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  1. Queen not expected to attend Easter Sunday service

     

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    The Queen is not expected to attend this year's Easter morning church service, Buckingham Palace has indicated.

     

    The service, at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, will be attended by other members of the Royal Family.

     

    The 95-year-old Queen, who has mobility problems, has already pulled out of the Maundy Service on Thursday - the first time she has missed it since 1970.

     

     

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  2. 4 minutes ago, Octopus of Odstock said:

    Cecilia Bartholomew, close friend to the Queen and the late Prince Phillip of course  has tweeted:

     

     

    Must be true if Cecilia posts it.

     

    Surely she would use the correct title (HM The Queen) if she was on good terms? Queen Elizabeth sounds too American for my liking. 


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    The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be with the Queen on Christmas Day, Clarence House has said.

    It comes after Buckingham Palace announced the Queen had cancelled spending Christmas at Sandringham, Norfolk, amid concerns about the rising levels of the Omicron variant.

    Instead, she will spend the day in Windsor, as she did last year.

     

     

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59769243

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    The Queen has cancelled her traditional Christmas in Sandringham in Norfolk, amid concerns about the rising levels of the Omicron variant.

     

    Instead she will stay in Windsor where she will be joined by members of the Royal Family.

     

    Buckingham Palace aides described it as a personal decision and "reflects a precautionary approach".

     

     

    COVID could well be a convenient excuse in this case, but the decision could well be due to HM The Queen's overall health. 

     

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59735413


  5. Royal family pre-Christmas lunch cancelled


    The pre-Christmas family lunch will not be going ahead.

     

    The decision is a precautionary one as it is felt to put too many people’s Christmas arrangements at risk if it went ahead, the BBC has been told.

     

    While there is regret that it is cancelled, there is a belief it is the right thing to do for all concerned.

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  6. Sir Frank Williams: Formula 1 team founder dies aged 79

     

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    Sir Frank Williams, founder and former team principal of the Williams Racing Formula 1 team, has died aged 79.

     

    He built the team named after him into one of the most successful in the sport.

     

    During his time with Williams, the team won nine constructors' championships and seven drivers' titles, and dominated much of the 1980s and 1990s.

     

    He and daughter Claire moved away from the sport in September 2020 after selling Williams to US investors.

     

    In a statement, the Williams team said: "It is with great sadness that on behalf of the Williams family, the team can confirm the death of Sir Frank Williams CBE, founder and former team principal of Williams Racing, at the age of 79.

     

    "After being admitted into hospital on Friday, Sir Frank passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family.

     

    "Today we pay tribute to our much loved and inspirational figurehead. Frank will be sorely missed. We request that all friends and colleagues respect the Williams family's wishes for privacy at this time."

     

    Williams was a wheelchair user after suffering a spinal cord injury in a car crash in France in 1986.

     

    F1 president and chief executive Stefano Domenicali paid tribute to Williams, whom he described as "a true giant of our sport".

     

    Domenicali added: "He overcame the most difficult of challenges in life and battled every day to win on and off the track. We have lost a much loved and respected member of the F1 family and he will be hugely missed.

     

    "His incredible achievements and personality will be etched on our sport forever. My thoughts are with all the Williams family and friends at this sad time."

     

    Current Williams drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi also paid their respects.

     

    "Sir Frank was such a genuinely wonderful human being and I'll always remember the laughs we shared," said Russell.

     

    "He was more than a boss, he was a mentor and a friend to everybody who joined the Williams Racing family and so many others."

     

    Canadian Latifi added: "RIP Sir Frank Williams. Such sad news. A huge loss for our sport and our team.

     

    "It's been an honour to represent your name on the world stage and we will continue to push hard to take the team back up the grid."

     


  7. Queen attends royal double christening at Windsor

     

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    The Queen has attended a rare royal double christening at Windsor, days after returning to public duties after a month of rest on doctors' advice.

     

    Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, hosted the joint baptism of their sons at the Royal Lodge in Windsor on Sunday.

     

    The private service was attended by close friends and family members only.

     

     

    The Queen leaves the christening in Windsor Great Park in Berkshire

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    The Queen spent Wednesday night in hospital for preliminary medical checks and is now back at Windsor Castle "in good spirits", Buckingham Palace said.

     

    The 95-year-old monarch returned from hospital at lunchtime on Thursday, the palace said.

     

    The Queen was said to be "disappointed" after cancelling a visit to Northern Ireland on Wednesday.

     

    She was given medical advice to rest for a few days, after a busy schedule of public engagements.

     

    In a statement on Thursday night, Buckingham Palace said: "Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits."

     

    The Queen was seen by specialists at the private King Edward VII's Hospital in central London, about 19 miles (32km) from Windsor. Her admittance is understood not to be related to coronavirus.

     

    The overnight stay was said to be for practical reasons and the Queen was back at her desk undertaking light duties on Thursday afternoon.

     

    The King Edward VII's is a private hospital in London's Marylebone used by senior royals, including the Queen's husband, the late Duke of Edinburgh, who received treatment there earlier this year.

    It has been a busy period of official engagements for the Queen.

     

    She was pictured hosting a Global Investment Summit at Windsor Castle on Tuesday evening alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

     

    An official record of the Queen's diary showed at least 15 other formal events during October.

     

    On Wednesday, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said the monarch had "reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days".

     

    He said the Queen was "disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland" - which would have involved an overnight stay.

     

    She is expected to lead a royal delegation to the Glasgow COP26 climate change summit in two weeks' time.

     

    Earlier this week, the Queen declined a magazine's award of Oldie of the Year, saying "you are only as old as you feel".

     

    She "politely but firmly" turned down the award, but sent the Oldie magazine a message with her "warmest best wishes".

     

     

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59004426


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    The Queen has cancelled a trip to Northern Ireland and has "reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days", Buckingham Palace says.

     

    The 95-year-old monarch will remain at Windsor Castle but is still expected to attend the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow later this month.

     

    The Queen is in "good spirits" but "disappointed" that the visit cannot go ahead, the palace said.

     

    She was due to begin the two-day trip on Wednesday.

     

    The nation's longest-reigning monarch has attended a series of events in recent days, hosting a Global Investment Summit at Windsor Castle on Tuesday evening.

     

    Earlier in the day, she held two audiences via video link, greeting the Japanese ambassador Hajime Hayashi and the EU ambassador Joao de Almeida.

     

    On Monday, she held a virtual audience with the new governor-general of New Zealand, and at the weekend, she attended the races at Ascot.

     

    It was revealed on Tuesday that the Queen had declined the Oldie of the Year award, from the magazine of the same name, saying: "You are only as old as you feel".

     

    A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days.

     

    "Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow.

     

    "The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland and looks forward to visiting in the future."

     

    Buckingham Palace is keen not to cause any alarm and has stressed that the Queen has "reluctantly accepted" the advice of doctors to rest for the next few days.

     

    She has had a busy schedule of engagements over the past couple of weeks that would test the resilience of many people far younger than her.

     

    I saw her last Tuesday at an event at Westminster Abbey.

     

    It was the first time she had used a walking stick in public.

     

    She also took a shorter route into the Abbey.

     

    We were told this was "for her own comfort."

     

    But she still looked incredibly well and engaged for a 95-year-old.

     

    It is clear though that getting older takes its toll on us all and the Queen's diary will be carefully managed going forward.

     

    The Queen had been due to arrive in Hillsborough in County Down on Wednesday afternoon and attend a church service marking the centenary of the formation of Northern Ireland in Armagh tomorrow.

     

    An advance team was already in Northern Ireland making preparations for the two-day visit.

     

    Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, said on Twitter: "We thank Her Majesty for her good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland and trust that she will keep well and benefit from a period of rest.

     

    "It is always a joy to have Her Majesty in Royal Hillsborough and we look forward to a further visit in the near future."

     

    Church leaders in Northern Ireland said in a joint statement that they were sorry she would not attend the Service of Reconciliation and Hope in Armagh, and acknowledged "the significance of her commitment to the work of peace and reconciliation, which has meant a great deal to people throughout this island".

     

    The Queen first travelled to Northern Ireland in 1945, just after the end of World War Two, when she was a princess. If it had gone ahead, this week's trip would have been her 26th visit.

     

    Royal visits to Northern Ireland during its centenary year have included the first in line to the throne, Prince Charles who went to Belfast in May, and Prince William who visited Londonderry in September.

     

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58979992

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