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Old 03-13-2005, 04:25 PM
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Does anyone else find it odd that the Queen is at the races with Camilla's ex-husband?
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Old 03-13-2005, 08:29 PM
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Does anyone else find it odd that the Queen is at the races with Camilla's ex-husband?
I don't think it's odd. It's not as if they went there together or secretly planned ahead of time to meet. She's known him for years and years; he's held official positions close to the royal family. It would not seem odd that she briefly chatted with him between races, as reported.
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Today The Queen will attend Commonwealth Day Service at westminster Abbey.Later today, The Queen will launch The Queen's Baton Relay Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006.
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Old 03-14-2005, 09:27 AM
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I agree: her neck is always uncovered.
well that would be the first spot to protect during the winter months.
turtlenecks are ideal
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From BBC News:



Baton begins Commonwealth journey

The Queen has handed the Commonwealth Games 2006 baton to supermodel Elle McPherson, launching the world's longest relay from Buckingham Palace.

The baton, carried by thousands of runners, will travel 110,000 miles through 71 countries on its way to Melbourne, Australia, for the games.

It contains a message from the Queen which will be read out at the opening ceremony on 15 March 2006.

The Queen's baton relay has been part of the games since 1958.

Speaking to the BBC after handing the baton on to a runner, Australian supermodel Elle McPherson said she was "very, very honoured" to be part of the ceremony, adding the Queen "looked delicious in her pink suit".

She said the Commonwealth Games was a celebration of culture and sport, which was very important.

"Particulary as Melbourne is a city that really portrays that," she said.

The model carried the baton through the gates of Buckingham Palace before handing it to 2000 Olympic 400-metre champion Cathy Freeman.

Freeman gave the baton to Kelly Holmes, the British gold medalist in the 800 and 1,500 meters at last year's Athens Olympics.

Dame Kelly took up the baton at Clarence House, home of the Prince of Wales, and handed it to 2004 Olympic boxing lightweight silver medallist Amir Khan further along The Mall.

Also at the Palace for the start were the Duke of Edinburgh, the Household Cavalry, Royal British Legion Band and schoolchildren carrying the flags of the Commonwealth, plus six London taxis in the Melbourne Games livery.

By 18 March the baton will reach Wales before travelling to the Isle of Man on 21 March.

It will arrive in Northern Ireland by 24 March, Scotland by 27 March and Guernsey on 31 March.

On 3 April it will be in Gibraltar, followed by Cyprus on 7 April, Malta on 10 April before returning to the Channel Islands and Jersey on 12 April and England by 15 April.

It then travels to Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Asia before the final strait to Australia having visited all 71 Commonwealth countries.

A message from the Queen is stored on a memory chip in the baton, which has 71 lights on its front - representing the 71 Commonwealth nations. These will progressively light up as the baton arrives in each country.


14 March: The baton relay starts outside Buckingham Palace in London
18 March: Reaches Cardiff
21 March: Reaches Douglas, Isle of Man
24 March: Reaches Belfast
27 March: Reaches Glasgow
31 March: Reaches St Peter Port, Guernsey
The baton then travels to Gibraltar, Cyprus and Malta before returning to St Helier, Jersey by 12 April
It returns to London by 15 April en route to Gambia
It will arrive in Melbourne on 24 January 2006, having visited all 71 Commonwealth nations
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Queen's speech stresses education

The Queen has stressed the importance of education in building a better future and overcoming conflict, Aids, inequality and poverty.

In her 2005 Commonwealth Day Message she said education was the "key to unlocking human potential".

More than half of the Commonwealth's citizens were under 25 giving a "strong foundation" for the future, she said.

In his Commonwealth Day speech, Tony Blair spoke of the importance of education in building communities.

He said the UK would use its presidency of the G8 this year to focus on Africa and climate change while working for security, stability and sustainable prosperity during its EU presidency.

"The Commonwealth provides a unique forum for global diplomacy, one where consensus prevails in decision-making," he said.

The Queen said in her message - broadcast to nations throughout the Commonwealth - we face "significant challenges".

"Some people live in conditions of conflict or insecurity. Others have suffered the impact of natural disasters, such as flooding or hurricanes, which can cause great damage to their communities and countries," she said.

"Quite how destructive this can be became apparent with the devastating Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, and the hurricane in the Caribbean last September.

"Overcoming these global challenges, whether as individuals or nations, depends on human ingenuity and commitment. It involves young people in particular having the chance to develop their talents and their abilities - without being held back by inequality.

"In my lifetime, I have often seen that when people are encouraged to develop their skills of writing and reasoning, they are well paced to contribute their ideas and energies towards building a better future.

"The key to unlocking human potential, and creating opportunity, is education.

"Education is sometimes described as the golden thread that binds the Commonwealth. Our shared use of a common, world language - English - has underpinned a long and rich tradition of education co-operation.

"With our shared practices and similar systems, an extensive network of scholarships, and many examples of excellence, have been achieved.

"That work continues as the Commonwealth responds to today's new challenges. In our association, where around 75 million children lack access to basic education, one clear objective is the UN Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015.

"Another is the mitigating effects of HIV and Aids, two-thirds of whose sufferers around the world are Commonwealth citizens, and which is some member countries each year causes the death of more teachers than can be met by newly qualified replacements."
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The Queen's Commonwealth Day Message - from the official website:



TEXT OF THE QUEEN'S COMMONWEALTH DAY MESSAGE 2005

Of the nearly two billion citizens of the Commonwealth, more than half are under the age of twenty-five. That provides our association with a strong foundation for the future. Of course, we all face significant challenges. Some people live in conditions of conflict or insecurity. Others have suffered the impact of natural disasters, such as flooding or hurricanes, which can cause great damage to their communities and countries. Quite how destructive this can be became apparent with the devastating Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, and the hurricane in the Caribbean last September.

Overcoming these global challenges, whether as individuals or nations, depends on human ingenuity and commitment. It involves young people in particular having the chance to develop their talents and their abilities - without being held back by inequality. In my lifetime, I have often seen that when people are encouraged to develop their skills of writing and reasoning, they are well placed to contribute their ideas and energies towards building a better future.

The key to unlocking human potential, and creating opportunity, is education.

Education is sometimes described as the golden thread that binds the Commonwealth. Our shared use of a common, world language - English - has underpinned a long and rich tradition of educational co-operation. With our shared practices and similar systems, an extensive network of scholarships, and many examples of excellence, much has been achieved.

That work continues as the Commonwealth responds to today's new challenges. In our association, where around 75 million children lack access to basic education, one clear objective is the UN Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015. Another is mitigating the effects of HIV and AIDS, two-thirds of whose sufferers around the world are Commonwealth citizens, and which in some member countries each year causes the death of more teachers than can be met by newly qualified replacements. A third objective is to expand distance education, through bodies such as the Commonwealth of Learning - based in Canada - which encourages Commonwealth countries to pool their expertise. Knowledge-based economies are the key to future prosperity, and overcoming technological and other inequalities will be much in the minds of Commonwealth Heads of Government when they meet in Malta in November.

For all of us, knowledge is a life-long journey. Education is a precious gift which should be available to everyone, young and old. Not only does it equip us with the skills and the intellect to overcome the problems we face; it also increases our understanding of - and respect for - other people, whatever our differences may be. Perhaps Nelson Mandela put it best when he said, "education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world".

To everyone throughout the Commonwealth who is working towards this worthy goal, I extend my heartfelt thanks.

ELIZABETH R.
14 March 2005
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Thanks lots GrandDuchess.
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The pictures from The launching of The Queen's Baton Relay:
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Pictures from the Queen's Baton Relay launch at Buckingham Palace today. Pictures are from Getty & one from Polfoto:
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Any pics of The Commonwealth Day Services at Westminster Abbey yet?
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Pictures fro Getty:
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Some more pics: the Queen looks really great and elegant I love Her MAjesty so much:)
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A lovely close up picture of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth attending the Commonwealth Day church service yesterday! From Getty:
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The Queen visited the Royal Court of Justice yesterday,London:
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This outfit is a nice one.But we have not seen Her Majesty wear it lfor ong time.I remember the last time i saw it was Her Majesty visited to Canada in Oct 2002 on The Golden Jubilee Tour.Lovely one.
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Any other pics of The Queen visit Her Majesty's Court from other agency?
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Today Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh will attend a Reception for the Women's Royal Voluntary Service at St.James's Palace.
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Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh at the reception for the Women's Royal Voluntary Service at St James's Palace yesterday. Here they are seen with actress Paula Lenska, Ulrika Johnsson & Lance Gerrard-Wright, radio presenter Jenni Murray and TV presenter Cilla Black. The pics are from Getty:
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