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Old 03-14-2017, 12:53 PM
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Queen Elizabeth received the Ambassador of Spain, the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Governor of Queensland at Buckingham Palace today, March 14:


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The Queen is expected to give Royal Assent to the Brexit bill in the next few hours, paving the way for Theresa May to trigger Article 50.

Officially known as the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, it passed the Parliamentary process following votes in the Commons and Lords on Monday.

When it becomes law, the Prime Minister is free to decide when to invoke the two-year negotiation period for Britain to leave the EU
Read more: Queen prepares to sign Brexit bill into British history
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Old 03-17-2017, 04:13 PM
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The Duke of Edinburgh as Honorary Air Commodore visited Royal Air Force Northolt in Ruislip, Middlesex, today, March 17:


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Old 03-21-2017, 06:01 PM
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Old 03-22-2017, 10:33 AM
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Queen Elizabeth received the Ambassador from the Kingdom of Thailand today, March 22:


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Queen’s visit to Scotland Yard cancelled following Westminster terror attack

BREAKING: Queen’s visit to Scotland Yard cancelled following Westminster terror attack – Royal Central
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Old 03-22-2017, 07:35 PM
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Queen’s visit to Scotland Yard cancelled following Westminster terror attack

BREAKING: Queen’s visit to Scotland Yard cancelled following Westminster terror attack – Royal Central


Certainly understandable...they're very busy with other things at the moment!
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Old 03-24-2017, 11:05 AM
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At a reception today The Duke of Edinburgh met relatives of those who fought in the St Nazaire Raid 75 years ago during #WW2

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Old 03-26-2017, 06:00 PM
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Certainly understandable...they're very busy with other things at the moment!
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Old 03-27-2017, 02:22 AM
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Certainly understandable...they're very busy with other things at the moment!
Isn't it wonderful that HM's response was both fast and appropriate.

How many times after major incidents of any type do we see Heads of State and politicians rushing to the scene to make political capital of a tragedy and generally get in the way, grandstand for TV with ill informed statements of what happened, why and what should be done about it.
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Old 03-27-2017, 03:08 AM
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The Queen has never rushed to the scene of any such event. In fact she has been criticised in the past for not attending the scene of such events at any time. Her staff are very efficient now at making statements on her behalf.
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Old 03-27-2017, 03:47 AM
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Yes she has been criticised but really, over the last thirty odd years, she has marshaled her forces with considerable sense and sent them to represent her.

I know that Prince Charles was visiting the injured in hospital but also noticed that time was left for the hospital to do what needed doing and next-of-kin were given time and privacy. The last thing they needed was an overly precipitous onslaught of royalty, politicians and media.

Actually, it is worth noting exactly who HM sends where and when. In this case William, Catherine and Harry's present, somewhat turbulent, personal lives would have diverted attention from the situation at hand.

Another point, we don't know what sort of "bedside manner" they have either. I am discounting the many trips to kids in hospitals because they are scheduled and the parameters are set. I believe Harry could handle their injuries going on how his interest in injured servicemen started and has proceeded, but not everyone is cut out for that.
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The Queen has never rushed to the scene of any such event. In fact she has been criticised in the past for not attending the scene of such events at any time. Her staff are very efficient now at making statements on her behalf.
1. That's wrong. She is (as both Dickie Arbiter and other former employees says) known to write her many letters/statements herself.

2. She was criticized (by some few journalists) for the Aberfan disaster: The Queen's late Private Secretary Lord Charteris acknowledged that failing to go there sooner was her biggest regret.

But many experts have defended her in that dession too and I agree with them. She didn't want to get in the way of the rescue efforts that were still underway. She thought it better to delay her visit for a few days, saying "What if some poor child is still trapped in the wreckage, and won't be found because everyone will be busy looking after me?"

3. She was praised by experts (as she almost always is) for her reaction to the London bombings in 2005. She sent out this message on the same day it happened:

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Yesterday's bombings in London have deeply affected us all. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my sympathy to those who have been caught up in these events and above all to the relatives and friends of those who have lost their lives. My thoughts are also with the injured some of whom I have been able to see and talk to today.

I also want to thank you and all members of the emergency services and Transport for London who are working with such care, professionalism and sensitivity often in very difficult circumstances. You have the respect of all of us as you go about your business.

Finally I want to express my admiration for the people of our capital city who in the aftermath of yesterday's bombings are calmly determined to resume their normal lives.

That is the answer to this outrage. Sadly we in Britain have been all too familiar with acts of terror and members of my generation, especially at this end of London, know that we have been here before. But those who perpetrate these brutal acts against innocent people should know that they will not change our way of life.

Atrocities such as these simply reinforce our sense of community, our humanity, and our trust in the rule of law. That is the clear message from us all.
And as a former royal houshold employee said in 2012, it was the Queen herself who took the decision to go to the hospital the day after the attack where she held this speech:

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Yesterday's bombings in London have deeply affected us all. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my sympathy to those who have been caught up in these events and above all to the relatives and friends of those who have lost their lives. My thoughts are also with the injured some of whom I have been able to see and talk to today.

I also want to thank you and all members of the emergency services and Transport for London who are working with such care, professionalism and sensitivity often in very difficult circumstances. You have the respect of all of us as you go about your business.

Finally I want to express my admiration for the people of our capital city who in the aftermath of yesterday's bombings are calmly determined to resume their normal lives.

That is the answer to this outrage. Sadly we in Britain have been all too familiar with acts of terror and members of my generation, especially at this end of London, know that we have been here before. But those who perpetrate these brutal acts against innocent people should know that they will not change our way of life.

Atrocities such as these simply reinforce our sense of community, our humanity, and our trust in the rule of law. That is the clear message from us all.
And the victims who met her at the hospital told how caring and warm she was. She also made a substantial donation to the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund.

4. She is known for her kindness and there are so many touching stories about her. She comforts her employees, traumatized aid workers etc.
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Yesterday, March 27, the Duke of Edinburgh as Patron of Windsor Forest Bowmen opened The Duke of Edinburgh Archery Pavilion:


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Old 03-29-2017, 12:30 PM
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Queen Elizabeth takes morning horse ride despite Windsor Castle security boost | Royal | News | Express.co.uk

Love seeing The Queen on her ponies.
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There are some things in this world that never change and the Queen taking her rides is one of them.

I can imagine that with all the new security measures that are being implemented in and around the UK that it can somewhat install a sense of fear in people that things are getting worse and their safety isn't what it used to be but just seeing HM going about her life and doing what she always does is kind of a reassurance that life goes on.
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The Duke of Edinburgh as Colonel visited the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards at Lille Barracks, Aldershot, Hampshire, today, March 30 - always so impressing to see him..


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The Duke of Edinburgh visits 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards at their barracks in Aldershot, watches a football match and hands out medals afterwards.

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will attend the Royal Maundy Service at Leicester Cathedral on April 13.

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Old 03-31-2017, 11:17 AM
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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will attend the Royal Maundy Service at Leicester Cathedral on April 13.

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For 800 years, British Kings and Queens have marked Maundy Thursday with the giving of gifts to the deserving.

The Queen selects a variety of music for the service, but Zadok the Priest is always is always used.

Zadok the Priest was first sung during the anointing of George II during his coronation on 11 October 1727.

It since has been sung at every British coronation since 1727, the only anthem from Handel's four to endure the last three centuries.

It is traditionally performed during the sovereign's anointing.
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