Chinese ambassador reveals Prince Andrew is still representing the Queen

He may have retired from public Royal duties but it didn’t stop Prince Andrew performing a special Royal mission for the Queen last week.

The Duke carried a message to the Chinese government from his mother on Friday expressing sympathy for those affected by the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

It was delivered when he attended a dinner hosted by the Chinese ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming. The meeting, recorded in photographs posted to Liu’s Twitter account, marks one of the Duke’s first major appearances since he withdrew from public duties in November after his disastrous Newsnight interview about his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Pressure is mounting for the Prince to co-operate with the FBI, which is investigating the late financier’s crimes in the US.

Liu announced on Twitter: ‘Her Majesty The Queen sent an encouraging message to President Xi [Jinping] and Chinese people: At the critical time of fighting #coronavirus, I express my sincere sympathy for Chinese people, and pray for the speedy control and victory over the virus. It was conveyed by Duke of York.’ In a separate tweet, Liu continued: ‘My wife and I invited Duke of York and his family to our residence and celebrated Lunar New Year. Their enthusiasm for China and contribution to China-UK relation is highly appreciated.’

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Princess Beatrice Wedding

The wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice of York and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will take place on Friday 29 May 2020. The couple became engaged in Italy in September 2019.

Her Majesty The Queen has kindly given permission for the ceremony to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace. 

The ceremony will be followed by a private reception, given by The Queen, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.  

The Chapel Royal

The location for many Royal weddings and christenings the Chapel Royal, situated within the grounds of St James’s Palace, is a busy working chapel. The Chapel holds regular services which are open to the general public, as well as hosting some unique Royal services.

Many Royal weddings have taken place in the Chapel, including that of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg on 10 February 1840. In 1893 the then Duke of York and Princess Victoria Mary of Teck (later King George V and Queen Mary) were married in the Chapel.

Princess Beatrice’s Wedding Date and Reception Details Revealed

PEOPLE has confirmed that Beatrice, 31, and Mozzi, 36, will tie the knot on May 29. The location of the ceremony has yet to be revealed. Buckingham Palace is expected to make an announcement in the coming days.

The reception will take place at Buckingham Palace. According to insiders, the ceremony service could be close by — somewhere like the Royal Military Chapel, known as the Guards Chapel, which is a church located across the road from the palace.

 

 

Fury as councils are ordered to mark Prince Andrew’s birthday by flying the Union flag

Councils have been ordered to fly the Union flag at town hall buildings on February 19 to mark Prince Andrew’s birthday – causing outrage. 

The Duke of York, who is facing intense scrutiny over his relationship with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, turns 60 this month. 

Now, town halls have now received an email telling them to mark the occasion, despite the Queen cancelling her son’s formal celebration in November following his disastrous Newsnight interview. 

The message was sent by civil servant Matt Stevenson — private secretary to Dame Melanie Dawes, 53, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

However, the move has been slammed by councils, with critics branding it ‘ridiculous’.

Princess Beatrice’s charity announces new projects as royal expert claims she will ‘brought forward’ to a more prominent role in The Firm following Megxit

Princess Beatrice, 31, co-founded The Big Change alongside six friends in 2010 to identify and support charitable projects throughout the UK which will improve the lives of young people.

The organisation has now announced it is set to launch several new projects that will focus of the well-being of those in education.  

It comes amidst reports that Princess Beatrice will take on a more prominent role in royal family after Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle’s, 38, departure.

Jeffrey Epstein victims’ lawyer claims she has a new witness who saw Prince Andrew with Virginia Roberts at nightclub

Lisa Bloom said the woman had been partying with a friend when she accidentally stepped on a fellow reveller’s toes at the exclusive nightspot in London in 2001 – before realising it was the royal.

And the witness claimed she saw the prince with a young woman – since recognising her as a young Virginia Roberts, who claims she had sex with Andrew when she was a teen.

Speaking today, lawyer Ms Bloom said she had been approached by the witness after Prince Andrew’s interview with Newsnight.

She said: “Her story is this – she was there in the nightclub and she stepped on the foot of somebody who was dancing next to her.

 

“She said ‘I’m sorry’, he said ‘that’s OK’.

 

“The friend she was there with said ‘don’t you realise you just stepped on the foot of the member of Royal Family – that’s Prince Andrew’.

 

“(The witness) thought to herself ‘oh my God I’m in the presence of a royal’.

 

“She had never been in the presence of a royal before, she never has been since.

 

“It was a very big moment to her.”

 

Lisa added: “She says she frankly stared at him and gawked at him because he was a prince.

 

“After she was done staring at him, she looked at who he was with and it was a very young girl about her age.

 

“In the photographs she has seen since, she identifies that young woman, that girl I should say, as Virginia Roberts.”

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The BRF is a joke now thanks to people like Andrew, Harry and his z-list actress wife.

 

Furious Princess Beatrice forced to put off announcing her wedding date again due to Prince Andrew’s Epstein scandal

She has twice been forced to put off announcing a date due to royal scandals.

Controversy over her father Andrew’s links to paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and Prince Harry and wife Meghan’s decision to step down have seen announcements axed.

But insiders say Beatrice, 31, and fiancé Edo Mapelli, 36, will wed on Friday, May 29, with a reception at Buckingham Palace.

However they have yet to confirm a venue for the ceremony itself.

A source said: “The decision has been delayed repeatedly because of all the issues, but finally they have something that seems to work — and barring any problems that should be when it goes ahead.

“The Queen has asked everyone to come together to put on a united front.

“The press officers of all the palaces hope to portray the Beatrice wedding as the big event that brings the family back together again.

“Aides know this will be a tough job, but it’s all they can do not just to save the wedding, but potentially the monarchy’s reputation.”