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 on: Today at 12:22:43 AM 
Started by Georgie - Last post by Hibou
I know it is perfectly safe to fly when pregnant but I am one of those people who would be paranoid about going into early labour....over an ocean.

So if she had, would the baby be American since she is and it would not be born in the UK?

I guess she wanted some American press before the baby is born? After all her friends would have been all to happy to come to her.

 on: Today at 12:17:46 AM 
Started by Principessa - Last post by Catananche
AFAIK Constantijn is a lobbyist for startups.

The 'adventurous' one, investing in real estate, is Bernhard jr, son of Margriet.

He owns quite a few objects in Amsterdam as well as the Zandvoort racing circuit (trying to bring back Formula 1 racing there). Not everybody is charmed by his busines strategies. He seems to take a bit after his grandfather...

If I am correct they dropped the 'jr' after old Benno died.... Wink

Didn't he also have to pay some hefty fines for having a too high occupancy in (some of) his real estate in Amsterdam.  He gives off a shady businessman vibe.

 on: Today at 12:08:31 AM 
Started by Georgie - Last post by Pomme
Yeah, Meghan can afford to buy all of the baby stuff she needs, but having your first can be overwhelming, and itís nice to not have to remember everything that baby could need

I think it's almost a cultural rite of passage so to speak in the US. The showers I've gone to have always been more about spending time with the mom-to-be (but yes gifts are involved too) so I understand her wanting to have one.  It's probably comforting to be with friends, get some baby advice, and celebrate a little.

Showers are very American.  Very unEuropean. Plus any gifts given have to be shipped/ flown back to UK.  All her friends can do a shower on a Tuesday in a city they don't live in but couldn't come closer?

Well I hope the friends are cheapskates (or only 5), because with Britain still in the EU, she will have to pay import taxes on any value above a total of 430 euros whether she schlepps the stuff home herself or has it shipped to the UK. Because no way she can pretend that those cute bespoke Givenchy booties and onesies are her personal effects.

 on: Today at 12:00:21 AM 
Started by Kuei Fei - Last post by CyrilSebastian
Queen Desiree (Desideria) of Sweden     
King Ferdinand VI of Spain

 on: Yesterday at 11:54:10 PM 
Started by Lady G - Last post by CyrilSebastian
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, attended the baptism of Princess Maria, the daughter of Princess Christina Margarethe of Hesse in St. Sava Kirche in Notting Hill on October 6, 1957.

 on: Yesterday at 11:49:29 PM 
Started by BessieWallis Warfield - Last post by Margaret
I'm always a tiny bit disappointed when I see an update to this thread and find it's something about the old Romanovs.  As interesting as it might be, I can't help hoping that the modern Romanovs have done something weird and wonderful to entertain me.  Grin

 on: Yesterday at 11:47:16 PM 
Started by BessieWallis Warfield - Last post by CyrilSebastian
Tsar Alexander III with Tsarina Marie Feodorovna and the Tsarevich (later Nicholas II) attending a ball at the residence of the French ambassador in St. Petersburg in 1893

 on: Yesterday at 11:46:59 PM 
Started by Georgie - Last post by Margaret
I won't criticise her for the baby shower thing.  It's a cultural thing, and an important part of life in her world at this time of having her first baby.  She might be married to a member of the BRF but she is American and at the time of these important milestones in your life, especially such personal ones, I fully understand her wanting to participate in this event with her friends.  It's not about acquiring presents when you don't need them, it's about engaging in a social ritual.

 on: Yesterday at 11:43:58 PM 
Started by Maria - Last post by TLLK
XoXo, lisadug, genegal43  Hug Hug Hug Hug Hug  - a wish for humanity is that every child know oceans of joy and only puddles of sorrow.

The more I research depression, the greater is my awareness of the possible links between its adulthood manifestation in my life,  stressors in-utero and during my childhood. Hence,   I don't think this  speech of Kate's was one of her numerous gaffes.

No. it is unlikely that she will be a great orator but this was actually a good speech touching on research in the field of epi-genetics, early childhood development, generational effects on mental health. She is not an authority on any of these subjects. Thankfully, she did not pretend to be.

Here is the text of the speech. She actually does not say that mental illness can be solely attributable to broken homes. I don't think the new PR guy wrote this: the speech is intelligent in its brevity, absence of cliches,  satisfies its mandate which is to raise awareness and is not a a scientific or medical discourse on the subject. which would have been farcical coming from any member of the BRF.

    Remarks by The Duchess of Cambridge at The Royal Foundationís ĎMental Health in Educationí Conference

Published 13 February 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge's remarks at The Royal Foundationís ĎMental Health in Educationí Conference.

    The scientific and other evidence is clear the first few years of a childís life are more pivotal for development and for future health and happiness than any other single moment in our life time.
    The Duchess of Cambridge

Itís really so exciting to hear everyone here speaking with your wealth of experience about the importance of mental health and particularly the emotional development of our children and teachers.

What we have all been discussing here today really brings to light the vital role teachers are playing in supporting our youngest childrenís mental health.

Thank you all for your dedication to this important cause, whether you work in schools, universities, charities or elsewhere.

Over the last eight years working with charities Iíve met some of our leading experts in mental health, addiction, family breakdown, homelessness and education.

They have taught me over and over again that the root cause of so many of todayís social problems can be traced right back to the very earliest years of a personís life and often over generations.

The scientific and other evidence is clear the first few years of a childís life are more pivotal for development and for future health and happiness than any other single moment in our life time.

It is also clear that the positive development of our children is directly linked to those who care for them, teachers, carers and parents.

And as we have heard today, it is therefore vital that we support teachers with their own wellbeing so that they can find the best level of care for all children, in their schools and communities in which they work.

No one of us however can make a difference alone.

I feel so passionately about working together and being here today has affirmed to me just how much already is being done, so thank you to all of you who are prioritising the importance of mental health and the importance of childhood development as a whole. I look forward to hearing how your discussions will lead to proactive steps and to an ever more resounding commitment to mentally healthy schools, teachers and children.

Thank you.

Here are a couple of links in support of much of what she said:

Star Thank you for sharing the text from her speech. I personally do not care who the messenger is  but what she stated is true.

 on: Yesterday at 11:40:39 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
Faberge eggs history

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