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Old 12-17-2012, 01:16 PM
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Rather interesting for constitutional nerds such as myself to see that the Queen will become the first monarch since Victoria to attend a Cabinet meeting.

Looking forward to seeing what the Cabinet ministers bought HM as a Diamond Jubilee gift. Probably a bit of crockery of some sort, as if the Queen doesn't have enough china.
Wouldn't it be special if they gave her a "Cabinet" to keep all her crockery and china in? Something that would remain a permanent fixture at BP?
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Will there be any coverage of the Cabinet meeting?
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Perhaps not live coverage (although not impossible) but there will be articles and official photographs.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:50 AM
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BBC News - Queen attends cabinet meeting in Downing Street

Queen attends cabinet meeting in Downing Street
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Meeting's over, The Queen left 10 - 15 minutes ago. I'm just watching the coverage on the BBC News website. Her gift was a book commemorating all of her state visits from her 60 years on the throne.

The Queen was briefed on the bill that will affect the succesion line. The Queen went from Downing Street, to the foreign office to meet foreign official. Apparently cabinet ministers also had a whip round to give The Queen a gift which she didn't have when she left from No10 and we so far don't know what it was.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:07 AM
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Some pictures of the Queen:

- David Cameron (very respectfully) greeting the Queen
- The Queen and David Cameron
- The Queen

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Old 12-18-2012, 06:22 AM
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The Queen wears Tory blue for historic visit to sit in on a Cabinet meeting (but she could only face half an hour before escaping)
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The Queen will today arrived to take a seat at the Cabinet table in Downing Street, the first monarch to attend the meeting of senior ministers for more than 230 years. David Cameron welcomed the monarch on the steps of Downing Street before presenting her with a gift bought after a Cabinet whip-round to mark her Diamond Jubilee. The Prime Minister revealed the last time a Cabinet had been attended by the head of state was George III in 1781.
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The gift was apparently 16 place mats. I'm such HM is thrilled.
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The gift was apparently 16 place mats. I'm such HM is thrilled.
That was the whip round gift? Worst christmas present ever.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:56 AM
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I just have to ask: why? Why the mats and why 16 place? And why do politicians everywhere lack any imagination?
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That was the whip round gift? Worst christmas present ever.
You know, austerity....
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Actually...it's 60 place mats...
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You know, austerity....
I could have found a better present in my wardrobe.

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Actually...it's 60 place mats...
That makes more sense, but more saddening.

Update: William Hague has announced that a southern part of Antartica will be renamed Queen Elizabeth Land to mark her Jubilee Year.
https://twitter.com/WilliamJHague/st...825920/photo/1

Bit of a better present.
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I just have to ask: why? Why the mats and why 16 place? And why do politicians everywhere lack any imagination?
Granted they are rather lovely placemats but I was thinking...ok where's the real gift
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Update: William Hague has announced that a southern part of Antartica will be renamed Queen Elizabeth Land to mark her Jubilee Year.
https://twitter.com/WilliamJHague/st...825920/photo/1
Bit of a better present.
Now that is a proper honour.

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Granted they are rather lovely placemats but I was thinking...ok where's the real gift
Looks like we got our wish. I mean, getting part of an entire continent named after you isn't too shabby, is it?
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I could have found a better present in my wardrobe.



That makes more sense, but more saddening.

Update: William Hague has announced that a southern part of Antartica will be renamed Queen Elizabeth Land to mark her Jubilee Year.
https://twitter.com/WilliamJHague/st...825920/photo/1

Bit of a better present.

wow this is amazing great news and very great present
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The placemats were a Palace suggestion and contain pictures of BP and Windsor Castle from the castle library at Windsor.

When visiting the Bank of England last week The Queen mentioned to the Chancellor that "regrettably" not all the gold bars belonged to the UK. The Chancellor responded with "no some of them were sold". LOL!
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I just love the two pictures below: the ministers (PM included) all look star-struck!
I guess it felt extra-special to hold the meeting with their Head of State.
http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Q...ANMr0O8X0x.jpg
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#royal #QueenCab HM urged Ministers to make next Queen's speech "on the shorter rather than the longer side"
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#royal #QueenCab HM also wishes the Cabinet a "Happy Christmas" as she departed No10
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