Queen Elizabeth news: Unearthed Royal letter reveals Her Majesty prevented Duke of Kent from being KIDNAPPED by IRA

THE Queen prevented the Duke of Kent from being kidnapped by the IRA during the 1970s, according to revelations made in a new book.

In new Royal biography Queen of Our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II by Robert Hardman, secret correspondence was unearthed in the National Archives.

The letter detailed how Her Majesty played an integral part in foiling a kidnap plot against her cousin after alerting then prime minister Edward Heath, the Telegraph reports.

In 1971, the then 35-year-old Duke, an Army officer with the Royal Scots Greys, was sent to Northern Ireland with his unit.

But Northern Ireland prime minister Lord O'Neill had received intelligence the IRA was plotting to kidnap the Duke when he entered Belfast.

The peer passed the message to the Queen via her private secretary, before the monarch alerted Heath who then relayed a warning to his ministers.

Commanding officers were told the Duke was not to be sent to Belfast without special orders and thankfully, a few weeks later, he was posted back to mainland Britain.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    How to get nine days off work by booking just three days annual leave for Queen’s Jubilee

    Millions of people have basked in the sunshine of a long bank holiday weekend.

    And anyone wanting to enjoy more time off has another one to look forward to in just a few weeks time.

    Workers can take advantage of the extra two days off by simply booking holiday for the three days before these bank holiday dates.

    This means if you book off Monday, May 30, Tuesday, May 31, and Wednesday, June 1 you can get NINE days off altogether in a row.

    That’s because you’ll have the previous weekend at the start too – Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.

    With those two days, plus the three days of annual leave booked, and the four-day bank holiday weekend, you can enjoy nine days off work back to back.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Biographer hits out

    The Duke of Sussex has yet to confirm whether he and his wife will be returning to the UK in June to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

    Biographer Angela Levin is questioning whether the Duke is attempting to ‘manipulate’ the Jubilee celebrations after he has failed to confirm his plans.

    Speaking to TalkTV, Ms Levin said: “Harry’s said it was ‘security and everything else’ that’s stopping him.

    “What everything else can it be? I hate people who manipulate like that. Ever manipulating, ever putting themselves at the front, and all about me.

    “What about the Queen, for goodness’ sake? We now know she might not even be able to get onto the balcony.”

  • Louis Allwood

    'What’s going on with it?’

    Meghan Markle has had her podcast described as ‘passe’ by a royal biographer.

    The Duchess of Sussex is expected to launch her first-ever podcast – Archetypes – produced exclusively for the music-sharing platform Spotify this summer.

    Speaking to TalkTV, Ms Levin said: “Spotify is waiting for the summer for her to do another thing which is about women who are stereotyped.

    “Where does it come from? She’s going to speak to historians and women who feel stereotyped.

    “But hang on, what’s going on with it? Nothing yet so it’s very similar to Netflix.

    “It’s all about her, being a proud woman but actually, it’s sort of passé.”

    She added: “We’ve all moved on, most women are ok, the thing now is gender rather than actually being a woman.”

  • Louis Allwood

    How to get nine days off work by booking just three days annual leave for Queen's Jubilee

    Millions of people have basked in the sunshine of a long bank holiday weekend.

    And anyone wanting to enjoy more time off has another one to look forward to in just a few weeks time.

    Workers can take advantage of the extra two days off by simply booking holiday for the three days before these bank holiday dates.

    This means if you book off Monday, May 30, Tuesday, May 31, and Wednesday, June 1 you can get NINE days off altogether in a row.

    That's because you'll have the previous weekend at the start too – Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.

    With those two days, plus the three days of annual leave booked, and the four-day bank holiday weekend, you can enjoy nine days off work back to back.

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘It would have been so meaningful to our audience’

    An executive producer and animation showrunner of Pearl, took to Twitter yesterday after the news emerged the show had been axed.

    Ms Rynda wrote on Twitter: “It’s so sad when companies face hard times, it’s these types of projects that get cut.

    “This series was heartwarming and funny. It would have inspired young girls and spoke to the underrepresented.

    “It would have been so meaningful to our audience.

    “I’m feeling for our team and everyone who helped along the way.

    “It was an honour to lead such a talented team from around the world.

    “You brought an abundance of passion to Pearl and I’m SO proud of what we were able to accomplish and very grateful to have worked with each of you.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Biographer hits out

    The Duke of Sussex has yet to confirm whether he and his wife will be returning to the UK in June to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

    Biographer Angela Levin is questioning whether the Duke is attempting to ‘manipulate’ the Jubilee celebrations after he has failed to confirm his plans.

    Speaking to TalkTV, Ms Levin said: “Harry’s said it was ‘security and everything else’ that’s stopping him.

    “What everything else can it be? I hate people who manipulate like that. Ever manipulating, ever putting themselves at the front, and all about me.

    “What about the Queen, for goodness’ sake? We now know she might not even be able to get onto the balcony.”

  • Louis Allwood

    'She looks so relaxed and happy among the bluebells'

    Princess Charlotte beams among the bluebells in three new snaps to mark her seventh birthday.

    Sun royal photographer Arthur Edwards said: “Charlotte is growing up so fast. She looks so relaxed and happy among the bluebells.

    “She’s the spitting image of her mum.

    "Her long hair has been done beautifully and that smile is unmistakable.

    “Catherine’s really got the knack for capturing her children at their very best.

    "Her photography skills get better every year, and including the new family pet makes it so special.

    “Seeing these portraits has really brought a smile to my lips, as it will the entire country.

    "This is the future of the Royal Family.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Big Windsor Lunch hopes to break record for the world's longest-ever picnic table

    Everyone is invited to bring their table along to the Big Windsor Lunch as organisers hope to break the world record for the longest ever picnic table.

    Nearer the time there will also be the option to reserve spaces on the long table. Once the tables are full, picnic-goers will be encouraged to add their own tables or picnic blankets to the surrounding area.

    Aside from the record attempt, the Big Windsor Lunch aims to allow people from different communities and backgrounds to come together and celebrate the Queen's jubilee together in a unique and exciting atmosphere.

    People living locally to Windsor are encouraged to bring their own picnic tables or blankets, and to and to watch the national Platinum Pageant together on the big screens.

    Bunting and Union Jack flags are also encouraged for those attending the Big Windsor Lunch, as well as picnic food favourites.

  • Louis Allwood

    When is the Big Windsor Lunch at Windsor Castle?

    The record breaking picnic attempt is taking place in Windsor during the extended Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday, June 5, 2022, with festivities' kicking off at 12.30pm.

    The Big Windsor Lunch is part of National Thank You Day.

    The long table will be running all the way from Cambridge Gate towards the Copper Horse

    Those in attendance will be expected to stick to the Commonwealth theme for the Sunday Celebrations as part of the four-day festivities.

  • Louis Allwood

    William & Harry's reaction to Diana's Bashir interview likely to feature in The Crown

    The move to include Diana's Bashir interview in The Crown suggests bosses will also show actors portraying Prince William and Harry reacting to the sensational interview.

    A source said: “Moving through Diana’s loved ones, family and friends as she gives that fateful interview, will make for incredible television.

    “That interview became a catalyst for everything that followed in Diana’s life.

    “Having the realisation of what she had done play out on all their faces will really bring that to life. It will be jaw-dropping.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Diana’s famous Panorama interview will feature in Netflix’s The Crown

    WHEN Netflix chose an actor to play Martin Bashir in The Crown, insiders told me bosses intended to recreate Princess Diana's controversial Panorama interview.

    Now a member of the cast has said for the first time how the 1995 BBC chat will play out in series five.

    Marcus Brigstocke revealed he has filmed scenes in a hospital alongside the actor playing Hasnat Khan — the heart surgeon who had a love affair with Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki.

    Prasanna Puwanarajah has the role of journalist Bashir.

    Marcus said: “We’re in hospital and watching the interview that she gave to Martin Bashir.

    “I’m with the surgeon. I didn’t have lines in the scene and I was told by the director, ‘Could you say a bit while we’re watching it to kind of needle the guy?’.

  • Louis Allwood

    More on Adelaide Cottage situated in the Windsor estate

     Adelaide Cottage, built in 1831, is favourite for Wills and Kate's reported big move.

    An insider said: “Finding a way to make Adelaide Cottage work seems to be the best and only option. There are issues with all the other houses, so Adelaide will be the favourite.”

    It is owned by the Queen but been a “grace and favour” property since 1941 and was home to Princess Margaret’s lover, Group Captain Peter Townsend, from 1944 to 1952.

    It is thought Prince Andrew is unwilling to leave 31-room Royal Lodge, which he shares with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, for William and Kate.

  • Louis Allwood

    William and Kate favouring move to cottage 10 minutes away from Queen 

    WILLIAM and Kate are favouring a move to a cottage ten ­minutes’ walk from the Queen in their bid to find a family home in Windsor.

    Royal insiders say that the Cambridges wants be in a new home by the summer.

    It is understood Adelaide Cottage, which has recently been refurbished and has been used as a “grace and favour” residence for royal friends for 60 years, is their first choice.

    The Duke and Duchess are ­considering moving to Windsor so that they can send their children — George, eight, Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four — to school there together.

    Read more here.

  • Louis Allwood

    Security breach 'extremely serious'

    Sources told TalkTV the man was known to police locally as a person suffering from mental health issues. He was not arrested.

    An Army spokesperson said: “The Army takes this breach of security extremely seriously and it will be thoroughly investigated as a matter of priority.

    “This incident is now part of an ongoing investigation and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

    A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “We received a report of an intruder at Victoria Barracks in Sheet Street, Windsor, at 9.20am on Wednesday.

    “Officers attended and removed the intruder from the barracks. No further action was required.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen hit by shock security breach

    A stalker claiming to be a priest was allowed into barracks by Royal Guardsman protecting the Queen in an astonishing security blunder, The Sun can reveal.

    Soldiers at Victoria Barracks, just yards from Windsor Castle, were approached at the gate by a man claiming to be a priest and a friend of the padre to the Coldstream Guards at the base.

    Without showing any identification or credentials, he was allowed in and spent the night eating and drinking in the Officer’s Mess.

    The imposter spent the night drinking with senior officers while spinning stories of how he had served in Iraq.

    He was then offered a bed for the night.

    Sources said the alarm was finally raised in the morning after he had been given breakfast.

    Police were called and he was found to be a “fantastist” and escorted from the premises.

    Last night the Ministry of Defence was conducting an urgent investigation into the appalling security breach which allowed the stalker to be present for nearly 16 hours.  

  • Louis Allwood

    Could Charlotte ever lose her royal title?

    There is a possibility that Charlotte's title could change from Princess as she gets older.

    But rather than losing royal status, which is very unlikely, she will gain additional titles.

    When the Queen's eldest daughter, Princess Anne dies, Charlotte could be given the title of Princess Royal – a title that can only be held by one person at any given time.

    The princess could also end up getting a Dukedom if she chooses to get married, like her father.

    Prince William was given the additional title of Duke of Cambridge when he married her mother.

  • Louis Allwood

    What's Princess Charlotte's full name?

    The Cambridges' only daughter, Charlotte, has a rather long name.

    Including her title, her full name is: Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge.

    Like her older brother, George, she has taken her parents title as her surname and goes simply by Charlotte Cambridge at school.

    Her middle names are those of both her late grandmother, Princess Diana, and her great-grandmother Her Majesty The Queen.

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘She’s very good at talking a good game’

    It has recently been announced that ‘Pearl’, the animated series for which Meghan was to be an executive producer, was dropped by Netflix

    Speaking on TalkTV, Mike Graham said: “The great thing about Meghan is that she’s very good at talking a good game but not so much as carrying out the game.

    “We’ve not heard any more from her since that Oprah Winfrey interview about all of the things she claimed were true which were later debunked.

    “She’s kicked all that off into the side.

    “She’s only made one podcast for Spotify. They asked them to do a series of podcasts.

    “I think they’re going to try and gear up to see if they can do a second one. I do a podcast every day on this show.

    “These people who haven’t even got jobs can’t even manage to do one a year.”

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘What’s going on with it?’

    Meghan Markle has had her podcast described as ‘passe’ by a royal biographer.

    The Duchess of Sussex is expected to launch her first-ever podcast – Archetypes – produced exclusively for the music-sharing platform Spotify this summer.

    Speaking to TalkTV, Ms Levin said: “Spotify is waiting for the summer for her to do another thing which is about women who are stereotyped.

    “Where does it come from? She’s going to speak to historians and women who feel stereotyped.

    “But hang on, what’s going on with it? Nothing yet so it’s very similar to Netflix.

    “It’s all about her, being a proud woman but actually, it’s sort of passé.”

    She added: “We’ve all moved on, most women are ok, the thing now is gender rather than actually being a woman.”

  • Louis Allwood

    How to get nine days off work by booking just three days annual leave for Queen's Jubilee

    Millions of people have basked in the sunshine of a long bank holiday weekend.

    And anyone wanting to enjoy more time off has another one to look forward to in just a few weeks time.

    Workers can take advantage of the extra two days off by simply booking holiday for the three days before these bank holiday dates.

    This means if you book off Monday, May 30, Tuesday, May 31, and Wednesday, June 1 you can get NINE days off altogether in a row.

    That's because you'll have the previous weekend at the start too – Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.

    With those two days, plus the three days of annual leave booked, and the four-day bank holiday weekend, you can enjoy nine days off work back to back.

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘It would have been so meaningful to our audience’

    An executive producer and animation showrunner of Pearl, took to Twitter yesterday after the news emerged the show had been axed.

    Ms Rynda wrote on Twitter: “It’s so sad when companies face hard times, it’s these types of projects that get cut.

    “This series was heartwarming and funny. It would have inspired young girls and spoke to the underrepresented.

    “It would have been so meaningful to our audience.

    “I’m feeling for our team and everyone who helped along the way.

    “It was an honour to lead such a talented team from around the world.

    “You brought an abundance of passion to Pearl and I’m SO proud of what we were able to accomplish and very grateful to have worked with each of you.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Biographer hits out

    The Duke of Sussex has yet to confirm whether he and his wife will be returning to the UK in June to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

    Biographer Angela Levin is questioning whether the Duke is attempting to ‘manipulate’ the Jubilee celebrations after he has failed to confirm his plans.

    Speaking to TalkTV, Ms Levin said: “Harry’s said it was ‘security and everything else’ that’s stopping him.

    “What everything else can it be? I hate people who manipulate like that. Ever manipulating, ever putting themselves at the front, and all about me.

    “What about the Queen, for goodness’ sake? We now know she might not even be able to get onto the balcony.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince William and Kate have thanked fans

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Twitter account shared a message on Twitter to thank all those who had wished Charlotte happy birthday today.

    The tweet read: "Thank you for all the lovely messages on Princess Charlotte’s seventh birthday!"

  • Louis Allwood

    'She looks so relaxed and happy among the bluebells'

    Princess Charlotte beams among the bluebells in three new snaps to mark her seventh birthday.

    Sun royal photographer Arthur Edwards said: “Charlotte is growing up so fast. She looks so relaxed and happy among the bluebells.

    “She’s the spitting image of her mum.

    "Her long hair has been done beautifully and that smile is unmistakable.

    “Catherine’s really got the knack for capturing her children at their very best.

    "Her photography skills get better every year, and including the new family pet makes it so special.

    “Seeing these portraits has really brought a smile to my lips, as it will the entire country.

    "This is the future of the Royal Family.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Big Windsor Lunch hopes to break record for the world's longest-ever picnic table

    Everyone is invited to bring their table along to the Big Windsor Lunch as organisers hope to break the world record for the longest ever picnic table.

    Nearer the time there will also be the option to reserve spaces on the long table. Once the tables are full, picnic-goers will be encouraged to add their own tables or picnic blankets to the surrounding area.

    Aside from the record attempt, the Big Windsor Lunch aims to allow people from different communities and backgrounds to come together and celebrate the Queen's jubilee together in a unique and exciting atmosphere.

    People living locally to Windsor are encouraged to bring their own picnic tables or blankets, and to and to watch the national Platinum Pageant together on the big screens.

    Bunting and Union Jack flags are also encouraged for those attending the Big Windsor Lunch, as well as picnic food favourites.

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