Monthly Archives: May 2011


The fourth and final day of Queen Elizabeth II’s official visit to Ireland has seen the Queen visiting the historic Rock of Cashel monument.   The consensus has been that the visit was an unqualified success.  Hopes are high that the visit will contribute to better relations between the two countries.  There is no doubt this visit has been one of the most historic and politically significant in the Queen’s 59-year reign.  Here are some of the headlines for day four, with links to various articles:

Queen’s Ireland Visit Seen as Significant Advance;

British-Irish Relations:  A Royal Stamp of Approval:

Queen Elizabeth II’s trip to Ireland this week showcased a remarkable rapprochement between Britain and a nation that was once its colonial possession.,0,7701155.story

The Death of Anglophobia:

Queen’s Historic Visit to Ireland Ends on High Note:


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Queen Elizabeth II’s final day of her official visit to Ireland was marked by a trip to the Irish National Stud.  The Queen is known for her keen interest in racing horses and is respected for her expert knowledge in the field.  And so this visit to a leading horse breeding center in Ireland was undoubtedly a most enjoyable experience for Her Majesty.  The Daily Telegraph reported that, “As the Queen cast an expert eye over one of the stallions, the horse, called Jeremy, became agitated and reared up, but while several onlookers instinctively stepped back, the 85-year-old monarch remained the calmest person in sight, standing her ground without flinching. ”

Queen in Ireland:  Visit Hailed as a “Great Success”

Courage and Sincerity on Both Sides Deliver Rich Rewards

Queen Attends Garden Party

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Here are some links to stories on day two of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s official visit to Ireland:

Queen Ducks the Guinness but Duke ‘Definitely Tempted’

Queen Elizabeth Attends State Dinner at Dublin Castle

Queen Express Sympathy for Anglo-Irish Troubles

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Queen Elizabeth II began an historic four day visit to Ireland, beginning May 17th.  This was the first time ever that a British monarch has set foot on Irish soil for an official visit.  The Queen’s grandfather, King George V, visited Ireland officially in 1911.  At the time, however, George V was also King of Ireland as well as King of Great Britain.   Mindful of the highly uneasy relationship the two nations have had, the Irish authorities have ordered a massive security operation be mounted involving thousands of police to protect the British monarch and her husband, Prince Philip.   It was just as well such precautions took place.  On Monday, a bomb was discovered on a bus bound for Dublin, the Irish capital.   During her drive the Irish president’s residence, the Queen and Prince Philip were driven through streets that were eerily empty.   The streets were cleared so as to minimize the security risk to the royal visitors.  In honor of her visit, the Queen, upon her arrival, wore an emerald green ensemble.

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Hello everyone and thanks for taking The Royal Wedding Quiz.  Hope you enjoyed the quiz!  Below are the answers.  If you haven’t had had chance to see the questions and want to participate, take a look at my posting for May 11th.  And drum roll please……

1)   A.  The Goring Hotel

2)   D.  The Collegiate Church of St. Peter

3)   B.  Colonel of the Irish Guards

4)   A.  5 bridesmaids and 2 pages

5)   C.   The Honorable Margarita Armstrong-Jones

6)   C.  Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Miss Sarah Ferguson in 1986

7)   A.  Trees

8)   C.  Archbishop of Canterbury

9)   D.  Ubi Caritas

10)   A.  Earl of Strathearn

11)   B.  1902 State Landau

12)   C.  The Cenotaph

13)   A.  Myrtle

14)   B.   Halo

15)   C.  Yellow

16)   A.  Recession of the Bride and Groom

17)   B.  James Middleton

18)   D.  Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, S. James’s Palace

19)   D.  Princess Grace

20)   B.  Captain of the Household Cavalry

21)   C.  Tomb of the Unknown Warrior

22)   A.  Hugo Burnand

23)  A.  The Throne Room

24)  B.  Aston Martin

25)  D.  Buckingham Palace

Number of Correct Answers:
1)   25  — Perfect Score!  You are a true royal aficionado.  You would make an  ideal subject for H.M. the Queen.
2)   23-24  — Excellent.  You are well on your way to becoming a royal watcher.
3)   19-22  — Very Good.  You were definitely paying attention to the wedding and  you were probably bleary eyed on Friday, having watched the wedding  live on television.
4)   17-18 — Good.  You’re on the cusp of being a royal groupie or having a normal  life.
5)   12-16 —  Not Bad.  There are obviously other things of interest in your life other than the royals.
6)   08-12 — Passable.  Maybe you did pay attention to the wedding, but either  you were too sleepy or were celebrating with drinking too much    bubbly during the proceedings and so you just honestly can’t remember  much of what transpired.
7)   04-07  —  Not Good.  Maybe you’re just not a very good test taker?
8)   03 or less  — Failure.  Mmmmmm…obviously you weren’t paying attention to the biggest media blowout in a while…or you couldn’t care less about what just transpired.  But what the heck, you wanted to take this quiz  anyway!  Luckily you weren’t taking this quiz back in the days when   English monarchs acted on their whim.  If that were the case, your not  so stellar score could get you into trouble.  You might well be on your way to the dreaded Tower of London!!

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William & Catherine: Royal Honeymoon in the Seychelles

It’s not much of a secret now, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have gone on their honeymoon to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

Here are some articles of interest:

The royal honeymoon in the Seychelles from CNN:

William & Kate have supposedly had shipped to the Seychelles some food from home:

Thanks to William and Kate, British Royals are Here to Stay:

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I’m sure there are a number of folks out there who can’t get enough of the royal wedding, even though it’s now finally part of history.  For those of you who would like to test your royal knowledge concerning the wedding, I’ve devised a fun quiz for you.  No peeking for answers from any sources, give it a try straight from memory!  It’s a 25 question quiz and here it is:

1)  From where did the bride leave to make her way to Westminster Abbey?

A.  The Goring Hotel

B.  The Boring Hotel

C.  The Majestic Hotel

D.  The Buckingham Hotel

2)  What is the actual name of Westminster Abbey?

A.  The Collegiate Church of St. Paul

B.   The Collegiate Church of St. Margaret

C.   The Collegiate Church of St. George

D.  The Collegiate Church of St. Peter

3)  What uniform did Prince William wear on his wedding day?

A.   Captain in the Blues and Royals

B.   Colonel of the Irish Guards

C.   Flight-lieutenant in the Royal Air Force

D.   Sub-lieutenant in the Royal Navy

4)  What is the total number of bridesmaids and the number of pages in attendance?

A.  5 bridesmaids and 2 pages

B.  5 bridsemaids and 3 pages

C.  4 bridesmaids and 2 pages

D.  4 bridesmaids and 3 pages

5)  Which of the bridesmaids was the granddaughter of Princess Margaret?

A.  Grace van Cutsem

B.   Philippa Middleton

C.   The Honorable Margarita Armstrong-Jones

D.   The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor

6)  Who was the last royal couple to marry at Westminster Abbey?

A.  Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh

B.   Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer

C.   Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and Miss Sarah Ferguson

D.   Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips

7)  What very heavy unusual natural décor was carted into the abbey?

A.  Trees

B.  Sculpted Topiaries

C.  Large Wreaths

D.  Rose Bushes

8)  Which of the following clergy officially participated at the wedding?

A.  Bishop of Leeds

B.  Cardinal of Westminster

C.  Archbishop of Canterbury

D.  Bishop of Rochester

9)  What was the name of the haunting modern piece sung in Latin during the wedding?

A.  Ubi Amor

B.  Amor Ubi

C.  Amor Caritas

D.  Ubi Caritas

10)   The Queen granted William the titles of Duke of Cambridge.  What was the second title granted? 

A.  Earl of Strathearn

B.  Earl of Strathmore

C.  Earl of Strathaven

D.  Earl of Strathcliff

11)   What carriage did the bridal couple ride in on their way to Buckingham Palace?

A.  Irish State Coach

B.  1902 State Landau

C.  Glass Coach

D.  Gold State Coach

12)  What well-known war memorial did the couple salute and bow as they rode through Whitehall?

A.  The Statue to the War Dead

B.  The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

C.  The Cenotaph

D.  The Obelisk

13)  Name the flower Kate used in her bridal bouquet that came from a spring of Queen Victoria own bridal bouquet.

A.  Myrtle

B.  Rose

C.  Lily-of-the-Valley

D.  Sweet William

14)  What was the name of the tiara Kate used on her wedding day?

A.  Vladimir

B.   Halo

C.   Spencer

D.   Russian Fringe

15)  What was the color of the dress Queen Elizabeth II wore for the wedding?

A.  Purple

B.  Blue

C.  Yellow

D.  Orange

16)   Walton’s Crown Imperial was played at what part of the wedding?

A.  Recession of the Bride and Groom

B.  Entrance of the Bride

C.  Register Signing

D.  After the Blessing

17)  Which of Catherine Middleton’s relatives read the only reading during the service?

A.  Pippa Middleton

B.  James Middleton

C.  Gary Middleton

D.  Carole Middleton

18)  The Choir of Westminster Abbey of course sang at the wedding.  What other choir also sang at the abbey?

A.  Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royals, Sandringham

B.  Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, Windsor Castle

C.  Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, Buckingham Palace

D.  Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace

19)  Catherine Middleton’s bridal gown has often been compared to what famous royal bride?

A.  Princess Margaret

B.  Princess Elizabeth

C.  Princess Diana

D.  Princess Grace

20)   Prince Harry, the Best Man, wore what uniform?

A.  Second Lieutenant, the Blues and Royals

B.  Captain of the Household Cavalry

C.  Captain in the Air Corps

D.  Lieutenant, the Blues and Royals

21)  The Duchess of Cambridge’s bouquet was left where after the wedding festivities?

A.  Tomb of Diana, Princess of Wales

B.  Tomb of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

C.  Tomb of the Unknown Warrior

D.  Tomb of St. Edward the Confessor

22)  Who took the official wedding photographs at Buckingham Palace?

A.  Hugo Burnand

B.  Mario Testino

C.  Lord Snowdon

D.  Norman Parkinson

23)   Where in Buckingham Palace were the official photos taken?

A.  The Throne Room

B.  The Music Room

C.   The Blue Drawing Room

D.   The White Drawing Room

24)  What kind of car did Prince William drive his new wife in from Buckingham Palace to Clarence House?


B.  Aston Martin

C.  Bentley

D.  Rolls Royce

25)  Where did William and Kate spend their first night together as a married couple?

A.  Windsor Castle

B.  Balmoral

C.  Clarence House

D.  Buckingham Palace

For the answers, check in with me in a few days.  Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to do the quiz.

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