A royal baby name at last, Australia to ban all non-recyclable packaging by 2025, and new music from ABBA for the first time in over 35 years—here's everything you might have missed over the weekend.
HRH Prince Louis of Cambridge
On Friday, Kensington Palace finally revealed the name of the newest royal. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced that their newborn son will be Prince Louis.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 27, 2018
The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge. pic.twitter.com/4DUwsLv5JQ
The world waited with bated breath for four days for the big reveal, which is twice as long as Prince George or Princess Charlotte. However, Prince William's name wasn't announced for about a week, and Prince Charles' wasn't known for a whole month.
While the name has been more infamously popular with French kings over the centuries (Louis XIV, the Sun King, who built the palace of Versailles), it's thought to be a reference to Lord Louis Mountbatten, an uncle of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and a second cousin to the Queen. Prince Philip's maternal grandfather was also called Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg.
And as for how it's pronounced, it's Lou-ey, not Lew-is.
Australia's new war on waste
The Federal Government has pledged to ensure that 100 percent of the country's packaging will be recyclable, compostable, or reusable by 2025 or sooner.
The promise comes after China's decision to ban 24 categories of imported recyclable rubbish earlier this year, leaving pretty much nowhere for about 1.3 million tonnes of material from Australia to go. While some has been sent to warehouses, earlier this month it was discovered that Queensland's Ipswich City Council had been sending the recyclable matter to landfill instead.
According to the Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg, the issue proposed a great "opportunity for Australia to develop its capabilities and capacity in recycling through effective cooperation and collaboration among the three levels of government."
After a 35-year hiatus, the ultimate 70s Swedish pop group has announced they'll be releasing new music very soon.
Posting a statement to the official ABBA Instagram account, the band wrote: “We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did. And it was like time had stood still and that we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!”
The group has composed a new song titled ‘I Still Have Faith In You’, which is due to be broadcast as part of a TV special in December this year. The broadcast will feature virtual avatars ('Abbatars') created to represent the four members of the pop group during the height of their fame. The 'Abbatars' will also feature in an upcoming digital tour, expected for 2019 or 2020.