Queen Elizabeth news: Monarch's SHARP put-down broke Royal protocol after Vladimir Putin left her waiting for 14 minutes

THE Queen once broke royal protocol to take a brutal swipe when Vladimir Putin once left her waiting for 14 minutes.

Her Majesty met Putin on a number of occasions during her 70 years on the throne – but the most eventful was Putin's state visit to the UK in 2003.

He made the palce nervous after leaving the monarch waiting for 14 minutes – and a dog's reaction to the Russian dictator allegedly prompted The Queen to break protocol and take a brutal swipe at him.

According to David Blunkett, who was Home Secretary at the time, his guide dog reacted defensively towards Putin.

He told the BBC : "The only time I met Vladimir Putin was back in 2003 on an official visit and my then dog barked very loudly.

"I did apologise to the Queen who was obviously hosting. I don’t think I am giving anything away when I said, 'Sorry your Majesty about the dog barking.'

"She said, 'Dogs have interesting instincts, don’t they?'"

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  • Louis Allwood

    Andrew’s payoff to sex accuser CANNOT be probed by MPs

    MPS have been barred from probing whether public money helped Prince Andrew pay off his sex accuser.

    Barmy ancient rules mean they are restricted from discussing royalty in the Commons.

    But one MP is now demanding a minister comes to the House to confirm none of the Sovereign Grant — paid to the royals by the public — was used to compensate Virginia Giuffre, 38.

    The Duke of York, 61, denied raping her when she was 17.

    He settled out of court for a sum said to be up to £12million, with the Queen helping out.

    Labour MP Andy McDonald has written to minister Steve Barclay in a bid to confirm no taxpayer cash was used.

    He said: “Raising an issue relating to the Royal Family in the House is fraught with difficulties.”

    But he asked him to establish “no public funds have been or will be used in part or whole in satisfaction of the settlement”.

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    Meghan’s ‘extraordinary’ meeting with Queen before royal exit

    A royal commentator has claimed in a documentary that Meghan Markle had a “extraordinary” meeting with the Queen before her and Prince Harry’s bombshell exit from the Royal Family.

    The fallout and subsequent events are charted and examined in tonight’s Channel 5 documentary, ‘Harry & Meghan vs the Monarchy’, in which royal experts like Ashely Pearson discusses Megxit.

    In the programme, Ms Pearson describes first meeting Meghan had with Harry’s grandmother, the Queen.

    She said: “The meeting went extremely well.

    “It actually ran over, which is an extraordinary thing for the way the Queen keeps her schedule.

    “Meghan was warmly welcomed. Here she is – articulate, bright, intelligent, well-spoken, beautiful, elegant — what is not to like?”

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    Queen could have 'bleak shadow' cast over Jubilee

    A Labour MP has warned that The Queen could see a "bleak shadow" cast over her Platinum Jubilee if questions around whether taxpayer money was used to help Prince Andrew pay his settlement to Virginia Giuffre are left unanswered.

    Labour MP Andy McDonald warned last week he will be seeking reassurances that taxpayers' money isn't used to fund the Duke's settlement.

    Mr McDonald told Sky News he would use "whatever opportunity" to "seek that assurance from the Government benches that there will be no call upon the public purse to pay up for this settlement.

    McDonald also said: "If he [Prince Andrew] wants to go to his mother for a bailout, then the taxpayer has got to be assured it's not going to be coming out of their coffers. Simple as that."

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    'Cheeky' Prince George sends fans wild

    Prince George has sent royal fans into meltdown following the cheeky picture of him poking his tongue out during England's Six Nations match against Wales.

    Leading royal commentator Robert Jobson tweeted: "Cheeky Prince George, eight, pokes his tongue out as he joins rugby patrons Prince William and Kate Middleton at England v Wales Six Nations match."

    Another Twitter user said: "Our little Prince isn’t so little anymore."

    A third commented: "He's such a sweetheart! He definitely looks like his mum, dad & Diana all rolled into one!"

    While a fourth Twitter user said: "He’s very adorable and serious looking…"

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    Royal news you may have missed from the past week

    • Queen postpones event at Windsor Castle on Foreign Secretary’s advice amid war in Ukraine and recovery from Covid
    • Disgraced Prince Andrew is ‘broken’ after ‘£12million settlement’ with Virginia Giuffre over rape claims, pal says
    • Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Tour: Kate Middleton & Prince William head to Jamaica for monarch’s 70 years on the throne
    • Arms dealers, £18k diamonds, glam models & Gaddafi dinners – Prince Andrew’s bizarre links to Libya’s tyrannical regime

    Queen postpones event at Windsor Castle on Foreign Secretary’s advice 

    THE Queen has postponed an event next week following the advice of Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

    The Diplomatic Reception at Windsor Castle was expected to take place on Wednesday however will not be going ahead as planned.

    In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: "The Queen has accepted the Foreign Secretary's advice that the Diplomatic Reception at Windsor on Wednesday 2 March should be postponed."

    The Queen was due to host the event which would have seen more than 500 members of the Diplomatic Corps attend.

    Held annually, the event normally sees 1,000 guests however was stripped back to be a smaller lounge event.

    Neither the Queen’s office nor the foreign ministry has so far given a reason for the postponement, although the monarch was forced to cancel virtual events in recent days due to coronavirus symptoms.

    The 95-year-old had hoped to emerge from her Covid-19 isolation for the Diplomatic Reception at Windsor Castle next Wednesday.

    But the postponement was "due to the current circumstances in Ukraine", a source told the Daily Mail.  

    Spitting Image puppet

    Epstein's former PA Ms Sjoberg has claimed that her alleged incident with Andrew took place at the the pedophile’s New York townhouse.

    She says the prince touched her breast while a latex puppet of Andrew from UK satirical TV show Spitting Image was being used to abuse then 17-year-old Ms Giuffre by Epstein’s madam Ghislaine Maxwell. 

    Ms Sjoberg – who was not an alleged victim at the New York trial which found Maxwell, 60, guilty of sex trafficking of minors in December – first told of her encounter with Andrew in 2007.

    Described as a “church-going all American brunette” from Maine, she claimed to have met Andrew after arriving at Epstein’s mansion following a day of sightseeing in New York. 

    She said: "Prince Andrew was there and Ghislaine and a couple of other girls my age. 

    “Andrew was very charming. I didn't know exactly who he was but felt that I knew him. 

    “She (Maxwell) came down with a present for him – a latex puppet of him from Spitting Image.

    "We had a picture taken. Virginia, another girl there, sat on a chair and had the puppet on her lap. 

    “Andrew sat on another chair, I sat on his lap – and he put his hand on my breast. 

    “Ghislaine put the puppet's hand on Virginia's breast, then Andrew put his hand on mine.” 

    How Prince Andrew could face more sex abuse lawsuits 

    PRINCE Andrew could face more sex abuse lawsuits in the US due to a potential change in the law – including from a woman who claims she was groped by the disgraced royal. 

    The Duke of York, 62, settled the rape case brought against him by accuser Virginia Giuffre, 38, for an undisclosed amount thought to be up to $15 million. 

    Ms Giuffre’s case was allowed by a New York law which gave victims of historic child sex abuse a year to sue their alleged abusers despite the statute of limitations.   

    Florida hair salon owner Johanna Sjoberg, 42, has repeatedly claimed that Andrew touched her breast in 2001 when she was 21.

    So far she would have been able to sue the prince for the alleged sex assault because the child sex abuse law did not apply to her and too much time has gone by. 

    But new bill which could be signed into law in New York this year would allow victims of adult sex abuse to bring their allegations to court too.  

    We'll mint again

    Forces' sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn is being celebrated with the launch of £2 coins designed by the Royal Mint.

    The singer and entertainer lifted people's spirits during the Second World War with songs including We'll Meet Again and The White Cliffs Of Dover.

    The reverse design of the £2 coin design features a detailed portrait of Dame Vera, accompanied by her name and the dates denoting the years of her life. The coin also features an edge inscription that reads: "We'll meet again".

    Dame Vera continued to perform and win new fans long after the Second World War. She died in June 2020, aged 103.

    The coin, designed by the Royal Mint's in-house designers, was originally unveiled as part of a five-coin collection.

    Dame Vera's daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones, said: "It's fantastic to see my mother celebrated in this way and to ensure her legacy lives on.

    "We're just so excited and pleased – even more so knowing that Royal Mint coins require approval of Her Majesty the Queen. I'm especially pleased that this coin is available to international collectors. Over the years I've always been touched by the sacks of letters we receive from people all over the world who have been moved in some way by my mother's music, charity work or morale-boosting performances during the war."

    • Joseph Gamp

      Why Princess Charlotte wasn’t christened in the Chapel Royal like her brothers

      THE christening of Prince Louis is just around the corner and will take place at Chapel Royal in St James’ Palace – the same location of the christening of Prince George.

      But was there a reason why Princess Charlotte, three, didn’t have her religious ceremony at the same location?

      Kate Middleton and Prince William’s only daughter was instead christened at the Church of St Mary Magdalene at Sandringham –  the same place that Princess Diana was christened.

      The different location was not due to rank or gender, as she is currently higher than Prince Louis in the line of succession.

      The reason is thought to the church’s close proximity to the family’s home in 2015, which was Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

      It is especially meaningful that Princess Charlotte was christened in the same spot as Diana, as her name is a tribute to the late royal.

      Her full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, with her middle name being a nod to Prince William’s mother, who passed away in 1997.

    • Joseph Gamp

      Sussex fans convinced they’re in line for Nobel Peace prize

      Fans of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are convinced the royal pair are in line for a Nobel Peace Prize. 

      Royal journalist Richard Eden tweeted that fans of the couple were messaging him to gloat about the “news”.

      On his social media, Eden wrote: “Prince Harry and Meghan’s cheerleaders are tweeting me – seriously – suggesting that, next, the couple will be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.” 

      Underneath, one fan retaliated, saying: “You are really not going to tweet about the (civil rights group) NAACP award?

      “So why should someone follow your show if it’s biased and not covering news like this? You know the Nobel Peace is next right? Stay mad.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      Meghan & Harry mocked for Ukraine statement

      MEGHAN Markle and Harry have been mocked on social media after releasing a statement condemning Vladimir Putin’s invasion on Ukraine.

      The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote on the website of their Archewell charity: “Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this breach of international and humanitarian law and encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same.”

      However, following their statement, fans on Twitter took to ridicule the royal couple, saying that Putin would be ‘shaking in his boots’.

      One Twitter user wrote: “Phew, that’s that sorted then. Putin will immediately recall the military and send them back to their garrisons. Thanks for that Harry and Meg, you saved us all. We owe you one!”

      While another said: “What a joke. Are they speaking for the UK or American? Or just jumping on for attention. Harry and Meghan have spoken. Putin Russian president is now scared LOL.”

      And, a third wrote: “Don’t tell me they actually care about someone else beside themselves, once again making this about them again, you got to laugh.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      Prince Andrew’s secret trips to visit the Queen

      A royal insider has claimed that Prince Andrew has been making secret visits to the Queen during the night to avoid being spotted by photographers.

      A royal insider has claimed the Duke of York has travelled repeatedly to Windsor Castle to speak to his mother.

      The royal source said that Prince Andrew has “apologised to the Queen” over the scandal.

      The source has also claimed: “Andrew has been very careful and is trying to keep out of sight.

      “He knows there are photographers in the daytime and his best chance to avoid them is after dark.

      “He knows he is meant to be keeping his head down and it’s a short trip, but he is extremely contrite and apologised to the Queen for all the trouble he has caused her.

      “He realises how serious this whole issue has been and the damage it has done to the monarchy.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      More on Kate & William’s upcoming tour of the Caribbean

      Kensington Palace said it was their first joint tour since the start of the pandemic, and they have asked to meet as many local people as possible.

      They will visit historic Mayan sites and celebrate the rich culture of the Garifuna community in Belize, as well as exploring the country’s biodiversity.

      In Jamaica, they will engage with the Jamaican Defence Force and celebrate the legacy of Bob Marley and other ground-breaking Jamaican musicians alongside potential stars of the future.

      In the Bahamas, the Cambridges visit a number of islands and experience a world famous junkanoo parade.

      A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: “Throughout their visit, the duke and duchess will take the opportunity to commemorate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

      “Their programme will also touch on a number of themes that are close to Their Royal Highnesses’ hearts and a key focus of their work with The Royal Foundation, including The Earthshot Prize, mental health and the importance of early childhood to lifelong outcomes.”

      She added: “Their Royal Highnesses are very much looking forward to the visit, which will be their first joint official overseas tour since the onset of COVID-19 in 2020.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      Harry & Meghan 'were brought together for a reason'

      PRINCE Harry said he and his wife had been "brought together for a reason" as he gushed about fighting injustice.

      He spoke as the couple collected an award for "distinguished public service" at an LA ceremony.

      Harry, 37, said he and Meghan Markle, 40, wanted to help those overlooked. He added: "It's safe to say I come from a very different background to my incredible wife, yet our lives were brought together for a reason."

    • Joseph Gamp

      Royal news you may have missed from the past week

      • Queen postpones event at Windsor Castle on Foreign Secretary’s advice amid war in Ukraine and recovery from Covid
      • Disgraced Prince Andrew is ‘broken’ after ‘£12million settlement’ with Virginia Giuffre over rape claims, pal says
      • Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Tour: Kate Middleton & Prince William head to Jamaica for monarch’s 70 years on the throne
      • Arms dealers, £18k diamonds, glam models & Gaddafi dinners – Prince Andrew’s bizarre links to Libya’s tyrannical regime

      Andrew stopped receiving cash from public purse in 2019

      A Government spokesman said: “The Sovereign Grant supports the monarch and certain members of the Royal Family in carrying out their official duties.

      “Prince Andrew stopped receiving support through the Sovereign Grant in 2019 when he ceased carrying out official duties.”

      Queen could have ‘bleak shadow’ cast over Jubilee

      A Labour MP has warned that The Queen could see a “bleak shadow” cast over her Platinum Jubilee if questions around whether taxpayer money was used to help Prince Andrew pay his settlement to Virginia Giuffre are left unanswered.

      Labour MP Andy McDonald warned last week he will be seeking reassurances that taxpayers’ money isn’t used to fund the Duke’s settlement.

      Mr McDonald told Sky News he would use “whatever opportunity” to “seek that assurance from the Government benches that there will be no call upon the public purse to pay up for this settlement.

      McDonald also said: “If he [Prince Andrew] wants to go to his mother for a bailout, then the taxpayer has got to be assured it’s not going to be coming out of their coffers. Simple as that.”

      When will Prince Louis be christened?

      Traditionally, a royal baby is christened two to three months after their birth – and this is also the case for Prince Louis.

      It has been announced he will be christened on Monday July 9 – and we're unlikely to see him again before then, according to royal experts.

      He will be christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.

      The venue is The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace in London, which is where his brother George was christened back in 2013.

      Why Princess Charlotte wasn’t christened in the Chapel Royal like her brothers

      THE christening of Prince Louis is just around the corner and will take place at Chapel Royal in St James’ Palace – the same location of the christening of Prince George.

      But was there a reason why Princess Charlotte, three, didn’t have her religious ceremony at the same location?

      Kate Middleton and Prince William’s only daughter was instead christened at the Church of St Mary Magdalene at Sandringham –  the same place that Princess Diana was christened.

      The different location was not due to rank or gender, as she is currently higher than Prince Louis in the line of succession.

      The reason is thought to the church’s close proximity to the family’s home in 2015, which was Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

      It is especially meaningful that Princess Charlotte was christened in the same spot as Diana, as her name is a tribute to the late royal.

      Her full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, with her middle name being a nod to Prince William’s mother, who passed away in 1997.

      Queen faces pressure to strip Harry of official role

      The Queen is under pressure from both the public and Parliament to strip Prince Harry and Prince Andrew of official roles as Counsellors of State.

      According to the Parliamentary paper, Prince Harry should no longer be eligible for the role given that the UK is no longer his permanent residence since he stepped back from royal life.

      The guidance under The Regency Act of 1937 states that all people who hold this position should be members of the Royal Family and importantly, “must be domiciled in ‘some part’ of the UK’.”

      The Regency Act of 1943 added that “if it appears to the Sovereign that any eligible Counsellor will be absent from the United Kingdom or intends to be so absent during the whole or any part of the period of such delegation, then Letters Patent [a legal tool at the Monarch’s disposal] may make provision for exempting that person.”

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        Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ‘excited’ for tour next month

        In a personal message on their Twitter account, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: “We are so excited to visit Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas next month as we mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

        “We can’t wait to meet people in all three countries, celebrate local cultures and understand more about innovative work being done across communities.”

        The message was signed off with “W & C”.

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        Meghan’s ‘extraordinary’ meeting with Queen before royal exit

        A royal commentator has claimed in a documentary that Meghan Markle had a “extraordinary” meeting with the Queen before her and Prince Harry’s bombshell exit from the Royal Family.

        The fallout and subsequent events are charted and examined in tonight’s Channel 5 documentary, ‘Harry & Meghan vs the Monarchy’, in which royal experts like Ashely Pearson discusses Megxit.

        In the programme, Ms Pearson describes first meeting Meghan had with Harry’s grandmother, the Queen.

        She said: “The meeting went extremely well.

        “It actually ran over, which is an extraordinary thing for the way the Queen keeps her schedule.

        “Meghan was warmly welcomed. Here she is – articulate, bright, intelligent, well-spoken, beautiful, elegant — what is not to like?”

      • Joseph Gamp

        Racing trophy awarded by Queen Victoria could fetch £30,000 at auction

        A recently rediscovered horse racing trophy awarded by Queen Victoria in 1845 could fetch £30,000 at auction next month.

        Dubbed Her Majesty’s Vase, the silver piece was won by Sir John Barker-Mill at the Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall horse races and passed down through his family.

        However, the trophy was separated from its stand and the award’s significance was forgotten over time.

        Both pieces were recently brought back together when Sir John’s living relatives discovered the engraved base in an outbuilding.

        The trophy is expected to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000 when it goes under the hammer at Chiswick Auctions in London in March.

        It was commissioned for the races by Queen Victoria and crafted by silversmith John Samuel Hunt, and inspired by an ancient vase dating from the 2nd century AD that was found in fragments in 1770 at the bottom of a lake at Hadrian’s Villa near Rome.

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        Prince George could face major move

        Educational options are being considered by Kate and William, and could see George find a new school.

        Unlike his father, a move to Eton could now be off the table as the royal couple consider moving the their son to a prep school in Berkshire.

        According to royal reporter Rebecca English, the Lambrook School is widely considered a front-runner for the Prince.

        For George’s siblings, however, they will remain at Thomas’s Battersea for now.

        Writing in the Daily Mail, English claimed that reports suggest Princess Charlotte is “super happy and settled” at the school, and is likely to be joined by her younger brother Prince Louis.

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