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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 »

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 »

UK to Queen: Get a 'Grip' on Your Budget

She's down to $1.7M, officials say

(Newser) - It's time for Queen Elizabeth to "get a much firmer grip" on her dwindling supply of cash, members of Britain's Parliament say: The royal cash reserve is down to 1 million pounds, or about $1.7 million, according to their report. That's a "historic low,... More »

Wanted at Buckingham Palace: Royal Bath-Runner

Housekeeping assistant will serve tea, assist guests

(Newser) - Help is wanted at Buckingham Palace, and keeping quiet is among the job requirements. The palace is looking for a housekeeping assistant, it says in a job ad —someone who will be in charge of "high-quality cleaning" and maintenance of bedrooms and bathrooms. The job holder will also... More »

Queen Furious When Cops Swiped Her Nuts

She turned detective to stop pilfering, court told

(Newser) - In behavior that probably would have led to their beheadings in an earlier time, police officers on duty in Buckingham Palace infuriated Queen Elizabeth II by helping themselves to nuts left out in bowls in the royal residence, Britain's phone-hacking trial heard yesterday. The Queen was "furious" about... More »

Armed Man Busted at Buckingham Palace

Tried to get inside carrying knife

(Newser) - A man carrying a knife tried to muscle his way into Buckingham Palace today but was stopped by police and arrested. He tried to get in through the everyday entrance to the right of the ceremonial central gates, the Daily Beast reports. The 44-year-old is now being held at a... More »

Buckingham Cops Bust ... Prince Andrew?

Oops. Unsurprisingly, apologies have been made

(Newser) - The crack security guards at Britain's Buckingham Palace are sporting a bit of fresh egg on their faces today amid reports that they detained a man on palace grounds on Wednesday, may or may not have pointed weapons at him, and forced him to verify his identity. No big... More »

It's a Prince: Royal Baby Born

Kate gives birth to baby boy

(Newser) - Those of you who bet that it would be a little princess have just lost your money. The royal baby has been born, and it's a boy, the Guardian reports. "Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4:24pm," Kensington... More »

More Health Woes for Queen's Hubby

Duke to stay in hospital up to 2 weeks after 'exploratory operation'

(Newser) - It's probably not the birthday he was hoping for: Prince Philip will turn 92 in the hospital on Monday following his admission yesterday to the London Clinic for an "exploratory operation following abdominal investigations," Buckingham Palace said in a somewhat vague statement. Though it's not clear... More »

UK Cops Tase Guy With Knives Outside Buckingham

They brought stun guns to his would-be knife fight

(Newser) - How to get yourself Tased in a hurry: Show up outside Buckingham Palace waving a couple of knives during the Changing of the Guard. Such was the fate today of a man believed to be in his 50s, after police challenged him and he responded "aggressively," reports the... More »

Prince Harry Faces Queen's Wrath After Nude Hijinks

He's likely to get military dressing down as well

(Newser) - Let the royal fallout begin. Prince Harry has flown back to London to an angry queen after the frisky party boy stripped in his Las Vegas hotel suite, and photos ended up in the US press, reports the New York Daily News . The royal family was scrambling yesterday to do... More »

On Da Vinci's To-Do List: 'Find Human Skull'

Never-before-seen page of notebook to go on display next month

(Newser) - A never-before-seen page of Leonardo da Vinci's famed notebook is set to go on display next month at the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace, and it represents an interesting look into the genius' mind—because it's his to-do list. Scholars believe the list was written right before... More »

No Longer Shaken? James Bond Goes Heineken

Plus: 007 now a Heineken man?

(Newser) - James Bond is no longer exclusively a martini man: The super-spy will be swilling Heineken in at least one scene in upcoming 007 flick Skyfall, according to a surprising report from Advertising Age. It's part of an advertising push by the beer maker; Daniel Craig's Bond will also... More »

Book Airs Secrets of Royals

Who is the nicest, who's the fussiest, and who never picks up his clothes

(Newser) - Who is the fussiest member of the British royal family? Where is the secret closet in Buckingham Palace for private drinks? Who can swim in the royal pool? These secrets and more are revealed in the Daily Mail's excerpts of the new book Not in Front of the Corgis... More »

Queen-Obsessed American's Body Lay Near Palace for 3 Years

Skeleton found on island 100 yards from Buckingham Palace

(Newser) - The body of an American man obsessed with Queen Elizabeth II lay undiscovered for three years on an island in sight of Buckingham Palace, an inquest has determined. Robert Moore, who was in his late 60s, arrived in Britain in 2007 and appears to have lived in the undergrowth on... More »

Kate's Wedding Dress to Get Special Treatment

It's going on display, along with the veil, tiara, shoes, and earrings

(Newser) - Kate Middleton's memorable wedding gown will be on display to the public this summer at Buckingham Palace. The dress, designed by Sarah Burton of the Alexander McQueen fashion house, will be displayed from July 23 until Oct 3, according to palace officials. And viewers will be able to ogle... More »

Obamas Hit By Dueling Royal 'Blunders'

Prez screws up toast to queen, Michelle dares to go bare (gasp)

(Newser) - President Obama just can’t catch a break in London. After screwing up the date in the Westminster Abbey guest book yesterday, Politico reports that he miscued while toasting Queen Elizabeth at last night’s Buckingham Palace state dinner. The orchestra, apparently believing he was finished with his remarks, started... More »

Obamas Meet William, Kate

US president, first lady welcomed at Buckingham Palace

(Newser) - The Obamas were grandly received at Buckingham Palace today, greeted by a 41-gun salute as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip welcomed them to London. Earlier in the day, the president and first lady had a chance to meet with Prince Charles and wife Camilla, as well as newlyweds Prince William... More »

Irish Militants Issue London Bomb Threat

Warning comes day before queen's visit to Ireland

(Newser) - Irish militants called in a bomb threat targeting central London today, a day ahead of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland—the first visit by a British monarch in more than a century, Reuters reports. A source says the threat has some credibility because the caller uttered a codeword known... More »

Newly Hitched Wills, Kate Snog

Couple makes traditional balcony appearance

(Newser) - At long last, newlyweds William and Kate (or, if you like, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ) have appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and engaged in not one, but two public kisses as husband and wife. Big cheer from the throngs below, but the kisses themselves? Pretty... More »

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