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‘Not My Queen’- The harsh reality of a royal death on Instagram

With a hashtag amassing 1.7 million posts, the death of Queen Elizabeth has taken Instagram by storm. It is unsurprising, therefore, that there has been a corresponding influx of republican sentiment and the hashtag #notmyqueen, challenging those mourning her death. Should people be glorifying her reign and actions when she has arguably ruined the lives […]

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The Monarchy and Scotland

Whatever your position on the Royal Family may be, the passing of Queen Elizabeth II serves as a reminder to all of us of the fleeting nature of life and the immediacy of mortality. It binds us closer to our loved ones. The procession of the Queen’s body through these green lands has further highlighted […]

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University of Edinburgh to close on Monday for Queen’s state funeral

All teaching will be cancelled or rescheduled, and all University buildings will close for staff and students for non-essential business. The University of Edinburgh has announced in an email to all students and staff that the University will be closed on Monday 19 September for the Queen’s state funeral. All teaching, both online and in […]

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Duke of Edinburgh, former Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, dies

The announcement was made with “deep sorrow” from Her Majesty the Queen about the passing of her “beloved husband” on Friday 9 April at midday.  An outpouring of condolences was seen following the news.  Boris Johnson, the prime minister, said Prince Phillip had “earned the affection of generations” and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer mourned […]

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The new age of the music biopic

It has long been said that the greatest mark of success for any singer is to see themselves immortalised on the silver-screen. Who could forget Eminem’s iconic performance in 8 mile, or indeed Jamie Foxx’s moving portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray? Enter the 21st centuries new favourite genre: the music biopic. The biopic genre […]

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Interview with the Governor of Edinburgh Castle

There is a lot of talk right now about what it means to be Scottish in the 21st Century, as the independence debate grinds on. One man, the Queen’s man in Edinburgh Castle, embraces a version of it which he says is embedded in the rocks and stones of that castle; in his name and […]

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Trouble in Palace Life: Royal divorces represent a cultural change

The Royal Family has a famously bad track-record when it comes to marriage, or rather, staying married. This reputation surely won’t be helped by the announcement that Peter Phillips, the Queen’s grandson, is separating from his wife Autumn; or by the announcement later in the same week that the Earl of Snowdon, the Queen’s nephew, […]

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A Royal Waste of Time

Three things came to mind while watching the shambles that was the Queen’s speech: One – The pomp and ceremony of it all. We knew it was a charade before the participants put on their fancy-dress costumes. Two – The actual content of the speech sounded like a rubbish comedy routine. It would have been […]