Royal family

Diamond Jubilee concert director says celebrities 'packed away their egos' for the Queen

By Simon Round, June 7, 2012

Millions of people enjoyed the Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace on Monday night. Geoff Posner was not one of them.

Mr Posner, who directed the BBC’s coverage of the event, was far too busy juggling the logistics of such a massive operation even to think about what he was watching.


The History behind the Prayer for the Royals

By Nic Abery, May 31, 2012

On recording his visit to a synagogue on Simchat Torah on October 13 1663, Samuel Pepys made two observations. Firstly the decorum was terrible and secondly a special prayer was recited in Hebrew for the King. How true are both today!


Shimon Peres congratulates the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee

By Jenni Frazer, May 31, 2012

Israel's president, Shimon Peres, has sent warm wishes to Queen Elizabeth II to mark her Diamond Jubilee.


Prince Charles ‘sure to visit Israel within next three years’

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

Prince Charles is more likely than ever to make a state visit to Israel and could travel there within the next three years, a Royal observer has claimed.

The Queen is seemingly destined never to visit Israel, but it is thought foundations are being laid for her heir to become the first Royal to make an official visit.


Toulouse widow lights candle at Israel memorial ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, April 25, 2012

The widow of the rabbi murdered in last month's shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse has taken part in a ceremony marking Israel's day of remembrance for its fallen.

Eva Sandler lit the memorial candle at a Jewish Agency ceremony in Jerusalem, held a little over a month after her husband and two sons were gunned down by Islamist Mohammed Merah.


Boat owner wins place in Queen's Jubilee flotilla

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2012

A Jewish boat owner from Harrow is celebrating after his vessel was chosen to be part of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

"Knot Arf", owned by Andrew Bernstein, will be one of 1,000 boats on the river on June 3 for a large-scale nautical celebration. More than 3,000 boat owners applied for a spot in the flotilla.

The boat will be crewed by Mr Bernstein's friends and family


Interfaith at the palace

By Simon Rocker, December 1, 2011

The Queen reportedly reads the Racing Post over breakfast every morning but it seems Prince Philip may enjoy a different publication - this one.

On Monday, 350 members of the British media gathered at Buckingham Palace for a reception to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year.

Spotting JC editor Stephen Pollard, the Duke of Edinburgh gestured towards him and told Catherine Pepinster, edi


Israeli Ambassador meets the Queen

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2011

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub was formally welcomed to the UK by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.


Royal weddings can still be quite kosher

By Jennifer Lipman, November 3, 2011

It would be the ultimate quandary for a "Jewish princess". What would happen if a handsome prince came along and swept her off her feet?


Mazel Tov: Royal succession change at last

By Jennifer Lipman, October 28, 2011

It looks as though, finally, the UK's archaic laws on royal succession are to be scrapped. The 16 Commonwealth heads have agreed to change the law so that male and female heirs to the throne are treated equally.

David Cameron says he will put it to parliament at the next session, when, one hopes, even the crustiest and most conservative members will accept it.