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Queen Elizabeth is the country’s most well-travelled monarch and has visited all four corners of the world. The monarch is rarely associated with great displays of emotion when out and about but a royal expert has revealed one time in particular when sharp tongues affected the royal. Kitty Kelley, in her book ‘The Royals,’ spoke of a less than happy time while Elizabeth was in Malta in 1950. According to Kelley, Elizabeth, for the most part very much enjoyed her time in Malta, where Prince Philip was in command of his own frigate.

“She was hailed as ‘the best-loved, the most notable naval wife ever to visit these islands,” wrote Kelley

However, the UK coverage of her time out in Malta was more personal and more critical.

They commented on both her wardrobe choice and her weight – criticisms which Prince Philip perpetuated.

“Newspapers took her to task for looking like ‘an Edwardian vaudeville queen’,” wrote Kelley.

“Carpings out her weight and wardrobe disturbed her more than criticism about her children, especially coming from her husband.”

Kelley recalled one episode in particular when the Duke upset his wife.

“‘You’re not going to wear that thing,’ he said when Elizabeth walked into this room to show him a new dress. ‘Take it off at once.’”

Kelley’s book also claimed Elizabeth went to drastic lengths to shed the pounds as a result.

She quoted Geoffrey Bocca’s early biography: “It was all very upsetting. The Empire had on its hands a Princess it adored passionately, but a Princess that was with overstuffed and overdressed.

“As a non-smoker she did not have the assistance of nicotine to hold down the poundage.

“So she went off starchy food and she took appetite-reducing pills – a blue pill for breakfast, a green pill at lunch, and a chocolate pill at dinner.”

Any medications the Queen has are bought by servants in order to preserve her privacy.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had a much more public falling out when they were on royal tour in Australia in 1954. 

An Australian film crew caught the moment the Queen threw a pair of shoes and a tennis racket at Prince Philip.

Just moments after he stormed out of their villa, the Queen was shown to be screaming at him to stop and come back. She then quickly pulled him back inside, with the event being caught on camera by cameraman Frank Bagnall.

Royal press secretary at the time Richard Colville approached the film crew, with the film quickly exposed and handed over.

Moments later, the Queen appeared in front of them in a composed manner. She said to them: “I’m sorry for that little interlude, but, as you know, it happens in every marriage. Now, what would you like me to do?”

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American woman faces $2,800 parking bill after leaving car in Toronto during pandemic

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Parking in the city can be costly, but one American woman is learning just how bad it can be after being unable to retrieve her car for nearly a year.

Detroit resident Kim Richardson left her 2004 Honda Element at the Park2Sky lot by Pearson airport in March 2020 before flying out to Europe for a medical procedure. She originally planned to retrieve it within two weeks but partway through her trip, the Canada-US border got closed due to COVID-19 precautions.

Richardson’s return flight was rerouted to Detroit and she’s been unable to return to Toronto since.

What was originally a $100 bill has now inflated to $2,800 as the lot’s owner says he has a business to operate and is owed payment for 11 months of storage. However, Richardson believes she’s being extorted for an issue beyond her control.

Park2Sky personnel claim that several Americans who found themselves in similar predicaments have had their cars shipped home.

“I don’t understand, I don’t know what’s going on here. Business is down, I’m not making any money at all. People who leave their car are paid. She’s the only one that hasn’t paid,” said the owner to CBC News this week.

The stalemate is expected to last a while longer as travel restrictions remain in place and Ontario Provincial Police have said they won’t get involved in a civil matter.

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All systems are go for St. Lawrence Cruise Lines in 2021

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KINGSTON — Despite Canada’s newly extended cruise ship ban, Canadians still have a small-ship cruising alternative in 2021 with St. Lawrence Cruise Lines.

The small-ship operator, which sails on the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, has confirmed operations for 2021, with overnight cruises on both rivers from May 20 to Oct. 24. A variety of cruises ranging from four to seven nights will depart from Kingston, Ottawa and Quebec City, sailing exclusively in domestic waters with stops at select ports in Ontario and Quebec.

On Feb. 4, Canada’s Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra announced that Canada’s cruise ship ban will be extended until Feb. 28, 2022. This measure, which effectively prohibits cruise vessels carrying more than 100 passengers from operating in Canadian waters, does not impact the small-ship operations of St. Lawrence Cruise Lines and its 32-stateroom CANADIAN EMPRESS.

“We are excited to offer travellers a small ship option for the 2021 season,” said President Jason Clark. “Our overnight cruises stay close to shore in Canadian waters and our COVID-19 Health and Safety program has been recognized for its high standards.”

This past December, the cruise line was awarded the Safe Travels Stamp by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) for adherence to global standards of health and hygiene. The program includes a wide range of safety measures, including reduced passenger loads, masking, physical distancing and hospital-grade electrostatic disinfecting for both private staterooms and shared spaces. Plus, all staterooms have access to fresh air, climate controls and views of the river.

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Here’s How Canada’s ‘Screening Officers’ Will Check On Travellers During Quarantine

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The federal government is reminding all travellers in Canada that “Screening Officers” may pay them a visit post-arrival.

In a statement about the country’s latest travel restrictions, Transport Canada confirmed that newly-trained officials would be tasked with checking up on travellers during their two-week quarantine period.

The role of the Screening Officers will be to visit travellers’ quarantine locations to “establish contact, confirm identify and confirm that travellers are at the place of quarantine they identified upon entry into Canada.”

This is to make sure individuals are complying with Canada’s mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement.

The checks will be conducted across 35 Canadian cities, having already started in Montreal and Toronto back in January.

The officials will provide “compliance education” and will be able to issue verbal warnings, but stronger enforcement action will be referred to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and then law enforcement for follow-up checks. 

Failing to comply with the Quarantine Act or with Screening Officers’ instructions could result in fines of up to $750,000 or even jail time.

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