It’s a very Royal news round-up this week with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcoming their third child, and Prince Harry has announced who will be his best man at his wedding to Meghan Markle. In other news around the UK, everyday drugs have been linked to dementia.
Duchess of Cambridge…..It’s a boy!
Earlier this week it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge was taken to the Lindo Ward at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, on Monday April 23 as she was starting labour. Kensington Palace made the public aware via a social media post on Twitter:
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London earlier this morning in the early stages of labour. The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge.”
Journalists gathered outside the ward awaiting the news of the birth and sex of the baby and shortly after were greeted by William and Kate looking delighted and holding their newborn son. Kate looked fresh and positively glowing so soon after giving birth. The child is the first boy to be born to the royal family who has not pushed his older sister down the line of succession and it has been announced today that he is to be called Louis Arthur Charles.
Prince Harry’s best man revealed
It has been revealed that Prince Harry has selected his older brother Prince William to be best man at his and Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding. The wedding will be held on May 19 at Windsor Castle and William is “very much looking forward to it.” This news was also announced via Kensington Palace’s social media. The wedding shall be smaller that his big brother’s as Harry is not in the direct line of succession, and because of the smaller venue.
Meghan and Harry have chosen not to invite politicians to the wedding, and will only have attendees who are directly linked to the couple. The guest list is said to be made up of friends, family, dignitaries, staff and members of the public. The wedding will of course be televised so even if you weren’t invited, you’ll be able to watch along at home.
Everyday medicines could be linked to dementia
Recent research has revealed that taking medicine for conditions such as depression and Parkinson’s could be linked to developing dementia. The research looked at GP records of more than 40,770 patients to look for links between patients taking an anticholinergic drug and developing dementia.
Anticholinergic drugs block the chemical acetylcholine, which can cause problems with thinking in older people. Those taking the medication have been advised not to panic and not to stop taking it as not taking prescribed medication can have serious consequences. Dr Ian Maidment from Aston University has said:
Don’t do anything suddenly. Don’t stop taking your medication. As a patient, if you are concerned about it, go and speak to your doctor or your pharmacist. You don’t have to see them urgently.
It has been said that the risk posed by leading an unhealthy lifestyle compared to the risk of an anticholinergic drug contributing to the onset of dementia is “quite small.”