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US News Beaming Queen puts on a brave face as she opens the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic Society amid ongoing fallout from son Prince Andrew's Newsnight interview

19:15  26 november  2019
19:15  26 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The Queen put on a brave face as she stepped out to open the new headquarters of the Royal It comes days after Andrew , 59, announced he was stepping down from royal duties with the approval The Queen was on sparkling form as she opened the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic

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a close up of a boy wearing a hat: The Queen was on 'sparkling form' during the visit, according to one Society member © Provided by Daily Mail The Queen was on 'sparkling form' during the visit, according to one Society member

The Queen was on sparkling form as she opened the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic Society today. 

The monarch, 93, viewed a portrait of herself during a tour of the society's new building in the City of London, which has been opened to mark the organisations 150th anniversary. 

And if she was still reeling from last week's events involving her beleaguered son, Prince Andrew, she wasn't showing it a bit.

Elizabeth II et al. standing in a room: The Queen was on sparkling form as she opened the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic Society today, pictured © Provided by Daily Mail The Queen was on sparkling form as she opened the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic Society today, pictured

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It comes days after Andrew, 59, announced he was stepping down from royal duties with the approval of his mother. 

The Queen brushed aside any concerns and happily joked with society members during the visit.  

 Kelly, arrived at the headquarters in a Range Rover, not her official Bentley, as the road was too narrow for her normal official car to squeeze down. 

Elizabeth II sitting at a table using a laptop: Among some of the artefacts the Queen was shown were letters written by her grandfather, King George V, who was a notable stamp collector © Provided by Daily Mail Among some of the artefacts the Queen was shown were letters written by her grandfather, King George V, who was a notable stamp collector a group of people standing in a room: The monarch, 93, beamed on her arrival at the new building in the City of London , which has been opened to mark the organisations 150th anniversary © Provided by Daily Mail The monarch, 93, beamed on her arrival at the new building in the City of London , which has been opened to mark the organisations 150th anniversary

Asked to sign a visitor's book she gave a twinkling smile and joked: 'Proof!'

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She also smiled mischievously and she exited a room full of awed members, saying loudly: 'You're all terribly silent, aren't you?' prompting roars of laughter.

The monarch, dressed in a rich sea green cloque coat and matching hat by Angela

She also sported an eye-caching diamond and emerald brooch.

After being welcomed by Alderman William Russell, The Rt.Hon. the Lord Mayor of the City of London, she was introduced to senior staff by the President of the Royal Philatelic Society and viewed a display of philatelic artefacts, pictured © Provided by Daily Mail After being welcomed by Alderman William Russell, The Rt.Hon. the Lord Mayor of the City of London, she was introduced to senior staff by the President of the Royal Philatelic Society and viewed a display of philatelic artefacts, pictured a group of people sitting at a table: The Queen show a series of artefacts, including  frames showing stamps depicting five monarch - including herself. Pictured, being shown documents during the visit today © Provided by Daily Mail The Queen show a series of artefacts, including  frames showing stamps depicting five monarch - including herself. Pictured, being shown documents during the visit today

After being welcomed by Alderman William Russell, The Rt.Hon. the Lord Mayor of the City of London, she was introduced to senior staff by the President of the Royal Philatelic Society and viewed a display of philatelic artefacts.

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Discussing the society's move to the building, which has been two years in the making, The Queen said: 'That must have been quite a business, I should think, wasn't it? Quite stressful. I hope you are enjoying the place.'

Among some of the artefacts she was shown were letters written by her grandfather, King George V, who was a notable stamp collector.

Elizabeth II wearing a blue hat © Provided by Daily Mail In 1893, as Duke of York, he was elected honoured vice-president of what became the Royal Philatelic Society of London, with himself as patron.

On his marriage that year, fellow members of the society gave him an album of nearly 1,500 postage stamps as a wedding present.

He expanded the collection with a number of rare stamps and covers including a 1904 Mauritius two pence blue for £1,450, which set a new record for a single stamp.

A courtier asked the prince if he had seen 'that some damned fool had paid as much as £1,400 for one stamp'. 'Yes,' George replied. 'I was that damned fool!

He also gave permission for the society to adopt the word 'royal'.

a group of people standing in a room: The Queen was given a tour of the building and was shown a collection of artefacts © Provided by Daily Mail The Queen was given a tour of the building and was shown a collection of artefacts

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'He was a great collector, ' the Queen remarked.

Gesturing to one of his letters, she added: 'It's great to be able to show it.'

She was then taken to see frames showing stamps depicting five monarch - including herself. The others were Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V and King George VI.

She recognised her Coronation stamp instantly, remaking: 'Oh yes, I remember that one.'

Spotting her grandfather again, she added: 'George V, he was always so interested.'

Elizabeth II et al. that are talking to each other: The monarch looked elegant in a rich sea green cloque coat and matching hat by Angela Kelly for the outing to the Royal Philatelic Society today, pictured © Provided by Daily Mail The monarch looked elegant in a rich sea green cloque coat and matching hat by Angela Kelly for the outing to the Royal Philatelic Society today, pictured

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Alan Huggins, curator of the Royal Philatelic Society, who also showed her a Penny Black, said afterwards: 'She remembered him as a great collector. Her own collection was very much created by her grandfather but she has added to it over the years. '

After meeting a group of young philatelists, the Queen was taken down by lift into the library where she was shown items from the collection including a book that had been donated by her philatelist grandfather, with his signature in the front.

'You must have had to do a lot of moving,' she said.

Told the staff had to count at least seven thousands books by hand each she exclaimed: 'Good gracious! There's such a lot of stuff.'

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Examining her grandfather's book, she said: 'And you kept it? '

a person sitting at a desk: The Queen admired the plaque she unveiled to inaugurate the new headquarters today © Provided by Daily Mail The Queen admired the plaque she unveiled to inaugurate the new headquarters today

Told that it was still one of their 'go-to' books on the Victorian period, she remarked: 'Really, how fascinating. Is it still up to date?'

'Well only until 1900!' She was told, prompting much royal mirth. 'Well it was a good one, then,' she laughed.

She was also asked to sign a copy of their 150th anniversary book before being given a copy of it for herself to take home.

She seemed very taken by the pen she was given - one of surely thousands over the years.

'Works very well, doesn't it,' she said.

a group of people standing around a table: Before she left the Queen unveiled a plaque, pictured - asking where they planned to put it - and signed a visitor's book © Provided by Daily Mail Before she left the Queen unveiled a plaque, pictured - asking where they planned to put it - and signed a visitor's book

Taking her book she said: 'Oh that's very kind, thank you. Is that the same as this one? 'Apart from that it's not signed,' she was told.

'Oh well, never mind,' the Queen replied drolly. 'It's quite a weighty tome, isn't it?'

Before she left she unveiled a plaque - asking where they planned to put it - and signed a visitor's book.

President Richard Stock, her guide for the morning, described the Queen as being 'on sparkling form.' 'It was such an honour to have her here,' he said.

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