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Two people killed in separate lightning strikes in Wales

The pair - along with a third person - were struck by lightning on Pen y Fan in Powys, mid-Wales Credit: ITV News

Two people have been killed after separate lightning strikes in Wales' Brecon Beacons.

A statement on the facebook page for the Prince Charles Hospital, where both victims were being treated, said:

As a result of two separate lightning strikes today in the Brecon Beacons, we can confirm that two people have died, another has been transferred to Morriston Hospital because of burns and one other person continues to receive treatment at Prince Charles Hospital.

– Prince Charles Hospital/ Facebook


Prince George charms crowd as Royals arrive for christening

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Prince George has charmed the public once again after waving and smiling to the waiting crowds who had gathered outside the church where his sister is due to be christened this afternoon.

The toddler, who is nearly two, held his father Prince William's hand as the Royal family made their way up the path to the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham where Princess Charlotte will be christened.

Prince George was dressed in red shorts and a white shirt with red embroidery for the princess' christening while the nine week-old guest of honour was dressed in an elaborate cream lace and satin royal christening gown.

Prince George arrives with his mum and dad for sister Charlotte's christening Credit: Pool

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First glimpse of princess as she arrives for christening

Princess Charlotte Credit: Pool

The waiting crowds have had their first glimpse of the new baby princess as she arrived for her official christening today.

Princess Charlotte was pushed to the ceremony in a vintage pram, previously used by the Queen for two of her own children.

The Millson pram was pushed by the Duchess of Cambridge while nine week-old Charlotte's father Prince William and brother George walked alongside.


Government to cut BBC budget by £650m

George Osborne has signalled a £650 million raid on the BBC finances Credit: PA

George Osborne is set to cut £650 million from the BBC's budget - the amount the Government currently spends on providing free television licences for the over-75s.

The corporation will have to take on the cost of providing the 4.5 million licences - worth £145.50 per person - the Chancellor suggested on BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show.

"The BBC is also a publicly funded institution and so it does need to make savings and contribute to what we need to do as a country to get our house in order. So we are in discussion with the BBC," he said.

Reports suggested that the BBC would be able to recoup up to £150 million of lost revenue through charging for the use of its iPlayer and other online catch-up services.

He also hinted that the website could be scaled back, saying: "You wouldn't want the BBC to completely crowd out national newspapers. If you look at the BBC website it is a good product but it is becoming a bit more imperial in its ambitions."

Full guest list for Princess Charlotte's christening revealed

Twenty-one official guests will be in attendance at Princess Charlotte's christening Credit: PA

The full guest list for Princess Charlotte's christening has been revealed:

  • William, Kate, George, Charlotte
  • The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh
  • The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
  • Carole Middleton, Michael Middleton, Pippa Middleton and James Middleton
  • Sophie Carter
  • James Meade and his wife Lady Laura Marsham
  • Adam Middleton and his wife Rebecca
  • Laura Fellowes and her husband Nick Pettman
  • Thomas van Straubenzee and his wife Lady Melissa van Straubenzee

Nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo will also be at the church but not as an official guest.

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