Sunday, April 22, 2007

William, Charles, Harry!!

William Windsor - what a heritage the young man has to inherit! and with it all its exacting pressures. Now who would even blink a bloddy eyelid had some 24 year old english bloke broken off with his girlfriend? But this is no ordinary 24 year old - he will someday God willing be proclaimed King William II of England. That is if he chooses to retain his christian name.
I think he should. Its a lucky name, the only other William in the history of England was William the First - Duke of Normandy - and there is no other greater English Monarch that William could possibly be the namesake of. After all William I conquered England and retained Normandy as well!!
Charles is rather an unfortuanate name in the scheme of British history, the only other two Charles' - Charles I who lost his throne and his head, the first ever English monarch to be beheaded. And Charles II (my favourite King! well :)) exiled since he was a boy, living on the pity of his French cousins and his Dutch brother-in-law in the most penurious circumstances.
I sincerely hope King Charles III will have a better inning. I like him some how despite all his faux pas'
Harry - well the name Henry is perhaps the most common name for an English king. I am not saying he will be king - no thats for William. But just since am writing about names well there was the notorius Henry VIII. The clever Henry the VII. the first two Henry's were also great Kings in their own right. And of course Henry the V, the warrior King of England.

Monday, April 09, 2007

The Princess Aiko!!

This is the cutest princess on the planet. Whats the status quo on her future does anybody know? Is she still in the race to become Empress someday or has she been sadly sidelined in the face of Japan's sexist old liners to give way to prince hisahito?

In Pic 1 - she is accompanied by her parents in a ceremony that includes her formally into the Imperial Family of Japan. In both pictures crown princess Masako looks better to me, hope her health has improved and i guess for her daughter's sake she is exerting herself to be out there in the public eye.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Dubai World Cup 2007

It was yesterday! I saw it on television and it was quite nice, i was trying to get a glimpse of the royal family. Sure enough Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum was at the center of it all wearing a navy blue arab dress (i know what they are called but have forgotten), all the other men were dressed in white, i guess he has to stand out thats why the different colour.
I was straining my eyes to get a glimpse of Princess Haya, or any of the royal ladies. Did'nt think Sheikha Hind would be there of course, but maybe some of the princesses.
Finally i did see Haya, not in the box (only the men sat in the box) no women of the Maktoum family sat with the men!! She was wearing a blue outfit with some kinda gold work on it - a traditional type of a outfit. She looked quite sweet, not chic as she usually looks when she attends the ascot or some international race. She was with Sheikh Mo and they were checking out the favourite Invasor (owned by the Sheikhs brother Sheikh Hamdan) , Invasor finally went on to win it and Sheikh Mo's Godolphin owned horse who was second favorite on the totes Discreet Cat came a dismal last. Also the prize money is a whopping $6 million!!!!!!!!
BTW this pic here is of their highnesses attending the 2006 Ascot. She's looking real chic and even he is looking smarter!! im trying to find a pic of theirs at dubai world cup, will put that up when i find it.