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WELCOME DOWN UNDER, QUEEN KATE
Impressed with her charm and ability to cope, the Queen has given her blessing for the Duchess of Cambridge to take the top table at a state reception for the Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, rather than the next-in-line to the throne, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla. And, according to royal watchers, this is just the start of the Queen's plan to hand over the reins to the younger generation.
He might be a tough man on the footy field, but Brisbane Broncos star Darius Boyd melts when he holds his tiny daughter Willow in his arms. Born on September 22, little Willow is the apple of her daddy's eye and is keeping the rugby league player focused as he overcomes a difficult year and begins to rebuild a happier family life with wife Kayla. Darius and Kayla open up exclusively to New Idea about their struggles and the joy Willow brings them.
Bachelorette star Sam Frost looks headed for another very public break-up. The unlucky-in-love 26-year-old has privately confessed that she 'got it wrong' in the season's finale - which was filmed several months ago - admitting that she based her decision on lust and physical attraction instead romance and compatibility, and that she has chosen the wrong man.
THE X FACTOR: LUKE STEPS IN - IT'S WAR!
It's no secret that X Factor judges Dannii Minogue and James Blunt have been butting heads, and host Luke Jacobz has revealed that feuding on the show has spiralled so out of control that everyone on set has been left reeling. Meanwhile, breakout stars In Stereo are bristling at comparisons with that other X Factor success story, One Direction.