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Rachel Trevor Morgan: Royal Milliner

  April 8, 2009 at 2:22 pm by

Rachel Trevor Morgan was appointed as one of the Queen’s milliners in 2006 and has gone on to create hats worn at many key occasions. Morgan learnt her trade with two of the top milliners in London, Graham Smith and Philip Somerville, both of whom coincidently have designed hats for British royals, most notably the Queen and the late Princess of Wales. She works closely alongside a number of British … Continue reading

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Mrs Obama or Mrs Octopus?

  April 2, 2009 at 11:16 pm by

“Who touched who first?” No, it’s not a transcript from Gary Glitter’s latest trial; it’s the question on everyone’s lips after Her Majesty The Queen and The First Lady of the United States of America enjoyed a little cuddle at Buck House last night. Though being briefed on Royal protocol, the Obamas seemed to prefer their own blend of modern friendliness and traditional etiquette and it obviously got the Royal … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Receives US President at Buckingham Palace

  April 1, 2009 at 5:55 pm by

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh had a private meeting on Wednesday at Buckingham Palace with American President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The four met first in front of cameras at the Palace before having tea privately. As a gesture of goodwill, the couples exchanged gifts. The Obamas received a signed photo of The Queen and The Duke in a silver frame, a standard … Continue reading

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Mexican President Calderón Makes State Visit to Britain

  March 30, 2009 at 3:17 pm by

President Calderón of Mexico, and his wife, Margarita Zavala, have arrived to Buckingham Palace today for a state visit ahead of the upcoming G20 Summit in London. The Queen and Prince Philip greeted their visitors in style with a pomp-filled parade at Horseguards near the Mall. President Calderón’s state visit is the first by a Mexican head of state to Britain in almost 25 years; President Miguel de la Madrid’s … Continue reading

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Protocol of A State Visit

  March 30, 2009 at 4:53 am by

This morning The Queen will welcome The President of Mexico to The UK at the start of his State Visit. A state visit (especially where a Monarch is involved) is one of the most formal royal events, full of ceremonial and protocol. Queen Elizabeth II has maintained the traditions of the Edwardian Court and continues to entertain state visitors in a manner more suitable of the 1900′s. Nevertheless these great … Continue reading

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The Royal Standard of HM Queen Elizabeth II

  March 22, 2009 at 5:58 pm by

The Queen’s presence is, by long tradition, marked by the flying of Her Majesty’s Royal Standard. This flag is flown over a building in which The Queen is present, from a ship in which Her Majesty is travelling, from the roof of The Queen’s official cars and from Royal Aircraft when on the Ground. The Royal Standard is not flown from ecclesiastical buildings, with the exception of Westminster Abbey which … Continue reading

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The Cullinan Diamond

  March 20, 2009 at 10:23 pm by

The Cullinan Diamond was found by Captain Frederick Wells in a mine in Pretoria, South Africa, on 25th January 1905. The diamond was named after Sir Thomas Cullinan who owned the mine. The stone weighed one and half pounds and measured about 3,106 carats. It is the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found. It was presented to Edward VII, for his 66th brithday, by the Transvaal governemnt. The Cullinan diamond … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth II in Cheltenham on Gold Cup Day, March 13th 2009

  March 13, 2009 at 11:32 am by

Today, on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival, HM Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to the prestigious race meeting to witness her horse Barbers Shop running in the main race of the day, the Gold Cup. Odds were being offered on what colour hat HM would wear for Gold Cup Day, with blue the hot favourite, but it turned out to be a dark red outfit with matching hat. … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth II to visit Cheltenham Race Meeting on Gold Cup Day, March 13th 2009

  March 12, 2009 at 9:23 am by

For the first time since 2003, when she unveiled a bronze bust of her late mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, HM will make an appearance at Cheltenham Racecourse on Gold Cup Day. The Queen Mother, a jump racing fanatic, attended the Cheltenham meeting for many years, a tradition kept alive by following generations, most notably The Princess Royal and her daughter Zara Phillips, Prince Charles, Camilla, Dutchess of Cornwall, … 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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Queen Elizabeth Opens Hull Interchange

  March 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm by

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited Hull on March 5 to unveil a plaque at the new Paragon Interchange in the city. The royal couple arrived in Hull by Royal Train and participated in several events during their visit. They went on a walkabout in the city centre, met members of new Premier League team Hull City FC, and talked with Hull locals who experienced the … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth to host President Obama

  March 6, 2009 at 4:03 pm by

Queen Elizabeth II is to meet the new Head of State from the country wth the largest debt in the world. While this is by no means the fault of the newest American president, it is now his job to dig the United States of America out of the hole that it currently finds itself in. And if this President has half the brains given to a billy goat, he … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Opens New British Legion Headquarters

  March 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm by

HM The Queen visited south London on Friday, February 27, to open the new headquarters for the Royal British Legion. While at the new location, The Queen met with veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families who have been helped by the Legion. The Royal British Legion is a charitable organization that supplies aid to British military personnel who are serving or have served in branches … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Meets Britain’s Paralympians

  February 25, 2009 at 10:28 pm by

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh hosted a reception Wednesday at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the achievements of Great Britain’s paralympic athletes. The British paralympic team took second place in the medal count at last year’s game, just behind the Chinese host team. They earned medals in sports as diverse as dressage and swimming, taking home around thirty gold medals on the whole. Also attending the reception … Continue reading

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The British Royal Family Assembles To Unveil Queen Mother Memorial

  February 24, 2009 at 5:59 pm by

HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and nearly all of the members of the British royal family turned out on the Mall today to unveil the new memorial statue of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. The statue, which depicts The Queen Mum wearing the robes of the Order of the Garter, was placed just below the memorial statue to her late husband, King George VI. Two bronze … Continue reading

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The Queen Mother’s Memorial

  February 24, 2009 at 12:35 pm by

And so at last London gets a memorial of the Queen Mother that’s more than a few wirey gates, dented from an argument with a lorry. As well as the new statue of a young Queen Elizabeth, there’ll be bronze reliefs showing scenes from the Queen Mother’s life placed alongside it, depicting both the war role the Queen Mother played and her later years as Grandmother of the nation. 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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The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh Make University Visit

  February 21, 2009 at 8:19 pm by

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh carried out a royal engagement at the Brentford Campus of Thames Valley University in Hounslow on February 20. The pair was on hand to open a new teaching facility for the university, which is renowned for its music programs and counts famous artists like Freddie Mercury, Pete Townshend, and Jay Kay among its alumni. The new facility will house, among other … Continue reading

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An Investiture at Buckingham Palace

  February 20, 2009 at 4:58 am by

Wednesday saw The Queen hold one of her favourite ceremonies: An investiture. The form has remained the same since at least the 1910s and is a delightful morning affair. The ceremony allows those who have received honours form the Crown to have them bestowed by the Sovereign of the Order, following the announcement of the honour in either the New Years list in January or The Queen’s Birthday Honours in … Continue reading

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