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Breaking: the Queen has cancelled this years’ Order of the Garter Service so she can take part in the State Opening of Parliament on June 19.
But given the revised calendar, the State Opening will take place with ‘reduced ceremonial elements’.
I hear there will be no carriage procession, limited ceremonial inside Westminster and the Queen won’t be wearing her crown or gown.
Instead the Imperial State Crown, sword and cap will all be carried in before the Queen, who will be wearing day dress.

“I don’t understand why people keep on comparing Madeleine’s method of dealing with the press to William and Kate’s. Their kids are on a different level of prominence than Maddie’s. With George and Charlotte, the press are constantly on them. Whatever news involving them, the press will pick it up and make it big. The SRF are not as well-known than the BRF, that’s a fact, and as such, do not receive the kind of press coverage that the BRF receives. So it’s irrelevant to compare.” - Submitted by Anonymous

Today in 1952, Elizabeth Windsor became Queen Elizabeth II. After 65 years she is now the world’s oldest reigning monarch as well as Britain’s longest-lived. In 2015, she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, to become the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regnant and female head of state in world history.

Prince Harry has disclosed that he sought counselling after enduring two years of “total chaos” while still struggling in his late twenties to come to terms with the death of his mother. The Prince says in an interview with The Telegraph that he “shut down all his emotions” for almost two decades after losing his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, despite his brother, Prince William, trying to persuade him to seek help. Disclosing that he has spoken to a professional about his mental health, he describes how he only began to 
address his grief when he was 28 after feeling “on the verge of punching someone” and facing anxiety during royal engagements.

Prince Harry, who was 12 when his mother died, says in the podcast that he spent his teenage years and twenties determined not to think about her. “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” he said. “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”Asked whether he had been to see a ‘shrink’ to offload his thoughts, he said: “I’ve done that a couple of times, more than a couple of times, but it’s great.” (article)

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Coronations of English Queens vs. Their Onscreen Depictions:

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I in her coronations robes (c. 1600-1610, copy of a lost original c. 1559) vs. Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998).

Coronation portrait of Queen Victoria by George Hayter (1838) vs. Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria (2009).

Photograph of Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation (1953) vs. Claire Foy in The Crown (2016).