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Old 06-17-2017, 04:01 AM
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The Queen has released an official statement on her Birthday commenting on the "sombre National mood" after three terror attacks and the Grenfell tower block fire.

I don't recall the Queen releasing such a statement on other birthdays but I could be wrong, either way I don't recall it being such a poignant message.

London fire: Queen reflects on 'sombre national mood' - BBC News


Furthermore many point out the Queen has shown politicians of all parties the best way to respond to a disaster. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40304876
(IMO its a little easier for the Queen as people don't often like politicians especially so close to an election, but that said HM has perfected her response to such disasters after the criticism she herself faced in the 90s)
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Old 06-18-2017, 03:06 AM
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A lot has changed in the last 20 years. There isn't much the RF can do in a physically pratical way in the face of disaster other than be there. The Queen and William did just that. Little things can go a long way, it won't change anything or help the grieving process, but it will be remembered, she was there.
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:34 PM
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Definitely a vision in bright colors

I am sure they both quite enjoyed thenselves. Might not be racing but still
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Everytime I see Her Majesty smiling there is one song in my ears: Stevie Wonder's "Isn't she lovely?"

She has a very wonderful smile.
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Queen Elizabeth had audiences with the new Ambassadors of Paraguay and Afghanistan at Buckingham Palace today, June 27:


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On June 29 Queen Elizabeth had an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace and received two new High Commissioners from Lesotho and Ghana and on June 30 she received the Governor General of Papua New Guinea with his wife:


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Old 07-03-2017, 04:47 PM
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Queen Elizabeth arrived today in Edinburgh for her Annual Holyrood week and attended at the ancient ceremony of the keys


The Queen kicks off Holyrood Week in Edinburgh | Daily Mail Online


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Queen Elizabeth with Prince Philip attends today in the garden party at the palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...den-party.html
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:37 AM
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H.M.The Queen inspects a guard of honour during the annual Ceremony of the Keys to mark the beginning of Holyrood Week at Holyrood Palace in Scotland.

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Old 07-04-2017, 01:07 PM
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Today, July 4, Queen Elizabeth received the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Ken Macintosh, and the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse:


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Old 07-04-2017, 01:52 PM
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I'm very busy with Queen Sonja right now, but just wanted to say that HM looks great and very sweet, as usual.
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Old 07-05-2017, 07:27 AM
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H.M.The Queen meets with the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon at Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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Old 07-05-2017, 09:03 AM
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Queen Elizabeth accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh opened the Queen Elizabeth II Canal at the Helix, Grangemouth, Falkirk, and attended a lunch with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Stirling Castle today, July 5:



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** dailymail: Purple reign! The Queen wears a bold coat dress and hat to officially open a new section of canal named in her honour near the Kelpies in Scotland **
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Telegraph article: Horse-barge parade! Queen is all smiles as she opens Scottish canal alongside stunning 30m-high Kelpies sculptures
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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have led a small flotilla along a new canal as they visited one of Scotland's most popular attractions.

The royal couple completed the last stretch of their journey to the Kelpies sculptures in Falkirk by barge - and formally opened the new canal section in the process.

Named after the monarch, the Queen Elizabeth II Canal forms the eastern gateway to the Forth and Clyde Canal and flows right up to the acclaimed horse-head sculptures.
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Queen Elizabeth opened the factory building Ochils 2017 at Highland Spring Ltd., Blackford today, July 6:



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** dailymail: Tangerine Queen! Monarch wears a vibrant orange ensemble to open a Highland Spring factory **
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Old 07-06-2017, 11:28 AM
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Thanks, iceflower!

Telegraph article: The Queen opens a new Highland Spring factory
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The Queen has officially opened a new factory building for the UK's top producer of bottled water.

She was presented with a specially-labelled bottle of Highland Spring water she helped make after pressing the button to start the new production line.

The commemorative bottles have a crown on the thistle logo and the slogan "Specially selected for Her Majesty the Queen".
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Group operations director Bryan McCluskey showed the Queen around the factory and explained the bottling process, describing the visit as an "enormous honour".

He said: "Having the longest-reigning monarch coming to see the fastest bottling line in the UK was amazing. She was really interested and could quote some of the statistics she had heard.

"She was very impressed with the new bottle design and we presented one of the new bottles to her which she had effectively made."
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The Queen has officially opened a new factory building for the UK's top producer of bottled water today. The royal visited Highland Spring in Blackford, Perth and Kinross, and will tour the bottling hall and press a button to start the new production line. Producing more than 20 bottles per second, the new production line is the fastest of its type in the UK:
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Prince Philip conducted his final Duke of Edinburgh gold awards at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland. The duke held receptions for the young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in the Duke of Edinburgh Award:
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HRH Prince Philip presents his final DoE gold ceremony in Scotland

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Prince Philip hands out his final DOE Awards before retirement-
Prince Philip hands out Duke of Edinburgh awards for 'final time' - ITV News
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Here are more pics of the Duke of Edinburgh's presentation and reception today:


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** dailymail: Could this be Philip's LAST Duke of Edinburgh presentation? Royal hosts 'poignant' youth achievement awards **
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Old 07-06-2017, 08:46 PM
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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Charming the Recipients and other guest at the GOE Awards Presentation-
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He's a pro on working the crowds. I would suggest we all do this whenever we're at parties and receptions.
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Queen Elizabeth as Patron presented Royal Medals at the Royal Society of Edinburgh today, July 7:


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