Prince Charles visiting Burslem in Stoke-on-TrentToday, Prince Charles has officially become the oldest heir to the throne in British history.

Aged 64 years, 10 months and 5 days old, Charles has surpassed the record which had been held by King William IV who took the throne from his brother George IV in 1830 who was also aged 64 years, 10 months and 5 days.

Across Europe this year, quite a few monarchs have stepped down to retire such as Queen Beatrix of Holland but Queen Elizabeth II is showing no signs of stepping down just yet. She is in very good health and still takes part in special appearances and tours of Common Wealth countries. The Queen Mother lived to be 101 and I know many people who hope that the Queen not only lives that long but remains on the throne for as long as possible. If that is the case then Prince Charles could be crowned King when he is in his 80s! In 2015, Queen Elizabeth will overtake Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch in British history.

Throughout history, there has been a collection of kings and queens who have been either very young or old for their time when they are crowned. Mary Queen of Scots was just 6 days old when she was crowned and the youngest king was Henry VI who started his reign at 8 months and 25 days. King William IV was the oldest king to be crowned and Mary I was 37-years-old when she became queen in 1553.

Prince William and Kate with baby Prince George

It must be hard for Charles to remain patient about taking up a job he has trained his whole life for but then again, with the arrival of Prince George this summer, I know he has been enjoying his new role as a grandfather!

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Elizabeth_and_Philip_1953Yesterday marked the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s official coronation. On 2nd June 1953, more than 8,200 guests witnessed the historic proceedings and an estimated 27 million people in Britain watched the events unfold on television. A historical moment which many people still remember and children still learn about it in school.

One story that has stood out about the coronation was the selection of Queen Elizabeth II’s maids of honour for the ceremony. Six young women had been selected to carry the Queen’s train as it was so heavy, she would not have been able to move without their help. The young women, as well as having to carry the train and look beautiful, also had to be unmarried and aged between 17 and 22 and were daughters of dukes and earls.

Queen Elizabeth II and her ladies in waitingThen: From Left to right – Lady Moyra Hamilton, Lady Anne coke, Lady Jane Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Lady Mary Baillie-Hamilton, Lady Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby and Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill

Lady Moyra Hamilton was 22 at the time of the coronation, Lady Anne Coke was 20, Lady Jane Vane-Tempest-Stewart was also 20-years-old, Lady Mary Baillie-Hamilton was 19, Lady Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby was 18 and Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill was 23 at the time and they all still recall the day in full. From their instructions, how heavy their own gowns were, the Queen’s prep-talk and how the celebrated the events after.

Queen Elizabeth's Ladies in Waiting NowNow: The ladies in waiting now from top left to top right - Lady Moyra Hamilton, Lady Anne coke, Lady Jane Vane-Tempest-Stewart and from bottom left to bottom right - Lady Mary Baillie-Hamilton, Lady Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby and Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill

I can’t imagine the level of anxiety and excitement felt by these ladies at the time, especially knowing that it would be one of the biggest televised events of the 20th Century.

There have already been several programmes on over the weekend including Coronation Year in Colour, The Queen: A Passion for Horses and Royal Journey: The Princess Elizabeth in Canada. All programmes were a great insight into the Queen’s career before she was crowned, the run-up to the coronation and the last 60 years. This evening on BBC One, David Dimbleby presents ‘The People’s Coronation’ and marks the 60th anniversary through the memories of those who took part and the families who celebrated across the country. David also reflects on the great responsibility his father, Richard Dimbleby, had on commentating on the live broadcast. I am looking forward to watching this as the BBC’s programmes on the Royal Family are well conducted and David Dimbleby is a wonderful presenter.

Although we did celebrate the Diamond Jubilee last year, I think this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the coronation, even if it is preparing a meal for friends and family. It has been a glorious 60 years for Queen Elizabeth II and I wish her many more successful years.

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It was reported this morning that the Queen had received an honorary BAFTA for a lifetime of support to British film and television and for being the most memorable Bond girl yet.

The Queen receiving her honorary BAFTA

At the Olympic opening ceremony, the Queen was escorted by James Bond from Buckingham Palace, leaving her beloved Corgis behind to ‘parachute’ into the stadium with James Bond for the most exciting, momentous piece of television history. It proved that the Queen does indeed have a sense of humour addressing Daniel Craig: ‘Good Evening Mr Bond’ and is obviously very proud of our country, film and television and sporting events.

Although The Queen may not be signing up to be the next M, over the years, she has attended hundreds of television and film events and I think it is wonderful that she has been given an award, even if it is a nod to a light-hearted sketch. Acclaimed actor John Hurt said he enjoyed the Queen’s starring role in the opening ceremony: “It was a bit of good fun, I thought so – good on her.”

Chairman of BAFTA, John Willis stated that he was delighted that the event gave the opportunity to give something back to the Queen.

I and the Bath-Knight team are very fond of the Queen and the Royal Family as a whole and over the years, they have shown us that while they maintain a regal image but they do have a fun side. After all, Prince Edward, Princess Anne and the Duke and Duchess of York all appeared on a charity version of It’s a Knockout in 1987 and raised over £1 million for charities including the World Wildlife Fund, Save the Children and Shelter for the Homeless.

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It was reported that Queen Elizabeth II had been admitted into hospital this weekend with gastroenteritis, it looks like the terrible bug that has been sweeping the nation has now reached the Royal household.

The Royal Family very rarely, if ever have detailed updates of their medical conditions published but we do know that the Queen is in good spirits and tests are being conducted to see if her symptoms are an infection or come from an underlying condition.

The Queen

Image | The British Monarchy

This is the Queen’s first hospital stay in 10 years and has had to postpone a visit to Rome until further notice.

All of us at Bath-Knight wish the Queen a full and speedy recovery and hope her stay in hospital is a brief one.

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Today marks 60 years to the day since Queen Elizabeth II took accession to the throne after the death of her father King George VI.

Although larger celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are scheduled to take place in the summer, today is a significant day within the monarchy. Marking the anniversary of the day which Elizabeth II turned from Princess to Queen and celebrating 60 years of her reign.

The Queen Diamond Jubilee Official

Usually a private occasion I’ve read today that the Queen is undertaking two engagements both of which are in Norfolk, firstly at the King’s Lynn Town Hall and then at a local Nursery School. The Queen’s decision to celebrate such an occasion with members of the public, many of whom have supported her throughout, is one which I’m sure will be enjoyed greatly.

In acknowledgement of the occasion a collection of two official photographs have been released picturing The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. To accompany, and adhering to royal protocol, a 41-Royal Gun Salute is to be held at Hyde Park followed by a 62- gun salute at the Tower of London carried out by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. The military unit, named after King George VI in 1947, made their final descent from their home of 200 years in St John’s Wood to new facilities in Woolwich. Finally Buckingham Palace has released an official message from the Queen as she takes the opportunity to thank many for the continued support and vows ‘anew to your service’.

The King's Troop entering Hyde Park Diamond Jubilee

An extraordinary day for the Queen and royal family it is a wonderful chance to look back on the past 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II. With vast achievements and wonderful experiences her reign is truly remarkable. Becoming Queen aged 25 she has experienced some of the most fantastic worldly travels, attended many prestigious royal occasions and met some of the world’s most recognisable individuals.

The Queen meeting well wishers accession day

Now aged 85 with a growing family, who are making great accomplishments themselves, she vows to continue her reign with great pride and honor. A monarch who has inspired many, Queen Elizabeth II is truly astonishing and I’m sure that she will continue to surprise us with the many up and coming scheduled engagements to mark her landmark Diamond Jubilee.

If like me, you’re interested in learning more about the Queen and Royal Family there is plenty of literature available. The Telegraph has issued a full message from the Queen and sites such as The British Monarchy and offer informative facts and official photographs on the Monarchy throughout time.

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