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The Queen is a keen driver who often drives herself when not on an official engagement. 

This story, taken from former Saudi ambassador Sherard Cowper-Coles’s memoir Ever the Diplomat, about the late King Abdullah is amazing.

The scene is that Abdullah, then crown prince but in fact de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia with his brother the king having suffered a stroke, was visiting Balmoral for lunch in 1998:

“You are not supposed to repeat what the Queen says in private conversation. But the story she told me on that occasion was one that I was also to hear later from its subject - Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia - and it is too funny not to repeat. Abdullah had been invited up to Balmoral. After lunch, the Queen asked her royal guest whether he would like a tour of the estate. Prompted by his Foreign Minister, the urbane Prince Saud, an initially hesitant Abdullah agreed. The royal Land Rovers were drawn up in front of the castle. As instructed, the Crown Prince climbed into the front seat of the foward Land Rover, with his interpreter in the seat behind. To his surprise, the Queen climbed into the driving seat, turned the ignition and drove off. Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, and Abdullah was not used to being driven by a woman, let alone a queen. His nervousness only increased as the Queen, an Army driver in wartime, accelerated the Land Rover along the narrow Scottish estate roads, talking all the time. Through his interpreter, the Crown Prince implored the Queen to slow down and concentrate on the road ahead.”

Five years earlier, in September 1998, [Crown Prince] Abdullah had been invited up to Balmoral, for lunch with the Queen. Following his brother King Fahd’s stroke in 1995, Abdullah was already the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia. After lunch, the Queen had asked her royal guest whether he would like a tour of the estate. Prompted by his Foreign Minister, the urbane Prince Saud, an initially hesitant Abdullah agreed. The royal Land Rovers were drawn up in front of the castle. As instructed, the Crown Prince climbed into the front seat of the front Land Rover, with his interpreter in the seat behind. To his surprise, the Queen climbed into the driving seat, turned the ignition and drove off. Women are not - yet - allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, and Abdullah was not used to being driven by a woman, let alone a queen. His nervousness only increased as the Queen, an Army driver in wartime, accelerated the Land Rover along the narrow Scottish estate roads, talking all the time. Through his interpreter, the Crown Prince implored the Queen to slow down and concentrate on the road ahead.
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Saudi ambassador Sherard Cowper-Coles.

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anonymous asked:

Hi! Im quite new to the dance world and I was wondering you could recommend some studios to watch and a list of specific dancers for me to check out. That would so nice if you could!

Sure! Welcome to the dance world. 

 The main studios people follow, and some dancers I’d recommend from them are:

  • Mather Dance Company: Autumn Miller, Sarah Shepherd, Jessie Presch, Miabella Gonzalez, Madison Smith, Jessalyn Ward, Audrey Lee, Zoe Imler, Diego Pasillas, Emma Mather, Scarlette Palacios, Cameron Weinstein, Alexa Jozuka, Sebastian Jozuka, Emily Madden, Eloise Sherard, Daphne Stokes, Amber Youngman, Kennie Shen
  • OCPAA (Orange County Performing Arts Academy): Michelle Cheng, Jadyn Saigusa, Raven Alanes, Madison Beerer, Aleena Aoun, Sydney FitzMaurice, Reese Willis, Riley Willis, Emily Park, Ollivia Nguyen, Annika Zaborniak, Hope Edwards, Kendyl Fay, Jamieson Deacy, Ella Montano, Audrey Kim, Naia Parker, Alyssa Park, Mackenzie Auger, Lauren Lanning, Alli Chu, Chandler Linn, Rorey Chavarria, Melia Mariano, Kiana Mariano, Hannahlei Cabanilla 
  • Murrieta Dance Project: Talia Seitel, Alex Gonzalez, Payton Sullivan, Elizabeth Rudisill, Victoria Frank, Keara Nichols, Alyssa Nichols, Kayla Seitel, Aubrie Stoehr, Kendall Le, Caylie Almada, Jaida Skidmore, Kendal Clemens, Mackenzie Clemens, Artyon Celestine, Vanessa Albee, Brooklyn Coronado, Lexi Bodendorf
  • Temecula Dance Company: Madison Haschak, Gracie Haschak, Sierra Haschak, Olivia Haschak, Devin Ramirez, Madison Johnston, James Peters, Gabe De Guzman, Lizzy Demuth, Tatum Ramsey, Ashley Lass, McKenna Douglas, Cassidy Douglas, Elise Douglas, Caroline Kapper, Addison Kapper, Audrey Price, Makenna Hitch, Jordan Demary, Samantha Vivo
  • Dance Precisions: Ava Siniscalchi, Peyton Heitz, Alyssa Keeler, Lauren Kettering, Gwen Choi, Bri Racewicz, Hannah Choe, Bella Dimopoulos, Brooklyn Jara, Abbey Choi, Nina Choi, Reggie Valdez, Victoria Meitch, Sophia Douriet, Malia Gardner, Libby Haye, Laney Haye, Kylie McMahon, Avaree Harris, Spencer Frey, Hunter Luedde, Hayden Luedde, Christiana Sinon, Makayla Silvalong, Britton Moore
  • The Rage: Kyla Laufer, Sophia Laufer, McKenzie Morales, Gavin Morales, Hayley Houghton, Lilly Firmin, Rose Firmin, Christopher Najar, Cassidey Fralin, Anaisa Gorbea, Lily Rose Silver, Trinity Littleton, Taryn Littleton, Hailey Paolillo
  • Club Dance Studio: Brynn Rumfallo, Jenna Valenzuela, Dylynn Jones, Bostyn Brown, Jaycee Wilkins, Carlee Schield, Kalani Hilliker, Addison Moffett, Simrin Player, Nathan Hirschaut, Brynklie Brown, Kenedy Brown, Laynee Hahn, Emma Harris, Brinley Harris, Tatiana Savedra, Chevelle Heller, Summer O’haver, Cami Ritzler, Bizzy Bendure, Brooklin Cooley, Alexis Adair, Daylyn Lucky, Addison Jones, Brooklynn Jones, Kambria Jensen, Arie Russell, Ava Reed, Elsie Check, Ava Check, Sophie Simas, Brightyn Rines, Kelsey Millar, Kendra Guest, Mary Joy Bell, Chloe Slone, Taylor Slone
  • Just Plain Dancin’: Kayla Murray, Lexine Cantoria, Noah Citek, Makenzi Lauritzen, Taylin Beadle, Sophia Lopez, Taylor Donahue, Kennedy Cochran-Putt, Jessalyn Hall, Izabella Aguilar, Alanah Aguilar, Jade Park, Esther Thomas, Kaylee Quinn, Rihanna Quinn, Coco Quinn
  • West Coast School of the Arts: Emmy Cheung, Ally Cheung, Casey Cheung, Aleah Doone, Aika Doone, Taylor Nunez, Allie Antoyan, Audrey Antoyan, Camille Rivera, Leila Meghdadi, Maya Coyne, Gavin Coyne, Ava Kendall, Scarlet Kendall, Janelle Chin, Maddie Nguyen, Brooke Shaw, Lauren Shaw, Chloe Nguyen, Kennedy Cortez, Alexa Kreider, Gabi D’Ambra, Ella Sheppard, Bella Do, Callista Do, Makaela Jarnagin, Bella Foster, Abbie Frank, Ava McLarand, Ashley Berdelis, Shae-lin Turner, Jia-li Turner, Ella Jackson, Malia Asahino, Aaliyan Zolina, Bea Catacutan

- Ainsleigh