A Look at Royalty

By | October 3, 2018

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Excited children watch HRH Elizabeth II during the opening ceremony for the Lagan Bridge in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 09 March. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

What would it be like to live like a king (or Queen) and live in a castle? Here is a little peek into the royal line.

The oldest form of government in the United Kingdom, the monarchy with a king or queen as Head of State, resides with an elected Parliament to make and pass legislation for the country. Queen Elizabeth II represents her country well, as she travels all over the world, making speeches (as shown above) and addressing concerns that affect the citizens of the country. She is quite active in her role, meeting and greeting thousands of people throughout the year. Sometimes people are not sure how to address the Queen when given the chance to meet her. There are no hard and fast rules, just simple basic courtesy with a simple curtsy or bow. It’s all about respect for those who have the rule over you, which a lot of people have lost sight of today.  

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Prince Philip met Princess Elizabeth in 1934 and started writing to her when she was 13 years old. He was born in Greece, educated in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; and, at the age of 18 years old, joined the British Royal Navy in 1939. It was 1947, after the war, when he married Elizabeth; but just before he married her, he was given three titles: Baron Greenwich, Earl of Merioneth, and Duke of Edinburgh. 

Having reached the rank of commander, Elizabeth became monarch in 1952; and in 1957, Philip was made a British prince. Together, they have four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. Prince Philip developed the sport of carriage driving because he was a sports lover. At the age of 96, he retired from his royal duties on August 2, 2017 and is the oldest male ever to be a member of the British royal family.