THE Queen yesterday spoke publicly about Prince Philip for the first time since his death.

Her Majesty, 95, recalled the “many happy memories” she and her husband shared as she officially opened the new session of the Scottish parliament at Holyrood last week.

She told MSPs in the socially distanced debating chamber: “I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country, and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always held of our time here.

“It is often said that it is the people that make a place, and there are few places where this is truer than in Scotland, as we have seen in recent times," she added in a clear reference to how much she misses Philip.

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    Queen speaks publicly about Prince Philip for the first time since his death

    THE Queen yesterday spoke publicly about Prince Philip for the first time since his death.

    Her Majesty, 95, recalled the “many happy memories” she and her husband shared as she officially opened the new session of the Scottish parliament at Holyrood this morning.

    She told MSPs in the socially distanced debating chamber: “I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country, and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always held of our time here.

    “It is often said that it is the people that make a place, and there are few places where this is truer than in Scotland, as we have seen in recent times.”

    The Duke of Edinburgh, who died two months’ before his 100th birthday, had a number of connections to Scotland.

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    Harry ‘hypocritical’ for lecturing on climate change

    Former government minister Norman Baker, 64, told Newsweek: “It’s completely hypocritical for Prince Harry or other members of the royal family to lecture people about climate change when they’re emitting more carbon than almost everyone else on the planet.

    “People using private jets are in the top one percent of carbon emitters in the world.

    “Prince Harry needs to stop using private jets or if he wants to use private jets he needs to stop lecturing people on climate change. It is not particularly challenging to get a flight from New York to California – people do it all the time.”

    The couple have faced repeated criticism for insisting on using  private flights, despite preaching about the environment.

    Baker said Harry and Meghan took 18 private jet trips in the 12 months from January 2019 to January 2020.

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    Royal Family is ‘rooting’ for Kate

    The entire royal family is “rooting” for Kate Middleton who won’t “use the monarchy for her own personal gain like Meghan Markle”, insiders have said.

    Sources close to the Firm told MailOnline: “It’s fair to say the whole institution has been rooting for the Duchess of Cambridge.

    “There was a clear moment where an active decision was made to change her look – be more confident in her style, her approach, her projects, the events she would say yes to.

    “There was a clear moment where an active decision was made to change her look – be more confident in her style, her approach, her projects, the events she would say yes to.

    “This was nothing about changing stylists or staff, either. It was about Kate acknowledging the Duchess of Sussex had changed the game and it was necessary for her to compete.

    “That had already been going on between the Prince of Wales and his two sons for some time, but Catherine had never felt the need to get involved. She is the ultimate team player.

    “But she soon became aware of how Meghan was trying to use the monarchy for her own personal gain and it helped Catherine understand the importance of the role she could play.”

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    Unimpressed

    According to a royal source, the future monarch is hopping to turn the royal residence into a public attraction, and some courtiers have expressed their concerns. 

    Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereigns since 1837 and is also where the Queen’s offices are situated. 

    Royal commentator Neil Sean told the Express that Her Majesty is not a fan of turning the historic pad into a tourist trap. 

    He said: “This will not be happening anytime soon, particularly while we still have our gracious Majesty the Queen with us.

    “She’s not very keen on that particular idea and believes of course, that it should remain a family home of sorts.

    “Her Majesty the Queen will go between Windsor Castle, which she considers her main London base, and spending two to four days a week also out at the re-renovated Buckingham Palace.”

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    Third wheeling

    Diana is third wheel in Harry and Meghan’s marriage, claims a royal biographer.

    Andrew Morton, author of the bombshell biography Diana: In Her Own Words, has said that for both Harry and Meghan, “all roads lead back to Diana” and “every camera click and whirr” reminds them of their “terrible fate”.

    He continued to say that: “As the Sussexes embarked on their own journey together through Royal life, not a day went by without a reference, a memory or a decision that related in some way to Harry’s late mother. Diana was the third wheel in their marriage.”

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    Royal courtiers ‘kept largely in dark’ on Andrew case updates – reports

    Andrew’s personal finances are unclear but experts have pointed out that he has no regular source of income.

    He leases his home, Royal Lodge on the Queen’s Windsor estate, and is expected to sell a Swiss ski chalet to repay a debt to its previous owner, who claims he and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson owe her £6.7 million.

    The Queen’s contribution to Andrew’s defence reportedly means his UK-based legal team, led by Gary Bloxsome, are reportedly obliged to provide updates to Buckingham Palace about the case.

    However, courtiers have been kept “largely in the dark”, according to The Telegraph.

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    Camilla becomes reading charity patron (continued…)

    Camilla, who has been a member of the royal family for 16 years, confided that she had adjusted her own public speaking style after Ollie told her he used to read more quickly but has changed this since becoming a Silver Reader.

    The duchess said: “I used to read very, very fast. When I made a speech, I used to talk very, very fast and then you have to take a deep breath and slow down and look at the commas and full stops.”

    Camilla is not the only royal to alter her public speaking techniques over the years.

    In the early days of her reign, the Queen worked on her style of delivery, with the Duke of Edinburgh helping her and encouraging her to lower the high pitch of her voice.

    Camilla highlighted the importance of Silver Stories in bringing joy to the older generation.

    “When you are sitting by yourself you get a bit lonely, don’t you?” she said.

    “It must be so cheering for them to hear your voice reading these lovely stories and I think you are doing an absolutely brilliant job.”

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    Camilla becomes patron of children’s reading charity

    The Duchess of Cornwall has become patron of Silver Stories, a charity which encourages children to read to the elderly to help combat loneliness.

    Camilla was treated to a telephone storytime from two Silver Readers: 10-year-old Tegen and 11-year-old Ollie, who called her at Clarence House from their school in Nanpean, Cornwall.

    The thrilled duchess, who is known for her love of books, chatted to the youngsters after listening to their renditions of excerpts from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and David Walliams’ The Ice Monster, which she said were two of her favourite books.

    Praising both children for their brilliant reading, Camilla told Ollie: “You should be an actor. You do all the voices so well.”

    Camilla, who has been a member of the royal family for 16 years, confided that she had adjusted her own public speaking style after Ollie told her he used to read more quickly but has changed this since becoming a Silver Reader.

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    Buckingham Palace left terrified (Continued…)

    Harry has told how he took wife Meghan and Archie to the US to stop “history repeating itself” — and drew comparisons to Di.

    There are concerns his delving into Diana’s life and divorce will paint Prince Charles and Camilla as the bad guys in his book.

    Royal expert Penny Junor said: “The publishers are going to want a lot for their money, such as naming this so-called racist.

    “He’s researching his mother’s life so he’s going to be talking about his parents’ marriage, the break up, the affairs. That could be incredibly damaging for his father and Camilla. Charles is going to be king and Camilla his queen. The last thing they or the country needs is another upsurge of anger based on what I believe to be false, false accusations.”

    Read more here.

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    Buckingham Palace left terrified

    THE Royal Family is braced for another devastating attack from Prince Harry — as he personally researches his mother’s life for a new book.

    Experts also fear he may use the memoir to name the “royal racist”.

    Royal insiders believe he will now be under extreme pressure to identify the family member he alleges made racist remarks about the colour of baby son Archie’s skin.

    Harry is understood to have been contacting Princess Diana’s old friends.

    It had been thought he would leave most of the work to a ghostwriter.

    Now, Palace sources are “surprised” at how involved he has become.

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    Future of Balmoral

    Meanwhile in Scotland, there are talks that Balmoral may be opened up as a museum dedicated to the Queen once Charles takes the throne.

    Balmoral – which is the Queen’s favourite – is closed to the public in the summer, but under Charles, there is set to be far greater access to the royal grounds.

    Just yesterday, the Queen spoke publicly about Prince Philip for the first time since his death while in Scotland.

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    Queen speaks publicly about Prince Philip for the first time since his death

    THE Queen yesterday spoke publicly about Prince Philip for the first time since his death.

    Her Majesty, 95, recalled the “many happy memories” she and her husband shared as she officially opened the new session of the Scottish parliament at Holyrood this morning.

    She told MSPs in the socially distanced debating chamber: “I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country, and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always held of our time here.

    “It is often said that it is the people that make a place, and there are few places where this is truer than in Scotland, as we have seen in recent times.”

    The Duke of Edinburgh, who died two months’ before his 100th birthday, had a number of connections to Scotland.

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    Sarah Ferguson ‘will likely be subpoenaed’ as ‘lawyers want to grill her over Pizza Express alibi’

    SARAH Ferguson is likely to be subpoenaed in Prince Andrew’s sex case as lawyers want to grill her over his Pizza Express alibi, a reports says.

    The Duke of York, 61, is battling a lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 38, which claims he sexually abused her three times when she was 17 – allegations he denies.

    In a disastrous Newsnight interview, Andrew claimed he was at a pizza restaurant in Woking on the evening of one of the alleged encounters with Virginia – a former sex slave of Jeffrey Epstein.

    Courtiers believe that since the Duchess’ whereabouts were a part of her ex-husband’s story, she will likely be called to testify by his accuser’s legal team.

    The Duke’s lawyers are prepared to fight the allegations against him but if the case progresses, he will have to hand over personal documents and information, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

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    Prince Charles ‘will live in “flat above the shop” when he is king’

    Prince Charles is set to “live in a ‘flat above the shop’” after Buckingham Palace is allegedly thrown open to the public when he is King.

    In a bid to radically overhaul the Royal estate, the monarch will be left in less-than lavish living arrangements as the Palace is opened up to the public, it’s been suggested.

    Prince Charles is also planning to move the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Windsor Castle, because its position in the Heathrow flight path makes it “too noisy” for him.

    It will be a property move that the Cambridges are said to want, according to a friend of the royals.

    And there are talks that Balmoral could turn into a “museum” dedicated to the Queen as part of the property reshuffle.

    As well as slimming down the monarchy, the “property question” is also on the “to do list,” a source told the Mail on Sunday.

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    Sarah Ferguson ‘will likely be subpoenaed’ as ‘lawyers want to grill her over Pizza Express alibi’

    SARAH Ferguson is likely to be subpoenaed in Prince Andrew’s sex case as lawyers want to grill her over his Pizza Express alibi, a reports says.

    The Duke of York, 61, is battling a lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 38, which claims he sexually abused her three times when she was 17 – allegations he denies.

    In a disastrous Newsnight interview, Andrew claimed he was at a pizza restaurant in Woking on the evening of one of the alleged encounters with Virginia – a former sex slave of Jeffrey Epstein.

    Courtiers believe that since the Duchess’ whereabouts were a part of her ex-husband’s story, she will likely be called to testify by his accuser’s legal team.

    The Duke’s lawyers are prepared to fight the allegations against him but if the case progresses, he will have to hand over personal documents and information, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

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    Future of Balmoral

    Meanwhile in Scotland, there are talks that Balmoral may be opened up as a museum dedicated to the Queen once Charles takes the throne.

    Balmoral – which is the Queen’s favourite – is closed to the public in the summer, but under Charles, there is set to be far greater access to the royal grounds.

    Just yesterday, the Queen spoke publicly about Prince Philip for the first time since his death while in Scotland.

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    Andrew ‘had the “time of his life” at creepy dinner party’

    PRINCE Andrew appeared to have the “time of his life” at a creepy dinner party hosted by Jeffrey Epstein, it was claimed yesterday.

    The Duke was a guest at his paedo pal’s Manhattan mansion in 2010, with celebs including screen star Woody Allen.

    One guest compared the setting to an erotic film.

    The guest said: “Epstein came with some girls who were tall and skinny and Russian looking.

    “They were about 20-ish. They looked like teens.

    “There were about eight people sitting around the dinner table and they spoke to Andrew at length about the royal wedding, American politics, international politics.

    “Prince Andrew had the time of his life.”

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    Queen speaks publicly about Prince Philip for the first time since his death

    THE Queen yesterday spoke publicly about Prince Philip for the first time since his death.

    Her Majesty, 95, recalled the “many happy memories” she and her husband shared as she officially opened the new session of the Scottish parliament at Holyrood this morning.

    She told MSPs in the socially distanced debating chamber: “I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country, and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always held of our time here.

    “It is often said that it is the people that make a place, and there are few places where this is truer than in Scotland, as we have seen in recent times.”

    The Duke of Edinburgh, who died two months’ before his 100th birthday, had a number of connections to Scotland.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Charles ‘will live in “flat above the shop” when he is king’

    Prince Charles is set to “live in a ‘flat above the shop’” after Buckingham Palace is allegedly thrown open to the public when he is King.

    In a bid to radically overhaul the Royal estate, the monarch will be left in less-than lavish living arrangements as the Palace is opened up to the public, it’s been suggested.

    Prince Charles is also planning to move the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Windsor Castle, because its position in the Heathrow flight path makes it “too noisy” for him.

    It will be a property move that the Cambridges are said to want, according to a friend of the royals.

    And there are talks that Balmoral could turn into a “museum” dedicated to the Queen as part of the property reshuffle.

    As well as slimming down the monarchy, the “property question” is also on the “to do list,” a source told the Mail on Sunday.

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    Sarah Ferguson ‘will likely be subpoenaed’ as ‘lawyers want to grill her over Pizza Express alibi’

    SARAH Ferguson is likely to be subpoenaed in Prince Andrew’s sex case as lawyers want to grill her over his Pizza Express alibi, a reports says.

    The Duke of York, 61, is battling a lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 38, which claims he sexually abused her three times when she was 17 – allegations he denies.

    In a disastrous Newsnight interview, Andrew claimed he was at a pizza restaurant in Woking on the evening of one of the alleged encounters with Virginia – a former sex slave of Jeffrey Epstein.

    Courtiers believe that since the Duchess’ whereabouts were a part of her ex-husband’s story, she will likely be called to testify by his accuser’s legal team.

    The Duke’s lawyers are prepared to fight the allegations against him but if the case progresses, he will have to hand over personal documents and information, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

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    Princely plans

    Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a £112m deal with the production company after quitting the Royal Family.

    In the partnership with Netflix, the couple agreed to a multi-year deal to produce nature series, documentaries and children’s programming.

    Such projects were sought, Prince Harry had claimed in their explosive Oprah Winfrey interview in March, as his family had cut him off financially at the start of 2020 after announcing their Megxit plans.

    In April of this year, the couple revealed their first project for the streaming platform – an Invictus Games documentary.

    Prince Harry, who will appear on camera and be an executive producer for the documentary, gushed over the series, saying he couldn’t wait for the series to reveal the “mosaic of resilience”. 

    In July, it was claimed that Meghan had started working on a Netflix series with David Furnish two years before Megxit.

    The Duchess of Sussex and Elton John’s husband began working on the new animated series, that has the working title ‘Pearl’, several years ago according to Page Six.

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    Following the trend

    Princess Beatrice follows Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and William and Kate with royal baby name trend

    Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have named their baby girl Sienna Elizabeth, with Beatrice revealing the sweet name on Twitter on Friday.

    She wrote on her official account: “We are delighted to share that we have named our daughter Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.”

    This is Queen Elizabeth’s 12th great-grandchild and arrives just over three months after Lilibet Diana, Harry and Meghan’s second child who they also named in honour of the Queen.

    Back in June, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

    She was named after the Queen’s family nickname and also Harry’s mother Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997.

    Prince William and Kate Middleton’s six-year-old daughter Charlotte’s name also pays tribute to the monarch.

    Her full name, including her title, is Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge.

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    The Queen’s secret ‘booze tunnel’ under Buckingham palace

    The Queen has a secret “booze tunnel” under Buckingham palace, according to one of her in-laws.

    Princess Eugenie’s husband, Jack Brooksbank, let slip that the royal family can discreetly head to a cocktail bar from the palace thanks to hidden underground tunnels.

    According to The Star the tequila salesman apparently shared the information with the Daily Mail’s royal editor, Richard Eden at a party sponsored by his drinks brand Casamigos.

    Eden claims Brooksbank said: “There is one to Dukes Bar from St James’s Palace. I haven’t used it yet, but I’d love to check it out.”

    Dukes Bar situated in the exclusive Mayfair residence, Dukes Hotel, is famous for its ‘legendary’ martinis described by the New York Times as ‘one of the world’s best.’

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    Queen plants a tree to mark Platinum Jubilee

    THE green-fingered Queen planted a tree to mark her Platinum Jubilee as she got to work with Prince Charles after her summer break.

    The Monarch was joined by her son and heir at Balmoral for one of the few public engagements she has carried out after the death of her "strength and stay" Prince Philip this year.

    The Queen and her son planted a tree at the Balmoral Cricket Pavilion to mark the start of the official planting season at the 50,000-acre Scottish estate.

    The 95-year-old Monarch beamed in her aptly-chosen dark green ensemble as she met children from nearby Crathie Primary School.

    It marks her first public appearance since beginning her annual summer holiday at Balmoral on July 23.

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    Explained: When is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

    THE QUEEN will celebrate 70 years on the British throne in 2022 – the first time any British monarch has reached the historic milestone.

    Senior British royals will attend a string of spectacular events in London and other cities showcasing the Queen’s impact in June 2022 – with a long four day weekend planned for all.

    Princess Elizabeth became Queen on February 6, 1952 – the day her father King George VI died.

    Therefore February 6, 2022, will mark 70 years on the throne.

    In November 2020, Oliver Dowden announced “a four-day Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate The Queen’s 70 year reign”.

    The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday, June 2, 2022.

    An additional Bank Holiday will take place on Friday, June 3, 2022.

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