Prince Charles has spent a lifetime waiting to be king. On Friday the 69-year-old heir to the British throne got another position to wait for — he was approved as the next head of the Commonwealth made up of the U.K. and the countries that once were its colonies.
Queen Elizabeth II opened a summit of the 53-nation Commonwealth on Thursday, and backed her son Prince Charles to be the next leader of the association of Britain and its former colonies. In a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, the queen said she hoped Charles would “carry on the important work” of leading the Commonwealth, a loose alliance of countries large and small that has struggled to carve out a firm place on the world stage.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) has “defended our freedom gallantly”, Queen Elizabeth said on Sunday as she sent her “heartfelt congratulations” to the service as it celebrated its centenary. One hundred years ago, on April 1st, 1918, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the RAF — the world’s first independent air service.
Queen Elizabeth II has praised the “Commonwealth connection” that allows people from different nations to bond and celebrate “diversity”, in her Commonwealth Day message. London on Monday hosted a gathering of leaders from the 53 member nations, with the Queen's Commonwealth Day message featuring in a service at Westminster Abbey.
The Queen has presented the Duke of Edinburgh with a rare honor as a special anniversary present as they celebrate 70 years of marriage. As the royal couple reached their milestone platinum wedding anniversary yesterday, Elizabeth II appointed Philip a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) for services to the sovereign.
The Queen will not lay a wreath at the Cenotaph this year as part of the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony. She will watch the event on 12 November in Whitehall from the balcony of the Foreign Office with Prince Philip.
The Queen appears to have acknowledged the thorny issue of Gibraltar in a speech at the King of Spain’s state banquet. In what is likely to be interpreted as a reference to the dispute between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar’s sovereignty, the Queen said the two countries did not always see “eye to eye”.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on Wednesday formally welcomed the King of Spain to the UK with a military spectacle full of pomp and pageantry. Britain’s head of state and Philip warmly shook hands with King Felipe VI and his wife, Queen Letizia, at Horse Guards Parade, Henry VIII’s former jousting yard.
Queen Elizabeth attended a centenary service in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne College on Tuesday (May 9). The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied her in his first public engagement since announcing his retirement.
The Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who will turn 96 next month, will step down from public life this fall, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday. He will continue to carry out public engagements between now and August, according to a statement released by Buckingham Palace.