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A Queen's Childhood: Lilibet and Grandpa England

Queen Elizabeth II was said to have a privileged but happy toddler days. Her family maintained their charming London home at 145 Picadilly, while weekends were spent in their country house, Royal Lodge on the Windsor Castle grounds. The young princess had also caught the affection of her grandfather, King George V.
It was on these toddler days when her childhood name got stuck to the heart of the family.The very young Elizabeth had a hard time pronouncing Elizabeth, so she settled with Lilibet, and that what the name that endeared her to her family. Even the king got used to it and she, on the other hand, would call him Grandpa England.

In November 1928, King George V caught chill while attending the Armistice Day ceremony at the Cenotaph. He disregarded the cold but it worsened into septicaemia. Everyone feared for his condition that his children were summoned to his bedside. The annual trip to Sandringham was cancelled and for the first time, he had to spend the holidays in London.…
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"Together: Our Community Book" with foreword by the Duchess of Sussex

After being displaced following the Grenfell tower fire, some of the local women needed a place to cook fresh food for their families. They began to use the kitchen at the Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, where the women who worked there had been using the facilities to cook for the community. They all shared the kitchen for two days every week, preparing food and eating together. Word spread and more local women began to join in, embracing community and supporting their neighbors in their time of need.

Soon there were women from different cultures all cooking, swapping recipes, talking and laughing. As they cooked, they began to connect, heal and look forward, and have continued to cook together twice a week. This community of women became known as the Hubb Community Kitchen—Hubb means “love” in Arabic. The women of the Hubb Community Kitchen describe it as a place of good food, love, support and friendship.
The Duchess of Sussex is an advocate of women empowerment and equ…

Queen Elizabeth II supports the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Queen Elizabeth II has agreed on the decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to step back as senior royals.  The statement reads: 
Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family. My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.  Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.  It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.  These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days. The Queen has summoned her son and…

The Megxit Fallout in the words of royal experts

The “Megxit” debacle has spread like wildfire the moment the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their intention to step back from being fulltime royals. Royal experts and commentators were quick to point out the why’s and how’s of this fallout and what lies ahead for the royal couple.
"The recklessness shown in his and Meghan’s seismic decision effectively to quit the Royal Family (except, seemingly, when it suits them) and forge their own ‘progressive’ path — while pursuing financial independence — does not speak to me of a balanced or careful strategy, even if they have, as alleged, been ‘plotting’ it for months." – Penny Junor, Prince Harry’s biographer
"We are moving into uncharted territories that I believe will create more problems as the press coverage will not get better.It will get worse as Harry will be seen as abandoning his family, the duty to the Crown as he is after all a Prince of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland .It is far easi…

A Queen’s Childhood: World-Famous at a Young Age

The future Queen Elizabeth II was only two and a half years old when she met Winston Churchill at Balmoral. At a young age, she instantly left an impression on her future prime minister. After the encounter, he told his wife, Clementine what a “character” the infant princess was, one who was “possessing an air of authority and reflectiveness astonishing in an infant”.
So astonishing an infant indeed that at the age of three, she already graced the cover of Time magazine. She became an instant fashion trendsetter. When it was told that her closet was full of yellow dresses, mothers were quick to dismiss of their daughters’ red and blue clothes and switch for yellow ones.

Financing Meghan and Harry: How rich are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their decision to step back as senior royals, one of the things they made clear is that they would endeavour to become financially independent. That means they would cease receiving funds either from Queen Elizabeth II’s sovereign grant fund or Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall. Just how rich are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex? Would they afford their jetsetting lifestyle once funds from the Royal Family cease to flow? 
The Prince of Wales pays for the public duties and partial private expenses of his two sons and their wives, thanks to the sizable income of the Duchy of Cornwall, which earned £21.6 million in 2019. Accounts from Clarence House show this funding - in the year Meghan officially joined the Royal Family - stood at just over £5 million, up 1.8% on 2017-18.
A small fraction of the Sussexes’ official expenses are also charged against the Sovereign Grant, which is the “the annual funding mechanism of the monarchy that covers the…

Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s to step back from royal duties and Queen Elizabeth II is “deeply upset”

Fresh from the Canadian holiday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has decided to step back from being senior members of the British Royal Family to “carve out a progressive new role within this institution.” Here is the statement from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their website:
After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family, and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal traditi…
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