Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen tops power list as 'influential' Kate misses out

The Queen returns from her short break at Sandringham to some positive news – she has been named the country's most powerful woman. A poll by BBC Radio 4's flagship show Woman's Hour places Her...

Another victory for Angelina Jolie as readers name her cover best of 2012

We may have taken pride in London's Olympic games and the Diamond Jubilee, but Britain's patriotic fever ground to a halt when readers voted Angelina Jolie's HELLO! front cover as the best effort...

Smiling Queen attends Christmas service without William and Kate

As 2012 draws to a close, the Queen has plenty to smile about. Capping off her Diamond Jubilee year with the wonderful news that Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting a baby has made this year...

The Queen heads to Sandringham after recording 3D Christmas message

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh took a train from London to King's Lynn on Thursday morning to begin their annual Christmas holidays in Sandringham House. It was the Queen's fourth straight...

Sir 'Wiggo'? Bradley Wiggins set to receive knighthood in New Year's Honours list

2012 is about to get even better for Bradley Wiggins – the cycling hero is tipped to lead the New Year's honours list and be invited to Buckingham Palace to settle the small issue of a knighthood...

Question time as the Queen attends her very first cabinet meeting

In her sixty year reign the Queen has done a lot of things, attending a cabinet meeting, however hasn't been one of them. On Tuesday that all changed when Her Majesty was due to sit in on a session...

Diamond memories: Highlights of the Queen's momentous year

From exotic tours abroad – read the Cambridges roaming the jungle of Borneo – to the magnificent Thames Pageant and the regal finale on the Buckingham Palace balcony,...

Adorable family snaps: Windsor babies through the ages

The House of Windsor will soon be welcoming a future heir. As royal watchers celebrate the wonderful news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will welcome their first baby next year, we take a...

Cool Britannia: rare images show Diamond Queen's glamorous early reign

Driving in a sleek Bentley, with her tinted shades shielding her eyes from the flashing bulbs of admirers' cameras, this woman and her two children could easily be Hollywood royalty. They are, in fact,...

Royalty enter stage right: The Queen treads the boards on a visit to Bristol

Visiting one of the UK's most famous theatres the Queen seemed keen to add her name to list of high profile names that have walked the stage. During Thursday's Diamond Jubilee visit to Bristol,...

The Queen bonds with Kate Winslet as they both agree that 'motherhood is the best role'

The Queen revealed to Kate Winslet that she believes "motherhood is the best role" when she awarded the actress a CBE on Wednesday. The monarch, who is mother to four children, gave...

Secrets of success: How Philip and the Queen made it to 65 years

Queen Elizabeth II met Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who she refers to as her "strength and stay", at the tender age of 13 when she visited Dartmouth Naval College. And on Tuesday,...

How the Queen dazzles through the years at the Royal Variety Performance galas

Stepping out for the Royal Variety Performance gala on Monday night, the Queen looked as lovely as ever in a stunning silver number fashioned by her trusty designer Angela Kelly. The bias cut, silver mesh...

The Queen's smile for courteous Kylie Minogue at 100th Royal Variety show

Kylie Minogue was duly humble when greeting the Queen at her 100th Royal Variety Perfomance on Monday evening. The pop princess is herself celebrating 25 years in the music industry, but she folded...

The Duchess of Cambridge helps the Queen give Team GB heroes golden reception at the palace

There was a right royal welcome waiting for Team GB's Olympic heroes at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night, as the Duchess of Cambridge helped the Queen host a reception to mark their success at the London...

Galloping laughs and horseplay for Zara and family at Ascot

It was hard to imagine a more joyful group of racegoers. Whatever had been said had clearly tickled the funny bones of Zara Phillips and her family. Sister-in-law Autumn Phillips could hardly contain...

The Queen gives her thanks to Gary Barlow and his fellow Jubilee stars

Back in June, Gary Barlow headed an army of celebrities who lent their talent and time to create an unforgettable Diamond Jubilee line-up. Now, the Queen has shown her appreciation for their efforts...



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