Het was gisteren alweer 18 jaar geleden dat mijn zoon en huidig penningmeester/secretaris van de Stichting Cervantes Benelux Drs Marcus Floris Alfonsus (Mark) van der Heijden met mijn schoondochter Caroline Cornelie Marisca De Savornin Lohman in de Bilt (voor de wet) en Bilthoven (voor de kerk) in het huwelijk zijn verbonden. Op 3 augustus jongstleden ontving ik van Daily Mail dit bericht over Lady Sarah Ferguson: Sarah Ferguson says Prince Andrew is a ‘thoroughly good, very gentle man’ who is a ‘shines as grandfather’ and speaks to his five-month old grandson about foorball for hours’ By Monica Greep For Mailonline Published: 11:05 BST, 3 August 2021 | Updated: 11:12 BST, 3 August 2021 Sarah Ferguson has paid trbute to her ex-husband Prince Andrew as a ‘thoroughly good, very gentle man’ who ‘shines’ as a grandfather. The Queen’s son, who retired from royal duties in 2019 amid scandal over his friendship with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, became a grandfather for the first time earlier this year when daughter Princess Eugenie welcomed her first child, August, while Princess Beatrice is due to give birth later this year. Appearing on Lorraine today to promote her steamy debut Mills & Boon novel, the Duchess of York said that Andrew, 61, speaks to his five-month-old grandson August for ‘hours’ about football. Fergie and Andrew separated in 1992 after six years of marriage and divorced four years later, but continued to share a home at the Royal Lodge to co-parent their now adult children. The duchess hailed Andrew a ‘really good father’, insisting the pair co-parented their children ‘very well’ and that it is a ‘joy’ to watch him spending time with Eugenie and her son. But now as a grandfather he’s really good, he can go for hours talking about football, and those things. It’s a joy to see him really shine as a grandfather.’ Fergie and Prince Andrew have been divorced for more than two decades, but their continued closeness has often prompted speculation that they would rekindle their relationship. She added: ‘It’s very important for anyone watching, family unity, communicate compromise, compassion – those are the three Cs that are essential.’ Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their first child August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, who is 11th in line to the throne, on February 9 at London’s Portland Hospital. Speaking of her new grandson Sarah, 61, said that August is ‘very much like’ his dad, Jack, who is the global director of George Clooney’s tequila company, Casamigos. ‘What I love more than anything is – of course I have sisters and have daughters and I’m very good at Barbie dolls’, said Sarah. ‘But now I’m into trains and tractors and stuff which I’m going to learn and August really is a little chap, he’s a good little chap and very much like his dad. ‘Of course if her wants to go and play with Barbies that’s fine too, there’s no judgement, but it’s fun to learn about tractors.’ Fergie also spoke of the late Princess of Wales, comparing the royal to an ‘eagle’ who would be ‘flying high’ over her two sons, William and Harry, and their ‘wonderful’ wives, Kate and Meghan. ‘I think Diana and I went through enormous things without social media in the 80s and we really went through lot,’ said Fergie. ‘It was really very tough and if she was here today I know she would just be completely like an eagle. She would fly high and be so proud of her two sons and their wonderful wives, who have delivered amazing children. ‘It really is a total blessing and I think, race, creed, colour, no judgment, it doesn’t matter who you are, just be who you are with integrity and kindness.’ Sarah also spoke about her new novel, ‘Her Heart for a Compass’, which she co-wrote with romance writer Marguerite Kaye, who appeared alongside her on the show. On the book being drawn from personal experiences and family history, Sarah told host Christine Lampard: ‘The way I summarise it is I have lived with Lady Margaret for 15 years and she’s now out today. In the car, I said to Marguerite, ‘Do you realise what you’ve done for me? You’ve taken this extraordinary Lady Margaret in my head and you’ve helped me put it together in a novel.’ ‘That is a huge achievement, so really I feel very proud at 61 to start a new career and it’s thanks to Marguerite and the collaboration of two people that wish to take people on a journey to find inspiration within themselves.’ Speaking more about the character of Lady Margaret, Sarah said: ‘Thanks to me researching my own DNA, I found this extraordinary redhead and I was like, ‘Ok, let’s get her.’ It’s fiction, but it’s based on my ancestry from Scotland to London and to Ireland. ‘I’m a Celt through and through, so when I decided to get Lady Margret into a novel, I went to Mills & Boon and said, ‘Would you like to help me?’ I’m a very romantic person. I love the romance and nature and life. They said you have to meet the great Marguerite.’ Set in the heart of the Victorian era, the novel sees 18-year-old Lady Margaret evoke the ire of her parents – the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, close friends of Queen Victoria – by rejecting the suitor they chose for her, Lord Rufus Ponsonby, the Earl of Killin, resulting in her being banished from polite society. Lady Margaret, who hails from Dalkeith in Scotland and loves horses, then falls madly in love with a priest and, later, an older diplomat – an acquaintance of her father’s – before making a career for herself as a writer. And the hotly-anticipated novel is filled with racy details, such as the moment when the protagonist first sets eyes on her old friend Donald ‘astride a strapping grey’ and they find themselves in a passionate embrace.
Vanuit deze achtergrond memoreer ik aansluitend aan mijn bericht Mijn-voormalige-districtleiders-en-verbindende-elementen-d-d-5-september-vanaf-1995 mijn verbindende elementen d.d. 6 september vanaf 1995 tot en met 2012: 1995 Cambio de dirección 1997 Procedure 97 / 2152 BELEI R08 II G32 – Horoscoop 1999 De terugkeer van Don Quichot – De bruiloft van Dulcinea 2000 Beschouwingen 2002 Letters to Diana now in Dutch 2004 Club met nieuwe mensen – De droom van rood en geel 2005 De schoonste stad van Nederland 2006 Together again 2007 Salarisbesprekingen 2008 Wat heeft Segovia 2010 Dertien jaar na Diana’s funeral – Retour Torremolinos-Nijmegen – Een bijzonder Nederlands-Engels gesprek 2011 Cervantes en Maya van der Veer 2012 Centraliseren
In dit verband doet het mij deugd dat het programma Goedemorgen Nederland vandaag weer een aanvang heeft genomen met onder meer Prinses Laurentien in de gelederen. Haar echtgenoot Prins Constantijn is namelijk de enige zoon van voormalig Koningin Beatrix die ik persoonlijk nog niet heb uitgenodigd voor een functie binnen het bestuur van de Stichting Cervantes Benelux en ontving ik van Ds Ko Brevet gistermiddag dit bericht: “Goeie avond John, Ik begreep van Grada dat jij a.s. zondag de lector bent. Prima, fijn om samen met jou de dienst te doen op deze manier. In de bijlage tref je de hele orde van dienst aan en zoals je ziet beginnen we qua lezingen weer in het boek der Koningen en lezen we opnieuw uit het evangelie naar Marcus.”
14:25 Ontvangen Tony-Blair-takes-swipe-Joe-Biden-Afghanistan-exitTony Blair takes a swipe at Joe Biden as he says the US withdrawal from Afghanistan will give the West’s enemies ‘a belief our time is over’. Tony Blair today took a swipe at Joe Biden over US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Ex-PM said US decided it has a ‘very limited appetite for military engagement’ Withdrawal from global stage will give ‘opponents a belief our time is over’ y Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline Published: 13:02 BST, 6 September 2021 | Updated: 13:15 BST,