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Hawking's Family Offers Ticket Lottery for Service

1K members of the public will get tickets

(Newser) - The family of the late British physicist Stephen Hawking has opened a lottery for 1,000 tickets for a service of thanksgiving in his honor at Westminster Abbey. Hawking's ashes are to be interred June 15 at the London church between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.... More »

Hawking's Ashes Will Rest Next to a Scientific Great

His ashes will be kept at London's Westminster Abbey

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking's final resting place will be among other famous scientists like Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. Hawking's ashes will be interred at London’s Westminster Abbey, next to Newton's grave, at a Thanksgiving ceremony later this year, the Abbey has revealed . The Dean of Westminster... More »

Workers at Westminster Make Medieval Find Under Pipes

Remains of at least 50 people in abbey thought to be from 11th, 12th centuries

(Newser) - Workers demolishing a section of Westminster Abbey to make room for a new tower stumbled upon something most unexpected (at least in that part of the abbey): the remains of at least 50 people, including the skeleton of a 3-year-old, that archaeologists believe date back to the 11th and 12th... More »

Vandal Spray Paints Over Queen's Portrait

Men's rights group says one of its members may be responsible

(Newser) - God, it seems, is not interested in saving the Queen's portraiture. Westminster Abbey pulled its painting of Elizabeth II (that's the current queen for you non-royal fans) off the wall today, after a visitor defaced it with turquoise spray paint around lunchtime, the BBC reports. A 41-year-old man... More »

Oops, Obama Gets Year Wrong

President is off by a few at Westminster Abbey

(Newser) - Hey, the man's been traveling a lot: When President Obama signed the guest book at Westminster Abbey today, he wrote that it was a "a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice." Then came his name and the date—"24 May 2008."... More »

London Goes Bonkers

Ecstatic fans, posh guests in breathless anticipation

(Newser) - London morphed into one massive wedding party today as throngs lined the wedding procession route and head-of-state guests from around the world streamed into Westminster for the historic wedding of Britain's Prince William and his Kate. Some people camped out for days in the cold for a prime viewing... More »

Westminster Abbey Will Block Tweets at Wedding

Royal nuptials will have signal-blocking technology in place

(Newser) - If you happen to be one of the nearly 2,000 invitees to tomorrow's royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, don’t expect to be sending any tweets from Westminster Abbey. To keep guests from spilling intimate details ahead of the nuptials, event organizers will implement a... More »

Here's Who's Going to the Wedding

Other royals, politicians, celebrities, even normal people

(Newser) - You might not have heard, but Prince William is getting hitched in six short days, and the confirmed guest list is out today. A list of the notables, as per the AP:
  • Foreign royals: Denmark's Queen Margrethe; Norway's King Harald and Queen Sonja; Spain's Queen Sofia; Prince
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Wills, Kate Set the Date, Place

Royal couple will wed in April at Westminster Abbey

(Newser) - After a little bit of drama and much speculation, Prince William and Kate Middleton have decided on a wedding date: Friday, April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey. The royal family made the announcement today at St. James' Palace, MSNBC reports. Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Ann, and Prince Andrew all married... More »

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