State & Ceremonial

Woman expected to become New Zealand's next Prime Minister wants country to become a republic

She is widely expected to become Prime Minister of New Zealand in less than a month, and a few weeks before polling day, Jacinda Ardern says that the country should have a debate on whether to remove The Queen as Head of State. Ms Ardern, who recently became leader of the Labour Party, has seen her party surge in the polls since she took over as Leader of the Opposition last month. Expressing her…
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InterviewsState & Ceremonial

Interview: Black Rod speaks exclusively to Royal Central

Lieutenant General David Leakey might not be a name you instantly recognise, partly because he is known inside and outside of Parliament as Black Rod. Best known for his role during the State Opening of Parliament, Black Rod is sent to the House of Commons by Her Majesty The Queen to summon Members of Parliament to the House of Lords to hear her speech. Slamming the door in Black Rod’s face…
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State & CeremonialThe Queen

The Queen takes Conservative MP hostage at Buckingham Palace

The Queen has taken a Conservative Member of Parliament hostage at Buckingham Palace whilst she delivers her speech at the Palace of Westminster. Chris Heaton-Harris, MP for Daventry, is being ‘held captive’ at the Palace and will be released once the Monarch has been safely returned from the State Opening of Parliament. Mr Heaton-Harris arrived at Buckingham Palace before The Queen…
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State & CeremonialThe Queen

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh lead minute's silence from Buckingham Palace

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have led a minute’s silence from Buckingham Palace in memory of those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire. The 91-year-old Monarch led the nation in silence ahead of the annual Trooping the Colour parade which celebrates Her Majesty’s official birthday. However, The Queen is aware that although today is supposed to be a day of…
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