Now that is ‘all-important’ news, right?
– Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to baby boy (CNBC, July 22, 2013):
Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge delivered a baby boy Monday afternoon, an event analysts said would be “overwhelmingly positive” for the U.K. economy.
The child of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Prince William will be third-in-line to the throne. Middleton gave birth in the private wing of Saint Mary’s hospital in London.
The boy, whose name was not immediately revealed, weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
The British Royals since 1714 are coming from the House of Hannover and the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The Royals are ‘really’ Germans.
The royal family’s official name, or lack thereof, became a problem during World War I, when people began to mutter that Saxe-Coburg-Gotha sounded far too German. King George V and his family needed a new English-sounding name. After considering everything from Plantagenet to Tudor-Stuart to simply England, the king and his advisors chose the name Windsor.
Why the people cheer at Royals who have lived and still live off of them and who still receive paychecks funded by the taxpayer for doing NOTHING is beyond me.
The more people’s lives suck and the more uneducated they are, the more they seem to have a tendency to romantically adore their Royals.
– The World’s 15 Biggest Landowners (Business Insider):
#1 Queen Elizabeth II
Land: 6.6 billion acres of land worldwide including Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia and a few other spots here and there. Also, the all-important Falkland Islands.
Background: England’s third (and most likely soon to be second) longest serving monarch, Elizabeth II retains royal title over The British Commonwealth and as such manages to keep her face on money throughout the globe.
With her 6.6 billion acres, Elizabeth II is far and away the world’s largest landowner, with the closest runner-up (King Abdullah) holding control over a mere 547 million, or about 12% of the lands owned by Her Majesty, The Queen.
Acreage estimates provided by The New Statesman.