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In Protocol Breach, Commoner Touches Queen's Elbow

Canada's governor general says the carpet she was on was 'slippy'

(Newser) - Canada's governor general says he decided to breach royal protocol and touch Queen Elizabeth II to ensure she didn't stumble down slippery steps during an official engagement in London. David Johnston, who met with the 91-year-old monarch on Wednesday to mark Canada's 150th birthday, was seen gently... More »

Queen's $7.7M Raise an 'Excellent Value'

Per royal household's money manager

(Newser) - The Crown Estate's profits have increased by more than $30 million, which means it's time for a raise for the queen. An 8% raise, or about $7.7 million, in fact, which comes from public funds, per the BBC . (The Telegraph says the boost in the Crown Estate'... More »

One Topic Conspicuously Missing From Queen's Speech

Donald Trump's state visit

(Newser) - While Prince Philip was in the hospital Wednesday, his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, delivered the Queen's Speech at the opening of parliament in the UK. The speech, which outlines the government's agenda and is actually written by ministers, centered on Brexit, reports Reuters . But what's drawing the... More »

Queen Drops by Hospital to Visit Bombing Victims

She tells one teen the Manchester attack was 'very wicked'

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth brought smiles to the faces of victims of the terror attack in Manchester when she made a surprise visit to a hospital Thursday. "It's dreadful, very wicked, to target that sort of thing," she told one 14-year-old victim lying in a bed at Royal Manchester... More »

Palace: Prince Philip Is Retiring

95-year-old is done with royal engagements

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, will stop carrying out public engagements this fall, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday. The palace said in a statement that Philip, who's 95, has the full support of the queen in his decision. He will continue heading numerous charitable organizations but will not... More »

Royal Staff Summoned to 'Emergency Meeting'

It's not believed to be about Queen's health

(Newser) - The rumor mill had to add an extra shift early Thursday as news surfaced that Queen Elizabeth II had summoned her staff from across the UK to what news.com.au calls a "highly unusual emergency meeting" at Buckingham Palace. No details have been released on the reason why... More »

'London Bridge Is Down': Inside the Death of a Queen

Secret plans for Queen's death start with her doctor, end in 10-day funeral

(Newser) - One day in the future, the code phrase "London Bridge is down" will be delivered to the prime minister in Britain, and word will have started to leak that the queen is dead. The Guardian has a deep dive into the exhaustive plans and preparations—some of them secret—... More »

Queen Celebrates Milestone No Other British Monarch Has

She's marking a 'sapphire jubilee'

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II shattered yet another royal record Monday when she became the first British monarch to have a Sapphire Jubilee marking a 65-year reign. Elizabeth—head of state of Australia, Canada, and more than a dozen other countries besides the UK—became queen on Feb. 6, 1952 after her... More »

Brits Seethe Over Trump Invite, Queen in 'Difficult Position'

Thousands protest proposed state visit

(Newser) - A state visit from President Trump won't just cause uproar in Britain , it will be a royal pain, according to a former senior diplomat. In a letter to the Times of London and an interview with the BBC , former Foreign Office chief Lord Peter Ricketts argues that it was... More »

1.3M Argue Trump's Visit to UK Will Embarrass the Queen

President's travel ban has sparked outrage in Britain

(Newser) - A state visit to Britain by President Trump later this year will go ahead, the prime minister's office said Monday, despite increasing calls for it to be canceled over his temporary ban on residents of seven majority-Muslim countries from traveling to the US, the AP reports. Furor over the... More »

No New Year's Day Church for Still-Sick Queen

Royal mum also missed Christmas Day services last week

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth is taking another sick day from traditional holiday appearances due to a bad cold she just can't beat. Last week the 90-year-old royal matriarch skipped Christmas church services due to her illness, and Buckingham Palace announced Sunday she'd also be staying home from a New Year'... More »

Ill Queen Skips Christmas for 1st Time in Nearly 30 Years

Suffering a cold, 90-year-old monarch misses church

(Newser) - A heavy cold is keeping Queen Elizabeth II from attending the traditional Christmas morning church service near her Sandringham estate in rural Norfolk, England. It is extremely rare for Elizabeth to miss the service, which is a cornerstone of the royal family's Christmas celebrations and brings the monarch into... More »

A Giant Secret in Queen's Garden: 2 'Extinct' Trees

Few knew how to identify rare Wentworth elms

(Newser) - Botanists were sure that the Wentworth elm had gone extinct as part of a mass die-off of elm trees in the UK in the 1970s. Soaring 100 feet in the air in the garden of none other than Queen Elizabeth was proof to the contrary. Two botanists say they've... More »

Watch Prince William Get Reprimanded by the Queen

That's gotta be embarrassing

(Newser) - An amusing (but somewhat grainy) video making the rounds on the internet shows Prince William getting scolded, very publicly, by his grandmother, the queen. As Vanity Fair explains, the royal family was standing on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the Trooping the Colour ceremony to celebrate the queen's birthday... More »

Annie Leibovitz Snaps 68 Years of Royal Wedded Bliss

Pic taken by celebrity photographer of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip released

(Newser) - Friday is Prince Philip's 95th birthday—a fitting day to see the release of the final Annie Leibovitz photo of his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, with him smiling sweetly by her side. The fourth photo of the queen in the Leibovitz four-photo series, commissioned to celebrate Elizabeth's 90th... More »

Killer Wandered Palace Grounds While Queen Was In

He admired the view before his arrest

(Newser) - It’s not only the Secret Service that deals with embarrassing gaffes involving fence jumpers . A convicted killer jumped the wall around Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, triggering an alarm, but was able to wander the grounds for 10 minutes before he was arrested, unarmed, reports the BBC . Prosecutors say Denis... More »

Hot Mic: Queen Caught Criticizing 'Rude' Chinese

Candid remarks recorded at Buckingham Palace event

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II was overheard on video describing Chinese officials as "very rude" in a conversation with a senior police officer at a Buckingham Palace event celebrating her birthday. In the video, Metropolitan Police Commander Lucy D'Orsi—security chief during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the... More »

UK Cheers Queen's Historic 90th With Stamp, Longer Pub Hours

She's the first British sovereign to reach the ripe old age

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British sovereign to reach her 90th birthday and is celebrating in a very royal way: with a stamp. An official photo showing four generations of royals—the queen and princes Charles, William, and George—will be put on first-class stamps, reports CNN . The... More »

Jamaica Wants to Legalize Pot, Ditch the Queen

That's some 2016-2017 agenda—and there's more

(Newser) - Jamaican lawmakers have apparently had a lot on their minds lately, as per the government's just-released 2016-2017 legislative agenda, with proposals including amending the country's constitution to dump Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state and make Jamaica a republic, scheduling fixed election dates, ensuring term limits... More »

Man Sends Christmas Cards to Queen, Gets Noticed

He sent them to Elizabeth II for 60 years

(Newser) - If you're a commoner who wants to get Queen Elizabeth II's attention, apparently it is possible, but it will take decades of work. In a touching Facebook post pointed out by Mashable , Andrew Simes writes that his grandfather had always made it a point to send a Christmas... More »

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