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The new change coming to licence plates that means we won’t run out of new combinations for 25 years

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Australian number plates are set to change for the first time in decades, after the millions of possible combinations were finally used up. 

Officials are also adding a high-tech crime deterrent to make it easier for police to catch car thieves. 

The Queensland licence plates look virtually identical, but the last digit has been crucially changed to allow for 16 million new combinations of letters and numbers.  

‘This is a huge change. 16 million combinations will take us through for another 25 years to 2045,’ the state’s transport minister Mark Bailey said.

Currently, the licence plates are three numbers followed by three letters.

The new look number plate is the top one (pictured), with a number being the sixth digit rather than another letter

The new look number plate is the top one (pictured), with a number being the sixth digit rather than another letter

The new look number plate is the top one (pictured), with a number being the sixth digit rather than another letter

On the new plates, it will be three numbers, two letters and then one other number.

As soon as those combinations are all used, the final number will change by one spot, allowing for two decades worth of new options.  

The new plates will also feature a ‘QLD’ security tag, which is only visible from a certain angle, and are already being used on trucks.

‘It’s hard to reproduce and it’s reflective, so you’ll be able to see it at night as well as during the day,’ Mr Bailey told 9News

‘It will help at a roadside, (whether it’s an) intercepted vehicle, a random check or something else, cops can quickly look and see the hologram,’ Andrew Mahon, general manager of Land Transport Safety and Regulation, said.

The new plates will be rolled out in September. 

The old-style Queensland number plate (pictured) won't be available after September, with motorists finally using up all possible combinations

The old-style Queensland number plate (pictured) won't be available after September, with motorists finally using up all possible combinations

The old-style Queensland number plate (pictured) won’t be available after September, with motorists finally using up all possible combinations

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Sarah Ferguson reads grandmother book after Eugenie pregnancy news

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The Duchess of York has delighted fans by reading a book about a magical grandmother on her YouTube series – just hours after her daughter Princess Eugenie announced she is pregnant with her first child.

Sarah Ferguson, 60, opted to read Nanna Maureen by Casey Gillespie – which tells the heartwarming, rhyming tale of a magical and invisible grandmother who looks out for the children – for her series Story Time With Fergie and Friends.   

The video was shared shortly after Buckingham Palace announced Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are expecting their first child together. 

The couple, who married in October 2018, are expecting the baby in early 2021. 

The Duchess of York (pictured), 60, has delighted fans by reading a book about a magical grandmother on her YouTube series - just hours after her daughter Princess Eugenie announced she is pregnant with her first child

The Duchess of York (pictured), 60, has delighted fans by reading a book about a magical grandmother on her YouTube series - just hours after her daughter Princess Eugenie announced she is pregnant with her first child

The Duchess of York (pictured), 60, has delighted fans by reading a book about a magical grandmother on her YouTube series – just hours after her daughter Princess Eugenie announced she is pregnant with her first child

Excited Sarah Ferguson shared this Instagram post with a gushing caption about her daughter following the announcement

Excited Sarah Ferguson shared this Instagram post with a gushing caption about her daughter following the announcement

Excited Sarah Ferguson shared this Instagram post with a gushing caption about her daughter following the announcement

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Taking to the comments section, one royal fan penned: 'Perhaps change the name to nanna Sarah for today.....lovely news' (pictured)

Taking to the comments section, one royal fan penned: 'Perhaps change the name to nanna Sarah for today.....lovely news' (pictured)

Taking to the comments section, one royal fan penned: ‘Perhaps change the name to nanna Sarah for today…..lovely news’ (pictured)

The children’s book was written by Casey especially for her children and niece – and was inspired by her mother who passed away years before becoming a Nanna. 

‘It’s very good – are you ready for all those Nannas, out there? Grannies, Grandmpas, Nannas and everybody out there – it’s dead exciting!’ Fergie can be heard saying, as she prepares to start reading.

And royal fans were delighted with the ‘appropriate’ choice of tale about a grandmother – with one even suggesting the Duchess of York should change the name to ‘Sarah’ for the day – in celebration of her daughter’s happy news. 

‘Congratulations appropriate book to be reading,’ enthused one, while a second commented: ‘Perhaps change the name to nanna Sarah for today…..lovely news.’ 

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Pitter patter of tiny feet! Eugenie, 30, shared the news on Instagram with a sweet photo of baby slippers and the caption: 'Jack and I are so excited for early 2021

Pitter patter of tiny feet! Eugenie, 30, shared the news on Instagram with a sweet photo of baby slippers and the caption: 'Jack and I are so excited for early 2021

Pitter patter of tiny feet! Eugenie, 30, shared the news on Instagram with a sweet photo of baby slippers and the caption: ‘Jack and I are so excited for early 2021

A third added: ‘Congratulations! Just think of all the special times you’ll have reading to your new grandchild!’

Meanwhile, the author of the book commented: ‘Thanks so much for sharing my book and congratulations to you.’ 

Buckingham Palace released a statement this morning that read: ‘Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in early 2021.

‘The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news.’

Princess Eugenie shared the news on her Instagram shortly afterwards.

The Royal Family shared their congratulations on social media, echoing the best wishes expressed in the statement and accompanying them with a sweet photo of the couple on their wedding day in October 2018.

Sarah Ferguson added to the well-wishes this afternoon. Speaking to Hello!, she said: ‘Soon to be Granny and Granddad are absolutely overjoyed!’

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Royal fans were delighted with the choice of children's book, with one adding: 'Congratulations! Just think of all the special times you'll have reading to your new grandchild!' (pictured)

Royal fans were delighted with the choice of children's book, with one adding: 'Congratulations! Just think of all the special times you'll have reading to your new grandchild!' (pictured)

Royal fans were delighted with the choice of children’s book, with one adding: ‘Congratulations! Just think of all the special times you’ll have reading to your new grandchild!’ (pictured)

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Adopted son tracks mother to Melbourne to find out she was MURDERED 

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An adopted son who tracked his birth mother down only to discover she had been murdered has shared his incredible story. 

Perth teacher Matthieu Heimel, 41, was originally born in the Phillipines and his two sons inspired him to begin looking for his birth parents in 2018. 

Mr Heimel connected with his biological father through a DNA search and began to contact family members in the Philippines via Facebook. 

But the 41-year-old soon discovered his mother Nenita Evans had moved to Melbourne in 1985 and vanished, Yahoo News reported.   

Perth teacher Matthieu Heimel embarked on a search to find his birth parents in 2018 and discovered his mother Nenita Evans (pictured) was murdered after she moved to Melbourne

Perth teacher Matthieu Heimel embarked on a search to find his birth parents in 2018 and discovered his mother Nenita Evans (pictured) was murdered after she moved to Melbourne

Perth teacher Matthieu Heimel embarked on a search to find his birth parents in 2018 and discovered his mother Nenita Evans (pictured) was murdered after she moved to Melbourne

Ms Evans married a man named Greg Evans, who she had met in Manila, and got a job as a housekeeper at the Melbourne Club, a popular gentlemen’s club. 

She worked for a man named Vicenzo Leonardi, who continued to promote Ms Evans, and would drive her home.  

There were rumours Mr Leonardi and Ms Evans were having an affair, and she began attending night school to become a florist after he put her in charge of floral arrangements.  

Ms Evans returned to the Melbourne Club to show off her portfolio on January 8 in 1987 and was never seen again.   

Her husband Greg Evans was initially a prime suspect in Ms Evans’ murder case but Victoria Police never solved the mystery.  

As Mr Heimel continued to search for answers he uncovered more disturbing facts that could link to his mother’s disappearance.    

Another woman named Milagros Dark was found murdered in 1990 and she also used to work at the Melbourne Club and drive home with Mr Leonardi.   

Mr Heimel then found a third woman, Anna Maria Pontarollo, who was linked to the Melbourne Club boss and vanished in 1954.  

Mr Heimel (pictured) discovered his mother worked as a housekeeper at the Melbourne Club and two other employees from the gentleman's club had also vanished after Ms Evans

Mr Heimel (pictured) discovered his mother worked as a housekeeper at the Melbourne Club and two other employees from the gentleman's club had also vanished after Ms Evans

Mr Heimel (pictured) discovered his mother worked as a housekeeper at the Melbourne Club and two other employees from the gentleman’s club had also vanished after Ms Evans 

Ms Pontarollo had been living with Mr Leonardi and the pair had two children together before Mr Leonardi’s wife migrated from Italy.

She disappeared soon after and Mr Leonardi told the children his wife was their biological mother.   

Mr Leonardi attended a Coroner’s Court hearing into the disappearance of Ms Evans in 1995 but did not give evidence. He died in 2009.  

Mr Heimel said he was continuing to seek answers but sometimes struggled with the revelations.     

‘I move on from one discovery to another, it’s hard for me to show my emotions.

‘When I started to look for my birth mother I was hoping that it wasn’t too late,’ he explained. 

Mr Heimel said finding out what happened to his mother would provide closure for his own family. 

‘It is a story of resilience which will inspire people by showing that while difficult times do come, they can be overcome,’ he said in a Facebook post. 

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The Bachelor’s Bella Varelis out with Bachelorette star Nathan Favro and Bec Cvilikas in Bondi

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The Bachelor‘s Bella Varelis has stepped out with Bachelorette star Nathan Favro – a week after he was spotted leaving her apartment. 

While Bella, 25, has insisted the pair are ‘just friends’ they appeared chummy as they left Bondi venue Salty’s on Friday evening. 

The pair were accompanied by fellow Bachelor reject Bec Cvilikas, 25, who chatted happily to Nathan, 25, as the trio walked down the street. 

Out and about: The Bachelor 's Bella Varelis has stepped out with Bachelorette star Nathan Favro (pictured with Bec Cvilikas)

Out and about: The Bachelor 's Bella Varelis has stepped out with Bachelorette star Nathan Favro (pictured with Bec Cvilikas)

Fun: They left Bondi venue Salty's on Friday evening, accompanied by fellow Bachelor star Bec. Bella is pictured with Bec

Fun: They left Bondi venue Salty's on Friday evening, accompanied by fellow Bachelor star Bec. Bella is pictured with Bec

Out and about: The Bachelor ‘s Bella Varelis (far right) has stepped out with Bachelorette star Nathan Favro (second from left) – a week after he was spotted leaving her apartment. They left Bondi venue Salty’s on Friday evening, accompanied by fellow Bachelor star Bec Cvilikas (left)

Nathan shot Bec a warm look and appeared to be laughing at something she said as they strolled together. 

Bella, meanwhile, lagged behind, keeping something of a distance from Nathan as they left the venue. 

She held hands with a beaming Bec, while Nathan followed the women slightly off to the side. 

Careful: Bella lagged behind, keeping something of a distance from Nathan as they left the venue

Careful: Bella lagged behind, keeping something of a distance from Nathan as they left the venue

Careful: Bella lagged behind, keeping something of a distance from Nathan as they left the venue

Chats: Nathan chatted happily to Bec as they walked along, with Bella nearby

Chats: Nathan chatted happily to Bec as they walked along, with Bella nearby

Chats: Nathan chatted happily to Bec as they walked along, with Bella nearby 

Friends: Bec shot Nathan a warm look as all three left the venue together

Friends: Bec shot Nathan a warm look as all three left the venue together

Friends: Bec shot Nathan a warm look as all three left the venue together 

Bella looked chic in a white and tan ensemble, consisting of a pair of wide-legged pants and linen jacket. 

Underneath, she opted for a cream shirt which fit to her body and completed the look with nude heels. 

She wore peachy, glowing makeup and had her brunette hair in soft waves around her face. 

Close: Bella and Bec held hands and stayed close together as Nathan accompanied them

Close: Bella and Bec held hands and stayed close together as Nathan accompanied them

Close: Bella and Bec held hands and stayed close together as Nathan accompanied them 

Cool customer: Nathan looked casually chic in a pair of white jeans with ripped detailing and an olive green shirt with a sweater tied over his shoulders

Cool customer: Nathan looked casually chic in a pair of white jeans with ripped detailing and an olive green shirt with a sweater tied over his shoulders

Cool customer: Nathan looked casually chic in a pair of white jeans with ripped detailing and an olive green shirt with a sweater tied over his shoulders 

Bec meanwhile went for an all-white ensemble consisting of a white crop-top and jacket over the top. 

She added a pair of  cotton pants and strappy black heels, as well as carrying a shoulder bag. 

For makeup, she went for a bronzed look and wore her blonde hair straight down around her shoulders. 

Chic: Bella looked chic in a white and tan ensemble, consisting of a pair of wide-legged pants and linen jacket

Chic: Bella looked chic in a white and tan ensemble, consisting of a pair of wide-legged pants and linen jacket

Chic: Bella looked chic in a white and tan ensemble, consisting of a pair of wide-legged pants and linen jacket

A look: Underneath, she opted for a tan shirt which fit to her body and completed the look with nude heels

A look: Underneath, she opted for a tan shirt which fit to her body and completed the look with nude heels

A look: Underneath, she opted for a tan shirt which fit to her body and completed the look with nude heels

Glowing: She wore peachy, glowing makeup and had her brunette hair in soft waves around her face

Glowing: She wore peachy, glowing makeup and had her brunette hair in soft waves around her face

Glowing: She wore peachy, glowing makeup and had her brunette hair in soft waves around her face

All white: Bec meanwhile went for an all-white ensemble consisting of a white crop-top and jacket over the top

All white: Bec meanwhile went for an all-white ensemble consisting of a white crop-top and jacket over the top

All white: Bec meanwhile went for an all-white ensemble consisting of a white crop-top and jacket over the top

Nathan looked casually chic in a pair of white jeans with ripped detailing and an olive green shirt with a sweater tied over his shoulders. 

All three looked to be in excellent spirits as they left the location, chatting and laughing among themselves.   

On Friday, Bella responded to rumours she’s dating the former Bachelorette star after paparazzi photos emerged of Nathan leaving the marketing consultant’s apartment in Bondi last weekend.

Finishing touches: For makeup, she went for a bronzed look and wore her blonde hair straight down around her shoulders. Pictured with a friend

Finishing touches: For makeup, she went for a bronzed look and wore her blonde hair straight down around her shoulders. Pictured with a friend

Finishing touches: For makeup, she went for a bronzed look and wore her blonde hair straight down around her shoulders. Pictured with a friend

Trendy: She added a pair of cropped cotton pants and strappy black heels

Trendy: She added a pair of cropped cotton pants and strappy black heels

 Trendy: She added a pair of cropped cotton pants and strappy black heels

Clearing up the rumours, Bella told The Kyle and Jackie O Show that the pair were nothing more than friends. 

Radio host Kyle Sandilands asked Bella: ‘By looking at Daily Mail the other day, your person has come in the form of Nathan from Bachelor in Paradise. You had a little sleepover, didn’t you?’

‘Nathan and I are just good mates,’ she replied. 

She went on to explain that she’d asked Nathan to come over with his puppy, but he had a few too many glasses of wine and slept on the couch. 

Talk: On Friday, Bella responded to rumours she's dating Nathan after paparazzi photos emerged of him leaving the marketing consultant's apartment in Bondi last weekend. Pictured with friends

Talk: On Friday, Bella responded to rumours she's dating Nathan after paparazzi photos emerged of him leaving the marketing consultant's apartment in Bondi last weekend. Pictured with friends

Talk: On Friday, Bella responded to rumours she’s dating Nathan after paparazzi photos emerged of him leaving the marketing consultant’s apartment in Bondi last weekend. Pictured with friends

Pals: Clearing up the rumours, Bella told The Kyle and Jackie O Show that the pair were nothing more than friends

Pals: Clearing up the rumours, Bella told The Kyle and Jackie O Show that the pair were nothing more than friends

Pals: Clearing up the rumours, Bella told The Kyle and Jackie O Show that the pair were nothing more than friends

She added: ‘Haven’t you ever had someone come over and have too many wines and crash on the couch?

‘I had asked him if he could bring his puppy over because I’m in love with the puppy.’ 

Fans of The Bachelor franchise will remember party boy Nathan from Ali Oetjen’s season of The Bachelorette in 2018. 

He was infamously kicked off the show after Ali, 34, accused him of spreading rumours in the mansion about her sexual history.

Remember this? Fans of The Bachelor franchise will remember party boy Nathan from Ali Oetjen's (left) season of The Bachelorette in 2018. He was infamously kicked off the show after Ali, 34, accused him of spreading rumours in the mansion about her sexual history

Remember this? Fans of The Bachelor franchise will remember party boy Nathan from Ali Oetjen's (left) season of The Bachelorette in 2018. He was infamously kicked off the show after Ali, 34, accused him of spreading rumours in the mansion about her sexual history

Remember this? Fans of The Bachelor franchise will remember party boy Nathan from Ali Oetjen’s (left) season of The Bachelorette in 2018. He was infamously kicked off the show after Ali, 34, accused him of spreading rumours in the mansion about her sexual history

Earlier in the day, Bella hinted she could be Australia’s next Bachelorette after getting her heart broken during The Bachelor finale.   

Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Australia on Friday, the Bachelor runner-up confessed she’d love to be cast on the reality show. 

‘Yeah, I mean, what a way to get your happily ever after!’ she said.   

Bella was left shell-shocked during Thursday’s Bachelor finale when Locky Gilbert, 31, told both her and love rival Irena Srbinovska he loved them – only to dump her. 

Heartbroken: Bella was left shell-shocked during Thursday's Bachelor finale when Locky Gilbert, 31, told both her and love rival Irena Srbinovska he loved them - only to dump her

Heartbroken: Bella was left shell-shocked during Thursday's Bachelor finale when Locky Gilbert, 31, told both her and love rival Irena Srbinovska he loved them - only to dump her

Heartbroken: Bella was left shell-shocked during Thursday’s Bachelor finale when Locky Gilbert, 31, told both her and love rival Irena Srbinovska he loved them – only to dump her 

Dumped: Locky (right) broke down in tears as Bella arrived to face the music, telling her he 'fell in love' the first day he saw her, before coming up with a rather feeble excuse to end things

Dumped: Locky (right) broke down in tears as Bella arrived to face the music, telling her he 'fell in love' the first day he saw her, before coming up with a rather feeble excuse to end things

Dumped: Locky (right) broke down in tears as Bella arrived to face the music, telling her he ‘fell in love’ the first day he saw her, before coming up with a rather feeble excuse to end things

Happy ending! In the end, Locky chose to pursue a relationship with Irena (left)

Happy ending! In the end, Locky chose to pursue a relationship with Irena (left)

Happy ending! In the end, Locky chose to pursue a relationship with Irena (left) 

He broke down in tears as Bella arrived to face the music, telling her he ‘fell in love’ the first day he saw her, before coming up with a rather feeble excuse to end things.  

‘I know you don’t, like, sort of see where your future is at the moment. I think I need just a little bit of certainty,’ he said, as Bella looked at him in utter disbelief.

‘I just don’t know if I can see us working,’ he added, to which the brunette replied: ‘I just don’t get it. Yesterday, you told me you were in love with me.’

Instead, Locky chose to pursue a relationship with nurse Irena Srbinovska.

What's next? Bella has hinted she could be Australia's next Bachelorette after getting her heart broken during The Bachelor finale

What's next? Bella has hinted she could be Australia's next Bachelorette after getting her heart broken during The Bachelor finale

What’s next? Bella has hinted she could be Australia’s next Bachelorette after getting her heart broken during The Bachelor finale

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