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The Queen’s broadcast to the UK

and Commonwealth  April 5th 2020

‘We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.’

Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU


The UK stopped being a member of the European Union (EU) after 23:00 GMT on 31 January 2020.

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For those not following every twist and turn, this is what you need to know.

What is Brexit?

A public vote (known as a referendum) was held in June 2016, when 17.4 million people opted for Brexit. This gave the Leave side 52%, compared with 48% for Remain.


What is the European Union?

The EU is an economic and political union involving 28 European countries. It allows free trade, which means goods can move between member countries without any checks or extra charges. The EU also allows free movement of people, to live and work in whichever country they choose.

The UK joined in 1973 (when it was known as the European Economic Community) and it will be the first member state to withdraw.


What happens after Brexit day?

After the UK formally leaves the EU on 31 January 2020, there is still a lot to talk about and months of negotiation will follow.

While the UK has agreed the terms of its EU departure, both sides still need to decide what their future relationship will look like.

This will be worked out during the transition period (which some prefer to call the implementation period), which begins immediately after Brexit day and is due to end on 31 December 2020.

During this 11-month period, the UK will continue to follow all of the EU's rules and its trading relationship will remain the same.

What needs to be agreed?

The transition period is meant to give both sides some breathing space while a new free trade agreement is negotiated.

This is needed because the UK will leave the single market and customs union at the end of the transition. A free trade agreement allow goods to move around the EU without checks or extra charges.

If a new one cannot be agreed in time, then the UK faces the prospect of having to trade with no deal in place. That would mean tariffs (taxes) on UK goods travelling to the EU and other trade barriers.

Aside from trade, many other aspects of the future UK-EU relationship will also need to be decided. For example:

  • Law enforcement, data sharing and security
  • Aviation standards and safety
  • Access to fishing waters
  • Supplies of electricity and gas
  • Licensing and regulation of medicines

Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists the transition period will not be extended, but the European Commission has warned that the timetable will be extremely challenging.

What is the Brexit deal?

The transition period and other aspects of the UK's departure were agreed in a separate deal called the withdrawal agreement.

Most of that was negotiated by Theresa May's government. But after Mr Johnson replaced her in July 2019, he removed the most controversial part - the backstop.


The backstop was designed to ensure there would be no border posts or barriers between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit. If needed, it would have kept the UK in a close trading relationship with the EU.

Under Mr Johnson's deal, a customs border will effectively be created between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Some goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain will be subject to checks and will have to pay EU import taxes (known as tariffs).

These would be refunded if goods remain in Northern Ireland (ie are not moved to the Republic of Ireland).

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KensingtonRoyal. ‪The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, taken by The Duchess at Kensington Palace.‬ ‪This image of Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace on 26th April.‬ ‪The Duke and Duchess would like to thank members of the public for their kind messages following the birth of Prince Louis, and for Princess Charlotte’s third birthday.‬

On Friday 27th April, shortly after 11am ;  "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles. The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge."

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Early on Monday April 23rd, Kate arrived at

St Mary's Hospital.


On Monday, April 23rd, Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy weighing 8lb, 7oz at St Mary's Hospital.


Just before 6pm on Monday, the Royal couple posed on the steps outside the central London hospital where international media and well-wishers had gathered to celebrate the Royal family's new arrival. Wearing a red dress, the Duchess held her third child  who could be seen wiggling his fingers.   

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Charlotte's Christening   (click on the link underlined)

This was a christening with echoes of the past and some distinctly Cambridge touches.

The baptismal font and the replica christening gown have served other baby royals well in the past. Even the pram was a hand-me-down from the Queen.

But when it came to godparents there wasn't a monarch, or a knight or a dowager in sight.

Once such people provided infant Windsors with their spiritual guidance. Now, William and Kate have turned to their close friends and their close family to fulfil this role.

William's mother, Diana, may have been absent, but she wasn't forgotten. One of her relatives is a godmother and the chosen church was where she too was baptised.

This was the first time William, Kate, George and Charlotte have been seen together. Such sightings won't become commonplace. The Cambridges are keen to limit their children's public appearances as they grow up.

British royal super-fan

With just a few weeks to go until the arrival of royal baby number two, Britain's royal super-fan is eagerly awaiting to see if it’s a boy or a girl. Yep, Margaret Tyler’s home is a shrine to the royal family and she can't wait to start expanding her collection.

“I’m beyond excitement, I think. It seems to be my last thought at night and my first thought in the morning, you know… It's not that long now – it's crept up after Christmas. It seems to whizz past and you know, everybody's getting very excited as well.”

Margaret says she’s had guests from across the world all keen to spend at least one night surrounded by all things royal.

Margaret started collecting in 1977 at the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Her collection is now insured for 40,000 pounds.

Difficult words: eagerly (in an excited way), shrine (a place that people visit and respect because it is connected with a famous person), silver jubilee (the twenty-fifth anniversary of an important event), creep up (to happen suddenly), whizz past (to pass by quickly).




  • QUI EST CET OURSON APPELé "PADDINGTON" ? Paddington a été créé en 1958 par l'anglais Michael Bond dans un livre intitulé "A Bear called Paddington" (" Un ours nommé Paddington "). Michael Bond s'était inspiré d'un ours qu'il avait offert à sa femme pour Noël. Le nom provient de la gare de Paddington, à Londres. Il a continué d'écrire les histoires de Paddington, à raison d'un livre par an, jusqu'en 1981.
    Le petit ours est ensuite apparu à la télé, pour y devenir une véritable vedette. L'émission, qui durait 5 minutes, passait tous les soirs en Angleterre juste avant les informations. Un dessin animé a aussi été réalisé par le studio Hanna Barbera dans les années 90.
    Réelle Star, il a même eu son timbre, émis par le Royal Mail, en Angleterre, en 1989, 1990 et 1993.
  • L'HISTOIRE : Paddington a été élevé par sa Tante Lucy, au Pérou, avant de débarquer, seul, en Angleterre. En effet, Paddington s'est retrouvé orphelin à la suite d'un tremblement de terre qui a eu lieu seulement quelques semaines après sa naissance. C'est un gentil petit nounours à l'anorak bleu et au chapeau rouge qui retombe sur les oreilles, qui arrive de loin avec sa grosse valise et qui cherche de nouveaux amis en arrivant en Angleterre. C'est à la gare de Paddington que Monsieur et Madame Brown l'ont rencontré pour la première fois, alors qu'ils attendaient leur fille Judy, et c'est pourquoi il a été baptisé ainsi. Les Brown, attendris, ont ainsi décidé de l'emmener avec eux dans leur maison au numéro 32 de Windsor Gardens où ils s'occuperaient de lui aux côtés de leurs deux enfants Judy et Jonathan. Ils ont également choisi pour lui, n'étant pas sûrs de son âge, deux dates d'anniversaire (un peu comme la Reine !) par année : le 25 juin et le 25 décembre... Quel chanceux, Paddington ! Huhu.
    Toujours vêtu de son duffle-coat, de ses bottes et de son chapeau tombant sur les yeux, il porte une étiquette en papier réclamant : " Please, look after this bear " (" S'il vous plait, occupez-vous de cet ours ").
    Il a été réalisé en peluche de collection par Shirley Clarkson, de Gabrielle Designs en 1972.
    Mais c'est Eden Toys, aux Etats-Unis, qui détient les droits depuis 1975 et qui distribue toujours les nombreux produits dérivés. Ce sont donc presque toujours leurs peluches de Paddington qu'on trouve dans les magasins.





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   A week-end  so British !

Cats-shrubs in English parks.  AMAZING !

The surrealistic English painter Richard Saunders uses thick shrubs and trees to create his huge cats! Once he saw a photo on the trees cut in the shape of clouds and had the idea of transforming the shrubs into cat sculptures.

    The prototype that served him is Tolly his deceased race of cat "Russian Blue" .We can cross these cats in many parts of England which are much appreciated by the people.

You can watch them in a bigger size in Pictures

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