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Old 06-07-2013, 02:13 PM
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One of the reasons I revere QEII is that she soldiers on NO MATTER WHAT. Unlike certain others who cancel if the weather is hot or they have the sniffles, the Queen carries on. I believe that, other than 9/11, she has only canceled once or twice her entire reign.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:09 AM
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Happy 92nd Birthday to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

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Queen Elizabeth attended an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace today, June 13:



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Queen's portrait defaced with spray paint in Westminster Abbey

BBC News - Queen's portrait defaced with spray paint in Westminster Abbey
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That's too bad. Senseless.
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It seems the man responsible is linked to 'Fathers for Justice', a pressure group that campaigns for men deprived of access to their children, following divorce cases.

They excel at publicity stunts, and this is one of those, rather than any personal protest against HMQ.

Nevertheless it is sad, and very hurtful to both the donor, and painter of the picture.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:06 AM
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Dumb stunt. Maybe next time volunteer your time with a children's charity to get publicity and up your credibility as a caring male. That would be constructive, rather than petty, though.

Not that I don't empathize with the cause - just the destructive methods. What could this possibly teach your child?
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:05 PM
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HM is attending Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade this evening. She'll take a musical salute from the Bands of the Household Division.
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I know this is current events but the Times has a wonderful article on an event taking place during Holyrood week. It is sad and very moving. So many sorrows in HMQs life that we know little about. Here is the link

Queen honours her young bodyguard, killed as war ended | The Times

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SUMMARY taken from the Times 22nd June 2013

During Holyrood week, the Queen will visit a chapel on the outskirts of Edinburgh, where she will remember the young Guards officer assigned to protect her family during the war.

For her, it will be a private act of remembrance, for she will be the only member of the congregation to have known him personally.

The death of Lieutenant Robin Tudsbery in the final week of the war — he was the last allied officer killed on European soil — upset the Royal Family deeply, and his memory has been cherished by them ever since.

In 1943, 23 year old Lieutenant Tudsbery served in a special detachment of the Household Cavalry, which escorted the King, Queen and their two daughters wherever they went at a time invasion was seen as a very real threat.

For nine months the young officer travelled regularly with the King and Queen between Sandringham, Balmoral and Windsor. By the time he left to fight in Europe, he had formed a close bond with the whole family.

On his last day at Buckingham Palace, the King and queen consort presented him with a pair of cuff-links, engraved with their cipher — “a little present to remind you of the time you spent with us,” said the Queen. “I expect you’ll lose them,” said the King, drily. Then, at Windsor Castle, he was given a farewell tea by the princesses, with Elizabeth pouring the tea from a silver kettle and apologising that the water had not boiled properly. She gave him a cutting from the castle walls to plant in his garden at home.

In December 1944, back on leave, he was invited to a party at Buckingham Palace. “I danced with both princesses, and they seemed delighted to see me again,” he wrote to his parents. It was the last time he was to see them.

On May 4, the very day that the Germans surrendered, his family in Scotland received a telegram from the War Office informing them that Lieutenant Tudsbery had been killed in action. On April 30, he and an armoured car crew had pulled off a road and were blown up by a massive roadside bomb, a sea mine hidden by the Germans in a culvert below the road. His body was never found.

His fellow officers were deeply affected. “That such a good friend and gallant officer should have died like this seems a wicked waste,” wrote one. “Nothing I write or say [can] do justice to what we all feel,” wrote another.

And from Windsor Castle came this message to his parents: “Their Majesties and the princesses were so distressed to hear of the death of your son, and I am to tell you how much they liked having him here at the castle.”

Robin had been an only son, and his mother and father, Sir Francis and Lady Isabella Tudsbery, were devastated by his death. They were determined that he should not be forgotten. On the site of a village settlement for disabled ex-servicemen that they had founded at Craigmillar, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, they commissioned a chapel dedicated to his memory.

A place of great simplicity and understated beauty, the Robin Chapel has echoes of King’s College, Cambridge, where he went to university, and St George’s Chapel at Windsor. Stained glass windows show scenes from Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, while the east window carries images of a soldier’s battlefield grave, a cross with Lieutenant Tudsbery’s name and the date of his death, as well as the ‘robin’ motif, and the regimental badge of the Royal Horse Guards, with the motto: “He in a short time filled a long time.” Hanging on a wall is a portrait of him as a boy with his favourite dog. Both of his parents are buried in the chapel.

The royal connection has continued. The foundation stone of the Robin Chapel was laid by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1950, and three years later, she and Princess Margaret dedicated the building. The Thistle Foundation, which still runs the settlement, is regularly visited by royalty.

Today it is an interdenominational church. “This place was about bringing together the best of Scotland and England,” said the Rev Coupar. “It is a great honour that the Queen is coming. Here we look back at history, but this is a living church as well, and that is what the Queen will still find here.”
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:22 PM
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I know this is current events but the Times has a wonderful article on an event taking place during Holyrood week. It is sad and very moving. So many sorrows in HMQs life that we know little about. Here is the link

Queen honours her young bodyguard, killed as war ended | The Times

Here is a summary for those who cant open the Times Link:
SUMMARY taken from the Times 22nd June 2013

During Holyrood week, the Queen will visit a chapel on the outskirts of Edinburgh, where she will remember the young Guards officer assigned to protect her family during the war.

For her, it will be a private act of remembrance, for she will be the only member of the congregation to have known him personally.

The death of Lieutenant Robin Tudsbery in the final week of the war — he was the last allied officer killed on European soil — upset the Royal Family deeply, and his memory has been cherished by them ever since.

In 1943, 23 year old Lieutenant Tudsbery served in a special detachment of the Household Cavalry, which escorted the King, Queen and their two daughters wherever they went at a time invasion was seen as a very real threat.

For nine months the young officer travelled regularly with the King and Queen between Sandringham, Balmoral and Windsor. By the time he left to fight in Europe, he had formed a close bond with the whole family.

On his last day at Buckingham Palace, the King and queen consort presented him with a pair of cuff-links, engraved with their cipher — “a little present to remind you of the time you spent with us,” said the Queen. “I expect you’ll lose them,” said the King, drily. Then, at Windsor Castle, he was given a farewell tea by the princesses, with Elizabeth pouring the tea from a silver kettle and apologising that the water had not boiled properly. She gave him a cutting from the castle walls to plant in his garden at home.

In December 1944, back on leave, he was invited to a party at Buckingham Palace. “I danced with both princesses, and they seemed delighted to see me again,” he wrote to his parents. It was the last time he was to see them.

On May 4, the very day that the Germans surrendered, his family in Scotland received a telegram from the War Office informing them that Lieutenant Tudsbery had been killed in action. On April 30, he and an armoured car crew had pulled off a road and were blown up by a massive roadside bomb, a sea mine hidden by the Germans in a culvert below the road. His body was never found.

His fellow officers were deeply affected. “That such a good friend and gallant officer should have died like this seems a wicked waste,” wrote one. “Nothing I write or say [can] do justice to what we all feel,” wrote another.

And from Windsor Castle came this message to his parents: “Their Majesties and the princesses were so distressed to hear of the death of your son, and I am to tell you how much they liked having him here at the castle.”

Robin had been an only son, and his mother and father, Sir Francis and Lady Isabella Tudsbery, were devastated by his death. They were determined that he should not be forgotten. On the site of a village settlement for disabled ex-servicemen that they had founded at Craigmillar, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, they commissioned a chapel dedicated to his memory.

A place of great simplicity and understated beauty, the Robin Chapel has echoes of King’s College, Cambridge, where he went to university, and St George’s Chapel at Windsor. Stained glass windows show scenes from Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, while the east window carries images of a soldier’s battlefield grave, a cross with Lieutenant Tudsbery’s name and the date of his death, as well as the ‘robin’ motif, and the regimental badge of the Royal Horse Guards, with the motto: “He in a short time filled a long time.” Hanging on a wall is a portrait of him as a boy with his favourite dog. Both of his parents are buried in the chapel.

The royal connection has continued. The foundation stone of the Robin Chapel was laid by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1950, and three years later, she and Princess Margaret dedicated the building. The Thistle Foundation, which still runs the settlement, is regularly visited by royalty.

Today it is an interdenominational church. “This place was about bringing together the best of Scotland and England,” said the Rev Coupar. “It is a great honour that the Queen is coming. Here we look back at history, but this is a living church as well, and that is what the Queen will still find here.”
Thank you for sharing this. Very moving. It's not easy to lose someone that you've gotten to know and work with.
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:03 PM
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Images from the chapel

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/multim...4__424860c.jpg

scenes depicting soldiers battlefield grave


http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/multim...2__424869c.jpg

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Images from the chapel
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/multim...4__424860c.jpg
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http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/multim...2__424869c.jpg
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Thanks Cepe - these are lovely. Stained glass is such a unique medium - stiff but glowing. It's one of my favorite art forms.
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Philip to miss Queen’s Holyrood week for first time:
Philip to miss Queen

"The Duke of Edinburgh, who is 92, left hospital last week after exploratory abdominal surgery.

But it is understood he has been advised not to make the usual summer trip north. Instead, Prince Edward will accompany the Queen for Holyrood week, which starts on July 2."
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Queen Elizabeth at the final of 'The Al Habtoor Royal Windsor Cup' at the Guards Polo Club on June 23 (click on zoom to enlarge):



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On June 25 Queen Elizabeth received the new Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia, Jovan Donev, and the new High Commissioner for the Republic of Rwanda, Williams Nkurunziza, at Buckingham Palace.



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Queen Elizabeth as Colonel in Chief of the battalion visited the Argyll & Sutherland highlanders, 5th battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland at Howe Barrracks in Canterbury on June 28, 2013.



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One loves one's onesie! The Queen chuckles at a Union Jack rompersuit as she meets soldiers at Howe Barracks in Kent

The Queen chuckles at a Union Jack rompersuit as she meets soldiers at Howe Barracks in Kent | Mail Online
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From the Telegraph

The Queen teased David Cameron over scenes in West End play The Audience

The Queen teased David Cameron over scenes in West End play The Audience - Telegraph
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One loves one's onesie! The Queen chuckles at a Union Jack rompersuit as she meets soldiers at Howe Barracks in Kent

The Queen chuckles at a Union Jack rompersuit as she meets soldiers at Howe Barracks in Kent | Mail Online
Thanks for this - I had not noticed the onesie. Sigh, I am missing the Duke of Edinburgh in all these photos. I'm sure he and the Queen are as well. Good thoughts.
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