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    Quote Originally Posted by docmartin View Post
    So the big two royal priorities are birthday cards and dropping over with a hand of friendship and support. Sounds lovely. No really. Who could argue with that ?
    I’ve got plenty of work to do on my place, so can’t wait for a healthy ex-marine commando to drop in keen for a 4.30 wake-up. His better half will no doubt be keen too and might even put together some typical English nosh to raise the tone in the colony a bit. For the happy couple it’ll be such a good break from all that tiresome business stuff (stocktaking probably) that usually goes on.
    An air conditioner would make more sense.

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    Yes you’re right. The Empire err Commonwealth needs overlords to keep things running properly, and it’s only fair considering that the bloodlines sent out to accept the white man’s burden weren’t really top-notch.
    The descendants of the nastier lace thieves aren’t really up to making their own way. This of course applies only to the Great South Land where those rewarded with a seven year wilderness experience for sneering at a vicar or frightening an alderman’s chicken couldn’t manage the fare home.
    The nicer colonies did a little better - they merely received the folk that didn’t have the right stuff to make it back in the old homeland.
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    To be fair, he needs to remodel his home for how many hundreds of millions?

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    That’s when a visit to the grovellers is handy for a quick whip-around.
    Poor fella has serfs to feed and tyres for the Bentleys aren’t cheap.

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    Let's. not forget his racehorses . . .

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    I thought they were mumsie’s nags. But hey, they’re almost sacred having been owned by Herself.
    Dominating Dad’s carriage-racing outfits no doubt need preservation for the national good too.

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    Rishi Sunak will meet King Charles on Tuesday morning before taking over as prime minister, the British government has announced.

    Mr Sunak is set to be appointed as prime minister after his last remaining rival in the race, Penny Mordaunt, failed to win the required backing of 100 MPs, which she needed to bring the contest to a second stage.

    The former chancellor of the exchequer was the only candidate to have reached the threshold set by Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs.

    The announcement was made by Mr Brady outside Committee Room 14 at the Houses of Parliament shortly after 2pm on Monday.

    The British government has outlined that Mr Sunak will travel to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday and meet King Charles after Liz Truss has chaired a final meeting of her cabinet at 9am, after which she will make a speech outside Downing Street. She will then go to Buckingham Palace for an audience with the king. Afterwards, Mr Sunak will go and meet the king, where he will be asked to form a government. The new prime minister will then give a speech outside Number 10 at about 11.35am.

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    King Charles III is back in a poignant place.


    The King, 73, was seen at Sandringham on Sunday, his first time at the royal residence following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 8. The new monarch appeared in good spirits as he walked to St. Mary Magdalene Church for the 11 a.m. service.

    Charles and the rest of the royal family traditionally attend church on Christmas Day at St. Mary Magdalene, a short walk from Sandringham House in Norfolk. In years past, Queen Elizabeth typically stayed at the country estate 110 miles north of London from late December through the holidays until after Feb. 6 — the anniversary of the day her father King George VI died and she became monarch, as King George VI died there.

    King Charles was at Sandringham without his wife, Queen Camilla. The Queen Consort, 75, is staying at a holistic health center in India, where she and some friends are reportedly taking in a bit of wellness therapy.
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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    It's also a bit of sweet irony that an ethnic Indian takes control of power of his ancestors' colonial master 75 years after they gained independence.

    Good stuff, really. Despite all his baggage I hope he does the right thing, Brits have been having and will continue to have a miserable time of it if he doesn't . . .

    (And the guy is only 42!!!)

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    The other meeting with the King today

    Chris Ship - Confirmation from Buckingham Palace that Liz Truss “tendered her resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, which The King “was graciously pleased to accept.” https://twitter.com/chrisshipitv/sta...46729639239685


    Rishi Sunak is now on his way to Buckingham Palace for his audience with the King.

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    Chris Ship - In the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace, King Charles III asks Rishi Sunak to become the second Prime Minister of his reign and form a government on his behalf.

    It is the first time the King has invited a politician to become PM - his mother did it last time on 6 September https://twitter.com/chrisshipitv/sta...57712868806656








    Rishi Sunak becomes British prime minister after meeting with King Charles III




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    Oh look . . . two people who weren't elected are the heads of government





    It does seem a bit odd, but whatever

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    The biggest pair of cvnts in the UK!

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    _________

    just for fun

    Larry the Cat - Rishi Sunak is forming a government featuring all parts of the Conservative Party: the right wing, the hard right wing and the even harder right wing. https://twitter.com/Number10cat/stat...31481323208705

    First 2 minutes


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    The dulcet tones of bagpipes may not be everyone's idea of a perfect awakening, but for King Charles it is part of a centuries-old morning ritual.

    Every day at 09:00 a lone piper plays a selection of songs below the monarch's window for 15 minutes, wherever they are in residence.

    The practice began with Queen Victoria 179 years ago, with 17 pipers to date.

    The current piper to the sovereign, Pipe Major Paul Burns, played for the first time at Clarence House on Monday.

    In a video released by Buckingham Palace, the military musician from the Royal Regiment of Scotland is seen in his uniform - complete with green socks to complement his tartan kilt - marching around the grounds of Clarence House as he played his distinctive tones.

    He was seen with a bright blue bag - the part of the bagpipes that is squeezed to force the sound through the drones.

    The piper's daily performance is split into two sessions of seven minutes, separated by a minute in between to adjust and tune the traditional Scottish instrument.

    As part of the prestigious role, often considered one of the most coveted in the piping world, the piper is also the only non-royal permitted to wear Balmoral tartan.

    The job is not just limited to playing of the bagpipes, with the piper often responsible for meeting and greeting people at a variety of official engagements before they are presented to the monarch.

    And of course Pipe Major Burns gained worldwide attention last month when he played the lament Sleep, Dearie, Sleep to mark the moment that Queen Elizabeth II's coffin left Westminster Abbey at the end of her funeral.

    The origins of the role - and the daily unconventional alarm clock - date back to the reign of Queen Victoria, who created the role in 1843.

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    The Royal Family - His Majesty’s Pipe Major played for the first time in the Clarence House garden this morning, as The King woke up in residence.

    The position was created by Queen Victoria in 1843, and Queen Elizabeth enjoyed the special tradition following her Accession to the Throne in 1952. https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/stat...83244000284673



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    As part of BBC 100 celebrations to mark the BBC’s centenary, this special episode of The Repair Shop sees Jay Blades and the expert team of Repair Shop craftspeople visit Dumfries House in Scotland.

    Recorded between autumn 2021 and spring 2022, the episode follows the team as they are invited to meet Charles, Prince of Wales, before his accession to the throne, and some of the students on The Prince’s Foundation’s building craft programme - a training initiative that teaches traditional skills such as blacksmithing, stonemasonry and wood carving. Once the students graduate from the course, they go on to forge careers in their chosen craft, using their much-needed talents out in the real world.

    Preserving heritage craft skills and ensuring the training of a new generation is a passion both the prince and Jay share, and a skills swap ensues. Jay and the Repair Shop team of expert craftspeople (Kirsten, Steve and Will) pledge to restore two pieces that Charles has selected: an 18th-century bracket clock from the collection at The Prince's Foundation's Dumfries House headquarters, and a piece of Wemyss Ware made for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee. The team take these precious items back to the barn to fix them.

    But it’s not the only thing they take with them. They also borrow Jeremy, a graduate from the Dumfries House building craft programme, to help back at the barn with a third repair: a fire set in the shape of a soldier that visitor Nicola has brought in. The fireside soldier belonged to her late husband Ewan and stood guard on the hearth of the home he lovingly renovated by hand. Metal expert Dom joins forces with Jeremy to restore the keepsake.

    Jeremy isn’t the only apprentice in the Repair Shop. Steve’s 21-year-old son Fred has been his dad’s apprentice for three years and is brought on board to help his dad restore the Dumfries House clock. Fred creates a new suspension for the clock, while Steve focuses on stripping down and rebuilding the mechanism in the hope he can restore the clock’s chime.

    Meanwhile, ceramics restorer Kirsten's task is to consolidate the very fragile surface of the commemorative vase, reuniting the two broken halves and meticulously recreating the distinctive coloured design.

    Then, Jay and the team are delighted to welcome the prince to the barn to be reunited with the items.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    And of course Pipe Major Burns gained worldwide attention last month when he played the lament Sleep, Dearie, Sleep to mark the moment that Queen Elizabeth II's coffin left Westminster Abbey at the end of her funeral.
    And of course he played the lament to mark the closing of the service of committal in St. George's Chapel.

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    A video would have been nice


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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Every day at 09:00 a lone piper plays a selection of songs below the monarch's window for 15 minutes, wherever they are in residence.
    An early start for Chuck . . . I'm surprised the PS300 million renovations aren't enough to wake him . . . yes, he stays elsewhere.

    Still.

    Bagpipes. Does a nyone enjoy the sound of bagpipes? Enough to hear them every morning for 15 minutes?
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    Depends on who is playing.

    I’m kind of partial to this one........





    And yes, I wouldn’t mind it at all. But I would request sunrise and not 9:00 am.

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    Production of the first circulating British coins featuring an image of King Charles III began at the Royal Mint facilities in Wales on Thursday local time.

    The first coin bearing a portrait of King Charles is a memorial 50 pence honouring Queen Elizabeth II, which will go into public circulation in December.

    "Right now there's demand for 50 pences, which means that we can strike this memorial 50p and put it into circulation for December," Rebecca Morgan, director of Collector Services at the Royal Mint said.

    "The 50p that we're striking right now that has King Charles III's effigy on the obverse, on the front, and on the reverse is a memorial sign for Queen Elizabeth II, a really poignant design.

    The King Charles image on the coin was created by British sculptor Martin Jennings.

    In keeping with tradition, the portrait of Charles faces in the opposite direction of that of his mother.

    Since the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 after 11 years of republican rule under Oliver Cromwell and his son, it has become traditional for the monarch to face in the opposite direction to their predecessor on coins.

    Charles personally approved the official portrait, which shows him facing to the left.

    The image is surrounded by a Latin inscription which translates as "King Charles III, by the Grace of God, Defender of the Faith".

    "You're trying to put across something that will hold its own across the years that it's used," Mr Jennings said.

    "It has to have dignity and seriousness, but it also has to have the warmth that comes across.

    "This is, after all, a portrait of a person. And it is King Charles, but it is also the man."

    Queen Elizabeth died on September 8 aged 96 after 70 years on the throne.

    About 27 billion coins with her image are in circulation and will remain legal tender as they are gradually phased out over time.

    "Probably next year you'll start to see some other denominations, like I said, in line with demand, but coins last for around 20 years — you'll be seeing Queen Elizabeth on coins for quite a while yet," Ms Morgan said.

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    King Charles has been announced as the ceremonial head of the Royal Marines - a position previously held by his son Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.

    Prince Harry had been Captain General of the Royal Marines until he withdrew from royal duties and moved to the United States.

    The role had once been held by the King's father, the Duke of Edinburgh, and also his grandfather George VI.

    The King said he was "exceptionally proud" to follow in their footsteps.

    The Duke of Edinburgh held the position of Captain General for 64 years before he was succeeded by Prince Harry in 2017.

    Prince Harry's position was removed in February 2021, along with his other honorary military titles and patronages, after he stopped being a working royal.

    This week, the prince's publishers announced that his memoirs, with his view of these events, would be published in January.

    The announcement of the King as the new Captain General was made on the 358th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Marines, in October 1664 during King Charles II's reign.

    King Charles III praised the Royal Marines for their "courage, determination, self-discipline and a remarkable capacity to endure in the most extreme environments".

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    The image is surrounded by a Latin inscription which translates as "King Charles III, by the Grace of God
    Proof that God offed Lizzie

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    The Reign of King Charles III begins-whatsapp-image-2022-10-29-09-a

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    The King was told by Liz Truss not to attend the COP27 climate summit in Egypt, Downing Street confirmed on Friday.

    No10 said the advice had not changed under new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

    King Charles, a passionate environmentalist, asked advice about whether he could attend the global conference being held in Sharm El-Sheikh from November 6 to 18.

    The Prime Minister's spokesman said: “As is standard practice, Government advice was sought and provided under a previous PM and it was unanimously agreed that this would not be the right occasion for the King to visit in person.

    “I’m not aware that advice has changed.”

    The annual UN climate meetings are designed to help governments agree steps to limit world temperature rises.

    Mr Sunak has faced criticism for demoting two climate ministers when he took office and refusing to attend this year's summit because of domestic commitments, including the Autumn budget on November 17.

    The UK hosted last year’s COP26 in Glasgow, with then-PM Boris Johnson stressing the need to act by warning it was a “one minute to midnight moment”.

    Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey said she and “several senior government ministers” will be attending.

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    Ms Truss reiterated her desire to crack down on solar power this week, saying she would stop farmers from “filling fields with paraphernalia like solar farms”.
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    Royal Mint Strikes the Very First King Charles III Coins



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    If King Charles cannot go to the COP27 climate conference, then at least some of the conference will be coming to him.

    The King is to host a pre-conference reception at Buckingham Palace next Friday, bringing together 200 business leaders, politicians and campaigners.

    When former PM Liz Truss entered No 10, it was announced King Charles would not attend the conference in Egypt.

    That position has not changed under Rishi Sunak.

    The prime minister, who will not be attending the COP27 summit either, is to attend the Buckingham Palace reception. He is expected to speak, alongside guests discussing practical measures to tackle climate change.

    The gathering in London will be held on 4 November, a couple of days before the summit begins in Egypt.

    Buckingham Palace said the event was taking place to mark the end of the UK's hosting of COP26.

    King Charles has been a longstanding campaigner on protecting the natural environment and has warned of the dangers of climate change.

    As the Prince of Wales, he was a leading figure at last year's COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, giving an impassioned speech about the urgency of the challenge and the need for the global response to be put on a "war-like footing".

    Royal sources have denied that the King has been frustrated or disappointed about not attending COP27 - saying that he accepts that as monarch he has to consider the advice of government ministers.

    A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed on Friday there was no change to the decision over the King's non-attendance under the new prime minister.

    Although not going in person, a virtual contribution by the King- such as a video message - has not been ruled out for the summit in Egypt.

    The Buckingham Palace reception will see a gathering of the "decision makers and NGOs" (non-governmental organisations) who are involved in tackling climate change.

    Also attending will be US climate envoy, John Kerry and Alok Sharma, president of the COP26 conference, whose presidency formally ends as the annual climate conference moves on to Sharm El-Sheikh.


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    Looking forward to seeing him torch the Astons and the Bentleys to start the proceedings.

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    That would be silly. He could sell all of them and purchase a handful of EVs.

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