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A countdown of Her Majesty’s most notable Christmas speech ensembles

From the first televised broadcast in 1957, to last year’s Regency Room speech, here are nine of Her Majesty’s most notable ensembles...

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Strictly favourites Anton and Erin waltz into town

Strictly favourites Anton and Erin waltz into town

The queen of the ballroom, former Strictly Come Danicing professional dancer, Erin Boag, will be waltzing back to the Waterfront Hall in Belfast next year with her dance partner of 20 years, Anton du Beke.

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Carter Loughlin and Madison Mckeown from Glenwood PS, help Myra Zepf, Northern Ireland's first children's writing fellow, launch the Commonwealth Class Short Story Competition

Call for young writers in peace competition

Young people are being asked to put pen-to-paper for a global story-writing competition.

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The glittery launch of Tahlia was hosted by Zoe Salmon and attended by local fashionistas and media figures including Pamela Ballantine

Moira-based fashion house launches environmentally conscious leather brand

Locally based, environmentally conscious brand, sources its leather from byproducts of the meat industry which would otherwise be dumped.

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Black velvet Edwardian evening gown

Exploring history of the ultimate women’s wardrobe staple

In every woman’s wardrobe, the little black dress is a foolproof fashion must-have. From Queen Victoria to Audrey Hepburn, the LBD has been a fashion staple for women through the ages. North Down Museum’s Little Black Dress exhibition will explore this fashion favourite and how it has evolved over time.

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Angela Sloan by Rinaldo Sata

Northern Ireland designer Angela Sloan reveals daunting process behind debut collection

Belfast woman Angela Sloan is the dynamic woman behind a self-titled, newly launched womenswear label, based here in Northern Ireland.

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Brenda Shankey

Popular Northern Ireland business woman Brenda Shankey reveals her makeup bag secrets

Brenda Shankey is one of Northern Ireland’s best loved hair stylists and businesswomen.

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Kate Smeltzer, one of the many people who have benefitted from a Chroncially Fabulous makeover and fashion shoot

You look ‘chronically fabulous’ darling

A few years ago Lisburn photographer Debbie Deboo teamed up with model Felicity McKee to create ‘Chronically Fabulous’, a project aimed at making people with chronic illness and disabilities look and feel fantastic.

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Nuala Meenehan

Popular Northern Ireland model Nuala Meenehan reveals her beauty secrets

Watching the ever-stylish Nuala Meenehan strut her stuff on West Coast Cooler Belfast Fashion Week’s catwalk year after year, one would be forgiven for reacting in shock to the news that this timeless beauty celebrated her 50th birthday last year.

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Gilbert and George in Belfast

The MAC to host major exhibition from Gilbert and George

Gilbert and George are two of the most recognisable names in contemporary art and January 2018 will see the first significant exhibition of their work in Ireland in 20 years, at the MAC in Belfast where they will exhibit ‘SCAPEGOATING PICTURES’.

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Sleeping Beauty is this year's Christmas pantomime

Belfast Waterfront announces this year’s Christmas pantomime - and we’re so excited

The countdown has begun for Sleeping Beauty - the Christmas pantomime - opening at Belfast Waterfront from Wednesday, December 6.

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 Issa at House of Fraser Lottie marabou jacket £149 Eden midi dress £99 Lip print clutch £29

Victoria Square fashion inspiration ahead of Ladies Day at Down Royal Racing

This season there will be a sense of carnival, samba and extravagance at Down Royal Festival of Racing for those attending the JNwine.come Ladies Day with an incredible prize of a trip to Rio de Janerio for the Victoria Square Best Dressed Lady.

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Journalist Jim McDowell

Why Jim’s fighting The Good Fight

Veteran journalist Jim McDowell started his career at the Belfast News Letter in 1969, the year the Troubles began in earnest. Raised in Donegall Pass, staunchly working class, he grew up playing in flute bands and dreaming of becoming a reporter, loving the romance of the cut and thrust of newspaper journalism. The bantering Belfast man would go on to become editor of the Sunday World for 25 years and a journalist for 45, gaining a name for himself as a fearless critic of the terrorists wreaking havoc on the streets. In particular McDowell and his colleagues at the Sunday World set about exposing the so-called ‘brigadiers of bling’ who made up the various paramilitary loyalist factions, men making money by peddling drugs, terrorising neighbourhoods with their gangland violence and engaging in the assault and murder of innocent people with apparent impunity. Over the years McDowell has received 21 death threats - enough to wallpaper a room, he jokes - for exposing such criminality; the premises of the Sunday World were fire-bombed; and in 2001 Sunday World journalist Martin O’Hagan was brutally murdered by the LVF because of his fearless attempts to hold murderers and bully boys to account in print, such exposure being wholly in the public interest. Combative truth-telling came at great personal cost: most recently McDowell was assaulted by loyalists at Belfast Christmas Market in 2009.

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Burt's Bees Lipstick in Fuchsia Flood, �9.99, available from Burt's Bees.

Four hot new ways to wear lipstick this Autumn

Red and pink have been make-up mainstays for decades, but the AW17 shows gave us new ways to wear these classic colours on your lips.

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Beauty Ellis Bextor.

Sophie Ellis Bextor reveals the five beauty items she cannot live without

Children in Need supporter, Sophie Ellis Bextor, tells us about her all-time beauty favourites.

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Top tips for beautiful, glowing skin.

Skincare expert reveals her top tips for perfect glowing skin

A new study has found that women suffer from 72 ‘bad skin days’ every year.

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WATCH: Drone footage of Londonderry Hallowe'en fireworks finale

A local videographer used a drone to film spectacular footage of the Hallowe'en fireworks finale in Londonderry on Tuesday.

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Heavy Weaponry by Banksy. This unique piece will be displayed by Gormleys at Art Source, Irelands premier art fair

Original work by street artist Banksy on display in Dublin

Original works by street artist Banksy worth up to €150,000 are set to feature at Ireland’s premier art fair Art Source, at the RDS in Dublin from November 10-12.

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Jenny Curran keeps things simple

Jenny Curran, of popular South Belfast eatery Tony & Jen’s, reveals her beauty routine

Jenny Curran is one half of the health and fitness duo behind the popular healthy restaurant, Tony & Jen’s on Belfast’s Lisburn Road.

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Victoria Square’s resident stylist, Katherin Farries, reveals her top tips for Autumn

Victoria Square’s resident stylist, Katherin Farries, reveals her top tips for Autumn

Katherin Farries, resident stylist at Victoria Square, gives Kathryn McKenna her top tips on how to embrace this season’s biggest trends

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