Britain's Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her birthday on Sunday, marking 93 years in the public glare. Here are five facts about Britain's oldest and longest-reigning monarch. - Longevity - Over 80 percent of Britons have not experienced life under any other monarch, having not been born when Elizabeth ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, according to the UK Office of National Statistics. She has reigned over 14 prime ministers, coming to the throne during the tenure of Winston Churchill. She has also met with 11 of the 12 US presidents in office and signed more than 3,500 bills into law. On her birthday, the Queen will be 11 years and four months older than any British monarch in history, and at 67 years and 74 days, will be the longest serving by three years and 224 days. - Birth - The Queen was born on April 21, 1926, at 17 Bruton Street in London's upmarket Mayfair neighbourhood, which is now a high-end Chinese restaurant whose signature dishes include "Roasted silver cod with … [Read more...] about Five facts about Queen Elizabeth II as she turns 93
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Five Facts about Notre Dame Cathedral Independent.ie Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, a searing loss for the city and for France. Here are five facts on the Gothic masterpiece that celebrated its 850th jubilee in 2013 https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/five-facts-about-notre-dame-cathedral-38018407.html https://www.independent.ie/incoming/article34706890.ece/d41ae/AUTOCROP/h342/iw%20Paris%20scene.jpg Email Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, a searing loss for the city and for France. Here are five facts on the Gothic masterpiece that celebrated its 850th jubilee in 2013 The first stone of the Notre-Dame de Paris ("Our Lady of Paris") cathedral was laid in 1163 in the reign of Louis VII, as the medieval city of Paris was growing in population and importance, both as a political and economic centre of the kingdom of … [Read more...] about Five Facts about Notre Dame Cathedral
I watched as the little fluffy Adelie penguin chick was ripped apart, and thought: 'We can't put this on the news'. It had been huddling with its friends but now they were watching on silently, as it tried to stop the skua pecking its eyes out. I had assumed that Cape Bird on the Antarctic Peninsula was a haven for penguins, a safe place to raise their young, but now it was clear I was standing in the middle of a great battle for survival. Kiwi scientists report ice melting early at Antarctic penguin colony Antarctica's Adelie penguin numbers swell in new census Antarctic tragedy as only two Adelie chicks survive breeding season Cameraman Bob Grieve and I were there to film a TV story on a group of New Zealand scientists, studying the tiny black and white penguins. It took around 30 minutes in a helicopter from Scott Base, flying over sea ice and a glacier tongue, to arrive at their remote hut on Ross Island. The first hint of what we were about to witness came as we made the short … [Read more...] about Thomas Mead: Visiting an Adelie penguin colony in Antarctica
The sea ice around a massive Adelie penguin colony in Antarctica has melted early this year, according to a group of New Zealand scientists based there. Cape Bird on the Antarctic peninsula is home to 30,000 breeding pairs of Adelie penguins, who rely on the sea ice to gather krill and ice fish for their chicks. Without it, some are being forced to travel much further for food, leaving their chicks hungry for days. Historic beer barrel finally returned to Antarctica after NZ restoration Kiwi wins gruelling Antarctic marathon A day in a US army plane flying to Antarctica Landcare Research Ecologist Dean Anderson is one of three people stationed on site for the summer to watch the breeding season, in a study of a new fishing sanctuary that has been set up in the Ross Sea. He says the sea ice broke out around two weeks ago, which is unusual. "The adults are spending more time out at sea, and less frequent trips back to the chicks, which has reduced provisioning rates and we're seeing a … [Read more...] about Kiwi scientists report ice melting early at Adelie penguin colony in Antarctica
Every day we'll be bringing you an interesting fact about the French or France. If you've got any you'd like us to publish please write to us at [email protected] Today we're kicking the series off with a strange fact about the French flag. France is known for many things, not least of all it's world famous tricolore flag. The vertical strips of red, white and blue, which have come to represent liberté, égalité and fraternité (liberty, equality and fraternity), which make up the flag are as much a part of France as wine, cheese and the French national anthem la marseillaise. But this hasn't always been the case. In fact, between 1814 and 1830, the French flag was just plain white. So, why was this the case? During the French Revolution the French tricolore flag was adopted, with red and blue for the colours of Paris and white either for the "ancient colour of France" if you go by what General Lafayette said or for … [Read more...] about Did you know: The strange fact about the French flag?