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Old 08-08-2009, 05:33 PM
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I do hope they will start regarding Her Majesty's security as a more serious issue one day.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes - Who will watch the watchers?
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:30 PM
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Police keep details about gifts from the Queen secret... because it might help extremists

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For years, the Queen has rewarded the police officers who guard her Sandringham estate with miniature bottles of whisky.
An innocent enough tradition, one would think. Yet it transpires that the number of gifts she bestows is not only a closely guarded secret but a matter of grave national security.

That is the view of Norfolk Police. It has declined a request made under the Freedom of Information Act to divulge how many of its officers received presents because, it says, it would allow ‘domestic or foreign terrorists to establish the level of police protection afforded to Royal residences’.
As a matter of fact, that makes sense, in a way: there is no need to make public just how many security officers are engaged in the protection of Royal residences.
On the other hand, they must really check the quality of those security officers, if the article from yesterday is anything to go by.
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Old 08-09-2009, 06:47 AM
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The Queen may be settling in at Balmoral today, but she has left behind a royal buzz in London. Mandrake learns that the Crown Estate has erected bee hives on top of its buildings in Regent Street

The Queen creates a royal buzz - Telegraph



The centuries-old practice of servants and guests walking backwards when leaving a room after seeing the monarch has been dropped after health and safety concerns.

Royal tradition takes a backward step as the Queen bows to 'health and safety' concerns - Telegraph

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Old 08-10-2009, 12:14 AM
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The centuries-old practice of servants and guests walking backwards when leaving a room after seeing the monarch has been dropped after health and safety concerns.


Spoilsports! [/QUOTE]

Poor HM. No more awkward backward walking. What's left to 'amuse' her now?
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:31 AM
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Oh this does annoy me so!!! It's also the little things that make it what it is, imo. Health and Safety? Red tape rubbish...

Though, if it prevents any opportunity to sue should any such accident occur, then I guess it has it's reasoning.

I myself, would find it an honour to trip over in the halls of Buckingham Palace...
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Old 08-10-2009, 04:27 AM
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Health and Safety hasn't stopped the Queen from walking backwards down two steps when she places her wreath at the Cenotaph on Rememberance Sunday! If she can do that without tripping over onto hard concrete then visitors and staff at the Palace can certainly risk walking backwards on the very thickest of carpets!
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:45 PM
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Health and Safety hasn't stopped the Queen from walking backwards down two steps when she places her wreath at the Cenotaph on Rememberance Sunday! If she can do that without tripping over onto hard concrete then visitors and staff at the Palace can certainly risk walking backwards on the very thickest of carpets!
Well said Jacknch
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:35 PM
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I have to say, I agree with ada, Madame Royale, Jacknch and lumutqueen: it's such a pity the tradition will now cease to exist. Surely, this might just be a case of Health and Safety taken to extreme.
There could have been many reasons for stopping the tradition, but Health and Safety? It's not that difficult to make a couple of steps backwards.

I haven't heard of any 'accidents' connected with the tradition either: and you could bet the media would love to report one if it had ever happened.
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:21 AM
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Pics 10.8.2009

Prince Philip meets staff and crew taking part in Edinburgh's
entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, 10
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As a member of a British dynasty herself, albeit of the acting variety, Emilia Fox is well prepared for her latest television role. The 35-year-old leads a cast of five ladies taking their turn to portray Queen Elizabeth at various pivotal points in her life in a new Channel 4 series.

Emilia Fox tackles a royal role playing the Queen in new five-part series - hellomagazine.com

As it is channel 4, I don't have high hopes of accuracy.
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I've copied this post over to the Royal Library (Electronic Domain) and created a new thread.
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:54 PM
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Prince Philip presented Royal Medals at the Royal Society of
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Royal Medals were instituted by the Queen in 2000. They are
awarded annually to individuals who have achieved distinction
and are of international repute in the categories: Life Sciences,
Physical and Engineering Sciences, Humanities and Social
Sciences and Business and Commerce.


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Old 08-20-2009, 03:02 AM
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The first Elizabeth Cross is awarded.

A touching story and wonderful sentiment by HM.

Examiner Story

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The first Elizabeth Cross was awarded to a widow of a British soldier killed in the Afghanistan conflict. The newly created Elizabeth Cross is to be awarded to the families of soldiers killed in conflicts since 1948. It is the first time since 1940, and George’s Cross, that a reigning monarch has created an award in his or her name. Relatives will receive a memorial scroll signed by the Queen which will bear the name of the person who died along with the cross itself.

At the time of the announcement of the Elizabeth Cross, the Queen said:
"This seems to me a right and proper way of showing our enduring debt to those who are killed while actively protecting what is most dear to us all. The solemn dignity which we attach to the names of those who have fallen is deeply engrained in our national character. As a people, we accord this ultimate sacrifice the highest honour and respect."
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The link didn't work for me, mktv2000; so I really appreciate your including the quote in your post. I agree that this is a "wonderful sentiment by HM."
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Old 08-26-2009, 05:59 AM
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A new game has emerged in U.K. intellectual life in the past few weeks: trying to explain the financial crisis to Queen Elizabeth II. In November last year, the British monarch visited the London School of Economics. There she asked a simple question: How come all the economists didnít notice that the credit crunch was about to happen?



Royal Reasons for Overlooking Financial Meltdown: Matthew Lynn - Bloomberg.com
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A facsimile of an historic document from the Vatican Secret Archives in which English peers appeal to Pope Clement VII to annul Henry VIIIís marriage to Catherine of Aragon is to be given to the Queen tomorrow.

Vatican to give Queen copy of Henry VIII's divorce plea -Times Online
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HRH The Duke will attend the commemoration ceremonies on occasion of the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the City of Nijmegen on september 20th.

HRH will be received by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix and she will accompany him inspecting the Guards of Honour and the Parade after which they will meet the veterans
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It was the Braemar Highland Games today. I wonder if any other Royals attended with the Queen.
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