Great Britain commemorated the ceasing on combat activities in Afghanistan as the Queen was joined by many veterans at St. Paul’s Cathedral for a service. Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at the ceremony, which was attended by many of the Royal Family. There was a military flyover downtown London and a parade by veterans as they paid tribute to those who fought and died in the 13 year war.
Britain waits with great expectation as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth in London any day now. The first child of Prince William and his wife Kate is due in July, with the couple saying they have no idea of the sex of the royal baby, who will be third in line to the British throne.
Dec. 6 Photo Brief: Typhoon Bopha rescue, St. Nicholas day in Germany and gay marriage kicks off in Seattle
A dramatic water rescue from the Philippines, Germany celebrated St. Nicholas day, turmoil continues in Greece, hundreds line up for gay marriage licenses in Washington and more in today’s daily brief.
Get ready for royal mania to kick back into high gear: Kate and William are expecting. “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” a statement from the palace reads. Earlier, this week Kate was hospitalized for morning sickness, since the pregnancy is still in its very early stages. No matter the gender of the child, he or she stands to inherit the throne from William.
Psy, Flo Rida, Ke$ha and Justin Bieber perform at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball concert in LA, deadly Typhoon Bopha destroys homes in the Philippines, a Swiss Shepherd dog in a Russian zoo adopts three abandoned tiger cubs and more in today’s daily brief.
Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, just concluded their nine day Diamond Jubilee Tour representing Queen Elizabeth II in Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. Half way through their tour, the royal couple became embroiled in a scandal resulting in criminal charges filed against the French magazine that published topless photos of Kate. Despite the turmoil back home, the photogenic couple pressed on with the grace and dignity of modern day royalty.
Sept. 18 Photo Brief: William and Kate dance in Tuvalu, Chinese protest Japanese businesses, a sexy salute to the royal guard
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge dance while on a Diamond Jubilee tour in the South Pacific, Crazy Horse dancers salute on the River Thames, Chinese protest on the 81st anniversary of Japan’s invasion of China, a Golden Carriage carries royalty in the Netherlands and more in today’s daily brief.
Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee concluded Tuesday with a Thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral as well as a carriage procession through central London. The dignified conclusion ended a four-day celebration around the country that included a 1,000-boat flotilla on the River Thames and a pop concert in front of Buckingham Palace. Missing from festivities was the Queen’s husband of 64 years, Prince Philip, who was taken ill Monday. The celebrations brought many who cheered on Britain’s leading lady and honors the 86-year-old queen’s 60th anniversary since taking the throne in 1952.
For the past three days, Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee had been ramping up for a spectacular musical event to honor her 60 years atop of the British throne. Pop royalty including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Elton John entertained the Queen along with 10,000 ticket-holders who were lucky enough to watch the performances live on a circular stage.
The River Thames in London was a spectacular sight on Sunday with an extravaganza of steam boats, tugs, speed boats and historic vessels as part of festivities for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The Queen joined the armada of 1,000 boats in a gilded royal barge as revelers braved the rainy weather to help celebrate the occasion by waving flags, popping bottles of champagne and cheering.
The 86-year-old queen celebrates her 60th anniversary since taking the throne in 1952. She is the second-longest serving monarch. According to Reuters, only five other kings and queens in British history have reigned for 50 years or more: Victoria (63 years), George III (59 years), Henry III (56 years), Edward III (50 years), and James VI of Scotland (James I of England) (58 years).