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2011-03-03 13:29:00

SWINDON, England, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Trust has announced that a superb state coach which was last used at the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, is to go on display at the National Trust's Arlington Court in Devon. The Speaker's State Coach, a symbol of the power and status of the Speaker of the House of Commons, has been in use for state occasions since the early 18th century. The loan of the coach by the House of Commons is the first...

2010-06-30 13:00:00

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Queen Elizabeth II is set to visit New York on July 6th and it is giving us all a little Royal fever. If her visit to the States doesn't quite satisfy your Royal cravings, fans of Her Majesty can now live like the Queen for a day on their next visit to Britain. VisitBritain, the national tourist board, has composed a list of the Queen's favorite places to visit, eat and shop to help us all experience the Royal treatment. This summer is an especially good...

2009-06-13 23:01:00

Queen Elizabeth has put in a vegetable patch on the Buckingham Palace grounds, much as U.S. first lady Michelle Obama did at the White House. Like the White House vegetables, the ones in the queen's garden will be grown organically, with liquid seaweed used in place of chemical fertilizers and garlic keeping aphids down, a royal spokeswoman said. The patch is in a part of the 40-acre palace grounds previously used to grow summer flowers. The 30-foot by 12-foot garden harks back to the days of...

2008-12-07 13:12:35

Guards at Britain's Buckingham Palace have shagged golf balls for Prince Andrew and tiptoe past his father's open window, according to the Mail on Sunday. The new batch of insider revelations comes from court documents and sources that also report the queen herself has a rubber duckie for the royal tub that has a little gold crown. The duck was a good-natured gift and the queen apparently was amused. The sources also said Andrew allegedly has his personal bodyguards fetch the golf balls he...

2006-04-10 05:50:24

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth sent her first e-mail as long as 30 years ago, according to a list of 80 facts about the monarch released by Buckingham Palace to mark her 80th birthday on April 21. No details of the e-mail were included, except that it was sent from a British army base in 1976. The 40th monarch since William the Conqueror, she has undertaken over 256 official visits overseas during her 54-year reign and has received some bizarre gifts, the list revealed. They...

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2006-03-17 03:35:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore police briefly detained an Australian animal activist dressed in a bear suit on Friday after she staged a protest during the Queen's official visit to the city-state. The woman, who belongs to the group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), displayed a sign reading "God Save the Bears" at the Singapore president's palace. Jodi Ruckley was protesting against the use of Canadian black bear pelts for the ceremonial hats used by the Queen's guards at...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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