LONDON OLYMPICS FORCES THE QUEEN TO CLOSE BUCKINGHAM PALACE TO THE PUBLIC
- With a unique exhibition to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, officials hoped that a record number of visitors would flock to Buckingham Palace this year. Mandrake can disclose that the Queen has, however, had to shut the palace to the public for three of the most lucrative weeks of the summer opening because of the London Olympics.
"Buckingham Palace will be closed during the Olympics," confirms a spokesman for the Royal Collection. "During this time, the Queen will be hosting a number of events."
With a characteristic sense of duty, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have agreed to entertain visiting dignitaries and officials at their London residence. Receptions will be held in state rooms that would normally be open to the public during July.
Security concerns are understood to have ruled out the possibility of members of the public being allowed to visit at the same time as foreign officials are being entertained.
A source at the Royal Collection, the charity which manages the Queen's art collection, says there is disappointment that the Olympics are preventing the palace from capitalising on the wide appeal of the Diamond Jubilee.
- 1846 Opening of the Armenian Circus (the "Aram Theatre") in Constantinople.
- 1854 Birth of epidemiologist Margar Aroostamov (Aroostamian) in Shooshee.
- 1898 Birth of writer, literary figure, and artist Aram Yeremian in Marzvan (Western Armenia). He made a great contribution to further develop the art of Armenian minstrel songs.
- 1900 Birth of the founder of Armenian circus arts, the equilibrist Vagharshak Arzoomanyan.
- 1906 Birth of the scholar, professor and doctor of historical sciences, Hmayak Harootyoonian in Lamzkert (Van Province of Western Armenia). He studied medieval Armenian history.
- 1918 The Turkish army re-occupies Karin (Erzroom, Western Armenia).
- 1922 Representatives of the Central Executive Committees of Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbajan, meeting in Tbilissi (Georgia), create the Transcaucasian Federation.
- 1965 Opening of the National Assembly of Repatriated Armenians, in Yerevan's Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet Hall.
- 1966 Death of Norayr Seessakyan, biologist, public speaker, and professor.