“On May 15, the future King of the United Kingdom will open the doors to his new bed and breakfast, known as Granary Lodge, to the public. The 10-bedroom development overlooks the picturesque North Sea on the grounds of the Castle of Mey in Caithness, Scotland…
“Each room is decorated with plush Victorian style, with dark wood furniture, floral drapery, and pastel-colored walls. Basically, it’s everything you’d expect from a royal residence.”
No, HRH The Prince of Wales has not become a member of the bourgeoisie! As are most of his ventures, this one has a more charitable purpose:
“Though it may prove popular, don’t expect the Prince to get rich off this endeavour. As Clarence House said in a statement: ‘The accommodation will be owned and operated by The Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, and profits raised will go towards maintaining and operating the estate as a tourist destination in the North Highlands of Scotland.'”
The President of the United States of America, President Donald J. Trump, accompanied by Mrs Melania Trump, has accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a State Visit to the UK.
The visit will take place from Monday 3rd June to Wednesday 5th June this year. President Trump and Mrs Trump previously joined The Queen for tea at Windsor Castle in July 2018.
The Queen has hosted two previous State Visits from Presidents of the United States of America. President George W. Bush and Mrs Bush made a State Visit in November 2003. President Barack Obama and Mrs Obama made a State Visit to the UK in May 2011.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have made four State Visits to the USA, during Her Majesty’s reign. In October 1957 to visit President Eisenhower, in July 1976 for the US Bicentennial – President Ford, in May 1991 – President Bush and in May 2007 – President George W Bush.
“At 92, Queen Elizabeth is showing no sign of slowing down. Just last week, for example, she was spotted horseback riding on the grounds of Windsor Castle. But she has started to pass on some of her responsibilities to the younger members of her family.
“This morning, Prince Charles lay a wreath at London’s Cenotaph on his mother’s behalf during the national service of remembrance. It is the second year the Prince of Wales has performed the duty on Remembrance Day, which this year holds additional significance, as it falls on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.”
Her Majesty is reportedly mourning the death of her last Welsh corgi – a breed long-connected with The Queen, to the point of becoming iconic: as much a part of Her Majesty’s public persona as her famous hats and handbags. Whisper died in Windsor Castle after an illness of some weeks, ending the Royal association with the breed, which dates back to her 18th birthday, in 1944, when she was given a corgi – “Susan” – by her father, King George VI.
Whisper was “inherited” after the death of his owner, Bill Fenwick, a former gamekeeper at the Royal estate of Sandringham, in 2016. His late wife Nancy was known as the “keeper of the Queen’s corgis” and took care of the royal pups when Her Majesty was away on tours. Whisper was the only corgi owned by Queen Elizabeth II that she had not raised herself, and the only one not descended from the line of Susan. He was known as a “friendly chap” who devotedly followed her from room to room.
She stopped breeding corgis five years ago, reportedly because “she feared tripping over excitable puppies,” and was “worried about who would look after them when she no longer could.” Her Majesty retains two “dorgis” – dachshund / corgi crosses – named Candy and Vulcan, and several Labradors, the latter of whom live full-time at Sandringham. The Daily Mail reports that “The death of any of her corgis has always hit her hard and Whisper’s was no different.”
Deepest sympathy to Her Majesty on the loss of her canine friend and companion!
I like Prince Harry, and I wish him well – him, and his new bride.
But I have to confess, I do wish he could have found a nice British girl.
I know he’s not in the direct line to the throne. Nonetheless – it doesn’t make it any easier for those of us who would like to see Britain stay British, when the detractors can now say, “but look at the example of Prince Harry!”