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Queen Victoria - Accession

Queen Victoria succeeded as Queen of Great Britain in 1837, after the death of her uncle King William IV. Hers would be the longest in British history.

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King William IV died in the early hours of June 20, 1837 and the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chamberlain hastened to Kensington Palace to inform the new queen of her accession. Victoria received them at around 6 am, in her dressing-gown and welcomed her reign with quiet dignity, although covered with a shawl and her hair falling upon her shoulders and her feet hurriedly thrust on her slippers.
Read more about Queen Victoria's Accession to the British Throne.

Queen Victoria Gains her Independence From the Duchess of Ken…

King Juan Carlos Attends Opening of Parliament

Two daughters missed ceremony

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King Juan Carlos attended official opening of Parliament, also known in Spain as Xth legislature. Together with the king are Queen Sofia, Felipe, Prince of Asturias, and her wife Letizia, Princess of Asturias.
The King's speech gave emphasis on the Parliament's duty to perform their responsibilities to seal people's “trust in the institutions” of Spain. The King also highlighted the importance of obeying the law, saying that no public figure is above the law. 
Among the issues that the King gave emphasis include the pressing concerns on the country's rising unemployment, calling the attention of those listening to him to act upon the crisis to curb its impact on the citizens. 
"All of you, deputies and senators, are unit…

Queen Victoria - The Younger Years

The events in Queen Victoria's childhood, especially her relationship with her mother the duchess of Kent, would have a lasting impact on her life.


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“I never was happy until I was 18,” wrote Queen Victoria in her journal, of her unhappy and somber childhood. She had a very good reason of saying so.

Foremost is the fact that the Duchess of Kent, ambitious and domineering woman, did all she can to  keep Victoria isolated from rest of the royal family. The duchess also feel under the influence of Sir John Conroy, an Irish officer who rose to become the master of the duchess’ household since the Duke of Kent's death.
The couple planned to become the powers behind the throne should Victoria ascend the throne before she turns 18. Because of the growing differ between her and the Duchess of course with her utter disgust to Conroy, the relationship betwe…

Queen Victoria's Birth and Childhood

Before being forced to marry, Victoria’s father, the Duke of Kent lived with his mistress, Madame de Saint Laurent, for many years. After the government urged him to look for a royal wife, he eventually found a suitable bride in the person of Princess Victoria, daughter of Francis Frederick, reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Princess Augusta of Reuss-Ebersdorff.
The bride had been married before to Emich Charles, Prince of Leiningen-Dachsburg-Hardenburg, who died in 1814 and left him with two children – Charles, who succeeded to his father’s title, and Feodora. She met the duke in Amorbach, where she was then living. Her brother, Leopold, who was married to Princess Charlotte, encouraged his sister’s union with his late wife’s uncle.
Money was one of the reasons why the duke decided to get married. He was already encumbered with debts before she met the princess and marrying her will enable him to receive a substantial income from Parliament.
The wedding between the Duke of Kent…

Prince Philip: Let Me Go Home!

Duke of Edinburgh insists he's well and good to go.

Robust or frail, Prince Philip remains in fighting form. Not even his chest pain, not the succeeding surgery dampened the 90-year old Duke of Edinburgh's spirits. In fact, hours after he awakened from operation, he demanded that he released from hospital confinement. 

"I feel fine," said the Duke to his doctors who performed the operation that remedied the blockage in his artery. "I don't want to make a fuss. I just want to go home."

Insiders at the Papsworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, the country's most advanced heart and lung center said that the Duke can't wait to go home. But the Duke will have to wait for at least one more night.

The Duke of Edinburgh was rushed to the Cambrideshire hospital evening, December 23 when he complained of chest pain. A successful operation was performed which removed the blockage in the artery. Midday Dec. 24, Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the Royal Family pa…

The Christmas Broadcast 2011

The Queen's Christmas Broadcast this year centers on families, friends, and the community. Here is the latest video or you can read the complete speech below.

In this past year my family and I have been inspired by the courage and hope we have seen in so many ways in Britain, in the Commonwealth and around the world. We’ve seen that it’s in hardship that we often find strength from our families; it’s in adversity that new friendships are sometimes formed; and it’s in a crisis that communities break down barriers and bind together to help one another.
Families, friends and communities often find a source of courage rising up from within. Indeed, sadly, it seems that it is tragedy that often draws out the most and the best from the human spirit.
When Prince Philip and I visited Australia this year we saw for ourselves the effects of natural disaster in some of the areas devastated by floods, where in January so many people lost their lives and their livelihoods. We were moved by the wa…

British Royal Family Attends Christmas Day Service

Prince Philip not present, recovering from surgery in hospital. Duchess of Cambridge joins Royal Family for the Christmas Service the first time. Rugby star Mike Tindall present.
The Royal Family celebrated Christmas Day service at Sandringham, their Norfolk estate that serves as their Christmas retreat every year. Meanwhile, the Duke of Edinburgh's conditions progresses as he recovers at hospital in Cambridgeshire. This is the first time that the Queen with the Royal Family celebrates Christmas without Prince Philip.

In his sermon, Sandringham's rector, the Rev. Jonathan Riviere asked the congregation to join him in a prayer for the Duke of Edinburgh's speedy recovery.

"We pray for the Queen and the Royal Family, especially today we pray for Prince Philip and his continued recovery,” he said.
Hundreds of people flocked at the gates to see the Queen and her family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall, as they go t…

Emperor Akihito Turns 78

Reflections for 2011.
Emperor Akihito of Japan celebrates 78th birthday on June 23. Since his ascension to the Chrysanthemum throne which is considered as the oldest existing monarchy in the world, the Japanese has never lost their reverence and respect to the emperor who remains their source of strength and unity. Amidst the merriment and cheers, the 78th year old monarch mirrors on the year that was 2011, not only for himself or for his reign, but also for the Japanese people.
“Looking back on this year, I must say this has been a truly distressing year, dominated by disasters,” His Majesty said.
“However it has been encouraging to note that the people in the afflicted areas are enduring the harsh conditions in evacuation and that many people are volunteering to support the victims. I feel that the Japanese people have come together as a nation to squarely face the disaster and do what they can to be of help for the victims.”
The Emperor reflects on massive the East Earthquake, that stu…

Prince Philip recovers after operation

Stenting procedure successfully performed to remedy coronary artery block.
The Duke of Edinburgh underwent stenting procedure to successfully treat a blocked coronary artery.
The duke manifested chest pains and flown by a helicopter from the royal estate in Sandringham, Norfolk, wherer the royal family spends Christmas, to the specialist cardiothoracic facility at Papworth hospital in Cambridgeshire, Friday night.
He underwent a successful "invasive procedure of coronary stenting".
If the duke shows signs of progress, he could be back on his feet by Christmas Day, in time for the Boxing Day shoot, which he was expected to lead.
Saturday morning, Ailsa Anderson, a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace, said that the "The Duke of Edinburgh had a good night and is in good spirits but he is eager to leave. "Tomorrow's [Sunday's] church service is going ahead as planned and we don't anticipate changes to the Royal Family's Christmas celebrations." Dr. Simon …

Prince Philip Rushed to Hospital

Duke of Edinburgh suffers chest pain.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was rushed to hospital after chest pains. 
The prince was admitted to Papworth Hospital in Cambridge for precautionary test. The said hospital in Great Britain's largest and most advanced pulmonary and cardiothoracic facility.
The Royal Family is residence at Sandringham House, in their Norfolk estate for the Christmas holiday.
“Either this is more serious and therefore they felt they really must issue a statement, or they’ve simply moved with the times and it’s going to get out in social media,” notes BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond on how fast the new of the duke's health condition spread through the public.
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