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Old 04-12-2016, 06:00 PM
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Yes I know, and I've written about it here on the forum before. But I don't think that the length of the birthday walkabout has nothing to do with security and as I said in my above post, the Queen hasn't gone on a proper walkabout since 2012, due to her age/knee problems.
Yes, that too. I don't know how the royals do all that walking anyway. I know their legs/feet grow tired and numb, and their backs ache.
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:01 PM
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I'm going to take a stab in the dark on this one.

Most likely because what she is doing is opening The Queen’s Walkway which is a 6.3km self-guided walking trail connecting 63 points of significance in the town of Windsor and being a stickler for detail, she prefers to walk as that is what one does on a walkway. To be driven or drive the path kind of sticks out like a sore thumb. If she's going to do something, she's going to do it right.

At least that's my take on it.
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Queens 90th Birthday: Timeline and 90 historical facts for your brain to feast on | Metro News

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I'm going to take a stab in the dark on this one.

Most likely because what she is doing is opening The Queen’s Walkway which is a 6.3km self-guided walking trail connecting 63 points of significance in the town of Windsor and being a stickler for detail, she prefers to walk as that is what one does on a walkway. To be driven or drive the path kind of sticks out like a sore thumb. If she's going to do something, she's going to do it right.

At least that's my take on it.
I agree! What I meant was that she could have used a golf buggy for a longer walkabout or driveabout.
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Old 04-13-2016, 02:52 PM
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I agree! What I meant was that she could have used a golf buggy for a longer walkabout or driveabout.
Perhaps a Queenmobile not unlike Pope Francis' Popemobile? I just recently have watched documentaries on the estates of the Danish royal family and Queen Margrethe has a golf cart to zoom around the palace grounds in. Too cute. My mom had one in Florida and I loved using it. Could even go to the grocery store where they have special parking spots for golf carts.

But then again, HM is more of a horse person for her horse power.
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Old 04-13-2016, 04:33 PM
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Perhaps a Queenmobile not unlike Pope Francis' Popemobile? I just recently have watched documentaries on the estates of the Danish royal family and Queen Margrethe has a golf cart to zoom around the palace grounds in. Too cute. My mom had one in Florida and I loved using it. Could even go to the grocery store where they have special parking spots for golf carts.

But then again, HM is more of a horse person for her horse power.
The Queen actually have a Queenmobile, her open-top Land Rover. She used it often before, both in the UK and overseas, and got a new one last year. I've seen so many good pictures of her using it, but now I only found these:

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/...r_2014095i.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/...83_634x425.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/...21_468x286.jpg

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http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/...12_634x392.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/...39_636x397.jpg

This is the new one, which she used one time last year:

SVO Creates New Range Rover for the Queen - GTspirit

She has also used a golf buggy on a few occasions, but not for walkabouts:

http://media4.popsugar-assets.com/fi...-Golf-Cart.jpg

http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/358...x2-940x627.jpg

When the Queen Mother become frail, she started using her famous golf buggy. When the Queen became too frail for walkabouts after the Diamond Jubilee, she stopped doing them. Palace sources said it was due to her age/knee problems and not security.

Walkabouts for other members of the royal family has also become a rare thing, especially in the last year due to security reasons.

The Queen mother in her golf buggy:

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My eye has kept snagging on the royal.uk birthday photo/links. Something looked off. So I thought about it. Have a very goth Birthday, your Majesty. Sometime font is everything.

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My eye has kept snagging on the royal.uk birthday photo/links. Something looked off. So I thought about it. Have a very goth Birthday, your Majesty. Sometime font is everything.

The attached file has been cropped to show the relevant text.
Oh that is hysterical. I've read that Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson have already been booked for the festivities.
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:29 PM
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Oh that is hysterical. I've read that Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson have already been booked for the festivities.

QEII as goth?

Somehow I think she would have a field day.
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:42 PM
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A collection of programmes marking the Queen's 90th birthday on BBC One from April 18 to April 22, including live coverage of her birthday walkabout at Windsor:
BBC - The Queen at 90
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'Momentous' celebrations planned to mark the Queen's 90th birthday | Windsor | Areas | Windsor News | WindsorExpress
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‘Momentous’ celebrations for the Queen’s birthday will be the start of months of events, says Windsor and Eton town manager Paul Roach.

“We are really looking forward to it, there will be a lot of things for people to do and see.

“On Thursday there will be stuff in the morning, afternoon and evening. I would urge people to come down and join in.”

“Thursday is going to be a momentous day, but it is just the start of events around the town.”

Tomorrow (Friday) a portrait gallery of the Queen’s visits to Windsor is due to be opened at King Edward Court Shopping Centre.

The exhibition, supported by Windsor, Eton & Ascot Town Partnership, will give the unique opportunity to see portraits taken of Her Majesty as she carried out civic duties or attended events around the town.

Children will have the opportunity to make birthday cards for Her Majesty and post them in a special post box. There will also be a book to sign.

The exhibition will be at the shopping centre until April 21 from 10am-4pm daily before moving around the town.

More than 20 businesses in Windsor are also taking part in the Queen’s 90th window display competition.

Winners will receive a pair of tickets to a performance of The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration.

The Mayor of the Royal Borough, Cllr Eileen Quick, added: “This is a really wonderful couple of days for Windsor.

“I am deeply honoured that John and I will have the chance to meet Her Majesty, and I am sure Windsor residents will be just as excited about seeing The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in their home town.”
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David Cameron will next week lead MPs in paying a day of tributes to the Queen to mark Her Majesty's 90th birthday.

The Prime Minister David Cameron will present a humble Address in the House of Commons as he open's the day's debate in honor of the Queen.

Jeremy Corbyn, a lifelong republican, will also pay his respects, which is the normal process for a Leader of the Opposition when the House celebrates a monarch's birthday.

As leader of the opposition in 2006, Mr Cameron followed Prime Minister Tony Blair in paying tributes to the Queen on her 80th birthday, describing the event "as a genuine cause for national celebration".

In September Mr Cameron led the world's tributes as the Queen became Britain's longest-serving monarch, by describing her reign as a "golden thread" running through the generations.

Mr Cameron said it was "truly humbling" to comprehend the scale of the Queen's public service, noting: "The reign of Queen Elizabeth has been a golden thread running through three post-war generations, and she's presided over more than two-thirds of our history as a full democracy with everyone being able to vote."

He added the Queen has answered more than 3.5 million pieces of correspondence and sent more than 100,000 telegrams to centenarians across the Commonwealth and "met more people than any other monarch in history".

Mr Cameron prompted laughter in the Commons as he added: "And yet whether it's something we suspect she enjoys, like the Highland Games, or something we suspect she might be slightly less keen on, such as spending new year's eve in the Millennium Dome, she never, ever falters.

"Her selfless sense of service and duty have earned her unparalleled respect and admiration not only in Britain but around the world."
Read more: David Cameron to lead a day of MPs tributes to mark the Queen's 90th birthday*

This also happened for her 80th birthday in 2006, her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and last year when she became the Longest Reigning British Monarch. What is interesting this year is to hear what Jeremy Corbyn has to say.

80th Birthday 2006:
Tribute Queen's 80th Birthday | Video | C-SPAN.org

Diamond Jubilee 2012:

Longest Reigning British Monarch 2015:


Tony Blair also gave a speech in the Queen's presence at Guildhall in June 2002 for her Golden Jubilee. He did the same in June 2006 at Mansion House for her 80th Birthday, and I must say that he was much better at it than Cameron.

Golden Jubilee from 49:30 in the video:
Queen's Golden Jubilee | Video | C-SPAN.org

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A councillor tried to ban Union Jack bunting to celebrate the Queen's birthday because she feared tourists would mistake the market town for the National Front headquarters.

Councillor Liz Harvey objected to the patriotic display being hung in Ledbury because she said visitors could be 'unsettled' by the red, white and blue flags.

She claimed that one Irish visitor to the town's 2012 poetry festival was so perplexed by the Union Jack bunting that he asked Councillor Harvey whether Ledbury was the British headquarters of the far-right political party.

The councillor made the bizarre comments during a town council meeting to discuss how the area would mark the Queen's 90th birthday and Armed Forces Day.

Residents are now calling for her to resign, claiming it is an example of political correctness 'gone mad'.

But she later apologised for her comments, saying she wasn't as 'succint' as she planned to be.

'It was at the end of a long and difficult meeting,' she said. 'I didn't mean to offend anyone and I'm sorry if offence has been taken.

'If flag bunting is to go up specifically for the Queen's birthday or First World War events, I would support that wholeheartedly.

'People say I was disrespectful to the war dead, but I didn't mean any offence. I am patriotic and would wave my flag when the Queen goes by.

'My point was that the bunting previously used by the town council, in 2012, was left up for the rest of the season.

'If they are going to be up all the time, perhaps we can consider what colour they are going to be, instead of just going for red, white and blue.

'When you have it right through the town and it's not for a national event, it just looks a bit odd.'

Residents have now accused the councillor of making Ledbury 'a laughing stock.'

Flower seller Brian Bellows, 45, said: 'What a ridiculous thing to say. How on earth can the Union flag be viewed as racist?

'Is the councillor honestly suggesting the Queen is racist for flying the flag outside Buckingham Palace?

'She should resign immediately. Her careless comments have made this lovely town a laughing stock.'

Barman Kirk Howell, 23, added: 'It's yet another example of political correctness gone completely, barking mad.'
Read more: Councillor tries to ban Union Jack bunting to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday | Daily Mail Online
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I has to look it up. For those of us in the US - The National Front is a whites only party that espouses (among other things) repatriation of non white immigrants. They carry the Union Jack as they march. Her logic is madness.
In the US it would be like saying we should not fly the US flag because political campaigns use red, blue, white, stars and Bars in their logos.
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Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has revealed she is baking the Queen’s 90th birthday cake.

Hussain, 31 – won the BBC baking show last year – said she is nervous about the bake and can’t even look at her oven.

Speaking on Loose Women she announced: “I have to compose myself. I’m making the Queen’s 90th birthday cake.”

Hussain – who joked that she had been exchanging texts with the Queen – said she couldn’t say ‘no’ when her agent informed her of the news.

She said: “I had the option, I could’ve said no. I can’t say no to the Queen can I?"
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I really hope some of the continental royals get to make it over to her birthday celebrations in June. They are family anyway.
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QEII as goth?

Somehow I think she would have a field day.
Would certainly liven up the usual birthday events! QEII lived through the punk era of the late 1970's so I doubt much surprises her anymore when it comes to musical trends.
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Catholics to mark Queen's birthday with special prayer - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
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he Queen will celebrate her 90th birthday dining with Barack Obama and enjoying a cake baked by the winner of the Great British Bake Off.

Her Majesty is marking her actual birthday on April 21 with three days of low key events in Windsor, ahead of a more elaborate festivities in London in May and on her official birthday in June.

Mr Obama will travel to Windsor Castle to dine with the Queen on Friday, in what is expected to be his last visit to Britain as President of the United States.
Read more: Queen's 90th birthday: a slice of 'Bake-Off' cake and lunch with Barack Obama*

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