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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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.

 

Queen set to approve Brexit Bill at breakfast tomorrow | London Evening Standard

Buckingham Palace

The Queen is set to give royal assent to the historic Bill authorising Britain’s exit from the European Union at breakfast time tomorrow, it was revealed today. A copy of the legislation will be rushed to Buckingham Palace in the sovereign’s red box to await her signature after final showdowns in the Commons and the Lords tonight.

Source: Queen set to approve Brexit Bill at breakfast tomorrow | London Evening Standard

Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth | The Royal Family

This Commonwealth Day, a baton will set out from Buckingham Palace and begin a long and extraordinary journey. Over the next twelve months, the Baton will visit people living in the nations and territories of our Commonwealth family in every continent and ocean. Carried on its way by thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds, by the time it reaches its final destination, The Queen’s Baton will have brought together through its route and symbolism, almost 2.5 billion people who share the special connection of being Commonwealth citizens.

— excerpt from Her Majesty’s Commonwealth Day Message

Source: Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth | The Royal Family

Today The Queen marked Commonwealth Day by launching The Queen’s Baton Relay for the XXI Commonwealth Games and attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

The Forecourt of Buckingham Palace was decorated with 70 Commonwealth flags to celebrate the start of The Queen’s Baton Relay. The Baton will travel through all 52 Commonwealth countries for 388 days covering 230,000 kilometres. It will arrive in time for Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games on 4th April 2018 which is being hosted by the Gold Coast in Australia.

In the afternoon The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex all attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

The Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom which embraces the diversity of the 2.5 billion Commonwealth residents. Each year the Commonwealth adopts a theme upon which the Commonwealth Service is based. The 2017 theme is ‘A Peace-Building Commonwealth’, which was echoed in The Queen’s annual Commonwealth speech released today.

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Royal Family honour UK Armed Forces as Queen unveils Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial – Royal Central

The Queen unveiled a memorial in London [on Thursday, 9 March 2017], recognising the Armed Forces contribution in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Source: Royal Family honour UK Armed Forces as Queen unveils Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial – Royal Central

The stone sculpture, in Victoria Embankment Gardens, features a large, two-sided bronze medallion depicting the memorial’s theme of “duty and service”. Its creator, sculptor Paul Day, said it gave “equal prominence to the civilian and military contributions.” Alongside Forces personnel, the memorial honours those involved in humanitarian efforts in the region and those families and individuals supporting troops back at home.

The 25-year conflict in the Gulf and the Middle East saw over 680 service personnel killed and many more wounded between 1990 and 2015. British troops left Iraq in 2009 and final operations ceased in Afghanistan, five years later, in 2015.

Many of the royals have served in the Armed Forces, have a link to them through patronages or hold honorary ranks. Prince Harry — whose 10-year career with the Army saw him serve twice in Afghanistan — made a reading at the service, from the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. The Prince left the Army in 2015 and has since been an advocate for service personnel and veterans’ welfare.

“Duty and service are important concepts in any civilised society, and we in this country have always valued them highly; the men and women who contributed so much to the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan were the very embodiment of those enduring principles. This memorial is for them.” — Lord Stirrup, Marshal of the Air Force and Chairman of Trustees of the Iraq and Afghanistan memorial

Exclusive: United States could become an ‘associate member’ of the Commonwealth  

The Royal Commonwealth Society is making plans to open a branch in the United States, with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member.”

Source: Exclusive: United States could become an ‘associate member’ of the Commonwealth  

The Royal Commonwealth Society is making plans to open a branch in the United States, with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member”. 

The project, which is said to be backed by the Queen, has come about in part as a result of Donald Trump’s fondness for Britain and the Royal Family. 

It comes amid efforts to develop the Commonwealth as a tool for building relationships on everything from foreign policy to trade, following Britain’s exit from the European Union.

“The UK rather left this treasure in the attic, and forgot about it because people were so glued to Brussels,” said Michael Lake, the director of the Royal Commonwealth Society. 

Opening a branch in the US, Mr Lake said, would further Britain’s ties with America, developing new connections between two countries who already share a common language.

I am all for this! I have believed for years that we should be part of the Commonwealth of Nations, formerly the British Commonwealth. We are as far as I know the only former colony of Great Britain to not be part of it: a group of 53 nations – sixteen of which are Commonwealth Realms, with Her Majesty The Queen as Head of State – with a combined population of 2.2 million, the Commonwealth covers nearly a quarter of the Earth’s land mass, and has a combined GDP of £6.9 trillion (almost $9.7 trillion in US dollars). It’s almost silly that we’re not! I sincerely hope this comes to pass.