Last month, Emma, Duchess of Rutland sat in her drawing room and weighed the pros and cons of living in a sprawling garden. In particular, Belvoir Castle, pronounced “beaver”, is a large and beautiful landmark on a wooded hilltop in the English countryside, comprising more than 356 rooms and large neo-Gothic turrets and smaller turrets. The castle has been the residence of the family since the 16th century.
“It’s wonderful, of course, we’re incredibly lucky, but you never know who lives with you,” said Duchess Emma. “Most people don’t have the privacy they expect from their homes,” he added. And don’t even get me started on ghosts.’
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There is a PS who wanders around with a giant flag that needs to be fixed before flying over the palace’s 2.5 acre rooftop. Downstairs, the castle’s tea room featured tourists sampling jam cakes made on the Beaver Estate. Nearby, a group of pickup trucks make their way through the obstacle course of the latest Tough Mudder endurance event. For the Duchess, born Emma Watkins, it was a day like any other.
The daughter of a Welsh border farmer, she moved to Beaver in 2001 when her husband became the 11th Duke of Rutland, one of England’s oldest hereditary titles. He may have inherited a fairy-tale castle, but they shouldered £12m (nearly $15.5m) in inheritance taxes, and in the wife’s words: “There are phalanxes of rats and staff that clearly supported the castle’s previous occupants. before us.”
Over the years, as Lady and Executive Director of the Castle, the Duchess has brokered photography and event deals, facilitated manor operations and undertaken restoration work in charge of preserving Beaver Castle for the next generation.
While newspapers have recently talked about the castle’s unconventional living arrangements (the Duke and Duchess legally separated and lived in separate units in 2012), historic houses in Britain are increasingly part of a culture war about how the country perceives its past. Colonial, the duchess showed a greater inclination to be the center of attention, albeit on her own terms.
In 2020, she started a podcast called “The Duchess” in which she interviews other Duchesses. The Duchess Gallery store on the estate sells branded clothing and homewares. Last year, the Duchess published her autobiography, The Accidental Duchess, which details her husband’s series of affairs and the series of miscarriages she suffered while raising five children.
Now 59, she appears to be one of the most acceptable public faces of Britain’s aristocracy at a time when many prefer to keep a low profile. That means they are more confident than others in revealing secrets.
Old houses and the cost of maintaining them
It’s a curious – and very safe – joke of the British cultural landscape, in which many stately homes can receive visitors. About a third of historic houses are in the care of conservation and preservation charities such as the National Trust or English Heritage, but Beaver Castle in Leicestershire is privately owned.
“Many homes opened their doors for the first time since World War II and had to find new sources of income to cover repair bills,” said Ben Coyle, general manager of the Historic Homes Trust, a nonprofit that helps preserve 1,500 private homes. Owners are unable to keep properties and houses when they are demolished.
Beginning in the 1970s, laws on inheritance taxes were changed to make it financially advantageous to open houses to the public for a certain number of days each year, which would provide funds to cover traditional conservation costs. (Today, Historic Homes estimates their collective holdings are about 2 billion pounds — about $2.5 billion — in repair and maintenance arrears.)
“We find that visitors are more interested in seeing historic homes where the owners still live than they are as uninhabited museum pieces,” says Coyle.
Some spend the night at Beaver Fort. The castle — which replaced Windsor Castle in the series “The Crown” and appeared in films including “The Da Vinci Code” and “Young Victoria” — often hosts guests for weekend events and photo shoots. Stay in the luxurious master bedrooms, many of which have been recently renovated, with walls covered in hand-painted wallpaper in collaboration with de Courney.
Indeed, preserving the wallpaper is often a priority for the Duchess, who was once an interior decorator (an estate agent and an opera singer). It’s the cornerstone of his new philanthropic venture, American Friends of Beaver Castle, which will hold its inaugural fundraiser next year at the luxury Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.
The American fascination with ancient British houses, fueled by the popularity of shows such as “The Crown” and “Downton Abbey,” was important to the castle’s financial affairs. However, as the Duchess puts it, Beaver Castle costs £1m a year to run a “fixed estate”. She is always looking for donors.
“Americans want to find meaning in their roots and the history we have here,” he said. It was wonderful to have so many listeners from America for The Duchess Podcast.
But the Duchess of Rutland, who says she doesn’t know what a “podcast: podcast” is, why she agrees to interview other women who run posh houses, including Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill of Blenheim Palace. , and Duchess of Argyll of Inverary Castle and Countess Spencer of Ulthrop House? Wasn’t she worried that such a blatantly sophisticated and elitist plan might backfire? The Duchess was shocked at the suggestion.
To which she said, “Not even for a moment! People may love me or hate me, but I have never thought of the negatives of others. The Duchess’ podcast is meant to give people a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like for a woman to run one of these massive properties alone. It can be a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun. I don’t think I’ve had breakfast in bed once in the two decades I’ve lived here.
The podcast was the brainchild of the Duchess’s eldest daughter, Lady Violet Manners, who came up with the idea while studying at UCLA. Her mother said Violet felt there was an interested audience listening to such an audio series. A highly skilled interviewer, the Duchess, in her words, casts herself in the mold of a “sublime showgirl” and is always happy to be in her role.
The Duchess said: “I grew up on a farm. I wasn’t born to a high title, I don’t know any worldly heritage or aristocracy, but as long as I live here I will do my best to make Beaver Castle prosperous.
The duchess still believes in seniority, or the right to an eldest son, and doesn’t think her other four children would want to carry such an inheritance burden anyway. Lady Violet, Lady Alice, and Lady Eliza, dubbed the “naughty pretty sisters” by London parties as their neighbors complained in the newspapers, now work in creative consulting and interior design, where their brother Charles works. , is in London and his brother Hugo is studying at Newcastle University.
Vision and Lyrics: Heba Mishary Hamada, Directed by Tamar Mahdi
The film’s songs are penned by Heba Mishari Hamada, composed by Ihab Abdel Waheed and arranged by Ahmed Tariq Yahya. The film stars Ahmed Saad.
The first of many films of the same name
Riyadh:“MBC Group” announced the production of a first-of-its-kind musical film in the region directed at family. It was the first of many films to feature the title “Sugar” from the visuals and lyrics of Heba Mishari Hamada’s lyrics. , and directed by Tamer Mahdy.
“Sugar” takes its story from the world-renowned novel “Daddy Long Legs”, whose events revolve around the diaries of a group of children and teenagers living in an orphanage and working together to face their difficult living conditions under strict management. About the house, by the time they draw… Rose has a bright future ahead of them.
The series stars Hala Al-Turk, Motaz Hisham, Bawli Raymond, Yasmin Al-Abd, Dima Ahmed, Mohammed Harbi, Hajar Mohammed, great artist Magda Zaki, comedian Mohammed Darwat; and young stars Maria Juma, Abdullah Khalid, Omar Khalid; Stars take part in the competition: Reham Al-Shawani, Islam Ibrahim, Yasser Al-Tabji, Abbas Abu Al-Hasan… and others.
The film is scheduled to premiere in the Middle East and North Africa region on October 12, 2023 through Empire Entertainment, one of the region’s largest film distributors.
For more information on “Sugar” Movie:
All the shooting locations including the orphanage, Frodo’s palace, town, sewers, etc. were created and built from scratch.
All the decorations used in the film are unique as they are designed for this work.
The lyrics are written by Heba Mishari Hamada, composed by Ihab Abdel Waheed and arranged by Ahmad Tariq Yahya.
Aroma Productions under the supervision of MBC Studios produced the cinematography.
The songs are produced by Joy Music Production
Star Ahmed Saad participated in the film.
The costume design was overseen by Mona Al-Tunisi, while the art production design was handled by Ali Hosam Ali, while the cinematography was directed by Mostafa Fahmy.
The production of the series was led by MBC Group General Production Director Samar Akrouq, and the film was produced and supervised by MBC Group Executive Producer Laura Ghazal Nassif, Ala Awada, MBC Group Producer, Mortada and Mustafa Al-Awadi from Tamer Aroma Productions and director Tamar Mahdi.
The American University in the Emirates brings together four stars artists from the Arab world: “The American University in the Emirates, Lebanese artists Miriam Fares, Egyptian Ahmed Saad, Saudi Ayd and Iraqi” under its objectives in all its activities. DJ Aseel” university students from various specializations come together for graduation ceremony this 29th September at “Coca Cola Arena” in Dubai city to consolidate the prestige and importance of graduation side by side. , with a celebration of achievement and graduation, the university planned to create a special night for the students, their invited families and the attending public. Purchase of admission tickets from the official website of the concert.
Hassan Kashmoula, Head of the Department of Media and Communication, American University in the Emirates, said: “University graduation ceremonies are always known for the festive atmosphere that holds a special place among students and their families. A festival at the Emirates hopes to make it different and unique with an entertaining and noisy atmosphere, which is what this year “we have adopted with the participation of four of the most important stars of the Arab world, and they have a great position.” He added: “At this year’s graduation ceremony, we decided to share the audience with us by offering reservable seats through the official authorized ticket booking website in collaboration with the management of the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. “
On the other hand, American University in the Emirates offers a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels through its seven prestigious colleges. The university is licensed and accredited by the Ministry of Education in the UAE and several international organizations. . This year’s convocation will be the university’s twelfth celebration, with 400 graduates scheduled to receive their university degrees.
Iran’s “The Night Watchman” was nominated for an Oscar
Iran has nominated Reza Mirkarimi’s “Nakban Shab” (The Night Watchman) for the 2024 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The film, which was shown last year, deals with the rough and tough life of Rasool, a rural laborer trying to earn a living in the capital Tehran.
The Farabi Film Foundation announced on Tuesday that the nominating committee had “chosen Reza Mirgarimi’s Naqban Shop to represent Iranian cinema at the 2024 Academy Awards.”
“The Night Watchman” will be among the films seeking to qualify for the semifinals in the Best Foreign Film category from dozens of nominations from various countries around the world. The Academy will assign five works to the final shortlist. Who won the award?
Mirkarimi (age 56) won the Best Film Award for “So Far, Soon” at the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran in 2005, while his film “Today” was nominated for the Academy Awards in 2005.
Almost every year since 1994, the Farabi Foundation has selected an Iranian film to be in the Oscar race.
Last year, Iran nominated director Hooman Sidi’s “World War III” to be represented in the Oscar race.
Famous Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film twice, the first for “Separation” in 2011 and the second for “The Salesman” in 2017.