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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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A message from The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, for Commonwealth Day 2018

Her Majesty The Queen, as Head of the Commonweath, has sent the following message ahead of Commonwealth Day on Monday 12th March.

"We all have reason to give thanks for the numerous ways in which our lives are enriched when we learn from others.

“Through exchanging ideas, and seeing life from other perspectives, we grow in understanding and work more collaboratively towards a common future.

“There is a very special value in the insights we gain through the Commonwealth connection; shared inheritances help us overcome difference so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division.

“We shall see this in action at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which takes place in the United Kingdom next month, bringing together young people, business and civil society from across the Commonwealth.

“These gatherings are themselves fine examples of how consensus and commitment can help to create a future that is fairer, more secure, more prosperous and sustainable.

“Having enjoyed the warm hospitality of so many Commonwealth countries over the years, I look forward to the pleasure of welcoming the leaders of our family of 53 nations to my homes in London and Windsor.

“Sport also contributes to building peace and development. The excitement and positive potential of friendly rivalry will be on display next month as we enjoy the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.

“Contributing to the success of the Games, alongside athletes and officials, will be thousands of volunteers.

“Voluntary effort, by people working as individuals, in groups or through larger
associations, is so often what shapes the Commonwealth and all our communities.

“By pledging to serve the common good in new ways, we can ensure that the Commonwealth continues to grow in scope and stature, to have an even greater impact on people's lives, today, and for future generations.”

Saturday, September 2, 2017

A Message from The Queen Following the Floods Caused by Hurricane Harvey

The British Monarchy

I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the devastation following the recent terrible floods caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Prince Philip and I send our sincere condolences to the victims of this disaster, to those who have lost loved ones, and to those who have seen their homes and property destroyed. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Message from The Queen Following the Earthquakes in New Zealand

Prince Philip and I were shocked to hear news of the severe earthquakes that struck on Monday. I send my condolences to the families of those who were killed and to the people whose homes and businesses have been affected.

Our thoughts are with you at this time.


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.