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1: In Canada together with their Prime Ministers Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke, John Howard, John Gorton and Gough Whitham in 2000, 2: In connection to a church service at the St Paul’s Anglican Church in Canberra, Australia 2000, 3: The Commonwealth Day Service in Westminster Abbey in 2000, 4: At the Commonwealth Games, Manchester, England in 2000, 5: At the Commonwealth Games’ closing ceremony, Manchester, England in 2000, 6: The Golden Jubilee Tour in Australia, spring 2002, 7: The Golden Jubilee Tour, Jamaica 2002, 8-9: The Golden Jubilee Tour in Canada 2002, 10: The Golden Jubilee Tour, New Zealand 2002
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The Commonwealth today - member countries & facts

Countin in 2006, the Commonwealth has 53 member countries. Membership is voluntary, and any member can withdraw or join at any time. The Republic of Ireland (1949) and Zimbabwe (2003) are examples of countries that have chosen to do so.

Each member country has their own form of government - some are 'realms', meaning that the country has retained the British monarchy as their own, recognising Queen Elizabeth as Sovereign, others are their own monarchy, indicating an indigenous monarchical constitution.

Learn more: The Commonwealth Secretariat

Membership list - country, join date, form of government

Antigua and Barbuda, 1981, Realm
Australia, 1931, Realm
The Bahamas, 1973, Realm
Bangladesh, 1972, Republic
Barbados, 1966, Realm
Belize, 1981, Realm
Botswana, 1966, Republic
Brunei, 1984, Monarchy
Cameroon, 1995, Republic
Canada, 1931, Realm
Cyprus, 1961, Republic
Dominica, 1978, Republic
Fiji Islands, 1997, Republic
The Gambia, 1965, Republic
Ghana, 1957, Republic
Grenada, 1974, Realm
Guyana, 1966, Republic
India, 1947, Republic
Jamaica, 1962, Realm
Kenya, 1963, Republic
Kiribati, 1979, Republic
Lesotho, 1966, Monarchy
Malawi, 1964, Republic
Malaysia, 1957, Monarchy
The Maldives, 1982, Republic
Malta, 1964, Republic
Mauritius, 1968, Republic
Mozambique, 1995, Republic
Namibia, 1990, Republic
Nauru, 1968, Republic
New Zealand, 1931, Realm
Nigeria, 1960, Republic
Pakistan, 1947, Republic
Papua New Guinea, 1975, Realm
St. Christopher and Nevis, 1983, Realm
St. Lucia 1979 Realm
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 1979, Realm
Samoa, 1970, Republic
Seychelles, 1976, Republic
Sierra Leone, 1961, Republic
Singapore, 1965, Republic
Solomon Islands, 1978, Realm
South Africa, 1931 (withdrew in 1961, rejoined in 1994), Republic
Sri Lanka, 1948, Republic
Swaziland, 1968, Monarchy
Tanzania, 1961, Republic
Tonga, 1970, Monarchy
Trinidad and Tobago, 1962, Republic
Tuvalu, 1978, Realm
United Kingdom, Monarchy
Uganda, 1962, Republic
Vanuatu, 1980, Republic
Zambia, 1964, Republic


1-2: In Nigeria, where she was to open the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in December 2003, 3-7: The Royal Tour of Canada in May 2005, 8: At the opening of the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Malta in October 2005, 9-10: In Australia to open the Commonwealth Games in March 2006, and the Commonwealth Day Service
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From Churchill to Home - Part 1

Every year in a great display of pageantry the Queen travels to the Houses of Parliament to give a Speech from the Throne at the State Opening of Parliament. This speech, outlining the governmental programme for the coming year however, is written by the ministers of her Government and approved by the Prime Minister of the day.

The Queen, in theory, chooses her prime minister in accordance with constitutional requirements. Usually no choice is required as the issue of whom to ask to form a government is clear from who controls the House of Commons, except in exceptional circumstances. The Queen also decides the basis on which a person is asked to form a government. That is, whether a government should be formed capable of surviving in the House of Commons—the standard requirement—or capable of commanding majority support in the House of Commons, i.e., a requirement to form a coalition if no one party has a majority. This requirement is normally only made in emergencies or in wartime, and happened only three times in the 20th century.

The Prime Minister who greeted the young Queen when she returned to the United Kingdom from Kenya, where she had received the sad news of the death of her father, King George VI, was Winston Churchill. The famous statesman, who needs no introduction, admired the Queen and always treated her with supreme courtesy. He was her willing tutor in all affairs of state, and it seems that the Queen delighted in talking to the old Prime Minister, and Churchill was appreciative of her earnestness and attention to details. The traditional weekly 'half-hour' meetings of the Sovereign and the Sovereign's Prime Minister ran al least for an hour and a half!) In 1954 the Queen made her Prime Minister Knight of the Garter – Winston was thenceforth Sir Winston, just like the father of the 1st Duke of Marlborough.

Nevertheless, Churchill was already very old and infirm. He suffered a major stroke three weeks after Elizabeth's Coronation, and his physicians feared for his life; his capacity to lead the Government was severely compromised. However, his designated successor, Anthony Eden, was himself on the brink of death in the Boston hospital. The Queen assented to the proposed temporary arrangement which envisaged Lord Salisbury heading the Government until Eden's recovery without assuming the title of Prime Minister; however, Churchill made a remarkable recovery and headed the Government for almost two more years, at last yielding his place to Eden in April 1955. He declined the dukedom which was offered to him by the Queen.

Sir Winston's successor was Sir Anthony Eden. He treated the Queen with utmost respect, even seeking her advice upon a broad spectrum of questions. Eden was extremely thankful to the Queen for not asking his personal opinion on the possible event of marriage of her sister, Princess Margaret, and Colonel Townsend. It would have been hard for him to give his advice, for he had divorced his first wife himself in order to marry Churchill's niece!


1: In a victorious moment, Prime Minister Winston Churchill joined the Royal Family at the Buckingham Palace to celebrate the end of World War II, on what became to be knows as V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day or Veteran's Day) on 8 May 1945, 2: In 1955, Churchill bowed out after many active years in office and a strong position in the history books. The Queen attended his farewell reception at the famous 10 Downing Street. In the picture is also his wife, Clementine
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The Suez Crisis of 1956 put an end to Eden's premiership. The absence of a formal open mechanism within the Conservative Party for choosing a leader meant that following the sudden resignation of Eden in January 1957 it fell on the Queen to decide whom to commission to form a government. Eden did not proffer binding advice and so the Queen consulted Lords Salisbury and Kilmuir for the opinion of the Cabinet and Churchill, as the only living former Conservative Prime Minister. Rab Butler was passed over, and the Queen sent for Harold Macmillan.

Macmillan certainly was a very complicated person, who merits a separate study. He was an old-fashioned Royalist, who later wrote that the Prime Minister must be first and foremost the Queen's First Minister. The six years of their business relationship were fruitful for both of them, although towards the close of Macmillan's premiership he was very ashamed of numerous scandals, in which were embroiled several members of the Government.

In October 1963 Harold Macmillan resigned and advised the Queen to appoint the 14th Earl of Home Prime Minister, appending the dubious reports of party opinion. Home duly took office. There were suggestions that the Queen and her advisers had been too gullible or maybe too ready to collude in the plot which had passing over Rab Butler for the second time as its main objective. Nevertheless, given the evidence Macmillan adduced, it would have been unthinkable for the Palace to ask for a second opinion, and the advice of outgoing Prime Minister had to be followed.

Alec Douglas-Home, as Lord Home came to be known after disclaiming his peerage, was the Prime Minister for only a year. He lost the general election of 1964, and the Queen got her first Labour Prime Minister.
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Harold Wilson had a quite different background than the previous four Tory Prime Minister, hailing from lower middle class. He also was much younger than his predecessors. Nevertheless, the Queen took a great liking to his engaging manner of conversation, his wit and clarity of presentation. Wilson opened to her the whole new world of Labour politics and trade unionism.

In 1970 the Conservatives won the general election, and the Queen invited their leader Edward Heath to form the government. Their relations were correct but cool, gruff manners of Heath being notorious among the politicians of the day. Heath was a tight-lipped and reserved man, and his hobbies of music and sailing were as indifferent to the Queen as her hobbies to him.

In February 1974, an inconclusive general election result meant that Heath, who had won more of the popular vote, could stay in power if he formed a coalition government with the Liberal Party. Rather than immediately resign as prime minister he explored the option and only resigned when the discussions foundered. (Had he chosen to, he could have stayed on until defeated in the debate on the Queen's Speech, as was the earlier custom.) Only when he resigned was the Queen able to ask Harold Wilson to form a government. His minority government lasted for 8 months before a new general election was held.

Harold Wilson started his second term as PM having lost much of his energy, and soon he was thinking about retirement. In 1976 he stepped down, and the Queen waited for the results of the Labour leadership election before commissioning James Callaghan to form the government.

Callaghan was one of the more Royalist Labour politicians of the 1960s and 1970s, and he always spoke favorably of the Queen. Their relations were businesslike, although it must be noted that some sources cite their working relationship as the closest among all Elizabeth's Prime Minister so far. He oversaw the Silver Jubilee celebrations of 1977.

In 1979 the general election brought Tory Margaret Thatcher to power. The Iron Lady needs no introduction. For the first time the Queen had to deal with the Prime Minister who was the person of the same age and gender. Their relationship was full not only of mutual respect and understanding, but also of tension – it is said that the Queen was less than happy with many aspects of Thatcher's policy. Nevertheless, in recognition of the transformation of the country that her first woman prime minister achieved, the Queen made Thatcher the first non-royal Lady of the Garter on her retirement from the Commons in 1992.
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When John Major replaced Thatcher in 1990, the Queen had for the first time a prime minister younger than her. More informality came into the relationship, and Elizabeth's experience in matters of state went into play. One rumour had it that when Major was threatening to call a general election in the autumn of 1992, because of indiscipline in his party, he was warned by the Palace that, as he had only won an election seven months earlier, and had a working majority, the Queen would not necessarily agree to a request for a dissolution invoking the so-called Lascelles Principles detailing the reserve power of the monarch not to accede to the dissolution request. Major was also criticized by some for failing to protect the Queen at a time of great turbulence in the life of the Royal Family and public dissatisfaction with the House of Windsor.

Soon after Tony Blair succeeded Major as Prime Minister after the 1997 Labour landslide than the Royal Family was faced with its gravest crisis since the Abdication of 1936: the public response to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Tony Blair's description of her as "the people's Princess" seemed to some monarchists to be nothing less than manipulating the Royal Family at a time of great vulnerability. But soon the normal balance appeared to be reasserting itself. Prime Minister Blair, her tenth First Minister, has a stable working relationship with the Queen.


1: Prime Minister Tony Blair holds a speech in the Queen's honour at the Guildhall luncheon, celebrating her Golden Jubilee in 2002, 2: During the Golden Jubilee year of 2002, a remarkable moment occured when the Queen met with five of England's Prime Minister all at one time, 3: In May 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived at Buckingham Palace to ask permission to form a historic third government, 4: In October 2005, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, today the Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, celebrated her 80th birthday at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London, graced by the presence of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh
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Queen Elizabeth II & her Prime Ministers

Prime Minister that have served under Elizabeth II's reign

* Winston Churchill, 1951-55
* Sir Anthony Eden, 1955-57
* Harold Macmillan, 1957-63
* Sir Alec Douglas-Home, 1963-64
* Harold Wilson, 1964-70 & 1974-76
* Edward Heath, 1970-74
* James Callaghan, 1976-79
* Margaret Thatcher, 1979-90
* John Major, 1990-97
* Tony Blair, 1997-present

Tony Blair is the first Prime Minister to have been born during the Queen's reign. He was born in early May 1953 - a month before the Coronation.


The Queen's reflections on working with the Prime Ministers, from her speech at the Banqueting House Luncheon in November 1997 (Golden Wedding celebrations)

"As you say Prime Minister, since I came to the throne in 1952, ten Prime Ministers have served the British people and have come to see me each week at Buckingham Palace. The first, Winston Churchill, had charged with the cavalry at Omdurman. You, Prime Minister, were born in the year of my Coronation. You have all had, however, one thing in common. Your advice to me has been invaluable, as has that from your counterparts, past and present, in the other countries of which I am Queen. I have listened carefully to it all. I say, most sincerely, that I could not have done my job without it.

For I know that, despite the huge constitutional difference between a hereditary monarchy and an elected government, in reality the gulf is not so wide. They are complementary institutions, each with its own role to play. And each, in its different way, exists only with the support and consent of the people. That consent, or the lack of it, is expressed for you, Prime Minister, through the ballot box. It is a tough, even brutal, system but at least the message is a clear one for all to read. For us, a Royal Family, however, the message is often harder to read, obscured as it can be by deference, rhetoric or the conflicting currents of public opinion. But read it we must. I have done my best, with Prince Philip's constant love and help, to interpret it correctly through the years of our marriage and of my reign as your Queen. And we shall, as a family, try together to do so in the future.

It often falls to the Prime Minister, and the Government of the day, to be the bearer of the messages sent from people to Sovereign. Prime Minister, I know that you, like your predecessors, will always pass such messages, as you read them, without fear or favour. I shall value that, and am grateful for your assurances of the loyalty and support of your Government in years to come. I wish you wisdom and God's help in your determination that Britain should remain a country to be proud of. And, as one working couple to another, Prince Philip and I hope that on 29th March two thousand and thirty you and your wife will be celebrating your own Golden Wedding.

And talking of the future, I believe that there is an air of confidence in this country of ours just now. I pray that we, people, Government and Royal Family, for we are one, can prove it to be justified and that Britain will enter the next millennium, glad, confident and a truly United Kingdom."



Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher's reflections about the Queen

"I know I speak for the whole House and a grateful nation when I can say to Her Majesty - long may she reign over us."

"Throughout, as part of the Royal Family and as the Queen, she has been a reassuring and unifying presence for her people."

"It is this sense of duty which motivates her, defines her reign and since it communicates itself unobtrusively but none the less obviously to her subjects, brings her I believe the love of the people of this country."

Tony Blair


"This is a great day - a day when we can express our boundless admiration and affection for our Queen. She is truly an inspiration and an example to the whole nation. Long may she rule. Happy Birthday Ma'am."

Margaret Thatcher
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Queen Elizabeth II & the Church of England

Queen Elizabeth II is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the official organization of worship in England. As with her predecessors, Queen Elizabeth II bears the historical title Fidei Defensor, Latin for “Defender of the Faith.” This title was first held by King Henry VIII, granted to him by Pope Leo X. As a symbol of her religious leadership, her coronation was a religious service filled with theological readings and meanings as well as constitutional ones.

The Queen is a devout Christian, and regularly worships at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel or St. Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk. Like other aspects of her life, Queen Elizabeth II rarely makes personal comments about her personal life or her personal beliefs. But in her Christmas Day broadcast in 2000, in honour of the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Queen said:

“To many of us our beliefs are of fundamental importance. For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.”

A notable exception is the Queen’s religious role in Scotland. The Presbyterian-following of the Church of Scotland is the official organization of worship in Scotland. The Queen holds no official role within the Church of Scotland and is considered an ordinary member when she worships at Crathie Kirk and Kirk of the Canongate.


1: Together with King George V and Queen Mary leaving a church service in the Crathie Church in Scotland during their stay at Balmoral. 1st September 1932. 2: Meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Winchester at the Royal School of Music's Festival Service at the Albert Hall in London. 20 June 1951. 3: Christmas Service at St George's Chapel at Windsor, seen here with the Right Reverend Michael Mann, the Dean of Windsor. 25 December 1980. 4: New Year's Service at the All Saints Church in Windsor together with the Queen Mother. 1 January 1987. 5: Christmas Service at Sandringham. 25 December 1994. 6: Laying down a cross of remembrance at the Service of Remembrance at St Margaret's Church in Westminster, London. 7 November 2002. 7: The first meeting with the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan William, after he succeded the office after previously being the Archbishop of Wales, at Windsor Castle. December 2003. 8: Christmas Service at Sandringham. 25 December 2005. 9: New Year's Service in the Church of St Mary Magdalene. 1 January 2006.
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Anniversaries & Milestones

In 1977 The Queen's Silver Jubilee was celebrated in Britain and throughout the Commonwealth. Accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Queen travelled some 90,000 kilometres (56,000 miles) to share the anniversary with her people.

Enormous crowds greeted them wherever they went, and millions more shared in the celebrations through radio and television. In 1986 The Queen took part in celebrations in Windsor and London to mark her sixtieth birthday.

Although it was not regarded as a Jubilee, the 40th anniversary of The Queen's Accession in 1992 was marked by a number of events and community projects in the UK. These were organised privately or through the Royal Anniversary Trust.

On Accession Day itself, 6 February, the BBC broadcast Elizabeth R, a television documentary on The Queen's working life. This was subsequently shown in over 25 countries around the world.

On 20 November 1997 The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their Golden Wedding. A special Garden Party for couples celebrating their Golden Wedding was held at Buckingham Palace in July.

The anniversary itself was marked by a service at Westminster Abbey, a lunch hosted by the Government at Banqueting House and a family dance held in the newly restored State Rooms at Windsor Castle.

The year 2002 saw The Queen's Golden Jubilee, marking 50 years since The Queen's Accession (rather than the Coronation, which took place in 1953). This special milestone had previously been achieved by only five earlier British monarchs - King Henry III, King Edward III, King James VI and I, King George III and Queen Victoria.

Celebrations in the United Kingdom ran throughout the summer months of 2002, including extensive regional visits.

The Jubilee Weekend saw the focus of national celebrations, including two free public concerts for over 24,000 people in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, a pageant in the Mall, a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral, and an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace before a crowd of one million people.

During the course of the year The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh also visited Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica and Canada.


1-2: In 1977, the Commonwealth celebrated the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Two of the activities were a National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, and the Queen and Prince Philip receiving the pearl sword, 3: In 1997, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary, 4-9: Throughout the year of 2002, England and the Commonwealth celebrated their Queen’s Golden Jubilee, 50 years on the throne, with a long row of activities, large and small, 10: In April 2006, the Queen turned 80 years old
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The Queen & Her Patronages

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is patron of countless charitable organizations. The organizations she is affiliated with cover various fields, from sports, to medicine, to military. Many of the patronages that the Queen holds are ones she has held for over fifty years.

Many of the patronages of Her Majesty involve sports. She is patron of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The most memorable involvement of the Queen with the All England Club would have to be her presenting the winner’s trophy to the last British Champion-Virginia Wade-in her Silver Jubilee year of 1977. Another sporting patronage of Her Majesty is the Queen’s Plate Horse Race. The race, which is the oldest thoroughbred race in North America, takes place in Canada each year. The Queen has attended the race on various occasions, including 1997. Her Majesty is also patron of the Rugby Football Union, the British Olympic Association, the Commonwealth Games Foundation, the Royal Caledonian Curling Society, and the Marlybone Cricket Club.

Her Majesty also lends her patronage to many organizations involving medicine. Her Majesty is patron of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. She is also patron of the Royal London Hospital, at which she visited victims of the 7/7/05 terrorist bombings. The Queen is patron of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, which was commonly affiliated with Princess Diana. Other medicinal patronages of the Queen include the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital, the Stroke Association, and the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

Queen Elizabeth II also has many military patronages, which reflect her years as a military wife before becoming queen. The queen is the patron of the Royal Army Chaplains Department. Another military patronage of the queen is the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Families Association, an organization that serves ex-service men and women, and their families.

The overall count of the Queen’s patronages is said to number over 600. Along with her patronages in the United Kingdom, the Queen has patronages in Canada, New Zealand and other commonwealth nations. The number and variety of Her Majesty’s patronages show the Queen’s devotion to duty and interest in all aspects of society in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.


1: Visiting victims of the 7/7/05 terrorist bombings at the Royal London Hospital of which she is patron, 2: Lighting a candle in remembrance of Holocaust Victims. The Queen is patron of the British Holocaust Memorial Day, 3: Meeting the winner of the Queen's Plate Race, 4: Presenting the winner's trophy to Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977, 5: As patron of the Scout Association, reviewing a parade of Scouts, 6: Visiting the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust as Patron, 7: Visiting Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children on its 150th Anniversary, 8: Launching a lifeboat on behalf of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution-which she patron of.
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Birth - Accession to the Throne. A Timeline of the Life of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary

1926-1947

21.4.26 Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary born at 17 Bruton Street, London. Educated by private tutors under the supervision of Marion Crawford, (died 1999) a graduate of Edinburgh University. When older, The Princess studied law and constitutional history under the Vice-Provost of Eton, Mr. C.H.K Marten (died 1948); and studied piano under Miss Mabel Lander.

21.12.37 Enrolled as a Girl Guide; became Patrol Leader of 1st Buckingham Palace Guide Company, and later became a Sea Ranger.

13.10.40 First broadcast. Message given during Children's Hour to children of Britain and Commonwealth at home and overseas.

20.4.42 First official audience. The Princess received Colonel Prescott of Grenadier Guards on the eve of her 16th birthday, who gave her a diamond Regimental brooch as a birthday gift from the officers and men.

21.4.42 First official public engagement. Inspection of the Grenadier Guards on her 16th birthday.

3.2.43 The Times announced the King and Queen had consented to Princess Elizabeth becoming President of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

26.2.43 Princess Elizabeth is enrolled as a Sea Ranger

13.4.43 First public engagement alone when The Princess spent the day with the tank battalion of the Grenadier Guards in Southern Command.

31.5.43 Accepted Presidency of the Royal College of Music in place of the late Duke of Kent.

22/23.3.44 Princess Elizabeth's first official tour with her parents. The Princess spent two days with the King and Queen on a military inspection tour in Yorkshire.

31.3.44 First civic tour. Princess Elizabeth completed a two-day tour of South Wales with the King and Queen.

1.8.44 With the Queen, received an Address from the House of Commons, and replied on behalf of the Throne.

22.9.44 First official tour of Scotland with the King and Queen, made first appearance alone in Scotland when The Princess received purses for the YMCA.

3.10.44 First opening ceremony, when The Princess opened Aberdeen Sailors' Home which had been reconstructed.

1.12.44 Launched HMS Vanguard at Clydebank and flew her own personal standard for the first time. It was the first time The Princess had travelled from London without the King and Queen to take part in a ceremony of national significance.

14.4.45 The Princess completed her driving course and passed out as a fully qualified driver.

23.12.45 Announced that The Princess had consented to become President of the Prince of Wales' General Hospital, London.

18.3.46 Launched new aircraft carrier HMS EAGLE in Belfast. Crossed in the cruiser SUPERB, the first naval vessel to fly The Princess's own standard.

30.4.46 Launched tanker “BRITISH PRINCESS” at Sunderland.

10.7.46 Honorary degree of Bachelor of Music of London University conferred on The Princess by great-uncle Earl of Athlone, Chancellor of University.

23.12.46 Girl Guides Association announces that The Princess had agreed to become Chief Ranger of the British Empire Rangers - senior Branch of the Girl Guides' Association.

27.1.47 Accepted office of Permanent Grand Master of Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators.

20.4.47 The King gave orders for appointment of Princess Elizabeth as Colonel-in-Chief of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and of the 16th/5th Lancers.
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21.4.47 Celebrated 21st birthday in Cape Town; broadcast address to the Commonwealth in which she made a “solemn act of dedication”.

9.7.47 Announced engagement to Lt Philip Mountbatten (The Duke of Edinburgh).

20.11.47 Marriage to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

27.5.48 Freedom of the City of Cardiff.

14.11.48 Birth of Prince Charles.

1.3.49 Visit to Edinburgh with The Duke of Edinburgh.

25.5.49 Visit to Northern Ireland; received Freedom of Belfast on 26th May.

21.6.49 Visit to Channel Islands with The Duke of Edinburgh.

4.7.49 Took up residence in new London home, Clarence House.

20.11.49 Visit to Malta.

15.8.50 Princess Elizabeth's daughter, Princess Anne is born at Clarence House.

26.5.51 Presented the King's Colour to the RAF in Hyde Park in His Majesty's absence.

5.6.51 Read the King's Speech of welcome to King of Norway at a State Dinner at Buckingham Palace.

27.9.51 The Princess appointed a Counsellor of State during the King's illness.

9.10.51 Announced from Buckingham Palace that the King, on advice of his doctors, would not carry out intended visit with the Queen to Australia in 1952; and that their places would be taken by TRH Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh.

8.10.51-12.11.51 Tour of Canada.

4.12.51 Introduced as Member of Privy Council.

30.1.52 Attended Drury Lane Theatre in family party with the King, Queen, Princess Margaret and The Duke of Edinburgh on eve of departure for Commonwealth tour.

31.1.52 With Duke of Edinburgh, left London on first stage of tour, arriving Nairobi 1st February.

3.2.52 Arrived at Sagana Hunting Lodge in Nyeri, in the foothills of Mt Kenya. Spent the night at Treetops Hotel. It was at Sagana Lodge that The Princess received the news of the death of HM King George VI on 6th February.

6.2.52 Left Entebbe, Uganda, by air for London, arriving 4.30pm on 7th February.

6.2.52 Her Majesty was proclaimed the new Sovereign at Accession Council at St James' Palace.

8.2.52 The new Queen made Accession Declaration to members of the Privy Council at St James' Palace. Public proclamation of accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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Happy Birthday M'am

Numerous festivities marked the Queen's 80th birthday this year, on her actual birthday of April 21 and on her official birthday on June 17.

April 19: 80th Birthday Reception and Lunch
The Queen and Prince Phillip received 99 guests at Buckingham Palace who were born on the exact same day as her.

April 20: Visit to the British Broadcasting Company (BBC)
The BBC celebrated its 80th anniversary of the granting of its Royal Charter with a visit by the Queen.

April 20: New official portrait
Two new official portraits of the Queen -- one in a royal blue dress and one in a lilac-coloured button up shirt -- is released. The portrait was taken by her former brother-in-law, Lord Snowdon.

Pictures left to right: The Queen meets Allan Garrioch and his wife Helen. (© Pool/ Tim Graham Picture Library/Pool/ Tim Graham Picture Library/Corbis); The Queen with radio presenters Chris Evans and Jo Whiley (© Pool/ Tim Graham Picture Library/Pool/ Tim Graham Picture Library/Corbis); © Tim Graham/Tim Graham/Corbis; Snowdon/Camera Press.
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Happy Birthday M'am -- continued

April 21: The Queen Opens Birthday Cards
For a photoshoot in the Regency Room of Buckingham Palace, the Queen opened some of the nearly 20,000 birthday cards and wishes she received from people around the world, young and old. And in this day of technology, the Queen received nearly as many e-mails!

April 21: Birthday Walkabout
On the day of her actual birthday, the Queen - dressed in a vibrant red jacket and hat - and Prince Phillip enjoyed a walkabout in Windsor's town centre, receiving flowers, gifts and cards from the hundreds of people lined along the route.

April 21: Birthday Dinner and Fireworks
On the evening of the Queen's actual birthday, the Queen's family joined her at Kew Palace for a special family dinner - smoked salmon, Sandringham venison and birthday cake were on the menu - followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Anne, Peter and Zara Phillips, Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex were among the family in attendance.

Prince Charles publicly feted his mother at this family dinner, saying in part:
"An eightieth birthday is a very special occasion for every family – an occasion for celebration, for giving thanks and for looking back. As a child, I can just remember my Great Grandmother, Queen Mary, at eighty; then I recall so well the eightieth birthday of my Grandmother in 1980. Now I find it hard to believe my own mother, The Queen, is today celebrating her eightieth birthday, and it gives me enormous pride to be able to congratulate her publicly in this way, and to thank her on behalf of us all for the many wonderful qualities which she has brought to almost an entire lifetime of service and dedication to her country, to her family, to the Realms and to the countries of the Commonwealth ... For very nearly 60 of those 80 years she has been my darling Mama and my sentiments today are those of a proud and loving son who hopes that you will join with me in wishing The Queen the happiest of happy birthdays, together with the fervent prayer that there will be countless memorable returns of the day… "

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April 23: Service of Thanksgiving
Members of the royal family, including the children of Princess Margaret, participated in a special service at St. George's Chapel to celebrate the life of the Queen.

May 3: Help the Aged Living Legends Awards
Work and pleasure coincided at the annual Help the Aged Living Legends Awards, which recognizes the work of individuals who have helped disadvantaged older people as well as older individuals who have made outstanding achievements in their respective fields or industries.

May 18: Service Over Sixty Reception
The Queen and Prince Phillip honoured individuals over the age of 60 at a special reception at Buckingham Palace, recognizing individuals who have contributed to Britain in some manner, culturally, socially, environmentally and otherwise.

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June 15: Service of Thanksgiving and Mansion House Lunch
A service of thanks was paid in the Queen's honour at St. Paul's Cathedral. Prince Phillilp and more than 40 other members of the royal family, including Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were in attendance.

Following the service, a lunch with a theme of a "Great British Menu" was served at Mansion House. Guests savoured smoked salmon and custard tart.

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Trooping the Colour

June 17: Trooping the Colour
The Queen's official brithday is celebrated on this day. In addition to the annual activities Trooping the Colour, a flypast and a "feu de joie" (fire of joy) are added to contribute to the festive mood of this special day on this year. The Queen is joined on the balcony by the rest of her family, immediate and extended.

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June 25: Children's Party at the Palace
The theme of books is the focus of the Children's Party, at which 2,000 children are invited for readings and a party on the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver created a special menu for the day. Other special guests who spent some quality time the Queen and the Countess of Wessex included author J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter), Winnie, Piglet and Tiger from Winnie the Pooh and Noddy. The Countess of Wessex even joined in on a Teddy Bear's tea!

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On February 10th, 2005, Clarence House announced that Camilla Parker Bowles and the Prince of Wales would marry on April 8, 2005, at Windsor Castle with a civil service followed by a religious prayer.

Her Royal Highness's engagement ring, is a Windsor family heirloom that belonged to the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. With a 1920s platinum setting, it is composed of a square-cut central diamond flanked by six diamond baguettes.

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The first appearance of the officially engaged couple happened at that same day at a dinner in Windsor Castle. Camilla was wearing a long red gown and sporting her engagement ring and a huge smile.



On April 4th, it was announced that the wedding would be postponed 24 hours until April 9th, so that the Prince of Wales could attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II as the representative of the Queen. The postponement also allowed some of the dignitaries that were invited to the wedding to attend the funeral.

1. The official engagement picture released by Clarence House
2. The stamps issued in commemoration of the wedding

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The Wedding

The wedding took place at the Guildhall in Windsor. A civil ceremony was planned because of controversy within the Church of England regarding the remarriage of divorcés. This was attended by all the senior royals apart from the Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At the wedding, the couple's witnesses were Prince William of Wales and the bride's son, Tom Parker Bowles.

For the civil ceremony, Camilla wore a cream-coloured suit and wide-brimmed cream-coloured hat.

For the blessing afterward, The Duchess of Cornwall wore a porcelain blue silk dress with hand painted ikat design, hand embroidered with gold thread work. Tones of blue and gold were the favoured colours. The designer’s starting point was Mrs Parker Bowles’ comment that she liked the style of the velvet dress which they had designed for her to wear for the Gala night at the Royal Opera House. To compliment the dress, The Duchess wore a gold leafed feather headdress tipped with Swarovski Diamonds.

Both ensembles were by Antonia Robinson and Anna Valentine, London designers who work under the name Robinson Valentine; both hats were made by the Irish milliner Philip Treacy.

The Duchess carried a small, simple elegant floral bouquet bound with silk from her dress. Complementing the grey blue of her dress, Auricular flowers in dusty shades of greys and creams with touches of gold, have been mixed with clusters of Lily of the Valley both for the scent and the sentiment. Again, these flowers are cut from English grown plants later to be grown in the gardens at Highgrove. A sprig of myrtle, representing happy marriage, was sent from a well wisher in Cornwall for the bouquet.

In keeping with tradition, the couple's wedding rings are crafted from 22 carat (92%) Welsh gold from the Clogau St David's mine in Bontddu. The design of the wedding rings is by Wartski, a London jeweller that has held the Royal Warrant to The Prince of Wales since 1979. The Prince wears his on the small finger of his left hand.

The civil ceremony was followed by a televised blessing at St George's Chapel, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, which the Queen and her husband did attend, along with many foreign royals. Along with the congregation attending their post-wedding blessing, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall recited an acknowledgement of past "sins and wickedness" taken from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. At the conclusion of the blessing, a contralto sang the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed in Russian. After the blessing, the Queen hosted an 800-guest reception in Windsor Castle.

Upon marriage, Camilla acquired all of her husband's titles as a courtesy, becoming Duchess of Cornwall, Princess of Wales, Princess of Scotland, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Carrick, Countess of Chester, Baroness Renfrew, Lady of the Isles.


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