Queen Elizabeth II

PHOTO GALLERY: Bidens among thousands paying respects to Queen Elizabeth II

LONDON (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden paid his respects at Queen Elizabeth II's coffin on Sunday as thousands of police, hundreds of British troops and an army of officials made final preparations for the queen's state funeral — a spectacular display of national mourning that will also be ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Mourners wanting a last look at queen’s coffin

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people have slowly filed past Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at Westminster Hall since her lying-in-state opened to the public in London on Sept. 14. The mourners, who have waited for hours in a miles-long queue, stop in front of the coffin for a quiet ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Catching a glimpse of the queen over the decades

LONDON (AP) — From a horde of people huddled on a chilly London sidewalk waiting to catch a glimpse of Princess Elizabeth on her way to marry the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947, to a five-mile, 24-hour line of humanity waiting patiently to file past her coffin this week, Britain's Queen Elizabeth ...

Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is huge security challenge

LONDON (AP) — The funeral of the only monarch most Britons have known involves the biggest security operation London has ever seen. Mayor Sadiq Khan says Monday's state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II is an "unprecedented" security challenge, with hundreds of thousands of people packing ...

By the numbers: Facts and figures about the queen’s funeral

LONDON (AP) — Events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral on Monday cap 10 days of national mourning and are expected to be watched by hundreds of thousands of people packed onto the streets of London and millions around the world. Those are just a few of the staggering array of ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Queen paved the way for transition to Charles in final years

LONDON (AP) — In retrospect, it seems as if she was preparing us all along. Whether it was due to age, ill health or a sense that the end was near, Queen Elizabeth II spent much of the last two years tying up loose ends, trying to make sure the family firm would keep ticking along after her ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Royal lying in state rituals endure despite changing times

LONDON (AP) — When Queen Elizabeth II's grandfather, King George V, died 86 years ago, many homes in Britain had little or no electricity and large parts of the population still lived in slums. Life in 1936 is unrecognizable to Britons today. But despite almost a century of change, the ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Queen’s 8 grandchildren hold silent vigil beside her coffin

LONDON (AP) — All eight of Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren stood in silent vigil beside her coffin Saturday, capping another huge day in which thousands came to pay their respects. Mourners huddled in a line that snaked across London, enduring the city's coldest night in months and waits ...

Biden arrives in London for queen’s funeral

LONDON — U.S. President Joe Biden has arrived in London to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II. The president was expected to sign the official condolence book and attend a reception Sunday at Buckingham Palace hosted by King Charles III before attending the queen's funeral at ...

Chinese factory churns out British flags after queen’s death

SHAOXING, China (AP) — Ninety minutes after Queen Elizabeth II died, orders for thousands of British flags started to flood into a factory south of Shanghai. More than 100 employees at Shaoxing Chuangdong Tour Articles Co. set aside other work and put in 14-hour days starting at 7:30 a.m. ...

US-UK relations enter new chapter as new PM, king settle in

LONDON (AP) — President Joe Biden arrived in London to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II at a time of transition in U.S.-U.K. relations, as both a new monarch and a new prime minister are settling in. The hawkish approach of Prime Minister Liz Truss to Russia and China puts her on the ...

Queen’s death both challenge and reprieve for new UK leader

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Liz Truss took office less than two weeks ago, impatient to set her stamp on government and facing an overflowing inbox of crises: soaring inflation, a plummeting national currency and skyrocketing energy bills. Then the death of 96-year-old Queen ...

Once home to a princess, Malta remembers the queen

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A dilapidated villa outside Malta's capital where a young Princess Elizabeth and her husband lived for a fondly recalled period before she became queen has become a focal point of Malta's remembrance of the late monarch and her ties to the former British colony in the ...

In Yemen, Queen’s death recalls memories of colonial past

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — In 1954, large crowds turned out for a historic visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Aden. At the time, this city on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula was a colony of the British Empire and was one of the busiest and most important ports in the world. Now the queen's ...

Queen’s death triggers media bonanza in works for decades

NEW YORK (AP) — When word came that Queen Elizabeth II was close to her death, media organizations around the world sprang to life, dispatching reporters to a royal castle in Scotland and breaking out coverage plans decades in the making. At age 96, the queen's passing was hardly a surprise. ...

Royal fans give London tourism a bump amid UK economic woes

LONDON (AP) — Royal fans have poured into the heart of London to experience the flag-lined roads, pomp-filled processions and, above all, brave a mileslong line for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to bid adieu to Queen Elizabeth II, who died after an unprecedented seven decades on the throne. ...

PHOTO GALLERY: King stands vigil; Wait to see queen’s coffin hits 24 hours

LONDON (AP) — A surging tide of people — ranging from London retirees to former England soccer captain David Beckham — have lined up to file past Queen Elizabeth II's coffin as it lies in state at Parliament, so many that authorities had to call a temporary halt Friday to more people ...

China to attend queen’s funeral despite worry

BEIJING — China announced Saturday that Vice President Wang Qishan would attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II as the special representative of President Xi Jinping. A group of British legislators sanctioned by China have expressed concern that the Chinese government has been invited to ...

Japan emperor, empress head to UK for funeral

TOKYO — Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako left for Britain on Saturday to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral to pay respects to her and the British royal family who considered as a model for Japan’s monarchy in modern history. The decision for the emperor and empress to ...

Key West honors Queen Elizabeth at Southernmost Point marker

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The Southernmost Point marker in Key West, Florida, a landmark delineating the continental United States' southernmost spot of land, became a memorial to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday when city workers installed a British flag and royal purple banner at the ...