AHEAD of the anticipated Christmas message from the Queen today, an image has been released of her sat at her desk ready to address the nation. Surrounded by grand items such as a golden piano, ornate fireplace and lavish carpet, the monarch also has six family photographs. They show her husband, father, children and grandchildren, kept close by as she gave her annual festive message, recorded in Buckingham Palace's white drawing room. This new image gives more of an insight into the Queen's key moments of the year, as a picture made public yesterday only showed one framed photo. She filmed the broadcast two weeks ago and is expected to address many of the royal marriages and births this year as well as the political divisions. In 1932, King George V gave the speech as a radio broadcast, with Queen Elizabeth II continuing the tradition, delivering the speech every year since 1952 – apart from in 1969. 1. Ivory silk cocktail dress The Queen is wearing an Angela Kelly ivory … [Read more...] about Queens shows off her family photos in Christmas address with Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton given pride of place
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Kevin Cullen Globe Columnist November 29, 2018 Eric Emond was sitting at a table in a small room at Florian Hall in Dorchester that night eight years ago when Dan Magoon pulled out a napkin.A bunch of Boston cops and firefighters who had served in the military, and some like Emond who were still serving, had gathered at the Boston firefighters hall on Hallet Street to kick around some ideas.They had made it back from war, but a lot of their friends had not. There were some parents of the fallen in the group, and it got emotional and voices cracked. But there was a steely resolve in that room, too, and they made progress, with Magoon jotting down on the napkin ideas about building a memorial to those from Massachusetts lost to war since 9/11. He scribbled a prospective logo. They talked about how to raise money, selling T-shirts, holding a dinner. Advertisement … [Read more...] about Eric Emond served his country and Gold Star families. Now his is a Gold Star family.
LAS VEGAS – After Spencer Haywood conquered immense odds to earn a spot on America’s 1968 Olympic basketball team, word out got out he was from Trinidad.How, he was asked, did he emigrate from the tiny island nation in the Caribbean?“Um, no,” Haywood said. “I’m from Trinidad, Colorado,”His response inspired a new question.“Where the hell is Trinidad, Colorado?”On Oct. 25, 1968 – 50 years ago Thursday – Haywood placed Trinidad on the basketball map when he led an American team depleted by protest and bizarre coaching decisions to world supremacy, lengthening a 32-year American gold medal run dating back to the 1936 games.Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem-Abdul Jabbar), Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld declined to play for the U.S., and Pete Maravich, Calvin Murphy and Dan Issel were cut from the team. All six are members of the Basketball Hall of Fame.As Haywood stood with his teammates at the medal ceremony, he wept. His … [Read more...] about David Ramsey: 50 years ago, Trinidad’s Spencer Haywood carried America to Olympic basketball gold
Last of two parts“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Charles Dickens wrote in 1859. Nearly 60 years later it was an apt description of life in Philadelphia. World War I was winding down, victory in sight. The city had proudly and vigorously raised millions of dollars to support the local soldiers on the battlefield. The patriotism and excitement was palpable: the boys would be coming home soon.But in late summer 1918, the city was in “the grippe” of a second wave of a Spanish influenza epidemic sweeping the United States. The city was quickly plunged into misery. Illness and death and decay was everywhere. Dread and despair tormented the living. Unspeakable indignities visited the dead and alive. For two weeks in September and October, from the start of the epidemic through some of its darkest days, the city’s newspapers chronicled the misery in the streets of Philadelphia. But they also shared tales of heroism, hope, frustration and … [Read more...] about In 1918, Philadelphia was in ‘the grippe’ of misery and suffering
Scars still linger from the powerful hurricane but important lessons have been learned By Craig Hlavaty Updated 8:38 am CDT, Thursday, September 13, 2018 PHOTOS: Hurricane Ike in photos Waves crashing into the seawall reaching over the memorial to the hurricane of 1900 as Hurricane Ike began to hit Galveston Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. >>>See more photos from this traumatic hurricane event... less PHOTOS: Hurricane Ike in photos Waves crashing into the seawall reaching over the memorial to the hurricane of 1900 as Hurricane Ike began to hit Galveston Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. >>>See more photos ... more Photo: Johnny Hanson, Staff / Houston Chronicle See some of the most powerful images from Hurricane Ike, collected by Houston Chronicle photographers Painful task | Vicky Dearman, left, gets a hug from her friend, Sandra Ysassi, as Dearman sifts through the rubble of her … [Read more...] about Hurricane Ike hit the Houston and Galveston areas a decade ago this week