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Titanic remains protected by joint US-UK treaty signed by Pompeo

The remains of the Titanic will now be protected from people diving for valuables under a treaty between United States and the United Kingdom ratified last month by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, officials announced Tuesday.

Making the announcement in Belfast, where the once dubbed “unsinkable ship” was built, British Department for Transport and Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said the treaty gives the U.S. and the U.K. the power to grant or deny licenses to enter the hulls of the wreckage, or collect artifacts found outside.

“Lying two and a half miles below the ocean surface, the RMS Titanic is the subject of the most documented maritime tragedy in history,” Ghani said. “This momentous agreement with the United States to preserve the wreck means it will be treated with the sensitivity and respect owed to the final resting place of more than 1,500 lives.”

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RMS Titanic passenger liner of the White Star Line. From The Story of 25 Eventful Years in Pictures, published 1935. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

The U.K. signed the treaty in 2003, but Pompeo did not ratify it until late December.

This comes after RMS Titanic Inc., a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, filed a motion in U.S. District Court in eastern Virginia on Monday that it intends to retrieve items from the ship, arguing that the treaty has “no teeth” in U.S. law, The Guardian reported.

The company became the only group permitted to retrieve artifacts at the site in 1994 and has since collected 5,500 items, including a 17-ton section of the hull that was raised out of the ocean in 1998, Time reported. Some items have been auctioned off by Henry Aldridge & Son, including a water-stained letter, which sold for more than $163,000, and a violin, which sold for almost $1.5 million.

Lying beneath international waters, about 370 nautical miles south of Newfoundland, Canada, the RMS Titanic was not explicitly protected by any legislation since its discovery in 1985, the British Department for Transport and Maritime said in a press release. The treaty strengthens basic protections afforded to heritage sites under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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The RMS Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage from Southampton, Britain on April 10, 1912, for New York City with 2,223 passengers and crew on board. Five days later it struck an iceberg, broke apart and sank to the bottom of the ocean where it remained undiscovered for more than 70 years. Only 706 people survived, according to the U.S. Senate report on the disaster.

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Prince Harry meets with Boris Johnson for one-on-one catch up following ‘Megxit’ deal

Prince Harry sat down for a one-on-one conversation with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson following the Duke of Sussex’s somber speech to the public on Sunday.

Harry spoke with Johnson at the UK-Africa Investment Summit Monday in an effort to boost Britain’s standing as a potential business partner with Africa, despite the swirling drama over his decision to break from official royal duties.

According to The Telegraph, Harry carried out what is possibly one of his last royal duties by meeting with the Prime Minister at the summit for a 20-minute, closed-door meeting where neither men’s aids were reportedly present.

MEGHAN MARKLE IS ONLY ROYAL FAMILY MEMBER HAPPY WITH ‘MEGXIT’ DEAL: ROYAL EXPERT

Although it’s unclear specifically what was discussed, the duo later touted the U.K. as an ideal business partner for Africa at the summit as the country prepares to navigate its post-Brexit dealings with the international community.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, at the UK Africa Investment Summit in London, Monday Jan. 20, 2020. Boris Johnson is hosting 54 African heads of state or government in London. The move comes as the U.K. prepares for post-Brexit dealings with the world.  (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via AP)

Prince Harry has longstanding ties to Africa and is involved with conservation and youth charities on the continent. He has repeatedly said he plans to continue those endeavors even after he and Meghan Markle carry out their plans to leave the U.K. to take up part-time residence in Canada after making the historic decision to “step back” from their royal duties.

In a speech given at a dinner for supporters of the Sentebale charity in London Sunday, the prince addressed why he and his wife chose to relinquish their “royal highness” titles and move to Canada.

MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY EXPECTED TO STILL RECEIVE FUNDS FROM PRINCE CHARLES: REPORT

“Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard, or perhaps read, over the past few weeks,” Harry began. “So, I want you to hear the truth from me — as much as I can share, not as a prince or a duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the past 35 years, but now with a clearer perspective.”

“The U.K. is my home and a place that I love. That will never change,” he continued. “I have grown up feeling supported by so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms, as you saw the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life. Finally, the second son of Diana got hitched, hooray!”

Harry then stressed that he and Markle still held the same values, and she’s still the same woman he’s loved. He also recounted the excitement they felt when they began their journey together, and addressed the “great sadness” he feels at the situation becoming so dire.

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“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” the prince said. “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. What I want to make clear is, we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Serena Williams shuts down question about Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s stepping back from royal family

Serena Williams is keeping her focus on tennis while playing in the Australian Open even as her good friend Meghan Markle is making headlines all around the world.

During a press conference on Monday, the 38-year-old multi-Grand Slam winner avoided answering a question about the Duchess of Sussex‘s announcement she and her husband, Prince Harry, are stepping down as senior members of the royal family and will be spending half their time in Canada.

According to The New York Times reporter Ben Rothenberg, another reporter asked: “Your good friend, Meghan Markle, who attended your last two slams, and Harry, have taken a move, a stance that many people think is extraordinary and historic. What are your feelings about that? Have you spoken to her?”

PRINCE HARRY, MEGHAN MARKLE STEPPING BACK AS SENIOR MEMBERS OF ROYAL FAMILY

Williams responded, “Yeah, I have absolutely no comments on anything with that. But good try. You tried. You did good.”

Williams and Markle have been friends for years and the royal family member frequently attends Williams’ matches in tournaments such as Wimbledon in London and the US Open in New York City. Williams also attended Markle and Harry’s wedding in May 2018 with husband Alexis Ohanian.

On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth released a new statement regarding the status of “Megxit.”

QUEEN ISSUES STATEMENT ON MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY AFTER FAMILY TALKS, AGREES TO PART-TIME MOVE TO CANADA

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments. They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on the official royal family website.

The palace continued: “With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.

“The Sussexes will not use their HRH [His or Her Royal Highness] titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their U.K. family home,” the palace said.

The refurbishment reportedly cost £2.4 million, or approximately $3.1 million, the Daily Mail has reported.

PRINCE HARRY BREAKS SILENCE AFTER ‘MEGXIT’ ANNOUNCEMENT: ‘NO OTHER OPTION’

“Buckingham Palace does not comment on the details of security arrangements. There are well-established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security,” it added.

Queen Elizabeth II simultaneously released a statement of her own voicing her support.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and Meghan the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry ((AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

“Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved members of my family,” she said.

WHAT LED TO MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY’S ROYAL DEPARTURE

“I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life,” the 93-year-old monarch said. “I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.

“It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life,” she added.

Fox News’ Melissa Roberto contributed to this report.

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Nigel Farage on Prince Harry, Meghan Markle no longer using royal titles: Queen ‘acted decisively’

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Former United Kingdom Independence party leader Nigel Farage, who helped launch the Brexit campaign in the U.K., weighed in Sunday on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s “Megxit” plan and Queen Elizabeth’s reaction, saying he worries about Harry’s future.

“If you’re in the royal family, you’re in what’s called ‘the firm,’” Farage said on “Fox & Friends Weekend.” “You live in a nice house, you spend much of your life in royal palaces and elsewhere, you got full security, full transport, cars, helicopters, you name it. And, in return for all of that and in return for being royal and his or her royal highness, you have to carry out engagements.”

He said those engagements may include ribbon cuttings and charity events.

“You cannot live that life and tout yourself for voice-overs for Disney, and that is what Harry and Meghan did,” Farage said, referencing the announcement earlier this month that Markle, 38, had signed a deal with Disney to provide a voiceover for an upcoming project from the studio in exchange for a donation to a non-profit helping elephants in Botswana.

“On a personal level, we all want them to be happy, but you cannot commercialize the royalty,” Farage said. “The Queen saw what huge damage that could do, she has acted decisively and we are very, I must say, very, very lucky to have this Queen. She is a quite amazing woman.”

PRINCE HARRY, MEGHAN MARKLE WILL NO LONGER USE ROYAL TITLES, QUEEN AND BUCKINGHAM PALACE ANNOUNCE

Farage referenced Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace releasing much-anticipated statements on Saturday confirming Harry and Meghan no longer would use their royal titles and will move forward with their initial “Megxit” plan in the spring of 2020.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments. They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on the official royal family website.

The palace continued: “With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.

“The Sussexes will not use their HRH [His or Her Royal Highness] titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their U.K. family home,” the palace said.

Queen Elizabeth II simultaneously released a statement of her own voicing her support.

“Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved members of my family,” she said.

The 93-year-old monarch added, “I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”

“The British public did not like the idea of them trying to have it both ways,” Farage said on Sunday. “You cannot privatize or commercialize the monarchy and the Queen, she may be 93-years-old, but she’s been absolutely decisive.”

He added, “For Harry this raises big questions because not only is he leaving behind his family to go and live pretty much permanently on the West Coast, but he’s also leaving his second family.”

Farage said his second family was his military family.

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“[When] Princess Diana [was] tragically killed when he was 12 years old, he has always found that difficult to grasp with and he then joined the army,” Farage said. “He’s spent ten years in the army. He did two active tours of Afghanistan. He now holds some very prestigious military titles.”

Fox News’ Melissa Roberto and Nate Day contributed to this report.

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Prince Harry breaks silence after ‘Megxit’ announcement: ‘No other option’

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Prince Harry on Sunday publicly addressed his decision to “step back” from royal life, saying he wanted to continue supporting Queen Elizabeth without public funding, but “unfortunately, that wasn’t possible.”

In a speech given at a dinner for supporters of the Sentebale charity in London, the Prince addressed why he and his wife, Meghan Markle, chose to relinquish their “royal highness” titles and move part-time to Canada.

“Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard, or perhaps read, over the past few weeks,” Harry began. “So, I want you to hear the truth from me — as much as I can share, not as a prince or a duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the past 35 years, but now with a clearer perspective.”

MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY TO STILL BE CALLED DUKE AND DUCHESS, PAY BACK MONEY FOR HOME RENOVATION

“The U.K. is my home and a place that I love. That will never change,” he continued. “I have grown up feeling supported by so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms, as you saw the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life. Finally, the second son of Diana got hitched, hooray!”

Harry then stressed that he and Markle still held the same values, and she’s still the same woman he’s loved. He also recounted the excitement they felt when they began their journey together, and addressed the “great sadness” he feels at the situation becoming so dire.

“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” the Prince said. “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. What I want to make clear is, we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you.”

MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY EXPECTED TO STILL RECEIVE FUNDS FROM PRINCE CHARLES: REPORT

Harry then explained that he and Markle, 38, originally hoped to support the queen without funds from the public.

“Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible,” he stated. “I’ve accepted this knowing it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am, but I hope it helps you understand what it had come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life.”

Harry then thanked the crowd for taking “me under your wing” after the death of his mother, Diana, 23 years ago.

“You looked after me for so long, but the media is a powerful force. And my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us,” he said. “It has been our privilege to serve you, and we will continue to lead a life of service. So in that respect, nothing changes.”

Harry concluded by saying he holds “the utmost respect” for his grandmother, and is “incredibly grateful for the support his family has shown him in recent months.

“I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me,” said Harry. “Together, you have given me an education about living, and this role has taught me more about what is right and just than I could ever have imagined. We are taking a leap of faith, so thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step.”

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The speech came after the announcement that Harry and Markle will no longer be referred to as “royal highness” and will pay back the $3.1 million they used to renovate their home, Frogmore Cottage.

A video of the speech was posted to the official Instagram page of Harry and Markle, simply captioned: “Remarks from The Duke of Sussex at tonight’s dinner for supporters of Sentebale in London.”

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UK man jailed for making hoax bomb scare to delay his flight

A man was sent to jail for 16 months Friday for calling in a bogus bomb threat at a London airport because he was running late and wanted to delay his flight.

Rashidul Islam, 32, was headed from his home in Cricklewood, north London, to Gatwick Airport on May 4 to catch an evening flight to Morocco to visit his fiance, authorities said.

According to authorities, Islam first ran into krush-hour traffic delays when his train to the airport unexpectedly ended earlier – at the St. Pancras stop. He jumped into a taxi in the center of London but hit further congestion.

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Rashidul Islam, 32, was sentenced to 16 months in prison for a bomb hoax at Gatwick Airport because he was running late for his flight. (Crown Prosecution Service)

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About 45 minutes before his easyJet flight was set to take off, Islam anonymously called police and said, “Someone may have a bomb on the plane. You need to delay the flight,” according to a Crown Prosecution Service spokesman.

Islam made two further phone threats minutes later, causing the crew of the 5:40 p.m. flight to Marrakesh to be evacuated and all 147 passengers to be re-checked by security.

The hoax resulted in a three-hour delay at Britain’s second-busiest airport on a holiday weekend.  It cost easyJet around $39,000, the airline said.

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Islam was arrested after police traced his call.

He told authorities that he had panicked about missing his flight as he would not be able to afford another ticket.

Islam was sentenced Friday to 16 months in jail after pleading guilty to communicating false information.

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“This sentence should send a message that creating a bomb scare is no trivial matter. These threats have a major impact on everyone in the airport – diverting multiple agencies from core duties such as assisting passengers, providing security or carrying out counter-terrorism checks,” prosecutor Natalie Smith said in a statement.

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Meghan Markle’s UK citizenship application potentially in jeopardy if royal couple moves to Canada: reports

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Meghan Markle’s application for British citizenship could reportedly be in jeopardy if she and Prince Harry move to Canada as part of their plan to step down as senior royals.

The Duchess of Sussex started the process for citizenship shortly after her marriage to Prince Harry in May 2018, applying as the spouse of a British citizen.

Under Home Office rules, applicants are required not to have spent more than 270 days out of the country in the three years before applying, The Telegraph reported. During their engagement, Prince Harry’s spokesperson promised the duchess would be in compliance with U.K. immigration laws “at all times.”

“She may quickly run into trouble when calculating her permissible absences from the U.K.,” immigration website Free Movement reported.

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Immigration lawyer Philip Trott told The Times of London, “There is no harm in being out, as long as you spend most of your time here…The advice we normally give to clients is that most of your time means six months and one day every year.”

If Prince Harry managed to obtain an official role while in Canada, their time in the country might qualify for the Crown servant exception to residency, which would still count legally as living in the U.K., according to Free Movement.

In the unlikely event she couldn’t obtain citizenship, she might still be allowed to remain in the U.K. indefinitely “at the discretion of the Home Secretary,” Free Movement reported. “There are ultimately no legal constraints on granting any form of immigration status.”

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The duchess’ spokesperson said, “There is no change in the fact that she is pursuing the path to British citizenship,” according to The Times of London.

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Library takes a ‘lonely’ book out and gives it a day it’ll never forget

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This book just had a better day than you.

While going through their records, the Royal Holloway Library in Egham, England, made a “sad” discovery: a single book that had not been checked out in a very long time. They decided to fix that in the most special way possible.

“Loyal followers. We bring sad news,” the RHUL Library account wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “As part of our research into the Top Five Most Borrowed Books 2019, we found that one book hadn’t been borrowed for a very long time. It’s just been there, collecting dust, staring out the window at other books achieving their book destiny.”

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The library decided that “this could not stand,” so they decided to do “the honorable thing.”

They “took the book out on loan for a day that it would never forget.”

“Here’s what we got up to on our book date with ‘There and Back’ by George MacDonald,” the library said.

Obviously having some fun with the concept, the librarians tweeted about the book’s big day.

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“We took it to all the best spots in the library,” they wrote. “The Mezzanine, the Feature Wing. We settled down for a good read on the bridge in the Atrium. You can’t say we don’t know how to show a book a good time. It’s also a prime spot for keeping an eye on the queue for coffee.”

They also marked some of their favorite passages (using sticky notes, of course, because librarians know a thing or two about proper book etiquette). They even pretended to show the book around one of the library’s exhibits.

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The Twitter thread concluded with the library making an announcement. “Not sure if we’re supposed to submit a form somewhere to do this,” they said, “but without consulting anyone else we’re declaring 15th January 2021 to be ‘Borrow a Lonely Library Book Day.’ It’s a date.”

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Queen Victoria’s dress, boots, stockings and underwear discovered in cabinet

A treasure trove of garments belonging to Queen Victoria has been discovered in a cabinet in England for 100 years and could sell for a pretty penny at auction later this month.

Included in the items are a pair of her underwear, boots, skirts and other clothes, British news agency South West News Service (SWNS) reports. They were given to royal photographer Alexander Lamont Henderson after she died in 1901 and eventually passed down through generations until Hendersons’ great-great-grandson, Roderick Williams, inherited the collection.

“Queen Victoria’s clothing and boots are family heirlooms which were originally given to my great-great grandfather, Alexander Lamont Henderson,” Williams, 63, said in comments obtained by SWNS. “He worked as a royal photographer for Queen Victoria up to her death in 1901 and we think the clothes were probably given to him by servants in the royal household, perhaps in return for taking photographs of them.”

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Queen Victoria on enamel hand-colored by AL Henderson. Jan. 16, 2020. Queen Victoria’s skirt and bodice, bloomers, stockings and leather boots – almost a complete royal outfit – have been unearthed from a wardrobe after more than 100 years. (Credit: SWNS)

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Emma Carberry of Hansons with the royal outfit and boots. (Credit: SWNS)

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“When my great-great grandfather died in 1907, the clothing was passed down through the generations,” he added. “It’s been kept in a wardrobe. I’m selling it now as I need to make some space.”

Also included in the lot are cream and red stockings, a chemise, black shirt and two pairs of handmade leather ankle boots made by J Sparks-Hall of London; the shoemaker is credited with creating the Chelsea boot.

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Queen Victoria clothing that is coming up for auction – ankle boots. The items include cream and red stockings, a chemise, black skirt, bodice, bloomers and two pairs of handmade leather ankle boots by J Sparks-Hall of London – a shoemaker credited with the design of the Chelsea boot. (Credit: SWNS)

“Famously, after the death of her beloved husband Prince Albert in 1861, she wore black for the rest of her life and the bodice and skirt we’re selling are black,” said Hansons Auctioneers’ auctioneer Charles Hanson, who is handling the sale. “Her leather ankle boots show how dainty and narrow her feet were.

“Though she was only 4 ft. 11 inches and petite when she became queen at 18, she liked her food and her waist expanded to 50 inches over the decades – a fact demonstrated by the ample size of the bloomers,” Hanson told SWNS.

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Emma Carberry of Hansons in the bloomers. (Credit: SWNS)

The lot is expected to sell for nearly $20,000 when it goes up for auction on Jan. 21.

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5 Pakistani businessmen indicted over alleged scheme to export US goods for nuclear weapons program

Five Pakistani businessmen were indicted in federal court Wednesday for their alleged roles in smuggling U.S.-origin supplies into Pakistan to support the country’s nuclear program.

Between September 2014 and October 2019, the group is said to have operated an international network of front companies that existed to acquire goods for a Pakistani group called the Advanced Engineering Research Organization and the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, according to a federal grand jury indictment.

The goods were exported from the United States without export licenses, in violation of federal law, the indictment said. Both organizations were on a Commerce Department list that imposes export license requirements for groups whose activities are found to be contrary to U.S. security or foreign policy interests.

The men — from Pakistan, Canada, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom — are accused of attempting to conceal the true destinations of the goods by using the front companies as the supposed purchasers and end-users of them, and as the apparent source of payments. Several were listed as being in New Hampshire.

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“The defendants smuggled U.S. origin goods to entities that have been designated for years as threats to U.S. national security for their ties to Pakistan’s weapons programs,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers said.

“This indictment puts the world on notice not to do business with these defendants and demonstrates our commitment to holding them accountable,” he added. “It also stands as an example of the kind of deceptive behavior U.S. businesses need to watch out for in designing appropriate export control and sanctions compliance programs.”

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It wasn’t immediately clear if the defendants had lawyers who could speak on their behalf.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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