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Old 02-03-2004, 11:07 AM
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i read news that HM Queen 2 will have surgery again this summer im not sure but i found out i cant believe it! how hardly Queen gone to surgery she had 2 operations of her 2 knees but the articles said she will get another surgery again this summer i think its would end of July i think so!

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Old 02-04-2004, 04:07 AM
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"The Queen is planning a "girl power" lunch to celebrate successful
women, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
Celebrated women from the arts, media, law and business, including
JK Rowling and Cherie Booth, will be at the gathering next month.

The Queen, the Countess of Wessex and the Princess Royal will mingle
with up to 200 invited guests.

A palace spokeswoman said the event on 11 March, three days after
International Women's day, was the first of its kind.

The three women will dine with glamorous guests such as Mobo awards
organiser Kanya King, Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and Tamara
Mellon, of the Jimmy Choo shoe label.

Others on the invite list include 60s icon Twiggy, journalist Sheena
McDonald, former athlete Dame Mary Peters and ex-model Heather Mills
McCartney.

"It will be the first all female event at the Palace. It's one of
the theme days that we're having," a Palace spokeswoman said.

"It's going to be about women and their achievements.

"It's not just well known people, there will be lots of business
women, women from arts and education and grass roots people."

It will be Sophie's first engagement since the birth of her
daughter, Lady Louise."
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Old 02-05-2004, 01:48 PM
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"The Queen isn't used to being ignored, but she couldn't help seeing
the funny side when a pair of three-year-old boys got her confused
with their teacher. Her Majesty turned out to open a nursery school
in Norfolk, but things got a little muddled when Toby Ridsdale and
Jamie Thompson were to present the royal visitor with a book to mark
her visit.

Apparently the two youngsters had been rehearsing the presentation
for three weeks, with their teacher Dee Gent playing the Queen. But
when the time came to make the handover for real, they walked
straight past their guest and tried to give the souvenir to Dee.

With an amused smile on her face, the monarch had to follow the two
boys over and graciously take delivery of the memento.

"I've been playing the Queen and they've been giving the book and
bowing, " explained the teacher afterwards. "They were doing it
beautifully. I showed them pictures of the Queen because I was
concerned that they wouldn't know who she was. They obviously got a
little confused, but they did really well as did the other children."
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Old 02-05-2004, 08:22 PM
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I find new pics. The Queen is amaizing in this autfit and the hat is amaizing

February 05, 2004 Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom


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the pics are from Corbis
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Old 02-05-2004, 09:30 PM
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I love The Queen's outfit. Her majesty's style clearly gets much better with age!!!
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Old 02-07-2004, 09:43 PM
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A 41 gun salute is fired in Green Park to mark the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accension to the throne, Feb. 6, 2004. The Queen accended to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952 after the death of Her father King George VI. This marks the beginning of The Queen's 52nd years as Queen.
41 Gun Salute in Green Park
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Old 02-12-2004, 04:21 PM
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Other pic

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles after unveiling a plaque to open a new factory for Remploy, which has 84 factories employing disabled people throughout Britain, in west London, Thursday Feb. 12, 2004. Amongst the varied products produced at the factory are CD cases, and breathing apparatus for the U.S. military.

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Old 02-19-2004, 06:55 PM
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It's great to see that Queen Elizabeth is getting better after her knee surgery! (Does anyone know what they did during the suregery?) Her smile seems genuine and she looks happy and well. It's to bad her sour-puss of a husband didn't smile every once in a while, he looks like a grumpy old man!
I can only say the same like you do Britters.
HRH Prince Phillipe is a grumpy old mand to look at.
I can´t understand why he never smiles when ther has been taken a photo of him.
To me he always looks angry and a bit hatefull he gives me the creaps
I mean has he not had a great live ?
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Old 03-30-2004, 10:07 AM
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From the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Philip, Duke of
Edinburg, will make a state visit to France from April 5 to 7, 2004.
This is the queen´s fourth state visit to France: the three previous
visits were April 8-11,1957, May 15-19, 1972 and June 9-12, 1992. The
visit marks the start of celebrations to commemorate the Entente Cordiale,
agreements signed between Britain and France on April 8, 1904, the
centenary of which is being celebrated this year with special pomp.

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburg will be received by President
Chirac for a state dinner at the Palais de l´Elysée on April 5. On April
6 the prime minister will host a luncheon in their honor at the Hôtel de
Matignon. That same day, the British ambassador will host a dinner at his
residence on the theme of the fight against cancer, one of the main
priorities of the EC centennial.

The program for the state visit is also expected to include a reception at
the Senate offered by the speakers of the Senate and National Assembly and
a meeting with the mayor of Paris. In addition Queen Elizabeth and the
Duke of Edinburg will attend an equestrian spectacle performed by the
Cadre Noir at Saumur; they will also visit the future British art room at
the Musée du Louvre.

On April 7 Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh will fly to Toulouse
where they will attend a luncheon given by Deputy Mayor of Toulouse
Philippe Douste-Blazy. There will be a meeting with French and British
Entente Cordiale scholarship-holders and their patrons. The queen and duke
of Edinburgh will then pay a visit to Airbus Industry headquarters.

They will fly back to London in the afternoon.
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Old 03-30-2004, 05:10 PM
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Queen Elizabeth II rides again at Windsor at last. This is the first outing since her operation on her leg last year. She is still using a pony as a full size horse is still too much for her at present. 29 MAR 2004
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Old 03-31-2004, 09:01 AM
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I adore the way Sophie wears her hair now. It looks so much softer and prettier than when she had it shorter. I think it's much more flattering on her.
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Old 04-03-2004, 01:03 PM
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An interesting article from "The Scotsman" on how The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are packing and what they are taking on the state visit to France on Monday.

HOW TO PACK, WINDSOR-STYLE

They may not take the kitchen sink but just about everything else goes with them on a state visit.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are preparing to travel by Eurostar rail-link to France to mark the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, the historic Anglo-French alliance brokered as a bulwark against Germany.

For their short, three-day trip to Paris and Toulouse, the royal couple are literally taking tons of luggage, not to mention a retinue of servants, advisers, ladies-in-waiting and bodyguards.

The corridors of Buckingham Palace are presently lined with large trunks bearing the legend “The Queen” in gold lettering and standing like sentries beside doorways.

Into these trunks, dutiful staff load almost an entire office – computers, printers, photocopiers, stationery bearing the royal coat of arms, gold-edged invitations, official gifts and the red boxes of government papers which follow the Queen everywhere.

Other trunks contain the Queen’s extensive wardrobe, which has been especially designed and selected with care for the visit to a European fashion centre where Parisians expect style.

There are several changes of day clothes as well as evening gowns for the state banquet and official dinner, with jewellery to add a regal sparkle to the royal roadshow.

The Queen’s dresser and personal assistant packs Her Majesty’s preferred toiletries and cosmetics, no doubt including her favourite anti-wrinkle cream which, unusually, she was spotted buying in an airport duty-free shop at the end of a foreign trip.

The Duke is accompanied by his valet – pronounced, even in France, in an anglicised way by Royals and courtiers who sound the final “t“.

The valet takes care of Philip’s wardrobe, packing appropriate suits for every occasion on the itinerary and laying them out for him to change.

Wherever the Queen travels, she insists on taking some basic royal home comforts. Apparently mundane or fussy items make the trip by royal command.

Her travelling companions are Malvern bottled water, Twining’s breakfast tea, English orange marmalade, Dundee cake and her own electric kettle.

Not that she is likely to make a brew in the Royals’ hotel room or steam up the ambassador’s residence.

There is more than personal taste involved in taking along bottled English water. It is, in fact, a sensible precaution against an upset stomach which could wreck the state visit.

The Queen, in particular, is careful about what she eats on tour. Menus are requested in advance and spicy or messy, difficult-to-eat dishes are off.

However, she is not unadventurous and is willing to try local delicacies at banquets in her honour.

On her state visit to China in 1986, she ate slimy sea cucumber and managed it using chopsticks.

With banquets, official dinners and lunches to eat, the Queen likes to watch her waistline and sometimes leaves food on her plate to avoid piling on the pounds.

At the state banquet, hosted by President Jacques Chirac, expect the Queen to utter at least a few sentences or phrases in French. Like the Duke, she speaks the language well.

The Queen sleeps soundly on overseas visits, partly because she insists on taking her own feather pillows to ensure a good night’s rest.

A jet-lagged Duke, at a banquet in South Korea, did not need a comfy pillow when he nodded off during the soup course.

But jet lag will not be a problem in France and the elderly royal couple – the Queen is 77 and the Duke 82 – are now scaling down their foreign travel.

During her long reign, the Queen has circumnavigated the globe many times, accompanied by her husband.

By her Golden Jubilee in 2002, she had undertaken 251 official overseas visits to 128 different countries.

The latest full state visit sets a record as it is the Queen’s fourth to France and she has never before paid four state visits to any country.

There have been multiple visits to Commonwealth countries and realms, notably 20 trips to Canada, but these are not classed as state visits because she is Queen of Canada and head of state, not to mention head of the Commonwealth.

The April 5-7 visit is politically sensitive in the wake of differences with France over the Iraq War.

Although the Queen, as a constitutional monarch, does not express political opinions, she will be accompanied, as is customary, by the Foreign Secretary.

Jack Straw will take the opportunity, during bi-lateral talks, to try to heal wounds, and encourage trade deals and cultural exchanges.

The visit is also a chance for the Queen and the Duke to fly the flag for Britain and nurture any goodwill among the French people towards their British neighbours, the “Rosbifs“.

At least the French have now lifted their import ban on British beef – only Iraq still sticks in Anglo-French throats.
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Old 04-03-2004, 02:45 PM
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Originally posted by A.C.C.@Apr 3rd, 2004 - 12:03 pm
An interesting article from "The Scotsman" on how The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are packing and what they are taking on the state visit to France on Monday.

HOW TO PACK, WINDSOR-STYLE
They might as just take the kitchen sink! :P Thanks for this article, A.C.C. I guess "packing light" isn't a word in the Queen and Prince's vocabulary! You'd think with all the trips the Queen and the Prince have taken in all their years representing Great Britain they would've managed to pare down their packing list and minimalize it. I guess not, however.
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Old 04-08-2004, 07:42 PM
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from The Scotsman


Smile says it all as Queen bids cordial farewell

WILLIAM LYONS


THE Queen signed off an immensely successful state visit to France yesterday by visiting the southern city of Toulouse, the site of the last battle on French soil between the two nations, in 1814.

She visited a church in the city and strolled around the market before dropping in to the aircraft manufacturer Airbus to name one of Sir Richard Branson’s new planes.

Well known for its flower plantations and, in particular, violets, the Queen, wearing that colour, blended in as she visited a violet stall during a walkabout in the Place du Capitole central square.

This was the Queen’s fourth state visit to France in a visit arranged to celebrate the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, an understanding signed by the two countries in 1904 to end centuries of rivalry.

Walking among hundreds of people, to the soundtrack of traditional Toulouse music, she was presented with a silk scarf and met people who work in modern methods of dye extraction.

But the day didn’t pass without incident, as one man was arrested at the edge of the square after climbing up a signpost to make a protest relating to Rwanda.

Earlier, the Queen visited the city’s Jacobins Church, where friars of the Dominican Order chanted songs at the altar. Demonstrating her command of the language, she told the friars, who wore the traditional black and white habits, that the tune which was dedicated to the Virgin Mary was "tres belle musique".

After lunch with the mayor, Philippe Doust-Blazy, who was named health minister in a government reshuffle a week ago, the Royal party - which included the Duke of Edinburgh, Bernadette Chirac, the wife of Jacques, the French president and Dominique Perben, the justice minister - travelled to Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse.

They were later joined by Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, and Mr Doust-Blazy.

Following in the footsteps of Diana, Princess of Wales, who named the first Virgin Airbus "Lady in Red" in 1993, the Queen christened one of Sir Richard’s planes, declaring it "Queen of the Skies".

Sir Richard said it was "an incredible honour" to have one of his aircraft named by the Queen.

"It’s also a tremendous tribute to the hard work and professionalism of everyone at Virgin Atlantic who help us fly the flag for Britain all over the world," he added.

The use of both the British and French flags on the planes was aimed at symbolising the anniversary of the entente cordiale agreement between the two nations.

Sir Richard, however, stumbled on the pronunciation of Queen of the Skies in French - "reine des cieux" - admitting "I’m not as good as Her Majesty."

The Queen has demonstrated her command of the language throughout her three-day state visit, giving numerous speeches in her hosts’ language. In front of the new plane yesterday, she said, in French: "It is wonderful for me to see so many British people here today with your French colleagues.

"It is fitting that my visit to France should end with this impressive example of Franco-British and European co- operation."

She thanked Mr Chirac and the French people for the past three days, saying: "The warmth of your welcome will live long in our memories."

The Queen added: "I am now delighted in this Entente Cordiale centenary year to name this new Airbus for Virgin Atlantic Airways, the Queen of the Skies."

But the high point came when the Queen bestowed an honorary knighthood on Noel Forgeard, the president of the European aircraft maker Airbus, making him a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

He was honoured for leading the French, British, German and Spanish company since 1998.

Because he is French, Mr Forgeard cannot call himself "sir", a distinction reserved for British citizens, but he can use the initials "KBE" after his name.

Other non-British knights include the Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who was given the honour in January.

Despite her involvement with Virgin Atlantic, the Queen opted for a British Airways flight as she departed France for the UK bringing her stay to a close. Mr Chirac will pay a return state visit in the autumn.
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First off, from one of the pics that Dennis posted I want to know why Prince Philip would be wiping his nose in public? Isn't their protocol against that or something. It does not seem like a very royal thing to do. I would not even do that and I'm definitely not a royal.

Secondly, I was very surprised to find that the Queen took a British Airways flight home from France. I didn't know that they flew commercial. I always figured that they either had their own plane, or used government ones. Hmm.
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First off, from one of the pics that Dennis posted I want to know why Prince Philip would be wiping his nose in public? Isn't their protocol against that or something. It does not seem like a very royal thing to do. I would not even do that and I'm definitely not a royal.

Secondly, I was very surprised to find that the Queen took a British Airways flight home from France. I didn't know that they flew commercial. I always figured that they either had their own plane, or used government ones. Hmm.
Far better to pull out a hankie and wipe his nose than be sniffing all day! Just good manners - nothing to do with protocol.

As to flying BA it was obviously more cost effective. The Queens Flight has been scaled down drastically in the last few years. For a flight of, at most, one hour the commercial flight was obviously the most accessible.
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First off, from one of the pics that Dennis posted I want to know why Prince Philip would be wiping his nose in public? Isn't their protocol against that or something. It does not seem like a very royal thing to do. I would not even do that and I'm definitely not a royal.

Secondly, I was very surprised to find that the Queen took a British Airways flight home from France. I didn't know that they flew commercial. I always figured that they either had their own plane, or used government ones. Hmm.
Far better to pull out a hankie and wipe his nose than be sniffing all day! Just good manners - nothing to do with protocol.

As to flying BA it was obviously more cost effective. The Queens Flight has been scaled down drastically in the last few years. For a flight of, at most, one hour the commercial flight was obviously the most accessible.
Also she went to an Airbus factory, I believe and maybe it was made by Airbus.
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Photos of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family at Easter Service can be found here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/photo_...ery/3618221.stm
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Originally posted by wymanda+Apr 9th, 2004 - 8:13 pm--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[quote/] (wymanda @ Apr 9th, 2004 - 8:13 pm)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Gabriella@Apr 8th, 2004 - 6:48 pm
First off, from one of the pics that Dennis posted I want to know why Prince Philip would be wiping his nose in public? Isn't their protocol against that or something. It does not seem like a very royal thing to do. I would not even do that and I'm definitely not a royal.

Secondly, I was very surprised to find that the Queen took a British Airways flight home from France. I didn't know that they flew commercial. I always figured that they either had their own plane, or used government ones. Hmm.
Far better to pull out a hankie and wipe his nose than be sniffing all day! Just good manners - nothing to do with protocol.

As to flying BA it was obviously more cost effective. The Queens Flight has been scaled down drastically in the last few years. For a flight of, at most, one hour the commercial flight was obviously the most accessible. [/quote]
It seems to me that it's far better manners to not blow your nose in public! Excuse yourself and go do it in private, but not in public, especially if there are photographers everywhere waiting to snap an image of you doing so. If it were me, I'd probably be embarrassed if that had happened.
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The Queen and PrincePhilip attended Easter service at Windsor with other members of the Royal Family. April 11, 2004
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