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Old 06-04-2016, 09:20 PM
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Why? It is common knowledge that her favourite grandson is Peter. Not surprising really - the first grandchild, the child of her daughter etc. It doesn't mean she doesn't love her other grandsons/children but just that she is closest to the first born and the Jubilee grandson as well.
Common knowledge? Has the Queen given an interview Im not aware of?
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Special medal to mark the Queen's birthday has been minted as UK prepares to celebrate - Mirror Online
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A medal marking the Queen’s 90th year has been minted as excitement surrounding the monarch’s birthday builds.

Proceeds from the bronze commemorative piece will go to 76 charities supported by Her Royal Highness, after it was released by The London Mint Office.

James Deeny, CEO at The London Mint Office, comments, “Commemorative medals have long played an important historical role in celebrating major royal landmarks.

"The Queen has been a tireless supporter of many charities throughout her life so it seems fitting that this commemorative medal will raise money for numerous great causes for which she is a patron, while also creating a beautiful collector’s piece to mark this great occasion.”
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Old 06-05-2016, 04:16 AM
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Common knowledge? Has the Queen given an interview Im not aware of?
Haha, this is what I'm thinking as well. I wonder how "everyone knows" that Andrew is the favourite son, Peter the favourite grandson and Sophie the favourite inlaw! I mean, where does these things even come from!?
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Old 06-05-2016, 05:08 AM
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Haha, this is what I'm thinking as well. I wonder how "everyone knows" that Andrew is the favourite son, Peter the favourite grandson and Sophie the favourite inlaw! I mean, where does these things even come from!?
It comes from years of the media, Royal historians, and fans breaking down her personal relationships with her family.

The Queen obviously loves her family, but the 'favorite' list is pretty much speculation.
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Old 06-05-2016, 06:53 AM
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I think the idea of the Queen's favourites is quite funny, for starters the favourite grandchild seems to readily change depending on who the media are writing about at the time (its been Peter, its been Zara, its said William if of course close to her, its said Louise and James are closest as they visit her most weekends etc etc etc). For years Sophie was the only female in-law so that made calling her the favourite easy. Andrew was said to be favourite child, but the same excuse was given for Edward getting to use Bagshot and for being allowed to work. Now though thanks to the picture released for her 90th we hear that Anne has been closest to the Queen for years (going back as far as the war of the Wales').
Basically the favourite is who ever the media want it to be at the time.
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Old 06-05-2016, 12:29 PM
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Royal Yacht Britannia rules the waves once again for Queen's birthday parade
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It was one of the very rare occasions when the Queen has wept openly in public.

Wiping a tear from her eye she bade farewell to her beloved Royal Yacht Britannia during a ceremony in Portsmouth to de-commission the boat, as part of cost cutting measures by Tony Blair’s Labour government.

Nearly 20 years on the Britannia will once again take centre stage – in a clear signal of how strongly she remains in the Queen’s affections.

A giant model of the yacht - which carried the Royal Family on 968 official voyages during her years of service - is to be the centrepiece of a carnival parade being staged in central London next Sunday to celebrate her role as patron of dozens of charities and organisations.

The celebrations will see The Queen lead a walkabout along the Mall with the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

The build-up to the Patron’s Lunch has been marred by controversy over the cost of tickets.

It was revealed last month that an anonymous millionaire had bought £100,000-worth of tickets on behalf of the charities, amid claims the cost of tickets had put the event out of their reach.

But Mr Phillips mounted a robust defence of the pricing policy, pointing out that every ticket had been sold. Many of the charities have also taken advantage of being able to sell part of their allocation to raise funds.

“I’ve seen tickets being reoffered by these organisations to their benefactors and supporters at a higher price than their face value,” said Mr Phillips. “A lot of the bigger organisations have not sold on their tickets but have used them for staff and supporters and donors as a reward or as a way of saying thank you.”

And he rejected accusations of nepotism following the revelation that it is being organised for an undisclosed "set fee" by the events company, Sports and Entertainment Ltd (SEL), of which Mr Phillips is a director.

“It was my idea so why should I then go out to tender?” he said.

One thing is certain. As the Queen walks along the Mall there is likely to be more than one rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.

“She’s heard ‘Happy Birthday’ a few times and will no doubt hear it a bit more this year,” said Mr Phillips. “It’s the way people want to show their affection to her and she is very appreciative. She’s obviously very touched.”
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Make your own Queen cupcakes to celebrate Her Majesty's 90th birthday this summer - Mirror Online

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90-year-old German gymnast carried out a tandem parachute jump on Sunday in honour of the Queen, who also turned 90 this year.

Johanna Quaas, who jumped attached to an instructor, said she wanted to finish what the monarch had started during the London Olympic Games.

The Queen appeared with James Bond actor Daniel Craig in a film during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games.
Northants shopping village's royal invitation to toast Queen's 90th birthday | Northampton Herald & Post
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A Northamptonshire shopping village has announced plans for a free public celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's upcoming 90th birthday - including a free glass of bubbly.

The Heart of the Shires near Weedon, will be hosting a special royal picnic on Sunday 12th June from 1pm to 3pm, as part of the national celebrations for Britain's longest serving monarch. The event will be informal with all ages free to attend.

Visitors can bring their own picnics or purchase locally sourced food and drink from a number of eateries at the shopping village. A selection of summer treats will be available including Pimm's, sparkling wine and ice creams. A free glass of sparkling wine or Pimms will be offered to all adults attending. Ice Cream can be purchased from the Barn Deli and there will also be live jazz performed on the site's well known bandstand by the popular local band Syncopated Jazz.

Gail Cleland, site administrator at Heart of the Shires comments: "We wanted an event that would be fun for all ages and quintessentially British - and so a picnic seemed the ideal activity. We have a long tradition in this country of celebrating royal jubilees, weddings, coronations and birthdays. As this is such a significant milestone, we decided to celebrate in a way that I'm sure the Queen would approve of."
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Old 06-05-2016, 06:06 PM
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I think the idea of the Queen's favourites is quite funny, for starters the favourite grandchild seems to readily change depending on who the media are writing about at the time (its been Peter, its been Zara, its said William if of course close to her, its said Louise and James are closest as they visit her most weekends etc etc etc). For years Sophie was the only female in-law so that made calling her the favourite easy. Andrew was said to be favourite child, but the same excuse was given for Edward getting to use Bagshot and for being allowed to work. Now though thanks to the picture released for her 90th we hear that Anne has been closest to the Queen for years (going back as far as the war of the Wales').
Basically the favourite is who ever the media want it to be at the time.

Completely agree with you. Although I would now at Lady Sarah Chatto to the supposed "favourites" list.


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Old 06-06-2016, 01:59 AM
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Seven ways to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday this weekend (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Old 06-06-2016, 02:50 PM
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The Queen’s 90th: How Elizabeth II's official birthday will be celebrated in London | London Life | Lifestyle | London Evening Standard
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Old 06-06-2016, 08:07 PM
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Read more: The Queen reveals she's a big George Formby fan - and can sing along to all his songs - Mirror Online
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This musical surprise is one of the revelations in a BBC radio programme celebrating Her Majesty's 90th birthday

Oh me, oh my. The Queen is such a massive fan of ukulele king George Formby that she can sing along to all his songs.

The cheeky chappy was one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers in the 30s and 40s with songs such as When I’m Cleaning Windows and his comedy catchphrase: “Turned out nice again.”

He won an OBE in 1946 for entertaining the troops in the Second World War but it was not only the forces who took the toothy Lancastrian to their hearts.

Her Majesty liked him so much she considered becoming president of the singer and film star’s *appreciation society.

Our Queen: 90 Musical Years, Sunday, 7pm, BBC Radio 2. This week’s Radio Times is on sale now.
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I post it here because these articles are written for her 90th birthday:

The Queen's guide to culture: Her Majesty's favourite books, music & TV - Music

The remarkable medical advances since Queen Elizabeth II was born | Daily Mail Online
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She was born at a time when doctors used maggots to clean patients' wounds and when free healthcare was a concept people only dreamed of.

Now, as the Queen prepares to celebrate her official 90th birthday, we reveal the incredible medical advances that have occurred since she arrived into the world.

Just two years after Queen Elizabeth's birth, penicillin was invented - and the antibiotic is believed to have saved more than 100 millions lives to date.

Her 63-year reign has also witnessed the first heart transplant - a procedure one surgeon at the time described as ‘almost amounting to cannibalism’ - but is now carried out on almost 200 people a year.

And in 1978 the first 'test tube' baby Louise Brown was born via IVF - a fertility treatment which has since helped millions of couples worldwide conceive.

Going into the 90s DOlly the Sheep became a scientific sensation as she was cloned from a cell from another cow's udder. At the time, the development was met with horror as some believed it could lead to humans being cloned.

Here, an infographic created by health insurance provider Benenden, documents the medical breakthroughs we all now take for granted...
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Read more: Welsh widow who shares the Queen's birthday 'shocked' by invitation to event - Worksop Guardian
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Hilda Price is one of six individuals given the honour of leading prayers, specially written to mark the Queen's 90 years, at the St Paul's Cathedral event this Friday.

Mrs Price, 90, who lives in Cardiff, said "It was the shock of my life" when she was told she had been picked to take part in the service.

She added laughing: "I had no idea, it was such a shock, I hope I do all right, I'm worried, but I used to read in the churches so I've had plenty of practice."

But the service on Friday will not be the first time she has been in the presence of the Queen, she said: "I've been to events at the palace and my mother was mayor of Carmarthen and she met the Queen."

Mrs Price has sent a birthday card to the Queen every year and on April 20 1989 she met the Queen during a royal visit to Swansea, after the monarch became curious by a card she held which said "I am 63 tomorrow too" and walked over to meet her.

The 90-year-old was also one of almost 100 pensioners invited to Buckingham Palace for lunch with the Queen to celebrate them all turning 80 in 2006.

The St Paul's Cathedral service will be attended by senior members of the Royal Family including the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Politicians past and present, diplomats and governors general will also be in the congregation.
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Sir David Attenborough to lead tributes at Queen's 90th birthday service
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Sir David Attenborough, Britain’s second-most famous 90-year-old, will be among stars paying tribute to the Queen at a Service of Thanksgiving on Friday that will begin a weekend of celebrations for her official birthday.

The naturalist will read an address written by the Paddington Bear author Michael Bond, who is also 90, reflecting on the passage of the last nine decades.

It will be one of a series of “birthday gifts” for Her Majesty in a highly personal service at St Paul’s Cathedral attended by virtually every member of the Royal family.
Burnley on track to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday in style
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Burnley will be celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday this weekend with a range of events – including taking part in the national station to station event.

On Saturday June 11 staff from Burnley Council will be at Burnley Manchester Road train station between 10am and 11am giving away goody bags, as well as free coffee and cake.

The Station to Station event will celebrate the Queens big birthday as well as highlighting the importance of public transport.

Elsewhere, the mayor of Burnley Cllr Jeff Sumner will be holding the mayor’s annual Civic Sunday event on June 12 with a Civic service held at St Stephens Church on Oxford Road. The event will be followed by a celebration of the Queen’s birthday in which the church will be decorated in bunting and Union Jacks.

Sunday will also see the Ightenhill festival – in Ightenhill Park – which will have a celebratory feel for the Queen’s 90th birthday before on Wednesday, June 15, there will be a celebration of the Queen’s birthday in Padiham Memorial Park.
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Mods have said to put all posts regarding this year's Trooping the Colour, in the birthday thread.

In the run up to Trooping the Colour, Lieutenant Dutton provides an overview of 'escorting the Colour' while soldiers from The Coldstream Guards rehearse.
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The Queen's 90th Birthday National Service of Thanksgiving Order:
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Queen's 90th Birthday £5 Coin Range | The Royal Mint

Read more: Bristol celebrates the Queen's 90th birthday - the street parties and events | Bristol Post
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The nation is getting ready to celebrate the Queen's official 90th birthday this weekend.

Street parties, festivals and community events have been organised to mark the big celebration.

Here's how Bristol is marking the occasion...
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London flies the flag ahead of The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations | Daily Mail Online
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London has been draped in red, white and blue ahead of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations this weekend.

Union Flags have been hung all the way down the Mall and above Regent Street and Oxford Street as the capital gets ready to party in honour of Her Majesty.

Three days of events will begin with The National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday.

The morning after and the Household Cavalry will commemorate Elizabeth II's 90th with the annual Trooping the Colour, which will be followed by an RAF flypast over Buckingham Palace, at which Prince George is expected to appear.

Heavy rain is predicted on Sunday, when her Majesty, Prince Philip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will then join 10,000 wellwishers for the Patron’s Lunch, a picnic that forms the centrepiece of three days of official festivities.

Its organisers, led by the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips, had already planned to provide guests with both a plastic rain poncho and sun cream in anticipation of Britain’s unpredictable weather.
Street party for the Queen's 90th in Stubbington - Portsmouth News
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MORE than 4,000 spectators are expected to hit the streets to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday on Sunday in Stubbington.

Stubbington Green will be turned into a feast of delights, with swing dancers, stalls, live bands, street buskers and a handful of vintage cars on display.

The event comes on the day that Hampshire is set to celebrate the monarch’s official birthday with street parties organised around the county.

Festivities will kick off from around 10am until 6pm.

Stubbington Green will be closed to traffic while the celebrations takes place
Reigate to celebrate Queen's birthday this weekend | Surrey Mirror
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A band will march through Reigate on Sunday, as the town celebrates the Queen's 90th birthday.

Reigate Business Guild has organised the celebrations, which will take place from noon to 6pm in Priory Park.

Live music and entertainment will culminate in a proms finale, with plenty of flag waving.

A rolling road block will be in place while the Surrey and Sussex Drum and Bugle Corps make their way from Reigate Town Hall to the park at 11.30am.
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