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Sunday, 27-04-1997

This has been a very special day. I received my First Holy Comunion in the Anglican Church of St. Mary's in Warwick. I had a place next to the Master of the Hospital of Robert Earl of Leicester, Mr. B. Rhodes. After the service I had a conversation with him and he told me that his hospital was the favourite of Queen Elizabeth.

He introduced me to the priest and invited me to visit his "hospital". A signal of hospitality that I greatly will accept. Afterwards I visited Warwick Castle. First I went to the Kingmaker.

In the guide of the castle I underlined some significant remarks: The Wars of the Roses took place from 1450 to 1471 in the time of Richard Neville, the 'Kingmaker'. "The Wars of the Roses, which began in the early 1450s and ended with the battle of Bosworth in 1485, were a prolonged struggle for supremacy between the Houses of York and Lancaster".

The image in wax of Richard Neville is shown in a photograph. He has exactly the same family features as my friend Van Munster, like Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (1737) in the State Dining Room has an extraordinary resemblance with Queen Elizabeth II. So I called my friend now. Furthermore I read "In March 1471, Edward landed at Ravenspur from the Low Countries, etc." The Kingmaker's final act was on 13 April. Furthermore I read about Francis Greville, who became the 8th Lord Brooke in 1727. "Brooke" in Dutch is "Van den Broek". Lord Brooke had made his organ in Leamington Spa. Visiting the State Dining Room I observed that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited the castle on the 8th of November 1996 with local authorities as part of their tour of Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon. In the Red Drawing Room I noticed the picture of Sir Philips Sydney (1554-1586). Fighting the Spanish in Holland, he was shot in the side at the Battle of Zutphen, Residence of the Family Van der Heyden van Baak van Doornenburg. In the Library I saw the figure of Guy Lord Brooke, who left Eton in 1901. He became Earl of Warwick in 1924. In the Card Room I saw the wax figure of Charles Spencer Churchill, the 9th Duke of Marlborough and owner of BLENHEIM PALACE.

There I spoke with a girl - who was very well dressed - about the Kingmaker. The Boudoir contains a social scene, especially with the Marlborough House set, a group gathered around Edward, Prince of Wales.

The Bedroom showed Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough - a member of the Vanderbilt family -, the Marquess of Blandford, son of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and Edward, the Prince of Wales and latter King Edward VII. On 4.30 pm the window of his bedroom was set very wide open to let the new Fresh Air in!

After having read that Kenilworth Castle had been the stronghold of Simon de Montfort (Van der Heyden was Drost of Montfort) I went to to the Peacock Garden and there I realized completely the message of the Mysterious Present of October last year.

After the visit I went to The Crown Hotel to have dinner and a Flowers Original. The waiter gave me a number: 14. It reminded me of the 14 orange and 14 red royal roses that ICB sent on the 28th of August last year. I went to and had a glass of red wine in the Inn Rose and Crown, former Green Dragon. During my way-back to Warwick I listened to Martin Guerre and heard "My name is Dutilh". The attorneys of Nauta-Dutilh in Amsterdam defended my interests as from April 1992. Mr Jan Peter Nauta, a hispanistic colleague of mine, has a great responsibility in the Congress of Spanish on the 27th of September.