Apr 27, 2016

Big Ben bongs to halt as iconic, ailing clock undergoes repairs

It’s so long to Big Ben’s bongs — at least temporarily. British officials announced Tuesday that the famous bell of Parliament will fall silent for several months during repairs to its crumbling clock tower. The work, due to begin in January 2017 and last ...

China's leader opens U.K. state visit with carriage ride

Oct 20, 2015

China's leader opens U.K. state visit with carriage ride

Chinese President Xi Jinping prepared to address Britain’s Parliament and dine with Queen Elizabeth II Tuesday as he began a state visit that is intended to cement close economic ties between the two countries — but risks being overshadowed by concerns over Beijing’s growing ...

Sep 3, 2015

Queen Elizabeth's reign rooted in her ancestor Victoria

Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarchs, both came to the throne young yet remained a steady presence through eras of dramatic change. Queen Elizabeth will overtake her great-great-grandmother’s record of 63 years and 216 days on Sept. 9, a remarkable reign ...

Queen Elizabeth II to set record on throne

Sep 3, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II to set record on throne

Queen Elizabeth II’s longevity has helped anchor Britain during an era of unprecedented change, but has also left the royal family an aging institution. The 89-year-old queen, who next week surpasses Queen Victoria to become the country’s longest-reigning monarch, shows no sign of abdicating, ...

Jun 4, 2015

BBC apologizes after journalist tweeted queen's 'death'

The BBC on Wednesday apologized and launched an internal inquiry after a tweet sent from the account of one of its producers said Queen Elizabeth II had died, during a test of coverage for a royal death. The first of a series of tweets ...