Royal wedding updates, new baby pics and do walnuts fight cancer: The weekend news wrap

Adorable photos of Princess Charlotte and baby brother Prince Louis released, Meghan Markle's father to walk her down the aisle, the Australian designers behind the wedding dress we've all been waiting to see and surprising health benefits of walnuts revealed. These are just a few news items you may have missed over the weekend.

It's official: Princess Charlotte loves her new baby brother

Kensington Palace has released two new pics of the youngest royals, taken on Princess Charlotte's third birthday on May 2 by her proud mum the Duchess of Cambridge. The too-cute duo snuggled up for the camera with Kate once again performing the role of official royal photographer - she has been behind the lens for many official photographs of her children Prince Louis, born on April 23, Charlotte and their big brother Prince George, four.  







Meghan Markle's father Thomas to walk her down the aisle 

After months of speculation, Kensington Palace has revealed that Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle Sr, 73, will walk his daughter down the aisle when she weds Prince Harry on May 19.

Meghan said she is "delighted" the former Hollywood lighting director will be an official part of her big day, along with her mother Doria Ragland, 61. The pair will fly to London a fortnight before the nuptials, when they will be officially introduced to the Queen and Prince Philip, along with Harry's father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, brother Prince William and Kate.

Meghan Markle's mother Doria will break royal tradition

In a break from royal tradition, Doria will also play a part in the ceremony, accompanying Meghan in the car to Windsor Castle. Once they arrive, Doria will exit the vehicle and enter St George's Chapel while the flower girls and page boys will join Meghan in the car for the short drive to the West Door. It is there Thomas will meet the bridal party and they will make their way down the aisle.

As previously reported, Prince William will be accompanying younger brother Harry in his role of best man.

Aussie duo to design Meghan's wedding dress?

London-based Australian designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo from Ralph & Russo have created Meghan Markle's wedding dress, according to "multiple royal insiders".

UK paper The Daily Mail reports that having worn a Ralph & Russo creation for her engagement photos, Meghan decided she wanted to continue with the pair when it came time for her big day. The gown, which reportedly costs a whopping $180,000 and is hand-beaded and stitched, is said to be ready for collection at the pair's London studio. Adding substance to the speculation is that the designers - despite having several studios around the world - have been staying in town in the lead up to the wedding, meaning they would be able to make personal adjustments to the wedding dress ahead of the much anticipated ceremony.



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Walnuts fight cancer, improve heart health

A new study by the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences has shown that walnuts are one of several fibre-rich foods that, when included in your diet, impact gut microbiomes in a manner that can improve heart health and lead to a reduction of colorectal cancer.

"We found that when you consume walnuts it increases microbes that produce butyrate, a beneficial metabolite for colonic health," explains assistant professor Hannah Holscher, who was the lead author of the study. "So the interaction of walnuts with the microbiome is helping to produce some of those health effects."



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