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Rolf's Queen portrait on display

Rolf Harris has admitted the prospect of painting an official portrait of the Queen made him shake with nerves. The 76-year-old artist said he felt as if he was "on the starting blocks at the Olympics, waiting for the gun to go off" as he prepared to paint the Queen.

This is a much better looking portrait than that last one I saw where the Queen looked so old and crabby.


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And she's been getting her Christmas puddings from Tesco. Mind you, if Mohamed Al Fayed hadn't been the owner of Harrods, Tesco might not have received the royal Christmas pudding order.


What does that mean? Does he own both Harrods & Tesco? Just trying to understand your comment, Elspeth.
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No, he just owns Harrods. The Queen used to get her puddings from Harrods, apparently, but when Mohamed Fayed started accusing Prince Philip of having had Diana murdered, the members of the royal family let it be known that their royal warrants for Harrods wouldn't be renewed when they expired (so he took all the "by appointment" badges off the front of the building immediately - the Queen's, the Queen Mother's, Prince Philip's, and Prince Charles's) and she stopped buying stuff there. Next thing we heard, her Christmas puddings were being ordered from Tesco. I assume that if Fayed hadn't had his little run-in with the royal family over Diana, the Queen would still be shopping at Harrods.
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No, he just owns Harrods. The Queen used to get her puddings from Harrods, apparently, but when Mohamed Fayed started accusing Prince Philip of having had Diana murdered, the members of the royal family let it be known that their royal warrants for Harrods wouldn't be renewed when they expired (so he took all the "by appointment" badges off the front of the building immediately - the Queen's, the Queen Mother's, Prince Philip's, and Prince Charles's) and she stopped buying stuff there. Next thing we heard, her Christmas puddings were being ordered from Tesco. I assume that if Fayed hadn't had his little run-in with the royal family over Diana, the Queen would still be shopping at Harrods.

Thanks for your answer, Elspeth. Now it makes sense to me.
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Pics 25.11.2006

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is caught in a rain storm at Helmingham, Suffolk, UK on November 25, 2006. Photos by Nunn Syndication/ABACAUSA

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On the pudding issue, it's interesting to note that this last Sunday was Stir-Up Sunday, the day that we traditionally make Christmas puddings. At the Palace, they make puddings for every member of staff which the Queen presents to them. She goes down to the kitchens and makes a wish as she stirs the mix, as is the tradition. I find that very sweet.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is caught in a rain storm at Helmingham, Suffolk, UK on November 25, 2006. Photos by Nunn Syndication/ABACAUSA

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the queen does not look amused!
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the queen does not look amused!
Well, that's no surprise with that bad weather

Queen Elizabeth II attends a reception at St James's Palace to mark the 350th Anniversary of the re-establishment of the Jewish community in London, England- 28.11.06:

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More pictues from the reception at St James Palace to mark the 350th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Jewish community in Britain Tuesday Nov. 28, 2006the 35

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Arise Sir Stelios: EasyGroup entrepreneur receives knighthood

The entrepreneur who founded budget airline easyJet has collected a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

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Royal toilet spat makes aide quit

http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?f...4806005290B243

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Royal toilet spat? Honestly, you couldn't make it up, could you?
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Prince Philip on top form

BRITAIN'S Queen Elizabeth II toured an exclusive Scottish gentleman's club in London on Scotland's national day today - but her husband Prince Philip stole the show with some wisecracks.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117...rom=public_rss
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Queen Elizabeth II meets staff at the Caledonian Club during a visit to open the club's new wing on November 30, 2006 in London, England. (Photos by POOL/Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)

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Say what they will about Stavros you gotta love his wit! His quips just crack me up!
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Stavros?? Who's Stavros?
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I read in Sarah Bradford's book on Diana that she used to jokingly call Prince Phillip "Stavros". I found it rather amusing!
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I read in Sarah Bradford's book on Diana that she used to jokingly call Prince Phillip "Stavros". I found it rather amusing!
She meant it as a put-down, though. I'll bet she never said it to his face!
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Oh I see. How funny that woman was.
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Well, at least she recognised Philips Greek roots, as his in-laws did their best to make the ugly Greek goose a beautiful English swan :)
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And for Greek we read Danish.
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Prince Philip on top form

BRITAIN'S Queen Elizabeth II toured an exclusive Scottish gentleman's club in London on Scotland's national day today - but her husband Prince Philip stole the show with some wisecracks.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117...rom=public_rss

I simply love this guy---!
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