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$23,800-a-year housekeeper sought by Queen Elizabeth II to run baths at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace was advertising Monday for a new housekeeping assistant, whose duties include running the royal baths and arranging serving the tea. The successful applicant for the £14,400 ($23,800, 17,400 euros) a year post will be responsible……

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II marks 60 years on throne

Queen Elizabeth II renewed her vow to serve on Monday as she made a deliberately low-key start to five months of diamond jubilee celebrations marking her 60 years on the throne. Six decades since the sudden death of her father King George VI on February 1952 made the young princess…

Duke of Edinburgh undergoes heart surgery

LONDON — The Duke of Edinburgh, the 90-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, underwent successful heart surgery Friday after suffering a blocked artery, Buckingham Palace said. The duke underwent an “invasive procedure of coronary stenting” after being taken to hospital with chest pains, the palace confirmed. Copyright © 2011…

Olympic torch to visit Stonehenge and Loch Ness

LONDON — The Olympic torch will visit famous sights such as Stonehenge on its journey around Britain before the London 2012 Games, organisers said Monday. The flame will also scale mountains, telescopes, take a ride on the train and a dash through a shopping centre on its 70-day tour. The…

Phone hacking inquiry opens in U.K.

The public inquiry into Britain’s phone hacking scandal opened on Thursday, with judge Brian Leveson and his six-strong panel holding their first official meeting. The inquiry, called by Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of allegations of wrongdoing at the now-shuttered News of the World tabloid, has 12 months…

British dignitaries warned away from car-bombed Nigerian independence parade

British dignitaries due to attend Nigerian independence celebrations stayed away from the event marred by two nearby car bombs, a spokesman said Saturday, amid a report there were warnings of attacks. The confirmation that the Duke of Gloucester and the rest of the British delegation did not attend came after…

BBC sorry for ‘Queen is dead’ radio joke

LONDON (AFP) – The BBC apologized “unreservedly” Tuesday after a radio presenter jokingly announced that Queen Elizabeth II had died. Disc jockey Danny Kelly, 39, played the national anthem “God Save The Queen” and told listeners he had an important announcement to make before saying: “Queen Elizabeth II has now…

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