U.K. royals to mark Somme centenary in France

Jul 1, 2016

U.K. royals to mark Somme centenary in France

Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, were on Thursday set to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, the deadliest battle in British history, in which 20,000 men died on the first day of combat alone. The royal couple, accompanied ...

Queen and British prime minister make double diplomatic gaffes

May 11, 2016

Queen and British prime minister make double diplomatic gaffes

British Prime Minister David Cameron called Nigeria and Afghanistan “possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world” in inadvertently public remarks Tuesday, as Queen Elizabeth II was caught making her own gaffe about a “rude” Chinese delegation. Cameron was filmed making the remarks ...

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 ...