Memories of Her Majesty: overtaking Victoria, time and again

Queen Elizabeth II passed numerous milestones throughout her historic 70-year reign. They have included milestones as a mother and wife and as a monarch. And for many of them, she found herself on a parallel path to her great, great grandmother, Queen Victoria. On 20 December 2007, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest living monarch in British history. Her great-great-grandmother, Queen…
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The symbols of majesty resting on Queen Elizabeth II's Coffin

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is currently Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall for four days to allow the public to pay their respects. She will remain there until 6:30 am on Monday, 19 September. Resting on top of the coffin are three symbols of the monarchy which hold great significance. The Queen’s coffin has been draped in the Royal Standard, the monarch’s personal flag. The Royal…
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The other kings called Charles

With the death of his mother on Thursday 8 September 2022, King Charles III is now the sovereign of the United Kingdom, as well as fifteen other nations. While it was thought previously that he may take the regnal name of George VII, The King has chosen to keep his given…
Palaces & Buildings

The history of Westminster Hall

On Wednesday, 14 September, Queen Elizabeth II’s body will process from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, where it will lie-in-state in Westminster Hall. Westminster Hall is the oldest surviving part of the medieval Palace of Westminster, now a…
British Royals

Who will keep vigil at Queen Elizabeth II's coffin as it lies in state?

Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in rest began on Monday, 12 September in the evening at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. On Tuesday evening, her body will be flown from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt, again accompanied by her daughter, The Princess Royal. Her coffin will be taken to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening and will then process to Westminster Hall on Wednesday to lie in state until the…
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Stamps and coins bearing The Queen's image are still legal

With the death of his mother on Thursday, 8 September, King Charles III is now sovereign. In the coming days and weeks, there will be many administrative and bureaucratic changes. However, two main facets of life in the United Kingdom will remain the same. Royal Mail has confirmed that all stamps with The Queen appearing will remain useable after her death. The Press Association on…
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