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Royals hoping for day of British medal success

Prince Harry (left) watches a swimming session with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince Harry (left) watches a swimming session with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will be hoping the gold rush continues as they return to the Commonwealth Games today to support the home nations.

Today there are 31 gold medals to be won - in athletics, swimming, cycling mountain bike, artistic gymnastics, weightlifting, shooting and wrestling.

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Games delegate 'can die happy' after meeting Queen

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh received a warm welcome at the Athletes' Village in Dalmarnock today, where one Games delegate said he could "die happy" after meeting Her Majesty.

Crowds cheered and fought to catch a glimpse of the royal couple as they arrived at Athletes' Village in Dalmarnock.
Crowds cheered and fought to catch a glimpse of the royal couple as they arrived at Athletes' Village in Dalmarnock. Credit: PA

Solomon Islands chef de mission Ronald Bei Talasasa, who was too small to catch a glimpse of the royal couple when they visited his country in 1974, said: "I love the Queen, I love England. It was a great honour. For me to meet her was a dream. I can now die happy."

The Queen, who was accompanied by Prince Philip, was introduced to athletes and Games volunteers on her visit to the Commonwealth Games Village.

Queen Elizabeth II meets athlete Sally Pearson during a visit to the Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow, Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth II meets athlete Sally Pearson during a visit to the Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow, Scotland. Credit: PA

Australian 100m hurdles champion and London 2012 gold medallist, Sally Pearson, spoke of her conversation with the Queen: "She said 'I think you've brought the weather with you' and I told her that I think it's all due to change next week."

Racehorse owned by Queen tests positive for morphine

Estimate, a racehorse owned by the Queen and trained by Sir Michael Stoute, has tested positive for morphine, a prohibited substance, Buckingham Palace announced.

Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product, the palace said.

Queen Elizabeth II pats her horse Estimate after it won the Gold Cup in 2013.
Queen Elizabeth II pats her horse Estimate after it won the Gold Cup in 2013. Credit: PA

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Prince George is 'lively and determined young boy'

Prince George is a "lively, confident and very determined young boy", a photographer who has captured the key stages of his lives has said.

The Prince has been photographed by the Press Association's John Stillwell with his arms outstretched and walking confidently in an official picture released ahead of his first birthday on Tuesday.

"Prince George was very lively and very sure of himself and confident - a very determined young boy," Stillwell said.

"When you have children yourself you don't realise they grow up in such a short space of time, it's always other people saying how big they've grown.

"So having seen him soon after he was born and at his christening three months later, he's now gone from a baby at his christening to a toddler, that's the biggest change.

"And who does he look like? I'd have to say his dad, William."

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