Queen

Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II walks through a field of ceramic poppies at The Tower of London on Thursday. The poppies are part of a ceramic poppy installation called ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ which marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War

Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourab...Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen muster in the Abbey cloisters ahead of the arrival of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to attend the Order of the Bath Service at Westminster Abbey  in London on May 9, 2014. The service, held every four years, is always attended by Prince Charles but he is joined every eighth year by the Queen, who was last present in May 2006. The Queen is Sovereign Head of the military order while Charles is its Great Master. It originated in the medieval period when the honour was only conferred on a knight after he had performed a number of rituals designed to purify the inner soul - fasting, vigils and prayer, and cleansing by bathing. George I revived it in 1725 as a regular military order, to serve the purposes of the then prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, who required an additional source for political reward. The Order dates back to 1725 and uses Henry VII's Chapel in Westminster Abbey as its Chapel. The Queen is Sovereign Head of the Order of the Bath and Prince Charles is its Great Master. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS WPA POOLADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

Adrian Dennis/AFP

Her Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen muster in Westminster Abbey cloisters ahead of the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II to attend the Order of the Bath Service. The service, held every four years, is always attended by the Prince of Wales but he is joined every eighth year by the Queen Read more

Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament...LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Yeomen of the Guard march through the House of Lords ahead of the State Opening of Parliament on May 8, 2013 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II will unveil the coalition government's legislative programme in a speech delivered to Members of Parliament and Peers in The House of Lords today. Proposed legislation is expected to be introduced on toughening immigration regulations, capping social care costs in England and setting a single state pension rate of 144 GBP per week.  (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Toby Melville/Getty

Yeomen of the Guard march through the House of Lords ahead of the State Opening of Parliament in London, England, on Wednesday. Queen Elizabeth II unveiled the coalition government’s legislative programme in a speech delivered to members of parliament and peers in the House of Lords. Read more

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan inspect an honour guard comprised of members of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards during a ceremonial welcome  in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle on April 30, 2013 in Windsor, England. President Sheikh Khalifa begins a State visit to the UK today, the first for a UEA President in 24 years. Sheikh Khalifa will meet the British Prime Minister David Cameron tomorrow at his Downing Street residence.

Ben Stansall/AFP

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates, inspects an honour guard comprised of members of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards during a ceremonial welcome in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle. President Sheikh Khalifa begins a state visit to the UK on Tuesday, the first for a UAE president in 24 years.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22:  Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun royal salute in Green Park to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 87th birthday on April 22, 2013 in London, England. Gun salutes in honour of the Queen's birthday have been postponed by one day this year as her actual birthday, which is on April 21st, fell on a Sunday.

Oli Scarff/Getty

Members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun royal salute in Green Park to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 87th birthday (April 22) in London, England. Gun salutes in honour of the Queen’s birthday have been postponed by one day this year as her actual birthday fell on a Sunday. Read more