Monthly Archives: November 2017

Queen and Prince Philip: Other royal couples who have reached 70 years of marriage

THE QUEEN and Prince Philip are getting ready to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary next month. Here is a look at other royal love stories that have withstood the test of time.

The love story of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh has enthralled the British public ever since their wedding nearly seven decades ago on November 20 1947.

In fact, the Queen and Prince Philip are officially the longest married British royal couple in history. The long line of royal weddings is often marred by divorce, death and beheadings.

But lasting this long in marriage is not unique to our Queen, and there are several other similar love stories in other royal families around the world.

Queen Anne of Romania and King Michael I

King Michael and Queen Anne of Romania were married for 68 years before death separated them

Queen Anne of Romania and King Michael I – 68 years

In November 1947, exiled King Michael I of Romania met the beautiful Anne Marguerite while visiting London for the wedding of then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

The two became infatuated with each other and continued to meet on chaperoned outings in London until Michael plucked the courage to propose.

The royal nuptials were held on June 19 1948, in the gilded throne room of the Royal Palace in Athens, Greece.

King Michael and his Queen have five daughters together, all of whom have married and have children of their own.

Queen Anne sadly died at the age of 92, in a hospital in Switzerland on August 1 2016.

Queen Juliana of the Netherlands met Prince Bernhard at the 1936 Winter Olympics

Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard – 67 years

Queen Juliana of the Netherlands was the ruling Dutch monarch from 1948 until her abdication in 1980, at the age of 71.

The Queen hailed from a very strict religious family, the House of Orange, which demanded that she married a Protestant.

At the 1936 Winter Olympics in Bavaria, she met a young German aristocrat and dashing businessman – Prince Bernhard of house Lippe-Biesterfeld.

The engagement and wedding were quickly organised by Juliana’s mother, Queen Wilhelmina. It included a foolproof prenuptial agreement on Bernard’s role in the royal family.

Juliana and Bernhard married on January 7 1937, after the Prince shed his German nationality and became a naturalised Dutch citizen.

Their first-born daughter, Princess Beatrix, took the throne after Queen Juliana abdicated in 1980.

Through the mid-1990s, the Queen struggled with illness and eventually succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease. She died in March 2004.

Prince Bernhard died soon after in December 2004, after losing his battle with cancer.

King Albert II of Belgium was completely love smitten by his wife-to-be Queen Paola

King Albert II of Belgium and Queen Paola – 60 years

King Albert II, the sixth king of Belgium, was smitten when he first met the breathtaking Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria in 1958.

Recounting how the two first met at the Belgian Embassy in Italy, Queen Paola said: “We were both shy, so we only talked a little.”

We were both shy, so we only talked a little

Queen Paola of Belgium

The couple finally overcame their shyness when Albert proposed to his wife-to-be. The Belgian public was quickly swayed by the engagement.

Albert and Paola initially planned to marry in the Vatican, but after some deliberation and pressure from the public, they chose to marry in Brussels in 1959.

The King and Queen have two sons and daughter together, and an astonishing 12 grandchildren.

The Belgian King abdicated in 2013, passing on the reins to his son Philippe, and continues to live happily with his wife.

Emperor Hirohito and Empress Kojun

Emperor Hirohito and his wife Empress Kojun were married for 65 years

Emperor Hirohito of Japan and Princess Nagano Kuni – 65 years

The 124th emperor of Japan, played a controversial role in World War Two with his faithful Empress Kojun by his side.

On January 26, 1924, Hirohito married his distant cousin Princess Nagano Kuni.

Together the couple had a total of two sons and five daughters who all outlived their parents.

Following his death in 1989, Emperor Hirohito was succeeded by his son Akito.

The Empress outlived her husband till 2000 when she died at the age of 97, and was laid to rest next to the Emperor within the Musashi Imperial Graveyard.

Prince Mikasa was married to Princess Mikasa since 1941 – 76 years

Takahito, Prince Mikasa and Yuriko, Princess Mikasa – 76 years

In a rare occurrence, Emperor Hirohito’s brother Takahito has been happily married for an incredible 76 years, outliving his brother.

Takahito married Yuriko Takagi, the second daughter of Viscount Masanari Takagi on October 22, 1941.The Prince and Princess and Mikasa have a total of five children, nine grandchildren as well as handful of great-grandchildren.

Takahito died on Cotober 27, 2016, at the incredible age of 100.

On his 100th birthday, he said: “Nothing will change just because I turn 100 years old.

“I’d like to spend my days pleasantly and peacefully while praying for the happiness of people around the world and thanking my wife, Yuriko, who has been supporting me for more than 70 years.”

What Is The Mother In Apple Cider Vinegar? Science Explains

If you’re like me, you’ve had at least 42 different friends tell you all about the amazing health benefits of apple cider vinegar. It supposedly works on everything from acne to weight loss, and I hear it even makes a great salad dressing. Alas, you’ve probably also heard loads about the ghost-like film floating at the bottom of the jar of your pricey raw vinegar — it’s known commonly as the mother. You probably don’t know much about the fermentation process, though, so what is the mother in apple cider vinegar? Strangely enough, it’s not just a gross blob that you avoid like the plague when pouring your vinegar to make a chocolate cake. (I mean health tonic.)

Most store-bought apple cider vinegar (ACV) does not include the mother in the bottling process because it’s been filtered and distilled out during the pasteurization process. However, if you buy raw vinegar, like Bragg’s or other organic brands, you’ll notice that there is a floating ball of film in the bottom of the bottle. That hazy apparition is called the mother. The mother is a complex structure of living organisms — bacteria — that work together to form acetic acid. It begins the fermentation process that alters the liquid used to make ACV into vinegar, according to The Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

The mother of ACV is very similar in nature to the scoby in kombucha or the starter of sourdough bread. Basically, all fermentation begins the same way. Bacteria begins eating at the sugar in the liquid, which converts it to alcohol, and then to vinegar. When you’re making beer or wine, you work to retard this process before it hits the vinegar stage by stabilizing it. That’s why if you leave wine open for a few more days than you should, it tastes like sad salad dressing and not Cabernet Sauvignon. But don’t worry — you can totally drink the mother. According to the website for Bragg, you can just mix up your bottle to evenly distribute it throughout.

Fermented foods are all the rage right now, and with good reason. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, they’re experiencing this surge in popularity because of all of the documented benefits that accompany the fermentation process. They aid in digestion, help people who suffer from Crohn’s Disease, chronic heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and even something as simple as gum disease. With all of that going for it, it’s no wonder people are lining up for their daily dose of yogurt and sauerkraut. Or a big gulp of the mother.

For most of us, though, fermented foods are just really tasty. My MawMaw from West Virginia would make the best sour pickles every year for us to enjoy. Using huge chunks of whatever she’d pull from her garden, she’d have the family lining up to dig into cabbage and carrot pickles that were perfectly salty and sour. My other grandmother hailed from Bratislava, and she adored old school sauerkraut. The vinegary crispy side dish was always available in her fridge, and the smell brings me back every time. Now that I’m a mom, I’ve started making both, as well as making my own yogurt and dabbling in fruit wines. (I mean dabbling — the last batch was basically apple lightning.)

However, these all start at the same place — the colonizing of bacteria that chows down on the natural sugars, souring the food, extending their shelf life, and expanding their health benefits. Not to mention that pickles and vinegar and sauerkraut are some of the most versatile ingredients in your kitchen. Seriously, try a little vinegar in your chocolate cake or splashed in your gumbo. Heck, you could even try making it yourself if you’re so inclined and crafty.