Alasdair Pinkerton and Klaus Dodds on the naming of part of Antartica as Queen Elizabeth Land.

Yesterday’s announcement of the naming of Queen Elizabeth Land came during a day-long visit by the British Monarch to various offices of state in Whitehall. The Queen was filmed and photographed interacting with her Government’s Ministers, officials and representatives of leading departments—as well as receiving gifts to mark the Queen’s 60th Jubilee. After becoming the first Monarch to attend a Cabinet meeting since George III in 1781—during the American wars of independence and under the premiership of Lord North—she was escorted into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for only the second time in her 60-year reign.

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and announced that:

I am delighted to announce that as a mark of our country’s gratitude to you, an area of the Antarctic 437,000 square kilometres in size, nearly twice the size of the United Kingdom and more than a third of the…

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