Diamond Jubilee

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Queen's Jubilee Year Cost UK Taxpayers $50.7M

That's an extra $1.4M more than the year prior

(Newser) - We're hoping that Britons enjoyed Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee year—because it ran taxpayers about $1.4 million more than the year before. The long-reigning monarch's official bottom line expenses came in at $50.7 million, according to royal finances. Where did the additional money go? Mainly... More »

Queen, Ex-IRA Chief Shake Hands

Queen Elizabeth, Martin McGuinness meet in Northern Ireland

(Newser) - A hugely symbolic moment of reconciliation occurred across the pond today, as Queen Elizabeth II shook hands with a former Irish Republican Army commander. The New York Times describes it as "one of the most anticipated gestures in recent Irish history," and the Times and the Telegraph prop... More »

Big Ben's Home Gets New Name: Elizabeth Tower

Renamed to mark Diamond Jubilee

(Newser) - Britain isn't finished celebrating the queen's 60 years on the throne. Now her name will be affixed to an international icon: the tower that houses Big Ben. Until now, its technical name had been simply the Clock Tower, though the name Big Ben is often used to refer... More »

Diamond Jubilee Ends With a Fly-by

Philip 'feeling better': Prince Edward

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth waved to massive crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace this afternoon as her Diamond Jubilee celebration came to a close. World War II and Red Arrow aircraft zoomed past the palace in a celebratory flyover to end the extended weekend. Meanwhile, Prince Philip is "feeling better,... More »

Prince Philip Hospitalized

Will miss tonight's Diamond Jubilee festivities

(Newser) - Prince Philip has been hospitalized with a bladder infection, and will miss the rest of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee . Paramedics were called to Windsor castle today to fetch Philip, in what's being billed as a "precautionary measure," according to the Daily Mail . In a statement, Buckingham... More »

Anti-Monarchists Gear Up to Derail Queen's Jubilee

Republicans find lavish celebrations fly in face of austerity elsewhere

(Newser) - Not everyone in Britain is thrilled beyond words about Queen Elizabeth's big diamond jubilee on Saturday: Somewhere between 22% and 50% of Britons are estimated to be anti-monarchist, and with a tough austerity program rocking Britain's economy, many anti-austerity protesters are teaming up with republicans to demonstrate against... More »

Wills: Grandma Made Us Rip Up Wedding Guest List

Prince talks about Queen Elizabeth in new interview

(Newser) - When Prince William first started planning his wedding to Kate Middleton, he was handed the original guest list, with 777 names on it—"not one person I knew or Catherine knew," he reveals in an ITV1 documentary about Queen Elizabeth airing next month. He took the list to... More »

Spain's Queen Sofia Snubs Brit Jubilee Over Gibraltar

Nations in dispute now over fishing rights

(Newser) - Spain's Queen Sofia is dumping her planned trip to Britain to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee in a long-simmering snit over Gibraltar. It's "hardly appropriate" for Sofia, 73, to attend lunch at Windsor Castle tomorrow in light of the two nations' tensions over the territory, noted... More »

Yum? Great Lakes Provide Lampreys for Queen's Pie

England needs them for Elizabeth's jubilee dessert

(Newser) - The slimy eel-like creature known as a sea lamprey happens to be the special ingredient in a traditional English pie that will be cooked up for Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her reign in June, reports the Detroit Free Press . But the animals are endangered and... More »

Elizabeth Marks 60 Years as Queen

Thanks British people as Diamond Jubilee kicks off

(Newser) - It's 60 years to the day since Elizabeth II became queen, and she's kicking off a year of celebrations with a message to the British people. "I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Philip... More »

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