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British Royal Family at Commonwealth Day Service

  March 12, 2012 at 8:48 pm by

The British Royal Family today marked Commonwealth Day, which is held each year on the second Monday of March to celebrate the British Commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth II led the celebration at the multi-faith service held at Westminster Abbey. She was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Countess of Wessex and the Duke of Gloucester. The royal family all appeared to be … Continue reading

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Commonwealth Visits to Mark Diamond Jubilee Year

  December 14, 2011 at 9:03 am by

Buckingham Palace today released details of next year’s Commonwealth visits, which shall be taking place in conjunction with HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will not be undertaking any overseas trips, instead focusing on the United Kingdom region. They will visit Wales, Scotland, the Midlands and East Anglia, the four corners of England as well as London. These visits will take place … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip Arrive in Australia, Visit Canberra

  October 20, 2011 at 5:09 am by

Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Australia yesterday, beginning their eleven-day official visit. The royal couple arrived in the nation’s capital, Canberra, yesterday afternoon. The Queen and The Duke were greeted at Canberra’s RAAF Fairbairn Base by Governor-General Quentin Bryce and Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The Australian Federation Guard military band played God Save The Queen, while a 21-gun salute sounded a short distance away. Wearing … Continue reading

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Cameron Proposes Changes to Succession

  October 17, 2011 at 11:42 pm by

The hot topic amongst British royal watchers going into this week is Prime Minister David Cameron’s October 12th reveal that he has proposed changes to 1701 Act of Succession, which determines the line of succession to the British throne. The proposed changes would install equal primogeniture into the line of succession – meaning that a first-born child would be heir, regardless of gender – and would abolish the Catholic clause, … Continue reading

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Queen and Duke of Edinburgh Heading to Australia

  September 25, 2011 at 7:00 am by

Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh are set to undertake their sixteenth official visit to Australia in the tail end of October, as was announced by Buckingham Palace and the Australian Prime Minister’s office this week. The purpose of the visit is for the Queen to open the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which will be held in Perth beginning on October 26th. The meeting will … Continue reading

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The Cambridges’ Last Days in Canada

  July 9, 2011 at 10:17 am by

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have wrapped up their nine-day tour of Canada, and are now in the sunny state of California, the USA. Here’s a quick recap of their final days up north (previous blog entries can be found here, here and here). Day six of the tour began in Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, where the couple had arrived the previous night (July 4th). William and … Continue reading

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The Cambridges in Canada – Dragonboat Racing Day 5

  July 5, 2011 at 10:06 am by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their fifth day in Canada in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, where they participated in a fun-filled day of activities. They began with an official welcoming ceremony at Province House, which they reached via open-top carriage. Here, the Duke and Duchess were joined by the Prince Edward Island Premier, Robert Ghiz, and greeed by a series of actors dressed in period costume. The couple … Continue reading

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The Cambridges in Canada – Days 2, 3 and 4

  July 4, 2011 at 11:25 am by

O Canada! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Canada right on time to celebrate the nation’s national holiday, Canada Day (July 1). Spending day two of their first royal tour as a married couple in Ottawa, the Duke and Duchess attended the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill. Firstly, the couple attended a citizenship ceremony with Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, and his wife Laureen, where they watched … Continue reading

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Canada – Day 1

  June 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Canada for their first official overseas visit. This is the third visit to Canada for the Duke, while it’s the first visit to Canada for the Duchess of Cambridge. The couple started in Ottawa, Ontario, and were greeted in the Canada Reception Centre at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport where they are greeted according to Canadian custom and protocol, after which, the … Continue reading

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave for Canada

  June 30, 2011 at 10:45 am by

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have left for Canada. The couple will start their first official visit abroad as a couple tomorrow in Ottawa. The couple is flying to Canada in a Royal Canadian Air Force plane. The Duchess looked every inch a Royal in a navy blue dress with matching jacket, purse and shoes. Her beautiful hair, her trademark, was curled. Meanwhile, a Personal Flag for use in Canada … Continue reading

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Official picture and itinerary for the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Canada

  June 28, 2011 at 4:46 am by

Clarence House has released an official picture of TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge marking TRH’s visit to Canada from June 30 till July 8, 2011. Clarence House also released a statement from the Duke concerning the visit to Canada: “Catherine and I are very much looking forward to our Tour of Canada. We hope to be able to meet as many people as possible and to see as … Continue reading

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Catherine’s Official Royal Engagement Debut

  February 28, 2011 at 8:59 am by

Ms Catherine Middleton has undertaken her first official royal engagement, during a visit to Wales with fiancé, Prince William; followed by a visit to Scotland. The first engagement took place on Thursday February 24th, when the duo were in Anglesey, Wales for the dedication of the Welsh Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station’s newest lifeboat, the ‘Hereford Endeavour’. Around 2,000 locals turned up in the town which Prince William and Ms Middleton … Continue reading

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Queen ‘Utterly Shocked’ by New Zealand Earthquake

  February 23, 2011 at 6:42 am by

HM Queen Elizabeth II has released a statement in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake which shook Christchurch, New Zealand yesterday, February 22nd. “I have been utterly shocked by the news of another earthquake in Christchurch. Please convey my deep sympathy to the families and friends of those who have been killed; my thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this dreadful event. My thoughts are also … Continue reading

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Queen and Prince Charles Contribute to Flood Relief Appeal

  January 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm by

Buckingham Palace and Clarence House have both confirmed that HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH the Prince of Wales have both contributed to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal, whose funds will go towards helping rebuild the Australian state of Queensland following disaster flooding which began in December 2010. A statement from Buckingham Palace said the Queen had made a private donation to the Appeal, while Clarence House’s Twitter stated that … Continue reading

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New Zealand to Keep Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State

  April 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm by

Wednesday April 21st marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 84th birthday, and she got quite a present! In New Zealand, the MPs through out a referendum that was meant to abolish the monarchy. It was voted down 68 to 53 in its first read. Disgruntled republicans are pointing the finger at the Queen’s grandson, Prince William, because his visit to the country likely boosted interest in the royal family. “We think that’s … Continue reading

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Prince William Says Farewell to Australia

  January 22, 2010 at 9:12 pm by

Prince William said coming to Australia was a “realization of a dream.” Judging from his three days spent Down Under, it appears it certainly was for the 27 year-old Prince. On Wednesday, he enjoyed a hip-hop performance at a teen center, shot guns on a military firing range, and had another barbecue this time with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. He joked with the Prime Minister of getting a second-home … Continue reading

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Prince William Leaves New Zealand, Goes to Australia

  January 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm by

Britain’s Prince William enjoyed the remainder of his New Zealand trip these last few days, before heading west to Australia on Tuesday as he continued his tour of the Oceania region. He attracted enthusiastic crowds while in the Kiwi nation, met with Maoris, and opened the country’s new Supreme Court building in Wellington. Upon arriving in New Zealand’s capital to open the building, William was greeted by an eight foot … Continue reading

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Prince William in New Zealand – Day One

  January 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm by

To describe Prince William’s first 24 hours in New Zealand as eventful is an understatement. The British royal’s day was full of engagements, ranging from sports to Maori traditions. First, the Prince took a tour of a construction site for Eden Park, a national rugby stadium to be opened in 2011. It will also be the location of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. William met with the members of the … Continue reading

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Prince William Begins Tour of New Zealand

  January 16, 2010 at 11:09 pm by

Prince William began his two-day official visit to New Zealand Sunday morning local time. With little fanfare, he was greeted by Prime Minister John Key and Governor-General Anand Satyanand at the Auckland International Airport. New Zealand is the first stop on the Prince’s five day tour of the Oceania area. An Australian visit is set for Tuesday. This tour is meant to give the second-in-line to the British throne a … Continue reading

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Zara Phillips attends 2009 Emirates Melbourne Cup

  November 5, 2009 at 4:11 am by

Zara Phillips, the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, has paid a flying visit to Melbourne, Australia, where she attended the 2009 Emirates Melbourne Cup. Zara attended the event on Tuesday November 3rd as one of the year’s international guests (others included Good Charlotte rockers Benji and Joel Madden), and was a prominent fixture in the Birdcage (the place to be). Wearing a royal blue frock by American brand Thread … Continue reading

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