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Old 04-24-2006, 01:17 AM
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Wonderful photos. Thanks for posting them. Cream seems to be the colour of the season! Does anyone know whether there is any consultation between the ladies as to who is wearing what colour? The neutral colours of most outfits allow the Queen's ice-blue/green outfit to stand out. There is another pale blue outfit but none that I can see in the same shade as her Majesty's.
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I did read that there's enough consultation to ensure that no other royal lady is wearing the same colour as the Queen at an event like this; beyond that, I'm sure there's a certain amount of "what are you wearing?" phone chat between royal ladies or their ladies in waiting, but probably nothing formal or anything.
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Old 04-24-2006, 02:41 AM
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Thanks to all who posted these great pics! As always Bea and Eugenie are my two favourites, so beautiful young ladies and look at their shoes.. :)
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Old 04-24-2006, 03:11 AM
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I second that! Many thanks to all.

Terribly sad to see such a tortured looking Duchess of Kent. Has anyone heard whether she's ill?
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Old 04-24-2006, 03:34 AM
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several unseen royals.. (from UKpress)

1 - Queen Anne Marie with her husband, King Constantine of Greece
2&3 - Duchess of Gloucester, with her husband
4 - Peter Phillips

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Old 04-24-2006, 03:51 AM
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I wonder why Zara did not attend this special occasion.
She attened...
i don't think she is... there isn't a picture of her so far.


TimesOnline just published a really long guest list :

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Service of Thanksgiving for the 80th Birthday of the Queen

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were present at mattins held yesterday in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, to celebrate the 80th birthday of The Queen.
  • The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall,
  • Prince William of Wales,
  • Prince Henry of Wales,
  • the Duke of York,
  • Princess Beatrice of York,
  • Princess Eugenie of York,
  • the Earl and Countess of Wessex,
  • the Princess Royal and Rear-Admiral Timothy Laurence,
  • Mr Peter Phillips,
  • Viscount and Viscountess Linley,
  • Lady Sarah Chatto and Mr Daniel Chatto,
  • the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester,
  • the Earl and Countess of Ulster,
  • Lady Rose Windsor,
  • the Duke and Duchess of Kent,
  • the Earl and Countess of St Andrews,
  • Lord Downpatrick,
  • Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor,
  • Lord Nicholas Windsor,
    Lady Helen Taylor and Mr Timothy Taylor,
  • Prince and Princess Michael of Kent,
  • Lord Frederick Windsor,
  • Lady Gabriella Windsor,
  • Princess Alexandra, &
  • Miss Marina Ogilvy attended.
Among others present were:
  • King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes,
  • the Aga Khan,
  • the American Ambassador and Mrs Tuttle,
  • the Duke and Duchess of Abercorn,
  • the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry,
  • Deborah Duchess of Devonshire,
  • the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire,
  • the Duchess of Grafton,
  • Evelyn Duchess of Sutherland,
  • Brigadier the Duke and Duchess of Wellington,
  • Major-General the Duke of Westminster,
  • the Marquess of Cholmondeley,
  • Major-General Lord and Lady Michael Fitzalan Howard,
  • the Earl and Countess of Airlie,
  • Earl and Countess of Carnarvon,
  • the Earl of Dalhousie,
  • the Earl and Countess of Dalkeith,
  • the Earl and Countess of Derby,
  • the Earl and Countess of Halifax,
  • the Earl and Countess of Home,
  • Earl and Countess Peel,
  • the Earl and Countess of Portarlington,
  • Earl and Countess Spencer,
  • the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne,
  • Viscount and Viscountess Brookeborough,
  • Viscount and Viscountess Lascelles.
for the rest of the article : http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...148875,00.html
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The Birthday celebrations were excellent and Her Majesty appeared to have a wonderful time. The Service in St Georges was lovely and the Dean Preached a beautiful sermon.
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Old 04-24-2006, 04:54 AM
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I wonder why Zara did not attend this special occasion.
She was competing in an equestrian event.:)
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Queen draws strength from her family and her faith

After the secular celebrations, the Queen yesterday joined family and friends for a reflective and deeply Christian service of thanksgiving to mark her 80th birthday.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main...4/nqueen24.xml
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I second that! Many thanks to all.

Terribly sad to see such a tortured looking Duchess of Kent. Has anyone heard whether she's ill?
The Duchess of Kent's appearance is due to the fact that she has a medical condition which has made her facial muscles sag. I can't remember the name of it but I'm pretty sure it's not Bell's Palsy. She still works as a music teacher. When she retired from royal life she took up music teaching, up until she turned 70 she taught music in a government school in Hull to primary school children. She did so volunterily and when she retired from the school she set up a Foundation to pay the salary of a music teacher, the Duchess stayed on as a school Governor, as far as I'm aware she still is. When she retired from the school the Duchess gave a series of interviews to highlight the fact that the Blair government puts very little money into music programs and very few government primary and high schools have specialist music teachers. I read the interview she gave to Hello Magazine and she also gave one to a 'better' British newspaper ( not a tabloid!) She did say though that even though she would no longer be teaching in a school she would continue to teach her private students. She has a flat in Notting Hill and teaches individual students there. In interviews her daughter Lady Helen has given she said that her mother still teaches private students.

The Duchess attends all private royal events but not official events and probably after the comments she's received this time about her appearance, ( some quite cruel I thought, not yours joon112) I doubt whether there will be many more appearances in public.
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Old 04-24-2006, 06:46 AM
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i don't think she is... there isn't a picture of her so far.
Yeah she didn't.I don't konw what was in my head.My mistake.... :p
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I did wonder how long it would take for people to say Camilla and Charles were not speaking. The BBC did show the service on TV and I have to say that Charles and Camilla sat next to one another and smiled at each other, whispered something now and then and he helped her with her Order of Service. On the steps, Camilla spoke with William and the Queen then stepped back to speak to Anne who she shared an umbrella with. Charles was chatting with the Dean of Windsor and then Anne and then his mother. It's rare that the family are all together so I think Camilla was just chatting to people as she saw them.
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Let's not have unpleasantness in the Queen's 80th birthday thread, shall we?

No shouting (and yes, that means ALL CAPS), no telling other members what to do, etc. You know the drill.

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Old 04-24-2006, 08:21 AM
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Thanks purple platinum for the list of guests.

Ah Earl Spencer was at the Thanksgiving service. This makes me wonder whether they were there at Harry's passing out but weren't photographed.

I hope so for Harry's sake at least.
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Old 04-24-2006, 08:40 AM
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Personally, I thought inviting Earl Spencer was a mistake but I suppose they had to. But maybe it was a good thing - a way of telling him what's what.
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I think the Queen understands that bringing the Spencers back into the fold would stop them from making negative comments. It's probably part of why she was so kind to Diana. Plus, Lord Spencer is a godchild, and he seems to get on well enough with his nephews.
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Old 04-24-2006, 09:39 AM
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Other than Diana's funeral...I don't believe the Earl has made negative comments. It definitely wasn't the place for it..but he was grieving and some of it needed to be said. And like it or not...he is her godchild. That shows that Queen despite personal differences can see the bigger picture and I say good for her!

Back to the topic on hand..I don't think members of the Forum are being deliberately cruel about the Duchess of Kent. Let's face it..we are all getting older..but seeing how popular she was and continues to be..when you don't see someone for awhile and then you see them and it looks like they have been ill..well...its quite a shock.
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The Earl made negative comments right up until around the time of the trial (late 2002). He said a lot of things that weren't complementary towards the royal family in American interviews, and things that could be taken as him saying he and the Spencers were not allowed access to their nephews (this was while they were both still at Eton).

I don't think there was any intent to be cruel toward the Duchess of Kent. Her appearance has gotten to the point of being alarming. Even when compared to photos from a year or so ago, never mind compared to when she was carrying out engagements.
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I remember seeing the Duchess on 'This Morning' last year, about a week before Princess Michael was on, and the Duchess looked happy and well - and quite youthful. So when I saw her yesterday, it really was a shock and I think that it's the shock that has prompted alot of the comments.
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HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY TO HER MAJESTY.
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