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Queen Elizabeth II buys world largest wind turbine - towers over Big Ben, to light up thousands of British homes

By WcP.Scientific.Mind - Posted on 03 October 2008

Elizabeth II, The Queen of England


It's been a century or so since Britain ruled the waves, but Queen Elizabeth II will soon reign over the wind. Earlier this year the Crown Estate, which manages royal property worth $14 billion and controls the seas up to 14 miles off the British coast, agreed to purchase - for an undisclosed sum - the world's largest wind turbine.

the Queen of England is buying the world's largest wind turbine, which towers over Big Ben and will light up thousands of British homes

It's a 7.5-megawatt monster to be built by Clipper Windpower of Carpinteria, Calif. Now the Royal Turbine is getting even bigger: Clipper has revealed to Fortune that Her Majesty's windmill has been super-sized to ten megawatts, producing five times the power generated by typical big turbines currently in commercial operation. The giant's wingspan stretches the length of two soccer fields. At 574 feet, the turbine soars over Big Ben and roughly equals 111 Queen Elizabeths (the actual queen) plus one corgi stacked on top of one another.

Her Majesty The Queen at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with ACCA President John Brace

The Queen's turbine will displace two million barrels of oil as well as 724,000 tons of CO2 over its lifetime. This prototype will be the flagship for Clipper's Britannia Project, an effort to create a new generation of massive-megawatt turbines to be placed on deep-sea floating platforms. When the windmill goes online in 2012 somewhere off the British coast, it could power 3,700 average homes.

April 05, 2013 - Queen Elizabeth the 'most memorable' Bond girl as she receives a BAFTA AND the BAFTA for best performance by a sovereign in an Olympics opening ceremony goes to ... Her Majesty the Queen. Or, as the chairman of BAFTA called her, "the most memorable Bond girl yet".

The Queen was awarded an honorary BAFTA last night at a reception at Windsor Castle honouring the best of British film and television talent. It was an evening when some of the most glittering names in the industry were on show, from Sir Kenneth Branagh and Damian Lewis to Helena Bonham Carter and Thandie Newton.

But this time they were there as spectators, as the award went to an 86-year-old woman who made her screen acting debut last year and had only one line to deliver. At least she wrote it herself, as Danny Boyle recently revealed. "Good evening Mr Bond," she said in her scene with Daniel Craig for the opening ceremony, the one where her stunt double jumped out of a helicopter (it was a double, wasn't it?). She will be improvising with Mike Leigh next.

The Queen was presented with her BAFTA by Sir Kenneth, for what John Willis, the BAFTA chairman, called "her outstanding patronage of the film and television industries".
He added: "More recently Her Majesty the Queen starred at the London Olympics as the most memorable Bond girl yet."
She smiled, raised her eyebrows and, unlike just about every other BAFTA winner in history, declined to give a speech.

Instead there was Sir Kenneth, who told her: "Of all the many wondrous things you have given us throughout your extraordinary reign, your sensational appearance at the opening ceremony at last year's London Olympics was especially memorable. "So much so that several of my colleagues here tonight want you to know that if you wish to venture further into the world of British films, that they have a number of scripts with them here this evening." He said that "not all of these films are fully financed", but if the Queen wished to become attached finance would no doubt become available. They would, he added, be happy to deal with her agent - even if Daniel Craig was not actually there last night.

After the ceremony Sir Kenneth said: "She said she had often seen these being presented, and it was a thrill. She was amazed at how bright and polished it was and also how heavy it was." The 300 guests, who ranged from actors and directors to costume and set designers, publicists and critics, included Billy Connolly, Richard Curtis, John Hurt, Penelope Keith, George Lucas, Eddie Redmayne, James Nesbitt, Leslie Phillips, Jonathan Ross, Christopher Nolan, Carey Mulligan, Minnie Driver and Sophie Okonedo.

Members of the Royal Family at the reception included the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Beatrice. Damian Lewis, the Homeland star, said: "The film industry is a very important part of what we do in this country. We punch way above our weight here. With little funding, our arts in this country are some of our greatest exports. To have that recognised by your monarch is important." George Lucas, the Star Wars director, said that the British Government did far more for its film industry than the US Government. "The film industry is always struggling and the more help it gets, the better. Many years ago Britain did not support the film industry. When I came here it was on its last legs. Fortunately now it's a lot steadier."

In the Waterloo Chamber guests were able to see an exhibition that included George VI's cine camera and an 1896 entry from Queen Victoria's journal in which she refers to the start of cinematography. Her entry for October 3, 1896, when she was at Balmoral, reads: "At 12 went down to below the Terrace, near the Ball Room, & were all photographed by [Edward] Downey by the new cinematograph process, which makes moving pictures by winding off a reel of films. We were walking up and down and the children were jumping about." Not that she overly impressed by the end result. After seeing footage of her Diamond Jubilee procession a year later she wrote: "They are very wonderful, but I thought them a little hazy and rather too rapid in their movements."

A short film, titled One Hundred Years of Film - a seven-minute-long tribute of 232 film clips, produced by BAFTA with the support of the British film industry - was also screened.

03/13/2013 - QQueen Elizabeth II's Private Sitting Room In Balmoral Proves She's Just Like Us, Kind Of (PHOTOS) Family photos, piles of magazines and dozens of little tchotchkes and stuffed animals -- no, we're not describing our grannies' homes. That's actually what you'll find in Queen Elizabeth II's private sitting room in Balmoral, Scotland.

And that's not all.
In new images from the documentary "Our Queen" by Michael Waldman, we get a rare glimpse inside her private retreat, which is decorated with cozy decor and contains a surprising amount of clutter. Between the floral-print sitting chairs by the electric fireplace, the visible hanging wire from her artwork and the inevitable corgi statues, her majesty proves she's just like us (with a few more self-portraits laying around -- but hey, she's the queen).

In true Scottish fashion, the royal has even decked out her space with tartan carpets (although if we had to pick a theme for this room, it'd definitely be "shabby chic"). Scroll through the images below to see inside the Queen's room, and if you can, catch the documentary Sunday March 17, on ITV. Hat tip to the Daily Mail. (Photos - Queen Elizabeth II's Style Evolution)


Images courtesy of Fortune, ACCA, and Elite Choice

Original Source: Fortune

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Wind turbines are just one of the ways to harness nature's power to generate energy. If possible, the Queen can also look into tidal energy. The are machines that harness the powerful force of waves and convert them into energy. Though they might not be as efficient as wind energy now, with a bit of investment from the Queen, I bet it could be the wave of the future, pun not intended.

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