Please enjoy these photos of the ‘royal family’ wearing ugly Christmas sweaters

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LONDON — Even a family as fashionable as the Windsors can rock a tacky Christmas sweater with a smile — especially if it’s for a good cause, and it’s their smiling wax figurines that are donning the ugly jumpers. 

The royal family granted permission for their wax counterparts at London’s Madame Tussauds to be dressed in the festive get-ups to raise awareness for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day initiative. The campaign seeks to raise money in support of the organisation’s global work by encouraging everyone on 16 December to “wear silly festive knits and donate to save children’s lives.” Read more…

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‘The Crown’ is a low-key guide to outfoxing the men in your way

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LONDON — It’s easy to dismiss Netflix’s new series The Crown as just another period drama to fill the gaping hole left behind by Downton Abbey. But, look beyond the opulent costumes and posh accents and you’ll see another story — one about the triumph of female strength in a world powered by men. 

On 6 February 1952, a 25-year-old woman became queen of a realm ruled by men. That woman was Queen Elizabeth II. And that day heralded the beginning of a new Elizabethan age

The grieving daughter of a beloved king had just inherited a post that hadn’t been occupied by a woman for just over half a century. And, world leadership was no less patriarchal than it had been when the last female monarch, Queen Victoria, died in 1901

While many might see a woman thrust into the apex of power by a position gained through heredity — and not via a democratic process — as the antithesis of a feminist icon, The Crown Read more…

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