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    Quote Originally Posted by beachbound View Post
    First of all, fuckwit, I don't wear knickers, and I couldn't give a rat's ass about your monarchy, or any other. If you don't care that Chucky is bilking billions, I certainly don't.
    calm down doofus, you are getting worked up like a girl so the knickers thing was a natural assumption.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prawnograph View Post
    A list might have helped for the uninformed such as myself. Consulted my brother who worked 27 yrs UK including a year in Swansea, in the hope he'd be able to detail the achievements.

    He came back with "Brains beer and coal"

    Any advances on that?
    Ball bearings. That is surely enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    To explain to them that he is their new guv’nor and leader of their church, having done precisely fuck all to deserve it.
    Actually, Charles spent a lot of time studying the different religions and is well regarded within the different religious communities. He took the role of becoming the head of the CoE very seriously and is committed to the defence of all religions, not just Christianity.

    Charles's tolerance of Islam may be beneficial to the UK and help to reduce the Islamophobia, especially within the media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Charles's tolerance of Islam may be beneficial to the UK and help to reduce the Islamophobia, especially within the media.
    That's a bit of a stretch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Charles's tolerance of Islam may be beneficial to the UK and help to reduce the Islamophobia, especially within the media.
    By censoring the media?

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    ^ Censorship? No, we have regulation through IPSO.

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    And how can he do that then? Are you referring to the racist Queen and Al-Fayeed when you talk about tolerance towards Muslims?

    Snark aside, I doubt he'd have any influence on that topic whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Really? you don't think that he is trying to regain some respect after being heavily criticised for taking the Qatar blood money?
    That and wanting a Lordship in the Xmas honours.

    Lord and Lady Beckham

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Really? you don't think that he is trying to regain some respect after being heavily criticised for taking the Qatar blood money?
    No, I don't.

    That and wanting a Lordship in the Xmas honours.
    Well it can't hurt admittedly but I'm not sure he's bright enough to connect the two.

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    King and Prince of Wales Meet People in Lying-in-State Queue


    King Charles makes surprise visit to crowds, as UK government urges mourners not to travel to join Queen's queue

    King Charles shook hands and spoke to well-wishers queuing for hours in central London to file past the coffin of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, and he has thanked emergency workers who are helping to stage the late monarch's funeral.

    To cheers of "hip, hip, hurrah" and shouts of "God save the King", King Charles walked alongside mourners waiting to see the Queen's lying in state on Saturday, asking those lining up how long they had been there and whether they were warm enough.

    His son and heir, Prince William, also chatted to the crowds wanting to honour the late monarch.

    "She wouldn't believe all this, she really wouldn't," William was heard telling one man of the late Queen.

    "It's amazing."

    One woman told the King it had been "worth the wait" and others wished him well and cheered as he moved down the line.

    Tens of thousands of people have already filed past the coffin in a steady, solemn stream, queuing for hours through the dark and cold to pay their respects to Britain's longest-reigning monarch — a testament to the affection in which she was held.

    By 5pm local time, Britain's culture ministry said the waiting time to reach the lying-in-state was up to 11 hours.
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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    The President and First Lady arrived at Stansted Airport on the presidential plane Air Force One having boarded in Washington on Saturday afternoon.

    The couple appeared to be in good spirits as they landed just before 10pm, walking down the aircraft steps together before being greeted by a small party - including Jane Hartley, US ambassador to the UK, and Jennifer Tolhurst, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex.

    After landing at Stansted Airport, the President and his wife were seen leaving the airport in the presidential armoured vehicle dubbed 'The Beast'.


    Tomorrow the US President is expected to pay his respects to the Queen and sign her official condolence book, before attending a reception hosted by King Charles III.

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    King Charles Holds Audiences with Five Prime Ministers





    The Royal Family's hectic schedule continues as the country prepares for the Queen's funeral. In the meantime, the King, Princes and other members of the family have been busy with royal duties, which is to be expected after the death of Britain's most iconic and longest serving monarch.

    Alongside Kate Middleton, Prince William and Queen Consort Camila, King Charles welcomed various leaders and dignitaries from a total of fourteen countries. Present were governors from 'Commonweath' countries such as Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, New Zealand, Papa New Guinea and more.

    They were visiting to pay their respects to the late Queen, who passed away last week. The event took place in preparation for tomorrow's grand reception, in which 500 world leaders will gather at Buckingham Palace in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

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    The Queen's death leaves three of the five counsellors of state as non-working royals under present legislation, and the King is likely to make changes that could remove Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice

    The King is reportedly planning to make changes to the law to prevent non-working royals being counsellors of state.

    Under the new plans, Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice would all become ineligible to stand in for the monarch.

    The 1937 Regency Act dictates that the spouse of a monarch and the four adults next in line to the throne can act as counsellors of state.

    Counsellors can fill in for the monarch, should they be indisposed.

    During the latter years of the Queen's reign, the roles were filled by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of Sussex, and the Duke of York, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh before his death.

    If the changes go ahead, Prince William would be the only counsellor of state remaining who served under Queen Elizabeth II

    The ascension of King Charles means Queen Consort Camilla, as the King's spouse, and Princess Beatrice, as the next adult in line to the throne, are eligible to become counsellors of state.

    However, that would leave three of the five counsellors as non-working royals in Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice.

    The Telegraph reports that it is believed that the King recognises the incongruity of having a trio of non-working Royals eligible to fill in should he be abroad or incapacitated.

    The King is believed to be keen to take the relevant steps to have the law changed as soon as possible, with his siblings the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal likely candidates to fill two of the positions.

    Prince Harry could reportedly face being removed as a counsellor of state

    There could also be a wider reformation that would attempt to clearly define the position of working and non-working royals.

    Should the new requirements not focus solely on the line of succession, it is possible the Princess of Wales could be included.

    Counsellors of state are rarely called upon, although they have occasionally been required in recent years.

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    Who is representing Thailand at this bunfight !

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    Air Marshal FooFoo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWAN View Post
    Who is representing Thailand at this bunfight !
    Embassy/ diplomatic representative?

    Been no mention of any royal attendance, saw on tv last night HRH Srindhorn is in Switzerland and Germany for 14 days.

    Britain sent Andrew here for the late king's funeral.

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    He just happened to be in town?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    He just happened to be in town?
    He was a very enthusiastic volunteer. Which is odd as he's normally quite work shy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    He was a very enthusiastic volunteer. Which is odd as he's normally quite work shy.
    What, Airmiles Andy?

    He used to like the Duty Free and a bit of Golf.

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    he used to like the Gulf like you Hazza, dirty money from dirty people - still he's out of the Firm now.

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    The King departs Clarence House for Buckingham Palace on Sunday morning. His Majesty will meet UK prime minister Liz Truss, host a lunchtime reception for royal families from around the world, and host an evening reception for heads of state on the eve of Her late Majesty The Queen’s funeral.


    A long article, but a pretty good read for those who didn’t follow her final years.




    In retrospect, it seems as if she was preparing us all along.

    Whether it was due to age, ill health or a sense that the end was near, Queen Elizabeth II spent much of the last two years tying up loose ends, trying to make sure the family firm would keep ticking along after her death.

    The transition began slowly, with the queen turning over more public duties to her son and heir, now King Charles III, as she entered her twilight years. But it moved into overdrive in 2022 as Elizabeth celebrated 70 years on the throne. First she expressed her wish that Charles’ wife, Camilla, be known as queen consort after her death, and then the future king took center stage during four days of Platinum Jubilee festivities.

    “Elizabeth II was preparing the ground for the succession,” historian Ed Owens said. “We saw a lot more of Charles in the last 10 years stepping in for his mother in a number of key situations at key public events. And that, I think, was partly intentional in that the monarch … wanted her son to sort of gravitate naturally into the limelight, to make this seem as best as possible as though it was a seamless transition.’’

    Charles’ increased role began gradually when the queen began cutting back on long-haul flights, resulting in the then Prince of Wales taking her place at a 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka.

    The queen became head of the Commonwealth, a grouping of 54 independent countries with links to the former British Empire, when she ascended the throne and championed its role in world affairs throughout her reign.

    In 2018, Elizabeth expressed her “sincere wish” that Charles would follow her as head of the Commonwealth and its leaders agreed.

    The previous year, Charles represented the queen at the annual Remembrance Day ceremony honoring the nation’s war dead, laying the monarch’s wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph in London. It was the first time the queen hadn’t performed the solemn ritual, marked by columns of aging veterans marching past the monument, other than when she was pregnant or out of the country.

    But what had been a subtle shift became more obvious after the coronavirus pandemic led Elizabeth to take refuge at Windsor Castle outside London and the death of her husband, Prince Philip, reminded the nation of the queen’s mortality.

    That was underscored by the image of Elizabeth, her face hidden behind a black mask, sitting alone in St. George’s Chapel as she mourned the loss of the man who had been her “strength and stay” for over 73 years.

    On the anniversary of her accession to the throne in February, the queen moved to end the long-running controversy over the status of Charles’ wife.

    Camilla has been a divisive figure in Britain because her long-term relationship with Charles was blamed for the breakdown of his first marriage to the widely beloved Princess Diana. The mother of Princes William and Harry died in a Paris car crash in 1997, five years after her messy split with Charles.

    When Charles married Camilla in 2005, he made it known that he wanted his wife to become queen when he ascended the throne. Diana’s fans objected, saying it would dishonor the princess.

    But the public attitude toward Camilla, 75, has warmed in recent years as she took on roles at more than 100 charities, focusing on issues ranging from literacy to domestic violence. Her down-to-earth style and sense of humor have softened Charles’ stuffy image and made him appear more relaxed.

    When the queen weighed in on Feb. 6., she obliquely recognized that her reign would come to an end.

    “When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes king, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me,” she said. “And it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as queen consort as she continues her own loyal service.”

    Late last year, Elizabeth was seen using a walking stick for the first time, and in April she revealed that a bout with COVID-19 had left her feeling “very tired and exhausted.”

    In May, the queen delegated one of her most important public duties to Charles, asking him to preside over the state opening of Parliament and deliver the annual Queen’s Speech laying out the government’s legislative program.

    The event is a symbol of the monarch’s constitutional role as head of state and is accompanied by centuries of tradition designed to demonstrate the strength of Britain’s political institutions.

    When it came time for the Platinum Jubilee, the palace let it be known that the queen’s ongoing “mobility issues” would limit her role.

    Instead, Charles took center stage.

    He donned full military uniform to review the troops during the queen’s ceremonial birthday parade, sat in the position of honor at the front of St. Paul’s Cathedral for a service celebrating her reign and led salutes to his mother at a gala concert, appearing with Camilla by his side.

    After her death, Charles and Camilla were greeted warmly by crowds of mourners outside Buckingham Palace, with the new monarch shaking hands and chatting with well-wishers who broke into a chorus of “God Save the King.”

    The reaction, and Charles’ first days in his new role, suggest that the public is, at least for now, on board, former BBC royal correspondent Michael Cole said this week outside the palace.

    “Look at the thousands of people who have come here of their own accord,” he said, waving a hand at the crowds. “They’re not being bused in. They’re not being ordered to be here. They’re not being given little flags to wave. This is not North Korea. This is not a parade for Putin in Red Square. These people have come to express their respect for the dead queen and show, a very big word, affection.”

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    King Charles III issued a message of thanks the nation on the eve of Queen Elizabeth II state funeral.

    Sharing that he wanted, “as we all prepare to say our last farewell”, to offer his gratitude to “all those countless people who have been such a support and comfort to my Family and myself in this time of grief”.

    Adding that he and his wife the Queen Consort were “deeply touched” by the many messages they had received from around the world, and “moved beyond measure” by those who turned out to pay their respects throughout the UK to “my dear mother”.

    It comes on the eve of his mother’s funeral, where Charles will lead the nation in mourning for its longest reigning monarch on Monday as Westminster Abbey stages a spectacular state funeral.

    Inside the abbey, two thousand people including foreign royals, world leaders, presidents and prime ministers will flock to the gothic church for a day of pageantry, military processions and solemnity in honour of the late Queen.

    In a written message issued by Buckingham Palace, Charles said: “Over the last ten days, my wife and I have been so deeply touched by the many messages of condolence and support we have received from this country and across the world.

    “In London, Edinburgh, Hillsborough and Cardiff we were moved beyond measure by everyone who took the trouble to come and pay their respects to the lifelong service of my dear mother, The late Queen.

    “As we all prepare to say our last farewell, I wanted simply to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those countless people who have been such a support and comfort to my Family and myself in this time of grief.”
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    World leaders have attended a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by King Charles on the eve of the queen’s funeral.

    Presidents, prime ministers and royals from around the globe came together as guests of the monarch for the event on Sunday evening.

    About 500 people were hosted in the palace’s main state rooms, including US President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden.

    The couple arrived in the presidential car known as The Beast in the middle of a convoy of vehicles at the back of the palace shortly before 6pm.

    Members of the president’s entourage mingled with household staff and police next to the palace lawn while the reception took place inside.

    Up to 250 leaders were invited, with most bringing their spouses, including France’s President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte.

    The Prince and Princess of Wales and other working members of the royal family including the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester joined King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla in mingling with guests.

    Dozens of leaders of Commonwealth countries and members of foreign ruling families also attended the reception.

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, attended the reception and offered his deepest condolences on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

    At least 10 coaches arrived filled with guests who solemnly walked into the palace.

    Some leaders were seen greeting each other while others remained silent as they walked up the steps.

    Most of the guests were dressed in black, while some wore the traditional clothing of their countries.

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and president of the European Council Charles Michel arrived on coaches at the grand entrance.

    They were joined by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who walked into the palace followed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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    King Charles Thanks Nation on Eve of Queen's Funeral


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    Here is the order of service for Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral, which will take place at 11 a.m. BST (6 a.m. EDT, 1000 GMT) in Westminster Abbey on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022"

    LIVE: The State Funeral Procession of Her Majesty The Queen


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    The Reign of King Charles III begins-man-union-jack-suit-makes-peace

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWAN View Post
    Who is representing Thailand at this bunfight !
    Thai Ambassador to the Court of St James's Pitsanu Suwannachot will represent the Thai Government at HM Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on Monday, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanee Sangrat.

    EDIT: Source: Khaosod English
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