Queen's Nazi salute a painful reminder

  • 18 July 2015
  • From the section UK
The Sun front page

It's an arresting, once private image on the front of a national newspaper.

Its publication has prompted palace officials to talk about a breach of privacy, and the Sun to argue they're acting in the national interest.

Apart from the obvious anger on one side, it's striking how both sides have talked of the need to put the home movie in its "proper context".

From the palace perspective this is a six-year-old princess who didn't attach any meaning to the gesture. Such an explanation doesn't, of course, explain the thinking of her mother.

Those around the royals are also keen to focus on the war record of the then King, Queen and their two daughters.

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7/7 anniversary set to be painful for the bereaved

  • 7 July 2015
  • From the section UK
7 July memorial in Hyde Park, London
Yellow gerberas will be laid at the 7 July memorial in Hyde Park

There will be three main events throughout the day to mark the worst terrorist attack on British soil.

The suicide bombings revealed a shortage of equipment - the discarded jackets of the dead were used as stretchers - and led to some striking acts of heroism by those trained to respond to emergencies, and by ordinary citizens.

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Something old and something new at Princess Charlotte's christening

  • 5 July 2015
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Cambridges arrive for Prince Charlotte's christening

This was a christening with echoes of the past and some distinctly Cambridge touches.

The baptismal font and the replica christening gown have served other baby royals well in the past. Even the pram was a hand-me-down from the Queen.

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Princess Charlotte set for royal christening

  • 5 July 2015
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Princess Charlotte

In the presence of her great-grandmother and, as things stand, three future kings - Charles, William and George - Princess Charlotte will be baptised using a font from Victoria's reign and with water from the River Jordan.

The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene is where the royals usually gather on Christmas Day and where Charlotte's late grandmother — Diana, Princess of Wales — was christened.

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Sombre end to Queen's German visit

  • 26 June 2015
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The Queen laid a wreath at the memorial at the former Nazi concentration camp in Bergen-Belsen

This was a Queen who lived through World War Two as a teenager, coming to learn, first-hand, about some of the very worst excesses of a former enemy.

With Prince Philip she passed the mounds that mark where the mass graves are.

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Queen's Bergen-Belsen visit underlines reconciliation

  • 26 June 2015
  • From the section UK
The Queen with German President Joachim Gauck

When the Queen was a teenager, British soldiers - who'd sworn allegiance to her father - were at war with Germany.

Now, as an octogenarian head of state, she'll visit one of the gruesome reminders of that conflict.

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Was Queen's Germany speech pro-EU?

  • 25 June 2015
  • From the section UK
Queen in Germany

Two heads of state - one elected, one hereditary - delivered two rather different speeches.

Germany's President Gauck had no difficulty echoing the position of his prime minister that they would assist Britain in order to keep her in Europe.

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Royal Household finances always cause a 'ripple'

  • 24 June 2015
  • From the section UK
Buckingham Palace
The Queen could move out of Buckingham Palace to allow maintenance work costing £150m, officials say

It's the fantasy of many a royal official that their annual accounts will be published and cause barely a ripple.

The reality, once again this year, is very different.

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Queen's Germany visit is 270th trip to foreign soil

  • 23 June 2015
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The Queen and Prince Philip

The fighter jets from the German Luftwaffe, which escorted the Queen's plane as it came into land, honoured a visiting dignitary and the representative of a family with ties to the country.

Prince Philip's four sisters married German princes and during World War One, the House of Saxe Coburg Gotha was renamed the House of Windsor.

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Magna Carta anniversary: Celebrating the past

  • 15 June 2015
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Soldiers stand next to a Magna Carta memorial during an event marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in Runnymede

For a document credited with delivering so much, this was a brief celebration, limited to a few speeches and musical performances.

Where powerful rebellious barons and a king had once sealed the Magna Carta, sat a Queen whose powers and those of her many ancestors were limited by the 800-year-old text.

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