Queen Elizabeth II

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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 Prince Harry has withdrawn, and...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

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...

Radio Station Sorry for Killing Off Queen, 99 Others

Obituaries mistakenly published during RFI website work

(Newser) - Dozens of political leaders, cultural figures, and celebrities did not die en masse on Monday, though anyone perusing the website of Radio France Internationale might have thought otherwise. Obituaries for roughly 100 people were mistakenly published—and some automatically picked up by partner sites such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN—...

Queen Revokes Honor for Weinstein
Queen Revokes
Honor for Weinstein 

Queen Revokes Honor for Weinstein

Imprisoned mogul was recognized by British film industry in 2004

(Newser) - Britain on Friday stripped disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of an honor recognizing his contribution to the UK film industry. Weinstein, 68, was given the honor in 2004, the AP reports. The 68-year-old former Hollywood producer was convicted earlier this year of rape and sexual assault against two women and...

What Queen? Barbados Makes Big Move
Barbados to Queen: Buh-Bye

Barbados to Queen: Buh-Bye

Country will transition to a republic with Barbadian head of state

(Newser) - Barbados is shedding its colonial tradition and with it its head of state, Queen Elizabeth II. The government for the Caribbean island nation, which gained independence from Britain in 1966, said Wednesday that it would transition from a constitutional monarchy to a republic with a Barbadian head of state. The...

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...

Queen Knights a Hero,100
Queen Knights a Hero, 100

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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