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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....
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...
Liz Truss chosen to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and U.K. Prime Minister
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Liz Truss chosen to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and U.K. Prime Minister

London — Members of Britain's Conservative Party selected Liz Truss to replace Boris Johnson as the party's leader on Monday, meaning Truss will take over as the U.K. Prime Minister on Tuesday. The former foreign secretary will officially begin her new job after Johnson visits Queen Elizabeth II to formally resign. I am honoured to be elected Leader of the Conservative Party.Thank you for putting your trust in me to lead and deliver for our great country.I will take bold action to get all of us through these tough times, grow our economy, and unleash the United Kingdom’s potential. pic.twitter.com/xCGGTJzjqb— Liz Truss (@trussliz) September 5, 2022 Who is Liz Truss?Liz Truss will be Britain's third female prime minister.A longtime Conservative politician, Truss was the U.K....
Liz Truss, frontrunner to become Britain’s next prime minister, vows fast action on cost of living
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Liz Truss, frontrunner to become Britain’s next prime minister, vows fast action on cost of living

Liz Truss, who is widely expected to become Britain's new prime minister this week, has pledged to act within a week to tackle a cost-of-living crisis fueled by soaring energy bills linked to the war in Ukraine.But Truss, speaking to the BBC on Sunday, refused to provide any details on the actions she would take, suggesting it would be wrong to discuss specific policies until she takes the top post. She stressed, however, that she understands the magnitude of the problems facing Britain.The government has been unable to address soaring inflation, labor strife and strains on the nation's creaking health-care system since early July, when Johnson announced his intention to resign and triggered a contest to choose his successor. The ruling Conservative Party will announce the winner o...
Kevin Spacey pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges in U.K. court
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Kevin Spacey pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges in U.K. court

London — Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty before a London court on Thursday to four charges of sexual assault against three men, stemming from incidents that allegedly took place between 2005 and 2013. He also pleaded not guilty to one count of "causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent." The Hollywood actor, 62, stands accused of assaulting the three men, who are now in their 30s and 40s, in London and Gloucestershire, England. Spacey appeared in person at the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, commonly known as the Old Bailey, in London, to deny the charges. The judge said a trial expected to run three to four weeks would begin on June 6, 2023, the British Press Association news agency reported, and granted Spacey continued unconditional b...
Kevin Spacey granted bail as he makes first appearance in U.K. court on sexual assault charges
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Kevin Spacey granted bail as he makes first appearance in U.K. court on sexual assault charges

Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court on June 16, 2022 in London, England. Kate Green/Getty London — Kevin Spacey was granted "unconditional bail" by a U.K. court on Thursday morning as he made his first appearance on charges accusing him of sexually assaulting three men between 2005 and 2013. Accompanied by his legal team, the actor was met by a crowd of journalists and photographers as he entered Westminster Magistrates' Court in London for a preliminary hearing. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 14. Spacey was not asked to enter a formal plea, but his lawyer said the actor "strenuously denies any and all criminality in this case," accord...
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...