Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 2016

2016 has been an eventful year for Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, with the celebrations for the Queen’s 90th Birthday and the 60th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, as well as many other milestones throughout the year. As always, click on the underlined / highlighted words to get to the comprehensive post on the event.

Queen’s 90th Birthday


We started covering the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh around the Queen’s 90th Birthday in April. There were a number of events, including two public engagements, a private dinner party, as well a visit by the Obama’s. Continue reading

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration at Windsor Castle


In May, the Queen and members of the British Royal family attended the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations at Windsor Castle, on the last day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The celebration, which was hosted by celebrity entertainers Ant & Dec, is the latest in a series of celebrations for HM 90th Birthday, which will continue to next month. It features 900 horses, a number of celebrity entertainers, and even a surprise Royal performance.  Continue reading

State Opening Of Parliament 2016


Also in May, Queen Elizabeth II opened the Session of Parliament in the Chamber of the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London. The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall, for the most ceremonial event in her calendar. Continue reading

Garden Parties in 2016

The Queen held four Garden Parties this year, with the first three at Buckingham Palace in London and the last one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The first Garden Party at Buckingham Palace was on the 10th of May, the second on the 19th, and the third on May 24th. The Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse was on July 5thContinue reading

Queen at 90 June Celebrations

In June, there were celebrations for the Queen’s 90th Birthday intercepted with regular events. In one week, there was the Thanksgiving Service (on the Duke’s 95th Birthday), Trooping the Colour, the Patron’s Lunch, and the Garter Ceremony. Continue reading →

Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is a permanent fixture on the British Royal Family’s June calendar, with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh attending all five days. Click on the Days to get to the post on; Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4, and Day 5Continue reading →

The Queen appoints a new Prime Minister


On July 13th, the Queen appointed Theresa May as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 13th. This came as the previous PM, David Cameron, had resigned after Brexit. Continue reading →

Olympic Reception at Buckingham Palace


In October, the Queen and Duke, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, hosted a reception for Olympic and Paralympic medalists at Buckingham Palace. Continue reading

Colombian State Visit to Britain


In November, the Queen hosted President Juan Manuel Santos and First Lady María Clemencia Rodríguez Múnera of Colombia on their 5-day State Visit to the United Kingdom. The Queen and Duke were present at the Official Welcome and held a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace. Continue reading

Festival of RemembranceRemembrance Sunday

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were joined by members of the royal family for the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance a Royal Albert Hall in London on the evening of November 12th. The next day, the Queen and Duke laid a wreath at the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. Continue reading

Queen hosts Commonwealth Canopy Reception


Also in November, the Queen and Duke hosted a Commonwealth Canopy Reception at Buckingham Palace. The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy marks her service to the Commonwealth while conserving indigenous forests for future generations. Continue reading

60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Service


The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, joined by the Earl & Countess of Wessex, attended a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey to celebrate 60 years of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. They met inspirational Duke of Edinburgh Award winners, and the Earl of Wessex delivered a speech. Continue reading

Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace


The The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh hosted the Annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace on the evening of the 8th of December. The glittering white tie affair is the the main ambassadorial social event of the year in London. Usually there are no pictures released of the event, but this year the Royal Family account on Twitter unexpectedly released a group photo just before the reception, delighting all those who have longed to see pictures of the royals at this event. Continue reading

When Philip met Prince Philip


To mark the 60th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s awards, presenter Philip Schofield followed the Duke of Edinburgh for the whole year as he was filming ITV’s ‘When Philip met Prince Philip, 60 years of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.’ The documentary features the Duke of Edinburgh and his contribution to the awards. It includes interviews by the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Continue reading

British Royals at Christmas


The Queen was the notable absence as the British Royal family attended the annual Christmas Service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk on December 25th. The Duke of Edinburgh led the family at both services. Continue reading

Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 


The Queen’s annual Christmas message was broadcast at 3pm GMT on Christmas Day on ITV. In her 64th annual Christmas Broadcast, the Queen reflected on 2016 and what Christmas means to her in her 90th Birthday yearContinue reading

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For more information, check out:

@RoyalFamily Twitter moments of 2016

All of the Queen Elizabeth II posts

All of the Duke of Edinburgh posts


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