Prince Charles Wants English History Back in Curriculum
The Prince of Wales wants to restore the traditional study of subjects such as Geoffrey Chaucer, The English Civil War, and the Crusades. The Prince also wants to see “subject specialism” brought back, rather than a blanket coverage of subjects.
In 2009, a plan was devised to merge 13 stand-alone subjects into six ‘areas of learning’. Ed Ball’s Children, Schools and Families bill was to replace traditional subjects with ‘thematic’ lessons and introduce compulsory sex education for the first time.
Teachers would no longer have to cover certain periods of history such as the Tudors, or choose between the Victorians or the Second World War. They would teach subjects “at their discretion”. There was also a call for greater emphasis on technology, social issues, and even sex education for children as young as five.
On the other hand, Charles’ Prince’s Teaching Institute promotes “the importance of in-depth subject knowledge” in English, history, science, geography and maths. Schools are invited to show “a clear commitment to subject specialism”. Since 2007, the Prince has fought tooth and nail against what he has described as “trendy teaching“.
Ron Henry, mayor of Gila Bend, Arizona, has put Prince Harry on notice: dalliances with our daughters is a no-no.
“It is a very quiet town with a lot of good Christian people. This isn’t a party town,” cautioned Mr. Henry.
It would seem that Prince Harry’s reputation has preceded him. He was last linked with underwear model Florence Brudenell-Bruce, and since his arrival in the U.S., Harry had his fling with a waitress widely publicized.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in Australia – Overview
October 23rd, a Sunday, saw the Queen attending church services in Brisbane. Her Majesty, along with Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, attended morning Worship at St. John’s Church.
That afternoon, a reception and lunch was hosted by the Governor-General for the royal couple.
October 24th was an “away day” in Brisbane. The Queen and the Duke hopped aboard a river boat and traveled up the Brisbane River to Southbank. Once ashore, they visited the Queensland Performing Arts Center.
That afternoon, the royals met with emergency response personnel and members of the communities affected by the floods. The Queen and Prince Philip attended a re-dedication Ceremony of Rainforest and the opening of Rain Bank.
The Queen and Prince Philip were back in Canberra on Tuesday, October 25th. They visited the Australian War Memorial and viewed the Afghanistan Memorial, where the Queen placed a wreath. Later, the royal couple met with Australian Defense Force Personnel at Orientation Hall.
October 26th: Prince Philip and The Queen participated in another Away Day, this time in Melbourne, where they opened the Royal Children’s Hospital. That afternoon they toured Melbourne, starting with a visit to the Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria; a walk through Federation Square and a ride on a Melbourne Tram; attended a reception hosted by the Governor of Victoria at Government House. The Queen was resplendent in pink throughout.
After the Away Day activities, The Queen and The Duke departed Melbourne for Perth.
On Thursday, October 27th, the royals paid a visit to Clontarf Aboriginal College. The Duke of Edinburgh was especially keen to see the sporting facilities. Afterwards, they attended a Garden Party at Government House, where the Queen turned out in her second stunning turquoise and white ensemble for the day.
Approximately one hundred students from across Western Australia lined a path to the lower gardens, when the Duke stopped to chat. Philip asked why the students were in pairs, and when told it was because they were the head boys and girls, he said in his typical blunt fashion: “It’s obvious they didn’t choose the attractive ones then”. (!)
Premier Colin Barnett was pleased to have the royal visitors come to the country, and he thanked the Queen and Prince Philip for visiting WA and presented the royals with a gift – a book of drawings of wild flowers from the Eastern Goldfields by Phillipa Nikulinsky.
October 28th: Her Majesty arrived at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The opening featured a vast array of leaders from around the world: 25 Prime Ministers, 10 Presidents, five Vice-Presidents, two Deputy Prime Ministers, one High Commissioner, a lord and the Sultan of Brunei.
“I have had the good fortune, together with Prince Philip, to attend many CHOGMs over many years. Their importance has always been in precise relationship to their relevance: always being attuned to the issues of the day, and always looking to the future with a sense of vision and practical action to match. In your deliberations over the days ahead, you have the encouragement of the whole Commonwealth to maintain this vital tradition.” – The Queen’s speech at the CHOGM
That evening, the royal couple attended a banquet at the Pan Pacific Hotel. For this occasion, the Queen busted out her best parure for the occasion – the brilliant aquamarine set in honor of the brilliantly blue ocean that surrounds Australia.
These gems are gifts from Brazil. The earrings and matching necklace were a Coronation gift to The Queen from the President and People of Brazil in 1953.
The stones sit inside a diamond and platinum setting. A few years later, in 1958, a bracelet and matching brooch were presented to The Queen by the Brazilian Government as a matching set to the original Coronation presents. Elizabeth then requested that royal jeweler Garrard complete the parure with a stunning tiara.
On Saturday, October 29th, the Queen and the Duke were feted by the Australian community during “The Big Aussie BBQ”. In the spirit of outdoor eating, the Queen topped off her elegant maroon and white outfit with a hat eerily reminiscent of a marshmallow. S’mores, anyone?
For Days 1 – 4, visit The Royal Representative.