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"Family & Public Service", a pledge at 21 carried to 90: 69 years' Nobility, Wisdom & Compassion. Thank you, Queen of Grace!
Inset: In 1940, Princess Elizabeth, 14, featured in a radio programme called Children's Hour. She sent her best wishes to the children who had been evacuated from Britain to America, Canada and elsewhere as Britain was suffering the worst of the Blitz during World War Two.
Bottom: Elizabeth became a Girl Guide in 1937, her sister, Princess Margaret enrolled as a Brownie and their mother became the Patron of the Girl Guides. During WWii, Elizabeth did her part to boost public morale.
The Queen with her great-grandchildren and youngest grandchildren. From left: James, Viscount Severn; Lady Louise Windsor; Mia Tindall (holding the Queen's handbag); Princess Charlotte; Savannah Phillips; Prince George and Isla Phillips.
Top: April 2016 - as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh walked the short distance from Windsor Castle, a spontaneous rendition of Happy Birthday rang out.
Bottom: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Bedaling Pass, on the Great Wall of China, on the third day of their state visit to the country. No British monarch had ever travelled to mainland China, let alone walked the Great Wall so the Queen's trip in October 1986 made history.
Honour. Courage. Example. King George VI, Queen Mother, Teen Elizabeth II... never left Buckingham Palace during wwii air raids
Top: King George VI addresses the nation by radio on 4 Sept 1939, the day after Britain declared war on Nazi Germany.
Center: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in rubble after Buckingham Palace bombed, 13 Sept 1940
Top: King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill
Inset: The King's brother, Prince George, Duke of Kent, killed on in 1942 (aged 39) on active service
Bottom: King and Queen with their daughter Princess Elizabeth visit the royal artillery during wwii
Left: Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day, 20 Nov 1947; Right: Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and Love and lasting 65-year marriage
By showing personal courage, King George VI and his wife (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) set extraordinary examples, became a symbol of national resistance. The royal family never left London, were sharing the same dangers and deprivations as the rest of the country, and leading his people through the hardships of World War Two (1939-1945).
Sept 1939 - war declared on Nazi Germany, King George VI and his wife determined to stay in London, despite German air raids.
07 Sept 1940 - the first German air raid on London killed about one thousand civilians.
13 Sept 1940 - the King and Queen narrowly avoided death when two German bombs exploded in a courtyard at Buckingham Palace while they were there. In defiance, the Queen famously declared: "I am glad we have been bombed. It makes me feel we can look the East End in the face". read more »
"The highest of distinctions is service to others." "Your work is the rent you pay for the room you occupy on earth."
"The highest of distinctions is service to others. "
- King George VI
"Let us join in thanking Almighty God that war has ended throughout the world."
- King George VI
"Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare."
- Elizabeth the Queen Mother
"Your work is the rent you pay for the room you occupy on earth."
- Elizabeth the Queen Mother
"How small and selfish is sorrow. But it bangs one about until one is senseless."
- Elizabeth the Queen Mother (in letter to Edith Sitwell, shortly after the death of George VI)
Life from and into Nature: Bald eagles with babies, ski climbing; Non-life robot crawls out of 3-D printer. News in photos
Ski touring group climbs adjacent to the Bec des Rosses mountain above the Swiss Alps resort of Verbier.
"Death from overworking" claims hit record high in Japan - legal claims relating to "karoshi" rose to a record high of 1,456 last financial year.
a baby crocodile decided to climb onto the head of a hapless frog
Billions: Sir Richard Branson, head of Virgin Group, said that he felt ‘sadness’ after Virgin America was bought by Alaska Airlines under a $2.6 billion deal.
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Lion does as lions do on wildland. Save twice-runaway 3yo lion fr tragic fate of escaped 2yo zebra, chased on golf court for hrs
Lion does as lions do on their own wild land in nature. Sylvester the Lion, one of the 3500 remaining male lions, has lion’s spirit, courage and intelligence, amazingly escaped twice, recaptured. His fate is now in human hands.
- Sylvester escaped a 90,000-hectares wildlife park in S Africa
- Rangers: he'd have to be killed because he was threat to humans
- But British charity has outlined plans to give him a new home
GPS glitch: 2 homes wrongly demolished - directed to wrong address; remote access / internet / data make bank heist easier
Update 15 May 2016 Unlucky woman's GPS led her straight into a lake
Technology doesn't always love you back.
A woman in Tobermory, Ontario drove down a boat ramp and into Lake Huron last Thursday thanks to faulty directions from her GPS.
The GPS has not yet apologized for its actions.
Luckily, she was able to roll down the window, retrieve her purse and clamber out of the car before it started to sink.
She is reportedly doing just fine, with no injuries other than a few technological trust issues.
26 March 2016
BBC: The company said Google Maps directed them to the wrong address; they were supposed to tear down a home just one block away. Diaz says she has now received a personal apology but hopes the company will change its procedures to ensure addresses are more thoroughly checked before any demolition starts. And she warns against relying on GPS for directions. "I do not like to rely on GPS," she says. "I've had GPS take me to the wrong places also. So I look at the map."
Diaz says the demolition crew, who were still at the site of her home when she arrived, did offer a kind of explanation. One employee told her they had been due to tear down a house at 7601 Cousteau Drive, one street away, but their GPS mapping system had taken them to her home at 7601 Calypso Drive instead - The building, which included two homes, was pummelled in December's tornado but was due to be repaired read more »
Beauty and Peace, as fragile as glass, shattered. Istanbul and now Brussels: innocent buried, candles lit, praying for Harmony
Resplendently attired cherry juice vendors demonstrate pouring techniques.
Istanbul's Blue Mosque overlook the Sea of Marmara.
Ferries cross the Bosporus, the water body between European and Asian sides of Istanbul.
A police officer secures the area after an explosion near the Ottoman-era Sultanahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque.
People light candles in Brussels on Tuesday.
floral carpet on the Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium
Congress Column at Christmas and Statue Of Leopold
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