Queen Elizabeth II

PHOTO GALLERY: Stories of UK’s disappearing World War II generation

LONDON (AP) — The death of Queen Elizabeth II is a reminder that the World War II generation is aging. Like the queen, even the youngest veterans of the war are now nearing their 100th birthdays, and a steady stream of obituaries tells the story of a disappearing generation. Here are the ...

LONDON DIARY: Reflections from the queue to mourn the queen

LONDON (AP) — A foreign correspondent, a consultant, a businessman, a retired accountant and his wife stand in a line for nearly eight hours. That is how this story begins, once I claim my spot among a growing queue of mourners coming from all corners of the United Kingdom and the world to ...

New Zealand republic debate complicated by Māori treaty

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The death of Queen Elizabeth II last week has reignited debate in New Zealand about whether it should continue recognizing Britain's monarch as its symbolic head of state or take the final step toward independence by becoming a republic. But there remains a ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Charles’ history with US presidents: He’s met 10 of past 14

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hanging out with Richard Nixon's daughter Tricia at a White House "supper-dance." Swapping stories with Ronald Reagan about horseback riding. Bending the ears of Donald Trump and Joe Biden about climate change. King Charles III, who became head of state following the death ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Mourners wait for hours, miles to farewell Queen Elizabeth

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of mourners waited for hours Thursday in a line that stretched for almost 5 miles (8 kilometers) across London for the chance to spend a few minutes filing past Queen Elizabeth II's coffin while she lies in state. King Charles III spent the day in private to reflect on ...

Live updates: Prince says procession aroused Diana memories

LONDON — Prince William has told well-wishers that walking behind the coffin of his late grandmother Queen Elizabeth II was "challenging" and brought back memories of the funeral of his mother, Princess Diana. William and his wife, Catherine, the new Princess of Wales, spent almost an hour ...

Ugandans celebrate the queen’s life in church service

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hundreds of Ugandans attended a memorial service Thursday in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, a somber ceremony that underscored affection for the departed British monarch in this East African country. Speakers in the Anglican cathedral in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, ...

Trudeau to travel to queen’s funeral with 4 ex Canadian PMs

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to London with four former Canadian prime ministers as well as indigenous leaders for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, his office announced Thursday, hours after Trudeau and Canada's opposition leaders paid tribute to her during a special ...

Spain lauds Queen Letizia’s modernizing role as she turns 50

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Queen Letizia turned 50 on Thursday. It's only a birthday but Spain is taking the opportunity to assess its scarred monarchy and ponder how the arrival of a middle-class commoner may help shake up one of Europe's most storied royal dynasties into a modern and more ...

Palace reveals details of queen’s state funeral on Monday

LONDON (AP) — Two minutes of silence will be observed Monday across the United Kingdom at the end of Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral at Westminster Abbey, giving British public across the nation a chance to pay their respects to the late monarch. Buckingham Palace released more details ...

PHOTO GALLERY: What’s next for the UK as Queen Elizabeth II laid to rest

LONDON (AP) — The death of Queen Elizabeth II set in motion a tightly choreographed series of ceremonial and constitutional steps, as Britain undergoes a period of national mourning and enters the reign of King Charles III. A long-established 10-day plan, code-named Operation London Bridge, ...

Australian PM supports Charles’s continuing climate advocacy

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Thursday it would be "perfectly acceptable" for King Charles III to continue to advocate for climate change action in his new apolitical role as monarch. Albanese was speaking ahead of his departure for Queen ...

PHOTO GALLERY: With its queen gone, Britain ponders how to discuss death

Where goes Queen Elizabeth II, there — inevitably — go each of us and all those we love. Because she reigned and lived for so long, seemingly immutable and immortal, the death of the British monarch after 70 years on the throne and 96 years of extraordinary life was a reminder, in Britain ...

Queen’s reign saw British leave Mideast with a mixed legacy

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The long reign of Queen Elizabeth II saw large swaths of the world cast off London's rule, but after her death a handful of British-installed monarchies still endure in the Middle East. They have survived decades of war and turmoil and are now seen as ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Queen Elizabeth II lies in state as throngs pay respects

LONDON (AP) — The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II left Buckingham Palace for the last time Wednesday, borne on a horse-drawn carriage and saluted by cannons and the tolling of Big Ben, in a solemn procession through the flag-draped, crowd-lined streets of London to Westminster Hall. There, a ...

AP PHOTOS: Queen takes final journey from Buckingham Palace

Queen Elizabeth II has left Buckingham Palace for the last time, her casket borne to Westminster Hall by a horse-drawn gun carriage. Her son, King Charles III, and his siblings and sons marched behind the coffin, which was topped by a wreath of white roses and her crown resting on a purple ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin at Parliament to lie in state

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II left Buckingham Palace for the last time Wednesday, her coffin borne to the Houses of Parliament by a horse-drawn gun carriage and trailed by grieving family members. The coffin will lie in state for four days until the late monarch's funeral on Monday, with ...

Four-day vigil begins for queen ahead of funeral

LONDON — Four soldiers in red and gold ceremonial uniform have taken their positions at the four corners of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, with their heads bowed. That began a vigil Wednesday which will be held for four days while the late monarch lies in state at Westminster Hall in ...

Biden calls King Charles III to offer condolences

U.S. President Joe Biden has spoken with King Charles III to offer his condolences on the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. The White House said Wednesday that Biden ” recalled fondly the Queen’s kindness and hospitality.” Biden and the First Lady, Jill Biden, stayed with the ...

Leaky pen and staff job cuts: King Charles under scrutiny

LONDON (AP) — Reports that up to 100 staff at King Charles III's former residence could lose their jobs has drawn criticism of the British monarchy, within days of his accession to the throne. The Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday that dozens of staff at Clarence House, Charles' former ...