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Old 11-12-2007, 11:23 AM
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....But on the topic of The Duchess, I love how she is growing her hair long at the moment. It's a wonderful length for her face and takes years away.
The Duchess absolutely looks so much younger with her new haristyle, Casiraghi!She just looks like 42 or 43 to my opinion!And also she has fairly good skin as well. This amazing lady is just carrying out elegance and true natural beauty!
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The Duchess looks fabulous! I wish the press would pay more attention to her and Princess Alexandra of kent.
In that picture she has a slight resemblance to Helen Mirren. Another stunning lady of a certain age who is growing older with such beauty and grace.
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Old 11-13-2007, 06:44 PM
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I agree with HMQueen that The Duchess looks to be 20 years younger than she is, 45 max. I heard she still plays tennis almost everyday, some three or four times a week, time permitting.
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Old 11-13-2007, 06:55 PM
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And she has no signs of work. I mean, those Buckingham Palace HQs are not forgiving at all and you can really zoom in. I did and I can't see any of the usual signs of botox etc. Power to Her.
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Old 11-20-2007, 05:58 AM
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From the Diamond Wedding Service of Thanksgiving: HRH The Duchess of Gloucester
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:29 AM
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Interview with HRH The Duke of Gloucester

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FOCUS: INTERVIEW WITH THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER

The Duke of Gloucester has been Grand Prior of the Order of St John since 1974. Later this month, His Royal Highness will visit Jerusalem to support its work.

The Order, one of whose motto is 'PRO UTILITATE HOMINUM - In the service of humanity', cares for the sick and promotes its international ideals through its work with the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem and the St John Ambulance Foundation.

This month's Focus features an interview with The Duke in which he discusses the work of the Order and looks forward to his visit.
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HRH told an interesting story about how the St John Ambulance touched his personal life as a child.
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"I also remember very well when my parents were coming back from Churchill's funeral, my father crashed the car. He wasn't actually hurt, but my mother was, and the next vehicle was a busload of miners in their St Johns uniforms who were also returning from the funeral. They leapt out, and put my mother back together again."
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Old 12-14-2007, 02:45 AM
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Pic 13.12.2007

The Duchess of Gloucester visits the Royal Academy of Music
on December 13, 2007 in London, England. Secchi/Scoopt/Getty

You can see more pics of the event at the Queen's current
events thread

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Old 12-14-2007, 08:34 AM
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The Duchess is wearing a gorgeous skirt at the RMA engagement. I think the jacket part of the outfit is the same as what she wore to the diamond anniversary, no? I like this outfit a lot, and it's the better for the absence of the hat she wore to the diamond service.

Well, that was it for 2007! No more engagements for the Duchess this year. She is now on sabbatical, you might say, for the holidays.

Merry Christmas

........ especially to her first and only grandchild, Lord Culloden, for whom this year is First Christmas!
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Old 12-17-2007, 12:37 AM
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Visit of HRH The Duke of Gloucester to the Middle East

Thursday 13 December 2007
HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited Mount Nebo, the burial place of Moses, in Jordan. See picture

Friday 14 December 2007
HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcre, Jerusalem, Israel. See picture
HRH also visited a hospital in Muriston that was run by the Order of St. John in the 12th Century. As Grand Prior of the Order of St. John, HRH was in Israel to recognize the work of the St. John Eye Hospital. See picture

Friday 14 December was Day One of the Israeli visit. HRH undertook engagements on the next two days as well. The Duchess joined him in Jerusalem on Saturday 15 December with one lady-in-waiting, Lucinda Hanbury. They undertook three mutual engagements on Sunday.

Says the Court Circular for Saturday:
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The Duke of Gloucester, Grand Prior, the Order of St. John, this morning visited the St John Eye Clinic, Anapta, Palestinian Territories.
The Duchess of Gloucester this morning departed Heathrow Airport, London, for Jerusalem and was received on arrival this afternoon by Her Majesty's Consul-General to Jerusalem (His Excellency Mr Richard Makepeace).
Their Royal Highnesses this evening attended a Dinner given by Her Majesty's Consul-General at the Residence, Nashashibi Street, Jerusalem.
Miss Lucinda Hanbury is in attendance.
I posted this before (a few posts up) but in case anyone missed it, here it is again:
Interview with The Duke by Royal Insight magazine in advance of his visit to the Middle East
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:20 AM
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Sunday, 16 December 2007
TRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester visit the St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.
Picture: The Duchess meeting a patient

Saturday, 15 December 2007
The Duke visited the Dome on the Rock in Jerusalem.
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Source: Royal Insight Magazine/Buckingham Palace Press Office
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i read today that the Duchess of Gloucester is thinking about attending the GB Davis Cup tie in Argentina between 8th and 10th Feb 08 and because of the existing tensions between the UK and Argentina and the fact that this will be the first time the two countries have meet together at any sporting event since the Falklands War in 1982 it is causing major security not only for the tennis players but also if a royal was to attend
it shows the duchesses great love to tennis
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Pics 8.2.2008

PrincessofEurope, here are the pics of that

Briain's Duchess of Gloucester watches the Davis Cup 1st round
match between David Nalbandian of Argentina and Jamie Baker
of Great Britain, in Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 08 Feb 08

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Does anyone know if Lord Culloden has been baptised? If yes, when and who were his godparents? Any pictures?
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The Duchess of Gloucester is seen courtside before the doubles
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and Great Britain at the Parque Roca Stadium on February 9,
2008 in Buenos Aires, Argentina:

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Wow, the Duchess looks great and young. :)
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:45 AM
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The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester visit the Middle East, 12 to 17 December 2007
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Their Royal Highnesses have visited the Middle East in support of the Order of St. John.

The visit began in Jordan where The Duke of Gloucester had an audience with the King of Jordan in Amman and was escorted around Mount Nebo, the burial place of Moses, and the local town of Madaba by Prince Hassan Bin Al Talal of Jordan and Princess Sarvath Hassan.

His Royal Highness also had tea with Princess Muna Hussein during his brief stay in the Hashemite Kingdom before departing for Jerusalem.
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I'm curious who will be able to take their place when they become too old to perform royal duties.
I dont really see in the young royals the kind of commitment the Gloucesters have.
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Nobody. They won't be replaced and the Royal Family will slim down and end this idea of minor royals which most of the public have a problem with.
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I can see that as being a problem in the future, though, because it means that there'll be a lot less Royal patronage and visitation. That means that fewer and fewer volunteer and charitable organizations will get publicity and Royal encouragement for what they do. The monarchy will be seen as less and less relevant if the Royal Family aren't as involved in the day-to-day workings of the nation.

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I could not agree more, Mermaid. It is what I have been saying and believing for a long time. I think the loss of the Gloucesters will be a big, unfortunate loss for the monarchy. A slimmed down royal family will just mean more work for less people. It's like companies cutting manpower in the interest of paying less. It makes it harder for the few who remain.
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