How Kate Middleton creates ‘instant rapport’ and ‘likability’ over lockdown video calls

Prince William and Kate Middleton have appeared on video calls on national TV and the royal Instagram account together and separately. Kate appeared on This Morning with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield a few weeks ago.

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She and William also appeared together on the Kensington Palace Instagram account calling bingo numbers for a care home’s game.

A body language expert analysed Kate’s video link appearances.

Judi James told Express.co.uk the couple have a great rapport on screen.

She said: “William and Kate seem to have managed to achieve the tricky blend of being regal but accessible and understated at the same time and their techniques are visible in their body language on this virtual visit to play bingo at a care home.

“Their approach seems to relax the people they visit while still creating an aura of ‘specialness’ that will make their presence memorable.”

Judi revealed the pair succeed partly due to focusing on others, instead of on themselves.

“They work well as a team but their prime focus seems to be on the people they’re visiting rather than one another,” the body language expert said.

“There are only two brief moments when they face-check one another and they both involve approval signals when one of them has cracked a joke.

“Otherwise their strong bonding and like-minded thinking as a couple is shown in their natural trait of mirroring and their choreography and timing as they take it in turns to speak.”

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Kate in particular has a “ritual” to help boost her likability.

Judi said: “Kate employs a sweet, ‘baby wave’ as her greeting ritual as well as a small giggle that makes her appear slightly shy, which in turn would raise her likability points with a new audience.

“Her nose-wrinkling grin looks like a joke she’s sharing with the people she’s visiting, which again would create instant rapport, even over a video link.”

Judi warns the pair “tend to peer down into the screen which can make an audience feel like they’re under scrutiny through a microscope”, however, they combat this with leaning forwards.

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Judi said: “The way they both lean forward into the camera forms a lowering technique that stops them from appearing too grand.”

She went on: “The couple can also switch moods quickly and with congruence, using expressions of concern as William asks about the mental health of their audience but then flipping back into smiles as he jokes about Welsh people being fun.

“Clearly neither of them look like regular Bingo players but they turn the joke on themselves nicely rather than looking too grand to know anything about the game.”

However, Kate Middleton was recently accused of “whining” about lockdown. 

Writer Bernadette Giacomazzo, who has penned a number of op eds about the British Royal Family, accused the media of “portraying her as a delicate, put-upon flower”.

In an article for CCN, she claims the Duchess’s comments on struggling through coronavirus amount to “whining.”

Ms Giacomazzo wrote: “In a recent interview, the Duchess said that assuming more responsibilities in the wake of COVID-19 was ‘so difficult.’

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex uses this technique to ‘add drama’ in public appearances

Sophie, Countess of Wessex is the daughter-in-law of the Queen and a working royal. With her husband, Prince Edward, 56, she has made many speeches in her senior royal role. An expert revealed exactly what she does to add more drama at appearances.

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Sophie and Prince Edward have been married since June 19, 1999.

Since then, they have had two children together, Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12.

Shortly after marrying the Queen’s son, Sophie took on a role as a working royal.

Like others in this position, she will represent the monarch at various events all over the world.

This is something she has kept up during the coronavirus lockdown and recently appeared via video call.

Before joining the Royal Family, Sophie worked in public relations for many years.

While all royals surely get training on public speaking, her previous career could have influenced her speeches at events.

Since taking on more responsibilities, Sophie appears to have altered her style of speaking, communications and body language expert Judi James explained.

She told Express.co.uk: “Sophie’s background was in media and she can deliver a mean corporate speaking style.

“Taking over the Duke of Edinburgh’s duties for a speech at the CMI she began in a similar understated style before going what she called ‘off piste’.

She also swapped the script for some direct ad-libs and stories and added drama and humour.”

When attending public engagements, the Countess has made an effort to inject her own personality into what she says.

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By doing this, the expert suggested she has been able to give more dramatic accounts.

Sophie has also engaged with what she says and adjusts her style based on what she is talking about, Judi added.

“The warmth was still there but her tone became more hard-hitting as she spoke about gender equality,” she continued.

“This time we can see dramatic pauses, a more chatty tone as she told a story about speaking to a board room full of men, plus a lower and more authoritative vocal tone that created empathy with her audience of business leaders.”

This style of speaking looks to be something Sophie uses when speaking outside of the palace and without other royals there, the expert suggested.

Judi said: “Unlike deliveries at the palace, Sophie did use more ‘ums’ as verbal fillers.

“This could have implied some nervousness at the start, but they were rare enough to add a more natural appeal to her talk, rather than sticking to an unemotional, word-perfect delivery that might have had less impact.”

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Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons: This is best time to shop as quietest hours change

Supermarkets have regularly updated shopping rules as the coronavirus lockdown has resulted in long queues outside stores. Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl have all had queues as social distancing measures are enforced. When is the quietest time to shop?

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During the coronavirus lockdown, supermarkets have been following social distancing rules.

There have been limitations on how many people can shop at one time leading to big queues outside stores.

Still, there could be a best time to shop to avoid a long wait, according to visiting data available on Google.

Although this will vary from store to store, some times and days are quieter than others.

Tesco

Customers could get round the stores more quickly by visiting before 11am or in the middle of the afternoon, around 3pm.

Shopping between 5pm and 8pm is the busiest time, according to Google data.

Like most supermarkets, certain shopping hours have been put aside for NHS staff and vulnerable customers.

Tesco stated: “We have extended our special hour in stores for NHS staff as a thank you for all they are doing.

“The NHS hours are on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9am -10am in all large stores. Also on Sundays, they can continue to browse our large stores and select their shopping, an hour before the checkouts open.”

For the vulnerable, it continued: “We have prioritised one hour every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning between 9-10am for these customers. This does not include Express stores.”

Asda

Shoppers could beat the crowds by going before 9am or after 9pm, with the middle of the day being the busiest.

Avoiding big shops at the weekend will also make getting stuck in long queues less likely.

NHS and care workers can shop in larger stores on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8am and 9am.

Sainsbury’s

The supermarket will update stock throughout the day to help shoppers get what they want no matter when they go.

Sainsbury’s told Express.co.uk: “We are working hard to keep our shelves well stocked so that customers can arrive at any point during store open hours and find most of the items that they need.”

Browsing on a Wednesday seems to be the quietest time to go.

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The retailer is less busy around 3pm, according to visiting data.

Morrisons

Customers could avoid queues by going during the day and not visiting after 5pm, which is the busiest time.

The retailer previously posted on Twitter: “Thank you to our customers for continuing to shop considerately.

“We’re generally less busy later in the day so if you’d like to shop when it’s quieter, and are able to, try visiting us in the afternoon to get the essentials you need.”

Aldi

The retailer has announced it will roll out traffic light technology in branches to help manage long queues.

Visiting the retailer in late evening, after 8pm, can help avoid waiting altogether.

Unsurprisingly, staying away on Saturdays and Sundays will make queues less likely.

Lidl

Visiting the retailer during the week seems to be the quietest time to go.

Shoppers can beat the queues by visiting at the beginning or towards the end of the day.

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Kate Middleton hair: All the times the Duchess of Cambridge has nailed a chic updo

The Duchess of Cambridge has become known for her impeccable style and flawless hair, but as the UK lockdown continues her fans have seen her with a new look. Taking part in video calls from her home with Prince William in Anmer Hall, Norfolk, Kate has had a more relaxed look to her hair and is likely to be styling it herself. In their recent virtual appearance, Kate wore her brunette locks in a chic updo – and it’s not the first time she’s ditched her usual blow-dry. 

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The Duke, 37, and Duchess of Cambridge, 38, took part in a video call to celebrate the first anniversary of Shout, the UK’s first 24/7 crisis text line, last week. 

Kate wore her thick brunette hair in a swept-back style, showing off a subtle tan in a white scalloped Sandro top while the pair spoke to the Shout volunteers. 

As the lockdown continues and social distancing means hair salons are closed around the country, it’s unknown whether Kate is styling her own hair, but experts think it is likely. 

The mother of three has been wearing a much more casual look in recent weeks, with soft waves that have been brushed out rather than the carefully coiffed curls that the public are used to seeing. 

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As a busy mum who’s having to homeschool the children while keeping up with charity work, it’s no wonder Kate is opting for easier styles and quick updos. 

But the Duchess has also worn some beautiful hair-up looks for royal engagements and events in the past that are just as pristine as her go-to blow-dry. 

Kate often goes for a chignon style for the bigger occasions. Royal protocol dictates that hats are always worn for formal occasions, with Kate carefully following the rules and even wearing a fascinator for her sister Pippa Middleton’s wedding. The Duchess wore her long hair in a chic, twisted updo for the big day. 

Clive Lever, Senior Stylist at Jo Hansford’s Mayfair salon, commented: “The chignons that Kate Middleton wears are a modern take on a classic look. It is effortless and softer so it does not look overdone. and is a younger version of the French pleats and chignons worn by an older generation. 

“It suits her age, and is sophisticated and elegant but doesn’t detract from the headwear, and is not too formal.”

Kate also wore a similar look for Princess Eugenie’s wedding, only with a modern twist. 

The Duchess was wearing a fuchsia pink fascinator on top of a sleek yet slightly more casual twisted chignon style that was pulled to the side slightly, giving it a more trendy and relaxed feel. 

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The side-swept look is one Kate has turned to for other formal events, too – on Anzac day she wore her brunette locks in a glossy chignon style that showed off her statement earrings. The Duchess had plenty of volume at the crown to balance out the neat knotted style, giving it an edgier finish. 

“Quite often when wearing fascinators or hats the hair style has to be created to work around the headpiece so these updos work on both levels,” explained Clive. 

“The side chignon may be used to create the balance of the headpiece. Keeping her hair back in a tight style prevents any flyaways, as looser styles can become dishevelled by the elements such as the wind if outdoors which could end up looking messy and creating the need to be fiddled with.”

Clive said the prep for the royal chignon will still involve Kate’s signature blow-dry. 

“It’s really important to always blow dry the hair before creating these looks so the hair is still smooth and sleek and shiny. The styles also show off her hair colour and the low lights beautifully.”

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Kate has mastered the art of the flawless chignon, which she’s also worn to Ascot before – but it’s not just the style that’s the key to the look. Fans with an eye for detail will spot that Kate wears a very fine, delicate hairnet in the same shade as her hair so that it keeps her look in place while almost going undetected. The clever trick keeps her style from becoming unruly throughout the day. 

However, while Kate usually picks the classic chignon or intricate styles for her royal appearances, she has previously sported a more casual look that has been seen in her lockdown days. 

On a visit with Prince William to Blackpool in 2019, the fashionable royal wore her thick hair swept back into a soft, mid-height ponytail, with soft curls throughout the ends.

The modern look was topped off with a wrap of her hair around the base, a nifty trick used by many pros for a sleek finish to give the humble pony some wow factor. 

Kate’s long lengths give her plenty of options when it comes to hair styling. 

On a recent visit to a children’s hospital in Lambeth, Kate wore her hair in a half-up style with pretty tousled waves as she met with young patients.  

The Duchess famously opted for a half-up do for her wedding day in 2011, though of course it was also dressed up with a tiara and veil. It’s also a look Meghan Markle’s been trying during her own virtual lockdown appearances. 

“The half up, half down is a younger look; not ageing, but more relaxed and not harsh. It shows her softer and gentle personality as does the backcombed ponytail. This is fresh and modern and in keeping with fashion but without trying to make a statement,” commented Clive. 

“Kate is beautiful, stylish and elegant but her clothes and hair never overshadow her, she always manages to look fashionable without trying too hard.”

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Kate Middleton wears £1.7k blue dress in new Royal Family Instagram video to honour nurses

A number of members of the Royal Family appeared in the video to celebrate International Nurses day. It included the Princess Anne, Charles and Camilla. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton also took part.

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Kate Middleton wore a midi-dress by French designer Joseph Altuzarra.

The Duchess of Cambridge first wore the dress in 2016.

She wore the gown to a school visit with William in the 2016 trip.

It’s the Aimee polo dot dress, which sold for around £1,748.38.

The Duchess completed the look with a pair of earrings from Patrick Mavros.

These are the Ocean Tides Milky Quartz earring with 18ct gold and silver.

The gems cost £800, made of cabochon earrings with milky quarts and diamond.

He studs are sea inspired and are meant to evoke sea urchins.

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Kate wore her hair in an elegant half up, half down look.

She wore silvery grey eye shadow and a peach blusher.

The royals have been appearing in video calls recently, replacing their official duties in public.

Kate Middleton appeared on This Morning wearing a stunning yellow dress.

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Kate Middleton wore the Bracelet Sleeve Silk Yellow Dress from the brand, which costs £398.

The dress is made in the UK but the British brand.

Raey is a brand based in the UK, with a flagship store in Notting Hill, London.

The shop is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, however, you can still shop the items at Matches.

Another stunning blue dress worn by the Duchess recently was a £60 number from Boden.

Kate wore the dress in the family’s 2019 Christmas card picture.

Again, she wore the earrings from Patrick Mavros.

Fans praised the video, with one writing: “Kate you are just so beautiful inside and out.”

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Morrisons Afternoon Tea Box for VE Day costs just £15 – how to get one

Morrisons Afternoon Tea Box is being sold ahead of this bank holiday, which falls on Friday this week. The new box can be delivered to Britons’ doors for £15.

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The box includes everything you need for a delicious, traditional British afternoon tea.

It also includes some delicious tears including Champagne truffles.

What’s in the Morrisons Afternoon Tea Box?

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  • Rodda’s Classic Cornish Clotted Cream
  • Mini Tiptree Strawberry Jam
  • Morrisons Lemon Bakewell Tarts
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  • Cravendale Semi Skimmed Milk
  • Morrisons Meduim White Bread
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Chief Executive of Morrisons, David Potts, said: “We’re playing our part in feeding the nation and that includes being there for customers in times of commemoration and celebration.

“These boxes will allow those who would normally be getting together with friends and family to treat themselves to an afternoon tea at home.”

What is VE Day?

VE Day stands for Victory in Europe Day.

It celebrates Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces in the Second World Way.

The historic event fell on Tuesday, 8 May 1945.

This Friday marks 75 years, but sadly the UK will be celebrating in lockdown.

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However, there will be a two minute silence at 11am on Friday to mark the sacrifice of those who lost their lives and loved ones in the war.

Some Britons are planning to take to their doorsteps at 3pm to cheer in The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War Two.

The VE Day website has suggested the chat: “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

A speech from the Queen will be broadcast at 9pm.

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In other supermarket news, Marks & Spencer home delivery launches today across UK. 

A large number of stores are taking part in the incentive, launched with Deliveroo.

Marks and Spencer is offering 130 items on Deliveroo, including food and household items. The companies have promised to get deliveries to your door within 30 minutes.

This includes the shop’s popular ready meals and Percy Pigs.

A huge number of stores are taking part.

This includes in Derby, Notting, Cambridge and Liverpool, among others.

Express.co.uk has the full list here. 

M&S has also revealed how it is celebrating VE day with customers. It is offering a commemorative shortbread tin to celebrated the day.

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Kate Middleton news: How the Duchess’s favourite hobby will get you through lockdown

The Duchess of Cambridge is a busy mum of three with plenty of duties to keep her occupied with her role in the Royal Family. However, in her spare time she enjoys filling in adult colouring books, it has been revealed. Catherine’s favourite hobby was confirmed by her husband Prince William, according to an illustrator of one of the popular books who shared the moment she found out.

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Posting on Instagram, illustrator Johanna Basford revealed that she first discovered the Duchess was a fan back in 2016. 

Sharing a snap of her receiving her OBE for services to art and entrepreneurship, Johanna wrote: “This photo was snapped at Buckingham Palace in November 2016. HRH The Duke of Cambridge (or Prince William as we all know him) was awarding me an OBE. This in itself blew my mind…”

The author was pregnant at the time and recalls the Duke saying two comments to her when they spoke. 

“So there I was. Five months or so pregnant with Mia and feeling pretty big, so I wore all black as that’s apparently slimming…  who was I kidding?! As he pinned my medal to me, Prince William said two things that I’ll never forget.”

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According to Johanna, the Duke asked when the baby was due. She wrote: “Now here’s the thing, the Duchess was pretty neat during her pregnancies. I was NOT. When I laughed and said ‘Oh not for MONTHS yet!’ he looked VERY surprised!”

Basford then found out the exciting news that his wife The Duchess of Cambridge was a fan of her work. 

“He told me his wife likes my books. She colours. Kate is one of us! Now this makes perfect sense. Why wouldn’t she? A busy mum with what I imagine is a lot of stress, trying to raise and protect a family.”

The colouring trend has been growing over recent years as another way that people can practice self care. 

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Adult colouring books are a great mindfulness exercise that can help stressed out Britons to relax and take some time away from the news and their hectic everyday lives. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton have been outspoken about mental health matters in recent years, and even narrated a video for Public Health England’s campaign Every Mind Matters  last month. 

The royal couple also joined the BBC via video link in April to discuss mental health, with Prince William saying there was an “ever-increasing need” for people to know where to access support due to the coronavirus.

In her Instagram post Johanna added: “Whilst the virus will thankfully effect [sic] just a few of us physically, the mental health implications of the crisis are widespread. That is why now more than ever, we need to take care of ourselves and others.”

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The Scottish illustrator urged her followers to practise self care to “lay the foundations for mental health resilience” as the lockdown continues, with her bestselling colouring books being one way to do it. 

Basford has sold over 21 million books around the world, and is widely recognised as the pioneer of the adult colouring book trend. 

The playful activity is thought to be therapeutic, allowing adults to create something beautiful while also taking their mind off of worries and stress. 

As the coronavirus crisis continues and with many Britons isolated or grieving, it’s never been more important to look after mental health – and Johanna has been serving her fans with free illustrations to keep them going. 

The popular illustrator has added a 12-page colouring book on her website that’s available to download for free, so those struggling to cope can print them out and start getting creative. 

The beautiful drawings feature animals, flowers and scenes from nature as well as magical castles and whimsical places. 

The download features illustrations from her previous books, which include World of Flowers, How to Draw Inky Wonderlands and Magical Jungle. 

Basford said you need to find whatever works for you as she posted the royal update. “Find a practise that supports you, helps you work through issues, decompresses your weary mind and balances you. Self care is not SelfISH, it’s crucial.”

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Jonathan Ross net worth: How the chat show king made millions of pounds

TV presenter and film critic Jonathan Ross is best known for his weekend comedy chat shows where he interviews celebrity guests in his friendly, down-to-earth manner. The 59-year-old is known as one of broadcasting’s highest earners, with the star hitting headlines in previous years after his huge salary was revealed. 

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According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ross has a net worth of £28 million ($35 million). 

The married father of three started his career as a presenter for Channel 4, and even had his own production company called Channel X. 

However in 1995 he sold his stake in order to focus on his family life. 

But though it was a profitable company at the time, Ross has said he didn’t make any money in the sale, telling the Guardian in 1998 that he got £1 for his share, calling it “unbelievable”.

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However, he soon made his money by making the move to the BBC. 

The chat show king became a household name with his BBC One slot, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, though he also worked across radio and on film shows as the broadcaster’s movie critic. 

The series was incredibly successful and ran for nine years in the 2000s, eventually ending in 2010 following a lot of controversy surrounding the film critic. 

By 2006 Ross was believed to be the BBC’s highest paid star, having signed a three-year deal of £16.9 million, which caused huge criticism from the press and the industry. 

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Jonathan took a year out after securing a new chat show on rival channel ITV, The Jonathan Ross Show, which has now had 15 series, with another series said to be in development. 

In an interview with Simon Hattenstone for the Guardian in 2011 to discuss his new ITV show, Ross opened up about his huge pay packet at the BBC. 

Responding to Hattenstone asking if he was ever shocked by how much he was paid, the star said: “No. I very much enjoyed it and I knew that was my worth to them. We took the Friday night slot, which didn’t exist, and made it upwards of four million people a week. 

“The radio show was a big hit and helped change the face of Radio 2. And the film show, I think I did a very good job.” 

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The presenter admitted he could have earned more elsewhere, too. 

“ITV and Channel 4 both offered me the same amount just to do a talk show for them, and I was offered a lot of money by one of the big commercial radio stations to do their breakfast show for three years and shares,” the star revealed. 

“I would have been on £9m the first year, then £8m a year, and I turned that down to stay with the BBC. So I knew I hadn’t extorted money out of them.”

Ross was made an OBE in 2005 for his services to broadcasting. 

His family are also in the business. His wife Jane Goldman, who he has been married to since 1988, has a very successful career as a screenwriter, author and producer. 

Goldman co-wrote the screenplays of the two Kingsman films as well as Stardust and The Woman in Black. Ross and Goldman now own a TV production company together, called Hotsauce TV. 

Jonathan’s late mother, Martha Ross, was also an actress and radio presenter, famously working as an extra in the early days of EastEnders until she was sacked when her other famous son, Paul Ross, leaked a Christmas storyline on his radio show. 

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The Body Shop is donating products to NHS workers

The Body Shop, which has temporarily closed its stores in the UK, has announced that it will be sending hundreds of thousands of essential products to hospitals across the country. 

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The cruelty-free brand has been closed since March 20th, following the announcement of a full lockdown to help the spread of Covid-19.

Products including a variety of skin and body care products from the company’s collections, such as face masks, body scrubs, soap, body lotions will be donated to hospitals across the UK. 

25,000 units of soap has already been donated to the temporary hospital at London’s ExCel Centre. 

Further items will be dropped off at hospitals such as Great Ormond Street, Guy’s, King’s College (five sites), Brighton’s and Manchester’s children’s hospitals and seven other locations. 

The ethical brand has also said they will be donating a further 25,000 pieces to those hospitals being set up in Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. 

Managing director of The Body Shop UK, Linda Campbell said: “This is our way of thanking the NHS workers on the frontline, risking their lives to save ours to help protect the communities we live in.

“Critical care teams have been working long shifts, with very little downtime, pretty much living on the site.

“We hope that by donating self-care treats to hospitals across the country, we can bring a few moments of respite.”

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The Body Shop has also launched a #TimeToCare initiative, offering tips and advice on their social media on how to look after your skin and body in these times. 

The brand said that they will continue to search for ways to support key workers and local communities through the crisis. 

Their online deliveries are still being processed and are now contact free in order to follow government guidelines.

Holders of a Blue Light Card can also receive 25 percent off online at The Body Shop.

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The Body Shop has said that orders may currently take up to 12 working days due to social distancing measures being implemented in their distribution centres which is slowing the process.

Other beauty brands in the UK are also helping the NHS staff during the pandemic. 

Skincare band Nursem has pledged to donate an extra 10,000 hand creams to the NHS frontline workers.

L’Occitanne, Faith in Nature, Clarins and Molton Brown will also be donating various different creams to the cause.

Also, Elizabeth Arden is donating essential skincare to NHS staff including 4000 Eight Hour Creams to help dry skin.  

Today, Krispy Kreme also announced that they will be reopening their factory in Watford to serve NHS staff free doughnuts around the country. 

The doughnut company has pledged that they will serve half a million “smiles”, in the form of their Original Glazed doughnuts. 

CEO of Krispy Kreme, Richard Cheshire has said that the chain will be opening their first drive-thru in Manchester today.

The drive-thru will be specifically for NHS staff who are eligible to receive free hot drinks and three Original Glazed doughnuts. 

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Warehouse and Oasis face administration ‘this week’ – is your local store going?

Fashion retailers Warehouse and Oasis could be considering administration as soon as this week, according to reports. This could cause store closures in the UK.

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The popular retailers are thought to be close to appointing the accountancy firm, Deloitte, according to Sky News.

This would cause the retailer to go into administration and the firm would consider an insolvency problem.

An announcement regarding this will be made on Tuesday or Wednesday this week, according to reports.

If it were to go ahead, the move is sure to affect the 2,300 employees of the company and may leave some people out of jobs.

Is your local going? 

Warehouse and Oasis have stores across the country which could be forced to close.

The retailer has 90 standalone stores in the UK as well as 437 concessions within department stores.

All stores have recently been closed amid the coronavirus outbreak as the government requested all non-essential shops to shut.

There is thought to be strong interest in a deal with administrators Deloitte.

Following this, the retailer would need to make decisions on what stores – if any – would be closed.

Oasis and Warehouse Group has declined to comment at this stage.

Last year, Warehouse and Oasis staff faced changes in stores with some senior store positions demoted to sales advisor roles.

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This was a result of the company trying to deal with the impact of the struggling UK high street.

It was announced last month the fashion retail owners drafted in advisors from Deloitte to explore the sale of business.

This followed orders that non-essential retailers must close stores as part of lockdown measures.

Stores across the UK have been forced to close as Britons are asked to stay indoors.

The move has had a great impact on the many retailers in the UK.

Last week, Debenhams confirmed it would call in administrators which has put 22,000 jobs at risk.

The fashion retailer has already closed 142 shops in line with Government warnings.

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