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BBC licence fee to be reviewed in ‘coming weeks’, suggests Michelle Donelan

While she could not say how much the Queen’s funeral cost, Michelle Donelan hailed “money well spent” in recogntion of Her Majesty’s 70-year reign. “We haven’t got that total figure,” Ms Donelan said when quizzed about the cost by Sky News. “But I think the taxpayer would argue it was money well spent. “In DCMS, … Read more

Russian submarines retreat from Crimea after drone strike

Taiwan is “proud” of its efforts to help Ukraine in the country’s struggle to defend itself, President Tsai Ing-wen told a conference in New York. Ukraine’s plight has won broad sympathy in Taiwan, where many see parallels between Ukraine’s situation and the threat Taipei’s government says it faces from China, which views the island as its own territory. Taiwan … Read more

Fifteen people arrested in Leicester clash between Hindu and Muslim gangs

Sir Peter Soulsby, the mayor of Leicester, said that he was baffled by the disturbances, insisting the city was normally “very peaceful” with good relations between different communities. He blamed people posting videos and comments on social media for distorting the facts and inflaming the tensions. Sir Peter said: “I’ve seen quite a selection of … Read more

I sat in the same spot for Diana’s funeral but the Queen’s was quite different, it went deeper

Many of us sat in the abbey for more than two hours before it started. As with most funerals, people relieved the rising tension by chatting and observing one another.  “Does President Biden mean to be standing on Winston Churchill’s floor plaque?” “I gather President Macron refused to travel in the bus provided.” The atmosphere … Read more

Faithful friends to the end, Queen Elizabeth’s corgis waited for her at Windsor

Queen Elizabeth’s two great passions in life were dogs and horses. It perhaps should not have been a surprise, then, to see the unannounced inclusion of her beloved corgis and Emma, her fell pony, in the funeral procession. Sandy and Muick, now in the care of Prince Andrew, awaited her arrival at Windsor Castle alongside … Read more

Justin Trudeau sings Bohemian Rhapsody in London hotel days before Queen’s funeral

His office subsequently released a statement defending his actions. A spokesman for Mr Trudeau said: “After dinner on Saturday, the Prime Minister joined a small gathering with members of the Canadian delegation, who have come together to pay tribute to the life and service of Her Majesty. “Gregory Charles, a renowned musician from Quebec and … Read more

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is one of the largest ever gatherings of world leaders

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral is one of the largest ever gatherings of world leaders. More than 500 foreign heads of state, monarchs and dignitaries descended on Westminster Abbey to honour the second-longest reigning monarch in world history. The guest list included more than 20 kings and queens from 12 reigning royal houses including the Netherlands, … Read more

Joe Biden placed 14 rows back – behind Polish president

When members of the Royal family saluted as the late Queen’s coffin was carried into the Abbey, he gazed straight ahead. In the front of the south transept of Westminster Abbey were Realms governors general and then Commonwealth countries followed by other nations.  While Mr Biden arrived in his armoured car, nicknamed The Beast, others … Read more

Queen funeral latest: Macron, Biden and Sturgeon among leaders arriving

The day has come when Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest alongside her beloved Prince Philip. Following a full state funeral at Westminster Abbey at 11am, Her Majesty will be buried alongside her “strength and stay”, the late Duke of Edinburgh. Close family members will attend this private burial service in the King … Read more

Joyous new photograph of Queen Elizabeth II released

In a televised tribute to her mother-in-law on Sunday evening, the Queen Consort recalled the Queen’s “wonderful blue eyes” and said: “I will always remember her smile.” The Queen, who is dressed in a dusky dove blue dress with her hair neatly curled, is wearing her favourite three-strand pearl necklace, pearl earrings and her aquamarine … Read more