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Left Out of D-Day Events, Queen Elizabeth Is Fuming

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 2, 2012

The queen, who is 83, is the only living head of state who served in uniform during World War II. As Elizabeth Windsor, service number 230873, she volunteered as a subaltern in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, training as a driver and a mechanic. Eventually, she drove military trucks in support roles in England.

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth is not amused.

Indeed, she is decidedly displeased, angry even, that she was not invited to join President Obama and France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, next week at commemorations of the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, according to reports published in Britain’s mass-circulation tabloid newspapers on Wednesday. Pointedly, Buckingham Palace did not deny the reports.

The queen, who is 83, is the only living head of state who served in uniform during World War II. As Elizabeth Windsor, service number 230873, she volunteered as a subaltern in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, training as a driver and a mechanic. Eventually, she drove military trucks in support roles in England.

While serving, she met the supreme Allied commander for the D-Day landings, Gen.Dwight D. Eisenhower, and developed a fondness for him, according to several biographies. This prompted Queen Elizabeth, who was crowned in June 1953, to say in later years that he was the American president with whom she felt most at ease.

But on June 6, when Mr. Obama and Mr. Sarkozy attend commemorations at the iconic locations associated with the American D-Day assault — Utah Beach, the town of Ste.-Mère-Église, where the first United States paratroopers landed, and the American war cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer — the highest-ranking British representative will be Prime Minister Gordon Brown. His main role will be at ceremonies at the town of Arromanches, near the beaches where British troops landed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Royal Wedding Crasher: Queen Elizabeth Drops in on Commoners’ Ceremony

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 25, 2012

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II smiles during her visit to the Manchester Central convention center, Manchester, England, Friday, March 23, 2012.

John and Frances Canning were hoping for a low-key wedding at Manchester Town Hall. But all hopes were tossed aside when Queen Elizabeth showed up to fête the newlyweds.

During an official tour of Manchester on Friday to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee — sixty years as Britain’s monarch — Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were attending a luncheon at the Manchester Town Hall. In an adjacent room, the Cannings were standing in front of a minister, exchanging vows. Minutes after the two were pronounced husband and wife, they received a uniquely royal blessing when the Queen and the Prince entered the room. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 1953 and The Children’s

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 20, 2012

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Queen’s Jubilee Speech Praises Prince Philip, Politicians And The Armed Forces

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 20, 2012

The Queen has paid tribute to public servants, the armed forces and her family at Westminster, responding to the Loyal Address by Parliamentarians for the monarch’s diamond jubilee.

A bright spring morning at Westminster saw the Queen address both houses of Parliament, accompanied by Prince Philip. In her speech the Queen paid particular tribute to her husband, who she said was “well known for declining compliments of any kind.

“Throughout he has been a constant strength and guide. He and I are very proud and grateful that the Prince of Wales and other members of our family are travelling on my behalf in this Diamond Jubilee year, to visit all the Commonwealth realms and a number of other commonwealth countries.”

There was laughter and applause when the Queen said: “At the last count I have had the pleasurable duty of treating with twelve Prime Ministers.”

She added: “The happy relationship I have enjoyed with parliament has extended well beyond the more than three and-a-half thousand Bills I have signed into law.”

The Queen made her address in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster which has stood since Norman times. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jamaican PM Portia Simpson Miller ‘Would Accept’ British Apology For Slavery

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 6, 2012

 

Jamaica’s prime minister has said she would accept a British apology over the evils of slavery ahead of Prince Harry’s visit to the Caribbean island.

Portia Simpson Miller, who plans to replace the Queen as head of state with a Jamaican, stated that the practice was “wicked and brutal” and no race should have been subjected to it.

The leader of the Caribbean country, which celebrates 50 years of independence from Britain during 2012, also said its people should take “full charge of our destiny” and sever ties with the British monarchy.

In an interview with the BBC Ms Simpson Miller said: “No race should have been subjected to what out ancestors were subjected to.

“If Britain wishes to apologise, fine with us, no problem at all.”

Tens of thousands of Africans were shipped to Jamaica from the 17th to early 19th centuries to work on plantations that made their British owners incredibly wealthy.

But the newly elected politician said she was not calling for any form of compensation from Britain.

She repeated her famous Jamaican patois phrase delivered during her inauguration speech at the start of the year that “I think time come” over proposed changes to who was the country’s head of state.

Simpson Miller, who will today have lunch with Harry who is on a Diamond Jubilee tour of the Caribbean, said: “We came on a long journey, from slavery to adult suffrage to our independence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chantal Dupuis: Queen Elizabeth Writes Back After Getting Letter From Quebec Resident Calling For Stephen Harper To Be Fired

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 5, 2012

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has refused a request by a Quebec resident to fire Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Chantal Dupuis, a Montreal resident, wrote the Queen in December requesting she remove Harper from his position.

“As Your Majesty is our head of state, I have no other choice but to ask Your Majesty to help us Canadians to remove Stephen Harper from the office of Prime Minister of Canada, because Canadian democracy is in danger like never before in its history,” she wrote in a Dec. 16, 2011, letter.

Dupuis complained that Harper has repeatedly violated the Canadian constitution and that he doesn’t deserve a majority government after getting less than 50 per cent of the popular vote. She argued that Harper’s appointees, the Governor General and his senators, are doing his bidding instead of fulfilling their duties.

Dupuis suggested that Governor General David Johnston should have kicked Harper out of office afterhis government was found to be in contempt of Parliament in March, 2011.

“In the past, people went to prison for having been found in contempt of Parliament, but now, when the totality of the government Stephen Harper leads is found in contempt, nothing is done to protect Canadians and their constitutional rights,” Dupuis said.

“As a Canadian, I was wondering when Your Majesty would intervene to protect us Canadians?” she asked. “How could Her Majesty, as the chief of Canada, do nothing?

The Queen’s senior correspondence officer, Sonia Bonici, responded on Feb. 24, 2012, thanking her for her letter but confirming Her Majesty has no plans to remove Harper from office. Read the rest of this entry »

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Charges Against Australian For Mooning Queen Downgraded

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 17, 2012

BRISBANE, Australia — Australian police have downgraded charges against a man who mooned Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip as they drove past tens of thousands of well-wishers during a visit to the Australian east coast city of Brisbane.

Police told Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday that they have dropped a charge of willful exposure against 22-year-old Sydney barman Liam Lloyd Warriner for baring his buttocks to the 85-year-old British monarch and her 90-year-old husband in October. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.

Defense attorney John-Paul Mould told Magistrate Brian Hine that Warriner will plead guilty to a lesser charge of creating a public nuisance and will appear for sentencing on Feb. 14. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail. Read the rest of this entry »

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Queen’s Ireland Visit Was A ‘Game-Changer’ In Relations, David Cameron Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 28, 2011

The Queen’s historic visit to the Republic of Ireland was a “game-changer” that heralded a new era in Anglo-Irish relations, David Cameron has said.

In a documentary, The Queen’s Speech, to be shown tonight on Irish state broadcaster RTE, the prime minister said the “strong relationship” between London and Dublin brought about as a result of the peace process had been bolstered further by the tour.

The Queen became the first British monarch to travel to the Republic in 100 years in May. The two-day visit sparked an unprecedented security operation that cost £26.2 million and included land, air and sea patrols and a ring of steel around the centre of the Irish capital.

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams said at the time the tour was “premature” but it was marred by only minor protests.

Mr Cameron told RTE: “It’s been a game-changer, to use that terrible modern expression.

“What was already a strong relationship, and what was already becoming warmer and more positive because of the settling down of the Northern Irish issue, I think her visit has just put that into a massive new perspective.

“She just warmed the hearts of people, and so this true relationship – that I think had been going on between British people and Irish people for years – has really now been able to flower.”

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Diamond Jubilee: Royal Family Plan ‘World Tour’ To Mark Queen’s 60-Year Reign

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 14, 2011

The Royal Family will mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by touring the globe in celebration, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Senior royals will visit the Queen’s 15 realms – nations where the sovereign is head of state – major Commonwealth countries, and other destinations with close links to the UK next year.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s trip to Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu on behalf of the Queen is likely to attract the most interest.

Tuvalu has not had a major royal visit in decades and William and Kate are likely to bring the tiny South Pacific islands to a standstill.

When the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh toured the remote nation in 1982, they were carried shoulder high by islanders into the capital Funafuti as they sat in canoes.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will travel to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea as part of the celebrations while Prince Harry will tour Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Harry’s overseas visit will be his first solo trip on behalf of the Queen and may see him use it as an opportunity to stage a fundraising polo match on behalf of his Sentebale charity.

The host countries are likely to stage a range of events for the visiting royals to mark the Queen’s 60-year reign, from official banquets and public celebrations to events that showcase the individual nations.

The Queen and Philip will remain in the UK for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations but make an extensive tour of every region supported by the Royal Family.

The Queen will be 86 in April and the Duke, who turns 91 next year, has already publicly stated he is reducing his workload.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Preparations Underway

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 2, 2011


This is neither Golden nor Diamond Jubilee. Anyway let’s congratula­te to HM The Queen on her 60 years of successful stewardshi­p and consider it as Diamond Jubilee as this could be the only one opportunit­y to the whole world to celebrate Diamond Jubilee:

LONDON — More than 500 horses from around the world will take part in an equestrian pageant to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee next year.

Organizers on Tuesday announced details of the spectacle, part of celebrations of the queen’s 60 years on the throne.

The “World Comes to Windsor” event will feature 800 performers and 500 horses in a show inspired by the many countries the monarch has visited during her reign – and her lifelong love of horses.

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Queen Elizabeth II Becomes Britain’s Second-Longest Reigning Monarch

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 12, 2011


She is still very healthy and could be the first.
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Queen Elizabeth Celebrates 85th Birthday, Hands Out Bags of Money

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 21, 2011

By: WILLIAM LEE ADAMS

Move over Kate Middleton. Today is all about Her Majesty the Queen.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth holds on to her hat in high winds, during her visit to her grandson, Prince William, at RAF Valley, in north Wales April 1, 2011.

Thursday afternoon, Elizabeth, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will conduct the Church of England’s Maundy Services in Westminster Abbey. To mark Maundy Thursday—the day before Good Friday—she’ll distribute small bags of money to 85 male and 85 female retirees—one for each of her 85 years. The symbolic alms come in either a red or white purse. The former includes a £5 coin commemorating the Prince Philip’s 90th birthday in June, and a 50-pence coin marking the 2012 London Olympic Games. The latter is stuffed with Maundy Money of silver coins, minted especially for the occasion, in one, two, three and four penny denominations. They various coins add up to the Queen’s age.

(More on TIME.com: See pictures of Queen Elizabeth’s most stunning tiaras)

Of course, as the head of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, the Queen doesn’t just have one birthday—she has two. Thursday is her actual birthday—she was born at 1926 at 17 Bruton Street, her grandfather’s former home which is now an upscale Chinese restaurant. But the U.K. officially celebrates her birthday on the third Saturday of June, owing to a tradition started by King Edward VIII. His birthday was in November—not the best time for a street party—so he schedule a second, more festive affair for the summer. Read the rest of this entry »

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U.K. Royal Wedding Threatened By Anarchists

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 28, 2011


I have gone through a forecast. May be that could be true. Due to the situations developed in UK, I remembered that forecast.
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President Obama’s Gifts From Foreign Officials: What Queen Elizabeth II, The Pope Gave In 2009

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 21, 2011


One day we need to die, so better to give others and not to take anything from others. When we will die, nothing will go with us except our deeds.
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Royal Freedom Of Information Law Exemption Announced

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 20, 2011


Now lots of debate in UK about kingship. In a poor country this could, obviously, mean a lot but in a prosperous country like UK could not mean a lot due to many reasons.
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