It was nice to see that Prince Phillip had recovered from his bladder infection and was able to leave the hospital in time for his 91st birthday celebration. Did you know that Prince Phillip’s great-grandmother was Queen Victoria? His dad married one of her granddaughters. So, this means he’s actually related to his wife. The Queen is Victoria’s great-great granddaughter (her grandfather was Victoria’s grandson). Confused? Understood. Victoria had so many children and back in her time it was customary to marry into royalty . . . so she is often referred to as the “grandmother of Europe”. It’s no wonder that many of the royal cousins, especially those of the past generations, look so much alike.
Next tidbit - Zara Phillips, the Queen’s granddaughter, has just been nominated for a spot on the British Equestrian Team for this summer's Olympics. Her mother is Princess Anne, the Queen’s daughter. Princess Anne was on the 1976 British Olympic team, and her father was on the 1972 and 1988 teams, winning gold and silver medals. The Equestrian events will take place in Greenwich, at the foot of the Royal Observatory. While I’ve been able to secure tickets to some events, I missed out on Equestrian. Nonetheless, I’m planning a trip to Greenwich, “just in case” tickets become available. Maybe carrying the Olympic torch sent a bit of good luck to Zara. I wish her well for a great competition.
And finally, in other royal news, the Queen’s son Edward and his wife Sophie, were treated like rock stars in Gibraltar, a small British territory off the southern coast of Spain. They are part of the royal family’s reach out to the commonwealth communities during this Jubilee year. While they were well-received by Gibraltarians, Spanish government officials have been less than amused. You see, while Gibraltar was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, Spain still claims sovereignty. I read the following in the UK Telegraph: “Last month Spain's Queen Sofia was forced by her nation's government to turn down an invitation to a celebratory lunch hosted by the Queen at Windsor Palace for sovereign monarchs across the globe in protest over the Earl's visit to Gibraltar.” I understand that the Spanish diplomatic complaints fall on deaf English ears. Most of the residents of Gibraltar love the English and are thrilled to have a visit from the English royal family.
Later this week, watch for articles on “ordinary” London!