Serena Williams plays Wimbledon final, Trump breaks Royal protocol, Gucci launches homewares range: The weekend news wrap

Serena Williams loses Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber, US President Donald Trump breaks Royal protocol on his visit to the United Kingdom and Gucci launches its home décor collection - here's what you may have missed while you caught up with friends, family and sleep over the weekend.

Donald Trump breaks Royal protocol during meeting with the Queen

As Donald met with the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May in Britain on Friday, a four-metre high blimp bearing an unmistakable resemblance to the US President wearing a nappy was launched in London's Parliament Square, where 100,000 protestors gathered to reject his presence in their country.

Meanwhile, as organisers kept the President as far away from the protests as possible during his official engagements, Donald reportedly broke Royal tradition by keeping the Monarch waiting, walking ahead of her while they inspected the guards at Windsor Castle and neither he nor Melania bowed or curtsied upon meeting the Queen.

While bowing for men and curtseying for women is not obligatory when greeting a member of the royal family, it is typically observed by visiting dignitaries.

Serena Williams plays in Wimbledon final, 10 months after life-threatening post-natal complications

37-year-old Serena Williams lost to Germany's Angelique Kerber in a 3-6, 3-6 defeat in the women's Wimbledon final on Saturday, less than one-year after a physically and emotionally traumatic birth with her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Williams.
 

Serena ranked 181st in the world when she began this year's Wimbledon tournament, following a life-threatening labour with Alexis, including a pulmonary embolism. Her husband, Alexis Ohanian, revealed he wasn’t sure whether she’d live or die when she went into surgery, and Serena was put on bed-rest for six weeks after returning from the hospital.

“[Serena] will be holding a trophy again soon—she's got the greatest one waiting at home for her,” her husband said on Instagram. “Our family knows she'll win many more trophies, too. She's just getting started. And I couldn't be more proud.”

Win or lose, we think Serena’s return to tennis is remarkable and can’t wait to see her smashing aces for years to come.

Gucci is launching a new home décor collection

Gucci has released its new décor collection, bringing new meaning to the phrase ‘fashion for your home’. Snake-emblazoned side table? Tick. Tapestry tiger cushion? Tick, tick, tick.

The Italian fashion house announced on Friday its range of products - designed for fashion and interior lovers alike - have been designed by creative director, Alessandro Michele.

The range includes candles, cushions, wallpaper, metal trays, porcelain tableware and vases. 

"Designed by #AlessandroMichele to personalize spaces," the brand said on Instagram, the new collection of "#GucciDécor pieces [are] embellished by the House’s motifs and patterns."
 

Prices range from AU$105 - for bamboo incense sticks - to AU$46,615 - for a velvet three-panel screen. If you've got a spare $6,870 for a vase, you can shop the collection here.

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