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Queen flies to Kensington Palace to visit Prince Louis for the first time

kensington-palaceThe Queen has met her latest great-grandchild, Prince Louis, for the first time on a visit to Kensington Palace. Her Majesty was flown into the grounds on Tuesday before being driven to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s home. The 92-year-old monarch arrived from Windsor Castle, where the Duke of Edinburgh is recuperating following a hip operation. She held a posy of flowers as she stepped out of her helicopter after the 40-minute flight. The Queen was then driven the short distance to Prince William and Kate’s apartment in a green Range Rover. Prince Louis, who is now nine days old, is her sixth great-grandchild and the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The official birth register entry of Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge

Another milestone was passed when the Duke sat down at Kensington Palace on Tuesday morning and signed the certificate registering his son’s birth, witnessed by Westminster City Council registrar Patricia Gordon. The document gives the full name of the latest member of the royal family as His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge. The birth certificate lists the date and place of Louis’s birth, and also gives the family address as Kensington Palace. It gives the full name of Louis’ father and mother, and under “occupation” they are listed  as prince and princess of the United Kingdom respectively. The Duke, who is taking a period off following the birth of his son, simply signs the document William.

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Family tree

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Elizabeth Alexandra Mary b. 21 Apr. 1916 m. 20 Nov. 1947 Philip Mountbatten.

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|<c> Charles b. 14 Nov. 1948 m. 21 Jul 1982 Diana Spencer. issue:

||||||<gc> William b. 21 Jun. 1982 m. 29 Apr 2011 Catherine Middleton.  issue:

|||||||||||||<ggc> George b. 22 Jul. 2013

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||||||<gc> Henry b. 15 Sep. 1984 [m. 19 May 2018 Meghan Markle]

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|<c> Andrew b. 19 Feb. 1960 m. 23 Jul. 1986 Sarah Ferguson. issue:

||||||<gc> Beatrice b. 08 Aug. 1988

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|<c> Edward b. 10 Mar. 1964 m. 19 Jun. 1999 Sophy Rhys-Jones. issue:

||||||<gc> Louise b. 08 Nov. 2003

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Prince Harry arrives at London Mara-thon after Queen starts it off.

Harry poses with the wheelchair winnersPrince Harry has been spotted at the London Marathon, where he will be cheering on the runners who are still going.

The Queen, pressed the starting button, sending a tide of more than 40,000 runners through the capital. She looked bright and cheerful in a coral pink outfit, and as usual matched her hat to her jacket.

The Prince met the volunteers who make the marathon happen, organising the runners and handing out water. He also shook hands with First Aiders from St John’s Ambulance, who are there in case participants face any medical issues. Prince The Queen officially started the marathonHarry will be handing out trophies to all the winners, and has already congratulated the wheelchair winners. Familiar faces were seen at the starting line, including the Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon, who is running in her underwear alongside Jada Sezer in order to raise money for mental health charity Heads Together. BBC Radio 2 DJ and former Top Gear host Chris Evans grinned as he posed for a picture before the marathon, as did television presenter Jenni Falconer.

Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah has been seen leading the pack, as he hopes to win this year. He has been training for the race in Ethiopa for the last few months. The 38th edition of the world-famous race may well be the hottest on record, with sweltering highs of 23C possible throughout Sunday. Runners have been advised to drop their goal-times and organisers have added more ice, water and run-through shower stations along the 26.2-mile course. Among this year’s runners are firefighters who tackled the Grenfell Tower blaze, a police officer stabbed in the London Bridge terror attack and members of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Sunday marks 25 years since the murder of the teenager, who was a keen runner. Meanwhile almost 100 runners will attempt Guinness World Records – dressed variously in suits of armour, as mythical creatures, and wearing stilts and ski boots. Hundreds of police officers will be on duty to keep around 800,000 spectators and runners safe.

Competitors will start from Blackheath, south east London, running a snaking route along both sides of the Thames, finishing on The Mall near Buckingham Palace.

Last year, the event raised £61.5 million for charity, a world record for an annual one-day fundraising event, making the total raised since 1981 around £890 million, organisers said. A record 386,050 people applied for this year’s race – almost a third more than last year and the highest number for any marathon in the world.

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Assassination attempt on the Queen was covered up by New Zealand government, ex-police officer claims

A failed assassination attempt on the Queen during a royal tour of New Zealand in 1981 was covered up to “avoid jeopardising” future royal visits, a former police officer has claimed. Nearly four decades on from the incident, Tom Lewis, an ex-Dunedin detective sergeant, has alleged that a troubled teenager shot at the Queen and came yards from hitting her. In an interview with the New Zealand website, Stuff, Mr Lewis claimed that Christopher John Lewis, then 17, fired at the Queen as she alighted her motorcade to greet a crowd gathered at the Otago Museum Reserve. However, Mr Lewis claims that the attempt on the Queen’s life was quickly covered up by police and the New Zealand Government, which feared that the near-miss would scupper any chance of her returning to the country. He added that, as the distinctive crack rang out around the area, police attempted to disguise the seriousness of the threat, telling British journalists present that the noise was a council sign falling over.

Christopher John Lewis, who shot at the Queen during the 1981 royal tour of New Zealand

When later questioned, the story was altered to suggest that the noise had been the result of somebody letting off firecrackers nearby. A story published by The Daily Telegraph the following day appears to support Mr Lewis’s claims, noting that a sound “like a firecracker” had gone off, but that the Queen had not seemed to notice. In fact, the reality of what had transpired became a tightly-guarded secret, with the New Zealand Government allegedly ordering that the original police statement be destroyed. “You will never get a true file on that,” Mr Lewis continued. “It was reactivated, regurgitated, bits pulled off it, other false bits put on. “The fact an attempted assassination of the Queen had taken place in New Zealand… it was too politically hot to handle. A police report published that year appears to verify the claims, noting: “The discharge of a firearm during the visit of Her Majesty the Queen serves to remind us all of the potential risks to royalty, particularly during public walks.” He also claimed that Lewis’s original statement given to police on his arrest was destroyed, and that officers were told not to charge him under orders from “up top”. In a draft autobiography later published after Christopher John Lewis’s death, the would-be assassin wrote that he was frequently visited by high-ranking Government officials and sworn to silence.

The Queen smiles as she meets the New Zealand public in 1981

“If I was ever to mention the events surrounding my interview or the organisation, or that I was in the building, or that I was shooting from it – that they would make sure I ‘suffered a fate worse that death’”, he wrote. Lewis was, however, charged and taken to court – but his alleged assassination attempt on the Queen was downgraded to possession of a firearm in a public place. He was jailed for three years, spending his last in a psychiatric ward, where in 1983, then seemingly obsessed with wiping out the royal family, he was found to be planning to murder Prince Charles. Released in 1984, he was placed on a watchlist but continued to commit a series of burglaries. In 1995, police discovered that he was mapping out a route of the Queen’s return visit to New Zealand and intervened. Two years later, while awaiting trial for the murder of a young mother and the kidnapping of her child, he committed suicide.

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Queen smiles warmly during traditional Holyrood ceremony

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The Hague – Mauritshuis

The famous Royal Collection, managed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, contains highlights from the oeuvres of famous painters such as Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu and Jan Steen.
For this exhibition are selected genre paintings by Dutch masters of the Golden Age. Here we see life itself: peasants fighting, flirting ladies and gentlemen, but also loving mothers or an ordinary shopkeeper.


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Johannes Vermeer

The absolute highlight of the exhibition is Lady at the virginal with a gentleman ( “The Music Lesson”) by Johannes Vermeer. “The Music Lesson” is one of the rare pieces of Johannes Vermeer who have survived a total of 36 paintings. The painting from around 1660-1662 shows a lady and a gentleman in a virginal. Above this musical is a mirror that reflects the foot of Vermeer’s easel. Without doubt the music in this painting symbolizes love, which further emphasized by the Latin motto on the virginal. The painting was acquired in 1762 by King George III, but stood still book as a work of Frans van Mieris the Elder. Only became clear later that it was a work of Vermeer.


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Jan Steen

Another highlight of the exhibition Woman in a Jan Steen bedroom from 1663. We see a woman who, judging by the marks above her calves, not buying her sock but pulled out, said she looks at the viewer. Here too there is an amorous context. Contemporaries were fond of this kind of performances. That physical pleasure is fleeting, Stone made clear by depicting the skull in the doorway, under a lute with a broken string.


The Royal Collection and Mauritshuis

The exhibition Dutch house: Vermeer and contemporaries from the British Royal Collection is the result of a collaboration between the Royal Collection and the Mauritshuis. Under the title Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer was shown earlier this exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace, London, and The Queen’s Gallery at The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

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HRH Willem Alexander, Prince of Orange-Nassau, HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Location: Municipal Museum, Amsterdam “Night Watch”.

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LEFT: HM QUEEN BEATRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS AND QUEEN ELIZABETH II OF ENGLAND.

RIGHT: HM QUEEN BEATRIX OF THE NETHERLANDS, HRH PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH, HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II OF ENGLAND.

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HM Queen Elizabeth II  of England, HM King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, HM Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

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Prime Minister Modi of India exchanges gift with the Queen at B.P..