The Queen’s 96th birthday: how you can watch in person or even take part

Queen Elizabeth II turns 96 today, marking another milestone for the British monarch. However, Her Majesty has two birthdays each year – her real birthday on Thursday 21 April, and her official celebrations, which take place a little later in the year. A key tradition to... Read more

The Queen’s birthday 2022: how you can watch in person or even take part

Why does the Queen have two birthdays? Although Trooping the Colour was first performed for military purposes under King Charles II in the 1600s, the parade became an official part of the British calendar a century later. It is a tradition that was started by... Read more

James I’s samurai armour, Victoria’s wine bottle – Buckingham Palace meets Japan

“Not enough netsuke,” was my first thought, going around Japan: Courts and Culture at the Queen’s Gallery. Not only was there just one of those carved, decorative toggles, but there wasn’t a single kimono on show.  “Not fair,” was my... Read more

Prince Charles’s Seven Portraits: Surviving the Holocaust is a majestic show of unbroken spirits

According to the German philosopher Theodor Adorno, to write poetry after Auschwitz was “barbaric”. What, though, about painting a picture? To mark this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, the Prince of Wales commissioned a group of artists, some associated with his... Read more

Humiliation for Prince Andrew as Twitter page deleted by Palace to reflect ‘private citizen’ status

Buckingham Palace has deleted the Duke of York’s Twitter profile and updated its website to reflect his newfound status as a “private citizen”. His official Instagram page, which uses the handle @hrhthedukeofyork and has 219,000 followers, was made private, while... Read more

Prince of Wales: Holocaust survivor portraits in Buckingham Palace will be a ‘guiding light’ for society

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said it was an “incredible initiative”. She added: “These Holocaust survivors endured the very worst. They were rounded up into ghettos, sent to concentration camps and enslaved as forced labourers.  “To... Read more

National Archives: Westminster Abbey urged Royal family to use Candle in the Wind at Diana’s funeral

The reworked version of Candle in the Wind was already immensely popular before the funeral, with Dr Carr pointing out that it was “being widely played and sung throughout the nation in memorial to Diana. It is all the time... Read more

‘Special relationship’ between the Queen and Sir Winston Churchill on display at exhibition

In promoting the exhibition, the trust quotes a member of palace staff commenting on their conversations, to say: “I could not hear what they talked about, but it was, more often than not, punctuated with peals of laughter, and Winston... Read more

Queen cancels family pre-Christmas lunch amid omicron surge

This morning, it was confirmed that the pre-Christmas family lunch would not go ahead. A source said: “While there is regret that it is cancelled, there is a belief it is the right thing to do for all concerned.” Buckingham... Read more