Sir Keir Starmer says ‘we are lucky to call ourselves Elizabethans’

Sir Keir Starmer says ‘we are lucky to call ourselves Elizabethans’

Sir Keir Starmer has declared "we are lucky to call ourselves Elizabethans" in a moving message after Queen Elizabeth's state funeral. The leader of the UK's Labour Party posted a poignant message on Twitter after the service at Westminster Abbey concluded on Monday to pay his respects to the late monarch - who died on September 8 at the age of 96 - and he praised the Queen's "courage" and "good humour". https://twitter.com/Keir_Starmer/status/1571841906174205954 Sir Keir wrote: "Today marks the passing of an era. The dignity, courage, spirit, selflessness and good humour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II showed throughout her reign…
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Russia, Myanmar not invited to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral – source

Russia, Myanmar not invited to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral – source

Britain has not invited representatives from Russia, Belarus and Myanmar to attend Queen Elizabeth's state funeral due to be held next Monday, a Whitehall source said on Tuesday. Britain, along with its Western allies, has sought to isolate Russia and its ally Belarus on the world stage with economic sanctions and other measures in response to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. Myanmar and its military have also been the subject of British sanctions as London steps up support for the Southeast Asian country's Rohingya community. About 500 foreign dignitaries are expected to attend Queen Elizabeth's funeral in London, with invites having been sent to the heads of…
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Seeking right tone, new UK PM Truss had to quickly change gear for queen

Seeking right tone, new UK PM Truss had to quickly change gear for queen

Just a week after Queen Elizabeth asked Liz Truss to form a government, Britain's new prime minister is attending services of reflection across the country with King Charles, determined to strike the right tone in her first days in power. It has been a week like no other for the prime minister. Her first big announcement, on only her second full day in office, had been a more than 100 billion pound package to ease the pain of spiralling energy prices. But while sitting in parliament after unveiling it, a much more dramatic statement was brought to her attention -…
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New Zealand may become a republic but not anytime soon, Ardern says

New Zealand may become a republic but not anytime soon, Ardern says

New Zealand will not actively take any measures to become a republic in the short-term after the death of Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, though she expects the Pacific nation will eventually become one. "I've never sensed the urgency. There's so many challenges we face. This is a large, significant debate. Don't think it's one that would or should occur quickly," Ardern told reporters on Monday when asked whether the change in the British monarch will spark talks of republicanism in the country. New Zealand is one of 15 realms to count the British Monarch as head of state including Australia and…
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WATCH: Crowds cheer King Charles ahead of address to nation mourning queen

WATCH: Crowds cheer King Charles ahead of address to nation mourning queen

King Charles was greeted by cheering crowds outside Buckingham Palace on Friday as he returned to London ahead of a televised address to a nation mourning the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth after seven decades on the throne. Charles, who raced to be by the side of the queen at her Scottish home on Thursday, headed back to London with his wife Camilla, now Queen Consort, before a meeting with the prime minister and making a televised statement at 1700 GMT. The death of the queen, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and a towering presence on the world stage for 70…
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Man charged under Britain’s Treason Act over Christmas Day incident at queen’s home

Man charged under Britain’s Treason Act over Christmas Day incident at queen’s home

A man arrested with a crossbow at Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle home on Christmas Day last year has been charged with having a weapon with intent to "alarm her Majesty" under Britain's Treason Act, police and prosecutors said on Tuesday. Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, from Southampton in southern England, had been arrested on Dec. 25 while carrying a crossbow in the grounds of the castle to the west of London where the 96-year-old monarch mostly resides, prosecutors said. Following an investigation by counter-terrorism police, he was charged with making threats to kill, possession of an offensive weapon and an offence…
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New book claims Queen said ‘thank goodness Meghan isn’t coming’ before Prince Philip’s funeral

New book claims Queen said ‘thank goodness Meghan isn’t coming’ before Prince Philip’s funeral

The Queen expressed relief that the Duchess of Sussex was not attending the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, saying “thank goodness Meghan is not coming”, a biographer claimed on Friday night.Tom Bower, who has written a new book about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex entitled “Revenge”, alleged the Queen told aides of her feelings in a “clear voice” at Windsor Castle before her husband’s funeral.At the time, the Duchess was reported to be watching the service from home on the advice of her doctors.She wrote a handwritten note for a wreath of flowers left at St George’s Chapel…
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Brian May says Bohemian Rhapsody film sequel is being planned

Brian May says Bohemian Rhapsody film sequel is being planned

Brian May says a 'Bohemian Rhapsody' film sequel is being planned. The Queen legend has revealed there has been a discussion surrounding a possible sequel to the hit movie, which starred Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, but Brian admits it would be "hard to follow" the previous outing. He said: "We are looking at it. Yeah, we have been looking at ideas. It’s going to be hard to follow that one as none of us could have predicted how massive that was going to be. We put a lot of heart and soul into making it and no one could…
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Harvey Weinstein stripped from honorary CBE following rape and sexual assault conviction

Harvey Weinstein stripped from honorary CBE following rape and sexual assault conviction

Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been stripped of his honorary CBE following his conviction for rape and sexual assault. An official announcement in The London Gazette confirms that the Queen has annulled his appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The decision was made at a recent meeting of the Honours Forfeiture Committee, which is independent from government. Weinstein was awarded the CBE in 2004. Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in March. It followed an investigation by the New York Times in Oct 2017 that published accusations from several women that the now 68-year-old…
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Brian May reveals he was very near death following heart attack

Brian May reveals he was very near death following heart attack

Brian May, through Instagram, revealed that doctors found him to be “very near death” after suffering a heart attack. Doctors, he said, found that had three blocked arteries, which caused a pain in his chest that lasted 40 minutes. The Queen's guitarist, who is 72, told his Instagram followers that the pain began shortly after ripping his buttock muscles in a gardening accident a few weeks back. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAmCpCjF26v/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Instagram 
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Queen becomes first British band to join Queen Elizabeth on commemorative coin

Queen becomes first British band to join Queen Elizabeth on commemorative coin

Queen has become the first British band to join Queen Elizabeth II on a commemorative coin. The Independent reports that the Royal Mint released a commemorative coin collection to celebrate the band as part of its ongoing “Music Legends” series. The coins detail the instruments of all four members of the band, including Brian May’s Red Special guitar, John Deacon’s Fender Precision bass, Roger Taylor’s Ludwig bass drum and Freddie Mercury’s Bechstein grand piano. The coin’s designer Chris Facey also paid tribute to “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the band’s most celebrated hit, with the keys of the piano on the coin pressed down for the…
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Photo Story: Queen in South Korea

Photo Story: Queen in South Korea

Brian May of Queen, vocalist Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor of Queen attend a press conference ahead of the Rhapsody Tour at the Conrad Hotel in Seoul, South Korea, 16 January 2020. The band Queen is in Seoul for their Asian leg of 'Rhapsody' tour, and is scheduled to perform on 16 and 18 January, joined by vocalist Adam Lambert.   Photos: EPA-EFE/CHUNG SUNG-JUN / POOL
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Freddie Mercury gets first street in a European Capital

Freddie Mercury gets first street in a European Capital

Warsaw is the first European Capital to have a street named after Freddie Mercury.  The street, named Freddiego Mercury'ego once the appropriate Polish grammatical endings are added,. is believed to be the first street named after the Queen front man in a European capital, and has been unveiled just ahead of the anniversary of his death on Sunday. Via Onet / Notes From Poland  Photo ONET  
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Bohemian Rhapsody producer to produce BeeGees biopic

Bohemian Rhapsody producer to produce BeeGees biopic

The producer of Bohemian Rhapsody, the hit movie about the life of Freddie Mercury and Queen, is set to take on another set of musical icons: the Bee Gees. According to Deadline, Graham King is teaming with Paramount Pictures and production company Sister to create the biopic, which has not yet been written or cast. Paramount has purchased the life rights to the Gibb family estate on behalf of GK’s King and will be able to use their classic songs in the movie. Sister — the venture just launched by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Chernobyl producer Jane Featherstone —…
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Queen ‘sought advice’ on sacking UK Prime Minister

Queen ‘sought advice’ on sacking UK Prime Minister

Queen Elizabeth II sought advice on the circumstances in which she could sack a prime minister ahead of Tuesday’s incendiary Supreme Court ruling, i has been told. A source claims that the monarch asked her aides for the first time for clarification on just when and how she could dismiss a prime minister who refuses to step aside. The alleged consultations reinforce suggestions that the monarch and her most senior aides had deep concerns about Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament, even before the country’s most senior court was asked to declare the move unlawful. It was reported on Sunday…
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Brian May wants a Live Aid Concert on Climate Change

Brian May wants a Live Aid Concert on Climate Change

Queen's Brian May indicated the issue of climate change is "so enormous" that a benefit concert akin to 1985's Live Aid is perhaps needed to adequately confront the ongoing environmental concern. But it would require the work of the world's young people to make a dent in global warming by way of a large-scale charity show, he suggested. Still, that may not be enough. As framed by the the Mirror Monday (May 6), the guitarist posited that youth worldwide would have to galvanize behind a rally similar to Live Earth 2007 if they wish to raise awareness. “We’d help in any way we can…
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Thai king’s bodyguard becomes queen

Thai king’s bodyguard becomes queen

The king of Thailand has married the deputy head of his personal security detail, and as consequence she became queen. The surprise announcement comes before his elaborate coronation ceremonies begin on Saturday, when his position is consecrated. King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, became the constitutional monarch after the death of his much-loved father in 2016. He has been married and divorced three times before and has seven children. Queen Suthida is King Vajiralongkorn's long-term partner and has been seen with him in public for many years, though their relationship has never before been officially acknowledged. Via BBC
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China censors gay scenes from “Bohemian Rhapsody”

China censors gay scenes from “Bohemian Rhapsody”

China has censored at least 10 scenes with gay references from the Oscar-winning movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” about British rock musician Freddie Mercury. The film about the lead singer of British rock band Queen has earned more than 50 million yuan ($8 million) in box office revenue since opening in Chinese art house cinemas on Friday, according to Alibaba Pictures. But at least three minutes of scenes, from a close-up of Mercury’s gyrating crotch as he performs, to a kiss with a male guest and the spanking of a female guest at a party, are missing. This censorship of the scenes…
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Photo Story: Queen – The Origin of a Legend

Photo Story: Queen – The Origin of a Legend

A person visits the photographic exhibition 'Queen: the origin of a legend' by British photographer Mick Rock at the Cuatro Caminos Museum Photo in Mexico City, 13 March 2019. More than 120 images by British photographer Mick Rock, 14 of them unpublished, make up the exhibition, which will be presented on 15 March 2019. EPA-EFE/Jose Mendez
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Bohemian Rhapsody – The Sequel ?

Bohemian Rhapsody – The Sequel ?

A sequel to Queen’s blockbuster biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is being seriously discussed, according to a filmmaker close to the band, Planet Radio reports. Austrian film producer and director, Rudi Dolezal, who has helmed several Queen music videos including ‘These Are the Days of Our Lives’ and ‘The Show Must Go On’, told PageSix he believes the band and their management are lining up a follow-up to the movie. Commenting on the band’s legendary long-term manager Jim Beach, who also produced Bohemian Rhapsody, Dolezal said: “I’m sure he plans a sequel that with Live Aid.” Tantalisingly, he added that the follow-up…
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The Saturday Morning Briefing

The Saturday Morning Briefing

Good morning, He came, he disrupted, he conquered. Or not? For sure he conquered the headlines. In a nutshell that's the essence of Trump's visit to the UK impact. However back home in the US, news broke out of the indictment of Russians for hacking his opponent in the Presidency election. News broke out just before the summit between Trump and Putin. That, in itself is already a lot for historians, and once again a proof that one day can be too long in politics. We try to capture the relevant news which were reported, including the latest on Hugo…
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Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen’s Biographic Film Trailer released

There are few rock bands quite as iconic and prolific as Queen. Freddie Mercury's vocals are unmatched to this day, and the band's music is still constantly played on the radio, in addition to movies, TV shows, and commercials. Now it's time that this comes to the silver screen as 20th Century Fox has been working on Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen's Biographical Film. The trailer for the highly anticipated Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, met a mixed reaction when released earlier this week. There were those who called it “thrilling” and “spectacular." Others said that the trailer proves that the film will “straight-wash”, Freddie Mercury,…
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