I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of life and devastation caused by yesterday’s tornado in Oklahoma. Prince Philip joins me in offering our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families at this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies go out to all those whose lives have been affected, as well as the American people.
Her Majesty, The Queen to President Obama (via hotmonarchy)
People Will Say We’re In Love, from the musical Oklahoma!
“I also noticed that she began to play her gramophone more than usual, and that her favourite tune was People Will Say We’re In Love, from the musical Oklahoma! — which she’d seen with Philip.
After he started taking her out, Lilibet would often ask the band at the restaurants where they dined to play the number for her.”
-Marion Crawford, the Queen’s late nanny.
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British Royal Engagement photos part 1
- King George VI and Queen Mother (then Duke and Duchess York)
- Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip (then Princess Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh)
- Princess Margaret and Earl of Snowdon (Lord Snowdon)
awww such lovely pics.
Chelsea Flower Show was celebrating its centenary and the Queen, in a lavender Karl Ludwig boucle coat, and her family turned out in force to mark the occasion, not least because Prince Harry was exhibiting for the first time.
Following in the footsteps of his father Prince Charles, who designed a garden for the show in 2002, Harry proudly showed his grandparents, father and stepmother, and countless other relatives around his B&Q Sentebale Forget-me-not garden, created to promote his African Aids orphans charity and in memory of his mother Princess Diana.
The third in line to the throne played host as a succession of royals came to admire the garden, created by designer Jinny Blom, who also helped Charles build his Chelsea exhibit 11 years ago. It was
“This is the great garden designer!” said Charles when he spied his younger son. “This is the great garden, is it?” After all this effort, I wondered if it didn’t exist.”
Charles, 64, was taken with a large round stone at the centre of the garden, which features flowers from the southern African kingdom of Lesotho, where Harry’s charity Sentebale does most of its work. He thought it might be a dance floor. “Shall we dance? Does it spin around?” he asked.
Harry, however, was keen to do a deal to offload some of the surplus garden products when the show finishes at the end of the week.
”If there’s anything that you might like, we can probably come to a deal,” he told his father, a keen gardener. “You can’t have it but we can probably come to a deal.
“A deal?” exclaimed his father in mock surprise, as Camilla congratulated Harry on raising $1 million for Sentebale from a single polo game in Connecticut at the end of his US tour last week.”It was one of those things. I just turned up for lunch, gave a speech, jumped on a horse and then jumped on a plane,” he said.
As Harry talked to Charles and Camilla, his grandfather Prince Philip turned up, to the surprise of all. “You’re supposed to be looking at strimmers and tractors, grandpa,” the 28-year-old Prince said. “I didn’t know you were coming. Fantastic.
Hopefully you like it. You’ve been coming here for so many years, your opinion is highly regarded. Are we going to see any of this at Sandringham or Balmoral?”
Earlier, his cousins Zara Phillips and Princess Beatrice came to see the garden.
“I think it’s really beautiful and I like the story behind it,” said Beatrice, 24.
“Beatrice was lovely. She’s a really nice girl,” said Jinny, the designer, who was delighted to bring in a younger generation of royals to the show.
“People always think gardening and horticulture are for old gits,” she added.
Harry was delighted to see so many relatives. “They’re queuing up!” he said.
His last visitor was the Queen, surrounded by security guards, friends and advisors and her grandson strode manfully across his garden to come and greet her. The Queen liked the greenery in the garden and observed tartly that Charles could do with some of that in his stumpery at Highgrove.
Standing on the stone circle, which is decorated with hearts and crowns, Harry pointed it out and told her: “Pa thought it was going to spin round – but sadly it doesn’t.”
(Post by Christy)“I don’t think that people realize that Queen Elizabeth II pledged her whole life, whether long or short to her duty. Abdicating would be breaking that. I think she is doing exactly what she promised and when people complain they need to look at the generation she came from. She is only doing what she feels to be right!” - Submitted by samanthastrickler
I personally think that she could abdicate without looking like she was going back on her word. I don’t think anyone, probably even herself at the time that she said it, literally thought she’d be reigning until her dying day. Again, personally and in MY opinion, not abdicating to Charles does not speak well to how she feels he would do as a monarch. HOWEVER I think it is important to remember that England does not have the tradition of abdicating in favor of the younger generation. The last time there was an abdication it was an embarrassing scandal, a huge crisis, so it is not as easy as it was for Queen Beatrix (although I guess it’s not Queen now, is it?). Abdicating for British monarchs comes with a certain stigma attached, and while again I personally don’t believe it would be a HUGE deal if she abdicated, since it would clearly be because she’s no spring chicken, I can certainly understand why she isn’t.
Of course HM saw herself reining til her dying day, that is what they do, Monarchs, they serve their country til death.
That is what HM promised and meant, also just because you or others don’t see it as a big deal or would not be so bad it does not mean HM does not.
She said she would serve til her dying breath and she meant it and she promised to God she would do so, non Christians may not get this or understand but HM is a very religious person and to promise to God then go back on it is a HUGE deal to her. It would likely kill her to disobey God.
HM does not want to abdicate, the word is even banned around her, she wants to serve til her dying breath because she promised to do her duty and she understands what duty means. She is from an age where duty meant everything
HM does not want to step down, simple as, don’t make her.
Also remember who her Uncle was, why she became Heir and why her Father became King and the affect it had on her Father, her Mother, her Sister and herself. Don’t for one minute think that did not leave a mark on that young girl. Seeing the hurt, anger, confusion and anguish on them all. To her more than ANYONE abdication is a dirty, horrible word and duty means more than most.
HM stood before the Commonwealth and God and said I will serve til my dying breath and she meant it, every single word and she will never ever, ever, ever step down.
We as a Nation get that, respect that and admire that and no one i thinking it is a mark on her son’s capability. We all know it is because she is a woman who keeps to a promise.
“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”
Queen Elizabeth II
Let her do what she promised and what she wants to do.
Love her reaction to Kate from morganaqueen
Prince Philip puts his foot in it… but this time it’s no gaffe
THE QUEEN made a lasting impression on Cornwall yesterday as she carefully placed her feet into a cast to leave a permanent footprint behind.
Queen and Duke create footprints on Cornwall visit (video)
(Post by Christy)
“I don’t think Queen Elizabeth has a problem with Catherine. People complain that Kate breaks protocol too often, but in reality, the person with the final say on protocol is HM. No one else. If Kate’s hemlines were really too short, HM would have either said something herself, or relayed that message to her through someone. Even Prince Philip or Charles could’ve said something to her, but obviously it hasn’t happened.” - Submitted by Anonymous
who says there have not been words behind the scenes and she has not listened?
(Post by Christy)
“The Queen will surely abdicate in favor of her grandson Will instead of his son. William and Kate are modern couple that most people love and will get the british monarchy to XXI century. (At least I hope so)” - Submitted by Anonymous
The Queen will never abdicate because she made a promise to God and the people of the Commonwealth that she will serve til her dying breath. HM took that seriously (she is a very religious person)
She will never skip a generation because she knows how this Monarchy works, the crown will go to Charles when HM dies.
Abdication is not an option, so much so the word abdication is NEVER allowed to be said in the company of the Queen. The word is banned.
One more thing, Charles is more modern thinking than William and William and Kate’s reputation goes more down hill by the day because they are selfish, spoiled, lazy and make a mockery of the RF