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Happy Birthday Prince Philip

Happy Birthday Prince Philip

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will be celebrating his 95th birthday on June 10th.

Born with the title, Prince of Greece and Denmark, Philip was the youngest of five however the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg. In 1922 the family moved to France, Saint-Cloud where Philip attended various different schools in Hampshire, Germany and Scotland.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip first met at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and the Duke of Kent in 1934. They met for a second time in 1939 when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth toured the Britannica Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, where Philip was enrolled. Since then Elizabeth and Philip exchanged letters which continued throughout World War II.

In November 1947, Philip and Elizabeth married at Westminster Abbey. As a gift to his bride, Prince Philip designed a bracelet made with stones from his mother’s tiara. Together they have four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and eight grandchildren.

Prince Philip has made over 5,000 speeches, visited more than 170 countries, and today is a member, president and patron of around 780 charities and organisations. Since founding the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme in 1956, over four million young people from 90 countries have taken part.

Prince Philip is the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the oldest ever male member of the Royal family. He is a character known for his playful sense of humour, Happy 95th Birthday Prince Philip.

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10 Things you didn’t know about The Royal Family

10 Things you didn’t know about The Royal Family

1. Prince Charles and Princess Diana first met when she was just 16 years old.

2. The Middleton Family once lived in Jordan for two years during the 80’s due to Kate’s father’s work.

3. Kate Middleton has a degree in Art History, making Kate the UK’s first royal bride to have a university degree. She graduated from Scotland’s University of St. Andrews, which is where she and Prince William met.

4. Prince William carried his mother’s 18-carat ring in his rucksack to Kenya where he proposed to Kate in October 2010.

5. As well as Prince William, Prince Harry took a gap year, where he worked with AIDS orphans in Africa, making the documentary The Forgotten Kingdom. He wanted to carry on things his Mother didn’t get to finish.

6. When greeting The Queen she must be referred to as “Your Majesty,” and from there she can be referred to her as “ma’am.”

7. The image of The Queen on the UK stamp is the most reproduced work of art in history.

8. William and Kate received more then 60,000 fan mail letters during The Royal Wedding, everyone with a return address got a reply.

9. Although William and Kate made a lot of headlines, Prince Harry was named ‘Most popular Royal in 2014’.

10. Prince Harry’s real given name is Henry Charles Albert David.

Don’t forget you can still leave your very own birthday message to The Queen here.

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Polly Bolitho10 Things you didn’t know about The Royal Family

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration

The Queen’s birthday celebrations continued on Sunday 16th May with a ‘90th birthday extravaganza’ in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The Queen and Prince Philip made their entrance in a stunning horse-drawn Scottish state coach. Other members of the Royal family in attendance where The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Also in attendance was The King of Bahrain and Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse, who accompanied the Royal Family on the front row.

When it comes to The Queen’s birthday present, “just make sure it includes lots and lots of horses.” The spectacular, glitzy celebration featured 900 horses, elegantly performing in honour of The Queen. Some of the riders included Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Zara Tindall and Lady Louise Mountbatten, who took part in the parade. The Queen was pictured looking absolutely delighted.

Hosting the gala celebration was the famous Ant and Dec as well as narrations from Alan Titchmarsh. The event also held some spectacular performances from Gary Barlow, Imelda Staunton, Dame Helen Mirren, Katherine Jenkins, Beverly Knight, James Blunt, Kylie Minogue, Jess Glynne and closed with Dame Shirley Bassey singing ‘Diamonds are forever’.

The Queen’s Birthday Book really represents what this event is all about, which is the coming together of talented, passionate people in honour of The Queen’s 90th. The book has received messages from many fellow equestrians, and celebrities such as Alan Titchmarsh.

Don’t forget you can still leave your very own birthday message to The Queen here.

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Polly BolithoThe Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration

5 Things we love about Prince Harry

5 things we love about Prince Harry

His personality

Whether he is pulling pranks, making jokes or making funny faces at the cameras, Prince Harry is known for having a ‘hilarious’ personality and outstanding sense of humour. Prince Harry shows that even royalty can have a good time! Prince Harry is also incredibly good with people and has been named “man of the people.”

His dedication to family

Prince Harry is known to be the loving Grandson which is clear to see in the many pictures of him greeting his Grandmother. We can only imagine what a “fun uncle” he must be to his nephew George and niece Charlotte.

His military background

Prince Harry has spent 10 years in the military. He has bravely served on the front lines of Afghanistan and has also spent some time in Australia.

He has a ‘big heart’

He has a huge involvement in charitable causes. He has co-founded the charity Sentebale to help orphans of Lesotho. He has also co-founded The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, which is about offering guidance and support to disadvantaged young people. On the eve of his 30th birthday, Prince Harry concluded his first Invictus games, hosting 400 wounded service men and women.

He is single

Prince Harry is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, and as many women would like to hear, he is single. Last year he told Sky News in an interview, “There come times when you think now is the time to settle down … but I don’t think you can force these things. It will happen when it’s going to happen. I would love to have kids right now, but there is a process one has to go through. Hopefully I’m doing all right by myself. It would be great to have someone next to me to share the pressure but the time will come and whatever happens, happens.”

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The Queen and Her Corgis

The Queen and Her Corgis 

The Queen has had a well-known love for corgis since she was a small child, after falling for the corgis owned by the children of the Marquess of Bath. In 1933 King George VI bought Pembroke Welsh corgi, Dookie, and around the same time came another corgi named Jane. The Queen Mother had a corgi named Cracker who was nearly a constant companion and retired with her. In 1944 Queen Elizabeth was gifted a corgi named Susan for her 18th birthday. Susan even attended The Queen’s honeymoon in 1947. All of The Queens corgis are descendants of Susan. The Queen has owned over thirty corgis since ascending to the Throne.

The Royal corgis are well-known across the world and have been honoured through statues and works of art. In 1983 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited Grand Cayman where government officials presented her with black coral sculptures of a corgi and a horse made by Bernard Passman. The crown coin which commemorated The Queen’s Golden Jubilee pictured her with a corgi.

They were once so abundant in the Royal household, that Princess Diana jokingly referred to The Queen’s corgis as ‘the moving carpet’. Monty, Holly and Willow also starred in the famous James Bond Olympic ceremony stunt that took place in Buckingham palace with The Queen. The Queen has now decided to stop breeding her corgis, making  Holly and Willow, her 12 year old corgis who are the 14th generation descendants of Susan, her last corgis.

Don’t forget there is still time to wish The Queen a Happy Birthday here.

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Polly BolithoThe Queen and Her Corgis

Happy Birthday to The Queen!

Happy Birthday to The Queen!

The time has arrived! This week we celebrate the Queen’s actual 90th birthday on April 21st. The Queen will be spending her special day privately however the occasion will be marked publicly by gun salutes in central London. Her official birthday in June however will be celebrated publicly at the Trooping the Colour parade.

On The Queen’s 18th birthday in 1944 she was gifted The Boucheron aquamarine brooches by her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother). These Art Deco brooches remain some of her favourite and most worn pieces to date. The Queen also received another very special gift for her 18th in the form of a much-loved Corgi, named Susan who began a long line of Royal Corgis.

When The Queen turned 21 in 1947 she gave a speech broadcasted on the radio to show her dedication to The Commonwealth during a tour of South Africa “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.”

In 2006 The Queen celebrated her 80th birthday where she did a walk around outside Windsor Castle to meet well-wishers. The Prince of Wales’s birthday gift to The Queen was a breath-taking fireworks display over Kew Gardens.

This year The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will undertake a walkabout in Windsor and then a walk from the Henry VIII Gate of Winsor Castle to the Statue of Queen Victoria. Here she will unveil the plaque marking The Queen’s Walkway.

We wish The Queen a very happy 90th birthday and you can too in The Queen’s Birthday Book Here.

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John Deere Limited wishes The Queen a Happy Birthday

John Deere Limited wishes The Queen a Happy Birthday

We have had many lovely and inspirational birthday messages for The Queen in The Queen’s Birthday Book. Members of the public have been really showing their appreciation towards The Queen by sending in truly heartfelt messages, poems, and photographs of themselves, their families and pictures of their experiences with The Queen. The Online Birthday Book has received messages from various different countries, showing worldwide appreciation. The adoration The Queen appears to have received for her 90th birthday is simply outstanding.

We would like to thank ‘John Deere Limited’ for their birthday message and fantastic photograph of The Queen at the John Deere Limited stand at the Royal Smithfield Show in London in the 1970s.

“Happy 90th birthday Your Majesty! As proud holders of the Royal Warrant, and as we celebrate our own 50th birthday in the United Kingdom, we at John Deere Limited send our warmest congratulations and wish you many happy returns in this momentous year for you and your family.”

You can also leave your very own birthday message in The Queen’s Birthday Book here.

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Photo caption: Her Majesty The Queen visits the John Deere stand at the Royal Smithfield Show in London in the 1970s

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Polly BolithoJohn Deere Limited wishes The Queen a Happy Birthday

The Queen’s Childhood

The Queen’s Childhood

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on the 21st April in 1926 at 2:40am at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. Who knew that one day Princess Elizabeth’s would become Queen.

She is name after her grandmother, Queen Mary and her great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra. In 1930, Princess Margaret Rose was born, the family of four were very close.

When Princess Elizabeth was six, the family moved into Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park making it their home. The Princess had her own small house that was gifted to her by the people of Wales in 1932, Y Bwthyn Bach (The Little Cottage).

Elizabeth, nickname Lilibet, and her sister Margaret were home schooled by tutors. Their education included French, maths and history, with art, dancing and singing lessons also involved.

The Princess’s childhood revolved around bicycles and pets, including two grey ponies and the first of many corgis that would grow to be a big part of The Queen’s life.

When King George V, The Princess’s grandfather died in 1936, his oldest son King Edward VIII became King, however decided to abdicate from the throne to marry Mrs Willis Simpson. This led to Princess Elizabeth’s father, King George VI acceding to the throne in 1937. From then on Princess Elizabeth, began to receive more public interest as she was then first in line to the throne.

Find out more about The Queen next week, in the mean time why don’t you wish her a Happy Birthday in The Queen’s Birthday Book.

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The Advantages of being The Queen

The Advantages of being The Queen

Have you ever wondered what the advantages of being The Queen are? Find out in our latest blog

She has two birthdays

The Queen celebrates her actual birthday on the 21st of April and her official public birthday on a Saturday in June. This was created to increase the likelihood of good weather for the Trooping the Colour Parade, which takes place for The Queen’s birthday.

She doesn’t need a driver’s license or passport

British passports and driving licenses are in the name of Her Majesty; therefore it is unnecessary for The Queen to own either. The Queen is known to take her Range Rover out for a drive now and then and has travelled all over the world.

The holder of a massive art collection

The Queen has an Art collection of 150,000 paintings painted by artists such as Rubens and Rembrandt.

She owns all of the Swans in The River Thames

Technically, all unmarked swans in open water belong to The Queen, but she only exercises her ownership on certain parts of the Thames and surrounding areas. This tradition is observed during the yearly ‘Swan Upping’, which involves each Swan in the River Thames being ringed as part of the census of the swan population.

She has dominion over all Dolphins in British waters

The Queen actually owns all of the Sturgeons, Whales and Dolphins in the British waters. This is a rule that dates back to King Edward II’s reign.

One of the best horse breeders 

The Queen has been a horse lover all of her life and is still riding at the age of 89. The Queen has successfully bred horses that have gone on to win more than 1,600 races. She also breeds native ponies.

She has her own private cash machine

The Queen has her own private cash machine in the basement of Buckingham Palace installed for the use of the Royal Family. It is provided by one of Britain most prestigious bank, Coutts.

She can create lords 

The Queen has the power to appoint Lords, who can sit in the Parliament.

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Lighting of The Beacon

Her Majesty The Queen will be celebrating her 90th official birthday on April 21st and her public birthday in June. On April 21st people from across the country will be invited to burn a beacon in honour of The Queen’s birthday. A beacon is a device used to attract attention to a specific location and in some cases it is used as an indicator to provide important information such as a weather beacon. Beacons can be considered as a form of optical telegraphy.

In honour of The Queen, beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. There are three types of beacons that can be used; these include the traditional bonfire beacon, a beacon brazier on top of a tall wooden post and a gas-fuelled beacon, formally used for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and VE Day in May 2015.

If however you can not get to a beacon or it is not something you would like to do, there is another way to honour Her Majesty The Queen on her birthday. The Queen’s Birthday Book is a unique opportunity for you to send Her Majesty your good wishes, relay personal reminiscences and perhaps include any treasured photos and videos. To leave your message, simply go to www.thequeensbirthdaybook.com and follow the instructions.

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Polly BolithoLighting of The Beacon