Royal Family latest news – Beaming Queen SMILES as she hosts Windsor in-person engagement in STUNNING pale-blue dress

QUEEN Elizabeth shined as she made a rare public appearance today, hosting Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tareq and his wife at Windsor Castle.

The 95-year-old monarch has cut back on her engagements since an overnight hospital stay in October that raised fears for her health and prompted doctors to advise rest.

Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement that she met the Sultan, 66, at her historic residence west of London, without giving further details.

The two heads of state, and Sayyida Ahad, 51, were pictured smiling and shaking hands.

The Gulf state ruler, a former culture and heritage minister who studied at Oxford University, came to power after the death of his cousin, Sultan Qaboos, last year.

He had been the Arab world's longest-serving ruler.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince Charles hails efforts of NHS staff and volunteers in delivering boosters

    The Prince of Wales has thanked volunteers and NHS staff at a vaccination centre as he saw for himself the push to deliver booster jabs to the nation.

    Charles, who last week revealed he and Camilla had received their Covid-19 boosters, hailed efforts at a makeshift clinic in Kennington, south London.

    He also spoke out against vaccine misinformation, saying at one point: “It is so frustrating all these nonsense conspiracy theories.”

    The Lambeth GP Federation Covid Vaccinations Walk-In Centre – housed in a church hall – has been administering 3,000 boosters a day – which is 300 an hour.

    Charles gave his personal backing to some of the 127 vaccinators and 190 volunteers working shifts around the clock.

    A queue snaked several hundreds metres down the street, but people waited patiently and were quickly whisked through the queues.

  • Joseph Gamp

    William & Kate’s Christmas card shows family in Jordan

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released their official Christmas card photograph showing their family in Jordan.

    William is pictured sitting on a gold pouffe next to wife Kate, with the couple resting a hand on the other’s knee.

    Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, six, sit next to their parents, while three-year-old Prince Louis is sitting on what appears to be a sheepskin rug at his mother’s feet.

    Kensington Palace said the photograph was taken in Jordan earlier this year, but did not say what the nature of the trip was, when exactly it took place, or who was behind the camera.

    Last month, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall went on an official tour to Jordan and Egypt, where they celebrated the culture, heritage and achievements of the Middle East nations.In the photographer, the Cambridges and their children are smiling and look relaxed in casual outfits.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen shines at rare in-person engagement at Windsor Castle

    QUEEN Elizabeth shined as she made a rare public appearance today, hosting Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tareq and his wife at Windsor Castle.

    The 95-year-old monarch has cut back on her engagements since an overnight hospital stay in October that raised fears for her health and prompted doctors to advise rest.

    Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement that she met the Sultan, 66, at her historic residence west of London, without giving further details.

    The two heads of state, and Sayyida Ahad, 51, were pictured smiling and shaking hands.

    The Gulf state ruler, a former culture and heritage minister who studied at Oxford University, came to power after the death of his cousin, Sultan Qaboos, last year.

    He had been the Arab world's longest-serving ruler.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen to celebrate Xmas for first time without Philip

    This Christmas is the Queen's first since the death of her husband of 73 years, the Duke of Edinburgh.

    She has only been carrying out light duties since October 20 when concerns for her health were heightened after royal doctors ordered her to rest and she spent a night in hospital undergoing tests.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Camilla was disappointed not to hold her Yuletide gathering last year

    The duchess has held her Yuletide gathering for 15 years but was bitterly disappointed to be forced to do it virtually last December due to Covid restrictions.

    "It wasn't the same without you," she said as the doors opened and the youngsters came in one by one.

    She added: "It's just magical to have them here. Such a special, special event for me. It makes my year."

    Capt Andersen invited 10-year-old Nathan Best from Banbury, Oxfordshire, to pick a decoration, before putting it on his sword and placing it on the tree.

    Camilla said: "This is Ed here. He's going to help you decorate the tree. And if you ask really nicely, he might let you try on his bearskin."

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    Camilla's joy at Xmas tree treat for youngsters at Clarence House

    The Duchess of Cornwall has hosted her annual Christmas tree-decorating gathering for seriously-ill children at Clarence House.

    Camilla was joined by youngsters and families supported by Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity at her London home on Wednesday.

    She spoke of how the "joy of getting you all back again this year is wonderful".

    Last year's event was held by video-link because of the pandemic.

    The duchess told her guests: "I didn't think it was going to happen. It was up and down but thank goodness you all decided to come."

    She added: "I just really wanted to wish you all a very, very happy Christmas."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Who's hosting the Royal Variety Performance?

    Presenter and treasured comedian Alan Carr is to host The Royal Variety Performance in the grand Royal Albert Hall in London.

    Last year's performance was hosted by Jason Manford on December, 8, 2020.

    This year's performance will mark the 109th event making it the world’s longest running entertainment show.

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    Who's in the line-up for the Royal Variety Performance?

    The musical stars lined up to perform include chart topper Ed Sheeran, Brit Award winner James Blunt, Anne-Marie, Years and Years and Sir Rod Stewart.

    Cirque du Soleil, the cast of the Matilda The Musical and The Tony award winning Moulin Rouge Musical will also deliver exclusives performance in the 2021 performance.

    Germany’s The Messoudi Brothers will also make an appearance at the show to perform their remarkable hand to hand act.

    The performance will also feature appearances from Grammy Award winners Elvis Costello and Gregory Porter.

    Actress Keala Settle and the Some Voices choir will also come together for a performance.

    Singer and TV presenter Jane McDonald and soprano singer Carly Paoli are set to sing a special duet.

    And finally the night will include a slice of comedy from Judi Love, Josh Widdicome, Bill Bailey and Chris McCausland.

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    When is the Royal Variety Performance 2021?

    The performance will take place on December, 19, 2021 from 7:20pm.

    The evening will feature world class performers, theatre, incredible singers and top tier British comedy.

    The acts will perform in the presence of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Sir Lewis Hamilton knighted by Prince Charles

    SIR LEWIS HAMILTON has received his knighthood from Prince Charles at Windsor Castle.

    The Formula One star, 36, received the honour for his services to Motorsport.

    And he was joined at the investiture by his mother Carmen Larbalestier, who posed proudly for a photograph alongside her son after the ceremony.

    Sir Lewis has won the F1 world title a record-equalling seven times, and narrowly missed out on an eighth in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

    But Hamilton does boast the record amount of Grand Prix wins, with 103.

  • Joseph Gamp

    'No stone unturned'

    In September, Ms Guiffrye's legal team confirmed they had issued Andrew with a writ ahead of his pre-trial in New York due to start next month.

    Royal sources claimed that it has left Andrew “totally consumed” by the case as he last week told his US legal team to cancel their Christmas plans, vowing they must leave “no stone unturned.”

    Andrew famously claimed in the interview he was medically unable to perspire, a response to Virginia's account of an alleged sweaty dance in London.

    And he claimed a photo of him with his arm round Virginia – said to have been taken in Ghislaine Maxwell’s home – could have been doctored.

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    Prince Andrew (continued…)

    Prince Andrew argued “the issue of consent is unsettled with regard to those – like Giuffre – who were between the ages of 17 and 18".

    The lawyers wrote: "The Act revives claims for those who allegedly suffered harm as a result of certain sexual offenses they claim were committed against them when they were under the age of eighteen, even though the age of consent in New York is seventeen." 

    The legal team argued that accusers must establish a lack of consent by "implied threat" – but there are no third parties that can testify to the alleged abuse.

    Andrew's lawyers said: "Here, the only witnesses to the purported implied threats under which Giuffre allegedly engaged in unconsented sex acts with Prince Andrew are Epstein (deceased), Maxwell (incarcerated), Prince Andrew (the accused) and Giuffre herself."

    Last month, Virginia’s attorneys accused the prince of “victim shaming” and using her to “gratify his own sexual desires”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince Andrew claims accuser was over age of consent

    PRINCE Andrew has asked a judge to toss out a rape lawsuit against him by claiming Virginia Roberts Giuffre was over the age of consent.

    Virginia, 38, alleges the Duke of York, 61, sexually assaulted her three times when she was 17 and filed a lawsuit in New York in August.

    She filed the case under the New York Child Victims’ Act – which allowed victims to sue their alleged abusers if they were younger than 18 when it took place. 

    At the time, Virginia said she was holding Prince Andrew "accountable for what he did to me".

    But the royal has asked a judge to throw out the lawsuit, claiming the legislation is "unconstitutional" and the "issue of consent is unsettled".

    His lawyers said the Child Victims' Act is "not a reasonable mechanism to address the injustice of child sexual abuse in New York" as classifies those under the age of 18 as minors "even though the age of consent in New York is 17".

  • Joseph Gamp

    Teen who saved father and young boy honoured for her bravery

    A teenager has earned a bravery award after putting her life on the line to save her dad and a young boy.

    Lucy Montgomery, from Armagh, was on holiday in France when disaster struck.

    The 14-year-old was in a river at Gignac in France in July when the boy, an eight-year-old family friend, lost control of his paddleboard.

    Lucy caught up alongside offering reassurance.

    It was then that the lad's board, and Lucy's nearby dad, a non-swimmer, were gripped by powerful currents.

    Lucy battled to get both to safety before being nearly caught up in the pull herself.

    She told the Belfast Telegraph: "It was very scary at the time."

    Lucy has been awarded a Royal Humane Society Testimonial on Vellum in recognition.

  • Joseph Gamp

    What are the Queen's usual movements at Xmas?

    The Queen's pre-Christmas celebration gives the head of state a chance to catch up with relatives who are unable to travel to Norfolk for Christmas Day.

    The wider family is also usually invited, including the Queen's cousins – the Gloucesters, the Duke of Kent and the Michaels of Kent.

    This Christmas is the Queen's first since the death of her husband of 73 years, the Duke of Edinburgh.

    She has only been carrying out light duties since October 20 when concerns for her health were heightened after royal doctors ordered her to rest and she spent a night in hospital undergoing tests.

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    Queen hoping to host family Xmas party

    The Queen is still to make a final decision on whether to hold her traditional pre-Christmas family party next week.

    Plans are fully in place for the festive lunch the monarch hosts each year for her extended family, and preparations are under way.

    But it is understood the Queen is still considering whether the get-together should happen amid rising Covid cases and the surge in the Omicron variant.

    The Queen, 95, is due to hold the lunch next Tuesday at Windsor Castle, where she has been staying for most of the pandemic, The Sun newspaper said.

    Last year's gathering was unable to take place because of the Covid-19 crisis.

    Most years, the Queen invites her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to join her at Buckingham Palace before she departs for her annual Christmas stay at Sandringham.

    The Palace is undergoing major renovation works at present.

  • John Hall

    ‘Gunman who raided bank and bookmaker’s’ shot dead near Kensington Palace

    THIS is the tense moment a cop points a rifle at an alleged gunman’s head after he reportedly raided a bookies and a bank.

    Cops scrambled to a street just minutes from William and Kate’s home in Kensington, West London, yesterday afternoon where the man was shot dead.

    Officers were called to reports of a man with a firearm entering a bookmakers and a bank around Marloes Road in the capital yesterday.

    Loud bangs were heard earlier yesterday afternoon, just yards from Kensington Palace after police were said to have fired several shots at the gunman in the back of a vehicle.

    The force confirmed that despite emergency service’s best efforts, the man could not be saved and died shortly after.

  • John Hall

    Meghan bullying probe 'has only interviewed a handful of people'

    THE probe into Meghan Markle's bullying allegations has only interviewed a "handful of people who used to work for her", insiders claim.

    Earlier this year, the Duchess of Sussex was accused of “humiliating” personal assistants and staff, as well as driving two out of the Palace, which she denies. 

    An internal investigation was launched in March – but sources now fear the probe is being "kicked into the long grass", it has been revealed.

    Inquiries are focusing on a 16-day trip to Australia in 2018, during which a series of clashes between Meghan and her staff left the latter "severely psychologically traumatised".

    But only a handful of people have been called up to share their side of it, insiders told the Daily Mail.

    Two PA's, another member of staff and Simon Case, Prince William's former-Private Secretary, were potentially among the chosen few.

    Earlier this year, sources alleged to The Times that Meghan drove two personal assistants out of the household and undermined the confidence of a third.

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    Continued…

    Richard Kay now claims that Harry is continuing to ''chip away'' at his father.

    "I think the difficulty for Prince Charles, every time now Harry opens his mouth, he's seen to chip away at his father's credibility… this must be undermining their relationship,'' he told the Daily Mail's Palace Confidential.

    "They have on the horizon the prospect of Harry's autobiography or memoir – we don't know what's going to be in it.

    "But we do know he has spent some time digging into his mother's relationship with his father.

    ''They must be dreading the publication of that book and what it will mean.

    "We're edging closer to the Prince of Wales becoming monarch and every time these embarrassing situations erupt with his son, it reminds people about why they have had problems with the prospect of Charles as king."

    The ''wholly-truthful and accurate'' tell-all memoir is set to be released next year.

  • John Hall

    Prince Charles ‘dreading’ Prince Harry’s memoir, expert claims

    A ROYAL expert has revealed that Prince Charles and his team won't be looking forward to Prince Harry's new memoir.

    In the light of Prince Harry's upcoming book, Richard Kay has shared that Prince Charles will be ''dreading'' the release as he ''chips away'' his credibility.

    It has also been reported that the two have barely spoken over the last eight months and that the relations between the father and the son are at an ''all time low''.

    There are allegations that they have only had a couple of ''fraught'' phone calls since Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, quit their roles as senior royals last year.

    In addition, Harry has also been accused of "one-upmanship" over his father due to the comments he made regarding allegations of cash-for-honours that is engulfing Charles' charity.

  • Louis Allwood

    Andrew's Newsnight interview

    Last week, Robert’s lawyers claimed that Andrew’s disastrous Newsnight interview is evidence of his “guilt”.

    The Duke of York sparked fury with a legal filing in October that branded Virginia a “money-hungry sex kitten” who was only suing him for “another pay day”.

    David Boies, Virginia’s lawyer, then hit back in a court filing in New York opposing Andrew’s motion to dismiss.

    He wrote: “During that interview, Prince Andrew said that he could not recall ever meeting Ms Giuffre, a denial so at odds with photographs and other evidence that it is itself indicative of guilt.”

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    William & Kate’s Christmas card shows family in Jordan

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released their official Christmas card photograph showing their family in Jordan.

    William is pictured sitting on a gold pouffe next to wife Kate, with the couple resting a hand on the other’s knee.

    Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, six, sit next to their parents, while three-year-old Prince Louis is sitting on what appears to be a sheepskin rug at his mother’s feet.

    Kensington Palace said the photograph was taken in Jordan earlier this year, but did not say what the nature of the trip was, when exactly it took place, or who was behind the camera.

    Last month, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall went on an official tour to Jordan and Egypt, where they celebrated the culture, heritage and achievements of the Middle East nations.In the photographer, the Cambridges and their children are smiling and look relaxed in casual outfits.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen expected to do the Christmas speech

    It will be her first since the death of her beloved Prince Philip – who died in April at the age of 99.

    The speech is likely to reflect on her dear late husband, as well as the ongoing strength of the nation during the pandemic.

    She’ll be surrounded by her closest family in time for Christmas Eve, according to reports.

    Palace aides are also exploring options for the monarch to appear in public over the next two weeks to wish the country a happy Christmas, reports the Mail.

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    Andrew hits out at ‘unintelligible’ rape accuser Virginia Roberts (Continued…)

    The Princes Lawyer Mr Brettler said: “Her complaint is ambiguous at best and unintelligible at worst.

    “Giuffre’s refusal to include anything but the most conclusory allegations is puzzling given her pattern of disclosing to the media the purported details of the same allegations.

    “Perhaps it is Giuffre’s tendency to change her story that prompted her to keep the allegations of the Complaint vague, so as not to commit to any specific account.”

    However, Roberts stood by her accusations, saying the Prince "was an abuser, he was a participant".

  • Louis Allwood

    Andrew hits out at ‘unintelligible’ rape accuser Virginia Roberts

    PRINCE Andrew has claimed his sex assault accuser has a “tendency to change her story” – as he fights to have her lawsuit against him thrown out.

    Lawyers for the Duke of York, 61, hit back against Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who alleges that he sexually assaulted her three times when she was 17.

    Last month Virginia’s attorneys accused the prince of “victim shaming” and using her to “gratify his own sexual desires”.

    In response, Andrew Brettler, the prince’s lead lawyer, said Virginia’s allegations were “vague” because she had given different versions of what happened to her.

    He has asked a judge to throw out Virginia’s New York lawsuit against the royal.

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