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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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The Prince of Wales Meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

  February 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm by

February 6, 2009. The Palestinian President was in London this week and met The Prince of Wales on Friday at Clarence House. After weeks of a cruel war in the Gaza Strip this visit of Mahmoud Abbas in London was something everybody was talking about and so the meeting with The Prince of Wales seemed to be more than daily routine. The two men posed for a official pic at … Continue reading

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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in Northern Ireland for One-Day Visit

  February 8, 2009 at 9:42 pm by

Last Tuesday, 3rd February, the royal couple have been in Northern Ireland for a visit. For many years, because of the difficult political situation and for security reasons, it was something special when someone from the government or from the royal family visited NI. Today the situation there is more relaxed and peaceful but the visit of Charles and Camilla every year is good for a headline in the media … Continue reading

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The Duke of Edinburgh Back in Action at Sandringham

  February 8, 2009 at 8:01 pm by

After two weeks of speculation about the state of his health, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh made his first public appearance this weekend since injuring his back in a carriage driving accident. He accompanied his wife, HM The Queen, to a Sunday morning church service at St. Mary Magdalen’s near Sandringham House, and walked unaided from the car to the steps of the church. He was also photographed this weekend … Continue reading

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Accession of Elizabeth II (6 February 1952)

  February 7, 2009 at 3:23 am by

February 6th marks the 57th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to her Throne. The Accession of The British Sovereign is a rare and detailed procedure.”The King is dead, long live The King” may summarise the process but it is only the tip of the iceberg. While there is no interregnum and the crown passes immediately to the Late Sovereign’s Successor, there is a series of events and protocols to … Continue reading

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Death of George VI (6 February 1952)

  February 7, 2009 at 1:49 am by

The death of King George VI came as something of a shock. While it was known that His Majesty was in poor health (he had half a lung removed the previous year as a result of cancer), it was not thought that his death was imminent. His Majesty had been seen a week earlier when he waved goodbye to The Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh as they departed … Continue reading

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A Duchess, a Scarf and a Dog

  January 30, 2009 at 6:41 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall is a great dog lover. She owns two Jack Russell terriers, Tosca and Rosie. On 29 January, Camilla visited The Metropolitan Police Dog Training Centre in Keston, London. There she met Gunnar, a 16-month-old German shepherd. It seems to be friendship at first sight between Gunnar and the high-profile guest. But then the dog wanted to get a royal souvenir and his choice was the smart … Continue reading

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