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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta It - THIIITHMIDOI HERAID - Thunday, March 11, 1971 PRINCE OF WALES ... In Air Force DUKE OF KENT PRINCESS ANNE ... Army major ... Keen on sports Blue bloods have taste for red-blooded action LONDON (AP) - The scions of the Royal Family-blue bloods all-have a penchant for red-blooded activity. The Duke of Kent, 35, a cousin of the Queen and an army major, has just finished a. tour of duty in trouble-torn Northern Ireland. Bis brother, Prince Michael, 28, also a professional soldier, doubles as an international bobsled competitor and nearly died in a hair-raising spill in Italy this year. Prince William, 29-year-old member of the Gloucester branch of the royal house, flies his own aircraft. And the Prince of Wales, 22, started a flying course recently that will make him a Royal Air Force jet fighter pilot. Together, the young royalty make up the world's most exclusive jet set. To join it, you Deed royal lineage, a taste for adventure and a lot of guts. SPARTAN SCHOOLS Charles went to spartan boys' schools at Timbertops in the Australian outback and Gordonstoun in northern Scotland, where the pupils rise at dawn for a freezing shower and a brisk jog. He went on to Cambridge University in a glare of public doubt about his academic ability. But he proved to be a solid student and learned Welsh at a Cardiff College for his investiture as Prince of Wales. He has logged about 170 hours at the controls of light aircraft. He skis, has crewed big yachts with his equally adventurous father, and will join the Royal Navy as a junior officer after getting his RAF wings. Charles explained why he has picked a military career. "I am entering the RAF and the navy because I believe I can contribute something to this country by doing so," he said. Once he goes to the RAF training college at Cranwell Charles will inevitably leave a larger share of the royal limelight to Princess Anne and his cousins. 'BRITISH DOLLY BIRD' The 20-year-old princess has been called by columnists "a typical British dolly bird" because of her up-to-the-minute fashion sense. Like her brother, she is keen on sport. She feels as much at home on a pair of skis or aboard a racing yacht as at an elegant first night or on the night club circuit. Like the Queen, Princess Aime loves horses. The Princes of Gloucester and Kent are less bound by protocol than their cousins and more able to indulge in a zestful life-style they relish. Prince William resigned from the diplomatic corps last year after assignments in Nigeria and Japan. The prince drives 150-mile-per-hour sports cars, and enjoys African safaris, and flying. Prince Michael is serving as captain in the elite llth Hussars and is on the regimental ski team. KEEN ON CARS, PLANES He took part in a transatlantic air race sponsored by a London newspaper and joined in the motor rally from Britain to Mexico to mark soccer's 1970 World Cup. The most studious member of the royal menage is 26-y^ac-old Prince Richard of Gloucester who is finishing training as an architect. He has an unconventional side, too, however. When he left Cambridge University, he turned over his house to a group of left-wing students who wanted it as a political workshop. Richard,. bespectacled and little known even in Britain, shocked staid visitors by posting pictures of Red China's Mao Tse-tung in his bedroom. He hastened to add "I'm apolitical." Princess Margaret and her photographer husband, Lord Snowdon lead a relaxed way of life. They both enjoy night-clubbing and hob nobbing with London's top-drawer social set. Coin dying slow death LONDON (AP) - The shiny sixpence, a familiar coin in British pockets for 400 years, appears headed for quick extinction. It's dying through neglect, bankers say. The thin coin which feeds pay phones and parking meters and fills countless other everyday needs, is being buried under an avalanche of decimals. "Banks are overloaded with sixpences for which there is no demand," John Hunsworth, secretary of the banking information service, said Wednesday. "The tremendous success of the banks in circulating the new decimal coins and the public's speedy adaptation to their use are bringing the rapid disappearance of the old sixpence." Public pressure forced the Oddities in the news WEST COVINA, Calif. (CP) -A judge dismised yesterday charges against Moe, the three-year-old toilet - trained chimpanzee who was accused of being a wild animal-Judge Jack Alex said that from his observations, Moe is "somewhat better behaved than some people." Moe is owned by James and Teachers end strike ST. JOHN'S, Nfldl (CP) - A teachers strike in 20 schools ended today as Walter Cull, president of the Newfound Teachers Association, announced a resumption of wage negotiations with the government. The 6,500-member NTA began a selective withdrawal of teachers Feb. 12 to back up demands for an immediate 20-per-cent increase across the board and another six per cent next year. Annual salaries range from $1,600 to $11,000 in a variety of categories. The government offered an average increase of 14 per c