Queen meets Bletchley Park veteran to help mark the centenary of the Women’s Royal Naval Service


Joan De Vall, 92, of Leicestershire, was in the ATS from 1943 until 1946. After speaking to the Queen, Mrs De Vall said: “She (the Queen) said I was looking very well and I said ‘so are you ma’am’.” She added that being part of the ATS had made her …

Former Bletchley Park codebreaker to retire from the House of Lords at 95 

In a recent interview she said: “Life only really began when I went to Bletchley. That’s when I made my real friends, and it was exciting being a part of something important.” After a brief stint as the mayor of Cambridge she was appointed to the Lords by Margaret Thatcher. …

Incoming governor general Julie Payette meets the Queen

Canada’s incoming governor general has had her first audience with the Queen. The Governor General’s office says Julie Payette met with Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle, her summer home in Scotland. The Queen has bestowed several orders on …Incoming governor general meets with Queen for first time

Incoming governor general meets with Queen for first time

The Governor General’s office says Julie Payette met with Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle, her summer home in Scotland. The Queen has bestowed several orders on Payette, including an Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada. The retired …Incoming governor general Julie Payette meets the Queen

Prince Charles trying to usurp the Queen? No way, say royal aides

Reports that the Prince of Wales is trying to usurp the Queen or demand a more prominent role for himself in Royal affairs were categorically denied last night by senior Palace sources. The claims, aired last week, controversially suggested that the Royal households release statement denying rift between Prince Charles …

Queen makes SNP Westminster leader a privy councillor – after his party votes to stop Royal Family's public funding

As if to prove that not only is she above petty party politics but also that she doesn’t bear grudges, the Queen has made Ian Blackford, the leader of the SNP in the House of Commons, one of her most senior advisers only 24 hours after his party voted that the …

How Princess Diana’s Death Changed Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s Royal Family

The week after Princess Diana died in September 1997, Mary Francis, then an aide to Queen Elizabeth II, returned to Buckingham Palace for the first time since the Paris car crash that had killed the young royal and devastated Britain. “I can remember Prince William, Prince Harry pay tribute to …

Kensington MP mocks Prince Harry’s Afghanistan service and accuses Prince Philip of cheating in astonishing royal rant

A LABOUR MP faces calls to apologise today after she mocked Prince Harry’s military service and accused Prince Philip of being “unfaithful” to the Queen. Emma Dent Coad – the royal family’s local MP – was speaking at an event where other Labour Royals are ridiculous, says Labour MP Emma …