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This weekend's 25th annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards saw Justin Bieber, Halle Berry, Will Smith, Taylor Lautner and Chris Colfer of Glee inducted into a very select group of celebrities. No, not the winners of the "Favourite Buttkicker" gong (though Lautner did win that one), but that privileged élite blessed with having been "slimed" on TV.

From left: Michelle Obama wore teal off the shoulder to the state dinner in honour of David and Samantha Cameron's US trip last week. And for a visit to Ground Zero, Sam Cam chose a £650 bespoke teal Emilia Wickstead dress. The Duchess of Cambridge, meanwhile, picked up her teal LK Bennett Davina dress before her first Sandringham Christmas, and the Duchess of Cornwall donned a Roy Allen teal coat for Cheltenham Ladies Day

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Joan Smith: Is Mrs Obama related to Miriam Clegg?

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America says happy birthday, Mr President

The very observant in Washington last night may have spotted thin lines of blue smoke wafting from behind the West Wing of the White House. It wasn't fumes of anger from President Barack Obama over all those things that have been going wrong lately; it was from the grills for the birthday barbecue.

Duchess Catherine among Vanity Fair's Best Dressed

Duchess Catherine has been named one of the world's best dressed women.

Matthew Norman: The unmaking of a President

Governing in prose is one thing. Preferring weasel words to governing at all is another

Natalie Haynes: The sex strike: under-used in negotiations

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First Ladies pay tribute to Betty Ford

Three former First Ladies, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, joined the present First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the former President George W. Bush at the funeral of former First Lady Betty Ford at St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen create luxury handbag collection

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have created a luxury handbag collection under their fashion label The Row.

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Michelle Obama makes an emotional speech in front of young women leaders in Soweto.

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