Her’s Day Thursday

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With the twentieth anniversary of her untimely death this year, I thought it would appropriate to highlight one of my favorite women in modern history–Princess Diana. I’ve always been a huge fan of anything and everything British and a superfan of the British royals.

We all know the story of her unhappy marriage, rife with infidelity and lack of support from the very start, so I will not spend anymore time on that. Instead, I’d like to focus on her amazing impact and legacy “The People’s Princess” has left behind.

Her work with AIDS victims

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Back in the late 1980’s/early 19990’s, not a lot was known about HIV/AIDS. People were afraid to be in the same room with those afflicted with AIDS, let alone touch them. Princess Diana helped to break that stigma by using her “celebrity” to bring focus to not only the disease itself, but also to the humans suffering. She did this by going to various hospitals and touching, holding, and just showing genuine care and affection toward those with HIV/AIDS.

 

Her fight to rid Bosnia of landmines

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As a patron of The Halo Trust, Diana went to one of the most war-torn areas in the world at the time–Bosnia. She visited those who had been injured or lost someone due to the astronomical amount of landmines left over from a brutal civil war. Of the injured, children made up much of the victims.

 

Her homeless initiatives

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When Diana first became a royal, she made homelessness her top charitable priority. She was blown away at the amount of homeless–teens and veterans especially–there were in the capital city. Diana wanted to help those in need and also show her sons that they, too, needed to be aware of other people’s needs by taking her princes with her to The Passage, a homeless shelter in London. Prince William is still a patron of the charity and visits.

 

These are just a few examples of the way that Princess Diana was able to bring awareness to problems facing the world by her visits to various hospitals, hospices, orphanages, third-world countries and even her own backyard. Her impact can still be seen today, through the good works of her sons, Princes William and Harry.

 

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Her’s Day Thursday

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As many of you know, I am a HUGE Anglophile. Anything and everything British, I absolutely adore, especially the royal family. I may not always agree with their politics, but there is something about them that I can’t help but love! And, one of the royals just celebrated a HUGE accomplishment. This is why she is today’s wonderful woman highlighted on Her’s Day Thursday!

 

Queen Elizabeth II has now surpassed her great, great grandmother in becoming England’s longest reigning monarch! Queen Elizabeth II took the throne on February 6, 1952. (For those of you who have seen the Doctor Who episode titled “The Idiot’s Lantern”, you have seen some of the footage of her coronation and know what a big deal it was that her coronation was televised. And yes, I get much of my history knowledge from DW.)

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She has met twelve U.S. Presidents, twelve British Prime Ministers, and even has a message written to the crew of the Apollo 11 that is microfilmed and STILL on the moon today!

 

Though many see her as a staunch, stiff-upper-lipped symbol of old-fashioned times, she has actually helped push the royal family into modern times. She set out a formal decree ensuring that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s firstborn (whether it was to be a boy or a girl) would have royal titles and be placed in the line of succession. This was a huge moment because had Prince George been a girl and the queen not changed the law; the princess would have been replaced in the line of succession by her younger brother.

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Queen Elizabeth also strives to be relatable to the public. She is the only royal who has taken a car maintenance course and even changed her own spark plugs during the Second World War! The queen collected clothing coupons for her wedding dress as a sign of solidarity during the rationing in the 1940’s.

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The queen continues to try and modernize the monarchy, by taking steps to shut down the Civil List (the public fund that provides funds to the royal family), make private treasures available for public viewing, and become more accessible, herself, to the public.

 

Its good to be queen.

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Hello, all! I recently read an article about an amazing woman who almost left this earth without her amazing story told! I want everyone to know about this kick-a lady!

 

Sigrid Green, born December 3, 1920 in Darwen, Lancashire, England, joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in 1942. Her mother was Norwegian so Sigrid spoke and understood {INSERT}. With the WAAF found out, they dispatched her to German-occupied Norway. She travelled there in a submarine (she was too scared to fly) and, because women were not allowed on subs, pretended to be a man.

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Her task was to report information about a heavy water factory under construction by the Germans for energy purposes. Because of her, the Allies were able to launch a sabotage attack by the “Heroes of Telemark”. When her mission was completed, she walked all the way from Norway to Sweden when she escaped in the empty bomb bay of an aircraft.

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Sigrid’s service did not stop there. She continued in the war effort at *Bletchley Park where the Nazi’s codes were broken with the help of Enigma machines. Sigrid listened to Morse code from the German High Command for almost 15 hours at a time!

Even though Sigrid’s work was vital to the war effort, she kept her part in it hidden for many years. It wasn’t until a year before her death in 2011 that she broke her silence. She said in an interview, “It was a horrible time and I don’t enjoy thinking about it. I had kept quiet, but I spoke out because I watched a programme on television about a girl who worked as an agent in Belgium.”

 

A year before her death, Sigrid was finally recognized and given a commendation for her service. She received the Bletchley Park Badge and The Freedom of Bletchley Park honor. Sigrid Green truly was a tough lady with an even tougher job.

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(*Sidebar: There’s a British television show called The Bletchley Circle all about the women code breakers! Check it out on Netflix!)

 

Royally Excited

Most of you now I’m a total Anglophile; I love anything and everything British. I watch Sherlock, Doctor Who, The Graham Norton Show, drink Twinnings, eat biscuits (not cookies), and have even been across the pond three times. So it should come as no surprise that I am ridiculously excited about Kate and Will’s baby.

 

On a scale of 1-10, my anticipation level for the arrival of the bouncing baby boy or girl is at about a 9. The British, however, are probably hitting the 11 or 12 point mark. I haven’t seen them this excited since dentists started offering veneers (ba-da-bum-psh!).

 

Just check out all the commemorative gear they’ve come up with to celebrate the royal arrival!

 

For a little princess, monogrammed clothes complete with title so that no one forgets who’s really in charge:

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Time to change the prince/princess’s nappy! Make sure its embroidered!

 

 

Posh tableware (with a little painting of the Duke and Duchess’s pup, Lupo):

 

 

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This is for all those dinner parties the little royal will no doubtedly host with the Beckham’s children.

 

 

An iPhone cover for the royal baby fan (which, in my eyes, is royally creepy):

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Nothing screams: “I’m a wierdo” like an iPhone case with someone else’s baby on it.

 

There’s also a variety of books, mugs, truffles (I may need some of those), and commemorative cookies biscuits:

 

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Notice the corgi on the mug with Granny the Queen?

 

My favorite though is this sleeper:

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If I don’t get my bottle soon, it’ll be off with your head!

 

 

Whether the Duke and Duchess’s spawn is a prince or princess, George or Diana, I think we can all agree that this child will be adorable.

A Foggy Day in London-town…

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So, Huff the Hubs and I are gearing up for our trip across the pond and I could not be more stressed excited. I’ve been knocking out my To Do Lists, my packing list is somewhat finalized, and I’m going to get my spray tan this evening. (Yeah, I said it. What?)

HtH and I were talking the other night and he was asking me all sorts of questions about London. I’ve been there twice, so I know a thing or two. Mostly his questions were: “What kind of food will we eat? Do they have good food? Is the food there fresher than here? Do they have more ethnic options?” (You see where his priorities lie)

After describing some of the places I saw/ate at while in the UK, we started talking about my obsession with the peeps across the pond. Huff the Hubs asked: “So what are your favorite things about the British?”

That was tough. I mean, there’s Downton Abbey, the royals, fish and chips, and David Beckham. The list is endless! But I think I narrowed down my reasons for being such a major anglophile:

1. They gave us Monty Python.

2. Uh, hello…What else are they most famous for?!

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3. And who could have tea without some biscuits? (Note: My sister and I were introduced to these back in ’08. We demolished an entire  roll while waiting for our train from Liverpool to London. I regret nothing.)

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4. Their television shows are EPIC:

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5. They inspired this skit from SNL:

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I honestly don’t know why I’m so obsessed with anything and everything British. Maybe its the accents, maybe its the fact that they keep calm and carry on. Whatever it is, I can’t seem to get enough. So, if in a few weeks, you see a crazed pregnant woman jump over a guard rail just to touch baby bumps with the Duchess of Cambridge, you’ll know it was me.

Fan Girl Friday

Hold on to your flapper dresses and teapots: Downtown Abbey starts this Sunday! I am SO excited! I’ve been waiting for this ever since last year’s Christmas special!

(My sister bought me seasons 1 and 2 on DVD for Christmas, but I haven’t had time to re-watch them. I think I know what I’m doing all weekend!)

I cannot wait to see what this season brings the Crawleys! But, before we all start listing our predictions with bad British accents, I want to look back at the past two seasons and share some of my favorite Abbey moments.

1. Daisy and William marry.

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Daisy is such a sweet, but totally naïve, girl. First, she was won over by the evil likes of Thomas (but soon came to her senses, thanks to the boisterous Mrs. Patmore). Then, she crushed hard on William. But, when he started dropping words like, “my girl” and “marry”, Daisy took a one-way trip to Freakoutville. Thankfully, William was unaware and Daisy agreed to marry William on his deathbed. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much over a television show as I did for that episode.

2. Sybil falls for the help.

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“Didn’t you know these white sheets are all the rage for revolutionists?”

 

I absolutely adore Sybil and Branson’s relationship. I think Branson brings out a side of Sybil that needs to shine and Branson is encouraged by Sybil to be a better man. And, according to the Christmas special, they’re on there way to having a nice gaggle of Irish babes, ready to fight in the revolution next to their political parents. I hope we get to see their little ginger baby in season 3!

3. Mary takes a lover…and it doesn’t end well.

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“I love Mr. Pamuk…to death.”

 

I was beyond shocked when Mr. Pamuk kicked it when he and Mary hooked up. Honestly, I think that Thomas (that Regina-George-in-tails) poisoned his food. Go back and watch season 1! I bet you see it too!

4. Mr. Bates and Anna FINALLY kiss!

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Anna and Bates, sittin’ in a tree, S-N-O-G-G-I-N-G!

 

OMG, who else let out the biggest of fan girl squeals when Anna and Bates finally kissed?! I knew there was a spark when Mr. Bates first arrived and he and Anna met. (Sidebar: I adore the way Anna says, “Mr. Baaaates.” Its so cute!)

5. Matthew and Lady Mary are engaged!

"All the wealthy ladies, all the wealthy ladies...."

“All the wealthy ladies, all the wealthy ladies….”

 

Not since Ross and Rachel have I been so frustrated with the on-again/off-again romance of a fictitious couple. Now, however, I feel like I can finally breathe easy for these two. I mean, if a guy can hear about a girl’s ambassador-killin’ ways and still want to marry her, then dude’s a keeper. (Either that or he’s just as crazy.)

6. The Dowager Countess and her sarcastic ways.

Maggie Smith is a total bad-a. I want to be like her when I grow up. Not only has she fought the Dark Lord and lived to tell about it, but now she’s knocking skulls together in 1920’s England. And she. IS. AWESOME. I tell ya, I could listen to her snarky comments all day. And now that Shirley McClain is added to the mix, I can only guess that the silk gloves are coming off and the tea is about to fly!

What are your favorite Downton Abbey moments? Mrs. Hughes secret boyfriend? Mrs. Patmore getting eye surgery? O’Brien getting a taste of her own medicine? The “American cousin” coming back from the dead? Tell me in the comments below!