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The Queen has arrived back at Kings Cross this morning to the familiar site of builders and local travellers.
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HRH the Crown Princess Margareta of Romania and HRH Prince Radu were received at Buckingam Palace by HM Queen Elisabeth II:

La Buckingham Palace, 12 februarie 2013 | Romania. Altfel
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Queen Elizabeth has received the Ambassador of the Netherlands Laetitia van den Assum and the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic Konstantinos Bikas during private audiences at Buckingham Palace on February 12, 2013.




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That's a pretty suit on her - so soft but carrying just the right bit of authority! God bless Elizabeth II for the near perfect way she performs her duties.
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Queen Elizabeth has attended an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace today, February 13:



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** dailymail: Strictly by royal appointment only: Louis Smith and former judge Arlene Phillips honoured by the Queen **


** dailymail: Medals of honour: Team GB heroes Smith, Baker and Hosking and Arsenal legend Pat Rice given gongs by the Queen **
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Dr. Ernest Hilaire was received in audience by Queen Elizabeth upon his appointment as High Commissioner for St. Lucia at Buckingham Palace today, February 14, 2013.


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Old 02-14-2013, 02:31 PM
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^^ Love this dress of the Queen. Good cut and so fashionable
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Today, February 15, Queen Elizabeth received the Ambassador from the Republic of South Sudan Sabit Abbe Alley and the Ambassador from the Republic of Croatia Dr. Ivan Grdesic at Buckingham Palace:




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I wonder if HM got any touched by queen Beatrix abdication...
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:26 AM
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I doubt it.

She made her feelings on abdication known when Beatrix's mother abdicated with her comment along the lines of 'monarchs don't abdicate'. She wasn't impressed then and I suspect isn't impressed now as she believes very strongly that she was called by God to this position and only God can take it away from her - with her death.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:53 AM
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I think The Queen fully understands the way the Dutch royals do things. I think she probably expected Queen Beatrix to step down at some point. I think she will happily send Charles & Camilla or Edward & Sophie over to the ceremonies in April.
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You have to wonder thought what thoughts are going through her mind. Both Beatrix and Pope Benedict are stepping down and they are younger than she and her husband are.

I would imagine then that Elizabeth is thanking God for the strength and stamina that both her and Philip seem to share right now and will continue to do what they need to do. I do hope thought that the two of them decide to be a bit "selfish" and take time to enjoy life and each other.
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Queen Elizabeth met with the new ambassador of the Republic of San Marino Federica Bigi and with the new Thai Ambassador Pasan Teparak during private audiences at Buckingham Palace today, February 19, 2013.


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Yesterday, February 19, the Duke of Edinburgh has officially opened the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Cardiac Centre.



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** bbc: Duke of Edinburgh officially opens heart centre in Luton **

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Queen Elizabeth has received the High Commissioner of the Bahamas Eldred Bethel and his wife during a private audience at Buckingham Palace on February 20, 2013:



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Yesterday, February 21, Queen Elizabeth met with High Commissioner of Australia Mike Rann and his wife Sasha during a private audience at Buckingham Palace.



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The Daily Telegraph is rather excited by the fact that HM had a cheap two bar electric radiator in the Audience Room when she met with the Australian High Commissioner. The heater is valued at £29.99 apparently.

The DT then got valuations of the other items in the room as a comparison. The Canaletto and Gainsborough paintings are worth at least £2 million and £5 million respectively, for example.

They try to ID the photos the Queen has, but I'm not convinced, particularly of the photos they claim are of George VI and Edward VIII. Can anyone recognise them?

A warm welcome from the Queen and her two-bar fire - Telegraph
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I'm also not convinced that it's the Queen Mother standing with the "unknown male" (who is perhaps the Sultan of Brunei). The middle picture looks more like the late Duke of Kent to me.

ETA: The hairline on the man in the portrait on the right really doesn't look like George VI's at all to me. Prince Bernhard? (The woman looks like she could be Queen Juliana or the Queen Mother.)
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:25 AM
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Yes, the picture of The Queen Mother is her standing with The Sultan of Brunei.
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March 2nd 2013:
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