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The Queen could miss Royal Ascot for the first time in her 68-year reign

The Queen could be forced to miss Royal Ascot for the first time in her 68-year-reign as the coronavirus pandemic spreads. Her Majesty, who turns 94-years-old next month, has never missed the five-day meeting in the entirety of her reign. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the monarch may decide to stay away from the event as a precautionary measure. Her Majesty has already…
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The new landmark in the Queen's historic reign

The Queen has famously said that ‘inevitably a long life can pass many milestones’ and now she has achieved another of her own. Elizabeth II has just become the fourth longest reigning monarch in recorded history. The Queen’s reign has now overtaken that…
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Could coronavirus cause havoc with the Queen's State Visit plans?

The UK’s State Visit schedule for 2020 is rather light with just one incoming event marked in the diary so far. And now questions have been raised over whether this sole trip can go ahead because of concerns over coronavirus. The Emperor and Empress of Japan are set to arrive at Windsor in the spring for their first State Visit since the start of the Reiwa era last year. However, with…
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The sadness behind an historic portrait of the Queen

At first glance, she is the very embodiment of regality but look closer and the hint of mourning behind an iconic image of the Queen becomes clear. On February 26th 1952, Elizabeth II posed for her first official portrait as Monarch with her gentle smile hiding the grief she felt as this famous photo was taken. For less than three weeks earlier she had lost her beloved father, King George…
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The Queen makes unannounced visit to MI5

The Queen has made an unannounced visit to MI5’s head office where she praised the intelligence officers for their response to “changing threats” to the United Kingdom. MI5 is the United Kingdom’s domestic counter-intelligence and security…
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5 reasons why Queen Elizabeth II will not abdicate

For many years now it has been apparent that Prince Charles has been stepping up his duties as The Queen reduces her own. This is a sure sign that Prince Charles is preparing for the role that he will one day fulfil, though not just yet. To completely dispel any idea that abdication is the word on The Queen’s lips at the moment, here are 5 reasons why Her Majesty won’t abdicate. 1. ‘I…
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