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New Zealand Woman’s Weekly

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly Issue 16, 2021

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New Zealand Woman’s Weekly is the country’s most read woman’s magazine. A true publishing icon, the Weekly shares stories of real New Zealand women as well as in-depth royal news and celebrity features from abroad. The magazine also inspires with relevant and aspirational content covering all things food, style, home and entertaining.

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in this issue

1 min.
all hail moira

If there was any doubt of Catherine O’Hara’s comedy icon status, there won’t be any more after last week’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. The 67-year-old Schitt’s Creek star, who plays eccentric former soap star Moira Rose, won the Best Actress in a Comedy category and her triumph at the SAGs completed her clean sweep. She is only the fourth person in history to win all five major award shows in one season. In her acceptance speech, the ever-humble Catherine credited the writers of the hit show, which also won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, with her success. “They’re amazing writers,” she enthused. “Their hilariously empathic storytelling gave me and everyone in the town from which I’m currently estranged every possible chance to love, be loved, make happy fools of…

1 min.
from the editor

It’s a milestone birthday for anyone and so, with Queen Elizabeth turning 95 this month, it is only fitting that much of this week’s issue is dedicated to celebrating a woman who has committed her life to service. While Her Majesty is well-known as someone who can inspire and lead, behind closed doors there are a few surprises! I remember a few years ago interviewing someone who had worked at Balmoral Castle. He was wandering the grounds one day and unexpectedly bumped into the monarch – he was so surprised, he didn’t recognise her at first. She was very friendly as they chatted and she told him that she was a big fan of New Zealand! He was even more surprised when they bumped into each other much later and…

4 min.
nearest & dearest tell the queen we know & love

She’s three decades past the age most people retire at, but her dedication to duty is as phenomenal as ever. And as the Queen prepares to celebrate her 95th birthday this month, praise is already flowing for her unstinting service of almost 70 years. The Queen’s milestone birthday on April 21 has prompted a flood of tributes for the way she’s performed as monarch, and has also led many to reminisce about the woman behind the crown. One of those to speak out about what she’s really like is her childhood friend and bridesmaid, Lady Pamela Hicks. Pamela, 91, who was also the Queen’s lady-in-waiting for a period, admits that as she watched her friend’s coronation back in 1953, she wondered how the 27-year-old would cope with the demands of the duty she’d…

2 min.
princess alexandra: the would-be queen

he Queen’s life would have been very different if her uncle David (later Edward VIII) hadn’t fallen for divorced American Wallis Simpson. If he’d married a different bride and had children, she’d have been the monarch’s cousin instead of the monarch. She’d most likely have led a life very similar to that of her cousin, Princess Alexandra. Alexandra’s father Prince George, Duke of Kent, was the younger brother of Elizabeth’s father Prince Albert (who became George VI). Alexandra was sixth in line to the throne when she was born on Christmas Day, 1936, but has now slipped to 53rd. Alexandra, 84, is actually technically more royal than the Queen; although they were both the granddaughters of George V, Alexandra has ties to other royal houses thanks to her mother, Princess Marina of…

1 min.
a changing world

The Queen has become adept at using technology during the UK’s COVID lockdowns and frequently holds meetings via Zoom. She’s adapted amazingly well, considering that when she was born in 1926, movies were still silent and television had only recently started to be publicly demonstrated. There was no such thing as penicillin, bubble gum or ballpoint pens; parking meters and credit cards had yet to be dreamed up and it was to be a few more years before beer was put in cans, the frozen-food process was patented and aerosol cans came into use. Some of the other inventions that have been developed during the Queen’s lifetime include the transistor radio, nylon clothing, microwave ovens, superglue, the Pill, diet soft drinks, acrylic paint, computers, videos, DVDs, cellphones, the internet and social media.…

2 min.
she’s the picture of health

As the world’s oldest reigning monarch, the Queen is in incredibly good health for someone her age. Good genes possibly play a part in her longevity – her mother, the Queen Mother, lived to 101 (her dad George VI was a heavy smoker who died of lung cancer at 56). But author Bryan Kozlowski, who has written about Her Majesty’s healthy habits in his book Long Live the Queen, says her lifestyle is one of the of the main reasons she’s still going strong in her 10th decade. HERE’S HOW THE QUEEN HAS MADE IT TO 95: She exercises. Her Majesty is a keen walker and takes her dogs for brisk walks in all kinds of weather. Her regular walks help with everything from mental acuity to keeping her blood pressure on an…