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KNOW YOUR MAN’S SUPERHERO CHARACTER

Why most men are fascinated with superheroes?according to an article from cosmopolitan magazine- may be because they saw some reflections of their personalities with those fictional cartoon characters. Find out below who they worshipped and how their character spikes behind those magnificent costumes.

SUPERMAN
Let’s buckle up and fly!..If your boyfriend’s favorite superhero is Superman, he is the quintessential “nice guy” — he’s loyal, believes that people are inherently good, and is always ready to save the day. A guy who digs the Man of Steel usually has the same traits. So, while you may not need your man to save you from a burning building, he’ll love it if you ask for his advice or help in mini-crisis — whether it’s changing a flat or settling you down after a fight with a pal. In other words? Score! But his desire to rescue people might not stop with you. He’s the type to fill his days helping his mom and doing favors for friends. If you feel like his time is monopolized by being a little too good to others, just pipe up and he’ll be responsive.

 

 

BATMAN 
Batman — aka Bruce Wayne — drives a badass car, dates supermodels, is rolling in dough and terribly irresistible with those black, amazing cape. So, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why he appeals to your dude. But the Caped Crusader also has a darker side — his parents were killed by criminals, and that’s why he has set out to fight the bad guys. Batman avoids getting close to most people and is sort of a loner. So, your guy may share his dangerously dashing appeal, but you may also have to work a little harder to get him to open up. Some guys are really not easily to open up, it leaves you wondering how he feels, what he is thinking and what’s the damn truth.

 

THE HULK
 This superhero goes from the quiet, reserved Bruce Banner to the big, green Hulk whenever he gets pissed off. Scary, right? But no worries; this character means well, he just lets his feelings overwhelm him. A guy who tells you that The Hulk is his favorite is likely to be the type who gets caught up in emotions and may even have the occasional outburst. Here’s the bright side: You’ll never have to guess how he feels. That said, if you do sense him getting worked up, it may be best to give him some space until he calms down or figures out his emotions.

Source: Cosmopolitan website http://www.cosmopolitan.com

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MISS UNIVERSE CONTROVERSIES

Alicia Machado of Venezuela almost lost her title when she gained too much weight during her reign. The pageant owner, Donald Trump, slighted her by the calling \"the eating machine\"
Dayanara Torres made headlines to the world when she divorced singer Marc Anthony in 2003. fo a while she lived in the Philippines then moved to New YorK city where she is now a television actressFirst Photo: Alicia Machado of Venezuela almost lost her title when she gained too much weight during her reign. Pageant owner, Donald Trump, criticized her weight gain by calling her “an eating machine”. Second Photo:Dayanara Torres of Puerto Rico, she made headlines when she divorced her husband singer Marc anthony in 2003. She lived for five years in the Philippines before she settled down in New York City to pursue an acting and singing career.

Miss Universe, just like any other prestigious event and contest, is mixed with great anticipation and intrigues. Here, the author listed several controversies that happened in one of the oldest beauty pageant in the world.

MIRIAM STEVENSON OF USA (1954)-was the first Miss USA winner of the Miss Universe title in 1954. There it happen the first controversy of the pageant. Miriam tied with Miss Brazil’s Martha Rocha, the organizers decided to break the tie through the pageant’s major sponsor-the Catalina Swimwear, eventually the judging boiled down to who has the greater body. The votes favored Miriam Stevenson, because according to reports, she had the fitter hips compared to Miss Brazil.

GLADYS ZENDER OF PERU(1957)-born on October 1939, Gladys made history as the first Latin woman to win the prestigious Miss Universe title, but she was controversial because of her age. Few months after the pageant, it was revealed that the Peruvian beauty queen was only 17 years old, a year younger than the minimum age requirement of the pageant (18). The pageant organizers however was quick to defend that in Peru a person is considered one year older than their age after 6 months of their actual birthday. She was not dethroned however. She married Antonio Meier in 1965 and had 4 children together. Gladys Zender, the youngest Miss Universe winner ever, chose to live a quiet life away from the glittery world of show business.

AMPARO MUÑOZ OF SPAIN (1974)- born on June 22, 1954 in Spain, Amparo was the only Miss Universe titlist from Spain. She won the title in 1974 in Manila, Philippines. Several months after she was crowned, she gave up her title to pursue a showbiz career. She did not replace by the pageant organizer and managed to keep her crown.

MARITZA SAYALERO OF VENEZUELA (1979)- born on Feb.16,1961 in Caracas, Venezuela, Maritza became the first Venezuelan to win the Miss Unverse title. When she was named Miss Venezuela, her first runner up Maria Fernanda Ramirez refused to accept the result, Ramirez’s family confronted the jury, nevertheless the title secured by Maritza. But another unfortunate event greeted the first few hours of her reign in Perth, Australia where the pageant was held, when the live telecast was over, the stage collapsed due to the presence of so many journalists taking her photos, several contestants were injured including Miss Brazil and Miss Turkey. The audience panicked but Maritza, with her tiara and sash on, had the presence of mind to save one contestant from a hole of the stage. She then went to New York City to serve her term and responded her role with determination to help charities. She married in 1981 to a Mexican tennis player Raul Ramirez and presently lived in Mexico

IRENE SAEZ CONDE OF VENEZUELA (1981)-born in December 13, 1961 was the only Miss Universe titlist who floated to the world of politics. In early 1990’s she served a two term as mayor in the municipality of Chacao, Venezuela. Her performance as mayor gained her a nationwide popularity that in 1997 she was considered a potential presidential candidate, but in the 1998 Venezuelan national election she lost to Hugo Chavez. She regained her political career in 1999 when she won the gubernatorial race in the province of Nueva Esparta but gave up her post in the late 2000 when she got married and moved to Florida, USA.

DAYANARA TORRES OF PUERTO RICO (1993)-born on October 28,1974 in Puerto Rico, Dayanara’s victory in the Miss Universe tilt attracted controversy because she did not win any of the 3 major categories in that pageant held in Mexico. She placed 4th in the question & answer portion, fifth in both swimsuit and evening gown competition, nevertheless, Dayanara proved her worth on the crown, during her reign, she worked endlessly on various charities, she became an ambassador of UNICEF helping underprivileged children through out the world. After her reign, she established a foundation which provided scholarships to children. She lived for five years in the Philippines where she became a well-known TV host, actress and model. After her stint in Philippine television, she moved to Puerto Rico and to the US and started a singing and acting career, she married Latin singer Marc Anthony on May 9, 2000 where she had 2 sons, but on October 2003, they announced the sad news of separation and divorced a year after. Currently, Dayanara is dating American actor Amaury Nolasco. Her ex-husband Marc Anthony married Jennifer Lopez whom he had twins.

SUSHMITA SEN OF INDIA (1994)- born on November 19, 1975 in West Bengal, India, is the daughter of Indian Air force wing commander Shubeer Sen and Subhra Sen, a fashion artist and jewelry designer. In May 10, 1994, Sushmita became the first Indian to win the Miss Unverse title in Manila, Philippnes. The pageant result at first, did not suits well to the fame craze Pinoy audience who favored the Venezuelan bet Minorka Mercado, a towering 6’2 varsity player in volleyball. Sushmita, who was a dark horse during the contest, did not win the crowd’s admiration with her not-so elegant gown and appearance, even in the fearless forecast before the actual show she failed to capture the public’s fantasy, whose favorites were Kristelle Rolandt of Belgium, Areeya Chumsai of Thailand, Minorka Mercado of Venezuela and the home bet Charlene Gonzales. Sushmita only emerged 3rd during the interview portion and fourth on the swimsuit and evening gown competitions. But she impressed the 8 panel of judges, including the hairstylist of Princess Diana- Richard Dalton, with her unique poise, grace and intellect, her winning answer to the final question “What is the essence of being a woman” was inspiring that it became a household quotes among the Filipinos, she said: “A woman is a gift and it should be appreciated, she is the origin of life, therefore should be treated not as a mere sexual object but as an important human being”. After her reign, she joined Bollywood showbiz in India and became a famous actress. At 34, Sushmita Sen, however, is still single but adopted a girl in 2000 whom she named Renee.

ALICIA MACHADO OF VENEZUELA (1996)-born on December 6, 1976 in Maracay, Venezuela, Alicia almost lost her title when she gained too much weight during her reign. As Miss Universe, she was expected to stay fit and trim as she would represent the Miss Universe Organization with glamour and grace. Though Alicia is one of the most beautiful Miss Universe winners ever, she looked haggard and worn out when she ballooned beyond limit. The Miss Universe organization was considering of replacing her with her first runner up Taryn Mansell of Aruba, Alicia, pressured by her title and responsibilities tried hard to loss weight. In the end, she managed to shed off extra pounds and kept her crown. The pageant owner, American billionaire Donald Trump, slighted her with the dismissive title “an eating machine” in the 1997 promotion of the next Miss Universe pageant. After her reign, she made showbiz her lifetime career, debuting on Venezuelan soap opera as “Samantha”, the telenovela, which was shown in Philippine television GMA channel in 2000, was an instant hit. In February 2006, Alicia generated another controversy when she appeared in the Mexican issue of Playboy magazine as centerfold, making her as the only Miss Universe titlist to pose nude for playboy. She got married and gave birth to a daughter last June 2008.

DENISE MARIE QUIÑONEZ OF PUERTO RICO (2001)-born on September 9, 1980 at Ponce, Puerto Rico. She was the first Miss Universe winner to win at home, which gave rise to rumors “ home court decision”. In Miss Universe history, no pageant host country wins the title. Denise bested more than 80 delegates including the crowd favorite (and my favorite too) Greek model Evelina Papantoniou whom journalists regarded as a deserving winner. Denise pursued a movie career after her term.

OXANA FEDOROVA OF RUSSIA (2002)- born on December 17, 1977 in Russia, Oxana is the daughter of a Russian nuclear physicist whom she did not meet, her parents separated when she was 3 years old and she never heard from her father since then. Oxana became the first Russian to be crowned Miss Universe in the 2002 pageant held in Puerto Rico. She graduated from Russia’s Police Academy and became a police officer, later on, she enrolled at the Russian Ministry of Internal affairs University to become an investigator, she also worked as a fashion model. In 2001 she easily won the Miss Russia title but declined to represent Russia in Miss Universe 2001 for unknown reasons, but in 2002 she went on to join the pageant, her glamorous physique made her an event favorite and scored high in three major categories, according to the official tally of scores, she earned an almost perfect score of 9.88 in the swimsuit portion, making her as the only candidate with a highest score for that event in the history of the pageant. But several months after her victory, Oxana was dethroned by Miss Universe organizers for her failures to function on her responsibilities as Miss Universe. In her interview, she denied rumors of pregnancy. She was the only official title holder of Miss Universe who was dethroned and the organization did not recognized her as “former Miss Universe winner”, she was replaced by her first runner up, Justine Pasek of Panama.

WORLD’S FAMOUS SINGLES

the dashing ruler of the Principality of Monaco, Prince Albert II who, at 50, still refused to settle down

the dashing ruler of the Principality of Monaco, Prince Albert II who, at 50, still refused to settle down

The virgin Queen, Elizabeth I of England. According to many historians, she refused to get married for fear of losing the English throne to foreign rulers in marriage alliances. However, her fiery character against marriage resulted to the union of England and Scotland forming the geographical name of Great Britain when she succeeded by her great nephew James VI of Scotland.

The virgin Queen, Elizabeth I of England. According to many historians, she refused to get married for fear of losing the English throne to foreign rulers in marriage alliances. But her stubbornness to refuse in marriage resulted to the union of England and Scotland forming the geographical name of Great Britain when she succeeded by her great nephew James VI of Scotland.


Society dictates us that married life is a pre-requisite of our existence in this world, that silly principle influenced our minds to hop in even if our financial and emotional resources throw a red flag in front of our faces. We might as well reassess our real motive in joining the intricacies of married life. But are we really assured of happiness and fulfillment if we crawl into the aisle or better be contented with our own selves if unfortunately or fortunately we are destined to remain single forever. Single hood has no specific map to follow, whether you are famous, a man or a woman “about-town”, wealthy, powerful or just an ordinary folk. Reasons range from out of choice, no choice or just enjoying the value of freedom.

Here are great inspirations from World’s famous people who refused to take a plunge and choose to sail into the sunset of their lives- alone.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN-was born on Dec.16 1770 and died on Mar.26 1827. He was a German composer and virtuoso pianist (Italian term means an individual who possesses outstanding technical ability in singing or playing a musical instrument). He remains one of the most influential composers of all time. When he was in his 20’s Beethoven became completely deaf but it did not hamper his desire to compose songs, in fact he became an ardent composer who would later on rise to fame despite his shortcomings. When he was 16 his mother died of tuberculosis, he became a breadwinner raising his two younger brothers because his father became an alcohol addict and could no longer support his family. According to some sources, the reason of his deafness was due to a severe disorder called tinnitus, a “ringing” in his ears that made it hard for him to perceive and appreciate music; because of this incapacity, he also avoided conversation. He lived for a time in the small Austrian town of Heiligenstadt, just outside Vienna. Over the years his deafness became his liability especially in every performance, at one point, according to many historians, during the premiere of his Ninth Symphony, he saw that the audience greatly appreciated his work and noticed their overwhelming applause but because of his hearing impediment, he heard nothing then he began to weep bitterly. Reports had it that, he attempted suicide several times. Beethoven never married but at one point he was engaged to a pretty German aristocrat Giulietta Guiccardi, but her father refused to accept Beethoven, instead made her marry to a German nobleman. Beethoven died during thunderstorm in 1827.

US Pres.JAMES BUCHANAN– (born Apr.23, 1791 and died June 1, 1868) was the 15th US President. He was born to a humble family in Philadelphia, his aggressiveness in life made him a well-known businessman and politician. His political career started as a US representative. He was a lawyer and owned a law firm before becoming a politician. James Buchanan had a love story worthy of soap operas. His love life was one of a kind and very rare in a man who was in power. He was engaged to Ann Caroline Coleman, daughter of a wealthy businessman from Philadelphia, but he spent less time with his fiancée because of his business and other political engagements, the reports that he was only marrying Ann for her money complicated the situation. There were reports also that he was involved to other women which denied by Buchanan, gradually Ann broke off the engagement and later on died from an overdose. Ann’s death shocked Buchanan especially when her family blamed her death to him. In his memoir, he wrote: “It is now no time for explanation, but the time will come when you will discover that she, as well as I, had been much abused. God forgive the authors of it… I may sustain the shock of her death, but I feel that happiness has fled from me forever.” He declared then that he would never marry. When he was elected into the US presidency, his niece Hariett Carter served as first lady in the Whitehouse.

SIR ISAAC NEWTON-(born January 1643 and died March 31, 1727) was a gifted English Scientist, he was known through out the world history as the father of modern science with a spectacular talent in physical science. He was a great mathematician, physicist, astronomer, natural philosopher and theologian. He developed his initial study in the law of gravity from the falling apple in his English courtyard. His book Philosophia Naturalis Principia Mathematica published in 1687, is said to be the greatest single work in the history of science. The theory contained in the book dominated the scientific view of the physical universe for the next three centuries and said to be the basis for modern engineering. Due to his remarkable achievement in the field of science, Isaac Newton was awarded with Honorary British Knighthood by Queen Anne of England in 1704, earning him the courtesy title of SIR.
There was only one recorded romance of Isaac Newton, at the age of 19, while studying at The King’s School in Grantham, he met Anne Storer, it was reported they were engaged but later on broke up because Newton became engrossed in his studies. Storer married someone else and Newton was greatly affected with this break up. He kept a warm memory with this romance and devoted his full time in his works in science and never married. Newton’s body when autopsied after his death found a massive amount of mercury, probably resulting from his alchemical pursuits.

ALFRED NOBEL-(born October 21, 1833 died December 10- 1896) was a Swedish scientist and inventor of dynamite. He had been often compared to America’s Thomas Alva Edison who had no formal college education when they discovered their first invention that made them famous through out world history.
Alfred Nobel did not marry; legend had it that Nobel was frustrated when a Swedish woman rejected him for another gentleman who was a great Swedish mathematician. Alfred did not pursue romance anymore, one year before his death, he wrote his last will splitting his fortunes to various charities and left an instruction to establish an award giving body for human achievements, The Nobel Prize award which will be given in 5 areas: Chemistry, Physics, physiology and Medicine, Literature and Economics (Peace Prize was added years later). There were rumors arise when the field of mathematics was not included in the award, according to the legend, Alfred Nobel felt the romance rejection terribly upsetting that he strictly instructed in his last will testament that no field of mathematics will be included in giving of the awards (since his arch rival was a mathematician) however, the rumor remained a rumor through out the years. Some version had it that mathematics was not included because it was integrated in physics and chemistry, for example Albert Einstein, a German born American Scientist who was known in modern history as the greatest mathematician of the 20th century won his Nobel Prize Award in the field of Physics via Law on Photo electric effect in 1921. Nobel Prize Award made a debut in December 10, 1901 at Stockholm, Sweden, five years after Alfred Nobel’s death.
After his invention of Dynamite, world’s conservatives were furious on him that he was dismissively called “The Merchant of Death”. Nobel was a shy man who was afraid in meeting people. He died in an Italian village, west of Venice.

HER MAJESTY, QUEEN ELIZABETH I of England (called the Great-born on September 7, 1533 and died March 24, 1603)-was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn from the famous Howard clan. When Anne was beheaded in 1536, Elizabeth was only three years old. She was named after her paternal grandmother Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Consort of King Henry VII (the former Princess Elizabeth of York, daughter of King Edward IV) and her maternal grandmother Lady Elizabeth Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, the 2nd Duke of Norfolk. She became Queen of England in 1558 at the age of 25 when her half-sister Queen Mary I died without children. She was famously known as “The Virgin Queen” because she never got married, the state of Virginia in the mainland US was named after her. Elizabeth was the last monarch of the Tudor dynasty and because of her, Great Britain was born. She was succeeded by his great nephew King James VI of Scotland, who reigned in England as King James I, the first of the Stuart monarchs in Britain who unite Scotland and England forming the geographical name of Great Britain, Wales was added later through a conquest.

Queen Elizabeth stubborness against marriage became a legend, with her beauty, wealth and fame, the last thing could happen was to succumb to spinsterhood, but the fiery Queen, who was the responsible of the beheading of the last female Scottish ruler Queen Mary, who happens to be her great niece, strongly maintained that she could not sacrifice the English throne through a marriage alliance for a foreign Prince. During medieval period, royalty were not allowed to marry commoners, since Elizabeth was an heiress presumptive of her sister Mary Tudor, she must choose a man with a Princely title and must expand English territories through a marriage of a foreign royal. But there are reports that Elizabeth suffered a hidden trauma which affected her views about men.

Elizabeth, having declared illegitimate when her mother Ann Boleyn stripped the title of a Queen and executed, lived in various royal palaces, then in 1548, she temporarily lived in the countryhome of Thomas Seymour, brother of Jane Seymour, the third wife of her father King Henry VIII, despite their age differences, it was reported that she formed a unique relationship with Seymour that it was suspected leading to romance. Elizabeth was only 15 at that time and Seymour, a married man, was 40, threatening a scandalous relationship, Courtiers of the sovereign stepped up to break the ties. Elizabeth was moved out from the Seymour household. When she became Queen, she avoided the issue of romance and never entertained suitors, some historians noted that the fiery Queen may be was traumatized with Thomas Seymour, whom many claimed, took advantaged of her innocence. However she formed a unique closeness with her favorite equerry Robert Dudley, whom she made an Earl of Leicester. Issue of romance was dismissed because Dudley was married at that time. Since then no romance issue attached to the Tudor Queen and the Courtiers avoided entertaining suitors in behalf of the monarch. Her last persistent suitor was Francis, the Duke of Anjou, twenty two years her junior.

Queen Elizabeth I was not the only female royalty who did not marry. Princess Augusta, daughter of King George III of Great Britain remained single through out her life, though she had number of suitors eager to seek her hand she refused to accept any one and chose to live alone at the royal estate of Frogmore near Windsor Castle. Princess Victoria, daughter of King Edward VII and the favorite sister of King George V of Great Britain, was a spinster. Lately, two European Princesses comfortably embraced single hood like a royal crown, Princess Elisabeth of Denmark now 68 years old, a first cousin to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark now 65 years old, youngest daughter of King Paul I of Greece and sister of Queen Sophia of Spain (they are both second cousin of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales through his father Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh who is the first cousin of King Paul I). Princess Irene was once considered a royal match to King Harald V of Norway, her third cousin once removed through Queen Victoria of Britain, but the Norwegian monarch choose the commoner Sonja, disappointing all his royal relatives.

JANE AUSTEN-(born on December 16, 1775 and died on July 18, 1817) was a classic English writer, she was one of the most widely read writers in British literature. She was the author of 2 classic novels that were both made into Hollywood movies: Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. She started writing at the age of 16 but made her first publication at the age of 36. She was the daughter of an English clergy man that’s why most of her novels’ theme was reserved, conservative and with religious touches. She was raised in a humble household and lived her entire life with her parents.

Jane Austen remained single through out her life. However, there was one recorded love affair of Jane. In her 20’s she met and fell in love with a guy named Tom Lefroy, and based on the story of her sister Cassandra, the two were clearly in love but the family of Tom intervened as the latter was still finding his own place in the field of law and money was the most important issue during that time to start a family. Eventually they were separated and Jane Austen never saw him again. This failed romance of Jane was evidently the basis of her immortal classic, Pride and Prejudice. In 1802 when she was 27 years old, she received her only marriage proposal, a University graduate from Oxford, Harris Bigg-Wither, according to some accounts, Bigg-Wither was not a good looking man and despite his University degree, was not a good conversationalist to the point of being tactless when engaged in a conversation, but he was heir to a large portion of family estate, which Jane thought a practical decision for her and her family. But for unknown reasons, Austen, suddenly changed her mind and broke off the engagement. Historians later on noted that may be Austen did not really loved her fiancé and marrying him would be a big mistake. She died at the age of 42.

Ironically Jane Austen became famous several years after her death when her artistic style in writing made known to the literary world. Soon adaptations in film and television of her novels followed.

HIS SERENE HIGHNESS PRINCE ALBERT II, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco (born on March 14, 1958)-he is the only son and second child of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly, a Hollywood star. He became the ruler of Monaco (a tiny principality on the Mediterranean coast, south of France) in April 2005 on the death of his father, Prince Rainier of the Royal House of Grimaldi. Albert was a sport enthusiast, an Olympian, having been represented Monaco in the Bobsled event (a winter sport in which teams make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity powered sled) in 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics. He graduated in 1981 in Amherst College in Massachusetts, USA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Prince Albert bachelorhood sparks many controversies and gave rise to rumors that he is homosexual. The prince has consistently denied this and became irritated with the constant media intrusion about his sexuality. He has string of attracted girlfriends in the past mostly fashion models including Claudia Schiffer, Catherine Oxenberg, Angie Everhart and Brooke Shields. He has also at least 2 children born out of wedlock, a daughter from a California woman he met while studying in the US and a son, he sired from Nicole Coste, an Air France flight stewardess from Togo. However, these children are not in line of succession to the principality of Monaco because they are illegitimates. Presently, the 50 year old Prince is dating Charlene Wittstock, a South African Olympian in the swimming event. But the Prince is continuingly denying speculations that their relationship is heading for marriage. Until he sired legitimate children, the prince’s direct successor is her older sister, Princess Caroline who became the second wife of Prince Ernest of Hanover on January 1999 (third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II). She presently bears a title of The Hereditary Princess of Monaco, her dashing son Andrea Casiraghi is second in line of succession to the monasque throne.

PRINCESS DIANA’S SHORT BIOGRAPHY

The wedding of the 20th century, Prince Charles and Princess Diana seemed a fulfillment of a fairytale stuff that goes..and they lived happily ever after, but destiny decreed otherwise.

The wedding of the 20th century, Prince Charles and Princess Diana seemed a fulfillment of a fairytale stuff that goes..and they lived happily ever after, but destiny decreed otherwise.

the late Princess of Wales, Diana. her compassion and kindness made her unforgettable through out the world

the late Princess of Wales, Diana. her compassion and kindness made her unforgettable throught out the world

She had been born The Honorable Diana Frances Burke-Roche Spencer on July 1, 1961 at Sandringham, a 25, 000 acre estate of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Britain. The private royal estate located at Norfolk, England, is a favorite royal residence of three British Monarchs, Edward VII his son George V and his grandson George VI. Diana’s family lived in Park house in Sandringham until 1975. Diana’s parents came from Britain’s remarkable noble family, her father the 8th Earl of Althorp, Lord Johnny Spencer was a direct descendant of King Charles II through his two sons the Duke of Richmond and the Duke of Grafton, Diana’s mother Frances was the pretty blonde daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy, Lord Edmund Burke-Roche whose mother was the American billionaire Frances Work.Diana had two older sisters Sarah and Jane and a younger brother Charles.

In 1967, when Diana was six, her parents separated. Soon the nasty custody battle started, the proceedings highlighted with Diana’s maternal grandmother, Lady Ruth Fermoy, the Lady-in-waiting of the Queen Mother at that time, defended Lord Spencer in court, eventually the custody ruled in favor of Diana’s father. In 1969, after the divorce became final Frances married Peter Shand Kydd, a wealthy commoner trader. Lord Spencer remarried in 1976 to the former Lady Dartmouth, Raine, daughter of romance writer Barbara Cartland. Diana had a difficult childhood, though she was born to a privilege, upper class noble family, her memories were mostly confined in the troubled marriage of her parents, her resentment toward the Spencer’s staff and the rejection she felt for not being a boy at birth, which she found out later, was the cause of her parents separation. Her father was yearning for a son to pass his noble title, when his wife, Frances, failed to produce a boy after two daughters, Lord Spencer increasingly became erratic until his outbursts became an emotional abuse to his wife, when the Spencer heir, Charles was born 3 years after the birth of Diana, Lord and Lady Spencer’s misunderstanding lead them to separate lives.

She attended an exclusive school for girls, first at Riddlesworth then moved on to West Heath boarding school. When she was 14, her grandfather, Lord Albert Spencer, the 7th Earl of Althorp, died, her father officially became the 8th Earl of Althorp and moved with his children to the Spencer family seat at Althorp estate in Northamptonshire, England. Diana and her sisters earned the courtesy title of a Lady and her brother Charles became Viscount Althorp. At the age of 16 Lady Diana dropped out from school and was sent by her father to Switzerland to study in a private finishing school for girls but after 3 months she went home. When she was 18 years old, she was permitted by her parents to buy an apartment called Coleherne Court in London and lived independently, first she earned her keeps by working as a baby sitter then as an assistant to a nearby kindergarten school.

When Lady Diana was 19, she met the 31 year old Prince of Wales, Charles, who was increasingly pressured by his family to settle down to ensure the continuation of the House of Windsor, but as an heir to the British throne, he couldn’t afford to just choose any woman, his uncle Lord Mountbatten already warned him that it could be a disaster to the future of the monarchy if he choose a commoner non aristocratic woman. While making an agonizing decision in marriage, Prince Charles began to notice the blossoming beauty of Lady Diana, they quietly known each other for they came from the same social class and Charles, at one point, briefly dated her older sister Sarah in 1977. when they met again in July 1980, the Prince of Wales noted how much she transformed into a beautiful young woman. When their private dates became known to the press, the innocent Diana felt terrified of the attention and pressure the media had given to her, which she found “unbearable”.

When the royal family knew of their love affair, they quickly approved Diana and pronounced as the most suitable candidate for the future Queen of England. By royal tradition, a future Queen Consort should be titled, with noble or royal lineage, socially inexperienced, a protestant without a past and most of all no career of her own. Ideally, Diana accomplished all these requirements. On February 1981, Buckingham Palace announced their engagement and Diana had to move to Clarence house with the Queen Mother and later on transferred to Buckingham Palace to familiarize with the royal routine. On July 29, 1981 the wedding of the 20th century took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Diana took the title Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales after their wedding, she was the first English woman to marry an heir to the British throne in 300 years and the first non-princess to become the Princess of Wales, the title arrived in marriage and departed through divorce, within 15 years this condition proved true. As a child of a broken marriage, Diana took motherhood terribly, her eldest son Prince William, second in line to the British throne, was born on June 21, 1982, while Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne arrived in the royal world two years later on September 1984. She was a hands on mother, as what the British press reported, she personally nourished her sons, dashed to their rooms when she heard them crying. She fought with palace rules to enrol them to a day school to have an exposure with ordinary life and mingle with other people.

But all was not well with the fairytale couple, though they appeared solid and united in public, privately they did not get along, Charles’s adultery made Diana even more suicidal and lonely. But the pretensions did not last long, on December 1992 their formal separation was announced. When their divorce became final on August 1996, Diana was stripped with HRH style, but she remained the Princess of Wales and a member of the British royal family because she was the mother of the future King. On the following year, she started dating Dodi Al-fayed, son of Harrod’s billionaire owner Mohammad Al-fayed, because of his muslim heritage, their relationshiop was largely criticized by the media and the royal family, nevertheless Diana found happiness and protection she craved endlessly. But it seems she was not destined of a happy ending, on the morning of August 31, 1997, the black mercedez Benz she was riding with Dodi, slammed on the 13th pillar of Pont de alma tunnel in down town Paris, dodi’s driver was blinded by the motorcycle lights of the paparazzi who were aggresively pursued the Princess from Ritz hotel.

The announcement of her death punched a hole to everybody’s heart. Her compassion, her kindness and humility were known to the world, though her difficult life with in the British establishment magnified everyday, she struggled to create her own mission to help the downtrodden. More then a Princess, Diana understood how to live a fairytale life in the modern world, she did not confine herself in the isolated world of royalty, she reached out to those who badly needed help, that’s why everybody felt cheated in her sudden demise.

Now, eleven years after her death, people across the globe still haunted by her image, her glamour, her compassion and influenced, just how did this spectacular human being left a great footprint to the world?well, according to an article in Good HouseKeeping magazine, a Philippine issue published on July 2007, she was a mass of contradictions, she was beautiful, untouchable, royal, troubled. she lived in a unique world of glamour, wealth and fame, yet she seemed lonely and vulnerable. She was kind and giving and yet endlessly wanting, she was the fulfillment of a fairytale everybody dreamed of, but deeply troubled with in herself whose very family seemed turn against her, misinterpreting her insecurities and emotional struggle as merely symptoms of iresponsible behavior. But the most important thing, she left the world with a wondeful life and a great example, a true christian woman who valued others more than herself.

Her sons, Prince William and Harry, who were clearly devastated with her death, vowed to protect her memory. They continue working with charities whom their mother loved and declared to keep Diana’s legacy alive.

The Magic and Charm of the BRITISH MONARCHY

The mystical symbol of the British Monarchy. Samuel Pepys dubbed it as \"The most romantic castle in the world\".

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Buckingham Palace:British monarch's official London residence

The survival of the British monarchy into the modern age enthralled the present generation. How they cling from the shadow of the Dark Age and rose to the obscure bank of the Thames River unto the era of fascinating high technologies, remains a phenomenon.

The First World War saw the collapse of Europe’s most powerful royal houses including Russia, Germany and Austria and witnessed the terrifying supremacy of socialism and communism. Watching the painful downfalls of the reign of his cousins, King George V of Great Britain (grandson of Queen Victoria and grandfather of the current British monarch Queen Elizabeth II) quickly moved his magic wand to save what is left for his Kingdom.

He decided to withdraw his warm closeness to German Kaiser, Emperor William II, who was his first cousin through Queen Victoria and stopped addressing him as “Dear Cousin Willy”. England fretted Germany’s oppression that every German citizen leaving in England either humiliated or ostracized. The cordial British King whose ancestors-The Royal houses of Saxe-coburg-Gotha, the Wettins, the Hanovers, and the Glucksburg-Oldenburg-Sonderburg-Becks, rooted in Germany, stood firm to distance himself from his German relatives. When his closest cousin Emperor Nicholas II of Russia (his first cousin through King Christian IX of Denmark) asked for an asylum in England during Russian revolution in 1917 where he was forced to abdicate, George V strongly opposed. Nicholas II (whose wife, Alexandra, was also the first cousin of King George V through Queen Victoria),Empress Alexandra and their 5 children where later on imprisoned and massacred by the Bolshevics in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Hearing the devastating news about his cousins’ horrifying death, George V poured his hatred to his diary and recorded: “It was a foul murder, dear cousin Nicky was a thorough gentleman”. Since then, no member of the British Royal Family ever visited Russia until the early part of the 90’s when the late Czar’s great great niece Queen Elizabeth II made a state visit to President Boris Yeltsin.

Another cousin who suffered the rant of anti-German sentiments was Prince Louis of Battenberg, husband of Princess Victoria of Hesse (older sister of Emperor Nicholas II’s wife Alexandra-they were both grandchildren of Queen Victoria through her third child Princess Alice). Prince Louis was a decorated British Royal Navy officer who rose to power as First Sea lord of England at the outbreak of World War I. When Germany’s tyrannical rule spread to Western Europe English subjects began suspecting all German citizens living in England as spies. Battenberg was forced to give up his position in the Royal Navy and relinquished his Princely title, his cousin George V offered him a Noble title as the First Marquess of Milford Haven, Louis accepted the title because he wanted his children to be of Noble blood. The final humiliation occurred when he was admonished by his monarch cousin to anglicize his family name from Battenberg to Mountbatten (berg in German language means mountain-according to oxford dictionary).

At the end of his life, Louis, cursing his German blood, never set a foot to Germany and turned his back to all his German relatives, except for Queen Eugenie of Spain, who was his niece (note: Queen Eugenie was the former Princess Eugenie of Battenberg, only daughter of Louis’s brother Prince Henry of Battenberg and Princess Beatrice-the youngest child of Queen Victoria. Eugenie married King Alfonso XIII of Spain. The current Spanish king, Juan Carlos, is Queen Eugenie’s grandson). Lord Louis Mountbatten leads a quiet life with his wife at their grace-and-favor-apartment at Kensington Palace. His children would later on leave distinguished marks in European History. His eldest daughter Princess Alice married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, son of King George I of Greece (they were the parents of Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh-husband of Queen Elizabeth II). His youngest daughter Louise married the King of Sweden Gustav Adolf VI. His youngest child and name sake Lord Louis Mountbatten became a Second World War hero as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces stationed in South East Asia.

George V then announced the changing of his Royal House name from Saxe Coburg Gotha (a German royal house where both his grandparents-Queen Victoria and Prince Albert-descended/note: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are first cousins) to Windsor to effectively bury his German roots. The present royal house in Europe who has Saxe-Coburg-Gotha’s name is the Royal House of Belgium, the current Belgian King Albert II is the great-great-great grandson of King Leopold I, the first Belgian King and Queen Victoria’s maternal uncle. (note: Leopold I married Queen Victoria’s first cousin Princess Charlotte-only child and successor of Queen Victoria’s paternal uncle King George IV, but she died from childbirth. Leopold remarried three years later to a French Princess and bore him 5 children. If Charlotte had lived, Queen Victoria would never become a Queen and British History might have been very different).

The British Empire extended its territories to the West indies, the African continent and islands in the pacific coast. But after the reign of King George V, the empire reduced into merely a Kingdom with shrinking territories forming the British Commonwealth of Nations. The three countries that retained as dominions of the British Empire are Australia, Canada and New Zealand, they are independent countries but remained attached to the mother country- Britain. They recognized the ruling British sovereign as their head of state. The Monarch’s representative to these dominions is known as Governor-General.

The throne struggled to keep its foot after the two world wars that had battered England, it helps survived the cruelest days of the Huns and the fear of communism, it remained strong in the middle of the crisis and controversies that threatened to destabilize the court. They gone through difficult stages and intrigues but in the end, the mystique of the throne prevailed. But the two wars were merely an icing that decorated on the cake of calamities, the real battleground that fought hard by the highest throne on earth was the personal crisis that haunted the lives of each members, the first of these series was the unforgettable abdication of Edward VIII in the snowy month of December 1936.

Eleven months after the death of George V, his eldest son Prince David immediately ascended as King Edward VIII but the first few months of his reign confronted a serious issue, the King poses an uncomfortable situation that could provoke a constitutional crisis. His feckless character insisted marrying his twice divorced American lover Wallis Simpson, whom his family dismissively branded as “Edward’s unholy lover”. Divorce in the royal circle at that time was such a sacrilege that no divorce persons were allowed in the presence of the monarch and in the royal court. Although legally, Edward could marry Mrs. Simpson and remained King, his morally conscious ministers are against the idea of having a divorce woman as Consort whose equally conservative subjects would never accept Wallis as their Queen. The Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, threatened to resign if the love-struck King proceeds in marriage, so Edward, afraid of sacrificing the future of the British government and at the same time determined to keep his lover, proposed that he will be supported by public opinion, the results’ poll was unanimous: either abdicate or abandon Mrs. Simpson.

Edward VIII, who was considered as the most famous Prince of Wales in British history with “shining gold hair and sad blue eyes”, chooses love over tradition and duty. On the cold morning of December 11, 1936, his poignant voice echoed through out the world uttering a statement “it is impossible for me to remain King without the support of the woman I loved”. The embittered Queen Mary (his mother) and his disappointed sickly brother Prince Bertie, who will be forced to carry the weight of the crown and the one who will be mostly affected with the abdication, had less sympathy in his predicament. They condemned the ambitious woman who had two living husbands, as undignified commoner who has no class. They refused to recognize Wallis Simpson as member of their clan and did not bestow her with the “Her Royal Highness” style. The royal family’s hatred for Mrs. Simpson’s lasted for a lifetime. Until her death in 1986, at the age of 90, she did not receive any proprietary gesture from the British royal family for creating acrimonious crisis in 1936. Edward VIII forced to live in Exile with his lover and ostracized in the British court forever.

This was repeated in 1956 through his niece, Princess Margaret, the only sibling of the reigning British sovereign Queen Elizabeth II. As Princess of the blood royal who was 4th in the line of succession at that time, Margaret was not allowed to marry a divorce person. The tension became a heated debate in the royal circle during that time that his boyfriend, Peter Townsend, a favorite equerry of his father King George VI, was sent to Belgium as air attaché by the British government and instructed not to return to England forever. Princess Margaret was forced to renounce her relationship to Townsend in a letter broadcasted worldwide.

The divorce issue that haunted the British royal family for the past centuries later on became a curse that would forever changed the face of the British monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II was the first British monarch in 500 years to allow divorce in her direct family. In 1960 she permitted her first cousin Lord Gerome Lascelles, the 7th Earl of Harewood, to divorce and remarry. In 1978, Princess Margaret obtained a divorce from her husband Tony Armstrong Jones. At the end of the 20th century all marriages of the 3 children of the Queen ended in divorce including the heir to the throne Prince Charles. This crisis questioned the very foundation of the royal family which is morality. They are supposed to symbolize unity and harmony in public and the model of moral and virtues among their subjects. Queen Victoria’s favorite Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once said: “Monarchy is represented by the royal family, it is best to represent this symbol with family unity”.

As 1990 approaches, the once obedient parliament started singing different tune, especially when the issue of finances tackled in their sessions. The heated arguments finally made one MP member to thunder: “The Queen is a pain in the neck!”. For the past four decades of Elizabeth II’s reign, it was the first critical comment the monarchy ever heard. MP members who are still loyal to the crown rushed to their feet to defend the sovereign. In 1992, the Windsor castle caught a fire and need huge renovation and some critics once again expressed disgust with the high cost of expenses. The British royal family’s finances largely depended on a civil list drafted by the palace to parliament, it means that all their annual expenses are taken from the public purse with the exemption of Prince Charles because as heir apparent his finances is supported by the income generated from the Duchy of Cornwall. With all the issues that surrounded the throne, British subjects expressed their lamentations in changing of the constitution but so far, the British officials vowed to support the continuation of the House of Windsor.

It was thought possible that the dysfunctional family of the Queens’ children and the controversies generated might be the rallying point of the monarchy’s critics to launch a campaign against the throne, but the royalists dismissed the idea, they argued that the monarchy, tested by time, will survive as long as the cliff of Dover is standing high. Family rift and morality issues alike, the throne had gone with that stage during the Tudor dynasty in the 16th century, after all King Henry VIII was hardly an advertisement for a happy family life, but the throne stood as still.

After the fall of the monarchies in the world, Egyptian King Farouk declared: “by the turn of the 20th century, there will only be 5 kings left in the world, the Kings of heart,diamond, club, spade and the King of England. Farouk I was forced to abdicate during Egyptian revolution in 1952 in favor of his infant son Ahmed Fuad who briefly reigned as King Fuad II. In 1953 the Egyptian parliament declared republic. King Farouk, just like any other “falling monarchs” was aslo impressed with the mystique of the British throne.


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