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Meghan Markle in first official outing with Queen

LONDON: US actress Meghan Markle took part in her first official event with Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, accompanying her fiance Prince Harry to a service at London’s Westminster Abbey. Markle arrived at the Commonwealth Day Service with Harry, his elder brother Prince William, the second in line to the throne, and his wife Kate,…

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Documents reveal offshore deals with Apple, Trump cabinet member

WASHINGTON: Apple’s tax avoidance strategy which shifted profits from one fiscal haven to another. The financial links of a top Trump administration official to Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. And Queen Elizabeth II’s investments in tax havens. A trove of documents in the “Paradise Papers” released by the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) sheds…

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EU denounces ‘shocking’ Paradise Papers revelations

BRUSSELS: The European Union on Monday denounced as “shocking” revelations on the way top companies and dignitaries, including Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, avoid taxes using offshore wealth hubs. EU finance ministers meeting for regular talks in Brussels are due to discuss the practice on Tuesday after a trove of leaked documents exposed the great lengths…

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Man arrested after police attack outside Buckingham Palace

LONDON: A man was arrested on Friday after attacking police with a knife outside Queen Elizabeth II’s Buckingham Palace residence in London, police said.

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At 96, Prince Philip finally retires

Prince Philip, the 96-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, conducted his final solo public engagement on Wednesday, overseeing a military parade in the pouring rain that capped a lifetime of service. The Duke of Edinburgh, wearing a raincoat and bowler hat, met members of the Royal Marines and veterans — many younger than him —…

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Pakistani computer expert receives Queen’s Leadership Award 2017

LONDON: A Pakistani computer expert Syed Faizan Hussain received Queen’s Young Leaders Award for using technology to devise solutions for health issues and teach computer skills to children from underprivileged households. A ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on June 30 where the winners received their awards from UK’s Queen Elizabeth II. Faizan is a social…

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Hero policeman honoured by British queen

London: The British policeman killed while defending parliament during a terror attack was on Saturday honoured by Queen Elizabeth II, alongside Paul McCartney, “Harry Potter” author J. K. Rowling and Hollywood icon Olivia de Havilland. Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old husband and father stabbed to death after confronting assailant Khalid Masood following his rampage on Westminster…

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Britain’s Prince Philip to retire from public engagements

LONDON: Britain’s Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will retire from public engagements later this year, Buckingham Palace said Thursday. The decision was taken with the full support of the monarch, the palace said in a statement. The Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 96 on June 10, is the longest-serving consort in…

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates 91st birthday

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 91st birthday on Friday, with the world’s longest-reigning monarch taking a step back from royal duties to allow the younger generation to step forward.

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Queen Elizabeth II marks sapphire jubilee

LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s longest reigning sovereign, on Monday set a new record as the first British monarch to reach her sapphire jubilee, with 65 years on the throne. The queen, now 90, rose to the throne in 1952 at the age of 25 upon the premature death of her father, King George…

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Protests as UK stands firm on Trump invite

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday refused to back down on inviting US President Donald Trump for a glitzy state visit, despite a petition gaining more than 1.5 million signatures and protesters rallying across the country.

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Queen Elizabeth II ‘nearly shot’ by Palace guard

LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II was once nearly shot by a former guardsman when she went for a late night walk in the palace grounds, reported a newspaper here. An unnamed soldier revealed how he nearly pulled the trigger when he spotted an unknown figure in the dark at Buckingham Palace at 3am on an unspecified…

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UK Queen almost shot by her own guardsman

LONDON: The Queen Elizabeth II was once found strolling palace gardens at 3am by a guardsman, who told her: “Bloody hell, Your Majesty . I nearly shot you”, it has been claimed. According to an account of the astonishing encounter, Her Majesty quipped in response: “That’s quite all right. “Next time I’ll ring through beforehand…

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Queen accepts Cameron’s resignation as UK PM: palace

LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday formally accepted David Cameron’s resignation as Britain’s prime minister, an official said, before Theresa May visited Buckingham Palace be to confirmed as his successor. “The Right Honourable David Cameron MP had an audience of the queen this evening and tendered his resignation as prime minister and first lord of…

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Indian court says Koh-i-Noor diamond belongs to Britain

NEW DELHI: A priceless diamond that is part of Queen Elizabeth’s crown was given to Britain and not stolen, India’s government on Monday told the Supreme Court, which is hearing a suit seeking its return. The 108-carat Koh-i-Noor gem, which came into British hands during the colonial era, is the subject of a historic ownership…

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English pubs to open late for Queen’s birthday

LONDON: English pubs will be allowed to open longer during the weekend in June celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday, Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament on Wednesday to cheers from MPs. “We will be extending pub opening hours on the 10th and 11th of June this year to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th…

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World leaders make Queen wait at Malta party

VALLETTA: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles were made to wait for world leaders at a reception in Malta on Friday after the high-level guests got stuck in traffic on the Mediterranean island. The queen and her eldest son were hosting a party at the presidential San Anton Palace after the opening ceremony of the…

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China’s Xi Jinping arrives in Britain for state visit

LONDON: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Britain on Monday for a four-day state visit as the government of Prime Minister David Cameron seeks stronger trade ties with the world’s second-largest economy. Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan waved as they stepped down from a large Air China plane, and were presented with a bouquet…

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Elizabeth II marks record reign with little fanfare

LONDON: Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country’s longest-reigning monarch on Wednesday, a milestone the 89-year-old herself downplayed as like many in the life of an elderly person. The bells of Westminster Abbey rang out in London as Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute in parliament to her 63-year reign as a “golden thread…

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Helen Mirren, musical 'Fun Home' win top Tony Awards

NEW YORK: Helen Mirren won her first Tony on Sunday for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience,” and the lesbian-coming of age story “Fun Home” nabbed the top acting prize for Michael Cerveris and best musical at the 69th Tony Awards. British import “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,”…

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