Former American President Barack Obama completely conquered the heart of Britain's reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II during his state visit to the United Kingdom back in 2009, an ex-Palace staffer told Tom Quinn, according to his new book “Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir From Queen Mary To Meghan Markle”. … [Read more...] about The Politician Queen Elizabeth Reportedly ‘Fell in Love With’ Completely
Eating bananas with a knife and fork Perhaps one of the strangest reports about Queen Elizabeth's dining habits is her method of eating bananas. In order to avoid looking "like a monkey" at the dinner table, Her Majesty eats them with a knife and fork! She apparently slices the top and bottom off with a knife, before chopping the fruit into small pieces and tucking in with cutlery. … [Read more...] about Royal shock: The Queen’s most unusual eating habits
The origins of the Queen’s Birthday holiday date back to 1788 for Australia. Back then, the reigning monarch was King George III. To commemorate the king’s birthday, Governor Arthur Phillip declared it a holiday, one which was to be celebrated each year. This tradition continued for the next 148 years, dates changing according to each royal succession, until the death of King George V in 1936. After his reign, the holiday remained close to the date of his birth, June 3. … [Read more...] about Queen’s Birthday public holiday: What’s open this long weekend?
Hamilton-Byrne housed the children in a sprawling wooden lodge at Lake Eildon, two hours away from The Family’s main base. The area was beautiful but isolated. Once a flood plain, the lake was filled with partially submerged trees jutting out of the water in dark, spiky formations. The children, whose numbers eventually grew to 28 and included a few babies born to sect members, were home schooled. Hamilton-Byrne wanted to be the perfect mother figure to a perfect brood, but she seemed to have no interest in raising them. If she was there when any of the children stepped out of line, they say she would often beat them herself – her weapon of choice was a stiletto shoe. But mostly she left it to the “aunties”, a number of middle-aged female followers, who feared for their own precarious place in her affections if they didn’t enforce punishments. As well as horrific beatings that make many of the cult’s now-adult survivors weep as they recall either … [Read more...] about Growing up with The Family: inside Anne Hamilton-Byrne’s sinister cult