SATURDAY EDITION | Royal threats, riding shotgun in a Jaguar, and sharing in the story of a 'seahorse dad'

Saturday Edition

ROYAL RISK

Her Majesty was walking through the palace in the early hours of the morning as she so often does when she can't sleep when one of her guardsmen mistook her for an intruder.

After calling out to the figure several times he realised it was, in fact, the queen and blurted out: "Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you!"

He was sure he'd get into trouble, but the queen quipped: "That's quite all right. Next time I'll ring through beforehand, so you don't have to shoot me."

This innocent incident is mild compared to the real-life threats made against the lives of the royal family.

Channel24’s Royal Editor, Bashiera Parker, takes a closer look at the assassination attempts made against members of the royal firm through history in this Saturday Edition’s lead story.

READ HERE: A plot to kill the queen - and other assassination attempts on the royal family


RIDING SHOTGUN

I return a few minutes later, and 'oom' is already waiting outside. He walks around the car and whistles when he sees the four exhaust pipes. "Do you want to go for a quick drive? We won't go fast, nor far," I ask as I gesture with my hand.

He looks perplexed and tries to downplay the situation, but eventually agrees. I make myself comfortable in the driver's seat, but my esteemed guest is taking a bit long. "Please excuse me for taking my time," he says, "but my back is done with this old world."

"Hold on," I say to my passenger before smashing the throttle. "WHOOOOO!!!" he screams as we burst through the first two gears.

Wheels24’s Charlen Raymond recalls the time, before lockdown, when he gave a fellow car fanatic a ride in the Jaguar F-Pace SVR.

READ HERE: The true story of the curious "oom" that got to ride shotgun in the ferocious Jaguar F-Pace SVR


SEAHORSE DAD

Trans dad Yuval Topper-Erez recently shared his birth experience on Facebook, including personal photos of the birth process.

While birth photography isn't unusual, it's not as common for us to see a father giving birth. Which is exactly why he decided to share these photos with the public.

In an open and honest Facebook post he writes "It was my fourth pregnancy, and I was awaiting my third child."

Yuval writes that the photos represent two causes very close to his heart: "normalisation" of home birth and "normalisation" of trans and non-binary people giving birth.

READ HERE: 'Seahorse dad' shares incredible photos as he births his 3rd baby


Sam Nhlangethwa's BEE Caucus (Photo: Supplied)

(Sam Nhlengethwa's BEE Caucus. Image: Supplied

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Compiled by Herman Eloff. (Cover: Getty Images)

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