State & Ceremonial

Arise Sir Iain Duncan Smith, Dame Olivia Newton-John & Sir Sam Mendes - 2020 New Year Honours revealed

Former Conservative Party Leader Iain Duncan Smith, singer & actress Olivia Newton-John and film director Sam Mendes are among those being recognised by The Queen in the 2020 New Year Honours list. Sir Iain Duncan Smith is being knighted for political and public service. The 65-year-old has been the Member of Parliament for Chingford since 1992 and has held many Cabinet positions, most…
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State & Ceremonial

The Queen attends the State Opening of Parliament in Westminster just six days before Christmas

The Queen attended the State Opening of Parliament on Thursday morning – just six days before Christmas. The occasion in Westminster is thought to have been Her Majesty’s final engagement of 2019. She will shortly depart London for Sandringham where the 93-year-old monarch will reside during the winter season. This was The Queen’s second State Opening of Parliament in as…
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InterestsPalaces & Buildings

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground named one of England's best play spaces

It’s a whimsical area of Kensington Gardens where pirate ships and imagination reign, and now the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground has been ranked as one of the country’s best playgrounds. The playground, which is visited by more than one million people a year, is a favourite of children visiting London and was honoured for the “quality and variety of play…
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HistoryHistoryNorway

Finding Queen Maud in Oslo

This year, it is 150 years since Norway’s Queen Maud was born. This is marked by Royal Central with several articles where we look at the life of the British princess who married a Danish prince and ended up as a Norwegian queen. In Oslo today, the city that Maud once…
HistoryHistoryNorway

The lost tiara of Queen Maud

This year, it is 150 years since the Norwegian Queen Maud was born in London. Much has been written about the queen who was elected to be monarch together with her husband as a new Norwegian royal couple in an independent Norway in 1905. When Queen Maud came to Norway, she…
State & Ceremonial

The Queen's Christmas holiday at Sandringham likely to be disrupted if Boris Johnson wins General Election

The Queen’s Christmas holiday may be interrupted if the Conservative Party is voted back to government in the upcoming General Election. If Boris Johnson is returned to Downing Street on December 12, he has promised to bring his EU withdrawal deal back to Parliament before Christmas. This means The Queen’s Speech and the State Opening of Parliament will take place on Thursday…
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