Magazine Cover Of Kate Middleton With Rotten Teeth Sparks Outrage

Kate Middleton is admired around the globe for her beauty and elegance, so Britons aren’t taking kindly to the July 12, 2012 cover of the U.S.-based New Republic magazine that features their beloved Duchess with yellowed, decaying teeth.

The unflatteringly retouched photo superimposes the 30-year-old onto a frayed Union Jack along with the headline, “Something’s Rotten. The Last Days of Britain.” The special issue, published in the run up to the London Olympics, contains a number of articles on England’s decline, including a critique of British soccer.

Reactions from across the pond have ranged from anger over Catherine’s ugly image to disgust with Americans’ stereotype of the English as all having brown, crooked teeth. A Mirror reader wrote: “Now how would Americans like it if our political magazines featured obese burger-munching Americans on its front cover? They’d be the first to complain.”


However, not everyone is taking offense. “I prefer the photo shopped picture, it makes her look like a ‘normal British person,’”
wrote another Mirror reader. “Remember us? We are the ones that really have teeth like that whilst our tax pays for the likes of her to have perfect teeth.”

The Daily Mail reports that Middleton did have her teeth straightened and whitened by orthodontist Dr. Didier Fillion before her 2011 wedding to Prince William. Treatments can cost as much as $15,000. It’s speculated that she wore hidden braces that closed a gap behind her two front teeth. The image isn’t enough to turn off diehard Duchess fans, though. “It’s satire, get over it! I for one think she still looks lovely with rotten teeth,” wrote one reader of the  Mail.

So, what do you think of Kate Middleton’s “makeover”? Is it too offensive, or can you easily shrug it off as satire?

Source: Yahoo News

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Prince William Rescues Shipwrecked Russian Sailors

The Duke of Cambridge helped lead search and rescue efforts for eight sailors swept into the sea after their ship sank amid gale-force winds off the coast of north Wales. He co-piloted an RAF helicopter which winched two men to safety amid the debris of their cargo ship, the Swanland, in the early hours of Sunday morning. Rescuers later recovered the body of a third man from the Irish Sea off the Llyn Peninsula as fears grew for the remaining five crewmembers.

The tragedy comes just over a year after the same ship – owned by company in Grimsby but flagged to the Cook Islands and crewed by Russians – had to be rescued after coming perilously close to running aground in Cornwall. Coastguards used legal powers to order it to accept a tow to safety after drifting almost three miles towards the Lizard peninsula after suffering engine failure.

By the time lifeboats and rescue helicopters reached the scene, all that was left of the ship, which was carrying 3,000 tons of limestone, was a scattering of debris and two liferafts with two sailors clinging to them.

Rescuers were initially unable to reach the raft because of treacherous conditions, but reported that it appeared to be empty. Two attempts to make certain that nobody was inside failed after treacherous conditions defeated attempts to winch a rescuer close enough or access it by lifeboat.

Last night the Rail Maritime and Transport union called for a “full and transparent” investigaton into the sinking.

 

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