The Queen’s 2013 Christmas Message

Queen Elizabeth II has delivered her annual Christmas message to the Commonwealth.


The theme of the 87-year-old monarch’s televised address was “reflection”. It focussed on the birth of her great-grandson and heir, Prince George, the 60th anniversary of her coronation in 1953, and looked ahead to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year. [Read more…]

Queen’s Speech At State Opening Of U.K. Parliament

Queen Elizabeth II has opened the 2012 parliamentary year in the United Kingdom’s Parliament at Westminster.

A State Opening of Parliament is the main ceremonial occasion of the parliamentary calendar. Escorted by the Household Cavalry, the Queen travels from Buckingham Palace to Westminster. She enters the House of Lords and directs Black Rod to summon the members of the House of Commons.


Black Rod, as the chief official of the House of Lords, is ceremonially denied entry to the Commons, a practice that symbolises the independence of the Commons from the monarchy. Black Rod knocks three times on the door of the Commons chamber. When admitted, he advises the Speaker that the Queen has summonsed members to the Lords. Members then proceed to the Bar of the House and listen to the Queen’s speech. [Read more…]

Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas Message To The Commonwealth

Queen Elizabeth II has delivered her annual Christmas message to the Commonwealth.

The televised message comes at the end of the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations of her 60 years on the throne. [Read more…]

Queen Offers Thanks For Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

The Queen has delivered a short televised message of thanks for the celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.


Flanked by a picture of Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Queen’s message maintained the symbolism of the Royal Family’s appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace earlier in the day. The picture was one of the current Queen and the future Kings. Other members of the family, often seen on these occasions, were absent. It was a picture of certainty, stability and the future.

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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II


The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Some images from the final of four days of Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II.

These pictures show the Royal Family’s carriage ride from Westminster Hall, along The Mall, to Buckingham Palace. The family’s appearance on the balcony of the palace was accompanied by a fly-past.

Earlier, the Queen attended a National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams gave the sermon and paid tribute to the Queen. [Read more…]

60th Jubilee Celebrations For Queen Elizabeth II

London’s Tower Bridge is raised during the Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II.

Tower Bridge

The Queen’s Christmas Message

Queen Elizabeth II has delivered her annual Christmas Message to the Commonwealth. [Read more…]