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Barbados Elects First President, Prepares to Ditch Queen
Barbados to
Officially Drop
Monarchy
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Barbados to Officially Drop Monarchy

Country will swear in first-ever president

(Newser) - Update: Barbados will, late Monday night, swear in its first president, thus officially ousting Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and cutting the island country's last imperial link to Britain after Britain colonized it in 1627. Prince Charles will be present at the ceremony, CNN reports. Barbados will...

The Queen Spent a Night in the Hospital

Palace revealed the news after UK monarch canceled plans Wednesday

(Newser) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in a hospital for checks this week after canceling an official trip to Northern Ireland on medical advice, Buckingham Palace said Thursday. The palace said the 95-year-old British monarch went to the private King Edward VII's Hospital in London on Wednesday...

Queen Follows Medical Advice, Cancels Plans

Trip to Northern Ireland is axed

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II has axed a planned trip to Northern Ireland on the advice of her doctors, though Buckingham Palace didn't give much in the way of specifics on Wednesday. Her trip was to take place Wednesday and Thursday; instead, she'll rest "for the next few...

Queen Refuses to Accept 'Oldie of the Year' Award

UK monarch says no thanks

(Newser) - "Oldie of the Year"? No thanks, says Queen Elizabeth. The UK monarch turned down the award for notable older people, which is offered up each year by Oldie magazine and was offered to her this year, the Guardian reports. "Her Majesty believes you are as old as...

Queen Caught on Hot Mic Dissing World Leaders

Elizabeth was complaining about climate inaction

(Newser) - Greta Thunberg doesn't think too highly of how world leaders in general are attacking climate change. She might have an ally in the "they're all talk, no action" camp: Queen Elizabeth. Ahead of the UN's COP26 climate change conference being held next month in Glasgow, Scotland,...

UK's Plan for Aftermath of Queen's Death Leaked
UK's Plan for Dealing With
Queen's Death Leaked
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UK's Plan for Dealing With Queen's Death Leaked

It's called 'Operation London Bridge'

(Newser) - Politico says it has obtained the British government's plans for dealing with an event that hasn't happened in almost 70 years—the death of a reigning monarch. The leaked plan, called "Operation London Bridge," describes the day of Queen Elizabeth II's death as "...

President Proud of Working-Class Roots Has Tea With Queen

Shadows of Brexit and Northern Ireland hover over polite chat

(Newser) - President Biden, the pride of an Irish American working-class family from a Pennsylvania coal town, was invited for tea at Windsor Castle on Sunday. He followed the advice his mother gave him before he first met Queen Elizabeth in 1982, CNN reports. "Don't you bow down to her,...

Queen Cuts Cake Like a Boss
Why Use
a Knife
If You Have
a Sword

Why Use a Knife If You Have a Sword

Queen Elizabeth does not mess around when it comes to cutting cakes

(Newser) - A job worth doing is worth doing right. If the job is cutting a giant ceremonial cake, and you’re the queen of England, well, then bring your sword because you’ve got work to do. Queen Elizabeth was offered a knife Friday, which she declined, saying, "This...

Of Course There's Drama Over Meghan and Harry's Baby Name

Did they get the queen's OK to use Lilibet, and when?

(Newser) - As one might expect, there's been plenty of hand-wringing about whether Harry and Meghan did or did not ask the queen for permission/her blessing in bestowing her nickname on their newly born baby girl, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor . A palace source tells the BBC the queen wasn't consulted about...

Reporters Go Undercover in Zoom Call With Queen's Cousin

Prince Michael of Kent accused of being willing to use his royal status for personal profit

(Newser) - An investigative report by British media said Sunday that Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, was willing to use his royal status for personal profit and to seek favors from Vladimir Putin. The undercover investigation by the Sunday Times and Channel 4 saw reporters posing as investors...

Philip's Death Adds Pressure for Charles to Make Changes

Britain's royal family faces difficult choice of which of its efforts to drop

(Newser) - Prince Charles already was working on plans for changing Britain's royal family when his father died. Now with Prince Philip gone, Queen Elizabeth II having turned 95, and the pandemic still limiting the monarch's activities, the pressure to make those decisions has intensified. Prince Harry has withdrawn, and...

Queen Steers Back to Royal Duties During Mourning Period

Elizabeth gets back to work before funeral for her late husband on Saturday

(Newser) - As the British royal family prepares for the funeral of Prince Philip on Saturday, the queen is getting back to work. According to the Court Circular , which details the royals' daily events and engagements, Queen Elizabeth hosted a retirement ceremony for Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel, her household's top official,...

We 'Owe Him a Debt Greater Than ... We Shall Ever Know'

A look at the long life of Prince Philip

(Newser) - Mourners have appeared outside London's Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to Prince Philip, the longest-serving consort in British history. But his spouse, Queen Elizabeth II, won't be able to see them, at least not in the physical, as she's staying at Windsor Castle, where Philip died early...

Late Night Has Some Thoughts on Royal Hubbub
Late Night Has
Some Thoughts
on Royal Hubbub
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Late Night Has Some Thoughts on Royal Hubbub

Colbert, Fallon, Kimmel, and Meyers tag-team against Buckingham Palace, Piers Morgan

(Newser) - Buckingham Palace finally spoke up on Tuesday after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah , noting the royals were "saddened" by the Sussexes' claims of racism and other challenges they'd faced. The palace also assured the public that those claims would be taken "very seriously"...

Buckingham Palace Breaks Silence After Interview

Harry and Meghan's claims will be 'taken very seriously'

(Newser) - No apology, but a pledge to take the claims seriously. Buckingham Palace has responded to allegations of racism from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, reports the BBC . "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning," says the statement. "Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken...

Here's What Harry, Meghan Said in Oprah Interview
Harry and Meghan's Bombshell
Oprah Interview Drops 
the rundown

Harry and Meghan's Bombshell Oprah Interview Drops

Royal couple shared quite a bit with Winfrey

(Newser) - Twitter was going wild after Oprah Winfrey's sit-down with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aired Sunday night. Some popular themes included how proud Princess Diana would be of her son, how much fodder the interview contained for Netflix's The Crown, how bizarre it is that the royal family...

Palace: Prince Philip Has an Infection

Queen's husband is 'looking forward to getting out' of the hospital

(Newser) - Britain's Prince Philip, who was admitted to a London hospital a week ago, is "comfortable and responding to treatment" for an infection, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace. Doctors expect him to stay in King Edward VII's Hospital for several days, the palace said Tuesday. Son...

One Trump, One Obama Take Home 'Most Admired' Crowns

Donald Trump ends Barack Obama's 12-year winning streak, while Michelle Obama wins top spot for women

(Newser) - Donald Trump didn't beat Joe Biden in the election, but he can notch a win against Barack Obama. In its annual survey on the matter, Gallup pollsters asked 1,000 or so American adults to name, without being given choices, a man and a woman they most admire anywhere...

Netflix's Answer: It's Clear The Crown Is Drama

Streaming service faces calls to alert viewers that it's not a documentary

(Newser) - Sounding a bit like a monarch speaking in the royal "we," Netflix has responded to calls for a disclaimer on the screen advising viewers that a hit series is fiction. "We have always presented The Crown as a drama—and we have every confidence our members understand...

Spike Seen in Those Rebuffing Queen's Honors

Number of people who've rejected UK honors has doubled over past decade

(Newser) - Turning down a British honor isn't uncommon. In fact, it's enough of a thing that Wikipedia has an entire page dedicated to it, and several notable names who've done it, including Roald Dahl and Aldous Huxley . But the number of those who've rebuffed the queen is...

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