Articles Tagged 'Diamond Jubilee'

Will Anyone Call ‘Big Ben’ by Its New Name, ‘Elizabeth Tower’?

Most of us refer to the iconic Clock Tower at Westminster as “Big Ben,” which is actually the nickname of the bell that lives inside the 316-feet-tall structure. But any confusion over nomenclature may soon end: the tower is being renamed “the Elizabeth Tower” in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, BBC News reports. The […]

Helen Mirren May Play the Queen on London’s West End

It’s still no more than wishful thinking, but London theater fans are excited by the possibility that Dame Helen Mirren may be gracing a West End stage by again playing Queen Elizabeth II. The 66-year old actress won a Best Actress Oscar for playing the reigning monarch in 2006 in The Queen, a film about […]

Royal Roundup: Diamond Jubilee Weekend – the Aftermath

Life appears to be returning to normal in Britain after last week’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Prince Philip left the hospital on Saturday, arriving back at home in time to celebrate his 91st birthday with his family. After being treated for a bladder infection that many believe was exacerbated by the strain of the wet and […]

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Top Gear Thursday: Season Two Once Was ‘Lost’, But Now It’s Found

There have been lots of things lost throughout history. The lost tribes of Israel; the books lost in the fire that burned down the great library of Alexandria; the lost Continent of Atlantis; the Titanic, lost at sea; and of course, the characters in the TV show Lost. But for the folks at Top Gear […]

Royal Roundup: Prince Philip, in Hospital, Misses Concluding Jubilee Events

After a spectacular weekend of celebrations, including the magnificent Jubilee Pageant on the Thames, concern for Prince Philip’s health cast the only damper on the Jubilee festivities. Buckingham Palace officials said that the 90-year-old Prince was taken to London’s King Edward VII Hospital on Monday as a precautionary measure because of a bladder infection. He […]

Elizabeth II: Screening the Queen

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned longer – 60 years compared with 44 – than namesake Elizabeth I, but the current monarch trails her predecessor when it comes to the number of times she has been depicted in movies. Then again, the Virgin Queen herself never starred in a movie, much less shot one. That’s exactly […]

How to Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in New York

NYC-based Brits may not get a four-day weekend but you can still sate your inner royalist by heading to a host of Queen-themed parties and events taking place up and down this splendid city, starting Saturday, June 2. Want to celebrate in a traditional British pub with all the trimmings? Head to the Jones Wood […]

Top Gear Thursday: Queen’s Jubilee Marks 60 Years of Auto History

Horses are playing an important part in the Diamond Jubilee, but horsepower of the automotive sort has also played an important role throughout the Queen’s 60 year reign. That role is being highlighted by Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT); the UK trade association is pointing out key motoring moments over the past six […]

Royal Roundup: Republicans Coming Out for the Jubilee, Too

  You might think that for anti-monarchists the Jubilee would be a total nightmare. You’d be wrong. In fact, you might say that republicans are downright jubilant, considering the occasion an opportunity to build and organize support. (Remember, when we talk about “republicans” in the UK and the Commonwealth, they’re not the folks who want […]

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