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The Windsors / Charles, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall Part II
« on: March 22, 2006, 01:36:17 PM »
Prince urges respect among faiths

The prince and duchess are on a two-week Middle East tour

Prince Charles has called for greater respect between religions, saying his "heart is heavy from... never-ending death and destruction" in the world.
The prince said the row over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad showed "the danger... of our failure to listen and to respect" others' views.

He was giving a speech at Al-Azhar University in Cairo on a tour of Egypt with the Duchess of Cornwall.

Charles was awarded an honorary degree by the university.

One of the few non-Muslims to have been invited to speak at the university, the prince told 800 Islamic scholars that religious leaders needed to encourage understanding.

Images of communities torn apart by religious conflict are deeply harrowing
Prince Charles

"We must foster, encourage and act upon that which embodies the divine attributes of mercy and compassion," he said.
"That calls for calmness and the exercise of restraint. And, if I may say so, it requires all those who are in positions of authority in our different faiths to preach clearly and consistently to others the eternal values of these divine attributes.

"I look forward to a world in which we share a vision that acknowledges our differences with respect and understanding, that recognises what others hold sacred, and to a world in which we see that we cannot and must not abuse our great traditions and their teachings as a weapon in the service of selfish worldly power."

He added: "The recent ghastly strife and anger over the Danish cartoons shows the danger that comes of our failure to listen and to respect what is precious and sacred to others."


The prince said fears about growing misunderstanding between the West and Islam that he had more than a decade ago - expressed in a 1993 speech at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies - appeared to have come true.

"For so many, those years have been profoundly bleak. My heart is heavy from witnessing the never-ending death and destruction."

He added: "Images of communities torn apart by religious conflict are deeply harrowing, from Bosnia to Baghdad, from Chechnya to Palestine - evidence of just how far misunderstandings have continued and escalated."

An interview with the prince had earlier been broadcast on Nile TV, in which Charles spoke about similarities between Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

"People who are reasonable and responsible and feel things in the heart need to work even harder and speak up louder about the vital importance of understanding that the three great Abrahamic faiths share an awful lot more in common than perhaps people realise," he said.

The 15-minute television broadcast was pre-recorded at Clarence House before Charles and Camilla left for the official two-week visit to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and India.

Mountbatten murder

The prince said he had been given an insight into the effects of terrorism as a young man when he suffered the loss of the great-uncle he also regarded as his mentor in 1979.

Lord Mountbatten was on a fishing trip in the Irish Republic when his boat was blown up by the IRA.

Charles said he has "some understanding... of what people go through with these horrors".

He added: "It seems to me that we have to work even harder."

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2006/03/21 11:56:02 GMT


The Windsors / Pictures of William and Harry
« on: February 01, 2006, 02:37:30 PM »

This photographed released by the Clarence House, Prince Charles's household, Wednesday Sept, 14, 2005 is an official portrait taken for the twenty first birthday of Britain's Prince Harry, seen with older brother Prince William, right, by photographer Mario Testino. *ONE USE ONLY, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE* This photograph may only be used in conjunction with a news piece relating to Prince Harry's Twenty First Birthday. Photograph may not be used on the cover of any magazine or supplement, but may be reprinted inside the magazine or supplement full page. Mario Testino must be credited as the photographer. Photographs are available for publication within the period of one (1) month from 15th September 2005, after which the Selected Photograph may not be reproduced, re-distributed, published or communicated to the public in any manner or media without the prior written approval of Art Partner (agents for Mario Testino) and Clarence House.

Forum Announcements / Finelly???
« on: August 17, 2005, 06:10:53 PM »
What happened to Finelly, why is she a guest now?

Was her initiative? Was she “expelled”?

Whatever the reason I will miss her!

The Habsburgs / Habsburgs and their relationship with Hungary
« on: August 02, 2005, 12:07:19 AM »
Hungarians may object of being "Balkanic" but here is probably the place to talk about Hungarian Royalty, history and Crown.

I came across a very interesting book called "Shooting Stalin", about the photographer James Abbe.

He has some photos from the 30's Soviet Russia.

Two of them are related to the IF.

Imperial Russian History / discussion about Orthodoxy (2)
« on: July 14, 2005, 11:01:52 AM »
this is the continuation of the "discussion about orthodox religion" thread.


Now the main residence of the Romanian Royal Family in Romania. It is government property but the Royal Family can use it as long as King Michael or Margarita are alive, as the law requires that each former head of state should be provided with a house to live in.

[now the residence of Princess Margarita and Prince Radu]
It was given back to the Romanian Royal Family in 2002.
A sustainable development project for the castle and village is underway with the help of the Prince of Wales and Writtle College.

[now state owned; the king asked for compensations, one house in the domain and the right to use Peles Castle for special occasions; the parliament has to decide]

PELESCH/PELES Castle [now a museum]
PELISOR (Little Peles) Castle [now a museum]
FOISOR [government conference house]
Knights' House [the house the king asked for]
ECONOMAT [hotel]
CERAMICA [hotel]
UZINA [hotel]

The ROYAL PALACE in Bucharest
[now the National Museum of Art]

COTROCENI Palace in Bucharest
[now the Presidency’s palace and museum]

BRAN Castle [now a museum]

BALCHIK/BALCIC Palace [now in Bulgaria, at the Black Sea]

Does anyone know anything about these or other royal properties?
Has anyone visited them?
What about pics?

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