Monday, November 19, 2012

Attacks On The Royal Family - Part 2

The Queen was Shot at the Trooping Colour (1981)

The Queen on the Trooping Colour ceremony 1981

 The Queen has been shot during Horseguards' Parade for the start of the Trooping Colour ceremony on 13 June 1981 in London. This was done by a teenage boy, who was 17 years old, called Marcus Serjeant. He had used a blank cartridge pistol for that.

  On that day the Queen had rode past crowd on horseback traditionally. Suddenly Marcus pointed a gun directly at the Queen among the crowd and fired six blank cartridges. Therewith the Queen's horse startled, but she was able to bring it back under control with a few seconds. The monarch looked shaken by the episode, but soon recovered her composure. She comforted her 19 years old horse, Burmese, which she has ridden in birthday parades since 1969.

Marcus pointed his gun directly at the Queen


The Queen's horse startled, but she was able to bring it back under control with a few seconds.

  Meanwhile a guardsmen and police overcame and arrested Marcus, gunman. He had said " I wanted to be famous. I wanted to be a somebody " as he was arrested. When the police investigated his house, they had found his diary. There it was mentioned " I am going to stun and mystify the whole world with nothing more than a gun. I will become the most famous teenager in the world ". 

  He had also sent a letter to Buckingham Palace which read, " Your Majesty, Don't go to the Trooping the Colour ceremony, because there is an assassin set up to kill you, waiting just outside the palace". The letter arrived on 16 June, three days late.

A guardsmen and police were overcoming the struggle 

  Marcus was jailed for five years. He wrote to the Queen from prison to apologize  but he never received a reply. He was released in October 1984, at the age of 20 and he changed his name and disappeared into history. 









Thursday, November 15, 2012

Attacks On The Royal Family - Part 1

    Britain's Royal Family is the most famous Royal Family among the survival royal families in the world. A lot of people who are in not only the Britain but also all over the world love and respect to the Queen and the Royal Family. The best example is the last wedding ceremony of Prince William & Princess Katherine. On that day the whole world paid their attention for the city of London. That Royal Wedding confirmed the sustainability of Royal Family for half century years more.

The British Royal Family


Millions of people gather for the Royal Wedding 



   Mean while, there are some people who does not like to the Royal Family in not only the Britain but also all over the world. Because of many reasons, they heat the Royal Family.Most of them believe that the sustaining of the Royal Family by public wealth is unfair. They say that the Queen and the Royal Family  are sustained by public wealth with out doing any service for the country. Even they suggest a president instead of the Queen. But the humorous thing is this, the Queen's annual cost is $ 57.8 Million  and the American president's annual cost is $ 1.4 Billion as well.


   The other point is the British Imperialism as well as the Monarchy is a symbol of the Imperialism. That is why, there are so many protesters against the Queen and the Royal Family. That can be seen in the Commonwealth realms better than Britain. For examples Australia, Canada, New Zealand and so forth.

   Apart from that, there are many kinds of protesters against the Royal Family so as to get attention of the world. There have been some incidents like above in the recent history. But attacks on member of the Royal Family are rare events.


Kidnap attempt on Princess Anne, the Princess Royal (1974)



 Princess Royal and her husband Captain Mark Philips
   The car that Princess Anne, the Princess Royal and her husband Captain Mark Philips was going had been shot on 20 March 1974. The Royal couple had been returning to Buckingham palace from a charity film screening in the city. Accidently, at the Pall Mall when the couple was on their way to the palace, a light coloured car blocked their road. A man who got out from the car fired six shots towards the royal car. There in Princess's private detective Inspector James Beaton fired at once. The Inspector, The chauffer Alex Callender, one of the Queen's senior drivers, Rowena Brassey, the Princess's Lady-in-waiting, and a man passing in a taxi were wounded from this incident. The Princess got shocked but no harm. After few minutes gunman was arrested.


Princess's Rolls-Royce and gunman's car after the kidnap attempt on Pall Mall 
    He was Ian Ball, 26 years old.The police found a letter written to the Queen, with him. It said that the Princess Anne was kidnapped and pay 3 million Founds to release the Princess. The Queen and Prince Philip are currently on a state visit Indonesia but have been informed of the attack. After a few days doctors exposed that Ian was a mental upset person.  

Ian Ball

Princess Anne & Captain Mark Philips talking about the kidnap attempt 



Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Royal Christening - Part 3



Every moment of the royal family member’s lives get people’s attention effortlessly. Special occasions of their lives from birth to death are entered to the history as well. The Baptism or Christening is the main incident of the royal family member, after the birth.

Peter Philips


Peter Philips, son of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Philips was christened in the Music Room of Buckingham palace on 22 December 1977 by the then Archbishop of Canterbury Donald Coggan. He was named as Peter Mark Andrew Philips.

His godparents were his uncle Prince of Wales, the Rt. Rev’d Geofffrey Tiarks, Captain Hamish Lochore, Lady Cecil Cameron of Lochiel and Jane Holdemess-Roddam.


The Queen with her Daughter & her first grandson master Peter



Relatives and godparents of Princess Anne's 37 day old son, Master Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, gather in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace after his christening. Back row, from left, Captain Hamish Lochore, the Duke of Edinburgh, Anne Phillips, Prince Charles, the Queen, Mr. Peter Phillips, Captain Mark Phillips, the Queen Mother, Mrs. Timothy Holderness-Roddam and Lady Cecil Cameron of Lochiel. Front row, from left, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, and Princess Anne holding her son Peter.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Royal Christening - Part 2


See The Royal Christening - Part 1

Every moment of the royal family member’s lives get people’s attention effortlessly. Special occasions of their lives from birth to death are entered to the history as well. The Baptism or Christening is the main incident of the royal family member, after the birth.

Princess Ann (Princess Royal)


 Queen Elizabeth the Queen mother, Princess Elizabeth with Princess Anne,Vice Admiral the Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Princess Margarita of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Hon Andrew Elphinstone, Princess Alice Countess of Athlone, and a young Prince Charles with his back to camera on Princess Anne's christening day
Princess Anne is christened in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace on 21 October 1950, by then Archbishop of York, Cyril Garbett. She is named as Anne  Elizabeth Alice Louis.

The Princess’s god parents were Queen Elizabeth the Queen mother, the Hereditary Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Princess Aliceof Greece and Denmark, the Earl Mountbatten of Burma and the Hon. And Rev. Andrew Elphinstone.

Princess Anne's official christening day portrait 


  Queen Mary, Princess Elizabeth & Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth the Queen mother with Prince Charles, King George VI and Prince Philip on Princess Anne's christening day. 

Prince Andrew (the Duke of York)


Prince Andrew is christened in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace on 08 April 1960, by then Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher. He is named as Andrew Albert Christian Edward.