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British Royal Family

Updated: Apr 24, 2021

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and the husband of Queen Elizabeth II sadly passed away on 9th April, 2021.

  • The Queen is 94 years old and has been on the British throne for 69 years,

  • Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip had been married for 73 years.

  • Prince Philip was 99 years old when he died (Just 62 days before his 100th birthday)

All British citizens are entitled to receive a telegram from Her Majesty congratulating them on their hundredth birthday!

The Queen turned 95 on 21st April, although she also has an official birthday on a Saturday in June. This is due to the inclement British Weather. Every year, on the queen’s official birthday, a spectacular parade is held called Trooping the Colour.

Over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together each June in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare to mark this special day. The streets are lined with crowds waving British flags as the parade moves from Buckingham Palace and down The Mall to Horse Guard's Parade, alongside Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. The display closes with an RAF fly-past, watched by Members of the Royal Family from Buckingham Palace balcony

Queen Elizabeth II has always had a great love of dogs, particularly corgi’s, of which she currently has three, although over the years, she has had a total of 30. She is also a great lover of horses and was seen riding daily, during lockdown. Her Majesty owns many thoroughbred horses for use in racing, having initially inherited the breeding and racing stock of her late father King George VI, in 1952. This love has been passed down to her children, particularly Princess Ann, who competed in the 1976 Olympics, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.

Now that her husband has passed away, there has been much discussion as to whether or not the Queen will step down, which she is certainly entitled to do. The current heir to the throne is Prince Charles, who is currently 72 years old. The line of succession is then the son of Prince Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, followed by his children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The law was changed fairly recently, although before the birth of Prince Williams first child, who was a boy, to confirm that the heir’s first born ( be it a boy or girl) would inherit the throne. After this, Prince Harry is next in line for the throne, followed by his children, in their order of age.

The queen, who became Britain's longest serving monarch on the 9th September 2015, has been on the throne for 69 years. She has seen 14 Prime Ministers during her reign, starting with reportedly her favourite, Winston Churchill and still has a meeting once a week with the one currently in power, usually on a Wednesday.

The funeral took place last Saturday and was given the codename Operation Forth Bridge, by those who were organising it. It was a ceremonial royal funeral, which was held at St George's chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The event was widely televised and well-wishers were requested to stay at home rather than attend in person.

Prince Harry will be coming on his own. Megan Markle has been advised by doctors not to fly because she is pregnant – although my feeling is that she would be extremely unwelcome, not only by the royal family, but by the country at large.

Although it was promised to Prince Edward, the position of Duke of Edinburgh position will go to Prince Charles initially and when Charles becomes king, the title will "merge with the crown," and he will be able to bestow it upon Edward. His wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will become the Duchess of Edinburgh, a title the Queen held until she ascended the throne. As the future Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward will now, take over and steer the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme." This youth awards program in the United Kingdom founded by Philip in 1956 encourages young people to build "essential skills, experience, confidence and resilience,

If you are interested in the British Royal Family, you can follow them on the following websites...

insta @theroyalfamily

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