No, not THAT job. Prince William definitely still plans to be king one day. In fact, he's quitting his day job as an ambulance pilot to focus more on his royal duties.
In a statement today, Kensington Palace revealed that William will end his tenure with the emergency services this summer and plans on moving the family to London from their current base in Norfolk.
It was also announced that Prince George will be starting school in the UK capital in September, as will Charlotte when her time comes.
The latest intel for a less annoying time of the month.
The drink: Swap coffee for water. “Coffee depletes magnesium in your body. During your period, your uterine muscles are contracted [hi, cramping] and magnesium helps to relax muscles,” says Melissa Ramos, a Toronto-based nutritionist and creator of Sexy Food Therapy, a website and clinic that specializes in digestion and hormonal health. Intervene by upping your liquid intake. “It sounds counterintuitive, but drinking extra water helps flush out excess water,” she says. She suggests drinking two litres of room-temperature H2O a day. “Cold water decreases the hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which can lead to bloating; you can’t digest food properly without adequate levels of stomach acid.”
The nosh: Skip processed for organic. Hit pause on your default period snack that’s loaded with unpronounceable ingredients and preservatives and try the acutely addictive Prana Organic Chocolate Bark ($5.49, prana.bio), which contains high percentages of organic cocoa and blood-sugar-stabilizing powerhouses like almonds, cashews and pumpkin seeds. The Canadian brand currently has four flavour offerings, from the sea-salt-infused Carazel to the vegan-friendly No Mylk’n, a dairy-free, crispy-rice-laced milky chocolate made from rice syrup.
The Honest Company Organic Cotton Tampons ($9.25 for a box of 16, honest.com).
Actress Jessica Alba’s wildly popular line of household products has been expanded to include organic tampons, which are free of synthetics, fragrances and deodorants. Cute packaging too.
The DivaCup ($40, divacup.com).This is as polarizing as Kanye, but the women who swear by it love never having to re-up on supplies. Composed of medical-grade silicone, the cup warms up and adapts to your shape, creating a near-airtight seal that can hold fluid for 12 hours. To achieve that snug fit, the cup must be rotated 360 degrees, which takes patience and practice. The cup is offered in two sizes—for before and after having a baby/turning 30.
LunaPads (from $12, lunapads.com).
The Vancouver-based company offers a plethora of soft, washable cotton pads, depending on flow and size (from extra-long to thong). The patterns are lively and bright and lift any enviro guilt from using disposable pads.
Tampon Tribe ($8 per box, tampontribe.com).
Skip the stress of sending bae out to restock your supplies at 11 pm on a Tues; Tampon Tribe is a monthly subscription service that are compostable and free of plastics. For every sub sold, a portion is sent to Girls INC, a non-profit organization for young women. The cost—$8 plus postage to Canada—includes 16 tampons and 10 pads.
Here lie the most beautifully comfortable period panties in the world. They delicately slip over your distended lower belly with a seamless waistband, and the built-in leakproof pad steps in like an understudy if your OG method starts to give way. Knixwear Lace Leak-Proof Boyshorts ($36 each, knixwear.ca).
When you don’t have time for a hot shower but need a fast refresh, try these Good Clean Love Rebalance Moisturizing Wipes ($9 for a box of 10, goodcleanlove.com) instead. They are formulated with a patented technology that replicates natural lubrication without disrupting the growth of good bacteria—a crucial component for healthy vaginal flora. This translates to minimized odour without dryness. The wipes are vegan and free of petroleum, petrochemicals and parabens.
1 handful fresh parsley
Blanch parsley, chop it and then set it aside. In a pan over medium heat, add butter and sauté garlic and onion until they begin to caramelize. In a medium pot, bring stock to a boil and then add the coconut milk, onion and garlic and parsley. Season with salt and pepper and then toss everything into a blender. (We love the Vitamix Ascent A3500 Blender, $799.95, vitamix.ca.)
Sad news for Prince Louis and Princess Tessy, guys: They're getting a divorce.
Who are Prince Louis and Princess Tessy, you might be asking? Well, Louis is the third son of the current Grand Duke of Luxembourg. (If you don't know who that is either? Yeah, we had to wikipedia this one too). He is not, however, in line for the throne because he gave us his rights when he got married ten years ago at age 20, three months after the birth of his and Tessy's first child (scandal!).
Louis, 30, and Tessy, 31, have two sons together, and have asked (via an official letter from the tiny European country's monarchy) for privacy at this time.
4 healing balms you need in your life right now.
These bleak days of hiver test both our will to live and our skin’s ability to stay hydrated. And much like how a generous pour of Okanagan Pinot can top up our emotional reservoir, these waxy balms restore and seal in lost moisture. Soapwalla founder Rachel Winard’s The Balm, which she calls a “miracle product,” took hundreds of formula tweaks and three years to fine-tune. The jellylike moisturizer reduces redness and soothes damaged tissue so your skin won’t look like Jon Snow’s when he’s coming back from beyond the Wall. “Infusions of calendula, arnica and St. John’s wort work synergistically to reduce swelling and calm redness,” says Winard.
L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Eye Balm ($90), at loccitane.com.
Soapwalla The Balm Concentrated Repair Balm ($78), at soapwallakitchen.com.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm ($72), at nealsyardremedies.com.
Éminence Organic Skin Care Rosehip & Lemongrass Repair Balm ($88), at thefacialroom.ca.