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Queen Elizabeth II to visit France for D-Day 70th anniversary
Queen Elizabeth II to visit France for D-Day 70th anniversary

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip will make a state visit to France to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

Queen Elizabeth II to visit France for D-Day 70th anniversary
Britain's Queen Elizabeth. ©Reuters/Philip Toscano/Pool
British MPs criticise Queen's household finances

British lawmakers on Tuesday urged Queen Elizabeth II's royal household to do more to reduce running costs and produce clearer plans for the monarch's financial future.

British MPs criticise Queen's household finances
Queen Elizabeth II. ©Reuters/John Stillwell/Pool
Weird and wonderful world of British royal gifts revealed

A garden gnome, a chocolate royal coach and a falconry glove were among the gifts presented to Britain's royal household last year.

Weird and wonderful world of British royal gifts revealed
Doctor Marcus Setchell (C), who led the medical team that helped Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge deliver a baby boy. ©Reuters/Andrew Winning
Royal baby birth doctor knighted, Beckham snubbed

The gynaecologist who helped deliver the first child of Prince William and his wife Kate was given a knighthood and veteran actress Angela Lansbury was made a dame in Britain's New Year Honours List released Tuesday.

Royal baby birth doctor knighted, Beckham snubbed
Queen Elizabeth calls for 'quiet reflection' in 2014
Queen Elizabeth calls for 'quiet reflection' in 2014

Queen Elizabeth II urged people to take the time for quiet reflection in 2014, in her annual Christmas Day message to the Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth calls for 'quiet reflection' in 2014
Alan Turing. Photo Courtesy of wikipedia.org
Britain pardons gay 'father of computing' Alan Turing

Britain on Tuesday granted a posthumous pardon to Alan Turing, the World War II code-breaking hero who committed suicide after he was convicted of the then crime of homosexuality.

Britain pardons gay 'father of computing' Alan Turing
Cartier the 'King of Jewellers' shines in Paris expo
Cartier the 'King of Jewellers' shines in Paris expo

From the royal diadem worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to an outsized maharaja's necklace, hundreds of glimmering treasures go on show this week in a major Paris exhibit on Cartier.

Cartier the 'King of Jewellers' shines in Paris expo
Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins. ©Reuters/Edgard Garrido
Irish president to make historic state visit to Britain

President Michael D. Higgins is to become the first Irish head of state to make a state visit to Britain, in another symbolic step forward for relations between the neighbouring countries.

Irish president to make historic state visit to Britain
Death of letters spells tough time for biographers, says royal writer
Death of letters spells tough time for biographers, says royal writer

The slow death of handwriting might be a boon for email-reading intelligence agencies but not for biographers, says the man entrusted by Queen Elizabeth II to write the biography of her mother.

Death of letters spells tough time for biographers, says royal writer
More modern monarchs choose not to rule until death
More modern monarchs choose not to rule until death

Retirement is not traditionally on the cards for queens, kings or popes, but in recent months many are choosing to step aside instead of labouring on until death.

More modern monarchs choose not to rule until death
Adele, 'Blackadder' stars honoured by the queen
Adele, 'Blackadder' stars honoured by the queen

British singer Adele and "Blackadder" stars Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson were among those given awards in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours announced late Friday.

Adele, 'Blackadder' stars honoured by the queen
Man arrested for defacing queen's portrait in London
Man arrested for defacing queen's portrait in London

A man was charged on Friday after a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II commissioned to mark her 60 years on the throne was defaced at London's Westminster Abbey.

Man arrested for defacing queen's portrait in London
Britain's Prince Philip set for 'exploratory' surgery
Britain's Prince Philip set for 'exploratory' surgery

Prince Philip, the 91-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will on Friday undergo "exploratory" surgery at a London hospital.

Britain's Prince Philip set for 'exploratory' surgery
Dutch love their Argentine queen despite father's past
Dutch love their Argentine queen despite father's past

Maxima, the Argentine-born future queen of the Netherlands, has worked hard to win over Dutch hearts and is immensely popular despite her father's murky role in his country's military junta.

Dutch love their Argentine queen despite father's past
Queen Elizabeth turns 87 as Kate shows baby bump
Queen Elizabeth turns 87 as Kate shows baby bump

Queen Elizabeth II marked her 87th birthday with little fanfare on Sunday, spending the day privately while Prince William's wife Catherine was showing off her baby bump.

Queen Elizabeth turns 87 as Kate shows baby bump
Queen at Thatcher's funeral highlights mutual respect
Queen at Thatcher's funeral highlights mutual respect

Queen Elizabeth II's attendance at Margaret Thatcher's funeral on Wednesday, a rare honour, sheds light on the largely secret relationship between two of the world's most famous and powerful women.

Queen at Thatcher's funeral highlights mutual respect
Queen to sign rights charter: palace
Queen to sign rights charter: palace

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was on Monday to sign a charter calling for an end to discrimination across the 54 Commonwealth nations.

Queen to sign rights charter: palace
British queen hospitalised with gastroenteritis
British queen hospitalised with gastroenteritis

Britain's 86-year-old Queen Elizabeth II spent Sunday night in hospital after being admitted for the first time in 10 years as a precautionary measure against the symptoms of gastroenteritis.

British queen hospitalised with gastroenteritis
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. ©REUTERS
British queen most amused when pageantry goes wrong

Queen Elizabeth II dutifully sits through endless hours of displays of military pomp rehearsed to the second -- and secretly loves it when everything goes wrong.

British queen most amused when pageantry goes wrong
Queen Elizabeth takes spin in motorhome
Queen Elizabeth takes spin in motorhome

Queen Elizabeth II may be more used to palaces and state carriages but the British monarch nonetheless enjoyed a spin in a motorhome on Thursday, callling it a "real home from home".

Queen Elizabeth takes spin in motorhome