Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided to quit Royal Family after Queen’s ‘upsetting snub'

The work, titled ‘Finding Freedom’, deals with the Duke and Duchesses’ departure as working royals and move to North America. It was written by royal experts Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.

They allege Harry and Meghan were offended by the selection of photographs the Queen had on her desk during her 2019 Christmas broadcast.

For this occasion, the monarch had four family photographs set out on the desk behind her.

They depicted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and King George VI – the Queen’s father.

However, none of them showed either the Duke or Duchess of Sussex nor their recently born son Archie.

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Meghan and Harry announced they were stepping down as senior royals in January (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen giving her 2019 Christmas message (Image: BBC)

The authors wrote: “Harry felt as though he and Meghan had long been sidelined by the institution and were not a fundamental part of its future.

“One didn’t have to look further than the family photos displayed during the Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day.

“In the Green Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, where the Queen delivered her address, viewers glimpsed photos of the Cambridges and their children, Charles and Camilla, Prince Philip and a black and white image of the sovereign’s father, King George VI.

“Noticeably absent was a photo of Harry, Meghan and their new baby, Archie.

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Meghan and Harry were not included in the portraits on the Queen’s desk (Image: GETTY)

“Palace sources insisted that the photos were chosen to represent the direct line of succession, but for Harry and Meghan, it was yet another sign that they needed to consider their own path.”

Harry and Meghan announced their intention to stand down as senior members of the Royal Family in January of this year.

The couple said they wanted to become “financially independent” whilst dividing their time between Britain and North America.

Following discussions with senior royals they agreed to drop their ‘Sussex Royal’ brand and repay the taxpayer money spent refurbishing Frogmore Cottage, their property near Windsor.

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Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s ‘Finding Freedom’ was published last month (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan and Harry at the 2020 Commonwealth Day service in March (Image: GETTY)

The claim Harry and Meghan were offended by the choice of photos was repeated by Russell Myers, royal reporter for editor of the Daily Mirror and co-host of the ‘Pod Save The Queen podcast’.

Appearing on the Channel 5 documentary Meghan and Harry: The New Revelations he said: “The lack of photograph of them during the Queen’s Christmas speech obviously had an effect on them.

“The book will tell you in detail how this made them feel.

“They felt it was a slight, they felt put out.”

Harry and Meghan attended their final royal engagement, the 2020 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, at the end of March.

After a brief stay in Canada they moved to California, Meghan’s home state, shortly before the coronavirus lockdown began.

During the lockdown both the Duke and Duchess were spotted delivering supplies to vulnerable residents in Los Angeles.

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Meghan and Harry were married in May 2018 (Image: GETTY)

Earlier this month Netflix announced a deal with Harry and Meghan who will produce films, documentaries and children’s programmes for the streaming giant.

The couple recently moved into a new £11.2million home situated to the north of Los Angeles.

The luxury property comes complete with a swimming pool, tennis court and children’s cottage.



Prince Harry caught tampering with Queen’s phone in hilarious ‘wild child’ prank

The practical joke was revealed by royal author Karen Dolby, in her book The Wicked Wit of the Royal Family. As a young royal Harry was seen as a “wild child” known for his sense of humour. The Queen is also known for her dry sense of humour, and once shocked Prince Charles with a joke of her own.

According to Ms Dolby, Harry tampered with the Queen’s phone to leave a joke voicemail.

She said: “Prince Harry… is known for his sense of fun, and is said to have once recorded a message on his grandmother’s mobile phone so that anyone calling was greeted by ‘Hey, wassup? This is Liz.’”

The Duke is believed to have got his hands on the Queen’s smartphone, which is highly guarded and encrypted.

Brian Hoey, royal author and journalist, said she never goes anywhere without her ultra-slim smartphone that can slip into a pocket or handbag.

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Paul Burrell, former royal butler, claimed Harry was the “only one” who could get away with tricking the Queen, which he took full advantage of as a child.

He said to OK magazine: “I know the Queen very well and I know she’s very fond of Harry.

“As William would sit and have tea with her after school, Harry would come and put plastic flies in the sugar bowl!

“It was hilarious. Harry was the only one who could trick his granny.”

The Queen has also pranked Charles by using a fake voice while driving to Ascot.

Ms Dolby added: “Once when Prince Charles and the Queen were driving to the Ascot races in an open carriage, there was a loud shout from the crowd.

“Charles did not hear what was said and asked his mother.

“‘Gizza wave Liz!’ the Queen replied in her best South London accent, waving obligingly at the spectators.”

Bishop Michael Mann told Business Insider he once saw the Queen mimic the noise of the Concorde.

He said: “The queen imitating the Concorde landing is one of the funniest things you could see.”

Angela Kelly, dressmaker for the Queen, also revealed in 2007 Her Majesty can speak in a perfect Scouse accent.

She also recalled the monarch’s “wicked sense of humour” and regarded her as a “great mimic”.



Queen’s fortune is BIGGER than believed: Royals rake in MILLIONS from EU farm subsidies

The Queen's wealth has been revealed

The Queen’s wealth has been revealed (Image: Getty)

The Queen got a 55 percent rise in European Union farm subsidies at Sandringham last year as Prince Charles turned the Norfolk estate organic. Royal finance expert David McClure reveals the payments in his new book, The Queen’s True Worth, and estimates the monarch’s £400million fortune is £50million more than previously believed.

When monarchs grow old a blind eye is often turned to their finances.

Such was the case with the ageing Queen Victoria, who squirreled away £800,000 of public money under the noses of a succession of compliant Chancellors of the Exchequer.

So too, it was with Queen Elizabeth, below, whose extravagant expenditure in her nineties on racing and entertaining was indulged by palace courtiers with barely a murmur.

If today the public finds it hard to follow the finances of the monarch, it is because the royal finances are shrouded in fog.

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Courtiers turned a blind eye to Queen Elizabeth’s extravagance (Image: Getty)

The sovereign and her heir enjoy a multitude of privileges that prevent outsiders from penetrating their coffers.

Their wills and the value of their estates are not made public as is the case for ordinary Britons.

And their official papers at the National Archives in Kew are kept secret for 50 to 100 years in contrast to the normal release time of 20 to 30 years.

Similarly, unlike normal state institutions, their official communications with the Government of the day are immune from Freedom of Information requests.

So the royal finances are labyrinthine and difficult to penetrate for an outsider.

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Queen Victoria hid money in her old age (Image: Getty)

But much of the Queen’s private fortune – which I estimate at £400million, £50million more than a number of recent estimates because of the extra cachet attached to the royal name – comes from the properties she owns.

Some crude valuations of Her Majesty’s assets include Buckingham Palace – along with other official residences like Windsor Castle and Holyroodhouse Palace, as well as the Royal Collection – and consequently suggest astronomical figures.

In 1989, Fortune by adding the Crown Jewels to the list calculated her wealth at £7billion.

In 2001, The Sunday Times Royal Rich List Report came to a figure of £1.15billion by incorporating all the capital from the Duchy of Lancaster (a landed estate that has produced a private income for the monarch since 1399) together with a generous assessment of what constitutes her private art collection.

The Royals gather on the balcony at Buckingham Palace

The Royals gather on the balcony at Buckingham Palace (Image: Getty)

Yet the Queen does not own Buckingham Palace, nor those other residences.

And in recent years, valuations have become more sophisticated as the distinction between the private and public palaces has been factored into the calculus.

Unlike the Royal Collection and the public residences, the Sandringham estate is privately owned.

The Queen inherited the Norfolk property from her father King George VI in 1952 after it had been passed down through her family when Queen Victoria purchased it for the future King Edward VII with her own family funds.

Historically the 20,000-acre estate has haemorrhaged money – almost from the day it was first acquired for the Prince of Wales in October 1862.

The Queen has helped turn it around financially by taking advantage of EU subsidies on the land she farms and by improving her income from tenant farmers.

What had reduced profitability was fragmentation: there were simply too many small farms with too many workers producing too few profits.

But in the Queen’s reign under Prince Philip’s supervision, mega-farms were created by amalgamating the smaller units and, as a result, the number of tenant farms fell from 30 to around 12 and the workforce shrunk to a tenth of its pre-war size.

Today, the land is rented to just half a dozen tenant farms.

Prince Charles and the Queen

Prince Charles and the Queen (Image: Getty)

Prince Philip deserves some credit for overseeing this turnaround since the early Seventies, but the move into profitability coincided with a welcome handout from Brussels.

After the United Kingdom entered the EEC in 1973, Sandringham as one of the largest farms in Norfolk, became eligible for a large slice of the Common Agricultural Policy’s farming subsidy budget.

As one of 40 growers in the UK producing blackcurrants for Ribena, for instance, Sandringham received £553,051 in 2015, £524,466 in 2016, £695,001 in 2017, £604,844 in 2018 and a massive £935,908 (boosted by £313,510 in rural development aid) in 2019 as Prince Charles helped transform the estate’s output to organic.

The true test of how important European Union support has been to the viability of Sandringham will come when the CAP money tap is turned off and the estate will have to make do with replacement payments for “public goods”, such as access to the countryside, planting meadows and restoring woodland.

Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle (Image: Press Association)

Previous estimates have put the value of Sandringham at between £30million and £45million but, significantly, do not take into full account the extra value attached to the royal name.

If that is factored in, then – as we have seen from inflated prices paid at auction for other royal property – Sandringham might easily be worth £60million to £80million on the open market.

Similarly Balmoral, the Queen’s Scottish home, purchased in 1852 by Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert for £31,500 (£2.5million at today’s prices) is classed as a private royal estate.

With its 50,000 acres of Scots pine forests and heather-strewn hills in the shadow of the 3,786-feet Lochnagar mountain, its main attraction lies in outdoor activities.

The Queen at Balmoral

The Queen riding at Balmoral in May this year (Image: Press Association)

An estimated half of the £3million running costs is clawed back through the estate’s many commercial ventures, many of them outdoor pursuits.

Probably the most profitable venture is salmon fishing.

Balmoral is blessed with some of the best fishing in Scotland and the paying public are now being reeled in too.

In November 2106, its salmon fishing rights began to be registered with the Scottish land registry office under the company name of Canup Ltd, a commercial trust whose company secretary is listed at Companies House as Richard Gledson, the factor of Balmoral estate.

Other directors include the Earl of Airlie, former Lord Chamberlain, the Earl of Dalhousie, Lord Steward of the Queen’s Household, Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse, and his predecessor Sir Alan Reid.

In 1971, the Queen issued a thinly veiled threat to move out of the palace

In 1971, the Queen issued a thinly veiled threat to move out of the palace (Image: Getty)

The registry confirmed that the previous title holders were the Trustees of HM Queen Eliabeth II.

Traditionally trusts have been used by the Royal Family as a conduit to transfer their property from one generation to the next.

Sometimes it may be for reasons of taxation and sometimes for considerations of privacy.

With sporting rights and the royal name, Balmoral could easily be worth £40million to £50million.

Government ministers down the decades have left the Queen’s private residences alone but her official residences, funded by the taxpayer, have often been at the centre of tensions.

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The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen celebrate their Silver Wedding anniversary at Balmoral (Image: Press Association)

It has been estimated that in normal times the Queen spends one third of her working year at Buckingham Palace and it is common knowledge that Windsor, not “BP” as it is known, is her favourite home.

When she acceded to the throne in 1952 there was some reluctance to relocate to Buckingham Palace.

Prince Philip wanted his growing family to stay at Clarence House.

In fact, the palace has never been popular with monarchs.

As one former royal observed: “It is like living over a traffic island.”

Windsor Castle's East Terrace Garden

Windsor Castle’s East Terrace Garden (Image: Steve Parsons/PA)

In 1971, the Queen issued a thinly veiled threat to move out of the palace in response to a plan by Labour, then in opposition, to turn the Royal Household into a government department run by civil servants.

She herself faced the possibility of being forced out of her official residences by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in March 1952.

In what must rank as one of the most indiscreet memos ever issued by a Cabinet minister about the royal finances, Chancellor Rab Butler expressed his frustration about the “old-fashioned” arrangements regarding the palace.

“It seems incredible that a young Queen should need to be saddled with all these massive buildings, their idle staffs and their upkeep,” he wrote, arguing that Buckingham Palace could be used for great gala state functions rather than perpetually maintained as a home.

But his plan for Windsor Castle was even more radical as the Government sought economies before agreeing a new Civil List for the young Queen.

“Might it not be suggested that Windsor Castle should be put on a national basis with all its treasures leaving a suitable sector for private upkeep and inhabitation?”

Civil servants at the Treasury and the Ministry of Works looked into the possibility of the Queen leaving Windsor Castle for nearby Royal Lodge and turning the castle into a museum.

In a March 6, 1952 letter to the Treasury, the then Keeper of the Privy Purse, Ulrick Alexander, mentioned his concern about “some major retrenchment such as the closing down of Windsor Castle”.

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The Long Walk up to Windsor Castle (Image: PA)

The Ministry of Works drafted a lengthy brief for the minister David Eccles on May 26 outlining possible economies in running the royal palaces.

It read: “It has been suggested that Windsor Castle might cease to be a royal residence. To say exactly what the financial consequences of this would be would need careful study…”

The Royal Household was informed of the plan – one can only speculate at its astonishment – and must have been concerned but it is not clear if it expressed any misgivings privately about it.

In the end, however, the radical suggestion was not acted upon.

After civil servants did the sums, the actual savings to the public purse did not merit such a dramatic solution as moving the monarch out.

Buckingham Palace set for a banquet

Buckingham Palace set for a banquet (Image: Getty)

Mr Butler must have accepted his mandarins’ advice as he later announced to the House of Commons that no royal relocation was needed after all.

Today, with the rise in property prices, the private estates of Balmoral and Sandringham must now be worth over £100million.

The Queen’s collection of British and Commonwealth stamps – the best of its kind in the world – would boost the inventory by another £100million and using the same ballpark figure the combined value of her jewellery and art collections could well be pushing £100million.

The precise value of her private investments remains a mystery (and may have been hit by the post-Covid market crash) but is still likely to be worth tens of millions of pounds.

The same could be said of all the private gifts she has received over the last 70 years and there is also her collection of antique cars thought to be worth £10million or more.

If you include the trust funds and make allowances for the effect of the royal name, her total wealth could well be in the region of £400million.

This may not put her in the super rich category but it certainly makes her wealthier than the Palace would like us to believe.

• Abridged by Richard Palmer from The Queen’s True Worth: Unravelling the Public & Private Finances of Queen Elizabeth II by David McClure, published on Thursday by Lume Books, priced £9.99.



Prince Harry paid back Frogmore costs 'for freedom’ of Queen’s control – shock claim

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry were originally paying back the money in monthly instalments. But a spokesman for the Sussexes has confirmed the cash will be paid in full to the Sovereign Grant.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family earlier this year.

The Sussexes were previously paying back the money for Frogmore cottage at £18,000 a month which also covered rent for the property.

It would have taken the Duke and Duchess 11 years to pay back the taxpayers’ money if they had continued paying the monthly instalments.

But a spokesman for the Sussexes announced they will be repaying the money in full.

He also said the Sussexes will be continuing to use Frogmore Cottage as a UK base.

He said: “A contribution has been made to the Sovereign Grant by the Duke of Sussex.

“This contribution as originally offered by Prince Harry has fully covered the necessary renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage, a property of Her Majesty the Queen, and will remain the UK residence of the Duke and his family.”

The spokesman announced they will pay an undisclosed “commercial” rent for the Windsor property.

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Since the couple stepped down as senior royals, the £2.4million of taxpayers’ money has been a controversial topic.

The debate was heightened after the Sussexes reportedly bought a mansion worth £11million in Montecito, Santa Barbara.

The couple are believed to have bought the nine-bedroom, 16-bathroom property with a £7.5million mortgage.

The couple also recently signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce TV series, documentaries and children’s shows.

The deal with the online streaming giant is said to be worth about $100million.

The source said the news of the Sussexes’ repayment had come as a surprise.

They said: “This has come as something of a surprise, and it can only be assumed this has something to do with the Netflix deal.

“Maybe it now means he can afford to pay the money back in full at once or maybe he has been irritated by the criticism that the deal has led to of his finances. No one really knows.

“But if he thinks that it will make him immune from public and media scrutiny, he is misguided.

“This new, highly visible media role that he is seeking in the US makes him more of a public figure than ever.”



Chocolate cupcake recipe: How to make Queen’s favourite cupcakes – by royal chefs

Queen Elizabeth II is known for her sweet tooth, so the royal chefs know exactly how to knock up one of her favourite sweet treats whenever she desires. Luckily for the rest of us, the royal pastry chefs shared her favourite chocolate cupcake recipe for the monarch’s birthday earlier this year. Here is the royally approved recipe for the Queen’s favourite chocolate cakes:

Ingredients cake sponges – (serves approximately 15):

15g vinegar
300ml milk
50ml vegetable oil
60g butter (melted and cool)
2 eggs
5ml of vanilla essence
250g of self-raising flour
75 of cocoa powder
300g caster sugar
10g bicarbonate of soda
100g white chocolate chips
cupcake cases

Cake sponge method:

-Preheat the oven to 150 C
-Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl
-Whisk the eggs in a separate jug, with the vanilla essence, melted butter, oil, milk and vinegar
-Slowly add the wet mixture into the dry mixture, little by little
-Ensure the batter is smooth with no lumps
-Finally add the chocolate chips (alternatives could be nuts, dried fruit)
-Lay the cupcake cases onto a tray
-Use a metal spoon to equally divide the mixture into the cases
-Bake for around 15-18 minutes, take out of the oven when golden and springy on touch
-Leave to cool

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Royal icing method:

-If decorating with royal icing, roll the icing out and cut into circular disks
-Lay the disc over the cupcake and mould to required shape

Eat and enjoy!



The Queen’s parenting style had profound effect on Prince Charles – 'deliberately unkind'

In the hour long show called Being The Queen, filmmaker Tom Jennings dives into The Queen’s private life with archival footage and tapes. One of the reveals in the documentary is how the monarch treated her children as they were growing up. Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward have all become senior royal figures, with Charles being the next heir.

The Queen has been depicted as a hands-off mother in popular media.

Netflix’s The Crown shows her as a distant figure, which the new document confirms.

Royal biographer Tim Heald revealed in Being The Queen that her children were lucky to see The Queen for more than half an hour a day.

He added: “It wasn’t that anybody was being deliberately unkind or cold…it was just the way you did things.”

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Mr Jennings also said The Queen always puts the monarchy first, with the exception of when she stayed with Prince Harry and Prince William at Balmoral following Princess Diana’s death.

He said to Glamour magazine: “Keep in mind that running the monarchy is a full-time job times 20, so things like family time fall through the cracks.

“Entrusting their children to boarding schools, private tutors, and such is terrific for one’s education, but it isn’t the same as the nurturing and guidance that you would get from a parent.

“The queen could be so steadfast in her own marriage, and yet her children’s marriages were falling apart left and right.”

The Queen has previously been described as a distant mother by royal experts.

Sally Bedell Smith, a royal biographer and author of Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, claimed The Queen “depended on the nannies to supervise the daily lives” of her children after she was coronated in 1953.

But some of her children have defended the monarch’s parenting style.

Anne told the BBC in 2002 The Queen made sure to spend quality time with her children.

She said: “I simply don’t believe there is any evidence whatsoever to suggest that she wasn’t caring. It’s just beggars belief.”

More reveals in the documentary claim The Queen is very aware of her effect on people.

Michael Mann, chaplain to the queen from 1976 to 1989, said in the documentary: “I remember her once saying to me that, ‘My father told me I must always remember that whatever I said or did to anyone, that they would remember it.

“’So if I showed disapproval, they will remember that I showed disapproval.’

“Therefore, I think she’s very, very careful not to give any sort of impression that might be construed as disapproval.”



Prince Philip star sign: Queen’s husband’s zodiac & symbols

This means that Gemini can present the best versions of themselves and adapt depending on who they are with at the time.

Horoscope.com states that Gemini is the chameleon of the Zodiac, which means they are able to adapt at blending into different groups depending on the vibe and energy they perceive.

Gemini are also energetic and quick-witted according to website Horoscope.

Ruled by Mercury, they voice exactly what they need. This persuasive ability can lead people to their way of thinking.

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Royal chef shares the secret to the Queen’s Balmoral Scottish shortbread recipe

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have been isolating in Windsor ever since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. But the royal couple have now packed their bags and headed off for their annual staycation at beautiful Balmoral Castle in Scotland. To celebrate all things Balmoral, a former royal family chef has shared the delicious recipe he used to make for the Queen’s afternoon tea during her stay. 

Darren McGrady used to work in the kitchens at Kensington Palace, cooking for the Queen as well as Princess Diana and her sons, Prince Harry and Prince William when they were little. 

The royal chef now has his own YouTube channel with over 68,000 subscribers, where he shares his cooking secrets, including dishes that were loved by the royals. 

McGrady often includes sweet anecdotes about his time serving the queen – making it a great place for royal fans to discover new recipes and insights into the inner workings of the family. 

In a recent video, the chef revealed the secret ingredient for traditional Scottish shortbread, a treat he used to make for the Queen when she visited Balmoral. 

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Shortbread recipes usually use flour, butter and sugar, which the chef said can be granulated or powdered. 

However, for the Queen’s Balmoral recipe, McGrady added corn starch to the ingredients. 

He explained that this softens the shortbread so that instead of snapping like a biscuit, it crumbles and melts in your mouth. 

He also used a special mold for the recipe to make it look traditional, just like it would in Balmoral. 

The mold featured a thistle design, which is the floral emblem of Scotland, in a rounded shape – though you can simply use a cookie cutter if you prefer. 

To make the shortbread, McGrady took eight ounces of flour, eight ounces of butter, four ounces of corn starch and four ounces of sugar and mixed them in a bowl by hand. 

The chef advised viewers to rub them all together until it’s a crumb-like consistency, before adding the vanilla paste which will add flavour. 

It can then be pressed into the mold (or cut into shapes) before being put onto parchment paper on a baking tray. 

 

But before he put it in the oven, the chef took a fork and pierced the top of the shortbread all over. 

This is so that as the shortbread bakes, the heat will go to the base and help to cook it faster. 

It can then be popped in the oven for around 20 minutes on 350 degrees until it’s golden brown – but there’s an important step if you don’t want it to crumble. 

The chef explained that you must cut the shortbread into slices, if you’ve used the mold, while it is still hot. 

But he showed a special technique of just cutting a third of the way through, rather than all the way to the base. 

Once it’s cooled after about an hour, it can then be carefully broken into pieces without crumbling, ready to be served with a cup of the Queen’s favourite Earl Grey. 

 



Queen’s ‘special drive’ with Carole Middleton around Balmoral lifted lid on royal secrets

Her Majesty, 94, was pictured out walking near Balmoral Castle on Saturday, where she has gone to enjoy her summer holiday as usual with Prince Philip. The royal couple had previously been shielding at Windsor Castle since the coronavirus lockdown started in March. The Queen was dressed in a red top, gilet and tartan skirt while out for her walk at Glen Muick, and appeared to be accompanied by Prince Edward, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12.

The monarch is known to have a close relationship with the Wessexes and that Louise and James are her favourite grandchildren, in part because they “relish” their time at Balmoral with her.

It is understood that the monarch did not attend church on Sunday as she normally does in order to stop well-wishers gathering as the pandemic rumbles on.

However, in previous years, all sorts of royals and extended family have visited Balmoral while the Queen was there on her annual break, including Carole and Michael Middleton, who stayed as special guests of Her Majesty in 2016.

It was the first time they had stayed with the Queen herself, having normally stayed with Prince Charles at his Birkhall home on the estate.

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The Middletons joined Kate, William, three-year-old George and one-year-old Charlotte in the Highlands for an outdoorsy summer break.

During the family holiday, the Queen was spotted playing chauffeur to Carole in her Range Rover, driving her back after a grouse shooting lunch.

Many interpreted the special drive as a sign of the close relationship between the in-laws.

Emily Nash, royal correspondent for Hello! Magazine, spoke about the relationship between the Middletons and the royals in the 2017 ITV documentary ‘Kate: The Making of a Modern Queen’.

“They’re obviously very comfortable in each other’s company.

“The family have also enjoyed lunches at Sandringham and they’ve stayed at Prince Charles’ Birkhall home.

“They’re very much welcomed into the fold and I don’t see any reason why that would change in future.”

During that same holiday, the Queen was also spotted driving the Duchess of Cambridge herself to a picnic.

According to Good Housekeeping, the Queen is the only person in the UK who can drive without a license.

This is because all licenses are issued in the Queen’s name, so she doesn’t have to give one to herself, and she is the only person who can legally drive without a registration plate on her car.

The Queen has never taken a driving test, but she is a dab hand at driving: she drove a military truck during World War 2 and has driven world leaders including Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.

Ironically, women were not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia at the time.

However, driving around private property never requires a license ‒ this is only for the use of public roads.



Princess Anne star sign: Queen’s daughters zodiac & symbols

Princess Anne falls under the Leo zodiac sign which covers those born between July 22 and August 23 each year. It is represented by the Lion and is a fire sign which has many meanings for the star sign. Fire signs are said to be one of spontaneity, inspiration and intuition.

Leo star sign is often said to be the leader of the zodiac as similar to Lions, they like to lead their packs.

They are very clever star signs and will work hard in order to achieve success.

Personality traits of a Leo

Leo’s have many personality traits and the biggest one is being known for their enthusiasm.

Astrology says: “They are dramatic, creative, self-confident, dominant and extremely difficult to resist, able to achieve anything they want to in any area of life they commit to.

They make very loyal friends and their funny sense of humour makes collaboration with other people even easier.

Due to their leader nature, Leo’s make great managers and entrepreneurs.

At the start of the year, Russell Grant British astrologer, said: “Your eyes are opened to new possibilities and your future path look brighter. Discussing plans with family and friends should be fun.”

Work is a very important aspect to a Leo’s life and they are willing to do whatever it takes to gain a job title or workplace status, even if it means temporarily sacrificing their leisure time.

They are also very optimistic and if their career isn’t going the way they wished it to, they will think ahead and think about what they can do in order to make it into their dream industry.