Source: The Queen’s Official Birthday 2017 | The Royal Family
Her Majesty has always been extremely attentive, sensitive, and responsive to the needs and moods of her nation. This year she writes,
Today is traditionally a day of celebration. This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood. In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies.
As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events. During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need.
Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity. United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.
17th June, 2017
God save The Queen! Long live The Queen! Long may she reign, in peace and prosperity, to lead and guard her people.
The Trooping of the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years.
Source: Trooping the Colour | The Royal Family
An “official” Happy Birthday to Her Majesty, The Queen!
Today The Queen and other members of The Royal Family attended Trooping the Colour – The Queen’s birthday parade.
Before The Trooping took place, The Queen led a minute’s silence for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.
After the British Army had finished the military ceremony, The Queen joined members of The Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force Red Arrow display.
God save The Queen! Long live The Queen! May she enjoy health and long life, to reign in peace and guard her people.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have visited those injured in the London Bridge terrorists incident, and met the medical staff and emergency services who responded during the attack.
Source: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall meet those injured in the London Bridge attack. | The Royal Family
HM The Queen visits with one of the victims of the Manchester sucide bombing.
Her Majesty visits with and commends the staff of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Her Majesty The Queen visits with one of the young victims of the Manchester suicide bombing at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, and commends the Hospital staff.
The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured. I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.
— Her Majesty The Queen
Source: A message from Her Majesty The Queen to the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester | The Royal Family
Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday that the Duke of Edinburgh would retire from royal duties in the Autumn at the age of 96. The Prince is not believed to be retiring for health reasons.
Source: Here are Prince Philip’s final few engagements that he will undertake in the coming months – Royal Central
Regardless of his reasons, the man is more than entitled – at age 96! – to retire from public life. He has served the United Kingdom and its Commonwealth as Prince Consort wisely and well for many years, and has been what Her Majesty, the Queen, described as “my strength and my stay” during that time. Health and long(er) life to His Royal Highness, and God save The Queen!
Many people say that having a Monarch as Head of State is good for tourism, but not much else. But, hang on, aren’t Monarchies cheaper than Presidencies? Yes. And doesn’t having a King or Queen ensure that there cannot be a dictatorship? Yes! So why is monarchy good? Here are 8 reasons why constitutional monarchy is the best form of government…
Source: 8 reasons constitutional monarchy is the best form of government • The Crown Chronicles
Can’t argue with anything here! An excellent essay, entirely. 🙂
N.B. The article notes,
“While a number of examples relate specifically to the British Monarchy, most of these reasons are applicable to the other Monarchies of the world, and we have tried to include some broader examples and statistics.”
The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of York, has presented a Guidon to The Royal Lancers during a ceremony in St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle.
Source: The Queen presents a Guidon to The Royal Lancers at Windsor Castle | The Royal Family
The Royal Lancers were formed on the 2nd May 2015 following an amalgamation of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s) and The Queen’s Royal Lancers.
During the traditional ceremony at Windsor Castle Her Majesty touched the new Guidon, and presented it to the Regiment.
A Guidon is a heraldic banner carried by cavalry regiments. They were traditionally carried into battle as distinguishing symbols and rallying points for fighting units.
After the presentation Her Majesty gave a speech where the honorific suffix ‘Queen Elizabeths’ Own’ was granted to the Regiment.
To mark my 70th anniversary as your Colonel in Chief I should like to grant you a further distinction – that of an honorific suffix to The Royal Lancers – Queen Elizabeths’ Own – in recognition of your loyal service to me and to my mother, Queen Elizabeth.
The Royal Lancers are 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade’s Armoured Cavalry Regiment based in Catterick, North Yorkshire. They have extensive operational experience, having been the last regiment to operate the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance in Afghanistan.
The Lancers’ distinctive cap-badge represents their Regimental Motto, ‘Death or Glory’.
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