State & Ceremonial

"Happy birthday Your Majesty and thank you" - Maureen Lipman becomes a Dame in the Queen's Birthday Honours

One of Britain’s best loved actresses, Maureen Lipman, has been made a Dame. The honour comes for services to charity, entertainment and the arts. Dame Maureen, who was born in Hull in 1946, is one of the most popular TV and stage actresses of the past decades. She began her career at the London Academy of Music and Dance and worked in theatre and TV before landing a starring role in…
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State & Ceremonial

Mary Berry 'absolutely overwhelmed' to be awarded with a damehood in The Queen's Birthday Honours

One of Britain’s best loved cooks, Mary Berry, has been rewarded with a damehood in The Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honours. Dame Mary has been named as a recipient of the prestigious honour for her services to broadcasting, the culinary arts and charity. The 85-year-old said she is “absolutely overwhelmed to receive this very great honour”. She said: “For most of my life I…
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State & Ceremonial

The Queen's 2020 Birthday Honours List is revealed as ordinary people are honoured for doing extraordinary things

Mary Berry, Maureen Lipman and David Suchet are among the famous names who are being recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020. However, this year’s list is dominated by the work of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities, particularly in response to the COVID-19. In total, 414 exceptional people are named in this list for their efforts in response…
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HistoryInterests

Who was Leopold III of Belgium?

Leopold III was the fourth King of the Belgians (the Belgian King is known as the King of the Belgians rather than King of Belgium). In the early years of his reign, he was a popular figure; however, he became a divisive figure after he surrendered the Belgian army to the invading German forces in 1940 without consulting his government. After the end of the war, he would eventually agree to…
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