July 22, 2007
NEW DELHI -- India named its first female president yesterday after weeks of acrimonious campaigning that touched on sensitive issues such as political corruption, partisan gamesmanship and women's rights. Through ballots cast by federal and state legislators, Pratibha D. Patil comfortably won election to the largely ceremonial post, making this country the world's largest to claim a female head of state. The last woman to serve that function for India was Queen Victoria, during the days of the British Raj. A lawyer by training, Patil, 72, is a relative unknown on the national stage.
December 8, 1996
When she took the throne of England in 1837 at the age of 18, Queen Victoria gave birth to an era -- a style of architecture named for her because of the elaborate and ornate structures which were built during her reign.It is an architectural style of great detail, from the intricate gingerbread woodwork on wraparound porches to the magnificent iron finials perched atop witches' hat turrets, Victoriana is a genre with many enthusiasts."Victorian architecture" is a bit of a catch-all term used to describe several different styles, and tends to include buildings constructed between 1865 and the very early 1900s.
April 7, 1993
WE ARE not amused," said Queen Victoria. She only said it to send Prince Albert right up the wall. "You know I can't stand it when you lay that royal we on me," said Prince Albert."It is not our fault, dear Albert, that we are a royal we whilst you, being a mere prince consort, are but an I," observed Queen Victoria.Poor vexed Albert knew what un-amused her. It was baseball. Prince Albert's passion for baseball was a royal scandal. It had shocked drawing rooms from Belgravia to Cowes, where the regatta was held, as Queen Victoria had to remind Prince Albert every time she said, "You and we must rise and go to Cowes now."
July 29, 2008
IN THE city, it is only acceptable for a man to wear flip-flops if he has just come from a pedicure and he's still damp. But seriously, folks, flip-flops are for the beach or maybe for washing the car or spaniel. They are not the next big thing. They are the last sad thing on the road to stylistic surrender," writes GQ's Glenn O'Brien. Royal undies Now we don't want to be telling the Victoria's Secret folks how to run their amazing business, but it wouldn't hurt if they took some thin, snazzy, young models and put them into Queen Victoria's bloomers.
August 19, 1994
LONDON -- "They're cheering in Baltimore," said Christie's specialist when the auctioneer knocked down Queen Victoria's personal dental tools to Baltimore's National Museum of Dentistry for 14,000 pounds.They sure were. The dental museum in Baltimore had long coveted these royal picks, mirrors, scrapers and scalers."They rank in importance with George Washington's teeth," museum director Ben Z. Swanson said in Baltimore, where he and others participated in the bidding by telephone.The dental museum already owns a pair of the first president's fake choppers.
February 10, 2008
"Welcome to my office," Capt. Paul Wright said as he opened the security door to the bridge of the Queen Victoria. Through the expanse of windows, the ocean seemed endless, glimmering in the sun. It was, as it turned out, the calm before the storm. The captain, a genial chap from Cornwall, England, was soon laughing about the rumors aboard Cunard's newest ocean liner. No, he assured me, no one had been lost overboard. And had I seen the reports in the British tabloids blaming every glitch on this, the ship's second voyage, on the "Curse of Camilla," Prince Charles' wife, the first nonmonarch to christen a Cunard Queen in nearly 75 years?