The Queen's Awards Magazine 2016

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1948: Princess Elizabeth and her first son, Prince Charles Philip Arthur George of Edinburgh, at Buckingham Palace

1945: Queen Elizabeth II receives the homage of the

Duke of Edinburgh at her Coronation in London's Westminster Abbey

troops in every Trooping the Colour ceremony since the start of her reign, with the exception of 1955, when a national rail strike forced the cancellation of the parade. The Queen has also laid her wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday every year of her reign, except in a half dozen years when she was either expecting or overseas on an official visit. The Queen has also kept up with technological changes, launching the British Monarchy’s official website in 1997, unveiling the official British Monarchy YouTube channel in 2007, a Royal Twitter site (2009), Flickr page (2010) and Facebook page (also 2010). The Queen is even the first member of the Royal Family to be awarded a gold disc from the recording industry when 100,000 copies of the CD of the ‘Party at the Palace’, produced by EMI, were sold within the first week of release. We would like to add to the thousands of messages of birthday congratulations Her Majesty has received already this year by adding our own in this year’s issue of The Queen’s Awards Magazine .

receptions and garden parties at Buckingham Palace – such as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise reception to recognise and honour AwardWinners each year. The Queen also hosts more than 8,000 people each year at garden parties and investitures at Holyroodhouse, during HolyroodWeek. Over the course of her reign, The Queen has given regular Tuesday-evening audiences to 12 British Prime Ministers and is currently patron of over 600 charities and organisations, over 400 of which she has held since 1952. Over the same period, she has also launched 21 ships, given Royal Assent to more than 3,500 Acts of Parliament and has answered around three and a half million items of correspondence. When she was declared Queen, she succeeded her father as Colonel-in-Chief of all the Guards Regiments and the Corps of Royal Engineers, and as Captain-General of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. Since then, Queen Elizabeth has continued her association with the military services and has been at the saluting base of her

of life and visit businesses throughout the British Isles and overseas. She has visited Australia 16 times, Canada 22 times, Jamaica six times, New Zealand 10 times and, in 1957, during her official visit to the United States, became the first monarch to open the nation's Parliament. Queen Elizabeth II has been an integral part of the ongoing transformation of the old British Empire into the new British Commonwealth, and its modern successor (the Commonwealth of Nations). She acts as the host to the Heads of States of the Commonwealth realms and is Queen of 16 of the 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations. The Queen regularly holds investitures in Britain and other Commonwealth countries, at which she presents honours to people who have distinguished themselves in public life, including her work with The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, which were set up in her name in 1966. In an average year, The Queen will host more than 50,000 people at banquets, lunches, dinners,

2016: Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal family leave St Paul's Cathedral in London following a national service of thanksgiving to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II

1977: Queen Elizabeth II meets an enthusiastic crowd at St Katharine's Dock near the Tower of London, one of the stops on her Silver Jubilee river

progress from Greenwich to Lambeth

2012: Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Krishna Avanti School in Harrow, to watch dance and musical performances by school children and local groups, as part of the Diamond Jubilee regional tour

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