Queen Elizabeth II

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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 »

Here Are Some Images of Trump in London

He got a smile from the queen

(Newser) - Mixing pageantry and political pugilism, President Trump opened a state visit to Britain on Monday by drawing a smile from Queen Elizabeth II and stepping up a long-running feud with London's anti-Trump mayor before his plane had touched down on English soil. Trump and his wife, Melania, flew by... More »

A Big First for Trump, Coming in June

President, first lady to make premier state visit to UK, at queen's invite

(Newser) - President Trump has a big pre-summer trip on the docket. Citing a Buckingham Palace announcement, the BBC reports Trump will be heading to the UK for a three-day state visit starting June 3, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump. In addition to meeting with Queen Elizabeth II on his first... More »

The UK May Decide to Evacuate the Queen

It all depends on how Brexit goes

(Newser) - In a few weeks, the Queen of England may well be at an undisclosed location—if, that is, her nation fails to reach a Brexit deal and the streets erupt in violence, the Guardian reports. Two Sunday papers say Britain has re-activated Cold War plans to evacuate Her Majesty should... More »

Queen Sends Coded Brexit Message to Bickering MPs

It's the monarch's second Brexit intervention in 5 weeks

(Newser) - The queen's calming voice has been heard over the stormy seas of the Brexit process, calling on MPs to stop bickering. Without explicitly mentioning Brexit, at a speech to her local Women's Institute, the 92-year-old Elizabeth urged lawmakers to "seek common ground," reports Reuters . The date... More »

Ex-First Lady Passes Torch to Another as 'Most Admired Woman'

Michelle Obama takes crown from Hillary Clinton, winner since 2002; Barack Obama is men's victor

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has been named the most admired woman in Gallup's annual survey more than any other since Gallup started asking in 1946: 22 times, to be exact, including for each year since 2002. This year, however, another former first lady has finally knocked Clinton off the hill. Michelle... More »

What Rift? Royals All Smiles on Christmas

The family has walked their Christmas walk, no signs of discord among younger royals

(Newser) - The British dog-and-pony show known as "watching the royals walk to church on Christmas" is over, and watchers could detect no hint of a reported rift between Prince William and Prince Harry and their wives , reports People . Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle "chatted happily," the mag reports,... More »

Meghan Markle's Dad Has a Request for the Queen

Thomas Markle says Queen Elizabeth could ask his daughter to reconnect with him

(Newser) - Thomas Markle has escalated his feud with his newly royal daughter . In an appearance on British television Monday, Markle asked Queen Elizabeth herself to intervene and help him reconnect with daughter Meghan, now the Duchess of Sussex. In an 18-minute interview, he told Good Morning Britain he and Meghan haven'... More »

Trump's Account of Tea With Queen Irks Brits

He claims he arrived early despite contrary reports

(Newser) - There was plenty to digest after President Trump's Thursday campaign rally in which he railed against the media , though his comments on the queen are getting particular attention. Citing news reports claiming he arrived 12 minutes late and stayed beyond the allotted time while meeting Queen Elizabeth II for... More »

Trump: 'European Union Is a Foe'

The president calls out the EU for trade policies

(Newser) - President Trump has raised eyebrows ahead of his meeting with Vladimir Putin regarding who he feels are the enemies of the United States. In an interview from Scotland with CBS News, the president told anchor Jeff Glor that the EU with its 28 members, many of which are longstanding US... More »

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