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Queen leads TV special praising ‘dedication of duty’ before Harry & Meghan sit-down

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Queen leads TV special praising ‘dedication of duty’ before Harry & Meghan sit-down

She kept calm and carried on.

Queen Elizabeth II led the royal family in their own pre-recorded TV special Sunday — just hours before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s potentially explosive Oprah interview was due to air in the US — and praised those committed to a “selfless dedication of duty.”

The 94-year-old queen did not mention the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in her pre-emptive TV special — during which she heralded unity, also.

In the special — titled “A Celebration for Commonwealth Day,” which is Monday — the monarch said of the coronavirus pandemic, “We have an opportunity to reflect on a time like no other” — while hailing “stirring examples of courage, commitment and selfless dedication to duty.

“We have all continued to appreciate the support, breadth of experiences and knowledge that working together brings,” she said.

“And I hope we shall maintain this renewed sense of closeness and community.”

Prince Charles, joined by other royals including his elder son and heir, Prince William, also broadcast a tribute to the courage shown by people throughout the Commonwealth in response to the pandemic.

The pre-recorded message — airing 8 hours before the potentially damaging Oprah special on CBS — was immediately followed by a performance of the Bob Marley classics “One Love” and “Three Little Birds,” with its fitting refrain of “don’t worry about a thing … ’cause every little thing’s gonna be all right.”

Meanwhile, the Sussexes remain in their swanky mansion in California and have reportedly “cheesed off” the monarchy with their Oprah tell-all.

The Palace has said the date for the airing of the Commonwealth event was set “weeks ago,” according to Vanity Fair, while Oprah Winfrey revealed in mid-February she was interviewing Meghan and Harry.

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Joe Buck will take a turn as ‘Jeopardy!’ guest host

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Joe Buck will be a guest host on “Jeopardy!” putting him in contention for the coveted permanent job, The Post has learned.

Buck’s episodes are expected to air at some point in the mid-summer, according to sources. Guest hosts have done one- or two-week stints. No word yet on how long Buck will be on.

The tryout will not impact Buck’s schedule as the voice of MLB and the NFL on Fox.

Buck will join a group of guest hosts who have vied to replace the late Alex Trebek. He will be the second from the world of sports.

Over the past two weeks, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hosted the program. Before Rodgers, the host list included Katie Couric, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Ken Jennings and the longtime executive producer of the program, Mike Richards.

Anderson Cooper, Bill Whitaker, Mayim Bialik, Savannah Guthrie and Dr. Sanjay Gupta are all on the schedule, as well.

Buck, 51, has been the voice of the World Series for Fox since the 1996 Yankees were winning the World Series. He has called Fox’s top NFL game since 2002.

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‘Borat’ star Maria Bakalova’s secret plan to sneak into White House

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'Borat' star Maria Bakalova's secret plan to sneak into White House

She gave herself a leg to stand on.

Maria Bakalova, a best supporting actress nominee at Oscars 2021, devised a special contingency measure in case she was busted infiltrating the White House for “Borat 2” — writing her lawyer’s number on her leg.

The Bulgarian star spilled the beans during a Wednesday appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

“I was shaking, I was scared, I had a number of a lawyer written on my leg,” said Bakalova, 24, who played Borat’s daughter Tutar in Sacha Baron Cohen’s acclaimed mockumentary.

The bombshell said she devised the lifeline because she was “without her phone, without anything.” At the time she thought, “If I make it [out of here], I’m going to be so grateful to the universe and to Sacha [Baron Cohen] and the whole team,” she explained.

“You’re literally going there alone,” the Critics’ Choice award winner continued. “It was extremely scary. But I made it with my passport and my name.”

The deleted White House scene shows the undercover actress carousing with Donald Trump Jr. while sporting a brunette wig. She later appears in the same room with former President Donald Trump.

Bakalova, however, didn’t disclose how she managed to sneak in.

Her shocking admission came after Amazon said it will release a supplemental series to “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” that promises hilarious outtakes, deleted scenes and even more outrageous antics from Baron Cohen.

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Gucci and Balenciaga unveil biggest fashion mashup of 2021

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To celebrate its 100th birthday, Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele threw a bedazzled party complete with a secret club, bright lights and flashing cameras, and the reveal of a highly anticipated noncollaboration with Paris-based luxury label Balenciaga.

And yes, you read that last part right: After rumors of an actual collaboration between the two Kering-owned brands swirled throughout the fashion industry earlier this week, a statement issued by Gucci after unveiling a 16-minute video celebrating its centennial collection (dubbed “Aria”) clarified: “Please note, this is not considered a collaboration or a capsule, and should not be referred to as such.”

But at a juncture when everyone and anyone in the industry has dabbled in monster-hit collaborations (Supreme x Louis Vuitton, Adidas for Prada, the list goes on), what, exactly, does a noncollaboration between two fashion powerhouses sharing a runway look like?

If your mind works anything like Michele’s, envision a “hacking lab” (a term Michele also referenced via press release) in which signature Balenciaga codes reinforced or established under Creative Director Demna Gvasalia are boldly peppered throughout the collection’s just-under-100 looks: majorly exaggerated shoulders, immaculately tailored skirts, outerwear padded at the hips, wasp-waist detail and an impossible to miss whiff of ’80s influence.

Combined with Michele’s fantastical flourishes — feathers! sequins! rainbows! — as well as Michele’s references to Gucci signatures and eras past (horse bit accents, BDSM-inspired black leather whips that double as top handles on purses and a red velvet pantsuit recalling Tom Ford’s reign at the brand), the looks, collectively, offered glimmering hope of the return of festivities — as well as ideas of what to wear to them — in our not-too-distant future as they walked their way through the imaginary Savoy Club. (This was Michele’s nod to brand founder Guccio Gucci, who worked as an elevator operator at the Savoy Hotel in London.)

Die-hards will go straight for looks stamped with both of the iconic brands’ logos (cue the silver embellished skirt suit, which doubles up on logomania with sparkling aplomb) and a chain-link “Balenciaga” necklace bearing Gucci’s signature double-G logo where the single “G” would typically be.

And those emoji heart crystal embellished minaudières? Be still.

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