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Moment of silence held throughout Britain for Queen Elizabeth
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Moment of silence held throughout Britain for Queen Elizabeth

The entire United Kingdom held a moment of silence for Queen Elizabeth II at 8 p.m. local time. This was as leaders from around the world arrived in London for her state funeral, which is set to be held Monday. President Biden and other dignitaries arrived in London for the funeral, to which around 500 royals, heads of state and heads of government from around the globe have been invited. Mr. Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden paid their respects at Westminster Hall on Sunday, where they were joined by Jane Hartley, U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. The president and first lady each then signed the official condolence book for the queen at Lancaster House. "She was the same in person as her image — decent, honorable, all about service," Mr....
5 things to know about Queen Elizabeth’s wealth and King Charles III’s inheritance
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5 things to know about Queen Elizabeth’s wealth and King Charles III’s inheritance

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II involves not only the transfer of the crown to her first son, Charles — now officially King Charles III — but also a shift of her personal wealth and the ownership in trust of a massive portfolio of assets that range from iconic castles to the Crown Jewels. Queen Elizabeth II's 70-year reign spanned a period of huge wealth creation across the globe, when new businesses sprang up in the decades after World War II. But much of her wealth is tied up in tangible assets that haven't exactly appreciated like the stocks of Microsoft or Amazon, which have soared 240,000% and 146,000%, respectively, since their IPOs. That may be why Queen Elizabeth's personal fortune appears relatively modest compared with that of tech moguls like Microsoft co-founder Bill ...
Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin makes somber journey through Scotland
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Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin makes somber journey through Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland — In a somber, regal procession, Queen Elizabeth II's flag-draped coffin was driven slowly through the Scottish countryside Sunday from her beloved Balmoral Castle to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Mourners packed city streets and highway bridges or lined rural roads with cars and tractors to take part in a historic goodbye to the monarch who had reigned for 70 years.The hearse drove past piles of bouquets and other tributes as it led a seven-car cortege from Balmoral, where the queen died Thursday at age 96, for a six-hour trip through Scottish towns to Holyroodhouse palace in Edinburgh. The late queen's coffin was draped in the Royal Standard for Scotland and topped with a wreath made of flowers from the estate, including sweet peas, one of the queen's fav...
Biden says he’ll attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral
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Biden says he’ll attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

President Biden on Friday said he'll be going to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II whenever it takes place."Yes," Mr. Biden said, asked by a reporter in Ohio if he'll attend the funeral. "I don't know what the details are yet, but I'll be going." The queen died Thursday at 96, after 70 years on the throne.  The president on Friday said that while he knows King Charles III, he hasn't spoken with him since the queen's passing. On Thursday, the president and first lady Jill Biden stopped at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., to sign the queen's condolence book.  "We mourn for all of you," Mr. Biden said at the embassy. "She was a great lady. I'm so delighted I got to meet her."Mr. Biden has met the queen on multiple occasions, most rece...
Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee celebrations: What to expect
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Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee celebrations: What to expect

London — Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee this year, which is the 70-year anniversary of her reign as queen of the United Kingdom and its 14 Commonwealth nations. Already the country's longest-reigning monarch — a landmark she reached in 2015 — Elizabeth is the first to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Events have been organized around the U.K. and Commonwealth countries to mark the occasion. Here is everything you need to know:What is the Platinum Jubilee?The Platinum Jubilee is the 70th anniversary of a British monarch's reign, and Queen Elizabeth II is the first to reach the milestone. On significant anniversaries like this one, celebratory events are organized across the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries. ...
Where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle be during Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee?
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Where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle be during Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee?

London – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in the U.K. to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years since she ascended the throne. It is their first public visit to the country since they quit as senior royals more than two years ago.Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior members of the royal family in January 2020, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic began, and they have largely remained in the United States since. Harry has visited the U.K. a few times, including for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral last year, and Meghan has reportedly visited once.The couple observed Thursday's Trooping the Color event in London from the Major General's Office overlooking Horse Guards Parade. They did not appear on the balcony of Buckingham...
Where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle be during Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee?
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Where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle be during Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee?

London – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in the U.K. to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years since she ascended the throne. It is their first public visit to the country since they quit as senior royals more than two years ago.Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior members of the royal family in January 2020, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic began, and they have largely remained in the United States since. Harry has visited the U.K. a few times, including for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral last year, and Meghan has reportedly visited once.The couple observed Thursday's Trooping the Color event in London from the Major General's Office overlooking Horse Guards Parade. They did not appear on the balcony of Buckingham...
Will the Platinum Jubilee be Queen Elizabeth II’s last hurrah?
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Will the Platinum Jubilee be Queen Elizabeth II’s last hurrah?

London — Throwing a party for a 96-year-old woman who's been in the same job for 70 years might seem like a last hurrah. But you have to be careful with the women of Britain's royal family: Never write them off too soon.The hurrahs for Queen Elizabeth II just keep on coming. Her mother did live to 101, after all.The queen had been dialling back on public appearances even before Buckingham Palace said she was dealing with "mobility issues," which have made life more difficult for the monarch. Sir Paul McCartney and best-selling author Tina Brown reflect on Queen Elizabeth's unprecedented reign in "Her Majesty The Queen: A Gayle King Special." The special airs on the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Thursday, June 2 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS and will stream on the C...
7 things you might not know about Queen Elizabeth II as she marks 70 years on the throne
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7 things you might not know about Queen Elizabeth II as she marks 70 years on the throne

London — As the United Kingdom and its Commonwealth nations celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, marking Queen Elizabeth II's record 70 years on the throne, here are seven things Buckingham Palace has shared that you may not know about the British monarch.  Queen Elizabeth II through the years 76 photos Britain's Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history on September 9, 2015, surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. Queen Elizabeth...
Queen Elizabeth II makes surprise appearance to mark new London Underground line named in her honor
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Queen Elizabeth II makes surprise appearance to mark new London Underground line named in her honor

London — Queen Elizabeth II made a surprise visit Tuesday to a train station in central London to see a newly completed subway line named in her honor. The 96-year-old monarch, who has reduced most of her public engagements, appeared Tuesday at Paddington Station to see the east-west Elizabeth Line, which is due to open to the public on May 24. Calling the event "a happy development," Buckingham Palace said "the organizers were informed of the possibility she may attend." Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reacts during her visit to Paddington Station in London, May 17, 2022, to mark the completion of London's Crossrail project, ahead of the opening of the new Elizabeth Line rail service. ANDREW MATTHEWS/POOL/AFP/Getty ...