Royals, crowds gather for funeral of Greece’s last king Constantine

ATHENS: Dozens of European royals and hundreds of Greeks gathered in Athens on Monday for the funeral of Greece’s last king, Constantine II, who died last week aged 82. Royals from Britain, Denmark, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain flew in for the service, which has caused controversy. Constantine was a divisive figure in … Read more

King Charles hosts first traditional Christmas as UK Monarch, chooses multi-faith theme

LONDON: british monarch King Charles hosted the first traditional Christmas after the coronation and called it a poignant time for those who lost their loved ones in a broadcast on Sunday.“Christmas is a particularly poignant time for all of us who have lost loved ones. We feel their absence at every familiar turn of the … Read more

King Charles plans to sideline Harry, Andrew as royal stand-ins: Reports

LONDON: British King Charles III on Thursday was reportedly planning to extend the pool of royals allowed to act for him in his absence, effectively sidelining non-working royals Prince Harry and the Duke of York. Charles is expected to amend the “Regency Act” to add his brother Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and his sister … Read more

Queen hailed for loyalty and steadfastness by mourners on procession route

LONDON: There was a calm silence as the crowd stood patiently on the pavement facing The Mall near Buckingham Palace, lined with Union Jacks, waiting for the Queen’s funeral procession. But in that silence, there was a togetherness. Normally crowds like this are for joyous occasions, but Monday was sombre but still there was an … Read more

Trouble afoot? Emmanuel Macron’s sneakers cause stir online

PARIS: French President Emmanuel macron‘s choice of footwear during his trip to London ahead of the Queen’s funeral caused an outpouring of commentary – and disinformation – online. The 44-year-old leader was photographed on Sunday walking in front of Westminster Hall with his wife Brigitte where the late British sovereign was lying in state ahead … Read more

Joe Biden, other VIPs lie low as spotlight stays on late Queen

LONDON: American Presidents usually make a splash when they travel abroad, holding the spotlight and quickly becoming the center of attention. Not this time. For US President Joe Biden and other Presidents, Prime Ministers and dignitaries, there were no red-carpet arrivals, no big speeches and no news conferences as they gathered for Monday’s state funeral … Read more

Charles reflects on ‘lifelong service of dear mother’ ahead of Queen’s funeral

LONDON: Britain’s King Charles III reflected upon his late mother’s “lifelong service” in a thank you message ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday morning. President Droupadi Murmu, who is representing India at the state funeral, and the heads of state and government from around the world including US … Read more

Man arrested for running up towards Queen’s coffin in UK

LONDON: A man has been arrested after running towards the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall in London as thousands of mourners file past to pay their respects. The man was arrested under the UK’s Public Order Act and taken into custody, Metropolitan Police said. The incident occurred on Friday night and … Read more

Queen Elizabeth II: Queues run to 30 hours as people pay respects

In his essay on the English people, George Orwell remarked that any foreign observer would be struck by their orderly behavior and in particular “the willingness to form queues.” It’s one of those British stereotypes that’s come to mind in recent days, as the mother of all queues lengthens and snakes along the south bank … Read more

Queen Elizabeth II to be buried with husband Prince Philip

LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II will be buried with her late husband Prince Philip at the conclusion of a solemn state funeral service made up of an hour-long ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday. Britain’s longest-reigning monarch’s state funeral will begin at 11am local time on Monday and conclude … Read more