Queen Elizabeth II

Thai protester accused of mocking queen gets 2 years’ prison

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Monday sentenced an activist to two years in prison for allegedly insulting the country's queen by wearing traditional Thai attire at a demonstration for reform of the monarchy two years ago, a legal aid group said. Jatuporn "New" Saeoueng wore a pink ...

Queen hailed in service as a ‘constant in all our lives’

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — As Queen Elizabeth II's four children walked silently behind, a hearse carried her flag-draped coffin along a crowd-lined street in the Scottish capital Monday to a cathedral, where a service of thanksgiving hailed the late monarch as a "constant in all of our lives ...

AP PHOTOS: Queen as commodity, muse for artists, fans

For a lifetime, she was everywhere all at once. Queen Elizabeth II was a history-making sovereign, to be sure, but she was also a commodity, an artist's muse, a conduit for self expression on the street, many streets in fact, well beyond those of Britain. At 96, Britain's longest-reigning ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Queen hailed in service as a ‘constant in all our lives’

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — As Queen Elizabeth II's four children walked silently behind, a hearse carried her flag-draped coffin along a crowd-lined street in the Scottish capital Monday to a cathedral, where a service of thanksgiving hailed the late monarch as a "constant in all of our lives ...

PHOTO GALLERY: After the death of a renowned queen, life in London goes on

LONDON (AP) — On morning television, the moment was singularly somber — the departure of the hearse bearing the flag-draped coffin of Queen Elizabeth II. But at the very same hour, as fans in shorts and Ray-Bans streamed into London's Oval stadium for a long-anticipated cricket match, you ...

Loss of unifying queen could fray the bonds of fractious UK

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has been likened to the invisible glue holding the United Kingdom together. Some think the reign of King Charles III will see those bonds come unstuck, giving new momentum to Scotland's push for independence. But the fact the queen died last week at her ...

New Zealand PM says no republic plan following queen’s death

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that her government will not be pursuing any moves toward changing New Zealand to a republic following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Ardern said she thought New Zealand would eventually become a republic, and it ...

AP PHOTOS: Mourners and royals grieve Queen Elizabeth II

Mourners streamed to the gates of Buckingham Palace in London to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday after she spent 70 years on the throne. Passersby stopped to pay their respects, some shedding tears as they placed flowers to honor the only monarch that most Britons have ever ...

Rules issued for those wanting to pay respects to the queen

LONDON (AP) — People wanting to pay their final respects to Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in state at the Houses of Parliament in London need to be prepared for a long wait. The government has published guidelines for people wishing to file past the late queen's closed coffin as it lies in ...

Australian PM defends ban on Parliament due to royal’s death

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Monday defended an obscure and longstanding protocol that bars the nation's parliament from sitting for 15 days following a British monarch's death. Lawmakers will reconvene on Sept. 23 to debate a condolence motion for Queen Elizabeth ...

PHOTO GALLERY: A queen and her corgis: Elizabeth loved breed from childhood

LONDON (AP) — For many people around the world, the word corgi is forever linked to Queen Elizabeth II. Princess Diana once called them a "moving carpet" always by her mother-in-law's side. Stubby, fluffy little dogs with a high-pitched bark, corgis were the late queen's constant companions ...

For Elizabeth, Balmoral estate was a place to ‘be normal’

LONDON (AP) — When the hearse carrying Queen Elizabeth II's body pulled out of the gates of Balmoral Castle on Sunday, it marked the monarch's final departure from a personal sanctuary where she could shed the straitjacket of protocol and ceremony for a few weeks every year. The sprawling ...

PHOTO GALLERY: Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin takes long road through Scotland

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — 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 ...

Biden accepts invitation for queen’s funeral

WASHINGTON —- President Joe Biden has formally accepted an invitation to attend the state funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II. The White House said Sunday that the president will be accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden. The service will be held on Sept. 19. Earlier in the day, Biden ...

British horse racing resumes with tribute to queen

DONCASTER, England (AP) — British horse racing paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday as the late monarch's favorite sport returned after a two-day pause following her death. Two minutes of silence was held at Doncaster before the first race of a schedule that included the St. Leger ...

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, ...

The queen, as imagined —from punk rock to mystery novels

In the spring of 2012, portrait artist Ralph Heimans stood on the Cosmati pavement of Westminster Abbey and awaited the subject of his latest commission, Queen Elizabeth II. When she approached, he says, it was an extraordinary moment. "She was wearing her Robe of State, with four footmen ...

India observes day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Sunday observed a day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II with flags lowered to half-staff on all government buildings. Official entertainment events were also canceled "as a mark of respect to the departed dignitary," the Ministry of Home Affairs said. Flags atop ...

Queen Elizabeth II Blazes a Trail in Pop Culture

The world lost so much more than a Queen on September 8. Queen Elizabeth II was an international icon, having ruled for longer than any other British monarch. At 25, she took over the throne after the death of King George VI, her father, on February 6, 1952. Then, she was slightly more than ...

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin to leave her beloved Balmoral

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is leaving her beloved Scottish estate Balmoral Castle on Sunday as the monarch who died after 70 years on the throne begins her last journey back to London for a state funeral. Six gamekeepers from the Balmoral, the summer retreat where the queen ...