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Prince Charles and The Duke of Westminster Come To Farmers’ Aid

  December 25, 2012 at 10:46 am by

  The Prince of Wales donated £150,000 to aid those struggling through the winter months. The announcement was made following a meeting called by the Prince of Wales with the leaders of farm charities. The money will come from The Prince’s Countryside Fund and constitutes the entirety of its emergency fund. Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster – the richest person in Britain – has already pledged to donate the … Continue reading

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UK to Name Part of Antarctica “Queen Elizabeth Land”

  December 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm by

  The Foreign Office today announced part of the British Antarctic Territory was to be named “Queen Elizabeth Land” in honour of Her Majesty. The territory makes up almost a third of Britain’s claim on the continent and covers 169,000 sq miles – almost twice the size of the United Kingdom. In future, all British maps will bear the new name although other countries will have the freedom to decide … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Becomes the First Monarch in 231 Years to Attend a Cabinet Meeting

  December 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm by

  Queen Elizabeth attended a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, as part of her Jubilee celebrations. The visit was a historic one for, as David Cameron revealed, it marked the first time the Head of State attended such a meeting in over 230; the last British Monarch to be present at a peace-time cabinet meeting was George III in 1781, although the Queen’s father, George VI, attended a war … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cambridge at Sports Personality of the Year Awards

  December 17, 2012 at 11:37 am by

The Duchess of Cambridge made her first formal appearance since announcing her pregnancy to attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony in London where she presented two awards. The first one was a Lifetime Achievement Award to Lord Sebastian Coe; Lord Coe was the chairman of the London Organising Committee and is widely credited as being instrumental at securing the London will host the 2012 games, as … Continue reading

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Expecting Their First Child

  December 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm by

The Buckingham Palace announced today that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her first child. No approximate due date was given. It will be the first child for William and Kate. Her Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are “delighted” with the news. The news was announced earlier, as the Duchess has been admitted to hospital requiring extra fluids and hydration: “The … Continue reading

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Marie-Chantal’s Wedding Gown Goes on Display

  November 29, 2012 at 10:56 am by

The Valentino couture wedding gown worn by Marie-Chantal Miller when she married Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece in July 1995 has gone on display in London, as part of an exhibition which “celebrates the life and work” of Valentino Garavani. Valentino: Master of Couture premiered last night at the Embankment Galleries of Somerset House during a private VIP viewing, which was attended by King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie, Crown Princess … Continue reading

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The State Banquet: Jewels, Orders and Decorations

  November 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm by

As with all State Visits, the hosts and the guests pay special attention to the Orders and Decorations they are wearing. The rule of thumb is to wear the highest honour available from the other country, and the Banquet in honour of the Kuwaiti State Visit was no exception in that respect. The Queen already held the Collar of the Order of Mubarak the Great and is also Member Special … Continue reading

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Queen Hosts State Banquet in Honour of the Emir of Kuwait

  November 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm by

To celebrate the tree-day State Visit of 83-year-old Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth hosted a State Banquet in Emir’s honour at Windsor Castle. The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, and other members of the Royal Family were in attendance. Also … Continue reading

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The Remembrance Day: The Queen Leads Tributes to War Dead

  November 12, 2012 at 11:03 am by

On November 11, Britain fell to remember its war dead at services across the country as the Queen led the nation in honouring the fallen. As the first stroke of 11am sounded, the country observed a traditional two-minute silence in honour of all those who had given their lives for their country and the Queen in all conflicts since World War One. The Queen laid the first wreath at the … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Queen Mother’s Heart Shaped Amethyst Pendant Necklace

  October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm by

As first pictures of the Duchess of Cornwall at Skyfall première emerged, a lot of people (at least, lot of jewellery watchers) wondered about the amethyst necklace she was wearing. It was certainly not one she had ever worn before, and not an easily recognizable piece from British Royal Jewellery collection. My first thought was that the necklace was brand new, and had it not been for a more careful … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Attend Skyfall Première

  October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm by

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended the world première of Skyfall in London. The screening, held at the Royal Albert Hall, was in aid of charities that support former and current members of Britain’s intelligence agencies. Skyfall is the 23rd official Bond film, and Daniel Craig’s third appearance as the world-famous super-spy. Prince Charles and Camilla spoke to the enthusiastic fans who had gathered for the … Continue reading

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Royals At Buckingham Palace Reception For Team GB

  October 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm by

Great Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes were honoured yesterday at a glittering Buckingham Palace reception hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. British Royals turned out in force to show their appreciation for the sporting heroes who had won Britain an unprecedented haul of gold, silver and bronze medals during the spectacular London 2012 Games. Team GB did the country proud with an outstanding performance during the Olympic … Continue reading

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Day in History: 350 years since Charles II sold Dunkirk to France

  October 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm by

350 years ago Charles II sold Dunkirk to France for approximately £400,000.  It was a hugely unpopular move that was influenced by financial and political needs. The port, although a valuable strategic outpost, was a huge drain on the King’s financial resources. However, there can be no doubt that even a greater motive was the vital need to forge closer relationships with France. Dunkirk was essentially a liability to the … Continue reading

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Camilla Greeted by her Grandsons on a Visit to Marlborough

  October 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm by

The Duchess of Cornwall visited Marlborough, Wiltshire, as part of the ongoing Diamond Jubilee tours. During her visit, she unveiled a 10ft long mosaic – part of the town’s local history exhibition – which was designed by local children. The Duchess also had a guided tour of the prison cells at Marlborough Town Hall, which she described as “spooky”. A 200-strong crowd had gathered to greet the Duchess. Delighted, Camilla … Continue reading

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Letters from Prince Charles to Ministers to Remain Private

  October 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm by

The Government has blocked the release of around 20 private letters the Prince of Wales wrote to ministers between 2004 and 2005. The letters were requested under the Freedom of Information Act but the Attorney General stopped their release, maintaining that the publication could potentially undermine the Prince’s position of political neutrality. The High Court had previously ruled that two dozen letters should be accessible under Freedom of Information Act. … Continue reading

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Day in History: Battle of Hastings

  October 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm by

On October 14th one of the most important battles in British history was fought – Battle of Hastings. Not only did it signify the end of Anglo-Saxon era and the beginning of the Norman one, it was also the very last successful invasion of England. Since then, for nearly 1,000 years, no one succeeded to repeat the feat of William the Conqueror, the illegitimate son of Robert I, Duke of … Continue reading

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Day in History: King John Loses Crown Jewels

  October 14, 2012 at 11:59 am by

The period between 1214-1216 was a particularly difficult one for King John: most of his country was occupied by the French King, Louis VIII The Lion (who had been declared King in London), even his most ardent supporters were deserting John’s side, the Barons forced him to sign Magna Carta, the Pope issued a proclamation whereby anyone who tried to seize the Crown from John would be entitled to do … Continue reading

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Prince William Attends Funeral of Former Nanny

  October 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm by

Prince William cancelled high-profile engagements in the North East of England to attend the funeral of his childhood nanny, Olga Powell. The Prince also represented his brother, Prince Harry, who was unable to attend as the latter is currently in Afghanistan. The Duke of Cambridge paid an emotional goodbye to the woman who was by his side for most of his life, from childhood to adult years. He was joined … Continue reading

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New Addition to the Wales Family: Bluebell the Rescue Pup

  October 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm by

Sometimes fairytales do come true, even for dogs. Found abandoned in a park at just four weeks old, Bluebell didn’t have the best start in life. The tiny Jack Russell was in very bad shape; she suffered from starvation, cold, a severe skin condition that had stripped her of much of her hair, and was scared and bewildered. Now, however, Bluebell has been nursed back to health and will have … Continue reading

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New Official Portrait of Queen Elizabeth Unveiled

  September 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm by

A new portrait of the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee has been unveiled in Australia. Painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans, it depicts the Queen in the Sacrarium of Westminster Abbey. The magnificent artwork shows the Queen in a moment of solitary reflection at the centre circle of the Cosmati pavement, exactly where she was crowned over 60 years ago. The Cosmati pavement is the spot ever English monarch … Continue reading

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