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Bitesized Blighty: May 26, 2017

Immy Ransom

  • On Thursday morning, Britain held a minute of silence across the country to remember the 22 victims of Monday's concert bombing. The silence, which fell at 11am, also marked the nation's solidarity with the 119 who were injured in the blast at the Manchester Arena following a concert, as well as others affected by the atrocity. Crowds gathered at well-known sites in the UK, including London's Parliament and Trafalgar Square.
  • Temperatures in London could hit 30C by the end of the week as the scorching spring weather continues. The warm weather will lead to some of the worst traffic in four years as millions of families set to make the most of the weather. Due to schools breaking up on today, sixteen and a half million journeys are expected – up one million on last year and the highest number since 2013. Something we all must take into account with our upcoming travels! 
  • By the end of the year there will be a direct Eurostar from St Pancras International to the centre of Amsterdam. The journey is expected to take approximately four hours, with two trains per day running to begin with. Landing in time for Christmas, Eurostar will go head-to-head with the prices offered by airlines such as easyJet and British Airways. At the moment, the Eurostar to Amsterdam can take up to six hours, with a changeover in Belgian capital Brussels.
  • On Saturday, May 20th Pippa Middleton married her fiancé hedge fund manager, James Matthews. The society wedding took place at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire followed by a reception at the Middleton's family home in Bucklebury. Prince George acted as a page boy, and two-year-old Princess Charlotte was one of her aunt’s bridesmaids.

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