Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to the tie the knot on May 19 at Windsor Castle.
There are rumours circulating surrounding every part of their special day, from the dress to the cake. So what one will they choose?
Reuters The loved-up couple are planning their wedding which will be in May
What is a traditional wedding cake?
Traditionally, wedding cakes are supposed to bring good luck to the couple and their guests, and they were originally a sign of social status – the bigger the cake, the higher the social class.
In England and America, they were usually fruit cakes covered with marzipan and icing.
White icing used to be a symbol of wealth, so in Victorian times, it was often desired to have a white cake – as well as it being a colour of purity and virginity.
Nowadays, they can be an extravagant centrepiece of the wedding, and are often decorated with intricate sugar detailing.
PA:Press Association Meghan Markle shared a cute snap of some bananas to her now deleted Instagram
What cake did Prince William and Kate Middleton have?
William and Kate had an eight tier wedding cake made by cake-maker Fiona Cairns.
It took five weeks to complete, and a couple of slices were auction off – one sold for almost £8,000 in 2014.
However, the couple broke royal tradition and had an extra wedding cake made by chocolatier Barry Colenso.
It was chocolate cake, and was a nod to William’s childhood.
Why you should never get out of bed if you can’t sleep – and other expert tips for getting the perfect night’s rest
It’s 3am and, for no reason at all, you’ve woken up. You only managed to nod off at midnight, and your alarm goes off in two hours. Or is it three? Better check your phone. For many Bri…
It's 3am and, for no reason at all, you've woken up. You only managed to nod off at midnight, and your alarm goes off in two hours. Or is it three? Better check your phone.
For many Brits, a good night's sleep is depressingly rare – and the frustration of lying there, wriggling into new positions in the hope of nodding off again is something many of us can relate to.
Getty – Contributor As a nation, we are useless at falling asleep with just under three quarter of Brits sleeping less than seven hours a night
But if you find yourself wide awake in the night, looking at your phone is one of the worst things to do – and won't necessarily help you to get back to sleep any sooner.
It causes greater anxiety and recent findings have warned that our inability to separate ourselves from our phones at bedtime – and in the bedroom – is giving rise to epidemic of sleep deprivation.
The blue light created by our phone screens is the same kind that forces us awake in the mornings as it inhibits the sleep hormone melatonin.
Experts recommend around 7-8 hours for adults – but even if we wanted to prioritise getting a good night's rest, stress is the biggest reason many of us can't.
Worries about money and nervousness about work are ranked as the two main culprits for this.
Getty – Contributor We live among constant distractions, so it can be hard to establish a bedtime routine that you stick to
Today is World Sleep Day and physiologist and sleep therapist Dr Nerina Ramlakhan spoke to Sun Online about what you should and shouldn't do if you find yourself involuntarily awake in the small hours – and how to give yourself the best chance of having a good night's sleep.
Waking up in the night is perfectly normal
A lot of us feel very stressed if we wake up in the night, especially when we can't get back to sleep.
But Dr Nerina says that waking up suddenly at 2am is something the majority of us do, and that it's nothing to worry about.
"Waking between 2-4am is especially common," she says. "But the idea that we should aspire to remain asleep for eight hours without interruption is a myth."
Basically, our bodies wake us on occasion to check that everything's in order – thousands of years ago, this might mean ejecting a tiger from your sleeping area, but nowadays it's probably something more mundane, like locking the front door or turning off the oven.
"If our ancestors remained unconscious for all that time back when we all lived in caves, we'd probably be extinct as a species," she says.
Dr Nerina advises against picking up your phone or checking the time if you do wake up in the night
Don't check the time
If you do wake up, Dr Nerina advises to resist the urge of checking the time, as this only causes more anxiety.
"It's tempting to think that you might as well check your email or social media now you're awake, but this just encourages your brain to wake up – something you don't want it to do in the middle of the night."
It's best not to give your brain any excuse to start being active again, once you're awake.
Don't get up
Stay in bed and avoid getting up, as this increases your chances of exposure to light, which reduces the amount of sleep hormone melatonin that your body produces naturally at night. Even glancing at a street lamp can prompt the brain to start overworking.
If you remain horizontal in bed and resist the urge to walk around, do chores or entertain yourself, you'll still be resting even if you're not sleeping.
Sleep tracker apps don't always help
Dr Nerina draws a distinction between two very different types of sleeper: the sensitive sleeper and the brilliantly named "martini sleeper".
The sensitive sleeper does what they say on the tin: they struggle to sleep, and when they do, they find it hard to sleep through the night.
Sleep apps can be useful, but you shouldn't use them if you're not a martini sleeper
Martini sleepers can sleep any time, any place, according to Dr Nerina, "just like a martini", which were the go-to tipple in the 1970s and could be enjoyed round the clock.
"Devices like sleep trackers that give your sleep a certain score tend to appeal to sensitive sleepers, but there's isn't much evidence that they help," she says.
"They can also cause the user to feel bad if they haven't achieved the 'perfect' sleep.
"All sorts of things go on in the brain when we're asleep, so an app can only capture a part of the rest that is taking place. But if your tracker gives you a score of 40 percent, it can be impossible to convince yourself you did actually sleep well."
There is a "golden hour" of sleep, and we should be aiming for it
"Getting to sleep before midnight is really important," says Dr Nerina. "That 90 minutes before midnight is a sort-of golden hour for good, restorative sleep."
We sleep in cycles of 90 minutes anyway, where we move from deep sleep (called rapid-eye movement) to light sleep, but the first cycle is the most healing for our brains, and between 10.30pm and 12am is the very best time to get it.
Dr Nerina adds that this first 90 minutes is also linked to a reduction in your chances of developing a neuro-degenerative disorder and can also promote anti-ageing.
Ideally, we should all be aiming for three-to-four early nights a week.
By early, Dr Nerina suggests getting into bed between 9.30 and 10pm on these nights, even if we're not planning on going to sleep for another hour or two.
Alamy Getting to sleep between 10.30 and midnight is one of the most restorative times for the brain and can lead to the reduction of many diseases
How to position yourself
Advice differs on what position is best to adopt once in bed – but according to Dr Nerina, "there's no one size fits all when it comes to sleep positions.
"For people who practice yoga, sleeping on your back is seen as the most therapeutic, corpse-like state of rest.
"The only advice I give relates to the position to sleep in if you've had a big meal. In that case, I'd recommend not sleeping on your right-hand side, as it will cause indigestion."
What about sex?
Much like sleeping positions, whether having sex helps or hinders is entirely down to the individual.
"It has a soporific effect on some people but really energises others," says Dr Nerina.
"There's a strong connection between feeling safe and secure in oneself and being able to sleep well, so if you have sex with someone you feel secure with it's more likely to help you fall asleep and sleep well."
Orgasms cause a release of oxytocin, too, which reduces cortisol levels and this can help with a better night's sleep. Cortisol is the stress hormone, so ensuring this is suppressed and substituted for the happy hormone will help you nod off.
"They cause a release of vasopressin [the attachment hormone], which helps promote the release of melatonin," she says.
Taxi – Getty Sex is a great way to unwind and can help release all sorts of sleep-inducing hormones, as well as being physically tiring
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People think the Queen has accidentally revealed she likes Kate Middleton more than Meghan Markle… but are they right?
THIS week the Queen gave her official consent for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to tie the knot. People have been speculating that the wording of the consent letter is proof that she prefers Kate …
THIS week the Queen gave her official consent for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to tie the knot.
People have been speculating that the wording of the consent letter is proof that she prefers Kate Middleton to the American actress, but there is a key reason why it isn’t a royal snub.
Getty – Contributor The Queen has given her official consent for grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry
The letter of consent was revealed in yesterday’s Privy Council meeting at Buckingham Palace.
It read: “I declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle, which Consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the Books of the Privy Council.”
This was similar to a consent letter she gave for Kate Middleton, 36, to marry Prince William, 35, in 2011, except for how the Duchess of Cambridge was described.
Kate’s letter described her as “our trusty and well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton”, whereas Meghan’s was simply “Rachel Meghan Markle.”
This letter of consent was revealed in yesterday’s Privy Council meeting at Buckingham Palace
While keen-eyed royal fans have been comparing the two introductions to claim Kate received a warmer introduction, the difference is not a snub on the Queen’s behalf.
Kate’s consent letter was from the Instrument of Consent, which comes closer to the wedding day, not the Charter of Declaration like Meghan’s was.
When Meghan, 36, ties the knot with Prince Harry, 33, in May it is thought the Queen will give a similar personal message.
And if we compare Meghan’s letter to the Kate’s Charter of Declaration, the Duchess of Cambridge didn’t have a personal introduction either and hers simply read “Catherine Elizabeth Middleton.”
No, the Queen did not slight Meghan Markle by not refering to has “Our Trusty & Well-beloved” like she did Kate in the formal Consent with offical seal released the day of wedding.
If you look at the 2 online consents from Privy Council records for Will & Harry, same wording. pic.twitter.com/8fkTcwY4nh
— Gert’s Royals (@Gertsroyals) March 15, 2018 Splash News When Meghan ties the knot with Prince Harry in May it is thought the Queen will give a similar level of personal message as she did for Kate
After the Royal Marriages Act 1772 was launched, the reigning monarch has to give permission for any royal family to get married.
This was updated in 2013 so only the six in line for the throne need consent.
Kate Beckinsale, 44, shows off her cat Clive’s luxury new bed and suitcase
KATE Beckinsale looks purrfect — carrying a suitcase starring her cat. The Underworld actress, 44, also posted an Instagram pic to show how delighted her furry pal Clive was with a new luxury porta…
KATE Beckinsale looks purrfect — carrying a suitcase starring her cat.
The Underworld actress, 44, also posted an Instagram pic to show how delighted her furry pal Clive was with a new luxury portable bed.
Flynet Pictures Kate Beckinsale, 44, looks flawless in black sunglasses and fluffy coat
Kate also sported soft Hollywood waves to match the casually chic outfit.
Although she looked warm and wrapped up in her coat, she showed a tiny bit of tummy through her top.
The mum of one showed that she may consider herself to be a mum of two – as she proudly shows off Clive the cat.
Kate made sure that her black fur ensemble didn’t clash with his grey tones.
Flynet Pictures She makes being a cat-lady look cool
The actress, who has starred in Pearl Harbour and the Total Recall remake, showed off her quirky custom-made suitcase featuring her cat.
The one-of-a kind case certainly caught our eye as Clive stole Kate’s limelight.
What year did Kate Middleton and Prince William get married, how old were they, and what was their wedding date?
HAS gearing up for Prince Harry’s wedding has got you reminiscing about Prince William and Kate’s big day? Well you may be surprised to find out the wedding was way back in 2011! Here a…
HAS gearing up for Prince Harry’s wedding has got you reminiscing about Prince William and Kate’s big day?
Well you may be surprised to find out the wedding was way back in 2011! Here are all the details…
AP:Associated Press Kate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot in April 2011
When did Prince William marry Kate Middleton?
The royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton took place on April 29, 2011, and was declared a public holiday in the UK.
Since William isn’t the first in line to the throne, the wedding was not a full state occasion, which meant many details of the big day were left down to the happy couple.
But the occasion, watched live by 36 million people, was jam packed with all the usual pomp and ceremony of a royal occasion regardless.
The wedding came a decade after the pair met, with Wills and Kate having first crossed paths back at uni in 2001.
Reuters Prince William and Kate Middleton has been married since 2011
Both students at St Andrews, the royal couple got on like a house on fire during their student days, and coupled up in 2003.
The engagement came seven years later in October 2010, sparking mass excitement all over the world at the prospect of a royal wedding.
How old were Prince William and Kate Middleton when they got married?
Kate Middleton was 29 years old when she married the royal Prince.
While Prince William was 28 years old as he turned 29 on June 21, a few months after the wedding.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, was born on 21 June 1982, at St Mary’s Hospital in London.
Which royal bride are you most similar to – Meghan Markle or Kate Middleton?
MOST girls dream of being a princess – but would you be Meghan Markle or Kate Middleton? Here, our fun quiz tells you if you are a sassy free-spirit like Meghan, classy girl-next-door like Kate. . …
MOST girls dream of being a princess – but would you be Meghan Markle or Kate Middleton?
Here, our fun quiz tells you if you are a sassy free-spirit like Meghan, classy girl-next-door like Kate. . . or simply unfit for royal duty.
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