Friday, February 25, 2005

And we thought we'd be bored...

The British Council in cooperation with the British Embassy held a reception for all Chevening scholars who have just graduated (your truly and hubby included). The reception was held at the British ambassador's residence.

When we were first informed of the reception, we weren't exactly thrilled to be invited. I mean, come on, receptions like these aren't exactly the most exciting of events. Nontheless, we decided to attend because we missed our uni graduation which took place a few months back. We were allowed to bring guests, so I asked my sister to come along. Naturally she refused. However, she was quick to change her mind when I informed her that Prince Andrew would be the guest of honor for the night. Not that she has a crush on the man, but English royalty has always intrigued her. Actually, any kind of royalty intrigues her!

*Time for some backup history related to my sister*

When my sister was just a few years old, she spent all her time following our housekeeper around the house. She would mop the kitchen floors with her, stand by her side when she dusted, and was a step or two behind her during every house chore. It wasn't long before my baby sister informed us that she wanted to become a house keeper when she grew up.

A few years later, she grew out of her "housekeeping" phase and decided she wanted to become a princess. A huge jump, I know! She came to me and said " How can I become a princess." It broke my heart, but I told her that if she wasn't born into royalty, then she must marry someone who was. With a determined look in her eyes, she left my room and set about finding her prince.

*End of backup history. Forward to the year 2005*

Sister is married with two kids. He is not royalty, but in her eyes, he is her prince ( I know I know, it sounds corny, but, gotta be careful for when her hubby reads our blog!).

You can imagine what the mere mention of Prince Andrew did to her. All of a sudden, she was excited and looking forward to the reception.

So off the three of us went. And guess what? We actually had a good time. The weather, although a bit warm, wasn't too bad. And the certificate ceremony itself was nice and short. My sister's dreams came true when the prince himself stopped by to chat with her. She's normally shy and doesn't feel very comfortable with strangers. HOWEVER, she was right at home laughing and joking with HRH. Probably comes from all that practicing to become a princess :)

Spending a year in Glasgow made me partial to the Scots. Never thought much of the English. I must say though, Prince Andrew was quite a charmer. He made an effort to speak to all the scholars (fancy word ay?). He spent quite sometime chatting with Muscati and myself. I was quite impressed when he shared his knowledge of dolphin behavior with me after I told him about my thesis. Anyone who is interested in marine life, esp behavior or awareness gets brownie points in my book! So high five to Prince Andrew!

PS: We seem to have achieved a small status of semi popularity as our pictures appeared in the majority of the local papers today. Yes, our pics appeared today, a Friday, a day when no one buys the papers!

4 comments:

Kamakazy said...

thats sweet...

iamnasra said...

Why wasnt I invited I would really had a blast...I would wrote him a poem to HRH ....whata shame...oh well its HRH miss any way missing to meet charming me...

Kamakazy said...

Prince Andrew came to our office today... i was shocked when leaving the building at 9:30AM i saw police cars and police men, they came into the building checking out the security...

my colleague took some pictuers, i might post them on my blog once i get the pic hosting up and running...

he came to meet our chairman H.E Maqbool Ali Sultan... all that my friend said that security was very tight...

Rihab said...

That is soooooooooooo funny! i mean your sister's story!

Well put OD..

Rihab