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Royal Central’s Countdown to Christmas: Day Twelve

So we can now officially say its less then two weeks until Christmas Day and what better way to celebrate that fact than by opening Royal Central’s twelfth door on our very festive Countdown to Christmas.

Our year of focus today is 2000.

Firstly what did The Queen have to say?

And what happened in that year?
  • 11th January- A Scottish trawler, the Solway Harvester, sinks in the Irish Sea killing seven sailors.
  • 28th February- The chief of British Nuclear Fuels resigns over a safety scandal at Sellafield.
  • 2nd March- The UK returns Augusto Pinochet to Chile to face trial.
  • 1st April- An Enigma machine is stolen from Bletchley Park Museum.
  • 24th May- National Botanic Garden of Wales opens to the public in Carmarthenshire.
  • 7th June- Tony Blair receives a hostile reception during a speech at the Women’s Institute. He is heckled and slow hand clapped by furious members.
  • 14th July- Reality television game show Big Brother first airs in Britain.
  • 27th August- Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire killing three people.
  • 15th September- Great Britain and Northern Ireland begin competing at the Sydney Olympics. They win 11 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze medals.
  • 17th October- A Great North Eastern Railway InterCity 225 train derails south of Hatfield Station, killing 4 people.
  • 20th November- Judith Keppel becomes the first person to win £1 million on TV show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
  • 31st December- The Millennium Dome closes, as planned, after one year.
But just what happened Royally?
  • Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh made a state visit to Italy. Their host was President Ciampi.
  • The Queen and Prince Philip made a state visit to Vatican City. Here they met with Pope John Paul II.
  • Prince Charles makes an appearance in Coronation Street on the occasion of their 40th anniversary.
  • Prince William secures his place at St Andrew’s University. The oldest university in Scotland.
  • Prince William and Prince Harry attend some of the events at the Sydney Olympics.
  • On the 4th August, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother celebrated her 100th birthday. Celebrations took place all over the UK and The Queen Mother even received a telegram from her Daughter, The Queen, on the occasion of her becoming a centenarian.
  • Princess Margaret suffers a stroke.
  • Princess Anne celebrates her 50th birthday.
  • Prince Andrew celebrates his 40th birthday and to celebrate, makes a visit to the London Eye.
  • On 18th July, The Queen opens the British Embassy in Berlin.

As mentioned, Her Majesty The Queen opened the British Embassy in Berlin on the 18th July 2000. See a part of the speech The Queen made to the guests at the Embassy below:

Mr President, Mr Foreign Minister, Mr Governing Mayor, Ladies and Gentlemen.As Sir Paul Lever and his predecessors can testify, I have been asking British Ambassadors about this building project ever since I laid the foundation stone in 1992. I am pleased to be here today to open the new British Embassy in Berlin and to welcome you all to this ceremony.This is a British-German project. A British architect, Michael Wilford and Partners, won the competition to design the building. A German consortium, Arteos, won the competition to build it. Both have worked closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office who, for the first time, were charged with building a new Embassy in public/private partnership, and with the Berlin authorities. I congratulate all of those involved in it.As I look back at my previous four visits to Germany since 1965, it is gratifying to see how much has been achieved. Berlin and Germany are now one. But history has not, of course, come to an end. We have before us a further European task. That is to expand the European Union so that those countries who for over fifty years were artificially excluded from the mainstream of European life can soon rejoin it, so that Europe as a whole, like Germany, can be without division. Berlin will no longer be an outpost but a geographic centre of the continent. Where formerly West and East confronted each other, now they can come together here.

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