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IMAGES OF ROYAL ENGLAND

MONARCHY
THE ROYAL ARMS OF ENGLAND

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Following the Norman conquest of England after 1066, the arms of the House of Normandy were adopted in England. The coat of arms consists of two golden lions (or leopards) on a crimson field. With the succession of King Henry II of the House of Plantagenet in 1158, the first known arms of a truly English monarch consisted of a single golden lion on a crimson field.



 'Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - 2012'
Ralph Heimans





Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Diamond Jubilee




Diamond Jubilee
Royal Carriage Procession
The Mall - London - June 5 2012
'A truly wonderful day to remember'




Diamond Jubilee
Royal Carriage Procession
Her Majesty the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall
The Mall - London - June 5 2012




Diamond Jubilee
Royal Carriage Procession
HRH Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge
The Mall - London - June 5 2012




Diamond Jubilee
Royal Carriage Procession
The Mall - London - June 5 2012

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RECENT MONARCHS
the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and the House of Windsor



20 June 1837 – 22 January 1901





Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death.
From 1 May 1876, she was Empress of India.





22 January 1901 – 6 May 1910





Edward VII (Albert Edward; 9 November 1841 – 6 May 1910) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 22 January 1901 until his death in 1910. He was the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, which was renamed the House of Windsor by his son, George V.





6 May 1910 – 20 January 1936





George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 through the First World War (1914–1918) until his death in 1936.






20 January – 11 December 1936
(Abdicated)







Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David; later The Duke of Windsor; 23 June 1894 – 28 May 1972) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth, and Emperor of India, from 20 January to 11 December 1936.






11 December 1936 – 6 February 1952





George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George; 14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952)
King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death.
He was the last Emperor of India, and the first Head of the Commonwealth.
He was father of Elizabeth II.





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The Coronation Ode
Sir Edward Elgar







QUEEN ELIZABETH II








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H M King-Emperor George VI
Queen Consort Elizabeth
Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margret



IN MEMORIAM
H M King-Emperor George VI





Lying in State of H M King-Emperor George VI
Westminster Hall - London 1952





Funeral Cortège of H M King-Emperor George VI
London 1952








Coronation Procession - 2 June 1953

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was the ceremony in which the newly ascended monarch, Elizabeth II, was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ceylon, and Pakistan, as well as taking on the role of Head of the Commonwealth.
Elizabeth ascended the thrones of these countries upon the death of her father, the late King George VI on 6 February 1952, and was proclaimed queen by her various privy and executive councils shortly afterward.
The coronation, however, was held more than a year after the accession, on 2 June 1953; this followed the long-standing tradition that a joyous festival such as a coronation was inappropriate during the period of mourning that followed the death of the preceding sovereign.
In the coronation ceremony itself, Elizabeth swore an oath to uphold the laws of her nations and, specifically for England, to govern the Church of England.








Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles & Princess Anne
The Coronation - 1953




  


Her Majesty the Queen & Prince Philip
The Coronation - 1953
    








Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Coronation Portrait
Cecil Beaton









Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
wearing the insignia and robes of
the Most Noble Order of the Garter
1956

Pietro Annigoni


Pietro Annigoni (1910–1988) was an Italian portrait and fresco painter, who became world famous after painting Queen Elizabeth II in 1956.
Born in Milan in 1910, Annigoni was a painter who was influenced by the Italian Renaissance.





Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
wearing the insignia and robes of
the Most Noble Order of the Garter






Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II









Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
and
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh








Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
and
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh


Jubilee Portrait





THE  ROYAL  FAMILY




H R H Prince William of Windsor
(William Arthur Philip Louis Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg)





Monogram of H R H Prince William








H R H Prince William of Windsor








H R H Princes William & Harry












The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge









The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge








The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge









The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
on the balcony of Buckingham Palace




The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Buckingham Palace





Coat of Arms of HRH Prince Charles - Prince of Wales








HRH Prince Charles -  Prince of Wales







Coat of Arms of Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten of Burma, KG, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, PC, FRS 





Louis Lord Mountbatten of Burma
seated on the Viceregal Throne in the Durbar Hall - New Delhi

Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas George Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, PC, FRS (né Prince Louis of Battenberg; 25 June 1900 – 27 August 1979), was a British statesman and naval officer, and an uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (the husband of Elizabeth II).
Lord Mountbatten was born as His Serene Highness Prince Louis of Battenberg, although his German styles and titles were dropped in 1917.
He was the youngest child and the second son of Prince Louis of Battenberg and his wife Princess Victoria of Hesse.
His maternal grandparents were Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, who was a daughter of Queen Victoria and Albert, Prince Consort. His paternal grandparents were Prince Alexander of Hesse and Princess Julia of Battenberg. His siblings were Princess Alice of Greece and Denmark (mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh), Queen Louise of Sweden, and George Mountbatten, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven.
He was the last Viceroy of India (1947) and the first Governor-General of the independent Union of India (1947–48), from which the modern Republic of India would emerge in 1950.
From 1954 until 1959 he was the First Sea Lord, a position that had been held by his father, Prince Louis of Battenberg, some forty years earlier.
In 1979 Mountbatten was assassinated by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), who planted a bomb in his fishing boat, the Shadow V, at Mullaghmore, County Sligo in the Republic of Ireland.
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TROOPING THE COLOUR
2015


The Sovereign's birthday is officially celebrated by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour on a Saturday in June.
Although The Queen was born on 21 April, it has long been the tradition to celebrate the Sovereign's birthday publicly on a day in the summer, when good weather is more likely.
Trooping the Colour is carried out by troops from the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, watched by members of the Royal Family, invited guests and members of the public.
This military ceremony dates back to the early eighteenth century or earlier, when the colours (flags) of the battalion were carried (or 'trooped') down the ranks so that they could be seen and recognized by the soldiers.


Since 1748, this parade has also marked the Sovereign's official birthday. From the reign of Edward VII on-wards, the Sovereign has taken the salute in person at Trooping the Colour.
During the ceremony, The Queen is greeted by a Royal salute and carries out an inspection of the troops.
After the massed bands have performed a musical 'troop', the escorted Regimental Colour is carried down the ranks.


The Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry then march past Her Majesty, and The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, rank past.
The Queen rides in a carriage back to Buckingham Palace at the head of her Guards, before taking the salute at the Palace from a dais. The troops then return to barracks.
Her Majesty then joins other members of the Royal Family on the palace balcony for a fly-past by the Royal Air Force.


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