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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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The Queen's week in pictures

The Queen marked the 68th anniversary of her accession this week. But while the day itself is always spent quietly and privately at Sandringham House, the place where her beloved father died on February 6th 1952, the royal diary is picking up pace. Elizabeth II, just days away from becoming the fourth longest reigning monarch in recorded history, carried out a series of engagements through the…
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Prince Andrew stays away from Christmas Day church service

The Duke of York missed the traditional 11am church service on Christmas Day, instead choosing to stay with his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, at Sandringham House It was widely speculated that Prince Andrew would stay away from church on Christmas Day following his retirement from public life a couple of months ago. The Duke did, however, attend the early service at St. Mary Magdalene at…
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Christmas with the Windsors: how British royals celebrate

Each family has its own Christmas tradition and royal families are no exception. In this installment of our Christmas series on how ruling houses across Europe mark the holidays, we’re headed to Sandringham for a look at how the House of Windsor celebrates the season. A Very Big Family Lunch A week before Christmas, the Queen invites the extended Royal Family to Buckingham Palace for a…
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