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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You Can’t Take Prince Harry Anywhere (JK You Totally Can. And Should.)

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As the rest of the audience sat quietly (I think) in the rows of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Prince Harry made the Duchess of Cambridge giggle.

And it was great.

One thing to know about the royal family is that they love when things go wrong at formal events.

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Yes, they respect and acknowledge the hard work that has gone into said event, but when there’s a blip, there’s a giggle.

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On June 10th, Members of the royal family (53, to be exact) attended a national service of Thanksgiving in honor of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Very Reverend David Ison commenced the service by praising Her Majesty for “faithful devotion, dutiful commitment, loving leadership, gentle constancy, royal dignity and kindly humanity.  Continue reading

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge To Make Their Debut At Royal Ascot

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Well, this is an interesting development.

Though her mother went in 2011 as a guest of the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge has never attended Royal Ascot, though to be one of the most significant days in the British calendar.

According to royal reporter Katie Nicholl, William and Catherine will attend this year’s race as a sort of birthday favor to Her Majesty.

“They know how much Ascot means to the Queen and they will be there for one day this week,” a source told Nicholl.

“They will enjoy an afternoon in the royal box with Her Majesty.”  Continue reading

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

In Their Element: 11 Delightful Photos of Royals and Animals

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It’s a well-known fact that Britain’s royal family would prefer the company of horses and dogs to humans, and several people close to the Queen have said that if she weren’t the sovereign, she’d be living a quiet life in the country.

In February, Prince William was accused of living like a “gentleman country farmer,” since he and the Duchess of Cambridge opt to spend a majority of their family life in Norfolk, 120 miles from London.

Prince Philip once famously said of his daughter, Princess Anne’s love for horses, “if it doesn’t fart or eat hay, then she isn’t interested.”

Her Majesty has owned over 30 corgis since her father gifted her with one in 1944, and still rides horses to this day (wearing a scarf instead of a helmet, despite protest from friends and family).

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WATCH: ‘Our Queen at Ninety’ Documentary in Full

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Update 4/4/16: The video has been taken down, but I will find it for you, my friends!

Update 6/13/16 : I’ve managed to find an embed code that works, but the clarity and format isn’t great.

Last night, the highly-anticipated ITV documentary on Her Majesty aired in the UK, and now international audiences are able to watch it in full.

Members of the royal family spoke affectionately about the Queen, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and her oldest grandchild, Peter Phillips.

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How Pippa Middleton May Have Helped Kate Impress The Queen

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Back in 2012, it was widely reported that the Duchess of Cambridge was into making jams and giving them out as gifts.

In fact, royal reporter Katie Nicholl specified that Catherine “started making homemade pots of fruit jam” while William worked as a search-and-rescue pilot for the RAF in Wales.

“She gave strawberry jam and plum preserves out as Christmas pres­ents” in 2011, Nicholls reported.

Catherine more or less confirmed this during a teaser for the upcoming ITV documentary, The Queen at 90.

In her first interview since becoming engaged to Prince William in November 2010, Catherine spoke of gifting Her Majesty during the holidays.

The royal family adheres to the German tradition of opening gifts on Christmas eve; expensive presents are discouraged, while small trinkets and gag gifts are encouraged.  Continue reading