The Queen

Why does The Queen take an MP hostage when she visits the Palace of Westminster?

Whenever The Queen visits the Palace of Westminster, she holds a British Member of Parliament hostage at Buckingham Palace awaiting her safe return. An MP is always held captive during the State Opening of Parliament. In the May 2021, that duty falls to Marcus Jones, MP for Nuneaton. But what are the origins of this rather archaic tradition, and indeed what happens to the hostage should…
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The Queen

The Queen reveals pride in childhood achievement

The Queen has spoken of her surprise at finding out she was the first person in the Commonwealth to achieve a prestigious lifesaving award. And Her Majesty shared her ongoing pride in her achievement, eighty years after being presented with the prize. The memories of her…
The Kents

Who is Prince Michael of Kent, cousin to The Queen?

Prince Michael (b. 4 July 1942) is the younger brother of the Duke of Kent and paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. As a five-year-old, he was a pageboy at the wedding of the then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. He was educated at Sunningdale School and Eton, before entering the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, during his life he has always been active in learning languages and…
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British RoyalsFeatures

The Windsor Week

The House of Windsor is returning to some kind of normality after the sadness of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh and the mourning period that followed his passing on April 9th 2021. The past week has seen several high profile engagements as well as a string of other…
Prince Charles and Camilla

Camilla makes first visit to regiment with special link to Prince Philip

The Duchess of Cornwall has paid her first official visit as Colonel-in-Chief to 5th Battalion The Rifles. Camilla took over the role of Colonel of The Rifles from Prince Philip in a special double ceremony last year which turned out to be the Duke of Edinburgh’s final official engagement. Embed from Getty Images Exactly four weeks after his death, the Duchess paid the troops a…
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CoronavirusThe Cambridges

The Duchess of Cambridge promises four-year-old girl she will wear a 'pink princess costume' when they meet

The Duchess of Cambridge released a phone call she held with a young girl at the centre of a Hold Still portrait chosen for exhibition last summer, and featuring in a new book of still released this week. Kate shared a video snippet of her telephone call with Mila Sneddon, a four-year-old girl living with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, who had to shield away from her father and older sister…
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