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Queen gives assent for Britain to leave EU

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:51 PM

With the head of state's ceremonial approval of the withdrawal legislation, Britain can finally leave its closest neighbors and trading partners after years of bickering and 3 delays

GIVING ASSENT. In this file photo taken on November 26, 2019 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the new headquarters of the Royal Philatelic society in London on November 26, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Harry and Meghan begin life as (almost) ordinary people

Jan 20, 2020 - 8:07 AM

Meghan has admitted on UK television in October that she 'really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried, I really tried.' But she admitted sadly: 'That's not the point of life. You've got to thrive.'

HAPPY COUPLE. In this file photo taken on on November 27, 2017, Britain's Prince Harry stands with now-wife Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring while they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London, following the announcement of their engagement. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles

Jan 19, 2020 - 8:44 AM

Much of the British media interprets the ruling as the Queen's punishment for Prince Harry and wife Meghan, who both resigned from front-line royal duties

ROYALS NO MORE. In this file photo taken on June 08, 2019, Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) return to Buckingham Palace after the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Japan Emperor Naruhito to pay state visit to Britain

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:11 PM

'Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan have accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a state visit to the United Kingdom in spring 2020,' a brief statement from Buckingham Palace reads

VISITING THE QUEEN. Japan's Emperor Naruhito (L) and Empress Masako (R) wave during a royal parade in Tokyo on November 10, 2019. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Queen Elizabeth II agrees 'period of transition' for Harry and Meghan

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days,' the Queen says

(FILES) Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Queen, Prince Harry, senior royals set for crisis meeting

Jan 12, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Queen Elizabeth II wants a 'workable solution' that would take into account Prince Harry and wife Meghan's demands for more freedom

ROYAL CRISIS. In this file photo taken on June 09, 2018, Members of the Royal Family (L-R) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (with Princess Charlotte and Prince George) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London to watch a fly-past of aircraft by the Royal Air Force RAF. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK monarchy scrambles for solutions after Harry, Meghan bombshell

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:18 AM

British newspapers are full of reports of a family 'split' and the queen's 'dismay'

UK daily newspapers show front page headlines reporting on Prince Harry and Meghan's plan to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Harry and Meghan: Royal fairytale turns grim

Jan 09, 2020 - 9:25 AM

Here are 5 major moments in their relationship, which has seen them go from being the royal family's hottest property to their shock announcement that they were stepping back from major royal duties

BAPTISM. This official handout Christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (center left), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holding their baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor flanked by (L-R) Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, west of London on July 6, 2019. Photo by Chris Allerton/ Sussexroyal /AFP

Britain's Queen hails climate movement on Christmas Day

Dec 25, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Queen Elizabeth II uses her Christmas Day message to pay tribute to young environmental campaigners who were inspired to global action by Swedish teen Greta Thunberg

CLIMATE CHANGE. Queen Elizabeth II hails the climate movement on Christmas day. File photo by AFP


Queen admits 'bumpy' year in Christmas message

Dec 24, 2019 - 10:14 AM

The queen has remained one of Britain's most popular figures despite the royal family's travails

POPULAR QUEEN. Queen Elizabeth II has remained one of Britain's most popular figures despite the royal family's travails. Photo by Toby Melville / POOL / AFP

Brexit on October 31 a 'priority' for British government – Queen

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'My government's priority has always been to secure the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union on October 31,' says Queen Elizabeth II

BREXIT. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) sits with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the Sovereign's throne in the House of Lords as she delivers the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on October 14, 2019. Photo by Toby Melville/Pool/AFP

Johnson denies lying to Queen in Brexit crisis

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:05 PM

British Prime Minister Boris also vows that Britain will be ready for a no-deal departure from the EU on October 31 despite his own government's assessment that planning remained 'at a low level'

BREXIT CRISIS. In this file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II welcomes newly elected leader of the Conservative party, Boris Johnson during an audience in Buckingham Palace, London on July 24, 2019, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government. File photo by Victoria Jones/Pool/AFP

Brexit bill passes UK upper house in blow for Johnson

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The law, which would require Boris Johnson to seek a three-month delay to Brexit if he does not manage to strike a deal with the EU in October, will now go for formal approval by Queen Elizabeth II

APPROVED. Pedestrians walk past the Palace of Westminster, housing the Houses of Parliament, pictured from Westminster Bridge, in central London on August 28, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

Boris Johnson becomes British PM with Brexit vow

Jul 24, 2019 - 10:56 PM

In a speech in Downing Street, Johnson repeats that he will prepare to leave the European Union without an agreement with Brussels but suggests this is a 'remote possibility'

NEW PRIME MINISTER. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II welcomes newly elected leader of the Conservative party, Boris Johnson during an audience in Buckingham Palace, London on July 24, 2019, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government. Photo by Victoria Jones/Pool/AFP

May slaps down 'Stop Brexit' cry in farewell speech

Jul 24, 2019 - 9:49 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May tenders her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state

MAY RESIGNS. Britain's outgoing prime minister Theresa May, (L), accompanied by her husband Philip, gives a speech outside 10 Downing street in London on July 24, 2019 before formally tendering her resignation at Buckingham Palace. Photo by Tolga Akmen/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

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

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

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

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Jul 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

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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

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

Queen Elizabeth II marks 92nd birthday with Commonwealth concert

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:20 PM

The concert at the Royal Albert Hall will raise money for a new youth charity, The Queen's Commonwealth Trust

THE QUEEN. In this file photo taken on April 19, 2018, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives in the Picture Gallery for The Queen's Dinner during The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), at Buckingham Palace in London. Photo by Toby Melville/Pool/AFP

New Zealand spy papers reveal 1981 bid to kill Queen

Mar 01, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Christopher Lewis fired a single shot towards the Queen's car as she toured the South Island city of Dunedin, the documents from New Zealand's Security Intelligence Service spy agency reveal

QUEEN ELIZABETH II. In this file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 13, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

The week in photos: February 17-23, 2018

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:21 PM

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

A cow is prepared for a photo shooting during the 45th edition of the Show of the Best" (Schau der Besten) dairy cow beauty pageant on February 22, 2018 in Verden an der Aller, northwestern Germany. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Carmen Jaspersen / Germany OUT

Elizabeth II, Prince Philip mark 70th wedding anniversary

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:15 PM

The bells of Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth married Prince Philip on November 20, 1947, ring to mark the seven decades of the royal union

LOVE ENDURES. This file photo taken on June 17, 2017 shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh travel in a horse-drawn carriage back to Buckingham Palace after attending 'Trooping the Color' on Horse Guards Parade to mark the Queen's official birthday, in London on June 17, 2017. On November 20, 2017 takes place the Queen and Philip’s 70th wedding anniversary. Photo by Chris J. Ratliffe/AFP

Elizabeth II, Prince Philip mark 70th wedding anniversary

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:07 AM

The decades-spanning marriage of the Queen – the nation's longest serving sovereign – has outlasted those of all prior British monarchs

Leaks show U.S. commerce chief, UK queen's offshore investments

Nov 06, 2017 - 6:47 AM

The findings emerge as part of the Paradise Papers released by the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which was behind the 2015 Panama Papers

In this file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. Carl Court/Pool/AFP

Britain's Prince Philip leaves hospital after infection

Jun 22, 2017 - 5:53 PM

After his stay in the hospital Prince Philip is expected to return to Windsor where he is due to rest

OUT OF THE HOSPITAL. This file photo taken on May 16, 2017 shows Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh greets guests at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London on May 16, 2017.  File photo by Victoria Jones/AFP

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Jun 22, 2017 - 1:41 PM

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Jun 22, 2017 - 10:17 AM

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Queen's hat: An 'anti-Brexit' message?

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:53 AM

Twitter users posted pictures of the queen s blue hat decorated with flowers with yellow centers alongside an image of the blue flag of the EU

TROLLING BREXIT? Britain's Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. Carl Court/Pool/AFP

Trump visit to Britain left out of Queen's Speech

Jun 21, 2017 - 8:12 PM

British press reports after the speech say the visit was clearly now in jeopardy but a spokesman for May insists the invitation has not been revoked

THE QUEEN'S SPEECH. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is photographed on a visit to the town of Poundbury, southwest England, on October 27, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Brexit laws head agenda for UK's 'zombie government'

Jun 21, 2017 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED The British parliament opens in the aftermath of an election that weakened Prime Minister Theresa May s authority and tragedies that have shaken the nation

AT THE HOUSE OF LORDS. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sits alongside her son Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. Carl Court/Pool/AFP

Britain left 'somber' by tower inferno, says Queen

Jun 17, 2017 - 10:23 PM

But besides the drive to help survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire the sense of anger is palpable on the streets

AFTER THE TRAGEDY. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets firefighters during a visit to the Westway Sports Centre which is providing temporary shelter for those who have been made homeless in the Grenfell Tower disaster, in west London on June 16, 2017. Dominic Lipinski/Pool/AFP

Britain's Prince Philip to retire from public engagements

May 04, 2017 - 5:33 PM

UPDATED The Duke of Edinburgh who turns 96 on June 10 is the longest serving consort in British history and conducted 219 royal engagements last year

RETIRING. In this file photo, Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, arrives to attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 13, 2017. Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

'No cause for alarm' after rumors over Queen Elizabeth II

May 04, 2017 - 2:04 PM

UPDATED This comes after a highly unusual staff meeting prompts speculation of a royal announcement

In this file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she meets people being helped by the Prince's Trust at the Prince's Trust Centre in Kennington, London, on March 8, 2016.  Chris Jackson/Pool/AFP

Queen authorizes British PM to begin Brexit

Mar 16, 2017 - 7:23 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will address the British parliament to inform lawmakers that she has triggered Article 50 and an initial response is expected from the European Commission within 48 hours

AUTHORIZATION. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 13, 2017. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP

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Feb 06, 2017 - 7:57 PM

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Queen Elizabeth II marks sapphire jubilee

Feb 06, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The Queen 90 is the first British monarch to reach a sapphire jubilee with 65 years on the throne

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she meets people being helped by the Prince's Trust at the Prince's Trust Centre in Kennington, London, on March 8, 2016. Chris Jackson/Pool/AFP

Trump's UK visit 'should be downgraded to spare queen'

Jan 31, 2017 - 8:24 PM

UPDATED Ex diplomat: It would have been far wiser to wait to see what sort of president he would turn out to be before advising the queen to invite him Now the queen is put in a very difficult position

US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May walk at the White House on January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Queen Elizabeth hails unsung heroes in Christmas speech

Dec 25, 2016 - 5:09 PM

UPDATED The Queen mentions the Olympics and her 90th birthday but not Brexit

MONARCH. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sits at a desk in the Regency Room in Buckingham Palace in London, after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth on December 25, 2016. Yul Mok/Pool/AFP

Queen Elizabeth's eldest granddaughter loses baby

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:31 PM

The baby would have been 18th in line to the British throne and the 90 year old monarch s 6th great grandchild

This file photo taken on June 10, 2016 shows Britain's Zara Phillips (R) and her husband English former rugby player Mike Tindall arriving at a national service of thanksgiving for the 90th birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral in London. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

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New British PM May rounds out Brexit cabinet

Jul 14, 2016 - 3:04 PM

Theresa May is set to name the new ministers in charge of the important health education Scotland work and business briefs

Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day she takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron. Oli Scarff/AFP

Theresa May becomes Britain's Prime Minister

Jul 14, 2016 - 6:37 AM

Theresa May takes over as Britain s new prime minister and springs a surprise by making top Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson foreign secretary

MADAM PRIME MINISTER.Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day she takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron.  Oli Scarff/AFP

'I'm still alive' jokes Queen Elizabeth on Northern Ireland visit

Jun 28, 2016 - 12:36 PM

The dry remark follows a dramatic few days for Britain that have seen the prime minister resign the pound hit a 30 year low and England defeated by Iceland in a shock football rout

In this handout image received from the Northern ireland Office on June 27, 2016, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (L) at Hillsborough Castle, south of Belfast on June 27, 2016 on the start of a two day visit to the province. Northern Ireland Office / Aaron McCracken/Harrisons 07778/AFP