Putera Philip, Duke Edinburgh, Mangkat pada Usia 99 Tahun

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Duke Edinburgh dan suami Ratu Elizabeth II, Putera Philip telah mangkat di Istana Windsor sebentar tadi pada usia 99 tahun.

Memetik sebuah kenyataan daripada Istana Buckingham hari ini:

“Adalah dengan penuh dukacita Duli Yang Maha Mulia Baginda Queen mengumumkan kemangkatan suami tercinta Baginda, Duli Yang Maha Mulia Putera Philip, Duke Edinburgh. Baginda telah mangkat pagi tadi di Istana Windsor. Segala pengumuman selanjutnya akan dibuat pada masa yang sesuai. Kerabat Diraja (United Kingdom) akan bersama-sama dengan warga seluruh dunia dalam berkabung berikutan kemangkatan Baginda.”

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Baginda merupakan Putera Suami paling lama menduduki takhta dalam sejarah Britain, dan hanya beberapa bulan sebelum menyambut hari jadi baginda ke-100 pada bulan Jun.

Putera Philip telah pulang ke Istana Windsor pada 16 Mac setelah tinggal di hospital selama sebulan. Baginda pada mulanya menerima rawatan untuk jangkitan kuman namun kemudiannya menjalani pembedahan jantung.

Satu notis kemangkatan Baginda telah dipaparkan pada pagar Istana Buckingham seperti biasa. Walau bagaimanapun, notis tersebut kemudiannya diturunkan bagi mengelakkan berlakunya kesesakan orang ramai.

Wabak Covid-19 akan membawa impak besar kepada istiadat pemakaman Baginda Putera Philip. Dengan kawalan dan ketetapan ketat akibat penularan wabak Covid-19, segala jenis elemen awam bagi istiadat tersebut tidak akan dilaksanakan secara biasa.

Putera Philip sebelum ini telahpun dilaporkan dalam keadaan gering akibat kesihatan Baginda. Baginda telah mengumumkan akan menarik diri daripada pertemuan diraja pada bulan Mei 2017. Kali terakhir Baginda dilihat mencemar duli semasa upcara rasmi adalah pada akhir tahun itu ketika perarakan Marin Diraja di pekarangan Istana Buckingham.

Sejak itu, Baginda kurang dilihat secara awam, dan meluangkan kebanyakan masa Baginda di estet Sandringham Baginda Queen di Norfolk, dan kemudiannya di Istana Windsor semasa tempoh perintah berkurung sepanjang pandemik Covid-19, di mana Baginda berdua telah menyambut ulang tahun ke-73 perkahwinan Baginda secara tertutup pada bulan November 2020.

[Dipetik daripada laporan The Guardian]

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Dies Aged 99

The Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen’s “strength and stay” for 73 years, has died aged 99.

A statement from Buckingham Palace on Friday said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

He was the longest serving consort in British history, and was only months away from his 100th birthday in June.

Philip had returned to Windsor Castle on 16 March to be reunited with the Queen after spending a month in hospital – his longest stay. He initially received care for an infection but then under went heart surgery for a pre-existing condition.

An official notice of his death was posted on the railings of Buckingham Palace, as is traditional, but was being removed shortly afterwards to avoid crowds gathering.

The coronavirus pandemic will have a major impact on the carefully laid plans for the duke’s funeral. With restrictions still in place amid the Covid-19 outbreak, the public elements of the final farewell will not be able to take place in their original form.

Philip’s health had been slowly deteriorating for some time. He announced he was stepping down from royal engagements in May 2017, joking that he could no longer stand up. He made a final official public appearance later that year during a Royal Marines parade on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Since then, he has rarely been seen in public, spending most of his time on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, though moving to be with her at Windsor Castle during the lockdown periods throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and where the couple quietly celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in November 2020. -{The Guardian]

Amazing Bridges from All Across the World

Architecture is a form of art that had no limits nor boundaries and can be found just anywhere across the world, from houses to skyscrapers, buildings to bridges.

Here are 8 of one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, designed by world-renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid and Santiago Calatrava.

(Images credit to Yahoo! News)

Photos: Ariana Grande Concert (Manchester Arena) Explosion Killed 22

Scenes of carnage in the Manchester Arena foyer after the suicide bomb attack. (The Sun)

At least 22 people including children were killed in an explosion at the Ariana Grande pop concert which was held at the Manchester Arena last night.

The horrific blast sent thousands of adults, teenagers and children screamed and fled in panic from the packed Europe’s largest indoor arena as people were leaving the arena after the concert ended.

The Sun reported that, “Witnesses told of seeing shards of metal tearing into concert-goers in the foyer area of the world-famous concert venue – leaving dozens lying in pools of blood.”

According to The Telegraph, at least 59 others were injured and many others are still missing and desperate parents have spent the night searching for loved ones, some as young as eight years old, who have been missing since the explosion.

The Telegraph also reported that police believe that the attack was carried out by one man who died at the scene, although they are still working to establish if he “was acting alone or as part of a network”.

The suicide bomber was reported to detonate an explosive device in the foyer outside the main hall of the arena.

Sixty ambulances flooded the area and more than 400 police officers were deployed.

The first victim to be named after an explosion is Georgina Callander, 18.

Prime Minister Theresa May suspended all election campaigning due to the incident.

My deepest condolences to all the family and friends of the victims.

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In Photos: Icy Blast Hits UK

Weathe picture in Sheffield, South Yorkshire at the war memorial covered in snow outside the church on Hollinsend Road, Manor
Weathe picture in Sheffield, South Yorkshire at the war memorial covered in snow outside the church on Hollinsend Road, Manor

Heavy snow fell in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England causing major travel disruption.

Schools were closed in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Cumbria, Lancashire and Tameside, Greater Manchester.

Main roads in Durham, Yorkshire and north Wales were blocked, while more than a dozen rail services between Manchester and York were cancelled.

Lego Hunting, Anyone?

Lego pieces have been turning up on British beaches since 1997. (Tracey Williams/LegoLostAtSea)
Lego pieces have been turning up on British beaches since 1997. (Tracey Williams/LegoLostAtSea)

Looking for a place for Lego hunting?

Go to Cornwall, England!

For the last 17 years, Lego hunters can find Lego pieces at beaches in Cornwall, England.

On February 13, 1997, a shipping container filled with nearly 5 million Lego pieces was thrown into the sea about 32 kilometres off the British south coast after the Tokio Express ship carrying them was struck by a huge wave.

Below are some of the Lego pieces collected at the beaches.

A green Lego dragon on the shore (Tracey Williams/LegoLostAtSea)
A green Lego dragon on the shore (Tracey Williams/LegoLostAtSea)

A Lego octopus found in a cave in South Devon, England, in the late 1990s. (Tracey Williams/LegoLostAtSea)
A Lego octopus found in a cave in South Devon, England, in the late 1990s. (Tracey Williams/LegoLostAtSea)

A guide to Lego pieces collected from U.K. beaches (Tracey Williams/LegoLostAtSea)
A guide to Lego pieces collected from U.K. beaches (Tracey Williams/LegoLostAtSea)

A Lego pirate's cutlass washed up in Newquay, May 12, 2014. (Tracey Williams/LegoLostAtSea)
A Lego pirate’s cutlass washed up in Newquay, May 12, 2014. (Tracey Williams/LegoLostAtSea)

Photos: Beautiful Scenes Of UK Winter Wonderland

Water not-quite-fall: Climbers Simon Stokes and Mark Davies admire giant icicles along the frozen Kinder Downfall waterfall high in the Derbyshire Peak District
Water not-quite-fall: Climbers Simon Stokes and Mark Davies admire giant icicles along the frozen Kinder Downfall waterfall high in the Derbyshire Peak District. But the frozen waterfall is expected to be back to naomal by the weekend. (MailOnline)

The weather in United Kingdom is freezing cold on December 13, 2012 with the temperature between 2°c and 4°c.

Waterfalls were frozen with icicles hanging beautifully over the rocks, it is just like in a winter wonderland.

The River Thames froze at Wargrave, Berkshire, and canals iced over in London, Birmingham and Stockport.

Mail Online reported that, yesterday’s freezing fog and ice brought beautiful scenes to the countryside but transport chaos in many cities yesterday as temperatures plummeted to -10°c.

It is may cause a lot of trouble for the people around the area but the scenes are really beautiful.

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European Airspace Opens But Passengers Are Still Stranded

My father’s friend, Mr Steve McEwan still cannot get back to United Kingdom.

But the airspace is already opened.

Please click for European airspace developments as of 1942 GMT April 21, 2010.

The earliest he can fly home on Emirates airline will be on April 30, 2010.

His actual flight was on April 16, 2010.

He had been stranded in Kuala Lumpur for 7 days and has to wait for another 8 days to fly home!

The volcanic ash from under the Eyjafilljallajokull glacier caused European airspace to be closed for 5 days.

So, when the airspace is open on Wednesday millions of people tried to get home.

It needs a lot of plane trips to get everybody home.

So some stranded passenger are still stranded even when the European airspace is now opened.

Jenna Suttmeier , 21, right, and Shannon Grossman, 20, left, from Seattle, United States, play volleyball as they wait for their flight to Madrid at the Son Sant Joan Airport in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Spain's airport authority has closed 12 airports as the ash cloud emerging from an Icelandic volcano reaches the north of the country. (AP Photo/Manu Mielniezuk)

This is a disaster especially to the stranded passengers.