The Queen and Prince Philip Visit Prince William At East Anglia Ambulance Base

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They were there on official business, but it’s always lovely to pop round to visit one’s grandson at his place of work.

Before she meets with outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron at 5pm, the Queen (accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh) opened a new East Anglian Air Ambulance Base at Cambridge Airport today, according to BBC News.

Coincidentally, this is also where Prince William is based as a pilot for the ambulatory service.

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This is the second time Her Majesty and Prince Philipe have visited the Duke of Cambridge’s place of work.  Continue reading

All The Terribly British Things That Happened Today at Royal Ascot

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It’s one of the most famous races in the world, and nothing was going to keep patrons from attending what is arguably the most British activity ever – Royal Ascot.

Also known as watching horses race while drinking champagne and wearing fancy hats.

Day one saw a downpour of UK proportions come down upon racegoers, who were decked out in their Ascot finest.

Things vastly improved and the sky somewhat cleared up once the royal family arrived in their horse-drawn carriages (as you do).

The whole day was very British, from the rain to the reactions.

  1. “F***ing British weather.”
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2.  “Feeling quite patriotic, actually.” 

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3. “This is just like in the movies!  Is Prince Harry coming in for a snog?”

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State Opening of Parliament: A Fascinating Show of British Pomp and Pageantry

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Her role as head of state may be technically ceremonial, but Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is still required to preside over a political event crucial to the well-being of her nation.

The State Opening of Parliament is the formal start of the governmental year, taking place in either May or June inside the House of Lords chamber.

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The Queen, wearing the Imperial State Crown and the ermine and velvet-lined Parliament robe (also known as Robe of the State) reads a speech outlined by the government to set the session’s agenda.  Continue reading

Here’s To You, Your Majesty! Family Pays Tribute To Queen At Royal Windsor Horse Show

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The royal family gathered on the grounds of Windsor Castle this evening to toast the Queen, who turned 90 on April 21st.

Tonight’s celebration was particularly special, as it marked the end of the Queen’s favorite occasion – the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

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A lover of horses since she was young, the Queen attends the show (held over the course of a few days in her backyard) dressed down in a long skirt, vest and head scarf.  Continue reading

Heavy Is The Head: Netflix Previews New Drama, ‘The Crown’

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Earlier today, Netflix debuted a trailer for their newest series, The Crown, based on the early reign of Elizabeth II.

The trailer opens with the young queen (played by Claire Foy) testing out St. Edward’s Crown ahead of her June 1953 coronation while her children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne watch.

Charles once said that his mother would come visit him at bath time wearing the crown, attempting to get used to its weight before the coronation.

“I remember my Mama coming, you know, up, when we were being bathed as children, wearing the crown. It was quite funny – practising,” Charles recalled in a 2012 Diamond Jubilee special.

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Prince Philip Declared Better-Dressed Than Harry, Probably Doesn’t Care

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GQ has placed Prince Philip, the man who dutifully walks two paces behind his wife and long ago pledged to be her “liege man of life and limb,” at #12 on their best-dressed list, making him the sharpest royal in the entire family.

The Mountbatten-Windsor patriarch beat out his grandson, Prince Harry, who landed the 38th spot, according to the Telegraph.

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Prince Philip, who will turn 95 this June, has not let time slow him down.  In fact, the Duke carried out 217 engagements in the UK, and 33 abroad in 2015. Continue reading

The Best Royal Moments of 2015

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Did we have fun this year or what?  Let’s look back on the royal year that was:

The Duchess of Cambridge At The World Premiere of Spectre

Catherine called on one of her favorite designers, Jenny Packham to create this baby blue backless creation with an encrusted waist.

Oh, and that up do.  What does a girl need to ingest to get hair like that?

 

Her Royal Highness borrowed a pair of Robinson Pelham diamond, blue topaz and white gold earrings ($21,000)  from her mother, Carole, who first wore them to the royal wedding’s evening reception.

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Prince George Steals The Show at Princess Charlotte’s Christening

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The young royal reminded many of his dad at the service, held at St. Mary Magdalene Church (on granny’s Sandringham estate).  Continue reading

Will and Kate Join The Queen at Festival of Remembrance

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For the first time together, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended tonight’s annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Their Royal Highnesses joined the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Duke of York, Princess Anne and her husband, Tim Laurence, Princess Alexandra, the Duke of Kent, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

 

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are currently on a royal tour of New Zealand.

The festival, put on by the Royal British Legion, honors those who lost their lives in battle.  Attendees enjoyed performances by Rod Stewart, Pixie Lott, Andrea Bocelli and Gregory Porter, featuring the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, the Queen’s Color Squadron, the Band of HM Royal Marines, and the Band and Pipes of the Brigade of Gurkhas. Continue reading

Prince Harry and The Duke of Edinburgh Visit The Field of Remembrance

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November is a poignant month in Great Britain and around the Commonwealth,  in which the royal family leads services of remembrance for fallen soldiers as far back as World War I.

You’ll notice that the royals and public figures don a “remembrance poppy,” used to commemorate those who have fallen (its origins inspired by the war poem, “In Flanders Fields.”)

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This morning, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry (both war veterans), visited the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London. Today marks Harry’s third annual visit.  Continue reading

The Queen’s Smile: 19 of Her Majesty’s Most Infectiously Happy Moments

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A look back at the lighter moments of the UK’s “Happy and Glorious” monarch, Elizabeth II.

1. Her Majesty receives the “red box” every day, save for Christmas and Easter, to read over classified government documents.  No one, not even Prince Philip, is privy to the contents inside the box.

 

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