Princes take rugby rivalry to a new level

first_imgWith the Queen now aged 90, Prince Harry and Prince William will replace their grandmother as patrons of the English and Welsh rugby unions respectively, it was announced Tuesday.Britain’s long-serving monarch will step down as the patron of 25 UK organizations, including the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, the British Cycling Federation, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Holocaust Memorial Trust.The Queen will pass the patronages on to other members of the royal family in the coming months.According to Buckingham Palace, she is patron of more than 600 organizations and will continue to represent hundreds of other charities and institutions.The decision follows the example set by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who resigned from a number of patronages when he turned 90 in 2011, Buckingham Palace said.The Queen has been patron of the English Rugby Union (RFU) since taking over the role from her father, King George V, in 1952. She has attended two World Cups in the United Kingdom, in 1991 and 1999.Both William and Harry are keen rugby fans and have served as vice-patrons to the Welsh and English unions since 2007 and 2010 respectively.They were pictured enjoying a good-natured rivalry during the 2015 Rugby World Cup when Wales upset host nation England in the pool stage.”His Royal Highness has been a great ambassador, not only for the Welsh Rugby Union, but for young people and for sport generally,” WRU president Dennis Gethin said in a statement.RFU president Peter Baines said it had been “a privilege and an honor” to have the Queen as patron for more than 60 years.”She has been a fantastic supporter of the union and we thank her for that and her contribution to the game of rugby in England,” he added.”Prince Harry has been a regular at England Tests at Twickenham … and a brilliant ambassador of our work in the community and our charities as well as internationally for the union as president of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.”last_img read more

Related 6 flights under £45 This weeks top trip

first_img Related6 flights under £45! This week’s top trip picksFrom skiing to summer sun, from London to Hawaii, here’s our pick of the week’s best holiday ideas.Flash sale: Norwegian St Patrick’s Day flight sale to America from £134Norwegian have just announced a huge St Patrick’s Day sale with flights to America from only £134! This four day sale offers 15% off flights in summer from the UK and Ireland. Things you need to know: – These are super limited and end 19 March. Embrace your inner Sonic…7 flights for under £507 great value flights from Skyscanner from just £24 Celebrate the end of January by booking a cheap skiing trip, cheeky city break or some summer sun. Book a bargain break now with flights from just £28 return.1. Shopping in Milan from £28If your spring/summer collection is looking a little threadbare, replenish your wardrobe with a shopping trip. No, not to Lakeside in Thurrock. How about Milan? Where else would you go for retail therapy? As you’re staying in one of the most stylish cities in the world, stay in one of the most stylish hotels. Nhow, located in totally trendy Tortona with its achingly fashionista affordable designer boutiques, oozes style in every room, overflowing with design touches from lobby to shower. And check the lighting: very cool. Remember, we don’t just do flights! Check in to our hotels search to find your perfect stay wherever you’re off to.2. St Patrick’s Day in Dublin from £32Get the party started in style: book your flights now for the ultimate St. Paddy’s Day bash in Dublin. The St. Patrick’s Festival ensures much March madness in the Irish capital. Paint the town green, along with thousands of partygoers in silly hats. The Guinness will undoubtedly be flowing like the Liffey in spate. Go for a long weekend and stay until your hangover wears off, or do Dublin at a quieter time – the craik will of course be good whenever you go.3. Skiing in Slovenia from £39There’s no business like snow business so grab a bargain flight to the slopes while the white stuff is in full effect. If you are a winter sports enthusiast – be it skiing or snowboarding, and not too fussy where you go, save your dosh for your ski pass by finding the cheapest flights going with our Everywhere search. For example, snap up a flight to Slovenia from £39 return – the winter resort of Vogel features in our article on the world’s cheapest ski resorts 2013. Check it out. 4. Spring in Madrid from £43Give yourself something to look forward to – book yourself a spring break. The sun will soon be shining in the Spanish spring, the ideal time to check out classy capital Madrid. Ah, those days when you can sit outside a café, watching the girls and boys go by, and sipping sangria, or possibly something slightly less clichéd. See the sights like the Picasso Museum, or swap the culture for a spot of shopping at famous department store El Cortes Ingles.5. Summer sun on the Costa Blanca from £49Oh sun, where art thou? Probably on the Costa Blanca: Alicante enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year, which isn’t too bad. Alicante is the gateway to the ‘white coast’, where seaside resorts offer classic sun, sea and sangria holiday fun. You could combine beach time with a couple of days in Alicante itself. It’s a stylish place with spacious plazas, wide palm tree-lined boulevards and a palpable Mediterranean culture – including some of the best paella on the planet.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more