Oldest person in the world turns 116

Oldest person in the world turns 116

TOKYO , March 3 (UPI) -- The world's oldest woman, Misa Okawa, will turn 116 Wednesday.
Aileen Graef

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
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Queen Elizabeth expecting a crowd for Christmas

LONDON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Thirty members of the British royal family are expected at Sandringham for Christmas, packing Queen Elizabeth's 270-room Norfolk retreat to the rafters.

Queen leaves for Christmas break on 10:44 a.m. train

LONDON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth and the duke of Edinburgh left London's King's Cross Station for the Christmas break at their Norfolk retreat Thursday.

English court says Scientology chapel qualifies as place of worship

LONDON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- An English woman who wants to marry in a Church of Scientology chapel in London has won a Supreme Court challenge, with the court ruling it a place for worship.

Grace Jones, last person in Britain born in 19th century, dies at 113

LONDON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Grace Jones, the last person in Britain known to have been born in the 19th century, died Thursday at the age of 113.

Prince Charles could be oldest new monarch in British history

LONDON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Prince Charles Thursday passed the age at which William IV became king, so he will be the oldest new king in British history if he outlives his mother.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, May 24, 2013.
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Many in Britain don't trust their hospital

LONDON, March 1 (UPI) -- In England, almost 40 percent of National Health Service staff would not recommend their hospital to their friends and family, health officials say.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.
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Eventful year for Britain's royal family

Eventful year for Britain's royal family

Britain's royal family kept the tongues of gossips wagging on both sides of the pond this year, thanks to Queen Elizabeth II's lavish Diamond Jubilee celebration, Prince Harry's nude photo scandal, Prince Philip's health woes and Duchess Kate's pregnancy.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Antarctic tract named for Queen Elizabeth

LONDON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth II received two Jubilee gifts Tuesday, 60 lacquered place mats from Britain's Cabinet and a large swath of Antarctica from the Foreign Office.

Queen to attend first Cabinet meeting

LONDON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth II, as Britain continues to mark her Diamond Jubilee, will become the first monarch to attend a Cabinet meeting since Queen Victoria.
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Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she used the additional title of Empress of India.

Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III. Both the Duke of Kent and the King died in 1820, and Victoria was raised under close supervision by her German-born mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. She inherited the throne at the age of 18 after her father's three elder brothers died without surviving legitimate issue. The United Kingdom was already an established constitutional monarchy, in which the Sovereign held relatively few direct political powers. Privately, she attempted to influence government policy and ministerial appointments. Publicly, she became a national icon, and was identified with strict standards of personal morality.

She married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840. Their 9 children and 26 of their 42 grandchildren married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the nickname "the grandmother of Europe". After Albert's death in 1861, Victoria plunged into deep mourning and avoided public appearances. As a result of her seclusion, republicanism temporarily gained strength, but in the latter half of her reign, her popularity recovered. Her Golden and Diamond Jubilees were times of public celebration.

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