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British 'barbarians' need manners lesson, says China paper in rudeness row
British 'barbarians' need manners lesson, says China paper in rudeness row

The British media is riddled with "barbarians" who would benefit from a lesson in manners from China's ancient civilisation, a state-run newspaper said Thursday after Queen Elizabeth II called some Chinese officials "very rude".

British 'barbarians' need manners lesson, says China paper in rudeness row
Queen calls Chinese delegation 'very rude'
Queen calls Chinese delegation 'very rude'

Queen Elizabeth II called members of a Chinese delegation "very rude", in a rare diplomatic gaffe by the British monarch.

Queen calls Chinese delegation 'very rude'
The 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond set in the crown. ©Reuters
Pakistan court to hear bid to reclaim jewel from British crown

Pakistan asks Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to return the Koh-i-Noor diamond more than 150 years after it was taken from Lahore.

Pakistan court to hear bid to reclaim jewel from British crown
Queen Elizabeth sells 25,000 tickets to 90th birthday
Queen Elizabeth sells 25,000 tickets to 90th birthday

Tickets to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday celebrations sold out within hours as Buckingham Palace promised four days of pageantry "fit for the queen" including dancing and horse shows.

Queen Elizabeth sells 25,000 tickets to 90th birthday
Photo courtesy of Akorda press office.
Queen Elizabeth II receives Nursultan Nazarbayev in London

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Queen Elizabeth II during his official visit to the United Kingdom.

Queen Elizabeth II receives Nursultan Nazarbayev in London
Sofia Kairbayeva. Personal file photo.
Kazakh student gets response letter from Queen Elizabeth II

A school student from Pavlodar in northern Kazakhstan Sofia Kairbayeva wrote a letter to Queen Elizabeth II and received a response.

Kazakh student gets response letter from Queen Elizabeth II
Queen says fixing division in Scotland 'will take time
Queen says fixing division in Scotland 'will take time

Healing differences in Scotland after a divisive referendum that came close to splitting the United Kingdom this year will take time.

Queen says fixing division in Scotland 'will take time
Queen praises Ebola health workers in Christmas message
Queen praises Ebola health workers in Christmas message

Queen Elizabeth II will pay tribute in her annual Christmas Day broadcast to the "selflessness" of medical staff and aid workers fighting the Ebola epidemic.

Queen praises Ebola health workers in Christmas message
British PM to apologise to queen over purring gaffe
British PM to apologise to queen over purring gaffe

British Prime Minister David Cameron will apologise to Queen Elizabeth II in person.

British PM to apologise to queen over purring gaffe
Queen urges unity after Scottish independence vote
Queen urges unity after Scottish independence vote

Queen Elizabeth II urged her subjects in the United Kingdom to come together after Scots voted against independence.

Queen urges unity after Scottish independence vote
Scots grapple with referendum tug-of-war at Highland games
Scots grapple with referendum tug-of-war at Highland games

Bagpipe music, caber-tossing and tugs-of-war were on everyone's minds at the Braemar Highland games presided over by Queen Elizabeth II.

Scots grapple with referendum tug-of-war at Highland games
Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen seeks apology before returning crown
Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen seeks apology before returning crown

A Myanmar beauty queen dethroned for alleged misconduct said she would only return her crown if South Korean pageant organisers apologised

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen seeks apology before returning crown
Queen smashes whisky, gives her name to Britain's biggest warship
Queen smashes whisky, gives her name to Britain's biggest warship

Queen Elizabeth II smashed a bottle of whisky against Britain's biggest warship as she gave her name to the new aircraft carrier at a ceremony in Scotland.

Queen smashes whisky, gives her name to Britain's biggest warship
Britain makes Angelina Jolie an honorary dame
Britain makes Angelina Jolie an honorary dame

Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honours list, as Britain paid tribute to the Hollywood star for her efforts to combat warzone rape.

Britain makes Angelina Jolie an honorary dame
Queen Elizabeth portrait released to mark 88th birthday
Queen Elizabeth portrait released to mark 88th birthday

A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, taken by David Bailey, has been released to mark her 88th birthday on Monday, with the renowned photographer delighting in the "mischievous glint" in her eyes.

Queen Elizabeth portrait released to mark 88th birthday
Curious George revels in royal play day in New Zealand
Curious George revels in royal play day in New Zealand

Britain's baby Prince George hosted his first official function on Wednesday -- maintaining a regal calm on a play date with a group of New Zealand toddlers, even as some of his tiny guests burst into tears

Curious George revels in royal play day in New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Francis. Photo courtesy of catolicnews.com
Two sovereigns in Rome: Queen visits pope

Queen Elizabeth II meets Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday on a visit that coincides with the anniversary of the start of the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.

Two sovereigns in Rome: Queen visits pope
Merkel set for historic UK visit
Merkel set for historic UK visit

German chancellor Angela Merkel will make an historic speech to Britain's parliament on Thursday before holding EU talks with Prime Minister David Cameron and taking tea with Queen Elizabeth II.

Merkel set for historic UK visit
Queen hosts British film royalty at palace
Queen hosts British film royalty at palace

Queen Elizabeth II hosted the cream of British cinema at Buckingham Palace on Monday, a day after her grandson starred at the Bafta's, the highlight of the industry's calendar.

Queen hosts British film royalty at palace
Prince William's wife Kate dazzles in queen's diamonds
Prince William's wife Kate dazzles in queen's diamonds

Prince William's wife Catherine dazzled onlookers at a dinner for London's National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday with a diamond necklace borrowed from the queen.

Prince William's wife Kate dazzles in queen's diamonds