Camilla gets stuck in in the kitchen in lunch club visit

The Duchess of Corrnwall has revealed a secret skill as she helped serve up lunch for pensioners at a club in Hertfordshire.

Camilla, 73, has previously talked down her cooking talents, but appeared to be pretty comfortable when it came to desserts.

As she got stuck in in the kitchen alongside volunteers from the Royal Voluntary Service, she proved a dab hand at piping cream on top of the individual trifles.

She was at the club in Rickmansworth at the invitation of her pen pal Doris Winfield, who she has been writing to throughout the pandemic.

The duchess and Winfield met in person for the first time, having struck up a friendship when the royal helped with the ‘check in and chat’ programme started by the RVS.

She told her friend: “You said to me to pop in if I was ever passing, so I have!”

Camilla worked on the desserts, piping the cream onto the trifles. (Getty Images)

Camilla tops the trifles off with raspberries during a visit to The Royal Voluntary Service Lunch Club. (Getty Images)

Camilla helped cut up one diner’s dinner. (AFP)

Read more: Prince William shares his top tip for getting royal kids to go to bed

Winfield, a mother-of-three said: “She’s just a lovely, lovely lady. She has taken time out to speak and write to me without anyone knowing about it.

“Lockdown was a very lonely time for people like me, I really missed coming here. I used to come every day and now I only come two [days a week].

“Her letters cheered me up no end.”

Camilla was also pictured helping to cut up lunch for one woman, who is blind. According to the Daily Mail, Camilla popped the dinner down in front of Kay Francis, who then asked: “Aren’t you going to cut it up?”

The duchess turned back and said: “Of course I will. More than happy to help.”

Francis, 96, was oblivious to the royal hands helping her with her lunch, and said: “Sorry, I can’t see.”

“Not to worry, I don’t think I can see either,” Camilla replied.

Back in the kitchen, Camilla expertly piped trifles before topping them with raspberries and dishing them up, joking: “I feel like one of those contestants on MasterChef!”

Camilla is the president of the Royal Voluntary Service, and told the volunteers she was “proud” to be part of the RVS after helping out with the lunch club.

The Duchess of Cornwall meets Doris Winfield, 86, her pen pal through the pandemic. (AFP)

The duchess wore a Fiona Clare dress and a Burberry coat. (WireImage)

She met volunteers and people who benefit from the lunch club. (AFP)

Read more: Prince Charles said admitting adultery in TV interview was ‘living dangerously’, letter shows

The club had to close during the lockdown but has managed to reopen to give isolated elderly people a much needed social lifeline.

Elaine Hewitt, one of the volunteers tweeted: “I’m

Read more

Melania Trump didn’t visit husband to avoid exposing Secret Service and medical staff to COVID-19

Doctors and infectious disease experts were highly critical of President Trump’s decision to get driven in a hermetically sealed SUV around Walter Reed Medical Center to wave to supporters while he is contagious with COVID-19, endangering his Secret Service detail, photographed wearing the wrong type of personal protective equipment. The Secret Service has noticed.

Somebody at the White House had considered the safety of Secret Service agents. On Saturday, a White House official told NBC News’ Peter Alexander that first lady Melania Trump would not leave her isolation in the White House residence to visit her husband because “she has COVID” and “that would expose the agents who would drive her there and the medical staff who would walk her up to him.”

The White House defended what spokesman Judd Deere called Trump’s “short, last-minute motorcade ride to wave to his supporters outside.” Deere told Axios‘ Alayna Treene, the White House pool reporter on duty, that “appropriate precautions were taken in the execution of this movement to protect the president and all those supporting it, including PPE. The movement was cleared by the medical team as safe to do.” Deere did not, Treene note, “answer additional questions, such as whether the drive-by happened at the president’s request.”

More stories from theweek.com
7 insanely funny cartoons about the chaotic first debate
Report: GOP Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania to retire in 2022
Doctor slams Trump for leaving hospital to drive by supporters: ‘The irresponsibility is astounding’

Source Article

Read more

President Trump will visit fire-ravaged California, White House says

President Trump will visit California on Monday to meet with emergency officials about the wildfires that are ravaging the state, the White House announced Saturday.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Trump addressing reporters at White House. (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)


© Provided by The LA Times
President Trump addressing reporters at White House. (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)

The president will be briefed on the fires in McClellan Park in Sacramento County, White House spokesman Judd Deere said in an emailed statement.

“Since mid-August, President Trump and Governor Newsom have spoken by phone and the White House and FEMA have remained in constant contact with State and local officials throughout the response to these natural disasters,” Deere said.

“The President continues to support those who are battling raging wildfires in a locally-executed, state-managed, and federally-supported emergency response.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he talked on the phone with the president for nearly 30 minutes the day before about the state’s fires, emergency declarations and federal wildfire aid. The governor credited Trump for being “proactive” in his efforts to provide assistance to the state .

Newsom also insisted that California will do more to fight climate change and took the Trump administration to task for its policies that reduce environmental protections.

Trump’s visit comes nearly a month after the former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security claimed in a political ad that Trump tried to withhold disaster relief money for California’s wildfires because voters in the state opposed him politically.

“He told us to stop giving money to people whose houses had burned down from a wildfire because he was so rageful that people in the state of California didn’t support him and that politically it wasn’t a base for him,” Miles Taylor, who left the Trump administration in 2019, claims in the ad.

The Department of Homeland Security oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Taylor doesn’t say which wildfires he is referring to, but the group running the ad confirmed it was the Camp fire of 2018, and Trump toured the devastation in Paradise that year.

Times staff writers Noah Bierman, Eli Stokols and Taryn Luna contributed to this report.

Continue Reading

Source Article

Read more

Trump will visit fire-ravaged California, White House says

President Trump addressing reporters at White House. <span class="copyright">(Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)</span>
President Trump addressing reporters at White House. (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump will visit California on Monday to meet with emergency officials about the wildfires that are ravaging the state, the White House announced Saturday.

The president will be briefed on the fires in McClellan Park in Sacramento County, White House spokesman Judd Deere said in an emailed statement.

“Since mid-August, President Trump and Governor Newsom have spoken by phone and the White House and FEMA have remained in constant contact with State and local officials throughout the response to these natural disasters,” Deere said.

“The President continues to support those who are battling raging wildfires in a locally-executed, state-managed, and federally-supported emergency response.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he talked on the phone with the president for nearly 30 minutes the day before about the state’s fires, emergency declarations and federal wildfire aid. The governor credited Trump for being “proactive” in his efforts to provide assistance to the state.

Newsom also insisted that California will do more to fight climate change and took the Trump administration to task for its policies that reduce environmental protections.

Trump’s visit comes nearly a month after the former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security claimed in a political ad that Trump tried to withhold disaster relief money for California’s wildfires because voters in the state opposed him politically.

“He told us to stop giving money to people whose houses had burned down from a wildfire because he was so rageful that people in the state of California didn’t support him and that politically it wasn’t a base for him,” Miles Taylor, who left the Trump administration in 2019, says in the ad.

The Department of Homeland Security oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Taylor doesn’t say which wildfires he is referring to, but the group running the ad confirmed it was the Camp fire of 2018, and Trump toured the devastation in Paradise that year.

Times staff writers Noah Bierman, Eli Stokols and Taryn Luna contributed to this report.

Source Article

Read more

Trump Picked Out Art for White House After Canceling Military Visit On 2018 France Trip: Report

Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump spent time picking out artwork from the U.S. Embassy in France after he canceled a visit to a military cemetery in 2018, according to a new Bloomberg report, but the art the president took turned out to be replicas.

The new report about the president’s time making faux art selections follows last Thursday’s report from The Atlantic that Trump, 74, had canceled his planned stop at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery for fallen U.S. marines because he was worried the rain would mess up his hair.

Trump reportedly said, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers,” before calling the U.S. marines laid to rest there “suckers” for being killed in action, though he later denied making the disparaging comments.

A day after making the alleged comments, Bloomberg reported Sunday night that the president had then requested that officials bring back a handful of art pieces he fancied from the U.S. embassy that all turned out to be replicas, including a handful of silver Greek figurines, as well as a bust and a portrait of Benjamin Franklin.

Trump’s request had “startled” U.S. Ambassador Jamie McCourt, according to Bloomberg, though the official allowed Trump to take the artwork from her residence while he told her she would get them back “in six years,” referencing his hopes to win a second presidential term in November against Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

RELATED: Donald Trump Denies He Called Late John McCain and Fallen U.S. Soldiers ‘Losers’

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (left) sits with Donald Trump (right) in the Oval Office, in front of the Greek figurines the president brought back from France behind him.

The president’s request also set off a flurry of emails between the State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations and White House officials trying to coordinate the art transfer. It was determined that the move was legal, given that the art was U.S. property, according to the report.

However, once the artwork was brought back to the U.S. on Air Force One, White House art curators discovered that pieces weren’t as valuable as they seemed.

London art dealer Patricia Wengraf also told Bloomberg that the Greek figurines, made by Neapolitan artist Luigi Avolio, were intended to be passed off as 16th or 17th century pieces, but they were in fact found to be made in the early 20th century.

The Franklin bust and the portrait of him were found to be replicas, as well, after White House curators reviewed the pieces.

Trump then reportedly joked that he liked the replica of the founding father’s bust better than the original, according to two people familiar with the president’s comments who spoke with the outlet.

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation The original Benjamin Franklin portrait that was located at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

In an ironic twist, the original copy of the Franklin portrait, painted

Read more