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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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Diamond Jubilee: Queen’s Celebration Spurs Massive Security Operation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 2, 2012

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Scotland Yard is preparing the biggest-ever royal-security operation for the Queen’s Jubilee flotilla. On Sunday, more than 13,000 police and security officials will line the Thames in London

On Sunday, as Queen Elizabeth II and members of the extended royal family cruise through London as part of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, security forces will have their eyes on Her Majesty. Given the menace of terrorism, they’ll also be watching the water, the crowds and the sky. Explosives set on bridges could detonate as boats pass underneath. Snipers lurking in tall buildings could fire into the throngs of well wishers along the 11-km route. Hijacked airplanes could crash directly into the river. “A security coordinator is appointed to look at such issues, to take necessary precautions and to advise those in charge,” says Dai Davies, the former head of Scotland Yard’s Royal Protection Unit. “But the truth is that for a journey of this kind and this length, it’s impossible to have total security.”

With the Queen and around 50 members of the extended royal family all gathering in one place, the stakes are higher than ever. As such the London police, Scotland Yard and MI5 — Britain’s counterintelligence unit — have been considering a slew of ugly scenarios as they prepare for this weekend’s Diamond Jubilee, the biggest royal-security operation ever staged in the U.K. Agencies have digitally mapped key locations from the air to identify weak spots, like rooftops, and intelligence units have tuned in to phone conversations and monitored the Internet for chatter of potential Diamond Jubilee terror. On the day itself, more than 6,000 officers will line the route — some dressed in plain clothes and embedded with the crowds. And another 7,000 stewards will help with general crowd control. 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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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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UK: £1million prize for groundbreaking engineering advances launched

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 18, 2011

A £1 million prize is to be awarded for groundbreaking advances in engineering, it was announced today.

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering will be awarded every two years.

Speaking at its launch, Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK did not do enough to recognise engineering.

“In so many ways that is absurd because this is the country that gave birth to the industrial revolution,” he said.

In a rare show of cross-party unity, Mr Cameron was joined by Labour leader Ed Miliband and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Science Museum event.

David Cameron launches the £1million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering  (Clip)

 Mr Cameron said the prize, which will first be awarded in December 2013 and is open to all nationalities, would raise the status of engineering in the UK.

“We are here because we believe in the inventiveness and the genius of the British people.

“We want young people leaving school today to see engineering as the exciting, dynamic profession that it is.

“In many ways engineers are the real revolutionaries, the ones who take society forward.”

The Royal Academy of Engineering will deliver the accolade, which will be overseen by a charitable trust headed by former BP chief executive Lord Browne.

It is hoped the £1 million award, the world’s richest for engineering, will rival the status of the Nobel prizes. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Zara Phillips wedding: Queen’s eldest granddaughter goes from renegade royal to Mike Tindall’s housewife

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 30, 2011

 

 

As the Queen’s eldest granddaughter and 13th in line to the throne she could have led a life of pomp and privilege before marrying some wealthy foreign prince or a millionaire magnate.

 

 

 

 

 

But when Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips MBE walks down the aisle after tying the knot in Edinburgh today she will be plain Mrs Mike Tindall – housewife, horsewoman and homebody.

And that’s just how this fiercely independent young woman has always wanted it to be. For Zara, 30, is the reluctant princess who ripped up the rule book of her ancestors and snubbed her nose at stuffy protocol.

At 17 she flaunted her tongue piercing at her uncle Charlie’s 50th birthday party.

Two years later she hired a waiter in a leather thong to serve drinks to pals as they giggled over sex toys at an Ann Summers party.

And the whole nation knew when her first serious relationship fell apart because Zara was seen brawling in the street, punching and kicking her man.

Zara Phillips wedding: Queen’s eldest granddaughter goes from renegade royal to Mike Tindall’s housewife – mirror.co.uk.

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Nepal Tourism Year 1998 2011

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 21, 2011

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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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Youngest Queen Rania – World’s Leading Female Activist

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 25, 2010

Rania Al Abdullah is Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan The world’s youngest queen, Her Majesty has become a leading international voice for cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, and a global advocate for universal access to education and children’s health care. She is also actively engaged in the empowerment of women, youth and underprivileged communities across Jordan and around the world. With her husband, King Abdullah, she is helping to lead Jordan’s long-standing efforts to promote peace in the Middle East. Queen Rania has played a significant role in reaching out to the global community to foster values of tolerance and acceptance, and increase cross-cultural dialogue.

Regionally and internationally, Queen Rania has campaigned for a greater understanding between cultures in high profile forums such as the Jeddah Economic Forum, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Skoll Foundation in the UK.

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Queen leads remembrance services

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 14, 2010

BBC: The Queen has led the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London, as commemorations are held across the UK in honour of those who died in wars and conflicts.

Thousands of current and former military personnel joined the Queen, together with the main party leaders, who have laid wreaths.

Prince William had earlier attended a service of remembrance in Afghanistan.

The British Legion says it has sold a record 46 million poppies this year.

Commemorations have been given added significance this year by another 12 months of heavy UK military losses in Afghanistan.

This year also marks the 90th anniversary of both the Cenotaph and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, who was interred in Westminster Abbey. Read the rest of this entry »

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II Joins Facebook

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 7, 2010


Why not to be friend with the Queen at least through this social network FB?
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Cost Of The Queen? Less Than $1 Per Person A Year

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 5, 2010


Corrupted leaders from poor countries have to read this news.
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