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The symbols of majesty resting on Queen Elizabeth II's Coffin

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is currently Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall for four days to allow the public to pay their respects. She will remain there until 6:30 am on Monday, 19 September. Resting on top of the coffin are three symbols of the monarchy which hold great significance. The Queen’s coffin has been draped in the Royal Standard, the monarch’s personal flag. The Royal…
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The Queen appoints Thérèse Coffey as Deputy Prime Minister

The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Thérèse Coffey as the United Kingdom’s Deputy Prime Minister following a recommendation from new PM Liz Truss. Dr Coffey is one of Liz Truss’s closest friends and political allies, and acted as her campaign manager for the leadership of the Conservative Party. Previously the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under…
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Prince Charles delivers The Queen's Speech whilst Her Majesty watches on from home at Windsor

The Prince of Wales has for the first time delivered The Queen’s Speech in place of his mother at the State Opening of Parliament. The ceremony, on May 10th 2022, was the first time in 59 years that The Queen has missed the State Opening – her last absence being in 1963 when she was pregnant with Prince Edward. Accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke of Cambridge…
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How royals use soft diplomacy to voice their support for Ukraine

Diplomats refer to it as “soft diplomacy” – the art of saying things without actually uttering a single word. Another definition is of it is “saying without saying”. On the 24th of February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. Media around the world have covered the facts, and have talked about the humanitarian catastrophe that is unfolding by the hour. Over 2 million people have…
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