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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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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