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New Zealand Woman’s Weekly

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly Issue 17, 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

5 min.
prince philip life, love & duty

We look back at the extraordinary life of the Queen’s devoted husband, who passed away two months before his 100th birthday. Prince Philip often described himself as “the world’s most experienced plaque unveiler”. A master of the self-deprecating crack, he once told an aide, “I know my place – two paces behind the Queen.” But he was massively underselling himself. Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9 aged 99, might have had to lag behind his wife for reasons of protocol, but out of the public eye, he was her rock, and a large part of the reason she has been able to do such an astounding job as monarch for so long. Philip’s first ever private secretary, Mike Parker, once revealed, “He told me the first day he offered…

1 min.
from the editor

The passing of Prince Philip is terribly sad, not only for our Queen, who has loved him since she was just 13 years old, but also for people ar ound the world. His commitment to duty and championing of conservation is admirable. He was patr on to nearly 800 organisations, played an important r ole in creating the World Wildlife Fund and also established the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which more than eight million young people have participated in worldwide. The 99-year -old has given so much and will be sor ely missed by so many , but it is his enduring devotion to his wife, Lilibet, that is so touching. A private secr etary once shar ed, “He told me the fi rst day he offered me my job that his…

1 min.
philip’s no-fuss farewell

The Duke of Edinburgh will be laid to rest on April 17, following eight days of national mourning. Instead of a large funeral, it will be attended by just 30 people and will see his body taken to the Royal Vault within St George’s Chapel on a specially modified Land Rover he helped design. The “hearse” is a special touch for a man who had a long-held interest in design and engineering. The coffin will process through the grounds of Windsor Castle at a walking pace to the chapel. The armed forces will line the route and the duke’s children and other close family will walk behind the coffin. The Queen will travel separately to the ceremony. The palace has confirmed that Prince Harry will travel from America to farewell…

1 min.
touching family tribute

Prince Philip’s children have paid moving tributes to him in a documentary pre-recorded for broadcast after his death. Prince Charles, 72, said he thought his father would want to be remembered as an individual in his own right, while Prince Andrew, 61, reminisced about how he would read to them as children, and Prince Edward, 57, told, “My father was always a great source of support, encouragement and guidance.” Edward praised his father’s ability to manage media interviews and “say things the rest of us always dreamed we could say. He was brilliant.” Princess Anne, 70, said he deserved credit for carving out a unique role for himself. “Nobody had thought about what he was going to do… He found ways he could make an impact.” His decision to give up his career to…

3 min.
growing up to ugh in heartbreaking times

‘The family broke up. My mother was ill, my sisters were married, my father was in the South of France. I just had to get on with it. You do. One does’ Philippos Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg was the youngest of five children, and the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. Although his mother was a great-grand-daughter of Queen Victoria who’d been born at Windsor Castle, his upbringing did not give him the kind of background considered appropriate for the consort of a monarch. When he was 18 months old, his family was forced into exile in France following a military coup in Greece and by the time he was 12, he was pretty much on his own. His mother, who was profoundly deaf, ended up in…

3 min.
a fairytale beginning

It was a different story in July 1939 when Philip was asked to entertain Princess Elizabeth (then 13) and her younger sister Margaret while their father toured the Royal Naval College. They played croquet and ate lunch together, and the encounter obviously left a deep impression on Elizabeth. She apparently never looked at another man again. “She absolutely adored him,” says a family friend. As well as possessing matinee-idol good looks – he was tall, blond and suave, with bright blue eyes and a killer smile – he was also highly intelligent and witty. Elizabeth began writing to Philip, and they kept up the correspondence when he served with the Royal British Navy during the war. Philip was involved in several major campaigns, including during the Battle of Crete, and was awarded the…