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Old 11-18-2009, 08:19 AM
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Ok, because I just missed one last minute of the speech; and that is all I want to know; so South Africa will come to the UK on an inbound State Visit. Thank you.
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Old 11-18-2009, 08:22 AM
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Oops, sorry - obviously these trips are this year not next year then.
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Old 11-18-2009, 08:33 AM
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No, the Trinidad and Tobago visit will be this month, but the inbound State Visit from South Africa will be in Spring I suppose.
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Old 11-18-2009, 04:31 PM
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As there is an election next year and then another Opening Speech - both of which will be before the end of July I think - I would suspect the announcement of State Visits for the second half of next year to be announced after the election.
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:29 PM
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Pics 19.11.2009

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been in Cambridgeshire today.

They attended a Service to mark the 900th anniversary of the Diocese
of Ely, in Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire (pics 1-3), a visit to a company,
and to King's College (to mark the 800th anniversary of the University
of Cambridge) were also on their list today, we'll surely get pics from
these events as well.

It's obviously been quite windy, according to ap parts of Britain have
been battered by high winds and heavy rain..


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** belga **
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:00 PM
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Queen Elizabeth comforts her devoted footman after tragic family loss - hellomagazine.com (19/11/2009).

The Queen has personally comforted one of her loyal footmen after learning that his brother had been tragically killed in Afghanistan.
It is reported that upon hearing the news the British monarch left dinner to be by the side of Fraser Marlton-Thomas, and spent half-an-hour consoling the 25-year-old.
It was the Queen herself who was able to comfort a grieving brother.
"The Queen has a special relationship with her servants," the source added. "She is incredibly loyal and cares deeply for all of them. They respond in kind."
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:19 PM
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Brave footman insists on escorting Queen to Parliament days after his brother was killed in Afghanistan

Quotes from the DM article and from the Hello! article posted by queenofthelight.

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A Palace source told The Sun: 'Both these brothers have devoted their lives to serving Queen and country. 'For them personal duty is not a fancy idea, it is the core of their being.
True heroes, both of them. To me, they symbolize everything Britain once was and hopefully, will be again one day.

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'And when Loren laid down his life for his comrades, it was the Queen herself who was able to comfort a grieving brother. She pleaded with Fraser to take more time to come to terms with the loss. But he is so devoted, he simply refused to be absent on her busiest day.'

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"The Queen has a special relationship with her servants," the source added. "She is incredibly loyal and cares deeply for all of them. They respond in kind."
I wish there had been less grim occasion to highlight the twofold respect and loyalty; people are devoted and loyal to Her Majesty because she, in turn, is devoted to them and the country, just as a true Monarch should be.


My sincere condolences to Corporal Loren Marlton-Thomas's family; I hope his parents, wife and brother will find at least some consolation in the fact that he was really a true hero and saved many lives on course of his work.
Rest in piece, Loren.
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Old 11-20-2009, 03:25 AM
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How touching to read, thanks queenofthelight and Marsel!

By now the belga link given above has been updated with
pics of the other events from yesterday, here are two
additional links from zimbio:

** The Queen Visits Marshall Aerospace - November 19 **

** The Queen and Prince Philip visit King's College Cambridge - Nov. 19 **
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:17 AM
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Queen Elizabeth Opens 2009 British Parliament : Merry Royals - Following the lives of Royalty
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:00 PM
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Queen Elizabeth comforts her devoted footman after tragic family loss - hellomagazine.com (19/11/2009).

The Queen has personally comforted one of her loyal footmen after learning that his brother had been tragically killed in Afghanistan.
It is reported that upon hearing the news the British monarch left dinner to be by the side of Fraser Marlton-Thomas, and spent half-an-hour consoling the 25-year-old.
It was the Queen herself who was able to comfort a grieving brother.
"The Queen has a special relationship with her servants," the source added. "She is incredibly loyal and cares deeply for all of them. They respond in kind."
How beautifully sweet. How brave of that man. He is still serving his Queen after everything. The fact that the Queen left the dinner table to console him personally is amazingly wonderful.
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:48 PM
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Why do some people hate the Monarchy? It is a strange form of bitterness. What harm has Prince Philip ever done to the alleged comedian Ben Elton, that Mr Elton should call him a ‘mad old bigot who wishes it was still the war’ and then describe the Queen as a ‘sad little old lady who lives in state-sponsored accommodation’?

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1229826/PETER-HITCHENS-Mr-Clever-Dick-Ben-Elton-leave-little-old-lady-alone.html#ixzz0XcTSeWP4

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Old 11-22-2009, 03:57 PM
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I think part of the reason why some people hate the monarchy is that they got their position with no effort but by an accident of birth - it is envy.
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A handout picture from the media office of Vice President, Prime
Minister and Defence Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Duabi, Sheikh
Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum shows the latter shaking hands
with Queen Elizabeth during a meeting in Windsor Castle in London
on November 23, 2009.


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Old 11-24-2009, 01:50 AM
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The Queen makes 110-year-old Catherine Masters' day with a new-look birthday card

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When she complained that the Queen sent out the 'same old birthday card' each year, Catherine Masters was rewarded with a visit from Prince William - and an apology on behalf of his grandmother.

But it didn't end there.

On her 110th birthday yesterday outspoken Mrs Masters received a new card featuring the monarch in a refreshingly different outfit.
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:29 AM
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Yes. My brother-in-law won't stand up when "God Save the Queen" is played. He's also a penny-pinching miser. I'm sure that there's a connection.

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Old 11-25-2009, 06:01 AM
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I remember the story of when William visited this elderly lady. It's good to know even a 110 year old woman can have some influence with the queen.
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How wonderful, she has truly made a difference.
The story of Prince William visiting her was incredible sweet.
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:08 PM
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Lady GaGa to sing for Queen Elizabeth

God Save The Queen! Pop’s most beloved fashion nightmare has been invited to sing for Queen Elizabeth II of England at this year’s Royal Variety Performance Benefit Concert. Lady Gaga joins the royal line-up as the latest act confirmed for this year’s show, Royal Variety producers said Friday.

Lady Gaga Queen Elizabeth Royal Variety Performance Benefit Concert
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Old 12-01-2009, 12:28 PM
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Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh arrives to attend the funeral of
Warrant Officer Class One Regimental Sergeant Major Darren Chant
of the Genadier Guards in the Guards Chapel on the Wellington Barracks
on December 1, 2009 in London, England.
Warrant Officer Chant was killed whist serving in Afghanistan on November
3, 2009. He was one of five soldiers shot by an Afghan policeman they
were training at a police checkpoint in the country.


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Lady Gaga at the Royal Command Performance - it just shows that the Queen has a wicked sense of humour.
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