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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
« Reply #240 on: January 02, 2012, 02:07:01 AM »

HRH New Years day service at Sandringham:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16376986


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« Reply #241 on: January 02, 2012, 11:09:31 AM »
Glad to see him do a walkabout. He still looks strong and good for his age. Just came across a photo of him & King Michael of Romania as children. They are both still alive.

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« Reply #242 on: January 02, 2012, 02:33:23 PM »
Massive relief to hear he's okay and see him walking the half a mile to and from church!  he's literally unbelievable for his age! You tend to forget he's 90! we permanantly had the news stuck on at ours over the holidays to keep checking up on him, so glad he's well!

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« Reply #243 on: January 02, 2012, 03:18:46 PM »
He is one golden boy (like King Michael of Romania), and golden girl Betty White just reached 90 too. We are living longer...

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« Reply #244 on: January 03, 2012, 05:27:37 AM »
The Queen isn't doing too badly for 85 either! This morning's newspaper has a picture of her out riding yesterday, linked to a story on human remains being found in the grounds of Sandringham!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8988909/Sandringham-Estate-police-examine-human-remains-near-Royal-home.html

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« Reply #245 on: January 03, 2012, 08:11:13 AM »
The Queen is wonderful for her age. Glad she got a husband to share her Diamond Jubilee. Her great great grandmother wasn't so lucky.

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« Reply #246 on: January 03, 2012, 09:06:16 AM »
Correct me if I misheard or misread, but I was under the impression that when Philip was packed off to the UK and to Gordonstoun, he spent a great deal of time with his wonderful grandmother VMH at Kensington Palace and with the Mountbattens. The "collapse" of his immediate family circle, with the sisters all marrying, his father running of to the South of France and Alice's apparent break down does all make awful reading when one considers Philip was only eleven in 1932. I admire Prince Philip though, as he never seems to blame his childhood for anything...."You just got on with it." None of this "issues" labeling, analysis and finding blame that is so popular today! I suspect that he inherited a great deal of his resilience and strength of character from his extraordinary grandmother. Philip spent quite a bit of time with her throughout the thirties and perhaps some of her indomitable spirit rubbed off on him.  Seeing an interview he did to mark his ninetieth birthday earlier this year, one can hardly blame him for being a little irascible when asked what he deems silly, inane questions or being paid compliments he sees as irrelevant and vacuous. I get the impression Philip shares many good traits with VMH and also Louise of Sweden, who was famously unstuffy and down to earth.

Yes, he did spend quite a bit of time with his grandmother. However, Beatrice Battenberg didn't really care for him (such a young child) at Kensington Palace. Still, he was often at KP for half-terms from Cheam. George Milford-Haven made up the other large presence and he spent smaller periods of time with various other relations and friends (such as Nona Kerr).

Page 78: "As time passed, he became extremely fond of her [VMH] and he later credited her with having 'the right combination of the rational and the emotional' in her approach to bringing up children. But while Victoria excelled in many aspects of motherhood, showing warmth was not her strongest suit."
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Re: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
« Reply #247 on: January 03, 2012, 09:09:09 AM »
Also page 78:

regarding KP :'later recalled as a 'sort of base where I kept things'.

'Philip soon got used to never knowing at the start of each school holidays where he would be spending them and to always being on the move, but he did not complain. Victoria rearranged her own life so that she could supervise his...'

Philip also had a close relationship with Sir Harold Wernher, brother-in-law of his aunt Nada Milford-Haven who Philip came to look upon as an honorary uncle--and Zia as honorary aunt. Philip would stay with them at Thorpe Lubenham Hall for long periods in the 1930s.
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« Reply #248 on: January 03, 2012, 11:27:11 AM »
Someone told me that he is very impressionable about the Greek Orthodox Church, the one he was baptised. His son Charles visited the monasteries on Mount Ethos on a regular basis. :-)

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« Reply #249 on: January 03, 2012, 12:10:07 PM »
For such a devout Orthodox, you should know it is MOUNT ATHOS.  There was even a report on 60 Minutes recently about the place.
 The words are completely different in  Greek.

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« Reply #250 on: January 03, 2012, 12:32:33 PM »
The spelling was automatically corrected. Yes It is Mount Athos of course.

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« Reply #251 on: January 03, 2012, 02:45:34 PM »
Also page 78:

regarding KP :'later recalled as a 'sort of base where I kept things'.

'Philip soon got used to never knowing at the start of each school holidays where he would be spending them and to always being on the move, but he did not complain. Victoria rearranged her own life so that she could supervise his...'

Philip also had a close relationship with Sir Harold Wernher, brother-in-law of his aunt Nada Milford-Haven who Philip came to look upon as an honorary uncle--and Zia as honorary aunt. Philip would stay with them at Thorpe Lubenham Hall for long periods in the 1930s.

Thank you so much for the wealth of data GDElla, you are so generous! It is interesting to see that the extended family was there for Philip during the thirties.

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« Reply #252 on: January 03, 2012, 02:51:24 PM »
Correct me if I misheard or misread, but I was under the impression that when Philip was packed off to the UK and to Gordonstoun, he spent a great deal of time with his wonderful grandmother VMH at Kensington Palace and with the Mountbattens. The "collapse" of his immediate family circle, with the sisters all marrying, his father running of to the South of France and Alice's apparent break down does all make awful reading when one considers Philip was only eleven in 1932. I admire Prince Philip though, as he never seems to blame his childhood for anything...."You just got on with it." None of this "issues" labeling, analysis and finding blame that is so popular today! I suspect that he inherited a great deal of his resilience and strength of character from his extraordinary grandmother. Philip spent quite a bit of time with her throughout the thirties and perhaps some of her indomitable spirit rubbed off on him.  Seeing an interview he did to mark his ninetieth birthday earlier this year, one can hardly blame him for being a little irascible when asked what he deems silly, inane questions or being paid compliments he sees as irrelevant and vacuous. I get the impression Philip shares many good traits with VMH and also Louise of Sweden, who was famously unstuffy and down to earth.

Yes, he did spend quite a bit of time with his grandmother. However, Beatrice Battenberg didn't really care for him (such a young child) at Kensington Palace. Still, he was often at KP for half-terms from Cheam. George Milford-Haven made up the other large presence and he spent smaller periods of time with various other relations and friends (such as Nona Kerr).

Page 78: "As time passed, he became extremely fond of her [VMH] and he later credited her with having 'the right combination of the rational and the emotional' in her approach to bringing up children. But while Victoria excelled in many aspects of motherhood, showing warmth was not her strongest suit."

Forgive my stupidity, but who is VMH?

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« Reply #253 on: January 03, 2012, 03:00:22 PM »
Not stupid. I forget that not everyone knows the acronyms bouncing around in my head because I'm too lazy to type. :  )  VMH is Victoria Milford-Haven (previously Princess Louis of Battenberg and nee Princess Victoria of Hesse--Queen Victoria's granddaughter and Prince Philip's grandmother)
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« Reply #254 on: January 03, 2012, 03:01:28 PM »
Yes. VMH, Ella, Irene & Alicky.