Queen Elizabeth II

PHOTO GALLERY: What to know about the queen’s lying in state in Westminster

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to London's medieval Westminster Hall from Wednesday to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, whose coffin will lie in state for four days until her funeral on Monday. Here's a look at what to expect for the occasion, ...

Huge line to view monarch’s coffin is queue fit for a queen

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II's lying-in-state will be an occasion of regal symbolism, strong emotion — and an extremely long line. Marshaling the hundreds of thousands of people who want to view the late monarch's coffin will test Britain's famous queuing skills to their ...

Andrew Morton bio of Queen Elizabeth II due in November

NEW YORK (AP) — The British author known in part for his news-making bestseller on Princess Diana has a biography of Queen Elizabeth II coming out Nov. 15. Andrew Morton's "The Queen" was supposed to be published in 2023, but it was moved to this fall after the queen died last week at age ...

Queen’s death renews interest in UK memorabilia in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — The death of Queen Elizabeth II has sparked a wave of nostalgia and renewed interest in British memorabilia in Hong Kong, which for 156 years had lived under the British crown until its return to China in 1997. So Tsz-him says he grew up with post boxes and coins bearing ...

PHOTO GALLERY: In Northern Ireland, praise for monarchy vies with disdain

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — It's less than ten minutes walk from the Falls Road to the Shankill Road in Northern Ireland's capital, where Catholics and Protestants still live in segregated enclaves. But to hear people in these adjoining neighborhoods explain their almost diametrically ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Casket of Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Buckingham Palace

LONDON (AP) — The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II returned to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening, making its way through a drizzly London as crowds lined the route for a glimpse of the hearse and to bid her a final farewell. People parked their cars along a normally busy road, got out and ...

Canada makes Queen’s funeral day a holiday for fed employees

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that Sept. 19 will be a holiday so that federal employees can mourn Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her state funeral. Trudeau also said he's working with the provinces on a possible public holiday for other workers. The ...

PHOTO GALLERY: King cheered in Belfast, queen’s coffin to return to London

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Cheering crowds greeted King Charles III on Tuesday in Northern Ireland on his tour of the four parts of the United Kingdom, where the visit drew a rare moment of unity from politicians in a region with a contested British and Irish identity that is deeply ...

PHOTO GALLERY: A piece of the queen: New souvenirs mark monarch’s death

LONDON (AP) — There are fridge magnets, tea sets and flags. And of course mugs, T-shirts and sweatshirts with the face of Queen Elizabeth II that are inscribed with the dates of her 70-year reign: 1952-2022. Just days after the death of Britain's longest-serving monarch, unofficial souvenirs ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Chelsea pensioners remember longtime commander in chief

LONDON (AP) — The Chelsea Pensioners traded their famous scarlet tunics for somber navy blue on Tuesday as the old soldiers bade farewell to their commander in chief, Queen Elizabeth II. The veterans, some leaning on canes and others using mobility scooters, gathered under a steel gray sky ...

Anger over past, indifference meet queen’s death in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Just hours before news of Queen Elizabeth II's death spread, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a fiery speech urging India to shed its colonial ties in a ceremony to rename a boulevard that once honored King George V. Rajpath, formerly called Kingsway, was a "symbol of ...

Arrests of UK anti-royal protesters spur free-speech debate

LONDON (AP) — In a country famed for irreverence, some worry a new code of silence has taken hold. Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a handful of people in Britain have been detained by police for expressing — often bluntly — anti-monarchy views. A woman in Edinburgh holding a sign ...

Saudi Arabia arrests man over pilgrimage for Queen Elizabeth

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi police arrested a Yemeni man this week after he advertised on social media his pilgrimage to Mecca, where he paid tribute to the memory of Queen Elizabeth II. The pilgrim, who was not identified by name, had posted footage earlier this week that ...

Horse trainer, wheelchair athlete to attend royal funeral

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Tuesday his official delegation to Queen Elizabeth II's funeral next week will include racehorse trainer Chris Waller and wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott. Waller and Alcott are among 10 "everyday Australians" ...

King Charles III proclaimed Papua New Guinea head of state

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — The leaders of Papua New Guinea held a ceremony Tuesday to honor the late Queen Elizabeth II and proclaim King Charles III as the country's new head of state. Governor-General Bob Dadae and Prime Minister James Marape were joined by dignitaries at the ...

Lawmakers in Australian state to pledge allegiance to king

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Lawmakers in an Australian state are to pledge their allegiance to King Charles III on Tuesday in a legal quirk that underscores how complicated the process of Australia severing its constitutional ties with Britain's monarch could become. Australia's center-left ...

King and siblings stand vigil to honor queen

EDINBURGH, Scotland — King Charles III and his siblings have stood in silent vigil around their mother Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. Charles, Princess Anne, Princess Andrew and Prince Edward lowered their heads as they stood at four sides of the oak ...

King Charles III’s first address at Parliament

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III made his first address at Parliament on Monday since becoming Britain's new monarch after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Here is the speech in full: "My lords and members of the House of Commons: "I am deeply grateful for the addresses of ...

Charles III and the ‘weight of history’ of Westminster Hall

LONDON (AP) — In his first visit to Britain's Parliament as monarch, King Charles III spoke of feeling the "weight of history which surrounds us" and referenced his "medieval predecessors" as he pledged to follow in his late mother Queen Elizabeth II's footsteps and uphold the principles of ...