Monthly Archives: November 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ONE AND ALL

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a time to give thanks for the blessings in life.  It’s a day that’s spent with family and friends eating lots of turkey and all the trimmings.   I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you around the world for visiting my site and reading my books.   Happy Thanksgiving!  Illustration from wikicommons.

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THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE LEND THEIR SUPPORT TO ONLY CONNECT

On November 19, 2013, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Only Connect charity in London.  Only Connect is a London charity that helps in providing support and training for youth at risk and ex-offenders.  The charity’s various programs which reach thousands of people a year, have made a positive effect in reducing the rate of re-offending by half.  Photos by Getty Images.

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PRINCE ALBERT II AND PRINCESS CHARLENE CELEBRATE MONACO’S NATIONAL DAY

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene celebrated Monaco’s National Day on November 19, 2013 with a Mass a the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and a National Parade.  At the palace, the couple greeted the crowds from a balcony.  Also attending celebrations were members of the family, including Princess Caroline, Princess Stephanie, Pierre Casiraghi, and Princess Alexandra of Hanover.  Photos by Getty Images.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II MEETS WITH WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED TREKKERS

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, met at Buckingham Palace on November 13, 2013 with trekkers of Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.  Also present was Prince Harry, who helped to explain to his grandmother, certain aspects involved with the trek.  The Walking With The Wounded is a charity based in the U.K. that raises funds to help re-educate and re-train wounded service personnel of the armed forces with the goal of aiding them in finding jobs after finishing their military service.  Photos by Getty Images.

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PRINCE CHARLES TURNS 65 YEARS OLD

The Prince of Wales turned 65 years old on November 14, 2013.  The prince, who was born in Buckingham Palace, was christened Charles Philip Arthur George.  In his long apprenticeship as heir to the throne, Prince Charles has done much in helping to raise substantial amounts of money for a variety of charities.  The prince, who has been married twice, is the father of the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry and this year, became a grandfather for the first time with the birth of Prince George of Cambridge.  On his 65th birthday, Prince Charles, accompanied by his wife, Camilla, was in India and Sri Lanka on an official visit.  While in Kochi, India, the couple was in Jewtown where they visited a synagogue.  Photos by Getty Images.

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THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH IN YPRES, BELGIUM ATTENDS THE LAST POST CEREMONY

The Duke of Edinburgh, who served in the Royal Navy in World War II, was in Ypres, Belgium on November 11, 2013  where, as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, attended The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.  The Last Post is a bugle call that is played as the final salute to the fallen.  This was the latest Remembrance ceremony  in the past several days in which the 92 year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth has participated.  Ypres is the scene of the some of the deadliest battles held during World War I.  Bags of soil had been collected by Belgian students from battlefields in Flanders.  The bags of soil were brought to London where they are to be placed at the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden at the Guards Museum in London.  Accompanying the Duke of Edinburgh at the ceremony of The Last Post was Prince Laurent of Belgium.  The Duke and the Prince each laid a wreath of poppies at the memorial.  Photos by Getty Images.

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THE PRINCE OF WALES COMMEMORATES REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY IN INDIA

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, on an official visit to India commemorated Remembrance Day on November 10, 2013 when the prince laid a wreath at Kirkee Commonwealth Cemetery in Pune where over 1600 Commonwealth soldiers are buried.  In Mumbai, the prince and duchess paid a visit to St. John the Evangelist Church (the Afghan Church) where a commemorative service was held in honor of those who fell in service.  During their visit, the couple met a 92 year old veteran who is the last living holder in India of the Burma Star.   Photos by Getty Images.

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