S is for Sandringham (and Sophie)

One experience I'm lucky to have had, mostly by virtue of living relatively nearby, was to go to Sandringham Estate for Christmas Day.Sandringham, for those who don't know, is the Queen's privately-owned family estate in Norfolk, England, about an hour from where we lived.  We toured the house when we had visitors one summer and the house and grounds are absolutely lovely. The Queen stays there from mid-November/Decemberish through some time in February or March, but I don't know the exact dates--she's the Queen, and can stay there however long she damn well pleases.Anyway, while she's there, the Queen goes to mass at the chapel on the property.  People are welcome to wait along the path to wave at her, though photos aren't allowed. However, on Christmas Day, you may take pictures, and, even better, there's a good chance that most of the royal family will join her.  The rest of the family walks the path from the estate house...
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K is for King (or Queen!)

So, a couple of years ago, when Will and Kate announced that they were expecting their first child, there was a big to-do about if it were to be a girl, would the child be the future queen.Thankfully, the outdated succession laws were reworked, and males and females were made equal in the Commonwealth.  Another provision about the monarch not being able to marry a Roman Catholic was also changed.Not my picture, but he's a cutie!As Prime Minister David Cameron said, "Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen. The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter simply because he is a man, or that a future monarch can marry someone of any faith except a Catholic--this way of thinking is at odds with the modern countries that we have become."While we often poke fun at countries for having...
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