• The Queen just hosted a private lunch at Buckingham Palace with surprise royal guest

    The Queen often hosts private events at her home in Buckingham Palace, and it has been revealed that on Wednesday, she invited a selection of guests for a lunch in the 1844 room. The monarch invited her son, the Duke of York, to the meal, along with guests Ms Judith McNicol - Director, National Railway Museum, Ms Jane Lush - Deputy Chair, BAFTA, Ms Felicity Aston - an explorer, Vice Admiral Timothy Fraser - Chief of Joint Operations, Mr. Peter Glenser - Chairman, BASC, Mr. Willie Cameron - Director, Highlands & Islands Tourism, Mr. Anthony Joss - Welsh Livestock Welfare, abd Sir David Adjaye - an Architect.The Queen hosted a private lunch on Wednesday The 1844 Room is of special significance in the Palace, as it is the room where Her Majesty meets her valued guests, including Angelina Jolie and Barack and Michelle Obama. The Queen has had a busy week, and on Tuesday undertook her first ever solo royal engagement with her granddaughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge. The pair paid a visit to King's College London to open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus. They toured the facilities and met supporters of the development, while the Queen unveiled a plaque to formally open Bush House.MORE: Watch Duchess Kate deliver a confident speech seven years after her royal firstPrince Andrew was among the guests on Wednesday The 92-year-old monarch has been to many events with Kate in the past, but this was the first with just the two of them. In 2012 - nearly a year after William and Kate's royal wedding, the pair travelled to Leicester to mark the first date of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK - where Prince Philip also joined them.READ: Did Prince Harry just confirm that Meghan is on maternity leave?The Queen is incredibly close to her family, and so was no doubt delighted that Prince Andrew was able to join her on Wednesday. The 92-year-old remains on good terms with Andrew's ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, and has a lovely relationship with her two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Sarah recently said of the Queen: "Her Majesty is an incredible lady and what an icon for the country and one of the finest people in the world I’ve ever met."Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.

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  • Brexit: EU countries 'really exhausted' by UK and could block Theresa May's delay, Germany warns

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  • Zara Tindall and her children Mia and Lena don't have royal titles - here's why

    Zara Tindall was the Queen's first granddaughter, and Princess Anne and Mark Phillip's second child. And while she is just as much part of the royal family as her cousins are, both Zara and her brother Peter weren't given royal titles at birth. This is because Anne and Mark decided that they wanted their children to have as normal lives as possible. As Anne was the only daughter of the Queen and Prince Philip, her children weren’t guaranteed a royal title - unlike the children of the monarch's male offspring. However, the Queen still offered courtesy titles to both Mark when he married Anne, and their children, which were declined.Zara Tindall and her daughters Mia and Lena don't have royal titlesRather than feeling excluded without a royal title, Zara often speaks out about the benefits her parents' decision gave her. The mum-of-two told HELLO! that she was able to be more creative than her cousin Prince William, who is second-in-line to the British throne after Prince Charles. "We were able to be more adventurous than say, William," Zara explained. The royal also told Times in 2015: "I'm very lucky that both my parents decided to not use the title and we grew up and did all the things that gave us the opportunity to do." As a result, Zara and her husband Mike Tindall decided to follow suit with their own children. Both Mia, five, and baby Lena don't have titles, and neither do their cousins, Savannah, eight, and Isla, six.MORE: Prince Harry and Meghan's surprise outing to pay tribute to New Zealand victimsMia with Prince William and her parents Both Zara and Mike are renowned their down-to-earth approach to royalty, and chose to hold a low-key christening nearby their home in Gloucestershire for their daughter Lena over the weekend. Photos emerged from the private ceremony at St Nicolas Church in Cherington, which was attended by the Queen, Princess Anne and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The Rev Dr Gerald South, the priest who conducted the ceremony, told Daily Mail that the service was "lovely".READ: Meghan and Harry's baby's gender revealed?Zara made an appearance on House of Rugby alongside her husband Mike earlier in the month, where she gave a rare insight into her relationship with her family. During a discussion about their dream royal rugby team, presenter Alex Payne quizzed Zara and Mike about what kind of boss the monarch would be. The couple both said that she would hold a "quiet authority" and give a "couple of key bullet points, with a glance of an eye." Alex was curious to know if Zara had ever been subjected to a stern look from her grandmother, to which she answered: "I always get the good look." The mother-of-two added that she rarely got the "bad look" from the Queen. "We are okay. I think we are alright," she said. "Probably when we were much younger, but not recently, definitely not."Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.

  • One day before last year's fatal crash, Lion Air's Boeing 737 Max 8 was reportedly saved by an off-duty pilot

    An off-duty pilot correctly identified the problem the crew was facing and guided them to disable the flight control system in order to save the plane, Bloomberg reported.

  • Christchurch shootings suspect Brenton Tarrant could avoid terror charges, legal experts warn

    Brenton Tarrant, 28, the accused in the Christchurch shootings, may not face terror charges, say legal experts.