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Prince William's new royal portrait slammed on Twitter

Prince William's new royal portrait slammed on Twitter

LONDON, July 2 (UPI) --Twitter users slammed the new portrait of Prince William, entitled "Fatherhood," calling it "bloody awful" and "rubbish" after its unveiling Wednesday.
Aileen graef
UPI Almanac for Friday, June 27, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, June 27, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, June 27, 2014
By United Press International
UPI Horse Racing Roundup

UPI Horse Racing Roundup

Royal Ascot winds down, Breeders' Cup preps in full international swing in weekend horse racing.
Robert Kieckhefer, UPI Racing Writer
Queen Elizabeth II visits GOT's Iron Throne during trip to Titanic Studios in Belfast

Queen Elizabeth II visits GOT's Iron Throne during trip to Titanic Studios in Belfast

BELFAST, Ireland, June 24 (UPI) --Queen Elizabeth II was presented with a miniature Iron Throne during her visit to the "Game of Thrones" set at Titanic Studios in Belfast.
Evan Bleier
Scotland prepares a constitution, if independence referendum passes

Scotland prepares a constitution, if independence referendum passes

EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 16 (UPI) --A draft of Scotland's proposed constitution was unveiled, in case a Sept. 18 referendum decides the United Kingdom country will become independent.
Ed Adamczyk
Queen Elizabeth names Angelina Jolie an honorary dame

Queen Elizabeth names Angelina Jolie an honorary dame

LONDON, June 14 (UPI) --Angelina Jolie named an honorary dame by Britain's Queen Elizabeth for work against sexual violence.
Danielle Haynes
London reviewing shale's energy potential

London reviewing shale's energy potential

LONDON, June 6 (UPI) --The British government is considering whether its policies on shale gas and geothermal energy are "fit for purpose," Energy Minister Michael Fallon said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Queen Elizabeth's page boy faints during speech to Parliament

Queen Elizabeth's page boy faints during speech to Parliament

LONDON, June 4 (UPI) --While addressing Parliament on Tuesday, one of Queen Elizabeth's page boys fainted on the dais.
JC Finley
The longest day and our finest hour

The longest day and our finest hour

My wednesday column
Harlan Ullman
Prince Philip undergoes medical procedure on right hand

Prince Philip undergoes medical procedure on right hand

LONDON, May 21 (UPI) --Prince Philip was seen sporting a bandage on his hand as he attended several events at Buckingham Palace with his wife, Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday.
Veronica Linares
Horse Racing Weekend Preview

Horse Racing Weekend Preview

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome drew in gate No. 3 for Saturday's Preakness Stakes and is the favorite to win the second jewel of the U.S. Triple Crown.
Robert Kieckhefer, UPI Racing Writer
Putin to attend D-Day ceremony in France

Putin to attend D-Day ceremony in France

PARIS, May 8 (UPI) --Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted an invitation from France to attend ceremonies in Normandy honoring the D-Day invasion of World War II.
Ed Adamczyk
UPI Horse Racing Roundup

UPI Horse Racing Roundup

Horse racing blossomed, springlike, around the world during the weekend with excitement from South Africa to France to Hong Kong.
Robert Kieckhefer, UPI Racing Writer
Queen Elizabeth II turns 88 [PHOTOS]

Queen Elizabeth II turns 88 [PHOTOS]

LONDON, April 21 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 88th birthday Monday as the the second-longest reigning monarch in British history.
Aileen Graef
Horse Racing Weekend Preview

Horse Racing Weekend Preview

The question of the weekend in Thoroughbred racing: Is Game On Dude really back on his game, or was his Santa Anita Handicap win just a fluke?
Robert Kieckhefer, UPI Racing Writer
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Queen Elizabeth II meets guests at the British Garden at Hanover Square in New York, Tuesday, July 6, 2010. UPI/Henny Ray Abrams/Pool
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Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, born 21 April 1926) is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. As Head of the Commonwealth, she is the figurehead of the 54-member Commonwealth of Nations; as the British monarch, she is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

Elizabeth was born in London, and educated privately at home. Her father ascended the throne as George VI in 1936 on the abdication of his brother Edward VIII. Elizabeth began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, in which she served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. When her father died in 1952, Elizabeth became Head of the Commonwealth and queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon. Her coronation service in 1953 was the first to be televised.

During her 59-year reign, currently the second-longest for a British monarch, she became queen of 25 other Commonwealth countries as they gained independence. Between 1956 and 1992, half of her realms, including South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (renamed Sri Lanka), became republics. Her Silver and Golden Jubilees were celebrated in 1977 and 2002; planning for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 is underway.

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