Queen Elizabeth II

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Beatrice Took 'Something Borrowed' to New Heights

It appears the queen loaned her granddaughter a dress she once wore to a movie premier

(Newser) - Princess Beatrice quietly got married to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a dress in which she could have rejoined any compliments with, "what, this old thing?" The dress—ahem, "a vintage Peau De Soie taffeta dress, in shades of ivory by Norman Hartnell ... trimmed with duchess satin and encrusted... More »

Queen Knights a Hero, 100

Tom Moore raised millions in his garden to support health care workers

(Newser) - On a day infused with emotion, Queen Elizabeth II tapped the blade of a sword once owned by her father on the slender shoulders of 100-year-old Tom Moore, making a hero of a nation a knight of the realm Friday. Moore captivated the British public by walking 100 laps of... More »

Queen's Scottish Estate Being Used as an 'Outdoor Toilet'

Rangers would like Balmoral visitors to be more discreet

(Newser) - Land reform legislation gave Scots the right to roam through Queen Elizabeth II's vast Balmoral estate—but too many of them have been using it as an outdoor toilet, the Queen's rangers say. In a tweet , Balmoral Castle staff said they were "disappointed" to see so many... More »

Palace Releases First Photos of Queen in Months

94-year-old was seen riding pony on castle grounds

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II has been photographed outside for the first time since Britain issued stay-at-home—or, in her case, stay-at-castle—orders more than two months ago. The palace released photos of the 94-year-old monarch riding a pony on the grounds of Windsor Castle over the weekend, the BBC reports. The... More »

Aussie High Court: Release Queen's Letters on 1975 'Crisis'

Historian has fought since 2016 to find out what Elizabeth knew about government dismissal

(Newser) - Australia's highest court ruled on Friday to make public letters between Queen Elizabeth II and her representative that would reveal what knowledge she had, if any, of the dismissal of an Australian government in 1975. The High Court's 6-1 majority decision in historian Jenny Hocking's appeal overturned... More »

The Queen Gives a Rare Message to Her People

Queen Elizabeth II compares the pandemic to Britain's 'darkest days'

(Newser) - Britain needed a message of hope Sunday. The queen delivered it. Queen Elizabeth II offered support to a country locked down in the coronavirus pandemic, promising the nation that it would rise to the challenge and overcome the outbreak, the AP reports. In a rare address to the nation, the... More »

As Virus Sweeps Through UK, a Rare Move From Queen

Elizabeth will be speaking to the nation Sunday evening

(Newser) - The British prime minister came down with COVID-19 ; so did Prince Charles . Now, the latter's mum will take to the mic Sunday to address the coronavirus that's already infected more than 38,000 in the United Kingdom as of Friday, with just over 3,600 deaths. The BBC... More »

Queen's Speech Gives 'Nod' to Royal Breakup

Queen Elizabeth II seems to be commenting on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

(Newser) - The Queen's latest speech includes what some consider "a subtle nod" to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving their royal roles—and HRH is putting it in a good light, the Express reports. "On Commonwealth occasions, it is always inspiring to be reminded of the diversity of... More »

The Royal Hits Just Keep Coming

Queen's nephew announces he and wife of 26 years are getting divorced

(Newser) - The Earl and Countess of Snowdon are splitting up after 26 years of marriage. Queen Elizabeth II's nephew, David Armstrong-Jones, and his wife, Serena, are the second royal couple to announce their divorce within a week, following the Queen's eldest grandson and his Canadian wife. The earl and... More »

The Queen Calls for a Crisis Meeting

She wants Harry, Charles, and William to meet with her on Monday

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II ended 2019 with a public plea for global harmony after a rocky year. She's starting 2020 trying to heal disharmony within her own family after Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, decided to "step back" as senior royals—and announced the news without consulting the... More »

Prince Harry and Meghan's Decision Is News to the Queen

Royal announcement suggests withdrawal is still being negotiated

(Newser) - The announcement by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, that they plan to at least partially withdraw from royal duties surprised many—including, apparently, the queen. Harry didn't discuss the matter with Queen Elizabeth or any other member of Britain's royal family first, the BBC reports. That's... More »

Queen Admits It Has Been a 'Bumpy' Year

Setbacks included Prince Andrew's Epstein connection

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II plans to acknowledge that both Britain and her family have endured a difficult year by saying during her Christmas message that it has been a "bumpy" time. The pre-recorded message will be broadcast in Britain and the Commonwealth nations on Christmas Day. It was recorded before... More »

Queen Just Took Away Prince Andrew’s Birthday

Royal will now only get a 'small family dinner' for his 60th birthday

(Newser) - "What're you gonna do, take away my birthday?" is the defiant taunt of many a child, and in the instance of Britain's Prince Andrew in the fallout over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, the answer is well, yes. On the heels of kicking her third child out... More »

Looks Like Buckingham Palace Just Told Andrew to Scram

Report says prince has been booted from his private office there, with the queen's OK

(Newser) - More fallout is raining down upon Prince Andrew after his "train wreck" of an interview with the BBC last week. As businesses distance themselves from the prince and he pulls back from public duties after revealing details on his friendship with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Andrew has... More »

Boris Johnson Insists He Told the Queen the Truth

The UK Supreme Court will weigh in on Tuesday

(Newser) - "Absolutely not." That was Prime Minister Boris Johnson's answer Thursday when asked if he lied to Queen Elizabeth when asking her to sign off on the suspension of Parliament that's now in effect. The question was spurred by a Wednesday development out of Scotland, where the... More »

'It's Done': Plan to Suspend Parliament Gets Queen's OK

It's seen as a move that will pave a path for a no-deal Brexit

(Newser) - "It's done," tweets a BBC reporter. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will temporarily shut down Parliament, squeezing the time for the opposition to thwart a no-deal Brexit. In comments on Wednesday, Johnson confirmed earlier reports that he had asked the queen to suspend parliament. The privy... More »

As Johnson Becomes PM, Outgoing PM Offers No Praise

Meanwhile, some fear new prime minister will 'sell out' to Trump

(Newser) - Theresa May entered Buckingham Palace as prime minister Wednesday before exiting as only a lawmaker. Queen Elizabeth II has seen this production before. The monarch has already had 13 people form a government for her since she took up her post in 1952. Boris Johnson will be the 14th prime... More »

10 Most Admired Men, Women in World

Michelle Obama and Bill Gates lead their respective lists

(Newser) - Michelle Obama is not only the most admired woman in America , but also in the world, according to new poll. Market research firm YouGov asked 42,000 people in 41 countries to name the men and women they most look up to, and Obama's name came up a lot,... More »

Queen Elizabeth's Old Island Home Is Shabby but for Sale

Malta's 'dilapidated' Villa Guardamangia is up for grabs for $6.8M

(Newser) - For a couple of years after World War II, when she was still just a princess, Queen Elizabeth lived in a home rented by her husband's uncle outside of the United Kingdom, the only time she resided away from her native land. That estate in Malta, Villa Guardamangia, is... More »

Trump Brings His Own 'Royal Entourage' to UK

He toasted 'eternal friendship' at palace banquet

(Newser) - President Trump was the guest of honor at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on the first day of his visit to the United Kingdom—and he was surrounded by plenty of familiar faces. In what Politico dubs a "royal entourage," the president has brought numerous administration officials... More »

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