Royal family

Recalling those encounters of the royal kind

By Zaki Cooper, June 9, 2016

As the nation pays tribute to the Queen for her official 90th birthday this weekend, we may be tempted to wish her "till 120".


Behind the public face, a clear portrait emerges

By Michael Berkowitz, May 12, 2016

VThe official photographs for the Queen's 90th birthday celebration, taken by Annie Leibovitz, appeared in countless news outlets.

The most striking has Elizabeth II surrounded by her two youngest grandchildren, as well as her great-children, with adorable Mia Tindall proudly holding a handbag in front of her.


Queen’s hatmaker who survived Holocaust killed in London road accident

By Naomi Firsht, May 6, 2016

A Holocaust survivor who made hats for the Queen has been killed by a lorry in central London.

Herta “Georgette” Groves, 96 , was pronounced dead at the scene after a lorry ran her over outside Wigmore Hall last week.

Ms Groves was born in Vienna to middle-class Jewish parents. During her teenage years she helped other Jewish women obtain visas to escape Nazi-occupied Austria.


Ruby's birthday chat with the Queen

By Naomi Firsht, April 27, 2016

Maidenhead Synagogue member Ruby Pitch is the same age as the Queen. And last Thursday, Mrs Pitch was one of a group of local 90-year-olds who chatted to the monarch at Windsor Guildhall before a lunch hosted by the Maidenhead and Windsor Mayor.

"It is quite a surreal thing," Mrs Pitch said. "You feel like you are dreaming when you see her coming towards you.


Shimon Peres leads birthday tributes to the Queen as she turns 90

By Josh Jackman, April 21, 2016

Shimon Peres has told the Queen that “life begins at the age of 90” as Her Majesty celebrates her birthday today.

The 92-year-old former president and prime minister of Israel recorded a video message in honour of the Queen, who became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch last year.


A gift fit for a Queen! Special prayer for the Royal Family designed ahead of Her Majesty's 90th birthday

By Sandy Rashty, April 12, 2016

It has long been customary to present your hosts with a gift.

So when Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and his wife Valerie stayed over at Windsor Castle last night as guests of the Queen ahead of her 90th birthday, they arrived at the royal residence with a special gift in tow.


Pro-Israel group calls on Prince Charles to ditch plan to visit Iran

By Sandy Rashty, April 5, 2016

A UK lobby group has launched a petition urging Prince Charles not to visit Iran.


Royals back campaigner's wish to open minds to mental health

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin has said that speaking to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was "like talking to friends".

The ambassador for mental health charity Jami was meeting the duke and duchess ahead of a film screening about suicide prevention.

"We really could have talked for hours," Mr Benjamin said.


Camilla responds to invitation from survivor

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2016

After meeting the Duchess of Cornwall at a Holocaust memorial event in 2015, Henrietta Kelly sent her a handwritten invitation to visit the Holocaust Survivors' Centre in Hendon.

And on Tuesday, Mrs Kelly, a Bergen-Belsen survivor, was among 40 HSC members who took tea with the duchess at the Jewish Care-administered centre in north-west London.


Prince Charles marks 175th anniversary of West London Synagogue

By Rosa Doherty, December 17, 2015

The Prince of Wales was the guest of honour at a ceremony marking West London Synagogue's 175th Anniversary.

Prince Charles attended a special siyyum celebratory service followed by a reception for members of the congregation and the shul's social action volunteers.