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World News in English.
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Prince Philip to retire from public duties at age of 96
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Meet Felipe and Letizia, the new king and queen of Spain

By Nardine Saad
Jun 19, 2014


King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain during his inauguration at the Parliament (Congreso de los Diputados) on June 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Juan Naharro Gimenez / Getty Images)

Move over, Will and Kate: There are new monarchs in town, and they just took over in Spain.

King Felipe VI was crowned the sovereign of Spain in Madrid on Thursday and was joined by his wife, now Queen Letizia, and their daughters, Leonor and Sofia, princesses of Asturias.

Felipe, 46, ascended the throne after his father, King Juan Carlos, 72, abdicated June 2 after a 39-year reign.

Here are fast facts about the family:

Felipe's new role as king is largely ceremonial. He was given the title Thursday without a formal coronation but during a special joint session of Spain's parliament, according to World Now. His mother, the former Queen Sofia, attended, but his father did not. No foreign royals made the scene.

King Juan Carlos oversaw Spain's transition to democracy in the 1970s, but his more recent years on the throne were tainted by various scandals. Many Spaniards still call for the abolition of the monarchy.

Queen Letizia, 41, formerly Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, a commoner, started dating Felipe in 2002.

She was a journalist and TV presenter who earned the Madrid Press Assn.'s Larra Award for most accomplished journalist younger than 30.
Letizia was previously married for about a year, but she and her first husband divorced in 1999. She quit work in 2003, days before she and Felipe announced their engagement and just as she had been promoted to an anchor position.
The new queen wed Felipe on May 22, 2004, wearing a high-collared ivory gown featuring a 15-foot-long train and the diamond tiara that Queen Sofia donned on her wedding day 42 years prior, the Daily Mail reported.
Since then she's become quite the fashion icon, All the Rage reported, and has been frequently compared to Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Before the coronation, she worked on social issues as Letizia, Princess of Asturias.

The new king and queen welcomed their first daughter, Leonor, Princess of Asturias, on Oct. 31, 2005. Her godparents are her grandparents, the former King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. She is now the first in line for the Spanish throne.

Princess Sofia, the couple's second daughter, was born in Madrid on April 29, 2007. Her maternal grandmother, Paloma Rocasolano, and Prince Konstantin of Bulgaria were godparents. She is known as Infanta Sofia of Spain.

For the coronation, which was a no-frills occasion to keep with the austerity measures of the times, Felipe wore a military uniform and was crowned with an 18th-century Spanish crown and 17th-century scepter.

Letizia wore a crystal-embellished coat by her designer of choice, Felipe Varela.



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Toyko is a high-energy city with a culture of hard work and getting things done. One of the phrases that you will hear often is “Pali Pali” which means “quick quick.” For the people in Tokyo, it’s they’re way of life.
Best time to visit

If you are planning to visit Tokyo, it is best to visit it in fall and spring, where you will find the most stunning temperature and scenery.  July is a great month to visit since many festivals take place in that month, and Mount Fuji is open for climbing.

Getting Around

Toyko has a world-class public transit system. You can get around quickly by train, subway, and bus. You can get around by using the Yamamoto look which connects to the center of the town; then you can simply take subway lines to central districts.

You can also rent a car, but you must know that the roads on Tokyo are not easy to master, the traffic is terrible, and the parking lots are expensive. Taking a taxi is another option, but it’s also expensive. It’s easier to rely on Tokyo’s public transportation system.

Where to stay

In Tokyo, almost every district has excellent hotels to choose from. If you plan to stay in a friendly and affordable place, your best option is to stay in the Ueno district. In Ueno, you can stay at the Oak Hotel. While Ueno is a relaxed district, it has major attractions like the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, and the Ameyoko market.

If you are more into culture and fashion, in Shibuya, you will find off-beat boutiques, great restaurants, and a vibrating nightlife. Here you can stay at the Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel. At Center Gai, you will see lots of stores and cafes where you can get the feel of the area.

Places to visit


    The Hachiko Statue – this statue is a life-sized statue of a dog from 1925. It’s a sign of loyalty and devotion. The dog’s owner died but yet he kept going to the train station every day waiting for his owner to return from work.
    The Tokyo Tower – this is a tower made of steel that resembles the Eiffel Tower.
    Ueno Zoological Gardens – it’s located in Ueno park, and it’s the oldest zoo in Japan. You can see pandas there.
    The Imperial Palace – at the Imperial Palace you can learn about the Japanese history and current events.
    Hakone – if you want to see Mount Fuji, Hakone is your best option. It’s a great place to escape from work and relax.
    Sensji Temple – is one of Tokyo’s oldest temple. It was built in 645 C.E. to honor the goddess of Kannon.


There are lots of places in Tokyo where you can go on a shopping spree. If you are looking for electronics, you should head to Akihabara. If fashion is your thing, that Shibuya is the place to go. For souvenirs, you can’t miss the Oriental Bazaar in Ometesando.

Foods and Drinks

Tokyo takes its food seriously. You can get a taste of their seafood dishes at the Tsukiji Fish Market. There you won’t only be able to buy raw seafood, you can also eat at their most popular sushi bars Daiwa Sushi and Sushi Dai.

If you are looking for sashimi and grilled meat, your best option is to head to Ebisu Yokocho. It’s a foodie neighborhood is Shibuya. In Shibuya, you can also head to Nonbei Yokocho, a lane where you’ll find snack bars and bistros.



Donald J. Trump

I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also). The Fake News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him. They are wrong! Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing.......

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The untold truth of how the royal family eats

The British royal family — you know, the most famous family on the planet, and one of the wealthiest, too — live an utterly unique gastronomic lifestyle.

It's not just the bizarre magnificence of their meals and traditions that proves fascinating about the royals, however, but also the day-to-day quirks each of them enjoys or insists upon.
The media circus behind the family often makes it easy to forget that they're, you know, actual human beings, with foods they hate and silly little preferences and personal touches they like to add to their meals. And then, of course, there's stuff like the fact that they're not allowed to drink tap water. Seriously. It's a strange life.



USGS Estimates 20 Billion Barrels of Oil in Texas’ Wolfcamp Shale Formation
The Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin province contains an estimated mean of 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, according to an assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey

Release Date: November 15, 2016

This is the largest estimate of continuous oil that USGS has ever assessed in the United States.

The Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin province contains an estimated mean of 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, according to an assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey. This estimate is for continuous (unconventional) oil, and consists of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources.

The estimate of continuous oil in the Midland Basin Wolfcamp shale assessment is nearly three times larger than that of the 2013 USGS Bakken-Three Forks resource assessment, making this the largest estimated continuous oil accumulation that USGS has assessed in the United States to date.

“The fact that this is the largest assessment of continuous oil we have ever done just goes to show that, even in areas that have produced billions of barrels of oil, there is still the potential to find billions more,” said Walter Guidroz, program coordinator for the USGS Energy Resources Program. “Changes in technology and industry practices can have significant effects on what resources are technically recoverable, and that’s why we continue to perform resource assessments throughout the United States and the world.”

Although the USGS has assessed oil and gas resources in the Permian Basin province, this is the first assessment of continuous resources in the Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of the Permian.

Since the 1980s, the Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin has been part of the “Wolfberry” play that encompasses Mississippian, Pennsylvanian, and Lower Permian reservoirs. Oil has been produced using traditional vertical well technology.

However, more recently, oil and gas companies have been using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, and more than 3,000 horizontal wells have been drilled and completed in the Midland Basin Wolfcamp section.

The Wolfcamp shale is also present in the Delaware Basin portion of the Permian Basin province, but was not included in this assessment. The Permian Basin province includes a series of basins and other geologic formations in West Texas and southern New Mexico. It is one of the most productive areas for oil and gas in the entire United States.

Continuous oil and gas is dispersed throughout a geologic formation rather than existing as discrete, localized occurrences, such as those in conventional accumulations. Because of that, continuous resources commonly require special technical drilling and recovery methods, such as hydraulic fracturing.

Undiscovered resources are those that are estimated to exist based on geologic knowledge and theory, while technically recoverable resources are those that can be produced using currently available technology and industry practices. Whether or not it is profitable to produce these resources has not been evaluated.

USGS is the only provider of publicly available estimates of undiscovered technically recoverable oil and gas resources of onshore lands and offshore state waters. The USGS Wolfcamp shale assessment was undertaken as part of a nationwide project assessing domestic petroleum basins using standardized methodology and protocol.

(The new assessment of the Wolfcamp shale may be found online. To find out more about USGS energy assessments and other energy research, please visit the USGS Energy Resources Program website, sign up for our Newsletter, and follow us on Twitter.)



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Destroyer Zumwalt breaks down and gets tow in Panama Canal
By: Christopher P. Cavas, November 22, 2016

The new, high-tech destroyer Zumwalt suffered an engineering casualty Monday evening while passing through the Panama Canal and had to be towed to a berth, the Navy said.

The 3rd Fleet in San Diego was able to provide only a few details late Monday evening, but early reports indicated the problems stemmed from an issue with heat exchangers in the ship’s integrated power plant, which provides electrical power to both the propulsion plant and sensors, weapons and ship’s services. 

Third Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Ryan Perry issued a statement late Monday:

“Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, US Third Fleet, has directed USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) to remain at ex-Naval Station Rodman in Panama to address engineering issues that occurred while transiting the Panama Canal. The timeline for repairs is being determined now, in direct coordination with Naval Sea Systems and Naval Surface Forces. The schedule for the ship will remain flexible to enable testing and evaluation in order to ensure the ship's safe transit to her new homeport in San Diego.”

The casualty occurred as the Zumwalt was passing through the lower half of the canal, and the ship was towed through the Miraflores locks at the southern, or Pacific end, to Rodman, a former U.S. base once known as the Balboa Naval Station. The ship is en route to its home port of San Diego.

The Zumwalt was commissioned Oct. 15 in a ceremony at Baltimore, having left its builder’s yard at Bath, Maine, on Sept. 7. The ship’s crew has been dealing with a series of relatively minor incidents, including a seawater leak in a shaft lube oil system in September and, reportedly, several engineering issues while the ship was at Mayport Naval Station in Florida in late October.

The ship’s integrated power system is a new layout that uses advanced induction motors to produce up to 78 megawatts of electrical power, far more than any previous destroyer or cruiser.

Once at San Diego, the Zumwalt will enter an extended industrial period to complete the installation of its combat system -- a job expected to continue through most of 2017.



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Prince William, who rarely speaks about his mother Princess Diana's death, comforted a young girl who was mourning the loss of her father at a charity event in Stratford, London today.

“Do you know what happened to me?" William told 9-year old Aoife, who lost her father to pancreatic cancer six years ago. "You know I lost my mummy when I was very young too. I was [15] and my brother was 12. So we lost our mummy when we were young as well.

"Do you speak about your daddy?" William asked the girl. "It’s very important to talk about it. Very, very important.”

William is royal patron of the Child Bereavement U.K. Centre, a charity that helps families deal with the loss of a loved one.

Aoife’s mother, Marie, spoke to journalists after the event and said the conversation almost brought her to tears.

“I couldn’t believe it when he started to talk about his mother. It was very emotional and I was willing myself not to start to cry. I almost did,” she said.

William and Kate met with children at the facility in Stratford today and encouraged them to create memory jars to help them deal with their grief.



The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have made mental health awareness a key focus of their charitable activities this past year and are encouraging children to open up and ask for help if they're suffering. The royal trio has been praised for their work on mental health and their ability to empathize with young people struggling with life's challenges.

William admitted to the children he was very angry about his own mother's death.

“He told us how he felt angry when she died. He very specifically used that word anger, he felt angry about it," another mother named Lorna said of William’s interaction with the children. "He also told us how important it was to talk about how we feel when we lose someone as he found it very difficult to talk about it.”

“I am telling my children that if they take anything away from this day, it is what he said about how important it is to talk. Kids do not forget that. Sometimes it hurts but we can remember the happy things too. It is so important to talk.”

One of Princess Diana's closest friends, Julia Samuel, founded the charity in 1994 with Diana's support. William took over as royal patron of the charity in 2009. William and Kate named Samuel one of Prince George’s godmothers.

William and Harry are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the late Princess Diana's death later this summer.
Princess Kate: 'Parenting Is Tough'

The Duchess of Cambridge accompanied William to the engagement in a royal blue coat dress by the designer Eponine.

Earlier in the day, Kate attended her first engagement of the new year. The young mother stopped by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families’ early years parenting unit and met with young mothers who have had to overcome family life battling addiction and abuse.

Kate encouraged the women, conceding "parenting is tough" no matter who you are or the circumstances you encounter while raising children.

Kate also visited with young mothers of children struggling with personality disorders and mental health challenges and commended them for their work.

"And with the history and all the things and the experiences you've all witnessed, to do that on top of your own anxieties, and the lack of support you also received as mothers," Kate said. "I find it extraordinary how you've managed actually. So really well done.”




Prince Philip to retire from public duties at age of 96

The ‘world’s most experienced plaque unveiler’, the Duke of Edinburgh, will stop his public engagements this summer

Caroline Davies

Thursday 4 May 2017 17.55 BST
First published on Thursday 4 May 2017 10.10 BST

The Duke of Edinburgh will retire from public engagements in the summer at the age of 96, a decision that Buckingham Palace said had the full support of the Queen.

Shortly after the news was announced, Prince Philip was on duty, and on customary form , joining the Queen at St James’s Palace for a service and lunch for the Order of Merit.

When the mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah told him: “I’m sorry to hear you’re standing down,” Philip shot back: “Well I can’t stand up much longer.”

Tributes to the longest-serving royal consort in British history, who will turn 96 on 10 June, followed the announcement, first made to royal staff in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

The prime minister, Theresa May, said Philip had been a “steadfast support” to the Queen, while the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, an avowed republican, praised his “clear sense of public duty”.

The Duke of Edinburgh awards, which he set up in 1956 and are now the world’s leading youth achievement awards across 141 countries, were highlighted as one of his most striking achievements.

The Duke of Edinburgh was at Lord’s cricket ground on Wednesday.
Photograph: WPA Pool/Getty Images

An aide stressed it was not a medical decision. “The duke decided this is the right time. He’s nearly 96 and most people will have retired 30 years earlier.”

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “In taking this decision, the duke has the full support of the Queen. Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying the Queen.

“Thereafter, the duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time.

“Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagement with the support of members of the royal family.”

The announcement was made as the autumn diaries of the royals are being drawn up to give a clear signal of Prince Philip’s intention to the hundreds of organisations he is associated with.

Philip, who famously describes himself as “the world’s most experienced plaque unveiler” has undertaken 22,191 solo engagements and given 5,493 speeches in almost seven decades as the Queen’s “strength and stay”. He has never taken the official title of prince consort, despite it being offered. He has one of the royal family’s busiest diaries; , last year, he carried out official meetings and visits on 110 days.

he Duke of Edinburgh, second left, with the rest of his family on the royal barge during the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012. Photograph: WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Queen, whom the Philip has affectionately nicknamed “cabbage”, will attend more solo engagements or be accompanied by younger members of the royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced in January they were moving from Norfolk to London, with William giving up his job as an air ambulance helicopter pilot in the summer with the intention of taking up more royal duties.

Prince Philip will spend more time at Windsor, enjoying leisure time. He is still an active carriage driver, though he no longer competes, and was seen driving his cart and horses through Windsor as recently as March. He also loves oil painting and the outdoors. His barbecues are legendary, as the former prime minister David Cameron attested on Twitter.

He will continue his association with more than 780 organisations of which he is a patron, president or member of, though he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements. His particular fields of interest include scientific and technological research, industry, the environment and sport. He has authored 14 books.

Tributes poured in from the charities he supports. The conservation charity WWF said he was “a true champion of the environment”, while Muscular Dystrophy UK wished him “a well deserved and happy retirement”.

Book Aid International said the duke’s support had been “a privilege and an honour”. The dean of the chapel royal in Scotland, the Very Rev Prof Iain Torrance, thanked “our witty and eagled-eyed Duke of Edinburgh” for his “unstinting” promotion of organisations across the country.

The Eccentric Club in London said it looked forward to continuing its relationship and wished him “a most eccentric and delightful ‘retirement’”.

In recent years, he has been admitted to hospital on a number of occasions for abdominal surgery, bladder infections and a blocked coronary artery.

Acknowledgement that he was thinking of retirement came on his 90th birthday, when he stepped down as president or patron of more than a dozen organisations and told the BBC: “I reckon I’ve done my bit,” adding: “It’s better to get out before you reach your sell-by date.”

Seen as a moderniser, who chaired the royals’ Way Ahead Group, Philip was instrumental in abolishing the practice of debutantes being presented at court and in instituting informal palace lunches drawing people from different walks of life together.
On his marriage, he effectively gave up a promising naval career, which could have seen him become first sea lord. It was curtailed in 1951 with the failing health of his father-in-law George VI. When the Queen bestowed on him the title Lord High Admiral, titular head of the navy, on his 90th birthday, it was seen as an affectionate tribute.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was among those who praised the duke not just for his seven decades of royal duties but also “his time fighting for Britain during the second world war in the Royal Navy”. Philip was mentioned in dispatches for courage during the Battle of Cape Matapan.

Over his 70 years at the Queen’s side – they celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary in November – he has seen the popularity of the royal family fluctuate and his sense of humour sometimes translated into “gaffe-prone prince” headlines. It seems not to have bothered him.

He once told biographer Gyles Brandreth that the adulation of the royal couple in the early years of the Queen’s reign was so unbelievable “it could have been corroding”. “It would have been very easy to play to the gallery, but I took the conscious decision not to do that. Safer not to be too popular. You can’t fall too far,” he said.

While many paid tribute to Philip, the shadow business minister Chi Onwurah tweeted: “Congratulations to Prince Philip on retiring in financial security at a time of his choosing from a job he enjoys #forthemanynotthefew #waspi,” referring to the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign.



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Wince Philip: Prince's most famous comments and clangers

Duke of Edinburgh’s reputation for plain speaking has often led to controversy, but he has also been called a national treasure

    Prince Philip to retire from public engagements, says palace

The Duke of Edinburgh has shocked and sometimes delighted the public with his outspoken comments and clangers.

His reputation for plain speaking has often led to controversy, but he was once called a “national treasure” by the press for his inability to curb his off-the-cuff remarks.
Prince Philip to retire from public duties at age of 96
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He claimed he was misunderstood. In fact, the duke has been “misunderstood” almost everywhere he has been.

Here are some of Philip’s famous phrases:

    “What do you gargle with, pebbles?” (speaking to the singer Tom Jones after the 1969 Royal Variety Performance)
    “I declare this thing open, whatever it is.” (on a visit to Canada in 1969)
       “I declare this thing open, whatever it is.” (on a visit to Canada in 1969)
    “Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed.” (during the 1981 recession)
    “If it has got four legs and it is not a chair, if it has got two wings and it flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and it is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it.” (at a 1986 World Wildlife Fund meeting)

    “It looks like a tart’s bedroom.” (on seeing plans for the Duke and Duchess of York’s house at Sunninghill Park in 1988)
    “Yak, yak, yak; come on, get a move on.” (shouted from the deck of Britannia in Belize in 1994 to the Queen, who was chatting to her hosts on the quayside)

    “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?” (to a driving instructor in Oban, Scotland, during a 1995 walkabout)

    “Bloody silly fool!” (in 1997, referring to a Cambridge University car park attendant who did not recognise him)

    “It looks as if it was put in by an Indian.” (pointing at an old-fashioned fusebox in a factory near Edinburgh in 1999)
    “Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf.” (to young deaf people in Cardiff, in 1999, referring to a school’s steel band)
    “They must be out of their minds.” (in the Solomon Islands, in 1982, when he was told that the annual population growth was 5%)
(Prince Philip supposedly asked the Queen at her coronation: ‘Where did you get that hat?’

    “If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed.” (to British students in China, during the 1986 state visit)

    “You can’t have been here that long – you haven’t got a pot belly.” (to a Briton in Budapest, Hungary, in 1993)

    “I wish he’d turn the microphone off.” (muttered at the Royal Variety Performance as he watched Sir Elton John perform in 2001)
    “Do you still throw spears at each other?” (in Australia in 2002, talking to a successful Indigenous Australian entrepreneur)
    “You look like a suicide bomber.” (to a young female officer wearing a bullet-proof vest on Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, in 2002)

    “There’s a lot of your family in tonight.” (after looking at the name badge of the businessman Atul Patel at a palace reception for British Indians in 2009)

    “Do you have a pair of knickers made out of this?” (pointing to some tartan, to the Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie at a papal reception in Edinburgh in 2010)

    “I hope he breaks his bloody neck.” (when a photographer covering a royal visit to India fell out of a tree)
    “If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she’s not interested.” (on the Princess Royal)
    “When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.” (on marriage)

    “Where did you get that hat?” (supposedly to the Queen at her coronation)



How the Queen fought to marry Prince Philip despite King George VI's reservations

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The Duke of Edinburgh retired from his royal duties on Thursday (4 April). And, as he approaches his 96th birthday next month, he wins the accolade of longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch.

Despite being notoriously modest – he allegedly loathes talking about himself and his achievements – he is patron to 780 organisations, in which he will continue to be associated with after he steps down in autumn 2017.

He has also walked a few steps behind the Queen since their wedding day in 1947, something Her Majesty may find tough living without at future major events.

The couple will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on 20 November this year, but as most know, it hasn't been all smooth-sailing.

Elizabeth II and Prince Philip first began corresponding when the then princess was just 13-years-old and he was a newbie at the Royal Navy, aged 18.

Despite the couple being third cousins through Queen Victoria, Philip was the tall, handsome, blonde stranger from overseas – a Prince of Greece and Denmark – and may not have been so readily accepted into the British royal family.

Whispering courtiers, and Elizabeth's beloved father King George VI had reservations about the dashing naval officer, as depicted in Netflix's The Crown.

It was only natural that the older generation, such as Lord Salisbury – a friend of the king's – would be concerned that the future Queen find her perfect match.

The nephew of King Constantine of Greece was regarded as "a relatively impoverished princeling, reared as a commoner, has washed dishes, fired boilers, even played on a skittles team organized by the owner of a local pub," according to Time.

His father was exiled from Greece when the prince was just one year's old and his family fled to Paris while his mother eventually went to a sanatorium in Germany. Quite the different childhood that the Queen experienced with her royal family, private tutors and safe surroundings.

However, the Queen was apparently besotted with Philip since a young teenager and never fell for another man, despite the prince having other relationships while she grew into adulthood.

Despite Philip's British background and war record – he served with the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets during the Second World War – King George was worried about how Philip would be received by the British public.

He was particularly concerned about how it would take to a Greek prince as the husband of the heiress presumptive.

But Elizabeth stuck to her guns and wouldn't give up the man who ruffled the king's feathers with his boisterous mannerisms and blunt one-liners. Sally Bedell Smith told People: "She fell in love at age 18 and she never looked at anyone else."
So Elizabeth won and married her prince when she was 21, after her circumspect father asked them to wait a year to be sure they wanted to wed.

The Crown executive producer Suzanne Mackie previously said: "One of Elizabeth's greatest achievements is being allowed to marry the love of her life. Like any marriage, it would undertake endless recalibration and navigation and re-negotiation."

Though Philip has remained utterly dedicated to his Queen, he has enjoyed a wealth of extra interests including sport, being a keen yachtsman and is still carriage driving at the age of 95.



A Few Rare Glimpses of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews's Romance
Pippa Middleton is marrying her longtime boyfriend, James Matthews, this May, and we've been finding ourselves wanting to know more and more about their romance. Even though their love story has been almost 10 years in the making, the pair has managed to keep their relationship pretty under the radar. Unlike her big sister, Kate — who has shared numerous sweet moments with Prince William — Pippa has only been spotted out and about with her husband-to-be on a handful of occasions. From their family getaways to their fun-filled ski adventures, see some of their rare appearances together over the past few years.



This week we look at the story of a Norwegian man who started out a humble fisherman. Now he’s the billionaire owner of an oil company. He believes he owes his fortune to the ocean, so now wants to clean up the oceans and give away most of his money.

Oil Billionaire’s Plan To Clean The Ocean

Kjell Inge Roekke is a man of contradictions. The billionaire owner of an oil company sounds like an unlikely environmentalist, but he is determined to clean up the oceans.

As a young man, Roekke was a high school dropout who moved to the US to become a humble fisherman. Now he is the tenth-richest man in Norway. Worth two billion dollars, he plans to give much of his money away and is starting with cleaning up our oceans.

The Earth is called the blue planet for a good reason. The oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth’s surface. Over 50 percent of all life exists beneath the waves. Humans are destroying it with plastic and pollution. Ironically, Roekke, a man who has made part of his fortune through petroleum, wants to clean the ocean of plastic garbage.

In the Pacific Ocean, there is an island called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is twice the size of the continental United States. It consists of nothing but small pieces of plastic and the rotting corpses of sea life and birds.

Our marine life is drowning in a soup of plastic triggered by our disposable culture. Kjell is taking direct action.

The billionaire is buying a state-of-the-art ship, which will remove five tons of plastic from our oceans daily.

Kjell started his business empire building industrial fishing boats. He believes he owes his fortune to the ocean and wants to pay the debt back.

The seafaring man said, “I want to give back to society the bulk of what I’ve earned. This ship is a part of it.”

Managed by the conservation organization WWF, the ship’s mission is to detox the oceans.

It couldn’t come at a better time. Earlier this year a killer whale washed up on a UK shore that was poisoned by man-made chemicals.

The whale called Lulu was the most contaminated on record.

Lulu was 20 years old and had never reproduced because her body had become so toxic.

Kjell has granted WWF complete control of the boat. The conservation organization is not comfortable with the practices of the Norwegian’s oil business. Yet in the struggle to save the environment, unlikely partners must work together.

Without the world’s oceans, life on Earth wouldn’t exist. They are over four billion years old. Man-made plastic has existed for less than two centuries. The damage it has caused has been immense, but not fatal. The tide can and must turn.

someone who leaves school without graduating
not arrogant; living simply
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items that can be used once or for a short time and are they thrown out
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expensive and very current; using new technology
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