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King and Queen of Belgium’s State Visit to Italy cancelled over coronavirus fears

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium’s State Visit to Italy next month has been cancelled amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Their Majesties, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs & Defence and the Prime Ministers of various Belgian regions, were due to visit Italy from 23-25 March. Italian President Sergio Mattarella requested that the visit be postponed as the country…
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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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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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Sir Lindsay Hoyle physically dragged to the Speaker's Chair by MPs

Sir Lindsay Hoyle was dragged to the Speaker’s Chair on Monday evening following his election victory in a tradition which dates back many centuries. After being declared as the new House of Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay was grabbed by the arms and was physically moved from the backbenches to the grand Speaker’s Chair. Speaker-Elect Sir Lindsay Hoyle is dragged to the Speaker’s…
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