Queen Elizabeth II

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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 »

Queen Elizabeth Makes Royal History

She becomes longest-tenured monarch in British history

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest-tenured monarch in British history, surpassing her great-great-grandmother Victoria's 23,226 days, 16 hours, and 23 minutes as queen sometime around 5:30pm local time, reports the BBC . The time is approximate because no one is actually sure when regular Elizabeth became Queen... More »

Meet the Subject of Netflix's Priciest Show Yet

$157M series 'The Crown' will follow Queen Elizabeth's life from 1947

(Newser) - Sorry Downton Abbey, there's another British period drama on the scene: Queen Elizabeth II will be the subject of Netflix's upcoming show, The Crown, its priciest yet with a budget of nearly $157 million, reports the Telegraph . Flummoxed by that number? Consider that filming has required a royal... More »

Queen's Uncle 'Dabbled' in Fascism

Video reminds world of King Edward VIII

(Newser) - Buckingham Palace has made it very clear that it is not amused by the leak of a video showing a very young Princess Elizabeth giving a Nazi salute , but some historians have welcomed the chance to take a fresh look at King Edward VIII, the man in the video. While... More »

Royals Christen Charlotte

Of course, there's a vintage pram involved

(Newser) - Prince William and wife Kate marked a milestone for their newborn Princess Charlotte today—a christening ceremony on Queen Elizabeth's country estate steeped in royal tradition. Hundreds of fans outside St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham cheered as William and Kate arrived with Prince George and 9-week-old Charlotte, who... More »

Queen Hiring Someone 'Calm Under Pressure'

Palace seeks chauffeur who's good under pressure

(Newser) - If you have a valid British driving license, professional driving experience, and the "ability to remain calm under pressure," Queen Elizabeth II might have a job for you, according to a listing spotted by Royal Central . The palace is seeking a chauffeur for the queen, other royals, and... More »

Britain: Revenge Porn Is a Crime

Queen Elizabeth signs bill criminalizing publishing private pics

(Newser) - Britons who want to get revenge on an ex by posting explicit images online—so-called "revenge pornography"—can now look forward to a little quality time in the clink. A new bill that makes such action a crime was today approved by Queen Elizabeth II, a formality that... More »

Palace: Andrew Did Not Have Sex With Minor

Prince was named in lawsuit filed in Florida last week

(Newser) - Buckingham Palace is busy doing a little damage control, which has eyebrows at media outlets including the New York Times and the AP raised because it doesn't usually bother. At issue is Prince Andrew, his ties to American billionaire/registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and whether Queen Elizabeth's second... More »

Play Reignites Rumors About Harry's Real Dad

Says Diana started affair 18 months before prince's birth

(Newser) - It's long been speculated that James Hewitt, the former British cavalry officer who had an affair with Princess Diana, is Prince Harry's real father—and a controversial new play is set to bring those rumors back to the forefront. Truth, Lies, Diana, opening in London's West End... More »

TV Crew Spots Hallucinogenic at Queen's Palace

But 'magic' mushroom likely grew on its own, expert says

(Newser) - "Care for a mushroom, your highness?" Queen Elizabeth II may well decline after a television crew discovered a so-called "magic" mushroom in her palace gardens. "I won’t be eating any of that," said celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh upon noticing Amanita muscaria, a toadstool with red... More »

Queen's Chef Sacked After Palace Head-Butt

One of Prince Philip's preferred cooks allegedly fought with colleague

(Newser) - Bad news for Prince Philip: one of his favorite cooks has been fired. The sacking of Adam Steele, 28, came after his arrest for allegedly head-butting a Buckingham Palace colleague during a gathering in the staff's living area, the Daily Mail reports. "No one knows what exactly was... More »

As King, Charles Would Be ... Opinionated

'Guardian' predicts change from the queen's demeanor

(Newser) - The Guardian thinks Brits ought to be prepared for a change in style when the day arrives for Prince Charles to become King Charles. Its interviews with sources close to Charles suggest that he will be far more opinionated about public affairs than the queen currently is. That's especially... More »

What the Queen's First Tweet Said

She signed it 'Elizabeth R'

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet —though not from a personal Twitter account, and it's unclear if she even personally wrote it. Today's course of events: While opening a new gallery in central London's Science Museum, the 88-year-old monarch removed a glove and used... More »

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