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Kenyan safari lodge where Queen Elizabeth’s reign began forced into Covid-closure

Kenyan safari lodge where Queen Elizabeth's reign began forced into Covid-closure

The Treetops Hotel, located in the heart of Aberdare National Park, has closed its doors almost 90-years after it opened to the public. The announcement comes after the Kenya Wildlife Service revealed Covid-induced travel restrictions caused a staggering 90 percent drop in the nation’s tourism revenue.

The United Nations estimates Africa’s total losses in the tourism industry could reach as high as £183billion in 2021.

The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has also led to the closure of Treetops sister hotel.

The Outspan hotel, located near Treetops in Kenya’s Nyeri county, is also for sale.

According to Royal Central, the two hotels are now up for sale for the price of £3.6million.

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Queen Elizabeth II, 95, spent two days at Treetops in 1952 with her husband Prince Philip.

Then known as the Duchess and Duke of Edinburgh, at the time 25 and 31, the royal’s stay in Kenya proved to be a moment of history.

Elizabeth was informed that her father, the unexpected King George VI, had passed away in his sleep during their visit.

Jim Corbett, Her Majesty’s armed escort at the time, recalled how much Elizabeth cherished her time at the Kenyan safari lodge.

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Elizabeth and Philip returned to the lodge in Aberdare National Park in 1959 and then just over thirty years after their first visit in 1983.

During the Mau Mau rebellion, Britain stationed its colonial snipers at Treetops until it was burnt down by members of the Kenyan resistance movement in 1954.

Following the fire, the lodge was rebuilt to include 36 rooms.

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Queen looking for ‘proactive’ Buckingham Palace cleaner – with salary starting at £11,300

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The Queen is hiring a new member of the cleaning crew based at Buckingham Palace. The perfect candidate for the role of daily cleaner will be “highly efficient and proactive”, according to the advert published on the Royal Household’s website.

The vacancy advert explains candidates with previous cleaning or hospitality experience would have an advantage – but makes it clear what matters are a “keen eye for detail” and reliability.

Speaking further about the ideal candidate, the advert warns eagerness to learn and a positive and flexible approach to work are also important.

It read: “Highly efficient and proactive, and with good time management skills, you’ll be able to prioritise and manage a busy daily workload.

“And with a positive and flexible approach to work, you’ll be happy to get involved in a range of duties, supporting the wider team.

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The Queen is hiring a daily cleaner (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen and Prince Edward outside Buckingham Palace earlier this month (Image: GETTY)

“Above all, you will be eager to learn and develop your skills.

“This is your opportunity to use your enthusiasm and passion to deliver the exceptional.”

Speaking about the role, the advert also said: “Joining our professional team at our sites in London, you’ll upkeep, clean and care for a wide range of interiors and items, ensuring they’re presented to their very best.

“Learning from your colleagues, you’ll gain the specialist professional skills needed, always aiming for the highest standards.

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The Queen is preparing to mark her Platinum Jubilee (Image: GETTY)

“And on occasion you’ll support functions and events too.

“In an environment where development and training is commonplace, you’ll be able to grow your skills within your role.”

This role is advertised for either 20 or 40 hours per week.

And the salary will depend on how many hours are taken up by the new Buckingham Palace hire.

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The Queen meeting Boris Johnson at Buckingham Palace in June (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen is currently based at Windsor Castle (Image: GETTY)

Speaking about the salary for this permanent role, the advert mentions “£11,300 to £22,600 (depending on hours)”.

Prospective employees will likely go through tests to make sure they are the best fit for Buckingham Palace.

Tracey Waterman, the head of recruitment at the palace, previously revealed one trial she has used in the past to spot the particularly good cleaners among the applicants.

Speaking on the Channel 5 documentary ‘Sandringham: The Royals at Christmas’, Ms Waterman said: “The difference between housekeeper in a five-star hotel and in a royal Palace would be attention to detail.

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Residences of members of the Royal Family in the UK (Image: EXPRESS)

“One of the tests I like to do, to see if a candidate has potential eye for detail, is to place a dead fly, either in the fireplace or on the carpet.

“Once the dead fly is placed, I then bring the candidate into the room.

“I lead them into the room quite slowly, just giving them a chance to glance at the room, have a little look at what we’ve got inside the room.”

The perfect candidate, Ms Waterman said, should not just spot the fly but also pick it up.

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The Queen acceded to the throne in 1952 (Image: GETTY)

She said: “It’s a great test, maybe out of 10 people half the candidates will notice the fly.

“One out of 10 will actually bend down and pick it up – that’s the special housekeeper.”

Buckingham Palace has been the main residence of the Queen for more than six decades.

However, following the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the monarch moved to Windsor Castle and has made that her main residence since.

Over the past months, Her Majesty has returned to her London home only to carry out engagements, including her first in-person meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in June or the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay earlier this month.

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Beaming Queen in royal blue ditches her walking stick for Champions Day at Ascot

Beaming Queen in royal blue ditches her walking stick for Champions Day at Ascot

The Monarch attended the prestigious racecourse in Berkshire for the QIPCO British Champions Day. The Queen appeared to have ditched a walking stick she used when attending a service at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday, alongside Princess Anne.

Her Majesty also wore a pair of black gloves and mid-height heels ahead of the Champions Day, considered one of the “most prestigious events in the British sporting calendar”.

It comes after The Queen, 95, made a rare public intervention on the climate change crisis during a visit to the Welsh Parliament.

She told Presiding Officer Elin Jones that she was ”’irritated” by people who “talk but don’t do” when tackling the climate change crisis. 

The Queen’s remarks emerged in clips of a conversation filmed on a smartphone during a reception following the opening of the Welsh Senedd on Thursday.

It is rare for the Queen’s thoughts on a political topic to be made public and her comment was made during an unguarded moment.

Royal biographer Penny Junor said the Queen’s view was not “controversial” and echoes the frustration of the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge.

Ms Junor added of the Queen’s comments: “I think what she’s said is really not controversial at all, it’s what most people are thinking.

“Charles has been banging his head against a brick wall on this for years, William is out there banging his head and I think it’s absolutely fair enough that she should say what she feels.”

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“After nearly 70 years on the throne she’s not going to suddenly break a tradition of a lifetime, which is to always be above politics.

“It’s a fair point to say she likes people to get on with things, something I think would have been much supported by Prince Philip as well.”

However, in the lead up to the COP26 climate change conference, the anti-monarchy group Republic has said the royals do not deserve any praise for supporting the environment.

Graham Smith, chief executive officer of Republic which campaigns for an elected head of state, criticised the monarchy’s stance on environmental issues.

He said: “The royals need to be challenged on their ‘do as we say’ attitude. They cannot seriously lecture the rest of us on the need to change how we live when they expect to travel by helicopter, private jet and royal train.

“The hypocrisy is staggering, and allowing people like Charles and William to portray themselves as environmentalists will only harm the cause of tackling climate change.”

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Queen set to give ‘very tough broadcast’ with Christmas message this year

Queen set to give 'very tough broadcast' with Christmas message this year

The Queen, 95, addresses the nation with a special message at Christmas as she reflects on the year. The speech touches on major events from the year with a specific focus on the British Empire. NBC royal correspondent Neil Sean has claimed the Queen will discuss the life of Prince Philip who died April 9.

He said: “Her Majesty the Queen will focus on the loss earlier this year of the Duke of Edinburgh.

“Naturally it affected the nation but it could not have affected anyone more than the Queen.

“We’ve seen in recent months she does appear to have lost some weight and of course is using a small stick for comfort.

“The broadcast is going to focus on the good work that he did and of course how he became the grandfather to the nation.

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“What is also nice to know is she will look back on his life, not just his royal life but his working life prior to entering the Royal Family in the late 1940s.

“For Her Majesty the Queen that will become a very tough broadcast given that time of year it almost makes it even harder to remember loved ones you hope to be with.”

His claims come as the Queen’s suggestion that she is irritated by a lack of action in tackling climate change is a “common sense” response reflecting the views of many, royal commentators have said.

She appeared to express her exasperation just a few weeks before world leaders gather in Glasgow for the Cop26 UN climate change conference.

Royal biographer Penny Junor said the Queen’s view is not “controversial” and echoes the frustration of the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge, while royal historian Hugo Vickers said her comments would have been supported by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Charles and William have given interviews this week highlighting a need for action to combat the environmental threat the planet faces, and will join the Queen at Cop26 for a series of royal events.

The Queen’s remarks emerged in clips of a conversation filmed on a smart phone during a reception following the opening of the Welsh Senedd on Thursday.

It is rare for the Queen’s thoughts on a political topic to be made public and her comment was made during an unguarded moment when she chatted with the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, the Welsh Parliament’s Presiding Officer.

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In the footage, the Queen reportedly says: “Extraordinary isn’t it… I’ve been hearing all about Cop… still don’t know who is coming… no idea.”

She adds: “We only know about people who are not coming… and it’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.”

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced he will attend Cop26, but in a blow to hopes for what could be achieved, China’s president Xi Jinping will not attend, according to The Times newspaper.

Ms Junor said of the Queen’s comments: “I think what she’s said is really not controversial at all, it’s what most people are thinking.

“Charles has been banging his head against a brick wall on this for years, William is out there banging his head and I think it’s absolutely fair enough that she should say what she feels.”

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Queen pushes lesser royals to the fore instead of Kate showing they are key part of Firm

Queen pushes lesser royals to the fore instead of Kate showing they are key part of Firm

The Queen will be joined by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent to host a reception at Windsor Castle, ahead of the Global Investment Summit (GIS) next week. She will also be joined by Prince Charles and Prince William, and Boris Johnson.

Notably, the Duchess of Cambridge is missing from the line-up.

This comes after reports that Prince Charles, next in line to the throne, wants to see a more slimmed-down monarchy in order to cut costs to the taxpayer.

Charles reportedly plans to reduce the monarchy to a team of just eight key members, all senior working royals in what has been seen as an attempt to improve the reputation of the monarchy.

Constitutional expert, Iain MacMarthanne told Express.co.uk: “The fundamental question is: what is Prince Charles’s vision for the monarchy when he succeeds, of which its membership is but one of many questions, perhaps even the least important of them.

“Ultimately the matter of a slimmed-down membership is about perception and what drives that.

“The debate is contextualised by cost, value for money, and a desire to ensure royals are not seen as hangers-on. The simple and obvious solution is to reduce numbers.”

But he explained why this may not work in practice, describing the problem of cost as a “red herring”.

MacMarthanne noted that royals such as the Kents and the Gloucesters no longer have their expenditures covered by the Civil List, but instead through the Privy Purse – the private income of the monarch.

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The GIS reception, which will see the royal family host a number of international business and investment leaders, will take place on Tuesday 19 October.

An Operational Note from Royal Communications said: “Her Majesty the Queen, accompanied by other members of the Royal family, will host a reception for international business and investment leaders at Windsor Castle to mark the Global Investment Summit.

“The Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent will formally receive the Prime Minister and attendees of the Global Investment Summit at Windsor Castle.

“Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family will then meet guests in St George’s Hall.”

The GIS reception comes ahead of the Queen, and other members of the royal family’s attendance at events in Glasgow for the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November.

The Royal Communication said that the GIS will “showcase the best of British innovation and highlight the UK’s role in green investment and clean technologies, to some of the most senior and influential business leaders from all over the world, ahead of COP26 in November.”

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