s website, the charity says: ‘These harmless little animals suffer terrible stress from exposure to the sunlight at these markets where they are dumped in cramped cages. These timid creatures normally move about quietly in the darkness of the night.
‘The markets, where they are surrounded by other animals and people, are a nightmare for them. Tragically, many of them die from trauma even before they have been sold.
The popular children’s Furby toy has a striking resemblance to the slow loris. Student Richard Moore, left, is working on conservation research in Java on behalf of International Animal Rescue to help their survival
‘To prevent them from using their venomous bite, traders cruelly cut their teeth using wire cutters. This ghastly mutilation causes terrible infections, often leading to a slow and painful death.
‘In some areas of Indonesia, slow lorises are brutally killed for use in traditional medicine. This is having a huge impact on wild loris populations.
‘Numbers of this endangered primate are difficult to assess; status surveys have found them to occur in dramatically low densities when compared to other primates inhabiting the same forests. ‘In some countries where they were known to be abundant, few to no lorises can found in the wild today, suggesting that illegal trade may be the cause of population decline.’