Queen Elizabeth II News

Prince Harry Very Nearly Ready To Marry?

February 26th, 2014 12:30pm EST
Prince Harry
Prince Harry is reportedly taking discreet steps to set the founddation for a very real impending engagement announcement! The Prince has reportedly set his sights on marriage to Cressida and is eager to propose once he has the permission of Queen Elizabeth!

The pretty aristocratic socialite has moved up very quickly socially since she began dating the handsome prince and she was just recently given a very substantial signal via being granted security clearence in her own right to spend time at the prince's apartments at Kensington Palace and free use of the gardens.

Reportedly Harry has ...

Angela Lansbury made a Dame in Queen's New Year Honours List

December 30th, 2013 7:10pm EST
Angela Lansbury
Beloved British actresses Angela Lansbury and Penelope Keith have landed Dame titles in Queen Elizabeth II's annual New Year Honours List.

The Good Life star Keith and Murder, She Wrote's Lansbury join fellow thespians Michael Crawford and Lynda Bellingham, singer Katherine Jenkins, veteran TV presenter Nicholas Parsons and sculptor Antony Gormley among the other celebrities on the newly-released list.

Of her damehood Keith, 73, says, "It's a recognition for not only my 54 years being an actress but also for all the charities with which I'm associated and I think they'll be thrilled."


Prince George's historic christening photos bring four generations of royals together

October 25th, 2013 3:01am EDT
Queen Elizabeth II
Newborn royal Prince George's official christening photos have made history by bringing together four generations of present and future British monarchs for a portrait for the first time in over a century.

In the main family shot, taken by fashion photographer Jason Bell, proud great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, sits surrounded by her three future kings - George, Prince William and her son Prince Charles, the current heir to the throne.

The Duke of Edinburgh, George's mum Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, uncles Prince Harry of Wales and James Middleton, aunt Pippa Middleton, grandpare...

Prince William hosts soccer game at Buckingham Palace

October 8th, 2013 3:02am EDT
Prince William
Prince William opened up the grounds of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II's London residence Buckingham Palace for its first ever soccer match on Monday (06Oct13).

The Duke of Cambridge oversaw the game, which was in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the U.K.'s Football Association (FA) , of which he is president.

Before the match between Britain's oldest sides, Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, the prince warned the players to be on their best behaviour.

He said, "I cannot tell you how excited I am that later today we will be playing football on my grandmother's lawn. One warn...

Suspected Burglar Arrested At Buckingham Palace

September 7th, 2013 10:10pm EDT
Queen Elizabeth II
A suspected burglar has been arrested after allegedly breaking into Queen Elizabeth II's official London residence Buckingham Palace.

The unnamed man was detained on suspicion of burglary, trespass and criminal damage after allegedly scaling a fence and breaking in to the palace late on Monday.

A second suspect was also detained outside the building on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

No members of the royal family were at home at the time of the incident, and a review of security procedures has now been launched.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police says, "Both men have b...

Candid photos of British royal family going up for sale

September 5th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Queen Elizabeth II
Thousands of rare candid photographs of Britain's royal family members are set to hit the auction block to raise money for charity.

Ray Bellisario has spent decades snapping away at Queen Elizabeth II and her family and became known as London's first paparazzo for capturing the royals away from their formal duties, and now his treasure trove of 23,000 pictures has been plundered for the big sale.

Highlights include Prince Charles waterskiing in the 1970s, Princess Anne in a bathing suit in Malta in 1969, and a shot of the Queen dancing the Twist with a friend at Balmoral Castle in Scotlan...

Prince Philip returns to public duties

August 13th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip made his first public appearance on Monday (12Aug13) since undergoing stomach surgery earlier this year (13).

The Duke of Edinburgh was hospitalised in June (13) after falling ill, and he underwent exploratory surgery on his abdomen which resulted in a lengthy stay in a London medical facility.

The British royal pulled out of all his scheduled public appearances and a planned holiday in Scotland with his wife, and even spent his 92nd birthday in hospital, but he has now resumed his duties by handing out medals to scientists at a ceremony in Edinb...

Sharon Stone left speechless by The Queen

August 7th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone was left tongue-tied when she met Queen Elizabeth II earlier this summer (13) because she was suddenly starstruck by the British royal.

The Basic Instinct star gave up a planned vacation in Israel with her eldest son to attend a polo match in Windsor, England and sit in the Queen's box.

She spent weeks perfecting her curtsy, but had no idea that meeting the monarch would leave her speechless on the day.

Stone explains, "I was so tongue-tied that once I finally managed to choke out, 'Your Majesty...' I realised I was actually looking at the Queen... and she's so lovely, and i...

Queen Elizabeth Visits Great-Grandson

July 24th, 2013 11:38am EDT
Queen Elizabeth II
British monarch Queen Elizabeth II met her new great-grandson for the first time on Wednesday, two days after Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge gave birth in London.

The Duchess and her husband Prince William became first-time parents on Monday when they welcomed a little boy, and the new mother was able to take her son home to Kensington Palace on Tuesday evening.

The Queen has now made an official visit to meet the baby at the palace ahead of her planned trip to Scotland on Friday.

A spokesperson for the royal previously revealed the monarch was "delighted at the news" of the tot's birth...

Anticipation Builds For The Royal Baby

July 12th, 2013 2:48pm EDT
Royal Baby Photographers
Photographers have been busy setting up ladders and chairs and jockeying for the best position outside of St. Mary's Hospital in London in preparation for the new addition to England's Royal Family.

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, are expecting their first child any day now, and despite no official announcement, Middleton's due date is believed to be very soon. Some say it's July 13; while Kate's mom, Carole Middleton, has reportedly said that the baby's zodiac sign will be Leo, according to to the UK's Mirror -- which means the little prince or princess...

Helen Mirren breaks theatre initiative record

June 18th, 2013 3:13am EDT
Helen Mirren
Dame Helen Mirren's hit West End play The Audience has broken theatre-to-cinema records after 110,000 fans checked out her latest performance as Queen Elizabeth II last week (13Jun13).

The live broadcast of the production, which was beamed to movie theatres in the U.K. and America, attracted the largest audience for National Theatre Live's four-year-old venture.

The success has prompted talk of more screenings of the Peter Morgan play, which won Mirren an Olivier Award in April (13).

Mirren also played the reigning monarch in Morgan's The Queen. She won an Oscar for her portrayal.

Joan Collins congratulates sister on royal honour

June 16th, 2013 1:26pm EDT
Joan Collins
Veteran British actress Joan Collins has publicly congratulated her novelist sister after she was feted in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honours list.

Popular author Jackie Collins was named as the recipient of an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal when the coveted titles were announced on Saturday (15Jun13) in honour of the British monarch's 2013 birthday celebrations.

Her actress sister has now expressed her well-wishes in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "Congratulations Jackie Collins on your well deserved OBE! Thrilled for you, sis!!!!! Will you be c...

Adele & Rowan Atkinson land titles on Queen's Birthday Honors List

June 14th, 2013 8:20pm EDT
Rowan Atkinson
Singer Adele and Mr. Bean star Rowan Atkinson have been named among the recipients of coveted titles on Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honors List.

The 87-year-old monarch has bestowed a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal on the Grammy Award-winning 25 year old, while funnyman Atkinson has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).

Adele's MBE comes during a very special year for the new mum - she picked up her first Oscar in February (13) for co-writing the theme to hit Bond film Skyfall.

The two celebrities are among the nearly 1,200 people wh...

Britain's Prince Philip falls ill

June 3rd, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II's husband the Duke Of Edinburgh has pulled out of an official engagement in London after falling ill.

Prince Philip was due to attend the Royal National Institute of Blind People gala at St. James' Palace on Monday (03Jun13) but he withdrew at the last minute as he is feeling "unwell".

A Buckingham Palace spokesman insists the 91 year old is "just a bit under the weather" and will attend a coronation service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate his wife's 60-year reign on Tuesday (04Jun13).

The Queen was still in attendance at Monday's event and watched performances from ...

Helen Mirren Leaves Stage To Shout At Loud Street Drummers

May 6th, 2013 1:07pm EDT
Helen Mirren
Drummers promoting a gay musical festival were left stunned when Helen Mirren cussed them out - in a Queen Elizabeth II costume.

Mirren was performing in the play "The Audience" at the Gielgud Theatre when she was interrupted by the sound of 25 drummers outside. The actress stormed out the doors and confronted the loud band's leader, cussing and asking them to "shut the f--- up."

Mirren told the Daily Telegraph, "I'm afraid there were a few 'thespian' words used. They got a very stern royal ticking off but I have to say they were very sweet and they stopped immediately. 

"I would love to...

Kate Middleton's Nude Photo Scandal: A Royal Invasion Of Privacy

September 23rd, 2012 10:29am EDT
Kate Middleton People
Princess Kate and Prince William face the dark side of royal life as topless photos taken of her with a long-lens camera as she sunbathed at a private estate in the South of France during a romantic getaway go viral. This week's issue of PEOPLE examines how she's coping, who's to blame, and how the Palace is standing by the future Queen.

"They were absolutely united in how they felt about it," a source says of the couple, who struggled to hide their emotions in public. "A red line had been crossed." And an era of relative innocence, it seemed, had come to a sudden, jarring end for Brita...

Helen Mirren Confirms Second Reign As 'The Queen'

September 21st, 2012 10:08pm EDT
The Queen
Helen Mirren has re-teamed with the screenwriter of The Queen to reprise her role as Britain's monarch onstage.

The actress, who won acclaim and an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan and Stephen Frears' 2006 film The Queen, will don the royal attire and tiara again for a new West End play, called The Audience, next year.

Director Stephen Daldry has now confirmed he'll begin staging the production in February, and admits he was surprised when Mirren agreed to tackle the role for a second time. He tells the London Evening Standard, "It's (a) testament to Peter'...

Prince Harry's Nude Scandal Rocks The Royal Family

August 22nd, 2012 9:09am EDT
There’s no doubt that Queen Elizabeth is flipping her crown Tuesday night after nude photos surfaced of Prince Harry in Las Vegas.

The scandalous pictures showed up on TMZ featuring the ginger prince naked holding his royal jewels.

Another picture shows the randy prince completely naked showing his bare assets hunching over a girl.

Princess Diana’s youngest son spent the weekend in Las Vegas, where he attended multiple pool parties with bathing beauties. He even had a 3 a.m. swimming race with gold medalist Ryan Lochte.

And, yes, Ryan won.

As is expected from the Royal Family — they ha...

London Olympics Begin With Dazzling Star-Studded Show

July 28th, 2012 9:00am EDT
London Olympics
On Friday, "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle kicked off the London 2012 Olympic Games with a dazzling visual spectacular that included appearances by actor Kenneth Branagh, James Bond star Daniel Craig, author J.K. Rowling and Queen Elizabeth II.

The filmmaker presented the Isles of Wonder Opening Ceremony in Stratford, East London, and the Oscar winner did not disappoint.

The sound of the Olympic Bell signalled the official start of the London Games as the patriotic hymn "Jerusalem" was sung throughout the stadium. Branagh was the first celebrity to appear as he stepped up to po...

Kate Middleton Is Ravishing In Red At The Diamond Jubilee Celebration

June 4th, 2012 10:46am EDT
Kate Middleton Queen's Jubilee
Britons are out in full force this week to honor their beloved Queen Elizabeth II and her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The event commemorates the queen's 60-year reign.

On Sunday Kate Middleton, formerly known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attended the river pageant flotilla in London. Over 1,000 boats mustered on the River Thames. It was one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river. Those Brits love their pomp and circumstance (and we dig it too!)

Kate wore a simple red dress with a matching headpiece and beige pumps. The ensemble was conservative yet attractive. We su...

Kylie Minogue Challenges Pippa Middleton To A 'Battle Of The Butts'

June 1st, 2012 11:40am EDT
Kylie Minogue
Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue has thrown down the gauntlet to Pippa Middleton, challenging her to a 'battle of the butts' at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

The singer rejuvenated her career in 2000 when she flashed her backside while gyrating in a pair of skimpy gold hot pants in the video for her track Spinning Around.

The film caused a sensation and led to Minogue regularly topping light-hearted 'best butt' lists ever since - but she faces fierce competition from Middleton, who caused an online storm with her shapely posterior at her sister Catherine's marriage to Britain's Pri...

Kate Middleton Makes First Solo Public Appearances While Prince William Is Away

March 4th, 2012 9:00am EST
Kate Middleton
Less than a year since Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge, she's winning hearts – and heartfelt admiration – as she steps confidently out into the royal spotlight for the first time without Prince William's steady guidance. In this week's issue of PEOPLE, Kate makes her first solo royal appearances, where she charms and impresses, proving to be a bright new jewel in the royal crown. The warm smile; the quick laugh; the steady, connected gaze – this commoner turned princess is showing that she's better than good at her job.

While William serves a six-week stint with the Royal ...

Emma Thompson To Play Queen Elizabeth II

February 25th, 2012 9:30am EST
Emma THompson
Emma Thompson is set to follow in Helen Mirren's royal footsteps after signing up to play the Queen in a new British TV drama.

The Oscar-winning actress will portray Her Royal Highness in the project, "Walking The Dogs," which is centered around intruder Michael Fagan's infamous meeting with The Queen at her London home, Buckingham Palace, in July, 1982.

Unemployed Fagan, then-31, spent 10 minutes chatting with The Queen in her bedroom after illegally gaining entrance to the palace's private chambers.

He was charged with the theft of a bottle of wine and committed for psychiatric evaluat...

Helena Bonham Carter Honored With CBE

February 22nd, 2012 11:23am EST
Helena Bonham Carter
The King's Speech star Helena Bonham Carter met real-life royalty on Wednesday as she was honored with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal at Buckingham Palace in London.

The actress played the late Queen Elizabeth in the 2010 movie and she was the guest of honor at her daughter Queen Elizabeth II's royal residence, where she was recognized for her services to drama.

Bonham Carter, who wore a striking Vivienne Westwood tartan dress, was given the award to recognize her career achievements.

Colin Firth, her co-star in The King's Speech, received the same honor la...

Victoria Beckham Says Rumored Spice Girls Reunion Won't Happen This Year

February 19th, 2012 8:30pm EST
Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham has confirmed a proposed Spice Girls reunion this year "isn't going to happen" because the singers are too busy.

Reports suggested the pop group would be reforming to perform at a concert in London this summer as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Beckham has revealed they were approached to play at the gig alongside stars including Paul McCartney and Elton John, but they were unable to accept.

She tells Britain's Sunday Mirror, "The thing with the Spice Girls is it was so flattering to be asked to do the Jubilee. But we have lots on our plates an...

Colin Firth Lands CBE Honor

January 26th, 2012 11:24am EST
Colin Firth
The King's Speech star Colin Firth came face-to-face with a real-life prince on Thursday as he was honored with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal at Buckingham Palace in London.

The actor was the guest of honor at Queen Elizabeth II's royal residence, where he was recognized for his services to drama.

He was given the award by the monarch's son, Charles, Prince of Wales.

Firth was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife Livia, who had earlier 'tweeted' a picture of the couple in their smart clothes ahead of the prize giving.

And in a post on her blog for Vog...

Body Of 17-Year-Old Girl Found At Queen Elizabeth's Norfolk Estate Proving To Be A Royal Murder Mystery

January 15th, 2012 9:00am EST
People Magazine
As the Windsor clan enjoyed Christmas holiday at their country estate, a 17-year-old girl was found slain on the property. How did she get there? This week's issue of PEOPLE magazine examines the Royal mystery at the Queen's beloved Sandringham retreat as police race to find answers in the brutal killing. Just yards away from where Queen Elizabeth, flanked by her trusty black Labradors, stalked pheasant and partridge with her party, there was prey of a ghastly sort: the decomposing remains of a teen girl. "The body," says Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry, "had been there for some time."


Helena Bonham Carter To Be Honored By Queen

January 2nd, 2012 11:52am EST
Helena Bonham Carter
Oscar-nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter has been awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire medal (CBE) in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honors list.

The Brit, who portrayed the Queen's mother in The King's Speech, has been recognized for her career achievements and will be presented with the accolade during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London this year.

TV mogul Peter Bazalgette, the producer credited with turning reality show Big Brother into an international phenomenon, is to receive a knighthood, while author Penelope Lively, who won the Booker Prize for 1987'...

Prince Philip Recovering After Emergency Surgery

December 24th, 2011 2:47pm EST
Prince Philip
British royal Prince Philip is recovering in hospital after undergoing emergency surgery to treat a blocked coronary artery.

Queen Elizabeth II's 90-year-old husband was airlifted by helicopter from Sandringham Palace to Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, England on Friday night after complaining about chest pains.

The Duke of Edinburgh was fitted with a coronary stent during the "minimally invasive" operation.

The Queen, 85, visited the Duke in hospital early on Saturday, accompanied by their daughter Princess Anne, and sons Princes Edward and Andrew.

Prince Charles and his wife, Cam...

Hugh Jackman & Elle MacPherson Attend Reception Hosted By Queen Eilizabeth II

October 15th, 2011 12:30pm EDT
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman and Elle MacPherson were among the prominent Australians invited to a lavish reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Thursday ahead of her trip Down Under.

The British monarch is set to visit the country, of which she is head of state, next week, and she invited 350 members of Australia's high society to join her for a celebration at her London residence.

Jackman was one of the first guests to chat to the queen at the party, and he is adamant his fellow countrymen will be thrilled she is making her 16th trip Down Under, despite some citizens calling for...

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