Justify Wins the 13th Triple Crown in Horse Racing History

As Justify raced out to an early lead at Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, and held it for the whole mile-a-half, the chestnut colt’s trainer, Bob Baffert, stood stoically in the stands next to his wife Jill, arms folded. Baffert, his snow white mane the most recognizable head of hair in this sport, tends to ooze sexagenarian cool. This was no different. Justify was about to win Baffert his second Triple Crown since 2015; horse racing had waited 37 years until one of Baffert’s horses ended the drought three years ago. No biggie.

Until it was. After the last furlong, as Justify galloped ever closer to the finish, it became clearer that a late rush from Gronkowski — yes, a horse named after the goofy New England Patriots football player — was just that. Too late. Baffert leap a little, shouted and let his arms fly before hugging his wife. When American Pharoah won in 2015, ending that near four-decade string of Triple Crown misses, Baffert remembered Belmont’s roar. This time was, well, different. “I wasn’t even paying attention to the crowd,” Baffert said after Justify won the 13th Triple Crown in horse racing history. “I could just enjoy the race. I could just take it all in.”

That 37-year wait for the Triple Crown of horse racing was at the same time exasperating, demoralizing, and borderline comical. Why can’t one of these thoroughbreds just win three athletic competitions in a row? Bad baseball teams do that all the time. A horse couldn’t pull that off in nearly four decades? Yes, winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont within a five-week window is an incredible challenge. But sports fans aren’t famous for rational reactions. So when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the hoards of joyous horse racing fans shook Belmont Park, right outside New York City, to its core. A generation of pent-up frustration spilled out of the crowd.

Justify, who raced to a wire-to-wire victory that was tight, but never really in doubt, sparked plenty of euphoria as he crossed the finish. A few spectators wept. But Justify won’t be lauded as horse racing’s history savior, like American Pharoah. Justify ended a three-year Triple Crown drought. As he headed down the Belmont stretch, victory in sight, he didn’t carry the same weight.

For Justify, being one of the finest athletes of our time will have to do. Though some of his supporters put him on a higher pedestal. “I think he’s the greatest of all-time,” says Mike Smith, Justify’s 52-year-old jockey. “I just won the Triple Crown, man. He’s my champion.”

In the hours before the race, Justify rested in Belmont’s Barn 1, across the street from a Wendy’s, undistracted by the beer-soaked fans who reveled close by – including one who nearly relieved himself on a tree. After a pre-race bath, and a parade around the paddock, Justify entered the gate and broke a little too far to the left at the start. But he was still too fast to lose any ground. “He just listens to everything I say.” says Smith. “Every time I just want him to take breather, I just put my hands back down and he’ll settle right back down. And if I squeeze him a bit, he’ll jump right back again.”

Justify’s stunning rise puts him in the pantheon of great horses. He became the first thoroughbred to win the Kentucky Derby without racing as a two-year-old since 1882, aka the Chester Arthur administration. Baffert compares him to a walk-on player on a college basketball team who suddenly becomes a star: no one saw him coming. The chestnut colt with a pronounced white blaze won on slop at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness; even on a faster track on a clear day at Belmont, his opponents couldn’t outrun him. Justify’s owners are betting on his international appeal. Smith wore the colors of the China Horse Club, one of Justify’s owners, on race day; the red outfit with yellow starts resembled the Chinese flag, as the China Horse Club’s seeking to grow the sport there.

The snowy mane of Baffert, horse whisperer to the stars, is now known the world over. Before the race he was incredibly loose, joking about how his daughter can’t name five horses he’s trained — when pressed, she failed to prove him wrong — and how his sons were actually sober for this race, unlike in 2015. He noted that a man dressed in a Burger King costume would appear in his box, like he did for the American Pharoah race. The product placement funds, he noted, will go to charity. “The King is back,” says Baffert. “F—ing A.”

Baffert also talked about how this experience differed from three years go. “Pharoah was the champion, he was the hero,” says Baffert. “You could tell, man, this was it, this has to be the horse. This guy [Justify], everyone keeps waiting for him to get beat, you know? With Pharoah, the trainers, the other jockeys, the respected him. This guy, they’re not going to just hand it to him.”

Baffert’s message to Smith before the race: Justify’s got a full tank. Just don’t use it all too soon.

The trainer of both Justify and American Pharoah becomes just the second to ever win the Triple Crown twice — “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons also did it twice, with Gallant Fox and Omaha in the 1930s. He’s often asked to pit American Pharoah against Justify, but won’t take the bait. “I don’t really have to compare them because if they make this wall,” he says, looking over at pictures of other Triple Crown winner that hang in a cramped Belmont Park film theater, “that’s all you need to say.” Baffert does let on that Pharoah was the more friendly, playful horse. “He has a human touch,” says Baffert. “I finally got to pet Justify after the race today. He let his guard down. He’s just a tough guy.”

Justify gave Baffert his 16th victory as trainer in the Triple Crown series — five Kentucky Derbies, seven Preaknesses and three Belmonts — breaking a tie with D. Wayne Lukas for tops all-time. An impressive feat for Baffert, racing’s most marketable two-legged star, for sure. But most important, Justify’s victory assures that we won’t have to wait another 37 years to see a Triple Crown. Many sports fans have just a passing interest in horse racing, only tuning in during May and June, when a Triple Crown’s on the line. And that’s fine. It’s nice to be spoiled by so much winning for a change.

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Justify Could Win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, But It’s a Long Shot. Here’s Why

The stakes are perhaps the highest for one chestnut colt at the Belmont Stakes this year.

As many thoroughbreds before him, Justify will attempt to join an elite — and extraordinarily small — class of horses to win the Triple Crown at the 2018 Belmont Stakes on Saturday. The thoroughbred will face his toughest challenge yet at the mile-and-a-half race, where he will attempt to make good on his 2018 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes wins.

Justify could be the second Triple Crown winner for trainer Bob Baffert, who trained American Pharoah back in 2015 when he ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought. But winning the Belmont Stakes isn’t so simple — and the New Jersey track presents the most challenging race of the three, said Nick Zito, an experienced trainer with Derby, Preakness and Belmont wins under his belt.

“It’s called the Triple Crown for a reason,” Zito said. “It’s one of the most difficult things to do in sports.” After all, only 12 horses have won it in close to 150 years of these races. And if Justify fails to clinch the win this weekend, he’ll become the 24th thoroughbred to win the Derby and the Preakness — but not the Triple Crown.

Indeed, the longest race of the three American Classics bookends the series and reflects just how hard it is to win the the coveted title. These thoroughbreds complete the series — or compete in one or two races — over the span of just more than a month, with races in varying distances in different states. Justify’s first win of the series came at the one-and-a-quarter-mile Kentucky Derby track on May 5, and his second victory came two weeks later in Baltimore at the one-and-three-sixteenths-mile Preakness Stakes track.

However, Zito warned, “Belmont is the most grueling of the Triple Crown races. It’s the toughest for sure.” Zito knows that first hand. Despite two wins in 2004 and 2008 at Belmont Park, Zito’s horses have come in second there seven different times. And in addition to Justify’s already slim odds of snagging the Triple Crown title, he also got a bruised knee at the Kentucky Derby and raced back-to-back on wet tracks.

The additional length at Belmont often tires out these horses, Zito said. Even the sand on the track at Belmont feels tougher — it’s deeper, softer and can be tough to trudge through. And Triple Crown-vying horses often have to compete with thoroughbreds who didn’t appear in Kentucky or Baltimore, now stepping into the arena with fresher and more energetic legs.

On top of all of these conditions, for horses to even have a shot at the Triple Crown, they must have an excellent pedigree, Zito said. That means these winning race horses likely come from lineages that exhibited both speed and stamina, as well as intelligence and good judgement. Secretariat, the legendary thoroughbred who won the 1973 Triple Crown, is the pinnacle of these sets of qualities, Zito said. While Justify has a strong pedigree of his own, “you can’t say he’s Secretariat-safe,” Zito said.

There are also a range of ways a race could go all wrong and destroy a shut at the title. A horse can simply have a slow day, or he could have a poor start when the starting gates break away.

But if the stars align correctly, perhaps Justify can join the high ranks of the Triple Crown winners before him. Indeed, Zito doesn’t just want Justify to win. He’s hoping to see Justify win Belmont by “many” lengths — perhaps inspiring memories of Secretariat’s historic 1973 finish.

“You need stars in racing like everything else,” Zito said. “We’re always looking for stars. And that’s what (Justify) looks like.”

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Justify Wins the Preakness Stakes and Is Now One Race Away From the Triple Crown

(BALTIMORE) — Justify emerged from the fog and sloshed his way to another victory, holding off several hard-charging challengers to win the Preakness on Saturday and keep alive the chance for trainer Bob Baffert’s second Triple Crown champion in four years.

On a sloppy track similar to the conditions in the Kentucky Derby, Justify improved to 5-0 and will go to the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 9 looking to do the same thing American Pharoah did for Baffert in 2015. Justify showed no ill effects from a bruised heel on his left hind foot that was discovered in the aftermath of the Derby, an injury Baffert insisted would not be a problem.

Justify and Good Magic went to the lead early and traded first back and forth throughout the 1-3/16-mile race. Bravazo edged long-shot Tenfold for second, and Good Magic was fourth.

“They had their own private match race,” Baffert said. “He’s just a great horse to handle all that pressure and keep on running.”

Baffert tied veteran D. Wayne Lukas’ record with his 14th victory in a Triple Crown race and matched 19th-century trainer R.W. Walden with his seventh Preakness title. Baffert also remained undefeated with Derby winners in the Preakness following Silver Charm, Real Quiet, War Emblem and American Pharoah.

Justify showed more evidence of being the same kind of super horse as American Pharoah, and Baffert has repeatedly drawn comparisons between them. Three years after American Pharoah won at Pimlico in a driving rain storm, Mike Smith rode Justify through thick fog that engulfed the racetrack.

Smith won the Preakness for just the second time in 17 tries, 25 years after his first aboard Prairie Bayou.

Justify is the 36th horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

“I’m so happy that we got it done,” Baffert said. “I’ve never had one run that fast here.”

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Princess Eugenie basically confirmed the Queen loves The Crown

We’d watch a show about our lives too tbh, but it’d probably be way more boring

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If we were Claire Foy, we’d be sweating a little bit right now. Netflix’s hit show The Crown has become one of the biggest contenders on the television scene and it turns out not even Queen Elizabeth is immune to its charms, according to a reported conversation with Princess Eugenie.

Vanessa Kirby, who played Princess Margaret on the show, was recently interviewed for Vanity Fair and revealed, ‘A friend of mine was at a party and didn’t know anyone, so he sidled up to this group who were talking about The Crown, when one said, ‘Well, my granny watches it and really likes it.’ It slowly dawned on him that the girl was [Princess] Eugenie and her granny was the queen.’

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It makes sense, given that the Daily Express revealed that Prince Edward and his wife Sophie of Wessex were supposedly the ones to introduce the Queen to it. (They share a Netflix account and everything.) We wonder what else the Queen’s been queueing up – maybe she’s a big Orange is the New Black fan?

It’s not a huge surprise that Princess Eugenie was allegedly the one to spill the beans, as she’s a big The Crown stan and we’re here for it. At an event at the China Exchange, she revealed to the crowd, ‘The music is beautiful, the story is beautiful. You feel very proud to watch it. I can’t speak for everyone, but that’s how I felt when I saw it.’

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Vanessa Kirby, Claire Foy and their co-star Matt Smith won’t have to worry too much about impressing the royals any further though, as their contract with the show officially up. Since the show follows the royal family throughout their lives, they were hired to play younger versions of Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip respectively – now that their two seasons are up, other actors have been hired to play older incarnations of the characters.

Recently, Netflix announced Helena Bonham Carter would be joining The Crown as the new Princess Margaret, alongside Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip. The burden of living up to the Queen’s expectations in season 3 is now totally on their shoulders.

At least they won’t have to worry about Prince Philip’s opinion, since he apparently wouldn’t be caught dead with an episode of the show on.

Matt Smith revealed his friend had actually spoken with the royal while at a dinner and asked him if he was watching the show.

In classic Prince Philip fashion, he reportedly snapped, ‘Don’t be ridiculous.’

Well, you win some – you lose some.

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‘The Crown’ finds a new Prince Philip in this ‘Outlander’ actor

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Out with the old and in with the new: a new Prince Philip just rolled into the royal court, and he’s a very familiar face to Outlander fans.

Tobias Menzies, the talented actor in the Starz show behind both Jack and Frank Randall, joins the Netflix cast of The Crown for its upcoming Season 3. Those familiar with Outlander know that Menzies can really ride the line between a perfect British gentleman, and an abhorrently vindictive human being — which is perfect for Philip’s characterization in this fictionalization of the royal family. 

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Claire Foy finally responded to the controversy over her pay discrepancy on “The Crown”

Claire Foy finally responded to the controversy over her pay discrepancy on “The Crown”


Claire Foy finally responded to the controversy over her pay discrepancy on “The Crown”

The Queen has finally spoken! Following the controversial report that Claire Foy, star of Netflix drama The Crown, was paid less than co-star Matt Smith — who played her husband, Prince Philip, a character who was undoubtedly a supporting role compared to the freakin’ Queen of England — the actress revealed that she wasn’t the least bit surprised the news caught everyone’s attention.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly on Friday, March 23rd, Claire Foy said this about the upheaval over her paycheck:

“I’m surprised because I’m at the center of it, and anything that I’m at the center of like that is very very odd, and feels very very out of [the] ordinary,” Foy said. “But I’m not [surprised about the interest in the story] in the sense that it was a female-led drama. I’m not surprised that people saw [the story] and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.’ But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it’s odd to find yourself at the center [of a story] that you didn’t particularly ask for.”

The magnanimous Foy added that she “can’t wait to see” the next season of The Crown. “I’ll be asking to see it earlier than it’s available,” she said. “I think Olivia Colman’s amazing.”

The news was just the latest in a string of ongoing revelations about the state of equal pay in Hollywood.

Another recent example of the gender pay gap in Tinseltown is that of Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg. The actors were paid vastly different amounts while working on the movie All the Money in the World. Wahlberg earned $ 1.5 million for the film’s reshoots, while Williams received a per diem of $ 80/day after offering to do the reshoots for free. Wahlberg was also paid *eight times* more than Williams in the first place, even before the reshoots became necessary.

For its part, the production company behind The Crown apologized to Claire Foy for the pay discrepancy.

“We want to apologize to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at the center of a media storm this week through no fault of their own. Claire and Matt are incredibly gifted actors who, along with the wider cast on The Crown, have worked tirelessly to bring our characters to life with compassion and integrity,” Left Bank Pictures said in a statement.

Showrunners have also promised that moving forward, no one would get paid more than the Queen.

That’s great for incoming star Olivia Colman, who will portray the Queen during the show’s third and fourth seasons. However, it doesn’t necessarily benefit Foy.

Jared Harris, who played Foy’s onscreen father, King George VI, said he believes the only way to rectify the situation is to compensate Foy with back pay so that her salary retroactively matches Smith’s.

“She deserves to be paid as much as [Smith] was, she worked longer hours,” Harris told Digital Spy. “Her performance is a huge reason why this thing is going to have a season 3, 4, 5 and 6. She’s a massive part of it. They should write a [check], it wouldn’t be that much either what they’re talking about, I’m sure. She wouldn’t have been that far off what he got paid. Send her a [paycheck] and, in retrospect, bring her pay up to parity.”

There’s no word on whether Left Bank will take Harris up on his suggestion. But we wholeheartedly agree with the idea. Paying Claire Foy what she’s owed — and what she deserves — should be a royal decree, don’t you think?

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Step Aside Diddy: How Jay-Z Took the Crown as Wealthiest Rapper of 2018

Forbes released a sneak peek of its list of the wealthiest in hip-hop March 1, and one Brooklyn-bred mogul was able to take the crown from one of Harlem’s finest. According to the publication, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter boosted his net worth from $ 810 million to $ 900 million, landing the top spot—a first for the star since the 2011 inception of the hip-hop list.

What’s behind the killer bankability? Major money moves.

Jay-Z has maintained a lucrative stake in Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac.

He holds nine-figure ownership in Roc Nation and Tidal streaming service.

He saw wins with slow-ticket strategy. Late last year, his 32-show 4:44 tour—which held a record for the highest-grossing solo tour—raked in more than $ 48 million.

He re-upped on his business with Live Nation for 10 more years—in a deal that mainly covers tour business and has reportedly moved away from the 360-model initially agreed upon.

He’s also a cut above the rest with a good eye for investment in innovation; reflective of his early investments in Uber and beauty brand Julep. He took it further with venture capital firm, Arrive, which partners with select early-stage startups by providing them with brand services, business development, advisory, and capital to drive growth in their organizations. Arrive recently, according to Complex, will be investing in Robinhood, a free stock trading app. Robinhood has reportedly generated more than three million users and is valued at $ 1.3 billion. The firm has also invested in audio tech innovator Devialet and a location-sharing platform InSite Applications, both set to launch this year.

Sean “Diddy” Combs came in second with a net worth of $ 820 million bolstered by his multimillion-dollar interests in Cîroc and Revolt and growth in the success of DeLeón tequila, a joint venture with beverage brand Diageo. Dips in the cable and vodka markets have impacted his wealth despite financial gains for the original Bad Boy.

Andre “Dr. Dre” Young ranks third with $ 770 million; his wealth strengthened by Apple’s $ 3 billion buyout of Beats in 2014. Forbes further reports that the producer is set to get Apple stock this summer “worth well over $ 100 million; depending on the tech giant’s share price at the time, he could leapfrog Diddy and Jay-Z when that happens.”

Next on the list are Drake and Eminem who are currently tied at a net worth of $ 100 million. Drake’s wealth portfolio includes an equity stake in Virginia Black whiskey and ritzy real estate investments in Canada and California.

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Who will win I’m A Celebrity 2017? Latest odds and predictions for who will wear the jungle crown

I’M a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here is back for its 17th series, with Ant and Dec returning to host as stars from Jannie McAlpine to Amir Khan compete for the crown.

Who will emerge as king or queen, and which celebs will crumble in the jungle? Check out the latest odds and predictions for each contestant in the 2017 series.

Stanley Johnson

Sun Bets odds: 11/4

Boris Johnson’s dad Stanley Johnson is a 77-year-old is an author and former politician.

According to the Mirror, the former MEP said he was “excited” to be taking part in the ITV reality show.

Georgia Toffolo

Sun Bets odds: 7/2

Made In Chelsea’s Georgia Toffolo is expected to become the show’s latest jungle shower babe, following in the footsteps of Helen Flanagan and Myleene Klass.

Georgia, who’ll be best known to Made in Chelsea viewers as ‘Toff’, caught bosses attention when she appeared on E4 show Celebs Go Dating earlier this year.

Jennie McAlpine

Sun Bets odds: 9/2

Coronation Street legend Jennie McAlpine has become one of the nation’s most loved TV stars after joining the cast in 2001 as tearaway teen Fiz Brown.

ITV bosses have been begging the 33-year-old to enter the jungle for years, believing her popularity as TV’s Fiz Brown and lively personality will be a hit with viewers.

And she finally agreed to take on Aussie jungle critters like crocs, spiders and bugs after being offered a short leave of absence from her filming commitments on Coronation Street.

Jamie Lomas

Sun Bets odds: 8/1

Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas has left the much-loved soap for a third time.

After thrilling fans as murdering villain Warren Fox for the past 11 years, Jamie will now come face-to-face with some of his worst fears.

 

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Jack Maynard

Sun Bets odds: 10/1

YouTuber Jack Maynard is famous for his self-titled channel where he posts vlogs, challenges, and occasional comedy skit videos for his 1.2 million subscribers.

His brother is singer Conor Maynard.

Dennis Wise

Sun Bets odds: 14/1

Footie hard man and ex-Chelsea and England ace Dennis Wise , 50, is famed for his no-nonsense tackling.

Shappi Khorsandi

Sun Bets odds: 14/1

Iranian-born comic Shappi Khorsandi , 44, is a stand-up, who is a regular on shows such as Live at the Apollo, also goes into the jungle single after divorcing her husband in 2011.

Vanessa White

Sun Bets odds: 18/1

Saturdays star Vanessa White , 27, recently broke up with her long-term boyfriend.

Amir Khan

Sun Bets odds: 20/1

Amir Khan‘s reconciliation with his wife Faryal will dash show chiefs’ hopes of a jungle romance.

But they are still said to be thrilled to land the Bolton-born former light-welterweight world champion.

Rebekah Vardy

Sun Bets odds: 40/1

Rebekah Vardy almost pulled out of the show through fear of leaving her four children behind.

The 35-year-old wife of England and Leicester City ace Jamie Vardy has been “really panicking” about being separated from her kids and has made special arrangements to ensure that she spends as little time away from them as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kezia Dugdale

Sun Bets odds: 40/1

Kezia Dugdale is a Labour Member of the Scottish Parliament and former leader of Scottish Labour.

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When is I’m A Celebrity back on TV?

I’m A Celebrity 2017 will kick off this Sunday, November 19, 2017 on ITV 9pm.

The show usually runs for three weeks and is presented, of course, by Ant and Dec.

They have to endure daily Bushtucker Trails, which often consist of being enclosed in small spaces and being showered with bugs – or in the worst case… eating them.

Campmates are then whittled down with daily eliminations which start after the first week.

Who won I’m a Celebrity 2016?

Scarlett Moffatt was crowned the Queen Of The Jungle after winning I’m A Celebrity 2016.

The Gogglebox star beat Joel Dommett to the top spot, while Adam Thomas came in third place.

Breaking down in tears after the news was announced, Scarlett said: “I’m dizzy, I can’t believe it. Oh my god. Never did I ever think this would happen ever!”



 

 

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Despite deaths, divorces, and dramas, the crown rarely shows private grief publicly. Not since Diana’s tell-all interview with Martin Bashir have two members of the royal family—let alone one who is the heir to the British throne—been so emotional and raw with the public. However, Prince William and Prince Harry’s interview with the BBC has us wondering: Did we get some things wrong about Princess Diana’s death?

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The Crown season two trailer has landed and here’s what we know so far

We officially can’t wait.

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Following Netflix’s huge success with the first season of The Crown last year, we weren’t surprised when a second season was confirmed, set to air this December.

For too long we have been waiting for news and teasers regarding the second instalment of the royal biopic, and just this week the highly-anticipated trailer was released – and it did not disappoint.

The series follows the life of Queen Elizabeth, with the first season covering her first few years as monarch. ‘The first series was very much about the family and her finding her role after her father died and coming into her own,’ Claire Foy explained to Vanity Fair about her role.

‘The second series is very much about the outside world,’ she continued. ‘It’s very much about Philip and his impact on the crown, and their marriage. It’s about Margaret and Tony Armstrong-Jones. It’s very much the outside world, and the ‘60s, and sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and stuff that really you would not associate with the Queen of England.’

Starting where the first season left off, the second season is set to span the time period between 1956 and 1964, seeing Claire Foy and Matt Smith return to the project as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. However, it has been announced by the show’s creator Peter Morgan that this would be both Claire and Matt’s final season on the Netflix project, with a need to hire older actors for the final two seasons to accurately portray the characters’ ageing process.

The new season will also see some new faces join the cast, with Michael C Hall and Jodi Balfour coming on board as US President John F Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy. Not to mention Matthew Goode is joining the cast as Antony-Armstrong Jones, the Earl of Snowdon – Princess Margaret’s love interest.

We officially cannot wait, but with the series coming to Netflix on December 8th, it looks like we’ll have to.

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Katherine Webb Eats Cookies (and Wears a Pageant Crown) While Watching Miss Universe

Once a beauty queen, always a beauty queen!

Former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb put her pageant crown back on while watching this year’s Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, and enjoyed a bag of cookies while taking in the competition.

“How I watch #MissUniverse these days,” Webb, 27, captioned her Instagram photo, along with a cookie emoji. “Lets go USA!”

Last week, Webb came under fire for posting a photo of her 8-month-old son Tripp’s butt and captioning it, “The only time butt dimples are cute.”

“It’s natural to have butt dimples, not everyone’s perfect,” one commenter wrote. “Stop encouraging body shaming.”

But others came to her defense, stating that those who were offended were being oversensitive.

“The internet is filled with the perpetually offended,” wrote another commenter. “Not everything should be posted, but there’s nothing wrong with this. If this photo offends you, you are the problem.”

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Webb has posted about her own cellulite in the past, saying she feels confident in a bikini in her new post-baby body.

“Say what you want, but I feel great about myself even with the extra cellulite on my butt and stretch marks,” she posted along with a bikini-clad mirror selfie last June, “so shoot me if I felt banging for once in this bikini.”


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