Opinion: Having a Queen is much better than having a President As the Queen celebrates her 91th birthday, let's remember how lucky we are to have her You’re meant to stand up when the American President walks in the room. They play music when he enters. And military personnel salute him. That’s because the President of the United States is also their head of state. He’s basically an elected king. But it’s not like that in the UK. Our Prime Minister is just an ordinary man or woman, albeit one with an important job. We’re lucky in this country to have a political system where we reserve all that nonsense for someone who doesn’t actually have any power - the Queen. And this week the nation celebrates her 90th birthday. There’s going to be celebrations across the cou
A social anthropologist and author of Watching the English, Kate Fox, has revealed the vocabulary loved by the Royal Family. Specifically, there are certain words Kate, Will, the Queen, Prince Charles and co. NEVER use. Why? Well, unsurprisingly, the Royals have a very different way of speaking. As Mirror Online reports, they live in huge palaces and we don't - so perhaps we shouldn't be shocked. But still, here are some words you won't catch them using: 1. Pardon 'Pardon', Mamamia reveals, is forbidden to use. Instead, if you haven't heard what the Duke of Edinburgh has just said to you, you should say 'sorry?' or even 'sorry, what?' 2. Toilet The word 'toilet' may be a more palatable term than 'bog' or 'loo', but it's the latter which is used whenever a member of t...
The Queen cancels an important annual engagement at Windsor Castle The Order of the Garter has been cancelled due to a schedule conflict. Queen Elizabeth II will not be carrying out the annual service for the Order of the Garter this year, owing to a schedule conflict. It’s the first time the important event, which takes place at Windsor Castle every June, has been cancelled since 1984. The engagement typically sees Her Majesty lead plumed knights, including her grandson Prince William. A statement from Buckingham Palace explained that the Queen will instead attend the State Opening of Parliament to show her "support of the parliamentary and constitutional process.” “As a result, the annual service for the Order of the Garter, which had been due to take place on 19th June,
The Queen's birthday: A life in numbers The Queen, who turns 91 today, is Britain's longest-reigning monarch, as well as the longest serving living monarch in the world today. The first child of the then Duke and Duchess of York, Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street, the Mayfair home of her mother's parents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore. She acceded to the throne in 1952 and over the course of an impressive 65 year reign has seen a number of significant milestones. Here is a look at Queen Elizabeth II in numbers: Source: ITV NEWS Tags: Queen's Birthday, Queen, Birthday, Princess Elizabeth Alexandra
White House Responds to Claim that Trump Wants a Gold-plated Carriage Ride During London Trip The Times of London reported Saturday that President Donald Trump wishes to proceed with a gold-plated carriage procession during his visit to London, currently planned for the second week in October, despite security concerns. When former president Barack Obama visited Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in 2011, he arrived in an armored motorcade, in a slight change of usual protocol, The Times noted. In 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping, however, took the precaution of a closed, rather than open, carriage from the Royal Mews for his ceremonial ride with the Queen. According to the Times, security sources have warned, however, that Trump’s procession will require a “monster” s
Britain's Got Talent 2017: Prince Harry admits Queen's an avid viewer, past winner reveals BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT winner Richard Jones exclusively revealed that the Queen watched his winning performance during last year's finals of the ITV show. Speaking exclusively to Express co uk, the magician revealed his pride at performing for the Royals in both a magic and military capacity. He explained: "I've performed for the Royal family loads of times with my role in the army, but the Royal Variety was the first time doing it with magic. "I did see Prince Harry a few weeks after the final and he said he watched the semi-final when I was performing. He said he watched the final on YouTube because he missed it. He said he loved it, so that's good!" Richard, 26, then revealed that...
While Prince Harry is enjoying Easter weekend with girlfriend Meghan Markle in Toronto, how is his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, planning to spend the holiday? For the Queen, Easter is a serious, religious holiday, as she is the head of the Church of England. The majority of her day is spent privately with family, but royal watchers do get a glimpse of the monarch each year on her way to church. On Easter Sunday, the Queen and the rest of the royal family typically spend the day at Windsor Castle. They’ll attend Easter services at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, where crowds will gather to see the family following church. A group of local children typically present bouquets of flowers to the Queen after services, too. The Queen’s other big Easter-related public engagement come