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Old 03-22-2012, 06:21 PM
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Queen Elizabeth attended an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace today, March 22, 2012.


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I'm really interested in the recipients here. Does anyone know who they are?
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The 2nd picture is Geoffrey Ashe. He's an historian and author, writing several books on the legend of King Arthur.

I'm afraid I don't know who the 1st person is.
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Thank you! Now the young lady intrigues me in her sneakers and what looks like a crutch at her side.
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The woman in the first picture is Kirsty Ashton

Inspirational fundraiser Kirsty Ashton, 21, awarded MBE in New Year Honours | Manchester Evening News - menmedia.co.uk
"Brave Kirsty Ashton, who has defied her own crippling illness to raise nearly £100,000 for sick children, has been honoured by the Queen. Kirsty joined a glittering list of celebrities on the New Year Honour's list after scooping an MBE aged just 21. She suffers from neurofibramatosis – meaning painful tumours grow on her back and must be removed several times a year."
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Thank you for that information, Thain. What an incredible story. She's a brave young lady indeed to go through such horrific battles with her condition and yet be determined enough to raise money and bring awareness to life-threatening illnesses.
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BOB, I may be mistaken, but I believe, Kirsty also met Princess Diana, at a fundraiser when she was younger!
2 things struck me here- how good that color looks on HM., and how good she seems to be at putting people with disabilities at ease....
But then she's had 60 years of practice....
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Thanks for that, Rose. It's true that the Queen looks like she's very good at putting people at ease of various ages, walks of life and their particular situations. Here, she looks like she's buttoning up Kirsty's jacket rather than pinning the honor on it. She has such a look of solicitude on her face ("We can't have you getting chilly, dear, BP is such a drafty place"), and Kirsty is just beaming away. I'm sure the Queen was just as delighted to honor a recipient as young and noteworthy as Kirsty as she was to receive that honor.
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BOB, turns out this Kirsty and the Kirsty who met Princess Diana are 2 different Kirstys!
The one that met Princess Di is-
Kirsty Howard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Agree about the Queen! It seems all the BRF are good at that.
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What an amazing girl. Thank you for the link, Roseroyal.
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This probably should be in Diamond Jubilee thread.

Bong! Will Big Ben tower be renamed after the Queen?
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The tower containing Big Ben should be renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen, senior MPs will say today. They are calling on Parliament’s authorities to recognise the monarch’s 60 years on the throne by mirroring a tribute paid to Queen Victoria. In 1860, the west tower of the Palace of Westminster, originally called The King’s Tower, was renamed the Victoria Tower to commemorate her long reign.
Personally, I think that's a great idea.
The Queen certainly deserves the honour as much as her great ancestress did.
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As much as I adore HM, can't they find another landmark to rename for her? What about the Elizabeth Eye instead of the London Eye? For me, the name Big Ben has always been seared in my consciousness as the most well-known clock in the world, memorialized in print and film.
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For BOB-My friend Sophie with her MBE presented to her by HM. the Queen at Windsor Castle:
Investitures Held At Windsor Castle - Pictures - Zimbio

Side note: Sophie has been to a reception at BP with The Queen- she is part of the British Equestrian Paralympic Team for Great Britain...
She is also involved with the DOE Award, so she's met both the DOE and the EOW- She cannot talk about them without laughing, she says they are so funny!
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As much as I adore HM, can't they find another landmark to rename for her? What about the Elizabeth Eye instead of the London Eye? For me, the name Big Ben has always been seared in my consciousness as the most well-known clock in the world. And maybe that's why they want to change the name, who knows.....
I don't believe they want to rename Big Ben (the clock) just the tower it's housed in. Therefore, I wish they would pick something else, too, so that her name would be more prominent....if it is only the tower they rename, I think people would still just say Big Ben.
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For BOB-My friend Sophie with her MBE presented to her by HM. the Queen at Windsor Castle:
Investitures Held At Windsor Castle - Pictures - Zimbio

Side note: Sophie has been to a reception at BP with The Queen- she is part of the British Equestrian Paralympic Team for Great Britain...
She is also involved with the DOE Award, so she's met both the DOE and the EOW- She cannot talk about them without laughing, she says they are so funny!
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What a great story and such an honor for your friend! Thank you for that.

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I don't believe they want to rename Big Ben (the clock) just the tower it's housed in. Therefore, I wish they would pick something else, too, so that her name would be more prominent....if it is only the tower they rename, I think people would still just say Big Ben.
OK, I see, that's my haste in reading when it's getting this late; thanks for clarifying that. All I could see was Big Ben and changing the name. Now carefully rereading the article, I see that the tower is currently named St. Stephen's Tower or the Clock Tower. But all this is still too closely related to Big Ben, and you're right, Windsorgirl, everyone would still associate the tower with Big Ben and still call it as such, instead of the Elizabeth Tower. Hence my mistake, too, in not realizing that the tower has a different name. She deserves a landmark where her name would definitely be predominant.
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BOB, I may be mistaken, but I believe, Kirsty also met Princess Diana, at a fundraiser when she was younger!
2 things struck me here- how good that color looks on HM., and how good she seems to be at putting people with disabilities at ease....
But then she's had 60 years of practice....
I think this is a gift for quite a few members of the BRF, and I really do love seeing it in action.

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Thanks for that, Rose. It's true that the Queen looks like she's very good at putting people at ease of various ages, walks of life and their particular situations. Here, she looks like she's buttoning up Kirsty's jacket rather than pinning the honor on it. She has such a look of solicitude on her face ("We can't have you getting chilly, dear, BP is such a drafty place"), and Kirsty is just beaming away. I'm sure the Queen was just as delighted to honor a recipient as young and noteworthy as Kirsty as she was to receive that honor.
I agree with what you're saying. Her Majesty has that touch of a loving and doting Granny to her (which of course she is), and I think people are drawn to that. Both women seem to be getting a great deal of joy from their interactions.

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For BOB-My friend Sophie with her MBE presented to her by HM. the Queen at Windsor Castle:
Investitures Held At Windsor Castle - Pictures - Zimbio

Side note: Sophie has been to a reception at BP with The Queen- she is part of the British Equestrian Paralympic Team for Great Britain...
She is also involved with the DOE Award, so she's met both the DOE and the EOW- She cannot talk about them without laughing, she says they are so funny!
What an accomplishment!

Just a side note; while I was reading the article about Kirsty, I noticed her statement that what she does is done out of love and desire to help others. That attitude is great to see. I think when one is using one's own exceptionality to help others, it gives the person and those he/she is helping a great deal in return; the giver is rewarding with watching his/her efforts helping others, and the recipient is able to draw inspiration and strength from someone who has been in similar situations.
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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are in Manchester today, March 23, 2012.

They'll open the Central Manchester University Hospitals, the MediaCityUK and BBC Media
City as well as Manchester Central. They'll also have lunch at Manchester Town Hall.


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Just a note to say that Big Ben is not the tower or the clock. Big Ben is the bell that chimes when the clock strikes the time. So St Stephen's Tower could be renamed the Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben would still retain its nickname.
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Heh, the Queen has just started a Sport Relief Mile race in Salford at MediaCityUK, but half the runners didn't actually start running they all rushed up to the front of the podium where the Queen was standing to take pictures of her on their phone. You could see the Queen just standing there as if to say - well go on then, isn't this supposed to be a race?
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That's a cute story; I wonder if HM eventually shooed them back to the starting line!

And I got it straighten out about the Big Ben clock/St. Stephen's Tower names last night, thanks!
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