Here are Prince Philip’s final few engagements that he will undertake in the coming months – Royal Central

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!

8 reasons constitutional monarchy is the best form of government • The Crown Chronicles

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. 🙂

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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 presents a Guidon to The Royal Lancers at Windsor Castle

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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The Prince of Wales visits Romania | The Royal Family

The Prince of Wales has spent three days in Romania where he visited a number of sites and charities and met many different Romanians from all walks of life.

Source: The Prince of Wales visits Romania | The Royal Family

The Royal Visit started at the NATO Headquarters in Bucharest where The Prince was able to meet British Military officers. His Royal Highness also took the opportunity to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Romanian National War memorial.

At the Cotroceni Palace, the official residence of Romanian President, The Prince of Wales met the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. During the meeting President Iohannis presented The Prince with the The Order of the Star of Romania, Romania’s highest civilian order.

The following day The Prince of Wales visited the Village Museum in Bucharest where he was welcomed by people dressed in traditional Romanian folk costumes. In celebration of Romania’s cultural Heritage His Royal Highness took part in the dance known as the ‘Hora’. The Prince was also able to see many examples of traditional Romanian crafts such as wooden tile making and egg decorating.

His Royal Highness also visited the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest, where he met Patriarch Daniel, the head of the Romanian Orthodox Church, and later met with Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu.

His visit included a number of visits to local charities, including one of which he is Patron – the FARA Foundation, a charity that “transforms the lives of vulnerable and traumatised children and young people” – and highlighted work that is being done to combat human trafficking and modern day slavery.

The article notes that HRH visited The Old Princely Court in Bucharest: built in the 15th century by “Vlad The Impaler,” an ancestor of The Prince! Vlad has a bit of a bad rap in the U.S., mainly due to his heavily fictionalized connection with Bram Stoker’s character, “Dracula.”

More on that in a separate post

For now, suffice it to say that Vlad’s ire was directed primarily toward the Ottoman Turks who were attempting to invade and subjugate the area – which gives the story an eerily contemporary relevance, given the actions and attitudes of present-day Turkey, under its President Erdogan!


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Message to Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service Craig Mackey | The Royal Family

A typically gracious and sensitive message from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, following the tragic and despicable terrorist attack in Westminster yesterday:

“Following the shocking events in Westminster, Prince Philip and I are sorry that we will not be able to open the New Scotland Yard building as planned today, for very understandable reasons.  I look forward to visiting at a later date.  My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with all those who have been affected by yesterday’s awful violence. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my enduring thanks and admiration for the members of the Metropolitan Police Service and all who work so selflessly to help and protect others.”

Source: Message to Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service Craig Mackey | The Royal Family

The Queen grants Royal Assent to the Brexit Bill – Royal Central

Her Majesty The Queen has given Royal Assent to the bill authorising a British exit from the European Union. The Queen’s signature allows Prime Minister Theresa May to formally start the process of leaving the EU.

Source: The Queen grants Royal Assent to the Brexit Bill – Royal Central

I mentioned a few days ago that Her Majesty The Queen was expected to grant Royal Assent to the bill authorizing (American spelling!) “Brexit.” This did in fact occur, albeit a bit later than originally anticipated: Thursday, March 16th, 2017.

The European Union Notification of Withdrawal Bill was accepted by MPs and the House of Lords on Monday, and The Queen had been expected to sign the Bill on Tuesday. There is speculation that Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, caused such a media furore by calling for a second independence referendum that The Queen postponed the law until today.

Those who believe that Her Majesty is powerless, a mere figurehead, should take note:

Royal Assent is required to make legislation in the United Kingdom law and The Queen has the power to make and repeal laws. Laws usually originate from the Houses of Parliament, either the Commons or the Lords, and experience a lengthy process of debate and review. Once the legislation has been passed by both houses of Parliament, it is then sent to The Queen in Her daily red boxes of state papers. There can be a slight delay here as Her Majesty has a great deal of papers to work through. It remains the case, however, that no bill can become law without The Queen’s approval.

Royal Assent, granted after a bill has been passed by Peers and MPs, is different from Queen’s Consent. Queen’s Consent is required for members of Parliament to debate a bill and has to be granted on issues which affect interests of The Crown.  The Queen has been asked to grant permission for a whole multitude of debates, covering everything from higher education, civil partnerships and identity cards to animal welfare and pensions.

In at least three cases since 1990, The Queen has refused Consent. This happened in 1999, when The Queen refused to allow plans to transfer command of the Armed Forces to the Prime Minister to be discussed in Parliament. The Bill would have effectively meant that The Queen would no longer be Commander-in-Chief. She has also jettisoned bills referring to House of Lords reform and the removal of Crown immunity. Some critics of the monarchy argue that The Queen should not have such a powerful veto, but it is generally accepted that Her Majesty acts in the best interests of the kingdom.

 

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Paris

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Paris for two days of official engagements. [Yesterday] their Royal Highnesses visited the Élysée Palace for the start of the tour where they were welcomed to Paris by French President François Hollande.