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Emir of Qatar meets the Queen during official UK visit

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has been received by the Queen at Buckingham Palace as he marks his first official visit to the UK.

Sheikh Tamim, who succeeded his father as Qatar's Emir in 2013, shook hands with Her Majesty as he was received at the Palace. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Sheikh Tamim was accompanied by his younger brother, Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, for the visit to meet the Queen. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Emir is scheduled to meet Prime Minister David Cameron during his trip while also attending a Qatari-British Economic Forum. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Queen gets trolled on Twitter after sending debut tweet

The Queen has been targeted by Twitter trolls after sending her first royal tweet.

The Queen has been targeted by Twitter trolls after sending her first royal tweet. Credit: @BritishMonarchy

The official @BritishMonarchy account she used saw its followers grow by tens of thousands, but was immediately attacked by trolls sending abusive messages.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "We were fully cognisant of the nature of Twitter, where anyone anywhere can express their opinion, but we were delighted that so many people - in their tens of thousands - responded positively.

"We saw some tweets with profanity but that is just the nature of the format."

Scotland Yard said it had not received any complaints and was not investigating the matter.

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Queen's racehorse stripped of Gold Cup placing after positive drugs test

Estimate tested positive for morphine in July. Credit: PA

A racehorse owned by the Queen has been stripped of its second place finish in this year's Ascot Gold Cup following a positive drugs test.

Estimate was one of eight horses to test positive for morphine in July, a substance which has since been traced back to a batch of contaminated feed.

A British Horseracing Authority (BHA) disciplinary hearing ruled that trainer Sir Michael Stoute had in fact taken sufficient measures to prevent the incident from happening, and decided against imposing a fine.

Estimate finished as runner-up to Leading Light in the Gold Cup, having won the same race in 2013.

The £80,625 prize for second place will now be handed to Missunited, who originally finished third in the race.

Queen hopes Scots 'think very carefully' about vote

The Queen pictured speaking to crowds at Crathie Church, Aberdeenshire today. Credit: Donald Stewart

The Queen has urged Scottish voters to "think very carefully" before casting their ballots in Thursday's referendum.

She was heard making the off-camera remarks to members of the public during a visit to Crathie Church in Aberdeenshire.

The Telegraph newspaper said it understood the monarch had told the small crowd:

You have an important vote on Thursday.

I hope everybody thinks very carefully about the referendum this week.

– The Queen

It is thought to be her first public comment on the issue of Scottish independence.

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