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Queen feeling ‘far better’ – Monarch tells family she plans to host Christmas

Queen feeling 'far better' - Monarch tells family she plans to host Christmas

In recent years, it has become a tradition for the monarch to take the train from London King’s Cross to King’s Lynn station in Norfolk for her Christmas holiday.

It is claimed that the sovereign may make a 50-minute helicopter journey from Windsor, though her traditional train journey also hasn’t been ruled out as an option for this year’s festivities.

Among those expected to be present at the royal Christmas celebrations are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are also expected to join the monarch for the festivities. 

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Work for the Queen! Buckingham Palace hiring for dream job in key role for monarch

There are currently nine vacancies on the Royal Household website, including an exciting opening for Assistant Correspondence Officer.

A lucky candidate could be spending their working days drafting written letters on behalf of the 95-year-old monarch.

The job is based at Buckingham Palace.

The successful applicant will be part of the team responsible for ensuring that all of the public’s well wishes, and often unique enquiries to the Queen receive a timely and well-composed response.

The job is also listed on Linkedln with the following description:

“It’s working in a team with a shared and unique purpose, engaging with the public whilst supporting The Queen’s role. This is what makes working for The Royal Household so exceptional.

“Thousands of letters addressed to the Royal Household are received each year. Working as part of the Correspondence Unit, your challenge will be to ensure that each and everyone receives a timely and well-composed response.

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On the Royal.uk website, it is stated: “In order to apply for a vacancy, you will either be a British citizen, or you will have already obtained the legal right to work in the UK.

“Everyone who works for the Royal Household is security cleared. If successful, you will therefore go through our security vetting process.”

Further, it is stated that “all applications should be made directly to the Royal Household.

“We do not make any financial charge at any stage of our recruitment process. What’s more, we do not endorse or associate with any organisation, or third party, that claims to be involved with our recruitment and which may attempt to seek payment from you.”

If you’re interested in this role, you need to apply by the 5th of December, 2021.

You can check all the current vacancies here: Current Vacancies – The Royal Household

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Camilla steps into Queen’s shoes and takes over important mantle as monarch rests

Camilla attends Remembrance service at Westminster Abbey

On Sunday, the Palace announced Queen Elizabeth II sprained her back and was “disappointed” she would miss the Remembrance Service. Before this, the Queen was forced to cancel a series of public outings but has continued to perform her duties that cannot be handed over to the younger generation.

Now, the Duchess of Cornwall – as well as other members of the Firm – has stepped up as the Monarch rests.

Camilla has written her latest column in WI Life Magazine and details how proud she is to be a member of the Women’s Institute and their work in ending domestic abuse.

Camilla – who is a member of the Tetbury and Llandovery WI – wrote: “As our knowledge of different types of abuse increases, so must our efforts to raise awareness to empower victims to recognise the signs and to seek help.”

The monarch is known for making an annual visit to the WI at West Newton near her Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall (Image: Getty)

Camilla and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge (Image: Getty)

Queen Elizabeth II started to attend meetings back in 1943 after she took over as President from the Queen Mother.

It is believed the Queen has only missed around “four or five” meetings since joining.

Back in 2015, the Queen said about the Institute’s centenary: “Women have been granted the vote, British women have climbed Everest for the first time and the country has elected its first female prime minister.

“The Women’s Institute has been a constant throughout, gathering women together, encouraging them to acquire new skills and nurturing unique talents.”

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The Queen’s meeting last year was cancelled due to the monarch suffering with a cold at the time.

Other members of the Firm who are members of the Institute including Princess Anne, Sophie Wessex and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Although Camilla is married to the future monarch, Prince Charles, Buckingham Palace has previously stated Camilla will be known as Princess Consort instead of Queen.

When Charles and Camilla announced their wedding back in 2005, the Palace said: “It is intended that Mrs Parker-Bowles should use the title HRH The Princess Consort when the Prince of Wales accedes to the Throne.”

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Charles and Camilla first began their relationship in the early 1970s but she called it off to marry Andrew Parker-Bowles.

Charles has since admitted he later had an affair with Camilla despite being married to Diana.

Following Charles and Diana’s divorce in 1996, Camilla and Charles were pictured together for the first time in public back in 1999.

Speaking back in January this year, royal expert, Robert Lacey, warned the public is still coming around to the thought of King Charles and Queen Camilla.

Camilla, Kate and Sophie (Image: Getty)

He said: “This new generation of the Royal Family is very important to the Crown and very important to the nation.

“As we look ahead, we obviously hope Prince Philip and the Queen are blessed with long lives, but mortality takes its toll.

“We’re not quite sure what to think about King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

“I think most people still are [coming around to the thought of Charles and Camilla].

Queen Elizabeth II (Image: Splash)

“Whichever side you take, you have to acknowledge Camilla was the source of the conflict and the heart of the marital breakdown [of Charles and Diana] from whose consequences these boys [William and Harry] have suffered.”

Mr Lacey went on to say how Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, are “more attractive to most Britons” than Charles and Camilla.

Last year, Charles and Camilla faced backlash following the release of the fourth season of The Crown.

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Queen health updates: Monarch told to slow down by key Royal Family members – follow LIVE

The Queen has reportedly been having late nights in front of the television according to a royal expert.

t is reported the 95-year-old monarch also stayed up tennis champion Emma Raducanu’s victory, as the monarch didn’t wait until the morning to congratulate her.

Royal expert Angela Levin spoke to GB News about how the monarch is in desperate need of rest. 

She said: “When you’re up you’re busy and doing things, but when you go to bed that person is not around.”

“Even if, like most royals, they have two separate bedrooms, the fact is the person isn’t there.”

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Queen abdication: Why ‘determined’ monarch will not quit role despite hospital visit

Snapper Arthur Edwards, who has been photographing the royals for decades, said duty and service “mean everything” to the monarch, 95. He added that she is “determined” to carry on for as long as possible.

Mr Edwards also said the Queen’s aides will struggle to persuade her to slow down.

The photographer said: “The problem her aides will now face is trying to stop her doing too much.

“Her pledge to serve the nation at her coronation in 1953 is as firm now as it was back then.

“This is a woman for whom duty and service mean everything.

“Her role is her life.

“And she is determined to carry on that role as long as she can.”

Mr Edwards insisted that the Queen will never abdicate, but may pass more duties to the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.

Writing for The Sun, he said: “So, don’t expect an abdication.

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The monarch was said to be back at her desk and carrying out light duties on Thursday afternoon following her return to Windsor Castle.

The Queen has had a gruelling schedule of royal engagements in recent weeks.

She hosted a major Global Investment summit at Windsor Castle on Tuesday evening.

The head of state, who is just five years away from her 100th birthday, is due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – next year.

She still keeps a busy diary of events and audiences and deals with her daily red boxes of official papers.

On Tuesday, it was revealed the Queen had politely turned down the Oldie of the Year trophy because she believes “you are only as old as you feel”.

The monarch, who cancelled a trip to Northern Ireland this week, is due to host a reception in Scotland on November 1 for the Cop26 climate change conference.

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Queen heartbreak: Barbados elects first-ever president as monarch replaced

On October 21, Barbados elected its first-ever president as it takes the first steps to become a republic. Dame Sandra Mason will be sworn in on 30 November – the country’s 55th anniversary of independence from Britain.

While the country with a population of less than 300,000 gained its independence from Britain in 1966, the Queen, 95, remained its constitutional monarch.

In 2020, the Caribbean country announced its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become a republic.

As a result, Ms Mason was elected on Wednesday by a two-thirds vote of a joint session of the Caribbean country’s House of Assembly and Senate.

The 72-year-old former jurist has been governor-general of the island since 2018.

She was also the first woman to serve on the Barbados Court of Appeals.

The election has been referred to as a “seminal moment” for the country by prime minister Mia Mottley.

Following the election on Wednesday, she said: “We have just elected from among us a woman who is uniquely and passionately Barbadian, does not pretend to be anything else [and] reflects the values of who we are.”

Ms Mottley was also quick to reassure that the move is not means of condemning its British past.

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He told Reuters the move makes the small developing country a more legitimate player in global politics, but could also serve as a “unifying and nationalistic move” that may benefit its current leadership at home.

Mr Mowla added: “Other Caribbean leaders and their citizens will likely praise the move, but I don’t expect others to follow suit.

“This move will always be considered only if it is in the best interest of each country.”

The news comes after Her Majesty spent Wednesday night in hospital for “preliminary investigations”.

The Queen’s hospital visit arose following the cancellation of her engagements in Northern Ireland after being told to rest by doctors.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman 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.”

According to reports, the sovereign was back at her desk and carrying out light duties after returning home from the hospital.

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Queen abdication fears dismantled as monarch will not step down: ‘She’s anointed!’

The Queen, 95, celebrates 70 years on the throne next year and will be the first British monarch to reach the milestone. But royal experts believe Her Majesty, who lost her beloved husband Prince Philip in April, will not abdicate.

Royal historian Hugo Vickers highlighted the oath she made at her coronation in 1953.

The coronation is a religious ceremony and Her Majesty has a strong Christian faith.

Speaking earlier this year, Mr Vickers told the Guardian: “One main reason why the Queen will absolutely not abdicate is unlike other European monarchs, she is an anointed Queen.

“And if you are an anointed Queen you do not abdicate.

“It would be completely illogical to abdicate just before that extraordinary anniversary.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate.”

Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty Magazine, also highlighted the speech the Queen gave on her 21st birthday in 1947 when she was Princess Elizabeth.

She said: “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.”

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If the Queen was unable to carry out her constitutional duties, a regent could be appointed.

The Queen’s coronation took place on June 2 1953.

The coronation is an occasion for pageantry and celebration but it is also a solemn religious ceremony.

The service is conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen is set to become the first British monarch to reach her Platinum Jubilee.

She acceded to the throne on February 6 1952 when she was 25 years old.

Throughout 2022, the Queen and other members of the Royal Family will carry out engagements to mark the historic milestone.

Celebrations will also take place during a four-day weekend in June.

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Queen heartbreak: Monarch ‘prayed’ through turbulent royal year

On April 9, Prince Philip died at 99 years old, with the Duke of Edinburgh laid to rest on April 17 at Windsor Castle. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also stepped down from royal duties in March, and Prince Andrew has become embattled in a lawsuit over allegations of sexual abuse. 

Matthew Dennison, royal author, said Her Majesty has turned to her faith to help cope with the dramas of the Royal Family. 

He said: “She has a strong religious faith. 

“One of the things that the queen has done is pray throughout all of this. 

“She also has a loyal, supportive group of private secretaries, ladies in waiting and devoted friends who have been a strong system around her. 

“She also has the support of her close-knit family.”

Speaking to Fox News, Mr Dennison suggested the Queen “finds it difficult to confront difficult issues”.

However, he noted: “I think she has gotten better over time.”

He also told the US outlet he thinks Her Majesty has no plans to abdicate despite the loss of Philip earlier this year.

The author added: “There wasn’t ever a realistic expectation that the death of the Duke of Edinburgh would lead the queen to abdicate. 

“In the very few times she has spoken about it to her close friends, she has always been quite clear that the promises she made in her coronation are binding. 

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“These are promises she made to God in the church. These are holy promises.”

Mr Dennison also said The Queen is close with Harry despite his and Meghan’s move to the US.

He said: “She reacted very sensitively to her grandson, but she also reacted very clearly and strongly,. 

“There is no doubt that the queen felt a level of disappointment by what has happened. And when the interview [with Oprah] aired, it was quite shocking in Britain.”

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It comes after Her Majesty praised BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’ for showing “Christianity as a living faith”.

In a pre-recorded message for the programme, she said: “For 60 years, ‘Songs of Praise’ has drawn together congregations and BBC viewers throughout the United Kingdom in collective worship.

“During that time, the program has shown Christianity as a living faith not only through hymns and worship songs but also by featuring the many people who have put their faith at the centre of their lives.

“I congratulate ‘Songs of Praise’ and all those involved in the program on its 60th anniversary.”

In 2020, royal historian Robert Lacey told People magazine that the Queen’s faith has been essential during her reign.

He said: “She sees it in the bigger context of her religious faith and of a God who holds her family in his hands. 

“It is the solid and simple faith that sustains the Queen.”

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