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Dearest Princess Amelia it has been far too long since I posted on your blog. So as I am currently in America, in New York City (and 5 hours behind you) I thought I would give you some songs about this great city. I believe it might be a city that has more songs about it than most other cities too. I hope that you like the songs and I reckon that one day when you are older you will visit here and I think you will love it! It is definitely one of my favourite cities now. But before the songs how about a few facts about New York City which many locals call the big Apple or Gotham?

  • The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, arrived to the U.S. in 214 crates. It was assembled and then unveiled in New York Harbour in 1886.
  • The name New York originated in 1664 when King Charles II of England, granted the region to his brother who was the Duke of York and Albany.
  • The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It opened in 1883 it cost $15.5 million to build, it measures 5,989 feet long (1825m) and at the time was longest suspension bridge in the world.
  • Native Americans came to the area now called New York about 5,000 years ago. Thousands of years later, their descendants included Native American tribes such as the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, and Seneca.
  • Grand Central Terminal was opened in 1871 and became the busiest train station in the country. It is allegedly the biggest rail terminus in the world, but please don’t call it a station, New Yorkers don’t like that!



Dearest Princess Amelia, one day you might find a singer, musician, artist, writer or perhaps a film star that you really, really like. You may never even get to meet them but that person will mean very much to you, not as much as your Mummy, Daddy and brothers and sisters and your friends. But they will mean a lot to you. Not everyone finds someone like that but I did.

David Bowie performing at the Hammersmith Apollo

Many years ago in 1972 when I was just 13 I saw David Bowie on television singing a song called “Starman“. From that day I became a fan of Mr Bowie and even after all that time I still am. But on Monday myself and all the thousands of people across the world who like David Bowie had some very bad news. He went to heaven on Monday although he was only 69. Even when you’re old, like me, it’s ok to cry sometimes.


I hope that you do find an artist that means as much to you as David Bowie does to me. But in the meantime here a few of my favourite David Bowie songs for you to enjoy.



Princess Amelia I hope that you are sitting comfortably because this months post is about someone you will be hearing a lot more about over the years. In fact your Royal Mummy and Daddy may have already warned you about this. I hope that you still like his music in 20 years, but we’ll have to let you and time decide that one won’t we? Anyway the person I am talking about is 65 today, 8th January. He was born David Robert Jones in 1947 in South London. He is now known as David Bowie, I believe that Godderwil’s Royal Family probably know who he is.

Mr Bowie when he was even younger that Catherine Amelia Williams

David Bowie will be a regular subject of your blog over the years, so I will start with a relatively gentle post this time. I know that when I included some film of him as Ziggy Stardust a few months ago you were a little scared and I understand that your little highness 🙂

So what can I include in this post that will not scare you or mean that you will never want to listen to Mr Bowie again? I have a few little ditties that you and your subjects in Godderwil should find to be a lot of fun. The first song is “The Laughing Gnome” which he recorded in 1967. In those days he had wanted to become just an all round entertainer and in later years this song came back to haunt and embarrass him. It even arrived in the charts when he was a true Rock God in 1973. That was the year my own Daddy told me that I was not allowed to see Mr Bowie because he was just a little too strange.

The second song is a wonderful little tune that he wrote for his young son who was born 39 years before you in May 1971. He was known by many names including the rather funny Zowie. As he got older he called himself Joe and these days he is called Duncan Jones and he is a film producer. His real name is Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones. The words of the song are sung directly to Duncan/ Joe/ Zowie but they could also be sung by any Daddy to their child. Maybe we should see if we can get your Daddy to sing it to you? It is called “Kooks” and was on David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory‘ album from 1971.

David with his son Duncan Jones

David and his wife Iman's daughter Alexandria who was born in August 2000, so she will be 12 this year

Finally I have included one of the best songs from a film that David appeared in; the film is called ‘Labyrinth’ and came out in 1986. Bowie starred in the movie as Jareth the Goblin King. Aunty Catherine and me will watch it with you when you get a bit older. The song is called “Magic Dance” and I think it’s only right that you lead the whole of the Godderwil Royal family in a special dance to celebrate David Bowie’s birthday.

Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King

Dearest Princess Amelia I’m afraid that your Oncle Bill is a little late with your post for September because he had to take time out to finally make an honest woman of Aunty Catherine. You were a little too young to attend the wedding but Godderwil was well represented by King John (a.k.a. Harry the Best Man a.k.a Daddy), Queen Caron (a.k.a Mummy) along with Prince Joseph, Princess Becky and Prince Matthew. I’m sure they will tell you all about it.

After our own Royal Wedding Aunty Catherine and I went on our Honeymoon to the long-lost land of Mauritius, well ok it wasn’t really lost but that sounds good doesn’t it? While we were there we spent some time with some cats. Not just any cats but some incredibly huge cats. No less than a Lion, a Tiger and a Cheetah. We spent time with one of each of them. We walked for nearly an hour with a Lion and a Tiger and then we spent some time with a Cheetah. The Lion and the Tiger really loved playing together and the Cheetah really loved sleeping. Thankfully none of them ate us either, but I’m not sure whether they just weren’t hungry or that we didn’t look very tasty. All three cats were even younger than you at between 11 and 13 months. None of them can speak, well at least not in English anyway, but the Lion and Tiger are able to roar and the Cheetah has a really, really loud purr. They were all brought to Mauritius because they didn’t have their own Mummys and Daddys. But they seem to have a really great time walking, climbing, playing, sleeping and eating. Which sounds like the kind of good time that you often have!

While we were away we also learnt the sad story of another animal that is sadly no longer with us. It’s called a Dodo and the only place it ever lived was on Mauritius. It had lived there happily for thousands of years, but unfortunately it wasn’t happily ever after. When the first men arrived on the island they decided that the Dodo, which is like a massive pigeon that can’t fly, would be good to eat and to take home and show people what a funny looking bird it was. When lots more men started living on the island they accidentally brought with them lots of rats. These men were clearly not very clever men, in fact they were some of the silliest men that ever lived. They had a cunning plan to get rid of the rats; that cunning plan was to introduce the mongoose to the island so that it could kill the rats. But they were so very silly that they must have forgotten that rats come out at night when the mongoose sleeps and the mongoose comes out to play during the day when the rats are asleep. So the rats and the mongoose hardly ever met. But the mongoose did decide that it really liked the taste of Dodo eggs and it sadly ate lots of them. The poor Dodo couldn’t cope as they only laid one egg each year, which is much less than the tribe of chickens that used to live in Godderwil ruled by the one and only Super Chicken, Houdini. It took just 100 years for all those silly men to wipe out the Dodo completely. Now as a true princess I am sure that you will make sure things like that never happen again and that you’ll do all that you can to look after all animals. Especially the Dodo and the Lion we brought you back from the Kingdom of Mauritius.

I think we probably know a few songs about big cats and Dodos, don’t you? I wonder which one will be your favourite? There is not much in the way of learning about music in this post, but there will be the next month! I bet you didn’t think there’d be a song called Dodo did you?

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