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Extra! Tabloids Welcome Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

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The Daily Mail, May 5, 2015

Two days after finding out that "It's a girl," the world now knows what to call the second child of Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge: the baby Princess of Cambridge is named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

The British tabloids had plenty of fodder interpreting the choice, with the Daily Mail declaring that the third name was what mattered most. "For The Mother He Lost," was the daily's headline, referring to Lady Diana, who was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997. The naming showed Prince William's commitment "to ensure the attempts by a ruthless Establishment to airbrush his mother from her place in royal history are not just stalled but halted in their tracks."

At the same time, it appears the first name of the baby, Charlotte, has been chosen in honor of Lady Diana's estranged husband, and William's father, Prince Charles and her second name, Elizabeth, after the current Queen of England, her great-grandmother.

The four-day-old girl is now fourth in line to succeed Queen Elizabeth on the throne, after her grandfather, father, two-year-old brother, Prince George, and just before her uncle, Prince Harry.


ABOUT THE SOURCE: The Daily Mail is a leading daily tabloid in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1896 and is based in London.

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Venezuela's first lady, Cilia Flores, is one of the country's chief power brokers and a consummate wheeler-dealer who, with the help of relatives, runs a voracious enterprise dubbed the Flower Shop.

Photo of Cilia Flores (left) and her husband Nicolás Maduro (middle)

Cilia Flores (left) and her husband Nicolás Maduro (middle)

Mauricio Rubio

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One of the clearest signs of tyranny in Venezuela has to be the pervasive nepotism and behind-the-scenes power enjoyed by President Nicolás Maduro's wife, Cilia Flores de Maduro.

In Venezuela, it's said that Flores works in the shadows but is somehow "always in the right place," with one commentator observing that she is constantly "surrounded by an extensive web of collaborators" — including relatives, with whom she has forged a clique often dubbed the floristería, or the "Flower Shop," which is thought to control every facet of Venezuelan politics.

She is certainly Venezuela's most powerful woman.

From modest origins, Flores is 68 years old and a lawyer by training. She began her ascent as defense attorney for the then lieutenant-colonel Hugo Chávez, who was jailed after his failed attempt at a coup d'état in 1992. She offered him her services and obtained his release, which won her his unstinting support for the rest of his life.

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