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Queen Elizabeth Hosts State Banquet for President of India

  October 30, 2009 at 11:06 pm by

Queen Elizabeth hosted this week’s State Visit by the President of India Pratibha Patil and her husband Dr Devisingh Ramsingh Shekhawat. The 3-day visit began on October 27, 2009 with a welcome ceremony at Windsor Castle. A carriage procession through the streets of Windsor, a private lunch with the Queen and an inspection of the Honour Guard were all part of that first day. A State Banquet was held in … Continue reading

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Jewels from Commonwealth on display at Buckingham Palace

  July 30, 2009 at 12:53 am by

The summer opening of Buckingham Palace this year includes a exhibition of royal gifts from the Commonwealth countries. Included are a number of brooches and a necklace that have been gifts during the royal tours of the Commonwealth countries in the last 60 years. One of the first gifts the Queen received on a Commonwealth tour was the Flame Lily Brooch from Rhodesia. During a 1947 tour with her parents … Continue reading

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Knighthood for Sir Don McKinnon

  July 10, 2009 at 9:20 am by

HM Queen Elizabeth II today knighted former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Don McKinnon, as Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in recognition of his 2000-2008 (two terms) “outstanding” service as Secretary-General. Today is Commonwealth Day, a fitting day for his knighting. Sir Don McKinnon was also New Zealand’s longest serving Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand. He is also a member … Continue reading

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Possible Visit to Australia in 2010 in the Works for Prince William

  July 7, 2009 at 8:54 am by

A visit to Australia, with Melbourne in particular, is believed to be in the works for the second-in-line to the British throne, Prince William. While nothing has been confirmed by Clarence House, the Prince himself spilled the beans during a recent visit to the Tower of London. Speaking and posing for photos with two Australian teens and their mother, Prince William asked where the trio was from. Upon receiving the … Continue reading

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The Earl of Wessex Visits Calgary

  June 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm by

The Earl of Wessex is currently on an official visit to Canada, and has stopped in Calgary. On Saturday Prince Edward visited Simon Fraser Junior High School in Calgary to meet students involved in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and other leadership schemes. On Sunday morning the Prince handed out awards to 100 Gold Award recipients at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary. He told the students that they could … Continue reading

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Prince Edward in British Columbia for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

  June 7, 2009 at 8:02 pm by

Prince Edward is in Canada this week, paying a brief visit with the primary purpose of handing out Duke of Edinburgh awards. The Prince attended a private dinner on Wednesday night at the Vancouver Art Gallery, before heading to the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel on Thursday for the first award ceremony. Here he presented 76 DoE awards, and spent nearly an hour talking with the recipients and their families. Edward also … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Continues To Shine During Official Visit to Canada

  June 7, 2009 at 2:59 pm by

During the past two days, Sophie Rhys-Jones, who is better known as the Countess of Wessex, has been very busy. She has participated in ceremonies honoring police and the military. Her whirlwind schedule continued today as she participated in church services at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, according to an article in the Edmonton Journal. The Countess read from the Book of Isaiah during the Sunday morning service. Shortly before the … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Honors Veterans at D-Day Ceremony

  June 6, 2009 at 10:01 pm by

During day 2 of her Canadian visit, Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, visited with World War II veterans at the an event honoring the 65th anniversary of D-Day at the Military Museum in Calgary. The Countess is currently visiting Canada with her husband, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. She has been busy with engagements of her own, including today’s event at the museum, which was attended by over … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Honors Police, Military During Royal Visit to Canada

  June 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm by

Sophie Rhys-Jones, who is better known as the Countess of Wessex, is currently enjoying a whirlwind visit to Canada with her husband, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. While her husband has been very busy with several engagements, Sophie hasn’t exactly been sitting around. Yesterday, she presented OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino a certificate of registration for an official tartan for the police force, according to an article in the Toronto … Continue reading

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New Zealand Artist’s Work Featured in the Highgrove Florilegium

  May 30, 2009 at 8:03 pm by

The Highgrove Florilegium was first produced in 2008 and this year a New Zealander’s work is to be included in the second volume. Susan Worthington is quick to emphasise that she is not a botanist, but that her water colour paintings are botanically correct. Less than 200 copies of the latest volume of the Highgrove Florilegium are to be printed, and will fetch a remarkable price tag – that of … Continue reading

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Republicanism in New Zealand

  May 8, 2009 at 6:48 pm by

The question of the relevance of monarchies is one which seems to be being asked more and more frequently these days. Just recently, an American magazine ran an article about the Danish Crown Prince Couple, in a similar vein. Many constitutional monarchies are questioning whether they should turn republic, and New Zealand has been one of these. New Zealanders don’t seem to be able to make up our minds – … Continue reading

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Jewels on Display at Buckingham Palace

  April 9, 2009 at 6:29 pm by

The summer opening of Buckingham Palace this year includes a special exhibition to mark 60 years of the Commonwealth. Part of the exhibition will include a display of over 100 gifts given to the Queen and Prince Philip from their travels to the Commonwealth countries. Sometimes the Queen receives beautiful jewels as gifts which often have a symbolic reference to the country she is visiting. Two fantastic brooches will form … Continue reading

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Princess Eugenie Lights Up in Sydney

  April 3, 2009 at 11:44 pm by

Princess Eugenie of York is apparently finding it harder to quit smoking than she thought it would be. The young princess was seen lighting up as she wandered the shops of Sydney this week. The princess is on her gap year after earning top grades in her classes. She is on vacation in Australia with a group of friends, looking just like any other student on break, except for her … Continue reading

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William & Harry’s Sound Relief Message to Disaster Victims

  March 16, 2009 at 12:21 am by

The rain couldn’t keep the Melbournians away from the MCG on Saturday, likewise the SCG in Sydney; to attend the sold-out Sound Relief concert to benefit the victims of last month’s Victorian Black Saturday bushfires and the Queensland floods. And it wasn’t only the top-grade music line-up to receive rapturous applause: when Princes William and Harry appeared on the big screens in both venues via a pre-recorded video, the crowds … Continue reading

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Commonwealth Day Observance

  March 9, 2009 at 11:03 pm by

9 March 2009: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip today attended a special service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Commonwealth. In her Commonwealth Day message, the Queen emphasised the importance of young people to the Commonwealth, noting that one billion members of Commonwealth countries are under the age of 25. According to polls carried out in Britain, however, many young people do not … Continue reading

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New Zealand To Restore Titles

  March 8, 2009 at 9:40 pm by

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, has announced the restoration of Knight and Dame titles, which were dropped by the previous Labour government in 2000. It was widely believed at the time that the replacement of these titles, which are linked to the British honours system, was a step down the road to eventual republicanism and separation from Britain. The Knight and Dame titles were replaced by the … Continue reading

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The Princess Royal visits Fire-Ravaged Towns in Victoria

  February 23, 2009 at 4:03 am by

As Queen Elizabeth II’s representative, the Princess Royal today visited survivors of the Black Saturday bushfires in Wandong, north of Melbourne. Anne visited Wandong’s fire station, primary school and a relief centre where she spoke with those who lost their homes in the fires, along with the brave CFA firefighters who helped to extinguish the inferno. Following her visit to Wandong, Princess Anne was scheduled to visit one of the … Continue reading

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Princess Anne Attends Memorial for Australian Bushfire Dead

  February 22, 2009 at 3:39 am by

Princess Anne today joined the mourners at a memorial service in Melbourne to honour the 209 people who died during the bushfires earlier this month. The Princess Royal was representing her mother Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, in commemorating the victims of the worst fires for many decades, which left tens of thousands of people homeless. The Princess read a message from the Queen during the service. The Princess, … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth To Contribute To Help Australia’s Wildfire Victims

  February 10, 2009 at 6:30 pm by

HM The Queen has expressed sadness over the tragic wildfires in Australia and will make a personal donation to the Australian Red Cross’s Victorian Bushfire Fund to help aid the fire victims. Buckingham Palace has announced that the monarch will make the donation from her own private funds, but the spokesperson did not reveal how much money The Queen is planning to contribute. The Queen, who is also the Queen … Continue reading

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