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Showing posts with label Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Show all posts

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Happy 90th Birthday to Her Majesty the Queen!

The following montage of 90 photographs for each of The Queen's 90 years, is a reminder of Her Majesty's lifetime of selfless dedication and service to the British people, her other realms, and the millions comprising the great, worldwide family of nations, the Commonwealth.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Queen Elizabeth Calls Jesus Christ 'the King She Serves' in 90th Birthday Book

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits Malta Racing Club at Marsa racecourse near Valletta, Malta, November 28, 2015. Malta was host to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reflects on Jesus' central role in her life in a new book ahead of her 90th birthday, calling Christ "the King she serves" in the title.

I have been — and remain — very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for his steadfast love," the British monarch writes in the foreword to The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, which is to be released in April.

"I have indeed seen His faithfulness," she adds.
Thousands of churches will reportedly be giving away copies of the book, which is being published by HOPE, Bible Society and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, according to the Church of England.

Read more at The Christian Post >>

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Shakespeare Exhibition to Mark the 400th Anniversary of His Death Held at Windsor Castle

From Royal Central

With the 400th anniversary of playwrighter William Shakespeare’s death, Queen Elizabeth is marking the occasion with a display at Windsor Castle.

The event that starts Saturday will display treasures demonstrating the link between her family and Shakespeare, such as a copy of his second folio, annotated by both Charles I and George III.

Other family heirlooms include Queen Mary’s copy of The Merry Wives of Windsor that she was given in 1917 and a Romeo and Juliet drawing by the future Queen Victoria when she was 15-years-old. The picture made in pen, pencil and ink shows the star-crossed lovers embracing as Romeo climbs out of a window.

Titled ‘Shakespeare in the Royal Library’, the exhibition hosts an array of maps, prints, books and works of art demonstrating how monarchs since Elizabeth I have loved Britain’s greatest dramatist.

The annotated copy of the Bard’s second folio, the 1632 collection of his plays, is a highlight of the exhibition. Charles I is said to have read it when imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight for 14 months before his death in 1649.

Charles I wrote the words ‘Dum Spiro Spero’ (While I Breathe, I Hope) on the flyleaf of the book, as well as adding the names of some of Shakespeare’s comedic characters on the contents page.
William Sartain’s portrait of playwright William Shakespeare

William Sartain’s portrait of playwright William Shakespeare

Many others owned the book before 1800 when the Royal Library by George III reacquired it. George made a correction on a note in the book that said Sir Thomas Herbert was the King’s Master of the Revels, to that Herbert was, in fact, Groom of the Bedchamber to Charles I.

Queen Victoria and her family took in many of Shakespeare’s plays at Windsor Castle. During one performance Louis Haghe recorded the event in watercolour showing the Queen, Prince Albert and the children watching Macbeth in the Rubens Room (now King’s Drawing Room) on February 4, 1853.

A journal entry from Victoria describes that day as “most interesting, thrilling and heartrending play” and said the performance was “extremely well given”.

Prince Charles is president of the Royal Shakespeare Company and published a selection of his favourite work by Shakespeare in 1995.

Elizabeth Clark, exhibition curator of Royal Collection Trust said: “This exhibition commemorating 400 years since Shakespeare’s death is a wonderful opportunity to show through many of the Royal Library’s greatest treasures the Royal Family’s lasting interest in Shakespeare and his plays.”

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas 2015 Broadcast of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

"I believe from my heart that the cause which binds together my peoples and our gallant and faithful allies is the cause of Christian Civilization." 
King George VI
Broadcasting on December 25, 1939

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Scottish Independence: The Queen is Urged to Intervene

Senior MPs have suggested an intervention from Her Majesty could 'make all the difference' as a new TNS poll shows the Yes and No campaigns running neck and neck 

Queen Elizabeth addresses the benefits of British union in a reply to the loyal addresses given on behalf of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons commemorating Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee in May 1977.

David Cameron is under growing pressure to ask the Queen to speak out in support of the Union as another opinion poll confirms a surge in support for Scottish independence.

Senior MPs have suggested an intervention from Her Majesty could “make all the difference” as a TNS poll shows the Yes and No campaigns running neck and neck. 

Read more at The Telegraph >>


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pope to Queen: Pray for Me!

Queen Elizabeth II has paid a private call on Pope Francis at the Vatican, making him the fifth pontiff she has met.

The Queen arrived on Thursday afternoon wearing a lilac-coloured spring coat and matching hat that are almost the same colour as the wisteria blooming over much of the Italian capital. 

The Queen and Prince Philip were ushered into a small room near the Vatican's public audience hall for the 30-minute meeting. 

Previously, the Queen, who is the head of the Church of England, has met four pontiffs, beginning with Pius XII in 1951, a year before her accession to the throne. 

Earlier in the day, The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh had lunch with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinal palace.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Queen to Visit Pope Francis in April

The Queen with Benedict XVI in Edinburgh (PA)

The Queen will visit Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 3, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. The Queen will be accompanied by Prince Philip and the Royal visit will be her first overseas trip for three years. 

The Queen will visit with the Pope at the Vatican after meeting the Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano, at the presidential palace in Rome. 

According to The Daily Mail, the Pontiff will break with tradition by welcoming the Queen to the Domus Sanctæ Marthæ, the boarding house where he resides, rather than the Papal state apartments inside the Apostolic Palace.

In 1982 the Queen became the first British monarch to welcome a reigning Pope to Great Britain when she met Blessed John Paul II at Buckingham Palace. 

Benedict XVI was the first Pontiff to receive a full state welcome to the UK for his 2010 visit, with the Queen meeting him in Edinburgh during the trip.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Queen's Horse, Estimate, Wins Gold Cup at Royal Ascot

The history books may record 2013 as the 60th anniversary of the coronation, but the tears of joy in the Queen’s eyes today left no doubt about the highlight of her year so far. 

Trainer Sir Michael Stout (left), Queen Elizabeth II, Jockey Ryan Morre (centre), Stable hand Kirsty Mercedes Chouffot (right) during the presentation of the Gold Cup following Estimates victory on day three of the Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse

By Gordon Rayner

Her Majesty became the first reigning monarch to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in the 207-year history of the race, as her four-year-old filly Estimate won by a neck in a thrilling finish. 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Telegraph Writers and Editors Select the Queen as 'Greatest Briton' of the Year

Telegraph writers and editors have chosen 25 notable Britons of 2012 – here are our top 10 – including our Briton of the Year 
The Queen not only celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, giving us all a reason to remind ourselves what is best about Britain, but also played a starring role in the opening ceremony of London 2012 Olympics Photo: PA
The Queen, Our Greatest Briton
When historians look back on 2012, one Briton will define the year’s momentous and joyous events more than any other. The Queen not only celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, giving us all a reason to remind ourselves what is best about Britain, but also played a starring role in the opening ceremony of London 2012. 

Who will ever forget the delicious moment when Her Majesty greeted James Bond at Buckingham Palace, before appearing to parachute out of a helicopter into the Olympic Park? Our Olympians and Paralympians may have given us a month’s worth of unashamed patriotism, but the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was the culmination of a lifetime of service to the country. 

At the centre of the celebrations were four remarkable days in June, during which the Queen defied age and the elements to attend the Thames Pageant, the splendidly over-the-top Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace and a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s, followed by a Carriage Procession and Balcony appearance. She had already taken on a daunting schedule of travel at the beginning of the year, as she set out to visit every corner of the United Kingdom, determined that as many of us as possible should see her in her landmark year; and she ended 2012 in the same spirit, shaking off a cold to lead her family to church on Christmas Day. Her Majesty has not only defined a year, but has helped shape an entire era, and for that she is our Greatest Briton. 

Read the rest of this entry at The Telegraph >>


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Broadcast of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

"I believe from my heart that the cause which binds together my peoples and our gallant and faithful allies is the cause of Christian Civilization."  
King George VI
Broadcasting on December 25, 1939

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Royal Wedding: Sixty-five Years Ago Today

Congratulations to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Today they mark 65 years of marriage

They are an example to follow but also a splendid and royal rebuke to our times
From the Catholic Herald
By Francis Phillips
The Queen says the Duke of Edinburgh is her 'strength and stay' (Photo: PA)

Congratulations to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh who have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary today. It is a significant achievement. I don’t mean the longevity aspect which is out of their hands, a mixture of luck and good genes; I mean the example they have set the country of a faithful and enduring marriage, based on mutual affection and respect. According to the Telegraph report, Prince Philip wrote to the Queen Mother on his honeymoon, saying that his wife was “the only ‘thing’ in the world which is absolutely real to me and my ambition is to weld the two of us into a new combined existence that will not only be able to withstand the shocks directed at us but will also have a positive existence for the good”.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Marked with Seven-Mile Long Flotilla

Celebrations marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will include a seven-mile long flotilla of 1,000 boats along the River Thames, it has been revealed. 

By James Orr

How the royal barge, The Spirit of Chartwell, will look as it passes under Tower Bridge   Photo: EPA

Organisers of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant said the “unique spectacle” would travel under 14 bridges and take 90 minutes to pass any given point.

It will include a total of nine separate sections of differing vessels, from Dutch barges and steam boats to row boats and even kayaks.

The flotilla will be led by Gloriana, a hand-built, 88-foot rowbarge, while the second section will see boats carrying the flags of Commonwealth nations. 

Lord Salisbury, Chairman of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, said: “Our aspirations for this wonderful tribute to The Queen are coming together very well.

“We are delighted that The Prince of Wales has agreed to be our Patron. This is a hugely ambitious project and it is gathering momentum day by day.”

The event to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years as monarch will take place on Sunday, June 3, between Putney and Tower Bridge.