Remarkable Royal Visits: The Queen and Prince Philip visit Aberfan, 1966

Aberfan is a former coal mining village in South Wales just 4 miles south of Merthyr Tydfil, and unfortunately it became known for the Aberfan disaster that happened on 21st October 1966. The disaster was a catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip and saw 40,000 cubic metres of debris cover the village of Aberfan in just minutes. The classrooms of Pantglas Junior School were immediately…
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Folk songs, candlesticks and Shakespeare: gifts exchanged during China State Visit

Earlier on Tuesday, The President Xi and Madame Peng enjoyed a private lunch at Buckingham Palace, given by The Queen. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were also in attendance at the luncheon. View image | Following the private lunch, Her Majesty invited the President and Madame Peng to view an exhibition in the Picture Gallery of items from the Royal Collection…
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Spooktacular tales: Haunted Hampton Court Palace

Throughout the history of the English Monarchy, no royal residence has seen as much drama as Hampton Court Palace. From the bloody religious acts of Mary I to the failed marriages of Henry VIII. Many people died during these eventful reigns, but many of the spirits of…
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Queen leads the official welcome for Chinese State Visit

There has been a royal welcome for the President of China and his wife as they officially begin their State Visit to the United Kingdom. The Queen formally welcomed President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan at Horse Guards Parade this morning. The Chinese President and his wife arrived in London last night and stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London, Just before noon today, the Prince of…
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The 1940s: The Queen Mother's finest decade

Though the 1930s brought about tumultuous change for the country and for Queen Elizabeth, the 1940s would soon become a decade that nobody would ever forget. It would also be the decade that Elizabeth would be dubbed ‘the most dangerous woman in Europe’ and…
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Prince William give passionate speech to Chinese television on illegal wildlife trade

The Duke of Cambridge delivered his speech on the illegal ivory trade, broadcast on state television in China, ahead of the arrival in the UK of the Chinese president on Monday evening. William raised the issue with the President of China when they met in Beijing earlier this year. The speech was filmed in front of a studio style audience of students and guests at the Maughan Library at…
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