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The Windsors / Re: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York Pt II
« on: September 07, 2010, 02:53:35 PM »
Agreed Constantinople - however, it think she has exhausted every other angle of extracting $$$$$$ out of the gullible American public - this is porobably one last squeeze of the orange.

The Windsors / Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part 3
« on: September 07, 2010, 02:49:14 PM »
That is quite something - all those American presidents !

The Windsors / Re: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Part II
« on: July 27, 2010, 02:26:56 PM »
Point taken, Const.
 Now, back to Camilla. Was it last year she  took a holiday with some girl friends on a  hired private jet to  some exclusive Greek resort island? I do not know who paid for that, but other than security, I do not think the UK taxpayer  covered it. These folk all have the money to  do it on their own. This holiday was without Charles and she insisted on it. Can't say that I blame her,  I do it  twice a year,  to "get away'.  Just exclusive Greek resorts are not really to my taste.
 On a different matter,  does anyone know if she keeps in contact with the Duchess of York? Surely they must have met, at least in the Diana years.

Camilla must be rather partial to the Greek Islands.   In May 2007, hubbie and myself were on a holiday in the beautiful island of Ithica.  There was a huge luxury yacht moored in the harbour everybody buzzing wanting to know whose it was.   Didn't take long for the locals to tells it is was the Spanish Royal Family's boat and that Camilla was on board recuporating from an operation.  (Hysterectomy I think!)   Amazing where these royals get to when you're least expecting it.

The Windsors / Re: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Part II
« on: July 08, 2010, 08:28:27 AM »
I was merely reporting what I had read in an British newspaper - I didn't make any personal comments (adverse or otherwise)  I agree with Chris' sensible take on the situation and agree wholeheartedly.

As someone who has a 35 year marriage under her belt and is the same age as Charles and Camilla, I can well empathise that they are leading separate lives.  It's just the immature tabloid journalists who have to have a story who cannot understand this way of doing things.  From a personal point of view, I only wish I had numerous houses being run by servants as a bolt hole - oh I nearly forgot and being paid for by someone else !!!!!!!

The Windsors / Re: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Part II
« on: July 07, 2010, 01:09:38 PM »
They have been recent reports in the British press that the marriage of Charles and Camilla is under strain and that, apart from public appearances, they are virtually leading separate lives.  So a continuation of their relationship BEFORE marriage then ???

The Windsors / Re: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York Pt II
« on: April 26, 2010, 12:48:57 PM »
Surely when any country (such as Australia or Canada) are considering converting from a Monarchy to a Republic, it shouldn't really be down to the personality of the particular Monarch at the time.  It should be about the INSTITUTION of the Monarchy -v- the INSTITUTION of a Republic.

Having lived in Australia, I beg to differ with Grace.  The last referendum on whether to become a Republic was a pretty close run thing.

The Windsors / Re: Andrew, Duke of York
« on: April 26, 2010, 12:43:34 PM »
Oh dear - they've obviously forgotten "It's A Royal Knock-Out" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: April 09, 2010, 12:27:15 PM »
How do any of you know how much work she does or doesn't do?  For all you know, she could be working 12 hour days.  Because she doesn't leave and return to her home at set hours every day doesn't mean she is idle.  William has to choose the right woman and a woman who has already established a high-flying career is not necessarily the right person for THIS very special job.  Leave them alone.

As for the Waity Katie nickname - that's been around for years.  Quite insulting in my opinion.  We don't know she's waiting for anything.  HE could be waiting for HER.

Grace, I was merely quoting from a recent article in the "Daily Mail" - of course I have no personal knowledge ofwhat Ms Middleton does (or doesn't) do.   BUT..... papers such as the Mail do !!!!

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: April 08, 2010, 01:17:42 PM »
Re the above posting my Margo, there was a recent article in the "Daily Mail" to the same effect.   Apparently Kate Middleton's nickname is now "Waity Katie" as she has been waiting around for Prince William for such a long time and not doing very much in the interim.  There was apparently an appearnace on her parents' website (they sell merchandise for children's parties !!) and is was swiftly removed within 20 minutes.

It really looks like we have another scrounger-in-waiting in the shape of Kate Middleton.

The Windsors / Re: Exhibitions on British Royals
« on: March 15, 2010, 04:56:05 PM »
I am surprised nobody has commented on the new exhibition (26 March - 31 Oct 2010) at the Queen's Gallery depicting the art collection of Victoria and Albert.  The programme last night introduced by the Prince of Wales was interesting but, like most things these days, was "dumbed down" for mass consumption.

Some of the pieces on display are fascinating such as the ivory throne presented to QV by an India maharajah and the thistle brooch with the milk teeth of one of her daughters taking pride of place !!   Certainly worth a trip to London to see.

The Windsors / Re: Royal Interiors
« on: November 30, 2009, 12:04:42 PM »
Good question Chris...

I think that their sense of self preservation depends on them appaering to be the same royal family generation after generation.

Maybe they would feel insecure of they started putting Andy Warhol paintings up in place of their long gone relatives.  And is it possible that  if the public saw this, they would might feel that the royals have lost their timeless mystery.

When I see royals doing what I do, they seem so very ordinary. [Which they actually are but we like to think of them as 'special'.]

If we all thought of royals as just common people, this website would not exist.

"Common People"   - exactly what are they ?

The Windsors / Re: Prince & Princess Michael of Kent,and their family
« on: October 01, 2009, 04:24:57 AM »
It is time this archiaic "gravy train" of the Royal Family was wound up.    I do think it is gradually withering on the vine as is the Parliament at Westminster.  As the European Union becomes ever most encompassing, the old institutions such as the Royal Family and the Palace of Westminster will become every more redundant.  Plus we have far more scrutiny from the media.

The Windsors / Re: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Part II
« on: September 11, 2009, 11:54:59 AM »
All of those things "Royal Watcher" !    Poor woman -  I know from experience that once weight goes on at the age of 60+ it is very hard to shift.   Does anyone have the facility to show a wedding picture and a 2009 picture.   I would say a good stone & half as gone on.

The Windsors / Re: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Part II
« on: September 11, 2009, 07:25:27 AM »
Has anyone else noticed how much weight Camilla has gained since her wedding?  There is a definite spare tyre emerging.  I sympathise being of a similar age myself - however I am lucky enough not to be on show in public.

The pulling of Christmas crackers often accompanies food on Christmas Day. Invented by a London baker in 1846, a cracker is a brightly coloured paper tube, twisted at both ends, which contains a party hat, riddle and toy or other trinket. When it is pulled by two people it gives out a crack as its contents are dispersed.

The wearing of the paper hats and crowns is a British tradition that is often seen in films of that era.  And yes, it's looks goofy to us today.

Crackers !!!   Certainly the right subject for this thread.

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