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Princess Anne Attends Memorial for Australian Bushfire Dead

  February 22, 2009 at 3:39 am by

Princess Anne today joined the mourners at a memorial service in Melbourne to honour the 209 people who died during the bushfires earlier this month. The Princess Royal was representing her mother Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, in commemorating the victims of the worst fires for many decades, which left tens of thousands of people homeless. The Princess read a message from the Queen during the service. The Princess, … Continue reading

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The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh Make University Visit

  February 21, 2009 at 8:19 pm by

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh carried out a royal engagement at the Brentford Campus of Thames Valley University in Hounslow on February 20. The pair was on hand to open a new teaching facility for the university, which is renowned for its music programs and counts famous artists like Freddie Mercury, Pete Townshend, and Jay Kay among its alumni. The new facility will house, among other … Continue reading

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Henry VIII Exhibit Contains Love Letter to Anne Boleyn

  February 21, 2009 at 5:31 pm by

A new exhibit at the British Library beginning in April will feature a love letter from Henry VIII to his inamorata, Anne Boleyn. Never before exhibited, this letter has been hidden in the Vatican for centuries. Historians believe that the letter was stolen from Anne. The exhibit about Henry VIII is curated by Dr. David Starkey. Most Tudor fans will remember that Dr. Starkey wrote The Six Wives of Henry … Continue reading

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Queen Mary’s Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

  February 21, 2009 at 5:21 pm by

One of Queen Elizabeth’s favourite pieces of jewellery is the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara which is also referred to as “Granny’s Tiara”. It was a wedding gift to Elizabeth by her devoted grandmother Queen Mary in 1947 along with a number of other pieces. However the tiara had originally been given to Princess Mary of Teck (later Queen Mary) as a wedding present in 1893 by a … Continue reading

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Diana’s Letters To Remain Unpublished

  February 20, 2009 at 7:08 pm by

In 1993, the entertainment world battened down the hatches and prepared for the bitchiest onslaught in recent times as the Kenneth Williams Diaries were published, followed by the publication of his private correspondance to friends and fans. Even those who thought they’d be praised were suprised; Michael Parkinson was taken aback to find he’d been branded a “North country nit.” A similar wave of dread must have passed over the … Continue reading

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An Investiture at Buckingham Palace

  February 20, 2009 at 4:58 am by

Wednesday saw The Queen hold one of her favourite ceremonies: An investiture. The form has remained the same since at least the 1910s and is a delightful morning affair. The ceremony allows those who have received honours form the Crown to have them bestowed by the Sovereign of the Order, following the announcement of the honour in either the New Years list in January or The Queen’s Birthday Honours in … Continue reading

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Princess Diana Exhibition in Budapest

  February 20, 2009 at 1:31 am by

Admirers of Princess Diana who happen to be traveling near Budapest, Hungary might be interested in visiting an exhibit of her mementos, which appear to be taken from the display at Althorp. Earl Spencer arranged the tribute to his sister. As he has done at Althorp, he has chosen to omit the controversial aspects of her life, concentrating on the positive and the items that people most want to see. … Continue reading

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Prince Andrew at Natural Gas Plant Opening

  February 18, 2009 at 8:41 pm by

The first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Russia was opened in Sakhalin today, February 18, 2009. Present at the opening ceremony were Britain’s Prince Andrew, Japan’s Prime Minister Taro Aso, Russia’s President Dmitry  Medvedev, and the Netherlands’ Economics Minister Maria van der Hoeven. The Duke of York is the U.K.’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment. The LNG project was a collaboration between the Russia, the U.K., the … Continue reading

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HM Queen Elizabeth II Receives Two New Ambassadors

  February 18, 2009 at 9:45 am by

The Queen yesterday received two new Ambassadors to the United Kingdom from the Republic of Serbia and from Bosnia Herzegovina. As the Court Circular more formally referred to them, in diplomatic circles they are known as Ambassadors to the Court of St. James’. Diplomatic relations is a major ceremonial aspect of Her Majesty’s life. Letters of credence, letters of recall and the London Diplomatic List may seem far removed from … Continue reading

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Princess Anne Opens Health and Riding Facilities

  February 17, 2009 at 11:53 pm by

Princess Anne, the Princess Royal attended two openings today, February 17, 2009. The Princess Royal was at Dundee for the official opening of The Brae center. The center is the first riding school that caters specifically to the handicapped. Princess Anne, who is the patron of the Riding for the Disabled Association, and an accomplished horsewoman, is keen to support such facilities and services. She toured the £500,000 facility, which … Continue reading

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Problems Crop Up with The Queen’s New Website

  February 17, 2009 at 9:58 pm by

There are some glitches in the new website of HM The Queen and the British royal family. Users have complained that the dates for official engagements listed in the royal diary are often inaccurate and that the page is difficult to navigate. The site is also incompatible with systems like Linux, and it is not optimized for search engines like Google, which makes it difficult for potential visitors to find. … Continue reading

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Prince Charles: Green Hero or Hypocrite?

  February 17, 2009 at 11:56 am by

In March the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, together with a 14-strong entourage, will visit Chile, Brazil and Ecuador on an official tour. The visit will focus on the key issues of environmental sustainability and climate change. The Prince has decided to take a private jet for the 16.000-mile trip. The plane will be an Airbus 319 which seats 29. At the flight to South America the … Continue reading

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Lord Frederick Windsor Gets Engaged on Valentine’s Day

  February 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm by

It was announced today from Kensington Palace that Lord Frederick Windsor, son of the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent, had become engaged to his long-time girlfriend, the actress Sophie Winkleman, on Valentine’s Day. The wedding date has not been announced, but it is being reported that they’ll tie the knot sometime in September. Lord Frederick is 31st in the line of succession to the throne, and has a reputation … Continue reading

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New Television Film about The Queen Has an Insider Source

  February 15, 2009 at 6:49 pm by

A new made-for-TV movie about Queen Elizabeth II is being produced by Channel 4. The filmmakers have hired one of The Queen’s former press secretaries, Penny Russell-Smith, as a consultant on the project. The Queen is said to be disappointed at Russell-Smith’s decision to become involved with the production. The dramatized look at The Queen’s life will be comprised of four episodes, each of which centers on a pivotal time … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla To Visit South America

  February 15, 2009 at 10:52 am by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will travel to Chile, Brazil and Ecuador from 8 to 17 March this year. The visit will focus on the relationship between these South American countries and the UK. The main issue will be something that has been very close to the Prince’s heart for many years: environmental issues and climate change. Prince Charles is known as a passionate fighter for … Continue reading

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Princess Elizabeth’s Engagement Fashion

  February 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm by

On 9th July 1947 an official statement from Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten. A photo call of the couple was arranged for 10th July followed by the couple carrying out a number of engagements including attending one of the annual Garden parties and the unveiling of Battle of Britain memorial. A beautiful Princess Elizabeth emerged in a very simple dress typical of the 1940s … Continue reading

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The Duke of Edinburgh Resumes Royal Duties in Cambridge

  February 13, 2009 at 1:04 pm by

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh went on his first royal engagements yesterday since injuring his back in a carriage-driving accident. Prince Philip looked much recovered as he carried out various engagements throughout Cambridge. Over the course of his visit to the university town, The Duke christened a new rowing boat, unveiled a statue of Charles Darwin (who was celebrating his 200th birthday), and named a train. The Duke of Edinburgh … Continue reading

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The British Monarchy Website Gets a Modern Makeover

  February 11, 2009 at 8:24 pm by

The official website of the British monarchy is getting a royal revamp — and it’s including some new, modern touches. Along with a redesigned layout and a host of new documents and photos for public perusal, the website will now include a tracking feature from Google Maps that will allow anyone to see what HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh are up to at any given moment. … Continue reading

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New Jewels Keeper Appointed by Queen Elizabeth

  February 10, 2009 at 6:58 pm by

Today, February 10th, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth appointed the 159th Constable of the Tower of London and thus the new Keeper of the Crown Jewels. The lucky man is Sir Richard Dannatt, and he is an Army General. The formal ceremony will take place later this year. The position itself dates back to 1207, and the Keeper was actually responsible for much more than the jewels–but in 1485 the roles … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth To Contribute To Help Australia’s Wildfire Victims

  February 10, 2009 at 6:30 pm by

HM The Queen has expressed sadness over the tragic wildfires in Australia and will make a personal donation to the Australian Red Cross’s Victorian Bushfire Fund to help aid the fire victims. Buckingham Palace has announced that the monarch will make the donation from her own private funds, but the spokesperson did not reveal how much money The Queen is planning to contribute. The Queen, who is also the Queen … Continue reading

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