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Queen honors 'The Crown' actress Olivia Colman

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The actress, along with singer Elvis Costello and author Lee Child are among those awarded by the queen in celebration of her 93rd birthday

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 24, 2019 Best Actress winner for "The Favourite" Olivia Colman poses in the press room with her Oscar during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. - Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman, who will perform Queen Elizabeth II in the series "The Crown", was honored by the Sovereign for her contribution to the influence of British culture. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP)

Trump, Queen lead emotional tributes to D-Day heroes

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:16 AM

The Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944, famously known as D-Day, led to the liberation of Europe and helped bring about the end of World War II the following year

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) reacts as she sits with US President Donald Trump an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, southern England, on June 5, 2019. - US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II and 300 veterans are to gather on the south coast of England on Wednesday for a poignant ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Other world leaders will join them in Portsmouth for Britain's national event to commemorate the Allied invasion of the Normandy beaches in France -- one of the turning points of World War II. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP)

Trump, queen, and world leaders remember D-Day heroes

Jun 05, 2019 - 7:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944 led to the liberation of Europe and helped bring about the end of World War II the following year

D-DAY. (L to R) Philip May, husband of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel attend an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, southern England, on June 5, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Thai King praises 'unity' in speech on final coronation day

May 06, 2019 - 9:26 PM

'I want the unity shown here with this goodwill to be an encouraging sign for everybody, all sides to perform their duties for the prosperity of our country,' King Maha Vajiralongkorn says

KING. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (C), Queen Suthida and his daughter Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol (L) wave to well-wishers from the balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall of the Grand Palace as they grant a public audience on the final day of his royal coronation in Bangkok on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

From bodyguard to Queen, Thailand's Suthida makes public debut

May 02, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Thailand's Queen Suthida is seen kneeling alongside the king as they pay their respects to statues of previous Chakri dynasty monarchs in Bangkok's historic quarter

PUBLIC DEBUT. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (L) and Queen Suthida (R) pay their respect at King Rama V monument in Bangkok on May 2, 2019, ahead of the royal coronation which will take place from May 4 to 6. Photo by Dailynews/Pool/AFP

Thai King announces consort to be Queen ahead of coronation

May 01, 2019 - 11:01 PM

The Royal Gazette has published an announcement saying Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya, a former flight attendant, has 'legally married' the king in accordance with royal traditions

QUEEN. This screengrab from Thai TV Pool video taken on May 1, 2019 shows a ceremony in which Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn 'legally married' Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya in Bangkok. Photo by Thai TV Pool/THAI TV POOL/AFP)

Abdication becoming more frequent in the modern age

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:59 AM

As medical technology improves and lifespans grow, the concept of a lifetime of duty is gradually being eroded and abdications are becoming increasingly acceptable and frequent

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures shows Pope Benedict XVI (top-L)in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba on March 27, 2012, Spanish King Juan Carlos de Borbon (top-C) at La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago on June 5, 2012, Japan's Emperor Akihito (top-R) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, 2018, Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (bottom-L) in Doha on December 18, 2012, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (bottom-C) on April 30, 2013, King Albert II of Belgium (bottom-R) in Liege on July 19, 2013. When the 85-year-old Japanese Emperor Akihito steps down on April 30, 2019 it will be the latest in a string of historic abdications that have included the pope and several monarchs. CARL COURT, CLAUDIO SANTANA, KARIM JAAFAR, JOHN THYS, ESTEBAN FELIX, Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP / POOL / AL-WATAN DOHA

Reality show 'The People's Queen' will be available on iflix

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:20 PM

The show stars 5 aspiring queens who undergo training to win a crown

Screenshot from Instagram/@thepeoplesqueenshow

Uganda hunt for kidnapped U.S. tourist enters third day

Apr 04, 2019 - 9:53 PM

'The operation to rescue the tourist is still ongoing,' Uganda's tourism minister, Godfrey Kiwanda, says on Thursday, April 4.

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK. A hunt for a tourist and driver kidnapped from Queen Elizabeth National Park is underway. Image from Shutterstock.

Manhunt in Uganda after U.S. tourist and driver kidnapped

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:07 AM

Four kidnappers stop a group of tourists at gunpoint around dusk on Tuesday, April 2, as they pass through the Queen Elizabeth National Park to see wild animals

Jonas Gaffud leaves Aces and Queens after 18 years

Apr 01, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'As much as I would love to continue training girls as head of Aces and Queens, I believe it is time for me to leave the group to pursue other endeavors,' says Jonas

Meet Jek dela Cerna, 1st transwoman pageant queen of Mapua Makati

Mar 30, 2019 - 5:03 PM

'I deserve this. I know in my heart that I am a woman,' says Jek dela Cerna

American crowned queen in Thai transgender pageant

Mar 09, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Jazell Barbie Royale is the first person of color to win the Miss International Queen since the competition started in 2004

Contestant Jazell Barbie Royale of the US reacts while being crowned the Miss International Queen 2019 by Miss International Queen 2018, Nguyen Huong Giang during the transgender beauty pageant in Pattaya on March 8, 2019. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

WATCH: Queen, Adam Lambert open Oscars 2019

Feb 25, 2019 - 12:06 PM

They totally rocked us

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Adam Lambert (L) and Brian May of Queen perform onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

Queen to rock you at Oscars 2019

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Good news: it's the former!

Queen calls for 'common ground' as Brexit divides Britain

Jan 25, 2019 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) Government ministers interpret the comments as broadly supportive of their desperate search for a compromise over Brexit

COMMON GROUND. In this file photo taken on June 21, 2017 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Houses of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. File photo by Carl Court/Pool/AFP

Queen warns of 'tribalism' in Christmas address

Dec 26, 2018 - 2:18 PM

'Even the power of faith, which frequently inspires great generosity and self-sacrifice, can fall victim to tribalism,' says Queen Elizabeth II

CHRISTMAS ADDRESS. Queen Elizabeth II warns of religious 'tribalism' in her Christmas address aired on December 25, 2018. Photo from 'The Royal Family' on Facebook

Catriona Gray's mom once dreamt of daughter's Miss Universe moment

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:27 AM

'Honey, I dreamt of you winning Miss Universe in a red dress,' her mother once told Catriona

Catriona Gray of the Philippines competes after being selected as top 10 finalist during the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant in Bangkok on December 17, 2018. - Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on December 17 in Bangkok after a trailblazing ceremony praised for featuring its first transgender candidate but marred by gaffes about the English-speaking ability of two Asian contestants. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Cebuana wins Miss Silka Philippines 2018 crown

Dec 04, 2018 - 4:34 PM

17 year-old Maraiah Queen Arceta is the beauty pageant’s 11th titleholder

Britain's Prince Charles celebrates 70th birthday

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:35 PM

In two official photographs released to mark the Prince of Wales's milestone, Charles is shown surrounded by his wife Camilla, two sons William and Harry, and 3 grandchildren

ROYAL FAMILY. Britain's Prince Charles poses with his wife Camilla, two sons William and Harry, and 3 grandchildren. Photo from The Royal Family's Facebook page

Bea Rose Santiago speaks out on sexual harassment

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:14 PM

On social media, the former beauty queen says she was sexually harassed by various men, including a priest, and a 'well-known CEO'

SPEAK OUT. Bea Rose Santiago talks about her own experiences of being sexually harassed. Screenshot from Instagram.com/bea.santiago

Rappler Talk Entertainment: Voltaire Tayag on what it takes to win a crown

Nov 13, 2018 - 12:15 PM

Why do pageants matter and what do they bring into the conversation?

Prince Charles at 70: Man on a mission

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:18 PM

Prince Charles, who is turning 70, is the longest-serving heir in British history and would become the oldest person ever to inherit the throne

'THE MEDDLESOME PRINCE.' Prince Charles' views vary in a wide range of topics, from dairy farming to culling of badgers. Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga

WATCH: Katarina Rodriguez's transformation in 'The People’s Queen'

Oct 09, 2018 - 2:52 PM

The show premieres on October 24

LOOK: Beauty queens at the ABS-CBN Ball 2018

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:50 PM

Pia Wurtzbach, Maxine Medina, and Catriona Gray are among those who came to the big event

Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

This touchscreen tablet rolls up like an ancient scroll

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:31 PM

The 7.5-inch flexible screen can be popped up to expand display real estate when needed

FLEXIBLE SCREEN. The prototype from Australia's Human Media Labs is inspired by ancient scrolls, rolling up into a canister-like holder for storage. Photo from Human Media Labs/Queens University


Stars celebrate Queen Aretha at marathon funeral

Sep 01, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Stevie wonder, Ariana Grande, and Jennifer Hudson perform during the service, attended by president and musicians

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 31: Stevie Wonder performs at the funeral for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin, 76, died at her home in Detroit on August 16. Franklin, 76, died at her home in Detroit on August 16. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Kid you not: Goats can read your face

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:43 PM

The findings suggest 'livestock species have very sophisticated minds to interpret their environment' and 'likely adapt their behavior' based on human facial expressions

Thousands pay respects as Aretha Franklin lies in state

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Fans line up to bid farewell to the 'Queen of Soul'

Mourners line up to view the body of Aretha Franklin at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on August 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Aretha Franklin passed away from advanced pancreatic cancer on August 16, 2018 at age 76. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / PAUL SANCYA

Music world mourns Aretha Franklin at MTV video awards

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:39 PM

'She led me to where I am today, and I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight, in this room tonight,' says Madonna, who led the tribute

TRIBUTE. Madonna speaks onstage during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images/AFP

Fans, churchgoers pay tribute to Aretha Franklin

Aug 20, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson remembers his dear friend known as the 'Queen of Soul' at the New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father preached

TRIBUTE FOR THE QUEEN. A man paints a mural of Aretha Franklin on a wall down the street where the Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke celebrating the life of singer Aretha Franklin at her father's church, New Bethel Baptist, during a Sunday morning service in Detroit, Michigan on August 19.  Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

'A rare treasure': outpouring of tributes to Aretha Franklin

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Musicians, political leaders, and activists remember the Queen of Soul following her death on August 16

QUEEN OF SOUL. Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey, and Barack Obama are among those who paid tribute to Aretha Franklin. Photos from Molly Riley/AFP, Twitter.com/BarbraStreisand, Twitter.com/MariahCarey, and Twitter.com/BarackObama

Mariel de Leon doesn't plan on hiding her unpopular opinions

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:51 PM

The former beauty queen says that growing up, she always had her own views different from others

Kylie Verzosa wants to prove she can act too

Aug 06, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Kylie Verzosa enjoys the life of a multihyphenate

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

Kenyan beauty queen sentenced to death for murder

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Kenya has an effective ban on carrying out death sentences and no death row prisoner has been executed since 1987. The death sentence remains on the statute books however.

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 9-15, 2018

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

The Hague ruling anniversary, Duterte's 'Sorry God,' and updates on the Thai cave rescue

WATCH: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie are rival queens in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ trailer

Jul 13, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The film gives us not just one, but two bad-ass historical heroines

TRAGIC QUEEN. Saoirse Ronan plays Mary, Queen of Scots, the royal rival of Queen Elizabeth I. Screenshot from YouTube.com/FocusFeatures

Djokovic joins elite 800-win club with Queen's masterclass

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:16 AM

The former world number one becomes the 10th tennis player in the Open era to reach the milestone

WARM UP. Serbia's Novak Djokovic advances to the semifinals in the Queen's Club where he hopes to get back in the groove before the Wimbledon. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Kyrgios reignites 'racist' feud with Dawn Fraser

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The pair of Australians had a row in 2015 following the tennis player's behavior in Wimbledon

BITTER FOES. Nick Kyrgios still accuses Dawn Fraser of being racist when she was recognized by the Queen. Photo from Facebook (Kyrgios) and William West/AFP (Fraser)

IN PHOTOS: Handshakes that shook the world

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

US President Donald Trump's handshake with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore marks a historic moment

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Westminster Abbey unveils gallery in area closed for 700 years

May 30, 2018 - 9:43 PM

The 'Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries' are accessible through a lift and 108 steps built inside a new tower – the biggest architectural change to the historic abbey since the 18th century

EFFIGY. An employee poses with a Funeral effigy of Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson (1758-1805) created by wax modeller Catherine Andras in 1806 during the press launch of the The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries in Westminster Abbey in London. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Meet the man behind this string art portrait of Catriona Gray

May 23, 2018 - 12:32 PM

Onofre Guiao has also done portraits of Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Angel Locsin, Alessandra de Rossi, and Empoy, using string art and coffee

Miss Earth Philippines 2018 Silvia Celeste Cortesi: I will do my best

May 22, 2018 - 11:46 PM

The Filipino-Italian queen says she will give her everything as she represents the country in the Miss Earth pageant

Miss Earth PH 2017 Karen Ibasco looks back on her reign before she passes the crown

May 19, 2018 - 9:18 AM

As she prepares to crown her successor, Karen talks about the work she's done and the controversies she weathered after winning the country's 4th Miss Earth crown

Shamcey Supsup expecting second baby

May 17, 2018 - 4:19 PM

It's a boy for Shamcey and husband Lloyd Lee

WATCH: First trailer for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' released

May 15, 2018 - 11:15 PM

Here's your first look at the Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic

Catriona Gray talks about doing her own interview for a newspaper

May 11, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Catriona's story on the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will come out in a daily broadsheet

The week in photos: April 21-27, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 4:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (L) turns to wave at the media as she is lead in with her brother Prince George of Cambridge (R) by their father Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, to visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their new-born son. Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT)," the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Line of succession to the British throne

Apr 23, 2018 - 9:39 PM

The newest baby of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton is 5th in line

HOSPITAL. A police officer stands guard outside the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London on April 23, 2018, where Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a third child. Photo by Daniel Leal Olivas /AFP