Princess Alexandra: The Royal Family's Unsung Heroine
The recent illness that struck Princess Alexandra of Kent left her with no choice but to cancel all her engagements until the end of May. For someone who’s been dedicating her life for the service of others and for the support of the Crown, it must be pretty sad point in her life. Just recently, the Princess was reportedly struck with polymyalgia rheumatic (PMR), an inflammation of the muscles that leads to stiffness and agonizing pain.
Unlike other attention-seeking members of the royal family, Princess Alexandra has been happy to performing her duties without ever wanting to seek publicity. Peace and quiet is Princess Alexandra’s preferred lifestyle, and an existence as little punctuated by the click of cameras as possible is what enables her to make her jovial, easy-going contribution to the public life.
A famous city in Australia was named after her. She was Queen Victoria's favorite aunt, too, and all Britons adored her when she was alive. Yet, Queen Adelaide is seldom mentioned today. The pious queen, however, never wanted attention for herself. In fact, her sisters in law, the scandal-ridden Queen Caroline and the overbearing Duchess of Kent, attracted more attention than she does during her lifetime.
In 1836, the city of Adelaide in Australia was named in her honor. She was King William IV’s consort, but beyond that, not that much is known of this good queen. Not even the Australians living in her namesake city know who she is. One tourist guide laments that “the pace of modern life has meant the monarch is anonymous to South Australians.”
Queen Elizabeth II skips Commonwealth meeting : the twilight of her reign
Her steadfast presence for over half a century has been given us that feeling that everyone is going to be alright. I may not be Briton, but each time I take a look at Queen Elizabeth II and all that she stand for, I really find it difficult to separate her continuity and the fact that her presence means that no chaos will ever stand a chance of lasting, that everything will fall back into its proper place.
But 61 years of being the Queen of a country that has once ruled the earth can be stressful and straining at times. And sixty one years has been a long, long time. At 87, she’s way past her retirement, but she chose not to because she has a vow to fulfill never to forsake her service for the rest of her life. While Queen Beatrix of Netherlands was happy to hand over the reins of ruling her subjects in exchange for a less burdensome life, the Queen carries on with her duty. Life as usual, as they say, even if old age has made her bent and her health frailer that it used to be.
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The recent illness that struck Princess Alexandra of Kent left her with no choice but to cancel all her engagements until the end of May. For someone who’s been dedicating her life for the service of others and for the support of the Crown, it must be pretty sad point in her life. Unlike other attention-seeking members of the royal family, Princess Alexandra has been happy to performing her duties without ever wanting to seek publicity. Peace and quiet is Princess Alexandra’s preferred lifestyle, and an existence as little punctuated by the click of cameras as possible is what enables her to make her jovial, easy-going contribution to the public life. This article is dedicated to the brilliant life of Princess Alexandra of Kent, the British Royal Family’s unsung heroine. Read more: http://royal-splendor.blogspot.com/2013/05/princess-alexandra-british-royal.html
Queen Beatrix abdicates, King Willem-Alexander succeeds
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicates. His son, King Willem-Alexander succeeds. More than 200,000 people flocked in front of the royal palace to show support. Last night, royals from all over the world gathered to attend the farewell banquet. Royal Splendor, your one-stop source of any and everything about royalty, brings you our latest coverage of the beloved queen’s departure from the throne and the new king’s proclamation. http://royal-splendor.blogspot.com/2013/04/queen-beatrix-abdicates-king-willem.html
How Barbara Stanwyck made a multi-million dollar fortune
Barbara Stanwyck was one of the leading ladies of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She was a glittering figure and a dazzling image. Yet, her early life was far from grand. At three, she was orphaned and later in life, she would say, “I just wanted to survive and eat and have a nice coat.” Her childhood was so full of “struggle, confusion and pain,” in the words of her biographer Axel Madsen, “but she never learned to blame anybody.” http://celebrityentrepreneurs.blogspot.com/2013/03/barbara-stanwyck-and-her-millions.html
A lot of people think that pleural effusion is a type of disease. No. it’s not. It’s actually a complication caused by a disorder. Pleural mesothelioma is one of the reasons why a person manifests pleural effusion. Heart failure, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, tuberculosis, and malignancies or tumors also trigger the occurrence of this condition. Read more here
As members of the Royal Family and in our public life, The Duke and I have the huge privilege of continuously meeting people greatly committed to their work with charitable causes - many individuals being volunteers, doing all kinds of good works, giving of their time, talents and expertise. Some high-powered and greatly skilled, others willing to do the most mundane but essential tasks - all of them enjoying being part of a team supporting a noble cause. It is inspiring and immensely rewarding meeting these volunteers on my varying engagements in London and throughout the country. I meet volunteers in schools, often for children with special needs, medical research projects, hospices, homes for older and frail people, and also in community initiatives for sport, music and the conservation of the Arts. I see so many wonderful places, and it is the people involved who make them so.
Charity work in Great Britain is a tradition. I don’t think I have a friend who has not involved him or herself somehow or other. How far back this tradition goes, I am not sure- it is one of the major aspects which makes me very proud to be British.
There is another facet to voluntary work which I think is very important, and that is the sense of fulfilment and reward in the knowledge of the value of your contribution as a volunteer. In this country there is a firmly grounded tradition, and a freedom, to help one’s fellow men in many different forms, and I think we should be proud of that and grateful for it also.
HRH The Duchess of Gloucester (Birgitte/Princess Richard)
“There’s this phrase, ‘it’s not fair’. My children used to say it when they were little. I would say, ‘What makes you think life has to be fair? Is it fair you have a swimming pool and a pony? There are a lot of children who don’t.”—Princess Michael in an interview with “Hello!”, 2006. (via princessmichaelofkent)