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Old 04-07-2005, 05:47 PM
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Royal look-alikes!


Royal look-alikes Wendy Ellis as Camilla Parker Bowles, Mary Reynolds as Queen Elizabeth II, and Peter Hugo as The Prince of Wales at a shop opening ceremony in Windsor Thursday April 7
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Thanks for photo,GrandDuchess.When i just had a look and did not see clearly,i thought that was the Queen!But the other do not look much like Charles and Camilla.Especially Mary Reynolds looks so much like!
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Yeah, you really have to do a double take there. They look very much like those 3, don´t they? Great photo. Thanks for posting it.
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Old 04-18-2005, 10:53 AM
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Here's a great historical article from The Scotsman, giving us a background just in time for the upcoming commemorations of the end of WWII which are coming up soon...

Royal Family Led A Nation's Jubilation on Ve-Day

The Royal Family was the focus of national unity when Victory in Europe was proclaimed.

An estimated quarter of a million people descended on The Mall and Buckingham Palace to celebrate the defeat of Nazi tyranny.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth – later the Queen Mother – appeared several times on the Palace balcony to acknowledge the cheering crowd.

In an unprecedented breach of the strict protocol of the times, Princess Elizabeth – now the Queen – and her younger sister Princess Margaret slipped out of the Palace to mingle and join in the revelry.

And, on the marking of each significant anniversary since VE-Day, the Royals have played a central role.

Notably in 1995, the 94-year-old Queen Mother led VE-Day 50th anniversary commemorations.

May 8, 1945, went down in history as the day when victory over Hitler’s Germany was declared official.

On VE-Day, Second World War Prime Minister Winston Churchill, renowned for his resolute leadership, bulldog looks, fat cigars and “V”-for-victory salutes, was driven to the Palace for lunch with the King.

“We congratulated each other on the end of the European War,” the King wrote in his diary.

“The day we have been longing for has arrived at last and we can look back with thankfulness to God that our tribulation is over.”

It was hot and sunny, and large crowds had begun to form outside the Palace, hoping the King and Queen Elizabeth would appear on the balcony.

The happy crowd was well-behaved and disciplined, united in comradeship and victory.

Later, Churchill returned to the Palace as the King had asked him to look over the text of the royal VE-Day radio broadcast.

At 6pm the King spoke to the nation. For millions of listeners, it was the highlight of the evening.

“Much hard work awaits us in the restoration of our own country after the ravages of war, and in helping to restore peace and sanity to a shattered world,” the King said.

One newspaper reported: “Women and men fainted at a rate of about 10 a minute in the enormous crowd gathered at London’s Victoria Station to listen to the King’s broadcast. Police estimated that there must have been 100,000 people there.”

Playwright Noel Coward wrote in his diary that the Palace was floodlit on VE night and described the crowd outside as “stupendous”.

“The King and Queen came out on the balcony, looking enchanting,” wrote Coward. “We all roared ourselves hoarse. I suppose this is the greatest day in our history.”

Late in the afternoon, King George and Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth, 19, and Princess Margaret, 14, were joined on the balcony by Churchill.

According to first-hand accounts of the occasion, they were greeted by cheers and genuine warmth and affection. Overtaken by emotion, some people shed tears of joy.

The Royals made eight balcony appearances in 10 hours, responding to the chants of “We want the King”.

On the outbreak of war it had been suggested that Queen Elizabeth and her daughters should be evacuated to the safety of Canada or the United States.

To this Queen Elizabeth made her famous reply: “The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave the King. And the King will never leave.”

So the family endured the London Blitz, including the bombing of Buckingham Palace in September 1940, which endeared them to the public.

After German bombs fell at the Palace, Queen Elizabeth said: “I’m glad we’ve been bombed. It makes me feel I can look the East End in the face.”

The East End of London was just one of the badly-hit areas the royal couple visited during the Blitz.

The King and Queen Elizabeth went among the shell-shocked people offering words of comfort and sympathy, inspiring a communal will to win.

“The destruction is so awful and the people so wonderful,” wrote Queen Elizabeth. “They deserve a better world.”

Princess Elizabeth who, in February 1945 at the age of 18, had undertaken National Service in the Auxiliary Transport Service, wore her ATS uniform for the balcony appearances.

She had been registered as No. 230873 Second Subaltern Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, and took a driving and vehicle maintenance course at Aldershot, qualifying as a driver in April.

At 11pm on VE-Day, the King and Queen Elizabeth and the two Princesses made their sixth appearance on the centre balcony, waving for 10 minutes to the cheering crowd below.

The Princesses, in an unprecedented and spontaneous breach of royal protocol, had slipped out of the Palace to join the crowd accompanied by two Guards officers.

Under the cover of darkness, the royal teenagers were unnoticed in the throng.

The King wrote in his dairy: “Poor darlings, they have never had any fun yet.”

Half an hour after midnight, the King and Queen Elizabeth appeared on the balcony again. The crowd was as large and enthusiastic as before.

The revellers waved Union Jacks and sang patriotic songs. They danced and drank, the alcohol fuelling their good humour.

Elsewhere in London there were open-air street parties, and celebrations in hotels and restaurants.

Immediately after VE-Day, the royal couple began a series of victory tours around the country and the scenes of jubilation were repeated.

If Churchill had provided the stirring rhetoric which lifted the nation to victory, the King and Queen Elizabeth had led by example.

Their keen sense of duty inspired the country to unite against Hitler and the fascist Axis powers.

It was only fitting, therefore, that Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother should take centre stage for the historic 50th anniversary of VE-Day.

In a sombre but uplifting ceremony in London’s Hyde Park, she called on the nation to remember with pride and gratitude the courage and fortitude of the wartime generation who defeated the Nazis.

Her grandson, the Prince of Wales, made a VE-Day 50th anniversary radio broadcast in which he said that acts of remembrance for the sacrifices and horrors of the Second World War were a safeguard for civilisation.

Despite half a century of peace, modern man had not conquered the dark side of the human condition, he said.

“That is why the simple conscious act of remembering is so crucial to our continued survival as civilised human beings,” the Prince said.

The Queen will remember the dark days of war and the elation of victory, which she experienced as a teenager, when she leads the nation in a series of events to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

While there will be VE and VJ-Day (Victory in Japan on August 15, 1945) national commemorations, the principal events will take place on Sunday July 10.
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Old 05-07-2005, 01:20 AM
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The British Royal family just announced the programme of the engagement for commomerate 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II:
http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page4062.asp
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Thanks for that link.

I will actually be able to be in London on the 10th July so I will attempt to get to the balcony part of the celebration. I can't believe that I will be able to get to an event like this.
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The Queen and Prince Phillip will be in Australia next year to open the Commonwealth games in Melbourne. I will find an article
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Old 05-07-2005, 05:56 AM
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The article here: Her Majesty's visit is from 12th to 16th March
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/com...5E1702,00.html
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Old 05-07-2005, 02:42 PM
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Nice, the Australian visit. :)

About the visit to Canada later this month, a user on another forum has just said that perhaps an election will be called soon: in that case the visit will be cancelled. :(
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Old 05-08-2005, 01:43 AM
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Tomorrow Monday 9th May:
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will visit Guernsey and Jersey to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Channel Islands' liberation from Nazi occupation.
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Old 05-12-2005, 09:08 AM
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From the British Royal website this year Royals will attend Chelsea Flower Show on 23rd May:
The Duke of York
will visit the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex
will visit the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3.

The Princess Royal
Patron, College of Occupational Therapists, will launch the Elizabeth Casson Rose at Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3.
The Princess Royal
will visit the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3.
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Old 05-12-2005, 10:00 AM
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23 May? So the Queen will not attend. :(
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Yes,i think this year The Queen will not attend.
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Wedding video

I know this is a bit off topic, but is there any way the news coverage of Princess Diana's wedding can be obtained?
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By the way this is the interview Diana gave that literally "shocked the world" and killed the fairy-tale image of the royal couple
http://scoop.evansville.net/diana.html
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Queen Malka, you'll probably find the Princess Diana board a better place to find and post information about Diana.

http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...splay.php?f=38

Threads about weddings can be found at the Old, New, Royal, and Blue board:

http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...splay.php?f=31

The thread about Charles and Diana's wedding is here:

http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...ead.php?t=4327
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The National Archives has a little division for royal documents - there you can find (among other things) Queen Victoria's 1851 census record, the original trial transcript of Charles I and the abdication letter of Edward VIII.
The National Archive's royal section
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I just found some more bigger pics:
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THE QUEEN AND MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY WILL ATTEND THE INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW AT SPITHEAD TO COMMEMORATE THE 200th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR

The Queen, Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, Admiral of the Fleet, will visit HM Naval Base Portsmouth on Tuesday 28th June and afterwards embark on board HMS ENDURANCE to take the Fleet Review at Spithead to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Later in the day Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will attend a Reception in HMS INVINCIBLE.

Other members of the Royal Family who will witness the Fleet Review from different ships and attend a number of related engagements include:

The Prince of Wales (Vice Admiral) and The Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duke of York, (Commander, Royal Navy), who will be embarked in HMS ENTERPRISE for the Review and later attend an 'All Ranks' Reception in HMS ILLUSTRIOUS and afterwards a Dinner in HMS INVINCIBLE.

The Princess Royal (Chief Commandant for Women in the Royal Navy) will embark in HMS ALBION and later RFA SIR BEDIVERE for the Fleet Review before attending a Dinner at Southsea Castle. Her Royal Highness will be accompanied throughout the day by Rear Admiral Timothy Laurence.

The Duchess of Gloucester will embark in HMS GLOUCESTER for the Fleet Review and will later attend an 'All Ranks Reception' in HMS ILLUSTRIOUS and afterwards a Dinner in HMS INVINCIBLE. Her Royal Highness is the 'Sponsor' of HMS GLOUCESTER, and launched her in 1982.

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent will embark in RFA FORT GEORGE for the Fleet Review and in the evening they will attend a Dinner in HMS INVINCIBLE. His Royal Highness is an Hon. Rear Admiral, Royal Navy Reserve
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some random pictures

hi guys, here are some pictures my friend scanned for me from some old magazines. as i don't have time to check whether every picture has been posted before or not, i uploaded them to my album. hope that some might be new to you.:) just click on the image to enlarge

page1
baby charles
QEII&family
QEII coronation
newborn charles
newborn william
princess elizabeth in service
royal family
QEII
the royal firm
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so many royals..
princess margaret
newborn andrew?
c&d wedding
queen??
???

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1983,visit to Bengal
baby princess elizabeth
princess anne at 21
toddler william
george v, queen mary and their two children
princess marina of greece
princess alexandra of kent
QEII
princess elizabeth&duke of edingburgh
princess margaret&lord snowdon
charles&diana
QEII
george vi&queen elizabeth
george vi family and who?
queen mum and children
princess elizabeth&margaret

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duke&duchess of kent
princess alexandra of kent&sir angus ogilvy
princess margaret
princess elizabeth&george vi
george vi&family
QEII&children
QEII&family
smiling queen
QEII&children
QEII,Prince Philip, baby charles
QEII,Prince Philip, children
QEII coronation
baby charles
QEII&Charles&Diana at their engagement
QEII
QEII in uniform
princess marina
princess marina
newborn william
Diana&children
young Charles

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young Charles
1941, princess at a play(cinderella)
Charles
Diana
QEII receives Marilyn Menroe
QEII & baby Charles
QEII wedding
QEII
QEII& family AT WINDSOR 1968
QEII
QEII
QEII
QEII
QEII
QEII
QEII riding

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QEII wedding
George VI coronation
Queen mum and children
baby princess elizabeth
QEII receives Marilyn Menroe
QEII receives Marilyn Menroe
QEII receives Marilyn Menroe
QEII receives Marilyn Menroe
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